Video Game Backlog

Managing Your Video Game Backlog

Like most of you, I have a HUGE backlog of video games that I haven’t even touched. Between work and school, I have to fight to make time for gaming. Too many More »

5 Awesome GameScience Dice Sets

Five Awesome GameScience Dice Sets

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of GameScience dice. Not only do they remind me of the good old days of role playing games when dice sets came unpainted and More »

Harvest Moon Game

A Fan’s Overview of the Harvest Moon Series

When it comes to Harvest Moon, you might say I am just a tad obsessed. I have played every game to date – from the original for the SNES, to the newest More »

Pathfinder Giants Revisited Sourcebook

Learn More About Giants Revisited

Pathfinder fans should take note. A late May 2012 release is slated for Giants Revisited, game publisher Paizo’s newest supplement for the world class fantasy role playing game. Giants Revisited promises to More »

Resident Evil 6 Release Date

Resident Evil 6 Release Date: 11/20/12

Capcom is really on the roll this year as they will be releasing two new Resident Evil games in the same year. We also have the little brother, Resident Evil: Revelations, which More »

Nintendo Is Doomed

Is Nintendo Doomed?

I had an interesting discussion with some of my gaming buddies in light of the recent PS Vita portable game system release. After talking about the amazing capabilities of the Playstation’s newest More »

Tom Clancy

First Look At Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldiers

Hello there TPS fans! Are you running out of shooter games to play? Are you getting tired of shooters taking place in the modern day period or shooters that take place in More »

Crystal Dice

Oblivion Crystal Dice — Something Different To Roll

Role playing gamers are an unusual bunch, and I should know. I’ve been active in the RPG scene since Ronald Reagan was President. Of course, like most gamers I cut my teeth More »

Learn More About Giants Revisited

Pathfinder Giants Revisited Sourcebook

Pathfinder fans should take note. A late May 2012 release is slated for Giants Revisited, game publisher Paizo’s newest supplement for the world class fantasy role playing game. Giants Revisited promises to be the definitive sourcebook for all things “giant.” Within the book’s 64 pages, Game Masters and players will find everything they need in order to understand these mythical creatures — everything from the unique habitats, social structures, and history of giant-kind. Ten races are fully explored, including storm giants, cloud giants, frost giants, stone giants, hill giants, rune giants, marsh giants, fire giants, the one-eyed cyclops, and the nomadic Taiga giants.

Giants Revisited will allow Game Masters to incorporate giants into Pathfinder campaigns with ease. Not only is the source material well organized and illustrated, GMs will find complete statistics for sample giant leaders and jarls. The book includes unique spells and magic items for both giant-kind and the industrious player characters looking to explore the secrets of the “big folk.”

The sourcebook is written for the Pathfinder RPG, but the information contained within can easily be utilized in other role playing games. Giants Revisited has been skillfully put together by the team of Jesse Benner, Ryan Costello, Brian R. James, Jason Nelson, Russ Taylor, and Ray Vallese. The book’s retail price is listed at $19.99, and gamers can place pre-orders at their favorite hobby and game stores to ensure they get a copy.

Resident Evil 6 Release Date: 11/20/12

Resident Evil 6 Release Date

Capcom is really on the roll this year as they will be releasing two new Resident Evil games in the same year. We also have the little brother, Resident Evil: Revelations, which just came out with a bit of a spelling problem in its cover :) The positive feedback gained from Resident Evil: Revelations helps enure the expansion of this intense game series.

Before continuing, I want to clear up a common misunderstanding.  Some people are mistaking Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City as Resident Evil 6. These are separate games. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is a standalone title. Although it was pointed out in the plot that the game is set during the events in Resident Evil 2 and 3, there is not much emphasis given on the storyline (the game is advertised as a fast-paced shooting game). Don’t get me wrong, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has a story, but plot is not its selling point. It’s more of a “gunning down hordes of zombies” sort of thing. On the other hand, Resident Evil 6 is the direct sequel of Resident 5.

Now that I’ve cleared that up, just a little taste of what Resident Evil 6 will have to offer. The action takes place in the Antarctic Umbrella facility where the Wesker Children Project took place. The year is 2013, and the President is going to reveal what happened during the Raccoon City Destruction Incident. The game starts as you wake up in a hidden laboratory with complete amnesia. Even with no memory, you soon come to realize that a bio-hazard incident has occurred in the facility. No place is safe anymore thanks to good-for-nothing bio-terrorists. Dead Ones, Conkers, and Sentients try to take you down, and it’s up to you to put a stop to their wrong doing and save the world and humanity. Just like Resident Evil 5 and Operation Raccoon City, Resident Evil 6 will be a horror-filled, fast-paced shooting game. Expect this game to be as scary as the previous Resident Evil titles, and look forward to a lot of interesting challenges, improved graphics, and kick-butt weapons.

There is not much detail about the game modes in Resident Evil 6, but the possibility of having online play and cooperative mode is very likely when you look at the offerings of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. The game is set to release on November 20, 2012 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Microsoft Windows will have to wait as there’s no specific date mentioned yet.

Is Nintendo Doomed?

Nintendo Is Doomed

I had an interesting discussion with some of my gaming buddies in light of the recent PS Vita portable game system release. After talking about the amazing capabilities of the Playstation’s newest handheld, the talk turned to Nintendo — specifically the 3DS. We had quite a debate, with me defending Nintendo and my friends dissing the company and the 3DS.

“Nintendo is doomed,” stated one friend.

“The 3DS has no games,” said another.

Seriously, have they been looking at recent sales figures, especially in Japan where the 3DS is kicking butt? The 3DS is now considered the fastest selling handheld in its first year, even surpassing the sales figure of the mighty Nintendo DS. True, the PS Vita is on fire right now, but Sony’s success doesn’t spell Nintendo’s doom. Haters have been saying Nintendo is toast for more than a decade, and what do you see now? The company is  still alive and kicking, and in fact they have dominated both the handheld and the console race (even if some self-proclaimed “hardcore gamers” like my buddies do not approve of the 3DS or the Wii, just because the majority of Nintendo games are not targeted to their tastes).

During my debate, I argued that Nintendo is staying true to itself by catering to a wider, casual gamer audience that my friends simply dismiss. We went back and forth, and I really couldn’t understand their reasoning. Why be a hater just because someone isn’t as hardcore as you? Why not accept the fact that not everybody enjoys first person shooters or complex RPG games? There’s room for all sorts of games and gamers, and one gaming style isn’t necessarily better than the other. The PS Vita rocks, and FPS games like MW3 rock, but this doesn’t mean that Nintendo or the 3DS suck. Far from it — Nintendo and its game systems offer something special to a unique fan base. I for one consider myself a “hardcore” gamer and I’m looking forward to new releases likes Max Payne 3, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy playing casual games like Mario Kart 7 or Pilot Wings Resort. As far as I’m concerned, I have the best of both worlds.

So how about it? What is your opinion in regards to Nintendo and its products?

First Look At Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldiers

Tom Clancy

Hello there TPS fans! Are you running out of shooter games to play? Are you getting tired of shooters taking place in the modern day period or shooters that take place in a World War II setting? Frankly, I’m tired of shooters simulating the events that just happened recently, like the war against Iraq. Why don’t game publishers step up and think of something new and fresh? All right — now that my rant is over, there is actually a shooting game that is on my radar and at first blush looks like a total winner: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldiers.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldiers was initially titled as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 4 (it’s actually the 4th game in the series if you exclude the expansions) and was going to be released in March 2012. However, Ubisoft is delaying the release until May in order to fine tune the game. For those who are not familiar with the series, it is a third-person shooter game. Ghost Recon: Future Soldiers takes place in a futuristic setting of Russia which is currently engaged in a grueling war. The entire mission includes visiting places such as Pakistan, Zambia, Russia and Norway. The Ghosts will be deployed in different missions in order to defeat and neutralize the ultra-nationalist force that took over Russia and are currently invading neighboring countries.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldiers is mostly a third-person shooter, but some instances (such as shooting with the aim sight) require the player to switch to first-person for more accurate targeting and aiming. The player will have to control four Ghosts with different expertise — a sniper weapon expert, a commando, a Ghost lead, and a reconnaissance expert. You will have to be strategic with the positioning of your Ghosts so that you will succeed in your missions. In my opinion, strategic shooters are best and offer a challenge to serious gamers, as opposed to shooters that any button-masher can master.

Since the game is set in the future, you will be armed with some amazing futuristic weaponry and equipment. My favorite is “optical camouflage” which will basically allow your Ghosts to become invisible. Optical camouflage will be extremely limited so that players will not be able to rely heavily on the tech to accomplish missions. The optical camouflage is designed to automatically turn off if the Ghosts move too fast, fire weapons, or are being shot. I have to mention another neat feature of the game that I like — Gunsmith. With Gunsmith, you can customize your weapons. The customization is very deep as it includes tweaking every part of the gun. Good news for Xbox 360 users, as the game allows the use of the Kinect. Customization will be done through hand gestures and even voice commands.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldiers is set to release in May 2012. The game will be coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows. Look for it at your favorite game store — the future is now!