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 🙂