Chaos Blogg 69: Dirty Jokes and Mediocrity

Welcome to 2016, man it’s taken me some time to get this going for the new year but I hope you’ve all been enjoying yourselves to some degree. The title is mainly in reference to one show covered in this blog but I felt that it could be applied to some of the other stuff here. I feel divided on most of the things I’m covering but considering the amount of stuff there’s plenty I feel willing to recommend. Anyway please enjoy the following remixes and jump on in.

GATE (Anime):

An somewhat odd concept that balances nicely comedy and action, along with some drama. Te cast is likeable and interesting and at this point aren’t just one note joke characters like they could have easily been. The only thing stopping me recommending this right now is that it isn’t finished and with the second season airing right now I think you’re better off waiting for it to be complete. It’s a promising anime though so anyone into the medium should keep an eye on it.

Mega Man 4 (Wii U VC): 

A fairly standard and somewhat easy mega man game that introduces the divisive charge shot mechanic. Excellent visuals and music as is the norm for mega man but with something of a ‘russian?’ motif present in the soundtrack. Also this game has such amazing characters as Dust Man and Ring Man. The gameplay is excellent although I can’t say where it ranks in the series. As with most of the classic Mega Man games I recommend it.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U):

Don’t buy this game folks. If you thought that the 3DS game had a lack of content wait until you see just how much they shaved off on this one. So while we may have a slightly better roster of characters. We only have on stadium, no singleplayer tournament mode and no side games what so-ever. This is fucking pathetic Nintendo and no amount amiibo functionality makes up for this appalling lack of content. In fact imagine Street Fighter V or star wars battlefront but with no PLANS for DLC whatsoever. This is such a waste of money and quite frankly it’s a waste of good visuals, great audio and solid game-play. Fucking bullshit.

Classroom Crisis (Anime): 

A decent anime that centres around a space engineering school/department trying to save their asses from the powers that be. It’s surprising political which I can see being a turn off as it can get a tad boring. I enjoyed the drama and characters though, even if they’re not all handled well. It also wraps up fairly neatly for such a short series. Low Priority but hey it’s worth checking out if you have the time.

Overworld (Anime): 

I actually quite enjoyed this show which I wasn’t expecting due to the set-up being similar to SAO or Accel World. Thankfully this series takes some different angles on the whole concept and it’s a lot of fun overall. I also think the soundtrack helps a fair bit and so does the visual design of the main cast. Very much recommended perhaps even the most recommended anime on this list.

Gex: Enter the Gecko (PS1 on PSN): 

First of all this games voice acting is better in the PAL version or at least less cringe inducing. Secondly this game has not aged particularly well. The camera is terribly clunky and to a degree so is the general platforming. The references are also really dated but there’s some charm to that, along with the visuals and soundtrack which are also quite dated. Gex is a time capsule of the late 90’s and while it is a somewhat fun 3D platformer it is certainly not one I can recommend over the likes of Crash, Spyro, Banjo Kazooie or DK64. But hey there’s a lot worse out there as well folks.

Shimoneta (Anime): 

This anime left me with a sense with dread within the first few episodes. The world presented in this anime is truly a dystopia and one that feels poorly dealt with in this comedy. In fact the series antagonist is only ever directly confronted by one character but then again this antagonist is reduced to a rather one note joke and isn’t much of a threat. It’s a shame since even as a comedy it’s lacking but has so much potential. Anyway even if it’s lacking, it’s overall decent in terms of visuals, soundtrack characters and in action scenes. Don’t recommend it unless you’re really keen on dirty jokes.

The Hateful Eight (Movie): 

So yeah if it wasn’t for that one scene where Samuel L. Jackson rapes some guy on-screen I would have really enjoyed this since it was a chaotic, violent, and fun movie. But I suppose this was done to make some sort of point? But I can only see it as shock material for shock materials sake. I personally found it really distasteful but otherwise the rest of the film was interesting and set at my kind of pace.

Charlotte (Anime):

A good anime but one that has trouble with keeping on track. By that I mean it feels like each episode ends up in a completely different place than when it started without much time to let a single situation sink in. Perhaps this is just a pacing issue but it could also be a flaw in what is otherwise a pretty good story. Ultimately it does well enough in visuals, audio, and characterisation to make it worth watching especially if you enjoyed the likes of Angel Beats.

Super Street Fighter 4: 3D Edition (3DS): 

Perhaps the laziest review on here since I only really played this just to clear up some of my backlog and quite frankly I don’t have the time or skill necessary to actually come close to completing it. However I decided to play it a bit for a couple of days and while I still sucked at it, I found it moderately enjoyable. This version is redundant though since there have been many releases of the game now and the sequel just came out. If you want a fighting game on 3DS I can at least say this is functional and has a pretty good soundtrack and decent visuals.

Dragon Age Origins (PS3): 

Got this game thanks to PS+ and decided to give it a go out of curiosity. The game isn’t the best looking and I can’t say I’m a fan of the soundtrack (although I wouldn’t say it’s bad by any means) but I found myself enjoying the narrative and the level of customisation on offer quite a bit. In fact the game was quite addicting and a lot of fun, even if it had some problems (*cough* inventory space *cough*). I will also note that I didn’t get emotionally invested into the story and characters to the intended degree (except at the start of my play-through) but I put that down to my own preferences and not so much the game itself. More important to note though is just how buggy this game is on PS3 and that it doesn’t exactly run smoothly, at this point I would suggest looking up which platform performs best before considering this one. I do think it’s a worth a shot though, and I will be keeping an eye on the sequels.

Deadpool (Movie):

An action comedy that I found both funny and cringe worthy. Indeed the Deadpool movie is hit and miss which depends entirely on the individuals sense of humour. A lot of it is crude, some of it is witty and quite a lot of it will probably end up rather dated by the next decade. I don’t regret watching it but I don’t outright recommend it either. I think it’s best you look up some trailers or proper reviews before deciding on this one since I’m too divided to be helpful.

And there we go folks. Happy New Year, Happy Australia Day and Happy Valentines Day to you all. As per usual here’s some pictures to wrap things up, hope you have a good day and maybe leave some comments.

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