- Darkstalkers Resurrection
- Twisted Metal Head-On Extra Twisted Edition
- Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory
- Ocarina of Time 3D
- Tomodachi Life
- The Sly Collection
- Darkstalkers the Night Warriors
Sure, the unlockable things are nice and the gameplay is wonderful!(even though I suck at fighting games)… But I the fact that Pyron and Jedah cannot fight each other like Vampire Savior 2 is disappointing mildly. I think it would have sold better if it not only had extra content/DLC possibly, but better advertising! I would still recommend it to those who want to play Darkstalkers online or want to play the second and third games.
Twisted Metal Head-On Extra Twisted Edition(PS2): Sadly, the copy wasn't new by any means, as it had no proper casing. However, since it was under four bucks… VERY WORTH IT. There's the improved version of Head-On, Twisted Metal Lost(the cancelled sequel to Black), the removed cutscenes from TM1, another cancelled game called "Sweet Tour" where you can collect fun-facts, and a documentary on the series' history!
Gameplay wise, this is the first Twisted Metal game I've played, and pretty easy. That being said, it controls very smoothly. Soundtrack is also excellent, along with the bright vibrant colors that are reminiscent from TM2. Now TM: Lost… Is pretty difficult like Black, but still enjoyable despite the lack of endings for characters. Another character is also brought in who I adored quickly, called "Severed Sam". His vehicle isn't the best, but I just play as him for the fact I'm driving around as a headless person… Overall, if you want to start off with a TM game, I would have to say to buy Head-On, this PS2 version anyway.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory(PS3): The definitive Neptunia experience. Finally the quirk RPG gets a game that not only has a good battle system, but the protagonist went back to Neptune instead of the very over-dramatic Nepgear. Quite a bit of stuff is borrowed from HDN mk2, but it's expected really. Story and battle system wise, this one is the best in the series. Also they ridded of the human characters being partners, so now unless you buy some DLC, you will be stuck with CPUs. Honestly, this is a good thing. I'm glad to not have Compa and IF never delivering anything helpful like they did in the first two games.
As for the other characters, I won't spoil it, but they're all very pretty amusing/cute, even the villains! The only ones that are grating is Nepgear with her being very whiny, and Plutia when she transforms… Let's just say, I began to loathe her around Chapter Five. Then by the final chapter, I wanted to punch her in the gut and tell her off. Haven't felt that way since I met Ghirahim from Skyward Sword.
My only problems with this game? Difficulty curves with risky/tough foes and bosses… And the sidequest of unlocking every damn area with scouts. You have to do this if you want the "true ending". And let's just say, if you don't get what's needed for the "true ending", you'll have an even worse time with the final boss. Sadly, it seems that the companies behind this game will be recycling this engine and graphics for future games… Hopefully that doesn't apply when Victory 2 comes out.
Ocarina of Time 3D(3DS): I had my doubts on a remake of Ocarina of Time for the 3DS really. Because Mario 64 DS was bad, Diddy Kong Racing DS was a disgrace to the original I fell in love with as a toddler, and Starfox 64 3D whatever I didn't give a chance(glad I didn't). The only DS remake that was pretty good was Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver... Plus Ocarina of Time was very overrated and redone so many times. I didn't like that game as much as A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, Majora's Mask, even Skyward Sword.
Until I heard that Master Quest was on the 3DS version. You see, Ocarina of Time in my opinion, was far too easy for me. All of the dungeons were ridiculously easy. Yes, I even had an easy time with the Water Temple. The only ones I had trouble with were the Forest Temple(screw that place and all it stands for) and the Bottom of the Well(because I got scared of Dead Hand). Maybe it was because I was given the harsh treatments of the dungeons in Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess first-hand… Regardless, the game was hard to find, but when I got my hands on it?… They cramped.
You have to get used to holding the 3DS a certain way. But controls themselves? Very smooth, the N64 Zelda games were always incredibly stiff. Here, it's not as clunky. A lot of the glitches and bugs were taken out, which is both good and bad, as I miss going into the Bottom of the Well early by clipping through walls… In fact, I would go as far to say that this is the best version of Ocarina of Time to own. Especially with Master Quest added, which was very fun, and extra difficult when you're doing a three-heart run because of double-damage!
Only two issues though… The blood was all taken out out the Shadow Temple, Dead Hand, and Bottom of the Well…(As if kids still aren't going to be scarred by ReDeads) And I'm still waiting on Majora's Mask remake since Wind Waker got one. C'mon Nintendo, some improved controls and a Master Quest mode for that game is all I'm asking for!
Tomodachi Life(3DS): This game is… Plain weird, and cute. I saw Vinny from Vinesauce play it first-hand, then saw some other people jumping on the bandwagon of silliness. No doubt in my mind I had to get it. And it was great fun!…
… Until after a few weeks. Now I'm just waiting to have my Miis make a really crazy love-triangle happen, but instead all they want to do is make babies constantly like their some sort of rodent. That or they'll get into fights, maybe even ask you to play a game with them. That doesn't mean it isn't fun, just limit yourself and don't play 24/7 or you will get bored. Other than that, the gameplay is like Sims, except you don't control them, you just help solve their issues.
Also if anyone's curious… I married a ReDead in my game, Ben Drowned married Reimu, Satan married a Nintendo girl, and Mario married a Sony girl… Sounds about right.
The Sly Collection(PS3): Saw Elliot of SGB start playing Sly 2 about a few weeks ago, so I decided it was about time I actually gave these games a shot... I skipped the first game because of the fact you die in one hit and have lives. Not something I exactly felt comfortable with, even though I like difficulty.
I started with Sly 2, and made it all the way to the end of Episode Three. What do I think of Band of Thieves? I heard this one is best in the series, and it's not hard to see why! They added so many improvements from the first one. I was afraid this was going to be like the stealth you see in Metal Gear/Splinter Cell games where it's "you're caught and you're done for", but they give you enough leeway so you don't feel whacked on the nose too harshly. There's a good enough mix of stealth, action, and platforming so the player doesn't get tired of one gimmick!
… Platforming can be a problem though, along with back-tracking in the hub-world. Then again, it's not my forte. It might be my circle button, or the games themselves, but sometimes it won't respond to the stuff I want it to. Anyway! Once I finished off Chapter Three of Sly 2, I wanted to try Sly 3 for two reasons… One was to see if it was better or inferior to the second game. The other reason was because one of my favorite characters from Sly 2 went from villain to good-guy.
Yes, I am talking about Dimitri. He's hilarious and his suit is greasy sweet! Even if you don't like the gameplay of the Sly series, just play it or watch a video for Dimitri alone! Ahem. Anyway, I think Sly 3 made a chockful of improvements with the tutorial(though I already learned it the hard way in Sly 2), and Carmelita's voice went back to having an accent. However, I haven't beaten the first chapter yet, so I can't give my full analysis on the rest of the game. But if you're looking for a stealth game that is actually more tame than Zelda Wind Waker, the Sly games are a good fit.
Darkstalkers the Night Warriors(PS1): Since Resurrection didn't have the first game which I desperately wanted to play(even if it's no different than the second), I decided to download the original from the PlayStation Store. Why? Because of the older graphics/mugshots, different music, no Donovan, and generally a more classic feeling.
Problem? Well, do you dislike loading times? This game has quite an amount for some reason, and it cuts off some of the nice music I like hearing when selecting/showing your opponent. Either way, the gameplay is fun! You fight each monster(rather than it being random in 2 & 3) until you reach Huitzil and Pyron(the main antagonist). But nine times out of ten, even when on the lowest difficulty, your ass will be whooped by Felicia, who is ridiculously cheap. And she's usually the first one you fight!
That was an issue I had with the second game as well, Felicia being a complete roadblock to the rest of the game. So… I had to out-cheap her with Rikuo, who I think is one of the best characters gameplay and story-wise. I know that it's probably because I suck at fighting games but Pyron gives me a less difficult time than her… Anyway, if Resurrection isn't worth it for you(though it's pretty low-priced), I would grab the first Darkstalkers game for download, which is about six bucks. That is, if you're prepared for loading screens and getting mopped around by a naked cat-girl.
MediEvil(PS1): Along with the first Darkstalkers, I really wanted to play MediEvil. Since I do not own either a Vita or a PSP, I couldn't get the remake. I was fine with just the first game… And I can easily say, it has aged VERY well for something that came out in '98. Even though it may not look as nice, the movement is nowhere as clunky as Ocarina of Time for the N64, which was around the same year I believe.
Sure, the graphics and characters are silly, plus the camera angle can be mean. But under that is pretty dark setting and very straight-forward gameplay. Not too easy, not too hard, and has a few puzzles that will make you scratch your head for a few minutes yet feel nice for solving them on your own. The only level I've had trouble with was The Asylum. Thankfully, it was short. I already finished the Pools of the Ancient Dead, so I don't know how far I'm am… Once again, sometimes the jumping/platforming can be off, but that may be my poor judgement.
… I honestly think that MediEvil is more smooth than the Sly games. Somehow, a dreary PS1 game from '98 involving a jawless skeleton brought back from the dead, has been more enjoyable and colorful than a collection of PS2 games where you play as an anthropomorphic raccoon with his friends to steal from other thieves. This is just my opinion however.
Overall favorite levels/chapter in each game:
- Darkstalkers Revenge(Resurrection) - Scotland(Morrigan stage), Planet Hellstorm(Pyron stage)
- Darkstalkers 3(Resurrection) - Iron Horse
- Twisted Metal Head-On - Paris
- Twisted Metal Lost - Suburban Terror
- Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory - Chapter Three, Chapter Five
- Ocarina of Time 3D - Water Temple(Master Quest), Shadow Temple
- Sly 2 Band of Thieves - The Black Chateau(Episode One)
- Darkstalkers The Night Warriors - Brazil(Rikuo stage), Australia(Lord Raptor stage)
- MediEvil - The Sleeping Village, Pumpkin Gorge
Overall favorite characters of each game(aside from the main):
- Darkstalkers Resurrection - Pyron (
to the point of husbando status oops)
- Twisted Metal Head-On - Mr. Grimm (junkie reaper is always awesome)
- Twisted Metal Lost - Severed Sam
- Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory - Blanc/White Heart (I love how she remains adorable when cussing up a storm)
- Ocarina of Time 3D - Nabooru (
I blame AttackingTucans and Lucahjin)
- Sly 2 & 3 - Dimitri (I already said why)
- Darkstalkers the Night Warriors - Rikuo/Aulbath (curiously attractive for a fish man [/shot] )
- MediEvil - Canny Tim (Dirk and Bloodmonath came close, but this doofus won for being a cutie, even more so in the remake)
- Darkstalkers - Felicia (don't know why people love her other than the fact she's a half-naked cat-girl, she's kind of boring and obnoxious compared to how interesting the other characters are)
- Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory - Plutia/Iris Heart (disgusting and poor portrayal of a dominatrix,
and I like BDSMI only put her in my fan-fics to have karma bite her since Compile Heart treated her like a princess)
- Tomodachi Life - The Trip Mii
besides that I can't find it in me to detest any characters from the other games…
Would I recommend these?
Would I recommend these?
- Darkstalkers Resurrection - If you enjoy fighting games or strange monsters, then definitely!
- Twisted Metal Head-On Extra Twisted Edition - A good way to start with the Twisted Metal series is this game, so yes, especially since it's a bundle with the TM1 endings and the documentary of its past.
- Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory - If you have very high patience with RPGs and enjoy exploration, and don't mind sexual jokes or fourth-wall breaking, because Neptune is pretty much an anime-girl Deadpool in this game...
- Ocarina of Time 3D - Yes, better than the original(control-wise), even if this costs quite a bit. A good way to get Master Quest if you also don't own it.
- Tomodachi Life - Don't expect too much after a while, but if you like weird…
- The Sly Collection - If your good at and like platforming games with a moderately large world like the N64 era of Rareware, then yes. Especially Sly 2, even though 3 is more beginner friendly.
- Darkstalkers the Night Warriors - Only if you want to play this one since Resurrection doesn't have it. I would still look for the original Arcade version if it exists just because of the loading screens…
- MediEvil - Heck yes. Play it at least once in your life if you own a PS3.(or PS4, is it downloadable on that too??)