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What’cha Doin’? 1/26/17 – Editing — January 26, 2017

What’cha Doin’? 1/26/17 – Editing

Mondays and Wednesdays are always brutal as far as school work goes, so I get little opportunity to actually play or do anything, usually. That said, I did get to play a little more Oracle of Ages; I made it to some island where a bunch of little jerks stole all of my stuff. I’m in the process of getting it back, but I’m hating this portion…

Next, I’ve finished editing a couple of episodes for a Let’s Play series. Expect the first episode to be posted tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll have time to record some more episodes soon. If I have enough, I’ll be able to upload Let’s Play Episodes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Fingers crossed!

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What’cha Playin’? 1/25/17 – The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages — January 25, 2017

What’cha Playin’? 1/25/17 – The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Yesterday I started playing The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, and I have to say… I’m liking it so far! I remember playing Oracle of Seasons a lot as a kid, so I have a slight nostalgic connection to it.

This time around, Link finds himself in the land of Labrynna where he rescues Zelda’s nurse, Impa, from a group of Moblins. She states that she’s looking for the Oracle of Ages, Nayru (like Nayru of the Triforce?), who is in a nearby clearing. Link moves aside the Triforce block that only those blessed by the Triforce can do before discovering that Impa had been possessed by the evil Veran, Sorceress of Shadows who now jumps out of Impa’s body and possesses Nayru’s. Veran then takes off and start wreaking havoc through time (get it, the ages?) using Nayru’s power, so it’s up to Link to do his thing and stop her.

I’m not too terribly far, but Oracle of Ages seems kind of like a 2D Ocarina of Time. It plays very similarly to Link’s Awakening (but with a wider field of view, which is very nice), but the main mechanic is the ability to jump back and forth between the past and the present (sound familiar?) using the song from the Harp of Ages. Additionally, they added a bit of RNG to the game with seeds and Rings, which can be found randomly inside nuts grown from seeds, which you’ll plant in the past and collect in the present. These Rings give you extra abilities, and in my opinion, it’s a neat and fresh mechanic to the Zelda formula. I haven’t found any really great rings yet, but it’s a neat idea, and I remember farming them a lot in Seasons as a kid, trying to collect ’em all.

Another neat idea as far as Ages and Seasons go, is that you can play one, then transfer your data over with a password and play the second game as a sequel! Very cool idea on paper, but we’ll see how it goes in practice.

As a side note, I’m changing up Cyberphile’s YouTube channel to upload on Fridays instead of Sundays, that way you have a whole weekend to watch! Not only that, but I have a tendency to skip posting on Fridays because they tend to be pretty busy for me. If I can get caught up on editing my Let’s Play videos, I’ll post more than once a week, but for now, just expect videos every Friday.

What’cha Playin’? 1/19/17 — January 19, 2017

What’cha Playin’? 1/19/17

Haven’t really had much time with the new semester starting and everything. I’ve been working pretty hard on studying and applying myself for classes (for a change). I’ve got some difficult math courses this semester, so I really need to buckle down if I intend to stick with this major.

The little bit of free time I’ve had though I’ve spent on Link’s Awakening DX, the first Game Boy Legend of Zelda. It’s actually pretty good, despite being a lot more kid friendly than other entries… I mean, there’s a boss that taunts you with “neener neener”. I kid you not. I don’t think it’s as good as Link to the Past, but any 2D Zelda fan should give it a shot. It seems a little more forgiving about where to go and what to do next too, as there are little houses that you can enter and call up a guy for hints. It’s worth a play so far, and there are a few items that are pretty unique, like the Roc’s Feather that lets you jump. Some portions of dungeon go into a 2D side scroller mode, that I personally feel are much better than Zelda II’s gameplay, if less in depth.

Discussion is always welcome in these “What’cha Doin'” posts. You’re welcome to talk about what you’re doin’ in the comments, for sure.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (BGE) — January 16, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (BGE)

My The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 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.

Also, did you know that Cyberphile has a Facebook page? Feel free to swing by and get our new posts in your newsfeed.

Here’s a preview of my review for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask:

I have a theory: Your favorite Legend of Zelda is the one you grew up with. I certainly fall into this category, as The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is the Zelda game I grew up with. In fact, the first time I played Ocarina of Time was on the 3DS; I had no nostalgic connection to it, same with a Link to the Past. If you’re my age, your favorite is probably either Ocarina or Majora, depending on which one you had, or the one you spent the most time with. If you’re a little older than me, your favorite is probably a Link to the Past, and if you’re a little younger, it’s probably the Wind Waker. Honestly, these are all fantastic games, but Majora’s Mask stands out to me as being the best Zelda game ever. Why? Well, there’s a number of reasons, but first let me get the basics out of the way.

What’cha Playin’? 1/12/17 — January 12, 2017

What’cha Playin’? 1/12/17

Last night, I couldn’t sleep, so I fired up the 3DS and knocked out the Great Bay Temple in the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. I was roaming around that damn temple for far too long before I noticed some of the hookshot targets on the ceiling… Ah well. Water temples are always annoying. With that one down, I only have one more area and temple to complete (and a good deal of side questy things) before I can finish the game. Man, I love this game. Maybe a review will come up soon!

What’cha Doin’? – 1/9/17 — January 9, 2017

What’cha Doin’? – 1/9/17

If you haven’t yet seen it, check out my You Should be Playing Rocket League video on Cyberphile’s YouTube channel. I’m pretty happy with the final product.

I’ve been playing some more Majora’s Mask 3D and have done everything I feel like doing before entering the Great Bay temple. Now I just gotta wait for my friend to catch up. Hopefully we can bang it out in the next few nights before I go back up to college for work and school.

Moving right along, I’ve gotta get some recording done for my next video, so I’m throwing around a few ideas and may end up with some Let’s Play videos. My current ideas are either a classic DOOM You Should be Playing video, or doing a Let’s Play series of Gravity Rush Remastered, as Gravity Rush 2’s release date is rapidly approaching. I have a few other ideas too, but I don’t want to make any promises.

Make sure you keep up with Cyberphile’s Twitch and Twitter to see when streaming happens, as whatever I stream tends to be what the next video is on. Stay tuned!

What’cha Playin’? 1/4/17 — January 4, 2017

What’cha Playin’? 1/4/17

I’ve decided my next video will be on Rocket League, and as such, I’ve been playing that in an effort to get some decent footage with which to edit. Sadly, it’s been a decent amount of time since I played Rocket League, and I feel like that’s fairly obvious in my gameplay… Ah well.

Aside from that, I’ve made it through the Pirate’s Fortress in Majora’s Mask 3D. Now I just have to wait for my buddy to catch up. You can watch him catch up on Twitch!

And finally, if you have an iPhone, you should check out DJ Max Ray. To sum it up, it’s like Korean-Guitar Hero for your fingers. If you’ve ever played the DJ Max games or love music/rhythm games (like myself), you should check it out. They give you 10 songs for free (and 2 unlockable), but then you have to buy 5 song packs (with 1 unlockable) for 1.99 a piece, or go with one of the many bundle deals. Personally, I’m a sucker for music/rhythm games, and whenever I have a few uninterrupted minutes,  I play a song or two. It’s pretty high quality for a mobile game. Highly recommend.

Now, onto script writing, editing, and probably a bit more recording for my Rocket League video… Before I have to go to work, anyway. Stay tuned!

What’cha Playin’? 1/3/17 — January 3, 2017

What’cha Playin’? 1/3/17

Well, I’ve been playing some Garou: Mark of Wolves on Twitch, and last night I tried my hand at the original Sonic the Hedgehog, to no avail. I made it to Labyrinth Zone’s boss, but just couldn’t make it. It gets pretty tough!

Additionally, I’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D along side my friend playing the original to spot the differences and so I can eventually do a full review on my favorite Zelda game.

Lastly, I’ve been throwing around some idea for my next video on YouTube… We’ll see where that train of thoughts leads me.

New Video on YouTube! — January 2, 2017

New Video on YouTube!

All week I’ve been working (at my job) and when I haven’t been doing that, I’ve been working on editing my new video on Cyberphile’s channel on YouTube: You Should be Playing: Garou: Mark of the Wolves. I’m actually pretty happy with how it turned out, but I’d like to hear your feedback. I’m working on improving, and I’ll need to start recording for another video soon.

Additionally, if you’re a Twitter person, Cyberphile now has a Twitter that should get updated whenever we go live on Twitch or upload a new video on YouTube.

And speaking of Twitch, we’ve been playing Garou: Mark of the Wolves and the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask on stream. Plus clips for my next video will be streamed there too, most likely.

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.

Check the About page for links to Cyberphile accounts on Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube!

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.