Rizz’s Most Anticipated: PS4 Exclusives

Now, I could easily sit here and go “HERE ARE MY TOP GAMES I’M MOST ANTICIPATING” and you guys all probably know Mass Effect: Andromeda would be on that list. However, since I am the one here to have bought a Playstation 4, I guess you can say I’m Insert Coin’s exclusive on counting down the PS4’s exclusives coming down the aisle in 2016.

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5. Street Fighter V – Come on, you were shocked in 2015 when you heard that Playstation 4 got the rights to be the exclusive home to one of the biggest fighting franchises in history. Don’t lie. Hell, when I heard about it I had to double check the source. But for Sony to get the rights to Street Fighter V and make it their own little baby is a cool thing for people, like me, who own a PS4. Now, I’m not really a fighting game fan but it will be interesting to see if I pick this up or not.

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4. The Last Guardian – FINALLY! For the past few years, Sony has had hell to pay talking about and pushing back the development of The Last Guardian, from the same guys who made my Game of the Year (and PS4 exclusive) last year, Bloodborne (Japan Studio). What isSony’s E3 going to be like this year when there’s no Last Guardian rumors or setbacks?

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3. Uncharted 4 – I’m interested in this game for one reason, E3. Uncharted 3 is much like the Sony E3’s video of Uncharted 4. Before it even started, the video had some major setbacks and faults and glitches and everything. However, once the video started, you can see the giant landscape that awaits you when the game comes out in April.

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2. No Man’s Sky – Seriously? You thought I was going to forget about this gem? Honestly, if I saw more of this game my head would explode. Everyone watched it. E3, Stephen Colbert, a whole bunch of other people saw what No Man’s Sky has to offer. An open massive open-world sandbox that lets you control anything and everything that you find and doesn’t have a story to tie you down? That’s an amazing thing to have and will be an amazing time-waster once it is released.

1. Horizon: Zero Dawn – You want one picture to show you my excitement for this video game?

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It’s one thing if it’s you fighting regular dinosaurs…but…you play as a lady after the world as we know it got destroyed and have to fight…..robot. dinosaurs. ROBOT. DINOSAURS. DINOSAURS THAT JUST SO HAPPENED TO BE ROBOTS. And you’re only weapon (or the only one I can see here) is your trusty bow and arrow.

For both PS4 and X-box One, the name of the game in 2016 is “EXCLUSIVES” and from PS4’s lineup, it sure looks good.

Rizz Rant: Whining About SMASH

This week Nintendo announced the final three DLC names that are coming out soon. Final Fantasy’s Cloud (everyone knew about that one), another character from Fire Emblem (Corrin) and, yes, Bayonetta. Yippy! Right?! WRONG!

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I’m sure you guys are upset. I know you are. At first, I was right there with you wondering “Hey, where’s Knuckles? Where’s Shovel Knight? Where’s King K. Rool? Where’s Snake? Where’s Rayman? Where’s Goku? Where’s Krillin? Where’s Nico Bellic? Where’s Peppy? Where’s Waldo? Where’s Dr. Wiley? Where’s Metal Sonic? Where’s Tails? Where’s the Contra guys? Where’s Q*Bert? Where’s Conker? Where’s Bubsy?! Where’s (enter name here)?”

Then I realized something, maybe it’s not for us to tell NINTENDO who they should and shouldn’t have on their games. I mean, they are Nintendo after all. They have been doing this since before you and I were probably born. Do you guys remember when the outrage was about Tomogachi Life and how many people wanted same-sex marriage/adoption in the game? What did Nintendo do? Didn’t give in to people’s demands and, actually, still made sense while denying Tomogachi Life.

Nintendo has been doing things like this for years, boys and girls. They’re going to make great and revolutionary games and then they will make decisions that most of you won’t like but they know one thing: YOU’RE STILL GOING TO PLAY THE GAME! YOU’RE STILL GOING TO ENJOY THE GAME! YOU’RE STILL GOING TO BUY THE AMIIBOS WHEN THEY COME OUT! So it doesn’t really matter who they put in the last DLC…

You know what? This thing goes deeper than just Smash and Nintendo. Look at the backlash Mortal Kombat is receiving for who they have in their upcoming DLC. A Xenomorph from Alien and the guy from Texas Chainsaw Massacre are in the game and the first comment I’ve seen wasn’t praise and wasn’t excitement…It was anger. Anger because there weren’t characters that were already in the series (that, honestly, nobody really knows) instead of horror CLASSICS that are known for blood and gore. Not only that but to have multiple Alien v. Predator matchups. HOW CAN ANYONE BE ANGRY ABOUT THAT?!

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Someone please tell me who else would you like in Mortal Kombat? Friggin’ Stryker?

Rizz Plays Minecraft: Story Mode Ep. 2: Assembly Required! (Part 1)

It took me this darn long to realize most of these Telltale-style games have a thing for weird jokes and puns. For instance, the title that I just said “Assembly Required” and wouldn’t you know? Your objection is to find people that are needed. How convenient!?

In this video, I recap what you all missed in the last episode by going through the entire catalog and show you how unique my game is, as compared to other people that play this game.

Join me next week where I continue my journey and, yes (of course) get lost in the process.

RIZZ RANT: Free Kojima!

konamiLast night at the Game Awards, Geoff Keighley announced to the crowd that Hideo Kojima, the creator of one of the best games of 2015 Metal Gear Solid V, was not able to attend. Now, Kojima was not sick, injured, had a family emergency/death, or just didn’t want to attend. Actually, I’m pretty sure Kojima would be there if he wanted to.

Konami, the big piece of shit company they are, decided to BAN Mr. Kojima from attending the event and celebrating the game that HE made, you know, the “HIDEO KOJIMA GAME” Metal Gear Solid V? That game? Yeah, he wasn’t there because Konami didn’t want to be there.

In fact, they took it a step forward and their lawyers told Kojima that if he were to show up, he would be sued.

I am not the only one with a problem with this. Geoff Keighley stated, “…It’s disappointing andĀ it’sĀ inconceivable to me that an artist like Hideo would not be allowed to come here and celebrate with his peers and fellow teammates.”

I’m sorry, if I spent my hard-earned time, blood, sweat and tears in something one-twelfth as good as a new video game that everyone friggin’ liked only to have the group that I helped put on the friggin’ map I would not just be this mad, I would be furious. Especially as we hear the backtracking that Konami has been doing for the past year about Kojima’s status. Remember the party they threw for Kojima? Remember the “His team isn’t leaving, they’re just ‘taking a vacation’!” bullshit? Remember how we laughed it off and go “Oh Konami! Look at these hound dogs trying to make light of a situation!” There’s no way they can make this go away.There’s no Konami Code to punch in to make this go away, guys.

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We here at Insert Coin to Begin (especially myself) would like to extend a congratulations to Hideo Kojima and HIS team on all of the success that HIS GAME produced over the year. Whether it was E3, Playstation awards, or the Video Game Awards.

Thank you, Mister Kojima. You deserve to be awarded for your talent.

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Marvel’s Unreleased Video Game Sends More Q’s Than A’s

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A couple weeks ago, I joined friend of the show Will “DJ Lunchbox” Rutherford on an episode of Panel Riot discussing the good and the bad (and there were some bad ones) about the estranged marriage between video games and comic books. I listed my five favorite and not-so-favorite video games that were based solely on the comics and was asked why companies don’t try to make current gen video games about comic books when movies are doing a damn good job at making movies about video games.

Movies have one set of audiences, video games has another set of audiences and I think that movie and video game audiences aren’t always the same fans and the same audiences (although you would think that there are some correlation) and I believe that correlation was soured in the days of Superman 64 and, well, continue on for this day.

However, there’s new video that came out this past week about an Avengers video game, not based on the Age of Ultron or any of the other movies, but of the comics. A story based off something from the comics that is not a Telltale Game is quite unusual and outstanding.

It was released by people from the, now defunct, THQ office and taking a look at this game it’s apparent that they were trying their ass off to make this game a good one.

The game was to be released in 2012 coinciding with the release of the first Avengers’ movie. However, as DYK? Gaming says the game was not going to tie in to the movie and be a standalone version of itself. In fact, as the video continued you can see that there are different villains and even other Avengers that you can play.

In all honesty, Avengers looked like a pretty damn good game and a little bit of a sidenote here, THQ’s problem in the later years was not open-world-y video games. You look at what they did with the Saints Row series, turning it from a horrible GTA clone to a parody of a horrible GTA clone in order to make it good. Graphics were smooth and the gameplay was fine. This seems like the Avengers were going with the same style.

AvengersVG1They took the 3rd-person video game (as it was already part of mostly every superhero game and looked very cookie-cutterish) and it turned it into a 1st-person action game putting a new spin on the genre which looked pretty darn good.

The story was based around the evil shape-shifters the Skrulls and loosely follows the storyline of the Secret Invasion comics (which you can get more information in the video itself).

It sucks this was one of the video games that got cut because, honestly, this looked like it was going to be one of THQ’s few good video games (until their collapse a year later).

What would THQ be remembered for if this game came out? Would they still be out of business? Why was this one of the first ones they threw on the cutting room floor? We’ll never know. I just hope that, even though 3-4 years late, this game finds its way to consoles because, unlike most video games, this game does not have a movie timetable.

Rizz Reviews: Star Wars Battlefront

In a long time ago (this past Tuesday) in a galaxy far, far away (actually, it was released globally), there lived a world where in the past the only time anyone had fun with any Star Wars game happened to be Star Wars Kinect for the 360 and that was only sarcastically due to the fact that you can have a dance-off featuring Lando and Han Solo to a spoof of Jason DeRulo’s “Ridin’ Solo”.

So when Star Wars: Battlefront came out I had my doubts (as most gamers had and had the right to be) and when I heard that 90% of the game was going to be directed towards the multiplayer levels and, honestly, it plays pretty much like EA’s Battlefield (which isn’t a bad thing, because you’re battling people from Star Wars). You get scorestreaks and other interesting perks while playing the game and if it was just a first person shooter, it would not be a good game to get at that high $60 game.

However, there’s more to this game than just another Battlefield clone.

YOU GET TO BE LEIA, SKYWALKER, SOLO, VADER, PALPATINE OR BOBA FETT! AH! HOW COOL IS THAT?!

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Actually, when you’re a Hero you are nearly indestructible and your powers are doubled in strength, which makes the Heroes v. Villains an amazing battle of wits (like something you would see in the original Star Wars. Plus, with the unannounced DLC coming soon the amount of heroes/villains will definitely be increased (fingers crossed for Jar-Jar).

The best mode, though, is the Fighter Squadron where you take control of an X-Wing or Tie-Fighter and blow your enemies out of the sky. I like to think of myself as a zombified Porkins coming back to life and destroying all of the things.

Also…um…this happened.

And it was awesome.

Is this game perfect? No. Does it have to be to be one of the better games based off of Star Wars? HEEELLLLLL NO! It’s an amazing game that makes me feel for the nostalgia of the Star Wars franchise and due to the closeness it is to Star Wars Ep. 7, it makes me excited for the new movie.

Rizz Reviews: Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is an amazing game.

Is that all? Can I go back to doing what I want to do? You know, play Fallout 4 until my troubles go away? Seriously, though. Fallout 4. Fallout 4.

Deep breath, Rizz. Okay. Honestly, you would think that with all the hype surrounding this game that this game, just like so many before it, would fall and crumble and, honestly,not be as good as the hype sounds. You would think that, if you haven’t played Fallout 4!

For instance, I had a blast going over the different customization combinations that came along with making your own character. It’s a blast! It’s fun from that moment on! GAH! FALLOUT!

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The graphics and the attention to every little detail and blade of grass makes it come alive, the enemies look massive, the mutated deer look mutated and you look like, well, the man or woman you made in the game. Heck you get to see YOUR OFFSPRING in the beginning of the game. How awesome is that! And your baby looks like you and your spouse (one that you can also make in the game). That’s how deep this attention to detail gets, people. Babies are born that actually resemble the characters that you make! Who does that?!

Fallout 4 does that, that’s who.

Gameplay is just like every other Bethesda game out there, you know good. In fact, the only real flaw that I had with any of their previous games was that there were little to no reaction to when you shot your enemies were cleaned up pretty good here.

Also…it’s hard. Very. Hard. Not like frustratingly throw your controller at the TV hard but the “I’m going to kill you and your entire crew and then burn this place to the ground and drink my Nuka-Cola and pour some of it out for my homies who aren’t here” hard. Right Rizz from a few days ago?

Fallout 4 is, by far, one of my favorite (if not favorite) game of this year and probably will be right up there next year, because I’m sure I’ll still be playing this game in 2016.

Rizzstarter: Failsafe

Welcome everybody to a new venture here at Insert Coin to Begin!

There are over 200 video game concepts that are currently up looking for funding on Kickstarter, it’s my duty to make sure you guys know the great concepts that are still in need of your help. A lot of indy games came through the fire and smoke that is Kickstarter (as it features some of the most interesting gameplay and graphics, better than some other video games with a big budget).

Some of these games need your help to get past the fog and clutter above the Minecrafty mods and very poor looking or overused video game concepts.

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One of those games is from Game Over Studios and stars Ashly Burch (most of you know her as Tiny Tina from Borderlands, Cassie Cage from Mortal Kombat X, and her own very interesting YouTube channel Hey Ash, Watcha Playin’?). Burch plays the main character called Isra. Another one is from The Last Airbender, Dante Basco, playing the voice of Isra’s robot buddy XJ.

The gameplay, from the trailer, makes it feel like a Mirror’s Edge parkour game (as it is in the style of a first-person parkour game) with the journey and graphics you get while playing a game like Journey.

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Failsafe, at the posting of this article, is $60k away from its’ goal and, unlike my attempt to get Night Trap another try, this game needs our help in the next 18 days.

For more information, check out their Kickstarter and donate for a good cause!

Rizz Plays Unmechanical #5-10

Yeah, I’ve been slacking. Here’s five more videos that have been posted over at Rizz Plays Games.

First, there’s more lightbeams that need to be reflected off of mirrors because it’s SOOOO MUCH FUN, YALL!

I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HECK I’M DOING! AH!

I DID IT! WITHOUT ANY HELP AT ALL FROM A VIEWER ON TWITCH! NOPE! NOT AT ALL!

After that I TURNED INTO A SUBMARINE! YAAAAAAAAAY!

Then we use science to make sure that the right combination of water and fire makes lava rocks. Don’t worry. It all makes sense.

Finally…I meet my Governor to this game’s Rick Grimes. The color circle of being a dick.

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This time, Rizz tries more difficult puzzles and contemplates if this robot is inside a human being, which is a weird thing to think about…but, come on, it’s a heart. He plays with a couple lights and meets a robot butler…for a robot underground.