Splatoon was pretty much an impulse buy for me. Everything I had seen and heard about the game was pretty positive up to launch but I was on the fence mostly for reasons outside of the game, namely game backlog and game budget. But when I was out picking up the Jigglypuff Amiibo Friday morning I saw the Splatoon Amiibo 3 pack in person and I caved and just went for it. So far I’ve been pretty impressed. Its not everyday Nintendo puts out a brand new IP and in this case they are experimenting in a genre they don’t mess around
I woke up early Saturday morning and rolled my head towards the hotel alarm clock to check the time only to be greeted by the green glow of a StreetPass notification on my 3DS. I flipped open the 3DS, woot!, 10 new StreetPasses over night, my Midwest Gaming Classic had begun and I wasn’t even out of bed yet. I took a shower, ate some cereal I had brought from home, put on my “Flynn Lives” t shirt and headed downstairs. The next 8 hours would be only games and gamers. The first thing I did was head for the vendor
At the midnight launch for Smash last November, my friend who manages the local game shop jokingly asked if I wanted one of each Amiibo to go along with my copy of Smash for Wii U. Just to be funny I bought a Wii Fit trainer and a Fox Amiibo and called it good. Then my fiancee hooked me up with Mario, Peach, and Donkey Kong Amiibos for Christmas and all of the sudden I had five of the first wave of tweleve. From then a sickness developed in my head and I decided that I had to have them all.
2015 is going to be a semi busy year for me in gaming. This is my must play list, not everything is confirmed for this year but most of it is and the other bit I have a good feeling about. I listed where I plan on playing them also for reference, although many of these titles will show up on multiple platforms. Mighty No 9 (Wii U): What happens when Megaman’s creator gets to make a Megaman game that is part not Megaman and also part Megaman? We’re about to find out this year. This kickstarted project has the makings to
I started the year on a quest to expand my gaming horizons. The goal was to play genres that I never really touch and try to see what I’ve been missing out on and in large part I succeeded. I played Titanfall, my first shooter in years, and it was great. I tried my first MOBA with Heroes of the Storm and I’m still logging hours weekly on that title. I also went in spurts playing Hearthstone, a collectible card game, the first time I’ve played one of those since middle school. But in the end the best game I played all
So there’s a new Strider game, in 2014. Lets repeat that, a new STRIDER in 2014. Furthermore it features 2D gameplay that is a perfect homage to the series. Who would have thunk it? Strider up to this year had been a Capcom character who had gone the way of Megaman lately, showing up only in cameos or as a fan service toon in Capcom’s fighting games. This long dormant platformer/action series has produced some amazing games over the years with an emphasis on fluid gameplay and difficulty. This new Strider double downs on everything the series is known for
So in my quest this year to become a more well rounded gamer the first place I branched out was to a genre I haven’t touched in over a decade. A racing game. Specifically the simulation racer. Granted my choices were a little limited at launch and I was getting a “free” game with the Mountain Dew promotion but it was still a branching out process for me because the old me would have gotten Dead Rising 3 for free as my launch game. I came into Forza 5 having played exactly zero Forza my entire life. I maybe played
I was an avid gamer back then. Really just hitting my gaming prime. The Fall of 98′ was when Pokémon-mania swept into the US. I had an ice blue Gameboy Pocket and a copy of Pokémon Red that set me out on my very first adventure from Pallet Town. My neighborhood friend had a copy of Pokémon Blue and together we were going to “catch em’ all” for the very first time. Before I knew it I was waking up at 6 AM to catch the anime before school on the local FOX affiliate, then the next year I would
One of the staples of the JRPG genre is exploring new towns on your journey. Usually this provides a break in the action for the player to relax, chat with the citizens of the town, and generally live out the Role part of a Role Playing Game. Now imagine if an entire game was based around just exploring a town and unlocking the various subplots its townspeople are involved in. This is the approach Attack of the Friday Monsters attempts for the 3DS, and you know what? It actually kinda works.