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My 8-bit love

I started my old NES up a few days ago and played “Mike Tyson Punch-Out”. Now Punch-Out is a type of game that I want to beat. I am a completionist, not some type of person who wants to get all the trophies or achievements. That is still is great to get all those achievements but I need to beat the game. Revisiting this game and other like this makes me nostalgic for these old school games. Real games. No save points. Long hours on the couch, with nothing else but the controller in one hand and a handful of gummy worms in the other. Back in the day these games were unforgiving. For me, playing as a 5 year old was brutal but I had a secret…My brother.

That family gaming.

That family gaming.

Before I delve into some of my favorite memories, let me give you a little history. My brother is a huge inspiration in my life. Without him I would have never loved video games. From the time I was little, I looked up to him. Literally…He was about six feet tall. There was an age difference but that didn’t matter. The farthest back I can remember in my life was my brother and I playing some game. In my family there is a bit of an age difference between my brother and me. There is a 13 year age difference. I missed most of his life due to me being a baby. Video gaming brought us together. These games like Castlevania and Sonic the Hedgehog bonded us. They created memories that I will never forget.

My go-to game with my brother.

My go-to game with my brother.

My best memories were of my brother and I staying up on the weekends trying to beat a game. We invented couch Co-Op before that was even a thing. I can distinctly remember a time where holding my own in a game with my brother. My brother bought me some Nerds and Starbursts to last the weekend. With the smell of a new game, we were off! Playing Sega’s Altered Beast was a hard game for me. You started as a human, than after a power-up orb you transformed into a werewolf and so on. Well as a little kid that was difficult. My brother would encourage me to defeat the boss and transform. Then he would take my controller and do it for me. This time I held my own. I defeated the boss and finally transformed! I was so happy but I could not celebrate. The game did not stop on that account. Level Two awaits us. I can’t remember if we competed that game, all I can recall is the fun we had. From that point on all things that were related to video games, I had to get. I was hooked.

Photo by Man Crates

Photo by Man Crates

Man Crates asked me to write a blog post about gaming nostalgia and what would be in my crate if I could build one. Well I would choose a savory and sweet combo. Each one of these picks are practical. Meaning you can still game and eat. You have to have the classic bag of pizza Combos and you can’t go wrong with the bubble gum Big League Chew. For me the candy necklace was my go to. Form and function all in one. Finally you have to add Nerds. Two different taste separated in one box. Now if you can’t get all these items, why not head to Man Crates and take a look at the Retro Gamer Crate. This includes a Retro-Bit NES console with two games and a great variety of candy from from when games were challenging. In addition to all this retro gaming goodness, why not head over to Man Crates and you can see other cool gifts for guys that you can get!

Tell me what would be in your gaming crate in the comments below! Knower of comic books, video games, and other useless information. Please leave your message after the beep. Follow me on twitter: @mxaghost

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Trick or Treat: Halloween comes early for Gotham

Tensions are high.The streets are littered with thugs. Batman’s days are numbered. We are thrust into Gotham City, in the final chapter of the Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight. With this review, I’ll try to leave the spoilers out. Many people (including me) want to play the game with the story intact.

Story

Batman: Arkham Knight takes place one year after the events of Arkham City. With the death of a major starting this game, you knew this story was going to be extremely difficult for Batman. The main story-line goes as follows: Scarecrow threatens Gotham City with his all new “fear toxin” and the city evacuates. A new villain shows up calling himself Arkham Knight. For one night, Scarecrow and Arkham Knight team up to take down the bat. As always with the arkham series, Rocksteady takes their time to craft the a very well written story. Each element is extremely detailed.

The Maestro of Villainy!

The Maestro of Villainy!

From the conversations that each enemy has on the street to the side stories. The amazing thing is that they make sense. Each one is grounded in Batman lore and also makes complete sense in this lone story. The side stories in are not fully fleshed out like in the main story but still take on a light of their own. Azrael story has him trying to prove himself to Batman. Penguin has a gun running operation that you have to stop with Nightwing. Even Man-Bat shows up with a creepy story-line yet satisfying story. The first ending is completes the story but after completing 100% of the Gotham’s Most Wanted, you receive the ending for the series finale. The end all be all.

Gameplay

You are Batman. You have his skills, talents and his utility belt. You start in this game with all other upgrades from the previous games. Visually and physically, each of Batman’s gadgets are updated. Plus, is new Disruptor weapon is a nice addition. Just like in all previous games, you can upgrade Batman and his tech. One upgrade you should invest in right away is the grapnel gun boost. That will help you from the beginning to glide wherever you want.
Introduced in this game is the Batmobile.  This monstrosity of a machine is virtually unstoppable. With a simple trigger pull, the Batmobile changes into a tank. Outfitted with a 60mm Vulcan gun, you can destroy anything in your path. As cool as it is, you wonder why would Batman have a tank… Well because tanks are involved.

Lock N' Load!

Lock N’ Load!

The Arkham Knight did not come alone. He has an army. Much like the plot of Arkham City, his army will stop at nothing to destroy the bat. To back up this army, drone tanks are provided. This is where the battle mode of the Batmobile comes in handy. If I have only one problem with this game it is the battle mode. (This is the same problem every other reviewer had too.) Transformation into the tank is a simple trigger pull but you have to hold down that trigger. This Bat-tank can and maneuver circles around anything but let go of that trigger and you lose your mobility. While on Twitter, I found that you can toggle the battle mode of the Batmobile. Once I did this, this changes the whole game. Toggling the battle mode locks the transformation. Having your hands free for higher priorities, such as tank elimination.
Like I said the story part of the review, the side stories are important. Not just story wise but gameplay too. Each of these stories hone your skills as the Dark Knight. Two-Face’s mission teaches you how to stalk and eliminate enemies silently. Man-Bat’s teaches the fundamentals for gliding. Also introduced in this game are AR Challenges. These teach the basic skills of The Dark Knight and the Batmobile.

Overall, Batman: Arkham Knight is one amazing game, yet it is not with out its flaws. The tagline on the box art is true: “Be The Batman”. You are Batman, you embody all of his fears and strengths. As the final game in the Batman: Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight is the epitome of the Batman experience. This is one game you should play.

9.3/10

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One Shall Stand and One Shall Game!

Before E3 there were rumors of a new Transformers game. Now we have confirmation of this game. Activision teamed up with development studio Platinum Games Inc. Based on Hasbro’s colossal entertainment franchise, Transformers: Devastation is a third-person action-brawler game with a breathtaking comic book-inspired visual style.

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PlatinumGames utilizes cel-shaded artwork to create updated versions of the bold, brightly colored designs of the original G1 Transformers cartoon characters. The game features a story inspired by the IDW comic book universe and includes the talents of amazing voice actors like Dan Gilvezan as Bumblebee, Frank Welker as Megatron and Soundwave, Gregg Berger as Grimlock, and Peter Cullen as the legendary Optimus Prime.

Accourding to Activision and Platinum Games, “TRANSFORMERS: Devastation harnesses the unique abilities of its heroes to convert from robot to vehicle form to extraordinary effect. In this incredibly dynamic, combo-fueled experience, players battle as one of five AUTOBOTS – OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, SIDESWIPE, WHEELJACK and GRIMLOCK. Throughout the game, players unlock new skills, forge new weapons, and augment their characters to battle against the vicious DECEPTICONS, including MEGATRON and the powerful combiner DEVASTATOR.”

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Everything E3: Sony Conference

Well, it’s finally here. The last conference of E3, Sony has to make the play of the decade. According to the internet, either Xbox or Bethesda won the E3. So here is the breakdown of the Sony conference. If you remember, Xbox announced backward compatibility and Mods with Fallout 4. If this was a pirate ship, shots were fired.

THE LAST GUARDIAN

  • IT IS REAL!!!!!!!
  • No date as of yet, just stated 2016.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

  • New IP
  • Humans fled and machines took over. Now the humans hunt the machines-animals.

Hitman

  • Travel to exotic locations
  • Beta on PlayStation first

Street Fighter V

  • Console exclusive
  • Characters: Birdy and Cammy.
  • Beta on PlayStation

No Man’s Sky

  • Giant sandbox
  • Full of choices, take sides in galactic wars.
  • IT IS BIG!!!!
  • Trading, surviving, fighting.

Dreams

  • Dreams are linked in a “dreamverse”.
  • Collaboration, making your mark in the world.
  • Create anything you can dream of.

Firewatch

  • A mystery where your only guide is your ex-wife.

Destiny: The Taken Ring

  • Someone is building a dark army. Your job is to stop it.
  • New gear, new content.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

  • Trailer focuses on the female lead, Evie Frye.
  • Play some exclusive missions.

World of Final Fantasy

  • Small chibi world.
  • Coming exclusively to PS4 and PS Vita.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

  • The remake is coming first to PS4.

Devolver Digital

  • Ronin – Vita, ninja running game.
  • Eitr – Viking type
  • Mother Russia Bleeds – 80’s brawler
  • Crossing soul

Shenmue 3

  • Save Shenmue Kickstarter announced.

Batman: Arkham Knight

  • Trailer shown. Joker died and was cremated. This is how war started.
  • Scarecrow’s fear toxin is in full force.
  • Available June 26, 2015

Project Morpheus

  • Most VR games shown are single player like The Deep.
  • Connections is key. With friends.
  • Announced RIGS – 3 v 3 robot fighting.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

  • Deepest and most intense gaming presence.
  • Single player or 4 player co-op.
  • Humans vs. Robots
  • Multiplayer- fast and fully loaded.
  • PlayStation owners first have all the maps and be invited to the beta.

Disney Infinity 3.0

  • Delivering the complete Star Wars experience.
  • Announcing exclusive, PlayStation will get these a month before others.
  • Boba Fett, first in the PlayStation starter pack.

Star Wars: Battlefront

  • Talking about different types of single or co-op missions.
  • Battles, Hero Battles, Trials, Wave type game.
  • Out, Nov 17, 2015

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

  • Visually stunning gameplay
  • Showing driving gameplay.

Everything E3: Ubisoft Conference

So, Ubisoft had their conference, here’s what they announced!

For Honor

  • New IP
  • Melee combat

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

  • Terrohunt classic brought back.
  • Single and Multiplayer modes
  • Beta Sept. 25, 2015.

Tom Clancy’s: The Division

  • Open-world online action game.
  • New zone – Dead Zone.
  • You can be a “rogue agent”.
  • Beta early next year.
  • Out March 8th, 2016.

Tom Clancy’s: Ghost Recon Wildlands

  • New IP
  • Massive open-world.
  • Many different way to plan out a mission.

Just Dance 2016

  • You don’t need a camera any more.
  • Use your smartphone regardless of console.

Anno 2205

  • Space city building game.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

  • Set in London during the height of the Industrial Revolution, players will step into the shoes of twin Master Assassins, Jacob and Evie Frye. Fighting to liberate London, Jacob and Evie help define the birth of organised crime in an adventure filled with action, intrigue and brutal combat.

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Everything E3: EA Conference

The EA’s conference had some highs and lows. Here is the rundown of what happen.

Mass Effect

  • Mass Effect: Andromeda announced. Coming holiday 2016

  • Space Cowboy confirmed???

Need for Speed

  • Deep customization with cars.
  • Urban world twice as large as Need for Speed: Rivals.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

  • Brand-new digital expansion: Knights of the Fallen Empire.
  • Option to join with friends in a variety of multiplayer missions upgraded to Level 60+.
  • Free to all subscribers of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Unravel

  • Puzzle platformer with yarn.
  • All about overcoming obstacles, both big and small.
  • A story about love and longing, and the ties that bind.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

  • Zombies have taken over Suburbia and plants are on the attack.
  • 24-player Herbal Assault mode, or rally the zombies together and defend against the plants in the 4-player co-op mode.
  • Unique solo play experience where fans can play every single game mode either by themselves against AI, or with the help of a friend in local split screen.
  • 4 new zombie classes.
  • Transfer characters for owner of Garden Warfare.
  • Free content updates.

EA Sports

  • EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR
  • EA Sports Madden NFL 16
  • EA Sports FIFA 16 – First time for women teams.
  • EA Sports NBA Live 16

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

  • Faith is back.
  • Glide across the skyline of the city.
  • New activities like ‘Dash’, races from point A to B, environmental puzzles and story missions to complete at their own pace.

Star Wars: Battlefront

  • 40 multiplayer to 8 multiplayer.
  • Star Wars: Missions is your single player mode.
  • You can play in some vehicles , including AT-AT, TIE Fighter, and Snowspeeder.
  • You can have a first and third person view and in some vehicles too.
  • Lightsaber blocking confirmed.
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, introduces the greatest games lineup in Xbox history at the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing on Monday, June 15, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers or Matt Sayles/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images) (PRNewsFoto/Microsoft Corp.)

Everything E3: Xbox Conference

There is so much that happened at this press conference. So, many wow moments that captured gamer attentions. Without further ado, I’ll hop right in to the details.

Xbox One

  • BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY!!! (select Xbox 360 games)
  • Xbox One Preview Members will have access to backward compatibility starting today, and backward compatibility will be available to everyone this fall, for free.

Halo 5: Guardians

  • New multiplayer modes: Warzone, 24-player battles, and Arena, pure 4-versus-4 competitive combat.
  • Four-player cooperative epic story.

ReCore

  • Female lead with her eclectic cast of robots and lead them on an epic adventure across a mysterious, ever-changing world.
  • Xbox Exclusive – available spring 2016.

Xbox Exclusive Games

  • Ashen – Action RPG
  • Cuphead – Single-player or co-op run-and-gun platformer is heavily focused on boss battles. 1930’s art style.
  • Fable Legends –  Free-to-play action RPG.
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • Gigantic – Free-to-play shooter MOBA. Free-to-play on Windows 10 and Xbox One.
  • Rare Replay – A collection of 30 Rare Ltd games that span the decades.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Sea of Thieves – Rare’s next adventurous game. Pirate styling.

Gears of War

  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition announced.
  • Remastered in 1080p and modernized for Xbox One. five campaign chapters never released on Xbox, and will unlock early access to the “Gears of War 4” multiplayer beta in 2016. Available Aug. 25, 2015.
  • Gears of War 4 announced. Coming in 2016.

Microsoft HoloLens

  • “Minecraft” on HoloLens, a fully-featured version of “Minecraft” that allows players to explore the game world in full 3-D. ( Looked AMAZING!!!)

ID@Xbox

  • 1,000 independent developers have Xbox One development kits.
  • Announcement of the Xbox Game Preview pilot program, fans can start playing select games such as “DayZ,” “Sheltered,” and “The Long Dark” while they’re still in development.

Xbox Elite Controller

  • A pro controller designed to take gaming to the “next level”.
  • Players can customize everything from trigger sensitivity to button mapping.
  • Premium design, long-lasting quality with stainless steel features.