Double Standard in Video Gaming: In Defense of Ultra Street Fighter 4

At this past EVO 2013 event, a lot of stuff happened most notably that Capcom had announce that once again, they will be updating Super Street Fighter 4 into Ultra Street Fighter 4. As you can expect, the internet was not pleased in the slightest even a small number of fans weren’t amused with this announcement. As a fan of the series and a potential buyer of the update, I do have a few issues to take with this:

It’s not a race: Slow down and enjoy your games

With so many games coming out each month, it is hard to find the time to play games. Most people my age work part and even full-time and also go to college. Getting older means more responsibilities, and less time for games. It is really tempting to just rush through the campaign of a game in order to have time for a new game, but take it from me: you’ll get a much better experience if you slow down and enjoy every moment.

Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation Review

Assassin’s Creed: Liberation sounded like a good idea on paper, but was hideously handled by the developer in the end. From forced Vita mechanics to some ugly, new gameplay systems such as the personas, the game felt like more of a test run to fumble around with some new ideas for future Assassin’s Creed games than a standalone game. In reality, a simple beta or demo could have saved this game from the disaster that it I think it became.

Crysis 2 review

Crysis 2 is a great game, one I’d highly recommend to those who are tired of the typical “norm” we’ve come to expect from a shooter now. The game most definitely has its own unique spin on what it means to player a shooter and the nanosuit is a must experience for any fan of the genre.

God of War: Origins Collection review

As standalone games, both Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta were fantastic games that defined the PSP throughout its generation. With the PS3 ports, you get to experience them all over again with HD visuals, trophies, DualShock controls, and even have the chance to play the games in 3D! Telling you to buy this game is easy because you should for its now dirt-cheap price tag.

Gone Home (PC) review

This year in games has been absolutely fantastic.  There have been some great games that are fun to play and appeal to a wide audience, sure, but 2013 has also brought some unmatched examples of why indie games are the future of the medium.  Indie developers are willing to take a concept or idea that might not be widely accepted, something new or exciting in a way that we haven’t seen before, and risk a year or two of development to make it happen.  They are the ones that have the commitment to the stories they want to tell or the feel of the game they want people to experience and are not willing to cave to a large publisher’s pressures to change them in any way.  Gone Home is a perfect example of one of these games.  Made by The Fullbright Company, a small team featuring members with impressive credits (particularly the Minerva’s Den DLC for Bioshock 2, a contained but excellent story add-on), Gone Home is one step further down the path that games should be taking, focusing on creative experiences and meaningful narratives..

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Review: How Kirby Evolved Into God of War

All-Stars is a very similar game to Smash Bros. but it has its own unique twist on the two games’ styled formula that makes for a much enjoyable experience with you and your friends. It is also the perfect game to kill a quick few minutes if you’re on the go with the Vita, thanks to the integrated cross play system. If you’re looking for a fun, harmless game, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale should be a must buy for your Sony system.

Crysis: Warhead Review

Warhead is a fantastic expansion to one of my most favorite open world shooters to date and the expectations I had for the game did not go to vain. The story is an enticing one again, the graphics are beautiful, and the chaotic firefights at every corner of the game were a blast to experience. The game may not be as explorable as it once was, but I found it to be a small sacrifice for the joyous experience I got out of the game.

Payday 2 demonstrates importance of digital distribution

OK so, having the day off I was looking forward to picking up my copy of Payday 2, a release that was supposed to be available today. This did not happen due to an undisclosed SNAFU. The game officially had a release date of the 14th and did become available on steam but so far the earliest physical media date is going to be the 16th according to the two Gamestop stores near me. The newest news is that it will be available for digital download on XBOX LIVE marketplace on the 23rd. It is however AVAILABLE TODAY ON PSN. I however do not own a Playstation. This is not to say that one service is better than others, I’m just trying to point out that day one digital releases need to be the norm. There is no shortage of disappointed people on the social media sites with the same complaint. I will still be purchasing the game but now I am going to wait until the 23rd to buy it digitally in hopes that this will bolster support for this kind of distribution. I know there are many people that may not support the idea of digital release for a myriad of reasons but there are many that like me would at least like the option. In this case at least PSN gets it right.

Resistance: Burning Skies Review

Resistance: Burning Skies isn’t a failure, but the game isn’t really a big success either. The game seems lost in the middle, not sure what to make of itself. The visuals don’t seem as fine tuned as they could be like they’re in Uncharted, the multiplayer doesn’t feel finished, the controls take getting used to, and the single player campaign isn’t as robust as it could have been.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review

Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the best handheld experience I’ve ever had. Though it does have its flaws, most notably the forced Vita mechanics, the ability to choose to avoid the majority of the those methods helped balance out the negatives. I enjoyed every second I had with the game and it was a thrill to once again get to step into Drake’s shoes and go off on another, mind-boggling treasure hunt that I know I won’t soon forget. This game is a must have for any Vita owner!

Spec Ops: The Line Review

Spec Ops: The Line brings one of the best single player stories I’ve ever gotten the chance of playing that presents the player with multiple choices that not only have a large impact on the game, but in your head as well. Who would you kill if forced to? The man who killed soldiers for some water for his family, or the friend of one of those killed who murdered the thief’s family? The Line is a psychological twister from beginning to end, with a fun, yet unnecessary multiplayer mode tacked on if you’re looking for some more fun once you’ve beaten the campaign.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan review

Riders of Rohan is the first expansion to hit the Lord of the Rings Online in years which can offer a breath of new life for the game, steering it in a new and exciting direction. Most notably altering the very way we all played the game by adding in mounted combat. Just one grudge weighs the game down from greatness, and that is the lack of any end-game dungeons or raids. The only option players have once they reach the level cap is to rebuild a burned down city until a free update arrives to those who pre-ordered the expansion with all the dungeon goodies.

Batman Arkham City Review

Batman Arkham City isn’t perfect, no game is, but it does deliver a magnificent performance I feel few other games have managed to capture. The voice acting, the gripping story, the heart-wrenching conclusion, and the stellar voice acting performance all come together to create one the greatest Batman experiences of all time.

Elder Scrolls Online: An Introduction

With a game the size of Elder Scrolls Online, it’s really hard to give one demo, one video, or one presentation to list everything about the game. So what you’ve read in this article are only the basics. But I can tell you one thing for sure, all these elements mentioned are going to come together to potentially make the next great online RPG, and from what I’ve seen so far, Zenimax may not be so far off.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 succeeded on the forefront, offering up yet another fantastic multiplayer experience that is my favorite in the series to date. Treyarch’s push to carry out change into the historically stale singleplayer campaigns of the franchise fell flat on its face, that in the end, produced one of the weakest campaigns I’ve ever played in a Call of Duty game. But singleplayer isn’t what the fans of the franchise buy the game for, its the multiplayer that draws everyone in, and because of that, I’d recommend any fan of the Call of Duty games to go out and buy Black Ops 2.

Assassin’s Creed III is a massive but underwhelming adventure

Assassin’s Creed 3 peaks in areas I least expected, such as multiplayer, but hits new lows in the spots where it should have excelled, most notably story. Assassin’s Creed 3 is the weakest game in the series since the original, deriving from what made the series so great with its rich, story-driven gameplay, in favor of exploration and side content that I had very little interest to take part in.

“Well, it was good when I was a kid…” How nostalgia affects our opinions of games

I plug in my NES Toploader, caving to the craving to play one of my childhood favorites. Once the game starts up, usually after blowing in the cartridge a few times, I freak out when I see the start screen and hear the brilliant 8-bit music. Then, I start to play. I’m flooded with memories from my childhood. But, after a few minutes, I realize something: this game is terrible.