Mass Effect Memories

This month marks Mass Effect’s tenth anniversary! On November 20th, 2007, the game was first released in North America. And what a ride it’s been for fans since then. Join me here as I share some of my memories from each game of the original trilogy. In this first of three posts, I re-examine my…

It’s About Time I Played: Mega Man X

The Duck is a frequent latecomer to video games.  Nevertheless, I have been trying with all due diligence to right this wrong by catching up on a lot of the games I had been missing out on, namely those on the SNES and PS1, with a bit of Sly Cooper thrown in.  Future plans include…

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,…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #33

Happy Friday, one and all! We hope that you’re enjoying as lovely as day as we are. If not, maybe a little video cheer will do the trick. It’s time for us to travel back through our week in videos — and this was one heck of a week! We said good bye to one…

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…

Tricks, Treats, and Feats: Zelda Tricks from OoT to BotW

I always find a certain satisfaction in discovering new ways of doing something in my favorite video games, especially when my methods involve a trick the developer never intended us to employ.  While I avoid anything that involves glitches or other exploits, that doesn’t mean that some of my tricks aren’t mighty useful nonetheless.  You…

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…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #32

Hey, everyone! Thanks for coming back for another YouTube Highlights post! If you didn’t know it already, Fridays are when we share a smattering of the videos that we’ve posted over the course of the week. And it looks like we had another pretty good week, what with classic games, classic platforming, and boss battles…

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: Bottles’ Revenge

Is it just me, or is there something rather unsettling when parts of a game are cut from the finished product, but remain, nonetheless, as part of the game’s code?  It’s kind of like discovering a hidden, boarded-up room on the other side of your bedroom wall, or learning that your house was built atop…

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”…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #31

Is it the end of the week already?! Not that we’re complaining, but it seems that time really does fly when you’re having fun. And we’ve been having loads of fun! Between our Trick, Treats, and Feats posts and our ongoing Let’s Plays, October 2017 is so far a month to remember. Speaking of which,…

Tricks, Treats, and Feats: Gifting in Dragon Age: Origins

If you’ve played even just a few hours of a recent BioWare game, you know that one of the developer’s hallmarks is personal interaction. As a character in one of its games, players are given opportunities to interact with NPCs and teammates to varying degrees, from skin deep to much deeper. The ability to personally…

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: Getting Tricky with Banjo-Tooie

As far as gaming goes, trick or treating can take on a whole new meaning.  Gaming’s a treat, especially when you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve.  The longer you’ve been playing a game, the more likely you’ll have some tricks that will help to make the game a bit easier, and there are…

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…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #30

Hello lovely readers, one and all. It’s Friday, and I bet you’re wondering what’s been happening on our YouTube channel…? Well look no further, because it’s time for another YouTube Highlight’s post! This is our weekly series where we share just some of what we’ve been doing gaming wise. In keeping with our theme this…

Tricks, Treats, and Feats: Super Mario 64’s 120 Stars

When The Duck, Hatm0nster, and I were knocking around ideas for our “Tricks, Treats, and Feats” series, a big, personal question stuck in my mind. “What are my gaming feats?” Ye olde dictionary describes a “feat” as “an achievement that requires great courage, skill, or strength.” Inasmuch as strength isn’t really a part of gaming,…

New Super Mario Odyssey Trailer Shows-Off…Everything!

Nintendo released a new trailer for Super Mario Odyssey that shows-off everything from Mario’s new abilities, to outfits, mini-games, leaderboards, co-op mode, and even a photo mode! The star of the show might be Mario’s ability to take over enemies and objects, but this is perhaps the most feature-rich Mario game Nintendo has ever produced! …

Tricks, Treats, and Feats: Yooka-Laylee’s Crystal Skulls

When we used to go trick-or-treating as kids, there was always a surprising element to what kind of candy each house would offer.  Whether good or bad, the surprise was always there, and in a way, sometimes video games offer us a similar experience in the form of secret items we had no idea to…

Tricks, Treats and Feats: Beating Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts

I feel like Kingdom Hearts is a game of moments. Singular, emotional moments that carry its players through its story and then stick with them long after the game is over. For the most part, they’re happy or endearing events like Sora and Kairi’s heart to heart talk in the secret waterway. However, there are…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #29

Aaaaaaah, Friday is the best day, right? 🙂 While we hope you’ve been enjoying our first week of”Tricks, Treats, and Feats” (running all October!), we’re glad to have you here today to partake in our YouTube Highlights! With all the craziness happening in the world right now, we hope that our gaming antics might bring…

Tricks, Treats, and Feats: Getting Mid-Evil in in Fable II

Despite its reputation as being a simplistic and middling RPG, Fable II remains, for me, an enjoyable experience. And part of that is due to the inclusion of some interesting…ahem…rewards, if you’re willing to go the extra mile to attain them. One of my favorites is a legendary weapon called the Maelstrom. And the trick…

PS4 System Software Update 5.00 “Nobunaga” is Live

The newest PS4 system update is finally out, and it’s bringing some cool stuff with it. The PS4 experience has only gotten better over the years, and this latest update serves as a good reminder of why. “Nobunaga” introduces several quality of life features to the system, including the ability to better manage family user…

Trick and Treat: Flu Season in Persona 5

October is finally here everyone! In case you missed our earlier post, we’re celebrating this Halloween season by discussing all our favorite gaming tricks, treats, and personal feats. Today is the first of the month, so it looks like pleasure of getting everything started-off falls to me! So without further delay, let’s get this show…

Sonic Forces Unveils Casino Forest!

Sonic Forces is looking better and better with each new reveal. This time the spotlight is on classic Sonic and his newly revealed Casino Forest stage! (Video by YouTube user: Sonic the Hedgehog) The zone seems to be a bit dark overall, but one could argue that that just makes all the brightly-colored neon decorations…

Announcing…Tricks, Treats, and Feats!

The spookiest month of them all is almost here, and there’s no way Virtual Bastion’s going to let that pass without making a big deal out of it.  Last October, we celebrated Zelda-ween, where we talked about all things spooky in The Legend of Zelda series.  This year, we thought we’d tackle the fun side…

[Revisited] A Possible Destiny

Well I finally caved and picked up a copy of Destiny 2; it was inevitable I suppose. I’ve only played a little bit so far, and I’m mildly surprised to say that I’m enjoying it so far. At launch, it’s far and away better than the original Destiny was at launch. So much so that…

Jump Has Officially Launched

On-demand indie-game service, Jump, officially launched yesterday. The service came about as a solution to the problem faced by most independent game developers: getting your game noticed by the masses. Jump’s solution to this problem is, well, itself: a relatively inexpensive subscription service designed to get the best indie games out there in front of…

Toxicity Brings Everyone Down, Even the Developers.

Earlier this week, the team responsible for updating and maintaining Overwatch released  a new “Developer Update” video. This wasn’t the typical video game update though. Instead of discussing new features and bug fixes, the video instead focused on the ever-increasing amount of “toxic”  behavior in the community. It turns out that cheating and verbally abusing…

Developers of Journey and Flow Tease New Game

After what’s felt like a long hiatus, ThatGameCompany is finally teasing their newest project. The game, known as “Sky”, will have its players  spread the light of compassion and kindness through the clouds of a barren sky kingdom.  They’ve only just revealed the game, so there isn’t much more available beyond that and the reveal…

Cuphead Releases 10 Minutes of New Gameplay

It’s almost here. After several years of teases, Cuphead is finally almost here! Everything I’ve seen from this game has me convinced that it’s going to be something special, and the latest gameplay video they released is no exception. Just take a look look and see for yourself!

A Mario and Rabbids Crossover?

Despite a rather limited budget and a low likelihood that I will be getting the Nintendo Switch any time soon, I have still made efforts to keep up with recent and upcoming games on Nintendo’s newest console, if only in a casual fashion.  Most of these games have either been met with excitement or simple…

Sunday Video Round Up: November 5 – 11

Sorry to disappoint, but there was no big games event this week so the Round Up may not be quite as exciting as last week thanks to Paris Games Show. Still though, there is some really cool stuff waiting for you below the break this week. Here’s a small glimpse! Next week sees the official…

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Dated, Gets new Character Trailer!

Nintendo’s latest Nintendo Direct broadcast focused almost exclusively on the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and it had plenty of exciting things to say. To kick things off, Xenoblade fans will be excited to hear that the game will be releasing on December 1st. That’s less than a month from now! The new game will host…

Sunday Video Round Up: October 29 – November 4

It was a big week for the video game world as Paris Games Week arrived and Sony just unleashed a wave of new trailers. With that said, don’t be surprised to find that this edition of the Round Up is a little Sony heavy. So with that said, let’s just jump right into it this week,…

Sunday Video Round Up: October 15 – 28

ahem Yes, you are correct, there was no Round Up last weekend. My bad. I don’t really have an excuse other than life kinda got in the way this time around. So in an effort to make it up to all of you lovely readers, I’m combining both weekends for one super-sized Video Round Up this week….