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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: 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

The First Good Video Game Movie is Here

After a long wait, the Ratchet and Clank movie has finally come out.  Video game movies have a long history of being pretty terrible, but after watching the trailer (um…several dozen times), this one looked like it would be the first video game movie to be of quality.  Nevertheless, after its release in theatres, I watched as the ratings went down and down, from a high of 21% on Rotten Tomatoes down to a dismal 17%.  I expect it to drop lower in the coming weeks.  While I found this aggravating, it did not surprise me.  People will never accept such a movie until they accept the medium that inspired it.  Why mobile games like Angry Birds gain such widespread acceptance, while console and PC games continue to thrive only outside the mainstream population, I know not, but alas, that is not the topic of this post.  Suffice it to say, us gamers are a very special group indeed, and it appears we will remain that way.

I knew the reviews would only annoy me, but I skimmed over a few anyway.  Critics complained of an unoriginal storyline and flat characters, among other things.  They even claimed many elements were stolen from more recent movies.  I was baffled because these statements were unfounded.  How can a movie based on a game from 2002 steal elements from movies that came out far after the game’s original release date?  This is not just my opinion; it is logically impossible.  Likewise, the Ratchet and Clank series has a history of fun, but well-developed characters and interesting stories.  I find the characters from this series to be among the best in video games, and how characters I have formed a deep bond with, from the naïve, but intelligent Clank to the arrogant, but well-meaning (after his redemption, anyway) Qwark…how they could be described as flat, well, I’m astounded.  They might as well state Mario is not an icon of gaming or Sonic is not Sega’s most famous character. Continue reading The First Good Video Game Movie is Here

Saturday Video Round Up: Sept 6 – 12

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

We’re right in the middle of big releases left and right and as such it’s another solid week for trailers. The Round Up has returned once again, grabbing the best gameplay and cinematic trailers from the past week. Without further adieu, lets have a look at what’s on tap for this week.

Fallout 4 continues to be one of the most anticipated titles for 2015 and Bethesda is making the wait even hard by releasing a series of neat little videos featuring Vault Boy. This week touches on Strength and what it means for those of you who want to invest a lot of S.P.E.C.I.A.L. points into that category.

One of my personal favorite games of this year, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is getting ready to unleash it’s first expansion called Hearts of Stone. The debut teaser trailer is waiting for you below the jump.

I’ve also got new videos for Destiny: The Taken King, Rainbow Six Siege, SOMA 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…

Continue reading Saturday Video Round Up: Sept 6 – 12

Saturday Video Round Up: July 5 – 11

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

After a short hiatus, the Video Round Up is back once again containing all of the best video content from the past week, even if we’re dead smack dab in the middle of the slowest release period of the year. Thankfully, Comic Con helped save this week a bit so lets get to the new stuff, shall we? Here’s a small taste.

With Comic Con is raging over in San Diego, meshing TV, movies, comics, and games together under one roof, Capcom took the opportunity to bring their highly anticipated fighter, Street Fighter V to the show floor. Better yet? A new character has also been revealed, to which I’ll let the trailer below fill you in on who it is.

Fans of Treyarch’s zombies mode will be thrilled to learn it’s coming back in this year’s Call of Duty entry: Black Ops III. This time around, the mode takes place in a Mafia inspired 1940’s setting and brings Ron Perlman, Heather Graham, Neal McDonough, and the one and only Jeff Goldblum on as the four main characters. Time to queue up Goldblum’s classic Jurassic Park memes.

I’ve also got new videos for Tom Clancy’s The Division, Batman Arkham Knight DLC, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 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…

Continue reading Saturday Video Round Up: July 5 – 11

Saturday Video Round Up: March 29 – April 4

The following post was submitted by GamerCrash. See more trailers and news at GamerCrash.com

Welcome to April everyone! Saturday has once again rolled around and here’s a brand new Video Round Up for you to sink your teeth into. A lot took place this past week so there’s a ton of new trailers and video content for you to enjoy. So kick your feet up, crank the volume, and enjoy! Here’s a small taste of what’s below the jump.

It’s a Nintendo explosion! As a new Nintendo Direct graced our computer screens, a vast array of trailers also released covering a bunch of upcoming games like Fire Emblem, Splatoon, and new content for Mario Kart 8. I’ve grabbed them all for you and placed them below for your viewing pleasure.

Fans of Tom Clancy will be excited to know that a brand new trailer for Rainbow Six Siege released earlier this week to coincide with the beta signup news. The trailer shows off more gameplay elements and gadgets players will be able to use to either save hostages or take down the Rainbow team.

I’ve also got new videos for Titan Souls, Mortal Kombat X, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles 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…

Continue reading Saturday Video Round Up: March 29 – April 4