Cyberphile

the love of all things electronic.

New Episode of Let’s Play Bloodborne — February 1, 2017
What’cha Playin’? 1/25/17 – The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages — January 25, 2017

What’cha Playin’? 1/25/17 – The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Yesterday I started playing The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, and I have to say… I’m liking it so far! I remember playing Oracle of Seasons a lot as a kid, so I have a slight nostalgic connection to it.

This time around, Link finds himself in the land of Labrynna where he rescues Zelda’s nurse, Impa, from a group of Moblins. She states that she’s looking for the Oracle of Ages, Nayru (like Nayru of the Triforce?), who is in a nearby clearing. Link moves aside the Triforce block that only those blessed by the Triforce can do before discovering that Impa had been possessed by the evil Veran, Sorceress of Shadows who now jumps out of Impa’s body and possesses Nayru’s. Veran then takes off and start wreaking havoc through time (get it, the ages?) using Nayru’s power, so it’s up to Link to do his thing and stop her.

I’m not too terribly far, but Oracle of Ages seems kind of like a 2D Ocarina of Time. It plays very similarly to Link’s Awakening (but with a wider field of view, which is very nice), but the main mechanic is the ability to jump back and forth between the past and the present (sound familiar?) using the song from the Harp of Ages. Additionally, they added a bit of RNG to the game with seeds and Rings, which can be found randomly inside nuts grown from seeds, which you’ll plant in the past and collect in the present. These Rings give you extra abilities, and in my opinion, it’s a neat and fresh mechanic to the Zelda formula. I haven’t found any really great rings yet, but it’s a neat idea, and I remember farming them a lot in Seasons as a kid, trying to collect ’em all.

Another neat idea as far as Ages and Seasons go, is that you can play one, then transfer your data over with a password and play the second game as a sequel! Very cool idea on paper, but we’ll see how it goes in practice.

As a side note, I’m changing up Cyberphile’s YouTube channel to upload on Fridays instead of Sundays, that way you have a whole weekend to watch! Not only that, but I have a tendency to skip posting on Fridays because they tend to be pretty busy for me. If I can get caught up on editing my Let’s Play videos, I’ll post more than once a week, but for now, just expect videos every Friday.

What’cha Playin’? 12/7/16 — December 7, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 12/7/16

No actual news today, just working on FFXV, and when I’m not, I’m playing a bit of Garou, Rocket League, and Gauntlet. I made some decent story progress in FFXV, as I’ve knocked out a good deal of the side quests.

I do, however, have some big news on the horizon, hopefully, as long as everything works itself out. Stay tuned for that.

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What’cha Playin? 12/6/16 — December 6, 2016

What’cha Playin? 12/6/16

As you may have noticed, I beat Amnesia: The Dark Descent over the weekend, so I was able to write up a review for it, something I’ve been waiting to do since I created the Best Games Ever List, since Amnesia begins with A, and as such, is the first title on the list. Great game.

Also, another one of my favorite games ever (and yes, is on the list) got rereleased with netplay on the PS4: Garou: Mark of the Wolves. This is my favorite fighting game of all time, so I highly recommend it, and you can always read up on my review more details. I did do some slight editing to that page as well.

And of course, I’ve been chugging away at Final Fantasy XV. I’m on Chapter 6, and my characters are levels 48-46. I’ve been doing pretty much ALL of the optional stuff, and my current play time is around 40 hours. I’m still liking it a lot. During the long car rides in game, I’ve also been playing a bit of the original Final Fantasy as well, which works well since it’s a total grind-fest.

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What’cha Playin’? 11/29/16 — November 29, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 11/29/16

As you can tell from the review I posted yesterday, I put some serious time into Gauntlet: Slayer Edition. I managed to complete the story on the hardest difficulty, and I made it to floor 50 in endless mode. That means that I’ve completed all of the really hard content and I can do the grindy stuff at my leisure. Yay! That said, the grind will probably take a long, long time to complete, as they all involve killing x amount of enemies with certain skills.

Other than that, I downloaded the Amnesia: Collection on PS4, which includes Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Justine, the add on content for the original game, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. The Dark Descent is one of my favorite games ever, and once I complete that, I can finally put a review up for it on the List of Best Games Ever. Some games are on that list but without a review simply because the last time I played the was so long ago that it wouldn’t be an accurate review; I’d simply be remembering it all from memory, and that does not make for good content, in my opinion.

Also, Final Fantasy XV releases today after many many years of development, and I’ll get that in the mail at some point. I’m not sure if I’ll start it today, but I’m really hoping it’s good. If it’s not, I probably won’t buy another Final Fantasy brand new anymore. This is your last chance, Square Enix!

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What’cha Playin’? 11/14/16 — November 14, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 11/14/16

I’m very close to finishing the Elder Scrolls Arena. I have 7 of the 8 pieces of the Staff of Chaos, and I have the area open to get the last piece. I’m so so close! The game gets really difficult and unforgiving, especially when you get closer to the end. If you’re unprepared, the game will absolutely punish you. You need to make sure you can deal with magic and status effects, mainly, as magic will kill you very quickly, and status effects like paralysis and disease will kill you slowly. If you’re not playing a character who can cast the very useful and sometimes broken magic(I’m playing a rogue, for instance), you better make sure you have plenty of enchanted gear or potions to keep you in the fray for extended periods of time. At any rate, wish me luck! Hopefully I have a full review out for it soon!

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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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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.

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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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.