One Controller Port Podcast: Episode 49 – Beefy Dads and Dead Moms

This week I talk about a few of my favorite video game dads, as well as A Way Out.

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One Controller Port Podcast – Episode 33: Fly! Fly! The Video Games Are upon Us!

This week I talk about my experience with GameFly and some more Xenoblade 2.

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The Undead Syndrome: Low-Budget Horror

The Undead Syndrome is a bizarre trip that would make anyone question why they’re playing it. But giving the game even a short bit of your time will leave you with an experience that has an unforgettable presentation and atmosphere… for both the right and wrong reasons.

As with any DLSite game, you can find the game here.

Final Fantasy XI: How the East Transformed Vana’diel

Like any live game, Final Fantasy XI has changed significantly over its fifteen year life. In my five years –  plus some – with the game, I can’t think of a single bigger turning point than the release of the expansion Treasures of Aht Urhgan. The shift in design re-invigorated the game, as well as lightened the oppressive reputation the MMO had built.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Review

This review was written for my editorial and critical writing class.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Box Art

The Castlevania franchise dates back to 1986 with its original release on the Nintendo Entertainment System. In the last decade, the series’ popularity started to dwindle until the 2010 reboot Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 reinvigorated the franchise. Western developer MercuryStream changed the series’ direction from an exploration-focused dark fantasy game to an action game more in line with traditional fantasy seen in Dungeons and Dragons and Lord of the Rings. It was praised by reviewers for its polished action and more serious approach to a Castlevania story. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 builds off that foundation, but not always in the right ways.

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Mini-Review: Dislike Final Fantasy XIII? Play Final Fantasy XIII-2

FFXIII 2 Resized

Bring up Final Fantasy XIII and you’ll generally get a group of disgruntled moans from around the room. The title built up a bad reputation for itself that seemingly gets worse over the years. Final Fantasy XIII branded announcements are met with cries for Square Enix to abandon the series and start anew.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII sits on my list of to-play titles for this year, so I can’t talk about Square Enix’s more recent outing. However, I can tell you that if you disliked Final Fantasy XIII, you should at least give Final Fantasy XIII-2 a try.

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