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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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Short round things

October 27th, 2012 by Cat

Categories: PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

Kirby’s Return to Dreamland
I played and finished this Wii game recently. After games like Mass Attack and Epic Yarn, Kirby returns to the traditional gameplay of copying enemy abilities. While I liked those other 2 games, it is nice to get another “normal” Kirby game.

Most of the abilities I recognize from past games, and each one has a list of moves you can do. (Like down+attack might do something different than just attack.) And well, like most recent Kirby games, it’s not that hard, though some bosses are more challenging than others. You won’t find anything really new or different in this game, but if you’re up for some “old school” action, this is a fun one to play.

And while still very much in a Kirby mood, I bought Kirby’s Dream Collection, which celebrates Kirby’s 20th anniversary. I haven’t played it yet, but it has Kirby’s Dreamland 1-3, Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby Super Star, and Kirby 64. I actually haven’t played half of those games, so I’m pretty excited to have them now XD

Mass Effect 3
I recently unlocked both Volus kits! (Yes, I realize a lot of people probably name their Volus Adept, Biotic God.)

There are a few kits that can be support-like, but these Volus… are very much so. Both have Shield Boost, which I like a lot, and it feels like I’m playing healer. It’s as it sounds: it repairs and boosts shields. I have both specced so that it also gives 50% damage reduction for 6 seconds. It’s especially great for hacking and escort missions where everyone is in one place.

The adept has stasis and Biotic Orbs. Each orb gives a recharge speed boost, or they can be launched to hit/detonate enemies. The engineer has 2 mines, Recon and Proximity, both of which can detonate and be specced where affected enemies take more damage from all sources.

Oh, but they are awkward to play! They are shorter than everyone else, and thus cannot see over some cover. They can’t take cover either. Their base health is 150, which makes them pretty squishy. Fortunately, their light melee is a cloak, so that’s good for reviving people. Cloak, revive, shield boost. They took a little getting used to, but it’s actually pretty fun sometimes XD;;

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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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Time to get serious…

November 22nd, 2011 by Cat

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

…and put myself on a gaming schedule. I know it sounds silly, but I’m the type who needs something like that to motivate myself to finish my game queue faster. And man, my game queue is so long now.

Buckley and I used to do that with single player day and multiplayer day, but I’m changing it up.

Wii day: Zelda: Skyward Sword
I’m liking it so far, and I think it changes up the typical Zelda game a little. Equipment has a repair and upgrade system now. I’ve noticed that enemies defend a lot more, such that you wait for a good chance to strike. However, I’m not a big fan of how much motion controls it uses. Kind of cool for the sword, kind of annoying for other things.

PS3 day: God of War 2
Feels just like God of War 1 so far.

Xbox day: Assassin’s Creed 2
(Which is today.) I actually haven’t finished the first game, but enough people have told me to skip it so… I guess I will!

PC day: Secret of Monkey Island
Which Tara gifted me XD I really need to start working on my Steam library. I’ve realized that of the 50-ish games I have, I’ve only played a little over half of them.

And as for DS/3DS, I normally play it as I watch TV anyway, so I will fit in a bit of Kirby Mass Attack every day.

Oh, and a small announcement: Twilight Realm has a new subsite :3 Yummy Pixels has my video game cakes!


Monthly goals – Feb/March

March 4th, 2011 by Cat

Categories: DS, Wii

Goals accomplished in February:

  • finished God of War 1 (PS3) – I made the goal for Feb but actually finished it in Jan.
  • finished Heavy Rain (PS3)
  • finished Shank (XBLA) – short game, finished 1P mode in one sitting
  • finished Limbo (XBLA) – also not that long, but it’s a good one

Goals missed:

1. Finish Ace Attorney Investigations (DS). I think I’m near the end at least. Unfortunately, because of the slow pace, I have a hard time playing any more than 20 minutes or so at a time. The beginning was worse because it literally made me fall asleep multiple times. There’s only so many times you can pull the “solved the case! …JUST KIDDING” trick before I lose all interest. The 2nd half of the game is showing more promise.

2. Finish Metroid Prime 1 (Wii). The game is longer than I expected, so I’m not done yet. I’m liking it so far though and am glad they ported it to Wii. I usually like games that backtrack a lot, but I wish there were easier ways to travel in MP1. I see that there are shortcuts in places, but it’s not the same as being able to teleport from area to area. As for where I am in the game, I just got the Gravity suit.

And now March… I guess I’ll finish those 2 games and possibly start DragonAge 1 (PC). Oh, and also Okamiden (DS)!