Category:  Pixelitis Picks

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

After a while, riding the various modes of transportation in our daily lives can turn into a humdrum sort of thing. While riding in cars and buss can cause some epic amounts of napping, leave it to games to come in and spice up our means of travel.

A cowboy’s pixellated pink horse in Sunset Riders, a beat-up Chryslus Highwayman running on fuel cells in Fallout 2 and an oversized yellow-feathered Chocobo are just a few of the crazy ways that game developers try to relieve the monotony of typical travel.

The need to share the crazy ways in which characters travel was too strong, so we here at Pixelitis have highlighted our favorite ways to get from point A to point B in a game. Though we’ve selected our favorites, it would be great to hear what your preferred methods of traveling in the fictional realm of gaming in the comments section below.

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By Pixelitis Staff, July 9, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

The characters in some of gaming’s most iconic titles have the coolest gadgets. From the eponymous Ratchet from the Ratchet and Clank series to Old Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4, there just happen to be those fictional things that we just wish we could have in our possession. Imagine how cool that would be.

What if instead of automatic weapons, the world’s armies fought with gunblades from Final Fantasy VIII, reducing all conflicts to a re-enactment of the Squall versus Seifer fight in the intro? How cool would it be if we all had robot helpers we could summon at any given time like Gaige the Mechromancer’s Deathtrap from Borderlands 2?

Whatever the item, weapon or device, one thing is for certain: sometimes we wish they were real and in some cases, in our possession.

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By Pixelitis Staff, July 2, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

It’s a great week to be an American.

Summer’s in full effect, fireworks and barbecues are just 48 hours away and now that we’ve lost in the World Cup, we can finally return to not caring about soccer – even if that loss stung a little bit…

In honor of our forefathers and the great country the Pixelitis staff calls home, we’ve put together a list of games that best exemplifies the ‘merican condition. From badassery to immigration, there’s plenty in our favorite pastime that just screams apple pie, monster trucks and giant explosions.

So if you’re proud to be an American or just watching our bombastic celebration from afar, hit the jump to gorge yourself on our picks like you’re at an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet.

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By Pixelitis Staff, June 18, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Eh-tres. E-trees. The E3 2014 expo was a place where technology and videogames collided in an explosion full of whimsy and tanks hanging from ceilings. And like a big firebomb, it was transitory but certainly left us with an impression.

There were some reveals we had not seen coming, such as the Grim Fandango announcement at Sony, as well as the Destiny Alpha that led to our subsequent streaming last weekend. It’s been a mixed bag for E3, though loads have had plenty different to say about that.

As far as what was surprising, there were some moments that left us with our jaws dropping and others that left us scratching our heads. We Pixelitis staffers have experienced our fair share of shocking E3 announcements, but here are some from this past week where we truly thought, “WTF?”  (more…)

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

It’s been a trying one and a half years for Nintendo and its Wii U console, and the company knows that it has to make this year count.

The company is not even close to any sort of danger given the Wii U’s performance, in part due to the strong and steady 3DS and its 2DS brother, we’re fairly certain that 2014 needs to be the year where they really need to step up their game.

With a record-breaking 1.2 million sales of Mario Kart 8 over its release weekend, Nintendo’s outlook on the commonly misunderstood system is still fairly positive. The publisher’s other big hitter, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, will be getting tons of attention at E3 this year thanks to an official tournament that’s bringing in professional Smash players from around the world. Couple that with the announcement of a Gamecube controller adapter for the Wii U, and it seems like Nintendo is really trying to step up its game with enticing more of its fanbase to get hyped for the Wii U.

So we’ve got Mario Kart 8. We’re heavily anticipating Super Smash Bros., so what else does the staff here at Pixelitis really want to see out of Nintendo? Read on to find out, and be sure to give us your input in the comments below.

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By Pixelitis Staff, May 28, 2014 5 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Last year, Sony had what felt like the mic drop heard around the world. They trolled Microsoft hard with their promises to be DRM-free, enable streaming for the future of gaming and a lot more.

But now that the PlayStation 4 is here and is sitting in our houses, here’s where Sony’s real work begins. Just one year out from getting off the hype train, there’s still a lot left that Sony can do. They announced Project Morpheus at CES earlier this year and they’re prepping PlayStation Now for launch. They’ve kept some of their promises and jumped on some extras, but what’s missing? Certainly there’s one more thing that Sony could do to clinch the deal as the console to own for this generation.

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By Pixelitis Staff, May 21, 2014 1 Features, Pixelitis Picks

You have to admit that there were a few flubs on Microsoft’s part in the company’s messaging with Xbox One last year.

Press and public alike were confused about the odd decisions regarding Xbox One DRM and the plan laid out for used games, which had seemed overly complicated and limiting to the consumer.

But nevertheless, it doesn’t have to be that way at this year’s E3, and Microsoft is more than capable of picking itself up, especially after the stinging retorts that came out of Sony’s E3 2013 press conference.

The company is already starting to take steps in the right direction for its consumers, such as offering a Kinect-less Xbox One SKU for $399.99 starting on June 9, one day before E3. June is also bringing in much-needed firmware updates that give you the option to use external storage and to use your real name online. It also appears that Microsoft is finally getting more serious with the Games for Gold program, which will begin offering more free games and discounts that will rival the deals and games one can find with PlayStation Plus.

All of these are necessary steps, but some of us at Pixelitis have some of our own ideas on what we would personally like to see out of Microsoft at this year’s E3.

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By Pixelitis Staff, May 14, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Swords and videogames go hand in hand, if you’ll excuse the horrible pun.

Despite being technologically obsolete, swords being anchored in yesteryear has done nothing to prevent them from being featured in a plethora of videogames stemming from all eras. Be it Link wielding the Master Sword in the fantastic world of Hyrule or Cloud slashing through dystopian monarchies in the slums of Midgar, swords are a welcome addition to all decades and genres.

There are dozens of reasons for the sword’s continued popularity in videogames. They allow for great gameplay possibilities, they retain a nostalgic charm and as a rose is a rose is a rose, swords also just look cool.

A couple of us at Pixelitis have looked back and picked out which sword from videogame history is our personal favorite.

Be sure to comment with your own thoughts. There are a lot of swords to choose from.

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By Pixelitis Staff, May 7, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Like humans, every video game deserves to be loved.

Whether it’s the silliest JRPG or the bloodiest FPS, there will always be a person that loves playing it—even if nobody else does. Have you ever sat on the bus with your handheld gaming device and experienced someone looking over your shoulder, querulous about what exactly you are playing on there? How about having friends over and they notice that one lone PS game that you could have sworn you’d put away? Yeah, us too.

Here is a list of games that we feel fall into that category, and at this point we don’t care who knows about it.

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By Pixelitis Staff, April 30, 2014 2 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Here at Pixelitis, we all strongly believe that videogames are art. And like art, some of it is garbage.

While taste is personal, every once in a while there is a game so overwhelmingly horrible that its existence is beyond human comprehension. As the Angry Video Game Nerd would say: “What were they thinking!?”

While E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 is often considered the worst game of all time, we think there are some other titles that deserve an equally dishonorable place in history/a landfill. Check out our picks after the jump.

As always, feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section. There’s plenty of room in the landfill of shame.

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