May 18, 2017

The Scenic Route: New York Comic Con 2016

I told you I hadn't given up on it! Just in time for this year's New York Comic Con ticket race, I whipped together this quick look at what your NYCC ticket gets you, as well as a few other things you can check out while you're in the true home of my heart.

Shoot me a sub on YouTube if you want advance access to content like this! My supporters there got the video early! And you never know what I'll dump on there...

May 11, 2017

Don't Panic: Too Many Chili Dogs

I'm back! I'm back in saddle again!🎶 Good luck getting that unstuck from your mind...

Yeah, so 2016 was... dismal. Just a complete write off of a year, really, in all respects, but especially for And Then She Games. But I seem to be getting back into the swing of things here, just in time for... get this... my FOURTH anniversary! May 2017 makes four years of me editing the overuse of the word 'fuck' out of my articles so people might actually read them! Fuck! Yay! Anyway, after last year's failure to launch, so to speak, I thought I'd do another anniversary celebration for those of you who've stuck with me through thick and thin.

A quick glance at my collection proves that this past year (or two) has definitely been the year of Playstation. I've basically added nothing to my collection since paring down a while back (remember my midlife crisis?) except PS4 games, so that will be the theme of this year's giveaway! Apologies to Xbone and 'Tendo fans, but c'mon. You need these games.
As always, I'll be conducting the giveaway from twitter... it hasn't let me down yet, and if it ain't broke, don't fix it! If you haven't found me there yet, you're looking for @nintenlo. (Ironic, I know.) I will host each prize as a separate raffle, so you won't win something you're not interested in. You can enter for both if you like, but you can only win one!

April 13, 2017

The Elite Four: Video Game Crushes [Ladies Night!]

A little over a year ago, I published what ended up being one of my most popular articles to date, The Elite Four: Video Game Crushes. I was glad to see that everyone found the humor in that list, but
I deliberately limited this goofy collection to 'no girls allowed', knowing full well that there were enough ladies on my mind to fulfill a list of their own. But I think it's important to note that as video game characters go, I'm indifferent to gender. A great character is exceptional regardless of their sex.
That said, being a woman, I've been subjected to my fair share of sexism in games (like always having to play Chun-Li or Blaze, because they're girls...) so an amazing female character still impresses me that much more; I'm happy to see strong female leads and supports, even though they always attract a ton of questionable attention... fuck it. Here's one for the ladies! My Top 5 Video Game Crushes - Ladies Edition!

March 30, 2017

In RETROspect: Beyond Oasis

Once again, the Cartridge Club called upon the genius of the Sega Genesis for March 2017's game of the month, and landed on Beyond Oasis, an "action RPG" developed by Ancient and released on the Genny in 1995 for North Americans. The game is frequently described as "Zelda-like" which is a descriptor that drives me nuts, but nevertheless serves its purpose here rather well. Beyond Oasis is about as much of a RPG as Zelda. In fact, the game makes me think, if Prince of Persia and Streets of Rage had a baby, and then Zelda became its stepmom...
It's true title is The Story of Thor, which is all kinds of weird when you consider the character's name is Ali, and you couldn't name him Thor even if you wanted to (you're stuck with a 3 character limit!). But the truth is, the game has nothing at all to do with Thor or Norse mythology, and to my knowledge the name is thanks to a transcript error.
The game boasts a rather simple design for something called a RPG, but doesn't come up short on design or story, and might even be fun sometimes!
Blah blah blah, spoilers n' such, blah blah blah...

The story of Thor Beyond Oasis is a classic tale of why you should always put your money in gold... er...
Our boy Ali is a shitty prince with nothing better to do but go treasure hunting. While he's at it, he happens across the legendary gold armlet... that talks. The armlet tells Ali his days of boredom are over, 'cause now he has to seek out and defeat whomever has the accompanying silver armlet, which is evil 'cause it's not gold. Okay, I know I'm not doing it any favors here, but the plot is actually quite well done. The game doesn't waste your time with boring details or long conversations, but rather lets you actually play the game, and sort the details out on your own, which is not difficult or convoluted. You get snippets of story in short cutscenes between chunks of play, and the story itself is easy to follow and suits the adventure genre the game truly sports.

March 23, 2017

Game Binge - Episode Six [3DS Edition]

A few months ago - and by "a few months" I mean basically a year - I was greeted by a shiny new member of my console family: a Nintendo New 3DS (Fire Emblem edition!). I've been meaning for some time now to get back to conquering my DS collection, but I'm sure you can guess how that's going... and now I'm tasked with getting acquainted with the newest addition to the DS league. You know what that means... it's time for a GAME BINGE!

March 16, 2017

In RETROspect: Gunstar Heroes

Erm… so this was supposed to be published back in December 2015 when the club played it, and when my website went haywire and I went rogue. By the time I got everything sorted out I was little turned off by the fact that everyone else had posted their two cents, and they all closely resembled mine. So I decided to stow this away for a rainy day when everyone has forgotten the game instead, and today is that day.

I love it when the Cartridge Club chooses a Genesis title for game of the month, because the Genesis is awesome. Also I have a fuckton of experience with it and I love all these games! For December 2015, the club and I dove into the face-paced (it was supposed to say "fast-paced" but screw it, "face-paced" is more epic) run-and-gun action film wannabe that is Gunstar Heroes. This gem was developed by Treasure and released for the Sega Genesis (slash Mega Drive) in 1993, and I brought it home shortly thereafter and fell in love. And that kinda says something… I'm not the biggest fan of shooters and repetitive games don't normally stay with me (see River City Ransom) but Gunstar has that certain somethin' special… something between solid gameplay and charm, and it just keeps bringing me back for another round. I've played GH numerous times now - too many to count - which is surely testimony of my first impression. I have to say, the game has aged pretty well and reigns supreme as not only one of the best Genesis titles, but one the best shooters of all time. I don't normally need an excuse to whip out GH but since the Cartridge Club rarely reaches out to my beloved Genny, here's your article, guys!

February 16, 2017

8-Bit Minute: Xbox One Wish List

There's been an awful lot of 'PS4' on ATSG lately, so I thought we'd mix things up a bit and have a look at the one last, lonely, remaining console on my to do list: The Xbox One.

The "Xbone" has been on an endless roller coaster since its debut at E3, where it took one very long, steep fall to the bottom of not only the coaster track, but my wish list, too. It's the only 8th generation competitor that I have yet to dabble in.
The Xbone got off to a really rough start with its initial operational policies, and even though they rectified many of their horrible decisions - for which I give them credit. Never have I seen a game-related manufacturer respond to user feedback so quickly - it seems a lot of people still just don't love their Xbones. A lot of people, once very excited to bring home their console, have confided in me that the system has a number of less than stellar features, requires a lot of updates and just doesn't run as well as anyone hoped.
But Microsoft's questionable juggling act isn't the only reason a lot of players aren't excited about the system... there just really aren't a lot of games.

If you're one of Xbox's patented FPS gamers, then sure, there's plenty of Halo and junk for you, but the Xbone's diversity is lacking. Hard. They recently came under a lot of criticism after canceling the much anticipated Scalebound, not only because people love Platinum games, but because it was set to add some much needed variety to the Xbone's roster. Personally, I never really liked the look of Scalebound, but I can't deny that the system desperately needed it.
For a RPGer like me, there's next to nothing on the system that meets my needs. BUT! There are a handful of (non-RPG) games that I would like to check out, so let's have a look at my Xbox One Wish List.

February 09, 2017

Les Dispositifs Terribles: Playstation 4

Well this is long overdue. I blame my mother. One cannot conduct a "mom test" when one's mother is in other countries! I'm not sure how helpful this is going to be, more than three years after the release of the console but, shoot, there must be people out there like me who wait to buy consoles, right?

...right? *crickets*
Um. Yeah. Not only is this way late for me, but Sony went ahead a released two new versions of the console recently, so this information is basically obsolete. But fuck it, this article has been half written since last March, so I'm posting it!
To be clear: we're talking about the original Playstation 4 unit. Not the slim, not the pro. The O.G.. Without further ado...