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Jimmy Stephenson–Associate Editor
Its been quite a busy week for me, as far as games are concerned. Spurred on by my completion of Transistor (for which the last video has been posted to our Youtube channel!), I decided to check out a few more Indie games that I had let fall by the wayside. I played all the way through Mark of the Ninja, which you might be surprised to learn actually has no ninjas in it. Lots of pirates, though. True Story. In any case, this game has some of the best stealth mechanics I’ve seen in a game, as it allows you to visualize almost every aspect of your presence, from whether you are hidden in shadow to how loud your footfalls are. Style becomes the most important goal, as beating the game isn’t really that hard, as long as you don’t mind being the worst ninja ever. I also played through the first couple of chapters of Hotline Miami, and my eyeballs are still recovering. With all the bright, contrasting colors, the simplistic visuals that manage to be both unclear and frighteningly detailed, and the floaty camera, I felt almost a little nauseous after playing. Despite that, though, the game is surprisingly addictive, with its quick respawns encouraging the “just one more” mindset perfectly. I have no idea what was going on, by I think that I enjoyed it. Lastly, I just want to say that I enjoyed watching the Nintendo Treehouse stream on Friday, in which the showed off a lot of Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS, along with some other stuff, I guess. I can’t wait to get my hands on the game in October, and the demo next week.
I finished up Tales of Xillia 2 this week. Boy did that take a while. I sank an easy 60 hours into beating it, but the review is now live for you guys to read my full thoughts. I also started my playthrough of the game I couldn’t talk about last week because of the embargo, but now I can! It’s Fairy Fencer F from NIS America. It’s made by Compile Heart and seems to run on the same engine as the Neptunia games. It feels a lot like them in some of the gameplay aspects, though the comedy and storytelling are different. The fighting is turn-based like Neptunia, too, though there are some differences. I need some more time with it yet before I can really form an opinion, though. Which means that I need to be able to put down this Super Smash Bros. demo and get back to work. It has a handful of characters available, and for me, at least, Mega Man is by far the hardest to get used to. Link doesn’t feel as quick as I’m used to, but Mario and Pikachu feel pretty normal. The Villager feels very gimmicky, like playing Mr. Game & Watch. I wish there were more stages/modes available, but I guess I’ll just have to wait!
Outside of games, I finally did some exploring up in NYC and hit up Midtown Comics and Kinokuniya for some new reading material. I picked up the last couple volumes of Haruhi Suzumiya and Spice & Wolf novels, and I can’t wait to dig into them. Shopping at those places is a dangerous game for me. I could easily put myself in the poor house…
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