Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell: Short and Bloody

5 Feb

The stand-alone expansion to Saints Row IV, Gat Out of Hell embodies everything that I have come to love about the franchise from Volition, Inc. With old friends returning to join the fight, or get really dead, I was addicted to every second of the disappointingly short addition.

After defeating the evil Zinyak in Saints Row IV, the Saints and their President have commandeered a space ship since Earth is, you know, exploded. There they prepare a birthday party for Kinzie Kensington, hacker extraordinaire and Saints Lieutenant. Matt Miller, former rival gang member, finds the Ouija board owned by none other Alistair Crowley and convinces the other Saints to use the board with him. Unfortunately for the President (and fortunate for us) they contact none other than Satan himself who has decided the only man for his little girl is the leader of the Saints. Opening a portal from Hell, Satan sucks the President away and leaves Johnny Gat with no other option but to go rescue his friend. Kinzie, not to be left behind, forces him to let her come along. Continue reading

Top 5 Games of 2014

19 Jan

With all the games that came out last year, it shouldn’t have been easy to pick the top five games of the year. Instead it was effortless. With no further ado, let’s get down to it (especially since I’m half a month late)! Continue reading

Persona Q: Quality Fan Service

15 Jan

There is no doubt in my mind that Persona Q was made by Atlus Games as pure fan service. The jokes aren’t too well thought out, but the main story is creative and detailed, adding a new layer to the ongoing Shin Megami Tensei world.

Fans of Persona 3 and Persona 4 start off their journey with Persona Q with a tough choice, which main character they will take control of. Both Minato Arisato (P3) and Yu Narukami (P4) are available along with the entire cast of both games since Persona Q takes place in the middle of story of both Persona 3 and Persona 4. No one is dead yet and neither team has conquered their enemies.

Whoa, whoa, whoa! some of you are saying. How can both casts be fighting Shadows at the same time? The story lines take place a year apart! Continue reading

Farm for your Mediocre Life

7 Nov

Farm for your Life was released by Hammer Labs some time in 2013. Available through Steam, it is a hodgepodge of several different games, all with their own unique twist. Summed up by the title of the game, the goals are simple: keep your farm running against hordes of zombies, supply your restaurant with food, keep your farm hands happy and you just may save the world.

After a vicious hurricane and subsequent hordes of zombies, your character is left without their beloved grandfather and a devastated farm. With only a few seeds to start with, players are given few options but to begin farming. Dig, plant, water, fertilize, harvest; it all sounds very simple, right? Well, once night falls the zombies come out and can only be fought off by using your hard earned crops as ammunition. If left to run rampant, they’ll run off with everything you’ve grown.

If the game was just about farming and fighting off zombies with potatoes, Farm for your Life would be incredibly boring. Thanks to a fellow survivor, who is also some kind of brilliant architect, only a potato, ear of corn, and ten chopped wood logs are required to start the restaurant. Trade food for goods, put together recipes from the food you’ve farmed, clean your used dishes and soon your kitchen will be a bustling place. Thankfully, everyone clears out by nightfall so you don’t have to manage a restaurant and fight off zombies. The little buggers will come for the food in your restaurant too, though, so it’s twice the area to protect!

Once you’ve gotten a handle on farming and cooking, new arrivals will show looking for a warm place to stay and a meal every morning. Should you pride it, you can send your new helper to either work in the fields or the restaurant. Either way, they’ll take care of all your work for you – during the day. At night, they’re off to sleep and you’re left to deal with the hordes by yourself once more. Continue reading

Kickstarter Spotlight: The Flame In The Flood

20 Oct

Kickstarter is not normally my cup of tea, but every once in a while there’s an amazing game that I just have to have. The Flame In the Flood is one of those games. Created by The Molasses Flood, a team of six whose prior credits have a whole lot of Bioshock Infinite in them, this game’s trailer had me at, “All we are, is what we leave behind.”

The Flame In the Flood is a rogue-lite game where players take control of Scout, a young woman living in backwater America, post-modern civilization. They lead her through a procedurally generated river environment, always trying to stay one step ahead of the coming rains. Wolves and other predators are on the prowl and Scout has to scavenge all the food and water she can find while keeping her make-shift raft afloat. But watch out! She’ll have to stay warm and dry as well, something no too easy when your traveling by river with rapids around every bend. Continue reading

Divinity: Original Sin – a throwback to D&D classics

30 Sep

For the past several weeks I’ve been playing Divinity: Orginal Sin, a turn based, action RPG from Larian Studios available on Steam and GoG for PC. It’s an amazing game, harking back to the hay-days of Icewind Dale, Balder’s Gate, and Neverwinter Nights. It is what Dragon Age wished it could be.

High praise for a game that was partially funded through Kickstarter, right? It’s well earned. The developers raised one million dollars to create their game and I am disappointed I missed out on throwing them some cash. Every penny looks well spent and an update to the game was available soon after launch which added more than just a few minor bug fixes. Dye bottles, new companions, and crafting recipes tell me the developers aren’t done fleshing out the amazing world they’ve created.

Normally, this is where I would tell you all about the story line and how amazing it is. Trust me, the story is FANTASTIC, however Continue reading

How to Support Net Neutrality

10 Sep

There are a lot of tweets and facebook posts asking people to help support Net Neutrality (or as John Oliver calls it Preventing Cable Company Fuckery), but I haven’t found everything we can do in one place. I’m compiling a list that will take you 15 minutes to complete. Take the time. If everyone doesn’t stand up, we’re all going to get knocked down. Continue reading

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3 Sep

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In Before It’s Out: Gat out of Hell

30 Aug

Yesterday at PAX, Volition released a brand new trailer for the newest entry in the Saint’s Row series. Gat out of Hell will be a stand alone sequel to the 2013 release Saints Row 4 set to debut January 27, 2015.

After finishing Saints Row 4 last year, I said the only place Volition could take the Saints next was to world domination. I was wrong. We’re headed to Hell with Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington after the protagonist from the first three games is sucked through a portal created by the Devil himself. The insanity that is Saints Row will include new weapons (like the Locust gun that shoots plagues of frogs), pit players against ‘historical figures’, and (hopefully) take us back to the hay days of Saints Row 3. Continue reading

Murdered: Soul Suspect – Killer Action and Adventure

25 Jun

Created by Airtight Games and published by Square Enix, Murdered: Soul Suspect is an incredibly detailed mystery where you solve your own murder. Set in Salem, Massachusetts, history can be found around every corner, both ancient and recent.

The opening cut scene hooked me as soon as it began playing. You watch as Detective Ronan O’Connor chases a suspect into a building without backup. Soon he finds that his quarry is more than his match as he is beaten and thrown out of a two story window. Lying there in the middle of the street, Ronan is not yet dead, but has left his body. The hope that our protagonist will survive this encounter is short lived as he has to watch helplessly as he is shot seven times by the same masked man who threw him from the window. Continue reading

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