I'm really feeling it!
I'm really feeling it!
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You thought this was dead didn't you? Well, it isn't. Not yet. Not when there are games to play! This is the mid year wrap-up! What I'm going to do is give you a list of everything I've finished so far this year and talk a bit about what I'm playing currently (Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time) and what's coming up shortly (SMT4!!!) and what was finished recently. Backlog, ho!

PC: 8 games
Bioshock Infinite (March 30th, 1am)
Dishonored (Jan 8th, 4am)
GRID 2 (June 1st, 2:30am)
Hitman: Absolution (Jan 13th, 6pm)
Homefront (Jan 14th, 12:30am)
Hotline Miami (Jan 1st, 12:06am)
Spec Ops: The Line
The Swapper
Tomb Raider (March 12th, 11:30am)

PS3: 15 games
Anarchy Reigns (Jan 10th, 6pm)
Atelier Ayesha: Alchemist of the Dusk (March 18th, 12pm)
Bleach: Soul Resurreccion (Jan 1st, 3am)
de Blob 2 (Jan 2nd, 12pm)
Devil May Cry 1 HD
Devil May Cry 2 HD
Devil May Cry 3 HD
DmC: Devil May Cry (Jan 19th, 6am)
The Last of Us (June 20th, 11:30pm)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Feb 24th, 7:30pm)
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (April 9th, 11:30pm)
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Feb 5th, 1pm)
Remember Me (June 9th, 5pm)
Zone of the Enders 1 HD
Zone of the Enders 2 HD

DS: 1 game
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (Jan 5th, 3am)

Wii: 3 games
Disaster: Day of Crisis (Feb 12th, 11:30pm)
Pandora's Tower (January 6th, 1pm)
Pikmin 2 (Feb 16th, 10:30pm)

Wii U: 6 games
Injustice: Gods Among Us (April 30th, 11:30am)
Lego City Undercover
Need For Speed: Most Wanted U (March 22nd, 1am)
Resident Evil: Revelations HD (May 27th, 6pm)
The Cave (January 26th, 1am)

360: 5 games
Aliens: Colonial Marines (Feb 18th, 1am)
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (May 18th, 2am)
Mega Man 10 (May 9th, 1am)
Neverdead (Jan 28th, 1am)
Star Trek (May 4th, 9pm)

3DS: 6 games
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate (March 10th, 2pm)
Etrian Odyssey 4: Legend of the Titan (March 3rd, 11pm)
Fire Emblem: Awakening (Feb 11th, 10:30pm)
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (April 1st, 4am)
Project X-Zone (July 5th, 4am)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (April 22nd, 12pm)

SNES: 1 game
Skyblazer (Feb 24th, 3pm)

Vita: 2 games
Guacamelee (April 15th, 1am)
Muramasa Rebirth (July 6th, 7pm)

PS2: 1 game
Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System Version (May 12th, 11:30pm)

NES: 2 games
Little Samson (June 16th)
Monster In My Pocket (June 16th)

Game Boy: 2 games
Mega Man V (June 16th)
Shantae (June 17th)

SNES: 1 game
Twisted Tales of Spike McFang (June 17th)

GBA: 3 games
Astro Boy: Omega Factor
Gumby vs the Astrobots
Ninja Five-O


56 games and we're just after the midpoint of the year! Not bad at all if I'm honest. And there's plenty more to go. So let's go over what was done recently yes?

Muramasa Rebirth - It's pretty much identical to the Wii version, except you can customize the controls. Honestly I never had a problem with the old controls but whatever, options are cool. I guess people freaked out about how good it looked on the Vita's screen but it didn't seem to look that much better than the Wii version. Then again, I also played the Wii version on a CRT and not on some LCD TV that would stretch the image so that probably helps. It's still a solid and fun game that really opens up after finishing each quest once. I managed to get the speedrun trophy for Kisuke by 4 minutes, even with some screwing around.

Project X-Zone - I was really excited for this and rightfully so. It isn't necessarily that the game is amazing (it's honestly not) but that it represents Namco opening up to localization, which we're still seeing with Symphonia HD Collection and Xillia 2 being announced. X-Zone itself is a pretty simple SRPG like its predecessor Namco x Capcom except it's a bit better. It still carries with it the old SRW annoyance of being overly long though. Battles often get drawn out and padded out something fierce with enemies that have way too much HP or just way too many enemies period. The last battle alone is like 4-5 hours just because of how bogged down you get. It has fantastic spritework though and the music is great all around. The interactions are often funny with Vashyron (of course) having some of the best. More than anything it made me want to replay the games the characters are from.

The Last of Us - I'll be totally honest, I'd probably give the game like a 7.5 for a score. I really don't see it as some phenomenal example of perfection like what's been thrown around. That said, I still had a fantastic time with it. Excellent acting, great sound design, some seriously creepy moments but at the end of the day, the gameplay became pretty stiff and fairly monotonous. You could always tell when a battle would happen because oh hey look there are walls and bottles on the ground and bricks to pick up. Winter was by far my favorite part of the game, simply because it changed the game up enough and brought in a much better human/twisted element to the events.


Will I play it again? Absolutely. I bought the Survival Edition and it was worth it. I just wish Naughty Dog could get over the hump on creating more organic combat scenarios. They're all just too obvious. Someone else said it best when they said the game would have made for an amazing miniseries.

Also I didn't really like any of the supporting characters that much.

Now, as for Growlanser, it's on sale right now for $7.50 and I've never played a game in the series before so I said hey, why not. A few hours in and it's a pretty solid PS1/PS2 style RPG. I like what I'm seeing and hey, I even like the character designs. I know the artist behind the game just wants to do hentai stuff, but the reality is sort of a cross between early 90s anime and sexy time and I'm fine with that. The personalities of the characters hasn't grated at all and the story's already gone pretty bonkers. We'll see how it pans out, or if I'll stick with it because next week is...


Shin Megami Tensei 4. I've been looking forward to it for a loooong time. I've been on media blackout and that won't change. But I will have it day one ooooh yes.

So! What have you guys finished so far? Or even recently? Pick up anything good?

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