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So I Needed Music at Work and Headphones Weren’t Cutting It!

I bought my very first Bluetooth speaker this week, from Abercrombie & Fitch, no less. For $35 it’s better than I expected. It’s very chic, with a thick white and blue stripe motif. It has the iconic moose in pink on one of the back sides.

And the Best Final Smash Goes To…

After playing Smash Bros a bit, I can definitely agree that Megaman has the best final smash of all the new characters. Someone made this cute little parody video of it below.

Anime Music!

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of anime and video game soundtracks, I need a break from all the electronica. Notable albums? Kill La Kill OST, Bleach OST, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Vocal Trax), Dissidia: Final Fantasy OST…any recent good ones I’m missing? Comment!

Persona 2

You know, I’ve played an insane amount of console games released since the Sega Genesis but one series I’ve never touched is Persona. It has such a cult following, and I didn’t get in early…I’ve always felt like I missed that train, so to speak. Well…since Persona games were on sale last week, I decided to pick up Persona 2: Eternal Punishment for the PS1.

I can see the appeal, the story is full of wildly mysterious characters, and talking to demons in combat is an interesting mechanic. I am still wrapping my mind around the whole “befriending demons” thing but I think I am really going to like it!

Right now I am trying to get my friend to play Final Fantasy 7…since he’s never played a FF game before! I’m hoping we’ll both like these new (older) games.

Life Update!

Oh my gosh I’ve been so busy this past week. Between moving and transitioning between jobs I haven’t had any time to myself! I did go see Chevelle last night, that was my own celebration for getting this new job. Hopefully I’ll have some time to write something this weekend. I’ve HAVE been playing some sweet new games. :)

Labor Day ish Over :(

I hope everyone had a good 3-day weekend! I on the other hand just moved! Same city, but I am getting ready to transition into a new job and wanted to be closer to the new location.

I got bored this weekend after moving, so I decided to purchase:

It’s a lovely game. It captures the comedy of the original game wonderfully, and proves to be a well executed shooter at the same time. WARNING – the PS4 version took forever to data install. Literally an hour and a half. The game lets you test drive the plants while doing so, but still…

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Nintendo Announces “New” 3DS

And so far it looks like a winner! This new model will be sporting 4 shoulder buttons, an additional thumbstick/circle pad, a microSD card slot, an auto-adjusting backlight, face tracking software that will allow the 3D effect to be seen at multiple angles, the game slot was moved to the bottom to prevent accidental ejection, the system is lighter, has more battery life, supposedly larger screens, and a more powerful CPU.

Nintendo has stated that they will be releasing exclusive games for the “new” 3DS, the first of which will be Xenoblade Chronicles…a port of the critically acclaimed Wii title. A representative has commented that the system is due to release in NA in 2015.

There are a ton of pics and gifs floating around of the new unit, I just grabbed a few of the good ones to give an overall idea of the new system.

Transistor for the PS4

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So this game I’ve been wanting to play for a couple of months went on sale this week. Down about $6 from its normal price of $20. I’ve heard good things, and it’s developed by SuperGiant…the same team who made Bastion. Well, I’ve been playing it pretty steadily and so far I am blown away by the presentation. Believe it or not the music is the best of many good things about this game. Most of the songs include vocals from Ashley Barrett, and are just…absolutely bone chilling. The in-game soundtrack has undoubtedly justified my purchase single-handedly.

What’s more is that the rest of the game is just as good! It’s about a 6-8 hour game, and it’s the perfect themepark indie experience. Transistor features a unique battle system that manages to blend real-time and turn-based combat seamlessly. The futuristic sci-fi art style is a welcome change.

If you have a PS4 I strongly urge you to pick this one up, as far as indie games goes, Transistor borders Journey-level excellence.

Check out the soundtrack here!

Dragon Ball…Smash?!

Check out this tool-assisted video of Fox vs. Falco in Super Smash Bros. Brawl! 

Source: YouTube

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment First Impressions

So Hollow Fragment seems to be the love child between a Dating Simulator and a Phantasy Star game. The game world is massive, and is clearly going to take me at least 30 hours to clear the main campaign. I’ve heard rumors that the “real” game doesn’t start until you finish the campaign. From what I can tell, the rumor is true….as there are a few menu items that are locked on the main menu.

Fans of the show will be delighted to know that characters from SAO, ALO, and GGO have all made their way into this game. You are allowed to take a partner with you during your adventures, and there are quite a few to choose from. You are even allowed to partner with a few random characters of which Kirito has no relationship with. One of the things I found to be odd was that you can modify Kirito’s appearance and even change his name…but during dialogue and cutscenes, his appearance and name reverts to default.

Combat is fun and fast-paced. You will auto-attack an enemy once you engage them, but you can also choose to attack manually by using a small portion of your burst gauge. Combo’s are also maintained with use of the burst gauge, as well as dodging. You can “switch” just like in the show, which is a way of getting rid of your aggro so monsters will stop attacking you. Your partner will occasionally ask you to do a specific action and they will retaliate with their own, which makes playing with the computer ally enjoyable. You are able to equip different weapon types, ranging anywhere from daggers to spears. Each weapon type has its own skill set that you can unlock by both using the weapon in combat and using acquired skill points.

The game auto saves every time you move to a different map, which is nice, seeing how you get a gameover if either you or your partner falls in combat. The game world is divided into three parts – You have the main city hub where you can talk to other players, recruit them for your party, buy gear and upgrades, as well as just relax. – There are 25 floors you have to clear before you can finish the campaign. You start on the 75th floor and make your way up. – There is also the hollow area, where monsters are much higher in level and there is an abundance of high-level equipment to be found.

After the initial tutorials, the game doesn’t really force you to do anything you don’t want to. The dialogue can all be skipped by holding the L button, and you are free to choose whether or not you want to clear floors or explore the hollow area. The dialogue never really seems to be related to the game, so I find myself constantly skipping a large portion of it. That’s where the Dating Sim factors in…I could do without it. The game makes up for it with its inclusion of multiplayer. While I’ve yet to try my hand at it, I believe that you can play with up to three other human players.

So far I am impressed with the game, they’ve done an excellent job of reproducing the anime and VRMMO world found in Sword Art Online. Gameplay controls are tight and responsive, and the computer AI is pretty decent. While the game does tend to bombard you with a little too much information at times, once you start to get the hang of things, you’ll find that there is more than enough to keep you busy for a long time. My only real disappointment with the game thus far is the Dating Sim portions. I don’t really like that all of the female characters are vying for Kirito’s attention and (essentially) romance. Not necessarily a detriment to the game, but if you are like me, you’ll find yourself fast-forwarding through enough dialogue to be considered a small novel.

Pokemon Black – As explained by Polygon

Pokemon Black

THE STORY OF POKÉMON BLACK

Pokémon Black — so an unnamed author says — starts as Pokémon Red and Blue do, with Professor Oak outlining the practice of capturing, training and battling Pokémon, and with the player character waking in their own bed. But where Red and Blue offer three starter Pokémon to new players — Charmander, Squirtle or Bulbasaur — Pokémon Black adds a fourth: GHOST.

POKÉMON BLACK’S PURPOSE IS TO MAKE YOU KILL, KILL AND KILL AGAIN

Should you select GHOST, you’ll find that unlike the other Pokémon, which start the game at level five, it is level one. Its attacks are different, too. Where Squirtle and friends begin the game with Normal-type moves such as tackle or growl, GHOST is only capable of one move, “curse.”

Battles are simple affairs for players who select GHOST. Opposition Pokémon are “too scared to move” against the creature. But stranger is what the ghoulish Pokémon’s single attack does to its enemies. Tiny Cartridge quotes the nameless author describing the effects:

“When the move ‘Curse’ was used in battle, the screen would cut to black. The cry of the defending Pokémon would be heard, but it was distorted, played at a much lower pitch than normal. The battle screen would then reappear, and the defending Pokémon would be gone. If used in a battle against a trainer, when the Pokéballs representing their Pokémon would appear in the corner, they would have one fewer Pokéball.”

Once all Pokéballs had been removed and the trainer defeated, players had one more selection: they could “run,” leaving the battle as normal, or use curse again. Use curse and the trainer would disappear. Return to that spot again in the future and their sprite would be replaced with a gravestone.

Pokemon Black

Much later, once you defeat the Elite Four, the game changes. The author describes the shift.

“A box appeared with the words ‘Many years later…’ It then cut to Lavender Tower. An old man was standing, looking at tombstones. You then realized this man was your character. The man moved at only half of your normal walking speed. You no longer had any Pokémon with you, not even GHOST, who up to this point had been impossible to remove from your party through depositing in the PC.”

Pokémon Black‘s post-game world is empty of people. The only signifier that they might’ve once existed is their tombstones, left on the ground where you cursed them. Eventually, you can head back to your home, in Pallet Town.

If you walk back to your house and step onto the tile you began the game on, the screen fades to black. The darkness lifts after a few seconds and Pokémon sprites begin scrolling past. Then trainers appear, Young Boys and Fishermen and Super Nerds materializing on screen for a moment before flashing past.

Every living thing, Pokémon and person, that you had cursed. You and GHOST killed them all.

STRANGER IS WHAT THE GHOULISH POKÉMON’S SINGLE ATTACK DOES TO ITS ENEMIES

Finally, GHOST appears again, this time on the other side of a trainer battle. As an old man you’re limited to one move — struggle — which chips away at your health until it’s down to almost nothing. Once low enough, GHOST uses curse one last time, aiming the attack at the player. The screen fades to black again. On rebooting the Game Boy, your save game is gone.

Source: Polygon

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment!

For those of you that don’t know, SAO: Hollow Fragment was released yesterday in NA. Did I sleep last night? I can’t remember. But I do remember how awesome this game was. I’ll be sure to post my first impressions once I wrap my head around some of the game mechanics. As of right now it’s looking to be the unofficial spiritual successor to the .hack// series games…and I’m loving every minute of it!

More to come!

-Bitrip

Square Enix Retro Pixel Art

Check out these characters from popular Square Enix games recreated in pixel art form!

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII

 

Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy IX

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger

 

Source: Daniel “Abysswolf” Oliver

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