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3/31/16 – What’cha Playin’? — March 31, 2016

3/31/16 – What’cha Playin’?

Now that I’ve posted all of my old reviews, am at a point where I can’t really continue until I replay some of the titles on the Best Games Ever List, I’ll include this What’cha Playin’? Section daily until I can add another review or something. So right now, I’ve been deeply enjoying Salt and Sanctuary as is obvious by my most recent Best Game Ever post. I’ve beaten the game 3 times so far, and I still want to keep going, despite having the platinum trophy for it. So many builds to try! My current run is a magic user build, seeing as I haven’t done a mage yet. I admit, the beginning few areas were tough, but now I feel immensely powerful, especially in boss fights. I plan on making another guide for Salt and Sanctuary soon (in fact, I’m working on it now) and even something else for the game as well… Stay tuned for that!

Salt and Sanctuary: New Player’s Guide/FAQ — March 30, 2016

Salt and Sanctuary: New Player’s Guide/FAQ

This links to the New Player Guide/FAQ I wrote for the Salt and Sanctuary Subreddit. It gained enough popularity and was deemed useful enough that one of the mods (who is also one of the devs) of /r/saltandsanctuary has stickied it to the front page. Instead of copy/pasting it here, I’m instead just leaving a link as I am more likely to update the copy on Reddit, and this way, I don’t have to edit it twice. Also, if anyone has any questions they need answered, you’re more than welcome to contact me either here, or on Reddit.

Salt and Sanctuary – (BGE) — March 29, 2016

Salt and Sanctuary – (BGE)

My Salt and Sanctuary review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

Here’s a preview of my review for Salt and Sanctuary:

When I first beat Dark Souls a few years ago, I loved it. I spent some time doing some research and eventually came across the title Salt and Sanctuary, claiming to be a 2D Souls game all its own. At the time, there were almost no details on the game, save for an early screenshot or two (I think). I was big on my PlayStation Vita at the time, and it was initially marketed to go on the Vita, so I was pretty excited for it. Eventually, I kind of forgot about Salt and Sanctuary, but retained my love for the Soulsborne games. In fact, recently, I’ve blown through Bloodborne a number of times. When I saw that, suddenly, this game that I’ve heard of seemingly so long ago was finally coming out, I was excited. I bought it right away and have since Platinumed the game, beating it twice so far.

Retro City Rampage Review – PlayStation Vita — March 28, 2016

Retro City Rampage Review – PlayStation Vita

My Retro City Rampage review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

Pros

  • Fun, fast paced, pick up and play gameplay with a unique, enjoyable experience.
  • Bright and inviting pixel art style.
  • Excellent chiptune soundtrack.
  • Plenty to do, see, find, and unlock.
  • Many references.

Cons

  • The story plays second fiddle to all the references crammed in.
  • Initial quirkyness of controls, until you get the hang of it.
  • Many references.

Final Score: 8/10

With fast paced, fun gameplay that’s hard to put down, Retro City Rampage with have you coming back for more, again and again. Remember that if you purchase the PS3 version, you’ll get the Vita version for free, and vice versa!

Ragnarok Odyssey Review – PlayStation Vita — March 25, 2016

Ragnarok Odyssey Review – PlayStation Vita

My Ragnarok Odyssey review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

The Bottom Lines

Pros

  • Lots of collectables and great gameplay length.
  • Beautiful land and enemies bring the world to life and keep things interesting.
  • Nice amount of character customization, and the ability to change anything about your character whenever.
  • Great online multiplayer.

Cons

  • No leveling system, making a lot of things seem pointless.
  • Combat can get old and monotonous very quickly.
  • Story is boring and uninteresting.
  • A somewhat unforgivable difficulty curve at points.

Final Score: 7/10

This game was a lot of fun, and if you can get past the cons, this game is actually a lot of fun. Feel free to drop it to a 6/10 if everything seems too monotonous for you, and maybe bump it up to an 8/10 if you love grindy Monster Hunter style stuff.

Guacamelee! Review – PlayStation Vita — March 24, 2016

Guacamelee! Review – PlayStation Vita

My Guacamelee! review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

Pros

  • Humorous, witty dialogue.
  • Very fun Metroidvania style gameplay mixed with brawler style combat.
  • Beautiful environments and unique characters blended together with a lovable cartoon style.
  • Cross-buy, cross-save, and Vita controller function.

Cons

  • Too short!

Final Score: 9/10

Guacamelee! is a fun, great game that will keep you wanting more. Unfortunately, there is only so much for Guacamelee! to give. All in all, an excellent title everyone should play.

Sound Shapes Review – PlayStation Vita — March 23, 2016

Sound Shapes Review – PlayStation Vita

My Sound Shapes review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

Pros

  • Fun, simple gameplay.
  • Beautiful graphics and wonderful music to bring the game world alive.
  • In depth and interesting level creation.
  • Just right in terms of difficulty.

Cons

  • Over far too soon for such an awesome game.
  • Limited game modes.

Final Score: 8.5/10

A great platformer and wonderful music/rhythm game, Sound Shapes is a must have for any gamer, let alone Vita owner.

Remember Me – Review (PlayStation 3) — March 22, 2016

Remember Me – Review (PlayStation 3)

My Remember Me review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

The Bottom Lines

Pros:

  • Interesting setting.
  • Wonderful characters.
  • Fun combat.

Cons:

  • Incredibly linear.
  • Short
  • Predictable and boring story.
  • Repetitive

Final Score: 6.5/10

Remember Me has some great ideas going for it, but unfortunately, everything else it does poorly. It’s the kind of game you want a sequel to that fixes up all the things that have gone wrong. I wanted this game to be some sort of great, super-future Mirror’s Edge, but, it’s just a game easily forgotten.

PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale – Review (PlayStation Vita) — March 21, 2016

PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale – Review (PlayStation Vita)

My PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

The Bottom Lines

Pros

  • Fun gameplay.
  • See PlayStation characters duke it out.
  • Great party game with friends.
  • Tight controls that are just as good as the console version’s.
  • Nice customization features.

Cons

  • A somewhat uncompelling story.
  • Not as deep gameplay mechanics as SSB.
  • Can get boring and monotonous playing alone.

Final Score: 8/10

If you loved games like SSB, this is definitely enjoyable and fun, especially with friends. If you have a PS3, definitely go for the cross buy deal.

LittleBigPlanet Vita – Review (PlayStation Vita) — March 18, 2016

LittleBigPlanet Vita – Review (PlayStation Vita)

My LittleBigPlanet Vita review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

Pros

  • Great gameplay, music, and presentation, typical of LBP.
  • Awesome community and level design tools.
  • Plenty of customization.
  • Hours of collectables

Cons

  • Very poor online play
  • Predictable story and level design similar to LBP2

Final Score: 8/10

LittleBigPlanet is right where it belongs: in the palm of your hand. Feel free to change that to 9/10 if they ever improve the online play in a patch.