EarthBound Inspiration


I know I shouldn’t be, but I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that my love of storytelling didn’t come from literature, or even film. Not originally, anyhow. It came from video games.

It bothers me to no end that I have to defend games as a medium. Truthfully, I don’t even like to call them games. I’d sooner call them interactive media or the like, but that just makes me sound like I’m calling porn “adult entertainment.”

I could go on forever about the medium. But I’m here to talk about one game in particular, and how it influenced me growing up.

It was called EarthBound

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A cult RPG on the Super Nintendo about a thirteen-year-old kid in contemporary America (called “Eagleland” in the game) alongside his best friends, saving the world from cosmic horrors. It’s one of the goofiest, trippiest games to come out of Japan at the time, and that’s saying something.

In a time when most RPGs were sword-and-sorcery fantasy, along comes this game where the hero uses yo-yos and baseball bats, orders pizza from payphones to heal, uses the ATM to get money, sleeps in hotels, travels via buses and bicycles, gets homesick, goes backstage of concerts, and fights hippies, taxicabs, pedophiles, ramblin’ mushrooms, wild ducks, possessed tents, and more. All done to a jazzy, ‘60s-’70s Western pop music inspired soundtrack. You can practically sing the Beatles lyrics along with some of the game’s soundtrack.

All this plus themes of courage and friendship and adventure. It was about leaving home and seeing the world–and not your usual fare of dark forests and magic castles, but of suburbia and big cities and wintery private schools and beachside vacation destinations. Ness, the hero, came from a small house in a suburb with his family. He had a baseball cap and a scruffy dog. He was me. And he had best friends that he saw the world with. This was my On the Road in the 1990s.

EarthBound was the first game that I’d played that was so chock-full of text that I might as well have been reading a pile of books

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It had a quirky, but heartfelt story that I fell in love with. And from then on, I needed my games to draw me in with the story and the setting and the characters–a fact that continues to this day. “Fun” is secondary to aesthetic and narrative. I want art and I want story. Games got me drawing and they got me reading and they inspired me to create my own stories.

When I was in grade, oh, four or five, I did one of those reading evaluation things that teachers give you. They told me I read on a college-grade level. I was a quiet kid who had little use for books, but I read more than most book-lovers. After all, the games I loved were filled with words, back before everything was voice-acted. My reading skills came from games.

And EarthBound was the start

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It made me want to run away and have adventures. To write screenplays about psychics and mad scientists and aliens invading the suburbs. I wanted to build a house in the woods and listen to the Beatles on the radio all day long. I can think of so many beautiful, iconic moments in this goofy kids’ game that I could make this post go on and on and on.

Ultimately, EarthBound gave my mind a fictional wanderlust. Even though it was a game, it made me appreciate the beauty of the world outside my house. I look at the stars or smell the earth after it rains and I remember this dreamy feeling of wanting to put on my trusty baseball cap, leave home and save the world. Games like EarthBound provided this imaginary escape–the same kind books like Huckleberry Finn would do for readers. It was freedom. And that freedom is why I play games.

5 Reasons Why Players Should Check Out Night In The Woods

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Night In The Woods

Platform: PC, PS4 Digital

Release Date: February 21st, 2017

I have been playing a lot of story-intense games over the last few weeks. 2017 has been churning out some real winners at the start of this year. Tales of Berseria has tugged at my heartstrings and so has the critical and commercial darling, Horizon Zero Dawn. However, the game that I want to talk about today may have flown under the radar since so many great games have arrived. That game is called Night in the Woods and I present to you 5 things you should know about before you start.

Night in the Woods Is An Adventure Game

Not an adventure game like Horizon is an adventure game. More like how Broken Age is an adventure game. It’s a side scroll game that has players take the main protagonist Mae through her hick town. Just about everything can be interacted with but may only open up once you reach certain parts of the story. It has been great-searching around the town to see what new things you can reach. I make sure to travel everywhere before I make any major commitments to see what pieces of dialogue I may uncover. Mae is able to climb on wires and roofs of buildings so make sure to look around.

It’s a Grown Up Zootopia

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Or Daria for the new millennium whichever you prefer. Even though the characters are animals the commentary is surely not cutesy at all. The dialogue tackles some serious issues like being a college dropout, failing to meet parental expectations, bad breakups, etc. You name it and its in here. The dialogue is smart, witty, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Even if all the plot points don’t resonate with you I’m sure someone in town will.

There Is Also Rhythm Game Play Involved


Did I mention that Mae was in a band before she came back from school? Well, she was and her friends are psyched to bring her back into the fold. I wasn’t prepared to be thrown into a rhythm game where you needed to coordinate 3 buttons. And unfortunately, I don’t believe the difficulty can be adjusted for it. There is no real penalty for failing but I’m sure there is a trophy for being successful.

The Possum Springs Is A Town Is Full of Personality

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I’m not from a small town but I could imagine if I was everyone would know your name. In this town, everyone does know your character which is refreshing because of their dialogue. They also have distinct personalities so u may find yourself liking the townsfolk better than Bea. I especially enjoy the bear who writes poems or the penguin right next to her that has nothing but asshole stuff to say to you every day. Mae also has a computer that you can use to interact with your friends which gives a real sense of immersion.

There Is A Mystery Afoot

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From the very beginning of the game, there is a sense that before Mae left something went down. Some of the townspeople mention it but they don’t ignore you because of it. The main character herself makes it seems like it’s something that shouldn’t be talked about it. At some point, this comes to the forefront so you will be thrust into that part of the adventure as well.

I am totally in love with this game and cannot wait to see how it all ends and the relationships I build. Have you checked out this game? What have you discovered? Do you play adventure games? Let us know in the comments below.

Horrifyingly Fun Game You Should Try, If You Can!

Horrifying Fun Game

Horrifying Fun Game

All doctors take an oath and vow to help all people who need it. A strict code that determines the appropriate means of treatment. Any doctor found facilitating the decline or mistreatment of a patient would be a horrifying atrocity. Not to mention a huge crime. Well—what if I told you there’s a game out there that aims at just that?

There’s a game out there that has been designed for android and iOS devices that will surely shock and amaze you. A game unlike any other you’ve ever played. A game that makes you into a truly evil doctor.

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Live…and Let Die

Imagine a game where a completely healthy individual is destined to die based on your choices. Where your sole purpose is to methodically and strategically diminish this person’s health until they finally die. You will get to see how the body systems decline with each choice of your twisted mind.

It gets better–while you continue to terminate the patient, the kind doctors are hard at work trying to diagnose all the patient’s problems. It’s a race against the clock. Each decision will be crucial to your success, or failure.

Tell Me More

With each new level and patient, the game will intensify and challenge your mind. Thousands of possibilities lie in front of you. From diseases, faulty medications, to lifestyle effects.

Biomedical Plague allows you to play  however you see fit. Attack a certain body system will full force, methodically attack each body system together, or set the patient up to fail with a poor unhealthy lifestyle.

Final Breath

The game ends with the death of the patient, or by your failure to kill them in time. The tools are all in front of you. The choices left only in your hands. The Doctor of Death is officially on call. Only question left to ask is, “How do you plan to play it, Doc?”

Do you have the nerve to play this game? Only person it’s going to hurt if you play is the patient.

So, what do you think? Let us know your thoughts on the game. Likes, dislikes, my choices. Leave all your comments below! Remember, share the page with anything you’d think would be interested in this game.

6 Most Anticipated Games of 2017

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Most Anticipated Games of 2017

As gamers, we sit patiently awaiting news of upcoming games. It gives a purpose. It allows us to spend hours and hours online researching potential storylines, features, release dates, and characters. We become the crazy ex-girlfriend or boyfriend we swear we aren’t. However, one thing is certain. We live in anticipation of the future. And most anticipated games of 2017 are more than anything in the life of a hardcore gamer.

2017 is here, and with it brings a whole new crop of games for us. Some that gamers have waited years to finally get their hands on. Although we do have to keep waiting for most of these, it doesn’t hurt to talk about the 6 most anticipated games of 2017.

Horizon Zero Dawn

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The PS4 exclusive is visually stunning. A truly breathtaking piece of art designed in awe-inspiring 4K format, has anyone who’s watched the gameplay trailers vouch for its beauty and violence. Making many XBOX ONE users strongly consider going to “the Dark side” (figuratively) after the E3 gameplay drop.

Horizon Zero Dawn follows the story of Aloy, a tribal woman who’s been out-casted by her tribe and begins to search for the secrets of the forgotten past. Setup in a post-apocalyptic world where technology reigns supreme wild across the lands and people have reverted to more uncivilized styles of life.

Aloy is equipped with a staff that also can be used effectively as a sword. Not to mention, she has a bow and some highly technological arrows that can explode, shock, as well as be upgraded to even more options. Also, did I forget to mention that this world is full of metal beasts made from technology? In addition, Aloy can climb and hack this machine to use to her advantage. You will hunt, track, scavenge for upgrades from fallen beasts, and hack the wild beast throughout the land.

Sold yet?


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It’s arguable that the most anticipated game of 2017 is Prey. Imagine a game that has alien creatures that have the power to transform into any object, can easily kill and take control of other people, and are being tested secretly aboard a space station above the earth. Now, imagine that these creatures escape their containments and begin killing the people aboard the ship–and it’s up to you to stop them before they ship returns to Earth. You can’t tell me you don’t want to play this game after reading that.

You play lead protagonist Morgan Yu, aboard a space station in the year 2035. Your mundane life takes a unique turn when you awake one day to find a black, alien creature attached to your arm. This encounter of the third kind leaves you with the creature’s alien powers. Including mimicking objects.

You can tap further into these powers while using an assortment of advanced weapons right out of a Sci-Fi thriller movie. Not to mention, this game is an open map. Meaning you can go forwards and backward without locked doors or long loading screens. In addition, you can venture outside in space to get to other parts of the space station.

Space, aliens, powers, high-tech guns, and must save the Earth—who wouldn’t say yes to that?!


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Vampyr is probably not as well known to you as some of the others on this list. However, don’t be fooled. Vampyr will transport you into the dark gothic life of a vampire and is one of the most anticipated games of 2017.

Vampires are not just for teen romances anymore. Vampyr has sucked you into the post-WWI world of London, England. Where London is plagued by the dreaded Spanish flu. In an ironic fashion, you play a doctor who must kill to drink blood to live. You must use your vampire powers to investigate who will be next on your menu. Equipped with supernatural powers like gazing into anyone’s body to check their overall quality of life. Allowing you to decide whether it’s a righteous kill or murder.

Also, you can transport from spot to spot. To hide in the shadows or for the quick kill. Not to mention, you can summon a death spike that penetrates your target from the ground and kills them. Also, as with traditional Vampire lore, you can control people’s minds and actions.

To kill, or not to kill? Vampyr is a game of choices. Where each choice can change how the rest of the game plays out. Sound up your alley?

Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Fans of the Mass Effect series have long awaited the next installment of this franchise. And, Mass Effect: Andromeda looks to be the real deal in 2017. The Sci-Fi RPG shooter begins where Mass Effect 2 ends and before Mass Effect 3 begins.

In the beautiful crystal-clear 4K format, Mass Effect: Andromeda looks to be more movie-like than an actual game. As the lead antagonist, Pathfinder, your 600-year cryo-sleep has rudely been prematurely ended thanks to a devastating event in space. As Pathfinder, you lead your crew through the exploration of the Andromeda Galaxy.

If you recently watched the gameplay trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda, you’ll see some of the new improvements and enhancements to the Mass Effect franchise. Including some new skills within the skill tree. Also, the newest and most requested feature from past games, crafting is now available. Your trustee weapons also have some nice enhancements, allowing you to open a nice can of chaos. Not to mention, the interface within the game appears to be 3D now. Making it visually spectacular. Prepare for an epic ride solving puzzles, battling monsters, and jetpacking your way through the worlds in the Andromeda galaxy.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands is already receiving a lot of attention for being one of the candidates for Shooter of the Year. Jam-packed with over 60 weapon choices, 60 vehicle choices (including helicopter), and some handy side tools like drones.

This RPG shooter can be played in any way imaginable. With precision and stealth, to bullets flying in a blaze of glory. With improves features to weapons, explosives, and drones, upgrades and improvements can make or break each mission’s success.

We can’t leave out its multiplayer mode. Designed to set it apart from Call of Duty and Battlefield, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands will give its players a new feature called “Synch-Shot”. This feature allows the team leader to assign a target to each player on the team and label each target for its destined player. As a result, giving you a more military-like style of precision for kills.

If stealth-based shooters are your bag, this game will sure deliver everything and beyond to keep you hooked.

For Honor

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For Honor is quickly approaching its release date. It’s a stunning masterpiece of design. From its environment, body motion, attacks, and defense.

Set up in a Viking-aged era, For Honor puts you straight into a never-ending battle between 3 clans; Vikings, Knights, and Samurai. The clans clash for power and honor as an evil ruler, Napoleon, looks to conquer all 3 clans.

Choose your clan. Fight your way through the bravest and toughest warriors of each clan, called “Heroes”. In a one of kind combat experience, For Honor offers a truly unique melee and attack system. Something not yet seen in video games. You can adjust the angle of each block, parry, and swing of your weapon. Give your Hero an improved chance of an advantage in combat. Also, you can chain your attacks together to give your Hero a smooth attack from opponent to the opponent without stopping. Not to mention, For Honor include all-new environment effectiveness. Meaning you can use aspects of the environment, such as walls, cliffs, and rocks, to your attack or defensive strategy in battle.

Get your copy now before they run out!

To Conclude

The anticipation is not over yet. 2017 is still waiting to blossom and with each day we get even closer to emptying our bank accounts. But you have to admit, these games look amazing! I find it hard to believe if you haven’t at least preordered 2 of these video games by now. Let’s hope all this anticipation is worth it in the end.

How did you enjoy the article; 6 most anticipated games of 2017? Did you agree or disagree with our selection? Any game you felt didn’t belong here or games that should be here instead? Comment and let us know! Share with your fellow gamers.

Are you a born warrior? Battlefield 1 Awaits you!

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To satisfy the inner urge of a warrior soul, EA DICE Developers offers Battlefield 1, the shooter video game, a platform to fight off your rivals. The battlefield1 takes you to the warzones of World War-I, which makes you delve into the ruthless warfare of the great Old times. Battlefield1 is a first person shooter game that is designed for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One platforms. It makes you feel the fierce battle among the battalions of hostile countries that use combat vehicles and deadly weapons for mass massacre of the opponents.

Explore the warzones around the world

The battlefield 1 leads you to an epic scale of war. You find yourself surrounded by the opponents’ armies and your allies at the same time. You’re equipped with lethal weapons and combat vehicles to crush out the enemy, while fighting in the battlefields of Monte Grappa, to the deserts of Sinai, along the Italian coasts, across the lush green Argonne Forests, in the majestic Fao Fortress, and across the Sun-blessed Arabian Desert. You might not lose in the varied geographic locations; the game offers you detailed maps of the battle fields that guide you through the warzone.

Make a Strategy to defeat the Dynamic Weather

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Weather is an added foe of you in the game, which presents an ever changing landscape. While you’re heading to sabotage your enemies, while there is a continuous rainfall of shells and bombs around you, while opponents’ horses are galloping just behind you, the sudden appearance of a powerful sand storm adds to the chaos, forcing you to change your strategy (option). It’s the game of nerve and grit. The best thing available to you is “Options;” a wise selection of an Option may save your life.

Fight off your Friends and Family as your Opponents


The Battlefield 1 is a Multiplayer game as well, it supports up to 64 players simultaneously. You can enjoy the game with your friends and family. It offers Multi-Modes; the players can choose any one of their choice. The Multi Modes include; the Boot camp Mode, Conquests Mode, Domination Mode, Operation Mode and Team Deathmatch Modes to name the few.


The game depicts a mission of total annihilation of the old world, to pave ways for the creation of new world. The players observe ruthless killings, bloody slaughters, and all the violence that was part of the World War-I. It’s an appropriate game for adults of ages 18 and above, keeping in mind the content of the game. The Battlefield 1 takes you to a Historical trip, while you peep through the new landscapes, and familiarize you with new characters that were involved in the World war-I.

If you want to explore more about the game, you can visit . The game leaves strong emotional effects on you even after you have turned off your PlayStation. The battlefield1 is designed to be played on various gaming Platforms. However, if you want to enjoy the game at your laptop you might get useful information about that in this article . If you would like to play the battlefield1 together with your friends and family, don’t forget to share this article with them, to experience the joys of playing together.

Tales of Berseria Review: The Game For Every JRPG Fan

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Tales of Berseria Review

Platform: PS4, Steam

Publisher: Bandai Namco

Release Date: January 24th, 2017

Tales of Berseria Review. In a genre permeated with the new generation growing weary of traditional JRPGs, the Tales series has remained steadfast. Despite the clamor for open-world environments, the series has attempted to update its style while staying true to its roots. Tales of Zestiria was a step in the right direction but fell short with fans. I brought Zestiria, the collectors’ edition in fact, and while there weren’t any egregious errors, I just didn’t care enough to finish the game. Tales of Berseria, set 1000 years before Zestiria is a return to form for every JRPG fan.

Disclaimer: This Tales of Berseria Review may contain some light spoilers for the early parts of the game.


“Everything is worth watching and discovering to learn more about the characters and the world”.

The story is Dynamic Dark and Engaging

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The story follows the adventures of Velvet, a once doting sister turned vengeful demon. After a certain event unfolds in the first hour of the game, she is exiled to a jail cell for 3 years. In that time she has snacked on demons and had plenty of time to plot her revenge. With the help of her brother in laws Malakhim Series, she escapes from the jail picking up the beginning of her rag-tag group of companions. Mind you, this is only 2 hrs or so into the game and the world unfolds from here. It is easy to take this story at surface value but stick with it and you won’t be disappointed.

The story is told through the series staples skits, anime cut scenes, and in-game cut scenes. Everything is worth watching and discovering to learn more about the characters and the world. If you played Zestiria or watched the anime there are many callbacks. Players will be able to see how the names and lore have changed. For example, Malakhim is Seraphs that are able to be seen by the general population after the events of the prologue. Why did things revert? The game will explain it.

Berseria’s Characters Are Awesome

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This game follows the traditional scope for JRPG tropes. The only outlier may be Velvet because she is the anti-hero to Zestiria’s Sorrey. She is selfish, arrogant, single-minded in her revenge with no remorse. For some that have been a turn-off but for me it is refreshing. One of the themes of the game is reason versus emotions. The characters are battling this dichotomy throughout the game and it’s intriguing to see how it manifests itself in each one.

The skits and side quests help to further flesh out the characters, their motives, and their growth. If you’re a side quest skipper I wouldn’t suggest it for this game because you may miss things. You won’t miss anything major and important things are reiterated in the main quest so never fear. There has been some conversation about the English voice acting but I found it fine. Players have the option to change it before they start every save so test it out.

Music and World Building is Perfect

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Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of open-world games. But this game seems to get the formula just right. With the inclusion of fast travel and items to lower enemy encounters players can travel the world unhindered if they choose to. The world is colorful, big, and littered with random items and treasure chests. Early in the game players are tasked with finding various Katz by collecting Katz orbs that are everywhere. Opening these chests is easy especially if you go on foot.

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The environments are not repetitive and reflect the region they are located. Hellwaus is an icy cold climate so there is snow everywhere, the NPCS are wearing parkas and the enemies tend to be colored in deep blues. The area music tends to be light giving the area personality. The whole thing flows and fits for each place characters visit.

Quality of Life Changes For Everyone

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Players can customize every part of their gameplay experience at will. I mentioned the voice acting can be changed at the beginning of every game. The game’s battle difficulty can be changed in-game at any time. When the game starts the sound came from my controller and TV. That can be changed at will as well. The skits can now be skipped through to help the time pass quickly. If there is a side conversation available the NPCS have a green exclamation point above their head. This even counts for staying at the Inn so players no longer need to waste Gil to not miss scenes.

I mentioned the Katz chests above but these chests also contain the costumes for the characters. One of my gripes was being nickeled and dimed for these, and you can still buy them, but there are more in-game options.

Not So Great:

Skits May Be Too Long and Too Plentiful

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This is an odd complaint since I said this is a good thing about the game. Sometimes you want to get from A to B and you’re unable to do that because the game will stop you from the conversation. When it does it can appear to be long-winded especially if the skit is comedic. While it’s awesome for character building it can be annoying for players that want to grind away.

It’s Hard To Get Ingredients For Cooking

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Cooking is always one of my favorite things in the Tales series but they made it more complicated. There is a basic recipe that players can easily buy and find ingredients for but some others require an extra step. Players will need to use ship exploration to find new recipes and ingredients for those recipes. The game keeps track of where you get them but you have to wait 30 minutes to get it. Even then, those ingredients are RNG-based so you may not get what you need. As you travel to different locales foraging for the stuff in dungeons and the environment may help but I just want to buy it.

The Battle System Is Fun But May Be Broken

“At this point, I can probably perform Power Ranger call outs of all Eizen and Magilou’s Mystic Arts”.

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I wasn’t a fan of Armitization in Zestiria. I wanted to see all my characters on screen and didn’t want powerful spells locked behind combining. They did away with that system in Berseria. However, Velvet has the potential to allow players to button mash and strong-arm their way through the mobs with no real strategy or skill. For example, when she is in her demon form she can’t be killed but her health is ticking down faster the longer she is in the stance. This quirk can be exploitable if you know what you’re doing.

The way the game tries to explain the battle system can be a bit confusing and overwhelming as well. Luckily the help tab is easily accessible for review at any time for pointers. Artes are still here in their Tales glory but when your other characters perform them there is no way to shorten or skip the sequence. At this point, I can probably perform Power Ranger call-outs of all Eizen and Magilou’s Mystic Arts. It may be annoying for some players but I can tune it out.

Enhancements, Dismantling and Mastering Skills Can be Overwhelming

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I’ve used this system for the characters’ weapons and I’m still not sure what I’m doing. The game will throw repetitive sets of gear at you but each one may have a unique extra skill attached. The characters can permanently learn the skill that each piece of weapon/armor contains after their earn enough experience for it. What that means is that characters may have on a low-level piece of gear even if a better one has come along until said skill is mastered.

This has become more of an issue for me as later party members trickled in. There were sets of gear that I dismantled that may have had skills for them to learn. Players will either, not worry about it, save sets of gear until they get a whole party, or re-buy old sets of gear to have the party member learn skills later on. I went with the save set option once I figured out the pattern. The one bright side is that there does not seem to be a limit for the number of items and armor you can carry so horde away.

Exploration and Hide Out Are Underwhelming

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I mentioned the exploration when it comes to recipes but it serves another purpose. Players can find extra outfits, rare sell-able items, and special items that provide lore for the world through exploration. Players will have to send the ship out constantly at 30-minute intervals to unlock additional islands. This feature while interesting didn’t add much to the experience. Another feature was the introduction of a hide-out player will acquire for story reasons. There is no way to customize the building at all which is a letdown. Since players can already get costumes from exploration, incorporating furniture in the finds may have helped make it feel more like home.

Menus Make The World Go Round

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Most JRPGS have menus in them. It comes with the genre and it is to be expected. This game just appears to have an abundance. There are so many tabs that the game makes fun of you and gives players a title for it. The good thing is that they are easy to sort through and manage to stay organized.

Nope I Don’t Like This At All

“I had to train myself to look in that corner at all times in fears of missing a skit or wasting valuable exploration time”.

Why Are the Notifications There?

I have virtually no complaints about this game except for one thing, the placement of notifications. On the lower right-hand side, there are two icons, one for when your exploration ship returns and when a skit is available. The exploration icon is a gray-white ship that is kind of easy to spot. The skit icon is a green outline of a person and the name of the skit doesn’t always stay active. I missed this entirely for the first 2 hours of the game. Mainly because a lot of the environments have blend-able backgrounds like grass. I had to train myself to look in that corner at all times in fears of missing a skit or wasting valuable exploration time.

Who Is This Game For?

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Disclaimer: Since this is my first review, Tales of Berseria Review, for the site. I will say that I do not care for traditional review scores and will instead recommend if this game is worth the time of the player.

This game is for JRPG enthusiasts who want some comfort food. In the vein of I Am Setsuna, Tales of Berseria scratches an itch that Final Fantasy 15 left wanting. If players are into story, character development, free extras and plenty of game modes to challenge themselves with this is a good fit. It is worth the 60 dollar launch price and if you were like me, the Collector’s Edition provides some great goodies as well.

Have you played Tales of Berseria? What did you think of the game? Did you have some of the same likes and dislikes? Let us know in the comments section about your Tales of Berseria Review.

The Next Assassin’s Creed Game Eyes to Bring the Franchise Back to Relevancy

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A decade ago, Ubisoft introduced us to a world like no other. The world of Assassin’s Creed, where the Assassin’s are the good guys and the Templers (those who stand for the wrong goals) are the bad guys. Since then, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has built a platform on the seemingly endless battle between Assassin’s and Templars. Venturing from location to location across history’s greatest time periods. From: The Italian Renaissance, Ottoman Empire, the American Civil War, Victorian England, the Age of Pirates, and the French Revolution.

For now, the next installment of the franchise will continue their tradition of fighting within the past. If following the rumors, it looks like the next title game for the Assassin’s Creed franchise will be called, Assassin’s Creed: Empire. However, Ubisoft has yet to confirm this.

So, where will they take us this time?

Easter Egg Within an AC Game

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Scouring the internet is a lot of fun. Especially when the fandoms are in full force yelling at one another about the who, what, where, and when. However, Ubisoft themselves have dropped a few Easter eggs to the next possible Assassin’s Creed game.

Let’s start with the oldest one that got a lot of rumors flying. This one dates to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Now, if you were strictly the story you may have missed this one. This was not one that in the heart of the game, rather it is found when the present-day character can move about Abstergo Industries. Looking through the emails on the computers, you would come across one that shows the name Osiris and a view of pyramids. Hinting of a possible character/title and the location. Ancient Egypt, perhaps?

Osiris after all is the Ancient Egyptian God of the dead who laid final judgment of your place in the afterlife. Kind of fitting since Assassin’s basically lay a similar judgment upon their enemies.

Easter Egg in Ubisoft’s 2016 Game

Watch Dogs 2 gameAnother playful and clever tease and Easter egg Ubisoft unleashed upon its Assassin’s Creed fan was within its big game release of 2016, Watch Dogs 2.

In one of the side missions offered, you’re tasked with stealing the newest game trailer for Ubisoft’s upcoming game. As part of the mission, you intercept a phone call between two Ubisoft employees discussing the security of the trailer. One employee stating the after the leaked trailers of Unity, Syndicate, and Osiris, they want assurance it won’t be hacked and leaked. There’s that name again!

Subtly hinting that the rumors a leaked picture and trailer (check video below) on the web that were allegedly of the next Assassin’s creed title could be true.

What to Expect

Assassin’s CreedExpectations on Assassin’s Creed games have always been high. Especially after the release of the original Assassin’s Creed and its direct sequel, AC II. This is when the company started pushing out a game annually to satisfy their fans. This started a decline in the success of the franchise. The franchise could have possibly saw death with the release of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Thankfully, Syndicate kept the franchise above water for the time being.

This sparked a change of winds for Ubisoft and Assassin’s Creed. They went on to make the decision that they will not make a yearly game anymore. Allowing the developers to release games that are complete and full of their best work. Meaning no more bugs, glitches, and poor execution. Even if that means yearly gaps. Not to mention, Ubisoft has been looking to get rid of the boring dialogue dominant story and turn their focus to be more decision based. Much like The Witcher III setup.

This brings us to now. It’s been over a year since we last saw an Assassin’s Creed release and we’re only left with leaks and Easter eggs.

Will we see the Assassin’s in 2017? As of now, we probably won’t. But one thing is clearer than ever. Ubisoft has all of us on the edge of our seats again. Let’s see this time around if a lengthy wait will be truly worth it.

RUMOR ALERT: Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls VI Project on the Horizon?

Bethesda's Elder Scrolls VI Project

Has The Time Come for The Next Chapter in Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls Franchise?

It’s 2017 already. Thus, marks the beginning of year 6 since the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been released. Although, sure…you can argue and say the October 2016 release of the remastered version of Skyrim for the next-gen consoles and PC counts. But, it’s not the release we really were excited for. Bethesda for the most part have been hush-hush on opening coming out and saying the Elder Scrolls VI project is in the works. But, just because they haven’t said it doesn’t mean they haven’t been hard at work on it.

It’s clear that Bethesda doesn’t need to follow the popular trends to be successful. They’ve paved their own path to success and it continues to work well in their favor. They’re never in a rush to release sequels to popular games. Unlike, some other companies. I’ll leave names out of it but they know who you are (Hint…Call of Duty).

Bethesda aims to please. They strive to create the best possible game no matter the time is takes to do it. Just look at the gaps in years between sequels of some of their games; Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion to Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim took 5 years. Dishonored to Dishonored 2 took 4 years. Fallout 3 to Fallout 4 took 7 years. Shall I go on?

Time means very little to the developers at Bethesda. However, is anyone complaining? The results speak for themselves. ($750 million in sales for one day during the release of Fallout 4)

Official Unofficial Hints

Being completely direct, in an IGN interviews with Studio Head Todd Howard after 2016’s E3 conference, Howard said that Bethesda will be making a new Elder Scrolls game. I know—lets the cheers rain down!

However, that’s about all that has been official when talking about the next instalment of the Elder Scrolls franchise. Howard never said Bethesda was currently working on the game current though. Which, for a lot of us sounds like more waiting. Sadly, that’s the truth. But just how far away are we from getting our next fix of the Elder Scrolls?

The Waiting Game

It’s safe to say that none of us shall expect another Elder Scrolls game in the next couple of years. Studio Head of Bethesda, Todd Howard, has said that the Elder Scrolls VI development is “very long off” from any kind of release. As you may already know, the Elder Scrolls huge world design is not a simple feat to accomplish. Especially now that the next-gen consoles have introduced the stunning 4K formatting.

Bethesda has stated after Dishonored 2 dropped in late 2016, that they’re working on 2 huge projects that much like the size of Skyrim and Fallout 4. These 2 games will  be released before the Elder Scrolls VI project will be.

If Skyrim was any indication of how advanced Bethesda is looking to expand and improve-on means, we could be getting next-level pioneering in effects and gameplay as a result! You know…when it does come out.

The Conclusion

As for me, all I can say is it’s going to be a journey to its release. I don’t expect to TES6 to be released until 2019 at the earliest. Maybe at 2017’s or 2018’s E3 Conference we’ll finally be told much more about the future of Elder Scrolls VI. Until then, keep playing gamers.

World of Warcraft: The Nighthold Beckons

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

After an astounding Legion release, World of Warcraft’s subscriber numbers surged up to one of their highest peaks. The expansion itself was one of the greatest yet in the history of World of Warcraft, adding and recreating some of the most fun and interesting things to do on Azeroth. The addition of world quests, a class hall and the next ten levels of life in World of Warcraft give players, young and old, things to do in the game daily that revitalized the drive to log in and play. Six months after the expansion’s release, it’s time for the newest raid instance to come out: The Nighthold.

The Nighthold

The Nighthold is the third raid instance to be released in this expansion, and will currently reign as the longest raid with eight new bosses to kill and loot. This instance will be found in Suramar, home to the once-fading Nightborne. As you progress your character to unlock the new raid, you’ll give life back to this trapped and starving race of elves, and help them thrive in the new world on the Broken Isles. You find out that the terrible Gul’dan, a fel-powered Orc who’s bent on destroying all of Azeroth with the Legion, has taken up residence in The Nighthold. The once grand structure that it was, The Nighthold was a testament to the achievements of the Nightborne. It was created around the Nightwell, the source of power for the Nightborne and the only thing that kept the race alive when their world was crumbling around them. Gul’dan means to seize that power, and only you can stop him.

It’s Time To Raid

It's Time To Raid
It’s raid time.

Well, you and 19 of your closest friends. Like all WoW raids, you’ll need your friends and guild mates to help you take down the evil that’s within this fortress of the Nightborne. Not only will you have to fight Gul’dan and those that support him, but The Nighthold’s own defenses as well. Battle a giant scorpion named Scorpyron that guards the secret entrance you’re using to get inside. Once you dispatch him, you’ll be fighting entities of the very Nightwell itself, a being made of pure leyline energy and a construct that hasn’t had a good fight in many years. After you breach the defenses and creatures of the instance, you’re on to fight those that are drunk on the power of the Nightwell and the fel-energies of the Legion. You’ll even get to fight against well known demons like Tichondrius and Krosus, the giant colossus that you fought at the entrance of the Legion expansion. This fantastic run ends with Gul’dan himself, and he’s not going to go easily.

Why We Raid

Why We Raid
Spending time with our family.

Having a new raid is a fun and exciting way to get your entire World of Warcraft family together. After you’ve dominated a previous instance and all the loot you could ever need was acquired, it’s fairly usual that players would start to dwindle, interested in other games until something new comes along. That very moment is now, and the release of The Nighthold has brought the World of Warcraft family together once more. It’s an exciting time as you head into a new place that you’ve never been before, fighting giant bosses that you’ve never killed and winning loot that takes your character’s power to new heights. An expansion release is fun, engaging and helps you get to know who you are as a player, but as the year goes on, it’s the continual addition of new content, like raids, that have kept players engaged for all these years in World of Warcraft. As they celebrated their 12th Anniversary this past November, you know that Blizzard knows what they’re doing. Here’s to another 12 years of adventure, excitement and nerdy online family.

Horizon Zero Dawn: Coming Soon to PS4

Horizon Zero Dawn game

In just six weeks, Horizon Zero Dawn finally releases exclusively for the PS4. While it has a fairly awkward name, the game itself brings you on an incredible journey that you won’t soon forget. This third person shooter takes you into a post-apocalyptic land that’s now home to many unique, robotic creatures. Instead of expecting the usual bipedal robots we’re used to, now it’s a four-legged (and well, other amounts of legs) creatures that you’ll be hunting for. Watch out for robotic dinosaurs, birds and much more. You’ll be hunting these creatures for survival, and even using their own mechanical body parts against them.

The gameplay is open-world, and you’ll be spending all your time exploring that world as well. You play as Aloy, a young girl in charge of searching out the lands and uncovering its secrets. You must hunt these strange creatures, and you’ll have a range of weapons at your disposal including traps, bombs and much more. Since it’s open-world, you’ll have plenty of time to amass your weapon stash as you’re completing missions and side quests.

Fight Robotic Creatures

A robotic world waiting to be discovered.
A robotic world waiting to be discovered.

There will be many strange creatures you encounter, and they’re all mechanical at this point in world. They were not always hostile though, as a strange virus has been spreading over the robotic creatures and turning them to the dark side. Not only can you fight them, you can hack them as well if you manage to. You can turn some of them into mounts, or perhaps even hack them into friendship. Who wouldn’t love a mountain-sized robotic dinosaur best friend?

As you progress in the storyline, you’ll be searching for the answer as to why these robotic creatures now dominate the land, and how they got that way in the first place. The world used to be as we know it now, but something terrible happened along the way. Shunned by her tribe of indigenous humans that stayed on earth while the rest left, Aloy on her way to find her destiny and using her amazing huntress skills to help her out. Let’s hope you’re a good shot with a bow, you’ll have to channel your inner Legolas to take down these titan-sized beasts. You’ll have to come up with different strategies for all the cunning AI you’ll be fighting against. Use all of Aloy’s wit and skills to defeat the creatures in her way and hunt out her destiny.

Release Date

Fight, Aloy!Releasing February 28th in the US and March 3rd in Europe, Horizon Zero Dawn is not far off from being available, so you won’t have to wait much longer now. There are many great story and gameplay videos available to watch in the meantime. Check out Playstation’s Horizon Zero Dawn Story Trailer and an eight minute gameplay video created from footage available from E3 2016. The graphics are stunning and the details are incredible, right down to the realistic movements of the creatures and the day and night cycles and weather system. You might begin to feel like you’re really a part of this incredible world. Don’t be too worried though, robotic pets aren’t a thing yet. Oh, wait…