Favorite Fighting Games of all Time

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

I am doing a top five fighting games of all time list. Only one per series, let’s get this show on the road.

5: Soul Calibur 2! The GameCube Version. Link is in this version. That’s all I need to say. Besides that, it has the best combat, balance, and challenge of all the Soul Calibur games. The graphics are still impressive, and the music is perfect. SC 2 will test your reflexes and your skill.

Link Should Be In Another Soul Calibur Game!

4: Killer Instinct The last arcade game I played a lot. I loved the CGI characters, the combo system, the depth, and the characters. Glacious was always my favorite character. The sequels did not live up to the first one, but they don’t dampen the reputation of the first KI either.

I played this game so much in the arcades!

3: Dragon Ball FighterZ Wild combos, great characters, tons of modes, and fast gameplay make DBFZ a must play. It doesn’t matter what system you own DBFZ is a must-own fighting experience. It will test your reflexes and make you smile. You don’t have to be a DB fan to love this game. Buy this game.

I love playing this game so much!

2: Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers SF 2 hasn’t aged. It was the game that made the one on one fighting craze. Turbo is my favorite version of SF2. Playing as the boss characters and setting the speed to your liking adds lots of replay value. That says a lot about this game that it hasn’t aged, this is still a classic.

Still one of my favorite games of all time.

1: Super Smash Bros Ultimate No fighting game can come close to SSBU. Smash Bros. Ultimate lives up to its moniker with tons of characters and modes. Smash Ultimate is the best party game on the market. Smash makes a great one-player experience too. The story mode is engaging, and the characters are balanced. Smash is the best fighting game I’ve ever played.

My favorite fighter of all time!

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https://www.giantbomb.com/killer-instinct/3030-18484/

https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/switch/games/products/dragon-ball-fighterz/10164364.html

https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch/ULTRA-STREET-FIGHTER-II-The-Final-Challengers-1174793.html


https://www.amazon.com/Switch-Super-Smash-Bros-Ultimate-Nintendo/dp/B07BZV8R5R

The Video Game Awards Are A Joke Never Trust Them Again

Bootlick Standing got 10 award nominations, while much better games like Fire Emblem, Astral Chain, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Link’s Awakening get hardly none. The western video game media is a joke. Any game that has a big eastern influence in it, will get overlooked. Fire Emblem Three Houses should’ve been the front runner for game of the year, but oh no. The Kojima bootlickers have to give Bootlick Stranding nominations it didn’t deserve. Best game? What a joke. Take Kojima’s name off that game and it would be at a 62 on Metacritic. Geoff Keighley, you and your award show are a joke.

It wasn’t just Death Stranding. Control, another game that should not have been nominated. A bizarre story, but the gameplay is so mediocre and uninspired. But, because the western video game media wants video games to be interactive movies, it gets tons of nominations. Do not trust these award shows. They are all a joke. That includes the Oscars, the Grammy’s and the Emmys. They aren’t good measures by what is good art and what isn’t.

I am glad there has been huge blow-back from video gamers who smell a rat. Gee, Kojima is on the board of the VGAs. Geoff Keighley and him are close buddies. Don’t expect Smash to win GOTY. Don’t count on it. Just sit Kojima up there and have Keighley lick his boots and the video game media to do the same. This is a disgrace and this horrible game doesn’t deserve the nominations it got. A lot better games got snubbed for captain narcissist to get his nominations.

I don’t need to watch the VGAs to see the great new games that will be there. Just keep your eye on You Tube and pages You Tubers like OJX, OBE1 and RGT 85. What little respect I had for the VGAs went out the door when they gave Bootlicker Stranding ten nominations. Do not watch this joke of a show. I will put reviews below showing critics bootlicking Kojima. No game can be boring, convoluted, a mess and tedious and be called a good game. Never trust the VGA or the video game media again.

Link: https://www.npr.org/2019/11/01/774781133/new-game-death-stranding-is-a-compelling-mess

https://www.jeuxactu.com/test-death-stranding-hideo-kojima-a-t-il-vraiment-reinvente-le-jeu-vid-119985.htm

https://www.levelup.com/PlayStation-4/juegos/380040/Death-Stranding/review

Photo Courtesy of: https://screenrant.com/game-awards-2019-goty-nominees-biggest-snubs/

NPD October 2019: Call of Duty, Outerworlds and Luigi’s Mansion 3 Lead A Packed Month

According to NPD, the Nintendo Switch dominated in hardware sales, with CODMW no1 on sales. Outerworlds was strong at no2 with Luigi’s Mansion at no3. Overwatch and Witcher 3 also did great on the Switch.

Link: https://nintendoeverything.com/october-2019-npd-top-20-best-selling-games-in-the-u-s-luigis-mansion-3-in-the-top-five/

Link: https://nintendoeverything.com/october-2019-npd-luigis-mansion-3-has-series-best-debut/

Link: https://nintendoeverything.com/october-2019-npd-switch-was-the-best-selling-hardware-platform-still-the-best-selling-platform-of-2019/

Photo Courtesy of: https://nintendoeverything.com/october-2019-npd-luigis-mansion-3-has-series-best-debut/

The Video Game Media Is A Joke

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Would you give a game a great score if it was boring, repetitive and tedious? No, but a lot of journalists are giving Death Stranding great reviews. Death Stranding is a 6 at best. Yes, Death Stranding tries to be ambitious, however, it’s not well-executed. A lot of ‘positive’ reviews for Death Stranding have admitted the game is not fun to play. That is the point of video games! The video game media has shown itself for the joke they are. Here are other reasons that make the video game media, a joke.

Flash Over Substance
God of War is the perfect example. Ultra-simple puzzles, dumbed-down combat, and a focus on cinematics over gameplay. Look at the scores for games like Uncharted 4, Spiderman and Red Dead Redemption 2. All of these games have mediocre gameplay, but they have great presentations, and a strong story. The media falls for it every time. Games like Celeste, Dead Cells, and Hallowknight are much better games. They don’t get as good of reviews because they focus on gameplay. I am not saying video games shouldn’t have a good story, but it shouldn’t overshadow the gameplay. It is easy to let a story sweep you up and forget about the gameplay problems. If I wanted to watch a movie, I would boot up Netflix.

They’re For Dumbing Down Games
Monster Hunter World got the best reviews of any MH game to date. How pathetic is that? The game dumbed down the gameplay to oblivion. It took out a lot of classes, weapons, and monsters that made MHGU a great title. When PSP and 3DS Monster Hunter games have more content than a console game, that’s sad. Some critics slammed Xenoblade Chronicle 2’s combat for being too complex. Really? All the player has to do is figure out which elements chain together and you’ll create big combos that will help you defeat enemies. Seems like some gaming journalist doesn’t want to think while playing a game. I would hate to see these gaming journalists have to deal with a Rubix cube. Astral Chain got criticized for having deep combat and Fire Emblem got slammed (by a few) for not being fast-paced. At Least Fire Emblem isn’t boring like Death Stranding.

Final Thoughts
The whole media is a joke. Sports and political news are a disgrace, but you can add video games to that list as well. I have wanted to talk about this subject for a long time. The video game media has hurt really good games so they can promote more of the same. Especially from Sony. Most of Sony’s first-party games are the equivalent of Michael Bay movies. Loud, dumb, and have flash over substance. There is an uprising against the video game media. It’s about time! They have hurt video games for long enough. Let them go to a deserted island and watch reality shows forever. I want a video game, so I can have an interactive experience with fun gameplay that will make me happy.

Photo Courtesy of: https://news.game.co.uk/history-of-video-games/

Nintendo Switch Is On Fire!

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

According to NPD, and Nintendo Everything. The Nintendo Switch dominated Sept. 2019 sales. How dominate? It had the highest sales total since the PS4 in 2014. That is amazing. This holiday is going to be fire for the Switch! Nintendo is killing it. Luigi’s Mansion 3, Link’s Awakening, Mario Maker 2, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Astral Chain and Pokemon Sword and Shield will drive holiday sales. Plus, the Switch Lite will help.

This proves a few things. One, exclusives are still queen when it comes to moving hardware. Two, single player games still sell, and three, never count out Nintendo. What a comeback, Nintendo is on fire right now. The Switch will easily pass 100 million in console sales in it’s lifetime. What a great time to be a Nintendo fan.

Link: https://nintendoeverything.com/switch-hardware-drove-highest-unit-sales-for-a-september-month-in-the-us-since-ps4-in-2014/

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/nintendo-switch-32gb-console-neon-red-neon-blue-joy-con/6364255.p?skuId=6364255

Death Stranding Sales and Critical Predictions

Kojima’s name carries so much weight in the video game industry. Whenever one of his games is announced, it gets a lot of attention. Death Stranding is no different. The hype has been mixed, but since the game has been released to reviewers, it is getting some positive buzz. I am gonna predict how this game will do sales and critically.

Critical reception

This is so hard to predict. I do think a lot of critics will appreciate the game, but I also think there are gonna be a lot of detractors as well. I am gonna give a wide birth. This game will go between 74-86. I think it comes down to how much fun the reviewer has with the game. Kojima has said the game takes awhile to get going. Will some critics be patient? Will the payoff be worth it? I think some critics will love the mystery and story, while others will hate how convoluted and boring it is.

Sales

So many people have this game doing great. I don’t know. I think it depends. If the review scores are great, yes, it will do great. However, if the scores are mixed. It will start out strong, but fall fast. If the reviews are over 86, the game will sell 2 million it’s first week and 5-6 million overall. If the scores are below 79, it will do 1.5 million it’s opening week and 2.7 million overall. I think the latter is what’s gonna happen.

This game is an acquired taste. It’s not a mainstream game and it will baffle a lot of players and critics. It will have a following, but it’s not gonna break out like HZD did.

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/sony-commits-to-early-death-stranding-reviews/

Switch Lite Helps Boost Switch Sales To Nearly 600,000!

The Nintendo Switch sold nearly 600,000 units last week. According to VGchartz, I’ll put the link below. Thanks to Link’s Awakening and the Switch Lite. With releases like Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokemon Sword and Shield coming, the Switch will sell great through the holidays. I predict the Switch could sell 10-12 million units during the holidays. Bringing it’s yearly total to 19 million. PS4 will sell about 11 million and X-Box 8 million. For the year that is. Those are my predictions.

Link: http://www.vgchartz.com/article/440712/nintendo-switch-lite-boosts-switch-sales-to-nearly-600000-units-during-launch-week/

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.nintendo.com/switch/lite/

NPD For August 2019 Astral Chain is A Hit! Switch No1 System Seller

According to NPD, Nintendo Switch is holding the video game business together. Also, 9 out of the top 20 NPD games are Switch exclusives. Astral Chain only had 2 days of tracking and was no 10 for the month. This is without digital included. Fire Emblem held up strong. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 and Super Mario Maker 2 held up strong. Expect September to be a big month with Link’s Awakening, Gears 5, Dragon Quest XI S, NBA 2K20 and Borderlands 3 coming out in September.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB43TcUwWsQ

Photo Courtesy of: https://nintendoeverything.com/august-2019-npd-top-20-best-selling-games-in-the-u-s-astral-chain-in-the-top-ten/

Nintendo Switch and Mario Maker 2 Dominate June NPD

According to Mat Piscatella from NPD, Mario Maker 2 destroyed it in June as the top selling game for the month. Crash Racing came in second and MK 11 was no3.

The Nintendo Switch was the top selling console for June, but the steep drops in PS4 and X Box One sales offset the Switch’s growth. July will be interesting, will Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance go no1? Will Mario Maker 2 hang onto no1 or will Fire Emblem debut at no1? I got my money on FETH debuting huge and MUA3 coming in a close second. We shall see.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3nPe3QVv64

Photo Courtesy of: https://usa.inquirer.net/34029/unleashing-your-creativity-with-mario-maker-2?fbclid=IwAR3Vv613AWQRx4ZEoFLnjjDIpPEocPY7ZlfQHnYnpilKtPcRvHiLxEM_-PM

Mario Maker 2 is a Smash! Debuts No1 in the UK!

The UK is not Nintendo’s biggest market, so when a Nintendo game debuts huge, it’s something to talk about.

Super Mario Maker 2, had one of the biggest debuts of the year in the UK, and the biggest Switch debut period.

What’s more, it helped other games, Bloodatain went up in sales, with the Switch version outselling the PS4 and X Box combined! All of this is from Nintendo Everything.

Mario Kart8 jumped from 8 to no5 with a 39% jump. Smash bros went u0 by 14%, but the biggest jumper was Breath of the Wild which jumped an amazing 66% and moved from no22 to no11. It missed the top 10 by only 28 copies.

The Switch system was no1 as well. The Nintendo Switch onslaught has begun. You’re ready for this ladies and gentleman. Sony put out a comment saying they don’t cosider the Switch big competition, they’re more worried sbout Microsoft. That little statement could come back to bite Sony in the butt. Links below,

Links: https://nintendoeverything.com/uk-mario-maker-2-is-biggest-nintendo-launch-of-the-year-bloodstained-first-week-switch-sales-more-than-ps4-xbox-one-combined/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/sony-positions-next-playstation-for-hard-core-gamers-11561800603

https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch/Super-Mario-Maker-2-1514009.html