My Gaming Landscape [May 19, 2014]


Peace and Love, gamers and players. It’s Monday, which means it’s time for My Gaming Landscape, where I talk about the video games I played the last week. I played a lot this past week so this is going to be a long one.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

One of the games that has always been in my backlog is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I adored A Link Between Worlds so I loaded it up on my Wii U and gave it a go. I really enjoying myself though I’ve noticed that Link to the Past is harder than Link Between Worlds. I’ve also realized that I like Link Between Worlds more, as there’s more freedom. More importantly, I’ve also realized that I like both Link to the Past and Link Between Worlds more than Ocarina of Time, my previously favorite Zelda game. I think I like 2D Zelda more than 3D and if anything, it makes me want to try more 2D Zelda games. I think Minish Cap is what I should try next.

Anyways, back to Link to the Past. I’m enjoying the dungeon layouts and the bosses at the end are pretty gnarly. Bunch of statues, some giant sandworms, etc. However, they’re all pretty challenging and well designed. The boss in the third dungeon though can go to hell. Screw that bouncy asshole. I’m currently in the Dark World and I’ve completed the first dungeon in there. I’m looking around the dark world now, seeing what extra stuff I can get. I kinda burned out on the game towards the end of the week but I definitely plan to continue with it this week as I’m enjoying it a lot.


Pokémon: Blue Version

I did a stupid thing this week. I found an emulator and game that plays great on my phone’s touch screen. It’s the original Pokémon and I’ve been hooked on that too. I got the Blue version because I’ve always preferred that version. Even when the remakes came out, I got Leaf Green, not Fire Red. Anyways, I’ve played up to the point where I’m on the S.S. Anne and I’ve actually been playing this game differently from how I normally play Pokémon.

Typically, I try to get all the Pokémon I can get and keep them around the same level. As such, I’ve never beaten a Pokémon game because it’s too hard to do it that way. So I’ve been very stingy with the Pokémon I capture. Right now, I have only four Pokémon: Wartortle, Pidgeotto, Graveler, and Bellsprout. As such, they are all at a pretty good levels (22-25). I kinda like doing it this way and I am thinking of restarting Pokémon X on my 3DS and playing it this way. I haven’t finished that game either. Anyways, I’m hooked and I’ll probably keep playing it.


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

I tried more Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and I just can’t get into it. It’s too slow and methodical for what it has you doing, which is kill x amount of this enemy to complete this quest. That is really my problem with it. The quests suck and I’ve been playing for several hours and they haven’t gotten better. Maybe they get better later in the game, but I’ve played enough of it that I don’t think I’m being impatient. So I’m going to stop playing and I sold the game on eBay. Still awaiting payment but it’s essentially gone and out of my library.


Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Played more Tekken Tag 2 on the Wii U and it’s still a lot of fun. I have noticed a fairly big problem with this version though. No one is online. Since I’ve been playing a fair amount of the game, unlocking endings in arcade mode, I thought to play some matches online, hoping I could at least hold my own. However, no one is online for the Wii U version and I couldn’t even find one match. I imagine that I could get a match no problem on the PS3 or 360 so I’m now wondering if I should sell my Wii U version and get the PS3 or 360 version. My only grip is the game plays great on the Wii U. The dpad is great on the Wii U gamepad and the buttons are nice and clicky and pretty big. It feels good. I don’t know, I’m still contemplating it. In fact, if you have an opinion as to whether I should get rid of the Wii U version for the PS3 or 360 version, leave a comment and let me know.


Skullgirls Encore

This game was released as part of PlayStation Plus and I thought I’d try it out since I heard of this game and even played the demo but never bought it. I really like this game! The characters are really diverse and the story mode is actually really interesting. The only real problem is that there’s a lack of content. Nine characters, or 11 with DLC, is not really enough characters and only having a Story and Arcade mode for single player sucks. There’s just not enough here so I’m glad I got it free. It is a lot of fun though and I guess it’s a good complaint to want more. I’ve only tried out Cerebella, Filia and Parasoul so far but I plan to check out the rest. Cerebella is my best so far.


Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

A few weeks back, I complained that I couldn’t play fighting games on the PS3 because my controller’s dpad felt stiff. Well, I was going to buy Mario Kart 8 this month but then the price of the game on Amazon as well as the bad things I’ve heard about Battle Mode scared me off so I bought a fight pad for the PS3 and I LOVE IT! Seriously, my technique has gotten exponentially better. I started playing as Juri and I think I like how she works but I need practice. I also tried the game with Skullgirls Encore and that plays better too. I’ll keep on playing this game too as I’m looking forward to Ultra Street Fighter IV.


Street Fighter Alpha 2, Clayfighter 63 1/3, and Street Fighter II

In addition to my fight pad working on my PS3, it also works on my PC! So I fired up my Sega Saturn, N64 and SNES emulators to try it out. I tried Street Fighter Alpha 2 on the Saturn, Clayfighter 63 1/3 on the N64 (because the N64 has almost no good fighting games) and the original Street Fighter II on the SNES. I also tried to get MAME to work but the emulator got confused when I tried to reconfigure the controller so I’ll have to try that again at a later time.


Street Fighter Alpha 2 played great and it’s a great game as well. I really want to see an Alpha collection be released on the current consoles. Clayfighter 63 1/3 is kinda fun but actually didn’t work too well with the fightpad. I really just tried it because the fight pad has six face buttons, just like the N64. Street Fighter II on the SNES played great and I’m going to stream some of that on Twitch tonight at 8pm Pacific as a result. So the pad overall worked great on the PC and it might be my default controller for it.


Finally, I tried to record some more Final Fantasy IV for my YouTube channel but my computer kept freezing for some reason so I wasn’t able to do that. It has somehow fixed itself though so I’ll be doing that either today or tomorrow. I did have my buddy Terrascene over though and we did some streaming on Twitch. The King of Dragons playthrough is up right now and the Final Fight 2 and Lagoon streams will be up soon on YouTube. So here are all the links for all this stuff:

Colorwind Streams The King of Dragons with Terrascene

And while we’re at it, here’s my buddy’s YouTube and Twitch:

Whew! That was a long one! So now I want to hear from all of you! What have you been playing the past week? Leave your responses in the comment section below and if you like what you read, check out my personal blog at


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