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It's that time of year again. The time when exams are starting to get close, but you haven't really dedicated yourself to them yet. Actually scratch that, it's that time of year when by all account I should definitely be preparing for my exams, but procrastination is making it difficult. Beyond that, it's insane to think that my semester in the US is almost coming to a close. My last classes are next week, after that is exam time, and that will be it! Four months, gone by before you know it.
It's kind of sad, really. After exams I'll have another month or so to hang out in DC, maybe visit New York for Christmas, but after that it's off home to the land of hookers and blow. What with all the wonderful friends I've made around here in Your Nation's Capital, that's gonna be rough.
Then again, there's no reason to get sad before I actually leave, so let's not.
Instead, let's talk music!
Normally, that statement would be followed up with me showering everybody with links to video game soundtracks. Today, I have something else: there's a new Lordi album out!
As I've said before, Lordi is pretty much the only thing I listen to besides soundtracks. I'm not sure what that says about my tastes, and frankly I don't care. I think people dressing up like monsters and rocking out about demons, ghosts, killer clowns and zombies is just good fun. And so should you.
That said, their new album "Scare Force One" (Lordi love themselves some puns) is a little dissappointing. Compared to the previous album "To Beast or not to Beast" (told ya) with which they caused lightning to strike twice, the new one is decidedly average. Most songs are good but not great, there's one on here that's actually bad, and only a few stand out among the vast library I amassed over the years. Even the stand-out ones wouldn't be top 5 material to me.
So let's try to break some of this down. I'd have to say that the best song on this album is either the titular Scare Force One, How to Slice a Whore (<- I'll get back to this one, because it's...something), or Sir, Mr. Presideath, Sir!. If I had to choose, I'd say probably the latter. It's the one that sounds the most like the Lordi I have grown to love, is hella catchy at points and actually has a deeper message than any song they have put out so far. Which to be fair isn't saying much. It's basically about not blindly following leaders and thinking for yourself every once in a while. It's actually pretty effective for a bunch of dudes in monster suits.
Like I said Scare Force One is pretty fun as well. It's about a giant killer airplane. No, really. Check the cover art above, that's pretty much it. It makes for a pretty cool song, although I swear they're saying "ERROR" instead of "AIR ROARS".
And then there's "How to Slice a Whore". Wow. This is by miles the darkest thing they've ever done. For a band that's all about monsters and death, Lordi tends to have a pretty good sense of humor in their songs. Usually, it's pretty easy not to take it too seriously. I mean, they made a song called "The Devil is a Loser". You kind of get where they're coming from here. But this one? Not so much. They're just straight-up talking about horribly mutilating women for cheating on their boyfriends. There is some colorful language in here, but they still stay just close enough to reality to make the lyrics have a very uneasy quality to them. In a sense it's much like the controversial Cop Killer by Body Count, and I wouldn't be surprised if this one gets banned all over the place.
Which makes it all the weirder that it's one of the better songs on here.
I don't normally do this, but: listener discretion advised for violence against women.
And then there's everything else. It's unremarkable, really. The rest of the songs are just Lordi being Lordi, for better or worse. She's a Demon is noticably worse than most anything else they've done, Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein has clever lyrics going for it but not much else, Monster is my Name takes a while to grow on you, Hell Sent in the Clowns goes pure silly and The United Rocking Dead is so bland I have no comment on it. I'm probably being too harsh on them, but I hate because I care. I know they can do better than this, so it's disappointing to see them fail to reach their potential.
I still had fun listening to this album, and if nothing else it got me back into my habit of rocking out to monsters. So you know what, let me stop being a big ol' sourpuss. Today's caps are hereby dedicated to my favorite Lordi songs. Let's go!
* - Despite the lack of pics, Terry makes some pretty true points; that gamers are split into these groups that hate each other's guts.
* - Riobux come out of an especially dark place to find a renewed love for video games in Zero Escape.
* - Drop what you're doing, this is the most awesome thing you're going to see all week. Gunblades are a thing. As are gun-katar and motherfucking GUN WARHAMMER.
A - Hoffman lists his favorite video game hotties. No Tharja, no sale.
A - sonic429 doesn't like racing games, except when he does. To be fair, if you could have just one racing game, wouldn't YOU go for Mario Kart or F-Zero too? Course you would.
A - One of TheKodu's old blogs took on a life of its own until it reached Anita herself. Now he responds.
C - FlanxLycanth has been doing things, both virtually and IRL.
M - I have never played Metal Gear Solid, but these vocal OST songs are pretty great.
L - Phoenix Wright gets topical as he defends Bill Cosby from...well, you know. Also see the comments for Elsa dropping a bucket of truth on us.
May you always find water and shade
This past week has seemingly been all about hidden gems. I downloaded Shovel Knight onto my 3DS because I wanted to include the Streetpass features over the Steam or Wii U version. I downloaded the demo of Pikmin 3 and loved it. Also, I rented Edge of Tomorrow and boy did that rock. There was also a Jollibee's restaurant near work I found at long last and that was... actually that was underwhelming. I ain't going back to that crock.
But I think it's funny Script had a little moment of paranoid fear and social anxiety due to his relative newness and filling in some big Wrench-sized boots. It's understandable but its hard to not be loved when you participate in discussion and community unless you're a very proactive troll concept account (Wasn't Stealth from 2 years ago one such member?).
Me on the other hand, I feel tenured. I could call you Assface PuddingsMcgee and barely summarize your cblog as a scroll of electronic parchment and will still sit back like a cigar chomping professor who kicks you in the face because you need to pass the class.
See, I had a reference in mind for all that!
Shovel Knight was a great nostalgic experience but you don't need me to tell you that, do you? I get a lot of ideas of what I want to play from the Game Grumps and Shovel Knight looked fun as hell. Of course, it's not necessarily feeding off nostalgia of any particular thing. It's the colors, the music, and the mechanics of it all. How Shovel Knight instantly reacts to you controller input, how narrow you attack range is, how the music is perfectly done to feel like you're back in a picture perfect period but improved! How its simultaneously difficult yet so enjoyable in its rigidity. It helps that characters, despite not being story driven, fully realized characters just exude so much personality in the way they fight and their short conversations and their design. Its in the details like how King Knight is obviously a huge blowhard. He talks big and has flashy moves but he's dead simple and not really as great as he thinks he is. Propeller Knight meanwhile is a hokey French cliche complete with rapier, rose, and falling tear upon defeat. I still can't believe Yacht Club Games is releasing additional free content thanks to meeting huge stretch goals. I mean, gender swapped campaign, local multiplayer, expanded episodes where you play as the first three members of the Order of No Quarter? Amazing. Nobody these days goes the distance like Shovel Knight does. And I still need to do New Game+!
I also still need to get back to Pokemon X. I actually left the additional post-game quest alone for the longest time and with Pokemon ORAS in just a few days, I should really get on that. Is it unreasonable to be excited for a new game of an old game that's been updated yet has had certain features stripped out in favor of parity? Well, I am going to catch a Beedrill and fucking Mega Evolve it into a terrifying beast with three stingers who will dole out the most powerful Pin Missiles ever. Not to mention the move tutors? Finally, I can teach my Pixilate Sylveon Hyper Voice and show those damn Substitute users what real damage is like for once.
Speaking of games really, my girlfriend's invited me to her house for Thanksgiving. And while I'll have to do something about some schedule conflicts (work doesn't consistently give me the days off I need for class for some reason), in the end I have enough wiggle room to call out of work in favor of class unless the schedule is winding down. Despite Thanksgiving being mostly about family (for Americans anyways. I mean, why would other countries celebrate our holiday of our landing on some Native American rock where we shared food than killed them with smallpox), our plan Thanksgiving will be mostly of gaming. I got a Wii U I haven't played together with her, and Smash Wii U is coming out this week, in time for Thanksgiving! I'm sure to be the life f the party, at least amongst the kids, with 8-player Smash and 4-player Mario. With Smash, between the gamepad and a few spare Wiimotes that my girlfriend's family has and our 3DSes, we'll be able to hit 6-players anyways. Meanwhile, who wouldn't want to player 4-player Mario 3D World?
But what I have still fresh in my mind as of these caps is Edge of Tomorrow. I didn't know anything about it before. All I knew is that it was some Tom Cruise vehicle and I'm not sure how much I should partake of the Cruise machine. The trailers were pretty bad at conveying just how the movie would work beyond Groundhog Day + guns. But months ago I heard on the Super Best Friends Cast that it is basically the most video gamey ass movie ever and it thrives off its built in respawning device. Yes, if you haven't heard that comparison, the core of the movie is less Groundhog Day and more Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer. It's still Groundhog's Day of course, with Cruise's character predictably learning the set pattern and going through the motions as if he's already failed a CoD campaign mission dozens of times before. I won't spoil the sciency reasons why he has such a ridiculous power but know that Edge of Tomorrow (known as All You Need Is Kill in Japan) is greater than the sum of its parts.
Bill Murray of course gets sick of his time loop and tries to suicide his way out but you can get a feel he's more literally bored to death than broken emotionally. How would you feel if you died hundreds of times in a war on loop? Its funny a few times too since Cruise only loops when he dies, so he has to die somehow if he's otherwise incapacitated. But Cruise's character, who isn't a soldier, goes from fearful of his life to battle conditioned, jaded on death, and predictably Tom Cruise action hero in the span of the movie. Not only is there the classic respawn mechanic repurposed from a comedy movie, we also get all the Call of Duty gun porn and action, not to mention Edge of Tomorrow came out earlier this year. Let's not forget that the movie is adapted from a manga from 2004, and while the power suits were more armor than exoskeletons in the movie, it still beat Call of Duty to the punch.
There are so many things to really latch onto, regardless of your taste for either games or thriller action. Humorous but functional time loop, respawning, action packed weapons and exosuits, a strong female lead, a great male lead, great visual effects, great dialog and humor jumping off a time looping phenomena (we've had this conversation many times before). I heartily recommend Edge of Tomorrow to anyone who likes either action movies or video games. It even works for both sides of the video game perspective. If you love CoD and shooters, it's a great send up to their gameplay and mechanics. If you hate CoD, it's still a humorous satire of their seemingly manufactured violence and action. If you've grown tired of the classic monster closet game design in shooters, you may chuckle to see Tom Cruise non-nonchalantly aim his arm mounted machine gun in the direction of hostile aliens like its nothing since he's done it dozens of times before.
Oh, and you were wondering about Jollibee's? I think it's a "Filipino" chain that's made its way here. There isn't any real Filipino food though. It's mostly fried chicken, rice dishes, and pasta. The only problem is that that's pretty much all there is. There's no meaningful variety. I was excited because before when I had seen it, the fried chicken looked good. Then I actually set foot in one and that's all that really looks good.
* - Dusty likes being a collector but that doesn't mean he doesn't run into shit
M - Hoffy Bike remembers the Dreamcast fondly like all Americans
A - Kooram liked DmC and spits on Sephzilla
P - Radio Destructoid is looking for guests to make fun of!
A - [jackthompsongifaboutvideogameviolence.gif]
A - Spykes is thankful for a lot of things but they're all games and none of them are spikes
One is a Podcast and the other is Hoffmann's Tuesday blog.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an uneventful day on the Cblogs like this Tuesday. What happened?
Look, I try not to be paranoid, but I can’t help but wonder if the lack of blogs this Tuesday has something to do with me or if it is just an unhappy coincidence. I’m inclined to believe the latter, but you never know.
Like I said on my very first Scriptisms, I’m not averse to criticism and I actually enjoy getting feedback. Since I started writing these I’ve been trying multiple things to see what people like, but I never got any form of feedback besides number of faps and comments (which I don’t think is a good way to measure things, because I can only compare it to other people’s).
If this has nothing to do with me then just ignore my blabbing and go play some games, I’m not looking for sympathy. But if it has something to do with me, or if you just want to give me some feedback, then please, send an anonymous email to scriptbr (at) gmail (dot) com. That, or you could simply make a petition to get me out of the recappers or something. That works too. You monster.
Anyway, moving on!
So, I beat Bayonetta 1 this weekend. Wow, what a fun ending! Not only it is full of big-scale action, but it is also super cheesy in a good way. The jazzy credits music and that little dance after the credits made me so happy you wouldn’t believe. I had a smile on my face the entire time!
I have to say though that overall the story and characters were weak, like in most Platinum games. I’m not a big fan of Bayonetta as a character; I think she fails to be anything more than a sex symbol. I’m not averse to sexualized female characters, but I found myself rolling my eyes during a few cutscenes. She doesn’t get any real development and the way she acts at the end is not coherent with how she acts in the rest of the game. But even though she’s not even as charismatic or cool as Dante, she does have her moments.
Now I’ve already begun replaying the game because I want to unlock all the extra content and improve my fighting skills. Though I also find myself wanting to move on to Bayonetta 2 and replay Metal Gear Rising… Decisions, decisions!
Hope you guys enjoy your Dragon Ages and your Pokemons and your Smash Brothers, my poor ass can’t really afford much right now. MAYBE WRITE SOME BLOGS ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THESE GAMES OR SOMETHING.
Bring on the sex! I mean, sax.
YOU BETTER RUN
Now for some Metal. Gear Rising.
MAKING WHOLE THE FABRIC OF SOCIETY
YET STARING ACROSS THIS BARREN WASTED LAND
I FEEL NEW LIFE WILL BE BORN
BENEATH THE BLOOD STAINED SAND
My summer exams are done and I'm pretty sure I aced them. Now I'm at the beach with my fellow S.E.E.S members and the Kirijo Group is footing the bill. It's pretty nice! I got this lovely ribbon bikini and hoped Mitsuru-senpai would notice me, but I got grabbed by this blonde girl in a blue sundress who said she needed to be by my side and protect me.
Turns out she's a robot named Aigis. I prefer someone more human, commanding, smart, drop-dead gorgeous and rich.
I don't know what I'm doing wrong here. I'm level 43, I got everyone Battle Panties for our new group uniform, upgraded all their weapons to do amazing damage, I study a lot and summon awesome personas like Lenan Sidhe, Succubus, HIgh Pixie, Lamia, Oberon, Nata Tashi, Sati and King Frost. I'm even taking lessons in modeling and business from a guy named Tanaka! I'm the star of the volleyball team, help out at the library, waitress at a cafe and even find missing persons in my spare time.
I think I'm a pretty upstanding, oustanding gal. Mitsuru even thinks I'm a pretty valuable asset, but she's not noticed-noticed me yet. Not even after that time I left twenty-four dozen red roses in her room and polished all her boots while I was in there.
Must study more, I guess. Word is she likes smarter people. Fine, I will become the brainiest girl in all of Gekkokan High if that's what it takes! Prepare to be studied, books! I will slay you like Shadows!
I'm getting to date Elizabeth in the meantime, though. She's cute and enthusiastic, but weird. That time she dumped all millions of yen in a fountain and forgot to make a wish or thought all those warning signs were a dare to jump into that hole in street... yeah. She's just not all there, plus she comes from the realm of the subconscious. I'm 2/2 on non-human girls, still zero on Mitsuru Kirijos.
Even Akihiko-senpai has noticed me. I have that Queen Bee level of Charm, you know. I can steal all the boys even if I don't want them. Maybe I should have lured Kenji away and stuffed him in a locker so Rio would have forgetten about him and focused on me. Dude is such a creep anyway, oogling at all the teachers out of his reach.
Not that Rio can compare to Mitsuru. She just would have been fun to flirt with. Saori, too, but sadly she moved away. I stole a kiss before she did.
Fuuka's nice, but a little boring. Yukari... ugh, I just want her to shut up the moment she starts talking. She complains about wearing the Battle Panties more than Junpei and Akihiko did. They and Mitsuru got used to it, they even enjoy wearing them now, but Yukari only talks about how they chaffe and make her ass look big. Even Fuuka wears them. I might try to find some for Aigis, too.
Mitsuru-senpai looks glorious in them. So do I, if I may say so.
Someday Mitsuru-senpai will notice me, then she will be mine. Or maybe I'll be hers since she owns my dorm, school, the mall, most of Tatsumi Port Island and Japan. Wait, if she owns the mall and I work there... damn. Is there any corner of my life she doesn't own or control anyway? She must see us all as her pets or something.
I can live with that!
Can I be your kitten, Mitsuru-senpai?
Yes, I think we were meant for each other - so I will study harder, become a Genius and then maybe she will notice me and fall for me. In the meantime, I'll pair up with her in Tartarus more exclusively and wear that ribbon bikini all the time if I have to. I'll even wear a collar, a tail and kitty ears for her when I fight Shadows or study.
Please notice me, Mitsuru-senpai. Pretty please?
I-I love you, senpai! I long to rub my head on your leg and be told I'm the best kitty waifu. Or I can be your maid! I know you have plenty of those back home, but you can fire them. I'd be the only maid you'd need! I'd do anything to be near you! That's why I cleaned your room again today and shined your rapier to a mirror sheen!
I won't tell anyone about your strappy catsuits and gaudy mink coats. I promise!
Man, I've been on a writing roll this week: I went from not blogging for a couple of months, to briefly writing once a week, to posting three (including the recap) in a single week, and even better that one of them got promoted to the front page! To be fair, I was kinda motivated since these blogs are somewhat time sensitive, considering one was a monthly prompt, one was continuing a chain, and of course I gotta round up Saturday's blogs... but hey, I did them and that's all that matters! The teachers gave us a bit of a reprieve from the constant schoolwork until the next round of assignments leading up to the finals next month hits us next week, so it was nice to have a bit of a downtime to write all these things, though it did cut into my gaming just a bit since these things take like a couple of hours, possibly more, to do each.
Speaking of writing though, getting my blog to the front page was awesome, but it kinda made me question my ability to do so. Despite it being a blog written by me, Occams did a lot of editing to make it more presentable, and I don't just mean spacing out paragraphs: pretty much all of my colons and semi-colons, which as anyone who reads my blogs know that I abuse like crazy, have been replaces with periods and commas, and it makes me ponder whether I need to sharpen up my skills. I mean, I personally never saw anything wrong with it, as I type the way I talk, which is with plenty of run-on sentences... but since that's the opposite of what they teach in school, perhaps maybe I should ease up on it a bit. I've always been taught that it's okay to break convention when it comes to creative writing, which is kinda what I've been treating my blogs as... but now that I think about it, blogs are really more geared towards technical writing, and that doesn't get the free pass when it comes to adhering to rules. I dunno, what do you guys think?... I ask after giving a shining example of why I need to learn how to end my sentences.
Speaking of writing once again, I've also been comtemplating whether or not to actually attempt to make a visual novel of my own: I've mentioned it a couple of times, like in my "10 Things about Me" blog and the comment section of an article about a doujin visual novel, but now I've been kinda, sorta inching towards actually getting one started. I'm still in an awkward stage of my life, as some of you might've read in my personal blog a little while back (sorry, I've been meaning to update you guys, but I'm kinda still unsure of my status myself), so I don't know if I wanna start something I may not finish... but I've kinda been inspired. See, recently, I've heard of this seemingly delightful little visual novel called Romance Detective from NomnomNami, and although I haven't actually gotten a chance to play it, it's somewhat inspiring me to create: it has a lovely art style, from the minimalist looking backgrounds to the charming character designs, and the premise of being a "romance detective" who solves crimes against love is such a wacky premise that I really wanna give it a shot! I don't believe anyone here has said anything about it, least not from using the search function, but I'll give it a shot next week and write about it: I hope it doesn't disappoint!
As for my own project, I'm either going to do a really short story, which is oddly hard for me to do, or readapt one of my "finished" works into a visual novel because I already know how the story goes, and I also know what I want the characters, backgrounds, and scenes to look like... if only I could actually draw it! :P
While we're talking about disappointments, the small amount of gaming I did was full of it. Let's start with the biggest one of them all: I love TellTale's The Walking Dead: Season 1 game, and I've bought it three times (digitally the first time, the original disc release, and the GOTY edition), but on my third playthrough, I ran into a nasty error that prevents me from advancing because my "storage device was removed"... What!? I wasn't even touching the hard drive of my Xbox 360, and I never had this error before, but no matter how many times I reloaded it, which was actually 10 times (I've kept track because it would crash the console every third time), it always persisted. I tried looking up this error, but TellTale Games may have acknowledge it, but there isn't really a fix: the error supposefully occurs when you use all three save slot, and the best thing they recommend doing is deleting all the save files and starting fresh.
Technically, it kinda worked, as I was able to advance from the point the error occured (the beginning of Episode 5), though I don't know for sure until I actually replay the whole game again... which, now that my saving's gone, is something I'm gonna have to do. Which isn't bad, as this is my third playthrough for a reason, but I don't want to do a fourth so soon, especially upon marathoning the prior four episodes. Yet I really wanted to see the ending once more: it was such an emotional trip that really gets me every time, and I can't tell you how badly I wanted to experience it again: it's kinda like fapping, but before you climaxed, your internet cuts off and you can't finish without something to look at, so your penis gets all flaccid and you're left disappointed.
The other disappointments was unlocking Rodin in Bayonetta 2: Rodin, who was also voiced by Dave Fennoy, a.k.a. Lee Everett in TellTale's The Walking Dead, was one of my favorite characters in that series, and being able to play as him was almost a dream come true; you can even switch his current "Japan style" costume in the second game to the "New York style" clothes in the first game! However, though I don't mind that he's restricted to Tag Climax, he's very slow and, without the ability to dodge, he can't activate Witch Time nor move as fluidly as the others. However, I could just be using him wrong, as he is very strong and tank-like, as evident by his parry and sluggish speed, but I like playing as Bayonetta because she's so agile in her movements, and Witch Time gives someone with low reflexes like me a chance to combo. Rodin's projectile, which I think is him spitting at enemies, is also really, really slow; think of it like this: imagine how long it takes to pull out an empty revolver, reload a single bullet, and then shooting it once at the enemy... that's how slow I think his attack is, despite having a good amount of hitstun attached to it.
At least the Masked Lumen is frickin' dope to play as!
Lastly, every once a while, I get really nostalgic and yearn to replay some games that I really wish I could go back to the glory days of its multiplayer when it was flourishing, but no one was playing what I popped in yesterday: Anarchy Reigns was a ghost town and Lost Planet 2 had lobbies in the single digits, and everyone just cheesed through levels with Buster Grenades (a.k.a. mini-nukes). For giggles, I popped in Halo 4 to search some matches, and I actually wound up playing it for a good while: say what you will about Halo 4's multiplayer, but I had a decent time with it! While I utterly suck at this game, and it definitely feels distinctively Call of Duty-like, whenever I thrust backwards after sticking someone with a Plasma Grenade to narrow avoid the now suicide bomber, or use a Ghost to mow down an unsuspecting sniper trying to aim a shot, is something that still makes me laugh out loud; I swear I almost busted my gut when me and an enemy ran past each other, stood there in stunned realization that we literally missed each other, then turned around to melee-kill each other! I might've been disappointed not to play the titles listed above, but Halo 4 was a bright spot of it all.
Just as an added bonus, because there's a good chance I'll probably forget to mention this another time... but I checked out the The Simpsons/ Futurama crossover that premiered last Sunday, and while it wasn't as fulfilling in fanservice as the Family Guy crossover (odd choice of words, considering that had Homer and Peter in an awkwardly shot car wash scene), it was pretty charming in its own right. My main problem is that the episode, being only the 22 minutes of standard length, meant that they did very little to flesh out the cameos, and it made the Futurama portion of the story pretty lackluster with the only exception in screen time being Bender. Though his bits weren't overly funny, especially compared to his antics in his series, Bender still kinda stole every scene he was in, and seeing the Futurama crew, even though they barely made use of arguably the second best character Zoidberg, was great! There was also this one "blink-and-you-miss-it" moment involving a certain pet that felt maybe a little too melancholy when I read way into it, kinda like the ending of the Family Guy crossover when Stewie was crying in his room, and I wonder if anyone else felt the same way. Regardless, I think it was fun to watch!
* - Fenriff brings up an interesting point: inspired by the "Sup Holmes'" interview with OddWorld's Lorne Lanning about how games needs to have unforgettable experiences, Fenriff wonders what makes a game an experience, and uses titles such as Journey and Shadow of the Colossus for their unique premise and "popcorn-flick-like" games such as Call of Duty to convey his point.
* - Think you so hardcore? Man, you ain't nuthing until you played Chibi Robo, and fellow OG gangsta BallerMcG shows you how the little robot keeps it real by helping his homies in the hood, and he don't even be doing for the dolla bills, for reals, y'all!
A - TheKodu brings up something he calls a "developer disconnect", in which the developers already knows how to play their games, yet doesn't quite adequatly teach the players how to do so. He brings up the "Stan Lee Principal" and Jim Sterling's problems with the developers of The Slaughtering Ground to help back up his points.
A - Salty Penguin, disappointed with the overhyped releases of this year like Watch Dogs and Destiny, is already looking forward to the future, and gives us his Christmas Wishlist for 2015! Far be it from me to question humor, but personally, I think the jokes/satire embedded in the list was a little flat.
A - Reinhold Hoffmann wants to pay tribute to the 20th Anti-Anniversary of the Playstation library by giving us a short list of videogames spawned on that system that were so bad that he decides to say and show as little of it as possible. What a guy, eh?
A - Spazzh20, after explaining the criteria and what determines what place each title has, presents a list of his Top 10 Games of 2012, featuring great games like TellTale's The Walking Dead, Journey, and Max Payne 3!
A - After hearing that a Swedish games industry is thinking about implementing an "equality" rating alongside the age rating, TheKodu gives us his thoughts on the matter as well as providing a mock-up of what it may look like.
C - Since Jonathan Holmes is now the Editor-in-Chief, a.k.a. America's Sweetheart, Reinhold Hoffmann wonders who will now represent Destructoid's mascot: his vote goes to Mr. Andy Dixon, do you agree?
E - The show's over by now, but Genki-JAM had a "****** Movie Night" watching Space Jam, the live-action/ animated crossover featuring Michael Jordan and the cast of Looney Tunes. I personally loved the movie, but it might be the rose-tinted glasses and my crush on Lola messing with my memories.
R - TheSecondLetter gives us an in-depth review of the newest entry in the Call of Duty series, Advanced Warfare, giving us his thoughts on things like the fast-paced action, the story and the character's voice acting, and the infamous multiplayer. Is this war more advanced, or is it just bells and whistles?
T - Try as he might, but Derek Pietras can't stop talking about Bayonetta 2! For this piece, he decides to break down the ranking system common in Platinum Games' games (hey, that is weird to say!) and why it has him coming back for more. I don't need to tell you why Bayonetta has me coming back for more, do I?
V - CraigheadPro has a video talking about whether Battletoads will be making a comeback upon being acquired by Microsoft, details on TellTale Game of Thrones, and the new 3DS version of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
M - Reinhold Hoffmann has been listening to this genre of music called "hardstyle", and gives us a sample of what's been on his playlist with Gunz for Hire's hour-long Megamix. He also gives a short thank you for those who welcomed him back into the community after he left us a couple of weeks back.
C - TheBudgetGamer doesn't think current generation consoles have a lot of innovation so far, and thinks that the consoles will be stagnant in what could they achieve. I can't say that I agree with much of this post, and the clickbait-worthy title certainly doesn't earn any favors, but I wouldn't say it's a fail either.
? - Shinta shows us a story about how a man who managed to land a spacecraft on a speeding comet far away from Earth... and how he was criticized because he was wearing a shirt with several females on it. Come on, what's wrong with people? I wonder how some would react if a scientist who discovers the cure for cancer had a nude pin-up in his lab...
? - Adam P, as a late post to his Halloween special, gives us part 2 of his commentary of the creepypasta "Jeff the Killer", questioning how could something so bad be so widely loved. I think you're reading a bit too much into something akin to a campfire story though.
Technical hiccups... you don't say... :(
For the third straight year, my lovely wife and I will be attending Pax East. We went in 2013 for the first time as our honeymoon, and now we go every year for vacation. We always have a blast, but there's a few things that bother me about how they do things for Pax, or for any convention for that matter. First off, we almost missed it, as the tickets went on sale at a random time on Wednesday afternoon. Luckily there were still individual day passes left by the time we checked, and we managed to get them for all three days. Why wouldn't you announce when tickets go on sale ahead of time? From their point of view it doesn't really matter, because it's going to sell out regardless, but for people like my wife and I who look forward to Pax East every year, an advance notice would have helped us out a lot, and I'm sure it would have helped out a lot of other people as well. Like I mentioned, this is our third year going, and we've not once been able to snag 3-day passes, which brings me to gripe numero dos: make more 3-day passes. I really don't understand the reasoning for not making 3-day passes available for anyone who wants them. Granted, I'm not a convention promoter, and I'm sure there are many aspects that I'm overlooking, but as a consumer, I feel its only fair for a 3-day pass to be available if I'm planning to attend all 3 days.
Despite my complaints, I know it's going to be a blast. It always is. We save money by driving instead of flying and staying in a cheaper hotel outside of Boston. It also allows us to pack our own food, because we're not big on paying $7 for a Pepsi and a hot dog. It's time consuming, but my wife and I actually like each other, so the 15 hour commute from Cincinnati to Boston is pretty fun.
I started playing Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, I had checked it out from work and only played a few levels before I realized how much I loved it. I immediately put it on my Amazon wish list and gave my wife a wink, a nudge, and a "(cough) Christmas (cough)." I never played the original, because I never really had a GameCube, and now that I do have one, all the sellers on eBay and Amazon apparently got together and had a meeting and decided that any game published by Nintendo needs to be between $30-$700.
What I'm really trying to say is that Dark Moon is really good, and I look forward to playing and finishing it in the future.
But now, I need to vent about something. I am unashamedly a Borderlands fanboy, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is by far the biggest disappointment of 2014 for me. Even after reviews came out and were less than great, I was still in the mindset that a mediocre Borderlands is still more fun than most other games. I am enjoying it for the most part, but it's just not hooking me like the others. The best part of Borderlands is playing with friends, and that's still true of this one. I played the original with my buddy Chris and I played Borderlands 2 with my wife, but even when we weren't able to play together, I would have a separate character that I would play solo, literally every free moment I had to game were spent on Borderlands until I exhausted the game. With The Pre Sequel, I just don't care. When my wife and I are playing, it's fun, but otherwise I never think about it.
We haven't finished it yet, but we've made it to probably the 75% completion mark in the story, and so far I'm seeing a lot of areas that look the same. At first I forgave it for this, because you can't get a whole lot of variety on the moon, but then I thought "Wait a minute, this is a fictional universe, you can do whatever you want." I actually remember getting a little pop-up that said I earned a rank because I had killed so many enemies in the daytime. How am I supposed to know it's daytime on the moon? It's dark all the time! Most enemies are either carbon copies or slight alterations of previous enemies, and the only new enemy I've encountered looks like they just took a picture of a landfill and used it as a character design.
Every new character that was shoehorned into the universe is analogous to a better character in the previous games. Coming from a studio other than Gearbox, I didn't expect this game to be on par with the others, but it seems like 2K Australia set out to make a by-the-numbers Borderlands game, and they did just that, they made Borderlands 2 Part 2. It's exactly the same in every regard: the art and animations, the menus, and the HUD are all the same. Mr. Torgue overstays his welcome, which is a shame because I really liked him in the Borderlands 2 DLC. Moxxi makes the same jokes she made in the other two, and really the only redeeming quality for me is seeing Handsome Jack's rise to power and seeing him portrayed in a different light.
If Darren Nakamura's previous article is to be believed, I'm really glad I decided to hold off on the season pass.
That's enough negativity for one day, let's get on to your recaps for November 14th.
Anybody else planning on going to Pax East? I look forward to seeing you at the DToid meetup!
And remember, there are only 32 days until Christmas!