Monster Hunter: World Demo Impressions – This Could Be The Step Forward That The Series Needed

Yeah, while I’m really bummed that Monster Hunter: World is skipping the Nintendo Switch, I’m also extremely excited for this game. I’ve been a fan of this series ever since Monster Hunter 3: Tri consumed my life when it was released on the Nintendo Wii, and I spent the whole weekend exploring the game’s demo, which was available over the weekend.

While Monster Hunter has always been awesome, it has also been a relatively niche series due to its complex mechanics that puts the focus squarely on the gameplay and nothing else. While very similar to its predecessor, Monster Hunter 4 did take a small step forward by streamlining many aspects and improving the game’s multiplayer mode, but there was still room for improvement. World seems to be the game that finally goes the whole way, providing visual cues and quality of life changes that I think will end up improving the experience a lot.

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Rec Room Is One of the Best Games On PSVR

I’m sure I’m not the first person to draw this comparison, but Rec Room, originally released in 2016 for the PC and last fall for the PSVR, is essentially the Wii Sports of VR. It bundles several multiplayer mini games together in a wonderful showcase of what VR can bring to the table. And best of all? It’s totally free.

I’m not going to review the game at this point, since it is still in Early Access/Beta. However, I wanted to run through the game and encourage any PSVR owner who hasn’t downloaded this to give it a try.

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DLC Impressions – Breath of the Wild: The Champions’ Ballad

Throughout December, I was busy with a certain other massive game, so I had to put the second DLC pack for Breath of the Wild on hold. The first pack, The Master Trials, was a romp that included a mixed grab-bag of new features, including the fun Trial of the Sword. However, its limited scope made me wary of recommending it for the full $20 it costs for the DLC pass. Does The Champions’ Ballad change that?

This will include spoilers for the DLC pack and the rest of Breath of the Wild.

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PlayStation VR Impressions

Although I was really enthusiastic about the potential of what VR can bring to games, I skipped out on buying a VR set when the first wave of consumer VR came out last year. I was an owner of the Oculus Rift DK2, but for my first true consumer VR headset, I wanted to be sure that I picked the right platform for me. This week, I bought a PSVR over the PC competitors for two reasons: first, it’s managed to build up a decent library of games over the past year; and second, the cost of entry is still much lower than with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, both of which require high end PCs to work with. So how do I feel about the purchase a week later?

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Divinity: Original Sin II is the RPG I’ve Been Looking For

I’m not sure if anyone else gets this, but I have an itch I get every once in a while. It’s the itch to play an old-school feeling, story driven RPG in a D&D style. When I look for this in modern games, I don’t really find much that satisfies me. Sure, some games, like your archetypal Skyrims and The Witchers try to fill in that fantasy gap, but their more action-oriented game mechanics don’t really satisfy that urge.

Every once in a while, though, a game comes through that really hits the spot for me. One of those games was the original Divinity: Original Sin, which had brilliant mechanics that ran just about everything in its world, but the game lacked longevity for me, and I eventually lost interest. The sequel, however–which recently came out (officially)–is better in every single way, and has twisted my emotions in ways very few games ever have.

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DLC Impressions – Breath of the Wild: The Master Trials

Ever since I completed Breath of the Wild, I’ve been dying for another reason to dig into this amazing game again. While Nintendo’s DLC strategy has been questionable, forcing you to buy a $20 “season pass” without giving you the option to purchase the DLC as a standalone package, I have still been looking forward to this DLC. This is not a “full” review, since I don’t think this DLC warrants it, just some random thoughts on it.

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