Dustin's Quick Thoughts - 2015

October 11, 2015

I still haven’t played Sleeping Dogs.

Mighty Switch Force! (3DS)

It’s another 2d puzzle/platformer game. It was fairly enjoyable until the last level - the gimmick was frustrating.

Gunman Clive (3DS)

It’s a fun, budget-priced game that’s very similar to Mega Man.

Steam World Dig

The pickaxe from Minecraft got its own game. I don’t like it because the interesting bits are separated by long stretches of time where you just dig.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)

If you liked Kirby’s Return to Dream Land, then you should try Kirby: Triple Deluxe because it’s more of the same with some 3D gimmicks and occasional motion controls.

Xeodrifter (PS Vita)

This game took a while to grow on me, but once it did, I thought it was okay.

Super Meat Boy! (PS Vita/PS4)

I liked Super Meat Boy for 360. I kinda got tired of it with the buggy PC port. But the new Vita & PS4 versions are silky smooth and very nice.

The new music for Light World Forest is Jiggle Billy’s heavy metal jam.

LittleBigPlanet PS Vita (PS Vita)

More fun than LBP3. Sorry, Sumo Digital!

June 28, 2015

Guacamelee! Gold Edition (PC)

(Not to be confused with Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition.)

This is an alright, brawler-influenced “Metroidvania” game. Expect backtracking and lots of segments where it locks you in a room until you clear it. The dialogue is funny for the most part, so you might laugh a few times while playing it!

Sould you play it? Well, here’s where things get interesting. As hinted to earlier, the developers released a “Super Turbo Championship Edition” version of the game. For some reason, both are on Steam and are currently the same price. I played through a bit of Guacamelee! STCE on my Wii U; it’s mostly the same but has More Stuff. They might have made Jaguar Javier easier, which would be a shame because I beat him on my first try.

Jamestown Plus (PS4)

It’s Jamestown on the PS4. I wrote a short article titled Good Games: Jamestown, and that title is accurate!

This game is more Jamestown. The biggest change that I’ve noticed after an hour of play is that the menus are easier & quicker to use. There are more ships, but it’s going to take me a long time to unlock any of the new ones.

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Take it from a long-time fan: this is the best Mario Kart ever made. Get this game, and get all of the DLC because you get to play two F-Zero tracks (and 30 other tracks).

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death (PC)

This is a very fun game, and I really look forward to playing more of it in the near future.

But seriously, go buy this game. It has lots of explosions and a talking mask who is absolutely giddy about slaughter. What else do you want in a game?

Sonic CD (PC)

I last played it in 2012, but I’m writing about it in 2015. I got incredibly frustrated towards the end of this game. Super Meat Boy didn’t provide even half of the Rage Factor that Sonic CD gave me. I kept dying and couldn’t figure out what to do or where to go.

I think this was the last game that I got legitimately angry at. I quit playing hard games when I get salty. You should too :-)

Anyways, this is a classic Sonic game that you should play if you like Sonic. You probably won’t get as frustrated as I did with it. Man, I still have no idea what went on…

Spec Ops: The Line (PC)

Do not play this game to have fun. Play this game to hurt.

Splatoon (Wii U)

This game is loads of fun. It’s bright, colorful, and a suprisingly fantastic team-based shooter. It’s easily the best shooter that I’ve played since Team Fortress 2.

Trials Fusion (PS4)

More Trials is always a good thing. I was initially cautious about this game for a few reasons:

  1. The 360 port suffered from poor performance and a weird ‘bike clips through ground’ glitch when I tried to play its demo
  2. Initial trailers emphasized a trick system

Well, good news! The PS4 version runs silky smooth, and tricks are mostly relegated to standalone levels. Trials Fusion is just More Trials, and that’s a very good thing if you still want More Trials like I do.

The DLC is very good. All 6 of the Season Pass packs are out, and they’re worth it if you want Even More Trials. Unlike the Trials Evolution DLC packs, they don’t come with additional vehicles. But each pack has a unique look and the levels that I’ve played were just as fun (if not more fun) than the stock levels.

Should you get this game if you only have a 360? I wouldn’t recommend it. Redlynx has announced that there will be no more updates to the 360 version and that the upcomming Awesome Level MAX DLC pack will not be coming to that platform.

April 15, 2015

3D Out Run (3DS)

Every game that I’ve played in SEGA’s 3D Classics series has been high-quality. 3D Out Run continues that trend. It’s a classic driving game that plays very well on the 3DS. If you want one of those kinda games, get this one!

Apparently, it’s spelled “Out Run” instead of “Outrun” or “OutRun.” The original Out Run’s title is two words, and every other entry in the series (including OutRun 2 and OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast) has it spelled as a single word. Go figure!

HarmoKnight (3DS)

This game is a rhythm game from Game Freak. You might remember them for developing games such as:

They’re also responsible for a popular series of turn-based RPGs. I think it’s called Pokemon? Anyways, this game has songs from that franchise.

HarmoKnight’s alright. Most of the levels have a good mix of platforming and rhythm-based gameplay, and the boss levels are entertaining enough to excuse the fact that they’re long QTEs.

3D Classics: Excitebike

I now own five versions of Excitebike: this one (3D Classics: Excitebike), NES, Wii Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console, and even the e-Reader version of it. I know a thing or two about Excitebike, and this game isn’t faithful enough for my preference.

3D Classics: Excitebike is a remake where the developers took liberties with the specifics. For starters, every jump seems quicker than it used to be. It feels off because I’m used to everything in Excitebike happening at a consistent speed, and the jumps feel quicker than everything else.

The physics are a little weird too. I tend to overshoot some jumps and come up short on others. I don’t really know what’s going on, and I can’t quite get used to it.

The 3D graphics look nice and fit the Excitebike style. So it has that going for it. But I’d rather play normal Excitebike.

Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (3DS)

It’s like Punch-Out with some RPG elements. I recommend this game if that sounds cool to you.

Batman: Arkham City (PC)

Did you like Batman: Arkham Asylum? This game is more of the same combined with open-world stuff to do. Good stuff.

Gone Home (PC)

I’ve played through Gone Home twice, and I can confirm that it is, indeed, a video game that you can play!

I can’t say much about the game itself without going into spoiler territory. To enjoy the game is to enjoy its plot and world, and you’ll either dig it or you won’t.

I do have a bit to say about the commentary mode. The developer commentary is split into multiple nodes (some of which is hidden). For the most part, the commentary gives a great deal of insight into the making of the game. There are a few funny nodes too.

There’s a commentary node that I must call attention to. Towards the middle of the game, you can listen to commentary where the devs rip on my beloved home state of Florida. As a fan of self-deprecating comedy, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to them pour haterade on the Sunshine State.

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (PC)

This is an old PC port! I’m experiencing a weird problem where characters sometimes have glitched graphics. I tried using Windows XP compatibility mode, but that did not fix it.

Because of these issues, I haven’t actually played enough of the game itself to have any sort of real opinions about it. I’m sure that the newer BlazBlue games are better.

If you buy it online, it comes with the soundtrack in MP3 format. That soundtrack is worth the price of the game, especially if you can get it during a sale or in a bundle.

February 21, 2015

It’s been a new year for well over a month, so I’m trying a slightly different format.

PlayStation 4 (Game System)

I bought a PlayStation 4 for Guilty Gear Xrd. It’s the truth! And I plan to buy a Xbox One for Scalebound. That’s the power of anime.

Back to the story, it’s not hard to find: the PS4 is alright. Games load faster than they do on my PS3, and that’s always a plus. Blu-Ray playback is alright too, but I still prefer the PS3 for DVD playback because the PS4 will reject discs with minor scratches on them.

Guilty Gear Xrd (PS4)

It’s a Guilty Gear fighting game that isn’t the original, so it’s automatically a must-play. I’ve seen some complaints about the roster excluding Baiken, Dizzy, and other mainstays. But this game has my dude Faust in it. He wears a bag on his head and pokes people with a scalpel. He’s a cool character and I always play as him when I’m not busy being terrible as Sol.

The music only ranks a “fairly good” this time around. Most of the new tracks just don’t rock as hard as X2’s.

I sprang for the deluxe edition of the game with a vocal tracks CD, and it’s surprisingly good and fairly cheesy, just the way I like it. I won’t pretend like I know what “Storyteller” is about. I think one of the lines is “Happiness of seeing a newborn” but I’m not sure… don’t ask me what any of the songs are about. The deluxe edition was worth its price.

LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4)

I’m not digging this game :-( Sorry, Sumo Digital! Your racing games are top-notch, but I’m not feeling this game. They added RPG quests to LittleBigPlanet. RPG quests. In a platformer. I hope to see CoD-style killstreak perks in the next LBP.

Captain Toad: Teasure Tracker (Wii U)

THIS IS A VIDEO GAME and you must play it. I highly recommend this game to everyone who doesn’t hate fun. I like the puzzles, the attention to detail, and everything else. I honestly don’t know how Nintendo could improve on it.

3D After Burner II (3DS)

I really like the SEGA 3D Classics series. They’re very faithful ports of SEGA games made by M2 (who are the kings of old-school ports.) This particular release has an exceptional level of detail paid to it. You can pick which moving cabinet you want to emulate, there’s an option to turn-on fan noise and button click, and they added the rare ‘w/ Melody’ versions of some of the songs in the game. I’ve heard there’s a 3DS-exclusive mode, but I haven’t played it because you have to beat the original game first and this one is quite difficult.

The credits sequence is silly and worth watching if you like seeing little pixel people do silly things.

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