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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.

Ninja Senki DX- PlayStation 4 Review — February 28, 2017

Ninja Senki DX- PlayStation 4 Review

My Ninja Senki DX 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, fast-paced NES style sidescroller.
  • Enjoyable level and enemy design.
  • A multitude of modes, challenges, and endings creates good replay value.

Cons

  • There’s really nothing here you haven’t seen in other platformers before.
  • The smallness of the screen creates a false difficulty due to fast moving enemies and a trial and error style approach to problem solving.

Final Score: 8/10

Ninja Senki DX is a good game, no doubt. Any fan of Mega Man and other NES sidescrollers will feel right at home in Ninja Senki DX, but it fails to bring anything new to the table, and the smallness of the screen will create more frustration than challenge.

What’cha Playin’? 12/26/16 — December 26, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 12/26/16

For those of you that celebrate, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. I hope you got what you wanted. I got a Nintendo AVS from RetroUSB, which is awesome. It’s a 3rd party NES that outputs in HD and features a bunch of neat extra features like loading extra sprites to reduce flicker, a built in cheat system, a scan line filter if you really want that authentic CRT look, and even online scoreboards if you connect it to your computer. As an added bonus, it even has a slot to read Famicom games!

In other news, I’ve been playing the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which I have never completed. I’m on the 5th dungeon in the dark world, so I’m nearing the end of the game. Last time I played it, I think I stopped around this point, so I haven’t seen anything new yet… But last time I played I was playing specifically with a walkthrough for every collectible and Heart Piece. I have to say, it’s more fun to try and figure things out on my own, even if some things are kind of cryptic. I might be able to write up a big review on it soon.

Finally, I uploaded my first video to Cyberphile’s YouTube channel: CyberphileTV. It’s merely an introduction video, but it’s the first in hopefully many videos on the channel.

What’cha Playin’? 7/1/16 – Custom Robo — July 1, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/1/16 – Custom Robo

Happy July! Yesterday was another pretty useless day in the world of Animal Crossing. Nook closes his shop down to do a raffle (which I didn’t win, by the way) so I ended up with a full inventory pretty quickly. Luckily Crazy Redd came to my town his rare albeit overpriced goods, so at least I got a NES with Clu Clu Land in it. Probably one of my favorite features of Animal Crossing was the ability to collect some NES games.

So, I typically work evenings, so by the time I come home, I can only do a little bit in Animal Crossing, as townsfolk go to bed and stores close. So I usually try to find something else to play. I’m on a bit of a GameCube kick right now, so I popped Custom Robo in last night. Man, I almost forgot how GREAT of a game that is. I might have to add it to a certain list of Best Games ever… So I’ll spare you a review/preview of that… For now!

Lastly, I heard a remastered Bioshock Collection is coming out on next gen systems September 13th. I’m VERY excited for that. Check it out!

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What’cha Doin’? 5/30/16 — May 30, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 5/30/16

It’s been a fairly uneventful weekend for my gaming and watching habits. I played a ton of Overwatch, a bit of Castlevania, (the original on the NES, check out its best game ever review here, if you haven’t.) and a little Metal Slug and Andro Dunos on my Neo Geo MVS cabinet. I’m thinking maybe I’ll do a bit of a video for my collection soon; it’s not that big, but it’s not that small either. I like collecting things, after all.

I also watched the 8th episode of Kiznaiver, which seems like they’re setting up for a heart-wrenching episode 9.

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Castlevania (BGE) — February 15, 2016

Castlevania (BGE)

My Castlevania 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 of Castlevania:

Castlevania. That word alone is enough to strike fear into the hearts of NES lovers. Castlevania and Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse are some of the hardest NES games in its library. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest is generally the one people like the least, but it is by no means a bad game, and actually introduces some of the coolest music in the series. That being said, I’m here to talk about the one that started it all, Castlevania.

Kirby’s Adventure (BGE) — February 12, 2016

Kirby’s Adventure (BGE)

My Kirby’s Adventure 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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I’ve been a pretty big Kirby fan all of my life (or at least, up until Kirby: Squeak Squad). I remember playing Kirby’s Dreamland on my Gameboy Pocket all the time growing up. I remember playing on long car rides; there was always the same song by the time I made it to Kracko (the eye-ball cloud boss). That song has since then been dubbed “the Eyeball Cloud Song”. I actually hadn’t played Kirby’s Adventure until I got a hold of the remake for GBA, Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland, and I loved it. I, of course, have since then bought it and beat it pretty much everywhere it’s been released.