Month: December 2018
Listmas 2018: Top Games with Stylized Graphics
With video game graphics getting more and more realistic, the games that really stand out to me above all others are actually those with interesting and unique art styles. There’s certainly something to be said for a game that looks like a work of art, and below, I’d like to list my top examples of games with “stylized” graphics, in no particular order.
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5 Video Game Sequels That Make The Originals Look Like Trash
I got great value out of the SNES Classic (and its little brother)
It’s been a little over a year since I got the SNES Classic, and a little over a half-year since I also procured the NES Classic for my collection. I remember hearing some advice when I first got these that I might be throwing my money away if I didn’t actually end up playing them. They’d be mere collector’s items.
Happily, this has not been the case. After all this time, I can say with honesty that these two consoles probably get more play by me and my household than anything else. I’ve kept the NES Classic in my work office, where occasionally I am watching my kids and need a fun diversion. The single controller and lack of accessible games have kept it from being a favorite of theirs, but they will spend a chunk of time going through the Super Mario Bros. titles, Kirby’s Adventure, or even the…
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Charting My Video Game Skills on an RPG Stat Sheet
For years, I have kicked around this silly hypothetical question in my head. “In a world where characters are scored based on their abilities within each video-game-related skill, how would I score in each?” In this post, I pick a handful of genres that represent my strengths and flaws as a gamer and give them a score based on a 0-10 scale. Let’s try this out!
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Pokemon Let’s Go Is The Most Streamlined Pokemon Game Experience
This gaming season has been packed with more games to play than I have time to commit to. Spider-Man, Assassins Creed Odyssey, Red Dead 2, and of course the latest Smash Brothers title. It also doesn’t help that two of these major releases happen to be open world games that demand you put a massive amount of time in order to get the full experience. So with all these fantastic games to play why is it that a game I’ve played dozens of times before seems to be taking up all of my attention?
Pokemon Let’s Go is essentially just a remake of a game most of us have already played time and time again. Between the original three Pokemon games and the later remakes, Leaf Green and Fire Red, I’ve played through the Kanto games more times than I’d like to admit. So why is it that Pokemon Let’s…
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Meet the Party: Heroes of Tal’Dorei
A member of a Tal’Dorei-wide criminal empire, actually a monk hunting knowledge and fighting those who would use it for evil. A child of two worlds with magic in his blood and runes on his skin, taking back control of his life and mastering the arcane. A barbarian warrior of the Terrah Ashari with the strength of stone, a juggernaut instructed to join a new generation of adventurers. A former cultist of the Whispered One, now a cleric of the Matron of Ravens, using the power of blood to strike down her former allies. Vox Machina may have retired, but the world of Critical Role still needs heroes. Let’s see what some of them might look like with a Meet the Party for 5th Edition D&D made using the Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting from Green Ronin Publishing!
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Big Reveals at The Game Awards 2018
I know its intention is to be an awards show for video games, but honestly, the thing that excites me the most about this event these days are the world exclusive reveals. Kudos to Geoff Keighley for turning this event into a mini-E3 and the industry as well for going along with it.
Don’t ask me to repeat who won what awards because I couldn’t tell you. Red Dead won a lot, God of War took home Game of the Year, and…yeah, that’s about all I can recall from that side of the show. Today, we’re here to talk about some of the big name reveals and world premiers at last night’s event. There were a lot of bombshells and plenty of indie games, many of which I won’t get to.
Also, before we get going, can I just say how awesome it was to see Xbox’s Phil Spencer, Nintendo’s…
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Listmas 2018: Games I Didn’t Think I’d Like (But Did Anyway)
Most of time, I only buy games I’m pretty sure I’m going to like. Games aren’t cheap things after, neither in terms of money nor in time. If I’m going to invest in a game, I want to know that I’ll enjoy my time with it. That said, I wound up taking more than a few steps outside that comfort zone this year, and I found myself pleasantly surprised more often than not. Sometimes it’s actually worth taking a risk, because there’s a chance you’ll discover something new about your gaming tastes. As for me, the following are the games that surprised me for the better this year.
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Virtual and physical rpg gaming
Recently we had that rare opportunity to sit down and do some tabletop roleplaying in person. Such events vary greatly in frequency but, with my longest running D&D (3.5) campaign that started back in 2006, it’s never that frequent. 2018 proved to be the year we have made more of virtual tabletop gaming. We’ve grown pretty accustomed to playing D&D and now Starfinder via Fantasy Grounds.
This has the odd side-effect that playing Starfinder in person requires all the equipment of virtual gaming but in the same room. The campaign, the character sheets and even the manual are all digital products either in Fantasy Grounds or PDF form. Such a setup is ideal for virtual tabletop gaming of course, but for in-room sessions there is something missing. I’m not so far removed from the older standard way of playing after all. As a friend commented during this most recent play…
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