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Early November recap - Lots of game impressions


It may be a bit early for a recap of this month but since I already got so many games... This was (and still is) a great November. And that's not only because my birthday was on November 3rd. Be ready for a full package of impressions!

Are you ready? 3, 2, 1, GO!

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: Haven't beat it yet but I think that I'm almost at the end of the game. But even without having seen the credits I can say that it's a damn good game. The cel-shaded style fits so well, the music is great, the dungeons are a bit easy but still fun and Linebeck is a freakin' awesome character. The only thing that bothers me is the Temple of the Sea King. But it's worth the effort.

The Orange Box: The games in this box pretty much surprised me. Okay, I knew that I was going to like Portal. That game was the only reason why I bought the whole box. I was not interested in Team Fortress 2 since my FPS skills are... Well... Almost not existent. But supringly, I love that game. It is easy to learn but hard to master. And it is a fun game. And then there is Half-Life 2. I wanted to play that game and now I got the chance to. Result: I don't like it. Not because of the gameplay or my FPS skills. It's because of the water. If a 3D video game contains an "under-water-swimming-around-with-enemies-area", I stop playing it. I hate water in 3D games. This is a long story and maybe I will tell it to you someday... But for now, all you have to know is: I don't like Half-Life 2 just because of the water.

Lunar Knights: I'm a big fan of the Boktai series. And still a bit sad because the third GBA game wasn't released here. One of my friends got the first game about the time it was released in Japan and was completely hooked. Then, about half a year later, it came out in Germany, I bought it and was amazed by this game. Last year, the same friend got the japanese version of Lunar Knights (called Bokura No Taiyoh DS: Django & Sabata) and I just wanted to play it. Even though I didn't understand the stroy since I can't read or even understand the Japanese language. But I had a lot of fun with it. Now, with the European version, I can fully understand the story and this makes the game even better. Not as great as the very first Boktai game, but still a good action adventure. And just because of the cover art, it was a worth buy.

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales: What the...?! A minigame collection for the DS? Do we need more of them? Well, if they all would be as nice as this game, my answer would be: Yes. I don't really know why, but I like this game. The design is cute, the minigames are fun and the card game is great. And it is not as short as I expected it to be. I played it about 10 hours now and still haven't beat it yet. Download play would be nice for multiplayer but hey, it is still a good game if you ask me.

Sonic Rush Adventure: I don't care what you think but in my opinion, Sonic Rush was awesome. It was fast, it had great (though not very fitting) music and ultimately, it was fun to play (how many times did I use this phrase now?). The only problem: The game was criminally short. Sonic Rush Adventure is, as far as I can tell, longer. But that's because you have to play some levels again to get materials. None or less, this mechanic is not as annoying as the Temple of the Sea King in Phantom Hourglass. I like cruising around with the Wave Cyclone and discovering hidden islands. And the title music is great. Overall, a good game. If you like the blue hedgehog, at least try it.

The Simpsons Game: Video game parodies? I'm on! I like Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission Las Vegum (maybe you know the prequel, Asterix & Obelix: Kick Buttix was the American title, I think) even though it is just an average beat'em up. The Simpsons Game is almost like it but with The Simpsons in it and with co-op play. Yeah, the game gets boring after a while and some elements has been cut out of the Wii version compared to the other next-gen versions. But hey, it is the fun that counts. I enjoyed the game and would recommend it. If you like The Simpsons, that is.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption: Man, I hate that series... Really! I've never finished Metroid Prime or Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Echoes because of a water area). And I don't like the way a Metroid attacks you as the creatures are filling the whole screen if they get you. But since I got all Metroid Prime games up to now, why don't buy the last one even if I know that I'm not going to like it. But surprisingly, I somehow do like it. Maybe I'm just flashed by the visuals or by the awesome controls. And if there is a water area, I'll most likely stop playing that game. But up to now, I'm enjoying it.

Picross DS: I feared that I wouldn't get it. That I wouldn't understand, how this game works. The instructions I read on the internet didn't help much. Luckily, the in-game tutorial was way better. And after a couple of minutes, I was hooked. What a simple yet fantastic game...

Final Fantasy VI Advance: Never played the original since it was never released here in Germany. Also I missed the PSOne version. But now, on the GBA, I just had to buy it. I wanted to finally play it. Haven't got that far yet, I'm at the opera house at the moment. But the music, the characters, the story and Kefka... I really like it.

Rayman Raving Rabbids 2: Like the story of my 3D video game water phobia, I'll tell you more about another time.

Super Mario Galaxy: Finally less water than in Super Mario Sunshine! Just because of this, the game is awesome! Which doesn't mean that there isn't any water in this game... Luckily, I can skip most of these party by collecting stars in other areas. And hey, did you know that this game freakin' rocks? Yeah, I know. Old news is old.

Vampire - The Masquerade: Bloodlines: After reading about this game at ShawnKelfonne's Cblog, I wanted to spend the 10 Euros on that game for a retail version. Sadly without a physical booklet. But I was lucky because a store which sells used games got a version of the game with instruction booklet and DVD case. And all in a good shape. On top of that, it only costed 7 Euros. Deal! Haven't played it that much yet but it looks nice and I like the dialogues.

True Crime: Streets of L.A.: Read more here.

That's it. That's my November up to now. Much to play, much fun and a lot of money spent. And about the "fear of 3D video game water" thing and Rayman Raving Rabbids 2: Expect to read more about it soon. ;)
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About Alanarone of us since 10:09 AM on 07.24.2007

Since the Destructoid Random Title found it out already, I can admit it: I'm a Rabbid. So there will be some random DAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! in my posts. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

My hideout is in Germany. Also, my English isn't perfect. So if you have problems to read my texts, tell me about it. I try to explain what I was trying to write then.

As you can imagine, one of my favourite games is "Rayman Raving Rabbids". I really like wacky videogames. DAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! Give me some "Armed & Dangerous", "You don't know Jack", "Rayman Raving Rabbids" or "Monkey Island" and I'm happy. Also, I like "Guild Wars".
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