Mashing Buttons – Extra Life 2014 Edition

I was going to do a new video this week, but I wasn’t quite feeling up for it. After streaming video games for 24-hours straight for charity, setting up the capture equipment to do it again for another 30-45 minutes just didn’t seem all that appealing. Besides, I didn’t want all that footage of Sunset Overdrive, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Gears of War 3 to go to waste! Enjoy 24 hours of video game mayhem and watch as I slowly descend into madness right around the time I pop in Halo 3.

Mashing Buttons – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

A lot of people claimed that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor came “out of nowhere” when it started picking up perfect scores last month, but it’s clear that a lot of time and love has been put into building this Tolkienian adventure. From the deep and dynamic Nemesis System to the smooth and satisfying combat, Shadow of Mordor is one of 2014’s best. Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

Mashing Buttons – Hyrule Warriors

Look in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s… a Legend of Zelda-themed Dynasty Warriors game? In a surprise collaboration between Nintendo and Koei Tecmo, Hyrule Warriors has been unleashed upon the Wii U. The easy-to-master combat can get a tad repetitive, but the Nintendo charm still shines through as you fight alongside your old friends Link, Princess Zelda, Impa, Gannondorf, and many more. See for yourself by watching the video above!

Mashing Buttons – Dance Central Spotlight

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a great dancer. However, when I started this blog, I made a promise to you, dear reader, that I would give you the important, hard-hitting video games news and reviews. As such, here we are with Dance Central Spotlight. This stripped-down version of Dance Central acts more like a karaoke machine than its full-fledged predecessors but doesn’t skimp on the breadth of song choice nor the quality of choreography. See for yourself in the video above!

Mashing Buttons – Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition

Diablo III has had an interesting life. From the art style outcry of 2008 and Error 37 to a new game director and expansion pack, we’ve seen the game transform from something hardcore fans used as the butt of jokes into something that’s actually pretty damn fun. With Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition hitting both current-gen and last-gen consoles today, does this dungeon crawler have what it takes to bring old-school RPG action into the living room? Yes. 100% yes. See for yourself in the video above!

Mashing Buttons – Destiny [Beta]

When Bungie says they are working on something revolutionary, you listen. When they offer up an open beta a month before launch so you can kick the tires, you say “Why not?” I’ll admit that it took me a couple hours of playing to really get a feel for what Bungie is trying to do, but it looks like they might pull off something really special with Destiny. Thanks for watching!

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!