3 years after the release of No Man’s Sky, the Beyond update comes with VR support… and I couldn’t have had more of a turn around on this game. Over 30 hours of exploring and base building made this a new favorite.
Fast running, crazy guns and killin’ Nazis…. That’s what Wolfenstein has always been about, and the Blazkowicz daughters take up the mantle for a decent romp through Paris. Also I try to find something that will get the Keflings off my mind, and I think I found something suitable.
Cyberpilot can best be summed up as small tacked on addition to Youngblood. As it takes certain gadgets and enemies and locations in Youngblood and expands on them just the tiniest amount. The VR only side game that clocks in at about an hour and a half and barely gives much in the way of story or any meaningful development to the world that Wolfenstein creates. You just simply aren’t in the game long enough to have anything really feel like it matters.
When MachineGames took over the Wolfenstien franchise, and made a new modern shooter out of it, I was hesitant, but gave it a shot anyways. I always enjoyed the Wolfenstein games going all the way back to Wolf 3D. After two amazing games (and one side story game) instead of putting out a third, they decided to go with another budget title and time jump to the 80’s and follow the daughters of BJ Blazkowitz.
Ultimate Alliance 3 shows us how tired we all are of superheroes and I shift my focus onto a couple VR games, one of which made me really think about finally starting game development on an idea I’ve had for a while.
After what seemed like an eternity, I was able to finally sit down and complete the Infinity Gauntlet storyline that was created for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After months of attempting to see this film, and what appeared to be the universe stopping me at every turn, I put aside 3 hours of my life on a Sunday evening and watched it.
There are few games that have brought me such pure joy as the Kefling series. Back in good ol’ 2008, I spent Christmas Eve by myself doing my annual Stay Up All Night Playing Games tradition, that year I picked a small Xbox Live Arcade title called A Kingdom For Keflings, and played it straight into Christmas Day for a total of 17 hours straight.
On a very special episode of the Game or Die podcast, I’m joined by my amazing wife Elizabeth as we talk about the Mass Effect trilogy and what we would like to see out of a 4th game…. (like Batman and Robin, Andromeda just doesn’t exist)
Tetris Effect (2019)
There are only a few perfect video games, and Tetris is one of those. I have played a lot of Tetris over the years, starting with the Game Boy version and falling in love with the NES’s color palette during my days modding and testing out emulators. With Tetris Effect finally hitting PC and the VR option coming to Oculus and Steam VR, I couldn’t wait to get immersed in the world of Tetriminos.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (2019)
After almost 10 years to the date, the Ultimate Alliance series receives another addition to the franchise. This time published by Nintendo and only available on the Switch, it leaves the dungeon crawler with performance and graphics still sitting on the table in order to focus more on portability.
DC has been on a downward spiral for so long at this point that it is laughable. The last near decade of DC related comics and movies have all missed the whole point of what makes comics enjoyable. Fun stories about people who we only wish we could be. Big, bright and colorful stories dealing with incredibly sinister plots that are masterminded from a arch-nemesis
To celebrate the independence of our country, instead of blowing up a small part of it, I decided to hole myself up and play through the X-Men Legends games to prepare for the Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 game. Also to gush over Stranger Things new season as well.
The Raid 2 (2014)
I’ve heard so many things about The Raid 2 over the years and how amazing it is. That it is basically the gold standard to all other action movies. When I watched the first Raid movie a couple of years ago, it had such a sense of independence you don’t see all that often from an action movie. Everything felt properly paced and well thought out, with interesting villains and just a rush as the main character climbed the floors of a slum, to defeat the evil slumlord. I loved it and really didn’t think it could be beat.
As long as Video Games have been around, Spider-Man games have promised the feeling of being Spider-Man. With VR coming out in consumer form in 2016, there have been plenty of tech demos or “experiences” that try to replicate being the Web Slinger himself.
Today Marvel studios announced that The Avengers Endgame will be “ re-releasing” in theaters with new additional footage.
As a kid, I remember seeing Drunken Master come out in the theaters, but I never really paid much attention to it, as I wasn’t really a kung fu movie person, especially when it was dubbed over with English. It just seemed way off from the mouths and seeing cartoons or shows make fun of bad dubs like Godzilla, it just wasn’t something I went and sought out. So after scrolling through Plex and just trying to figure out something fun to watch, I decided on Drunken Master.
After around 2 decades I have finally watched the first episode of NGE, thanks in large part to Netflix. The other part being my complete laziness to not want to do anything else but lay down and turn on something… anything. One of my best friends growing up, Brendan, was obsessed with the show and Japanese culture in general. He got me into DBZ and tried to get me into NGE. He had the models imported from Japan, the soundtrack as startup and shut down sounds on his Windows 98 PC and even imported VHS bootlegs of the show.
I have already talked about how much the live action remakes suck because they can never live up to their animated counterparts, but there is another reason why they can’t even be “good” movies on their own, and I’m going to use the new Dumbo as an example.
I have been on a kick of playing through the Castlevania games, and Dracula has been on my mind a lot lately. After finishing up around 8 Castlevania games already, in the middle of Lords of Shadow and also finally watching Season 2 of the Netflix Castlevania series, I went back and watched the original Dracula film from 1931.
I saw a post about a new clip from the live action Aladdin that just popped up online….
Ugh, why do people think that anything live action will ever be able to be as good as animation?