Ghost of Tsushima: Beyond Sold

It’s fair to say that I’ve been on board with Ghost of Tsushima from day one of its announcement. For me, two things really did it for me.

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The first thing was that it is being done by Sucker Punch, a developer I’ve really come to love from the PS3 and beyond days. The other element was that fact that while Ghost is really unlike anything the studio has done before, the foundations of it are built on the actual historical event when the Mongols invaded Tsushima Island. I’m a sucker for games that let me play around inside of actual historical based events.

At this point, it seems my blind devotion has largely paid off as the recent trailers and announcements have all looked fantastic. However, it was last week’s State of Play presentation that simply sealed the deal.

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The Jekyll and Hyde Nature of Destiny 2: Season of the Worthy

Before we get into today’s topic, I want to give major kudos to Bungie and the work they’ve been doing over the past few weeks to be transparent and open about the current state of the game. Destiny 2 has a lot of issues at the moment and it’s great to know that not only is Bungie aware of it, they’re detailing ways that they plan to fix them.

Having been with the franchise since the Destiny 2 beta days, I’ve seen all of the ups and downs. Believe me, there’s been a lot. However, this current phase feels like the most open and communicative the studio has ever been, which is really nice to see.

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All that said, many of the game’s current issues have been significantly highlighted in its current season. The lackluster Season of the Worthy has been an absolute grind for players and not in a good way. Here’s why.

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Recapping the Xbox Series X Gameplay Event

For all intents and purposes, Microsoft has been on fire with how they’ve approached their next generation plans. The company somehow managed to keep the Xbox Series X reveal a surprise during December’s The Game Awards, confirming the name and look of the console. Earlier in 2020, they were the first to show off their console’s specs, letting numerous places like Digital Foundry get their hands on it as well.

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I believe that much of this hype was also improved by Sony’s seemingly unwillingness to really talk about the PS5 as of yet. So far, we’ve seen the controller reveal and the original GDC talk, which I think missed the mark for most casual or mass market fans. Sure, the hardcore may have enjoyed parts of it, but ultimately, that was a presentation geared specifically towards developers and industry professionals and not for a rabid fanbase desperate for accessible next gen news.

Regardless, the next major step for Microsoft was games and the company was set to check that box off last week during a new event. The hype continued to grow leading up to the event where gameplay was promised. Naturally, fans were excited to finally see what the next gen would look like. As we now know, things went a little bit sideways, much to the surprise of Microsoft.

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The Absolutely Wild Ride of The Last of Us Part II

So far, 2020 has not been very kind to Naughty Dog and its upcoming AAA title, The Last of Us Part II. It’s stunning really.

Before we dive into the past couple of weeks, it’s worth mentioning that the game itself has had a very long and rough development history. Originally announced back in 2016, the game has suffered multiple delays, go dark for long stretches of time, and even saw longtime Naughty Dog developer Bruce Straley leave the company.

Things have not gotten better as Kotaku then pointed a spotlight at Naughty Dog’s crunch culture at the studio and how The Last of Us 2 is coming at a massive cost to employees welfare. A few weeks later, Sony announced the game was getting delayed indefinitely largely due to the current global pandemic and started automatically refunding digital pre-orders.

Naturally, the fanbase was left dazed and confused by the rapidly evolving events. Unfortunately, things were about to get much, much worse.

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Ask Gamer Crash: Spring 2020 Edition

I know I said I wasn’t going to do these long feature style posts anymore, but here we are! Rules be damned! You’ve got burning questions and I have the cooling answers.

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Let’s dive in with an easy one!

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Hey, Hi, Hello? Where’d I Go?

*TAP TAP* Hey, is this thing on?

Before we dive into today’s topic I hope you’re all doing well and that you and yours are safe. This is a wild and unprecedented time we’re living in so I hope you’re all hanging in there. As we’ve been told, we’ll get through this together.

So, the question on most people’s minds is where I disappeared to. Let’s talk.

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The GamerCast: Looking Ahead into 2020

2020 is here and that means we now have a new decade ahead of us. While we got some great content in 2019, I have to believe that 2020 is shaping up to be even better thanks in large part to a new generation of consoles.

As I do every January, it is time to look ahead at what’s coming this year and what I’m excited about. So, it’s time to bust out the GamerCast. Basically, this is my not so subtle version of the “FutureCast” segments that weathermen use to show you what the weather is going to be over the next few days.

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Unlike the 7 day forecast, I’m bringing you a years worth of games and hardware that should be arriving over the next 12 months. Granted, sometimes my picks don’t actually make it to the finish line, but that’s part of the fun with forecasting releases this year in advance.  Of course, if there’s something you’re excited about that I missed, let me know in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for quality games.

So as I like to say, it’s time to dust off that crystal ball and have a sneak peek into the future to see what’s coming out in 2020.

My picks await you after the jump…

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Now Arriving: Games of January 2020

Ready or not, the calendar has now flipped to the year 2020. On paper, the new year certainly looks to be a big one for the gaming industry as not only are some major franchises due to return but a brand new console generation is set to begin. However, that’s a story for another day.

For now we turn our attention to the month of January and what game’s you’ll be able to get your hands on. Unfortunately, this year doesn’t have a Resident Evil title to tide you over, but Capcom is instead finally bringing their smash hit Monster Hunter World expansion Iceborne to PC players.  Speaking of PC, Blizzard is finally releasing Warcraft III: Reforged as well and it looks fantastic.

Outside of that, there really isn’t a big name to kick things off in 2020. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot finally arrives and on paper it looks like it could be a winner, but the track record with this franchise seems to be spotty at best. Journey to the Savage Planet, a new IP from Typhoon Studios could also be a sleeper hit this month as well. The new development studio is made up of industry veterans from places like Ubisoft, EA, and WB Games, so this co-op FPS should be fairly interesting.

I hope you all had a great holiday and get all the games you wanted! Here’s the complete list of January 2020 video game releases. Enjoy!

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The 2019 Gamer Crash Awards

Welcome everyone to the 2019 Gamer Crash Awards and also a Happy New Year’s Eve to you all!

As I hinted at in a previous post, I’m doing things a little differently this year. Instead of devoting an entire month to individual posts, I’m doing an all in one style list. Fear not though, I’m going to have plenty of categories for you to consume before getting to my ultimate winner.

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So I hope you enjoy the end of year awards and make sure to stay tuned for the return of my crystal ball as we take a look at 2020.

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What’s New, Gamer Crash?

Wow, well, hello friends! Been a while hasn’t it? Things have been quite busy on my end and sadly, that means my old blog here doesn’t get the time and attention it deserves, even if I want to.

So I’m taking the time now to give you all an update on what’s been going on, offering a few of my thoughts on some games I’ve been playing, and let you know what’s going on with my annual Gamer Crash Awards, since…you know…they’ve been curiously absent.

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So, let’s jump in with a few very quick impressions on some games I’ve recently been playing. I’d like to do a few longer write ups on a few of them, but we’ll see if time will let me.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays everyone!

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BioShock Finally Returns!

Mr. Bubbles returns!

As many of you know, the BioShock franchise is one of my favorites so to hear that it is officially returning really put a smile on my face. Especially since I was hoping it’d be back in time for the next gen systems. Yes, it’s been rumored for quite a while at this point, but to get the official word from Take Two made it all the better.

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So, while they confirmed the game, they unfortunately didn’t give us much else. The press release mentioned that a brand new studio called Cloud Chamber was formed out in California, along with a sister studio in Montreal. Interestingly enough, the release also mentioned that work had just begun on the fourth entry in the series and wouldn’t be out for a few years.

I call this interesting because a new BioShock has been rumored to be in development for at least a couple years at this point. Surely, they’re a lot further than the publisher was letting on?

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Now Arriving: Games of December 2019

It is time to exhale. The rush of the Fall/Holiday release schedule is now at an end, which means we can finally catch up on our backlogs. Well, that’s the idea anyway. Thankfully, December marks the start of the slower season, though there may be a few titles which catch your eye.

Halo is the big franchise to watch this month and while it may not be the highly anticipated Halo Infinite, these options will be able to hold you over until then. First up is the return of Halo: Reach this time to both PC and Xbox One players. In fact, The Master Chief Collection also debuts for PC players, though the entire library of games will be releasing over the course of 2020.

Darksiders finally returns this month with Joe Madureira back at the helm. Joe Mad’s studio, Airship Syndicate is launching Darksiders: Genesis, a new isometric Diablo-ish style game that also introduces the last Horsemen, Strife. It may be a little different from what fans are used to, but it looks incredibly fun.

Fear not as there are plenty more options coming at you this month. Either way, I hope you eventually catch up on your backlog and play some quality games over the holiday season. Here’s the complete list of December 2019 video game releases. Enjoy!

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Franchises that Deserve Another Chance in Next Gen

We’re now about a year away from when the next generation of consoles graces store shelves. While there’s still a ton we don’t know about Microsoft’s Project Scarlett or the Sony’s PlayStation 5, I figured it’s never too early to start a wishlist.

Recently I had been thinking about a couple of my favorite franchises and how I haven’t heard much about them. While it makes me a little sad to see the state many of them are currently in, what if they’re being readied for the next generation? With that in mind, I put together a list of my most wanted franchises with the NextBox and PS5 hit.

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Also, I’m not going to include any Valve or Konami games in my list because, well, it feels like a fools errand these days. We all know about games like Castlevania or Half-Life, but who knows. And no, I’m not counting that Half-Life VR game they just announced. I mean, it’s not Half-Life 3.

It’s also worth mentioning that this list is going to be entirely subjective. There are just so many franchises that have been seemingly left behind that I can’t cover them all here. Don’t be offended if your favorite legacy title isn’t shown off here. In fact, let us know about it in the comments instead!

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Anthem Next – How BioWare Could Save The Game

I’ll be perfectly honest with you. I was all about Anthem when I first heard about it. On paper, it seemed to check off a ton of boxes for me seeing as how I love action RPG style games. Four different classes, loot and customization, a BioWare style story, and of course, skill trees.

And then the game launched.

I won’t rehash how the game basically fell apart from there, suffice it to say it wasn’t what were were hoping for. It did have bright spots, like being able to fly was a fantastic experience, but the game largely fell on its face.

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Based on what we know now, I guess it should have been expected when you consider how long and how awful development really was. The odds were stacked against it. Plus, most of the leadership team has either been pulled on different projects or left the company outright. Without direction or a public face, Anthem seemed primed to shut down for good.

However, this silence now seems planned as reports indicate that BioWare is quietly overhauling the game behind the scenes. Anthem 2.0 or “Next” was originally reported by Kotaku last week and frankly, I really hope this is the case. According to Jason Schreier, both the Austin and Edmonton offices at BioWare are hard at work transforming and tearing down the current version of Anthem. They’re not abandoning or quitting the game as most fans seem to think.

The major problem is how this new version will be distributed once it’s ready for the public. While a release is likely far off, the studio is still debating the best method of delivery, whether that’s through a series of individual updates, one massive patch, or something else entirely. One thing seems to be sure, there won’t be a charge for players who already purchased the game.

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Let’s be honest, there are plenty of examples of games getting overhauled and coming back stronger than ever so it’s not entirely unheard of. Frankly, I hope this is the direction they’re going in because Anthem has so much untapped potential. The unfortunate part of this is that much of the existing game first needs to be torn down in order to get to it.

No Man’s Sky and even Final Fantasy XIV are the most recent examples of basically resurrecting a game that many considered dead on arrival. It’s hard work, but it is completely possible. Many this is what Anthem needs to really reach the heights we were all expecting back when it launched in February. We shall see.

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Now Arriving: Games of November 2019

I know I’m a little late on this one but it’s better late than never! We’re in the home stretch of the holiday season as November really presents the last major release hurdle. Sure, December has a couple games, but once we make it through this month, the wallet destruction is at an end.

Okay, let’s be honest here. In terms of franchises, it doesn’t get much bigger than Pokemon. The Nintendo Switch is finally getting a game in the core series of games with Pokemon Sword/Shield, taking players to a location that seems to be inspired by Great Britain. In addition to staples like Meowth and Pikachu, players will also be able to pick up a pretty rainbow pony, a welsh corgi, and plenty more new Pokemon.

Not into catching pocket monsters? Not a problem, the gaming industry has you covered! Rockstar is going big for PC users by launching Red Dead Redemption 2 with plenty of PC specific features. Need for Speed: Heat brings players back to the streets with high octane racing and Respawn Entertainment is trying to hit gold once again in 2019 with the single player focused game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

As you can see, there’s a ton of good stuff coming this month. As always, check out the complete list of November 2019 video game releases. Enjoy!

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