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Star Wars: Battlefront II Called Out for Borderline-Abusive Game Mechanics (UPDATED)

I’ve tried to stay away from the loot box shitstorm after a few articles highlighting their insidious bullshit. Apparently, EA wants everyone to keep talking about it with regards to Star Wars: Battlefront II. So I will. These bastards want the venom? I’ll dispense the venom happily! EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront II has been fighting negative publicity for a couple of weeks. Their loot box system, w...[Read More]

BlizzCon 2017: World of Warcraft and Less Important Stuff

Last year, I ponied up for my BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket. I’m not posh enough to afford a trip to California, hotel stay for that weekend, and two tickets for BlizzCon (my daughter would disown me if I went without her). Besides, there was little news I cared about. I only wanted news on Overwatch and Diablo III. Those were the games I was playing. StarCraft II was nearing its end, and I never j...[Read More]

Destiny 2 on PC Swings Banhammer Early

Destiny 2 officially released this past Tuesday on PC and saw heaps of initial praise. I figured that would be a foregone conclusion. I’m not a fan of the series; I’m not even a fan of FPSes. But I felt there was no way an MMO FPS series like Destiny wouldn’t do well on the platform. The series is essentially the unholy marriage of Halo and Phantasy Star Online. I figured there was no way that wou...[Read More]

Loot Boxes Grow in Prevalence and Insidiousness

What ya buyin’? I’m sure most everyone is sick of reading about loot boxes. Trust me, I’m tired of having to bitch about them. Trust me, we’re all going to hate the prevalence of these little gambling boxes way more soon. I recently lambasted Microsoft and Turn 10 for introducing loot boxes into Forza Motorsport 7. Back in August, I did the same to Monolith’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. It ...[Read More]

Cuphead Review

When I confirmed my purchase of Cuphead on the Windows store, I let out an audible squeal. I instantly regretted the noise. I want to judge the game based on its merits, not my excitement for it. But I had a palpable amount of bias when purchasing this game. I’ve been hankering for Cuphead for well on over a year. It’s hard to not squeal when something you want that much is attainable. Seriously, ...[Read More]

Microsoft Joins the Loot Box Fad with Forza Motorsport 7 (Updated)

Yet another game ruined by gambling economics I’ve already ripped Middle Earth: Shadow of War for the inclusion of loot boxes. I’ve already ripped my Digital Crack mates for arguing in favor of Overwatch loot boxes. Today I set my sights on Forza Motorsport 7. Microsoft has decided to infect the game with the loot boxes that seem to be all the rage nowadays. I can sorta-kinda forgive the loot boxe...[Read More]

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite Collector’s Edition Unboxing

Infinitely Disappointed Back during PlayStation Experience 2016, Capcom announced Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. I’m not a major fighting game fanatic, but I’ve enjoyed playing previous games in the series. So I was looking forward to the game. Then Capcom announced the different versions available for pre-order. One version immediately caught my eye: the $200 Collector’s Edition. It was expensive, ...[Read More]

The Day One Conundrum: No Man’s Sky Update and New Release Purchases

Don’t worry. I’ll wait. Grumpy Joe and I are good friends. We may jab at each other in podcasts and in real life, but we respect each other’s points of view. He sees me as the grizzled gaming veteran; I see him as indicative of the new gaming generation. The respect is begrudging but real. Still, Grumpy Joe has a major beef with me. And he is wrong. And it’s because of No Man’s Sky. Hi...[Read More]

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Microtransactions

You go to hell! You go to hell and you die! After the absolute delight that was Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, I was actually looking forward to the upcoming sequel. The trailers and written materials for Middle Earth: Shadow of War certainly had me intrigued. The inclusion of smarter Ogres in the Nemesis System that had more fleshed-out personalities and strengths/weaknesses sounded great. Plus ...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: Ubisoft Conference

Vive la France! This was strange territory for me. For the first time in a few years, Aisha Tyler was not going to emcee the Ubisoft conference. I know she’s a polarizing person, but I grew to really appreciate her level of cringe. Without her, I have to depend on Ubisoft to step up. And I don’t like their level of cringe. Aisha, come back to me! Past that, I had little expectations from the ladie...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: Bethesda Conference

Now in VR! After the doctoral theses that was the Microsoft conference (over 6400 words before I had to get the snippers), I was happy to tackle something shorter. Enter Bethesda and their conference. I honestly had very little idea what to expect from them. The day before, amazon.de put up a listing for Wolfenstein ahead of time, so I figured that would be mentioned. I also knew that Fallout VR a...[Read More]

E3 2017: Anthem

It’s Mass Effect starring Tony Stark Ever see something and swear it can’t be true? That’s me with Anthem. I don’t have a legitimate reason to doubt BioWare. When they are on their game. They are almost without peer. Some of my all-time favorite games – Dragon Age: Inquisition, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur’s Gate, to name a few – passed through their hands. Of course, when ...[Read More]

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