Video games 2018 have opened doors for my wallet. I recently brought Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. There are others I have not brought yet. Due to budget problems and price range of new video games. Next year would be a problem for me as well. Black Friday is coming next month in November. 2018 has been a roller coaster of video games. There is a lot of jrpgs, fighting games and shooters to look out for.
Thanks to the internet, you can watch Twitch streamers and lets players try out the game. Be warned spoilers and watch it at your own risk. Dragon Ball FighterZ is one of the best fighting games in 2018. There are some games that is a hit or miss. Enough rambling about what are my thoughts on gaming in 2018. I would give my hit or miss titles that I wouldn’t be getting. Let’s get on with the countdown on top 5 video games 2018 I am stoked about.
Afterglow Xbox One controller is a prismatic color changing work of art. This Xbox One controller have a distinctive design than original controller. Afterglow have a built-in audio support and controls. User get to change the color balance with analog sticks left and right. While holding down function and left trigger buttons to control brightness. After setting your color of choice, let go of the analog sticks and function buttons. Control balance is using left and right d-pad for in-game properties. If you want to mute the microphone press the function button. Change the volume, use up and down on the d-pad. Do you love pretty colors? Afterglow controller have 4 light modes yellow, blue, green and red. The color react to moving of analog sticks.
Select the color of your choice. Not sure how to use Afterglow controller? It comes with a quick start guide for Xbox One and Windows. Afterglow comes with a PDP control app. Instead of configure without the app. You can set audio, calibrate, game chat and many more. PDP control app is available for free from Microsoft Store. Make sure to follow PDP at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Visit PDP website for more about them. While unboxing Afterglow Xbox controller it doesn’t come with a lot of things. Only 4 items such as 10’/3m USB cable, controller and manuals. Last week, my ZD-V USB controller stop working and I had to get a replacement. I went to Target and was about to buy Logitech F310 gamepad. Glad I didn’t because it will not last for a year. Xbox controller is much better than ZD-V gamepad.
Used video games basically someone that already owned it. Pre-owned is the exactly same thing as used. GameStop are known for selling used and pre-owned video games. What is the different between used and pre-owned? There are both previously owned by someone and decided that they don’t want it. Trade-in value of video h game, specified on what it cost. For example, Ricky is a fighting player wants to trade-in Blazblue Central Fiction for Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2. What is the value in Blazblue Central Fiction? Will Ricky get 50% off of Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 or cash out? GameStop employee offers in-store credit or cash for Blazblue Central Fiction. What will Ricky choose? In-store credit could reduce Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 price from $39.99 to $29.99.
Cash out might give Ricky less than he bargain for. I would recommended choosing cash at any means. Depending on what you’re trading in, customers might less than actual game price. In my opinion, in-store credit is the best option. You don’t have to get rip-off in the long run. This scenario Ricky asked GameStop employee what is the best option? The GameStop employee gives Ricky a brief summary about his choices. Moments to soon, Ricky choose in-store credit and got 50% Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2. He saved $40 and brought at for $30. What do Ricky learn today? Ricky didn’t want to be rip-off but instead negotiated a deal. When going to GameStop for trading in accessories and video games. Do research on better deal, so it will hurt your wallet.
Vampire video games is not well-known and a sub-genre in supernatural. These beings can be a protagonist and antagonist. Some maybe anti-hero and villain in different scenarios. Vampires feed on blood to live and co-exist with human society. Dhampire did exist as well but have little representation in gaming. Vampires have to fight to survive like Blade with extraordinary abilities. The hero could be a gun-slinger, blade-wielding and plasma draining entity. The story is no Candy-Land but dark and gritty atmospheric. Goth lovers will embrace vampire culture and occult style. I will be talking about 5 vampire games that will suck your blood. It’s almost Halloween and what better way to take about vampires. Note: I played some Vampire video games and watch tv shows. Let’s get right to it with number 5.
5. BloodRayne – Terminal Reality
Blood Rayne is a hot red-heared blood sucking heroine. Rayne is a dhampire looking for her father. She is armed with blades and guns. Blood Rayne is a hack n slash blood sucking video game. Let’s just say she is like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Rayne is a anti-hero in some way because revenge for her mother. Brimstone Society gives her mission to defeat supernatural threats. Rayne also fights Nazis, who wants to bring back a demon lord. Using her vampire power like Daemities, Rayne wants justice. There are live action BloodRayne movies but not very good. BloodRayne is available on Playstation 2, Xbox and PC.
4. Code Vein – Bandai Namco Studios
Code Vein is based on vampire’s motifs. There is very little about this game. Critics stated “it’s inspired by Dark Souls series” with an open world aspect. Gameplay elements is action role playing with third-person perspective. Code Vein look like God Eater with using blood weapons. I can’t wait for more info on Code Vein in the near future. Code Vein is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
3. Darkstalkers – Capcom
Darkstalkers is a fighting game with different monsters. There is one vampire named Demitri Maximoff, who want to rule Makai world. Demitri is a rival of Morrigan Aensland, a succubus princess of Makai. He consume their blood and intruders his servants. His iconic moveset is turning characters into opposite gender. Which is called the “Midnight Bliss” and spiral attack. Demitri is one of the characters that doesn’t get a lot of praise. His Midnight Bliss move is a noted in Darkstalkers history. Darkstalkers is available on various consoles.
2. Tsukihime – Type Moon
Tsukihime is a visual novel about Shiki Tohno, who have the ability to see death lines. This skill is called “Mystic Eyes of Death” armed with a switchblade, he could destroy objects. One character who is a vampire named Arcueid, who is True Ancestor that lack qualities. Arcueid need blood to survive and befriends Shiki Tohno. There is another vampire named Michael Roa Valdamjong who wants Shiki host body for his reincarnation. Melty Blood have these two characters if you want to check them out. Tsukihime is available on PC.
1. Vampire: The Masquerade Series – Troika Games
Vampire: The Masquerade is based on tabletop board game. Troika Games brought us two Vampire games. Bloodines and Redemption, both games have different perspectives in gameplay. Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption is more of a standard style RPG. Player have party members and Bloodines doesn’t. Bloodlines gives players choose of vampire genres and clans. Choose skills such as picking locks, fire arms and hacking a computer. You can drink blood from humans and can’t kill them. In Bloodlines you have to abide by rules in masquerade without losing humanity. Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption and Bloodlines are available on Steam.
Vampires stalk the night
There are more vampire video games such as Vampyr, Night Trap and Fortune Arterial. Castlevania is another mention about vampires. I hope you enjoy this list. Make sure to have a happy Halloween and check out these games. Don’t like these being suck your blood dry at night. Those are my top 5 vampire games and some of them are dark. Darkstalkers is questionable went it comes to tone. There might be more coming days and years.
There is a phenomenon in the game industry. It’s called Speedrunning which a gamer record his or herself completing a game in a certain amount of time. As a Speedrunner you have to be good at the game and know how to game works. In history Speedrunners are members of an online communities and it’s a subculture in the gaming world. There is a website called Speed Demos Archive which is dedicated to Speedrunners for hosting videos and charity work. It’s all start with a games called Doom and Quake. You have to kill of the monster, be on Nightmare difficulty and find all secrets on the map.
In November 1994, Doom Speedrunning community was turned into a form of a website called COMPET-N which has scoreboards. Doom-related achievements and recorded hours of demo gameplay. Quack had a project called Quake done Quick which the members of the project making a move.