I played a lot in 2016. Even a handful of games I'd played through before. Here are the favorite games I replayed in 2016.Read More
This post is a bit of a follow-up to the one I wrote last week about notable Christmas Gaming Memories. Because Catherine and I spent Christmas in Seattle with her family, we actually had several mini-Christmas celebrations, finishing today.
- December 22 - The night before Cat and I flew out to Seattle, we exchanged gifts with one another. There was no point in taking them to and from Seattle with us and we didn't want to wait until we got home.
- December 25 - Christmas with Catherine's family in Seattle. Meanwhile, my family celebrated in Phoenix opening all of their presents sans the ones from Catherine and myself.
- December 27 - My mother surprised Catherine and I by putting some of our presents from my family under our tree while we were in Seattle so we had a mini-celebration upon returning home from our trip.
- January 1 - Due to various work schedules and New Year's Eve plans, we weren't able to have the celebration with my full family until today. We all met at my parents house and Cat and I gave out and received our gifts with my family.
In addition to the awesome Xbox press bag that Catherine's brother Keith got me last week, my family delivered on some high quality gaming loot this year as well! Pictures are below! I hope everyone had a great holiday! Have a great 2016!Read More
I didn't have a formal write-up of my most anticipated games but I did have a (now-hidden) video on my most anticipated games of 2015. So I'm going to two-for-one post today: how did my Most Anticipated Games of 2015 stack up to reality and what are my Most Anticipated Games of 2016.Read More
I started my top 10 list of 2015 yesterday with games #10 through #6. Before I continue with my top five tomorrow, I wanted to go through my five worst games of 2015. This was actually a somewhat harder list to fully populate this year because I did a pretty good job of weeding out games that I knew I wouldn't like (I'm looking at you Assassin's Creed Syndicate). For reference, my 2014 list featured a double dose of Final Fantasy, the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros., Destiny's first expansion pack The Dark Below, Watch_Dogs, and Assassin's Creed Unity. Based on those games, I avoided purchasing a third copy of the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PlayStation 4, avoided most of the 3DS library, skipped Destiny: The Taken King, and avoided everything from Ubisoft this year. Let see what lessons I learn for 2016.Read More
In the lead up to Fallout 4's release, I replayed through Fallout 3 and quickly remembered why, bugs and significant PlayStation 3 performance issues aside, it is one of my favorite games of the modern era. As the hype surrounding Bethesda's latest entry reached a fever-pitch, I was admittedly swept up in the excitement, wondering what parallels could be drawn from their other insanely popular open-world series: The Elder Scrolls. How would Fallout 4 be the Skyrim to Fallout 3's Oblivion?
After more than a month with the game, I finally wrapped up (one version of) the main storyline tonight and finally feel like I'm ready to present my verdict on the game.
The "Welcome Home" marketing campaign of the game felt incredibly apt. From the games opening moments, it felt like returning to the world Bethesda developed in Fallout 3. As a fan of the series from it's isometric PC roots, Fallout 3 took the Grand Theft Auto approach and completely re-assessed the series for a new generation, while keeping recognizable elements from it's history. Fallout 4 continued that trend building upon the lore of the franchise, including some elements that were introduced in the last entry. From the Fallout 3 side quest "The Replicated Man," fans of the series were already privy to some of the goings on in the Boston Commonwealth and it was fun to explore that new thread of Fallout's alternate future.Read More
I've completely lost track of how many days I've spent scouring the Commonwealth at this point. But with the year winding down, I'm aiming to get through the rest of the main story of Fallout 4 so I can visit a few more games before I start putting together my Game of the Year lists. As a result, I'll likely be retiring this series for the time being. But first, I'll recap some of the highlights since I last wrote...Read More
As a nerdy, analytical video games enthusiast, some of my (weirdly) favorite days every month are the days when PlayStation reveals their monthly charts of which games sold best on the PlayStation Network and when the NPD Group releases the monthly list of top-selling physical copies of games. Admittedly, the NPD Group numbers seem to be slightly less relevant every month as they don't count hardware bundles or, more notably, the ever-growing number of digital sales. Still, these two reports tend to be our best tools for analyzing sales in the industry. So imagine my surprise when the PlayStation blog and NPD figures were revealed on the same day.Read More
Short post today. I spent the little bit of time played yesterday fast-traveling back and forth with Nick between Sanctuary Hills and The Castle, moving all of my gear from the former to the latter. Then I realized the game clock was nearing Christmas so I thought I'd enjoy the game's Christmas Easter Egg.Read More