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    • Top Ten Sports Games for People Who Don't Like Sports Games

      4 years ago

      Kazman2007

      You’re probably looking at the title for this article and thinking to yourself, “What the hell does that mean?” Well there are a lot of gamers who just don’t like sports games.  Maybe the controls are too complicated; maybe they just don’t like sports. I personally have never understood the point of sports games.  Maybe it’s because I was never good at them, but for me, video games are about escape from realism, and sports are something you can play on your own without a video game system.  But for those of us who don’t care about the yearly releases of Madden, MLB, and Tiger Woods, there are still a few sports games that are designed with us in mind.  Before we get started, let’s do a few ground rules.

      1. It must be a sports game. Some examples of sports that are not eligible include the following: Poker, Chess, NASCAR, competitive beard growing, Quidditch, Thumb Wrestling, and Mountain Unicycling.
      2. One game per franchise as usual, but also one game per SPORT, so to make up for it, I'm including one honorable mention for each sport. 
      3. I can't put a game on the list if I never played it.

      This is a very subjective list, but I tried to take a lot of common gamer complaints about sports games into account.  There is no guarantees that you will like these games, but they are games worth giving a shot, even if you don't like the sports game genre.

      So with that out of the way, here are my top ten sports games for people who don't like sports games!

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      10. RBI Baseball - Nintendo Entertainment System


      Is that batter sad? He looks a little blue.

      This game was from a simpler time, when sports games had simple controls and didn’t try to confuse you. All you needed to know was that you could use the control pad to throw curve balls, fast balls, and screwballs. Players automatically ran bases, and it wasn’t hard to control your outfielders, even if they moved like molasses in January. While it might a little intimidating at first, this game is good game for anyone who doesn’t like the complexity of modern sports games.

      Honorable Mention: Mario Superstars Baseball

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      9. WCW/NWO: Revenge - Nintendo 64


      You can angrily shake your fist at your opponent in this game.

      I know this choice is stretching the definition of “sports game” but damn this game is fun.  The game might as well be more real than the wrestling you see on TV.  With almost every wrestler represented in the game, the ability to do anything from a one-on-one match to a royal rumble (but you can’t call it that, it’s trademarked) there was so many different ways to play.  But the best way to play was to get three friends together and have a 4 person battle royal with no disqualifications, then immediately go grab a weapon and have some fun.

      Honorable Mention: WWE: Smackdown Vs. Raw

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      8. Mario Tennis - Nintendo 64


      Yoshi! The ball is behind you!

      No joke, I actually learned the rules of tennis from this game.  While at its core, Mario Tennis is just your basic Tennis game, it had a simplified control scheme which made it accessible to anyone.  In a case of being easy to learn, difficult to master, you could pull off all sorts of trick shots with the proper timing. The thing that really makes the game fun for anyone was the Bowser stage, which let you use items, in a nod to Mario Kart franchise.  This one is available on the Wii Virtual Console, so if you have the means, I strongly recommend picking it up.

      Honorable Mention: Wii Tennis

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      7. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 - Various


      He could stay here all day.

      To be honest, this one is a toss-up.  You’ll either love it or you’ll hate it.  I loved it. Breaking from realism, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 allowed you to do ridiculous tricks, and even let you build your own parks to play on.  I have fond memories of building mega skate parks in this game and then playing with my friends.  While one friend tried to do massive combos, the other friend would try to break the combo by running into them.  I will say DON’T get the iPhone version, as most of the features have been removed, and it doesn’t hold the weight of the original.

      Honorable Mention: T & C Surf Design

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      6. NFL Blitz - Various


      It's like the XFL if it was good!

      When I say NFL Blitz, I do not mean the version that is currently available on Xbox Live and Playstation Network.  I mean the bloodbath version from the Arcade and its subsequent ports. So imagine for a second you are playing with someone who knows what they are doing.  They get a touchdown on you and start gloating.  In most games you’d just have to sit there and take it.  Not in NFL Blitz.  Thanks to late hits, you can beat the shit out of their players after the whistle, and at least get the satisfaction of taking your anger out on them.  Unfortunately in the new version that I mentioned before, late hits are not allowed, so you’ll be forced to take your anger out on your friend in real life.  (Warning: Kazman2007 and ScrewAttack.com do not condone taking your anger out on your friend in real life and are not responsible for the outcomes.)

      Honorable Mention: Mutant League Football

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      5. Wii Sports (Bowling) - Wii


      He's holding the ball with his hand. Which is a ball.

      Now even though this game has multiple sports in it, we can only focus on one, so let that be bowling.  This was the game that sold out Wiis for MONTHS after Christmas, as well as getting gamers off the couch (until they realized they could bowl sitting down).  This is a game not only for gamers who don’t like sports games, but for non-gamers in general, as anyone can swing a remote, unless you don’t have arms (Kazman2007 and Screwattack.com would like to apologize to anyone who does not have arms who might be reading this).  While it may not be as popular as it was at the dawn of the Wii, this is still a fun one to play at family gatherings.

      Honorable Mention: Elf Bowling (Yes, Elf Bowling)

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      4. Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey (Nintendo 64)


      "I forgot how to hockey."

      With the recent resurgence of arcade sports games, I’m pretty disappointed that this game has not made a comeback on one of the various downloadable game services.  This game wasn’t so much about playing hockey as it was about just beating the crap out of the other team.  You could knock the goalie into the net with the puck, light the net on fire, check someone so they go flying into the air, or just start a fight.   Now while there was a simulation mode, the real fun of this game was just playing some quick and crazy hockey and causing a ton of mayhem while doing it.
      Honorable Mention: NHL Hitz

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      3.  NBA Jam - Various


      If you were on fire, you'd make that face too.

      If you have read my earlier lists, you know I have a soft spot for this game. This game has a lot of features of other games on this list, simple controls, over the top moments, approachability, gratuitous violence, but what really makes it is the commentary by Tim Kitzrow.  There is nothing like making an awesome dunk, and having followed up by a resounding “BOOM-SHAKALAKA!” With tons of unlockables, and cameo appearances by members of various political parties, there is no reason you shouldn’t get this game and “sports” with your friends.

      Honorable Mention: NBA Streets

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      2. Snowboard Kids 2 - Nintendo 64


      The bottom left corner isn't what place she's in, it's the number of concussions she has so far.

      This game tricks you into thinking it’s a sports game, but really it’s more of Mario Kart style game on snowboards.  In that regard, there is still the competitive edge of trying to race to the end or get the highest score, but with tons of weapons at your disposal to try and fuck with your friends.  The potential for chaos is limitless, and there are also multiple snowboards that you can get to better your chances, such as the Dragon Board,  which throws a rocket booster on your board for the whole race at the expense of being able to turn effectively.  Unfortunately this series is only on the N64.  There was a sequel on the DS, but it lacked the original series charm and fun.  Hopefully we’ll see a return of this series soon.

      Honorable Mention: SSX Tricky

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      So, let's re-cap before we reveal number 1.
       

      10. RBI Baseball

      9. WCW/NWO Revenge

      8. Mario Tennis

      7. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

      6. NFL Blitz

      5. Wii Sports (Bowling)

      4. Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey

      3. NBA Jam

      2. Snowboard Kids 2

      And the number one sports game for people who don't like sports games is...

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      1. Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! - Nintendo Entertainment System


      Achievement Unlocked: Beat Mike Tyson without losing an ear.

      This is such an amazing game, that I didn’t even think of it as a sports game when I was coming up with this list.  There is a saying at my job, that simplicity is genius, and this game is perfect example of that.  The got this game exactly right the first time they made it, so much so, that they when they finally brought it to the Wii, they made sure you could play it the exact same way.  With a cast of colorful characters including Iron Mike himself, anyone could play it, but only the best could conquer Kid Dynamite himself.

      Honorable Mention: Ready 2 Rumble Boxing

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      And there you have it.  I know people probably have their own ideas, but this is MY list based off MY choices.  So of course it won't be the same as yours.  So sound off in the comments with your choices and tell me what you thought of the new layout. Be on the lookout for my next top ten in two weeks.

    • Top Ten Co-Operative Games

      4 years ago

      Kazman2007

      There's a stigma associated with gamers that we are all anti-social shut ins who don't have social lives.  But one only needs to look at the multitude of multiplayer co-op games to see that we have very good social lives, and that it's not just about spouting racial slurs and teabagging in online games.  Sometimes you just want to get some friends together and work together toward a common goal.  These ten games represent the fun that can be had while working with friends toward a common goal. While some of these games can be played online, it's the local aspect of playing with friends that really make them stick out. Before we get started, the usual ground rules:

      1. The game MUST have a local co-op mode, even if it can be played online.
      2. It's my list, so while these may not be your favorites, they are mine.
      3. One game per franchise.

      And lastly, I say this every time, but I can't put a game on the list if I haven't played it!

      So with that out of the way, here are my top ten co-op games!

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      10. Minecraft (PC, Xbox, Mobile)

      Granted, the PC version of this game, which is the best, does not have a local multiplayer mode, but the Xbox version does, and it's the next best thing.  While it may not be specifically a co-op game, there is little else cooler than working towards a common goal of building something, or raiding the nether, or just exploring the landscape.  What adds to this game is while it qualifies for this list on the Xbox, it's possible to play online in the PC version with hundreds of players, all working towards the same goal.

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      9. Rock Band Series - (All major consoles)

      Sure, the rhythmn game boom may have subsided, but the fun of the games is still there if you can get four friends together.  Rock Band allowed you and your friends to be Rock Stars, or bass players, depending on which straw you drew.  It was fun to jam out to classic rock with your friends, and while the Guitar Hero series did many of the same things, what puts Rock Band at the forefront was the ability to download your songs so you could play them all on one game along with all DLC being compatible across all the games.

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      8. Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

      A lot of people didn't like Resident Evil 5 for not being Resident Evil enough.  While it may not have been a great Resident Evil game, that didn't make it a bad game.  A lot of fun memories came from playing this game with my friend Brandon.  Admittedly, this game was very not fun if you played it WITHOUT a friend, but that's what made the game so great.  And it never hurts to have a friend to help you take on a parasitic hoard.

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      7. Gauntlet - (Arcade)

      Not everyone is going to remember this game, but I remember wasting all my quarters at the arcade with 3 random strangers to try and beat this game.  It wasn't until I got older and played through the NES version with my cousin  that I realized that there was no end.  Still, that didn't stop us from playing and playing and even keeping the game paused all night so that we could play even more the next morning.  And with this game now on Xbox Live and PSN, there's no excuse for you to not get four friends together and take on ghouls and ghosts.

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      6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (Arcade)

      Cowabunga! Who didn't love the Ninja Turtles!?  Of course this game was going to be on the list.  While it gained its popularity in the arcade, it ate a lot of quarters, so most of us played the SNES version, but unfortunately, we could only play with two players on there, so it was difficult for us  to play as the whole team.  Still this game was a phenomenal beat 'em up.  And while I don't share Craig's animosity toward the remake, I do think the original is superior to the new version.  But if you only have a newer system, I recommend the remake.

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      5. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)

      This was my dream as a kid.  I remember having to sit patiently (or try to) for my turn while watching my brother play Super Mario Bros. He was damn good at it too, so I might have to wait until he was already at World 8 before I could play.  It was grueling. I would ask myself, "Why can't we both play at the same time?"  My wish was finally granted with this game.  Now, granted, this isn't the first Mario game to allow you to play with a friend at the same time, but it was the first one to let you play cooperatively toward reaching a goal of saving the princess.  Countless hours of studying were lost in college playing through this game with my roommates. We would have gotten done sooner if Mike hadn't kept knocking me into a hole. Jerk...

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      4. Left 4 Dead 2 - (Xbox 360, PC)

      Unlike most co-op games where your teammates just enhance the gameplay, in this game your teammates define the gameplay.  It is very difficult to progress through the level without your teammates. For the uninitiated, Left 4 Dead takes place in a Zombie Apocalypse, and it shows how much you will depend on other players for help.  If you are tackled by a certain zombie for example, you need another player to come save you.  This means you need to stick together and help each other out.  What's more, is that not only can you team up as the survivors, but you can also team up as the zombies, and try to take down human survivors!

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      3.  The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (Gamecube)

      If there's one thing I learned from playing this game, it's that if it came down to me and my three best friends to save the world, we'd be screwed.  Between one of my friends throwing stuff at us, another trying to burn everything with fire rod, and the last one trying to rush ahead, nothing was getting accomplished.  This game loses points for being REALLY difficult to set up, requiring the game, a Gamecube, four Gameboy Advances, and four Gameboy Advance link cables in order to play.  Still, it was a lot of fun, and I am waiting eagerly for a sequel/remake.

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      2. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

      I have never spent so much time on a game with a friend.  This game is the one that put my faith back in the Wii.  My friend Brandon and I played this game for months trying to track down every KONG letter, beat every love, and unlock the Golden Temple.  And while I am happy that this game came to the 3DS, the Wii version is superior in my mind for the couch co-op element.  This game allows you to take control of your character independently, or combine with your friend if you need help.  This would have been number one, but only allowing 2 players?  You couldn't have thrown in Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong? Come on Nintendo, you're better than that.

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      So, let's re-cap before we reveal number 1.
       

      10. Minecraft

      9. Rock Band

      8. Resident Evil 5

      7. Gauntlet

      6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  IV: Turtles in Time

      5. New Super Mario Bros. Wii

      4. Left 4 Dead 2

      3. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

      2. Donkey Kong Country Returns

      And the number one co-op game is...

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      1. Call of Duty: Black Ops - Zombies Mode (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

      I love some me some Black Ops Zombies Mode. There's nothing better than getting four friends together and trying to outdo your best score.  The reason I chose Black Ops over World at War and Black Ops 2 is because it had all the maps from Black Ops AND World at War (if you count the DLC) and the maps were the perfect balance of complicated and simple.  Sure Call of Duty may be known for doing the same thing over and over again, but if they made a game that was just Zombies mode, you can bet your ass me and my four zombie killing buddies would be at the store on day one to get it.
       

      And there you have it.  I know people probably have their own ideas, but this is MY list based off MY choices.  So of course it won't be the same as yours.  So sound off in the comments with your choices and subscribe to stay up to date with all my future blogs.

    • Ten Remakes that are Better than the Original

      4 years ago

      Kazman2007

      Creating a video game remake is like balancing on a tight rope, you have to keep yourself balanced between two sides.  On the one hand, you have to keep the game similar to the original, so as not to alienate fans of the first game.  If the game is getting a remake, there's more than likely a large fan base that doesn't want to see the game change very much.  On the other hand, you have to do something different to make the game new and fresh.  If you go too far in one direction or the other, the whole project could blow up in your face.  But once in a blue moon, a developer will find that perfect balance of old and new, and create a new experience that is actually better than the original.

      In honor of the new Ducktales remake coming to all major consoles, I will be talking about my top ten video game remakes from history. But before we get started, a few ground rules.

      1. I'm talking remakes, not reboots or ports. The game has to be trying to do something new with an already established title, without completely changing it.

      2. Only one game per franchise.

      3. I am saying that these games are better than the original, but that doesn't by any means mean that the original is bad, so if you see a choice in which you liked the original game, I am not putting it down in any way.

      Without further ado, let's get this started!

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      10. Final Fantasy (iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

      While this game has been remade time and time again, the remake that I'm referring to is the downloadable version available to all major smartphones.  Featuring the same storyline and level design as the original, this jam-packed adventure boasts redesigned graphics, an updated soundtrack, new areas to explore.  While it lacks the CGI cutscenes of the PSP version, it more than makes up for it in availability, since anyone with a smartphone (or possibly tablet) can get it.  This is truly the definitive Final Fantasy.

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      9. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, PC)

      While it may not be as high-profile as some of the games on our list, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX goes leaps and bounds above what the original did.  I've never been able to play Pac-Man beyond one or two levels before I get bored, but adding in the sleeper ghosts adds a whole new level of challenge when competing for a high score.  By getting these sleeping ghosts to start following Pac-Man in a trail, you can rack up amazing combos, regularly finishing games with over a million points.  It has multiple levels, modes, and visual styles, and even a special level designed to emulate the original version, this game is a must have for the competitive gamer.

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      8. Resident Evil (Gamecube)

      Resident Evil was scary when it was released for the Playstation, but scary in a Gremlins sort of way.  It was silly and campy.  Sure it scared you several times, but the fear would wash away during the cutscenes with dialog such as "You were almost a Jill sandwich."  The Gamecube version took all the campiness of the original, threw it away, and cranked the fear factor to 11.  Some of the best looking graphics on the Gamecube, new CGI cutscenes with improved voice acting, new modes, secrets, endings and areas, and this is one game that knows how to creep you out.

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      7. Kirby Superstar Ultra (Nintendo DS)

      I'm extremely partial to console games being put on handhelds, because it means I can take some of my favorite games with me wherever I go (You'll see a couple more on the list.). With enhanced graphics, sounds, and 3D full motion video cutscenes, Kirby Superstar Ultra has the distinction of potentially being the best game of the series.  While something is lost in translation when it comes to being able to play multiplayer, seeing as both players need their own DS and a copy of the game (unless you want to look off one screen and be limited to one game mode), it more than makes up for it with new modes, such as one devoted to Meta-Knight as the playable character!

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      6. Super Mario 64 DS (Nintendo DS)

      Mario games have been remade to death, and this was the only case where the "one game per franchise" rule limited me on my selection, but for good reason, as the last four entries would also have been Mario games.  Super Mario 64 DS may not have given us everything we promised (4 player co-op would have been awesome), but damn it, it added some awesome features to an already incredible game.  Four unique playable characters? Check.  New stars to obtain? Check. Multiplayer? Check.  Dozens of minigames? Check.  What's more is that even with all of these added features, the game is still the same at its core, and the levels feel just as epic as they did on the Nintendo 64.

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      5. Mortal Kombat (Xbox 360, Playstation 3)

      More or less a remake of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Mortal Kombat was exactly what the Mortal Kombat series needed to get back on track.  After a less than stellar game which pitted Earthrealm's finest against the best of the DC Universe in a T-rated average-fest, series creator Ed Boon decreed "No more!" and delivered heavy on fast paced action and lots of gore.  Going back to it's roots, Mortal Kombat took out all of the characters introduced after MK3 and focused on tight gameplay, balanced online play, and an engaging story mode that makes you want to keep playing.

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      4. Metroid: Zero Mission (Gameboy Advance)

      I didn't grow up with the original Metroid, and Super Metroid was the first game in the series that I played.  So when I got my hands on the original, you can imagine my disappointment when I found myself getting lost constantly, and repeatedly having to consult a guide to figure out where to go.  When it was remade for the Gameboy Advance, I was ecstatic.  A small guide system to help you figure out where to go, enhanced graphics, and extended plot and gameplay make this game an amazing remake that should be played by any Metroid fan who wants to get the feel of the original.

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      3. Bionic Commando Rearmed (Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, PC)

      In a world where every game seems to be copying another, Capcom had the balls to try something different.  In most platformers, you can easily jump from one area to the next, but Bionic Commando took that away and replaced it with a bionic arm to allow you to swing from one area to the next. Featuring gameplay identical to the original NES counter-part, co-op and multiplayer, new puzzle areas, fancy HD artwork and graphics, and (to quote the Game Drunkard) a soundtrack featuring "an overwhelming amount of oontz," this game broke the mold of what defined a platformer back in the NES-era, and today. If only its good name had not been tarnished by a horrible console release and sequel.

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      2. Pokemon: Heartgold and Soulsilver (Nintendo DS)

      While most old-school Pokemon fans will agree that the earlier games were better, I disagree on which earlier games.  To me, the ultimate Pokemon games were Gold and Silver.  That is, until they were remade on the Nintendo DS as Heartgold and Soul Silver.  Boasting all the features of the original, this game featured improved graphics and sound, access to 493 different Pokemon, new areas to explore, and of course, online functionality, this is the game that got me back into Pokemon after missing a few generations.  This isn't just the best Pokemon remake, it's the best Pokemon game, period.

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      So, let's re-cap before we reveal number 1.
       

      10. Final Fantasy

      9. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

      8. Resident Evil

      7. Kirby Superstar Ultra

      6. Super Mario 64 DS

      5. Mortal Kombat

      4. Metroid: Zero Mission

      3. Bionic Commando

      2. Pokemon: Heartgold and Soulsilver

      So what's #1?

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      1. NBA Jam: On Fire Edition (Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network)

      WHAT!? A sports game? I know, and I tried to convince myself to take it off, but NBA Jam is the best remake there is.  It took a classic game, gave it pretty HD graphics, updated the rosters, added online play, and TONS of unlockables, and topped it all off with occasional roster updates, and the original announcer Tim Kitzrow. BOOM-SHAKALAKA!  I don't even like sports games that much, but I cannot get myself to put this one down. And being that I live far away from my hometown, my friends and I can still log on Xbox Live and go head to head.

      I hope you enjoyed my list, please let me know if you'd like to see more of this.  I know everyone does top tens, but I try to keep it unique by doing top tens that haven't been done.  Please subscribe and I'll hopefully have another blog out in the next 2 weeks.

    • EA drops the Online Pass system for future titles!

      4 years ago

      Kazman2007

      In a move that gamers will receive with open arms, EA has decided to terminate their online pass system. In an email sent to GamesBeat by EA's senior director of corporate communications, John Reseburg, he stated:

      “Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass, none of our new EA titles will include that feature."

      EA first released the online pass in effort to both curb piracy, as well as try to force used game buyers to pay a small fee to access the online features of the game.  When these features were released, many gamers were against their use, as it would require the payment of an extra $10 if you bought a game used. This also caused problems for people who rented games through services such as Gamefly.

      Reseburg stated that the company's reasoning was as follows:

      "Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format.  We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”

      Online passes may be a thing of the past, but is EA really listening to the consumers, or is it just preparing for it's next move.  With the possibility of always-online DRM being a real possibility in the next generation of games, is EA simply doing away with one evil in exchange for one that's even greater?  Only the future will tell.  Until then, enjoy all your online features from your used EA games.

    • Top 10 Games that Ruin Friendships

      4 years ago

      Kazman2007

      Let’s face it, as gamers, many of us have to choose between our games and our friends, and sometimes friends just don’t make the cut.  Luckily if you have too many friends, I have the perfect list of 10 games that can help you whittle down your friendships and make it so you don’t have to have the unfortunate burden of a social life.  If you plan to keep any of your friends after playing these 10 games, be sure to check your friendships at the door.  Before we get started, the usual ground rules:

      1. The game must have local multiplayer.
      2. It's my list, so while these may not be your picks, they are mine.
      3. One game per franchise.

      And lastly, I say this every time, but I can't put a game on the list if I haven't played it!

      So with that out of the way, here are my top 10 co-op games!

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      10. Minecraft (PC, Xbox, Mobile)

      This one really depends on how you play it. You need only go to Youtube and search “Minecraft” to see some of the amazing things that people have built while working together.  Unfortunately not everyone cooperates, and if you have friends who are a particular kind of douchebag, they will spend most of the game trying to destroy your hard work…and you.  There’s nothing like digging a staircase down into the ground only to look back at your friend who has poured lava down after you.  Are creepers the real monsters in this game? 

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      9. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (GameCube)

      While I usually do my best to try and save the land in this game, some men just want to watch the world burn.  So while I do my best to try and complete the objective in each level, one of my friends grabs the fire rod and starts torching everything and me along with it.  It’s another case of having a douchebag friend, but let’s face it, we all have that friend.  Also count the fact that you are constantly in competition to have the most Force Gems, and your friends will have a lot of fun screwing you over.

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      8. Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64)

      Besides the obvious reason of having the one friend who always picks Oddjob, everyone has been the victim of being killed without a gun.  And everyone has been the victim of that one friend who camps at the body armor and survives by running back to pick it up before anyone else can grab it.  You’ll notice that every entry on this list has “that one friend.”  If you can’t figure out which one of your friends is “that friend,” it might be you, so I hope you learn from this.

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      7. Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 (Xbox 360, PC)

      When this game first came out, I remember trying to explain to my friend that we needed to stick together.  The game loads and he immediately takes off Leroy Jenkins-style and the two bots follow him, before I can even realize what happened.  I begged him to wait, but he refused to stop, and I was immediately grabbed by a zombie and ripped to shreds.  In a game where you depend on others, you’ll see the worst of humanity come out of them.  What's worse is that if you play online, your friend can be a zombie, which can increase the grief even more!

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      6. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

      This isn’t so much a case of the game itself causing friendships to end, it’s setting up the game to begin with!  One person wants no items, one person wants all items, one person wants just some of the items. This person wants to play on Final Destination, the other wants to play on Hyrule Temple, and another wants it on random.  So many fights have happened over this game before the game is even started! I’ve even heard people argue over whether to play a stock or time match. I would not be surprised if someday, entire countries go to war over how this game should be played.

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      5. Contra (NES)

      As a kid, I actually had a friend stop talking to me for a few days because of this game.  Contra is already a difficult game, and having a friend there can sometimes just add to the frustration. Whether it be because they went up the screen too fast causing you to die, or they just stole your life, it always seemed like they were out to troll you.  However, the worst was when your impatient friend would hit start before you could put  in the code for 30 lives. This game was one of the original friendship enders.  

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      4. New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)

      It doesn’t matter if you are trying to be a dick or not in this game, someone is going to end up getting someone else killed.  It seemed like a perfect idea.  Do a Mario game with four people.  But unfortunately they allowed the other players to interact with each other, resulting in people bumping into each other, knocking each other down holes, and stealing power ups, and generally just causing mayhem.  Now of course, this is the sequel to the original, but the frustration is increased when one friend takes control of the Wii U GamePad in “boost mode.”  The person on the GamePad is to assist the players in completing the level by adding platforms and freezing enemies, but it won’t take long for boredom to set in, and they quickly turn from helpful friend to dickish troll.

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      3.  Battletoads (NES)

      If there is one game that defines the phrase “don’t help me,” it’s Battletoads.  Usually when playing a co-operative game, the point is that the other player can help you and you can progress further.  Battletoads takes that idea, and says “SCREW THAT!”  This game is 10-times harder with a friend as not only can you hurt each other, but if one of you runs out of lives, you BOTH have to go back to beginning of the level.  And this is a hard game, so unless you are both superstars, you’re going to want to choke each other out at some point.

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      2. Mario Kart 64  (Nintendo 64)

      This is a game where it’s almost more fun to be in last than it is to be in first.  Why? Because items, that’s why!  There’s nothing more deliciously satisfying than throwing out a blue shell on the last lap, or using a lightning bolt right before someone goes over that one jump in Wario Stadium.  That’s right, I am “that friend” in this game.  Throw in all the other items, and battle mode to boot, and you have a game that can ruin any semblance of a friendship that you might have had.

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      So, let's re-cap before we reveal number 1.
       

      10. Minecraft

      9. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

      8. Goldeneye 007

      7. Left 4 Dead 1 & 2

      6. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

      5. Contra

      4. New Super Mario Bros. U

      3. Battletoads

      2. Mario Kart

      And the number one friendship-ending game is...

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      1. Mario Party - All of them (Various Nintendo Consoles)

      If you seriously did not expect this to be #1, you may need to hand in your g1 membership card.  A game that revolves around back-stabbing, it’s shocking to think that this is a Nintendo franchise.  You can steal a star from someone in one turn, and at the end of that turn, be on their team for a mini-game.  You must choose your friends and enemies carefully.  Trust no one, show no mercy, and always be prepared to get screwed by Chance Time.

      And there you have it.  I know people probably have their own ideas, but this is MY list based off MY choices.  So of course it won't be the same as yours.  So sound off in the comments with your choices and subscribe to stay up to date with all my future blogs.

    • Top Ten Saddest Moments in Video Games

      4 years ago

      Kazman2007

      I don't think it's unfair of me to say that gaming is a mostly male-dominated hobby.  Now as males, we have a stigma to never show our emotional side, but there's times where we just can't help but let it out.  It seems crazy to think that it could happen in games, when we are clearly dealing with fictional characters, but there are rare occasions where a moment brings a single tear to our eye.  These are the top moments in gaming that hit you right in the feels.

      1. It's my list, so while it may not have affected you, it did to me.
      2. One moment per franchise.
      3. There may be spoilers below, read at your own risk.

      And lastly, I say this everytime, but I can't put a game on the list if I haven't played it.  So you won't see Final Fantasy VII, Gears of War 3, or Mass Effect 3 on to name a few.

      So with that out of the way, here are the top ten feels in gaming!

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      10. Baby Metroid's Death - Super Metroid

      I know this is a throw-back to my last Top Ten, but this moment genuinely made me sad. After thinking of the Metroids as nothing but monsters, the one that you spared on SR388 comes to your rescue at the last minute during a fight against the dreaded Mother Brain.  After draining Mother Brain of a significant amount of her energy and giving it to you, the Metroid is pummeled by the villainess and dies a heroic death. But there's no time to mourn, Samus must still face off against the real monster.  This death may not have a lot of impact now, but at the time, it was an amazing thing to see in a 16 bit game.

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      9. Farah's Death - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

      While it might not seem like that dramatic of a moment (especially considering her earlier betrayal), there's a lot more to Farah's death than most people realize.  As their relationship starts, Farah and the Prince only team up for the sake of survival, but their relationship quickly strengthens, and by the time she betrays you, it hurts you.  But then when she is knocked over a cliff, the prince grabs the dagger BY THE BLADE to help her. And even as it slices into his hand, he holds on, not for the sake of survival, but because he truly cared about her.  Unfortunately she lets go and plummets to her death. You do resurrect her at the later, but at the time, you didn't know that was going to happen.

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      8. Luis' Death - Resident Evil 4

      If you're ever in the scenario where you have to single-handedly rescue the president's daughter from a village full of farm tool-wielding maniacs, you'll probably be happy to see a friendly face.  Luis always showed up in the unlikeliest of places to give you advice, help, and even help you fight off a large mob of villagers in one particular scene.  And all the while he works to find a way to help you find a way to cure yourself of the deadly parasite that this cult has infected you with.  And then that bastard Saddler goes and stabs him through the chest.  Poor Luis.  You will be missed.  Especially by the ladies.

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      7. Ending - Super Paper Mario

      I'm sure not everyone will agree with me on this one, but hear me out.  At the end of the game, it's revealed that your companion, Timpani, and the villain, Count Bleck (now called Blumiere), used to be lovers until Timpani's father banished her to another dimension and left her to die. This drove Blumiere insane, causing him to try and destroy all of existence.  Luckily the two reunite and their love cancels out the void that threatens to swallow everything.  Unfortunately, afterwards Timpani and Blumiere are nowhere to be found.  They are said to be in a better place, and while it's never explicitly said, it's pretty clear that the two are in heaven, having sacrificed themselves to save all of existence.

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      6. Noble Six's Last Stand - Halo: Reach

      This is an odd pick for this list, because you kind of see it coming.  At the beginning of the game you see your Spartan's bashed and damaged helmet sitting on the sand, and you know that shit had happened.  By the time you make it to the final battle, all out war has broken out, and you desperately try to help The Pillar of Autumn escape from the planet. Once it's out, you are put into a last stand situation where the goal is to take down as many covenant as you possibly can before being overwhelmed. And you give them hell.

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      5. The Execution of the Auditore Family - Assassin's Creed II

      After being betrayed, the entire Auditore family is charged with treason and sentenced to death.  Luckily Ezio is able to escape, and bring evidence to family friend Uberto Alberti that will prove the innocence of his family, so everything will be okay, right? Wrong.  Alberti betrays Ezio and his family and does not bring this evidence forward in the trial.  Because of this, Ezio's father and two brothers, one of whom is just a child, are all hanged, publicly, and Ezio, his sister, and his mother must flee the city.  This injustice is the driving force for Ezio  in becoming an Assassin.

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      4. John Marsden's Last Stand

      It's one thing to threaten a man.  It's quite another to threaten his family.  In Red Dead Redemption, after going on an adventure all over the old west, John Marsden can finally retire to a simple life on the farm with his wife Abigail and his son Jack.  Unfortunately, this is a pipe dream for John as he's stabbed in the back by the very people who told him that he was free.  After getting his wife and son on a horse and away, John exits his barn to try to take out as many of the agents as he can before being gunned down.  And while his son does avenge him, it won;t bring his father back.

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      3.  Chrono's Sacrifice - Chrono Trigger

      Back on the SNES, there was no such thing as the protagonist dying in a video game.  If that happened it was game over.  So you can imagine my disbelief that the character that I was playing as sacrificed himself to save the other members of the team.  I just sat there, controller in hand, frozen.  "No," I thought to myself, "No, he's okay."  But he wasn't. He was gone.  Sure, he comes back later, but there was nothing to console me at the time.

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      2. Midna's Goodbye - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

      This scene starts pretty straightforward.  Link and Midna are about to say goodbye.  That's a little sad.  Oh what's that?  We still have a chance to meet again as long as the Mirror of Twilight is there? Well that's good.  Oh and you shed a single tear.  How sweet.... Wait, what!?  Why did you destroy the mirror!?  This ending is brutal because it teases you into thinking you could see your friend again.  Then it crushes those hopes.  HOW DARE YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU COULD SEE HER AGAIN!?

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      So, let's re-cap before we reveal number 1.
       

      10. Baby Metroid's Death - Super Metroid

      9. Farah's Death - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

      8. Luis' Death - Resident Evil 4

      7. Ending - Super Paper Mario

      6. Noble Six's Last Stand - Halo: Reach

      5. The Execution of the Auditore Family - Assassin's Creed II

      4. John Marsden's Last Stand - Red Dead Redemption

      3. Chrono's Sacrifice - Chrono Trigger

      2. Midna's Goodbye - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

      And the number one saddest moment in gaming is...

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      1. Lee's Death

      Oh man, where do I begin? You have just rescued Clementine from her kidnapper, she has just seen her parents as Walkers and now her father figure, and the only person she still has left is about to succumb to his wounds and become a walker.  It's an emotional moment. But luckily Lee can say he loves her right? RIGHT!?  I have never felt so sad when watching the television show. And while you have the choice as to whether or not Clem shoots Lee or leaves him to turn into a walker, the feels are there no matter what.


      And there you have it.  I know people probably have their own ideas, but this is MY list based off MY choices.  So of course it won't be the same as yours.  So sound off in the comments with your choices and subscribe to stay up to date with all my future blogs.

    • Games and Series that I have not played.

      4 years ago

      Kazman2007

      This list is not meant to be read on it's own.  It serves as supplementary materials for the Top Tens I write on the site.  Being that I do not put games on my lists that I have not played, this is a page where people can see a list of games that I have not played.  This is by no means every game I haven't played, but I will update as I become more aware of games that I have not played. Likewise, I will remove games once I have played them. I will try to keep it alphabetical.

      Series that I Have Not Played
      Castlevania
      Crash Bandicoot (except the 1st)
      Devil May Cry
      Elder Scrolls
      Final Fantasy (except 1 and 7)
      Gears of War (except the 1st)
      God of War
      Hitman
      Metal Gear
      Phantasy Star
      Rayman (Except Legends)
      Tomb Raider (Except for the reboot)
      Turok
      Twisted Metal (Except for 2 and 3)
      Uncharted
      X-COM
      Xenogears


      Games I haven't Played
      Call of Duty 1,2 and 3
      Day of the Tentacle
      Halo 4
      Pokemon Black/White
      Pokemon Black/White 2

      Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

    • Top Ten Most Memorable Multiplayer Maps

      4 years ago

      Kazman2007

      Multiplayer is the sole reason some people by games, and most gamers have fond memories of dominating their friends in their favorite game in the middle of the night.  Nowadays multiplayer is rarely done with someone in the same room as you, but while the experience may have changed, what will not change is the memories of some levels.  These are the ones that stick out most in my mind, but first a few rules.

      1. More than one person has to be able to play at a time. Duh.
      2.  The levels may not be the best, the most balanced, or even the ones people play the most, but just the ones that seem to represent their game.
      3. No fan made levels.  They needed to be in the original game.
      4. One level per franchise. 

      Without further ado, here are my top ten most memorable multiplayer maps!

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      10. Pit I - Mortal Kombat (Arcade)

      One of the first games I ever played that allowed two people to play at once, Mortal Kombat was notorious for being violent, but that's not what I remember about it.  I will never forget the pit stage, as I remember seeing someone get punched off the ledge, fall several stories down and land in a bed of spikes sitting at the bottom.  This is the stage that paved the way for the stage fatality, and while there have been spiritual successors and remakes, the original will always be the most memorable.

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      9. Casino Night Zone - Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Genesis)

      You know you have a memorable level when players stop trying to race each other to the end just so they screw around in the different parts of the level.  A level that was just as popular for single player as it was for multiplayer, Casino Night Zone let you put it all on red and try to dominate the categories of score and rings and completely neglecting the whole "racing" aspect that was the priority in other levels.  This is always the first level I play when I bring this game out to play multiplayer with my friends.

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      8. Tokyo Megaplex - SSX Tricky (Gamecube, Xbox, PS3)

      The sleeper on the list, Tokyo Megaplex has fond memories in my mind as the definitive level from SSX Tricky.  A futuristic terrain park with plenty of rails and ramps, this is the level that most players play to try and get high scores in Show-Off mode.  It's even possible to play this level and only touch the ground about 5% of the time.  It may be a game that didn't get as much recognition as its later successors, but this is the level that I'm hoping will be DLC in the future for the new SSX.

      I know this course appeared in the original SSX, but I never played it, so I'm going with the SSX Tricky version.

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      7. de_dust - Counter-Strike (PC)

      I'm not even a PC gamer but this game stands out as one of the most definitive levels in multiplayer gaming.  Nothing beats hiding in all the curves and corners of this level and laying traps for the counter-terrorists to fall into.  What's amazing about this level is it was originally made by fans for their Half-Life Mod, but Valve loved it so much that they put it in the game when they gave it an official release!

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      6. Yoshi's Tropical Island - Mario Party (N64)

      Oh how I hate this level, and yet I love it, but I hate it, but I... Okay before I turn into Gollum, let me explain.  This is the level that made me love to hate Mario Party, it always seems that I would be two spaces away from getting the star, and Peach has to go step on  a "?" space and now I'm two spaces away from Bowser.  But you know what? I loved it, and I loved watching as my friends came face to face with Bowser when I stepped on the "?" space. Trolling is fun.

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      5. Nuketown - Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, PC)

      Call of Duty has so many different multiplayer maps, it'd be hard for any one map to stand out, but Nuketown is no ordinary map.  With it's small scale and limited cover, it doesn't take long to get back into the fight after respawning. Not only has this map spawned a remake in the sequel Black Ops 2, it's also spawned a level of the same design for the zombies mode AND has it's own playlist where it's all Nuketown, all the time.  If that doesn't count for something, I don't know what does.

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      4. Block Fort - Mario Kart 64 (N64)

      Some of you may argue with me here, but this is the definitive multiplayer level for Mario Kart. It had the simplistic design of one of the SNES multiplayer maps, but with multiple levels allowing for sneak attacks from above.   When my friends and I get together to play this game on the Virtual Console, this is the map we jump right to.  We don't screw around with Big Donut, Double Deck, or Skyscraper, it's all about Block Fort, and God help you if I catch you on the red block.

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      3.  Battlefield - Super Smash Bros. Melee (Gamecube)

      Everyone has their own rules about Smash Bros. "No items!" "You can't use Shiek!" "We have to play on Hyrule Temple."  I hold no such rules, I'll play on any level, against any character, with items on or off.  I do however have a preference, and that preference is the level Battlefield.  It has been in every Smash Bros game, but only became selectable for multiplayer in Melee.  While some people may prefer Final Destination for its larger size, I prefer a closer battle and the elevated platforms of Battlefield.

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      2. Complex - Goldeneye (N64)

      I won't argue that there are a lot of phenomenal levels in Goldeneye, and any one of them could be on this list, but if I allowed that, then there would be no room for anything else on the list. So when it came down to it, it was between the Complex and the Facility, but what took the cake was that you can spawn in the bathroom vents in the Facility, allowing for your friend to come cut you off before you got a weapon.  So I stuck with the Complex, a level with secret passages, multiple levels, and "the cabin" a small room that my friends and I would play King of the Hill with.

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      So, let's re-cap before we reveal number 1.
       

      10. Pit - Mortal Kombat

      9. Casino Night Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 2

      8. Tokyo Megaplex - SSX Tricky

      7. de_dust - Counter-Strike

      6. Yoshi's Tropical Island - Mario Party

      5. Nuketown - Call of Duty: Black Ops

      4. Block Fort - Mario Kart

      3. Battlefield - Super Smash Bros. Melee

      2. Facility - Goldeneye

      And the number one most memorable multiplayer level is...

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      1. Blood Gulch - Halo (Xbox)

      Back before there was online console gaming, there was  system link.  And the game that brought that to fruition and spawned online was none other than Halo for the original Xbox.  This was the game that caused me to  have four TVs set up in my basement, just so my friends could bring over their Xboxs and we could have a 16 player game.  The level Blood Gulch was  classic because it had vehicles, teleporters, was a reasonable size, and was perfect for team based games. This level is so iconic that it's  been remade multiple times and is considered the standard for what multiplayer maps should be like.


      Well there you have it.  I hope you enjoyed my list, please let me know if you'd like to see more of this.  I know everyone does top tens, but I try to keep it unique by doing top tens that haven't been done.  Please subscribe and I'll hopefully have another blog out in the next few weeks.

    • Plants Vs. Zombies 2 to be released exclusively for iOS this July

      4 years ago

      Kazman2007

      The sequel to Popcap's tower defense phenomenon, Plants Vs. Zombies, will finally see a sequel this summer. Plants Vs. Zombies: It's About Time will be launching exclusively in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch on July 18th.

      The new game is built to be constantly updated, with new levels, plants and zombies. To make use of the new platform, the game will feature touch activated power-ups. Best of all, it's free to play. According to Popcap, players will be able to "face every zombie and access every level in every world at no cost." The game will feature gameplay across time, as the subtitle indicates the entire game is "about time."  As with all free to play games, there will be microtransactions to receive certain upgrades.

      Allen Murray, senior producer of Plants Vs. Zombies 2 says,

      "We’re confident that players will see the love and attention we’ve put into this game. We’ve created wild new ways to experience the plants and zombies you know and love as well as packing the game with tons of completely new content, and we’re still hard at work coming up with even more cool stuff that will keep Plants vs. Zombies 2 fresh and evolving in the months and years following launch."

      Popcap also released a trailer, featuring supporting character Crazy Dave.

      What do you think, g1s? Are you excited to take down the dead with your daisies?

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