Relentless Endurance: The Strength to Push On

Real Talk By: Brian DK

Playing Dungeons and Dragons has always been a passion of mine.  The escape from reality, the unforgettable times spent with friends, and the pure creative release all come together in such a special way.  I’ve used it to bring people together for nearly twenty years now, and last month my friends and I managed to use the game to do some real good. Continue reading “Relentless Endurance: The Strength to Push On”

Anthem Review: Group Effort

Real Talk By: Brian DK

Anthem is a complicated game. At its core it’s a solid looter-shooter akin to Destiny, Warframe, or Borderlands, but the twist comes from each player piloting their own Iron Man-style power suit (called Javelins). Piloting your suit feels phenomenal, firing the guns is satisfying, and every class has a unique and balanced playstyle. But, the gameplay might not be enough to save this game from everything else that comes with it. Continue reading “Anthem Review: Group Effort”

Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Dreamlist

Real Talk By: Brian DK

Super Smash Bros Ultimate launched for the Nintendo Switch just a few days ago, but Nintendo wasted no time building up the hype for the game’s DLC. At the Video Game Awards, just before Smash Ultimate’s launch, it was revealed that Persona 5’s Joker would be joining the already massive star-studded Smash roster. Continue reading “Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Dreamlist”

Telltale’s Epitaph

Real Talk By: Brian DK

Nearly a month ago the game developer Telltale Games announced that it would be closing its doors. Roughly 90% of its staff was let go immediately after the announcement, with the majority of its remaining skeleton crew laid off early this month. With these departures came the inevitable news that all upcoming projects were canceled. This included anticipated sequels such as The Wolf Among Us: Season Two, Game of Thrones: Season Two, and an untitled Stranger Things project. All that remains of this once beloved company is lawsuits and disappointment. What happened? Continue reading “Telltale’s Epitaph”

Octopath Traveler Review: Full Party

Real Talk By: Brian DK

Octopath Traveler is a delightful game that brings together classic JRPG gameplay with stunning storybook visuals. Unfortunately, Octopath falls into the many pitfalls that plague the JRPG genre, but still manages to tell eight stories in a beautiful world. Continue reading “Octopath Traveler Review: Full Party”

Gaming’s Slice of Life

Real Talk By: Brian DK

You are the chosen one. Only you can save the world from complete destruction using only your wits, will, and an inexplicably giant sword. It all comes down to this final battle.

You reload your weapon. You glance back and forth between your teammates.  You slow your breathing to steady your nerves. It all comes down to this final match.  The next five minutes would mean the difference between an upsetting comeback and a crushing defeat.

The door slams shut and locks as you enter the chamber for the fifteenth time today. Standing before you is a massive armored figure.  It draws its weapon as an intimidatingly long health bar fills on the bottom of your screen. Hopefully this attempt will be different.

You wake up at the crack of dawn. You step outside to water your turnips. You greet your animals, Clucky’s eggs are looking great today. You stroll through town, greeting each of your neighbors as you go.  You think it might rain today. Continue reading “Gaming’s Slice of Life”