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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Mashing Buttons – Dark Souls II

I’ll admit — I was a latecomer to the Dark Souls party that From Software threw in 2011. I scoffed and thought “Pshh, who would waste their time dying over and over? I’m gonna go play these other video games where you die over and over again.” After spending more than a dozen hours with Dark Souls II, I can say that I have have seen the light and have praised the sun for this deeply (sometimes frustratingly) challenging and equally satisfying experience.

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Mashing Buttons – Titanfall [Beta]

Titanfall has been the biggest blip on my Hype Radar™ since the first images of it leaked prior to E3 2013. This weekend, folks were finally given the chance to go hands-on with the game in the comfort of their own homes with a beta test designed to stress the servers. I had heard nothing but glowingly positive things about this new multiplayer shooter from the minds behind Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and I can confirm that each and every ounce of praise was hard-earned and well-deserved. Just see for yourself in the video above!

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Mashing Buttons – Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Have you ever tried to hide a terrible secret from your friends and family? It was probably pretty stressful (unless you’re a robot). Now, imagine if that secret was the fact you were actually an octopus stuffed into a three-piece suit. That is the horribly wacky situation we find Octodad in as he wriggles his way around the world and into our hearts. This charming cephalopodic adventure could have just been a goofy and forgettable tech demo, but the talented minds at Young Horses were able to create something much more than the sum of its parts.

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Mashing Buttons – Ryse: Son of Rome

This was a weird episode to record. I went into the show feeling pretty good about Ryse: Son of Rome — I had spent about two hours with the game and I was enjoying its somewhat brain-dead combat mechanics and gorgeous visuals. However, after taking the time to analyze what was actually happening on-screen, I quickly realized that this was no more than vapid button masher with a nice coat of paint. How does that saying go about putting lipstick on pigs? Well, no launch game is perfect, but it certainly could have been worse!

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Mashing Buttons – Peggle 2

If there is one thing PopCap Games is best at, it’s create atmosphere in their video game worlds. In the case of Peggle 2, they’ve created a world that runs purely on magic, whimsy, and orchestral music. There is absolutely no reason you should not play Peggle 2 if you have an Xbox One… Unless you hate fun.

As a side note, I think it’s super weird that this is an Xbox One exclusive. It seems to be purely business related but I’m sure that Peggle 2 will make its way to other platforms in the near future

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