With the release of Nintendo’s Switch now less than a month away, I’ve been spending an increasing amount of time looking up what kind of games we’ll have to look forward to. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t plan on buying the Switch at launch, but a Duck can still dream, right? And for all of those out there who will be proud Switch-owners in the near future, here’s a little assistance in the form of three intriguing, but lesser-known, Switch releases. That means no Zelda, Mario, or Yooka-Laylee! Continue reading Three Unique and Upcoming Switch Titles
For the past several years, I have intended to return to Final Fantasy XII for my second playthrough. But, as is often the case, what I intend to do and what actually happens are two very different things. I repeatedly had other games to play, keeping the twelfth numbered installment in the Final Fantasy series on the shelf. Plus, I have to admit that I always had a bit of a grudge against the game. I remembered being pretty apathetic towards the characters, I wasn’t very fond of a politics-related storyline, and… Now this last one is kind of silly, but…I thought the game was too big.
Too big, eh? I like large open worlds to explore far more than I like cramped or linear stages with little freedom to move around. I love searching through every nook and cranny and discovering new things, a task that is, naturally, far more rewarding in a large world than a small one. And yet, I recall several times in the past saying I didn’t like FF12 because it was too big. What’s the deal?
Gee, I sure hate that this game gives me more than my money’s worth. Continue reading A Triumphant Return to Final Fantasy XII
Last week, I discussed my thoughts and concerns on the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Today, it’s Mario’s turn for some scrutiny, as we were just recently introduced to the next major Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey. Let me start by saying that I’m not the biggest Mario fan out there. The games are great and all, but they’re not exactly at the top of my list. Nevertheless, I think the new Mario trailer may have possibly excited me even more than the Zelda one.
Considering I am a massive Zelda fan, I had to ask myself why this was, and it didn’t take me long to come up with an answer. While Breath of the Wild signifies a major departure from the Zelda series, Odyssey marks a return to the Mario games I loved most. Super Mario 64 and Sunshine gave us large, open worlds to explore, while Galaxy was linear and New Super Mario Bros. were traditional sidescrollers. In short, I have been waiting for a Mario game like this for over a decade, and I couldn’t be happier! Continue reading Super Mario Odyssey Trailer: Initial Thoughts
With the recent announcement of the Switch’s release date came more news for two exciting entries into Nintendo’s vast library of games. Not only were we graced with more footage of Breath of the Wild, but we also got to watch open-mouthed as that new Mario game finally got a name, Odyssey. Super Mario Odyssey, that is. I’m not usually the type to record an in-depth analysis of my reaction to a game trailer, but I guess the Switch’s hype coupled with Nintendo’s lack of interesting games over the last few years has made these games all the more exciting to me. Today I’d like to begin the discussion with Breath of the Wild. Odyssey will follow next week. So, without further ado… Continue reading New Breath of the Wild Trailer: Initial Thoughts
In case you weren’t already aware…the Nintendo Switch is almost upon us! Nintendo recently released some additional information on the Switch, and even though this information is already readily available online, let me summarize a little bit of what I learned here for you. First of all, the console’s release date is scheduled for March 3, a date which has another significance that I will cover soon. That’s pretty exciting, I must say, as I was not expecting it to be available until at least summer. And at about $300 (at least, for those of us in the US; the Switch’s Wikipedia article lists prices for other parts of the world, as well), that seems to be a pretty reasonable price considering the Switch’s console/handheld abilities. But keep in mind that there may be some hidden costs…. Continue reading A Brief Look at the Switch’s Stats
I don’t write posts for the Unforgettable series very often because it is rather important that whatever topic I choose be very special indeed. It has to be more than just a cool boss fight or a humorous line of dialogue. It has to be, well, as the title suggests, utterly unforgettable. It has to be something that you continue to think about months and even years after you first played the game in which it took place. The Portal series is an easy candidate for these kinds of posts because it is comprised of a very unique pair of games. In fact, I have already covered them in the past when I wrote about Still Alive and Want You Gone. Best ending credits ever. In short, these games are pretty amazing and are home to some great humor, most of which comes from the antagonist, GLaDOS herself. Surprisingly enough, however, the best dialogue in the series does not come from this murderous AI, but someone else entirely. Continue reading Unforgettable: The Lemon Rant from Portal 2
I have mentioned it from time to time, but over the last few years, I’ve been trying to catch up on a whole bunch of retro games I had missed. And at this point, I’m largely done. Sure, there are definitely more retro games out there that I should play one day, but as for the games I really wanted to check off my list, this goal has been met. Final Fantasy 4-9, Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, EarthBound, Super Metroid, Super Mario RPG, all present and accounted for. The last one on my list to play was Final Fantasy V, which, like Final Fantasy IV, is probably pretty obscure for anyone who hasn’t been playing Final Fantasy since the beginning. (Thank you, Kingdom Hearts. You introduced even non-Final Fantasy fans to characters like Cloud and Squall, but not once do you mention FF6 and prior. With the exception of Setzer, of all people. Setzer.)
Final Fantasy 4 and 5 were the only games not explicitly on my list, but they came with Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6, respectively, and who am I to pass up on an essentially free pair of games? While FF4 was merely to pass the time and to say with confidence that, yes, I’ve played Final Fantasy 4, I must say that I enjoyed Final Fantasy 5 far more than I expected to. Let me summarize the game a bit for anyone who might not be familiar with it. Continue reading FFV and the Joy of Feeling Competent