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It finally happened. I saw next/current-gen consoles in the wild! It may have been a pile of Series X's nobody wants, but still, it means this generation isn't fake!

 
 
 

Solatorobo has to be the most high-rent DS game I've ever played. As a swansong to the DS it really pushed it to its limits. The plot and gameplay got a bit stale, but it's brimming with character and a lot of love. Check it out!


 
 
 

I did it. I survived 3 days of Christmas food.


 
 
 

As a fan of System Shock, I felt obliged to at least try out Ultima Underworld. That was a mistake, these games are too old and basically unplayable. Which is a shame, because if you were to iterate on 2 about 14 times, you might get something decent.


 
 
 

All voice careers begin with snowboarding and all so end. Billy Zane's is no different. You see, snowboarding is his TRUE essence.



 
 
 

I haven't been drawn to OVAs aside from Gunbuster (because that show is immaculate), but Murder Princess caught my eye. It's as straight-forward as the name implies, and about as edgy as it looks, but it works. Feels older than 2007, but in a good way.


 
 
 

Continuing my streak of hidden gems on the DS,I gave Alien: Infestation a whirl. It's so interesting to see an Alien game take after Metroid so many decades after Metroid did the same. It's a pretty decent metroidvania, but the final boss was really bad.


 
 
 

I knew nothing about Solatorobo, so I was surprised to find out that it's actually one of the best games on the DS! It's pretty, charming and has a unique gameplay system based around grabbing and throwing stuff. I'm only a bit into it, but it's a keeper.

 
 
 

Since it was free on GOG, I decided to spend a few minutes going through Samorost for the first time in more than a decade. I still remembered the solution to the puzzles, which is a testament to how memorable it is.


 
 
 

Traveller In Playtime – Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider is an action-adventure title with light metroidvania elements developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix in 2015 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. A year later in 2016, it was also released on PS4 and P...

 
 
 
 

I was stunned to see the PC port of Nayuta: Boundless Trails drop out of nowhere, but apparently this version is still in Japanese and won't be patched with a translation until the console versions come out in 2023. I guess Durante just works too fast?


 
 
 

The Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC/extra content was surprisingly varied. Baba Yaga was cool and Croft Manor actually had me invested in the story. Endurance mode is neat, but its riddled in the loot box stink SE was pushing around at the time.

 
 
 
 
 

I did it. I beat Rise of the Tomb Raider AND enjoyed it. A shame about the recycled plot, but it sure did explode things good and let me platform as they fell apart.


 
 
 

As if February wasn't full enough, the unofficial RE4 remaster is out by then. This project has been going on forever and it looks so good! Can't wait for it to put R4make to shame later.


 
 
 

I took this photo on #Caturday when I was besieged by this comfy critter.


 
 
 

I had forgotten a lot about Investigations 2 and after revisiting it I've realized that T&T is the stronger game for having a better emotional core and doing more with less. But holy shit if it still isn't a masterwork of writing and theming.


 
 
 

I started up Rise of the Tomb Raider and I'm still impressed by the small flourishes they do to the Uncharted formula to make it engaging. They're ripping off U2&U3 left and right to boot, but I don't mind even though the animation work is a bit goofy.

 
 
 

On the other side of the spectrum, I also beat Tomato Adventure today. It's very much the prototype of Superstar Saga, but also reminded me of Undertale. The combat got a bit boring, but it's still well worth checking out.


 
 
 

I have survived the nightmare and shaved off my time by about an hour. Scenario B was hectic but fun. The remake is superior in most ways, but I missed some songs and some of the navigation complexity from the original. Still a great effort.


 
 
 

Symphonia was an interesting game. It's not even 30 minutes long, but the core mechanic of flinging yourself around is solid and the visuals are terrific. It was like playing through a French animated short film. It's free on GOG, give it a go.


 
 
 

I ended up liking Guardian of Light more than Temple of Osiris, even if both games are just fleeting distractions. Of course, the only reason I played it was for the LoK DLC which is so tasteless it rolls around into being great. Raziel gets a gun!



 
 
 

Happy (alleged) birthday to the Playstation 5. And yes, you're already a year older.

 
 
 

Impostor Factory was pretty good, but it didn't hit as hard as the previous games. I get the feeling it's leading to a strong finale though, so I hope the series continues. But it did speak one unassailable truth:


 
 
 

That's the A scenario done. This game was really good, even with all the screw-ups I got myself into. I found it less complex than the original, but actually good bosses balanced it out. They even fixed the excess shotgun ammo problem, so kudos. Onto B!


 
 


About Kerrik52one of us since 3:12 AM on 02.28.2016

Greetings, one and all. I'm known as Kerrik52 around these parts and I'm Swedish dude working as an app developer.

I play a lot of games, even the bad ones if they have something interesting to offer. I then write about them on this site for you all to read. I've written about a ton of stuff, but nowadays I mostly write reviews of games with the odd disscussion blog making its way out of my brain every month. My pride and joy is my From Software retrospective, which I highly recommend as a substitute to actually struggling through their first-person games on your own.

When it come to games, I'm mostly an action, platformer, horror, Immersive Sim and JRPG fanatic, but I try to keep my gaming diet varied from time to time. Here are some games/series I love:

Souls Games
God Hand
Immersive Sims
Resident Evil 4
Tales of
Ratchet & Clank
Devil May Cry
Legacy of Kain
Spyro the Dragon
Shin Megami Tensei
Anything by Falcom
Yakuza

I have a very low standard for movies, but I still have some distinct favorites. These include:

Coraline
Tintin
The Secret Life of Walter Witty
Pooh's Grand Adventure

Anime is a bite of a side-gig for me, but I'm a proud member of the Symphogear Choir.


Go ahead and share a piece of your world with me and I'll pay back in kind. Don't be deterred if I answer you with a wall of text though. I just can't help it sometimes.
 
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