Retro Game Friday: Killer7

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a rather oddball game. It’s Killer7!

Plot: The plot is pretty complex and not at all kid friendly. That said this is a Suda51 game, so that is to be expected.

Gameplay: The gameplay is pretty poor, with it being an On The Rails shooter for the most part. Honestly I enjoyed the story more than the gameplay by a very large margin.

Art: Killer7 used Cel Shading extensively and while it’s aged pretty well since then, it still has aged.

Music: The music is pretty good, and fits the game well.

Overall: An okay game, but much better story. Honestly you might just want to watch a Let’s Play instead of actually playing this.

For those who like: Action, Drama, The Noir Genre.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Synth Saturday: Constellations Chapters 11-20 by UnwelcomeStorm

This week for Synth Saturday I’m covering the next set of chapters in Taylor and Amaterasu’s story. It’s Constellations Chapters 11-20 by UnwelcomeStorm!

Plot: This second set of chapters is just as hilarious as the first set. Frankly it had me cracking up multiple times a chapter at times. Frankly I love how UnwelcomeStorm has portrayed the Baachan Collective, which is pretty accurate for just about any collection of elderly grandmothers, most of the time.

Characters: Taylor and “Sunny” really get into some shenanigans in this set of chapters, the fact Taylor does most of the through sheer accident is just icing on the cake. I also love how Lung is portrayed in this Fic. We don’t get too many new characters or OCs, because the focus is on Taylor and Sunny most of the time.

Overall: An excellent set of chapters in a must read Fic.

Video Game Tuesday: Next Gen Thoughts

Hey all I’m back with some of my ponderings regarding the next generation of consoles for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. It’s my Next Gen Thoughts!

Which is more powerful?: Let’s just get this out there right now, it’s a pretty close race between the two machines, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, with the Series X having a bit more processing power, while the PlayStation 5 has a near instantaneous load time due to it’s SSD according to Sony. Frankly we don’t know all the differences just quite yet, we might have learned them by now if they had some big news conference ala E3, but with COVID still an issue that has really hampered both Sony and Microsoft’s ability to make such things.

Which are you going to buy?: At this point I’ll probably be getting the PlayStation 5, but that’s personal preference for the game lineup thus far. This could change in the future, but as of right now that’s my current decision. I’m more interested in the Spider-Man game than I am in another Halo game.

Maybe that’ll change in the next few months, but those are my thoughts thus far.

What are you planning to get, if at all?

Video Game Tuesday: A Note on Review Scores

This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m answering a question I was asked a few days back. It’s A Note on Review Scores!

Review Scores?: First off if you don’t read my game reviews on GiN, this post won’t really affect you. That being said I ask that you do take a look at them if you can. Now regarding my review scores I’ve been asked why I’ve given several games 0’s, either in certain categories or just across the board in general. I have good reasons for doing that, and they fall into generally three categories, as I’ve only done it 3 times, although the third time the developers actually fixed the issue before my review was posted so I went back and didn’t give 0s across the board like I intially did.

My First Reason: Playing the game, Coffin Dodgers, made me physically ill. I couldn’t play it for more than 15 minutes before I got so sick I had to run to the bathroom to throw up. I don’t get motion sickness in general, though I do get it on extreme cases like very twisty roads like the Road to Hana on Maui. So I gave that game some 0s for it’s score. If it didn’t have frame rate issues, with multiple frames missing each second I would have been fine and I’d probably have enjoyed the game quite a bit.

My Second Reason: Plagiarism and Laziness, Sword and Fairy 6 is a Chinese RPG that was utter crap. It had terrible localization, plagiarized the hell out of Starcraft out of sheer laziness and was in general unplayable, period. It had frame-rate issues, the opening cinematic was utter nonsense and the very first on screen tutorials had multiple instances of improper grammar on just one screen. Games are made by people who should take pride in their work, if I don’t see that in the game, I have very little reasons to score it favorably.

My Third Reason: Being unbeatable, literally. Star Horizon is a game I reviewed very recently and it’s 8th level was literally unbeatable. They didn’t include certain enemy targets in that mission which led to mission failure, nothing I did fixed that issue until they patched it a couple weeks later. If a game isn’t actually beatable, I don’t care how amazing the story and gameplay might be, I’m going to give the game 0’s and advise people to avoid it like the plague.

I hope this clarified my stance on Review Scores.

Retro Game Friday: Vigilante 8 2nd Offense

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a sequel to one of a lesser known series I covered ages back. It’s Vigilante 8 2nd Offense!

Plot: This sequel has a decent plot, but it’s nothing spectacular either. That isn’t to say it’s bad, just that it’s not amazing.

Gameplay: This plays a lot like the original, which is to be expected. However the newly added two player co-op mode made this game lots of fun to play with my friend when I was younger.

Art: The game has aged poorly, but that’s to be expected from a game that was near the end of the Nintendo 64 era.

Music: I don’t remember much of it other than that it fit the game, I was too busy laughing with my friend.

Overall:  A fun game, but it has aged poorly.

For those who like: Vehicular Combat, Action, Adventure.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.