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Cblogs of 06/07/13 and bbainisms

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Flip, you guys! I really need to go to bed soon so I'm going to try to keep these -isms short...



I picked up Nier this week! After hearing constant praise about its soundtrack, even though the rest of the game was apparently just OK, I decided I needed to check it out, if only for the soundtrack and aesthetic. I beat the game last night, and I enjoyed it so much! Obviously the music was lovely, but the characters are what made this game truly stand out to me. Emil, Kaine, Weiss, the father, Yonah... I loved all of them (but especially Emil... he was awesome, and kinda reminded me of Vivi). I also kind of loved the father's design. I'll admit, he is ugly. The first thing that came to mind when I saw him was Gary Busey. But I kind of liked that. It was a nice change of pace from your typical handsome man protagonist, and it helped that he was a really great, well-written character.

I also really liked the combat. Magic felt really fun and natural to use, and there were plenty of spells to choose from, so you could pick your favorites. And I even loved the graphics and level design, which seemed to be a major complaint from many reviewers. The maps reminded me a lot of Shadow of the Colossus. Sure, they were rather bleak, but they were still beautiful. I liked the tranquility and simpleness of the landscapes. 

My only complaint would be the quests, many of which only seemed to be there to pad out the game (in particular, the fetch quests). There were some good quests, like with the Lighthouse Lady and Emil's butler, but most of them weren't very interesting. Otherwise, I was thoroughly impressed with the game. It has definitely earned a spot among my favorite titles. It kind of reminds me of my feelings toward games like El Shaddai or Enslaved; sure, it may not try anything revolutionary in the gameplay department, but it more than makes up for that with style and charm. And the style and charm is exactly why I love the game so goddamn much!



* - Sotanaht's first gaming memory involved knights, grand adventures, and sexy images of Fabio. This was also their first blog, and it was really great! I hope to see more from you, Sotanaht!

* - Callusing, another first-time blogger, wrote up an amazing piece about arguing the effects of violent video games. Very informative!

* - Yet another first-time blogger! You guys are killin' it today! BassClefEly presents us with his hilarious E3 predictions! I can't wait to watch Iwata and Luigi make out... for 10 minutes straight.

M - joemargarito gained a love for video games after playing Super Mario 64 at a Wal-Mart kiosk!

A - odw thinks about the longterm effects of Microsoft attempting to take control of the used games market.

A - What Zelda means to shaxam1029... that dude's face totally looks photoshopped, but it's not.

A - KidPresentable thinks that with the Xbox One, games are becoming more of a commodity and less a piece of art.

A - ClashOfPenguin thinks Microsoft is attempting to solve the wrong problem with the Xbox One.





E - JT Murphy will be hosting a supercool radio show tomorrow night on the 8bitX Radio Network. Be sure to stop by and check it out!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Dwarves in barrels!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + E3 on the horizon!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Titan attacks!

T - burningsoup wants Remember Me to become a cult classic, so... play it but don't buy it?

T - TheKodu highlights a Greenlight oddity: My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant. It looks wonderfully campy!

$ - June 7th UK releases and bargains!

F - Jason Venter has been watching Columbo lately, and is really enjoying it.

A - FrDougal9000 wrote a (unfinished) song about the Xbox One.

R - nilcam will not be purchasing an Xbox One, and neither will I.

V - Mikki Saturn made a video rant about the Xbox One's always online/used games policies.

V - Another video by Mikki Saturn. This one's about Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels.

V - Uzi Bazooka made a video about Deus Ex: The Fall.

C - This was a well-intentioned blog about gender issues in the gaming industry, but I think the author went a bit too far by attacking Jessica Nigri and cosplayers in general.

C - PopetheRev hopes Larry Hryb leaves Microsoft before it's too late.

C - Skid Row Trash is skeptical of the announcement that the Xbox One must be connected to the internet once every 24 hours.

C - Ronin4life thinks something is up with GameStop and Microsoft.



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