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Posted on Sep 9th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under news, thank you, Playthrough, Last Guardian, PYWS, winner, submissions, focus, PS3


We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you this month's edition of RF Generation's Site News!  In this issue, we announce our spooky October community playthrough game, give a final update on Retro World Expo, discuss a little site maintenance, and of course, thank those members who sent in submissions to our site and registered approvals during the month of August. We are changing our submission "focus" again, so stay tuned to the end of our broadcast for more details.  Thanks for tuning in!     

REMEMBER: If you have any news about upcoming events or topics that you think the site needs to hear about, please PM singlebanana and put "RFG Site News" in the subject line.  Who knows, maybe your news will make our front page!


Continue reading All Our News Are Belong To You: September 2017 Edition



Posted on Aug 10th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under news, thank you, Playthrough, Last Guardian, PYWS, winner, submissions, focus, PS3


We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you this month's edition of RF Generation's Site News!  In this issue, we announce our first truly modern September community playthrough game, crown the winner of our annual Pain Yourself With Submissions contest, and of course, thank those members who sent in submissions to our site and registered approvals during the month of July. We are changing our submission "focus" again this month, so stay tuned to the end of our broadcast to find out which system it is.  Thanks for tuning in!     

REMEMBER: If you have any news about upcoming events or topics that you think the site needs to hear about, please PM singlebanana and put "RFG Site News" in the subject line.  Who knows, maybe your news will make our front page!


Continue reading All Our News Are Belong To You: August 2017 Edition



Posted on Jul 13th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, Enslaved, PS3, 360, playthrough, June, 2017


Join RF Generation Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81), as the "Dynamic Duo" (R.I.P. Adam West) discuss one of Ninja Theory's early, third-person, action/adventure titles, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. This month's Playcast flashes forward (...errr we kinda hope not) into dystopian America where humans are being "enslaved" by a mysterious source and our world has been taken over by blood-thirsty robots. Yeeeeeesh!  In this episode, we talk about the gameplay mechanics, some "despicable" and yummy characters, the game's soundtrack, and pose our thoughts on Enslaved's ending. Did this game's sometimes glitchy tendencies muck up what could have been a great title? Did Rich's modern game skill shortcomings prevent him from finishing the game? And how does Shawn reeeeeeeeeally feel about "Hidden Gems?" The answers to these questions and many more in this month's episode of the RF Generation Playcast! 

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on this game on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the game more. We hope you enjoy our show.  Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 39 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=17940.0

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Posted on Mar 14th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, Murdered, Soul Suspect, PS3, PS4, 360, playthrough, February, 2017


Join RF Generation Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana), Shawn (GrayGhost81), and returning guest, Pam (host of Cannot Be Tamed and Media Mavens) as they discuss a lesser known title from a well-known developer.  This month's Playcast plunges into Febrauray's site playthrough of Murdered: Soul Suspect, which was developed by Square Enix.  Opinions of this game typically range from both ends of the spectrum, so how will our cast of gamers fall on it?  Is it worth the few bucks a used copy commands, or are you better off leaving it on the shelf?  Did Rich enjoy the overall narrative?  Did Pam take issue with the combat?  And did Shawn enjoy making little cat sounds?  Be sure to tune in to this episode of the RF Generation Playcast to find out! 

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on this game on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the game more. We hope you enjoy our show.  Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 35 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=17623.0

Get the show on Podbean:  http://www.rfgplaycast.com/
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And Twitter: @RFGPlayCast, @thesinglebanana & @MrShawnGray


Continue reading Episode 35 - RF Generation Playcast



Posted on Dec 12th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under playcast, Heavy Rain, playthrough, November, 2016, PS3


Join RF Generation Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana), Shawn (GrayGhost81), and Floyd (Fleach) as they discuss the November playthrough, Heavy Rain.  In this special 100th game episode, we delve into this Quantic Dream QTC classic and discuss the various storylines, gameplay mechanics, and the cast of characters. During September of last year, we played Indigo Prophecy, and here we take some time to compare the two games, which were developed by the same company. Indigo Prophecy was Rich's most disappointing of pick for 2015, so how will Heavy Rain fair with our Playcast newcomer?  Listen to this episode of the RF Generation Playcast and find out! 

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on this games on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss these games more. We hope you enjoy our show.  Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 32 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=17525.0

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Posted on Oct 13th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, Lego Batman 2, playthrough, September, 2016, PS3, DS, 3DS, Vita, PC, 360


Join RF Generation Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81), as they discuss the September playthrough of Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.  In this episode, we discuss our history with Lego video games, our childhood love of Lego and Batman, the ins and outs of the gameplay, and the differences in the handheld and home console versions.  How does this game differ from other games in the Lego franchise?  Is this rather cheap title worth your time as a fan/non-fan of in-game collectables?  You won't want to miss this episode of the RFG Playcast! 

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on this games on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss these games more. We hope you enjoy our show.  Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 30 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=17473.0

Get the show on Podbean:  http://rfgenplaycast.podbean.com/
On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/...ion-playcast/id1038953364
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Posted on Aug 24th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under review, ps3, MGSV, Metal Gear


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a fantastic game. At the time of this writing, I have put over one hundred and fifty hours into the game and I'm sporting a completion percentage of only 70%. I would write a full review of the game if it weren't for two things. First of all, I finished the story missions so long ago that some of them have blurred in my memory. Secondly, even if I did remember all the finer details, a comprehensive review would be more than I would be willing to take on. However, I was so excited to play this game upon release that I wrote my first blog post here about playing it with the rest of the world. Since it's almost been a full year since the game's release and that article, I wanted to talk about the game's lasting effects and why I am still playing it.


Continue reading Still Playing: Metal Gear Solid V



Posted on Aug 8th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, Uncharted, playthrough, July, PS3, modern, PS4, Naughty Dog


Join RF Generation Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana), Shawn (GrayGhost81), Floyd (Fleach) and Steven (Disposed Hero), as we discuss our July playthrough, Uncharted, a third-person shooter originally released on the PS3.  In this episode, we discuss this early duck and cover, action experience that is mixed with climbing and puzzle elements.  With the most recent release of Uncharted 4, we compare the original to it's sequels and offer a verdict on whether Drake's Fortune offers enough quality gameplay for new players or those considering a revisit. Also, be sure to stick around for an important announcement at the end of the podcast. As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on this games on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the game more. 

We hope you enjoy our show.  Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 28 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=17295.0

Get the show on Podbean:  http://rfgenplaycast.podbean.com/
On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/...ion-playcast/id1038953364
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Continue reading Episode 28 - RF Generation Playcast



Posted on Jun 7th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Brothers, A Tale Of Two Sons, puzzle platformer, modern gaming, current generation, ps3, ps4, xbox 360, xbox one


Image shamelessly linked from the official Brothers website.
This game is available digitally on PS3 and Xbox 360, as well as on Steam,
Android, and IOS. Retail versions are only on either the PS4 or Xbox One.

Once in a while, you play a video game that affects you emotionally.  People my age usually cite Role Playing Games like Final Fantasy VII and the death of an important character, Earthbound, with its weighty "coming of age" story, or perhaps Lunar: Silver Star Story (from my own experience) when Luna gets captured, or worse, when she becomes the Dark Goddess.  Others point to the rise of the survival horror genre, with games like Resident Evil or Dino Crisis, where the chills, thrills, and spills evoke reactions of fear and horror that we may not have previously experienced, save for perhaps with Doom.  These moments helped many of us realize that games could be about more than pointlessly gunning down baddies or butt-stomping walking mushrooms.  These games tapped into a place that early games weren't capable of doing, due to hardware limitations, and forever altered the landscape of what games could communicate with the audience.


Continue reading Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons Review



Posted on Mar 10th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, playthrough, modern, PS3, Folklore, Cannot Be Tamed


Join RFGeneration Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana), Shawn (GrayGhost81), Floyd (Fleach), Steven (Disposed Hero), and special guest, Pam (a new RF Generation member and host of the YouTube channel Cannot Be Tamed) as we discuss Folklore, a title solely released on the PS3. Folklore was an early title on the PS3 and a game that many consider a "hidden gem" for the console.  So, how did the game stack up with our hosts and guest this month, and would we recommend that you add it to your collection?  Listen to our podcast and find out. 

We hope you enjoy our show, and please join our discussion on the thread linked below.  Also, be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 23 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=16467.0

Get the show on Podbean:  http://rfgenplaycast.podbean.com/
On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/...ion-playcast/id1038953364
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Continue reading Episode 23 - RF Generation Playcast



Posted on Feb 17th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Collecting, PS3, PS4, WiiU, Vita, just buy all the games ever and be done with it

Being a little kid means having lots of free time and an unrealistic understanding of how the world works.  Especially when it comes to money, economics, and practicality.

Since I was a little kid, I had an ambitious goal. 


Not pictured; me or my panicked mom.  Pic from timpickens.com

And once I realized how terrible an idea it was to attach rocket boosters to my bicycle, I got another bicycle and a new goal; the ability to play any video game my nerdy heart desired, be it an arcade machine, home console game, or PC title.

Fast-forward many decades and hoping my back doesn't go out due to whiplash, and I still can't shake that little-kid voice.  Especially after sharing so many games with so many people over the years.  If I see a game for a few bucks that we don't own, my natural inclination is to pick it up for our collection or run through a list of folks I think may appreciate it. 


Continue reading Thoughts And Suggestions About Collecting On Modern Systems



Posted on Feb 10th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under playthrough, March, 2016, Life is Strange, PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One, Steam, PC


Next month, we hope that some of you will join us in playing in the first episodic, adventure game of the RF Generation Community Playthrough. In March, we will tackle Life is Strange, a game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix. Life is Strange features five episodes that chronicle the turbulent teenage years of Max Caulfield who has the mysterious ability to rewind time after witnessing an unexpected tornado. Guide Max through this modern, coming of age story and help her learn how to use her time-shifting powers to prevent this natural disaster from demolishing her town.

Life is Strange has been praised for its fantastic character development and effort to tackle certain subjects considered taboo for video games. It has won several awards including Develop Industry Excellence Awards (New Games IP - PC/console & Use of Narrative), Golden Joystick Award (Performance of the Year [Ashly Burch]), Global Game Awards (Best Adventure & Best Original Game), The Game Awards (Games for Change), Playstation Official Magazine (Best Episodic Adventure & Best Moment), New Statesman's (Best Game of 2015), and received countless other nominations and runner-ups awards. Life is Strange is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam/PC, and PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (both via download). We hope that this pick interests you and that you'll take the time to join us in March!

Join the Life is Strange discussion thread here: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=16286.0



Posted on Jan 25th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under reviews, sony, downloadable, ps3, ps4


It's amazing for me to think that I don't like indie games as much as I "should." When I was growing up, I tended to restrict myself to listening only to bands who were on a short list of only the most exalted independent record labels. Everything else was "sold out" or "too trendy." Yeah, I was one of those kids in high school.

You might think given that kind of holier than thou upbringing I'd be heralding the current indie boom in video gaming, but quite frankly, I'm not really feeling it. Don't get me wrong. I am certainly cheering on smaller teams making games that are touching a select amount of players with whom their work resonates. After all, month after month on the RFGPlaycast it seemed I would try to break down the "problems" with modern triple-A video game design, and the indie movement is providing so many answers to my pleas for innovation. Having said that though, every time I try an indie game, I rarely get into it enough to bother finishing it, despite the fact that they tend to be shorter than mainstream titles. There have been a few exceptions like Limbo, but I haven't gotten deep into an indie game in a while.

I recently sat down with The Unfinished Swan and although I can't say I have changed my tune on indie games, I did enjoy it more than most others.


Continue reading The Unfinished Swan



Posted on Jan 10th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under playthrough, February, 2016, Folklore, PS3


This February, we are taking a step away from classic platforming to bring you a beautiful and haunting action role-playing game. Folklore, which was developed by the now defunct, independent Game Republic, Inc. and released in 2007, is an RPG that is deeply rooted in the Celtic Otherworld of Irish Mythology. The game centers on two characters, a young lady named Ellen and a journalist named Keats, which are both playable in the game and have different intertwining plots. These two characters also differ in play style; Ellen uses a variety of powers for strategy and favors a defensive stance, while Keats attacks with more brute force and can release built up energy to perform stronger attacks for a period of time.  Together, the two of you work to unravel the mystery that the quaint village of Doolin hides. To do this, you must seek out the memories of the dead in the dangerous, Folk-ridden Netherworld.  Participants will not only battle the inhabitants of the Netherworld, but also go back and forth between there and Doolin village to solve puzzle-esque quests and advance the story.

While in the Netherwold, participants will utilize attacks called "folk," which are powers absorbed by defeating the various creatures there.  You absorb these powers by locking onto the creatures spirit and performing shaking and yanking motions with the Sixaxis motion control, rather than using a conventional button interface. While you can absorb the powers of nearly all of the inhabitants of the Neatherworld that you encounter, you can only map four at a time to the controller's action buttons. This adds an interesting dynamic to the game, since different kinds of "folk" are better suited to certain situations.


Continue reading Community Playthrough Announcement: February 2016



Posted on Aug 10th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (SirPsycho)
Posted under Atlus, puzzle, platformer, action, ps3, xbox 360


As a fan of story based games, I have to say that I love a game that takes you on a ride. Catherine is the kind of game that you can sit back with, relax, and watch an incredibly compelling social dilemma unfold before the protagonist's eyes. Lately, I've been thinking about companies from Japan. So many people have been crying out about the doom and gloom of the market and how Japanese development has been lagging behind while the Western world advances. This couldn't be further from the truth, as Atlus is one of Japanese gaming's oldest surviving names, but fastest risers in the global market. Persona 3 got the name out, Persona 4 kicked the door open, and Catherine broke the door's frame. Persona 5 is currently one of the most anticipated Japanese developed games since Atlus presented its masterfully crafted initial trailer.

Catherine was released in Japan and North American in 2011, with Europe and Australia getting a release in early 2012. The plot revolves around infidelity and is one that many of us have likely heard about, if not experienced first hand. Vincent, the games protagonist, gets caught up with a blonde-haired, blue-eyed young beauty named Catherine one night after all of his friends leave him alone at the bar. From here, the player chooses whether he wants to court her for the long run or remain faithful to his girlfriend, Katherine. The girls represent the ideologies of "Law" and "Chaos." Law is doing the right thing no matter how much it might hurt; Katherine is a structured being in complete charge of her life and represents Law. On the other hand, Catherine is more of a loose cannon that Vincent can't seem to get rid of no matter what decisions you make; she represents Chaos. Which one of these ladies will you choose, or will you choose the single life?


Continue reading Psychotic Reviews: Catherine


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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