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Kyle MacGregor avatar 4:25 PM on 10.14.2012
Battling the Backlog: Non-backlog games edition

Last time on Backlog: Kyle played God Hand, Lollipop Chainsaw, Valkyria Chronicles and Binary Domain.

Guys, I have a confession to make. I fell off the wagon a bit and have been playing wayyy too much Puzzle Fighter and Ikaruga over the past few months. Then there was that Demons' Souls new game plus kick. Also, I've been reading a lot of books. And watching movies! Ugh. Yeah, I've been kind of bad lately. And most of these games are things I've purchased recently or played for review so it's more of a blog about recently completed games. Oh well, shut up and deal with it.



Why I put it off: I've never really put Valkyria Chronicles 2 off. I've kind of just been plugging along with it steadily over the past two years. Sometimes I forget my PSP in my car and forget it exists for weeks at a time.

Thoughts: There's some subtle differences that make VCII's gameplay superior to the original. However, the love-sim, highschool, friends forever BS could have been dialed back a tad.

Rating: I need more. Localize VCIII, Sega!



Thoughts: I recently reviewed a PC version of Half Minute Hero that should be going live here any day now. It's a lot like Half Minute Hero for PSP, which I liked quite a bit, but a little different.

Rating: I guess you'll have to find out.



Thoughts: A couple months ago I reviewed this for Gamer Limit, a website Chris Carter, myself and a bunch of current and former Dtoid staff have worked for over the years. It's an inventive concept, a hybrid rhythm-shmup, and it's pulled off well. Unfortunately, it just doesn't seem very "special." I can't quite put my finger on why, though.

In retrospect I feel like I may have scored it a tad high. It's good but it's also kind of meh. I hope someone takes this as a proof of concept and really runs with the idea.

Rating: Fleeting fun.



Thoughts: Tokyo Jungle is exactly the type of game I'll never "finish." I'm not a completionist. I have no inherent desire to unlock every animal or collect every bauble in Donkey Kong Country 64. Give me a 6 hour linear campaign, I'll be all over that. That said, Tokyo Jungle is great. It's just so awesomely bizarre.

Rating: A pride of lions just got in a turf war with a pack of small dogs? This is why I love Japan.



Thoughts: I initially heard good things about this and then I reviewed the thing. It's pretty terrible and is just more fuel for the licensed games are terrible* fire.

Rating: Avoid at all costs.



Why I put it off: I bought it on Steam. I never play any of my Steam games ever.

Thoughts: I went in to this not expecting much of a game, but I was astounded by how non-interactive it actually was. I suppose it's no different than a painting or book. There's some mild physical exertment involved, but it's basically there to induce thought and reflection. There's definitely some deeper themes and messages going on, but I didn't really think it was worth the time I invested in a single playthrough, much less any additional time spent on further analysis.

Rating: Not sure if videogame or...

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Next time on Backlog: Maybe Kyle will finally beat Super Meat Boy. Oh and Asura's Wrath will probably be discussed as well. As always, suggestions are welcome. What should I play, dudes?

*Except SNES-era Disney games. Those are AMAZING.

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