December 31, 2014

2014 Year Retrospective

Hello everyone! Welcome to the KVR Gaming 2014 Retrospective. This post will be as straightforward as possible, taking a look at this year month by month and then detailing the events of the year.

Y'all ready? Okay, let us begin:


Kicking off the year was one of my favourite reviews, the one of Hotline Miami. While unbelievably gory and nasty, Hotline Miami is unforgiving, grueling and insanely difficult, pushing you and taunting you to try and conquer it's short but very sweet campaign.

After that came a review of Left 4 Dead 2, originally slated to be a "Duel Review" of Left 4 Dead 1 and 2. However, after seeing that one review was best, I went with that option instead. 

Shortly thereafter, because I was playing so much L4D2 and loving every moment of it, I started a short-lived series where I review the levels of the entire game. This proved to be far too demanding for me, as I had already come down with a huge depression in January, one which I spent the better half of the year in denial of.

Capping off the month, was another one of my favourites: Ryse Son of Rome. Quite surprisingly, I enjoyed this game's story and hero, and it's genuinely effective (if basic) ending. Maybe it's just nostalgia, but it's actually quite a memorable game, in spite of the flack it gets.


Hoo boy, this was a tough month. I started off February with a review of an obscure free game called Serena. I loved the atmosphere and story of the game, but also reviewed it because I had way too little energy left to actually do something "bigger", if that makes sense.

Later the month, I did a review of Papers, Please, yet another "easy" game to review, because of it's simplicity and lack of much content. Afterwards, I continued with my unfortunately short-lived series of "Level Reviews", which I sincerely wish to continue at some point.


Abandoning the Level Reviews due to my ever-present anxiety, I did a Content Rundown of Thief, a game which was average in just about every way, but it was passable and not too demanding, at least.

Afterwards, I quite clearly had a struggle with anxiety and couldn't find any games to review. (Quite hilariously, I had three update posts where I consistently made poor excuses for why I couldn't post that week.)

Finally, I did a Content Rundown for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Not the most memorable game, partly due to it's short length and the fact that it's a freaking full-price demo!


Ah, South Park: The Stick of Truth. The most vulgar, disgusting and downright repulsive game you'll ever come across. Of course, it's job is to purposefully offend people with ANY boundaries and beliefs, which it succeeded in doing and then some.

After that, I did a Content Rundown of Infamous Second Son. A lighter game for once. Around this time, I also bought A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay. Probably one of the best music albums I've ever listened to.

The month ended with a Content Rundown of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, a game which I've never played, only watched, and yet still thoroughly enjoyed it because of it's story and cinematic qualities.


Well, I did up a rather embarrassing injury this month and got thoroughly burnt out from work and anxiety, so no review was posted that entire month. However, it was also very good for me, in the regard that I finally saw just how valuable my little blog was and decided to make a plan in getting it back off the ground.


First thing after getting back from my hiatus, was to make hilarious excuses for my anxiety and make a review of Watch Dogs, one of the most boring games I've ever played, even if it did have a bright moment here and there.

Deus Ex followed shortly after, which featured me experimenting with my review structure and then abandoning the concept altogether shortly afterwards. Not one of my greater moments.


The month started off on a rather dour note for me personally, the details of which I'll divulge only when I'm far more comfortable doing so. However, I did manage to squeeze out a Content Rundown of Wolfenstein: The New Order, which received high praise from me because of the experience.

I've yet to actually play the frigging game, but I still like it immensely, haha. Shortly afterwards, I did a decent review of Half-Life 2, although it took some effort to actually play the game due to Kyle's Anxiety Syndrome, a rather annoying condition which the author suffered from at several points, mostly affecting his ability to actually make decent blog posts. 

I finalised my Content Rundown of The Wolf Among Us and decided to make a hard decision: To change my review schedule from once a week to once every two weeks, in order to help myself recover from anxiety.


Hilariously enough, it didn't really help, as I only managed to post a single review...A ReMix Review, nonetheless. One of Batman Arkham City, which had been promised by me long beforehand and finally posted in August, a month of intense stress for us as we prepared to move from our home into a new one.


After moving, I finished up a review of The Walking Dead Season 2. I noticed that my enthusiasm for reviewing increased as I reviewed something which I genuinely enjoyed playing.

I also did a Content Rundown of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines based on a request by blog reader InfamousPotato. The only thing I have to add is this: Feel free to request again, bro. ;)


Lacking funds, I decided instead to do a Content Rundown of The Sims 4 instead of a full review. The Sims is a series I enjoy as a whole, and as such, doing a Content Rundown for it was far from a chore or a bore.

I initiated a Content Rundown of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, but my returning anxiety hindered me, especially after my friends lost some of their own friends to sickness. Three friends of friends died in the span of a very intense week, the last death of which was a rather hard knock for me as I had been praying (at the request of my friend) for the guy in question.


I discovered very quickly that Japanese games are incredibly difficult to review, mostly due to the fact that they're needlessly hard to describe in terms of content. It didn't help that The Evil Within lacked a compelling story, so there was no real drive for me to finish the review beyond my stubborn commitment to reviewing.

COD: Advanced Warfare was also released shortly thereafter and I did my obligatory annual review of it, and wouldn't you know it? It wasn't completely unbearable.

Assassin's Creed Unity capped off the month, the story of which was interesting enough for me to actually want to review it, and as such, the quality improved. 


And last but not least, we get this little month of wonders, where I was finally able to open up about my anxiety and take small but highly effective steps to dealing with it.

While I only did two games from Telltale Games this month, this is was done primarily as a means to recuperate and plan for the next year. Matter of fact, I'll have to work out a review plan for the entire year and see where I can fit what in.

Lastly, before I end off this rather scatterbrain post of mine, I would like to thank all of my loyal readers for supporting me even in this incredibly tough year. I cannot tell you how much it means to me that you guys stuck with me in the midst of a horrible year and helped me through it.

I'm genuinely touched by every single one of you's undying support, and pray that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will bless you richly for all you've done for me and the blog by extension. :)

I can't promise things will get better next year, but let's just say that this little blog has made it this far, and you can rest assured that it will survive for many more years. Unless I don't, then this blog's pretty much kaputt.

But anyway! Thanks for reading this post. Enjoy the end of the year. Many blessings to you, and have a wonderful 2015!

December 29, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 68: End of the Year

Hola amigos! I'm typing this post from a monitor which is bizarrely flashing stark red colours at me right now. It's weird, unsettling, and downright nightmarish, but I'll make do, even if it is with a suddenly villainous monitor.

This post is going to short and simple: I won't post a review this week, because I wanted to give myself more time to get my mind recharged for the coming year. Instead, I'll be posting a retrospective on the entire year, the developments the blog through, what happened in my life at that stage, and so on.

Once again, I apologise for not posting often. I've just recently come to terms with the fact that I struggle with depression and have been taking steps to deal with it. The blog definitely helps, and as such, I'm turning it around to make things easier for me to review games more often, as I mentioned in the previous blog journal.

Thanks for your support, my people! I will see you Wednesday with a quick retrospective and then bid you a great new year! Tune in then...

December 22, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 67: The Sims Legacy

So, on the heels of admitting my struggles with anxiety, I've decided to recalibrate and reset when it comes to reviewing. Not too long afterwards, I glanced through the list of posts still in draft mode, reviews I started but have yet to finish.

After realising that it's far more important to review games which I like and consider critical for review, I decided to start a review of a game I "recently" acquired for free: The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.

This game represents a bit of a challenge, due to the vast amount of content and expansion packs, stuff packs and overall overdose of...stuff. Packs. Stuff packs.

Anyway! The Sims is possibly my favourite gaming franchise, so stay tuned for a big review of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection. Also, a possible review for The Sims 3 Late Night expansion pack, but no promises on that one.

See you guys next week, hopefully with a rather big review. Adios hombres!

December 15, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 66: Of Utmost Impotence

Hello all! Kyle here yet again with another update. This time, I'm going to just share two things with you, and that's it.

Just two things. You can sit down now. Thanks.

Anyway! The first thing I want to share is that I'm reorganizing my reviews based on IMPORTANCE, as opposed to POPULARITY and NEWNESS.

What does this mean? It means that if I have to choose between a review of Manhunt 2 and one of Far Cry 4, I'll choose the most important one (Manhunt 2) over the newly released one (Far Cry 4) any day. This is done specifically to avoid burnout.

As a result, I've decided to put a Content Rundown of Far Cry 4 on hold, until I can get one out under less stress, and when I have more internet on hand to download videos. (We have capped internet at the moment, you see.)

Secondly, I just want to mention that I've been struggling with recurring anxiety, which I've had on and off for the past three years ever since starting the blog, but as of this year, it's gotten far worse.

If you've ever had significant issues with anxiety, you'll know that it paralyses you and makes you unable to function normally. As a result, I find it difficult to do anything constructive, including reviewing.

So if you've been wondering why there's so many schedule changes and big delays this year, that's why. Fortunately, I've discovered that giving myself space and time away from work doesn't help in the least bit, as time to myself only makes everything worse.

That's why, I've decided to get on top of this issue and decided to change my blog to something that better suits me as a person, and doesn't stress me out NEARLY as much.

Also, I'm pretty sure you'll have a Game of Thrones Content Rundown this week but if I can't make it, NEXT WEEK. (We have CONSTANT power outages, so that's why I might not be able to post it.) 

Sorry for the constant delays people. I'm trying very hard to get the best of these anxiety struggles and God willing, we'll get through. :)

December 08, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 65: Far Cries and Throne Games

Just a big update for all of you: I am busy with Far Cry 4's Content Rundown, it's just really obstructed by a whole bunch of stuff.

Not really. I just need to get off my backside and start reviewing. That's all. Yep.

In other news, I'm also doing a Content Rundown for Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice. I'm somewhat familiar with the show (never seen it) and know that it contains some pretty strong content, but we'll see how much of that is in the game.

After these two games are done, I want to take some time off from the mainstream and review "smarter" games, as blog reader Kamil defined them. I also have two reviews of older games, staring at me accusingly, waiting to be posted.

I'll leave them a surprise until they're revealed. By being published. With no warning. Yep.

Anyways, my time's up. Hope you guys have a great week further. You'll have a new review next week, as this week is a bit too hectic for me to work on a review. Sorry guys, but you'll have a review soon enough.

Go well, and God bless!

December 01, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 64: Operation: Get Back Into Gaming (Part 3)

Before we start the journal, here are a few updates on upcoming reviews:

-Tales From The Borderlands: A surprisingly funny and entertaining entry into the Borderlands franchise. Proved my doubts wrong. The Content Rundown just needs some editing, but it will be posted soon.

-Far Cry 4: Once again, haven't started with the Content Rundown. Will download all the videos for this walkthrough soon.

Game of Thrones: The newest Telltale episodic series is coming this week, apparently. Will do a Content Rundown as well. :)


In this instalment of Operation: Get Back into Gaming, Kyle describes probably the craziest game ever made and why exactly he went into game-burnout.

Hallo Leute! Welcome back for some more of the Blog Journal. This time around, it's going to be set more in the present day and less in the past.

I started playing Borderlands 2 a month ago. I first played it late last year, December time, and distinctly remember not liking it one bit. I felt it was repetitive and just not fun at all. The character of Zer0, an awesome concept, was just uninteresting and frustrating to play as. Stealth in Borderlands is not an easy task.

After redownloading it, for the purposes of actually giving it a chance this time, I started up the game, and decided to play as an assault character. The results were clear: I fully enjoy playing Borderlands. Matter of fact, it's really addictive once you get into it.

The zaniness of the characters and the thunderous mashup of RPG, Shooter and Open-World genre elements proved to be an effective combo. Yet again, this was the trademarks of a cult classic: You either hate it, or love it with a passion.

The latter is where I'm at. And it's awesome!

Now, before I end off this rather short series, let me explain why my game burnout started in the first place: I was (and still am) under constant pressure to get my life up and running.

I always feared that my video game playing and movie/TV show watching was detracting from actually getting my life in order, so as a result, I would get stressed out whenever I started playing a game or watching a movie.

I'll let you guys know that getting back into movies is actually quite simple. You only have to rewatch films you previously enjoyed and slowly branch out to similar movies. I recently watched Monsters University and thoroughly enjoyed it. Pixar films are really easy to get into. 

My plan to get back into video games follows the same pattern. I'm going to replay several games I enjoyed as a kid and try to recapture the "spark" when I first played them. Then, slowly but surely, I'll branch out to other games.

It's also hard to play games or watch movies when you're stressed about personal issues, and that contributed to losing my joy when it came to games and the blog. It's nothing about this site in particular; I'm just paralysed with anxiety over things in my personal life, and it's really hard to write reviews when you're fearing the worst about a situation you're in.

But, whatever the outcome, it won't help to take it out on video games. So while things are terrible in the real world, the virtual world is a great escape when stress gets too much, and it also helps you learn some valuable lessons.

Speaking of which, it's time to spread more positivity when it comes to my game reviews. I'll try to look for good messages and heroic traits of characters more actively, even in the most vulgar and disgusting video games you can find.

People need hope, and it's not something they can find on their own. Let's all work together to make a difference in each other's lives. Because now, more than ever, we need hope.