Game Grind: OVERWATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Saturday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Game Grind, the place where any and everything video game related is analyzed, discussed, and critiqued with gusto. Today’s post is going to be for a game that isn’t even out yet, but has already been declared one of the best games of 2016. I am speaking, of course, about Blizzard’s illustrious  Overwatch. 

Overwatch

This game’s beta, which ended two weeks ago and has since created a hole in most people’s being, was more successful than many of the titles that actually released that week. The beta and the game both received a crap load of free advertising due to the changing of a character’s supposedly “sexual” victory pose and searches for Overwatch on PornHub have risen by over 800 percent since the beta’s launch. People love Blizzard’s newest IP, and here’s why.

Overwatch contains gameplay that caters to all kinds of gamers. While everything is definitely molded around an FPS style, each of the playable characters are unique enough that playing with them makes the game feel more like one of FPS’s subgenres. If you like classic FPSs, you can get that by playing as Tracer or Solider 76. If you like FPSs that have MOBA elements, Torbjorn and Bastion (Android 16) have you covered. If you enjoy stealth and close quarters combat, Genji is your man. This game has been so popular because it really does feel like there is a little something for everyone in it.

Overwatch 2

This game is also brimming with originality, creativity, and great characters. There have been a lot of people saying that Overwatch is just Team Fortress, but with waifus; but that really does not do the game justice. Each of the characters have such a unique and compelling design and backstory that it pains me that none of that will be explored in this online only game. The Overwatch videos that Blizzard has been putting out helps to fill that void, but I really wish there was an aspect of the game that really got into the meat of each and every one of the characters. All of them are very fun and interesting and I wish we could get more of that in game.

Alrighty, that’s the bulk of it, but here are some stray observations.

  • Bastion is not OP; Genji, Widowmaker, and Reinheart can totally wreck him.
  • The fact that two of the characters, Bastion and Genji, are so similar to characters from two other franchise I love, DBZ’s Android 16 and MGS’s Cyborg Ninja, is very weird to me.
  • If you only ever play with a single character, you are not playing Overwatch right.
  • Every team needs a healer. If you get into a match and no one is a healer, play as a healer for a while.
  • Capturing Objective > Kills
  • The loot box system is a good way to reward players for leveling up, but I feel like there needs to be something more if Blizzard wants to keep players engaged for the long term.
  • Overwatch is available for purchase on May 24th. Keep strong in the interim.

That just about does it for this week’s post of Game Grind. If you enjoyed it, please leave a like or a comment down below and be sure to stop by here on Monday for the next installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday. Have a great weekend!

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Game Grind: OVERWATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Game Grind:Trendy Opinions About Trendy Games

Gooooooooood morning BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Game Grind, the place where any and everything video game related is discussed with vigor. Today’s article is going to be a bit different. Rather than talking about one specific topic, I’m going to be giving my opinion on a bunch of popular games. Not unlike a lighting round. So with that in mind, here’s my opinion on a bunch of games that I may or may not have played.

Five Nights At Freddy’s Series

FNAF

I have never played a Five Nights at Freddy’s game, nor do I ever want to. It really does not seem like my kind of game, although I appreciate how quickly the creator, Scott Cawthon, cranks these games out. I think the most enjoyment I have gotten out of this series is watching MatPat explain and analyze the lore of the games on his YouTube channel, Game Theory. Apparently the RPG is pretty sucky, though.

Flappy Bird 

Flappy Bird

Is Flappy Bird game still popular? Does it still exist even? I don’t know, and I guess I really don’t care. I played this game once and I think I got like a score of 8 or something. I don’t really care for this game, but I find it awesome and hilarious that the game’s creator made an obscene amount of money off of it. Props to you Dong Nguyen.

Undertale

Undertale Logo

I have not played Toby Fox’s Undertale. Which apparently means that I am not qualified to have any sort of opinion on video games or call myself a gamer. I think I would like Undertale quite a lot. It has a quirky charm that has not appeared much in gaming since the Mother/Earthbound titles. Undertale is indisputably a good game, but I do not think it is the best game ever made. Perhaps time will prove that statement wrong, but I’m doubtful of that.

HuniePop

HuniePop

…………………Nice.

Yandere Simulator

Yandare Simulator

………Huh, also nice.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Tom Clancy's The Division

This game is not really in my wheelhouse either. It seems like it’s trying to be a new take on a more or less played out genre, and I commend it for that. However, from what I’ve seen of the game, I don’t think it is going to be quite unique enough to set itself apart from fps games that have been seen before. This game seems like a mix between Black Ops. Three and Destiny, which is by no means a bad thing; however I don’t think this game will sell as well as people want it to.

Alrighty, I think that’s a good stopping point for the first ever installment of the Trendy Opinions About Trendy Games series. I do plan on updating this sub-series regularly, as every couple of months the “popular” games seem to change. I really do want to regularly give these games the praise that they deserve, or call them out on their BS. Also the topical/click bait views are nice. :p  If you liked this post please leave a like and if you want to yell at me about my opinions, you can do so in the comments section down below. As always, if you want to stay up to date with this blog, you can subscribe via email in the upper right tab. Alternately, you stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page, or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you all have a great weekend and be sure to come back here on Monday for the next installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday. It’s gearing up to be a good one. ;D

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Game Grind:Trendy Opinions About Trendy Games

Game Grind: Down-Loadable Content

Happy Saturday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Game Grind, the place where the vast and magical world of video games is examined and explained with little more than a seeing stone, ink and pen, and a trusty raven flock ready to deliver the message to you at home. Today’s topic is a relatively new one in gaming. It’s also a topic that has also pissed people off quite a bit during its small lifespan, but is generally improving. Today’s post is going to be all about downloadable content, or DLC.

DLC 1

Downloadable content is additional gameplay that can be added to a video game after the game was intentionally released. This can result in the continuation of a game’s story, an expansion of its world, the introduction of new gameplay modes, or just about anything else. DLC is generally meant to supplement the original purchase of a game and enhance the experience of playing it. It is a relatively new phenomenon in the video game industry, as it began appearing widely in the last generation of consoles. The reason DLC is so new is because the last generation of consoles was the first to make the practice practical, as it was the first generation to be able to easily wirelessly connect to the internet.

As expected with a new concept and business model in a relatively young industry, DLC took off unbelievably quickly. Which resulted in some awesome practices and some lackluster occurrences. As we at BaddaBing BaddaBlog strive for, yet often fail at holding, optimism, we will start with the positives of DLC. The most obvious benefit of DLC is that it extends the amount of time and fun you can get out of a game. The first example of this to come to mind for me is in Skyrim. That was already a massive game to begin with and the three DLC that were added to it consistently expanded the game in a fun way. The other, less obvious, benefit of DLC is that it provides the developers of a game with a new revenue source. It is insanely expensive to make a quality game today, and charging for DLC is an easy way for a development studio bring in some extra cash for their next project.

Skyrim

Okay, now for the crumby stuff that has happened with DLC. Game creators know that DLC is a very safe way to bring in extra profits. The majority of people who care enough about a game to buy it in the first place are going to be willing to pay fifteen or twenty extra dollars for more content. A good number of developers realized this and started selling games that were ultimately incomplete, and then sold the finished version of the game in the form of DLC. This essentially required people to buy two games for the benefit of only owning one complete game. Not only that, but the coast of DLC has varied widely. Obviously if a DLC contains more content it can get away with costing more, but there really is not any kind of industry standard or agreed upon average cost. The biggest offenders I can think of in regards to these poorer practices would be Destiny and Call of Duty.

cod

All in all though, DLC is getting better. The practice today feels much less like extortion than what it did five years ago, and you hardly ever see DLC today that some people are not genuinely enthused about. I would have to say that my biggest gripe about DLC is how some companies are still not utilizing it. Looking at you EA Sports, you don’t need to release one game every year, just sell a roster update. In short, DLC is not perfect, but it’s still growing and getting better all the time. Much like a lot of the gaming industry. You could say I’m fairly…content…with it.

We’ve got puns for days here at 4B.

DLC 2

Alright, that just about does it for this week’s installment of Game Grind. If you enjoyed it, please leave a like or a comment down below. If you want to stay up to date with BaddaBing BaddaBlog, you can subscribe to it in the upper right tab by entering your email. Alternatively, you can stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page or by following me, Lucas DeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend and be sure to check out the site again on Monday for the next installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday.

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Game Grind: Down-Loadable Content

Game Grind: Bested by the Best

Happy Saturday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Game Grind! The place where we either rage or geek out to anything having to do with video games or the video game industry. Today’s post is going to be a little…….different. There is not a ton going on in the video game industry right now, at least nothing regarding stuff I care about, so I’m a bit short on content. I could post something regarding everyone’s favorite legendary Pokemon, Mewtwo, as today is coincidentally his birthday, but that’s been done before and done way better than I could ever hope to. (Check out this video by the incredible YouTuber TheJwittz, for more info. on that.)

So to fill this lull, I decided to dive into the rich history of gaming. Today’s post is going to be a completely arbitrary list of some of “best’ moments or aspects of various video games as determined by me, Lucas DeRuyter. Here we go, bitched!

Best Game Ever! 

LoZ OoT

Screw you Undertale! (Just kidding. I love you but I cannot in good conscious say that your are the best game ever. Suck it Gaming FAQs.) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is, in my humble opinion, the best video game ever made. I say this not because you are my favorite Zelda game, nor because I have an intense nostalgia filter, but because Ocarina of Time changed the face of gaming in a way that has never since been matched. This game raised the bar for video games in a way that has never really been matched in the nearly twenty years since its initial release.

Favorite Game Ever!

Metal Gear Solid

The original Metal Gear Solid is probably my favorite video game. It would be my pick for the best game ever, but I think there is more of a community conscious on LoZ: OoT. Metal Gear Solid is my favorite game though because it is one of the greatest video games every made and because it shaped me as a human being. I watched my Dad play this game as a four year old and it BLEW MY FREAKIN’ MIND! This game introduced me to video games, this game introduced me to science fiction, this game is the game that I have compared all other video games for the past sixteen years. I know I probably should not have experienced this game as a four year old, buy I am incredibly grateful to Papa DeRuyter for letting me watch him play it.

Best Sequel Ever!

Pokemon gold and silver

The second generation of Pokemon is easily the greatest sequel in all of video games. Pokemon Gold and Silver not only improved upon the original games in literally every aspect, but it also allowed you to travel back to the area from the original games after you had essentially beaten the game. Also, at the very end of the games you get to battle the player character, Red, from the first generation of Pokemon. That’s right, at the end of the game you are beating the character that you spent dozens of hours playing as and turning into the biggest badass in all of Pokemon. It was god damn epic!

pokemon vs red

Best Indie Game Ever!

Shovel_knight_cover

If you have followed this blog for essentially any amount of time, you should know that I absolutely adore Shovel Knight. This independent gem is one of the first crowdfunded games to really demonstrate the quality of games that can come out of that funding strategy. This game is incredible not only because of how well done it is, but also because of the sheer amount of heart the developers put into every aspect of this game. I also love how much this game made me feel. Sure, it’s not as much of an emotional gut punch as Undertale, but Shovel Knight gave me the feels first and because of that will always win out in my opinion. Plus DLC!!!

Best Final Fantasy Game Ever!

FF7logo

Sorry FF6 fanboys and fangirls, my favorite game in the series is Final Fantasy VII. I will admit that I have not played the sixth installment in the franchise, but I do not think that it would change my opinion. I love this game. I love the story, I love the characters, and I love the setting. I lost my shit when the remake was announced and I am still giddy as hell for it. FF15 might cause my opinion to sway, but it’s going to have to go well beyond the hype to do so.

Alright faithful readers, that wraps up the first installment of Game Grind: Bested by the Best. This was actually pretty fun to think about and write; I’ll have to do this again the next time a slow news week comes around. If you enjoyed this post, please give it a like. If you have any strong opinions on my choices, please leave a comment down below and I would be more than happy to respond. If you want to stay up to date with 4B, you can do so via your email in the upper right tab. Alternatively you can stay informed by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend and be sure to stop back here on Monday for a very special installation of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday. 

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Game Grind: Bested by the Best