Editorial, Feature, Gaming, Video Games

Alessio & The Beastly Backlog: Hatoful Boyfriend

Alessio & The Beastly Backlog is an excuse for me to be held accountable for completing my massive video game backlog. These articles are a hybrid of experiential reflection, informal critical reaction to the content, and a springboard for discussion on all of our social channels. Plus, I like talking about games and what better way to kill two birds with one stone?

This series is fair game for spoiler territory, and so with that being said, if you haven’t completed the game in question and want to have a completely unhindered experience, please refrain from reading any further.

This week: Hatoful Boyfriend, available and played on Steam and so graciously provided to me by good friend, Asher Smale.

Editorial, Feature, Gaming, Video Games

Alessio & The Beastly Backlog: Home

Alessio & The Beastly Backlog is an excuse for me to be held accountable for completing my massive video game backlog. These articles are a hybrid of experiential reflection, informal critical reaction to the content, and a springboard for discussion on all of our social channels. Plus, I like talking about games and what better way to kill two birds with one stone?

This series is fair game for spoiler territory, and so with that being said, if you haven’t completed the game in question and want to have a completely unhindered experience, please refrain from reading any further.

This week: Home, available and played on Steam.

Editorial, Feature, Gaming, Video Games

Alessio & The Beastly Backlog: Progress Report

Alessio & The Beastly Backlog is an excuse for me to be held accountable for completing my massive video game backlog. These articles are a hybrid of experiential reflection, informal critical reaction to the content, and a springboard for discussion on all of our social channels. Plus, I like talking about games and what better way to kill two birds with one stone?

This series is fair game for spoiler territory, and so with that being said, if you haven’t completed the game in question and want to have a completely unhindered experience, please refrain from reading any further.

And… we’re doing this dance again: I didn’t get a chance to play much of anything last week. I made some further headway into two of last week’s mentioned games, though, and started something fun, so let’s dive right in!

Editorial, Feature, Gaming, Video Games

My Wife!!! #1: Never Alone

My Wife!!! is a series focused around me talking my wife, who has zero interest in games, into trying her hand at some unique interactive experiences. After her time with each game, Kristen and I will discuss what she liked about the experience, what she disliked, and her thoughts on if the game accomplished what it set out to.

This entry we’ll discuss Kristen’s time with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, and Mac indie-platformer Never Alone. The game was downloaded and played on the PlayStation 4 as part of the PlayStation Plus round of free games in April of 2015.

Editorial, Feature, Gaming, Video Games

Alessio & The Beastly Backlog: Progress Report

Alessio & The Beastly Backlog is an excuse for me to be held accountable for completing my massive video game backlog. These articles are a hybrid of experiential reflection, informal critical reaction to the content, and a springboard for discussion on all of our social channels. Plus, I like talking about games and what better way to kill two birds with one stone?

This series is fair game for spoiler territory, and so with that being said, if you haven’t completed the game in question and want to have a completely unhindered experience, please refrain from reading any further.

This week… I didn’t get a chance to play much of anything last week. That being said, I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging and I thought I could briefly discuss what point I’m at in FOUR (!!!) games instead of just one! How’s that for value?

Editorial, Gaming

Retro Reviews #1: Kingdom Hearts, Does it Hold Up?

I love retro gaming. Love it, love it. I have a growing collection of old console and games and I need a reason to play them, so here is what I’m going to do. I’m going to play my old games and I am going to review them! “So what,” you ask? “How are you different than anyone else who plays and reviews old games?” I’m not really, but what I want to do is play said retro games and review them with the standards that todays games receive. Are the graphics any good? How well does the camera work? Is the voice acting really bad? Most of us look back on our favorite games with rose tinted glasses and I want to try to go into these games with a clean slate. Many of them I haven’t played in years so I am not breezing through them after my 100th play through.

Editorial, Feature, Gaming, Video Games

Alessio & The Beastly Backlog: The Last of Us: Left Behind

Alessio & The Beastly Backlog is an excuse for me to be held accountable for completing my massive video game backlog. These articles are a hybrid of experiential reflection, informal critical reaction to the content, and a springboard for discussion on all of our social channels. Plus, I like talking about games and what better way to kill two birds with one stone?

This series is fair game for spoiler territory, and so with that being said, if you haven’t completed the game in question and want to have a completely unhindered experience, please refrain from reading any further.

With a brand-spanking-new PlayStation 4 merely weeks old and begging to be experienced, I took some time to play the bundled in Last of Us remaster. I played the main game upon release on the PS3 but never had the chance to experience the DLC prequel / midquel, so this week I’ll be diving into The Last of Us: Left Behind.

Editorial, Feature, Gaming, Video Games

Alessio & The Beastly Backlog: Shovel Knight

Welcome to another entry in my on-going series: Alessio & The Beastly Backlog. Last week we talked about The Astronaut’s The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, which was a first-person exploration / crime-solving simulator game with a whole lot of story to drive the player forward. This week we have the opposite type of experience in a myriad of ways: Shovel Knight, a fun side-scrolling adventure game more akin to Zelda II and Megaman that has very little narrative other than just enough to get you motivated to get through its beautifully designed stages and boss encounters.

Editorial, Gaming, News, Video Games

The Misadventures of Tron Bonne: Now Available on PSN

After catching a glimpse of this, often forgotten, PSOne game in a toy store many years ago and not having the foresight to purchase it, I now have the great fortune, as do you dear reader, to digitally purchase as many copies of The Misadventures of Tron Bonne as I’d like!

The Playstation Network is now allowing users to purchase a copy of the unfortunately named Megaman Legends prequel for $4.99 for use with the Playstation Vita and the Playstation 3 systems. This will come as a relief to many as most used copies of the game run for anywhere between $90 – $150 on eBay or Amazon, and you can pretty much forget getting a shrink-wrapped copy for less than $250.

For those not in the know, The Misadventures of Tron Bonne follows the titular Tron Bonne in a prequel adventure set in the Megaman Legends universe. She must collect 1,000,000,000 zenny to buy back her family’s freedom from a rival air pirate named Mr. Loathe. Not having gotten too far into the game, this is as much as I can say about it, but you better believe that I’ll have my formal run-down of this title in my Beastly Backlog series soon as I’ve been wanting to check this out for quite some time. Now to casually delete that .iso file that found its way on my a friend’s computer recently.