Anthem’s Tomb Challenges Are Not Great

For as much as I’ve enjoyed Anthem up to this point, mission design has not been its strong suit. The game goes a long way to dress up its rigid approach with cutscenes and tons of dialogue, but the facade isn’t enough to hide the fact that you’re doing the same handful of tasks repeatedly. If the combat and flying wasn’t as great as it is, I may have dropped this game by now.

Having said all that, I’ve finally hit a point where the mission structure has changed. But now the game is worse?

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Video Games? Why Would I Play Those?

Though I’ve managed to keep the daily post streak going, there hasn’t been much for me to write about in terms of new gaming reviews and impressions. Let’s talk about that for a moment.

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The Makers of Left 4 Dead Are Making a Spiritual Successor in Back 4 Blood

Turtle Rock Studios and Warner Bros. have announced that they’re teaming up to create the zombie horde shooter Back 4 Blood. With Turtle Rock being the original team behind Left 4 Dead, this is the right team for a spiritual successor to a fan favourite.

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Overwatch and a Broken Hip!

Recently, I was playing some Overwatch while trying to test some configuration adjustments to make the image quality better. While doing so, a new follower (thanks Pokemaster457!) shares the story of how he just broke his hip! Ouch! You can skip to the broken hip story here if you like.

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Warming Up to Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

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The bar for fighting games in modern times is higher than ever.  From AAA efforts like Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Mortal Kombat 11, to indie titles like Skullgirls and Pocket Rumble, the genre is now packed with games that are built with smart combat mechanics, accessibility, depth, balance, and tournament viability in mind. Even licensed games like Dragon Ball FighterZ headlined the EVO main stage while outselling previous Dragon Ball fighting games by making a title that appealed to both fans of the show and the hardcore tournament crowd.

Though I’ve had my concerns about the upcoming Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid due to it being a licensed game and featuring mediocre graphics, the fact that Justin Wong was working on the game as a balance consultant gave me hope that this might not be a cash grab. After watching the game’s first live stream, I have more hope that this will reach the standard set by other competitive fighting games on the market.

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No Healers Meta, Games That Defined the 2010s, and Mom Interrupting the Stream! Jett and Randy Play Overwatch!

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Randy returns with his ukelele! This time, we’re playing Overwatch. Watch us stumble upon a new winning meta, discuss some of the biggest games of the 2010s, and watch our mom interrupt the stream! Oh, and I guess some Overwatch action as well.

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Jett and Randy Play Paladins! And Ukeleles!

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Randy and I reunite in the world of Paladins after an extended hiatus from the game. We try out the latest character Imani, who seems really cool! Also, we poorly play ukelele!

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Older Games I Want to Cross Off My Bucket List

A few years back, I made the tough decision to sell off the vast majority of my backlog. From that point onward, I’ve made it a point to only buy games that I was ready to play in the near future. I also minimized the number of games I would play at once, pretty much capping my limit to one-at-a-time so that I get the most out of each. Though I buy fewer games and play fewer games nowadays, I’m largely comfortable with the way my approach has allowed me to squeeze the most out of my gaming dollars while not having to carry the weight of dozens (or hundreds) of games vying for my attention.

And yet I still have a backlog. A few games slipped through those cracks, while I began gaining interest in others relatively recently. Here are some titles I’m hoping to cross off my bucket list someday!

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Anthem, Review Scores, and Evaluating a Game on My Own Terms

Will be the first to admit that review scores play a heavy role in my game purchasing decisions. From the moment I got my first GamePro magazine in 1994, checking the opinions of critics before plunking down the funds on a game is a must. It sucks to spend so much on a game and not have it meet your expectations. Most recently, I cancelled my Crackdown 3 preorder after reading the reviews and watching its Metacritic score crash to a 60 out of 100.

Having said that, Anthem came out not long after and also was smacked with a 60 out of 100 Metacritic score. With the BioWare pedigree behind it, this seems like an even bigger disappointment than Microsoft’s exclusive offering. Yet, here I am, playing Anthem and generally having a good time with it.

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Jenna and Randy Join Me for Overwatch!

My brother Randy and my cousin Jenna join me for a number of Overwatch matches! While we play, we chat about eating exotic meats, the Phoenix Wright series, Jenna’s epic freeze, and my toddler nephew makes his streaming debut!

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Frozen Jenna

My Japanese copy of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney on DS

Eating Exotic Meats

My toddler nephew makes his streaming debut!

How good was the Xbox 360?

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