Boss Rush Banter: Which Video Game has the Most Immersive World?

A game is nothing without a world surrounding it.

Sure, a game can have fantastic characters or challenging puzzles, but if the setting doesn’t bolster all of that, the game can fall flat. That is why many of my favorite titles have an immersive world that gripped me, further adding to the experience and keeping me engaged for hours at a time. 

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Immersing Yourself in the World

I’ve been gaming since the Nintendo 64 days, but the first game to really grip me with its world was Metroid Prime on the GameCube. The world immersed me for several reasons.

As a first-person shooter, the game naturally lends itself to immersing you in the surrounding world. The game further accomplished this through other factors such as music, natural sound, and subtle graphics such as mist droplets splashing on Samus’s visor. 

Whenever someone’s asked about…

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Why Reading Is Play

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Ever since it arrived last week, I have been slowly reading sections from “The Third Imperium” sourcebook recently released by Mongoose Publishing for Traveller. While I was reading, I became aware of the way in which my mind engages with this kind of material and realised that, as I was reading, I was playing.

When I am engaged in a text I will feel it. Reading isn’t simply an intellectual activity, in my experience, but rather consists of a complex array of responses. Yes, I am involved in the intellectual task of translating the symbols on the page into words and sentences, and from there seeking to decode the message that the author has written. But I am also forming a theory of mind about the author’s intent and beliefs, which in turn leads me to evoke an emotional response to those ideas.

Reading a fantastic sourcebook from a…

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5RD – Tombs of the Throl Tribe

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Tombs of the Throl Tribe
Tombs of the Throl Tribe (300 dpi promo, no commercial license)

The lizardfolk of the Throl tribe have been using this river cave for their honoured dead for untold ages. You can see their descent from mighty rulers of this region to the near-refugee status they have today through the ages of the tombs. The main section of ancient tombs is for the six great elders of antiquity, each entombed in a silver sarcophagus sealed with gold and bound with lead and then placed in an ornately carved stone tomb.

Tombs of the Throl Tribe
Tombs of the Throl Tribe (1200 dpi)

Further back into the cave, the smell of decomposition and the insects give away how things are today. The final cave contains seven smaller sealed stone sarcophagi each containing the head of a great leader of the Throl Tribe. In the natural pit watched over by these “heads in a box” are the…

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Cross Roads Weekend Gaming: What are We Playing?

Stress relief comes in many different flavors for the Cross Roads crew as they play a motley assortment of games this weekend.

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LeRon Dawkins: Host of Cross Roads

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak © 2021: available on PC and Nintendo Switch
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I cannot tell any lies about this. I’m currently going all out in Monster Hunter Rise:Sunbreak right now. There’s really a lot going on with this expansion and it has the makings to surpass Monster Hunter World: Iceborne in both content and features. I’m loving some of the new changes that were made to strengthen core mechanics found in the base version of Rise.

Be on the lookout as I’ll probably be releasing a review coming sometime soon on Boss Rush.

Stoy Jovic: Co-Host of Cross Roads

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Retro Arcadia Weekly Spotlight #39

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Time for our regular quick-fire reviews and impressions of what’s been under the spotlight at Retro Arcadia this week, old and new and a bit of both…

A ten hour trial of the new F1 2022 came to Xbox Game Pass last week, and of course it was incredibly slick and polished and pretty fun too, but I can do without all of the F1 lifestyle rubbish getting in the way of the races, and honestly I’d rather be playing F1 Racing Championship on PS2, which isn’t stuffed to the gills with fuss. I’m grateful for the chance to try it though, and as an F1 fan I found the race day experience to be incredibly realistic, and it’s all as deep and authentic as you want it if that’s your thing. It’s just not really mine.

Okay, regular viewers will be pleased to hear that I’ve finally (marginally) expanded…

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The Andesite Pyramid

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The Andesite Pyramid
The Andesite Pyramid (300 dpi promo, no commercial license)

Guarded to this day by the Obsidian Guard, the Andesite Pyramid is supposedly the burial site of the Sphinx of Jewels. Some believe this is a name or title bestowed upon one of the princes of the Eparapt Dynasty, but other stories point to this being the resting place of an actual sphinx that assisted several generations of princes of the previous dynasty.

The Andesite Pyramid
The Andesite Pyramid (1200 dpi)

The Andesite Pyramid
The Andesite Pyramid (1200 dpi, no grid)

The truth might be something else entirely – a few apocryphal tales speak of a potent psionic lich with the “Jeweled Sphinx headdress” who moved into this pyramid when it was completed but before a prince could be set to rest here and who manifests its foul will through the otherwise mindless-seeming Obsidian Guard (sixteen animated obsidian “statues” of warrior guards that defend the pyramid against…

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SPOILER! SPOILER! Isle of Dread: a review

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In this blog I will be talking about the quests in this expansion, so stop reading now if you don’t want spoilers. You’ve been warned.

NOTE: This blog is split in pages for easier reading, so do click on the numbers below to switch page.

Update 55: Isle of Dread was out June 22, 2022 and I’ve now finally had a chance to run through the quests a couple of times. The quests can be completed in any order, but unless you have the Isle of Dread Treasure Map – teleport clicky, you do need to run Captive of the Hidden God to access Isle of Dread. At the time of writing this, using the clicky takes you to the Village of Tanaroa if you’ve run the quest or not. I can’t say if this is intentional or will change in the future.

Like I did with Feywild, for the…

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Collecting Retro Video Games Is a Waste of My Money

I caught myself staring at my wall of video games recently. It’s a vast collection of over 1,300 video games spanning multiple generations: Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation 2, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, up to the current generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. They sit on shelves, displayed out like you’re inside a GameStop. After a few minutes I asked myself, Why the hell do I have all this?

Collecting old, antique items isn’t anything new, and in some cases it can be a beneficial financial investment. Tangible investments like toys, stamps, coins, and in this case video games can appreciate in value in many different ways. These particular investments have a connection with our childhood, and what we were raised around. I’ve mentioned in a previous editorial about how nostalgia has an effect on our psyche and latches on to memories in our past which can affect how we…

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Hell’s Rebels #54: The Necrocrat

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The party’s fighter, Narkwood, wakes up from his nap to find that that the rebels’ secret hideout is being raided by the government!

6th of Rova, 4715 AR

“Our head of security burst through the door, panting. ‘They’re here!’ “

I woke up to wild shouting and clashing of metal. Where was I? I could have sworn that I spent last night at the base. Looking around, I realized I was at the base. They must have found us. I dashed out into the hallway, still blinking the sleep from my eyes as I readied my axe.

It was chaos. Our pit trap had been sprung, but it was hampering us as much as them. Taka valiantly held off the attackers, but he was quickly surrounded. I ran forward, praying that I would get there in time to save him. Just before I could reach the attackers, Taka was stabbed…

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Boss Rush Banter: Who is the Best Rival in Pokémon Games?

A staple in every Pokémon game is your rival, a fellow Pokémon trainer who you frequently battle with along your journey. These rivals can range from your best friend to your mortal enemy, with many recent entries giving two or more rivals instead of just one. We’ve seen a glimpse into our main rival from Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, a young trainer named Nemona, who “has a sunny and energetic disposition, and she absolutely loves Pokémon battles.” This new rival has a long line of predecessors to live up to though. Out of all of the rivals we’ve seen throughout the franchise, which Pokémon Rival is the best?

Nemona from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Image Source: Pokémon Company

First off, let’s take a look at the guy who started the trend. Blue, or your rival in Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen, set the…

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