Releases are slowing down as E3 begins to creep up on us! That doesn't mean there isn't anything of quality coming out!

Yakuza 6: Song of Life (PS4)
4/17


One of the only games I'm looking forward to the most is almost here! After finally finishing Yakuza 0 at the end of last year I found myself engrossed in the story, characters, and entertaining gameplay that Yakuza offers. Yakuza 6 is shaping up to be even better and I couldn't be more excited for it's release. Sadly I didn't get to download the demo/full game (for those who don't know, Sega accidentally released the full game as a demo.) Regardless I can't wait to support this series more. When Sega wants to, they can make great titles.

Don't Starve Mega Pack (PS4, Xbox One)
4/17


One of my favorite games to play on PC is finally getting it's full fledged physical release on console. Don't Starve Mega Pack comes with every amount of DLC that was released for it! While it has been out on console for awhile, it hasn't had it's complete release.

LABO (Switch)
4/20


This project is another testament to how Nintendo is willing to take more risks than any other game company out there. Everyone mocks their ideas, but when it comes down to it they usually knock it out of the park. I gotta admit paying $79.99 for some cardboard is a little crazy but hey, maybe it's worth it? We'll see!

God of War (PS4)
4/20


Kratos is beginning his next journey with a full beard and in the Nordic Realm. I find myself questioning why they even bothered to keep Kratos involved. I think it would be better to just introduce a new character and have them take center stage in killing all the Gods in that setting. Then change it up again if they decided to go in a different direction. Maybe that's why they're introducing his son? We'll find out on Kush Day.

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
4/24


Adventure Time games have always been "meh". They're fun but I've lost interest in all of them in a short span. I'm hoping that Pirates of the Enchiridion can change that. This time it's a complete 3D adventure! 




Back in January, LAN Mob started Thursday Night Fights, and it's hard to believe that this Thursday's event will be the last of Season 1 already! To anyone who hasn't attended, LAN Mob + Rome Revolution are creating up to twelve sponsorship packages for each game being played at Fight Nights and we utilize a unique format to help players learn and grow in various games, while still being able to play their favorites/discover new ones. I've learned so much since January, from both an organizer and player perspective, and we now know what games people like, dislike, etc. It's important to note that despite all of the player backgrounds in various games, we've put value on every fighter and "sub-genre" we could for Season 1, including Smash, Street Fighter, Tekken, indie fighters, anime games (such as BlazBlue, Guilty Gear and the wildly successful Dragonball FighterZ) and even Marvel VS Capcom Infinite. We think it's important to offer opportunities for everyone to play the games they enjoy playing, and we considered it fully while deciding on changes for Season 2 of Fight Nights, but at the same time we've been juggling a whole mess of games. We released a poll in our Thursday Night Fights Discord channel asking a few key questions, and we also considered these heavily while deciding on what changes to bring in for Season 2.

Game Changes!
One of the simplest changes to expect between Fight Night seasons is the game list. Like I said, we really went all out on Season 1, and with Season 2 starting very shortly, our first changes were simply removing some of the least popular/cycled-out games. To anyone that attends Fight Nights, I don't think there will be much of a surprise - but here are the games we ultimately decided to remove going into Season 2 - Mortal Kombat X, King of Fighters XIV and Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite.
That being said, removing games is an opportunity to introduce some new games to the weekly event, and what better way to gauge interest then by asking the community! Starting in Season 2, we're proud to add Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[St] (don't worry, you don't have to call it that every time) to our fight nights!


There was also a large amount of interest in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Super Street Fighter II Turbo (via the SF30th Anniversary Collection) in our poll, so fret not, you've been heard! Unfortunately, these games won't be making in to Season 2 of Fight Nights due to their release dates, but are a total shoe-in for Season 3. Another game that has garnered a lot of interest is Windjammers, and while the game technically isn't a fighter, it certainly has strong ties to the community. We want to keep the core game list low, but starting in Season 2 we'll have the opportunity to play some more games while keeping our list down to ten.

Event Games
Starting in Season 2, every Thursday Night Fights will feature a special "event" game. This event game can be played throughout the nights matches, and players can opt to play it in place of their middle option in a set. These games can range from smaller indie titles, old classics and sometimes even a game release, such as Cross Tag Battle. We'll announce the next Event game at the prior Fight Nights, we look forward to seeing everyone compete in such a variety of games. To anyone who's worried about what these games may be, I'm happy to announce the first Event Game of Season 2 is Windjammers!


Windjammers will kick off Season off Fight Nights on Thursday, April 12th. That's right, this Season Fight Nights will be a bi-weekly event, meaning there are only 6 Fight Nights in Season 2. I personally really look forward to these changes, and I can't wait to discover more games and practice in others. Bi-weekly means each week is more important, with extra practice time and friendlies between! Last but not least, this Friday, April 30th at 7pm is the Zehn Masters Spring Series Qualifiers for Street Fighter V and Dragonball FighterZ. The Zehn Masters series is a very great opportunity to compete against some really strong regions in a National event, so we hope for some great competition. We'll have some more announcements coming up after this week's fight nights + Zehn events! Thanks for reading everyone! 

I really like the idea of chronicling my spending the same way I like jumping 100 ft into a pit of spiders! Because I was running out of ideas, I thought it would be good idea to chronicle my game purchases throughout the year after last month's Krombopulos Michael inspired post . Think of these lines of post as Enrique's Queue 2.0 but with dollar amounts attached to each game. Anyway, here's what I picked up in the month of March!

Ni No Kuni II


Cody and my brother were big fans of the first game! From what I understand the sequel is a completely different beast! While the first game had you raising spirits similar to Pokemon, the second game has a more active combat system that reminds me of the recent Tales series. I swagged out for the Deluxe Ed. which came with some digital content, season's pass and a copy of the game for $80


Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[St]


I love the devs and I really enjoy this game!! I played the prequel on PS3 ages ago. It's a 2D fighting game and it has this neat grid based gauge that you play around. For the most part, the gauge increases when you deal damage, run or dash forward, block or by charging it. It decreases when you take damage, move backwards or let your opponent charge the gauge. Once you reach a certain portion, you're able to use the gauge to cancel into all sorts of moves or perform some nifty moves!! I didn't intend to pick this up but with fight nights regulars CATS getting Cody and Drew into it, I HAD to join in on the fun.  $50

Slay The Spire

I've been watching my friends play this for a few months. It's a neat combination of roguelike and CCG. What finally had me pull the trigger was this game being on sale for ~$12. I know Cody wrote a blog on the game but after watching everyone I know play it, I couldn't resist picking it up while it was at a discount!

Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion

To no one's surprise, I bought Splatoon's first ever expansion (at $20). The expansion doesn't release until the summer but you get a new headgear and top for buying the expansion. GOTTA STAY FRESH.

Typing up how much I spent and why I bought each thing makes me queasy. Checking my calendar and I'm aiming not to spend ANY MONEY on new games next month. I'll spend that time looking for a high quality gif of Mr. Krabs swimming in a pile of money. For that matter, if basecamp even supports the use of .gifs!
The 90s sure are a nostalgic time. 1998 is regarded as one of the best years in gaming alongside 1997. In my opinion they both have had some of the greatest releases of all time. From games that would help birth the realm of eSports to games that helped prove that Video Games were just as great as any other form of media. 

Resident Evil 2
January 21

Resident Evil 2 to me, is the greatest horror game ever made. The way it's paced is perfect right from the start. It's a game I can always revisit and enjoy myself. It also introduced the best character in the franchise, Leon. I'm hoping for some news on the Remake at E3 this June!

Xenogears
February 11

While it never reached the height of popularity like Final Fantasy did, Xenogears is still a cult classic for good reason. The story is on par with plenty of the games released even today. Even though they had to rush production and couldn't make the final product they wanted, it still came out incredible.

Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
February 26

Ninja games are rad. Tenchu was on another level though. It's unique approach to stealth helped shape the future stealth genre. Though as the years went on the series would fall short, there are rumors of it's return. Hopefully it's true!

Parasite Eve
March 29

Parasite Eve is a Horror-RPG and was also Squaresoft's (now Square-Enix) first array into the M rated category. It doesn't shy from showing how gruesome the game can be at times too. It's a great blend of action and RPG elements with the use of firearms being your primary source of attacking.

StarCraft

Blizzard's next RTS game was a bit different compared to Warcraft. And in my opinion, helped shaped eSports to what it is today. Playing this on battle.net was a ton of fun and I still have fond memories of it. 

Final Fantasy Tactics
June 20

A year after the release of Final Fantasy VII, fans of the series were waiting for the next Final Fantasy release. The next year Tactics would be released. With it's incredible story, graphics, and gameplay; everything about this game still holds up today.

Banjo Kazooie
June 29

Two years after Super Mario 64, Rareware released their own 3D platformer and with it's banter between characters and its "collectathon" nature, helped seperate it from being just a simple Mario clone.

Brave Fencer Mushashi
July 16

Another great SquareSoft game! Brave Fencer Mushashi was a Action-Adventure RPG. With real-time combat and voice over dialogue with a really cool day/night cycle as well. It also helped that Square vets Tetsuya Nomura and Hironobu Sakaguchi also were behind the scenes.

Metal Gear Solid
September 3

A game that revolutionized gaming even further than before and turned Hideo Kojima into the powerhouse that he is. The games form of story telling and gameplay changed the way games were viewed as a format of entertainment. The cutscenes and intense boss battles were important in making Metal Gear Solid one of the best selling games of the year.

Spyro The Dragon
September 9

Hopefully we'll be seeing the announcement of the remastered trilogy soon because Spyro the Dragon is one of the best 3D platformers ever made. The music, characters, and levels all hold a special place in my heart. 20 years though? LOL SPYRO REMASTER CONFIRMED.

Medievil
October 21

One of my personal favorites. Medievil is a fantastic adventure game that I have plenty of fond memories with. Sir Daniel Fortesque is one of my favorite gaming protagonists even though he can't really talk.

Grim Fandango
October 30

Grim Fandango is one of the most memorable gaming experiences I've had on PC. The setting and characters were very well designed and acted. If you ever find the opportunity to play it do it!

Half-Life
November 8th

Though it's hailed as one of the greatest games ever released on PC, I never finished Half-Life. Even 11 years after it's sequel, doesn't stop everyone from forever wishing for the fabled Half-Life 3.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
November 21

Ocarina of Time as you know is regarded as the greatest game of all time. For most people it's true. Ocarina of Time is an incredible experience that changed the Legend of Zelda series for the better.

Mario Party
December 18

THE GREATEST PARTY GAME EVER. FORGET WHAT YA'LL HEARD.

Gran Turismo
December  23

I'm not a big car guy by any means. Gran Turismo however, is the only thing that made me slightly interested in them. The courses were awesome and the selection of cars (over 100 licensed cars!) were fantastic.  Each vehicle handled differently and allowed you to change them as well. Swapping around suspensions, tires, etc. I guarantee this game influenced some racers and mechanics along the way.

There are a small handful of people in my life that I would consider strong inspirations to me and have actively shaped me into the person I am/want to be. In one way or another, these people have shown me what it means to truly be a "good" person, and while that definition can be different for people across the globe, these people have shed light on my own personal definition with their words and actions. Among these individuals is my father, a reserved and quick witted man who taught me the importance of patience, honor and kindness. Additionally, my father taught me to respect the perspective of people around me, to understand I am but a single soul in a world inhabited by 7.5 billion and possibly most importantly, the best time to crack a good joke. I could continue rattling off situations and events in the last 25 years where I learned valuable lessons from my father, but I'll attempt to stay on track instead. Last Tuesday my father passed away, from a combination of illnesses that have plagued him for many years. Obviously the loss of a parent is a very sad occurrence, regardless of age and condition, but among the hundreds of things my dad helped prepare me for and truly understand, his own passing was one of the most important. As I mentioned, my dad was a reserved man and he kept many things below his dignity, and I can say for certain that this included his own passing. He would never want his loved ones to fall prey to a self-fueled pity party, he would want nothing more than for me to hold my head up high and move on with my own life, honoring him by remembering everything he has taught me.

I only knew my father for a fraction of his long life, but I'm thankful to have gotten extremely close to him in this time. My dad was one of the only people in this world I could tell absolutely anything to, including the first time I drank so much I threw up, the first girl I ever liked, work frustrations, etc etc. No matter what, good or bad, my dad was always willing to truly listen to whatever I had to say. This relationship went both ways, and I also cared enough to spend time talking and listening to anything my dad wanted to talk about as well. This included a plethora of stories about "the old days", politics, the state of the world, whatever, it didn't matter. Despite how close we were, our views varied enough where we would disagree in many things, but respected each other enough to never let these differences effect how much we really cared about each other. Even when we disagreed, I believe my father always looked out for my best interests, as I did with him, and I'm very grateful to have had such a pillar of support in my life. We've both made mistakes in our lives, and I can't stress enough how much my dad helped me turn these mistakes into valuable lessons. In multiple ways I wouldn't just consider my dad a good guardian, but a great friend.

I chose to write about something as personal as my father in our LAN center's blog for a multitude of reasons. I suppose one of the main reasons was as a sort of outlet, hooray blogging! The main reason being that my dad truly supported me in everything I did, and of course that meant almost every aspect of LAN Mob. One of the most difficult decisions of my life up to this point was quitting my previous job, so I could stop half-assing at both, and devote more of my life to the LAN, and I possibly would have never come to the decision if it wasn't for my father. When times at the LAN are rough, or when we're met with difficult weekends filled with tournaments, events and birthday parties he always kept me grounded and most importantly happy even if it was as simple as venting, or focusing on all the good moments. Additionally, I'm happy to say my dad truly understood gaming, and why I cared about it so much and supported the culture. Certainly this support was somewhat financial growing up, on both of my parents accounts, but in my dad's case it was much deeper than that, and extended far past when I got my first job. He believed having an outlet was good, and when I hit middle school and my friends started flooding in mostly due to the hobby, he was genuinely happy I found more people to play with. When I broke a record at the arcade we frequented, he always congratulated me, and while that may seem simple enough he really was the only one who ever did. This extended even into the recent years at our Saturday LML Smash events; where I'd always make sure to tell him how I placed and how I played because he always asked, without fail. While the last 5 years or so were very difficult for my father due to his declining health, he never failed to continue to care enough to show interest in gaming, because he knew how much it meant to me, or because he started to take a personal interest himself. I've watched more EVOs with my dad then without, and even if he didn't understand everything about them, he was willing to let me talk his ear off about this competitor and that game, etc. He was even a bit of a gamer himself, some of my best memories of Elementary School were watching my dad pound out a 250+ lap race in NASCAR 2003 on the highest difficulty or taking on a few missions in Ace Combat while I finished up my homework. Unfortunately the last few years made gaming impossible, but he still watched the occasional stream with me and was even excited to hear about Rome Revolution practices + Thursday Night Fights. He believed in everything we do here, and that kind of support is such a rare thing.

It goes without saying I'll miss my dad very much, and I'm still in a bit of a difficult stage, even as I type this. I miss him a lot. It's difficult to lose somebody who just believes in you no matter what, especially when things get difficult, not to mention somebody you spend hours with every single day. However, as cheesy as it may sound, he taught me well enough to know that his support transcends being physically present and that's quite the motivator. I'm now hungrier than I've ever felt in my entire life. It's funny, because I've never really been one for a random epiphany, but here we are. I want to work harder, think clearer and earn a life my dad would be proud of (even though I'm pretty sure he'd still be proud of me if I was a homeless hamster fight club owner). I want to give more of myself to what I do and this extends to everything, including my ability to coach the Rome Revolution League team and even my own desire to compete at a higher level in some fighting games, because I know my dad would be extremely proud of success on both fronts. This last week I've felt some regret for not being around enough the last few years, but they're quickly put to rest when I think of everything the LAN Mob team has accomplished, and how he applauded every successful moment we've ever had, and helped me work through the tougher moments. I wish I could thank my dad once more for believing in me and what makes me me, especially in a world where people don't do it for each other enough, but I know he already knows and would just crack some sort of joke anyway, then probably scold me because my sleep schedule is completely abysmal. He would probably also make a joke about this post, commenting on how I managed to leave out all the difficult times, but I'm just exercising yet another lesson - focus on the positives.

I realize this post was quite cheesy but hey, what's the point of contributing to a blog if I can't get uncomfortably personal sometimes, right?! Thanks for reading everybody, and please save the comments like "I'm so sorry" and "He's in a better place now." There's nothing to be sorry for, my dad was awesome, and I already know he's in a better place. The grind continues, except now I feel like I've got the strongest motivator ever.

Splatoon 2 is set to receive a huge patch in late April when the game updates to Ver. 3.0. Along with a ton of cosmetics being added, a new ranking tier, beyond Rank S+, will be implemented called Rank X !  Below is a snapshot of the ranking as of late February. Rank X is the top 1% of ranked! Players in Rank S+10-S+50 will be automatically be placed in Rank X once the update goes live.The top 500 players name and gear for each ranked mode(Clam Blitz, Rainmaker, Splat Zones and Tower Control) will be displayed on the Nintendo app. P From what I understand, Rank X does not have a rank meter to maintain but "X Power" which increases with a win and decreases after a loss. The way I interpret it, you'll be matched with people of similar X Power, which reminds me of how Splatfest matchmaking is handled. Once introduced, Rank X will reset at the end of the month. Players who don't maintain a certain X Power will be demoted to S+9 and will need to climb back into Rank X.


Rank stats as of 2/20/18 (Thanks Official Splatoon Tumblr!)

Alongside the introduction of Rank X, Ranked Battle stage pools and the update scheduled are being altered in Ver. 3.0. Ranked Battle's map pool will be limited to 8 stages per ranked gamemode instead of having access to all stages(when update 3.0 launches, there will be 20 multiplayer stages in Splatoon 2). The Ranked Battle map pool will rotate alongside the Rank X reset at the end of every month post 3.0. Again, the limited stage pool is only for Ranked Battle! Stages and weapons will no longer release on a weekly schedule once Ver. 3.0 arrives. Instead of trickling out, several weapons and a new stage will be added at the beginning of every month instead of one weapon and/or stage a week.


That's quite a lot to take in. I think introduction of Rank X is neat for the super competitive Splatoon 2 player but I'll need some time to warm up to the altered update schedule. It was nice checking into Splatoon every week to see what was added but perhaps the monthly update schedule will allow them to keep a closer eye on what weapons/abilities need to be balanced. Let's give 3.0 a shot once it arrives in late April 2018!


New Smash means a flurry of rumors of special character appearances. It began with Brawl having Sonic and Solid Snake, then leading to Smash 4 having characters like Ryu, Pac-Man, Cloud, Mega Man, Bayonetta, and another appearance from Sonic. So now begs the question, who will Nintendo have join the fight this time?


Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight deserves a spot in Smash Bros. He has his own Amiibo coming out soon so it seems that Nintendo is pretty fond of the character. So why not put him in Smash? It'll do great for the Indie scene too!  

Crash Bandicoot

With the announcement of the N. Sane Trilogy coming to the Switch it would be amazing to see Crash go against his former rival/s Mario (and Sonic if he makes a reappearance).

Rayman

Rayman is a character I've wanted to see in Smash Bros. Ubisoft seems to have a strong relationship with Nintendo considering the fact Nintendo allowed them to make a Mario game. I feel Rayman would be a natural fit.
Banjo & Kazooie

After Phil Spencer practically giving his nod of approval while people could vote for the next Smash 4 character, it makes me feel like we'll see some old faces this time around. Imagine some of the classic Rare characters making a comeback with the company that they had their debut with? Who knows maybe with the Nintendo supporting cross-platform with Microsoft on some titles it could lead to this?

Conker
Another Rare character that I think would be a perfect fit for Smash. We probably would have to avoid the alcoholism and whatnot but that's fine! Seeing Conker make an appearance in any way shape or form would be great. We're going to forget that HoloLens video though.

 Solaire of Astora

He's getting his own amiibo and all it does is lets you do the Praise the Sun gesture? Nah he's boutta Smash.

I'm so excited to for Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion. Ignoring the announcement after the expansion, I'm looking forward to all the games featured in the 3/8/18 Nintendo Direct. Rob wrote put together a little something something if you prefer not to watch the entire direct, check that out!

The expansion looks to be a single player campaign where you play as an Octoling, the octopus equivalent of an Inkling! There will be 80 levels to play through and it's suppose to release sometime in Summer 2018. The DLC's hub world looks to be a subway system pictured above! Your reward for beating all 80 levels seems like the ability to play as an Octoling in multiplayer!! OH MY GOODNESS.

HARMONY
I'm overjoyed at this news. I just love Splatoon so much! Though, I haven't been playing it recently because of there not being enough hours in the day! Initially, I wanted to take a break before forcing myself to learn motion controls but I forgot and turned them off. I'm motivated to even finish the Splatoon 2 story mode, which I've been slacking on! I need to get myself caught up!! The expansion is priced around $19.99, hoping to be released over Summer 2018(I hope it's released in August on a day ending in 8!) and comes with some cute gear!  GUYS, I'M SO EXCITED FOR SPLATOON 2 DLC. I feel like barfing after saying that...


If you're a Nintendo fan, you most likely watched the Nintendo Direct yesterday. If you're a gaming fan in general, I'm sure you've heard quite a bit about it from browsing the webs. Right now it's hard to not say that Nintendo is knocking it out of the park this year as far as announcements go. They know how to generate hype and keep their fans engaged with practically a snap of the finger. From more Wii-U ports, new titles, and even some old classics. The Direct had something for every fan. 


3DS Announcements

Warioware Gold
August 3rd

Much like Mario Party: The Top 100, Warioware Gold is a collection of 300 microgames in one package. On top of the classic microgames there will also be new ones included that utilize the 3DS to its full potential. Such as microgames using the touchscreen, mic, and more!

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
TBA 2019

The classic DS release is making it's return on the 3DS sometime next year! New features will allow you to switch between the Mario Brothers to platform/control Bowser to explore!

Luigi's Mansion Remake
TBA 2018

Something I am thrilled about and a bit upset with at the same time. I love that they're remaking this game, but I just wish they decided to remake it for the Switch. Regardless they're adding a few new features like a boss rush mode! Maybe at a later date they'll announce both games for the Switch? Probably not.

Switch Announcements

Okami HD
TBA 2018

One of the greatest games released on the PS2 has finally found it's way to the Switch after launching on the PS4 and Xbox One late last year.

Dark Souls Amiibo & Test Beta
May 25

This is the greatest Amiibo ever.

Octopath Traveler
July 13

A game I have been keeping a heavy eye on, Octopath Traveler finally has a release date! I have high hopes from watching all of the developer diaries. With the demo surveys putting some heavy changes on the gameplay shows that the team really cares about this project and it makes me even more excited for it's release. This time around they introduced two more characters and a collector's edition that is looking mighty fine.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
TBA 2018

No More Heroes was a ton of fun on the Wii. Now Travis Touchdown's return is rapidly approaching with this new entry! Supporting seven different game types and a co-op mode.

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
July 13

This is one of my favorite games on the Wii-U. This incredibly cute platformer had me hooked right from the start with it's charming and sometimes troubling puzzles. This time around there will be a co-op mode and Super Mario Odyssey themed levels added in.

Undertale
TBA

Though I dislike the fanbase for ruining this game for me, it's still a neat release to see on the Switch. The game has sold extremely well and it has the potential to gain plenty more fans through Nintendo.

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy

This is awesome. With all the rumors it seemed possible but the fact that these PS1 classics are finally being released on a non-Sony console is special. It'll be great being able to take Crash on the road again and it will be even better to see people struggle and attempt breaking their system in frustration.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
April 24

Another surprise. I wasn't expecting to see this release on a Nintendo console any time soon. But I was wrong! It's nice to see Nintendo getting all of this third party support and it's really paying off.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
May 18

Another Wii-U title, Hyrule Warriors is closing in on it's Switch debut. The game comes complete will all existing content, including all characters, maps, and missions. Local play is also an option!

Mario Tennis Aces
June 22

A ton of information was released for this title during the direct. Plenty of new gameplay mechanics and even a release date!

Splatoon 2 Ver. 3.0
TBA 2018

A new update will being in new gear, stages, Octolings, and more! There will also be a new DLC that includes a single player story for $19.99

SUPER SMASH BROS!!!!!!!!!!
2018

No better way to close a Direct than with something like this.

We're seven days into March 2018 as I post this and it has already been a really hectic and busy month for me. Amidst everything I've been finding it very difficult to find time to game, but I'm hoping my schedule will get a little less insane soon. That being said, there are a few games I want to finish up, a few games I want to dive into and a few I'm REALLY looking forward to, so here we go!


Warhammer: Vermintide 2

I've never played the original Warhammer Vermintide title, and by no means am I a fan of the Warhammer universe. Honestly, the extent of my knowledge regarding the original Vermintide was that it was relatively well received and frequently gets compared to the Left for Dead series. The comparison is relatively true for the second title, but with a lot more depth, customization and strategy. I just started playing the other day but I'm already really enjoying hacking and slashing through swaths of rat people and chaos soldiers, even though I don't really understand what's going on. Technically the game doesn't release until March 8th, but pre-ordering granted access to a short closed beta in which you get to play all the missions in Act 3. Ultimately, I'm really looking forward to Thursday and being able to play some new missions and earn more rewards. Vermintide 2 might just be a breakout game to look for in the near future!


Under Night in Birth Exe Late[st]

Despite the complicated name, I've never fell into the rhythm of a fighting game so easily before UNIST. I played the last iteration of the series on PS3 a few years ago, but that was a time before I really dived into more fighters. I think what makes UNIST stand above other fighting games for me right now is the incredible art style, soundtrack and relatively simple mechanics blending together to make really GREAT feeling matches. Huge shout outs to Fight Nights regular CATS for introducing me to the new iteration and even though our current record is around 1-53 (in his favor) I enjoy every minute playing the game. I look forward to seeing UNIST's future in the FGC, even if it's a bit out of the way from the mainstream. Hopefully Cross Tag will shed some light on the series for the future.


Monster Hunter World


I've already dumped around 100 hours into Monster Hunter World, and as I said in my glowing review, the game not only surpasses the expectations I had for a new and different Monster Hunter title, it also really made me rethink video games as a whole. At 100 hours the new task is to raise one's Hunter rank by fighting different forms of old monsters, and while I'm always happy to play with my friends, I'm looking forward to some new content. That being said, I'll probably wrap up some loose ends, like completing some events, finishing some gear and hunting some rare critters and hang up my weapons until some new content drops. This isn't due to pure boredom, simply an attempt to move on and experience some other games, otherwise I could be lost in the New World for months and months. 


Ni No Kuni 2 - Revenant Kingdom

IT'S FINALLY ALMOST HERE! It's been about 8 years since the release of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, but it feels like an entire life time. Revenant Kingdom is not the sequel I expected, there are many changes to gameplay this time around, but the game still looks fantastic. I dumped over 100 hours into the original title, and I'm sure it will be just as easy to do so in the sequel. The ghibli-esque JRPG comes out March 23rd and I'm counting down the hours.

Nioh

This one isn't a joke! To anyone who doesn't know Nioh has been sitting unopened on my shelf since February of 2017. I know the game is really good, and a lot of my friends joke it's a game that would probably be one of my favorites ever. I always put off actually starting the game because I feel like the time is never right, but I have a good feeling I'll be able to start it very soon. I'm excited!

PSN has a fantastic weekly sale that ends 3/6(Tuesday) at 11am EST/8am PST. I don't have time to explain why I don't have time to explain all the games you should consider buying.You're in luck,a handful of these games have been mentioned by my colleagues in previous posts! If you haven't already, I implore you to check out Dictator's blog, Rob's blog or Cody's three part series on their Top Games of 2017. While there's some overlap in game choices, I can appreciate their unique perspective on what makes X a top game of 2017 knowing each person has a broad range of games they enjoy. AND NOW IT'S MY TIME TO SHINE.


Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy

A pillar of my childhood remastered!  The N Sane Trilogy contains Crash Bandicoot 1, 2 & 3 rebuilt using the level design from the original PS1 games.
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Price: $29.99/$23.99 with PS+

Gravity Rush 2


I absolutely adore the art style. I've wanted to play this series when it debuted on the Vita but had trouble finding a physical copy. I'm glad it got a sequel on PS4 along with a remastered version(which is sadly not on sale.)
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Price: $21.99/$17.99 with PS+

Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition

It's super pretty. I had to be wary of this game whenever it was getting played in the shop. It's mesmerizing!


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Price: $34.99/$32.49 with PS+

Nioh - The Complete Edition

It's like Dark Souls but in Feudal Japan.
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Price: $29.99/$24.99 with PS+


A Medley of Fighting Games
Seven of the Twelve games featured in Fight Night Season 1 are on sale!!

Blazblue Central Fiction - $29.99/$23.99 with PS+
*DLC characters NOT on sale
Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 - $19.99/$15.99 with PS+
The King of Fighters XIV Special Anniversary Edition - $35.99/$29.99 with PS+
*Includes the first 4 DLC characters
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite Standard Edition - $35.99/$29.99 with PS+
*Deluxe Edition with all DLC characters - $53.99/$44.99 with PS+
Mortal Kombat XL - $11.99/$9.99 with PS+
Street Fighter V:Arcade Edition - $31.99/$29.99 with PS+
*SFV:AE + Season 3 Pass(Deluxe Edition) - $59.49/$55.99 with PS+
Tekken 7 - $35.99/$29.99 with PS+
*Tekken  7 + Season Pass(Deluxe Edition) - $55.24/$46.74 with PS+

This sale features SO MANY it blows my mind. Covers many different styles of fighting games. Perfect if you wanted to practice for our Fight Nights every Thursday! Matter of fact, if you don't feel like picking up any of these games but have a burning desire to play I know just the place! I'm gonna try real hard not to add to my queue unless I know I can make time to play it. For everyone else: GOOD HUNTING

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