#442 Building up Hype for Bayonetta 2

It was another weekend and another weekend has come and gone and with that I spent my free time playing Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8 online play, and more of Pokemon White. But one new game I was playing the Demo of the Wii U exclusive, Bayonetta 2. consider it warming up my Wii U for some amazing titles come this holiday season.

I have played through the demo of the game twice, and even though it is just the prologue but it is full of constant, no context, combat. Right out the gate the game asks me to fight off waves of angelic mechas and monsters on a jet plane which speeding through a main square of a city. After you think it’s done, the demo leads you to the giant King Kong style boss fight where you fly around fighting a giant monster as it climbs up a skyscraper.

The game makes the promise of continuing that level of intensity throughout the entire game and after playing through the demo twice I realized that the kicker of the demo is that the entire sequence is only the prologue of the main game, meaning I played a part of the game that is not even in the main game and combat.

I am literally counting down the days

I am literally counting down the days

The game demo is not the only reason I am excited for this game, because if you have been paying attention I have been casually mentioning this game, Pokemon ORAS, and Super Smash Bros as a few games on a very short list of games I am eagerly waiting to be released for this upcoming holiday season.

One of the reasons why I want this game is that since I played the Deadpool game I have been waiting for another fun near mindless beat em up game that was also entertaining to play through, while I only scored bronze medals and a few silvers one the different stages in the demo there is the option for me to improve my combo mashing skills while not impeding my advancement through the game. Bayonetta 2 is also an excuse to boot up my Wii U for another game, my poor console has been sitting in my room, waiting for a new game to play, since my initial games I bought with the device from a few months ago.

But the biggest reasons I can not wait for, well lack of a better words, the fan service that Platinum Games has added to Bayonetta 2. While I have been trying hard to avoid any spoilers to the main plot I been going actively looking for all the Nintendo inspired Easter eggs added to this game. The most noticeable is the special unlockable Bayonetta costumes inspired by some of Nintendo’s characters, that offers different play styles or by using the classic sound files from Zelda and Mario games.

Metroid for the Wii U confirmed?

Metroid for the Wii U confirmed?

As I said in Be MOP #392 I love it when the game developers adds those little things like this into their game because it shows that they are confident or the game is polished enough to allow the creation, design, programming, and implication of these nonessential bit ans trivial content and nods to the player into the game

Also I won’t be so above it all to say I really want to play through Bayonetta 2 because it is a Wii U exclusive. Because of Nintendo’s decision to fund Platinum Games for a sequel, this experience  denying it to all other gamers. It is childish but I call it the annoying brother syndrome, wanting something because you know others can’t get it.

This is a first time I get to play a third party exclusive mature console specific game with no hopes of a cross platform port. This is a new feeling for me.


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#441 The Big Mouse arriving on Steam

Lets break up this Be MOP trend with a bit of Steam news. News broke this week we heard news that Disney allowed some of their collection of Disney PC games to sold on the Steam Market Place. The first batch of games contains such titles as Split/Second, Disney Universe, Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure, and most noticeably, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.

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This is a bit of big news, at least for me, because after looking at Disney’s business plan I have always got the impression that Disney is not one to co-op into a business deal. With their near-infinite money Disney have the option to buy any major company whenever they want to go into a new market. When Disney wanted to get into television and pop music they created several of their own TV channels and pop stars. When Disney wanted the Science Fiction demographic, they went out bought the entire Star Wars franchise, when they wanted their own comic book fans they went out and bought all of Marvel Comics. Disney even brought the YouTube channel, Polaris, when they realized YouTube community content was not only a fad, but here to stay.

With all that being said imagine how important Steam is to the gaming and out of gaming world when Disney decides do not compete with Steam with their own PC gaming service and go with the flow and opt in to have their games and a part of their merchandise be handled and sold by a third party company.

worst possible headlines could see, "Disney plans to buy Valve and Steam".

worst possible headlines could have seen, “Disney plans to buy Valve and Steam”.

Besides Disney Epic Mickey 2, I have no interest in any of the other Disney games that went on sale this week which seems to miss the mark on Steam’s targeted demographic, but I do have interest in what is means for future Disney games appearing in the Steam catalog.

The important thing to take away from this new business deal is we could be seeing more PC ports of old console specif Star Wars and Marvel games while potentially securing all future Star Wars and Marvel/Avengers to arrive on steam on the same day Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U gets their copy of the game.


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#440 This November is Nintendo’s Month

My intention was not to make two 3DS focused blog posts in a row but when I got home and that little blue light on my 3DS has informed me that there was a system update available for my beloved handheld and after checking the latest gaming headlines, I knew this blog post needed to about Nintendo.

With this update came the option to replace your current wallpaper background with downloadable cosmetic skins to apply to personalize your 3DS menu. There are a few free basic color; Red, Blue Pink, Black and the default theme but there is also Theme Shop with paid cosmetic skins of handful of Mario and friends and one Zelda theme with the heavy suggestion of Nintendo added more Mario/Zelda/Pokemon and other Nintendo IP themed themes later, presumably with the launch of the New 3DS device. I was going to write about how Nintendo is joining everyone else with cosmetic microtransactions but it looks like it is the way of everyone is going now.

But something else was added with the latest 3DS that made my day, the fabled screenshot function! Something I have been lobbying for since earlier this year (Be MOP #325)  Sure it is currently only capable to take screenshots of your menu/display page but is it baby steps towards the ability to take screenshots in every future games anywhere and not just a certain photo booth spots.

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Bask in it's glory of the 3DS dual screen screenshot. Also, QUICK post your 3DS home page and rate each other's gaming library.

Bask in it’s glory of the 3DS dual screen screenshot. Also, QUICK post your 3DS home page and rate each other’s gaming library.

Another bit of Nintendo news is that Nintendo have officially announced the North American release date of  the Wii U version of Super Smash Brawl will be November 21st, which is the same day when the Pokemon Gen 3DS remake, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, hit the store shelves in the States. How are we going to handle this, players everywhere will be forced to find away to juggle weekend play between the new highly anticipated game on their Wii U and the other equally highly anticipated game my 3DS during the same weekend? To top it off in less than a week after those two bombshells hits us we also get the first installment of the two Mario Kart 8 DLC packs.

I am going to buy these games and content moment they release. 

Of course I am going to buy these games and content moment they release.

 Gabe did not prepared me for this, years and years of Steam Sales have not made ready for a week long purchasing blitz of AAA games that are priced at FULL PRICE. Wallet protect me.


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#439 The Unsung Feature of the 3DS

With this past weekend I could not be bothered to play any game besides Pokemon White and the occasional last few levels of Mega Man 2. Looking back I did feel slightly disappointed about how those were the only two games I played but I soon realized I can’t complain about constantly choosing to go back to an old game out of all my current games.

I am also playing through Pokemon White/Black to unlock the Pokemon transfer feature so I can finally get my Pokemon team from Pokemon Emerald and Fire Red to my Pokebank and get ready for the release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

I am also playing through Pokemon White/Black to unlock the Pokemon transfer feature so I can finally get my Pokemon team from Pokemon Emerald and Fire Red to my Pokebank and get ready for the release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

This weekend binge of re-exploring the Unova region it did highlight one of my favorite feature and unsung ability of the 3DS, the backward compatibility to play regular DS games. During the last gaming generation I was slowly moving away from handhelds and consoles like the Wii to the computer side of gaming with World of Warcraft and Steam games but with moving away from consoles with that last generation of games I have missed out on some great first and third party games for the DS and Wii.

Just like a pendulum it always swings back and with the purchase of my own Wii U and the 3DS with the most of my anticipated games for the rest of 2014 are on the Wii U and 3DS and with Nintendo’s  decision to apply backwards compatibility with their previous generation of games I am able to go back play catch up by playing the best of the best in the DS library.

when I had my first generation DS I just played all of the Pokemon games and the odd Mario game, but now I can get the cream of the crop DS titles for cheap at goodwill and videogame stores.

when I had my first generation DS I just played all of the Pokemon games and the odd Mario game, but now I all the mario, final fantasy DS titles I can find for cheap at goodwill and videogame stores. Picture via Wikipedia

I can not praise the backwards compatibility enough, with one (possibly) simple decisions Nintendo has increased the value of the 3DS in my eyes way more their feature to have ports of NES and the introduction of indie games to the eshop, which says a lot because the addition of the eShop is the third biggest contributor to the value of my 3DS, next to actually playing 3DS games.


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#438 The Ghosts of Dead Be MOP Posts

October is just starting but I am already hitting the ground running with Halloween themed exercises and activities. Wednesday I played They Bleed Pixels on my Twitch stream and only after two hours and the first four levels I was starting to relate to mind breaking experiences that characters in Lovecraft’s short stories went through when interacting with the Old Ones.

it was terrible, towards the end I did not even Rage-quit I just broke down on a live stream.

it was terrible, towards the end I did not even Rage-quit I just broke down on a live stream.

To keep the Spooky Halloween theme going on this site and in my life I have gone through my old Be MOP writing notebooks and gathered together a list of some of my scrapped Be MOP post topics that I decide to never write or it was incredibly topical and by the time I found time to write about it the conversation was already over.

Ooohhh it's spooky because they're dead topics and it's the month of Halloween! Get it?

Ooohhh it’s spooky because they’re dead topics and it’s the month of Halloween! Get it?

A bit of fair warning I am going through the lists of various “Potential Be MOP Posts” lists I have written over the years, many of these ideas have been forgotten by current me so even I do know what I was planning to do with these ideas.
So in no particular order:

  • Scary times ahead (Post-college life)
  • Movie time with Indie Game Movie and Mists of Pandaria CE DVD
  • More Battle Pet teams
  • Are the Raid Patches moving too quickly? (Patch 5.3) -I find this one particularly funny looking back on the content gap between today and the last Raid patch.
  • The (World of Warcraft) Raids that could have been
  • Can we have a proper Superman game?

—-Be MOP posts after I unsubscribed and blog about World of Warcraft and turned Be MOP into a general gaming blog—-

  • Political games (2nd worst game I have ever played) This was supposed to eventually follow after my big rant about the Power Ranger Shovel Ware game that I wrote about HERE
  • Swearing in videogames
  • The line of difficulty (SMB+BOI to WoW)
  • PAX East and the sense of belonging
  • Early Access games
  • Steam Box Update (Did/Could it fail?)
  • Amazing Spider-man 2 skins
  • EA’s season pass on the Xbox One
  • Becoming an Adult
  • the $200 franchise (Ubisoft)
  • Boston FIG 2014

I still have some old topical topics to write in the future when they become relevant again (like that one Half Life 3 post every videogame blogger has up their selves when it is finally announced) but these topics are all dead, dead as a door nail.


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#437 Games from my Backlog for the month of October 2014

October is here and with that it is time to break out the freshly picked pie, Halloween decorations and start looking for a handful of new games to play for the new month. This is just another installment of my long running series where I try to get my gaming backlog under control.

For September I played through VVVVVV and The Walking Dead Season 2,

VVVVVV was the game I played on my Twitch Stream and as I wrote about it in my pixel perfect post earlier this month, it is a surprisingly open world 2D platformer that wonderfully polished the game and controls by limiting the action to using the Left and Right arrow buttons and the one action button that flips your gravitational pull. It is not much but what it did to was to scratch the itch that I have been having lately.

Closing comments: VVVVVVVV is not a game you complete, or even finish, but rather game to play up to the point where you rage quit. and then you leave the game alone for a few months.

Closing comments: VVVVVVVV is not a game you complete, or even finish, but rather game to play up to the point where you rage quit. Then you leave the game alone for a few months and return back to it for a few more stages.

The Walking Dead Season 2 was another wonderful game, that I played off Stream because I was afraid I could not properly comment on what was happening without ruining the atmosphere and after playing through I was glad that I did not try to live stream the story.

My favorite thing about the game’s series is the interesting depiction of the various political/idealists extremes, whether it be everyone pull their own weight of pure capitalism, the every man for themselves mentality, or the harsh dictatorship in the middle of Season 2. I also like how Season 2 focused on the theme of broken people, as these survivors lasting for so long rather than the theme of constantly searching for hope and haven in looking for Clementine’s parents.

Despite my best efforts the game still forced me to invoke an emotional response from me and even forced me into situations where it was so intense that I abandoned my morals and themes of my past decisions.

TellTale games don't think you could not add a Image comic book Easter egg with me catching it would ya?

TellTale games don’t think you could not add a Image comic book Easter egg with me catching it would ya?

Now that we covered last month’s game lets move on to the games that I am going to play for this month. and this month, the month that house one of my favorite holidays, I am going to do something different. Instead of playing through two set games to play in my spare time I have a few selected Halloween theme games to play on my Wednesday streams to get in the super spooky mood. I am not listing them here because I want them to be a surprise but they are some titles that I have already played and some I have not even installed yet.

The other reason I want to do this is to free up some spare time to read some of the Lovecraft stories. A few years ago I bought the complete works of HP Lovecraft and every October I try to read the all the short stories I can before the month is up, it is pretty much a tradition at this point.

**Monthly announcements**

It occurred to me that these posts would be a good place to list off some video game announcements that deserves some mentions but might not warrant an full post.

The first one announcement is that today is my 23rd birthday! And with that I have two games that will soon to be in my possession. The first one is the Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2 from my parents and the second one is The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth from my brother.

The funny thing is my brother knows my stance on preordering games, I have talked to him about my personal policy on the matter, using this game as example, multiple times.

The funny thing is my brother knows my stance on preordering games, I have talked to him about my personal policy on the matter, using this game as example, multiple times.

For a special bonus I want to leave you with a Be MOP post I wrote 2 years ago to celebrate my 21st birthday.

 

The second announcement I want to make is just a reminder everyone that I am going to be a 24 hour gaming live stream event on my Twitch channel this 25th on behalf of Extra Life.

this was the reward I promised you guys if I was able to reach my fundraising goal for this year we did so now I have to be true to my words.

this was the reward I promised you guys if I was able to reach my fundraising goal for this year we did so now I have to be true to my words.

 


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#436 The curse of being an experienced gamer

With my increasing twiddling free time I have been powering through the Second Season of The Walking Dead game because the game is currently on my chopping block because it is on my backlog. Playing through a major chunk of the story and I can not say anything more about The Walking Dead than I did before with Season 1 (Be MOP #259). Playing the new story is fun and plenty emotional but I noticed that the magic I had experienced with the first game was gone.

One of the Walking Dead’s selling point is that all the choices you make in conversations and the actions you take will affect the story and a year ago when I played the first season I full heartedly believed it. A year later and after seeing some other people’s walkthroughs I realized that the game has certain key events that needs to happen that, no matter what you do you can not avoid.

With that realization it did affect the choices I made in Season 2, for example early on I knew I was going to be keeping me in a house full of new people for a while, knowing nothing could change that I decided not to make waves when talking to these people.

Not like that would help, in both Seasons I played Lee and Clementine as compassionate people who placed more importance on the group rather than themselves, whether I personally keep to that why of thinking when the Zombie apocalypse happens, time will tell.

Not like that would help, in both Seasons I played Lee and Clementine as compassionate people who placed more importance on the group rather than themselves, whether I personally keep to that way of thinking when the Zombie apocalypse happens, time will tell.

I have mentioned this problem here and there a few times before;

In any Pokemon game post Generation 3 I have a nasty habit of building my core Elite 4 team beating team, by the second gym. After following a bit of the professional Pokemon tournaments I know all the move combos and I build them early on even if takes up a quarter of my moveset early on.

After playing so many 2D platforming, whenever I pick up a game I instinctively know where to jump and where to go for any and all secret passages and hidden treasures when I had my first playthroughs of Ducktails Remastered, BattleBlock Theater, and Kirby Triple Deluxe.

And I fear the same thing will happen to one of my most anticipated games of 2014, Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. I have played literally hundreds of hours in the first game and I am afraid that I will be going through the motions instead of experiencing the rush of fighting new enemies and bosses and exploring newly unlocked levels.

My list of most anticipated games of 2014 is, Binding of Isaac Rebirth, Bayonetta 2, Pokemon Omega Ruby, and Super Smash bros for the Wii U

My list of most anticipated games of 2014 is, Binding of Isaac Rebirth, Bayonetta 2, Pokemon Omega Ruby, and Super Smash bros for the Wii U

This seems to be one of the few negative effect of being a experienced gamer where you play a game, and it may be a great game but you end up knowing all the tricks it can throw at you and you go into a new game of your favorite genera with that feeling of not knowing is gone.

And I hate it.


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