My Favorite Sequence in Breath of the Wild

No, this isn’t buttonmashing’s pivot to video, but I’m posting this for posterity’s sake. I have unlocked all but one Sheikah Tower in Breath of the Wild, so I won’t be seeing this little cinematic interlude anymore and I can’t bear to lose it. It’s easily my favorite 10+ seconds in Breath of the Wild:

(stay tuned for more Breath of the Wild content coming soon)

Weekend Gaming Looks Back at 2017


Before we get to the weekend gaming report, I thought it’d be fun to do a little year-end review of the gaming I did in 2017.

2017 was the year I actually played video games. For the past couple of years I seemed to really only dabble with games here or there while I spent the bulk of my time playing Dota 2. I still played a lot of Dota 2 this year, but it definitely took a back seat. 2017 was also the year that I finished more than one game, which is a milestone in and of itself. So here’s a quick rundown of games that kept me busy in 2017. These are in no particular order. (Or are they??)

Dota 2: Like I said, I still spent a good chunk of time playing Dota 2. Not a lot to say here. The newest patch introduced two new heroes, a bunch of new items, hero updates and I don’t think I’ve played more than 10 matches since the update. I don’t know if that says more about me or about the state of the game.

Resident Evil 7: Resident Evil 4 is in my personal Video Game Mount Rushmore. Resident Evil 5 was pretty alright and was a lot of fun co-op. I haven’t spent much time with RE6 but it’s in my Steam Library. I figure I’ll get to it eventually. When I heard Resident Evil 7 was looking good in early previews, I gave it a go. I even streamed the entire game, a first for me. The switch to first person was a great addition (when I discovered the kept the quick-turn mechanic, I squealed with delight). RE7 is a worthy member of the Resident Evil series.

Nier: Automata: This title was picked up purely on a whim, and I’m glad I grabbed. Nier: Automata has charm, an interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world, and an absolutely killer soundtrack. It also had some straight-up bonkers and weird moments, like the time a swarm of robots came together to for a cocoon (egg?) and gave birth to a naked, androgynous android. That was a Top 2 WTF video game moment. (Actually, it’s probably #1 on the WTF scale. I can’t think of anything weirder). Would probably be my Game of the Year if it wasn’t for BotW.

The Switch: This year I picked up the greatest console ever (I do believe when it’s all said and done, the Nintendo Switch will supplant the SNES as my favorite console of all time). I haven’t even played that many games on it yet, but every time I pick it up (whether it’s with the Pro Controller, playing it on the TV or I pick it up out of its dock and play on its small but brilliant screen) the potential just oozes. Initially, I picked up Breath of the Wild and Overcooked. BotW we’ll get to later, but I do want to mention that Overcooked is a super fun party game to play with, especially with people you want to come to hate. Later in the year, I picked up Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8. I haven’t had a chance to spend a ton of time with either of those titles (it will become clear why later) but I could easily lose hours at a time to either title.

The Division: I picked up a Xbox One when I got my surface and I picked a special edition The Division Xbox One. I put in 15-20 hours of The Division on the Xbox One, enjoyed it enough, and set it aside. Late last year I was thinking I wanted to play a “Christmas Game” and remembered that The Division was set around Christmas time. This time I picked it up on PC so I could co-op with my mates and we spent the majority of Christmas break running around Manhattan, making Dark Zone runs, hijacking extractions and having a merry ole time. Unbeknownst to us, we were enjoying the golden age of this 2+ year old game. The Division is a pretty dang good game by yourself, but is fantastic when playing with friends.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: A lot of virtual ink has been spilled extolling the virtues of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I got on the bandwagon late, but man-oh-man is this a great game. Everything that has been said about it is true: it is a perfect open world game, with exploration for days, a crafting system that is useful and soothing, collection quests that aren’t in your face, a story line that is laced with a wistful melancholy, and a hero that is a perfect proxy for escapism. I think I’ve logged 50+ hours into this game and am approaching the 1/2 point (by my estimation) and I can’t wait to see what the game holds in store.

Unfortunately for me, my three kids also think it’s the best game ever and it’s a battle to get time with the Switch. But I don’t begrudge the sharing. It’s been great seeing the game through their eyes. My daughter decided she didn’t want to harm any animals, so she decided to do a vegan playthrough. My youngest wants to catch up to where dad is while my middle son is content to explore and document the world through his Sheikah Slate. It truly has something for everyone.

So that was 2017 for me. What were some 2017 stand-outs for you?

And I’ll be saving NYC and the world this weekend, unburdening some bad guys of the sweet, sweet loots they are hoarding. What will you be playing?

January Releases

Not a whole lot to comment on the first list of new releases for 2018. I assume everyone’s got a pile of games to play from the holidays, anyway. On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of January 22nd

Week of January 29th


Nintendo Switch

Week of January 22nd


Nintendo 3DS

Week of January 15th


PC

Week of January 1st
Bravium

Week of January 8th
Deck Casters
Golf Extreme

Week of January 22nd
Railway Empire
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
The Mind’s Eclipse

Week of January 29th
Unforeseen Incidents
The Station


Sony Playstation 4

Week of January 15th

Week of January 22nd

Week of January 29th


Sony Playstation Vita

No new releases this month for the Playstation Vita


What are you picking up this month?

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December Releases

I almost didn’t post this month’s releases, because honestly, there isn’t anything that sets my pants on fire. Ok, PUBG on the Xbox One is a maybe, but the fact that it’s “Game Preview Edition” edition makes me very wary. I’ve successfully avoided Battle Royale hype wave so far (but I did read the book!) so I’m in no hurry to hop on a preview version on a console.

On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of December 4th

Week of December 11th

Week of December 25th


Nintendo Switch

Week of December 25th


Nintendo 3DS

No new releases for the Nintendo 3DS this month.


PC

Week of December 4th
Hello Neighbor
SpellForce 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Portal Power – TMNT tactics? Color me intrigued.
Nine Parchments
Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Legends of the Alliance

Week of December 11th
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition
Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan

Week of December 18th
I fell from Grace


Sony Playstation 4

Week of December 4th

Week of December 25th


Sony Playstation Vita

No new releases for the Playstation Vita this month.


What are you picking up this month?

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Weekend Gaming Takes a Breath

It’s the first weekend of December. Here at Buttonmashing HQ, the weather hasn’t quite turned cold yet, but we’ll probably still be found nice and cozy indoors while we do a little gaming this weekend.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still taking up the majority of my gaming and I imagine a large chunk of my time this weekend will be spent exploring the vast world of BotW. I recently freed one of the Divine Beasts which puts me at a quarter of the way to my end goal of defeating Calamity Ganon. But everytime I look at all the unexplored regions of my map, I get overwhelmed. It doesn’t feel like I’m 25% of the way there.

I also recently downloaded the Animal Crossing iOS game, Pocket Camp, but haven’t really had a chance to poke around much past the initial introduction to the game, so I plan to spend a little time with Animal Crossing, as well.

Other than that, I’m not sure. I’m toying with the idea of going back to The Division, for old time’s sake. With the game being set around the holiday season, it just feels right.

What are you playing this weekend?

November Releases

Normally, November brings a barrage of triple-A games to get on shelves before the holidays start, but this month is not like other months. Besides Sims 4 and Star Wars Battlefront 2, there isn’t a whole lot to be excited about. Skyrim on the Switch might be tempting to some, but I think I’m going to pass. On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of November 6th

Week of November 13th

Week of November 27th


Nintendo Switch

Week of November 13th


Nintendo 3DS

Week of November 6th

Week of November 13th

Week of November 20th


PC

Week of November 6th
Nioh: Complete Edition
Onimod Land
Football Manager 2018

Week of November 13th
World of Warships
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope – What’s that, you say? A Harvest Moon game? On PC? Time to break out the time-honored tradition of linking my favorite post I’ve ever written, a review of Harvest Moon on the Gamecube.
Skein

Week of November 20th
Midnight Quest
Golem
WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY
Family Jewels – GOTY, 2017

Week of November 27th
Apocryph
Seven: The Days Long Gone
STAR OCEAN – THE LAST HOPE


Sony Playstation 4

Week of November 6th

Week of November 13th

Week of November 20th

Week of November 27th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of November 13th

Week of November 20th


What are you picking up this month?

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In my Weekend Gaming Hands

Weekend Gaming

2017 has been a pretty decent year for gaming with a lot of good games already out and even more on the way, including a couple very big releases that have a surprising thread running through the two of them:

Seriously, though, in the Buttonmashing household, this is going to be a great weekend (minus some funeral stuff, but that’s neither here nor there). We’ve got Super Mario Odyssey downloading on the Switch, a HUGE OSU Football game on Saturday and STRANGER THINGS 2!! (Oh, and the Buttonwife is auditioning to be on Family Feud with other members of the family including fellow Buttonmasher James). It’s a cornucopia of good content waiting to be consumed.

Pile on top of that the Steam Halloween Sale, and you’ve got yourself quite the gaming weekend.

Steam Halloween Sale

I think I’ll be spending the majority of my time with the Switch playing Super Mario but I’m sure we’ll sprinkle in some Dota 2 and other PC gaming.

What are you playing this weekend?

October Releases

October is usually when the ball starts rolling on the big-time releases and this year is no different. A bunch of premier titles coming out this month, with a little something for everyone — Forza 7 and GT Sport for racing fans, WWE 2k18 for wrestling heads, Shadow of War for all your orc-head-chopping needs, Assassin’s Creed for your human-stabbing-needs, Call of Duty for those of us who can’t get enough of shooting Nazis and of course Super Mario Odyssey for those of us who know what real video games are. On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of October 2nd

Week of October 9th

Week of October 16th

Week of October 23rd

Week of October 30th


Nintendo Switch

Week of October 23rd

Week of October 30th


Nintendo 3DS

Week of October 2nd

Week of October 16th


PC

Week of October 2nd
Damned Hours
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
EMPYRE: Lords of the Sea Gates
Omega Strike
JYDGE
Civil War: 1864

Week of October 9th
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Forgotten Land
Raiden V: Director’s Cut
Dungeons 3

Week of October 16th
The Jackbox Party Pack 4
Rogue Trooper Redux
ELEX
South Park: The Fractured but Whole
WWE 2K18

Week of October 23rd
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Week of October 30th
Spintires: MudRunner


Sony Playstation 4

Week of October 2nd

Week of October 9th

Week of October 16th

Week of October 23rd

Week of October 30th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of October 2nd

Week of October 9th

Week of October 23rd


I’ll definitely be getting Super Mario Odyssey. What are you picking up this month?

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September Releases

We’re getting to that time of year, where the releases start piling up as companies start releasing marque games, hoping to get in on the upcoming holiday shopping sprees. There are a few games of note for this month, including Destiny 2 (not necessarily for me) and Cuphead (necessarily for me). On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of September 4th

Week of September 11th

Week of September 18th

Week of September 25th


Nintendo Switch

Week of September 18th


Nintendo 3DS

Week of September 4th

Week of September 11th


PC

Week of September 4th
Beat The Game
Age of Gladiators II
An Occasional Dream
Time Golf Squad
Blood Bowl 2 – Official Expansion
Hexlide
DAMN!
Twisted S

Week of September 11th
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
NBA 2K18
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA

Week of September 18th
Steampunk Syndicate 2
The Coma: Recut
Ancient Frontier
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
ECHO

Week of September 25th
Cuphead
Kaet Must Die!
Total War: WARHAMMER II
Hob
RAID: World War II
RUINER
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony


Sony Playstation 4

Week of September 4th

Week of September 11th

Week of September 18th

Week of September 25th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of September 4th

Week of September 11th

Week of September 18th

Week of September 25th


What are you picking up this month?

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