March Etsy Finds

Year-round Etsy is a great place to go for unique finds. I usually find myself browsing through Etsy around the holidays and forget it can be a treasure-trove of artistic expressions and cool trinkets for any of your eclectic tastes.  Were going to start highlighting our favorite monthly finds.  Whether you’re trying to find a gift for someone special or just looking to treat yo’ self to something fun, check back monthly for our newest finds.

This month, we’re highlighting four of our favorite sellers:

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The Gaming Menu for March 2017

Here in Texas winter is quickly thawing and with it so too does the gaming market heat up. March features a console launch along with a solid list of AAA titles to see you through the end of slush.

Nintendo Switch

March 3rd

Finally. This is it. The launch of Nintendo’s newest console hits at the start of the month. I won’t be picking one up at launch (more on that tomorrow), but I’ll be rooting for a successful launch all the same. The Switch’s launch lineup has a little bit of everything, but a few games stand out to me:

  • 1-2-Switch
  • Super Bomberman R
  • and…

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

March 3rd

Every time I think about this game I feel a sense of calm come over me and I swear I hear angels sing. That’s what can happen when a new game in your favorite series is released. Given the scale of Breath of the Wild shown off in early videos, I’m preparing to let this game consume my gaming life for the foreseeable future.

MLB: The Show 17

March 28th

As if a new Zelda game wasn’t enough, baseball’s opening day is tantalizingly close. Nothing marks its arrival like MLB: The Show. A sports game you can always count on to show a marked annual improvement; it’s the only sports game I will continuously pick up. Oh, and this year’s game heavily features 90’s Baseball God Ken Griffey Jr. and a retro mode, for which I am always a sucker. Play ball.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

March 21

I skipped the 3rd entry of Mass Effect after reading up on the lackluster finish to the story, Andromeda might be enough to pull me back in though. Combat looks greatly improved, with greatly enhanced movement abilities, and a wide variety of enemy types. A built-up set of RPG features could turn Andromeda into the sci-fi equivalent of Witcher III.

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Games of February 2017

February is here, and while many of us are still writing 2016 on everything (or maybe it’s just me), the video game calendar waits for no one. The second month of 2017 is a bit sparse, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for me. I’m still working on a backlog a mile wide, so a month like this ends up turning into a “future sales wishlist” so to speak. Here are a few games of which I’m keeping note.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World

A port of the similarly named Wii U title. I never did buy Wooly World, but I played a few levels on various occasions and it was as solid as any Nintendo platformer. Don’t expect it to be groundbreaking, but it should be a fun game to play on-the-go, and its visuals are gorgeous for a handheld.

For Honor

The final beta just wrapped up for this game, and if it’s half as fun to play as it is to watch it should be a hit. Matches look intense, and the skill ceiling seems to separate the good from the great in a satisfying way. There are some potential technical hiccups to get past (peer-to-peer networking being a prime example), but I still expect For Honor to have plenty of potential given a week month of game releases.

Halo Wars 2

There are dozens of us that loved the first Halo Wars on Xbox 360. It was a simple but fun game that did a solid job of bringing the RTS genre to a console, and it was a great source of Halo-lore for dedicated fans of the series. If Halo Wars 2 can pick up the pace of play in matches, and have a meaningful story, it should be a great addition to the Halo universe.

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Games to Watch – January 2017

January is traditionally a slower month for video game releases. Holiday hangovers are still in full effect in mind, body, and wallets, so it’s rare to see a blockbuster game released early in the year. The first month of 2017 does have a few big name games to look forward too though, especially if you like ports. Here are a few games of the month to keep an eye on.

Night in the Woods

January 10th

A stylistic and story-driven indie sidescroller, Night in the Woods follows Mae, a college dropout who returns home to find things aren’t as she remembers. I didn’t know about Night in the Woods until I started this post, but the videos I’ve seen give off a subtly creepy vibe that’s really caught my eye. From its art to its gameplay, Night in the Woods looks to be different in a lot of ways and I can’t wait to try it.

Gravity Rush 2

January 20th

I never played the original on PSP Vita, but I may have to try this sequel coming to PS4 later this month. It’s hard to describe the gameplay I’ve seen so far, so check out the video above. From what I can tell it’s an action/beat’em up that makes use of the environment to create some really exciting combat. Might also be in my best interests to pick up some motion sickness pills along with it.

Road Redemption

January 15th

Road Redemption looks like dumb, over the top, carnage-inducing fun, and I really want to play it with a group of friends. This looks like cops and robbers style gameplay on steroids. Who can say no to a game that lets you kick a friend in the face from a motorcycle, then hit another with a baseball bat before dodging an 8 car pileup?

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2016: A Video Game Review

New year’s is a holiday for reflection, and we here at Games and Grinds are ready to jump in on the fun. As per usual, a lack of funds and free time meant my backlog grew exponentially this year, but I did manage to get my hands on a few fantastic games. For me 2016 was the year I renewed my interest in FPS, found a few indie gems, and fell in love with some of my favorite series all over again. Check out the list below to see which games stuck out during a year of gaming greatness.

Overwatch

My shooter of the year, hands down. Overwatch dominated my summer this year and more. It’s been a long time since I dedicated large amounts of time to an FPS, but the amount of polish Blizzard put into Overwatch kept me coming back for more. From the maps to the characters, every inch of this game is oozing with personality and charm. This personality translates into gameplay that supports a wide variety of playstyles with characters that fit into nearly every niche. Whether you’re a tank, shooter, healer, defender, or some combination in between, I’m pretty sure anyway can find an enjoyable way to play. It’s hard for me to get excited over a multiplayer-only game, but Overwatch pushes all the right buttons.

Civilization 6

It’ll take a while to see whether Civ 6 survives the test of time, but there’s no doubt this is a solid addition to the Civilization series and a great jump off point for future development. I love the amount of detail and thought that goes into each new city you build during a game of Civ 6. Each one develops differently according to the resources surrounding it, giving the city and country as a whole a unique feeling. It really helps give each new game a fresh spin. There are still a few AI and balance tweaks to fix, but overall I’m quite happy with the newest Civilization installment.

Battlefield 1

I haven’t played nearly as much of BF1 as I would have liked since its launch, but what I have played has been pretty damn good. The standard Battlefield formula is about as foolproof as you can get, and the WWI aesthetic gives every battle a grandiose feeling that creates some awe-inspiring moments. The Operations game mode could be one of the best additions to multiplayer gaming I’ve seen in years. It’s a simple concept, but playing a series of attack/defend scenarios tied together across several maps gives each round an overarching narrative with a bit more punch than your average pvp games.

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