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Gaming Year in Review: 2012

December 31st, 2012 by Cat

Categories: DS, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

With one day left in 2012, I figured this would be a good time to do my usual review of games I played this year 🙂 Let’s start with the favorites!

Favorite single player: Mass Effect 3
I am a huge fan of the Mass Effect series, and though I agree that the endings left me feeling empty and disappointed, the journey up to it was emotional and satisfying. I also liked that the game play required more movement than just taking cover in one place.

Favorite multiplayer: Mass Effect 3
Yes, ME3 wins both for me. I was skeptical about the multiplayer, but it is good fun, especially after they added better kits (like the N7 series). I’m normally not that into shooters, but adding in powers and skills definitely makes this more interesting for me.

Favorite indie: Orcs Must Die! 2
Though I haven’t played the first one (yet), I had a lot of fun doing the co-op in the sequel. It’s a different take on the tower defense games since you control a character that runs around setting traps and can also shoot the enemies yourself.

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Vita Me Away!

December 29th, 2012 by Tara

Categories: Merchandise, Vita

I got my new Vita, with the a protective case, screen protector sticker (and one for the back, too), and a carrying case!

Now I will wait for Persona 4: Golden and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward!

PS Vita


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 Winter Break

December 6th, 2012 by Tara

Categories: DS, PS3, PSP

My classes are finished for the semester (more or less)! I am free from school until about mid-January, so I aim to utilise my game systems the next few weeks! I am so deprived.

I actually started my gaming spree a week and a half ago by re-playing Time Hollow because I had this urge to re-play it. My attempt to play Rhapsody has failed. I just found myself not wanting to continue with the game. Blergh. Now to figure out what to do with this game since I no longer want it.

My next game to try is Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom. I admit, I am playing this for the bishounens (and for the historical storyline, haha!), so I hope this game is more my taste than Rhapsody was!

And afterwards, I should really play on my PS3 . . . I only use that as a Blu-ray player, so I really need to be using it more as a game system!


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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