Here, you'll find up to 20 of the most recent posts from the people I follow. Only public results gleaned from the last 200 overall posts to HG Blogs will be displayed. If you see no results below, that means I'm not following a lot of people, or the people I'm following haven't been active in a long while, or they simply aren't sharing their posts.
|No game is perfect. Everyone knows that. So... 9 out of 10!|
Objectively, no game is perfect. You know it and I know it.
When a critic reviews a game, sometimes you'll see an accompanying score of 10/10 (or 5/5 in this site's case; there are all sorts of scale). Some readers will call this the "perfect 10," but that's a misnomer. No game is perfect, remember?
Why do some critics award 10/10 when clearly there's no such thing as a perfect game? Why do some critics balk at the notion. I worked briefly at an outlet where critics weren't allowed to award 10/10 scores, because games can't be perfect.
|An uncommon hiccup led to wonky tallies, so everything has been reset.|
One of you today pointed out to me that review views are really messed up, to put things mildly. I looked into the situation, and unfortunately it appears that when the site was having some issues with page loads a while back, a review page partially loaded and successfully ran a partial query, which resulted in every review record being updated to show 1689 views. That's my best guess at the problem, anyway.
The resulting data was even less useful than if that column in the database had simply been wiped completely, so I went ahead and reset every value to 1 (which is the default instead of 0, for boring reasons I won't outline here). They'll start going up from there, as reviews are viewed.
|Putting images in your reviews just got easier.|
What did you do with your weekend? I spent most of mine coding, and the result is a collection of adjustments around the site. The big, obvious differences are the systems pages (which I posted about previously) and the site's landing page. Those are hard to miss.
However, I also spent a few hours coding an update to our image assets functionality. The change brings the image assets in line with what I set up for guides, where instead of inserting a big long bit of HTML (which not everyone knows), you can just insert a simple image insertion tag.
|I've reworked the system pages to show a variety of content you might find interesting.|
HonestGamers is a site for game reviews, first and foremost, and that's not likely to ever change. Even though things have slowed a bit recently, I remain committed to ensuring the site is one of the finest gaming destinations on the Internet. Part of that effort involves producing supplemental content, such as guides and screenshots, but the system profile pages haven't advertised the extra work that goes on behind the scenes for quite some time.
|The lineup of 21 games includes the never-before-released Star Fox 2.|
A follow-up to the impossible-to-find NES classic is on its way from Nintendo, due to launch later this year. Called the Super Nintendo Classic Edition, the new hardware comes with 21 games, including one that has never previously been released.
Scheduled to arrive on September 27, 2017 with an MSRP of $79.99, the mini console ships with two classic controllers, which are compatible with the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro accessories you may already be using on your Wii U. Nintendo is emphasizing (as it has with the Switch console) multiplayer gaming, and the Super Nintendo library had no shortage of classics along those lines.
Here is the list of the 21 titles included:
|As such experiences go, it comes highly recommended.|
I finally have met my favorite author, Terry Brooks, after more than twenty years of wishing I could meet my favorite author, so I feel like that warrants at least a messy blog post.
It especially warrants a blog post because the meeting went very well through no fault of my own. It took place in Cannon Beach, Oregon, where at the time the temperature was expected to hover somewhere between 58 and 81. The people who predict the weather on the Oregon Coast don't seem to have as much luck as those who ply their profession in locations further removed from the sea, so what we got instead was weather closer to 90... which doesn't sound terribly hot to people who live in places like Texas, but which can still make folks irritable and miserable.
|The intriguing RPG is coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC this October.|
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC this October, and it looks like quite the intriguing RPG. Now that I've thoroughly repeated myself, though, is there anything left to say? Yes. Yes, there is.
The first thing I might add is that the game first was announced on Kickstarter, way back in September of 2015. I thought it looked quite snazzy even at the time, so I backed it. The game was then expected to arrive by December of 2016, but things happen. Now it finally has a launch date of October 3, 2017, and it is also coming to Switch. That wasn't part of the original campaign promise, but it's good news.
|This post is almost entirely for my own personal reference.|
Keeping up on all the games you want can be tough, especially if your tastes tend toward the fairly diverse. And also, if you lose a bunch of contract work and can barely put food on the table, let alone think about buying games. During one of the most amazing seasons the industry has ever seen.
Thankfully, that particular issue has been resolved and now I once again have gainful employment. But the fact remains that over the last couple of years or so, I've let a fair few games slip through the cracks. These are titles that I still want to own, in physical format, and I hope to knock a number of them off the list... probably starting with some that have seen pleasing price drops since they first hit my radar.
|Let me tell you why I think video games are a poor medium for storytelling... because apparently I hate myself today.|
In the past, Iíve written to express my distaste for video game stories. Over the years, it has become clear that I am in the minority. Most gamers seem to think stories in games are freaking fantastic, to the point where they will rail against a game I love because it doesnít happen to have a sufficiently compelling narrative. So today, I thought I would come back with an old opinion of mine: video game stories usually are ineffective enough that I wouldn't mind if they weren't there at all.
|The next game from Watermelon Developments is headed to Genesis later this year. Learn all about it!|
If you remember Watermelon Development, it's probably because of that developer's work on Pier Solar and the Great Architects. That title debuted on Genesis in 2010, before finally arriving on numerous other platforms a few years later. Now, the team is prepping its next potential hit, a brawler known as Paprium. The game is set to arrive later this year, and it's already looking very promising.
|The follow-up to Akiba's Trip will be available on PlayStation 4 and Vita, with pre-order incentives.|
If you're like EmP, our resident Englishman, you rather enjoyed Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed when it launched on various platforms in 2014 and beyond. You might even have found yourself looking forward to playing an eventual sequel. And so you arrived finally at today, when XSEED Games announced that just such a thing not only is headed west, but finally has an official release date.
Akiba's Beat, the aforementioned sequel, already launched in Japan this past December. Localization takes time, though, and the game won't hit stores in North America until May 16, 2017. A little research shows that a European release is also on its way from PQube, at around the same time.
|The sequel will appear on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the west, and at a wallet-friendly price.|
Valkyria Chronicles was very much a niche title, loved by a lot of the relatively few people who played it, but mostly ignored even by gamers who might well have enjoyed it if only they gave it a shot. For a long time, the series appeared to be dead in the water. Then SEGA updated that first game for the PlayStation 4 and released the enhanced port in North America in 2016. Next came a third proper installment for the franchise in Japan, which SEGA this week announced is also headed to North America and Europe.
|The horizontal shooter will debut on Xbox One, but should reach other platforms later.|
First, Abylight and Locomalito partnered to bring us Cursed Castilla, an action game in the vein of Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts. And it was apparently very, very good. Now, the two companies are working on a new project that looks similarly retro. It's called Super Hydorah, and it will debut on Xbox One this spring.
From the look of things, the "hectic non-linear game" will offer both single-player and multiplayer modes, so you can go up against some sort of menace either alone or with assistance from a capable friend.
|You'll be able to play a group of some of the greatest licensed games ever, on your favorite new console.|
During the NES era, Capcom teamed up with Disney to produce some of the greatest license-based games ever, titles that were developed by some of the same talent that produced other huge hits like Mega Man. Many of those games are remembered fondly today, and some of the old NES cartridges go for hundreds of dollars if you can find them in good condition. Until now, there hasn't been a way to go back and play those games, unless you're willing to shell out a lot of money or resort to emulation. Until now.
Today, Capcom released a new video to promote the Disney Afternoon Collection, which is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam as a download-only title. It will cost $19.99, which isn't a terrible price for the six included games, and will be available starting April 18.
|Limited Run Games will give you a chance to hold a version of the dungeon crawler in your hands.|
A few weeks ago, I finally relented and purchased a digital copy of Ray Gigant when I saw it on sale on the PlayStation Store. "Looks like they'll never release a physical edition of this game," I said to myself, "and I really want it."
Well, I was wrong about one thing, and that one thing was my evaluation of the prospects of a physical release. Though it was released almost a year ago, and reviewed favorably at the time, Ray Gigant is only now going to finally be available in a physical form, courtesy of Limited Run Games.
|Look for it to hit both PlayStation 4 and PC, in both North America and Europe.|
Unless you want them to, there's no reason your adventures with Nepgear and her friends have to end just yet. That's especially true now that Idea Factory International has announced plans to bring another game in the series to North America and Europe, in both physical and digital formats.
Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online is due to arrive this winter, and should debut on both Steam and PlayStation 4 on the same day. As the title implies, it is an online RPG with--wait, no. That's not quite right.
|The remake of the Sega Master System classic will be here almost before you know it...|
DotEmu today announced that Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap will release on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms on April 18, with a PC version scheduled to arrive a few weeks later.
Wonder Boy was hugely popular during the Sega Master System era, but the franchise went quiet years ago. Now, it has suddenly come roaring back. This game is about to arrive, and there is a separate Wonder Boy project also in development at a different studio. As the saying goes, everything that's old is new again.
|Not everyone forgot that Voodoo Vince existed on the original Xbox and was even pretty good...|
Way back in 2003, Xbox owners were delighted to brag that they had another platform exclusive. The game's name was Voodoo Vince, and it told the adventures of a voodoo doll brought to life within the Louisiana bayou. He had all sorts of adventures, running and jumping and even solving puzzles. Now, he'll be doing those same things on Xbox One and PC.
Though a lot of games to arrive on the Xbox were eventually playable on Xbox 360 due to backwards compatibility software updates, Voodoo Vince wasn't one of them... even though it was published by Microsoft. It was a strange oversight for gamers who fell in love with the original title's charm, and now it is being corrected with the release of Voodoo Vince: Remastered, which is due to arrive on April 18 with an MSRP of $14.99.
|A surprising number of them are either exclusive, or hitting Switch with exclusive features.|
Nintendo had announced that it would today reveal a lineup of exciting indie games coming to the Nintendo Switch by the end of 2017, and today the company made good on that promise with a half-hour stream that revealed interesting new titles from familiar developers, as well as recent favorites from some of the biggest indie stars.
Rather than waste everyone's time trying to give you impressions of games I haven't yet played, I'll start by pasting the description of highlights from a press release that Nintendo kindly sent me:
|You'll be able to play it on PC, Mac, Linux, or Xbox One. Choice is good!|
Around two years ago, Ron Gilbert (known for Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island, among others) and friends announced that they were prepared to make a new graphic adventure game. They just needed their potential fans to put forth some of the money, for a Kickstarter campaign.
Fans responded with open wallets, and now here we are: just over a month away from the release of that game. Its title is Thimbleweed Park.