Quikee: Top 10 Xbox Games that I Played On the Game Pass

December came and I was doing my rounds when I was recommended the X Box GamePass. It was a dollar for a month, so I was like, “hell yeah!” Now I was late for so much because it was just so good!

You might be thinking, “and? What’s so exciting? It’s Xbox.” Let me explain. I am a Nintendo person. Over the years, I’ve only played consoles from their lineup. Gameboy Advance, DSI, 3ds, Gamecube, Wii U, and the Switch. I have played Steam, which was my first outing outside of Nintendo, but I’ve never played anything from the other two big boys in the gaming world. So, to be able to play the big lineup from X Box was an exciting juncture.

Admittedly, I accidently played for the next month. That gave me 2 months of full access to a slew of games I never thought I’d ever play. This post is going over the top 10 I played over the course of that period.

This is based on how much I played them and enjoyed them. This isn’t to say that one game is better than the other. So, please don’t get mad at me. Leave down in the comments what games you liked on the service or any recommendations for when I inevitably get it back.

Number 10:

Ark: Ultimate Survivor-I guess you’re in this list

Truth be told, I only played about 12 games. You’ll see by like number 2 why. So…Ark. I wasn’t a big fan of it. I played about a night of it because I saw dinosaurs on the cover and I was like, “sweet. I’ll try it.” Yes, it’s that simple for me to just play a game.

I haven’t played an MMO since Cartoon Network’s Fusionfall, and it showed. So many menus to keep track of, the leveling system, and the pretty okay graphics. Not all bad points, but a lot to get back into. If I had one big issue, it was the weight system where too much inventory slows you down. That’s not bad, but the game gave me a bunch of special sh!t I couldn’t use as some kind of event, but I didn’t want get rid of it. So, I couldn’t get a lot of materials because then it would weigh me down.

Then, and I probably could have gotten used to it, but the menus were a mess. Like, you have a menu for crafting, but you can only craft when it’s on the hotbar (just learned what that i)?

Finally, didn’t really find a lot of Dinos. That’s it, that’s the con.

Maybe it’s because I haven’t played an MMO since I was like 10, but I don’t think this was a good re-introduction to it. (I do regret not taking a screenshot of it).

Number 9:

Destroy All Humans

Wanna live out your dreams of being an alien from “Mars Attack!” Well, I’ve got for you today Destroy All Humans, where you can just conquer the world by destroying everything! Just commit war crimes all over the place in your conquest.

This is one of those stress relief games because all you do is throw cows around and blow up buildings with a giant UFO. I only got to the 2nd level by the end of my session, but that starting level is just peak fun. You really feel like a space invader by the end.

Can we bring back grey aliens again? They’re such a classic but perfect design.

Number 8

Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer Simulation

Close your eyes. Let me throw some imagery at you. You’re in a pastoral city. You’re a deer. A normal, peaceful deer. Now hook shot onto buildings with your head. Walk over to victims like a macho 80s film character. Shoot down building with guns strapped to your horns. Okay, now you’re being tracked down by cops throughout the city. The cops are sheep, the cars have pandas under them, and their boss is a giant freakin dog. Now open your eyes. How do you feel? Good? Bad? Well, however you feel, I’d like you to get of my house now.

Very much like Destroy All Humans, you’re basically throwing yourself around the city to cause as much damage as possible. It’s very much about insanity and fun. I got a little chuckle every time I just wobble around the map. I love the complete madness of just attaching weapons all over my face to fire everything like a monster movie general losing his mind. The whole map can be destroyed, so it’s your own little sandbox of destruction.

I stopped around the first boss, but I won’t spoil it so you can experience the goofiness yourself.

Number 9

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare?

Okay, I played this one with a friend before I had my own game pass, but he had it so I’m counting it. Out of the shooters on this list, this is my least favorite. Only because the other 2 were more of my style.

With this game, I wasn’t expecting a lot since COD gets so much slack. I’ve seen people call it mindless, some kind of generic shooter, and all kinds of negative comments. I will say, I don’t remember which one it was. I swear to god, I didn’t do this on purpose for a bit. I legit don’t remember which one it is. I looked up a list, and they all look the same! I can’t use my memory because they all-

Anyway, from what my blanked memory is remembering, one of my favorite things was how balanced the maps are (please forgive me if they aren’t. I’m a noob). It introduced me to how there is no safe place to camp out in modern shooters. Yes, you can camp out, but it’s not like an invincible area where your safe forever. Yes, this seems bare bones and basic, but as someone who’s played the OG Star Wars Battlefront 2 by myself due to poor internet this was my breakthrough into the online scene.

Number 6:

Dragon Quest 11: Playin as Android 17

As someone who loves RPGs. Dragon Quest was a foreign land to. Like, I’ve heard more about Final Fantasy than Dragon Quest. All I knew was that the art style was made by Toriyama, and there are slimes. Other than that, nothing else. That actually made me more excited to play this game when I found it.

This one is more complicated to me. The game drew me in with its high fantasy, which has been my trend with RPGs, and I really liked the environments due to Toriyama’s art style. Made me realize how much I loved the locals of Dragon Ball, and I hope it gets as much love as the fight scenes. The first area was gorgeous, and it made me want to run around even if I was on bare time.

Two problems, however, ruined the experience. I never got into the combat. So, it’s the standard RPG battles I’ve done several times before. Basic attack, magic, run; the usual. However, they added the ability to run around while performing actions. But what rubbed me the wrong way was how, from the first few battles, this mechanic didn’t change anything. I could run around the enemies, so I thought that being too far away would not allow me to use basic attacks and I had to utilize magic, and vice versa. But that’s not how it went. It’s the same turned based action of FF and Pokemon. IT doesn’t matter how far you move away from the enemy; they still land direct hits. So, what was the point of moving around if it didn’t affect anything? It felt like a cop out.

Secondly, and this is more so towards what I played it with, the game would not run properly. This is because I was using my work laptop for all of these games, so it had trouble running anything super modern. Especially when it was on a browser using campus internet. So, I didn’t continue because I didn’t know if it would run or not.

Does that mean I won’t play Dragon Quest ever again? Not really. But I will say that, even if I did get the pass again, I don’t really have interest in this one.

Number 5

Doom: Rip and Tear, Until It Is Done-oh wait that’s the sequel

Basically a transcription of me playing the game:

*Laughing madly*

Oh sh!t I died…

*Goes back to laughing madly as I rip and tear the demons of hell*

This is the most Christian game ever made! I’m making my crusader ancestors proud!

Number 4:

Halo Infinite: A Title That’s a Declaration

Yep, this is the first Halo game I’ve ever played, and it’s a pretty good introduction to the multiplayer…I think. This is coming from the most casual perspective ever, so take that with a grain of salt. I’m a Nintendo Gamer who’s bever touched this stuff, so I’m trekking into unknown territory.

The multiplayer is really good, but there are some meh areas. I like the standard game mode, 4 vs 4, but it got really repetitive after a few matches. I like having a large team pool between each side since it unlocks the bigger maps. The maps that I had played in 4 v 4 were so small that they ended up becoming boring. I’ve seen a few videos, such as the Act Man, talking about a lot more major issues like low map count for each mode. When I played, I just found the normal multiplayer repetitive.

I’ll admit, it took a while for me to realize that enemies will have a red aura as an indication instead of being completely red. It’s still a bit confusing because other shooters like Splatoon and Battlefront have a clearer indication based on color coding, but I did eventually get over it.

I remember trying my best to be a lot better at this game. At least, in my own weird and flawed way. I remember feeling like a complete loser, getting t-boned every second, so I tried my best to understand the basic controls rather than letting it get to me. Sure, I found moving the camera janky compared to Battlefront 2, but I ended up getting used to it. I learned to rely of smacking people during close combat, I almost getting good aiming with the controller (not gonna lie, I can’t aim with an X-box controller to save my life), and using the event I at the time to learn how good the other weapons work. I never truly mastered it, I would even admit that mastering multiplayer isn’t something that I can get fully invested in, but I did really enjoy getting just as good enough to not feel like a hassle to my companions.

Can I just gush about how effective smacking people with the gun is. Destroying their shield and bam! Turn your enemy into a ragdoll. It’s so fun when you take the chance.

Number 3

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order- It’s so beautiful!

I’m a Star Wars nerd. My Republic Commando post goes a little more into it, but I’ve loved the franchise since I was kid. But, the sequel trilogy left me disappointed and left a hollow piece in my ehart. It didn’t have the same intrigue and storytelling that hooked me, and they’re not good movies in general. It’s why I loved Dark Forces 1 and 2 because it was the OG expanded universe, territory I never trekked before that actually capture the spirit of the franchise.

Fallen Order is not in the OG Expanded Universe, it’s a new game with a new story between Ep 3 and 4, but it radiated the same giddy from me. The combat system is basically “parry, parry, force slow, slash, watch the attacks, and rinse and repeat.” It’s easy to understand but fun to master, though the game will kick your ass if your not good. My one complaint with it is none of the Stormtroopers being cut into pieces after dying. It bother me to no end when all they’re left with are pathetic little slashes. Dark Forces had that and that game is old.

For example, the first giant toad fight (called a Oggdo Bogdo. Really broke out all the word bank for that one), I remember rushing in and getting my a$$ handed to it. Then, after coming back, I took my time and finally beat it. I loved how my brain decided to win right after I fell into the boss pit when I gave up. This may seem basic like “oh wow, you beat the toad.” But that feeling of accomplishment kept me going. I love that it was intentionally made harder but optional if you really wanted to get good.

Like with Dragon Quest, the only reason why I ended up not continuing was because of my set up. Especially during Dathomir, where one session ended up slowing down my input with the controls due to poor internet (I blame the night sisters). Anyone looking into PC gaming, do not do what I do. I have to rely on what I have, but if you have the spending cash buy a better computer.

You think after this game, the main character joined Disney Channel to star in the hit movie, “Zombies 3?” I didn’t even need to joke about him being in a 4th one. There are apparently gonna be aliens in the 3rd movie. Yo, can we get our main boy in Zombies 3?

Number 2

Dead Space: Covid Omega

It’s The Thing meets Alien. This was made for me.

One of the best aspects of the game is its sound design. Being in this hostile mining ship with the Necromorphs, hearing the whispers, the ambience, and the distant roars helped aggravate my anxiety. Despite the point being to be afraid, I was mesmerized and drawn to how everything was crafted to create this perfect horror experience.

By far, my favorite mechanic is stomping the monsters after they’re dead. Just taking it all out on them too be able to release the anger after being jump scared and attacked. Best decision made. Best part is when our mute protag vents out his frustration. The way he grr’s is such a mood. Having a relatable mechanic made me want to play the game more since I had a break in between the scares to let it all out. The story too, but the gameplay really kept me going.

So, why is this not number 1? Well, it’s because I found this gem around the last 2 weeks of my membership. Had I played early, this would have easily been number 1.

Also, Zombies 3 should totally include the Necromorphs. That would easily get me back into Disney Channel.

Number 1

Star Wars Battlefront 2: EA addition

Growing up, I used to play the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 (which was my brother’s) on our old computer. Though I could never play multiplayer, I had a blast going to all the Star Wars planets I knew and absolutely recking the enemy army. Though the dumb AI made things easy, I still managed to make a lot of memories

Admittedly, I was one of the guys who hated the remakes without ever playing them. In my defense, when I heard all the controversies on the lootcrates, it made me think they messed up what could have been a great remake. But, playing it in December, any fears or biases I had were blown away.

This became one of my favorite Star Wars games of all time. The look of the game is gorgeous (especially each character model), the maps are expansive and recreate everything from the movies, I love dying to Darth Maul every few seconds, and the points system made learning the base classes viable. I love how much variety there is as well. There’s Conquest, Galactic Assault, Heroes vs Villains, Blast, Space Assault, and Ewok Hunt. Surrpisingly, the lootcrates that were left didn’t really affect my enjoyability with the game at all since I felt I was on the same level as everyone else playing, even if veterans were on the field. It’s a really good casual experience, but there is something veteran shooters will love.

Now, the question might be: did I like this more than the original. Now, before you shout at me like Kylo Ren to choose which ever one you like more, here’s my take. A comparison is not fair. I only had single player in the original. What I love about the new one is that I can actually do multiplayer. I’m not gonna say I had more fun on one over the other because of that. I love both for different reasons. They both have a special place in my heart as being amazing Star Wars games.

Yes, I did come at the end of its life. There are apparently no more updates. But, what I experienced was something amazing, and I hope a Battlefront 3 happens. One that doesn’t include the First Order.

Can we just get Legends content? Ea, you gave the sequels enough love. It’s time to give the real sequels a spot in the spotlight. I want Mara Jade, Omega Squad, the real Ben Solo, and whatever else happened after ep 6.

*Here is me reliving two of my favorite moments.

My remember when me and a random person just got together and just stood at an enemy spawn point to decimate them with the gatling gun. I know that sounds like an asshole move, and I did try to leave. But when we looked at each other, he nudged me with some shots, and we just turned back to continue, I knew we became bros that day. Or they were a girl. Idk.

Another was when, in Kashyyk, I was with a whole squad in one of the Turbo Tanks just defending it from droids. There was so much to do in that map, yet we all banded together to protect this one spot. There was so much tension, so many times I died, yet we did it…I think. I can’t remember it well.

I’m very sorry that most of these screenshots are the menus on the game pass, but I want to save up some money before I get the pass again. If I do get it again, and I remember, I’ll try to replace these screenshots with actual gameplay.

And that’s it for my list of reasons that kept me from actually doing my job. Next time, I go back to Kamen Rider to talk about what in the world the Saber movie was. See you next time.

-Samuel Argueta

It’s Revise Time: Where The Baming Blog Goes for the Next 2 Months

An Update For the Masses

“What? Nothing wrong with having a little will.”

Hello, everyone. It’s finally the end of the barren Winter and the beginning of the beautiful Spring, where we’re probably scaring the masses with seasonal allergy sneezes. Remember a time when sneezes weren’t treated like the bubonic plague? Well, besides that, let’s get done to business while I eat a honeybun.

The Book:

Well, after two years of writing and terminal depression, I finally finished the first draft of my novel! I remember that night like an acid trip flashback. Staying up till 3 in the morning (don’t do this other college kids) to finish up the epilogue, typing away my keyboard while listening to music to get me through it, and hunching my back to screw over my posture. As I typed those generic a$$ descriptions and clunky dialogue, I imagined me crying and jumping for joy in the head in the presence of friends, family, and Danny Devito. I’d be so overwhelmed with emotions for finally finishing something monumental in my life. I typed the last words…I sit back to see my creation…and then I slammed my computer and went to bed.

It was 3:15 in the morning and I had class the next day, I was too tired for that sentimental sh!t.

“I feel like this meme is directed to reading a book, but the mood is quite the same.” Image from Helen Hall Library

What am I doing now?

Pffffft. Well, I gotta go back to the drawing board. Now, I haven’t read the draft to the fullest, but I do know that there is a lot of work that I didn’t do in high school. Admittedly, I discovered that I am a panzer writer who planned a little without really asking the right questions. I wrote some notes but I mostly kept a lot in my head in the beginning of the process. I thought, “My maladaptive daydreaming can be my little computer where I store everything and it will go well.” Fun fact, maladaptive daydreaming has its pros and a lot of cons.

So, I’m working on reading the first draft to reevaluate the story to see what works and what doesn’t, connecting plot threads I wrote but never finished, and worldbuilding. Now, I’m no sponsor, but I have been using Campfire Blaze as an organizer for my notes, and it has been incredibly engaging. Going back and recreating the world through the little details I made has been a fun and challenging experience. It feels like going into the same world with new eyes, connecting things I didn’t notice before. The program helps light the way in an otherwise complex and confusing process.

Seriously Campfire. If you somehow stumbled upon me through the deep web, I will actually sell myself to you.

Challenges:

College

School has piled on a lot of work for one semester, even though it’s only 5 classes, and a lot of it is just reading. Around 29 pages for 4 classes due within one week. I’m not the greatest planner, obviously, so I’ve been flying with my pants high above my beer gut trying to get everything done so I can actually go to bed.

Combined with long assignments, quizzes, and papers, trying to find the mental capacity to read an awful first draft is stressful. When I get to, it’s a fun experience. When I don’t, I wrestle my brain like Andre the Giant. I’m hoping to invest all my time in reading the book when I get out of school just to have more time instead of maybe one hour.

“Nothing against my school, but still…”

Internship

As a little update within another, my internship at Prime and Prim has been going pretty well. I’ve been learning about PR and the strategies that go within marketing a company, writing scripts for trailers, and among other things that I’ll skip before I just ramble out private things. It’s pretty hard work, but it’s more like another thing on the table instead of back breaking assignments.

Myself

I’ll get personal here for a minute; no real lighthearted jokes. I had no confidence in myself when writing the draft, or my possible career all together. Most of the time writing the first draft was spent grueling over life choices and dealing with the transition from high school to college. To this day, I’m still not sure if I want to be a novelist or a screenwriter, which caused me to go back and forth in terms of writing advice. Confusing, I know. All it made me self doubtful that I could be a writer, no matter how much I told myself its my first book. Coupled with the strange, political times that are plaguing the country and the harsh realty of this world, I found myself questioning if I would be able to be the writer or person I wanted to be.

But, I’m doing my best to push past the doubt, the ego, and the confusion to finish my story as a transparent student of the craft. I’m not sure when I’ll be done with the rereads and the edits, since some advice says that the process should take about as long as writing it the first time, but I’ll keep the updates coming for when I move on to the beta readers and editors. You know, the ones that probably cost an arm and a pelvis.

(Side thing: If anyone is interested, I can release posts of how I came about my novel, my process, who my inspirations were, and what the heck that maladaptive daydreaming thing was earlier).

What is to come in the website and the blog

Well, for starters, a new schedule for the next two months. With everything, you can tell I’m not consistent in the posts. Stats say the same thing. So, for my mental stability, this month and the next will have 1 to 2 posts until I get out for summer vacation. It will still be Friday-Saturday at no specific time, so enjoy the randomness as you rub your sweaty brow with a convenient towel at work wondering when I’m gonna post.

“It is my personal theory that computers have already started the war against us. When we lose our sh!t when the printer stops working for one day out of all 364, they’ve beaten us mentally.” Image by Josh Rhine from Lume

In between, I’ll be updating and fixing up the website to make it more user friendly and fluid. I’m still learning how WordPress works at the basic level cause I’m not programmer. I’m gonna be figuring out how to stylize the home page to look better, fix the Story Cantina to work like blog posts so you can make comments on the stories, and find better pictures cause I’m noticeably lazy about it.

Speaking of the Story Cantina, just to clarify, I put my personal favorite short stories in there. Since I’m currently too busy to actually find a magazine to stick with right now, I’ll be putting short stories that I personally enjoy and worked hard on. There is no set schedule for that, so…yeah.

Blog Posts to Come

“Why do I look like Number 4 from Code Name Kids Next Door?” Image from Planet Minecraft

Earthbound Short: Picky

As a weird little experiment, since I’m not sure when I’ll be able to post a review on Earthbound Beginnings, I wanna talk about an Earthbound character that always stuck with me after my first playthrough: Picky Minch. In it, I’ll give a brief background on the character, what I think happens to him after the game’s story, and why I love side characters who I really shouldn’t get invested in. This is something that personally peeked my interest, and also just to try and be unique among the thousands of blogs out there.

“Well damn, that water bill really did go up. It went so up it became a giant freakin dragon!” Image from Anarchy In The Galaxy

Sonic Adventure Part 2: Electric Chair for real

Then, I will finish up my birthday review for Sonic Adventure. I’ll talk about the super secret story Big didn’t let you get to, various supporting characters, the world and its people, and the Chao Garden aka the only minigame you most definitely cared more about. Again, just honest opinions with a little research just to structure it. Side note, I actually bought the original Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast as a birthday present to myself. I didn’t get the Dreamcast itself, I’m budgeting here, so I might do a proper comparison of the DX and International Dreamcast version.

“Behold. Dialga and Palkia in their new overworld models.” Image from Animationoptions

How I feel about the Gen 4 confirmed remakes

Oh boy. As a late bloomer, which is probably not advisable in a marketing or SEO strategy, I will discuss my thoughts on the recently confirmed Diamond and Pearl remakes. I will also talk about the other side game, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, which already looks way better than Sword and Shield, and my personal take on Pokemon as a whole. I might even reference a yellow dinosaur and a red dead cat within. Trust me when I say, I got some hot takes on that yellow mouse.

“The hell is going on with the earth? How many hurricanes are going through it?”

Earthbound Beginnings: Not for America

Finally, a reminder that this is going to happen. I will review it like I did with Earthbound, just with better quality. The story, the world(which I think deserves special attention this time), the gameplay, and how it holds up compared to the second game will be talked about. I might have missed the anniversary year for this series, but I’ll still remember it unlike Nintendo.

All in All, I’m hoping to doing my best to keeping these promises. It’s a slow and confusing route people, but I’m learning through it so you can enjoy these early years, I certainly can’t wait to be the position to joke about my early quality years down the line. Take care, love yourself, step away from politics or reality for a minute, and remember to always have love, compassion, and some common sense within yourself. We’re all trying to get through life one way or another, but let’s not forget our humanity along the way. See you then.

-Samuel Argueta

Recommendations from the personal box!

Shine on you Crazy Diamond…or Mashins

If your a Power Ranger fan looking into watching the original Sentai, then this is the best introduction to the franchise. Unlike the other seasons in this era, Kiramager takes the simple route when it comes to the story and team(toys). 6 rangers, no gimmicks that work in the morpher, 4 robots that have no crazy combinations, and a villain organization with a zany but evil goal. Despite the simplistic execution, the writing is competent, fun, and well-made. Each character is distinct, tropes are subverted in creative ways, and it still manages to respect what it is and what it isn’t. One of the best in Tokusatsu

Image from Power Rangers Fandom

Kamen Rider finally here the legal way

After years of fans watching the a kids show from overseas any way they can, including dealing with all those local moms, Toei has allowed seasons to air on their official Tokusatsu Channel…but just the first two episodes. Hey, it’s anything. This is a huge step since Shout Factory was allowed to stream Kamen Rider Ichigo and Kuuga, along with the Heisei Generations Forever movie.

Right now, every Friday and Saturday, 1 episode from two different seasons are uploaded. Interestingly, its just been Showa and Heisei Phase 1 riders, with the two recent seasons being Stronger and Hibiki. I guess America isn’t ready for Heisei phase 2 yet…which makes sense if you know about them.

This is a great opportunity to have bite sized introductions into this bug-eyed world, along with the other obscure Tokusatsu shows they also upload like Kikaider. Look up “Toei Tokusatsu World Official” and YouTube and delve into one of the strangest genres in the world. Ride On!

Image from Kamen Rider Fandom

Ungifted: Somehow gifted writing

This book really made my year in 2020. Despite being a book for middle schoolers, evident in its short descriptions and simplistic writing style, it was a clear but effective tale of a boy who slaps the a$$ of a bronze statue and ends up in the gifted program of antisocial children. This book is like all those movies where the main protagonist mistakenly enters into a different society through some lie or deception, yet the story reinvents those tropes to become a refreshing tale. I won’t go into more detail.

I highly recommend this book even if your 68. It’s universally appealing with great characters and a simple plot that just oozes with charm.

Now I can’t wait for Nickelodeon to possibly f it up!

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