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X-Com 2

X-Com 2

I cannot boast that I began as an X-Com fan with the original iterations, which I’ve heard are some of the most difficult games out there. No, X-Com didn’t appear on my radar until the Oct 2012 release of X-Com: Enemy Unknown; a modern reboot and re-envisioning of the originals. For the uninitiated, X-Com 2 is a turn-based tactical RPG, with light base-building in between combat missions. You take on recruits that are assigned a class at second rank, and…

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Ark: Survival Evolved – Dino Playground

Ark: Survival Evolved – Dino Playground

I’m not a huge fan of Steam early access games, especially the plethora of open-world, survival-building games that have followed in Minecraft’s wake. I’ve been burned too many times, and more often than not, these games NEVER come out of early access. In most cases, these types of games cease getting developer support, and then you’re sitting there with a game you purchased with the promise that it will be completed, but never is.  Heck, the standalone Day Z game…

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Rocket League: Race Cars and a Ball

Rocket League: Race Cars and a Ball

What would you say if I told you that one of the best video games this summer is…. Wait for it….. A soccer game. You’d be in disbelief, right, especially coming from me, as I’m not the biggest sports-ball fan. Well, what if I told you it was a soccer game with acrobatic race cars? Are you in yet? I was skeptical at first, but Rocket League is a video game that’s in a league of its own. As a friend…

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The Benefits of PC Gaming

The Benefits of PC Gaming

I always find myself trying to convince my friends to try out PC gaming. I show them my huge Steam library. I show them how I have my PC set up to play games on my TV.  I show them how I can connect a controller to the PC effortlessly.  Everything! I show them everything! How many have I converted? One. Just one.  But, that only encourages me to continue my efforts! This post is simply an attempt to convince…

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Rad Listed: Finish Him!

Rad Listed: Finish Him!

Mortal Kombat X I still recall playing the first Mortal Kombat on my Sega Genesis in 1992. It was my first introduction to a fighting game, but also my first introduction to my father and I spewing trash talk at each other. An introduction to Mortal Kombat also resulted in me playing just about every other fighting game out there, such as Virtual Fighter, Tekken, Street Fighter, Killer Instinct, Soul Caliber, and even Clay Fighter. In high school, my friends…

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If World of Warcraft were a card game…

If World of Warcraft were a card game…

I was first introduced to trading card games by my father when I was about 10 years old.  The game was Magic: The Gathering, and while I was only a young kid who didn’t quite know the highest of grand strategy, I embraced it with gusto, and thoroughly enjoyed playing with my dad or watching him get beat in tournaments.  When I got into middle school, I revisited the game with a group of friends where we’d face each other’s…

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Rad Listed: Final Card Theft

Rad Listed: Final Card Theft

This last week of gaming has really shown me how fortunate we really are as gamers in the current gaming climate.  I am agonizingly torn every time I sit down and decide to play a game.  I have so many amazing options I sometimes find myself paralyzed by the choice.  This very ‘problem’ has given rise to a new feature coming every Friday, called Rad Listed. In Rad Listed I will devote one short paragraph for each game I’ve played…

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Gamin’ like it’s 1997!

Gamin’ like it’s 1997!

You’d think with all the modern games on my never-ending steam backlog, I wouldn’t be booting up and playing games from 1997. ¬†When Steam had a sale on the older Fallout games over the weekend, I couldn’t resist picking up Fallout 1, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics. Usually I’m paying five bucks just to have the game on my Steam library list, destined to be grayed out for all eternity. That’s when you own a game on Steam, but it…

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Industry Musings

Industry Musings

When I was younger and penniless, I had all the time in the world to play games, but never the money to buy all the new releases. I was required to make the most of a newly acquired game to get me by until the next birthday or present-appropriate holiday that would land me a new game. I would replay the same game multiple times, mastering all the nuances until I tired of it. Today, I would balk at replaying…

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Payday 2, get your heist on!

Payday 2, get your heist on!

I was recently introduced to a newly released game called Payday 2, a heist, first-person shooter RPG. Despite not having paid any interest in the previous iteration, I’m finding the sequel very interesting. The mix of genres combined with the heist element proves to be an addicting combination. While this may seem like a strange smattering of genres to combine, we’ve seen the combination of first person shooter and RPG becoming more and more prevalent. As it has become more…

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