Top 10 Games Played in 2017

Happy New Year folks! This tradition will be sticking around even if the Chaos Blogg series is gone. Plus this lets me quickly run through the years highlights without much forethought. But first lets get some honourable mentions out of the way

Honourable Mentions:

  • Pokemon Ultra Moon (3DS)
  • Miitopia (3DS)
  • The Wolf Among Us (PS4)

Now let’s begin the countdown. Also a reminder that these are the top games that I played in 2017 and not from 2017 itself.

10. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U):

I finally got around to finishing this one and it was kind of worth it since this is a solid kart racer that even gives Mario Kart a run for it’s money.

9. Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Vita):

Not the most engaging game but I personally found it to be a lot of fun and I’m curious to see if the sequel will be translated.

8. Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (PS3):

I never expected to enjoy this as much as I did. It’s a lot of fun and has aged pretty nicely from what I can tell (It’s also reeking of the 80’s and 90’s).

7. Doki Doki Literature Club (PC):

The game was free and probably one of the most impacting things from last year. However I get the feeling it’s going to get stale considering just how much YouTube has been devouring this title.

6. Shantae: Half Genie Hero (Wii U):

While this is probably the worst Shantae game it’s still a fantastic title that oozes with charm, I just hope the future of the series is more like Pirates Curse and Risky’s Revenge than this.

5. Stardew Valley (PC):

A calming little time-sink that helped me immensely during a period without internet. Very enjoyable and relaxing (for the most part).

4. Blaster Master Zero (3DS):

A fairly underrated metroidvania-esque game that was a real blast to play through. Very much satisfied my craving until a certain title was released.

3. Gravity Rush 2 (PS4):

A really beautiful game that’s also quite fun. It would’ve been number 2 had it not been for it’s story and writing which just kind went all over the place and had terrible pacing.

2. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4):

Crash returns with these fantastic remakes that not only update the visuals but improve some crucial flaws in Crash 1’s design. Some of the most fun I had this year.

1. Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS):

While it is a remake the latest managed to provide a fresh experience without deviating too much from what makes a good Metroid title. I’d say this is thanks mainly to the warp point system which is a first for the 2D games and great work around for Metroid II’s more linear map. I love it.

And that’s it for games played in 2017, next time I’ll be covering anime and then maybe I’ll do a movie list.

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Chaos Blogg 85: The Last Doki Doki Christmas

I hope you’re all enjoying your holidays or if they’re already over I hope you enjoyed them. I’m currently enjoying a nice mix of scotch and Pepsi while contemplating what the hell I’m going to write. The following ‘reviews’ won’t be too positive (well there will at least be one large negative one), so enjoy some music before the more negative stuff begins.

Doki Doki Literature Club (PC):

The latest internet sensation, that’s free on steam and that you’re best off playing blind but just keep in mind the warnings before you make your choice to do so. As for now I’ll try to avoid spoiling much but if you want full impact best stop reading and move on to the next section. I’ll be honest I had known some spoilers going in myself but I didn’t know the whole thing and was still shocked and taken aback multiple times. Not everything is as it seems and if I was to compliment the title it does the whole subversion thing correctly as subverts convention with a specific purpose and payoff while also foreshadowing a shit tone without necessarily making things too obvious. I’m still left with the impacts of this game as even the music brings upon a certain emotion and uneasiness. For a free VN it’s extremely well crafted with deep characters that I found myself relating to a little too much at times. Of course internet culture is probably going to ruin in this one if it hasn’t already so get into it before it completely decomposes in front of you. If I do have one criticism it’s that the ending is a little sloppy with it’s pacing but it does provide a good emotional end point so it’s not terrible by any means. Adventure into this if you dare.

Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] I. presage flower (Anime Movie):

I had a whole bunch of shit written for this one and I swear I fucking saved it but I guess this prick of a website decided to delete it or something. Fucking glitch filled piece of shit. So instead of putting in any effort I’m just gonna rapid fire this shit from this point. Starting with this movie which was really fucking good but you need to watch Fate/Zero and UBW first. Next!

Danganronpa 3 (Anime):

It’s good but you need to play the games first and you need to watch it in a specific order. Some of it felt like it was exploiting fans for cheap emotional ploys at times but it’s nothing majorly detrimental.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Movie):

It’s pretty looking garbage. It takes all the potential of it’s own ideas and the ideas presented in Episode 7 and fucks it over in an attempt to be subversive and different. All plot-lines are killed off anti-climatically leaving absolutely no fucking reason to see episode 9. I don’t think I’ve been this disappointed in Star Wars since Attack of the Clones. Also they did wrong by Luke’s character and everyone who can use the force is pulling off ridiculous shit with no explanation or build up. Then add on the Finn and Rose subplot that was absolutely pointless, some lacklustre attempts at comedy, and Ghost Yoda who can now summon lightning.

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (Anime):

A generic action/comedy/drama anime about magic battles for the most part (the twist is that the protagonist is a magic teacher, I guess). It felt very generic but it wasn’t bad.

Justice League (Movie):

Not the most groundbreaking movie visually, but it’s a serviceable popcorn flick if you have low expectations. It’s probably second best out of these DC movies so far but it’s not even close to Wonder Woman in terms of quality.

Chaos Vault: Animal Crossing New Leaf Welcome Amiibo (3DS):

I went back to playing this in October and have played it throughout these past months. It’s calming and thanks to the update there was a lot more shit for me to do. I plan on re-visiting this title every once in a while in between games. Good shit.

Pokemon Ultra Moon (3DS): 

Not enough is different in the earlier portions to fully justify the price however I’d say this is the definitive gen 7 title at this point in time. End game and Post game are dramatically improved so far and I hope to keep playing this into the new year. I just wish they had been a bit more honest with how similar this was going to be. Especially since B2W2 showed that so much more can be done with a pokemon sequel. Wait for a price drop I guess.

So I think it’s time to say goodbye to the Chaos Blogg series folks. I’m putting it to rest since I don’t think I’m enjoying this anymore nor is it really fulfilling. I’ll be doing some lists to end the year but other than that unless I change my mind this is farewell to these semi-regular posts. Enjoy these pictures and have a happy new year.

Chaos Blogg 84: Samus Returns

Happy Halloween I guess folks. I may be a bit late depending on when I post this or when you the reader come across this blogg but that might be for the best considering I didn’t really have anything to go with the holiday theme (Unless you’re a bit loose with parameters). It’s been an alright period of time since I last posted, although my lack of a car still vexes me. The majority of the enjoyment had in this time is thanks to the end of the 10 year Metroid drought. I hope to go into more details bellow but in the meantime please enjoy some tunes.

Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS): 

I don’t actually remember what I wrote about AM2R last year, nor do I remember much about what I said of the original Metroid II. However I do remember the overall positive experience I had with both titles. Metroid II is a fairly underrated game that was marred by the passage of time and the limits of the Game Boy, AM2R was a fantastic fan remake that was almost on par with the likes of Zero Mission. Samus Returns is the official remake and is a different beast to those that proceeded it. The core gameplay and control is more action focused with the whole counter system and Aiming features. The game isn’t afraid to hand your ass to you but it’s still very doable at least on normal anyway (I played a little bit of the hardest difficulty and it was pretty much 2 hits and you’re dead). These changes allow the gameplay to stand out a little from the rest of the series, along with the new Aeion abilities that are rather unique. These new additions don’t take away from the core Metroid experience while also giving rise to new challenges and puzzles. The emphasis on puzzles reminded me of the Prime series and some of the rooms in the GBA games although thankfully the speed booster isn’t here since that power up seems to dominate the games it gets put into (I’d say Super Metroid is the exception though). The level design is at it’s core still Metroid II so it’s a rather linear Metroid but it’s the best Linear Metroid since it doesn’t ever feel restrictive and you’re free to go back to previous areas when you wish to, and hunt for extra power ups (which I recommend doing if you don’t want to get your ass kicked at certain points). This is mainly thanks to the teleportation system which might end up becoming a main stay although a better designed map wouldn’t need it. This game still feels really fun to explore in though and I loved almost every minute of it. If I had a complaint it would be ‘too many elevators’ since they fragment the games map more than they should and kind of slow down the pace. (I assume they’re there for loading purposes or something technical though). If you’re struggling to 100% the game you can now use the Baby Metroid to go back and get items you weren’t skillful or observant enough to get. This is an interesting way of letting players unlock the extra content in the galleries without actually removing the challenge and it’s a nice homage to the original Metroid II’s ending. In terms of story they did the best with what was given and they managed to flesh out a lot of lore, in fact I’m fascinated to see where they go with this in future (assuming sakamoto ain’t writing squat though). The presentation of this game is gorgeous and while it’s still a 2D title it makes great use of the 3D feature and there were times I was just soaking in the atmosphere of these environments. The soundtrack is also a part of this and while most of it remixes from other games they managed to put a lot of cool spins on the Metroid II soundtrack that I didn’t even recognise a lot of them. Its fantastic since they give the whole thing atmosphere without becoming a generic wannabe film soundtrack. Overall I’m glad she’s back and I hope to go back to this one at some point, and of course I highly recommend it.

Chaos Vault – Pokemon Silver (3DS VC):

I foolishly sold my original cartridge years ago. In fact a lot of my old memories with this game are of me doing foolish things. Like OHKO Lugia and then saving afterwards like an idiot thinking he’d respawn OR like using my bloody Master Ball on a Donphan of all things. I was terrible at this game when I was young. So now it feels not just nostalgic but like I’ve righted a wrong. I went though the whole game, caught Lugia, Ho-oh, at least one of the legendary beasts and defeated Red. My team was Typhlosion, Heracross, Umbreon, Octillery, Miltank, and Lugia which is a nice mix of pokemon I am familiar and unfamiliar with. I feel game still holds up but you’ll still notice just how much slower it feels in many aspects and in a way this gives greater appreciation for the improvements of later generations. Also the method for getting a Heracross is pretty bullshit but it can be done so good luck if you want to do that. Oh and the friendship mechanic is tedious here so good luck with any of those evolutions as well.

Princess Principal (Anime):

This is a fun little action anime about spies in a steampunk (I guess) setting. It’s an alternate Victorian history setting with some Japanese characters thrown in as well. It’s actually quite interesting with some really dark themes and it has it’s moments of quality drama, but at this point in time it doesn’t seem complete (And I haven’t checked to see if there’s more coming yet). It’s visually engaging with cool designs and it also has a neat soundtrack. I recommend that you wait for more but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to watch it either way since there’s far worse out there.

Blade Runner 2049 (Movie):

I honestly don’t remember much about the original movie, but I honestly don’t remember it being this graphic with the nudity and the violence. Not much of a complaint other than that some of it seemed unnecessary but I figured it best to mention it in case some of you find all that distasteful. The soundtrack is great and the visual are very impacting. In that sense it’s very atmospheric and draws you into the world but ultimately that doesn’t matter if the story isn’t too good. Most of the movie is setting up a mystery, providing clues and ultimately the payoff is depressing and the movie comes across as pointless as a result. It tries to subvert expectations but doesn’t actually make an attempt to justify this it just comes across as the protagonist getting fucked over and then devoting himself to the people who fucked him. It doesn’t sit well with me at all, and perhaps that’s more to do with how it’s told? I’m not entirely sure but either way I can’t highly recommend this one. Just rent it I guess.

The Wolf Among Us (PS4): 

This is your standard Telltale affair a bunch of dialogue choices, some qte’s and the occasional point and click sections where you walk around and look at things. If it does nothing for you I doubt this will change your mind but hey I enjoy these things every once in a while and this is probably one of the better examples. This story is a murder mystery that seems to be set in the 80’s from what I can gather and features characters from popular fables, folklore and fairy tales. While not exactly unique in this day and age it’s still pretty enthralling and the more fantastical elements contrast nicely with the gloomy settings. Hearing Mr. Toad swearing up a storm as soon as you start the game pretty much sets the tone and it’s a fun little ride all the way to the end. There’s some nudity and a lot of violence so again the squeamish have been warned. I recommend this if you see it on sale, and do not try play it on older consoles like the Xbox 360 since from my experience it doesn’t work at all (As in the game wouldn’t load and I had to take it back and get a refund). Just keep in mind it’s a telltale game though so expect the usual problems.

Just Cause 3 (PS4):

I’m not sure I have much I want to say about this one. I got this through PS+ and in that regard it was good, just a fun little romp blowing shit up, driving vehicles and using the tether mechanic to pull cars into fuel tanks and generators. It’s seems like the standard open world fair and quite frankly almost everything was bog standard except for the core gameplay mechanics. It’s a fun game in spurts but the whole thing feels really bland and forgettable. I can’t recommend this one unless it’s really cheap or just straight free on PS+ again.

Gamers! (Anime):

This is a rather short anime series that from what I can tell is a romantic comedy or something to that effect. The story focuses on the relationships of a bunch of gamers and almost everything is misunderstood and misinterpreted to the point it comes across as a parody of the trope. This gets repetitive though and kind of drags the show down at points. It’s not a bad show so far but it’s not got much I feel you couldn’t elsewhere except for some specific jokes about games. I can’t recommend this but I don’t condemn it either. At the very least I got some laughs out of it… I think.

Thor: Ragnarok (Movie):

This was a fun movie. This was the best Thor movie and I think that’s because it had fun with itself. This movie had great visuals, an excellent soundtrack and a good sense of humour that only missed the mark maybe once or twice. In fact it seems like they took a lot of what made Guardians of the Galaxy a success and made it work here surprisingly well. I can easily recommend this to folk who have already been keeping up with the other films although I think that’s probably unnecessary at this point. I fairly positive note to end this blogg on I guess.

I didn’t exactly have a lot to say about most of this stuff. But I guess that should be par for the course with Samus Returns taking up a lot of my thoughts and passion. Hopefully the good times continue into what will probably be the final Blogg of the year. Thanks for reading this, here’s a metric fuckton of pictures.

Chaos Blogg 83: Unleashed Apes on the Witch Academia

Hello once again folks. Not much I want to say for this intro so lets skip straight to the music.

War for the Planet of the Apes (Movie):

A great movie to an end an unexpectedly good trilogy. I’ve never had an interest in this franchise until then, especially since the one they would show on TV when I was growing up was both freaky and boring. This take on the concept has drawn me in and while the premise is a little silly at times it provides great action and drama. This film is great ending to the whole thing, with some really emotional moments and quite a bit of depth. It’s also got some comedic relief which was much needed and not particularly out of place. It’s got a good soundtrack and good visuals too so no complaints in that department. Overall I recommend the entire trilogy, even if you just rent it (The whole thing is surprisingly good).

Blaster Master Zero (3DS):

This is a pretty fun game, that is something of a remake of an NES game that I never played. So I can’t really appreciate the improvements and changes, but I can still enjoy the solid gameplay and level design. Blaster Master Zero is vaguely metroidvania in nature but I don’t think there’s enough items to collect and secrets to uncover for it to fit neatly in that category. The gameplay is also divided into two styles, with side on and top down perspectives. It’s an interesting way to vary up the gameplay but I honestly found the side on segments more interesting and the top down stuff is just a bit too slow. The game looks and sounds great which is why I’ve included so much of the OST bellow, it’s the kind of stuff I dig although I have no idea if it has the staying power to become a favourite soundtrack of mine. There’s also story and characters here which is all rather cutely done and doesn’t really impede the flow. If you want the best ending you need to find all the items which is almost ridiculously easy and well worth doing. I recommend this title heartily to those who enjoy 2D games, and it’s also on the Switch so if you need more games on that I’d say download this beauty.

Miitopia (3DS):

If you were to tell me that an RPG-style game with Mii’s would actually be fun and well made last year I would have scoffed at the notion. Yet here we are with the strange phenomenon of Miitopia, a game that fills the role of ‘My first RPG’ with it’s more hands off approach to combat and it’s greater focus on customisation. The game has humour, but it’s more the artstyle than the actual writing that conveys this properly. The game doesn’t get difficult until the last quarter and then the post game is filled with difficulty spikes that seem to be there to extend replayability. Once you reach these harder sections though the music really begins to shine which overall lifts the quality of the experience. Interestingly you don’t control what your party does in this title, in fact you only control your own actions which is probably a bit of realism that was unnecessary but it does make this a very simple to learn experience. Outside of your own actions you can play the role of some sort of god and sprinkle your characters with healing powder or put them in a time out space. These god like functions are key to the later parts of the game and the post game but I can’t say I’m particularly fond of them. The real appeal of the game is the fact you can have ‘anyone’ filling the role of a character playable or otherwise. This makes the whole thing a rather personal experience especially combined with the whole job (class) aspect and personality traits. Overall it’s incredibly simple but incredibly charming… but mileage will vary depending on what you bring to the game yourself. For Example my game had a blooming friendship/romance between Nicholas Cage and the Swedish Chef from the Muppets (without any meddling on my part I might add). If you’re feeling adventurous you may want to give it a shot but I advise caution and research if you want to purchase since by the end it was getting a bit stale.

Day of the Tentacle Remastered (PS4):

First off I have no experience with Maniac Mansion outside of seeing videos where people violently murdered a Hamster in an NES game. I suppose I could have played it since this game actually contains said title within but I didn’t feel any want to do such a thing. This is sequel to Maniac Mansion though so it may be helpful to you to play the first title since it may make some of the jokes more relevant to you (Or you could watch a lets play). I’m not fond of this games visuals, well to be more precise the remastered visuals remind me too much of early 2000’s clip art which just feels really cheap. Of course the older visuals come with a more complicated control method so it’s a ‘pick your poison’ kind of deal. Same can be said of the music, not that it’s particularly bad but the older stuff has a better feel to it. The soundtrack in either case is somewhat forgettable though and in the PS4 version it is glitchy as all hell which really soured the mood of the whole thing. This game also freezes some times which shouldn’t be a thing but for some reason games by this company just seem do that regularly. The writing is often pretty funny but it can often fall flat as well. This is the games biggest strength next to it’s puzzles though and if solving these often cryptic puzzles wasn’t fun I’d say this title is worth skipping all together. Thankfully I had fun with the puzzles myself so I think this is worth getting on sale for those interested by what they see online.

Sonic Unleashed (360):

This was a pretty important game for the time, this was the moment Sonic pulled himself out of tailspin and began getting better (on consoles anyway). However it’s not aged gracefully since while it’s still fun it’s blown out of the water by both Colours and Generations and therefore feels somewhat outdated. Navigating the hub worlds isn’t exactly fun and the shear amount of content meant I was never going to 100% this title. It’s not really meaningful content either and having to run around and talk to npc’s to access it just isn’t fun (The next two games improved on this greatly). While I did enjoy collecting things the sun and moon medals are a bit too good at hiding and lose all value at the end of the game making them feel empty. Hell the Wii Version is often more fun even if it does have it’s own share of problems and cut content. I’d say the Werehog is more tolerable here aside for the goddamn balance beams which I swear were less common on Wii. The balance beams also make the worst level of this game even worse. Eggmanland sucks, just plain and simple, the constant switching ruins any pacing and just really exemplifies all of the games problems at once. When you get through that though you then have to fight 3 LONG boss fights in a row and the second one is by god the most aggravating. Even more so when you factor in that the Wii version did the whole Eggmanland and final bosses BETTER. It’s a pretty sour note to end on especially since up until that point the game was a fair bit of fun. The day stages are fun to play again and again, and are a great precursor to the awesome levels in Colours and Generations (And if we’re lucky Sonic Forces). It’s certainly a pretty game, and it has a beautiful soundtrack but it’s just not worth playing in this day and age. I remember hearing about some PC mods that cut the wheat from the chaff so maybe look for those if you’re really interested.

Little Witch Academia (Anime): 

Consisting of a 2 ‘movies’ and now a new series of 25 episodes Little Witch Academia is well worth watching. The visuals are great and lend themselves to visual comedy and spectacle nicely. It’s also pretty well written and can be quite funny. Hell there’s actually a surprisingly dramatic and emotional narrative in this series and while it can be predictable there’s a few good twists within. The soundtrack is neat but it’s not memorable which is one of two flaws I can think of when it comes to this series. The second flaw is the within the second half of the series somewhat main characters get completely sidelined and it seems like there wasn’t enough time to actually get them substantially involved with the overarching narrative. It just seems like a waste of good characters and the characterisation that was previously given to them. It doesn’t particularly ruin anything though as this series was still a lot of fun to watch and I feel like I can easily recommend this to most anime viewers.

Dropsy (PC):

Let’s make a point and click game without spoken or even written dialogue. What’s that you weren’t sufficiently warned about the point of no return at the end of game meaning the whole thing ended abruptly? Well screw you because everything had to be artsy. Aside from this flaw pretty much everything else about this game is great which kind of makes the eventual kick in the balls even worse. The music is wonderful, the art-style is great and the puzzles are often pretty neat. It’s really quirky and interesting with plenty of optional stuff to collect. I do recommend this game if you find it on sale since it’s quite the experience. Just make sure to MANUALLY SAVE OFTEN so you can avoid the problem I had with this title and it’s abrupt ending.

Granblue Fantasy The Animation (Anime):

For an anime based of a mobile game this isn’t bad. It’s not particularly amazing but it has some cool designs and characters. The art style is pretty and so is the soundtrack but it didn’t blow me away. The plot seemed bog standard and there was no resolution in the anime itself, which means it’s time to try out the game (Which I just might do) or wait for a chance of a second season which I don’t think is happening. Not bad but not an anime I can recommend easily.

And that’s it for now. Hopefully next Blogg will be a bit more relevant and perhaps even thematic. Anyway thanks for reading, enjoy the pictures.

Chaos Blogg 82: Long Live the Gravity Queen

This would have been out sooner if my viewing of spiderman had gone to plan. While I saw most of the movie I feel unable to properly judge it since I missed about 5+ minutes near the crucial ending section of the film. From what I saw it was worth watching but my over all impression is soured just enough for me not to bother. Anyway enjoy some music before we get started.

Konosuba 2 (Anime):

Pretty much exact same quality as the first season. And some of the plots are the same as the first as well, which gives the series an even stronger sitcom feel than previously. Overall the comedy is still fun and the characters are still charming and some of them are fleshed out a little in terms of backstory. Of course I recommend this somewhat but I am tentative about the future of this series. Can this series maintain this level of comedy without becoming stale and predictable? I’m not sure since by the end of this season things were slowly starting to mould but that may be my own personality at play.

Masamune-kun no Revenge (Anime):

What starts off as an interesting premise devolves into a somewhat generic romance without an actual ending at this point. Subplots pop up mid way through the season and end up shifting most of the focus away from the actual revenge although there’s a couple of interesting twists that benefit the theme. If this series gets a conclusion it has the potential to be great (it also has the potential to be a train wreck). However I cannot recommend it at this time simply because it feels so unfinished.

Gravity Rush 2 (PS4):

A fantastic game with great visuals and an excellent soundtrack. In many ways it’s a huge improvement over the first game in particular it takes advantage of the system in terms of controls, meaning many more gravity mechanics are intuitive and fun. With the introduction of multiple styles the combat and overall movement is a lot more fleshed out and provides necessary variety to the gameplay. I noticed that I used the throwing mechanic a lot more than I did in the first title but hey I’ve no idea if that’s got anything to do with the controls. The visuals have obviously improved due to better hardware and this game is really freaking pretty with plenty of colours and cool designs. The characters are pretty cool as well but they suffer from the badly written story. This game had plenty of neat ideas and concepts but never fully explored most of them. It’s a jumbled mess and doesn’t really answer any questions that would tie up certain story elements neatly. I think the story just moves too fast for it’s own good to the point where each chapter could have been a plot for it’s own game had it been fully realised. Thankfully enjoyment of this game doesn’t rest on the story and if you switch your brain off and go with the flow it’s a fun time. Overall I can recommend this game quite easily but I lament some of the lost potential in its narrative.

Long Live The Queen (PC):

This is a neat little visual novel-esque game where you must raise a princess so that she survives long enough to become queen. It can be tedious but it’s short fun and has a lot of different branching pathways that are affected by your choices and the skills you’ve taught the princess. It’s not going to win any awards in the audio/visual department but it’s no eyesore either. I spent yesterday just going through a bunch of alternate pathways and finding almost all the things that could happen, it was pretty neat. If you see this for cheap on steam it may be worth giving it a shot.

Attack on Titan Season 2 (Anime):

There’s a lot more plot twists in this season but it overall feels like much of the same. Lots of violence, action and intrigue in here and the pacing is a lot faster than the first season which means you can watch it all in one day like I did. It’s addicting and fun while it lasts but I’m still not the type of person to hype myself up over it nor will I lose sleep waiting for the next season.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4):

Excellence. Crash 1 is now feasible for me to 100% and I made sure to do just that, it was rough in places but ultimately being able to die without consequence in the majority of stages is the final piece in the puzzle that makes this game whole. Crash 2 is still fantastic but it’s a little harder thanks to the hit boxes (btw in the ruin levels you can spin away the logs) and the lack of a z-axis in certain levels. Crash 3 was a lot of fun but I honestly can’t think of any major changes although I will say that it’s far easier than I remember it being when I was a kid (I only borrowed the game though). So I’ve made sure to get all the gems except the one where you needed all Gold Relics in Crash 3 because I don’t have the patience for that, and yes that does include the stormy ascent DLC. The introduction of time trails in Crash 1 and 2 is alright I guess but it’s more plausible in 2 and even then it’s not going to keep me around. Coco is a neat addition to the games and comes with her own set of animations which add even more charm to the game. These games are a visual treat with some exceptions in terms of lighting, and the whole thing oozes with charm that is both similar and different to the originals. Animations are great. Music is fantastic and makes some songs go from zero to hero in my book. The voice acting gives a new flare to an old script. Overall these games are still fun and it’s great to see them back in a new take. It’s a must play in my books.

Dunkirk (Movie):

A really suspenseful war movie, that has a great soundtrack that sounds like it’s always counting down to something. It’s got some excellent editing and I’d say it’s well worth watching at some point. I’ve got not much to say about it but I do recommend it.

Ace Attorney (Anime):

A somewhat decent anime adaptation of the first two Ace Attorney games. Phoenix is a lot more intelligent in the anime and everything goes by faster than expected. The music isn’t as good, and the animation quality is kind of rough. It’s still solid thanks to it’s foundation but you’d be much better just playing the games (Although I feel that the HD versions look a little janky). If you really don’t want to play the games or just can’t than this may be a suitable alternative otherwise it’s pretty much for fans only. I personally wouldn’t mind seeing more especially if they up the overall quality.

That’s all for now folks, I hope you enjoyed this post to some degree. Here’s some pictures.

 

Chaos Blogg 81: Tales from the Caribbean

So this took me a while but here I am once again with another Blogg. Now that my internet is back things are a bit more stable. Also E3 happened and wasn’t a complete disappointment this year. Fucking Metroid is coming back man, best news I had all year. Anyway please enjoy these tunes before I proceed with the ‘reviews’.

Alien Covenant (Movie):

While better than Prometheus this movie is unfortunately bellow average and not really worth your time unless you somehow liked Prometheus and just need to see more of the Alien or something (Maybe you really like gore?). Ultimately the movie is depressing and unfocused, which I can relate with since I am also those things but for movies I’d say those are big flaws. Some of the action is neat and I did like some of the concepts but the overall execution leaves much to be desired so lets just leave it at that folks. Just re-watch Alien and Aliens instead.

Lumo (PS4):

So I finally got a PS4 and what do I play first? An indie game I got randomly through PS+. It’s a fun little isometric platformer with some puzzle elements. It also has some backtracking and adventure elements but the whole thing is a linear affair and never quite lives up to it’s potential for exploration. For free it’s a pretty good game, but ultimately it suffers from the problem of depth perception and overall poor visual and audio polish. I can’t recommend this for full price.

Tales from the Borderlands (PS4):

I had no plans to play this until I had played the actual main series games but due to PS+ I decided to give this a shot anyway and it has increased my interest in playing them though I won’t make any promises (Not so much due to a lack of desire but more due to a lack of time, and that I really rely on my whims to decide what I’ll be playing next). As with most telltale games they have the predictable formulae in terms of gameplay with only some twists that are hit and miss. For example one of the characters has a set amount of spending cash and it turns out if you save this cash you can unlock something for the finale but there’s no indication of such an unlock being a thing until it’s sprung on you. On the other hand the other protagonist has a Bionic eye that can give flavour text and extra information about the setting. The visuals have style but lack in polish which is standard for Telltale and the music is pretty neat but a lot of it sounds the same to me personally. Of course the main point of this game is the story and characters so in that regard it somewhat excels. It’s a fun series of misadventures and while there are some laughs there’s also plenty of cringe inducing lines and the overall plot is jumbled. In short it was fun while it lasted but upon reflection it doesn’t hold up all that well. If you see it for cheap it might be worth a try but for full price I can’t fully recommend it.

Flip Flappers (Anime):

A short visually interesting anime that seems shallow at first but has some pretty good characters and a surprisingly engaging story. The main appeal is the somewhat unique visuals and the dream like nature of each episode. I say dreamlike but doesn’t really feel to vague or unclear just a little weird and/or mysterious. The soundtrack is pretty bloody good and if anything you should give it a listen. Very much worth watching for somewhat mindless fun at the very least.

Shokugeki no Souma (Anime):

An excellent anime about a subject that would otherwise not hold too much interest for myself outside of the need to eat. Thankfully this anime about cooking is so removed from the boring aspects of shows like Master Chef and other cooking shows that while it was a gamble to watch it there was no need for me to even worry. The show centres around Cooking Battles in an exciting and intense way. In many ways it follows a similar structure to other more action based anime and it benefits from that type of drama and on the seat of your pants pacing. It’s addicting to watch and has a sense of humour to it as well meaning it never gets too heavy for it’s own good. The music and visuals are pretty bloody good as well and if I had to say something negative is that there isn’t more of it yet and that overall narrative doesn’t seem even close to being finished. I’d say that this might be a must watch for viewers of anime but it’s not quite there. At the very least give it a test to see if you like the taste of it.

Wonder Woman (Movie):

In a surprising turn this was a good movie. This continues this years trend of excellent superhero based films, and I could see people putting up a case for it being one of the better films in the entire genre. It really is out of left field since the premise of Wonder Woman is quite silly with the whole thing about the gods and what not (I mean at least Thor is technically an Alien). However the conflict between the gods and mortals is one of this films strongest themes and I’d say that’s probably due to the setting of WWI (which was a great idea since WWII would have been a bit more black and white of a conflict). The film is chock full of action however some of it comes across a little goofy to me personally but that’s a problem with these DC films as a whole and not so much this individual picture. The soundtrack is pretty good although it’s mainly just the main theme that stands out in my mind. What seals this as a good movie though is one particular action scene that gave me actual emotions and it wasn’t even the climax (although I felt something substantial with that one as well). I honestly can’t remember a movie that made me uncontrollably smile in an action scene while also giving me something close to tears of joy outside of perhaps the original Star Wars Trilogy. I can’t even really explain what the feeling was or what about the scene caused it and the closest guess I have is just well combined visuals, music and story significance that doesn’t happen as often these days. I most certainly recommend this film but I do suggest moderating your expectations because hype can often sour your enjoyment and I myself set the bar quite low.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men tell no Tales (Movie):

This film was little more than another Pirate pop corn flick and didn’t really do much of anything worthy of Praise or Scorn. It’s fun while it lasts but if you’ve seen the rest of them you should know the formulae by now. Hopefully this movie is the end of the series though since I think any more would be pointless and a waste of resources. Just rent it once and leave it at that I guess.

Koe no Katachi (Anime Movie):

A rather emotional movie this one, that dives into issues of bullying, disabilities, suicide and redemption with what feels like a lot of nuance. I think the characters are really solidly developed for the most part though some details are never given enough clarification leaving some guess work to the motivations of important characters although this seems consistent with one of the films overall messages. The visuals are great, the soundtrack is beautiful and the story is not only engaging but also incredibly moving. If I was to complain about anything here it would be the somewhat unresolved romance element that seems to be at least a part of the film. This feels like lazy storytelling to me but I guess if you go in knowing the focus is on the drama almost entirely than it probably won’t be a big deal (Doing so won’t remove the unresolved plot threads though). I easily recommend this one although just be prepared for it to get heavy at time.

That’s it for now folks. With my internet back things are a bit more stable here so hopefully I can get some more games based content in my next post. Thanks for reading, I leave you with these images.

Chaos Blogg 80: Ninja Stardew Galaxy 2199

I’m still without a stable internet connection but I have found a temporary substitute for the time being in order to produce this one blogg. It’s been rough and to top it off I’m without transport as well. Thankfully this blogg is full of the many helpful distractions I had during this time and I hope you enjoy reading about them or at least listening to some music.

Boku no Hero Academia S1 (Anime):

This is a fun battle anime about a super hero academy in a world where amazing powers are the norm and being powerless is similar to being disabled. The protagonist is one such powerless individual with the dream to be a hero. It’s an interesting watch with lots of cool battles, some interesting if cliche characters and a pretty neat art style. I recommend waiting for the current season to finish airing before jumping in since it’s a somewhat addictive show to watch. Other than that I have little to say since it’s not exactly fresh in my memory right now.

The Lego Batman Movie (Movie):

This movie felt like it was recycled from the internet content of a few years ago, from batman beatboxing, to the forced “I’m Batmans” there wasn’t exactly a lot of positive stuff here to remember which is unfortunate since it does have some genuinely funny moments. However for each laugh I felt there was just as many eye-rolls, cringes and outright sighs of exasperation. It’s too rocky a ride for me to recommend so I’d save it for a rental… assuming you’re a parent otherwise it might be best to browse old YouTube videos for a similar and cheaper experience.

Flame Over (Vita):

In terms of visuals this game looks awful, or at the very least it’s menus look rubbish since the actual gameplay looks good enough to not cause eye strain or disorientation. The game has not much quantity in terms of soundtrack but it’s alright since it serves it’s purpose and is quite catchy. The gameplay is actually quite fun, however I was never able to fully explore all the game offers due an unfortunate problem. The game randomly deleted my progress not just once but TWICE which pretty much leads to believe that this may be a common occurrence. Therefore I can’t recommend this game, it’s not worth anything if you can’t even reliably save your progress in a modern day title no matter how fun the core gameplay is.

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 (Anime):

This was an excellent sci-fi anime with a large amount of naval flare, taking the term spaceship in a bit more of a literal direction. It’s action packed with plenty of drama, has a catchy theme song and some well developed characters. It was fun to watch and while it might be slow to start it’s well worth watching and I highly recommend this one.

Power Rangers 2017 (Movie):

This was a fun little movie but it was nothing particularly amazing. I recommend renting it at least once but other than that I have no strong feelings about this picture and not much I actually want to say.

Ninja Slayer (Anime): 

Ninja Slayer is rather off-putting from it’s style choices that make it look rather rubbish. However it’s obvious that it’s ugliness is on purpose as it comes across as comedic and satirical (At the very least it’s mocking low budget/poorly done anime from what I can tell). I think this works since the writing is almost as satirical (although it does have some good emotional moments and characters surprisingly) and the style of the drawings themselves is pretty cool with what seems like a unique colour palette. It all meshes together in a weird way that I don’t think I have the ability to explain. It’s an odd experience that’s quite short and not one I recommend to the average viewer. Do your own research on this one before you invest the time to watch it though since it seems quite divisive.

Stardew Valley (PC):

This game pretty much saved me from my boredom during this long period of time. Stardew Valley is pretty much a farming rpg with a lot of charm and arguably simplistic visuals. It’s not all farming though, as you also mine, fish and even engage in combat while exploring caves. To balance all these things is kind of tough as you have a limited amount of time in the day (which is only like a few minutes) to get things and collect all your produce and loot before it all starts over again. The game is simple to learn but has a lot of complexity and has enough to do that I have to experience it all myself. In fact the game seems endless from what I can tell and you’re not exactly forced to do anything and what you pursue seems entirely up to you the player. Hell there’s even Marriage and children in this game: each character has little bits of story and some of them are romance-able thanks to the relationship system (it’s all PG and wholesome). The visuals are nice, but are a little rough in places and are outshone by the music. If I had one large complaint it would be the controls are way too finicky and this made the slingshots almost unusable myself and overall made the combat the least appealing part of the game. It’s a much better experience than Animal Crossing which is about the only comparison I have right now and I recommend it assuming you can get it on sale since the normal prices I’ve seen are absurd. Thanks Stardew Valley you served me well.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (Movie):

This was pretty much as good as the original and in terms of character development and overall drama it’s perhaps even better. I loved the comedic moments but I was surprisingly moved by the ending of the film and the overall story itself. I recommend seeing this film however I honestly have nothing interesting to say about it. So lets leave it with that.

Chaos Vault – Crash Bandicoot (PS1):

Since Crash is being remastered or remade or whatever we’re calling it now I figured it was time to revisit the original from my childhood. Quite frankly it was harder in my memory but still stupidly difficult in terms of 100% which is why I only got about 82% completion before I grew exasperated with the whole ordeal. I believe the problem is that crash has some odd momentum and jumps further than intended. The biggest issue is that 100% requires a deathless run of all levels which in some cases is absolutely ridiculous and something that should be changed in the remake. As a child I struggled getting anywhere in this game so to be able to finish this game as quickly as I did while also obtaining a lot of gems was like crossing off an item on my younger self bucket list. All that aside it’s still a fun game (with good visuals and music) but at this point I suggest waiting for the remake if you haven’t already played this title.

Ninja Senki DX (Vita):

This is a fun little action platformer with rather simplistic visuals that eventually grow on you. It has a pretty great soundtrack and you can choose between two different versions of the soundtrack within the options. This game is pretty freaking difficult but not impossible and is sort of like megaman but with linear progression, ninjas and a double jump. It was free thanks to the PS+ but I can’t say it’s worth full price. I was somehow able to get the best ending which was cool but other than that I was unimpressed by own performance. I recommend this (for old school platformer fans mainly) if you see it on sale and I believe there may even be a free version online but I’m too lazy to look that up myself right now.

Okay that’s all for now folks. Thanks for your patience and I hope you enjoyed yourselves or at least found something mildly interesting within this blogg. I leave you now with some pictures and I hope to see you once I have my internet connection set-up properly.