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1:50 AM on 12.02.2014

KH 2.5 Collector's Edition early unboxing + stream

I actually wanted to stream some KH3D since that is the only game not beaten on our stream (Kingdom hearts universe-wise) but since this literally came in one day early we obviously have to!

So here's a very bad unboxing video done by minus one man of our 3 man team so you should totally like, comment, and subscribe!

and don't forget to catch the stream!

HERE!

sorry guys the stream is over its 3am! lol

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11:24 AM on 11.21.2014

Super Smash Bros. Combo (3DS) Video

Hey guys and Dtoid! I hope you enjoy this compliation combo video I've spent hte last week making with my friend/Youtube partner/brother. Enjoy!  And don't forget to sub and like!

I hope you all enjoy and share your favorites!

You know you want to front page this Destructoid....please

I'll be back with more Smash spam later in the week

Also wish me luck at KTAR XI on Clash Tournaments on Saturday <3

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4:57 PM on 11.16.2014

I met Reggie Fils-Aime!! The Reginnator Himself! Oh also played Smash Wii U

*fun note before I forget REGGIE HIMSELF says he dislikes Majora's Mask and OoT/LttP are his favorites (made my day) enjoy the gameplay vids!

Yep that's right I freaking met the President and COO of Nintendo, Reggie Fils-Aime. Now, obviously we all are wondering, "How did this dope get to meet Reggie!?". Actually, the thing was one day my brother told Phil and I that Nintendo was holding a contest only for New York residents only for a few days and you had to write an email on why you want to meet Reggie. I was like okay, I've got nothing better to do and I wrote a about a 3 paragraph email; replies weren't expected until early November and this was mid-late October, but in all honesty I didn't think I was winning until I got a random email a week before the event. The email asked some follow-up questions and only 10 winners were selected...and there weren't allowed to bring guests. So unfortunately for my brother, he couldn't come.....

HOLD IT!

The best two lookings guys there behind Reggie!

He got an email on the last day they were noticing people of winners (Friday November 7th) and somehow two members of SuperNintenbros were going to meet Reggie and play some Smash early. The big thing in the promotion was not only meeting Reggie, but getting to hang out with him and fighting his Amiibo! Now, this isn't the first time we were playing Smash Wii U (as the Best Buy E3 event) but its the first time we were going to play it after months of Pro Tournaments for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS; in essence we had knowledge of the game.

Wednesday arrived and we went to the Nintendo World Store and they closed the entire upper floor because of the private event we were invited to! Once we got past the check-ins, there was food, Wii-U and 3DS set ups everywhere and of course this big guy who we all know...Dan from Nintendo Treehouse (he was there) but I mean Reggie! It was pretty awesome and surreal, he gave a brief introduction, joked as he always does (but it was funny as it was similar to the E3 Robot Chicken thing), and honestly wanted us to ease in the event and treat it like a normal thing. To clarify on the joke, someone asked about a new Metroid game and he goes yeah I've got it here...reached into his back pocket with his 3DS and then said we all couldn't play it! The Wii U's had Mario Kart 8 DLC (this was before it officially came out), Captain Toad, and in a special "living room" set-up two Wii U's with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Wii.

The first thing I did though was jump right to the Wii U with my brother and the best part they gave us GCN controllers with the adapters! In addition, the Wii U was set up with the new mode: 8-Player Smash. I grabbed a silver classic GCN (although they had the new one that is coming with the $99 bundle *more on that later) and man I have to say it felt fantastic. I love Super Smash Bros. 3DS and obviously playing pro smash 3DS with others and being on Clash Tournaments I know and understand the controls, but nothing beats Smash on a GCN controller. I do want to learn how to play with my GamePad, but picking it up and knowing the meta just made it all the better (yes the bias is clear!).

Thoughts on 8-Player Smash and the 'new' GCN controller

I thought 8-player Smash was pretty fun but

  • It's too easy to lose yourself even with your Tag/Name above 
  • I think at KTAR XI (this Friday hosted by CT and Apex) it will die there and we'll continue to have only dubz (doubles) and singles
  • It's a great mode to play with friends and items kinda still suck (bias) but might be necessary for it
  • The maps are amazing like that Kirby one....wow

Also, the freedom the game gives you to choose normal costumes even though you are on different teams (example blue link on green teams) which makes it even worse with a large amount of players. It's utter disarray in my opinion, and let's not forget that in tournaments team attack is on! We'll see how this plays out by next week!

Notes on the GCN Controller are that is feels cheap. No knock to Nintendo making that awesome black design with the Smash logo but when I picked it up it felt light and made of cheaper material than of that of the regular GCN controller (which I just used). The positive on it though is that the Matte finish on it feels great and the grip is fantastic.

Thoughts on Amiibo

Buy them.

They are amazing and simply awesome to look at as well! I got to see a Level 1 Mario grow up and learn from the fights he was in as well as vs a few level 50 Amiibo's. The Amiibo essentially is a living AI that constantly learning even at its "limit" of level 50. The Amiibo, as Dan from Nintendo Treehouse explained it to me, is learning your fighting style and a way to counter it as well. I watched it learn from me spiking it all the time to knowing it should air dodge there or it shouldn't overshoot a ledge and rather stay below it. In addition, even if your Amiibo is level 50, that doesn't mean its amazing. We at SNBGaming64/SuperNintenbros wrecked all of the Nintendo's staffs Amiibo's (same can't be said for the others), and watched it get back into another fight with progress. It was funny how Dan was joking how his Amiibo is now jacked up because of all the fighting he did with my brother and I!

Remember how I said Amiibo's are always learning, well Amiibo's also learn from the settings you play in. The Amiibo's we played were not that bad in 1v1's but when we at SNB decided to team battle two level 50 Amiibo's...well let's just say they didn't know what "team battles were". Also, playing with items or without effects your Amiibo's play style/knowledge on what items are and how to go for them. Regarding physical appearances and quality, they look great and are actually lighter than they seem! Word of advice though, don't throw them around in your backpack, they seem like they can break if handled poorly.

If you have any questions about Amiibo's please ask, I know more but don't want to spoil how amazing they are!

Final Thoughts/End

I had a fantastic time and actually got to talk with Reggie about not video games. He's an amazing guy and pretty tall though not that tall as I talked to him about how he got this job, what he was doing at college etc. He told me he wanted to be a banker as he was studying finance in college (like myself), got offered a job at Proctor & Gamble and really hit off from there. He grew up with his family and college by playing Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 though now he mainly plays his 3DS because he is always traveling, but he says he tries to practice for Smash but "he sucks". I do feel bad since he's always talking to like big-time nerds and/or having awkward conversations with them, but he might enjoy it. We actually talked to him about basketball and football and man he loves basketball with a passion! I think we went on 20 minutes for basketball and I could see the joy in his eyes with that!

Then we talked about finances, where he travels, work stuff (well I did) and after that I handed him my resume, which he gladly took and said no promises...though at the end of the day I saw him walking out with it in hand! Honestly, Reggie is an idol for me in the sense of I can achieve that goal/dream and he's a living personification of it.

We'll see where the future takes but right now all I can see is Smash Wii U (and a possible job at the Nintendo World Store!)

 Michael Troina plays games for his Twitch Channel EVERYDAY @ Troyfullbuster and his Youtube Channel: SuperNintenbros or YouTube Channel: TLMB Gaming that is only if you want to watch awesome and funny gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and laughs! You can also find Mike and TLMB on Facebook or Mike and SNB on Facebook by liking the page! Thanks guys!

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12:11 PM on 10.19.2014

SSB 3DS Home-Run contest 6000+ feet!

Yep, fresh off from last week's CrossFire/XFire at Smash Dollhoues (placed 4th my bro got 2nd lost to XFIRE Will) I decided to help my fellow Smashers on their quest to completing the freaking Challenge boards!

Don't forget to sub to our Youtube: SuperNintenbros or catch us on Twitch: Troyfullbuster (on TeamSmashBros) [also thursday nights for streamtoid]

Here we have Ganondorf doing his thing in the homerun contest...who needs Bats!

 

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9:46 PM on 09.28.2014

DIBS Sonic the Hedgehog Sm4sh!

I choose Sonic the hedgehog! Why because he's cool, he's fast, he's as old as I am, and come on he's blue!

  1. HES MY MAIN! I literally just got back from CrossFire and placed in top 10

 Like no seriously, it's even here! (http://xfiregamingli.challonge.com/Crossfire4Smash4Singles) Yeah man!!! Freaking M2K and Vinnie (I did go 0-for- against Vinnie haha)

2. He has like the greatest platforming game ever: Sonic 3 & Knuckles

Come on, like who doesn't like Sonic 3 and Knuckles? The amazing soundtrack, the super amazing depth of every level, the introduction of HYPER SONIC! Let's not forget invulernable do all-the-work Tails....err I mean his sidekick!!

3. Uhh Sonic Adventure 1 & 2, and his comics, and his cartoon shows...except Sonic Underground

Yeah, that's right I'm going Meta-game here, Sonic is everywhere! You can't top that, plus M2K second mains him, and yeah he's in the top-10 characters for Project Melee/PM because he's amazing and his FAIR is a meteor!!

4. His improvements and amazing costumes will make everyone love him (actual reasons)

Sonic, although his D-Smash is terribad, has been improved overall. His recovery is even better, his turn around-dash grab is insane, his forward tilt has 2!! Hitboxes and has great reach. He has great U-Air combos, plus his FAIR ain't to shabby. They also added a do-or-die Meteor in the first frame of his DAIR, which you can recover from! Let's not forget that sexy side-B special reminsicent of Sonic 2 and 3 Spin dash, plus all his jumps have the original 1991 Sonic the Hedgehog noise!! 

5. Nobody uses item because that is lame A.F. but still he has the best final Smash

6. Sonic's his name speed's his game.

7. I'm Sonic...also his taunts rule...in Japanese

 

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1:33 PM on 09.14.2014

Super Smash Bros. 3DS Impressions (Advanced Techniques)

Well, coming from a semi-pro perspective here is what I think, from the time I've spent playing the demo:

  • There is no Dash-Dancing (continuously moving back in forth in a single space)- The reason why is because moving the slide back in forth in such a quick manner is impossible. I can dash dance if I use my index finger but that is useless for fighting.
  • There is obviously No L-Cancelling and WaveDashing
  • There are more combos, especially off of throws (down-throws for days)
  • There is a lot more hit-stun
  • There is no chain grabbing (boo)
  • Easier to recover from sides rather than below
  • Meteors/Spikes are rewarded, be it for kills, or on the ground (as you bounce up now!)
  • GIMPs are near impossible for some characters.
  • Most characters have insane recovery's
  • Mario's flag gives you your up-B back if hit before "neutral"
  • Ledge guarding is gone
  • You LOSE YOUR INVICBILITY FRAMES AFTER DROPPING THE LEDGE AGAIN
  • Game runs smooth
  • Pikachu has a great recovery
  • Mario's aerial game is even better
  • Mega Man is not that bad actually (need to be a good short hopper)
  • Link can actually recover!
  • Villager is alright, not much to say about him
  • Why are grab and shield different buttons?

If you have any other random question, or if I notice anything else I will obviously update! Enjoy guys!

If you want to watch Smash Run with Pacman!

This is Luigi vs. Bowser! With Final Smash:

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Michael Troina plays games for his Twitch Channel EVERYDAY @ Troyfullbuster and his Youtube Channel: SuperNintenbros or YouTube Channel: TLMB Gaming that is only if you want to watch awesome and funny gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and laughs! You can also find Mike and TLMB on Facebook or Mike and SNB on Facebook by liking the page! Thanks guys!

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4:12 PM on 09.12.2014

Bought the 3DS Japanese Super Smash Bros 4 showing spoilers, stages, and Luigi F

Basically read the title!

ALSO FREAKING SUB AND STUFF!

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Michael Troina plays games for his Twitch Channel EVERYDAY @ Troyfullbuster and his Youtube Channel: SuperNintenbros or YouTube Channel: TLMB Gaming that is only if you want to watch awesome and funny gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and laughs! You can also find Mike and TLMB on Facebook or Mike and SNB on Facebook by liking the page! Thanks guys!

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6:24 PM on 09.09.2014

Top 5 Kingdom Hearts Worlds

Well, since I just went to the store to pre-order Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Re:Mix (and not the awesome Japanese pre-order version with a statue for like $300) I thought I would list out my favorite worlds in all the Kingdom Hearts games to show my love and appreciation for the series. Eleven years, eight games, and a hell lot of worlds just means it only makes my job harder to list what are the best damn worlds I've played in. The goal of these lists and these worlds came into my Top List is due to the factors of: impact (on the player and story), fun, music, and of course unexpectedness.

If you guys want to read my Kingdom Hearts 3 blog where I discuss the Seven Guardians of Light vs the 13 Darknesses as Master Xehanort predicted click here!

*also all gifs are mine and published here and here make your own!

Honorable Mention List

  • Traverse Town (Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance)-  Traverse Town is awesome and a great startup in any Kingdom Hearts game. From meeting Squall/Leon, Yuffie, Aerith, Cid, aka old-cast Final Fantasy members, to having the story unwind in a mysterious way only makes Traverse Town an unforgettable world. Let's not forget the awesome battle music and your first run-in with Donald and Goofy happened here! KH3D expands on this world, adding a hidden/bigger world that imagined, along with the cast of TWEWY (The World Ends With You), making Traverse Town one of the best worlds in the series!
  • Neverland (KH1 & BBS)- Why is Neverland of all places here? Well, it is the only level/world in which you can FLY! Yep, you can fly however and wherever you want! In addition, beating this world will give you the AP Abilities of Glide and SuperGlide! Who doesn't love those abilities? Plus, let's not forget awesome Pirate-theme Heartless; too bad this world is too short. However, on the BBS side all I have to say is Vanitas, that is all

  • Castle Oblivion/Land Of Departure- While this "world" is a hub world in Re: Chain of Memories, and is only used really in the end, and mainly a cutscene level; you cannot deny the impact the Castle Oblivion has on the entire Kingdom Hearts series. From Ventus' sleeping here, to the secret ending in Kingdom Hearts, to the epic boss battles it has held versus Marluxia, Larxene, Axel, and Data Roxas (Re:Coded people play the games!), and of course Namine and all of Re: Chain of Memories. Castle Oblivion just has the scent and look of a bad guy's hideout. Remember, "In this place to find is to lose. And to lose is to find."

5- Agrabah (both KH1 and KH2)

This was probably my hardest choice, but a well deserved one. First off, I love Aladdin, second Jafar is a great villain, and third KURT ZISA (play a secret boss people). Agrabah stays true to its core-Disney story, but perfectly adds the element of KH-trio in the story. The world is vast, brings a great element of danger as well as exploration, and let's face it Aladdin is a pretty good-AI....that I never use. Not only is Agrabah great, but the second area in the world, the Cave of Wonders is fantastic battleground area with tons of memorable Heartless and Nobodies. Who can honestly forget the Fat Bandits strolling by everywhere and breathing fire in the most inconvenient off-camera position?

4-The World That Never Was

The World That Never Was is what Castle Oblivion is to villains and myself, just in a more epic way. The Organization's Hideout is located here, the door to Kingdom Hearts, and of course it's the place with some pretty epic battles against some pretty badass leaders/bosses. The World That Never Was has all the iconic and toughest variations both the Nobodies and Heartless' and the entire soundtrack is just a giant tense filled build up because you know you are reaching the finale of Kingdom Hearts 2 or Dream Drop Distance. If you wanted to play in a world where you know something is about to go down there ain't no other place like The World That Never Was (sorry End of the World).

3- Symphony of Sorcery

This is my biggest surprise of the list and honestly, it still is. Symphony of Sorcery is a Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance only level and is based off of Fantasia (the Magic Mickey which is super iconic). The crazy special thing about this world is: there is no sound! You can only here the beautiful symphonic music (L'Apprenti Sorcerer, Nutcracker Suite, etc.) and I have to say it fits perfectly. Killing enemies and interacting with the world also adds to the music without ruining the sweet melody you are listening too. The world is also pretty big, holds some very rare Dream Eaters, and provides you with the second best keyblade in the game (Ultima is #1 of course)! Let's not forget how beautiful the surronding forests, clouds, and other areas the world holds! It's like going through all the seasons (Click Clock Wood anyone?) yet you're just exploring them. The bosses are a bit unique in this world as they are not normal fights, with Sora you must grind/Flow Motion of notes while fighting a Dream Eater and Riku gets to fight the fabled Chernabog!

2- Hercules Coliseum (KH1 ONLY)

This level is probably the most crossover, action packed, awesome level anyone can play in Kingdom Hearts. Hercules Coliseum in Kingdom Hearts 1 holds fantastic tournaments that make the player just itching to unlock the next Cup! First off, you fight Cerberus here, then you fight the greatest costume designed Cloud in existence!! (THE CLAWS! AND THAT WING), and let's not forget figuring out how to hurt Hades. In addition (cause I'm not even done), I didn't mention fighting Squall/Leon, Yuffie, Squall and Cloud together (there was no Dissidia yet), and the best of them all THE ICE TITAN...no wait I mean SEPHIROTH! *Cue theme song* Not only is Sephiroth better in Kingdom Hearts 1 (and more difficult) but after you beat him you get an epic secret scene when he fights Cloud and you literally melt. The entire Hercules Coliseum is built off Cups, it has 2 rooms! And yet epic battles against character greats just make this the best world in Kingdom Hearts.

1- Radiant Garden/Hollow Bastion

Now, I did say Hercules Coliseum was the best world in Kingdom Hearts, but don't you dare think it is the most iconic and greatest world KH has. That belongs to Hollow Bastion, which in turn is also the most important world in all of Kingdom Hearts. This is where all the Final Fantasy characters live, it is also the world Kairi is the Princess of Heart, I also have to mention that this is where the Organization was first created, in addition to it being the place where Ansem the Wise did his studies. Ansem the Wise found Terranort here, which lead to Xehanort gaining more knowledge with Light and Dark....you get the picture.

Not only is it THAT important story wise but you also have some iconic battles here like Maleficent, Ansem Seeker of Darkness Riku-form, and on the KH2 side, Sephiroth Round 2, Demyx, and of course the Sora vs. 1000 Heartless. Everytime you enter this world, you know you are at some turning point in the story and it serves as some amazing penultimate world, both beautiful and serious. Hollow Bastion/Radiant Garden is a gorgeous world that connects Kingdom Hearts with Disney and Final Fantasy. In addition, to being a glorious and huge town that is just amazing to be in, you have to remember that it boasts some of the best damn music in all of Kingdom Hearts. That Piano Collections OST of Hollow Bastion is just an earful of glory and it makes you want to grind for EXP or just explore! Hollow Bastion/Radiant Garden just has so much story behind it and really I feel like we haven't explored it all, even after playing through all the Kingdom Hearts games.

Thanks for reading and tell me your favorite worlds down below! No phoney's allowed!

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Michael Troina plays games for his Twitch Channel EVERYDAY @ Troyfullbuster and his Youtube Channel: SuperNintenbros or YouTube Channel: TLMB Gaming that is only if you want to watch awesome and funny gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and laughs! You can also find Mike and TLMB on Facebook or Mike and SNB on Facebook by liking the page! Thanks guys!

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5:37 PM on 09.02.2014

Ace Attorney Investigations 2 / Gyakuten Kenji 2 Review

It's finally here and it's no thanks to Capcom that Miles Edgeworth 2/ Ace Investigations has been played and reviewed by yours truly! Ace Attorney Investigations is a "spinoff" series regarding the games second-most popular character, the titular Miles Edgeworth, and does things a bit differently than its main series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. In the Investigations games, you do not defend or prosecute suspects in court, rather, you investigate crime scenes, have "Rebuttles" against police or witness testimony, and of course find the truth; well I guess it is kind of like Phoenix Wright, but played from a totally different viewpoint, you can walk around come on!

Disregarding information we should all know, as Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, is/was a localized game let's jump into how this game was made available for people like us and of course the review. For the past two years, members of a site known as GBAtemp.net have been trying to translate the game and give us a patch in order for the game to be available to non-Japanese players. Updates were constant and was in fact stuck from a release of only the first two cases, until finally a year after that update, the English patch was made by a large team of fans. Kotaku, a video game news site, was one of the first and only to report on it as the patch was done just this past June! Nearly four years after the game's release of course; while it may not be an official translation, it may be the only way we will ever play Gyakuten Kenji, unless we learn Japanese.

Review

Ace Investigations 2 is a direct sequel to the first game and the story continues off about a week after the end event of the first Ace Investigations. Edgeworth and Detective Dick Gumshoe are called over to investigate a crime scene of an attempted presidential assassination of the president of the Republic of Zheng Fa (hints). There they run into Kay Faraday, another main character from the first game, and thus the game truly begins and brings you only closer to the truth that lie far away.

During the course of the game, you of course meet new characters, and Ace Investigations 2 adds three new main characters, all which have a great impact and are great additions to the cast. Sebastain Debeste/Yumihiko Ichiyanagi, Judge Justice Courtney/Hakari Mikagami, and Raymond Shields/Tateyuki Shigaraki, are characters that not only bring Edgeworth to the man we know him as in Phoenix Wright 5: Dual Destinies, but also tie up Edgeworth's past; which leads to his father, Gregory Edgeworth, to have a bigger impact on the game than in previous ones.



If you've played any of the Ace Attorney or Investigations games you should be down with the core gameplay that the series has to offer. The game is consistent with all its series, as you must investigate, remember key facts (read!), and of course listen to testimony and find falsities in their claims. What Investigations 1 & 2, do differently that than the Ace Attorney series, is you control Miles Edgeworth (as in you can see a character model and travel around) instead of just moving from area to area while touching points of interest. Investigating is still the same, just the manner of travel is different, as well as interaction with NPC's.

Now, the differences Ace Investigations 2 brings from Ace Investigations 1 is just one thing (to its gameplay), however, it plays a key part in the entire game; and that is: Logic Chess. Logic Chess is a type of interrogation Miles Edgeworth does against persons of interest, in order to lure out more information and/or crack them. It does not require evidence and is based off a time scale, in which wrong answers take away from your set amount of time asking the person questions. Most Logic Chess matches require you to get your information off slip-ups the character will say during the talk, and you must backtrack your statements to find where these "clues" will fit into place or contradict what they say. In these matches you also are given a list of answers/questions to tell the other person and if you go to far off base, you will be penalized by losing time. In addition, each character has a different personality, so if you are too aggressive or passive, you will be penalized as well!

A bad change Investigations 2 had was the they got rid of the "freedom" that you had investigating in Investigations. In the first game, you can travel area to area if you were missing something, and kind of let the game feel more "open". However, not once in Investigations 2, were you allowed to travel outside the investigating area, leaving each area as more of a 1-part kind of place. While that does progress the game quicker and most of the time a player will not leave an area until they are sure they got everything, it simplified the missions just a bit. In addition, Logic is used a lot less in this game, as well as Edgeworth's "EUERKA" call from Investigations 1. This may be due to a fanwork rather than the game changes though. Another change I bring up, not knowing the source/reason why, is that when you get a Game Over (your bar runs out), the ending scene is always the same. But in Investigations 1, when you would die, you would get an alternate scene/follow-up scene of your loss, with your characters interacting. In Investigations 2, you always get the same screen, which makes me wonder if this was a fan-problem or the game changed it? However, everything else from Investigations remains the same, even the hints of Phoenix Wright (and a great hilarious one-shot/examining a useless area in the final case, similar to the time you see him in Case 3 of the first game).

For those wondering about the graphics, then be happy! Every character has gotten new character model updates and look fantastic (Kay Faraday looks the best), but other than most of it seems the same. The new music added fits each characters motif perfectly, though I would have to say, the new music, personally, it is not as suspenseful for the revelations of cases or interrogations of bad guys.



Edgeworth pulling that gurren lagann quote! [well if Dtoid would ever let me EDIT IT]


I would say replay-value wise, this game is low compared to the first game (which I replayed before playing this) and the first three Phoenix Wright games. While the cases were good and heartfelt, they didn't have the kind of terror, shock, excitement, and awe as the cases in the previous games I mentioned.

Overall

Score: 8.0/10

Investigations 2 is a good game and Miles Edgeworth is a great character. However, this game does not live up to the hype the first game set for us and is a bit disappointing with its end results of the cases. I was genuinely shocked for a few of the cases, but I always felt something was missing while playing the game. In addition, I hate how Raymond Shields always used the "Defense Lawyers always smile at the worst time and turn things around". NO, you aren't Phoenix Wright and Mia Fey, Edgeworth's dad didn't make those mottos, those are just personal grievances but still come on; they forced this so much and it annoyed me a bit. Otherwise I enjoyed my time with Investigations 2 and definitely recommend it to fans of the Phoenix Wright series.

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Michael Troina plays games for his Twitch Channel EVERYDAY @ Troyfullbuster and his Youtube Channel: SuperNintenbros or YouTube Channel: TLMB Gaming that is only if you want to watch awesome and funny gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and laughs! You can also find Mike and TLMB on Facebook or Mike and SNB on Facebook by liking the page! Thanks guys!   read


6:01 PM on 08.28.2014

My favorite Sidekick...Miles Tails Prower

Sidekicks...they're like main characters and heroes...just not as main! Sidekicks can be found in many games, shows, stories, etc. and of course they are liked sometimes even more than the main character! Now the hard thing is determining what is a sidekick, as there are many secondary characters, Deuteragonists, sidekicks gone bad, and of course anti-heroes; a sidekick is the characters' best friend, he shares the spotlight for a brief time, he is loyal, and can always be found with or helping the protagonist/best friend/brother. So, sorry Vegeta (anti-hero), Luigi (a main character not a sidekick), Riku (both reasons), and Vivi (main character), that honor belongs to Miles "Tails" Prower.



The name "Miles Prower" is a pun on "miles per hour", a reference to the famed speed of Sonic the Hedgehog. He is an fox with two tails, hence his nickname. He is known to be Sonic's sidekick and best friend, as well as a mechanical genius. He is able to use his two tails to propel himself into the air like a helicopter for a limited time. He debuted on October 16, 1992 with the release of the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2; the 16-bit version was released that November. The character of Tails is portrayed as a very sweet-natured and humble fox who, before he met Sonic, used to be picked on because of his twin tails. (this was in the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon) As a long time friend, he admires Sonic and dreams of being just like him. Though he lacks courage,he wants to prove he can be counted on.

What makes Tails the best sidekick is the willingness he will go for his friend, no his brother Sonic the Hedgehog, who raised him and protected him all his years. A sidekick is someone who wants to be helpful to the hero, he knows his limitations but will go that extra mile for his best friend, and of course he is always there to kickass when things go wrong. Tails, in my opinion is his best in, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, one of the greatest games of all time. Not only, can you choose to play as Tails, but if you have a friend or sibling, they can take control of the INVULNERABLE Tails, and basically do all the work for you...err I mean play side-by-side with you. Tails can fly and carry you everywhere and brings a really cool element into the Sonic the Hedgehog series. One thing I also loved was those moments when Tails would save Sonic free-falling or would help him get to Dr. Robotnik's in the Tornado! Man those moments were epic!

One last good attribute Tails has is he also has that relationship with Sonic where it's like he can give him crap for not knowing things or just take his sarcasm jokes as like "come on man". That takes a deep friendship to really have an understanding of what character says and means. Tails will always explain the situation to Sonic and also act on it with him; think all of Sonic Generations. It's funny to see how he's never really changed over the years and I've always loved that about Tails. Tails takes the level of being a sidekick into being not only Sonic/a best-friend, but as a brother as well!



[all information is based off Sonic cartoon, Archie comics, instruction manual introductions]

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Michael Troina plays games for his Twitch Channel EVERYDAY @ Troyfullbuster and his Youtube Channel: SuperNintenbros or YouTube Channel: TLMB Gaming that is only if you want to watch awesome and funny gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and laughs! You can also find Mike and TLMB on Facebook or Mike and SNB on Facebook by liking the page! Thanks guys!   read


6:53 PM on 08.27.2014

What's the big deal about indies?

*note I don't mean to offend anyone with this blog

I must have missed the letter that Indie Games are the new big deal because apparently that's all people want these days. PS4 and Xbox One claims they will support indies, even going so far to make public announcements about them? The PS Vita has so many good indies; the Wii U doesn't? But, honestly the question is: Does it really matter? I've always enjoyed reading news or looking at some concept art or screenshots regarding Indie games though I've never felt the urge to buy one. And yet, I see in the comment sections how people can't wait to get this game etc; though sales numbers usually are pretty low (in overall terms not budget vs net gain value).

I consider myself a pretty big gamer, I go out and buy many games, play many games be it 1st, 2nd, 3rd party, AAA, etc. and of course beat these games all the way through (even force my way through sometimes). I enjoy the luxury of all the systems out (with the exception of X1 and PS4 for now, but more due to lack of desire vs want) and I don't find myself EVER wanting to buy an Indie game. The problem I see is first of all, Indie games are too much of a risk and offer little to no reward. To clarify, you spend usually $10-$15 on this game, with no proven history, and obviously come out with the outcome of the game being good or not good. From there on, the game will have no continuation (most likely) and/or once the game is done it is done. Other issues may be the games length or the most important issue: It isn't fun!



Now, this rule does apply to all games and there are tons of shitty high budget first/second party games. To throw a few off the list: Okami, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Tales of Symphonia, etc. however, the risk in indies lie in the fact they are essentially gaming "food". What I mean by this is that food is a substance we use once, we consume it and that's it. Now, depending if the food was good or not we decide if we want to continue eating or going back to that food. With popular AAA games, there are games that make mistakes (Skyward Sword), but you know that they could do great things (Ocarina of Time) and have room for error to fix for the next title. With indies, you think of restaurant you had a bad experience at, the chances are you are never ever going back there, even at the begging of friends and family members who love the place and say you just had ONE bad time.

That's it though! It only takes one bad indie for most indies to be labeled terrible in the eyes of myself and many others. Why am I going to throw $10-$15 dollars for every little gamble when I know A- there are tons of well perceived games on the markets by trusted developers and B- there are series and games in which I enjoy and haven't played them all or want to replay them? This may be considered "playing it safe" but we are dealing with a consumer's finances and it is the worst feeling to go out and buy a game and have it be the worst thing you have ever played (looking at you: The Last of Us and Sonic Lost World). I own a Playstation Vita and you know how many "indie games" I own? ONE. PixelJunk Shooter, and that was because it was free and I wasn't ready to play P4G yet. Why would I play an indie game when I have great titles like: Uncharted, Persona 4 Golden, Tearaway, Y's Memories of Celceta, and overrated Dangan Ronpa. Does that mean I am using my Vita wrong? No, but if you look at the Vita and its low quality title library, you can see that indies are overrated and A- don't sell systems B- are in abundance on the PS Store C- aren't enticing enough.

I love cheap games and some of the indie titles come out pretty well, but we as the people and media have to stop overrating Indies like they are these hidden gems that everyone is missing out on, and promoting it more so than regular 2nd & 3rd party games. Every time I go on game sites I can see a ridiculous amount of coverage for some Indie title. Games like Mighty Number 9 and Child of Light, are not indie, their backing is huge and are developed behind famous studios and developers. Shovel Knight is a true Indie, in which I give my rare cap to, but it's a golden egg and more likely an aberration that a standing point.

Now, Colin from IGN wrote an article dismissing those who dismiss Indies (inception right there). I thought the piece was fantastic....well the beginning anyway where he tries to find what is the definition of an Indie. No one knows this and I had a discussion with a friend about an Indie is. You can't name it but you know what it is. That is the best and worst answer I can give; there are just games out there and you know its indie. These are mainly thrown into cheap $5-$20 games are by no-name developers, but simply put, in a joking manner, an indie is a Free PS+ game.

What bothers me about the article is his assertion of quantity over quality (though he use that argument in the reverse v. AAA games). He mentions it twice throughout the article and claims there are more quality indie titles than there are regular titles. At the end of his article Colin says, "people like me who have lost hundreds of hours to downloadable-only games on the console over the last eight months" only asserts his claim even more. While games may be free on PS4 (which right now is basically an IndieStation vs NetFliXbox) due to the PS4 having mandatory PS+ and you not actually spending money for the games being played, do not act like you bought and are supporting these indies which were basically included with your PS4. While for 2014 I cannot refute that claim of there being more quality indies vs games in a quantity standpoint, considering the low amount of releases that aren't DKCTF, Mario Kart 8, South Park, and a few others; the games I listed have a greater effect and overall quality standpoint than any indie.



Also, there is one thing that is not included in the bundles of indies everyone is playing. What about trophy percentage fanatics like myself? I don't have all the time in the world to play games, even though I play many 60+ hour JRPG's and these Free-To-Play and Indie games ruin a trophy percentage. I'm not saying everyone is like that (basically nuts like myself) but we don't want to play all these indies because then WE HAVE TO COMPLETE IT. I know there are many gamers who can just play a game and either just leave it be not beaten or not 90+ percentage in their games. Like, I cannot do that and I don't want to play 50 indies and lower my percentage rate and then devote myself full time to it.

How I really feel a little more...

The last paragraph you just read is also part of my true opinion, but this is more of the unorganized rant section. You want to know what I think about Indies? I hate them. Honestly, I will play them if someone got if for me as a gift and I can't say all of them are terrible but I hate the Indie genre and what is has done to gaming, it has become the App Store of games and I hate anything mobile. I FREAKING hate it . Blame the media, blame every mainstream-er, blame every non-gamer claiming they are, blame every 40 year old mom playing Candy Crush, it is just the way the genre has become exposed has left a sour taste in my mouth. Indies aren't like the new thing and the coolest thing, but it is literally being shoved down our throat. You go any comment and people are like "you don't play indies? You're missing out." In fact I am not, in a way I don't want to play a game inspired by a form of game I have already played in my past, with one little new twist! Look at GameInformer, their magazine only dedicates a page or two to indies, which I think is great and keeps me on top of them, although I skim them. I want an Indie like HyperLight Drifter but in no way no how am I saying they are worth spending your money more than other games on a market, that you like, missed, or want to try.

EDIT:

I think people are missing the point where it is not I hate all indie games, I just hate the way Indies are perceived by the media and the gaming market in general. You can read up to 5 articles providing information on a short indie game, and yet you can find no information on a game like Disgaea, One Piece, or non-Dynasty Warrior Gundam games. These middle ground games still exist and are in fact tons of fun to play and provide more value than most indies. The problem is, with no news coverage, these games do not sell well and then are not localized and I (along with other gamers) are affected. Look at Phoenix Wright 5 and Ace Attorney v. Professor Layton, due to poor sales we aren't even getting a boxed version, excluding the fact of Miles Edgeworth 2 never making it here. Indies are fine and all, but not the attention they receive or games worthy of attention; and food for thought although people "love" franchises I'm sure they haven't played all the games in a franchise, which provide DIFFERENT gameplay. So go out and buy the Mario Land games or Mega Man X or Mega Man Zero games and realize how much you missed playing home console only.

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Michael Troina plays games for his Twitch Channel EVERYDAY @ Troyfullbuster and his Youtube Channel: SuperNintenbros or YouTube Channel: TLMB Gaming that is only if you want to watch awesome and funny gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and laughs! You can also find Mike and TLMB on Facebook or Mike and SNB on Facebook by liking the page! Thanks guys!   read


7:36 PM on 08.25.2014

I love Final Fantasy XIII-2

That's right I said I love something FFXIII related. That's not only internet blasphemy, it also is classic JRPG fan blasphemy. One person is not allowed to like FFXIII and let me get this straight though

[b]I FREAKING HATE Final Fantasy XIII and Lightning...actually everything about that series.
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But, you know as much Square-Enix doesn't like to listen, and as they continuously kept pumping out more terrible iterations of Lightning and her team of terrible friends; something good came out of it.

To tell you the truth, I bought a PS3 because of Final Fantasy, Naughty Dog, and Kingdom Hearts (this didn't pan out that well) and I've always loved all my Playstation systems...a little less than my Nintendo systems. Now, when FFXIII was announced I crapped my pants, pre-ordered, bought the game, and nearly punched my Playstation 3 upon completion of the game (the gorgeous soundtrack is what saved me). It was terrible, a torture to play, the voice acting stunk, the characters/cast were uninteresting, the story not only confusing but dull once you finally figured out what was actually going on, and the ruination of JRPG mechanics and Final Fantasy. I told myself, I'm done, which turned out to be an obvious lie because I love Final Fantasy.



In turn we jump to 2012, and we get the release of Final Fantasy XIII-2, and although Lightning is on the front cover for a terrible sales/media reasons, the game doesn't focus on her and in fact you only use her for the tutorial. I still had my doubts and for good reason! This game claims to fix all the problems, towns would exist, you can actually max out before the final boss, you can be all classes, JUMPING, exploration, etc. 

Once again, I pre-ordered the game and went home and played it. I have to say, the second I hit New Bodhum and started playing as Noel (who is Max from Goofy Movie!) and Serah (Laura Bailey/Rise Kujikawa waifu), and heard that beautiful New Bodhum theme, I was hooked. I think it was the jump button, or the no Lightning, but something about the game felt different but most importantly, fun.

Now, I know people hate on the Final Fantasy XIII series and dislike FFXIII-2 for being just that, or having any relation to Final Fantasy XIII (because no one wanted a sequel); but honestly this is the only game in the series they should play. The game has a complex story that actually is quite simple, yet entrancing from the get go. To top it off, if you play the game rather than read it, it just is relayed perfectly. Time paradox's are not always done well, but FFXIII-2 does them right! In addition, Noel is just a fantastic character on his own and really brings that kind of Final Fantasy protagonist feel to the gamer. Serah and Noel have a great connection throughout the story, you really learn of their backstory, as well what happened to the former cast, so you aren't left wondering in a unfulfilled manner. 



The gameplay, while similar to the first, is actually totally different and actually makes you feel like your decision matter; rather than the good ol' X-spam auto battle of Final Fantasy XIII. Yes, that option exists, but relying on it solely will get you killed as party/paradigm shifts play a huge role! Having a bad set up can lead to impossible to win fights. The exploration is fantastic and while the worlds aren't too big, they are large enough to have a player occupied running through the different time periods. Let's not forget the fact it has multiple endings and allows you to control the time of each time period you travel across!

The problem with Final Fantasy XIII is the sour taste the first and then the last game, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII leaves on its players and fans, as these things are shoved down our throat and we clearly don't want them! Because of it, the FFXIII series is, rightfully so, looked down upon but that should exempt FFXIII-2!  Look, I've played all three games in that series, even platniuming Lightning Returns and FFXIII-2 (which I enjoyed), and I have to say I enjoyed FFXIII-2 more than the I did the entire PS2 Final Fantasy catalog (FFXFFXII).



I understand that LR:FFXIII's a snooze-fest with monotonous gameplay that thinks it is an action-rpg game but it's really is boring story with few options and I understand FFXIII is just a movie, and an extremely bad one, where you just hold forward and press X; but FFXIII-2 is actually a game and really is a joy to play. 

I do understand you though, "but it's a Final Fantasy XIII game" or "it has Lightning" don't worry, Square-Enix knew and limited their time on camera and made the game fun and has so much replay-value it had you wondering if it was Chrono Trigger (ok that's a stretch). So, give it a shot and play it...even for it's beautiful soundtrack! The game is cheap, basically recaps (and provides you with) all of Final Fantasy XIII for people who wanted to know the previous story and get integrated with the old cast. 

I hate many things people love like The Last of Us, Fire Emblem: Awakening, GTA, but I'm telling you on the opposite end of the spectrum you can't go wrong this game! 

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Michael Troina plays games for his Twitch Channel EVERYDAY @ Troyfullbuster and his Youtube Channel: SuperNintenbros or YouTube Channel: TLMB Gaming that is only if you want to watch awesome and funny gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and laughs! You can also find Mike and TLMB on Facebook or Mike and SNB on Facebook by liking the page! Thanks guys!   read





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