Category:  Pixelitis Picks

By Pixelitis Staff, April 23, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Endings can be a finicky thing, especially when deus ex machina is involved.

When one finishes a videogame, the final moments are often the most crucial and defining aspects of the virtual experience. Not only will this last bit be the final taste the player is left with, the ending is also the culmination of all the player’s actions up to that moment. Be it a final boss or a race against the clock, a game ideally puts all the player’s acquired strengths to the ultimate test.

That, or an omnipotent force comes out of nowhere and immediately saves the day. Well, that was anticlimactic.

Whether you love them or hate them, the deus ex machina is a plot device that is commonly used in all types of fiction. They are perhaps most notorious in videogames as the deus ex machina often takes power away from the player and can often make the ending seem out of one’s control.

Regardless, we at Pixelitis decided to chronicle our most memorable experiences with the frequently used trope. Feel free to share us your own thoughts in the comments section below.

And just a warning: there will be spoilers posted for Mass Effect 3, Resident Evil 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4. (more…)

By Pixelitis Staff, April 16, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

For the longest time, virtual reality has been relegated to the annals of science fiction. Sometimes a convenient way for Picard and Q to travel to the far distant past, other times a method for hackers to storm major servers a la Neuromancer, the idea of virtual reality seemed so distant.

Yet with the advent of devices like the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus, the day where man can experience their digital worlds as if they’ve been transported to them could be coming sooner, rather than later.

During PAX East this past weekend in Boston, long lines persisted at any booth featuring the Oculus Rift, demonstrating the fact that gamers are ready for the tech – even as the world scoffs at Facebook’s meddling in the matter.

Given that interest in the technology, we wondered what kind of games we’d like to see get the V.R. treatment. From the odd to the fantastic, we believe these digital worlds would be worth the price of admission.

Featured image taken by Sergey Galyonkin. Photo was resized.

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By Pixelitis Staff, April 4, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

The Year of Luigi may have sadly come and gone like dust in the wind, but that only means that there’s a ray of hope for a bright future for another hero in Nintendo’s roster.

Like many Nintendo fans, we at Pixelitis don’t think that Nintendo should stop at Luigi. Now that the underrated plumber got his shot at glory through releases like New Super Luigi U and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, it’s time to usher forth another Nintendo character that deserves his or her own chance at the spotlight.

But who should the year of 2014 belong to? Let’s get to picking.

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By Pixelitis Staff, March 26, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Betrayal is painful. Everyone’s experienced it in some form throughout their lives, and it never ceases to be interesting as a plot device. Especially when you least expect it.

Some of us can still remember the first time we were backstabbed by a teammate who decided to uncheck their alliance with you during a match in StarCraft. That was the worst. But I digress, in this week’s Pixelitis Picks we are focusing on the game characters that we (and the in-game protagonists) were deceived by. 

These are our favorite “Et tu, Brute” moments in the games we’ve played, aka those times where we felt like we were being stabbed in the heart by the ones we thought we could trust.

The truth hurts sometimes.

Beware, heavy spoilers follow for Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, BioShock and Portal 2.

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By Pixelitis Staff, March 12, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

With Titanfall finally making its landing in retail and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes filling that stealth action/mechanized nuclear weapon void in many fans’ hearts next Tuesday, it got us thinking again about one of the most badass sci-fi creations ever: freaking mechs.

Mechs come in many varieties. They’re usually piloted by someone sitting within its chassis, and whether they’re the clambering Metal Gear Rex or the swift and deadly Jehuty, we can all agree that they’re a thrill to pilot.

So with that in mind, jump into the cockpit with us as we reminisce on some our favorite mechs in gaming. And as always, remember to share with us your personal favorites in the comments below.

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By Pixelitis Staff, March 5, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

There are just some things that should just stay on consoles.

That’s right. Sorry Square Enix. Sorry Atlus. We know that Shin Megami Tensei‘s first English port will be in the form of an iOS and Android version and it could be decently playable, but we’re not holding our breath here.

While it’s admirable to see some ports of old school games for new audiences, it just seems shameful to see things like sprites getting watered down (re: Final Fantasy VI) or changing games to feature in-app purchases. Games with illustrious histories that stir up emotions within its fanbase deserve to be played, but maybe not with microtransactions. Nostalgia does not need to be nickeled and dimed. However, it’s been done. And it’ll probably happen again.

Either way, these travesties have lingered on in the collective gaming consciousness, and beloved franchises should be spared from the malignant disease that is mobile platforming.

So here we have it ladies and gentlemen. From the Tales of series to Fallout, here are franchises that we would like to never see on mobile. Ever.

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By Pixelitis Staff, February 27, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Many games involve bum-rushing a horde of enemies head-on and cutting them down as quickly as possible, but that’s not always exciting.

By contrast, the stealth sub-genre is a strange reversal because oftentimes, you don’t want to encounter your enemy at all, lest you risk untimely death. Games like Metal Gear Solid and the new Thief are all about sticking to the shadows, timing your movements and observing enemy patterns as you sneak your way past their line of sight.

With the new Thief now out of the shadows, Pixelitis gets all incognito and explores the best stealth gaming moments of all time.

Lurk in the shadows, my friends. And be sure to post your own favorite moments in the comments section below.

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By Pixelitis Staff, February 19, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

With Strider Hiryu having made his return in a brand new reboot of the classic Capcom series this past Tuesday, the publisher has managed to bring back another long-forgotten game character.

While creating new franchises and experiences is certainly something all publishers should strive for, there’s nothing wrong with bringing back a game or protagonist that fans have been clamoring for.

Allow us here at Pixelitis to chime in with some other videogame protagonists that deserve another chance in the spotlight. And be sure to add your own picks in the comments below.

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By Pixelitis Staff, February 12, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Love is weird. As humans are wont to do, we yearn for the affection of those around us and we put ourselves out there for the sake of finding “that special someone.”

As such, it’s only inevitable that the dreaded “awkward first date” will creep up from time to time. Whether you’ve watched it from the comfort of your restaurant table or you languished through a weird evening with a prospective mate, it’s always cringe-worthy.

Believe it or not, videogames have also delved into this deadliest of social minefields, letting us play through a myriad of awkward dates. Not unlike their real life counterparts, sometimes we watch and cringe, while other times we’re smack dab in the thick of it.

With Valentine’s Day approaching this Friday and an inevitable tide of romantic outings on the horizon, we thought it’d be appropriate to chronicle our favorite misadventures in the tragically awkward realm of videogame dates. Join us as we look for love in all the wrong places.

Oh yes, and happy actual Valentine’s Day as well. You guys are perfect for each other.

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By Pixelitis Staff, February 5, 2014 2 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Bravely Default is finally making its way to North American 3DSes this Friday, and it happens to throw a couple of JRPG characteristics for a loop.

Take random encounters for instance. For the first time ever in a JRPG, one will be able to control the amount of random encounters a player steps into with a simple change in the options menu. Players can opt to turn them off completely if they so choose. No Mrbl3, Repel or Diablos “No Encounter” skills needed.

Nevertheless, the game still features the kinds of features we expect from certain eastern RPGs, like the job system and chibi character designs. This got a bunch of us reminiscing about the kinds of tropes we most enjoy out of a JRPG. So join us as we try to make sense of our love for the genre, and be sure to chime in with your own opinions in the comments section below.

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