ESH | Resident Evil 6 Review

Edged out pretty nar­rowly by The Leg­end of ZeldaRes­i­dent Evil is one of my favorite video games series. I could talk to you for quite a while about how amaz­ing most of the games in this series are, but I’d like to get a lit­tle more spe­cific today. In antic­i­pa­tion of Res­i­dent Evil 7 launch­ing in one week, I decided to fill the most glar­ing gap in my knowl­edge of the series by finally fin­ish­ing the infa­mous sixth entry. Res­i­dent Evil 6 was a highly con­tentious game and as a huge fan, I have many thoughts to share. So, sit down with me as I explore my feel­ings about Res­i­dent Evil 6 long after proper expec­ta­tions had been set.

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ESH | King’s Quest Ep. 5 ‘The Good Knight’

Wrap­ping up an episodic nar­ra­tive game game be tricky, as we have seen from many Tell­tale sea­sons. King’s Quest has been both a tri­umphant trib­ute to the series of the past and an incred­i­ble story in its own right. Suc­cess­fully tow­ing the line between fan­ci­ful humor and gen­uinely emo­tional moments, King’s Quest has been one of my favorite games of the year thus far. Episode 5, titled “The Good Knight” wraps up the series by tying up any of the loose ends left and recount­ing many moments of your jour­ney. The end result is a final episode that pro­vided some of the best nos­tal­gia, not just for the older games, but even for moments from ear­lier episodes.

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The Platinum Diaries | inFamous

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Why This Game?

This one was a per­sonal vendetta that needed a con­clu­sion. Back when it first came out, I actu­ally made an hon­est attempt to get this plat­inum tro­phy. After run­ning into trou­ble a few times, I put it on hold for a lit­tle while. Then, the unthink­able hap­pened, my PS3 died and took my inFa­mous save right with it. Pick­ing it back up, since most of the miss­ing tro­phies were just the evil side stuff, I man­aged to finally check this one off my list. Con­tinue read­ing

ESH | Omnidirectional Fun in ‘Attack on Titan’

Turn­ing any kind of licensed series into a video game always seems like a ver­i­ta­ble mine­field of expec­ta­tions from both fans and license hold­ers. Land­ing that per­fect bal­ance isn’t impos­si­ble, but it’s usu­ally the excep­tion and not the rule. Since it first hit my radar, Attack on Titan has always seemed like it would be a per­fect fit for the trans­la­tion into a video game. The Omni­di­rec­tional Gear of the the show looked like a ton of fun to blast around a world and slice the napes of some giant’s necks. There have been some unsuc­cess­ful attempts prior to Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan game, but finally the series has been done jus­tice and there is a fun game set in the uni­verse of the acclaimed anime series.

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The Platinum Diaries | NCIS

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Why This Game?

I have been sit­ting on this one for a while, but decided it was finally time to crack this one open over the week­end and grab the rel­a­tively easy plat­inum in NCIS for PS3. This is one of those famously easy games to plat­inum, all of the tro­phies are unmiss­able, but what ended up being more inter­est­ing was how much fun I had with it. I’ll get to that a bit later, but suf­fice to say that this might be my most-recommended easy plat­inum ever earned. Con­tinue read­ing

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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E3 2016 | Attack on Titan

Admit­tedly being a fairly casual fan of anime, Attack on Titan man­aged to be big enough to cap­ture even my atten­tion when it came over here. The way the char­ac­ters move when they bat­tle and the mys­te­ri­ous­ness of the giant naked titans dom­i­nat­ing the world is an intrigu­ing premise in itself. It’s one of those shows that just seems ripe for a video game adap­ta­tion, so you can put your­self in the shoes of the Sur­vey Corps as they fight against the ter­ri­fy­ing giants, slash­ing their necks as they swoop by using their Ver­ti­cal Maneu­ver­ing Equip­ment. There have been many false starts on get­ting a good game, but it looks like Koei Tecmo may finally be giv­ing us the game that will do the series justice.

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ESH | ‘Mutants in Manhattan’ Is a Few Slices Short

Sat­ur­day morn­ing car­toons were always such a huge pro­duc­tion when I was younger. If you wanted to see your favorite show, you had to wake up early and make sure your butt was planted in front of that TV in time to see them. One show that was always worth wip­ing the crust out of my eyes early on a Sat­ur­day morn­ing was Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur­tles. As such, when I heard that Plat­inumGames, who recently released a pretty decent Trans­form­ers game, was mak­ing a game based on one of my favorite child­hood car­toons, I was excited. The ques­tion I was faced with after play­ing Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur­tles: Mutants in Man­hat­tan ended up being whether nos­tal­gia is enough to make an oth­er­wise trou­bled game enjoyable.

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Wednesday Night Stream | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan

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Join me for some mutant tur­tle action at 9pm 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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