“Hard in Hightown” coming to a bookstore near you!

Seeing as how I recently re-immersed myself in the Dragon Age universe thanks mostly to a game of the year copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition, it’s not easy for me to pass up a Dragon Age story in the news. Especially one that involves books! If you’ve played Dragon Age II and/or Inquisition, you’re familiar…

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…

Top 5: Favorite Games Played in 2017

Though both Listmas and 2017 are over, it doesn’t mean that I can’t still reflect on the recently-passed year in list form. As low as the year might have been generally, it was a high point for me with games, particularly games that had been sitting in my backlog. True that I spent much of…

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…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #40

One big holiday down; one more to go! On this happy Friday we wish all of you a wonderful New Year. This year has been a wild one in so many ways, and we’ve had tons o’ fun making these highlight posts for you each week. If this might be the first time you’re clicking…

Listmas 2017: Five Good Things About Mass Effect: Andromeda

2017 has been a really tough year for many of us, for many reasons. Gaming took its share of hits as well, especially in terms of one of the most anticipated games of the year – Mass Effect: Andromeda. What was touted as a space opera on a scale like no other turned out to…

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….

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #39

Happy holidays, everyone! We’re guessing that since you got all your shopping done, and since there’s no need to participate in the mad holiday rush, that you’re here to enjoy some gaming goodness in video form? Or maybe you’re kindly stopping by as you always do, because there’s nothing like a few YouTube Highlights to…

Listmas 2017: Four Suggestions for the Next Fallout Locale

Practically on the tails of the release of Fallout 4, everyone started wondering about the setting of the series’ next installment. It seems likely that we’ll see Fallout 5 someday (maybe), and last year, it further appeared that things might be headed to New Orleans. But those rumors proved false (though a small question mark…

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…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #38

Greetings and Happy Friday to you all! Not sure how things are in your neck of the woods, but here at Virtual Bastion, winter has rightly set in. Thankfully we have plenty of games to keep us warm and toasty! And since it’s Friday, it’s time to share the warmth and send a little love…

Listmas 2017: Six Favorite Musical Themes from Ace Attorney 1-3

With the first three Ace Attorney games squared away, Listmas gives me the perfect excuse to talk about one of my favorite aspects of these games – their amazing soundtracks! With regards to games such as these where no voice acting is present, soundtracks become paramount in creating both atmosphere and character. Certainly, written dialogue…

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…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #37

Happy December! (Okay, so December actually started last Friday, but now we’re really into December, which mean that Christmas is right around the corner, so what’s not to be excited about!) We’ve come round to another Friday, and that means it’s time for another edition of YouTube Highlights! This is our weekly (or so) recap…

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…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #36

Hey everyone! Did  you all enjoy a nice Thanksgiving? We sure did – how nice it was to have couple days just to recover from a food coma relax. And now we’re raring to go with another YouTube Highlights post! As always, here we share some of our favorite highlights from our channel from the…

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…

Sphinx and The Cursed Mummy is Coming to PC!

Fans of Gamecube/PS2 classics will be in for a treat next week! For those unaware, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is an action-adventure game set in mythical Egypt. Players take on the role of Sphinx and his reluctant helper, The Mummy, as they travel around the ancient world to collect the stolen magical crowns of…

Trick, Treats, and Feats: Dead Space’s First Trailer

I’ve kinda had Dead Space on the mind ever since I read the news that EA had decided to shutter Visceral Games. I don’t have any tricks, treats or feats to share on it, but I noticed something rather cool about the game’s very first trailer from E3 2008. So to start things off, lets…

Kinect Is Finally Done!

Honestly, I’d almost completely forgotten about the Kinect before this morning. To me, the Kinect has been dead ever since the Xbox One (correctly) removed it as a required feature. Still, the news that they’ve discontinued its production did raise an eyebrow. To me, this is good news. While I’m glad that Microsoft was willing…

Tricks, Treats, and Feats: Dragon Shores

The PS1/PS2 era Insomniac Games really knew how to do bonuses right. They included whole spaces for cut-content in the Ratchet & Clank games, hid demos for Crash Bandicoot in their Spyro games, and the reward for completing those Spyro games was always a special world for their most dedicated players to enjoy. “Dragon Shores”…

Assassin’s Creed: Origins Gets Cool Live-Action Trailer

Live action trailers for games are always cool. It doesn’t matter what game they happen to be advertising, it’s cool since we’re getting a glimpse of what it might look like in reality. In the case of this trailer, the game is Assassin’s Creed: Origins and the setting is ancient Egypt. Check it out!

Tricks, Treats, and Feats – The Golden Age of Halo 3 Rocket Race

I’ve talked about Halo 3 quite a bit over the years. What can I say? It’s my all-time favorite online multiplayer game. It’s over 10 years old now, but it offered its players more depth of play than any of today’s big  multiplayer titles. It had several playlists for its competitive and casual fans to…

Super Mario World Has Been Conquered

I have recently reached a huge achievement in my life.  I…finally…beat…Super Mario World!  I kid you not, over the course of my entire life, I have been attempting to beat that game, and I could never get much farther than Chocolate Island.  That level where, if you take the wrong exit, you end up going…

A Game About Mercy: Undertale

You may have heard of an indie PC game inspired by EarthBound called Undertale.  The game’s praise, along with its relation to a SNES game I absolutely love, made it a must-play.  Though, I must admit that I am typically quite reluctant to download PC games because, well, my computer is weird sometimes.  When I…