Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 80 - Abzu

Day 80 of Eric Vs. 365 features Abzu, one of the most beautiful games ever made. Unfortunately, Abzuu didn't really get the respect or success it truly deserves due to mouth breathing morons who don't understand that video games can be things other than Calladoodyshootamans, but for those of us that "get" it, Abzu is something special. Don't worry, it doesn't actually take much effort or pretension to "get" it as the game is beautiful and controls amazingly well and once you get your hands on it you'll understand. Click for more.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 79 - Marvel Vs. Capcom 2

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 hit the scene two decades ago and was an instant classic. A status only solidified by a perfect Dreamcast port and (less perfect but still fine) ports to PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, and PS3. It is one of the top five greatest fighting games ever and is our featured game for day 79 of Eric Vs. 365. Click to read more and watch gameplay!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 78 - Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds Overdrive

One of our under the radar favorite games from the last ten years or so is Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds. First available on Xbox Live Arcade and now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, this sprite-based 2D beat-em-up packs a ton of charm and surprisingly deep gameplay in a great retro-inpsired package. It's been largely overlooked by the masses, though, despite our best efforts to spread the word, so here we are with another attempt to get folks to play it. Read more and watch gameplay on day 78 of Eric Vs. 365 featuring Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds Overdrive.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 77 - Forsaken

For day 77 of Eric Vs. 365 we take a look at the Nightdive Studios remaster of Forsaken on Xbox One. Forsaken, at least on N64 (and PSOne, lolz) was a game well ahead of its time and it wasn't really meant for the controls and visuals of 1998. With the remastered version, however, we can finally experience Forsaken as it was meant to be and it is pretty spectacular. Click to read more and watch gameplay.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 76 - The Crew 1

The Crew 2 improved on almost everything about The Crew 1 except the one thing that made the franchise distinct in the first place - the huge open world map of the United States. The open world got worse in The Crew 2 so just driving and taking a road trip wasn't nearly as fun. The Crew 1, on the other hand, is a great road trip simulator, which is what we did for day 76 of Eric Vs. 365. Watch as we drive from Seattle to Miami. Click for more.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 75 - NASCAR Heat 4

I go into every sports game with a fair bit of skepticism these days. There are always promises of big changes and improvements, but in reality they're usually pretty subtle and don't make that big of a difference. Not that the new game isn't almost always better than the ones that came before, but rarely are there drastic changes that actually warrant the hype. I actually began recording this NASCAR Heat 4 video saying "It's mostly the same as last year but with some subtle changes", and then over the course of the races I ran during the video my mind was kind of blown by how good it is. Notice that the line about "subtle changes" didn't make it into the final edit. 704Games and Monster Games finally got it all right and NASCAR Heat 4 is, pretty easily, the best NASCAR game in years. Click for more and to watch two (edited) races worth of gameplay.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 74 - Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash

Another month, another Senran Kagura game. Don't worry, we've run out of them for now (until Peach Ball gets super cheap on Switch ...). We're not gonna try and be all bashful and hide it, we love Senran Kagura and Peach Beach Splash is one of the secret best third-person-shooters on the market. It's actually a really fun team-based shooter underneath all of the fan service, people! Read more and watch gameplay right here.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 73 - Bully

Today's game is Rockstar's under-appreciated classic Bully for PS2. I've written before about how this is secretly Rockstar's best game and I'm willing to double and triple-down on that. Everything about it is just so darn charming and relate able and fun compared to R*'s other output, especially recently. This video is a real hoot, especially the ending. Click to read more and watch!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 72 - Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is one of the great under-appreciated gems of this generation. It isn't just good "for an anime game" it's a good game by any standard. Unfortunately, that overwhelming anime weeb-ness, and the Sword Art Online in the title, ensured that people who otherwise would have loved it never gave it a chance. I'm telling you, though, that it's great. Click for more and to watch gameplay.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 71 - NCAA Football 14

I miss NCAA Football, dang it. Just pay the players and do whatever it takes to bring it back because Madden is boring and college football was more fun. Of course, now my alma mater isn't even in FBS anymore, so I wouldn't be able to play as the University of Idaho anyway, but I still wants it. For day 71 of Eric Vs. 365 Eric played NCAA Football 14 and talks all sorts of crap about Boise State. Click to read more and watch the full episode.