Well, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! A fair bit has happened since, with me being a very busy boy. Work, babies, and existing all take time, but I’ve managed to do a few things between writing blog posts on the odds and ends that I play and think about. I’ve decided to switch the style of this post a little as it may come across that the only thing I do is play video games, which just isn’t the case. Sometimes I think about video games, and occasionally I sleep. To that end, I’m going to write about the games I’ve played, as well as the other types of media I’ve been consuming in some way or another. Enjoy!
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
It pains me to say this but I haven’t really been getting on with this. I like the game well enough, but I’ve never really been one to go charging in with super aggressive attacks in From Software’s various games. I like to play defensive and only go in when I can land a blow, meaning dodging and blocking are the order of the day for me. Sekiro insists you attack and apply pressure constantly to have much of a chance of succeeding against bosses, and that’s something I’m struggling to adapt to. I’ll get back to it at some point, but I’m leaving it on the back burner for now.
Ultra Despair Girls: Danganronpa AE
Man, this is weird. Take an investigation/courtroom style visual novel series with a bonkers plot and turn it into a 3rd person shooter/puzzle game with a bonkers plot. It doesn’t really add up for me. I still love the characters, and it’s nice to see so many of them again, but it’s a pretty odd experience compared to the previous two games I played. The shooting feels a bit (ok, a lot) off and some of the physics is a bit weird in the puzzle sections, but I’ve not having a bad time with it. With that said, some aspects of the story are…unsettling in all the wrong ways. The basic premise is that the children of a city have started murdering all the adults by using Monokuma robots (killer teddy bears ahoy!) but the reasons behind it, and how those reasons are presented, are a bit much for my liking at times. I finished it, and I liked how it tied into Danganronpa 2, but it’s not something I would suggest unless you’re really invested in the series.
This is more enjoyable than I thought it would be! Looter/shooters (as they’re now known apparently) that take themselves seriously turn me off almost immediately, but for some reason I kept on coming back to The Division 2. I don’t think it’s a brilliant game as such, but it’s something that I can play and get lost in for a few hours at a time and not feel bad about it. The shooting is fine, the story is nonsense, the graphics are very pretty, and on the whole, it’s a perfectly standard game. I won’t go back to it after finishing it, but I’ll enjoy my time with it all the same. For some reason.
One Finger Death Punch 2
I received a review key for this for the lovely Big Boss Battle, and I’ve been playing it a lot since. Being as I really enjoyed the first one and this is essentially more of that with even crazier stuff going on, I’m really enjoying it. Stickmen fighters pile in from the left and right side of the screen, you just need to click the left or right mouse button to attack them based on the side they attack from. It’s a simple premise but gets ludicrously hectic with enemies that switch sides, ranged weapons, light sabres, horses, and literally Cthulhu. Play it!
I played this from start to finish in the course of one afternoon/evening for Big Boss Battle. I recommend you go and take a look at my review for it over there!
I don’t watch many movies, but I’ve seen a couple on TV/Netflix recently.
Ready Player One
It’s straight up popcorn movie with a billion things on the screen at once and it’s fairly fun to watch, especially if you play a game of ‘Spot the reference’ throughout. There are countless cameos and pop-culture references that crop up throughout. A fair bit has been changed since the book, but I think it works better as a movie this way even though it has to info-dump on you a few times. It’s a special effect frenzy to the point of not being able to tell what’s going on, but it’s a fun enough film.
Await Further Instructions
Good premise, shite execution. A family wakes up to find their house encased in some sort of impenetrable wire mesh with their TV telling them to await further instructions. Is it a terrorist attack? Is it aliens? Is it something else? The TV gradually gives more instructions to the family – instructions that become more and more unsettling and that play into the various character’s flaws. As it goes on though, it becomes more and more absurd with my suspension of disbelief being tested to breaking point by the time characters start trying to take the eyes out of each other for reasons. And the ending was utter tripe. Don’t bother.
NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium
I backed this on Kickstarter aaaaaages ago, and I’ve been reading it over the course of a few months. It contains write-ups of every single (official) game released for the NES over its lifetime, wherever those releases were. There are interviews with industry legends, analysis of box art, and discussions on the history of famous development houses. It’s really interesting and well presented. I’ve come across a number of games I’d never even heard of.
Alien: River of Pain
I really don’t get all that much time to read, so I often go for audiobooks via Audible. I’ve picked up a lot over the past months, and I’m only now getting through them. The Alien books are pretty cool, although the first one I listened to (Out of the Shadows) was a bit annoying with how it handles Ripley. This one barely features her, and chronicles the events at Hadley’s Hope in the run-up to Aliens. It’s only about 4 hours long, but I really enjoyed this, but it does leave a few questions that don’t quite fit into the second film.
Red Metal reviews Pokemon Stadium, a game that I played a fair bit with friends as a teenager. The main game was never as much fun as the mini-games.
Guardian Acorn reviews the third entry in a series I really enjoyed: Penny Arcade’s On The Rainslick Precipice
of Darkness Episode 3. It’s not for everyone.
Pete’s Corner takes an early look at Chasm. I’m not really into Metroidvanias right now as there seems to be rather a lot of them. Still, this looks like one of the better efforts.
Jett from In Third Person has been writing about Street Fighter all week. It’s a series that I love and it’s always fun
What have you fine folks been up to? Plenty of gaming and other media consumption I hope. Why not let me know?