Vertically scrolling bullet hell shmup. Last one on 360 by CAVE. I got it today.
This is the first game I've bought this year that's come out this year. I'm so far removed from the current gaming scene that I probably won't buy any other games this year aside from Rayman Legends. Sonic Lost Worlds looks good but I don't have a Wii U. I could prolly trade my Wii in for it or ask for one for Christmas or something but I just don't see enough games on the system besides it and Bayonetta 2 and the 3D mario game coming out to merit getting the system.
So yeah, the game is great. I loves it.
10. Shadowside - Inner Monster Out
09. Eclipse - Bleed and Scream
08. Kamelot - Silverthorn
07. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Pinata
06. Xandria - Neverworld's End
05. Jeff Scott Soto - Damage Control
04. Secret Sphere - Portrait of a Dying Heart
03. Dynazty - Sultans of Sin
02. H.E.A.T. - Address the Nation
01. Circus Maximus - Nine
I can honestly say that I've never had such a distaste for a yearly batch of released games in all my years as a gamer. This year was absolutely horrible as far as games go. I bought a grand total of 5 games this year, all but 1 of which were ports or sequels. I bought one new, original game this year and it was a PSN download.
This year was by all accounts a great year for me aside from video games. I fell in love with an amazing woman, my work situation is better than it's ever been, I'm very close to paying off my car loan, I've changed my eating habits, I have a front porch swing that has become my new perch. Life is good. It may be coincidence that I lost interest in video games this year, it may not. Either way, these are the 5 games I deemed worthy of my time and money this year.
5. House of the Dead 4 - A port of the arcade version, released on PSN (first appearance of the game on consoles) and compatible with move. If I were interested in completing the collection I could track down the original HotD for Saturn but I think I'm gonna call it a day. It's pretty, it's fun and it's got zombies and horrible voice acting. It's nowhere near as good as the incredible HotD Overkill but I don't think anything ever will be.
4. Mushihimesama HD - A port of the arcade version and with remastered HD sprites, released on NTSC-J 360. I had a pirate copy of this game way back when for PS2 but it just never felt quite right because of interlacing and soforth. This game is so satisfying to play and the Matsuri mode was put on the disc too so I have the full experience. Awesome.
3. Dyad - The only original game I bought this year, I cannot describe the game other than to say it's kinda like Tempest or Audiosurf. It's fun. It was a PSN download.
2. Twisted Metal - This game was my date for Valentine's Day. It's great but I have to be in a very specific mood to play it. It's fun with split screen (a dying thing).
1. SSX - I have not looked forward to any game in my life more than I've looked forward to this game. I studied every piece of info released for it for a full year leading up to it's release. I joined the fan forum and racked up thousands of posts discussing, speculating. I helped set up their chat room. I played this game for hours and hours. I took a week paid time off of work to play it. I platinum'd it (my first one ever). I bought all the DLC for it. I've run that game into the ground and I still enjoy playing it.
So now it's getting time for new consoles to be released. The Wii U is out. The PS4 and xbox 3 aren't far behind. I couldn't care less about them if I tried. The only...ONLY thing on my radar for gaming in the future is the final CAVE shmup that's being released this generation: DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou. I'm buying that and I'm signing off.
Took me 5 hours, sticker paper, an exacto knife, a jigsaw, a variable speed drill, lots of patience and steady hands. :)
So I've had sufficient time to come back, rest, relax and absorb all that has happened in my music world for the past couple of weeks. ProgPower 13 was great. Every band was incredible live but the highlights were:
1. Serenity - 5 part vocal harmonies done LIVE without piped in backing tracks. All extremely tight. Excellent stage presence, great energy, awesome funny banter between songs. Best band of the fest and completely unexpected.
2. Symphony X - They absolutely commanded the stage. They started with one of their cIassic longtunes, "The Divine Wings of Tragedy" and closed it with another; the monumental "Odyssey". Everything about their show was awesome.
3. MaYaN - Another completely unexpected yet awesome set. 4 vocalists, 1 death vox, 1 clean male vox and 2 female opera singers. Everything was so varied and tight. I was captivated.
The lineup for next year was announced and there are some killer bands playing next year:
Ashes to Ares
Shadow Gallery (headliner)
Sabaton and Soilwork are going to sell tickets to the local crowd, guaranteed and Ashes to Ares, Shadow Gallery and Circus Maximus are going to sell tickets to the hardcore progpower crowd guaranteed. Next year is going to be a sellout.
I bought a bunch of CDs too. Here's what I got.
Armored Saint - Symbol of Salvation
Eclipse - Bleed and Scream
Harem Scarem - Human Nature
Slamer - Nowhere Land
Steelhouse Lane - Metallic Blue & Slaves of the New World
Teodor Tuff - Soliloquy
White Widdow - s/t
Ascension Theory - Answers
Beyond the Bridge - The Old Man and the Spirit
Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Pinata
Heaven's Cry - Wheels of Impermanence
Nightingale - White Darkness
Redemption - The Fullness of Time
Red Circuit - Trance State
Threshold - Dead Reckoning
At Vance - The Evil in You
Coexistence - Flow
Enbound - And She Says Gold
Hibria - The Skull Collectors
Prototype - Catalyst
ReinXeed - Higher
Shadowside - Inner Monster Out
Right now I'm digging into Myrath. Very Egyptian feel. I like it. Xandria's latest disc is also really good. They sound like what Nightwish would probably still sound like if they had never split with Tarja Turunen.
Tomorrow I head out for my yearly pilgrimage to Atlanta, GA for the ProgPower USA metal festival. Last year I said that I was getting burned out on gaming and that I was probably going to spend more of my time and money on music. That has absolutely held true.
In case anyone is interested in who's playing, here's the lineup:
Nightwish - headliner
Epica - headliner
Symphony X - headliner
MaYaN - with special guests
Beyond the Bridge
I plan on spending a ton of money on CDs, getting a bunch of autographs/pictures, and getting heavy metal hangover. That's when your arm is sore from fist-pumping, your neck is sore from headbanging and your throat is sore from singing at the top of your lungs. It's gonna be awesome.
otherwise known in some circles as DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou. The next entry in the consistently awesome DonPachi series. This game has been out in Japanese arcades for a few months. CAVE swore up and down they were done porting things to 360.
This game is getting a port to 360. I have a game to look forward to. I don't know what to do with myself. It's not coming out until spring of next year. That's a ways away but it's cool. I have a game to look forward to. A real GAME. It's a simple pleasure but it makes me happy.
So Dyad actually looks like a video game and not a movie. I'm gonna give it a shot. I'm down with Tempest/Gyruss/Rez so this could be pretty cool. Other things that happened to me this summer:
Bought a swing, outdoor rug and wind chime for my front porch. Been watching cars go by.
Started treating the car I DO have like a Ferrari until I can afford a real one. Detailed it inside and out recently.
Started jamming with my buddies again just like the old days.
Stopped spending so much time playing video games and being on the internet in general.
Gave up on caffeine.
Started reading William Gibson's "Sprawl" Trilogy.
Fell in love with a beautiful girl.
It's been a good summer. :)
I got Mushihimesama in the mail a week ago. I've been playing it off and on for the past 7 days. Got a cheap novice 1cc and have predictably hit a wall on stage 3. It's not an insurmountable one though. I just need to remember I have a bomb button to get out of sticky situations. If I can get better at not getting killed as long as I have bombs in stock that should extend the amount of time I can stay in the game long enough to get the score extends (granted I take advantage of easy scoring opportunities like the bushes in stage 2 and get the no miss bonuses).
Now that I have Mushi in my collection my anticipated games list is now sitting at a whopping ZERO games. I have everything I want. Nothing that's currently out or has been announced for release looks even slightly interesting to me. I'm probably not going to pay attention to E3 this year. It's just going to be more dudebro sequels, kinect games and new console hype and I have no intention of buying into the next gen.
The only announcements that I would be powerless to resist would be if DoDonPachi, Dangun Feveron, Progear or ESP.Ra.De get ported to XBLA. That or if that Panzer Dragoon kinect game gets a PS3 port with Move support and it controls like Sin and Punishment 2. Other than that I couldn't care less about the current gaming landscape if you paid me.
I shall continue to play the games I have and be happy.
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