Back when I had the Gamecube, a friend of mine had picked up this game. One time while I was over I saw it, and we put it into the Gamecube to play it. Once we started playing it I was hooked, me and my friend would play this game for hours, and later on I would buy a copy of my own. Theirs not a whole lot I can reminisce with this game but I remember at the time that it was just one of those games you played to relax and unwind, and it was just always fun to play and I really love this game dearly.
Story: Their really isn't much of a plot to this game. I mean technically their is but I wouldn't say that the game has a well based story and that fine because this game is based more on the gameplay then the actual plot and I'm ok with this, but anyways the basic plot is that your father has passed away, and told Takakura(the co-founder of the farm) to pass the farm to his son. This is basically how this all happens and their our many little plot points in the game. Their is something new every year to look forward for like for example the first year is trying to get three girls to marry you Cecila, Nami, and Muffy(um muffy? lol) and then the other parts of the game is teaching your son which career he wants and thru the years people thru forgetmenot valley start to age as well as yourself it's quite amazing to see.
Presentation: Presentation will be hit or miss for some people, at least that's what I think The graphics our very crisp and clean, their our some interesting characters to say the least, and the music is awesome, only problem though, their isn't a whole lot of new tracks for the game I mean the only tracks you are really only going to be listening to is two which are on the farm, and most of your time will be spent on the farm, and while they may feel old to some I love these two songs they put on the farm, in fact these two songs may be some of my favorite songs in gaming, they make the game what it's supposed to portray, a relaxing experience and for me a huge reason why the presentation is so great.
Gameplay: The gameplay is what you would think for a farm simulator you plant crops, water them, and let them grow. You raise Cattle, Milk them, sell the milk for profit. You get the Jist. Most of the time i played the game I was doing the same stuff over and over but thats what you have to expect out of this game, that's the type of game it is and the activity's you do our enjoyable. Your first year of the game is basically finding a girl who will marry you, the way to go about this, is to pick flowers and other things they enjoy for them, and as i mentioned in the story you have three girls to choose from Muffy, she doesn't know anything about farming and is probably the second easiest to please, I probably wouldn't choose her but hey shes not ugly or anything. Then you got Nami, Ughh! she is such a b^%h to get, why does she have to be so hard to get, This is one aspect of the game which I hated, in every playthrough before this one I did for this review I always chose Cecila, and Muffy because I could never get her too marry me. So for this playthrough everyday I got things she liked just for her and tried my best to get her, and i got her off of a technicality. After you complete the full year one of the girls that like you the most will ask you to marry them, well at first for me it was Cecila, so what I did is didn't save that day went back asked her to marry me then in turn she denied me, and then at the end of the year Nami married me, well sort of. She really isn't worth it, she is nearly impossible to impress and the only way I could see you getting married to her is by luck, she's kind of cute, but not worth it. The final girl is Cecilia, in my opinion she is probably your best pick, she's knowledgeable about the farm, shes very nice, and cute, and she is super easy to please in my opinion she is the one worth picking. After this year you must raise your child and try to get him to pick a career this kind of drags on and it's just alright in fact this game, kind of drags on especially if you want to beat it, their our so many years to go through. It's always fun to play but be prepared to play this for months to complete it. You must also take care of the farm while you handle these decisions, you make profit by Milk and Eggs, and you can buy animals, buildings, tools and many other things, their our plenty things to keep you busy. The gameplay is an enjoyable experience.
(Spoiler Alert)The final year your player after aging so much will end up passing and that's technically the end of the game, but thus reminds you of the title a wonderful life, just like real life you reminisce on what an enjoyable experience this life was in the game. After this you can just play over and over, and quit when you want to quit, their will be no more life events but it's still worth playing.
Overall not everybody might look favorable at a game like this, but I can only speak for me, and all i can say about this game, is that it's one of those games I just cherish in which I can't explain why in words, to do it justice enough, it's just one of those games you turn on after a hard day of work, to just relax and do what you want and that what I love about it so much.
When it comes to cartoons in the ninteys, their were so many, and their were so many memorable ones, I mean literally pretty much every cartoon on Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon at the time were awesome their was really no bad cartoon at the time. Now if you go to these stations you will be lucky to find one or two good ones, but I'm getting off topic, When I first saw Ed Edd and Eddy on TV to be honest I was a little bit turned off from it, I just didn't get it, but later on in elementary school I met a friend and we started watching it again, and from then on I loved the show, and I used to watch it every day, to this day I would still say it is one of my favorite cartoons ever. So how could you go wrong with this game? do you really want to know? Well I guess I'll have to torture myself and tell you.
Story:Their really isn't technically a story to this game instead you go through levels of the game that try to create an episode of its own, the only problem is that you only get too watch actaul animation of these episodes in the start and end of the level, this isn't bad but a bit dissapointing because the cut scenes in the game our really ugly. Speaking of the animations just look at them, they look like crap, did the creators of the show draw these? I hope not because if they did they better have had time constraints because they look flat out ugly. Some of the animations on the characters don't even look right and these our supposed to look like the show, just take a look for yourself, and the voice acting dosen't always match up with the talking, did they even try! what an insult!
Presentation: The look of this game is just ugly, seriously, I know that this is the gamecube, but the look of every character doesn't look even close to what they look like in the cut-scenes, just look at Eddy. The soundtrack in this game isn't bad it's music from the show and that isn't terrible, but they use most tracks over and over again so it can get quite annoying. while this game is terrible in regards to presentation it does have some what of a charm to it because of the witty commentary of the character saying things from the show but even after a while that starts getting annoying. The presentation just like the story fails to impress.
Gameplay: What to say about the gameplay? is their really anything you can say about the gameplay? well for starters this game is one of the shortest games I have ever played, I mean seriously, you can beat this game within three hours and completing the whole game would probably take a total of five hours. Do I really need to say more about the gameplay? Well if I have too. This game also gets the award for the most annoying enemies in a video game. All they really are our animals like squirrels and clams that our everywhere and attack out of nowhere and if that wasn't annoying enough their our some other types of these enemies that will cling on to you and hurt you every second they our on you and you must jump to get them off, and they take forever just to fall off and then after that they go after you again and cling on you again, another problem with this is that the hit detection is horrible and it takes like three hits to kill these things. This is absolute garbage! how stupid can you be to think that these were good enemies! The basic gameplay is mostly just walking around doing stupid things like shooting Jimmy's dolls with a slingshot, it's really stupid and half the time the game mechanics don't even work properly for these parts. Their really isn't a whole lot to say, their is only six levels and pretty much all of them our mediocre.
(Spoiler Alert) The last level is a maze like level and to be honest it's a decent level compared to the other crappy levels. The final boss is the kankers and it's pretty simple to beat them you throw cans at four switch like things and bash into the the platform their standing on and that's it great boss battle huh. The endings kind of funny, the ed's lost their jawbreakers yet again after you finally think they our going to snag them from the kankers, but that's it, that's the game.
Overall the show is amazing the game on the other hand is crap it's shovel-ware so what should you really expect, but come on, especially the price point could you imagine paying fifty dollars for a game that is three hours long, and not just that but the worst three hours of your live. i'll i got to say is it sucks.
Actual Grade 8.5
This series has probably been one of my favorite series in this generation of gaming Archam Asylum felt like something fresh and new, and Archam City improved it's formula immensely with amazing boss battles, and new items. Then Archam Origins comes out, Many critics felt that their wasn't very much change, and that either warranted a decent grade or a barely passable grade, and I guess that is fair, because I do agree with most of them their isn't a whole lot of changes, but I still loved the experience and while it might not have been as enjoyable as the other two, it was still a memorable experience that most fans of the series will enjoy. I would also like to mention that I picked this one up for the Wii U and for once it ran perfectly, no freezing no bad frame rate, no loading in the middle of the game, everything ran perfectly, which I have to applaud them for, because as I mentioned in my past Wii U reviews, a lot of the games I have been playing have had some major or minor problems with the hardware, and it's nice for a change to see Rocksteady do a good job on the hardware, and it's really surprising for it to be a third party company too, since most Nintendo console are best known by Nintendo, and I'm glad to see that Rocksteady did a good job in this regard.
Story: This is probably my favorite part of the game. The story is probably the most memorable in the series, and I think that is because their are so many villains in this one. So basically the basic plot of the game is that their is a fifty million bounty on Batmans head by Blackmask. Batman must stop this bounty by putting Black Mask behind bars, and he must also stop the assassins who are after him. He later finds out that their is a new villian after him by the name of the Joker(everyone obviously knows who he is). This is where things start to get chaotic for Batman, because their are so many villans after him, and their is even a scene in the game where Batman is even unsure of himself and is a bit scared which is obviously not like him. Their is so much too this story and I don't want to spoil it all because it's amazing and you should play it for yourself, with that being said, The story in this one is my favorite of the other two games in the series, and it's just an enjoyable experience throughout.
Presentation:Batman Archam Origins is the best looking game in the series too date, the city as an overworld could have used a little bit of more work though, it was very expansive compared to the last two, but it just feels very dull, and a little too much like the Archam City overworld, but it's not bad. The voice acting in the game was also very good, not as good as the past two games because their our new voice actors for Batman and Joker but they were awesome in their own way but sorry to say nobody beat's Mark Hamils performance of the joker. The presentation as a whole is pretty good.
Gameplay:Well their isn't a whole lot new to say when it comes to gameplay it's the same stealth beatem up combat style that is fun to play every time, and like I said their is no change to it though, Even the new items in the game feel like simple items, or items you have already used in past installments. The boss battles aren't too great in this one either, their not terrible but again a lot of them feel like the same. The puzzles, feel the same, the combat feels the same, their is just so much of the same when it comes to the gameplay and you will either love that or hate that, and for me to be honest if I'm going to contradict myself I'm somewhere in the middle, I just feel like they could have added a lot more to the gameplay.
(Spoiler Alert) The final boss is Bane and out of most of the mediocre boss battles in the game this is by far the best, Bane shoots himself full of Titan(basically steroids) and becomes super bulked up you must hide in air ducts and hit him once he is next to each one and after that you must try to hang on him and push him into the electric fence, you got 10 minutes to beat him or he will become to strong, and like Mr Freeze in Archam City he fixes his weakness, just not nearly as good as Mr. Freeze. It's an amazing battle, and after you beat him you get to beat the crap out of Joker which is so satisfying lol. After this you get the ending which I won't spoil, but I would say it's the best ending in the series and a memorable one at that.
Overall Batman Archam Origins is the same game as the other two and you might not like that but if you do, this will be another enjoyable experience in the series and you will enjoy this a lot. It may not be the most memorable game in the series or the most original, but it's got a charm to it that I really liked and I would definitely recommend this to fans of the series and even fans that have never played it.
I've played a lot of pokemon games and there really hasn't been one where I have been disappointed with and Pokemon X is no exception. Before I start talking about this game I would first like to talk about my experience with the pokemon series as a whole. The first generation of pokemon was amazing I have a pokemon Blue review if you want to hear my point of view on it. The second generation of pokemon is well... amazing another huge improvisation for the pokemon series. The third generation of pokemon is again... amazing I also have a reivew for sapphire if you want to read my opinion on that as well. Then their is the fourth generation of Pokemon, this is wheir I kind of lost interest in the pokemon series and I never picked up this series of pokemon, so I don't really have an opinion when it comes to this generation. The fifth generation of pokemon I did not pick up until later, I did pick up Pokemon Black 2 and I do really like it. When I first saw Pokemon X and Y I wasn't really sure If I wanted to get it, because I have played pokemon so much would their really be a difference? Their was a huge difference and I loved every moment of it, and to be honest it was the first pokemon game that I actually couldn't wait to play.
Story: For the first time in a pokemon game their is a pretty well developed story. Basically the plot is based around you and some of your friends raising pokemon to the best of their ability, and also around Team Flare. I know what you are thinking why is Team flare any different from Team Aqua, Team Plasma, Team Rocket ETC. Well to be honest their really isn't a difference, but the point of their group is following their leader Lysandre's belief of making the world beautiful, and doing this at any cost. First off before I go on talking about the rest of the story I wanted to talk about Lysandre. When I first saw this guy and they were trying to hide his identity with Team Flare, I knew right off the bat that he was the leader, who wouldn't know? I mean just look at his character design it just screams it. I get that they wanted him to look cool and I have no problem with that, but I just wished they would have shown him later in the game as their leader with no one acting suprised that he was Team Flares leader I know this is a nitpick but I just felt like it was too easy figuring this out. While you journey to get your eight badges you will have to fight Team Flare off and stop their evil plan which I will get too later.
Presentation: Pokemon X is the best looking pokemon too date, and that should be no surprise but this is a huge overhaul from the fifth generation. The graphics are finally in 3d and they look unbelievable. The pokemon animations and look of the battle have been tremendously changed for the better and my God their absolutely superb the best animation yet and it's just amazing to watch. The new pokemon designs our a bit of hit and miss with me for this new generation of pokemon, you got the pokemon that looks like a keyring, I know this isn't very original but I guess it's not the worst idea, but come on guy I know you got more brainpower then that, and then their our some really great pokemon designs like Greninja, he's pretty cool, my summarization of generation 6 pokemon is not bad but could be better and to be honest I think my biggest gripe with it is the lack of pokemon, only about 60 more pokemon added, come on, I know they might add more in Pokemon Z which I know they our going to make due to the fact that they have made a 3rd iteration to every pokemon later in the generation since the first generation and it makes sense that they our going to make Pokemon Z because the other big legendary pokemon in this game starts with a Z and that's the whole reason they called this generation of Pokemon X and Y because its the first name of the legendary's, but I totally got off topic, I just hope they add more pokemon later on is what I am trying to say. The soundtrack in this game isn't as great as gen 3 or 2 or even 1 for that matter but on it's own merit's it has a pretty good soundtrack, nothing that will blow you away, but their are some enjoyable tunes in it. When it comes to presentation Pokemon X knocks it out of the ballpark.
Gameplay: Pokemon X has some huge changes to it first off you got a new type the Fairy type to keep Dragon type in check and it's great. In fact I had two fairy type pokemon and they were really strong, so I definitely like the new type, its a nice addition. Their is something known as super training where you can help your pokemon stats by playing games, which is pretty cool. You can now customize your character to make him look the way you want him to look this is another great addition. You also got a Pokebank that can store pokemon to start a new play-through and be able to keep those pokemon, and it also lets you transfer pokemon from Black and White. Another addition is sky battles, which are battles in the sky and horde battles which are battles against pokemon hordes, to be honest I wasen't too crazy about these. The biggest thing everybody wanted to see in this game though, was the mega evolution and boy it didn't disappoint, when I first did this I felt freaking awesome, they are an amazing addition and I hope that they continue with this through the series. So now that the new additions are done lets talk about the old. First off the first three pokemon you can choose, lets be honest, their not the most interesting pokemon you can pick but I think most people would pick Froakie, and to be honest I really liked him in the long run. If you don't like these starting pokemon, you can pick a pokemon from the first generation, which got me really nostalgic when I picked one, and also if you picked Pokemon X up early you got a free Torchic, yeah pretty awesome huh. When it comes to the adventure of Pokemon it's pretty much the same, but it's still as fun as it has always been, their is a ton of pokemon to catch, and the gym's designs are extremely creative and truly amazing. The only problem I would say that I have with Pokemon X is the difficulty, if I'm being honest it's the easiest pokemon to date and I really didn't lose once in my whole play-through, maybe I picked the right pokemon, or maybe I just trained them right, but like I said I never lost once. This really isn't a flaw but I hope next time they tone the difficulty up just a little more.
Near the end of the game you must stop Team Flares evil plan, they are trying to resurrect a legendary pokemon to get rid of the worlds imperfections and they must kill pokemon just to resurrect it.(pretty dark? huh) and they plan on doing away with most of the human populace also, yeah... not the kid game you expected huh? After you beat Lysandre you will battle Xearneas, after you beat him or catch him. you will stop the machine and save the day. After this experience you will hear about a man who made this machine to resurrect a pokemon he loved that died in a pokemon war, once resurrected the pokemon he had notices that he has become someone different and leaves him. The reason this is realavant is because after you beat the elite four, you must defeat him, and once you do he realizes his mistakes and his pokemon comes back to him. This makes for an amazing story and the best one in a pokemon game yet.
Overall Pokemon X is probably not my favorite in the series, but that doesn't mean that I don't love this game immensely. I went into this game thinking this was going to feel the same as any other pokemon and I was pleasantly surprised that this was something special too me, in fact it kind of reminded me of when I first picked up Sapphire, a whole different experience that I loved every step of the way. If you are a pokemon fan this is a must have you will not be disapointed, and if you are not this is still a fun addictive game worth getting and would be a perfect start for you to become one.
Wait The Legend Of Zelda Windwaker review? didn't you already review this game? Is their really much more to say? Well these are good questions, and their are very little changes, when it does come to the game, but I still feel that this game is worth reviewing with these new changes and I would also like to re-review this game in the new format I have been sticking with for awhile now to explain what I might of missed in my past review of Windwaker. First off before I start the review I just wanted to mention that I was really worried when I was playing this game at first because when I was in the middle of Forsaken Forest the game froze on me and I hadn't saved in a long time forcing me to play at least an hour of the game I had already played. I figured that this was just a one time thing, but no it froze yet again when I was about to beat the first temple, and I had to start the whole temple all over again. Because of this I started saving like crazy throughout the whole game hoping that this would not happen again, and of course taking the right precautions was left for not, because it didn't freeze on me through the whole play-through, and while this is a good thing it's a bit annoying that when I did not do this it would freeze and when I did it wouldn't. This shouldn't be a complaint but it just kind of annoyed me. What should be a complaint though is the Wii U's hardware. Look I love Nintendo, and I think the Wii U has major potential, especially with a crap ton of new games that have come out for it,(besides third party titles,even though their do exist some.) but I have never had problems like this with a console before. I mean sure every console has problems once in a while, but this has been a continual problem with my Wii U, I don't know if I just got a bad model, or it's hardware is just a big problem. I know it's not the CD because things like this have happened a lot on other games, for my Wii U, but I don't know if every Wii U's hardware is too blame, or maybe I just got a dud, and it doesn't want to work properly. All I can say is that if you are having a problem with Windwaker HD you are not alone.
Story: From what I remember I don't think I really touched on the Windwakers story in my past review, So I will talk about it in this review. Basically at this point in the Zelda Timeline, this is after the events of Ocarina Of Time, and Link was successful in sealing Gannondorf. Because Link leaves this timeline in Ocarina Of Time, Gannondorf is able to ressurrect himself, and with no one their too stop him he reaks havok throughout Hyrule, The people have no choice but too put their hopes and prayers with the God's due to the dissapearance of the Hero. The God's respond by flooding Hyrule and thats why their is so much water throughout the game. Those our the events leading up the Windwaker which I think are awesome, and now we will talk about the actual story of the game. Link, his sister Aryll, and his Grandmother live on the peaceful island of Outset. Our story begins with Aryll waking her brother up for his birthday. Link gets up goes to visit his grandma, who gives him the clothing of the hero that saved them so long ago(Awesome Reference) and then he goes back to Aryll who lends him her telescope for the day for his birthday(oh boy what a great gift) Link then uses the telescope to find a blond haired girl being carried away by a giant bird, which is being chased by pirates who are shooting rocks at the bird, after hitting the bird the girl falls into the woods of Outset Island. Link gets a sword from Orca and goes after her. Once Link saves her, they walk out of the woods too see the bird swoop down and steal Aryll, link trys to go save her but nearly falls off a cliff in the process. After this Link decides to travel with the girl he saved named Tetra, to the Forsaken Fortress, to save his sister. Once link get's to Forsaken Fortress, and through a long process of going to the top to get his sister, he is almost able to get his sister untill the bird attacks and is then shown to the face of Gannondorf to which he orders the bird to throw link into the ocean, which the bird does, after this a red sailship by the name of the King Of Red Lions, saves him and tells him that he must seek out the master sword, after he collects Din, Faroe and Nayru's pearls. Link does this collects the master sword and goes to the Forsaken Fortress yet again to save his sister and this time he is successful and he also kills the bird and as he makes his way to Ganondorf and fights him, he is no match for him because the Master Sword has lost a lot of it's power. Link escapes thanks to the help of Valoo and some of his other friends,(Spoiler Alert) after this he figures out that Tetra is really Zelda, and she goes into hiding, while Link powers up his sword and gathers the eight peices of the triforce. The story is very long and some can say it has a lot of padding in it, but I disagree, because I feel like most of these parts aren't as tedious as people say they are. The story is one of my favorites in the Zelda Timeline and just really an enjoyable experience.
Presentation: In my previous review I mentioned the complaint of Cell Shaded graphics and how it got a lot of people up in arms about it, i'll let you read that if you are interested in what I have to say about it. One thing I want to talk about when it comes to presentation on this game is how I felt when I heard that they were turning Windwaker into an HD game. When I first heard about it, I was excited just to go back and play it, but I honestly didn't think that it was really a necessary remake, because sure it would look better, but if you really look at the gamecube versions graphics they are a masterful art, that don't really need to be tweaked, and I'm sad to say that after playing Windwaker HD their really didn't feel like a big difference graphically, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but If you want too buy this game for the graphics,(Which I hope nobody does) I wouldn't recommend this game. The soundtrack is still amazing and their is definitely a sound difference, but nothing too out of the ordinary. When it comes too actual presentation, Windwaker has a godlike presentation, but since we already know this and we are looking at the HD version their really isn't a whole lot of improvements, but I don't see this as a big deal because it's still one of the best soundtracks, and best graphical score in gaming.
Gameplay:If their is one thing I have noticed of some so called Zelda fans lately is how nitpicky they are. Why is the sailing so boring? Why are the triforce quests so tedious? Why can't you get the Swift Sail right away? Why didn't they add more temples? I could go on and on about these nitpicky questions and how annoying they are, but I'm not going too, but I am going to answer how nintendo fixed these problems for the nitpicker. First off lets talk about the temples, the bosses and the items. First we got the Dragon Roost Cavern, a pretty memorable temple that isn't too difficult to beat and you achieve the grappling hook a new item to the Zelda series that helps you swing from certain area's it's a great addition to the Zelda series. The Boss is Gohma, yes Gohma yet again but she has had a hell of a makeover and she looks great. She's a pretty simple boss if you know what you are doing, and for the most part it's an enjoyable experience fighting her. Next we have the Forbidden Wood's this is not the best temple in the world for me, but it's not too bad, a pretty nice experience. you acheive the boomerang in this temple, the obvious staple of the Zelda series weapons, and it's the boomerang, still nice to have it. The boss is Kalle Demos, in the original windwaker this guy is pretty easy, in the HD version he can be harder if you use the gamepad because trying to aim your boomerang at him with the gamepad is hard. You don't have to use the gamepad to move the boomerang, but if you move it the slightest distance, it will move you from the target you were trying to aim with on the analog sticks, and that can be a little bit annoying. Kealle Demos is still very easy to beat though and he's an enjoyable boss to face for the most part. Next Temple is the Tower of the Gods, this temple can be a little tedious at times, but it's still really fun too play. The item you get is the bow and arrow, no surprise, and the boss is Gohdan, hes basically Bongo Bongo from Ocarina Of Time, with the exception that you throw bombs in his mouth to defeat him. He's a pretty simple boss and to be honest not the best the Zelda series has to offer. Next we don't technically have a temple but it is worth mentioning. The return to Forsaken Fortress and now it's time for a little payback. The boss is the Helmaroc King (or the bird lol, guess I've been too lazy to call him by his real name lol) it's not the best boss fight in the world, but it's very gratifying to beat this chicken$hit a$$hole. you obtain the skull hammer which is freaking awesome any enemy that gets hit by it will go flying, it's one of the most enjoyable weapons in a Zelda game. Next we have the Earth Temple it's a great temple for the most part. You get the mirror shield which isn't too useful after this temple, but hey it's the Mirror shield. The final boss is Jallhalla a giant ghost, he's very easy to beat and it might not be very challenging but he's fun too play against. The final temple is the Wind Temple this isn't one of my favorites but it's not bad. The item you receive is the hookshot again nothing original but worth having. The boss is Moldera. The hardest boss in the whole game and probably the best. The windwaker may not have the best temples in a Zelda game, but the story, the presentation, and much of the environment make this iteration of Zelda so special. I wanted to also talk about the nitpicks of the game. A lot of people thought that the sailing was boring in the first windwaker, and I don't understand why I think this symbolizes why I like Windwaker so much the sense of freedom and wonderment but for all you naysayers out their Nintendo made a special item for you the Swift Sail which is basically a sail that goes twice the speed of the normal sail and changes the wind the way you want it without having to pull out the windwaker and play wind's requiem which I have to admit is very nice, and then after Nintendo announced this there was even a nitpick that you can't get this right at the start of the game. Well first of you can get it near the start of the game you just have to win it from the auction, and it's a simple thing to do but yet again people complain and say why can't I just get it. I don't know what else to say. You go to the freaking auction at night on Windfall Island this is not a hard thing to do! Anyways another common complaint was the lack of temples, sure their aren't that many but I don't think anybody should have expected more from this considering this is just a remake. The last complaint I want to address is that a lot of people found the triforce quests to be annoying, and felt that it was nothing more then padding, which is another thing that I find absolutely ridiculous. Sure maybe it isn't adding much to the gameplay or story, but these are simple quests trying to excite you too explore in the game. So this time Nintendo decided to just give you five of the seven peices instead of making you look for them, and to be honest I wish they didn't, this isn't really that big of a deal as some people make this part out to be and I honestly liked looking for the triforce pieces. When it comes to fixing these complaints Nintendo did and makes this Zelda Hd version worth purchasing just for that. The gameplay has been perfected in every way this time around.
(Spoiler Alert) After getting the master sword powered up you go over to Hyrule Kingdom to end Gannondorf. you have a mini temple to do and to be honest it's not the most enjoyable experience especially when you have to face the same four bosses again, but they are now even more simple with a much more stronger sword.After this Link faces puppet Gannondorf, it's kind of a weird fight,but its fun... after defeating Puppet Gannondorf, now you must face his original form, he's pretty tough and this is definitely one of the best boss battles in a Zelda game. After you weaken him, Link jumps and stabs him in the head, yeah right in the skull...... it's freaking awesome!! after defeating him you get one of the most iconic scenes in gaming where hyrule is flooding underwater and The King of Red Lions let's Link, Tetra, and the other people throughout these islands make their own decisions for the better or the worse. This is one of my favorite endings in gaming it's just so memorable. After this Link and Tetra let the wind guide them to their next destination.
Overall Windwaker HD isn't much of a difference when it comes to the original, sure most things are cleaned up and feel much better but is it really worth buying when it's pretty much the same game as the original, well in my opinion yes, I still have the original and I still think it's worth buying this version. What can I say? it's one of my favorite games of all time and if you don't believe me try it out for yourself, it's definitely worth playing.
Actual Grade 9.5
I'm kind of torn when it comes to these kind of game's, cause in all honesty should these be considered games? Well in my opinion why not, I feel that the definition of a game is not only how fun it is too play but the experience of playing it. So in my opinion games like this should definitely be called a game. I have to say too that when I saw this game, I thought it would be a good story nothing more, kind of like Heavy Rain and to be honest it is but executed way better then Heavy Rain. I will be making comparisons of these games in my review.
Story: Where to start? Basically our main character is Jodie Foster, throughout the game you will play as her when she is a child, an adolescent, and a grown women. Each part is different when it comes to playing these three parts of jodie growing up, and they decided to go through the plot of the game in mixed periods of time instead of going for a linear timeline. This may seem like a bad idea, but surprisingly it works, at least in my opinion. I like the way they did this because it dosen't just have a continuation of dullness and then a huge action scene coming out of nowhere, and it also dosen't have that same thing switched around, and I feel like they called that part of the game right. Anyways the main plot of the game is that Jodie lives with an entity inside her, that she calls Aiden. You can probably assimilate that this makes out to be a huge problem. Jodie was adopted and her foster parents learn about Aiden quickly, so they send her somewhere, where she can get help and where people test on her special ability. It's easy to relate to Jodie's plight and feel bad for her and this is what made the story so immersive for me because you could understand her more then most of the characters can in the game. Their is so much to cover when it comes to the game, and I don't honestly want to spoil it all, so all I can say is the game is worth picking up just for the story in my opinion. The huge reason I loved this game was the story, I felt is was put together much better then Heavy Rain was and all I can say is that Quantiodream did a fantastic job with the story.
Presentation: Another part of the game that was done beautifully was the presentation. When it comes too the look of this game it is in an elite status of the best looking games for the PS3, as it should be, due to the fact that the ps3 is on it's way out and after so many years of using the tech for the Ps3, you should expect this, and all I can really say is that the look of the game is above average clearly. The music is great in the game also and the only thing that I fault when it comes to the musical score is that, their aren't a whole lot of parts in the game that have some of the music from this great soundtrack which is truly a shame, in fact in most parts I feel like they ignored putting any music whatsoever, but while that is kind of a shame, I still think the music was great in this game. The voice acting in this game was a huge step up from Heavy Rain and the writing was much better when it comes to character dialogue making a lot of the scenes in the game much more smoother to watch then Heavy Rain. Ellen Paige definitely delivered along with Willem Dafoe and not only did they do a fantastic job but a lot of the other non important characters did a fantastic job and because of this, most of the scenes that might not be so memorable in the game are. In regards to presentation, everything is done right on this one.
Gameplay:This is the one part that Quantiodream screwed up yet again and even took a step back from Heavy Rain. Everyone should know when it comes to these games, that they shouldn't expect the best gameplay ever, and this is no exception, they really messed up it's pretty d@mn bad. I commented on how Heavy Rains QTE's were very unresponsive and things haven't changed when it comes to Beyond. This time in the gameplay it's much different though, you must telegraph what your enemies attack will be like if you have to dodge a kick that's coming towards you and you need to duck you press down on the analog stick, this seems simple but it's really not their were times where I knew i screwed up but yet I dodged the move, and their were times where I knew I did the right command but because I moved the analog stick just a little bit more up then it should have been I got attacked, again the Qte's are harder to do then ever and their way to sensitive like Heavy Rain. Their are also parts of the gameplay where you must play as Aiden basically you float through the game finding things you can push over or you can go choke people out, or even turn yourself into those people and kill other people, it's a decent change of pace but sometime having to constantly change to Aiden can get annoying. Their are some missions where you must get Jodie to move from cover to cover to avoid being caught by the enemy and surprisingly this actually works really well, for the most part. I think the reason it does is because they made it simple and didn't make it overcomplicated, making it easier to move from one cover to the next. Their is also another part of the gameplay where Jodie is getting attacked by other entity's and you must protect her with Aiden this happens on multiple occasions and on some stages it's no problem but on one of the stages in particular you can't see what your supposed to do with Aiden and this can be outrageously frustrating, but after you learn that their are really only three ways of controlling Aiden it isn't as hard as you think, but since this is one of the first stages, you have no idea what to do and It was just really frustrating for me at this part. One thing that at least takes out a huge part of the stress of the gameplay and makes the gameplay playable, is that you can't die in this game, so even if you screw up a lot you will never change the story too much like you could in heavy Rain, and that is a huge relief, due to these faulty controls. The gameplay in this game is i'm sorry to say garbage, fortunately their isn't a whole lot of it(except the obvious moving Jodie around, if you want to call that gameplay.)and more of the experience is in the story itself.
This is the part of my review where I would usually talk about the ending, and what I thought about it, but this time I'm not going to spoil it, because I think picking your choices by yourself tells you all you need to know about it, and I'll I want to say is the ending you choose will pretty much be satisfying, mine was and I liked the way they set it up, and I'll I can say is that the ending was great.
Overall many people might question my score of this game because the gameplay is no where near on par for the 9.5. This is a good point, but the way I figure out my reviews on a game is not just it's flaws and it's strong point's but yet it's memorability, it's lasting appeal and the things you experience through out it and actually learn something from it, so maybe my review might not warrant a 9.5 due to the gameplay, but I still felt like this was a special game that left a lasting impression on me. This game isn't for everyone, I would only recommend this to people who want an enjoyable story with something too look at.
The Pokemon series has always held a great significance for me, both the Anime, and the games. Why? because i grew up with it and whenever I watch the show or play the older games I always have the greatest of memory's and I cherish them. So I always love going back to the series. Pokemon Blue, Red and Yellow, are some of the greatest games of all time and back when I was a kid literally every single kid I knew had them and loved them, after playing those games to death I would end up getting Gold and Silver. They are technically supposed to be superior to the older versions because the stats in the first generation combined Special Attack and Special Defense into one stat called Special, and this made some pokemon in the game nearly impossible to beat because of this and also many of the psychic pokemon in this game are overpowered due to the fact that they are only weak too ghost pokemon. For some reason while these are pretty big flaws to the game I still love the first generation over any other generation though, it's probably just nostalgia, but theirs something that I just love about the first generation that no generation can recreate. Pokemon Gold, and Silver are great games, but as a kid I honestly didn't care for them that much maybe cause I played the crap out of the first generation and was tired of the game, or maybe I just didn't care for the pokemon I don't know but It's not that I didn't like it, It just wasn't as close to as good as generation one in my opinion, and still today I think it's a lot better then I did as a kid but again not as good as the first generation. The anime thru these generations were outstanding some of the best anime ever, and some of the best television ever in my opinion. Then came Generation 3 this is when I was in middle school and everybody started to grow out of Pokemon. I stopped watching the Anime,(which is probably a good thing because I feel this is when the Anime started going down hill, with crappy characters and as it goes further on ash turns into a girl, but I'm rambling, this is for another review)Pokemon Ruby, and Sapphire would come out and I would end up buying it, with a hope that it would still impress me and boy did it! In fact it impressed me so much that Ive probably played this game more than i have played any game before, I played three playthroughs of it(four counting this one), every single time leveling my pokemon up to 100 each time, no glitches just going through the elite four over and over and over again, yeah so you could imagine how many hours I have put into this game, and every hour was worth it, cause it was a joy to play.
Story: So basically it's the usual Pokemon plot your the new kid in town, you choose from one of three pokemon to start your adventure to become the very best. Their is also a surprise to the story this time, your dad is actually in the picture of this game, thank God I don't have to feel so alone lol. He is also the gym leader of the Petalburg gym, it's not a huge part of the plot but it's nice to have parents instead of just one parent. Most of the plot will go around either Team Aqua or Team Magma, for Ruby it's Team Magma trying to control Groudon, while Team Aqua tries to stop them, or in Sapphire where the roles are reversed and Team Aqua is trying to control Kyogre. Which brings me to my next point in the plot, their will be a point in the game where you will commence battle with Kyogre for Sapphire and Groudon for Ruby. Since this is a Sapphire review I obviously caught Kyogre which in my opinion is one of my favorite pokemon ever and while I think Groudon is a great pokemon, I just preferred Kyogre, and is one reason I prefer Sapphire over Ruby. Wow I got off topic with the story but I'll I can say about it is, that it's Pokemon don't expect some great plot. For what the story is, it's great in my opinion.
Presentation:This is where Pokemon Sapphire shines quite a bit more then it's predecessors even though they all on their own merits have great presentations. The music in this game is something i can't describe in words it's God like that's all that needs to be said, one of my favorite soundtracks in gaming. The graphics have been updated tremendously compared to the last two generations and it looks oh... soo good. Battle animations look better but nothing too amazing, but for the time they looked way better then the first two generations. The presentation in this game could not have been done better, the music is extraordinary, the graphics look awesome and the animations in battle are amazing.
Gameplay: The gameplay is another strength of Pokemon Sapphire it's the usual way you would play pokemon, catching the strongest pokemon and beat the strongest trainers to get badges and be the very best of them all, but their are a lot of changes when it comes to Sapphire and Ruby, first off obviously their are completely new pokemon, and their are a lot of memorable pokemon in this generation of gaming. There are now 2 on 2 battling you can now use two pokemon against another pair of pokemon, it's nothing too special but it's a nice change of pace for the most part. Their are now also pokemon contests like in the anime. They are optional to beat the game, but if this is your thing you will definitely like it, in fact I actually enjoyed the contests, even though they seem to be more towards the girl audience(at least in the anime). Also something new in the game is new types of berry's which can be put in a blender to make pokeblocks to help with contests. These are basically the major changes along with Team Aqua and Team Magma. When it comes to gameplay their isn't a whole lot to say but if you compare it to the past two generations the stats are a big improvement a lot of the pokemon have their own special abilities where certain pokemon can do something special like for instance a certain pokemon may have the speed boost ability where it raises it's speed every turn. Their are many pokemon who have these different abilities that add a whole ton of depth to the the gameplay. All i can say is when it comes to the gameplay I think that their is no question that generation 3 is the best of it's predecessors.
(Spoilter Alert) After getting all eight badges you must beat the elite four like you would usually do, and you better have the right pokemon and they better be leveled up because if they are not you will get your a$$ kicked, after beating the regular four, The champion is Steven someone that you will meet many times throughout the game. He is really really hard so you better be prepared, and once you beat him your the champion and that's pretty much it, sure it seems kind of disappointing not to have any special ending but it's pokemon you shouldn't really expect it.
Overall Pokemon Sapphire is a fantastic Pokemon game still my second favorite generation in the series after the first generation. Everything was a huge change for the better from the last two generations and this is a must own game if you are a pokemon fan.
Actual grade 8.5
When most people think of Kirby they think of his best game Kirby's Superstar, it's one of the best game on the Snes and one of the best games in the history of gaming. it did everything right and everyone loves it. In fact it's one of those games that have the Ocarina of Time syndrome, and your probably wondering what I mean by that. As i Mentioned in my Ocarina of Time Review I Love Ocarina of Time and I would say it's one of my favorite games ever, but I feel that it's a bit overated, don't get me wrong it deserves great praise like I said this game is a flawless game, but people seem to be stuck in the past and whenever the next game in the series comes out, it doesn't match up to the other game simply because I feel people get too stuck to the original due to nostalgia, and don't honestly look at these other games in the series with a fairness. Now I know what your thinking, what does this have to do with KDL3? especially cause I gave Superstar a 9.5 and KDL3 an 8.5. That's a valid Question, the reason I am saying this is because when Superstar came out on the Snes everybody loved it and I loved it and thought it was fantastic, and later on when KDL3 came out people got it but most people don't really even remember this game, and that's disappointing. I wouldn't say this game is better that Superstar, but it's a great Kirby game, and most people don't give it the praise it deserves, and I could see why for some people cause it is very different compared to Superstar, but I think this game deserves a second chance cause this is a really great game that deserves more praise.
Story: The story is pretty simple. Kirby and his friend Gooey are on a fishing trip, when all of a sudden a sort of dark matter appears and shatters the planets rings. it posses people from Dreamland, including King DeDeDe, and Kirby and some new friends team up to save Dreamland.
Presentation: The presentation in this game is unbelievable. Superstar gets praised for its great graphics and sound, but while I love Superstars presentation I have to say DL3 has even better music and graphics. The graphics throughout each level look absolutely beautiful and everything is nice to look at. The music, oh my God the music, I'm going on record to say that this is probably one of my favorite soundtracks in a video game! it's mindblowing! not only does the game take you on a journey but the music itself does also, one big thing I think developers now a days forget to do. When it comes to presentation their is no question that KDL3 is a 10 out of 10.
Gameplay: This may turn a lot of Kirby fans off, especially those that love Superstar. Their aren't a whole lot of power ups in this one, instead the power ups themselves change into new attacks when you use your animal friends a huge part of the gameplay, they show up in every level, you can use them or you don't have too it's up too you but for me I really enjoyed using them and they all had really cool abilities I felt that they are a great addition to the formula of Kirby and all are really fun too play as. The levels in these games are fun, but to be honest they are way too easy, sometimes this game can feel boring due to this, but some of the levels are just really memorable though, it's not all about the actual gameplay aspect but looking at the beautiful landscape around you. The boss battles in this game are pretty damn good also, nothing too out of the ordinary but their are some memorable boss battles in this one. Their isn't a whole lot to say about the gameplay but it's an enjoyable experience through most of the game and I really liked it.
Whats believed to be the final boss is King DeDeDe and he is simple, the easiest boss in the game and this honestly left a bad taste in my mouth, but then I figured out that he is not the final boss, you must collect all the Heart Stars to create the Love Love Stick and defeat Dark Matter with it, it's an enjoyable boss battle and can be quite challenging. The endings nothing too out of the ordinary, but you get a great song and credits, and that's good enough for me on the Snes.
Overall I do think Superstar is better, but KDL3 is a memorable Kirby game and deserves more praise, nobody ever thinks of this game when they think of the series and that's a shame cause this is a hidden gem in the series if you ask me. If you are a kirby fan give this game a shot, I think it's worth playing.