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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild… review?

March 19th, 2017 No comments

Zelda Breath of the Wild

There it is, potentially the biggest game of the year. In a year of a surprisingly decent amount of really cool games games coming out, Zelda still ends up being at the top of the list for GotY contenders (and that was even before anyone had played it).

So as I was playing this game, and even after being done, I was wondering… how are you supposed to review this game? I feel any reviewer that talked in-depth about gameplay is doing it wrong, because the gameplay itself is something that is… spoilable. Basically, Breath of the Wild is a game that should be played “blind”. The less you know about it, the better the experience (at least in the first couple hours).

So what I’m attempting here, rather than an actual review, is a sort of… discussion of my thoughts on the game. I’ll include a big spoiler warning in before elements that I consider spoilers.

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Nintendo Switch console impressions

March 15th, 2017 No comments

switch neon bundle
So the Switch is out. We’ve had some time to play it, and I didn’t want to rush this “review” (not really a review, you can’t review consoles until the end of their life). I could’ve written this day 2 (which was day 5 for everyone else), but that’s a bit hasty. I took a good week to live with the Switch, try it out in different configurations and such, play some games.

So yeah, I feel like I’ve had the full Switch experience at this point (as far as hardware goes) and I can talk about it. I’ll talk about games separately (whenever I get far enough in Zelda to be able to review it), this is about the platform itself.

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Blaster Master Zero review

March 10th, 2017 No comments

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Blaster Master is an absolutely classic NES game (there’s also a GBC game, a Genesis game that sucks and a Playstation game I never played… Blaster Master Boy doesn’t count, it’s a sequel to a Bomberman spin-off). It’s also very hard. The series got a revival in 2010 on Wii called Blaster Master: Overdrive, which I recall being fairly solid, though thinking back on it the graphics were kinda unattractive. It was very much like the original but with new kinds of upgrades and it was fun.

Blaster Master Zero is a something of a remake of the original Blaster Master, and I was hyped for it as soon as it was announced. Moreso when it was confirmed for Switch.

Let’s see if it’s good!

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Horizon: Zero Dawn early impressions

March 6th, 2017 No comments

Horizon: Zero Dawn
So I got my copy of Horizon late because Amazon Canada sucks, and was planning on not touching it yet due to Switchmas being on Friday. Sadly I didn’t receive my Switch on Friday because Amazon Canada sucks, instead I received Horizon (and Zelda, but no Switch to play it on). So I figured, while waiting for the Switch, I’d get started on Horizon.

At this point I don’t know how far I am (looking at the map I have almost a third of it explored already), and I don’t really know when I’ll get back to it since many other games are taking priority over this one. SO, I figure I’d make a quick impressions post. Some of my previous impressions posts were kinda mini-reviews, this one will be quite different.

Eventually I MIGHT post a full review. We’ll see. I just wanted something out there about this game before Zelda starts taking all my free time. I don’t think I’m anywhere near far enough to really review this.

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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk impressions

March 5th, 2017 No comments

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk
I don’t know that this is a kind of game that really merits a full review. There’s a lot of Dynasty Warriors games that use other licenses nowadays, so one review generally works for multiple games.

Berserk feels like a weird choice for the genre, at least as far as the story goes. That said, the idea of cleaving through armies with Guts’ giant sword is a great one. So I picked it up, basically as mild distraction until other stuff came out.

So this is a quick impressions post. Not doing a full review because I’m not fully done with it yet, and because there’s not really much to say about this game that a full review would cover.

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Nioh impressions

February 26th, 2017 No comments

Nioh
The PS4 got a high-level not-completely-niche exclusive. This is something to celebrate in and of itself, considering how rarely this actually happens. So I had to pick it up.

Despite playing the demo, I wasn’t extremely hyped for this game, but I knew it was gonna be pretty strong. I wasn’t very good at the demo, for some reason, but the full game is working out nicely for me. So why am I writing an impressions post instead of a review? Well, I’m progressing through the game really slowly, and I don’t know when/if I’ll be done with it. While I believe I played enough for a decent review, I don’t want to be weird and write a review when I’m only halfway through a game like this.

So there. I’m not calling this a review, but I guess it might as well be if that’s what you want to consider it. I’m not writing another post about this game.

Let’s go!

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Games coming out in March 2017

February 24th, 2017 No comments

Right, so a few cool things came out in February, but not much. I’m lining some things up for reviews/impressions. Not sure when I can get some of them out.

So March has one platform coming out with 12 launch titles and another later in the month. Otherwise I’m highlighting 4 PS4 releases, 1 that may be a PS4 release or a multiplat release, 12 multiplats, a PC release and a 3DS release.

Yeah, just a few days left, March is gonna be huge.

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 (I get that it’s hard, but if I don’t see anything about your game before it comes out, I can’t very much highlight it). So if there’s no indie games here, it’s pretty normal. I won’t spend hours that I could be playing games watching videos for indie games I have no immediate interest in.

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The Overwatch Problem

February 21st, 2017 No comments

Overwatch
Yes, I’m parodying Your Overwatch with this title. They used to love making “The X Problem” titles for their videos. They definitely come recommended when it comes to Overwatch content on Youtube, by the way. Some of the best discussions/tip videos you can find.

Anyways… so Overwatch was one of my top games of last year, and ranks highly as one of my favorite multiplayer games ever (and my favorite online multiplayer game). It’s an extremely fun, well designed game.

So what is “The Overwatch Problem”? Well, it’s multi-faceted, but I hope that I will correctly explain why I’ve largely given up on playing it for a while. With season 4 incoming it kinda sucks that I have no motivation to play this game evem though I fucking love it.

Yeah, this will be a long annoying rant. Read on! I’ll try to make sense.

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Categories: Console, Games, PC, PS4, Rant, Xbone, Xbox One

Games I won’t review – Digimon World: Next Order

February 7th, 2017 No comments

Digimon World: Next Order
So last year we got Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, and my review for that was pretty positive. It was a fairly standard JRPG with the whole digivolving concept that let you have a large variety of Digimon in your party. It wasn’t the most amazing RPG out there but it did the job quite well.

So I figured, hey, why not buy the follow up. However I should’ve read this game’s title correctly, because this isn’t Digimon Story like Cyber Sleuth was, this is Digimon World. And what I got when I turned on the game just baffled me.

Why is this a “Game I won’t review”? Well, simple enough: I’m about 10 hours in, and I’m tired of it, and despite all that time spent I’m not even through Chapter 1 yet (don’t know how many chapters there are, don’t care). I’m basically writing this as a review, but please don’t take it as such.

Let’s go!

(this is really long for a “not review”, but I can’t consider it an actual review)

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Double Dragon IV review

January 31st, 2017 No comments

double dragon 4

Talk about a weird title. I understand it, as it continues the tradition of the NES versions of Double Dragon games and is a sequel specifically to those, but it’s not like there hasn’t been other Double Dragon games since the NES. There was Super Double Dragon on SNES (which is pretty good), Double Dragon V (which is a horrid 1-on-1 fighting game), Double Dragon on Neo-Geo in both arcade and console formats (a much better fighting game than DDV, I’d even call it competent) which was based on the movie of all things (remember that?), Double Dragon Advance and the superb (and much more recent) Double Dragon Neon. Plus there’s Battletoads & Double Dragon, a great game that’s more based on the Battletoads gameplay. So calling it Double Dragon IV is a bit of a misnomer even if I get where they’re coming from.

This was a surprise announcement, and came out at a surprise price of 7$. So of course I jumped on it and played it through day 1.

Here are my thoughts on it! Let’s go.
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