Wednesday
Dec232015

QCF: Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon

intendo’s Pokémon property has endured over many years, taking all shapes and sizes beyond the humble role-playing game it once was, but main line of titles not withstanding—one particular spin-off series of Pokémon that really embraced traditional conventions and difficulty curve of the Japanese RPG.

Mystery, Dungeon, or as its most commonly referred to as; the dreaded rogue-like dungeon crawling bastard of a niche RPG sub-genre—something this intimidating doesn’t soundly like it would pair up with a concept like Pokémon very well.

Unsurprisingly, the reality to the success of the concept has been mixed at best over the years. The latest title to grace the series however strives towards an ambitious direction, one that actually takes advantage of the license it’s built around.

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Wednesday
Dec232015

QCF: Halo 5: Guardians

he Halo franchise is nowhere near the fever pitch that it once was, but that hasn’t stopped 343 from attempting to launch a chapter of the lore that’s worthy of the prestige that most hold the Halo dynasty of games in.

Halo 4 yielded a mixed response of sorts from the community at large, but there was a universal consensus on thing, and that was some of the bold changes that the studio took to the series in both gameplay, and narratively.

Halo 5: Guardians is no exception; I would go further as to say that 343 may have finally nailed it with this entry, and may have finally outdone what many consider to be Bungie’s (albeit underrated) Magnum Opus to the franchise that was Halo Reach.

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Monday
Dec142015

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 142 - Steel Strider

n episode 95 of Bullet Heaven HD, we took a look at Gigantic Army, a side-scrolling run-n-gunner from Astro Port and Nyu-Media. Following up its great gameplay, Astro Port's direct Sequel, Steel Strider, is now available on Steam. So how does it stack up?

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Saturday
Dec122015

QCF: Skylanders: Super Chargers

 don’t make it a habit of comparing video games franchises to movie ones, but in this case, I couldn’t help but feel that the contrast that came to mind was an appropriate one to make—are any of you familiar with the Rocky series? I mean, I would hope you all are, but even if you’re not, there’s one fact about the franchise that’s universally known by the general public; the number of sequels it has, and which ones are the good ones.

It works out when it comes to setting the tone for this review because I think the movies, and their respective role as sequels within the continuity of Rocky help serve as a definitive allegory to the Skylanders series of video games.

The original Rocky is Spyro’s Adventure, and Rocky II is fairly comparable to Giants, Swap-Force is just barely up to par with Rocky III, and Trap Team is the same Magnum Opus for the series that Rocky IV is.

The latest entry to the series that pioneered the Toys-To-Life genre in video games is Super Chargers, Vicarious Visions’ second contribution to the franchise after Swap Force, and much like the aforementioned comparison, it’s a lot like Rocky V.

Super Chargers is an unnecessary sequel that hardly adds anything to the Skylanders formula, only working to show its age, and dwindling sense of appeal instead.

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Thursday
Dec032015

QCF: Rodea: The Sky Soldier

ere we are. Finally, one of my most anticipated games of the year is finally available. Produced by Yuji Naka of Sonic Team fame, this purported smooth, blended mix of classic Sonic the Hedgehog and NiGHTS: Into Dreams had been in development for something along the lines of five years or so—that's longer than games like The Last of us, and that game was pretty sweet, from what everyone tells me.

But you know what's not sweet at all? Not even a little sugary; not even, like, an artificial sweet-n-low kind of sweet? If you guessed NIS America's Rodea: The Sky Soldier, then you did it, you won. Moreover, the whole ordeal almost breaks my heart.

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Thursday
Dec032015

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 141 - Caladrius

oss is currently responsible for keeping one of the most influential and beloved shooting game franchises alive with Raiden, most games of which have made their way to the west in some form or another. What happens when they branch out into Gothic territory? Let's take a look!  

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Wednesday
Dec022015

QCF: Yoshi's Wooly World

intendo's platformers are the things of legend, so when the Big-N sees fit to release a new entry to one of its most beloved action platforming series, even I'll take notice. In the past, I had be fairly well entertained by the Yoshi's Island series, though I will contest that the best is still the first; Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is by far the greatest platformer on the Super NES, leaving huge shoes that Yoshi's Island DS and other later successors can't hope to fill.

And while it doesn't quite do it, Yoshi's Wooly World, now available for the Wii U home console, is as close as we've come to matching the original's brilliance.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Bullet Heaven EX, Episode 22 - Mushihimesama [UPDATE!]

n episode 139 of Bullet Heaven HD, we took a look at Mushihimesama on Steam. Cave and Degica have made some pretty big improvements since then!

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