Fantasy Strike Review

Fantasy Strike by Sirlin Games is a video game based on a card game inspired by a video game. You still following?

Yomi, the card game that is the source material Fantasy Strike is based on, is one of my all-time favourite tabletop gaming experiences for how well it translates the thrill of playing a fighting game into a tabletop experience. Does Fantasy Strike bring the whole thing full-circle as a compelling video game?

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So Many Dragonstrike Kills! Overwatch on Nintendo Switch Live Stream

Unleash the beast! In one memorable game, I decimate an opposing team on three separate occasions with perfectly-placed Dragonstrike shots! That said, I spend time playing tanks and support as well. Meanwhile, we have some engaging conversations about our predictions for the next decade, tips for streaming success, and how our first names have impacted our lives.

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Games I’m Looking Forward To in 2020

With a new generation of consoles on the horizon, 2020 is bound to be a big year for gaming. While we know very little about the titles coming out for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox, we do know of many big games set to act as the last hurrah for the current generation of consoles. Outside of Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo is likely to continue its Switch-fueled hot streak.

Though the year has just begun and we still don’t know much about what the world of gaming has in store, it’s never too early to geek out over the projects we’re aware of. Here’s a look at the games I’m geeking out for this year!

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Show Some Mercy! Overwatch Live Stream

With the Winter Wonderland event going on in Overwatch, I’m in a bit of a giving (health) mood! I noodle around with Mercy and Zenyatta, but actually play my best game as Hanzo. Along the way, we discuss our lukewarm impressions of this year’s Game Awards, share our holiday plans, and get into a spirited discussion about review scores in video games.

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Fantasy Strike and the Importance of Finding a Main Character

One cannot overstate the importance of characters in a fighting game. We play these games in large part because we want the power fantasy that comes with being that character. It’s probably even more important than having tournament-level balance or a deep feature set.

Reflecting on my own life, there are so many examples where my character selection was the primary driver of my enjoyment in a fighting game. Discovering Rose in Street Fighter IV changed my life, as she and I melded into one being while climbing to the top of the leaderboards. The Marvel vs. Capcom series intimidated the hell out of me until Wolverine slashed his way into my heart. Despite my fundamental issues with Street Fighter V, I played that game for way longer because Rashid mobility and aggressive offense were so fun to use. Fight of Gods is a straight-up bad game, but I still found enjoyment out of playing as Jesus while making great use of his juggle combos.

Most recently, I’ve been dabbling with Fantasy Strike. Exploring what each character has to offer, my quest for a main character has taken me in an unusual direction.

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Overwatch Live Stream – Nintendo Switch Version

Is the Nintendo Switch version of Overwatch any good? I answer this burning question while playing some matches with viewers, making recommendations on what to pick up during the Nintendo eShop Black Friday sale, sharing travel stories, and continuing the debate on who in the relationship should sleep closest to the door!

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Jackbox Party Pack 6 Review

Are you tired of the Jackbox Party Pack series yet?

Ever since the franchise ushered in the modern era of party games, we’ve received a new entry on a yearly basis. I don’t play these games enough to tire of them, but I would expect that fatigue must have set in for some. Maybe Jackbox Party Pack 6 is the version where the series jumps the shark?

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Death Road to Canada Review

Home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and the place where I proposed to my now-wife, there’s a lot to like in Florida. But when the zombie apocalypse hits and salvation is north of the border, it doesn’t get much worse. If you want to keep your brains intact, you have no choice but to make the trek by any means. Death Road to Canada follows your arduous journey to safety. Will you make it out of America alive?

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4 Ways Microsoft Could Win Me Back with the Next Xbox

Microsoft fell from prominence in a big way during this past generation. Sitting on top of the world with the Xbox 360, their hubris tanked the Xbox One before it even hit store shelves. Players were repulsed by the higher price point, the inferior hardware specs, forced Kinect integration, and always-on DRM. I wanted to love my Xbox One like I loved my 360, but it simply didn’t deliver like I would have hoped.

Despite my disappointment, I’m willing to give Microsoft another chance if they do these four things.

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Fumbling Through the First Dungeon in Moonlighter

(NOTE: This post contains mild spoilers for the first dungeon of Moonlighter)

Billed to me as part Legend of Zelda, part roguelike, and part management sim, Moonlighter has been on my radar for quite some time. However, due to life getting in the way, the only time I’ve had to play it was a one-week pocket of time between Super Mario Maker 2 and Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Thus far, I really enjoy what I’ve played. Be that as it may, I’ve struggled to get a grip on playing the game the right way. It feels like I should be much farther along relative to the time I’ve spent with it.

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