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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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Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst Review (PS4) — June 15, 2016

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst Review (PS4)

My Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst 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:

The Bottom Line

Pros

  • Lasts a decently long time.
  • Progression system.
  • The story, eventually.
  • Pretty environments.

Cons

  • Not really an improvement from the first game.
  • Annoying enemies.
  • After you’ve finished the story, there’s not a whole lot of things to do.
  • The “required” comic book.
  • Companion App.

Final Score: 7/10

Ultimately, I’m kind of disappointed that Catalyst wasn’t the Mirror’s Edge 2 I hoped it was. Maybe that’s just my preference, but I feel like Catalyst just doesn’t have the same charm as the first game.

What’cha Playin’? 6/10/16 – Catalyst — June 10, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/10/16 – Catalyst

I think I’m coming up near the end in Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst. I’ve completed all of the Dashes (which are like time trials) with 3-star ratings, and I’ve got 90% of the side quests done. I’m actually kind of looking forward to finishing the story and being able to just sort of free roam around the map. You can probably expect a full review of it soon.

I’m also looking forward to the next episode of Kiznaiver tomorrow, as well as Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto. Kiznaiver looks like it’s gearing up to be pretty good despite being in its last few episodes.

I’m afraid I don’t have a whole lot to say today, so I’ll see y’all on Monday.

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What’cha Playin’? 6/9/16 – ME: Catalyst — June 9, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/9/16 – ME: Catalyst

I pretty much have only been playing Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst. Yesterday I talked mostly about the things that irritated me in Catalyst. Allow me to note the things that I really appreciate.

Firstly, the OPEN WORLD. From the moment I completed the first Mirror’s Edge, that’s all I wanted; the ability to freerun wherever I want. Thankfully, Catalyst Scratches that itch. Although I do use the waypoint feature to get to where I need to go, once I complete the main objectives and get to collecting, I’ll be able to just kind of go wherever. Speaking of which, there are a veritable TON of collectibles tucked away throughout the city, and I love that. I seriously can’t wait to get into collecting those.

Next, the progression system and the new tools/skills at your disposal. I already talked about the progression system in yesterday’s post, so I’m not going to recount it here. That said, the new MAGrope thing is really neat, and the ability to roll out of a slide to keep your momentum is really cool. Very nice stuff.

Combat. The combat is fun, fast, and fluid, as long as you’re winning anyway. You have two different types of attacks and a seemingly infinite variation of those attacks. In the original Mirror’s Edge, you could actually use enemy’s guns. Now, no guns allowed, and it works just fine. Although I *do* miss the parry feature from the first game, Catalyst’s combat system definitely outperforms it.

That’s all I got for now. I’ll get back to you tomorrow, because I’ve got a feeling that I won’t be playing much else today.

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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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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!