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Cblogs of 11/29/13 and bbainisms

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Hello everyone! Today was Black Friday, which I kind of hate. But yesterday was Thanksgiving, which happens to be my favorite day of the year! This year my sister invited my boyfriend and I over to her house and cooked a delicious dinner for us and her friends. My favorites dishes were the glorious stuffing and the fantastic sweet potatoes (aka the best food in the world). I like Thanksgiving a lot because it's a day to just get together with friends and family and enjoy good food together. There may be no gifts involved, like other holidays, but that just takes away the stress of holiday shopping. Of course, Black Friday pretty much ruins all of that. My boyfriend works in retail so he had to leave the party early to go into work (because Black Friday deals start on Thursday now, for whatever reason), but at least he got to enjoy dinner. 

Anyway, this week in video games I finally got around to playing Dillon's Rolling Western! I've always thought armadillos were really cool animals (probably because they don't live around here), so I really wanted to play this game because it starred a badass armadillo protagonist in a Western setting. It got a pretty bad review here at Destructoid, which kind of discouraged me for awhile, but having finally played the game for myself, I can now safely say that I disagree entirely with Tony Ponce's review score.



To be fair, I do think that the game is best played in short sessions. I usually try to finish one town a day, or even just one day for some of the later towns. If you tried to play through the whole game in a day, or even most of the game in a day, then I could definitely see how the game could get so repetitive that it becomes annoying. Your tasks are essentially the same for each town, with slight variations on enemies and landscapes. 

That being said, I thought it was a delightfully refreshing take on a tower defense genre. I like being in control of a character on the field and being able to do whatever I want while the enemy raid is happening. The game can become very intense and stressful very quickly, as you race around the map trying to take out the most imminent threats as soon as possible. The motorcycle grocks and spring grocks are especially annoying, since they're so fast that you pretty much have to deal with them immediately. 

The one thing that I didn't like about the game was Dillon's equipment. You can buy upgrades to his equipment, making your attacks much more powerful, but they break down fairly quickly. And rather than being able to repair broken equipment, you actually have to just buy it all over again. Also, for some reason you can only buy equipment at the end of a day, but not when you visit the town before a raid. This sucks because the game saves at the end of each day, so if all your equipment breaks during a raid, then you're stuck with crappy equipment unless you restart the town entirely. It wouldn't be too big of a deal, but some of the later levels are practically impossible to beat without good equipment. I had to restart the volcano town because this happened to me.



Of course, my favorite thing about Dillon's Rolling Western is that it oozes personality. It's filled with quirky characters, funny dialog, great music, and it uses the Western theme to great effect. The Western-inspired soundtrack always bring a smile to my face. I'm a huge fan of Ennio Morricone's music, so anything that reminds me of his work earns my automatic approval. I'm really hoping Dillon will make an appearance in the new Smash Bros. game, since I really love his design and his game (he would probably make a great Sonic clone!). 

Now I just need to beat it and start on the sequel!



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