Wow, lots of posts since the last release post, that’s quite nice. I want to try putting more stuff on here because… it’s fun, I like writing even if no one reads it. I do have some reviews coming still, and I’m still figuring out what kind of stuff I can write here.
So November… It gets a nice big “meh” from me as far as what I care about, and not a lot of games in general. 2 new pieces of hardware, 8 multiplats, 3 3DS games, 1 PS4 game and 2 PC releases. This is pretty pathetic for what should be the biggest month of the year every year. Do game companies just not care about the holiday season anymore?
Usual disclaimer: This includes either games I’m interested in, games that may be/become popular and random stuff in-between… Basically anything I feel bears mentioning. Probably missing stuff because game companies are shit about announcing release dates nowadays. Indies in particular are kinda random, or bad at making their games known. So if there’s no indie games here, it’s pretty normal. I’m just highlighting the most noteworthy stuff.
Read on and see what’s coming up!
Categories: 3DS, Console, Games, games of the month, Handheld, impressions, PC, ps3, PS4, Releases, Vita, Wii U, Xbone, Xbox One
Alright, so Nintendo finally unveiled the codename NX, with the final name of Nintendo Switch.
While I wasn’t as critical of the Wii U as most people were, Nintendo made some extremely massive mistakes with it, may it be when they revealed it, when they launched it, and throughout its lifetime. The Nintendo Switch, I feel, needs to do a few things to be a success. I mean, it should be, but people have this tendency to hate Nintendo for literally no reason at all.
So here’s my reactions to the reveal trailer, and my thoughts on what Nintendo should do with the Switch from here on out. Basically my initial reaction, some impressions and a bunch of random thoughts.
*MINOR UPDATES DONE ON OCTOBER 22nd*
I pick up random games. This is one of them.
I won’t write a full in-depth review of this one, for the same reason I don’t review other games of this genre anymore. It’s just very similar to other games out there.
VR is THE big talking point of gaming right now. You’re not just looking at a screen when playing a game, you’re IN the game. Or so they say.
I played a VR arcade-style game back in the 90s (around the N64 era) at an amusement park, and while I was impressed as a ~8-10 year old kid, thinking back on it it wasn’t too great. It was some on-rails shooter (literally, you were in a mine cart) with lizard-like enemies.
With those impressions in mind, and some demos of Occulus Rift dev kit 2, I wasn’t too hyped, but I always want to be proven wrong about stuff like this. My expectations were fully based on game design, rather than anything else.
So Dave got the PSVR at launch and we had an evening of playing it. Let’s go and talk about my impressions.
So Sonic Boom has been a weird thing. There’s the cartoon, which is successful enough if it got 52 episodes and is getting a second season (starting soon), and there’s the 2 games other than Fire & Ice.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U is a well-documented trash heap that’s insanely buggy and not really fun even if it wasn’t completely untested (the game would break if you pressed start). Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on 3DS was called an actually-good game compared to Rise of Lyric by stupid people… but it wasn’t. I mean, it was more functional, but its issues come 100% from horrendous game design, none of it made sense. It was a terrible game, just like the Wii U game. Worse in some aspects.
I was pretty clear before it came out that I wouldn’t touch Fire & Ice… So why did I end up getting it? Well, it’s because someone on Twitter told me it was good compared to Shattered Crystal. I can be a fickle person, I guess. So I trusted this total stranger.
So is it better than Shattered Crystal? Read on and see if said total stranger was correct!
So last year I was super positive about Yokai Watch. It was a new unique take on the pokemon-style collection-based RPG. I like trying these alternative RPG things (I’m actually a big fan of the good Megaman Battle Network games (1, 2, 3 and 6)).
After having played this one for 10 hours, I think I’m done with it, at least for now. I’m not doing a full review of this, but I think I figured out why I have an issue with this game.
Read on and see my thoughts!
This was a slightly random buy. I do this sometimes, buy games “for the lulz” (I have a Pachinko game on PS3, for example). I was looking at Vita import games, and this one is always at the top of the store lists alpabetically since it starts with @ so I kept seeing it everywhere.
I watched a video of this, and let’s just say I could not have predicted what kind of game it would be. I mean, looking at the cover you’d think it’s a sort of weird visual novel or digital waifu communication life simulation thing (like a tamagotchi or Ciel nosurge) or something, but let’s just say the cover should not look like it does. It really doesn’t represent what the game actually is.
Read on and see why I picked this up.
This series is well known outside of Japan for basically 2 games: River City Ransom and Super Dodgeball, with the only other games we got here being Renegade, Crash n’ the Boys Street Challenge and Nintendo World Cup. In Japan it was a very prolific series called Kunio-Kun, which had a lot of games we never got to see.
I love all the NES games we got in this series, and am sad we missed some of them (the hockey game looks REALLY fun), and in recent years it’s been making a weird comeback with these weird retro-style releases.
So let’s see if this is good.
I’m a big fan of the Dragon Quest series, ever since I played the first game on NES (during the early SNES days) and completed it without any guides. I have since played every main game in the series, except for Dragon Quest 10 (which… who gives a shit) and, more importantly, Dragon Quest 7. Just didn’t have a PS1 back in the day, and I was only starting to get more into RPGs at the time. So the 3DS remake was a great thing for me. I heard it was a very weird game for the series, so I was pretty curious about it.
So let’s not waste anymore time, let’s see if I was missing on a great Dragon Quest game.
(note: since I haven’t played the original PS1 version, I can’t properly comment on what was changed, if anything, I only have a few details that I can’t verify)
(nice lie on the box)
So this was a bit me taking a chance with a game that I had no idea might be good. It was taking a chance because Comcept and Inafune was involved, and we know everyone likes them recently, right? But the fact that Armature made it and the game is directed by the director for Metroid Prime, felt to me like it might be worth taking a chance on. After Mighty No 9 people might not believe in Inafune much anymore, but I still think some of the Metroid Prime team can get some good stuff out maybe.
I thought it looked interesting in trailers, so why not. Let’s go and see if it was a chance worth taking!