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Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs (PS3, PS4, Vita)

TOKYO_BOXWe all have guilty pleasures, whether we like to admit them or not.  One of my guilty pleasures is watching ghost shows on TV.  You know, the ones where people go to haunted places and try to investigate ghosts, or recount their own spooky happenstances.  You can usually watch them on cable channels like Discovery or the History Channel (more like Used to be About History Channel).  Anyway, I know most of the stuff on those ghost shows are probably exaggerated and not real, but they’re still entertaining to watch anyway and who doesn’t like a good ghost story every now and then, especially at this time of year.  I also find video games about ghosts rather interesting, heck, the first game I ever played, Pac-Man, had ghosts in it!  So that’s why I decided to review Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs.  It’s a game about ghost hunting and is a weird mix of a virtual novel and strategy RPG.  It’s available for all of Sony’s current systems, but reviewed on PS3 here.

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Bustin’ Ghosts at Dave & Busters

GHOST3About a month and a half ago for my birthday, my family and I went to Dave & Busters.  The best way to describe Dave & Busters is it’s like a Chuck E. Cheese for adults.  They have a restaurant and bar, billiards, and other things.  They’ve also always had big arcades.  I think Dave & Busters started out in Georgia, but when they expanded, one of the first places they went to was Dallas, so we’ve had them nearby for a long time.  I think they’re all over the place now, though.  Anyway, we mainly spent our time in the arcade, and it was the first time in a long while that I had a lot of fun in a newer, modern arcade.  So I thought I’d share with you some of the stuff we played.

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LEGO Dimensions Ghostbusters Story Pack

LEGOGHOST1This past summer, we were treated with a brand new Ghostbusters movie featuring a different story and an all-female team.  While I don’t think it was nowhere near as good as the first movie, I still laughed a lot and it was considered a comedy, so I guess it did its job.  Plus, the new movie helped bring back my favorite childhood drink: Ecto-Cooler, so it’s all good.  And now you can play the movie in LEGO form with the LEGO Dimensions Ghostbusters Story Pack.  Not to be confused with the LEGO Dimensions Ghostbusters Level Pack, which I reviewed earlier this year.  LEGO Dimensions and all the sets that go with it are playable on nearly all the current home game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.

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Marvel’s Women of Power (PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, 360, PC, iOS)

MARVEL_BOXGirl Power is taking over pinball!  A bevvy of Marvel’s superheroines have teamed up to bring you two new action packed pinball tables for play on Zen Studios’ pinball platforms: Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2.  They’re available on nearly all current game consoles and computers, but reviewed on PS3 here. 

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Cary’s Top Five Favorite Firefighters in Video Games

FIREMICKEYSo a while back, I wrote a blog about my favorite police officers in video games.  It was a fairly popular topic, so I decided to revisit it, only change it to be my favorite firefighters in video games.  It won’t be as long of a list, because I couldn’t think of too many firefighter game characters.  I’m a little surprised there aren’t more firefighting games out there.  Real life firefighters are true heroes, risking their lives and being brave to save others in danger.  So I’m surprised that more video games haven’t capitalized on that.  Also, according to where I work now, this month is fire safety month so it’s topical.  But anyway, here are my favorites.

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Storm King’s Thunder (D&D RPG)

storm kings thunder moduleThis year, Dungeons and Dragons is all about the giants. The various types of giants (fire, hill, cloud, etc…) have gone to war with each other to determine the best kind of giant. Since the release of of 5th edition, Wizards of the Coast has picked an overarching storyline and theme for the year’s releases. This year focuses on a disruption of the natural order of giant seniority, and the infighting between the giant types to get higher in the pecking order. Player characters get caught up in the political intrigue and can even steer the outcome in one way or another before the tale’s final denouement.

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Jotun: Valhalla Edition (Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

JOTUN_BOXThora is a big, burly, tough as nails female Viking warrior.  Unfortunately for her, her boat sank and instead of going to Valhalla, she ends up in Norse purgatory and must fight her way through collecting runes and battling huge bosses to impress the gods.  Jotun: Valhalla Edition is a downloadable top-down viewed action game featuring hand-drawn graphics and animation.  It’s available for nearly all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on Wii U here.

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Noitu Love Devolution (Wii U, 3DS, PC)

NOITU_BOXOne of the things I like about reviewing games is learning about certain series that I would’ve never had heard of before.  This is a good example.  Noitu Love was a computer game released in the mid-2000’s, and Devolution is the sequel.  It was actually released a good while back on PC, too, but now you can play it with touch screen controls on the Wii U and 3DS (Wii U version reviewed here).  It’s a 2-D action game that has a lot in common with 16 and 32-bit Treasure titles.

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Cary’s Top Ten Favorite Police Officers in Video Games

MAPPYOver this past summer, and even some after that, there were a lot of news stories about police officers not doing what they should be doing, and it caused a lot of heat.  Sometimes even in the form of riots.  While I’m sure that there are police officers who are corrupt and some who lie and make mistakes, I think the majority of officers are trying their best to do the right thing, and need our support.  But that’s just my personal opinion.  So to show my support, here’s a blog about my favorite police officers in video games, and I’ll also share some ways I helped support our local police force in real life.

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Poncho (Wii U)

PONCHO_BOXBuildings are burning and the world has ended.  Kind of a dark way to start out a game where you play as a happy little toaster-like robot wearing a poncho.  In the game you play as Poncho, who must explore a 2-D 16-bit styled world filled with other robots wandering around not knowing what to do.  Your task is to find an item left by your creator which will supposedly save humanity somehow.  The game is available to download on the Nintendo Wii U eShop.

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