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What’cha Doin’? 9/30/16 — September 30, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 9/30/16

I actually have a good bit of stuff to say about what I’ve been up to, as I’ve been dabbling a little bit in a couple of things.

Firstly, I beat BioShock Infinite’s main story last night. It was a really good. I’d argue that it was better than BioShock 2, but not quite as good as BioShock 1, but pretty close. I think the villians in BioShock 1 were better than those in Infinite, but the two protagonists of Infinite are fantastic. There were a couple of scenes near the end that I thought were phenomenal, and one of the last few areas where things get super creepy (or maybe just unsettling) was probably my favorite area in the whole game. At any rate, I’m playing the Burial at Sea add-on content, and I’ll write up a proper review for Infinite once I finish that.

Secondly, I finally got around to downloading Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, also known as Higurashi When They Cry, also known as When They Cry. When They Cry is one of my favorite anime, so I wanted to play the original visual novel that it came from. I’m still really early in the game, but if you’re unfamiliar with When They Cry, it’s a sort of horror/thriller visual novel about a boy from the city who moves into the very small and close-knit town of Hinamizawa, deep in the countryside. Everything seems fine until our hero Keiichi Maebara discovers that every year on a certain day, one person dies, and another disappears. Keiichi then tries to figure out what’s going on in Hinamizawa.

Finally, I’ve been plugging through Cowboy Bebop at a decent rate, I’m at episode 5 or 6 or so. I’ve been enjoying it so far, even more so than the last time I watched, as I think I’m paying just a little more attention this time, so I’m picking up on things I missed last time. I’m interested in seeing where it goes from here.

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What’cha Watchin’? 9/29/16 – Cowboy Bebop — September 29, 2016

What’cha Watchin’? 9/29/16 – Cowboy Bebop

Please don’t take my otaku card away, but I’ve never seen Cowboy Bebop all the way through; I’ve only seen the first few episodes. In an effort to remedy this situation, I put an episode on yesterday, and I’m finally going to watch the series all of the way through. Other than that though, no news; yesterday was a busy day.

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What’cha Watchin’? – 9/28/16 – Kokoro Connect — September 28, 2016

What’cha Watchin’? – 9/28/16 – Kokoro Connect

I finally finished watching Kokoro Connect! I had to hunt down the last 4 episode arc, but I finished it. What a touching and heartwarming series, though that last arc didn’t pull it’s punches at all. As expected, I really enjoyed this series, and regardless of what was happening, I always wanted to watch just “one more” episode. I think the anime captured the manga really well, and even covered more story arcs than the manga (despite one of my favorite arcs being left out… Oh well). I’d love to read the light novels the series started as, but getting a hold of those translated can sometimes be a nightmare.

Always a series that kept you feeling for better of for worse, (and I’m not an anime reviewer, mind you), I give Kokoro Connect a 9/10.

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What’cha Playin’? 9/27/16 – BioShock Infinite — September 27, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/27/16 – BioShock Infinite

As you’ve no doubt noticed, I’ve been chugging through the BioShock series. I’m now on to Infinite, and I have to say, it’s pretty cool. I’m sad that you don’t get to keep all of your weapons and instead have to swap with whatever you find, removing the attachment I had for my weapons in previous BioShocks, but the super smooth gun play and mechanics make up for it. I also prefer the creepy and downtrodden atmosphere of Rapture to Columbia, but the two main characters and their personalities make up for that as well. At first I wasn’t a big fan of Elizabeth, as she seemed like your stereotypical Disney princess, but as I progress, it seems there is more to her than meets the eye. It’s different than the BioShock I’m used to, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I played a bit of System Shock 2, and BioShock seemed like a departure from that, while Infinite seems like a departure from BioShock, and, again, there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m interested to see where it goes from here.

BioShock 2 Review — September 26, 2016

BioShock 2 Review

My BioShock 2 review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Pros

  • Beautiful yet disturbing environment.
  • Improved upon gameplay and exploration and ease swapping weapons/plasmids.
  • Hacking is so much better it gets its own category in Pros.
  • Great story, if a bit lesser than the game that preceded it.
  • Minerva’s Den DLC is really well done too.

Cons

  • The sometimes tedious activity of gathering Adam almost seems like a forced way to draw more play time out of the game, and takes away from the overall exploration.
  • The need to be continuously compared to BioShock 1.

Final Score: 9.5/10

Ultimately, BioShock 2 is a fantastic game, but it cannot stand alone. Without the amazing set up that the first game provided for it, it would certainly fall short. That said, BioShock 2 is still great and a fantastic entry in the series. Maybe after another playthrough or two I’ll revise this review and slap it on the list of Best Games Ever, but for now, it receives a solid review, deserving of this great game.

What’cha Playin’? 9/23/16 – BioShock 2 — September 23, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/23/16 – BioShock 2

I got to start BioShock 2 yesterday, and so far, I’m not sure why I had so many reservations against it. Mechanically, it’s certainly a better game. The gun play feels just a tiny bit smoother, the ability to dual wield plasmids and your weaponry is great. Even though I only have a few weapons, they’re really cool models and ideas, like the drill arm and the rivet gun; Big Daddy staples, you know, since you play as a Big Daddy in this one.

Bioshock 2 (after a brief prologue) takes place roughly 8 years after the events of the fist BioShock, so the city is even more run down, as the sea struggles to reclaim it. More sea life like barnacles and starfish are reclaiming the city, much like an abandoned building would collect ivy and moss on land. The beautiful views of Rapture are only made more interesting thanks to this, and there seem to be a few portions where you get to traipse around the sea floor. This time around, you play as an early model Big Daddy, Subject Delta, and you’re on the hunt for a specific little girl, Eleanor. Apparently (I use apparently because I haven’t finished the game and can only guess at plot points) Subject Delta was part of some test to make the Big Daddies and Little Sisters linked on a more psychological and physical level, so the longer Delta goes away from Eleanor, the more his body struggles and begins to shut down. Unfortunately for Delta, Eleanor is Sofia Lamb’s daughter, the master psychologist of Rapture, who apparently has the splicers on her side this time, attempting to bring the city back to its former glory. Lastly, Tenenbaum returns to Rapture as well, as little girls are being stolen away from the surface and made into Little Sisters. Since this was Tenenbaum’s work, she feels responsible, and with the help of Subject Delta, maybe she can put a stop to these horrors once again.

All in all, I’m happy with it so far. Even though I have to work this weekend, I’m hoping that I’ll have plenty of time to advance, as I haven’t seen any material I haven’t gotten to before just yet.

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What’cha Playin’? 9/22/16 — September 22, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/22/16

One BioShock down, two to go. I got the best ending and most of the trophies, but sadly, I must have missed an audio log or two during my run. At any rate, BioShock still holds up, and the collection makes it look better than ever. I did have 2 crashes during my play; hopefully BioShock 2 doesn’t have the same issue in the collection. I’ve never beaten BioShock 2, so I’m looking forward to giving it another fair chance.

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What’cha Playin’? – 9/21/16 — September 21, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 9/21/16

Not too much to say as I’ve been pretty busy with school work, but, I made it through Fort Frolic in BioShock, and I started playing Half-Life again. Great game, and it’s on the List, so at some point, I want to get a review down for the List.

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What’cha Playin’? 9/20/16 — September 20, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/20/16

After finishing Folklore, I’ve moved on to the BioShock Collection. Going chronologically from release date, I want to work my way through the collection. BioShock is on the List of Best Games Ever, but I’ve never finished 2 and I haven’t even played Infinite, so I’m looking forward to what else the series has to offer, especially Infinite, as I’ve heard great things about it.

BioShock looks the best it ever has, though, and the addition of director commentary gives me one more thing to hunt for. I’ve only had 1 crash so far, so if you’re playing the collection, save often. I just made it to Fort Frolic, one of my favorite areas, so I’m looking forward to working through that; I haven’t played BioShock in a number of years.

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Folklore – PS3 Review — September 19, 2016

Folklore – PS3 Review

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

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Pros

  • Fun ideas and gameplay concepts.
  • Beautiful art and character design.
  • A fitting soundtrack.
  • Great story that really ramps up at the end.

Cons

  • Little replayability; a once and done kind of game.
  • Linear and unimaginative level design.

Final Score: 9.5/10

Folklore is a fantastic game that I would easily put on a list of “forgotten gems”. I wish there were more to do once you’re done, outside of the several DLC add on packs, but, what can you do? This is sadly a franchise we’ll probably never see again, but I’m really glad I got to see it at all.