BattleBorn Is Being Shut Down…Good Riddance!

BattleBorn is 2K’s fun-looking online First-Person-Shooter with a large cast of unique characters with all sorts of crazy weapons and abilities for each. The game can be pretty funny too, which is a nice bonus.

And better yet, there’s a single player campaign! Imagine that! The fun gameplay and single player are what drove me to buy this game when I found it on a good sale. That’s right, I said buy. This was unfortunately before it became free-to-play.

Blizzard’s ridiculously similar Overwatch came out around the same time, and completely overshadowed BattleBorn. Because of this, 2K were not completely happy with the money it made them, or rather didn’t make them, and they are shutting the game down. Everything. Even single player.

Spent money on the game like I did? You’re out of luck. We just tossed a bunch of dollars into a burn barrel. No refunds, no f**ks given by 2K.

I bought this game some two years ago, and just tried to play it like a month ago for the first time, after trying to refund the game without success.

Notice how I said “tried to play it.” And that is what I did…try.

I can’t speak for the online multiplayer, what the game is designed for, but man is the single player a nightmare.

You start off with a prologue. You can only choose one character for this. Okay, that’s fine. I beat the prologue after three tries, because my internet is completely horrendous and kept getting disconnected. The servers are probably awful too though in my internet’s defense.

That’s right, as you might expect, the game can only be played online. So when I restarted the game, I came to find that there are no checkpoints in the levels, so when you get a game over (yes, you have lives in this game) or get disconnected, it’s back to the beginning for you.

Wow.

What makes this even more infuriating is that these aren’t short levels. Oh no, not even close. They are like over 40 minutes long! How can these people think it’s okay to put an unstable, ridiculously long campaign with game overs and no checkpoints? I can’t wrap my head around that…I…can’t…

When I beat the prologue, it’s supposed to save your experience, items, whatever it’s supposed to do, and then unlock level 1.

But do you think it actually does that? Well, I probably wouldn’t be writing this if it did.

No, I beat the prologue four times, each time taking faster, so that it took only about 15-20 minutes to beat it the last two times. And each time, according to the game, I never played it at all.

So I opened a ticket with 2K’s tech support. Like three weeks later they finally fixed the issue, or rather, unlocked level 1 for me.

So I tried this level out, and dear effing God. First off, the difficulty spikes 10fold compared to the prologue.

Second, the level seems to be even longer and has multiple bosses in it. You get a lot of extra lives, but you also lose them very quickly.

There are tons of tiny robots flying all over the place, shooting the hell out of you almost nonstop. And to hit them is very difficult. I’m playing this on PS4, so it’s nearly impossible unless they are standing still. On PC this wouldn’t be an issue.

So 45 minutes and four bosses later, I’m trudging along on my last life. Then an enemy appears out of nowhere (probably because of the crappy internet/server), freezes me in ice, and then shoots a laser beam that takes down my full health bar, and that’s that. Game over, 45 minutes of my life down the crapper, plus the first 20 minutes I played the level, but had to stop playing, so I had to exit the game and start the whole level over again later.

Even when you get a game over, you are supposed to keep everything you gained from the level. But guess what? Once again, the game did not register that I had ever even played it. Meaning that if I were to actually beat the level, I would have to go to tech support again and wait half a month for them to unlock level 2.

NO WONDER YOUR GAME FLOPPED!!!

Clearly, since it doesn’t have many levels, they intended you to play each one multiple times until you got good enough at it that you could 1.) finally beat it, and 2.) do so in a timely manner.

And as for the gameplay itself, it is just Borderlands. Even the humor is straight out of Borderlands. I literally thought that was the game I was playing while in my 45 minute session.

And I think Borderlands is terrible as well. So clearly 2K is not my cup of tea. But BattleBorn is less than a game. I can’t imagine how the game lasted as long as it did.

It was a waste of money to buy this non-functional piece of s*@t. And now they are shutting it down, completely screwing everyone out of the money they’ve spent. That’s like 2K pissing on your face after first kicking you in the balls. But the game is so bad, I don’t even care that it’s being shut down. I just want my money back, both for soon not being able to play it, and for the game being unplayable in ore ways than one.

For the first time in my life, there is a developer I will no longer give my business to.

Paper Mario Series Ranked

In honor of the recent release of Paper Mario: The Origami King for Nintendo Switch, I am going to take the entire series, well, all the ones I’ve played anyway, and rank them from worst to best.

I don’t like saying worst to best, because I think every single one of these games is a grand slam. It’s easily one of my favorite series, out there, (it actually came in fourth in my top 10 video game series).

Aside from them being all great, diverse, unique, creative, and charming, it’s the story-telling and humor that really gets me. I can’t explain it, but there’s a certain feeling I get when playing these games that basically says, “yeah, I’m playing Paper Mario, and I’m ecstatic.”

This series doesn’t have a lot of games, which makes it all the more special.

So here we go!

#5

Super Paper Mario

Wii, 2007

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The first to stray from the original formula, this takes the classic Mario platforming and combines it with RPG elements and showers the bizarre Paper Mario creativity all over it. Despite being last on the list, it’s still a wonderful game.

#4

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

3DS, 2012

Times Beaten- 1

 

This one returns to turn-based combat, but requires you to have stickers to attack. You have a sticker book to hold all your stickers, but it has limited space. Weak attacks are small, and stronger ones are huge, so you’ve got to balance them out and use what’s necessary during battles. This adds a fun strategical element to the game. The game also takes the whole paper theme to a new level.

The game uses a world map like in Super Mario World, dividing the game into stages for the first time. It also involves a lot of back-tracking and puzzle solving, which is impossible to figure out. I needed to use a guide the whole game, because it was so confusing.

#3

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Wii U, 2016

Times Beaten- 1

This one is more like Sticker Star, but instead of stickers you use cards to attack, and have to paint them during battle to make them more powerful. You can play three cards at once, and it is rather fun to set up attack trains to fit the situation. The only trouble is, killing enemies grants you items that when enough are gathered, your paint supply grows. Eventually, when it’s big enough to suit your needs, there is no point in fighting enemies. That’s right, there is no experience and level-ups in this game.

#2

Paper Mario

Nintendo 64, 2001

Times Beaten- 2

The one that started it all, and still one of the most bizarre and brilliant ideas of all time. This is a classic JRPG, but with massively unique elements, though it does borrow from Super Mario RPG. Awesome characters, a variety of partners to help you fight, silly story, it’s all awesome.

#1

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

GameCube, 2004

Times Beaten- 2, maybe 3??

The gameplay in this one is just like the first one. Every area in this level is fantastic and imaginative, and is one of the few games I’ve ever played that I got sad when I beat it. This may be my favorite game of all time, as a matter of fact. Or at least second-favorite.

All these games are hilarious, have fun worlds to explore, characters with quirky personalities, addicting gameplay, and a whole lot of frickin’ awesome.

The world is very divided on this series. Many people complain that they changed the formula and wish the series returned to the the style of the first two.

There’s no denying (in my book) the first two are by far the greatest, but that is no reason to hate on the others, for they are all solid, unbelievably fun and witty games.

Would I like to see a return to the originals? Absolutely, but I am also excited for new ideas, and am anxious to see what other creative, unique, WTF things they can come up with. Which is why I can not wait to play Origami King!

 

Super Smash Bros- Reactions to All Characters

The Super Smash Bros series has been around for over 20 years now. The idea of this was something gamers back then only ever dreamed of, or didn’t even bother to dream of because it just seemed so outrageous that we were certain it would never happen.

But one day, Nintendo gave us a game that put video games’ biggest stars in the same arena and let you battle each other. The novelty of this idea has still not worn off on me, and each time I play it, I still have that feeling like I’m playing it for the first time (which is something to be said, since I’ve probably put a good few thousand hours between all the games).

This might be because each game boasts an ever-growing roster of fighters, the latest entry, Ultimate completely destroying all previous games when it comes to content.

Every time a new character is revealed, the internet seems to go into a frenzy, mainly because they don’t like the character, or feels they aren’t deservant enough, and that someone else would have filled that spot better. Or people are ecstatic about the new character. Originally, the game’s roster was only reserved for Nintendo characters, but it has since grown to include many fighters from third-party companies such as Capcom and Sega, so that now Super Smash Bros is a celebration of video game history, not just Nintendo’s history.

So to honor this wonderful franchise, and to throw my hat into the online brawl of opinions, I am going to list a quick reaction of each character in the series. The reaction will obviously be from the game they debuted in.

And for the record, I love every single character, and I don’t care who they put in the game, for a new character is a new character, and that excites me, regardless of who it is.

1. Mario: (SSB)

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“Well of course he’d be the first choice.”

2. Donkey Kong (SSB)

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“Great choice.”

3. Link (SSB)

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“Weird that they went with adult Link, since he’s been a kid in like all his games.”

4. Samus (SSB)

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“Well, I guess this is the closest thing we’re going to get to a ‘Metroid 64.'”

5. Yoshi (SSB)

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“How in the world is he going to fight on his own? …Oh that’s how. I love it!”

6. Kirby (SSB)

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“Oh my God! He can actually steal the other’s powers!”

7. Fox (SSB)

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“So that’s what he looks like outside of an Arwing. I wonder how he fights?”

8. Pikachu (SSB)

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“Holy crap, they put a Game Boy character into this game? Why would they do that? But it’s awesome to see what he looks like in 3D!”

9. Luigi (SSB)

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“I mean, he has to be in it, but why does he have the same moves as Mario? Then again, he doesn’t exactly do anything differently in his games.”

10. Ness (SSB)

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“Who is that? He’s from what?”

11. Captain Falcon (SSB)

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“Who’s this now? There are people inside the F-Zero cars?”

12. Jigglypuff (SSB)

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“Of all the Pokemon they have to choose from, why the heck this one?”

13. Peach (Melee)

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“Wow, I didn’t think they’d put a damsel in distress in a fighting game. Kind of interesting.”

14. Bowser (Melee)

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“Yes! I wished he was in the first! I was afraid they were excluding villains.”

15. Ice Climbers (Melee)

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“Who the heck are…wait, there’s two of them? Awesome!”

16/17. Zelda/Sheik (Melee)

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“Oh cool, another princess. It’s crazy how they come up with move sets for these girls. WHAT?? She can transform into Sheik!?!?! Genius!”

18. Dr. Mario (Melee)

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“Ha, that’s a clever choice. At least he’s got the same moves as Mario so I don’t have to learn another character.”

19. Pichu (Melee)

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“What is this, a baby Pikachu? And he hurts himself? Lame.”

20. Falco (Melee)

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“Oh nice, I love Falco. It’s good to see them putting secondary characters in.”

21. Marth (Melee)

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“Guess I should move to Japan. I don’t think it’s fair they put people from games that aren’t released globally.”

22. Young Link (Melee)

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“Woohoo! They put him in, and kept adult Link!”

23. Ganondorf (Melee)

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“Oh nice, another awesome villain. Oh wait, why does he have the same moves as Captain Falcon?”

24. Mewtwo (Melee)

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“Now they’re using their heads. This is the kind of Pokemon we want!”

25. Roy (Melee)

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“Oh…another one. Hey! His attacks have fire! Cool!”

26. Mr. Game & Watch (Melee)

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“HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh my God! I forgot about those old games! Best character choice by far!”

27. Metaknight (Brawl)

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“Nice choice, he’s an awesome character in the Kirby series.”

28. Pit (Brawl)

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“Huh, I always thought his name was Icarus.”

29. Zero Suit Samus (Brawl)

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“Yes! I was hoping she’d be in it! It’s cool how final smashes switch between her and regular Samus.”

30. Wario (Brawl)

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“Nice, I was hoping they’d put him in. I wish they gave him more moves from his Game Boy games though. But it’s really cool they gave him his original and Warioware costumes.”

31. Solid Snake (Brawl)

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“Oh my God! A third-party character. The possibilities now are huge! But Snake? He seems so out of place. But after playing him, I have faith they can now make any character work in this series.”

32. Ike (Brawl)

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“A nice replacement for Roy. At least I know what Fire Emblem is now, even if I don’t know the character.”

33/34/35. Pokemon Trainer-Squirtle/Ivysaur/Charizard (Brawl)

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“Wow, I can’t believe they actually did this! Me and my brothers always said something like this would be amazing!”

36. Diddy Kong (Brawl)

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“Yes! I wanted him, but was afraid he was owned by Rare.”

37. Lucas (Brawl)

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“Another Ness? Okay…”

38. Sonic (Brawl)

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“YES! YES! YES! He was my most wanted, but I never thought it would happen! Wow, Mario and Sonic fighting in the same game. That’s so bizarre, but every 90’s kid’s dream!”

39. King Dedede (Brawl)

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“Nice, Bowser’s got some competition.”

40. Olimar (Brawl)

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“I’m not surprised, with how popular Pikmin is. I never played the games, but he looks like the most unique and interesting character in the Smash Bros.”

41. Lucario (Brawl)

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“If they are going to make someone similar to Mewtwo, why not keep Mewtwo in it, since he’s cooler and I know who that is?”

42. R.O.B. (Brawl)

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Looks up what R.O.B. is from. “Haha, a great pick, the Mr. Game & Watch out of nowhere selection for Brawl.

43. Toon Link (Brawl)

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“Yes! I wanted them to replace Young Link with him, and it seems they have! Hallelujah!”

44. Wolf (Brawl)

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“YES! Are you kidding me? This game is giving me all my most wanted!”

45. Villager (4)

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“Well that’s an interesting choice. I don’t like Animal Crossing, but I guess it’s overdue.”

46. Mega Man (4)

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“OH MY LORD! YESSSS! One of my most wanted for this game!”

47. Wii Fit Trainer (4)

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“Hahaha nice! I never saw that coming!”

48. Rosalina & Luma (4)

rosalina smash

“I was wondering if they were going to put her in it. I was kind of hoping they would.”

49. Little Mac (4)

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“Yes! He’s my most wanted!”

50. Greninja (4)

greninja smash

“I don’t know who that is, but he looks like a worthy Pokemon.”

51/52/53. Mii Gunner/Fighter/Swordsman (4)

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“I was shocked these guys weren’t in Brawl. I figured their wasn’t a way to implement them, but I’m happy to see they did so spectacularly.”

54. Palutena (4)

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“Wow, I never thought she’d make it since she really doesn’t do anything in her game. But I am thrilled!”

55. Pac-Man (4)

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“Amazing! I can’t believe I never even considered him a possibility, especially since he is one of the most historical characters in video games.”

56. Robin (4)

robin smash

“Another Fire Emblem character I don’t know. But at least he’s not a primary sword user and looks to be the coolest character from that series.”

57. Shulk (4)

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“Another dream come true! I didn’t think it was possible for him to be in it! This is wonderful!”

58. Bowser Jr. (4)

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“Nice! I was wondering if they would make him, though I didn’t expect him to be like this. And putting the Koopalings as his alts is incredible!”

59. Duck Hunt (4)

duck smash

“HAHAHA. I thought Wii Fit Trainer was the classic out of nowhere character, but this might take the cake.”

60. Lucina (4)

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“Another Marth clone…didn’t really need that. Oh wait, she was originally going to be an alt costume for Marth? Then I’m very glad she’s her own character!”

61. Dark Pit (4)

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“I was happy with a color alt for Pit, but okay, I’ll take this.”

62. Ryu (4)

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“Wow, one of the most iconic characters from a fighting game joins the roster of a completely different fighting game. How interesting, and I am excited!”

63. Cloud (4)

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“Wow! This is a big deal, and he look’s awesome!”

64. Corrin (4)

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“A character from a Fire Emblem game that hasn’t come out yet? That’s the best kind of advertisement. At least they’re really unique and awesome looking!”

65. Bayonetta (4)

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“Wow, I did not see this coming. She is really out of place, being a highly sexualized and violent character. This could be very interesting, and I am excited to see what they do with her.”

66. Inkling (Ultimate)

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“Yes! I was hoping they were DLC in the last game, so I’m a very pleased they’re the first new character to be announced.”

67. Daisy (Ultimate)

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“Great choice for an echo!”

68. Dark Samus (Ultimate)

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“Dark Samus was one of my most wanted, but not as an echo…She has a huge potential move set, but I guess I’m glad she’s in it in some way.”

69. Chrom (Ultimate)

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“Meh. I know a lot of people wanted him, so good for them.”

70. Ridley (Ultimate)

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“Now all the people who’ve been begging for him the last 10 years can finally shut the eff up.”

71. Simon (Ultimate)

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“WOOOO!!!!! He’s my most wanted third-party character since they put in Sonic!!!”

72. Richter (Ultimate)

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“A double-dose of my most wanted? Cool!”

73. King K. Rool (Ultimate)

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“Now all the people who’ve been begging for him the last 10 years can finally shut the eff up.”

74. Isabelle (Ultimate)

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“This is the first time I have been disappointed by a character selection. Do we really need another Animal Crossing character?

“Oh wait, she’s fun.”

75. Ken (Ultimate)

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“I was hoping they’d make him an echo.”

76. Incineroar (Ultimate)

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“Another new Pokemon I don’t know, but he looks pretty interesting!”

77. Piranha Plant (Ultimate)

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“Is this a joke? Nope I guess it’s not. How hilariously genius of a character!”

78. Joker (Ultimate)

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“Who? Oh, I’ve heard of the Persona series. Didn’t realize it was that popular. Maybe this is another advertisement character? He looks cool though.

79. Hero (Ultimate)

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“Wow, they really made him play like an RPG character. I love the four different versions. I can’t believe this is the only fighter to use a sword and shield besides the Links.”

80. Banjo-Kazooie (Ultimate)

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“I was kind of hoping they’d put him in, he’s a great fit in the Smash universe.

81. Terry (Ultimate)

terry smash

“Well that’s a random choice.”

82. Byleth (Ultimate)

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“There’s got to be one from Fire Emblem. They look awesome at least.”

83. ARMS Rep (Ultimate)

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“YES! I was hoping one would have been in it already, but better late than never!”

 

And there you have it. After the ARMS rep, there will still be five more characters added to the roster, and I suppose I will add my reactions as well.

As I said, of all these characters, I enjoy playing as every single one of them, so I don’t really care who they put in, whether I know how they are or not, because I know they will do a good job on them. That’s not to say I don’t have my own hopefuls, which I talk about in this post.

What were some of your most memorable reactions, especially when the first game came out?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Top 10 Video Games Series

Over the past few years, I’ve been churning out top 10 games on most of the systems I’ve owned, then went outside the box to do other lists, such as the top 10 most occurring years, genres, and developers, to find which were my favorite of those…in a way.

Now I bring to you the top 10 series that most occurred during all those lists, just to find what ones continually impress the heck out of me enough to make the top 10.

And as a bonus, I will even attempt to write up my own personal top 10 list, and see how they compare. So let’s get to it!

*Note that I will be separating some series, such as Mega Man and Mega Man X, as well as the dozens of Mario series like Mario Kart, Mario & Luigi, and Paper Mario.*

As usual with these lists, there are an abundance of ties here…so much so that every game in a series (that I am aware of) will appear on this list, so dig in folks.

#10 A lot

The following games had one game from their series’ appear on my list…

Joe & Mac

Super Mario Maker

Bayonetta

Xeno

Uncharted

Star Wars Battlefront

Dragon Ball Z

Call of Duty

Mega Man Legends

Transformers: War For…

No One Lives Forever

Darksiders

StarCraft

Shadow Warrior

Diablo

Red Faction

Banjo-Kazooie

Golden Axe

Golden Sun

Fire Emblem

Project X Zone

Mario Tennis

Whew that’s a bunch!

#9 A Good Number

The next franchises had two games in their respective series’ makes my lists.

RayMan

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Final Fantasy

Star Wars: Jedi Knight

Star Fox

Kid Icarus

Viewtiful Joe

Pokemon

Wario

InFamous

#8 Just a Handful

These few had three games in their series’ make my lists.

Yoshi

Mario Kart

Resident Evil

Castlevania

God of War

New Super Mario Bros

#7 Just a Few

These had four…

Paper Mario

Mega Man

Mario & Luigi

Mega Man Zero (That’s the entire series!)

#6 A Couple

These two had 5 games from their series’.

Super Smash Bros

Kirby

#5 Two More

These appeared 6 times.

Mega Man X

Kingdom Hearts

Donkey Kong

#4 Metroid

Holy snowsers! We actually have a single game! Metroid has appeared seven times in my lists.

#3 Sonic The Hedgehog

Sonic’s games made my lists 8 times!

#2 Super Mario

This massive series, the ones that start with Super Mario and are his mainline games, made my lists 10 times!

And the most occurring series of them all…

#1 The Legend of Zelda

This wonderful, long-running series trumps them all, with 13 of it’s games making my lists.

And as promised, I bring to you my actual top 10 series. This was pretty tough to do, but I think I’ve got a somewhat true list going on here.

#10 God of War

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This series redefined action gameplay. I haven’t played the newest one yet, but the rest have all been phenomenal and brutal.

#9 Super Mario

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This again is only for the game that start with “Super Mario.” Every single one of these games is fantastic, which is pretty amazing to say, given how many there are.

#8 Mario & Luigi

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Not only are these my favorite RPG’s, thanks to their superbly creative attacks, story, and settings, but they are also hilarious and bizarre.

#7 Donkey Kong

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This is largely thanks to the incredible Donkey Kong Country trilogy on SNES. Those are some of the best platformers to ever come into existence.

#6 InFamous

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This has some of the most addicting and diverse gameplay, with tons of awesome powers and abilities, great stories and characters, and the best exploration I can think of.

#5 Metroid

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These games are intense, with tons of action, items/power-ups, and exploration to keep you entertained for hours.

#4 Paper Mario

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There is something about this series. They’ve got a certain feel to them that I can’t explain. But I love the stories, the characters, the humor and the gameplay, which nowadays is changed up in every game.

#3 The Legend of Zelda

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This series always has some charming feel or vibe to them as well. Each of these games are very different, and yet the same, and they are all amazing, with tons of clever items, dungeons and characters to make each second entertaining.

#2 Super Smash Bros

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This series was a dream come true when it originated. Ever since, each game has gotten bigger and better, now by far the most enormous games ever made, with dozens of characters from every notable franchise, and even less notable ones, all duking it out on stages pulled from video game history.

#1 Kingdom Hearts

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This series just happens to have my favorite storyline, characters, music, combat, and gameplay of all time. I hit the lottery with this one.

And there you have it. My personal list is a bit different than my other list, but that’s okay, all these games are great and worth noting.

My Top 10 Video Game Genres

Over the years I have been making a bunch of Top 10 lists for games on most of the consoles I own, as well as my out of the norm subjects, such as developers, and ESRB ratings.

Now I will be taking a look at all the games that have made my top 10 lists and finding out what genres occur the most often, for I am curious which genre’s I seem to favor, and this seems like a pretty good way to find out.

I’m gonna go nuts, and even break them all up into sub-genres.

So of all the many, many genres that have appeared on my top 10 lists, here are the most common ones!

#10 First-Person

Games in the view of the player character have made my lists 8 times!

#9- Action RPG

Action games with RPG elements made my lists 11 times.

#8- Japanese-Style, 3D and Shooter

There’s a three-way tie for the number nine spot! Japanese-style, like JRPG’s, 3D games, usually platformers and the like, and types of shooters made my lists 12 times!

#7- Arcade

Anyone over-the-top, crazy fun time games made my lists 14 times.

#6- Open-World

20 games that allow you to wander over a vast world made the lists.

#5- Role-Playing

26 RPG’s made the lists.

#4- Action Adventure

Going on an adventure while killing a bunch of stuff? 33 games did this very well.

#3- 2D

Games played in the realm of two dimensions made my lists a whopping 56 times!

#2- Platformer

Good ol’ jumping around on stuff. This classic genre made my lists 58 times.

#1- Action

Simple, yet effective. If there’s any type of excitement in the game you’re playing, chances are it’s considered an action game, which is why it popped up a massive 83 times among my lists.

And there you have it! Looking at these 10, I am not surprised by the results, and I am certainly pleased with them!

I will update this lists as needed in the future.

Why Do Sequels Always Have To Be Better?

If a sequel to anything…book, movie, album, video game…is not better than the previous entry, then it is completely hated by most of the world.

I can understand that people want something to be better, for why make a new product that is inferior to the last? But to expect something to always constantly be better, especially in long running series’ or bands that have been together for decades, it’s just not realistic and not possible.

Say something like the first video game in a series is very good. The sequel is just “good.” This really means, it’s garbage and a stain upon the earth! This sequel should be “extremely good,” then the third needs to be “exceptionally good,” fourth “positively great,” and then the fifth “flawless.” Any made after that is doomed to fail, assuming the series succeeded in the impossible task of making each game better than the last up until that point.

This is a challenging task in itself, but you’ve also have to compete against nostalgia and expectation, two things that doom every product to fail…in one way or another.

If people really like something in a title, then their expectations run wild within their imagination for the next entry. The internet does little to help, by releasing rumors and getting a dozen “hype trains” in motion, so that by the time the product actually releases, fans have these insane delusions of what the product should be, so that it will never be good enough, despite how good it is or not. They never even consider things the creators face, such as time, and budget, and such resources like that.

And nostalgia, that’s it. If someone is nostalgic over something, then it’s over. Every single product is doomed to fail in that series. Nostalgia asks the entertainment business to recreate a feeling or memory that consumer experienced during the the first thing they played, read, listened to, or watched in that series.

This is simply not possible, mostly because that feeling is caused because it is the first time becoming part of that series. These feelings may have nothing to do with the product itself, even, but from something happening in their life at that time that makes them very happy. These feelings can’t be replicated, they just can’t. Especially if they were first experienced as a small child, versus now being an adult.

I made a post going a bit deeper with nostalgia, so I won’t say too much now.

The point is, people need to stop comparing sequels to the other entries in their series’ and simply look at them as they are. Sure it can be fun to compare them, but just because an older one is better, doesn’t mean the new one isn’t good.

I have long learned that going into anything with any personal wishes, hopes, or expectations of any kind, will destroy your experience and you will be sorely disappointed. The likelihood of something meeting someone’s exact expectations, or even some of them, is the equivalent of winning the lottery.

But going in with an open mind, with only entertainment as your goal, then you’ll experience the product with an unbiased vision, and therefore judging it as it is, not by what it should be or what it was, or what you wished it was.

 

The Most Popular ESRB Ratings

You know those good old ratings stuck in the bottom corner of your video games, right? They are intended for parents to look at and decide if a game is appropriate for their precious child’s age.

In case you were unaware, these are our current ratings:

eC- early Childhood

E- Everyone

E10+- Everyone 10 & up

T- Teen

M- Mature 17+

Ao- Adults only 18+…you know, for when that game is so intense, that 17 year old needs one more year of life experience to handle.

Anyway, there are a lot of people who only play mature games, because then they won’t be men if they played something less.

Likewise, there are only people who play not mature games, if they have squeamish stomachs or whatever the reason.

Personally, the only rating I look out for is eC. For unless you are 5 and under, this isn’t going to be any fun at all, for these are mind-numbing educational games for toddlers, essentially. But really, your eyes are going to pass over any game like this anyway, so no worries!

But anyway, I have been writing Top 10 lists for most of my consoles, and have more recently been doing spin-off lists, if you will, such as the most popular years, and developers appearing on those lists.

Now, I would like to look into the ratings, and see which occurs most often on my lists. Perhaps then I can get a better idea of which rating produces the best games.

And who knows, this could help a parent out with purchasing games or consoles for their kids?

So here are the consoles and the ratings from my top 10 games!

Nintendo 3DS

E- 5 games

E10+- 4 games

T- 1 game

 

Nintendo DS

E- 6

E10+- 3

T- 1

 

Nintendo Game Boy

E- 9

E10+- 1

 

Nintendo Game Boy Advance

E- 10

 

Nintendo GameCube

E- 4

T- 6

 

Sega Genesis

E- 6

T- 1

(Not all titles rated for this one)

 

Nintendo Entertainment System

E- 10

 

Nintendo 64

E- 10

 

PC

T- 6

M- 5

 

Sony PlayStation

E- 6

T- 4

 

Sony PlayStation 2

E- 2

E10+- 2

T- 4

M- 2

 

Sony PlayStation 3

T- 5

M- 5

 

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

E- 9

(Not all titles were rated)

 

Nintendo Wii

E- 4

E10+- 2

T- 3

M- 1

 

Nintendo Wii U

E- 5

E10+- 3

T- 1

M- 1

 

Well that’s it…now for the grand totals!

comes in last with 14 games making the top ten lists.

E10+ with a count of 15 games.

Next is T with 31 games

And finally E with a crushing 85 games.

This is not surprising at all, especially since pretty much every game before 2002 is rated E.

As with all my other lists, I shall update this one as necessary.

 

My Top 10 Years In Gaming

Over the years I have created top 10 lists for my favorite games on most of the systems I own. Then I did a best of the best list, and a top 10 developer/publisher list. Now, I am going to take a look at all the games that made those lists release years, and see which years happened to produce my favorite games the most often, so I can find out my top 10 favorite years in gaming!

Okay, so as predicted, this one is like the development list, and there is a whole lot of ties. So every year that produced some of my favorite games will be honored in this list…at least for now!

#10

There are three years that tied for the lowestspot, with one game from each year.

1989

1990

1999

#9

Two years tied for the number nine spot with two games from each of these years.

2015

1987

#8

A three-way tie here, three games from these years.

2006

1988

2016

#7

Five-way tie for the number seven spot, four games from each.

2008

1991

1998

1993

2014

#6

Wow! Six years tie for the six spot, with five games from each year!

1992

1996

2004

2001

2003

2007

#5

Pulling back with a smaller three-way tie here, six games from each.

1995

2009

2012

#4

Three years tied for the number four spot, seven games each.

1994

1997

2010

#3

2000

All on it’s own!!

#2

Three years fight for second place with 9 games from each year!

2013

2011

2002

#1

2005

Woo! We have a clear winner folks! 2005 is officially the best year in gaming (judging by my top 10 lists) with a rounded 10 games making the lists.

That’s all for now. Maybe one day this list will become more clear cut.

My Top 10 Developers/Publishers

Over the past few years I have made top 10 lists for my favorite games on most of the consoles I own. I have recently ranked the #1 games from each list against each other to decided the best of the best.

But now it is time to pick the 10 publishers/developers that most often appeared in those top 10 lists, #1 being the company that most often made it.

I can tell you my top three developers by personal opinion right now, but I won’t. I am curious to see if those three make the list and in what position.

So here we go, the 10 most recurring companies that made games that are on my top 10 lists!

Okay…So there was a LOT of ties, but here goes…

#10 There’s A Handful

These companies made it into the top 10 lists twice.

PlatinumGames

Ubisoft Montpellier

Sucker Punch

Square EA

Raven Software

Game Freak

Blizzard Entertainment

Activision

Clover Studios

Camelot Software Planning

#9 A Few Here Too

The next companies appeared three times in my top 10 lists. This is where the companies really start to shine in my eyes.

Ubisoft

Konami

SCE Santa Monica

#8 Another Handful Here

These next companies appeared an impressive four times on my lists!

Namco Bandai (or Bandai Namco)

Retro Studios

SquareSoft

Alphadream Corportation

Inti Creates

#7 A Few Here As Well

The next companies appeared 5 times on the list. Now we are starting to see the cream of the crop!!

LucasArts

Square Enix

Sonic Team

#6 Intelligent Systems

There’s just this one! The great development team behind Paper Mario is the only company to appear 6 times!

#5 There’s Only Two Here!

These two companies showed up seven times with amazing games!

HAL Labs

Sony Computer Entertainment America

#4 Rare Ltd.

Woo! One more company stands alone! Rare has made the top 10 lists eight times!

#3 Sega

The guys behind Sonic and a few other amazing titles make the number 3 spot due to appearing a whopping 11 times on my lists! As it would so happen, I actually consider them my third favorite developer!

#2 Capcom

The company that brought us Mega Man and Resident Evil has appeared 20 times in my lists! Wowsers!! They would actually be about my fourth favorite developer in my personal opinion, but clearly they deliver more of my favorite games than any other company except…

#1 Nintendo

These guys are absolutely my favorite developers. Practically every game they have ever made has been incredible, and the ones that aren’t are just plain good. This company has destroyed the rest, taking a massive 80 spots on my lists! They are indeed my favorite video game company!

That’s all folks!

I always update these lists if new games make the top 10’s, which really doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I will update this list as well, which has the potential to change this entire thing drastically. Who knows what the future will hold? If this list does change, that just means I have discovered some truly incredible new games!!

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Is This the End of Humble Bundle As We Know It?

For those who don’t know, Humble Bundle is a website that used to give you bundles every couple weeks of 10-15 games for just as many dollars, with part of the money you spend going to a charity of your choosing. Nowadays they have a huge store with some great sales usually, book bundles, software bundles, comics, all sorts of stuff.

But where have the game bundles gone?

For the longest time they have always had two different game bundles available, with a new one replacing the older of the two each week. But for the past month or two, there has not been a single game bundle put up on the site.

Now, most of these bundles are garbage. 90% of the time they are just lame indie titles, but occasionally they do have really good bundles, and I myself indulge in maybe 3 of them a year or so.

I looked forward to seeing the new bundles each week, even though they are almost always disappointing. But when I found that one I wanted, it made all those months of waiting worth it.

So, with the game bundles barren, are they strictly just going to be a game store nowadays like Steam? I certainly hope not.

While we wait for an answer to this sad question, gamers will have to go to fanatical.com for their ridiculously cheap bundles.