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Cblogs of 09/27/13 and bbainisms

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This week I decided to continue my foray into the Shin Megami Tensei series and purchased Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army. This one is interesting in that it's an action RPG, rather than a typical turn-based RPG like most SMT games (or at least all the ones that I've played thus far). I've been having a blast playing it so far, so I'd say the action RPG gameplay was a good idea. It keeps things fresh.



My favorite part about Devil Summoner is that you can actually control your demons directly, in battle and on the map. The thing that I really enjoyed about Nocturne was that I was finally about to see more of the Megami Tensei demons, through conversing with them, battling them and recruiting them to your party. Now, in Devil Summoner, I can take things a step further and fully control them! I've been having a ton of fun just walking around town as Jack Frost, investigating things and such.

Actually, I think my new favorite SMT demon might be Mokoi. He's been in other games that I played, but I never got much of a sense of his character. But he's hilarious in Devil Summoner. He makes ridiculous sounds, he walks funny, he throws a boomerang and catches it with his head. Even his dialog is funny, as is the dialog for many other demons ("No praise needed. I know I rule.").

I haven't beaten the game yet. I just encountered Rasputin for the first time. I'm having a blast, though, and I can't wait to see where the crazy storyline goes.



No topsauce today :(

A - ManWithNoName thinks the Steam controller seems really weird, and I'd have to agree.

P - Go For Rainbow + Podtoid!





E - Community itinerary for Eurogamer Expo 2013!

S - Omegas2 is proud to be HUGE!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Toon Smurf!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + The Batman!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Help Phil's family!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Outrage!

T - Spieler Dad was pleasantly surprised by the announcement of Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

T - Grave Walker shares his excitement for the new trailer for The Evil Within.

L - This is like Grand Theft Auto's version of The Little Engine That Could, only not little and not an engine.

L - Zombie Orwell, folks. The literary master and oracle of Destructoid!







No fails today! Huzzah!



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Villains in all media, not just video games, can end up being a dime a dozen. Far too often, a villain's motives boil down to "I am a bad, and so I do bad things. Fear me." While this format has worked for countless stories, at this point in my life (the ripe old age of 20) I’ve become jaded and grumpy, finding myself rolling my eyes when I see yet another antagonist wreaking havoc with no background or reasoning presented as to why they’re being such a butthole.

What’s far more interesting to me is when a villain’s motives or actions come across as justified, perhaps leaving you rooting for them to defeat the protagonist [insert Elder God Tier villain meme here].

My favorite example of this would be Meruem from the Chimera Ant arc of Hunter x Hunter. While he doesn’t necessarily fit the exact mold I laid out above, he’s easily one of the most dynamic and curious villains I’ve ever come across. For the sake of not spoiling what is perhaps one of the most exciting, action-packed, and tear-inducing arcs in anime history, I won’t delve into the details of what makes Meruem so great. Instead I encourage anyone who hasn’t seen Hunter x Hunter to set aside some time and plow through the series. Really, it’s that good.

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