Mario Party Sucks! Here’s why.

I only own one copy of Mario Party and it is the Top 100 game. I’ve never been into the series and here is why.

About 20 years ago, my girlfriend at the time bought Mario Party for the N64. At first I was excited to try it but after we started to play it, I got extremely bored. Each game took about an hour to complete and I enjoyed the mini games but the board game aspect of it was so boring. You’d spend so much time rolling the dice and watching the player move around the board. It reminded me of Monopoly. Exciting at first but about a half an hour in you have to ask yourself if you’re really going to finish the entire game.

After the first Mario Party was released on N64, Nintendo started shooting out a ton of sequels. In the games you could play the mini games right from the start but that always seemed like an afterthought. over the years and though the console generations, the graphics improved but the gameplay stayed the same with a few minor tweaks.

I really do have fun with the mini games though. That part has always been fun for me. I just don’t think that board games ever really translate well into video games and Mario Party is no exception.

I recently purchased Mario Part Top 100 for Nintendo 3DS. Now this is a game I could get into because it skips all the board game crap and just focuses on what I want to play, the mini games! The top 100 mini games from all the Mario Party’s in one nice package.

Maybe I’m being too harsh and need to give it another chance. I hope one day I can sit down and play through a few games of Mario Party on the N64 and it feels like an actual fun party.

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The Last of Us Remastered on PS4

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The Last of Us is a game that I remember hearing about but never purchased when it came out a couple years ago because I didn’t think I’d like it. I recently bought a PS4 and after reading the reviews, I decided to take a shot and download the Remastered PS4 version of the game. Let me say that I am about one third of the way through and it is one of the most amazing games I’ve ever played. I haven’t been this into a story driven game since Metal Gear Solid 4 about 16 years ago. In The Last of Us Remastered you control Joel and others across a post-apocalyptic United States. You use weapons such as knives, guns and bombs to defeat zombies that have taken over most of the earth. The graphics are gorgeous and the story is really well done. One of my favorite scenes was when I made my way through a high school of zombies and once in the gymnasium I battled this large Bloater character. This guy was bloating with puss and throwing poison sacks at me while trying to chase me. It took about 15 shots fired before he finally went down. In fact, the entire “Bills Town” chapter of the game was extremely entertaining and well written. I highly recommend this game if you have a PS4.

Super Mega Baseball for PS4

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I recently purchased a game for my PS4 called Super Mega Baseball. It is a download only $20 baseball game from an indie studio called Metalhead. I’m not usually a big sports video game guy but I’m really liking this game. It had a true arcade feel and each nine inning game only lasts about 15-20 minutes. A lot of reviews online are stating that they don’t like the character design but I disagree. The characters are odd muppet looking people and there are females too. Some look more human than others. The controls for the game are about as easy as they can get. When you’re up at bat, there’s a special way to power hit and there’s a way to just swing. Pitching is also easy and fun to control. Believe it or not, I think I’ve been playing this game the most out of all my PS4 games including GTAV. I’m almost all the way through a short season of 16 games. My only complaint about the game is that when you’re up at bat it doesn’t show your AVG, HR, RBI and other stats for the season. It just briefly shows them right before you come to the plate.

Five Nights at Freddy’s – Malfunctioning Animatronic Animal Robots

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Growing up, I loved going to the restaurant Chuck E. Cheese. Besides the video games, one of my favorite things about that place was the animatronic show featuring Chuck E. Cheese and his friends who performed in a band and played music for you while you ate cheesy pizza. The grease in the pizza combined with the music created by these robots created a kind of bliss for children that can’t be explained unless experienced. But in the back of my mind, I was always a bit creeped out by these animatronic characters. They looked so life like yet moved like robots. And sang.

Fast forward twenty five years. I was checking out the top apps in the Apple app store and I stumbled upon a $2.99 game called Five Nights at Freddy’s. The game centers on the fictional pizza restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. The player acts as a night security guard, defending themselves from the malfunctioning animatronic animal characters by tracking their movement through the facility using security cameras. Each of the four characters have distinct movement patterns; however, most of the characters’ movements take place off-screen. The camera feeds are dimly lit and distorted, one of the rooms only contains an audio feed, and the cameras do not cover certain areas of the building. Sound creepy yet?

Being a fan of video games, scary movies and childhood nostalgia, I must give this game a try. It is supposedly very scary to play but I don’t care because it looks awesome. I will post a review of the app later, after I download it tonight. Well, if I make it through the night.

Archive.org Internet Arcade : Save Your Quarters

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If you’re like me and have fond memories of popping greasy quarters into video game machines at your local pizzeria, you’ll like this news. Archive.org now features a large collection of vintage “bronze-age” (1970’s – 1990’s) video games to play for free on their website. You’ll be sure to recognize games from some of your favorite companies including Capcom, Midway and Sega. It’s not quite the same playing these games with a keyboard as your controller but they’re still a lot of fun.

Lego Announces New Minecraft Sets

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Lego recently announced that a few new Minecraft sets will be available later this year. Unlike the last iteration of Minecraft Lego sets, these sets will be full minifig sized sets. Lego and Minecraft go together pretty well because Minecraft is pretty much a simplier, digital version of Lego. Minecraft is so popular that it was recently purchased by Microsoft for $2 billion. If you’re a fan of Lego but have never played Minecraft before, I dare you to sit down and play it in creative mode. Just start digging tunnels and building and you will see why this game is so addictive. Here is the descriptions of a couple of the sets. The above picture is of the farm set.

The Cave

Venture into The Cave on a dangerous quest for vital resources! Wield the iron pickaxe to dig and battle against hostile zombie and spider mobs. Blast out valuable ores and minerals with the TNT and combine the flowing water and lava to create precious obsidian! When you’re done battling and mining, restore your energy levels with the chest of bread. Proceed with caution! Rebuild the set for more LEGO Minecraft creations! Includes 2 minifigures with assorted accessories: Steve and a zombie, plus a spider

The Farm

Yield renewable resources with The Farm! You’ll need food to survive, so fence in the livestock and channel the flowing water to nurture the crops. Harvest pumpkins, wheat, sugar cane and carrots. Use the crafting table to create a pumpkin helmet or jack-o-lantern. But watch out for the skeleton with his bow and arrow after nightfall! Rebuild the set for more LEGO Minecraft creations or combine with 21115 The First Night and other sets in the series for an even bigger Minecraft adventure! Includes a Steve minifigure with an accessory, plus a skeleton, cow and a sheep.