Getting Steamed

I’m not much of a PC gamer – in fact, the only times I ever even came close to being a PC gamer was whenever I was playing an MMO (and even then I played Final Fantasy XI on my PlayStation 2). Despite my allegiance being pledged to the console world, seeing everyone whipped into a froth over the Steam Summer Sale (or is it Summer Steam Sale?) certainly got me curious… and got me buying.

I do have a Steam account, which was made several years ago, but it lies mostly dormant. Steam’s fantastical sales and pricing don’t usually do much for me because most of what’s on offer are games that I’d rather play on a console, where I can get a physical disc which will allow me to play the game on my TV, while sitting on my couch, with a controller in my hand. Yes, I’m one of those unwashed peasants. Have at me, Master Race.

Review a Great Game Day – NBA Jam (Sega Genesis)

(I wrote this to participate in 1 More Castle’s “Review a Great Game Day” holiday. Check out all the great reviews on RAGGD site!)

“Boomshakalaka!”

This phrase was ingrained in the minds and hearts of young gamers in the early 90s as NBA Jam exploded onto the arcade scene. Midway’s science experiment of taking the hardwood action of the NBA and transmogrifying it into a lightning-quick over-the-top arcade experience took the country by storm and everyone, from hoops heads to those who wouldn’t know a pick-and-roll from a slam dunk, was lacing up for the addicting two-on-two festivities.

Push Square Review – Darkstalkers Resurrection (PS3)

Once bitten, twice fly

While Capcom’s Darkstalkers franchise has never enjoyed the same level of fanatic enthusiasm as its bigger brother Street Fighter, the monster mash of fighting games has still maintained a devoted following despite not receiving a true new entry since 1997. Ardent fans have been howling for the return of Felicia and company since Street Fighter IV revitalised the fighting genre, and Darkstalkers Resurrection seems to be a giant step in the right direction.

The package contains two games: 1995’s Night Warriors: Darkstalker’s Revenge and 1997’sDarkstalkers 3. Both are faithfully ported from the original arcade releases, and while that means that several features included in their console ports are left by the wayside, it gives purists the chance to play the games as they were originally presented – for better or worse.

Read the rest at Push Square

I Love You Miriel – I Mean Fire Emblem Awakening

I was finally able to track down a copy of Fire Emblem Awakening and I am completely, totally, hopelessly hooked on it.

I’ve really been dying for a good 3DS game to sink my teeth into, especially after getting my XL a few months ago and not really playing much on it. Kid Icarus was a disappointment, Kingdom Hearts didn’t stick and Paper Mario was an exceptionally hollow experience. I wanted something meaty, something that was going to have me gripping that handheld for dear life. I finally found it.

My past experiences with Fire Emblem games are not noteworthy. I bought Path of Radiance because it was hard to find and I wanted to try the series but only got a few hours in. I got Radiant Dawn as a gift and started it twice before putting it aside for other games. Sacred Stones gave me heart palpitations. Despite the series and I never hitting it off properly, I downloaded the Awakening demo the day it went up and knew I had found my game within five minutes of starting it up.

Snap Judgements – Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

I was originally going to write something about the debacle surrounding the Ni No Kuni Wizard’s Edition, but that’s irrelevant at this juncture – Namco Bandai screwed up royally, we got our Wizard’s Edition despite the difficulties and, most important of all, the game is absolutely phenomenal. Christina and I spent a good part of the weekend playing it (we’re about 13 hours in as I write this) and we’re both hopelessly head-over-heels in love with it. Level 5 and Studio Ghibli have created something really special here, and despite my limited time with it I’m completely comfortable recommending it. I really feel like this is a once-in-a-lifetime game.

Requiem for Brick and Mortar

I greatly lament the death of video game stores.

Yes, I know GameStop is (and will continue to be) a thing. I’m talking about your old mom-and-pop video game stores – establishments run by people who care about what they do and run a business to service their customer.

As a retro gamer, I really miss the days of having places to go to browse old games. I miss seeing shelves filled with cartridges; monuments of plastic-encased circuit boards tempting you towards them with promises of nostalgia and warm feelings.

I really miss having places that made me feel that way.

Joe’s 2012 Gaming Awards and Year in Review

It’s the third anniversary of PK Bloggin’! It goes without saying this was the worst year for my productivity as far as this blog goes… I was very busy with work for the other sites I write for in addition to lots of other things that I decided were more worth it. Because of that I’m not going to do a “by the numbers” post this year because if I actually quantify how little I did I’ll get really sad. Instead, I’ll do an awards thinger!

2012 is all but over now and everyone is going on and on about their Game of the Year lists. I’ve never really done one myself, but it’s been a while since I’ve written anything and having such an easy topic seemed like a good way to get back on that wagon. While I played a lot of games in 2012, not all of them have been memorable, so rather than just doing my top 10 or whatever, I made up a bunch of categories that were more my style. Enjoy.

Nintendo Life Review – NBA 2K13 (Wii U)

Hoop dreams

Despite its only competitor in the basketball sim arena being dormant for the past few years, the NBA 2K series has continued to march forward year after year enjoying fan and critical acclaim thanks to its constant improvement with each franchise iteration. The series finally makes the bounce pass to a Nintendo console, and hoops fans in the house of Mario will absolutely eat it up.

Immediately upon starting the game you’re ushered into My Player mode, which has you create your own baller with dozens upon dozens of customization options. While tweaking their appearance isn’t as robust as an experience in other games, your avatar isn’t hitting the court in order to be a model, they’re going out there to play. Instead of giving you sliders for eyebrows and cheekbones, the game allows you to choose an animation for just about everything your player is going to be doing on the court, from fadeaway jumpers to dunks to crossover dribbles.

Read the rest at Nintendo Life

Nintendo Life Review – Darksiders II (Wii U)

Don’t fear the reaper

Whenever a new piece of Nintendo hardware is released one of the first things fans ask is “when is a Zelda game coming out?” In the case of the Wii U, the answer is simple: it’s already out, it’s just called Darksiders II.

Like the original Darksiders, this sequel wears its inspiration on its sleeve. You’ll ride a horse across wide open plains. You’ll traverse lots of dark dungeons solving puzzles in order to open locked doors and defeat giant bosses. Heck, a chime even plays whenever a puzzle is completed. Darksiders II is more than a mere copycat, though, and carves out a very distinctive personality for itself. In all honesty, there’s a lot on offer here that the Zelda dev team could be paying attention to.

Read the rest at Nintendo Life

Click This Link

As you know, Christina and I love collectible figures (and if you don’t, just come visit sometime and you’ll learn FAST). Christina’s a bit of a connoisseur as far as Japanese figures go and the Figma line by Max Factory is pretty well regarded. When we saw that they were making a Figma version of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword we were all over that like green spandex on Tingle. He arrived last night and we had some fun taking pictures. Enjoy, and don’t forget to check for hilarious alt text (and if you’re like, a mom or someone who doesn’t know what alt text is, just hover your mouse over a picture to see the caption)!