We Have an Xbox One

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We have a very generous brother-in-law who decided to randomly gift us with a refurbished Xbox One. Not even for Christmas, either. Honestly, we think he just really wants someone else, aside from his friends, to play certain games like Rocket League and Sea of Thieves with, so his solution was to buy them for us, haha! We’re not complaining, though!

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Our Xbox 360 crapped out on us a while ago. At the time, we didn’t know whether to buy another 360 or upgrade to the One because of the backwards compatibility. Then the Nintendo Switch was announced. Us being Nintendo girls, we decided that was a priority for us over an Xbox. Now, to our surprise, we have a first generation Xbox One.

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We still have about a dozen Xbox 360 games and, sadly, only a few of them are compatible with the Xbox One. It’s something that we’re not too thrilled about with the Xbox family, not after we’ve been spoiled with the two to three Nintendo consoles before the Switch that did have the backwards compatibility. Now the decision to get an Xbox One or another 360 has been made for us!

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I think part of me still wants to get another 360 mostly so I can say we own one and to collect them. But I’m happy we can say we own an Xbox One now. A few games that we were going to play through Steam we can now get for our Xbox. We’re eager to try Player Unknown Battlegrounds, Rocket League, and I may or may not try Hello Neighbor.

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It’d definitely be nice for the games that can crossplay for whenever we want to play together. We’d rather have the same game for multiple platforms so we can play together when games don’t have simple options for Player One and Player Two.

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Now all we really need to do is make a list and start building a library of Xbox games. We’ll have to see what’s out there!

What games should we get for our Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below!

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A New Game On The Wishlist: Slime Rancher

Happy Thursday!

I’ve been going through a lot of my games lately whether they’re for the Switch, Wii U, PC, Xbox, etc. There are simply too many games to play and not nearly enough hours in the day.

So, naturally, there’s a new game I want to add to my list…

Slime Rancher is an Indie exploration game created by Monomi Park. It recently came out on August 1, 2017 and can be found on Steam and Xbox for about $20.

This game has been getting quite a bit of hype lately. It came out about a month ago, but I’m just learning about it now.

In an odd way, it seems similar to Harvest Moon, just not as casual. Slime Rancher is more action/adventure and has… well, slimes.

The game is in first-person mode as your character moves off into the galaxy to be just what the title suggests: a slime rancher. Using nothing but your vacpack, you harvest crops and wrangle slimes all the while exploring the land and discovering new slimes.

The slimes are cute, the graphics look great, the music is fun, and the overall idea of the game sounds entertaining. It’s on the cheaper side and the game has raving reviews.

This is definitely a game I want to get soon and try out for myself.

Have you tried this game yet? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Top Thursday: Upcoming XBox Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I know it’s not Tuesday and I just did a Top Tuesday two days ago, but I thought I’d continue the fun with Xbox games I’m looking forward to from E3. So, here’s a Top Thursday… Which doesn’t have the same ring as Top Tuesday, but oh well.

Favorite Upcoming XBox Games

5. Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassin’s Creed is a series Kris and I have been wanting to try. We bought a couple of the games but have yet to play them. The trailer for Origins looked so good and I’m excited to try it.

4. Super Lucky’s Tale

This game reminded me a lot of Nintendo. It was cartoony, had an adorable fox, and just looked like the kind of game I would play and enjoy.

3. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

I have no idea what this game is about. But they had a cool trailer, the graphics were really pretty, and I like the music that went along with it. I’m intrigued.

2. Deep Rock Galactic

Dwarves are good. And I like mining for treasure. I also enjoy battling enemies along the way. This seems like a different game and I’m willing to try it out.

1. The Darwin Project

I watched the Microsoft press conference through a YouTuber’s stream of the conference. When this game came was announced, he said it reminded him of The Hunger Games and I have to agree. It seems like a cross between that and Player Unknowns Battlegrounds. It looks cool and I want to give it a shot.

Now, all I need is to get another XBox…

Which XBox games are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below!

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Of the Xbox Family

Double Jump Kris MiiThe presentations at E3 are still being gushed about all over the Internet, and it’s no different here. I’m still a bit bummed that we hadn’t been able to watch the presentations live, but seeing all the wonderful articles and videos from the conference has been great. One of the biggest news was Microsoft revealing that their Project Scorpio was a new member of the Xbox family, the Xbox One X!

Part of Microsoft’s E3 press conference was showing off the Xbox One X, previously known under its development code name Scorpio. Rachel and I don’t have a console that is part of the Xbox family at the moment, as our Xbox 360 had died on us a while ago. Due to the Xbox 360 croaking, we had been debating on whether or not we should invest in an Xbox One or wait for more information on “Scorpio.”

Considering we’re more Nintendo girls and that the Switch had been on its way at that point, we held off and were glad that we did so. The E3 conference had given gamers a better look at the Xbox One X and, honestly, it makes games look really pretty. Just take a gander at Minecraft here:

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The right side is the Xbox One X’s 4K image.

 

We were very impressed with how gorgeous the images of the games could look with the Xbox One X’s help, with Minecraft being one of the best examples that they showcased at E3. But, aside from the souped-up graphics card and the additional teraflops of GPU and higher RAM, there’s not much of a difference between the One X and the One S.

The prices are certainly different, with the One X being priced at about $500 while the One S is about $300. In fact, that may be the selling point for Rachel and me getting a One S rather than a One X. That, and we don’t have a television capable of 4K anyway, so while the extra power may be nice, we don’t believe it’ll be necessary for us. Considering the One X is part of the One family with no exclusive games to the One X being mentioned at E3, the One S may simply be the way for Rachel and me to go.

What did you think of the Xbox One X? Do you think you’ll be investing in the latest version of the Xbox One?

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4 Gift Ideas for Gamers

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

The holidays are right around the corner… Have you finished your shopping yet?

No? You procrastinate on that kind of stuff? Well, then. Here are some gift ideas for that special gamer in your life.

Gift Ideas for Gamers

Pacman Mug

Pacman Mug

This is such a classic mug with a cool design. It looks like it’s a decent size to hold whatever drink you choose to get yourself through that next boss battle!

Game Over Mug

Game Over Mug

Even though this mug looks like it would be awkward to hold, I like the design. The picture may be hard to see, but the bottom says “Game Over.” I’m sad when my coffee is all gone, too.

Gamers Respawn Pillow

Gamers Respawn Pillow

If you’re gaming for hours on end, you need a comfy pillow to rest one. And what’s a better pillow than one that speaks the truth?

Gamer Mousepad

Gamer Mousepad

Every PC gamer needs a mousepad.

What else can you get a gamer?

Anything Zelda, anything Mario, anything Pokemon, etc. Gift cards for Nintendo eShop, Xbox, or Steam. Actual video games, game guides, game accessories like headphones.

We’re pretty easy to please.

What gaming related gift do you want?

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?

Backwards Compatibility

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Rachel and I, although we’ve branched out a bit, are mainly Nintendo girls. I grew up with the SNES, after having watched our older sister dabble on the NES, and Rachel came along to join me with the Nintendo 64. Those old consoles and cartridges lasted years (and may still be kicking — Rachel, we should test them!), and when the GameCube, Wii, and Wii U came out… Well, we stuck by them. One of the best points was the backwards compatibility for the games between console generations. We didn’t have to abandon or rewire the old consoles in favor of new games.

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(We tried testing the old games the other night, but we were too lazy to set it all up, remember?) Anyway, Nintendo is great like that. This is definitely a reason we’ve stuck by them and their consoles for so long. Our Xbox 360 crapped out on us a few weeks ago and we’ve been hesitant on getting a new one. One, because the Xbox One S is a thing. Two, because not all the games are backwards compatible. It’s disappointing.

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I was extremely disappointed that there was no backwards compatibility for the Xbox systems. Naively, I thought that was a pretty standard feature of most consoles. Imagine my surprise when I learned that not only were the games not backwards compatible automatically, but they were only slowly incorporating the feature for select games. Now there’s a rumor that the NX may be a single-screen console/handheld, which means that it most likely won’t have backwards compatibility for Wii U games, which use two screens.

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It’s just not something you really think about. You assume because the technology is higher it can do just about anything. But it can’t. So we have all these Xbox 360 games sitting on our shelves and we may never be able to play them again. Or, we’d at least have to buy the game again, just for an updated console. As for the NX, that would suck. Although our Wii U is pretty good so I don’t think it would be that big of a deal for us.

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It’s such a waste with the games. We’re attempting to branch out with our gaming, but the console companies are making it a bit difficult. Perhaps if we are able to splurge down the line, we can get a nice used Xbox 360 for those games, but otherwise we’re probably going to see how the next generation, Scorpio, will be. We have had good luck with the Wii U, and the previous Nintendo generations, so I’m thankful for that.

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At this point in time, we’re just going to have to wait and see what the new consoles bring as we can get our hands on them. Only then will we be able to judge them.

What do you think about backwards compatibility for games?

Game Galore

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A couple weeks ago Kris and I talked about Impulse Buys.

Well, now that GameStop has the Pokemon code to add a new legendary Pokemon to your latest, we’ve been going into the store more so than usual.

I love GameStop, but I don’t go there too often because I know that I’ll end up buying new stuff. Stuff that I don’t necessarily need at the moment.

It’s May and this month for Pokemon 20, they’re giving away Darkai codes for your AlphaSapphire, OmegaRuby, X, and Y games. Most people go to GameStop, get the code, and put it in their game. They then trade the legendary from game to game to fill up their Pokedex.

Nope. Not me.

There are four games, I need four codes. I like to have every single Pokemon in every single game, not just a symbol on the Pokedex.

So Kris and I went to two GameStops last weekend. But of course, we always feel bad going there to grab a free code and then leaving. So we bought two new games, one at each stop.

We bought Assassin’s Creed: The America’s Collection. Neither one of us has ever played an Assassin’s Creed’s game. Kris wanted to give it a try and we didn’t know where to start so we just grabbed a random one. Sounds logical, right?

We also bought Batman: Arkham Origins. We have the first two games. I beat the first one and got halfway through the second one. Now I have to start playing it again so I can play the third game.

We’re going to new other GameStop locations this weekend to get the other two codes. Maybe we’ll end up buying more games… I wonder what we’ll get?