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.
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.
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!
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.
Categories: 3DS, Console, Games, games of the month, Handheld, Nintendo, PC, PS4, Rant, Releases, Switch, Vita, VR, Wii U, Xbone, Xbox One
Alright, January was kinda quiet (still a couple releases upcoming and some that I’m playing in preparation for review), but soon we’re getting lots of stuff coming out. Hopefully I can cover a lot of stuff, we’ll see. I’ve been wanting to make this blog a bit more lively and I think I’ve been doing a bit better with it of late.
So February… 3 PS4 releases (2 exclusive), 9-ish multiplats, a mobile release, a PC release and a 3DS release. Surprising amount of stuff for the PS4 once again, that’s nice and very unlike the PS4.
So let’s go and see what’s up!
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 interest in.
Categories: 3DS, Console, Games, games of the month, Handheld, impressions, Opinion, PC, Preview, PS4, Releases, Steam, Switch, Vita, Wii U, Xbone, Xbox One
Alright, so I want to make this my final post about the Switch, at least until it comes out. I don’t tend to give this much attention on here to new hardware, but the Switch is… different.
After the presentation on January 12, I was left… confused. It was really a weird presentation overall, it was disappointing but also had some really exciting aspects. I didn’t know what to feel about it, so I decided, after posting my “live” reaction, that I’d sleep on it for a few days and figure out what I actually think about the Switch.
So… let’s gather my thoughts, and let’s rant about this.
I will try to get the most stuff I can think of out of the way so I can not post about the Switch again until release. So this might be a bit long. But this isn’t a pointless post. I try to not repeat too much of the stuff I’ve said before, though I might.
Categories: Console, Games, Handheld, impressions, News, Nintendo, Opinion, Preview, Rant, Switch, Wii U
So we had ourselves a Switch presentation huh? Actually I don’t know what it was like because I’m writing this part before the actual presentation. I’m making this a sort of “reaction” post with some editing, we’ll see how that turns out.
(spoilers from future Jobocan: it was… something… Yeah I won’t be super positive about it, even if I’m still super excited about it… also I had a big pre-show rant written before the presentation, but fuck it, that’s not important so I removed it.)
So that’s it for my GotY 2016 stuff. 2016 was a fairly weak year overall. So while I’m not SUPER EXCITED for 2017, there’s a handful of games I do have lots of hype for, so I figured I’d highlight some of those. Just for a quick fun post.
Let’s go and hope 2017 is a step up from the last 3 years. (note that this was written before the Switch event, so who knows if anything more is going to be officially announced there)
EDIT: I had to change this because Microsoft are stupid idiots and cancelled Scalebound… which might not be THAT big of a shame since it seems MS fucked with the development in the first place, as evidenced by a Kamiya tweet from 2015… but I’m still disappointed (also I did other small edits)
Categories: 3DS, Console, Game of the Year, Games, Games of the Year, Handheld, impressions, Microsoft, Nintendo, PC, Preview, PS4, Releases, Sony, Switch, Vita, Wii U, Xbone, Xbox One
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.
Alright, so Nintendo finally unveiled the codename NX, with the final name of Nintendo Switch.
While I wasn’t as critical of the Wii U as most people were, Nintendo made some extremely massive mistakes with it, may it be when they revealed it, when they launched it, and throughout its lifetime. The Nintendo Switch, I feel, needs to do a few things to be a success. I mean, it should be, but people have this tendency to hate Nintendo for literally no reason at all.
So here’s my reactions to the reveal trailer, and my thoughts on what Nintendo should do with the Switch from here on out. Basically my initial reaction, some impressions and a bunch of random thoughts.
*MINOR UPDATES DONE ON OCTOBER 22nd*