It Seems Nier: Automata has Some Mysteries to Solve

Nier: Automata is already out next month here in the US. That may be amazingly fast considering just how recently it broke into the wider gaming consciousness, but it’s definitely not unwelcome. In fact, it would be quite nice if more games started up their hype trains a few months before release rather than the now standard 2-3 years. Anyway, the game is coming out soon and thus we have a brand new trailer to to keep it stuck in our brains for awhile longer. You can see it here after the jump. Continue reading It Seems Nier: Automata has Some Mysteries to Solve

Overcoming First Impressions

How much time does it take for your initial impression of a game to form? A few minutes? A few hours? How much time does it take to overturn that first impression, if indeed it can be overturned at all? First impressions are very powerful things. No matter the subject be it a game, a movie, a book, or even a person, your first impression of them is going to heavily influence your interactions. Usually we have plenty of opportunity to reinforce or overturn it, but what happens when your first impression becomes your only impression? Continue reading Overcoming First Impressions

Super Mario Odyssey Trailer: Initial Thoughts

Last week, I discussed my thoughts and concerns on the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  Today, it’s Mario’s turn for some scrutiny, as we were just recently introduced to the next major Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey.  Let me start by saying that I’m not the biggest Mario fan out there.  The games are great and all, but they’re not exactly at the top of my list.  Nevertheless, I think the new Mario trailer may have possibly excited me even more than the Zelda one.

Considering I am a massive Zelda fan, I had to ask myself why this was, and it didn’t take me long to come up with an answer.  While Breath of the Wild signifies a major departure from the Zelda series, Odyssey marks a return to the Mario games I loved most.  Super Mario 64 and Sunshine gave us large, open worlds to explore, while Galaxy was linear and New Super Mario Bros. were traditional sidescrollers.  In short, I have been waiting for a Mario game like this for over a decade, and I couldn’t be happier! Continue reading Super Mario Odyssey Trailer: Initial Thoughts

Mass Effect Gets a Pre-Order Trailer

As we advance ever closer to its March 21st release date, more and more details have been dropping for the highly anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda. There’s still plenty that we don’t know about the game though, with the game’s multiplayer still firmly blocked from our view. Still, just as astronomers make indirect observations of distant stellar objects, we can glean some information from what is otherwise just something meant to show off the perks gained from pre-ordering the game. Continue reading Mass Effect Gets a Pre-Order Trailer

Ruling the Desert in Fallout: New Vegas

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Image by Flickr user Midhras (CC)

With the arrival of Fallout 4 in late 2015, I figured it was high time I get myself a piece of all that post-apocalyptic action that had been capturing everyone’s attention. And things started out well enough. I created my character, experienced the horror of nuclear annihilation (fun!), and started my new life on the other side, in wasteland called the “The Commonwealth.” Unfortunately, my relationship with the game petered off for no discernible reason. I became interested in other games, and that was that. I made a couple half-witted attempts at getting back into Fallout 4 at various points over the course of 2016, but they hardly resulted in any significant progression.

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New Breath of the Wild Trailer: Initial Thoughts

With the recent announcement of the Switch’s release date came more news for two exciting entries into Nintendo’s vast library of games.  Not only were we graced with more footage of Breath of the Wild, but we also got to watch open-mouthed as that new Mario game finally got a name, Odyssey.  Super Mario Odyssey, that is.  I’m not usually the type to record an in-depth analysis of my reaction to a game trailer, but I guess the Switch’s hype coupled with Nintendo’s lack of interesting games over the last few years has made these games all the more exciting to me.  Today I’d like to begin the discussion with Breath of the Wild.  Odyssey will follow next week.  So, without further ado… Continue reading New Breath of the Wild Trailer: Initial Thoughts

REVII: From Trailer to Launch

It’s official: Resident Evil is scary again! Even if it is borrowing a bit from the likes of Amnesia and Outlast, but there’s no denying that Resident Evil is finally delivering the scares its fans have been wanting for so many years. This shouldn’t really be coming as a shock since so much of the game’s pre-release media showed us what looked like a genuinely terrifying experience. It shouldn’t be a surprise, but with so many trailers and previews proving themselves unreliable at best we can hardly be blamed for our skepticism. Yet, here we are. Resident Evil VII is an excellent game that actually delivers the genuinely chilling experience were promised in the very first trailer. How closely does it hit the promised mark? More so than you might think. Continue reading REVII: From Trailer to Launch

YouTube Highlights: January 2017

It’s been 2017 for a few weeks now, and it seems that things are off to a great start in the gaming world. With news of the Nintendo Switch hitting everyone like a giant, colorful meteor ridden by Link and Mario, this year is already in the record books. Undoubtedly, we certainly plan to make it a good year and will keep going here with gaming news, writings, and videos. Yes, videos! Our YouTube channel continues to shine thanks to all of you, you wonderful watchers and commenters! And with that, it’s time for our monthly tour of the videos that lit up our channel in January!

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A Brief Look at the Switch’s Stats

In case you weren’t already aware…the Nintendo Switch is almost upon us!  Nintendo recently released some additional information on the Switch, and even though this information is already readily available online, let me summarize a little bit of what I learned here for you.  First of all, the console’s release date is scheduled for March 3, a date which has another significance that I will cover soon.  That’s pretty exciting, I must say, as I was not expecting it to be available until at least summer.  And at about $300 (at least, for those of us in the US; the Switch’s Wikipedia article lists prices for other parts of the world, as well), that seems to be a pretty reasonable price considering the Switch’s console/handheld abilities.  But keep in mind that there may be some hidden costs…. Continue reading A Brief Look at the Switch’s Stats

I’m Worried About Nintendo

I’m not sure if I can really call myself a Nintendo fan at the moment. The me of the past was certainly a Nintendo fan, and I still love all of my Nintendo games. My opinion of the company is a little different though; deteriorating further and further with each passing year until they became a little more than a joke in my eyes. I don’t want to dislike them. I was really hoping I’d see something incredible at their recent Switch presentation. I wanted to see something that would bring them back from the brink and show me a hint of the games maker they used to be. Instead, all I got was the same thing I’ve been getting from Nintendo for at least 6 years now: disappointment. Continue reading I’m Worried About Nintendo

Launching into Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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Image captured by cary, from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney © Nintendo

Do you know where I was when Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was first released in 2001? I sure don’t recall. Even if I could remember, it probably wouldn’t matter much anyway because I never had the system it was on, the Gameboy Advance.  And if that wasn’t on my radar then, then Phoenix Wright and his ace attorney-ing wasn’t either. Over the next several years, the name “Phoenix Wright” would flit in and out of my ears. Once I got a Nintendo DS, I do remember someone asking me if I was going to get “that new Phoenix Wright game.” Well, my man of the hour was, if not Mario, then Professor Layton.  His puzzle-y stylings were enough for me. I didn’t need some “law and order” game gumming up the works. Truth be told, it would be a good decade before I’d informally meet Mr. Wright. And it wasn’t in the context of a graphical courtroom but in a fighting game: Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Yep, here was this odd playable character named “Phoenix Wright” with the strangest fighting style imaginable. Who the heck was he? Who was that girl assisting him? And what was with all the “OBJECTION!” madness?? These were questions that bothered me only for a moment as I sought to crush my next opponents with Morrigan and Zangief. Phoenix Wright was just…there.

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Unforgettable: The Lemon Rant from Portal 2

I don’t write posts for the Unforgettable series very often because it is rather important that whatever topic I choose be very special indeed.  It has to be more than just a cool boss fight or a humorous line of dialogue.  It has to be, well, as the title suggests, utterly unforgettable.  It has to be something that you continue to think about months and even years after you first played the game in which it took place.  The Portal series is an easy candidate for these kinds of posts because it is comprised of a very unique pair of games.  In fact, I have already covered them in the past when I wrote about Still Alive and Want You Gone.  Best ending credits ever.  In short, these games are pretty amazing and are home to some great humor, most of which comes from the antagonist, GLaDOS herself.  Surprisingly enough, however, the best dialogue in the series does not come from this murderous AI, but someone else entirely. Continue reading Unforgettable: The Lemon Rant from Portal 2

Resonance: Stickerbrush Symphony

For one reason or another, my roommate and I recently got the urge to play through all of the Donkey Kong Country games, 100%, one after the other. The first DKC was fun, as always, and went down quite quickly; Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest took a bit longer though. It wasn’t just that the game is longer and more difficult than its predecessor, it’s that it also got us to stop several times just to appreciate the music. Even in this age of fully orchestrated soundtracks, DKC2’s small selection of MIDI themes still sounds incredible, and Stickerbrush Symphony might just be among the best of the bunch! Continue reading Resonance: Stickerbrush Symphony

The Will, the Way: Assassin’s Creed II

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Image by Flickr user Dakota Thrice (CC)

If you happened to have caught my post last month concerning rage-quitting and Assassin’s Creed, you might think that I’d never want to see hair nor hide of the series ever again.  In theory, the Assassin’s Creed games and I should have gotten along much better. They had rich stories, semi-open worlds to explore, decently fleshed-out characters, and mission-based gameplay to keep things on track. On paper, the life of an assassin should be been all that and more for me. After writing that post, was it too late, I wondered?

In fact, it wasn’t.  That post propelled me to take action, because if I was to ever get over that incident with the original Assassin’s Creed, I would have to man up and re-enter the series. Except…well, I wasn’t too keen on revisiting the life of the assassin Altair in the twelfth century.  That ship had sailed on long ago, and it was for the best that I simply move on. But to where?  Only two other Assassin’s Creed games graced our library: Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The former I had tried awhile back, but it lacked a hook. The latter just didn’t seem like a good time.

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FFV and the Joy of Feeling Competent

I have mentioned it from time to time, but over the last few years, I’ve been trying to catch up on a whole bunch of retro games I had missed.  And at this point, I’m largely done.  Sure, there are definitely more retro games out there that I should play one day, but as for the games I really wanted to check off my list, this goal has been met.  Final Fantasy 4-9, Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, EarthBound, Super Metroid, Super Mario RPG, all present and accounted for.  The last one on my list to play was Final Fantasy V, which, like Final Fantasy IV, is probably pretty obscure for anyone who hasn’t been playing Final Fantasy since the beginning.  (Thank you, Kingdom Hearts.  You introduced even non-Final Fantasy fans to characters like Cloud and Squall, but not once do you mention FF6 and prior.  With the exception of Setzer, of all people.  Setzer.)

Final Fantasy 4 and 5 were the only games not explicitly on my list, but they came with Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6, respectively, and who am I to pass up on an essentially free pair of games?  While FF4 was merely to pass the time and to say with confidence that, yes, I’ve played Final Fantasy 4, I must say that I enjoyed Final Fantasy 5 far more than I expected to.  Let me summarize the game a bit for anyone who might not be familiar with it. Continue reading FFV and the Joy of Feeling Competent

Uncharted, We Meet Again

Sometimes, it feels as if certain games come to exist in my house thanks to pure fate.  Most of my games I seek out myself, but Uncharted is one series I never once put my mind to acquiring, and yet, here I stand the owner of not one, but two, entries from the series.  The main reason why Uncharted never really appealed to me was because I’ve never been a fan of games that are too…realistic, I guess?  There’s just something about games that feature realistic-looking humans or even just good, ol’ planet Earth that don’t appeal to me.  (I mean, the Sly Cooper series seems to take place on Earth, but it’s populated by anthropomorphic animals, which is okay in my book.)

When I bought my PS3, it was accompanied by Uncharted 3.  I decided to play the game, since I had it in my possession, after all, and while it was pretty cool, I quickly forgot about it shortly after completion.  For a short while, I considered checking out the first two games, and then that just never happened.  And yet, that was certainly not the last I would see of the series, even if I didn’t know it at the time.  It was with the recent purchase of my PS4 that another Uncharted game snuck its way into my gaming shelf once more, the fourth (and final?) entry in the series.

Fancy seeing you here, Nathan Drake.  Long time no see. Continue reading Uncharted, We Meet Again

Listmas 2016: Most Anticipated Games

Hello and a happy new year to you all! This is it. The not-so-great mixed-bag that was 2016 has finally passed and the fresh start that is 2017 has finally arrived! There’s much that we don’t know about what this new year has in store for us, but what we do know is that it’s got some exciting games for us! I’ve got more than a few that I can’t wait to play, but the following are those that I can hardly contain my excitement for. Check ’em out! Continue reading Listmas 2016: Most Anticipated Games

YouTube Highlights: December 2016

Welcome back, one and all, to our final YouTube Highlights post of 2016! While we started up our YouTube channel in the summer of 2015, 2016 marks our first full year of making and providing game videos, so that’s kind of cool, no?  We certainly hope that the trend continues into 2017, because we’ve had an utterly grand time with the channel. And with that, let’s get to this month’s highlights!

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#Listmas2016: What I’ll be adding in next year…to the backlog

Following up on my Listmas post from last week, it’s time to get to the rundown of what games I hope to add to my backlog…err,  games library in 2017. And it’s not just brand new games that I’ve got my eye on, but a number of older titles that have skipped my purview or that I once had but sold or traded. Whether or not I’ll actually play any of them next years remains to be seen, but who knows! Granted, I already have and will put plenty on my gaming plate for the new year, but it’s still fun to take a look into the video games crystal ball to see what could be. So let’s get to the list!

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Listmas 2016: Eight of the Chilliest Songs in Gaming

With Listmas taking place in the chilly grip of wintertime, it’s only natural that some of our lists reflect this icy time of year.  We’ve already covered snowy levels and chilly characters in past years, so it’s high time we discussed eight chilly songs that will surely have you buttoning up your coats and seeking out a hot mug of cocoa. Continue reading Listmas 2016: Eight of the Chilliest Songs in Gaming

Listmas 2016: Holiday Events!

Merry Christmas everyone! This most wonderful day of the year is finally here, and with it this list of most enjoyable holiday events in gaming. Today’s a big day and, celebtating or not, I’m sure that you’ve got more than a few things you’d like to do with it. So with that in mind let’s just jump right on in! Continue reading Listmas 2016: Holiday Events!

#Listmas2016: What I’ll be playing next year…from the backlog

For those of us who play video games, it’s sometimes customary to take a little time at the end of any given year to look into what might be on our gaming plates in the next year.  To round out Listmas here, I’m giving into this same, fun habit with two posts related to my gaming hopes for 2017. In this first post, I’ll be covering the games from my backlog that I’d like to get through year. I figure that if I can make a concerted effort to play and complete games that I already have, then I’ll be able to supplement my library with new games (the subject of next week’s post).  As I’ve already got a couple games in progress already, I’ll cover them first in a quick paragraph, and then I’ll get to the “new” games. So, without further ado, let’s get to the list!

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Listmas 2016: Top 6 Locations in Sly Cooper

It was this past year that I finally got around to playing all four games of the Sly Cooper series, a series I fell in love with, in fact, within the first hour.  The whole stealth gameplay was very new to me, and I also greatly enjoyed the characters.  One other area where this game really shines is its locations.  You see, the Sly Cooper universe takes place in a world very similar to Earth, except it is populated by anthropomorphic animals rather than people, a fact I found quite entertaining indeed.  And so, to celebrate a new favorite series of mine, this list is dedicated to my six favorite locations in the Sly Cooper series. Continue reading Listmas 2016: Top 6 Locations in Sly Cooper

Listmas 2016: Five Uproariously Fun Multiplayer Games

The holidays are almost here and you’ve decided that you want to host some of your friends at your place for the occasion. You’ve got the food figured out and are confident that everyone will be willing to talk, but what are you all actually going to do at this party? Well, you could always break out some games. Just make sure that, if you do, you go with one of the following instead of falling back on Monopoly or Charades. Your guests will thank you (especially if you all enjoy video games)! Continue reading Listmas 2016: Five Uproariously Fun Multiplayer Games

#Listmas2016: Favorite Games to Replay

When we talk about the value of games, often we discuss replayability. That magic factor or host of factors that drive players to play games over despite having already beaten them. Sometimes it involves following a different plot or playing as different characters. Sometimes it involves collectibles or gathering special items. Sometimes it involves the drive to fully complete a game. And sometimes, a game is just that fun and compelling that it’s worth playing again simply because it exists.

Replaying Yoshi’s Woolly World for our YouTube channel has got me thinking about replayability, and, frankly, and unfortunately, how often I don’t replay my games these days. Because there was a time when I played the same games repeatedly, and it didn’t faze me. Now, with games being big and expansive, simply seeing a game’s credits, whether the game itself is fully complete or not, is nothing short of an accomplishment.  But that’s not to say that I haven’t ever occasionally returned to a big, expansive game in order to relive its experience. Or that I haven’t ever returned to those older games that kept me going for so long. With that in mind, here’s my #Listmas list of my top five…err, six favorite games that I like to keep on repeat.

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Listmas 2016: Games to Potentially Pad my PS4 Library

Now that the PS4 has finally joined my gaming family, I have begun the all-important task of acquiring a collection of games to accompany it.  What good is a shiny new console without games, after all?  Thus far, the PS4 section of my gaming shelf consists only of the Ratchet & Clank remake and Uncharted 4, which is a sad sight indeed.  Fortunately, with Christmas coming up, I might just be able to do something about it.  And so, without further ado, a delightful list containing the potential games I might add to my PS4’s library (even if some of them are nowhere near being released). Continue reading Listmas 2016: Games to Potentially Pad my PS4 Library

Listmas 2016: Mario Party’s 5 Best Minigames

December is here and that wonderful holiday season feel has come along for the ride! It may be a little early, but I’m already feeling the need to party! Hmm…putting together a real party takes time though, so how about some Mario Party instead? Any takers? Anyone? …Ah well. I’ve long been a fan of the Mario Party games, the N64 versions especially. I don’t know if it’s simple nostalgia or not, but there’s just something about the way these games played that still elevates them above the later entries in my book. Maybe it’s the way the boards always managed to throw wrenches into a games’ outcome. Maybe it’s the simpler game play they offer. Or perhaps it’s that their mini-games are still a blast to play, and the following five are the very best! Continue reading Listmas 2016: Mario Party’s 5 Best Minigames

#Listmas2016: Three Reasons Why I’m Not Yet Sold on Mass Effect: Andromeda

By Pottero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Pottero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Last week a new gameplay trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda was released during the 2016 Game Awards, and boy oh boy, does it ever look pretty.

It’s one of those trailers that leaves me in awe of the technology of today’s games. It’s almost ridiculous how much power and beauty developers can now fit into any given game, particularly games on this scale.  Plus, it’s Mass Effect, which already has an incredibly appealing universe. Over the years, it’s given us some of the most memorable characters and sites in gaming. The trilogy of original games certainly tops my list of all-time favorites.

That said…

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Listmas 2016: An Ode to Sidekicks

In this season of giving and good will towards all, it would only be fair for at least one Listmas list to give some attention to the oft under-appreciated sidekicks of gaming.  It can be easy for said sidekicks to get lost within the shadow of the more famed hero of the game, but that doesn’t mean they are any less important, for they are so often there to provide the hero with advice and support or, at the very least, give voice to those silent protagonists out there.  This is for you, sidekicks. Continue reading Listmas 2016: An Ode to Sidekicks

Merry Listmas and 5 More Snowy Levels!

Happy December and merry Listmas everyone! That’s right, our favorite list-filled celebration is back once more for 2016, and we’re looking to make our most list-tastic event yet! Just like in years past, we’re challenging our fellow bloggers out there to join us and post lists for anything and everything gaming ! They could be about the best characters, the coolest levels, even something like the top 5 villian mustaches in gaming (if you were so inclined)! Just tag it with #Listmas2016 and we’ll find it and add it to our master Listmas List for all the world to see (or you know, the people who visit here regularly)! We’ve got from now until from now until December 31st, so let’s get listing everyone! As for me, I think I’d like to start things off with a look at some of my favorite snow/holiday themed levels. Continue reading Merry Listmas and 5 More Snowy Levels!

Skylar & Plux: Another 3D Platformer is Coming

It sometimes feels as if traditional 3D platformers are a thing of the past.  Rareware hasn’t made a true Banjo-Kazooie game since 2000.  Naughty Dog has given up Jak & Daxter in favor of Uncharted, while Sly Cooper has more or less ended (it all depends on Sanzaru now…) to make way for Sucker Punch’s Infamous games.  It seems the only people who still make more traditional platformers are Nintendo with the Super Mario Bros. series and Insomniac with Ratchet & Clank.  But now, with the upcoming release of Yooka-Laylee, it seems like this genre might be starting to make a comeback.  While many people are excited for this particular game (including all three of us admins here at UWG), I’m not sure how many people are aware of another upcoming platformer, Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island. Continue reading Skylar & Plux: Another 3D Platformer is Coming

Games I’m Thankful For – Mass Effect 3

Did you have a good Thanksgiving this year? I hope you did. I did, and it (as always) got me thinking about the things I’m thankful for in this life of mine. Me being a gamer, there are more than a few games that I’m thankful for; I’ve even wrote about a few here before. I’ve always singled out favorites; games that I could play again and again. With all the hubbub about gaming hype in the last few months though, I’ve mostly been thankful that I’m not a part of that anymore. I was, I very much was, but something snapped me out of it. That something was Mass Effect 3, and I’m so very thankful what it did. Continue reading Games I’m Thankful For – Mass Effect 3

YouTube Highlights: November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! (Or, happy Thursday if Thanksgiving isn’t your thing.) Though it’s a holiday for us, we’re not taking a break from posting our monthly highlights from YouTube. If anything, we’re more than thankful for our subscribers and supporters there, and here…and everywhere. Thanks to you, you..and YOU! To everyone who’s motivated us to keep writing and playing. We hope that what we offer lends a little joy. 🙂 Speaking of which, November was a rousing good month for us video-wise, so let’s get on with the highlights!


First and foremost, we are incredibly pleased to have introduced this month, care of The Duck of Indeed, two brand new Let’s Plays: Ratchet & Clank (PS4) and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask! We hope  you’ll follow along as The Duck takes on these exciting titles.

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Resonance: Far Horizons

I’ve been rediscovering quite a bit in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition lately. At first it was just learning how much fun playing with mods could be, but, as I’ve been playing,  many of the smaller things that made Skyrim into a favorite have also been finding their way back into the limelight. Little details like ants on a log, the beautiful night skies, and especially the music. Skyrim’s music is easy to take for granted. It’s always there in the background; adding that little extra something that elevates your Dragonborn’s wanderings into something more. They’re all great, but “Far Horizons” stands out as one the best. Continue reading Resonance: Far Horizons

Can Music Make the Game?

We all know how important music is in video games. Sometimes, a game’s soundtrack is a character in and of itself, bringing life to a game in ways that a character can’t. Sometimes, a game’s soundtrack plays a supporting role by imbuing scenes with emotion, being a presence without overwhelming the action. Sometimes, a game’s soundtrack can be nearly nonexistent, popping up only when absolutely necessary in order to make the players react. And, no doubt, there are games without soundtracks. When done right, the lack of music plays a key role in forcing the player to focus on the game itself. When done wrong, lack of music in a game can make it feel hollow and incomplete.

So a game and its soundtrack often go hand in hand. We play great games and are rewarded by great soundtracks. But could it ever be that the soundtrack itself is the reward?

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Why I Still Love Kingdom Hearts

When’s the last time you thought about Kingdom Hearts? If you’re like me, it was probably the last time you saw a preview for the latest remaster/re-release that Square-Enix decided to roll out. We are now up to Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (a bit of a mouthful isn’t it?), and still have Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, a re-re-release of the PS3 re-releases for PS4, due out early next year. As a fan I find this all to be rather annoying. It feels like I haven’t played a new *Kingdom Hearts game in 10 years. Yet, at the same time, it’s a relief to see Square-Enix put so much effort into making sure gamers are still aware of the series. It means they still care and that Kingdom Hearts III is still coming. I haven’t stepped into Sora’s shoes for a very long time now, yet somehow I still love these games; all because the originals managed to be the most endearing games I’ve ever played. Continue reading Why I Still Love Kingdom Hearts

Saturday Video Round Up: November 6 – 12

It’s time once again for the Saturday Video Round Up, bringing you the best trtailers and gameplay from the previous week. Even though we’re just about halfway through the month and most, not all, major AAA titles are now out on store shelves, new trailers are still coming in fact and furious. Here’s a small taste of what waits for you below.

For you Mass Effect fans out there, you may have realized that this past Monday was N7 Day, a celebration for all things Mass Effect. As usual, BioWare led the celebration charge and released new details on the upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda including the first cinematic trailer for the game. Prepare to drool in all it’s visual glory!

It’s launch trailer central this week as two games that have been featured almost on a weekly basis are finally launching. That’s right, come check out the launch trailers for Dishonored 2, then go play it because it’s out now and Watch_Dogs 2 which hits store shelves early next week.

I’ve also got new videos for Steep, Persona 5, The Last Guardian and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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A Collaborative Look at the New Nintendo Switch

If you’ve been following along with recent gaming news, you’ll no doubt be aware of the fact that the mystery of the Nintendo NX has finally been revealed as Nintendo’s newest console, the Nintendo Switch, named for its ability to, well, switch between a handheld and a console.  If you haven’t already seen it, you can find the trailer here:

Video from Youtube User: Nintendo

Pretty interesting, no?  Well, we here at UWG certainly thought so.  To celebrate the Switch’s reveal, we shall be providing you all with our initial thoughts on Nintendo’s most recent innovation in a special collaboration post.  (And, as always, please provide your own thoughts in the comments below!) Continue reading A Collaborative Look at the New Nintendo Switch

Saturday Video Round Up: February 12 – 18

Saturday is back once again and along with it comes a brand new edition of the Video Round Up. It’s back to bring you the best trailers and videos from the past week, so without further delay, let’s get into it, shall we?

It was a big week for Injustice 2 as the upcoming DC Comics fighting game introduced a bunch of fighters to its expansive roster of heroes and villains. Swamp Thing made his debut, followed by another trailer showing off four femme fatales with Black Canary, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and Cheetah.

After much success with their Wii U season pass experiment for first party games like Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, and Hyrule Warriors, Nintendo has revealed that they’re doing another season pass for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While many of you may be worrying that Zelda has always been a complete experience on day one, it appears that Nintendo is not planning on cutting out content and reselling it. Based on the limited information, the post-launch content appears to be additional, and optional content.

I’ve also got new videos for Nier: Automata, Sea of Theaves, Horizon Zero Dawn and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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Saturday Video Round Up: February 5 – 11

Welcome back to another brand new edition of the Saturday Video Round Up! For those of you new here, this is the weekly series bringing you the best trailers and gameplay videos from around the gaming industry. Here’s a small taste of what’s waiting for you below the jump.

Well gang, it’s a Ubisoft kind of week here on the Round Up and frankly, this shouldn’t be surprising. Rainbow Six Siege just launched it’s first expansion of season 2, For Honor arrives next week, and Ghost Recon Wildlands is also right around the corner. If you’re looking forward to any of those games or perhaps a reason to get excited, check out the variety of Ubisoft-flavored trailers below. You have quite the selection this week.

For you Nintendo fans, the house of Mario released a new trailer focusing on the hardware side of the upcoming console. Take a look, perhaps new details are waiting for you inside this in-depth look.

I’ve also got new videos for Street Fighter V, Dark Souls III, Final Fantasy XV and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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What’s the glitchiest game you’ve ever played?

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Until recently, my answer to this question would have been Saints Row 2. I played the PC port of the game on Steam, and it contained its share of problematic glitches. In fact, more than once I found the game to be completely unplayable. Worst was when the screen would randomly blackout in the middle of a mission with the sound still playing in the background. It only happened a handful of times, but even one occurrence of such a glitch is one too many.

But as glitch-ridden as Saints Row 2 was, it doesn’t hold a candle to Fallout: New Vegas.

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