Author: Dante Garcia

I've been gaming since the 80's. I now enjoy my hobby with my wife and kids.

Dante’s #5dM

For this Cinco de Mayo challenge I'm trying to beat these 5 games:

Splatoon

I've spent many hours playing Splatoon's multiplayer matches, but I had barely scratched its single player campaign. This May is the month I'll beat the crap out of those octopuses.

Table Top Racing: World Tour

This game was given away as a PS+ freebie this month. I don't have any other racing games for my PS4 so it'll be a nice change of pace to my gaming routine. I'm going to go for the 6 championship gold cups available in the base game.

One Piece Pirate Warriors 3

I played through the main story mode for One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 back in April. However, there are plenty of characters to be unlocked in the Dream Log mode, which seems to take longer to complete than the main log. I'll consider it complete when I have unlocked all characters, including Shanks. Speaking of Shanks...

Shank

I bought this game a long time ago as a part of a Humble Bundle. It always seemed interesting to me, but my lack of PC controller made me hesitate. It's been in the backlog for years, and it's time I give this one a go. I'll find time later to play Shank 2 which I also own... Darn bundles...

The Stanley Parable

I'm taking The Stanley Parable for this Cinco de Mayo just as I took Gone Home for the 4 in February. It's supposed to be short and it's well regarded by the critics so I hope I enjoy it as much as Gone Home.

 

Cinco de Mayo

May is just around the corner, and with it, comes the most Mexican holiday that's celebrated in the US. Cinco de Mayo, or May 5th, commemorates the victory over the invading french in the state of Puebla. Here in Mexico it's not a big deal, schools are closed for the day and that's it. For the Americans it meant that France wasn't able to support the South during the Civil War. Things would be very different now if the outcome would have been different... perhaps we would be like Canada and have a double first language.

Now, you're probably thinking, what does it have to do with video games? The battle of Puebla was like David and Goliath. The French had more and better equipped soldiers, but the Mexicans stood their ground and scored a critical hit against European invasions. In this case Goliath is our backlog and David is our willingness to finish five games during May. See? Cinco de Mayo, wink, wink.

That's right, since May has 4 and a half weekends this year, it should be enough time to play through 5 games. I know I did it last year, and this year I invite you to join us in this challenge just like we did back for #4iF.

Here's how we did last February and here are some recommended games you could give a try if you're having trouble deciding what to play next.

 

Broforce for the PS4 review

Broforce is part of this month's PSN+ free games promotion. It won its place by getting the most votes in the "Vote To Play" contest that was held last month. I had some interest in it but never enough to pay full price for it on PC. I guess it was never dirt cheap and now I know why. It's a pretty good side-scrolling action game.

Broforce is a celebration of old-school action movies. We get parody versions of most iconic film and TV heroes like Rambo, Commando, Neo, MacGyver and B. A. Baracus to name a few. All of them play differently. They have different speed, weapons, special moves and athletic abilities. For example, Rambo has a machine gun and hand grenades, Neo is a melee fighter and his special is the red pill which basically turns him into an invulnerable killing machine for a short period of time, Mr. T has a very useful flamethrower and fire grenades which are great for fighting bosses from a distance.

When you begin the main story you'll start with only one character, Rambro. You'll be dropped in the jungle by a helicopter in order to liberate the area. You'll do that by killing terrorists left and right with guns blazing, literally. On your way to kill the Devil at the end of each level, you'll find prisoners. If you set them free you'll get a free life and that's the way you'll unlock new characters. For better or worse, when you set free a prisoner, you'll randomly switch to a different action hero.

Randomness is a big part of Broforce. After you've unlocked a new character, heroes will be switched every time you lose a life, start a level or set free a prisoner. There's no way of manually changing to a hero of your liking. This gives the game a lot of variety as you have to adjust to to whatever weapons and abilities the hero you have at the moment has. However sometimes you'll feel you need a specific hero for that challenge and let's be honest, some of the heroes are lame. I'm looking at you, Brocketeer.

The game exudes American Patriotism. It's taken to parody levels and it feels awkward sometimes. I mean, at one point you'll be playing as European legends like 007 and William Wallace and they will be raising American flags when reaching checkpoints. That was very odd. When you finish a level you get to the chopper, explosions start all over the place and the light in your dual shock 4 controller will start flashing red, white and blue. It's that American.

The Brofessional
While Leon is not an American, the Brofessional certainly is.

The gameplay is pretty simple, just run and shoot. There's no reloading in here. I really liked how this helped the action to flow very quickly. Some other games that have reload like Mercenary Kings and Helldivers really put me off since it over-complicated what should have been quite simpler, in my opinion. I guess I was not the right audience for those. I like how it feels like Contra where you don't have to worry about such detail. Unlike Contra, this title does have destructible terrain which you can use to your advantage to change the path you take to reach your goal.

There are some things that I wish the developer had addressed before releasing the game. The PS4 version of Broforce has some bugs that seem out of place in a title that looks like a 16-bit shoot-em up. Each time you restart a level there's like a second or two where your controller won't receive your inputs and your character will stand still vulnerable to enemy attacks. At first this won't bother you much, but in the later levels those seconds could mean life or death. Loading times can reach up to 1 minute in the later stages. I really thought the game had frozen and I would have to restart the console because there was just a black screen with no loading signs and it took way too long to start the missions. There were also frame rate drops when there was a lot going on. You would expect that in a SNES, but not in a PS4 brand new title that looks like it would have been fine in the 16-bit generation.

Broforce roup picture
The broforce cast includes some of the most iconic action stars. A couple of Stallones, Norris, Gibsons, Van Dammes and three Schwarzeneggers to name a few. More heroes are still being added.

Besides those bugs, it is very much playable and enjoyable. It has a lot of humor and variety. I had a great time playing it and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in action games with a retro vibe. I tried it in multiplayer, but it felt much better in single player. Just be warned that the last level is a tough marathon. the ending will make it worth it, though.

System Sellers and Why I Bought a PS4

I recently bought a PS4, which is the main reason why I haven't been too active writing new articles for Twinstiq. Let's make one thing clear. This is not a console wars article. The thought of buying an Xbox One has never even crossed my mind. What I'd like to do here is to take a trip down to Memory Lane and remember the titles that sold me consoles since the 80's. Let's face it, it's all about the games.

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Dante’s #4iF

4iF was one of my favorite Joystiq features. I recall last year I tried to pay homage to it by finishing 4 games per month until I reached May in which I went for a Cinco de Mayo and finished 5 of them. Good times. This year, I'll tackle the following:

Disgaea 5

I've been playing Disgaea 5 since early December. It's one of my favorite series and I've already clocked over 70 hours into this game. I haven't finished the main story yet so I'll focus on that part now. It's been very interesting so far and I hope the last 5 episodes get even better.

Strider

The classic Capcom franchise came to the current gen with a very strong Metroidvania game. I'm currently exploring the map so I can get all the power ups before I go the the final stage. The game appropriately warns you that if you go to the last level you won't be able to go back to the main map, so once I'm done exploring I'll try to finish it.

Limbo

Oh, Limbo how I have forsaken you. I started playing this bad boy on PC a few years ago, but I never finished it because I really didn't feel like it. I felt platformers belonged to consoles and quit after passing that big and shining HOTEL sign. Now that I got it for free for the PS4 I told myself I'd try to play through it at least once... And the time is now.

Gone Home

I needed an extra game to complete this list so I tried to add a game that I've heard is only 3 hours long. I'm not really sure what to expect form this one, but I've been pleasantly surprised by critically acclaimed indie games before. For example, I loved Papers, Please. Who would have thought checking out passports would be fun?

PSN Sale Aftermath: Costume Quest 2

Steam is not the only one that has nice sales. I was able to get my hands on the second Costume Quest on the PS3 for $2 not long after it was released. I played the first one and it's DLC on the PC and I thought they were nice RPGs with a really simple combat system. I had some issues with the combat in the first game because I play most PC games with a mouse and keyboard combo. When you were in a fight you were prompted to execute key presses of shift, tab, spacebar, etc. So, when executing some attacks I accidentally left/closed the game a few times before giving up on the costumes that required those kind of keys. That made my choice easier to go the console route for the second one.

Let me give you some background story just in case you haven't played the original. Costume Quest is a turn based RPG that places you in the shoes of a Reynold, a regular kid, on a quest to save his twin sister, Wren, who was kidnapped because she looked like a giant candy in her Halloween costume. Since it's Halloween, everyone's wearing costumes and depending on which one you're wearing you'll have different abilities, in and outside of combat. I don't want to spoil the story so I'll leave it at that. Writing is top notch as it always is from the Double Fine folks.

In the second game you can choose whether you play as Reynold or Wren to save Halloween from an evil dentist, Mr. White. You'll be time traveling, like Doc and Marty, to the past and then back to the future in order to put an end to the dentist's plans. Combat has been changed. In order to make your attacks more powerful you'll have to correctly time your button presses. All costumes have the same timing mechanism, but their timing is different, so you'll have to get used to each of them. They've also added strengths and weaknesses to costumes and enemies Pokémon style. You can also use Creepy Treat Cards to spice up the combat with special effects.

This game can be played and enjoyed by adults and kids. My kids loved watching me play and then they took turns playing their own save files. It takes from 6 to 8 hours to finish, but I suggest you take your time with it. If you try to rush it you'll get quickly bored by the combat and the constant need of having to go to a fountain to heal your party.

One last thing, I may be getting old, but I think the text in this game is hard to read. They chose a font that's a bit weird and its size is too small for me to read it comfortably from the couch. I have a 32'' tv so that may be part of the issue. I'm seriously considering buying a larger tv because of the small text in games these days.

There Will Be No New TF2 Halloween Event This Year

One of my favorite holidays is Halloween. Not because of all the candy, but because of Team Fortress 2's yearly Halloween events. What started out as a King of The Hill map and a ghastly gibus quickly transformed into blown-out boss fights and carnival games. They really brought new life to TF2 every year, and the costumes were a funny way to add more spice to the game.

Last year's event had bumper cars, rubber ducks and a Rocket League style football match.

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Humble Bundle Presents Humble Monthly

Humble Bundle is now entering the monthly subscription business. They offer a highly curated list of games for the monthly price of $12. If you subscribe, you'll receive a new bundle of games the first Friday of each month. The monthly bundles are set to start on November 6th and they're currently giving away a copy of Legend of Grimmock 2 to early adopters.

You'll get individual Steam keys for each game in the bundle. In the very likely case that you already own one or two of the bundled games, you could give them away as presents to your closest friends. The bundle contents will remain a mystery until said Friday, but if you choose to wait for it to be revealed, you won't be able to purchase it. In other words, you'll be buying a mystery box for $12.

Humble Monthly is a new kind of bundle that delivers top-notch games straight to your inbox, once per month. If you’re interested in joining, head on over to the Humble Monthly tab atHumbleBundle.com

Membership starts at $12 a month.

Once you’re signed up, you can look forward to 11:00AM PST the first Friday of each month as the day new games are unlocked. The bundle contents will be top-secret until that day.

If you haven't subscribed by the time the games are unlocked, you'll miss out on that month's content (except for the instant-unlock game). You will be unable to purchase bundles from previous months.

Remember, the early bird gets the bundle. Don’t be the late bird.

As a personal opinion, I think the price is a bit steep. With $12 I could buy 4 or 5 games selected by myself during a Steam sale. On the other hand, I think Humble Bundle is really good at selecting great games for their famous indie bundles. I'm not sure what to think, my wallet says no, but I think it could be a pleasant surprise if I gave it a try. It's a good thing that there's plenty of time to think about it. What do you think?

Twisted Metal for PS3 First Impressions.

The PS2 was the home for all kinds of games. I remember walking down the video game aisle and seeing lots of games branded as PS2 Greatest Hits back in that era. There were a lot of games that I hadn't heard of and I wanted to give them a try. I recall that the Twisted Metal Black cover looked like something interesting, but I had never given it a chance. When I did, I found a legendary game.
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