With every new generation of gaming comes a few new gadgets and fads. With the seventh generation we saw the move to motion controls. Sony released the Sixaxis controller and later the PlayStation Move, Microsoft went the way of the Kinect camera system, and Nintendo led the charge with the Wiimote and Wii motion plus.
The open world concept in gaming has become a staple in the industry. There are so many games attempting the open world idea that it is hard to keep count honestly. Well, Ubisoft decided to take Tom Clancy to Bolivia and to the open world environment with Ghost Recon Wildlands. The game is a massive military shooter, focusing on having a group of friends to play with and accomplish taking out the drug cartel currently controlling the small country.
My first introduction into the Star Ocean series was Star Ocean Till the End of Time (Star Ocean 3 from here on out) on PlayStation 2. This was at a time where my life was a strange mess, and honestly, video games were the only thing that kept me from taking a very dark turn. Constant battling with depression and anxiety kept me from doing a large number of things I enjoyed, but throughout everything, video games were a constant supply of a delightful combination of enjoyment and escape. Between dealing with the aftermath of my parents’ divorce and a slew of emotional and physical torture during high school, my deep and complete enjoyment of video games is one of the biggest reasons I am here today.
Late February and early March of 2017 is, without a doubt, giving the gaming industry a much needed boost of vitality.
While many readers are surely lost within the wilds of Nintendo’s latest installment of the Legend of Zelda series: Breath of the Wild, or facing off against the mechanical dystopian hoards in the follow up to the cult classic title Square Enix’s Nier, appropriately titled Nier Automata, there is another game that was released at the tail end of February that demands the attention of these two big-name titles and refuses to be left in the shadows.
My brother and I initially got Phantasy Star Online around Christmas time in 2002 for the GameCube. When we got home it started a love for the game that still burns as fiercely as it did fourteen years ago (shit I feel old). Even now just thinking about the fun times I had makes me want to hook up my Wii and start a new character from scratch!
Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness is the fifth main entry into the Star Ocean series. As the name might clue you in on the games are a combination of sci-fi and fantasy. The series as a whole has a checkered past with the second game being loved by most while the third and fourth main titles are disliked by almost just as many. I’m one of those outliers who has enjoyed every main game released thus far and even more so since I love the twist in Star Ocean 3. That being said what does Star Ocean 5 have in store for long time fans and newcomers?
I waited an abnormal amount of time to play this game first of all. My previous Xbone had broke and I was graciously gifted one for Xmas by my friends and wonderful wife. When I finally was able to play this game about 2 months after release date I was ecstatic.
Hollywood does not have the best record when it comes to taking video games and bringing them to the big screen. I am sure I do not need to remind you of the Mortal Kombat movies or the Mario Brothers film. Say what you will about Resident Evil but they are not the best movies out there either in my opinion. So when a new announcement comes out that one of your favorite games is coming to a theater near you, likely the first thing felt is fear. Fear that they will not make the characters what you expect or the story will be poor.
On May 24th game giant Activision Blizzard dropped on the world its newest massive success: Overwatch. Blizzard has built itself up as the parent of some incredibly successful game franchises, including StarCraft, WarCraft (and subsequently World of Warcraft), and Diablo. However, Overwatch was their first venture into the world of first-person-shooters (FPS).
Mt. Dew has long established itself in the market place as the soft drink of choice for gamers of all types, but Monster is looking to challenge the throne with their new “Super Soda” simply named “Mutant.”