Monthly Archives: July 2014
Welcome back everyone to my esteemed blog. As the autumn months quickly makes it way toward us, the newest line-up of video game titles are slowly trickling their way stateside. One of these games is Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd.
For those of you who are not aware of what Hatsune Miku is, it’s a music rhythm game similar to that of Parappa The Rapper. Button images, square, circle, x, and triangle will appear in different areas of the screen in random sequences according to the beats and melodies of the music. You simply have to press the buttons as they match up. Click here for an example of the game in action.
Sega released this game on a gamble, seeing as how it is such an extremely niche audience. The game however was a massive success, and Sega in their infinite wisdom has decided to bring the sequel. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, much like it’s predecessor will feature 40 songs and a new difficulty setting that will keep you coming back for more Miku! No concrete release date has been released as of yet, but a tentative date is set for December of 2014 on the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait until next year for this amazing sequel.
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Welcome back happy gamers to my esteemed blog. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, and spending a lot of that time basking in non-stop gaming goodness. RPGs (Role Playing Games) has developed a monstrous fan base over the years, and most noticeably, the music that accompanies some titles is treasured among tons of fans all over the world. One piece of music that is among the most popular is the final battle themes—the climactic battle between your heroes and the fiend that you must smite. There are many selections in this particular genre, and everyone has their opinion of which theme is the best of the best. Here is a nice listing my favorite last boss themes:
Now for my top three choices:
…and the winner (at least I think) for best RPG last boss theme song is???????
Are there any RPG last boss themes that you think are undeniably awesome, and stand out above the rest? Share your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you. Until next week folks, take care and game on!
Welcome back friends to my esteemed blog. I hope all of you out there had an incredible fire cracking 4th of July weekend. As most of us prepare to return to our usual 9-5 occupations, some of us would like to know what is hot in the gaming world. Thankfully, I have come back to bring you yet another fantastic dose of gaming goodness. There are plenty of big names within the gaming industry, but for those of you who are not aware, indie games are making a huge positive impact within the gaming world.
Independent developer Yacht Club Games has launched their newest title Shovel Knight for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U. This title is a tribute to retro platforming games that many, if not, all of us are too familiar with. The question is, does Shovel Knight pay homage to a time period of great games? Or, does it insult the genre of retro platforming that we have all loved since childhood? Let’s find out shall we?
Graphics: Shovel Knight is a retro gaming platforming adventure that takes a risk with having 8-bit type graphics, but you can’t help but be mesmerized by the beautiful execution of this trip down memory lane. It dives back into the days of old without ever making the game look too outdated. The sprites and backgrounds are very well executed, the colors are unbelievably vibrant, and the blend of graphical elements from different gaming titles of the 8-bit era (you’ll see which ones shortly) draw you in to the point where you completely forget that you are playing this game on a next-generation gaming console. Yacht Club Games deserves high recognition and praise for their incredible and masterful execution of this element. Score: 9.5/10
Sound: The music of Shovel Knight is a retro gamer’s dream come true. It uses the 8-bit chip sound production beautifully, and more often than not, I found myself tapping my toes to some of these incredible tracks. This is a reminder to gamers that you don’t need a full scale orchestra to create fantastic memorable music. Score: 9/10
Gameplay: The meat of this package is within the gameplay. Shovel Knight is a side-scrolling platform adventure game. It borrows elements from many of the “in-crowd” Nintendo games. The controls are as basic as they come. You have move, jump, and attack. You side scrolling elements from Mega Man using your shovel as a pogo stick from Ducktales, and attacking foes in similar ways to Ninja Gaiden and Castlevania via swiping them with your shovel.
The map layout is very similar to Super Mario Bros. 3, one of the greatest Nintendo games ever (at least in my opinion). You traverse through different dungeon layouts and fight bosses in the same format as Mega Man. You also earn currency via digging up and or discovering gems, gold coins, and other shiny goodies along the way. Currency plays a critical role in this game, as it allows you to buy relics and potions that make your quest a little bit easier. It also plays a role when you die. Upon your death, chunks of your funds are sacrificed to bring you back. Don’t fret, you can return to you place of death and reclaim your lost funds, which are floating in bags.
You may think that this game is a “rip off” of other treasured games of the 8-bit era, but it actually feels like a stand alone title that really makes it’s mark in an incredible way. Some of us veteran retro gamers may find the difficulty of Shovel Knight a little bit mundane, but fear not friends, Yacht Club Games has provided a New Game Plus mode that is sure to scratch that itch for an extra challenge. Shovel Knight looks simplistic but it plays smoothly for those who are veterans of the Nintendo 8-bit era and those of us who were deprived of the joys of these gaming gems back in the days of old. Score: 10/10
Shovel Knight is a fantastic game. It has been years since I played through a platformer numerous times in one sitting, and it felt pretty darn good. Retro gamers looking for a hidden gem, or new age gamers wanting to find their gaming roots, look no further than Shovel Knight. A fantastic tribute to retro games and this will be a classic for many years to come.
Final Score: 9.5/10