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SQUARE ENIX, HIRE THIS MAN


 
 
 

With FF7 finally completed, I now understand why it became renowned as the first blockbuster video game. Playing it after VI really puts a spotlight on the differences. The setpieces are nuts for the time. A shame it's a bit messy in parts though.


 
 
 

Got a late birthday present today. No idea what to make of the game, but tiny Artorias will go nicely the tiny Hunter the same friend got me earlier. It's nice to get some video game merch, especially when your family deems it ill-fit for gifts.


 
 
 

Yo, Ori and the Blind Forest is goddamn radical. Finally, some competition for Hollow Knight.

 
 
 

The idea of bullying Ultima Weapon into submission by ramming it so it'll fight you is hilarious to me. SMILE YOU SON OF A BITCH, YOU KNOW YOU CANNOT HIDE. I'LL HUNT YOU TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH AND GET THAT SWEET AP YOU'RE HOARDING!

 
 
 

Here's a hidden gem for ya. Silent Bomber is a really rad action game that plays like what that edgy Bomberman Zero should have been. Laying & detonating bombs quickly makes for a good combat system. You even get to blow up Gundams, so that's a plus.



 
 
 

I was drawn to INMOST thinking it'd be a Souls-like of some renown, but it turned out to be a cinematic platformer instead. Those are a rare breed and this one turned out to be enjoyable. Surprisingly funny too, thanks to the unhinged Mr Bunny.


 
 
 

That GOG giveaway of Syndicate and Ultima Underworld games has left my backlog teetering on the edge growing bigger than it was at the end of last year. Current status:


 
 
 

I've gone through Investigations again for the first time in a decade now. Doing it so soon after revisiting T&T has highlighted some lackluster aspects, but it's still good. The new mechanics are fun and the fanservice is aces. 2 is so much better though


 
 
 

I forgot to post this earlier, but it makes a perfect gift for Gajnight. Gotta dab to show those Shinra corpos what's what.


 
 
 

According to local bus pass regulations, at 26 years of age I am now an adult. What a horrifying thought. I made a banana/custard/chocolate moussé cake and got some neat games though, so it's not all bad I guess.


 
 
 

30 hours deep into FF7 now and I have finally made a dent into disc 2 and passed my previous playtrough. The pacing has been pretty good (despite Fort Condor) and I'm enjoying myself. The game is full of a bunch of janky weird stuff though.

 
 
 

It hit me that the Blood Gems in Bloodborne is just the Materia system from FF7, only grindier, more obfuscated and all-around shittier. For shame, From Soft, ripping off an equipment system isn't hard.


 
 
 

Turns out I didn't make a mistake backing up my saves from our old PS3. Dark Souls 2 saves are system-bound. RIP to my Dex dual-wielding edgelord PVP character from 2015. May his successor on PC endure the ages. At least I got these back.


 
 
 

Wow, FF7 just lets you get Big Guard and White Wind this early and without much hassle. I am naturally cheating to do so because getting enemy skills the legit way is mind-numbingly tedious. Did they ever do Blue Magic in a sane, balanced and fun way?


 
 
 

The Reunion mod continues to do its thing. I wonder how hard it would have been to use the battle models everywhere in the PS1 version. Looks so good.


 
 
 

Immersive Sims Are My (Rare) Jam

As has been thoroughly documented across the ages, video game genres are a horrible mess of senseless nomenclature, conflicting ideals, traditions kept well past their best-by date and just straight-up laziness. And to make matters wor...

 
 
 
 

Ever wanted to go from 0 to 99 insight in 24 minutes and 38 seconds using Super Mario 64? Then I've got you covered. Now excuse me while I AAAAAAGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHGG!!!!



 
 
 

The process of overwriting the memories of my failed playthrough of FF7 with this new one has been interesting. The modded translation, backgrounds and character models really puts it in the best possible light while retaining the charm.


 
 
 

In lieu of giving Ubisoft money for a Far Cry game, I played Homefront: The Revolution instead. It was sort of neat, but its rough dev cycles shows. But beyond that, the story was so boring. Should have had aliens. And memorable characters.


 
 
 

It took some testing (the mods only work on Windows 10), but I finally got the PC port of FF7 into decent shape. I went with a combination of Reunion and Remako, which retranslates everything, changes the models, upscales the backgrounds and more.


 
 
 

I got a mail about Aviary Attorney being on sale just as my friend finished streaming Ace Attorney Investigations for the week. Must be a sign. A bird-like and befeathered sign filled with bad puns. Imma buy it.


 
 
 

Video games, you get an F. Please meet with me after class so we can discuss what you've done.



 
 
 

Finally, news on the new Sonic game.



 
 
 

Pharaph Rebirth, the first game I played from my summer sale haul turned out to be a winner. Its Metroidvania aspects are a bit understated, but the spritework is excellent and it's all around good platforming fun. Really good for its price.


 
 


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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