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The Binding of Issac: Afterbirth+

This game is weird, but in a way that works well. Issac is a small boy whose Christian mother gets word from god that she must kill her son. In an attempt to escape, Issac slips into the infested basement filled with poop (literally) and monsters. Using only his tears as a weapon, he must set out on a quest to defeat his mom. The Binding of Issac is set up as a randomized rogue dungeon game. Issac starts out with three hearts in the first level of the basement and by clearing the enemies in each of the rooms and beating the boss he advances on through to the next level, eventually reaching mom. That description may have made the game sound a bit easy, but that would be incorrect. Like I mentioned before, Issac has three and only three hearts. Getting hit by enemies will quickly deplete your health and cause you to have to start the game from the beginning. While this may sound brutal, the key is collecting the items and abilities that you discover in the various rooms of

Super Bomberman R

With the series turning 33 this year, Konami jumped at the opportunity to host the classic bombing game as a release day title on the Nintendo Switch. In hindsight, it seems to have paid off as Super Bomberman R has become the best selling game in the series from the past 20 years. You may be wondering- what makes this game so special? Lets dive in. Super Bomberman R has two modes- the storyline and the multiplayer. The single player isn't very long and is presented in an anime style. The story features the classic white bomber, along with his other companions as they go on a mission through space to save their home planet by defeating the dastardly bombers. Each of the 5 worlds has 7 levels which after completion leads you into a boss fight sequence. I recently finished the story mode of this game and I have both good and bad things to say about it. None of the levels are particularly difficult, and I sped through the story in just under 4 hours. That being said, it was

Red/Blue to Sun/Moon: A Ranked List of each Pokemon Generation

In 2016, the Pokemon Company celebrated its 20 year anniversary. Of those 20 years, I've been a fan of the franchise for about 17. As early as I can remember, Pokemon has been a part of my life. I've had every Nintendo handheld system since the Gameboy Color and to this day I can recite nearly every Pokemon by name and its evolutions. I'm a major fan to say the least. Sun and Moon may not be the newest game on the market, but I thought it may be fun to use my knowledge and experience with the Pokemon series to create a ranked list to see where it stands among past games. In this list I will be taking many different aspects into account including storyline, game setting, pokemon design and overall lasting impressions. I would like to note, that I will only be doing the original versions of each generation in this review (I will not list Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, HeartGold/SoulSilver, Black 2/White 2 and so on). Also please remember- I'm not here to necessarily give

I am Setsuna: My Journey to the Last Lands

Right from the start, I am Setsuna had me on the edge of my seat. During your initial meeting with Setsuna it is explained that she, like many before her, has been chosen to be sacrificed in an effort to keep monsters from wreaking chaos across the world. It is the duty of her 5 escorts (Endir, Ndir, Aeterna, Kir, and Julienne) to help her traverse the snowy terrain to the Last Lands where she will meet her demise. I'm not the type of person that likes to be sad or emotional, but this game plunged me into its storyline and made me feel as if I were a part of its world.  I'll start out by giving you a quick debrief on how this game is played. I am Setsuna utilizes classic JRPG controls similar to the likes of Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy. It is remarkably well done and the combat system flows very well. Throughout the game the player can equip various "spiritnites" to learns new abilities and depending on who you have in your party, these abilities can

Splatoon 2 Testfire Weekend

Are they kids or squids? Sometime this Spring, the massive Wii U hit Splatoon is getting a sequel. If you were a fan of the original, and own the new Nintendo Switch, this is going to be a great weekend for you! The beta for Splatoon 2 multiplayer will be active during various time-slots to allow Nintendo to test its servers. So far, only one window has passed and as I type this the second window is less than an hour away. There is a handy chart showing the play times in all time zones attached to the bottom of this post. This is me getting brutally inked in the face. During the first test window earlier today, I got a pretty decent feel for the multiplayer. Starting the test-fire app for the first time will prompt a brief tutorial to begin which lasts about thirty seconds. Next you are able to select from a variety of weapons to battle with, including a new weapon called the Splat Dualies. After the actual game is released, there will be a phone app allowing voice chat.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment

In a recent review, I mentioned how much I loved all the new indie games I was discovering on the Nintendo Switch. I'm here today to talk about another gem I've found in the eStore- Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment. First off, I'd like to mention that I've never played a Shovel Knight game in my life. I had no idea what the series would be like, what the game was about, or how it worked. I went in entirely blind and I think that's what makes this review a bit special. I have no other Shovel Knight titles to compare Specter of Torment to, I only have my experiences with this single game. From my understanding, one of the big differences in this title is that instead of playing as the main character Shovel Knight, you play as Specter Knight. During the game play, Specter Knight must navigate a plethora of dangerous situations in order to advance to the boss. After winning each fight, the boss is then recruited to the enchantresses crew to wreak havoc on the

Snipperclips: Cut it Out Together!

One of my favorite things about the Nintendo Switch is how many wonderful indie games I've been discovering through the eStore. On release day, there were two games we started with. One of course being the main popular title Breath of the Wild, and the other- Snipperclips. I've seen tons of reviews for Breath of the Wild and I can't help but wonder, why is nobody talking about Snipperclips? Snipperclips is a wonderful game in many different aspects. I remember seeing the title for this game before launch and thinking how dumb and childish it looked. When I saw that first gameplay of Snipperclips on Twitch I was so surprised and headed over to the eStore to try it myself. I am so glad I gave it that chance because it is probably one of the most unique multiplayer games I've played in a very long time. The idea behind Snipperclips is that you are both paper people, and you have to cut each other to accomplish certain tasks. This could range anywhere from puttin

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild- A Spoiler Free Review

On March 3rd I sat patiently on my couch waiting for the sound of the UPS truck to deliver my Nintendo Switch. I had received my copy of Breath of the Wild in the mailbox earlier that morning and couldn’t stand looking at (or tasting) the cartridge without being able to pop it in and give it a spin. Many fans of the Zelda franchise, myself included, were itching for that next game to fall in love with and could not wait for this title to release. Breath of the Wild was anticipated for years and it seemed as if the actual release day would never actually come. Later that afternoon I finally got my wish and turned it on for the first time. Fast forward to 48 hours of game play, a few tears, and some smiles later, I can certainly say that I got what I wished for and more. _____________________________ Breath of the Wild is phenomenal . There is simply no other way to describe it. From the first moment Link stepped out into the world I was in absolute awe. What is perhaps th

Nintendo Switch: Accessory Breakdown

Its been slightly over a week since the Nintendo Switch released and as someone who was lucky enough to pre-order a system and get it on launch day, I've already put some massive hours on it. No console/handheld is right without some accessories so I'm here to break them down into two categories: grab or pass. Each picture also has a link next to it in case you would like to take the plunge and make a purchase! (I would like to add that I have not been sponsored in any way, this post is purely my opinion on what I think is of value to you) Nintendo Switch Playstand   $12.99 GRAB HORI Compact Playstand The Switch comes equipped with a small built in kickstand, however it is a bit flimsy and allows the tablet portion to fall over easy. That alone is reason enough for anyone who will be playing a lot in tabletop mode to purchase this inexpensive stand. With this in mind, perhaps the biggest flaw of the Switch is the lack of accessibility to a charging port while the