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What’cha Playin’? 7/20/16 – Worms 3D — July 20, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/20/16 – Worms 3D

Last night a friend I haven’t seen in a while came over and we played a little bit of Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, since he hadn’t seen it yet. After some Thai food and ice cream, we came back to my place and played some Worms 3D.

Worms is a fairly popular series. It’s a versus-style multiplayer game that involves teams of worms with different weapons trying to kill all other worms by either knocking them into the water around the map, or by depleting all of their health. Worms is typically a 2D game, but this one is obviously 3D. There are all sorts of weapons from bazookas and grenades to crazy things like exploding sheep, and a bomb that explodes into many bananas. The games are a lot of crazy fun to play with friends. All of the environments are destructible, meaning the battle area can get messy after a few turns. I think I’ll play some more of it to unlock some new stages even though you can totally just make some randomly generated stages.

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What’cha Doin’? 6/21/16 — June 21, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 6/21/16

Not too much to say today. I played a bunch of Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator – with a friend last night, with the two of us getting some trophies that we probably wouldn’t have bothered to get on our own otherwise. I also tried out the M.O.M. mode with is kind of dulled down (and slightly more difficult) than SIGN’s M.O.M. mode. For the uninitiated, Medal of Millionaire mode enables you to collect items and medals from defeated enemies enabling you to purchase more items and level up your character’s stats, which are mostly for prerequisites for equipping said items. Items can then be used in battle and range from simple bombs and healing potions to other character’s special moves, such as Sol’s Gunflame, for instance. It’s and interesting mode. I need to play a bit more online to give Revelator a fair assessment though.

Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune’s (the main guy behind Mega Man) new Kickstarter-backed project releases today, so I’m sure I’ll be checking it out, seeing as I helped back the project over 3 years ago. In fact, it’s downloading now, so I’ll get back to you on it tomorrow, I’m sure.

Lastly, I started listening to Caravan Palace, an electro-swing band, which combines old swing style sounds with the electronic style you hear today. It’s pretty interesting and fun. If it sounds interesting to you, I’d recommend checking them out on YouTube or something. Suzy seems to be one of their more popular songs.

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What’cha Playin’? 6/20/16 — June 20, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/20/16

This weekend I played a lot of Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator. I watched the entirety of the story (yes watched, not played), completed over 400 combos and 70 missions. Soon (probably today) I start working on this version’s M.O.M. Mode, then at some point I’ll play a bit online as well. I’ll be able to write up a review for it soon.

If you’re not familiar with Revelator, check out my review on Guilty Gear: Xrd – SIGN, as pretty much everything I wrote there holds true for Revelator, with some changes. The graphics are just a teensy bit more polished, (though you’ll need a sharp eye as SIGN looks gorgeous to begin with) there are new menus and HUD, your character will glow blue when a BURST is ready, there’s a new lobby with a customizable avatar for online mode, a fishing mode for collectibles and character colors, a new story, 5 new characters (Jam, Johnny, Raven, Haehyun, and Jack ‘O), a change to the tutorial and mission modes, and a ton of things that I’m probably missing, forgetting, or haven’t tried yet, like M.O.M. mode. If you’re a Guilty Gear or fighting game fan in general, you really should get Revelator, especially if you liked SIGN.

In anime-related news, Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto was as good as it always is (the arm sax) and Kiznaiver, well… It seems like there’s a LOT going on to be wrapped up in a single episode… I guess we’ll see what happens on Saturday.

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What’cha Playin’? 6/17/16 – Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator — June 17, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/17/16 – Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator

I’ve finally got around to playing Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator. I almost forgot how much I loved SIGN! Anyway, I’ve just been tackling the Episode mode so far (that’s like your basic arcade mode) as the stories in Episode mode take place just a few days before the main story. I only need to beat Episode mode with May and Zato and then I can get started on the actual story mode, which I’m looking forward to. I liked the story in SIGN, so I’m sure Revelator won’t disappoint.

Also this weekend we get another episode of Kiznaiver and Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, so I’m looking forward to that too. See everyone on Monday!

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What’cha Doin’? 6/16/16 — June 16, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 6/16/16

Well, I’ve actually been watching and playing a lot of new things lately. Over the weekend I finally started watching an anime on my backlist, Kill la Kill. It’s fun, crazy, and over the top and I love it for that. I’m a little over halfway through the series now. I also watched a couple of Toshiaki Toyoda’s films, 9 Souls and Blue Spring (Aoi Haru). 9 Souls tells the story of 9 escaped convicts, mostly murderers, who are on a search for a large number of counterfeit bills that a 10th, non-escaping convict told them he hid. It’s a great film, part drama, part comedy, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind reading subtitles. Blue Spring is a delinquent coming of age film, based on the manga of the same name, and personally, I didn’t care for it that much. The cinematography, setting, and acting was great, but the plot seemed kind of empty and really didn’t make me care much for the characters. I understand that the manga is told in a vignette style, so maybe not enough detail was given to each character the way it was in the manga, as things must surely be cut out.

In the realm of games, I finished my Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst review, and probably won’t go back to it for a while. I started Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator, and I’m loving it just as much as I loved SIGN. I won’t be able to do a review or anything with it for a while though, as I have a lot of game left to play.

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What’cha Playin’? 6/8/16 – Mirror’s Edge Catalyst — June 8, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/8/16 – Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Yesterday I got two of my highly anticipated games in the mail, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and Guilty Gear: Revelator. I haven’t actually played Revelator yet, but I’ve been having a pretty good time with Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, with some exceptions.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a prequel to the original Mirror’s Edge (which I consider to be a best game ever, read my synopsis on that here). Unlike the original, it features an open world with many side quests and other miscellaneous things to do. There are character progression upgrades, in fact, some of the moves Faith could do in the first Mirror’s Edge, she must now unlock with XP, collected by completing missions, side missions, or collecting things throughout the city. Initially I was a little apprehensive about this, but A. It makes sense since this is a prequel. B. It adds a sort of Metroidvania-like aspect to the city, where you’ll need certain techniques or gear to reach certain areas. I like progression like that.

Another thing that is kind of annoying is the companion app, and that customization features for your logo is ONLY accessible though the app, which you must have an EA account to access. I had an issue, but an immensely helpful call from their help desk got that straightened out for me. I made sure to give them a glowing review survey. That aside, this feature should really just be IN GAME.

Lastly, the story bugs me, because in order to find out WHY you owe this guy money and WHY Faith is locked up, you HAVE to read the comic book. There’s no other way around it, and they don’t ever tell you in game. In fact, the loading screen tells you to buy the comic if you want to know! Talk about forced marketing.

Those things aside, I’m loving the new Mirror’s Edge, the game play is tight and fun, and I’m looking forward to getting deeper into it. I’ll tell you more tomorrow.

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What’cha Doin’? – 6/7/16 — June 7, 2016

What’cha Doin’? – 6/7/16

Yesterday I got all caught up with Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, finally getting into storylines that aren’t present in the two volumes of the manga I’ve read.

Other than that, yesterday has been a pretty blah day, despite having off from work. I played a little of the PSX DOOM Total Conversion, a little Rocket League, and a little Jet Set Radio HD.

Today, both Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and Guilty Gear: Revelator come out, so I’ll be very very busy for the next few days, for sure! You’ll probably be able to expect a review of those two games at some point.

Lastly, let me just give a shout out to JetSetRadio.live, a website that plays nothing but nonstop, hardcore music. References aside, it has a huge playlist of all of the tunes from Jet Set Radio and Jet Set Radio Future, as well as tracks that sound like they could fit into either of those games. It also features a chatboard and requests, so that’s cool. Check it out if you’re a fan of funky Jet Set Radio-esque tunes.

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What’cha Playin’? 5/4/16 — May 4, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 5/4/16

May the Fourth Be With You.

With the school semester winding down, I’ve had more time to put into games recently. Over the weekend, my friend and I played through Jet Grind Radio for Game Boy Advance on the principal of being huge JSR fans. I wasn’t a big fan of the GBA port and neither was he, but you can check out my review for it here.

I’ve also been playing bits and parts of Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign in anticipation for Revelator, and I have, of course, been squeezing in matches of Rocket League here and there. I’ve been doing pretty decent in Guilty Gear online too, I had an 8 win streak going the other day. I’m no combo expert, but I’m getting the hang of the higher level mechanics, slowly.

I also got pretty in to Zombi on the PS4. It’s a port of the the WiiU game ZombiU, but it’s pretty neat. It’s your standard first person zombie survivor game with a story, but one of my favorite mechanics is that when you die, you start over with a relatively empty inventory as a new (random) survivor. If you want to get your stuff back, you’ll have to return to where you died. If you were killed by another zombie, you’ll have to kill your last survivor. It’s definitely cool, and I think I’m getting near the end of it, so you may expect a review for it before long. It’s not my perfect zombie-survival game though; I’m still waiting for that fateful day.

I got a New 3DS as a belated birthday gift last weekend as well. The new stabilized 3D seems cool, and I’m looking forward to taking some Super Nintendo games around with me in my pocket, like Earthbound.

Lastly, I’ve been putting some time into Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars on my PlayStation Vita lately. Sometimes you just feel like a graphic novel/RPG. Well, sometimes I do anyway. It’s kind of like Persona in that you have time inside the dungeons to fight, and outside the dungeons to mingle with your friends and allies. Instead of summoning your inner psyche like Persona, you have “Star Children” with one (or more, usually more) of the seven heroines and they are your team members. It’s kind of strange, but pretty fun, and the presentation is great, so I’ll be sticking with it for a while.

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Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign Review – PS4 — May 3, 2016

Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign Review – PS4

My Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign 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:

  • Amazing presentation, both visually and musically.
  • Tight controls, mechanics, and gameplay.
  • A plethora of modes and options.
  • Unique and interesting characters that are fun to play.

Cons:

  • I only wish there were more characters! (Revelator!)
  • A little intimidating for first-timers.

Final Score: 9/10

The only thing that prevents me from ranking Xrd: Sign as a best game ever is the anticipation that Revelator will be EVEN BETTER. Here’s hoping!

The Games of Summer — April 26, 2016

The Games of Summer

I’ve been putting some time into Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign, trying to get everything done in it before Revelator comes out June 7th. I finished the story mode, and I’m almost done with all of the character’s arcade modes. In fact, maybe you can expect a review of it soon?

This summer is going to be big on games for me. Lots of new games coming out that I’m excited for. Here’s my list:

  • Doom – 5/13
  • Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst – 6/7
  • Guilty Gear Xrd – Revelator – 6/7
  • No Man’s Sky 6/21
  • The King of Fighters XIV 8/23

June’s going to be a busy month!

What games are you looking forward to this summer? Post them in the comments and let’s chat!