Destiny The Taken King is Fantastic

destiny the taken kingYear 2 for Destiny is in full swing with the launch of The Taken King. After a week of trying out the new PVP game modes and even taking some of the gunsmith guns for a spin, I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into some new content in Destiny. After two really long streams on my twitch totaling almost 20 hours, I still haven’t completed all the new content for my Titan. While I have a few gripes there just doesn’t seem to be any major shortcomings, yet. The reason I say “yet” is because we all know the true test of this expansion is the repetition and grind that awaits us beyond the new guests, side quests, and shiny loot. Continue reading

Destiny Rift Gameplay Improvements

Destiny The Taken King RiftDestiny is officially in year 2 with the launch of The Taken King and I thoroughly enjoyed the two new PVP game modes in the week leading up to the release of the expansion. Rift is easily the mode with the most potential for competitive gaming, but in a way that allows players of varying skill levels enjoy it. However, after just one week in the game type there are some elements that I think could be improved for the overall quality of the game and enjoyment for everyone. Continue reading

Mad Max is better than you’ve heard

mad max video gameAfter playing Mad Max for over 18 hours during the launch week of the title, I’m still bewildered by how many negative reviews I have seen. The night before the game released I had the displeasure of reading Polygon’s review which consisted of more of the same typical gripes about the game feeling “bland” and “boring” and all the areas “feeling the same”. The irony of a game review dialing in cliché statements about how another game just didn’t “offer anything new” is humorous, at least until you see their final score of 5/10. To me, it’s almost an insult to the intelligence of the readers to expect acceptance of what amounts to a score of 50% for a game that on the outset of the review is described as having, “a sprawling 30-hour campaign with a giant map littered with hundreds of sidequests and bonus objectives.” This is just one more review written against the backdrop of expectations and willful displeasure rather than measuring the quality of the game as it is. In this review I have a few gripes, but overall I have thought this game is a home run, as well as my twitch viewers who have watched me play the game 4 days in a row. Continue reading

Velocity 2X – Surprisingly Complex

velocity 2xMy love for platformers and classic video games has increased with the awesome injection of indie titles like Ori and the Blind Forest, Tembo the Badass Elephant, and now Velocity 2X. While I was largely disappointed with Tembo due to control issues, Ori is still on my top games list for this year, and Velocity 2X has quickly earned a spot on that list. It has been available for a while on PC and PS4, but it recently launched on the XBOX One. I spent an entire stream on the launch day playing it, and even had some of the kind folks from FuturLab in my stream to give me tips and listen to my feedback. I thoroughly enjoyed the game for a variety of reasons. Continue reading

Tembo The Bad Ass Elephant review

tembo the badass elephantAfter playing and beating Ori and The Blind forest, my appetite for indie platformer games was reignited. From the very first screenshots and gameplay of Tembo The Bad Ass Elephant I was very interested in playing it. This week the game is on sale for Xbox Gold Members for $13.50 but the regular price is $15. You will want to read my whole review before making a decision to buy, because I’m going to try to be measured about where it shines and where it falls short. I manage to beat the entire game after about 6 and half hours of play, which is pretty good for $15 and is a bit more bang for your buck when compared to the $7 Batgirl DLC ($10 is bought separately) that took me under two hours. Continue reading

Batman Arkham Knight is Nearly Perfect

batman arkham knightBatman Arkham Knight is getting mixed press due to the horribly handled port to PC. This is unfortunate as my experience on the XBOX One was practically flawless with respect to bugs, and I only noticed a few instances of frame rate drops. After sinking a substantial amount of time in the game, achieving 100% (the Riddler is the real final boss), and getting about 70% through the Story+ replay mode I can honestly say this is the best game I have played on my next-gen system. Rather than get bogged down into specifics I’m going to keep this review big picture, highlighting things that stood out, and then ending with a few minor criticisms. Continue reading

House of Wolves – Where it falls short

Destiny House of WolvesThe new expansion for Destiny, House of Wolves, has been out for two weeks now, and I already wrote a post and a video with my first impressions. Since I was out of town I only got to base my initial response on the very short experience I had with the first few missions. After playing a good amount of The Prison of Elders and, surprisingly, even The Trials of Osiris, I have some concerns about the future of the title and the engagement levels with the game. Keep in mind this is after my first impressions were almost entirely positive and my claims after the reveal that this DLC was a huge step forward for the game. This post is going to be more big picture, and I will have future posts about the specific pieces of the content. Continue reading