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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.

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Blaster Master Zero – Nintendo 3DS Review — March 28, 2017

Blaster Master Zero – Nintendo 3DS Review

My Blaster Master Zero 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

  • A unique and fun take on the Metroidvania genre.
  • Two vastly different styles of gameplay really help to break up the monotony of just one type or the other.
  • Beautiful presentation and awesome boss designs.
  • Plenty of unique mechanics to keep things fresh.

Cons

  • WAY too easy.
  • Fall damage is an annoyance.

Final Score: 9/10

I liked Blaster Master Zero a lot, and if it were jut a little bit more challenging, I think it may have scored even higher than its already great score. Blaster Master Zero is Out on both 3DS and Switch for a mere $10!

Check it Out! – Samurai Champloo — March 20, 2017

Check it Out! – Samurai Champloo

Managed to put out another Check it Out! video, this time for Samurai Champloo… So, uh, check it out! I’m pretty happy with the editing and the thumbnail, and I hope everyone else likes this one too. I’m currently caught up in a copyright dispute with BandaiChannel for this video so no views go toward any revenue or anything for me, at least for now, but that’s fine. Hopefully you enjoy all the same.

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 Doin’? 1/24/16 — January 24, 2017

What’cha Doin’? 1/24/16

Yesterday was extremely busy for me between work and school. As a result, I didn’t get to play or watch much of anything. I imagine today will also be pretty busy; I have quite a bit of studying to do to catch up for the lack of being able to do so yesterday. I do want to pitch my latest video on YouTube, however, it’s a sort of review on Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Check it out if you haven’t.

I’ve also started recording some Let’s Plays last week, but I’m waiting for opportune times to post them… Plus I still need to edit some of them. More on that later.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX- Game Boy Color Review — January 23, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX- Game Boy Color Review

My The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening 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

  • More A Link to the Past style Zelda. Nothing wrong with that!
  • Some neat ideas and enemy designs, especially with the inclusion of the jumping item.
  • The new dungeon mechanics are a fresh and welcome change.
  • A fun loving story and adventure.

Cons

  • The weird imbalance of simple and cryptic.
  • The use of other Nintendo characters… I don’t want to see Octaroks in a Mario game either.

Final Score: 9/10

Link’s Awakening is a great accomplishment and one of the best games on the Game Boy. If you like 2D LoZs, you need to play this one. You won’t be disappointed.

What’cha Watchin’? – 1/17/17 – Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence — January 17, 2017

What’cha Watchin’? – 1/17/17 – Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

I had a little bit of time yesterday (as you may be able to tell from my lengthy review of Majora’s Mask… I still feel like there’s more to say about it though… Maybe in a video, hmm?) so I watched the next thing on my list of things to watch that are Ghost in the Shell: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is kind of unique in that it takes place after the events of the first Ghost in the Shell movie, but revolves loosely around chapter 6 in the original manga: Robot Rondo. This is kind of weird, because the last part of the first movie is actually what happens at he end of the first manga, so… They had to move some characters and events around. Batou takes the spotlight this time around, and most members of Section 9 don’t even get any screentime. Batou plays the brooding hero this time around instead of the overtly goofy Batou that is in the manga (and sometimes we see in Stand Alone Complex). Togusa and Ishikawa play a decent role too, but the movie is mainly revolving around Batou. The story revolves around gynoids, sex doll robots, suddenly malfunctioning and killing their owners and even attempting self termination. It could be a act of terrorism, so Section 9 is called in to investigate. It’s a pretty solid story (I mean, what else do you expect from Ghost in the Shell?), but what I really want to talk about is the presentation.

MAN this movie looks great. It’s clear that the same artist didn’t draw the characters, as the characters are pretty realistic, especially the gynoids, which gives them this creepy feel, like they’re constantly watching. I almost didn’t even recognize Ishikawa at first. But what they really wanted to show off is the 3D effects. Almost every background is done in CG, as well as many effects, and the animation, especially for the action scenes, are amazing. Ghost in the Shell, at least in anime and movies tends to be a bit whimsical, very black, blue, and neon, but GitS 2: Innocence decides to go with that gritty theme with a lot of browns and rust colors. Innocence depicts a dark and dingy world, that almost seems out of character if you’ve watched other GitS content, but it actually fits and works really well. I would love to see more of this kind of GitS.

Another interesting design choice that I think is fantastic is that a number of events in the movie seem like they could be out of a horror movie, with strange phenomenon, scenes that happen more than once in a strange way, and the way the shots are set up and played out. Even the way the characters sometimes react make them seem like they belong in a horror movie. There’s even a minor jump scare, but not enough to make you shoot out of your seat. I really loved these creepy elements, and again, they really seemed to fit with the story and setting.

Unfortunately, if you’re not familiar with the GitS universe, this movie is probably not the best starting point. You kind of need to know the cast and setting already, and without that, you might feel a little lost. That said, if you’re a GitS fan, or at least know a bit about it, I’d highly recommend this movie. Even if you’re not a GitS fan and just want a flashy, thought-provoking flick, check it out anyway, just don’t expect to catch everything. At any rate, I highly recommend it. Really good movie. Check it out!

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – SNES Review — December 29, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – SNES Review

My The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 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 puzzles, world, and exploration.
  • Beautiful presentation, both in graphics and in music.
  • A satisfying feeling of progression throughout the game.

Cons

  • The difficulty bump out of nowhere.
  • Cryptic and sometimes frustrating solutions to puzzles.

Final Score: 9.5/10

I feel like your favorite Zelda is the Zelda you grew up with. Mine was Majora’s Mask, and it is still my favorite LoZ. I can absolutely see why A Link to the Past is a lot of people’s favorite, but the jump to 3D, I feel, completely enhanced the series for the better, especially the combat.

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.

System Shock 2 – PC Review — December 20, 2016

System Shock 2 – PC Review

My System Shock 2 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 atmosphere, story, and sound design.
  • The variety of things you can do, like hacking, research, and modifying your weaponry.
  • Gun play and gameplay in general is satisfying.

Cons

  • Frustrating difficulty.
  • A somewhat convoluted HUD.
  • First time players are pretty much lost with stat building, and trying to build a balanced character (as opposed to a specialized character) will only lead to failure.

Final Score: 7/10

All that said, System Shock 2 is great at pulling you in with its interesting story and incredibly immersive atmosphere. The game is great too, but there are just so many problems and challenges that a first time player must face when giving it a go.