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Posted on Apr 24th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (NeoMagicWarrior)
Posted under Mass Effect, Xbox, PS4, PC, Bioware


Warning: This review contains mild spoilers. I've tried to keep it as vague as possible while discussing things in game, but this article may divulge too much information depending on how much you already know. This is your only warning!

The latest release from Electronic Arts and Bioware is finally here...and they probably should have waited a few more months! Mass Effect: Andromeda had a rocky review cycle, but as we know, some reviewers wouldn't know a good game if it bit them on the face and asked them to collect three parts of an encoded message. However, in this case, the reviewers were right.


Continue reading Mass Effect: Andromeda



Posted on Apr 12th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, PC, adventure


I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is a point and click adventure horror game. It skips the typical jump scares and gore and goes straight for an unsettling look at human suffering...and machines that rise up to kill us all! It's based on the story by Harlan Ellison and he even voices the misanthropic computer, AM, who is responsible for humanity's downfall and the suffering of the game's protagonists. This is a grim game, but one with excellent writing and characterization.

Watch to find out more!



Posted on Mar 28th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (noiseredux)
Posted under PC, Xbox One


Back when the Wii U and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were all announced, I took a serious look at each and decided that I just didn't need a new console. Oh sure each system may have had a few games that would pique my interest, but the bottom line was that as a PC gamer I had become totally happy with the (nearly never-ending) selection of games that were available to me there. Basically the whole idea of 'consoles' had become antiquated to me. It had been almost a decade since I even played games on a TV rather than a monitor. To me, sitting on a couch across the room from the TV wasn't nearly as comfortable as sitting at a desk in front of my (far better) gaming monitor. But something weird happened a few months ago: I bought an Xbox One. And what's even weirder is that it's turned out to be a pretty great addition to my PC.


Continue reading I Bought My PC An Xbox One



Posted on Feb 4th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, PC, PS2, Xbox, Lost Heaven, Open World, Shooter


I have never considered myself to be primarily a PC gamer, but there was a time back in the late '90s and early 2000s when I did a considerable amount of gaming on the PC.  During this time, I played such revered classics as Half-Life, Max Payne, and Deus Ex, all of which I would consider to be among my all-time favorites.  Many excellent games were being released exclusively on PC, and when these titles were later ported to consoles, the results were often lackluster. 

One such game from this era that I have always remembered fondly is Mafia.  Releasing less than a year after the immensely popular Grand Theft Auto III, it may be easy to dismiss Mafia as a cheap knockoff.  While Mafia may resemble the Grand Theft Auto series at first glance, I have always felt that it was the "anti-GTA" game.  Although both games share similarities with their open-world environments, crime-based stories, and emphasis on driving and shooting gameplay mechanics, Mafia's more serious and less satirical tone, focus on realism, and larger emphasis on narrative rather than free roaming sandbox gameplay sets it apart from Rockstar's juggernaut.


Continue reading Mafia



Posted on Oct 31st 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (noiseredux)
Posted under PC


As a hardcore fan of horror movies, there's something that I feel slightly embarrassed to admit. The truth is that I find many horror games actually scare me. Now you might be correct in telling me that that is exactly the point of those games. But it's still odd to me. It is extremely rare for a movie to scare me. I've even found that jump-scares in film have become less effective on me over time. And yet games that many of you play and have no problem with will often leave me totally stressed out.

So what is it about horror games that make me nervous while a movie may not? I've given that some thought and I think the best I can come up with is the way in which we interact (or don't) with media. Which is to say that watching a movie is a passive experience. Though I certainly may feel tense at times, I never really feel like I'm the one in the movie. But a game is an active experience. I'm the one controlling the character in the game. It's easier to put myself in the terror when my decisions matter. If I were to ever yell "don't go up those stairs!" at a movie, the actor wouldn't care less.


Continue reading Do You Like Scary Games?



Posted on Oct 15th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, PC, Sierra


It's October, so it's time for spooky games. Phantasmagoria is a point and click horror adventure game by Sierra. It was controversial due to its depiction of graphic FMV gore and adult themes and became a best seller.  But is it any good?

I remember seeing the box art for this game all the time when I was a kid. Though point and click adventure was a staple of my gaming history, I had never played this game before. I've always had a soft spot for FMV as well, though this wasn't quite what I was expecting.

Check out the review!



Posted on Sep 25th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (noiseredux)
Posted under PC


In recent years, I've gone from being a console gamer, to a mostly PC gamer, to a totally PC gamer. I could go on and on about why I finally decided to be a PC-only guy, but it doesn't really matter - at least not for this blog post. Instead, I thought we'd explore the many options that PC gamers have in the area of controllers. Truth be told, I probably end up using the mouse and keyboard for the majority of games I play anyway. And yet, I've got controllers scattered around this room everywhere I look.

Now this post can really only be as thorough as my own experience goes. I mean, ultimately the options are nearly limitless. Basically anything with a USB connection is fair game, right? And pretty much any Xbox 360 device is going to be plug-n-play on PC. Not to mention the fact that nearly every classic console controller has some kind of USB adapter you could use. However, for the purposes of this article, I'll just focus on the major controllers just to scratch the surface of the options available.


Continue reading Taking Control Of PC Games



Posted on Aug 2nd 2016 at 12:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Ys, Oath in Felghana, Felghana, game review, PSP, Vita, PC, Steam, GOG


The Ys name, while notorious for its confusing pronunciation, carries a lot of weight in the JRPG world.  Ys has been around since the 8-bit era, and new iterations are still being made today.  Most games in the series are critically well-received, and the series as a whole has a large cult following.  Despite all of this, I had never played a Ys game until very recently. 

My first exposure to the series was the original Ys Books I & II.  There are many different versions of the original Ys, sporting many ports and remakes across almost every console, but I played the TurboCD version, which is often considered the definitive release of the game.  What I found was a unique "old-school" RPG adventure that I highly enjoyed despite being somewhat primitive and its sometimes awkward combat system.  Ever since completing Ys Books I & II, I have wanted to dive into the rest of the series but have been confused about where to start next.  Cue Ys: The Oath in Felghana.


Continue reading Ys: The Oath in Felghana



Posted on Jul 27th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (noiseredux)
Posted under PC, Sports


Summer is a great time to get outside and play some sports. It's also a good time to stay inside and play some sports video games instead. For the past two years, I've taken the Summer as a queue to take a look at the landscape of sports games available on PC. In fact, I'm now going to call it a tradition around here. As a note, these outlines are not meant to be a thorough list of all sports games released in the year, but rather more of a guide to let you know about the best current options you can play for each sport. I've also intentionally left out the management sims like Out Of The Park Baseball, as those are really their own sort of sub-sub-genre. The 2016 edition of our survey actually has some pretty interesting entries that weren't around last year. But don't get your hopes up... there's still no Madden, and hockey and volleyball games are still nowhere to be found.


Continue reading The State Of PC Sports Games - 2016



Posted on Jul 21st 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (NeoMagicWarrior)
Posted under Rougelike, PC, Adventure


What is Rogue?

Recently, there has been a flood of games touting to be "Roguelikes" in both the Indie and AAA design spaces over the past few years. Even more perplexing, the titles claiming to be Roguelikes seemingly spanned all genres. With the new update of one of my favorite Roguelikes (more later), it seemed only fitting to really examine what a makes a game a Roguelike, and more importantly, what a "rogue" is.

For the full version, you could always Wikipedia it, but in brief, Rogue is a PC dungeon crawler with ASCII graphics. The premise is pretty simple: go from the top floor of a dungeon, get an item, and then escape. The game features turn based combat and movement; for every action you take, all the enemies get a turn, similar to a game of chess. Each level of the dungeon is semi-randomly generated, and populated with a myriad of enemies, items, and interactable objects to make each delve unique. Being simple in the graphics department, Rogue could also go much deeper in item interaction than most games, as not having to animate things saves considerable time. Other things that make Rogue different from most games is that items do not come identified, and the user usually needs to figure out what they have via trial and error. This generally leads to some hilarious situations, like drinking a potion of fire when you badly needed healing instead.


Continue reading Much Ado about Roguelikes



Posted on Mar 24th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Fleach)
Posted under Review, Firewatch, Indie, First Person, Walking Simulator, Character, Narrative, Games, PC


Many modern, first person adventure games are labelled as "walking simulators," particularly the ones with a narrative focus. This term refers to a game in which players walk throughout the in-game environment without doing much else like engaging in combat or finding collectibles. It's a label that, while superficially accurate, is often applied to a game because players can't decipher much more beyond the surface characters or stories. However, more often than not that couldn't be further from the truth of what these games offer. Take, for example, Dear Esther; it features the final fleeting thoughts of its narrator as his life fades away. It's true that the gameplay only involves walking from one set piece to the next, but what makes the game substantial is the emotions and memories the narrator presents. The walking simulator is the most effective at allowing players to really get into the head of a game's character.

Firewatch, the first game from Campo Santo, is the latest inclusion in the walking simulator category. The fact is that this game offers much depth of character, narrative interactivity, and even some role-playing which can only be achieved by utilizing this unconventional and divisive genre.

MAJOR SPOILERS FOR FIREWATCH CONTINUE
READING AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!


Continue reading Firewatch: Not Just a Walking Simulator



Posted on Mar 6th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Fleach)
Posted under Review, The Count Lucanor, Indie, PC, Mac, Linux, Steam, 2D, Pixel Art, Bach Chiptunes

PC, Mac, Linux

The Count Lucanor, from Baroque Decay Games, is the result of blending The Legend of Zelda and survival horror. It's a combination that's intriguing enough to support the core gameplay, but its execution is only effective for a couple of hours.


Continue reading The Count Lucanor Review



Posted on Jan 19th 2016 at 08:19:24 PM by (ReddMcKnight)
Posted under Gaming, PC, Android, ARK, FNAF, Doom

First things first, remember that PC I got for Christmas? (http://www.rfgeneration.c...16164.msg233177#msg233177) Yeah, neither do I. Heh. I returned it because it used proprietary parts, so I couldn't upgrade it. That said, I bought an Alienware Steam Machine (which I put Windows on right away. SteamOS? Really??) and I've been having an absolute blast with it. Sure, it's a pre-built PC (could've fooled me, it's only a little bigger than a Wii!), but it has a ton of power, and has played every game I've tried on it so far perfectly. That said, here's a couple games I've been playing on it, as well as an Android Game I promised to write about from one of my previous Gaming Adventures. (See here: http://www.rfgeneration.c...ts-At-Maker-City-3143.php)


ARK: Survival Evolved

"It's like, Minecraft combined with Castle Miner Z on STEROIDS! You must try this game! As of this post, it's on sale in the Humble Store!" That's what I typed on my Steam Profile about this game, and it's 100 Percent True in my opinion. This game is crazy fun, crazy difficult, and it's STILL being developed! (It's an early access game). Take the crafting elements of Minecraft, the survival elements of Castle Miner Z, upgrade the graphics, throw in some Character Customization, and you have ARK: Survival Evolved. I was initially nervous upon purchasing it due to the high number of negative reviews on Steam, but don't let those people lie to you! This game is VERY good! I wish I had someone to play it with, and I HATE Online Co-Op, so that should say something right there.


Doom (Doomsday Source Port)

First things first. For those who don't know, a Source Port is a program that allows one to play Doom (as well as Doom II) on a Modern PC, often with upgrades (like Graphic Effects, HD Resolutions, and Controllers). Now then, I'm sure we all know Doom. Described by some as "The Son of Wolfenstein 3D" (which it basically is), Doom is what I like to call the definitive First Person Shooter game. I don't think I need to explain too much about the game itself, but playing it using the Doomsday Source Port is tons of fun. You ever seen a 1993 Game run in 1080p HD? It's intense.



Five Nights At Freddy's

Five Nights At Freddy's is an indie-horror game developed by a guy named Scott Cawthon for PCs and Android Devices (I don't know if it's on IOS Devices too), and it...doesn't make much sense, actually. As far as gameplay goes, it's a solid horror title (I played it on my Android Phone), and it scared the hell outta me more than once. Story wise though, it makes no sense at all. When you start a new game, your greeted with a Newspaper Ad that requests a Security Guard to work the night shift at this kid's restaurant. Sounds basic enough, sure, and a guy on your phone explains that the Animatronics can and WILL hunt you down, but what is the reason for it all? And it just gets more confusing from there. Whatever the reason, as I said before, it's still a decent game, and it's not even 5 US Dollars (last time I checked), so if your looking for a cheap scare, try this one out.

I think that about covers it. Check back soon for more of my Gaming Adventures. Also, if you have Steam, and you end up getting ARK, let me know please.



Posted on Dec 24th 2015 at 04:19:04 PM by (ReddMcKnight)
Posted under Christmas, PC, Gaming

To everyone who was expecting the conclusion to my 5th Christmas Story today, it will NOT be ready today, as I initially planned. The holidays have taken a big toll on me this year, and it's effecting my judgement and writing, so it will not be finished today, but fear not, for it WILL be finished. Probably tomorrow, the 25th, or the 26th. I apollogize for the delay, but I've also got a massive headache, and I just cannot type it up today. Please bear with me, I WILL write it soon. Thank you.



Posted on Dec 23rd 2015 at 04:04:35 PM by (ReddMcKnight)
Posted under Christmas, PC, Gaming

Ladies and Gentlemen, live from somewhere in Virginia, it's a Christmas Story 5!

Starring:

ReddMcKnight, with bickman2k, izret101, Slackur, Zagnorch, ShadowKisuragi, and Nupoile!

And now, heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Redd!


Before I begin, I'd just like to thank everyone here for being so nice to me over the years. It's been quite a thrill being here. I've had my share of rough times, as we all have, and the good people here at RFGeneration have supported me through it when I asked for help, and I really do appreciate it so much. Here's to many more years! Now, enough with my sentimental stuff, let's get on with the story!

Redd: Merry Christmas, one and all!

Izret: What's there to be merry about?

Zagnorch: Yeah! I haven't played a decent game in weeks!

Redd: Ummmm...Well, I just got a new Computer, and I have a Steam Library full of games. We could go play those.

Izret: (Sighs) Fine. Better than nothing.

(Our intrepid heroes make they're way to Redd's House)

Bickman: Good lord, Redd, this place is a mess!

Slackur: Mother nature died in here!

Redd: Shut up!

Nupoile: Eh. I've seen worse.

ShadowKisuragi (Shadow): Your kidding me, right?

Redd: Look, just bear with me while I boot this thing up. (Turns on Computer)

Nupoile: What kind of hardware does it boast?

Redd: 4GHz CPU, 16GB of RAM, and an nVidia 900-Series Video Card.

Nupoile: ......Mine's still better.

Bickman: Wah wah wah.

Redd: ............Right, anyway...Check out this ga--Huh? What's this? (Points to a game title)

Zagnorch: "Enter.EXE?"

Slackur: What is that?

Redd: I have no idea. I didn't add any such command to this thing.

Izret: Cool, let's click it! (Shoves Redd out of the way and clicks it)

Shadow: You moron! We have no idea what that does!

(Monitor starts flashing)

Izret: Whoa! Seizure-riffic!

Bickman: This can't be good...

(A flash of light bursts from the monitor, and upon disappearing, our heroes find themselves in a different area)

Nupoile: What the...?

Redd: Where are we?! What did you do, Izret?!

Izret: All I did was click that thing!

Bickman: Yeah, and now we appear to be in...Wait a minute...is this Hell?

Zagnorch: What are you talking about?

Bickman: Well, look. We all have guns now, and there's one of those brown creatures from Doom.

Slackur: What the?! Kill it with fire! (Blasts the creature) Hey, that was kind of fun!

Shadow: Is this REALLY happening?

Izret: This is awesome!

Redd: This is insane! We could all die here!

Bickman: I did NOT want to spend my Christmas in Hell!

Zagnorch: Shut up, you wussies! I bet the only way out is to beat the boss at the end of this level! (Loads Shotgun) Let's kick some ass!

Nupoile: We are SO dead.

Slackur: Yep.

Our Heroes seem to be in some real trouble this time! Can they possibly escape the world of Doom and get back home in time for some Holiday Eggnog?! Tune in tomorrow for the exciting conclusion!

DISCLAIMER: Is a disclaimer really needed this time? There is no way the events in this story could EVER happen.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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