Weapon mash-ups in video games: Gun + Sword

Swords and guns are two of the most iconic weapons in games, swords being the go-to melee combat weapon, and guns the obvious answer for ranged combat.  But what about those time you need both?  I guess you could carry one of each, or try a bayonet.  If your feeling fancy you could try to combine the two.  In real life, this concept proved to be not very practical. Fortunately, in the world video games we don’t need to be practical. Let’s look at some of the most potent combinations of sword and gun that have appeared in some of my favorite video games.


P.S: Check out my friend’s latest blog post where he talks about his experience at Blizzcon this year.


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Defense through Offense: Aggressive Supports in Multiplayer Games

When playing multiplayer class based games, like an MMORPG or MOBA, I tend to play healers.  Healers, or Supports in MOBA style games, are critical roles, and the least popular one.  It’s easy to understand why, damage dealers get to pump out big numbers while doing cool things like tossing fireballs or slashing away with swords.  The Tank is the other critical role, but has more respect as their duty involves putting their virtual bodies between the rest of the party and whatever threatens them.  Leaders tend to take up the tank role as they are the ones who determine when to engage in a fight. Unlike tanks, healers are the furthest from danger, standing behind even the damage dealers.  Unlike the damage dealers, healers mostly just use spells on allies. Nothing too fancy, usually just the shine of holy light, or a soothing nature’s breeze.  Basically, their boring, but do they have to be?


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Five Hidden Gems for the PlayStation 2

I love the PS2, it’s my favorite console.  One the great things about PS2 was the vast number of games for it, covering a wide array of genres and experiences.  Because of the sheer number of games, many very interesting ones flew under people’s radars.  Here is a selection of 5 of my favorite games that you may not have heard of before.

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What makes Resident Evil 4 so special?

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When it comes to single player games, I very very rarely replay them. Heck, it’s not unusual for me to never beat many games that I claim to love.  I tend to play a game until I “get what it’s doing”, after which I’ll put it down and maybe never pick it up again.  When deciding what game to play, especially single player games, I like to seek out new experiences.  That said, there are a few games that break this mold: Bloodborne, some Final Fantasy games, and all the Metal Gear Solid games.  But the game I always come back to, the one I’ve replayed not once, or twice, but many many times, is Resident Evil 4.  With this blog post, I want to examine what it is about RE4 that makes it so memorable and repayable. What puts it above almost every other game* in my mind?

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The Importance of Sound in Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds


If you’ve played Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) before, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. This is a headphones only game. Turn off the music and avoid outside conversations, this game requires aural concentration.

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100 Word Game Review: Rayman Legends

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The more I play it the less I like it.

Early levels created a great sense of flow as you moved through them. Running, jumping, punching and hovering are fast and smooth. New worlds brought along new mechanics, explored them through level design, and ended with a bang, introducing me to a new concept: level design as music video.

Later levels amped up the difficulty by shrinking platform size and narrowing timing windows through safe routes.  These stricter requirements remove the ability to move through levels your way, requiring specific inputs at precise times, resulting in gameplay reduced to trial-and-error.

Score: 5 ~ (PS4) Inspired by these articles

My Favorite Pokemon Game: Pokemon Snap


Back in 1999 I was knee deep in the original Pokémon boom.  Game boy games, cartoons, and card games, I had it all.  Thinking back it was all fun, but one game amongst the rest always stands out in my mind.  A game we had to rent a nintendo 64 to play, Pokémon Snap. I only got to spend a single weekend with this game, it stuck with me as the highlight of my Pokémon experience. How did this photography simulator accomplish that?

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Collectable Chain Challenge in Rayman Legends.

Lately I’d been craving some good platforming action.  I looked through the PS4 store and checked out several different titles, then saw that Rayman Legends was on sale. Way back in the day I had the original Rayman on PC.  I never got very far, but I loved the art and animation.  Nostalgia mixed together with recollections of hearing good things about these newer games, so I picked it up.

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5 Coolest Card Designs in Knights of the Frozen Throne

Knights of the Frozen Throne, the latest hearthstone expansion, launches today.  This set looks unlike any other set we’ve had in hearthstone.  In many ways, it reminds me more of an MTG expansion (which makes sense as they’ve brought on an ex-MTG designer for this expansion).  There are many large and interesting ideas, as well as more counter play options.  For this list, I’ve chosen the 5 cards that stood out most to me while perusing spoiler lists.   Each of these cards I think will add interesting decisions during gameplay and deckbuilding to Hearthstone.  This list isn’t a ranking of how powerful I think these cards will be.  But I do think each is strong enough to see some play, otherwise they wouldn’t be adding interesting decisions to the game.


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