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Top 10: Boss Battles

With the release of Resident Evil 7 and some of the crazy boss fights that were in that game, and with our return to Dark Souls and the DLC, we decided to look at the top 10 Boss Fights in video Games. Let us know in the comments your top 10 and how close we got to yours.

castlevania-symphony-of-the-night-alucard-death10. Death (Castlevania)
Death, also known as the Grim Reaper, is a major villain from Konami’s Castlevania series. … He is also sometimes the first of Dracula’s major servants to greet the protagonist, such as in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Castlevania: The Arcade

mike-tyson9. Mike Tyson (Mike Tyson’s Punch Out)
Around the time the Gold Version was released, Nintendo of America’s founder and former president Minoru Arakawa attended a boxing match featuring future heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. While watching the boxer fight, Arakawa became so astonished with the athlete’s “power and skill”, he was inspired to use the athlete’s name and likeness in the upcoming port of the Punch-Out!! series to help the game sell well.[2] Tyson was rumored to have been paid $50,000 for a three-year period for his likeness. This was something of a chance for Nintendo, as it occurred before Tyson won the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship from Trevor Berbick on November 22, 1986

bowser648. Bowser (Super Mario 64)
Bowser in the Sky is the third and final Bowser stage in Super Mario 64 and the last level of the game. Mario travels through platforms in the sky until he reaches a Warp Pipe leading to a final fight against Bowser to save Princess Peach and the Toads in Princess Peach’s Castle. The stage also contains enemies such as Chuckyas and Goombas.

motherbrain7. Mother Brain (Super Metroid)
Mother Brain is a recurring antagonist and boss in the Metroid series. She is a cold and ill-tempered AI created by the Chozo, but turned against them when the Space Pirates and Ridley invaded Zebes. Mother Brain saw potential in the pirates and decided that with them helping, she could bring true order to the universe by “resetting everything back to zero”. Mother Brain was seen as the main antagonist in Metroid, Super Metroid, and Metroid: Zero Mission. She is also seen in a flashback during Metroid: Other M, and her consciousness was responsible for the events of that game as well. In the Japanese website for Zero Mission, she is given the title Mad Overseer.

aresgow36. Ares (God of War)
Ares was the original God of War and the main antagonist of the God of War game. He was the son of Zeus and Hera. Ares was the oldest child of Zeus and was commonly referred as the most hated God on Mount Olympus, even before being killed by Kratos.

gigyas5. Gigyas (Earthbound)
Known as both the “Embodiment of Evil” and the “Universal Cosmic Destroyer”, Giygas is an evil alien who, upon failing his original mission to reclaim the knowledge of PSI from humans, intends to sentence all of reality to the horror of infinite darkness. With an army of Starmen, Octobots and other deadly war machines, Giygas also uses his immense power to influence certain Earthlings to assist him, such as Pokey Minch and Geldegarde Monotoli. His influence also causes animals and people to become violent and distressed. He belongs to a race of aliens who originally had the power of PSI and, for unknown reasons, abducted humans in the 1900s and 198X.

ganon4. Ganandorf/Ganon (The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time)
After defeating Ganondorf in his castle, Link flees with Zelda as Ganondorf causes the tower to collapse in an attempt to crush them. The two manage to flee from the destruction safely, and all seems to be well until they hear a loud thump come from the ruins of the castle. As Link approaches the ruins to investigate, Ganondorf rises up from beneath the rubble and activates his Triforce of Power to transform into Ganon, a huge, monstrous beast. Link engages in battle against Ganon and eventually overcomes him with the Master Sword, and Zelda calls upon the Six Sages to seal him in the Sacred Realm for eternit

best-video-game-boss-battles-shadow-colossus-sand-dragon3. Phalanx (Shadow of the Colossus)
Phalanx is located in a great desert to the southwest of the Shrine of Worship. Proceed south past the mountain where Valus dwelt until you reach the southern plains. Turn west and continue until you reach the expanse of desert. Cross the platform to awaken Phalanx. Another way is that you proceed to the west and through the autumn forest to come out to the desert quicker and closer to the platform.

dark-souls-iii-nameless-king2. The Nameless King (Dark Souls 3)
Talk about a boss battle that will piss you off to no end, The Nameless King is quite possibly Gwyn’s firstborn: a fearsome, dragon-slaying war god from the time of the ancient lords. At some point during the war with the Everlasting Dragons, Gwyn’s firstborn turned against his father, siding with the dragons. Despite this, the dragons were defeated by Gwyn and the other Lords, bringing about the first Age of Fire. As punishment for teaming up with the dragons, Gwyn ordered his son’s name expunged from the annals of history and stripped him of his deific status. He also was Dragonslayer Ornstein’s personal trainer, explaining their similarities in moveset and cross-spear design.

ornstein-and-smough1. Ornstein and Smough (Dark Souls)
Ornstein is the captain of the Four Knights of Gwyn, and presumably, the leader of Gwyn’s knights. To slay the dragons, he wields lightning power and imbues his Dragonslayer Spear with it. Despite his large size he is extremely agile, using his spear and projectiles to reach great distances with his offensive onslaught.

Smough is the royal executioner of Anor Londo. He longs to be ranked with the Four Knights, but his cruelty, including using his victim’s bone as his food’s seasoning, forever denied him the position. He is far slower than Ornstein, but extremely strong, and his attacks are difficult to avoid at close range.

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Top 10: Sequels

It has been a while since we did a Top 10! So we thought with this being the year of sequels that we would bring it back with our Top 10 list of game Sequels!

200645b10. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC)
Original: Mass Effect

Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on January 26, 2010, and for PlayStation 3 on January 18, 2011.

200180b9. Call of Duty 2 (PC, Xbox 360)
Original: Call of Duty

Call of Duty 2 is a 2005 first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Konami in Japan and Activision in the rest of the world. It is the second installment of the Call of Duty series.

god-of-war-ii-ps2-cover-front8. God of War 2 (PlayStation 2)
Original: God of War

od of War II is a third person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE). First released for the PlayStation 2 console on March 13, 2007, it is the second installment in the God of War series, the sixth chronologically, and the sequel to 2005’s God of War. The game is loosely based on Greek mythology and set in ancient Greece, with vengeance as its central motif. The player controls the protagonist Kratos, the new God of War who killed the former, Ares. Kratos is betrayed by Zeus, the King of the Olympian Gods, who strips him of his godhood and kills him. Slowly dragged to the Underworld, he is saved by the Titan Gaia, who instructs him to find the Sisters of Fate, as they can allow him to travel back in time, avert his betrayal, and take revenge on Zeus.

resident-evil-2-ps1-cover-front7. Resident Evil 2 (PlayStation, Gamecube)
Original: Resident Evil

Resident Evil 2, known in Japan as Biohazard 2, is a 1998 survival horror video game originally released for the PlayStation. Developed by Capcom as the second installment in the Resident Evil series, its story takes place two months after the events of the first game, Resident Evil. It is set in Raccoon City, an American community whose residents have been transformed into zombies by the T-virus, a biological weapon developed by the pharmaceutical company Umbrella. In their escape from the city, the two protagonists, Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, encounter other survivors, and are confronted by William Birkin, the mutated creator of the even more powerful weaponized pathogen called the G-virus.

200198b6. Team Fortress 2 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC)
Original: Team Fortress

Team Fortress 2 is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to the 1996 mod Team Fortress for Quake and its 1999 remake. It was released as part of the video game compilation The Orange Box on October 10, 2007 for Windows and the Xbox 360. A PlayStation 3 version followed on December 11, 2007. On April 8, 2008, it was released as a standalone title for Windows. The game was updated to support OS X on June 10, 2010, and Linux on February 14, 2013. It is distributed online through Valve’s download retailer Steam; retail distribution was handled by Electronic Arts.

dark_souls_cover_art5. Dark Souls (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC)
Original: Demon Souls

Dark Souls is an action role-playing video game developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows. A spiritual successor to FromSoftware’s Demon’s Souls, it is the second installment of the overall Souls series, and the first installment in the Dark Souls trilogy. Dark Souls began development under the working title of Project Dark.

halo2-cover4. Halo 2(Xbox)
Original: Halo

Halo 2 is a 2004 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. Released for the Xbox video game console on November 9, 2004, the game is the second installment in the Halo franchise and the sequel to 2001’s critically acclaimed Halo: Combat Evolved. A Microsoft Windows version of the game was released on May 31, 2007, developed by an internal team at Microsoft Game Studios known as Hired Gun. The game features a new game engine, as well as using the Havok physics engine; added weapons and vehicles, and new multiplayer maps. The player alternately assumes the roles of the human Master Chief and the alien Arbiter in a 26th-century conflict between the human United Nations Space Command and genocidal Covenant.

250px-pkmn-_gold_and_silver_boxart3. Pokemon Gold & Silver (Gameboy Advance)
Original: Pokemon Red & Blue

Pokémon Gold Version and Silver Version are the second installments of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games, developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Color. They were released in Japan in 1999, Australia and North America in 2000, and Europe in 2001. Pokémon Crystal, a special edition, was released roughly a year later in each region. In 2009, Nintendo remade Gold and Silver for the Nintendo DS as Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

half-life_2_cover2. Half Life 2 (PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3)
Original: Half Life

Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter video game and the sequel to Half-Life (1998). Developed and published by Valve Corporation, it was released on November 16, 2004, following a five-year $40 million development, during which a substantial part of the project was leaked and distributed on the Internet. The game was developed alongside Valve’s Steam software. It introduced the Source game engine and, because of Steam, was the first single-player video game to require online product activation.

smbboxart1. Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo Entertainment System)
Original: Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. is a platform video game developed and published by Nintendo as a sequel to the 1983 game, Mario Bros. It was originally released in Japan for the Family Computer on September 13, 1985, and later that year for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America and Europe on May 15, 1987, and Australia later in 1987.

It is the first of the Super Mario series of games. In Super Mario Bros., the player controls Mario and in a two-player game, a second player controls Mario’s brother Luigi as he travels through the Mushroom Kingdom in order to rescue Princess Toadstool from the antagonist Bowser.

360 Confirmed Backwards Compatibility

Here is the most current list of Xbox 360 games that we have that Microsoft has confirmed thus far.

Confirmed Games

  • A Kingdom for Keflings
    A World of Keflings
    Aegis Wing
    Age of Booty
    Alan Wake
    Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
    Alien Hominid HD
    Assassin’s Creed II
    Asteroids & Deluxe
    Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
    Banjo-Kazooie
    Banjo-Tooie
    BattleBlock Theater
    Bejeweled 2
    Bellator: MMA Onslaught
    Beyond Good & Evil HD
    Blood of the Werewolf
    BloodRayne: Betrayal
    Borderlands
    Braid
    Call of Juarez Gunslinger
    Carcassonne
    Castle Crashers
    CastleStorm
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Centipede & Millipede
    Condemned: Criminal Origins
    Counter-Strike: GO
    Crazy Taxi
    Deadliest Warrior: Legends
    Defense Grid: The Awakening
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    DiRT 3
    DiRT Showdown
    Discs of Tron
    Doom
    Doom II
    Doritos Crash Course
    Dungeon Siege III
    Earthworm Jim HD
    Fable II
    Fable III
    Fallout 3
    Feeding Frenzy
    Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown
    Galaga
    Gears of War
    Gears of War 2
    Gears of War 3
    Gears of War: Judgment
    Geometry Wars Evolved
    Golden Axe
    Halo: Reach
    Halo: Spartan Assault
    Hardwood Backgammon
    Hardwood Hearts
    Hardwood Spades
    Heavy Weapon
    Hexic HD
    Hydro Thunder
    Ikaruga
    Iron Brigade
    Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad
    Jetpac Refuelled
    Joy Ride Turbo
    Just Cause 2
    Kameo: Elements of Power
    Kane & Lynch 2
    LEGO Batman
    LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
    LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
    Lode Runner
    LUMINES LIVE!
    Mass Effect
    Metal Slug 3
    Metal Slug XX
    Might & Magic Clash of Heroes
    Mirror’s Edge
    Missile Command
    Monday Night Combat
    Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
    Monkey Island: Special Edition
    Motocross Madness
    MS. PAC-MAN
    Ms. Splosion Man
    Mutant Blobs Attack!!!
    N+
    NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
    NiGHTS into dreams…
    Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
    Pac-Man
    Pac-Man: Championship Edition
    Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+
    Peggle
    Perfect Dark
    Perfect Dark Zero
    Phantom Breaker:Battle Grounds
    Pinball FX
    Plants vs. Zombies
    Portal: Still Alive
    Prince of Persia
    Putty Squad
    R-Type Dimensions
    Rayman 3 HD
    Sacred Citadel
    Sam and Max Beyond Space and Time
    Sam and Max Save the World
    Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
    Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe
    Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
    Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
    Shadow Complex
    Skullgirls
    Small Arms
    Sonic CD
    Sonic The Hedgehog
    Sonic The Hedgehog 2
    Sonic The Hedgehog 3
    Soul Calibur
    South Park: The Stick of Truth
    Space Giraffe
    Spelunky
    Splosion Man
    Super Meat Boy
    Supreme Commander 2
    The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings
    Ticket To Ride
    Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas
    Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas 2
    Torchlight
    Toy Soldiers
    Toy Soldiers: Cold War
    Trials HD
    Tron: Evolution
    Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
    Viva Piñata
    Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise
    Wolfenstein 3D
    Zuma
    Zuma’s Revenge!

My Top 10 Backlog

I thought this would be kind of fun to do tonight, since I was sitting here re-organizing my game shelves. I realized that there were a lot of games that I have that I have never even taken out of the wrapping, or finished. Those that I consider close friends of mine will not see that as a BIG surprise. I have many games that stretch the many different consoles throughout the years, and over that time I have many, MANY games that I have never finished. We all have them. Maybe we had to much to do at home, or we worked a lot of the time, school work to do, or just had the good ol’ fashion, “I have to many games I am trying to play through and finish” and before you know it, another game comes out that you want. I have that alot.

We all have had this feeling!
We all have had this feeling!

After going through my games, I have decided to compile a list of my (personal) games that are still in my backlog of games I NEED TO COMPLETE OR START! I would love for you to share yours as well! Let the embarrassment begin!

423909-ninja_gaiden___xbox10. Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)
I am a HUGE fan of this franchise, and upon hearing about the games resurrection on the Xbox I was extremely excited. What I was not expecting was the level of difficulty the game had. This didn’t make the game bad by any stretch of the imagination, however one of the greatest challenges that I eventually gave up on. The game was beautiful, and as I said before, CHALLENGING! I never did finish this game, although after looking at a few Youtube videos I am pretty close, and considering that I still have my original Xbox, and my original copy of the game I bought on launch day I may dive back into this one last time to finish it off. Ironically enough, I did finish Ninja Gaiden: Sigma, which was the same game just a little easier that what tormented me on the Xbox.

201328b29. Assassins Creed 3 (Xbox 360)
This franchise had a little bit of a variation of my feelings towards it. The first entry into the franchise was a bit weak and left me a bit disappointed. The second, however, left me wanting another one! I was spoiled by the Ezio story-line that I was fearful to break off of that beaten path. When we did, I only got about half way through the game before I was distracted away from it. I cant remember what game it was that took me away, but I have never gone back into the world of Assassins Creed 3. Not because it was a bad game, but just because I got pulled away by another title. Sorry Ubisoft!

270173b8. Metal Gear Solid IV: Guns of the Patriot (PlayStation 3)
I do not know for the life of me why I never went back in to finish the story of Snake but shamefully I did not. It is still sitting on my shelf collecting dust, however I did play and FINISH Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain that came out late 2015. Dont ask why, as i will again state….. I DO NOT KNOW! Ive slapped myself a couple times for not completing it. I may dive back in to try and finish it, however as I look at this list. . . It could be a while.

200989b17. Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
Anything that Bethesda has ever put together I played through completion. Oblivion took me a while but I was able to beat it. When it came to Skyrim I completed about 75% of the main story-line before being sidetracked by work, and a job re-structure that had me quite busy for a little while. Never was able to jump back in to finish but I may have to now that Fallout 4 is completed and my RPG games are clear. For the most part.

116983b6. Fallout: New Vegas (Xbox 360)
When I said that my RPG games are clear with Elder Scrolls, I was partially correct. I still have yet to complete Fallout: New Vegas. I do not know why but New Vegas didn’t quite hook me like Fallout 3 or most recently 4 did. I don’t know if it was possibly the setting or what, but I just didn’t get hooked. I did enjoy most aspect of it, just couldn’t keep me hooked for a long period of time. I suppose this title is one of those games you take in spurts and finish over a long, and in my case VERY LONG period of time.

201748b5. Dark Souls 2 (Xbox 360)
HAHAHA and I thought my number ten title was challenging. I was dead wrong until I started playing this franchise. Demon Souls on PlayStation 3, and Dark Souls were among some of the most enraging games that I have played in a long, long time. I still have yet to complete the first title and YES I know its not on this list, but HELL! Dark Souls 2 is still in shrink wrap and I still plan on buying the third. Ironic?

281437b4. Final Fantasy XII (PlayStation 2)
I have never considered myself one of the biggest Final Fantasy fans, but for some reason I always buy every version of a Final Fantasy game that comes out, and NEVER play it. I still have this version of the collectors edition wrapped and never played. I have heard great things about the game and would love to sit down and play through it but I never seem to get around to it. I have some many RPG’s on my list that I need to get back into and finish before start another one that I KNOW I WILL NOT FINISH!

230771b13. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
I have always Prided myself on completing Zelda games that I start, and after the long period of time that I spent on Twilight Princess I never did jump right into Skyward Sword. Maybe because I never completed Twilight Princess until Skyward Sword was a few weeks from release. HAHAHA I might have been a bit Zelda burnt out. So YES, I never have started Skyward Sword. 😦

281248b2. Resident Evil 4 (PlayStation 2)
This is one game that I have played on multiple platforms and have never completed on each platform. I got this for the PlayStation 2 when it originally launched and have never completed it. I later picked the game up on the Wii and never completed it there. It is extremely disappointing that I have never finished his game, but I do still have bother versions and would love to complete it. I enjoyed what I have played up into the point I stopped, however I am afraid that when I jump back into it I will have no idea on where I am or what I was doing before.

280214b1. ICO (PlayStation 2)
Sadly enough ICO is another one of those titles that I have on multiple systems and never completed. I have completed Shadow of the Colossus but I never did finish ICO. I loved the game but I can not remember what it was that left me to not completing this one. I bought the collection on PlayStation 3 later on and never did get the chance to take it out of the shrink wrap. It is sad and I know this is one game I need to complete, and with “The Last Guardian” “coming this year” I may need to jump on the ball.

Top 10: Most Anticipated Games of 2016

We are a couple weeks into the new year, and we decide to take a look at the upcoming year and some of the most anticipated games of the new year!

Here is what we have!

113480b10. Street Fighter V (PlayStation 4, PC)
Street Fighter V carries on the side-scrolling fighting gameplay of its predecessors, in which two fighters use a variety of attacks and special abilities to knock out their opponent. The game features the EX gauge introduced in Street Fighter III, which builds as the player lands attacks and can be used to either power up special moves or perform super combos known as Critical Arts, although the Focus Attacks from the previous game have been removed.

102033b9. The Division (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
In the game, a pandemic that spreads on Black Friday causes the United States Government to collapse in five days; basic services fail one by one, and without access to food or water, the country quickly descends into chaos. In the wake of the devastating pandemic that sweeps through cities across the country, including New York City, it is discovered that the disease is transmitted through germs on banknotes.[8] As a last resort, the player is part of a classified unit of self-supported tactical agents, known as the “Strategic Homeland Division (SHD)”, or “The Division” for short. Leading seemingly ordinary lives, SHD agents are trained to operate independently of command when all else fails. This group is established to combat the threat brought about by the outbreak and are given direct authority by the President of the United States to do whatever it takes to prevent the fall of society and piece the city back together. Throughout the game, the agents will find themselves caught in a worldwide conspiracy and will be forced to combat both the threats of the virus as well as those who unleashed it.

113924brp8. Doom (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
Doom will be a first-person shooter which has “badass demons, big effing guns, and moving really fast” as key principles, according to id Software executive producer Marty Stratton.[6] The game will feature a large arsenal of weapons, which can be collected and freely switched by players throughout the game. Many classic weapons, including the super shotgun and BFG 9000, will make a return. In addition, melee weapons such as the chainsaw, which can cut enemies in half, are also featured. Many enemies from the original games like the Revenant, Mancubus, and Cyberdemon return as well, some of them redesigned.[7] As the combat system of the game puts emphasis on momentum and speed, the game allows players to perform movements like sprinting and double-jumping. A combat system known as “push forward combat” is featured, which discourages players from taking cover behind obstacles or resting to regain health.[8] As a result, the game will not feature any cover mechanics or a health-regeneration system. Players can collect health and armour pick-ups scattered throughout levels, or kill enemies to regain health. A new mechanic introduced in Doom is the melee execution system. It allows players to perform a melee-takedown when players deal enough damages to enemies. Enemies available for melee-takedown will be highlighted

254855_wii_b7. The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
Pre-release reception was positive after the game’s reveal. Before the announcement of the delay, GameTrailers ranked the new Zelda title number one in its countdown of most-anticipated upcoming video games, citing its freedom of exploration and “design philosophy that both reinvents what a Zelda game can be while simultaneously bringing it back to its roots.”[16] In the website’s community poll, released a week later, The Legend of Zelda was the second most-anticipated game, beaten only by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

the-last-guardian-box-art6. The Last Guardian (PlayStation 4)
The Last Guardian ’​s story follows that of a boy who is trying to escape from a setting resembling the ruins of a large expansive castle.[5] The boy has been kidnapped “under mysterious circumstances” according to Ueda, and comes to discover a giant, feathered creature, resembling a griffin, named Trico (トリコ Toriko?).[6] The game will revolve around the developing friendship between the boy and Trico.[7][8] The name of the creature can be taken to mean “prisoner” (虜 toriko?), “baby bird” (鳥の子 tori no ko?), or a portmanteau of “bird” (鳥 tori?) and “cat” (猫 neko?).[9] Trico has spears and arrows stuck in its back, and is initially bound by a chain. Later, it is freed and is shown attacking an armored soldier. Screenshots, along with the E3 trailer, show the boy attempting to sneak past and attack other soldiers.[10] Trico will at first be hostile toward the boy, but during the course of the game, the two will develop an emotional attachment to each other.[11] Ueda suggested there may be similar creatures like Trico in the game, but could not confirm this.

119732b5. Overwatch (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Overwatch is set in a near-future version of Earth, years after the resolution of the global-scale “Omnic Crisis”. This crisis put humanity under threat of the “Omnic” artificial intelligence.[8][9] This led to the uprising of robots all around the world and a massive conflict on the global scale.[9][10] To end this conflict, an international task force called “Overwatch” was formed by the United Nations to protect humanity, ending the Crisis.[10][11] In the years after, Overwatch remained as a peacekeeping force, but after multiple incidents of criminal activity popped up around the globe,[11] accusations of corruption and sedition[12] began to surface. The people turned against those who had saved them. Once regarded as heroes, members of Overwatch were now looked down upon with suspicion.[10][11] Then one day, the headquarters of Overwatch were suddenly destroyed– apparently by accident. Officially, the attack took the life of Overwatch leader Jack Morrison and second-in-command Gabriel Reyes.[10][11] After this event, the task force was eventually disbanded.[13] It is believed by some that the cause of the downfall of Overwatch was due actually to an elaborate conspiracy by those who wanted to see the end of the organization, although nothing has been confirmed officially by the UN.

113544brp14. Dark Souls III (Xbox One, PlayStation 4)
Dark Souls III is an action role-playing game set in a third-person perspective, similar to previous games in the series. According to director Hidetaka Miyazaki, the game’s gameplay design “follows closely from Dark Souls II”.[3] Players are equipped with a variety of weapons including shortbows, explosives like fire bombs, greatswords and dual-wielding swords to fight against enemies, and shields that can be used to deflect an enemies’ attack and protect the player from suffering damage

horizon_zero_dawn-fan-made-box-art-13. Horizon: Zero Dawn (PlayStation 4)
Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing game in which players take control of Aloy, a hunter and archer, as she progresses through a post-apocalyptic land which is ruled by mechanized creatures, such as robotic dinosaurs.[1] The game is set in a future 1000 years from the present, in which human civilization has long abandoned Earth due to the world being dominated by robotic creatures, which have since become the strongest creatures in the world.[2] The component of these creatures, such as electricity and the metal they are composed of, are vital to Aloy’s survival, and she can loot these creatures’ corpses to find these useful resources.

103729brp12. Uncharted 4: Thief’s End (PlayStation 4)
Uncharted 4 is set three years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception with Nathan “Nate” Drake, now retired as a fortune hunter, has settled into a normal life with his wife Elena Fisher. His world is then turned upside down when his older brother Sam, long believed to be dead, suddenly appears seeking Drake’s help. Together they embark on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a conspiracy behind Libertatia, a long lost pirate colony, and its fabled pooled pirate treasure. Naughty Dog outlined the game’s plot as “his greatest adventure yet and will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately, what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves”

gears-of-war-4_2650931. Gears of War 4 (Xbox One)
Gears of War 4 is an upcoming third-person shooter video game developed by The Coalition, and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One.[1] The game is set to be released in 2016.[2] It will be the fifth installment in the Gears of War series and the fourth main installment. It will be the sequel to Gears of War 3.

Top 10 Games of 2015

2015 is coming to a close in the next couple days and we thought that we should close out the Top 10 list of this year with a TOP 10 Games of 2015! Seems like a no-brainer right? We had a lot of games to keep us busy this year and a few games that took us a lot more hours than we have anticipated or knew would destroy our social life. This is just my own personal list so this may not reflect your own personal liking so don’t murder my choices! With that being said, here is the Top games of 2015!

108128b10. Splatoon (Wii U)

Splatoon is a third-person shooter video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U, released worldwide in May 2015. The game centers around characters known as “Inklings”—beings that can transform between humanoid and squid forms, and hide or swim through colored ink sprayed on surfaces using gun or brush-based weaponry. Splatoon features several gamemodes, including 4-on-4 online multiplayer and a single player campaign.

113520b19. Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, Xbox One)

Destiny: The Taken King is a major expansion for Bungie‘s first-person shooter, Destiny. Released on September 15, 2015 (a year after Destiny) as the third expansion of Destiny, it revolves around Oryx, The Taken King and his plot for revenge after players slayed his son Crota in Destiny’s first DLC, The Dark Below. Players must face the “Taken”, Oryx’s army of corrupted aliens forced to fight for him. The Taken King adds content across the game, including new missions, a Player versus Environment location, Player versus Player maps, player gear, and weaponry. Upon the expansion’s release, retailers also issued Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition which includes Destiny (base game), The Taken King, and the previous two DLCs.

Rocket_League_coverart8. Rocket League (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Rocket League is a physics-based vehicle soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix, released for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows on July 7, 2015, with versions for OS X, Linux, and Xbox One also in development.[1] It is a sequel to 2008’s Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars,[2] and features single-player and multiplayer modes which can be played both locally and online, including cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows versions.[

113168b7. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One)

Set one year after the events of Tomb Raider, Lara Croft is struggling to explain her experience of the supernatural on Yamatai. Looking for answers, she turns to her late father’s research into the lost city of Kitezh and the promise of immortality. Her father’s partner Ana attempts to warn her off as his obsession with Kitezh drove him to ruin. Lara ignores her and organises an expedition to Syria, hoping to uncover the tomb of the Prophet of Constantinople, a key figure in the legend of Kitezh. Although successful, the tomb is empty, and Lara is interrupted by Trinity—an ancient order of knights that now exists as a paramilitary organization investigating the supernatural—and their leader Konstantin. As she flees, Lara discovers a symbol etched into the tomb that she links to a book on Russian religious history in her father’s study. A Trinity assassin steals the book, prompting Lara and her friend Jonah to give chase in Siberia. When the two are separated after an avalanche, Lara is forced to go on alone.

150055b6. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One)

One year after the death of the Joker during the events of Arkham City, Batman is struggling to come to terms with the absence of his nemesis and the uncomfortable feeling that the pair shared a bond deeper than either could admit.[4] Without the Joker’s chaotic presence, Gotham’s citizens have never felt safer, and crime in the city has dramatically declined. However, this gives Batman’s enemies, including Penguin, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn, a chance to unite with the singular goal of killing Batman

150046b5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt concludes the story of the witcher Geralt of Rivia, the series’ protagonist, whose story to date has been covered in the previous versions.[9] Continuing from The Witcher 2, the ones who sought to use Geralt are now gone. Geralt seeks to move on with his own life, embarking on a new and personal mission while the world order itself is coming to a change

102040b4. Bloodborne (PS4)

Bloodborne takes place in Yharnam, a decrepit Gothic city known for its medical advances using blood as a primary tool.[5] Over the years, many travelers journey to the city seeking the remedy to cure their afflictions; the player’s character journeys to Yharnam seeking something known as Paleblood for reasons unknown.[5] Upon arriving in the city, however, it is discovered that the city is plagued with an endemic illness that has transformed most of its citizens into bestial creatures. The player must navigate the streets of Yharnam during the night of The Hunt, and overcome its violently deranged inhabitants and horrifying monsters in order to stop the source of the plague and escape the nightmare.

102173b3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One)

In the aftermath of the events of Ground Zeroes and the destruction of Militaires Sans Frontières (commonly abbreviated as MSF), Big Boss (Kiefer Sutherland/Akio Ōtsuka) falls into a coma.[53] Nine years later, he awakens and helps lead a new mercenary group, Diamond Dogs.[54] Adopting the codename “Venom Snake”, he ventures into Afghanistan during the Soviet–Afghan War and the AngolaZaire border region during the Angolan Civil War to track down the men responsible for MSF’s destruction. Along the way, he becomes reacquainted with his former rival Ocelot (Troy Baker/Satoshi Mikami) and encounters Quiet (Stefanie Joosten), an assassin and sniper with supernatural abilities. While he and Kazuhira Miller (Robin Atkin Downes/Tomokazu Sugita) are initially driven to exact revenge, Snake soon unearths a plot by the Cipher organization to develop a new model of the Metal Gear system known as the ST-84 “Sahelanthropus”

111959b12. Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Super Mario Maker is a game creation and publishing tool and video game, which allows players to create their own levels from the Super Mario series using the Wii U GamePad, and then publish those levels to the Internet. Players can base their levels on the gameplay and visual style of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U, with their corresponding styles of physics, gameplay mechanics, and enemy behavior. Some elements are limited to specific game styles while others can be added to game styles that previously did not have them in the original game, such as Boos in Super Mario Bros.

113224b21.Fallout 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

The story begins on the morning of October 23, 2077, with the player character and their spouse (Nate/Nora) preparing for an event at the Veteran’s Hall when a Vault-Tec representative comes to inform them their family is approved for admittance into Vault 111. Moments later, a news bulletin warns of an imminent nuclear attack, forcing the family to rush to the vault, where they are temporarily trapped outside when a nuclear bomb detonates nearby. The platform below them lowers, and the family and other residents of the town are tricked into being placed in cryosleep.

Top 10: Tom Clancy Games

We look into one of the worlds most recognizable names in Military lore and the top of the New York Times Best Selling authors! You know him from his series of books and movies surrounding Jack Ryan, and team Rainbow! He has been active in the video game industry for many years and has left us with many familiar and successful franchises. We look at his 10 best games, and yes there will be some in the same franchise, but there are plenty of great games to choose from. Rest in Peace Mr. Tom Clancy. Here is what we put together.

270112b10. Tom Clancy’s End War

A nuclear terrorist attack occurs in Saudi Arabia in 2016, killing six million people and crippling the supply of oil from the Middle East, plunging the world into an unprecedented energy crisis. The following year, the United States and the European Union sign the historic SLAMS (Space-Land-Air Missile Shield) Treaty, agreeing to co-develop technologies for a comprehensive, interlocking anti-ballistic missile system. The U.S. and EU test-launch nuclear salvos against each other, which the SLAMS weapons completely destroy. Emboldened by the success of the tests, the U.S. and the EU pronounce “the end of strategic nuclear warfare,” and the world celebrates a new age of peace.

281006b9. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2

The game takes place on the Korean Peninsula, with slight variations between platforms. The GameCube and PS2 campaign occurs in 2007, while the Xbox campaign is set in 2011. Ghost Recon 2 sports an updated graphics engine, the Havok 2 physics engine, new multiplayer options, and voice command ability via microphone.

280447b8. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3

In 1945, two high-ranking members of the Nazi-sponsored Ustaše regime in the puppet Independent State of Croatia manage to escape the country with vast amounts of Croatian Holocaust-era loot, just before Allied troops move into Zagreb and Belgrade with the help of Partisan troops. Croatia ceases to exist as an independent state, and a new Yugoslavia is created by the Partisans. The two former Croatian officials are nowhere to be found.

Sixty years later, in 2005, elite multinational counter-terrorism task-force Rainbow finds itself investigating a series of attacks by neo-fascist terrorists against South American oil interests and European financial institutions. The squadron is enlisted to ascertain their location and find out who is ultimately behind these incidents.

200333b7. Tom Clancy’s Splinter: Conviction

The events of the main game take place three years after that of Splinter Cell: Double Agent. Former Navy SEAL Victor Coste (Howard Siegel) is being interrogated by a PMC called Black Arrow, and recounts the events of Conviction in the past tense.

Sam Fisher (Michael Ironside) is investigating in Valletta, Malta regarding rumors that the hit-and-run death of his daughter, Sarah might not have been accidental. As he investigates, Anna “Grim” Grímsdóttir (Claudia Besso), Sam’s former colleague, contacts him and warns him of the imminent attack by a group of hitmen. Sam kills them, and goes after their contractor, Andriy Kobin, a drug runner who was responsible for Sarah’s death. He infiltrates Kobin’s mansion, kills Kobin’s guards and interrogates Kobin, but Sam is captured by a Third Echelon Splinter Cell team before being able to extract anything useful.

D005531b6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter

Captain Scott Mitchell commands the fictitious elite Ghost Recon team in an attempt to protect the Presidents of the U.S. and Mexico, recover stolen U.S. technology, and battle the rebellious Mexican forces. Written by Gérard Lehiany, the story unfolds entirely in a realistic and detailed modeling of Mexico City, one of the world’s largest cities. It is this size that allows Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter to provide multiple locations like in previous Ghost Recon games, ranging from heavily industrialized areas to local parks and landmarks to office districts.

tom-clancys-rainbow-six-usa5. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six

Rainbow Six describes Rainbow as an international counter-terrorism operation hosted by NATO and funded by money funneled through the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The base of operations for Rainbow is located in Hereford, England (at the time, home to the SAS), due to the United Kingdom being one of the most accessible countries in the world and having one of the world’s foremost special forces units. Most of the characters in Rainbow are American or British, though the NATO countries of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, and the NATO ally of Israel have at least one representative each.

D005250b4. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

Infiltrate terrorists’ positions, acquire critical intelligence by any means necessary, execute with extreme prejudice, and exit without a trace! You are Sam Fisher, a highly trained secret operative of the NSA’s secret arm: Third Echelon. The world balance is in your hands, as cyber terrorism and international tensions are about to explode into WWIII.

281180b3. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

In June 2007, tensions are running high between China, North Korea, South Korea and Japan, due to Japan’s formation of an Information Self Defense Force (I-SDF). Considering this to be a violation of Article 9 of the post-World War II Constitution, and blaming the I-SDF for information warfare attacks against their countries, Chinese and North Korean forces establish a blockade in the Yellow Sea against Japanese shipping. Because Japan is an ally of the United States, and thus the NSA‘s Third Echelon, the U.S. Navy dispatches a highly advanced warship, the USS Clarence E. Walsh (CG-80), to the Yellow Sea with the hopes that China and North Korea will back down at its presence.

200172b2. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas

In the year 2010, Rainbow operatives Logan Keller (Andrew Pifko), Gabriel Nowak (Thomas Michael) and Kan Akahashi (Dennis Akayama) are on a mission in a Mexican border town, assisted by intelligence officer Joanna Torres (Athena Karkanis) and pilot Brody Lukin (Andrew Pifko). Their objective is to arrest Irena Morales (Amanda Martinez), a terrorist ringleader. As the team reaches its landing zone in a helicopter, Logan fast-ropes down first but is separated from his group.

Logan fights his way through the terrorist-infested streets and meets up with Gabriel and Kan at an old Spanish church. After infiltrating a train yard and freeing a group of hostages, Rainbow eventually makes their way to a mine where Irena is hiding. However, after a surprise attack, Irena escapes and Gabriel and Kan are captured by terrorists.

280841b1.Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

In early 2006, the United States has established a military presence in the newly-independent country of East Timor to train the East Timorese military in their fight against anti-separatist Indonesian guerrilla militias. Foremost among these militias is the Darah Dan Doa (English: Blood and Prayer), led by the charismatic Suhadi Sadono.

Sadono, once trained by the CIA to help fight communism in the region, has grown resentful of American support of East Timor and its supposed interference with Indonesian sovereignty. Sadono orchestrates a suicide bombing and follow-up attack on the U.S. Embassy in Dili, capturing a number of U.S. military and diplomatic personnel including Douglas Shetland, an old friend and comrade of Sam Fisher.

Top 10: Wii Games

With the lists for PlayStation and Xbox 360 complete, we are ready to complete the roll-out of the last gen home consoles. We look now at the top 10 Wii games and with Nintendo set to showcase their next home console we may have to start on the Wii U list as well. . . But for now we look at Wii.

230468b10. Madworld (Sega)

MadWorld is divided into several levels representing different parts of Jefferson Island that have been converted into sets for the game show “DeathWatch”. The player progresses through these levels in a linear fashion during the first playthrough, but can revisit any completed level to attempt to score more points or take on a harder challenge.

230675b9. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle (Ubisoft)

Continuing the tale of the anti-hero assassin Travis Touchdown, “No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle” pits the player against multiple baddies in a battle to become the number one assassin in Santa Destroy.

Gameplay offers fast weapon combat and quick time finishing moves, making this a unique 3rd person hack n’ slash experience. The sequel ups the ante with the possibility of wielding multiple swords this go around, adding to the smooth and excellent use of motion controls. With 2D minigames, funky music, awesome graphics and massive boss battles, “Desperate Struggle” shoots fountains of style.

MH3_CvrSht_hires8. Monster Hunter Tri (Capcom)

Hunting monsters has never been this fun. In “Monster Hunter Tri”, players assume the role of a monster slayer from the Guild. Your goal is to protect and rejuvenate the small fishing community of Moga Village; you’ll create items from the dropped loot, harvest plants, mine for ores, and forge items and weapons from the monster parts you acquire. With different weapon classes to suit your way of playing, as well as the ability to venture together with friends online, this game can really get you addicted.

917061b7. Wii Sports (Nintendo)

If you owned a Wii, it’s very likely you also owned this game. “Wii Sports” brings together 5 mini games that accompanied every Wii upon launch. Grab your tennis racket, bowling shoes, boxing gloves, golf club and baseball bat as you compete to beat the top scores against friends and family. Intuitive controls and fun gameplay made every each game a blast to play. With Nintendo focused on more casual players, Wii Sports was a major financial success and lead to a second Wii Sports title, “Wii Sports Resort”, which offered even more activities to get your motion groove on.

917251b6. Mario Kart (Nintendo)

Though it was an almost guaranteed hit, the 6th instalment of the king of the karting games still delivered an endless amount of features and a wide variety of imaginative courses. There are plenty of novel ideas to go with this classic racing formula, as players can choose to compete with motorcycles in brand new and retro tracks. With over 35 million copies sold, “Mario Kart Wii” also has the honour of being the #1 best-selling racing game of all time.

230652b5. The Super Mario Bros. New (Nintendo)

Taking a classic NES formula and bringing it to the modern era, “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” sees our favourite plumber fight his way through Bowser’s henchmen to once again rescue Princess Peach. With new items such as the Ice Flower, the Propeller Mushrooms and the Penguin Suits, and the ability to play all 77 levels in CoOp with your friends, this re-tread of the old style is bursting with new tricks.

230010b4. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Nintendo)

The Metroid Prime Trilogy is one of gaming’s best, and “Metroid Prime 3: Corruption” is certainly a fitting end. You’ll take control of Samus as she fights against the Space Pirates and her evil doppelganger while dealing with Phazon, a mutagenic material that incapacitates its host. The game offers slick controls and awesome puzzle-solving, with an FPS Control Scheme that can aim arguably better than dual analog stick. You’ll travel across breath-taking, atmospheric environments filled with perplexing puzzles and awe-inspiring boss fights. Charge up that cannon and blast your way to Dark Samus.

230771b13. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo)

If one game perfected the art of motion controls, it had to be this Wii gem. While we loved Twilight Princess, that game was originally made with the Gamecube in mind, Where as Skyward Sword was designed to make the best use out of the system. With its unique graphical style mixing up contemporary graphics and cel shading, Skyward Sword presents a host of collectibles, amazing dungeon design and some of the best boss battles in the series.

230015b2. Super Smash Bros.Brawl (Nintendo)

Who wasn’t ready to BRAWL? “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” presents your usual cast of Nintendo fighters along with some surprising new additions as they battle it out in this crossover fighting game. New to the stage are third-party characters Solid Snake and Mario’s greatest rival: Sonic the Hedgehog. While the multiplayer action has always been the series strong point, the improved single player campaign mode known as the Subspace Emissary offers a plot-driven, side-scrolling beat ‘em up adventure that’s sure to kill any alone time. Also Final Smashes.

Wii_Titlesheet1.Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)

Taking the most recognisable video game character into new frontiers – Nintendo presents a masterful sequel to the terrific “Super Mario Galaxy”. The series revolutionized and reinvented the 3D platform genre, introducing new game mechanics such as gravity that affects gameplay in new and creative ways. Mario will once again have to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s clutches, using new power-ups such as the Spin Drill and Cloud Mario to help him make his way through multiple planets and galaxies. With stunning visuals and an amazing soundtrack of classic and new tunes, this game is platforming perfection, and it’ll be a long time before any other platformer can come close to topping it.

Top 10: Video Game Heroes

Last month we took a look at the Top 10 Video Game Villains, and with that we look at the Top 10 Video Game Heroes of our time. There are those character that we fell in love with and would get into many arguments on who is the best. This is our list of our favorites!

631086-me3-shepard-male210. Commander Shepard (Mass Effect Series)

We had the pleasure of traveling the galaxy and fighting off the troublesome “Reapers” and when it came time at the end of the trilogy on deciding Shepard’s fate many of us had to make some very difficult decisions. Truly one of the most beloved characters that we even got a chance to design and carry on through 3 games!

Cloud_Strife9. Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)

He’s the most recognized hero of the long running RPG game series. Why? It’s simple, Cloud’s got a massive sword and spiky hair. A mercenary and ex-member of a genetically augmented military unit, he fights for a resistance group called “Avalanche”, and is driven by a feud with Sephiroth, another genetically enhanced warrior who comes to believe that he’s a god.

Metroidprime3_18. Samus (Metroid Franchise)

Samus Aran is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Metroid science fiction action-adventure game series by Nintendo. She was introduced in the 1986 video game Metroid. Samus Aran is an ex-Galactic Federation soldier who turned into an intergalactic bounty hunter, usually fitted with a powered armor suit with weapons that include directed energy weapons and missiles.

2122471-pinballparty7. Sonic (Sonic The Hedgehog Franchise)

Okay, so he hasn’t been in that many memorable games lately. Despite this, Sonic remains a beloved gaming icon from a time when a speedy blue hedgehog with sneakers was considered the Red Bull version of a certain chubby plumber, who is also on this list!

 

Kratos_Real6. Kratos (God of War Franchise)

Who can forget our troubled hero that had to witness such heartache at the beginning of the series. We did however get revenge for the anger that Kratos felt, as well as us as gamers. Even though there is still much for us to gather from Krato’s troubled past however we did feel a sense of closure at the end of God of War 3!

Solid_Snake_(GOTP)5. Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid Franchise)

The aging warrior destined to die in combat, sporting a growling voice and love for radio banter, he continues to confound his exclamation-thinking enemies by hiding under cardboard boxes. We got to see a bit more into the future of Solid Snake with MGS V, and I think there is much more to discover.

 

MegaManSSB44. Mega Man (Mega Man Franchise)

The Blue Bomber has taken on the robotic forces of the notorious Dr. Wily for several decades. In that time he has consistently saved humanity, while showcasing the ability to absorb the abilities of his fallen foes. We haven’t seen much of him in the past few years, however we did get a chance to see him FINALLY added to the roster in Super Smash Bros.

3909140-link3. Link (The Legend of Zelda Franchise)

How do you get to be the third best character of all time without ever saying a word? Easy, make green a fashion statement, sport a wicked sword and shield, and become the “Hero of Time”! His franchise is ageless and has become one of Nintendo’s staples.

 

Master-chief-square-542x542-5bff9fc0c96b4f07adbdd3f6d68f84b82. Master Chief (Halo Franchise)

You can sum up this guy with the words silent and deadly. Not only has this Spartan super-soldier endeared himself to fans with his brass voice, but he has become the symbol of the Xbox and Microsoft, and has been ageless since his initial release in 2001

 

mario1. Mario (Super Mario Bros. Franchise)

Taking the top spot on our list is the little red plumber with an ability to jump to great heights. Built on technical limitations, he has not only saved the princess and the Mushroom Kingdom countless times, but the entire gaming industry from the video game crash of the 80s. Sure he’s a stereotypical Italian character created by a Japanese company, but this lovable hero continue to impress us with his A+ gaming outings.

Top 5 – “Time to Take a Break” Franchises

Skylanders_Logo5 – Skylanders and all the other toy based games

$90.00 for a game that requires me to buy $15.00 toys to play and get more from it, or even finish, is a lot to ask for. When it goes on for 4+ years, having over 100 pieces, and 2 similar competitor while the game play only changes as much as the toys do, that’s just too much.


logos_007___dragon_ball_007_by_vicdbz-d2n5cey4 – DragonBall Z

DragonBall Z games started on the Super Famicom (Japan’s Super Nintendo) where they had many great 2D fighters. That continued with the heyday of 2D fighters of the 16-32 bit era. It continued till the PS1 and DragonBall GT. The US got ports of GT, which was bad at best, and our first real new release of a DBZ game with DragonBall Z Budokai on the PS2. By this time the series was in 3D and was already stagnant. With the recent release of Xenoverse, the series has had a game with great story but has never had that killer, extreme fighting the anime is known best for.

LEGO_logo3 – LEGO Games

Lego Star Wars, 10 years ago I played the demo to the first one on the Original Xbox. I thought it was fun and innovative. Different in a good way. I had the fun of exploring Tatooine without care of real consequences. The trend continued with Lego Batman, then Indiana Jone, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, Jurassic Park… you guys get the idea. 10 years… That’s a long time and a great run for any game franchise, but I’m running low on love for this one right now. Maybe in a few years with newer ideas and a re-visioning I can love this franchise again.

assassin_s_creed_logo_by_bawzon-d84gt7t2 – Assassin’s Creed

The first game in the series may have been a little repetitive but it pulled together some the best gameplay mechanics of the last 10 years from games before it. With the Ezio Trilogy, the series grew to become one of the defining game franchise of the last console generation. But with Assassin’s Creed 3 and the Vita’s release of Liberation, thing started to go downhill fast. Black Flag looked like a turnaround from those bad mistakes, but then Ubisoft gave us Unity…. Need I say more?

call_of_duty_advanced_warfare11 – Call of Duty

This one hurt at first. The original game on PC was vastly different from it’s current state. Call of Duty 2 was the first look at what would become the template of CoD gameplay. But most players of the game started playing at Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Using 2 different teams, 1 for the campaign and 1 for the multiplayer, and the introduction of Perks, player modifying effects, and weapon customization, Infinity Ward created a game with a Amazing story and multiplayer that set the standard for what became The BAR for online shooters of the last 8 years. Since then the franchise has morphed from a modern day military shooter set in a modern day war zone to a futuristic war shooter made by a shadow of its original creators. I’ve become more and more bored with the COD franchise since the release of Modern Warfare 3, which I traded in after only 40 day. Rival FPS’s are trying new things with multiplayer, While it hasn’t all worked out at least they are trying to come up with new ideas. Recent CoD games just seem to be be trying out other franchises ideas and haven’t came up with a original change to the core gameplay since 2005. That is why Call of Duty is my Number 1 “Game Franchise That needs a ____”.