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Hook review updated
January 28, 2017

My review of the film-inspired brawler Hook received an overhaul, mostly to weed out a lot of the prattle and bring it closer to my current standard of writing. How about some trivia?

-The earliest version of this review went live at GameFAQs well over a decade ago. I originally scored it a 9/10 and I think it was maybe four paragraphs long.

-I rewrote it there around 2009, bumping the score down to 8/10.

-A year or so later, I submitted a newer version of that review here with the score of 7/10.

-The new score is 6/10. Maybe with the passage of a couple more decades, I can safely admit that this game is actually crap (well, it isn't actually).


Game Progress: The New Nightmare
January 25, 2017

Pokemon Go (Android)
Still waiting for a proper update, a good nest migration, a 10 km egg or a worthwhile event before fully getting back into this game. I'm not going to bother with Pokemon Duel.

Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (PlayStation)
Got the discs buffered and they play properly now. I started Carnby's campaign, died and restarted. The last thing I did was kill a creature in the sewers before moseying on to another area. I used a save charm there and am reluctant to continue. I have a feeling this will be a tough title to get through. It's creepy, but also quite difficult. Its controls are the usual tank-style, but a tad over responsive. It's difficult to actually guide Carnby without over-correcting and running as if Carnby is drunk.

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Game Progress: Enchanted Edition
January 19, 2017

Pokemon Go (Android)
Welp, I evolved Voltorb into Electrode, thereby giving me one fewer Pokemon to catch. I'm not sure how to go about getting the last few (Togepi, Togetic, Muk, Porygon, Tangela, Aerodactyl, Kabutops, Omastar and Hitmonchan), aside from constantly hatching eggs and meeting disappointment. After I hatch these next few eggs (three 10 kms), I'm going to lay low in the game until the next major update or a nest migration. In the case of the latter, I can only hope that there will be a verified Omanyte nest I can reach (the only one in town is currently in Lincoln Park, which is closed due to heavy snowfall) or a Kabuto nest.

Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius (Android)

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Game Progress 1/14/17
January 14, 2017

Pokemon Go (Android)
I'm up to 38 Voltorb candies via buddy system. I'm approaching the point where I'll only be playing intermittently, at least until we have a major update or event. As it stands, the last few Pokemon I need rarely appear and rarely hatch from eggs (though there are some I can earn through the buddy systen): Togepi (and Togetic, by extension), Tengela, Porygon, Electrode, Muk, Aerodactyl, Hitmonchan, Omastar and Kabutops. I have Grimer, Omanyte and Kabuto, so a few of those are possibilities. The rest are either regional exclusives I probably won't be able to obtain until the trading system launches--if it ever does--or unreleased Pokemon, like most of Gen 2 or the legendaries.

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Game Progress 1/9/17
January 09, 2017

Pokemon Go (Android)

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Game Progress 1/2/17
January 02, 2017

Pokemon Go (Android)
I finally amassed enough Magikarp candies to evolve it into Gyarados. It was a glorious day! Also, there's a New Year's event taking place that allowed me to nab the other two third evolution starters I needed: Charizard and Venusaur. In the case of the former I earned enough Charmander candies to evolve, and the latter appeared on a side street in downtown Spokane. My only other acquisition this week was getting a Magby out of a 10 km egg. Whew.

Bulu Monster (Android)
I think I'm pretty much done with this game. It's boring and overly grindy, as expected.

Alone in the Dark 3 (PC)

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Game Progress 12/29
December 29, 2016

Pokemon Go (Android)
376 Magikarp candies. A nest migration took place and now my Magikarp hunting ground is gone. On the plus side, I did manage to hatch three new babies: Cleffa, Pichu and Elekid. I have three 10 km eggs now incubating, so hopefully I'll get something good (crossing my fingers and hoping for Aerodactyl or Hitmonchan).

Bulu Monster (Android)
Still grinding in Forest South. Most of my monsters are ready for the next area.

lone in the Dark 3 (PC)
Started the game and I'm about 1/3 of the way through it. I just used an old school camera to kill a two-headed monster. That part was actually kind of creepy.

nima: Ark of Sinners (Wii)
Finished it. I wrote a rough draft for a review that should hopefully turn up on this site soon.

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