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Eikichi-Onizuka Blog

Yay! A new blog about stuff

Hey yall! I haven't made a blog in a while and I'm tired of seeing my e3 post when I'm on my page, so here goes! To start off with I've decided to stay out of next gen for a while. I like how the PS4 looks but none of the launch games excite me so I decided not to preorder even after hearing how they are starting to sell out already. With so many games still coming out for PS3 and a backlog I still need to catch up on, new consoles aren't really exciting me that much I will likely get one mid to late next year when some more games come out. I do also plan to get a Wii U, mainly for Smash Bros. 4 because I don't think I'll be happy just playing it on the 3DS. Other games do interest me though like Super Mario 3D World, Sonic, and Mario Kart 8. 



I was thinking of something to play on my laptop now and then so when Final Fantasy VII released on Steam so I decided to pick it up. I've played the game several times before but never completed it so I decided I'll make that my next goal. The cross-save feature is nice now that's working so now I can play it on my main PC and laptop quite easily. The graphics look a little more crisp and the character booster is a waste as that would break the game(since it can't be undone) so I wouldn't really recommend paying $12 for it like I did if they have it already. The game also has a weird open mouth glitch where NPCs just stand there the whole time with their mouth wide open at times. It especially looks funny on Sephiroth. I don't regret the pickup though because I think I'll be more likely to finish it this way. I thought about putting on the Vita but didn't want it taking up that much room on the memory stick. I'm not that far yet, I just recruited Yuffie but I've started playing it more.

Now I'll talk about a game most of you have never heard of that I picked up on PSN this week. It was full retail release in Japan and the US version was $20 with the DLC so I don't mind it being digital only too much. Still it would have been nice to a physical version along with G.Rev's other game for the PS3, Under Defeat.



I've only played through the arcade mode, but Mamorkun Curse! has been really fun so far. Between this and Under Defeat it has me sold on any shmups that G.Rev develops. Under Defeat was fairly easy as the genre goes but this one will take much longer to master. I will attempt it but some of the trophies sound really hard like beating the game without losing a life with every character(of which there are six of them). 


It doesn't seem as extreme as some other bullet hell games I've played because of the inserted slowdown but I haven't played the other modes, extra missions, and higher difficulties yet. I might get more playtime out of this then a lot of other shmups. The design reminds me of Touhou, of which I need to play more of those as well. The game has a story but from I've seen so far it isn't that well written and is an excuse for girls(and effeminate boys) to shoot stuff up. The game is fun though, and plays a shmup for the story?

As for that backlog I mentioned earlier I did also buy Project X Zone and Shin Megami Tensei IV for the 3DS but I haven't touched either of them yet. SMT IV along with Fire Emblem did also get me $30 in eshop money but I haven't decided what to spend it on yet. Aside from those I also bought Kirby's Dream Collection for the Wii from Best Buy as it was on sale for 8 bucks. It was too good a deal to pass up and I've never played Kirby's Dream Land 2. The rest are just nice to have on disc.


The other recent game I bought(and played) was Muramasa Rebirth. I had played it on the Wii before but the game looks gorgeous on the Vita OLED screen. The controls are also a lot better since the game has a dedicated jump button now. I finished both story modes but now I need to get the other endings and beat the game on Chaos(which is the name of hardest mode iirc). It's an excellent beat em' up/RPG that I'd recommend and it has me more looking forward to Dragon's Crown now(which I may or may not preorder still as it comes out the same week as Tales of Xillia and I'm not sure I'll swing both).   

Well that's about it. My birthday is coming up on the 29th so I might be doing something for that. I'm not planning anything myself and intend to stay home but that doesn't usually happen. XD

E3 - The Big Three

Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have all had their big e3 conferences now (or Direct, in Ninty's case) so here is what I thought of them.


Microsoft overall had a decent showing with some new exclusives to announce for the Xbox One. They came out from the start to show that yes, the Xbox One is still a gaming system but kept quiet about always online and DRM approach.

+ New exclusives(for console): Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, Killer Instinct, Ryse, Titanfall
+ Nice trailers for Metal Gear Solid and The Wither 3
+ Price and launch date announced

- Silence on details of Xbox One DRM, and always online(have to connect once a day)
- Demo woes with Battlefield 4 
- Price is $499

My rating - 7/10

I'm not buying an Xbox One but they did have good looking games to show for the conference so it wasn't a bad show.  


Sony started off a little slow, showing off PS3 and Vita games we already knew about that are coming fairly soon. Beyond: Two Souls and Puppeteer had nice new trailers though. They talked a little too long about TV/Movie/Music servcices but then it was all about the PS4 and they owned it from there.

+ Nice new trailers for PS4 exclusives: Infamous, Killzone, Knack
+ Final Fantasy XV(Versus XIII) gameplay and Kingdom Hearts III reveal
+ Awesome demos for Watch Dogs and Destiny
+ Nice barrage of indies coming to PS4
+ No disc-based DRM, $399 price tag

- Nothing new to announce for Vita
- Still, no Last Guardian 
- Demo woes with Assassin's Creed IV 

+/- PSN plus now required for online(PS4) which will mean better service but now Sony might feel as obligated to bring us a good selection of free plus titles since people with have to pay for plus to play online anyway. 

 My rating - 9/10

It could have been a 10/10 if Sony was really convincing that they still plan to support the Vita. Hopefully they have something up their sleeve and wanted to keep e3 about the PS4. 


With no new big console to talk about, Nintendo was all about the games for their direct. They had a fairly nice showing but I found it a bit disappointing.

+ Super Smash Bros. gameplay, along with playable Mega Man
+ Mario Kart 8, X, Bayonetta 2, Wind Waker HD, Wonderful 101 trailers
+ Nintendo also showing support for cool looking indies
+ Dates, release windows announced for most games

- Super Mario 3D World looks like a 3DS game, looks fun but scaled down from recent 3D Mario
- Lag, lag, and more lag. Nintendo needs to do a better stream or offer it in more places.

+/- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze looks fun, but a bit disappointing that it's what Retro is working on 

My rating - 7.0/10 

Super Mario 3D World won't be so bad if Nintendo has a full 3D Mario game(I would love to a hub and more open levels come back like in 64/Sunshine) to come out in the next year or two but it's a disappointment as the big new 3D Mario for the Wii U. At least Peach is playable instead of two Toads this time.

And now to look forward to the rest of E3.
(I missed the EA conference, so decided not to cover them or Ubisoft here) 

Not sure if it's just me but Glitchspot is at it again

Over the past few days I've commented on quite a few GS friend's blogs and the comment disappears. Happened to me about five times over the last three days(that's not counting a couple I attempted to comment in a couple times lol). Anyone else having this problem?

I'll also take a little time to talk about the game I'm currently playing.



I'm playing the PS3 version of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen and I'm having a lot of fun with it so far. I've been exploring around a lot with some high level pawns but I think I'll downgrade to seem weaker ones as I get more into the main story as they are quite overpowered at the moment. So far the only foes that have given me trouble with them are spirits(called phantasms I think). They probably have a weakness I can exploit but even my pawns weren't doing much damage lol. If the Elder Scrolls games had combat more like this I could really get into them. Playing this now definitely has me looking forward to Deep Down for next gen. 

Dragon's Dogma doesn't exactly have a moving story and there is a lot of stuff to do so I might play another game or two along with it. After I'd down with DD (lol, boobs) I might finally crack into Demon's Souls or Dark Souls to focus on them and see if I get what all the hubbub is about.

Duck Tales WOO-HOO!

Great news, Duck Tales is getting an HD release coming this summer for PSN/XBLA/WiiU. I loved the NES original and this looks great so I'll definitely be buying it. Along with the Dungeons & Dragons arcade games getting released, Capcom is really on a roll today. I've always wanted to play those. Alien vs. Predator was awesome and now this gives me hope for that game seeing a home release as well.

A new Mega Man game has also been announced to be in development but I won't hold my breath on that. It could be a browser game for all I know, but hopefully it will be something worth getting excited for. I would hope it's not yet another classic Mega Man (would prefer a new X game) but even that would be pretty nice. 


Video Game Compilations

I just bought Midway Arcade Origins and have been playing it some recently and it while it isn't the greatest collection of games out there it really has me wishing more companies would release compilations like this on disc. Aside from Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection and Midway Arcade Origins, I don't believe there is anything else on current gen consoles and that's a shame. The Capcom Arcade Cabinent which is coming soon seems like a complete rip-off. Games for $5 a piece, $10 for three packs, or $30 for the complete collection which has only 15 games. Might seem like a good value if the PS2/PSP Capcom Collections didn't offer more games for only $20 each in physical releases. I wouldn't mind having Ghosts n' Goblins, Pirate Ship Higemaru, etc again on PS3 but not for that price. I'd be more likely to track down the PS2 Collections even though I have them on PSP. Hopefully there be a big discount at some point because that's the only way I'd buy them. Anyway, back to Midway Arcade Origins.


Midway Arcade Origins is a pretty neat collection, offering 30 games for $30(okay I bought it for $20 from Amazon) and offers a pretty good value. But the collection is pretty bare bones with less games(and less quality ones at that) and extras than the SEGA collection. That's forgivable though since Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection just offered way too much value for a $30 collection, I would has easily bought it for $50-60 with all the games offered on it. I plan to attempt a platinum but Smash TV is getting to be a pain in the ass so not sure if it will actually happen. I haven't played them again recently yet but pretty sure the Joust games and Sinistar are going to be a pain also. Even though the product is kind of lacking in features and definitely missing some games, I'd recommend it to any fan of Midway's library. 

The PS2/Xbox/Gamecube era as it stands now definitely had the best collections of games: Capcom Classics vol.1 and 2, Mega Man/Mega Man X, Metal Slug, Street Fighter/Street Fighter Alpha, Taito, and more I forgot I'm sure. 

Here are some compilations I would love to see released:
Castlevania Collection (All the Castlevania games before the series went Metroidvania)
Capcom Classics (Breath of Fire, Demon's Crest, etc)
Mega Man Ultimate Collection (Would be nice to see the MM and X games on one blu-ray disc) 
Tecmo Koei Collection (Ninja Gaiden trilogy, Uncharted Waters, etc) 

Only in my dreams:
Capcom/Disney Collection (Aladdin, Duck Tales, The Magical Quest, etc)
Compile Shooter Collection (Blazing Lazers, MUSHA, etc) 
TMNT Collection 

Those lists could have been a lot longer probably, but I'll keep it short. I'll get back to playing Midway Arcade Origins and Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny before hitting Fire Emblem Awakening. Then hopefully I'll be hitting the backlog because I intend to keep myself off of new games for a while and get to my unplayed ones. Feel free to post long lists of compilations you'd love to have here if you want.

New Games and Clean Up

I wasn't planning to buy any games this month but I have a good chunk of change because I decided to clean out most of my anime DVDs between selling them on ebay, and trading them in at Amazon and Disc Replay. I decided to only keep the anime I really love in my collection and get rid of the rest of the stuff I bought a few months ago but finally got around to it over the last couple weeks. I ordered Ni no Kuni at Amazon with the DVDs I traded in there, and bought Dragon's Dogma and the Jak and Daxter HD Collection with the stuff I traded in at Disc Replay. No idea what I'm going to do with the money I got from ebay, I got quite a bit since some of collection was fairly rare.

I also finished two new games that I bought from last month, they were:


I played the original Persona 4 on PS2 but P4 Golden added a lot of events, a new dungeon, and more play time. I played through once and got the true ending but I'll definitely be playing it again at some point to do the few things I missed on the first playthrough. I would like to plat the game if I find myself spending an extra 60 hours or so on it(first playthrough was longer but now battles will go much faster with powered up weapons and persona).


The other game was Under Defeat HD Deluxe Edition for the PS3. The game was really short but it's a really fun shmup and I liked it enough to play through the game 10 times to get all the trophies. I liked how the helicopter could shoot in different directions while moving, but oddly enough I didn't like the twin stick controls. I went with the reverse option. I could definitely recommend this for people if they're trying to get into shmups because the game isn't all that hard, since the more time spent on it allows more credits to be used. Also, the extra chopper that comes with this edition is just insanely over-powered, that I was able to finish on hard with only 3 credits and I'm not an expert at shmups even though I love playing them.


It's not a new game but I find this one worth mentioning. I finally played Jazz Jackrabbit (and the Holiday Hare expansion) this year and it was a lot of fun. Epic used to make some really good games. I found Jazz Jackrabbit to feel like a mix of Earthworm Jim and Sonic the Hedgehog. Now I need to track down a cd of Jazz Jackrabbit 2.

Not that I said all that much about the games above because I'm lazy but I also played Duke Nukem 1-2, Draconus: Cult of the Wyrm, and Shadow Warrior recently but don't really feel like saying much about them. Maybe I'll finally do some more reviews on Gamespot but I kind of doubt it. I did write a full review on Under Defeat, but not on GS.

A Lot Game Purchases This Month

And now the GOG sale is calling to me. Oh well, I held back most of the year compared to usual but now I'm making up for it. Playstation Vita w/ Assassin's Creed Liberation, Playstation All-Stars, and 3 months of plus. - I sold Assassin's Creed Liberation, and Playstation All-Stars since one was game card only(as if I wouldn't lose that tiny thing without a case) and the other was a download code. So after that I got the White Vita for $130. Games(physical): AeroWings 2: Air Strike (Dreamcast) Armada (Dreamcast) Amazing Spider-Man (PS3) Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (Vita) Draconus: Cult of the Wrym (Dreamcast) Persona 4: The Golden (Vita) Sonic Triple Trouble (Game Gear) Spec Ops: The Line (PS3) The Last Story (Wii) Under Defeat: Deluxe Edition (PS3) Wacky Races (Dreamcast) XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PS3) Games(download): Populous 1, 2, and The Beginning (GOG, PC) Shadow Warrior (GOG, PC) Zanac x Zanac (PS1 import for PS3) I'll probably getting more from the GOG sale, quite a few games that I want. Also splurged on anime a bit: Black Lagoon/Second Barrage Complete Collection (DVD/Blu-ray Combo) Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Collections 1 and 2 (Blu-ray) Serial Experiments Lain Complete Collection (DVD/Blu-ray Combo) Oh, and speaking of GOG. Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition is free right now.

The Awesomeness of GOG and PC Gems I've discovered (Part 1?)

Thanks to gog.comI have gotten to experience a lot of older PC games that are pretty great for cheap, DRM free, and not having to configure DOS-BOX myself to play them. For anyone interested in PC games, I would recommend you check the site out. Anyway though, this is more to talk about the games so here are some of the gems I discovered and was late to the party on:

The Longest Journey:

The Longest Journey has one of the best stories I've ever experienced in a game and it is an excellent third-person adventure that lasts quite a long time(took me about 50 hours or so to get through it). It has a great atmosphere and also looks pretty good for a game released in 2000. I had a hard time with some of the puzzles but there was nothing I couldn't handle as in some old adventure games. There are a lot of interesting locations across two dimensions so I never found myself getting bored at any time which can happen quite a bit for the genre.

Ultima Underworld

Ultima Underworld is a great 1st person sandbox RPG. The combat feels a bit dated as it even predates Wolfenstein but it is still fun and I loved exploring around in the game. It was way ahead of it's time though as I wouldn't guessed that it was released in 92. It requires some patience though as it has some puzzles and the levels are big and can be easy to get lost in so even though I had a great time with this game I wasn't ready to jump right into the second one yet. I have not played other Ultima titles so I'm sure where this fits in with the series. The game started out difficult but easier as I got to get the hang of it.

Raptor: Call of the Shadows

Raptor has become one of my favorite 2D shooters with it's fun gameplay and challenging levels. It's fairly high on the difficulty side but not so bad compared to some shmups(like Ikaruga) and features some awesome boss battles. Another nice addition is being able to upgrade your ship and weapons with money got during the levels. The game is over very quickly but it was a blast to play.

Shogo: Mobile Armor Divison

Shogo is a fun FPS inspired by early-mid 90s anime which is easily seen in it's artwork and music. Through most of the game you will spend your time piloting a giant mech and shooting things. There are also times that you'll spend on foot but they're not as fun. The story is interesting and there are two endings, the game is simple and can get repetitive but is one of the best mech games out there.

That is all for now, there's a few games I didn't cover here so a second part may come soon.

Sega CD

I had been considering it for a while and I finally got one!


Now of course I had to get a few games for it, one was moderately expensive and the other two were fairly cheap. Thankfully there were all at the store so I got them a bit cheaper than I would have on ebay. The first game I had to get was Lunar: Eternal Blue, it's my favorite RPG on the PS1 and I have always wanted to play the original. It does look more different than I remembered from screenshots. Hiro has black hair!


I started playing it last night and got to the ghost manor and so far it seems very similar but yet different. The game has random battles but they're not too frequent so that doesn't really make much difference. But the dungeon layouts and look are quite different and the magic system is different. This version of the game seemed easier at first in the Blue Spire but since I've gotten further I'm not so sure. Anyway it's been fun to check out so far and I look forward to playing more!

I also got The Terminator which I don't know much about, played for a few minutes and it seems like a fun platformer. It has a really stupid cover, btw.


And the third game was Dark Wizard which I haven't tried yet and I don't much about. It looks like Fire Emblem though.


And that's it for now. There are more games I plan to get in the future such as Popful Mail and Vay but most of them aren't so cheap. XD I would mind hearing some recommendations for those who read this and also if they think Shining Force CD and Snatcher are worth around $100 each. I'll probably get Shining Force regardless and Snatcher I might just have to try through "other means" and find out if it's worth the purchase. :P

Top 10 Games of the Decade

Top 10 Games of the Decade

Now that it is 2010 and the past decade is over I come up with a list of my personal favorites from 2000-2009. It was hard to come up with this list as it certainly was a great ten years of gaming.

1. Lunar 2 Eternal Blue Complete (PS1)

My top entry is a bit of a cheat since it's a remake but I never played, and didn't hear of the Sega CD original until years after I played it, so I decided to include it. Lunar 2 is by far one of my favorite RPGs of any time and it's one of the few that I've played through several times(4 at this point,I think). The gameplay is simple but I love the challenging battles that the game offers and it has one of my favorite cast of characters in an RPG. Another standout to me is the funny dialogue.

2. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox/PC)

I didn't want to clutter up the list with all Bioware titles so I decided to pick onlyone for the list and I went with KOTOR. For me to love a Star Wars game so much really says something as I wasn't really a fan at all. The great story, the characters, the fun battle system, and the freedom in KOTOR made it hard for me not to get sucked in. It really made the lack of RPGs on the Xbox seem not so bad, sinceIhad KOTOR to play.I'd love to see Bioware work on a realsequel as the 2nd was dissapointing and I have no interest in MMOs.

3. Uncharted 2: Among Theives (PS3)

Words can't describe how great the action is in Uncharted 2. Drake's Fortunewas great as it mixed great platforming and fun gunplay with an interesting story and a great lead. Then Among Theives came along and did everything better. No game has come closer to the feeling of playing through an action blockbuster with scenes such as the shootout in a collapsing building and the amazing train sequence. I don't really like the multiplayer but when the main game is so incredible, it doesn't matter.

4. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2(PS2)

The PS2 had a lot of excellent RPGs, many including the SMT name but the ones that stood out the most to me were DDS part 1 and 2. Both parts combine into one game really, so they take up the same slot on the list.It's not a game for everyone as the game is light on story(though what's there is quite good) and mostly focuses on dungeon crawling where if don't manage your tactics and abilities well you will die often. The main game itself was great but much of the fun for me came in defeating the uber bosses(optional) in the game. DDS is one of the few games I enjoy grinding in as the battles are more involving as even the random battles require an amount of strategy.

5.Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots(PS3)

MGS can be a love it or hate it series with many with it's long cutscenes and often convouluted story. I myself, love it. I had a hard time deciding whether to put MGS 3 or4 on the list as I liked the story and setting in3 a little more. However with the incredible visuals and all the improvements made to the gameplay(smarter AI, combat flows much better,improved camera)I had to go with 4. The game isn't perfect but the sum of it's parts come together and made it an incredible experience for me.

6. Paper Mario (N64)

Paper Mario is a standout RPG with it's unique visuals, especially at the time before two sequels came out) and it's more active turn based battles. I loved the battle system as even aganist weak enemies I never found myself just tapping the A button over and over. Also to break things up a bit were platforming sections(much imporved from Super Mario RPG) and puzzles in the dungeons. The story was very simple as it was a Mario game but the quirky dialogue made up for it.

7. Resident Evil 4(GC/PS2/Wii)

I've always enjoyed the Resident Evil series and while many didn't like 4 due to it abadoning most of the survival horror actions for most it washard not to love.It might be as scary but with the much better controls and the improved action, the game was a blast to play. And even with the easier controls, the game still provided plenty of challenges with smarter enemies and better boss battles.REmay have some competition now with Dead Space but for me the RE4 is still on top.

8. Okami(PS2/Wii)

Sadly Okami came late to the game on the PS2 and was missed by many, and then was mostly ignored again on the Wii because it is a great game. The gameplay may feel a lot like the Zelda series with it's gameplay, it is quite unique in it's visuals and has a great story(something the LoZ series is lacking if you ask me). Even in the next gen, it's still one of the best looking games ever imo. The only thing keepingit from being higher on the list is that it did get a little repetitve for me in the end but overall it was a great game.

9. Banjo Tooie (N64)

Banjo Kazooie may have been a Super Mario 64 ripoff but it's hard to argue when the game is put together so well. The game had great controls, level design, and it was a lot of fun going around collecting jigsaw pieces and musical notes. Banjo Tooie came a few laters and didn't really add much aside from having new moves and worlds but the it was bigger and much more challenging(which was good as the first was on the easy side). It is still one of my favorite platformers even since the genre has moved on since collect-a-thons.

10. Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner(PS2)

I had a hard time choosing from two great action titles ZOE2 and Devil May Cry for this spot. And while DMC has more sty le I chose ZOE for my last spot. The story was a bore and the game was on the short side but neither of those things mattered much to me as the action was a blast and it was non-stop. The thing I love about the game is that it almost nevers stops and it is non-stop action from beginning to end. It was amazing how much could be going on without slowdown for a PS2 game.

Honorable mentions: Ogre Battle/Tactics Ogre series, Astro Boy: Omega Factor, MGS 2 & 3, Beyond Good and Evil, Final Fantasy X, Suikoden III, Yakuza 2, Jade Empire, Panzer Dragoon Orta, Ratchet and Clank series,Batman: Arkham Asylum, Dino Crisis 2, Resident Evil(GC), SMT/Persona series, Shenmue, Valkyria Chronicles, God of War series, Fire Emblem series, Devil May Cry 1 & 3, Fatal Frame series

That is it for the list, hopefully I'll have just as much of a hardtime coming up with a top 10 when the next decade rolls around. I don't have any doubt though with all the great looking games that are set to come out it 2010 already.

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