I find a proverbial ass load of nostalgia in 2D platformers. And I absolutely love the overwhelming joys with feeling nostalgic. There is just something about the simplistic nature of side-scrolling gaming that takes me back to a day before thumbsticks. Back to a time when games didn’t need the third dimension to be entertaining. In fact, those games were generally much more difficult. That might seem odd to young gamers today, but I dare you to pick up an old-school NES game like Mega Man or Metroid. I bet you don’t last. Ori and the Blind Forest is one of those games that transports me to my youth. A 2D side-scrolling platformer with some light puzzle-solving that enriches the overall experience. Let’s find out how the game stacked up.
After the success of Mad Max: Fury Road, expectations for this game were very high. Mad Max (the video game) is not directly tied into Fury Road but you could not help but notice the correlations. The game feels like a mash between Just Cause and Far Cry 3. Mad Max is an open-world adventure game with plenty of space to explore and lots of side missions in addition to the story missions. A high amount of your time in the post-apocalyptic wasteland will be spent in your vehicle, which can be customized and upgraded along the way. Did Mad Max ride off into the BlueBall Reviews proverbial sunset? Let’s find out!
Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam is the fifth installment of the Mario and Luigi series, and crosses over into the realm of the Paper Mario series. I have played most of the Paper Mario games and have always enjoyed their unique gameplay aspects. The RPG elements provide a refreshing twist on the typical Mario experience. I had high expectations for Paper Jam since it incorporates both 3D and 2D elements into the story. Did it live up to everything I had dreamed? Let’s find out!
The fine line between technology and humanity has been explored countless ways throughout video game history. As technology grows, so does humanity’s thirst for the convenience that is technology’s bedfellow. What is the plateau? Where does humanity peak in terms of incorporating technology in our daily lives? The Deus Ex franchise has been diving into these topics for a long time, and running strong. The 6th release in the series brings us Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Society is split on the stance of “augmented” humans, as some embrace them while others fear their enhanced abilities. But the real question… where does it land with the BBR standard?! Check out the details in our full video game review!
Activision has released the latest installment in the Call Of Duty franchise. Another year brings another futuristic shooter. Many gamers wish CoD would go back to the roots of past wars and drop the whole futuristic approach. How can you blame them after the horrendous attempt that was Advanced Warfare? And for the record, I’m a CoD fan and more importantly I’m a fan of great games in general. I believe that the futuristic settings hold a ton of potential for video games, but only if it is implemented correctly. So how does the laser light show that is Infinite Warfare stack up? Check out the full details!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see your favorite animated characters throwdown in a Yugioh-style card battle? No? Anyone? Bueller? Well, now you don’t have to wonder! Kongregate and Fox Entertainment team up to bring you a new twist on the recent CCG (collectible card game) craze that includes games such as Crash Royale, Hearthstone, Pokemon, and Magic The Gathering. Let’s take a deeper look and find out what the deal is with The Quest For Cards!
Have you ever wondered what Mirror’s Edge was all about? One word – running. Non-stop running. Endless amounts of running. Enough running to make Sonic The Hedgehog feel exhausted. And now I’m exhausted *sigh*. The next logical question would be, “is it fun?” One word – depends. Do you like running? Do you like the urban street phenomenon that is parkour? Then maybe you will. Let’s find out how the game stacks up.
Square Enix brings us the third installment in the Just Cause series with another third-person open-world adventure. Imagine that Far Cry, Assassin Creed, The Division, and Saints Row created a DNA swirl and impregnated GTA. The resulting lovechild would be Just Cause 3. The goal is to cause as much chaos and violence as virtually possible and free Medici from the grips of General Di Ravello. Think you can handle it? In the words of the great western philosopher Yosemite Sam, you’ll need to be the “rootinest, tootinest, shootinest cowboy east, west, north, and south of the pecos”! So give ‘em hell!
I spent endless hours as a kid testing the limits of my imagination with my Lego bricks. The blueprints in my head translated into 3D objects before my very eyes. My brain, eyes, and hands acted like a 3D printer before 3D printers were cool. Legos were truly boundless in terms of capability, assuming you had enough bricks. Combine the world of Lego with the fantasy super euphoria that is Star Wars and you have one hell of a concoction. These two worlds collide in a manner similar to icing and a cake… it’s butter, baby. Let’s find out how the game stacks up!
Today, we go back, all the way back to the year 2000. This trip down memory lane takes us to arguably one of the best survival-horror and zombie games ever created. Resident Evil: Code Veronica was the fourth major installment in the series and featured the bro-sis combo of Claire and Chris Redfield. Resident Evil helped mold both zombie and survival horror genres as it paved the way for jaw-dropping gaming experiences. I have tons of memories with this game while playing in the dark late at night. RE:CV provided plenty of intense moments that kept me on the edge of my seat. Let’s see how the game shapes up!
With a title that includes the word “festival”, I expect a fun, entertaining experience. Earthlock: Festival of Magic certainly did not disappoint! Snowcastle Games has created a great RPG with fantastic elements and interesting gameplay mechanics. A soothing soundtrack adds to the fantasy atmosphere that is the world of Umbra. You play as Amon and a party of characters, who must stop a war with a magical cult by unlocking the mysteries of Umbra. The planet of Umbra has stopped spinning, but the game will keep your brain spinning throughout the campaign! Let’s see how the rest of the game stacks up.
It’s zombie horror meets circus acrobats with Techland’s apocalyptic video game Dying Light. You play as Kyle Crane, who is sent to infiltrate a group of survivors in Harran to recover a stolen file. The problem? The city is crawling with herds of zombies at every turn. During the day, it’s easy sailing as you scavenge for supplies. It’s a different story when the sun goes down. Bring your backpacks and an extra pair of underwear! Let’s see how the game shakes out!
Sonic The Hedgehog will forever hold a place in my heart – and library. He is one of the most recognizable and revered game characters of all time. Countless hours have been spent racing through levels at high speeds that rival Tasty Nade’s bedroom game. To put it simply, this game is about a veterinarian at a petting zoo who gives a hedgehog four hits of acid, which of course results in superhuman speed and a carnal lust for coins. Today, we take a trip down 90’s memory lane and visit arguably one of the greatest games of the Sega Genesis era. Let’s go, try to keep up!
Your favorite crime spree franchise is back with Grand Theft Auto V! Rockstar brings their latest installment to the video game series and keeps steamrolling like a GTA driver through a sidewalk full of pedestrians. If you’re new to the franchise… where the hell have you been? GTA 5 looks to build upon the success of GTA 4 and all the pieces seem to be in place. Let’s take a look and see how it shapes up!
Battleborn is an arena-type battle game with lots of playable characters. Brought to you by 2K Games and Gearbox, initial expectations for the game were set high. The 25 playable characters provide a vast mix of skills, abilities, and classes. Want to be a tank to soak up damage? Go for it. Want to be a long-range support player volleying arrows at your foes? Have at it. Want to be a maniacal penguin in a huge mechanized combat suit? Yep, it’s here too. Did the game live up to the hype it was given before launch? Only one way to find out!
War. War never changes. Fallout 4 continues the franchise’s long running stronghold on open-world RPG games. Bethesda delivers in a big way with the new installment. In post-apocalyptic Boston, it’s you against the world (or what’s left of it), with a few exceptions. After witnessing your wife’s murder and the kidnapping of your son, you set out on a quest across the wasteland to find him. What is there left to find? Let’s see!
I LOVED the Attack On Titan series, so I’m really excited about this game. Have you seen the anime? Are you looking forward to the game? If they can pull this off, it could be an amazing game. I’ll keep my hopes and expectations very high for this one!
Division. A word that, by definition, means to divide and make things less. To make them small and less significant. Also, it can mean to form a boundary between two things, or to separate one thing from another. For example, the divide between good games and bad games. Which side will you find Tom Clancy’s latest shooter? Where does BBR draw the proverbial line? Let’s find out!
The Playstation 4 exclusive fighter is coming to the console next week with the release of King of Fighters XIV. It sports one of the largest rosters ever in the series, and includes the classic 3-on-3 battle system. What are your thoughts on the franchise?
Doom 1 is the O.G. of first-person shooters. The original gangsta that brought us the best game to play in the dark. If you didn’t play the original Doom in the dark, then you didn’t really play it. I have great memories of turning out the lights for some late night Doom sessions. The 2016 Doom game is the fourth main installment of the series. You play as a marine fighting for survival as you battle monsters and demons. Pack your suitcase as we travel to Mars, and don’t forget to pack your BFG’s! Let’s see if the new game follows in the footsteps of arguably one of the best shooters of all time.
Who you gonna call?? GHOST-BUSTERS! Don’t get too excited and spew your ectoplasm, but a new Ghostbusters game has arrived. As a long-time fan of anything Ghostbusters, I had very high hopes and expectations for this game. I wanted it to be good so bad. This was designed to be a sequel to the 2016 Ghostbusters movie. The main 4 ghost hunters from the movie are in Washington stopping an assassination attempt on the president, so 4 new busters step up to protect the city. Was I disappointed?
Have you ever wanted to blindly cross traffic on a major highway? Have you ever wanted to walk off a cliff? Have you ever wanted to cause a major pile up by slamming your brakes in the middle of an interstate? If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, then I have great news (unrelated to car insurance savings). Pokemon Go is the game for you! Get your backpacks ready folks, but not as a preparation for a Pokewalk. The zombie apocalypse has arrived in the form of a new hit mobile game. Let’s see what the fuss is all about…
The third installment of the Black Ops series and the 12th volume in the Call of Duty series has landed. Call of Duty Black Ops 3 is another shooter set in the next era of war. The year is 2065, jet packs can be found in every neighborhood Walmart, and war is yet again ravaging the planet. As a big fan of CoD games, I’ll dive in to see how it ranks with past and present FPS games.
The latest installment of the Far Cry franchise has arrived. Get your arrows, clubs and spears ready because we are going back to prehistoric times! We travel back in time to the land of Oros, and play as Takkar to save the Wenja tribe. It’s a battle for survival against nature itself. Wooly mammoths, and saber-toothed tigers, and bears, OH MY!
Brush off your crossover dribble and Reebok pumps! 2K sports has released the 17th installment in the NBA 2K franchise with NBA 2K16. New players, new rosters, new mechanics… all of the usual components to a new NBA 2K game. The game features 3 different cover athletes and a special edition with “Jo”, a.k.a. Michael Jordan, a.k.a. the Greatest Of All Time (your LeBron/Kobe arguments are invalid). Can you become the greatest of all time? I doubt it, since there is no way you’re better than me… And if you are, then it’s just because of lag or you’re a hacker! Let’s find out how NBA 2K stacks up to the competition. I’ll see you on the hardwood.