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What’cha Playin’? 5/31/16 — May 31, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 5/31/16

Again, not too exciting. Playing Overwatch, and a little bit of the only DOOM I haven’t beaten: Final DOOM. I’ve already completed TNT: Evilution and am currently on Map 22: Impossible Mission on the Plutonia Experiment. That means I’m less than 10 stages from having beaten every DOOM there is! Well, official DOOMs anyway; getting into the modded and fan made sea of DOOM is a never ending source of DOOM of course, but I’m happy with the unmodded versions. Then I need to beat DOOM 2 again; I’ve only beaten it once, and I need to really give it another try so I can write a good DOOM 2 write up.

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What’cha Doin’? 5/30/16 — May 30, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 5/30/16

It’s been a fairly uneventful weekend for my gaming and watching habits. I played a ton of Overwatch, a bit of Castlevania, (the original on the NES, check out its best game ever review here, if you haven’t.) and a little Metal Slug and Andro Dunos on my Neo Geo MVS cabinet. I’m thinking maybe I’ll do a bit of a video for my collection soon; it’s not that big, but it’s not that small either. I like collecting things, after all.

I also watched the 8th episode of Kiznaiver, which seems like they’re setting up for a heart-wrenching episode 9.

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What’cha Watchin’? – 5/27/17 – Yamishibai – Japanese Ghost Stories (Season 3) — May 27, 2016

What’cha Watchin’? – 5/27/17 – Yamishibai – Japanese Ghost Stories (Season 3)

Yesterday while browsing through Crunchyroll, I noticed that the third season of Yamishibai – Japanese Ghost Stories was up. Having been a pretty big fan of the first two seasons, I sat down and watched the third season as well.

Yamishibai are Japanese ghost stories and folk tales, animated into a sort of storybook style with mostly stills and very little animation. The art is unlike anything I’ve seen before, and it definitely does not make you think “anime” when you see it. Each episode is only around 4 and half minutes long, intro and outro included, so you can watch 12 episodes in under an hour. Each episode is its own self-contained horror story with it’s own characters, setting, and plot which gets into the action very quickly, which is nice.

I’ll admit that as the series goes on, it has been decreasing in the quality of the tales. The first and most of the second season had very good stories with a real feeling of dread as it continued on, but the third season mostly just wanted to show off artwork for weird and disturbing monsters, revealing them at the end of nearly every episode. I still enjoyed the third season and the series as a whole, but the first season is definitely the crown jewel of the series.

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What’cha Watchin’? – 5/26/16 – Kiznaiver — May 26, 2016

What’cha Watchin’? – 5/26/16 – Kiznaiver

A few days ago, I was feeling the anime bug, so I opened up Crunchyroll for a marathon of an anime that I’ve seen around a lot lately: Kiznaiver. I watched all 7 episodes (that are currently released anyway) in a single sitting.

The first thing that really attracts me to Kiznaiver is the art style. Each character looks great and has their own personality really tied into their character design. If the art doesn’t grab you immediately, the theme song might, with Boom Boom Satellite’s “Lay Your Hands On Me”. Despite it sounding  eerily similar to Take on Me by A-ha, it really kind of amps you up. It really feels more like an actual music video until the characters appear.

Please be aware that there will be early series spoilers for here on out. (Mainly the first few episodes)

Kiznaiver opens up with a strange daydream/flashback of Katsuhira Agata’s childhood, involving a friend of his about to jump off of what appears to be playground equipment. Katsuhira has a strange issue: He is very resistant to physical pain and can’t feel it. As a result, he’s been unable to fit in with most people, and gets beat up on a fairly regular basis. One day after meeting a strange and demanding girl, Noriko Sonozaki, him and 5 of his classmates wake up in a strange building informing them that they have been kidnapped and experimented on. They are what is now known as Kiznaivers: a government experiment that supposedly is an attempt to bring about world peace. Kiznaivers are forced to feel each other’s pain. For example, if one gets hit in the face, they all feel it. The idea is that the reason war is so prevalent is because humans are incapable of feeling other’s pain. At least, that’s what the show tells you. It definitely seems like there is something far more sinister at work here.

The characters range from typical anime trope to completely unusual. You have the goodhearted thug, Hajime Tenma and the childhood friend of Katsuhira, Chidori Takashiro. Then you have a few more interesting characters who aren’t as trope-y like the girl who really just doesn’t like most people, Honoka Maki, the womanizer and seemingly shallow Tsuguhita Yuta, and the incredibly strange (and kind of looks like a Japanese Idol) Niko Niiyama. Finally, the Kizniavers learn that there is a seventh Kiznaiver who is quite a bit different from the rest of them… He’s a masochist, so this whole sharing pain thing is very attractive to him: Yoshiharu Hisomu.

After you get the gist of the story and the characters, the show starts to ramp up by each episode or two having it’s own self-contained story about one of the main characters who really don’t know much about each other, as they are forced to become friends or at least comrades in the screwed up situation they’ve been forced into. The show is very much character driven, as you’ll care much more about the characters than the strange antics they get put into.

I’m interested to see where they go with Kiznaiver. It’s awfully similar to Kokoro Connect, a manga I’ve read relatively recently, though Kokoro Connect seems quite a bit more lighthearted than Kiznaiver.

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What’cha Playin’? – 5/25/16 – Overwatch — May 25, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 5/25/16 – Overwatch

Now that Overwatch is officially out, that’s what I’ve been up to. Platinum trophy secured in DOOM, I’m moving on. Today’s a short post just providing some links for all of the really cool Overwatch animated shorts and comics. Check ’em out!

Animated Shorts

Comics

 

Overwatch Review – PS4 — May 24, 2016

Overwatch Review – PS4

My Overwatch 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

  • Wonderfully crafted world and characters.
  • Well balanced.
  • Incredibly fun with tons of replayability.

Cons

  • No offline modes or ways to advance a story or the world.

Final Score: 9.5/10

Overwatch is amazing. If you’re partial to FPSs, then you need to play Overwatch. Right now. Go.

DOOM (2016) Review – PS4 — May 23, 2016

DOOM (2016) Review – PS4

My DOOM  (2016) 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

  • Fast paced, great gunplay.
  • Fun and true-to-the-original campaign.
  • Something for everyone.
  • Incredible logic in SnapMap.

Cons

  • Tacked on Multiplayer
  • SnapMap limitations.

Final Score: 9.5/10

Any fan of the old DOOMs will at least be able to appreciate the campaign in this new DOOM, it’s certainly better (in my opinion) and more DOOM-like than the Dead Space style DOOM 3. Multiplayer fans will appreciate the arena style multiplayer, and the creative sorts will appreciate and make amazing things in SnapMap. Ultimately, DOOM has something for everyone.

Argent Surge – Solo Soulslike DOOM SnapMap — May 20, 2016

Argent Surge – Solo Soulslike DOOM SnapMap

I finally finished my SnapMap!

 

This is my attempt at a DOOM and Dark Souls crossover map in DOOM SnapMap.

The official name of this map is: Argent Surge – Solo Soulslike

The ID for this map is: Y9AJLSU6

My PSN is M000-1313-7.

My DOOM ID is Red_Keycard.

Please allow yourself at least 30 minutes to play this map.

DOOM map with Dark Soulslike mechanics. Kill demons to obtain Pure Argent used to level up your character and their 4 different stats as well as purchase weapon mods, armor, and new equipment. Dying will cause you to drop your Pure Argent until you reclaim the Argent Surge (flag). Dying again will cause you to lose that prior Pure Argent forever. There is an end and final boss, but I have also included an endless mode in case anyone wants to keep playing and grind out demons.

I’m interested in what others think of this map; I’ve put a lot of work and a lot of logic into it. I’ve even made a trailer for it. Here is the “official trailer”.

What’cha Playin’? 5/19/16 – SnapMapSnapMapSnapMap — May 19, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 5/19/16 – SnapMapSnapMapSnapMap

Try saying that 10 times fast! SnapMapSnapMapNapMaps… Anyway, I came up with a new idea, and so far it’s working great, at least, in single player. It’s like a Dark Souls style DOOM level and it’s pretty cool. Killing enemies rewards you with a currency that you can use to level up your stats and weapons or buy new equipment, but in typical Dark Souls fashion, dying will cause you to drop it and you’ll have to return to where you died to reclaim it. I need to do some multiplayer testing to ensure it works well with 2 players, but if not, I think it is a solid single player experience. I’ll report back on that tomorrow!

What’cha Playin’? 5/18/16 More DOOM SnapMap — May 18, 2016