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What’cha Playin’? 12/23/16 — December 23, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 12/23/16

If you’re keeping up with my streaming, you’d know!

Just kidding (sorta). I tried out Oni, the PS2 Ghost in the Shell knock-off by Bungie and… Man is it BAD. Well, maybe not bad, but certainly not good. From the 4-ish hours I spent with it last night… The controls are wonky, some parts are overwhelmingly annoying and unfair (one hit kills, what?), the gameplay is pretty much just mashing the same controls over and over again in the hopes that it works, the levels are ugly and boring, the story is bland… All in all it’s a pretty underwhelming package. I’ve only completed 5 of the 13 or so missions in the game, but it’s getting hard to continue, not only in difficulty, but mentally. There’s nothing to keep me going.

The only redeeming qualities are the neat attacks and throws, but once you learn that they’re all pretty much the same and only look different… Well… Yeah…

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – PS2 Review — December 21, 2016

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – PS2 Review

My Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 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 3PS gameplay with a few twists to keep it fresh.
  • Varied, fun levels that never get stale.
  • Well written story that seamlessly ties into the anime.
  • Great voice acting by all the characters you’d hope were there.

Cons

  • Pretty short.
  • Sometimes unbalanced baddies.
  • Batou levels just aren’t as fun as Motoko levels.

Final Score: 9.5/10

If you’re a fan of Ghost in the Shell in any way, you need to play this game. It’s a great supplement to the anime. If you just want to play a fun, futuristic, fresh 3PS, you’re in good hands with this one. I highly recommend it.

Silent Hill 3 Review (PS2) — September 12, 2016

Silent Hill 3 Review (PS2)

My Silent Hill 3 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

  • Fantastic, tense, and terrifying atmosphere.
  • Great and believable characters.
  • Wonderfully told story.
  • Great puzzles.
  • Unlockable costumes.

Cons

  • A sometimes unfair and frustrating challenge.
  • The removal of a robust ending system.
  • Trains.

Final Score: 9.5/10

It really is so close to being a best game ever. If it weren’t for those minor frustrations, I really think it would be on that list. And for the record, the List is fluid. Maybe in a future playthrough, SH3 will land on that list.

What’cha Playin’? 9/9/16 – Silent Hill 3 — September 9, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/9/16 – Silent Hill 3

My second playthrough through the Silent Hill series is going swimmingly, so far. In Silent Hill, I got the Good+ ending this time, as opposed to the Bad ending on my first playthrough. In Silent Hill 2, I was aiming for a different ending, as on my first playthrough I got the In Water ending, which is a beautifully depressing ending to a beautifully depressing game, it’s my favorite ending thus far. At any rate, I got the Leave ending this time. Silent Hill 3 reworked its ending system, so I already know the ending I’ll be getting.

But man, Silent Hill 3 is probably the creepiest, tense, and most difficult title thus far. Enemies are pretty quick and powerful, and take quite a bit to kill, meaning that running past them is often your best bet, if you can. Not only that, but the enemies are far more numerous as well. Speaking of enemies, they have the strangest designs in the series. Those really big guys with the twitchy faces are terrifying. At any rate, I’m hoping to beat 3 this weekend and possibly move on to the Room, another pretty unsettling title in the series.

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Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Review – PlayStation 2 — August 3, 2016

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Review – PlayStation 2

My Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner 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

  • High speed satisfying combat.
  • Beautiful visuals and high quality anime cutscenes.
  • Great sounds and soundtrack.
  • Good story and likable characters.

Cons

  • Short, only around 6 hours.
  • Difficult and sometimes frustrating with unforgiving checkpoints.

Final Score: 9/10

Ultimately, you’re not going to find another game like this, especially since Konami is not-so-great a company anymore. The combat is fun, the characters are likable, the presentation is great… Honestly, what’s not to love?

Street Fighter III: Third Strike: Fight for the Future (BGE) — April 20, 2016

Street Fighter III: Third Strike: Fight for the Future (BGE)

My Street Fighter III: Third Strike: Fight for the Future review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for Street Fighter III: Third Strike: Fight for the Future:

Street Fighter III: Third Strike: Fight for the Future is one of those games that when my friends come over, we can always default to. Many nights were spent playing Third Strike for hours on end, slowly learning each character one by one. When we were at our peak for Third Strike, I was playing with nearly every character, and playing pretty well too! (by my friend’s standards, certainly not on a professional level) It’s just one of those games for us.

Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly/Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly (BGE) — February 24, 2016

Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly/Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly (BGE)

My Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly/Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly 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 my review for Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly/Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly:

Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly in Europe) is widely considered to be the best of the Fatal Frame series. I beat Fatal Frame and Fatal Frame II many times over, to see the additional endings and get the extra costumes, however, somewhere between 6 and 8 hours in to my first playthrough of Fatal Frame III: The Tormented, my PS2 memory card died. The same memory card that had my all of my Fatal Frame trilogy data on it. I’ve been too heartbroken to go back to Fatal Frame III: The Tormented, but of what I’ve played, I would agree that Fatal Frame II is the best of the series.

Katamari Damacy (BGE) — February 17, 2016

Katamari Damacy (BGE)

My Katamari Damacy 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 my review for Katamari Damacy:

“Nana nananananananana Katamari Damacy…” Katamari Damacy is one of those silly, fast paced, fun, ridiculous arcade style games that you just can’t put down. I only first played Katamari a few years back, after hearing that it was good game and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Since then, I’ve played through most of the Katamari series.

Dance Dance Revolution: Extreme (BGE) — February 16, 2016

Dance Dance Revolution: Extreme (BGE)

My Dance Dance Revolution: Extreme 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 Dance Dance Revolution: Extreme:

Dance Dance Revolution! Anyone who was around in the late 90’s, early 2000s at least know about Dance Dance Revolution, or DDR as it is more commonly known. Throughout arcades everywhere, you could hear the catchy tunes, cheerful announcer, and high energy sound effects, goading you over to the Dance Dance Revolution machine. If you were successfully tempted over to the machine, you’d see a 29″ monitor resting inside a hulking ~7 by 6 foot metal monstrosity of lights, neon, and metal, not to mention the nearly 6 foot wide, 3 and half foot long raised dancing stage with it’s arrows and metal bars.

Okami (BGE) — February 13, 2016

Okami (BGE)

My Okami 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:

Okami. This is another one of those games that I’ll end up buying no matter how many times they re-release it. I have yet to play the sequel that got released on DS, but this game is amazing. I’ve 100%ed it twice on every system it came out on because I love it so much. It takes the Legend of Zelda style of puzzles, problem solving, finding and using the new item/power you found to conquer your next dungeon and just does it so well. Even better than the Legend of Zeldas I’ve played, in my opinion.