Smashed Rook Live | SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell

Come join me for the open­ing lev­els of this fast, fran­tic, funny and speed run­ning game where you need to find por­tals and beers. I’m lov­ing the rock­ing sound­track and very ran­dom humor so far! Check it out and let me know what you think!

ESH | ‘Shadows of Kurgansk’ Mixes Sanity with Survival

Sur­vival games are amongst the most dense gam­ing expe­ri­ences that are out there right now. Com­monly just plop­ping you into the world and let­ting you fig­ure things out all by your lone­some, it can be dif­fi­cult to really get into one of these games. It is because of this fact, that I haven’t man­aged to truly get into any sur­vival games as of yet. Shad­ows of Kur­gansk, cur­rently in early access on Steam, fea­tures a story mode which may just be what I need to get my foot in the door of this genre that has eluded me thus far.

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ESH | ‘Odin Sphere’ Returns from Valhalla

Port­ing clas­sic games has become some­thing of an epi­demic dur­ing this con­sole gen­er­a­tion. What’s worse is that, more often than not, these ports act as a reminder of just how far graph­ics in video games have come across the years. Rare excep­tions to this rule do occur and when treated with the proper care, some games shine on the newer plat­forms. If I hadn’t played it back on PS2, and you told me that Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir was a brand new game I would likely believe you. The upgrades they’ve made to this clas­sic action RPG were smart and the gor­geous graph­ics, a trade­mark of Vanillaware, looks as good today as they did back in 2007.

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ESH | ‘Heart&Slash’ is Retro-Inspired Goodness

Start­ing from the begin­ning in any rogue­like game can make it hard to feel like any real progress is being made. Most of these end up fill­ing that gap by either hav­ing a set of per­ma­nent unlock­ables or rely­ing on the player to get bet­ter at the game. What sur­prised me about Heart&Slash was that they actu­ally snuck a per­sis­tent story in there as well. Tight and fast-paced com­bat, an excel­lent score and pleas­ing visu­als lead this game to being a sur­pris­ingly good rogue­like brawl­ing experience.

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ESH | Reliefband Eliminates Gaming Nausea

Motion sick­ness is one of the few things that still wor­ries me about VR tak­ing off in a big way. Every per­son is dif­fer­ent, and while I don’t get par­tic­u­larly motion sick, there are plenty of peo­ple close to me that do. As I was prepar­ing to head out to E3 2016, an email popped into my inbox about a prod­uct that claimed to offer relief from motion sick­ness for gamers, specif­i­cally cit­ing VR. Relief­band already has a his­tory with pre­vent­ing nau­sea and may just be the per­fect tool to strap on your wrist when vis­it­ing your vir­tual world of choice.

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Bonus Scare | Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour

Update: I have now embed­ded the archive of this video below. Enjoy!

It’s not always easy to get in to see a game at E3. This year I lit­er­ally had to make the choice between my two favorite fran­chises. Since The Leg­end of Zelda has the slight edge, I decided to not go bananas over get­ting in to see Res­i­dent Evil 7. Thank­fully, Cap­com has released a demo for the upcom­ing title and I have fever­ishly avoided all cov­er­age of it so I can play it live today! So, join me for a playable teaser for the next Res­i­dent Evil game at 5pm EST! Feel free to com­ment on this post directly or head off to my Twitch Page to chat with me as I play!

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