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Neil’s 2019 Games of the Year

2019 saw a lot of change in my life. Unfortunately, I cannot say much of it has been… pleasant. I had to move back to the USA. I have been unsuccessful in finding new or better work. And let’s not even get started on what my living situation has become due to all of this. Read More …

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Review – Anodyne 2: Return to Dust

When Anodyne came out in 2013, all I knew was that the gameplay was inspired from classic 2D Zelda games like Link’s Awakening. The world Analgesic Productions crafted was so much more than that, though. A place that is full of beauty, but also pain and fear. I was drawn in by the fascinating world Read More …

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E3 2019 – Nintendo Direct

In my perfect world, we would have had gameplay from Metroid Prime 4 today. Due to the news earlier this year that they were rebooting the development, I knew it wasn’t coming. Mario Maker 2 and the next generation of Pokèmon already had major reveals. So what was Nintendo going to come at me with? Read More …

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E3 2019 – Square-Enix Conference

Do you like Final Fantasy? Like literally any of them? Great! This conference had something for you. Otherwise… They opened with Final Fantasy VII Remake looking quite beautiful, and I continue to not care at all. That game might be truly amazing for a whole set of people to experience that story for the first Read More …

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E3 2019 – Ubisoft Conference

Out of all the major games companies, Ubisoft is the one that has really successfully embraced the “Games as Service” model. While this ongoing support has allowed for some great growth of those game’s communities and kept older games relevant in the gaming space, it has take away some of the fire of these big Read More …

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E3 2019 – Bethesda Conference

Bethesda had a rough year. Fallout 76 was a huge failure, Rage 2 has been received very luke-warm, and the Mobile game Blades had some pretty negative responses too. Of course, I am really not the person Bethesda tends to make games for so it is always hard for them to excite me. Speaking of Read More …

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E3 2019 – Microsoft Press Conference

Phantasy Star Online 2 is finally getting a release in the west! No other video games need to be announced anymore. Ok, I’m calmed down a bit. Let’s actually talk about Microsoft. They are the only platform holder that is still presenting at E3 this year. They could phone it in and still probably have Read More …

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E3 2019 – EA Play Event

It feels weird to consider this part of E3. EA wants this to be considered its own event! You know, it just happens to be in LA, right around the time that E3 happens… Anyway, EA has the Star Wars license and is FINALLY showing something that isn’t a first-person shooter in that universe. Jedi Read More …

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Neil’s 2018 Games of the Year

2018 was a real busy one for me. Got a new job, finally started seeing a chiropractor again, and tried to deal with the bureaucracy surrounding immigration. Let me tell you, that last one is stressful as all hell and is also a big part of why this article took so long to get posted. Read More …

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E3 2018 – Nintendo Press Conference

When Nintendo stopped doing the live conferences, I was worried they would lose a lot of the charm. Those first few years I was happy to see they didn’t. Sure we didn’t have the silliness of 2008’s Wii Music presentation, but we did get the hand puppet skits of 2015. Like last year, they announced Read More …

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E3 2018 – Sony Press Conference

When I think of Sony press conferences I recall orchestras, and props hanging from the ceilings. I think tons of games that hit with some impact, and a pace that keeps you excited throughout. They did not quite deliver on all fronts this time. This year Sony really changed up the format though. First they Read More …

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E3 2018 – Ubisoft Press Conference

It’s been a few years since Aisha Taylor was the host of Ubisoft’s E3 conference, but they put on a real stage show. In the last few years the company has also changed their approach to many franchises with continuing support rather than yearly updates. This means a bit less new game announcements, but I Read More …

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E3 2018 – Square Enix Conference

My relationship with Square Enix is kind of similar to Bethesda. They’ve put out things I really love, but most of their bigger releases just don’t hit for me. This conference was super short, and next to none of it was new to their stage. Shadow of the Tomb Raider got some gameplay shown here Read More …

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E3 2018 – Bethesda Press Conference

Bethesda is always a weird one for me. I have never enjoyed a Bethesda Studios game. I’ve not even managed to push myself past the 3 hour mark of an Elder Scrolls game. However, I’ve had a great time with the many games they’ve released as publishers. The DOOM remake from 2016 was fun as Read More …

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E3 2018 – Microsoft Press Conference

In my mind, Microsoft had the most potential for something amazing. It has been a couple of years since Phil Spencer has moved into the leadership of Xbox, and this felt like the year that his moves might start to mean something. The deals they made 2 years ago are the announcements to get hype Read More …

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E3 2018 – EA Press Conference

Coming into the EA conference this year, I had some questions on my mind. Not about what would be announced, that was pretty much all leaked a week ago, but about how they would present a view of the future. The fact that they put out a game that got governments looking at how video Read More …

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Neil’s 2017 Games of the Year

I had a lot of sleepless nights this year. Well, that isn’t entirely correct. I usually got some sleep, but there were a lot of nights I found myself staying awake worrying about my friends and family in the USA. Often it was the insanity of the politics happening, but there were also the California Read More …

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Recore: Definitive Edition is Real, and Out This Month

In Europe this week, Gamescom has been in full swing. Which means it’s a good week for news. We got the first trailer for Shenmue III, Final Fantasy XV is getting a port to PC, Mario Odyssey includes a world of food, and Recore Definitive Edition is official and out in less than a week.

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One Year Anniversary

My girlfriend and I shared our first anniversary together standing in line for more than six hours, waiting for a Nintendo Switch. Pangs of anxiety had guided me into making a call to the local GameStop in a last-ditch effort to remedy my lack of a preorder for the latest Nintendo hardware. Normally, I wouldn’t Read More …

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Review: For Honor

Who would win a fight between a Norse Raider and a Japanese Sword Saint? A Knight wielding a long sword and a Viking with spear and shield? These questions have inspired some ridiculous television and Ubisoft’s For Honor.

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