Random Game Wednesdays: Gravitar (Atari Flashback Classics Vol 2)

Until today, I had never even heard of the Atari 2600 game “Gravitar”. From the title, I felt like it was probably a pretty generic sci-fi shooter. I was kind of right. Gravitar is a shooter in the same vein as Asteroids, with the same thruster-based movement and triangle-shaped spaceship. But Gravitar manages to separate itself from other similar games with a genuine sense of progression, something that is lacking in a lot of Atari games. Continue reading

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle First Impressions

Nintendo is no stranger to weird crossover games. There’s the obvious, like Super Smash Bros., the slightly less obvious, like Mario and Sonic At The Olympic Games, and the completely bananas like Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. The newest game to fit into this category is Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, an Ubisoft developed tactical turn-based RPG. Like the weird combination of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem but also about pop stars for some reason, Kingdom Battle sounds too weird to work. After the first few hours with the game, however, I’m pretty confident that this is one of the good ones.  Continue reading

Random Game Wednesdays: Super Bomberman R (Nintendo Switch)

Like many other Switch owners, Super Bomberman R was one of the first games I got for the console. It’s easy to see why too. Other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, There wasn’t really a whole lot available at launch. Bomberman was at least a classic IP, and one that hadn’t seen a proper release in many years. It’s been a few months now, how does the game stack up? Continue reading

Splatoon 2 Is More Splatoon, But That’s Not A Bad Thing

Last year, before we knew what the Nintendo Switch actually was, there were several leaked games. One of these, was a port of Splatoon, which made a lot of sense. Splatoon was a fantastic game that gained a strong following, but suffered from being on the Wii U, a console very few people owned. While Wii U ports are happening, such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I was very surprised to learn that we were instead receiving a proper sequel to Splatoon. Continue reading

Random Game Wednesdays: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

I primarily use my Random Game Wednesdays feature to showcase older games. It’s a good excuse to go back and look at all the games that are sitting in my collection. But, it’s not exclusively meant to be that. So, I thought it would be fun to look at my Xbox One library again, like I did for Mortal Kombat X. This time, the random number generator gave me the highly acclaimed 2014 release, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.  Continue reading

Circling Forward 8-4-17: The One Where I Try To Explain The Lack Of Updates Lately

At the time of this writing, it’s been over a week since my last post. That doesn’t seem too bad, but it’s been even longer since I’ve posted consistently. No, I haven’t stopped writing or lost interest, but it has been harder to find the time to do it. I’m hoping to be able to explain exactly what’s going on, as well as talk a little about what I’ve been playing lately. So, let’s get to it.  Continue reading