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The main difference between Western and Japanese games

Some of the views I hold make me seem biased against Western games, but that’s simply not the case. I just happen to value gameplay more than any other aspect of video games, which is coincidentally, the area where the majority of Western AAA games are weakest. After thinking about this for a while, I’ve decided to illustrate the main difference in gameplay between Western and Japanese games. Continue reading The main difference between Western and Japanese games

ARMS will be Nintendo’s next Splatoon-like success

With fantastic character designs and an atypical take on shooters, Splatoon set the Japanese market ablaze and sold almost 5M copies around the world. That may not sound like much compared to Call of Duty’s almost guaranteed 15M for every release, but Splatoon was a brand new, kid friendly shooter IP, exclusive to the dying Wii U. People originally thought it was going to flop harder than Wonderful 101, so 4.8M (at least ) is a huge accomplishment.

Now there’s ARMS, a fighting game that follows in the footsteps of Splatoon, bringing us stylish new characters and a fresh take on the fighting game genre. Continue reading ARMS will be Nintendo’s next Splatoon-like success

Using the perfect 10 in video game reviews

An interesting phenomenon occurs when a game, or any form of media really, is awarded a 10/10 score. There’s always a contingent of people that go beyond typical dissenters, haters if you would, ready to spitefully bash any game awarded said 10/10, possibly because they see it as an act of rebellion that will make them cooler in the eyes of their peers, or for some other deeply rooted psychological reason. They’re not the weird ones though, they’re just jerks The weird ones are the people that try to nonchalantly dismiss every 10/10 score because “it’s impossible to have a perfect game.” Continue reading Using the perfect 10 in video game reviews

The Nintendo Switch’s secret weapon

As I see and hear about people using the Nintendo Switch and falling in love with its charms, I can’t help but wonder how far the Nintendo Switch will go, and it seems others can’t either: Sales comparison threads have appeared in just about every major gaming forum, and the topic is hot on social media. Will the Switch outsell the PS4? Will the Switch outsell the Wii? Could Switch possibly even outsell the PS2?

I always tell these people to calm down, Nintendo Switch has only been out for two months, and the latter two sales points are obscenely high goals to reach, but it never seems to work. Continue reading The Nintendo Switch’s secret weapon

Top 5 characters and stages that need to be Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe released recently, and all signs point to it being another huge win for the Nintendo Switch: It’s the fastest selling Mario Kart in North American history. The franchise has always been an evergreen product for Nintendo, one of those releases that will sell throughout the life of a system, which is why they’ve always stuck to one release per console. This has to make one wonder: What will happen in regards to a new entry on the Nintendo Switch now that it has Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

Personally, I feel Mario Kart 8 Deluxe should continue on as a service instead of moving on to a new entry for no real gain. Continue reading Top 5 characters and stages that need to be Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC

Why the Switch is now Sony’s biggest competitor

For the time being, Nintendo has taken the gaming world by storm with the Nintendo Switch. I would go so far as to say the Switch is now the PS4 line’s biggest console competitor. Sure there’s the Scorpio, but there’s nothing indicating that the Scorpio will turn the tide in Microsoft’s favor, as there are no games that will be designed around the Scorpio’s extra power. The Switch is the sexy new console in town, and it has several factors playing to its favor. Continue reading Why the Switch is now Sony’s biggest competitor

Top 5 police officers in video games, inspired by D.Va

In light of tumblr’s hilariously stupid backlash to D.Va’s new police skin, now would be a perfect time to look at five of the best police officers in video games. There’s certainly no shortage of cops in gaming, on both sides of the morality spectrum, so we’re narrowing the scope a bit:

  • One character per franchise.
  • Must fall on the good side of the moral spectrum. (No Tenpenny)
  • Character must have been in a game that came to the West. (No Policenauts)

With those caveats in mind, here are our top 5 police officers in video games: Continue reading Top 5 police officers in video games, inspired by D.Va

Top 5 Wii U games that need Switch ports

The Wii U was a clumsy machine with a poorly realized concept and sparse library. Nintendo’s ill conceived console only sold about 13 million units before it was put down to clear the way for the sleeker, sexier, and better selling Switch. While the library was small, the quality was top tier, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has shown Nintendo is not content with letting some of this generation’s best games fade to obscurity.

With that in mind, here are five great Wii U games that need Switch ports: Continue reading Top 5 Wii U games that need Switch ports

Do consoles really need more power?

I’m about to voice a mildly controversial opinion: Stronger iterations of modern consoles are virtually pointless, because the art of game design, particularly in terms of gameplay, has lagged far behind the technology aspect of video games. While consoles continue to inflate their TFLOPs, GDDR5 and all the other acronyms fans will throw around without knowing what they even mean, most major developers have fallen into a rut where the only tangible use for that extra power is prettier grass, shinier particle effects, and bigger crowds. Outside of cosmetic effects, how many modern games justify the power of the basic PS4 or XB1? Continue reading Do consoles really need more power?

Gravity Rush 2: A forgotten gem, and what it could learn from Nier: Automata

The first four months of 2017 have been one continuous beating to gamers’ wallets. Resident Evil 7, Yakuza 0, Nioh, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nier: Automata, Persona 5, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are roughly half a grand worth of video games I’d consider must play titles. While this has been the start of gaming’s new 1998, widely regarded as the best year in gaming history, it’s easy for deserving games to fall between the cracks.

That’s exactly the case for Gravity Rush 2. Continue reading Gravity Rush 2: A forgotten gem, and what it could learn from Nier: Automata