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The final barrier, a localized physical release, has been overcome. AND IT'S IN MY HANDS! A few more months for Azure to come out and I'll be able to shill this series with newfound fervor.


 
 

God of War 4 defeated! The game was so good I'm ready to forgive it for not being named that due to marketing cowardice. I have minor misgivings with the loot, but damn if this thing wasn't fully featured and more. Kinda tempted by Ragnarok now.


 
 

I AM THE KING OF SHIT MOUNTAIN. I PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE GONE UP HERE RIGHT AFTER THE CHISEL, BUT I STAND SUPERIOR. THAT WAS AN AWESOME FIGHT, BUT PLEASE FIX THE INPUT BUFFER FOR COMBOS IN THE NEXT GAME.


 
 

Enough is enough, rats of the skies!


 
 

I've been enjoying Dad of Boy more than I thought I would, despite knowing the major plot beats. I was not ready for combat to require as much care as it does, but I'm learning. Seems to be a pretty good game though, no wonder everyone raved about it!

 
 

Going by the demo, Star Ocean 6 is a Star Ocean game all right. The models are wrong, the lipflaps don't even try, the pop-in is insane and the framerate is shit. But the combat is the best they've done yet, the new air dash helps it so much.


 
 

The latest chapters of the Elden Ring manga revealed that Patches is a motherfucking scalper.


 
 

Anyone familiar with Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner? I've played it for a little bit but don't feel like continuing. The 90s anime art and full voice acting is nice, but the story utterly failed to grab me and the monster catching feels lame.


 
 

I am so down for a King's Field-esque horror game that's actually spooky. Almost takes the sting away from the death of the fantranslation for Hungry Ghosts. I might just play that damn thing in Japanese one of these days.

 
 

I've begun my research into Soul Reaver and its troubled development, which got me to stumble upon this amazing recreation of the original final third/ending. The video has some series-wide spoilers, but the implications of this ending are so radical.

 
 

Spurred by the threat of 3 more Yakuza games, I played through Black Panther 2. They iterated on it as expected, but still didn't fix the crap random encounters. Still a good time, mind you. Didn't expect an assassin gimp with a crotch thrust attack tho'.


 
 

I wonder if there is a circle of hell designed like the Drowned Abbey in Soul Reaver. I ran in circles thrice doing bad platforming before looking up the path, which led me to even more precision-point platforming in a game with no precision!

 
 

I am officially one fifth through my Legacy of Kain retrospective! I had a lot to say about Blood Omen, so now I'm up to 27k words (including the game script). I am giving this my all, is what I'm saying. But I will type and post until it is done.


 
 

I get it. I finally get it. My mind has expanded enough to comprehend EDF.

 
 

I was wrong about Stranger of Paradise being Nioh 3, Wu Long is clearly that. This demo felt a lot better balanced than the one for Nioh 2 and I love what they did with the parry. But holy shit does the input queue for healing suck shit.

 
 

The demo for Valkyrie Elysium left me with a good impression. The combat and progression is simplistic, but it has some depth and isn't afraid to punish the player. A shame about the story and presentation, especially the awful pop-in on the white flowers

 
 

I am the Sifu now. I beat the game at 22 and got all the trophies. What a kick-ass experience with a delightful skill curve. About the only negatives I have are that some moves feel useless and that one double miniboss in the Tower. So go play it!


 
 

The Egyptian gods finally deemed me worthy of a successful run in Immortal Redneck. I like the game a fair bit after coming to grips with the first pyramid, but now at the second onr it feels like I just need to go grind for a few more runs in the first.

 
 

Sega, I know you mean well, but I was already 4 Yakuza games behind. Not to mention that I was planning a replay of 3-5 with the new translation and Y1 with the JP dub and the fanretranslation. You can't just dump 3 more on me out of the blue like that.


 
 

Guys, I think video games are back. Prepare your wallets.


 
 

Getting some experience sure changed the tune of those recruiters. I had three whole interviews today and one was even the result of ME getting asked out on one out of the blue! It's like they finally realized I'm an educated developer or something.


 
 

Finally giving Sifu the time of day. I'm glad Sloclap lived up to their potential after Absolver and just made God Hand 2. I'm still stuck on The Club, but I'm slowly translating over my God Hand tricks. Shins of the world, beware!

 
 

In order to detox myself after Persona 5 Royal, I went for the complete other end of the JRPG spectrum and did a run of Ys Origin. It's a clean 7 hours of button-mashing per character with some of the best music Falcom has put out and I love it.

 
 

17 hours of epilogue later, and I am finally fucking free from Persona 5 Royal, totalling at 132 hours. The new content was pretty good, even if you could feel the money dwindle. Wouldn't say it was worth the replay though. Should've been DLC.


 
 

Today is the day I'm being let go from work after a year because my contract is up and I failed to compensate for bad planning. But those fools left me with a more powerful CV, a reference and enough money to ride out the year. I'll get that good job yet.


 
 

The first Witcher has been defeated. I'v never had that proper western fantasy RPG experience, so this game being a hodgepodge of the genre was a good introduction. I'll probably continue the series, but for now, my backlog is clear of all eurojank!

 
 

I've been getting to more and more episodes of Samurai Jack I missed and it continues to impress. Episode 9 of season 3 in particular, since it's like a Fatal Frame homage, down to the monochrome ghost flashbacks. Ending it like that kicked ass.


 
 

Crystar is the most Vita-ass game imaginable, despite not being on the platform. They spent all their money on character art and VAs, leaving the game part of it padded to shit. Needed to cut like 60% of the levels to match the godawful enemy variety.


 
 

The Klonoa collection was a sane Platinum, as expected, even if 2 was harder than I remember. They really gave me just a few more extra lives than I needed. But it was so fun to revisit these games and finally play the bonus levels! What now, Bamco?


 
 

I hit the Mountains of Mira-Mira level in Klonoa 2. Current status:

 
 

About Kerrik52one of us since 3:12 AM on 02.28.2016

Greetings, one and all. I'm known as Kerrik52 around these parts and I'm Swedish dude working as an app developer.

I play a lot of games, even the bad ones if they have something interesting to offer. I then write about them on this site for you all to read. I've written about a ton of stuff, but nowadays I mostly write reviews of games with the odd disscussion blog making its way out of my brain every month. My pride and joy is my From Software retrospective, which I highly recommend as a substitute to actually struggling through their first-person games on your own.

When it come to games, I'm mostly an action, platformer, horror, Immersive Sim and JRPG fanatic, but I try to keep my gaming diet varied from time to time. Here are some games/series I love:

Souls Games
God Hand
Immersive Sims
Resident Evil 4
Tales of
Ratchet & Clank
Devil May Cry
Legacy of Kain
Spyro the Dragon
Shin Megami Tensei
Anything by Falcom
Yakuza

I have a very low standard for movies, but I still have some distinct favorites. These include:

Coraline
Tintin
The Secret Life of Walter Witty
Pooh's Grand Adventure

Anime is a bite of a side-gig for me, but I'm a proud member of the Symphogear Choir.


Go ahead and share a piece of your world with me and I'll pay back in kind. Don't be deterred if I answer you with a wall of text though. I just can't help it sometimes.
 
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