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61  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 18, 2016, 10:31:55 AM
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse - I really wanted a platformer to play, and I remembered that after rushing through the first two Shantae games, I never actually got around to the third. And I gotta say: This game is still hard. Well, not so much hard, as much as it takes a little too much after the Monster World games, and copied their terrible/sparce save point placements to a T. That also made the previous two games a bit more of a chore than I would've liked, since it was obviously meant to stretch out what would otherwise be short games...but at least they both had the excuse of limited file space. These guys had plenty of time to work on this one, and they're obviously reusing sprites from the DSiWare game. If an extra save point here and there is gonna kill it, maybe they need to spend less time adding details to Shantae's bubble bath, and work on adding more content...

...But, ineptitude at platforming aside, this game is fun in every sense of the word. It looks fun, the story is flat-out silly, there's tons of toungue-in-cheek dialogue, as well as little visual quirks and unexpected additions that make every new area a treat to explore. And the music is great. The gameplay is about the same as the last one so far, but that's hardly a complaint. Except I just a gun, which, by law, makes every platformer 1000x better. Now if only I didn't have to repeat the same 5 minute section every time I died, I might've marathoned this the whole way through like I did with the others!


Nier - But, now it's time to move to...something fresh. I kinda didn't expect to be writing a lot about Shantae there, so I'll keep it quick: This game is fun. And heart-warming. Jill (is that his actual name or did I pick that?) is the best father ever. I really admire his devotion to his daughter, and the amount of hard work he does for the people in the village. He finds the eggs the intelligent chickens hides on the farmer, he tames wild boars the size of commuter buses, and he practically cornered the market on Mutton, only to give it all to some random lady sitting by a fountain. He even delivered a fragile package through a confusing town he didn't have a map for, that was densely populated by annoying shades, to a cranky old hermit who tells him to get off his property, and never return to the village ever again - all without getting hit by the never ending onslaught even once. Because that that would've meant that the old guy would've gotten a broken package, and Jill is just too nice a guy to let that happen. Nosirree, not on Jill's watch. ( ಠ◡ಠ )

Code:
( ಥ‿ಥ ) *Just hide your pain...*

Also, I like the little diary bits during some of the loading screens, like one dated September 11th, where she talks about celebrating her dad's birthday without him.

...Hey, September 11th is my dad's birthday...whom I've never been able to celebrate with...my dead...dad...

.....................I need a moment.......................
62  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 18, 2016, 09:55:47 AM
Summer's usually pretty dead for anime, from what I've seen. Guess they want kids to get outside during they're relatively short Summer Vacations...and I'm sure their employees wouldn't mind a little more time out of the office, too...
63  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 17, 2016, 09:57:32 PM
^Not gonna lie, I only posted that link as an excuse to read more best-era Penny-Arcade comics (they actually used to go more than 5 strips without a beastiality joke!), but now it is doubly worth it. XD

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EDIT:

Looks like the real meat of E3 - the preview articles - are finally coming in. Damn near all the ones here have gotten me excited for stuff I never even considered. Except the Warhammer one (I'm not a huge fan of the franchise's grotesque elements, and Inquisitor just seems to emphasize all of the worst parts of that...), and MieQ (which just seems to be more Compile Hearts filler, but at least the preview confirmed that). The Dwarves probably isn't my thing either.

But everything else - The Surge, The Long Journey Home, the new Deus Ex mode (and by extension, Mankind Divided, which I completely ignored after its announcement), Necropolis, Tumbleweed Park, Battlechasers: Nightwar, the freakin' Witcher Card Game...Everything!

My wallet despises you guys. Thank you.
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: June 17, 2016, 09:51:53 PM
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I...I need this. Excuse me, I think I know what I want to play tonight...
65  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 17, 2016, 09:44:36 PM
Dude, I have Titanfall 2 and an indie Metroidvania that I only put on there to round out the numbers, and the only other thing I could think of to list was the new Call of Duty game (at least it'll have space battles w/ FPS boarding segments...now all it needs is Space Samurai, and I'll finally have that Battlefront sequel I always wanted...). Even a blatant Persona ripoff will do at this point, since I'm already scraping the bottom of the barrel...
66  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 17, 2016, 03:09:44 PM
https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/05/13

I just got a feeling.

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Does Caligula's localization announcement still count as an E3 reveal? That way I can bump up the Playstation list to a baker's dozen...
67  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 17, 2016, 10:19:16 AM
New Games I'm Interested in After E3:

  • Nintendo:

1)  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U/NX)
2)  Ever Oasis (3DS)
3)  Exile's End (3DS eShop)
4)  *Rhythm Heaven Remix (3DS eShop)

* I didn't know about this one until it came out!

  • Playstation:

1)  Tekken 7 (PS4)
2)  Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4)
3)  Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
4)  Spider-Man (PS4)
5)  *Yakuza 0 (PS4)
6)  Resident Evil 7 (PS4)
7)  Nioh (PS4)
8)  Prey (PS4)
9)  Titanfall 2 (PS4)
10) Fe (PS4)
11) Farpoint (PS VR)
12) Rabi-Rabi (PS4)

* I didn't realize it was releasing in English until E3

  • PC:

1)  ReCore
2)  Quake Champions

...Honestly, this list feels disturbingly empty for an E3 presentation. I guess 'cuz most of the interesting stuff were announced, and even shown well beforehand. Heck, some of the the stuff I listed were announced last E3, albeit without any substantial gameplay shown at the time. I guess the times really are a-changin'...
68  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 16, 2016, 08:22:17 PM
Wait, you guys were actually serious about Wolf Link?!

*Checks Trailer*

...Dog Meat? Is that you?

Damn, now I sort of regret not getting the amiibo. Hopefully they can include it as DLC eventually...I mean, c'mon...

Sounds like you're gonna need both the game and the Amiibo to do anything with it. It'll probably get outdated fairly quickly as well (unless you managed a no-damage run or something crazy; at which point you probably wouldn't need it anyways).

I got Twilight Princess HD, if that's what you mean. But I decided to save myself $15 and some much-needed shelf space by buying it used, thus missing out on the Amiibo. Oh well, you're probably right about it not being that important in the long run, but as a Wolf-Lover, and a huge fan of Twilight Princess, it's exactly the kind of fanservice I could get into...
69  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 16, 2016, 08:17:47 PM
^Yeah, I like the game, but I saw that and said, "Well, I'm glad I'm got it on Steam."
70  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 15, 2016, 11:22:46 PM
Wait, you guys were actually serious about Wolf Link?!

*Checks Trailer*

...Dog Meat? Is that you?

Damn, now I sort of regret not getting the amiibo. Hopefully they can include it as DLC eventually...I mean, c'mon...
71  Media / General Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: June 15, 2016, 09:16:19 PM
I'd say their comparisons are a massive stretch, but it looks like a fun game regardless.
72  Media / General Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: June 15, 2016, 08:18:08 PM
That might've been an okay 3-day rental if it was a budget release on the PS2 in 2006, but...it's 2016. I...don't think I'm going to get that on release. Maybe I'll consider it when it's <$15, but not before...

@Agent D. - I could see Capcom's lawyers throwing around threats of plagerizing, but that's the most I've seen. They were supposedly partnered with Inti Creates, which was always an independant company, if you can believe that. In fact, that might've been part of the problem - they were probably banking on getting "the old band" back together, but...Inti Creates were never very good at 3D graphics. I don't know if they got anybody new in the last 3 or so years since the Kickstarter ended, but I do know that their insistance on a 2.5D platformer threw up a ton of road blocks right out of the gate.

It's just sad how much wasted potential went on here, for so many reasons. And it wouldn't be so bad if Capcom showed any real desire to continue the Mega Man franchise, at least in any dignified way...
73  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 15, 2016, 05:48:07 PM
No release date for DQ7 yet?

Asketh, and you shall receiveth!!

September 16th, 2016. Mark it on your calendars. Or not. Do people still use those? I only have one to decorate my otherwise completely barren walls...
74  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 15, 2016, 03:41:38 PM
Just saw that, looks great to me. Glad there's at least one new surprise to look forward to from Ninty.
75  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 15, 2016, 10:07:38 AM
I believe the DQs were delayed to after Lun- I mean after the Summer. Now it's "Late 2016," last I checked...

...I'm hungry...
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