Cyberphile

the love of all things electronic.

New Video Series Started: Let’s Play Bloodborne! — January 27, 2017

New Video Series Started: Let’s Play Bloodborne!

I’m proud to announce Cyberphile’s first Let’s Play: Bloodborne. If I can keep up with the pace, you can expect a new (roughly 15 minute) episode every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I’d like to have three videos a week going with Monday and Wednesday being strictly Let’s Plays and Friday either being a continuation of said Let’s Play or another video altogether. So keep your eyes peeled for that!

Here’s the link to the first episode in the series. I hope you enjoy!

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’? 1/12/17 — 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!

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.

What’cha Playin’? 12/27/16 — December 27, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 12/27/16

I’m very nearly done with the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I’m in Ganon’s Tower now, but the difficulty has ramped up pretty significantly in the last few dungeons. I died while in the tower, but I’m equipped with 4 blue potions, so I’m ready this time! Other than that, we’ve been streaming, as you can see from twitch.tv/cyberphileTV Garou: Mark of the Wolves, just because it’s so fun and quick to pick up and play, despite the fact that we end up playing it for hours. We’re working on fixing minor audio settings with streaming, but we’re getting it. Today may be the start of me working on next week’s video and hopefully finishing a Link to the Past. Then it’s back to work tomorrow.

Don’t forget to check the About page for links to all of Cyberphile’s content, and feel free to comment about anything you’ve been playing. Discussion is welcome!

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…

Have you checked out the other Cyberphile links from the About page? You should! I get my microphone back soon and with it I’ll be able to perform higher quality streams and video content. Stay tuned!

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.

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

  • 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.

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 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.

System Shock (Enhanced Edition) – PC Review — December 15, 2016

System Shock (Enhanced Edition) – PC Review

My System Shock review is now live! You can read the full review from the Review page, 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 the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

Pros

  • Great atmosphere and characters, especially SHODAN.
  • Fun, satisfying gameplay.
  • Plenty to explore, with a ton of varied objectives.

Cons

  • The clunky HUD.
  • Sometimes unfair difficulty.

Final Score: 9.5/10

I really really enjoyed System Shock and it’s atmosphere, characters, story, and gameplay. System Shock is chock-full of fun little features that just go the extra mile, for me. If you can get past the clunky HUD and sometimes frustrating difficulty, there’s an amazing game underneath it.

What’cha Playin’? 12/14/16 – System Shock — December 14, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 12/14/16 – System Shock

I’ve made great progress in System Shock, foiling SHODAN’s plans one by one. It can get frustratingly difficult at times, as most enemies hit like a truck, and at other times, I’ve had to refer to a walkthrough, as sometimes the things you’re supposed to do are fairly vague. Regardless, I’m having a lot of fun with it and would recommend it, thus far.

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These “What’cha Doin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.