Games I won’t review – Pokemon Sun and Moon

November 28th, 2016 No comments

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Pokemon is one of those almost-but-not-quite-yearly series that tend to do things pretty well. It started with a strong core, and built up new things bit by bit in sequels. In the end you’re playing a game that’s very similar to the one you played before, but the small changes end up giving a slightly different experience.

It’s been 3 years since the last proper new game in the series (not counting Omega Ruby and Sapphire, because they’re remakes), and the hype for Sun and Moon was very high.

Let’s talk about these a bit!

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Wii U – A postmortem/hommage/retrospective

November 27th, 2016 No comments


So the Wii U is dead. No need to sugarcoat it. It’s done. The last exclusive it gets is freaking Paper Mario Sticker Star 2 (under a different, misleading name). Whatever. The announcements that Nintendo ended production and shipment of the console came just in time, really.

I figured I’d talk about the Wii U a bit, in anticipation of Nintendo’s second 8th gen home console and handheld (at once!). Yes, 8th gen, not 9th gen. Unless you’re weird and you want to call the PS4 Pro and Scorpio 9th gen.

I had the tendency to be a lot less negative about the Wii U than most people (some might call me a Nintendo fanboy even though that’s incorrect), though I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. I feel it was a system that didn’t get the hype it deserved, but also didn’t get the support it deserved. The Switch is where I was hoping they’d go with the Wii U, honestly.

So let’s go and put this console to rest.

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Games coming out in December 2016

November 26th, 2016 No comments

So in the November release post I never updated that Dragon Ball Fusions was coming out. It got its release date changed from December to November partway through the month. I expect to play it soon if stop being shit and actually send it to me. I also have a few other posts planned. Not sure I can keep the number of posts going as much as I have recently (which is a lot more than usual), but I’ll try.

Oh and I won’t put Shantae on the list again, if it comes out it comes out, I’m not expecting it until next year at this point. Also Wild Guns Reloaded seems to have a december release date now, but sources are all over the place for that, some saying it’s in japan only and stuff. So I dunno what’s up.

So despite December being in the heart of the holiday season, no one likes releasing games in December. That has always baffled me just a little. This month we’re getting basically nothing, as per tradition. 1 PS4 release, 1 3DS release, a mobile release that I consider somewhat noteworthy and 2 multiplat releases.

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 (and good at delaying games near release). Indies in particular are kinda random, or bad at making their games known (no, putting your release date in your kickstarter updates isn’t gonna get the word out). So if there’s no indie games here, it’s pretty normal. I’m just highlighting the most noteworthy stuff and the stuff that actually has release dates that are easy to find.

Not much to see here, but maybe something is interesting for you here?

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Gunnihilation – Early Access review

November 22nd, 2016 No comments


One thing about this blog that I’m fairly proud of is that I don’t get review copies of games, or weird bonuses and incentives other reviewers get. So what you see here is my total honest opinion all the time, since I spend my own money for everything I talk about. I wouldn’t refuse getting more, but I’m fine with not getting them.

So this is an extremely rare case where I did actually get a review copy (I think it’s the second time in the 8-9 years I’ve been writing reviews for fun). I think it’s pretty funny. The devs put up a tweet asking if any sites wanted a review copy (saw it because someone I follow retweeted it), I joked around asking if I could get one even though this blog has never really gotten all that many views, and they actually did send one to me (and noted some problems with the site that I have hopefully fixed since). So first things first: Thank you very much, you guys at Robo Pixel Games are awesome. And second thing… I asked on Twitter largely because of the name… Gunnihilation? That sounds too cool to pass up.

Yes, I wrote all this for full disclosure, but I do want to note that you shouldn’t expect me getting a review copy of a game means I’ll go easy on it.

So read on and see what I thought of Gunnihilation’s platforming bullet-hell stylings!

(Gunnihilation is presently in early access on Steam, so I had a limited amount of gameplay available here as of this writing, and who knows what’s final and what isn’t. I don’t believe I will do a full review of this when the final version comes out. However, I’m making this a bit longer to talk about the early access nature of it)

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Bloodborne: The Card Game review

November 19th, 2016 No comments

Bloodborne: The Card Game

I wanted to start reviewing board games more but that never really happened. My love of board gaming is like my love of video gaming, it wavers randomly sometimes. But this is one I really should be reviewing since, you know, it’s based on a video game. A video game I will note is awesome.

The transition from video game to board game has happened many times. Not counting shitty Monopoly reskins (Monopoly sucks), there’s Pac-Man games, some Mario games, at least 2 Donkey Kong games, at least one Zelda game, all that came out seemingly in the 80s. I’m sure I’m missing a lot of stuff from that era. On the more serious board gaming front there’s a bunch too. There’s been a Starcraft game that looks really cool. There’s a Doom game that looks really cool (from 2004, though there’s a new version coming out soon from Fantasy Flight based on the newer game). There’s a somewhat recent Gears of War game (no idea about that one but it has cool minis, including chest-high walls for your minis to hide behind!). There’s a recent Witcher game. There’s some video game-based RPGs too like Dragon Age. There’s multiple World of Warcraft games. And I’m sure I’m missing some. But board game versions of video games aren’t a new thing, and will probably keep happening.

So how does Bloodborne’s methodical action gameplay transition from video game to card-based board game? Read on and see! (note: this is after only one play, but that tends to be enough for me to judge a board game)

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Games I won’t review: the “for now” edition – Dishonored 2

November 13th, 2016 No comments

Dishonored 2

Unlike other “Games I won’t review” posts, this is a game I might end up reviewing eventually. But right now it’s in a sad fucking state and I refuse to even play it until I see a patch being downloaded on Steam, and if that patch makes the game playable.

Read on!

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NES Classic Edition – Hardware mini-review

November 12th, 2016 No comments


Alright, so I have mini-reviewed all the games on this pre-loaded console (I did a few edits after playing this, I note all of them with some specific details). I braved the lines and the cold to get one (okay not really, only a 3 hour wait), so I figured I’d give my thoughts on the actual hardware.

Let’s go! I’ll try to make this quick.

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Categories: Console, Games, impressions, NES, Rant, Review

World of Final Fantasy review

November 9th, 2016 No comments


So I didn’t really inform myself all that much about this game before getting it. I saw some videos at E3 and screenshots and decided from those that I was slightly more excited for this than Final Fantasy 15. It just seemed more FF-like to me than what I had played of FF15 in both demos (both demos having slightly different gameplay, which means I have no idea what to expect of FF15 at this point). The stack thing seemed weird, but whatever, looked fun.

Read on and see if it’s good!

(this ended up being a much longer review than I was expecting… bolded some parts in the gameplay section for easier reading)

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NES Classic Edition – 30 games mini-review

November 7th, 2016 No comments


So the NES Classic mini console is about to come out, and just for fun I figure… Why not review each of the 30 games in it, and see if it’s a worthwhile buy?

Since I own all but 2 of these games on the NES and have played almost all of them to a decent extent, why not review them now? Might help people who aren’t familiar with the NES see if they’re interested in any of this!

So 30 super-mini-reviews. Let’s a go. (at the end of all the mini-reviews, a list of the games I’d remove from this, and what I’d replace them with)

(random note: you know what would be REALLY cool? If the console came with reproductions of the game manuals, printed out in the classic style)

NOTE: This is not a review of the actual console. I do not have it and probably never will, with my luck.
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Games I won’t review – Vita edition again

November 2nd, 2016 No comments

Another set of Vita games I won’t be reviewing. Not much reason beyond “There’s other stuff I’m playing and these took a backseat, perhaps permanently”.

The 2 games this time are Tri-Ace’s multiplat RPG Exist Archive, and boobs… I mean, Marvelous’ Vita-exclusive actioner Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni.

Read on and see my impressions for both games, and why I won’t have a complete review of these.

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