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9:32 PM on 08.26.2015

Any Ys know-it-alls out there? Just beat Origins and I have many confusions.

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12:02 PM on 08.21.2015

it's your last chance to get questions in for PStoid, we've got everybody's favorite boner haver on tonight ask 'em if you got 'em! http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/PStoid/a-new-pstoid-bathrob-i-mean-episode-with-andy-dixon-also-questions-ask-them--306518

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10:56 AM on 08.19.2015

[url="http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/PStoid/a-new-pstoid-bathrob-i-mean-episode-with-andy-dixon-also-questions-ask-them--306518.phtml"]You can ask questions here[/url] for the new episode of PStoid, did I mention Dixon will be guest host? Yeah he is.

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5:49 PM on 08.15.2015

It's day 2 of NYGX!! Go watch yourself some good VF'ing over at twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/nyc_vf

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8:54 PM on 08.14.2015

Check me out I'm on Tv mom!! Fighting game tournament, Twitch: NYC_VF

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8:58 PM on 08.12.2015

PStoid is recording in a week, spoiler, you're gonna need some lotion for the guest we're bringing on. Or maybe it's that they'll need lotion? Either way you're gonna love it. More deets soon.

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6:20 PM on 08.10.2015

Can we get Quickposts out of the main page/cblog sidebar feed?

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10:26 PM on 07.08.2015

Worse With Age: This Guy Right Here

I don't know if this is going to "count" as a Bloggers Wanted but here's a little twist on the idea.

 Also before I begin the idea was mostly inspired by this wonderful blog, thanks guy!

 So without further ado my BW blog:

 

Ahem, it's me guys. I've realized more and more that I'm becoming that thing they call "old" (not sure if I'm using that correctly as it is an antiquated phrase) and that means I different yo. Namely I get bitter and angry. I am about a thousand times as cynical as I was - though kudos to Zero Punctuation for giving me a head start on cynicism! And my Cholesterol is now a problem. (no not just yet, but very soon I'll have to cut out the best things in life to get more "life" out of the package.)

But what the hell does that have to do with games? Well I am much more critical. I've always been critical of video games, if anyone still remembers I did a cblog series about being an angry old man basically. In said series I mostly complained about a game(s) and then at the end threw a little saving grace for it if I liked it despite its flaws, or threw it to the gutter if it felt deserved - I may be mad but not unfair haha. So getting older, worse with age if you will, I've basically had two things happen to me:

Older -> I'm more hesitant to trust a game company as soon as..

..they mention a number of key words I've pre-designated (Sorry Carlin) as red flags:

DLC/Add-On
Expansion
Premium
Experience

Timed-Exclusive
Free-to-Play
Microtransactions
Companion App
Facebook, etc...

And even some words that mean to signify general things about a game that I take to mean the exact opposite, (again throwing back to Carlin, "Real Chocolate" = No actual Chocolate...) such as:

Revolutionary
Innovative
Successful
Immersive
"Lots of Weapons"
"Huge Map"
"Great Multiplayer Experience"
PR jargon like "wide range", "intense" and so forth
First-Ever
Remaster
HD, etc...

I am mentally at the age where PR companies might as well give up on me. Seriously, there's like a 60 year old man's brain up there, one that remembers the FDR administration and how Social Security is disappearing like hot cakes. Even though I absolutely, LOVE E3 I am watching with a skeptic hat on (no that's not just a toilet bowl for your head..) and cut through most of the talky talk thinking "Okay, but what are you actually telling me here?" I ask myself questions like:

When will this game be out?
Will it be exclusive?
What have you done with the original Franchise?
Yes but will the Multiplayer Launch without problems?
Etc...

You see, at E3 I am scanning for key information. You sort of have to now with E3 and any other gaming related press stuff. They want to sell you a product so they will say whatever they think will promote that happening, meanwhile might be ice skating right by glaring issues and concerns, hoping not to tread that sort of ”thin ice" and spoil the sell. Don't get me wrong, I would like to think of these companies as friendly faces that are "looking out" for me and put their heart and souls into these games but that simply isn't the case. When someone is on a stage, in a commercial or whatever telling you about their new game, they are not to be trusted. They are simply.. not. to. be. trusted.



nope nope nope nope no!!!

Older -> I'm easily sold on games

Now that I've just set the image all of you have in your heads of me as a dude that groans when he sits/stands, is very slow to adept to technology and wears large BIFOCALS let's go in the complete other direction. I actually have become very easy to sell on games. Now granted this isn't very often; I'm not going to be sold on 80% of the games that release, instead groaning to play something I already have. And I have a very specific palette of possibility here. That being said it is absolutely possible to sell me in seconds on a game concept.

Take today for example - there is a "new" game coming out to the PS4 in October, that's already available for pre-order (ugh) for the Collector's Edition called Tales of Zestiria. Okay, I was just complaining about having JRPG's to play on my PS4, lacking in that department at the moment in my opinion. Let's look at the first few seconds of some gameplay for this game - always check the gameplay first folks - to see if I like it.

Sold.

Yeah, the guy that sees through marketing and hype somehow is immediately sold on a game. FROM THREE SECONDS OF A CHARACTER RUNNING UP A HILL.. I'm not lying by the way this happened today and I want this game. It looks to me just like what I loved about Ys Memories of Celceta and that is the free roaming, exploration of a JRPG. Even though the battle system is that Stop and Fight style, as evidenced by the first six seconds of gameplay, I still think this is something I want. It's such a no brainer considering how much I loved Celceta and am greatly anticipating the next game in the Ys franchise, that has apparently been slated to be a full PS4 release (faints).

Thus you can see it is very easy to win me over, if the developer plays their cards right of course. This is probably because of how much gaming I've done; I already know what my favorite types of games are and what I like about them. So if Carl likes Chocolate bars and then some company announces new Chocolate pudding cake, he'll probably like that too. In the same way, a brand new JRPG that gives me that feeling of exploration I like, almost to point of being Zelda like but not really (<-how I initially described Celceta), will likely appeal to me because I want more of that. When game companies give me seemingly more of what I want, I will be the first sheep in the flock. And you know what, sometimes that even means I will throw myself into the slaughterhouse, ie. (Watch Dogs hype omg pretty new high tech sandbox crime shooter!!!!!1! <3

 

Of course when it comes to these two things I think the best approach would be a mix of the two: Know what tickles your fancy but wait for all the facts to come out so you can make a more educated decision. If at all possible it is best advised to take off any nostalgia glasses. Though that can be really difficult sometimes.. Oh and there's probably a third thing too, if there was just time to expand on that more. But it's me being cheaper in addition to older. Tales of Zestiria may be the right tree for me to bark up, but paying full price these days seems like an outdated concept to me, except in certain absolutely pertinent cases like Fallout 4 oh my god Fallout 4 you guys. I'll have to talk about that eventually...

Let me know if you guys age in the comments below!

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3:07 PM on 06.14.2015

HYPE: Not another last minute E3 predictions list!

First: The Bat-shit crazy.

With the upcoming NX, probably a new handheld from Nintendo, the company decides to make a pretty ballsy cross over with their Amiibo figure series: Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS and New 3DS Amiibo figures, so that you can plug them into your new NX/Wii U for added DLC features. Longer battery life, better functionality overall and they are considering more added features to be decided down the road. Nintendo also hopes that the Amiibo craze will die out soon so that more people can actually get them. Economics 101 recommends increasing the asking price for the plastic desirables but Nintendo will instead lower the price of Amiibo from 12 USD to 9 USD, with the intended hope of the cheaper rates meaning people can afford to buy more of them. 

I don't know why I chose to start with Nintendo I really don't know much about them these days. Maybe they will finally announce the long awaited Virtual Boy 2? Or perhaps a brand new Game and Watch collection that includes sandbox elements, much like No More Heroes 2 side mini-games. Moving on from Nintendo, Microsoft will start off their press conference talking about how much better the XB1 is doing with price cuts and most of all sans Kinnect. Hindsight is 20/20 guys. So naturally the next best thing will be to announce a Kinnect 2: No More Failure to Kinnect! This one happens to be even more invasive than before, you can still control all your games without a control, THE PROPER WAY TO PLAY GAMES GUISE, but you have to intravenously "hook up" while playing, it's okay though it is for the express purpose of better motion control calibration and nothing else. 

With the rising success of the Master Chief Collection, Microsoft is proud to bring you, the Master Chief Collection 2. It contains every remastered Halo game from the first collection but with an added layer of "remaster" for that real feel of improvement. Basically they didn't try as hard the first time around but this time it's for real. This is the definitive Halo experience. Until of course 4K tvs become standard and we will have to announce the Master Chief Collection 3 4K with even more of that remaster sauce. Available in stores this Holiday Season. The Halo theme plays at the opening of the Master Chief Collection 2 trailer and all the Halo fanboys simultaneously rise and cream their pants, I begin to have less doubts about who the "master" here is. Microsoft wants to say that XBL will also be increasing in price but it's only because it's better on XB1. With that here is a trailer for Mirror's Edge 2 coming EXCLUSIVELY to XB1 - later to be revealed a timed exclusive much like Tomb Raider they really are grasping for as many demographics as possible.

My favorite announcement of the Microsoft conference is that Sunset Overdrive will no longer be an XB1 exclusive. There was an accounting error and now it will be coming to other platforms for instance the PS4 and Vita and PC (and maybe Wii U but probably not). Microsoft has agreed to loosen their grip of Insomniac's balls to let other platform gamers experience the game. But it's okay because it will still be better on XB1 Insomniac promised that the game will be made worser for other consoles just so the Xbox One has the superior version in the long run. Aside from that all the Fifa games are coming exclusively to XB1 as well as Just Dance 2016's timed DLC expansion for all the music from the Spinal Tap movie. Speaking of which the new Rock Band will not be coming to XB1, "Cock Band" says Microsoft instead the XB1 owners can enjoy the wonderful experience that is the new upcoming Guitar Hero game.

Sony stars off their Press Conference by saying that the Playstation platforms will not be getting the new Guitar Hero but rather enjoy the superior experience of Rock Band when the new one comes out. I almost feel like they planned this now. The press conference starts with a time line of all the Playstation consoles that have come and gone one by one. Smoke begins to fill the stage and a blinding laser show ensues to the tune of the final countdown. The Sony representative, who's voice is heard in the distance echoing says that games will never be played the same way. Forget how you have played them. On behalf of Sony I would like to make an ground breaking announcement for us and the entire gaming industry.

Suddenly, Like Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania, the Sony Exec/Representative is seen lowered on a zipline. He is dressed in all white with shiny jingly bells all on his costume. What parts of his skin are revealed are oiled up and he has a giant headset on. The crowd is wowed. Some sony fanboys faint at the spectacle and are rushed off to the ER. The man lands to the main stage. We can see that he has what appears to be the long teased Project Morpheus on his head. "Ladies and Gentleman" he says standing erect. "I present you..." He is now walking over to a podium on stage, tosses the headset and pulls out a PS4 controller. "..with this." He holds up the controller. The blue light bar is shining bright. And then he presses a button and it goes off. The crowd goes absolutely nuts. It's finally here. You can toggle off the PS4 controller light. This is the best E3 ever. "Thank you and have a great E3." The conference is over. I think everyone in the room right now is just as excited as I am it was such a much needed feature and we have it now. You can certainly cut the tension from excitement in here with a knife. God bless Sony.

Oh and then Ubisoft, EA, Squeenix and Bethesda did some wild things. I think Lil Wayne was at EA's again. It must've been pretty uh -yawns- spectacular... 

And now: Some grounded predictions.

I think I have been excessively silly thus far. And so I have decided to simply list things I think will be announced using the following format: Bolded for announcements I hope for. Italicized  for very likely. And basic formatting for not very likely.

SONY

Vita is legacy but will still have at least (crazy high number) of games coming this year.
Project Morpheus Release Date & Price.
Price Cut for the PS4.
Driveclub PS+ Edition free.

Valkyria Chronicles Collection for PS4 (includes 1, 2 and 3 translated) Remastered HD Yatta Yatta.
The New Ys Game for PS4 Release Date.

New Harvest Moon so that Nanners can stop bitching about it on Dtoid articles (worded exactly like that).
Story of Seasons or Fantasy Life for Vita.
More InFamous.
A New Sony Handheld.
New Killzone.

MICROSOFT

Permanent XB1 Price cut.
Some kind of Promise for more/better games/more support for the Games for Gold program.
Fable Legends will be seen.
Timed Black Ops 3 DLC.
Stealing some exclusive(s) from Playstation.
Crackdown 3 Release Date or some kind of DLC
Killer Instinct or Dead Rising 3 goes Games for Gold.
I don't have a pony in this race so I don't know what to put for "hopes" lol.
Xbox exclusive Gundam Game.
Xbox VR product.

NINTENDO

Smash Bros stuff. 
Amiibo support for better consumer experience.
New Metroid.
New Star Fox trailer.
New Star Fox Release Date.
New Metroid Release Date.
New Harvest Moon Wii U.
Online Service to redeem codes/manage account much like PSN.
Nintendo bought Banjo Kazooie and will actually do things with the IP.
Travis Touchdown for Smash Bros.
No More Heroes 3 :)
NX.
New Nintedo 2DS.

That's all I have. I hope everyone has a happy E3 and their wishes come true! If you want to chat with the Dtoid community during the show you can do so here. Thanks for reading leave anything you want in the comments this was just a fun blog for me to right please don't be mad if anything I said upset you it was all done tongue in cheek if there was anything to be mad about it's how I just intentionally misspelled "write" so that I could distract you for a short while before ending the blog.

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3:50 AM on 05.27.2015

Thick as Thieves: Grand Theft Auto III Retrospective

So for my Band of Bloggers: Thick as Thieves entry I have decided to hone in on Grand Theft Auto III and do a retrospective post. It's no secret that I love Grand Theft Auto, specifically the Liberty City games but I won't bother linking that, partly because I can't because I have just written too many GTA blogs all over the place. Instead you can have this funny promo of Roman from GTA IV.

What's interesting is how the game is set in the early 2000s and because the game feels so dated, being that it's only the third numbered game released in the series, it feels more authentic. It actually feels like 2001 simply because the gameplay is so outdated and this is "old liberty city" as I like to refer it, in all its watered down and pixilated glory. It's like an interesting coincidence. The new Grand Theft Auto Games (IV and V) feel and play modern and are set in modern times (2008 and 2013 respectively) and the old Grand Theft Auto Games (III, VC, SA, VCS, LCS) feel and play dated and are set at the very least a decade ago and stretching as far back as to the early 80's (Source: GTA Wiki). Of course this will entirely be ruined ten years from now when these modern games are no longer "modern" and GTA 10 comes out with the ability to rig your brain to make you steal a car in real life. Live for the midpoint.

Sadly I played through this game after Liberty City Stories, which comparatively has more "teeth". This notion extends to the cities of each game, being that they are the same setting and version of the city we can easily compare the two and when I do I find that LCS' city is built with much more to do, more detail overall and this is so for obvious reasons. It was released much later than GTA III I mean even Vice City feels more dated than LCS. Let's say you walk down a specific street in GTA III, well there's a good chance that walking down that same street in LCS is going to be more interesting let's say. Again the LCS Liberty City was just made with more detail. There's also this example of hidden packages that I picked up on. In LCS you collect packages and in increments get rewards. Ie. after you find your fifth hidden package (any, these are hidden all throughout the game world) you will always have a small pistol with a tiny bit of ammo spawn in your safehouse. Then after that maybe a better gun or body armor after five or ten more. You get the idea. Whereas in GTA III, this isn't the case at all. You simply collect hidden packages. Then again, you never actually go "inside" of your safehouse in III like you can in LCS. So again we see these limitations. But I still like to look at Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories as almost too similar games and things like with the hidden packages simply make me want to play the more recent game which has more things for me to do and take in details wise around the city.

Let's move a little on to Story. In GTA: III the game follows a silent protagonist, Claude eh... they obviously knew this was a bad choice for this type of game as since then every GTA protagonist has been rich, with lots of back-story and most importantly speaking. Well maybe not always but at least the speaking part is true. From what I've read up about this was DMA (the dev at the time) trying to create a character that "everyone can relate to" (not quoting any one source but this idea of relatable characters) and as such Claude's voice was silenced and any sort of character depth was done away with to make way for this blank slate type of protagonist. That really is a damn shame as it makes not only cut scenes but the story in general less interesting when you SEE the character all the time but he doesn't honestly take part in what's going on. Instead he just stands there and nods awkwardly. I like to think at some point he introduced himself to these people, otherwise they wouldn't be associating with him. Flawed as it may be I will give them a pass on this simply because it was the first 3D Grand Theft Auto game, there was still plenty of improvement to come as we saw not to mention it could've been some pre-determined aspect that came out of the origin of this franchise, with its silent protagonists that nod and accept/carry out missions in total silence. They didn't realize how much worse it was this way yet and that's fine.

Then I got up to the moment you know the one I'm talking about. It's the moment that pissed of many internet people, including one not to be named feminist who I will absolutely not name. You get to the end credits of the game and Maria, the character you just fought the equivalent of a small army to rescue, is talking. She's talking. And talking. And she keeps talking... so much that a gunshot is heard and the talking ceases for the rest of the credits. All of this of course happens off screen so we don't know what this is actually supposed to be but I think we can safely assume what is being suggested is that Claude killed Maria because she was being annoying and blah blah-ing too much. Well I'll tell you this pisses me off too except for a different reason. IT FUCKS WITH THE STORY.

Why would Claude kill her AFTER he just fought through heavy military vehicles, a rocket firing helicopter and about two dozen dudes who could empty his health in seconds? Which by the way I finished with like three health left. If she was so annoying that he'd have to kill her to save his sanity why would he even start this mission in the first place? Why not let his ex-girlfriend have her? Oh because he mostly wanted revenge against the ex-girlfriend for betraying him.. No that's nonsense because he could've just fired down the helicopter from a safe distance and be done with this mission. Or even ambushed her at the original tradeoff by the mansion. So he must've wanted to rescue Maria.

In retrospect, by killing her during the credits it makes me feel like the final mission has no purpose. I could've just stopped the game at the mission before and it would've been all the same. Not to mention what's been said before but you don't get the cool mansion at the end, I guess it wasn't a staple of GTA yet, instead the final safehouse is a crummy building in a bad neighborhood. The final mission in this game is bullcrap. Oh and one last thing that keeps me from getting why in the world Claude kills Maria during the credits. Why is it that only now she annoys him this bad, the character has been around since the first island of the game, that's roughly 2/3rds of the game at the very least, and it's not like she was any less talkative before. The worst part is that being that Claude is a silent protagonist he can't explain his dumb self for any of this, that quiet bastard.

All things considered, this game feels like the Grand Theft Auto "prototype". It set the framework of everything that was to come for this franchise and also broke a shit ton of ground (Seriously I was a kid when this game launched and remember how many feathers were ruffled) for itself and games in general. This means that it is quite hard to come back to Grand Theft Auto III, overall it feels insubstantial and as if plenty of what you would expect to be missing from this game. It feels insubstantial and like parts are missing because the game is fairly short, the radio stations aren't as interesting over all and there are far less songs on them, the city has fewer details, gameplay is clunkier and there is less for you to do, the protagonist is a shell of what a GTA lead character should be and that half-assed final mission.

But how could you possibly hate this game for any of that? It is the brilliant starting point and brave step forward for Grand Theft Auto the franchise to come. You need to put on your extra awareness glasses for the ride, so that you understand going in this game isn't a perfect game but for what it was when it originally launched it absolutely excelled perfection and you better believe that because if you do you can still have a great time playing it decades later. It's like watching the first movie in a trilogy that got especially better over time. How could you go back to that first one when the sequels are far superior? Again, you need to have the right mindset to enjoy it. I did this with Grand Theft Auto III and enjoyed myself for the most part. It didn't feel as fulfilling as a modern Grand Theft Auto or even game in general, and you can tell because I spent a lot of this blog with my grievances, but it was hearty and I enjoyed it quite a bit as I excused many of those things, well at least looking back. I was pretty angry about how that final mission turned out when I was playing it...

I feel compelled to keep writing, like there is still more for me to say about this game but I can't find those words right now. Maybe it is something symbolic for a post about Grand Theft Auto III to be lacking a content/cut off short. This retrospective blog post was written by me the reviewer but now it's going to end with Claude the silent. I have said my piece and am at peace about this game.

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11:10 AM on 05.08.2015

PStoid Extra: What makes Virtua Fighter stand out?

I have decided to take on an added writing assignment per each episode of my podcast.

Following the release of an episode, I will pick something that I talked about on the show and expand upon it. It will not cover all things I talked about likely but also will probably cover things not said on the podcast. This is in hopes to promote my podcast, being that after an episode goes up in about a day it is completely unseen in the Cblogs side section, by referencing it in a blog post a day later or so with the added bonus that I will be encouraged to blog more. It's a Win-Win, yes? Hopefully some people that read my cblogs but don't listen to my podcast might be pushed to do so and vice verse if the podcast listeners out there will discover that I can blog.

Everything for the show will be linked at the bottom.

While I wait for him to make a Genesis Retrospective blog for it (Gaj ;)), I'm going to take this opportunity to talk to you about my absolute favorite fighting game. I'm going to expand upon something that was covered last time on PStoid but only very briefly.

So you slide the disk into the cd tray, or open a file from a list of games you own, the Sega logo plays among various others and you are greeted with a start screen. You jump right into a match as you are eager to start and then proceed to have a difficult time, getting your ass absolutely handed to you by the computer or competitive player. What happened, what went wrong? Well upon examining the button configuration screen you find out that Virtua Fighter only has three buttons!

Though it's actually more like six or seven unique inputs when you combine the different ones together, you essentially just have a button for Punch, Kick and Guarding. VF is one of those games that uses a button for guarding, much like Mortal Kombat or Smash Bros and unlike Street Fighter or Persona games, for example, that make you hold back to automatically guard. To me, the three button system makes Virtua Fighter the most accessible fighting game and I'll tell you why. Unlike Mahvel where you'd need to use likely the whole 8 available buttons on a fight stick, with Virtua Fighter my hand never leaves the buttons I need allowing me to focus entirely on what I'm doing and so forth. After a bit of sparring at my local arcade club with the VFers (Shoutouts to the crew!) it wasn't long before this was entirely intuitive. I mean I could hit punch, kick, punch + kick, kick + guard, punch and punch + kick + guard for a combo without missing a beat, because my hand never leaves every button for the game unlike other games where you need to be sliding your hand back and forth. For this alone, the developer has made something really outstanding for a fighting game as far as I'm concerned.

The other thing that really sets it apart is how the actual fighting in the game is. What I said on the podcast was something a friend (who doesn't VF bro) said about the game, that it's like the closest thing there is to an actual fighting game. He says so because the characters' movesets are based on real life fighting/martial arts styles. Ie. Jacky has Jeet Kune Do, Pai has Mízōngquán (Ensei-Ken) and so on. This, coupled with the fact that the game doesn't have any real added properties for the movies and no projectiles makes it feel real. It gives it that "realistic" to use the term feel and for a fighting game the application of that term is actually a good thing. Here is a fighting game where the fighting feels realistic (as opposed to here is this brown shooter where... because it's brown it feels more realistic?) Side note: Save for Kage who uses a ninja fighting style, Dural who isn't a real person and the Pro Wrestling characters for obvious reasons.

This sets Virtua Fighter apart because we don't get a lot of fighting games like that anymore, that try to be real. I've said it before but Mahvel and Street Fighter have a lot of flash (they're very flashy games) what with all sorts of particle effects added and an insufferable amount of fictional projectiles. The fighting isn't real but exaggerated and that's great for all those who enjoy and even prefer it that way but they can't say their fighting and move sets are grounded in reality. If you want 200 hit combos with missiles and lasers flying everywhere, Mahvel is over there. But if you want something REAL then the best game for someone in that market is simply Virtua Fighter.

Outside of that Virtua Fighter is unique to me for a few other reasons. It has a killer soundtrack, seriously there isn't a bad soundtrack in a vf game my favorite being either Virtua Fighter 2 or Virtua Fighter 5 (Vanilla). The former obviously gets the spot for being nostalgic but also they just knew how to compose a good track to go with the level/character. Shun Di's stage theme is very.. uhh, Chinese sounding, with a good atmospheric feel to it like you're standing with a foggy/mountainous backdrop, preferably floating on a river by way of bamboo raft. Wolf's stage theme is also very atmospheric but it takes you to a totally different setting, one that is the snow covered Alaskan/Canadian mountains. Cold, slow a slight bit melancholic but all action. And then there's Lion's theme which is supposed to be very youthful, let me go grab my skateboard and be all 90's and shit. Even though he is French and therefore his experience is of an inferior 90's to our awesome American 90's, he was promoted likely as the one kids will relate to most, being athletic, young and spry (with such amazing catchphrases as "I'd never hit the elderly" -cringe-) so they made him a fast paced, action packed theme song that honestly is good enough to be the main theme of VF 2.

Virtua Fighter 5 was able to accomplish similar, giving us really good theme songs for the locations and characters but using the marvels of modern audio technology it does away with that "all the songs kinda sound the same" that older Virtua Fighter games had going for them. Again we have Shun Di's theme with plenty of sounding-Chinese and whatnot. But they were able to get a lot more in there. More appropriately legitimate chinese instruments and musical techniques and from there they molded that into this quick song that gets you pumped for fast paced combat. Oh how perfect then is it that the drunken fighter beats down his opponents faster than you can say "take a shot"? Then we have the theme of Sarah Bryant, appropriately named Aurora. Like the character it is both alluring and fierce. I also appreciate the liberal usage of jazz piano in there, if you listen closely you can hear it every once in awhile. It's almost like a throwback to old VF and even Sega games music. Finally another example is El Blaze who was actually introduced along with Eileen for the first time in this iteration, much to my initial dismay. Well his theme is pretty alright as far as a metal/hard rock song goes but it does a lot more for him/the stage it's in simply for being a professional wrestler (specifically luchador)/wrestling arena. Metal just goes good with Wrestling, I don't know why, though I can make a pretty reasonable guess about it I've never questioned this. For the first ten seconds, what's probably the heaviest part, I am actually reminded of the old RAW IS WAR theme from the attitude era of the WWE. Not sure if that's intentional but I hear it and it works well for obvious reasons. The song also incorporates a lot of synth managing to miraculously not piss me off. I like my metal sans keyboards and the like, save for Rammstein, Ministry and a couple others it's rarely done well imo. But this song hits a good balance of guitar work and electronic effect. Kudos. Truly the composers for these games are musical geniuses.

Another interesting thing with the music is how every new version of VF5 got a brand new soundtrack that wasn't garbage *cough UMVC3 cough* here is one such example. I've been listening to this song since Final Showdown came to consoles and gotta say it still raises the hair on my spine.

There too is an interesting blend of voice acting. Even though Virtua Fighter is notorious for terrible english voices, especially VF5, I like what they did in the aforementioned poorly dubbed game. Some fighting games make all the character speak one language while others give you the choice for each or most of the characters individually, either they can speak Japanese or English. But that creates a weird break between the character itself. Don't get me wrong, I've watched a ton of anime in my day both subbed and dubbed and I love that people have that choice there but for fighting game characters it feels like one will definitely work better than the other and the other one is usually just dreadful to listen to. English Street Fighter Ryu, Mortal Kombat 9's Kung Lao/Liu Kang, etc. If you don't have the choice you're stuck with part of the cast sounding good and others sounding not so good. If you do, then you still will at some point have to listen to horrible dubs/not the ideal voice and know such an inferior piece of trash exists in this game. Well VF has the best option, one voice per character but it's not limited to one language. The english speaking characters speak english and the non-english speaking characters speak Japanese. Sadly that means that there are Chinese characters that speak Japanese but it's a start. This way the most appropriate voice is mandated for each character and you don't need to tinker or be disappointed. Also fun fact a member of one of my favorite Jpop groups voices Pai Chan, who happens to be my main or was my previous main.

There are many things that make this game unique that I won't cover, like how it inspired the 3D fighters of today that are more popular now like Tekken or Dead or Alive or it's "Rock, Paper, Scissors" mechanics which was stolen by Tecmo when they also stole the whole of Virtua ,if we're to be perfectly honest, to make their boob fighting game. It's probably also one of the few 3D fighting games that's around since the 90's but has a niche presence in America and Europe while its strongest following is over in Japan. But really it's just my opinion and this is my favorite fighting game. I will leave you though, since this whole thing came out of a desire to talk about Sega of all things, what could've been if Sega hadn't fucked around when came to support for this game. Notice how the one match that gets showcased on the main stage of Evo in Las Vegas got a ton of good crowd reaction and hype. For shame Sega.


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2:26 PM on 05.06.2015

Too many games to play

[Update 16: FINALLY Beat another game (2) geez I'm getting bad at this video games thing. Okay Boshed the crap out of Rock Boshers DX and I just finished Ys: Origin a few hours ago. Next up I wanted to get to Akiba's Trip but with a bunch of games I purchased recently and a new plus lineup next week AND a newfound taste for more Ys games I don't know if that'll happen. Not to mention I'm still trying to push through Bloodborne maybe this could be an opportunity to focus on that for the moment. I really owe it to myself to beat it.] 

[Update 15: More sidetracking! Rock Boshers DX and Stealth Inc. 2 which I will try to beat asap to return to other things. Also forgot to mention how I bought the Wolfenstein DLC. Have to add that to the list as I've been meaning to play it. As Per use, too many games, too little time!]

[Update 14: Got sidetracked with Marche's Destructoid Story R. Beat it. Will be returning to Ys/Bloodborne/Ether/GTA 2 shortly.]

[Update 13: Got stuck in Ether One already. Not what I was expecting, though I do like this style of game I think this in particular has a lot of flaws and overall is not a game I look forward to continuing to play. I certainly pray Firewatch will be better than this.]

[Update 12: I've finally gotten back to my backlog adventure, so for the record here's where I'm at with it - GTA 2 and Bloodborne are on "play when you can" basis though admittedly GTA 2 will not be getting much love any time soon, Assassin's Creed: Unity is on pause/possibily will drop entirely because it's driving me nuts with those mansion infiltration segments every three missions and I've finally started Ys: Origin and am loving it; have a ton to say about that which will be going into a blog for the time being to be used wherever. After that I want to move on to the PSP/Vita game Ys: something something Felghana with Akiba's Trip and GTA: San Andreas also on my mind. I took a break from the GTA games on this list a few months back but just remembered how bad I want to beat San Andreas already.]

[Update 11: I've also added Shadownrun Returns to the list as that's something I picked up on the cheap for the Steam Summer sale.] 

[Update 10: Haven't touched BB in awhile because I've been trying to finish Unity asap so that I could start the next thing. That game is so tiresome, especially the palace infiltration missions that in a rage-quit fit last night I declared that I was done with this garbage and no longer wanted to continue playing Unity. This might now be the case but we'll see. In any case I decided to briefly start Ether One as it's a five or six hour campaign. Then after that I'll be moving on to the next thing, alongside more Bloodborne!]

[Update 9: Decided that Bloodborne is not particularly my cup of tea (YET!) and that for me to enjoy it I have to take the game in short bursts, which will do wonders for the lastability. I really enjoy making small bits of progress, for example two bosses or a handful of new map points and then break. It takes me hours to make this minor bit of progress after which I feel satisfied and delighted however not interested in playing further even for a few days. It's as if my interest keeps running out and I have to wait for it to come back. This is mind, I've started Assassin's Creed: Unity (and Guacamelee: STCE for the hell of it) which I will be playing side by side with Bloodborne. Uninterested in one, switch to the other and repeat. That's what I'll be playing, 1 backlog game and 1 new game. Next up after these two I'll try either Akiba's Trip or Ys Origin/Felghana.]

[Update 8: Added Valient Hearts to the list.]

[Update 7: I've FINALLY beaten Bioshock, not sure what my final count time is but that was crazy. Much longer than I anticipated (HLTB said 12 hours story by itself) So now I will be juggling Bloodbourne and GTA 2 together, maybe if I get too frustrated with both I'll pick up AC:Unity too. We will see, onto blood and monsters!]

[Update 6: I've decided that Bioshock has drawn out my interest, not that it's bad mind you but they've used about three too many false endings that got me excited to thinking I could finally start Bloodborne. And as a result, I'm just going to start Bloodborne already as that's long overdue and I will be playing both side by side. Bioshock and Bloodborne, should be the name of something.]

[Update 5: I've gotten pretty far in Bioschock but last night about a three hour session just vanished after the game froze and both auto-save and regular save (because I forgot to save often that one time) failed on me and basically had me start back at the BEGINNING of that night's session, right where I started. That's a bum feeling, it's the same thing that killed the original Fallout for me, well not actually, not even close but the idea is similar. Anyway I'm going to power through it, as I'm still about halfway through and almost done. The sooner I get done with that I'll be getting over to Bloodborne and also Assassin's Creed Unity as I got that and am putting it on my backlog list since it is already old as balls. Carrying on...]

[Update 4: Put GTA 2 on a sort of hiatus/playing it bit by bit while I play other stuff, also taking a break from the GTA's atm as I have my fill and San Andreas would really be a long one. Starting Bioshock instead as I am feeling a bit depressed and could use a good scare.]

[Update 3: Finished Grand Theft Auto III and restarting Grand Theft Auto II.]

[Update 2: Added Bioshock.]

[Update 1: So I just want to let anyone (who possibly sees this) know that I will periodically be coming back and updating this here blog post. Now that I've finished my first backlog game, and am on my way to the next, the list needs some changing. Bold denotes games that have been added since I first did this blog and strikethrough is for ones that I have since completed. If I manage to get through everything here I will probably be doing a brand new blog post for it but will certainly keep updating this one. Not to mention it's likely not gonna happen.]

So what's been irking me for awhile is how I play games all the time now but still my backlog feels like it's getting bigger and bigger. It's like the only way to play all the games you ever wanted to play in your life would be to spend your whole life playing them. I hope that the most important message everyone gets from this is that there is a time and place for everything and that gaming needs to take a back seat for more important life responsibilities, events, etc. That being said, let's talk about all the games I want(ed) to play!

First up we could talk about a few that I've wanted to and just got around to finishing and we'll start with Wolfenstein: New Order which I have blogged already about. I bought this one way the fuck back on Black Friday '14 for the low price of fifteen bucks. Along with Metal Gear Ground Zeros for ten and Assassin's Creed Black Flag for twenty. All PS4 and since I've been almost exclusively playing on the slicker newer console, I've been trying to get through all the physical games I own for it, including Wolfie. So having just beaten Shadow of Mordor and Diablo III finally, also out of my backlog and bought on relatively good sales, I blasted through Wolfenstein. I loved it, you can hear more about that potentially later but it was good to finally get around to playing and finishing a game I've had for about half a year. I will say though there hasn't been a single sale that touched the awesome price of $15 for it since then, so that justifies the purchase back in November in my head. Moving on..

Next we had the Spring Line up for the PSN. Every year they run a handful of games, some of which are old, some of which are newly ported and others are totally new, generally all indies. I think I bought most of those or at least half. I played through Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Axiom Verge, Bastion and Shovel Knight. Even though I rushed through most of them in that week before the release of the following Fever game, it still required that I take a step back from that terrifying backlog. I was happy to do it however, simply because I knew a lot about all of these games already and wanted them.

But it's time to return to that backlog guys. I know there are new games that come out all the time, that we have to take a step back from the backlog to play. For me right now that's for sure going to be Bloodborne , MKX, Alien: Isolation & 1886 when I get them, Uncharted 4, Tomb Raider, The Witcher, etc. But at the moment I'm going to hold back on buying any new games (even though I totally just bought Akiba's Trip after it finally hit a sweet low price for the Golden Week sale) to go shovel through that backlog for awhile. I don't know how long it'll be before I come back but there's just way too much that I have and want to play already that needs to be played through. And even though I don't want to seem dramatic about it, I feel like listing out my current "I know I will play" version of my backlog will help me keep track of it, feel better and most importantly share with you great people. So here goes:

All of the Tell Tale Adventure games I missed for PS3, Sam & Max, Monkey Island, etc.
Anything new that comes out on PS+ that I haven't touched yet, Deadly Premonition: DX, Ether One, Never Alone, etc.
Akiba's Trip (PS4)
Assassin's Creed IV (DLC Story) (PS4)
Assassin's Creed Unity (PS4)
Batman: Arkham City (PS3)
Bioshock (PS3)
Destructoid Story R by Marche100

Duke Nukem 3D (Vita)
Enclave (Steam)
Fallout 1 (Retry) (Steam)
Fallout 2 (Steam)
FNAF (Steam)
Grand Theft Auto 2 (PS1)
Grand Theft Auto 3 (PS2)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (a second time) (PS2)
Gravity Rush (Vita)
Half Life 1 (PS2)
LA MULANA EX (Vita)
Max Payne 2 (PS2)
MediEvil (PS1)
New Little King's Story (Vita)
Nuclear Throne (Steam)
Omerta: City of Gangsters (Steam)
Persona 4 (Vita)
Rainbow Moon (Vita)
Risk of Rain (Steam)
Rock Boshers DX (PS4)
Silent Hill HD Collection (Just SH2) PS3)
Shadowrun Returns (Steam)
Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones (PS4)
The Killzone Collection
(Just the first one) (PS3)
The Ratchet & Clank Collection (Just 2 and 3) (PS3)
Thief Series (Steam)
To the Moon (Steam)
Two Brothers (Steam)
Valient Hearts (PS4)
Valkyria Chronicles 2 (PSP)
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood DLC (PS4)
White Knight (PS4)

Ys: Origins (Steam)
Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP)

It's funny, I feel so much worse now that it has all been written out like this... Lol sigh. Well I'll be starting with GTA III, conveniently for the new BoB assignment!

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