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BOTW-Share_iconSo before I start this I think a brief bit of history should be given. I have in the past Finished Most of the The Legend of Zelda games which include (The Legend of Zelda, Link, A Link to the past, Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Twlight Princess, and A Link Between worlds) Any that I haven’t named I am still working on currently. I have never been a fan of open world games and have even gone on the record to say I HATE OPEN World games. So this being my prospective of this title I was very weary going into it. Yet here we go…lets see what I thought.

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To start off this is the first Zelda game I have played in awhile that really had no guide to it. You wake up and you get going for the most part. No real directions are given as to what place you should go or how you should go about playing the game. This is also the first Zelda game that I can remember in awhile that you didn’t get the sword or shield in the first 10 minutes of the game. Cause it’s open world (very much like Zelda 1) you are pretty much given the story that you have been asleep for 100 years.. Zelda needs your help.. and you need to find your memories to figure pretty much everything out. No Navi, No Midna, No real help….short of the nice people of Hyrule.

Now while I did finish the story to this game I am 100% sure that I didn’t find everything the game has to offer. I knew from exploring that I had to defeat the 4 Guardians and that the world was open to explore and without bounds. Which is why it took me so long to just get past the story.  I knew that from playing the other Zelda games that a Master Sword was probably in a forest some place. That a Master shield had to be around to go with it and that Link would also acquire different outfits to get past different areas. That much is Common with every Zelda series. However the amount of exploring this game opens up for you is just OVERWHELMING.

One of the main reasons I don’t really do well with open world games is because I get lost very quickly. However getting lost in this game is pretty much how you find everything. It places into your hands the thought of HEY .. what’s over that mountain or what’s in that cave and lets you explore. Personally I both love and hate that idea. I love it because if you think about something chances are you can do it. I hate it because if you just want to get from point A to point B chances are you will have to deal with some nonsense in between that.

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It’s a beautiful game without question and has all the things I personally want out of a Zelda game. Puzzles, Interesting Monsters, Interesting mythology, Fun story telling, Items to help me get in and out of places and above all HOURS UPON HOURS of replay ability. Yet for the most part the one thing I noticed that was missing was lack of Direction. I know at least 4 people who are currently or who have already finished this game. Every person has a different story to tell as to how they managed to finish it and what they needed to do TO DO IT. Personally I think that is awesome because it becomes a experience. It makes for great conversation and keeps the game mysterious while maintaining a basic concept for what is happening.

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Again the game is beautiful and full of things for you to explore and do. The world is very much alive and something is constantly happening around you at different times. While I will say I would have much rather it been a linear adventure much like A Link Between worlds with some exploring on the side I find this game to be a very new and very modern way of exploring the game world. Who doesn’t want to run around Hyrule without bounds after all?

Now in terms of game play the game has a really easy setup. You get health from eating/cooking combined Items. Yes you can still gather faeries and yes they still do what they always have done but for the most part you want to keep the food to up your hearts. The game puts a emphasis on gather hearts and gathering Stamina upgrades. All Zelda games have had in the past the heart meter and while the Stamina gauge is new it also limits what you can explore. Without the correct amount of Stamina you aren’t climbing some mountains or gliding to some areas. So in a very clever way of gathering that you are required to gather orbs from Shrine locations all over Hyrule. From what I understand the game has over 100 Shrines. You are required to have 4 orbs per heart and or Stamina Upgrade.

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To sum it all up simply If you find a shrine you deal with a small puzzle and or Enemy to get the orbs. Again the game emphasis or exploring to get those heart and Stamina upgrades.  You will run into Forest, Deserts, Water temples (I HATE THOSE in every Zelda), and Caves. Overall the game never leaves you bored with things to do and to explore.  It does have a fast travel system that allows you to teleport from one Shrine to another and this time around you can gather mounts to run around the world if you like as well. Again the game is an experience because of all the things it allows you to do while maintain the basic structure of a Legend of Zelda Adventure.

Personally for my money I am happy I purchased it and still want to explore more of that world. Like I said I am 100% sure I didn’t find EVERYTHING just…yet.. and yes it has DLC…but we will get to that another day…maybe….

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So this is a game I have been working on for awhile now. To this day I have only really played 3 of the 4 Fatal Frame games in the series, so going into this I had a small idea of what I was getting myself into. Any who..this is what I thought!

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To begin with this is one of the more beautiful horror games I have seen to date. The Graphics are really good in a dark and gritty sorta way. Not so much gory or bloody but it sets a good environment and atmosphere for what the story is trying to tell. The ghost are creative and really you are going to run into the same ones over and over again but what really stands out are the places they appear.

Because the game is 3rd person (like resident evil 4, Evil Within) to explore and First PERSON to attack it becomes a bit difficult to play. All the ghost in the game are slow moving until the moment of attack. You will switch from 3rd to First in a instant and this will cause you to move the wiiu pad to follow the ghost. It took me a moment to understand but like taking a REAL Picture with a camera angles and position with timing is very important on how you attack each enemy. Getting a Fatal Frame which is the strongest attack you can have is tricky but by the end of chapter 1 the game sets you up to understand everything you need to know.

The Upgrade system for the Camera is also very important to keep in mind and while the game paces it VERY VERY SLOWLY.. not upgrading makes the later chapters harder to finish “EVEN ON EASY…personally I played on Normal”.

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Now again this is a slow paced horror game. You aren’t going to be running and hiding like most games now a days. Film is used as ammunition and for the most part it’s a giving system. In total you have 14 chapters to finish and while that doesn’t sound like much I would say it’s probably a 6 hour adventure NOT Counting the bonus Chapters after you finish.

What really drives he game is the story and for the most part it’s clear to understand HOWEVER you are going to read notes and pages of information that seem repetitive at times. By the middle of the game you pretty much get what is going on and for some odd reason the game likes to hammer it in.

Over all it’s a very fun game and the sounds and graphics are worth playing if you are looking for a slow paced horror game. A couple of times I got lost but only because of some minor detailed glitches. I enjoyed the game and for the most part the characters are fun to play with. Do I think it was worth the price? Yes! It had a free demo which included the first chapter of the game so really anyone can try it out and see what think. I am happy I finished it and think the series is still one of the better horror series I have played.

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Skylanders Swap Force was the first game I received on my Wiiu because it came with the system. That was the bundle I purchased because I had played and finished Skylanders and Skylanders Giants. It even became a sort of ritual for me and my girlfriend to play and finish each of these games in December. Last month was really busy with work and what not.. so We managed to pull this game off yesterday in the span of 13 hours. WAS IT WORTH IT? LET’S FIND OUT!

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To begin with like the previous games you “the player” are expected to expand your collection of figures to get further in the game. While the plays you had for the previous games work on this one.. they added the Swap Force Characters in this iteration. Meaning only if you have Swap Force characters can you get to particular BONUS parts of the game. Really they don’t effect the games main line but they do add to the hours upon hours of game play that this game has. Really the foundation that was built on skylanders 1 and 2 keep and stay faithful in this version of the game. Your still given elements to open portals to get you items that upgrade your armor health and so on. Each stage follows suit and really if you played the other two you already know how to play this one so really nothing new is to be learned short the mechanics of new characters and of course following the story line which is probably the best I have seen so far.

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This game I should also add does come with a “required” new portal. I am guessing it had to be upgraded to provide a platform for the new Swap Force team. This team is comprised of only a few new characters but they can interchange to make different characters. So if you have two swap force characters you can mix them to make 4 new characters. It’s all easily done and pretty fun to do but it isn’t REQUIRED. Just another fun part of playing the game and a new aspect to dive into.

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The game itself is beautiful. This being the third in the series the graphics you can tell have been slightly upgraded. Sound is epic and really the story is driving to get you from place to place. You will find a great innocent humor in the series that continues to charm the hell out of players who enjoy it. I can see why it has become so popular considering it’s really just a ton of fun to play and with each game in the series you want to learn more about the universe it’s building. It’s fun and simple to say the least. Sort of like Gaunlet “of my day” and over all a good game to play with really ANYONE. This particular game however I will say is the LONGEST in the series so far. With Trap Team already in my hands I expect it to be longer than Swap force which really took us a matter of 13 hours STRAIGHT.. to finish.. This is more than enough time to play any video game but yea.. the amount of content involved in the game is just OVERWHELMING and without question is worth every penny spent! For whatever the price if you are looking for a game to play with anyone .. I HIGHLY Suggest playing anyone of the skylander games!

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So I downloaded Day 1 Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 on the Wiiu E-shop. It’s taken me this long to finish both games. More so it’s taken me this long to finish Bayonetta 1! Bayonetta 2 it took me all of 7 hours from start to finish which I managed to do today! So let’s start with the first one!

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I should note that I did own the ps3 version of this game. I never finished it but my girlfriend did. It took me a long time to find the time and build up the will power to play and finish this game. Which is sort of odd because I finished DMC before I finished this game and that game came out after it. Regardless of all that! Once my ps3 broke down AND I found out the Wiiu was getting the sequel exclusive. It was enough for me to trade my ps3 version of the game in for a little money and Repurchase the game with the sequel for just under 60 bucks. WHICH IS GREAT!

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So as I said the game play is very action based. However it also plays similar to a fighting game in that timing and maneuvering is very important to getting past enemies. Now I played this one on normal difficulty and found it to be EXTREMELY Hard to play. Yet this wasn’t a bad thing, it added to the challenge and made it rather entertaining to say the least. I can’t tell you the number of times I died but after a bit of planning and using my items correctly I learned how to make it all work. It’s one of those games that you really do need to practice at and take time to learn. Now with that said I am sure you could play it on easy mode and probably run past most of the game no problems. YET I didn’t know that when I started and well.. yea…it took me awhile to finish it but it was worth it.

It’s full of interesting characters, good story telling and it really is very fast paced and ACTION PACKED. You will not find much time to sit around..However I will say towards the end it kinda feels like it dragged on a bit.. but it wasn’t to bad. Regardless it’s a fun game and worth picking up for the price it’s being sold. I am sure you can pick it up for cheaper on the xbox and ps3 but you won’t get the best version of the game as those two versions are SERIOUSLY FLAWED with menu delays and graphic problems. This version is beautiful, sounds great, and holds little to no bugs in it.

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So having spent so much time playing Bayonetta 1 and having issues on Normal Difficulty I figured…ok this time..EASY mode or in this case “Climax 1 2 or 3” I figured 1 would be the best way to go as it took me forever to finish on 2 for the first game. However what I didn’t know is that the game would be EXTREMELY EASY having chosen 1. So really I should have started 2 and it probably would have been a more challenging experience. Yet none the less the game was fair to me and I managed to finish it in 7 hours. ….today

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The game pretty much picks up right from the end of 1. Give or take a months have passed and things ramp up pretty quickly to begin the game. Over all the mechanics of the game are the same in both games. So if you had no trouble with 1 you will have no trouble with 2. The monsters in this one are however EASIER TO DEAL WITH.. So again.. Don’t expect the game to be as difficult as the first one.

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Again the game has a fun cast “most of which from the first one” and it goes on to explain more of the story. It offers lots of new elements but keeps the stuff that worked in the first one so really it’s a comfortable game IF you learned the first one from head to tow.

The series is a ton of fun to play, it has a cool story that makes sense once you finish BOTH games. The monsters and puzzles take a little time to learn but once you manage it both games are really worth the experience. I enjoyed the games very much and think for the price and bundle they are giving it at for the wiiu right now.. WOULD BE WORTH YOUR MONEY!

This year has had it’s ups and it’s downs. I am currently working on my top 10 favorite games for 2014 and honestly it’s been very interesting to say the least what I have come up with. Now I did last year in December 2013 favorites “click here to read that” and while reviewing that list I noticed something interesting. 6 out of the 10 I listed all came from Nintendo consoles. Which sort of threw me off a bit because Last year I owned FARRRR more ps3 games than anything else. So this year while sadly my ps3 broke on me and I will be getting it back in December I had to give some thought to a few different factors on the topic of favorites.

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Alright so to begin with the PS3 Broke so really I didn’t have much to play or even keep up with in terms of the system. However when looking back on the list of games released this year for the ps3..Not much really came out after the system broke on me that I would have wanted to play. Short of Castlevania 2 “which I played and will be on the list”, Alien Isolation and The Evil within really can’t say I would have bought much else for the system. Wolfenstein I have for the PC “still working on that”, and a list of other games that really I just ended up playing on the wiiu or PC anyway and from what I have noticed are better versions on those anyway. So the lose wasn’t anything that big… if anything at all really?

So here I am thinking to myself the big question. Do I even want to rebuy/repair my ps3? Well honestly YES because A. It has a blu ray player on it and I want to watch my movies “tho I can stream them for free really ..but meh” B. I have a big collection of games that I might want to play again and without having the system I see no reason to have such a big collection. Yet short of that I don’t see much reason for having it.

Now the bigger question?! Will I buy a ps4 Next year? Honestly at this point unless they port MKX to the wiiu like they are to the ps3 and xbox 360 that is the single only reason why I will say yes to buying a ps4. Honestly not many series on the SONY system that I see going any place interesting. Resistance was a great series… however after 3.. the story is done.. so really not much interest in that going further. God of war 3 also..Great series! Yet after Ascension can’t really see them making a 4th game that would take the story any place interesting? Over all the ps3 is a great system and I am not knocking it in anyway but really what does Sony have that I am not really getting from my PC or Wiiu that isn’t superior?

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Here is the truth… I have had more fun in the single year that I have had my Wiiu then the last 5 years I have had with my ps3. Now how can I say something like that? Well..here is how I figured this all out. When I purchased the ps3 I was living in Wisconsin. Really I purchased the system because I wanted to have something to keep myself connected with my brother, my friends here, and of course to play Mortal Kombat vs DC and eventually MK 9 “The Mortal Kombat”.  Really it didn’t seem like it offered much at all to my interest. Yes it had Silent hill and Resident evil on it’s side to grab me. I learned about such great games to follow as Bioshock and Dead Space with it. However while those games peak my interest and I Love playing them I Enjoyed playing Nintendo games more because of the NEW experiences I had with it.

Take for example Silent Hill shattered memories “MY FAVORITE SILENT HILL GAME”. It was on a Nintendo Console and really that shocked me that I enjoyed playing that game more then BOTH of the Silent Hill games released on the PS3 “HOMECOMING AND DOWNPOUR”. True to the statement those games are fun to play but NOT AS FUN.

Or let’s take a game like what I previously spoke about God Of War! Truly an amazing game with breath taking graphics and a very grabbing story, violence and pretty much the “Mario” of the Sony Brand series. However when I think about how much fun I had playing it really I can “in my own opinion” say that I had just as much of the same type of fun playing Madworld on the Wii. Equally as satisfied because they are both over the top violent games but Madworld has a bit more of a sense of humor about it as opposed to the series story of god of war.

Again really that is just my opinion on the topic. This years list I think will explain this all in better detail but yea.. just something to think about!

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Fu@# ME….what do I even say about this game. Ok before I even start this review..Let me make something veryyyyyyyyyyyy clear. The game cost me all of 1.99 on the Nintendo Eshop.. So just from that price alone…I kinda knew what I was getting. However I was thinking MAYBE this will be like Slender! Or some other free ware software game.. no….no…and no…You GET EXACTLY what you PAY FOR!

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To begin with the game is SUPER simple to understand. You move with one stick, Move your head with another, Jump, and have an action button. THAT’S IT. You put into 4 SHORT SHORT SHORT stages.. The idea of the game is to follow the story. Pick up a select number of items and that’s it. The first stage you pick up one thing.. and go to a door.. END STAGE… Second stage is the biggest but it’s also .. SUPER… BORING.. nothing happens.. and it’s design is so simple that it’s hard to even keep focus!

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For a game that claims it’s horror.. Not a single thing about it is scary. It dull.. and not worth the 1.99 you pay for it.  i wish I could say something nice about the game. YET… I CAN’T…

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On April 2, 1992 a game was released for the SNES that would not only send action into a new level of excitement but it would become a standard for action games and interactive fun! Contra 3 The Alien Wars was a game I originally remember renting THEN owning for the Snes. It was fast paced, fast thinking action that was uncomplicated and exciting from start to finish. Few games have come since this game was released that didn’t take so many elements and perfect them into amazing action sequences.

As you can tell they released on the E Shop a Wiiu version of the game. It is a exact copy of the SNES release of the 1992 game. Plays the same as it did back in the day. Same old.. Run..jump.. Bomb and shoot game as I remembered. Your given during the game a arsenal of weapon varations from spreads, Lazer shot and my favorite Flame thrower access. Pretty much the game is summed up by running and killing everything that comes on screen. Not much to really think about but fun to play! Challenging to complete..and tricky to boot. You can finish the entire game on normal..but it’s going to tell you to play it on hard… which while that ticks me off…I can see why..

Either way the game is fairly cheap and is out on the E-shop .. It’s worth the play if you haven’t ever played it…and worth the play if you HAVE..BRING BACK THEM OLD MEMORIES!