Archive for April, 2013

Ludums: S.T.A.L.K.E.R., PID, Super Mario 3D Land, The Next Big Thing, Bioshock Infinite, etc.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat:
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I didn’t get the game at first, Call of PRipyat assumes a previous playthrough of another Stalker game, however when you begin to learn the game, it becomes brilliant. Stalker is open world as open world should be. There is no prison of cinematic story telling wisking you down a relatively linear corridor. Some missions are so impossible you’re best bet is to run. Stalker is an open world game that allows for approximation, although putting a helicopter up a dirt hill is still a cheesy plot point.

PID
PID
Might and Delight’s platformer I’ve covered before, but the game becomes a delightful puzzle platformer later on. It continues to develop, and to introduce new mechanics almost every room. The grandmother is a hard boss though.

Super Mario 3D Land

Slider is all the way up, the 3D perspective shows only 1 minor flaw in 3D game making: when we’re able to perceive depth, we notice the plainness of the environments more. Mario 3D Land is full of strip mall like colored pavements, parking lots with only brick blocks in their monotony, in other words depth reveals how much a scorched wasteland level design can be, aside from that a wonderful Mario and exactly how it should be.

The Next Big Thing

I loved this game at first, but by the end of it I had lost all interest and was jamming on the clue button all the time. Pendulolo studios starts with a bang, but ends with gender stereotypes so high they eliminate most of the fun and the villian isn’t much a villian. I found myself rather more interested in his politics than the player’s.

Bioshock Infinite

Much like 30 Flights of Loving Bioshock Infinite explores the line between cinema and game play, Ken Levine has adapted to the practices of the FPS to provide near perfect precision plot bursts in the midst of invariant game play. World building here is immense, and Bioshock (like a good anime) is a place you might want to live were it not do to that whole racism thing and the prohpet, etc.

Finished Torchlight 2

Playing: Steins;Gate, Forest, Long Live The Queen, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Reading: The Orphanmaster’s Son

April 18, 2013 at 4:23 am Leave a comment

A Quick Word on Play-Asia

You see the ads and referal programs for play-asia on almost any anime related site, anyways just a word of warning: what is listed on their site is not actually what they have in stock. If you order from them do not pay for next day or expedited shipping. What you are paying for is a service where in they locate a system or game for you, order it, and then ship it to you from their Hong Kong base. I ordered a 3DS from them only to be a tad shocked to have wait a week only to find they were still “preparing my order”. They did refund my money, and were quite nice, but their website is a little deceptive and be forewarned: you might be waiting weeks for items you can get other players or from an eshop day of.

April 18, 2013 at 4:11 am Leave a comment


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