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Nioh Beta Surprises

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After missing out completely on the alpha demo, I decided to give the beta demo of Nioh (Team Ninja's divisive Dark Souls-like title) a try before it expired. I was very into the aesthetics and general idea of the game (I'm interested in this period of Japanese history) from the time I first saw footage of it, but I was a bit dubious as whether or not the game would actually feel good. Souls-likes in general don't have a very good reputation for feeling very good, and the Nioh alpha produced some very mixed feedback. I fully expected to pick it up for a little while and then put it down after spending enough time with it to figure out I just didn't like the way it felt. Well it turns out that I was wrong, because I played it all weekend! Admittedly I'd been feeling hungry for a new Dark Souls experience (I need to get to playing Dark Souls 2 and 3, but won't have time for them for awhile due to a few big games I've been wanting to play coming out soon), and while it took care of that it also did some very different and interesting things. Be warned though: If you found Dark Souls too obtuse or frustrating, you'll probably think the same thing about Nioh. The atmosphere may be different, but ultimately you get satisfaction the same you do in Dark Souls: By overcoming what seems to be a very high level of difficulty through actually getting better at the game and a little perseverance. Continue Reading

2015: How Did I Play This Much This Year?

Over the last couple of years I've really come to enjoy these end of the year posts. Not because I enjoy or even attempt to declare a "Game of the Year", but because they help me get perspective on the year as a whole in terms of game releases. I even began keeping a list of what I played in 2015, instead of having to scramble to pull it all from memory or play logs. In looking back on this list, I was a little floored by just how many new games I played. There are actually less than I played last year, but the quality of releases and number of them that I truly cared about in 2015 ended up being higher. With that said, these are the new releases that I played this year, in the order that they were released. Continue Reading

2014: Ahhhh! (Too Much To Play)

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Some big life events happened for me this year, and none of them were really all that good. I won't go into details since I like to keep those sorts of things off of this site, but given those events it's very surprising that I managed to play as many new games this year as I did. In fact I probably tried to play too many, because most of the games that I picked up near the end of the year I haven't been able to spend as much time with as I would have liked. Regardless, there have been some real gems this year that are well worth talking about. More long form write-ups are still coming for several of these, but for now I'll briefly mention everything I played that came out this year and point out the highlights. Continue Reading

This Hunting Life

I really need to start posting some more "blogy" type things on here that aren't whole game reviews, so this is my first effort in awhile to do so. About a year ago I wrote a post or two detailing the reasons for my "Hunting Action burnout" (or perhaps more specifically my Monster Hunter burnout). Monster Hunter 4 had come out, and was supposed to be setting my world on fire. I played through the single player long enough to see the ending, and just barely got into high rank online, but it just never stuck with me like past Monster Hunter games had. I attributed this mostly to playing too much Monster Hunter in too short of time periods. Continue Reading

ゲームは変わった/The Game Has Changed

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I just finished Metal Gear Solid 4 in preparation for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes. I had heard all sorts of opinions on the game, from it being the finest Metal Gear game ever created to it being the most ridiculous and over the top. I think that the truth lies somewhere in between those two, but I was definitely moved and impressed either way. In fact I re-played/played for the first time Metal Gear Solid: Integral, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker all within the last few years. That leaves the main story points (though not all of the fine details) fairly fresh in my mind. As it turns out, that was extremely beneficial when playing Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Continue Reading
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