The Most Anticipated Games of 2018

Kulturecade ‐ January 08, 2018

We’ve finally put 2017 behind us and the new year has started with the same questions that we see at the start of every year, what will this new calendar hold for us? The wonderful thing about the gaming industry is that, even with as strong a year as 2017 was for the industry, we always look forward, as we wait for the next big thing that new innovation that will drive us forward into the unknown. How can you top a year like 2017 though? From the start 2017, was firing on all cylinders with huge releases like Horizon …

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Time Enough At Last (To Play Video Games) – The End Is Nigh Review

Kulturecade ‐ January 02, 2018
Time Enough At Last (To Play Video Games) – The End Is Nigh Review

Difficulty and challenge have always been a major factor in determining people’s value of a game, although it might not necessarily seem like it. Flip through an old Nintendo Power, though, and you’ll likely notice “challenge” as one of the cut-and-dry ratings values that writers assessed games by. That might seem like a relic of a time when difficulty was a major contributor to the perceived value that folks got out of a game, but if we fast forward to nowadays, the idea of “Nintendo hard” is still in our lexicon and a major reason why legitimate and fair, yet …

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A Damn Fine Director: David Lynch Filmography Month

The Screening Room ‐ January 02, 2018

He’s been called “the most important director of this era” and “the first popular Surrealist” but to most mainstream audiences, he’s the creator of Twin Peaks and the director of Mulholland Drive; he is David Lynch. This month we will be focusing on the small library of feature films from the acclaimed director including Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Inland Empire. Along with his feature films, towards the end of the month, we’ll be visiting a little town in Washington for an all-Twin Peaks week.

Along with David Lynch films, we are also going to be checking out a couple new releases in this slow post-Christmas release schedule …

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The Best Games of 2017: Day 6

Kulturecade ‐ December 31, 2017

It’s hard to argue the impact that 2017 will have on the gaming industry. We’re fresh off of the biggest first-year console launch that Nintendo has seen since the original Wii in 2006, and to top that off we’ve had a bumper crop of fantastic games this year. It seemed that something substantial came out monthly from the entire year, and because of this, I personally had to sit out on games like Persona 5, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, and Yooka-Laylee had to take a backseat to titles like Breath of the Wild.

With a year like 2017, it …

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The Best Games of 2017: Day 5

Kulturecade ‐ December 30, 2017

In less than 32 hours, we can finally close the book on this hellish nightmare of a year. Sadly it seems not even the world of gaming is immune to the pressures of the outside world.  From overzealous consumer bleed out by way of the loot box to shady DLC practices it’s easy to drown in the malaise and mire of the previous 300 days.

Due to the absence of many “AAA” blockbuster franchises, 2017 may not be remembered as the pinnacle of modern gaming.  Nintendo may have dominated the headlines thanks to the release of the Switch and two huge …

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The Best Games of 2017: Day 4

Kulturecade ‐ December 29, 2017

It’s the end of the year, and this one seemed to go by faster than the last. It’s easy to lose track of time between classwork and all the great games that came out this year. I’m sure I spent more in one of those areas than I should have, but I’ll keep which a secret. However, it wouldn’t be the end of the year without an end of the year countdown. Here are my top 5 favorite games I’ve played this year.

For Honor

I really wanted this game to go farther than it did. I did. …

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The Best Games of 2017: Day 3

Kulturecade ‐ December 28, 2017

In the blink of an eye, 2017 has come and gone. It was a stellar year for gaming, filled with exciting announcements and great new games. Unfortunately, I did not have time to play them all. But here are some of my favorite games I did play this year.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein 2 is almost everything I could have hoped for from a sequel to one of my favorite games of all time. The tough-as-nails action has been given some appreciated tweaks, the portrayal of a Nazi-controlled America is both horrifying and riveting, and most …

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The Best Games of 2017: Day 2

Kulturecade ‐ December 27, 2017

This year’s game of the year list has been one of the most difficult to write in recent memory. Listing off the games that I enjoyed in 2017 was easy, but witling them down to a top three seems almost impossible. Yet it’s a challenge that I’ve enjoyed immensely as it forced me to actually consider the things that I truly value in video games. For instance, Wolfenstein 2 had one of the most compelling narratives of any game this year, but actually playing the game constantly left me frustrated – so is the narrative more important than the overall …

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The Best Games of 2017: Day 1

Kulturecade ‐ December 26, 2017

It should surprise absolutely no one that my 2017 year in gaming centered around the gleaming beacon of sun that was the Nintendo Switch and its thankfully successful rookie year. The first console I’ve ever bought on launch day, and the only console I own that really manages to instill any real palpable anticipation within me, the Switch has been almost exactly what I’ve wanted it to be based on what Nintendo promised and has a brighter future at this point than the majority of their past consoles (the ones I still adore and have made me the fanboy I …

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More than Meets the Eye: Tokyo Xanadu eX+ Review

Kulturecade ‐ December 22, 2017
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More than Meets the Eye: Tokyo Xanadu eX+ Review

Tokyo Xanadu eX+ might look very familiar to some gamers. The original Tokyo Xanadu was released on PSVita a couple of years ago, with the “eX+” being added for the remastered version recently released for PlayStation 4 and PC. Even beyond the typical remaster-induced déjà vu, however, similarities still abound between Tokyo Xanadu and its contemporaries; a group of high school students wielding magical weapons to fight monsters in a quaint Japanese town is a premise that’s been done before, most notably in the prestigious Persona series. To dismiss Tokyo Xanadu eX+ as a mere knock-off would be a mistake …

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