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Catching Up

July 7th, 2013 by Cat

Categories: 3DS, PC, Wii

Long time no post! I’ve been on and off on playing games lately. Here’s a round up of stuff I’ve played recently.

Smashmuck Champions
This is the MOBA game we tried at PAX East, and we still find this game fun, especially the 5v5 modes. They recently released custom games, which makes it even more enjoyable since you can make games without newbies. Unfortunately, its biggest weakness is the size of its player base. Sometimes less than 20 people are on, with maybe 5 of them queuing. Some nights, it’s actually impossible to get into a game.

Bioshock Infinite
Did you know one of our bloggers worked on the game? (Our About page makes it obvious as to who it is.) So, even more reason to play it! Honestly though, I enjoyed Infinite a lot, more than the first Bioshock actually. The environments are beautiful. The combat is fun with a mix of guns, vigors, skyhook, and tears. Oh, and Elizabeth is pretty awesome. You don’t have to worry about her, and she actually helps you throughout.

Zero Escape
I want to like this game, but it really doesn’t have the same appeal as 999. I find myself getting bored with it, and I think there’s too many differing paths. I also don’t like the “incomplete” endings, where I have to go back to them later.

This is a nifty idea, where you take photos of items, and then you can use the items later on. However, I gave up on this game early on. I was trying to figure out how to get a secret item, and the only way I could think of felt too hacky and was really annoying to do. I dismissed the idea, thinking there’s no way that was the “right” way to do it. Turns out, it was. Yeah… that’s a no from me.

Assassin’s Creed 3
I’m not even playing as Conner yet, and I’m already annoyed at this game. I’m annoyed that I’m often magically teleported to a location when I start a mission (instead of letting me go there and explore on the way). I’m annoyed that I feel like I have less control over combat than past games. I’m annoyed that I’ve already done a couple escort missions. I’m annoyed that optional objectives have to be done in one playthrough for full sync. I’m hoping things get better once Conner actually enters the story.

Mario Galaxy 2
I got all the normal stars but not the extra world… which I might not do. The difficulty increases a lot between the normal galaxies and the extra ones. Overall, a fun game if you’re in the mood for a platformer. The game is still a bit gimicky, with too many moves mapped to shaking the Wiimote, but it’s not that bad most of the time.

Anyway, I’m trying to get myself to play more console games, since our consoles have been neglected lately. I’m hoping to start LA Noire on XBox 360 and God of War 3 on PS3 soon.

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

February 9th, 2013 by Tara

Categories: 3DS

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

I finally got a 3DS XL (a pink one, haha!), and the first thing I decided to play on it is Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. This game is brilliant. It is like Final Fantasy meets Elite Beat Agents. It’s addicting, and I am enjoying the fact that I can play a rhythm game with FF music with some elements of RPG added to it.

Sorry, Tales of the Abyss, but I’ll be too busy with this game for a while!

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Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward Aftermath

January 16th, 2013 by Tara

Categories: 3DS, Vita

Eight days and 25 hours of gaming later, I’ve beaten a game that has completely left my mind in a chaotic mess from all the unexpected plot twists and information overload (in a good way) about quantum physics and time travelling/alternate history concepts. Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward has managed to surprise me in so many ways that I am left wondering why I had doubted this game in the first place. Really, when I first heard that there was a sequel to 999, my reaction came off very lukewarm. Part of it is because I originally heard that the game was a “spiritual sequel” to 999. The last “spiritual sequel” I played was Ghost Tricks, which turned out to be a disappointment, so I approached VLR with wariness in the beginning. However, once raving reviews came out on the interwebs, I became very interested and found myself anticipating the game.

Like I said, the plot twists have completely left me in an awed state. I love what the creators did and how they made it connect to 999. It is much longer than 999 and infinitely more complicated — in fact VLR is an even bigger cliffhanger than 999, and now I am wondering what’s going to happen in the third game of the series that is currently in development.

Honestly, VLR is good. The puzzles are more challenging, and there is a lot more happening in the game, but I find myself preferring 999 more. I think that’s because I enjoyed the Titanic references and the characterisations were better in the first game. The characters in the second game were portrayed well, but something seemed missing from the second game. Also, Junpei felt like a much more rounded character and protagonist than Sigma. That’s just me, though.

If you enjoyed 999, VLR is recommended. Both games are suspenseful and will leave you constantly wondering what’s going on with the plot and the characters.


Bundle Me Vita

December 28th, 2012 by Tara

Categories: 3DS, Vita

As a very early birthday present, one of my good friends sent me Tales of the Abyss for the 3DS. Unfortunately, I don’t have a 3DS. For the past couple of months I’ve been debating on getting a 3DS XL or a PS Vita. Thing is I know I’ll get both eventually, but I was stuck on which system to get first. The gift made me decide to get a 3DS XL first, so I went to the store to check out the system and the game selections.

Well, I was greeted to the store not having any 3DS XLs (they still had the regular 3DSes), but I saw that they had the Assassin’s Creed III Liberation bundle for $250. Then there’s the system-only thing for $250 minus a game and a memory card.

. . . Guess I’m going to go for the AC3L bundle since it does come with a free game and a memory card — albeit a free game I have NO interest in playing.

The store also lacked the games I wanted. They had no Persona 4: Golden for Vita, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward for Vita or 3DS, and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for 3DS. Amazon will be my best friend for the games, apparently. Guess my plan now is to get the Vita at the store, get the games from Amazon, and get a 3DS XL whenever the store has them.

(Ordering a system from Amazon is not an option for me. I live overseas, and I’ve worked in one of the mailrooms here to see how they treat their incoming packages, so I do not trust them with anything electronics.)


Gaming Year in Review: 2011

January 1st, 2012 by Cat

Categories: 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

Happy New Year everyone! It’s that time again where I briefly review games I played in the past year. First, here are my favorites from 2011!

Favorite single player: Dragon Age: Origins
I know Dragon Age:Origins didn’t come out in 2011, but that was when I played it. I spent 100 hours on this game and loved it all. Though it was very buggy, I thought the combat and characters were great.

Favorite multiplayer: Portal 2
The co-op in Portal 2 is the best I’ve played so far. Using more than one portal gun just opens up new challenges and cool things to do. The single player was great too, but I thought co-op was even more fun.

Favorite download/indie: Bastion
Bastion is one of the best download/indie games I’ve played. I liked how the storytelling was through the narrator. I liked how the upgrade and difficulty system worked. The soundtrack is also excellent.

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