30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 12 – A game everyone should play

Well there are a lot games that can be suggested for this challenge, however, you can only pick on right. Since the list of games I would recommend, I decided to narrow the games I considered to worthy of recommendation. First the game should have received a perfect score from Famitsu, GameSpot and IGN. Famitsu uses four reviewers to score a game from 0-10. Due to the larger number of reviewers I think it’s the standard. However, it seems to have a bias in favor of Japanese developers, so I will use GameSpot and IGN to back the score up. Finally, I will focus on games in the last decade.

Anyway, the game I choose isn’t surprising and many have played it (11.68 Million). The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game that is considered the best designed game of 2017 and one of the best ever. I have always loved Zelda games, but this one is the best, I’ve played. Personally, I have had difficulties finishing open-world games. The non-linear play allows the gamer to have an unprecedented level of freedom. Players can approach a problem in many different ways.

The game uses a “chemistry engine” that is described as ” the physical properties of most objects and governs how they interact with the player and one another.” For example, ” players may take advantage of the game’s dynamic weather by throwing metal objects at enemies during thunderstorms to attract a lightning strike.” This can backfire on the player as well as I found myself begin struck by lightning while wearing metal during a storm.

The addition of hunting, gathering fruit and the ability to cook them is a mini game in and of itself. The puzzles remain clever and rewarding. The story is imagining and the boss battles fun and challenging. Breath of the Wild is viewed as a “masterpiece,” I think everyone should experience it.

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30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 11 – Gaming system of choice

I’m not really sure what this challenge is asking here. All time favorite console? Favorite current console? I’ll just choice all time favorite.

All time favorite console (SNES)

My gaming began in the “fourth” generation or the “16 bit” generation. The SNES is my all time favorite gaming console. Part of the reason for this is that it was my first gaming console, so I’m probably a little nostalgic. Anyway, the SNES was the second console from Nintendo. It would become the best selling console of the era, with almost 50 million sold. The SNES controller introduced many elements into the gaming industry.
Of course the MOST important aspect of a gaming console is the games. The SNES had a large library of games that covered a large array of genres. Many of those games are among the most highly regarded games of all time.

With games like, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country (1-3), Super Mario Kart, Street Fighter 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Killer Instinct, Star Fox, Mortal Kombat 2, Mega Man X and NBA Jam you see how I spent countless hours playing the SNES. While, gaming consoles have far superior tech. now and many games have surpassed the quality of SNES games the console will always be a trailblazer in gaming.

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 10 – Best Gameplay

I’m not entirely certain what is meant by “gameplay.” Genre? According to Wikipedia, gameplay, ” is a term used to define the way players interact with a certain video or computer game.” It’s still not clear. Does that mean the literal controls? They console? All of the above? Regardless, I’m going to choose genre. Based on my gaming library the best gameplay is Third Person Shooters.

TPS are defined as ” a genre of 3D action games in which the player character is visible on-screen, and the gameplay consists primarily of shooting.” This genre features games like, Fornite, Gears of War , Mass Effect , Resident Evil, Tomb Raider and Metal Gear Solid. The third person perspective is just superior to me. To be honest, I use to hate first person shooters. Being able to see your avatar in the environment, is simpler and more enjoyable.

I found that my depth perception was off when playing FPS. Much of this has been fixed with better game designing. TPS allow game developers to easier include, shooting, with platforming, puzzle solving and driving. You get the most balanced games that actually include some gameplay from other genre’s.

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 8 – Best Soundtrack

My instinct was to suggest that I don’t really care about video game soundtracks, but that wouldn’t be true. The soundtrack in the game of course is in the background. You might not notice because your so focused on playing but good ones are hard too ignore. Some video games create soundtracks that are just hit songs from any era, think Grand Theft Auto. Finally, a single song obviously doesn’t count.

For me the game that had the best soundtrack is Jet Grind Radio. The game was the first to use the now common “cel-shaded” visuals. Published by Sega on the Dreamcast in 2000, you controlled a member of a gang rollerblading and spraying graffiti. Your goal is to defeat the CEO of Rokkaku, Goji Rokkaku who plans to conquer the world with The Devil’s Contract ” a vinyl record which reportedly has the power to summon demons.” Anyway, the includes original and licensed songs.

The songs are varied in genre, from J-pop, hip hop, funk and trip hop. The series exposed me too different types of music I would normal not listen to. At this point in my life I NEVER listened to music from other countries, the soundtrack is well put together. Every entry feels like it belongs and they’re upbeat and catchy too. Unfortunately, Sega feels the need to continue to make Sonic games and haven’t made a sequel to this game. Until they come to their sense, I could still listen to the great soundtrack.

Jet Set Radio SEGA Original Tracks

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 6 – Most annoying character

Navi (The Legend of Zelda)

Navi is the a fairy who’s the navigator in the 1998 video game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In game she is told by the Great Deku Tree to assist Link in his quest against Ganondorf. Navi in terms of gameplay acts as a guide that points things out in the environment and aids the player in learning the controls in game. She gives hints on how to defeat enemies and is used to lock on.

This is when she becomes annoying. Navi constantly interrupt’s the player with a “Hey!” or “Listen!” This is mostly limited to the begin the of game, but is so consistent that it makes the game feel like a chore sometimes. She’s also not very helpful, telling the player information that’s often redundant. However, even Navi couldn’t ruin on of the greatest games of all time.


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D [Nintendo 3DS]

30 Day Video Game Challenge Day 5 – Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were)

Ezio Auditore da Firenze

I love the Assassin Creed series and they often possess interesting characters especially the main protagonists. While I prefer to experience the ancient Greek world of Odyssey and I liked Alexios, I have chosen, Ezio. First his name is cool. Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Italian nobility, he wasn’t a spoiled brat. He quickly becomes on of the best assassins ever. He not bad looking either. Ezio shows growth as the game progresses. He was designed as an open minded man, that’s not afraid to have some fun.

Like all Assassins, he possessed superhuman acrobatic abilities, free-running, stealth, a master of armed and unarmed combat. Ezio managed to unite the Codex, become a mentor of the Levantine Brotherhood of Assassins, saves the cities of Florence, Venice AND Rome from the Templar’s. He also aided in spreading the ideals of independence and free will throughout Italy. Finally, he becomes the teacher of the Chinese Assassin Shao Jun. He’s considered to be the important assassin in the series.

30 Day Video Game Challenge Return

In 2015 I started the 30 Day Video Game Challenge. I only got to day 4 the last time, however, I will be continuing the challenge from day 5 starting tomorrow. These challenges are always fun and I find they get a lot of engagement from viewers. Here’s the list (I changed #4 to Favorite Female character):

Check out the first four days:

  1. 30 Day Video Game Challenge (Day 4)
  2. 30 Day Video Game Challenge (Day 3)
  3. 30 Day Video Game Challenge (Day 2)
  4. 30 Day Video Game Challenge (Day 1)

Pokemon Sword and Shield announced for the Nintendo Switch

Like many fans of the Pokemon series I was waiting to see what the next generation of Pokemon games would look like. When the Switch was revealed to be both a home console and a handheld one, it was easy to predict that the next Pokemon game would be on the Switch. Unlike, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee, this game will be the “real” Pokemon RPG’s.

Each Pokemon region is inspired by a real place, this time it’s seems to be Great Britain. The brand new region is called Galar. The three new starter Pokemon were revealed: the Grass-type chimp Grookey, the Fire-type rabbit Scorbunny, and the Water-type lizard Sobble. As always random encounters are back, as are Gym’s (Pokemon Sun and Moon changed that format). The trailer didn’t confirm whether character customization, but I’m hoping.

So far their doesn’t seem to be anything new to the series yet, but details on possible new elements could emerge later. With the introduction of every new generation, we tend to get a lot of new Pokemon. Anyway, I can’t wait. Pokemon Sword & Shield will be released later this year.


Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer

Dragon Ball Super: Broly becomes the 3rd all-time Anime movie in U.S.

According to Box Office Mojo, Dragon Ball Super: Broly has earned an estimated $3.6 million over the weekend. Collectively it has grossed over $28 million in the U.S. and Canada. This now puts Dragon Ball Super: Broly third behind Pokemon: The first Movie and Pokemon 2000- The Movie. The combined domestic and foreign total is more than $98 million. The previous Dragon Ball movie, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F grossed over $8 million at the U.S. box office.


Dragon Ball Project Z game teaser trailer

Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed a trailer for the upcoming action RPG. The trailer reveals that the game will be released for the PS4, XBox One and Stream in 2019.

Source: ANN

Nintendo Changes Metroid Prime 4 Game Development studios to Retro Studios

Nintendo announced that they have “restarted development” of Metroid Prime 4 slated for the Nintendo Switch. Retro’s Studios is a subsidiary of Nintendo American, they developed the highly successful Metroid Prime Trilogy and Donkey Kong Country series. Nintendo’s senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi announced the change in a video:

Nintendo claimed that ” The current development status of the game is very challenged and we have made a very difficult decision as a development team.” Metroid Prime was announced back in June 2017, but not many details were released. Takahashi has stated that “It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress and development time will be extensive.”

Sources: Kotaku