Making Nice with the Twilight Princess: Update #2

Seeing has how it’s been awhile since I last gave an update on my progress with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, one might think that, surely, I must be almost done with the game! Well, that someone would be quite incorrect, sadly. Indeed, much of my most recent time was spent with Red Dead Redemption (and I have no regrets!). However, over the past couple months I haven’t been completely ignoring Link (wolf and human) and Midna and those dastardly shadows. I’ve managed to get a few more stray hours; and with Red Dead Redemption done, I’m looking to play a bit more regularly…mostly. I hope.

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Newcomer Alert: More Than Halfway Through Sly 3

Why, hello, everyone.  While I originally intended on writing about my thoughts halfway through my playthrough of Sly 3, this didn’t quite happen.  I am about 48% through the game, but I have clearly made it much closer to the end than I realized when I ended up back on Kaine Island where the prologue took place.  Hmm…something’s definitely off….

The reason for this comes from the fact that this game has Master Thief Challenges to complete in each chapter, so be sure to check these out.  When wondering how on Earth I had reached the final level of the game at less than 50%, I found these challenges and realized they were the reason for the absurd discrepancy in percentages.  I wish they had told me about these earlier.  Well, I haven’t tried any yet, but they appear to be asking me to complete previous jobs with certain conditions.  Don’t get hurt, do this in the time limit, and so on.  It doesn’t sound too hard, but I’ll find out soon enough, now won’t I?  After getting 100% in the previous games, though, it would be a real shame not to do the same now…. Continue reading Newcomer Alert: More Than Halfway Through Sly 3

What Final Fantasy XIII Taught Us

No entry in the Final Fantasy series is as much maligned as the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy of games. In the years since the first game launched back in 2009, the games under its banner have been extensively (some might even say “wrongly), criticized not only as the weakest in the series, but also as downright bad games. I can’t say whether or not they’re truly bad or just good with the caveat of being widely misunderstood. What I can say though, is that the games taught us something valuable even as bad entries in the Final Fantasy series. Simply put, they taught us to recognize what we want from a game published under the Final Fantasy brand. Continue reading What Final Fantasy XIII Taught Us

Saturday Video Round Up: March 20 – 26

The following post was submitted by Derek from Gamer Crash. See more trailers and news at GamerCrash.com!

Congratulations, you’ve made it to Saturday once more! That means it’s time to dive into the latest and greatest video content from around the gaming industry, so kick back and crank that volume. Here’s a small sample to get us started.

A game I have been pretty excited about, Hyper Light Drifter, released a new trailer this week showing off more of that gorgeous pixel art style. The real surprise came at the end, which not only revealed a release date but it confirmed that it’s arriving way sooner than people expected: next week! Have a look at the trailer, the game looks pretty flashy and cool.

If you’re up for a challenge, Dark Souls III would like to have a word with you. Rumored to be the hardest game in the franchise to date, the latest trailer aims to show you some of the gothic style monstrosities that are waiting in the wings to smash, crush, burn, and destroy you.

I’ve also got new videos for Overwatch, Battleborn, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End 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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How Have You Changed? A Response.

Image by Flick user Satish Indofunk
Image by Flickr user Satish Indofunk (CC)

Earlier this week, my colleague, Hatm0nster, wrote up an intriguing and inquisitive article titled How Have You Changed? If you’ve not read it, I highly suggest doing so before moving on, because what I have here is a response. A long response. One that started out as a comment to his article, only to develop a life of its own.

In his piece, Hatm0nster discussed the ways in which his core gaming beliefs have evolved with time, from becoming a less competitive game to becoming a more social gamer.  In various posts on this site, I’ve touched upon my own personal development as far as gaming is concerned, but here I’d like to compile a fuller picture. As well, at the end of his article Hatm0nster asked a very innocent question:

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Newcomer Alert: Initial Thoughts on Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves

Two games from the original Sly Cooper trilogy down, one more to go.  That’s right, everyone, I have just started Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.  I am writing this particular post two hours into the game rather than just the usual hour, and…I’m not quite sure what to say yet.  Okay, first off, this game is really similar to Sly 2.  The controls are largely the same.  The graphics are the same.  (I think Carmelita’s voice actor has changed again, though.)  Honestly, I don’t have a lot to go on right now, so I’m going to devote part of this post to pure speculation as to what I think is going to happen. Continue reading Newcomer Alert: Initial Thoughts on Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves

How Have You Changed?

Do you feel like you’ve changed as a gamer? Not in terms of the amount of time playing games or other cursory elements like that. We’ve all had changes in our lives that have caused us to shift our gaming habits. I mean do you, at your core, feel like you’re a different type of player than you were 15, 10, or even five years ago? Do you have the same motivations for playing? The same goals? Are you still the adventurous type, or would you rather stick with what you know now? We enthusiasts  are often called the “core” audience. I just can’t help but wonder if this “core” hasn’t shifted in one way or another. Continue reading How Have You Changed?