Cyberpunk 2077: The Good, The Bad, and The So-So (So Far)

After spending some quality time with Firewatch and Unpacking, my gaming game plan look some like this: try out revamped GTA V on the PS5 (check – it is prettier, and that’s about all), head back into Fallout 76 to obtain a few more Tadpole/Possum badges for my raider Darlene (check), play and record Ori…

Screenshots for a Possible New Silent Hill Game Surface

It seems that there may be a new Silent Hill game in the works at last, and apparently some screenshots/concept art for it has leaked onto Reddit. Almost no hard information has leaked to accompany these images, so it’s a little difficult to just take the sources word for it. Still, it would be nice…

Top 6 Worst Stars in Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64 may have been a classic of its time, but that didn’t prevent it from being a major pain as far as certain stars were concerned.  I was able to complete the game 100% years ago, and I attempted the feat once more during my recent recording of the game for YouTube.  As…

Low-Level Multiplayer is the Best

A while back, I started playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, and I’ve learned quiet a bit about it in the year or so that’s passed since then. First, I’ve learned that just about any trading card game is going to be expensive to participate in. It’s amazing just how much money it takes to put…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #249

Up this week: Jenny LeClue: Detectivu – in this second bonus video, we returned to the world of Jenny LeClue to check out the game’s happy(?) ending. Miitopia – our adventures in Miitopia continue, and we have a bonus video featuring the time-lapsed creation of the one and only Crispin Whytehead, the Mii! Screenshot Theater…

Short Takes: Firewatch and Unpacking

While mulling over my after-game options in God of War, I turned to the ol’ Game Pass to keep myself occupied. When I picked up The Pedestrian, I also downloaded a few other smaller games that I had wanted to play or heard were worth trying. Two of them rose to the forefront: Firewatch and…

Sailing Gameplay Revealed for Sea of Stars

More and more it’s looking like classic RPG fans are going to be in for a treat when Sea of Stars launches later this year. Sabotage Studio has been putting out regular updates on the game for a while now, with the latest showing-off players’ ability to sail around the world map.

Hoa: A Beautiful and Relaxing Platformer

Hoa (pronounced “hwa”) is Vietnamese for “flower” and also the name of a lovely indie game and said game’s titular character, a tiny fairy-like creature the size of a bug.  This relaxing game features stunning hand-painted artwork, a beautiful soundtrack, and a peaceful atmosphere where the focus is solely on platforming and minor puzzling.  This…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #248

Up this week: Hoa – in the mood for a beautifully serene platformer that’s not without a little challenge? Hoa came recommended, and we can see why. Screenshot Theater – in this revamped series, we celebrate and relive some of our favorite moments in games through screenshot slideshows. Super Mario 64 – you know it,…

God of War and the Completion Conundrum

It’s done. It’s over. My time with God of War (2018) is complete…at least for now, as I always say. I left a ton of its world unexplored, but I saw through this first story of Kratos and his son Atreus, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. It was utterly fantastic, and…

New Concept Art Shown for The Callisto Protocol

Remember The Callisto Protocol? No? Don’t feel bad if you don’t. It was initially announced almost 2 years ago now, and absolutely nothing new has been discussed or shown since then. The developer behind it is Striking Distance Studios, a relatively new company mostly comprised of former Visceral Games developers. Recently, they shared some new…

Dr. Loboto, Swaine, and Freddy Join the Duck in Miitopia

I’m still working my way through Miitopia, a charming RPG where you can choose the faces of every character in the game.  Very soon, our Youtube playthrough shall be taking a break, which will be temporary or permanent depending on the views.  I’ve already written a review about the demo, and now I’d like to…

Soulsborne After Elden Ring

As frequenters of this blog may know, I wasn’t really a fan of the Soulsborne series until very recently. I’d tried a couple of the games before, but I just didn’t get hooked for whatever reason. After playing through Elden Ring though, that’s changed. Rather than looking at the series passively without much interest, I…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #247

Up this week: Hoa – in the mood for a serenely beautiful platformer? Hoa came recommended, and we can see why. Screenshot Theater – in this revamped series, we celebrate and relive some of our favorite moments in games through screenshot slideshows. Joe & Mac – is this classic game all the prehistoric fun it’s…

Silly Scoundrels: Baby Bowser

When it comes to silly scoundrels in games, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Bowser family. Between Bowser and his clan of adopted Koopalings, and his son Bowser Jr., they’ve all gone to some ridiculous lengths to make trouble for Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and other Mushroom Kingdom residents. One might…

New Screens Sent Out for Sonic Origins

Sonic fans will be in for something of a treat when Sonic Origins releases on June 23rd this year. It’s a collection of the most notable of Sonic’s outings, including: Sonic The Hedgehog 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD. It’s not everything fans would probably like to see in a Sonic…

Silly Scoundrels: Dr. Loboto

The Duck’s final silly scoundrel is none other than the unlicensed dentist and amateur brain surgeon from Psychonauts, Dr. Caligosto Loboto, who also just so happens to be featured in the above banner image.  This unhinged fellow may have been a former patient of Thorney Towers Home for the Disturbed, a long-since abandoned insane asylum…

Silly Scoundrels: Dimitri Lousteau

For my final pick of Silly Scoundrels month, we’re going back to the Sly Cooper series for a look at Dimitri Lousteau. I’m almost certain Dimitri the money-laundering lounge lizard was meant to be a one-off character. Everything about him screams “kooky minor villain,” yet he wound up proving surprisingly popular with the Sly Cooper…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #246

Up this week: Joe & Mac – is this classic game all the prehistoric fun it’s cracked up to be? We find out (again), and so can you! Super Mario 64 – you know it, you love it…and so do we! Come along as we revisit this Nintendo classic, Super Mario 64. Miitopia – what adventures…

Silly Scoundrels: Reaver

In counting Fable’s Reaver as a “silly scoundrel,” I will admit that I’m stretching the phrase’s definition a little. For Reaver, one of Fable‘s main characters in its second and third installments isn’t quite a foe, but neither is he a friend. He’s also not silly in a strict sense, but his penchant for flamboyance…

Silly Scoundrels: Dr. Nefarious

Ratchet & Clank is a series known for its wacky weapons and gadgets, which is appropriately paired with some equally silly characters.  It wasn’t until the third game, Up Your Arsenal, however, that we were introduced to the perfect villain for such a ridiculous franchise, the outrageously goofy Dr. Nefarious, an organic turned robot who…

Silly Scoundrels: Dr. Ivo ‘Eggman’ Robotnik

Dr. Robotnik is a baddie hailing all the way back to the era of Sega Genesis vs. Super Nintendo. It’s kind amazing how committed both companies were to their rivalry, with Nintendo boastful “now you’re playing with power” ad line and Sega’s overt “Genesis does what Nintendon’t” tag line. These two giants were out to…

Kingdom Hearts IV is Coming

This news will be a few days old by now, but I really wanted to talk about it a bit. So to get started, Kingdom Hearts is not, in fact, finished. It’s still going and it’s following in the footsteps of Final Fantasy XV now. That is, it’s going to look a bit more realistic….

Silly Scoundrels: Gruntilda

The Duck’s second silly scoundrel is another creation of Rareware’s, the rhyming witch Gruntilda and nemesis to the beloved bear and bird duo, Banjo and Kazooie! In this post, I’ll be focusing on her antics in the two main Banjo-Kazooie titles on the N64.  (I barely remember the handheld title, Grunty’s Revenge, and…there’s definitely not…

Silly Scoundrels: Dr. Neo Cortex

Of all the goofy villains that came to mind when thinking on this topic, Dr. Neo Cortex is perhaps the most unfortunate of the lot. He’s supposedly very intelligent. I mean, he was able to create all sorts of crazy technology that should have enabled him to achieve his goals. Yet, he’s never managed to…

Comparison Screens Released for Chrono Cross: Radical Dreamers

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is coming out in a few days, and now fans can finally compare the visuals of the old and new versions. The differences aren’t as stark as they are in some other remasters, but I think it looks decent enough.

Silly Scoundrels: King K. Rool

The Duck’s first silly scoundrel debuted in 1994 with Rareware’s Donkey Kong Country.  This was the first game where we were introduced to Donkey Kong’s newest enemies, the crocodilian Kremlings, led by none other than King K. Rool, a large croc with a golden belly and a swollen eyeball.  Now that’s a name you should…

Silly Scoundrels: Mz. Ruby

Hey all, it’s time to kick-off our month of Silly Scoundrels! As Cary explained earlier this week, we’ll be spending this first real month of spring talking about some of our favorite, more comedically-inclined villains. There are plenty of series with goofy baddies, and I the first one to cross my mind was the Sly…

Mario Party Superstars Finally Gets an Update!

After about five months, Mario Party Superstars finally got a small update from Nintendo. There aren’t a ton of changes here, but there are enough to make playing the game just that much more enjoyable. More than anything else, this is an indicator that Nintendo has not, in fact, forgotten the game, and that’s a…

Kirby and the Forgotten Land: Demo Review

Recently, I reviewed the demo for Kirby Star Allies.  As charming as it was, it didn’t offer enough unique content to make it stand out from countless other Kirby games.  Fortunately, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a completely different story.

Playing to Get it Done

In a major departure from my usual gaming habits, I’ve been putting major hours into Elden Ring over the past couple of weeks. Seriously, I went from playing maybe 10 hours per week at most to nearly 30+! As it stands, my character is level 165 with just over 136 hours logged on it, and…

Final Fantasy – Stranger of Paradise is Here

Whether we wanted it or not, the latest Final Fantasy spin-off game: “Final Fantasy: Stranger of Paradise” is here. Should they want to, fans can now take up the hunt and hopefully kill Chaos for good. Heck, Jack (our main character) might not even wait for the player to get it done. As we all…