Cyberphile

the love of all things electronic.

Mother/Earthbound Zero/Earthbound Beginnings – NES Review — April 28, 2017

Mother/Earthbound Zero/Earthbound Beginnings – NES Review

My Mother/Earthbound Zero/Earthbound Beginnings 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

  • Great story, world, and dialogue.
  • Fantastic soundtrack.
  • Brilliant, quirky, and unconventional, especially for its time.

Cons

  • The constant need to grind, due to the imbalance of enemy difficulty.
  • Clunky inventory management and menus.
  • The lack of telling you what’s important, as far as PSI and key-items go.

Final Score: 8/10

Mother is not for everyone, for sure, but I personally love it. It’s more of a 9/10 for me, but if you’re gonna review games, you gotta be a critic. If you liked Earthbound, I think you’ll really enjoy Mother, as much of the story is told in the same way, through events, not so much through dialogue. Mother is about the adventure itself, and knowing that at the end of it all, you can go always home to your Mother, and everything will be alright.

Blaster Master Zero – Nintendo 3DS Review — March 28, 2017

Blaster Master Zero – Nintendo 3DS Review

My Blaster Master Zero 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

  • A unique and fun take on the Metroidvania genre.
  • Two vastly different styles of gameplay really help to break up the monotony of just one type or the other.
  • Beautiful presentation and awesome boss designs.
  • Plenty of unique mechanics to keep things fresh.

Cons

  • WAY too easy.
  • Fall damage is an annoyance.

Final Score: 9/10

I liked Blaster Master Zero a lot, and if it were jut a little bit more challenging, I think it may have scored even higher than its already great score. Blaster Master Zero is Out on both 3DS and Switch for a mere $10!

What’cha Playin’? 1/11/16 — January 11, 2017

What’cha Playin’? 1/11/16

I started playing Gravity Rush Remastered today! So good. I love the art style and sound design a lot. There’s quite a bit to say about its world building and atmosphere… I love it… So you can expect a Let’s Play series on it! It’ll be my first Let’s Play in years, so I hope you all enjoy it… I’ll be very busy over the next few weeks with my on campus job starting up as well as classes again… So don’t be disappointed if content is slim for a bit; I just don’t have the time to do everything I want to do.

I also finished reading the first part of the Ghost in the Shell manga; I’ll be moving on to #2 soon.

What’cha Playin’? 1/3/17 — January 3, 2017

What’cha Playin’? 1/3/17

Well, I’ve been playing some Garou: Mark of Wolves on Twitch, and last night I tried my hand at the original Sonic the Hedgehog, to no avail. I made it to Labyrinth Zone’s boss, but just couldn’t make it. It gets pretty tough!

Additionally, I’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D along side my friend playing the original to spot the differences and so I can eventually do a full review on my favorite Zelda game.

Lastly, I’ve been throwing around some idea for my next video on YouTube… We’ll see where that train of thoughts leads me.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – SNES Review — December 29, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – SNES Review

My The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 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

  • Great puzzles, world, and exploration.
  • Beautiful presentation, both in graphics and in music.
  • A satisfying feeling of progression throughout the game.

Cons

  • The difficulty bump out of nowhere.
  • Cryptic and sometimes frustrating solutions to puzzles.

Final Score: 9.5/10

I feel like your favorite Zelda is the Zelda you grew up with. Mine was Majora’s Mask, and it is still my favorite LoZ. I can absolutely see why A Link to the Past is a lot of people’s favorite, but the jump to 3D, I feel, completely enhanced the series for the better, especially the combat.

What’cha Playin’? 12/27/16 — December 27, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 12/27/16

I’m very nearly done with the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I’m in Ganon’s Tower now, but the difficulty has ramped up pretty significantly in the last few dungeons. I died while in the tower, but I’m equipped with 4 blue potions, so I’m ready this time! Other than that, we’ve been streaming, as you can see from twitch.tv/cyberphileTV Garou: Mark of the Wolves, just because it’s so fun and quick to pick up and play, despite the fact that we end up playing it for hours. We’re working on fixing minor audio settings with streaming, but we’re getting it. Today may be the start of me working on next week’s video and hopefully finishing a Link to the Past. Then it’s back to work tomorrow.

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What’cha Playin’? 12/23/16 — December 23, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 12/23/16

If you’re keeping up with my streaming, you’d know!

Just kidding (sorta). I tried out Oni, the PS2 Ghost in the Shell knock-off by Bungie and… Man is it BAD. Well, maybe not bad, but certainly not good. From the 4-ish hours I spent with it last night… The controls are wonky, some parts are overwhelmingly annoying and unfair (one hit kills, what?), the gameplay is pretty much just mashing the same controls over and over again in the hopes that it works, the levels are ugly and boring, the story is bland… All in all it’s a pretty underwhelming package. I’ve only completed 5 of the 13 or so missions in the game, but it’s getting hard to continue, not only in difficulty, but mentally. There’s nothing to keep me going.

The only redeeming qualities are the neat attacks and throws, but once you learn that they’re all pretty much the same and only look different… Well… Yeah…

Have you checked out the other Cyberphile links from the About page? You should! I get my microphone back soon and with it I’ll be able to perform higher quality streams and video content. Stay tuned!

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – PS2 Review — December 21, 2016

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – PS2 Review

My Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 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 3PS gameplay with a few twists to keep it fresh.
  • Varied, fun levels that never get stale.
  • Well written story that seamlessly ties into the anime.
  • Great voice acting by all the characters you’d hope were there.

Cons

  • Pretty short.
  • Sometimes unbalanced baddies.
  • Batou levels just aren’t as fun as Motoko levels.

Final Score: 9.5/10

If you’re a fan of Ghost in the Shell in any way, you need to play this game. It’s a great supplement to the anime. If you just want to play a fun, futuristic, fresh 3PS, you’re in good hands with this one. I highly recommend it.

System Shock 2 – PC Review — December 20, 2016

System Shock 2 – PC Review

My System Shock 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

  • Great atmosphere, story, and sound design.
  • The variety of things you can do, like hacking, research, and modifying your weaponry.
  • Gun play and gameplay in general is satisfying.

Cons

  • Frustrating difficulty.
  • A somewhat convoluted HUD.
  • First time players are pretty much lost with stat building, and trying to build a balanced character (as opposed to a specialized character) will only lead to failure.

Final Score: 7/10

All that said, System Shock 2 is great at pulling you in with its interesting story and incredibly immersive atmosphere. The game is great too, but there are just so many problems and challenges that a first time player must face when giving it a go.

System Shock (Enhanced Edition) – PC Review — December 15, 2016

System Shock (Enhanced Edition) – PC Review

My System Shock 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

  • Great atmosphere and characters, especially SHODAN.
  • Fun, satisfying gameplay.
  • Plenty to explore, with a ton of varied objectives.

Cons

  • The clunky HUD.
  • Sometimes unfair difficulty.

Final Score: 9.5/10

I really really enjoyed System Shock and it’s atmosphere, characters, story, and gameplay. System Shock is chock-full of fun little features that just go the extra mile, for me. If you can get past the clunky HUD and sometimes frustrating difficulty, there’s an amazing game underneath it.