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Short Article Grabbag #1

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These are some articles that are too short to get their own pages.

Second Thoughts - DmC: Devil May Cry

You know, DmC: Devil May Cry might not be such a bad game. I still don’t like it, but my initial assessment (Game Review: DmC: Devil May Cry) was too harsh. In case you missed it the first time, here’s some stuff that I said:

Please avoid this game.

I cannot comprehend the reality of DmC’s fans. This is an absolutely lousy game.

Yeah, the review was that harsh.

After a reader (who really liked the game) contacted me, I decided to give the game a brief re-evaluation. This replay:

  • Consisted of half of the game (up to and including the Bob Barbas fight)
  • Was on the highest unlocked difficulty (Son of Sparda)
  • Skipped all cutscenes that could be skipped

I didn’t have a bad experience this second time around. Sure, the game has a whole slew of problems, but I don’t think that it’s so terrible anymore.

Through my initial playthrough, I hated the acting and dialogue, and it really dragged the experience down for me. Now, I know why: there’s too much talking! There are too many cutscenes of people just standing around. When you can’t write great dialogue, you should probably keep it brief or have characters do something else while talking. When I skipped all the cutscenes, the dialogue (what little was left of it) became far more tolerable than it was. I like DmC’s Dante. He’s full of cheesy one-liners and, when taken out of the context of a cutscene-driven narrative, he’s an entertaining character.

The combat benefits from the higher difficulty. No longer can you just stun-lock all the grunt enemies because there are just way fewer of them on SoS. There’s still a major problem: there’s a “best way” or “only way” to take out most enemies. It makes for less interesting combat, for sure. But at least on SoS, the enemies are far more aggressive than on easier difficulties, and this is a really good thing.

Basically, my initial problems with the game were:

  • Too much dialogue
  • Uninteresting, repetitive combat

I just didn’t realize it at the time.

If you can look past poor dialogue and if you’re not interested in deep combat, you’ll probably enjoy DmC. And I think that’s the “secret” why people really like (or even love) DmC.

I never thought DmC was the worst game in the series (that dubious honor belongs to DMC2 *shudder*), but I have a much higher opinion of DmC than I did back when I wrote that review.

PS4 and Xbox One: Not Anytime Soon

Two gaming systems just came out: the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. I’m not getting either one for a long, long time.

Here’s a list of PS4 exclusives that I’m interested in:

  • RESOGUN (maybe?)
  • DriveClub (maybe?)

Xbox One exclusives:

  • Dead Rising 3
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (maybe?)
  • Crimson Dragon (maybe?)

And (for comparison’s sake) upcoming/new Wii U exclusives:

  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Xenoblade follow-up
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Smash Bros.

A majority of the future games (not listed) that I’m interested in are also coming to the PC. That’s my current system of choice because games look good and I can still use old controllers with it. And the games are really cheap when they’re at least six months old!

I’m looking for lower prices and more games from the new consoles before considering a purchase.

My iPod Touch is a Glorified Egg Timer

I wrote about getting an iPod Touch in (Troglodyte Goes iOS: My iPod Touch Experience. This was back in 2012, and it is a 4th generation iPod Touch.

I used to use it for (free) games, web browsing, and checking mobile sites. I don’t do any of that any more! The games got boring and repetitive, the web browsing sucked because every other page had a huge “GET THE MOBILE APP” button at the top, and I prefer to check sites in the official iOS emulator.

I also don’t use it for music or video. You have to use iTunes, and that’s a huge pain in the neck. Even on the Mac, you have to fight it so that it doesn’t change your music folder layout to its whims.

So, I just use my iPod Touch as an egg timer. Its default timer app is actually rather good, and the device fits better in my pocket than the other single-use timers that I own.

I also use it to check the App Store to see what’s selling and check the Dollar General app every week or so.

That’s it.


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