Assassin’s Creed meets Battlefield meets GTA. A beautifully sensual threesome that ends in pure ecstasy. The result is a game we come (no pun intended) to know as Ghost Recon Wildlands. Now, I must admit, the last Ghost Recon game I played was GRAW (Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter) and that was seemingly forever ago. But, in general, I have never been the biggest fan of Tom Clancy games. I have played several different titles, including: Rainbow Six Siege, Wildlands, GRAW, and Splinter Cell (the original), but I have never really acquired a taste for ol’ Tom… Maybe that didn’t come (no pun intended) out the way I wanted it to, but let’s find out if the Wildlands brought out my inner Tom.
Test your might! Whoopsie! Finish him! These phrases have locked their place in history through the game franchise known as Mortal Kombat. Mortal Kombat is arguably one of the longest “successful” game franchises in history. It first emerged in 1992 in arcades around the world, and since then has published dozens of Mortal Kombat games in all types of formats. Mortal Kombat X is the latest installment in this franchise. I must admit, I was quite nervous to play and review this game. This style of gaming is typically not my forte and I usually get frustrated by them to an extent of wishing I could jump out of a window to just end it all now. But, like any good man, I gritted my teeth and manned up. Let’s see if this game pushed me to the brink or not!
I think we all remember one of the most famous real-time, base-building strategy games to have ever been developed – StarCraft. Growing up, I can recall indulging in hours of StarCraft after school and loving every minute of it. And, for the record, yes, I did use the cheat codes. I was a young and naïve gamer, what do you expect?! Anyway, seeing as I am not reviewing StarCraft, I will move on past this over extended introduction. Halo Wars 2 couples the Halo universe with a real-time, base-building strategy game. I did not play much of the first Halo Wars, but I played enough to be excited about the second addition to the Halo Wars 2 universe. And, guess what, I got teased at PAX East 2017 by playing a little bit of the campaign there. Full disclosure… The Big White Angus and I experienced this game together as a team – utilizing the co-op modes that this game offers. Let’s see how it did!
My childhood fantasy come true. No, I am not talking about those “films” I watched as a kid when mom and dad weren’t home. Rather, I am talking about an adult version of playing with hot wheels! Psyonix developed a game (in a very creative way may I add) that brought hot wheels to the gaming community. Technically, The Big White Angus and I first played this game at PAX East 2017, but that was just two games. The first game we owned some n00bs, but the second game we got p0wned in front of a massive audience… But, we won’t talk about that right now. Rocket League is a sports game where you “play” as a car and the objective is to score the ball by “kicking” it in the designated area. Simple enough, right? Nope! The game is much more challenging than it looks. One may even say there is more than meets the eye (movie reference). Anyway, let’s see how this game stacked up against its biggest critic yet!
It is time to ryse (rise) and be the son of Rome! Bad pun? Ok, got it. Duly noted for next time. Ryse: Son of Rome is a third-person action and adventure game developed in a hack-and-slash style of game. You play as a Roman soldier – Marius Titus – who quickly works his way up the ranks in the Roman military on a mission to seek out revenge for the death of his family. As you progress through the story, slaying barbarians, you quickly realize that there is more than meets the eye (reference to the new Transformers movie coming out June 2017). So, how did Ryse: Son of Rome perform when put through the gauntlet of a Tasty Nades review? Let’s find out!
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.
Conan Exiles… whether you will ever admit it, you know about this game because of the ‘Endowment Feature’ video. To keep it as ‘PG’ as possible, a video went viral where someone was playing as a man and made their ‘yogurt slinger’ smaller and larger using a slider called ‘Endowment.’ To make matters even worse (or better depending on how you look at it), they then proceeded to crouch-walk with this seemingly third leg between their other two legs. Anyway, this video alone was enough to make me say ‘I want to play that game!’ But, the real question is, was the game good enough once I got into the thick of it so to speak? Full disclosure, I played this on my gaming PC. So, unlike most of my reviews that are played on my Xbox One, I decided to give it a shot on my PC.
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!
BUCK – A game that was first introduced to me through our PAX East 2017 trip at the Indie Megabooth! The name is quite simple and nothing flashy, but their booth at PAX caught my eye. So, I found myself playing BUCK. A 2D side-scrolling action and adventure game. Afterwards, I had a quick conversation with one of the game developers and producer – Gal Kfir. It didn’t take long for me to realize the amount of passion that has gone into developing this game and the love for games in Gal’s voice. Was the game just as simple and plain as its name? Was Gal’s passion for games accurately reflected in BUCK? Time to find out! Please keep in mind BUCK is a work-in-progress and they are still tweaking the game and expanding it every day.
Well, well, well… Would ya look what the cat dragged in. Battle-‘freaking’-Field 1! As a personal ‘CoD fan boy,’ I was nervous about playing this game. I felt like I was betraying my own child. But, in the last few years, my child has let themselves go and turned into a dad-gum drug addict. Just kidding… But, seriously, the last Battlefield game I played was ‘Bad Company’ and I wasn’t too impressed with it (sorry Battlefield lovers). So, as you may guess, I was a bit nervous to play Battlefield 1 for a variety of reasons. Did I regret this decision? Were my decision-making skills as bad as they are in my dating game? Time to find out!
This is the second app ol’ Tasty has reviewed! The famous ‘Candy Crush Saga!’ Or, as I like to call it, Candy Crush. Yeah, yeah, I know this is an ‘old’ game, but it hasn’t been until recently that I have begun playing this. I finally gave in to the peer pressure and decided to see if this game is what it has been made out to be. As with most ‘addictive’ games, I expected there to be a high influence of “pay-to-play.” Did this speculation turn out to be true? Did the game live up to its hype? Time to find out!
I’m back b*^%#@$!!! The Great Tasty Nades! After a wild end of 2016 and an even wilder start to 2017, Tasty Nades has returned to BBR! And what better way to kick off my first review of 2017 than with a game about a comic and cartoon we all loved growing up – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! I had high hopes for this game and even higher expectations. How did it hold up to its toughest critic yet? Did it quench the Nades’ thirst? Or did it leave me high and dry like a pair of nuts on a cold day?
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!
The Technomancer – A game I had no clue on what to expect. I had never heard of this game nor heard anyone else talk about this game so I indulged in this adventure with no expectations. “Ah…just let it happen. Cosby style…” Anyway, moving on, I found out very quickly that this game was going to be rough to say the least. The game is just about as intuitive and insightful as its title. Let’s dive a little deeper, shall we?
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!
In this review, we will be taking a look at Deadpool from the eyes of Deadpool himself, as if we were him (and we’re not). Have fun reading and let us know what you think in the comments! So without further ado… Hahaha!!! Time to review, well, me! That’s right mother fu$%^&s! The most innocent evil super hero ever made! Well, aside from Deathstroke, since my character’s concept was stolen from him; except the fact that my character is much more exciting, fun, better looking, and the ladies have told me I am much more “well equipped” for the job. Sorry Deathstroke! According to your ex-wife, the only thing you are stroking is…well nothing since you have nothing to stroke… But, anyway, enough about me! Let’s talk about what Activision did to me! They made me into a f%&^@#^ game!!! Someone thought I was important enough, not only to make a movie, but make an entire game about me! I heard it set a world record in sales, but they keep me in the dark on that kind of stuff. After all, I am the most underpaid super hero villain guy person. So, the question you must be wondering by now is, “How is my game?” Well, sit down, shut up, and read… assuming you know how of course.
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.
Many of our readers may frequently ask themselves, “I wonder what the great Tasty Nades’ goals, dreams, and aspirations are? Does he want to own his own yacht? Does he want to have a posse of strippers follow him around and hand distribute grapes into his mouth?” Nope! My friends, playing Call of Duty 4 as if it was in its prime is one of my goals – a fantasy of sorts. So, needless to say, when I heard about this “Remastered Call of Duty 4” I was truly harder than a sack of bricks floating in the Arctic Ocean. I had so many questions and concerns. Was it going to include all the new fancy jet packs and wall running garbage? What were they going to add to it? Or was it simply going to be same? Time to get some answers to these questions.
Life really is strange if you think about it. One event can change the course of our lives, or even a generation. But, that begs the question. What if we could go back and change events to see the varying outcomes? Well, “Life is Strange” allows you to do just that. But, the main question is how well did it do it? Let’s find out if “Life is Strange” held up to the BlueBall Standards.
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!
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – First off, I will not be typing the entire title for the entirety of the review. From here on out, we will reference the game as “Siege.” Siege was the first Tom Clancy game I have played in quite a while. And, by “a while” I mean a decade plus. So, I didn’t really know what to expect. I heard rumors of people saying you are either a Tom Clancy fella’ or a Call of Duty fella’, but I didn’t really believe that garbage. That’s just die-hard fan boys being selfish, right? And so it began, Tasty Nades’ great conquest into the world of Tom Clancy.
Hmm… An interesting choice for a console game. When I first heard of Prominence Poker, my first thought was: “How can a poker game be successful on a console when there are so many established PC Poker games?” So, I was intrigued to say the least. I had so many questions and concerns, especially since this was a free game. Did Prominence Poker make the cut? Was it a success or failure? Let’s find out.
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.
Finally! Dungeons and Dragons comes to a console (and Windows)! For years, I have made fun of those people that play Dungeons and Dragons so I was a bit self-conscious to play and review this game. Is this what Dungeons and Dragons is all about? Am I going to actually like it and feel bad for all those players I have made fun of in the past? Let’s see if Neverwinter was able to persuade this gamer to come to the dark side.
NFS: Underground 2 – any fan of racing games remembers this game. If they don’t, they are too young for you bro. This game was one of the most iconic NFS games and arguably one of the most iconic racing games of all time. This game was simply beautiful, especially for its time. It set the standard for all racing games to come and, not only set, but determined what the basic foundations of every racing game will be. Let’s break it down and see the beauty unfold.
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!
Mechs gone wild. This was the first true “mech” style of game I have played so I didn’t know what to expect going into it. Should I expect a Call of Duty feel? Should I expect a Titanfall feel? I just didn’t know. Fine – I admit it. I cheated. I looked at reviews before playing the game. But! I didn’t READ any; I just simply wanted to get an idea of what to expect. I saw a variety of scores (from 9/10 to 5/10), but once again, I am still left confused. F*#@ it. I will find out myself. Let’s see how it held up against the best critics out there – BlueBall Reviews.
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!
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – the franchise that just won’t quit. For some reason, I feel like I have said that before. I was extremely hesitant to play this game. The last Assassin’s Creed game I played was Black Flag and I wasn’t the biggest fan of it; so I was skeptical of Syndicate to say the least. Let’s see how it held 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?
Duck Hunt – Arguably one of the most memorable and recognizable games in gaming history. Back then, it was a way that kids could prove themselves and how good their shot was. This game was capable of bringing everyone in the family together for some friendly duels. Let’s see how the game held up against one of its biggest critics – BBR.