Over this past weekend, the return of that bandicoot is a nostalgia trip for anyone who is a fan of the original PlayStation games. That’s right, Crash is back and if you haven’t been living under a rock, fans are ecstatic that he has returned to the PS4 with the release of Crash Bandicoot: N’Sane Trilogy.
Crash Bandicoot was a great game to jump back into and despite it being challenging at times, I really enjoyed replaying the original game. I’m just about done Cortex Strikes Back and I gotta say, I haven’t had this much fun replaying a game series in quite some time. Sure, it can be frustrating at times and the mechanics are wonky sometimes but for forty dollars, I couldn’t not give this trilogy a purchase. Much like the Donkey Kong games, the levels themselves are the real challenge as one keeps playing but the boss fights are unique and all are interesting in their own way. While some of the boss fights aren’t that hard, each boss has their own persona and this makes the boss fights at least memorable to an extent.
The amount of polish and graphical touch-ups that this game has received are breathtaking. The Crash games have been polished to the max and even the soundtracks of these games have been touched up which makes the experience that much better for people like me. I geek out over video game OST’s, so hearing the remastered version of a classic tune gives me joy even today. While none of the tunes quite have the nostalgic quality of something like Aquatic Ambience, the Crash games have pretty good soundtracks that immerse the player into Crash’s world.
I also had the pleasure of picking up Kingdom Hearts 1.5 over this past month and ran through the first game. I still haven’t completed everything there is to do in that game, besides beat the game, but I am currently in the process of farming to reach level 100. Much like Crash, I had a great time replaying this game and on the alternative, this game was much easier to jump back into. Boss battles against people like Hades and Clayton seemed much easier but I don’t really have any negative things to say about the first Kingdom Hearts game; it’s one of my favorite games of all-time.
Here’s hoping that the power of nostalgia can bring back one of PlayStation’s original mascots.
Video games and movies are a mix that usually ends in disaster more often than not; movies such as Mortal Kombat, the Resident Evil franchise as a whole, and Doom did not translate to the big screen at all. For most gamers, regardless of the game franchise, we want to see our media portrayed not only in an accurate manner but we want it to be a good portrayal. Asking one of these video game movies to be great is too big a task but we’d settle for something that was just considered “good” with all of the stinkers that we’ve had to suffer with. I didn’t even mention the worst of the worst but video games movies are usually very, very bad and are sometimes, just flat-out embarrassing.
This brings me to the point of my topic overall; the Tomb Raider reboot film starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft was just given a release date. The film starring Vikander is set to release on March 16th, 2018. It seems like the studio is very optimistic about the Tomb Raider reboot and hopefully, it follows in the footsteps of how well the game performed when Square Enix rebooted the series a few years back. One thing that this movie has going for it is the two leads; Alicia Vikander has shown her range in movies such as The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Ex Machina. On the other side, Walton Goggins is playing Mathias, which is a great role for Goggins. If someone hasn’t played the Tomb Raider reboot from 2013 and is living under a rock, I’ll keep the spoilers on the down-low but this is a great role for Goggins.
Despite all of this, I do have reason to be concerned. First and foremost, this is a video game movie and the track record for movies based on video games is pretty awful. Last year or so, many had high hopes that Assassin’s Creed would break the curse of video game movies and the cast that was involved with the Assassin’s Creed movie looked like a sure thing. Unfortunately, the cycle repeated and while I love Alicia Vikander as an actress, she’s no Michael Fassbender or Marion Cotillard. Another thing that worries me is that I’ve been hearing rumors about script issues and many fans have noted that the movie is swaying away from what made the rebooted video game great. This doesn’t bother me so much since fans can be a little overdramatic; however, I do keep an eye on things like this simply because it would kill me if the movie swayed so far away from the game’s plot to the point where it wasn’t even the same storyline.
Unless this movie turns out to be a total trainwreck like Assassin’s Creed, I will most likely see this movie regardless of how good or bad it is. The only Tomb Raider movies I have had the (dis)pleasure of seeing were the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider films. I don’t honestly mind those movies too much but they’re not good movies in the slightest; much like Mortal Kombat, I watch the movies every now and then because they’re mindless and they’re guilty pleasure films. I hope this isn’t the case with the newest Tomb Raider film though; I want it to be a good movie and if it’s a great movie, that’d be awesome but I’ll cross my fingers on that one.
Hopefully one day, a video game movie will surpass Wreck-It Ralph as the best video game movie ever made. The saddest thing about that? Wreck-It Ralph isn’t even a real video game movie per se. Your move, Tomb Raider (movie) team.
Is there anything else to say?
Captain Marvel being playable in a video game is a guaranteed selling point for me, well, until I actually played the demo for Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. The game demo that dropped at E3 this year is basically unplayable. Infinite feels like a rushed game and that’s just going off of what they’ve done to Chun-Li. I found it very odd how Capcom, who are usually pretty great with character animations, messed up Chun so badly since she looks pretty awesome in Street Fighter V. Moving away from that, MvC is just not a very well done game and it’s not fun compared to any of the other fighters I have been playing this past year. The game feels very dated, the roster looks to be very thin so far, and minus a few moments, I was just playing this game to play it.
Capcom needs to get it together. Street Fighter V, while I love it, was an incomplete mess and Capcom’s track record as of late has been pretty terrible in terms of thinking about the consumer. Why do I have to grind extensively to get a character like Guile in my Street Fighter V? Even worse, Capcom has been falling in love with microtransactions, which is a thorn in the side for consumers. I’m hoping that this doesn’t happen with MvC: Infinite.
I hate to see a game get delayed but this game deserves a big-time delay. While many gamers hate the word “delay,” in this instance, a delay would not be the end of the world. In fact, a delay would benefit both parties dramatically in the long run.
At the end of the day, the video game industry is a business and compared to when I was a kid, the industry has exploded in terms of financial profits and gains. Despite my rose tinted glasses, gaming has become better than ever before and there is a market for just about every game in today’s industry. Love sports games? EA and 2K Sports have you covered. Love single player experiences with rich storylines and characters? Naughty Dog is probably for you. Love the classics such as Mario and Donkey Kong? Say no more; you know what company I’m talking about. In a recent interview, Naughty Dog implied that their recent game, “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy,” is not the end for the Uncharted series. Well, this is not surprising to me at all; case in point with the title I’ve chosen for my most recent blog post.
For Naughty Dog, they literally have no reason to discontinue making Uncharted games minus the whole, “we want to make new stories with new characters” spiel that many companies feed the consumer. But why stop making these games if they print money? Just take a look at Nintendo and how they do business: how many more years of Mario can the average gamer put up with? Well, with Super Mario Odyssey coming soon, gamers can’t get enough of that plumber apparently. I’m not blaming companies like Nintendo or Naughty Dog for cashing-in on these games because that’s what fans love and it benefits both parties. The game studios make the money, the consumer is (usually) happy, and everybody goes about their day with a smile on their face. My main concern, which isn’t really even a big concern right now, is how is this effecting gaming as a whole? Despite this question constantly popping up regarding what we would consider “blockbuster games” such as Mario, new IP’s are constantly being produced despite dealing with the same properties we’re accustomed to seeing. Sony has been pretty good about new IP’s as of late and so has Nintendo surprisingly.
One of my favorite games this generation is pictured above: Horizon Zero Dawn. This game was just a ton of fun to play, the combat was great, and I was immersed within Aloy’s world. The best part about this game was that it was new and it was fresh; it was something I hadn’t seen before. I wasn’t just playing Super Mario 27 or Halo 14, I was playing something brand new; it was not entirely original but it something I really enjoyed playing and it wasn’t just the same old game.
Am I going to buy the new Uncharted featuring Chloe Frazier and the return of Uncharted 4 antagonist, Nadine Ross? Of course because I already have it pre-ordered. My recent blog post is more of a rant/ramble simply because I don’t personally have a disdain for seeing a game series last for twenty or more years such as Mario has. I actually find it very impressive that even after twenty or more years, Mario is still printing money with every new game. It just goes to show how powerful nostalgia is but it also shows how dedicated the fans become when it comes to these franchises.
If you’d like to entertain discussion, drop a comment regarding the state of gaming at this moment in time. Am I reading too much into this? Probably but I’d like to hear some thoughts, if possible. Thanks for reading!
One of my favorite games from 2014 is also my personal game of the show; The Evil Within was a big surprise for me when I played it three years ago and to see it get a sequel makes me pretty happy. The first game was so weird and eerie but that’s what I loved about it. I also feel like the sequel can touch on more of the lore within this franchise and I want to know more about our hero personally. In the first game, we didn’t really get a sense of what this character was about and to be honest, the protagonist was so boring that it was one of the only hiccups in the game for me personally. I feel like The Evil Within 2 can be even better than the first game but we’ll just have to wait and see for now.
Honorable mentions go to Super Mario Odyssey, Wolfenstein 2, and the return of someone familiar.
Basically my review of T7
Fighting games continue to make a big comeback in the gaming world and Tekken 7 might be the most complete fighting game fans have been waiting for. Much like Injustice 2, Tekken 7 has a ton of stuff to do and will keep fans of this fighting game very busy every time they jump on to play.
Tekken 7 boasts a story mode, treasure battle, a huge character roster, and online play which has been a staple in pretty much every fighting game since online play was introduced.
Story mode is cool but the mode that sticks out for me so far is treasure battle. In treasure battle, players are tasked with playing a mode that’s essentially survival mode but unlike most survival modes in fighting games, treasure battle will reward the player after every successful win. If the player racks up enough wins, the prizes get better as time goes on and the player has the ability to be promoted to a new tier (Tekken has a ranking system too) by succeeding in treasure battle.
Another thing that stands out for me is the amount of characters in Tekken 7. While I admittedly only use a select few at the moment, I like having the option of switching it up with many of Tekken 7’s different characters. Check out the huge roster down below.
As a fighting game fan, I’d highly recommend Tekken 7 even if someone is just semi-interested in playing it. It doesn’t lack content to keep it entertaining and it’s honestly really easy to pick up and play compared to a game like Street Fighter V. While some people may not be good at fighting games, that’s okay; if you’re a fan of the Tekken series, there’s enough to do offline where you can avoid online play entirely.
If I had to give this game a score out of 10, I’d have to give it a 9 because I can jump into it and play for hours on end. It’s a must-buy for anybody who loves fighting games.
I’m back on the grid as far as blogging goes and I’ve started a brand new blog here on WordPress. For quite some time, I was posting on my previous blog that was titled Commander Shepard’s favorite gaming blog which I stopped posting on because I’ve been so dang busy. I’m hoping by starting off fresh with my new blog, that I can give any insight on all things related to video games. I also plan to touch base on some other things such as movies and comic books here and there just to spice things up a bit.
So, that’s pretty much all I have for today. I plan to post a review of Tekken 7 in a few days and I will go from there in terms of all things video games. I also hope to get some contributions from other people who may have an interest in games. Thank you and have a good night!
Enjoy this classic tune from one of my favorite franchises of all time 🙂