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Kingdom Hearts (PlayStation 4)

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I will play Kingdom Hearts any and every time Square Enix releases it. I love the original game, and I'm very excited that I got to play a 1080p and 60fps version of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix before the release of Kingdom Hearts 3. I will admit, the phrase "they don't make 'em like they used to" is both good and bad when it comes to the first entry in the series, but regardless of a few strange gameplay design choices this is a game that I can still appreciate today, 15 years after its United States debut.

If there's one unanimous thing all Kingdom Hearts fans agree on, it's that the narrative is confusing. It's not quite Dark Souls story telling where the answers are there and the player can peace it together at their leisure. You will be presented the story in a grand fashion throughout the whole series, but there are just more questions than answers after you've seen it all. That can be really useful if Square Enix delivers answers in Kingdom H…

Titanfall 2 - Colony Reborn

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The Colony Reborn DLC for Titanfall 2 is unfortunately pretty slim, but it does almost manage to scratch an itch in every important aspect of online gameplay. First of all, what's in it? As the name implies, Colony is an old map from the first Titanfall that has been remastered and reworked into the Titanfall 2 online mode. There's also a new weapon though it's just a re-skin of the first assault rifle that every player has access to - also from the first entry of the series. The only other gameplay addition is a new pilot execution. Finally there are a lot of new purchasable cosmetic items including new prime titans (a variant of the stock titan with a unique look and execution), calling cards, and camouflages.

Colony Reborn is packaged with a pretty large online balance patch. Some of the stuff I got to test out for myself while other things are so specific or don't tailor well to my play-style that I probably won't try them. One thing in particular I'm thank…

Bryan's Top 10 Favorite Games of All Time (2017)

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Here's another list that was tough to put together - my all-time top 10. I put 2017 in the title because I'd love to revisit this list and see how it evolves or changes in the future seeing as one inclusion came out in the second half of 2016. You'll notice some of these games aren't individually reviewed here, and the ones that are might not be perfect 10's. That's because these games transcend a rating for me and remain my personal favorites even with any potential flaws. I only have two rules for this list. One game per series on the main list and one game per series on the Honorable Mentions list. Just a small note on the Honorable Mentions list: They aren't - and have never been - in any special order. Maybe I'll start listing them in order in the future. Alright, let's get to it!

#10 - Titanfall 2 (PlayStation 4)


Oh my gosh, I did not know what I was getting in to when my brother bought a copy of this game for me on PC (Origin) during a 50-per…

Let's Play Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition - Collection 1 (Episodes 1-5)

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Hey, everyone - Bryan again. We've started getting in to the Let's Play realm on a popular video sharing site. First we livestream on The Level Lounge's Twitch page, then I put that ol' Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Electronic Media to work and chop it up for The Level Lounge's YouTube page for sloppy-seconds. Anyway, our second game is Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, so every five episodes of a game I'll slap them over here in an easy-to-digest playlist.


Hope you enjoyed it! Disclaimer: We do not advertise. We're not part of the YouTube Ad-Sense program, and none of this is sponsored (if you want to be a sponsor, let us know), so please don't think that we're getting into this whole video thing for money. While we're at it - this site isn't to make money. This is a passion of mine and I just video games. That being said - also don't expect these compilations too much. I'm still hard at work on April's top 10 and on…

Let's Play: Overcooked - Collection 1 (Episodes 1-5)

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Hello, everyone! It's Bryan. As you may or may not know, we've started getting in to the Let's Play realm on a popular video sharing site. First we livestream on The Level Lounge's Twitch page, then I put that old Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Electronic Media to work and chop it up for The Level Lounge's YouTube page for sloppy-seconds (or cleaner, more focused video - that's up to you to decide). Anyway, our first game is Overcooked, so every five episodes of a game I'll slap them over here in an easy-to-digest playlist.


Hope you enjoyed it! I just want to let you all know here: We do not advertise. We're not part of the YouTube AdSense program, none of this is sponsored (if you want to be a sponsor, shoot us an email!), so please don't think that we're getting into this whole video thing for money. Heck, while we're at it - this site isn't to make money. This is a passion of mine and I just like to write about video games…

Titanfall 2 (PC - Origin / PlayStation 4)

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Titanfall 2 brought back a long-lost feeling of what I'll call "multiplayer addiction." Something I last felt when playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for the first time back in the day during my freshman year of college. Yes I played the first Titanfall well after its heyday on the Xbox One but aside from thinking that it was fun I never intended to keep up with playing it consistently. I can't get enough of its sequel however, and playing together with friends on Origin or the PlayStation Network almost on a nightly basis since owning it has turned it into a flagship go-to title for me.

There is a complete story mode attached to Titanfall 2's robust multiplayer suite and I'm happy to say that I enjoyed it - I even want to play through again on the hardest difficulty like back in the day with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. You play as Militia rifleman Jack Cooper who wants to be a pilot one day (Titan pilot, not an airplane). That day comes sooner than lat…

Curse

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Note: Curse isn't a game, it's a piece of software designed specifically with gamers in mind. Curse is a group chatting program (akin to the likes of Skype) that is designed to be lightweight and make voice communications between a group sound good. This is not an advertisement for Curse, nor is this review sponsored by Curse. Curse is owned by Amazon, and is partnered with their Twitch service. I've been using Curse for about a year and a half now. It started with Steam's built-in voice chat not being enough to cut the mustard when a friend and I would play The Division together. Since then I've used it during Overwatch sessions, and most recently one of our smaller groups has been using it to play Titanfall 2 (review forthcoming). It's a bit of a hard sell at first. Steam has group voice chat, and you can voice chat with one friend at a time on Origin - and Curse is an additional program to download along with an additional free service that requires a short …

Ryse: Son of Rome (PC - Steam)

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Let's start with here: I like this game for what it is. My tone throughout this review might come across as though I'm skewed on the negative side of things, but I really like and enjoyed playing Ryse: Son of Rome for the most part. Off the cuff what I didn't like was the constant performance hiccups, how some sections would drag on and on, not having the option to skip the cinematics, and the oppressive checkpoint system. But there's so much to love too. The combat is flashy and the graphics are great when the game decides to work with your computer. I'm playing through on the hardest difficulty now and it's easy, with trump cards you can whip out at a moment's notice yet still fun to play.

First thing's first, the cutscenes are unskippable, and the checkpoints are often times placed so far and few between you'll end up watching the same cinematic multiple times (imagine the original Kingdom Hearts or Final Fantasy X). Anyhow that allowed me to ge…