Hi there, how have you been?

Back to the regular schedule this week, and in fact it was a bit more than decent for me to be able to complain. :) I managed to: unlock an Extra mode I didn’t know existed in Picross DS; get the Pearl balloon in Pokémon Rumble World (3DS Download) and considerably expand my roster; beat Dracula in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS) and get to what made me re-buy this (going for completion); and even advance a few levels in Revenge of the Titans (Steam), a game forgotten for too long. Let’s hope I can keep up with it… :)

New Stuff! A couple new arrivals, quirky ones for sure. :)

Another Puyo Puyo iteration (loved the GBA one) and Wario Ware D.I.Y. My very first game maker? :)

Impressions! One thing this one doesn’t lack is style. Viewtiful Joe! Love the cel-shaded thick borders. :) Check the complete manual scans out!

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That’s it for now. I’ve got an indie games festival to attend in São Paulo this week, so maybe another Impressions Journal like last year’s may make its way in… :)

See ya, take care!

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Viewtiful Joe

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Hi there, how have you been?

I guess that’s the only time of the year an event that keeps me from playing amuses me. lol Three tough days to keep up with the news but pretty worthy ones all the same (read more below). :) Anyway some portable play sessions were snuck in for good: the constant Marvel Puzzle Quest (Android) (now with Quicksilver in the roster) and Pokémon Rumble World (3DS Download) (now with another “Superstar” in the roster, a Remoraid); and the annoying Albus battle has come in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS). -.-

Also, got a new RF cable for my Mega Drive to keep it working in full colors instead of B&W. :P

New Stuff! Found a weird NES lot in my neighborhood. The guy surely liked detective games… :P (That and a quirky, never seen before, release of Super Mario Bros. 3):

BR haul

SMB3, Dick Tracy, Golgo 13, the Brazil-only Crime Busters (CIB), our official Zapper (called “Laser Gun” here), a 60-72 pins adapter and a bonus Game Gear “Columns”. :)

Impressions! At least that E3 non-playing time made up for a new Impressions Journal… :P Check it out, it’s quite cool! :D

The Last Guardian

Please be true…

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That’s it for now.Back in the saddle!

See ya, take care!

I decided to create this journal because I needed a place to share impressions about games I’m yet to finish and I know I’ll never review…

Here we go, I hope you like it!

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Women time! It seems martyrs can really be useful after all–despite their personal suffering, of course. After years of harassment, discouragement or simply the regular overlooking the industry finally started to give ’em the reins for a change after the horrible last year. Not that it necessarily represents some social concern on their behalf–it’s actually just a late acknowledgement of who the modern gamer is–but it’s still useful anyway.

From the very opening Bethesda (the first to broadcast its conference) set the mood with the glorious Fallout 4, talking about their character customization tools: “of course, you can play as a female“, in a “Bethesda does what Ubidon’t” fashion. But fortunately they weren’t alone; several female protagonists were presented throughout the conferences, along with their real life reps in the roles of designers, artists, managers or pretty much anything else–just like anywhere else in the world.

Even Ubisoft has put a female character center-front in their new Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate footage after the latest controversial iteration, so I guess we can count the stepping stones as settled. It’s just a matter of growing up as a whole and embracing the biggest entertainment industry position we already claimed.

Bethesda! Bethesda does what Ubidon’t. ;)

Plus Doom. It will probably be as fun as ever to play, but what really got my ears up was the intense–and cheesy, but still fitting–sound design.
Plus The Elder Scrolls: Legends. HearthStone spamming a genre. I like it. :)
Plus Fallout 4. Everyhting everyone wanted–and more.

Fallout 4

Microsoft! Exclusives galore!

Plus Recore. Is Inafune a one-trick pony? We’re about to know.
Plus Backwards compatibility. Make your move, Sony. Please?
Plus Elite Wireless Controller. Sexy beast.
Plus Dark Souls III. Hmm…
Plus Beyond Eyes. Beautiful and interesting.
Plus Cuphead. Plain marvelous.
Plus Rare Replay. Let’s hope this sparks a sudden interest in Battletoads…
Plus Hololens. Seeing it working with Minecraft was awesome. (And it’s probably cheaper than Oculus etc.)

Hololens

EA! Star Wars babbling.

Plus Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst. More and more polished and refined. (And without guns, which is even better.)
Plus Unravel. Another indie with a soul.

Unravel
Pelé. Stop pretending you speak English.

Ubisoft! Keep Tom Clancy alive, please…

Plus Tom Clancy’s The Division. Still beautiful, but maybe a bit toned down.
Plus South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Sold for the name alone. lol
Plus Trackmania Turbo. And its procedural level generator. :)

TrackMania

Sony! Uncharted 4, of course… And more. :)

Plus The Last Guardian. Phew, it’s alive. o.o’
Plus Horizon: Zero Dawn. Reminds me of Enslaved–which is good.
Plus No Man’s Sky. I can’t help being amazed.
Plus World of Final Fantasy. If Nintendo was in better shape it would sure have nailed this.
Plus Final Fantasy VII Remake. People crying, etc. :P
Plus Devolver. Again, playing a big role in Sony’s conference.
Plus Shenmue III. People crying, etc. (2) :P

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Nintendo! Doing their thing… Well.

Plus Insights. Invaluable lessons from Miyamoto about Star Fox and Mario.
Plus Fire Emblem Fates. Gorgeous+ (Now with boobs physics. -.-). Let’s hope it has better level design than Awakening.

Fire Emblem Fates

Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Ugly and silly. (And I wrote this before the massive backlash.)

Square Enix! Traditional approach.

Plus NieR. This was really interesting and quite overlooked in the past generation. I’m glad to see it’s alive–even more with Platinum in.
Plus Lara Croft Go. The only mobile milking I liked.
Plus Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. High hopes for both.
Plus Project TETSUNA. Still a concept but promising nevertheless.

TETSUNA

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That’s it. Some of those titles are already out, others will have to wait a year or more to see the light of day… But anyway I tried my best to stuck to my first “impressions” on the conferences to be able to laugh about myself a couple years from here. :P I hope you liked it and feel free to write your own two cents if you want to. :)

See ya, take care!

Hi there, how have you been?

Yeah, nothing like one week after another. lol Last time I barely touched any piece of serious gaming, but this one was cool for both findings and play time. From the older ones I played (and fairly advanced into): X-COM: UFO Defense, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and SEGA Classics: Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine @Steam; Pokémon Rumble World (3DS Download), Picross DS, Metroid Pinball (DS) and Marvel Puzzle Quest (Android) in the mobile front; and a bunch of the new stuff that arrived… :)

New Stuff! Stuff came from overseas as from findings near my house, everything neat all the same: an Atari 2600 pack of four (Smurf, Zaxxon, River Raid and Commando Raid), CIB copies of Banjo-Kazooie (N64), Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia and ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat (both DS titles), and two terrific loose space shooters: Star Fox (SNES) and Gradius Galaxies (GBA). OK, I can’t really complain this time… :P

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Part of the haul. :)

Impressions! A classic revisited: the very first (and awesome) Metroid (NES, 3DS Virtual Console)! :) Check the impressions out!

Morphing Ball

Morphing Ball: inspiration behind Google’s logo. :)

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That’s it for now. E3 is here! :D

See ya, take care!

I decided to create this journal because I needed a place to share impressions about games I’m yet to finish and I know I’ll never review… Well, in this case I just needed to praise some piece of hardware. ;)

Here we go, I hope you like it!

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Sometimes for one reason or another you don’t happen to experience a series in the right order–I mean, trying the very first game before the sequels and so on. For me, despite playing games since 1984, those situations were more frequent than one would desire because living in Brazil meant mostly playing bootleg versions of the games–which also meant not playing RPGs (or any other game that used batteries for saving) at all until the early 90s.

Final Fantasy was one of such cases for me–and I loved the first entry when I had the chance to put my hands on it; Zelda too, but I hated the first entry when I had the chance to put my hands on it because it felt clumsier than the 7-year-older Adventure (Atari 2600). Weirdly Metroid worked that way for me too: never saw a single real NES copy in my entire life. My entry point was Super Metroid (SNES) (which is still a dear favorite), than I got the late official Brazillian version of Metroid II (Game Boy)… And I’m getting to play the first one more seriously now–got it as part of the 3DS Ambassador Program as a Virtual Console title.

I must say the thing is terrific. I think what really makes the title stand out, above anything else, is an unbelievably strong sense of originality. The atmosphere is genuinely intriguing and immersive, the way the world unfolds keeps you on your toes, the sound design is still pristine… I can’t remember another game at the time throwing you into action in such a bad shape–30% of your full Energy tank, without you even knowing it can be filled (there’s no HUD hint on that)–and that says volumes about its personality.

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Mystery all around…

Unforgiving as it is, it’s compelling all the same. Drawing maps on real paper was common practice at the time, so inching towards carefully unveiling it can be thrilling as later Resident Evil titles, for instance. The thought leads me to compare it to Alien movies (which can only be a good thing) and the few 80s games that can get near that when it comes to such a Lovecraftian setting were Irem titles.

I’m not that far into the game (just saw my 3rd area) but it’s easy to recognize an evident classic like this one. It’s also easy to lament not playing it before.
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That’s it, more comments to come in further posts. :)

See ya, take care!

Hi there, how have you been?

Yeah, this week I had nearly zero “traditional” gaming hours–and I say “nearly” because I still managed to sneak in some X-COM: UFO Defense (Steam) quick moves between classes and all, otherwise it would be pretty much zero–but (I never thought I’d say such a thing lol) I’m glad I have my Android cell phone to fix that. :D Marvel Puzzle Quest was back into the schedule because of the brand new Carnage cover, but despite not getting it I got Vision and have Quicksilver in the queue for the next 450 hero points I need to keep him… :P

Marvel Puzzle Quest

Grabbing Vision was fine too. :)

Also, ChuChu Rocket! (originally a Dreamcast release) was a favorite these days and it makes me want to fire Jet Set Radio (Steam) soon. :)

Impressions! I’m far from completing it, but my run through the basic levels of ChuChu Rocket! was enough for me to write some lines down. Check it out!

ChuChu

I miss the ol’ weird SEGA days… :(

 

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That’s it for now. This week I must at least play another level of LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes… :(

See ya, take care!