Welcome to Blog

Once Again, I’m Hooked On The Awesomeness That Is WWE 2K18

Once Again, I’m Hooked On The Awesomeness That Is WWE 2K18

Every year, WWE and 2K Games puts out a new wrestling game that’s ‘slightly’ better the previous year, and again I buy it. It’s become a tradition for me. This year’s suppose to sport a new graphics engine, deeper MyCareer and Universe Modes and the biggest roster in history. All of that is true… and I love it. Some may feel WWE 2K18 is a rehash of year past. And they might be right. But who cares. The game if fun. The updated roster alone is enough for me to buy this game and enjoy it for the year to come.

 

#GuiltyPleasure: Star Trek Online

#GuiltyPleasure: Star Trek Online

I’m so late to the game, but i’m addicted to Star Trek Online. For a game that’s been kicking around for around seven years, it seems to be going strong as ever. I really didn’t get into it until late last year when it was ported to Xbox One. It showed up briefly on the Mac for a while, but it was plagued by bugs and crashes so much, I’m guessing the developers felt there wasn’t enough players on MacOS to warrant the time it would take the to fix and update. I tried it on the Mac but couldn’t really get into it.

#ToddyAwards2016: My Favorite Games

#ToddyAwards2016: My Favorite Games

The Toddy Awards are my annual lists of my favorite things from the year. Everything here is off the top of my head. Not a lot of work put into it. I just like to recap the things I enjoyed in media. Normally I review comics, tv shows, movies, music, games and wrestling. But I might add a few more categories if there were new things I’ve experience. 

Overall Game(s) of The Year (t):
Civilization VI / Master of Orion

Let me confess something: I knew without a shadow of a doubt that Civilization VI was going to be my favorite game of 2016 when it was first announced in 2015. Period. I’ve been playing Civ since Civilization II was released back in 1996.  But then, something happened.. This 4X space game Master of Orion: Conquer the Universe was released on Mac at the same time it was released for PC. And from that first double-cross ambush but rival alien race, I was hooked! The second half of 2016 had me going back and forth between Civ6 and MoO:CtU, living in 4x game ecstasy. Civilization VI was more methodical. If it weren’t for my love of micr0-managing, i’d have to say it was boring. But there was something about spending 8-10 hours building up your civilization just in time to defend your people against the onslaught of rival civilizations. Master of Orion seemed to take the Civ formula, chop out a lot of the fat, and give you this lean, mean galaxy building. Even playing favorites like Madden 17, WWE 2k17 and XCom 2, I’d have to say these two games garnered most of my game time.


Mobile Game of The Year: Marvel Future Fight

I’m a sucker for iOS ‘freemium’ games. Combine that with characters from the Marvel Universe, and I’m totally hooked. Over the past few years, Marvel has released slew of mobile games (Marvel Contest of Champions and Marvel Puzzle Quest to name a couple), mostly getting you to buy the extra perks to progress in the games faster. And it’s worked. I’m embarrassed to say how much money i’ve spent to level up my characters. Future Fight is your standard 3D Double Dragon style action game, sending teams of Marvel’s heroes and villains into the streets and secret bases to beat up thugs until you reach the end boss. A little repetitive, but the real charm is in the character collecting. Unlocking more powers for Iron Man or Spider-man to use seems to be the main draw. Out of all the phone and tablet games I tried this year, Marvel Future Fight is the one that had me in bed trying to clear levels before I fell asleep.

All I Want For Christmas Is: Shadow Tactics: Blades of The Shogun

All I Want For Christmas Is: Shadow Tactics: Blades of The Shogun

Recently I’ve been remembering a cool game I use to play on the first Sony Playstation called Tenchu. It was a ninja ‘stealth’ game where the goal was to quietly sneak into enemy camps and perform tasks and assassinations without being seen. i loved that game. Sneaking across roofs, jumping down and quietly killing guards, sword fight boss battles.. every aspect of that game was dope. I think I got the next 4 versions that were released but they never lived up to the fun of the first one. Still, I’ve been hoping that someone would revive the franchise. What they could do with the current generation consoles and technology would make the game epic.

Although it’s not quite the same, Mimimi Productions and Daedalic Entertainment gave released Shadow Tactics: Blades of The Shogun for just about every platform (even Mac!). Looking like a hybrid of Tenchu and X-Com, it looks like a turn-based battle game with an emphasis on stealth. A hybrid of two of most beloved games? Yes please!

#GuiltyPleasure: WWE 2K17 Will Be My 28th WWE Wrestling Game

#GuiltyPleasure: WWE 2K17 Will Be My 28th WWE Wrestling Game

I’ve been a big wrestling game fan since I first purchased WWF Warzone back in 1998. It was crude and graphically poor, but there was something about this type of fighting game. It was more than just button mashing. I had been a huge fan of professional wrestling since the mid 80’s, watching Hulk Hogan on NBC’s Saturday Night’s Main Event. So when it comes to gaming, any wrestling simulation that I could get my hands on, I’d own it. With each year, the experience got better. Better hardware brings a more immersive experience and better graphics.

18 years and 28 games later, WWE 2K17 drops tonight at midnight. At 12:01am, I’ll be in front of the tv playing. It’s nothing like an weird obsession, it’s more of a life long ritual for me. It’s fun to have this annual expectation and WWE wrestling games are released in October/November like clockwork. This year, 2K17 has one of the most comprehensive rosters in wrestling game history, along with host of huge modes, honed over decades to development. I can’t wait to play.

2k17cover

List of WWE Games I’ve Owned:

1998 – WWF Warzone (PS1)
1999 – WWF Attitude (PS1)
1999 – Wrestlemania 2000 (N64)
2000 – WWF Smackdown! (PS1)
2000 – WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role (PS1)
2000 – WWF No Mercy(N64)
2001 – WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It (PS2)
2002 – WWF Raw (Xbox)
2002 – WWE Road to WrestleMania X8 (Gamecube)
2002 – WWE WWE Smackdown!: Shut Your Mouth (PS2)
2003 – WWE Raw 2 (Xbox)
2003 – WWE WWE Smackdown!: Here Comes The Pain (PS2)
2002 – WWE Road to WrestleMania XIX (Gamecube)
2004 – WWE Smackdown vs. Raw (PS2)
2004 – WWE Day of Reckoning (Gamecube)
2005 – WWE Day of Reckoning 2(Gamecube)
2006 – WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 (PS2)
2007 – WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2007 (X360)
2008 – WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 (X360)
2009 – WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 (X360)
2010 – WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 (X360)
2011 – WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 (X360)
2011 – WWE ’12 (X360)
2012 – WWE 2k13 (X360)
2013 – WWE 2k14 (X360)
2014 – WWE 2k15 (X360)
2015 – WWE 2k16 (X360)
2016 – WWE 2k17 (X360)

I Can’t Wait To Play South Park: The Fractured But Whole

I Can’t Wait To Play South Park: The Fractured But Whole

#NowPlaying: Master of Orion: Conquer The Stars

#NowPlaying: Master of Orion: Conquer The Stars

Master of Orion revives the iconic 4X strategy gameplay (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) pioneered by the original Master of Orion franchise. Lead one of 10 playable races across vast galaxies, crushing worlds, manipulating leaders, and amassing resources in your bid to become the Master of Orion.

Word Is Madden 17 Is the Best EA Football Game in Years

Word Is Madden 17 Is the Best EA Football Game in Years

A new emphasis on Frachise Mode, Run game mini-games and a spruced up visual presentation make this year’s Madden worth paying $60? That’s what I’m hearing. Madden 16 wasn’t worth the upgraded from ’15. I hope I get more bang for my buck this year. We’ll find out next Tuesday.

Alien Hunters Downloadable Content Has Me All-in with XCOM 2 Again

Alien Hunters Downloadable Content Has Me All-in with XCOM 2 Again

XCOM 2 is the sequel to the award-winning strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Twenty years have passed since humanity lost the war against the alien invaders and a new world order now exists on Earth. After years of lurking in the shadows, XCOM forces must rise and eliminate the alien occupation. Transform the soldiers of XCOM into an elite alien hunting squad with impressive new weapons and armor to face off against new alien Rulers that will pursue your squad across an entire campaign. Additional cosmetic upgrades to soldiers and the Avenger are included, as well as a new epic mission where Central Officer Bradford leads a squad with the guidance of an old friend.

#ToddyAwards 2015: Games

#ToddyAwards 2015: Games

Game Of The Year: Batman Arkham Knight

arkham

I can say that Batman: Arkham Knight gave me the most sleepless nights. It had a near perfect control scheme, an engaging storyline that kept you guessing until the end, and  fabulous, well-round gameplay (even though, there could’a been a little less of the Batmobile/Tank stuff). If the mystery of who The Arkham Knight was didn’t keep you glued to the screen, the major shocker of a twist toward the middle of the game, knocked you out of your seat. What amazed me the most was the depth of the control scheme. The upgrade system showed how Batman’s fighting style and arsenal were extremely deep, almost intimidating. But the more you played, the more all his special movies and gadgets became second nature. Throw in an incredibly large open-world with a ton of cookie-cutter thugs to beat up, and you might have one hell of a fitting end to the Batman Arkham Trilogy.


The Rest of the Pack