Kingdom Hearts Retrospective

It took me until the release of the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix to actually get into this series after I wasn’t interested in it when it was first released, but it was well worth it to buy this collection and I actually regret not doing so sooner. I dove straight in and bought everything I could soon after. So let’s go over the ones I’ve played and look toward the future of the series.

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Beginning with where it all began, Kingdom Hearts for the Playstation 2 released in 2002, the game that was created because Square wanted to make a 3D adventure game to rival what Nintendo had done with Super Mario 64 Continue reading

Elder Scrolls Online Beta Impressions

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So I got VERY lucky and was chosen for the fourth round of beta testing over the 7th of Feb until 10th of Feb weekend, to the envy of many people I know. Going in I had a lot of questions, I needed my mind to be changed on this game, I stopped playing MMO’s a long tome ago and wasn’t sold on The Elder Scrolls in the genre, does it feel like an MMO? Like every MMO? Does it actually feel like an Elder Scrolls? Most importantly is it fun and worth $88 Australian and then a further $15 a month to access it? let’s go over all the important information I learnt from 3 days of playing this game.

To me after spending time with this game a decision on purchasing it comes down to one thing, can you pay $15 a month for Skyrim? That may be the question for every pay-to-play MMO, but it feels more important here. Continue reading

Nostalgic Gaming: The Gamecube

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The Gamecube era was the first time I truly had control of my gaming destiny, it was when I had enough money to not have to ask for games or wait to get gifts. So when I could buy myself one of the brand spanking new consoles I saw that the Gamecube had a remake of Resident Evil coming soon and Super Mario Sunshine! So I saved and saved and bought the console with Mario Party 4, Luigi’s Mansion, Resident Evil, Super Mario Sunshine. This turned out to be one of my best gaming decisions ever.

Before the Gamecube you could say I had no console allegiance, I owned a Mega Drive until it died, then it was replaced with a Playstation 1 and Nintendo 64. I eventually got all three consoles but the Gamecube always had a line up screams fun and adventure and Nintendo always feels like that friend who always provides a great time.

While the Gamecube lost it’s generation sales wise, it left a legacy of titles to be very proud of. So my favorites in no particular order… Continue reading

Nintendoom and how to fix it

nintendo-2Perhaps the greatest lineup of characters of any company, rivaling Disney and Marvel

So, Nintendo is in a bit of trouble…

The Wii U hasn’t been selling very well and although it’s sold 40 million units overall, the past year for the 3DS was very good (and the highest of any console) but not at Nintendo’s projections, After altering sales forecasts for Wii U and 3DS they announced they had lost money this quarter and then said management would be taking pay cuts, Nintendo also announced a new business strategy to shareholders, let’s analyze this and see what’s good/bad and could be better.

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TV Review: Sherlock Season 3 (Spoilers)

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Aaaaaaand we’re back!

Sadly and magnificently Sherlock season 3 has ended. The end of this show is always bitter sweet. You watch three great movie length episodes then a cliffhanger and an agonizing wait for more. I would put this show up against any other.

Season 3 had a lot to do, the cliffhanger from season 2 with Sherlocks apparent death and rebirth had left viewers hanging for two years and episode 1 “The Empty Hearse” based on the Sherlock resurrection “The Empty House” story had to provide a good answer to this, update us on Watson, establish the new status quo for the show AND give us a compelling case for Sherlock to solve that would bring he and Watson together.

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Why change genre for a sequel?

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When you play a Dead Space game it’s a fantastic third person horror game, so why is the Wii spinoff/sequel an on rails shooter?

When Capcom announce new Resident Evil games on the Wii why are they on rails shooters? Resident Evil is a third person survival horror game!

When certain games get portable spinoff or sequels why is the gameplay completely changed into a card based system? Fans would have gotten really excited for a proper Metal Gear Solid game on the PSP, but instead they get a card game and while Ac!d was fun, it wasn’t Metal Gear.

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Book Retrospective: Enders Quartet

When Enders Game written by Orson Scott Card (the movie version) came out I bought the book just before release and read half of it before I saw the movie and already knew the famous twist. I LOVED this book, when I bought the book I instead bought the whole quartet for $30, a great bargain when the individual book was around $15. This meant I had Enders Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind. Reading the quartet took around 5 weeks and it was well worth my time.

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