Games of June (2016)

Triple degree weather is here and we brought the caliente to share with everyone. I don’t know if it was the heat but things slowed down a bit this month. I recently found out I got a promotion at work, so that too took some time and focus away from my well-red duties. There’s always July! Here’s a spicy recap of the month of June and the games we had the pleasure of reviewing:

 

A couple of milestones we hit in June came in the form of two Liebster nominations (shout out to Cheap Boss Attack for being so informative as to what that word actually means), reaching 200+ followers and 9000 hits. Thank you to our readers and followers for your faithful support!

June launched with a review on Final Fantasy IV, an oft overlooked title in the series but one which deserves more popularity than it has. Armored Core 3 and Taiko: Drum Master were two blasts for the proverbial past on the PS2. We took the clock waaay, way back in time to 1981 and revisited Galaga and later the highly recommendable NES masterpiece: Kirby’s Adventure. Seriously, you must play that.

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Speaking of must plays… Shadow of the Colossus. If you’ve never played it, surely you’ve heard of it by reputation. One of the highest rated games on our blog. And not without reason. it’s a work of art.

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The Rage Mage brought the hate with a spiteful review of a horrible movie adaptation of Jaws from the NES, and again with a review of Wheel of Fortune for the N64. Oddly enough, his review of that game was actually the first Nintendo 64 game to ever be reviewed on this blog. Crazy, right? Thank goodness we were able to wash that flavor out of our mouths with the far superior N64 title, the evergreen Super Mario 64. A true timeless classic.

 

Also, Surgeon Simulator is good if you want to get a laugh at parties. If you go to parties.

June was also the month of E3 and the PlayStation Conference, which yielded several new trailers and tidbits for some awesome upcoming projects: Bound, a new Batman series, Call of Cthulhu, Injustice 2, Final Fantasy XII: the Zodiac Age (a personal favorite) and of course The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which looks phenomenal.

 

I’d also recommend an article we put up about accepting criticism. It’s received a lot of positive response from fellow bloggers and dealing with the harsh criticism of the internet, and what to do about it, seems like a subject that many of us have had to encounter at some point or another.criticism2We also brought back the “Why I Love Classic Gaming” series and participated in a petition (which is still ongoing) to tell Konami to get back in the game!

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Finally, we donned our swimsuits and dove for the crystal blue waters with a trip to the beach in an examination of Top 20 video game Beach themes.

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Try not to think about Jaws.

Things are looking up. With your help, we’ll reach 10k views soon. Who knows what comes next after that? So as always, thanks for reading and you can check out the scores for our June reviews below. Happy July!
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-The Well-Red Mage

 

Ranked best to worst:

Shadow of the Colossus (2005)  9.9

Super Mario 64 (1996)  9.6

Final Fantasy IV (1991)  8.8

Kirby’s Adventure (1993)  8.4

Taiko: Drum Master (2004)  8.1

Galaga (1981)  7.5

Surgeon Simulator: A&E Anniversary Edition (2014)  7.5

Armored Core 3 (2002)  7.4

Rock n’ Roll Racing (1993)  5.9

Jaws (1987)  4.1

Wheel of Fortune 64 (1997)  3.9

 

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