New Game: Glitched

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Has anyone else really explored Itch.io? It boasts a way to find and share indie games. It’s a fun site to search around, see what kind of games talented coders, writers, and artists come up with.

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Browsing around on Tumblr, I found a post about a game called Glitched. It’s slated to come out to PC and Mac this fall, with releases on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later.

The premise of Glitched is that the main character — Gus — becomes aware of the player. Throughout your journey together, Gus will have conversations with you about reality, self-awareness, the meaning of life. As you have these conversations and make choices for and with Gus, Gus’s personality with change which, in turn, effects how the other characters react to him. Characters will be attracted or repulsed by you and your party depending on how you act, drastically altering the story.

While the main mechanic of the game is to interact with other characters throughout your journey, there are also battles. Battles are simple turn-based RPG-style that include a card system. With the ability to build up your deck and multiple paths to choose, Glitched certainly sounds as if it’ll have plenty of replay value.

It seems like a great game! The demo is out right now, if anyone would like to give it a try. The trailer below showcases a charming, 8-bit pixel-like world for the game, along with decent music:

What do you think? Are you up for giving Glitched a try?

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Team Rocket Is Back! [Pokemon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon]

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If for some strange reason you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a new trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the latest Pokemon games that will be released on the seventeenth. The major aspect of the games that is showcased is the reveal of Team Rainbow Rocket. It’s fantastic seeing Giovanni again, and the idea of all of the past villain teams arriving to challenge you is also amazing. However, seeing all the past faces makes us wonder one thing — is this the end of the Pokemon game series?

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Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon was something I was looking forward to only because they’re Pokemon games. But the more they reveal for it, the more excited I get. I’m happy to see Team Rocket come back (despite the odd name) and I’m excited all the villains are there as well! It does make me worried that this will be the “end” (I don’t think so… but it’s still in the back of my mind), but I’m sure the game is going to be great with this new development!

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I get excited the more they reveal as well, but I also wish I had discovered all the villains on my own while playing the game. My mind would have been blown to see Giovanni or Cyrus again if I had stumbled into the plot! It does make me wonder how Team Skull, since they were more entertaining than a threat (even to the games’ NPCs!) will fit into the villain group, if at all.

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I’m sure Giovanni will go to Team Skull and be like, “No, no. You’re doing this all wrong. Step aside.” I’m sure it’ll be great and just think of all the experience points we’ll get fighting all the various bosses and goons!

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Fingers crossed that the plot will be awesome! I’m a little worried that all the villain teams will make things a bit messy… unless they do so in a humorous way. Are they all on the same side? Are they all after their own goals? Is that what all the legendary Pokemon from the wormhole will be there for, to help your ten-year-old self-protect the world from all of the villain teams? It should be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to some epic fights.

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I believe they’re all on one side as “Rainbow Rocket” with Giovanni as the dictator leader. Having every single legendary available will be cool as well. I’m looking forward to completing my Pokedex from every single game! However, that’s another reason why I’m worried about the end of the series… but we won’t think about that for right now. While the legendaries are cool, I don’t understand the Battle Agency. I’m sure it’ll be fun and you’ll get rare items, but… I don’t know why I have to rent my Pokemon?

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It sounds like it’s bringing back aspects of the Battle Frontier from the older games, like in Emerald and onward, which had a section that allowed you to “rent” random Pokemon. I know Sun and Moon have the Battle Tree, but I haven’t fully explored that yet. Perhaps you’re “renting” Pokemon that other players from around the world have put up for the Battle Agency, although the trailer only showcased legendaries, and it mentioned battling alongside other trainers… It’d be interesting to borrow another random player’s Pokemon.

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If you’re renting other players’ Pokemon, that would be pretty cool. If it’s just random Pokemon, I don’t know how I feel about that. I’d rather just use my own Pokemon. You know, we have a bond. Either way, I’m looking forward to the new games. We preordered them so… 13 more days!

 

What do you think of the new trailer? Any predictions or speculations about the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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Skyrim on the Switch

Double Jump Kris MiiHope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim always seemed to be an interesting game to me, but when it first came out, it wasn’t available on any systems that we had owned. Considering there were still plenty of games that I needed to play, I wasn’t too heartbroken, but since it’s going to come out for the Switch…

 

One of the best things about the Switch is all of the third-party games that are becoming available for it. Lack of third-party games was one of the Wii U’s downfalls, so it’s nice to see that Nintendo seems to be determined not to make the same mistake.

Skyrim is a game that I definitely wouldn’t mind getting when it comes out this holiday season. I’m really enjoying the open world concept of Breath of the Wild, and Skyrim is boasted to have one of the best. And there’s dragons. Who doesn’t love dragons?

I really don’t know too much about the game, but I’m hoping it’d be something I’ll enjoy. It’s a bit different than my usual kind of gaming, but I want to explore more genres and play styles.

That, and it looks pretty.

Do you play Skyrim? What do you think of it coming out on the Switch?

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Trailer Thoughts: Ever Oasis

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Ever Oasis is a game for the Nintendo 3DS that was recently released on June 23, 2017. I had seen the trailer before the release date through Twitter. Some people were talking about it and lots of them were excited about the game. The title is intriguing and the graphics are pretty and cute. Still, when I saw the trailer, it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be and I thought to myself, “is this a game I would actually buy and enjoy playing?”

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Honestly, seeing the game trailer, I fell in love with the music and the graphics. I’m not quite sure what’s going on with the plot or genre — is it an adventure game? mostly puzzles? an RPG? — but it looks and sounds wonderful!

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I agree. However, I’m not sure how I feel about being chief and adding shops and stuff. I love Animal Crossing, including Happy Home Designer, so it doesn’t seem like it would be much different. But when does the plot truly begin? Once you have your oasis established?

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I’ve no idea. I was definitely more intrigued with the game trailer than the intro trailer with the narration voice over. The game trailer looks as if you’re on an adventure to save the oasis, while the intro made it sound similar to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. You have a new town, you can spruce it up how you want it, and just make sure everyone is happy. I would be more interested in this game if the mayor aspect of it were just a bonus or side quest while the majority of the game was an adventure to save the world.

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I would prefer the adventure part too. Still, maybe the chief part isn’t a huge aspect. Seeing as the official game trailer doesn’t include that part, I wonder if they took it out for some reason (if they can even do that)? I think I’d be interested in giving this game a try. I’m just a little confused at its presence.

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Yes, the official game trailer didn’t mention it at all. It’s very possible they edited the game and the trailer footage to better showcase the game after all that time. I imagine being mayor of the oasis is still part of the game, but being a protector may be a bigger aspect of the game than it initially was. It’s definitely a game we’ll keep an eye out for. Check out the game trailer below and let us know what you think:

Have you tried Ever Oasis yet? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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Switch Week: Trailers

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The most anticipated aspect of any presentation for a new game console would have to be the trailers for the upcoming games. What new worlds and adventures will we go on with the new console? What will the graphics look like? How will the music sound? How the hell do we jump with these new controllers?

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One trailer I was looking forward to the most was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I had a feeling they were going to save that for last, and they did. So, we’re going to save our thoughts on that one for last because… why not?

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I could go into a whole post about the Breath of the Wild trailer! The other major trailer that we probably cared most about was Super Mario Odyssey. While the graphics looked amazing (seriously, you could see the individual hairs of Mario’s mustache and his blue eyes were super clear!), seeing Mario in a world with more realistic humans was a bit… odd. The main thought that ran around in my head regarding it was, “Sonic already did all this in Sonic Adventure DX.” Remember how that was set in Station Square with similar-looking human characters? And the wall jumps and clinging to pipes and rolling?

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Mario even rolled around like Sonic… It was super weird. I think it’s going to be a great game regardless because it’s Mario, but I felt as though Mario wasn’t acting like himself. Like you said, he was acting more like Sonic. But I agree, the graphics were awesome! I can’t believe how far the graphics have come compared to the older generations of games and consoles. Honestly, though, I think the other trailer I got really excited about was Arms. It totally looked weird from the get-go, but the more I saw of it, the more I got intrigued.

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The only thing the Super Mario Odyssey was missing was an awesome track by Crush 40. Arms is intriguing… That’s a good word for it. It’s not a game I’m going to rush out and buy, but it doesn’t look too bad at all. If anything, it looks like it’ll be an interesting game to play with friends. I’m curious if there can be more than two players to a match… Can you imagine if the Switch’s version of Super Smash Brothers plays like that?

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Arms will be a game that I would get right away, despite what you say. Playing Smash as though you’re in a real match like that would be awesome. The only way it could get any more real was if it was virtual reality.

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Which sounds slightly terrifying but awesome! Of course, the crowning jewel of the trailers was the Breath of the Wild trailer and the amazing reveal that it will be a launch day title for the Switch! After nearly four years, we’re finally getting it. The graphics and music were fantastic, and the character and setting designs were gorgeous enough to bring tears to my eyes!

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We both cried. Laugh if you want (we did too), but we cannot wait for that game! The trailer is only the beginning.

How did you like the trailers? Which was your favorite one? Let us know in the comments below!

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Game Openings

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 With the technology we have, game openings and cut scenes are more akin to movie trailers than an actual video game. Most of them are utterly gorgeous and really do a fantastic job of pulling the player into the game.

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I always like to watch the opening scene before the main menu mostly because the songs are catchy. However, as Kris said, the openings are beginning to look more like movie trailers. And I’m not opposed to that. I think it makes the video game seem more real, if that makes any sense.

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It does. The opening cinematic does exactly what it’s supposed to. I believe one of my recent favorites was the opening for the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. I also really enjoyed the music and opening themes for some of the older Sonic the Hedgehog games, like Sonic Adventure 2: Battle and Sonic Heroes, even if the games themselves weren’t the best.

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Skyward Sword is one of the best. Ah, yes! The Sonic games… the openings made up for the games themselves. Even the newer Pokemon games have great openings. They show the world, the different species of Pokemon, battle sequences, and more.

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It’s all great fun, and a brilliant way to introduce us to the new worlds. Another of my favorites are the openings for the Super Smash Brothers franchise. Those are lots of fun to watch before diving into a fight!

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The Smash games are great because they showcase what the different characters can do. I think they’re trying to make the games more and more appealing, but I think they’re doing just fine!

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It’s definitely exciting to see how far these openings and cut scenes will go. Combined with voice acting and special effects, it’ll eventually seem like we’re controlling characters in movies rather than games!

What about you? What are your favorite game openings?