Games, Wishes and Wants for 2019

TWO BEARD GAMING

We’ve nearly made it through another year and it has to be said that 2018 has been a pretty year for gaming overall. There have been a few highlights, not least of which the new God of War, Spyro Reignited, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Pokemon Lets Go! to name just a few. Now though it’s time to look forward at what’s coming next year so I thought I’d go over a few things I’m looking forward to in 2019.

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Resident Evil 2 Remake

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When Resident Evil 2 was released originally it was the deciding factor in me getting myself a Playstation. Sadly it’s not aged amazingly, but this remake will hopefully address that, so far it looks stunning and looks to have the potential to be shit your pants scary. I’m looking forward to re-living Leon Kennedy’s first day on the job in Raccoon City though that is for…

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Raids week 102

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I’m again writing this blog a bit late, the same day that raids 103 is supposed to happen. I always try to get the previous blog done before the next raids night. Raids 102 happened Sat Dec 15, or 15-16 for me since we again passed midnight. I as normally logged around 9 pm Swedish time and invited Zombie and Tahlua before posting the lfm. Sokos seemed to be waiting, since they joined very quickly after the lfm for Baba went up. By 9.15 we had a full party and I was trying to decide the difficulty. LH is a safe bet, we can do LH with almost any group, while for LE and reaper we’re very dependant on the tank, so I wanted Titus to confirm that the difficulty I chose was ok. I picked LE. This week again I split the party in teams, and since last…

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Top 3 Indie Games That Draw Me Back In

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Since starting to write reviews in August of this year, I have been fortunate enough to experience a whole host of titles which I otherwise would have never had the opportunity to play. For all the immense positives that this provides, with a busy work and social life, some weeks have seen me play games for review rather than games for pleasure. Although the lines often blur between these two, I do try to set aside time to play purely for fun.

Inspired by @surrealragers recent post about re-reviewing games, it got me thinking: which recent titles do I find myself coming back to, long after the dust has settled on my review? With this in mind, and the inevitable game purchases people will make over the winter break, I offer three titles which still demand my attention, and more importantly, should be demanding yours!

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Party Hard

Developers: Pinokl
Publishers:…

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Listmas 2018: Games I Can’t Wait to Play!

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Welp, the end of 2018 will soon be upon us. Much like 2017 before it, it was both a great and terrible year for gaming. The highs reached were almost astronomical while some of the lows really couldn’t get much lower if they tried. That said, 2019 is looking like it’ll be even better, and I absolute cannot wait to dig into what’s to come. So, here’s my list of games that I absolutely cannot wait to play (in no particular order of course)!

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Fryyd, Cragmire, and the Question

Ilyanas Tomb of Doom

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I found Fryyd while running through Cragmire with a motely collection of fighters, healers, rogues. Fryyd was kneeling in the shadows of a ruined library,  a library ignored by the hoard I ran with. Fryyd shivered in fear.

“What is this fear,” I ask in my sweet voice, a voice I reserved only for a few, else it’s haughty tavern tart through and through. You can’t be a sweet tart all the time.

“The dead,” he said, nodding to the dark corners of the library, “they walk.”

“But the dead live in Cragmire, silly,” I whispered, “or didn’t you know?”

“We were looking for books to sell is all. Me, Toabs, and Emmy. We had what we wanted, and then Emmy screamed. I looked. She had an ax blade growing from her head.”

“Come,” I said, gently pulling Fryyd up from the dust and blood. He stood easily enough, so…

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From the DM’s Chair, Session 23: The Drunken Garrison Returns.

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There is a level of expectation that comes with Dungeons and Dragons, as well as most hobbies in fact. If you do something regularly enough, there comes to a time when that feature is added into your schedule: Monday is D&D night, Wednesday is posting for the DM’s chair, etc. Scheduling, in itself, isn’t a bad thing, it’s nice to be organised and know what’s coming up in your life but it does add a hint of expectation that some people don’t consider. When Monday rolls round again, it’s D&D night. Even if you’re tired from work, lacking in inspiration and have nothing planned. Expectation means that you have to run, or play, D&D on the day of the week everyone can. For lots of online chats and message boards, I’ve seen people asking about how to get a group and how to start playing D&D but everyone is so…

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Two Years of Cannibal Halflings

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A second year of Cannibal Halfling Gaming is coming to a close, which is as baffling as it is amazing. As we wrap things up for the year and prepare for the next one, all the while trying to survive the holidays, let’s see how we’ve done in 2018 and what goals we’ll be trying to strive for in the future!

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Coming back is sometimes easier

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I’ve written before about some MMORPGs as being easy to return to because of time invested and how familiar the game systems and setting might be. This was certainly my experience dipping back into Star Wars the Old Republic this last week. I easily picked up playing my Shadow again, the rotation and ability use was mostly a matter of muscle memory.

I was more aware perhaps of the many sound and visual queues that I appreciate from the game: the dulcet tones of a nearby Gonk droid, the Hyperspace animation on my own ship and the familiar voices of commonly-used companions.

My friend the Gonk droid

One difference I have noticed is in default difficulty of new content. The story-mode instances and areas for current or last-but-one content is noticeably lower than in Lord of the Rings Online and Everquest 2 to name just two games. That might be…

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The Gamer Crash Awards 2018: Best Download/Indie Title

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Don’t forget to visit the awards hub for more information on each award, the winners, and the schedule of what’s next. 

It’s time to show some love to the little guys. 2018 was another stellar year for Independent developers, and I’m thankful to have them around to create games for genres that the major studios have seemingly left behind. They take risks and it pays off.

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Each year, it seems these small studios continue to defy expectations and really push what people think of as an indie title. I feel like I say this every year, but 2018 was another great year for the smaller studios and downloadable content. Whether coming from a small team of independent developers, or perhaps an expansion to an already fantastic game, these are my favorites from 2018.

and the nominees are…

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What’s in store for the next Nintendo Direct?

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If history repeats itself, we should be getting a Nintendo Direct around the middle of January. This year we got one on January 11. Which announced Mario Tennis, DLC for Mario Odyssey, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, and closed with Dark Souls: Remastered. On January 18 of 2017, we received a Fire Emblem Direct. I don’t hold the power of the Monado. But I can see the next Direct being just around the corner. That being said, let’s speculate on the possibilities and hopefuls for the next Direct.

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Animal Crossing

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They made it official in the September Direct that it’s coming in 2019. But now is the time to reveal a launch window or date. And of course, a sneak peek on gameplay wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Here’s hoping they bring back the NES games you can get within the game. Nobody is going to complain if they also…

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