YouTube Highlights: September 2016

With Fall in full swing, it’s the perfect time of year to snuggle under some blankets and catch up on some gaming videos. Good thing you’re here, because we’ve got just the post for you! It’s time to take a look back on our video ventures from the past month. Come along and watch, won’t you?

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Putting a Name to Nostalgia: MindMaze

I’m sure all of us have some game or movie or book that we remember, even when the name itself has been forgotten to us.  Strangely enough, at least in my case, I often have fond memories of these forgotten stories, despite the contradiction of forgetting the name of something I claimed to have enjoyed.  Recently, I happened quite by chance upon a few movies I saw as a duckling whose names I had previously forgotten (in case you’re curious, The Pagemaster was one of them), and it made me all the more determined to hunt down the name of an old PC game I remember playing long ago.

This is what I remembered.  The game was probably released in the mid to late 90’s.  I believe it came with the computer.  And it involved exploring a medieval castle.  The game was in first-person, but there was no battling, and it was set up like a maze.  In order to progress through the maze, I thought you probably answered questions or something.  I could see in my head the stone wall of the interior of the castle, and I was vaguely aware of some certain background music. Continue reading Putting a Name to Nostalgia: MindMaze

Working to be Competitive

Destiny’s “Rise of Iron” expansion is finally out and with it comes new things to do and new gear to acquire! I’ve already played through the story and am looking forward to the new “Wrath of the Machine” raid, but what I’ve got my eye on are all the really flashy items to be awarded in the “Trials of Osiris” pvp mode. The thing is, if you want to get anything out of the trials, you gotta win first. Continue reading Working to be Competitive

Saturday Video Round Up: September 18 – 24

Saturday has once again rolled around so that means it’s time for another edition of the Saturday Video Round Up. As usual, we’re bringing you the latest trailers from the week that was. Let’s see what when down in the gaming industry this week, shall we?

Xbox has a bunch of launch trailers for your viewing enjoyment. The first is the gorgeous looking racer Forza Horizon 3, which looks to just want to provide a fun experience to players rather than be a true simulation racer.

Even though it’s not out for a few more weeks, the hype meter continues to rise for Gears of War 4. All aboard the hype train as the impressive launch trailer is now available for your eyes.

Ubisoft waited till the end of the week, but they released a new trailer for Watch_Dogs 2 focusing entirely on the story. We finally get to see the villain of the game, motivations for the characters, and a surprise reveal from a big character form the first game. No, not Mr. Trench Coat, Aiden Pearce, but another friendly face.

I’ve also got new videos for Dishonored 2, Destiny: Rise of Iron, Titanfall 2 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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When Good is Just Okay Enough: Street Fighter EX3

The following post originally appeared on Recollections of Play, February 14, 2013.

Street Fighter EX3 (EX3), released in late 2000, was the first 3D Street Fighter game I ever played. Up to that point we had been wearing thin our copy of…which game was it? Super SFII or SF Alpha 2…one of those.  Plus, we didn’t have a fighting game for the PS2, so why not?  It seemed awesome enough that SF was finally being moved into the world of 3D graphics.  It seemed like the new tag team battled would be loads of fun.  It seemed like there’d be new stuff to learn with new characters mixed in with old favorites.  We weren’t entirely wrong in our assumptions, but we weren’t entirely right.  EX3 was a good game, but not the greatest the series had to offer.

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Unforgettable: The Aliens of Majora’s Mask

I’ve been thinking about one of my favorite games lately, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, and though the game is near and dear to my heart, I realize now that I had forgotten about a lot of the things that made the game special.  I had forgotten just how dark the game could be, just as I hadn’t remembered there being so many strange, but unique, individuals inhabiting the land of Termina.  I had also nearly forgotten one of my favorite side quests in the game.

Yes, most people cite the Kafei and Anju side quest as being one of the best, and it is, but it’s not exactly “unforgettable” in the manner I typically mean when I write these posts.  Rather, there is one side quest that is just so bizarre and out of place in the Zelda universe that it is the most deserving of this special mention. Continue reading Unforgettable: The Aliens of Majora’s Mask

Musings on Console Upgrades

With the announcements of the Xbox One S, the PS4 Slim, and the PS4 Pro, gamers should have plenty to be excited about in the coming months. They should, but I don’t think that’s really the case. Instead, I think their existence has just raised questions. Of those questions, the ones that I’ve been asking myself the most are: “How long will it be before the upgraded version becomes mandatory?” and “If I’m going to have to upgrade more often, then why don’t I just make the jump to PC?” It’s not that the future looks bleak for consoles, but we are entering uncharted waters of a sort. Continue reading Musings on Console Upgrades