|By PlatformPCPS3Xbox 360Wii U3DSPS VitaAndroidiPhoneiPadOther HardwareEditor's Choiceby Author||By LatestThe best and worst s : May Returns Ironfall: Invasion The Deer God Pneuma: Breath of Life Aaru's Awakening Roundabout Resident Evil: Revelations 2:... There Came an Echo Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore a... htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary Under Night In-Birth Exe:LateMore reviews||By GenreActionAdventureFightersFree-to-playMMOMusicPlatformShootersSportsRPGStrategyMore genres|
This week's episode features a lot of new stuff. Crossover with another podcast for example, with Nanashi of PStoid fame who is also a Recap Reservist. Official acknowledgement with my promotion to cblog co-manager. Forum talk amongst the the Fapcast show and recommendations for the audience. And Mike talking about Taco Bell. That's new for the show anyways.
Nanashi, cool guy extraordinaire and host of PStoid joins us on this forums-centric episode of the Fapcast. Notable threads you should join in on from The Basement and other projects between the three of us.
You can also check out our last episode with Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon!
It's been a while since I last did one of these. I don't really feel comfortable about sharing why yet, but let's just say that I've been deeply worried about a bunch of real life stuff recently. I have been trying to make up for it by still posting stuff on my personal blog (and you could say that I've actually posted more blogs this month), but I wish I could have still done the recaps as well. I gotta say, you do kind of run out of things to write for these "isms" when you've already poured out some of the things you've said and done for the week in your other blogs. Which explains the very short one for today. Haven't been very active in commenting too, may it be in FP articles, blogs and even my own blogs. So I apologize to anyone who may have noticed the really late and erratic replies.
Not much else to report apart from my continuing Game Center CX addiction. Almost done with season 3. I'm also slowly working my way through the Star Wars Humble bundle. A good number of these are shooters, a genre I'm not really too fond of, military-themed first-person ones in particular. I do predict that these Star Wars ones will help me grow more receptive of it. Expect more on that some other time.
* - This 9th anniversary activity has sure brought in a whole lot of loving among the community. I invited you all to gush about things you love this month*. In many ways, these blogs have done just that. Here is Gaj's contribution.
I has also brought in a sure-fire way to amass faps by mentioning as many people as possible. Sometimes, jealousy can drive one to mention unpleasant thoughts out loud.
A - Telltale has certainly been a huge influence on the renewed interest in adventure games as of late. It's always a good thing to see more different types of games for different types of audiences thriving in the market.
Speaking of which...
T - Despite its glaring flaws, MannySJ can't get enough of Destiny. Not letting the negatives get you down and prevent you from enjoying the positives. That's what life is about. And games too, I guess.
All the Star Wars stuff I've been enjoying recently reminded me that this is a thing.
Fails? Where? I don't see any.
- Luna Sy
Tonight I'm doing something totally different with recaps - I'm posting from an actual, fully-functioning computer with high-speed internet access! And I'm going to get this recap up just past midnight EST this time! Happy 9th anniversary, Destructoid!
Believe it or not, I do most of my blogging and recapping from a mostly broken laptop with Wordpad and then I transfer my files to my Galaxy Tab 4, do the text and image editing there and then go find an open WiFi signal to post it from. I can usually find one from the back porch or the the far end of my apartment. Now that I don't have a drunk asshole living in that side anymore, I can use that room all I want and not have to go find a public WiFi signal! Whenever I manage get a consistent, stable income, I'll just get my own damn internet connection. And maybe a new laptop.
And, yes, I did the January recap that way. I'm a masochist.
This weekend, however, I have been dogsitting for my sister and her husband again. Three dogs, one human and me constantly inhaling dog hair in my sleep. They have better internet and an actual PC.
I didn't do a lot of gaming this last week, despite my excitement for finally having Majora's Mask 3D. I've just had a lot of ideas buzzing in my head for blogging, I guess. That whole "pandering" blog I just did was a blog I had on the backburner for ages - as in something I wanted to poke fun at since last summer. Then I just decided to play dumb with words like I did with "male gaze" and it all came together.
Not a strategy I always want to turn to, but it is one that works so long as it ties into your message.
All that other stuff this month? Way more spontanious. It was stuff that came together in an hour or less. It's great when that happens but sometimes you have to just let certain ideas sit in the back of your head until they sort themselves out. I don't think a moment drafting anything is ever wasted, though - even if you never post it. It'll just be reborn or find its way into another idea later, so never get discouraged if you don't feel confident in posting something some days. Some stuff you can just shelve and save for later. You never know when it will be useful.
If I'm not laughing, smiling or content as I write, then I know its probably not going to work. I nearly fell asleep trying to write my love for a certain facet of Metal Gear recently, so that was a sure sign I was on the wrong track. Back to the drawing board with that one.
Anyway, I gotta get up for work early and feed these silly pups when I do, so it is recap time!
No fails. Kiss kiss.
So, since my friend has purchased The Order: 1886 for his shiny PS4, I got a chance to experience the game for myself (he also let me buy the "Galahad under fire" figure off of him, and it's actually quite detailed and heavy for the extra $20 you pay for). Now, we all heard about how short it is, but the main question that lingers is whether or not the gameplay is good. Well, I'll get to that in a minute, but what I do want to point out is how absolutely gorgeous the game looks: if there's one thing about this game you must see for yourself, it's seeing it on an HDTV with your own two eyes. The character models look great, the weapons are finely detailed, and the lighting can be downright stunning at times. Now, whether or not you enjoy the bleak atmosphere the game projects (the city looks foggy/ smoggy) is one thing, but I can't say that the graphics don't live up to the hype: this is truly one of the best looking games I've ever seen, and even the smallest touches like lens flare in direct light and dust particles reflecting off sunlight makes it look amazing.
Now, for the actual gameplay... I can't say anything bad about it. Gameplay feels comparable to a slimed down The Last of Us actually, only less mobile: you can't move around a level like Joel can, nor upgrade equipment or personal stats, but other than that, it functions pretty much the same. That being said, there's still some sense of satisfaction in your kills depending on what weapons you use: my personal favorite is the "duel elitist" revolver that fires two rounds with every trigger pull, one after another, and I could feel the intensity of it. The others, like the Arc gun (that shoots lightning bolts) and the Thermite rifle (which shoots combustible gas) are also pretty fun to use as well! However, like The Last of Us, combat engagements feel really scripted: you're always meant to start or finish fights, at least in the first few chapters I've seen, and there's nothing to it but to do it. One section made me feel like there were unlimited enemies by how they constantly poured in, and I kept doing things like blowing up red barrels or moving forward to "stop" them, but turns out you just had to kill them all, which is over a couple dozen. That dragged on for a bit, but at least I got a better feel for the combat, so it's all good.
You know, they advertise this game as a "cinematic shooter", and I'm very inclined to agree with that description: there's a lot of cutscenes and dialogue-heavy section, but there's also some scripted gameplay parts that were pretty exciting: one section has you running from a Lycan and shooting at it at the same time, and although it doesn't seemingly matter if you headshot it or not, it got my adrenaline pumping to see that thing chasing me! Personally, there's one game that keeps popping to my head as I play, and that's Asura's Wrath. Have you played that? It's very QTE-heavy, but if you look at it like an interactive anime rather than a game, then it's very enjoyable.
Well, I gotta say, if you treat this title like an interactive movie rather than a game, then it's just as good. As you may know from Asura's Wrath, it's structured like a TV anime with each chapter being "episode", and that there's more talking and QTE than there are fighting. That game also didn't really have replay value, outside of "getting a better rank". For The Order: 1886, I'm in the mindset that this is like a movie (so each chapter being a chapter on a DVD), so even though they only use combat as sort of a context, I'm perfectly okay with that.
Am I perfectly okay with its short length though? Well, since I actually have not beaten the game, I can't say: I don't know whether I'll be let down or disappointed by the credits (though if all the reviewers are right about the final boss being a rehash of a previous enemy encounter for no apparent reason, then it's safe to assume it will be), but what I can say is that, as someone who would pay full-price for short games and hardly replay them, I'd be okay with buying this game. I would definitely get this game once I get a PS4, at least (hopefully it'll be cheaper then)!
Recently, I purchased The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. Lots of people on this site can vouch for it, and I regret not picking it up due to my reluctance of leaving my comfort zone, so I decided to bite the bullet and get it. So, how is it? I have no idea: I haven't even popped it into my 3DS. Turns out, I'm still afraid to leave my comfort zone: while I've been meaning to write a full, in-depth blog about it, the gist of it is that I'm typically afraid to play games that are way too different than I'm accustomed to, or are deemed too difficult. Now, I made exceptions before by buying all the Souls game (from From Software) or buying extremely niche titles, but I am usually afraid to start playing these games, or continue doing so. I can't really explain it in such a short blurb, but it's like I have this psychological aversion to certain types of games, so even though I would really love to play them, I just can't bring myself to actually sit down and enjoy it. I keep telling myself "I'll start Majora's Mask today" over the week, but when it came time to sit down with my handheld, I always seem to choose to do something else.
Speaking of doing something else, whew, man, I've been busy trying to get some things done! I'm still trying to get Comments of the Week finished up after being late (I don't even know if I'll be finished by the time this Recap gets posted up), but there's a level of quality and standard that I want it to be up to before I post it. Hopefully you guys will enjoy it as (hopefully) always!
In addition to homework, I'm also still trying to finish up three blogs (a Fallout 3 fan fiction blog for the Band of Bloggers topic, my contributions to Pixielated's monthly recap, and another porn blog, which is different from the others I did because it's less about comics and more about Rule 34 on a certain character) as well as start on the "Nine Dtoiders" list. The reason I'm particular about getting this all done soon is that there are all time-sensitive (except for the porn blog, but I'm adamant about posting that in February).
I'm thinking of maybe taking a break for a while after I get everything I wanted out. I still plan to post Recaps (at the very least) and Comments of the Week, but I want to see how things go before making any promises for future editions. Man, I tell ya, CotW does eat up quite a bit of time, and I can see why people were reluctant to bring it back. However, it's a labor of love, and seeing people excited for this series, and even more so when they see themselves featured (I like to imagine it brings their mood up), is usually well worth the efforts, and it's a nice feeling to feel like I'm contributing to the community.
Speaking of, let's get started with the Recaps, shall we?
* - Newly appointed community manager StriderHoang wants to play ambassador and thus formulates a blog to showcase some of the antics that happens in the forums, as well as a guide in case you want to venture into the unknown.
* - Nanashi is next up to talk about the "nine" Dtoiders that has the biggest influence on him, whether they're newcomers or alumni alike! Click here to run through the list and see which people made an impression on him!
* - After hearing wonderful rumors about the power of the panda rings, Pixielated is excited to get her hands on one herself, but the ring isn't as all as it's cracked up to be: after playing through a couple of videogames and failing to get what she wants out of them, she deducts that these rings are cute and nothing more. She also hates pandas now.
Also, screw them: they've given up on life anyway.
A - Retrofraction enjoys being the social justice warrior trolling people in the comments, but don't pull out your pitchfolks just yet: he explains that it's done to both to put haters in their place as well as for comedic effect.
A - JoshBadWriter talks a bit about depression in videogames, using some examples such as Metroid: Other M and Max Payne 3, as well as depression in his own life: he talks about his past battle with it, his achievements, and how we wishes to be a part of a community.
A - Tad talks a bit about how videogames and videogamers have this social stigma where they are seen as these stereotypical caricatures, and then gives examples as how this hobby of ours have come a long way since then.
T - Forgotten Bastion hasn't forgotten what an impression the Virtuous Mission of the famed Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater has on him! Whether it's an awesome tutorial or a taste of the things to come, read here to see why this slab of the jungle is well remembered!
R - After the release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D sparked his love of the series, N0signal returns and reviews The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds after dropping it before. Does it link him back to the world, or does this break the chain?
V - Solar Pony Django continues his Loot Boot Uncrateing video series with February 2015's edition! See what he acquires here in case you're wondering whether these things are worth the subscription or not!
R - Eurrutia89 wants to promote a healthy diet by telling us all about an experiment he did excerising after drinking water and excerising after drinking soda, then comparing the results. It's goes about as exactly as you expect, so...
F - Terry 309 presents Episode 1 of his one-shot blog about the various types of Warcraft 3's online players, so you can know what to expect should you play this game... which he totally recommends not doing. Seriously, don't.
Alas, another Friday is in the books, and here I am, up-and-atom and drinking my coffee while bringing you the recaps. This is my normal Saturday morning routine. Wake up, make breakfast, post the recap, head to the gym, then the rest of the day is whatever I want it to be, but not this morning. No, this week, Cincinnati got demolished by snow, and even though I'm willing to make the drive, my gym closed today, so I guess I'll use that time to play all of these videogames I need to get to.
By the way, I hate snow. Well, not so much snow, I just hate the cold. I can't handle it. I was overweight for most of my life, and back then, I loved the cold. Back then, walking up one flight of steps at my parent's house would leave me gasping for air and sweating puddles (I'm only being slightly hyperbolic), so I was able to warm myself up. But ever since I decided to get in shape, I just can't stay warm. It's to the point now that on some nights I sleep in my winter coat.
Yesterday morning, it was -15 degrees Fahrenheit, or -26.1111 degrees Celsius if you're one of those people (thank you, Google), and that's just unacceptable. In Dante's Inferno, Dante described the final circle of Hell as being covered in ice and so cold that it burned those condemned to it, and honestly, if I had to envision my own personal Hell, I would just refer them to that section of the epic poem, except I would also be forced to listen to Avenged Sevenfold on a constant loop for all eternity. Seriously, they're the worst.
We recently started doing something in celebration of Dtoid's ninth year where we talk about nine Dtoiders who have impacted us. You would think I'd be all about this, since I'm the guy who loves to do list-based writing, but I can't possibly pick just nine. Although, I do need to send a big thanks to Mr. Andy Dixon and Occams, as I'm sure pretty much everything I've ever gotten front-paged was at their suggestion. Thanks to Strider for his tireless efforts as the unofficial-official recap ringleader, and to all the other cappers for accepting me into their sex club recap team. Shout out to Ben Davis for relinquishing the Friday caps and allowing me the opportunity, perhaps one day I'll join you on the front page, buddy.
But honestly, I thank all of you who take the time to read anything I write and for always being respectful when I mention anything about my faith. Being both a devout Christian and a member of an internet community isn't always the easiest of combinations and requires you to have nothing less than thick skin. And while I've had some encounters that have upset me over the years (on the FP), I've never received anything but love and acceptance here in the Cblogs. Even if we don't see eye-to-eye on faith and religion, it's our love of games that brings us together and causes us to look past our differences. Again, this is the reason we have the best gosh-darn community on the internet (I'm sorry for using such foul language there).
Anyway, videogames. I mentioned last week that I picked up Majora's Mask 3D, but I'm yet to really play any of it. I'll be honest, that game intimidates me. But I'll get to it eventually, maybe after I finish Fantasy Life, which I just started. Not really much to say right now as I'm still early on, but thus far it's a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to playing more.
I did beat Rogue Legacy though, and I'm now in New Game +, meaning that I went from being unstoppable to barely able to reach the forest. It's amazing how I've been playing that game for basically two weeks nonstop and I'm not losing any interest. That game's good, is what I'm saying.
But the game I'm playing the most is Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, which my wife was awesome enough to get for me for Valentine's Day. After 30 years, it's nice to finally see Toad getting his time in the spotlight, much like Luigi did in the "year of Luigi." It's one of the most adorable games I've ever played, and while the levels are all pretty small and finding everything is fairly simple, it's still a fun little puzzle game.
The Captain Toad levels in Super Mario 3D World were a nice deferment from the main game, but playing a game that's nothing but those levels can sometimes feel tedious. I personally love the game, but I can only play a few levels at a time. It's a slow-paced platformer with no jumping, I'm not sure how that makes sense, but it works for me.
Even though I'm buried under snow, I'm probably still going to have to go to work at the Mothership known as GameStop, but at least I won't have to deal with many people and can just sit around arguing about videogames with my 22-year-old coworkers who don't know what Castlevania is.
Stay black, homies!
We've got a lot of blogs lined up today. I hope they’re good ones, because this will take a while.
[EDIT: Yes, they were good ones]
Much like last week, there’s only so much to –ism about. But the big thing on everyone’s mind is Destructoid’s upcoming 9 year anniversary! Woo! I think I’ve been here for about 4 years now, and I'm not thinking of leaving anytime soon. Some of you have already started writing about your nine most inspiring community members, and that has been a joy to see. I’ve already seen several people realize for the first time just how much they’re appreciated around here, and the responses have been lovely. Of course, I also wrote my own entry today, and it has been super fun to see you people find your names on my list. It’s a long list, so hopefully I made a lot of people happy!
In my gaming life, it’s still Bayonetta 2, for as much time as I have (which is to say not a lot). I actually managed to get all Platinum trophies on Hard mode now, and a couple of new Pure Platinums. In keeping with this week's 9-theme, I guess the next order of business is finding a decent way to grind for 9.999.999 halos. Anybody got good tips for that?
As for my virtual lovelife, the dating site is still a thing. By now I figured out how to check which women clicked on my profile, and the results have actually been decently encouraging. Sure, during the first couple of days I had a lot of weird 40+-year-old women take a closer look at me (including a 70-year-old one; I don’t even want to know what the hell she’s thinking), but as the week went on the majority of my visitors were within my age range. Some of them visited me multiple times, and a couple of my onlookers have been really cute with one or two I would have designated ‘out of my league’ in any other context. Of course looking is just looking, but it's good to know that not the entirety of womankind thinks I'm completely out of the question.
I will say that writing a first message to a cute girl is harder than you might think. Much like approaching one in real life, really. Imagine that. I mean, what does one say? I’d never be the creep making comments about how she's got a killer body, but on the other hand if she only lists ‘Hanging out with friends’ as her hobby like literally everyone in the history of ever, there’s only so much you’ve got to work with. My solution was to just start with the people who actually had things worth commenting on. There was one who goes to my university, another who does the same sport as I used to, and so on. My favorite was this adorable 21-year-old who had Tim Burton’s Batman listed in her Top 10 movies above Nolan’s Dark Knight, and who is therefore instantly my dream girl. I didn’t tell her the ‘dream girl’ part, but I did compliment her taste in superhero movies.
And that’s about where I'm at right now. It goes without saying that I still have no clue whether any of this will ever get me anywhere, but it's a thing that I'm pursuing next to my regular obligations. Obligations, you know, like recapping all of these blogs!
* - RedHeadPeak continues to educate us on the historical merits of Skyrim. In this edition: spears, giants, and getting your balls cut off.
* - After Luckrequired did the honors, El Dango stepped up to the plate to give us nine inspirational Dtoiders. Are you on there?
* - JoyfulSanity summons all his strength and willpower to review McDonald's' Bacon Club Cheeseburger, all while getting into fights with his editor.
* - ZombieOrwell is alive! 'Undead' technically, but the point is he's back.
* - Wry Guy is a cool dude with a cool job. He sells 'services', which may or may not involve sex.
* - It's not my policy to Topsauce myself, but I think I'm allowed to make an exception for my list of 99 cool Dtoiders.
* - Voltech explains just what's so great about Xenoblade Chronicles. While he could have just said "Everything", he graces us with many more of his thoughts.
A - Like how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, a video game's opening colors the rest of your experience. DustinThomas lists his favorites, but fails to include Dishonored.
M - As Goofierbrute rightly observes, there are many reasons to like a particular video game, especially when it's Super Mario Galaxy. He likes it because it helped him get through some rough patches.
S - There's still time to write your stories of the apocalypse, but in the mean time you might want to help Scholarly Gamer think of next month's topic.
E - Are you going to be at PAX? Do you not have crippling social anxiety? Well, then you can join Nanashi and Dustin for Radio Dtoid!
R - A video review for Fantasy Life, a game I'm keeping the fuck away from because it's basically my crack.
D - The devs come to promote their new game; Coma - The Dream Begins.
F - Rudorlf takes a look at the movie Kingsman, which sounds a lot better than I would've given it credit for.
A - We're not even two months into 2015 yet, but people have already posted some stellar video game fanart. Hoffman does what he does best and shows us his favorites.
F - I never actually watched Gumball, but all these video game references that Dreamweaver spotted really make me want to!
V - How much can you get for your old video game thingamajigs?
C - Drunken Crow thanks game reviewers for steering him clear of The Order 1886 and towards Xenoblade Chronicles 3D.
C - This review of DC Universe online needs work.
May you always find water and shade