Archive for the 'Video Games' Category

Nov 13 2014

The Mobile Platform Is Killing Age of Empires

Published by under Video Games

Age of Empires

Age of Empires was a PC game that helped to break my RTS gaming cherry. (real time strategy for those of you not down with the lingo) Sure I had played plenty of other games on the PC up to that point but none of those seemed to be nearly as addicting. Once I found a few others I could directly connect with via the lightning fast speed of my 56k modem I became even more obsessed. Raising my empire and gathering enough goons to flood my opponents feeble camp wave after wave gave me hours of enjoyment. So much in fact that I’ve played every major installment of AoE since then with almost the same level of enjoyment throughout. And here we are in 2014 with new consoles, bigger and better PCs, and no new Age of Empires game to be found. Oh wait, I’m sorry…there’s Age of Empires: World Domination.

Continue Reading »

3 responses so far


Nov 12 2014

Three Video Game Franchises That Need to Go on Hiatus

Published by under Editorials,Video Games

2520830-assassin's+creed

Sometimes things just need to go away for a while to make us want them again. Last week Activision announced its long dormant Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise is coming back to consoles soon. Awesome right?? But there was a time when many were asking “How many of these games do we need?” (My last foray was Tony Hawk’s Underground 2). I’m this way now with a number of re-occurring franchises. Here are 3 I’d like to see go on hiatus.

Continue Reading »

2 responses so far


Nov 12 2014

Will We Get What We Want From God of War 4?

Published by under Video Games

God of War 4

Come on Sony, you and Santa Monica need to get your acts together and give the people who bought a PS4 something to really look forward to! Nearly a year has gone by, the 2014 E3 is all but a distant memory and we’re still no closer to experiencing a new quest that revolves around the satisfying splatter of blood and gorgeous quick time events that we’ve all grown to love from the God of War series.

Continue Reading »

10 responses so far


Nov 12 2014

The Failure of Fable 3 Should Not Kill a Future Fable 4

Published by under Video Games

fable1

It’s been just over four years since I wrote one of my most popular posts ever, Why Fable 3 is an Embarrassment to Video Games, and the series has never recovered since.

I don’t mean to take all the credit, but at one point my post was so popular that it was the number two or three thing that came up when you searched for ‘Fable 3.’ It can’t have hurt, and the reality is that future fully-fledge Fable projects were all-but abandoned as a result, and when the series has come back to life, it’s been warped into something…odd.

First there was Fable: The Journey, an atrocious Kinect-based game that was atrocious because anything described as “Kinect-based game” that isn’t Dance Central is going to be atrocious. Let me reiterate, it was atrocious. Then comes Fable Legends, a “rebirth” of the series which takes the game out of being an RPG and makes it a multiplayer combat game in the style of the also-upcoming 4v1 Evolve where four heroes take on a villain in a variety of maps. Continue Reading »

3 responses so far


Nov 11 2014

A First Look at Halo 5: Guardians

Published by under Video Games

Halo-5-Guardians-Image-2

Are you guys ready for Halo 5: Guardians?  So are we! The game was developed by award-winning 343 Industries.  According to their website you can “Be among the first to experience a new generation of Halo multiplayer in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.  Gear up for the Guardians multiplayer beta by unlocking exclusive content in The Master Chief Collection and Halo: Nightfall. These exclusive items will carry over into Halo 5: Guardians.”

Continue Reading »

One response so far


Nov 07 2014

The Coolest Weapons of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Published by under Lists,Video Games

wepaons

I’m something of a future war junkie, demonstrated by the fact that I’ve written an entire sci-fi book trilogy on the subject. That’s why I’m always obsessed with any video game that takes warfare past present day, and though Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare doesn’t quite make it into space, it takes us to about 2060 and gives us a very, very cool arsenal to work with.

Though many games have given us cool video game weapons over the years, Advanced Warfare’s advanced arsenal is one of the better designed ones I’ve seen, not to mention the game itself is pretty damn fun and a welcome change for the series. I thought I’d go through and pick out what my favorite weapons in the game have been so far, not because they’re overpowered necessarily, but just because they’re conceptually or visually cool.

The list starts below, and let me know what kind of Advanced Warfare weapons you prefer, if you’re playing as much as I am (and hopefully you’re getting murdered far less often than me). Continue Reading »

3 responses so far


Nov 07 2014

Portal 2 Out of Lego and How to Make Your Own Lego Portal Turret

Published by under Video Games

Portal 2

Remember when Lego used to be cool before you got all these sets with custom shaped pieces and step by step instructions on how to put it together?  Seriously, Lego used to be about nothing more than 4-5 different shaped bricks that you used to foster your own imagination.  Now?  Well, some would argue that Lego is more awesome than ever whereas some are pining for the old days.  We’re not here to judge.  But I will say this.  When I saw this Portal 2 made out of Lego I was definitely on the more awesome now bandwagon.

So what happened after that?  Only coming across instructions on how to build your own lego turret.   Yeah, legos rule.

Continue Reading »

2 responses so far


Nov 06 2014

Pokémon Natures, Genders, Breeding, and How the Series Lost Me

Published by under Video Games

pokemon boat

Frequent readers of the site will known that on the surface, I appear to be obsessed with Pokemon. If there’s a piece of related Poke-art out there, I will find it and post it, preferably if it’s a crossover with something else.

The truth is, I haven’t played a Pokemon game in more than a decade.

I did used to be hooked on them, so my attachment didn’t stem out of nowhere. In the original Red and Blue, I beat the game at least five times, to the point where I had so many Mewtwo’s in my arsenal, I started naming them Mewthree, Mewfour and Mewfive.

Continue Reading »

9 responses so far


Nov 06 2014

The Great Mystery: Why Don’t Platinum Games Sell Well?

Published by under Video Games

bayonetta

Who would’ve have thought that by 2014 the Wii U would arguably have the best next gen action game line up ? Sure PS4 has Infamous Second Son, and XB1 has Sunset Overdrive, but they do not have The Wonderful 101, Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta and the undisputed Queen of the genre in Bayonetta 2 (that’s right I’m on the Bayonetta Bandwagon). If you have not yet played Bayonetta 2, and action games are your jam, you my friend are missing out. I can personally attest to the insanely high reviews it’s getting. So why isn’t it selling like gangbusters? Well…

Continue Reading »

39 responses so far


Nov 05 2014

Eight Gaming Moments That Completely WTF’d with Our Minds

Published by under Lists,Video Games

Batmanglitch

Video games have an enormous potential to play with our conception of reality.  They can do this because when we play video games they are defining a reality. We are forced to play within a set of rules, and we get accustomed to them after a short period of time, no matter how weird they may be.

We have to push a ball around until it sticks to stuff and gets bigger, eventually grabbing onto sports stadiums? Got it. Eat a mushroom, jump on some turtles, climb through sewer pipes to bash a fire-breathing dinosaur who kidnapped your girlfriend? Ok! Invite him to go play tennis afterward? Ok …I guess? Eat meat you found in an old castle wall to restore health? Fine. Whatever.

Yet, video games also have the capability to suddenly break these rules. Sometimes, it’s done as a challenge, such as taking away your guns for a stealth section or switching the controls in a platforming level. Other times, rule changes seem to occur at random, invariably making the player scream and throw the controller.

Finally, there are special times when the rules are changed purely to screw with our heads. Here are some of the best times this happened…

Continue Reading »

One response so far


Nov 04 2014

Five of the Best, Weirdest Aftermarket Saints Row 4 Mods

Published by under Video Games

iron saint

Saints Row continues to be one of my favorite video games in existence, as it’s one of the only games out there with a true sense of humor, however juvenile it might be. I was first introduced to the game during its second installment, back when it was at least marginally more sane, and Saints Row 2 ended up being one of my favorite games of that year. The third game gave the Saints a visual upgrade, and the fourth? Well, they just went crazy.

Saints Row 4 completely jumped genres from sandbox crime game in the style of Grand Theft Auto to sandbox superhero game in the style of Infamous or Crackdown, with an infusion of The Matrix as well, which was the “scientific” explanation for giving the Saints superpowers as they attempted to fend off an alien invasion of Earth after their newly formed political party was elected into the White House. I told you it was insane.

The folks at Deep Silver recognized just how crazy their own game was, which is why they took the time to make sure Saints Row 4 had mods. Modding tools are essentially to practically any PC game, and they can do anything from simply improve the game in small ways to completely overhaul its graphics to inserting all sorts of insane things. Like, I’m pretty sure there’s a Skyrim mod that replaces all dragons with Thomas the Tank Engine.

Not to be outdone, fans of the series have taken it upon themselves to use Saints Row 4’s mods to do a lot of different things with the game, which you can see below. Here are five of the best ones I found, though I will say I skipped over about 800 Saints Row nude mods, which seem to be the cornerstone of the modding community in any game. Continue Reading »

One response so far


Nov 03 2014

Is Cloud Strife The Most Popular Of All Final Fantasy 7 Characters?

Published by under Video Games

cloud

Final Fantasy is a popular franchise, I doubt that anyone would argue that. Though something comes bundled with every franchise, it’s fan base. The fans of Final Fantasy are very devoted and strong opinionated ones at best. I’ve heard the rants and raves of countless anonymous people on the internet telling other anonymous individuals which game was better, which character was better, and all the reasons why they are right and everyone else is wrong. As if you can’t have your own favorites and have to adhere to what everyone else likes. Funny how so many people will stand up for something they like with blind passion but won’t openly admit it if their reputation is on the line. I’ll give more credence to someone willing to protest for their favorite as long as they’re willing to show themselves in the light rather than hide in the ominous shadows of the internet. I bring all of this up because in March of this year IGN had a poll of the Most Popular Final Fantasy Character of All Time and the winning result was surprising to me. Out of over 150 characters, 2 million votes were cast and Cloud, from Final Fantasy VII, was crowned king.

Continue Reading »

14 responses so far


Nov 03 2014

The Best Assassin’s Creed Costumes To Date

Published by under Cosplay,Video Games

assassins creed cosplay

Halloween has come and gone, but it’s never too early to start planning what you’re going to do for next year. And if you’re planning on making a cool Assassin’s Creed costume? Well, you might just need the full 365 days.

With each new year bringing a new Assassin’s Creed game with a different protagonist, there have been quite a few different costume variants to choose from over the past few years. We have four main Assassin heroes, Altair, Ezio, Connor and Edward Kenway from 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively, a with a few spin-offs tucked in there as well.

Just because all of them are men doesn’t mean women can’t make great Assassin’s Creed costumes as well. The gallery below will feature all different genders, and be inspiration when you’re trying to make your own costume. Yes, a lot of these are professional cosplayers, so they kind of set the standard, but that’s what you want to draw from, not the crappily made versions right? I didn’t think so.

Check out the gallery below for each of the series’ four main heroes. Ever since I bought a white hoodie I’ve wanted to try and do one of these costumes one year, but I think I’m going to need to brush up on my sewing skills first. Or you know, acquire sewing skills in the first place.

Photo by RemusSirion

Continue Reading »

No responses yet


Oct 29 2014

Is it Even Possible to Defeat the Ninja Gaiden Trilogy for NES?

Published by under Video Games

ninjagaiden

Next-gen consoles are out and I must move on from my beloved PS3 and Xbox 360. So in hopes of finding someone on Craigslist eager enough to buy them from me, I started gathering up all the controllers, cords, and my old games. I stumbled upon my copy of Ninja Gaiden II Sigma for the PS3 and found it hard to part ways. This game single handedly saved me from writing off the franchise all together. I say this because the original Ninja Gaiden trilogy for the classic NES almost destroyed my hopes and dreams of ever becoming any kind of gamer. What’s more frustrating than getting to the final boss – THE FINAL BOSS – only to die in a matter of seconds and going back at least 3 stages? I will never understand why they did that in the first game, nor will I understand why I bothered to play the next 2 installments afterwards.

Continue Reading »

7 responses so far


Oct 29 2014

Do Grand Theft Auto Games Actually Need Strong Protagonists?

Published by under Editorials,Video Games

grand_theft_auto_legends_2012_by_patrickbrown-d53et9c

Story and characters are usually the last thing on everyone’s mind when a new Grand Theft Auto game is announced. Usually, people want to know:  A) Where is it being set?  B) Is there any new fun stuff I can do? Yet, when the games are released, all reviewers seem to fixate on the playable characters. GTA IV was lauded as having an amazing character arc, chock-full of pathos and emotion. GTA V went so far as to include three playable characters, who all met with mixed reception. Some reviewers bent over backwards to praise their effect on the game, others heavily criticized their personalities and personal choices.

Me? I honestly don’t think I cared too much either way. Their individual quirks and MOs became window dressing as I raced around the city, turning pedestrians into literal pulpy window dressing on my car. GTA is more about the experience and the freedom of playing around with the engine – the games are giant toys. Yet, the games’ characters and the stories they weave do lend an undeniable color to the proceedings. After all the story missions have to have some “story” behind them to not feel like the random, repetitive jobs found in side missions or on GTA Online.

Even then, the majority of story missions weren’t memorable because of how they affected the plot as much as the new fun shit they introduced. So, the question is: where does character lie on the spectrum of importance? Do characters make or break an otherwise good GTA game? Continue Reading »

One response so far


Celebrity Toob

Celebrity Gossip, Pictures, Videos, Net Worth & Bios

Categories

Archives