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Streets of Rage 4 (Video Game Review)

It has been a week, and I’ve received immense satisfaction from playing Streets of Rage 4. Growing up, my initial video gaming console was the Sega Genesis. Sonic the Hedgehog (specifically Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles) received their share of devoted playtime, but Streets of Rage 2 was where it was at for me. I know TMNT: Turtles in Time and River City Ransom have their share of fans, and who can forget the hundreds of quarters spent on The Simpsons and X-Men arcade console games, but SOR2 was the defining beat ‘em up game for me, as it perfected a formula. Now, over 25 years later, Dotemu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games have done what they needed to develop a game that keeps what worked intact while modernizing Streets of Rage for today.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS4 Review)

“It will be a day-long remembered.” While Darth Vader can be quoted as saying that, I want to borrow it for the recent release of the latest Star Wars game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from EA. When attending Star Wars Celebration this past April in Chicago, I had the privilege of attending the live panel discussing the game. It is, after all, Star Wars, so it’s going to have that massive attention right there. On top of that, fans of the franchise have wanted a solo player game for ages. The last Star Wars title I can remember that fit the bill was Force Unleashed II and that was nearly a decade ago. Games like the recent Battlefront and Battlefront II had single-player scenarios, but those titles are online multi-players more than anything. Ask, and you shall receive, though, as we now have the solo Star Wars game we have been after. Now that it has been out slightly over a week, here’s a look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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Super Blood Hockey (PS4 Game Review)

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love football, but I’m nuts about hockey. I’ll watch the sport at nearly any level, high school to pros, and enjoy every minute of it. When it comes to hockey in video games, Blades of Steel for the NES was an absolutely awesome game. Even today, that game still holds a special place for me. Sure, EA’s NHL series is the most accurate hockey simulation you’re going to play, but there’s something special about those arcade style games where you can throw every bit of reality out the window. Welcome to Super Blood Hockey.

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Gregg’s 2018 Game of the Year

As the years have passed, I have drifted significantly from video games and focused that time more on boardgaming. I just find the ability to use my imagination and the skill of critical thinking far more engaging in something like Terraforming Mars or Memoir ’44 as opposed to the button mashing of Mortal Kombat or the run ‘n gun of Call of Duty. Nevertheless, there is that occasional title of pixel fun that just captures my attention and won’t let go. Whereas last year that honor went to the DC Comics street fighting game Injustice 2, this year just happens to be another comic book-influenced title.  No, that is not a requirement.  It’s just that this game was done so incredibly well, I almost want to use the word ‘perfect’ in describing it.

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Gregg’s 2017 Game of the Year

With sales for PS4, Xbox One and PC titles running strong, the video game industry continues to do financial cartwheels year after year. And as technology progresses with such grand rapidity, fans of gaming demand more out of these titles with each passing year. The Madden football franchise continues to be a dollar bill powerhouse with its gargantuan following. Call of Duty revisited a pivotal point in our history with their WWII release that showed off some impressive cinematic sequences and gameplay footage in their TV spots. Let’s not forget Nintendo’s latest tool of the trade, the Switch, and their growing library of games that’s entered the fray as well.  Nevertheless, only one can be king. Which game gets the crown for 2017?

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Star Wars Battlefront II (PS4 Game Review)

It is finally here! It feels only like yesterday when I was at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando back in April of this year. Sitting in on the Battlefront II discussion panel with thousands of others, I was in awe of the stills and trailer we were given. The original Battlefront (original Xbox, PC, PS2) from 2004 is in my top three video games of all time. Its major flaw was controlling airborne vehicles, which was such a poor experience, but one that could be easily overlooked since the ground-based combat was such a thrill. Then there was Battlefront II. No, not the one just released last week, but the one from some years back which first introduced the opportunity to play as heroes and villains. Like the second Avengers film, it very much lacked the personality and feel of its predecessor. After a changing of the guard at Lucasarts via the Disney purchase, the long-awaited Battlefront follow-up arrived in 2015 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. It was arguably the best one in the series (speaking of all titles in the series, let’s not forget the Playstation Portable version called Battlefront Renegade which never got much coverage). While individual classes were gone in Battlefront (sniper, heavy gunner, etc.), the fully customizable concept of building your character was a big hit and allowed for a wide array of soldiers on the battlefield. All of that recap brings us to the much anticipated Battlefront II of 2017. How is it, you ask? Let’s take a look

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Friday the 13th – (PS4 Game Review)

In 1989, video game publisher LJN released the one and only Friday the 13th game for the NES. Based on the hit horror film franchise, you played as one of the Camp Crystal Lake counselors and made your way around the dreaded summer vacation spot to rescue children, kill zombies and ultimately face the man behind the mask himself, Jason Vorhees. Honestly, the game was done fairly well for its time and it was one of the earliest video games I beat.  Still, time marched on with gaming technology, but that late 80’s product was the only thing gaming fans of the demonic serial killer had.  Fast forward to May 26, 2017 and that appetite has been satiated.

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‘Assassin’s Creed’ Takes A Leap Of Faith Into Video Game Movie Despair (Movie Review)

assassins creed posterA colleague of mind constantly claims how studios should have at least been able to accidentally make a great video game movie at this point. Assassin’s Creed is unfortunately not the accident we’ve been waiting for. In those terms, sure there have been films of this ilk that have found success (the Resident Evil films), but it is strange that not one of the many films in this sub-genre has been able to find success on both financial and artistic terms for the majority of audiences. Given the game in question, I wouldn’t have pegged Assassin’s Creed as the one to solve this problem, but there surely could have been better choices made for this adaptation.

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Paranautical Activity, a Love/Hate Relationship (PS4 Game Review)

Paranautical ActivityI have to say, this game (Paranautical Activity) looked like it wouldn’t be anything more than a sloppy attempt at mashing up Minecraft and Doom, but it proved to be a fun, frustratingly addictive shooter. While it does have a Doom feel to it, the only thing linking it to Minecraft is the square environment, and mobs (video game slang for enemies; multiple definitions online). The controls in the game are easy to use, even with the lack of any formal instructions, and after only a few tours through the first and second levels I was getting into the swing of things. There are three different difficulty levels; each difficulty unlocking after the previous difficulty is beaten. All throughout the game there are ways to unlock special items and characters that can change the playfield either for the better or to make things more challenging. It’s almost like the unlockables mechanic in Crossy Road. Continue reading ‘Paranautical Activity, a Love/Hate Relationship (PS4 Game Review)’


Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Michonne (Video Game Review)

The Walking Dead Michonne TelltaleIf the game’s title doesn’t entice you, you’re probably not a fan of the Image Comics graphic novel, or the AMC hit series, The Walking Dead. Even if you haven’t experienced tearing through book after book of TWD, or waiting all week for Sunday night, chances are you’ve at least heard of TWD from friends or family. There’s always been something about this story that’s gripped fans across the globe and the same holds true for this digital installment in the series. We’re going to cover a lot in this review, beginning with a prep course on The Walking Dead Universe (for all the newbies), then we’ll cover what we know of the samurai badass Michonne. After that, I’ll touch on what The Walking Dead: Michonne video game brings to TWD fandom as a whole. Get ready, and be warned: Continue reading ‘Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Michonne (Video Game Review)’


Call of Duty: Infinity Warfare Gets Officially Announced & Dated!

Call of Duty Infinite WarfareYesterday I literally sat here while eating breakfast asking myself what’s next on the PS4 gaming platform.  I’m growing a tad bored of Battlefront and I kind of came into this Black Ops III party a little too late.  Should I go with Doom or maybe Unchartered 4?  Well, I’m happy to report, God answered my question this morning with the following announcement.  The Call of Duty franchise will be back and this year it’s being dubbed Infinity Warfare.  But wait!  That’s not all.  For everyone that pre-orders they also get a copy a the crowd pleasing Modern Warfare Remastered.  Now how the heck can you say no to an offer like that?  Read all about it below and check out the game’s teaser trailer to further whet your appetite.  Bona petite. Continue reading ‘Call of Duty: Infinity Warfare Gets Officially Announced & Dated!’


‘Ratchet & Clank’ Now Has A Fun Movie In Its Arsenal (Movie Review)

ratchet and clank posterIn a year where four video game adaptations will be coming our way, Ratchet & Clank does not exactly win the gold medal for being the best, but it does do enough to be one of the more sufficient ones. The popular Insomniac Games series has made its way to the big screen and has done plenty to preserve many of the elements that make those games fun. The approach ends up lacking much bite for non-fans who will mainly be getting a standard kid’s space adventure, but familiar or not, there is still some enjoyment to be had.

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Is Sony’s PSN Christmas Outage Makeup To Us Really Enough?

Playstation PlusI make it no surprise.  When it comes to televisions and home media players, there’s no other brand I’ll recommend or even own in my home other than Sony.  They build the best gear in my opinion (I’m not being paid to say this) and are worth the extra bucks over the competition as far as I’m concerned.  Also, when it comes to Blu-ray players, again in my opinion, you’ll never hear me speak of any other player besides the Playstation 3, the king of them all.  However, a funny thing happened this past January.  I became a gamer when I got my grubby paws on a Playstation 4 and did the unthinkable, I paid to become a Sony PSN Plus member so I could kick some arse online in the Call of Duty franchise, and also bask in all the other benefits the membership has to offer like free games, discounts, multiplayer matches and more.  We, the fans and players on the Playstation 4, come to rely on our PSN Plus memberships like crack to a junkie. Continue reading ‘Is Sony’s PSN Christmas Outage Makeup To Us Really Enough?’


Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One is available Tomorrow (11/11)!

Halo-Master-Chief“Halo: The Master Chief Collection” offers the complete story of “Halo’s” legendary hero, the Master Chief, for the first time on one console, including an entirely re-mastered version of “Halo 2” – “Halo 2: Anniversary” – in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the fan-favorite classic.*  “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” brings the ultimate “Halo” collection together (‘Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary,” “Halo 2: Anniversary” “Halo 3” and “Halo 4”) with a unified Master Menu that features every campaign chapter unlocked, enabling fans to experience the Master Chief’s story and “Halo’s” legendary multiplayer like never before. Play “Halo” your way, with curated playlists from the campaign and more than 100 multiplayer and Spartan Ops maps from across all four “Halo” titles.  Every game in “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” is visually enhanced for Xbox One, with “Halo 2: Anniversary” featuring a fully re-mastered campaign.  All four games will run at 60 frames per second on dedicated servers.  “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” also includes access to the new live-action digital series, “Halo: Nightfall,” and the “Halo 5: Guardians” Multiplayer Beta, which are launching in late 2014. Continue reading ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One is available Tomorrow (11/11)!’


Red Headed Step Child: The Sad Story of the PlayStation Vita

PS VitaWhen it comes handheld console gaming, it is an undeniable fact that this is Nintendo’s world and we just live in it.  From the Game Boy to the Nintendo DS and 3DS, the Big N’s systems repeatedly crush any and all opponents (Game Gear, Game.com or Atari Lynx anyone?).  But when Sony threw their hat into the ring with the PlayStation Portable (PSP), they turned a few heads because of the immense popularity of the PlayStation brand name and Nintendo had not faced a corporate giant like Sony in the handheld world.  The PlayStation and PlayStation 2 both outsold the competing Nintendo home consoles by a very comfortable margin, so could Sony do the same in the portable market? Continue reading ‘Red Headed Step Child: The Sad Story of the PlayStation Vita’


New TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Mobile Game – Available Today!

teenage-muntant-ninja-turtles-final-august-832I have no idea what the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is going to be like (though I’m optimistic).  That said, there is a brand new mobile game for it and it’s available now.  I spent some time playing it and it is quite enjoyable.  Come to think of it, TMNT games have generally been fun to play throughout history, I mean Turtles In Time is great!  Regardless, for mobile games, this is a fun one to check out.  Continue reading this post to see a trailer for the new game and learn how you can download it for your mobile device.

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48 Hours with PlayStation 4’s ‘inFAMOUS: Second Son’ (Game Review)

inFAMOUS Second Son TNI’m going to go on record right from the beginning here and admit that this won’t be the most prolific of game reviews covering PlayStation 4’s newly released inFAMOUS: Second Son, but it’s better than having no coverage at all like some sites that profess to having gaming reviews, right?  Such grandeur efforts of game reviews are far better off left for our resident experts like Aaron Neuwirth or Gregg Senko, whom I hope to see back here representing one day soon.  But for now, you’re just going to have to accept this quick review as the authority around here.  And if not for the encouragement of Aaron Neuwirth on how good he believed this game was going to be, I honestly would not be sitting here writing this as I initially had no plans to play this one.  Thankfully, I’m glad Aaron’s plug and affinity over this franchise persuaded me to give it a try. Continue reading ’48 Hours with PlayStation 4’s ‘inFAMOUS: Second Son’ (Game Review)’


‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2’ Available for PS3 & X-Box 360 February 25th!

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 - www.whysoblu.comCastlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 acts as a conclusion to the Lords of Shadow story. The new game is set in a modern city tainted by Dracula’s influence and within Dracula’s castle itself. It sees a tortured Dracula charged with engaging Satan in battle once again. This epic sequel boasts a vast open-world environment, user-controlled camera and a truly enormous challenge as the world’s most famous vampire seeks an end to his immortal existence. His story comes to an end in a suitably shocking circumstance.  Continue reading ‘‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2’ Available for PS3 & X-Box 360 February 25th!’