Chaos Blogg 79: The Umbilical Star

So seems like I’ll be moving house soon, which means there may be an even longer period of time between this post and the next. This is amplified by my latest problem and that is a broken TV which means no Zelda for me until I get that replaced. It kind of just shat itself randomly one day and for no explicit reason (It may have been due to a single day of hot weather where I wasn’t home but that’s more of a wild guess). Anyway enough of the update please enjoy the blogg.

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

While not an entirely new idea for the ‘kart racer’ genre this Sonic racing game is an excellent example of the genre. In fact on the Wii U it’s only really outclassed by Mario Kart 8 (which is arguable) and I don’t think it’s got similar competition on any other platform. The Wii U version starts off with the Metal Sonic and Outrun DLC on the disc so I don’t regret my choice of platform but from character roster alone you’ll get more value with the PC release from what I can tell. This game is visually impressive by my standards or at the very least it has a lot of striking visual variety due to the huge amount of video game IPs it draws from. The Galactic Parade, the Seasonal Shrines, Sky Sanctuary Zone and the NiGHTS level were some of my favourites and they were often fun to play as well. The soundtrack is beautiful and the fact some of the sonic tracks mix in some Sonic R music to great effect is amazing. The gameplay itself is quite similar to the first game but I don’t think you’ll be able to get a feel for it unless you actually play it yourself. Everything feels a lot faster and weightier than the typical mario kart (unless we’re talking the new 200cc mode) and the items are bit more balanced (the NPCs are often really good shots though). The main gameplay mode is mission mode that tasks you with winning races and doing a bunch of challenges, such as a drift challenge or a boost challenge. Some of the more frustrating missions were the traffic attacks and tank battles which involve a lot of dodging. Interestingly if you want to unlock characters you need to play this mode quite extensively so it’s pretty much the bulk of the single player experience. Thankfully the variety and challenge here was quite fun and I had obtained all the characters by the time it started to get stale. Of course there’s some unlockables in the GP mode (you know the standard mario kart single player) and it may be worth clearing this mode first. Overall it’s a fun title and one that I’m glad I played.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru (Anime):

A somewhat lengthy anime that hasn’t even really finished yet from what I can tell. Or at the very least it doesn’t have much of a satisfying end at this point in time. It also seems to have divided opinions with a lot of praise for it’s more realistic and/or mature take on a high school experience with also a lot of criticism about the shows tendency to drag on and at times repeat itself. Both these points of view seem right to a degree, the show does indeed drag towards the end and it did get a bit repetitive. It also does start off as more of a comedy and progressively gets more and more dramatic almost completely losing it’s humour towards the end (or at the very least it came across this way). It’s got a fine soundtrack and visual style but I think the main appeal is the characters and the dialogue. It’s often thought provoking and the protagonist is a character who is intelligent and anti-social (which I can relate to on some levels). It makes good viewing however the pacing at the second half is just too slow for me to fully recommend this yet, if they wrap up the story in the future then I’d say it’d be well worth it. Of course it just depends on the individual as to what you think is more important in a series.

The Great Wall (Movie):

A fun action film that tells the story of a couple of western medieval mercenaries who in their pursuit of a legendary black powder find themselves involved in a conflict between Chinese warriors and strange green monster hordes that try to break through the titular great wall. The acting was quite fine for this type of film and the overall writing was fine as well, although the ending left some loose ends (in terms of the characters journey not so much the actual conflict) that could even lead to a sequel. It’s got a good soundtrack however it’s overshadowed by the more memorable visuals which were really colourful for this kind of movie. The action scenes are spectacular and sometimes crazy. It was a real blast and I often found myself giggling at some of the more ridiculous battles. This movie is well worth watching at least once and I recommend it somewhat highly.

Mob Psycho 100 (Anime):

This is a fantastic anime that isn’t close to finishing but is very much worth watching. Made by the same lot behind One Punch Man it’s just as entertaining and arguably even better. It’s visually appealing while also being somewhat unique if we compare it to OPM. It also does this without becoming hideous which is something I can appreciate (balancing beauty and originality is tough from what I can tell). The music is on par with OPM and even better at times. It’s not as action packed as OPM but it makes up for it in better character development and writing, it’s pacing is excellent as well and the twist on standard conventions was fantastic as well. There’s not much else I wish to say since I highly recommend this to all of you to at least try out once.

Logan (Movie):

If you were to me last year that I’d end up almost tearing up TWICE! in an X-men film last year I would have just laughed or given you a really confused look if we were in a face to face conversation. Logan is perhaps the most emotionally moving superhero film and in an age of ultra happy action fests made by Marvel and whatever it is that DC is doing it’s nice to see something in an incredibly different tone. It’s serious and gritty and wolverines claws fucking cut people up like they fucking looked like they would when I first saw them. It’s well paced, it has a good soundtrack and it’s well worth watching if it’s still airing in cinemas. I’d say it’s a must watch.

Girlish Number (Anime):

This show seems to be taking the piss out of the anime industry for the most part and it’s kind of all over the place in terms of it’s narrative structure and overall focus. If it wasn’t for likeable characters and some good music I’d say it wouldn’t be worth watching at all. Thankfully this comedy does have some charm so it may not be a waste of your time but I can’t say it was a satisfying experience and it’s not like I even set the bar that high to begin with (It’s not what I’d call trash but both of the other shows on this blogg are well worth watching way before this one).

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (PS3):

Thanks to PS+ I was able to play this game which from my understanding is considered a classic fist person shooter at least by some if not most. However I can’t say for sure since I’ve seen more people talk about the franchise with derision thanks to Duke Nukem Forever. Either way though I managed to have fun with this simple title, going around shooting things, blowing shit up and finding hidden secrets. The old school graphics are pretty neat for the most part and lend this title a charm that it might not have otherwise. The music is quite fitting and contains some tracks that are fun to listen to. The ‘cutscenes’ are rubbish though and there’s nothing close to a substantive story here, but thankfully the fun gameplay and the overall style make it unnecessary to the enjoyment of this title. This game parody’s action films of the 90’s and 80’s and often references culture from that time (It’s really dated but that’s the charm) it’s therefore rather cheesy. Important to note however is that this game froze on me several times at random, however it wasn’t often enough to cause much stress. There was also a huge glitch in Duke Carribean on the first level where one of the rooms bugged the fuck out but possibly more annoying was the fact that the christmas levels got stuck on the leaderboard screen which meant I had to exit the game in order to move on to the next level (which also resets your items). All that considered though I think this game is worth checking out for a cheap price although just keep in mind that it can be quite crass.

Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Vita):

In terms of story this is a sequel to Fate/Extra on the PSP which was in itself an alternate universe of the visual novel Fate/Stay Night. I’m not 100% sure on what from Extra is a part of this canon since that had elements of player choice and a second game that was never given an official translation (which to my understanding was an alternate timeline or route). However it gets too confusing to think about for too long so lets not do that, instead the story in this game is fairly well executed in the fact that it has likeable characters, drama, spectacle and even romance. It unfortunately gets muddied by the unclear backstory and some time travel elements. I’ve dealt with more confusing things in my life though so I can’t say it ruined my enjoyment but I did scratch my head on several occasions (and to counter that there were times where mysteries were solved or the plot went in neat directions). Visually well the model quality isn’t impressive but thankfully it’s not too noticeable mid action and the character portraits are really nice. It’s definitely got that Extra art style and it’s nice to some series favourites in this style including the original Saber and Rider. The music is excellent however this is mostly because of the amount of remixes of past tunes and not so much the original compositions which mind you are still pretty good. What is extremely different to Extra though is the gameplay, which seems to be Dynasty Warriors as far as I can tell. You hack and slash your way through enemy attack programs and take over there territory until you win enough sectors to unlock the boss fight. There’s more to it than that but that’s pretty much it in simple terms and it’s a fairly fun and straight forward time however I can see it getting repetitive in the long term. Overall I can only confidently recommend this title to those who are invested in the franchise and the Fate/Extra alternate universe.

Well that’s done, so hopefully I covered everything I wanted to cover. If you have any questions feel free to ask and what not. In the meantime I thank you for reading and here are the usual pictures that signify the end of the post.

Chaos Blogg 78: Dance and turn into a tree that produces what looks like oranges

Welcome to the first chaos blogg of 2017, the terrifying reality that another year has past is sinking in and well that’s not a good feeling. This blogg is here for your interest/mild entertainment, as well as mine, actually it’s mainly mine but hey if you’re reading this that’s fantastic. I hope you enjoy the contents, and we shall begin with some remixes.

Fate/Grand Order: First Order (Anime one shot):

Fate/Grand Order is a mobile game based on the fate series, think something along the lines of the upcoming Fire Emblem Heroes. The game itself I can’t review since I only played a certain portion of it before it would no longer work on my PC (I don’t have the correct phone to access this). This special is one I watched to the end so I feel okay in expressing an opinion on it. The visuals are good but compared to the UBW anime it’s a bit rubbish but that’s relative quality. The characters are pretty neat but not many are developed meaningful however that doesn’t seem to be the point. The music is pretty great from what I remember but most of it is borrowed from the game. The action is the main draw here as fan favs and brand new characters battle it out. Fans of Lancer from UBW will probably get a good kick out of a lot of these scenes so consider that as motivation for you folks. As it was adapted from a mobile game the story is utter rubbish and it feels like it exists just for the sake of the game rather than being something that has any depth or meaning. It’s only a one and done deal for now so it’s not the biggest waste of time but don’t expect anything great.

Minecraft (360):

I had never played this game until now, which is quite odd considering that it’s had a huge impact on the medium. Better late than never though I guess. I can see the appeal of this title, it can be quite relaxing but also requires some skill, stress and curiosity. At the same time for each moment of enjoyment I had I found an exponentially increasing amount of boredom that ultimately comes from games that are too open. There’s a lot you can technically do but it never really seemed like there was much to do. Perhaps this a flaw within my own character and I’m just not suited to this style of game, but ultimately I can only see myself going to this on rare occasions if my mood would call for it. Visually it’s kind of blarghhhh but it also has beauty and I seem to find that it’s partly due to randomness that this duality exists. The music is calm and relaxing which helps with this being an overall calming experience however it’s unmemorable for the most part. I can’t personally recommend the title but I can understand if you decide to play it and I hope your personality can allow that to be an enjoyable time for you.

Orange (Anime):

A solid emotional anime that excels at pulling at the heart strings with some tough topics, some well fitting music, and well developed characters. It’s a little underwhelming in it’s visuals and at times it drags on. I think more visual polish could have made this fantastic but otherwise it’s just something you should consider if you’re looking for drama to watch but not an anime I can highly recommend (But it’s more to do with it not clicking with me on a certain level).

Assassins Creed: The Movie (Movie):

I was expecting a whole lot worse from this film, but I wasn’t really disappointed until the end of the film where whatever little quality was there suddenly dissipated in an attempt to heavily sequelbait. It has some cool ideas and action sequences, but the characters aren’t properly developed and it falls under the weight of it’s own lore but without ever really expanding on anything within the games. The soundtrack is pretty good and is another reason I recommend just renting this and then going to play one of the many actual Assassins Creed games to have some actual substance and fun (varies depending on game).

Occultic;Nine (Anime):

This anime felt like a huge waste of time and a huge waste of talent. Not since Nisekoi have I watched something that was such a treat to the eyes and ears but ultimately had about much substance as an empty tube of toothpaste. Occultic;Nine certainly has interesting ideas and characters but it never really fully fleshes them out and what we end up with is an unsatisfying mess of a plot with underutilised characters and a shit tone of fast talking that even puts monogatari to shame. Throughout most of the series I was confused as to whether I was watching brilliance or insanity. The problem is in the pacing since most of the series is spent up building the mystery’s once the curtain is being pulled back it’s only got a few episodes left to pull off a climax and a conclusion to what seems like a complex mystery. However it ends up rushing through all this and it comes across as a bunch of contrived bullshit that completely shits on any potential the narrative has left. I don’t recommend this at all. Oh and the actual conclusion is anticlimactic and rubbish.

Prison Architect (PC):

A fun little game that involves the construction and management of prisons. It’s not all that visually fascinating but its not offensive to the eyes either. Same can be said of the soundtrack which serves it’s purpose but is ultimately forgettable. The campaign was quite nice and I wasn’t expecting that at all when I booted this up. It serves as a great tutorial and has some decent writing. The gameplay is really fun but it does suffer some glitches and I doubt it’s got longevity. On the upside the individual play sessions were often really long so I felt like I got some good value here. However I didn’t particularly enjoy the prison escape mode which seemed really clumsy but I never gave it a lengthy shot so I can’t give a definite opinion on that mode. However this game isn’t bad and may be worth checking out at some point.

Keijo!!!!!!!! (Anime):

Not since high school of the dead do I think I’ve seen something that was a blast to watch while being soaked in ‘echhi’. Perhaps Kill la Kill counts? However I think that was more excepted by the world due to it’s stylistic choices. Keijo is a sports/battle anime about a water sport that involves the use of the chest and buttocks exclusively. The soundtrack is great, the fights are awesome (not the best I’ve ever seen but still much better than I would have expected from such a premise), and ultimately the characters and story are solid even if they’re not all that complex or original. The absurdity of the show makes it more of a comedy and I think that’s the intention, to take the piss while also being competent. Its an enjoyable experience and it was a hell of a lot better than I was expecting, in fact I think I can recommend this to the curious amongst you quite highly.

Shantae: Half Genie Hero (Wii U):

This game is the perfect example of kickstarter it’s produces great games and great disappointments. Shantae’s latest outing is both of these, a fantastic little game in it’s own right but also a disappointment to the overall quality of the series as a whole. First off lets get the praise clear the game controls fine, has a lot of neat powers up and even optimises some stuff. It is a visual and audio treat and while I do prefer the look in the previous 2 games this new style is beautiful and filled with charm. Also back to audio for a second, this game has a fantastic soundtrack for certain however it feels like it would be more at home in a mighty switch force game but that might just be the instrumentation or something like that. The problem is that this game feels like it doesn’t know what to be. The story is almost inconsequential and so divided that it could’ve been several episodes of a Saturday morning cartoon. It loses the sense of adventure the other games had and ultimately makes everything feel a bit too pointless. Also all the characters seem to have forgotten any of the previous progression they had in the previous games and if it wasn’t for nods to past titles within the dialogue you’d swear this was a reboot or some kind of alternate timeline. It’s quite confused and it feels like they don’t where to go with the characters at this point (even though fleshing out the back story seems like an obvious path to take). The next major disappointment is that the level design went from Metroidvania to Mega Man but with forced replays. I’m not sure why they did this but instead letting the player move freely through the world they decided that having some linear levels to go through would be a better choice, which it wasn’t. Forcing replays of levels doesn’t count as backtracking guys and while I did enjoy the occasional item hunt it was no replacement for an actual metroidvania experience. Not only that but the series staple of labyrinths are obviously gone as well removing one of the best elements of the series. I hope wayforward can get this series back on track now that they’ve got a whole new bunch of flashy art assets. Otherwise it may just be time for me to give up on ever getting a consistent Metroidvania experience from any developer. It’s still a good game but it could’ve been so much better it hurts.

Well 2017 is off to a very lukewarm start judging from what I just typed. A couple of big disappointments, and one nice surprise along with butt-load of business as usual. I hope you enjoyed this blogg, and for the more perverted amongst you here are some pictures.

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Top 15 Games played in 2016

Another year another list of games. As with all my lists I’ll only be covering games I’ve played in 2016. This also means that most of these games won’t be from the year 2016 itself.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Gex: Enter the Gecko
  • Grim Fandango Remastered
  • Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus

Now with that out the way it’s on with the actual list.

15. Pokken Tournament

14. Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction

13. Danganronpa: Another Episode

12. Dragon Age Origins

11. Pokemon Yellow

10. Mega Man 4

9. Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

8. Fate/Hollow Ataraxia

7. MediEvil

6. Klonoa: The door to Phantomile

5. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

4. Pokemon Moon

3. Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

2. Another Metroid 2 Remake

1. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice

And that’s the end of that chapter.

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Top 10 Anime watched in 2016

Just like every other year it’s time for the lists. Remember this is the top 10 I myself watched in 2016 and NOT about stuff that actually aired in 2016 exclusively. Included will be songs from each anime and that’s about it since I’m not motivated to do much else.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Selector WIXOSS
  • New Game!
  • Charlotte
  • Sakamoto Desu Ga?
  • Macross Frontier
  • Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
  • Heavy Object

Now with that out the way it’s on with the actual list.

10. One Outs

9.  GATE

8. Overlord

7.  Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

6.  Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru

5. ReLIFE

4. Macross Delta

3. One Punch Man

2. Planetarian

1. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable

That’s all folks. Have some more pictures and wait for the next two yearly list blogs.

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Chaos Blogg 77: Ten Carat Hill is Unbreakable

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all the folks who have stuck with me throughout this year. I’ve been somewhat behind when it comes to posting on this blog but at least I got something for you all now. Here are the tunes.

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (Wii U VC):

So yeah this was meant to be in the last blogg but I decided to take my time with this one as I wanted to at least do 2 playthroughs before I considered it beaten. Castlevania III takes the series back to the castlevania 1 linear style but mixes things up with branching pathways and multiple playable characters. This gives you a lot of choice in how you play the game but you could end up screwing yourself over if you pick a character that you can’t gel with. Sypha is perhaps the most broken character in this game with the homing blue balls of magic making this entire game fairly easy. Well easy in comparison anyway, even when taking the path of least resistance this game won’t hesitate to kick your ass. In an era of save states this isn’t so bad and I found myself enjoying the gameplay while avoiding any major frustration. My second playthrough was less taxing despite the increase in difficulty due to experience, and it was quite interesting to see how many different stages were put into this game, with a lot variance and creativity to boot. I decided to call it quits halfway through my 3rd playthrough since I had seen all the stages and characters in action by that point. Overall I think this is a great looking game for its era with and excellent soundtrack and some really addictive gameplay that often kept going long into the night. It’s tough though so while I do recommend it I think you might be better off playing the first game to gain experience.

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice (3DS):

Ace Attorney is always a great time. So far each game has been worth playing and I’ve enjoyed each of them to some extent (Yes that includes AAI2 and Apollo Justice even though I think they were lacking in areas). Spirit of Justice is no exception and is a game that easily holds it own against the rest of the series. Taking place after Dual Destinies this game takes the story in a different direction while also expanding on some of the main characters backstories. The returning cast is balanced with a new gallery of quirky characters and an entire new setting. The story is good by my book and while I did find myself predicting most things ahead of time there were still twists that even I didn’t see coming and I’m glad I was kept on my toes. The soundtrack is fantastic as per usual and the setting introduces some new sounds that allow this soundtrack to stand out a little bit since it does borrow heavily from Dual Destinies. If I have any negatives it’s got to be Case 4 which is almost inconsequential to the rest of the game and seems to be somewhat lost in translation. It’s not the worst I’ve seen but it felt rushed as hell. Anyway it’s a small fault and it doesn’t at all stop me from recommending this game. It’s fantastic.

Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta (Anime):

A fairly simple comedy anime with a fairly large romance element. The anime follows an MMO couple who get together in real life and various miscommunication ensues. It’s standard and doesn’t exactly wrap up nicely but it’s endearing to an extent, and has the potential to be something more if another season is ever made. It wasn’t bad but I can’t recommend it to newcomers to the medium.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Movie):

The very first scenes of this film are shot in a rather weird way that makes it hard to follow. However the film eventually starts to follow a more conventional pace and properly introduces the characters. Thankfully it’s a fun little movie that ends up feeling different to the Harry Potter films while also keeping all the necessary elements in to keep it within the same fictional universe. I found the ending bitter and sweet, leaving me curious as to the future of these characters. I think it’s worth at least renting at some point, assuming people still rent movies anyway. It’s got a pretty good soundtrack as well.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Movie):

I’m having difficulty with this one. I liked it for the most part and it had some of the best action scenes I think I’ve seen in this franchise. It made the threat of the Empire feel a lot more real, from the looming Death Star to the casual onslaught of AT-ATs. However I can’t help but agree that these characters could’ve used some more fleshing out. For example were meant to care about the old dude with the metal legs? he just casually dies in a pathetic way and we really get no visible connection between him and the protagonist that makes us feel anything for her loss in this scene. The soundtrack is good but not quite up to the standard set by John Williams, it gets bloddy close at points though and I think this composer has a lot of potential for greatness. The film tries a serious and dark tone which I quite liked and while time is yet to show if this is better than the Force Awakens it at least does something slightly new (somewhat ironically I guess) and most certainly puts the prequels to even further shame. Make sure to check it out if can, that is if you haven’t already, so you can make up your own mind. Of course if you somehow haven’t yet watch the original trilogy first.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Syukufuku wo (Anime):

Another anime set in a fantasy world that seems like a bloody MMO. Thankfully this is a comedy and considering how much I enjoyed Overlord I was hoping this would be good. Well it kind of is, it’s a fairly hit and miss comedy and while it did keep me entertained I can’t say it’s one I highly recommend. It’s rather short and some characters are introduced poorly but it may be worth watching if you’re wanting a comedy in this setting. Not bad.

Pokemon Moon (3DS):

While I was quite engaged by this games story portion and unique setting, it’s showing a lack of staying power. While I haven’t personally completed all of the post game content just yet it’s obvious that it’s nowhere near as expansive as the post game of ORAS or HGSS. In fact all I have to do is round up some Ultra Beasts and Zygarde Cells and it’s pretty much back to hatching Rowlet eggs for me. In terms of music and visuals I think this may be one of the best games as it exudes charm and variety. While I do miss the more blocky traditional look I can’t deny that this looks much better overall. The story has some interesting characters and themes but it felt like it needed a bit more punch to it, however as far as pokemon goes this is great storytelling and character development. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about most of the gameplay changes just yet and quite frankly if I went over all them I’d be wasting a lot of my time. Suffice to say the biggest flaw is probably the internet features being unnecessarily complex, although a lack of triple battles is also a negative in my book. If anything the game needs more content and luckily PokeBank should be filling some of that void in future. While I do recommend this game highly I would like to encourage you to ask me specific questions about this title so you might get a more fleshed out opinion from myself.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (Anime):

I never quite know what to expect from Jojo’s but I’m almost always pleased by this fun and often intense anime. It’s such a good time with fantastic visuals and a kicking soundtrack. This particular season feels a lot lighter at the start but gets pretty damn intense all the same. Hell I don’t think there’s much I want to disclose about this series since it didn’t really do much negative in my eyes, and anything positive could be a spoiler. As previously I highly recommend this anime as a whole which not only includes Diamond is Unbreakable but also all the previous parts. If you do just go with the flow.

Allied (Movie):

This movie does contain some sex scenes so consider that a warning to those sensitive to such material. I would describe this film as a romantic/thriller as I found myself on edge for majority of the film. It wasn’t bad at all and found myself actually slightly emotionally moved by the ending. I recommend giving this a watch at some point unless romance is a turn off for you, but there’s a really solid story here in my opinion and it didn’t feel all that sappy so even those folk could probably sit through it.

All right it’s done. So yes the year is over soon and I hope you found enjoyment in this last blogg of 2016. Soon I’ll do the usual list crap so keep your eyes pealed for those posts. In the meantime you can enjoy these pictures while I slowly drift into sleep.

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Chaos Blogg 76: Bugger!

This was meant to be the Halloween blogg but time got ahead of me and now here I am typing this out in November. Thankfully I only played one game themed around the holiday so it’s not a major loss I guess. Hopefully you all enjoy this blogg in some capacity. Lets kick this off with some tunes.

Journey (PS3):

Journey is a good looking game, and that’s kind of it’s best feature. It’s short, simple and feels like the hybrid of a walking simulator and a platformer. The platforming aspect is really fun and there’s at least some reward for exploring your surroundings as you can find items that give an extra jump. The audio design is also quite nice and the online features aren’t a bad idea either. The problem though is that it doesn’t feel all that interactive and it doesn’t have an engaging narrative to compensate for this either. What you’re left with is a fun short experience that doesn’t live up to the hype. I don’t regret playing it but that’s because it was free, I don’t think I would have parted with my money for this.

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Anime):

A simple comedy anime about an art club, that doesn’t exactly do anything extraordinary with the genre or premise. It’s competent though and provided some laughs. You could do worse when it comes to this genre so while I don’t recommend it highly I think it may be worth your time if you’re into the genre. At the very least it is average.

MediEvil (PSN):

A fun action/adventure/platformer game originating on the PS1. Like many Classic PS1 games I never had the chance to properly play it when I was a kid (I believe I only tried a short demo of it once) and while I have no idea if my childhood self would have been good enough to complete this game I am at least satisfying some long term curiosity. MediEvil is clunky and cumbersome however for an early 3D game it’s not the worst I’ve seen and it’s quite functional all things considered. In terms of visual style it’s what I’d call cartoony horror and it’s held up decently since it didn’t try to take itself so seriously. This whole game is perfect for Halloween, I mean there’s a fucking pumpkin level and everything. The music is atmospheric which is fine but it lacks anything that makes it memorable or catchy. There’s 2 very frustrating levels mid game that involve some rather small platforms and given the controls this was a terrible idea. Luckily it’s a relatively small percentage of the game and the rest of the experience makes up for these lacking areas. A huge positive aspect has to be the be the writing and voice direction, it’s often cheesy but in a good way and I would describe some of it as ‘British Comedy’ in it’s approach. I recommend this game highly but on the condition that you can handle some mildly archaic controls.

Macross Delta (Anime):

After having watched Macross Frontier I figured I’d watch Macross Delta and while it helped with my understanding of the setting I don’t think it’s 100% necessary in order to enjoy this anime. The battle scenes are pretty neat but you may have seen better by now and they often take a second seat to the musical performance. The music in this anime is great, it’s fun and often quite catchy with a few exceptions to help with tone and story. In fact the story here is relatively solid all things considered and the conclusion is at least somewhat satisfying. I’d say it’s worth watching for the action and music alone but the narrative isn’t that bad at all and helps keep it all together (in fact it’s important since it’s what maintains the long term interest but I’m underplaying it because I don’t think  y’all should be expecting something amazing).

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Movie):

A good but forgettable and incredibly standard action movie. Honestly there’s not much I can say positive or negative about it. What I will say is that I enjoyed it more than the last Mission Impossible movie so I guess that’s something. If you want to relax mindlessly for a few hours this is a decent film to rent out and that’s probably about it.

Flying Witch (Anime):

This anime feels so laid back it’s quite strange. It takes the supernatural story of a witch and makes it a casual slice of life anime with some comedy elements (main reason why I kept watching to be honest). It’s not bad at all but it can be quite slow due to it’s nature. This makes it a bit tough to recommend but at the very least it has some enjoyable soundtrack pieces so give them a listen. I think being into the ‘slice of life’ genre might be a requirement for this title.

Doctor Strange (Movie):

Marvel once again makes a movie about an odd character that hits a home run for myself. I had no idea what really expect and they managed to pull it off. Which is impressive since magic is about the last thing I thought could be believable in this movie well that is to say magic that isn’t from fucking Asgard which so far has been the major co-out for all the weirdest shit in these movies. I was impressed with the visuals (in particular how it was handled in the 3D version) and the audio had it’s own flair to set it apart from the rest of the current MCU. The story was solid with lots of great action sequences and a great character arc for the protagonist. It’s very much worth watching so hopefully you catch it before it goes out of cinemas.

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (3DS):

So over a year ago I bought another titty ninja game on a whim, hoping that I would find gameplay more substantive than Shinovi Versus on the Vita. However I only recently got around to it since I wanted to clear out the space on my 3DS for other games like Gunvolt and Ace Attorney. Overall the game suffers some of the same problems as the Vita title but it often feels less fluid. There’s a lot more enemy and boss variety though, a better story and a whole bunch of weapons to unlock (including some novelty weapons). Visually it’s not bad but that’s an incredibly subjective area and not everyone likes jiggle puffs. The music is pretty damn good though which is why so much of it is bellow, I wouldn’t say it’s all catchy but it’s certainly blood pumping and some of it is memorable. The gameplay is incredibly simple though and it serves it’s purpose as a 3D beat em up title, although I think the Vita game had better combat even if just slightly. I don’t think I can recommend it in a broad sense since it really only has value to a certain niche that wants this kind of fanservice and enjoys somewhat mindlessly hacking and slashing away (It can be cathartic though so it’s not what I would consider a bad game by any means).

Okay it’s done folks. I’m guessing there won’t be another one of these until December but I could easily prove myself wrong. I’ll see you later anyways.

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Chaos Blogg 75: Hollow Ataraxia

So I intended to get this out at least a week ago, but between my stomach issues, a lack of internet and now a full on cold I’ve been unmotivated to type up this stuff. Within we have a lot of anime, and at least one interesting game. Anyway you know the drill, here’s some music.

Fate/Hollow Ataraxia (Visual Novel):

It took me a while to get back to this one. Ultimately I can only recommend this to people who have played/read the first VN and even then I can’t say it’s a necessity. In terms of story it’s not quite a traditional sequel and comes across as more of a side story that takes place after the first game. I think it’s important not to get your hopes up for the narrative here, the focus is more on characters, comedy and mystery. This is contrasted with some really dark and serious shit that can be somewhat disturbing. In many ways Hollow is to Stay/Night as Majora’s Mask is to Ocarina of Time. Even some of the music reminded me of Majora, it’s often more sombre in tone and gives off a foreboading feeling. The extreme contrast of tones creates a weird experience but one that’s still enjoyable. It’s non-linear in structure which makes 100%-ing it a bit less tedious and the rewards for exploring more of the game include a couple of minigames which are pretty cool (Even if they’re a bit bullshit). There’s only one mandatory H-scene this time which makes it more bearable for those who dislike such content (even then I’m confused as to why they didn’t make them all optional). Overall I can only recommend this for huge fans who want to see more character interactions and the like, otherwise it’s very inconsequential.

Ben-Hur (Movie):

So I haven’t seen the original so I can’t make any comparisons. I found this to be an entertaining action/drama movie that just falls apart at the conclusion. It gets a little preachy and it ends up with a lot of plot holes. I was left confused and while the movie was long it could’ve taken a few extra minutes to explain shit properly. Quite frankly I have nothing else to say on this movie, I think you don’t miss much by skipping it but there’s no major harm in watching it either.

Bakuon!! (Anime):

A short anime about a bunch of girls in a motorbike club. It’s not much on an actual plot but it maintains some continuity and has enough character development to not feel too static. The show is a comedy about a somewhat niche subject matter (seems niche to me anyway), but it still made me laugh and didn’t leaved me confused. I guess that means it’s semi-educational (or just advertising)? Or maybe it’s just good at providing the viewer with enough context to land a joke? And that’s all I want to say, give it a look if you like but it’s not one I would consider a priority. Note: Oh almost forgot they make some excitebike jokes in this as a sort of running gag, not everyday you see that.

Planetarian (Anime OVA):

A short five episode series based off of a short Visual Novel. Planetarian is well worth watching as it is quite the emotional experience and won’t take up much of your time at all. Easily recommended and that’s all I have to say, just give it a look.

Joker Game (Anime):

A 12 episode series about Japanese spies in world war 2, it’s more or less a bunch of short stories about espionage. It was a good watch but somewhat unremarkable. There’s no clear protagonist or much of an overarching story, so it’s not a show you have to overly invest yourself in but neither is it one that encourages consistent viewing. Worth a look at least.

Another Metroid 2 Remake (PC):

Nintendo really is out of touch these days, as can be seen by the fact that a fan made remake of an old game was able to become the best Metroid game of the past 7 years. So while Nintendo peddle out the insulting pile of crap that is Federation Force, it’s up to people who understand the series to keep it alive. In fact they’ve done it for free. The people behind this game deserve a lot more than they’ve received. Instead of being given a job though Nintendo screwed them as it was their legal right to do so (it’s still a huge dick move though). Anyway point is while you can still find the game online the official site for it isn’t offering it and there’ll be no more patches to it in future (unless someone else does it I guess). It’s such a shame since this game is fan-fucking-tastic taking the base game of Metroid 2 (which I already adore) and giving it the Super Metroid and Metroid Zero Mission polish. Of course this means the game is more linear than the norm but they managed to add more exploration and backtracking in a game that didn’t have the traditional backtracking. Honestly I’m not sure how you could make Metroid 2 more exploration based than this without changing a lot of the games core. The graphical style is great although the image slides at the beginning and end are unpolished. The music in this game is beautiful and gives a prime style to some classic tracks. Just everything about this game was so fun. It’s a real treat for fans of the series and one that even adds some minor innovations or perhaps you’d call them minor gimmicks. These additions are all great and show that new things can be done with the series without fucking derailing it and turning into an entirely different genre (*cough* Other M *cough*). So yeah please check out AM2R folks I think it’s well worth your time especially if you’re a fan of the series.

LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 (PS3):

A fairly standard LEGO game at least as far as I remember them being. The main difference is the explorable hub and a larger amount of abilities compared to previous titles (and by that I mean LEGO star wars since that was the last one I played like over a decade ago by now). The game is very relaxing due to it’s low stakes and overall mindless collectathon nature. The presentation needs some work as it lacks polish however a soundtrack pretty much ripped out of the movies makes up for this in some aspects. Being a LEGO game I don’t feel there’s much to critique, however this a fairly easy game to recommend to family’s with younger children or just about anyone looking to relax.

New Game! (Anime):

A small 12 episode anime. It’s the usual comedy fair but it does have some heart and something that resembles a narrative structure. It’s nothing spectacular but it does what it sets out to do fairly well and was a joy to watch. It’s worth a watch for anime fans but not something I recommend for newcomers.

The secret life of pets (Movies):

A fairly forgettable animated feature that can’t quite decide what type of story it wants to tell. It has some fun moments but there’s nothing close to real substance here. Maybe take your kids to see it but you’d better off renting it for them later or something.

Alright that’s all for now, I can’t say I was too enthusiastic about much of this stuff which is why I haven’t written much here. Hopefully this is helpful someone in the future. I’ll leave you with some pictures now.

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