Replay Value. It’s the last thing we think about when deciding whether or not we’re interested in a game, but it’s among the first when time comes to actually buy it. Having a reason to come back after the credits roll has always been important; it’s what the old arcade game literally banked on after all. However, in a modern game industry where the choices are too many to count, having more replay value could very well make the difference between a purchase and a pass. What is that makes a game re-playable though? One would think that a modern game would need a wealth of content in order to stay on the shelf, but I don’t that’s quite it. Content certainly helps, but it can’t do anything if the game doesn’t do something to win its players over first. Continue reading Does it Have Replay Value?
Can you believe that the Nintendo Switch is only a month or so away?! It seems like it just yesterday that we were all speculating about what the console will be like and whether or not that weird oval-screen controller was the real deal. Well, thankfully that controller turned out to be a hoax, and we’ve even got a few confirmed games to get excited about. That said though, there’s still plenty to think about in regard to the Switch, and for me it’s mostly about what games I’d like to see on it. Given how Nintendo has been treating anything that isn’t Zelda, Mario, or Splatoon these days, it may very well be that none of these will ever happen. A man can dream though, right?
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There are some gamers who openly admit that they have no desire to play older games because they prefer the more advanced, better looking games of today. There are others who say that gameplay is the only thing that matters, so if a game is good, no matter how old it is, they will play it. I am usually in the latter category, but over the past year, I have realized that I, too, have a limit for how far back into the past I can go and still enjoy gaming. I think every gamer has this limit. Mine is the SNES, with a few exceptions.
You see, I once believed that I could play any game, despite its age, and enjoy it as long as it was a good game. I had plenty of SNES games I loved, and one day, I thought I’d travel just a little farther back in time and download a few Virtual Console games for the NES. These games were the original Legend of Zelda and Metroid games. Being classic games that marked the beginning of two amazing franchises, surely I couldn’t go wrong. Right?
It is widely known that the Wii U has suffered a rather poor reception, and as a less than proud owner of the console for about two years now, it takes no stretch of the imagination to understand why this is. In all that time, my Wii U has been largely used for recording gameplay for…Wii, SNES, and N64 games. Aside from being convenient for recording, the only other time I had a lot of fun with the console was when I downloaded EarthBound on the Virtual Console. As an actual Wii U, however, I rarely have any use for this poor machine. In fact, after all this time, I still only own five games for the console, three of which I stopped playing before I finished them. And let me tell you, I am not the kind of person who gives up on games. I literally spent a full month leveling up in Final Fantasy XIII in order to defeat the final boss. The fact that I dedicated that much time to a game such as FFXIII, but I quit New Super Mario Bros for the Wii U partway in is not a good sign. It’s certainly not due to FFXIII being a superior game, because it’s not, but when it comes to the Wii U, it’s just not very long before I lose interest and play something else.
Nevertheless, despite my lukewarm feelings towards Nintendo as of late, they have managed to intrigue both myself and gamers worldwide with their ultra-mysterious future console, the NX, which some believe will have what it takes to restore the company’s former glory. As a result, I thought I’d take a look online to see what I could find about this enigmatic little machine. In the end, I still know very little, but I’ll try to list what I learned. First of all, it would appear that the NX is not intended to simply be Nintendo’s next console, but something entirely new, like a console-handheld hybrid. It is also said that the NX will use cartridges rather than discs, and I have seen images of a machine that looks similar to the Wii U game pad, but with detachable controllers on either side. Whether or not this is legitimate or just an image someone made up, I know not, but I found this image on several web sites, as a black and white drawing and as an actual photo, so who knows. Last of all, it is rumored the NX might have VR technology, which is pretty interesting. Continue reading Pure Speculation: Will the NX Save Nintendo?
What’s Christmas without snow? As a result, for my next listmas list, I thought it would be nice to list some chilly things, particularly chilly characters. It’s surprising how many characters are fit for this most festive of seasons, so sit back and enjoy the Duck’s list of chilliest characters in gaming, good and bad. Brr! Continue reading #Listmas: Gaming’s Chilliest Characters
The waning health of my Super Nintendo has been a double-edged sword. On one hand, it is quite a sad day indeed when one of your oldest consoles begins to die. (Well, characters disappearing is definitely a nuisance, to say the least.) Plus, now I need to hunt down a used one, still in working order, mind you, from Amazon in order to play games that aren’t available anywhere else (such as Illusion of Gaia). On the other hand, this (minor) calamity has also forced me to connect my Wii to the Internet in order to check out the Virtual Console. (I really wanted to play the DKC trilogy, you see, and I have yet to replace my SNES, so I thought the next best thing was to play the Virtual Console versions. This is also great because it allows me to record gameplay this way, as well.)
Anyway, while I started off downloading my favorite SNES games, namely the DKC trilogy and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, I also came to a crossroads. This would be a really great way to try out a SNES game I have never played before. My top choices at the time were Super Mario RPG and Super Metroid (and Earthbound, but at the time, I was downloading games onto the Wii, and that game is only available on the Wii U). After some research, I decided to go with Super Metroid. I love Metroid. The reviews seemed a bit better. And I wasn’t in the mood for an RPG. I’m over 80 hours into Lightning Returns at the moment. After spending 80 hours in Ni no Kuni. And who knows how many in KH2.5. I think I’m good on RPGs for a while now. Continue reading What Makes Super Metroid Great: 21 Years Later
A little less than a year ago, I made a promise to myself to beat Metroid Prime, a game that had long been shamefully lingering in my backlog. At first, it was “All Systems GO!” I conquered the Pirate Frigate and the Parasite Queen. I bravely explored the Chozo Ruins and put an end to Flaahgra. I beat the heat of Magmoor Caverns and found solace in the Phenandra Drifts. I had a terribly rocky time with Thardus but came out on top. I found the crashed frigate and carefully crept through the Phazon Mines. The Omega Pirate was nearly my undoing, but once I remember the difference between the X-Ray Visor and the Thermal Visor, the Omega Pirate was no match. I rambled through the Impact Crater and met Meta Ridley undaunted.
The time I spent with the game, though fragmented, was filled with purpose. But by the time I finally faced off with the Metroid Prime this past February, I was tired, and I was tired of continually losing to this formidable foe. I then questioned my future with the game, and put it on the backburner for awhile.