Kick and Fennick

I find returning after a gaming hiatus to be rather difficult sometimes. Having survived to reach the other side of the busy season (at the day job) once again, I am looking to get back into some regular gaming. Jumping back into a triple A game can be too intense or just too demanding of time. I like to recharge my gaming skills with a nice light platformer that can easily pivot between some short sessions and longer, deeper dives.

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Top Picks from my Netflix Queue

Ready for another set of Netflix recommendations? You’re in luck, I’ve been keeping track of anything I gave 4 or 5 stars to, just to share them here. I was really happily surprised by a couple of these I took a chance on. Read on to see the list and click on the images to jump to Netflix and add them to you’re own queue!

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Getting some new friends in Little Big Planet 3

Having just finished the story mode in Little Big Planet 3 I thought I’d write a little piece introducing the new characters. LBP is known for two things: the ability to customize and build your own levels and it’s heart warming, mascot Sackboy. Sackboy is a versatile character that can be outfitted to be just about any hero you’d imagine. At first I was hesitant to learn they were adding to the cast; it felt like it might not be necessary and maybe even a cop out to add characters with special skills.

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Absentee Game of the Year

2014 has been a disappointing year for video games. I spent most of this year watching my brand new, next generation PS4 collect dust on its slick surface… wondering whatever happened to 3D and when we might actually see some VR.  The majority of the time was spent trying out lackluster “indie” games and looking forward to repeatedly delayed blockbuster titles. Continue reading

Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- Demo Nov 25th-Dec 8th

A free download for all PS Plus subscribers. Play a limited, demo version of the upcoming fighting game: Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-. I’ve never played this series before but it’s an anime lovefest. From what I can tell the main characters are all original, and in typical fighting game fashion all have a backstory that plays out over the course of the game. The demo has two characters available Sol Badguy and Ky Kiske. Watch me take “control” of Sol Badguy above and barely defeat Chipp Zanuff.

Looking forward to the full release of Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- on Dec 16th. With animation this good looking, I wish this game would have some crossover characters from popular anime like the Japanese game Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax does.


Alien Isolation

It feels like everyone remembers their first encounter with Ridley Scott’s Alien. My first encounter is the story of a naive four year old, a really cool neighbor and a futuristic laserdisc player. When asked if I wanted to watch Alien, I was so brave, not even phased by my first R rated movie and one that I wasn’t even supposed to be watching, I didn’t hesitate to say “yes.”  Afterwards, I went back home, proudly proclaiming to my mother just how mature I really was. Everything had turned out just fine, there was nothing to be afraid of, until that night at bed time, when the lights went out…

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