Monday, October 31, 2011

All Game Reviewers Suck. Except Us. Well.....

*Presses Start*

It's been a long, long, long October guys. But we've been totally busy! From Extra Life to Left 4 Zelda to The First Impressions to some of the personal things we've gotten through, we've been doing a lot of stuff for you guys. One thing that totally comes to mind is the recent stuff for first impressions.

Now, If you haven't listened to our first impression stuff yet, that's cool. I'll give you a quick rundown of the entire thing. We talk about games that have recently come out and I give a small little review based off of what I've seen and played so far. In no way shape or form is it a full fledged review. Usually, I have the game for about a hour or a day. When I do give reviews, I would wholeheartedly give a fair and honest review to what I would think the game deserves. I'm no fan of the number scale, I would much much rather tell you to get the game or pass by it. I would think that's totally fair. I'm only going off my own experiences. I'm sure there's someone out there who thinks that the original Assassin's Creed was miles better then any of the sequels that came out or someone that thinks that the original Uncharted is more action-packed then Uncharted 2. It happens all the time. We should however, clear the air really really quick.

We are not, the end all, be all.

There is way too much behind the scenes when it comes to gaming for me to say without a shadow of a doubt that "professional" game reviewers aren't some sort of bias when it comes down to publishers and their games. A event comes to mind back in 2007. Jeff Gerstmann gave a overly negative review of Kane and Lynch, a pretty big Eidos title . It wouldn't have been a huge issue except that Eidos at the time was shelling out a huge ton of money towards the ads of Mr. G's home website, Gamespot. When the review dropped, Eidos threatened to pull promotional ads for the present and the future if action was not taken. Instead of Gamespot not backing down, They fired Mr. Gerstmann instead. I've made clear to people that I actually enjoyed bits and pieces of Kane and Lynch but it wasn't a stellar game by any means. As a gamer, you don't want to hear drivel shoved in your ears, you want to hear the truth. Truth was that Kane and Lynch couldn't cut it as well as we all would have hoped. Fast forward 4 years later, and EA has been shown, when asking for reviewer copies, getting a little more personal information then really needs to be like "Has the reviewer reviewed _______ before? What score did it give receive Does the reviewer like FPS's? etc." It may not seem like much, but it was a ton of information for a "PLZ give free game". On top of all that, a ton of reviewers a couple days prior to Battlefield 3 launching decided that the PC game and the console game should be reviewed separately, due to EA insisting that there was no possible way to gauge a console release since there was going to be a day one patch on the consoles. Like dolts, they all did just that. Now, don't get me wrong. BF3 deserves a crystal clear shot at greatness. However, there are plenty of games that get day one patches. What made BF3 any different?

Youtube Reviews, you're not out of the woods either. Youtube is the biggest soapbox out there and everyone inspires to be a AVGN or insert some crazy equivalent here. However, for every well thought out review, there's 10 that are just plain strange with reasons being "I don't like X because it isn't Y." Or "This game just sucks. I can't tell you why, but it just sucks." That doesn't help at all, genius. Explain WHY this game isn't all that great. Explain why I shouldn't spend 60 on this wonderful game that is wowing the crap out of me. But then again, It's Youtube. Everyone can be great on Youtube with enough effort.

And then there's us. TCPS. We make no point in sugarcoating anything (hence the explicit tags on our podcast) and the witty banter often goes unchecked and we're not exactly the spot to go to for immediate go to news. If you're looking for unbias, we'll try hard as hard as we can, but try telling Megan that when Zelda: Skyward Sword comes out. We are, however the spot to go to if you want to hear two seemingly normal but totally not normal at all adult talk about gaming old and gaming new. We are the spot to go to if you want to watch Megan find her gaming childhood one NES game at a time. We're random and we're damn proud. That's our charm. We're not exempt at all from bias, but I'll tell you upfront when we're totally bias.

You know who's the best game reviewer of all time? YOU. Only you know who you really like. You see a game. Think it looks cool? Spend the money and cop it. Who gives a damn what Game Joe gave it or Snoozepro? Who knows, you may find yourself with a hidden gem. Reading up on reviews, I thought that Bionic Commando 2009 was terrible, but when I got my hands on it, it turns out not to be a bad game at all. Reverse for Dead Island where people were touting that game to be amazing, and I thought it to be pretty bland and not that much fun, even with multiplayer. Sometimes it just pays off to just dive in head first and pick a title. If it wasn't diving in headfirst, I would have never played some of my favorite games of all time. Including Chrono Trigger.

I don't think Final Fantasy is the best game ever, nor do I think that Hunted was the worst game I've played this year. No, that's reserved for MindJack and Call of Juarez: The Cartel. No matter what we think, however, make your own judgement. Too many great games get missed because people are too afraid to have fun and draw their own conclusions. If you want some sort of hilarity with your reviews, stick with us. Come for the games. Stay for the conversation.

Strife out.


Friday, October 28, 2011

November Upcomings!

Halloween is coming, and after that is November. With November comes the beginning of some of the most anticipated titles. The Holiday gaming releases are upon us, folks. So what does that mean for TCPS? Well, you can expect more first impression podcasts of games coming out, and games that have recently come out. More podcasts of us playing classics in honor of new releases. Sonic, (the hedgehog, not the fast food chain,) is celebrating a milestone and a new game, and we're doing something special for him.

There might be a tiny celebration of both of our hosts working in the Video Game industry, in some fashion, (this means that Megan got a job. Really, it's a means for celebration.) And after Megan sells her video game inspired handmade creations, she'll be able to shoot more zombies with Antonio in a Legend of Zelda Left 4 Dead add-on. We'll record it, we promise it'll contain some classic moments.

Stay tuned for a regular release of podcasts, blog posts, and more. Antonio will be participating in a Iron Man of Gaming event this November and we'll bring you updates on that also. He's brushing up on his MvC3 as we speak. And don't forget to check us out on the Twitter-sphere @TCPSpodcast and on Facebook here.

Updates abound! Stay tuned!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Extra Life for the kids!

Starting tomorrow, October 15th at 9am EST (6am PST, 2pm GMT) Megan and Tony will be playing video games for 24 hours! Why? To raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. They'll be streaming almost all of it, and taking turns when they aren't playing together. All donations are IRS tax deductible (at least in the US), and you get to see two people who love to play games make it through 24 hours, if they can! What could be more fun than watching them start to crash? Makes things more interesting.

If you want to donate they have a team page on the Extra Life site. Here it is: To Continue Press Start. Now what kind of games can you expect to see them play? Okamiden, The World Ends With You, Minecraft, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda (various ones), Retro Game Challenge, Chrono Trigger, the Jak and Daxter series, Ninja Gaiden series, Catherine, Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Many many more! Megan and Tony will go head to head in Super Smash Bros Brawl.

You can check out the Official TCPS Ustream here: TCPS/Megara Stream
Megan will be streaming here also.
Check out Antonio's stream here: TCPS/Antonio Stream

What could be more fun than playing games for 24 hours? Very few things, my friends.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

TCPS 17: Randomness of Random

Recorded back in May, this podcast makes its way into the light of the internet. This is all random, literally. You'll See. Maybe too random.