Random Game Idea: Waluigi’s Misadventures

 

One thing that I know a lot of my fellow gamers do is imagine game ideas. Now I want to be a game programmer so I sometimes(although I admit its very rarely) watch youtube tutorials and program a game idea I’ve been thinking about for a while. What idea its is you ask? Waluigi’s Misadventures! Now we all know Mario and Luigi, and Mario’s opposite, Wario. Wario loves money, but what about Waluigi? I don’t follow these characters all that well so I decided to think it is what Waluigi wants the most? The answer I came up with is fame! Think about it, he’s always playable in Mario spin offs, like all of them, but has never had his own game. He wants to be number 1 at EVERYTHING and wants to be known, he couldn’t care less about the money. So how would the game play out? It’s an RPG and takes place in a movie studio. Waluigi is starring and directing a movie that glorifies him. Mario and Luigi aren’t in the game that way it doesn’t take away from Waluigi but it does mention them but undermines both. Wario is one of the villains as well, since Waluigi is always forgotten over Wario… So yea, it’s a cheeky rpg about Waluigi. what do you guys think?

I Hate Pokemon because I Love it too Much!!

Gah ever since I bought Pokemon X & Y(which I was so excited for I went out of my way to go down to Manhatten before school started to get it three days early) I haven’t played any other game. I bought Killzone Mercenaries and the game is awesome but then I got GTA5 so I didnt play it as much anymore. I’m halfway through GTA but then Pokemon came out… All my time has been dedicated to Pokemon since then. I even bring my 3DS(the special edition pokemon one which I recently purchased just for this game) to school everyday just so I can play some more on my ride to and from school. Haven’t touched my Vita and I rarely play my ps3 now since Pokemon. The game is just soooo awesome, plus all the starters are amazing. I dare say these are the best starters we’ve ever had. My only issue with the starters is Delphox or however its spelt, the design is too feminine to work for both genders imo, but its still good imo.

Game is so great and for the first time ever I actually won an online match(quite a few of them actually)!! I gotta put the game down for a while though.  I got a test coming up this Monday for my computer class, I can’t fail this since we only get three tests including the final so this one test counts for 33% of my grade ;(. pretty annoying since most of it is basically remembering a bunch of computer codes off the top of your head.

Woo I got in the Elder Scrolls Online Beta!

Oh joy, while I was handling some paper work for school and donating blood(yes, had a “busy” day) I got an email on the train ride home saying I’m invited to the ESO beta this weekend! Well, looks like I know what I’ll be doing 🙂 Only problem is that the email doesn’t have a beta key or a way to download the launcher. I sent in a ticket, hopefully I can get that solved before the beta starts. I’m really interested to see how the game plays out. I’m hoping when the game does come out its a a one time pay like Guild Wars 2. I have literally zero intentions of paying full price for a game then 10-15 a month after that. Why anyone would willingly do that is beyond my understanding. Plus f2p always, ALWAYS end up being pay to win eventually. Sure, a game with a one time payment + cash shop might also do that but I have more faith in that pricing model that F2P. So while I wait on that reply from them I’ll go back to Persona 4 Golden, beat that fucking bear that takes forever and a day to run out of HP.

Whats Going On

Now that school is done I’ve just been relaxing and playing some games. Although not as much as I usually do since E3 was this week, overall it was a great show this year. Plus, I’ve been busy going to the gym, trying to get in better shape. So far I’ve gotten around to beating Bastion and stealthy completed Sly Cooper 4 Thieves in Time. Sly Cooper’s final boss was trash, the entire fight was quick time events. I despise those with a passion, hopefully we see less of those next-gen. I’m still playing through Soul Sacrifice, I’ve been neglecting my poor Vita(and so has Sony if E3 is anything to go by). All that I got left to do is beat Magusar, story wise that is. I still got a bunch of multiplayer quest that I haven’t beaten. I noticed a lot of people online only do sacrifice, it’s pretty annoying since I’m trying to go 99/1, but oh well.

I’ve ordered me a new game too, Persona 4: Golden. I pretty much already know what happens plot wise since I’ve seen the anime but I hear it’s a great game even if you already know the plot. I hope it’s not too grindy like Persona 3  was. I mean I’ll still beat it, it’s just that if it is, it’ll take me a lot longer. So since I’m getting Golden I thought I should try to beat Persona 4: Arena. I’ve been having it since Black Friday and I only bought it for the story mode, I don’t really like fighting games so I don’t care for the online or any of that. While I’ll be playing that on my PS3 I’ll also be playing Max Payne on PC. By the way, Max Payne is HARD! Holy shit, man. It’s so hard I had to switch the game over to easy. I really suck at shooting games. Normally I like to only play two games at a time but I figured what the hell. They’re all different genres so when I get bored with playing a fighting game I’ll switch on over to a shooter, and once I get bored with that I’ll go to an action RPG; you know, mix it up a bit. Oh, I’m also going to get my Galaxy Note 8.0 tomorrow as well! Hopefully the store has them in stock. Another thing is that I’ve noticed all my friends are nerds. They never want to do anything, they’d just rather stay home all day and play games. I love games as much as the next guy but damn, its Summer, let’s go out and have some fun too. Note to self: Make some new friends.

Finally Beat Reckoning!

Gawsh, what a boring experience. It wasn’t as disappointing as Dead Island, but it sure was boring. I finished at around 17 hours and level 22. If you’re into a bunch of fetch quest and other mmo like quest this game is for you. After about 3 hours into the game I stopped paying attention to the story because its just as boring as its quest.Anyway with that out of the way I’ll most likely try to go through Sonic Generations this weekend since I hear its such a short game. Bah, who am I kidding, I’ll be spending most of my time on Soul Sacrifice.

Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning is Overrated

Seriously, this game is SOO boring. It’s structured like an MMO with a bunch of go to A then to B and then return to A.  The only good thing about the game is it’s combat and even that gets boring after about five hours. The enemies are stupid and just do the same moves over and over, plus you can’t jump so sometimes its a bit annoying traversing through the game. Honestly, I don’t even remember why I wanted this game in the first place, but on the bright side it only cost me $20 so it’s not like i spent full price. Also, I’m almost done so that’s another bonus. After this I’ll most likely either move on to Sleeping Dogs or one of  the games I got installed on my PC. Maybe Sonic Generations since I hear that game is pretty short.

Soul Sacrifice Demo Out Today

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Soul Sacrifice’s demo will finally be released today which means I’ll finally make my decsion later today as to wither i want it or not. It looks like another Monster Hunter clone and I’m not really a fan of that franchise, but, at the same time I also did actually enjoy Gods Eater which is also a MH clone. So I’ll have an open mind with this one. Honestly I hope its good because I don’t really have much to play on my Vita at the moment.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review

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Thanks to spring break(which went by far too quickly) I was finally able to get through some of my games in my backlog, one of which is Ni no Kuni which I originally pre-ordered. Ni No Kuni is as JRPG as it gets, there’s a world map you can explore, grinding, monster catching(familiar taming in this case). All in all it takes elements found in many of the greatest JRPG games and puts them all in one game. The game begins with Oliver, our hero, also known as the one with the pure heart in his hometown Motorville. It’s a quite little town, which to be quite honest was quite boring, but don’t fret as you don’t spend much time here before you finally arrive in the other world, where the true game starts.

I don’t want to get too much into the story, but without entering spoiler territory it was quite annoying for me as the gamer to completely understand what was going on while the characters themselves don’t have a clue and takes them quite a while to figure out. This wouldn’t be a problem if it only happened once or twice, but it happens quite a lot throughout the game.

Now if you’ve ever watched a Studio Ghibli movie you know just how creative they are, and it truly shines in this game with its Pokemon like monster system. Also, let me just mention I adore the familiar names(one, off the top of my head is Girlfiend who is a ghost that carries her tombstone, and was also someone’s girlfriend when she was alive.) The English voice acting cast is also quite amazing, the only one that falls a little short is the lead, Oliver. It’s not that his voice actor did a bad job, it’s just that sometimes he sounds dead compared to the rest of the cast.

Now for the gameplay, like i mentioned earlier, the game has a Pokemon capturing like mechanic where Esther can tame a familiar after defeating it. I had some issues with this though, since it’s all based on chance I would often find myself grinding on a familiar that i wanted for myself; this becomes even more frustrating for certain side quest which has you capturing certain familiars. Though, the good thing about it was that I did little to no grinding because I was always either over leveled or just there where the game wasn’t too easy or too hard.

I should also mention that there are also some other odd design choices as well. But, let me first mention that the AI in the game is in my opinion, complete trash; Esther being the worse. Esther will eat through her MP like there’s no tomorrow. Now sure, you can change her tactic to lets say, “don’t use skills,” but by doing this she’ll become the punching bag to your opponent; which for some odd reason the enemy ALWAYS goes after the poor girl, no matter what tactic i had her in. This is a huge problem because she’s the only character that can tame familiars. So be prepared to not only fight monsters, but keep Esther healthy just in case a familiar wants to be tamed.

Overall, this is a love letter and a must have for any JRPG lovers and Studio Ghibli fans, and if you’re both like myself you should already have this amazing game! It has fantastic music, character progression, a fun battle system, and is a quite longer than most games in the market these days; it took me 46 hours to beat the main story.

9/10

3 PSP Games Worth Checking Out

Hey guys, sorry about not posting anything in the last couple of days, had a mid term plus I need to finish up the first part of my transfer application, so I haven’t had much time to play lately(must play more Ni No Kuni!!). Lately I’ve found myself playing some of my old PSP PSN games on the train. So I figured I’d share three of my favorite PSP games that are available one the PSN, note that these are also playable on the Vita as well; which is the system I play them on.

3) Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy

This is a prequel to the original Dissidia and features more characters as well. While the story is quite… confusing, the combat is the true meat of the game. Think of it as the Smash Bros of Final Fantasy, and just like Final Fantasy you can customize your equipment, even your moveset! The only disappointing thing about this game is that Cloud doesn’t have a Zack Fair alternate costume -Zack fanboy-.

2) Gods Eater Burst

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This game is one of my newer purchases, so far I’m about 25 hours in if i recall correctly. This game is at heart a Monster Hunter competitor; or clone as many like to label it. Now for me I never found much joy out of Monster Hunter, not that it was a bad game. It’s just I’d get bored of playing after a mission or two, but its different with Gods Eater. I guess its because theirs a story, an ultimate goal you can say. Plus, its more action packed. Basically every mission is like fighting one of the bigger baddies that’s in Monster Hunter, which is great.

1) Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days

Without a doubt this is the game I’ve invested  the most hours into on my PSP, the only game that even comes slightly close is the original Disgaea. If you don’t know what this game is about, it’s a strategy RPG with some of the most quirkiest characters I’ve ever seen, which is what keeps me hooked on the series. This game is all about leveling up, you even enter stages in your equipment to level them up as well.  According to my save file I’ve already invested 162 hours into Dark Hero Days, and the game is only $20. Some might not enjoy the grinding, hell, I didn’t like it at first neither but the story really keeps you playing.

Dragon’s Dogma Review

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Dragon’s Dogma is one of Capcom’s better games of 2012, and a new IP to boot. You’re a fishermen who lives in a small village in Gransys. One day an almighty dragon attacks your small village, you act hastily and pick up a sword and start attacking the dragon, doing no effect. He then just brushes you off and takes your heart. Yes, he took your heart, and that’s where the game begins. With the dragon now in possession of your heart you have become the Arisen, and so you set out on an adventure to retrieve your heart. As the Arisen you have the ability to hire soulless humans known as pawns, they only answer to the Arisen.

Instead of having a multiplayer like say Monster Hunter instead you can hire other player’s pawns. While this is pretty disappointing as sometimes the AI for the pawns don’t do exactly what their supposed to it works well for the game’s lore, which I’ll get into a bit farther down. You can create your own pawn and have total control of its equipment and skills, and may hire up to two pawns at a time so its four of you versus the world! Now don’t get too attached to your pawn as they dont level with you and your pawn, you’ll have to switch them out for new pawns every few hours. Hope someone in you buddy list has played the game because I found the first three hours or so to be quite difficult, I felt as weak as a fly, even the newbie globins killed me a couple of times. But don’t fret because once you find a better weapon things become much more manageable. The game has many different classes to choose from known as vocations, I enjoy playing a character with a lot of speed so i went with the Strider(think thief).

In the beginning you only have access to three vocations; Fighter, mage, and strider. But There are also hybrid classes as well such as Magik Archer(mage and strider) and Assassin(Fighter and Strider). The best thing in this game is without question the combat. Nothing feels better than climbing on top of a Cyclops and beating the crap out of it till it falls to its death. The Magic is also rewarding as well, I highly recommend making sure one of your pawns(or you) have fire boon or a spell that enchants your weapons in fire, many of the enemies have that weakness. The game also features a variety of enemies, from goblins to griffins, however it doesn’t do a good job of showing this. While the game is open world the same enemies respawn at the same place. Its okay at first but after having to go from point A to point B, only to immediately return to point A again, fighting the same chimera and wolves becomes tedious. There is no point of killing a group of bandits at a camp site(besides for exp.) because they will only return in a matter of hours, your actions don’t have much effect to the world and this becomes obvious and a little frustrating when you witness something you weren’t supposed to and sent to jail. Once you break out of jail everyone acts as if nothing even happened, even the guard that arrested you!

While there isn’t much i found the lore of the game to be quite interesting, but at the same time it felt under used. It’s as if it was only used to show you around Gransys and introduce new monsters. Some things to note is that the game suffers from terrible frame rate drops in some fights, not a deal breaker but it can sometimes break you away from the action. Also there are annoying black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, This was really annoying to me as i couldn’t help but notice it all the time. And in typical Capcom fashion it also features locked content, and while none of them are important the game always notifies you that you can purchase new armor, weapons and quest.

Dragons Dogma is undoubtedly one of the best action rpgs to come out of late. With it being a new IP some of its short comings could be forgiven and can be corrected in a sequel that hopefully gets made. And after a few hours of playing you start to feel overpowered, but enjoy it while it last. The game gets much more challenging soon.

8.7/10