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Gabriel’s Weekly Report # 5

I’ve got way too much going on.

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My definitive Duke Nukem 3D experience.

Nostalgia can be pretty weird sometimes. Back when I first played Duke Nukem 3D, my mother would have Don Henley’s greatest hits CD playing constantly. Normally listening to Boys of Summer, Dirty Laundry, and New York Minute for hours would erode one’s sanity, but I survived. To add to this, back when I played the XBLA re-release of Duke Nukem 3D, my room-mate would play music from The Eagles all the damn time. Seeing as how I’ve probably already lost my mind, I celebrated the release of the steam version, by picking up a couple Don Henley albums.

As for the steam version, it’s really good. Four campaigns are included, and the game looks and controls quite nicely. The multiplayer options should be patched in soon. There’s also going to community hub support, for players to submit their own maps. Altogether I’d say it’s worth the ten bucks. Maybe sometime in the future, I’ll write out the full review.

A 3DS is on the way.

I just got the news from Target, my Nintendo 3DS XL will be arriving soon. I’ve already decided on the first three games that I’ll be purchasing. They’re going to be Luigi’s Mansion 2, Super Mario 3D Land, and…..Style Savvy: Trendsetters. Yes, I am a heterosexual male. I don’t know how a videogame about running a clothing store appeals to me, but it does. I’ve played the first Style Savvy on the DS, and it’s freaking addictive. Besides, this game will occupy my time, while I’m waiting for whatever-manly-game to finish loading. In that time, I can decorate my store, shop for new clothes, and help customers pick outfits that they’ll love.

I haven’t figured out what else I’m going to get, although Dragon Quest VII is a definite when it hits America. Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is also tempting, but first I’ve got a dozen Persona games to not play through. There’s also Space Harrier 3D, if Sega ever bothers to release it over here.

Spending some time with a few MMOs.

Normally I’m not too fond of MMO games. I figure that with the time I spend on one MMO, I could have played through dozens of games. Still, everyone now and then, and itch comes along, that needs to be scratched. I’ve gotten back into TERA. This is mainly due to the fun combat, an aspect sorely lacking in the genre. It’s very much a grind though, as the quests are typically “kill x”, “kill y amount of x”. I’m alright with that, just because the core of the game is that entertaining. Still, I can’t help but think that I’m just biding my time, until Sega finally releases Phantasy Star Online 2 in the west. I’ve put thousands of hours into previous entries in the series. I might just give up other games altogether, if PSO2 ever comes out here.

I’ve played a few other titles as well, though not for long. War-Frame is an entertaining shooter, but it gets repetitive far too quickly. Vindictus has good combat, but I don’t care for the mission design. Dungeon Fighter Online has a cool concept (2D MMO-beatemup), but the mechanics aren’t that good. This all goes back the the original argument. Why play a cruddy MMO that emulates certain genres, instead of playing games that are designed specifically for the genre? I wouldn’t put TERA next to Monster Hunter, or some other great action game, but it still does enough right, to warrant my time. There’s not much on the horizon to look forward to. Blade & Soul looks intriguing, due in large part to the combat. The same goes for Black Desert Online. Final Fantasy XI is probably the only traditional MMO, I’d consider replaying. I’ve heard that it’s a much different game than it was in the past, but I simply don’t have the time anymore.

What I’ve been playing.

Maldita Castilla – This game is a throwback to the classic action-platformers of the 80s. We’re talking titles like Ghosts n’ Goblins, Wardner, Black Tiger, and so on. If you’ve played any of those, you know exactly what to expect. Throwing weapons, jumping on platforms, engaging in over a dozen boss-battles, this game has it all. Best of all, this game is absolutely free. You can grab it from this website.

Zineth – Another free game that also happens to be very unique. As a cowboy in a robot-suit, you’re tasked with various odd-jobs, that have you traveling all over some futuristic desert city. Getting around is like the Jet Set Radio games, where you’ll be grinding on walls, rails, and making some serious jumps. If you mess up, you can rewind to attempt stunts again. What’s really interesting about this game, is that there are various social elements. You can play with other people, go on twitter, and even raise capsule monsters. It’s worth poking around with for awhile, and skating through the desert is kinda breath-taking. If this game sounds like something you can get into, then go check it out.

Super Hexagon - Easy to learn, impossible the master, that’s the selling point behind this game. All you have to do is not touch the walls. However,  you’ll most likely die in five seconds. Surprisingly, this won’t deter you from continually playing this game.  It is superbly-designed and masterfully crafted. Surviving for just a few more seconds, will require a herculean effort, but it’s really rewarding.