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
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
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.
Ah, back to the 30-day video game topics. Despite the obvious implication that this is only supposed to span the course of roughly a month, these posts have been taking me years to get through. Well, better get back to it. Right now, we’re only on day 13. The topic: a game I’ve played more than five times. There are a lot of games I could name right now that I’ve played far more times than is sane, but the one I’ve chosen to discuss is Donkey Kong Country 2. By now, many of you are probably more than familiar with the fact that I love this game. Even more of you are probably just familiar with this game due to your own experiences with it and don’t need any explanation for why it’s such a great game. So I’m not getting into that. The game was released in 1995, for crying out loud! That was 21 years ago! Wow, has it really been that long…?
All right, so, instead of telling you guys what this game is all about, why don’t I tell you about five of my most memorable experiences with this amazing game? The first time I really got into playing Super Nintendo games was when my parents had the SNES connected to a TV in the basement. Being out of the way, it made it so much easier to play these games to my heart’s content, unlike the poor Nintendo 64, which was in the living room. (You see, the coaxial cable part of the basement TV was okay, so the SNES worked just fine on it. But the composite…thingies on that TV stopped working, so our N64 only got sound and no picture. That’s why we got a new TV to connect the N64 to, along with all our other newer devices at the time, while the other TV, along with the SNES, got moved into the basement.) We already had about 20 SNES games, and some of my best memories from my ducklinghood involved me spending hours in the basement trying out a whole bunch of games I had never played before. Continue reading Day 13: A Game I’ve Played More Than Five Times
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
Well folks, this week marks a very special edition of the Video Round Up. Like I do every year, the Round Up is going on a little vacation, set to return early in 2017. We’re finally past all of the major releases this year and with the holidays coming up quickly, the video activity will be slowing to a crawl. I may make a special one next month for the Game Awards and PlayStation event so stay tuned. For now, I’ll have more on this next week along with what’s going to be replacing it in December.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves though, it’s time to enjoy another edition of the Saturday Video Round Up. As I mentioned, even with new releases are slowing to a crawl, there’s still some interesting stuff to share. Here’s a small taste of what waits for you below.
Rainbow Six Siege, a game that launched almost a year ago, is still going strong and so to is the post-launch support. The final expansion of season one, Operation Red Crow, introduces a new map and two new operators based on the special forces of Japan. It’ll be interesting to see where Ubisoft takes this game with a second season of content now coming in 2017.
It’s still a bit strange to say, but The Last Guardian is now only a couple of weeks away. I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.
To help get fans even more excited, Sony has released a brand new CG cinematic trailer featuring some action sequences between Trico and the little boy.
I’ve also got new videos for Dishonored 2, Persona 5, Pokemon Sun/Moon 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…
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?