Games coming out in September 2017

August 28th, 2017 No comments

We’re getting right around when the biggest releases of the year come out. Not quite there yet, but getting there. I did manage to get several posts out despite the fairly slow August, and I do still have a few things to post about during September, so I’m pretty happy about that.

So for September we’ve got: 1 console, 3 3DS releases, 7 non-sport multiplats, 5 sport multiplats, 2 Switch games, 3 PS4 games, 2 PC games and 2 Vita games. And there’s a rant in here.

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 for any reason. Probably missing stuff because game companies are shit about announcing release dates nowadays (and good at delaying games near release), and I’m not gonna dig through the hundreds of indie games that come out every month to find the one or 2 okay ones that pop up occasionally, unless some higher-profile indie things I care about come out. So if there’s no/few indie games here, it’s pretty normal.

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Super Mario Level Up! board game review

August 28th, 2017 No comments

Video game companies have this odd tendency to go for the lowest common denominator when it comes to board game adaptations. What that means is MONOPOLY. Mario Monopoly, Zelda Monopoly, Monopoly Gamer with DLC characters, Pokemon Monopoly (there’s at least 3 different Pokemon monopoly versions, maybe more), WoW Monopoly, Nintendo Monopoly, Fallout Monopoly, FF7 Monopoly… Here’s the thing… Monopoly is not a good game. It’s well known, but it’s not good. If you’re not familiar with board games, I do recommend you look far beyond Monopoly’s boring roll-and-move gameplay with little to no strategy.

Not that there’s no board games based on video games that are good, or at least interesting. The Bloodborne card game is quite cool, the Dark Souls game looks interesting, I hear good things about both versions of Doom, Gears of War seems kinda interesting, there’s a Fallout board game coming out from Fantasy Flight that could be cool, M.U.L.E looks possibly cool, I hear okay things about The Witcher… but there’s this weird thing with video game companies, especially from Nintendo, where their board games are all Monopoly or checkers or chess (I have the Mario chess set, it’s pretty cool) or fucking MARIO TIC-TAC-TOE. So it was interesting for Nintendo to actually make a Mario board game that isn’t Monopoly. I thought I’d check it out.
(FYI the Megaman board game isn’t good, but there’s a Megaman version of Pixel Tactics which is pretty fun)

This is gonna be pretty quick. So let’s go!
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Death Note (2017) Netflix movie review

August 25th, 2017 No comments

I don’t frequently review movies, but this is one I believe I can talk about a bit. I’m a bit of a Death Note fan after all. In fact I have an actual Death Note somewhere in my house.

Anime/manga live-action adaptations have a pretty spotty history in America. There was a Fist of the North Star movie that sucked, Ghost in the Shell had pretty mixed reviews (I haven’t seen it yet, I plan to eventually), Dragon Ball Evolution might be one of the worst movies ever, and I don’t remember hearing anything good about Speed Racer back when that came out.

From Japan I have actually seen a few anime/manga-based live-action films that were decent, but there were good for a pretty specific reason. Cutie Honey (both the movie and the TV series… there’s also a newer movie I missed) was pretty good, Prince of Tennis was kinda decent, Great Teacher Onizuka had a pretty fun TV series, Ranma 1/2 has a 2011 movie that was pretty good, the first Rurouni Kenshin movie was quite cool (I need to watch the sequels), the Jojo Part 4 movie looks pretty cool (I really want to watch that), the Kaiji movies were decent…

More importantly and relevant to this review, the Death Note movies were quite solid. There’s one focused on L that was a bit meh, and a new one that takes place several years after the original movies that was okay, but the first 2 were pretty fun as I recall. I know I missed a shitload of movies based on manga in Japan, but these are the ones I’ve seen and enjoyed (I’m sure there’s plenty of crappy ones). What made them so enjoyable was their adherence to the source material and keeping within the style of the series they’re based on, even if they took several liberties. It’s kinda like why the japanese Phoenix Wright live-action movie is good, but, say, The Legend of Chun-Li was terrible.

So since we already have acceptable Death Note movies out of Japan, I was curious about what they’d do with it in America. Maybe it would bust out of the usually-negative impressions people have of anime movies in America.

I’ll talk about the movie itself, how it fares as an adaptation and if it’s any good by its own merits. Let’s go!

THERE MAY BE SPOILERS… I kept it low, but there’s details here and there.

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Sonic Mania review

August 16th, 2017 No comments

sonic mania

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.

Let’s go!
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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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Games coming out in August 2017

July 24th, 2017 No comments

Halfway through the summer, there’s not a LOT to talk about. That said, I do have a few posts to make eventually when I have time to write them.

So August… A surprising amount of releases, but not much I find particularly noteworthy. There are a few quite cool things here though that I’m really excited for. We’ve got: 20 multiplats, a Switch release, 6 PS4 releases and a PC release.

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 for any reason. Probably missing stuff because game companies are shit about announcing release dates nowadays (and good at delaying games near release), indies especially. So if there’s no/few indie games here, it’s pretty normal.

Edit: added a multiplat game on July 27
Edit2: removed a Vita game on August 2, moved to next month

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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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