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June 24, 2018 / Jett

Throwback! Mario Power Tennis on the Gamecube!

In anticipation of Mario Tennis Aces on the Switch, I take a trip back in time to remember why I didn’t like Mario Power Tennis on the Gamecube. It’s too wacky for my tastes, but to each their own!

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June 23, 2018 / Jett

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Review

Historically, my relationship with the BlazBlue franchise has been strained at best. Initially wowed by its visual splendor, its gameplay complexity was impenetrable to me. As they had done previously with the Guilty Gear franchise, they stacked character-specific mechanics on top of an already steep list of system-level mechanics onto BlazBlue, making for a game with an incredibly steep learning curve. Even now, as someone with almost a decade of serious fighting game experience under my belt, mainline BlazBlue is too much for me to handle.

When news of a BlazBlue tag-team spinoff arose, I didn’t bat an eyelid. Having been burned by the first two entries in the series, I wasn’t ready to try again. However, after having spent some time with the demo, I realized that this wasn’t the same type of BlazBlue game that didn’t work for me back then.

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June 21, 2018 / Jett

Ruby Joins the Battle! BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Matches

Weiss takes a back seat for Ruby to shine! Does she have what it takes to star as part of my dynamic duo of the future?

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June 20, 2018 / Jett

Dead or Alive 6 and its Fight for Legitimacy

A few years back, I bought Dead or Alive 5 almost on a lark. It was part of an EB Games one-day-only sale for an incredibly low price and my curiousity got the best of me. As a fighting game enthusiast, I figured a few bucks here could at least give me a base knowledge of what the franchise was about, beyond the obvious fan service factor. To my surprise, I found a quality fighting game underneath the scantily-clad characters and exaggerated…physics. Though I didn’t stick with the game for too long, I came away from it far more enthused about its gameplay than its saucy presentation.

Had I not run into that deal-of-the-day with money to burn, I probably would still be a stranger to the franchise, as the stigma around its provocative presentation has been a deterrent for me. I imagine many others feel the same way. However, with the recent announcement of Dead or Alive 6 at E3 2018, it looks like Koei Tecmo wants to change that.

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June 19, 2018 / Jett

Trading, In-Game Friends Lists and Gifting are Coming to Pokemon Go

Finally!

Years after its 2016 launch, Pokemon Go is about to receive one of its most requested features: trading. This is actually part of a larger update that implements a whole new friend system with gifts and other bonuses for playing together!

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June 18, 2018 / Jett

Azrael As It Gets! BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Matches

In tough against a player with 500+ more wins than me, and we’re still only in week 2!

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June 17, 2018 / Jett

Azul Review

Inspired by Potugese ceramic tiles, Azul is an abstract strategy game in which players create decorative walls in order to gain the most points. As someone who can take issue with some of the more banal themes behind European-style board games, just hearing the concept for this one made my eyes roll into the back of my head. After having played a few times, the theme still doesn’t excite me at all, but the game sure is fun to play.

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June 16, 2018 / Jett

Team Ragna/Weiss! – BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Matches

Still VERY early in my BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle journey, but it’s still a lot of fun and I think I have the start of a team here!

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June 15, 2018 / Jett

E3 2018 Wrap-Up! – Boss Rush: Episode 3

Jett and Jason tackle most of the big news from E3 2018. Did Microsoft bring the Xbox back to life? Was Sony’s lineup of games too much of the same? Did an overload of Smash Bros. Ultimate bring the rest of Nintendo’s presentation down? And why do people pay hundreds of dollars to go to a spa swimming pool only to not swim in it?

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June 14, 2018 / Jett

Pokemon Quest Impressions

Somewhat overlooked in the hype created by the Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee reveals, Pokemon Quest was revealed and released on the eShop on the same night. As the latest spin-off game in the franchise, you venture off Tumblecube Island; a world where the land and its inhabitants exist in voxel-form. Based solely on the game’s free-to-play premise and quirky art direction, I was ready to outright dismiss this game without even giving it a shot. Many hours of gameplay later, and I’m glad I gave this a chance.

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