Legacy Editorials will be once a month things and mostly used as a way to pass my own views on certain events, games or news around the time of publication.
Legacy To Do List
All the things I still want to bring to Legacy in both the short and longer term.
The main reason for this section is to keep myself motivated to keep on pushing forward and of course to hopefully let you know what's still to come.
Well firstly I wish everyone visiting a happy new year and hopefully a fun game filled 2020.
2019 wasn't a great year for the Legacy project or me on a personal level.
I had a house move that had multiple moving in dates spread over almost 5 months (we did get there eventually)
A number of health issues both personally and within my immediate family, I've had Hospital surgery right before Xmas and lost some one very important to me to cancer just 10 days before Christmas itself.
It's fair to say 2019 is a year i'll look back on with very few positive memories.
Even from a gaming point of view many very good games have come and gone with very little impact or attention given to them.
My Nintendo Switch probably was less than 200 hours of use in total in 2019 despite me buying more than 50 new switch games at retail.
My Xbox One saw even less PC gaming never got a look in on my old creaking laptop (that lost it's screen and had to be hooked up to a monitor)
Only the PS4 managed any semblance of gaming normality for me during 2019 and that was spread quite thinly across only a handful of games with only 1,142 trophies (38 of which were platinum) the whole year.
But this is a new year and even a new decade.
if ever there was a time to start again then now is probably as good as any other.
There will be the odd day when this website does have to take a back seat to real life but those days should now thankfully be come much rarer events than in the past.
I have a new custom built gaming PC (that will probably still not see much actual gaming) my kids disabilities and issues are being dealt with in school in a more positive way.
And the majority of my health issues are now thankfully behind me.
Legacy will be back to a regular schedule from January 6th 2020
The main goals for Legacy this month is trying to get some content onto the website.
I'm hoping to be sharing between 2 and 5 new press releases everyday and publishing a few more of the toys to life check lists.
There may also be a few more addition to the reviews, media and achievement lists but they aren't a priority for January 2020
I'm also hoping to start with our regular Legacy Live streams from mid January.
This will be live streamed via our Twitch channel and for at least the first few months will probably only consist of 1 stream a week.
(I will try and offer up 4 different games every month so we can get some variety in the streams.
There won't be any live commentary during these streams and I'm under no illusion or expectations of becoming the next twitch mega star.
I share videos and streams for the love of gaming and the industry not for popularity of financial gain.
I'll be spending the next few days installing and updating a number of apps onto the new PC as well as transferring my own Legacy database (currently sits at almost 1 tb of data covering more than 100,000 games and companies.
I'm hopefully all of that data and much more will be on the Legacy website within a few years.
Thanks for checking us out I hope you'll come back on a regular basis all visitors are very much appreciated.
As I've already covered elsewhere in this editorial December wasn't a great month for me.
so I didn't actually spend all that much time playing a whole lot.
the only game that got any significant game time was Dead By Daylight as for whatever reason I decided now would be a good time to start making progress in the archives and trying to accomplish all the challenges within the rift.
I'm actually onto the 4th stage and only have a handful of challenges left and I'm pleased to admit that while I originally wasn't all that interested in yet another progression based challenge in a game It had provided me with the motivation and challenge I have thoroughly enjoyed.
With the exception of blinding a killer carrying another survivor that took me 73 games to complete (no that's not an exaggeration!)
I'll start by wishing everyone reading a happy new year (yes 10 days late) and hope you all had a good holiday season and hopefully got at least one of those games that you really wanted.
I personally didn't have the greatest xmas for a number of reasons it's not really worth getting into right now.
Thankfully though almost everything is fixed and other than 1 day I have to go into hospital for surgery (date still pending it was supposed to be today but was cancelled with 20 hours notice) Legacy is and will remain my main focus for the rest of the year.
Over the weekend I'll be publishing a guide to which parts of this website will be updated and on which days, the main reasons for this is firstly to help keep this site focused and ensure things get done in a more orderly fashion and of course it will hopefully help all of you exactly when the content you want to see will arrive.
As I already covered in the mini editorial they'll be a number of set changes made to legacy from this year.
Most of these changes were already being considered but for a number of reasons not least to give legacy what will hopefully be a core structure moving forward working on a set daily time table seems like the best way forward at least until any time in the future where perhaps we have the staff required to make posts in almost every section of the site on a daily basis.
Of course I could slim Legacy down until such a time arose dropping press releases for example would save me multiple hours a day but that's not something I'm even remotely contemplating doing.
Legacy's main focus throughout 2019 will be checklists and building the foundations of the database but we'll still find a few spare hours on a few days of the week to add content to the rest of the website too.
The weekly Legacy schedule will be posted to the home page at some point over the weekend and will be reviewed on a monthly basis and changed / updated when required.
We will be aiming for a minimum 3 posts a day, that doesn't really sound like a whole lot but that doesn't mean the rest of the time will be spent doing nothing.
Researching the checklists and to a lesser extent the database can take weeks sometimes even months at a time to ensure we provide the most accurate downloadable lists in the world.
Some of the lists will be going up without the collectors extras sections early on as that part of the lists takes the longest amount of time to get right and will almost always be added to again and again in future regardless.
Doing so will also provide you all with core master lists far quicker than it otherwise would.
Legacy will also be adding new Legacy Live posts to the media section later this month (probably next week) 2 or 3 times a week we'll be live streaming on twitch for a couple of hours or so.
We aren't doing this for fame or fortune and doing so won't reduce the amount of work we put into this site either.
After spending most of the day writing about or researching video games it's nice to spend a few hours a night actually playing some!
and since I'll be doing it anyway I might as well stream some of it.
Do be warned of course that as soon as I hit record on anything absolutely anything that I can mess up in a game will normally happen!
From February onwards I'll probably be doing monthly themed streams covering a different game each week but for January it's likely to just be whatever I feel like playing.
I did a Dead By Daylight test stream last night and it's fair to say it didn't go all that well.
or perhaps better to say I was killed in all 5 games!
But I did somehow manage to keep hold of my rank 1 ranking by the end of the night.
Finally in between what always feel like near death experiences of man flu over the holiday period and a number of other issues too I began work on 2 choose your own adventure stories.
One is based on dead by daylight and already purely based on a quick choices draft I've made out looks like being well over 2,500 pages long!
You'll start by choosing who of the 4 featured survivors you'd like to play as and then try get the 5 generators up and running and out of the gate before the killer hooks you.
Will you search the chest for better equipment, cleanse the burning hex skull nearby, rescue others from the hook, or perhaps just try and wait until everyone else is dead and jump in the hatch?
I'm not putting a time scale on the completion of the work that particular adventure is going to be huge with hundreds of choices for each of the survivors
The second will be much smaller in scale but still have enough choices to give you more than one read through should you desire and hopefully give everyone an idea of what these things will look like and exactly how they will work.
They'll all be published on legacy and at the end of each chapter the choice you make will link to the next part of the story.
While it would be great to have them in some kind of official format digital or print that isn't why they are being written, we aren't looking for any kind of commercial gains and all right holders will be made aware of their existence on completion.
If things go well then more mostly shorter choose your own game related stories will follow with the odd 5,000 page epic thrown in every few years just for fun.
But again just like everything else this is just something I'll be doing in my down time I've always written stories and over the past year I've read a few excellent (non gaming related) choose your own adventure books that inspired me to give the style a shot.
Other than the usual suspects I haven't played a whole lot over the past few weeks due to illness but on some of the better days I did manage to get a couple of platinum trophies from a couple of retro inspired games I found most enjoyable.
A late 90's inspired 3d platformer that offers just enough collectables and tasks to give the game a reasonable length.
It would have perhaps benefited from one or two more levels and an increased difficulty even on new game plus where you only have 1 heart I didn't find the majority of the game all that much of a challenge.
Of course I was brought up playing games in the 80's and I've played a lot of platform games so it was never likely to be that difficult for me personally.
It's priced about right and I bought it on sale too so if 3d platformers are your thing it's worth a look sometime.
An indie game from new zealand with clear inspiration and love for Zelda in particular A Link To The Past.
The game a s you might expect is not as big, or well executed as A link to the past but that was of course never going to happen anyway.
Like Poi the game is a little short and on the easier side (at least until you reach the bonus 6th dungeon after you beat the main story)
There are a few side quests to complete familiar zelda esque items & puzzles to find and solve and 20 bird feathers hidden around the world for those of you that like to complete everything 100%
A couple of the puzzles had me puzzled for a good few minutes as a solution really wasn't that obvious but I got through the whole thing guide free and most others should too.
If your a fan of 2d games in particular I'd urge you to at least take a look at this charming little adventure.
This is the 100th post on the newly revised Video Game Legacy and it's 6 days later than it was supposed to be!
Unfortunately as is occasionally the case the past week has been a rather demanding one, I have 4 kids under the age of 10, 3 of them are on very different sections of the autistic spectrum and the run up to xmas can lead to a number varying problem this year we mixed in a number of must attend professional and medical appointments too.
But your not here to read all about that and while I'm sure that some of my real world distractions will put off a few I'm at least happy enough to note that Legacy was still updated every single day and will be throughout the rest of December.
While I'm probably going to fall short of my 100 posts a month target again this month it's something that we'll constantly strive for throughout 2019.
In the next editorial which should be January 1st 2019 I'll be posting a daily post schedule so everyone can see exactly which parts of Legacy will be updated on which days.
Doing this not only helps give me focus and routine to ensure things are ready hopefully a couple of days in advance but will let all of you know exactly when the content your most interested in viewing will be up.
During the past month the majority of the focus has been on press releases that land in our inbox and for the most part December will follow the same pattern.
However we have begun adding weekly store updates from PlayStation and Xbox, Nintendo store updates should start today.
I'm still weighing up exactly how we are going to post Steam store updates as they often add 100+ games every single day.
I've also made posts in the database, reviews, media, achievements and hints sections in the last few months to give an idea of how they will look once they are being regularly updated.
I've also posted a number of checklists to legacy already and yes we know their all relatively short Amiibo lists at present but again their main purpose is to show how bigger lists will look when they begin arriving next year.
I'll try make sure all the Amiibo lists are up before the end of this year so I can move onto some of the console lists from early January.
Pokemon Lets Go Eevee (Nintendo Switch)
I've played through the first 3 gyms of the game and got to the point where i'm about to enter the tower in lavender town and hopefully catch a great gastly so I can have a gengar on my team.
Due to work and family commitments I haven't actually had much time to play for the past week or so but my general early impression is reasonably positive (forced motion controls aside)
Thomas Was Alone (Xbox One Game Pass)
Probably my favourite indie title of all time.
I have beat thomas was alone on the Wii U, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Steam and even on my phone so when I noticed the game on Xbox Game Pass I thought why not one last time.
Not that I really need an excuse to spend a little more time with a few coloured shapes with names but my gamerscore is probably all the more grateful for it.
To top it off my 5 year old daughter has become so attached to the game she's now playing through it herself and despite a few frustrations she's actually doing quite well.
I don't spend all that much time playing games on steam largely because after spending so much time working on my pc and or Laptop the last thing I really want to do is be stat staring at my pc and or laptop gaming or otherwise.
But when I noticed Peggle sat there on my steam list (I bought it years ago and then forgot) I was drawn back in to oh just a few levels which in turn actually led to me beating the entire main game.
I still have to do all the missions and clear all 100 pegs on every level but it's something I'm certainly going to try and do between now and the end of the year before moving on to peggle nights which I also found in my steam account!
Sorry there are no videos for this months editorial I never really got any time to film any footage and genuinely had very little gaming time as I tried to get Legacy back up and running.
Welcome to the first editorial of what will hopefully be the the final refresh (restart) of Legacy.
I'd like to say I've spent the past few months perfecting the layout and design of the site as well as preparing as much of the database for the November relaunch which is partly true but unfortunately I've also had a number of health and family issues to deal with too.
Legacy is a huge personal project and I have a grand vision for how I eventually want everything to look and a huge number of features I'd like to include.
I have however finally come to the logical conclusion that trying to push everything at the exact same time will do little more than give a disjointed and unorganised presentation and service.
We'll be starting out as a news site for the rest of 2018 (with a couple of features thrown in if time permits)
During this time I'll also be working on the checklists and the database behind the scenes.
From January 2019 I'll be trying to add a little more varied content each week and we'll hopefully have the Legacy store up an running in April 2019.
I genuinely thank everyone who has stuck by the website during the many restarts and changes, that includes both visitors and the many gaming developers and publishers who kept in touch I still read every single press release during the down time all 3793 of them (yes I keep count)
Legacy will begin publishing press releases again from Monday November 5th 2018.
I hope everyone had a happy Halloween and lets all try and have a good end to the year.
As this is the first editorial of the new look legacy I've pretty much covered everything new that will be coming to legacy this month.
For the most part this month will only be focused on the many press releases that land in our inbox or those shared with us by our press partners.
WE will be reviewing a couple of games but only those sent to us for review.
We will not be making any personal review requests until 2019.
There is also a possibility a new feature might be coming to the site on November 25th but that is more of a personal project and not entirely game related so will most likely just sit in a corner ignored by the vast majority of our visitors.
Dead By Daylight (PS4)
I picked up Dead By Daylight in a digital store sale back in April 2018.
I was pretty hesitant at the time as I'm not the biggest fan of online only games and the original Perfect Dark aside I've never been all that into first person view in games either (It's only for the killer in this game)
I've played the game almost every single day since that purchase and it's almost certainly going to be my most played and favourite game this year (Yes I'm aware the game came out in 2017)
I've quite enjoyed the Halloween event ends tomorrow (November 2nd) and have put quite a bit of effort into getting all 60 vials enough to get some new special outfits for some of the killers.
Unfortunately though this event made playing as a survivor more difficult as most of my teammates focused solely on trying to collect nectar and ignored all the generators for a good few minutes at the start of almost every game, a killer's dream indeed.
This will be one of the first games I review once we begin posting non review copies of games in early 2019.
Gems Of War (PS4)
I first downloaded Gems of war on July 16th 2017 and 15 months on I still log in and play for at least a few minutes every single day.
The game is free to play and can be easily played without ever spending any real world money (I have personally to help review some of the games premium features)
There is a little unfairness that helps keep the players in the top guilds at the very top almost all of the time which I'll be covering in the games review early next year.
But it can also be argued those are the players who are putting the most hours into the game every week.
For a casual player who wants to drop in and out and doesn't mind a match 3 format with a fantasy fighting twist I'd certainly recommend giving it a shot.
The game is also available on Google Play, iOS, Steam & Xbox One.
Unfortunately the game doesn't currently support cross play (I'd love to not miss out on my daily bonuses while i'm away from home)
Super Mario Party (Switch)
The best Mario Party in recent years?
Yes in my opinion it most certainly is.
As good if not better than the original Mario Party trilogy on the N64 (as I've seen multiple people suggest)
No in my opinion most definitely not.
The lack of game boards is probably the biggest issue for me personally (I do expect Nintendo to add more in the future) the lack on a proper online board game right after the release of Nintendo online is also a strange choice.
Nintendo will say the turn based nature or length of time required to play the game doesn't suit online play but simply including a very small number of online mini games is a very poor alternative.
Digital Store Update
Retro Press Release
If you want to see every Legacy tag in the news section you can find them a little further down.
(There will eventually be thousands)
News Not Click Bait
Official Press Releases
Straight from the sources themselves.
We publish full press releases without editing or spinning the facts to suit our own agenda.
Digital Store updates
We'll try post as many updates as possible on what's releasing & what's on sale.
Video streams of various events from multiple companies across the world.
Most notably of course E3 but a fair few others too.
Outside of reviews I don't spend a lot of time voicing my own opinion on things and this will be one of the few places I'll be using total editorial freedom to do so.
Occasionally we'll post news on games that have kick starter campaigns under way.
We can't cover every single one but we'll try to Take a look at ones we're made aware of that have at least 14 days to go.
Retro Press Releases
A look back to how news was spread in the old days with press releases from the same day at least 10 years in the past.
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Using these links helps the site and 100% of revenue from them is put back into Legacy.
They are all clearly marked and every post that includes them is tagged as such.
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If you want to see every tag or archive in the database you can do so here.
The list will be very long though