Rubs, Editor-in-Chief —Dragon’s Crown had me by the balls all weekend. I haven’t quite explored every nook and cranny of the game’s single-player component, but I’ve been playing round upon round with confused Japanese players. I can’t speak for the PS3 version, but the Vita version runs the online bits at a very acceptable rate; considering that my co-op buddies are 10,000 miles away. And can I just have a quick sidebar for a second and give a hearty fuck you to all the idiots deriding this game’s awesomely-tacky art style? Seriously, this is why we can’t have nice things.
Inspired by my Intel NUC review, I decided to relegate my Ouya to the bedroom and use it as a spare console/Hulu box. I haven’t upgraded (or even turned on) the thing in quite a while, but I have to say, the console’s firmware is actually starting to take shape. Menus are snappier, performance and controller lag has been addressed somewhat, and from what I’m gathering, OS-level functions can now be controlled via a PS3 controller (which is fantastic as the bundled controller is hot garbage). Good news for all you semi-late adopters, I guess: I just found out that Datablitz branches will start stocking the thing.
Cheena, Managing Editor— I got back on my groove and am now almost at the home stretch for Shin Megami Tensei IV. It’s becoming hard to quit the game again, taking most of my playtime for the past few days.
Another game I am also deeply enjoying is Magic The Gathering 2014 in XBOX Live. I am currently playing the Sealed Play campaign which is mad, mad fun. I was given 6 booster packs to open and I created my deck based on the stronger cards in the packs (I made a white and black deck, with zombies and angels fighting together woooo), and more packs will open once I defeat the rest of the planeswalkers in the campaign. I will probably write a full-length review once I’ve clocked in more playtime, so stay tuned!
Shin, News Editor— The whole weekend was mostly Dragon’s Crown. I’m playing the PS3 version and it’s absolutely gorgeous! I have decided to try and platinum this game or at least finish all the sidequests so I can have all the Treasure Arts. My main character is the Elf (the one with small boobs) and I enjoy jumping all over the screen and pulling off combos with her. The game has a ridiculous amount of content for a game of its kind and I can’t wait to buy the PS Vita version and play it on the go when it officially releases.
Peppered in-between my DC sessions are pick-ups of Shin Megami Tensei IV for the 3DS. I love the game but it makes me sleepy if I play it for more than an hour at a time. I don’t know why! lol
My second attempt to play The Last Story on my Wii for an LTTP Review was more successful than my last one. I say this because I finished the tutorial.
Alex, Reviews Editor and of Things— I told myself I wouldn’t buy Civilization 5: Brave New World, the latest and apparently best expansion yet for the turn-based strategy time-sink. I also ignore a lot of things I tell myself so most of my free time during the week and weekend was devoted to finishing one play-through in the largest sized map with the most number of city states and in marathon game speed. I believe the game took around 40 hours or so to complete. Naturally I had a secondary game to play while waiting for the computer to process the turns of other civilizations and city-states which at the time was Tekken Card Tournament which I reviewed earlier today. I’m liking the how they implemented spies, the world congress, and ideologies (social policies such as order, liberty, and autocracy have evolved into a different branch altogether). All these mechanics really make the game harder when you enter the modern era. I was forced to annihilate Greece (Alexander) with sheer military force because his influence on city states would ensure him a cultural victory in the long run (diplomacy is obviously not my strong point). Now that I’ve gotten the hang of the new and old systems from the last expansion (Gods and Kings with that blasted religion tree) I’m set to take on King difficulty and aim at harder settings. The Prince difficulty is pretty forgiving as I was able to defeat a civilization which had better tech and more soldiers because for some strange reason, they didn’t know how to siege cities properly.