I finally beat Yakuza 0, and immediately started on to Yakuza Kiwami. I think I found my new gaming series obsession! Also I spent a bit of time soloing the new Pirates Expansion for Sea of Thieves.
It’s E3 time again, and just like last year, it’s kind of all over the place, so I explain what E3 means to me, my memories of the event and I cover a game that I judged too early, and missed out on a experience that was more than “just another zombie game” until it came to the PC a few weeks ago.
Days Gone, originally shown off in 2016 went through so many delays, that when it finally released on the PS4 in 2019, it got passed over by a lot of gaming media. They mocked it, said “no one needs more zombie games” and said the Biker main character was a meathead only made because of the popularity of Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon. And while the zombie genre has worn thin, and the similarities to Walking Dead’s Daryl being a biker is there too… Days Gone really goes out of it’s way to tell a great story with a ton of fun and enjoyable gameplay.
While the wife was away for a week, taking care of our new puppy Banjo was my primary responsibility, but I also got a lot of gaming time in as well, playing through Subnautica’s sequel Below Zero in VR and got spent some time killing zombies in Days Gone and threw some balls in Puzzle Bobble VR.
Rare was at one point, possibly the biggest, or at least well known developers in the world. Churning out basically hit after hit for Nintendo for both the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64. Platforming was their specialty, and when Mario 64 changed the world and gave us 3D platformers, it was only a matter of time before Rare got their crack at it. Banjo-Kazooie sounds like a ridiculous title, but it is not just a spectacular platformer, but also an excellent example of gaming comedy
I played way more Satisfactory, finally finished a game I tried to play back in 2005, and I go on quite a bit about the ending of GiantBomb.com, a website that used to be about Video Games.
Traveling a bunch this last month allowed me to get in a lot more comic and actually book reading, but I did play a few games as well. Some classic emulated games on VR and a new Gamepass game that I’d highly recommend.
Back in 1995, for whatever reason, I never saw the Mortal Kombat movie. I loved the video game, had the GI Joe licensed action figures, and would play Mortal Kombat with my friend in the pool, jumping off diving boards pretending to be Scorpion and Sub Zero doing their famous moves. But I never saw the live action movie that spawned one of the greatest film soundtracks and rave songs of all time.
Ready Player One will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only was it because it was a great novel based on the idea of video games and VR, but because it’s something on my online dating profile that caught the attention of a girl, who eventually ended up being my wife.
It seems more and more these days that every big Batman comic revolves around The Joker is some way. He’s obviously the most infamous in Batman’s Rogues Gallery, and the one most people would list as their favorite villain. But over the last handful of years, The Joker has become so intertwined with Batman, that he is always the root of the story. And it’s getting really boring and predictable.
I talk about a few games I’ve been playing like the PC version of Crash Bandicoot 4, and Panzer Dragoon Remake. As well as some movies and comic books. Some highlights include the movie Cyrano De Bergerac from 1950, and the new Wolverine comic called “Black, White & Blood”. Reviews are on the website as well.
While I did read a fair amount of comic books as a kid, I never got into them as much as I feel I should have. Partially because there really just weren’t many comic stores where I lived, they were farther away, and I also would have rather bought the action figures with my allowance money instead of comics. Luckily over the last 15 years, I’ve become much more enthralled with comics and graphic novels and have amassed a very large and diverse collection. While I have spent much more time with comics, my knowledge of super heroes came mostly from the cartoons and movies based on them. So I was initially shocked when I started reading Wolverine to see how watered down his screen versions were. That has all changed with Black, White & Blood.
With the wife out of town for a week, I spent most of that time working building a new studio, but I did manage to get in some quality VR time and also got down and dirty learning the quirks of Valheim.
I finished both the leaked Goldeneye 007 Remaster and Hitman 3, plus played through a few other games like Little Nightmares 2 and both Monster Jam Steel Titan games!
I’m a wuss when it comes to horror games. I can’t stand being scared, I don’t find it enjoyable in the least bit. However, when there is something more than just trying to make me scared, I can occasionally push through the fear and continue on. Events like Knott’s Halloween Haunt, or games like Little Nightmares take the time to craft an intriguing world and an atmosphere that piques my interest enough for me to conquer those fears.
You’d think that a third entry in a gaming series would start to wear thin on the original premise of a game, but Hitman 3 shows that you can continually step up the progress of ideas and morph the series over time into something so far beyond what your imagination of the game could be. If that sentence baffles you, you might not be familiar with the new Hitman games. Back in 2016 the Hitman franchise got a reboot of sorts and came out of left field and became a smash hit, and in 2021 the third in the “World of Assassination” trilogy was released and finalized IOI as mastercraftsmen of game design.
One of the best things about Microsoft purchasing Rare back in 2002 was the fact that we were hoping to see some if not most of the developers infamous games on a much more powerful console. When the Xbox 360 came out and Xbox Live was starting to really gain traction with downloadable titles, everyone waited for what was inevitably a “HD Remake” of Goldeneye 007. After a few years Rare did make good on updating several of their classics like Perfect Dark and even the Banjo games… but Bond’s greatest outing never showed up…. Until 2021.
Finally at home in good ol’ Tennessee, and trying to get setup and back to work. While the 2,000 mile cross country trip went down, I was able to still get in a fair bit of gaming the last couple of weeks. Finishing of Scott Pilgrim, Hyrule Warriors, and playing a bit of Hitman 3 and starting a VR session of Subnautica: Below Zero.
The Dynasty Warriors series has been around for quite a while, debuting in 1997 on the original Playstation, it was never a series that I paid attention to. With it focusing primarily on semi-historical versions of infamous Chinese battles from hundreds of years ago, it was barely a blip on my gaming radar. For a while, it seemed like it was on a yearly release schedule as well, garnering a near Sports like Roster Update status. To say I wasn’t interested in the series would be an understatement. That was until the developers were able to use Nintendo’s Zelda franchises characters and settings.
Sometimes a game feels like it was perfectly tailored for a person, and back in 2010 when the Scott Pilgrim movie came out, and alongside it the game was released, it felt like it was made specifically for me. I used to say that Platformers were my favorite genre, but I’ve realized that Brawler games are my actual favorite ones, and Scott Pilgrim was the perfect one at the perfect time in my life.