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Cblogs of 2/27/14 + Greek Gods of OBJECTION-isms

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First of all, I get to come visit you buttholes in the US.

Second, did I ever mention that I fucking love my 3DS? I think I did. You know what, let me do it again just to be sure. I fucking love my 3DS.

As can be expected, this week I spent even more time with the little handheld that could, playing some more Pokémon, finishing up on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and beating Crimson Shroud. Although for the latter I suspect that there is a New Game+ mode, and I suspect that it has an alternate ending, so I might have to take the time to play it again. The ending I already got was pretty satisfactory and unique if nothing else, but I’d like to see what else the game might have in store.

One other game I started playing only yesterday is Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. Both it and the latest Professor Layton game where 30% off in the 3DS eShop in honor of the upcoming Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney (that will be here in less than a month!), so I couldn’t very well resist now could I?



So far I’ve only played the first case, but I like what I see. Much like Pokémon before it, the transition from 2D sprites to full 3D models serves to bring much more life to the characters, as you can see and appreciate all their little quirks much more with their newfound animations. While the previous games already managed to make you love their silly characters, Dual Destinies seems to bring it to a whole new level. I hope Trucy Wright, my favorite Ace Attorney character, will make an appearance beyond her quick cameo at the end of the first case, because I love to see her cute magic tricks fully animated and modeled. The same goes for Maya, who has been noticeably absent for a while now. Here’s hoping!

In the mean time, I’m going to be projecting that appreciation onto Athena Cykes. The second Wright & Co. attorney named after a greek god, she brings an interesting new energy to the table, as well as some neat gameplay elements. You may have noticed by now, but I’m a sucker for the kind of sassy, spirited and energetic lady she seems to be (both in real life and in fiction), so she’s already quickly becoming my favorite character. I like her design too, including her ridiculous anime “how does that hair even work”-hair.


- Seriously though, HOW?

Since she’s a character in a Phoenix Wright game, it goes without saying that she has some kind of dark and troubled past, which the game starts hinting at very early on. In the first case I’ve come across one scene about her troubled past, and I was already struck by how dark and disturbing it was. For a series that’s all about murder all the time, it’s saying something that any scene could still take me aback, but hers definitely did. I don’t know what the previous games were rated, but I know this one is rated for audiences 16 and up in Europe: that scene alone would justify this. If nothing else, it got me really eager to find out more.

Other than that, there’s not much more I can say about the game. It’s still Phoenix Wright in all its glory. On top of that, it feels like the perfect appetizer to the upcoming Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney. Now there’s just the matter of whether or not I want to shell out €5 for the DLC bonus episode in which you defend an orca with a moustache and pirate hat.

Wait.



YOU GET TO DEFEND AN ORCA WITH A MOUSTACHE AND PIRATE HAT. Why am I even questioning this?

* - Click this blog for a cool .gif and a nice recollection of Nintendo Power and its impact over the years.

P - Radio Destructoid is still radio-ing along, with episode 31.

A - Have you ever imagined Solid Snake in a luchador mask? You have now. Read El Dango's blog for more geniusly insane things Snake should use in the next MGS.

P - M.A.S.S.I.V.E. C.O.C.K. is still M.A.S.S.I.V.E. C.O.C.K.-ing along, with episode 5!

A - LathargicTurtle isn't down with Blizzard anymore, and after reading this blog it's not hard to see why.

A - Our own Strider 3DS-es (this is a verb now) like it's nobody's business. Who can honestly blame him?





I - I like "general talkaboutgaming-ness", have to remember that. At any rate, Beazzy wants to do things on our site, so go say hi!

R - It's pretty sad that a game based on some 10-year-old's ideas might very well be better than some mainstream titles.

T - Mikki Saturn mentions one of those NES games lost in time. Mr. Gimmick looks pretty good, even!

R - Out of this World was an SNES game that was only so-so.

R - Is the original Castlevania still playable today? Well, somewhat.

M - TitusGroan has an early version of his Remix song done. I think it has promise!

A - mmmpek has an artistic rendition of the future of video games by way of virtual reality. So many people being so creative today!

C - This blog doesn't seem done. Which is a shame because it sounds like Eikre might be onto something here.







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