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|A lot of indie stuff|
Whew, where do I begin? Wild Arms 5, Suikoden V and Wild Arms XF are now in my grasp, with the first two being physical copies and the last being a PSN acquisition. I also picked up almost the entire Tomb Raider series on Steam for a buck apiece. Since I already had the original, the reboot and Rise of..., I only spent about $8. Sadly, the Lara Croft top-down games weren't on sale. I know some people have been critical of those games, but I'm willing to check them out.
The only game I'm looking at picking up soon is Xenosaga Episode III, but it might be a few weeks before I work up the needed dough. It's a pretty pricey game, as even disc-only copies are listed at close to $80.
|Mostly Sly 3 and Omensight|
Aside from some random Steam indie games, I've been picking up the last few entries of the Tales series I missed. I recently nabbed Tales of Berseria on a Steam sale, plus secured Tales of Xillia (and its sequel) and Tales of Hearts R. The only US released Tales game I'm not bothering with is Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology, as I've heard it's pretty underwhelming. The GBA release of Tales of Phantasia is all the underwhelming I can stand from that franchise ("Kangaroo" my ass).
|RPGs, a walking simulator, roguelite cowboy nonsense, a pedestrian killer and a mascot platformer.|
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (PS2)
Having revisited the first two titles, I decided it was finally time to unwrap the over-decade-old copy of Sly 3 I own and put it to use. And so far I'm on the fence...
|Better late than never|
This is belated, but these are my thoughts after finishing Wrestlemania 34 nearly two weeks ago. I wanted to have this up sooner, but my electrical issues prevented that. Now that I have finally updated the blog post, here it is:
I just sat through all of it and I'm exhausted, so I'm going to cut to the chase on my opinion about Wrestlemania 34.
How was the event? Decent. What I liked more is that it leaves WWE in an interesting spot and establishes cliffhangers. Wrestlemania is supposed to be their flagship PPV and the culmination of their season, so there shouldn't be cliffhangers. Yet here we are...
Matches in order, with brief opinions:
1. Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Winner: Matt Hardy
Am I the only one looking at the Switch right now and wondering where all the multiplayer games are? The fact is that the Switch could outnumber its competitors in homes by a factor of 2 or more, but that'll never happen unless Nintendo somehow sees a wave of multiplayer enabled titles. MarioKart 8 Deluxe, Arms and Splatoon 2 are not enough.
I'm bringing this up because the Switch is now my hardware of choice for reviews. It will be getting my attention as I build up my library of major and minor releases from the eShop. If you don't watch Arlo - and you should - he makes a good point about the eShop going the way of Steam. It was heavily curated in its first year, but in order to keep up the flow of titles, they're relaxing their standards.
|such as The Punisher.|
I got tired of playing my PS2 games on a dinky flatscreen TV with blurry visuals, so I decided to get something cheap yet decent. I ended up with an inexpensive Westinghouse set that does the job. Bear in mind that this isn't my main TV, but one I keep in the basement so I can play some of my older systems. After purchasing it, I fished out my PS2's component cable and fired it up. What greeted me as I started The Punisher was a horribly discolored cutscene, where Soap and Molly questioned Frank Castle about his shootout with Kingpin while blue and red hues flashed all over their faces. I thought this couldn't be right and feared the TV was to blame. I didn't want to take it back.
|One hell of a PPV|
It's been 18 years since I avidly watched WWE. I stopped watching for a number of reasons, but the main one being the visible dip in quality. The latter years of the Attitude Era were tiring, especially the events involving the McMahon-Hemlsley Faction. I drew the line at The Invasion, when WWE purchased WCW and attempted a half-assed crossover event (which also saw ECW playing a part) that fell flat.
Stardew Valley is a unique game in the North American gaming market, having accomplished what Harvest Moon has failed to do with many sequels on nearly every commercially available gaming platform. Widespread acceptance and demand have turned it into a household game along the likes of Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and the entirety of Dark Souls. Yet it has an open ending and a soothing capacity that sets it apart from its kin. Unfortunately its open ended nature leaves the player with nothing to do but start another farm. What if there was another option?
|Currently saving money to remedy the situation|
My current computer still works. Unfortunately, it can't do more than stream videos.
You see, this computer has lasted six years. While playing Gothic II, it would intermittently crash. I thought that was the game, since other players reported the same problem. However, the issue continued to arise while I played through Avencast: Rise of the Mage (though it didn't occur while I played Upwards, Lonely Robot, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs or Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons). Sadly, after 17 hours of progress, the computer crashed and corrupted my game data, thereby ending my run. I was at the final stretch, too.
|Like the Imperials, I didn't see it coming either.|
I have been sick for the last month, less and more sick than I have been in the last, maybe, ten years? The very idea of mustering energy to do anything more strenuous than manipulate a controller (or two, more on that in a moment) has sent be straight to bed. Really.
Boy am I glad I got a Nintendo Switch. It's been my best console purchase decision since the PlayStation 2. My PS3? You mean the one whose motherboard I have to bake in order to... forget it. Not happening. Thank you Nintendo for getting this one so very right!
|Oh, goodie. Square being experimental.|
I've owned Crisis Core for a long time, and I put off playing it. I'm not sure why, but something told me to check out other games first. Having pumped about three hours into it, I think I know why...
I haven't played far enough into it to say for sure, but so far it feels half-assed and unnecessary. The areas you enter are plain and underwhelming, even linear. There are a couple of branches now and then, but for the most part dungeons are straight shots to the end.
|It seems like a step forward...|
My computer is dying. Well, it's more like it's being left in the dust. More and more, indie devs are releasing titles that this bag of bones my friend and I built circa 2012 can't run properly. You know it's bad when you can't even run non-AAA titles. I now plan to save up a whopping $1200 to either build a new PC or hire someone to do so, mostly so I can play modern titles.
Before that happens, I have four RPGs I'd like to scrub off my list. I hope to have these finished so I don't get halfway through them, then have to transfer my save files to the new computer (it's mostly a laziness thing). Those titles are Gothic 3, Arcania: Gothic IV, Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition and Avencast.
|aka Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide Blog Post|
So with Vermintide 2, a Left 4 Dead-style game, recently released, I wanted to see if the first game, End Times - Vermintide, was available on the PS4. The first place I checked was the PS Store, and it showed up in the search results! I clicked it... and it was $39.99. The game came out on October 4, 2016.
|Still a 5/10|
I think this is either the third or fourth incarnation of this particular review.
With Secret of Mana receiving a North American physical PS4 release exclusive only at GameStop next month, I decided to snoop around their website for the past couple weeks. I knew they've had a couple physical exclusive titles (in NA, at least) in the past, such as Song of the Deep, but I was surprised just how many PS4 exclusives they actually had; Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary, Cities Skylines, and Killing Floor 2, to name the more familiar names. I was then thrown off by the number of "smaller" titles they had, such as Constructor (90s sim/tycoon title), a Prototype bundle of the first two games, Wuppo, and Has-Been Heroes, the latter I've only heard of for the first time while browsing GameStop.
|A Helluva Year|
Another year in the books, and what a great year for gaming it was! No, sadly I didn't get to play as many modern games as I would have liked, and I didn't get a Switch. However, I still had the opportunity to experience some great content and cross a whole ton of games off my backlog. In fact, since my backlog also includes books and movies, I sliced nearly 100 entries off this year.
I figured I'd take this time to yammer about my noteworthy playthroughs this year. I mean, I only played a handful of new games this year, including a well known sandbox title and a J-RPG that reinforced my adoration of Nihon Falcom.
As for my own year in review...
|Arx Fatalis finally falls|
Arx Fatalis (PC)
I made my way through Akbaa's temple, noticing some items called Akbaa Stones or something like that along the way. I left one on a dead body to make space for merchant fodder and took the other with me. I couldn't find a use for it during my time in the temple, and so decided to sell it later. Bad move.
Anyway, after tinkering with some golems and slicing up cultists, I reached the boss chamber. One of the good guys outed himself as a turn coat, and summoned a demon for me to fight. It was a pretty rough battle, and mostly consisted of me running backwards, slashing and casting the heal spell repeatedly. I did eventually topple the beast and attempted to touch the meteor. Of course, it didn't go as planned, so I began the next phase of the campaign.
|The most glorious single-player mode of 2017! Proof inside!|
To make things "interesting," I decided to handicap myself for my first match. I equipped one of the weaker Jasons, who can't run or morph very well, set the difficulty to Hard, and fought against seven Counselor bots. This is what played out:
-0:00: Counselor literally ran into me after I made a bunch of noise. Then he ran in the house, picked up the gun... and ran into me without trying to fire.
-0:25: Counselor ran around in circles before she decided to dive in the water.
-0:40: Counselor got hit by my knife, and in retaliation, she turned around and ran into my body.
|Because my opinion matters the most on the Internet. Obviously.|
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Thought it was fine. Maybe a bit too many space battle scenes.
Liked that they fleshed out Poe's character this time. Actually, I'm surprised how developed they made him in a film where tons of other stuff is happening. Went from a hot-headed, but well-meaning, pilot who constantly thought blowing stuff up all the time was the solution, to knowing better by the end of the film. (continued below)
|Wherein I begin an episodic RPG that was never completed|
I played pretty much nonstop, but not because it was that good. It's actually a really easy, bad title. I got to a point where the game says "To Be Continued," with the promise of new developments and missions. However, there haven't been any new missions added to the game since 2010, so I'm pretty sure it's been abandoned. Expect another less than enthused review.
Pokemon Go (Android)
A fair portion of Gen 3 dropped recently. I managed to get Wurmple, Zigzagoon and Makuhita.
Hazen: The Dark Whispers (PC)