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200 Blogs Under the Sea

[As Originally Written on GIO.]

It’s been a long haul to get here and I could very well be on my way to something like 500 blog posts if I’d kept up and been regular with my writing, however the topic of discussion today is quality over quantity and nothing describes these 200 blogs, 85 reviews, and nearly 9000 comments that I’ve made over the years.

Sometimes I feel like last year was 2011 and I’m about to go enjoy titles like Portal 2 and Gears of War 3 again. It really does amaze me that it’s already almost 2017, that I’ve already seen the birth of a “new” console generation, that The Witcher 3 happened, that Portal 3 hasn’t happened, and any number of gaming and life-related things. But it is 2016 nonetheless and time doesn’t slow down for anybody or anything- a note which I’ve blogged about in the past when things have gotten out of hand.

So let’s talk a little bit about some of the stellar titles that have released this year and some of the more redemptive stories of ones that weren’t so hot. We’re waiting on anticipated titles like Final Fantasy XV, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Dishonored 2, The Last Guardian, Watch Dogs 2, Dead Rising 4, and Shadow Warrior 2 to come out but that’s not to say some of the greatest games of the year haven’t already been experienced as well.

Titanfall 2 is one such example. Respawn took the criticisms players had with the first game to heart and they’ve crafted an even more encompassing and engrossing adventure tale to span the galaxy. Not only is there more freedom and customization and more of what worked in the first game, but it retains enough of the original formula while injecting bold new frontiers as well. Truthfully, I was skeptical as to how the singleplayer would play out as we’d already established that multiplayer was pretty darn good in the first game. However, I’d like to draw the comparison to another former project- Modern Warfare 2. Just when things seemed they were at a peak, Infinity Ward took it up to eleven and gave us a better story, better multiplayer, and greater experience. If there is a Titanfall 3 (and I’m sure there will be), then this game will be pretty hard to top.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is another such example of stellar storytelling and aesthetic, although also a bit of a backtrack for the series. Deus Ex has been known for its highs and lows and Deus Ex: Human Revolution had its flaws but it was a truly polarizing look at that world. It had some fundamental frustrations but on the whole it is just as good as the sequel which nails some notes the first game missed while falling short in other categories. The biggest thing about the Deus Ex universe for me has always been the backstory and the cinematic value. It has always struck me as a Blade Runner x Ex Machina vibe (go figure) and this new title is no different. Gorgeous visuals and a well-crafted story are things that we’ve seen before but until the creators of The Witcher 3 release Cyberpunk 2077, we won’t see many games in a similar vein to this one.

Gears of War 4 was somewhat of a skeptical play for some and somewhat of a long-anticipated return for others. If you thought you were done after Gears 3 and were let down by the Baird-driven prequel in Judgment, then look no further. Gears 4 takes what made the first one of the best Xbox lineup titles and injects a little bit of old, a little bit of new, and a little bit of awesome in a this n’ that formula. The finished product is a familiar yet new experience which should appeal to longtime fans and newcomers alike. I enjoy the melding of and passing along of the original story into what is probably going to become a new saga. The ending is one of those akin to Halo 2 that leaves some things to be desired, but that is not to say it is a bad game by any means. The work ethic that went into creating a faithful sequel to the Gears series shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Dark Souls 3 manages to reside somewhere between Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 both in terms of finesse required to play and situational story telling. It is definitely an evolutionary tale and one that has learned from the Dark Souls, Demons Souls, and Bloodbourne series. While Dark Souls 2 may in fact be one of the most lauded games From Software has created, Dark Souls 3 does a great job of quite literally returning to what DS1 offered without giving up the advancements of the second or being a fresh experience. It may not be as difficult at times and it may thus far have some disappointingly short DLC, however it is a testament to the team’s creativity and the resolve and longevity of the now-hit series.

Uncharted 4 was most definitely another blockbuster experience for Nathan Drake even if it seems to be the last one for a very long time. I’ve always been a fan of the small moments in the chronicles of Nate Drake and although his token setpiece moments are spectacular, it was A Thief’s End that finally gave me the realistic look at one of my favorite character’s backstory and life outside of dangerous raids and treasure hunts. For that I am going to be ever-grateful. Whether it’s sitting down to play some classic Crash Bandicoot or setting sail on a choppy sea with only murky waters and a dangerous band of goons between you and your goal, Uncharted 4 is excellent in both storytelling and pacing and truly is representative of a series with some of the highest quality work of all-time, specifically for Playstation exclusives.

Now that I’ve talked about five of the quality games, flawed or not, that have stood head and shoulders above some of the other titles I’ve played this year, I’d like to discuss a few more points. It heartens me to still be able to come here for news and to blog and see a mix of familiar and fresh faces day to day, both in terms of the community and online presence, as well as the GI staff themselves. This has very much been my “place” for years and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I know life often gets in the way for many of us and some have departed for other opportunities or other aspects of life along the way, but I’m proud to have gotten to know many of you through your writing and through our conversations as well.

I just want to encourage you all to write your thoughts. Write that blog post. give us your thoughts on the latest and greatest titles, talk about movies, comic books, or whatever other passions you may have. Any and everything is welcome and very much appreciated. If you’re ever stumped or feel like you’ve hit the creative wall, message someone else or boot up a game to play and maybe you’ll get some creative ideas from the craziness that happens in Borderlands 2 or Gears of War 3. Hell, I wrote a blog about a naked speedrun through Sen’s Fortress in Dark Souls so very long ago so if I can do it, you can too. Just maybe find a little bit less dangerous and more fully clothed line of work.

My parting message to you all is this: be who you want to be, write what you want to write, think what you want to think, and do what you find worthwhile to do. Don’t let anybody ever tell you otherwise and even on your down days be your own greatest fan as well as your own greatest inspiration. Sometimes all it takes to spark the fire is the will to make something happen, the flick of a power switch, and maybe even a little bit of light level 350 gear- you never know. Gaming references aside, I wish you all a fine and dandy day as this month begins and we step one day closer to 2017 and what it may bring. Adieu.

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My GIO Manifesto

[As Originally Written on GIO]

No of course this isn’t my manifesto because I’m completely joking about that. Well, maybe for now anyway. Come hit me up for that when I establish the Great Republic of John in order to escape the political spectacle ongoing. No, this is something altogether different. This is my breath of fresh air so to speak for the moment. For the four hundred of you or so who follow my writing blog Suspect No 2 or the numerous followers I have on Twitter or anywhere else, this is something beyond my usual gaming exploits or occasional football updates and miscellaneous other crap.

It’s been far too long since I’ve had any sort of regular review or blog schedule and I don’t see that changing much in the foreseeable future. So here’s just a life review of sorts I guess for the past two and half almost three years or so I suppose. I’ve been a subscriber to GIO for a looong time (think issue 83). I’ve been an online GI member since say 2009 or so, but in reality only actively since about 2011. Still, years are years are they not? I’ve been overworked and out of touch since roughly 2014 at some point and that still doesn’t quite sit right with me. A lot in my life has shifted around and as a result the majority of social media and my overall online presence has often taken a hit. I’m not as active as I once was and most likely won’t be.

I’m still suffering/working my way through the graduate program I’m a part of, still slowly but surely helping out on personal gaming projects here and there, and still writing at times. None of what I’ve personally wanted to get published project-wise has really amounted to anything, however I have been published twice now under a pseudonym which is progress I do suppose. I’m resolved in my attempt to maintain my presence here for as long as I can, whether or not time often allows. So for that at least I can remain happy in doing, even if the majority of staff and users I once recognized seem to be long gone. Such is life, even online.

Things have been going well for my longtime girlfriend and I (we’re engaged, so yay to that). I suppose it’s crazy to think that another year has passed nearly as we are almost eleven months into this one and the gaming landscape has changed so much even over the course of 2016. We’ve now seen virtual reality and virtual concepts come, the announcement of another Nintendo console, and the establishment of several new IP ideas as well. It’s a year in which we can look forward to much and still so much more to come in the next as well as far as sequels and reboots and new sagas go.

I’ve never been one to write for an audience more so than I’ve been one who wants to share my thoughts and ideas with the world. So I do hope for what it’s worth you few who continue to put up with me will read my works and my thoughts and my blogs and reviews. I enjoy the effort it takes to write them and dole them out and slowly but surely will continue to do so. I guess this is more of a thank you to all those who have stood out over the years and who have appreciated my efforts and critiqued them along the way as well. Your comments and concerns and challenges and responses have always been my pleasure to answer. I’ve loved this community and will continue to do so as it revolves and evolves. Some things will never change (like Andy Mac being our constant GI godfather).

So cheers to the holiday season about to come, cheers to the little things, and cheers to each and every one of you writing and reading and commenting. GIO is what it is because of you all.

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Opinion: Resident Evil 7 Could Go Either Way

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This isn’t the first time that the Resident Evil series has sought out a new direction or sought to go in a completely different one. We first experienced that with the surprise success of Resident Evil 4 which buoyed the series for several more years even off of the return to semi-stagnation in terms of creativity that came subsequently with main series entries such as RE5 and RE6. However, I will admit that I’ve been somewhat worried by what I’ve seen thus far. Not because it seems such a far cry from classic Resident Evil at times, but because it just doesn’t seem like the first-person survival horror vibe is going to hold up at the moment.

The main reason for my title is that I’m equally torn between thinking this game could be something new and great (or new and terrifying, yet still in a good way) or it could fall flat like I think most people thought Resident Evil 6 did for all it accomplished as well. One thing is certain- it will not just be “more of the same” as it seems to ditch a lot of what fans have grown accustomed to and not just in terms of HUD and point of view. If done properly I really think it could channel somewhat of an Outlast vibe and that’s what I’ve seen thus far in terms of potential from gameplay and trailers and creepy demos.

Now, with Outlast 2 on the horizon that is truly an interesting possibility to entertain as well. So far this title reminds me of the creepy madness that plagued players across Resident Evil 4, and to some extent with the increasingly manic majini in Resident Evil 5. While RE6 took us back to the zombie apocalypse in earnest (sort of I guess), things have largely gotten stale with the golden exception of a few handheld and console spinoffs (Revelations 1 and 2). I don’t think you need traditional zombies in order to make the Resident Evil formula work and I applaud the developers for the titles they’ve attempted to create without the series staple. That being said, I really want to see how this game works- from a gameplay perspective as well as a story perspective.

The weaker elements of the previous two titles have been story by far, as the gameplay has often been acceptable to good even if it is borderline ludicrous or repetitive at times. I want a “less is more” approach right now but I also want to see it done properly. Spend less time focusing on multiplayer modes and extra outfits and ultimately useless downloadable content packs and craft an interesting, creepy, and horrific story for players to enjoy the atmosphere and illusion of. Those are what got our heads wrapped around the franchise in the first place and I think those elements are what we keep hoping to see again and again as well.

Ultimately, I think Resident Evil 7 DOES have the potential to be a memorable experience and even a good one, however my main concern is that the simple changes to gameplay will have an adverse effect rather than a beneficial one. So many times in franchises, change can be a breath of fresh air and a good thing however by the same token in other instances it can ruin the overall experience. I sincerely hope that is not the case for this game but as is I’m not setting my standards too high lest my expectations go up in flames.

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Opinion: Battlefield 1 Will Not Be “Number 1”

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There’s no denying that DICE’s latest foray into war is looking much better than the hellish world it is portraying. We’ve been to World War II, we’ve seen Vietnam, we’ve experienced modern combat- now it’s time for the first war that changed it all. I’ll admit, I’ve been pumped to see the moving trailers and the interesting storylines being presented for EA’s next series shooter, however I still haven’t let that change the one thought ever-present in the back of my mind: Battlefield 1 will not be the best Battlefield game yet.

No, instead I expect it to appeal its case somewhere between Battlefield 3 and 4, even potentially moving into Hardline territory. Basically, it seems to be a beast of its own and hard to pin into any other category short of tossing it in with like-minded 1942 and 1943 based on general time period alone. I have no doubt that it will sell well and be rated accordingly, however some things still worry me a bit. And I have no doubt that Infinite Warfare and by token Modern Warfare Remastered will easily outpace it.

Battlefield 3 was at one point in time the pinnacle of Battlefield game besides the spinoff Bad Company 2. They’ve all had their share of glitches and bugs and sadly that’s come to be expected, but 3 rose above all else. Then came Battlefield 4 which was a continuation of the same old same old but injected some new things and brought a whole host of new glitches. Bigger wasn’t necessarily better, but it wasn’t worse. And then came Hardline which was a different breed entirely and not great but not terrible.

Battlefield has struggled with its narrative component for the last however many entries, but ironically that’s something Hardline didn’t do too poorly with. It toyed with some new ideas and opened things up more significantly than the largely linear exploits of 3 and 4. So that is why I say Battlefield 1 look to draw some inspiring elements from the much faster paced Hardline. I’m not sure whether or not this new approach to a solo campaign will pay off or not, as it sounds Call of Duty-esque in its attempt to jump from character point of view to character POV.

However, the multiplayer is looking as solid as ever even with its own host of sure to be there bugs. Many modes are returning and feel fresher than ever thanks to the new timeframe and new global perspective. But Battlefield 1 looks to be more than just a fresh coat of paint- it looks to be an entirely new and vivid experience in its own right. Whereas 4 was virtually an extended update on 3, Hardline was a breath of fresh air even if it changed the formula to the point that it was nearly unrecognizable. Battlefield 1 looks to not only return the series to its warzone roots but to catapult it higher as well.

I do not think Battlefield 1 will be as polarized as Hardline was with the fanbase, nor do I think it’ll be the best Battlefield game yet, but I do think it will bring the series’ name back where it belongs and I do think it’ll fare well enough in reviews. Unsurprisingly Infinite Warfare will outcompete, but that may be as much for its solid ideas as for the Remastered MW1. So without comparing the two juggernaut series, I think Battlefield 1 has a chance at quickly becoming one of the most popular games of 2016 regardless.

Battlefield 1 releases 10.21.16 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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Why You Should Watch the Titans

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Flash back to the 2015 NFL season. Tennessee came off of a lukewarm preseason performance of 2-2, batting a shaky .500 on their intro to the regular season. Then comes game number one. Marcus Mariota 13 of 15 passes for 209 yards and an 86.7 completion rate (the best he had all year). He passes for four touchdowns, takes only two sacks, and has a Quarterback rating of 158.3 (not unheard of but still a small group of individuals, few to none of which were during their rookie debuts).

Tennessee faces a similar situation this season and despite going 3-13 last year, they’ve actually got quite a plausible possibility of batting .500 in the regular season this year. Let’s look back at last year’s games and see what could’ve been before we come back to the present.

Week One was the blowout explosive rematch of Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, NFL-Edition. Week Three the Titans lost a heartbreaking conference game to the Colts by a mere two points, finishing with 33 to their opponents’ 35. Week Five they lost to a talented Buffalo squad by a single point, 14-13. Week Seven they couldn’t quite get over the hump and fell to Atlanta in an ugly 10-7 loss. Week Nine Mariota duked it out with Brees and came up on top and also with his second highest passer rating of the year (135.7) in the 34-28 victory.

Week Twelve saw Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders barely slip past Mariota’s Titans with a 24-21 finish. In Week Thirteen the Titans retaliated with another win off of which Mariota posted 268-yards passing and 112-yards rushing. The four games that Mariota didn’t play were all losses, the closest of which being to Atlanta and the largest margin being a Week Sixteen loss by 28 to the Houston Texans.

If the Titans had won games that were within a field goal then their record would’ve been 7-9 by the end of the season. If they had managed to win the games that they lost by six or seven points, depending on what you consider to be the full touchdown package, then they would’ve finished the season at 9-7 and made their bid for wildcard candidacy. Crazy how much a season could change just because of a handful of points isn’t it?

Now let’s venture back to the present and take a look at the preseason showing the Titans put on as an entire team. In Week One the Titans managed to take down another team that was equally unimpressive last year (the Chargers) in a 27-10 victory. They led the entire game and didn’t even let the Chargers score in the second half. In Week Two they took on the Carolina Panthers and lost, a feat that many teams accomplished last season thanks to fifteen regular season wins from that squad.

Week Three saw the Titans end up on top of the Raiders with a 27-14 win while Week Four also saw a Titans win with a 21-10 win over the Dolphins, rounding out the preseason at 3-1. Fun fact: the Titans didn’t even need to score in the second half to secure that victory. Another fun fact: the Titans now have DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry in the backfield.

If we were to judge this NFL season by the one game that has been played thus far, it’ll be filled with close, good games. Those are the best contests, even if not all of them are tough rematches of the Super Bowl. And in matchups like these, teams like Tennessee have just as much a chance as anybody else and could capitalize on it.

Now let’s take a look at some of the opponents the Titans will face and why they have the opportunity to win and win big. If we judge these opponents by their 2015 results (a foolish thing to do but necessary nonetheless) and by what we now know for the season, we should be able to get a decently accurate reading of the future (in speculative terms only).

First up, the Titans face a battered and bruised Vikings squad on the fifteenth anniversary of September 11. It should be a memorable game for many reasons. Sure, it could prove to be a close one despite Sam Bradford stepping in more than likely at quarterback for the Vikes and Adrian Peterson resuming his impressive role at halfback, however I think Mariota and his backfield, alongside the young receiving corps have a real shot at making a standout appearance to start the season off right. My prediction for this game is that it’ll either be low scoring or a one-sided affair. All in all, they have what it takes to WIN.

Week Two sees Tennessee traveling to Detroit to take on the Lions. Depending on whether or not the Lions can capitalize on the Colts’ lack of an effective offensive line and whether they are entering this game as 1-0 or 0-1 with something to prove, I can see the battle at quarterback going either towards the experienced Matt Stafford or the young and talented former-Oregon star. If Detroit loses their first game they will more than likely fight harder during this one, making it a close call for either team for different reasons. Still, I think Tennessee has a real chance to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2008 when they went 10-0 before finishing the season 13-3 (with the best record in the league).

Week Three sees the Titans taking the fight to the Raiders, or more accurately the Raiders bringing the fight to them. I think this one is more than likely going to Oakland at this point, but only time can tell. Week Four the Titans head to Houston to take on their divisional foes who won both contests in 2015 by a large margin. Houston may be a changed team and injuries may be plaguing them right now and they may have an as of yet untested quarterback, however most teams find their rhythm after the first few games and this one is probably skewed more towards them again.

Week Five takes the Titans to Miami and all that I need to really say about this one is that unless Ryan Tannehill or somebody in Miami steps up in a big way, I think the Titans could really have this one and at least tie their previous season’s number of wins with this game. Week Six will see a matchup between Mariota and (possibly?) RG3, giving us the chance to see whether or not the latter with continue his descent into further mediocrity and whether Mariota’s team can propel themselves to a better record than 2015 on a talent and results cocktail. I think the Titans have got the depth and talent on the Browns right now.

Week Seven could show a very different Colts team to the world. By this point they could either be taking beating after beating thanks to an awful offensive line or they could somehow have things worked out enough to stifle any attempt by Tennessee to hijack the division. The AFC South is no joke. The possibility is there for any of the four teams to win and I don’t expect there to be a clear favorite until later in the season. Houston did it last year thanks to its defense, whereas Jacksonville or Tennessee could easily thanks to their offensive this year. And then there’s the unknown variable of how effective the Colts can be now that Andrew Luck is back. So the Titans could have this one or they might not. I have no clue.

Week Eight sees a talented Jaguar roster coming to town and I’ve got to say, I don’t think the Titans will win this matchup unless the Jags just don’t mesh like they started to last season by the end of things. In Week Nine the team travels to San Diego where they will face either the redemptive Chargers or the same team that suffered last year. Because it is far to early to tell, this game could go either way largely based upon the performances at quarterback and halfback for both teams.

Week Ten the Titans play the Packers and unless the Cheeseheads have somehow gone horribly horribly wrong, it’s no contest. Then again, who knows? That’s the glory of first week speculation. Week Eleven sees the return of the Colts, this time with a showdown in Indianapolis. Who will win could be decided mostly by how the season has progressed since the two last met and who lost the previous meeting and is out for blood. Week Twelve ushers in the Chicago Bears and a potentially messy matchup. However I think the Titans should have a good chance of winning that one, at least as things stand now, and can breathe a sigh of relief heading into their Week Thirteen Bye.

Week Fourteen shoves the so-far insurmountable Denver defense down Tennessee’s throat and somehow I don’t think Mariota will be able to take the hits Cam Newton can and still lead his team to at least a close second finish. This one is going to be ugly, more so for the Titans, but potentially for the inexperienced quarterback at the helm for Denver (assuming he stays there this long). Week Fifteen takes the Titans to Kansas City where the Chiefs could run rampant with a returned Jamaal Charles or generally just pound them with a healthy defense. I don’t foresee Tennessee winning this match.

Week Sixteen and it’s back to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars (this time literally IN Jacksonville). This one, like Indianapolis, could largely depend on who won and lost the previous meeting. Although if Jacksonville had their heads about them the first time I’d say they still have the upper hand here as well. Rounding out the season the Titans are taking on the venerable Texans (thankfully not in Houston). This one could go either way by this point either due to fatigue and injury or due to either squad starting to finally click.

Let’s look at what we’ve got here broken down in a much simpler way week to week, showing which games SHOULD be winnable, which COULD be a tossup, and which are probably LOSSES:

  1. Minnesota  W  Predicting 31-17
  2. @Detroit  W  Predicting 16-10
  3. Oakland  L  Predicting 27-13
  4. @Houston  L  Predicting 24-9
  5. @Miami W Predicting 42-17
  6. Cleveland W Predicting 21-12
  7. Indianapolis W/L Predicting anywhere from 21-7 to 27-20 either way
  8. Jacksonville L Predicting 28-17
  9. @San Diego W/L Predicting anywhere from 34-14 to 28-24 either way
  10. Green Bay L Predicting 38-14
  11. @Indianapolis W/L Predicting anywhere from 27-23 to 28-20 either way
  12. @Chicago W Predicting 17-9
  13. BYE
  14. Denver L Predicting 31-10
  15. @Kansas City L Predicting 24-6
  16. @Jacksonville W/L Predicting anywhere from 21-10 to 24-16 either way
  17. Houston W/L Predicting anywhere from 21-17 to 17-7 either way

Looking at these potential results the Titans SHOULD be able to reach a win count of at least five games. They just have to topple the Vikings, Lions, Dolphins, Browns, and Bears in order to do so. Assuming they lose the rest of the games then they’re 5-11 for the year. Assuming they win ALL of those games then they could very well go 10-6 which is a huge difference. However, due to that there is the possibility of them going .500 and winning eight games.

I could potentially see victories in weeks one and two, back to back losses in three and four before regaining their footing and winning three in a row. Then continuing the season with a loss in week eight to Jacksonville, beating San Diego the next week before losing again to the Packers in week ten, losing the second game and splitting the series with Indianapolis, beating the Bears before the Bye Week, and then losing three of their last four- maybe getting the W over either Jacksonville or a wearied Texans defense. And that fits the 8-8 bill right there.

So this lengthy little piece is just one of many that could be written on really any of the thirty-two teams in the league this year, concerning why they should be looked at and not taken for granted. Before I sign off, let’s look at some of the other teams that could be sneaky good or at least not completely horrible…

  1. The Good:
    1. Arizona Cardinals- All the pieces that are relevant are still there. Forget that horrible loss to Carolina in the Championship Title and you’ve got a relevant team.
    2. Seattle Seahawks- They aren’t the same team they once were seeing as many people have been traded about and some have even retired. But the run game is still strong and the play at quarterback only gets better and more relevant by the year.
    3. Carolina Panthers- Sure, they dropped the ball and lost their first game of the season and rematch with Denver. It happens. But for all the bad there was a lot of good there and the force is still strong with this one, perhaps even more so than last year. Meaning they could actually do even BETTER.
    4. Green Bay Packers- Apparently this is the team picked to have one of the best chances to win it all. And for good cause I would say. Where you’ve got Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson and the crew healthy, magic happens.
    5. Denver Broncos- Fresh off a win and proving the haters wrong at least in the sense that they could topple Carolina not once but twice, Denver looks strong even with some positions unsure. The run game carried the team as did the incredible and brutal defense.
    6. Cincinnati Bengals- These guys could’ve had their playoff victory if only they had had the discipline not to throw the game away. They’ve got plenty of potential here and now they have even more to prove.
    7. New England Patriots- So they could potentially go 0-4 to start the season thanks to suspensions and injuries to key players. But the talent pool is there and the depth and the coaching. So despite even that horrid possibility, this is a team to be on the lookout for.
    8. Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers beat the Bengals, sort of (the Bengals beat themselves), and yet here they still are. There’s talent for sure on the offensive side of the ball even without key playmakers. And although there’s work to be done on the defensive side of things, it’s still solid. Mistakes will be made but they can be recovered from.
    9. Kansas City Chiefs- If they can getting their running game healthy again then the combination of running threat and steady defense is sure to rock the foundations of even the most solid opponents. These guys are deceptively good when they work together. They went on quite the streak last year.
    10. Oakland Raiders- If you’re surprised to see these guys up this far then you’re probably not the only one. 2015 was quite a year even if they missed the .500 marker by one. Carr and Cooper alone are a threat, not to mention the defensive talent as well.
  2. The Sneaky:
    1. Houston Texans- Okay, by now there’s no doubt that Houston has a great defensive front and great talent (when healthy) on that side of the ball. But their offensive prowess always differs year to year and could finally make that connection under Brock Osweiler. There’s potential here.
    2. Minnesota Vikings- I’ll bet you think I’m crazy for “lowering” this successful playoff team that should’ve had the victory over Seattle in the bag. However this is where they rest, twelfth overall considering the recent injury at quarterback above all else. There’s too much that’s unsure right now and that’s going to affect them.
    3. Washington Redskins- These guys put on quite the show the second half of the last season and look to continue that trend even after a disappointing playoff loss that ended their run. They reminded me a lot of the underdog Giants in their Super Bowl victory seasons here the past few years. And they certainly have some potential to do damage.
    4. Buffalo Bills- The Bills are not a bad team at all and in fact I think they could’ve done even better last year and given the Patriots a run for their money for real. Now they have the chance to do that again, especially with their rivals down a quarterback for the first few games.
    5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- These guys did a lot of wheeling and dealing, plus they have talent in their young quarterback, PLUS they have Doug Martin who is pretty damn good at playing his position. They should at least do better than six games this year. The potential is there.
    6. Jacksonville Jaguars- These guys have finally put together an offensive unit that can hold its own again, now they just have to figure out the defensive side of things. If they can prevent themselves from imploding and they can keep everyone healthy, they could be a force to be reckoned with.
    7. New York Jets- The Jets are surprisingly not a bad team. Honestly it pains me a little bit to say it having seen mediocre results and bad plays here and there for the past couple of years or more. They have good players they just need to get used to using them.
    8. Dallas Cowboys- I can’t think of any stronger reason for having a much more successful year than last year’s for the Cowboys than a healthy receiving corps and healthy quarterback. Now whether that quarterback is the fresh breathe of air that Dak offers or Romo’s familiar wiles shouldn’t matter. In either’s hands the team should be in a good place. And let’s not forget Ezekiel Elliott shall we?
    9. Tennessee Titans- I’ve already made my case for the Titans here and perhaps you thought I would rank them higher because of it, but as of right now I’m being a bit more realistic as well as optimistic for their season. You’ve got deep talent in the backfield and on the offensive side of things and the defense needs to step it up too.
    10. Baltimore Ravens- These guys haven’t had a bad season in a long time, at least up until last year’s fluke incident. Without Joe Flacco the team just couldn’t get itself together even with the rest of the offensive talent there. But I think this season should be a return to form or at least very nearly so.
  3. The Shabby:
    1. Atlanta Falcons- Julio Jones is coming off of a spectacular year and although they were met with mediocre results, the Falcons have a chance to get back to being good. But there’s a lot of new stuff to account for as well, plus Matt Ryan needs to get his act together again.
    2. New York Giants- Never underestimate Eli Manning or the Giants. They’ve done more with significantly less. They’ve even won Super Bowls when people weren’t looking. Despite ironically being giantslayers in the past, they’ve got a few hurdles to get over first and some bumps to smooth out this season.
    3. New Orleans Saints- Okay so there are problems on both sides of the ball but the talent is still undeniably there and once they get into a rhythm again they may just have a chance at breaking even, or getting another winning season.
    4. Miami Dolphins- The Dolphins haven’t been good in a long time but that’s not to say they’ve always been bad. The most likely reason for their mediocrity is that they’re constantly overshadowed by the talent in the gene pool that is the New England Patriots. Besides that, they’ve got to step up their game and try to win a few times at least.
    5. Detroit Lions- The Lions have been dealt some bad cards the past few years and often have just been downright unlucky. I mean, letting Aaron Rodgers clutch victory from the jaws of defeat with zero seconds on the clock thanks to a deep bomb into the endzone? Come on. But they’ve got talent at the helm and in the receiving corps and that ought to count for something.
    6. Los Angeles Rams- So Saint Louis sort of got a name change? But they’re no new team by any means, as the same issues still wait under the surface. But let’s look at the fact that they have Todd Gurley who is basically a phenom so long as he can build upon a stellar first year in which he didn’t even play all sixteen games and still came in third overall rushing. Talk about talent.
    7. San Diego Chargers- If they can crush their unlucky streak and use some good voodoo to banish the thoughts of last season then these guys could be something else. They’ve got Philip Rivers still and they’ve got rich potential at running back as well as potentially at receiving options.
    8. Cleveland Browns- The Browns might not actually be the worst team in the league even with the loss of some mediocre players and bombed out prospects. They’ve got a spark of talent if they just dig deep enough to bring it to the surface and utilize it properly. Plus maybe they’ll actually fix the quarterback situation for once.
    9. Philadelphia Eagles- The Eagles really don’t seem to know what’s going on but at least they made some decent moves and got a few good trades going. They’re certainly not what they once were and they’re kind of in a limbo these past few years, but they could turn that all around soon.
    10. Indianapolis Colts- It’s crazy how important something like an offensive line is but when it’s in place to protect your quarterback, especially one who sat out most of the previous season due to injury (after successful playoff run seasons before) then it obviously makes a difference in games. Fix that problem.
  4. The Awful:
    1. Chicago Bears- I suppose they could rely on the rushing game or perhaps Jay Cutler actually throwing more completions than picks but we will have to see how things go.
    2. San Fransisco 49ers- Do we really have to go over this? It’s enough that they’re getting their names in the news for pretty much anything but doing well in games, but they can’t nail down who is going to produce at quarterback and the only good thing going for them right now is Carlos Hyde.
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Scarred (Scared) for Life

[As Would’ve been Read on GIO if the server hadn’t ‘errored’ out when I hit publish.]

Hey folks, it’s me again. Today’s blog is going to actually be a little more than just another update, which I suppose is something you all are probably looking forward to- more so than a simple update anyway. No worries about my forthcoming reviews or blogs about anything else, as those are in the works but unlikely to be released in all honesty in the near future as things stand right now.

Anyway, today’s little ditty of sorts is focusing on something that has become an interest in my life because of experiences early on with the it- film. I heartily enjoy watching most genres of film from the fictional epics in horror, action, and science fiction fantasy to even the occasional documentary or well-thought out and produced reproduction of actual historical events. Film is something that it is easy to take pride in the heroic efforts put forth by actors and filmmakers alike, as well as to simply enjoy without having to think very much about it.

You can sit back and watch something that will twist your brain around like Labyrinth or Inception, or you can simply enjoy a good old slasher or mediocre subplots thrown in your face in laughable ways. As for my personal tastes, I’m open to most kinds of movies and general film, so with many works I don’t discriminate until I’ve at least seen part of the piece or heard enough unruly dissent about it that I can actually begin to see if it is even worth attempting to stomach (Sharknado).

However, my blog today isn’t merely about films themselves- although I guess you could say some of them have scarred me, or even scared me for life. Good old suspenseful horrors and thrillers are what I’m mainly referring to in this case. And today I’m going to talk about three films in particular that I’ve enjoyed time(s) with, been scared by (or for the protagonist at least), and general been pleased by and never much disappointed- well, with the exception of some less than stellar sequels, or sequels to sequels if you refer to Ridley Scott).

The particular films in question are none other than the original ‘Alien’ film, The Usual Suspects, and The Fugitive. Now, for those of you who may not be sure exactly what these movies are or are concerning, I’ll give you a few details to jog your memory…

The original Alien (1979) debuted and is remembered as one of the most terrifying ‘what can go wrong in space’ suspense movies of all time. It is the classic, it is the start, it is king in the category of alien-related films. Oh and it boasted a (now pretty recognizable) cast including Veronica Cartwright, Ian Holm, John Hurt, and of course Sigourney Weaver. The first tale of Ellen Ripley and the ill-fated Nostromo have struck fear in the hearts of many, and thrilled the hearts of others. Watching an alien burst from John Hurt’s chest unexpectedly will literally change everything the first time you witness it. I watched the movie around the age of 8 (thanks to my mother’s love for horror movies) and I’ve essentially been ‘scarred’ since. But in a good way as well, although I find myself jumping at night when the floor creaks. 😉

The Usual Suspects (1995) is a modern classic as well- part thriller, part noir crime film and part Bryan Singer amazing. The movie is just as tense and suspenseful as any other thriller I’ve ever seen, and has enough crime dramatization in it to feel like an amped up Law and Order- save from the opposite perspective than usual. Not only this, but it marks a high point in Kevin Spacey’s growing career, features other greats such as Benicio del Toro, and also has literally what must be one of the (if not the) best twists in film history in the revelations surrounding the mysterious crime lord Keyser Soze. Trust me- if you haven’t seen this film, you must.

The Fugitive (1993) is yet another one of those great, tense, thrilling early to mid-nineties films. It also happens to feature Harrison Ford, therefore making it doubly awesome with the combined might of Han Solo and Indiana Jones on the table. Obviously the film has struck the right chords in the past two decades, as it has been credited with “universal acclaim” on review sites such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, and is also of course an amazing crime drama and thriller. Essentially, the plot revolves around an innocent man convicted of murdering his wife but who has evidence (and visual proof) that he did not and that in fact another man did. He attempts to clear his name in the most obvious manner (I say sarcastically)- escaping from a prison bus hit by a train and evading a state-wide manhunt whilst finding clues as to what exactly occurred and unraveling a mini-conspiracy along the way. Add a strong supporting cast and epic set moments and you’ve got quite the ensemble. Plus, it has Tommy Lee Jones and Julianne Moore in it.

Now, I’ve only got a few more things before I wrap this up. As you’ve probably guessed, Alien scarred me for life where horror movies are concerned, and now I thoroughly enjoy tense and suspenseful “classic” horror films- not the gross gore we consider horror today, although some are alright. The Usual Suspects boggled my mind with its ending and was essentially Shutter Island/Inception before either of those were a thing (but thanks Chris Nolan for the latter, now make a sequel). And of course The Fugitive was more good old Harry Ford and a strong, thrilling plot with some tense moments and interesting deviations in terms of supporting cast. Add to the fact that all of these films are wonderful and critically acclaimed and where would we be without them today? Or for that matter where would the acclaimed actors/actresses such as Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Spacey be without these films that launched their careers?

What an intriguing thought… Anyway, it’s time for me to get going and back to the weekend grind of mixing time for fun and fury, or study anyhow. I’ll be around, but in the event I don’t get back to in a timely manner with a new blog, feel free to bug and pester me all you want. It might motivate me a bit more.

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The 30 Worst Games of the Past Generation

[As Read on GIO.]

On a Scale of 1-Duke Nukem Forever, these are Worse

And then Some…

Hey there folks! I’m posting this terrifyingly terrible blog because I am also compiling a list of the most classic cult classics as well as the best games of the past generation. So, without further ado, I hope you all enjoy this list of the 30 worst games (FOR CONSOLES) of the previous generation of gaming.

30 | Clive Barker’s Jericho (2007)

Allow me to start off with this particular musty gem. While it is true that the game could’ve turned out a lot worse than it did, and it did manage to incorporate some interesting concepts and an odd and eerie story, it is a failure of this generation. Poor gameplay, a story lacking depth and addled by twists and turns, and some egregious and grievous errors in character design and animations bog down this horror title and make the worst terror of all the game itself.

29 | Kinect Star Wars (2012)

Although I could tell right away that it wasn’t going to get any awards for being the greatest Star Wars game ever, I thought Kinect Star Wars looked interesting enough and at least had some potential. So naturally, when I actually saw it in action being played, I was horrified. It has a few redeemable concepts- as few and far between as they are, but one thing utterly destroys it in a fell swoop: dancing. Well, and other horrible mini-games. It looks alright graphically, but that’s about at that was done right. I should’ve expected that though from a Kinect title… They would’ve had better success marketing it as Dance Central: Star Wars though honestly…

28 | Two Worlds (2007)

Cult classic essentially though it is, this game was an obvious shoe-in for the list here. All in all, it’s actually not that bad of a game if you can stomach the pretty bad everything and get past the fact that it is a worse version of Oblivion essentially, aside from the story being different. The sequel was actually a truly decent game, and markedly better than the original, but this one is where it all began- sadly. A host of glitches and assorted maladies plagued the game and I assume still do, but it still managed to endear itself to some.

27 | Velvet Assassin (2009)

Velvet Assassin isn’t the worst of games, as it obviously is not at the very bottom of this list, however it is very, very far from the best of them as well. The game has an interesting premise although it revisits the cliched and overused World War II Europe setting. However, it doesn’t even  manage to put together an interesting ensemble with the assassin chic or setting, as a convoluted plot, poor environmental design, and stale gameplay keep the game from being anything particularly special at all.

26 | Call of Juarez: The Cartel (2011)

Call of Juarez as a series has a spotty career track- a good first game, a decent second, a poor third, and then a decent arcade reboot. If you couldn’t guess, The Cartel is the third title in the series. While originally the series took place in the wild, wild west during pre, post, and during Civil War times, Cartel takes place in the present. If that doesn’t make any sense to you, join the club. As a shooter and cooperative title, the game has its flaws but manages to be at least passably bearable. As far as story, graphics, and anything else go however, it fails on most accounts.

25 | Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai (2011)

While the game doesn’t have as ridiculous a story as that of Dangerous Hunts 2011, Shadows of Katmai will leave you questioning the direction Cabela is going in, as well as why you even purchased the game at all. Having branched out of the shooting simulations market and into other territory as well, this so-called survival game forces you to fight poor area design, bad graphics, and heinous glitches more often than actual enemies and assorted wildlife.

24 | Bodycount (2011)

Bodycount is the spiritual successor to Codemasters’ 2006 insta-classic shooter Black, features a high level of environmental destructibility, and has beautiful graphics. So what went wrong to earn it a spot on this list? A combination of things, as it turns out. The convoluted and pretty much pointless story, generic dudes with guns and character models, some less than stellar AI at times, and the simple fact that what was awesome in 2006 is mostly standard now kept the game from being anything spectacular. It isn’t the worst game on this list, but the dramatic letdown alone earns it a spot below some of the other titles.

23 | Avatar: The Burning Earth (2007)

This particular game is a classic play for many people simply for the fact that it is a quick and dirty way to get 1000 gamerscore easily on the Xbox 360. Seriously, you can earn all five achievements in under ten minutes, as they are all combo-related ones. As far as the story goes, it coincides with the Avatar television show. As for the gameplay and much else in the title, they pretty much suck and are extremely boring at times (most times).

22 | Dark (2013)

Now, this one here had several interesting concepts going for it, although sadly none of them panned out. Dark is a modern day vampire story, a stealth oriented action game, and also a cell-shaded adventure with looks very similar to the art direction of the Borderlands series. Sadly a combination of glitches, boring gameplay, and very faulty and finicky controls landed this game nearly universal disdain and terrible ratings. Best left in the dark, I guess you could say.

21 | GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

Unlike the movie of the same name which was at least passably enjoyable, if not genuinely or accurately well-done, this game was better left unspoken of and not made. As with most if not all movie-tie in games, it sucks. The graphics are bad, the gameplay repetitive and bland, and the story very poorly thought out- even with the events of the movie to guide it along. So yeah, I hope you didn’t waste your money on this one for some reason.

20 | MindJack (2011)

As with many games on this list, MindJack isn’t utterly beyond help in terms of enjoyability, and isn’t completely terrible for the most part. It employs interesting mind “hacking” concepts as well as decent third person shooting mechanics, although nothing that hasn’t been seen before. Aside from that, the story is laughable and the graphics generally range from bad to FUBAR and off-kilter throughout the game. Also, mind-controlled silverback gorillas. Ahem, yes.

19 | Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (2007)

Oh Spider-Man, 2007 just was not a good year for you at all, was it? Friend or Foe turned the webslinger into an even more kid-friendly guy and his game into a poorly designed and poorly executed mess. The only good part of the game was the numerous shoutouts to comic book references ranging from Madame Web to Carnage, and that’s about it. Literally everything else, from the poor graphics display to the less than superb gameplay and story suffered though.

18 | Star Trek (2013)

Yes, this game was pretty bad, however it was surprisingly not for the reasons I thought it would be. Although poorly explained at times, the story was probably the strongest aspect of the entire game, as the gameplay and graphics obviously took a back seat. Good job getting Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto’s likenesses in the game however! That must’ve been really, really easy… (I jest). A new threat doesn’t seem so new however in the game, as there are obviously recycled elements from the first movie such as the diving towards the giant drill part, but aside from that I suppose the game is a solid ‘meh’ on a scale of ‘ermm’ to ‘what the flying space monkeys’. So…yeah.

17 | The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (2013)

Survival Instinct is a pretty bad game, but that isn’t for lack of trying. It’s concepts at zombie apocalypse survival are actual quite decent, however few are executed properly or as intended. The main things that keep it down are boring and repetitive gameplay and very poor graphics. Aside from that, it actually boasts a passing story and two semi-likeable protagonists in Merle and Daryl Dixon from the television show. However, it is a prequel, so it thankfully treads thus far unexplored territory as far as the two brothers stories go.

16 | Balls of Fury (2007)

Yes, just what I’ve always wanted! Another movie-tie in game to add to the list of really bad games out there from this past console generation! Oh, and yes- although it may not look it at all, this game was made on Wii…in 2007. So ignore the fact that it looks like it’s from 1990. How a single console can have games that look like this and then Xenoblade is beyond me. Poor art direction, poor story originality or even passable copying of the movie’s plot, and poor everything else bring this title down to gaming hell.

15 | NeverDead (2012)

This game really should’ve stayed dead and just been hushed up. While it looks decent as far as graphics go, which is probably the only good thing that can be said for it, the game plays very, very, very poorly at everything else. The concept is neat enough although it feels overused about ten minutes into the game, and you eventually tire of exploding apart every time you get hit and having to do the humpty dumpty to get put back together. Just do yourself a favor and go play Too Human instead- even it is better than this game.

14 | 007 Legends (2012)

James Bond hasn’t had the best of luck in terms of games since Goldeneye to be honest, and with this game, we now know exactly why it seems- he hasn’t learned his lesson(s) still. Quantum of Solace may have been pretty meh, but Legends easily apes it by outdoing it in nearly every way, poorly that is.  Including random missions from each of several movies may have sounded interesting and made for an interesting concept, but it tears the fragile story asunder as well. Oh, and the graphics look bad, the gameplay is poor, and most everything lacks quality except voicework as it features many actually talented actors- see Judi Dench and Benecio Del Toro for example.

13 | Beowulf: The Game (2007)

Well, this game could’ve been worse, but not much worse. It’s only saving grace is a decently intriguing story that continues on even after the movie (yeah, remember that one?) ends and follows the rest of Beowulf’s life as King of the Danes- as legend would have it as well. Aside from that, poor gameplay, graphics, and a generally unpleasant atmosphere suck the life and fun out of the rest of the game, if there was any to begin with.

12 | Clash of the Titans (2010)

This game has been described as a hack and slash style game, which I feel is at least marginally accurate. It has also been described (as per Wiki) as a game having no plot, since the plot segment of that page is empty. I feel this is also extremely accurate, as with the poorly crafted 3D monstrosity of a movie released to (wait for it) the same name. This isn’t simply another movie tie-in game however, as this game’s poor quality goes well beyond that of the movie’s. No story, low quality visuals, and poor design choices make the gameplay irrelevant and it wasn’t worth it anyway, so don’t play this, please.

11 | Crash of the Titans (2007)

Oh how the mighty have fallen… Well, both Sierra and Crash Bandicoot it seems anyway… Whereas the Crash games used to be pretty good and interesting and unique, the later iterations traded all of that for a quick cash and grab and sub-par, mediocre gameplay. Crash of the Titans is no different, what with its short length, lack of any truly ‘new’ substance, and low quality of gameplay and design. Therefore, it earns the spot right under the very similarly titled Clash of the Titans.

10 | Eragon (2006)

What a shame- a pretty good book series not only ending on a sour note, but spawning both a movie and game that were both equally abominable in their own ways. At least for the game’s side of things, we know that to be because it had poor graphics, gameplay, and story. And the fact that it followed the story of the book and movie makes that all the more unforgiving. I mean, just look up reviews of the thing- they’re atrocious for a reason! Also, curious that the name Eragon is one letter away from dragon, and the series concerns…dragons. Hmm…

09 | Iron Man (2008)

I guess it’s a good thing this game wasn’t called Invincible Iron Man, because nothing about it is in any way invincible at all. The graphics are way below standard, the gameplay sad, the story hard to describe even though it follows the movie’s plot, and the rest of the dreary misadventures would make fans cry harder than Iron Man 3 and Mass Effect 3’s ending put together- it’s that bad. I hope you didn’t decide to purchase this Robert Down-Under of a crap heap. The rust bucket flies better than this.

08 | Jumper: Griffin’s Story (2008)

Decent story, bad movie, really bad game- Jumper sure knows how to jump about on the spectrum of bad to worse in terms of media it seems. I think Reiner will agree with me in saying that this game gives ET a run for his money- it’s that bad, enough said.

07 | Blackwater (2011)

Score wise, Blackwater may have been beaten by Jumper (in terms of a lower score), however the fact that the developers crafted this game and then boasted about it being better than Modern Warfare in some ways earns it every bit of this spot on my list. You really thought it could even compete?! The graphics are laughable, the story laughable, the gameplay nowhere near passable, and the entire thing taken together is a trash pile worth of crap. I hate to break it to you, but this thing is as close to broken as it gets. It’s BAD. Also, apparently on-rails shooting mimics real-world scenarios. Yeah, um okay.

06 | Hour of Victory (2007)


2007 was a rough year but it also had some good games as well, this not among them. Hour of Victory is well-known for being a broken and completely buggy game for a good reason- it is. It’s received some of the lowest overall scores of all time, and thereby earns its place here easily. The graphics are poor, the gameplay still poorer, and the rest of it- from sound to story is virtually nonexistent. So it’s pretty victorious if those were the main goals.

05 | Vampire Rain (2007)

Even a game about it raining vampires would be better than this terrible mess. The game is literally a bad joke, as it can’t do anything right, or so it seems. There are no redeemable qualities to this “stealth” title that pits your poorly armed team against invincible vampires who defy convention and can come out in daytime as well. If they find you, you die, if you move, you die. Basically, you die. And that’s not because the game is difficult, but because it sucks- pun intended.

04 | Rogue Warrior (2009)

What seemed like an interesting premise conducted by a well-known veteran turned out to be a terrible travesty of video game justice. Something definitely went rogue in the process of making this game, as it’s very poorly crafted- by Bethesda too of all people! Not only did I expect better, but I was in fact surprised at just how truly horrifying the game is when it comes to sound, mechanics, and graphics. They’re pretty darn bad.

03 | Conflict: Denied Ops (2008)

It may not have received the worst average review scores of the games on this list, but do not let that fool you- this generic romp is definitely one of the worst. The title itself spouts generic all over the place and sets the tone for the type of game to follow. Not a single trope taken is original, and each aspect of the game is poorly crafted to begin with. It has some higher up ranks beat in terms of graphics, if just, but they easily outweigh it in gameplay and all else, sad as that is.

02 | Ride to Hell: Retribution (2013)

Somebody needs some retribution for creating this game, or allowing it to be created… This misogynistic game- and it is, oh it is, portrays women poorly, as to be expected of that. It brutalizes most sentiments found in any sensible game, makes too many “jokes” for its own good, and generally sucks. Remember GI saying it would be a contender for worst game of the generation? Well yeah, it’s really far up there- and close to the worst. Seriously though, like- you have fully clothed sex in your game and you expect to be taken seriously? No, just no.

01 | Sukeban Shachou Rena (2009)

This game barely sold 100 units in the first week, was recognizably terrible, and therefore banned from ever being sold again outside (by Japan) and never imported to the US to be continually sold because of that. It’s BAD. Cat mini-games may sound alright, if they work, which these don’t.

Honorable Mentions | Two Extras I Couldn’t Fit In

Damnation-

Bullet Witch-

 

I hope that you guys have enjoyed this lengthy blog! I know you’re probably suffering right alongside me, having had to witness these terrible games at work in the brief explanations, but I promise you it can’t get any worse than this…this past generation anyway…on consoles… Until the next time!

 

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