My Gaming Landscape [May 19th, 2015]

I played a lot of games this past month, though I didn’t stick to most of them. So instead of the usual format of separating the games with a title and giving each game a paragraph, I’m just going to write about them in the same paragraphs in a casual conversation. After all, this is supposed to be a casual post about the games I’ve been playing. I might keep it this way in the future but I’ll see how this does. I’ll still bold the names of the games I’ve been playing so you can see them easily. Also, sorry for no picture. I couldn’t figure out how to cram all these games into one image. Alright, on with the Gaming Landscape!

I desperately wanted to play Mortal Kombat X but since I didn’t have a computer to run it or a PS4 or Xbox One, I got into playing Mortal Kombat 3. I got really good with Cyrax, as I mentioned in my previous Gaming Landscape. So I tried to learn other characters. That didn’t go well. I first tried Sub-Zero but didn’t like how he controlled. Next I tried Shang Tsung and felt him to be limiting. I thought about giving Liu Kang a try but I ended up not trying anymore. I just stuck with Cyrax until I got my Mortal Kombat fix. I did get to play Mortal Kombat X when a friend came over but only for a few rounds. I played as Scorpion, typically my main in MK games, and won a couple of matches.

Speaking of friends, my buddy Don has been coming over to hang out every Saturday and of course, we’ve been gaming. He’s been trying to go through Ninja Gaiden Sigma before we play multiplayer games (as well as setup for our Twitch channel, which will be formally debuting this Saturday). We’ve been throwing down some Guilty Gear Xrd –Sign-, and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online, but it’s been mostly Super Smash Bros for Wii U. That game is so much fun and I should really pick it up at some point. I know it’s more fun in multiplayer but when we tested out the online, the connections were pretty solid.

I finally beat Super Metroid for the first time! I got in a mood to play some old school Nintendo and I had it on the Wii U, just sitting there. I plan to write a review for it so I’ll give my thoughts on it there. I also played F-Zero via the Wii U and I forgot how hard that game was. I also realized that I’ve never beaten it. I always just went through the same cup and gave up. I might come back to it from time to time to finish it. I also tried to play Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda. I say tried because those games do not feel right on the Wii U gamepad. It feels like there’s a delay or something. I died like five times before finally finishing the first dungeon in Zelda. That’s not right.

I’ve also been playing Bayonetta on the Wii U and that game plays pretty well on there. At least it’s way better than the PS3 version. I plan to write a review for the game, as well as something about the character herself but I need to beat it first and that’s a bit of a problem. The first game is harder than the second and there’s more cheap stuff and slower parts to the game. I won’t give my whole opinion as that’ll be for the review but you can kind of see where I’m going with this. For my YouTube channel, I’ve been playing Sonic Adventure DX and Batman: Arkham Asylum so go check that out! Those are two of my favorite games and are also uncompleted playthroughs on my channel.

Speaking of YouTube, I’m developing a new idea for my channel and for it, I played the original Sonic the Hedgehog, both without all the Chaos Emeralds and with them. I won’t give a full opinion on it as it has something to do with my new idea but I will say that I still enjoy that game. Also, if you finish the game and start a new playthrough, it saves the amount of Chaos Emeralds you got in the last playthrough. That’s kinda cool. I also played a bit of Busby in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind for the same idea but I’m going to focus on Sonic the Hedgehog for now.

I played Broken Age for review for Gambitcon and that’s my only review for the site, as I’m no longer with them. That game isn’t bad but the second half is not as good as the first gameplay-wise. The writing is better but the puzzles are way too esoteric. I was going to review Final Fantasy IV: The After Years when it came out on Steam and I was playing Final Fantasy IV on Steam to get ready but I stopped half way and got out of it. Instead, I’m now playing Not a Hero for review. The Steam version of Final Fantasy IV is definitely a lesser version of that game, as I don’t like the 3D visuals. The same could be said about the DS version as well. The best version of Final Fantasy IV is probably the PSP version. As for Not a Hero, read my upcoming review of that for MONG soon!

Last Gaming Landscape, I said I was going to stick with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. That did not happen as I kind of got bored with it. Also, I remembered I wanted to play the Assassin’s Creed games in order so I loaded up the earliest game that I haven’t beaten, which is Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood but I decided that I don’t want to get into this franchise right now. What I have decided to do is get into PlayStation 1 games. It’s my favorite console and I don’t revisit it often enough. I played through Spyro the Dragon and I’m going to write a review for that. I’m now playing Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage and I’ll probably write a review for that game to. I forgot how much fun these games were, as they scratch my collector’s itch in games. The first game is kind of short, though.

There were a few games that I popped in real quick to get a feel of but stopped playing because I don’t have the time to get into. Dark Souls isn’t that hard to me as long as you have patience but that game is also a real asshole. Enemies are always in your blind spots. I tried Hearthstone at the recommendation of my buddy Don but couldn’t really get into it. It did make me want to play card games though. So I downloaded Pokémon Trading Card Game Online and even bought a deck of cards! The game’s alright but playing the actual card game is where the real fun is. Popped in The Unfinished Swan since I got it from PS Plus but it didn’t grab me. I tried out the Splatoon beta and got bored really quick. Seriously, I was done after the third round.

I got Fallout 3 finally but quickly realized I can’t invest the time needed to play that game. Same thing happened with BioShock, making this the fourth or fifth time I’ve tried to get into that game. Someday, someday. I got Axiom Verge on PC but that’s a game that doesn’t really feel that good to me either. Along with Ori and the Blind Forest, this is another Metroidvania game that’s not grabbing me. Funny since I just finished and enjoyed Super Metroid. Finally, the last one off is Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. Since my buddy’s going through the first game, I thought I would give the second a try. It wound up being just a try and nothing else. I have too many games and it’s hard to stick to one!

And that is my exhaustive account of all the games I’ve been playing. In addition to telling me what games you’ve been playing, please tell me if you like this format more or if you want me to break up the games as sections. I know I wasn’t as descriptive with my impressions this time but I wanted to keep this from being too long despite all the games I played this past month. The next Gaming Landscape will hopefully have less games to talk about and will allow me to give a more descriptive opinion. Peace and Love, Gamers and Players! Colorwind out.


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