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...

February 02, 2017

Game Binge - Episode Five [PS4 Edition]

In a strange turn of events, I found myself with a small scraping of free time (and also Chinese food!) and thought it was time to clear off the accumulated demos and try out some of my digital purchases on the PS4. It's not quite the caliber I'm accustomed to here on ATSG, but here's a small episode of the few things I was able to check out! Let me know if you've played these!

January 19, 2017

GAME OVER: 2015 & 2016

...whaddaya mean "it's the middle of January..."?

Oh shit. It is. My bad. Well, as they say: better late then never, yes?

In fact you may have noticed 2015's Game Over article is altogether… non-existent. Yeah, whoops. The end of 2015 through... well, pretty much all of 2016 turned out to be some of the worst time in my life, and sadly, I had to prioritize my well being over my well blogging. Thus the poor excuse for a 2016 in my archives, over there. Driving me nuts... 
Anyway, I had intended to come back and post a G.O. super late last year as well, but it just didn't work out for me, and eventually I gave up and decided I would just mash 2015 and 2016 together! It kind of made sense to me at the time, since 2016 was lined up to be the year that 2015 was supposed to be. Then, as per usual, I missed the 2016 deadline as well. Typical Burton! I considered skipping another year but in addition to feeling like a failure, I figured if I'm going to allow myself to cheat you like that, I may as well just cancel the blog forever. But I'm not cool with that. I quite like these year end summaries of mine...

And here we are. Hello. Happy 2017! Even if you're still writing '2016' on everything, like me. But I hope the past year hasn't sucked as much for you as it has for me and And Then She Games. But I must admit, I'm rather impressed with how well my 'little website that could' is doing. I never really comprehended the thought of there being this much content on my site, and it seems to be leaving its grimy little footprints all over the web. Regardless of my truancy, my traffic has been pretty consistent, and I learn fantastic little things from my analytics all the time, like the person who found my site by googling "Seymour's stupid hair". You, my friend, are my favorite person ever.
I must extend my thanks to all the loyal readers, and the folks who share my stuff with their unwitting friends, the pals who retweet me when I inform the universe of the occasional update, and the randos who google Seymour and decide to click on me anyway. Thanks for keeping ATSG alive, and for giving me the hope and motivation I need to keep doing this, even when I can't.

So let's relive the past together in this massive, tardy, two-year retrospective in gaming!

September 29, 2016

8-Bit Minute: Overwatch Free Weekend

A couple weeks ago, Blizzard let loose their latest and loudest I.P., Overwatch, for a free-to-play weekend. A quick look at OW's wrap sheet is all you'll likely need to understand my decision to skip this one - online only, multiplayer, first-person shooter? Pass.
But that was before literally* everyone I know became completely obsessed with the game. Before I knew it, I was drowning in Overwatch media - comics, backstories, animated short films and endless discussion of the game. I quickly became the Guinness World Record holder for Person Who Knows the Most About Overwatch Without Ever Actually Playing It*.
So when Blizzard released the game for a free weekend on PSN, I was out of excuses. I had to play Overwatch. So how'd it go?

September 22, 2016

Kicking Gnomes: 1947

Is anybody out there?
One guy?
Eh, that's good enough for me!

Hey that one guy! Long time, no see. 2016 is shaping up to be the worst year of my gaming life but oh well. This is the best I can do for now, so you're getting another crappy pickups article. I'm pretty sure I was supposed to post this... spring? summer? maybe? 1947? I can't keep up anymore! But it's probably for the best anyway, 'cause I'm not so sure there's going to be very many of these going forward. After my last post, I've put a lot of thought into my collecting habits and decided they're probably going to slow down considerably for now. I know myself well enough to know there's still going to be plenty of purchases, but probably not enough to warrant seasonal Kicking Gnomes. But we'll see! I have a habit of saying "I'm done" with something and then quickly changing my mind, but for this year, this is probably gonna be it. So let's enjoy our sweet, sweet time together.

June 30, 2016

8-Bit Minute: Game Collection

There's something that's been on my mind quite a bit lately. It's kinda bothering me, in fact. Then while walking my dog, catching up with the Rad Rascals, they brought up the very topic that's been causing me so much plight lately and it just opened up a whole new can of worms on me, and I spent the rest of the night crying to my other half  'cause I don't know what to do with myself.
Guys, I think I've entered my mid-life crisis.