ESH | It’s Adventure Game Time

True to the hyper­ac­tive nature of the the show itself, every time a new Adven­ture Time game arises, it’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the last. From launch­ing Finn through to air to pay­ing homage to The Leg­end of Zelda: A Link to the Past, they’ve cov­ered a lot of ground through the years. One sur­pris­ing genre they haven’t yet cov­ered, since it’s lit­er­ally in the title of the show, is adven­ture games. Vicious Cycle Soft­ware looks to solve this prob­lem with Adven­ture Time: Finn & Jake Inves­ti­ga­tions later this year.

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ESH | Halo’s Warzone Welcoming to New Players

I never found my way to get­ting into the Halo series over the years. Whether through the fact that I adopted the Xbox 360 fairly late or was too busy play­ing Super Smash Bros. Melee, I just don’t have a link to the ear­lier parts of the series. Sure, I’ve absorbed quite a bit of what the games are through osmo­sis, being so plugged into the indus­try, but I could count on one hand the num­ber of times I’ve sat down to play any of them. Thus, when I was invited to play the game at E3 this year by Microsoft, I thought it would be a great way to come at Halo 5: Guardians from a com­pletely fresh per­spec­tive, free of expec­ta­tions from what came before it. What I ended up with both sur­prised me and didn’t with my impres­sions of the mul­ti­player mode Warzone.

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ESH | The Banner Saga 2 Marches Onward

Break­ing onto the scene in early 2014, The Ban­ner Saga imme­di­ately turned heads with a unique blend of beau­ti­ful art and strate­gic com­bat. The game was also filled with tough deci­sions that often had some heart-breaking con­se­quences. The Ban­ner Saga 2 looks to travel a sim­i­lar path as its pre­de­ces­sor, with some upgrades that will make the game an even more cin­e­matic and engross­ing experience.

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E3 2015 | Show Floor Glimpse

The E3 show floor is a pretty crazy sight to behold and one of the worst places on planet Earth to have a hang­over. For just a brief time, I shot a lit­tle bit of video walk­ing around the show floor to give you an idea. Enjoy and try to imag­ine you’re there and play­ing all those unre­leased games! The thumbs up at the end is for Until Dawn, by the way, because it’s awesome.

ESH | Skyshine’s Bedlam Combines Post-Apolcalypse and Rogue-like

With the recent film, Mad Max: Fury Road, being such a hit, the car-filled desert apoc­a­lypse has been very much in vogue of late. The Rogue-like genre has also seen quite a bit of a boom recently. If both of these things appeal to you, then Sun­shine Games has some very good news for you in the form of their new game: Skyshine’s Bed­lam.

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E3 2015 | Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer

You read that title cor­rectly. I played Halo 5: Guardians this year at E3! What’s bet­ter is that they pro­vided cap­ture equip­ment so I could pre­serve the whole thing and share it with all of you. I’m pretty new to the series, so I do a lot of just play­ing around with all the stuff you can do. Enjoy and sub­scribe to my YouTube chan­nel for more video fun!

ESH | Sierra’s Return of the King

Sierra has been one of the biggest forces in adven­ture games through­out the years. The very first adven­ture game I can recall play­ing was King’s Quest V. After some time of rel­a­tive inac­tiv­ity, late last year Activi­sion announced that Sierra was back and that their first game was going to be a reimag­in­ing of King’s Quest. After see­ing quite a bit of the game and get­ting my hands on it at the show, I feel con­fi­dent it will live up to the name and offer a great expe­ri­ence for both new­com­ers and long­time fans.

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ESH | Comcept Has One Mighty Fine Game

Nos­tal­gia can be a pow­er­ful ally in mak­ing a game. The first game that ever belonged to me specif­i­cally was Mega Man 3 for the NES. As such, you can imag­ine that the series holds a very dear place in my heart. Mighty No. 9 is not Mega Man, but it feels like an evo­lu­tion of the con­cepts that the series brought to the table and does a phe­nom­e­nal job of scratch­ing the itch left by the absence of the series.

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ESH | Until Dawn Brings the Branching Horror

When Until Dawn debuted sev­eral years ago at E3, it was billed as a PS-Move con­trolled hor­ror game set in a snowy cabin. With­out many more details, it was hard to get very excited about the game. Since then, it has been moved to the PS4 and the motion con­trols have been down­played. This year, I man­aged to get my hands on the game and as both a hor­ror and Heavy Rain fan, I feel like this game has been tai­lor made for me to love.

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