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What’cha Playin’? 10/28/16 — October 28, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 10/28/16

I didn’t have a whole lot of time for it yesterday, but I still squeezed in a little bit of Demon’s Souls. I got to the next boss, and though I died, I do think I can beat him. (This is the boss of 2-2, by the way). I had a lot of school work, and as such, not a whole lot of time.

I did order the Skyrim: Special Edition, which releases today, but even though I chose release date shipping, I’ll be getting it on Monday. But that’s okay, this weekend may give me an opportunity to make a serious dent to Demon’s Souls. So we’ll see how it goes.

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What’cha Doin’? 10/27/16 — October 27, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 10/27/16

I’ve made a little bit of progress in Demon’s Souls; 2 more bosses defeated. I’m feeling pretty good about my adventure in it. I’m not having too much trouble, but I did lose 11,000 souls by falling to my death… Twice in a row… Ah well. I haven’t actually seen any content that is new to me yet; I’ve gotten this far in the past. So I’m as far as I can go in the first arch stone, I need to beat an Archdemon to continue, so I’m working on the second area now: the mines. I think I’m at 2-2.

I’ve also started rewatching Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. It’s one of my favorites and I plan on watching all of the Ghost in the Shell stuff, so it’s the next logical step. I have to say, episode 2 is fantastic, with the runaway tank. Seriously. A lot of the episodes are stand alone so you can watch them in more or less any order. I’m looking forward to watching more soon.

What’cha Playin’? 10/26/16 – Demon’s Souls — October 26, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 10/26/16 – Demon’s Souls

I’m giving Demon’s Souls another shot; I’ve never beaten it before, and I don’t remember getting too far in it. A few things throw me off about it. Firstly, the nonlinear route of where to go kind of confuses me. I’ve beaten Dark Souls once and Bloodborne numerous times, and the formula is pretty straightforward: Enter level, find a shortcut, beat boss, get new bonfire/lamp. In Demon’s Souls, levels are kind of like 1-1, 2-1, 3-1, etc., and you can’t really just do 1-1 through 1-4 and then move on to 2-1. I think you’re supposed to do 1-1, then 2-1, 3-1, etc. The levels are still all interconnected, but the difficulty ramps up in a way that I think is supposed to encourage trying different areas. This is really just a personal issue, I think, and I just need to figure out a good way of tackling it.

Next, I feel like the mechanics are a little wonky; kind of PS2-esque is what comes to mind. I guess I don’t feel real weight behind my attacks. Rolling doesn’t seem as effective as dodging in Bloodborne, and it’ll take me a bit of time to get used to fighting in a new, more defensive way. I also often end up doing that dumb forward + R1 attack all the time on accident, and it makes me get hit more often than I’d care for.

The last thing is “Demon’s Souls” saying it out loud is a mouthful. Go ahead and try saying it out loud a few times. I’ll wait. Done? Okay. This is just a silly little gripe that doesn’t actually mean anything to me, but it “Demon Souls” rolls off the tongue a little better.

But honestly, the game is really neat. I haven’t gotten far enough to give an honest opinion on the actual game itself, but back stabs and ripostes are satisfying, and the world and story are crazy interesting. As I get more comfortable with the controls and mechanics, I think I could really see myself loving the game, as I did with Dark Souls, and to a greater extent, Bloodborne.

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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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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

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.

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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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

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.

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

What’cha Playin’? 9/16/16

Haven’t really had much time as I’ve been very busy with schoolwork and work-work. That said, I did advance to the next chapter in Folklore. I can’t wait to beat it! Hopefully this weekend will present me with an opportunity to do so!

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What’cha Playin’? 9/15/16 — September 15, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/15/16

Slow day, as I’ve been busy with school work and work-work. I squeezed in a few rounds of Rocket League and a teensy bit of Folklore.

My copy of the Bioshock Collection came in the mail yesterday, and to my surprise, it’s the only PS4 game I’ve ever seen to have two disks; one for Bioshock and Bioshock 2, and the other one for Infinite. I played the opening little bit of Bioshock, and I desperately want to play more, but I know that if I do, I’ll never finish Folklore, and I really do want to. One thing at a time.

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What’cha Playin’? 9/9/16 – Silent Hill 3 — September 9, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/9/16 – Silent Hill 3

My second playthrough through the Silent Hill series is going swimmingly, so far. In Silent Hill, I got the Good+ ending this time, as opposed to the Bad ending on my first playthrough. In Silent Hill 2, I was aiming for a different ending, as on my first playthrough I got the In Water ending, which is a beautifully depressing ending to a beautifully depressing game, it’s my favorite ending thus far. At any rate, I got the Leave ending this time. Silent Hill 3 reworked its ending system, so I already know the ending I’ll be getting.

But man, Silent Hill 3 is probably the creepiest, tense, and most difficult title thus far. Enemies are pretty quick and powerful, and take quite a bit to kill, meaning that running past them is often your best bet, if you can. Not only that, but the enemies are far more numerous as well. Speaking of enemies, they have the strangest designs in the series. Those really big guys with the twitchy faces are terrifying. At any rate, I’m hoping to beat 3 this weekend and possibly move on to the Room, another pretty unsettling title in the series.

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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.

Street Fighter III: Third Strike: Fight for the Future (BGE) — April 20, 2016

Street Fighter III: Third Strike: Fight for the Future (BGE)

My Street Fighter III: Third Strike: Fight for the Future 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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Street Fighter III: Third Strike: Fight for the Future is one of those games that when my friends come over, we can always default to. Many nights were spent playing Third Strike for hours on end, slowly learning each character one by one. When we were at our peak for Third Strike, I was playing with nearly every character, and playing pretty well too! (by my friend’s standards, certainly not on a professional level) It’s just one of those games for us.