ARMS is copying Splatoon’s testfire demo and free DLC approach, and that’s a good thing

I previously said ARMS would be Nintendo’s next Splatoon-like success, and Nintendo has backed my claims with the recent ARMS Nintendo Direct: The ARMS Global Testpunch is copying the Splatoon Global Testfire, but improving on the concept by adding more dates where players can test the game out. On top of that, ARMS will receive free DLC after launch, including new fighters, stages, and weapons. Continue reading ARMS is copying Splatoon’s testfire demo and free DLC approach, and that’s a good thing

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Star Ocean: Till the End of Time PS2 on PS4 port gets Western release date

After previous signs that an announcement was coming, today we received confirmation that the West will be getting the PS2 to PS4 release of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. The game will have its resolution upgraded, as well as trophies added, Remote Play, and PS4 Share supported. It’s also good to note that the version being ported is the Director’s Cut, which brought new gameplay modes and characters when it first debuted. Continue reading Star Ocean: Till the End of Time PS2 on PS4 port gets Western release date

Why fans are justified in picking a team when it comes to video games

I’ve previously compared gamers that choose a favorite video game platform, developer, or franchise to sports fans that pick a team and become psychologically invested in that team’s victories. After mulling it over a bit more, I have to say that it was a poor comparison: Gamers are far more justified in “picking a team” than sports fans are, because they receive a benefit more tangible than the sense of pride that comes from people they admire being really good at handling balls. Continue reading Why fans are justified in picking a team when it comes to video games

Sonic Forces custom characters unleash the force of fandom

Oh no…No! It was said Sega would thin the horde of Sonic side characters, not create them! Yet here we are, Sonic Forces allows players to create their own custom characters. I fear Sega does not understand the “Sonic Forces” it has now tapped into. Continue reading Sonic Forces custom characters unleash the force of fandom

ARMS focused Nintendo Direct coming May 17

With less than a month until release, an ARMS Nintendo Direct has been announced for tomorrow. While there’s no word on how long it will last at the time of this writing, Nintendo has promised a “deep dive” into ARMS. Hopefully that means more new characters and talk about potential single-player content. This should be the last major information dump before the E3 2017 Nintendo Direct and ARMS Invitational Tournament. Continue reading ARMS focused Nintendo Direct coming May 17

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is set to bring the franchise into the limelight on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has made a lot of very poor decisions with the Xenoblade franchise, but they may just get it right with Xenoblade Chronicles 2. For starters, it’s the first entry of the franchise to be on a fresh new platform, the Nintendo Switch, instead of being part of a system’s death rattle. Nintendo has also been very insistent that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be a 2017 release, calling more attention to the franchise than ever before. Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is set to bring the franchise into the limelight on Nintendo Switch

Dark Souls taught me to enjoy piecing stories together

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Final Fantasy XV featured some of the best stories in video games, and I thoroughly enjoyed them. However, when I speak of how great their stories are to others, they act as if these games had some of the worst stories in their respective franchises. This phenomenon had me stumped until recently, when I realized why I found the stories of games like these to be so appealing: Dark Souls had conditioned me to piece stories together in order to see the grand picture. Continue reading Dark Souls taught me to enjoy piecing stories together

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