Pokemon Y

Pokemon YI know I’m a grown man, but I still had to play Pokemon Y on the 3DS. There’s just something a bit addictive about the formula to those games.

I started my quest with Chespin. I wanted to start off with someone a lot different for me than in previous games. Plus he looked kinda cool to me.

I was very much impressed with the increased visuals used on the 3DS. Everything was finally made more modern and in 3D. It was really cool to see the little critters rendered in 3D. They just seemed better.

While this wasn’t a very challenging quest (I think I lost once), it was still a fine quest that was taken. It’s a great little way to pass a little free time here and there.

The formula still works, and the upgraded visuals and overall quality were very solid.

Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

wind wakerI played and thoroughly enjoyed the Wind Waker when it came out for the Gamecube years ago. I recalled it being like playing a cartoon at the time. It was pretty great. So when I saw it was being re-release for the Wii U I was certain to pick up a copy.

The re-release was even finer than I recalled my previous experience when I played it before. It was really awesome and one of the finest games I’ve ever played. As a grown man, I really shouldn’t get that into a video game, but I was thoroughly hooked. I’d constantly find ways to squeeze in a few minutes here and there, searching for just one more treasure, etc. Addictive at times, but much fun.

The cel-shaded graphics really held up well over time and in HD they were amazing. Everything was so bright and the artistic style was truly impressive. I know some fools thought it was too kiddish with the art style, but I’m still impressed by it. It’s incredibly well done.

I thoroughly enjoyed this game a great deal and at times was almost consumed by it. It was that good. A fine reason to own a Wii U.

Currently 5/5 Stars.

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SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt

SteamWorld DigWhen I saw that IGN had given SteamWorld Dig a 9.5, I figured I’d download it and give it a shot. Could use something new to kill some time with, plus I do like my trusty 3DS.

It was a very cool and addictive little game. I always root for the smaller game studios and their content on the eShop, and this one was pretty impressive. I’d have to agree with the reviews that compared it to a Dig Dug with some Metroid thrown in.

Power-ups are always great to get, and mining for treasure to buy them is very simple yet fun at the same time. A very simple but effective formula.

The pacing is what really made this one great to me. You’d sit for for small chunks of time and didn’t have to invest hours at a time to make progress.

Great little game.

 

Currently 5/5 Stars.

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Earthbound

EarthBoundBeing the super video game nerd that I am, I always wanted to play Earthbound, since I didn’t play it way back when it came out on Super Nintendo so very long ago. I recalled it being in the really big box with a guide, but I just wasn’t playing many games at the time as I was so busy with school and working part-time and all.

So when I saw that Nintendo released Earthbound for download on the Wii U, I was pretty excited to finally gvie it a shot. Plus, I really needed something to play at the moment too.

Despite being an old Super Nintendo game with now ancient, graphics, sound and gameplay, it was still a pretty amazing game. I was always such a fan of the JRPG’s growing up (especially on the Super Nintendo), and to play such a great one was a treat.

The story was pretty entertaining. Very funny and quirky, and a great change from the typical JRPGs. What an amazing game. The dialog was pretty funny too. If I were a kid (I guess I still am if I got so excited over a game) it’d of been pretty hilarious.

The only drawback might be the difficulty at the very beginning of the game. It got pretty tough there, but after some good old fashioned 90’s level grinding was able to get through it.

Awesome game, and I will now say “fuzzy pickles” whenever I take a photo. Though I have no idea what that means.

Currently 5/5 Stars.

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Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3I was pretty excited to play Pikmin 3 as soon as it came out for the Wii U, well as excited as a grown man can get for a video game anyway. Pikmin 2 way back on the Gamecube was one of my all time favorites, so the third installment was a must play for me.

Turned out to be just as great as I was hoping. The whole mood and gameplay is still extremely unique and refreshing. While most games are quite violent and gory, this goes to show that a great game doesn’t have to be that way at all. The detailed worlds harken you back to when playing out in the yard was so much fun. Great stuff.

The little Pikmin are pretty amazing too. Despite getting hundreds of them, you do your absolute best to save any before nightfall. The pressure kinda does mount on you as daylight fades and you must call it quits for a mission. This whole timed aspect is kinda lost in most modern games, and while a bit challenging at times does really add to the gameplay a great deal.

My only regret is that I wish the game were a bit longer! I was able to breeze through it in probably 10 hours or so, but will be going back to collect the remaining fruit. You gotta collect all the fruit, it’s too much fun not to.

A very amazing and unique game, and easily one of my favorites.

Currently 5/5 Stars.

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Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

Legend of Zelda: Oracle of SeasonsI have to admit I was pretty excited when I found out a few months ago that Nintendo was going to be offering the two Zelda Oracle releases that were originally released on the Gameboy Color through the eShop. I remember when they came out back in the ancient days when I worked at Megaplay, and never played them at the time.

So being the big Zelda fan, had to purchase both as soon as they were released. I decided to give Oracle of Seasons a crack first. Even though the graphics and gameplay are extremely primitive by today’s standards, there’s just something really cool about the old school style of an older Zelda game.

The whole style of gameplay was pretty amazing and something that few things can do to bring back great memories from my childhood. Playing Zelda with my brothers and friends was a pretty amazing time, and these games still stand up very well.

It’s actually kinda amazing just how difficult these games still are, and I truly wonder how we were able to figure them out pre-internet. I guess I miss the whole social aspect of the playground where we would all very trade tips with one another.

While this game had all the staples of a traditional Zelda game, I thought that the whole seasons approach was a pretty unique touch. The ability to have to change between seasons to unlock my puzzles was a pretty cool thing. Even though it did stump me at times.

This was a pretty awesome little game, and must’ve really been impressive way back when it first came out. Will have to find some time this summer to give the Oracle of Ages a shot now.

Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

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