Mashing Buttons – Shovel Knight

I first heard of Shovel Knight during its very successful Kickstarter, but decided not to contribute. “Oh jeez, another indie platformer that uses pixel art graphics and a chiptune soundtrack,” I thought. Nope — wrong! The developers at Yacht Club Games have approached this project with a level reverence for classic NES games and a smart mixture of classic tropes and modern design that turns “another indie platformer” into something really special. Thanks for watching!

Mashing Buttons “LIVE” – Dark Souls II [Part 3]

Alright, so this whole “stream my entire playthrough of Dark Souls II” thing totally bombed. This week, the gods of video capture looked down upon me and laughed as I tried to demonstrate how to properly defeat the Looking Glass Knight — in the end, it actually just turned into a quick rundown of what I saw of Bloodborne at E3 2014. This is the end of my Dark Souls II videos, but will I return to take on the first Dark Souls?! Only time will tell. As always, thanks for watching!

Mashing Buttons “LIVE” – Dark Souls II [Part 2]

Mashing Buttons LIVE – Dark Souls II [Part 1]

Mashing Buttons – Mario Kart 8

This week, I am joined by my loving and beautiful fiancée Carly as we dive into what is, to date, the strongest showcase for the Wii U: Mario Kart 8. Nintendo’s systems have long survived on the backs of their first-party titles, but is this colorfully polished competitive racer be enough to keep the Wii U from an early grave? If the above video and record-setting sales are any indication, it’s certainly a start.

This is probably the last thing you’ll see on the blog before the madness begins at E3. I’ll be on the ground in L.A. covering the event, so stay tuned for written and audio coverage from the show floor!

You can find me on Twitter (@martyhess) or send me an email (check the About page) if you have any questions or want to yell at me. Also, be sure to check out the rest of my stuff on YouTube to stay up-to-date on what’s going on in the world of video games. Enjoy, and thanks for watching!

Mashing Buttons “LIVE” – Dark Souls II [Part 2]

During my last live stream of Dark Souls II, I said that I would live stream the rest of my first play through. Roughly six weeks and four Great Souls later, I thought that I should apologize for breaking that promise by recording my attempts at the Looking Glass Knight. I knew that I had a penance to serve for failing to keep up my end of the bargain, but I did not expect it to be this bad. Go ahead and fast forward to 33:02 to watch me lose my sanity and will to live!

Mashing Buttons LIVE – Dark Souls II [Part 1]

Video Thing – BROFORCE (with Saving Content)

Let’s face it, blowing stuff up with way better with your bros. That’s why I teamed up with my bro Scott Ellison of Saving Content to take a look at Steam Early Access game BROFORCE. The game itself isn’t quite finished yet, but the over-the-top, side-scrolling action and rapid-fire pacing shows a ton of promise. Don’t just take my word for it, bro — check it out for yourself!

Mashing Buttons – Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

I haven’t played a digital trading card game since the Pokémon Trading Card Game for Game Boy in 2000. I’ve typically never found anything particularly interesting in these types of games, but boy howdy does Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft have its hooks in me deep. As the talented folks at Blizzard Entertainment tend to do, they’ve figured out a way to take a genre that seems overly complex and utterly boring and transform it into a whimsical and helplessly addicting experience. With the game’s launch on iPad, it’s given me the opportunity to be bad at battling cards no matter where I am in the world. See for yourself!

You can find me on Twitter (@martyhess) or send me an email (check the About page) if you have any questions or want to yell at me. Also, be sure to check out the rest of my stuff on YouTube to stay up-to-date on what’s going on in the world of video games. Enjoy, and thanks for watching!

Mashing Buttons LIVE – Dark Souls II [Part 1]

After taking a two-week hiatus from adventuring in the land of Drangleic, I returned to the Lost Bastille to find my skills a little less than rusty. With some help from the Twitch.tv chat, I praised the sun and took on the Ruin Sentinels with… some success? Watch the archive above and you’ll see what I mean.

I plan to stream as much of my Dark Souls II playthrough as possible, so stay tuned for more in the future at http://www.twitch.tv/martyhess

Mashing Buttons – inFAMOUS Second Son

Most video games are classified as “power fantasies;” putting you in control of immense power and, in turn, the entire world’s fate. In inFAMOUS Second Son, you are given actual super powers and it’s up to you to decide whether to liberate or destroy the city of Seattle. While this setup sounds intriguing enough, the gameplay could definitely benefit from a bit more variety. You can see what I mean by watching the video above.

You can find me on Twitter (@martyhess) or send me an email (check the About page) if you have any questions or want to yell at me. Also, be sure to check out the rest of my stuff on YouTube to stay up-to-date on what’s going on in the world of video games. Enjoy, and thanks for watching!

Mashing Buttons – Titanfall

No more trailers, no more betas, no more waiting — Titanfall has landed on store shelves. How does the final product stand up to the incredible hype surrounding it? Very well. My ability to play it while talking, on the other hand, doesn’t hold up nearly as well. See both things for yourself in the above video!

You can find me on Twitter (@martyhess) or send me an email (check the About page) if you have any questions or want to yell at me. Also, be sure to check out the rest of my stuff on YouTube to stay up-to-date on what’s going on in the world of video games. Enjoy, and thanks for watching!

Mashing Buttons – LUFTRAUSERS

 

Vlambeer Games has managed (yet again) to create an addictive, bite-sized experience with LUFTRAUSERS. With a myriad of plane combinations and challenges to take on, you’ll find yourself feeling like a badass pilot in no time. Prepare to Raus!

You can find me on Twitter (@martyhess) or send me an email (check the About page) if you have any questions or want to yell at me. Also, be sure to check out the rest of my stuff on YouTube to stay up-to-date on what’s going on in the world of video games. Enjoy, and thanks for watching!