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Black Friday 2016 Pickups!

Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great Thanksgiving and found yourselves some sweet deals this holiday – I know I’ve found a few solid sales on games I’ve had my eye on, which I’ll talk about here.

Oddly enough, I haven’t actually bought any hard copies of games or anything – all of my shopping so far has been digital and been worth much less than what I’ve spent in previous years. This is a bit of a change of pace for me, so I usually hop for physical media. Anyway, let’s get into it!

  1. Mad Max (PS4)

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I’ve had my eye on this game for what feels like ages. The only reason I didn’t pick it up sooner was due the game releasing on the same day as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain from last year, and at the time, my level of excitement for MGSV was through the roof. As a huge Mad Max fan, and after having watched Mad Max: Fury Road about six times, I’m looking forward to seeing what the game has to offer; and at $7.99 on the PlayStation Store, I couldn’t resist.

  1. Mega Man Legacy Collection (PS4)

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I’ve been looking at this one for a while, in addition to Mad Max. Having never fully beaten Mega Man 2, I knew this was my best chance to finish that game and experience the other classic games in the long-running series. The only other Mega Man games that I’ve played and completed are Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10, so I’ve got some experience in the blue bomber’s field of platforming.

  1. Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 (PS4)

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I played the demo for this game when it launched, and absolutely adored what it has to offer. The rapid speed of Pac-Man and the ghosts sprinting across each stage gave me a feeling of adrenaline that nowadays few games can achieve, which is why I’ve questioned until now why I didn’t download this game sooner. Despite this, the game is very solid, as I expected. After playing about an hour or so the other day, I only have one gripe – so far, it seems as if the only notable music track in the game is the first track, with the others sounding rather bland. I could be wrong, as I have yet to finish the game, and I’m hoping the rest of the music can reach the high bar that the first track achieves.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX (3DS)

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Okay, okay.. When I said earlier that I was waiting to play Mad Max for what felt like ages, that is nothing compared to how long I’ve felt waiting to play this game. Link’s Awakening has always been in my backlog, but for some poor reason or another, I kept pushing it off and forgetting to start the game up. Well, I noticed on the Nintendo eShop that it was offered for just a couple of bucks, and I couldn’t say no. After playing a little bit of the game, I can already tell that I’ll enjoy this one. I’m a bit of a sucker for Game Boy titles because I grew up in the era of Gameboy Color games, and fondly remember the simple graphics and pixel music.

  1. Battlefield 1 (PS4)

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So I have not actually began playing this game, because it hasn’t arrived on my doorstep quite yet. I saw Amazon was offering the PS4 version for $27, and after hearing a bunch of praise for both the campaign and the tried-and-true Battlefield multiplayer, I knew I had to dive in. I invested a lot of time into Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4, so I was rather cautious leading up to this game’s launch. I decided not to spring for it at release, instead grabbing Titanfall 2 (which I think is for the best – like I mentioned in a previous write-up, that game is VERY good!) but now I’m looking forward to playing the newest entry in this long-running series. I’m still in awe that a World War 1 first-person shooter was created for the triple-A video gaming market in 2016; if you told me a few years ago during the modern military shooter craze that EA, of all companies, would be doing this in 2016, I’d have called you crazy. Doesn’t make me any less happy about this fresh territory for the shooter market!

Anyway, that’s all I got for now. Perhaps some upcoming deals on Monday will pique my interest.. We’ll see! Let me know if you picked up anything this past Friday or across the week leading up to Thanksgiving. Again, thanks for reading. Buh bye for now!

  • Matt
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I’ve Entered the World of PC Gaming

These past few weeks, I was considering replacing my laptop with a more powerful one. Seeing as Killer Instinct on PC is nearing release (I hope!) I figured now was a better time than ever to splurge on a brand-new computer. I had been rocking an old 2008 Samsung notebook for about seven years, and when the thing started to have trouble playing YouTube videos at 60FPS, I had a feeling it was time for an upgrade.

MSI notebook

I’d considered building my own tower, but then a friend of mine recommended I check out the MSI line of notebooks. My current living situation at the moment is a bit up in the air, and if for some reason I needed to find a new place to stay, lugging over the tower might have been a hassle. With that in mind, I decided to look into the notebooks that my friend recommended. MSI seems to offer a great number of solid notebooks, with many of them receiving high marks from critics.

I wanted something that can play recent releases, as well as a couple of upcoming titles that I’m eager to check out in the future (Killer Instinct and Gears of War Remastered immediately come to mind). However, I still keep my PlayStation 4 and Wii U close to heart; they’ll most likely remain my two main gaming platforms in the years to come, with some PC gaming on the side.

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The notebook that I decided to purchase is the MSI GE62 APACHE-002, with a 15.6 inch display. So far, I’m really enjoying this computer. Every game I’ve ran on here works flawlessly. Also, Windows 10 just released, and after installing and playing around with the new update, I can say that it is miles ahead of Windows 8. A clean interface with (mostly) easy to navigate menus make this update pretty slick. Plus, it was free, so that’s cool. Only issue I’ve encountered so far is the lowered resolution of the Steam app; for whatever reason, when I open up Steam, the application’s resolution is much lower than that of what it used to be. It’s very odd because Steam is the only application affected by this issue. I’ve tried finding a solution online, to no luck. Hopefully I can find a fix soon.

Steam sales are going to be the end of me (again).

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Thanks for reading!

E3 Anticipation – Sony

After a great presentation by Bethesda earlier, I am looking even more forward to seeing what Sony and Nintendo have rolled up their sleeves for their E3 showcase. Let’s get started with my expectations for Sony’s PlayStation 2015 conference!

Expectations:

Uncharted 4 Wallpaper

1. Uncharted 4 gameplay demo, announcement of release date and/or multiplayer beta. I think this one is pretty much a given, seeing as the main banner of E3 2015 is a poster of Nathan Drake, and we received a gameplay trailer last year, so it’d be a bit strange if Mr. Drake didn’t show up on-screen in his new game at one point or another. It’ll most likely be the show’s opening or closing demonstration.

Bloodborne werewolf

2. Bloodborne expansion! Maybe a short teaser, or an expected release date, I’m expecting something Bloodborne-related to be shown during the show. After the high sales figures of the base game, this is the perfect time for Sony to keep the Bloodborne hype train flowing.

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3. Morpheus VR stuff.

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4. Media Molecule and Guerrilla Games new IP unveiling. These ones have been a long time coming, and I hope we get to see the new projects they’ve been working on.

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5. A release date for No Man’s Sky, along with a few other notable indie titles including The Witness.

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6. Gameplay demonstrations for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, or Star Wars Battlefront 3. Andrew House mentioned the company is focused this Fall on third-party offerings, so I feel like the company is going to focus on making these games appear as PlayStation-focused as they possibly can. (I wasn’t quite sure to what to place as the bullet point image, so please look at this Dualshock 4 controller.

More than anything, I hope we see new IP unveiled by Sony’s first party studios. Even though the first-party offerings for the end of this year are slim pickings, I’m hoping that Sony proves to us that their own studios have been hard at work on killer new games that release in early to mid 2016.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear your impressions on the show! Happy E3!!

E3 Anticipation – Bethesda

It’s finally here! The week of E3 is nearly upon us, and I am filled with excitement, just as I am every year. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the press conferences, because I believe that every company has at least one game or concept that will pique my interest.

First up on the list is Bethesda, who (if I’m remembering correctly) hasn’t made an appearance at E3 in quite some time, if at all. So, let’s get started. Here are my expectations:

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1. Fallout 4 release date and ‘live’ gameplay demonstration.

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2. New Doom trailer, vague placeholder date (example: coming early 2016).

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3. Something Wolfenstein-related, possibly another standalone expansion to the New Order, in a similar vein to The Old Blood.

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4. Dishonored 2 revealed, gameplay demonstration with a placeholder date.

And now, here are my hopes that may not come true! But I really hope they do..

1. Fallout 4 release date *Todd Howard walks on stage* “Hey guys, Fallout 4 is releasing this October. Get hyped.” *drops mic, walks off stage*
2. Doom gameplay trailer, multiplayer beta starts IMMEDIATELY to all Wolfenstein: The New Order owners who received a Doom multiplayer beta invite.
3. Elder Scrolls VI teased (I seriously doubt this one will happen, but you never know).

And there we have it. There’s my expectations, and my (not so realistic) predictions. Hope you enjoyed reading this, and I’ll be back to write my thoughts after the conference as well as my expectations for Sony, and Nintendo’s E3 talks.

Happy E3, everyone! Thanks for reading.

Playing Recently – May 11th, 2015

Hey, long time no see! I’ve been pretty busy lately. Okay, that’s a bit of a lie. I suppose I just have a tough time motivating myself to write here on Word Press, what with school work, work work, video games, and hanging with friends filling up my time. Thankfully, classes are coming to a close, so a little more time will be freed up.

Anyway! Here’s the games I’ve been playing recently.

Predator and Jason

Mortal Kombat X – As per usual, I’ve been playing at least a few rounds each day of this brutal fighter. I have to say, the variation system Netherrealm implemented into this game is a very intelligent idea; it allows for more playstyles in each character, giving the roster some individuality. Lately I’ve been trying to get a hang of Cassie Cage and her Hollywood variation.

MK8 Big Blue

Mario Kart 8 – New downloadable tracks! 200cc! What more could you ask for? Nintendo has made me a very happy Mario Kart player with the newest downloadable offerings. Playing 200cc in online matches with eleven other people is absolutely insane, in the best kind of way. Big Blue, the second F-Zero – inspired track is easily my favorite among the new tracks, and the Animal Crossing course is also very fun, especially due to the seasons changing within the course each time you play it. What a great multiplayer game. Now can we please get a revamped battle mode, one that operates akin to previous Mario Kart games?! If Nintendo does this, I’ll be playing more Mario Kart for many months to come.

MH4U

Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate – Still plugging away at the Monster Hunter craze, I just hit a little over 60 hours in my one hunter. After discovering the massive damage the hammer can deal, I’ve been using that for the last few hunts. It’s been a very fun time, and it’s amazing to me that I still feel rather new to the game; I know that people have said Monster Hunter games can occupy a solid 150+ hours, but after 60+ I still feel like there is a lot left to explore! It makes me excited for future Monster Hunter titles. Let’s hope they aren’t restricted to handhelds alone! I’d love to see a new MH on a home console, although what are the odds of that happening, considering MH4 on the 3DS’s success? Not too certain. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Thanks for reading, everyone. Hope things are going well with you all. Peace!

Get Hyped – Bloodborne Draws Near!

It’s almost finally here. The newest exclusive game for PS4 comes to us from the intelligent minds at From Software, possibly best known for their break-out hits Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls I and II. Each of these have been highly praised over the past few years, and because of this there are high expectations set for their newest project, Bloodborne. While on the surface the game appears to play similarly to the Souls games that From Software has previously developed, there are a few changes in particular which I am super excited for.

Bloodborne title card

To start off, there’s a large emphasis on dodging enemy attacks in Bloodborne, as opposed to blocking attacks with a shield like in the Souls games. While the Souls games pushed the idea of dodging enemy attacks to best survive, there was also a large presence of shields in the games, available for both the player and certain enemy types to utilize. Key figures at From Software have stated that Bloodborne emphasizes the usage of dodging enemy attacks, because shields will not be as frequent as they were in the Souls games. I fully welcome this change, because by removing a shield which players can hide behind, it appears as if combat in Bloodborne will be faster-paced and more intense than ever before. I’m looking forward to seeing the strategies online players in PVP will utilize! Hopefully there will be some new badass dodging mechanics to be found.

Moving on from gameplay changes, the atmosphere and environments of Bloodborne are simply awesome. The Victorian-Gothic setting with crazed villagers and giant beasts await players when they start the game, and each of the environments looks very deep with many nooks and crannies to explore. The gloomy and dark setting fits in perfectly with the fantasy-esque enemy types that have been shown off. The werewolves in particular look especially terrifying to battle, due to their fast-pace nature and loud snarls.

Bloodborne werewolf

I’ve been on a media blackout for Bloodborne, avoiding most game videos and previews since E3 2014, but as the game draws close I’m finding it increasingly difficult to avoid reading or watching anything about the game! If you own a PS4 and/or have played any of the Souls games, do yourself a favor and give a look at Bloodborne. It looks hype!!

Thanks for reading!

New 3DS XL Impressions – One Month Later

A bit over a month ago, I decided to finally bite the bullet and pick up my own 3DS. With the release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, I knew if there was any one game that would convince me to pick up a 3DS system, that game would be it! As expected I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in Termina, the land where this game takes place. I’m very impressed with the remastered visuals and gameplay enhancements added to this title, and this is coming from a big fan of the original release on the Nintendo 64. Great game all around, and definitely a good reason to pick up any system in the 3DS family (however, that second analog nub has proven quite useful on many occasion).

Majora's Mask moon & skull kid

However since the New 3DS XL launch, I’ve expanded my game library beyond just Majora’s Mask 3D. Here’s a list of the titles I currently have on my system.

– Star Fox 64 3D
– The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
– The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
– Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
– Super Mario 3D Land
– Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies
– Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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I won’t list my full impressions of each game here, but I will say that I’ve been enjoying each of the titles that I have downloaded thus far. Out of all of them, I’ve been having the most fun with Star Fox 64 3D. The original Star Fox 64 on the N64 is one of my all-time favorites, and I had no problem paying for this game once again to play it on-the-go. Just like with Majora’s Mask, the enhanced visuals and improved mechanics show that Nintendo knows how to release a remastered game for a new generation. I may give my impressions of Star Fox 64 3D at a later date, but all that needs to be said right now is that I absolutely love this scene, and anyone who says it is bad should feel bad. No, I’m not that harsh… But seriously, I love the voice acting in this game, even if the new voice actor for Falco isn’t as strong as the Falco we saw in the original N64 release. Slippy is still the good ol’ pal that we know and love (or hate) and Peppy is… Well, just being Peppy. Do a barrel roll.

So, yeah. The 3DS is pretty awesome, and it’s got a ton of great games that I have yet to get around to. Also, Monster Hunter is super addicting.

Thanks for reading!