Next Castle

Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle…

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Gone Home & Unravel

Played Uncharted 4 and needed something else to keep my attention until No Man’s Sky (which is so close now I can taste it!!!!). So I turned to my console stores to see what was available. Grabbed Gone Home when it was free for PS Plus members in June, and then downloaded Unravel when it went on sale in the Xbox Store.

Gone Home was fun and really messed with you-  I don’t usually go for “exploration” video games, but the whole vibe was really spooky and the tension built throughout. I played through it in a weekend because I had to know how it was going to end, and when it did I was like “Ooooooh. Oh wow.” No spoilers except to say that it wasn’t really a horror game… except for how it kind of was. Ha!

Unravel is another game that really surprises you. When I first started playing the puzzle platformer, I was underwhelmed by the mechanics. It seemed like the whole game would be spent struggling to move through the world with a limited set of actions. But then as you progress through the levels, you learn more and more just how much you CAN do. The puzzles were just the right amount of hard (in my humble opinion) and every level was visually stunning and set to a beautiful soundtrack.


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Xbox One Shenanigans

I have been spending a LOT of time on my new Xbox One. On Black Friday I picked up the first Tomb Raider game for $10 and finished it over the holiday weekend, and now I’ve been playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It was on sale for 50% off in the Xbox One store ūüôā

The Tomb Raider reboot was fun. Very much like the Uncharted games, which I spent a lot of time playing and replaying. Not sure I want to replay the Tomb Raider game though… only missed 3 achievements on my first playthrough and the story wasn’t really compelling enough for another tell. Wish the puzzles would have been a little harder/more interesting, too, like they were in Uncharted. Maybe that’s what we can expect in the new Tomb Raider game? It’s on my wish list for Christmas!

The Witcher 3 is my new “go to” game for when I have a free hour or so. I love open world RPGs for whiling away some time! And I’ve been figuring out Twitch, so I can record my gameplay and then use the Twitch “Highlight” feature to create clips that I can post to YouTube. Just made a clip of the scene where you meet Keira Metz… naked. It is seriously weird how realistic her boobs are. Check it out:

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To Buy or Not to Buy an Xbox One

So they’ve released the first batch of Xbox One titles that will be backwards compatible, and I’m still left with quite a few Xbox 360 games on my shelf. Granted, some of them I haven’t played in years and I’m not likely to pick up again anytime soon, but there just enough titles that I know I’ll want to revisit to have me waffling on the Xbox One purchase. All the games I WON’T¬†be able to play because they’re not on the backwards compatible list… yet:


And I really really really REALLY don’t want¬†to leave the Xbox 360 in my entertainment center if I get an Xbox One. I already have the Wii, the PS3, and the PS4 in there with it. And I can’t kick out the PS3 because I have way too many¬†PS3 games that I’m still enjoying:

PS3 Games

That’s not even including¬†the PS2 and N64 I have in nearby storage for when I’m feeling really nostalgic. Yes, I know – I’m a gaming pack rat, okay?! I’m not even telling you about my handheld systems. It’s embarrassing.

While I don’t really want to have another system stacked on top of my Xbox 360, there are a lot of good reasons to get the Xbox One now:

1 – Black Friday is this week, and I know that a lot of stores will have $50 off their Xbox One bundles. Game Stop, Best Buy, etc.
2 – The Xbox 360 is a pretty outdated system. At this point, I have a wireless adapter plugged into the back; I’ve got the HD expansion, but it’s full so I keep having to delete things to save new games; and I’ve taken apart the A/V cable so that I can fit the HDMI cable in underneath it and run video through the HDMI and audio through the RCA… which confuses my receiver sometimes.
3 – There’s the promise that my cherished games will someday soon be backwards compatible. Elder Scrolls and Assassin’s Creed games at the top of that wish list!

In any case, I’ve already told my husband I want it for Christmas. And mentioned that Black Friday will see a lot of $50 off bundle sales. And said that I did see a Fallout 4 bundle already out there (even though it might be hard to find day of). So at this point it’s probably happening. But still… I’m not happy about having to keep the Xbox 360 around to play my Elder Scrolls and Assassin’s Creed games. Not to mention losing all my saves unless there’s some way to upload them and make sure they are also functional on an Xbox One.

Of course, I could always just drop the Xbox altogether and become a PS girl all the way, as my brother-in-law so helpfully suggested.

I’m overthinking this.

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Vote for Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

So… still watching out for news on the backwards compatibility front on the Xbox website. Haven’t seen anything drop that I’m too excited about yet, except for Fallout 3 which is mentioned as “Planned” in this Gamespot article.¬†Apparently more than 100 games will drop in November for everyone (not just people in the Xbox Preview program).

Come on Microsoft… I’ll spring for an Xbox One if you get this right. Well, I’ll make my husband spring for it as a Christmas gift this year, lol. … I might even get an Xbox Gold membership (no… no I probably won’t).

In any case, you can vote for the games you want to see made backwards compatible in the feedback forums. Go forth and vote!

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Xbox One Backwards Compatible?!?!

So… I’ve been really out of the loop the last few months. Buying a house, helping my sister with her wedding, and working 50 hour weeks has made it hard to find time for gaming. The last few weeks I’ve been staying up late (probably way too late) to¬†replay Fallout 3 and get psyched for Fallout 4.

Now, I don’t have an Xbox One and have been kind of worried–in a vague way–about how Fallout 4 was going to play on the PS4. Been thinking about springing for an Xbox One for the sake of Elder Scrolls, Fallout, etc.,¬†because I have a weird platform loyalty for certain titles, but couldn’t justify it. I mean, I have a Wii, a PS3, a PS4, and an Xbox 360 all crammed into my entertainment center, and my PS2 waiting in the wings for when I’m feeling really nostalgic.

But then… the news hit me. Here I am reading about Fallout 4, and there’s this last, throwaway sentence with a link to another, older story. “Later this year, Fallout 3 will be playable on the Xbox One via the console’s upcoming backwards compatibility functionality.”¬†My jaw dropped. Xbox One is going to be backwards compatible?!!?!??! OMFG that is so amazing I can’t even… breathe… breathe… YES!!!!

This is probably old news to everyone else, but I am currently in shock and thinking about finally trading up. Holy crap.