Category Archives: 2022

Ranking The Bob-Omb Battlefield Stars!

Welcome to a new series here. I will be ranking each star from each course of Super Mario 64! I will be arriving at my rankings based off how fun, challenging and engaging each star is. Lets start with Bob-Omb Battlefield!

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#7 Shoot to the Island in the Sky- This star is just simply boring. There’s not a lot to it. You get Mario to blast up to the floating island and then you snag the star. It can be fun, but its just underwhelming.

#6 Behind Chain Chomp’s Gate- This star is iconic in my opinion as it will probably be one of, if not the first star most people will get when playing Super Mario 64. However, outside of being iconic, there’s just not a lot going on here. You get the star very early and quickly. It doesn’t really showcase the level or encourage exploration. The neatest thing about it is it being the 6th star in the level, but you can get it first.

#5 The 100 Coin Star- Now, honestly, this is the worst star on this course, but it at least has you moving and playing the game. That is why it scores a bit higher then the previously listed stars. It ranks below Mario Wings to the Sky because you will need to get more coins then just the five special coins.

#4 Mario Wings in the Sky- I really don’t care for this star, however it did earn some bonus points for some cool things it did. For starters, its the first flying star (outside of the wing cap stage). I also believe it’s the first level to have secret, special coins. But the flying is not great and that hurts the fun factor. However, it definitely has the exploration side covered.

#3 Footrace with Koopa the Quick– This star introduces us to one of the few NPCs that isn’t a villain, per se, Koopa the Quick. Of course, there’s big exploration to this star, but it is literally a rehash of the previous star, Big Bom-Omb on the Summit. That stops it from being able to crack the top 2 spots.

#2 Big Bob-Omb on the Summit- This star is awesome! It is epic. Mario must make his trek up the summit to fight King Bob-Omb. Exploration is clearly a focal point of this star. You must do some platforming, kill some enemies, collect some coins and at the very end, a boss fight!

#1 Find the 8 Red Coins- I’m a sucker for these 8 red coin missions. Mainly because they are collect-a-thon in nature. They also heavily encourage you to check every inch of the level looking for the coins. The mission itself may or may not be more fun then the other stars, but I feel like they are always a fun representation of what it means to play Mario 64! For that, I will rank it as number 1!

So, that’s my opinion. I’m curious what you guys would rank the stars. Do leave your rankings below!

Looking for a copy yourself? Find it on Amazon here!

Thank you for reading! Have a great day!

Don’t Miss Out on an Awesome Pokemon Go Event! MEGA MOMENT!

Pokemon Go is increasing your chances of finding Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander in the wild. They are also introducing Mega Kangskhan into Pokemon Go. And they are allowing trainers to select a branching path mission where trainers will pick 1 of the 3 mega Kento Starters! There are other goodies, too, but those are the highlights

All pictures pulled from: https://www.google.com/amp/s/pokemongohub.net/post/event/a-mega-moment-complete-event-guide/amp/

Be sure to jump into Pokemon Go action! Thank you guys for reading! Have a great day!

Video Game Grail? (A Response to the MetalJesusRocks Facebook Page)

I saw this question on Facebook today. It really got me thinking. For those of you who don’t know, a grail was originally meant to be something impossible to find. Something really rare or expensive. Now a days, the word is tossed around too loosely. Now it basically equates to your most desired game that is also hard to find. In theory there should only be one grail game. But everybody has different opinions on what that should be. Thus, this question is born.

When I think of video game grails, the list begins and ends with Stadium Events. Now, sure the Atari has some rare cartridges, but no one really has a definitive list for Atari. Either way, I’m not a big 80s collector for video games. My collecting would start at SNES.

There’s two candidates here, Chrono Trigger and Pocky and Rocky 2. However, I’ve actually seen both of these games in person, believe it or not. So are they really rare enough to be considered grails? Chrono Trigger is the game that got me into retro collecting, so it would get the claim over Pocky and Rocky for me personally. Though I do believe I’ll probably see 5 more Chrono Triggers before I Pocky and Rocky 2 again.

Still, in my heart of hearts, I’m not really a SNES collector either. I mostly collect N64, Gamecube and Wii U. With that in mind, what would be my grail from those consoles? N64 had some rare titles thanks to Blockbuster exclusives. The rarest title being Sculptors Cut. But even then, to my understanding anyway, it’s just a base game with added content. And I don’t even care about the base game enough to buy it. On the Gamecube, it’s Pokemon Box. Now some people may think this has to be my grail. As a kid of the 90s whose childhood was wrapped around Pokemon, who wouldnt want this? You are sorta right. I do want it. But it’s hardly a game. It’s a glorified transfer machine. That definitely knocks some points off.

But all of these are games I don’t own. The question asks for one’s we now own. There’s two games that stand out for me.

My copy of Chibi Robo and my copy of Pokemon Soul Silver.

Probably the two games I wanted to own as a kid and never got to. I still remember walking into Gamestop and Soul Silver was 60 dollars. I said I’ll wait for it to go down ( it was loose after all.) It never did. It came into work last year and was about 100 dollars. This time it was complete. Still couldn’t do it. Finally, it came in loose and I just jumped on it. My Chibi Robo is also loose, but it is what it is.

So those would be games I never thought I’d own, but now I do. Thanks for reading. Be sure to follow Metal Jesus Facebook Page and subscribe to his channel

Games I’ve Played Recently Part #3

Hey guys! It’s been a minute since I’ve done an update to Games I’ve Played Recently, so let’s talk about a few games I’ve played recently.

Archvale- For those of you who don’t know, I am a big achievement junkie. Archvale helped reinvigorate that.  As I got all 40 achievements and claimed that juicy 1000 Gamerscore, surprisingly only the 2nd game I’ve got 1000 G for (Borderlands 1 being the first). Anyway, back to the game. This is a top down, tile based action RPG. It plays enough like Zelda that Zelda fans will feel familiar with the gameplay. There’s dungeons with epic boss fights, heart containers to find, and similar combat. However, I would call it Zelda adjacent. Much like Forager or even maybe Stardew Valley are. Progression isn’t based on finding a new item, but more so improving your Armor, your damage output and your dodging skills. So the game will feel different enough, that if you are a Zelda fan looking for something a little different, this could be what you are looking for. There’s also a badge system very akin to Paper Mario that will help each playthrough feel unique. The story wasnt much to write home about, the gameplay was solid enough. I give it an 8 out of 10. *This game is included in Gamepass as of the writing of the blog, April 2nd, 2022*

Pupperazzi- That is not a typo. This is a game where you go around a handful of  stages and take pictures of dogs. It is as awesome as it sounds. You can dress the dogs up in playful outfits, play with the pups using a variety of toys, and capture the dogs in just all around wacky poses and scenarios (such as dogs riding bikes, dogs being life guards, and dogs having picnics to name a few). The game gives you plenty of missions that require you to catch a dog doing something specific (like getting a close up of Tony Bark doing his signature trick on his skateboard). This game is not polished by any means, however I truly adore this game. I’m willingly to over look the flaws because they do not ruin the game by any means. So to me, this is a hidden gem. I give it a 9.5 out of 10. Not an April Fools, I just really enjoy how chaotic the dogs are! *This game is included in Gamepass as of the writing of the blog, April 2nd, 2022*

Donut County- Donut County is another wacky, charming game. Admittedly, I have a sweet spot for games like this. The writing helps the characters be more memorable. Which is impressive considering you play a hole. This game plays very similar to Katamari. You start off as a small hole. The more you consume, the bigger you grow. The camera does a good job of highlighting your size. In the early phases of a level, the camera is zoomed in and really boxes you in. As you grow, the camera panes out. This is used twofold. Obviously, the more it swings out, the easier it is to traverse the levels. But it also makes all the larger objects have a shrinking effect, as the hole now dwarves even the biggest rocks and tallest buildings. I’m currently, fighting the final boss, but this game is very enjoyable. It will only take a few hours to beat and 100%. Good for an afternoon. *This game is included in Gamepass as of the writing of the blog, April 2nd, 2022*

So, that’s all I have prepared for today. We have a baby shower to attend, so I can’t go over everything. I’ll try to write about Halo, Madden 22, and Kirby in a future post. Anyway, thanks for reading and have a great day!

I wrote this April 2nd but due to being busy with the baby, I didn’t notice it never published.

The 5 Worst Nintendo Franchises!

Nintendo normally knocks it out of the park with their first party titles. Kid Icarus revolutionized the gaming industry spawning numerous sequels and giving us arguably the greatest video game character of all time, Pit. Ice Climbers was a juggernaut upon release. The game was considered so perfect, Nintendo decided a sequel could never live up to the hype of the original, so they have essentially retired the series. When Ice Climbers made it into Smash Bros Melee, gamers around the world rejoiced. Sadly, or totally predictable, the Ice Climbing duo were too powerful. As a result, they were subsequently removed from the series when Smash Brothers Brawl released on Wii.

So, sure, Nintendo established itself as a major player in the video market off the backs of series like Duck Hunt and Wrecking Crew, but not all series were a hit. Metroid was a disaster and almost bankrupted the company. But Nintendo didn’t want to give up on one of the female pioneers of gaming. Still, they couldn’t justify her on home consoles. Thus, her sequel was given life on the lowly handheld, the Gameboy. Metroid was given a second shot on the Super Nintendo. Another flop, often sited as the worst release by Nintendo. Samus would be relegated to handheld consoles two more times. Not to mention, after the absolute butchering of Metroid as a FPS, Metroid Prime 4 was delayed and ultimately canceled for the best. Not a single soul complained. It just goes to show you, no matter how many times Nintendo releases an installment of a horrible franchise, true gamers don’t forget the past mistakes.

Now, let’s take a look at Nintendos 5 Worst Franchises.

#5 Animal Crossing- When I was preparing this blog, I really thought this be number 1. How could it not be? This game is one of the most overrated franchises in all of gaming, let alone Nintendo. What do you do in this game? Seriously. You play as a kid whose sole purpose in life is to befriend animals. Doesn’t that sound horrible? Like, oh no, Sally the spider lost one of her 8 shoes and needs you to find it. Other task consist of paying off your debt. I mean, at least kids get exposed to how evil money is and how people will use it to manipulate them. So good job Nintendo capturing some realism there.

#4 Super Smash Brothers- Nintendo has long been loathed for repacking and releasing the same games over and over with new paint and funny names. Is there a series that is a better example of that than Super Smash Brothers? I feel like I’ve been playing the same game over and over. The series definitely peaked on the Nintendo 64. Every game since has just felt like an ad campaign. We get it, Fire Emblem (which is probably #6 on this list) could not sell world wide, so they snuck in countless numbers of characters to try and brain wash us into wanting Fire Emblem. Well, it still hasn’t worked and probably never will. The next release of Smash Bros, slated for release on the Switch 2 next year, was announced to have a roster comprised entirely of Fire Emblem characters. Have you lost all hope in the world yet?

#3 Pokemon- Give me a break with this one. Do 30 year old men still think it’s cute to film themselves opening Pokemon TCG boxes, or playing Pokemon Go? No cares if you found Mew under the truck. No one cares if you completed the Pokedex. And trust me, no one cares if you had all the original holos from the card game, especially how many Charizards you owned. Grow up.

#2 The Legend of Zelda. What a waste of potential here. I’m serious. Sure, Zelda 1 was a total bust. The franchise redeemed itself with phenomenal poise with the sequel, Zelda 2. Zelda 2 saved Nintendo. It helped restore faith with the general public. Despite this, Nintendo reverted back to the original formula. This contradicted all the good grace Zelda 2 built up. Then, there was the unspeakable sin. The point of no return, Ocarina of Time. The jump to 3D just wasn’t kind to the Zelda series. The Z Lock On tried to fix things, but arguably made it worse. The time traveling mechanic really bogged down the story and made certain parts feel bloated. It was a total train wreck that the series still has not recovered from.

#1 Super Mario- I guess it was always going to be Super Mario. I mean talk about a cash cow. At least other series like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed and Madden attempt to change their games up with each release. How many times do I need to run, jump and collect stars? Isn’t this getting old to anyone? And not to mention, they are just slapping Mario on anything and hoping it sells. Why do I need Mario playing Golf, Tennis, Carts and any of the other countless side series? I can do all that in real life, thank you. So, without a doubt, Mario is easily the worst video game mascot and franchise of all time.

So, that’s my list. I could keep going with other Nintendo failures like Donkey Kong, Kirby and Splatoon, but let’s not destroy them too hard. Let me know you’re worst 5 Nintendo Franchises in the comments!

We’re Becoming Parents!

Wow. So this what I’ve been hinting at on the blog. Jessica and I will be having a child in about 2 weeks. How crazy!? I started this blog back forever ago. Jessica and I had only been a couple for a few months. Fast forward to today and we’re about to celebrate our first anniversary of being married (April 17th) and somewhere that week we will be having a girl. She will be here on the 14th if we have to have a C-Section and as late as the 20th if she comes on her due date (but we all know how babies are!)

I’ve said it before on here. This year, as far as the blog goes, is not off to a great start. But in my real life I am so excited to become a father. Anyway, I felt like I should go ahead and share it to the blog.

Our little Girl!

Tonight, we are going to see Morbius! So everyone who reads this. Have a great night!

It’s been a while.

Last year was the best year in our blogs history. And I really wanted to build on that momentum. And while some stuff definitely happened, I still could have.

I actually got really bad sick on New Years. I was running a fever of at least 103 and shaking. And a few days later on January 4th, one of my best friends and co-workers died suddenly. It was easily the worst week of my life as an adult. And it seems shallow in comparison to those things, my graphics card in my computer died. So I’ve been without my computer for a while now. Hence, while videos and post have stopped. I really feel like the world doesn’t want it to work out. I went to record a digimon box opening and pulled the Omnimon Ghost Rare and then the SD card died.

It was a string of back luck that made me question doing all this side stuff. Maybe I should just focus on work and family. At the end of the day, I still enjoy blogging and recording, but the set backs are rough. Mostly because they require time or money I don’t have. I mean, getting a graphic card is not going to be cheap, so who knows when I’ll get my computer back.

I do have plans for some new blogs, but I’ll either have to do them on my phone or Jessica’s computer. Which I guess isn’t that big of a deal. I just really like editing these post on my computer. My phone is very much a 7 out of 10 experience.

Oh, well. If you’ve stayed following the blog after another month break, thank you for understanding! I want to announce something big tomorrow. So here’s to hoping I can actually pull it off.

That’s all for today. Have a great day!

GET 5 FREE VIDEO GAMES RIGHT NOW!

Hey guys. We’re back with the next round of FREE VIDEO GAMES!
Watch the Youtube that accompanies this video: GET 5 FREE VIDEO GAMES RIGHT NOW!! (Youtube Video!)

We will be checking out Amazon Prime and Epic Games for today’s write up.

Over at Games with Prime we’ve got some pretty cool looking games.

Double Kick Heroes is the game that interest me the fewest out of today’s platter. It is a rhythm based zombie shooter of sorts. Rhythm games really aren’t my thing. Neither are shooters. However, killing zombies to heavy metal tunes seems epic.

Double Kick Heroes on GOG.com
Double Kick Heroes
IDCGames - Double Kick Heroes - PC Games

Ashwalkers is next. The initial summary did not sell me on it. However, watching the video Amazon Prime provided did make it sound really neat. The game plays like a survival walking simulator game. The art style is cold and seems to be primarily black and white. So visually, it is stunning tp say the least.

Ashwalkers

Following that is As Far as the Eye. This is another simulator game where you control the wind. From my understanding this is a game similar to the Sims or other games of that nature. It has some resource management built into it. You are helping guide the Pupils, the main tribe found inside the game. If you poorly handle their supply or get blindsided from the environment, such as water, your little tribes will die. Normally I wouldn’t play games like these. However, they are Jessica’s taste. As a result, we might stream some of it later.

As Far As The Eye on Steam
As Far As The Eye on Steam
Image 5 - As Far As The Eye - Mod DB

Finally for Amazon Prime is Golazo! Soccer League.

Another game I was not sold on at the start. One thing that helps this game is the fact it is an arcade style soccer simulator. This just means it is a wacky, over-the-top version of the traditional soccer format. Another game I would normally pass on but the thought of playing two players with Jessica means we might snag this one while it is free.

Save 80% on Golazo! Soccer League on Steam
Golazo! Soccer League | GamePlay PC - YouTube
What's On Steam - Golazo! Soccer League

So, all in all, I give Amazon’s selection a B-. It’s probably more fun if you’re into some niche genre’s or have some friends to play with.

Now on to Epic Games.

Epic Games is offering Windbound free this week.

Windbound for Nintendo Switch - Nintendo Game Details

Windbound combines two of my favorite things. Moana and Zelda. The art style has received praise from many different critics. However, those same critics have ripped apart the shallow feel of exploration and the tedious nature of the tasks and resource gathering elements of the game. Leaving Windbound to receive mixed reviews. Still, the game looks like a good time considering it is free. Don’t miss your chance to add an interesting adventure to your collection!

Windbound on Steam
Windbound Review — Explosion Network | Independent Australian Reviews,  News, Podcasts, Opinions
Review: Windbound – Destructoid

I’ve never played this game so I tried to include plenty of photos showcasing different aspects of the game. As it seems it is broken into two phases. The boating aspect and the land aspect.

There you have. 5 free games to start February off right! Thank you guys for reading! Have a great day!

Get Free and Discounted Games this January!

Guys, we will be going over some free and discounted games you can grab this January. We will start with Humble Bundle! Feel free to watch the Youtube video I made over this subject if you prefer a video format!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5deETYWDnVw

Brain Tickler Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/brain-tickler-bundle?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_1_layout_type_threes_tile_index_3_c_brainticklerbundle_bundle

Games included: $1 tier: Heal. $9.51 tier: Lumines Remastered, white True: learn() Chief Technology Officer Edition. $10 tier: Mars Horizon, The Significer Director’s Cut, Retro Machina. If you order any tier, you will also get the tiers below that tier. Meaning if you get the $10, you get all games included. This bundle has 5 days left at the time of writing

Retro Mechina

PC Building Simulator: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/pc-building-simulator-bundle?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_1_layout_type_threes_tile_index_1_c_pcbuildingsimulatorbundle_bundle

Here’s a bundle where the $1 tier unlocks the base game PC Building Simulator. Each ascending bundle ($5.80 and $15) unlocks various DLC for the base game. If you’re into PC Building Simulator I recommend checking this one out. This bundle has 5 days remaning at the time of writing.

4million free copies of 'PC Building Simulator' have been claimed in 24  hours
PC Building Simulator

Surviving Mars Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/surviving-mars-bundle?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_1_layout_type_threes_tile_index_2_c_survivingmarsbundle_bundle

This bundle works the exact same way as PC Building Simulator. The $1 tier is the base game. The $9.15 and $10 tier unlock a multitude of DLC options. This bundle still has 7 days remaining at the time of writing.

Surviving Mars Review: Building The Final Frontier - GameSpot
Surviving Mars

The Indie Houses Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/indie-houses-bundle?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_2_layout_type_threes_tile_index_1_c_indiehousesbundle_bundle

Games included: $1 tier: Super Mutant Alien Assault, The Count Lucanor. $6.95 tier: We Should Talk, Desert Child, Hiveswap Friendsim, Elden: Path of the Forgotten, Western Press. $9 tier: Jack Axe, Mosaic, Beasts of Maravilla Island, GONNER 2, Etherborn. This bundle has 7 days remaining at the time writing

Beasts of Maravilla Island - TheXboxHub
Beasts of Maravilla Island

Now let’s move over to Free Games with Amazon Prime!

Games Included: Two Point Hospital, In Other Waters, Paper Beast – Folded Edition, Abandon Ship, WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

Two Point Hospital
WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship Gameplay (PC HD) [1080p60FPS] - YouTube
WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship
Fahrenheit: indigo Prophecy Remastered

I have not played any games from this selection but I’ve already claimed Two Point Hospital, WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered as they are the ones that have jumped out to me.

Lastly, for today anyway, is Epic Games

Their free game of the week is Daemon X Machina. This game is published by XSEED which gets my attention. It doesn’t really look like my style of game, but it is hard to argue with free. Seems like a very solid giveaway game!

Daemon X Machina

Well, there’s you some free or heavily discounted games! I hope you guys grab some good ones. My top 5 games I’m excited for from this list would be (in no order): Jack Axe, Beast of Maravilla Island, Etherborn, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy, and Daemon X Machina.

Next week Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is free on EpicGames!

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!