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Month: July 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Metroid Fusion (Review)

Engaging, linear action game with tons of replayability and terror – SA-X, I’m looking at you!

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If I had to pick a favorite game, it would have to be Metroid Fusion. It was the first game of the Metroid series that I could really get into. And it was the first game that I was good at. I mean really good at.

Granted, I couldn’t beat certain bosses without help (Spider. Security Robot. I’m looking at you.), but I knew every nook and cranny of the world within the game. I knew all the hidden locations, all the hidden upgrades.

On New Years, it’s become my tradition to play through the game in one sitting, and I can play most of it without even thinking.

But the fact that I’ve given Metroid Fusion hundreds of hours of my life isn’t the reason why it’s my favorite. While not the only important factors in a game, three things stand out to me as very important: Story, gameplay, and replayability.

Metroid Fusion excels at all three.

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The Isaac Project

isaac-reviewAfter Rebekah finds her boyfriend cheating on her, she decides to forget about trying to fall in love. Taking after her namesake in the Bible, she decides that she wants to have a modern day arranged marriage.  And she wants to get married as soon as possible so her ailing grandfather, who raised her, would be able to see her get married. Her friend would search for a husband for her and God would give her a sign to know which man would be the one. Continue reading

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Review)

High-quality LEGO game that brings the Star Wars experience to life  – and isn’t afraid to make fun of itself.

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I’ve been waiting for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a while now. I first heard about this game during a visit to my local GameStop. They had an elaborate countdown timer stationed near the checkout line, and it was about 19 days until the release. I was a little sad to see that the Wii U only had a regular version (unlike the special versions for PS4 and XBOX One), but I was still excited for the game.

LEGO games have always had a great sense of humor, and I was ready to see how that humor translated to the The Force Awakens. I really enjoyed this movie, but I also know how ridiculous Star Wars can be (*cough* original trilogy *cough*). After getting back from the store with the game in hand, I was eager to see how it would portray some of the movie’s darker plot points.

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Chop, Chop: A Story of Friendship, Love, Loss and Faith

chop-reviewThis story starts off with a few people heading to an execution of a prisoner who got the death penalty. But to be honest, when the main character, David, began to tell the story in Chapter 1, I completely forgot about that.  He literally starts the story from pre K, and introduces his friend Laci, and later in 6th grade, Greg, and the three become best friends. So we get to see these kids and their friends as they go through middle school and high school. Continue reading

Reflect (Developments) – Analysis

Originally Published: December 29, 2014 I just liked it so much I wanted to repost it. It’s pretty long, so prepare to read 🙂

There’s a lot that I want to say about Hands Like Houses, but, first, take some time to watch this video, which I’ll be discussing in this post.

When I first heard Hands Like Houses, I was surprised by how different they were from everything else I usually listen to. Their music was heavy, but they didn’t have any screaming, so they hung in a weird balance. Lyrically, they were very creative, clear but just cryptic enough to force you to spend some time pondering the meaning behind the words.

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