Dustin's Quick Thoughts - 2014

October 5, 2014

Remember when I said to watch out for a review of Sleeping Dogs? Me neither.

Azure Striker GUNVOLT (3DS) - It’s like a Mega Man Zero game, but when you die, you get J-Pop’d back to life. Some anime woman starts singing an anime song and your dude hops back up. I had a good laugh when it happened to me for the first time. If you miss the MMZ games (like I did), you’ll enjoy this one.

August 23, 2014

Crimzon Clover WORLD IGNITION (PC) - Now works with my Hori 360 stick! So good!

Shovel Knight (3DS) - This is an incredible game and a must-play. GO DO IT. It’s available on your system of choice, as long as you choose a Wii U, 3DS, or PC.

Binary Domain (PC) - It’s Gears of War but you shoot robots and team-up with a French robot. If that sounds cool, that’s because it is.

Escape Goat 2 (PC) - I beat it a while back, and my ‘final’ impressions of it are more positive than the initial. I ended up enjoying the game, just less than I did Escape Goat when I played through it the first time. EG1 has a great mix of puzzle-solving and platforming, and EG2’s main levels focus on puzzle-solving using a area-specific gimmick. Still, it’s enjoyable.

June 21, 2014

Escape Goat 2 (PC) - I’ve only played this for a bit, but it seems like more of the same, only worse this time because the levels are (so far) worse. I stumbled upon a hidden level (which is probably necessary for getting the best ending or something along those lines), and it was incredibly difficult. It’s so difficult that I can’t beat it. It really should have been downloadable instead of in the game as an optional(?) challenge.

Crimzon Clover WORLD IGNITION (PC) - Awesome shoot-em-up! It’s so fun to play, and I’m glad that it’s now available in the US on Steam. There’s only one negative - the game doesn’t work with my Hori Real Arcade Pro VX SA KAI arcade stick.

Did you know that Vim kinda sucks for handling UTF-8 and you have to manually specify the encoding to use it? It’s well worth the effort because you get to write about Motörhead albums from your favorite text editor! How exciting!

Motörhead - Ace of Spades (album) - It’s a Motörhead album, buy it.

Motörhead - Another Perfect Day (album) - It’s a Motörhead album, buy it.

March 30, 2014

Batman (1987 movie) - This was a great first attempt at a serious, live-action take on Batman. It has a great atmosphere and look to it. The soundtrack ranges from “classic” (like the Batman theme, natch) to “oddly fitting” (like Prince’s contributions). There’s one massive problem with this movie: Bruce Wayne. He’s portrayed in this as a bumbling, eccentric millionaire who gets very awkward around women. He also straight-up kills people in this movie. No pretense of Batman’s legendary “technical pacifism,” he kills with no remorse like the Predator or somethin’. Call me a fanboy, but it just seems so wrong.

The Dark Knight Rises (movie)

And this is the latest attempt at a serious, live-action take on Batman. Its run-time is close to three hours, and the movie often feels its length. There is much plot exposition and an uncomfortable amount of time where Batman & Friends just stand there, doing nothing but chatting. The exposition feels necessary, and there are some good plot twists, but it seems like some of the fat could be cut to make a shorter, better-focused movie.

It’s still an enjoyable movie. I admit to being initially skeptical of a few aspects of the movie before going into it, but it quickly won me over.

Batman & Robin (movie) - This is an incredible tour de force that exists as an antithesis to all of the serious Batman movies that came before and after. We’ve got man-nipples on rubber suits, jiggling Bat Butt, a Batman credit card, and an ensemble of actors and actresses that chew scenery with such gusto that you honestly can’t believe that you’re watching a Batman movie. This movie got (and still gets) a lot of crap, but the worst part of it is the R. Kelly song that plays during the credits. My pet theory is that it was originally written for a Superman movie (that was never released) and later changed to be in a Batman movie because the lyrics are accurate of Metropolis (and not about its actual subject, Gotham City).

February 16, 2014

Resonance of Fate (Xbox 360) - It’s a RPG! I used to dislike non-grid-based RPGs as a general rule, but Xenoblade Chronicles, Valkyria Chronicles, and this game made me rethink my position. Resonance of Fate is a fun psuedo-turn-based RPG emphasizing aggressive combat. Nolan North plays one of the main characters.

Batman: Arkham Asylum (PC) - It’s the only Batman ‘Arkham’ games that I’ve played, and it does a better job of making you “feel” like Batman than any other game that I’ve ever played. But that’s only true whenever he’s not dying or otherwise screwing-up. That just makes me feel stupid and not at all like Batman. It’s a great game that you’ve (probably) already checked-out.

Split/Second (PS3) - Very fun arcade-style racing game. This one doesn’t have nitro or weapon pickups, but you have the power to make stuff explode.

January 25, 2014

Godzilla’s Revenge (movie) - Godzilla’s Revenge AKA All Monsters Attack is a movie about a child getting bullied and kidnapped. It contains attempted child murder. The monster scenes are mostly stock footage from previous movies and are presented as dream sequences. The ‘new’ monster is Gabara. He sucks and even Manilla can beat him up. Yeah, the movie sucks.

Bulletstorm (PC) - I don’t like modern first-person shooters, but I make an exception for Bulletstorm. Sure, the game takes itself a little too seriously at times for its own good, but the writing is strong enough that I don’t mind the brief moments of seriousness. I’ve read that “gameplay” is not a real word. So, I’ll say this: the interactive element of Bulletstorm is the reason why one should play Bulletstorm. It’s so fun killing murderous mutants and earning bonus points for creativity!

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3) - (Programming note: I reviewed this back on July 11, 2013, but I wrote that before beating the game.) I recently beat the main game and all of the DLC (on Normal difficulty), so here’s a quick breakdown:

If you have the PC version, then gratz, you already own both story DLC packs! I love this game, so I own the PC version too, and I’ll probably write a quick review about that in the near future.

Rayman Legends (Wii U) - I’ve begun dreading Murfy levels. In the beginning, it seemed like a cool change of pace and reminded me of Kirby Canvas Curse in a way. But then it hit me: the Murfy levels are very slow and the computer-controlled character you assist isn’t smart and can occasionally frustrate. I still like the game, but I dunno about those Murfy levels…

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