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What’cha Playin’? 7/21/16 – Worms and Pokemon TGC — July 21, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/21/16 – Worms and Pokemon TGC

I’ve been playing Worms 3D as well as Worms Armageddon. Nothing to say there, really, hoping to get a review or two up soon. I’m also playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game Game for Game Boy Color. I also took a late night/early morning walk and caught a Victreebel in Pokemon GO. Sorry, not much today.

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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 Playin’? 7/15/16 — July 15, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/15/16

Last night I spent the night at my girlfriends house, so instead of hunting for Pokemon in GO, I played a little bit of Pokemon Blue and a bit of Super Monkey Ball with her. It’s not a bad game, in fact, it’s pretty fun. I’m trying to grind out a Nidoran male in Blue version, but there’s only a 5% chance of him spawning, leaving me with no luck so far. Not too much else to say for today. I’ll see everyone on Monday.

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What’cha Playin’? 7/12/16 – Pokemon Blue — July 12, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/12/16 – Pokemon Blue

With Pokemon GO out, I have a renewed interest in Pokemon, so I fired up the GameCube Game Boy Player, and popped in my Pokemon Blue Version. It’s time to get back on the Pokemon horse, so to speak, and with GO revitalizing the Pokemon scene (not that it ever really need revitalizing) it makes me want to go back to basics. So I started with my Bulbasaur (like always) and got myself to Viridian Forest. Current party is Weedle, Caterpie, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur. Also played some Super Monkey Ball with the girlfriend, and of course, I pop into my Animal Crossing town daily to see what’s up. I was unlucky enough to have all of my weeds for the day spawn into the same acre, so I need to start my 15-day perfect streak from start. Either that, or I missed a weed or two yesterday… Whoops!

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What’cha Playin’? 7/7/16 — July 7, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/7/16

The last two day in Animal Crossing were spend perfecting the tree situation in my town to ensure it stays at “Perfect Town” status. I even made note to a few “problem acres” in my town to make sure that I plant a new tree before the old sapling gets dug up, so I don’t dip below where I need to be, at least, until one of these finicky trees grow, anyway. I’m also at 100,000 bells left on my debt of the largest house, so with any luck (or more importantly, time) I’ll have that all paid off by the end of the day.

In Custom Robo, I’ve been steadily completing Grand Battle tournaments when I can. I’m coming up on the last few tournaments, I think!

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Animal Crossing Review – GameCube — July 6, 2016

Animal Crossing Review – GameCube

My Animal Crossing 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

  • Fun, relaxing gameplay and music.
  • Easy to get attached to.
  • Tons to do and collect.
  • Make your own goals.

Cons

  • The time between the closed shop.
  • Takes a decently large time commitment.
  • Slow paced.
  • Make your own goals.

Final Score: 9.5/10

Depending on who you ask, Animal Crossing is either an amazing game or an incredibly boring one. Some people don’t like making their own goals and the idea of not being able to sit down and “power through” a game sometimes turns some people away. That said, I’m in the first camp; I think Animal Crossing is amazing, fun, and relaxing, and everyone should try it at least once.

What’cha Playin’? 7/5/16 — July 5, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/5/16

I’ve been working a lot, and have also been busy outside of work, so I haven’t had too much time for myself, unfortunately. I do manage to play a bit of Animal Crossing though, last night was the Fireworks Show, so I got to watch fireworks and buy hand-fans from Crazy Redd at his booth by the pond. My house is a big as it gets (though I’m still paying it off) and my Nook’s is also at its largest with Nookingtons. I’m also at Perfect Town status, so I just have to keep it that way for 15 days to get the Golden Axe.

When I’m not playing Animal Crossing, I’m squeezing in Custom Robo, usually during the time that the shops are closed in Animal Crossing. I’m working my way through the Grand Battle mode, the 2nd part of the 2-part story mode; I want to eventually get all gold trophies in all of the cups, but it may prove difficult.

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What’cha Playin’? 6/28/16 – Maken X — June 28, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/28/16 – Maken X

As you know if you’ve been keeping up with Cyberphile, I’ve been replaying the GameCube Animal Crossing. As you progress in Animal Crossing, the main shop in town where you do all of your buying and selling eventually upgrades to carry more items. Unfortunately, to do so, it has to close down for the day, rendering most of the day useless as a player, as your inventory will fill up, and you have nowhere to unload it. So, on a whim yesterday, I tried out Maken X for the Dreamcast.

Maken X, published by Atlus and released in 2000 is a first person, sword-fighting, supernatural, action game. The art is done by the same people who worked on the early Persona games as well as Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. It also retains the atmosphere of the early Shin Megami Tensei and Persona games. The story is about a pharmaceutical company who is creating an artificial intelligence that will be able to cure disease, but one day the facility is attacked, and the main character’s father who heads the project is kidnapped. 16 year old Kay awakens the artificial intelligence and wields it as a sword. The AI, called Maken, (technically, you play as this AI, not the character) essentially uses the soul (called psi) to fuse with people and control them, in a process called brainjacking. Kay/Maken begin their quest to find and rescue her father.

The gameplay is first person, and really fun. You can dodge, block, and even jump over enemies to disorient them. After you complete the first stage, you leave Kay behind and brainjack an enemy, giving you stronger attacks, and new special abilities and stats. Each character has their own set of stats and skills, and no two players are the same. In fact, you often need to brainjack weaker characters just to get information or abilities out of them. Blademasters will help you in your quest to defeat baddies by offering up their bodies to Maken. You will need certain characters to progress certain ways, and there are a number of split paths, hidden areas and characters to find. As you kill enemies, you rank up, which I can only assume increase your power slightly.

I still need more time with Maken X, but I must say that I’m really enjoying it. The enemy designs are really cool and unique, and it has great level design, and, most importantly, it’s very fun to play. Check it out sometime!

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Kirby Air Ride (BGE) — February 14, 2016

Kirby Air Ride (BGE)

My Kirby Air Ride 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 Kirby Air Ride:

Kirby Air Ride is definitely an underrated gem on the Gamecube. I spent so many hours screwing around in City Trial mode, and honestly, if the game was just City Trial, it might still be on this list anyway. There is so much to do for such a simple, pick up and play game, and I still play a round of City Trial every now and again. Anyway, allow me to talk about the game in full.