Worst To First: Ranking The E3 2015 Press Conferences

So, the big press conferences for the 2015 season of E3 are over, and we’ve all digested what they had to offer. Some of them were awesome and some of them were awful, so I think it would be cool to rank them from worst to first. There’s a lot of stuff to talk about here so you might want to grab a snack and get comfortable, because I will be going into detail for all 8 of this year’s E3 press conferences. Lets get started, shall we?

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8. PC Gaming Show

Alright, so coming up the rear is none other than PC gaming’s first foray into E3 press conferences, and the fact that it was the first certainly showed. This thing went on for 2-AND-A-HALF-HOURS, and only really had a few moments that were really notable. We got better looks at Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and learned that games like Gears Of War Ultimate Edition and Killer Instinct would be coming to PC, which was great to see. New content for games like Guild Wars 2, Pillars of Eternity and Heroes of the Storm is also pretty sweet.

However, the majority of what was shown seemed like little news blurbs that would have just been shown on the PC Gamer website, but they decided to drag them out into boring live discussions. I would have loved to have seen some actual gameplay for a lot of the new announcements that were made, but without gameplay footage I found it hard to really care about the games at all. In fact, very little gameplay was shown for these particular segments, and even though the conference’s host was solid and kept it from bombing completely, there is definitely a lot that needs to be improved upon next time around.

Judgment: Objectionable

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7. EA

EA is never going to be the most anticipated press conference of E3, simply because the type of games that have such a large share of their company does not appeal to the type of people who attend E3. While they should know this by now, for whatever reason they had the nerve to drag the sports game talk on forever, culminating in a baffling stage conversation with Soccer legend Pele. This was some seriously yawn-inducing stuff, especially considering the whole time they were talking about the sport and not the video game itself. It was also clear that Pele knows nothing about the video game series, which made this whole conversation seem really awkward and pointless.

Still, there were definitely a few highlights in their conference. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst looks like a really promising reintroduction to the cult-classic game, and Unravel is a charming and unique sidescroller that I’m really looking forward to. Mass Effect: Andromeda was announced, but there was no gameplay shown so I find it hard to really get excited about that yet.

The big one, of course, was the ending reveal of gameplay for Star Wars Battlefront, and it did not disappoint. The graphics were incredible, the gameplay was action packed and had a lot of variety, and it just felt like authentic, old-school Star Wars. This all ended with a spine-tingling confrontation with Luke and Vader that, in my opinion, could not have been executed better than they did here.

So, apart from one really awesome moment, EA’s latest press conference was a stinker.

Judgment: Objectionable

Ubisoft 2015 E3 Press Conference

6. Ubisoft

Ubisoft had a really solid E3… for the most part. We found out about a new entry in the Ghost Recon series called Wildlands, and a really interesting medieval game called For Honor. Rainbow Six Siege and The Division were also shown off some more and looked good, even though the scripted team chat gameplay was cheesy and dumb as it always is at these things.

They also showed a new cinematic trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which… bleh. I find it really hard to get excited about Assassin’s Creed games anymore and this trailer did nothing to change that.

However, my favorite announcement of the show – and one I was not expecting at all – was the reveal of South Park: The Fractured but Whole. This is a sequel to one of my favorite games of last year, The Stick of Truth, and looked just as hilarious as the previous game. I cannot freakin’ wait for that one.

Aisha Tyler is back to crack the jokes and lighten E3 up a little, and for the most part she did a solid job. However, her trying to make a meme with a random dude in the audience just fell completely flat on its face. Then it went to the Just Dance section of the conference and suddenly everything was going south very quickly. Jason Derulo took the stage to sing and dance with some other random people, and he tried to get Aisha to dance with her but she wouldn’t. So yeah, those spots weren’t too hot, but overall the conference was solid.

Judgment: Respectable

Nintendo E3 2015 Digital Event

5. Nintendo

I gotta give it to Nintendo for starting their conference off with the most style, as our 3 presenters were puppet versions of Reggie Fils-Aime, Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto. Then they quickly transformed into Star Fox characters and we got our first taste of Star Fox Zero. Honestly, it looked really solid, but I was expecting this reveal to have more of an impact than it did on me. It seemed very similar to Star Fox 64 in some spots, and the fact that what it actually is remains a mystery is a little strange. They said it’s not a sequel, a prequel or a reboot, so I guess that makes it a re-imagining of Star Fox 64? Not sure how I feel about that one, but I won’t count it out yet.

Still, they announced a lot of games, albeit sometimes a bit too briefly, that have me really excited to check out. There’s a sweet looking Mario & Luigi/Paper Mario cross-over called Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, which looks like a return to form for both series. The Zelda series got two announcements with Hyrule Warriors Legends and Triforce Heroes both on 3DS, which are basically an expanded version of Wii U’s Hyrule Warriors and a new multiplayer-focused zelda game with visuals in the vein of A Link Between Worlds, respectively.

One thing I wasn’t expecting was the announcement of Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, which has me pumped as I love the sport and I love the games in the series. The graphics looked gorgeous and the gameplay looked really smooth, with a sweet new ability that allows you to turn into a giant to cover more ground and hit the ball like a bullet. Super Mario Maker was also shown, but I’ve seen everything I need to at this point for that game to know that it looks good.

The one announcement that I was waiting for the most, though, was the release date for Xenoblade Chronicles X. It’s been out in Japan for a while now, and every time there’s any new gameplay shown for it they always seem to dance around the damn release date. However, we now know that the game will launch this year on December 4th, so that’s awesome. I have no idea how they’re going to top the first one, but the fact that we’ll be getting more from that series this year is really exciting.

The thing that kind of stunk about their digital event is that there were spin-offs announced for several popular series rather than main games. Metroid Prime: Federation Force, The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes and the two Animal Crossing games (Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival) could be interesting, but they felt more like a tease than anything else. They definitely didn’t show anything that made any of them look like must-have games, but hopefully they’ll prove otherwise.

The puppets were cool, but they were definitely there to distract from the fact that Nintendo didn’t have the strongest line-up of games for this presentation.

Judgment: Respectable

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4. Square Enix

OK, so this press conference was marred by lots of awkward moments and technical issues, like poor translation and sound screw ups, but there were still some genuinely great announcements to be found here. We got an awesome look at brand new gameplay for Kingdom Hearts III, and seeing that has sent my hype for the game through the roof. They showed the same exact Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer again, only this time it said that more information is coming later this year, which still got me pumped regardless of the fact that it was just one great big tease.

We got our first in-depth look at Just Cause 3, and the game looks like way too much fun. It’s like the crazy world of Far Cry in a third-person perspective, only the dial is turned up to 11. There’s all manner of vehicles to use, things to blow up in dramatic fashion thanks to unlimited C4, and just all round bat-sh^t insanity that the series is loved for. They also revealed that the game is launching on December 1st, which is awesome news.

Rise of the Tomb Raider was also shown and although we saw some different footage compared to what Microsoft revealed, I’ll refrain from commenting on it here to avoid making my thoughts about it in the Microsoft press conference discussion obsolete.

Most surprising of all, however, was the announcement that they were making a new game in the NieR franchise, which is something that I’m sure nobody expected. I was also really happy to hear that they are starting a new RPG-focused development company called Tokyo RPG Factory, with news of a brand new series in the works code named Project Setsuna. Again, not a whole lot was shown for these new RPGs, but the fact that they’re focusing more on them is reason enough to get pumped.

Then there was that dude with the creepy mask on his head the whole time. That was… interesting, to say the least.

Again, there were many stumbles along the way, but I’m more focused on the games and Square Enix brought enough with them to keep me interested.

Judgment: Respectable

Microsoft 2015 E3 Press Conference

3. Microsoft

Microsoft had a really solid show this time, with some big reveals and announcements that kept their conference chugging along at a solid pace. They showed a new mode in Halo 5 called War Zone, which features 24 players at once that looks absolutely ridiculous… but in a good way. Mega Man and Metroid Prime devs are making a new game called ReCore that might be cool, but not enough was really shown to get me really into it.

They dropped their first bombshell of the conference, however, with the announcement that Xbox One will begin supporting backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games. By the end of the year they hope to have over 100 Xbox 360 games compatible with the Xbox One, which is great news for everyone.

Dark Souls III also got a quick and sweet reveal video, but considering how many leaks regarding the game happened prior to E3 the announcement didn’t have the punch it could have had. It’s more Dark Souls though, so that more than likely means another fantastic game.

Gears of War also got some solid time in the limelight with information regarding Gears of War Ultimate Edition being revealed. The big surprise was actual gameplay for Gears of War 4, which featured different characters and a different tone compared to the series’ past. I was pretty impressed with it, even though the gameplay on display looked exactly like everything else the series has done so far.

More gameplay was shown for Rise of the Tomb Raider, but, honestly, for some reason this game just hasn’t grabbed me yet. I really liked the first game, but everything that they’ve shown so far for the sequel just seems like the first one… but with snow! I’m tellin’ ya, they really just need to drop the whole Rise of the Tomb Raider name and rename it Tomb Raider With Snow. That’s the title that would have copies soar off the store shelves and their sales would quadruple, as a result. Trust me.

For me, the stuff that stole the show here was everything having to do with Rare. Microsoft is releasing a pack of Rare games on Xbox One called Rare Replay, which contains 30 games for $30, which is one of the best deals I have ever heard of. Also, it was even announced that Rare has a new game in the works (that isn’t some stupid Kinect game) called Sea of Thieves. It looked colorful and had pirates and ships and the open seas and I want it! Microsoft basically took time in their conference to remind everyone that 1) Rare was once great 2) They can still make interesting games if we let them and 3) F^$% the Kinect!

So, a really solid showing for Microsoft at E3 this year and certainly a big improvement over some of their most recent showings.

Judgment: Condone

Bethesda 2015 Press Conference

2. Bethesda

This is Bethesda’s first time ever having an E3 press conference, but, unlike the PC Gaming Show, you would think these guys were experts at it. They delivered a quick and to-the-point conference with lots of great-looking gameplay and very little filler to speak of.

DOOM started things off and looks like the gory goodness that fans have been waiting years for now, with guns and monsters that are beyond intense. This was a great way to kick things off as a new DOOM game has been something people having been clamoring for.

Dishonored 2 was officially shown off for the first time following those leaks, and holy crap does it look good. With its multiple protagonists and continuation of the first game’s ominous and dark tone, this is definitely one of my most anticipated upcoming games. Kind of a bummer that we only got a CG trailer, but for a first official reveal I can overlook that… for now.

However, the biggest game of their show was always going to be Fallout 4, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. We got some great looks at how the game works from the setting, character customization, plot and a lot more. The game looks absolutely fantastic and really got me excited for it even though I was left unimpressed by its initial announcement. It is, without question, going to be one of the biggest and best releases of the year. I’m tellin’ ya right now!

Props to Bethesda, as they really brought the big guns with them and delivered a solid show for everyone to experience. Now they aren’t going to have one of these every year and that gives them time to stockpile some big stuff to share, but it’s still one of the best showings to happen at this year’s E3 press conferences.

Judgment: Condone

Sony E3 2015 Press Conference

1. Sony

There were some other really solid showings this year, but Sony completely blew everyone else away. Seriously, it is not even close here: Sony won.

They kicked things off with one of 3 humongous bombs via the unveiling of the long-delayed and assumed dead The Last Guardian, which looked stunning. The visual style and gameplay looked great and definitely had a sort of ICO vibe to it that I loved. They even ended it with the information that it would be launching next year, so now we know that it’s happening for sure!

The next humongous bomb was the announcement of the Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is something that fans have been begging for for YEARS. They showed a brief cinematic video for it, and it looked incredible with visuals that rival the beautiful Advent Children movie. It’s probably very early on in development, but it’s happening!

Their third and final humongous bomb was the best of all and one that I can’t even believe happened: the announcement of Shenmue III. As soon as I heard the game’s iconic theme I literally got goosebumps. A video was shown revealing a Kickstarter for the game, which lead to Yu Suzuki coming out to the stage to countdown the beginning of the campaign. It was a moment for the history books as millions of Shenmue fans are finally getting the continuation of the series they have been waiting over a decade for now.

Even outside of these 3 huge announcements, Sony still had a lot of other games to show off that also looked fantastic. Horizon: Zero Dawn looked like an awesome blend of medieval and futuristic fantasy adventure, while the trailer for Firewatch had me laughing at its great dialogue and left me in suspense with its final and unexpected moments. They even ended it all with an incredible look at gameplay from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which only further solidified how hyped I am for that game.

Oh, and there was also that little announcement that Sony is now getting all DLC first for the Call of Duty series over Microsoft, which is a huge blow. Call of Duty has been Xbox’s darling for nearly a decade now, with tons of MLG players dumping hundreds of dollars and hours into the Xbox versions to compete and be the best. Now, all of those people are going to have to come over to PlayStation 4, which has a lot of people pissed if the whole #XboxOrWeRiot petition thing hasn’t made that clear.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Sony won E3 with its press conference, as they probably had enough content here to win several press conferences if they really wanted to. We got announcements for 3 huge games that everyone has been waiting an eternity for in one night, with information of other solid games sprinkled throughout. It was just an incredible showing and one that I won’t soon forget.

Judgment: Condone

And that marks the end of my E3 2015 press conference discussion/ranking. Overall, it was a really solid showing of games with only a couple of conferences that really dropped the ball. There are so many amazing games to look forward to in the near future, and I can’t wait to see if they all live up to the hype. Thank you for reading, guys!

Get Ahead In Games The Right Way

If you want to get ahead in games, there are a few sure-fire ways to go about it.

Depending on which way your moral compass points, you could cheat. A quick search online will give you controller combos and ways to go around challenging gameplay so you can advance your way through the narrative like a sneak.

However, if you’d rather attack challenges in the game the way they were intended, sans shortcuts, a lot of games feature built-in ways that allow you to get ahead without taking the easy route.

For starters, you can take advantage of the downloadable content available for your game. You can upgrade weapons, increase your character’s skills, and even open new story lines. Think of utilizing downloadable content like actually sending in a mail-in rebate. It’s a pain in the ass to wait for it to be a useable asset, but once you get it, the hassle is always well worth it.

If you want some feedback before entering your credit card information, use the customer ratings on DLCompare instead of selecting options blindly. Sure, most of them are going to take a long time time to download, but many can help better your gameplay ten-fold.

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Believe it or not, perfecting your poker game is also a great way to go about it. Some games like Red Dead Redemption and Fallout: New Vegas offer players the opportunity to gain more money and fame by testing their skills at the tables.

If you check out the guide on Betfair, you can teach yourself how to play five card stud, for example, using their experts’ explanation of need-to-know lingo. There are also plenty of tips on the best ways to bet (in addition to in-depth explanations of other poker variants). Using their guide, you can earn money to buy a better horse in Red Dead Redemption or upgrade your weapon in Fallout.

Finally, brushing up on your math skills can help you get ahead without feeling like a cheater. As Quora writer Matthew S. Stenquist explains, games couldn’t exist without math.

“From having the ability to calculate the trajectory of an Angry Bird flying through the sky, to ensuring that a character can jump and come back down to the ground—without the help of mathematics, games simply wouldn’t work.”

Besides finding the right angles to use in Angry Birds, you can gauge which weapons are best to use in certain situations. For example, check out this word problem:

You’re coming up on a level with 20 enemies. You can either use a shotgun or an assault rifle. It takes two shotgun shells to kill each bad guy. You have a total of 40 shells. Your accuracy with the shotgun is just over 50 percent.

On the other hand, it takes three assault rifle bullets to kill each bad guy. You have a total of 60 bullets. Your accuracy with the assault rifle is 40 percent.

So, then, which gun should you use before entering enemy territory?

Truthfully, I don’t care to figure out the answer. I was always bad at math, but you get the idea.

And you told your math teacher you’d never use this stuff…

My Top 10 Favorite Video Games Of 2014

A lot of great (and not so great) games released in 2014, but this is my effort to try and whittle my favorites down to just 10… plus 1.

2014 has come and gone and with it came many games that are worth your time and many that are not. It was a year that some found disappointing due to several of the year’s most anticipated games being pushed back to 2015, while also being a result of many AAA titles shipping in bug-riddled states. While it may not have been the attention-grabbing year that had games that everyone was drooling over such as 2013’s The Last of Us or BioShock Infinite, I still feel that it was a very strong year that had some exceptional games to play, especially if you were willing to dig a little deeper into the pile of smaller-budget titles. So, without further ado or adon’t, I present you my top 10 video games of 2014.

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10. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

The Donkey Kong Country series returned in 2014 with Tropical Freeze, a game that improved upon the Wii’s Donkey Kong Country Returns in a lot of ways. The level designs were more varied, the soundtrack was phenomenal and the HD visuals were drop-dead gorgeous. Not to mention that the game had some of the year’s best boss fights that were extremely challenging and fun. It came out very early in the year, but Tropical Freeze is definitely one that more people should be checking out if they own a Wii U.

Read my review for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze right here.

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9. Far Cry 4 (PlayStation 4)

Is Far Cry 4 more of an extension of Far Cry 3 rather than an entirely unique game in its own right? Yes! Does that mean that it doesn’t improve upon everything that game did and result in an even more satisfying experience? Hell no! Far Cry 4‘s Kyrat is one of the most beautifully-rendered open worlds I’ve ever experienced, with a fantastic and lush design that is overflowing with engaging content. Just roaming through the land while taking over outposts and the all-new fortresses or making your way to the top of radio towers to reveal more quests is always a blast, with each encounter feeling unique from the others due to unpredictable enemy AI and wildlife. Oh, and the story gets the job done, too, with Troy Baker delivering an awesome performance as Pagan Min. Ubisoft may have been at the butt end of a lot of jokes in 2014, but I can at least say that they got it right with Far Cry 4.

Read my review for Far Cry 4 right here.

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8. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Mario Kart 8 continues the trend of gradual refinements over previous games in the series, which is still a formula that works really well. Anti-gravity is a great new mechanic that results in some really impressive tracks, while Mario Kart TV adds a nice level of user customization as you can view and play around with race replays. The game also feels more balanced than recent games in the series, with an item that actually lets you fend off the dreaded blue shell. It helps that it’s also visually stunning, making it the best-looking Wii U game to date. More could have been done with the game’s battle mode, but the game’s core focus of racing is so damn-near perfect and the online modes so smooth that any shortcomings are easy to look. Mario Kart is back and better than ever.

Read my review for Mario Kart 8 right here.

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7. Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)

This is a game that people aren’t talking about nearly enough this year, as Kirby: Triple Deluxe is one of the best games that the 3DS has to offer. The Kirby platforming is as fun as ever, and sucking up enemies to obtain unique abilities continues to be extremely awesome. The fantastic single-player mode is a blast from start to finish, and the game itself is jam-packed with additional content to keep you playing for a long time. Apart from the singleplayer you have the awesome Super Smash Bros.-esque Kirby Fighters and the addictive rhythm game Dedede’s Drum Dash. It’s just one of the most feature-rich packages of the year that is filled with content that is actually worth your time and money.

Read my review for Kirby: Triple Deluxe right here.

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6. South Park: The Stick of Truth (PlayStation 3)

The most hilarious game of the year easily goes to South Park: The Stick of Truth. This game actually feels like one really long episode of the classic TV show, with the show’s creators playing an active role in the game’s development. The game’s turn-based RPG gameplay is simple-yet-fun, taking a more action-centric approach that is similar to the Mario & Luigi games. There are many moments that the game had me laughing like an idiot, and the fact that there aren’t too many games that even go for that any more is what makes The Stick of Truth truly special.

Read my review for South Park: The Stick of Truth right here.

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5. Wolfenstein: The New Order (Xbox One)

Definitely one of the most pleasant surprises of the year, Machine Games managed to bring back the Wolfenstein series in spectacular fashion. It has a much more retro feel to it compared to many of the other shooters on the market, with a single-player campaign that is consistently challenging and memorable. The alternate history where the Nazis won World War II and took over the world is horrifying, and being part of a small group of people trying to take back the world from such a ruthless regime is about as engaging as it gets. I have huge respect for Machine Games nixing multiplayer to focus entirely on the single-player, as that’s a notion that is completely unheard of in this day and age for shooter games. If you’re looking for the shooter of the year, you need look no further than Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Read my review for Wolfenstein: The New Order right here.

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4. Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)

The most ridiculous game of the year, and I mean that in the best way possible. Bayonetta 2 relishes in absurdity as it constantly hurls over-the-top characters, set pieces and humor at the player that it’s impossible to not be in awe most of the time. Bayonetta is one of the best protagonists of recent memory, with her bad-ass demeanor and pistol heels resulting in many a moment of sheer brilliance. It’s as if the developers tried to cram as much action into every frame as they could, with so many intense sequences and boss fights happening from start to finish that I eventually lost count of them all. The game even features a surprisingly-good online mode, where you can take on enemies with one other player in a battle for the high score. It may not change a ton over the original game, but Bayonetta 2 consistently trumps its already excellent predecessor.

Read my review for Bayonetta 2 right here.

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3. Dark Souls II (PlayStation 3)

From Software has been on a roll for years now, beginning with 2009’s PlayStation 3-exclusive Demon’s Souls, through 2011’s Dark Souls and now 2014’s Dark Souls II. Each game has taken the basic formula of throwing the player into a horrifying world that is filled with things looking to kill you at every corner, and ensuring that the only way the player will survive is by learning things the hard way. In others words: dying over and over and learning from your mistakes. While some may say that Dark Souls II may be more of the same, there is a lot to be said about a game that is just masterfully-designed, regardless of any lack of innovation. I felt that Dark Souls II blended elements of the first two Souls games into a package that firmly stood on the same ground as both of those titles, resulting in it being one of my absolute favorites of the year.

Read my review for Dark Souls II right here.

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2. Shovel Knight (Wii U)

The fact that Shovel Knight is so high on this list speaks volumes about what the essentials are to make a great game. This is an indie game developed with 8-bit graphics that simply oozes personality and charm, but it’s the perfectly-tuned gameplay that makes this game infinitely replayable. You are a lone valiant knight whose sole weapon is a ShovelBlade, which is certainly a curious choice of weapon as you are able to not only take down enemies but dig through certain obstacles and perform various maneuvers with it. Couple this with fantastic and challenging level design and a simple yet surprisingly impactful story and characters and you have the year’s best platformer by far. This game could have easily released in the early ’90’s alongside the likes of Super Mario 3 and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and would stand toe-to-toe with them, and that is soaring praise indeed.

Read my review for Shovel Knight right here.

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1. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc & Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PlayStation Vita)

Okay, I know that there are at least two things going through your head right now:

1) How can he have two games as his #1 game of the year?

2) What the heck is a Danganronpa?

Alright, let me tackle the first question by saying that both Danganronpa 1 and 2 both released in 2014 and are both part of the same story, so I felt that, in this special circumstance, including them both would be justifiable.

Oh, and it also helps that both games kick ass.

Answering the second question will take a bit more detail, as both games have a lot going for them. The Danganronpa games are visual novels that have a court-room element to them similar to the Phoenix Wright games, but that is where any and all similarities end. In both games you are a student among a group of students that find themselves trapped in an area by a diabolical teddy bear named Monokuma, and the only way to escape the area is to murder one of the other students and get away with it. The quality of the writing in both of these games is some of the best that I have ever experienced, as all of the characters are so interesting and the murderous schemes and eventual trials that were a result of them constantly had me on the edge of my seat. Most of these kinds of games I can predict exactly where something is going, but both of the Danganronpa games proved me wrong and blew my mind time and time again. Plain and simple, these were the two games that I kept thinking about well after I saw the credits roll, which is why they both grace the top spot for my favorite video games of 2014 list.

Read my reviews for Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair right here and right here.

5 Great Casino Games For Consoles

Here’s a list of 5 casino games for those who are in the mood for some simple yet addicting gaming.

With the developments in the gaming industry leading to ground-breaking new consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the quality and variety of games being released in the market are getting stronger and wider. However, the smaller genre niche genres are also seeing a noticeable boost in both quality and popularity thanks to the boom in indie development. One such niche genre which has slowly grown in popularity over the last several years is casino games, which is due in large part to their ease of access in the online gaming world and their relatively simple and fun mechanics. Here are a few examples of the best ever to be released on console platforms:

Casino Kid

Released back in 1989 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Casino Kid was one of the first casino-themed games for console platforms. Set in the fictional city of Lost Wages (a spoof of Las Vegas), the aim of the game was to conquer all the casinos and defeat the evil King. To become champion you had to win at games such as poker and blackjack, as well as collect winnings from the slot machines.

World Championship Poker: Featuring Howard Lederer – All In

The Howard Lederer All-In World Championship Poker game is one of the more versatile poker games available for the PSP. Not only do you get to play poker at the highest level, you can also customize the character of you avatar and use this to develop a personal poker playing style. The game is also available on both PS2 and PS3, with the ability to play online with up to 8 people.

Caesar’s Palace

Created by Virgin Interactive for the classic Gameboy back in 1992, the game was a great way for underage players to gain an experience in casino gambling. Although Caesars Palace was purely for entertainment purposes, each player was given $2000 in chips and had to play their way through the likes of the Big Wheel Six and Video Poker in an attempt to make as much money as possible.

Slottso Party

For a little outrageous casino fun it is difficult to better Slottso Party. It isn’t a game to be taken too seriously, but if you enjoy a little bingo and instant wins in a tournament setting then you will love this one on your Xbox. Speaking of slots, it is worth comparing this game to other slot machine games out there on sites like http://www.jackpotcity.org where you can see the differences in gameplay and winnings.

World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions Review

Available for the Nintendo Wii, the World Series of Poker is a story-based game in which you are cast as an up-and-coming poker professional who has the assistance of Chris Ferguson to become the tournament champion. The game has an easy interface to use and allows you to try your hand at a variety of different casino-based games in your quest of becoming the Poker King.

My Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2014

These are the 10 video games that have me giggling with anticipation for year 2014.

My Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2014

 

So… most people usually publish these kinds of lists at the very beginning of the year, but hey, I’m not most people (and let me tell you, that’s a good thing for society as a whole). Anyways, the first month of the year was pretty slow, and now there’s finally some potentially awesome games on the horizon for gamers. So, without further ado (or adon’t), here are my most anticipated video games of 2014. Continue reading “My Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2014”