What Do You Recommend?

Double Jump Kris MiiMonday again, huh? What happened to the weekend and all that time to play video games? Nevertheless, I hope everyone had a lovely start of the new week!

Has everyone heard that Breath of the Wild may be delayed again? My only consolation to this news is that I’m sure Nintendo just wants to make the best possible game they can…

That and there’s plenty of other games that I can play in the meantime. I’m itching for a new Zelda game, of course, always am. Yet, I realized fairly recently that I haven’t really played too many new games this year. While Rachel and I are currently working on Professor Layton and the Curious Village, I spent much of this year replaying old favorites, like Super Mario 64, Twilight Princess, and Mario Party 2.

While it’s always great replaying games, having that enjoyable reminder as to why I play games in the first place, there are so many other games out there that I have yet to try. (Oh, Blockbuster, how my wallet and I miss you! Anyone else remember that place? Or am I showing my age?)

This blog is fantastic for finding new games, and I’m busy devising a list of games to try out, such as Mass Effect from Kairos5 and Danganronpa from Mr. Panda. I was curious if there were any other games for people to throw Rachel’s and my way? We have all of the Nintendo consoles, along with a PlayStation 3 that we admittedly don’t use as often as we should. PC games are also cool.

Or, hey, if there’s any oldie but goody games that you’ve been playing again recently, feel free to share those too!

 

For the Love of Batman

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday!

It’s such a shame how quickly the weekend goes by, isn’t it? So many games to play, so little time… 

Can I fangirl for a moment over Batman?

I was introduced to the world of superheroes by my uncle (the same uncle who, incidentally, had introduced me to video games) with Batman: The Animated Series and a few of the older comic books. Batman himself is one of the most popular characters by DC, so it’s no surprise that there’s over 30 video games (and counting!) on various consoles starring the Dark Knight himself.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve played a Batman-centric video game. In fact, the last one I played was probably Lego Batman for the Wii with Rachel. Rachel has played and enjoyed Arkham Asylum and Arkham City for our XBox 360, and she wanted me to try them out, but the XBox 360 decided to stop working.

(On that note, if anyone has any advice or would like to share their opinions regarding whether or not Rachel and I should try buying another XBox 360, the XBox One, or just wait for the next generation. We have a slew of XBox 360 games, with not too many backwards compatible with the XBox One. It’s a dilemma.)

Now there’s Batman: The Telltale Series, the game that is being released in intervals as episodes. The first episode was released last month while the second episode is coming out tomorrow. Although the major platforms for the game are the Playstations 3 and 4, and the XBox 360 and One, it’s also available for PC.

Having a graphic novel-type adventure while playing as Bruce Wayne and his persona Batman (or vice versa, if you’re on the side of Bruce Wayne being Batman’s alter ego) sounds amazing to me. Compelling story lines and characters are so important to me in gaming, and this game looks as if it could deliver both.

I’m going to hunt around a bit for reviews before giving it a go, but I was curious if anyone out there has tried it out already? Any other thoughts and opinions on Batman: The Telltale Series?

Of Creators and Companies

Double Jump Kris MiiHey everyone! Here we are on Monday again!

Nowadays there are tons of different companies (and individuals!) creating video games. Do you have a favorite creator?

Growing up, Nintendo was the video game company that I was always loyal to. As a kid, I wasn’t playing “video games,” I was playing “Nintendo.” It took a few years for me to realize that there were other creators besides Nintendo that also produced video games, video games with mascots other than Mario, Link, and Pikachu.

Even now, though, Nintendo is still a favorite in my household. We tend to get every generation of systems, both console and portable, from Nintendo and we’re always on the look-out to see what new projects they have coming out.

When I was younger, I remember having a PlayStation as well (it’s honestly packed away somewhere with the other older generations of systems). Spyro was the main game I played on that and, while I had a few other games, it was basically the only use I had gotten out of the PlayStation.

Rachel and I now have an XBox 360 and a PlayStation 3, both obtained from a few good guy friends (one of whom is now our brother-in-law), but they don’t see much use at all. We’ve played a bit of Minecraft and Thief on the XBox, and Rachel’s played the Batman Arkham series, and honestly nothing really at all on the PlayStation. We’re trying to find more games to be interested in for those systems, but our gazes always wander to the Wii U and 3DS shelves at the game store.

Then there are all the amazing indie developers out there with so many games to try! So many games, so little time…

What about you? Is there a particular company you find yourself always playing, or are you a jack-of-all-trades kind of gamer?