First Time with Uncharted 4

Let’s play one of the most anticipated games of 2016!  Without further adieu…

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Journeying Throughout Dark Souls III

I’ve been journeying through Dark Souls III ever since it came out.  The only time I played another game, was when I picked up F-Zero X for my N64, and even that hasn’t been given the time it deserves… because I’m hooked on the souls, son.

Well, here’s a few videos of my progression… it’s been kind of slow in the first half of the game, but the further I get, the faster I seem to make my way through new areas.  These videos are in order of oldest to newest, so… enjoy!

Oh, and by the way… spoiler warning.  If you want every enemy and every setting to be a surprise, don’t watch these videos.  But, that should go without saying…

My Son Plays Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

My son has been a huge fan of the Plants vs. Zombies franchise for some time, but he’s never been old enough to really play Garden Warfare competently online… until now.  It’s been no secret that the first Garden Warfare was my favorite game in 2014, and now that the sequel’s here… well, I figured I’d let my son show you what it’s all about.  Enjoy!

First Look: Dark Souls III

After sharing some gameplay of Grim Dawn and The Division yesterday, I promised to have a Dark Souls III video ready in time for its official launch date of April 12th.  True to my word, you’ll find the video below.

I have an interesting – well, I think it’s interesting – history with Dark Souls.  I spent tens of hours on both Dark Souls 1 and 2, and considered both to be ‘up there’ as my favorite games from last gen.  Now, admittedly, I’ve never actually finished a Souls game.  The closest I got was in Bloodborne, as I was probably 4/5 through the game.  So, to see how far I actually persevered throughout DS 1 and 2, I recently looked up the area list on some walkthroughs (being very careful not to spoil anything else, as I still intend to play through these games again).  I swear, after 50 hours in the original Dark Souls, I barely made a dent.  It’s embarrassing how far I didn’t get… and I know why, too.  The reputation of these games had intimidated me.  Each step felt as if I was walking across an invisible bridge, where each step could have been my last.  But, thanks to Bloodborne – because there’s no shield and you have little choice but to ‘git gud’ in a hurry – I’ve since gained a bit of confidence.  Leading up to Dark Souls III’s release, I put about 7 hours into the original… and I’m almost at the point where I left off years ago.  It’s clear I’ve evolved over the years… I’m not ‘git gud’ good, but having confidence in yourself is half the battle.

And you’ll see that confidence shine through in the first few minutes of actual gameplay (once you get past the character creation bit).  A note scrawled on the ground had warned, ‘turn back’, or something to that effect.  Ha.  Yeah.  Right.  As if.  I walked forward and found the message was true; a formidable ice beast lay in wait.  I was patient.  I took my time.  I rolled at all the appropriate times.  I kept my distance when I had to.  And you know what?  I emerged victorious.  With only a shred of health and no estus flasks to rely on, but I survived.  My reward?  A bonfire around the bend.

You’ll note my surprise when I tackle five or six standard foes, and immediately come face to face with the first real boss.  This is Dark Souls III sticking its halberd in the ground and saying, “Welcome back to Dark Souls.  We’re not messing around.”  And it reinforced that message by having this guy pwn me time and time again.  But, I learned, and he got burned.  I pressed on a little further, but not much… but, you’ll see for yourself.

Enjoy my first two hours with Dark Souls III!

Great Times With Some New Games

The Division is a game that I was… well, quite wary of.  After picking up Bungie’s Destiny on day 1, I was hesitant to pick up another game which featured the same sort of ‘shooty shooty, looty looty’ style of gameplay.  So, I waited a couple/few weeks for The Division to have its launch and see what people were saying.  What I gathered was that while it’s not a perfect game, it’s highly addictive and quite a bit of fun.  And, most important of all, you can pair up with ANYONE playing the game at any time, not just the people on your friends list.  One of my largest gripes with Destiny had been resolved in the latest Tom Clancy game, and it goes a long way.  Here’s some videos of me enjoying my time with the game.

Another game that hasn’t been quite as high profile, is Grim Dawn.  It’s heralded as the true spiritual successor to Diablo II, and based on what I’ve played thus far, I can’t disagree.  If you were disappointed with Diablo III (which, to be fair, I wasn’t, but whatever), then this might be the game you’re looking for:

At the time of writing, it’s the eve before Dark Souls III’s retail release in every region outside of Japan (they got it back in March).  Steam saw fit to release the game a tad bit early, so I captured my first two hour stream and will have it up here, tomorrow night, for all of you to see.  On day 1.  Because that’s how I roll.