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PS4 Unboxing and Initial Impressions

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XBox One Unboxing and Initial Impression

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Purchase: Dead Space 3 (PS3)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on February 5, 2013 by Matt

Dead Space 3

Today marked the release of Dead Space 3. I was going to wait for a price drop, but being a fan of the series made this intolerable. After selling a bunch of movies from my dvd collection, I had enough money to make my purchase.

I’m roughly 4 or 5 hours in and the game…isn’t really like the other Dead Space games. There’s something off about it. I’m playing through on hard mode, and there is a lack of health and ammo, which is good, but the combat is different. It feels like the monsters come at you differently. Maybe they’re faster? More lethal? I find it hard to move out of their way sometimes. The controls are not quite the same. It’s a lot of minor tweaks to everything. I’m not sure what to make of it yet. Sure, there are some tense moments, but the only real horror I ever face is the monsters that regenerate.

Power nodes are gone. Instead, we can find new parts and create custom weapons and add damage mods to them, or reload speed increases, etc. This is a cool feature and I like it. This is good and bad at the same time though. Good, in that it allows you to be more creative, and combine weapon types. It’s bad because it might create a bit of imbalance. Since weapon ammo is universal now, it doesn’t matter what weapon you have, you’ll always be picking up ammo for it. You can make an overpowered weapon and never run out of ammo specifically for it. No more moments where you’re relieved to find an ammo type.

The creatures in the game do look good, as usual, and dismembering them is still fun. You’ve got some new types, and then the same old necromorphs. Space babies have turned into space dogs though. Found that a bit weird. I’m curious to see what other monsters they’ve implemented.

I’m not sure what to make of the game yet. It’s been fun so far, but there’s something I can’t quite put my finger on yet. Something bothering me about it. I’ll let you know when I figure that out. Expect a review of this game. And yes, I know, it’s been a while since a review was posted. Maybe I’ll do a video review. Who knows?

Latest Purchase: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on January 29, 2013 by Matt

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch + Steel Case

Last week saw the release of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch as an exclusive in North America for the PS3.

The game is co-reated by Studio Ghibli (anime studio, responsible for Spirited Away, and a few other movies), and Level-5 (known mainly for the Dark Cloud and Professor Layton series). You assume the role of a young boy named Oliver, who’s mom dies and he goes on a quest to another world after he cries onto a doll and it comes to life, claiming it can help him save his mother. The game has a way of making you fall in love with the characters and the world. It oozes so much charm, and it’s extremely hard to set down when you start playing.

It’s not a random encounter system, and after you get to a certain level, some monsters will just run away from you if you’re too powerful. The combat system is different from standard RPG’s, in that you run around while in combat, and you can actually avoid attacks this way for the most part. There are ques to allow you to prepare for special attacks, and to interrupt attacks and counter them as well. Monsters have weaknesses, and when you exploit those, you are rewarded with life (green) or mana (blue) orbs that help restore some hp or mp during combat, and there is a special golden orb that drops and this allows you to pull off a special powerful move (almost like a limit break).

During combat, you also have the ability to summon familiars, which are small creatures you may use to fight with instead of using Oliver. You can feed them special treats to help boost their stats, and arm them with weapons, armour and accessories. I’ve only collected 3 so far, but after a while, you can seek out more and more. It’s sort of a pokemon element they have going, and I can see myself getting hooked on trying to catch ’em all.

I’ve invested 6 hours or so in Ni no Kuni and it’s been a wonderful experience so far. It’s on the top of my list for games to finish now. Totally worth picking up if you are a fan of the developers, and RPg’s in general.

Recently Purchased: Ragnarok Odyssey (PSV), Arcana Heart (PS2), Jak and Daxter Collection (PS3), Starhawk (PS3), and Modnation Racers Road Trip (PSV)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on January 20, 2013 by Matt

Alright, so these are some games I recently picked up.

Arcana Heart

First is Arcana Heart, that cost me only $0.87, from Atlus. The slogan on the back is “Humanity’s Last Hope is One Big Catfight!”, and therefor was a must-buy for the price. The game is in mint condition.

Ragnarok Odyssey
is a game for the PS Vita that is very similar to Monster Hunter, but is a bit more of an arcade-style hack-and-slash. Everything is a bit more streamlined and user friendly, and the graphics have a more cartoony, Japanese aesthetic style to them.

A few people I know own it, and it’s apparently got some good multi-player, so I need to check that out. As for single-player, it’s quite fun and it’s very easy to sit down and play for short periods of time, as well as long periods. The combat is fun and controls are tight. I’ve only played a small amount (roughly 2 hours), but it’s proving to be a great purchase. It’s available for $39.99 retail and as a PSN purchase. Go and check it out.

Ragnarok Odyssey and Modnation Racers Road Trip
Starhawk and Jak and Dax Collection

The rest of the games that I mentioned have not even been played yet, but were all picked up for $10 each. Starhawk is a game I played during it’s beta period, but never picked up. I doubt I’ll touch the multi-player in it much, but hopefully the single-player is worth the $10 admission.

Recently Purchased: Far Cry 3(PC), Playstation All-Star Battle Royale, Call of Duty Black Ops 2(PS3), Gran Turismo 5 XL, Forza Horizon, and then the Steam Holiday Sale

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, New Releases on January 8, 2013 by Matt

Well, it’s not too often that I post these anymore, but I decided it was time to post an update as to which games I have been buying.

We’ll start by saying that Playstation All-Star Battle Royale is actually a fun game. It’s easy to get the hang of, and the characters all seem unique enough to warrant trying them all. I’ve finished Arcade Mode with Raiden, and tried with Kratos. I say try because I got to a level that featured Raiden as an opponent, and could not beat him. My first play through was on normal difficulty, and it was easy, so the increase to hard was necessary. Raiden is a cheap bastard, and I can’t seem to get a higher score than him. Anyway, the game was on sale at EB Games for $30, so I picked it up.

Far Cry 3 is an awesome, open-world game, with one awesome bad guy in it. My play-through is already done, and the story was meh. Not bad, or particularly good. It had potential, but it’s really just there to hold the rest of the game and setting together. The sandbox aspect of it is great. Running around, hunting, ambushing pirates and doing some of the challenges, is all fun. Totally worth picking up. The PC version already has some mods available too, so I suggest getting that version.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is actually not horrible. I started playing the campaign a little and it seems alright. The zombies mode has seen a bit of my time as well, and I am a fan of the new Tranzit mode, where you ride around on a bus to different areas. Too bad there’s no sort of story mode for that. It’s be cool to coop that, instead of just trying to survive for as long as you can. I picked it up when during it’s release week, for PS3.

I haven’t even opened Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition, but it was only $10. I figured, why not?

Also picked up for $10 each were Resistance: Burning Skies and Hot Shots Golf: World Invitation for PS Vita. I haven’t played either of them yet, except for the demo for Resistance.

Forza Horizon was free! I loved the demo for it, and having nice cars to drive around in an open world is great. Maybe there should be some more time set aside for this game. Hrmmm.

The Steam Holiday Sale was insane. A lot of these games will be shown in my ‘First Fifteen” series, so keep an eye out for those videos. The games I picked up are the following:
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition $19.99
Endless Space Emperor Edition $11.89
Capsized $3.39
Thief Gold $2.49
Theif 2 $2.49
Miasmata $7.49
Inside A Star Filled Sky $1.99
Noitu Love 2 Devolution $1.99
Trauma $1.74
Closure $2.49
Resonance $2.49
Hack, Slash, Loot $2.79

Yes, I did already own Dark Souls on PS3, but I felt compelled to get it on PC to see the difference. It looks nicer, and handles the same otherwise. I’m looking forward to seeing the different content.

Otherwise, most of the other games will be covered in video form soon. I’m contemplating doing Miasmata first. Or Hack, Slash Loot. Depends on whether Fraps likes the games or not. Sometimes, it just hates life.

That is all I can think of off the top of my head.

Update: Forgot to mention that I picked up Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for the Wii, and Binary Domain and Yakuza: Dead Souls for PS3. All games were less than $15. I haven’t tried Silent Hill yet, but Binary Domain and Yakuza: Dead Souls were both worth the price. Not the best games, but if you see them cheap, get ’em.

Recently Purchased: Chivalry, Intrusion 2, Orcs Must Die 2, Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD, Bit.Trip Core, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Primal Carnage, and Galactic Civilizations 1: UE

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on November 24, 2012 by Matt

The Autumn Steam Sale. It’s difficult not to buy more, but I had to draw the line there.

I haven’t had a chance to play many of these, but I will update this with some initial impressions, and possibly videos.

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a first-person medieval combat game that is focused on multi-player. I’ve only played the training level so far, but it seems like it will be awesome fun. It was $16.74 when I purchased it the other day, but it’s currently $12.49 at 50% off today.

Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD is a space flight combat game that is story driven. Your character is ambushed and afterwards, you find your ship damaged. You attempt a light jump and find yourself in the future some 30 years later. The spot of gameplay I experienced seemed alright, and I will hopefully get back to it soon. It $9.99 when I picked it up, and is still 33% off on Steam right now for $13.39.

The rest of the games I will have to try out. Check them out on Steam, as they should still all be on sale.

Update: Add Torchlight 2, since it is now on sale for $9.99

Update #2: Add Toki Tori ($0.49) and The Basement Collection ($1.99) to this as well.

Purchased: Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita), and Adventure Time Collector’s Edition (DS)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, Vlog on November 21, 2012 by Matt

Today marked the release the ‘Persona 4 Golden’ for PS Vita and ‘Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!!’ for the DS. Check out the unboxing of Adventure Time below.

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WiiU Unboxing. Plus, Initial Impressions of Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, and ZombiU

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases, Vlog on November 21, 2012 by Matt

The is long, but here’s the break down so you can skip to the part you actually want to see.
WiiU Unboxing is the first 13 minutes.
13:29 is Nintendo Land
40:42 is New Super Mario Bros. U
48:37 is ZombiU

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Games Purchased Sunday, March 25,2012 – Present: Resonance of Fate (PS3), Tales of Graces f (PS3), Bard`s Tale, and Dustforce

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on March 31, 2012 by Matt

Resonance of Fate has been out for a while, and I`ve been meaning to buy it since it`s release. It`s an RPG and it`s combat system is quite complex, but once you get the hang of it, it`s actually kind of cool. I`m not really set on the story yet, as I`ve only played for an hour so far. The environments and setting are pretty cool, giving me a steam punk vibe, and the combat is all gun play. I`ll definitely be playing it more once I`m finished Skyrim…and Witcher….and Lost Odyssey.

Tales of Graces f
is the first in the Tales series that I have played, and it seems like a good game. After playing for a couple of hours with my friend Sean, I think it`ll be one that we will finish together. It might be a while before we`re done.

I picked up The Bard`s Tale on Steam for $5 when it was on sale, and it`s definitely a game to pick up if you like humour and hack and slash RPGs. It`s graphics are dated, but still worth your time.

Dustforce is a 2-d side-scroller, and it`s on Steam for $9.99, but I purchased it with the soundtrack for $12.99. I`m really liking the soundtrack, but I haven`t played the game as of yet, since I literally just purchased it before writing this.