LOOKING FOR GAME REVIEWS? I CERTAINLY HOPE SO, BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF THEM.

Review Followups: The Surge & Drifting Lands

Patches can make a world of difference when it comes to games, improving or sabotaging them in various ways that render certain portions of reviews covering their initial launch state fairly obsolete. From Larian patching out fun ways of breaking their games (and as much as I love them, that’s something I’m still bitter about) to The Witcher 2 implementing weird new blurring techniques that actually make the game uglier, I always feel like anything I write for newer games will eventually be made untrue as patches change various things. Because of that, I’m starting a new section for “review followups,” which is where I go back after games have received some patching in order to cover some of the ways they’ve changed. Of course, there may be further patches that change things even more, and there’s really no way of knowing when a game’s patching is over—lest we forget, KOTOR 2 received a patch 10 years after the supposed last one—but a handful of updates should more than suffice to get a feeling for the direction a game is headed in. Read more →

OR MAYBE SCREENSHOTS ARE MORE YOUR SPEED? I HAVE A LOT OF THOSE, TOO.

I ALSO RAMBLE ABOUT STUFF SOMETIMES, IF YOU’RE INTO THAT SORT OF THING.

But why old games?

The site has been a bit neglected over the past week, but I needed the time to embark on a psychotic, OCD-driven cleaning spree. In the process of organizing and Tetris-ing various suitcases and tubs full of stuff collected over the years, I came across numerous games that had gone missing. Games like the unexpectedly great Game Boy adaptation of The Lion King. The surprisingly enjoyable racing game that is Beetle Adventure Racing. The greatest baseball game ever made (Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr.). I also found two copies of Goldeneye despite having no memory of ever re-buying it. That’s not even mentioning all of the SNES games discovered, all of which still have perfectly functional save batteries despite being 20-odd years old now. While going through and testing all of my newfound treasures—including a once-broken Playstation 2 that somehow de-broke itself over years of neglect, opening up an entire new gaming library to explore—I was overcome with a sense of longing for these older games. Nostalgia isn’t even a factor, because I suddenly wanted to buy copies of games I’ve never played and see if they still hold up. That’s normal for this site, of course, but I’ve never really talked about why I like playing old games and new games side by side so much. Read more →

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