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_hojo:Mother[3] of Mankind

July 7, 2010

_Let’s get it out of the way in case you forgot or don’t know: I wasn’t a huge fan of Earthbound. Not really. Not much. Not quite. So why did I bother giving Mother 3 a chance? Because while I didn’t care much for Earthbound, Mother 3 was supposed to be a much tighter affair, and Earthbound was not without redeeming qualities. Just…the gameplay wasn’t one of those qualities. So I figured…since that was really the only thing that needed improving and Mother 3 was supposed to be an improvement…hey! I put 2 and 2 together. And thankfully…2 and 2 did indeed equal 4, and all was right in the world.

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_hojo:Final Fantasy XIII – revolutionizing the paradigm outside the box

May 10, 2010

_On December 17th, 2009, Final Fantasy 13 was released in Japan. The hype was huge and the internet was abuzz with “He said, she said” from friend’s brother’s cousin’s roommate who speaks japanese but can’t read it that well who was about 5 hours into the game, but already had written up their final impressions on the full game. After about 2 weeks, you’d have thought that the entire internet was fluent in japanese, had imported the JP FF13 and had played through the full game already, because if you brought it up, they’d tell you how linear it was, how the storytelling was weak, who the worst member of the awful cast was, and how the lack of towns ruined the gameplay. Because everybody had totally played it. “I can’t wait for this to come out and get torn apart by the US reviewers because it’s horrible!” All this from people who weren’t jaded anti-S-E revisionists who loved FF7 back when it came out, then when they found out that kids that went to Hot Topic were into Advent Children, they started telling people that FF7 was totally gay and K-ON! is hardcore. No sirree. Anyways…on March 9th, FF13 hit US shores, and shockingly enough, I decided for play it myself and judge it based on my own feelings. Novel concept, eh? These are those feelings put into words.

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_hojo:welcome to Earth

January 9, 2010

_I played Earthbound for the first time a few weeks ago. I’ve been trying to write a blog post about it. But…it’s been hard. I’m trying to come to terms with the game. Trying to decide what my actual stance on it was. Trying to put into words what I felt about it. It’s been hard. Now some time has passed…and things haven’t really gelled in my head. But I figure I’ll shit something out on it anyways. No time like the present, right?

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_hojo:Let’s go get the gold! Front Mission 4

October 13, 2009

hojo.artcore_Never trust the opinions of people you don’t know and/or can’t name off the top of your head. Case in point – Front Mission 4. I had heard that FM4 was a vastly inferior game to FM3, and not worth playing. But when I think back…I have no idea who I heard that from. If I can’t even be bothered to remember who it was that recommended/derecommended something to me, why am I even bothering to trust their opinion? FM4 isn’t the only time that this has happened, and I’m sure we’ve all fallen victim to this trap before. But the fact remains: I shouldn’t have listened to people I don’t know.

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_hojo:Hello Tree-Oh Dust

September 25, 2009

_hojo.artcoreThe Halo series has long been a source of fun discussions. Intelligent conversations such as “Halo? More like GAY-lo, amirite?” and “LOL Halo is shit and all the fukin XBox fagz know it they only like it becuz its all dey got we got Killzone and Resistence and Call of Duty have fun with your shitty game faggot!!!” and “HALO IS THE BEST SERIZ EV4R!!1!” have thankfully graced our lives since the first game landed alongside the original Microsoft-Box in 2001. Putting aside all those wonderful points I just brought up, I will now delve into the newest release in the series, Halo 3: ODST. Or to get more into the spirit of the game, come with me as we drop into ODST. If you know a little about the story, you probably just let out a quick chuckle, then shook your head at the bad pun. If you didn’t, the connection goes over your head and it just sounds like a typical overused subject line in reviews. Don’t worry…the sentence was both of those things.

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Gendo – The Day The Earth Stood Bound

September 10, 2009

GendoJust recently Starmen.net held an annual event that they like to call the EarthBound Funktastic Gameplay. I don’t much about it personally since I’ve never really followed the goings on of Starmen.net too closely, but by chance I found out about it through Lyndis of The Backloggery. I’ve always been a fan of EarthBound and an annual playthrough of the game sounded like a lot of fun. Personally I hadn’t played Earthbound since I was a kid so I figured this would be a good chance to get reaquianted with the game. People seem to throw around a lot of praise for EarthBound, lamenting it as beeing underrated and perhaps one of the best RPGs of all time. This recent playthrough reminded me why EarthBound truly is one of the greatest RPG experiences out there, and why more people need to play this oft ignored gem. Read the rest of this entry ?

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_hojo:Jessica Quest 8

September 8, 2009

hojo.artcore_The Dragon Quest series is one of the longest running and most influential series in the history of gaming. Released in Japan in 1986, it popularized many of the standards found in modern day turn-based RPGs, and is one of the most successful game franchises of all time…in Japan. In the US, the series (long known under the name Dragon Warrior, due to copyright issues) has long been overshadowed by the Final Fantasy games. Most gamers have played at least one FF game in their lifetime, even if they’re not fans of the RPG genre. I’ve often heard people say, “Well, I figure that the series is good enough to get 12 installments, they must be the best! So…might as well try out the best there is to try, y’know?” Funny enough…Dragon Quest saw its 8th installment on the PS2, but i never once heard anybody use that excuse to play it. I guess a series has to hit double digits before people start to make that assumption. Anyways, despite being a big fan of RPG’s, i had managed to go through 25 years of non-death without playing a single Dragon Quest game. Sure, I can make excuses. I didn’t get into RPG’s until 1994, when i played Final Fantasy 3/6, and another Dragon Quest game wasn’t released after that point in the US until 2001. I was scared of the 100+ hours DQ7 promised to require of me. I was too busy playing Xenogears. Excuses, excuses. But that’s all in the past now. I rectified the absence of Dragon Quest in my life last month by playing through Dragon Quest VIII. And it was good.

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