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  1. Last year, we were met with a Harvest Moon game that wasn’t actually part of the long-lived Bokujou Monogatari farming series. You see, XSEED is now publishing the Bokujou Monogatari games in North America. But because Natsume owns the rights to the Harvest Moon name, XSEED couldn’t title the recent Story of Seasons as such. Natsume decided to take advantage of the fact that they still had the Harvest Moon name, and so they delivered their own brand new creation called Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley for 3DS. This Minecraft-esque farming simulator paled in comparison to the Bokujou Monogatari series and was extremely repetitive and empty. It seems Natsume hasn’t given up hope, however. They’ve listened to fans’ criticism of The Lost Valley and are aiming to make a (hopefully) better game with Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories. Very eager to see how different this upcoming title from Natsume would be, I had the lucky opportunity to try Seeds of Memories out at E3. Natsume boasts that Seeds of Memories is “inspired by the old-school gameplay of the very first games.†If you couldn’t guess from that, yes, Seeds of Memories has a top-down 2D view like the older Harvest Moon games versus The Lost Valley’s completely 3D one. The graphics alone already show a definite improvement over those of The Lost Valley. While it’s not a complete throwback to the days of old with pixels and such, it’s still a nice 2D cartoony art style that suits the game. Unfortunately, Natsume’s demo for Seeds of Memories at E3 didn’t really go into gameplay such as taking care of crops or animals. All it had you do was go around the town and talk to villagers. “Wait, Leah. Did you say ‘town’?†I most certainly did! If you played The Lost Valley, one of the first things you probably noticed was the lack of a town, which was one of the biggest factors in making the game feel terribly empty. Thankfully, Natsume realized how important such a thing was in these types of games and implemented one in Seeds of Memories. Seeds of Memories’ plot is pretty basic as far as Harvest Moon games go. Basically, you must “unlock the titular Seeds of Memories†by performing tasks such as giving a villager their favorite item or catching a giant fish. In a way, this premise sounds very much like collecting musical notes in Harvest Moon: Magical Melody for the GameCube. If you liked that particular Harvest Moon title, then Seeds of Memories might be right up your alley. Natsume hopes to release Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories sometime this winter for Wii U, Steam, iOS, and Android. While the demo that Natsume presented at E3 didn’t really show much to judge it properly, I am really hoping that Seeds of Memories is a lot better than The Lost Valley.
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  3. Chibi-Robo charmed me from the very moment I set my eyes upon it in an issue of Nintendo Power. I got my mitts on a copy of Chibi-Robo! for the GameCube as soon as it released and instantly fell in love with it. While we haven’t had a proper console sequel since (though I did enjoy Park Patrol), it is still very nice to see that Nintendo is giving the tiny robot some attention years later. Yep, Chibi-Robo is getting a new game (and we’re surprisingly receiving a North American release!). Much to my excitement, I had the opportunity to test it out at Nintendo’s booth during E3. This particular Chibi-Robo game is titled Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash. Rather than sticking to its 3D platforming adventure roots, this 3DS title will be focused on 2D side-scrolling platforming. It is a tad disappointing that we aren’t able to explore a vast environment like we did in the original Chibi-Robo!. However, Zip Lash definitely brings something new and exciting to the table for the series (while, of course, still keeping it alive and having people interested in it). In Zip Lash, you control Chibi-Robo throughout levels with the aid of his trusty power cord. If you’re familiar with the Umihara Kawase series, Zip Lash feels very similar. With the power cord, you’re able to attack enemies, grab faraway objects, and grapple onto specific areas in order to progress. There are even boss battles and bonus stages (such as water-skiing) every so often. It all takes a bit getting used to, but you’re soon able to find yourself controlling Chibi-Robo and his power cord with ease and finesse. I’m very much looking forward to harder levels in the game that require me to think critically, such as how I should bounce the power cord off walls to get to a seemingly unreachable spot. Fans of the series need not fret about Zip Lash missing any of the memorable charm from the original Chibi-Robo!. The graphics and characters are still just as quirky, cute, and colorful. The dialogue also retains the same hilariousness and wittiness as the original Chibi-Robo!. While I don’t expect Zip Lash’s plot to be quite as grand, I’m still anticipating a cute, well-thought out storyline. I’m super happy that Nintendo is still giving Chibi-Robo some love. I trust in them to make Zip Lash the very best it can be, judging from what I played of the demo. I can’t wait to get a copy of Zip Lash for myself and show my support and adoration for the series. Now let’s hope I can get that bundle with that slick looking Chibi-Robo amiibo, too!
  4. It might not be the most exciting news to most who watched today's Nintendo Direct, but to some, new additions to StreetPass Mii Plaza on 3DS are definitely something to cheer about. On April 16, StreetPass Mii Plaza will receive a major update that adds two new games as well as something called "StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium." The first game is called Ultimate Angler. As the name implies, this game will be focused on fishing. There will be over 150 fish, plus "legendary monsters, to catch with bait you receive from the people you StreetPass! Battleground Z, on the other hand, is an action game that has you go against hordes of zombies. As for StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium, this service will offer new features such as StreetPass birthdays and the ability to store your favorite Miis that you've StreetPassed in a special VIP room. Each game, as well as StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium, will be available for $4.99 each. If you wish to buy both Ultimate Angler and Battleground Z, then you can buy them as a bundle for the discounted price of $7.99. Source: Do you enjoy StreetPass Mii Plaza? Will you be buying these new additions?
  5. Developer: Toybox Inc. Publisher: Aksys Games Platforms: PS Vita, PS3 Release Date: March 10, 2015 ESRB: T for Teen Note: This review is based on the Vita version of the game I feel like we don’t see very many games focused around ghosts too often—especially outside of the horror genre—so I was pretty excited when I discovered Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters. And even better, it’s a visual novel (one of my favorite genres)! Basically, you’re a high school transfer student that happens to get roped into a ghost hunting organization called Gate Keepers—and that’s pretty much it. Each chapter of Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters acts as its own episode where you and Gate Keepers take on exorcism jobs, and while there is an overarching plot, it’s not very deep or fascinating. The characters don’t really bring justice to Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters either. They’re all terribly shallow and trope-y. I didn’t end up caring for anyone throughout the game, and that’s an extremely rare thing to happen for me. I’d say the only redeeming thing about the characters in Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is the art. It’s pretty and I admire the style, but even then, it’s sort of squandered by wonky animations. One very odd design choice in the visual novel portion of Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is this wheel that has icons to represent which action you’d like to perform at certain points. Such icons include a heart or handshake, which then leads to more icons like an eye or mouth. You are never given an explanation as to what any of these icons do (it’s not even in the manual). Thus, you are left to guess which to pick at that moment, and more often than not, you will be given a weirded-out reply by whomever you’re conversing with. I assume by magically choosing the correct actions throughout Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters, you achieve special endings with certain characters. But like I mentioned earlier, I couldn’t care less about the characters or plot. Well… Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is only half a visual novel, anyway. Despite how much Aksys seems to be pushing it as a visual novel, Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is actually half SRPG as well. I would even go as far to say that this game spends more time focusing on the battling portions over the visual novel ones. Usually strategy intimidates me, but I was actually eager to jump in and enjoy learning how to play such a game this time. It couldn’t possibly be too difficult or confusing, right? Maybe it’s even fun and would help save this title! Unfortunately, I was horribly wrong. Although Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters does appear to be an SRPG, battling relies more on luck than anything else. Battling takes place on a grid, with arrows representing your team members and various icons representing other elements such as traps and ghosts. Traps can be set before battle and so forth, but all that doesn’t matter too much in the long run. Most of the time, you’ll be chasing ghosts around. This is mostly due to them being able to move and attack before you’re even able to get your own hits in. The amount of randomness in play really dampens whatever strategy that Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters has to offer. Even worse, Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters pretty much requires you to grind with extra missions in order to successfully beat the main story ones. It’s incredibly frustrating to be forced to trudge through even more of these horrible battles just to be able to experience more mediocre story segments. I wanted to like Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters—I really did. I gave it a chance, but was sorely disappointed with everything about it. Much better visual novels can easily be found elsewhere—and without having to deal with poor gameplay at that. SRPG enthusiasts might find the game's battle segments somewhat intriguing, but only if you don’t mind the huge luck factor involved. Either way, it’s probably best that you don’t waste your time with Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters. Pros + Very lovely artwork Cons - Confusing battle system that relies mostly on luck/randomness - Dull story Overall Score: 3 (out of 10) Poor Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters offers something extremely promising, but squanders it in every way possible. Stay away from this ghastly mess if you can. Disclosure: This game was reviewed using downloadable PS Vita code provided by the publisher.
  6. To the dismay of The Legend of Zelda fans everywhere, Nintendo has announced the delay of the next title in the series for Wii U. That means it will no longer be releasing before the end of 2015. Eiji Aonuma, the producer for The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, gives us a reason for the delay. Basically, he says that his team has discovered "new possibilities" for the game as they "experienced firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn’t existed in any Zelda game to date." Thus, they would like to explore these new ideas and make this upcoming Zelda game "the best game it can possibly be." Nintendo has also said that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will not be making an appearance at this year's E3. Are you surprised that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was delayed? Source:
  7. New 3DS Faceplates - How much are you willing to pay?

    I think prices for video game things in europe and whatnot are usually outrageous, are they not? like, how much are they in japan?? I am sure they'd be slightly cheaper here anyway. Probably $19.99 at the most. which I think is mostly fine.
  8. AOL Likely to Shutter Joystiq

    looks like if you wanna survive in the video game journalism world, you have to publish stupid clickbait bull like kotaku and polygon do. joystiq didn't do any of that crap and I liked 'em for it.
  9. Developer: Telltale Games Publisher: Telltale Games Platform: PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, iOS, Android Release Date: December 2, 2014 ESRB: M for Mature This review is based on the PC version of the game The whole world is seemingly enraptured by the A Song of Ice and Fire franchise—this, of course, includes the extremely popular TV show, Game of Thrones. Blood, sex, adventure, drama—the show has a bevy of content that’s helped it become a hit. But sometimes fans thirst for even more, especially when waiting for the next season and/or book. Thanks to Telltale Games, enthusiasts of the series can dive into an interactive Game of Thrones world that they are sure to find pleasing. Now, the reason I say Game of Thrones instead of A Song of Ice and Fire as a whole is that Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series is very much based on the events and characters of the show rather than the books. Which means, yes, you will see Peter Dinklage as Tyrion and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell. The show characters that appear in Game of Thrones – A Telltale Game Series are even voiced by their actors. It’s almost surreal and weird seeing these folks in a video game, but it is also very awesome. Telltale’s usual comic book-y, semi-realistic graphical style suits the world of Game of Thrones very well. As an added touch, they implemented a sort of oil painting style specifically for this game. My only gripe is that there is a weird watercolor effect added to the edges of some things. It doesn’t look right at all. You eventually get used to it, though. Back to the subject of events of the show, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series begins around season three and will end right before the beginning of season five. As such, it is highly recommended that you are familiar with the show itself in order to derive maximum enjoyment from the game (though I’m not sure why anyone would want to play if they’re not a Game of Thrones fan!). Funnily enough, the characters you play as in Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series are from a House present in the books, but not the television show. Focus on these completely brand new characters, all members of House Forrester, allows for a fresh experience for fans of both the show and books. So far, the members and royal family of House Forrester seem to be an enticing and interesting bunch. Don’t get too attached to anyone here, however—like the rest of the franchise, anyone can die at any time with no warning. Episode 1: Iron From Ice keeps you on your toes for a good two or three hours from start to finish. And as is typical with Telltale’s games, the ending is definitely shocking and will make you hunger for the next episode. However, as is also typical with Telltale’s games, all the choices you make are superficial and never really make any difference. A few lines of dialogue are changed here and there, but that’s mostly it. It’s becoming somewhat of a tiring formula, but at least there’s (hopefully) going to be an enjoyable story in it. In any case, I definitely enjoyed my time with Episode 1: Iron From Ice, especially being an immense fan of both the television show and books. Though I’m not a fan of episodic games for numerous reasons, Telltale is usually very good with getting episodes out in a timely manner, so I won’t mind the wait between them too much. The first episode showed a lot of promise for the rest of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series, so I eagerly await Episode 2! Pros + Story and drama that hooks you from that start + Phenomenal voice acting that includes the television show's actors Cons - As with all Telltale games, choices don't actually matter Overall Score: 8 (out of 10) Great Episode 1: Iron From Ice is a promising start for Game of Thrones – A Telltale Game Series. It's a must-play for fans of the franchise. Disclosure: This game was reviewed using downloadable Steam code provided by the publisher.
  10. Favorite Game Over Screens?

    I was like 4 when this game came out and I think this scene made me like girls
  11. Insane K-Mart Deals on Games

    yes I can finally buy wash dogs!! can't wait to give all those little puppies some baths
  12. I don't like sterling and I don't like patreon. GUESS WHAT MY THOUGHTS ON THIS ARE!!!!!!!!
  13. Developer: Meteorise Publisher: XSEED Games Platform(s): PS Vita Release Date: November 11, 2014 ESRB: M for Mature A rhythm game that focuses on cooking, food, and the girls of the Senran Kagura series? Sign me up. All these things make me as giddy as a schoolgirl, so a combination of all of them should be simply spectacular. Right? Senran Kagura Bon Appétit! is a very barebones rhythm game; the actual gameplay isn’t anything special and leaves a lot to be desired. The way that it is setup is initially somewhat confusing, but that’s simply due to a poorly designed layout. In any case, you’ll get used to it quickly enough. It’s just unfortunate how boring the gameplay is versus other rhythm games such as the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA titles. Most of the music in Bon Appétit! is forgettable as well. This is extremely disappointing considering that this is a rhythm game and that the main Senran Kagura games have some excellent tracks. The tracklist itself is also very small. Honestly, there’s not much to say about the soundtrack at all. The more exciting parts come in-between the gameplay portions. Throughout each stage, there are three separate portions where your meal course is judged by HanzÅ. How well you perform when pressing buttons to the beat determines your score. The better you do, the better HanzÅ’s reaction. Besting your rival in that round will also strip them of some of their clothing. Be careful, though! It’s easy to become distracted by their sensual body wiggling (it’s happened to me a few times)… If you achieve a super dish at the very end, your opponent will be served to you as a delicious dessert wearing absolutely nothing. Bon Appétit!’s main selling point is obviously its nearly naked women and sexiness, as is the case with the rest of the Senran Kagura series. With food being the theme of Bon Appétit!, it assuredly takes advantage of that and combines it with said risqué situations. So, you’ll be seeing lots of images of bare-bottomed women covered with whipped cream and so forth. Like the rest of the series, this is done mostly in a satirical manner rather than in an effort to demean women. Considering the theme of Bon Appétit! and the fact that it’s a spin-off, this is driven even further to the point of absolute silliness. All of this is made even more fun with the all-important dressing room. By unlocking clothing and other items through the main game and DLC, you’ll be able to dress all the Senran Kagura girls to your heart’s desire. Absolutely adorable or daringly sexy – it’s your choice! While the Senran Kagura series is also known for its surprisingly deep and serious plot, you won’t find any of that here. It’s a rhythm game, after all! As such, the “story†of Bon Appétit! is very simple: a cooking competition is held and the grand prize is a secret ninja art scroll that can grant any wish. Our shinobi girls either want their own wishes granted or want to stop others from causing chaos with such a powerful scroll, so battles in the form of cooking ensue between them. While it is a basic premise, the writing still allows for some amusing and emotional bits, such as Katsuragi wanting to become the queen of the hooters harem. For those that can’t seem to get enough of what Bon Appétit! has to offer, there is a DLC pack available that unlocks Gessen and Hebijo characters (basically, half the roster). If you’ve purchased the Rin and DaidÅji DLC for Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus, then they will also carry over to Bon Appétit! I hoped for a lot more from Senran Kagura Bon Appétit! Unfortunately, it gets stale very quickly in terms of gameplay. Still, thanks to life and hometown, it’s a nice little distraction for Senran Kagura fans waiting for the next big game in the series. Pros: + Dialogue/writing is still funny, emotional, and fantastic + Lots of clothing items to play dress-up with + Chock-full of sexy moments Cons: - Rhythm gameplay is boring and basic - Tracklist is small and unmemorable Overall Score: 6 (out of 10) Decent Don't expect any sort of greatness from Senran Kagura Bon Appétit! It falls flat as a rhythm game, so only hardcore Senran Kagura fans need apply. Disclosure: This game was reviewed using downloadable Vita code provided by the publisher.
  14. Ruby & Sapphire 3DS

    I'm getting Alpha Sapphire and I will probably choose Treecko as my starter. It's always a hard decision between that and Mudkip though lmao.
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