Archive for the ‘Retrospective’ Category

Something to check out – Video game randomizers

September 23rd, 2017 No comments

So here’s something I got pretty interested in semi-recently. They’re a great way to get back into games you might already love. Part of this for me is watching community-organized tournaments, other part is actually learning these myself. That would be video game randomizers. Take a game, put it into a program, and switch things around. All sorts of things. It gives you a new perspective on how the games are designed and how they can be played.

So yeah, I want to talk about these, specifically the ones I play or have overall good knowledge of. I certainly don’t know all of them, and there’s a lot. Some for modern games, some for classics. But I’m focusing on the classic games that are a bit faster to play through in the first place.

Video game randomizers are fan-made and require ROMs to use them, and I don’t intend on distributing ROMs here and expect anyone who reads this to procure said ROMs legally (which means dumping your own cartridge of the correct version of the game).

So I thought I’d do a quick post about this one thing I like. Let’s go!
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SNES Classic Edition – Review of the games

June 27th, 2017 No comments

Well yesterday we had a cool announcement. After the success of the NES Classic Edition which Nintendo made no effort into capitalizing on (seriously guys, it’s free money, keep that stuff on the shelves… cancelling it was a huge mistake financially), they now have an SNES Classic Edition coming out. Longer controller cords, 2 controllers, 21 absolutely great games, and possibly the biggest surprises from Nintendo this year (which is crazy to think after E3).

Despite the mini-console being 3 months away from release… nothing’s stopping me from reviewing the most important part of it now, since I have played all the games in it.

I MIGHT write a review of the actual hardware once it comes out though. We’ll see. I will include “games that should’ve been in here” and other such shenanigans at the end of the post.

Let’s go!

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Wii U – A postmortem/hommage/retrospective

November 27th, 2016 No comments


So the Wii U is dead. No need to sugarcoat it. It’s done. The last exclusive it gets is freaking Paper Mario Sticker Star 2 (under a different, misleading name). Whatever. The announcements that Nintendo ended production and shipment of the console came just in time, really.

I figured I’d talk about the Wii U a bit, in anticipation of Nintendo’s second 8th gen home console and handheld (at once!). Yes, 8th gen, not 9th gen. Unless you’re weird and you want to call the PS4 Pro and Scorpio 9th gen.

I had the tendency to be a lot less negative about the Wii U than most people (some might call me a Nintendo fanboy even though that’s incorrect), though I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. I feel it was a system that didn’t get the hype it deserved, but also didn’t get the support it deserved. The Switch is where I was hoping they’d go with the Wii U, honestly.

So let’s go and put this console to rest.

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2015 Games of the Year

January 1st, 2016 No comments

2015 was turds. But I still gotta give my thoughts on the year as a whole and name the definitive games of the year. Not like there wasn’t a selection, but it was pretty minuscule. Just for reference to show this year sucked, Persona 4: Dancing All-Night was in my nominee list. Just let that sink in.

I will note the handful of big games I haven’t played though that might have had a chance of some sort to make it in a GotY list, possibly: Dying Light, Pillars of Eternity, Rare Replay, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Halo 5 (just got an Xbone, so I need time to play these games), Just Cause 3, MGSV and Fatal Frame. Otherwise I’ve played most everything of note.

So here we’ll have a quick rant, 4 nearly-winners, 1 winner, a quick highlight of my favorite indie games, honorable mentions, and the top trash of the year!

Let’s go!

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Game of the Year Awards 2014

December 31st, 2014 No comments

2014 has been a trash year for video games. Not to say there weren’t a few excellent games but… that’s the problem, there were only a few excellent games. And none of them were exclusive on the 2 big new current-gen consoles (but rather on the console no one’s buying).

So making this whole GotY thing was surprisingly easy, since I didn’t need to make one post per console, like I WANT to do. Ideally I’d have a top 3-5 exclusives for each system, and a top 5 for multiplats, with a final overall top 3, but there weren’t enough good releases for any of that this time around (I think this is the third year in a row as well). The gaming industry right now is spiraling downwards at a frenetic speed and no one seems to want to change that, and the one company that’s actually putting in any kind of effort isn’t getting support from the consumers, because gamers now don’t want quality games, just fancy boring “realistic” graphics and marketing hype (see: the only reason the PS4 sold at all. see also: the only reason Destiny sold). I could (barely) make a Wii U top 5, but it’s really the only system that could get something like that this time around.

How do I know for sure 2014 was a bad year? Akiba’s Trip and Senran Kagura were in the initial (very) shortlist I made for GotY. FUCKING AKIBA’S TRIP. No, don’t worry, they didn’t make it to the final list, but the fact that they were even in the running at all is freaking ridiculous (note: I liked those games, they’re just not games that should be anywhere near GotY potential… and yet they were). Did devs not want to make good games this year? Don’t they like money? It’s really crazy.

So… yeah… Let’s go! I’ll have 4 sections: a quick overview of the year, the top 5 contenders for GotY, the GotY winner, and the trash of the year which is a highlight of some of the worst games that came out.

(Note: keep in mind I haven’t played every game that came out, so… no Sunset Overdrive since I don’t have an Xbone and at this point I’m waiting for the PC version, haven’t played enough of Dragon Age Inquisition so unlike the trash that is the VGAs I won’t name anything GotY when it was only on the market for a couple minutes, and as much as I wanted to get Guilty Gear Xrd, I decided to wait for the next version. And I haven’t played Alien Isolation which could be a decent contender too)

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Board Game reviews incoming

July 17th, 2014 No comments

Just a sort of announcement. Starting very soon (maybe even tomorrow) I’ll be putting up board game reviews! Or card games, or whatever. Games that are played on tables.

However, how I’ll handle it is gonna be slightly different from usual board game reviewers, maybe, sort of. A lot of them come fully from a board gaming background of sorts, or have been into board games a lot more deeply and longer than I have. While I do have a decent board game collection now, I still want to approach this from a different aspect. As it is this is a video game website, and I assume anyone who visits here comes more or less from a video gaming background.

So that’s sort of how I’m approaching this. Rather than reviewing all the new releases and such (which frankly wouldn’t help since I don’t keep up with board game releases that closely when it comes to buying them), I’ll be reviewing random games I’ve played mostly. There may be some new releases here and there, but it won’t be my focus. Both old and new, at random intervals, with no clear schedule or even subjects for review. One day you might see a review for a more recent game like Battlecon (which I’m definitely gonna be reviewing), another 2-3 weeks later you’ll see a slightly older game like Shadows Over Camelot.

So if you’re already into board gaming, nothing I’ll be posting about them here will be all that useful. You guys already have sources for board game reviews anyways like BGG and CritsHappen and DriveThruReviews and Dice Tower amongst many others… and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a fellow Canadian and great video producer Rodney Smith from WatchItPlayed (not really a review show, but very useful and fun video series to learn board games). This is gonna be coming largely from the perspective of a video gamer who only somewhat-recently immersed himself more into board games (a bit over a year ago, though I have played them for a long time before that in more limited quantities).

So… yeah. Board game reviews, coming very soon!

Games of the Year 2013

December 29th, 2013 No comments

Well 2013 sure was a year. I wouldn’t call it a bad year, but I wouldn’t call it a good one either. As far as video gaming goes, it was just… there. Sure 3 new current-gen consoles came out, but the Ouya (which I will assume is now dead… and if it isn’t, I wonder why), PS4 and Xbone got zero worthy exclusives to talk about, so, despite the high sales of the PS4 and Xbone (which I have NO idea how it happened), they weren’t even close to being exciting consoles releases, and neither has much on the horizon for at least a year.

As for 2013, there were only a handful of noteworthy releases, which means this is the second year in a row where making multiple posts to highlight console exclusives separately from multiplats is not exactly possible. For example, the Xbox 360 got ONE exclusive, and it sucked. So no highlighting 25+ games like I try to do usually.

So… I’ll just highlight a bunch of random games here.
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7th Generation Send-off

November 6th, 2013 No comments

7th Generation Send-off: Badass handheld games

November 6th, 2013 No comments

Handhelds are always a very large portion of the gaming industry. This is shown largely by the DS being the second highest-selling gaming console of all time (and the Game Boy not far behind in third place), and right now the 3DS always outselling everything.

This is the final installment of this series of posts about the best 7th gen games, and there’s still quite a few good games left to mention.

Let’s do this!

Note: No particular order

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7th Generation Send-off: Badass Downloadable games

November 5th, 2013 No comments

I ignored these for the 2 previous posts, because they’re a pretty new thing for consoles and deserve a list of their own this time… and those posts were long enough as they were. This includes games that are downloadable-only, so generally games in the 10-20$ range that aren’t available at retail.

Note: No particular order
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