HBM's Top Ten Games of 2017

It's been another year, and you know what that means: It's time for me to list my favorite games of the year! Unfortunately, I only got to play about half of the games I wanted to, due to my being forced to move, and that draining most of my money for the year. So it'll be a while until this list is truly complete. As usual, no re-releases, ports, etc.


HBM's Top Ten Games of E3 2017

Yeah, I'm not doing a full E3 post this year. There was too much, so instead I'm doing this. Hell, I may just do this every year from now on.

The list will only consist of games that actually had gameplay footage shown and/or playable demos, and if they appeared at last year's E3, there has to have been notable progress made in the games development. So, sorry, no Metroid Prime 4, and no Pokemon Switch. Also, no re-releases, so no Shadow of the Colossus PS4, no Skyrim Switch/VR, no Pokken Switch, no Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga 3DS, and no Undertale PS4 (even though that could easily be #1, just for being Undertale). Anyway, onto the post


HBM's Top Ten Games of 2017 I'm Most Excited For (Quick)

So, I know it's kinda late for me to do this, but here's the Top Ten games of 2017 I'm Most Excited For.

Though this time, it's different, because I'm a lazy prick. I'm just giving a sentence or two about the game, rather than the paragraph that I usually do. And no pictures. Again, lazy prick.

#10: Red Dead Redemption 2: RDR 1 was amazing, so of course I'm excited for another one. Only reason it's so low is that we know nothing about it other than "it exists."

#9: Injustice 2: Take Injustice 1, give it better graphics, new characters, character customization, and possibly some Mortal Kombat X influences, and you have this game.

#8: Fire Emblem Warriors: It's a Warriors-style game, with Fire Emblem, and confirmed Chrom. Why would you not be excited?

#7: South Park: The Fractured but Whole: Stick of Truth was amazing, and Fractured but Whole looks to expand on the gameplay, while changing to a superhero theme. Pretty good.

#6: Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite: Finally a new MVC game, hopefully we'll get a big roster of more recent fan-favorites.

#5: Sonic Mania: What Sonic 4 should have been, pretty much.

#4: Super Mario Odyssey: A new style of 3D Mario game, bringing back the collection aspect fro SM64 to Galaxy, which is beautiful.

#3: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: New Zelda finally has a release date, after all these years. It's about damn time.

#2: Berserk and the Band of the Hawk: Another Warriors-style game, this one's based on the Berserk manga series, and aims to be the goriest Warriors game yet.

#1: Yooka-Laylee: From the creators of Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country, a Collect-a-thon the likes of which haven't been seen since the N64. This is going to be amazing.

So, there it is, a month late. Now to put off posting for a long time again.

HBM, signing out.


HBM's Top Ten Games of 2016

So, 2016 certainly was... a year. But disregarding all the absolute shit that happened, in terms of video games, it was a good year. We got some great games... and some disappointments. But I'm counting down my favorite games of the year. Of course, this is all subject to change in the future, and only games I've actually played.


Final Blog Update: Kinda Goodbye, I Guess

Well, this took me awhile to stop being too lazy to do.

So, my posts slowed to a crawl back in July when I stopped doing the weekly news updates. I basically got tired of doing that every week, as you can see that I put less and less effort into them as time went on. Basically, I'm kinda burnt out on the whole Blogger thing. I'm not going to post anywhere near as frequently here any more (at most, one or two posts per month), and I'm going to rarely, if ever, review things anymore. Maybe every now and then I'll post a Top Ten, like in the olden days of a few years ago (obviously, Top Ten Games of the Year, and Games of the Year I'm Most Excited For are always gonna happen at the beginning of a year).

Anyway, that's it. Just go to my Twitter for frequent stupid shit.

HBM, signing out.


Metal Gear... SURVIVE?!?!

Army-Man is Konami, the zombie is the fanbase...
Or maybe the other way around
So... Konami has finally announced their first actual video game since MGSV's release last year, and it's yet another Metal Gear game. Okay, I wanted to see how Konami would handle the series without Kojima... turns out they don't know shit about what we want and are giving us a FUCKING ALTERNATE UNIVERSE ZOMBIE GAME called Metal Gear Survive. There's just... so much wrong with this... I don't even...

So, the story here is that, after Ground Zeroes, a fucking portal to an alternate dimension appears, sucks up the remains of Mother Base and the MSF army, and transports them to a universe that is a zombie wasteland. Yes. You read that right. Metal Gear is now 2006-2015 Resident Evil.

Now, calming down and looking at this rationally, this isn't necessarily guaranteed to be the worst thing in the series. It's confirmed to be up to 4-player co-op, which is something that could mix well with MGSV-style gameplay (assuming that's what this game will play like. Considering it seems to have Fox Engine, I'm assuming it will). Hopefully we can customize our characters... and that's as far as my optimism here will go. Snake is confirmed to merely make a cameo. What's a Metal Gear game without a Snake (other than the games with Raiden. Rising is my favorite PS3 game ever)?!

Honestly, I can see this getting cancelled due to fan backlash, and as much as I could understand that... I kinda want to see how this turns out, if only because it's Metal Gear (which they're probably banking on). If it wasn't Metal Gear, I wouldn't have the slightest interest, and there wouldn't be nearly as much backlash, but... it is.

Also, I'm aware this is my first post in a month. I'll address that soon...ish.

HBM, signing out.


HBM News: 7/17/16 - 7/23/16

Once more, it is time for news. Sorry tat it's late, I was out of town. Anyway, here we go.

Street Fighter V: Juri is being made available this Tuesday. Her V-Skill, Kasatsushu, has her rush her opponent, kick them from behind. Her V-Trigger, Feng Shui Engine Type Alpha, allows her to chain all her moves into each other.Her Critical Art, Sakkai Fuhuzan, has her kick out a large, multi-hitting energy wave. Also, Summer Outfits have been confirmed for Cammy, Ibuki, and Laura.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2: New screenshots confirmed Android 16, Imperfect Cell, and Time Breaker Bardock (from Dragon Ball Online). Good.

Injustice 2: Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle were confirmed in a new trailer. Wonder Woman is going to have an all new playstyle, rather than the stance system fro the previous game, and Blue Beetle seems to play similarly to Sinestro in the last game.

Sonic Mania: There were 2 new Sonic games confirmed this weekend. The first is a retro-style Sonic game. Sonic Mania has both returning and brand-new zones, lets you play as Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles, and lets you charge a spin-dash in mid-air. It comes to PS4, XBOne, and PC in Spring 2017.

Project Sonic 2017: This is the other Sonic game revealed this weekend. It's made by the same team that did Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations. The trailer shows giant robots destroying some city, and after Sonic does some Sonic things, Classic Sonic shows up. So... Sonic Generations 2? This one's coming to PS4, XBOne, NX, and PC in Holiday 2017.

That's last week's news. This week's will be on time, I swear.

HBM, signing out.


HBM News: 7/10/16 - 7/16/16

Once more, it's time for news. And we actually have some this week. It's not much, but it's something.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2: There was an interview held earlier this week that revealed, among other things, the story of the original Dragon Ball will not be in the game, every character and outfit from the first Xenoverse will be in XV2 right away, and you'll be able to learn skills from masters at Gohan and Videl's high school. Good.

Nintendo: Nintendo revealed that, on November 11th they're releasing the NES Classic Edition Console. It's a miniature NES that comes with 30 classic games pre-installed (Super Mario Bros 1-3, Zelda 1 and 2, Castlevania, Mega Man 2, Pac-Man, and more), HDMI support, game suspension like the Virtual Console, and a classic NES controller that can even be plugged into a Wii Remote to play NES Virtual Console games. It will be $60, with additional controllers being $10 each, I know I'm getting one.

Street Fighter V: In celebration of the Capcom Pro Tour, a bunch of premium DLC has been released. There's the Ring of Destiny stage, ebing a huge, Pro Tour themed wrestling/boxing ring. There's costumes for Cammy and Chun-Li, with one more being revealed later, and an additional color for every fighter released so far. You can only purchase this content with real money, and only until November. Seems like a waste to me...

Batman Telltale Game: The first episode will be releasing in August. That's it.

So, that's this week's news. Hopefully there'll be more soon.

HBM, signing out.


HBM News: 7/3/16 - 7/9/16

It's once more time for news. Sorry this is a little late, but there wasn't much news last week anyway. So let's just get this over with.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2: The pre-order bonuses and special editions were revealed. The pre-order bonuses are a Dragon Ball Super character (most likely Black Goku) and an extra vehicle, Mercenary Tao's Flying Pillar. The Deluxe Edition comes with the season pass and early access to DB Super Future Trunks. The Collector's Edition comes with a Super Saiyan Goku figure, steelbook case, artbook, and game soundtrack. We also learned that Frieza's Race characters can use the Golden Form, and Majins can go into a "pure" form (a recolor of Kid Buu, basically).

See? Not much news. This week's news will be posted on time.

HBM, signing out.


HBM News: 6/26/16 - 7/2/16

Oh hey it's time for more news! There was a decent chunk of news, and I'm just going to go through it.

Street Fighter V: At the beginning of the week, it was announced that Balrog would be released alongside Ibuki and the Story Mode update. His V-Skill lets you dodge into attacks, his V-Trigger lets you do multiple specials in a row, and his Critical Art is a singular, powerful punch. We also got a couple new stages, being the classic SFII Las Vegas Casino, and the Kanzuki Estate Private Beach, complete with a swimsuit outfit for Karin. Juri and Urien's main designs were revealed, and they're actually playable in the story mode. All this was released on Friday.

Pokemon Sun & Moon: A bunch of new Pokemon were revealed this week. There's Bruxish, a fish with big lips; Cutiefly, a bee/fly kinda Pokemon; Drampa, a Dragon Pokemon that kinda looks like Falcor from Neverending Story; Togedemaru, which looks like a fat, gray Pikachu; Tapu Koko, a Hawaiian deity-esque thing; Charjabug, a battery-bug Pokemon; Vikavolt, an electric stag beetle; Komala, a koala; and Rockruff, a Rock-type dog Pokemon. So, yeah.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse: Gogeta and Janeba have been confirmed as playable, after missing out last game. It was also confirmed that custom Saiyan characters can go Super Saiyan 3 this time. And we now know that the game will be coming out on October 25th.

Bioshock: The Collection: This was officially confirmed for PS4 and XBOne. It contains all 3 Bioshock games, with all the DLC, and is coming September 13th.

Batman: Return to Arkham: This was delayed indefinitely. Hopefully they're adding Arkham Origins to the collection, because that would make it more complete to me.

One-Punch Man: For once, I actually have some anime news! One-Punch Man's English Dub has been officially announced, and will begin airing on Toonami on July 16th.

So, that's the news of the week. HBM, signing out.