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Lazilot liked a post in a topic by Legolas_Katarn in No Talk About New Steam Review Censorship?
Just because Joe chose the name Angry doesn't mean we gathered a community or admin focused around nonsensical misplaced outrage about features we haven't bothered looking into or are actively trying to trick people into thinking work a different way, all while repeating generic fear-mongering phases we don't seem to know the meaning of.
Based on the misuse of censorship, I had assumed you had just listened to some rant video on Youtube or read an article on one of the clickbait outrage sites that sprang up a few years ago but now you are just clearly lying or are intentionally trying to misunderstand not only how this effects things and what kinds of things it effects, in addition to saying options are hidden or buried in menus when there are large asterisks and text areas above and to the side of the review area pointing you towards the simply explained two option choice preference menu.
It's absolutely Steams right to curate their platform as they see fit in an effort to make their features work in their intended way when they host the content. They also don't delete so you're still lying about how this works on top of not wanting people to manage their own communities and business.
I'm sure that's why just about every review bombing campaign I've seen has been completely unrelated to the content of a game, left years after release, based on irrelevant complaints about publisher actions with new titles who might not even have published older games, or based around harassment campaigns launched by Youtubers and outrage sites lying about things or telling fans to spam developers for inclusive policies and statements.
Lazilot liked a post in a topic by Legolas_Katarn in No Talk About New Steam Review Censorship?
The system targets reviews left by assholes during review bombing campaigns who are all doing it at the same time and leaving comments largely or completely irrelevant to the quality of the game in question and similar to one another, also focusing on ones left right around the same time that are suddenly all negative when that wasn't the case previously. I'm sure the more abusive and toxic or clickbait Youtubers are already complaining about this, as I've seen in some cases, but the more general group of Youtubers and reporters are not going to be upset to see 100s or 1000s of spam reviews complaining about a game going to the Epic store, lacking Chinese language options, having female characters, taking down Pewdiepie videos, firing a xenophobic developer, etc to be a bad thing. The reviews are also not deleted but flagged as suspicious by Steam itself and not counted towards the recent total average, even positive ones made during the time are flagged as suspicious, which is quite a bit different than the game's developers or publishers deleting actual negative reviews. I can clearly see that by looking at the Borderlands 2 reviews and just checked to confirm this, which also means your post isn't telling the truth in any way. I don't know why anyone (other than Youtube grifters making money off drama) would treat Steam preventing the misuse of one of their own features on their own platform as a censorship issue, when the alternative is intentionally gaining more off topic rambling Steam reviews that make it more difficult to find quality products by the more casual gamers that would bother to read them in the first place while making developers trust the platform even less.
Vecnas liked a post in a topic by Legolas_Katarn in New Member's Guide and Contacts
Where To Find AJSA Content and Information
AJSA Code of Conduct
AJSA Gaming Youtube
AJSA Gaming Twitch Channel
Currently Active Games (Thread coming soon)
Expeditionary Force (PC Game Events)
AJSA PS4 Division (new management coming soon)
AJSA Xbox One Guidebook
Current AJSA Admin, Moderators, and Officers
What follows is an explanation of what you can do on the forums and how to get involved with our console divisions.
Using the Forums and the AJSA Discord
In order to prevent spam or people advertising, new accounts are only allowed to make two posts during their first 24 hours of membership, once the 24 hours are up you will be able to post normally. Use that first day to take a look around the forums, check out the upcoming events we are planning to run, join the AJSA Discord channel, join the console groups if the option is available to you, and to personalize your profile.
How To: After joining the AJSA forums you can customize your profile by adding an avatar, signature, banner, and edit your about me section. By clicking on your username on the top right of the screen you can access a drop down menu where you can go to your profile or edit your account settings. If you click on profile you will be taken to your main profile page, an avatar can be uploaded by clicking on the "profile photo" button to the left of your username. To the right of your profile name is an edit profile and cover photo button, clicking on edit profile will open a tab where you can edit your information and about me setting, clicking on cover photo will allow you to upload a banner to your profile that will appear behind your banner. Choosing the account management button from your profile drop down menu will take you to a page where you can change your email, your password, and where you can edit a signature that will appear on the bottom of all your forum posts (please keep the length of your signature within reason).
The link to join the AJSA Discord can always be found in this thread and as the pinned tweet of the AJSA Twitter account. Once Discord is installed you can edit your avatar, profile, and voice settings by clicking on the gear icon near the bottom left of the app.
Where To: When creating threads on our forums please try to post things in the correct section, if something is placed in the wrong area a moderator or admin will move your thread to the correct place. The General Discussion forum is the place to talk about things that don't have their own dedicated section, you might talk about company news, a rumored game announcement that doesn't have an exclusive platform or genre attached to it, your favorite game mechanics, boss fights, stories, etc. Under the General section you can find sub-forums for off-topic discussions, which is where posts that have nothing to do with video games or the game industry go, and the AngryJoeShow section which is where discussions on Joe's content are to be posted. Community Content has sections for you to post your own work, this can include art, video content, written reviews, or links and schedules for times that you stream games. The Crowdfunding Campaigns forum is the place to share video game fundraising campaigns that you are interested in, these can cover sites like Kickstarter, Fig, Indiegogo, etc. Platform Gaming Central is for discussions on platform specific game events, to discuss news and updates focused on an individual platform, discussions of console exclusive games, if you want to talk about a specific version of a game, and tech help can be found in the PC section. Last Gens is the place to discuss any console or handheld games or systems from the 360/PS3/PSP era and before. Genre Gaming Central is the place to discuss PC games and multi-platform titles, if there is not a specific forum for the genre of the game you want to talk about or the game involves multiple genres use the Other Games section. Board & Role-Playing Games Central are for discussions of board and tabletop games.
The AJSA Discord includes multiple text and voice channels. The Announcements section is only able to be posted in by AJSA Admin and will be used to let everyone in the Discord know about upcoming gaming events, new articles on the AJSA homepage, important updates, and when Joe posts new reviews. General is the place to chat with other members. We have rooms to post videos and images, a place to talk about movies and TVs, and a spoiler room if you want to discuss plot elements of recently released games, movies, or TV episodes. The AJSA_Help room is for asking for help if you need to know something about the AJSA, if you need tech help, help with Discord, or have a similar issue you want to find help with. Stream_Team_Streams are for our Stream Team members to post announcements when their streams start. The General voice chat room is a place to go if you just want to talk to other members about games or random topics, the Gaming Rooms are for people to get together to play games at any time, and the other voice rooms are typically named after and reserved for our PC gaming events.
Joining the Console Divisions
Playstation: New management coming soon.
Xbox: If you're interested in joining the Xbox One Division, no matter where you heard or found out about us there are a variety of ways for you to get involved and get started gaming with fellow members of the community. First and foremost, make sure you read and understand the Code of Conduct. This is what makes sure that we can game in a comfortable and fun environment!
Gamertag List: To get started, you can add your name (and games you like to play) to our Official Xbox One Gamertag List. This allows you to add other members right away and for people to add you as well. Event Schedule & Gaming Activities: Check out our Weekly Events schedule. This is a guaranteed way for you to game quickly with and meet members of the community. These events are avenues for us to game, talk, laugh and have a good time in an organized group. Each event is led and organized by the 'Host'. The host is the person responsible for that event and is in charge of the group activities. They will make sure you are accounted for and get you in the group to play. Event Calendar: All AJSA events, including Xbox Weekly Events, are posted in the AJSA Event Calendar. We update the Xbox events for the week every Monday (EST). Division Information: To learn more about the Xbox One Division and joining our AJSA Xbox Club, check out our Xbox One Division Information thread. Host information, staff details, and other aspects of the Division are explained. Any questions? Need help? Don't hesitate to contact Xbox Commander Rune on the forums [@RuneX] , on Discord [Rune#5424] or on Xbox Live [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya].
Current AJSA Council and Commanders
Tons0fun: Tons0fun is a member of the AJSA Council, his role is to oversee AJSA Commanders, serve as a link between Angry Joe and the AJSA, and approve or disapprove of decisions regarding the higher level management of the community and business decisions. If you are having an issue with the community always contact the Commander that oversees that area before attempting to contact him.
DoctorEvil: Hello, as a member of the AJSA Council, I oversee the commanders and serve as a link between Angry Joe and the Command Staff. I also run the AJSAGaming Twitter and manage things on the official AngryJoeShow Twitch Channel. Contact about most things should be directed to the Commanders below for their respective divisions, but if you have an issue with a current commander, that can be directed to me.
Legolas_Katarn: Apart from updating our CoC and introduction threads, my job here is mainly to oversee the forums and Discord, our moderators, and to answer questions relating to the site or moderation concerns. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how to do something on the site, if you need something for your account changed, want to know if we allow a certain kind of post, want to know where to post something, etc and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Do not send me messages about Lord of the Rings or Star Wars (unless it has some relevance to my role here), I don't care about either franchise, and why this is my name can be found on my profile. I also put together the AJSA This Week In Gaming articles.
Rune: Greetings and hello! My name is Rune and I serve as the Commander for the Xbox One Division. It is a pleasure to meet you. I originally joined the AJSA Gaming Community back in September 2014 and became the Game Officer for Battlefield 4 on Xbox One in April 2015 before becoming Xbox Commander in June 2015. My responsibilities as Commander involves the oversight and running the day to day AJSA operations on Xbox One. My role includes planning and scheduling our Xbox One Weekly Events, coordinating with Xbox Game Officers and Sergeants, creating and finishing community projects, writing weekly Xbox articles for this website, playing with and interacting daily with members of the community, maintaining the AJSA Xbox Club and sub-forum, and in general being available to anyone who needs assistance. Additionally I work with my fellow Commanders and the Council on executing AJSA Community goals and initiatives. Please don't hesitate to contact me on the forums, on Discord [Rune#5424] or on Xbox Live [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] if you have any questions regarding the AJSA on Xbox One and/or our events. Thank you!
Conan: Greetings, my name Conan and no, I neither picked the name because of Conan O'Brian nor Conan the Barbarian. I am at this moment the only European member of the AJSA High Command. The Expeditionary Force is my main area of responsibility, which I oversee and organize. In that sense it falls onto me to make sure that events are scheduled regularly and are being supervised for the EF, but I also serve as the primary point of contact for it. If you need to contact me, then message me here directly on the forum or send me a direct message on Discord. You can also message me on Steam, if you have added me there, but I might miss that message there.
Brandykins1982: Brandkins1982 is both a member of and in charge of managing the AJSA Stream Team.
Jayson's Rage: Jayson works on our AJSA Gaming Youtube channel, creating videos that can include highlights and montages of PC or console game events, AJSA news updates, and AJSA podcasts. He is also a member of the AJSA Stream Team.
Doshka17: Former Xbox One lead and brought the original Xbox community together on both the 360 and the One.
Dogfish: Former moderator from the sites relaunch and former head moderator.
Seph: Former PC lead that worked with game officers to gauge interests for new events.
Eiousx: Formerly worked on hosting and finding people to host PC gaming events.
WITHASTICK: Former PS4 community lead and the person most responsible for its forming, also responsible for many of the site and article banners and images.
Weltgeist liked a post in a topic by Legolas_Katarn in This Week In Gaming 5-14-19
Game Score Fanfare's new series explores the music of Final Fantasy, Dia Lacina examines the character who meant the most to her in Sekiro and why players respond strongly to From Software's lonely and isolating worlds, Patrick Stafford interviews developers about the dangers of in-game data collection, Joshua Rivera talks to a Mortal Kombat developer about the toll watching and researching violent material can have, Brian Crecente speaks with sources and researches leaked documents to uncover the current state of the ESA, Santa Monica Studio's documentary on the journey to creating God of War, Jody Macgregor on how the player expectation and pressure to constantly update games is harmful to developers and changes how games are talked about, Daryl Talks Games discusses his favorite moment in Twilight Princess and how sadness effects how you play games, Core-A Gaming discusses fighting game mechanics and why button mashing doesn't work, and more.
Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods)
John Wick Hex is an official strategy game heading to the Epic store
The Final Fantasy VII Remake Finally Re-Emerges
Be A Sugar Glider In Away: Survival Series
As expected, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a year-long Epic Store exclusive
Square Enix says ‘Project Prelude Rune’ is canceled, and the studio behind it shut down
The Surge 2’s cyberpunk city is a concrete playground for its Souls-like combat
Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s level design is like Dishonored
Predator: Hunting Grounds Coming From Illfonic And Sony
Exclusive Hands-On Impressions Of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
Exclusive Miles Morales Gameplay - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
Exclusive Ms. Marvel Gameplay - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
How Rivalries and Alliances shape the world of Total War: Three Kingdoms
Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Multiplayer Campaign Spotlight
Building an army in Total War: Three Kingdoms
Sun Jian Let's Play PART 1 - Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
EVERYTHING in the Yellow Turban Rebellion DLC for Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
Another Vampire: The Masquerade RPG is Coming From the Developers of The Council
An intensely bizarre trailer marks the start of Pathologic 2 preorders
Trine 4 dev diary showcases a return to sidescrolling fairy tales
The Legend of Grimrock devs are back with Druidstone, a new tabletop-inspired tactical RPG
Blood Bowl 3 is coming next year
Search for your lost daughter after a spacecrash in upcoming Claire De Lune
New, Exclusive Gameplay For Man Of Medan
Wandering city-builder Dream Engines lets you float away to escape and find untapped resources
Dive into the depths of Koral on May 16
Outer Wilds becomes another Epic Games Store PC exclusive and some backers are not happy
16-player space submarine simulator Barotrauma plunges into early access next month
You can’t have human AI comrades in Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Ghost Recon Breakpoint is on Epic Games Store and not Steam
Ghost Recon Breakpoint Isn't Making Political Statements, Ubisoft Insists Despite Obvious Themes
Ghost Recon Bungled Bolivia, So At Least They're Going Somewhere Fictional This Time
Warhammer: Chaosbane leans on an army of miniatures, but remains faithful to them
New Gameplay Today – Gato Roboto
MediEvil Remake Gameplay Trailer - State of Play
New Gameplay Today – Code Vein
Does Code Vein do enough to distinguish itself from Bloodborne?
Monster Hunter: World Iceborne gameplay trailer reveals new elder dragon, Velkhana
Titan Quest, first released in 2006, has a new expansion set in Atlantis
“What if putting your empire into decline was a fun mechanic?” – developing Stellaris
Euro Truck Simulator 2 heads through Transylvania to the Black Sea next
Battle Brothers walks the woad to war with Warriors Of The North
Rage 2 post-release content includes two expansions, free content and weekly challenges
Cities: Skylines Is Going Back To College
Pillars of Eternity 2’s turn-based mode gets full release
The people who make WWE 2K are making a rival to WWE 2K
Epic Games to collect special BAFTA award
Bethesda pulls Elder Scrolls tabletop adventure amid plagiarism accusations
YouTuber ProJared Accused Of Sexually Soliciting Fans
Every Time I Become Aware of a YouTuber It's Because They've Done Something Horrible
Labor Wants To Bring Back The Australian Interactive Games Fund With $25 Million
Sweden investigating loot boxes
U.S. Senator Introduces Bill To Ban Loot Boxes And Pay-To-Win Microtransactions
Thrilling Overwatch League Match Sees Only Undefeated Team Lose
Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
Monster Prom 2: Holiday Season
Fig announces open-ended crowdfunding program Open Access
Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
Inside the Disarray Facing the Video Game Organization Behind E3
Video Game Industry Association Appoints New President, CEO
The dangers of in-game data collection
'I'd Have These Extremely Graphic Dreams': What It's Like To Work On Ultra-Violent Games Like Mortal Kombat 11
The 12 principles of animation in video games
The First Video Game Convention Hosted Entirely On Steam
How one deaf Overwatch fan is trying to make the game more accessible
Fortnite is free, but kids are getting bullied into spending money
Former Fortnite UX lead digs into ethical game design
Porting Dead Cells to mobile: An in-depth breakdown
From 'Putt Putt' to 'Freddi Fish'—How Humongous Entertainment Made Edutainment Fun
Zelda: Skyward Sword Speedrunning Has Been Stale For A While, But A New Trick Might Change That
How Rainbow Six Siege brings diversity to the military shooter
Charting our Emotional Landscapes through Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice’s Hanbei
The 20 Best Puzzle Games on Itch.io
Heaven's Vault Is a Remarkable Exploration of Language and History
Katana ZERO Offers Only Excuses
The Flare Path: A breath of fresh Aer
Us Lovely Corpses
The Challenge of Cameras | Game Maker's Toolkit
How NBA Jam Revolutionized Cheat Codes − Codex
The Best Moment of Twilight Princess | Psych of Play
Final Fantasy I, II, & III | Warriors of Leitmotif
Exile: The 8-Bit Metroidvania You've Never Heard Of | Retrohistories
Analysis: Why Button Mashing Doesn't Work
God of War - Raising Kratos: Full Length Feature | PS4
Fallout Miami and Cascadia - What It Takes To Make A Large-Scale Mod
Out of Bounds Discoveries | Mortal Kombat 11 - Boundary Break
The Making of Divinity: Original Sin 2
Things I Missed From Previous Weeks
The Story Of XBAND - The 16-Bit Multiplayer Network For Super Nintendo & Sega Genesis
Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
Garfield, Only He's A Nightmarish Monster Starring In A Game Boy Game
Which Dark Souls boss is the best manager? | Unraveled
BigRonO liked a post in a topic by Legolas_Katarn in Has anyone backed a game on Kickstarter before?
I've supported 178 projects over the years on Kickstarter (some just being just $1 to follow its development and some being for over $200 or $300), as well as probably about ten others if I was to bring in Indiegogo, late backing through creator websites, and Fig. With 46 of them being unsuccessful or cancelled (so I didn't have to pay). The ones that succeeded mostly turned out very well, with only about 5 ended up as basically total failures where my money was a waste and a few have lead to mediocre results. For me this includes video games, books, graphic novels, tabletop roleplaying games, board games, documentaries, and film series. A lot of things I've supported have ended up getting a lot of critical acclaim and being some of the best video or tabletop games released in the years that they launched (Darkest Dungeons, Pillars of Eternity 1 and 2, Battletech, Divinity Original Sin 1 and 2, Banner Saga 1-3, Hypnospace Outlaw, Numenera, Kentucky Route Zero, Superhot, Shantae, etc). At its best, which can be quite often if you aren't just backing stupid things, you will likely get what you support cheaper, support its development, and in some cases show that people want more things like that, but you should always look at it as giving your support to something rather than putting down money for a guaranteed preorder. Things get delayed almost every time, even more so with video games, plans change, features are added or removed, the people you support might turn out to be a guy who goes to game conventions and wears the shirt of a nazi convicted murderer for a few days or a guy who just decides to stop working two books into a five book projects, but if you're ok with potential negatives it can be very easily worth doing.
Legolas_Katarn liked a post in a topic by PlasticFrogCG in How is everyone? ...I got a kitten!
The shelter called him L'Chaim, which is a Hebrew toast meaning "To Life". I thought it was cool, so I kept it. But we also call him "Stubs" because they had to dock his tail due to an infection. Of course, like EVERY other cat I've owned, he's been reduced to being called "kitty" or "puss cat". The dog is Maggie.
ProfessorGodLike liked a post in a topic by Legolas_Katarn in Stellaris - anyone else super excited?
There are also streams of the team playing the game (which they have also done for Hearts of Iron 4)
I'll probably be getting it. It's only $32 on Greenmangaming. The game even has three different ways for your species to handle space travel. Wonder if it will be getting frequent expansions and free additions like Crusader Kings 2 and Europa Universalis 4.
Legolas_Katarn liked a post in a topic by DestinyDecade in My Top 15 Best Games of 2018
My Top 15 Best Games of 2018
If you thought that 2017 was a great year for gaming, think again. 2018 has blown it out of the water and there’s a reason why. What better way to celebrate this year than by looking back at what I consider to be the best of the best. This will not be an easy list and remember that my list is an opinionated one. So let’s get underway with a list that’s good. So let’s get to the cream of the crop, the pedal to the metal. These are my Top 15 Best Games of 2018.
Before I begin, here are some rules.
Rule #1: Straight-up ports or compilations to newer consoles will not be included. If they were, I would pretty much have half of the list devoted to them. There will be a few exceptions.
Rule #2: This list focuses on games that I’ve played and put time towards. So yes, expect the list to be not to your liking.
Rule #3: If you feel a game you like isn’t on your list, feel free to provide your own.
Now that we’ve got them out of the way, let us begin.
Number #15: Octopath Traveler (Nintendo Switch)
Kicking off the list is an RPG that has a simple premise yet works. It centers on 8 different characters, each having a story of their own to tell. What makes it so good is how players go about it. The game is a love-letter to old school RPGs, offering up something exciting while challenging you. Everything about it is great whether it be the gameplay, music, presentation, voice acting, etc. Plus with the fact that you can customize your party however you like adds replay value. Don’t take my word for it, even though I still need to beat it. Get this. Octopath is an RPG that deserves all the love it can get. Who will you choose to start your journey?
Number #14: The Alliance Alive (Nintendo 3DS)
In 2018, the 3DS continues to get support from companies like Atlus. This game is no exception. The Alliance Alive centers on a group of characters that must work together to free their world from creatures called Daemons. What makes this game stand out is the battle and leveling system. Battles take place on a 3x5 grid where your group can be in different formations offering unique and interesting strategies. Not only that but towers also help provide advantages in battle. Leveling is similar to games like the original FF2 with its nurture vs. nature mechanic. Not only that but the cast can wield whatever weapons they can use offering a lot of variety and strategy. It’s a very underrated game that deserves more appreciation. Give it a chance. You won’t regret it.
Number #13: Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PlayStation 4, PC)
If there’s one thing I will say regarding 2018 is that this year is home to RPGs and this list is going to have plenty of these. It had been seven years since the last Ni no Kuni game and people wonder what happened. Well we didn’t have to wait that long, as Namco Bandai would give us a sequel, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. Taking place hundreds of years after the events of the first game, Ni no Kuni II centers on Evan Tildrum and Roland Crane. Together the two must gather allies and save the world while dealing with those that threaten it including a sinister evil. It’s an RPG that I should have put more time towards. Plus its story is a journey for everyone involved. Thankfully the game did sell well enough that we’re getting DLC in the form of new campaigns and exclusive gear. Hopefully these guys can add more and let’s face it. The game is fun, the battle system is interesting and the building mechanics for the kingdom is interesting. It deserves your time and money.
Number #12: Hollow Knight (Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
This is the one exception that is on this list and for a very good reason. Though it came out last year on Steam, the fact that Hollow Knight had come to consoles, especially the Nintendo Switch is more than enough to convince me to give it a shot. This game is part-Metroidvania/part-Dark Souls. It’s a game that I can’t put down and yet it offers so much more. Its atmosphere is dark, creepy and enticing. There’s a lot to do in the game. The challenge is there and will push you to your limits but when it’s all said and done, you will feel satisfied knowing that you made the impossible possible. It’s a reason why I put over 20 hours and there is so much more to do. The fact we get the final expansion Gods and Glory is meant to end it out on a high note and it did. Hollow Knight is an amazing game and if you haven’t bought it, you should. My review I did should be proof enough.
Number #11: Mega Man 11 (Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One)
We waited 8 years for a new Mega Man game and then Capcom decided to enter its dork phase and cancel anything relating to the blue bomber left and right either out of spite or stupidity. We would reach Mega Man’s 30th anniversary and Capcom announced a brand new Mega Man game in the form of Mega Man 11. Its plot has Mega Man stopping Dr. Wily once more as he uses a strange machine to capture eight new Robot Masters and use them in his goal for conquest. Mega Man is still as fun as you remember except he has a new trick: the Double Gear system. It can be used to either slow down time or power up his attacks. My only complaint with the game is that it’s not a long game. It’s still fun but I only wish that Capcom can consider adding DLC down the line such as Proto Man and Bass. That would help add more to the game. At least it’s not at full price because if it was, that’d be another story.
Number #10: Soulcalibur VI (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Never thought Namco Bandai would ever go back to this series, especially after Soulcalibur V. This is a game that’s going to make or break the series… thankfully it helps give the series new life. Soulcalibur VI serves not only as a reboot of the series but also a celebration of the franchise. It goes back to its roots meaning the game’s fast paced and really fun. With a roster of 21 characters and additional characters incoming such as 2B, it’s a game I feel that breathes new life to the series. In addition the game also has a really good story mode where you create a character and travel on a journey in the Soulcalibur world. That’s amazing. A game like this deserves all the love it can get. I don’t want the Soulcalibur series to die.
Number #9: Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee & Let’s Go, Pikachu (Nintendo Switch)
There’s going to be somebody here that will complain at me wondering why it’s so low on my list. To be fair, this game is a bit divisive but honestly, this is a spin off and it’s meant to hold us over until Game Freak actually releases Generation 8. Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee takes us back to Kanto where it all began except in a very different way. The difference between that the game incorporates elements from Pokemon Go. That’s not necessarily a bad thing since it’s only done to make the game a bit easier. It’s accessible for people new to the franchise while bringing something that has us old-school veterans feeling nostalgic. Let’s only hope that when Gen 8 does come, its gameplay should be like every other main line in the series. Don’t screw it up guys.
Number #8: Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country (Nintendo Switch)
A DLC making this list?! You don’t say but thing is, this is no ordinary DLC we’re talking about. Monolith Soft surprised us with something that could almost be a full game if it wants. Torna ~ The Golden Country is set hundreds of years before the events of the main game. It focuses on a pair named Jin and Lora who travel the continent of Torna. Meeting new and familiar companions, their story details how Torna had fallen and how it all leads up to Xenoblade 2. This feels like a full game and it does. It offers a lot of customization for the cast, quests to complete and plenty to do. I am amazed that they were able to pull it off and it’s another that I recommend you should get on the Nintendo Switch. Heck it’s available as a separate game so there’s that.
Number #7: Dragon Ball FighterZ (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
When it was announced, everyone was excited for it especially when Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite turned out to be a dud. Dragon Ball FighterZ is pretty much Marvel vs. Capcom 2/3 but it incorporates characters from Dragon Ball Z. The result is absolute beauty. Dragon Ball FighterZ is the definition of an amazing fighting game. 3-on-3 action that’s intense, addicting and satisfying. We even have a story mode that’s split into three acts, each just as good as the next. It felt like a breath of fresh air and even the roster has everyone you ever want and then some… almost. Though the game is real fun and it has its moments, I only hope that the tournament scene doesn’t get screwed over… hopefully. Yeah. DBFZ is great. It really is. Also Android 21 is best waifu. Don’t @ me.
Number #6: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PlayStation 4)
2018 should also be the Year of Kiryu. Why? Well, because in addition to a fantastic remake of the 2nd Yakuza game, we also get one that serves as a fitting yet emotional finale to his tale. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life has a simple theme: “How far would you go for family?” For Kiryu, it’s more than you realize as he’s on a journey to save those that matter to him while uncovering a secret that could rock the fate of Japan. It’s Kiryu’s tale and it feels so strong and emotional. Not only that but Yakuza 6 is awesome in terms of gameplay and content. The Dragon Engine allows the game to run amazingly at 60fps. Not only that but there is much for Kiryu to do and so much more. This may be the final tale for Kiryu but not the end of the series. With the announcement of a spin-off titled Judgment coming this year, it’s flame will not die out. It deserves the #6 spot and it’s a bit fitting too.
Number #5: Spyro Reignited Trilogy (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
After the success of the Crash N. Sane Trilogy, Activision figured that if one franchise found new life, why not do the same to another. The result is the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. Activision and Toys for Bob delivered a trilogy that was remade from the ground up and treated with love and respect. We know all about the struggles of the game’s development & that Activision did the right thing by delaying the game. For all the negatives the company has done, they did at least something right. As for the game itself, the game is completely redone. It looks amazing, plays amazing and is just so good. It made me now be a fan of Spyro and I feel that the praise will convince Activision to give the franchise another shot. Let’s hope it does. It’s why Spyro Reignited deserves to be in the Top 5.
Number #4: Monster Hunter World (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Where do I even start with a game like this? Monster Hunter World is just incredible. A game that is not only accessible for newcomers but also offers something veterans can enjoy. The best of both worlds and it’s great. A game like this is more fun when you have friends along. You can play it solo if you want. Plus the fact that it continues to add more content in a way that can get people back in is just stunning. This is how you get people coming back to your games. With the announcement of it’s first expansion, Icebound coming this year, what better time to get into this game is now. Did I forget to mention that it looks great with a great amount of accessibility? Yep. Monster Hunter World is the franchise at its highest point and it’ll only continue to get higher.
Number #3: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch)
If I wanted to, it would be #1 but it’s not and there’s a very good reason for it. Sakurai and Nintendo should be praised to high heaven. No one ever thought that there would be a system seller the way Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild were. Well look no further than this: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s the game where EVERYONE IS HERE! Yep. Every character from Smash 64 all the way to Smash 3DS/Wii U have made their return along with the arrival of many new characters such as Ridley, K. Rool and Simon Belmont. The game is fun, simply fun whether online or off. Not only that but the game’s Adventure Mode, World of Light will take you quite a long time to do. I can’t do it justice. This is truly a game Switch owners MUST HAVE! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the magnum opus of the franchise. Immediate recommendation and if I wanted to, this would be #1. But it isn’t and like I said, for good reason.
Number #2: Spider-Man (PlayStation 4)
After years of the Spider-Man license being dragged through the mud courtesy of Activision & Beenox, Insomniac comes in and delivers a game that gives the webhead justice. Marvel’s Spider-Man is a blessing. It’s not a movie-licensed game but it is one of the best Spider-Man games ever. The gameplay is amazing. It has a lot to do in terms of content such as side quests, challenges, bases and it goes on and on. It’s story is real good. They skip the origin story and give us an older Peter Parker who has to deal with the Daemons and I really don’t want to spoil the rest. The DLC, while nice could be better but it shouldn’t dissuade anyone from enjoying this. I hope that they get the opportunity to do the sequel. They set the bar for Spider-Man and I hope with the sequel, it’s set even higher. Oh and if this doesn’t convince you to get a PlayStation 4 and play this, the next will.
Number #1: God of War (PlayStation 4)
Here’s the thing. My brother got me this as a birthday gift and I swear, the sooner I started playing it, I was hooked. God of War for PlayStation 4… I have no words to express my real feelings on this. This game along with Spider-Man and many others are pretty much a big, fat, FU to Electronic Arts & any others that say, “single player games are dead and that online & live services are the future”. Future my ass! The fact that it’s a PS4 exclusive says a lot. Sony killed it this year. They really did.
God of War is simply incredible. Everything about the game is awesome. The story is well done and crafted. Combat is real good and the customization for both Kratos and Atreus is real good. Speaking of which, Kratos and Atreus are two characters that share a bond and you see it grow throughout the game. It’s so good that it makes you cry when it’s all over. When a game like this makes me cry, you know it’s a game worth your time. I’m not kidding. As I said already, if Spider-Man isn’t the reason why you should get a PS4, this definitely will. You will not be disappointed. That’s a guarantee.
Not every game that was good is on this list. Therefore I will provide some honorable mentions, games that are real good along with my reasons why.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
I’ve heard a lot of good things about the game and I was able to give it a shot. I liked it but I truthfully should have put more time into it. It deserves an honorable mention because you should give it a chance. It’s a Dragon Quest game made for the current generation of gaming. My issue is with Square-Enix behind the scenes. They didn’t bring the 3DS version overseas, the Switch version is delayed to 2019 & they even have the gall to say that they won’t release any more Dragon Quest games westward if the game doesn’t meet expectations. How petty & pathetic. Should this stop you from trying DQ XI? No.
Another game I got my hands on but never got around to playing, so much so that I also got the Definitive Edition of Hitman 2016. iO Interactive had their work cut out for them when developing this. Square-Enix pulling out and de-investing them didn’t help. Thankfully they stuck to their guns and gave us a game that is just as addicting as the original. They continue to add more content in the form of elusive targets & they’re bringing back the missions from Hitman 2016 but revised and improved. It’s truly good. All of this may want me to give it a shot. You should too.
Kirby Star Allies
When I first played & reviewed the game, it was all right but it lacked in some ways. Almost a year ago, the game feels now complete. I want it on the list but I always review games based on as they are. Thankfully the game has a lot of additional content in the form of new modes, allies, the works. It now feels complete and I commend the people at HAL for devoting their time to this game. I love it. All of this may want me to go back. The game is more fun if you have friends and it shows.
Mario Tennis Aces
We haven’t had a proper Mario Tennis game in a while and the Wii U version was a major dud. Camelot Software Planning had their work cut out for them. At least with this game, it fixed many of the problems the Wii U game had. Although I still feel Mario Tennis Aces could have been a lot more. Though they added new characters and modes, I feel it’s not enough. The Adventure Mode was okay. Now I only wish Camelot Software can maybe give us a brand new Golden Sun game. It’s been too long.
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
Another 3DS game I should have put more time into and I feel bad because if there’s any company that deserves praise for their commitment to Nintendo’s handheld, it should be Atlus. This game is an updated port of the original DS game but with a lot of updated bells and whistles such as visuals and music. It also has a new sub-plot where you explore alternate timelines and what happens there can unlock new stuff in the main timeline. It’s awesome and a game like this really should get you interested. I mean it. Why do you think I wish I could put time into it huh?
Red Dead Redemption 2
There’s going to be somebody here saying that Red Dead Redemption 2 should be on the list. Look… I know. This game broke sales records. It defied expectations and then some. The game is incredible. Rockstar has a reputation for delivering amazing single-player experiences. RDR2 is no exception and I should have at least put some time into it. I didn’t and I regret it. My only issue is the multiplayer and I feel it’s going to be the same way they did it with what they did to GTAV. I’m worried since GTAV suffered due to online making them more money. That is my only worry. I will enjoy RDR2, just not the online though.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Originally, it was going to be on this list but after much consideration, I changed my mind. Starlink has some good ideas. The game is like No Man’s Sky but with ships, ship combat and a lot of battles. If you plan on getting any version of it, get the Switch version. The Switch version is a recommended because you get an exclusive character and ship, Fox McCloud and the Arwing. Not only that but an exclusive campaign regarding the Star Fox team. It’s good. My issue with it is the DLC. Unless you got the $80 digital deluxe edition, expect to spend a lot of money to get everything. Plus the toys-to-life stuff while good is a bit problematic. That’s what turned me off but its Ubisoft so what else is new. Give it a chance if you can.
Valkyria Chronicles 4
A game I got for Christmas and one I should put time towards. I never thought we would get another Valkyria game after that awful Valkyria Revolution. I was worried but SEGA surprised us with a game that takes us back to what it should be. It’s well done. It has characters that you will like and the gameplay is back to how it was in the original Valkyria Chronicles. Expect to spend a lot of time towards a game like this and yes, there is additional content as DLC. So yeah, you are getting more for your money’s worth and then some.
Yakuza Kiwami 2
Yakuza Kiwami was a major hit and then SEGA announces that they are remaking the second. But it isn’t just any remake. They just went the deep end with this, implementing the Dragon Engine used for Yakuza 6 in this game. The story is awesome, the combat is refined and there’s so much to do it would take you hours. I kid you not. Not only that but this game also has a side-story centering on the Mad Dog of Shimano himself, Goro Majima. It’s not long but it does add more to the overall plot of the game. With the Judgment spin-off coming next year and hopefully HD remakes of Yakuza 3-5, the franchise is going strong. Very strong.
And that’s my list in a nutshell. If you feel there’s a game you like that came out this year that should be on here, feel free to tell me. I look forward to hearing from all of you.
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Alright, here we go again! First game of the year beaten - on the first day of the year, no less.
Game: Strider 
Play Time: 7.2 hrs
I honestly didn't expect to buy Strider at any point, much less play and beat it, but well... Here we are. Now Strider is a game that you can't play too carelessly, which kind of goes against the way I'm wired to play. But that's not to say that the ride wasn't enjoyable, because it was. For the most part. My only real points of complaint are how the controls work in the "zero-gravity" areas, which disoriented me slightly, and the boss battles that utilized them. Other than that, Strider was a fun ride - nice visuals, spot-on sound design, kick-ass music, satisfying gameplay with Metroidvania-style progression.
Rating: 4 / 5
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Well, now that I know he basically has the same stated easily supported ideas as the majority of the industry I can ignore poor labor practices and their poor hiring and community management practices with GOG and love a wealthy corporation.
Legolas_Katarn liked a post in a topic by Kaz32 in Holy shit. GOTY 2018 confirmed: Judge's Eyes
No, GOTY for 2018 is not God of War, Spiderman PS4 or Red Dead Redemption 2. THIS IS:
The spinoff of the Yakuza series is looking magnificent. These are 80% new heat action for this game, and only 20% from previous Yakuza. And that's not counting potential new heat moves, duo heat moves and the fuckload of minigames + detective investigations to do! Coming December 13 in Asian countries, and I will pre order this game. It'll be in chinese and I won't understand a thing BUT I DON'T CARE! I can actually get the first chapter of this game now, but I have to buy PS Plus for that which I don't want to do. I WANT THE FULL GAME NOW!!!!
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If you ignore the The Lost Vikings, Diablo, Warcraft 2, and Starcraft.
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Warhammer Dawn of War 1 and 2, Company of Heroes 1 and 2, Homeworld Remastered, Homeworld Deserts of Kharak, World In Conflict (though the GOG version might run better than the Steam one. Battlefleet Gothic and Total War in multiplayer can focus on just the combat and in (or almost entirely in) real time.
Lazilot liked a post in a topic by Legolas_Katarn in The quarterings response to agnry joes video on battlefield 5
How much of a random video Youtube says that Joe watched in a picture of Youtube videos is an odd thing to focus on when the attitudes he is talking about is a major source of tantrums in multiple communities, comment sections, and the entire focus point for multiple Youtubers and a few entire websites (one that Joe mentioned by name in his video that isn't even allowed to be shared here). It's not like it would be remotely difficult for Joe to find four videos sources complaining about what Joe is talking about, I know more than four channels whose entire focus is desperately trying to create fake controversies by doing nothing but that.
Joe did say this
Going off the red bar for what time he last stopped a video on assumes a variety of thing. That Youtube is a functional website, that he isn't watching them on different sources of media (which he says he is) or switching between them or stopping and starting them on different things, that he isn't signed into different accounts or not signed into them on different sources, it assumes that he didn't move around on a video to skip to other parts either before or after he watched it, he could have been planning to use footage from the other videos at one point which could mean that he downloaded or skipped around on them after watching them.
That this guy is saying that he has never seen anyone make the kind of argument Joe is making is such a blatant lie or such a strange admission of having no connection to reality that there is little reason to take anything else he says seriously.
Also, the people who complain about Youtubers deleting comments and having basic community standards, are typically just awful people let alone one saying that makes him an SJW (or typically just anyone saying that anyway).
Just about every screenshot I have seen of people saying a comment was deleted is showing either extremely offensive comments or just random few word insults of Joe with nothing of value in the actual post. Those could be removed by filters, removed due to set banned words, or removed by moderators (and I'm pretty sure Doc and I don't ask Joe whenever we remove some bullshit from whatever part of the community we are moderating but Doc is away and I don't mod his Youtube so it's likely all YT filters or lies like Joe mentions in his video).