Category: Pixelitis Picks
The year is coming to an end and for most of us at Pixelitis, that means snow. Lots of it.
Despite the amount of time we spend glued to our computer and/or TV screens, we’re not kids anymore, and that means our feelings regarding winter have changed. Snow is no longer for playing but rather for shoveling. It rarely means a day off and instead represents a hectic commute. Thankfully, we can still feel the same childhood joy at the sight of snow in our favorite games. The falling flakes and slippery surfaces make for some great locales and are perfect for destroying friends and enemies alike.
There’s also an interesting clash between the serenity of a snowy landscape and the inevitable carnage that occurs on it. Who would’ve thought we could fix all those terrible water levels by simply lowering the temperature?
So to get everyone in the mood for the chilly weather, here’s a list of our favorite chilly levels.
Competitive gaming is great and all, but sometimes when you’re playing games you’d prefer some heart-warming companionship over a bitter rivalry.
Co-operative modes in videogames have been around for ages, from the early days of arcade beat-em-ups to online tag-teaming in the form of the PlayStation 4′s Resogun. And while there’s certainly no dearth of co-op games out there, some of us got to thinking that there are plenty of single player games that could use a good two, three or even four-player mode.
Isn’t it crazy to think that it took Nintendo 24 years to incorporate a simultaneous co-operative mode in the Super Mario Bros. franchise with New Super Mario Bros. Wii? Then think of how 3D Mario games didn’t get that luxury until just recently with Super Mario 3D World on Wii U. Clearly, even major franchises could use more co-op.
That’s where the Pixelitis staff comes in. Join us as we look at other games that could benefit from some couch (or even online) co-op, and be sure to tell us what other games you’d think would benefit from such a mode.
So they say that mankind needs freedom to live life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What they don’t say is how much food and water that requires.
And sometimes that is even a random ham that appears straight out of a garbage can. With the celebration of Thanksgiving nearly upon us, we thought it best to celebrate giving thanks by sharing our favorite food items in a videogame.
Whether it’s cooked ham found on the side of the road in Streets of Rage or the herbaceous lollipops that aid Bayonetta, food is everywhere. It heals, it provides nourishment and some magical powers too.
So hit the jump and try not to salivate (or retch) over our choices. We won’t try to rustle up food from every garbage can.
In less than 48 hours, Xbox One will begin making its way into peoples’ homes, thus edging us into ending our long-term relationship with the Xbox 360.
Since 2005, Microsoft’s high-def console has been a staple in millions of living rooms throughout North America. Whether or not our individual experiences with the system were great, eight years is still eight years. As we stand on the precipice of a new generation of games, we’re taking the time to look back on our time with the Xbox 360.
Sure, there are plenty of emotional ups and downs, but we’d like to think that every red ring of death has a silver lining. There’s a reason why the system sold so well.
The 360 truly was the best and worst of times.
In less than two days, North America will be getting its greasy mitts on Sony’s entry into the next generation of console hardware with the PlayStation 4′s release. Leading up to then, media outlets everywhere have been trying to soak up all things Sony in anticipation.
While our friends and colleagues look to the future, we at Pixelitis want to take a look back at the last few years of games and experiences we’ve had with the PlayStation 3. After all, it’s still got a couple of games on the way next year, and none of those discs or PSN titles are going to work on those shiny new consoles.
So come along for the ride, and be sure to share your own memories with us in the comments section below.
When people look back at this console generation, the introduction of downloadable content might be one of the most notable features to stand out.
Of all the innovations and additions that came our way over the last few years, DLC has undoubtedly changed this industry the most. Nowadays, having DLC available for your game on day one is pretty much required. Retailers like GameStop take reserves on DLC before it even comes out and companies spend advertising dollars on TV commercials for their “blockbuster” DLC releases.
Games themselves harbor a slew of great DLC and some downright embarrassing ones. The content that’s made available to us can range from the “who the hell buys this stuff” level to “they could have sold this for full price and I would have bought it.” In fact, many of the best games of this generation took their DLC very seriously and, as a result, enjoyed a long shelf life.
We at Pixelitis have played our fair share of DLC and while our opinions on the topic as a whole may differ, we all have a favorite or two. I mean, at least one guy out there wanted his horse to look badass right?
Though video game characters can’t always be poppin’ tags at the thrift shop, some could use a well-deserved wardrobe change. Unfortunately for them, most are doomed to the same ratty outfits. But – in the spirit of dressing up for Halloween, Pixelitis staffers chronicle their favorite in-game costumes and variations.
History shows us that alternate costumes have been an integral part of games, going as far back as that Tanooki Suit in Super Mario Bros. 3. While aesthetics tend to be the main reason for costume changes, some duds offer power ups, not unlike taking a ditzy teenage girl and giving her a dress and a powerful Moon Scepter.
And the best part? If you’re looking for a last minute costume, maybe this list will give you a few ideas. And you’ll get extra cool points for being meta.
At one time or another, we’ve all been asked the following question: If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Countless hours have been wasted on discussing this topic. Many people will say that they want to be able to fly but that’s too easy isn’t it? Another popular answer is X-Ray vision, but that comes with a negative connotation that you’ll use your new found powers in unsavory ways.
Here at Pixelitis, we’d rather just play games to satisfy our super power fix. There’s a long history of very good (and very, VERY bad) superhero games that truly capture the feeling of wearing the colorful spandex suits of our idols. Later this week, we’ll be able to satisfy our gadget-wielding urge when Batman: Arkham Origins hits stores, which promises to be another excellent entry in the series.
So we got to talking about our favorite superhero games of all time. And since we respect our readers so much, we promise not to lie to you and put Superman 64 on this list. That game is no one’s favorite.
With The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker out in the wild in all its cartoony and bloom-filled glory, a few of us got to thinking about how much we love cel-shaded games.
Cel-shading within games got its start with Jet Set Radio for the Sega Dreamcast, and a plethora of companies have been utilizing this unique art style ever since. The black outlines of the characters and the bright visuals call to mind a comic or cartoon come to life in 3D, complete with interactivity through our controllers.
There’s a good reason why we’re seeing so many HD ports of cel-shaded games. They hold up greatly in 480p, but why stop there when they can shine even more in full HD? Honestly, most of us wouldn’t mind more cel-shaded HD upgrades. We’re looking squarely at you, Dragon Quest VIII, Dark Cloud 2, Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter and Viewtiful Joe.
In any case, allow us to chime in on our favorite cel-shaded games. Feel free to sound off in the comments if we missed mentioning the one you hold nearest and dearest to your heart.
Snorlax blocking your path? Gym Leader wipe out your team? Or perhaps Bidoof has shown his common face one too many times?
Whether one is battling the elite four or surfing the coast of Cinnabar Island, the Pokémon series is full of adversity, rivals and opponents.
With Pokémon X and Y soon to be released, we’d like to dust off our link cables and recall our memories of challengers past. From the shorts-loving youngster to the creepily old hikers of Mt. Moon, we tip our trainer caps to the individuals who challenged us and our Pokémon to be the very best.
Here’s a list of the opponents we most relished thundershocking, hydro-pumping and dragon-raging into submission.