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How I love this little handheld. It packs a real whollop in power, having some truly spectacular looking/performing games. Has the nice little second analog nub already built in, and since I have an original model (Got it on day one, baby!) that OLED screen is an absolute thing of utter beauty.
But what REALLY makes me love the Vita is the plethora of niche Japanese games on it. As an oldschool gamer, most of my favorite games were Japanese developed. Something you see less and less these days. But not just this, but some of the batshit crazy Japanese stuff that you otherwise probably wouldn't see in the US. Stuff like Akiba's Strip and Danganronpa.
This is THE machine for niche Japanese games, a damned good one for RPGs too! Hell it has Persona 4 Golden, as an RPG fan that's hard to argue with.
I decided to write this blog though because Tuesday I purchased Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus and it's SO damn fun! Yes, ok...as we have established here in my previous blog entry, I'm a fan of women and their mammory glands...ok, I know. BUT the game is seriously fun, absolutely ridiculous and has a ton of stuff to do in it. I missed out on the original US released game in the series on the 3DS, mostly because I'm big into buying physical games and it was digital only... I'll buy digital too, but the Let's Get Physical edition of this one was too good to pass up. (And it is, it's a fantastic package for the price.)
On that note there've been a pretty good chunk of nice physical release packages for the Vita too. I'm a sucker for nice limited editions that aren't outrageously priced, especially for niche games.
And of course there are the other features, the remote play with PS4, which I admit as an owner of both I really haven't done much. And just like the PSP, it's a great way to play my PS1 classics. Not to mention I can still play digital PSP games, which I have a few of.
There's nothing here most any Vita owner doesn't know, I know, but I just felt like praising my favorite little handheld. I love my Vita!
If you know me it's no secret I am not fond of Polygon (Or Kotaku for that matter, but that's another blog entry), their recent review treatment of Bayonetta 2 is a grand example as to why. They allowed their personal distaste for overtly sexual content to actually play into the overall reveiw score. That flat out pisses me off, to be frank.
They're entitled to their own opinion, but I don't think a personal preference like that should go into the final score the game gets. It can and by all means SHOULD be mentioned, sure, but it shouldn't affect the score. Dragon's Cown was given similar treatment by them.
So that brings me to our title here... What's really so wrong with a game celebrates perversion and sexuality? Obviously tons of games do, especially Japanese ones. But really, I'm a straight man, I'm happily married with children. Still, I'll be the first and last to admit I love, absolutely LOVE a pair of huge boobs. I played the Sorceress first in Dragon's Crown. I do like magic users in games but I'm not gonna even beat around the bush (kekekek), it was becuase of those big ol' titties. I enjoy the Senran Kagura games and think we need more of them. And I certainly do love those Dead or Alive ladies, I put my age as 99 in the older games. I'm that guy.
Ok, YES, my wife has 38DDs. Did I stick with her directly as a result of this? No. But I'm not going to lie, I'm proud of her. Hell, perhaps this fact is an influence on why I appreciate that bodily type so much. But regardless...what's so wrong with some big ol' jubblies in our video games? Almost every game we play has super macho muscular men without shirts, why not have buxom woman showing cleavage too?
Think about it though, how many genuinely good if not even GREAT games have you played that fatured women with huge boobs in them? It's not just Japanese developed games either. Smash hit and awesome game Batman: Arkham City has Harley Quinn in it with some pretty above average tits. Mass Effect? Large boobs everywhere, seriously look back at Miranda. You like fighting games as a straight male? Hope you appeciate a heaping serving of mammories, too damn many to count.
Back into Japanese developed games, but even Final Fantasy X, a game honestly featuring women of average sized breasts still has Lulu who breaks the mold with her magnificent twins. A game that ISN'T very sexual in nature, honestly.
But here's one thing to keep in mind too. Yes, often when a female character in a game is portrayed with large breasts is due to at least a hint of perversion. HOWEVER boobs come in all shapes and sizes and that argument the internet is fond of in saying "We want more realistic women in video games that don't have GG sized boobs." can go fuck itself. Women CAN and DO have large breasts in real life too. As I said, I'm married to one. She didn't spend money to make herself look like a playmate, she was born with it. Yes, some woman actually, naturally have big boobs. There's nothing unrealistic about that.
So raise your cups/can/glasses today in celebration of the female chest. There's nothing wrong with a pair of big titties.
I like big boobs and I can not lie. You other brothers can't deny...
It's a good feeling. My life is turning around a bit, if you care or have paid any attention to my previous blogs. I'm sitting here a bit sick from a headcold (I guess) eating toast, hanging out with my son and listening to Mastodon on Youtube...lol.
But last night before I went to bed I did what I usually do, play Destiny. Now recently they added the Iron Banner PVP event/mode. A mode where your gear, level and skill all actually come into play, rather than having everything except skill be normalized, like in the Crucible. Now, I'm only light level 27 and don't have the BEST gear, but I have pretty decent gear. A nice exotic gun, Red Death, sweet exotic helmet, Knucklehead Radar and legendary gear that's not all the way leveled up. (I'd be 28 if it was.)
Still, my first match I was absolutely dominating. Went on a solid 10 kill streak while holding down a control point with a random Titan buddy from my team. It made me feel powerful, like really strong. And that made me feel GOOD...even though I was feeling downright lousy, physcially speaking in real life at the time.
That Titan and I actually took on 4v2 at one point during that skirmish, and we came out nearly untouched, it was glorious. I was literally melting people with my fusion rifle, and then when they tried to attack from our flank, from range my Red Death took out the first guy in two perfect headshot bursts, blowing through his shield and then his life like a piece of paper. I felt so good then. Even when they finally attacked us all at once and we went down, I was still smiling. I went down first, but that Titan did his damn best to hold our point. It was a glorious battle.
It really cemented the reason I enjoy games such as this though. The feeling when all that grinding and hard work pays off and you truly feel like a badass. It's not the first game to make me feel this way, and won't be the last, just the most recent. But it's a feeling I find so absolutely rewarding. The other game I've been playing lately is Shadow of Mordor (Which is very good, imho.) and it makes me feel pretty damn strong at times too. It's a fairly difficult game at times and coming out of a HUGE brawl with an entire camp of orcs (Uruks, as it were) with a sliver of your health left is a pretty good rush.
It's a nice feeling. And more than just the average feeling of overcoming a challenge that some games reward you with, such as Dark Souls. I love those games, and they can be very rewarding, but I never feel like total badass in them.
What are some of your favorite moments in your gaming career that made you feel truly powerful? Those moment that left a wide grin on your face and left that oh-so satisfying feeling of triumph and badassery with you?
"No winter lasts forever. The seasons pass and the sunlight will shine on my life again."
It's been a pretty rough month, but things are starting to look up and the household has a very needed ray of light shining back down on it. Everyone is happier for one reason or another.
My wife got a significant promotion at work, a huge leap in pay. My daughter got the role she wanted to in her Little Mermaid musical, Ursala. My son fell in love with Sesame Street and absolutely adores Elmo, and now packs around the talking Elmo doll his grandparents smartly got him for Christmas last year. And me? I'm just happy everyone else is happy...and I've been rocking hard on some games.
Destiny. I praised it ever since trying the beta, and I'll still praise it. I play it religiously at this point, any time game time comes up, I'm usually on it. Loving PVP, gambling my life for sweet gear. My character is shaping up quite nicely. If you're on PS4 and you ever run into an Exo Hunter wearing that sweet ass Venom of Ikaheka legendary cloak, it's probably me. (Witchhunter7 is my PSN, HMU!)
On Tuesday I have Persona 4 Arena Ultimax preordered and paid off and ready to roll. And then in October I have The Evil Within ready to start up. I'm a HUGE horror fan, have really high hopes for this one. In November I have CoD: Advanced Warfare, which I'm REALLY looking forward to. People can talk shit on CoD all they want, I think the game look amazingly fun.
Hoping to somehow find a way to grab Aliens: Isolation and maybe Middle Earth:Shadows of Mordor sometime in the near future too. Oh, and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, that looks great.
New Pokemon on the horizon too and of course, Smash.
So hey...things aren't too bad right now. Things are finally looking up. Still writing short horror stories like I usually do too, and reading Game of Thrones for the first time too! (Purposefully haven't seen a single episode of the show, wanted to read it all first.)
And with some good luck gonna see some pretty kickass metal concerts early next year too. (Dark Tranquillity & Insomnium and then Kamelot & Dragonforce, if anyone is interested.)
Wasn't going to write about this, but it IS a blog afterall.
Things are tough in my household right now. Money is tight as hell, grocery shopping is a tight rope walk and my dogs may be dying.
See, I have a basset hound named Buddy. He's about seven years old and has had many health issues since we got him several years ago. This and it seems he may have been abused and beaten by a previous owner, unsure though. But we've always found a way to take care of him. The family loves him. But this time he seems pretty sick, he's losing weight and the past week he's constantly thrown up anything he's eaten or usually even drank. I wouldn't be surprised in the least bit if he's dehydrated as a result. But this time we can't take care of him.
We're struggling to keep food on the table and get the laundry washed, we can't afford a vet checkup, let alone dozens of tests and possibly surgery. No way in hell. My wife, thrirteen year old daughter and nineteen month old son, of course myself have to come first, we've gotta keep the bills up and food going. Can't do it.
So that's left one real option to hope Buddy can receive some sort of help. We have to give him to the local pet shelter. Hoping they can take him to a vet and get him straightened out...or at least peacefully put to sleep. One way or another, as things stand now tomorrow Buddy will no longer be our dog in our house. With hope he can recover from desperate vetenarian assistance we can't afford to give him and then end up being adopted by someone who'll love him.
It's a tough time, a black cloud hangs over the household. And my young son is going to wonder where that big silly doggie with the big, floppy ears went.
The media opinions of Destiny absolutely baffle me. We all played the beta, well anyone already interested in it anyway. Didn't really see anyone complaining then, in fact I saw a whole lot of positive coverage.
But now the game is out and it's all negative. I don't get it? I mean, the impressions on this site seem to knock it for the story, as if they were expecting Mass Effect or something similar. This is a shooter MMO in all honesty. Why would someone be upset over that type of thing not being heavy on story? Does anyone honestly go into an MMO just to experience the story, like a single player experience? I'll use World of Warcraft as an example here. I LOVE the story and lore behind WoW. I've been a major fan since Warcraft 2 actually, to the point of even having read at least close to a dozen of the novels written within it. BUT, when I fire up WoW, I'm not playing it for the story. I'm playing it as what it is, an MMO. Grinding, adventuring with strangers and friends alike.
Then I see a few others that came in expecting this to JUST be an MMO or JUST a shooter. Ok, if you're not into one or the other, I can see you being a bit disappointed, especially if you'e the former. But why are these criticisms not applied regularly to Borderlands? I've played the hell out of both of those games, because I enjoy the gameplay, but they have absolutely TERRIBLE stories. The writing tries to come off witty to make me care about most of thier shitty characters, but it's not witty or funny, it's juvenile and corny. Even the gameplay is pretty barebones and bland, but the multiplayer quality of it combined with loot grinding is fun.
All that said...I absolutely love Destiny. The beta showed me that, as I was actually saddened as it ended. I've been playing as much as I possibly can with my busy schedule and I still love it just as much as I did then, even more so actually. The guys I'm playing with feel the exact same way. This game has hooked me since it's Beta more than any game in recent memory aside from The Last of Us. Perhaps that I just love building up and creating characters, because I most certainly DO. That thrill of possibly getting an awesome new gun, it drives me hard.
I also really enjoy the PVP in this game, and this is coming from someone who really never cared mch for Halo multiplayer. I honestly don't care much for Halo in general, truth be told, so you can't say I'm just a Bunjie fanboy. The PVP feel more like Halo meets Call of Duty/Battlefield. It's more twitch based than Halo, but less so than CoD. It's a good balance to me. I also enjoy getting to show off my character that I worked hard to gear up.
In short though, I am thoroughly enjoying Destiny, and truly cannot comprehend the negative reactions after it's launch. This is legit Game of the Year material for me, no exaggeration. Any other guardians out there rocking Destiny hard? Any on PS4 hit me up sometime, PSN: Witchhunter7.