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Stream of the Week – Promethee

Promethee is a progressive/hardcore outfit from Geneva, Switzerland.  Dark Souls is a two-track EP which is the focus of this Stream of the Week, and it follows their 2012 debut Nothing Happens, Nobody Comes, Nobody Goes.  The band describes their two new songs as a refinement of their musical style.  You can follow the happenings of Promethee from their facebook page or their main website.  They are currently unsigned.  Maybe these two songs will hook a label and help them with another full-length album.  Hear it for yourself below.  What do you think?

Matt’s Top 25 All Time Favorite Video Games 25-21

top 25 gamesAs you may have noticed, I happen to be a big time gamer (as with the rest of us here on Metal State).  I started out on an Atari 2600 back in the beginnings of the 1980s and haven’t looked back since.  I can not think of a time in my life when I haven’t been completely in love with my digital darlings.  Not to brag, but I will, I have played and finished hundreds of games, and not like 100 something games.  Roughly counting, I’d say that number is up around the 500 mark.  Yet somehow in my ~30 solid years of gaming I have not sat down and tried to make list of the best games I have ever played.  So given we are slightly obsessed with lists around these parts, I figured it’s time to do so (my cohorts will be joining in with their lists as well in the coming days).  Every single game on this list I consider a must play and highly suggest you check all of them out.

For my own set rules I made the cut-off anything released before 2013 as I still need to let the new releases sink in a bit more and some games get an entry as a series and some games in the series get their own number.  If a specific game in a series affected me more than the rest, that game gets top billing and a series gets the number if I feel that the whole series works together to make a cognitive whole. I hope you all enjoy this little list and find some games to either revisit or discover for the first time.  And as always, I’d love to hear your favorite games.  Even though I have played a lot of games, chances are I may have overlooked a hidden gem and point in its direction is always welcome.  Peace Love and Metal!!!!!!

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Some More Cool Games to Check Out

Continuing with a post I made about some cool games to check out if you’re on a budget (but should still check out even if you’re not), here’s some more great games I’ve played that are worthy of your attention.  I’ll highlight both great indie games, classics that have aged well, as well as some modern AAA game that you can now find on the cheap.  If you have any suggestions on some great games for those of us on a budget give them a shout out in the comments, as with music, I’m always on the lookout for great games to play.  And if you are interested in hooking up with me for some PC gaming, you can find me on Steam with the user name RiffRaff79.  So without further ado, here are some cool games to check out.

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Game Review – Dark Souls

Back in the NES days things like tutorials and exactly what to do in a game was often a rare commodity.  The only thing you really knew you had to do was brave your way from the beginning of a level to the end where you would ultimately fight a boss character.  Things like warp zones, hidden areas, or what to do with different items and special moves were left up for the player to stumble upon and discover.  Or better yet, talk to your friends about the game and share hints and tips or dig out your copies of Nintendo Power.  It’s this sense of discovery and satisfaction that has been lost from many game over the years.  Nowadays it seems many games want to hold your hand and make sure you don’t miss anything or get frustrated and give up on the game.  That’s fine for many and I understand why developers do things like that, but there are some of us who miss the way things worked back in the NES days.  Enter Dark Souls by From Software.

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First Impressions – Dark Souls and Skyrim

I started playing a couple of games recently, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Dark Souls and since both of the games I am playing are gargantuan adventures it will be quite a bit of time before I am able to finish them and get my review up.  So I thought it would be a good idea letting you know my first impression of each game if you may happen to be on the fence on purchasing them or are just curious as to what each of them is about.

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