Fallout 4 Launch Trailer

Posted in Action Adventure, Fallout 4, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on November 5th, 2015 by thelonegamer

Chills, man. CHILLS.

The final trailer for Fallout 4 just hit, and man… Bethesda just knows how to do these spots that just leave your jaw dropped, your eyes misty and your heart just pumping. I WANT THIS GAME. NOW. The game is looking AMAZING. Not just the simple graphics, but the scope- the breadth, the depth, the story, the music, the gameplay… the possibilities. OH, the POSSIBILITIES. Pursue the story, which seems filled with factions, mysteries, horrors, secrets and causes to get drowned in, survive, thrive and master the new world your character has found him or herself in.

November 10 (I hope), I begin another New Life. WOW.

Fallout 4: Excited for the Apocalypse

Posted in Action Adventure, Fallout 4, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, Xbox One on November 4th, 2015 by thelonegamer


The next BIG Bethesda RPG is imminent!

I have to say it right out- never really been a Fallout fan. I like the idea of Post-Apocalyptic Future Sci-fi, but it’s always been eclipsed by Swords and Sorcery fantasy. Still, while I’ve never actually played the Fallout games to a significant degree (I got to play through the Vault of Fallout 3, but stopped playing soon after reaching Megaton), I’ve always kept tabs on this series, even watching many episodes of Fallout New Vegas LPs on Youtube.

So, here’s Fallout 4. It’s my chance, I guess, to finally get onto this Irradiated Future World that many others have already lost themselves in. As Bethesda’s latest big game, it’s what we’ll all be getting into before… well, before the next ELDER SCROLLS. Now, that said, I am really liking the aspects of crafting and customization. That you can build your own settlements is something I am looking forward to, and all the massive detail of the world and objects tickle me to no end. The combat looks very accessible (apparently you can play it as a straight shooter) and the inclusion of vehicles is tantalizing. It’s just a few days away- I’m still neck deep into other games but somehow I think I will be making a space for F4 on my schedule in the next few months/years… heheh…

Dragon Age Inquisition: Why It’s The Best Time to Return to Thedas

Posted in Action Adventure, DLC, Dragon Age Inquisition, Fan Service, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, PC Gaming, PS3, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One, Xbox360 on September 16th, 2015 by thelonegamer


The Trespasser DLC marks the end of the Inquisition, one way or another…

Many months ago, Bioware’s Dragon Age: Inquisition came out on consoles and PC, and RPGers were scrambling all over it. There were highs and lows, with the game impressing with its gorgeous graphics, expansive and varied locales, engaging gameplay and wonderful cast of characters. On the other hand, the game’s linear story, lack of ‘deep’ dungeons and many cutbacks from earlier versions garnered mixed feelings. Still, I say overall that DAI was a wonderful RPG which entertained me for a couple of playthroughs right after release.
Now, more than nine months later though, I am playing Inquisition again. So why have I dusted off my Inquisitor’s Helm and armor from the closet and called the gang back together? There are quite a few reasons why today is the best time to get back into Thedas, or discover it for the first time.

Play as A Different Class. If you are coming back to DAI after playing through it once, try playing again, as a different class. You’ll be surprised how different the gameplay style is. If you played a Mage or Archer who dealt death from afar before, try this time as an in-your-face combatant as a Warrior. Aside from trying out all the new perks and abilities, you’ll find that the story will be slightly different as well.

This time, Play it RIGHT. I remember playing very much like a noob in my first DAI Playthrough- I didn’t really learn all the nuances and rules. I blundered through the first region of the game, barely optimized my characters’ gear and took advantage of their various abilities, and spent WAAAY too much time in the starting Hinterlands.
This time, I knew that it was key to gather as many crafting materials as possible, where to get good stuff, great gear and thus start kicking ass earlier, making the most out of my time. Seeing your characters do much better and handling previously brutal skirmishes more handily is very gratifying. Try out various Character Builds, get into Crafting and start Kicking Ass in the most spectacular ways.

Do the Other Path. There are two distinct paths to take in a crucial moment in the game, that affects the story. This time, play the one you didn’t choose before and see a different chapter, different benefits, allies and villain to battle. Try out different romances. Get the girl. Or the guy. Or not. Ultimately. Maybe.


Bioware’s DAI PAX2015 Panel.

Enjoy the Later Tweaks and Tons of New Gear, Items and Clothing. Since the original launch, DAI has seen many patches to fix exploits (like the legendary Thousands Cuts trick) and balance out gameplay that made particular classes well-nigh invincible (and broken) later in the game. Also, lots of new gear like crafting materials, items, schematics, weapons and armor have been added, including stuff in subsequent DLCs. Also, lo and behold, your Inquisitor needn’t run around in their annoying beige pajamas around Haven all the time thanks to the new Wardrobe. Oh, and Armor Tinting. ARMOR TINTING. YEEESSSS. MY GOSH I may be doing playthroughs with different Character COLORS. Not Classes, COLORS. My God this game rewards my OC Self like no other.

Finish the Fight, er Story. If you love the game like I do, the three DLC Story/Campaign Expansions- Jaws of Hakkon, The Descent and Trespasser- are Must-Haves. All of them can (or perhaps should) be played after completing the Main Game and Story, giving your Inquisition further adventures to test their skills. And you’ll probably need the powerful items and weapons you’ll get then in the final confrontations in Trespasser. No Ifs or Buts about it, Trespasser is the Final DLC of Inquisition, and it gives this corner of Thedas a definite ending that any Dragon Age fan should try themselves.

Right now, Dragon Age: Inquisition is in its most complete form and it’s an awesome package. Currently, I’m enjoying the hell out of DAI, possibly even more so than I did months ago. It’s awesome to see all the stuff I missed or just plain didn’t see before, and to play the game better this time around. Even if Trespasser has marked the End of Dragon Age for now, I won’t be leaving Thedas or my Inquisition anytime soon.

Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain Launch Trailer!

Posted in Action Adventure, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Metal Gear Solid V Phantom Pain, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS3, PS4, Stealth-Action, Xbox One, Xbox360 on August 26th, 2015 by thelonegamer

Glorious melancholy marks what may be the Final Metal Gear Solid.

Preceded by a tweet from Hideo Kojima himself, here’s the Launch Trailer for the stealth action sequel, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It’s a remarkably shorter spot than you’d expect, but strangely fitting- with about 2/3 of it consisting of a montage of footage from past MGS games- a somewhat bittersweet look back at the series’ many chapters- from the original Metal Gear Solid to Snake Eater to Guns of the Patriots and Peace Walker. With Kojima and Konami parting ways, perhaps irreversibly, this may indeed be the last MGS as we have known it, and that truly is something to mull upon sadly.

The trailer continues though with a rather ominous segment from Phantom Pain, featuring the newest Metal Gear, plus a rather telling final segment that raises a TON of questions for this impending stealth-action epic.

It’s only about a week away. September 1. My Gosh, it’s been a wait but it looks to be worth it.

Dark Souls III @ Gamescom: Looking Bloody GOOD!

Posted in Action Adventure, Dark Souls III, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on August 7th, 2015 by thelonegamer


16 minutes of DSIII gameplay.

From Software has done amazing with their flagship fantasy-survival Souls franchise. Demons’ Souls introduced the gameplay and the style. Dark Souls refined it and created a world that players fell in love with, alongside gameplay they totally dug even as it killed them over and over and over.

Dark Souls 2 was a bit of a mess, but I think Bloodborne remedied that. Bloodborne freakin’ nailed it, updating the once slow but deliberate gameplay into a faster, more fun system of dodges, siderolls and counters, with some incredibly satisfying battles that seemed insurmountable but were always doable. Heck, I got to the end, even though my Dark Souls skills are hardly up to snuff.

And now- Dark Souls III. The game looks like Dark Souls and Bloodborne’s unholy progeny. The look and setting is Dark Souls. The scope, majesty and horror feel have a Bloodborne vibe, as well as the fast fighting action. This early, the game already looks fantastic. Enemies look gruesome, creepy, scary or both. The feeling of bleak hopelessness that lies before the relentless immortality of your hero is more pronounced than ever.

What stories and lore lie ahead, with this sure-to-be-a-classic prowling ahead in early 2016? I cannot freakin’ wait.


An encounter with what is surely just one of MANY bosses in the game…

More DOA5 Last Round Updates, DOA Xtreme 3 Announced!

Posted in Dead or Alive, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, DLC, Extra Costumes, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Xbox One on August 3rd, 2015 by thelonegamer


5 Hours of DOA5 Fandom and Wackiness here.

During yesterday’s Dead or Alive Festival stream, Tecmo-KOEI revealed some tantalizing news for fans of the sexy brawler. First off, August 11 will see a new update to the game (1.04) which will add balance fixes as well as a new ‘Fireworks’ Nighttime stage as well as a new ‘Lovely Summer’ DLC costume set.

The next few months will see updates as well.

September will see a Crossover Costume DLC pack themed with the Nihon Falcom‘s Legend of Heroes and Y’s series.

October will bring a Crossover DLC with Square Enix’s Schoolgirl Strikers as the theme.

A third DLC pack that will crossover with Tatsunoko Productions will bring Yatterman and Hakushon Daimao-themed outfits to DOA.

But that’s not all! Looks like Team Ninja’s support for DOA5 Last Round will be extending to next year, as Spring 2016 will see another new stage AND a New Character added to the game- another female character, btw.

All of this, plus a new entry into the summer-themed Dead or Alive Xtreme spin-off series has also apparently been confirmed to be in development. Some sources have mentioned that this is supposedly exclusive for Japan and Asian release but I’m sure DOA Fans in other territories will be clamoring for it to be released their way. More on all these as news come along then.

Fallout 4 Trailer is LIVE!

Posted in Action Adventure, DLC, Fallout 4, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on June 3rd, 2015 by thelonegamer


War never changes, but trailers sure do.

It’s been a LOOOOONG wait, but it’s finally here. Well, the first trailer is. And judging from how Bethesda Softworks takes their sweet time with their games, this may not be in our hands for a while. But at least, we know it’s a thing. It’s real. It’s coming. Fallout 4. The post-apocalyptic RPG is back, after a very long while. Judging from this initial trailer, you’re probably once again going to take the role of a Vault Dweller, newly-arrived into the harsh outside world to carry out some mission or quest, or to just screw things up royally. I have to admit, I’m more of an Elder Scrolls guy than a Fallout person, but hey- an open world RPG of Bethesda quality is always great, and I will surely be getting into this one. It will certainly be something to get into while I wait for… well, the Elder Scrolls VI.

For now though, check out the trailer and pick apart every precious second. Expect to see more this coming E3!

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is HERE!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Xbox One on May 19th, 2015 by thelonegamer


A new age of RPGs has arrived.

After years of waiting and eager anticipation, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt has arrived. From its first appearance, this game has been on many RPG fan’s wish list, with the devs, CD Projekt Red, promising a game that truly appears to leave all the rest in the dust. Well, that truly remains to be seen but so far, reviews are raving and the game is looking amazing. With Skyrim and Dragon Age: Inquisition behind me (and Dark Souls currently, weirdly enough), this game is my new pastime and responsibility.

I do fully intend to do this as a Let’s Play on my Youtube channel, though clearly I won’t be able to do it in the same manner as my Skyrim series. I think this deserves and demands a different take and mood all its own. We’ll see. I can’t wait to throw myself into this game and just settle into Gerelt’s boots. This is going to be fun.

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt ‘A Night to Remember’ Cinematic

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Xbox One on May 14th, 2015 by thelonegamer


The Witcher 3 gets a movie-quality launch trailer…

A few days before The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt launches on May 19, we get this awesome CG Cinematic Trailer that’s pretty much a mini-movie or short film, portraying titular hero Gerelt of Rivia on a particularly deadly job. The quality of the animation and action portrayed in the 4+ minute video is top notch, which makes we really want to see a full-length Witcher CG movie. Just make it nowhere near as bad as Van Helsing.

Anyway, this just whets the appetite more for a game that’s been long in the making, and even longer in the waiting. But all signs are pointing to the simple fact that this may be the real deal and All That. Just a few more days. For now, enjoy the trailer. I sure did.

I am HYPED for The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Xbox One on May 13th, 2015 by thelonegamer


Several reviews for The Witcher 3 are already up and RAVING.

Man, the wait is killing me! Bar any unexpected weirdness, in about a week or so, gamers should have their copy of what appears to be one of the finest Action RPGs to come along in a long time- CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. If you love RPGs in the vein of Skyrim or Dragon Age: Inquisition, this much-anticipated sequel has been on your radar for years. It has been delayed some times, but the wait should soon be over. Heck, some lucky bastards probably are already playing the damn game, thanks to some game stores releasing the game early.

There are so many reasons why I am so freakin’ excited for W3, regardless that I have not finished or played to any considerable length either of the two previous games. The length of time between games is quite long, so each game is significantly different from the previous one- so I am hoping they fix the clunky-feeling controls for this finale. Also, it is great that it seems that playing the first two games is not required to know the story of The Witcher 3. Through various ways- flashbacks and even recreating choices made in the earlier games should adequately get newbies to the Witcherverse up to speed.

That said, it shouldn’t be hard to find your footing and get engaged in this harsh, but beautiful world. The Witcher 3 is of course based on a series of Polish fantasy novels- Gerelt of Rivia, the protagonist and titular Witcher, is a white-haired, cat-eyed monster hunter who pretty much combines all the best qualities of various Lone Wolf heroes like Batman, Solid Snake, Nathan Drake, Wolverine and so on.

He’s got a rough, gruff voice, but depending on your choices he can be anything from sympathetic to mercenary in his dealings with others. What does not change though is his motivations- whereas previous games dwelt mainly on the political schemings and plots Gerelt found himself embroiled in, The Witcher 3 is more personal. His main goal is to find the two women who mean the world to him- basically his family- and screw anyone who gets in his way. The trick is, the opposition in this case is the rather sinisterly-named Wild Hunt- an otherdimensional army of supernatural warriors who may or may not be immortal and unkillable. YIKES.


The Gamesradar Review.

Aside from that though, Gerelt will have to get used to exploring his world and surviving. And what a world it is- while apparently not a single open world you can walk end-to-end, the setting of The Witcher 3 is a HUGE continent composed of several vast zones, each of which contains multiple cities, villages and a multitude of encounters, quests and adventures to be found within.
Besides his personal quest, Gerelt can go on Monster Hunting- he IS a Witcher after all, and that’s what Witchers do. But unlike in other games where going after creatures is pretty pedestrian or by the way, in this game, it’s all about preparing for a potentially lethal encounter, discovering what your foe really is, tracking it down and perhaps even finding out something deeper at work in whatever is causing the real danger at hand. Monster CSI? That could probably be another subtitle for this game.

Besides the combat and monster-hunting, I have to say I am just loving how this game LOOKS. It may be a bit superficial to be so enamored in the cosmetics, but damn- the character models look head and shoulders above anything seen in the games of previous gens- even a game as recent as Dragon Age Inquisition looks so- um, ugly (yes, I am looking at all those wonky faces) compared to the cast of the Witcher 3. And no, I am not just referring to the supermodel mugs of Yennifer, Ciri or Triss- even the odd peasant your encounter are so gorgeous in their plainness- they look unique and have characters all their own, which is refreshing after having to contend with games that reuse character models or gloss over the supporting NPC cast.

There are things I am wary of- The Witcher 3 is, of course, a single story- that of Gerelt and his family/loved ones. It’s not a sandbox adventure like Skyrim where you create your own tale. But that’s fine- and with a story where your choices can lead to a HUGE number of endings (36 supposedly!), replay value seems to be covered.

Man, just a week left of waiting to what may be THE RPG of this year.

I don’t think I’m gonna make it. Sigh…