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…

Ace Attorney 3 Lives Up To Its Name

When I started Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations some months back, I still had a rather narrow view of the series in mind. Young, earnest attorney meets zany people during zanier trials. Along the way he’s helped by a spirit medium who loves hamburgers, and there’s more finger-pointing than one can point…

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…

Mass Effect 3 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. This is the final post of the lot in…

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…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #35

It’s full-speed ahead with another round of YouTube Highlights! If it’s cold outside, we’ll warm you up here with plenty of gaming goodness. (And if you’re already warm, well…lucky you. 🙂 ) During the week, we traversed woodlands, mazes, and spooky spots all the name of fun and entertainment! If you find yourself suitable entertained…

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…

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: 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…

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…

Sunday Video Round Up: December 3 – 9

This week is really the perfect example for why I ultimately moved the Round Up to Sunday. This week was a big one in the industry as a couple of major game events happened. On my old schedule, the article would have been posted early Saturday morning, essentially cutting off the PlayStation experience content. While…

Listmas 2017: The Duck’s 2017 Gaming List

Merry Listmas, dear readers!  With the end of the year growing ever nearer, I thought it would be fun to look back on all the games I had played in 2017.  It’s been a great year for gaming, not to mention an extremely productive one.  I mean, wowie!  Fifteen games?  How did I manage that!

Saturday Video Round Up: Nov 26 – Dec 2

Aaaaaaand the Round Up has returned after a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Before we dive into this week’s batch of videos, there’s a little housekeeping matter to discuss. Since we’re now into November, that means the Round Up is actually winding down right alongside most of the games industry. Can’t have a round…

PS Plus Games For December Have Been Announced

Sony has announced the December lineup of games free to download for member of their Playstation Plus service. For those who primarily play on PC or Xbox, PS Plus is basically Sony’s online multiplayer service. It’s more or less exactly like Xbox Live Gold since having it is mandatory for online multiplayer. Both services have…