The Cblogs have exploded with 10 Things blogs again! It's a wonderful thing! I would topsauce them all, but there are just so many. I've decided to use the old Memetoid tag, but consider them all topsauce material anyway! Also, I'm covering three days this week, because Shade is busy with school things. So I got to read SO MANY BLOGS.
I've also played so many great games lately, so I really want to talk about those.
First up is Mercenary Kings! As a fan of the Metal Slug games, I'd been super excited about playing this, since they used a very similar graphical theme. The animation in Mercenary Kings is top-notch, really beautiful stuff. It's from some of the people that worked on the Scott Pilgrim game, so it's really no surprise; that game was beautiful as well.
While visually similar to Metal Slug, the gameplay is very different. It's still a run n' gun type game, but it's divided into tons of smaller missions, which will have you revisiting the same areas multiple times to complete different objectives. This is actually my one complaint with the game; I wish there had been more variety with the levels. Having ten or more missions take place on the same exact levels felt kind of boring after awhile, since there was very little change of scenery.
But if you're willing to look past that repetition, there's a lot of fun to be found in the game! I especially like the huge variety of gun parts, where you can mix and match hundreds of parts to create your own unique weapons. It was actually a little overwhelming, with how many different parts you could unlock. I didn't get to try any multiplayer, but I'm sure that game would be super fun to play with other people.
Next up is Child of Light. I actually just found out about this game not long before it was released. It's an RPG by Ubisoft, with gorgeous 2D artwork. As far as RPGs go, it was pretty light, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The battle mechanics were simple, yet unique. All characters' and enemies' actions move along a bar at the bottom of the screen, and any action can be interrupted by quicker casters. This made some boss battles particularly intense, as you struggled to get your attacks in before the boss has their chance.
The most unique thing about this game, though, was it's dedication to using rhyme in all dialogue and text. I guess this could be annoying to some, but I found it rather charming. I especially liked the poetic confession letters, and also Rubella, the one character who didn't seem to know how to rhyme. Speaking of Rubella, most jester or clown-like characters in video games tend to be pretty obnoxious, but Rubella and her brother Tristis were probably my favorite party members in the game. One full of positivity, and the other full of sadness; they made a wonderful duo.
Another high point of the game for me was the character of Aurora, the protagonist. Thinking back to all of the other RPGs I've played, I always tend to like the protagonist least out of all the other characters. I usually find myself wishing I could swap out the protagonist for another member of the party (who needs Cloud, Zidane, Crono, or the MCs from Persona 3&4 when all the other characters are so much more interesting?). Aurora, however, was by far the most interesting character in Child of Light. It helped that she was so good in battle, and her battle animations were so adorable, and the story of her character was so tragic, yet her personality was so uplifting. Her character was very well written! This game even gives you the option to replace her with any other character in your party (something I've ALWAYS wanted to do in RPGs) and yet I never actually wanted to replace her! Well done, Ubisoft.
I also played another (older) game, but I think I'll save that for next week, since I'm sure I'll still be playing it by then!
* - Part 3 of Casey Baker's personal reflections about his time working for Destructoid. Super interesting read!
* - Part 4 of Casey Baker's personal reflections about his time working for Destructoid!
* - Another great community-centric blog from Char Aznable, addressing the staff.
* - StriderHoang lists Kirby's top 10 abilities! Think of how many living things Kirby has eaten to get to where he is now... the horror.
S - Only Caimdark knows what Nintendo needs to do to get back in the game, they just need to... just kidding, it's a 10 things blog!
S - A few more things about Caimdark. He secretly leads a super exciting life!
S - 10 things you didn't know about OpiumHerz. He may seem tough, but he has a soft spot for nature!
S - 10 things you didn't know about Isay Isay. God I wish I could think of a clever pun for this...
S - Almost 10 things you didn't know about El Dango. He can't count to 10...
S - 10 reasons why Elsa is always right. Can't argue with this one!
S - 10 things you didn't know about ima420r. He likes to drink!
S - 10 things you didn't know about Occams electric toothbrush. He's gonna grow up to be the coolest old man around!
S - 10 things you didn't know about ponderingsloth. He'll bake you some beer bread if you ask real nice!
S - 10 things you didn't know about KeithTheGeek. He's all about those Nintendo games!
S - 10 things you didn't know about Paradox me. He's really, really bad at pancakes!
S - 10-ish things you didn't know about PhilKenSebben. He really knows how to choose his images!
S - Part one of 10 things you didn't know about Brittany Vincent. She doesn't like her blogs being too long, see?
S - Part two of 10 things you didn't know about Brittany Vincent.
S - 10 things you didn't know about Gray Time. He's a Brit and proud of it!
S - 10 things you didn't know about a Blue Lion. He may have been born in the wrong century!
A - Jagger Gravning wonders how people cope with the non-gamers in their lives.
A - Video game music is very important to Reinhold. How important is it to you?
A - OpiumHerz has a cool idea for his ideal video game; it's a zombie survival game!
A - SpielerDad plays games on the commute to work, but still finds the time to connect with people.
S - zerocrossing has started an IndieGogo project for a website called Indie Game Informer. Check it out!
C - Oscarno wants to know what you think the best sounding games are!
F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Memories with Trev!
F - Friday Night Fights on Xbox + Terrifying King of All Cosmos!
F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Intense Wario!
T - Derek Pietras finally played Final Fantasy IX, and he loved it, of course!
$ - May 9th UK releases and bargains!
L - Cows.
C - Salvador is super excited about Mario Kart 8!
C - Cool video, but tell us about yourself!
F - Not even gonna click the link.
F - Here, The Cheat, have a trophy!