21 Games I’m Excited To Play This Year

With a new year, comes a whole bunch of brand new games. I spent what felt like hours going through a list of games that are scheduled to come out this year, and came up with a list of 21 games that I think look totally rad. All of these games are currently scheduled for at least sometime in 2016, even if they don’t have a specific date as of yet. These are brand new games mind, not rereleases of something that has already come out on another platform.

Another thing, these are games that I’m interested in. I haven’t played much of the Nathan Drake series, so fair warning when you realize I didn’t include Uncharted 4. Also, these games are in order of scheduled release, not in order of how much I want to play them.

The Witness
Release Date: January 26, 2016

The Witness is set on a beautiful, colorful island that looks ripe for plenty of mystery and exploration, two things I love in a video game. It comes from the brilliant mind of Jonathan Blow, the creator of Braid, which was one of the best games I ever played on Xbox 360. The Witness looks set to provide plenty of mind bending puzzles to solve, much as Braid did years ago. It comes out soon, and let’s hope this gorgeous island is as interesting to explore as the trailers make it look.

XCOM 2
Release Date: February 5, 2016

I played Fireaxis Games’ reboot of this classic series a few years ago on PS3, and really enjoyed it. It’s a top down strategy game where you are in charge of building up a base in between levels to defend against an alien invasion. You can research alien tech, reverse engineer it to make your own devastating weaponry, and then take to the field to repel the invaders yourself. If your soldiers die on the field, they’re dead for good, so you really have to think your moves through. XCOM2 looks to be making everything about that experience bigger and better, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

Firewatch
Release Date: February 9, 2016

Firewatch is a game where you control a newly appointed park ranger named Henry, charged with looking after a forest in the wilderness of Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for Henry to realize that things aren’t as they should be in this isolated setting, and his only contact with the outside world is a walkie talkie that he uses to talk to one of his fellow rangers. This world seems earie, and at the same time, beautiful. Yet game that I can’t wait to get lost in.

Far Cry Primal
Release Date: February 23, 2016

Far Cry 3 and 4 were pretty similar games in that they starred a guy running around an open world, using guns, grenades, and a bow to hunt different kinds of animals and take out pirate-like bad guys. Far Cry Primal takes that premise and freshens it up by rewinding the clock and changing the setting to sometime around 10,000 BC. In place of the guns and grenades, you’ll now be using your bow and different animals to take out other tribes and claiming territory for your own.

Tom Clancy’s The Division
Release Date: March 8, 2016

In The Division, you want to be careful of who you trust. You can team up with another player and take the fight to the AI controlled bad guys, or you can enter the Dark Zone, where every other player has the potential to turn against you. In the Dark Zone lies all the best and rarest loot, as well as plenty of players that will do their best to take it from your freshly killed corpse.

Quantum Break
Release Date: April 5, 2016

This is one of the more interesting picks on this list for a couple of reasons. First, it aims to tell it’s story not just through the game itself, but also through a TV show that will release alongside the game (or maybe within the game? Not too sure on that part). Second, it’s a third person action shooter that uses time dilation mechanics to stand out from other games like it. Developed by Remedy, the developer that brought us Alan Wake, it shows a lot of promise.

Dark Souls III
Release Date: April 12, 2016

I haven’t followed this game very closely, because I don’t really have to. It’s a fucking Dark Souls game. I loved the first two, and Demon’s Souls before them, so I already know that I’ll play DSIII as soon as possible.

No Man’s Sky
Release Date: June 2016

No Man’s Sky doesn’t just offer a beautiful world to explore- it offers an entire, gorgeous universe to explore, with countless galaxies and worlds to discover. This universe is filled with things to do, from waging battles in space, to landing on completely unique and unexplored planets filled with their own, beautiful biomes, creatures, and resources. No Man’s Sky has certainly made plenty of lofty promises, and even if it only delivers on half of them, it will still be an amazing game.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Release Date: August 23, 2016

Sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Mankind Divided is another game that is taking the original concept, and making it bigger and better. You play as Adam Jensen, a kind of cyborg that uses his augmented body and skillset to discover the hidden, shady truth of the world’s most powerful organizations, one way or another.

Hyper Light Drifter
Release Date: Q2 2016

I know next to nothing about this game beyond what the trailers show us, but the art direction alone has me eager to check this game out whenever it releases. It looks like a top down, 2D, futuristic brawler with a lot of old school influences. That tells me one thing- this game won’t be easy.

Overwatch
Release Date: Q2 2016

I’m not a very big multiplayer gamer (besides Halo), so I’m not sure how much I’ll play Overwatch. The fact that it’s developed by Blizzard, and will be available on Xbox One, however, means that I’ll definitely try it out at some point. The diverse character roster is definitely a plus as well.

Halo Wars 2
Release Date: Q3 2016

Halo Wars takes the Halo universe away from its first person shooter roots, and instead makes it a top down strategy game. You are able to deploy UNSC soldiers, vehicles, and even MJOLNIR clad Spartans in strategic locations to defeat the Covenant and the Flood. I never beat the first game, but I played it quite a bit, and the change of genre was refreshing. The top down strategy genre also never controlled so well on a console up to that point, so as long as 343 Industries gives us plenty of interesting enemies to fight and units to deploy, there’s alost no way the sequel can be disappointing.

Gears of War 4
Release Date: Q4 2016

The original Gears of War trilogy were some of the best games to ever release on the Xbox 360. They were cover based shooters that combined crazy action, big muscles, terrifying opponents, and awesome weaponry, and Gears $ looks to promise much of the same, only with new characters, bad guys, and wicked new graphics.

Mass Effect Andromeda
Release Date: TBA 2016

Another trilogy of games that exceeded most others when they originally launched on Xbox 360, the Mass Effect series let you make decisions that stuck with you, Commander Shephard, throughout all three games. By the time you reached Mass Effect 3, your world and crew could be completely different and unique compared to another player’s. You travelled the Milky Way galaxy to recruit other species and organisms to aid in your cause and stop the Reapers. The exciting part of Andromeda, and all we really know of the game at this point, is that you’ll be leaving the Milky Way and Commander Shaphard behind in order to see what the new frontier, the Andromeda Galaxy, holds in store.

The Last Guardian
Release Date: TBA 2016

The Last Guardian has been talked about for quite sometime. In development since 2007, and first shown at E3 2009, it just barely resurfaced this past E3 of 2015. Its intriguing past aside, the reason I look forward to it is because it’s being made by the same minds who created Shadow of the Colossus, one of the most interesting games I ever played on PS3.

The Legend of Zelda Wii U
Release Date: TBA 2016

Being the massive Zelda fan that I am, this is hands down my most anticipated game of the year. If I could only play one new game this year, it would be this new Zelda game for sure. It was supposed to launch sometime last year, but was delayed, something not uncommon with Zelda games. Not much is known about it other than what we’ve seen in the couple of short trailers that have released, but it does look very beautiful. A lot of people are hoping it approaches the size and scope of Bethesda’s Skyrim, which, if true, could explain why it was delayed.

Final Fantasy XV
Release Date: TBA 2016

I won’t lie- I’m not really much of a Final Fantasy fan. I’ve never even beaten any of the ones I’ve played. I’m not really sure if the game will be for me. Based on the demo that released last year, however, the world looks interesting, and the gameplay is fun.

Dishonored 2
Release Date: TBA 2016

The original Dishonored set you in a haunting world in which you played as the vengeful bodyguard of the late Queen, Corvo Attano. Your goal in that game was to use various powers and weapons to either sneak or blast your way past enemies in an attempt to save the young princess, Emily Kaldwell, from her mother’s assassins. This time around, you’ll be able to choose between Corvo and Emily as your playable character, which will undoubtedly open the way for more powers, and different ways to approach your enemies.

Telltale Games’ Batman Series
Release Date: TBA 2016

Telltale is well known at this point for delivering story driven adventure games, if with a somewhat questionable engine. With all that they’ve done so far, this will be the first time they try their hand at a Superhero story. As long as they improve the engine powering the game behind the scenes, I can see this as being another slam dunk for them.

ReCore
Release Date: TBA 2016

This game just looks beautiful. Add that to the fact that it’s being helmed by veteran developer Keiji Inafune, creator of the long running Mega Man series, and it’s hard not to be excited about this game. It will be one of his first projects since splitting from Capcom, so I can’t wait to see how his freedom from the company will help this game shine.

Cuphead
Release Date: TBA 2016

This is one of the more unique games on this list. Heavily inspired by 1930s era cartoons, Cuphead is being developed by two brothers. It stars Cuphead and his brother Mugman, and is a co-op, boss-centric game that looks fiendishly difficult.

I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to play all of these games (a lot of them are for PS4, which I still don’t have </3), but they’re the ones that I’ll have my eye on. Did I miss any that you’re excited for? Leave a comment and let me know!

Why I’m Still Playing Fallout 4 155+ Hours Later

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I love Fallout, you love Fallout, we all love Fallout. But… why?

Fallout 4 is all about freedom. The freedom to go where you want, do what you want, and be who you want. You can even pick out a specific settlement to act as your base of operations, and build what you want, as evidenced by this YouTuber-

That’s obviously taken to the extreme, but the fact that you can take the in game building system that far is incredible. I haven’t built anything near as amazing as Ops_Specialist’s Star Wars creation, but then, I doubt many have. The option is there, however.

From the start of the game, you’re given a main quest that you can start on immediately, or you can pick any direction and start walking, and see what you find. This sense of discovery and adventure is a large part of what keeps me in particular coming back over and over again, over 155 hours into my game. There are hundreds of quests, weapons, characters, and locations to find and interact with in Fallout 4. Even now, after playing for over a total of 6 1/2 days (which my save file likes to keep track of for me), I’ve still yet to find all of the companions, collectibles, or locations. I could sit down with a guide and track everything down one by one, but that would take the fun of discovery out of it for me. My biggest bragging right to the game so far is that I have found 14 of the 20 bobbleheads in the game (collectibles that raise your stats, and just plain look cool) completely on my own, with no hints at all.

The point of all of this is that there is always something to do, something new to discover. Will it ever get old? I’m sure it will, nothing is perfect. Eventually I’ll have every companion, every cool weapon, and every collectible. Until that time comes, however, I’ll enjoy my time in the Commonwealth, and may the Fallout gods have mercy on any Super Mutant, Raider, Ghoul, or any other irradiated creature my arsenal and I may come across.

In closing, here are a few of my favorite screenshots I’ve taken in my 155 hours-

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Maybe I should get a release for this one?
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Psycho-delic.
Your lack of faith is disturbing.
Your lack of faith is disturbing.
Scariest room in Fallout 4.
Scariest room in Fallout 4.
Beauty in the Commonwealth.
Beauty in the Commonwealth.

Ten Games To Play If You Aren’t A Gamer

This post is for the awesome people from my Facebook, who make up 99% of the viewers of my blog, and who, for the most part, don’t even play games. You read my blog to show your support, and that’s awesome! So I decided to make you a list of the best games to jump into, and to see why so many people love video games so much.

This isn’t a top ten of the best games list. For one thing, such a list would be much longer than just ten games. For another, while I love games like Dragon Age and Fallout, those are massive games intended for the hardcore gamer. They definitely aren’t gamers that I would suggest a new gamer jump right into. The list I’ve compiled is intended to give you an idea of what you should try if you’ve barely ever picked up a controller before. Whether it’s just you, or if you want something to play with your significant other or with your kids, hopefully there is at least one game on this list that peaks your interest. These games are in no particular order, so play whatever sounds like the most fun to you!

Journey

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Developer: thatgamecompany

Release Date: March 13, 2012
Platforms:
PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
Rating: E for Everyone

Nope, this isn’t a game about the popular ’70s band. We’ll just get that out of the way right now.

You may have heard the argument that games are art. Ask any passionate gamer, and they will most likely vehemently insist that that is true. I certainly believe it is! There are many games that prove this point rather well, but probably none more so than Journey.

I hesitate to say too much of what this game is about, as it’s really up to your interpretation. I will say that the first time I played this game, I played it completely wrong. My brother and I sat down to play it without knowing what it was, and joked and laughed the whole time, and completely missed what it was trying to do. The proper way to play it is alone, preferably with no distractions whatsoever, so you can just play through it uninterrupted. It’s not a very long game (maybe an hour or two), and you’re basically just traveling from point A to point B, but the emotion and art direction behind this game is undeniably powerful. If you want to understand this weird “games are art” mentality, this is the game for you.

The Walking Dead: Season 1

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Developer: Telltale Games
Release Date:
April 24, 2012
Platforms:
Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Playstion 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Kindle Fire HDX, Android
Rating:
M for Mature

If Journey is the game that will open your eyes to the amazing art that can go into a game, The Walking Dead is the game to show you how amazing the story in a game can be.

For a long time, I didn’t even consider playing this game. I don’t like the show, and the few times I watched someone else play, it didn’t appeal to me. Once I actually started a file for myself and started making decisions of my own though, I was instantly hooked.

You play as a man named Lee, right as the walkers start terrorizing the world. Almost right from the beginning, you’re charged with looking after a little girl named Clementine, who has been separated from her parents. This game was unique at the time in that you basically control the story. You make decisions throughout that determine who lives, who dies, and what other characters, including Clementine, think about you. You can be the stand up guy that does everything you can to save everyone, the selfish asshole that only cares about himself, or anything in between.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

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Developers: Obsidian, South Park Digital Studios
Release Date:
March 4, 2014
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Rating:
M for Mature

Another game that pushes the envelope for what a game can do, South Park: The Stick of Truth will probably make you laugh more than any other game will. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll notice a ton of references and characters that have appeared on episodes over the years. It’s an impressive game in those regards, even if the RPG mechanics and graphics are somewhat simple in relation to other AAA games. Basically, if you like the show at all, you owe it to yourself to play this game.

Limbo

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Developer: Playdead
Release Date:
July 21, 2010
Platforms:
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, SteamOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android, OnLive, Wii U
Rating: T for Teen

Limbo might be a simple looking, 2D sidescroller, but don’t let the black and white aesthetic turn you off from it. It uses minimalistic imagery and sound to pull you in, and you’ll want to keep going until you’ve figured out why this little boy is stuck in such a hellish nightmare. Some of the puzzles can be quite difficult, but I’d just advise you to check online for a solution if you get stuck. The atmosphere in Limbo is awesome, and it won’t take you longer than a few hours to reach the end, provided you do accept help.

Mario Kart 8

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Developers: Nintendo EAD, Bandai Namco Games
Release Date:
May 29, 2014
Platform:
Wii U
Rating: E for Everyone

Chances are that, even if you don’t play games, you’ve heard of Mario and his kart games. They have been around since the SNES, and they’ve appeared on almost every Nintendo device since then. I’m recommending the newest one, since it’s by far the prettiest one, and it’s also the easiest to find in stores right now.

It’s probably pretty self explanatory, but the point is to choose your favorite character from the Mushroom Kingdom, and race to the finish line on a lot of different maps, using many different vehicles. Mario Kart is a lot of fun to play with other people, and even offers different speeds (which act as difficulty levels) for a higher level of play. No matter if you’re playing with your kids, your friends, or your spouse, you’ll find a mix of settings you can all enjoy.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS

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Developers: Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Games
Platforms: Wii U, 3DS
Release Date: 3DS- September 13, 2014; Wii U- November 21, 2014
Rating: E for Everyone

You can get this game on either one of Nintendo’s current consoles, but I’d suggest the Wii U version if you own one. You can play couch co-op with up to seven other people on the Wii U, providing you have enough controllers. If you have the 3DS version, the only way to play with someone else is if you each have a 3DS, and a copy of the game. Besides, playing on a TV is just the better way to play in my opinion.

Smash Bros. has been a smash hit (get it!?) since it debuted on the N64. The idea is that a bunch of Nintendo characters come together to beat the crap out of each other across a bunch of different locations from different Nintendo games. Not only is it a blast to play with friends, but it’s also an amazing look at the history of Nintendo games over the last 30 years or so. It used to be strictly Nintendo properties in the Smash games, but recent entries have included other third party characters such as Sonic, Cloud Strife, and Ryu from Street Fighter, just to name a few.

Until Dawn

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Developer: Supermassive Games
Platform:
PlayStation 4
Release Date:
August 25, 2015
Rating:
M for Mature

I haven’t actually played Until Dawn myself, I’ve only watched a friend play it for an hour or two, and followed it online a bit, so I’m not sure how easy it is to just jump in and start playing. The reason I include it in this list is because it’s almost a perfect adaptation of a teen slasher thriller movie into a video game. If you like movies like Scream, Halloween, or Nightmare on Elm Street, give Until Dawn a try.

Until Dawn is another story driven game where you make decisions to decide the fate of the characters. Eight high school age kids visit a cabin in the woods, and things turn deadly fast. You can either save everyone, cause them all to die, or save any combination of them by the end. It’s truly amazing how many different endings are possible.

Rock Band 4 / Guitar Hero Live

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Developer: Harmonix
Platforms:
PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date:
October 6, 2015
Rating:
T for Teen

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Developer: FreeStyleGames
Platforms:
PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS
Release Date:
October 20, 2015
Rating:
T for Teen

I know I’m cheating by including two games right here, but in my experience, you either play Rock Band, or you play Guitar Hero.

Rock Band is all about getting a few friends together, and forming a band that includes a vocalist, a drummer, a guitar lead, and a bass player. Guitar Hero on the other hand, focuses more on the, yep, you guessed it, guitar side of being in a band. I haven’t played these newer versions, and while I’ve heard that they were somewhat underwhelming, that’s apparently only in relation to the previous entries. If this is your first time hopping into a music rhythm game, either one is a fine choice. They both make fun party games.

Super Mario Maker

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Developer: Nintendo EAD
Platform:
Wii U
Release Date:
September 10, 2015
Rating:
E for Everyone

I could have included any 2D Mario game, and each one is a fine choice, but Super Mario Maker takes all of those games and boils them down into one awesome experience. Using art styles from four different Mario generations, Super Mario Maker is pretty much an all in one package. You can play levels made by Nintendo, other Nintendo fans, and you can even make levels of your own. Nintendo has even been patching in new character models, so you can play as Link, Samus, and even a Mercedes Benz. You won’t find as much fan service in a Nintendo game as Super Mario Maker besides the Super Smash Bros. series.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Developer: Nintendo EAD
Platforms:
Nintendo 64, GameCube, Virtual Console, 3DS
Release Date:
November 21, 1998
Rating:
E for Everyone

With all of the other games on this list, I had the goal in mind that anyone could just pick up a controller and play them relatively easily. I made an exception for Ocarina of Time. It’s definitely more “gamey” than anything else on this list, but it’s also frequently credited as one of the best, if not THE best, game of all time. If you’re interested in playing games even a little bit, you owe it to yourself to play Ocarina of Time. I can’t stress that enough.

You can easily spend 50+ hours playing this game. You explore dungeons, fight bosses, collect and equip different items, and go on one of the most epic quests in all of video game history. If you dedicate your time to beating it, your only regret will be not playing it earlier in your life. Thank me later.

So there are the ten games I suggest to anyone looking to ease into the video game hobby. Try one, or try them all. Let me know what you think of the ones you try, or let me know what games you would have put on this list, and why. Thanks for reading!

My Problem With Destiny

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On paper, Destiny sounds like the perfect game for me. It’s developed by Bungie (the same studio that created Halo, one of my all time favorite game franchises), it’s a loot grabbing, party based shooter, and you can literally spend thousands of hours playing it. Why then do I despise this game?

I’ve never been much of a Destiny player. It’s very much focused on you finding 2-5 friends online (there is no split screen feature), and teaming up with them whenever you play in order to defeat the tougher levels and enemies. The sheer number of foes to battle, as well as their massive hit point pools, makes it almost impossible to play the harder sections by yourself. Teaming up is vital. I don’t have a group of online friends that I game with like that, so I’ve never been able to enjoy that aspect of Destiny. That isn’t where my problem with the game stems from, however. I understand that there are many many people who do play games like that [with online friends], and while I respect that, that’s just not my thing. If that were my only issue with Destiny, then I’d just chalk it up to me not enjoying that kind of game, and move on. What my issue actually is, is the way that the Taken King expansion basically gives players like me, who try their best to enjoy Destiny as much as they can without finding random strangers to play with, a giant middle finger.

I’ve never beaten a raid. The fact that there is no matchmaking for the raids, and that I don’t have a dedicated group to play with, means I likely never will. There was one time when I used the third party Looking For Group website, but the group I found myself in was not friendly to someone who had never beaten the raid before, and we all quit somewhere about halfway through because it just wasn’t fun. Because of this experience, I would mostly just play strike missions (3 man missions that DO have matchmaking). Sometimes I’d hop on the mic and communicate, but it wasn’t necessary unless you had the difficulty jacked up incredibly high. In this experience, it was more like playing with two very smart AI characters, rather than just two random people. This was my preferred way to play Destiny, and I was pretty content with that until the Taken King expansion came out.

When I first bought Destiny, I bought the season pass that came with it. It was $30, plus the $60 for the base game. So right off the bat, I paid $90 + tax for Destiny and the first two expansions. As I said earlier, I don’t have a group to raid with, so I would just stick with the story missions and strike missions. This style of play still netted me relatively good loot, so I was satisfied. Now that the Taken King is out though, all of the available strike missions that released before TK are all bumped down to an “Easy” rating of level 20. My character is level 34. This means that even if I were to go play strike missions all night long, I wouldn’t be getting very good loot, which is imperative to leveling up and improving your character. Yes, there are story missions from before TK that go all the way up to level 30, but you never get great loot for completing them, and the story before TK isn’t worth replaying in my opinion anyway. Once you’ve beaten them, you can either play them again and again at the same difficulty, or you can bump them up to the 240 light level, which seems impossible to attain with my lowly pre-Taken King version of Destiny.

So my $90 investment in this game has me stuck playing all “Easy” strike missions, with no option to increase the difficulty and rewards that I receive for completing them. I’m expected to fork over another $40 for TK if I want to continue to enjoy the game at all. Why? This feels like a punishment for buying the game at release. Someone who has never played Destiny before in their life can right now purchase the base game, and every expansion that has ever released, for $40. These people who have not supported Destiny at all since launch, can now enjoy it even more than me, a day one player, for $100 less than I would have to pay.

I know that you run a certain risk when you’re a day one adopter of anything. For games, you’ll likely experience bugs and technical issues, and get boned on the price. For hardware, such as new consoles, you might experience even more serious bugs. It’s just the way the industry works. That isn’t where my issue stems from, however. I’m upset at the fact that Bungie has nerfed all of the missions that I paid $90+ for, and my only way to keep enjoying Destiny is to hand this greedy company even more of my money. Even If I do that, how long will I be able to enjoy the TK before ANOTHER expansion releases, and all but locks me out of the game yet again?

I’m not asking for free content. If I wanted to play the Taken King, I’d have bit the bullet and bought it. I just want to keep being able to play and enjoy the part of the game I HAVE paid for.

A Most Excellent Adventure

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Okay friends, I have something pretty serious to admit…

… I just watched Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure for the first time, ever.

*covers face and groin to protect from the hail of stones from the crowd*

Bogus, I know.

Once the credits rolled, I couldn’t fuckin believe I had never watched this movie before. I’ve been a fan of Back to the Future since before I can remember. Bill and Ted scratched all the same itches as that beloved series, and I had never seen it before. The scary part is, I came very close to not even watching this fantastic film. Luckily, I have an amazing girlfriend that basically strong armed me into watching it. I’m not typically a movie guy, but boy am I glad that she did.

The movie starts out in 1988, and follows Bill and Ted as they embark through time on a (most excellent) adventure to meet famous historical figures, all so that they can pass History, not get sent to military school, and go on to form the greatest band the world has ever seen. If that sentence alone isn’t enough to convince you to watch this movie, then you, my friend, are beyond my help. Just tell them over at the Crazy Hospital that Kandid sent you, they’ll get you fixed right up.

So the premise sounds cool, no doubt about it. But does the movie hold up, 27 years later? Yes. Absolutely yes. Everything about it is just so incredibly awesome. Bill and Ted are the best, funniest duo I’ve seen in a movie since Rush Hour. They aren’t the only great characters either- each person they come across in their journey is almost cooler than the last (can’t beat Billy the Kid and So-crates though). By the end, you’re laughing at each of them just as much as at Bill or Ted. And the 80s-ness of this movie….. damn….

Guys, can we just do the 80s again? You know what, don’t answer. It’s happening. 80s everyone. Go forth and spread the news.

Seriously though, they just made better movies back then. The soundtrack, special effects, even the jokes, are all on point in a way that I can’t even begin to credit to anything from today’s time. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re lucky, and not for the way it sounds. You’re lucky, because you still get to experience this amazing movie for the first time, and I’m jealous.

At the time of this writing, it and it’s sequel are both on Netflix.

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Well, what are you waiting for? Go on. We’re done here. Oh, and remember-

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My Top 5 Games Per Console (NES & SNES)

Lists are fun. We all love lists. We love reading them, making them, listing them, you name it. I’m going to make a list for each console that I have a decent amount of gaming experience on for my top 5 favorite games on each. This disqualifies any PC games, as I have next to no experience playing those. I’m also going to skip the handhelds (GameBoy, DS, etc.) simply because I only ever had Nintendo handhelds, and those lists would just be full of Zelda and Mario games.

Let’s start old school, with the Nintendo Entertainment System, or the Regular Nintendo, as I grew up calling it.

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1.Legend of Zelda

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2. Super Mario Bros. 3
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3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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4. Battle Toads

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5. Duck Hunt

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Okay, I’ll admit, this is more of a “What I Remember Playing” list than a list of the top 5 best games on the system. I didn’t have a NES growing up, so I had to settle for playing my uncle’s or friend’s consoles, and those are the 5 games I remember spending the most time with. Of the 5, I only ever beat Super Mario Bros. 3, and that was with the aid of the flute. This generation of games was just too difficult for little Kandid.

Now onto the Super Nintendo, or the SNES for short. This is where things get interesting. I played the crap out of the SNES growing up, and I still occasionally hook it up to this day to play some of the better ones (and so my cheap ass doesn’t have to pay for them again on Virtual Console). Here we go.

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1.Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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2. Super Mario World

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3. Donkey Kong Country 2

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4. Earth Defense Force

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5. Rival Turf!

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The first three games on this list hardly need any explanation or justification. Not only are A Link to the Past and Super Mario World my two favorite games on SNES, but they’re probably at the top of my favorite games of all time as well.

The epic story of Link rescuing Princess Zelda and the rest of the maidens from Agahnim and Ganon is a classic tale that I’ve played through more times than I can count. Super Mario World as well. I loved the art direction in that game even as a small child. My favorite memory of Super Mario World is camping out on my porch with my friend in the fort we built, with a small tube TV and my SNES being central to the fort. We stayed in that blanket fort until we had found every exit to every level in the game.

EDF and Rival Turf! are probably a lot less well-known. EDF was a side scrolling ship shoot ’em up. There have been plenty of games like it since then, but EDF had to have been one of the first, if not THE first.

You started the game by choosing a weapon. There were dozens to choose from, but I always went for the Homing Weapons. Even so, the game was incredibly difficult. As a kid, I could never pass the second or third level, and even the last time I played (maybe 5 years ago or so), I don’t think I passed the 4th level. Still, it was great. The boss designs were epic for the time, and you had to dip and dodge out of the way of a screen filled with enemies. With only 3 little chunks of health available, you really had to know how to maneuver.

I actually had to search for what the title of Rival Turf! actually was. When I was little, for some reason, I tried swapping the stickers on the Link to the Past and Rival Turf! cartridges. I tore almost the entire sticker off of the Rival Turf! game before I was subdued, and since I couldn’t read the title screen that always popped up, I just called the game Fight.

A side scrolling beat ’em up, I can remember spending hours with a friend of mine trying to beat Fight/Rival Turf!. I don’t think we ever did beat it, but that’s the first co-op game I remember being able to play alongside a friend. There was even a VS mode, though it wasn’t nearly as fun as the co-op mode.

This post has gone on longer than I thought it would, so check back soon to see my top 5 for N64, GameCube, and Xbox!

-Kandid

Edit: Not sure why the NES images aren’t spacing correctly. I apologize to all of the like minded OCD people out there that are being bothered by it just as much as me >_<

 

Why I Love The Video Game Industry

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Hello All. Welcome to my blog. This is a new experience for me, writing a blog. Thanks for taking the time to read over my thoughts, and for any comments or criticisms you may have. I’ll be using this blog to write my thoughts on the games I play, the shows I love, and basically anything media related that I find worth writing about.

As I was trying to think up a good first topic for itypeyoulisten, I was on www.ign.com watching clips from 2015’s Video Game Awards. I tuned in in the first place to see if Greg Miller, from Kinda Funny fame, would win the Trending Gamer Award (he did, well deserved). It was while watching these clips that my first topic became very clear to me- Why I love the video games industry.

The first video I saw was the host of the VGAs, Geoff Keighley, explaining why Hideo Kojima, the director and creator of the Metal Gear Solid series, wasn’t able to attend the awards show. According to him, one of Konami’s (the publisher that owns Metal Gear Solid) lawyers contacted Kojima to inform him that he would not be able to attend the show.

Most gamers know that shortly before the release of the critically acclaimed Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, problems between Kojima and Konami started to become apparent. Not many details are known, but it’s generally believed that Konami forced Kojima out due to the scale and cost of his recent project(s). Whether that’s the truth, or whether Kojima is secretly a nightmare to work with, I just don’t know. However, Konami certainly hasn’t been portraying themselves as the innocent victim, and tonight’s events at the VGAs is only the most recent example.

Most of this is old news. The reason I bring up Konami and Kojima in this post is because of the response from the crowd after Keighley’s announcement. You could hear a massive “Boooooo!” erupt from the crowd, and the response on Twitter was just as potent. This is one of the reasons I love the industry- Gamers’ willingness to back up and support a man they admire, who is seemingly being treated very unfairly by the company that he has worked for since 1986. Nothing gets passed the fans, and you better believe that they will tell you how they feel without pulling any punches.

The next clip I saw was a touching tribute to Nintendo’s late President, Satoru Iwata. Mr. Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to medical complications, and his passing was felt throughout the industry. We were reminded of the hard work and contributions he gave to Nintendo, and the amazing passion he poured into each of the projects that he oversaw. At the awards show, Reggie Fils-Aime took to the stage to reiterate how special this man was, and how he affected the company he ran and the people who worked for him. It was a beautiful moment, and as the camera panned across the audience, you could see tears in the eyes of fans whose lives have been changed by a man they have never met, but will always have respect for. This was the most special part of the show in my opinion.

Which brings me to the last great moment of the show, Greg Miller winning the Trending Gamer Award. Him winning isn’t exactly the special part, although as a big fan of his, I’m very happy for him. No, the special part was his heartfelt speech thanking the invisible faces behind all of the games we love. Without them, none of us who call ourselves gamers would be where we are today. As Greg points out in his speech, making games is a long, grueling, and sometimes punishing process. Sure, we give games credit when they’re great, but rarely do the all of those people who helped make the game great get even a fraction of the credit that they’re due. Greg got massive cool points for that speech, and they’re well deserved.

There you have it, three reasons why I loved the 2015 VGAs, and why I love the video game industry as a whole. I’ll never stop being amazed by the way this massive, multi billion dollar industry comes together in times of need or celebration, whether over an admired late industry icon like Iwata, the unfair treatment of a man that’s dazzled Metal Gear fans for nearly thirty years, or just to thank the people who made our games and made all of it possible.

Thanks for reading my first blog! Leave comments if you like, or simply visit in the future and see what else I have to say!

-Kandid