Is The Return of Red Faction Upon Us?

Though I missed out on the first two games in the franchise, I got to see what the fuss was all about starting with Red Faction Guerrilla. An open world game with extreme levels of destructibility, I was solid almost instantly. Being able to rip down buildings with a vast array of weapons (including the satisfying crack of a sledgehammer!) was unlike anything I had experienced previously. Not only did it make each mission unique in that the player had numerous ways to complete an objective, it was just plain fun going around to cause a little chaos.

I had always hoped that the series would return, especially to redeem itself after Red Faction Armageddon largely failed to live up to its predecessor. It seems like it wasn’t meant to be, however. Voliton sadly lost the Red Faction IP when THQ went under and was sold off piecemeal during a bankruptcy auction.

But fate has intervened.

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Sunday Video Round Up: Feb 11 – 17

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! It’s time once again for the Video Round Up, showcasing the best trailers and gameplay from the past week. So, let’s stop wasting time and dive right in. Here’s a few of the trailers waiting for you below the break.

It’s a big weekend for Ubisoft as the Six Invitational is currently taking place, placing another massive spotlight on the constantly evolving shooter Rainbow Six Siege. Part of the fun from this event is introducing the first expansion for year three including the two new operators joining the roster. Operation Chimera looks to change up what players are used to seeing.

Iron Galaxy is certainly know for their fighting game prowess, but the studio is taking that combat experiencing and infusing it with a very interesting action game called Extinction. How does intense, fast paced swordplay mixed with massive orc monsters, and polished off with RPG elements sound to you? Check the feature video below to learn more.

I’ve also got new videos for Soul Calibur VI, Secret of Mana, Street Fighter V DLC, and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Diary of a Monster Hunter Part 2: Making A Name For Myself

The following is another excerpt from the travelling diary of Cortez, a new hunter from the Fifth Fleet to land in the New World and help establish the city of Astera.

After part 1’s big victory, we catch up with the Hunter trying to make a name for himself with Astera leadership. Can he pull it off or will he be eaten by the large monstrosities waiting for him in the wilds?

Day 12: Getting My Hunt On!

Whew! Sorry I haven’t checked in with you in a while, Diary! Thar be Monsters to hunt! Let’s see, where to begin?

I’ve come across a variety of beasts over the past few days, ranging from a dodo like bird creature called a Kulu-Ya-Ku to that Chameleon looking Pukei-Pukei I mentioned in my last entry. Neither proved to be super challenging, but like all the fights I’ve seen so far, each felt unique and really satisfying. Okay, maybe not so much for the monster, but I’m still really enjoying myself!

Each kill presents me with new resources for crafting as well. I’ve been able to make all sorts of interesting gear, many which feature different stats and resistances. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned since landing in Astera, it’s to be prepared! Those enthusiastic smithy workers continue to be eager to create something new and thankfully for them, I’m in constant need of gear. Each monster brings something new to the table like strengths and weaknesses, so making sure I’m prepared to deal with those variables is paramount. Diary, this was a lesson I learned the hard way.

monster hunter world barroth

This was particularly true in my battle against a hulking brute known as a Barroth. My adventures took me to a new area called Wildspire Wastes, an interesting zone that combined a rocky desert with a lush, watery landscape. I found the Barroth on the desert side and began to attack it using the skills I had learned. Unfortunately, I wasn’t prepared. The Barroth overwhelmed me with its heavy hits and I’m not ashamed to admit that I fainted. Hey, it was hot out there in the desert.

Not wanting to give up, I headed back to Astera and to the smithy. As I’ve done with each new encounter, I was able to pick up on some interesting facts in my fight with the beast and found it was weaker to heavy weapons like the great hammer and was strong against thunder and weak against water. With that knowledge, I crafted new armor to resist its strengths and forged a great hammer to go along with my new gear.

That did the trick, diary! After a long fight, I finally achieved success and boy was it satisfying. See diary? It’s all about adapting to the mission and not being stuck on a particular gear set. Upon returning to the city, my partner informed me that a research team was in serious trouble and had gone missing somewhere in the Wastes.

No time to waste, diary! I’m off to find out what happened. Wish me luck! Will write soon.

Day 14: What Lurks Below

Diary, it was a fairly exciting day! My handler and I headed back out to the Wildspire Wastes and quickly picked up a strange trail. Naturally, I followed it and led me into the lush, aquatic area of the Wildspire Wastes. The scout flies were acting strange, leading me to the corpse of a recently killed Barroth. Thankfully, the lost scholar was there as well, though he was clearly terrified of a monster that had come through there. As I was leading him back to safety, we were suddenly attacked by a lurking monster which looked like a cross between an eel and a fish. Not good.

I wasn’t super optimistic about this fight. The Jyuratodus was a water creature, weak to electric based attacks. All things I didn’t have at the moment. I panicked a little during the start of the fight. I knew I needed help so I shot an SOS Flare that I had on me and held out hope that other hunters would join my cause. Thankfully, my prayer was answered.

Monster Hunter World Jyuratodus

A new hunter found his way to where I was, clearly, a higher ranked hunter than myself. He was sporting some really fantastic looking gear and a new weapon I hadn’t seen before called the hunting horn. Not only was it a big hammer, but he could play music on it offering buffs to the party. You know diary, as much as I love my hammer, I may need to investigate this new weapon back at Astera.

Back to the fight, the Jyuratodus enjoyed staying in the water, diving down and then leaping out of it in the hopes to crush us. This was certainly a different style of fight, one that was tougher due to my lack of decent water resistant gear. Thankfully with the help of my ally, we were able to fell the beast and carve it up for new gear. Should certainly come in handy when creating water-based items.

A hunter’s work is never done though because upon my return, I started hearing things about a lightning based flying beast that needed my attention. In addition to that, remember the T-Rex looking creature I mentioned in my previous update, diary? Well, that Anjanath is also becoming a bigger threat to the security of the city. Sooner or later, I’m going to have to face off with it. I hope I’m ready…

Back later. Will write soon.

Day 15: Poogie Problems

I’m kinda miffed that the town Poogie doesn’t seem to like me. Rammed right into me, then ran off after I was just trying to pet it. Diary, I’m making it my personal mission to bond with that thing…

Still frustrated. Will write soon…

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Ask Gamer Crash: What’s Up With YouTube?

Well, that’s a pretty loaded question these days, isn’t it?

While I can’t speak for the current adpocalypse that’s currently ravaging a lot of creators at the moment, the question in the title actually pertains to my personal channel.

For those who may not be aware, I do, in fact, have a personal YouTube channel devoted to video games. The link can be found in the website header above (or here if you want). Surprisingly, I’ve actually been asked about the status of my channel a lot lately, so I figured I’d just address it here for all of you to see collectively.

Before we get into the current state of things, I find it kind of funny to think back to when I first started the channel. I legitimately had no idea what I was doing or even how to edit/capture video footage. I picked up some starter gear and hit the ground running. The lack of experience didn’t matter to me though because I was passionate about doing it and felt inspired by what I had seen from other creators on the site.

I haven’t gone back to watch some of my early work and initial uploads, but I could probably tell you that they’re likely not the prettiest. Still, I continued to learn and get better, a fact that I believe can be seen when you view my body of work, especially the later content like the DriveClub or Horizon: Zero Dawn montages.

Initially, I loved the idea that I could earn money from doing this, but experience later showed me that wasn’t going to be the case. Still, it didn’t deter me from producing content as I developed a real love for it. Interestingly enough, it also helped me land an actual job where video production is a major part of my day to day.

That’s where things get a bit tricky. While I still love producing videos and editing them, I just don’t have nearly enough time as I used to. That’s a big reason why the content has essentially slowed to a crawl. In fact, it’s been about a year since anything new has gone up there. Coming up with ideas and executing on them on any sort of regularity is difficult. It’s hard enough keeping this blog updated each week, so adding in videos for fun is nearly impossible.

On top of that, the adpocalypse that I alluded to earlier, hasn’t helped things. For those who don’t know, YouTube sent an email out a few weeks back, basically stating that the company was ending partnership support for all small channels. While I wasn’t making money from my channel anyway, the email left me feeling abandoned in a way, almost like I didn’t matter because I wasn’t pulling in big numbers. While that’s likely true from their standpoint, it kinda killed any sort of motivation and enthusiasm I had been cultivating to that point.

Now, this post has gone on for way longer than I thought, but it’s kinda nice to just put all this out there. If you’re still reading this, thanks for taking the time. Ultimately, I’m not saying my YouTube channel is over and done. I would like to get back to it, I just don’t have a hard date. You can be sure though when that day comes, you’ll all be the first to know.

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Sunday Video Round Up: Feb 4 – 10

Sunday has once again rolled around and that means a new edition of the Round Up has also arrived! There’s lots of good stuff to get to this week, so crank the volume, kick up your feet and press play. Here’s a small sample of what’s waiting for you below the jump.

After surprising the crowd at an Injustice 2 fighting tournament last November, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are finally getting their moment to shine in the latest trailer. Comes see how these four brothers actually work in this comic book fighter before they arrive next week for Ultimate Edition owners and the following week for everyone else. Cowabunga!

It’s a Ubisoft heavy week here on the Round Up as most of their current and upcoming games got a trailer this week. Steep: Road to the Olympics, Far Cry 5, For Honor Season 5, and the upcoming Outbreak content for Rainbow Six Siege all have representation.

I’ve also got new videos for Rainbow Six Siege: Outbreak, Overwatch: Year of the Dog, Shadow of the Colossus, and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Diary of a Monster Hunter: Setting Off To A New World

The following is an excerpt from the travelling diary of Cortez, a new hunter from the Fifth Fleet to land in the New World and help establish the city of Astera.

Will he survive his first jump into this brand new world full of massive beasts? Stay tuned to find out as we check in with him over the course of the next few weeks.

Day 1: Landfall

I’ll be honest, I’ve never experienced anything quite like that. One minute we’re all laughing and celebrating on our excursion to this new land. I’ll be honest, I had been feeling a little overwhelmed at first, this being my first time out in the field and never having taken part on a previous journey before.

Things went from jovial to bad real quick as the airship was basically taken down by a massive creature. Thankfully, my newly assigned handler and I were able to make it out alive. Not without some bumps and bruises, of course. One minute we’re climbing the back of this massive creature and the next we’re flung off and landing in a dense jungle.

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Thankfully, my partner had a map of where the ship was originally headed, so we headed off in that direction. (Seriously though, doesn’t she have a name? I mean, we’re supposed to be partners Diary, you’d think that’d be an important step, right?) Things were going smooth enough until we were come upon by this lizard looking creatures, I later found out were called Jagras. Thankfully, my hunting skills came in handy as I easily dispatched them. Unfortunately, that clearly triggered their mother, a massive Great Jagras, who proceeded to chase after us as well.

Diary, I won’t lie, I thought we were goners. Things were looking a bit grim, but we were saved by another hunter, the son of the Chief Hunter. We were thrilled he found us but as we were heading back to Astera, a massive T-Rex looking, creature, ambushed us. Thankfully, its attention turned to the Great Jagras, distracting it long enough for us to reach the city safely.

I’m beat. Time for a rest. Will write soon.

Day 4: Gearing Up and Starting the Adventure

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days since we arrived at Astera. Thankfully I managed to find my lost Palico cat, Maahes, when I arrived as well! (I found that name to be fairly ironic and somewhat funny considering it’s based on the old fearsome Egyptian lion-headed god of war and he’s a tiny but helpful cat) I think I literally slept for an entire day. There’s a lot to see and do here in Asrera, plus plenty of kind folks to get to know. The smithy and his crew at the workshop as well as the cute Palico cooks are not only friendly, but it’s clear that they love their jobs. Seriously, no matter how many things I order, they have boundless enthusiasm. That’s good because I’ll be speaking to them often, no doubt.

Monster Hunter: World Anjanath

I also met with the Chief Hunter, got a tour of the city and even picked out my first weapon. About time! I decided to go with the Insect Glaive. It’s certainly not conventional. It’s essentially a massive bladed staff, that is in sync with a bug called a Kinsect. I can fire out the bug to either attack or harvest an extract which provides me with buffs during combat. It’s a lot of fun, but can be pretty technical to use. Not only is it a fairly agile weapon, but I have access to these bugs called Kinsects which can provide buffs if applied correctly. I’m pretty bad about managing them, but I’m learning!

Let’s be honest here though, I mainly picked this weapon for the sweet, sweet aerial moves I can now pull off. Being able to jump on and ride monsters is always thrilling.

With all that business out of the way, I was sent on my first assignment to cull the growing numbers of jagras in the forests outside Astera. These little guys weren’t much of a threat. Same goes for the Kestodon herds as well. Things got a little more interesting when a Great Jagras showed up, however.

Armed with new gear, I got to work on my new target. The fight was long, and I was forced to chase him down on more than one occasion. The thing even ate a nearby kestodon, which gave him a massive belly. Overall, I didn’t find the beast overly challenging, though it was a lot of fun. Let’s be honest here Diary, I’m sure there are bigger creatures out there, but taking on what is basically a massive iguana was still pretty epic. Plus, I was able to harvest materials from it to craft this great looking set of bone armor. Diary, I think I’m getting a little addicted to this crafting process.

Apparently, there’s something called a Pukei-Pukei causing trouble. Will have to investigate that shortly…

Well, that’s all for now. Will write soon.

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Saturday Video Round Up: Jan 28 – Feb 3

Just like that, it’s time once again for a brand new edition of the Sunday Video Round Up! We’ve got another fantastic line up of trailers and videos from the past week, ready for your eyes. So kick back, relax, and press play. Here’s a small sample of what’s waiting for you below the jump.

It’s a Far Cry kinda week! For those of you excited to explore the wilds of Montana, Ubisoft released a story trailer to show you what kind of enemies you’ll be facing off within Far Cry 5. In a surprise move, the company also revealed the existence of Far Cry 3 Classic Edition. Curious to know more? Check out the trailer below.

The PlayStation 4 remake of Shadow of the Colossus finally hits the console this week and Sony is showing the game some love with two new trailers. The first is a story based trailer, giving players a good look at many of the towering beasts they’ll come across. If you want to see how Bluepoint was able to basically recreate these epic boss battles from the ground up, there’s also a pretty cool behind the scenes video as well.

I’ve also got new videos for Rainbow Six Siege: Outbreak, God of War, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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