These are a few of my favourite things...in my games collection

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These are a few of my favourite things...in my games collection

I'll be the first to admit that my video game collection is quite modest. It only fits into three shelves on an IKEA BILLY, and most of it taken up by mediocre PS2 platformers and GTA games I will probably never get round to playing. It's a host of what-ifs, "what-if-I-took-a-sabbatical-to-'find myself'-for-a-year"s and weekends lost to life admin and cleaning. You could say it's actually really rather sad. But I'm working on it, and there are still some items in there for which I have real stories to tell.

I'm aiming to build up a solid collection of PlayStation games, though I've branched out to DS games as well. One thing I don't put much emphasis on is how expensive a game is, or how rare it is. None of the games in my collection cost over €20 each, and while I wouldn't be against spending more, I don't think splashing out on more makes you a better collector. Instead, for me, it's about finding games I'm genuinely interested in or that have a history behind them, and most importantly, games that I will want to play at some point in time.

So, enough jabbering away – what are my proudest acquisitions? Note, this isn't a list of my favourite games, since some admittedly mediocre games have more than earned a place in my collection because of how oddly lovable they are. Let's go!

Bayonetta 2's depiction of Hell is the greatest in all of gaming

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Bayonetta 2's depiction of Hell is the greatest in all of gaming

Hell. It’s not just a children’s soccer game that takes up an entire Saturday morning, but a possibly real place a lot of us might end up if we accidentally choose the wrong religion (I’m putting all my eggs in the snake handling Pentecostal basket). Since Dante wrote that divine comedy, Hell or some variation of it has found itself represented in all forms of media. In film, we’ve seen it in classics like L inferno and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. In literature, it’s the setting for books like Eric of the Discworld series and C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. On television, it’s 9JKL. Rather, I’m in Hell when I’m stuck watching 9JKL.

In video games, we’ll perhaps get our most vivid interpretation of it when Agony launches next month on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. But long before that, my favorite depiction of Hell was created in a little-known game called Bayonetta 2.

Darkest Dungeon to terrorize Xbox One owners this month

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Darkest Dungeon to terrorize Xbox One owners this month

After launching two years ago for Windows and Mac, Darkest Dungeon has slowly made its way to other systems including the PlayStation 4, Vita, iPad and Switch just a month ago. Left out of the fun has been Xbox One, but that changes at the end of the month.

In a blog post on its website, developer Red Hook confirmed the tough-as-nails RPG is coming to Xbox One on February 28 as Darkest Dungeon: Crimson Edition. Preorders open on February 21. It will be priced at $24.99 for 60 days and will include the Crimson Court DLC for free for a limited time. The Shieldbreaker DLC will also be available day one for $3.99.

On April 29, Crimson Edition will be removed from the Xbox store and replaced with the base game. Crimson Court will then be available separately for $9.99, or you can buy everything with the Ancestral Edition for $34.99.

Heel-turn: Kain's Legacy

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Heel-turn: Kain's Legacy

[I remember playing the hell out of those old PS1 demo discs back in the day, and I must have gone through that one section of Soul Reaver over thirty damn times. I miss those things so much. It's just not the same when you can download it so easily.

I remember buying whole magazines, immediately throwing away the paper bullshit, and staring giddily at the little cardboard sleeve that showed me all the awesome games I'd finally get to try.

Kerrik52 took me right down memory lane and threw his hat in the ring for this month's Bloggers Wanted prompt. Now his words are right here on the Front Page! If you think you've got what it takes, head over to the cblogs and slap some thoughts together. - Kevin]

New Operators Finka and Lion will bring game-changing skills to Rainbow Six Siege

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New Operators Finka and Lion will bring game-changing skills to Rainbow Six Siege

Today at the Rainbow Six Invitational tournament in Montreal, publisher Ubisoft revealed two new Operators heading the door-kicking shooter as part of the Rainbow Six Siege's next wave of DLC.

Lion and Finka are coming in March as part of Operation: Chimera, which is the first season in year three of Siege. The new Operators further the game's concept of "Global" skills; effects which, when activated, immediately cover the entire map. This is similar to last season's punky hacker Dokkaebi and her "logic bomb" attack.

Lion, from France, brings a flying drone to the fight, which will immediately scan the entire map and outline every player on the opposing team for your whole squad to see for a few scant seconds. The only way to avoid detection is to stay completely still until the drone finishes scanning. Not only is this skill effective in the early part of the round to locate hot areas, such as bomb sites, it can also be used in conjunction with smoke grenades to give your guys and gals eyes in the dark. Lion can launch this drone three times per round and it's a very powerful recon tool.

Fan project turns Overwatch into a fighting game

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Fan project turns Overwatch into a fighting game

Overwatch has become a staple in competitive gaming, so, it's no surprise that plenty of fans might wonder how the heroes of Overwatch might fare in a different competitive scene.

No, this isn't the Overwatch kart racer we've all been clamoring for, but the folks over at TGN saw fit to put together a video showcasing what Overwatch could be like as a fighting game. 

Review: Secret of Mana (Remake)

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Review: Secret of Mana (Remake)

Secret of Mana memories have been popping up like daises and inserting themselves into my life. I have so many memories of replaying this classic, from solo runs to two-player marathons at my friend's beach house, to full-on three-player parties with the SNES Multitap.

Just recently it also came back in a big way on the SNES Classic system, and now, in 3D-remake form on several modern systems. The ability to compare both takes almost simultaneously has been enlightening, and allows for a lot of the flaws of the 3D version to shine through.

Dynasty Warriors 9 is a technical mess on consoles

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Dynasty Warriors 9 is a technical mess on consoles

The mostly negative reception to Dynasty Warriors 9 is not something I expected. While I haven't been a fan of every single entry that Koei Tecmo has produced, the developer seemed to be getting better ever since the release of Dynasty Warriors 7. Then something happened and its games started to get really lazy. Sadly, it looks like 9 might take the cake for being the laziest game the studio was made thus far.

Over on Digital Foundry, the team has delved into the performance profile for the game running on both versions of the PS4 and Xbox One and the results are, quite frankly, despicable. For a game coming out in 2018, there is no excuse for sub 20 FPS gameplay. This is like N64 levels of performance, just that we're in the future and should be making technological progress.

Neither console turns in solid performance and you aren't even looking at anything close to 60 FPS (which was a series staple in the PS2 era). I understand that performance comes at the cost of gameplay innovation, but nothing about Dynasty Warriors 9 is innovative or even original. This is just another example of a developer chasing current gameplay trends to try and make a quick buck.

Ultra Instinct Goku coming to Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

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Ultra Instinct Goku coming to Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Ultra Instinct is one of the better additions to the Dragon Ball canon introduced in Dragon Ball Super, as it's a form that allows Goku to basically dodge any attack and looks cool as heck. And now that form is coming to Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 in a way we didn't expect. 

Goku's "perfected" Ultra Instinct (complete with silver hair) has yet to be seen in the series proper, but now we have a good look at Goku's final form ever (since the series is ending). In Xenoverse 2, he has "Accelerated Battle Aura" which charges his ki and allows him to perform another attack even if his rush attack misses. 

With Jiren coming as well, fans can relive their favorite Tournament of Power moments. Unfortunately there are no pricing or release date details as of this writing. 

Broly and Bardock coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ

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Broly and Bardock coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ

The first two DLC characters have been revealed for Dragon Ball FighterZ, and they definitely get one big request out of the way early. Broly and Bardock were confirmed in this month's issue of V-Jump, and look pretty damn cool. 

Broly's level 3 super is "Gigantic Meteor" which just blows up the place, while Bardock's references the Episode of Bardock special in which he turns into a Super Saiyan with his "Revenger Assault" super. 

While these two fighters are definitely on the DLC leak list floating around out there, I kinda hope the rest of it doesn't come to pass. Broly is great, and has the recognition, but I would've preferred Kale from Dragon Ball Super in this role to fill out the playable women in the roster. But there's still a chance Caulifla or their fusion Kefla could make it in someday.