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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’? 10/10/16 — 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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BioShock 2 – Upgraded to BGE — October 3, 2016

BioShock 2 – Upgraded to BGE

For the first time in Cyberphile history, a game I have previously reviewed has received an upgrade from the Reviews page to the list of Best Games Ever. BioShock 2 truly deserves its title. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here. I’ve made a few small changes to the page, but it’s more or less the same as the review.

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Here’s a preview of my review for BioShock 2:

BioShock 2 had some big (daddy) boots to fill after the first BioShock. BioShock was amazing, and well worthy of the Best Games Ever List. Well, how does 2 hold up in comparison? (Note: This is coming from the BioShock Collection for PS4, so the multiplayer aspect is missing from this review.)

Pretty dang good, actually. BioShock 2 takes all of the things that made the first BioShock great, and made it better and more streamlined, with the exception of the story, if you ask me. While there were some pretty tense moments, nothing quite beats the big reveal in the first BioShock.

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.

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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