DOOM! – May 13th

Bethesda announced today that its fourth Doom title will finally be released, fittingly, on Friday the 13th of May.

Below is a link to the new trailer released today. Bethesda never disappoints. I’m looking forward to this one!

I’m not buying any new games for a while. Care to know why?

The gaming scene has never been as bright as it is today. There are so many amazing games to play – no matter where you prefer to play them! Last year, you could have run from the Wild Hunt in a fantasy land, emerged from your vault after a nuclear Fallout, or even proved you had what it took to be the Knight that Gotham needed. Yes, 2015 was a stellar year of game releases with the PS4 and Xbox One consoles coming into their own, and games being able to take greater advantage of the power afforded them by the new consoles. This year, the quality of games coming out shows no signs of slowing down. This is why I’ve decided NOT to purchase any new releases in 2016 (with the exception of Uncharted 4) until the “Black Friday” sales toward the end of the year.

You may be thinking, “Why wouldn’t you buy any of the new titles coming out!? You even said they look good!” or even, “That’s just silly!” However, I ask that you hear me out in my reasoning before calling the asylum.

Toward the end of 2015, I found myself buying a lot of games. Some were new releases of games I intended to play right away. Others were games on sale which I knew I wanted to play, but had slipped my radar. These purchases added onto my already growing backlog of games – a backlog that I was trying to keep better groomed in the new console generation. The number of games installed on my Xbox One alone are over 130, over 70 of which I’ve not really played! That’s just one console. I’ve got smaller backlogs growing on PS4 & Wii U. Over on PC, my Steam backlog, too, has grown over the years thanks to Humble Bundle and crazy sales.

Those unplayed games are the reason I feel that I need to take a step back to focus on the games I have and all the experiences that await therein. Here are just twenty of the games in my Xbox One backlog that I really want to play, which would entertain me for months:
Assassin’s Creed: China
Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Battlefield Hardline
Borderlands 2
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Castle Crashers Remastered
Dishonored: The Definitive Edition
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Lego Marvel Superheroes
Life Is Strange
Ori and the Blind Forest
Rare Replay
Rayman Legends
Saints Row IV: Reelected
Screamride
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
Sunset Overdrive
The Walking Dead Season 2: A Tell Tale Game
Wolfenstein: The New Order

Thus, I decided to buy no new releases until Black Friday 2016. Not only will I get a good deal on the games of the 2016, I want to make sure I give the games that I have the time they deserve. I don’t want to feel like it’s a chore to play games, so I’m not going to force myself to a strict diet of only games on my unplayed list, either. There are many games that I really enjoy playing, and like to play multiplayer with friends that will continue to occupy gaming time. I also have massive DLC for games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Witcher 3 that I need to consume!

This decision will mean missing out on some of the conversations about particular games that swell when said game is released, and that will be quite hard. Games like Quantum Break or Mass Effect: Andromeda, which I’ve been looking forward to for some time, will have to wait just a little longer. I hope I can successfully avoid spoilers for these games! As mentioned in the outset, the one exception is Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Libertalia Collector’s Edition. It’s an exception because I’m not just buying it for the game, I’m buying that for the Nathan Drake statue!

What do you think? Is this a fool’s wish? Leave a comment below or chat with me on Twitter!

More Details about “My Nintendo” and Miitomo Emerge!

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Earlier today on an investors call, Nintendo was finally beginning to elaborate more on Miitomo (its first of at least 5 mobile device apps/games to launch between now and March 2017) and its new “My Nintendo” rewards service. According to the latest information, registration for the game and the “My Nintendo” service will become available February 17th.

Rewards will be separated into two different categories: “Gold Points,” which can be gained from buying Nintendo games, consoles, and digital content (in similar fashion to the Club Nintendo format), and “Platinum Points” that you will get from logging into your “My Nintendo” accounts, playing the new mobile games and apps, as well as possible special events and promotions.

What you then do with these points is also a little different: “Gold Points” can be used for discount deals and/or coupons for purchasing MORE Nintendo stuff (I see what you’re trying to do there Nintendo…..) while the “Platinum Points” will be used for digital content (wallpaper and additional downloadable content). They did, however, also make a point to mention “Original Goods” as well, which might end up being things like physical products, similar to what Club Nintendo offered (soundtracks, playing cards, cases, etc).

The “My Nintendo” will launch in mid-March along with the release of Miitomo, Nintendo’s first smartphone title. So far, not a ton of information has come out around this; but, it seems to be very similar to its Nintendo 3DS title, “Tomodachi Life,” which was a lot of fun and very quirky. So, in my opinion, this is right in line with what Nintendo does typically around new launches. It will be available for both iOS and Android, (sorry Windows phone/Blackberry users, if there are any left) and will also feature Mii Photo, which will allow you to help Nintendo market the app by allowing you to utilize your Mii Character, adding captions and such to easily share on social networks.

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We will be sure to let you know as more details emerge. Will you be checking out Miitomo when it launches?

Why do games based on movies have to suck, too?

We all know the curse: For the most part, movies based on video games have a TERRIBLE track record. I’m looking at you, Double Dragon, Super Mario Bros, Doom, and Street Fighter. In my humble opinion, there have only been a few that I can tolerate, like the first Mortal Kombat and the Resident Evil Series (kinda). We’ve seen tons of articles and stories tearing these apart, but I think it’s time to shed some light on the real problem: Why are there so many shitty movie video games?!

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With the amazing storytelling that can be found in almost any movie, it’s hard to imagine how a great game hasn’t come from it. Look at Harry Potter, for example –  so much lore and story to pull from, yet there wasn’t a single decent game to come out of all of those movies! They had story lines that often had very little to do with the actual movies and the controls were terrible. Clearly, these games were made only to be a cash cow and nothing more. It wasn’t until later when Lego jumped in to make the Lego Harry Potter games did this series bring any sort of halfway decent games. With that being said, they are arguably the worst Lego games that came out! That’s the curse of the movie video game. Most of the time, they are made to either take advantage of kids or simply attempt to grab some of the cash blowing around during the movie release, resulting in rushed abominations. Please, let’s not forget the ten-to-twenty truckloads of E.T. for the Atari that were buried…..that’s how bad it was…and yes, I owned and played a copy, so I can speak candidly about it. Seriously, what the heck was that game supposed to be about anyway?!?!

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With the exception of Goldeneye 64 and Aladdin on SNES/SEGA (yeah, I went there), it seems like most of these are complete messes. The few times they are done right (go with me here), is when they do NOT come out around the same time as the movie. When a game company takes the premise of a movie and really spends time on developing a game, it can be great. Just a few examples: Remember The Ghostbusters game from 2009? The movie came out in 1984. Chronicles of Riddick came out 4 years after the movie. The Warriors on PS2/Xbox came out 33 YEARS later. A more recent example would be the Shadows of Mordor, a “Lord of the Rings” game which doesn’t really follow the movies at all…and that’s OK!

I know that, like everything today, it’s all about the almighty dollar; but for the fans’ sake, PLEASE slow down the process if using a movie license. If you don’t, the odds are not in your favor. Now, could someone get to work on a REAL Harry Potter game? Or perhaps some Hunger Games action is in order….now I would play that.

Comment below with some other terrible/good movie games and tell us what you think! Otherwise, we might all end up with another one of these:

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20th Anniversary Pokemon Distribution is Now Live!

Polygon writer Allegra Frank has penned a really clean article breaking down the 2016 Pokemon Distribution Calendar.

Full Article @Polygon

Mew is kicking off 2016’s distribution calendar. GameStop will offer up the legendary in-stores from Feb. 1 until Feb. 24. It will be available to download for Pokémon Omega Ruby,Alpha Sapphire, X and Y, and will come already leveled all the way to 100. Codes for the special creature — the first downloadable mythical Pokémon introduced to the series, back in Pokémon Red, Blue and Green — will be valid until May 31.

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Bethesda Announces E3 Showcase

 

No surprise here, with what many would argue was the best E3 press conference last year (even though it was their first): Bethesda has released its information for this year’s event.

No doubt, there will be more Doom footage, Dishonored 2 information, and (fingers crossed for me) some information on Fallout 4 DLC. Will we see any new Skyrim stuff this year? Probably not, but you never know. They went big last year, so expectations are high! Remember to mark it on your calendars, boys and girls: June 12th, at  7:00 pm Pacific time. I’ll be watching- will you?

Splatoon: Why you should play it, and why you’re probably not!

Unless you have been hiding in a cave somewhere or, for some reason, you pay absolutely no attention to the gaming industry (If that’s the case, why the heck are you here?), you have probably heard of Splatoon: Nintendo’s quirky (and original) take on a first person shooter. For a long time, I didn’t pay too much attention to this game at all. Most of what I buy from Nintendo are established franchises and games I can play with the whole family.

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Is it time for Link to speak?

Zelda5In an interview with GamesMaster Magazine Eiji Aonuma, producer of the Zelda series, commented on whether or not Link should be voiced. I have never wanted Link to be voiced for fear it would harm the way I envision the character myself. But a lot of articles are claiming that I’m in the minority on this subject. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

Aonuma –  We’ve had a lot of requests from fans to hear [Link’s] voice, and while in some ways I do feel that it could be good to have a game where he speaks, part of me also feels that that air of proud independence he has because he doesn’t speak is a precious part of the individuality of his character. I want to think long and hard about whether changing that would be for the better or not before I make any decision.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Detective Pikachu – More Details

The amazing guys over at GameXplain have just posted a nice detailed look at Detective Pikachu, the odd Pokemon spin-off announced for 3DS in Japan.

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First, we have some details about the characters:

  • Detective Pikachu: he likes coffee, and asks Tim to invite pretty women over for tea. The problem is: he’s quite weak around pretty women. He can talk like a human being, but he’s actually quite slow, and cannot use any moves like a regular Pikachu;
  • Mike Baker: head of the Detective Agency;
  • Amanda Blackstone: the office assistant;
  • Amelia Kristi: the new Assistant Director at a TV station;
  • Meiko Okamoto: a TV Director;
  • Pablo Milan: the owner of the High Hat Café.

Next, we have some details about the gameplay. You get to play as Tim as he goes around Rhyme City interviewing people and looking for evidence. Naturally, Tim talks to humans, while Pikachu is the one dealing with Pokémon. Once you’ve found a place to investigate, you can search for evidence using a magnifying glass.

UPDATE (2/2/16) – Tilmen (@Tilmen on Twitter) from Tilmendomination has posted the intro for Detective Pikachu for your enjoyment.

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Batman: Arkham Knight

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First let me preface this by saying I am a massive Batman fan, so realistically, even if this game sucked horribly, I probably still would have been happy to play it. But fortunately for all of us, this game did not in fact suck at all!

Easily one of if not my favorite game of last year Batman: Arkham Knight is the final chapter in the series, previous installments were Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and yes I will include Arkham Origins (which wasn’t as bad as people made it out to be, with the exception of the Bane fight). If you didn’t play at least Arkham City you might be very lost in what I think it quite possibly the games strongest draw, its story.

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Twilight Princess Story Trailer!

WELCOME to Play Some Video Games! Nintendo UK Nintendo Europe have posted a story trailer for Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. I am definitely getting Twilight Princess for Wii U on Day 1 with hopes of getting my review up. Are you excited to venture back into the biggest Zelda game? Twilight Princess, my opinion, is easily the most UNDERRATED game in the series. I’ve always questioned how many people actually played the game beyond its horrid introduction. Here’s hoping they revamp some of that as well.

The good folks over at Nintendo World Report have loaded a side by side comparison video between the Wii and Wii U versions of Twilight Princess. Gotta say, this Wii U version is going to be a great game to stare at.

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