Ac!d Commander: The Final Battle Starts

This is my new game project: “Ac!d Commander.” It involves Metal Gear Ac!d for the PSP. Rather than being in written form, I decided to do an actual Let’s Play, making videos and everything. I’ll be posting one to three new videos every Friday from today until the game is over. I welcome any comments and discussion. Apologies in advance for any audio hiccups, video malfunctions, or other jackassery, which will surely ensue.

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Dragon Age II Redux

Considering that I only just re-completed Dragon Age: Origins, it feels a little strange to already be writing about my retake on Dragon Age II. But thanks to a little scheduling magic that I was able to take advantage of at the end of last month, I managed to get all the way from beginning to end with a brand new Hawke. Granted, DAII is a shorter game overall, but I still feel very accomplished. And I didn’t have to put off laundry or grocery shopping or showers/food/sleep to get it done. Ha!

Now then, let’s go back to 2013.

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Nintendo’s “Nindies” Sure Look Promising (or, If I Only Had a Switch)

When it comes to the Nintendo Switch, I’ve been in the “don’t need, don’t want” camp since day one. Or, at least, that’s where I thought I had firmly planted myself until a couple months back when Nintendo released its “Nindies” Summer Showcase. Seeing it made me, for the first time, question my decision, which I wrote about here on Virtual Bastion. After all, Mario and Zelda aside, it’s hard to ignore such a fun line-up of games. And…and I’m only human goshdarnit!

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PAX West wrapped up earlier this week, and from it came a slew of game announcements. High among the highlights that caught my attention was Nintendo’s Summer Nindies Showcase, which featured several independent game titles that will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. In a mere twenty minutes, Nintendo packed in a dazzling array of familiar names and new faces. Check out the full showcase below.

Now the only problem is that I don’t have a Nintendo Switch! So the question I have to ask is: does this sway me towards getting one? I have to admit that I’ve so far been in the “pass” camp when it comes to the Switch. Not only do I not need another game console right now, but Nintendo and I have been on the outs lately. I don’t have much need to play games on the Wii U these days, and any desire…

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Ac!d Commander: Clowning around with Clown

This is my new game project: “Ac!d Commander.” It involves Metal Gear Ac!d for the PSP. Rather than being in written form, I decided to do an actual Let’s Play, making videos and everything. I’ll be posting one to three new videos every Friday from today until the game is over. I welcome any comments and discussion. Apologies in advance for any audio hiccups, video malfunctions, or other jackassery, which will surely ensue.

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Tricks, Treats, and Feats: Old look vs. new style in The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

October may be over, but I’ve got one more “Tricks, Treats, and Feats” post from Virtual Bastion to share! And this one might be my favorite. 🙂 Because The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is very special indeed. Not only can you play the game in its beautifully-rendered and updated graphics, but you can also switch to play the game in its original, menu-based form. It’s an amazingly simple trick that elevates the game in allowing players to experience the past and the present together.

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Earlier this year, I played The Secret of Monkey Island for the first time. Or, more specifically, I played its “Special Edition,” which featured revamped graphics, music, a voice track, and new hint system.  And what a perfectly splendid time I had. While I’ll admit that I didn’t connect with the game on the same level that I have with other LucasArts games (i.e. Sam & Max), it was still loads of fun. Little did I know at the time that the game held a little trick to invoke a few plaintive and nostalgic “awwwwws.”

While the trick is no big secret now, I stumbled upon it about midway through my playthrough when I accidentally hit the “back” button on my controller. With that, suddenly the game’s graphics changed from smooth to pixelated. Gone was the voice track, replaced by subtitles. And up popped an old-timey menu that was…

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Ac!d Commander: An Uneventful Interlude

This is my new game project: “Ac!d Commander.” It involves Metal Gear Ac!d for the PSP. Rather than being in written form, I decided to do an actual Let’s Play, making videos and everything. I’ll be posting one to three new videos every Friday from today until the game is over. I welcome any comments and discussion. Apologies in advance for any audio hiccups, video malfunctions, or other jackassery, which will surely ensue.

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Tricks, Treats, and Feats: Gifting in Dragon Age: Origins

When it comes to the idea of making “friends” in a game, BioWare outdid itself with the gifting system in Dragon Age: Origins. Alright, maybe that’s me being a little fannish, but it was something different in what is, essentially, a straightforward RPG. (Actually, the game is anything but “straightforward,” but you get the idea.) In this Virtual Bastion post, I looked at this at this little trick to getting people to like you (even more) in the game.

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If you’ve played even just a few hours of a recent BioWare game, you know that one of the developer’s hallmarks is personal interaction. As a character in one of its games, players are given opportunities to interact with NPCs and teammates to varying degrees, from skin deep to much deeper. The ability to personally interact with the game world around your character turns the game into more than just a matter of winning, or getting from point A to point B to point C in one piece. These interactions can change the way a game is played, inasmuch as they can alter the outcome of the game itself. And with each game or game series, BioWare has provided different means of interaction. In this post, I’ll be looking at of the interactive tricks the team included in Dragon Age: Origins – gift-giving.

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Ac!d Commander: Leone and his…pansies?

This is my new game project: “Ac!d Commander.” It involves Metal Gear Ac!d for the PSP. Rather than being in written form, I decided to do an actual Let’s Play, making videos and everything. I’ll be posting one to three new videos every Friday from today until the game is over. I welcome any comments and discussion. Apologies in advance for any audio hiccups, video malfunctions, or other jackassery, which will surely ensue.

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