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What’cha Playin’? – 7/29/16 – Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner — July 29, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 7/29/16 – Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner

Having completed the first Zone of the Enders, I started the Second Runner last night. Right off the bat you can tell the production quality is much higher, with anime-style cutscenes (and cut-ins when there’s dialogue in the cockpit) instead of CG, and the graphics themselves look great, especially in the HD collection, which is what I’m playing both games on. It also seems to play just a tiny bit faster than the first game. There’s a lot more enemies on screen at once and the game is considerably harder, at least so far. The story and characters seem more fleshed out as well. My only real gripe so far is that the boss battles are awfully long as Jehuty seems to do such a minimal amount of damage with every attack. Of course, you can be killed pretty easily as your health bar is maybe 1/6th of the boss’s. That said, it’s still too early to pass judgments. I’m looking forward to playing more as soon as I can!

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Zone of the Enders Review – PlayStation 2 — July 28, 2016

Zone of the Enders Review – PlayStation 2

My Zone of the Enders 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, “High Speed Robot Action”
  • Good story and characters, minus 1
  • Fun and varied missions/objectives

Cons

  • Insufferable main character
  • Short
  • Combat is the same thing repeatedly with few unique enemies
  • Story ends just as things are getting good.

Final Score: 8/10

Even though it has its flaws, I still really enjoyed Zone of the Enders. Maybe drop it to a 7 if you can’t handle the flaws. Not many games can deliver high-speed anime-style robot combat quite the same. I’m very excited to start on the Second Runner.

What’cha Playin’? – 7/27/16 – The King of Fighters XIV Demo — July 27, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 7/27/16 – The King of Fighters XIV Demo

Yesterday a friend told me that the demo for the new King of Fighters was out, so I gave it a download for me and another friend of mine to try out. Neither of us were too impressed. Me and my group of friends spent a pretty good of time playing the older King of Fighters games, and in our opinion, 2002 is the best one, especially the version they released on PS2, as there are a veritable TON of characters. That said, the demo for KoF XIV didn’t impress me for a number of reasons. Firstly, it seems to play pretty slow. That said, it’s a minor complaint, and I might just be too used to Guilty Gear. Second, I’m not a big fan of the art style. When I think of King of Fighters, I think of sprite work. I realize that times have changed since the days of 2D pixelated fighters, but I don’t really like how the characters look in 3D. I just wish every fighting game looked like the latest Guilty Gear. Finally, and this is just a gripe of the DEMO, not what will be of the full game, but the character selection in the demo was baffling. Why give us new characters that nobody cares about in the demo, like the obvious Japanese Idol reference Sylvia Paula Paula? Give us Terry Bogard! At least they DID give us Mai, Kyo and Iori, but the other 3 characters seem kind of meh.

That said, I’ll probably still end up picking up the game when it releases August 23rd.

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What’cha Playin’? – 7/26/16 – Hyper Light Drifter — July 26, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 7/26/16 – Hyper Light Drifter

Having being a Kickstarter backer for Hyper Light Drifter, I got my download code for the PS4 version yesterday and decided to give it a shot, having needing something to fill the void between now and No Man’s Sky.

Hyper Light Drifter is a pixel art, top-down adventure game where you play as a character suffering a mysterious illness. The pixel art is very well done and the game is very atmospheric. In fact, one of the things that sets Hyper Light Drifter aside from many games is that there is no dialogue at all. The few characters that you can interact with only leave you clues via images. It makes piecing together what is going on in the world of Hyper Light Drifter very cryptic, but also more interesting. At first you might be wondering what it is you’re doing and why, but the tight gameplay and fun exploration will have you continuing anyway.

Hyper Light Drifter is probably about 50% exploration, 50% combat. You have a sword with a three-hit combo, a gun that you can aim and shoot, a grenade (I think, I haven’t unlocked/bought it yet), and a short range dash that can be used for both dodging and platforming. Combat is very fluid and fun, dashing from enemy to enemy, slashing, shooting and dodging. All of the pixel-y effects are really well done as well, making for some seriously satisfying gameplay.

On the downside, Hyper Light Drifter’s cryptic and vague nature can sometimes be its downfall, in my opinion. Most of the time I don’t know where I’m going or why, what a lot of the marks on the map are supposed to be, or even what locked doors require. It took me a decently long amount of time to understand I was obtaining upgrade points as I progressed. I thought maybe they were keys of some sort? I don’t know. It’s one of those games that gets better the longer you play it, it my opinion. Again, luckily the satisfying exploration, combat, and gorgeous visuals make you want to keep trekking on.

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Pokemon Trading Card Game – (BGE) — July 25, 2016

Pokemon Trading Card Game – (BGE)

My Pokemon Trading Card Game 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.

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Here’s a preview of my review for the Pokemon Trading Card Game:

I remember when I was child, my stepfather at the time (who was not a great man) took me out to the store and told me I could have any Game Boy Game I wanted. Shocked by the sudden kindness in his heart (or so I thought), I grabbed the newest Pokemon game, this one. I later learned that he only got me a new game to keep my quiet about the new hunting rifle he bought directly after, but as a kid, I didn’t even notice because I was building decks and dueling with virtual Pokemon cards. I remember it even came with a limited edition Meowth card, one that you could only get in the game itself. It was holographic and the game was so good, I couldn’t even tell you what happened the rest of the day. At any rate, with Pokemon GO reigniting my love for Pokemon, I downloaded this bad boy from the 3DS Virtual Console. Having not played it in a good number of years, I was excited to get back into it. And I remembered (almost) instantly how great the game is. I beat it in a single day, about 8 or so hours.

What’cha Doin’ 7/22/16 – Pokemon TGC and Junji Ito — July 22, 2016

What’cha Doin’ 7/22/16 – Pokemon TGC and Junji Ito

I put some real time into the Pokemon Trading Card Game on Game Boy Color yesterday. In fact, I downloaded it as a 3DS Virtual Console game and I already have all 8 medals. I just need to do the final few battles and I think it’s complete. That means on Monday you can probably expect a review of it of some sort. I’m running mainly a fire-based deck revolving around my favorite Pokemon, Ninetales. I dont want to say too much about the game because, again, the review is coming very soon. Stay tuned!

I also watched another episode of Kokoro Connect, and I found a really nice hardcover version of Junji Ito’s Gyo. Junji Ito is a manga writer/artist who mainly writes horror, mostly in the style of creepy gross out stuff. I’m a big fan of Junji Ito, so I always grab any physical manga of his that I see. He draws in a very realistic style, and there is a TON of detail in nearly every panel. The stories themselves can be hit or miss, but he usually leaves a number of holes in his story for the reader to wonder about. What’s nice about his collections in manga is that they usually squeeze one or two of his short stories in there too. My personal favorite, the Enigma of Amigara Fault, is in the Gyo collection, which I was very happy about. If you like horror and manga, you need to check out Junji Ito.

Finally, I also made a MyAnimeList page. It lets you sort and rate your anime and manga. The ratings may be off because I was just sort of going from memory, but here’s a link to my profile.

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What’cha Playin’? 7/21/16 – Worms and Pokemon TGC — July 21, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/21/16 – Worms and Pokemon TGC

I’ve been playing Worms 3D as well as Worms Armageddon. Nothing to say there, really, hoping to get a review or two up soon. I’m also playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game Game for Game Boy Color. I also took a late night/early morning walk and caught a Victreebel in Pokemon GO. Sorry, not much today.

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What’cha Playin’? 7/20/16 – Worms 3D — July 20, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/20/16 – Worms 3D

Last night a friend I haven’t seen in a while came over and we played a little bit of Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, since he hadn’t seen it yet. After some Thai food and ice cream, we came back to my place and played some Worms 3D.

Worms is a fairly popular series. It’s a versus-style multiplayer game that involves teams of worms with different weapons trying to kill all other worms by either knocking them into the water around the map, or by depleting all of their health. Worms is typically a 2D game, but this one is obviously 3D. There are all sorts of weapons from bazookas and grenades to crazy things like exploding sheep, and a bomb that explodes into many bananas. The games are a lot of crazy fun to play with friends. All of the environments are destructible, meaning the battle area can get messy after a few turns. I think I’ll play some more of it to unlock some new stages even though you can totally just make some randomly generated stages.

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What’cha Watchin’? 7/19/16 – Finished Kill la Kill — July 19, 2016

What’cha Watchin’? 7/19/16 – Finished Kill la Kill

I wasn’t feeling too hot yesterday, so I lied around in bed for most of the day. That said, I was still able to watch some anime, so that’s what I did. I finally finished Kill la Kill, and man, those last few episodes are a huge, fun filled adrenaline rush, just like the rest of the series. I also started watching Kokoro Connect, since I’ve finished the manga. So far it is identical to the the manga (which is good, since the manga is very good) and I’m liking the way the characters are being portrayed, well, with the exception of Yui. I’m only 4 episodes in, so maybe I’m complaining too much, but I feel like (and I know this is kind of silly) Yui isn’t cute enough. I don’t know. I just get a different vibe from her than I did in the manga, almost like she’s two different characters. The rest are spot on, however.

Kokoro Connect, involves 5 high-school freshman who are required to join a club, as per the rules of their school. Having strange interests, requesting clubs that don’t even exist, or getting into “spats” with the president of another club, these 5 are placed in the Student Cultural Society, or StuCS for short. At some point before the start of the series the 5 of them become friends. You have Taichi, the kindhearted and selfless protagonist material, who is also very into pro wrestling, Iori, the sweet and bubbly girl who cheers everyone up, Inaba, the cold, demanding girl with tricks always up her sleeve, Aoki, the club’s resident pervert who is always asking for dates with the club’s final member, Yui, the sweet, shy and innocent one who loves cute things. The 5 personalities come together and interact really nicely, but the main issue in the story is that one day, they all start swapping personalities, sometimes in the middle of the night, sometimes mid-class. There’s no real rhyme or reason to it either, and as I’ve read the manga, I don’t want to spoil anything, but they simply have to figure out how to get though it without their friendship falling apart.

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What’cha Playin’? 7/18/16 — July 18, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/18/16

It was a pretty busy weekend for me, so unfortunately, I didn’t get to play too much. I continued my adventure in Pokemon Blue, and also started working on the Pokemon Trading Card Game for Game Boy. You might be able to expect a review for it somewhat soon. I’ve been having some medical issues on top of working a lot, so allow me to apologize for not being able to play too many games and put too much into the site right now.

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