JoeTheDestroyer

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I write about video games and horror-related items. Also, I wear a hat.


I'm struggling to get through my current project, but not my previous project...
May 12, 2019

I thought I would have a hell of a time getting through Phantasy Star II. It kicked my ass two times before, and it tried to do so again. However, I didn't waiver. I stayed the course, fought hard, took advice from everyone on here (thank you all again!) and managed to power my way through it. It was ultimately fulfilling.

Hell, even when Sekiro took the wind out of my sails dozens of times, I never really contemplated throwing in the towel. I made idle threats, but knew I would never let myself give up.

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Game Progress 5/5/19
May 05, 2019

RPGs take time to complete, and I don't always have a lot of time. That's why I decided to play five of them simultaneously and basically hamstring myself. Good idea, right?

Okay, so two of them were short and won't be mentioned here much: Undertale and Cat Quest. Both are done, and there isn't more I can say about them.

However, the three current time sinks I'm pushing through are meatier titles with completely different content in regards to quality among them. I've already pumped countless hours into two of them, and have only scratched the surface of the third....


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Vacation Day 2: Night of the Creeps (1986)
April 22, 2019

You've seen "The Price is Right," correct? You know how the bidding usually goes. Someone comes up with a really killer price, like $700 for some cheaply made, overpriced chandelier. However, the final contestant bids $701 and the previous bidder gets left in the dust. That's sort of how I feel about Night of the Creeps.

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Vacation Day 1: Starry Eyes (2014)
April 21, 2019

I'm on vacation now. As part of my time off, I seek not only to deep clean this house of mine, but also watch some horror movies. You know, same old, same old. Hell, I figured I'd even blog about them.

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Game Progress 4/18/19
April 18, 2019

I've been bouncing around a lot for the last week or so. The only two games that steadily kept my interest for the last couple were Sekiro and Phantasy Star II.


Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PC)
I haven't got really much to say here except "Holy crap, this is hard!" and "Completed. Review live."

I took me close to 50 hours to get through this one, partially because of what I said before in a previous blog. Playing this game via Steam Link streaming is a bad idea.


Phantasy Star II
I have a routine worked out. It's:

Grind ---> Explore ---> Recruit characters ---> Do dungeons ---> Repeat

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Lesson learned: No more playing Sekiro via Steam Link
March 31, 2019

I own a Steam Link. It's been a wonderful device for me because it allows me to play some of my games in my living room, on my large TV rather than my dinky monitor. Also, my computer room stinks and probably will until my next vacation, when my wife and I plan to tear out pretty much all of the carpeting in this house.

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My (brief) thoughts thus far on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
March 30, 2019

Now with easy bullet points!

+Stealth scenes are actually well done--reminiscent of Tenchu: Stealth Assassins.

+Prosthetic tools are cool! You have a prosthetic arm that gains attachments like a spear or a firecracker dispenser.

+Some of the bosses are challenging and actually quite fun.

-But not all of them... Some are just pricks for the sake of pricktitude.

-Camera issues crop up during boss fights about half of the time. I've died more times than I can count because the camera screwed me over.

-Target locking system similarly screws up during some boss battles. Sometimes a boss moves off-screen for a moment and the target disengages. It's imperative that you see the boss at all times. Breaking your concentration can easily kill you.

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