Nintendo’s Dastardly Scheme to Sell more Switch Units: Dark Souls

You ever get mad at a game and throw your controller? I bet you have. We’ve all done it once or twice. Well, i think i just figured out Nintendo’s plan in increase revenue for the foreseeable future: Dark Souls. With the announcement that the incredibly difficult game will be coming to Nintendo’s portable system, i can only imagination they are hoping people are going to throw the entire thing at a wall when playing in portable mode, forcing them to buy a new Switch console after every few bosses. It’s just the kind of evil genius we should have expected from the company that first leaned to weaponize nostalgia.

Okay, before Nintendo sues me into oblivion, no i don’t really think that’s their plan. But that headline was too good not to use and you know, you just know, that story’s like that will start popping up right after release. But if i’m being completely honest, i’m okay with this but i don’t really see the point as much as i do with other ports the Switch has been getting lately. The games that have done the best are the ones you can play portable, and i don’t think that’s true for Dark Souls. Boss fights can last for a while, and simply getting to them can take just as long. That kind of extended play session runs counter to the reasons portable gaming is a thing. I’ll be the first to say i could be wrong here, hell i’ll even go so far as to say i hope i am. But for right now that thought is hard to get rid of. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in a few months.

Dark Souls Trilogy Box Set Announced. In other news, Heaven is Real

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Something something ports of last gen games are bad something something….look, i’m biased here, ok. Dark Souls in my all time favorite game and this is a simply stunning collection. A Remastered Dark Souls 1, along with the other two games in the franchise, 6 CD set of the soundtrack, plus bookends art work and an item encyclopedia….yeah, i’m into it ok. What i’m not into is the saddening $450 price tag and the fact that this has only been announced in Japan for the moment. So even if i could afford it, there’s no grantee it’ll even be available to me. However, i’d be lying if i said i expect this to stay only in Japan. Dark Souls began life as a niche title for hardcore games who wanted a little more bite in their games, and then became a worldwide sensation. Simply look at how often Dark Souls is used as a point of comparison (for good or ill) and it’s hard not to say it’s the most influential game of the last generation. As such i’m sure From Software is going to ring as much as they can out of the franchise while they can. And so long as they are providing material as extravagant as this, i’m ok with that.

PS+ starts 2018 with a Bang

Sony’s PlayStation + service has offered games ranging from “pretty damn awful” (See my Review of Zombi from a while ago) to “pretty ok actually” (See my review of Furi from a while ago….i need the page views, ok). Personally, while I’ve kept adding the games to my library it has been a while since I’ve bothered to download and play any of them. Well, it seems like that might change next month as the two free games coming January are both pretty big names.

First up is “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided”. While i wasn’t as big on “Human Revolution” as most everyone else was but it wasn’t bad and i was very interested in seeing where the story went. While the game was pledged by controversy before it’s release (Which i wrote about….like i said, i need the page views) the reception upon launch was still rather positive.

The other game is Telltale’s Batman. This one i was a little worried about upon it’s original announcement, becuase i am so tired or “Mature” takes on Batman as they almost always turn him into a Frank Miller style violent sociopath that i find simply tiring. But from what I’ve heard that’s not what this does. I’m still not 100% sure i’m sold on the idea of Telltale doing a more action based franchise, but it is undoubtedly an interesting step for them to take.

All in all, it’s not a bad way to kick off the new year, especially for those who are going to be a little short on cash after the holidays….or just in general….god i hate being poor.

The Council Episode One Trailer and Impressions

Mystery and Detective style games are hard to get right. Give too much information and it’ll feel like the player is being patronized, but throw out too many red herring and the experience simple becomes frustrating. However, it is a challenge i’m glad to see devs taking. I mean, i had my issues with LA Noir, but it was enjoyable enough in my opinion. How will The Council handle this? It’s way too early to tell, and this trailer gave us nothing to really go on. That’s certainly disappointing, but so far the presentation has me interested. The game has a strong visual resemblance to Dishonored and the voice acting is pretty good….although i am kind of worried that we never see anyone talking. We hear plenty of it, but we never see any one talking. That might sound like a dumb complaint, but hear me out: the voice actors might be selling the shit out of their roles, but if the facial animations are crap or not fitting with the delivery, that’s going to make the game as a hole look bad. This is the kind of thing i normally wouldn’t think about unless it was super obvious, but the way they went out of their way to cut the trailer so we don’t see it draws attention to it. That’s not to say this will be an issue, just that it comes to mind.

I’ll be keeping an eye on this, but for right now i’m just hoping for a trailer that has something i can really talk about.

Hellblade dev, Ninja Theory, Turns Its Attention to Real World Metal Illness Tomorrow

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to buy a copy of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, tomorrow you may have one of the best you could ask for. Tomorrow, October 10th, Hellblade Developer Ninja Theory will be donating ALL proceeds made to the UK mental health group Rethink.

In the game (which i have not player, for the sake of disclosure)  the protagonist Senua suffers from psychosis. This has draw both praise and criticism to the game for it’s depiction of mental illness, but overall there seems to be a consensus that Ninja Theory handled the topic with the respect it deserves.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has an 80 or higher on both Metacritic and OpenCritic, and is widely considered to be one of the best games this year (which is saying a lot. 2017 has been a good year for games).

Psychonauts is free on Humble Bundle Right Now

YOU READ THE FUCKING TITLE, GET ON THIS RIGHT FUCKING NOW! Link.

Okay, now that you got it:

Psychonauts is one of those games that never got the love it deserves. It’s impossible to say the game hasn’t aged, but if you can get past a few PS2 era quirks, it still manages to be super entertaining.  I played it for the first time a few years ago, and loved damn near every second of the game. So, once more for those who weren’t paying attention:

GET. THE. FUCK. ON. THIS. DEAL.

Tower 57 Trailer and Impressions

Question: why don’t more video games involve dinosaurs? I mean for real, i was sold on this the second i saw you fight raptors around the 30 second mark. That’s how easy it is to sell a game once you add in dinosaurs, so why don’t more games do it?

Okay, for real though, this looks really good. It reminds me a lot of Enter the Gungeon, and I. Fucking. LOVED.  Enter the Gungeon. So right out of the gate the game has a leg up on it’s competition.  While that may have more to say with how early i play twin stick shooters more than anything, but that’s the comparison i drew, so it’s the one i’m going with.

Anyways, this looks fantastic. The verity of enemy times (FUCKING DINOSAURS), locations and weapons make this look like it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun and i am very much looking forward to giving this one a try.