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Power Rangers (2017) review

March 25th, 2017 No comments

Surprisingly this poster is a lie
So I grew up with Power Rangers. I watched that stuff every day, it was great. The crazy monsters, the Bulk and Skull, the robots, the Amy Jo Johnson (don’t deny it). It was super fun. And it still is, I’ve been glued on the Twitch Presents Power Rangers thing for the last couple weeks, it’s been great fun up to S.P.D. (and RPM was legitimately really fun too, to my surprise). It’s campy and stupid, but it’s just a fun show. I also watched some of the sentai stuff more recently, it’s really fun too.

Back in the day however I actually stopped watching at the end of Mighty Morphin. See, Mighty Morphin ends with the rangers LOSING (the base getting blown up and all). I got pissed at that as a kid. So I sadly missed Zeo, thankfully missed Turbo (though I did see the Turbo movie), and sadly missed the really good In Space and anything following that (which varies wildly in quality).

Anyways, I thought this was a weird thing to do, reboot the original Mighty Morphin series. It’s such an iconic, timeless thing. There’s characters we love and clearly they were going to change them all. The one trailer I watched showed what looked like a much more serious take on the whole Power Rangers idea. I wasn’t sure what to think of it, particularly because reboots of classic franchises recently have largely ranged from “not really worth watching” to “absolute worthless garbage”. I was worried.

Read on and see if it lives up to or surpasses the original!

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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

blaster_master_zero
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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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King review

February 20th, 2017 No comments

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
I fucking love Dragon Quest. I’ve said this many times before and I’ll keep repeating it.

Dragon Quest 8 was a weird one because most people bought it not for the game itself, but for a demo for Final Fantasy 12 (which is weird to buy a game to get a demo to a game that’s not as good). It was also the first Dragon Quest release in Europe (poor bastards waiting so long to get one). So I got it like everyone else and somehow didn’t get really far into it, less than halfway. I’m not too sure why, something else got my attention at the time I guess.

So now that I’m playing it again I can finally see all the stuff I missed the first time!

Let’s go and see why this game is great!

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Pokemon Duel impressions

February 9th, 2017 No comments


And out of nowhere, right before releasing Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo also released Pokemon Duel. It was called Pokemon Co-master in Japan, and apparently didn’t even warrant Nintendo announcing it at all. I get that it’s The Pokemon Company releasing it, but they’re a subsidiary of Nintendo so… I dunno, seems a bit odd that it would get NO buzz.

I’m not really far into this yet but whatever. This is just an impressions post. I don’t think this kind of game really warrants a full-on review. Let’s go!

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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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