Sunday, April 22, 2018

Year 2: April Update

Since my last update I posted the usual ads, a short write up about Game Informer's top 300 list and my favorite games, had a week of baseball posts, and made some wrestling videos about the LJN toys and other WWF stuff (mostly books). I also did decide to go ahead and expand the commercials on the YouTube channel, and today uploaded one for the Air Raiders from Hasbro:

The big game news for myself is that Sega announced Shenmue I & II are going to be released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One later this year. It's something I've been waiting quite a while for and mentioned it last year as a possible game to be unveiled at 2017's E3. Normally I don't play re-releases of old games if I've played the original but Shenmue is a favorite of mine and this will be the first time both games will appear on a single platform in the U.S. That's significant in that progress could be carried over between the games in other regions where both games were released on Dreamcast; we got Shenmue II only on the original Xbox here in North America. The next E3 is less than two months away so game announcements and leaks will be ramping up for a bit.

April has also brought some big video game releases that have grabbed my attention, though as usual most are M-rated so I won't talk too much about them. I completed Far Cry 5 which plays and looks great. I wasn't too interested in the story, however, and think Far Cry 4 is better in that regard. I'm playing Yakuza 6 now and am in chapter 8 out of 12 I believe. I'd say Yakuza 0 is better, mostly because the sub stories were more outrageous (at least so far) and Majima is a fun character to play as. God of War is a series I've barely touched, only trying a few of them for a short time. The protagonist Kratos just didn't appeal to me; however, the one released last week is getting very high praise so I feel compelled to check it out when I have time.

MLB: The Show 18 is another one I've put a fair amount of time into. Road to the Show mode is what I play the most of and for that I created myself as a pitcher and the G.I. Joe Wilmer "Hardball" Duggleby as a center fielder (I posted about Hardball during baseball week here). I hadn't been taking screenshots but here are a couple of the trophy auto-pics the PS4 took:

Unfortunately, I'm not likely going to be able to make a video this week either as some family stuff has come up. That might also cause me to miss the next game ads post which would be my first miss since I started the blog. It's possible I'll manage to post it as my weekend plans are still up in the air a bit. I do have a video game magazine article post ready to go for Tuesday. With the new Avengers movie coming out this week I should have got a Marvel video ready but I've been sidetracked by other things lately, including playing too many video games. Sorry! That being said, I don't think my DC Comics week was very popular so I probably didn't do a good job with that. Oh well, maybe I can at least get a few scans together as I noticed some good Marvel/Hostess ads in some comic books recently.


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