Gamer. Curmudgeon. Ambivalent Earthling.
Hangin' out with Pokes and 'Mons
Iíve been hanging out with my old DS lately.
I love my 3DS, and one reason Iíve always loved it is that Nintendo does backward compatibility so well. It really does play DS games very well, in a way completely unlike how my XBOX 360 ďplaysĒ original XBOX games. Or, rather, claims to play original XBOX games.
But, Iíve only recently learned, it doesnít play them perfectly.
Iíd been playing Blue Rescue Team on the trusty 3DS (well, one of the trusty 3DSísÖ.) Iím not sure why, but at one point I plugged the cartridge instead into an old (little tiny) DS Lite. And I was stunned at how colorful the game was. On the 3DS, itís the colors are rather washed out. Huh.
Further down the rabbit hole, if the rabbit were a 750 pound demon from Antarctica
Iíve watched some YouTube videos on this Redux game. Some YouTubers are not pronouncing the word as I would (Re-ducks), but as if it were French or something (Re-do). Well, I guess the game is a redo of sorts. Goodness.
Itís a weird world.
When last I wrote, I had finished up the first dungeon, and beat the first boss. I think I was at level 10. Now Iím at level 18 or so. Iíve explored a good bit of the second dungeon, the first floor of a completely unexpected dungeon, and gone back to the first dungeon to finish up a side quest or two.
A prematurely awarded (and extremely rare) five star experience.
I was sort of looking forward to the release of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux. Sort of looking forward to it. I wasnít going to skip it; I am definitely glad to support the 3DS in any RPG it wants to sell me at this point, and probably other genres besides. And, Iím a long time member of the Atlus Faithful.
Not so enthralled with this free to play economy
So, the old man recently bought a smart phone. Before that, he was the office dinosaur, carrying around his old manís flip phone. Strange devices, flip phones. Younger people might not believe it, but flip phones have but a single purpose: making phone calls.
For business reasons, I had to upgrade. Of course, not valuing phones, I went cheap and got a ZTE for 80 bucks. It does everything I need it to, and more. LOTS more.
The old man replays a favorite Pokemon title
I recently completed a second playthrough of Pokemon Alpha Sapphire.
I own Omega Ruby as well, but I donít know that Iíve ever finished it. No reason except that I prefer the color blue over the color red. And I sorta dig Kyogre.
So, I sat down to write a review of the thing.
But, since weíre hanging out here at Honest Gamers, let me just be honest and say that I donít know how to review a Pokemon game. Pokemon, at this point, is such a phenomenon in our culture that distilling a single game into a review seems like a crazy notion. There are Pokemon games, both mainline and not, there are several iterations of a Pokemon anime, there are Pokemon trading cards. There are Pokemon plushies. A couple of years ago, Pokemon even broke into the high stakes game of Superbowl ads.