My Gaming Landscape [August 12, 2013]


I didn’t do a Gaming Landscape last week because I was playing the same stuff as the week before. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Red Dead Redemption. However, I did beat DKCR 3D, though not to 100%, and so I’m done with that game. I also put down Red Dead for the time being as I dived into Final Fantasy XIII and I wrote a blog about that. Honestly, this is going to be short as I’m going to write another thing on FFXIII as I’m now in the 11th chapter as oppose to talk about it here. I will say I’m enjoying it though not immensely.

What I am going to talk about is a few other games I popped in for a bit and enjoyed. Since I sent back DKCR 3D to Gamefly, I got Project X Zone mailed to me. That game is weird. During the tutorial where you play as Ryu and Ken, Jin and Xiaoyu, and Akira and Pai, I had to stop and realize that while this was pretty cool to have Tekken, Virtua Fighter and Street Fighter come together, the situation was also kind of surreal. What was more is they knew about their respective stories and apparently, it fit into theirs just fine. The fight with Arthur, Dimitri and Dante later on didn’t help things. So far, I think the game is okay but it’s going to take awhile for me to adjust to all these characters being in one game.

I also tried out some indie titles since a lot were released this past week. I dabbled a bit with Guacamelee and Spelunky on Steam but I’ve spent a lot of time with CastleStorm. I thought it was going to be a throwaway game but I’ve actually been enjoying it. I would describe the game as a tower defense title with a little bit of Angry Birds mixed in. You order troops to take the opposing enemy’s flag or you can use your projectiles to destroy the castle. The mechanics play very well with a mouse and keyboard, as oppose to a 360 controller. To which I say do not get the 360 version as the controls belong on a mouse and keyboard. It’s fun and cheap and I’d say give it a shot. It’s got a funny tone to it too, with chunky cartoony graphics to go with that.

I’ve also played a little bit of Papers, Please and Beatbuddy. Papers, Please is a unique little game that just has you checking passports and allowing people into your country. I guess I’d call it a simulation game but it definitely has a message to impart about immigration and the way the system works. I probably would’ve gotten into Papers Please more if it wasn’t for Beatbuddy, which is a cute little game with this little blob looking thing. It’s sort of an action platformer with a world that’s completely run by music. Everything pulsates to the beat of the music and modulates to the melody. I’ve only gone a level into it but I adore it! Definitely check that out.

Finally, real quick, I’m still playing Batman Arkham Asylum for my YouTube channel and I’m about to start another playthrough: this time of Deadpool! It’s one of my favorite games released recently simply because it’s so fucking stupid! I’ve got the first few episodes of that filmed already so look for that very soon. Alright! That’s what I’ve been playing. What about you?


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