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What’cha Doin’? 10/12/16 — October 12, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 10/12/16

Haven’t had a whole lot of time for games lately due to school and rollerblading, which I’ve been getting into. I rollerbladed for a while yesterday while listening to Jet Set Radio music, of course. I’m balanced enough to not fall, but not balanced enough to look slick, especially while slowing or stopping. Ah well. In due time. I actually had to rotate my wheels yesterday. Plus it’s good exercise; I’m pretty sore right now.

I’m 19 or 20 episodes into Cowboy Bebop, and it’s really good. I only have a few more episodes to go, so I’m sure things will really start ramping up soon. The thing with Cowboy Bebop though is that the characters are all really well done. They’re all really believable, fleshed out, and avoid many anime tropes (perhaps due to being an older anime). I’m a big fan of every character, for sure.

Finally, I also started watching Steampunk’d on Netflix. I think I just hit the halfway point. It’s pretty cool. A bunch of Steampunk makers come together in a game show style of show, where they are split into teams and are tasked with building a specific room in the SteamPunk’d manor, using the Steampunk style. This typically includes a weapon of some sort, a gadget that operates something in the room, a costume, story, and character. The interactions with the people are the show are entertaining, but the real fun is seeing what kind of awe-inspiring things the makers make next. I love the Steampunk style and setting, so I’m really happy with how this show is going.

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Jet Set Radio Live — October 11, 2016

Jet Set Radio Live

I didn’t have very much free time yesterday despite it being a holiday, but I do want to take a moment to give a shoutout to Jet Set Radio Live, an online radio station that someone put together that plays music that you might expect to hear in either of the Jet Set Radio games. At first, it was a pretty simple radio station, but over time, he’s added a chat with requests, a TV station where you can watch Jet Set Radio style videos (mostly rollerblading), a Seaman game, sort of, the ability to skip tracks, and a number of stations based on the Jet Set Radio and Jet Set Radio teams, for example, the GG stations play mainly funk, but you also have Poison Jam (rock), Noise Tanks (Electronic), Love Shockers (Female Vocals), Rapid 99, The Immortals, and the Golden Rhinos. I haven’t gotten around to spending a lot of time listening to those last three as they’re newer stations (and I usually just listen to the GG channels), but it’s an amazing idea. It really captures the feel of Jet Set Radio. I’d highly recommend swinging by if you like Jet Set Radio or its music.

Note: I may have brought this up before, but I wanted to give a shoutout to the newer features; really cool and great work.

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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Jet Grind Radio Review – Game Boy Advance — May 2, 2016

Jet Grind Radio Review – Game Boy Advance

My Jet Grind Radio review for Game Boy Advance 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:

  • It’s definitely Jet Set Radio.
  • Retains the fast paced arcade style gameplay.

Cons:

  • Bad controls.
  • Poorly looped tunes.
  • Unbalanced difficulty.
  • Lazy gameplay with glitches and bad added dialogue.

Final Score: 5/10

Ultimately though, if you need a pocket-sized dose of Jet Set Radio and don’t have a PlayStation Vita to play the HD remake, this can give you that quick hit of Tokyo-to. Ultimately, it’ll just leave you pining for the real thing, though. I feel like I disliked playing this game about as much as the developers disliked making it.

What’cha Playin’? – 4/25/16 — April 25, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 4/25/16

This weekend was the weekend that I finally managed to finish my Salt and Sanctuary lore synopsis. My 87 page synopsis, The Drowned Tome, is available in PDF format for online reading or to download it and read it later. Click here to check it out!

With that finally finished, I think I’ve finally burnt myself out on Salt and Sanctuary. You see, that’s how I typically play games: I get really into one or two, and just play them to death until I get sick of them.

Since I’ve finished everything I really feel like finishing in Salt and Sanctuary, it means I can play other games again! So over the weekend I put some pretty good time into Guilty Gear: Xrd: Sign, a bit solo, a bit with my friends, and I made a bit more progress in Demon’s Souls. Also, yesterday, my friend and I chugged through Jet Grind Radio on Dreamcast, since we both love that game so much. It’s just a great game to pop into the DC and power through. It’s great.

I also made a silly video for Salt and Sanctuary. Just be aware that it has final boss spoilers, and is a huge reference to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Check it out here!

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Jet Set Radio/Jet Grind Radio (BGE) — February 8, 2016

Jet Set Radio/Jet Grind Radio (BGE)

My Jet Set Radio/Jet Grind Radio review for the Best Games Ever list is now live! You can read it from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview:

“JET SET(GRIND) RADIOOOO!” Anyone who owned a Dreamcast surely knew about Jet Set Radio (Jet Grind Radio in NA, but most know it as Jet Set), the quirky yet cool arcade style Rollerblade graffiti game. Unfortunately, I never owned a Dreamcast until recently, but if I did, man, I’d be playing this game long ago. One of my friends who is pretty big on Sega games would play it occasionally, and I’d watch him in awe of such a cool looking game. I never actually started playing JSR until they re-released it in HD for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android, and PC in 2012. Then I played the hell out of it. I was immediately drawn in by the catchy soundtrack, awesome visuals, and amazing style of everything. Turns out, I’d be a Rudie from then on out.