Super Meat Boy re-review (Switch Version)

January 20th, 2018 No comments

It finally happened! I’ve been writing reviews here for at least 10 years, and finally a big game dev has recognized me as legitimate gaming press! That’s right. Team Meat, after I filled up a Google Form for reviewers requesting game keys, has decided that my little site is worthy of being approved as a Game Press site worthy of receiving review copies. Maybe I should try to get some from other companies… But in a way I like that almost all the reviews here are for games that I actually spent money on. It keeps me honest unlike… most other reviewers. But getting review copies from time to time is fun too!

So as a result of that, I get to write a review I probably wouldn’t have written otherwise. And this is interesting because I already did review this game 8 years ago… but back then my writing wasn’t very good, and we were experimenting a lot with layout and stuff. In a way this is a re-review, in a way it isn’t. Super Meat Boy is pretty much a classic now, but it’s been a while since I’ve played it, so let’s see how it lives up!

Disclosure: A Switch copy of Super Meat Boy was provided to me for review. Duh.

Let’s go!

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Thoughts on Nintendo Labo

January 18th, 2018 No comments

Nintendo seems to be one of the only gaming companies nowadays to really come out with truly unique, original ideas that no one could ever see coming. Arlo (cool youtuber you should check out if you like Nintendo) calls them the Kings of Left Field, because their announcements tend to be pretty out there. No one expected that Metroid Prime 4 logo, for example. The Switch itself has a lot of elements that are really unexpected, especially in the first year’s game library and lots of surprise releases and games coming out way earlier than anyone thought they would. Sometimes their left-field-ness is a good thing, sometimes it’s a bad thing.

So yesterday Nintendo announced “Nintendo Labo”. It’s being downplayed by people who mindlessly hate Nintendo as “OMG THEY’RE CHARGING SO MUCH FOR JUST CARDBOARD”, which is dumb. It seems the average reaction from non-crazy people is neutral to extremely positive. From what I’ve seen even people who don’t really care about it still think it’s a pretty cool idea.

So I thought I’d give my thoughts, since I know I’m not buying it once it comes out and will never have another occasion to talk about it.

(A lot of this is about the price, surprisingly)

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Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King review

January 18th, 2018 No comments

Blossom Tales The Sleeping King
I missed this when it came out on PC, but the Switch release seemed like a good time to check it out. The Zelda-style of the gameplay seemed pretty interesting, and the few reviews I could find were fairly positive.

So for a quick review let’s check it out!

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Games I won’t review – 2017 leftovers

January 7th, 2018 No comments

So there’s a few indie games from 2017 I recently played and didn’t have time to post full reviews for. So here’s a few in my “Games I won’t review” format.

So today I’m not reviewing: Steamworld Dig 2, Ruiner and Pyre.

Let’s go!

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Games coming out in January 2018

January 1st, 2018 No comments

Alright, I’m done with the 2017-2018 transition posts. They’re the reason this post was late, it would’ve been weird to put it in-between that stuff. I do have a couple other posts I want to write soon, reviews that I didn’t get to writing earlier (and one game I do need to finish before I review it). So I’m trying to keep this up.

So January… Not a lot of note is coming out, but there’s a few cool releases. We have 6 multiplats, 3 PS4 games (I’m pushing here, one’s an import) and a 3DS release. A slow start for the year, but hopefully things will get better as the year goes on.

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 for any reason. Probably missing stuff because game companies are shit about announcing release dates nowadays (and good at delaying games near release), and I’m not gonna dig through the hundreds of trash indie games that come out on steam every day to find the one or 2 okay ones that pop up occasionally. So if there’s no/few indie games here, it’s pretty normal.

Also I’m skipping what is likely a bunch of indie game ports on Switch, there’s a few cool ones this month like Furi.

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2018 video game hype!?

December 31st, 2017 No comments

2017 will likely be remembered as one of the top years in gaming, being put alongside other juggernauts likes 1991, 1997/98, 2001 and 2007. So many great games, some of the best examples of several genres, some games that will remain on top of the highest-rated games ever, forever. So how do you follow up a year like 2017? Honestly, I don’t think you can. But hopefully it still tries.

So I figured, now that I posted my GotY post, I would go and talk about my most hyped games of 2018. I’ll make it a top almost-10, because why not. I’ll also include a list of most noteworthy upcoming games, separating them between games I’m personally interested in for whatever reason and games I’m not particularly excited for. I may put some notes next to some of them.

Rules for this post: there are no rules. I will put in games that I’m pretty sure are coming in 2018, though I may get some wrong. I mean, my 2017 list had Scalebound as one of my most hyped games and look where that lead. Know that I am gonna make assumptions here.

So let’s go!

(quick note: this was written before the probably-coming-soon January Nintendo Direct, so if anything cool was announced there that fucks this post up… whatever)
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Games of the Year Awards 2017

December 27th, 2017 No comments

So 2017 was a pretty interesting year. On the non-gaming side for me it was fairly quiet though the year started (literally a few days into the year) with my father being diagnosed with cancer, and subsequently my father beating the shit out of said cancer and being cancer-free within a few months. Also I built a gaming PC on my own for the first time (before that I’d pay NCIX extra to build for me, never again). It’s super easy, everyone can and should do it… maybe I should do a quick post about that.

As far as gaming goes though… 2014, 2015, 2016 have all been pretty lame years for gaming. Game of the Year posts from me were difficult to write for the last few years because… Well, when there’s a year where there aren’t even 5 games good enough for the GotY award, you know it was a bad year. That said, 2017 said “fuck that here’s a ton of games” and I could’ve easily made a decent GotY post halfway through the year, with completely different games than what are on the list now, and it would still be a solid list. I did not have time to stop playing games this year, because there was always new stuff coming out. 2017 was a HUGE year for games, it was pure insanity.

So yeah… let’s go as per usual. A quick rant, then 5 almost-winners followed by the top GotY winner and finally a boatload of honorable mentions. Haven’t quite played enough trash this year for a “Trash of the Year” segment… So I won’t do that this time.

Rules: only games I played, and only games that came out this year (so no remasters or late ports, remakes are a grey area but I avoid them… example: the Crash trilogy wouldn’t be valid, but the Samus Returns remake would be). I may still put some as honorable mentions but they’re not valid for GotY candidacy.

Note: There’s several noteworthy 2017 games I haven’t played like Prey, Pyre, Evil Within 2, South Park, Hellblade, Battle Chasers: Nightwar, Divinity: Original Sin II, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Hand of Fate 2, For Honor, Dragon Quest Heroes II and a handful of others, so if you think they’re GotY and I don’t name them, know that I hold no ill will for these games.

Other note: I avoided games I knew would be shit like Shadows of War, Destiny 2, whatever Assassin’s Creed came out, Battlefront 2, Mass Effect Andromeda and several others… and know that I do hold ill will for these.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 review

December 23rd, 2017 No comments

I didn’t think I’d actually finish this game. I didn’t finish the first Xenoblade Chronicles (because I kinda got tired of it a bit past the halfway point), I didn’t finish Xenoblade X (because it sucked), and I figured this would continue that tradition. You know what it is? It’s the Switch. The ability to not HAVE to play it on my TV or PC means I could play it more, and multi-task more easily.

So I was somewhat excited for this one, the announcement in January came as a surprise, and the fact that it was announced for this year was also pretty surprising (though less so in subsequent interviews where the game was said to be in development alongside Xenoblade X). People didn’t believe it would make a 2017 release but here we are. So it’s basically the last big game this year.
So let’s check it out see if it’s good. I’ve organized this review slightly differently from usual to address all I want to.

Note: This review was written before the latest patch was released, I don’t know if it fixes some of the things I’ll talk about.

Other note: This review is fucking long. Here’s a link to the overall thoughts.

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Battle Chef Brigade review

December 2nd, 2017 No comments

Battle Chef Brigade
For full disclosure, as my name of the game IS in the credits of this game: This is a game I backed on kickstarter. Not that I publicly display my real name on this site, disclosure is still important even if it’s for something as “minor” as backing on KS since my name is attached to it.

The kickstarter for this started at just the right timing, which was when people got really excited about another cooking-based thing, that being Shokugeki no Soma (or Food Wars for people who use english animu titles), which is a badass anime series about cooking contests and people liking food too much. So the idea of a game about cooking contests managed to do at least reach its goal on KS. But this seemed to have a bit more than just cooking, with it also featuring fighting elements. It definitely looked like a cool mix

So is this good? Read on and see!

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Games coming out in December 2017

November 29th, 2017 No comments

I’m kinda late on this, but that’s fine. I did manage to post more than usual this month which is nice. Lot of stuff was coming out, so there was lots I needed to talk about. Good times. But with December things are more than slowing down, after the whole year being crazy it’s somehow in the holiday season that nothing all that big comes out… almost.

Christmacember gives us: 1 Switch game,  1 PC game, 5 multiplats, 1 PS4 remaster and 1 3DS filler game.

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 for any reason. Probably missing stuff because game companies are shit about announcing release dates nowadays (and good at delaying games near release), and I’m not gonna dig through the hundreds of trash indie games that come out on steam every day to find the one or 2 okay ones that pop up occasionally, unless some higher-profile indie things I care about comes out. So if there’s no/few indie games here, it’s pretty normal.
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