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Sonic Mania review

August 16th, 2017 No comments

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Sonic has had a pretty troubled history after his near-domination of the 16-bit generation. People tend to love the Adventure games, and I do to some extent… you know, as long as you’re playing as Sonic or Shadow. Most of the games past that are pretty bad, but there’s a few standouts. Some of the handheld games are good enough, then you have Generations that was pretty great, Lost World was good too. Sonic 4 Episode 1 was one I believe only I liked, people really hated it for reasons that didn’t make sense to me (episode 2 sucked balls though). Everything I didn’t name? Shit. I get that it’s most of the series, but that’s kinda Sonic’s deal past the Genesis.

So when Mania was first shown off, EVERYONE was paying attention. The developers involved, the style mimicking the Genesis games everyone agrees are great, and several other things that were shown off… just really resonated with the fanbase.

My hype was through the roof, as was nearly everyone else’s. So let’s check out if it meets the hype or not.

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Splatoon 2 review

August 2nd, 2017 No comments


Splatoon was my Game of the Year 2 years ago. I was really happy when Splatoon 2 was announced at the Switch reveal event, since I was expecting just a “deluxe” version of the first game. It’s the first online-focused game I really gave a crap about, and seeing a whole new version of it is great.

Not much else to say as an introduction, so let’s get right to the review.

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Eskimo Bob Starring Alfonzo impressions

August 2nd, 2017 No comments


Before yesterday I knew nothing about Eskimo Bob. I actually supported the Kickstarter for this mostly because it was a new NES game, though I did get the Steam version instead of the cartridge (which seems like it will be out later this year, and you can find a link to pre-order it on the Eskimo Bob website). It was a nice KS since it was only back in May and I already have my game on Steam, really fast turnaround.

So I played a good amount of the game, and decided last night to check out what Eskimo Bob was all about… it was… even less than I was expecting (I watched 22 episodes). Cheaply animated, mostly unfunny flash cartoons that either had no point or were so short that I just wondered what happened. I wouldn’t call it enjoyable, but I’m sure it has some fans, as it is one of the longest running web cartoons, getting 53 episodes (usually around a minute long, counting the intro “song”) from 2001 to 2013 (and one of the stretch goals for the kickstarter was a new episode, which was reached but I don’t think it happened?). Not a fan of the show overall.

Eskimo Bob might not be cool, but maybe his game is. So let’s check it out! This is an impressions post because I’m not quite done with it, and forgot to write down my password when I last played so I’d have a bit to replay through and I don’t feel like doing that right now.
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Hollow Knight impressions

July 31st, 2017 No comments

I love Metroidvanias. I actually didn’t hear about Hollow Knight when it came out back in February, but more recently I’ve seen a lot of people talk about it, so I grabbed it during the Steam Summer Sale after seeing just a few screenshots that had a Metroid-style map.

Like The End is Nigh this isn’t a full-on review (even though I’ll write it as such), because I’m not done with it yet and who knows when/if I will be. And I don’t know how close to the end I am. And it’s about time I write about it.

So let’s go and talk about this thing.

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The End is Nigh impressions

July 31st, 2017 No comments

SUPEEEEEER MEAT BOOOOOOOY! Okay not really. But this is a game made by Edmund McMillen of Isaac and Meat Boy fame. And Tyler Glaiel, someone I never heard about before (sorry dude, this game is good though!). So I was pretty excited to try this out.

I’m not done with the game, which is why this isn’t a review. I’m around halfway through now, and I’m going through it pretty slowly. But I figure it’s about time I write about it. So if you want to consider this a review go for it I guess, but know that I haven’t played the whole thing yet.

So let’s go!
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The “Why Nintendo might be back” rant

July 20th, 2017 No comments

So Nintendo. They’re very much worth talking about recently. They’re really interesting. When the competition is happy with not doing much of anything, essentially stagnating, it’s nice to see Nintendo not only shaking things up, but also being properly successful again too.

There were a lot of questions related to the release of the Switch after the failure that was the Wii U (a console I really enjoyed and defended quite a bit despite its obvious shortcomings and Nintendo’s blatantly stupid decisions) and how the company was run during the Wii. After several months of the Switch being out and their overall direction being more obvious than at launch.

So I thought… hey let’s rant about Nintendo somewhat. I’ve talked a bit about the Switch a good amount this year, but this is a bit more than that.

This is a BIIIIG rant, so grab some popcorn.

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Castlevania impressions

July 9th, 2017 No comments

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So this happened. This was a surprise when it was announced. A TV show based on Castlevania (which was rumored for a good while). I really didn’t inform myself about it beyond “hey it’s coming out”, so I was pretty surprised when the trailer came out and showed that it was animated.

Castlevania itself needs no introduction, it’s an absolute classic game series, that Konami sucks at supporting recently. There’s even a style of game that is colloquially known as “Metroidvania”. It has a big amount of amazing games spanning a few , and a few bad ones, and Lords of Shadow which is its own level of bad. Going from “game-that-has-almost-no-story” to “animated TV show” is a pretty big challenge though, especially since the show was said to be based on Castlevania 3.

So I was approaching this with caution. Video game adaptations are well known for not really working out well, with a few exceptions (the live-action Phoenix Wright was pretty nice, for example), so I had no trouble containing the hype. You know, just in case.

My plan here is not to spoil the story note-for-note, or do a complete analysis or anything. I just want to give quick impressions about it. Spoilers may come up nonetheless so…

SPOILERS POSSIBLY INCOMING (but I’ll try to be very top-level about it)

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Games I won’t review – Steam Summer Sales 2017 edition

July 1st, 2017 No comments

So it’s Steam Summer Sale time. Usually I buy nothing at these sales despite always having 30+ games in my wishlist being on sale every time. But I was bored so I picked up a few games. So I figure I’d do a “Games I won’t review” post for this year’s “haul”.

The reason for them not getting a few review or a standalone “Game I won’t review” post is because they’re slightly older games and not really worth dedicating a post to at this point.

There’s 2 games I got that are newer and probably still relevant to make a fuller review of, so I’ll have that coming hopefully soon if I get far enough in them (otherwise I’ll “not-review” them in a similar post to this).

Let’s go!

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SNES Classic Edition – Review of the games

June 27th, 2017 No comments


Well yesterday we had a cool announcement. After the success of the NES Classic Edition which Nintendo made no effort into capitalizing on (seriously guys, it’s free money, keep that stuff on the shelves… cancelling it was a huge mistake financially), they now have an SNES Classic Edition coming out. Longer controller cords, 2 controllers, 21 absolutely great games, and possibly the biggest surprises from Nintendo this year (which is crazy to think after E3).

Despite the mini-console being 3 months away from release… nothing’s stopping me from reviewing the most important part of it now, since I have played all the games in it.

I MIGHT write a review of the actual hardware once it comes out though. We’ll see. I will include “games that should’ve been in here” and other such shenanigans at the end of the post.

Let’s go!

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ARMS review

June 23rd, 2017 No comments

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Nintendo once again takes an established genre, flips it on its head, starts it off with a reveal that seems… really odd… and end up with a fairly successful game. Splatoon did that (though I liked the Splatoon reveal more than the ARMS reveal) and became an absolutely unstoppable sensation, and ARMS is hoping to do the same with fighting games (which is surprising when Nintendo has 2 other unique fighting game series that are also ongoing, but I can dig it).

I played this on the Testpunch (mostly the first one, I found Hedlock annoying in the second one), and, while it didn’t QUITE blow my mind, it was damn entertaining.

So since there’s not much content here, I figured I’d play it for a week and talk about my thoughts on it at that point. So let’s do that!
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