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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FUSER and the the big problems with the modern rhythm games

I’m Kinglink and this week I wanted to talk about music games and my love of Harmonix. 

If you don’t already know the name of Harmonix, this is the team who made Frequency and Amplitude, two of the best games on the PS2.  They made the fantastic Dance Central, as well as Fantasia: Music Evolved and…. 

Ok yeah, Guitar Hero and Rock Band.  Those are the games everyone will know them for, and sure they started both of those franchises and dominated the gaming with them, but they also have so much talent and made so many different games, it’s a shame they aren’t known outside of those titles. 

So as I said, I picked up FUSER, Harmonix’s newest game because I wanted to talk about my love of the music games and rhythm genre.  Unfortunately FUSER instead is better to highlight a lot of problems these games have.  

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Why are Open World games like Horizon Zero Dawn boring?

I’m Kinglink and let’s talk about open-world games for a bit and why they have been bothering me recently.  This is more of a rant than normal, but I think there’s a big problem that doesn’t get discussed.

When Horizon: Zero Dawn was released in August of last year I rushed to play it right after Death Stranding, and in that review, I talked about some thoughts about the open-world format of the game and how it didn’t really feel necessary.  

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Couch Co-op Special Family Edition: With a special guest

Link:
I’m Kinglink and this week I feel like talking about some co-op games. Maybe it’s the perfect time to do a collab, but I’ll be honest, I’m not sure who to team up with.

Of course, the co-op games that I enjoy are couch co-op, something about both players being in the same room and the ability to talk strategy as you play makes me enjoy it so much more. So I guess I’m going to have to find someone in my house. Introducing my daughter Daylyn

Daylyn:
Hello, so with 2020 happening a lot of stuff is changing, one major change for our family is that I have been playing more games to pass the time and relax.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Mission Teardown – The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I’m Kinglink and this week, we’re going to do a mission teardown of Red Dead Redemption 2.

I’m going to take a quick moment here. This video is going to be critical of Red Dead Redemption 2, however, I really am going to be specifically critical of pieces of Red Dead Redemption 2. I’ve spent maybe 80 hours in just single-player mode, and that’s a lot of time. In general, this game is fun at times, but … a masterpiece, it ain’t.

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Dead Cells vs Hades – Which is the better Roguelite?

I’m Kinglink and today we’re going to talk about two titans of the rogue-lite genre. In one corner we have a game considered the best of all time, Dead Cells, which is an absolute powerhouse. But there’s a new contender in Hades, which has just left early access last month and is absolutely knocking it out of the park. So how does Dead Cells compare to Hades?

If you want to stop me and tell me how these two games can’t be compared for some reason, that’s the point. This isn’t supposed to be two very similar games but instead, it’s a chance to look at what makes each of these popular games different and perhaps figure out which is the best, or the one you should try next.

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Disco Elysium Quest Teardown- A Different Kind of RPG

I’m Kinglink and this week… well, let’s do something different. Two weeks ago I broke down a single level of Titanfall 2. I enjoyed the process and I want to start to do more of that. So this week we’re talking about Disco Elysium.

The problem is this isn’t a level based game, it’s an RPG with rather strange and unique quests. There’s everything from a quest to get alcohol, sing karaoke, and find your badge, so obviously we can’t look at a level. But I don’t want to abandon the idea because Disco Elysium is really different, and I think the best way to look at it would be this style of dissection.

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Titanfall 2 – How level design can defines a game

I’m Kinglink and today we’re going to talk about Titanfall 2.

I knew I wanted to talk about Titanfall 2 when I started to play the game. It’s a very tight and excellent experience. So to prepare I decided to grab footage for the game and started with a level called Effect and Cause. I chose it because I remembered it as a great level, but after replaying it for this video, I think this level is even better than that. This might be one of the best levels an FPS ever contained, and I think it shows why Titanfall 2 is worthy of a lot more praise.

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Her Story Design Review – Revisiting one of the best video game stories of all time

I’m Kinglink and this week we’re talking about Her Story as well as some other FMV games including Late Shift, The Infectious Madness of Dr. Dekker, and Telling Lies.

Long time fans of the channel may realize I have a fondness for stories in video games and have enjoyed many visual novels, including Eliza, the first two Danganronpa, and more due to their stories. Yet I often feel that stories and narratives are poorly done in the video game industry, usually relying on how movies and books tell stories without considering the interactive nature of the medium.

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Death Stranding Design Review – Showing what went wrong with MGS V by doing it again

I’m Kinglink and this week we are going to look at Death Stranding. This was originally on the PlayStation 4, it has come to the PC and it’s time to talk about it.

Though, I do have to leave a little disclaimer here. I worked at Sony for about 6 years on MLB the Show and left Sony about two years ago. I want to be upfront about this because you should know if there’s any potential bias, but I can say I don’t believe there is. This is just for you to best judge my opinions.

There was a little overlap when I reviewed games and was working at Sony, but I chose to review Steam games to avoid any potential bias, and sure enough Sony has now come to the PC.

 

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