Live Together, Die Together – Playstation 4 – The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan – 2019

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Playstation 4
Supermassive Games / Bandai Namco Entertainment
Genre: Survival Horror Adventure
2019

While I haven’t written about it quite yet, I’ve been pretty upfront about the fact that Until Dawn is my favorite game on the Playstation 4 and ranks among my top horror games period. As someone who has been entertained by horror for over half of his life, this may sound surprising, but it should also speak to the merit of Supermassive Games and the project that they put together. Horror is not an easy genre to navigate, and they found an interesting way to make a compelling story, interesting cast, and tense mechanics to bring the story of Until Dawn to life.

With that, it should be less of a surprise that when I ran into the Namco Bandai booth at PAX last year, my first stop was to see The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, the company’s follow-up to their cinematic sleeper hit. While the demo was short, it got me excited to see how the game would play out and what the game would do to stand out from its predecessor. What I played, though, did nestle the game onto the list of my most anticipated titles from the show.

In interviews on The Dark Pictures and what exactly the anthology would entail, it has been explained that Man of Medan is the first of eight planned titles, two of which will be released each year meaning we will most likely see a title every six months. The weight being placed on the flagship game, in that case, is a great one then. While Until Dawn did surprisingly well, it seems reasonable to wonder just how well Man of Medan does to live up to Supermassive’s first game and to set up the remainder of a large undertaking for the developers.

As with most current games, I’ll do my best to avoid spoilers but be forewarned- there may be some bits here and there that could be considered “spoilery”. Continue reading

Faster Than The Speed of Sound Part 2 – Sega Dreamcast – Sonic Adventure 2 – 2001

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Sonic Adventure 2
Sega Dreamcast
Sega
© 2001
Genre: Action-Adventure Platformer

Last week, I spoke about the first of Sega’s last great games in the Sonic franchise.  If Sonic Adventure was just hitting the top of the mountain peak of a great franchise, then Sonic Adventure 2 is hitting a similar spot… on the other side of that mountain peak, going back down.  While it was action packed with good gameplay, this was the game that started trying to add a little too much edge to our spiny blue speedster, trying to push a story that fell a bit flat.

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Faster Than The Speed of Sound – Sega Dreamcast – Sonic Adventure – 1999

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Sonic The Hedgehog, King of the 90’s. Note the totally radical attitude and obnoxiously colored shoes!

Sonic Adventure
Sega Dreamcast
Sega
© 1999
Genre: Action-Adventure Platformer

In the world of Sonic, many purists will tell you that the series hit it’s peak while the series was still in it’s infancy. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles (or both together, as they were often played) are generally considered the height of the series just before it jumped the shark (or in this case, the killer whale). While they were definitely the height of the series, I feel that the two games that were released on the Dreamcast, the last system that Sega put out, were the height and fall of the series: Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2. Today’s article will feature Sonic Adventure. Continue reading