August 5, 2014

Destiny: Alpha vs Beta

Filed under: Playstation — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 3:56 PM
BetaShipLanding

Chilling at the Tower during the Beta

After being lucky enough to enjoy both the Alpha and Beta releases of Destiny (thank you, Bungie!!), I thought I would just share a few thoughts about both experiences. I’m not the most hardcore shooter fan, I stopped caring about Halo after the original trilogy game and I’m not into Call of Duty. When I play shooters, I want fun and engaging stories that allow me to play co-op with Matt or three of my closest friends and doesn’t rely on PvP stuff. PvP is just not enjoyable with a bunch of random people for me. Sure, when I can get a dozen of my best gaming friends together and maybe with some age appropriate beverages I’ll partake in some Capture the Flag. PvP is like the sprig of parsley old school restaurants put on the edge of your plate for garnish.  (more…)

October 8, 2013

Puppeteer (PS3)

Filed under: Playstation — Tags: , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 4:03 PM

Status: Finished all 21 curtains
Playtime: About 15 hours or so
Heads Collected: 66 of 100

With the holiday season approaching and the usual slew of annual sequels nipping at our heels, new and innovative titles such as Puppeteer are a welcome sight to this long-time gamer’s eyes. I knew from the first moment I caught wind of this fanciful Kabuki-style platformer from JapanStudio that it would become part of my Playstation library, something I will never regret and most likely chastise anyone who doesn’t add it to their own.

In this vibrant and charming chunk of software, you play as Kutaro, a young boy who’s been turned into a wooden puppet and caught up in a galactic struggle. The evil Moon Bear King has conquered the White Moon Castle and is capturing the souls of children, turning them into unwilling servants better known as grubs. The Moon Bear King has seized the Black Moon Stone for himself, destroyed the White Moon Stone, shattering it into shards and entrusting those shiny bits to his Zodiac themed generals. Recruited by the Moon Witch, Ezma Potts, Kutaro sets out to steal a pair of powerful scissors known as Calibrus and put a stop to the Moon Bear King ‘s plans. (more…)

August 21, 2013

Tales of Xillia

Filed under: Playstation — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 5:50 PM

Status: Milla storyline complete, grinding in the post-game dungeon before starting NG+ with Jude
Playtime: 63 hours and counting
Trophies: 15 of 44

Here there be spoilers. Enter at own risk.

My addiction to JRPGs has long been documented. Hell, WRPGs and JRPGS alike cause me to drop everything else and devote hours of my time they are until complete. Same can most certainly be said about my first adventure through Rieze Maxia and Elympios with Milla Maxwell and company.

I decided to go with Milla as my main character the first time around mostly because she wielded a sword, had a ridiculous outfit, and her background as a personified spirit lord intrigued me. I almost immediately regretted it as her initial English voice over was far too stiff and forced, even if she wasn’t naturally human. Thankfully this corrected itself as the game progressed but I still wished the entire time that the original Japanese audio had been an option with Tales of Xillia even if I’d had to pay for it as DLC.  (more…)

April 11, 2012

Journey (PSN)

Filed under: Playstation — Tags: , , , , , , — Yukino @ 12:14 PM

Status: Finished completely through several times over
Trophies: 9 of 14

When Microsoft fails to give me the amazingly different and unique IP (intellectual property) I crave, I know I can turn to my PS3. Betsy doesn’t get as heavy a workout as Betty, her 360 counterpart, but she knows that when she does, she is about to be part of something truly special.

ThatGameGompany’s masterpiece has me going back for thirds, fourths, and fifths. If digital food had calories, I’d be too fat to get off my couch by now. Journey is indeed that delicious to behold. Stunning isn’t a strong enough word to describe the eye candy I’ve been ingesting these last few days. I can tell you it’s going to be ages before I get the Return trophy because I can’t see myself waiting a week to play this again anytime soon. Daily exposure is on my menu for the next month at least. (more…)

March 15, 2012

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure

Stealth Elf is stealthy

Status: Finished once (played coop with my husband)
Achievements: 26 of 38
Gamerscore: 640/1000
Adventure Packs Purchased: Darklight Crypt, Dragon’s Peak

Skylanders had flown under my radar for a long time, mostly because I have a major prejudice against Activision these days (although not as bad as my hatred of Lionhead) but also due to my increasing dislike of gimmicky games. I’d also been extremely pumped for Skyrim, which had been my big Holiday 2011 game and consumed my life for a month straight.

After coming out of my Skyrim haze and seeing a bunch of our friends talking about how much they were enjoying Skylanders, we decided to take the plunge and picked up the starter kit, and adventure pack and a couple additional characters. Over his Christmas break, my husband and I drove all over looking for the now impossible to find toys and I watched him play at night until we managed to find a few toys I could register to myself.

Once I had Hex (Undead), Whirlwind (Air) and FlameSlinger (Fire) in hand, I was ready to venture into the Skylands. (more…)

January 10, 2012

Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim

Warning: This review will most likely contain a few spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Status: Completed in 29 days (minus glitched quests), reached Level 62, 179hrs 17mins 37secs
Achievements: 47 of 50
Gamerscore: 940/1000
DLC Purchased: None

The fifth installment in Bethesda Game Studios’ epic role playing franchise, Skyrim offers players an exceptional adventure in the northern most province of Tamriel. Home to the Nords, Skyrim is in the midst of a civil war, a war in which you are unintentionally dragged into. Imperial guards believe you to be a member of the Stormcloak uprising, and bring you to Helgen for your execution. As your head rests on the chopping block, you witness a terrifying dragon land on one of the battlements, sending everyone into a panic and giving you the chance to escape. (more…)

June 20, 2011

Alice: Madness Returns

Filed under: Xbox — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 3:21 PM

Status: Finished once on Normal, started New Game+ on Nightmare
Achievements: 31 of 50
Gamerscore: 415/1000
DLC Purchased: Original American McGee’s Alice (Online Pass Content)

I love the dark and macabre, things that make me jump out of my seat or emit a small scream. Horror movies and games filled with puzzles are right up there in my books and I will go out of my way to watch and play what others consider “bad”. Ages ago, when you could rent PC games and not have to worry about DRM, I seem to recall trying to get my hands on the original American McGee’s Alice and it almost always being out. A dark and twisted retelling of the classic story appealed to me but I honestly don’t recall playing more than a few minutes of the original. Alice: Madness Returns seemed like the perfect opportunity to visit both the new and old versions of the young girl’s Wonderland, thanks to the Online Pass offering the first game for free. (more…)

June 3, 2011

Tales of Xillia PS3 Game Trailer

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , , — Yukino @ 4:17 PM

This video combine two things I love immensely: the Tales series of video games and Ayumi Hamasaki.

Ayumi’s upcoming single “Progress” is the official theme song for Tales of Xillia, which will be released on Sept 8th in Japan for the PS3.

May 18, 2011

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

Status: Starting 3rd movie Coop, playing 2nd movie single player
Achievements: 15 of 40
Gamerscore: 252/1000
DLC Purchased: None

There is just something so perfectly nostalgic about LEGO. You never really grow out of playing with them, building castles, ships, or giant dinosaurs. When LEGO first gave us LEGO Star Wars, I wonder if they thought it would become this successful and lead to such a library of titles. Now here we are, playing LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean barely a week before the fourth movie hits theatres, doing my best to avoid playing On Stranger Tides so as not to spoil the movie for myself or my husband. (more…)

May 25, 2010

Dracula Undead Awakening

Filed under: Playstation — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 2:28 AM

That pack of werewolves is looking awful hungry

Status: Enjoying it & having fun dying often

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The third game in my PSP Minis collection comes in the form of a top down shooter. Dracula: Undead Awakening puts me in the shoes of a vampire hunter and has me mow down monsters swarming from all sides. (more…)

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