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

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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

Ori and the Blind Forest Review

Ori and the blind forestThe side-scrolling platformer is a video game genre that seems as transcendent as video games themselves. No matter how many times I sit down to one, the subversive nostalgia is immersive and instantly accessible. With the indie title landscape rapidly filling with creative titles like Guacamelee, Shiftlings, and Ori and the Blind Forest, those who enjoy this style of game have plenty to choose from. Fans of classic platformers like Metroid and even a newer title like Rayman Legends will gladly find a rich and innovative home in Ori and the Blind Forest. Continue reading

Console Gaming. Past. Present. Future.

A GUEST POST BY CODY WOLF

Blow in the Cartridge.

marioI don’t think you can accurately put your finger on why the gaming industry has changed without thinking about how the world has changed since video games were first introduced. I live in America and things have changed quite drastically since then. Our culture now accepts gamers, and gaming represents a very large part of our culture. The industry has blown up. More money is spent on gaming than music and movies combined. It is the number one form of entertainment in America for most households. Continue reading