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Hello everyone! I've still been playing Digital Devil Saga this week. Being a JRPG and all, it's hella long. I'm not really sure how far into the game I am. It feels like maybe things are starting to come to a climax, but I know there's still a direct sequel which continues the story, so I'm really not sure what's gonna happen. It's pretty clear that there's gonna be some huge plot twist, I just hope it's not as predictable as it currently seems to be. 



It's a pretty good game, although the enemies in the last dungeon I went through were starting to get a bit cheap. There's starting to be a lot of trial and error battles, where you're pretty much going to lose no matter what, but you'll learn the enemy's tactics and can try a new strategy when you reload the game. I don't hate that type of gameplay, but it could have been a lot less painful if it was quicker to get back to playing after a game over. Why do some games make you go through all the load up screens again after a game over? I hate that I have to mash buttons to get through all the developer logos and title screens again. It's such a waste of time, especially in a game with a lot of trial and error like this one. I wish gaming had figured out that was a bad design choice a lot sooner than it did.

I'm still having fun with the game though, and I'll most likely pick up the sequel once I beat this one. 

Aside from Digital Devil Saga, I also played Hohokum this week. I really enjoyed it! It's a very relaxing game, with often obscure goals, but I kinda like that about it. It relies heavily on exploration. In some levels, you'll need to search every nook and cranny before you find what you need, and for some others levels, you'll have to come back to them to try new things. If you're trying to beat the game quickly, you'll probably become frustrated. But if you play slowly, just exploring and enjoying the world, then you'll definitely have fun, and eventually you're bound to figure out how to beat it. 


So pretty...

My favorite levels were the kite-flying festival, with the serene, floating islands, and the mermaid level, with underwater planetoids, rising tides, and a giant squid-thing (obviously I enjoyed that one!). There weren't any levels that I disliked though, they were all interesting in their own way. Also, I'm gonna have to find the soundtrack, because it was really great!



* - Psycho Punch wrote a really great blog detailing the many ways in which Microsoft have gone out of their way to try and shut out all competition and inconvenience consumers.

* - Let's get some bears up in these Cblogs!



A - What do you do when your kids want to play Call of Duty? Take them on a trip to an actual warzone, of course! What could go wrong?

A - siddartha would rather see more games like P.T. than another Silent Hill game.

A - RushJet1 wrote a super in-depth guide on creating chiptunes music. I'm not sure what he's talking about half the time, but I'm sure composers could learn a thing or two from this!

S - Dreamweaver continues his series on videogame doujinshi with some Idolm@ster comics.

S - The Nintendette thinks the flying whale seen in Kirby Air Ride might in fact be the Wind Fish from Link's Awakening.

S - The Nintendette shares an easter egg from Pokemon Colosseum. Yikes, those character models are creepy!



S - 10 things about Fenriff. He's not a hater!

S - Some jerk stole Retrofraction's trombone and Mega Man collection... :(

S - R. Hoffmann wants your input for the Mortal Kombat art tribute he's been working on!

F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Michigan dogs!

F - Friday Night Fights on Xbox + Gamescom news!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Bananas!



N - A bunch of PS2 Atlus games are currently on sale on PSN!

T - Retrofraction is very excited for Crawl after watching a trailer!

T - Gamingnerd gives his impressions of P.T., the teaser for the upcoming Silent Hills by Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima.

T - ThatMan kept playing Luftrauser until he hated the game and its developers... woah.

R - Lord Spencer reviews Lufia & the Fortress of Doom.

$ - August 15th UK releases and bargains!



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