Category Archives: Video Game

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.

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!

Shin Megami Tensei V is on Sale (Via Walmart, Gamestop and Amazon

Hey guys, if you’ve been on the fence about picking up one of the hottest and latest Nintendo Switch exclusives, now might be the best time. I looked and looked for it to be on sale during Black Friday. Honestly, I didn’t see any good deals. Now that Shin Megami Tensei V is marked down $20 off at most major retailers, this creates a perfect buying opportunity for Nintendo Switch collectors and RPG enthusiasts alike.

(At the time of writing this article, I have no affiliate links with any of the mentioned websites. I do not receive any kickbacks if you buy a product listed below.)

Link to Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Shin-Megami-Tensei-V-Nintendo-Switch/485023374

Link to Gamestop: https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/nintendo-switch/products/shin-megami-tensei-v—nintendo-switch/318502.html

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shin-Megami-Tensei-Standard-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B09HYJ8YLW/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1XNQT8LV42ZVM&keywords=shin+megami+tensei+v&qid=1639325133&sprefix=shin+me%2Caps%2C173&sr=8-1

I’m sure the game is worth the full asking price considering it is the next in a long running JRPG series, The Shin Megami Tensei franchise. A critically acclaimed series developed by the prestigious Atlus studios. Still, every bit of savings helps this close to the holidays.

Let me know if you guys end up picking up the game.

2 Free Games and JayzTwoCents Giveaway! GET THEM NOW BEFORE THEY ARE GONE!

Hey guys! Epic games has 2 free games this week. Rogue Company Epic Pack and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure! This deal is available over at Epic Games.

Meanwhile, tech channel JayzTwoCents is teaming up with NZXT to offer 2 winners a NZXT Streaming Plus Build and a microphone!
Check that video out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w97bjcRwWDU
Both of these deals don’t have much longer to go so get them now while you can.

These deals are almost over so be quick if you are interested. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Adding A Gamecube Game to the Collection!

Hey guys. Admittedly this video was recorded a month or two ago. But I added a new Gamecube game to the collection, Zoocube.

I planned to do a breakdown of what this meant for the collection but I’ve gotten games for the Gamecube since this video. So maybe in another video.

Here’s the video: https://youtu.be/om1WA0AQ3wM

Thank you guys for reading and have a great day! What games are you guys currently collecting or going for? Let me know in the comments below!

Check out Humble Bundle for some awesome discounted video games! (Get Borderlands, Bioshock. Soul Calibur VI, Sonic Mania and many more!)

Hey guys. I’ve been at work all day so I’m having to do this post from my phone. So sorry if it isn’t as in depth as my other humble bundle post. Feel free to watch my video I posted on the topic here: https://youtu.be/eR1CpU56lOw

First up is the Aspyr Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/aspyr-25th-anniversary?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_2_layout_type_threes_tile_index_2_c_aspyr25thanniversary_bundle.

This Bundle is highlighted by Borderlands Handsome Jack Collection and Bioshock Infinite.

Next up is the Fighters Bundle:

https://www.humblebundle.com/games/fighting-juggernauts-bundle?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_2_layout_type_threes_tile_index_1_c_fightingjuggernautsbundle_bundle

This Bundle has a lot of good fighting games from Soul Calibur to Mortal Kombat XL.

Lastly, is the Sonic 30th Anniversary bundle:

https://www.humblebundle.com/games/sonic-30th-anniversary-bundle?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_1_layout_type_threes_tile_index_3_c_sonic30thanniversarybundle_bundle

So there you go. 3 awesome game bundles and 2 more I didn’t even spotlight so make sure you head over to Humble Bundle and check out these sweet bundles.

Thanks for reading and have a great day guys!

Start November Off With Free Video Games! (Free and Discounted Games Vis Steam, Amazon Games and Epic Games)

November is upon us. Let’s look at some sweet game deals! (Some are free).

Speebots

Speebot - SteamSpy - All the data and stats about Steam games

For $5.99 you get a sweet adorable fun looking 3D platformer. If you enjoy New Super Lucky Tales or Mario 3D World/Land, this looks like it would be up your alley. You take control of a Speebot and try your best to navigate through a variety of levels.

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Rgoue Heroes Ruins of Tasos

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos - Nintendo Switch Announcement! - Team17  Digital LTD - The Spirit Of Independent Games

Free via Amazon Games, Rogue Heroes looks to be a mix of Zelda 4 Swords/Link to the Past with contemporary games of this nature (like The Swords of Ditto), this game looks to be a blast for all you rogue-like dungeon crawling fans. It has a single player and multiplayer campaign. So grab a buddy, a sword and a bow and get to questing!

SuperPhillip Central: Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos (NSW, PC) Review

Tomb Raider Franchise

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Anniversary (2007) PSP box cover art - MobyGames

Maybe the best deal on here, the old school Tomb Raider games start at less than a dollar! All the PS1 and PC classics are found at around .97 or .98 cents! That is insane value! The Tomb Raider reboot is discounted all the way down to $2.24. Rise of the Tomb Raider is just $5.99. The latest title Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is confusing but seems to be going for 13.05. There’s a Tomb Raider bundle chalk full of goodies for a little over $40 dollars. This deal is found over on Steam.

Tomb Raider (TV Series) - IMDb

BAFL – Brakes are For Losers

BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers on Steam

Brakes are For Losers admittedly isn’t really up my alley. However, I have a wife who I like to torment with stressful looking games. So this game has Wes and Jess Try Out Thursday written all over. This game is a top-down arcade racer where all players share one screen and try to cause as much chaos as possible!

BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers | Blacknut Cloud Gaming

Darq

DARQ: Complete Edition | Bugün Satın Al ve İndir - Epic Games Store

The last game we will talk about today is Darq. Darq looks like a modern day Tim Schafer adventure game. The game is promisingly dark and designed around puzzles and exploration in a 2D/3D space. You wander from room to room completing task in a manor that looks like its out of a halloween special. I can’t say this game really appeals to me, but the vibe definitely has Jessica’s name on it. To make it even better, this game is free thanks to Epic Games. Worth noting, it is free until tomorrow at 11am. So if you want this one, act quick!

DARQ: Complete Edition on Steam

So there you have it. De Blob 1 and 2 are also on sale if that interest you. Let me know which of these games catches your eyes! What are some games you plan to get this month?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Characters I Would Have Liked in Smash Bros!

All the roster spots are taken, but many were left out. Here’s some characters I wish had made the list.

Protagonist (Shin Megami Tensei V). Admittedly, I do think going 3rd party was the right choice. With Shin Megami Tensei V set to be one of the major holiday releases for the Switch, this felt like a perfect fit. One sign it wasn’t going to be Protagonist was that we already have Joker, a big Atlus character. Secondly, SMTV was already announced. Having Sora as the last character let Nintendo sneak in another major holiday release, Kingdom Hearts to the Switch.

Howard (Astral Chain)– If Nintendo was going to go with a character they published, my vote would have been the Astral Chain characters. Honestly, I have not played Astral Chain. It is on my list but Switch games rarely go on sale and I have so many Zelda games to play through as well. Either way, I would have loved for one of the Astral Chain characters to sneak in that way Nintendo could diversify their Nintendo published line up. A huge percentage of the roster stem from Mario, Zelda and Fire Emblem. The biggest con I think for pulling from Astral Chain is it would have been underwhelming to the gaming landscape.

Master Chief (Halo)– Master Chief isn’t my favorite third party character nor my first choice, however I think he would have broke the internet. Nintendo and Microsoft have a working relationship so I think this was doable. I thought for sure Banjo Kazooie making it in was a hint that Master Chief might be lurking in the future. Master Chief is arguably Microsoft’s greatest character and would have been a heck of an addition to the overall roster. I cannot really think of any cons. He is not just another sword character, he is a major member of the video game community, and Halo has a new game coming out next year. I think Nintendo and Microsoft really missed an opportunity here. Oh well.

Leon Kennedy (Resident Evil)– Leon Kennedy might just be my favorite video game character of all time, he’s definitely top 5. He probably would have played like Master Chief if either made the final roster. They probably would have relied on fire arms with close range melee weapons if needed along with grenades. Recovery would probably be the hardest thing to pull off. Of course the con would be that Leon hasn’t really be involved with the Resident Evil franchise lately as 7 and 8 have gone away from the traditional cast. Most of the Resident Evil games have already been ported over to the Switch. Still he is an awesome character and it is a shame he did not make the list.

Hat Kid (Hat Kid)– Anyone following my Youtube channel knows I love A Hat in Time. Of course this is a bias pick. She is my favorite Indie character and would easily be my choice. Imagine announcing Hat Kid as the final character and then showing off A Hat in Time 2 or a Mario Odyssey kingdom inspired off of A Hat in Time. I think it would have been awesome to have her. Of course she was never going to make the roster if bigger indie characters like Shovel Knight did not even make the official roster.

So, there’s my list. There’s plenty of other great character’s like Crash, Kratos and Rayman that missed the roster as well. So let me know how you rank the final cast. Who would you rather have?
Thank you guys so much for reading. Have a great day!