Casual News – Persona 5 Arrived

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Things just got very real in our home today. If I don’t make it back, tell my family I love them.

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Casual Reviews – Dark Souls III

Guys and gals, let me just say I’ve missed you all. I have moved through 4 time zones, a new climate, and 57 bonfires to bring you this casual review.

I like to change things up. I like reviewing games back-to-back that are different. As casual gamers, we are a very diverse group with specific casual needs and casual interests. Bloodborne was my last review before I moved, so the last thing I expected was to be in my new home reviewing Dark Souls III for your reading pleasure. I apologize. Somewhere between the Continental Divide and the East Coast I lost my way in a desire for something stable.

If you read my Bloodborne review, you’ll remember how I felt about FromSoftware’s Dark Souls series and you will join in my shock at discovering that…I can’t believe I’m saying this…Dark Souls III was my rock. My comfort food.

Let’s dig in, shall we?

Environment

When looking around the environment of Dark Souls III, it’s difficult not to quote the most wholesome man on earth, known as Donald Trump: “What the hell is going on???” Embers, cinders, estus flasks, estus shards, bone shards, titanite shards…just about everything has a shard. There’s a handful of very depressed, cryptic-speaking NPCs to invite to your firelink shrine, and interacting with them is not unlike having your first tamagotchi pet. Many of them will end up dead at various times and it’s rather unclear why.  Continue reading

Casual News – A Gaming Drought is Coming

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Guys and gals, I’d like to announce the newest addition to our gaming family!

It’s gonna be awhile before I can game on my PS4 again. I know, I know what you’re thinking…how will you ever decide if you want a game that’s already been out for a year or two without my input? I am deeply sorry for this, but my wife and I are moving across the country. Believe in your gamer’s intuition for the coming months!

To cope with this drought, my wife is finally getting a new Nintendo system. I acquired one of the Fire Emblem Fates to play along the road trip as well. Why did I chose Conquest, you ask? Let me answer that by asking you this…would you rather be a Lannister or a Stark?

We would have gotten Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, however, they were sold out in this remote section of Alaska. We will most likely pick it up on a stop along the way.

Everyone, my PS4 is packed. Our honeymoon stage is over. We have to get through some dark times now. I ask you to be patient with me. We can face this obstacle as a unit, and I believe we will be stronger for it.

In the meantime, I have a favor to ask. If any of you stream on Twitch, share your accounts with me in the comments so I can live vicariously through you! Also, if anyone has any good 3DS recommendations, that would be appreciated.

Casual Reviews – Bloodborne

Settle in with some hot cocoa, a blanket, your significant other (if applicable), and hang with me for a bit. This one got long quick…I apologize.

As a casual gamer, there are games I am…apprehensive to partake in. Games so deep in the underbelly of the gaming world that only the hardcore/elite can digest them without developing gaping ulcers in their pride. I had heard of FromSoftware…I planned to tell my casual gaming children bedtime stories about FromSoftware some day, to keep them from misbehaving.

My first experience was when I crashed with a few guys and gals I didn’t know (it’s a long story). One couple, dressed in all black, tattered clothes, with metal skulls, dragon pendants, and crosses adorning different parts of their bodies, was cuddled in the living room playing a video game. Common ground, right? Wrong…so wrong. The girl offered me the controller. I took it from her black nail polished hands. I smiled confidently. I had just made a friend.

I proceeded to die more times than I knew possible in a video game.

The game was Dark Souls. The mere mention of Dark Souls causes me to retreat as I mutter, “I am not worthy…I am not worthy.”

Enter my wife.

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Casual Reviews – Fallout 4

Once I watched a movie that is viewed by many as a classic. A monumental moment in cinema history. It involves spaceships…I like spaceships. It involves an excellent score…I like soundtracks. It involves a rogue robot…done. Sold. Take me on this epic adventure! Bring it!

Almost three hours later, I had finished a mostly silent film whose pace rivals that of the most terrifying creature on planet earth…the sloth. Not to mention, a giant space baby.

2001: A Space Odyssey left me feeling very lost, with little connection to the characters. It was long and I didn’t care about most of the scenes, beautiful as they were.

Fallout 4 has done the impossible. It has recreated this experience and expanded it to 30-40 hours of main-story-only gameplay. Continue reading

Casual Reviews – Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Warning: The following trailer is NSFW…and NSFBC (Not Safe For Brain Cells)

Sometimes you just know when something is Right. I’m talking about truth in its purest, most basic form. Right with a capital R. It’s explicit. You don’t have to think about it.

Bacon? Correct…bacon is good, bacon is Right.

James Earl Jones is Darth Vader…that is Right.

Staying in the Star Wars universe, you know this one is coming…Han shoots first. That is Right.

S’mores at a campfire…can’t be more Right.

Sean Bean dies…Right.

Donald Trump would never have support to become the President of the United States…hahaha that is so Right I can’t…hehehe…believe my brain even came up with that notion. He he…I mean am I right or am…I…I can’t…wow, sorry guys but I’m a little choked up. *sniffle* Let me get a new keyboard. The saltwater from my tears for my nation corroded this one.

Anyway, Far Cry in cheesy 80’s form? Yes please. Continue reading

Casual Reviews – King’s Quest Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember

King’s Quest made me feel like a kid again. That sounds great at first, but think back to being a kid for a second. Think about choices you made, things that seemed so important at the time…the games you played over and over again because you had no other options.

That’s the kid King’s Quest awoke inside me.

If you can’t relate to that inner child, then you either grew up in a rich family with guardians that didn’t restrict your games, or you just didn’t play video games. In either case, I just can’t comprehend you.

Environment

Graphically the game is similar to The Walking Dead/Borderlands with a dash of Disney design. It looks good, and will certainly age more gracefully than others. The world is very Disney, with goofy characters and childish jokes, and the story is…the story is much like this post…uninspired. I am having such a hard time writing this because I don’t know really what to say about it. You play as a dude who wants to be a knight and must pass a bunch of tests by solving puzzles. It’s great…if you’re a kid who has no other gaming options.

The honest truth is…your character is a douchemiester. Continue reading