I’m slowly but surely starting to believe in karma as a balance to the more selfish things we do. Sometimes, our ambitions can outweigh our ability to keep friends’ feelings in mind.
Basically, I’m gonna tell a story about how much of a jerk I am.
The State of “Halo”
As longtime readers of my articles may know, I’m something of a “Halo” nut. A fanatic. A diehard. So naturally, when 343 Industries announced “The Master Chief Collection” encompassing all four of the numbered entries in the series, including an Anniversary treatment of my personal favorite, “Halo 2,” I just about flipped my lid. However, upon launch, it immediately became apparent that the “MCC” had been rushed past any and all bug-checking process. It almost killed any momentum the series had for a complete resurgence. A month and a half later, the collection still doesn’t work as intended, and even with the reassurance of a free month of Xbox Live and a reworked “Halo: ODST,” there’s still a sense of betrayal and legitimate sadness that “Halo” is in such disarray. Here’s a few things that 343i and Microsoft could do to bring the brand up to speed, for its current products and the next ones.
Can Bungie’s opus live up to the hype?
It’s been four months since Bungie launched their newest series “Destiny,” and with it, the hype that preceded it has faded and promises were seemingly unfulfilled. Now that some time has passed, how does “Destiny” fare? Has the house that “Halo” built made a proper effort at rectifying their launch mistakes?
Nintendo’s finest at their finest
The premise behind every “Super Smash Bros.” game has been incredibly simple, yet alluring: grab a bunch of characters from Nintendo’s all-star cast, place them on a stage together, and have them beat the snot out of each other. Each game has been one of the greatest collections of gaming history put onto one cartridge/disc/media device, and the newest iteration “Super Smash Bros for Wii U” does not disappoint this fantastic heritage.
Competing on life’s terms
Ten years. Ten years and I’m finally back at Battle Creek. Beep, beep, boop goes the spawn, and the customary rush out of the bases commences, a mad scramble for power weapons, overshield and active camo, a dance that has its roots deep in interconnected Xboxes in basements in days of yore. “Halo” is back, I’m back, and there’s nothing between me and FPS nirva-
When fanart hits home
It’s really just some silly fan art. It’s a simple piece showing off the differences between two different iterations of the “Zelda” franchises’ Hero of Time: one serious and stoic, the other bright and cheerful. If you think of it in a literal sense, they’re technically the same character. Both of them have seen their fair share of adventures, of troubles, of the burden of saving the world, and yet they’ve created two different people. Maybe it’s just the differences in their age that shaped the way they viewed their experiences, or maybe one is just truly more cynical than the other, but it struck me as such a strangely familiar juxtaposition.
The best kind of shovelware
Retro is pretty big right now. Whether it’s a wave of genuine nostalgia or just developers smelling the cash of 27-37 year olds, I’m not sure, but there’s been a good glut of gigantic pixels that have people reaching for the yesteryears of boxy controllers and Flock of Seagulls. Many of them get by with sly references to the play mechanics of yore, be it a quip about eating food on the ground or blowing on cartridges or something to the extent of winking extra-hard at the audience. Even as someone that absolutely adores the 8- and 16-bit eras, it’s gotten slightly obnoxious and old hat, to be perfect honest.
Highlights from gaming’s Mecca
E3 is just over. The streams have gone quiet, the roadies have piled the pomp and circumstance into giant boxes and trucks and there is a peace about the show floor. However, the show this year came with quite a few surprises, not to mention a few things we were expecting but turned out even better than we thought. Here’s a quick breakdown of the highlights from the news of E3.
The finest RPGs from Japan
It’s 2002. The era of the Gamecube, Xbox and Playstation 2 has barely begun, and I am just beginning the summer between my middle school and high school years. This will turn out to be one of my truly formative years mentally, relationally and in terms of gaming: I will be introduced to Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs).
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