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Wow, what a powerhouse of the cell!


 
 

Pixeljunk Monsters is the devil's work. I've never played a tower defence game that has made me feel this stupid. But progress is being made. I'll claw my way to every perfect level clear I can!


 
 

I've been playing Pixeljunk Shooter Ultimate (thanks, vxxy) and it's amazing how quickly I readjusted to it after having played the original more than a decade ago. It's so engaging to fly around and play with the different substances while shooting.


 
 

My backlog cleansing led me to Get Even, which is one hell of a game. It's a walking sim with FPS and horror elements, but it's also a British sci-fi thriller. Not everything in it gels together, but it gets points for being so damn unique.


 
 

Went back to finish The Old Blood. Just like its sister game, it's pretty fun, but good god is it hard. Had to turn down the difficulty a notch. I know I'm a sinner who plays most shooters with a controller, but I'm not sure mouse aiming would help me.


 
 

I finally managed a successful run of Ziggurat. The spellbook character combined with the homing spellbook was the key. I like how damage seems to be mostly constant, so you can't lag behind the damage curve and be miserable.

 
 

I've taken a flammenwerfer to the ass-end of my backlog and given a bunch of crap a try before banishing it to oblivion. Wasn't all bad though, Ziggurat is really neat. I didn't think there was a rogue-lite out there for me, but this seems to be it.


 
 

Since I can't stomach another JRPG yet I dug through my backlog and poked at some freeware shmups from GOG and Sonic 2. Just as I thought, I don't like the physics or the focus on speed combined with instakill traps and a zoomed in camera.


 
 

Funny how I managed to get all 3 Shadow Warrior games for free before I beat even one of them. Classic wasn't to my taste and the reboot is very mediocre. There is some good in there, but it just wasn't realized. Also, fuck those armored Pinkies.


 
 

Nothing like joining your friend for his first few hours of Yakuza 0 before he starts to grasp just how much goddamn content there is and how much of his free time it's going to eat up. Poor fella doesn't know how much cabaret club awaits.


 
 

I never thought Take Me Home, Country Roads would be a vital part of a Ghibli movie, but here we are. Couldn't help but think about Fallout and I'm not even a fan of the series. I think that means Todd Howard has won.


 
 

Only a matter of time until Sony capitalizes on horror games using the DualSense vibrations and 3D audio by selling Playstation-branded gaming diapers. It's an untapped market!

 
 

It's amazing how much more I'm enjoying Tomb Raider 2013 over the first 3 Uncharted games. The platforming is better, exploration is a thing, puzzles aren't braindead and combat sections are shorter. A shame about the characters, but I'll take it.


 
 

A Hat In Time was lovely. It's inventive, and the bosses and platforming is great. I'm a bit opposed to some of the level design, but it's all manageable. Now to try out the DLC worlds.


 
 

Remember kids, next-gen is now current-gen, PS4/XBONE is now last-gen and PS3/360 games grow ever more retro by the day. Dead Space is 12 years old, Modern Warfare is 11 and same goes for Resident Evil 5. Time comes for us all!

 
 

I knew CS4 would be my GotY due to there not being any other candidates, but Aidios be praised did it bring a lot to the table in 100 hours. Now to figure out how to write about it without spoiling the hell out of it. Gonna need a JRPG break as well.


 
 

I swear, the worldbuilding of Trails is both a blessing and a curse. It's so good to check in with the NPCs, but it really eats up time and attention to do so. And now in CS4 they have the audacity to give you a tempting checklist.


 
 

Speaking as someone who has suffered from a singular uninterrupted headache of varying intensity since the start of August, I'm relieved to finally be able to use my brain correctly again. Post-infection maladies are no joke.


 
 

I've burned through the first act of Cold Steel 4 and already had my money's worth. It's amazing what fun interactions you can write when you have dozens upon dozens of established characters. The harder battles are welcome too.


 
 

Now my collection of Trails of Cold Steel games is finally complete. I've only played the prologue of 4, but it left me beaming. So to those of you still stuck in the earlier parts of the series, let it be known that it's a worthwhile journey.


 
 

After a long time I have finally finished one half of The Name of the Wind. Having not read proper fantasy in over a decade, it was certainly refreshing. Though the book seems more concerned with world-building than plot. Anyone here who has read it?


 
 

There I was, thinking I could manage to write a review about R&C: Full Frontal Assault. But no, the game has so little to it that I don't think I can stretch it to 700 words even. When they said budget release, they meant it.


 
 

With Cold Steel IV being a few days away, I decided to look deep within my backlog for something quick to try and probably give up on. Turns out that Bio Menace is pretty good as far as 90s PC platformers go. It's very goofy and has humane checkpointing.


 
 

90 hours later and Cold Steel 3 has been bested, a week before 4 is out. It was quite good and redeems a few aspects of the first 2, which was a welcome sight. But holy shit has the ending drained my soul. I'm so glad I waited on playing it until 4 is out


 
 

Nothing like a crash during your Sewer Crystal hunt to completely kill your interest in your current R&C 3 playthrough. The Ratchet collection really is the worst. These games deserve better and I don't think they can be emulated well either.


 
 

Grab it while it exists!


 
 

Well, the Dead Space 3 DLC was all right (as far as DS3 content goes), but it reminded me of why DLC has such a bad rap outside of From Software games. It's just so short. Guess I should pour one out for Visceral since I'm finally done with the series.


 
 

I used the Dead Space 2 DLC (which was pretty lame) as an excuse to play with some weapons. The flamethrower has its place in DS2, but the Detonator and sniper rifle do not work with this encounter design.


 
 

Since the PS3 shopping experience is about to become terrible, I decided to pick up some console-exclusive DLC, the DS3 Epilogue and a non-buggy version of Stranger's Wrath. I also recommend that people pick up BG&E HD, though that might be better on Xbox


 
 

I see I was posessed by Dango while I slept. I hope that defense holds up in court...

 
 

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 with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

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 stuff about about a lot of genres, but if you need recommendations, I suggest my From Software Retrospective and my "Let's Bitch" series about the Souls-games. At present, I am mostly writing reviews, which is a fun exercise.

I also have a little Youtube channel bearing my name that mostly contains videos related to my blogs.

I'm mostly a character action game and JRPG player, but I try to keep my gaming diet varied. Here are some games/series I love:

Souls Games
God Hand
Resident Evil 4
Tales of
Ratchet & Clank
King's Field
Devil May Cry
Legacy of Kain
Spyro the Dragon
Ys
Shin Megami Tensei
Patapon
Legend of Heroes
Yakuza
Locoroco
Ape Escape

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

Coraline
Tintin
The Secret Life of Walter Witty
Pooh's Grand Adventure
Scott Pilgrim VS the World

The last TV shows I watched were House, Mythbusters and Fringe.

Anime on the other hand, is something I watch a decent amount of. I like:

Symphogear
Jojo
Nichijou
WIXOSS
Black Rock Shooter
Nobunagun
Airmaster
Fist of the Northstar

I don't read very much anymore, but I like Asimov and Lovecraft.

Music-wise I'm an apostle of Dio and the German power metal scene. Other favorites include:

Gamma Ray
Iron Savior
Freedom Call
Dreamtale
Axel Rudi Pell
Edguy
Avantasia

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 in a wall of text though. I just can't help it sometimes.
 
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