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Anyone who is a true Worms! fanatic will likely agree with me that the first Worms! game was the best. You tried the sequels because you assumed it would be just as awesome, and even though they tended to fall short of the original glory, they were still pretty darn fun. Plus, they changed up the weapons for a bit of variety, but there was still always something missing.

What was missing from the sequels that made them less awesome from the original? It was the cheat menu. The original Worms! gave you a cheat menu right up front. Though, it wasn't really cheating, seeing as the adjustments applied to all players and not just you, but it opened up a lot of options. The cheat menu allowed you to fully customize the game play, weapons, rules, just about everything having to do with the way you could play. So far, I hadn't found another Worms! game since, that had allowed for this same level of customization and control over the game... Until now!

Worms! Battlegrounds has given my family a renewed reason for living. We have it on the PS4 and I must say... It is THE best installment, so far. So here is the rundown:

  • weapons options ------------- fully customizable
  • landscape ---------------------- fully customizable (build your own like on Little Big Planet)
  • Worms -------------------------- fully customizable (including: names, type, clothing, voice, gravestone, etc.)
  • Gameplay options ---------- fully customizable (timers, placement, etc.)
  1. Play single player missions
  2. Play local (up to 4) including Alien Invasion!
  3. Play online (up to 4) Ranked or just for fun

The only thing I was unhappy about was that you couldn't have more than one person per console if playing online. But seeing as the online option is new to me, I am willing to forgive them. Having the option to play 2 per console like Call of Duty lets you do online WOULD make for an amazing adjustment on the next game. (or as an update to this one. wink wink)

All-in-all If you are a fan of Worms! and have been longing for the days of old without having to bust out your Original Playstation system, then friends, that day has arrived!!!

**WARNING - some of the voice options for the worms have potty mouths. If there are small children around, I suggest you check to see which ones are safe.

Dragons and Demons and Evil oh my!

  • Dragon Age origins is more naughty than I knew. I have the console version so I can't do the patches, but it's interesting non-the-less. Definitely a relax game. Play is slow and drawn out. There is a lot of story, dialogue, and a ridiculous amount of side quests. I'm still having trouble staying on the main storyline, it seems to split in many directions.

There are so many characters to pick between as your party. They tend to have different skills, but you can only bring three other than yourself. Including a dog. Trying to build a relationship with any of them is long, drawn out, and tedious.

  • Diablo III can be quick or slow. If you want to run through the storyline quickly, you can. If you want to have the most levels for as you go, you can spend time clearing each map and killing everything in sight.

Gear is important too. You can either choose according to your class, or according the level of XP. Each class has it's own benefits. What one person loves and excels with could be horrible for someone else. But I highly encourage you try out each one and see how fun they can be. You can also color your gear, though the colors being sold change randomly.

Playing alone can be a fun relaxing time. You go at your own pace and get all the loot for yourself. OR, you can play with a party and kick butt, but you are tethered to the other players if on the same console. You also have to share loot if on the same console. On separate consoles you do not have to share most loot or be tethered. I previous thought you had to share legendary items no matter what, because they seemed to disappear when I tried to pick them up, but it turned out that some of them were books. I hadn't realized that the books to give the craftsmen could be considered legendary items as well.

Games, Anime, and ripping people's clothes off!

I realize it has been a couple of years, I apologize. Life changed a bit and I forgot. So to quickly catch up and get to the main event:

Ohayocon was awesome again this most recent January. Had a group this time which included my nephew, his best friend, my Senpai from Japanese class, and my Sensei who teaches us Japanese (not karate). I got a nice quality Erza book bag and some other hard-to-find items.

Finally finished the story mode for Ni No Kuni, though I am still working on the after-story content. Great game and story (if anyone was wondering). To me, it's like a less boring, more free-roam version of Pokémon, only with a story by Hayao Miyazaki and art made by Studio Ghibli. Nothing against Pokémon, I actually loved the show when it origianlly came out, but the games have always been boring and rather restrictive for my taste.

Moving on... I imported the Lime Green Vita "slim" from Japan last year, as well as Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. I did post a headline about this game, but never went into any details.

It is pretty neat. The fighting is quick to catch on, but does call for strategy in your play. You have many people to choose from as a battle buddy. And in good tradition, the main male character has a harem of girls and a guy to woo and... other things. No spoilers, but as far as what the story is about, let's say it's an alternate ending to the show.

Okay next, Destiny has kept me entertained for weeks on end. It's basically a mash up of a FPS and an RPG. It has both a story/campaign and a free roam option. It too, has PVP option. The entire game is online with all other players, so you will never be lonely.

Advanced Warfare was sweet. The campaign was pretty cool. Kevin Spacey makes a good game character. Better than who you actually play as. The new features and options make playing a little more fun for those of us who don't spend every waking moment working towards Elite-triple-super-mondo-better than everyone else rank. I actually have a fighting chance on multiplier mode, even with people playing who within 24 hrs had already made it into level 40+.

And FINALLY... Akiba's Trip ( Akiba Strip) - oh what can I say without spoiling too much of the story. I suggest you watch the trailer (the English one). It doesn't give anything away really, but does enough to spark the curiosity. By the way, you run around beating people up and ripping their clothes off... in public... and they try doing the same to you. I saw the trailer and was like, "What is this??? Must play..." It's fun, has tons of content, is absurd in all the right ways, has a purpose to the storyline, and makes me feel like I am almost in Akihabara. Just amazing the amount of detail they put into it. Also, you can change up the audio to have all English, or Japanese with English subtitles.

So that's it for now, but Ohayocon is just around the corner. right after that holiday coming up... oh ya, Christmas. I guess that's fun too. Will try to stay in touch from now on.

Online Shooters/Multiplayers

Well, it's winter break between semesters and I have stocked up on plenty of fun. From COD: BO2 and MW3 to Gotham City Impostors to Starhawk. My nephew comes over and he was recently banned from any games rated M, so we play Starhawk, Gotham City Impostors, Little Big Planet, and so on. All the games are fun in their own way.

Starhawk has been a favorite since playing the beta. It's only rated T so my nephew can play and we can do Splitscreen. I mostly enjoy the variety and different strategies it offers compared to other online shooters. Things like building. Or destroying buildings. so many ways to get XP, that doesn't restrict you to straight up kill, or die.

Gotham City Impostors has funny antics and I find the constant jabber of the character give me more sense of others being around. I don't feel alone when I play this game and i often am when i'm playing games.

Call of Duty is an obvious favorite of so many. I do enjoy both games and especially the campaign, but I find the multiplayer very redundant and rather boring after a while, now that I have to play alone. MW3 turns out to be my personal choice of the 2 games, but I do like some of the missions given in BO2.

Either way, i am having fun with my free time when my bf is gone and I have the t.v. to myself, or my nephew comes over to hang.


Finally got the first Darksiders. Very DMC style gameplay. I like that very much. graphics are great, controls are smooth and simple to get a handle on. (though sometimes you get that delay where you try to jump from a ledge and he just walks and the jump never happens. I hate that, but I guess i'm used to it happening in games by now.)

If you enjoy the DMC or GoW style gameplay, then this game is for you... and me!

Starhawk Beta

This Beta is awesome.

PROS: I found it quite easy to learn and get used to the controls. I enjoy interacting with so many people, that get to be both friend, as well as, foe. Capture the Flag is a simple and classic concept. Hopefully everyone has played CTF before and knows the general idea. Now just throw in people you've never met, high powered amunnitions, a baracade, collections system for building a fortress, outerspace, alien species, mayhem, and straight up adrenaline rush awesomeness!!

Only CONS: (and this may be my internet, not the game) but I have a hard time connecting. Sometimes I get dropped from the server, or don't connect at all. And so far I have yet to get Team Death Match (TDM) to work. Seems every time I try to search for a TDM I disconnect from the server.

Now understand, my internet isn't the greatest and I am in the works to getting an upgrade. It is possible these connection issues are all me and will be resolved when my new service is activated, but as a warning, if you have less than stellar internet access, this game may be frustrating to get started.

3DS review and other notes.

Okay, started DMC3 and it is as difficult as the reviews say. That one will take a while, but it rocks.

I finally got around to playing Super Mario Galaxy, since my nephew's Wii is broken, he can't complain that I have it at my house. (I did buy it for myself!)

My 3DS is my new best friend, along with my recently acquired PS3. Both have great games and lots of free stuff for download.

I am really hoping that the new Naruto game for the 3DS will be released in the US soon. Not fair we have to wait so long!! Especially since there are so many games not even out at all that we are waiting for; Why should we have to wait so long for a game that is already released every where else?

I think my most excited is the new 3d video that is out on the 3DS, finally. I am hoping that the full length feature film will be on schedule and come out at the end of the year as originally announced. Not holding my breath though. Ok, maybe I am, but at least I know it's silly to think I won't pass out before this happens.

The only complaint I have about the 3Ds, but not necessarily their fault, is that now I can watch all instant play Netflix, except for the 3d shows. Apparently Netflix did not get the memo that the 3DS is fully capable of playing video in, well, 3D!!

And by the way, I am in fact an Official 3DS Ambassador. So feel free to bow down, or whatever , and ask me questions if you like.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

This is still an awesome game and I love the characters. The new three layers thing is cool, though it does get hard sometimes to tell if I'm suppose to go into an area or not. I like that there is an autosave now and you don't have to get through five levels before being able to save (until you enter the next world).

One thing I will say that does not work well is the crouch and blow. Half the time when I crouch and then try to blow a flower, he rolls instead. I clearly have the control pressed down, not forward, and he still rolls (usually off a cliff). But other than that issue, the game is still just as great as the original!