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Tales of Graces is really nice so far. Having an extended prequel chapter with the party as kids is adorable. I'm glad the series is living up to the expectations I had of it going into my mad marathon. Good JRPGs deserve to be played.


 
 

I played through A Story About My Uncle. It has neat 1st-person platforming, but the actual story told wasn't to my liking. The script is just a bit off (using specific gameplay terms, changing tenses) and I'm not sure what the point of it is.


 
 

OnRush is pretty baller and seemingly solves the standard issues in racing games by inventing racing modes that allow players who fall behind to teleport back into the action. A shame then that it's styled entirely after Fortnite and its monetization!


 
 

This was lunch today. Bread is bread, right?


 
 
 

With Kiwami 2 done, I have now played 3 Yakuza games this year, proving that it can in fact be done with minimal loss of sanity. Now if everyone could please ignore the fact that they've released another one and remastered two others, that'd be great.


 
 

Nioh 2 beta defeated! While the new stuff is cool, it really feels like more of the same. Which includes some really mean balancing decisions. I think the beta was extra evil, since it's a midgame level and you don't get any skill points to start with.


 
 

Playing Yakuza Kiwami 2 after RE7 and Tales of Vesperia is downright therapeutic. I know the story already, but there are enough curveballs in the side stuff to keep me engaged. And all the new additions make for some nice checklists to work through.

 
 

'Tis the season, so I went ahead and rewatched this old Scooby-Doo movie. It holds up pretty well, since the slapstick got me laughing a fair bit. I like all the xylophones in the soundtrack too, but that might be the nostalgia talking.


 
 

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is treating me pretty well so far. I swear the combat, leveling and loading times are just a bit better than in 6. The first Ryuji fight was really good too. I don't think the parry has felt this good to use in any other Yakuza game.

 
 

That's the RE7 DLC done. I'm a bit mixed on it, but I can't knock it for how inventive it is when it comes to remixing mechanics. But I've had enough horror games for this spooktober, time to start Kiwami 2, which will be my third Yakuza game this year!


 
 

I got the thing, since it's bound to be fucking impossible to buy before long like Ys 8 was. Now to bury it in my backlog until I play the Crossbell games and pray that NISA has enough sense to localize the fourth game. Cat for scale.


 
 

RE7 beaten. I loved it! It's like a game made by joining RE1 with the Revelation games to great effect. In particular, it did the thing I wanted out of a follow-up to Revelations 2, which really sold me on it. Now, onto the DLC!


 
 

RE7 update for Limo: I got the Snake key and found the second boss alright. Trying to use up the last of the burner fuel on normal enemies was a bad idea. The game seems to use the same structure as RE1, only a lot more focused and effective.

 
 

Playing RE7 for the first time while using the DS4's headphone jack is both my best and worst decision as of late.


 
 

After a bit over 3 years, I am happy to announce that I've aquired my bachelor's degree in computer science and thus become the smartest person in my family as far as education is concerned!


 
 

Patty in Vesperia is fucking ridiculous. I thought I understood what you can do with her, but then I set her AI to mage mode and she's just drowning the field in offensive and defensive spells. I've never seen a character be this complex in a JRPG.


 
 

I dipped my toes into Fatal Frame 2 and found it both easier and harder than the first game. Ghosts deal much less damage, but they are harder to shoot properly and swarm you more. Overall it feels like a positive change.


 
 

Viking: Battle for Asgard has to be the most generic game I've ever played. It's so poorly made that I can't even hate it. It's like a game developed just to be background footage in a middling TV show. I couldn't detect even a hint of ambition from it.


 
 

Me and some friends had a dandy ol' time streaming horror games today. I played all of Unforgiving: A Northern Hymn and my friend streamed some Silent Hill. I have only really played horror games alone before, so this was interesting.

 
 

Man, playing around with an ancient capture card so you can stream console games is a giant headache. I got PS2 games working for my stream though! Also, the PAL version of DMC1 is suffering when you're used to DMCV.

 
 
 

Style switching, Prop Shredder AND Lunar Phase? What's your game here, Tales of Vesperia? Do you really want to be my favorite Tales of game that bad?


 
 

I gave the MediEvil demo a try. They seem to have worked out the performance issues, and the new controls are pretty nice. The combat may be a bit iffy, but I'd need to play more to be sure. I'm glad that they kept the old voice acting though.


 
 

Who the hell put style switching in Tales of Vesperia and why did nobody tell me?


 
 
 

I take great pleasure in Tales of Vesperia featuring a constantly pissed off Yukari Takeba as a party member. Michelle Ruff is just perfect for the role of Rita.


 
 

Can't say I cared for the Getter Robo or Kinnikuman references, but there was totally a Devil May Cry reference in this week's episode as well. We got lore and awesome callbacks too. About time they crank up the explosions though. #SymphogearSunday


 
 

Forget about Friday the 13th, today is the birthday of anime's best rice gobbler!


 
 

There's eye for detail and then there's Kojima. I thought I knew enough to not be surprised, but no. You can get sea lice on your rations, there are a few unique guard encounters and Emma's parrot repeats what you say. Frikkin' crazy.

 
 

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 writing weekly 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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