In the first piece reflecting on 2018 in gaming, Jon takes a look at the 2 biggest open world games he played (back to back no less) that had some starkly different designs and approaches to how to respect his time. Which one did he like more? Read on to find out.Read more
Zenimax and Bethesda have constructed over the life of ESO the perfect MMO - for me. I can play it as casual or hardcore as my life affords me. I can play with friends regardless of level or progress at any time. And, lastly, I can play this like a single player RPG and still have loads of fun.Read more
Some notes I took after watching it 23 times:
:09 - Legendary Pictures, so it has a 78% chance of being good.
:19 - Ken Watanabe!! (As a cop…….) And did that kid just backtalk Ken Watanabe???
:44 - Did Tim just threaten Pikachu with a stapler?
:48 - Pikachu is Deadpool?
1:00 - Do you think someone made Pikachu that hat, or did he steal it from a stuffed animal or something?
1:09 - Pika pika! Original Pikachu voice actor confirmed (when Deadpool isn’t talking to Tim). Authenticity goes a long way - from Wikipedia “Ikue Ōtani (大谷 育江 Ōtani Ikue, born August 18, 1965) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and narrator from Tokyo. She is best known for her roles in the Pokémon series (as Pikachu)”
1:21 - “WHAT ABOUT A WORLD CLASS DETECTIVE?!?!?”
1:32 - Bulbasaur looks awesome
1:33 - Jigglypuff looks not awesome - was he always hairy like that?
1:36 - Charizard looks awesome
1:41 - Was that Psyduck?
1:52 - That Mr. Mime bit is pretty good
I’m hyped. I’ll convince my kids to want to go see it for sure.
The Capcom Beat’em Up Bundle is nostalgic stroll through some of the most endearing and vital entries in the genre. The bundle features seven classic beat’em up arcade ports: Final Fight, King of Dragons, Captain Commando, Knights of the Round, Warriors of Fate, Battle Circuit, and Armored Warriors. The last two entries in the list have never been released in the west, and are the most intriguing part of the package.
Some stalwart Capcom favorites like Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Alien vs. Predator, or the Dungeons and Dragons series are notably absent. However, both D&D Tower of Doom and Shadows Over Mystara were released a few years ago on Steam in a fantastic collectors bundle with extra challenges and a wonderful interface. Unfortunately, this new Beat’em Up Bundle is a step backwards in the overall presentation. The menus are utilitarian and extremely mundane and there are very few extras, challenges, or special features. This is a bit disappointing, and makes the overall package less appealing to casual fans of the genre.
However, if you are as big of a fan of the genre as I am, having these classics in an easily accessible and portable (I bought the Switch version), is a godsend. The games are an absolute killer list. Final Fight is next to Double Dragon and Renegade as a fundamental pillar of the genre. Knights of the Round is great solid game with loads of characters on the screen and decent graphics and animations. Captain Commando is notable for the great character design work (mummies with knives are the best). Warriors of Fate boasts an impressive number of on-screen characters, ridiculous violence, and a Romance of the Three Kingdoms setting. King of Dragons, sadly, has aged terribly. KoD was probably one of my most favorite arcade games, but playing it now shows how utterly simplistic and shallow it is - plus, it is just not fun.
The two “new” games are definitely worth the price of bundle and great additions. Armored Warriors is a mech beat’em up game where you can change out parts and weapons of your character on the fly. Your moveset will change depending on whether you have legs, tank threads, hover engine, etc. The game is rich with detail and fun, though it can be extremely chaotic. Battle Circuit is a great gem of a game and a precursor to those great Dungeons and Dragons games. There is a robust upgrade system (for the genre) with purchasable moves that unlock. Even the default movesets of the characters is deep and varied. There is even a character that heals others. Battle Circuit quickly became my favorite game in the bundle and I only lament how it took all this time for me to play it.
The Capcom Beat’em Up Bundle is something that connoisseurs of the genre will appreciate. There isn’t much here for people that aren’t already fans of the genre and games. But if you are like me, this is a must own.
A few weeks ago, I imported the action figure of Captain America from the Amazing Yamaguchi line. This is the best figure that I have ever owned, because unlike most of the toys I’ve collected as an adult, I enjoy playing with this one.Read more
That’s the word that encapsulates Wandersong.
What is “fun” differs for everyone, but I mean to describe more what the game is going for. It’s a game full of charm and humor in a way that rarely gets used in this medium, and it all translates into (for me, anyway) fun.Read more
At the moment, I do not have a plan of presentation about the new model of the portable machine (it is the plan at the present moment only). Playstation Vita continues production until 2019 in Japan, and shipment will be completed thereafter.
-Hiroyuki Oda, Senior Vice President and Senior Vice President of Sony Interactive Entertainment in an interview with Famitsu at TGS September 20, 2018.
RIP to the unloved.
Overpriced, heavy on tech, limited library of exclusives but lots of indie and retro games: You had everything going against you including your creators, but you trudged on for 6 long years.
Still one of my favorite platforms.
Here’s what you really need to know.Read more