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What’cha Doin’? – 10/17/16 — October 17, 2016

What’cha Doin’? – 10/17/16

So, this weekend offered me some free time, so I took every opportunity to enjoy myself. I beat BioShock on Survivor difficulty; a feat I’ve never accomplished before, so I was proud of that. It honestly wasn’t too bad. It’s pretty normal for BioShock titles to be tougher in the beginning and Survivor mode was no exception. I then beat the challenge room DLC for BioShock, and nabbed all of those trophies, so I can now say that BioShock is 100% complete for me. The challenge rooms were neat and made you think in a new way, which I really liked.

I’m now working on the Protector Trials DLC for BioShock 2; I have them all done except two bonus trials, and I have to say, I’m a really big fan of this DLC. You pretty much are given an area from the story that’s been fixed up into an arena, and you have to protect your Little Sister through a gathering session for a decent amount of time. The twist is that each area is a challenge, restricting you to certain weapons and Plasmids, so it’s kind of like a puzzle. The longer she gathers unhindered by Splicers, the more Adam you get. If you get an A or A+, you get one to three stars, and those stars unlock scrapped animations and concept art and stuff like that. It’s really cool. Once I clear those last two rooms, I can consider BioShock 2 100% complete too. Then it’s on to 1999 mode in Infinite.

In Final Fantasy Tactics, I’m starting to fill up my party with story characters. I think I’m only two or three battles away from the next chapter.

Finally, I finished Cowboy Bebop this weekend. What a great show. Despite having the ending already spoiled for me, it still hit me really hard; that last scene is really beautiful. What makes Cowboy Bebop especially great, to me, is the characters. All of the characters are believable, and each episode that gives you back story for them only gives you a bit at a time, result in you wanting to watch more to learn about the characters, but you end up really appreciating the stand alone episodes too. Episode 23, Brain Scratch, was probably my favorite stand alone episode in the series, and I was surprised how hard Hard Luck Woman (I think episode 24) hit me as well. What a great series with great characters. I’m going to watch the movie next. Honestly, it’s just a well rounded series. The music is great and jazzy, the characters are believable, lovable, and avoid being tropey for the most part, and I really felt like I was a member of the Bebop by the end of the show. Have I mentioned the interactions between the characters? So good. If you haven’t seen Cowboy Bebop, you’re missing out.

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What’cha Playin’? 10/14/16 — October 14, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 10/14/16

Well, I’ve successfully made it through most of Fort Frolic on Survivor mode in BioShock, and I’m pretty happy about that. I’m not having too much trouble, but it still can be rough from time to time. My go to combo for annoying enemies is the Winter Blast -> Headshot combo, and it seems to work out pretty well for enemies that can take you out quickly in survivor mode; namely Houdini Splicers. I need a better strategy for dealing with Big Daddies, as currently, they take a ton of ammunition to dispatch. I’m hoping I’ll have the time this weekend to finish off Survivor mode.

In Final Fantasy Tactics, my team is now: Squire, Priest, Mediator, Wizard, and Archer, though I believe a change is soon in order, as I think I may decide to fill my team with the special characters you run into throughout the main story. We’ll see.

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What’cha Doin’? 10/13/16 — October 13, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 10/13/16

Nothing too terribly exciting. I’ve been working on my rollerblading, but I definitely need either fix my posture, stretch more, strengthen some of my unused muscles, or probably a combination, as my lower back is pretty sore from the whole ordeal. Well, in due time.

I’m also making decent progress in BioShock on Survivor difficulty. I’m definitely better than I used to be, as I’m a decent way into Neptune’s Bounty with relatively little difficulty. I’ve even been able to take down 2 of the 3 Rosie Big Daddies in the area, which can be pretty rough early in the game, especially on higher difficulties, many suggest coming back to this area later. It’s definitely a challenge, more so than any I’ve had in the BioShock series thus far.

Lastly, I’ve been playing a little bit of N, that old free flash ninja game. You play as a ninja who can only run, jump, wall jump, and slide down walls. One hit from an enemy or falling too far will cause you to die and you’ll have to start the stage over. The game is broken down into episodes, with 5 stages in each. To clear the episode, you’ll have to beat all 5 stages. You start with 90 seconds to do so, but stages have gold that you can collect to extend your time. Clearing a stage involves unlocking a door by finding a switch, then going through that door. Often times, there will be barricades that you’ll have to find other switches for. It’s really fun, a great time waster, and really low on a PC’s resources. Check it out.

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What’cha Doin’? 10/12/16 — October 12, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 10/12/16

Haven’t had a whole lot of time for games lately due to school and rollerblading, which I’ve been getting into. I rollerbladed for a while yesterday while listening to Jet Set Radio music, of course. I’m balanced enough to not fall, but not balanced enough to look slick, especially while slowing or stopping. Ah well. In due time. I actually had to rotate my wheels yesterday. Plus it’s good exercise; I’m pretty sore right now.

I’m 19 or 20 episodes into Cowboy Bebop, and it’s really good. I only have a few more episodes to go, so I’m sure things will really start ramping up soon. The thing with Cowboy Bebop though is that the characters are all really well done. They’re all really believable, fleshed out, and avoid many anime tropes (perhaps due to being an older anime). I’m a big fan of every character, for sure.

Finally, I also started watching Steampunk’d on Netflix. I think I just hit the halfway point. It’s pretty cool. A bunch of Steampunk makers come together in a game show style of show, where they are split into teams and are tasked with building a specific room in the SteamPunk’d manor, using the Steampunk style. This typically includes a weapon of some sort, a gadget that operates something in the room, a costume, story, and character. The interactions with the people are the show are entertaining, but the real fun is seeing what kind of awe-inspiring things the makers make next. I love the Steampunk style and setting, so I’m really happy with how this show is going.

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Jet Set Radio Live — October 11, 2016

Jet Set Radio Live

I didn’t have very much free time yesterday despite it being a holiday, but I do want to take a moment to give a shoutout to Jet Set Radio Live, an online radio station that someone put together that plays music that you might expect to hear in either of the Jet Set Radio games. At first, it was a pretty simple radio station, but over time, he’s added a chat with requests, a TV station where you can watch Jet Set Radio style videos (mostly rollerblading), a Seaman game, sort of, the ability to skip tracks, and a number of stations based on the Jet Set Radio and Jet Set Radio teams, for example, the GG stations play mainly funk, but you also have Poison Jam (rock), Noise Tanks (Electronic), Love Shockers (Female Vocals), Rapid 99, The Immortals, and the Golden Rhinos. I haven’t gotten around to spending a lot of time listening to those last three as they’re newer stations (and I usually just listen to the GG channels), but it’s an amazing idea. It really captures the feel of Jet Set Radio. I’d highly recommend swinging by if you like Jet Set Radio or its music.

Note: I may have brought this up before, but I wanted to give a shoutout to the newer features; really cool and great work.

What’cha Playin’? 10/10/16 — October 10, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 10/10/16

Happy Columbus Day, Americans! Let’s celebrate by walking into someone’s house and telling them they have to leave because we live there now!

At any rate, over the weekend I finished my Drill and Plasmids only run of BioShock 2 on hard. It was good fun, and as I got more powered up, it became really easy, especially with all the tonics I got, enhancing my run.

Then, also over the weekend, I beat BioShock Infinite again on hard mode, thus unlocking the hardest mode: 1999 mode. I also took the time to do so with a guide so I could collect all the things I missed in my first run.

I also made it to chapter 2 in Final Fantasy Tactics. Right now I have a Squire (Ramza), a Priest, a Lancer, a Black Mage, and an Archer. We’ll see where I decide to go from here with that. In my play of Final Fantasy Tactics, I was thinking… FFT would make a fantastic TV show or movie or something. The characters are so strong, it would be great in nearly any medium as well, I think.

My next objective is to beat BioShock 1 on Survivor mode. I may decide to try it with the Wrench and Plasmids only, but I imagine it’ll be pretty tough either way; I never could beat survivor mode back when I played it on PS3. So, we’ll see.

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What’cha Playin’? 10/7/16 — October 7, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 10/7/16

My BioShock 2 challenge is going swimmingly so far. I made it to Dionysus Park, and am having about as much trouble as playing through the game normally, which is to say: not much trouble at all.

I had quite a bit of down time away from my PS4 yesterday, so I got some serious Final Fantasy Tactics play in. I’m just grinding up a little before that first battle with Wiegraf; he can be pretty rough. My team currently consists of a Knight, an Archer, a Wizard, a Priest, and a Thief. I’m not 100% sure which direction I want to take my team, but that’s part of the fun, in my opinion; the customization and composition of a good team.

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What’cha Playin’? 10/6/16 — October 6, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 10/6/16

As I progress in BioShock 2 hard mode, with my Drill/Plasmid/Hack Tool only run, things only seem to be getting easier. More perks and research bonuses means more damage output, and more Adam means more powerups and useful Plasmids. I’m making good progress, so far.

I’m also picking at Final Fantasy Tactics, and as always, having a blast with it. I love making parties and powering up characters in that game.

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What’cha Playin’? 10/5/16 — October 5, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 10/5/16

Well, firstly I finished all three episodes of Chex Quest, a Doom mod that was made to market Chex cereal. I’d review it, but I played the whole thing with no sound. Great fun, though, especially for the Doom fan.

Next, I’ve been squeezing in some Final Fantasy Tactics here and there; it’s one of my favorites and it’s on the List of Best Games Ever.

Finally, and mostly, I’ve been playing through the BioShock series again, even though I just did (a true mark of a best game ever). I beat 1 on Hard with Vita Chambers off (meaning if you die, you have to load your last save) and used the difficulty switch trick to get the trophy for having beaten it on Survivor mode as well, though I do plan on doing a Survivor mode run at some point; when I first had BioShock, I could never beat Survivor mode.

I’m on BioShock 2 now, Hard mode, and trying to beat it using only the Drill, hacking, and Plasmids. It definitely seems doable, and I was surprised how easily the first Big Daddy went down; I thought he’d be more of a challenge. I just got Incinerate, so I’m just about done with the first real area. It’s pretty fun, but if it gets to be too much, I’ll resort to my other weaponry.

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BioShock Infinite Review (BioShock: The Collection) — October 4, 2016

BioShock Infinite Review (BioShock: The Collection)

My BioShock Infinite 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

  • The best gunplay of the series.
  • An interesting story.
  • Great characters and interactions, especially the dialogue between the two main characters.
  • New, interesting mechanics.
  • Fantastic DLC.

Cons

  • A number of steps back from the “BioShock formula” of gameplay and mechanics.
  • A less interesting city than Rapture with no real reason to be in the sky.

Final Score: 8/10

Again, BioShock Infinite is by no means a bad game, it just doesn’t quite live up to the BioShock name the way previous installments did, in my opinion. Infinite is still a great game with and engaging story and characters, and ultimately, deserves a play.