YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #129

Up this week: Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch, 2019) – This week only, some spoooooky levels to celebrate this spoooooky time of year! Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage (PS4, 2018) – enjoy more fiery fun from this second game on the Spyro Reignited Trilogy Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Wii, 2009) – tackling the further adventures of…

Nope, nope, and more nope in Dreadhalls

Guys, I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to start playing Dreadhalls. I really don’t. But I can think of no better way to round out our #Spooktober celebration than with my story about this unique and scary VR game, which is at once unforgettable, and for me, unrepeatable. Way back in…

PlayStation Plus Free Games For November Announced

Sony has announced the games being put on offer through PlayStation Plus this November, and they’re actually pretty decent. On the one hand we have Outlast II, a game that is still very spooky despite not living up to its predecessor. On the other we have Nioh, which could also be considered scary in a…

SCP: Containment Breach – A Unique Horror Experience

The horror genre is fairly sparse in the Duck’s household, so as I pondered the topic of my final Spooktober post, I had very few options available to me.  It then occurred to me that I have never written about the spooky PC game, SCP: Containment Breach, a truly unique horror experience!  So let’s rectify…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #128

Up this week: Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage (PS4, 2018) – enjoy more fiery fun from this second game on the Spyro Reignited Trilogy Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Wii, 2009) – tackling the further adventures of Samus, where this time she faces off with space pirates on the world of Aether Not Zangief (multiple consoles) –…

Your Horror Mileage May Vary in BioShock

When BioShock was first described to me way back when it was first released in 2007, the words “survival” and “horror” were emphasized. Me being the chicken that I am, I subsequently avoided the game for a very long time. As if the “horror” tag wasn’t enough, the fact that this game, or any game,…

DOOM 64 Returns After 23 Years

Bethesda put out a big announcement for fans looking forward to picking up DOOM Eternal early next year. In addition to getting to play through the newest DOOM experience, they’ll also be granted a free copy of one of the series’ rarest iterations: DOOM 64.

Hunter: The Reckoning – A Proper Review This Time

Though I have talked about the first game in the Hunter: The Reckoning trilogy multiple times in the past…in some really old posts from 2013…that haven’t aged the best (please do not seek them out…), I have never given the game a proper, honest review.  So without further ado, let’s discuss the Duck’s very first…

Outlast is Just Too Much

As much as I love spooky games, there’s a certain variety that I just can’t handle. These don’t just create a creepy atmosphere or build a feeling of dread like Silent Hill or Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem do. Nope, these games go straight for the throat with their scares, and it gets me every time….

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #127

Up this week: Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage (PS4, 2018) – enjoy more fiery fun from this second game on the Spyro Reignited Trilogy Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Wii, 2009) – tackling the further adventures of Samus, where this time she faces off with space pirates on the world of Aether Star Fox (SNES, 1993; Switch…

Looks Like Fortnite Just Got Even Bigger

Even though Epic has been constantly tweaking the game ever since it first launched in late 2017, Fortnite has always felt like more or less the same game. With this newest update though, that might not be the case anymore. New weapons and even vehicles are to be expected, but brand new systems are something…

Top 5 FNAF Fan Games

One can’t really talk about horror games these days without being reminded of Five Nights at Freddy’s.  Love it or hate it, it can’t be denied that this series has spawned an immense popularity, with an increasingly confusing lore, lots and lots of merchandise, and let’s not forget…fan games!  While the Five Nights at insert…

The Quest to Finish Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

Over the years, I’ve found that there are some games that I just cannot finish no matter how much I want to. Be it poor timing, lack of ability or just a plain ol’ lack of enthusiasm, I’m just not able to get these games done. One of these is the classic Gamecube horror title:…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #126

Up this week: Star Fox (SNES, 1993; Switch re-issue) – join in the fun of revisiting this classic SNES rail shooter starring Fox McCloud and the whole Star Fox crew Not Zangief (multiple consoles) – our occasional series that’s all about having fun with fighting games Metroid Prime (Wii, 2009) – follow the adventures of…

The Sights and Sounds of DOOM

Happy #Spooktober, everyone! As far as scary games go, images of id Software’s 1993 classic corridor shooter, DOOM, like this one… …this one…

‘Eliza’ is Coming to Nintendo Switch

Nowadays it seems like there’s an app for everything. It’s not true of course, but it’s becoming truer with every day that passes. So once it does become true and we allow apps into every facet of our lives, including the maintenance of our mental health, what will the repercussions be? This is the question…

Why I Love Luigi’s Mansion

As you may already know, for the month of October, we’re going to be covering spooky games.  While the Duck enjoys things of the spooky variety, if this post concerning Half Life 2’s Ravenholm is anything to go by, I like my spooky on the mild end of the spectrum.  (Unlike my salsa.  Make it…

Spooktober is Here!

Nintendo Month may be over, but that’s okay because Halloween is right around the corner! It’s a time of year that’s always been near to our hearts here at Virtual Bastion, one that we always honor by doing something special. Last year, we had Rare Scares, and we celebrated gaming’s best Tricks, Treats and Feats…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #125

Up this week: F-Zero (SNES, 1990; Switch re-issue) – blast off with this futuristic SNES racing game that would eventually spawn its own popular series Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch, 2019) – A limited series featuring small sampling of other players’ levels from this smash-hit sequel to the original Super Mario Maker Not Zangief (multiple…

Good Night, Arthur Morgan

When I formally hung up my Red Dead Redemption II hat back in February, I had no idea how close I actually was to finishing its main story. Well…at the risk of SPOILERS, which will ABOUND in this post…Arthur Morgan’s main story, that is. I also really had no idea what laid in wait for…

Ghost Parade Might Be Worth Keeping an Eye On

There’s always something new coming out of the indie games sector these days. Some of it is great, a lot of it is terrible, and then there are some games that aren’t easy to read right away. They don’t look like a home run, but there’s definitely potential. Ghost Parade is one of these games.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is Nintendo at Their Best!

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has finally made it to Switch, and it’s just about everything a old Zelda fan like myself could want! They’ve kept just about everything that made the game what it was, while also seamlessly weaving-in a few modern conveniences and features. It’s actually kind of strange to play: I…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #124

Up this week: F-Zero (SNES, 1990; Switch re-issue) – blast off with this futuristic SNES racing game that would eventually spawn its own popular series Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch, 2019) – A limited series featuring small sampling of other players’ levels from this smash-hit sequel to the original Super Mario Maker Not Zangief (multiple…

A Trio of Favorite Nintendo Memories

With #NintendoSeptember coming to a close, it’s fitting that we should round things out with our favorite Nintendo memories. Since my days with the magical, gray block that was called the Nintendo Entertainment System, I’ve racked up quite a few of them, from playing pass-the-controller with my siblings as we valiantly tried to conquer Super…

‘Court of Owls’ Teased for Next Batman Game

The “Arkham” series of Batman games may be over, but the Caped Crusader’s video game career is certain to continue. Lately, hints have been dropping for a new Batman game; they’ve been absolutely cryptic until today, when a tweet from WB Games Montreal gave fans their first clue as to what exactly is going on.

Favorite Nintendo Memories: Training to Be a Yoshi Master

Well, here we are. The month of Nintendo is nearing it’s end, and all that’s left is to talk about some of our favorite Nintendo memories. I gotta tell ya, it was hard to pick one to share here today. I’ve got so many that I’ve either already talked about or just don’t make for…

Classic Dragon Quest is Coming to Switch!

Fans of the original set of Dragon Quest games are in luck, soon they’ll be able to enjoy all three NES titles on Switch. Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, and Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation will be hitting the Nintendo Switch eShop on September 27.

Favorite Nintendo Character: Link

So far this month we’ve discussed our favorite games and pieces of music produced by Nintendo, so it’s only natural that we move onto what is perhaps their most influential creations: their characters. Great games need great characters, and Nintendo has plenty of these! Mario, Samus, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Fox, Kirby, the list just goes…

Kingdom Hearts III Re: Mind DLC is Coming Winter 2019

The first batch of Kingdom Hearts III DLC is coming this winter, and…it’s looking fun at least. This influx of content will bring new bosses to overcome and a new form for Sora to master. There might even be a new area to explore too, but it’s difficult to tell from this trailer.

Favorite Nintendo Music: Rundas Battle

Hey all! Our Nintendo celebration continues this week with a look back at our absolute favorites pieces of Nintendo music. With literal decades-worth of music to choose from, picking exactly one track wasn’t exactly an easy decision to make. However, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be; all it took…

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Gets a Release Date!

When Yooka-Laylee was first announced on KickStarter all those years ago (like 2015 or something, I think), I was more than a little excited. I was all jazzed and ready for a proper successor to Banjo-Kazooie, and it was just a matter of waiting for the release date. I was also, like many others, quite…

Favorite Nintendo Game – Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

Hey all, autumn is finally upon us and so is that gorgeous-looking The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m pretty excited. In fact, it’s pretty safe to say that all of us here at Virtual Bastion are pretty psyched. This new look at a classic…

Check Out the Luigi’s Mansion 3 Gamescom Presentation!

Luigi’s Mansion 3 isn’t all that far away now, but there’s still plenty we don’t know. Thankfully, Nintendo decided to show-off a bit more of the game at gamescom 2019, and not just another short trailer either. Instead, they had an entire 30 minute segment from early in the game available for attendees to view,…

A Super Mario Maker 2 Reminder

Good day, dear readers!  I just wanted to remind you all that we’re currently taking requests to play your Super Mario Maker 2 levels on our Virtual Bastion YouTube channel.  If you’re interested in sharing some Mario goodness with us, please limit two Course ID(s) per person and have them in our comments section by…

Who Else Is Ready For Link’s Awakening?

Remasters and remakes make up a significant portion of today’s video game releases, so many that the idea of a new one really shouldn’t be all that exciting to anyone. Yet, many of us still get excited, don’t we? All it takes is the right game, and in my case, that game is absolutely The…