Category Archives: Editorials

4 Free-To-Play PC Games You Should Be Trying

Out of things to play? Want something free to hold you over until the next big title? Well then try out one of the four free-to-play options below! 1. Brawlhalla Brawlhalla is a 2D platform fighter much like super smash bros, but different in a few ways. Brawlhalla comes with a wide variety of unique an original characters each with their own fighting style, each character has their own stats and weapons load out (which consists of two weapons). Brawlhalla includes many different game modes and many different maps. The game developers have obviously worked hard and it is evident by the diversity and the amount of available characters. In my...


A Beginner’s Guide to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Hello! I’m Curtis Huff, an (ex) Competitive Call of Duty player and new writer at BentoByte. As a former competitive player of Call of Duty, I’ve gotten a fair amount of questions about what I do to practice and prep for the game. Like with anything you want to learn to do, you have to start focusing on the basics. So I want to start with simple three point guide to give the most untried players a slight edge in their game play and strategies. As Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is the newest entry in the series at the time of writing, we’re going to use it as the basis for this article. But...


Why Blizzard Should Avoid World of Warcraft Legacy Servers

Last week, a beloved World of Warcraft private server offering players a chance to relive the magic of vanilla World of Warcraft announced their plans to cease operation thanks to legal notice from Blizzard. That server was Nostalrius, and it only lived for about a year. Naturally, the closure has generated a discussion around legacy servers. There’s no question about whether or not Blizzard was right to pull the plug on a service that allowed players to play an older version of the game for free. Blizzard owns World of Warcraft, and regardless of whether or not the private server resulted in a loss of profits, Nostalrius represented an infringement on that trademark....


Top 10 Pokemon Designs

Before I begin today’s list, a disclaimer: The following list is just my opinion on the best designs of Pokemon. Only my opinion This has no bearing on which of these designs are my favorite Pokemon, since Charizard is one of my favorites but even he isn’t on this list. Also, Mega Pokemon will not be appearing on this list either as I feel like that should be a different list. With that out of the way, let’s get started! 10. Bisharp, the weird cross between a satyr, a chess piece and a samurai. One of my personal favorite Pokemon. In fact, I’d say Bisharp is tied for my favorite Pokemon along with...


Why You Should Watch Hellsing Ultimate

This is the beginning of a new series I’d like to call “Why you should watch:…” this is going to be a series based on my personal opinion of anime you should watch and why you should watch them. Do you like blood? Do you like guns? Do you like kick-ass female characters? Do you like absolute boatloads of blood? Well then allow me to make one simple 10 hour boost to your anime library. I am, of course, talking about Hellsing Ultimate! Have you seen it? If you have, good on you, go watch the abridged series too! If you haven’t, well aren’t you in for a wild ride?...


Whatever Happened to RuneScape?

I’ve played RuneScape on and off over the past twelve years, and I’ve watched as their subscribers slowly dwindled. People always say that World of Warcraft has a tendency to lose subscribers from time to time, but no one pays attention to RuneScape. That’s always been the case as far as I can remember, but one thing that I’ve noticed lately is that big gaming blogs are finally starting to pick it up again. With the addition of raids after fourteen years, it makes a lot of sense. But why is it that nobody talks about RuneScape with a sense of pride and nostalgia? Is it because the game just isn’t...


Adam & Nate Talk About E3 Day 1

It’s E3, and that means there’s a lot of video game news. In this new feature which you’ll only see for the duration of E3, Nate and I delve into discussion about the press conferences and talk about what we liked and didn’t like. Since this is about day one, we talked about the Nintendo World Championships and Bethesda’s showcase. Adam: Let’s get started then, I guess. Both of us started late with the Nintendo World Championships, when did you actually start watching? I didn’t get in until Blastball and I was scratching my head wondering if they were playing that multiplayer Metroid they made for the DS. What was that...


What We’d Like to See From E3 2015

It’s June, and that means E3 is on the way. Starting next week, all attention will be turned towards Los Angeles as the biggest names in the business descend upon the Los Angeles Convention Center to unveil their latest and greatest products. Of course, most people would be doing predictions right about now, but not us. Instead of doing predictions, I’m going to talk about what I’d like to see from the show this year. Fallout 4 It probably goes without saying that I’m excited for Fallout 4. While I’ve yet to play the original games, Fallout 3 won me over with its gritty open-world take on the apocalypse. The...


Steam’s Free to Play Section Sure Has Changed

Remember when Valve introduced a Free to Play section to their online marketplace Steam? In the past there were only a handful, but as Steam expands, so too does the Free to Play section. That sounds like a good thing — and in some aspects, it is — but it also opens up the door to a lot of games that are of dubious quality. We’ve seen that with the store as a whole, but it’s really starting to affect the Free to Play section in particular. When Valve originally launched their Free to Play initiative, it was seemingly exclusive to MMORPGs. Over the years, however, things have changed, and not...


Is Nintendo Abandoning the Wii U?

Earlier this week Nintendo announced their plans to move into the mobile space, which prompted some questions as to whether or not they would remain in the business of making dedicated gaming hardware. Obviously, considering their legacy, the answer is yes. Not only did Iwata confirm that Nintendo will be staying in the business of making consoles to no one’s surprise, but he also confirmed that development of new hardware is underway, which most people assume will be their next generation of home console. It’s easy to imagine if that is the case that Nintendo is abandoning the Wii U. It’s no secret that the console hasn’t fared well with...


Atom Universe May be Home’s Greatest Hope

With the announcement of PlayStation Home’s closure late last year, several studios threw their hat in the ring to secure their place as the next successor. Unfortunately, they seem to have gone bust — but there’s another contender on the block, and this one is looking far more promising. That contender is Atom Universe — a social MMO created by Atom Republic to replace PlayStation Home on the PS4 — and unlike previous projects from other developers, it seems almost tangible. It’s also on kickstarter right now, and has 26 days left to go. With the numerous failed attempts to get something off the ground, it’s easy to be skeptical of Atom...


Three Tips for Playing The Awakened Fate Ultimatum

If you’re planning on picking up The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this week, I’ve got a few tips for you that’ll make the experience a whole lot easier. These are things I learned over the course of my review, and they can save you from losing everything. Grind Because of the roguelike nature of this game, it can be pretty unforgiving. Save yourself the trouble of dying and losing everything by grinding every now and then. This isn’t a tip so much as a necessity, so make sure you do it whenever you find yourself stuck. In order to maximize your experience, I recommend grinding the latest level you’ve beaten. This...


Staff Pick: Best Games of 2014

Following the staff pick for our favorite anime episodes of 2014, I figured I’d do something similar for video games. I asked our staff to pick their favorite video games of 2014 and explain why. Here is the list. Bravely Default (3DS) Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Silicon Studio/Square Enix Release Date: 2/7/14   In a time where traditional turn-based JRPG seemed to be becoming a thing of the past, as there were no notable titles of the sort in recent memory, Bravely Default was a breath of fresh air. Hell, it still is. I’m still playing it. With the twist of the Bravely and Default system, the game offers a modern...


BentoByte’s 2014 Horror Picks, Video Game Edition (Part 2)

So since it’s Halloween, it seems like the perfect time to release the second part of our Horror game picks. Our last list came out around ten days ago and had some pretty great games on the list, but fortunately my list is entirely different. You can check out the games on Adam’s list from the first part here. This list will contain games that are my (Matthew Boss) personal favorites. With that in mind, let’s get started! 6. Half Life 2 (We Don’t Go To Ravenholm) I guess we’ll start the list with something of an exception. Half Life 2 wasn’t a horror game. But “We Don’t Go to...


BentoByte’s 2014 Horror Picks, Video Game Edition (Part 1)

Starting with this year, we’re going to offer a list of picks for the holiday season from individual staff members here at BentoByte. Since it’s October, that means we’re going to be doing horror — and to start, we’re going to be doing a two part list with picks from Adam Capps and Matthew Boss. Each part will contain an individual list of picks from that author, and in part 1 you’ll be getting picks from me — Adam Capps. So without further ado, here are my picks for the games you should be playing to prepare for this Halloween. 9. State of Decay State of Decay is one of the...