Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ryviews Deal Roundup - July 31st, 2014

Hi Everybody!

Here are the deals for July 31st, 2014:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's So Real It's Creepy - Uncanny Valley - Ryviews Ryport

San Diego Comic Con just happened. Hooray!

One of the many gems to come out of it was the Cinematic Trailer for the Halo 2 Anniversary Edition packaged in The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One. It looked, to put it scientifically, friggin' sweet. And when I'm looking at the faces featured in that trailer, I'm astonished by how lifelike they look without triggering the "so close, but yet so far" reflex in my head.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Teamwork At Aperture Labs - Portal 2 Ryview

Portal 2, by Valve.

My Recommendation: It's a wonderful game full of dry, dark humor and fantastic problem solving. Both the single player and cooperative modes are great if you like puzzle platforming and disembodied robot voices quietly insulting you.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cute Cats and Heavy Grade Explosives - Battleblock Theater Freebie Ryview

Battleblock Theater, by The Behemoth.


Battleblock Theater is currently free as part of Xbox Live Games With Gold until July 31, 2014.

My recommendation: This is a hilarious, amazingly fun game. You definitely need to download it and try it out.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Peggle: Tips and Tricks - Kat Tut

My next tips and tricks video covers strategy for the Peggle Master Kat Tut.

Watch it here:

Read my Peggle review here.

Read the transcript of the video below:

Comedy In Video Games - Ryviews Ryport

These days, so many AAA blockbuster games are known for gritty, serious action. They thrill, they excite, and they keep us at the edge of our couch, but they suck the humor out of the room pretty fast. Don't get me wrong, I love lots of those blockbuster games, but when it gets right down to it, if I'm sitting down to play something I might want to chuckle a bit rather than become a paranoid wreck wondering what monstrosity is sneaking up on me from behind.

Monday, July 21, 2014

How Many Sieges Were There, Really? - Dungeon Siege III Late to the Party Xbox 360 Ryview

Dungeon Siege III, by Obsidian Entertainment.

Recommendation: It's a great RPG for co-op, and it's definitely a fun entry. It's definitely a great game if you love hack and slash action RPGs, it's not great if you want a more in depth story or meaningful skill trees. And if you're a solo gamer, you're probably better served just playing Dragon Age or Skyrim.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Is That A Gigantic Cod Piece or Is He Happy To See Me - Graphics in Video Games - Ryviews Ryport

Graphics are a tremendously important part of the gameplay experience. I don't mean cutting edge realism is required in every game. I mean that a game's choice of graphical style and feeling have a very large bearing on the overall enjoyment level, especially for long term. Do the big game companies put too much of an emphasis on it? Do bad graphics damage replay value for decades to come?

Hint: My answers are maybe and sometimes.

Peggle: Tips and Tricks - Jimmy Lightning

My next tips and tricks video covers strategy for the Peggle Master Jimmy.

Watch it here.

Read my Peggle review here.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Because Who Doesn't Love Killing Bad Guys With Lightsabers - Knights of the Old Republic iOS Ryview

Knights of the Old Republic, by Aspyr Media, Inc.

Recommendation: Great for nostalgia, and a truly wonderful port, but the $9.99 price is steep for a re-buy, so wait for a sale. If you're new to the game, this is a great deal and it's a great way to play a classic.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

RPGs Have Never Been So Angry - Angry Birds Epic - iOS Ryview

Angry Birds Epic, by Rovio Entertainment.

My Recommendation: It's freemium, and it's pushing the boundaries of how far you can go without paying, but overall it's a quality RPG that can still be enjoyed for free, perhaps not beaten easily.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Peggle: Tips and Tricks - Bjorn the Unicorn

My next tips and tricks video covers strategy for the Peggle Master Bjorn.

Watch it here.

Read my Peggle review here.

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RTX Impressions - Off Topic

Hi Everybody!

Over the weekend I went to the Rooster Teeth Expo (RTX) in Austin, Texas.

I wanted to share a few of my impressions and experiences!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Invertebrates Kill Each Other With Sheep and Old Women - Worms 3 iOS Ryview

Worms 3, by Team17.

Recommendation: It's a solid game and it's a great port to the iOS, but at $4.99, I'm not sure it's worth it unless you're in love with the franchise. If you're on the fence, wait for it to go on sale.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Flinging Animals Into The Air - 5 Best Flash Launch Games

In my Ryviews Countdowns, I'll be discussing some of my favorite games in a particular genre. Today, I'm counting down my 5 favorite Flash Launch Games.

Read my review of the new launch game Up In The Sky here.

Watch the video here:

Or read the article below: