Category Archives: Speculation

Okay Mass Effect: Andromeda, You Got Me

Image (©Bioware) by Flickr user inforumatik (CC)
Image (©Bioware) by Flickr user inforumatik (CC)

Regular readers might have caught a post I wrote a c ouple months ago in which I was a little down on Mass Effect: Andromeda. Unfortunately, I was harboring some bad thoughts about what Andromeda was purported to be back in early December, and that something was, as I perceived it, a mere shade of what I had hoped from a new Mass Effect adventure.

Well, here we are now, just twenty days away from Andromeda’s release, and…yep, I have to admit that I’ve changed my tune. I am now, fully and without exception, all aboard the Andromeda train. Woo woo!

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A New Playground for Playground Games?

Image from Flickr user lowflyer1951 (CC)
Image from Flickr user lowflyer1951 (CC)

In 2012, a new envisioning of Microsoft’s popular racing game series, Forza, appeared on the scene: Forza Horizon. Forza Horizon wasn’t simply a racing game, it was an open-world driving game that invited players to explore a vast world in a variety of cars and progress through a series of tasks and challenges. Even though I was only nominally familiar with the Forza series at the time, I tried my hand at Forza Horizon. It didn’t grab me, but I could certainly see the appeal. Being unleashed into a relatively expansive world solely as a car, so to speak, was something different, if not entirely new. (A few Need for Speed and Burnout games pre-date Forza Horizon.)

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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

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

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

Belatedly, let’s talk about Red Dead Redemption 2

Late last month, Rockstar dropped its first teaser trailer for the brand new Red Dead Redemption 2. A series of persistent rumors had popped up some months before hinted that a sequel to the very popular Red Dead Redemption was in the work. It seems that, thankfully, they turned out to be true!

In a way, I feel like I’ve been playing Red Dead Redemption for a several years. I first played it in 2013, and then I played through it again, fully, earlier this year. But during the between years, I’ve played the game sporadically, just to pick up missed side quests, do a little treasure hunting, or spend a little time meandering through its wondrous landscapes on horseback. The game is just one of my favorites, from the story to the music to the environments, and I simply need to revisit it every now and then.

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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