Cheeky Charlatans: Calypso

Even though I never played much Twisted Metal, the series’ main villain is nonetheless the epitome of cheekiness to me. Calypso has the power to literally anything, and he uses that power to put on crazy vehicular death death tournaments starring only the worst of the worst. These guys are all competing to have Calypso…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #195

Up this week: Undertale – join in as we play through this beloved RPG to answer the question: can we find our way out of the Underground while taking the “pacifist” route? Yooka-Laylee – can Yooka and Laylee recover the last pages of the magical “One Book?” Let’s play and find out! Nostalgic Notions –…

Cheeky Charlatans: Insult Bot

Picture this. It’s 25 years after humanity has been obliterated, and you emerge, somewhat bleary-eyed, from the safety of your underground vault into the West Virginia wilderness. With nothing in your possession but your C.A.M.P, a few meds, and a party hat, you spot some weapons and ammo clutched in the arms of a nearby…

GRIT Takes Battle Royale Out West

The battle royale craze may be over, but the games are still rolling into town nonetheless. The next title to throw its hat into the fray will be GRIT: a wild west-themed take on the genre. While the idea of an all-out cowboy brawl sounds pretty fun on paper, I wonder if it’s really enough…

Cheeky Charlatans: Swaine

I’ve actually written about Swaine before on my own blog, but when we decided on the topic of “playfully mischievous characters” for the month of April, I couldn’t help but revisit my favorite character from Ni no Kuni, the snarky thief Swaine.  Funnily enough, my original feelings for Swaine were actually far from positive because,…

Cheeky Charlatans: Crazy Redd

When first started discussing gaming’s greatest mischief makers, Redd the Fox was one of the first characters to pop into my mind. It’s not so much that he’s done anything terribly bad (that we know of), but rather his obvious shifty attitude. This is a dude who runs his business out of back alleys, tents…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #194

Up this week: Undertale – join in as we play through this beloved RPG to answer the question: can we find our way out of the Underground while taking the “pacifist” route? Yooka-Laylee – can Yooka and Laylee recover the last pages of the magical “One Book?” Let’s play and find out! Nostalgic Notions –…

Cheeky Charlatans: Sera

In Dragon Age: Inquisition’s DLC, Trespasser, provided she and your inquisitor are friends, there is a scene that defines the elven rogue Sera more than any other. Upon the two meeting on the eve of the Exalted Council – something of a United Nations, but much smaller and more religious — Sera invites the inquisitor…

Sony Closing PlayStation Store for PS3, PSP and PS Vita on July 2nd

Well, it’s finally happening. PlayStation Store services are finally being brought to an end for PSP, PS Vita and PlayStation 3. It was only a matter of time, and indeed this is something practically every knew was coming eventually, but it’s still kind of amazing. Once this hits, there are going to be a lot…

Discovery Isn’t What it Used to Be

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been really digging-into The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. I’ve had good time with it, and I’ve had some not so good time with it. I’ve got plenty to say about the former, but all I’ll say about the latter is that I now fully understand why everyone who’s…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #193

Up this week: Undertale – join in as we play through this beloved RPG to answer the question: can we find our way out of the Underground while taking the “pacifist” route? Celeste – what is Celeste Mountain? And why is a girl named Madeline climbing it? Watch and find out as we play Celeste!…

Coming Soon: Celebrating Cheeky Charlatans!

With the jolly month of April on the horizon, we here at Virtual Bastion are revisiting one of our favorite yearly themes: April Fool’s! Not literally, of course, because we’re not fooling around with our chosen subject. This year we’re going to be profiling our favorite (or “favorite,” as the case may be) “Cheeky Charlatans”…

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade PS5 Features Look Pretty Awesome

A little while ago, Square Enix announced a new, enhanced version of Final Fantasy VII Remake would be coming to the PS5. This new version, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergade (ugh…) would feature a suite of visual enhancements, new features and a new side story featuring Yuffie. Well, today fans can see it all in…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #192

Up this week: Celeste (PS4, 2018) – what is Celeste Mountain? And why is a girl named Madeline climbing it? Watch and find out as we play Celeste! Yooka-Laylee (PS4, 2017) – can Yooka and Laylee recover the last pages of the magical “One Book?” Let’s play and find out! Nostalgic Notions (multiple consoles) –…

Here, There, and Everywhere in The Witcher 3

Considering that my last update on my playthrough of The Witcher 3 was in November of 2020, one might think that I would be done with Geralt’s adventures some four months later. That couldn’t be farther from the case. However, I do think I might be on the verge of completing the game’s main story,…

Chasing Static Has Real Retro-Chic Going for it!

Making games in a retro style is most definitely nothing new. I mean, just how many 16-bit-ish games are released every year? How many of those have we seen since 2010? A ton. We’ve seen a ton! One would think that we’d be seeing a lot of games mimicking the 64-bit style too, but no….

Getting Creative in Morrowind

Well, last week I said I wanted to get back to The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and this week I can say that I’ve been following through on it! I’m not playing pure Morrowind; I’ve applied many mods to fix bugs and improve the visuals. I’ve also added things to make combat and character growth…

Tomb Raider is Getting a Definitive Collection

For anyone who, for whatever reason, hasn’t touched any of the more recent Tomb Raider games, there’s a new Tomb Raider collection coming soon. Titled the “Tomb Raider Definitive Survivor Trilogy,” this collection will include all the enhanced versions of the last three Tomb Raider games. This information is coming via a leak, so there’s…

Dinosaur Planet: The Cancelled Predecessor to Star Fox Adventures

Those familiar with Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube should be well aware that this was not your traditional Star Fox game. In fact, it was much more akin to a Zelda game than a series revolving around animal pilots flying about in the vacuum of space. Well, that’s because Star Fox Adventures was never…

Getting Back to It: Morrowind

A few years ago, I decided I’d try diving into what is possibly the most celebrated RPG of the past 20 years: The Elder Scrolls II: Morrowind. The game got nothing but praise when it first launched, and fans have been singing its praises ever since. As someone who started with Skyrim, I was a…

Finally, A Truly New Pokemon Game!

Nintendo had more than a few interesting announcements during their recent Pokemon Direct, but perhaps the most interesting was the reveal of Pokemon Legends: Arceus. At long last, fans are getting the open-world pokemon game they’ve been dreaming of since the very beginning!

What’s the Scariest Little Nightmares Monster?

Now that Little Nightmares 2 has been released, I thought it might be fun to rank every monster from the first and second games in order of least frightening to most nightmare-inducing (with a number next to their name to signify from which game they originate).  This list will include the Secrets of the Maw…

Is Gears 2 Coming Back?

An interesting picture just showed up on the official Gears of War twitter page, one that looks kind of familiar if you ask me. It looks like something from an older Gears game. In fact I’d say it looks like something from the best Gears game. Here, check it out!

Resident Evil 7 HAS UNLOCKABLES!!

I recently finished my first playthrough of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and I have to say that I kinda wish I hadn’t sat on it for so long. Its savory combination of tension, puzzles and exploration wound up being something I’d been looking for for quite awhile now, and it took actually finding it to…

Little Nightmares 2 is Back for More Gruesome Goodness

The long-awaited Little Nightmares 2 is finally here, folks!  And though I was a bit hesitant about setting my expectations too high (I’ve been let down by too many sequels, you see), I can safely say this game does not disappoint!  This time around, we play as a boy named Mono, though it isn’t long…

PlayStation 5: FOMO No Mo!

I few weeks ago, I spent some time talking about the PS5, specifically the somewhat irrational desire to buy one. As always, new consoles are exciting, so many of us can’t help but want to get our hands on the newest tech as soon as possible. I managed to keep my excitement controlled enough to…

Lots of New Video Released for Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139

The Nier remake: Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139 (referred to as “Neir Remake” from here on), is only a couple months away from its April 23 release date. This probably wouldn’t have been all that exciting back in 2016, but then that was before Nier Automata hit the gaming scene. That game really stuck a chord…

Ratchet & Clank: Life of Pie Animated Short

Just a few days ago, completely without warning, a 23-minute Ratchet & Clank short aired on Crave, a streaming service in Canada.  Created by the same company who made the 2016 movie, Mainframe Studios, it follows Ratchet and Clank as they stop Dr. Nefarious’ newest scheme, which involves a gun called a Portalizer that can…

Diving Into Resident Evil 7 (Finally)

For the longest time, I’ve lived as a quasi-fan of the Resident Evil series. With the exception of Resident Evil 6, I’ve always found myself excited whenever a new one was announced and more than happy to watch friends play through them. However, I’ve never been of a mind to actually play a Resident Evil…

Maquette Has a Release Date!

Maquette was first-announced almost a year ago now, and I honestly kind of forgot about it for awhile. With the usual packed release schedule and the general craziness of 2020, I suppose it was rather easy for a quirky indie game to get lost in the hustle of it all. All that said though, Annapurna…

Revisiting Yooka-Laylee Four Years Later

Years ago, I wrote a review for the original Yooka-Laylee, which I had played shortly after its release. Looking back, I’m surprised at how kind I was because…my true opinion of the game was a lot harsher than what was seen in that review. I think I felt bad complaining about the game too much…