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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Chaos Blogg 74: Harmony of Dissonance

As I type this I am currently dealing with a lack of stable internet and a case of indigestion. I’ve been struggling and it’s quite obviously the fault of my internet provider who decided to disconnect me because they didn’t want to provide “an unsatisfactory experience”. It sounds like horseshit to me since I’ve been through some real unsatisfactory times with them and stayed with them. Anyway enough of that drama, I’m pleased to present the latest blog and would like to kick things off with some remixes.

Sonic 3D Blast (PC emulator):

Not sure what compelled me to play this game but I suppose boredom is the main suspect. Sonic 3D Blast is tough to control, however it is possible to adapt to the controls and the visuals. The game is fairly easy once you can adapt and it’s also one of the easiest classic sonic games to collect the chaos emeralds in. It’s fun to collect stuff, however this game is a bit too slow for a sonic title. The visuals are interesting, and the music is fan-fucking-tastic and I can hear hints of sonic adventures soundtrack in the making. If you’re a patient person who is curious about early sonic spin-offs, this game is worth playing however I can’t recommend it to the average person.

Musaigen no Phantom World (Anime):

This is a pretty good anime thanks to high quality visuals and audio. The show is episodic in it’s writing, and while it does have some heart it’s not particularly great in terms of drama. It’s mainly good for action and comedy, and some fan service. I can somewhat recommend it.

Trinity Seven (Anime):

Nothing impressive here, it’s an action show that quickly turns into one of those harem shows but it’s not outright obnoxious. To top it off it doesn’t actually end properly so overall it’s a prime example mediocrity in anime. On a positive note the soundtrack is alright, and if you want fan-service this show can offer I guess.

Star Trek Beyond (Movie):

This movie wasn’t too bad. There’s some awkward stuff and that’s about all the negatives I can think of on the top of my head. This is certainly better than the previous star trek film, however it also seems to have some characters repeat the same pattern again. There’s a great soundtrack here, and I also enjoyed some of the plot twists. It’s got excellent visuals and plenty of fantastic action sequences. I can recommend renting it at least but it may be worth purchasing for yourself.

Selector WIXOSS (Anime):

It’s Yu-gi-oh meets Madoka, and as you’d expect it’s got a lot of drama. There’s also some really tough themes here, that caught me off guard but I guess it helps make this show memorable for myself. It’s got a decent soundtrack, good visuals and some neat plot twists. It’s a fairly decent anime and if you’re running out of stuff to watch I can give this one some recommendation.

Suicide Squad (Movie):

This movie was pretty good, considering how much I was expecting it to be bad. It has a somewhat unique visual style, the soundtrack is almost 100% licensed tracks to my understanding and while the songs are alright its a bit much. Harley Quinns butt has more air time than some of the supporting cast, that’s not so much a complaint but it is worth noting anyway. The story is alright and most of the characters are decent to pretty good. I’m not a fan of this current Joker, he just seems like a generic villain from some other movie. I think this film is worth giving a shot so I recommend renting it.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (Wii U VC):

This game is pretty fucking sweet. I was in need of Metroidvania gameplay and this game hit the spot. It’s a lot of fun exploring and the action gameplay is fun as well. The visuals are good for a GBA game although they’re not the best. The soundtrack is excellent and at the very least I recommend listening to it. I was able to get the best ending thanks to my obsessive nature to collect everything, including the furniture. It’s an excellent and while I’m not doing a good job of selling it, I can easily recommend it. Although I would suggest Symphony of the Night first if you haven’t played that already.

One Outs (Anime):

This anime is pretty good, and makes the sport of baseball actually interesting (to an Australian anyway) with the help of gambling and mind games. It’s got a good soundtrack and the visual style is alright. The pacing is addictive and it’s tough to stop watching once you’ve started. It’s a really entertaining series and if you liked stuff like Kaiji and/or Akagi I can easily recommend this. I suggest checking it out to most of you though, however just be aware the opening credits are weird and not representative of the actual show and its tone.

Okay so this whole blogg was lazily put together, but hey it’s done now. I guess being put on time limit isn’t helpful to me writing anything adequate. I hope you got something out of this anyway. Have some pictures for your perseverance.

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