If You're Disappointed With No Man's Sky, Try Xenoblade Chronicles X

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Aug 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

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Trembling disappointment has engulfed the gaming landscape. The messianic No Man's Sky, a game that fans literally launched death threats over reports of its delay, has finally be released.

Some people liked it. Some found it wanting. Word is that it's boring, aimless, endless, and zen. That's pretty bold, releasing a game with so few objectives. Then again, Minecraft didn't make 1 billion dollars by accident.

To those of you who feel disappointed over No Man's Sky, don't sweat it. There's a zen-like alien-planet exploration game with vehicles and endless, freakish alien monsters.

Here's why you should give Xenoblade Chronicles X a shot:

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Topics: Wii U Review, video games

What Would it Take for a PS4 Monster Hunter Game to be Successful?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Aug 16, 2016 12:00:00 PM

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No Man's Sky and Pokemon Go's releases this summer really get you thinking: what if a game on such a scale had a game attached to it? Your mind might drift to the MMO genre, matching its scope and size.

Is that truly what you seek?

In reality, a full-sized, HD Monster Hunter game on PS4 or Xbox One is what your mind is imagining.

Let's actually consider what it would take for a PS4 Monster Hunter game to be successful?

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Topics: video games

Simple Answers no. 10: Why is Suicide Squad getting so much hate?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Aug 3, 2016 10:54:14 AM

suicide-squad-title-card.gifThis is a recurring segment, with a recently-updated title, "Simple Answers," where I gather the questions I come across on the Internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's question again addresses the controversial DC Extended Universe movies. Previously, we drilled down into the reasons why Zack Snyder is allowed to keep making movies.

Today, we talk about why the Batman V Superman follow-up Suicide Squad is getting so much hate.

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Topics: Review, video games, whiny questions, simple answers, shared universe

Simple Answers no. 8: Why do people hate Pokemon Go?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

pokemon-go-squirtle.jpgThis is a recurring segment, with a recently-updated title, "Simple Answers," where I gather the questions I come across on the Internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's question again concerns the summertime mobile-phone phenomenon, Pokemon Go.

Never mind the fact that the game is inviting traumatized war veterans and autistic children to socialize in public in a safe environment, there are clusters of people that are outright opposed to the game.

Why is that?

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Topics: Review, online etiquette, video games, technology

Why Didn't They Make Monster Hunter Generations For PS4 and Xbox One?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Jul 15, 2016 12:00:00 PM

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Monster Hunter Generations released today on Nintendo 3DS. The buzz is positive. It seems even people with usually bad taste and worse haircuts like. Fans are definitely excited. Trouble is, American players are rightfully wondering why they don't make these games they love in the format they enjoy the most: on their giant freaking televisions using their freaking expensive home consoles.

It's a matter of economics.

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Topics: video games

Whiny Questions, Simple Answers no. 2: Why Does Overwatch Have Microtransactions And RNG Loot Boxes?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Jun 7, 2016 12:00:00 PM

mercy-imp.jpgThis is a recurring segment, "Whiny Questions, Simple Answers," where I gather the whiniest question I come across on the Internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's question again concerns the recently-released Overwatch. We covered Overwatch's comparison to its competitors last time. This time the question is about its microtransaction structure and total-luck loot drops.

June 7, 2016: (post delayed from its usual Monday slot due to the death of Muhammad Ali over the weekend.)

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Whiny Questions, Simple Answers no. 1: Why Is Overwatch Praised More Than Battleborn And Star Wars Battlefront?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: May 30, 2016 12:00:00 PM

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This is a recurring segment, "Whiny Questions, Simple Answers," where I gather the whiniest question I come across on the Internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's questions concerns the recently-released Overwatch, and why it is so immediately beloved in comparison to its similarly-structured competition.

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Topics: video games, technology

The Terrible, Epic Haircuts Of Destiny's Character Creator

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 PM

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During the PS4 Destiny beta, I found myself falling into hours-long hysterical fits while creating dramatic, epic haircuts and unlovable face in the game's character creator.

I encourage you to study my full Vanilla Destiny review here and speculation on rumors surrounding the Rise of Iron expansion here.

You can also discover Ghost Little's Destiny-inspired Suns Go Dark, part of our free books collection.

You can enjoy the character creator's greatest hits below:

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Topics: video games

Wii U Sales Are Terrible: So What Is A "Next-Gen" Videogame?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Jul 31, 2013 12:00:00 PM

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The Nintendo Wii U is out. Has been since last November. It's the newest game system to hit the market, and so it shall remain until the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One launch. The Wii U is a trim piece of kit. Check it out, you can have some fun with it, especially if you don't have any other modern gaming system. The extra screen is kinda funky. Hardly intrustive, though.

Babies can use the Wii U. Non-babies can also use it, too. I promise you that your genitals will not *SHLORP* back up into your body if you touch it. The choice is yours.

Reports came out today that the Wii U sales are tanking. Does that mean the next generation of videogames has not begun? Is the Wii U really just a PS3 controlled by an iPad... thing? That's a big question, Jimmy. Let's examine it.

 

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Topics: video games

The Last Story | Nintendo Wii RPG Review

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Sep 19, 2012 12:00:00 PM

"[The Last Story] is Gears of Swords."

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Sometimes, when you're walking along in the cobblestoned Lazulis City early on in The Last Story, the princess Calista might get careless when she's following you and whack her head on the sign hanging above the blacksmith's shop. It looks like it hurts. She winces the same way anybody would.

You helped her give some guards the slip. She is following you because she likes you. She hurt her head because she's a person. The Last Story is going to teach you how to love.

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Topics: Review, Game Review, video games, Wii Review

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