As you know, [i]Splatoon's[/i] first American Splatfest came out on one of the greatest holiday's in the world: July 4th. While people were shooting fireworks and getting drunk, I was busy repping Team Dog with my hound homies. I haven't done much playing lately, so my first few matches was basically me trying to get back into the swing of things, but eventually I was able to perform consistently. Unfortunately, the enemy team just always happens to be better, so there was just a landslide of losses. I want to say that it's not MY fault we lost, because I was always getting plenty of turf and kills (so I'm doing my part and stopping the enemies from doing theirs)... but then again, I AM pretty much the only constant variable for all my matches.
Whatever the case, it was nice to get back into the colorful world of [i]Splatoon[/i] after spending so much time in [i]Batman: Arkham Knight[/i] and [i]Destiny[/i]. I'll get to one of those in a minute. Not because y'all don't care about [i]Destiny[/i] :P... but because all I did was play Iron Banner in hopes of getting good gear. I didn't. :(
Right now, I want to gush about how much I loved the night time visuals of Splatfest. The fireworks in the air, the neon lit signs of Miiverse posts, and everyone dancing with the Squid Sisters (besides the "cool kids" sitting by the multiplayer entrance) all made for an excellent sight. I wish this happened every weekend, kind of like the K.K. Slider concert from [i]Animal Crossing[/i] in the Smashville level of [i]Super Smash Brothers Brawl[/i], because it's cool to see a new perspective of the same stages we played so much. I wasn't there for the ENTIRE time, so I'm not sure if we got to see all the levels: I just know that we played Urban Underpass (my least favorite), Walleye Warehouse (which is pretty decent), and Kelp Dome (which is one of the better maps). I really wanted to see the Skatepark (I can't remember the name), even though there's a singleplayer level that takes place on that level at night, and Arowana Mall, but I guess I'll run into those next time.
I finally beat [i]Batman: Arkham Knight[/i] after playing it at launch two weeks ago, and man was it pretty darn cool. The story is the best part of the game, and that alone is worth a playthrough. Sure, there are some plot holes and a predicatable "twist" (that I can't get into because it involves spoilers), but there were some scenes that happened that I'm not going to forget anytime soon. Seriously, some moments were so dark, the imagery alone had me literally sitting there saying "damn, that just happened." However, my main complaints with the title is that the boss fights were seriously disappointing: most of the battles are done with the Batmobile in a very boring way, and there's no real hand-to-hand boss fight. Honestly, for all the crud [i]Arkham Origins[/i] had, at least the boss battles in the game actually felt pretty decent. You would think a fight with the Arkham Knight would be an amazing showdown, but it was basically a game of cat-and-mouse with the Batmobile. It sounds cool on paper, but in actuality, it's a very indirect fight. There was no satisfaction to be gained, and for all the awesome moments in the title, you'd think the boss battles would've had some work done.
My other main problem is that, yes, to achieve the full ending (and I mean the actual ending to get to the credits), you need to capture ALL the criminals. That includes the Riddler, who can only be fought once you solved all 200+ riddles he has. This is one of the most annoying aspects of the game, and I'm so very peeved about this requirement. There's also another criminal that can't be caught until you do a lot of pointless fluff as well, so really, Rocksteady padded the hell out of the game. I don't know if the full ending is worth it, but it better damn be. Jerks.
[b]NOTE: This is going to be a bit personal, so feel free to skip this section and head on down to the recaps.[/b]
You know, every time I feel under the weather or depressed, it seems like there's another Dtoider in the same boat. Pixie the Fairy's not feeling too well, and ShadeofLight had some social issues. I, myself, been feeling weaker lately, and it's been harder to get out of bed each day. I keep telling myself it's because of the darker, rainy weather I've been having lately, but I remember a time when the rain actually made me feel excited. Like, I would literally just walk outside during heavy showers just to feel it on my face. However, I've been so out of it, and that's not even talking about the headaches I keep having: I keep taking aspirin but it's not getting better.
As a result, I've been backed up with so many things, and I don't have the energy to fulfill them all. As you all know, I'm unemployed and not even taking any classes right now, which further demotivates me. How the hell does someone like ME strapped for time? I try to do all my commitments, but I never have time for my personal projects. It doesn't help that I've been having a massive writer's block lately, and I almost raged when it happened while I was trying to write an important scene.
Then guess what else happened last week? I had another fucking manic episode.
Shade, in case you're asking: no, you didn't bring me down with your recap. It's something I would've addressed last week had I actually done my recap. I sincerely hope you'll feel better.
While I don't know how others feel during a manic episode, for me, there's basically two stages. The first one is basically a battle of thoughts: it's like another version of me starts arguing with me, which creates an adrenaline rush that fuels both sides. Then, like an ocean's wave, it recedes after a high tide, and I become emotionally empty. Normally, it's just something to get through and move on. My emotions will eventually even out, and everything will return to normal.
But this manic episode was different. This one preyed on a topic that hit low with me. I won't get into what it was, mostly because it's a stupid problem that only seems important to me, but the whole fight still made me fatigued by the end of it. I'm getting so tired of this, and while it doesn't seem likely the manic episodes will get worse (because fuck this particular one), I really don't want to know if I can handle another.
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Kyle+MacGregor/hi-i-m-your-new-weekend-editor-295328.phtml][b]* -[/b] Cool Kyle MacGregor is your new weekend editor, so stop by to say your congratulations! If you got any ideas on how to make Saturdays even better, drop off a suggestion while you're there.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/CJ+Andriessen/me-fake-news-the-dying-girl-295338.phtml]CJ Andriessen, better known by his old names "Fake News" and "Get Gay in Here", visits the Cblogs to talk about why he's using his real name and some of the new things he'll be doing from now on.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/James+Internet+Ego/even-the-most-virulent-of-internet-scuffle-starters-can-maybe-be-reasoned-with-295334.phtml][b]A -[/b] James Internet Ego doesn't have too big of an ego to believe that even the most virulent of debates can still be calmly discussed so long as everyone has a clear head.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Sylveria+Shini/destructoid-willfully-misrepresents-something-no-one-is-shocked-fire-emblem--295342.phtml]Sylveria Shini wants to address the Soleil scenario in the newest [i]Fire Emblem Fates[/i]. The less said, the better.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Terry+309/rambles-game-design-the-dream-and-the-reality-295339.phtml][b]A -[/b] Terry 309 writes a lot of words explaining the differences between a game designer and a game publisher, as well as his own interests in the field since way back in the day.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Retrofraction/i-bought-a-playstation-tv-295355.phtml][b]A -[/b] Retrofraction drops the cash to get a PS TV, and he talks a little about why he hasn't done much Sony gaming as well as his struggles in trying to get more stuff for less.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/OverlordZetta/has-inafune-unleashed-two-more-years-of-drama-on-the-internet--295360.phtml][b]A -[/b] OverlordZetta wants to defend Keiji Inafune's new Kickstarter project by tackling some of the heated responses regarding it.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/WiegrafFolles/better-with-age-the-king-of-fighters-2002-unlimited-match-295331.phtml][b]B -[/b] WiegrafFolles wants to talk about how he got into the [i]King of Fighters[/i] series, which ones he likes, and why [i]2002: Unlimited Match[/i] still holds up.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Mr+T+Haggar/who-am-i--295337.phtml][b]I -[/b] Mr T Haggar may ask "who am I?" as if he doesn't know but he's LYING! Read here if you want to get the know the guy![/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Pixie+The+Fairy/pixiedust-hello--295365.phtml][b]C -[/b] Pixie the Fairy flies by to talk to you about some of the things she does for this community, such as weeding out the toxic comments, before encouraging people to introduce themselves with blogs! Swamp her with work, guys![/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Rekka/nier-new-project-famitsu-staff-interview-295333.phtml][b]N -[/b] Famitsu had a staff interview with the people behind the new [i]Nier[/i] title, so Rekka jotted down a few notes that provides insight to the team composition.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/ooktar/why-her-story-works-and-gone-home-doesn-t--295359.phtml][b]T -[/b] Ooktar doesn't like [i]Gone Hole[/i], and decides to play [i]Her Story[/i] after reading Destructoid's review. Read here why two similar games could be so different from one another.[/url]