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2014 Game Retrospective - Part 2

Welcome to day 2 of our continuing recap of 2014. The Shogun Gamer staff is hard at work putting together their list of favorites from this past year, but in the meantime Casey and I will continue to run down some of the best (and more likely, the worst) games, features, and trends of 2014 in gaming. 

2014 Game Retrospective

While we start our internal debates on what the best (and worst) games of 2014 were, we thought it might be fun to also shine the light on some other games that might not make their way on to the GOTY discussion list... but still deserve a nod of some kind.

Over the next couple of weeks, leading up to our official Game of the Year Awards, we're going to be releasing a series of articles themed at noting some of the last years highlights and lowlights, hopefully with a bit of humor.

Halo: Nightfall [Review]

It took five weeks, but each of episode of Halo: Nightfall is finally released (they were unveiling one per week since the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection), but is it everything Halo fans have waited for? At roughly twenty to thirty minutes per episode (and a little longer if you include the second story experiences which I'll delve into shortly), it's essentially a full length film in its entirety, but it's definitely not a AAA blockbuster movie you'd see from Hollywood.

Boss Fight Books Returns For Season 2

 

Boss Fight Books Returns For Season 2
Digital space in print: An exploration of narrative potential

Video games are pretty cool, guys. You know what else is cool? The things that video games can inspire, especially when that inspiration is realized in another medium. All of a sudden the interactive vocabulary of video games is transposed into another language. A language we're familiar with, but not in the same context.

Game-to-Movie Franchises That Scream “WHY?”

When I began writing this piece, I originally went in with a different motif: I was thinking to myself (as we nerdy types often do) what game properties I wanted to see become film franchises. Granted, for every half-decent movie (Resident Evil) we get what amounts to horrible, slow-rotting leprosy (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li). I had my comprehensive list all typed up, I had my points arranged, and I was ready to fire it off. Somehow, in the midst of my research, I had managed to miss the fact that three out of four of my choices had already been tentatively announced.

Loot Crate and Smash Bros.

I won't make any bones about it; I think Loot Crate and the services like it are stupid. If I'm going to blow my tiny earnings on "geek-themed" garbage I at least want to be able to select exactly what garbage I buy. That's why I have a wall of Metal Gear merchandise that I meticulously curate and not a semi-random assortment of POP Vinyls and fan-made t-shirts of [any pop culture icon] interacting with a TARDIS, but to each their own.

Up NXT

One thing that I'm constantly asked about by customers is "Why are they removing features?" This is, of course, in regard to the current-gen versions of certain games. It happened with the September release of NHL 15, and it's happening again with the upcoming November 18th release of WWE 2k15.

PSA: Your Wii U Has Resurrected Castlevania: Part I

Like the Great Pumpkin rising from the pumpkin patch giving presents to all of the good girls and boys, Nintendo and Konami have given us all a special treat this past Halloween. It’s a gift that will last longer than any pillowcase full of candy or Fireball-induced hangover – it’s the Gameboy Advance Castlevania trilogy.

Speciation 101: Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley and Story of Seasons

I’m just like any other human being – I love cultivating root vegetables and wooing local bachelorettes. But what you might not know is that there are TWO Harvest Moon games that are nearly ripe for plucking from the loamy soil of your local video game purveyor.

TL;DR - Sept 22 - Steam Upgrade, USFIV Omega, 900p Xbone

Hello and good-evening for those late-nighters that have stumbled in upon the return of Shogun Gamer and in specific it’s semi-reoccurring truncation of the news named TL;DR. If you’re joining us here for the first time in this segment the principle is simple enough: There are some news segments that get launched out there that aren’t big enough for our editorialized articles, but we still feel the need to bring to you in some form.

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