Thursday, June 4, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 340 - Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons is a shallow and simple Diablo clone that is basically Minecraft in name only because it has nothing to do with Minecraft besides the aesthetic. If you are a big boy badass hardcore gamer, these probably seem like problems and the game is disappointing. If you're in the actual target audience for the game, however, the game is pretty much perfect. This isn't a game for hardcore gamers. This is a game for kids and families and casual players and anyone that doesn't have a stick up their butt about how l337 their haxxor skillz are. Minecraft Dungeons is solid and well worth a freaking free Game Pass download. Read more and watch gameplay here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 339 - realMyst Masterpiece Edition (Switch)

For a game I've tried to play at least a dozen times in the past, I think I've only ever put a total of maybe 2 hours into Myst. It's such a great world and cool idea and back in 1994 or so when I played it for the first time I thought it was the greatest thing ever. I just couldn't actually figure any of it out. Even as an adult trying to play it, it never really clicked. Maybe now's finally the time, then, with the realMyst Masterpiece Edition on Nintendo Switch! Read more and watch gameplay here.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 338 - Formula Retro Racing

Good news, everyone! For $12 you can get the best F1-style game on Xbox One. It isn't a boring poopy simulation of a boring dinosaur of a sport. No, it's a retro arcade inspired romp with a great visual style and awesome music. It's called Formula Retro Racing and it's awesome! Read more and watch gameplay here.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 337 - Saints Row The Third Remastered

Saints Row The Third is the best open world crime sandbox game and it isn't really even close. It is a game focused on pure fun instead of being all stuffy and serious and the result is great characters, silly missions, and over the top gameplay that doesn't get in the way. Even better, Saints Row The Third Remastered is one of the best remasters we've seen in a while and is the best way to experience the game now. Read more and watch gameplay here.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 336 - Split/Second

Back in the day Disney was all like "We're going to make video games with new IPs instead of just constantly re-using the same handful of properties we've been milking for the last 70+ years". Surprisingly, they were generally pretty solid and well reviewed. Despite being pretty good, and selling fairly well, Disney decided it didn't want to make games anymore so they just sort of fucked off into the sunset while games like Split/Second that are begging for a sequel were left to be forgotten. Read more and watch gameplay here.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 335 - Kamiko

Kamiko is another game I'd consider to be a perfect indie title. It's short and sweet, fun to play, has a distinct visual style and great music, and is appropriately priced at $5 or less. It's perfect. If you skipped its original release on Nintendo Switch, definitely check it out on Xbox One (for easy achievements!). Read more and watch gameplay here.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 334 - GRID (2019)

Codemasters' 2019 reboot of GRID is a mostly solid entry in the series. It looks great and plays well enough, but some extremely aggressive DLC practices - half the game is locked away behind a season pass - is pretty darn gross. Maybe that's why the price dropped so far, hmm? Because no one wanted to pay full price for half a game, hmm? Read more and watch gameplay here.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 333 - Transformers Devastation

Transformers Devastation is probably the best Transformers game we're ever going to get. It looks great and sounds great and plays fantastically well and is just kind of a treat all around. It's my favorite Platinum game, too. It's also a reminder of my younger-ish days when I was a huge, huge Transformers fan. Read more and watch gameplay here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 332 - Halo 5

I've been resisting it for years as an Xbox fan - That creeping dread that maybe Halo actually does suck now. If Halo sucks, then what do we really have left besides Forza? Don't say Gears, because Gears is freaking boring. Halo can't suck. That means the Sony Ponies win, and we can't have that. Those were my thoughts for the last 5+ years. You know what, though? Halo 5 does actually kinda suck. I never thought I'd say it. Read more and watch gameplay here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 331 - Tekken 7

Today's game is Tekken 7 - right up there among the best 3D fighting games of all time - but we didn't fight this time and did Tekken Bowling instead! It's, uh, not a great bowling game, to be honest. It was still sorta fun, though, and I got to tell stories about when I was a champion bowler as a teenager. Yes. Really. Read more and watch gameplay here.