Let’s talk about Emulators and Roms; A former dev talks about legality and uses

I’m Kinglink and this week we’re going to talk about Emulation. It’d be really easy to talk just emulators, but instead, we’re also going to have to talk about ya know… Piracy. That means this week it’s time for Emulators and Roms. 

I want to cover this in three acts. First, we’ll talk about what emulation and ROMs are at a high level. Second, we’ll talk about why people emulate and play ROMs. And finally, we’ll talk about my thoughts on it. I can actually address this from multiple angles, as I am a gamer, but I also was a game developer, I’ve even had people tell me they pirated my game. True story, and hopefully that will be an interesting angle. 

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Halo: Combat Evolved – The game the franchise left behind

Twenty years have passed since Halo: Combat Evolved first appeared on the Xbox in 2001, and over the years the franchise has grown into a true juggernaut.  With the release of Halo Master Chief Collection, it gives new players a chance to go back and replay the entire series.

It seems worthwhile to look through each game’s offering over time and to start with the originator.  This review will mainly focus only on the single-player offerings, though the Halo Master Chief Collection offers the multiplayer for Halo Combat Evolved.

But given the potential to remake Halo: Combat Evolved into a brand new version, players are instead getting the already existing PC version.  The Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary edition came out in 2011, and while that’s the 10th anniversary of the original game, 10 years after its release the game feels like it could use another update.  

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Yakuza 5 – Too much of a good thing

Yakuza 5 takes what Yakuza 4 accomplished and amplifies everything in it to create a brand new experience that is bigger and better than before. It is the most jam-packed Yakuza title yet, the longest-running in the Kiryu saga, and contains the most playable characters. 

But it also is a case where it becomes too much of a good thing that finally reaches the series’ breaking point, and causes some issues for the franchise. 

Yakuza 5 has returning characters from the previous game with Kiryu, Saejima, and Akiyama, but adds in two new playable characters, an ex-baseball player, Tatsuo Shinada, and for the first time in the series, Haruka Sawamura, Kiryu’s adopted daughter. Each of these characters gets their own section of the story, with Haruka and Akiyama sharing their portion, giving players four distinct parts of the game, with a rather large finale at the end.

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Humble Choice April 2021 Review – A wide variety.

I’m Kinglink, and it’s time for the Humble Choice April 2021 Review.  

This month I’ve played each game for one hour over three nights on stream, and we’ll talk more about that at the end, but it’s given me a chance to find out what each game is about and if I can recommend it.  There are 13 titles, so let’s just dive straight in.  Starting with…

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts.  This feels like a mixture between Sniper Elite, Metal Gear Solid 5, and Hitman, and that mix is pretty good.  It has extremely detailed bullet physics and large open world designs for its mission areas.

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Better with Friends – The challenge of reviewing Deep Rock Galactic

I’m Kinglink and let’s start this video off by talking about Deep Rock Galactic.  

I found Deep Rock Galactic to be incredible. It’s a clever game that is a ton of fun, and I enjoyed myself. There was a lot of hype about this game, and I finally picked it up and had an excellent time. and yet I struggle to judge it.  

Deep Rock Galactic is worth the purchase in my case. Three friends and I tried it out during a free weekend. We had a great time. We all picked it up after that weekend session and played quite a few more sessions since and we have had a lot of fun with the game every time. You’ll be seeing my group playing the game in these videos. 

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Yakuza 4 Remastered Review – A lot more character in this one

After three games in the series, Yakuza 4 had some big shoes to fill, now with the addition of two remakes in the form of Kiwami and Kiwami 2, and the prequel Yakuza 0, Yakuza 4’s task is bigger than ever. 

Yakuza 4 delivers a different game than fans might expect, but also one that changes the formula of the series and creates something fresh. 

Yakuza 4’s heavily on previous titles and creates issues for new players. I originally played Yakuza 4 in 2016 as my first entry into the series, and while the game was good at the time, without having already played the three previous titles the game talked about many characters who got no development, and thus the story suffered for it. I wondered why did the game focus on characters it didn’t take the time to introduce?

After playing the previous titles, and falling in love with the series, a return to this game in its remastered form creates a more interesting experience. While Yakuza 4 begins with the assumption of the large history of the series, it expands the world in new ways and creates an interesting take on the series. 

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Control Review – Visually Stunning

Control is Remedy Entertainment’s 2019 title that explores a secret government agency dedicated to dealing with otherworldly events. It’s also one of the best-looking games I’ve seen and made me a believer in the promises of Nvidia’s Ray Tracing technology.

The graphics in Control are exceptional. While the gameplay and story will always be the core of the experience, using Ray Tracing technology has elevated Control’s visuals to a major accomplishment. 

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UHS-Hints – How game guides were meant to be

I’m Kinglink and today I’d like to review a website called UHS-Hints and I will, but I don’t think we’re ready for the actual site just yet. 

To fully appreciate what UHS-Hints is, I feel like we have to start with what makes a great puzzle in a game, especially an adventure game or a puzzle game, and then what came before. 

You see today we have a lot of games that have “puzzles” with quotation marks which amount to either figure out where to go next or click the right button the right number of times.  Those are puzzles but not what we’ll be talking about today. 

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Humble Choice March 2021 Review – Big headliners, but not much else.

I’m Kinglink and I’m here to review the Humble Choice for March 2021. 

So there are a couple of changes for this month.  First, the bundle now releases on the first Tuesday of the month, instead of the first Friday.  Not a major change to anyone except for people trying to review the games, but something to keep an eye on. 

Second, we have one game that’s available on your choice of platform, either Epic or Steam.  That’s at least a choice, and something I can get behind if that becomes the standard because it’s a net positive

But with that said, we’re using the same rules as always.  One hour with each game, I’ll give you my opinions and recommendation if you should pick up the game based on who will enjoy it.  

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