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

The Legend of Korra

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Hardware: Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBox 360, XBox One
PS3 & PS4 - 10/21/2014, XBox360 & XBox One - 10/22/2014 (US)
There are a couple of reasons to be excited about a Legend of Korra game that just happens to be developed by PlatinumGames, of Bayonetta series fame. You may be a fan of the Legend of Korra or Avatar cartoons on Nickelodeon, which were extremely popular among kids and adults alike. You also may be a fan of PlatinumGames previous works, particularly those in the third person action genre, often garnering high praise. For these reasons, this game had a lot working in its favor. That's why it's all the more unfortunate that it somehow managed to fall short of expectations. Continue Reading

Bayonetta 2

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Hardware: Wii U
09/20/2014 (Japan), 10/24/2014 (US), 10/24/2014 (PAL)
ベヨネッタ 2
Bayonetta is a game that was not likely to have a sequel. It's true that the original game was fairly well received critically, but its sales did not measure up. Even though Bayonetta was a complete throwback to what some might consider the golden age of Japanese action games, those numbers proved that we could never go back to that age again. Sega was in no hurry to commission a sequel, so it was a big surprise that Nintendo ended up being the company to do so. It was no doubt a plea to the gaming public to notice that the Wii U did in fact have titles for the "hardcore gamer", but the reasons don't really matter. All that matters is that Bayonetta 2 brings Bayonetta back with a new look, new story, a new director (Hashimoto Yusuke, though the previous director Kamiya Hideki is on board as a supervisor), and improvements over the original title's already great formula. Continue Reading

Biohazard

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Hardware: GameCube
03/22/2002 (Japan), 04/30/2002 (US), 09/30/2002 (PAL)
バイオハザード
Resident Evil
Released exactly six years after the original PlayStation version of Bio Hazard in Japan, this GameCube version (often referred to as "REmake") is nothing less than a rebirth of the original classic in every way. This is no port or slightly updated version: It is a complete remake. And it represents everything that a great remake should be. It adds so much while keeping things just familiar enough to the original. REmake also marks Capcom's first title released on the GameCube hardware, and the first of three Bio Hazard/Resident Evil exclusives on the platform (though some of them would not necessarily remain exclusives). Director of the original game, Shinji Mikami, also returns to this remake as director despite having taken on the more distant role of producer for every title in the series since. Continue Reading