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…

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”…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…