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Ninja Senki DX- PlayStation 4 Review — February 28, 2017

Ninja Senki DX- PlayStation 4 Review

My Ninja Senki DX 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 NES style sidescroller.
  • Enjoyable level and enemy design.
  • A multitude of modes, challenges, and endings creates good replay value.

Cons

  • There’s really nothing here you haven’t seen in other platformers before.
  • The smallness of the screen creates a false difficulty due to fast moving enemies and a trial and error style approach to problem solving.

Final Score: 8/10

Ninja Senki DX is a good game, no doubt. Any fan of Mega Man and other NES sidescrollers will feel right at home in Ninja Senki DX, but it fails to bring anything new to the table, and the smallness of the screen will create more frustration than challenge.

What’cha Playin’? 2/27/17 – Ninja Senki DX — February 27, 2017

What’cha Playin’? 2/27/17 – Ninja Senki DX

It was a bad weekend to be a For Honor fan. Saturday afternoon (around 3pm, EST) Ubisoft’s For Honor servers went down and stayed down until at least 3am (probably later, but I had gone to bed at that point). At around midnight you could play with bots, but PvP was pretty much down the entire day. Sucks. So I had to find something else to play. I ended up trying out Ninja Senki DX on PS4, one of the free PlayStation Plus titles. And I ended up really liking it!

Ninja Senki DX is like a classic NES or Gameboy classic side scroller, not unlike Mega Man. You’ll jump, double jump, shoot throw ninja stars, and maneuver through 16 stages killing everything in your path all the while collecting coins in mythological Japanese style environments. The princess gets killed by a mysterious white ninja, and it’s up to you to hunt him down and get your revenge. Each stage is populated with a number of Japanese monsters, ghosts and enemy ninja, and the design never failed to keep me interested.

I actually want to do a Let’s Play on Ninja Senki DX, so I’ll talk more about it at a later date and write up a full review on it.

What’cha Watchin’? – Samurai Champloo — February 21, 2017

What’cha Watchin’? – Samurai Champloo

Thanks to For Honor, I’ve been in a samurai mood, so I figured it was time to catch up on some samurai anime that I’ve never finished. First on the list is Samurai Champloo. If you’ve never seen it, Samurai Champloo is like, hip hop samurai, the animation. There’s lots of hip hop music and a lot of transitions from scene to scene are done with record scratches. It creates this neat balance between modern and historical.

Samurai Champloo follows three characters and fate’s constant need to throw them together. I’m only three episodes in so far, but bear with me here. Firstly, you’ve got the samurai Mugen, the trash talking, bad mouthing, unconventional badass, who fights in this wacky sort of almost breakdance, and even though he’s sloppy, he still fights like the best of them. In stark contrast, there’s the samurai Jin, who’s quiet and proper, and fights like the stereotypical anime samurai: faster than light and finishes battles before they start. Finally, there’s Fuu, the only women in the motley crew, the orphan waitress who is looking for a very peculiar person: a samurai who smells of sunflowers.

On the first episode, Mugen, Jin, and Fuu all get caught up in a battle with a local lord. In a misunderstanding, Mugen and Jin end up  doing battle in Fuu’s workplace, a  now burning to the ground teahouse. They are inevitably captured and sentenced to public execution, when Fuu sneaks in and offers to break them out under one condition: they help her find this sunflower-smelling samurai. Fuu ends up using her feminine charm to purchase some fireworks that she uses like bombs to create enough of a distraction for Jin and Mugen to escape. Though Mugen and Jin desperately want to finish their fight in the teahouse, Fuu makes them promise not to kill each other until they keep her promise. Begrudgingly, the team starts their journey.

Samurai Champloo is entertaining, crude, and an awesome watch, so far. Episodes often revolve around some sort of misunderstanding between the three of them and their attempts to secure either food, or money for food, as they’re all quite poor. It’s a fun watch for sure, and I’ll talk about it again once I’m a bit farther into it.

At any rate, what other samurai anime should I be watching? I’d love to you hear what your favorite samurai anime are in the comments.

What’cha Playin’ – 2/18/17 – For Honor — February 18, 2017

What’cha Playin’ – 2/18/17 – For Honor

Woah, a post on the weekend? What is going on? Well, I’ve been slacking a bit this week with the website, so I wanted to give you all a normal, Cyberphile update. Honestly, I’ve just been really into For Honor, so really, almost every update would be “I’m playing For Honor”.

At any rate, if you don’t know much about For Honor, check out my video on the Open Beta. What I said there isn’t much different than the full game, there’s just 3 more characters, a story mode, and an extra game mode. I don’t think it’s enough to put a whole new video out about it.

That said, I will talk a bit about the Story Mode. I liked it! I’ve beaten it twice, once on normal, and once on the hardest difficulty: Realistic. Realistic mode is kind of brutal, as they remove the guard UI (meaning you can no longer see where you or your enemies are guarding or attacking from, so it’s have to time your parries and stuff) and the checkpoints are far less unforgiving. It’s tough, but obviously not too tough, or else I wouldn’t have completed it! The 4 difficulties, as you probably could have expected are Easy, Normal, Hard, and Realistic.

The story itself is nothing to really write home about. It’s split into 3 chapters, one for each of the factions, and takes place over a course of about 6 years, and revolves around the Blackstone Legion, headed up by the sinister Apollyon. As I talked about in the Open Beta video, this fictional universe takes place where Knights, Samurai and Vikings all exist at once, and each one is vying for land and resources. At one point, some geological cataclysmic event happened, leaving people to try and scavenge and rebuild societies as best as they could. Apollyon’s grand scheme is to drive everyone into war. War with each other, and war against themselves. She does some pretty sinister things throughout the story in an effort to create an endless war. While her motives never really struck a chord with me, personally, her voice acting is absolutely stellar.

There are numerous Observables and Breakables hidden around each of the 18 levels in story mode to give you an incentive to explore, and come back if you missed any your first time through. Breakables will give you different things to customize your heroes with, while Observables will give you some dialogue and insight into the land and story of For Honor. Most of the voice overs are spoken by Apollyon herself, which is great, as again, her voice acting is fantastic, and the few that aren’t her are well acted as well.

While the overarching story isn’t too exciting, the small, sort of sub stories that play out in each chapter are pretty interesting, and a lot of the missions involve some really cool set pieces, like chasing down a corrupt leader on horseback, taking out pursuers and avoiding obstacles all the while. Lastly, completing each mission and obtaining the collectibles gives you experience, and you can level up in story mode giving you access to feats, small abilities that you can perform to help give you an edge from the endless onslaught of enemies. For the variety and fun of most of the missions, I would highly suggest checking out the relatively short, maybe 5 hour story mode. You won’t be disappointed, I think.

Also, tonight at 7:30pm EST, I’m gonna try to stream some For Honor, so keep your peepers peeled to Twitch.tv/CyberphileTV if you wanna see some of that!

What’cha Playin’ – 2/13/17 — February 13, 2017

What’cha Playin’ – 2/13/17

Man, I played a veritable TON of the For Honor Open Beta this weekend. Like, probably around 30 hours. At any rate, I loved it. I was going to do a big write up on it, but ended up going the extra mile and making a video out of it. You can find the link to that at the bottom of this post.

I really enjoyed my time with it though, and I can’t wait for the full version to come out tomorrow.

Have you Brought the Boom Lately? (Explicit) — February 8, 2017

Have you Brought the Boom Lately? (Explicit)

Yesterday I was feeling inspired, and due to my multiple Bloodborne characters, I have become recently fond of the Boom Hammer, a hammer than you can prime for explosions on hit. It’s really cool. I’ve become SO FOND of this weapon, that I wrote this fictional Bloodborne ad of it that was really well received in the Bloodborne Subreddit. Here it is:


BOOM!

Holy shit, the Boom Hammer is so fucking satisfying. L1, and your hammer is primed and ready for an explosive exploration of some poor beast’s skull cavity. Remember using the Stake Driver? Standing around with your thumb up your ass as you wait for the boom? Not Boom Hammer. Boom Hammer is ready to Boom every. Single. Hit. You don’t need to dance around like a goddamned fairy twirling your pansy little whip. Bring the boom. Lose your Boom prematurely? (It’s okay, happens to everyone.) Just L1 mid combo to ignite with a poke that makes Thor’s Hammer look 2 inches hard. There’s only two booms with the Boom Hammer: The boom of your jumping R2, and the boom of the enemy hitting the floor wall.

Pros:

  • BOOM
  • HAMMER

Cons:

  • Bitch, there’s no cons to bringing the boom! Maybe if you skipped E-Day, your little wet noodle arms will only swing it once before nap time, but that’s your problem, not Boom Hammer’s.

Shoulda called it the Bang Hammer or the Poon Hammer with how much you’ll be swimming in drenched panties.

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Remember than another episode of Let’s Play Bloodborne comes out later today on the YouTube channel, so go check that out if you’d like.

My Life is a Never-Ending Torrent of Editing — February 6, 2017

My Life is a Never-Ending Torrent of Editing

Hey, how’s it going? My life is a never-ending torrent of editing Let’s Play episodes. That said, it’s not a bad thing, as I’m well ahead of my upload schedule and I’m learning and improving with each episode, both in editing, and in commentary. So hopefully the low-energy beginning of my Bloodborne Let’s Play doesn’t scare you away!

Also, call me crazy, but I’m playing 2 files of Bloodborne right now: one for my Let’s Play, and one to play while my next episode is rendering. This gives me some time to see what’s ahead and plan my commentary accordingly, but also a chance to use weapons I haven’t touched in my previous playthroughs, like my current love, the Boom Hammer. It’s so cool.

Lastly, this upcoming weekend, For Honor, a sword fighting game I’ve been excited for over the past few weeks, has a free open beta. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some serious playtime in on it, and maybe even get some streaming done, unlike my unsuccessful Bloodborne streaming session last weekend.

Here’s the latest episode of my Bloodborne Let’s Play; another episode goes up this afternoon!

2/2/17 – 10 Subscribers! — February 2, 2017

2/2/17 – 10 Subscribers!

School sucks. It eats up all my time and I don’t have time to play anything or edit the episodes of Let’s Play Bloodborne, which, again, sucks. That said, I’ve reached 10 subscribers on my Youtube channel! Hurray! It’s all about the little victories, haha. I hope to keep improving, and I have some ideas to improve my Let’s Plays, but it probably won’t take effect for a little while, just so you know.

New Episode of Let’s Play Bloodborne — February 1, 2017