Getting Creative | Stranger Things

The new season of Stranger Things (and the Upside-Down) is upon us. But, not everyone has Netflix. I watched the first two seasons and wanted to know what happened to the Hawkins crew, but I no longer have Netflix…so I had to get a little creative.

I came across Stranger Things 3: The Game via YouTube channels like Gamer’s Little Playground and RabidRetrospectGames. At first, I thought the game would be more spin-off or only focus on a piece of season 3. Nope, they did pretty much the whole thing. The game, as far as people say and what I’ve learned, follows the season like over 90 percent. The game even includes a pixelated version of the show’s post-credit scene.

The game itself seems to be about 7 to 8 hours long and is on PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC. A mobile version by BonusXP is also supposed to be available, but I could only find one that mentioned season 2. It might be in an update.

IGN also provided many looks into season 3. Including a review, ending explanation, post-credit scenes explanation, what happened to (spoilers) character, and theories for season 4.

If you tie the IGN videos to the game, you can get a much clearer picture of what happened in season 3. I highly suggest watching both because there are some cutscenes in the game that make no sense unless you watch the videos.

Thanks for reading! Until the next wormhole…bye!

Alone is now available for eBook at many online retailers. A paperback version is available from Barnes & Noble only.

Test Your Might | Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal

Thanks to IGN, GhostRobo, and Gamer’s Little Playground, I was able to get a “peek” (as did the rest of the Net-mosphere) at Mortal Kombat…ahem, I mean, *in dramatic, Mortal Kombat announcer voice* Mortal Kombat 11.

The graphics looked crisp. I liked the character designs and the move sets look amazing. And the combos…just wow. I also like the addition of the “fatal blow” mechanic.

But, I’m not sure how I feel about the new meter burn mechanic. Instead of pressing the same button each time, rumor is that you’ll need to press a different button for each meter burn move, and the button press is different not only between moves but between characters. On the one hand, it makes the game more immersive. On the other, it really promotes the idea of having a favorite character. In order to be successful with the meter burns, you need to focus on one character, get to really know that character and what they can do. This new meter mechanic doesn’t let you play as other characters, unless you have a good memory.

The developers also cranked up the blood and gore to eleven. Whoa, that’s weird. They cranked up the violence to eleven for Mortal Kombat 11. What are the odds? Anyway, the cinematic scenes, like brutalities and finishers, were always full of gore, but now it’s worse and even during the gameplay fights you can see blood spewing about. The game is definitely not for the faint of heart. (Also, I wonder how long it’ll take the “video games cause violence” people to start talking.)

I do like the customization, sorry Kustomization (it’s Mortal Kombat), addition. It’ll be neat to make my own version of Raiden or Sonya. (Or my favorite, Sub-Zero.)

Lastly, I’m looking forward to the plot. Some new time-manipulating character shows up trying to restore the timeline. And of course, there’s Rouge Raiden.

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