Praise the Switch

Nintendo recently wrapped up their latest Direct and had quite a few announcements including upcoming games and some DLC. But the end of the presentation is what caught me by surprise. 

“Something ‘wicked’ this way comes”, they said. Hearing the words “wicked” I assumed it was Witch related and would translate to the Bayonetta 3 trailer. Each square in the presentation had a picture of the game that the announcement was about, except this last one. We all already know about Bayonetta 3, so why the question mark?

The video starts on the ground pointing to a pile of dirt. Slowly it moves closer and closer, my eyes widen as I realize that it isn’t just a pile of dirt. My jaw drops and I turn into Luke.

“Are they allowed to do that? They can’t! They’re just messing with my head!”

Closer and closer, as embers fly around the screen, a dark figure starts to appear behind the pile. The flame is lit.

Dark Souls Remastered is coming to the Switch!!!!

I’ve always loved the Souls series, starting with Demon Souls. Every game has been challenging and kept me entertained. But none more than Dark Souls 1. I’m happy to hear that it’s coming to the Switch and I’ll be able to play the game everywhere I go. But more importantly it is time to git gud and Praise the Sun again!

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Announced

Just announced by Capcom for Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary is the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. Coming out May 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Containing 12 games from the original Street Fighter to Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, with “Arcade Perfect” gameplay. 4 will have online play:

  • Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting
  • Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Street Fighter III: Third Strike

The collection will also contain many special features including concept art, music archive, an interactive timeline, and a sprite viewer. Below is the trailer from Capcom.


I’m mostly excited for this to come out for is the Nintendo Switch. With games like Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers, King of Fighters ’98, Pokken Tournament, etc., the Switch has already shown potential as a portable fighting game machine to challenge anyone on the go by splitting up the Joy-Cons. Now with this collection, the Switch will become the best choice for fighting games, all that we’re missing is Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter X Tekken, and Street Fighter 5. (So let’s get going on that Capcom, chop chop).

I Don’t Know What Death Stranding Is About But I Love It

The video game awards are over but I am still mulling over what I just saw with Death Stranding. I’m currently obsessed with it. I have the trailer running on repeat right now. It’s exciting, confusing, nothing makes much sense since the first trailer, and it radiates Kojima’s brilliance.

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If you haven’t heard of Death Stranding, here’s a quick refresher. There was a mysterious game called P.T. for the PS4 that scared the crap out of everyone. Beating the game shows that you have been playing a Norman Reedus all along and that the game is basically a teaser to what the next Silent Hill was going to be. Then Konami dropped the project entirely. There was already some friction between Konami and Hideo Kojima, which cause him to leave and start his own studio.

Kojima Productions has now given Hideo the freedom to do whatever the hell he wants and no one can stop him, not even Hideo himself….

When he said he would continue his collaboration with Guillermo Del Toro and start a new project that was similar to the now-cancelled Silent Hill, fans went wild. They went even crazier after seeing Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen are two characters in the game based on their likeness. Guillermo will also be put into the game as well. And knowing Hideo, he is most likely not far behind. Now if you don’t even know who Kojima is, I got two words for you: Metal Gear, now go sit in a corner and let a grown-up read this article. 

Here’s the trailer presented at this year’s video game awards. 

So far there have been only a few trailers for Death Stranding with not much gameplay shown and only In-Game Cinematics. Dissecting the newest trailer, we see Reedus waking up from a crash, seeing a body he was transporting with two other people (let’s call them Chuck and Jerry for the sake of this article). Chuck is stuck under a truck and Jerry is trying to drag him out. Reedus is wearing a uniform for Porter and the other two are wearing Bridges, somehow these two companies will play a big role in the game. While trying to pull Chuck out, Jerry’s device on his back starts blinking/winking and points to handprints being created by an invisible entity. Reedus tells the guys to not make a sound as the handprints continue to move past them. The device will most likely be a part of the gameplay to allow the player to track enemies to hide from them. After the pain becomes too much for Chuck, he yells and he gets dragged away by the enemies, Jerry has no other choice but to shoot Chuck, signifying that being taken by the enemies is worse than death itself. Before Jerry is grabbed, the capsule in his chest reveals a baby inside that looks out and then goes into a fetal position. The baby’s role in the game is probably huge. When the water level rises, to a point that everything is under water with fish and whale swimming around as if they were in the sea, there is a monster eating bodies that  have floated to the surface. On the bottom of floor lies Reedus, the camera zooms into his mouth showing the baby inside of him. Once the water level finally drops and Reedus is able to catch his breath, the baby is back in his capsule. This may mean that the babies are the opposite of the enemies and act as protection to the ones who hold them.

On the other hand, I could be entirely wrong. What I’ve dissected and guess so  far could be the exact opposite. All know is that it is an “Open World Action Game.” But when connecting Hideous to Open World Action, my mind jumps straight to Metal Gear Solid 5 and it makes me happy. I am loving the mystery behind this game and hope the gameplay stays a secret up until the release date.  I wish Kojima, his Studio, Del Toro, and the entire crew good luck on their first anti-Konami game. I’m very excited to see more confusing trailer and can’t wait to play the game.

I Hate Miners

This is not a gaming post or a movie post. This more of a technology post.

This is not about Minecraft. This is not about movies related to miners getting stuck. The game is fun and those who miner are the backbone of this country that has built (or rather, deconstructed to be built upon).

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This is about cryptocurrency miners. Are they gamers? In their spare time, maybe. Are they hard working manual laborers? No.

They are people who have a dedicated PC to mining cryptocurrency. They spends day, weeks, months, years using that PC to mine cryptocurrency.

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What’s crytocurrency? Ever heard of bitcoin? It’s that except now there are hundreds of them (dogecoin, ethereum, litecoin, etc.). But again this is not about information on what cryptocurrency is, how to mine it, or how to build a PC to mine it. This is about why I hate them.

I have a pretty nice PC setup that I have built with my own two hands. My first was cheap but good enough. Then I bought a GPU that was 3 times better than my first. After a few years I built a new PC around my strong GPU. Now that GPU is starting to not perform as well as it used to. Games are not at running at the highest settings. Yeah yeah, I know #firstworldproblems. So now I want to upgrade. With VR being the new thing in gaming, I would want a GPU that will last me for quite a while and I shoot for the stars on a 1080. They’re expensive being one of the top-of-the-line GPUs and I assumed they would be cheaper on Black Friday/Cyber Monday (I was wrong).

A $500-700 GPU should be around $300-500, but because of such a high demand with cryptocurrency miners utilizing multiple GPUs at a time. I can’t even consider buying a GPU because of these miners. You are all scum. You’re the worst in the world. There are a bunch of us who cannot enjoy gaming at a higher level because of you criminals. I hope your currency crashes. I hope your PCs crash and burn. I hope that all your effort is for nothing. I hope you lose everything.

The Best of the Best of E3

E3 2017 has passed and we have had more than a week to dwell on what we have seen. We’ve pondered upon what we are looking forward to, what we are disappointed with, and with what we just can’t help ourselves but to ask, WHY?

E3 had gone pretty well with the presentations being what they were, presentations. More games, less talk; the formula was perfect. And the result? Trailers and gameplay galore. Goosebumps have risen, jaws were dropped, and tears were shed. For this list, there won’t be any repeaters, such as Call of Duty, Madden, etc., nothing against them, but how game changing are they? Honestly. In my opinion (and with some help from Gamespot’s and Gametrailers YouTube channel), here are the best of the best of E3 (in no particular order):

Star Wars Battlefront II

Star Wars: Battlefront was a great game even though it lacked story and a single-player mode. Battlefront II is here to mend those mistakes with a story following an Imperial soldier that will go through thirty years from the original trilogy to the new one. The game’s multiplayer will span through all 3 trilogies including heroes like Darth Maul, Yoda, Rey, and Kylo Ren. I’m the most excited for this game cause it looks like EA has listened to it’s community and is finally making the Battlefront we want.

Need for Speed: Payback

Since 2005’s Most Wanted, Need for Speed really hasn’t done it for me, even with the newest Hot Pursuit. The only one was the Run which was a linear racing experience where you have to drive from coast to coast across America. The story was awesome. With Payback you have a Fast and Furious type of story and Burnout-style takedowns. I’m still a bit hesitant because of the open-world factor and not being linear but this might work out.

A Way Out

Probably the most unique game ever shown.  A Way Out is made by the developers of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons where it can be played in co-op mode with one player taking either role. The crazies thing is that you’ll both have your own screen and during one player’s cutscene, the other player will already be in-game. It’s hard to explain but when you look at the footage, it’ll become pretty clear.

Anthem

Did you play Mass Effect: Andromeda? Did you fell it lacked something? Maybe some effort from the developers? Wanna know where all of that went? Anthem. A shooter game where you fly mech suits called Javelins exploring a world outside of the sanctuary where only a wall stands between humanity’s extinction. You can even team up with a squad with different Javelins. As much as this might be a copy of something else (*cough* Destiny *cough*), the game looks amazing.

Cuphead

Imagine a side-scroller Contra-like shooter with old-school Disney animation, like the tugboat cartoon with a certain mouse. That’s what you’re getting with Cuphead. There’s nothing much to say about this game except it stands out among ever other platformer seen so far.

Crackdown 3

There’s nothing better than being a supercop with enhanced powers that takes down gangs. That’s what Crackdown is about, you roam the city protecting it the only way you know how, by destroying it. The crackdown series has always been fun and the progression system helps you become more and more powerful. I’m very excited to play this game especially since it will be the first on PC.

Dragon ball Fighter Z (FighterZ?)

If I had a list for the best of the best, and I also put them in order, this would be on top. From all the games shown at E3, this stole the show. We’ve had many Dragon Ball fighting games in the past but they’ve mostly been 3D, and the 2D ones have been handheld(Supersonic Warriors and Butoden). So far no game has beaten Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku for the GBA until now. Arc Systems is behind the wheel for the development for this game. Using mechanics from games like Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, this combination works very well since their games have an anime-like quality to them. They have made the 2D fighters for the Dragon Ball games, and now they will be releasing this on all platforms. With the 3v3 tag mechanic, they will be in direct competition with Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite. My only question, Marvel VS Capcom: Who?

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

One year later after the events of The New Order, B.J. Blaskowicz wakes up to see his in time for the second American Revolution, his new motivation? His unborn children. Now know as Terror Billy, B.J. needs to join up with the resistance to take back America. The previous game was fun and I expect the same for this one.

The Evil Within II

Evil Within is back with a new protagonist. Your goal? Finding your daughter who you thought was dead. The game is pretty straight forward, we just need to see what kind of horror is going to be brought to the table and will it be scarier than Resident Evil 7 or Outlast 2?

Metro: Exodus

Now if you haven’t played the Metro series then this is the part where I tell you to play it and then talk to me when you have got some culture. So all the Metro games are FPS adventures with a linear story. The setting takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, taking on monsters & other hostile humans, and equipping you with makeshift weapons and items. The games are always great and this time, from the trailer, we might go open world.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

15 years! It has taken us 15 years to finally get to this moment. The sequel (well prequel storywise) to Beyond Good & Evil has finally been announced and this time it’s here to stay. Trailer is just CGI starry a lovable ape named Knox stealing from a pig. The item in question is a map to something, probably treasure. I’m excited for this especially with “Space Monkey Program” that is probably a beta or gives some insight into the game.

Far Cry 5

After Far Cry goes to two international fictional locations and this time it comes home to America. You’re a sheriff’s deputy send into this fictional town in Montana to take down a cult of people who are apocalypse preppers. My question is why the FBI or CIA aren’t involved, or have the military just roll in. I’m sure the game will answer that question but til then we get a taste of gameplay where you use for-hire mercenaries to take down the cult. I’m excited to partner up with Boomer the dog to have him fetch me their guns.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

If you don’t see the joke in the title, I pity your niavety. The Stick of Truth was a great RPG that was true to the series thanks to Matt Stone and Trey Parker guiding the developers. This time we’re back again as the New Kid but this time instead of the fantasy setting, we’re now doing the superhero thing.

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You like the South Park game? You wanna play it on the go? Here’e the mobile version.

Shadow of the Colossus

Okay so if you haven’t played this, then you have missed one of the most essential video games, here’s your chance, if you have a PS4. The game was beautiful and with this update, it’s gotten even better. The object of the game is simple, find the Collosi and kill them. The game is open world but the only restriction is that you have to take them down in order. There are not other monsters just the Collosi. You have a grip mechanic that you can enhance by finding lizards with glowing tails.

Monster Hunter World

I was hoping this would be Deep Down, the game Capcom teased a long time ago that seemed like a mix of Dragon’s Dogma and Dark Souls. I was mislead but not disappointed. Monster Hunter World shows a gameplay of tracking down a T-Rex that just kept evolving until it came down to a 1v1 battle between two monsters. I never played Monster Hunter World but I hope this will be a good first step into it.

God of War

Kratos is back but all the Gods are dead! So now what? This time we’re taking a step into Norse Mythology. Gone are the signature blades Kratos was chained to and replaced with a magical Axe of unknown Origin. Now he must teach his son to survive while taking on new monsters and Gods. The difference between the old games and this is that the entire game has been built from the ground-up and doesn’t have the same isometric-ish perspective the previous games had.

Spider-Man

Spider-Man! Spider-Man! Does whatever a spider can! Yeah he’s back but this time Insomniac has taken the reigns in development. Oh yeah, the guys who made the Ratchet & Clank series, got goosebumps yet? What sets this apart from the others is that the traversing portion of the game includes parkour. The story seems to be original which will depict a much older Spider-Man in college taking on a new group of enemies. The gameplay looks amazing with some QTEs(quick time events) thrown in.

Days Gone

Tired of Zombies? Well too bad! This is another take on the post-apocalyptic/horror/zombie genre. Plays similar to the Last of Us but with an open world where you use your motorcycle to get around. Not only are there human zombies but the animals have been zombified as well. The zombies play a role in helping out the protagonist, they can be used to create distractions or scare off a gang of hostiles. The zombies also run in large groups and they run fast, similar to the ones in the World War Z movie but toned down and more realistic. Despite being an exclusive to PS4, this game has huge potential to be a GOTY winner.

Super Mario Odyssey

This is a long time coming for Mario to have a game to call his own similar to Super Mario 64 and Sunshine. This is another where he is on a solo adventure(sort of). In Super Mario Odyssey, his hat plays a major role in the as it has been possessed by a “hat ghost” named Cappy. Mario can use Cappy to attack enemies, traverse hard-to-reach areas, and possess anything, even a Tank.

Kirby

Now this, this is the newest Kirby without the gimmicks, no robots, rainbows, or yarns. Yeah the gimmicks were fun but now I think it’s time we go back to the basics, sucking up enemies and stealing their powers. Okay well we do have a gimmick this time but it doesn’t change the gameplay too much. Now as Kirby you can get up to 3 enemies on your side which mean we are gonna have a 4-player co-op mode with each other player taking on different roles.

Metroid Prime 4

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Out of left field comes the announcement of the next game in the Metroid Prime series. No gameplay, screenshots, or even concept art was shown. All we received was a smaller teaser with the title. Knowing the previous games this will also be a FPS that will be coming to the Switch.

Metroid: Samus Returns

One Metroid wasn’t enough for you? Well you’re in for a treat, especially if you love the classics. This is simply a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus for the 3DS. If you’ve played Metroid II before then you’ll want this, if you haven’t then you SHOULD play this.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

As long as we are on the topic of Metroid, let’s talk about this Metroidvania style game. Starting off as a Kickstarter project, this game is heavily inspired from Castlevania. This game includes elements like leveling up, a variety of weapons and items, and crafting. This game is going to have David Hayter (Solid Snake) and Robbie Belgrade (the voice of Alucard in Castelvania). If doesn’t get you excited then I don’t know if you’re human.

Vampyr

This is an interesting take on the horror/vampire genre. You play as a vampire doctor (a doctor turned into a vampire, not a vampire specialist, trust me I wondered that too). A third-person action/adventure with RPG elements where you level up by either killing people or through investigation. You can beat the game without killing anyone but you’ll be limited on how much you can level up.

Untitled Pokemon Game

No screenshots, concept art, teasers for this one. But it will be a new Pokemon RPG made by Game Freak.

Tunic

Tunic is an simple , isometric game where you play as a fox with a sword and shield. Whether or not you get equipment or can level up is not made clear. All that is shown is a fox fighting enemies with the dodge-rolling style of Dark Souls. This games seem straight-forward, as time passes, we’ll have to see what other elements this game has in store. I have high hopes and hope you do as well.

Age of Empires – Definitive Edition

Age of Empires is back with updated graphics, higher resolutions, and even further zoom levels so you can see more of your units. This was one of the first RTS games I have ever played and it’s never been boring. You get stuck in campaign and can’t take on anyone use a cheat code to summon a rocket car, load them up on boats and wreak havoc.

Griftlands

From Klei, the makers of Don’t Starve, comes a new IP that has the art style of the Shank series, with an open-world element. You play as a mercenary who recruits other mercenaries by convincing them. The trailer seems to show what looks to be a speech system, turn-based action, and if one of your buddies gets tossed in jail, you have the choice of bribing and bailing them out. I’ve played most of Klei’s games including Don’t Starve, Shank 1 & 2, and Mark of the Ninja, and each one has it’s own unique gameplay elements and has never been boring. So knowing Klei is making this one has me pretty excited.

Wargroove

Ever played Advanced Wars , Fire Emblem or any tactics-style game? Did you love it? Well you’re gonna love this. This new RPG game that is heavily influenced by Advanced Wars includes the nostalgic elements of the aforementioned game with a renaissance fantasy setting.

Extinction

What do you get when you combine Shadow of the Colossus, Shadow of Mordor, Mirror’s Edge, Spider-Man, Attack on Titan, and Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance? You get this. Extinction has you playing as the last Sentinal and humanity’s last line of defense from giant Orcs, like Godzilla-sized Orcs! You run around jumping, double-jumping, wall running, air dashing your way to these Orcs to take them out. The fighting is pretty unique as you have you have to go around dismembering their limbs and building enough power to chop their heads off. This is probably one of the most unique games that might seem repetitive but each Ogre will be more challenging than the last with different armor and different way to cut them down. And you think you can probably take one hit and live, well you’re WRONG!!! One hit and your dead fool! You better get clever.

The Last Night

A new side-scroller with a cyberpunk theme, like Shadowrun or Blade Runner. The game looks amazing with it’s pixel graphics like Hotline Miami or Home. Story? My guess you’re framed and on the run the basic elements for a cyberpunk story.

The End is Nigh

From the creator of the Binding of Isaac comes his newest IP, The End is Nigh. The game is a platformer similar to Super Meatboy but at a slower pace. You are a lonely survivor looking for parts to create a friend.

Superhot VR

Last but not the least, the only VR game that I am excited about. You can play it without VR but I believe VR will make this an even better experience. The gameplay is simple, you have control over time, if you move then your enemies move; you stop, then your enemies, bullets, and all objects stop. This game gives you a chance to make decisions based on your situation. Bullet coming toward your face?  Dodge or shoot it with your gun. No gun? Throw objects. You can punch and catch guns out of the air. Be the badass you want to be!

Day 4 of E3 with Nintendo

GAMES

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – The sequel and more cartoony-looking game.

Kirby – A new Kirby where you can take control of enemies to fight bosses or play 4-player co-op

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Untitled Pokemon RPG from Game Freak – Won’t be out for more than a year

Metroid Prime 4 – A small teaser with just the title and nothing else

BONUS:

They have announced a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus.

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Yoshi – A new game with the charm of Wollys World

Fire Emblem Warriors – A new Fire Emblem game from Koei Tecmo. With the success of Hyrule Warriors, this would be a safe bet.

The Master Trials and The Champions’ Ballad DLC for The Legen of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – New feature and modes as well as costumes like Majora’s Mask, Tinklez costume, and Midna’s mask. Along with new Amiibos.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – More info on the game

Rocket League for the Switch – Comes with exclusive items and cars

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Super Mario Odyssey – More gameplay for this open-world game with a plot of stopping Bowser from marrying Peach. The hat transforms into many different hats giving Mario different costumes.  The hat can even take over the bodies of animals, object, koopas, Bullet Bill, and even a T-Rex.

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Day 3 of E3 with Sony

E3 kicked off their show with a little interesting classical Indian music and waterfall show. Which lead to the Uncharted game, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – There’s no Nathan Drake here.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Lands – It’s Horizon Zero Dawn with snow.

Days Gone – A zombie game that seems like a mix of the Last of Us and Uncharted.

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Monster Hunter World – A game that looked like Monster Hunter that ended up being Monster Hunter.

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Shadow of the Colossus – Remastered for the PS4. If you don’t know this game? Go get yourself educated.

Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite – The trailer shows the story mode of the game.

Call of Duty: WWII – Going back to it’s roots, this is CoD’s answer to Battlefield 1.

Skyrim on PSVR – The title says it all.

Star Child – A sidescroller where robots play a big role.

The Inpatient – A psychological thriller PSVR game set in a sanatorium where you may or may not be imagining things. From the makers of Until Dawn.

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Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XIII – A new VR addition to the game with lots of fishing.

Bravo Team – A military combat PSVR game.

Moss – You play as a little mouse (probably named Moss) in a fantasy adventure game.

God of War – The trailer gives us a glimpse into the story with gameplay of how Kratos’ son plays a role in it.

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Detroit: Become Human – A game about an Android or Human (I can’t tell which yet) who frees other Androids. You get to choose either a violent or passive path. Featuring the voice of someone who sounds like Regis Philbin.

Destiny 2 – The sequel. The trailer shows us a bit of the story and gameplay with exclusive Playstation content.

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Marvel: Spider-Man – The newest spider-man game made from the creator of Ratchet and Clank, Insomniac Games. The trailer give us into a glimpse of some beautiful gameplay with stealth, combat and open-world exploration systems and New Yorker jokes.

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