Yeah. It’s been quite some time because I haven’t updated this blog. But yeah, here’s what you guys need to know of what’s happening on this blog.
A few months ago, my mother’s late-2009 iMac has bit the dust mostly due to hard drive failure and due to old age. Because of that, it threw everything for a loop but not all is lost. Currently I am pretty much using my HP laptop until I eventually get an all-in-one PC. I am currently saving up money and so far, I have around $300 saved. I’m not kidding. I’m probably $400 or so away from achieving this goal. It’ll take me 2-4 months to get it, unless Costco has one of those deals where you get a rebate towards getting a new computer. I hope that when I do get it, I can continue to working on getting more stuff done.
If you are wondering about the reviews, they are coming. Here’s the to-do list.
List of Reviews
Blaster Master Zero 2
Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission
SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
Team Sonic Racing
Power Rangers Battle for the Grid
A lot of reviews but not a lot of time to get things done. So in a nutshell, this is the situation I am in. People can say I am an ebeggar but for me, if I am to continue my work, I need to do whatever possible. So yes, if anyone is interested in wanting to help out or chip in, go to this link here: http://paypal.me/LgacyZX
Any and all donations will go towards getting the all-in-one PC. Plus it can also give me a reason to get myself back to work on writing reviews. I owe you all at least this much. Believe me.
Before I begin, I want to let you know that this blog is devoted to all things video game reviews. This is an exception to this because I want to at least get this out of the way.
A new year means new beginnings and this update is a very important one so I wish for everyone to watch it. Besides, it’s high time that my YouTube channel get itself out of the rut it’s in.
Reviews re going to be coming since yeah, I have my work cut out for me this year.
A little something special since well, I have a few extra codes for Marshadow and I figured why not. I’m doing a giveaway for him and if you want a chance at it, go to the link below.
You have until November 1st to enter.
Giveaway Link: https://gleam.io/diz8P/pokemon-sun-moon-marshadow-giveaway
It’s been a while huh? I figure I would make a post like this because this is now a serious situation I’m in. Last month, my HP laptop suffered an HDD failure due to a botched update. As a result, my laptop has experienced some issues that are really being an issue. I was able to salvage it but now, it can’t shut down properly only to restart after doing so and the only way to shut it down is via hard shutdown. The only way to save it is by getting a brand new HDD and installing it. It also means that I need to reinstall the Windows 10 OS for it. It sucks but what can you do?
However, I went for a different alternative and that is to get a new one. So I went ahead and did a fundraiser to raise money so I can get a brand new one. I need one that can get me back on my feet and back to doing what I love and it’s making videos. So far, I have raised over $500 and I give shoutouts to those who helped.
Pr0bait – $500
Solratic – $25
Shatteredlight8 – $25
The laptop I’m interested in is this one: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-17-3-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-hp-finish-in-jet-black/5884843.p?skuId=5884843
Yep. That’s the one that I hope to get.
If anyone is interested in helping, you can chip in by donating at this link here: http://paypal.me/LgacyZX
Once I get it, I can get back to doing what I love without any problems. Besides, I really want to finish up some projects. Hope that you guys have it in your hearts to consider. But if you can’t, you don’t have to. You can always spread the word.
2016 has been a rather unexpected year when it comes to gaming. We’ve had good games, bad games, disappointing games and games that end up getting canned for one reason or another. Regardless, it’s time for a list and it’s not going to be an easy one. I’m not limiting this to just Nintendo games. I’m involving all sorts of games so without further ado, these are my Top 10 Games of 2016.
Word of warning for everyone… if you find that a game you like isn’t on the list, you are welcome to make your own and share it. I won’t judge you and remember, the only opinion that should ever matter is your own.
Let us begin.
10) Song of the Deep – PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Kicking off the list we have Song of the Deep, developed and published by Insomniac Games. Song of the Deep is basically Metroid but in an underwater style. I will admit. This game had me intrigued because of its design and presentation. When I got to play it, it was a sight to behold. The presentation for it is incredible with the level of detail to be intense. It’s gameplay leaves a lot to be desired but it fits the world that this game is. Not to mention it’s a bit too simple and short, around 4 hours. I’ll cut some slack since the game is rather cheap and there’s replay value to back it up. This game deserves a bit more appreciation. Sure it’s not the best but for what it’s worth, it’s a soothing and satisfying experience. I recommend that you pick the game up, at least to see for yourself how good it is. It’s $10! It’s not the best but I feel that it deserves to be #10 on my list.
9) Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS – Nintendo 3DS
To think that Nintendo would take a risk and bring a game like this to their best-selling handheld is a challenge onto itself. But for its shortcomings, I say that they did a good job. Mario Maker for 3DS is what it is, a port of a game that was on Wii U now fit on the handheld. Nothing more. Nothing less. The only problems I have with the game is that there’s no Amiibo functionality, you can’t play others courses or share courses online and the only way you can share them is through its Streetpass function. But despite its negatives, the game is still really fun and can even push your skills as a gamer/level creator to the test. Had this game allowed you to share courses online and play others’ from the get-go, it’d be rated higher. I recommend playing this on a New 3DS XL because, on a regular 3DS, you can experience crashes. I just want to give you a heads up.
8) Final Fantasy XV – PlayStation 4, Xbox One (PC coming soon)
We waited a long time for this game. It originally was going to be part of the Fabula Nova Crystalis as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Unfortunately, it was scrapped and then replaced with this. The wait was long but in the end is worth it. Final Fantasy XV is a great game. Its strong points are the gameplay, the open world location and the many things you can do in this said world. My problems with the game are its lackluster story and the characters. The four protagonists are fleshed out well enough but everything else feels flat. Made worse is that in order to better understand this, you need to watch stuff that’s outside the game like the film Kingsglaive and OVA Brotherhood. Other than that, I couldn’t find anything else wrong but at least Square-Enix is dedicated to making the game better while filling up story bits that should have been added. Thankfully I’m happy with that and it shows that they really want to make the game feel complete. I recommend giving this game a chance. Besides once the negatives are pushed aside, you have a game that’s very satisfying.
7) Overwatch – PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Blizzard has a lot of balls for trying their luck in the first-person shooter genre and it paid off considerably with this game. Overwatch is just that: a first-person shooter game where you and five others can take the fight against the opposition in various modes. They range from escort/stop the payload to capturing defensive points/objectives on the map. Okay. It’s a bit small but that’s not why it’s on the list. Overwatch’s strong points are its setting and characters. No two characters are similar. Each character offers something different and that’s what makes it good. Coupled with the fact that there’s a lot to do in this game, it’s nuts. We already got two new characters, a whole bunch of new modes and events and knowing what 2017 has in store, it’s going to get better. This game is better played if you have friends because it’s all the more satisfying when you achieve victory. I ask you… are you with me?
6) Paper Mario: Color Splash – Nintendo Wii U
I know what you’re thinking. Why is this game on the list? Let me explain. Sure this game uses the same style as Paper Mario: Sticker Star but that’s pretty much it. Why it’s on my list because it is a much better game. Design wise, it is awesome. It is a step up from the previous game and the theme involving paint and colors adds it in perfectly. You can tell when you travel through Prisma Island. The addition of restoring the world through paint offers something different. Using cards instead of stickers is a lot better. The humor this game has is spot on with some being very funny to listen. Color Splash offers a lot here and I say it is miles better especially since it’s released on a system that’s on its deathbed. I only wish that Nintendo could go back to its roots with the game offering what it should be, instead of this. But for what it’s worth, I say it’s a must buy. Truthfully it is a must buy and I recommend this game.
Enjoying the list so far? Good because we’re now reaching the halfway point of this list. There’s no going back for us now.
5) Fire Emblem Fates – Nintendo 3DS
Three years after the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening, we get a game that not only is good but offers so much. I’m talking about Fire Emblem Fates and I speak on behalf of everything the game offers. What’s different from the previous games is its branching campaigns. You play as Corrin, a young noble who was born in the kingdom of Hoshido but was raised by the kingdom of Nohr. When both kingdoms declare war on each other, you have to make a choice on whose family you would side. Should you side with Hoshido, the kingdom you were born in as your Birthright. Should you side with Nohr, the kingdom that raised you and follows the side of Conquest. Or will you choose neither side and instead work to have both kingdoms unite under one banner and learn of a Revelation that threatens all. That is what makes the game stand out. The three campaigns: Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation offer hours of gameplay and customization that can drive you nuts. Replay value here is through the roof, along with additional content via DLC drives it even further. I won’t go into too much detail but if you haven’t picked up this game, you should. I recommend trying your luck to get the Special Edition of the game, which has all 3 campaigns in one DLC. But if you are getting either Birthright or Conquest, expect to spend a lot just to get the rest. It’s why this game gets the #5 on my slot on this list.
4) Gravity Rush Remastered – PlayStation 4
In 2012, a game called Gravity Rush was released on the PlayStation Vita. It was a game that was fun, different and offered something new. Sadly not many people got to play it due to being released on a handheld that Sony never gave a damn about. Four years later, SCE Studio and Project Siren bring this game over to the PlayStation 4 and my god, it is incredible. Gravity Rush Remastered is marvelous. Seeing the game in glorious HD is jaw dropping. It’s nuts! What’s even better is that it runs at a solid 60 frames per second. Flawless 60fps. It is perfect. They also refined the game’s controls making things such as sliding across the city seamless. You can use the back buttons on the PS4 controller but there’s also the option to use the DualShock 4’s motion controls so it offers some variety for players. What’s even better is that the Remastered port includes all the DLC for the game and at a price of $30, how can you say no to that? You simply can’t.
This game is what made the PlayStation Vita stand out but now that it’s on a PS4, it’s the go-to game for anyone wanting this console. I highly recommend it. It is a must buy, without a doubt and it should prep anyone for the eventual release of Gravity Rush 2 coming in January.
3) Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita and PC
WayForward should be praised and commended for making a game like this. Not a lot of people are going to like having this as my #3 spot but this is a perfect example of a Kickstarter campaign done right, aside from Shovel Knight. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is amazing. There is so much good to say here such as the presentation. Design-wise, it’s a step up from the previous game. 2.5D at its finest with the character models being at its absolute best. Jake Kaufman does it again with the music here and all the tracks are addicting to listen to. Very addicting. The gameplay is similar to the first two games but it’s improved and easy enough for anyone to pick up and play. Hopefully, with the upcoming DLC like Risky Boots’ campaign, Half-Genie Hero is going to be one that’s worth every penny. Show love to WayForward. Get this game now!
2) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice – Nintendo 3DS
The Ace Attorney series has endured for more than 15 years with a strong and devoted following. 2013’s Dual Destinies is one a lot of people were hyped for and though nowadays is a bit mixed it was a welcome addition. Three years later, Phoenix Wright returns in full force with the sixth game in the main franchise: Spirit of Justice. Similar to the previous entries, it’s a visual novel style game where as Phoenix Wright (or any of the others like Apollo & Athena) you must investigate witnesses, find evidence and discover the truth through the courts. This time around, the story takes Phoenix to the Kingdom of Khura’in and in that country, defense attorneys are outlawed. Spirit of Justice introduces the Divination Seances where it details the last thing the victim sees before they pass on. But the truth isn’t always black and white. That’s where we come in to figure out if what the victim sees is the truth or not.
Many staples that are prevalent in the previous entries return here but its biggest points are its story and music. The story is a bit dark and intense for a game like this and the music is still its shining moment. Believe me, there are some tracks that are incredible to listen to. Whereas Dual Destinies serves as a return to form for the well-respected attorney, Spirit of Justice serves as a passing of the torch for Apollo Justice, allowing him to take the spotlight he deserves. It’s reason enough why this gets the #2 spot.
1) Pokémon Sun & Moon – Nintendo 3DS
Some people like the game, others didn’t. To tell you the truth, I enjoyed the game. As a fan of Pokémon since Generation 1, I had a lot of expectations. They paid off when it came out. Nintendo, GameFreak & The Pokemon Company took a lot of risks in making this stand out over the previous generations. Removing some staples like Gyms, HMs seems crazy when you think about it. However, when I got to play it for myself, I can say is wow… they nailed it. The game does hold your hand a lot at times but you do get the chance to explore at your leisure. The Island Challenges are interesting and provide something different instead of going to a gym and earning a badge. It’s emphasized a lot and I like it personally. Z-Moves are also cool and how they look is amazing. But if I were to net any nitpicks, it’s the story. That leaves a lot to be desired. I wish it can improve but at least the game is still the way you remember it.
Pokemon Sun & Moon may not be for everyone but for those that put the time into it, it’s a pretty awesome game. I recommend it and yes, it’s one that I feel should be #1 on my list.
Honorable Mentions: Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, Pokken Tournament, Yo-Kai Watch 2 Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls, Ratchet & Clank PS4, Kirby: Planet Robobot
That’s pretty much it for this list. Remember, my list is 100% opinionated and you are welcome to disagree with me. If you guys have a list of your own Top 10s or if you feel that a game you played should be on the list, let me know in the comments. I look forward to hearing from everyone.
I figure I would have to post this eventually but yeah, it’s time for the State of YouTube Address on my channel.
This is very important so if you haven’t seen it then go watch it right now.
For those that don’t know, I officially have a Patreon. Sadly not many people heard about it and even when I made a video about it, people seem disinterested.
I’m all right with it because whether or not it succeeds, I want to get the word out. I made this Patreon as a means of a secondary income since the current YouTube income I get every month has not been going so well. It’s mostly due to Google and the fact that people use AdBlock which hurt ad revenue. It’s a reason why I made this Patreon to begin with so I can have a way to support myself.
All of this is 100% OPTIONAL. You don’t have to contribute if you don’t want to but if you want to help this channel, you can. All donations whether to my Fan Funding or PayPal is going to go to getting better equipment and in some cases, for funds to travel to conventions like PAX.
It’s not much because in truth, I need something better to convince people. I at least tried.
Here’s the link should you be interested.
I can’t say it enough so yeah… here’s the video.
In just a matter of minutes, 2015 is going to be behind us. What better way to express my thoughts than by providing a blog for you guys. Before I do, let’s list the games that I had covered on my YouTube channel for the year.
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix – Despite some hiccups, I was able to finish it and thank goodness for it.
Ace Attorney Trilogy – I only covered both the first and second games. Don’t know if I plan on doing the third but only time will tell.
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D – I love this game so much. Such a dark game yet when it’s over, there is a sense of hope. I can’t say that without a doubt, it was a fun game.
Code Name S.T.E.A.M. – Such an underrated game that it’s a shame it never got recognition. I personally enjoyed it for better or worse. It was great and challenging at the same time.
Skullgirls 2nd Encore – Skullgirls on the PS4 was sweet and it had voice acting too. Other than that, it was the same as it was back on the PS3.
Mortal Kombat X – The story was hit or miss but playing with every character felt different. The DLC characters also add more to the game but with the 2nd Kombat Pack, I’m a bit skeptical.
Blazblue Chronophantasma Extend – Truthfully, I should have focused on only the Extend related content and not doing everything over again. At least I’ll prepare now for Centralfiction.
Super Mario Maker – An amazing game… a game where you get to make your own levels, share them with the world and even try out levels from others. It’s a delight.
Shovel Knight – It came to PS4 and I figure why not cover it. Too bad it had been overdone and that sucked.
Xenoblade Chronicles X – A game that is so hard to put down, I spent over 100 hours playing it. Damn it was insane.
That’s all the games I covered this year. Not much but I missed out on a lot of others. Some I wish I played and others I’m happy I didn’t play. But even though I did have some highs, there were a lot of lows. Some more often than others. But the biggest low has been the fact that a troll has been mass disliking my videos throughout the whole year. Thing is, he only did it on some instances and it’s a problem because I feel that he’s trying to get my attention and thing is, he’s obsessed with making my life miserable. Hell, why do you think I ended up getting banned from Twitch? The good news is that I got my account back but the bad news is that this person won’t rest until I’m gone. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say this individual has a hard on for two YouTubers: Cobanermani456 and BlahBlahLPs. Why them? Simple because they are YouTubers I dislike and I dislike with a bloody passion. To him, he finds it bad that I don’t like them so he decides to make my time on YouTube miserable because of that. Seriously. The guy needs to get a life. One of these days, I will find out who he is, I will find out where he lives and ensure that his stupid ass never bothers me again. I am sick of it and I will be forced to get law enforcement involved so I can shut him down and put him away.
Geez. It’s not pleasant considering this fuck’s obsession over them and his obsession over making my life miserable but it clearly shows just how fucked up this world is. That’s the reason why I keep ratings hidden because I don’t want it to drive me to do something I’ll regret. It’d be too much. I’m sorry but it’s my decision and I want everyone to respect it.
As for what I plan on doing for 2016, I have a list planned and it’s going to be grand. It’s temporary but it’ll change over time.
Gravity Rush Remastered – I ain’t waiting a month for it. I’m importing the game so I can play it and enjoy it. Besides, it has English subs so makes it easier.
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers – I’m hyped for it and since I’ve been playing LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, I think I’m ready for it.
Project X Zone 2 – I played the first game last year and after seeing the game thanks to Omegaevolution, I’m hyped for it. I really am.
Fire Emblem: Fates – This game is going to be a long one. Why is that? Simple. Because FE: Fates is split into three games: Conquest, Birthright and Revelations. It’s going to be a game where I am going to be spending a long time on.
Star Fox Zero – I am a fan of Star Fox and I’m happy we’re getting another game after so many years. But the fact that waiting is such a pain in the ass. But hey, it’s coming AFTER my birthday so all the more reason for me to enjoy it.
This is all there is for now but it can change, like I said. I’m ending it here by saying that I have much to do and 2016 is going to at least be a better year… for better or worse. I may plan on livestreaming again but not for a while.