13 hours ago - 12:22 AM on 05.22.2015
It feels good to finally feel at home in G-rank. I crafted G-rank equivalent armor, have myself a dependable weapon, and can fight almost anything provided I have the support. I'm usually the only one among a group that doesn't cart, though when I do, it's because I get caught in a bad situation as the last cart (stunned and poisoned on my last 10% of health for example fuckingazurerathalosfuckyou). I've reached the point where fighting something as bad as a flame-spitting, rock tumbling, G-ranked Gravios is business as usual, just give me those delicious Black Gravios Crowns to craft with. But it baffles me how everyone few hunts I go on, someone enters my lobby with a defense of roughly 450. 450 defense is suitable for high ranked hunts. 600 is what I consider an important benchmark to hit so you don't get one-shotted in G-rank. 550 is the minimum so you're not scrambling for mega potions for every careless mistake and hit from a G-ranked Narjarala or Rathalos. These numbers are for blademasters by the way, or melee hunters. Gunners naturally have access to less protective armors but hey, they can fight from a relatively safe distance.
From now on, I'll inspect my would-be hunting teammates for their qualifications. If their defense at the very least doesn't make the cut, I need to back out because they're going to waste our carts. The other day someone got one-shotted, then quit out of our hunt. It's one thing to have low defense and be our Achilles' heel, it's another to leave and cut our offensive power in half.
My girlfriend is convinced I'll only be on my Monster Hunter kick for another two weeks. Sure, Splatoon is out soon, so I will most likely join up on that. Oh, there's no doubt I'll be playing it. But I don't think my Monster Hunting will slow down anytime soon. I'm still only on the horizon of the peak of the game and there's still so much to be hunted and experienced: Crimson Fatalis, Special G-permit hunts, apex monsters, and level 140 guild quest hunts for the highest top tier equipment. I may grow tired of having weak hunters as teammates but we all work together to slay a powerful creature, and that's an incredible rush. Splatoon, being head-to-head, will be subject to head-to-head concerns like steamrolled matches and stacked teams. I'll have to see if I have time to get on the second testfire to get a feel for how matches flow and how disconnects are handled and how it feels to play a game that wasn't conceived to be a kill/death ratio game but a territory control game.
Just know that if a Monster Hunter game comes to Wii U or PlayStation 4, I will play it because I am now sold on the franchise of MH. That means I'm sold on a PS4.
In other news, I've got a few blogs on my queue guaranteed to go out the door to FP. The middle of May has been slow on community promotions because things just kept lining up to keep me busy. I've already got one out the door with another prepped up. Promoting the monthly recap is tough because I have to figure out how to convert all the bbcode that's still being used (don't use bbcode, use the in-editor tools for once), plus a few more are popping up I'll have to take a look at. Nobody ever seems to send me FP suggestions so if you're dissatisfied with the number of FP promotion, we're sharing blame on that, ok?
15 hours ago - 10:28 PM on 05.21.2015
So the monthly recap is a thing we've been doing for the last four months and I've been spearheading that effort. it is a feature I wanted to do for many reasons, but it is also a rather challenging task given the amount of varied cblog content it is meant to cover. I guess you could say there's only so much one fairy can do and I've been doing a lot of it.
The monthly recap essentially curates the best of everything produced in Destructoid in the community blogs. This is meant to include links to all the topsauce from daily recaps, additional picks from recappers and reservists, Promoted blogs, Bloggers Wanted entries, Band of Bloggers entries, Comments of the Week, Podgasms, Cblog Analytics and trendy things like "10 Things" or "Ask me anything" blogs.
When the month ends, I collect all the links pertaining to these things from the other recappers and work to convert that into the monthly recap. That blog has an intro, those varying sections and closes out with "Recap Team Favorites" which is where we put all the Topsauce provided it didn't already fit one of those other sections.
I've started to see some problems with the process, though - the main one being it eats of three to five days of free time whuch I spend sorting and coding anywhere from 80 to 120+ links and is tiresome, forcing me to take numerous breaks. Additionally, since my laptop's WiFi is broken, I transfer a lot of files from tablet to laptop and back and have to ensure there are no formatting conflicts or elements lost when i do a cut/paste from the tablet to the cblog editor.
Thankfully I do have apps that play nice with the cblog editor.
Still, even if my PC and internet situation were better, this would still be a lot of work and I want to make the process not only more efficient, but add more community flavor to the recap as well. I realize it seems weird to say that since the blog we end up producing is really all about you guys but when you end up doing 90% of the heavy lifting you get a little disillusioned, I guess.
When it's all done, I put it in the editor and let Strider, Luna and whoever else on the team wants to take a crack at editing have at it. After it has been published and runs it's course in the cblogs, it later goes through him, then it's off to the front page a week later.
The result oftsn looks like this:
As a big a pain as I make it sound, though, the response is usually worth it and I sometimes notice you guys seem a bit more energized afterward because a spike in blogging seems to occur shortly after.
Anyway, I'm here writing this looking for feedback on the monthly recaps. I feel there is still room for improvement. Improvments I'm hoping to see implemented in the May recap ais letting another recapper/reservist come in to write an intro and maybe let other team members write some things into the various sections once they're sorted out. I've also got a little something worked out to give it a slight bit more community flavor and I'm hoping we can see more of that
That's meant ot be a surprise for now, though, so I'm not tellin'. If you have any ideas to share on how to get more community flavor into to the format, though, I'm all ears.
Which leaves me with one question I'd like answered by you guys - do you like the "Recap Team Favorites" as it is or would you like to see it changed? This section is the place where all the Topsaunce goes that didn't fall into any of the other categories. Usually, I alphabetize that section like the others, but write it in paragraph from because I think just leaving a massive list of links there is kind of ugly and lacks personality.
Writing it in alpha and weaving in little mentions and jokes along the way lets the reader skim/anticipate finding a mention or several about their blogs and I think that's a nice way of highlighting everyone topsauced in an even fashion, but I suppose there is something to be said for deeper categorization that helps readers find what interests them faster. After all, the monthly recap does serve as an aggregate or sorts on top of an extra layer of curation.
All that said, I'm looking for your thoughts and opinions on the matter, plus any others you might have. We're about eleven days out before the process begins anew and I have to compile all this stuff again. Well, I don't have to, but I like you guys and want to do it. I just want to find ways to make it easier, more appealing and hopefully one day this gets so easy anyone on the Recap Team can do it.
Now, if you will excuse me I'm going to go level up for the May edition.
-Pixie The Fairy
8:11 PM on 05.18.2015
Mad Max: Fury Road may be the best action movie I have ever seen.
Scratch that, it IS the best action movie I have ever seen.
I grew up watching a lot of the greats in the 80's and 90's, but found the genre rather stale in recent years. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, while still a fun move, embodies much of that staleness. Too much of the action consists of cut-away shots implying action rather than choreographed fights and sequences. Many of the actors don't do their own stunts and too much CG is used to emphasize the visual spectacle. On top of that, for all the people involved, it feels like many characters get pushed aside to emphasize the main ones too much.
I was excited to see War Machine, Falcon and Heimdall appear in Age of Ultron but then they were hardly used for anything. Their appearances were fleeting, which is lame considering they're all amazing characters.
Mad Max: Fury Road goes the opposite way in every respect to modern movies. It's made of gasoline, nitro, sand and flame. It is a two hour road trip and high speed chase. No one has superpowers, instead human frailty is a constant reminder whether it's heroine or antagonist, physical or psychological.
Max is not the true protagonist of the story, he just got mixed up in a situation in which he's ultimately useful to Imperator Furiosa. She has taken the warlord Immortan Joe's harem and wants to deliver them to freedom. She's also one of Joe's elite, the sole driver of his War Rig, which she robbed him of after deceiving him into believing she'd use it to obtain vital resources for his army.
Which brings us to Max.
Max starts out captured by Joe's War Boys and is used to interesting ends. Seems he's used as a sort of unwilling blood doner for the War Boys... and also a hood ornament to drive into battle once Joe gets wise to what Furiosa has pulled. This is how he meets up with Furiosa and the gang.
Max is the interloper and eventual sidekick in this movie. Another way of putting it is imagining Fallout 3's Lonesome Wanderer meeting up with New Vegas' Courier. It's Furiosa's show, the Lonesome Wanderer - or Max, in this case - is just mixed up in it. I like that it played out this way.
I can't say much of Tom Hardy's Max in contrast to Mel Gibson's as I'm now catching up on the past movies, but he does pull off Mel's angry, worried and concerned looks off rather well. He really doesn't say much in the movie. In fact, dialogue is pretty minimal all around, but always effective when used.
As for Furiosa, she's a new action icon. Charlize Theron put in an amazing performance, though like Max much of what she says is less important than what she does. This movie puts a stong premium on visual characterization and gives the audience enough credit to figure out the rest on their own. This isn't in an objectifying way, but ways that show emotion - pride, anger, ambition, hope - and all the beauty and ugliness that falls in between.
Just looking at Furiosa, you know she's seem some shit.
This also carries into certain events that are occasionally implied rather than shown. Max goes and blows up things sometimes, we know and expect this from movie previews alone. The movie shows what is necessary and that helps keep the focus on Furiosa in many respects.
And considering this flick is either a mechanic's worst nightmare or wettest dream, that's probably a good thing. Lots of cars died in the making of this film. Max not blowing up a few more cars on screen is a wise budget move.
My goodness, the cars are just nuts.
Finally, all the characters involved feel necessary and don't go to waste, big and small. Given this is about Furiosa getting these women to safety and the stakes are always high, it's awesome how these other ladies take on duties and don't really care if Furiosa doesn't like it. They are going to help in whatever way they can.
Also, the movie has a guitarist standing on a car loaded up with amps and the electric guitar is also a flamethrower. There is also a car loaded up with war drums and guys banging away at them. The bad guy's soundtrack is a living thing in this movie. It's amazing.
If that doesn't make you want to see Fury Road, nothing will.
Now on to Pixieisms: Recap Road!
4:16 PM on 05.17.2015
Okay, well, last week saw not one, not two, but five (yeah, I got lazy with the dramatic build up) new episodes of Girl Meets World, the spinoff sequel of Boy Meets World. I only caught three episodes though: two of them were pretty good, but one of them had me laughing so hard that I had to pause and rewind the episode. If you haven't seen them, be warned that this recap will contain spoilers for "Girl Meets the New World", "Girl Meets Pluto", and "Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels"
So, first up is "Girl Meets the New World", when Riley and Maya enter a new grade and don't want Riley's father, Cory Matthews, to be their teacher anymore. They kinda hit a bit with the meta jokes, as fans of Boy Meets World remembers that Mr. Feeny was the character's teacher from grade school to even college, so obviously there's some references here and there. It was cute to see Riley and Maya trying to get away with their usual antics with other teachers, and the moment when they made one teacher quit and Cory Matthews had to return not ten seconds later was genuinely funny ("This is your fault!").
The main plot, aside from a couple of jokes, actually wasn't that good, and the subplot featuring the bakery was admittedly weak as well. But it was a good episode for one reason: they managed to merge both parts of the episode together in a damn fine finale. See, the point with the girls was that they didn't want to have their hand held by their parents, with Riley's dad as their teacher and Maya's mom working at the bakery they hang out at. Riley even does a narration about how she's not the center of the universe. However, when the surprise ending (I especially don't want to ruin the reveal) shows that this whole time Riley was speaking an eulogy at a funeral, and how this death showed her that they need to still be close to their family, was very poigant. I even had my jaw open when it hit me, and the phone call cameo from Mr. Feeny ("Hey, you still there?") at the end really cemented the delivery.
"Girl Meets Pluto" was also pretty great, especially for all the old Boy Meets World references. Basically, after a kid named Farkle gave the idea to do a time capsule, Cory remembers he had one with Topanga and Shawn and want to go dig it up. One part that had me slightly giddy was when Mr. Feeny made an appearance. Excusing the "apparition" in the very first episode, this was the first time he met the group face to face, and it was nice to see him again. It's a shame that it was ultimately too a short scene, but Riley's and Maya's attempt to do the Feeny call was adorable, although a bit contrived and forced.
The best part of this episode are all the references though. When Shawn came back and offered to take Cory to a restaurant when he thought Cory was dying, they did a nice callback to a scene they did when they were kids ("They WANT you to take the rolls!") However, when they opened the time capsule, they brought back significant knick-knacks from the previous series. Cory takes out the jean jacket he gave to Topanga when they were dating, which was also the first time they told each other they loved one another. VERY surprisingly, because it was one hell of an obscure (but important) callback, Topanga pulls out a love letter for Cory... written by another girl. This was Lauren, even mentioned by name despite having appeared in like two episodes, when Cory thought he had to date her in order to see if Topanga was truly right for him. In the original series, Topanga broke up with Cory because she hoped he would've known without dating Lauren; now, she takes the letter/ date as a test of their relationship, and how they succeeded. D'aww.
Heartbreakingly, Shawn placed the mementos of his ex-girlfriend Angela. I mentioned in a previous recap months ago that I disliked what happened with her and Shawn. I felt like it betrayed her character development (long story short, she had an emotional "revelation" where she didn't want to be like her mother who left her father... only to end up leaving Shawn anyway), and I'm hoping there's actually going to be a good reason for it. But anyway, Shawn even mentions the book of sonnets and the strawberry kiwi lip gloss. With realization that he may not fall in love again, it manages to drives the subplot between Shawn and Maya's mother. I'm not sure I want them together as I do Shawn and Angela, but all signs point to that considering Maya expressed wanting Shawn to be there for her.
Finally, "Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels" was amazing because it brought back my favorite character in the series, Eric Matthews, in an amazing way. Referencing the "prank war" back in Boy Meets World, Cory knows that Eric is skilled at bringing people together, so when Riley and Maya have a fight, he asked for his help. Returning in a spectacular fashion, Eric dressed up as the "crazy hobo" "Plays with Mr. Squirrels" persona seen in a "dream" segment of the original series. He even had the beard hiding the lollipop necklace that he pops into his mouth! While he does take it off eventually, that entire scene was too damn funny: when Riley blew the "trouble" whistle (I'm sure you wouldn't call it a rape whistle in a Disney show), Eric pulled out one of his own to blow back. My favorite moment was when Eric started dancing, so Riley shut the door... only for Eric to open it a second later so he could continue. It was glorious, and the rest of the episode was filled with so many jokes that this is probably going to be my favorite.
The back half of the episode wasn't as funny, but it did have a sort of life lesson to it. Turns out, the fight between Riley and Maya was because Maya was called short and Riley didn't have her back, so Maya felt like she couldn't trust Riley. She then told Riley how Riley's a klutz, but will always defend her when people thought of calling her names. Riley didn't know about that though, and started feeling a bit depressed... however, others characters reveal certain aspects about themselves that they don't like, and how this episode kinda, sorta teaches them that you need to acknowledge and accept your flaws. I'll admit, I'm very short, and I never really saw that as a disadvantage. But then again, I never had sex before, and my favorite position is missionary, so you could see how that might be a problem... :(
Anyway, that's it for my babbling. On to the recaps!
* - Kesskuron knows that the Pokemon manages to hit almost all demographics, but have you ever wondered why that is? Kesskuron has his own thoughts about it, and why there's a little something for everyone!
* - Sometimes, it's all about perspective. People look at MLB 15: The Show and think it's a sports game. Wutangclam decides that it's an RPG, and after reading some of the comparisons, I'm gonna have to agree with the guy!
A - With all the excitement of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (well, I'm interested), Forgotten Bastion hasn't forgotten about the series' root with the original title, and wants to talk about the start of it all.
I - ScreamAid might be a little late getting around to making the introductory blog, but better late than never! Come to read a little about this fella, and then stay to ask some of your personal space-invading questions!
? - Avsky is about to head out overseas, and thus wants to sell some of his stuff. If you're a Beatmania fan (I don't know you would when when you could be the superior DDR one), and you need some extra stuff, look at what he's got.
12:41 PM on 05.16.2015
My childhood is over, guys. Just, like, dead. Okay, that may be a little dramatic, but it sincerely feels like that sometimes. That's bound to happen as I get older, and I'm at the age now where a lot of the athletes I idolized growing up, especially the professional wrestlers, are either dead, dying, or a shadow of their former selves.
Earlier this year, Sam Simon, one of the original creators and brilliant minds that created The Simpsons, passed away. And this past week, Harry Shearer, who does the voices of some of the series' most iconic characters (including my favorite character, Mr. Burns) has decided to leave the show. It makes sense, I guess. The dude is a little old, and the show has been around for over a quarter-century now. Doing anything for 25+ years is bound to get boring regardless of how much you love it.
I think Shearer leaving is finally going to be the death blow for the series; a series that needed to end over a decade ago anyway. At this point, the series almost has double the amount of mediocre/bad seasons as it had great ones, and those great ones are the reason it's my favorite show ever, but it's time to pull the plug, even though it'll still pain me to see it happen. It's kind of like the Nester and Max comic in the final issue of Nintendo Power. It's bittersweet, but it was a great ride.
Lots of things have been happening to me game-wise. I managed to buy an Xbox One on the big Cowboom sale that was going on yesterday. $225 plus free shipping from a legitimate retailer is something that's hard to pass up. It's mainly for my wife, as the One will be stationed in our living room rather than the game room, but as long as she will relinquish the Xbox to me once the new Gears game comes out, there won't be any problems.
I'm pretty sure Bloodstained is going to be the first thing that I ever support on Kickstarter. It's well past it's original funding goal, but by God, I really want a physical copy of that game, and I've liked every Castlevania title Igarashi has done, so I trust him enough to throw down some money in advance.
I also picked up a few games on the PSN Flash Sale (which is still going on until Monday). I snagged Trials Fusion, Peggle 2 with all the DLC, and Super Mega Baseball. From the limited time I've spent with SMB so far, I can already tell that--as a baseball fan that hates baseball simulation games--I'm going to love it. It's a solid baseball game while managing to be just over-the-top enough for me, but not so much that it becomes a baseball parody.
Anyway, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition is coming out Friday, which means next Saturday is going to be spent doing a lot of nothing but vegging on my couch with my 3DS.
Seriously, Resident Evil 6? I'd rather you push Operation Raccoon City on me.
I usually try to be really positive at this point of the blog, but having to think about RE6 just really bums me out...
9:13 PM on 05.15.2015
When I first heard of Kill La Kill, I thought it was nothing more than your typical Shonen anime with an overdose of fan service, so I ignored it for months. Then I watched it. And it turns out… I was right. Somewhat.
This anime is INSANE. Every episode is shock-full of action and fan service. But that is not a bad thing. In fact, this is one of the most entertaining anime I’ve watched. Everything is so over-the-top and humorous that is difficult not to smile. The animation is well done and fun to watch. The story is simple, but it has enough drama to keep you interested. The dub is surprisingly good! Screw you weeaboos – I’ll take a great anime dub over a good sub any day of the week. I generally enjoy anime more when they have great dubs, like Baccano! and Cowboy Bebop. But I digress.
My main criticism of Kill La Kill so far is that every episode seems to follow the same formula – Ryoku goes to school and fights a boss. She first gets her ass kicked, but then she overcomes the obstacles and wins, usually after transforming to her semi-naked suit. Lots of pantie shots and nose bleeds in-between. Hopefully the anime will remain interesting enough until the end.
Thanks to a Dreamweaver blog a few weeks ago, I’ve also gotten back to watching Adventure Time. I’m not sure why I stopped watching it, but it’s really easy to watch individual episodes from time to time, since they only last around 10 minutes each.
Most of the episodes are entertaining, others are a bit meh. All are weird. That weirdness is much of what makes Adventure Time endearing, but it’s also what makes it a little tiring at times. One of Season 6’s episodes, Food Chain, where Finn and Jake learn about the food chains of birds and caterpillars by transforming into them, is so surreal I’m still not sure if I like it or not. And still I enjoyed the episode where it’s revealed Jake’s tail has a life of its own and performs on a circus at night. Like I said, the weirdness of Adventure Time can be a double-edged sword. The best episodes tend to be the ones that advance the narrative.
I’ve talked about an anime, a cartoon and I would talk about a TV series too, but I don’t have a lot to say about Game of Thrones. My last blog on the subject didn’t get much attention, so I’m guessing the c-blog Dtoid community is not big on GoT. And the fifth season has been somewhat slow so far, building up to bigger events. I can’t wait for a certain sadistic character to die in the finale of this season.
That’s all from me today. Thank you for reading and see you next week!
* - Lord Spencer tells us of the life-changing lessons he learned from videogames. Remember kids – if you have your eyes on someone, just give him/her lots and lots of eggs and eventually he/she will be yours.
9:17 AM on 05.15.2015
This week I felt invisible again.
Fortunately, this time I did it on purpose!
Recently I dived back into two stealth-games I had lying around: Dishonored and Styx: Master of Shadows. By now I finished Dishonored plus all of its DLC and I'm nearing the end of Styx. Both are a good time if you're into the genre, but Dishonored especially so.
On the whole, I have mixed feelings towards the stealth genre. On the one hand there is nothing more satisfying than killing an enemy who didn't even realize you were there. The guy's just walking around minding his own business when *BAM*, dead. I also enjoy picking off enemies one by one until there's only one left standing. That guy most be shitting his pants at that point. All his friends suddenly disappeared and he doesn't know what the fuck. He knows that something is out there, and it's coming to get him. But he doesn't know what it is, where it will strike from, what it can do or whether it's even still around at all. And then all of a sudden the alarm goes off because the chancellor has been murdered, although nobody ever saw a thing...
On the other hand, I'm not very good at stealth games. I get spotted all the fucking time, so a lot of my time playing these games consists of reloading the same save over and over again until I find something that works. That gets a little tiring after a while, to be sure. That said, on balance I still enjoy the good stealth games out there. I'm even thinking of picking Deus Ex:HR back up once I finish Styx just to get more of that sneaky goodness. Although being a self-proclaimed "Fantasy nerd" rather than "Sci-fi nerd" I'm worried it might not capture the same spark. And is Thief any good?
- Pictured: why I'm a Fantasy nerd.
Like I said, between Dishonored and Styx I'd definitely go for the former. One thing that it absolutely nails is the feeling of being a total badass. Corvo isn't being sneaky because he's too weak to barge in the front door, he's being sneaky because the mission requires that nobody knows he was there. It's sabotage, not destroy. Besides, my Corvo just prefers the more subtle approach. Yet even being sneaky, Corvo is a total boss. He can teleport almost anywhere, he can stop time, he can possess you, he can run silent as the night, and so much more. Corvo can go anywhere he wants to go, and there's not a thing you can do to stop him.
Meanwhile, Styx is sneaky because he knows his limits. He has some fight in him, but the moment two enemies team up on him, he's dead. That's why a needs to be clever to reach his goal. That has a charm of its own, but it's not quite te same as Corvo's "If I wanted to, you'd all be dead". Even on the stealth level, Styx just doesn't have the same options, and it shows. Styx can create clones (which themselves can set traps or hold enemies in place), has throwing knives, can throw smoke bombs, and can go invisible. That's about it.
As a result of this, you can tell that Dishonored and Styx require vastly differently strategies of attack. In Dishonored, you can be a lot bolder. You can try to kill every enemy you see and if shit hits the fan you can easily bail yourself out by slowing time or teleporting away. Even when you can't and you do get caught, you can fight your way out no problem. Styx is different. In Styx, you want to avoid confrontation as much as you can. If you don't strictly have to kill one of the guards, you shouldn't. There are so many guards in your way (so, so many; a 100 in each level is nothing) that you rarely have a good opportunity to kill one of them without being spotted by his friends. And when you do get spotted, you're fucked. You've got a few get-out-jail-free cards, but they're not something you want to be relying on. Any time you can find another way around your enemies (such as the rafters, or the sewer system), you should take it. Similarly, if you can find a way to take out an enemy without actually having to go down there yourself (such as by cutting the ropes of a chandelier), you'd better take it. Ultimately, the entire design philosophy of this game is very different. It still works for me, but I'd pick Dishonored over it anyday.
- Not something Styx should be doing, ever.
But like I said before, I do enjoy both of these games. For a large part, that's because of the level design. While Styx doesn't have a teleport like Corvo does, he can certainly climb like the best of them. Both games here are stuffed to the brim with alternative routes to your target, and it's glorious. If you look carefully enough, you can always find a better way to cross that room full of enemies. My favorite is going invisible and get myself up into the rafters as soon as possible. Exploration is kind of my thing, so these games are perfect for me.
So those are my quick thoughts on my two stealth games of late. A question though: Would you be interested in a semi-professional review of Styx: Master of Shadows? It seems that Destructoid never reviewed this game, but it deserves a look from stealth-game fans. It also features the same world and lore as Of Orcs and Men, which Destructoid did review way back when. I don't usually write actual reviews for the Cblogs, but I've been considering writing a few; however I'd only consider reviewing games for which it's relevant to do so. For example, I reviewed Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright when it was out in Europe but not yet in the US and Destructoid's review wouldn't see the light of day until it got stateside. (interestingly enough, I gave it the same score as Destructoid eventually did)
Styx seems like it would fulfill my 'relevant' criterium, so let me know if this is something you'd like to read.
* - Konami is dead, long live Ko-no wait, fuck Konami. Titannel offers a retrospective of a company fallen from greatness.
P - Ask RobertoPlankton some questions for the next PStoid. Here's one: why are you so awesome?
A - Is there new hope for non-gritty games on Xbox and PS? Is the Ratchet & Clank movie proof that Sony isn't all 'mature' all the time? I hope so, that would finally give me a reason to buy one.
E - You can ask GajKnight everything. Here's one: Why are you so GajKnight?
F - PS FNF + Bodily fluids. I don't know either.
R - Here's a review by ScreamAid for the game SciAnts, an Android game that is...apparently not shitty? Well whaddayaknow.
F - Rudorlf just made me want to see the new Mad Max despite the fact that I didn't know the first thing about Mad Max until I read this blog.
May you always find water and shade
5:54 PM on 05.14.2015
Nowadays, when I go to the forums, I'm really only interested in checking the anime thread. For the past week, the Community Discourse thread has become the Community Train Wreck thread. Well, it is a thread made for discourse, so I suppose that's to be expected. But it's become especially toxic lately. I don't even know why I bother checking in anymore when really I should just go straight to Animetoid and show Browneye that yes, I am watching Shirobako diligently and giving it its due.
I've had so little time to promote some good cblogs. Luna is the one who usually pushes on improving the community aspects, but grad night is starting up again plus I have a vacation planned with my girlfriend over the weekend and lots of homework to push out before the final days come upon me. In fact, after these caps go up, I need to take my car over to check on the tire pressure, which is important for 200 mile road trips.
It also surprised me to come home from a midnight closing shift to find my old bedspring mattress unceremoniously changed to a memory foam mattress. No warning whatsoever from my parents, just peace out bedsprings, here's memory foam. I have nothing against memory foam, as its supposed to be better than springs. But I need a few days to really wear it in since foam is so goddamn firm. For a week straight I've been waking up early, denied a sleep in,and it'll continue like this, in addition to a hard mattress until Monday. I'm running on fumes and need a nap but I have the fucking sky falling around me. Even during my vacation with my girlfriend at her parents' place, I'll be sleeping on the couch.
So I'll be glad to get at least one FP sorted out for the weekend.
1:17 PM on 05.12.2015
What have I been up to, somebody asked me? If you checked out my last blog it was getting through my backlog a little by taking a break from the hottest releases. Sadly it's a bit painful to do it this way with games like Bloodboner and Mortal Kombat X out but I must press on. Hopefully when I'm satisfied with how many back logged games I went through (honestly I'll settle for like a third of the list...) it'll be time for Uncharted 4, which I'm heavily going to get into (competitive, might start up my youtube channel again, etc.) and by then the first two games I mentioned plus others I want like the Wither (oh god the Witcher... :( ) will be piss cheap which will make this piss cheapskate happy!
Anyway, first up on the list is the Grand Theft Autos, namely GTA's II, III, Vice City, and San Andreas all of which I have sadly yet to beat. GTA II I never got that far into simply because I was young and not very good at it. Maybe I made it to a tenth of the game I don't know. GTA III I never had until recently and then I simply put it down before I finished the game (bad move!), for Vice City the last mission glitched or something and wouldn't be triggered so I am practically done with that one, maybe I will play through the whole game or better yet save time for others by just seeing if the last mission feels like letting me play it since all this time has passed, and lastly San Andreas, that game is just too damn long so I also put that down, shame I had just made it into the city too.
It's painful to look at this list for me, on top of which I would like to pick up and play Vice City Stories at some point as that's the only one left for me to play, except for the original two GTAs and GTA Advance as I have no interest in them. I decided to skip GTA II for now because it's hard as balls and I'm stuck on some ridiculous mission and instead am playing III. Now I don't want to talk too much about it as I'm saving that for this month's Band of Bloggers which is conveniently allowing me to talk about Grand Theft Auto but I will say it has been good to return to the old Liberty City. I love me some modern Liberty City but this is pretty nostalgic and fascinating. Sadly the radio stations in this game are way too underwhelming for a GTA but what are you gonna do, I'll have to settle for indistinguishable drum and bass station MSX, reggae station K-Jah and the theme from Scarface on Flashback FM. Occasionally I'll turn on Chatterbox to hear Lazlow's annoying voice but delightful satire. Don't think I'm familiar with the talk station from this game yet so it's all fresh to me. Had this been LCS or GTA:IV that'd be a whole different story I practically have those talk stations memorized.
Man I'm so glad that Grand Theft Auto exists, and that I get to talk about it. All of the games that I've played from that series have been so delightful it's basically worth it to me to have the market oversaturated with crime sandbox games that are ultimately an inferior experience. Yeah, I love me some Saints Row or Sleeping Dogs but none of them really compare to what you get in Grand Theft Auto. It's come a long way and they continue to deliver the quality that I expect, that I have come to love since the first time I played as Gecko and drove over lines of Elvis impersonators (sorry Elvis!) and had a bald mustache guy scream "Kill Frenzy!" at me and waited still so the character would start smoking. All of it is just awesome. Keep it up guys! Though maybe the next Grand Theft Auto should be set in a new place or are you forever going to return to areas that you've already explored which is ok in its own right but how about a revision/modern version of the city from GTA II?
Now on to today's Recaps!
* - So Kyle has to launch into a rap career I am just now realizing... Go read his poem about Gardevoir and decide for yourself, should his name be MC Gardevoir or Lil Gardy?
* - I mostly agree that opposing (key word:) viewpoints shouldn't be suppressed simply because they make you uncomfortable but if you look at the things Hoffman was doing it's kinda not a surprise this happened which I think even Lord Spencer realizes it to an extent. Buddy, he was breaking rules it isn't out of line to penalize him for it. Anyway topsauced it simply because it's very relevant, pressing & etc.
12:25 AM on 05.12.2015
As I've written in the past, Order of Ecclesia is one of my favorite Castlevania games. While Symphony or the Night and Aria of Sorrow rank a bit higher personally, I liked where Ecclesia was going. It tried to strike a balance between the "metroidvania" style and the "classic" stage-based style of Castlevania while retaining the exploration of the former.
Some of the assets got a little repetitive, I'll admit, but otherwise I felt it was taking the series in the right direction. Better still, it was the first time you got an awesome tattooed female protagonist going solo against Dracula. Seriously, she summoned weapons and other things from her tattoos to fight off the creatures of the night - screw whips! I killed Dracula with some sweet tats!
With Bloodstained, it looks like I'm getting more of what I loved about Ecclesia, at least so far, though maybe they'll weave in some stuff from Aria and SOTN as well.
I am a little iffy about Inti Creates being involved, but IGA has worked the same magic across three platforms and different teams at Konami over the years so I'm sure he can whip these slackers into shape. Micheru Yamane is already composing the music. Her and Iga ensure this game will he a buy for me regardless.
In other words, to hell with Konami. They had the last eight years to just let IGA keep doing what he was doing but they decided to wreck and bury the series with AAA ambitions instead. I can forgive Lords of Shadow somewhat, but Mirror of Fate and LoS2 were trash. Unless Konami wants to serve me up some series compilations, I don't give a single damn what they do with that series anymore.
I guess that's why I'm always puzzled by people that plead for sequels to games you know the publishers really don't give a damn about. People keep hoping SE will make another Chrono series game, but I know they're not going to do that and the people that made that Chrono Trigger special are long gone. If another game can carry on the legacy of those games faithfully, who cares if there's another Mana or Chrono game?
It's why I just don't get why people raised a stink about DmC. Metal Gear Rising and Bayonetta carry the torch just fine without Dante. Okay, maybe Rising is dead, too, but you get my point. Scalebound is coming, Bayonetta 2 is beloved - Platinum games will just do what they do. Let's be glad Nintendo and MS see something in them other publishers don't.
We live in a cool time where if someone dosn't make the games you want, someone else probably will. There is an entire market out there that seems to want to give me all the metroidvanias I could possibly want and while I'm confident Nintendo hasn't given up on Metroid, I know Konami has given up on pretty much everything I loved about them.
Even Metal Gear, but you know what? I was ready for some closure from MGS V anyway. I started with the saga of Snake and Big Boss all the way back on the NES. As long as there are other stealth games around where I don't have to murder everyone I see to finish a mission, they'll be doing MGS proud. Deus Ex; Human Revolution did and I'm looking forward to Mankind Divided. I loved Dishonored to pieces. Volume is coming soon!
I have to get back to Mother Base now to build my nuclear deterrant... or stomp around a castle. One of those two things. Let's recap stuff!
Also, Bloodstained has broken a million on it's KS!
2:53 PM on 05.10.2015
I won't lie, I had a pretty bad week. I won't get into specifics; I just want it to end so I can hopefully forget about it. It was a couple of things that "poisoned" me: even after it's over, I'm still feeling "weak" from it, and it's crippling me. That being said, being able to finally play Splatoon over the weekend kinda, sorta made up for it. While my dumbass self got the time wrong for the last "testing" (stupid time zones), I managed to get into the first two sessions and I love it so fucking much. I was pretty frustrated with it at first due to the whole motion control thing, but once I figured out that you could disable them to aim solely with the right stick, I really got into it. The multiplayer for this game is just as amazing as I'd hope, and I couldn't get enough of it. Seriously, those hours just flew by so quick, and I actually didn't experience much in the way of problems. I had only two or three dropped matches, and strangely this one match where I had to play it in bird's eye view. Anyway, I never thought a game about painting stuff would be so much fun... though I will say that I'm out for "blood" a lot more than I really should be. For some reason the developers made killing Inklings so satisfying.
Speaking of Inklings, I had to choose playing as the female one because she's so cute and sexy. I seriously think I'm crushing on her hard. I don't know whether I'll be playing as the girl Inkling when I get my hands on a retail copy though. Normally, I pick boys for games when you create yourself because I like to think that I'm putting myself in the game. As in, if I existed in that universe, this is who I'd be... kinda like how My Little Pony fans create their own characters based on themselves. This allows me to become super immersed in video games because I feel like I'm actually in there. One experience in another video game actually gave me being myself a personal touch that I wanted to blog about it for weeks, but I've been too busy to sit down and write it. Anyway, as much as I made a case for wanting to pick to play as a boy, the counterpoint to choose the female is because THE GIRL IS SO FRICKIN' CUTE. Seriously, put her in a hoodie, give her an oversized hat, see her walking down the street with so much swagger it should be illegal, and tell me that isn't the picture of adorable.
Speaking of crushing on girls, out of all the characters to appear on Teen Titans Go like Raven and Blackfire, I'm totally in love with "Ravager", a.k.a. Rose Wilson. While I have mixed feelings about the show itself, as some episodes are actually pretty damn entertaining while others are just plain stupid, the one called "Cool School" is definitely my favorite... though the subplot was weak. Anyway, in this episode, the villain Ravager enters the picture, and even though she looks pretty hot (chibi or not), I really love her for her personality: she's snarky, she's badass without feeling forced, her voice actor was just perfect, and her jokes are legitimately funny. Having her befriend Raven, who WAS my favorite character of the new series, gave the duo good chemistry. After seeing them hit up the town, I would love to hang out with Ravager myself: she's a delinquent, but damn if she doesn't know how to have a good time. The short fight scene between the two after an argument was actually pretty well done from an artistic angle, as seeing them dodge attacks while jumping across several rooftops was nice. The ending when she literally pukes from hearing sentimental words was a fun touch to her character.
I know another fun touch to her character, but that's another time.
Speaking of Cartoon Network, I checked out the new web series Mighty Magisword, and it's actually somewhat funny. At the very least, it's charming enough that I might keep up with it. There's only two episodes out, and they're only 3 minutes each, but it feels like it goes by quicker than that. The premise is pretty silly, but in a good way. It's essentially two characters, a guy and her sister, as they go on adventures using "Magiswords". Magiswords are weapons that have their own function that range from useful, like how one can wrap an enemy with mummy gauze, to useless, like just being able to use a really large pencil. I really adore the chemistry between the two, as they compliment one another with their different personalities. Again, the humor is actually pretty sound; not laugh-out-loud funny, but I was smirking the entire time.
I'll admit though, I was only interested just because the female character is hot and has a sexy accent. She also hates pants. I'm constantly refreshing Rule 34 sites to see when people are going to upload images, because dammit, if we can get The Villager/ Wii Fit Trainer porn within days of their reveals, then I know there's gonna be some of Mighty Magisword; I can feel it.
I think I have a problem: there's just too many hot cartoon chicks in the world.
* - Splatoon may be rated "E for Everyone" but ShadeOfLight's blog is rated "D for Destructoid", and we all know that means dicks. Lots and lots of dicks. In a game where characters are spraying each other with fluids, you can see how anyone would make the comparison.
* - Fevoki's back to gaming now that he has a new laptop, but in this blog he talks about some of the earlier, fonder memories he has with titles such as Halo 3. He also talks a little about himself, and it's always nice to get acquainted with new people.
A - N0signal's back to announce the next theme to the month's worth of blogs that he will be writing about. This time, he's taking a trip through magical world in the games of Final Fantasy, and you can look at the games he intends to tackle in this blog!
S - If you've been keeping up with Titannel's short story "The Process", which he chopped up into easy, digestable pieces, then you can see the finale right here. Does the ending pay off? You'll have to read to find out!
T - DeadRadical participated in the Splatoon Global Testfire, and had a smashing, or should I say "splattering", good time! Read his impressions here about the mechanics of the game and how Splatoon is different than other shooters here!
T - TheGentleGamer finally makes time to blog, and this return is about the videogame/ interactive anime Asura's Wrath. We both believe this is quite the underrated gem, so if you haven't played it, read his blog to find out why you should!
9:01 AM on 05.10.2015
Hey. So I'm back. I feel like I've been saying that on the last few posts I've made. Yeah, I've really skimped out on my writing and my responsibilities as a recapper as of late, and I apologize for that. Honestly, I've been struggling to find the drive to write these past few months, several things being a contributing factor to it. That site redesign plus other things that happened around the time certainly hurt that momentum as well. My anticipation for some other thing I've been having thoughts of have not really been of help either. I'll spare you the details for now, it's gonna show up on some other thing I'm also trying to get done already.
So Star Wars Day happened this Monday. I've been meaning to actually start celebrating holidays, even in a very small way, instead of viewing (most of) them as simply "Hey! No class". This includes fake ones.
Started the day by checking out Disney Channel, because Disney owns Star Wars now, right?
I like Phineas and Ferb and all, and it seems like this received prettty favorable reviews. But I didn't like it very much, to be honest. Something about the style of the two didn't clash very well for me, not even in an entertainingly silly way. It's partly a recreation of the first film, and as someone who's already seen quite a number of Star Wars parodies, you can only hear the same jokes and references so many times before it gets grating. True to the Phineas and Ferb style, there's a song and dance number at one point, one about Tatooine and another about the Empire. Also surprised Disney would censor their own shows. No non-scifi guns or swimsuit girls allowed. Was going to check out some of their other specials for the day, but then I found out that the film they chose to feature for that day was Episode III.
I then watched this documentary called Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed, which I caught on the History Channel a few years ago. I thought it was a really funny documentary because of how they go absolutely overboard with their analysis of the Star Wars films. Their analysis is not bad or wrong in any sense, but I do feel it gives Star Wars way too much credit and makes it sound a lot more clever than what its creators thought it out to be. And leave it to History for managing to bring up Hitler and the War on Terror into all of this. My favourite moment was this line of dialogue right here:
By Return of the Jedi, you'll notice that Luke is now wearing an all black costume. He's gone from a white garment in the first film, which shows his innocence and his naivete. And he has passed through this tremendous initiation period. He has accepted the negativity within himself, and has found a way to deal with that.
Also tried to finish Dark Forces. But I dunno. It's a really good game, don't get me wrong. I find it way better than the usual modern style of first person shooters. I really did start playing Dark Forces with the intention of trying to get into more first person shooters. But alas, it seems like this genre really isn't for me. So yeah, I'm still not done with it. Been trying to find ways to get it done as fast as possible just to get it out of the way already. Watching some speedruns, I found it quite amazing that some of the harder levels have some major skips that allows you to bypass the entire stage, because the endpoint is somewhere right next to where you start out. It's almost as if it was designed that way on purpose so that an intrepid player can grenade jump their way to the ending in a matter of seconds.
Watched The Empire Strikes Back again. Now that I think about it, I think this is the first time in quite a while that I got to watch it the whole way through. A lot of the scenes, I felt like I've never seen them before. What was supposed to be just a thing I'll listen to in the background while doing other things turned into a proper movie watching session. Couldn't take my eyes off it. Now I'm torn on whether my favourite in the series is the original or this one.
Also, have you seen this? Watching Japanese dubs of English films sounds like a fun time.
Lastly, I listened to all those Mr. Plinkett reviews again, which I'm sure need no further introduction. By the end of the day, I could certainly feel for one particular line near the very end:
Oh God. All I hear is Star Wars inside my brain. Someone help me.
Well that's enough Star Wars for me 'till December. Probably too late to ask this but,
How did you celebrate Star Wars Day?
Uhm... What else is new...
...oh yeah, I have a Twitter account now. I originally made it just to make a dumb throwaway joke, but now I'm stuck with it. I guess you can follow me if you want to. I find the system to have its set of problems, but I think it's a nice way to connect with some friends.
Plus ramblings from yours truly every Monday 💕— Luna Sy (@MareOnTheMoon) May 5, 2015
D... do you... w-want to be friends? @MareOnTheMoon (Get it?)
But more importantly, the Cblog Recap Team also has a Twitter account, apparently! And we're gonna start using it more often now, posting recaps, contests, announcements and other community-made features worth sharing. I know it makes me sound like an obvious shill, but I do encourage you all to take part in this ongoing effort to make more people know this place has blogs, and you can write some too. Hopefully, we can invite more people to share their writings and be part of this little community of ours.
Spread the word out, participate, and write cool blogs of your own ♪ @CblogRecaps
(This is my first time writing a blog post-redesign. Niero and the web team, get ready for another round of complaints feedback)
*What would your Silent Hill look like? by Nic Rowen
Space filler. Not a WIP contest entry.
Don't forget that Retrofraction's "Living the Dream" art contest for his planned documentary film about Destructoid is still ongoing. Draw a thing and win a prize! Deadline is on Sunday, May 17, 7 PM, Arizona Time.
No, I'm not doing one.
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These two gifs. They've been in my PC for the longest time for some reason.
- Luna Sy