YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #45

Happy Friday, friends! It’s been quite a week, one that we’re glad to see coming to a close. And that’s mainly because it means that it’s time to take another trip through our YouTube Highlights! If you’re clicking here for the first time — welcome! — this is our weekly post dedicated to revisiting some…

Red Dead Redemption 2 Now Releasing this October

In “old” news that’s not really that old, word around town is that Red Dead Redemption 2, though delayed, now has an actual released date: October 26, 2018. The game been slated to potentially come out late last year, but then it was delayed to this Spring. Now, those who chose to take up the…

Victory Isn’t Guaranteed in Ash of Gods

Many games have come and gone that have made the “your choices matter” promise. Some outright fail to deliver, like Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Some only result in binary endings, like BioShock or DisHonored. Still others deliver differing end states with only 1 or 2 major differences between them, like Mass Effect. A new RPG…

Getting It Right The First Time

How does one improve on a near-perfect game? Is it really possible, or is another game that’s equally as good the best that any developer or fan could hope for? While there is no such thing as the perfect game, there are many games out there that would be quite difficult to meaningfully improve upon….

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #44

Bonjour and good day, fine friends of the Internet! We’ve come round to another Friday, and that means it’s time for another YouTube Highlights post! This is our weekly series where we share a few videos that were posted to our channel over the past week, ones that we liked and hopefully you will too….

South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Gaming Niches

At the start of the new year, I accomplished a minor feat — I finally completed the main story of South Park: The Fractured But Whole. In the immediate afterglow, I grabbed a notebook and jotted down a few thoughts on the game. There are as follows: Great story — totally absurd premise based in…

Four New Characters Announced for Soul Calibur VI

More and more details are trickling out about the newest entry in the Soul Calibur series now that the official announcement has been made. In the most recent announcement for the game, Bandai Namco revealed four more characters on the game’s initial roster and even introduced a series newcomer by the name of Grøh. He appears…

Resonance: Everything Will Be Okay

Prey (2017) is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated games to release last year. There are several factors that likely contributed to that. It didn’t see that much in the way of marketing. Its beta, while quite enticing, may have revealed too much and unintentionally encouraged unreasonable expectations. The fact that this was…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #43

Greetings, friends! Thank you for joining us on this fine Friday to take a look back at our YouTube Highlights for the week. Lately we’ve been wrapping ourselves in the warm, cozy blanket of classic platformers and classic-er(?) games. They do seem like the perfect things when the weather turns chilly. So come on over…

Fable 4 is Happening…Maybe?

Last week the rumor mill churned out a new one: Microsoft, owner of the (overly)touted but beloved (by me, sometimes) franchise Fable, may have tapped Playground Games for a new entry into the RPG series. The UK-based game studio is responsible for the highly successfully Forza Horizon series of racing games. It seems that Playground…

My Time With Trico in the Last Guardian

It was thanks to a simple advertisement inside the case of Uncharted 4 that I first learned about The Last Guardian.  It was the majestic form of the massive beast called Trico that got my attention, and it was for that reason that I got the game some while later for the Christmas of 2017. …

Arriving in Morrowind By Way of Skyrim

While it would be a bit of an overstatement if I said that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was one of my favorite games, it would be completely fair to say that I caught the Skyrim bug along with everyone else in the months preceding and succeeding 11-11-2011. Like most of those players, Skyrim served…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #42

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining us today, as it’s time for some more YouTube Highlights! But before we get to all the fun (and oh, there is plenty!), we have a somber matter to discuss concerning our channel. Recently we received a number of distressingly inappropriate comments on a couple of our videos. We first…

Late to the Persona Party with Persona 3 Portable

When I randomly started played Persona 3 Portable (P3P) a couple months ago, I thought I might immediately start up another playthrough series here. Y’know, like we do. I thought I’d offer up regular updates on my progress, thoughts on the game itself, and reactions to whatever it happened to offer in the moment. But,…

Overwatch Adding New “Hero 27” Soon

It seems things are progressing quite smoothly in the development of Overwatch’s soon-to-be newest additions: the currently unnamed “Hero 27.” In an interview released last Friday, Jeff Kaplan talked at length about the Overwatch team’s hero development process. He took time to discuss how internal testing worked, how they decide when a hero is ready…

Goodbye Neighbor: Thoughts on the Full Version of Hello Neighbor

Over the past several months, I have been following an intriguing indie game called Hello Neighbor.  The premise is simple enough.  Sneak into your neighbor’s house with the goal of finding out what he’s hiding in his basement.  Of course, it’s hardly the player’s business what our mustachioed-neighbor does in the privacy of his own…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #41

Hello once again ye good people of the internet! Now that we’ve bid farewell to another holiday season, it’s time to take a look back at all the goings-on over on our YouTube channel. We have a good bit to catch up with, because while the holidays came and went, our channel soldiered forth into…

de Blob 2 is Getting Re-released for PS4 and Xbox One!

It was only a matter of time. Once a game gets the remaster treatment and releases for current consoles, the release of the sequel(s) and/or a bundle becomes an inevitability in this era of constant remasters and remakes. Ahem at any rate, like its predecessor, de Blob, de Blob 2 has been remastered and will…

Making it to the End

I remember coming across a GameFAQs poll once that asked readers whether or not they finished their games. It was enough to pique my interest, so I selected the “yes” bubble and took a look at the results. Once the results page loaded up I found myself rather shocked. Most of those who answered the…

It’s a JRPG, But With Tanks and Mechs!

Fans of tanks, giant mecha and ridiculously armed tanks might just be in for a treat once Metal Max Xeno launches this year. Taking place on a post-apocalyptic earth, Metal Max Xeno places players in control of a group of young soldiers and survivors as they do their best to survive in a ruined world…

Listmas 2017: 5 Games I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

Well, here we are at the end of it all. The the old year has come to a close and the new year is poised to replace it. And with a new year comes new games to look forward to! I gotta say, I’m not really convinced that 2018 is going to be a strong…

Listmas 2017: 7 Games I Played 20+ Years After Their Release

In the Duck’s previous Listmas post, I listed a group of games that I played 10-19 years after their release dates.  Now we’re getting into the really retro stuff, which were released a whopping two decades before my sorry self finally got around to playing them.  For clarification, this list does not include the original…

Listmas 2017: Hat’s Top 5 Games of 2017

Merry Christmas everyone! I know it’s just a touch early, but I can’t help it! Christmas is tomorrow! To be honest, I’ve been really looking forward to writing this list, but I made myself wait on it because I couldn’t think of a better occasion to celebrate the best experiences to be had this year….

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Coming to PS4 and Xbox One

Yesterday, indie developer Fatshark announced that Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will indeed be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One.  This announcement has been speculated about for awhile now, something that Fatsharks CEO, Martin Wahlund acknowledged in his official statement. “Although speculations have been correct all along, today we are happy to start talking more console…

Listmas 2017: 6 Games I Played 10-19 Years After Their Release

As punctual as the Duck is when it comes to appointments and meeting deadlines, I am often horrendously late when it comes to games.  In fact, in recent years, I think I have spent more time playing catch-up than I have actually enjoying recent titles.  Out of curiosity, I thought it would be fun to…

Listmas 2017: Five Games to Enhance Your Holidays

The Christmas season is about many things, one of them being gatherings of family and friends. Most of the time, that means sitting around, talking and catching up with each other’s lives. That’s great and all, but why not try to introduce some fun into the mix too? If you’re able to get it set…

Listmas 2017: 5 Games That Kicked My Butt

With Christmas arriving in just a few more weeks, it seems like a time to be positive.  To be filled with holiday cheer and good will towards men and women and little children alike.  Even so, I’ve never been the most optimistic person out there, so inevitably my thoughts turn to things like…the games that…

Listmas 2017: Yup, Even More Snowy Levels!

Listmas being what it is, I’ve always tried to do at least one list a year that’s somewhat in keeping with the season. As a resident of the Midwest, this is a season that’s usually defined by snow and lots of it. Once mid-November hits, it’s a subject that’s always on our minds in some…

Secret Of Mana Getting Limited Physical Release in the Americas

Earlier this week, Square Enix announced that the Secret of Mana remake will see a limited physical release for the PS4 on February 15, 2018. Limited is certainly a keyword here as these physical versions will only be available at GameStop in the US and EB Games in Canada. Other retailers will be able to…

Listmas 2017: Three Game Series I Started in the Middle

Being a gamer means missing important games from time to time. There are simply too many games released in a given year to keep up with them all, even if you only like a couple of genres. Not that that’s my excuse for getting into games late, though. It just keeps managing to happen for…

Little Nightmares is More Like a Dream Come True

Over the years, I have had an increasingly strong belief that gaming was not quite what it used to be.  I was convinced that the “glory days” of the mid-90’s to early 2000’s had come to an end, for one reason or another.  I missed old-school platformers like Banjo-Kazooie.  I bemoaned the fact that many…

Games I’m Thankful for in 2017

  Thanksgiving may be over now, but that doesn’t mean we need to stop thinking about the things we’re thankful for. With Listmas right around the corner now, I couldn’t help but think of a few games from earlier this year that I’m absolutely thankful for. This started out with so much promise and was…

Listmas 2017 is Right Around the Corner!

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone once again, and that means everyone’s favorite blogging holiday is right around the corner. That’s right, Listmas is back! For those who haven’t celebrated Listmas before, it’s something that’s become a tradition here at the Virtual Bastion. In celebration of the holiday season, we dedicate the month of December…

So…Why is 4K Gaming Such a Big Deal?

The Xbox One X launch has finally arrived, and it seems that the console is a massive success. I wasn’t necessarily expecting it to fail, but I find myself struggling to understand the demand for a console whose major selling point is that it can display games at 4K resolutions. The same goes for the…

The Gloves Are Off in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon

We already knew big changes were coming to Pokemon with the upcoming release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon. It was going to feature additional challenges. It was going to have new antagonists in the form of every themed team from just about every past pokemon generation. It was going to introduce new…

Super Mario Odyssey’s Open Kingdoms

I’m not what most people would call a fan of “open-world” style games. They were fun back when Assassin’s Creed was still following the adventures of Ezio Auditore, and they were okay when the Inquisitor closed the Breach in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Nowadays though, I’m finding the whole open-world thing more tiring than anything else….

It Finally Happened. I’m Now A Huge Fan of the Nintendo Switch

It was inevitable, I  suppose. While I’ve never counted myself as a member of the hardcore Nintendo fandom, the fact is that I practically grew up with Nintendo. My first encounter with video games came with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. My childhood dentist had an NES in his waiting room,…

GameStop Plans for In-Store Video Game Rentals

A few days ago, my attention was stopped short by this headline on Mashable: GameStop basically just turned itself into a Blockbuster for video games Wait…what? Is exactly what I thought. And the article that followed said exactly what the headline promised. It seems GameStop is getting in the rental game…sort of. In short, later…

Sunday Video Round Up: Feb 11 – 17

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! It’s time once again for the Video Round Up, showcasing the best trailers and gameplay from the past week. So, let’s stop wasting time and dive right in. Here’s a few of the trailers waiting for you below the break. It’s a big weekend for Ubisoft as the Six Invitational…

Sunday Video Round Up: Feb 4 – 10

Sunday has once again rolled around and that means a new edition of the Round Up has also arrived! There’s lots of good stuff to get to this week, so crank the volume, kick up your feet and press play. Here’s a small sample of what’s waiting for you below the jump. After surprising the…

Hopefully Conquering Final Fantasy 8: Part 1

I’m sure you’ve all heard me complain about it, many times before, but I was never able to beat Final Fantasy 8.  I think it was due to a complete lack of understanding as to how Junctioning works, along with the fact that enemies become more powerful the more you level up, that accounted for…

Saturday Video Round Up: Jan 28 – Feb 3

Just like that, it’s time once again for a brand new edition of the Sunday Video Round Up! We’ve got another fantastic line up of trailers and videos from the past week, ready for your eyes. So kick back, relax, and press play. Here’s a small sample of what’s waiting for you below the jump….

Resonance: Here We Are

Warning: This post contains spoilers for events that take place towards the end of the True Pacifist Route in Undertale…. Not so very long ago, I had the immense pleasure of playing Undertale, a game that made me feel a wide range of emotions.  I grew to deeply care about characters who had earlier tried…