Sunday, December 30, 2012

Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (PSVita)

A game that tugs at my heart.  This was my first game for my PS3 back when I got it and this was one of the first I got for my Vita.  I love the Disgaea series, for one reason.  The amount of content is astounding.  Everything is at an extreme.  The levels, the maps, the weapons, everything.  Sure this game has some flaws but this particular version has something the PS3 version doesn't, this one has more stuff.

Let's get off with the bad, this is a very grind heavy game.  A great deal of your time will be spent grinding levels on characters.  Even leveling items is time consuming.  Now this is only bad if you don't reap the rewards of this grinding, what are the rewards?  Taking down that ultimate boss, damage in the billions, and the coolest equipment in the game.

The story of this game is alright, I find it to be the weakest out of the series so far but all the characters are lovable and prove that just because you are evil, doesn't mean you can't have a little fun.  The new unique skills for generic characters are a welcome change and are often incredibly useful.  More than once my Healer was doing great deals of damage because of the new skills in this game.  With awakened skills as well, it just sets this game above the PS3 counterpart.

Did I have fun with this game?  Yes, more than I did with the first release.  Will I continue to play it?  Of course, that is the fun of this series.  The post-story bosses are the challenge, the true draw.  They are what pushes you forward.  Being able to take down a level 9999 boss is just so rewarding.  I've never done it but I've come close.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Retro Atari Classics (NDS)

Beep beep blip beep.  I've never been a fan of old arcade games.  This opened my eyes to it a little bit.  Sure the games are fun but they are meant more for an old mindset of gaming.  Not achieving the ending or accomplishing something.  More simply put, they aren't for gamers like me.  Sure they are fun little distractions but they are not whole games anymore.

I still pop this in from time to time just to have a little mindless fun with Centipede but I never spend a lot of time with it.  All in all, it is fun but nothing to sink time into.  High scores just aren't as appealing as they used to be.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Pokemon Rumble Blast (3DS)

One of the first games I got for my 3DS.  For being a close to launch title, this wasn't too bad.  Let's get this out of the way, it was repetitive.  Very repetitive.  The story is bland and definitely not a draw.  What's the major draw of this game?  Getting to play as nearly ever pokemon as you power your way through masses of others.  Sure, it gets old and there can be a lot of cheap battles but it is fun.  Pure clean fun.

It doesn't hold up well, even now.  I would say with the library the 3DS has now, this is easily skippable.  If you like pokemon though, you will have some fun with it.  Just don't expect too much going into it and you will get more than what you expect.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pokemon: Pearl (NDS)

The fourth gen.  A new frontier.  I played this game after a very long hiatus from the series.  I have to say, this was a surprise.  They added a lot to the series from the last game I had played.  I was surprised at the depth it went into.

What else can I say, this is a simple catch everything that moves game and then battle them to the death.  Of course, you have to train hard to win but that's just common sense.