Top 10 Tastiest Foods & Drinks in Gaming

So much of our American culture is focused on food. Many people will tell you that’s an issue, but I say quit whining and sit down at the table with us. From power lunches to midnight snacks, birthday cakes to Christmas cookies, quick breakfasts on-the-go to slow-cooked meals, if it’s a special occasion or a not-so-special occasion, food can (and probably is) involved.

And don’t forget the drinks! Sodas, juices, cocktails—we live in a society where not only do we have several kinds of bottled water, people have their favorite water brands.

Food and drink are everywhere in our society, so one night while ordering my dinner on Eat24 (shameless, uncompensated plug because they rock that hard), I thought about what foods and drinks are in gaming. This list only took all of 20 minutes to build, because food items are everywhere in gaming just like in American culture.

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So much of our American culture is focused on food. Many people will tell you that’s an issue, but I say quit whining and sit down at the table with us. From power lunches to midnight snacks, birthday cakes to Christmas cookies, quick breakfasts on-the-go to slow-cooked meals, if it’s a special occasion or a not-so-special occasion, food can (and probably is) involved.

And don’t forget the drinks! Sodas, juices, cocktails—we live in a society where not only do we have several kinds of bottled water, people have their favorite water brands.

Food and drink are everywhere in our society, so one night while ordering my dinner on Eat24 (shameless, uncompensated plug because they rock that hard), I thought about what foods and drinks are in gaming. This list only took all of 20 minutes to build, because food items are everywhere in gaming just like in American culture.

And now, fresh from the oven, here are our top ten tastiest treats in the gamersphere. Don’t see your favorite on the menu? Let us know in the comments.

10. Aperture Science Cake (Portal)

Sure, finding out you’re trapped in a test chamber because you’re an orphan and basically a horrible excuse for a human being (it says so clearly in your test records) is a bit of a downer, but you know what makes it all better?

Cake. Cake makes everything better. I mean, I’m pretty sure it’s at the end of this next chamber. Or maybe the next one. I don’t remember. It’s definitely not a lie. Just keep testing.

9. OverCharge Delirium xt (Sunset Overdrive)

Between two jobs and a healthy social life (sleeping), I often turn to energy drinks for a little extra pep in my step. I know they’re not the healthiest things, but they help in a pinch. But Rockstar, Monster, or even Red Bull can compare to OverCharge Delirium XT.

There are a few side effects to drinking OverCharge, like heart palpitations, crashes later, or turning into a grotesque mutant, but the upside? Refreshing citrus taste, that’s what!

8. Chef Peter Pepper’s Burgers (Burgertime)

Hamburgers are one of my all-time favorite foods, so how awesome is it that there’s a game that’s all about making burgers?

Granted, Chef Peter Pepper’s methods for burger creation are a bit… unorthodox… but just think of these culinary treats as haute cuisine. Also, Burgertime is proof positive that pickles are not just gross but downright evil.

7. Pretty Much Everything (Pac-Man)

Seriously, everything is food to this guy that looks like an incomplete pizza. The dots, the apples, the oranges, the Galaga… things… the key – he eats the damn key!

The power pellets, though… We’re pretty sure that’s food, but they do directly lead to the consumption of the ghosts, so it’s either food or trippy-as-balls psychedelic drugs.

6. Blob’s Jellybeans (A Boy and His Blob)

In several tasty and delicious flavors such as Cola Bubble, Tangerine Trampoline, Apple Jack, and Strawberry Bridge, not only are Blob’s jellybeans a fun treat, but they’re so useful too!

Well, except for Ketchup Catchup. Pretty sure those just sat in the bag.

5. Mario’s Mushrooms (Super Mario Bros.)

Of course, Mario’s Mushrooms belong on this list. Not only is it synonymous with Super Mario, it’s a gaming icon. Everyone knows that a green mushroom gives an extra life to Mario, and the red one makes him Super – if you haven’t found one within five seconds of starting Level 1-1, you’re Marioing all wrong.

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4. Lon Lon Milk (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

There’s nothing more refreshing than milk from the legendary Lon Lon Ranch of Hyrule. Not only will the tasty beverage refill all of Link’s hearts, but the satisfied wipe of the mouth after drinking screams refreshment.

I wonder if Hyrulians know what Oreo cookies are…

3. Yoshi’s Fruits (Super Mario World)

Mario loves his mushrooms, but his buddy Yoshi loves his… well, anything he can fit in his mouth. His favorites, though, are the fruits found all over Yoshi’s Island in the original Super Mario World. In later games Yoshi would find melons, grapes, and all sorts of fruity goodies, but in the original they looked like apples of some sort. They may have been berries, however, but one thing is for sure: they must have tasted great.

How great? When Yoshi got five of them, he’d poop out an egg that had either a power-up or a 1-up inside of it. That’s right, Yoshi has such a severe foodgasm he birthed a power up. Now that’s some tasty fruit.

2. Cup of Lifenoodles (Earthbound)

Food is a big deal in Earthbound. From cookies and sandwiches to actually telling the game what Ness’s favorite food is (tacos, if you were wondering), there is a plethora of food for Ness, Paula, Jeff, and even Poo. (Tee hee.) But who would have thought the most powerful would be the most affordable for the starving college student?

There’s no Phoenix Down in the city of Onett, Twoson, or any of the other crazy cities you travel to. But there is Cups of Lifenoodles! Brings the dead back to life, and does it on the cheap. I happen to like the beef flavored Lifenoodles, but chicken and shrimp are probably popular too, and last forever!

1. Full Roasted Turkey Platter (Castlevania)

Instant Thanksgiving! What makes the turkey platters found in the Castlevania series so damn tasty?

Well, they always say the best food comes from those hole-in-the-wall places.

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JoyStik Entertainment’s Game of the Year WINNERS!

First of all let’s give a round of applause to the gaming industry in 2016 as there has been multiple innovations to gaming in general. This is the year in which we have seen VR emerge in the industry, 4K picture in gaming on the next part of next gen gaming consoles, and a slew of games capable of topping the all-time greatest chart. But as always when the year comes to an end the ultimate question is what is game of the year? This is a tradition the JoyStik Entertainment will continue to follow as long as there are video games.

First of all let’s give a round of applause to the gaming industry in 2016 as there has been multiple innovations to gaming in general. This is the year in which we have seen VR emerge in the industry, 4K picture in gaming on the next part of next gen gaming consoles, and a slew of games capable of topping the all-time greatest chart. But as always when the year comes to an end the ultimate question is what is game of the year? This is a tradition the JoyStik Entertainment will continue to follow as long as there are video games.

JoyStik Entertainment’s GAME OF THE YEAR winner!

  • Uncharted 4
  • Overwatch
  • Final Fantasy XV – WINNER!

  • Dishonored 2

This was the toughest decision of all the catergories, as following close behind was Uncharted 4 and Overwatch, which are both in other categories as well. In all honesty, Uncharted 4 holds the number 2 spot on this list, from the rich storytelling and perfect gameplay, but because of that reason, Final Fantasy XV wins. FFXV also has a wonderful touching story and very deep gameplay, but what seperates it from the rest is the depth of gameplay in the RPG leveling, open world map with side quest, and a game AFTER the game! Well done….Final Fantasy XV takes this reward and runs with it.

Exclusive Game of the Year nominees.

  • Uncharted 4 (PS4) – WINNER!

  • Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One)
  • Pokken Tournament (Wii U)
  • The Last Guardian (PS4)

Uncharted 4, like its previous games, captured the audience with beautiful voice actors, thrilling gameplay and story/cutscenes, and a gorgeous atmosphere. But Uncharted 4 went above and beyond the other 3 main games in the series. It used pieces of Naughty Dog’s other blockbuster game “The Last of Us” and integrated it into the world of Uncharted. Uncharted not only told a story that you played in, but also captured the story of the past, of the pirates that owned the treasure that Nathan and Sam Drake are searching for. It was truly a pleasure to play and will go down as one of the best video games ever. 

 

First Person Shooter Game of the Year nominees.

  • Titanfall 2
  • Overwatch
  • Battlefield 1
  • Doom – WINNER!

Doom, unlike the others on this list, gave an incredible story and hardcore gameplay that you crave when looking down the barrels of a variety of crazy guns. Doom felt like a brand new game, while also capturing the nostalgia of the past games, which is why I love that they called it “Doom” and not “Doom 4” or something else, because for once, a sequel really did feel like it’s own game! If you haven’t given this game a try, do it…it really is First Person Shooter of the Year.

Multiplayer Game of the Year nominees.

  • The Division
  • Overwatch – WINNER!

  • Dying Light: The Following DLC
  • Pokken Tournament

What is there NOT to like about Overwatch? It is a game that was easily nominated for Game of the Year, Shooter of the Year, and obviously the WINNER of Multiplayer of the Year. This game is the definition of multiplayer, where if you don’t play as a team, you lose. It is as simple as that. An objective based multiplayer first person shooter, with a mix of characters adds up to a wonderful game to play for hours and hours with many different people. This will be a great game for years to come.

Best Indie Game of the Year nominees.

Firewatch

  • Inside
  • We Happy Few
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Stardew Valley – WINNER!

The Indie Game of the Year was a toughy, as Indie Devs are providing GREAT games all year long, which is much appreciated! Stardew Valley stuck out from the rest though. After playing hours and hours and hours of this game, I felt like I had hardly put a dent in the game. It is a mix of classic Zelda games with its combat….Animal Crossing with it’s friendship building and income building…Harvest Moon, for the obvious reason, with it’s farming…and a hint of Don’t Starve with it’s survival aspect through the day and night cycle. I can’t wait to continue playing this game for years to come during down time in between game releases.

RPG Game of the Year nominees.

  • Dark Souls 3
  • Final Fantasy 15 – WINNER!

  • Pokemon Sun and Moon
  • The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine DLC

Also the Game of the Year WINNER, Final Fantasy XV was without a doubt the RPG of the year as well. The leveling up system in place for this game was simple but complex, and you truly feel STRONGER as the game goes on. An RPG is even better when the story digs it’s hooks into you as well, which FFXV does times 10! Thank you again for a great experience.

 

Mobile Game of the Year nominees.

  • Super Mario Run
  • Pokemon GO – WINNER!

  • Severed
  • Hearthstone:  Whispers of the Old Gods DLC

Mobile games continue to compete with console and PC gaming, although most would say it isn’t for the hardcore gamer. That is, until Pokemon GO emerge, and my God did it…with MILLIONS of active daily users, this game brought out gamers who NEVER game, and brought them together in a community. MMO? Hell yeah it was….

Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #70 to #61

Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #70 to #61

At first glance, a Top 100 list seems like way too much, but in reality, it is very difficult to break down ONLY 100 games. We took on the challenge and finally finished after much help from the supporters at JoyStik Entertainment from all over the world. Please remember, this is OUR list and you will probably have some harsh words! Please do leave them below :). ENJOY!

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70) Max Payne 3 – Xbox 360 

“Max Payne is just what his last name is. A revenge story built from PAIN. A well put together 3rd person shooter with great gunplay, story, and at it’s time a fun multiplayer.”

69) Dark Souls 3 – PS4/ Xbox One/ PC

“Personally, I hate this game. Probably still salty from getting my a$$ handed to me. But there is no doubt, this is one of the most accurate controlled video games of all time. Precision is key!”

68) Splatoon – Wii U

“The revival of the Nintendo franchise came from this game. It is currently young still, but with such a fun new multiplayer setting as a family friendly shooter to fit the Nintendo brand it appeals to hardcore multiplayers and a younger generation being introduced to gaming.”

67) Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon – Nintendo 64

“Mystical Ninja is one of those hidden gems that some folks haven’t had to pleasure of playing, but that does not take away from it’s success. An incredible design gives a perfect Japanese feel as a cartoonish theme. There is humor, difficulty, and a unique leveling system. If you haven’t played it, bust out the N64 and give it a try.”

66) Star Wars Battlefront 2 – PlayStation 2

“Star Wars has always been about Jedi and the Force, but Battlefront put you in the shoes of the soldiers, playing through galactic battle with blasters and the occasional Jedi. Star Wars Battlefront 1 set the stage, but 2 took it to the next level.”

65) Bioshock 1 – Xbox 360

“The deranged setting of Bioshock gives a creepy feeling as you make your way through Rapture, an underwater city built to get away from normal society. Through the years, it has become corrupt with crime, and what you witness is the after years of damage. Incredible story and gameplay for this First Person Shooter for the ages”

64) Mass Effect – Xbox 360

“Mass Effect changed the way we see video games as developers created one of the largest open world…no…open universes we had ever seen!”

63) Mario Kart 64 – Nintendo 64

“Somebody order a pizza and get the gang together because it is Mario Kart night! One of the most fun multiplayer racing games still today.”

62) Power Stone 2 – Sega Dreamcast

“Another hidden gem is the Power Stone series. It is actually very surprising that this franchise is not around today. If is wasn’t for the failure of the overrated Dreamcast, this game would most definitely still be around. A 3D fighting game, where players use weapons and magic stones to transform into a special character to bash each others heads in. Not literally”

61) Tetris – Any Platform

“The best puzzle game known to man. The simplicity of dropping different shapes from the ceiling has never been more clever. The game has continued to evolve but none will ever beat the original platform.”

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How to Decide Between Titanfall 2, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, and Battlefield 1

Well of course the gaming industry would bestow the burden on us of picking between 3 great first person shooters, but are they actually similar or can you make a decision on the game that fits you best? We are going to break down the 3 games and open your eyes to which game YOU should choose in order to have the best experience for your $60.

Titanfall 2

Short Summary

In single player, Titanfall 2 delivers a crafted experience that explores the unique bond between man and machine. Playable offline, the single player campaign in Titanfall 2 lets fans step out onto The Frontier as a Militia rifleman with aspirations of becoming an elite Pilot. Stranded behind enemy lines and facing overwhelming odds, players must team up with a veteran Titan to uphold a mission they were never meant to carry out. In multiplayer, Respawn is continuing to evolve their gameplay to provide a more robust experience that delivers expanded depth and variety that includes six new Titans, deeper Pilot abilities, more customization options, and a robust progression system that is sure to satisfy fans.

Who Should Choose Titanfall 2

  • Players who like fast paced shooters that require quick decision making and close combat.
  • Prefer futuristic warfare.
  • Fans of mechs like Transformers will be pleased in riding a Titan.
  • If you enjoy an abundance of multiplayer with a solid single player campaign on the side.

 

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Call of Duty Infinite Warfare

Short Summary

Infinite Warfare is the first game in the franchise to venture beyond the reaches of Earth, framing a plausible future war in our solar system. Infinite Warfare also introduces an original cooperative Zombies mode that takes players on a wild ride through a new storyline with unique gameplay features and mechanics.

Who Should Choose COD Infinite Warfare

  • Players who like a choice to fast or slow gameplay.
  • Prefer futuristic warfare.
  • Enjoy valuable extra content. (Zombies, DLC, ect)
  • Fans of the series can enjoy the Modern Warfare Remake.
  • Would rather play without vehicles. Prefet boots on the ground.

 

Battlefield 1

Short Summary

Intuitive destruction and dynamic weather ensure that no battle is ever the same. For even more gameplay possibilities, carve a path through walls and buildings, take down your enemies in creative ways, and leave your mark on the terrain around you through intuitive destruction. Through your actions, the pristine world around you change into a battle-scarred landscape, changing the world forever. With dynamic weather you will need to adapt your tactics to weather changes as the elements play a part in the battle. Playing the same map on a bright day, in heavy fog, or rain will impact what you see and hear, forcing you to adapt your play style on an ever-changing battlefield. Operations introduces a new way to play multiplayer. In Battlefield 1 you play a series of interconnected battles across multiple fronts. Play a sequence of battles where your actions have consequences beyond a single match, as you try to conquer territory or push back your attackers. At those times when you feel all is lost, call in the Behemoths – the largest fully player-controlled vehicles ever seen in Battlefield. Roam the battlefield and rain fire on your enemy to break their defenses. All-out war never felt so epic. Take control of the Armored Train, Air Ship, or the Battleship to dominate the battlefield across land, air, and sea. 

Who Should Choose Battlefield 1

  • Players who like a slower gameplay on large maps.
  • Enjoy older warfare. (World War era)
  • Enjoy using vehicles in first person shooters.

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Top 10 Retro Horror Games

Retro gaming has always been interesting to me as a player. I started gaming on the NES, at the young age of two or three, busting blocks as Mario and whipping ghosts as Simon Belmont. Those feelings of playing games that did everything they could with the limitations of the time always interested me, even today in the age of 4K graphics and VR headsets for anything and everything. As a journalist, I’m constantly dissecting the games I play as well, finding interesting design choices in some of my favorite games as I revisit them as an educated adult. 

One of the most interesting genres to me here of late has been horror games, especially older ones as many newer titles follow in the footsteps of Amnesia, which I was never super fond of. I enjoy having some control over the horrible situation. While those sort of games provide some really tense moments, I never enjoyed looking at the inside of a closet for long periods of time in the most dangerous game of peekaboo. 

No, my favorite horror games are the ones that paved the way for the genre. Since it is the season for these such title, let’s check out ten of my favorite Retro Horror games. As always this is a personal list, with a ton of opinion trickled in each entry. Be sure to find me somewhere online though to share titles I may not know about; I’m always on the lookout for obscure games. 

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Rules – “Retro” systems include any console that does not support an HDMI output, for example the Wii is retro, while the Xbox 360 is not. For handhelds anything before the DS and PSP will be considered retro. For PC games, nothing before 2006 will be considered retro. I’ve put the cap on PC games here because of the Wii’s release and due to PC titles already having a fairly significant tech advantage over the Wii by this time. 

10) Alone in the Dark

Alone in the Dark arrived on PCs in the early days of 1992, inspired by the works of popular novelist H.P. Lovecraft. While the game itself isn’t anything truly worth playing these days, unlike many of the other titles we’ll be mentioning, Alone in the Dark was the founder of the classic survival horror genre that many amazing games built upon. 

Alone in the Dark, at least the original as the franchise is rather shoddy as a whole, started that tradition of using fixed camera angles and tank controls. The player explored a haunted mansion, filled with all sorts of weird monsters that had a few different ways to deal with them. For example, one of the first monsters encountered, can be prevented by pushing a shelf in front of a window, so the beastie doesn’t break in. If anything, watch someone play Alone in the Dark, just to get a taste of the concepts at work, years before Resident Evil released on Playstation. 

9) Doom

Doom redefined how gamers played on their home computers. Debuting in 1993, budding company iD Software was experimenting with new ways to map textures to create a pseudo-3D look. Through the brilliant work of John Carmack, pure gaming skills and marketing of John Romero, and the extreme talent from the rest of the crew, Doom was born. Receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews, the game became an instant hit, creating a new genre that many called “Doom Clones” only to known later as first-person shooters. Even major businesses knew of the game, as many of their office networks had protocols that would prevent workers from launching Doom. 

As tame as it may seem now, Doom at the time was a major entry in the horror-action genre. The source material alone of battling unholy monsters in hell and mars gave it an air of fright. However, the truly scary component of Doom is the game’s lighting engine and sound design. Games prior to Doom rarely had the lighting effects that made Doom special. Enemies could hide in darkness, while some were invisible. The level design complements this, putting monsters at the end of dark hallways, or just around corners. 

Even playing today can lead to some intense moments. Later in the series, Doom 3 would try to fit the horror mold more snuggly, for better or worse. Either way, horror was definitely an aspect of Doom that helped define a classic. 

8) Splatterhouse 3

One of the few Sega Genesis that fits into the horror category, Splatterhouse 3 is the more accessible game in the incredibly violent series. Releasing in 1993, players take control of Rick who is possessed by the Terror Mask once again to destroy the monsters plaguing the mansion he purchased after the events of the last two games. Splatterhouse 3 is interesting, due to its shift from a running down a single hallway of super challenging enemies to a more traditional beat-em-up game. There’s also the mansion itself to explore, which is filled with strange monsters. Taking on the mansion is no easy feat either, as the player is put against the clock to save Jennifer and Rick’s son before the monsters kill them.  

To me, Splatterhouse 3 is the most interesting title in the series. The art style isn’t as detailed as it was in the second game, but the way the game plays is more approachable and a ton easier by comparison. Rick can become a beastier version of himself by channeling the power of the Terror Mask after collecting orbs left behind by other creatures. This hulking form lets the player turn the tables on these beings, giving them a slight edge while transformed, and also creating an interesting ebb and flow to combat that previous games in the series just didn’t have. 

There is an interesting replay factor as well. While the game’s timers may seem incredibly unfair, a skilled player can actually save Jennifer from the monsters, creating a few different endings. Splatterhouse 3 is fairly hard to come by on the Genesis, but the PS3 reboot does have this game as an unlockable. Definitely worth tracking down for fans of the horror genre and the Sega Genesis. There aren’t a whole of scares, but the themes at work scream classic horror film. 

7) Resident Evil

Probably one of the most recognizable game series in the horror genre, Resident Evil started life as a survival horror game on the Playstation. Coming to players in 1996, Resident Evil was created by the brilliant minds of Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara. Originally, the game started as a remake to the Famicom exclusive Sweet Home, which is a title that’s now playable thanks to rom hacks. After a few years of unstable development, the project took life as something new. 

Players take control of several characters, involving multiple playthroughs with different paths through the famous mansion. While initially, the game seems to be just a standard zombie game, players will uncover the secret organisation behind the viral outbreak Umbrella by reading documents scattered about and through a few cutscenes. Resident Evil is still incredibly playable today, as the game has been ported to multiple consoles and has been remade a few times. The most recent release was on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, creating the most beautiful way to the play the classic. 

Resident Evil was one of the first games to make players truly afraid of challenges. Death was around every corner as the hallways were filled with zombies, vicious dogs, crows, and other vile creatures. Not only that, but the mansion is filled with complex puzzles and deadly traps. Due to the limited ammunition, the entire game feels more like a massive puzzle with tons of stressors throughout, creating an experience that was incredibly unique at the time. So much so, that even the company behind the game, Capcom, after coining the term “survival horror” would play around with that style to create a whole new genre. Even after finishing the game, there are multiple ways to play the story, as well as tons of cool unlockables. 

Most of the classic Resident Evil games are worth revisiting. Most of them have been ported over or remade, but if not many are available on digital marketplaces. Truly, it’s an amazing series that took what Alone of the Dark was going for and made it something new and frightening. 

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6) Parasite Eve

Probably one of the few RPGs that qualify as horror, Parasite Eve was created by Squaresoft and released in 1998. Parasite Eve took the Resident Evil framework and created an interesting, focused, action-RPG centered around Aya Brea, a strangely talented NYPD agent who can heal herself and create fireballs with her mitochondria. It’s as ridiculous as it sounds, but the story is actually pretty awesome. Players explore the typical horror environments like a police station, sewers, and various other areas of New York, while also combating grotesque monsters in a unique battle system. Aya will have to dodge enemies, cast spells of sorts, and maintain her equipment to stay alive. This weird blend of game elements creates an experience that was unique to anything I had ever played, even if the game is shorter than most. 

Where the horror truly lies is the game’s presentation. The monsters are fully realized in Square’s usual amazing cutscenes, showing off the power of the Playstation’s video hardware. Bosses take more of the typical RPG approach, as they’re huge monsters that offer unique challenge. Finishing the game also unlocks an optional area known as the Chrysler Building, which has seventy-seven floors, culminating in a tough boss fight. While there’s not a whole lot of replayability in Parasite Eve, the game has an incredibly satisfying arc in its plot and gameplay that’s definitely worth visiting. The franchise takes some strange turns from game to game, making the first one stand out even more. 

5) Dino Crisis

Another game by Capcom, who quickly became masters of the survival horror genre they essentially created, Dino Crisis is similar to Resident Evil with the twist that instead of zombies being the main enemy, players now have to face dinosaurs. Releasing in 1999, Dino Crisis was a unique title for Capcom, as it was one of the first games in this style that used full 3D environments instead of the typical pre-rendered areas. 

Recently, I played through Dino Crisis to find that it was an interesting mix of genuine puzzle solving and dinosaur blasting. The puzzles in this game take a lot of problem solving skills that took way more effort than the usual puzzle. Players will have to track down ID codes of employees of the scientific facility, as well as find their bodies to scan their fingerprints. It can get a little confusing to say the least. It’s also important to note that Dino Crisis is not nearly as horror oriented as Capcom’s other titles. By the end of the game, there is little fear, except for the T-Rex. The Rex is by far the most problematic enemy of the game, showing up at key moments with its signature instant-kill tactics. Keeping it at bay with a grenade launcher is a must. 

Dino Crisis, while fun, is more interesting due to its shift in how the environments were crafted. Not only do these environments fit the theme of the game, but this allows the camera to sweep during areas in ways that weren’t possible in early Resident Evil games. Beating the game quickly also unlocks a challenge mode and finishing the game at various difficulties unlocks different costumes. 

4) System Shock 2

System Shock 2 brought the unique terror that only cyberpunk could offer. Launching for PCs in 1999, the game is a first-person, role-playing game that is hard to define. Players create their character with tons of options, allowing them to tackle challenges in a multitude of different ways. The game features a story that is better left unsaid, tackling deep themes like the fear technological advancements and the unknown reaches of space. 

While System Shock 2’s interface is fairly complex, the game was arguably way ahead of its time. Playing the game definitely feels like playing a classic era science fiction novel straight out the minds of Harlan Ellison, Mary Shelley, and the like. System Shock 2’s ideas would later be carried on by the successful Bioshock series that reduced the inventory management of the original in favor of more action. Fans of games like Bioshock should definitely check out System Shock 2, as once again it’s an experience best having without any prior knowledge. A prequel is in development currently as well, meaning we may once again experience the terror of cyberpunk. 

3) Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill originally became a staple for Playstation players due to its unique foggy town and horrific monsters. At the time, the fog was a clever way to keep the game running smoothly, dealing with the Playstation’s limitations. In 2001, Silent Hill 2 released for the PS2, setting a gold standard for psychological horror. Silent Hill 2 lets players explore the uncanny, demented town of Silent Hill in search for James Sunderland’s wife. As simple of a plot as that sounds, things get incredibly dark the further Sunderland delves into this strange town. Staying alive also becomes a top priority, as Sunderland is constantly meeting the monstrous Pyramid Head. 

The reveal of the main antagonist, Pyramid Head, is one of the most iconic monster reveals in all of video games. Not only is Pyramid Head a terrifying force for the player, taking out massive amounts of health with a single swing of his giant knife, but the character also reflects the tortured state of mind of the main character. This, coupled with the uncanny scenes between the various other characters wandering around Silent Hill, made for one of the most scary experiences in gaming history. 

Silent Hill 2 also continued the trend of letting combat be less important, in favor of solving convoluted puzzles and exploring run down, claustrophobic areas.  It’s an incredibly eerie experience that always makes the player feel uncomfortable. In other survival horror games, there is little moments of triumph. Silent Hill 2 doesn’t have that. Even some of the game’s multiple endings end in tragic ways. 

2) Eternal Darkness

Eternal Darkness gave players scares through its use of fourthwall manipulation and illusion. Coming to the Gamecube of all things in 2002, Eternal Darkness has players take control of twelve different characters throughout multiple timelines to solve the mysteries surrounding a strange mansion in Rhode Island. Eternal Darkness, like System Shock 2 is full of clever surprises, making me wish I had bought this one prior to it becoming a cult classic as many of the game’s tricks have been shared throughout the years. 

Basically, Eternal Darkness loves to mess with its player in tons of unique ways that were new to the genre. Fans of Metal Gear Solid will be familiar with some of this style of trickery, especially those who remember facing Psycho Mantis. Sometimes the main character’s head will fall off and roll around the floor, not really affecting the character’s health or killing them, just a weird occurrence. 

Eternal Darkness is filled with clever moments like this, making it a must have for any fan of the Gamecube. The game’s use of sanity was even later used in games like Amnesia, giving it a lasting impression on those who played it. Strange that people like Shigeru Miyamoto worked on a dark horror title, even if his role was fairly minor compared to others working on it. The game’s writer and director, Denis Dyack has also been working a spiritual successor titled Shadow of the Eternals. 

1) Resident Evil 4

Even though, Resident Evil 4 is a part of a series we’ve already discussed, the fourth entry of the series was such a phenomenal shift that it had to be included on its own. While Resident Evil’s early games established a solid formula for survival horror, the director wanted to include more action, while still keeping things tense. Thus Resident Evil 4 was born, first coming to the Gamecube in 2005 and later being ported to almost every major console since. 

Resident Evil 4 shifted the action to behind the character’s shoulder, allowing the player to explore the environment with more freedom. This also let the player aim their weapon, which was needed to take down the infected inhabitants of Spain, who used their Las Plagas tainted bodies in various ways. This meant that enemies would react depending on where they were shot, allowing the player to disarm them, or stun them. Resident Evil 4 also utilized quick time events, which were arguably the only blemish on otherwise a perfect game, that gave the player a way to finish downed opponents or dodge an incoming attack. 

Horror truly opened up with Resident Evil 4, as the environments and enemies could become more detailed since the player would constantly be looking where their character was. There is also a ton of exploration and secrets built into the game, like hidden treasure and items, as well as unlockable weapons. Not even a year after its exclusive release to the Gamecube, Resident Evil 4 came to the PS2 with additional content. This added the classic multiple character aspect to the game, allowing players to be Ada Wong, a fan favorite in the series. 

If it wasn’t for Resident Evil 4, third person shooters may not be as prevalent in today’s gaming market. Not only did the game inspire countless game designers, but personally this is the game that got me engrossed in horror gaming. I never like horror films, finding them too grotesque and violent, with people maiming other people for little reason. Resident Evil 4 presented its dark world in an interesting, engaging way that truly had some terrifying moments that I will never forget, but I never became scared enough to stop playing, at least not for too long. I finished the game in about a week, absolutely starving for more games like it. I quickly found all of the game’s hidden content, as well as learning the best ways to deal with the game’s challenges. I’ve the game on practically every console it’s available for, as well as play it all the through about once every couple years. There is honestly nothing comparable to Resident Evil 4, it’s almost a perfect game entirely, but it is definitely a must play for the retro horror gaming genre. Even if it’s just now becoming retro.

Article by: Alex McCumbers

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JoyStik Forums Community Ranking of the Infamous Series

The community has spoken without knowledge of why. I will be diving into the JoyStik community’s brains, finding out their opinions on games and randomly placing them into blog post! Recently the discussion was ranking the Infamous series and the outcome was wonderful. Thank you all.

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1) Infamous 2

“The second one. More powers, transversing the city was a bit faster, extra skins, and just all around more fun.” – Braden Harbin

“Infamous 2 was a bit more liberating and free-flowing a game than the first, and while the second son game is fun, infamous 2 had the best story of the bunch.” -Garret Rankin

 

2) Infamous 1

“The first I like the New York City layout and story more.” -Jonathan Adam Rachal

“The first game was pretty amazing. All three of the Infamous titles are pretty boss. One of the few “super hero” type games that isn’t Marvel or DC and is bad ass!” -Robert Steele

3) Infamous Second Son

“The second one had the better story, but I loved the gameplay of Second Son.” -Mike Zehring

“I can’t let Fetch go forgotten, so I’m gonna throw First Light in there. [DLC for Second Son] And honestly, a truly remarkable dlc/expansion/in addition to sort of game.” -Shaun Doyle 

 

Best Games of 2016 – Who is the Game Of The Year so far?

Video games in 2016 have been exceptionally great so far…so much so that it is hard to keep up. As we evaluate what has released this year, we look at what games made our top list and who could potentially be Game Of The Year. Now remember…the year is not over and there are MANY more great games to come, so do not be salty over our decisions!

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1) Uncharted 4

Set 3 years after the events of Uncharted 3, Nathan Drake has apparently left the world of fortune hunting behind. However, it doesn’t take long for adventure to come calling when Drake’s brother, Sam, re-emerges asking for his help to save his own life and offering an adventure Drake cannot resist. On the hunt for Captain Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure, Sam and Drake embark on a journey to find Libertalia, the pirate utopia deep in the forests of Madagascar. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End takes players around the globe, through jungle isles, urban cities and snow-capped peaks on the search for Avery’s fortune.

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2) Doom

There is no taking cover or stopping to regenerate health in campaign mode as you beat back Hell’s raging demon hordes. Combine your arsenal of futuristic and iconic guns, upgrades, movement and an advanced melee system to knock-down, slash, stomp, crush, and blow apart demons in creative and violent ways. In multiplayer, dominate your opponents in DOOM’s signature, fast-paced arena-style combat. In both classic and all-new game modes, annihilate your enemies utilizing your personal blend of skill, powerful weapons, vertical movement, and unique power-ups that allow you to play as a demon. DOOM SnapMap is an easy-to-use game and level editor that allows for limitless gameplay experiences on every platform. Anyone can snap together and customize maps, add pre-defined or custom gameplay, and edit game logic to create new modes. Instantly play your creation or make it available to players around the world.

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3) Overwatch

Overwatch is a highly stylized team-based shooter set on earth in the near future. Every match is an intense multiplayer showdown pitting a diverse cast of soldiers, mercenaries, scientists, adventurers, and oddities against each other in an epic, globe-spanning conflict.

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4) Dark Souls 3

Developed by Japanese developer FromSoftware, DARK SOULS III is the latest chapter in the DARK SOULS series with its trademark sword and sorcery combat and rewarding action RPG gameplay. Players travel across a wide variety of locations in an interconnected world of unrelenting challenge and deep RPG gameplay as they search for a way to survive the coming apocalypse.

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5) Tom Clancy’s The Division

Tom Clancy’s The Division has players assume the role of Division agents in which they find themselves caught up in an epic conspiracy, forced to combat not only the effects of a manmade virus, but also the rising threat of those behind it.

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