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Join me for some camper-murdering action at 8pm 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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GOTY 2016 | Number 8 — Overwatch

An out­side observer might have expected Over­watch to be sig­nif­i­cantly higher on my game of the year list. The actual truth is that this game exist­ing on my list at all is a tes­ta­ment to how well it does its job. I can count on one hand the num­ber of multiplayer-focused games I’ve got­ten into over the years. Bliz­zard takes any con­cept they work on and pol­ish it to a high sheen and Over­watch is no excep­tion. Not only are the char­ac­ters tons of fun to see and play with, but the whole game feels a lot more friendly and inclu­sive than oth­ers of its kind. It’s easy to get into, dif­fi­cult to mas­ter and cel­e­brates all of the play­ers with­out putting any­one down in the process.

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Ramblings | Offline Mode as a Feature

Our world is grow­ing more and more con­nected every day. It’s gone from rude to almost assumed that smart­phones come out at some point dur­ing din­ner. Mul­ti­player in video games has felt quite a bit of this change as well. With rare excep­tion from Nin­tendo, it seems that the norm for mul­ti­player is chang­ing from some­thing you do on the couch next to your bud­dies to over a web­cam or head­set. With that rise in the pop­u­lar­ity of online mul­ti­player, we’re start­ing to see some games that don’t even give you the option to play by your­self, to the point where the lat­est game in the Call of Duty series actu­ally lists “offline mode” as a feature

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ESH | Killzone: Mercenary Beta Hands On

The PlaySta­tion Vita is des­per­ately in need of a killer app. With the recent price drop and impend­ing slew of indie titles headed to the portable, the one final push it needs to drive a proper install base is one game that’s just too good to pass up. After spend­ing some time with the beta for the lat­est entry in the Kil­l­zone fran­chise, I’m see­ing a game with some good poten­tial to pro­vide that needed push. After some time with the beta for Kil­l­zone: Mer­ce­nary, my hopes are cer­tainly higher for the future of the portable console.

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