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.

RE6Logo

Check out the rest of the post on the main ESH page!

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.

kqep5_3

Check out the rest of the post on the main ESH page!

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.

TMNTMiM1

Check out the rest of the post on the main ESH page!

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

TMBenT

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!

Con­tinue read­ing

ESH | Crossroads Converge in Michonne Episode 3

The illu­sion of choice is some­thing all of the recent Tell­tale games have been play­ing with for quite some time now. Guid­ing these char­ac­ters through har­row­ing events, it often feels as though they’ve made it through only by your wise decision-making skills. The third and final episode of the Michonne mini-series, enti­tled What We Deserve, is the first time the veil has been lifted for me and I real­ized just how lit­tle con­trol over these cir­cum­stances the player has in the game.

MichonneEp3_1

Check out the rest of the post on the main ESH page!

ESH | Choose Your Own Princess in ‘Once Upon a Climb’

Con­tin­u­ing its tenure as the most diverse episodic adven­ture game cur­rently on the mar­ket, King’s Quest has shaken up the for­mula yet again for episode three. Favor­ing rela­tion­ships over explo­ration, Once Upon a Climb tasks a newly buff King Gra­ham with find­ing a com­pan­ion to help him rule over the king­dom of Dav­en­try. Deci­sions from ear­lier episodes play a fac­tor, new over­ar­ch­ing story details are revealed and hearts are won, mak­ing this an excel­lent con­tin­u­a­tion of this stand­out reboot.

KQCH3_1

Check out the rest of the post on the main ESH page!

ESH | Michonne Episode 2 Dials Up the Action

Mid­dle chap­ters in any series run the risk of calm­ing down a lit­tle too much and los­ing focus. The sec­ond episode of The Walk­ing Dead: Michonne, enti­tled Give No Shel­ter, avoids these prob­lems by ramp­ing the action up even higher and never let­ting go. Hav­ing estab­lished many of the char­ac­ters and their rela­tion­ships in episode 1, Give No Shel­ter is able to explore both Michonne’s tragic past and the per­ils of accept­ing strangers into your safe-house dur­ing the zom­bie apocalypse.

Michonne1

Check out the rest of the post on the main ESH page!

ESH | Michonne Slices Into Her Own Miniseries

Tell­tale games have always been set in famil­iar uni­verses and often fea­tured appear­ance by famil­iar char­ac­ters. The Walk­ing Dead: Michonne — A Tell­tale Minis­eries how­ever, cre­ates a new kind of land­mark by being the first to cast the player in an already-established role. Eas­ily the most badass char­ac­ter on the tit­u­lar TV show, sorry Daryl, Michonne is one of the most mys­te­ri­ous and inter­est­ing roles it has to offer. The issue becomes whether her already-established per­son­al­ity clashes with the morality-steering mechan­ics para­mount to the Tell­tale games series.

TWD_Michonne_KeyArt

 Check out the rest of the post on the main ESH page!

ESH | Amazon vs. Best Buy: Which 20% Offer Is Better?

Online retail giant Ama­zon announced yes­ter­day that they will be offer­ing a hefty dis­count on new video games for mem­bers of their Ama­zon Prime ser­vice. Slic­ing 20% off the top of any pre­order or game that has seen a release within the last two weeks is sure to draw some gamers that have been on the fence about Ama­zon Prime. Pair that with the release date guar­an­tee the ser­vice offers and they make a rea­son­able case for sign­ing up. This is, how­ever, not the first com­pany to offer a sim­i­lar dis­count. Best Buy has their Gamer Club Unlocked ser­vice, which will also get you that hot 20% dis­count, but which one offers the bet­ter value is cer­tainly up for debate. Let’s take a sec­ond and com­pare some of the specifics of each service.

20Off

 Check out the rest of the post on the main ESH page!

GOTY 2015 | Number 2 — Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

I still hold to my orig­i­nal review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phan­tom Pain when I said that it may just be one of the best games ever made. It speaks vol­umes about a game when you can spend dozens of hours just doing side mis­sions because they are out­right fun to do. Kojima and his team nailed the game­play for­mula for this final Metal Gear Solid game. The Fox Engine also ensured the game looks absolutely gor­geous which tons of weather effects and some of the best tex­tures I’ve seen.

BigBen Con­tinue read­ing