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#529 Games from my Backlog for the month of May 2015

It is the first blog post of the month of May and that means it is time hop back on the bandwagon and get to work on my gaming backlog. Last month I announced that I took a month off of my personal project of mine to relax and enjoy some videogames without an end goal in mind.

During that month off I finally finished Majora’s Mask for the 3DS. Not only did I beat the game, I went out of my way to collect all the masks to unlock the Fierce Deity mask and wiped the floor at the last boss.

30 total hours of game play from the start of the first day and the final third day

30 total hours of gameplay from the start of the first day and the final third day

I justify cheating with Fierce Deity link for the first encounter because the amount of time I took to complete the side quests would be about the same time of unsuccessful attempts of fighting Majora as kid link.

And to nobody’s surprise, I have also been playing my fair share of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.

I reached the 100th hour sunk into this game. For reference: I stopped playing the original at the 334th hour

I reached the 100th hour sunk into this game. For reference: I stopped playing the original at the 334th hour

I have been making some serious headway with the many, many of the game’s unlockables for far for the past month I unlocked: the Lord of the Flies achievement, Finally beat the second, other, final boss -The Lamb-, and with the Lamb kill I also beat both end game bosses on Isaac, Cain, Samson, and Lazarus.

I am so close to unlocking everything else, I just need to beat the final bosses on the rest of the characters and the rest of the challenges, currently I am at 63% completed with the game. At this rate I am projected to 100% the game in 2016.

That month was a much needed break but it’s back to the grindstone of playing through the games I want to play. This month I am going to be focusing on the backlog that have been growing on my 3DS library.

The first game on the chopping block is Pushmo, the Last farewell gift from Club Nintendo, a causal pushing block puzzle game.

I have played a bit of it and I have concluded that Pushmo is extremely causal, extremely cute, and extremely Japanese

I have played a bit of it and I have concluded that Pushmo is extremely causal, extremely cute, and extremely Japanese

The other game is Pokemon Pearl.

I bought this Pokemon copy second hand and I have been itching to replay a Pokemon game and I want to revisit the Sinnoh region for quite a while now because Generation 4 was my least played Pokemon game, and I want if it was because it was my least favorite Pokemon generation or it is because forgotten forces from real life, ie High school, prevented me from playing that game as much as all the other games.

Plus I need it to finally finish a project I have started a long time ago.

Plus I need it to finally finish a project I have started a long time ago.


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#455 When is it OK to remake of a game?

It seems that a new recent trend with many Gaming companies is to release a fresh batch of remakes of old games to celebrate the start of the new console gaming generation.

So far we have Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3DS, Wind Waker HD, Majora Mask 3DS, on Nintendo’s devices. The Master Chief Collection and Last of Us are the major exclusive releases for Microsoft’s and Sony’s console respectively.

Last week I celebrated the release of Binding of Isaac Rebirth on PC and it’s debut on PS4 but that is not the only contender on this gaming trend. Lately we also have the official re-release of Grand Theft Auto 5, Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs for the new consoles.

Everyone has some stance when it comes to buying video games, there are those on the internet who are excited for these games to come out for their new devices, and other have gone to the forums proclaiming that these and most remakes are just a cheap trick pulled by these gaming companies to get a quick buck as filler content before they can announce their proper next current generation game.

I land somewhere in the middle, so for today I am going to provide my personal checklist to answer the question, “When is it ok to buy a remake of a game?”

I have been meaning to talk about this issue for ages, with the rumor of GTA V for the Xbox 1 and PlayStation 4 but I felt like I needed more games in this category before I could talk about it.

I have been meaning to talk about this issue for ages, with the rumor of GTA V for the Xbox 1 and PlayStation 4 but I felt like I needed more games in this category before I could talk about it.

 

 

**The first thing on my list is when the old game is ported to a new engine.**

 

We see this with Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire being ported to the X/Y 3DS engine, with Binding of Isaac moving away from being coded on flash and I can not speak for the Halo development team but I assume their Xbox One games as well.

I suspect that it took quite a bit of time remaking the entire region  from the old pixelized world

I suspect that it took quite a bit of time remaking the entire region from the old pixelated world

Being ported to a new engine means that the developers actually put effort into recreating the old world with the new technological tools they had since the game first came out, proving it is not just an upgraded port of the old game. As Edmund McMillen said in his F.A.Q, moving away from flash was able to have the freedom to add more content and have the game better reflect what the type of game he wanted from the beginning.

**New content added….beyond the bundled DLC**

I can only talk about Pokemon ORAS and Binding of Isaac with confidence but both games have added more content to their base game. Just like porting the game to a new engine added content is there as a sign that the game developers put some serious thought and effort into remaking the game to provide more content and reason to justify the decision for the consumer to rebuy the game again.

With Pokemon we have the game play advances we have all come to know and love since the old Gameboy Advance games like the inclusion of  fairy types and mega evolution but on top of that we get the recently advertised feature the new Hidden Move, Soar, giving the players the ability to roam around the Hoenn region as the next logical step for HM02, Fly.

With Binding of Isaac, we have all content from the basic game and the Wrath of Lamb DLC already in the game, but even with all of that the game was just about half the content, the people behind Binding added more items, trinkets, enemies, bosses and levels. With all the returning the old and new items the game has been balanced and tinkered with to provide better synergize with different types of tear shots from all the possible item combinations.

So much added content that within the week of being the only non-stream PC game I played in the last week I have not even begun to scratch the surface of the added content,.

So much added content that within the week of being the only non-stream PC game I played in the last week I have not even begun to scratch the surface of the added content,.

The last and most important criteria for buying a remade game, in my opinion, is:

 

**A remanded game that could still be needed even with backwards compatibility**

 

Backwards compatibility has been a big issue with me with this gaming generation, as well as others, when there was the announcement that newest consoles, aside from Nintendo, could not and would not play any of their games from previous generation’s library. This category focuses on all the games I have not mentioned yet like The Last of Us, Halo 3 & 4, and all the other third-party games remakes.

This leads me to a major question I have with these recent AAA remakes, as a PC gamer is “Why”? Why would anyone play and even pay full price for the same game again with just a graphical upgrade? To side with people I mentioned earlier, It does seem a bit lazy just porting an old game to the PS4 and Xbox One and it only happens that because of the technical ability of the platforms these game developers chose to work with. I do not recall much from the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 launch library but I do not remember just after the last gen was revealed a major influx of remastered old  PS2 and Xbox games for everyone to buy again.

You can give Nintendo flack for rehashing established Intellectual Properties and reselling their old games on every new platform but at least it is new to the device, like we see with the NES/SNES ports on the 3DS or old games that dates back two generations, like we see with Zelda Wind Waker, and where credit is due, half of the Halo collection.

I remember my brothers and I playing this game on the Wii almost more than any other wii game besides Mario Kart and Smash

I remember my brothers and I playing this game on the Wii almost more than any other wii game besides Mario Kart and Smash

But that is just my opinion, I want to know what you think, what are the criteria for buying remade/remastered games? Feel free to leave a comment below.


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#452 This Post is about Nothing

I have nothing prepared for Be MOP today. These past few days have been quite hectic and it has directly impeded my plans to write about anything videogame related.

At the start of the week my plan was to get a first impressions post about The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth out the doors today. I was going to start playing at Tuesday 12:01 am for a few hours, head off the sleep go out and become politically active for the majority of the day and then complete a few more runs later in the evening, after all the midterm excitement dies down, and then write about the experience.

Then I learned that, for some strange reason, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth only unlocks at 1pm Est, which is right in the middle of the day while I was out on the field doing some last minute canvassing and visibility for my home town’s midterm election. I did end up playing a few hours after the New Hampshire polls closed for the day and all the important elections were called by the media channels, only then to be was pulled away from my computer when I heard that my State’s US Senate election, projected to win, turned into a dead even race so I had to watch how that election results turned out.

I also realized that just a few hours of Binding of Isaac is just a sample of things to come. So unless I had the whole day free I could maybe write about it and do it justice.

I also realized that just a few hours of Binding of Isaac is just a sample of things to come. So unless I had the whole day free I could maybe write about it and do it justice.

My district’s election results also came in that night and sadly I did not win a seat to represent my town in the House of Representatives. Even if I did this particular post would not change much because I would still have no idea how to put all of what it means to win a publicly elected position into a single blog post.

How can you take a blog, all about videogames and my opinions on the latest videogame news with a global viewership and successfully talk about winning a public position that represents only one town at the state level, and what it means to my public/private life and this blog without completely isolating everyone that lives outside of my state, or have no interest in politics?

That is a question I have to ask myself in about two years time. For now I am going to go back to work, after that I am going to follow another long running personal political tradition of mine, turning off my phone, closing out of all of my social media sites, of watching the movie, “V for Vendetta”, giving the viewing all of my undivided attention.

It is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I make sure to go out of my way to watch it every year on this day, November the fifth.

It is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I make sure to go out of my way to watch it every year on this day, November the fifth.


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#449 Kicking off Nintendo Domination Month

Yesterday I finally got around to receiving my slightly belated Birthday gift, Bayonetta 2 and because of the benevolence of Nintendo, along with the sequel I received a physical copy of the first game in the standard edition. Since I am new to the series I have spent most of my free time yesterday playing through Bayonetta 1 before I even touch the shiny new next-gen follow up game.

BayonettaWiiU-1

I have gotten to the point in the game where it introduce the ,lack for a better word, causal insta-kill scenarios into the regular part of the game

Depending on how well I take to these games I might continue the Platinum hype train with buying their earlier Wii U game, the Wonderful 101.

Besides game play Bayonetta is an interesting topic because there is so much one could talk and speculate about. I could go into an full post about how this is one of Nintendo’s first mature rated first party game since Conker’s Bad Fur Day or how it was Nintendo’s choice to allow some of their greatest female characters like Peach, Daisy, and Samus to be cosmetic costumes for Bayonetta, and even pushing the creators to make the costumes even more sexier and what it means for the future of Nintendo and their Family Friendly status that they have been building up for the past few decades.

Or I could talk about Nintendo’s choice actually advertise this game, on both Adult Swim and on the “American men’s lifestyle magazine” Playboy to advertise their Nintendo exclusive game with web advertisements and  they only way Playboy knows how, with a photo shoot with one of their models.

 What a time to be alive. My favorite thing is how the Mii-verse is handling  a game with such unapologetic sex appeal and swearing.

What a time to be alive. My favorite thing is how the Mii-verse is handling a game with such unapologetic sex appeal and swearing.

These are all good topics that I might return to later, once we have more evidence to suggest that this is a new trend for Nintendo, rather than magnificent lighting in a bottle event. Instead I want to shine light in the fact that Bayonetta 2 kicks off what I am calling, and what I have written about before (Be MOP #440), Nintendo Domination Month. I have been waiting for this event for a very long time because within this one month period all of my most anticipated games for 2014, most of them just so happens to be Nintendo IPs, will hit the shelves.

The arrival of Bayonetta 1 and 2 on the Wii U kicked off the season followed by the remake of one of my favorite game, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, the only PC game on this list, but from what we saw the advancement of Bayonetta, it could be on the eShop catalog one day. Then sometime in November we will be receiving the first half of Mario Kart 8 DLC, with the introduction of new characters, vehicles and new tracks.

After THAT we finally see  the Gen 3DS remake, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and long awaited Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U released on the same day. All of these games are coming out within four weeks and all of these games are titles I am beyond pumped to buy them all, which is great because recently I have been using my Wii U’s Amazon streaming app more than playing games on it, which is a serious sign that I needed to improve my console’s library.

I will be talking about Smash, the DLC, and my thoughts very soon.

I will be talking about Smash, the DLC, and my thoughts very soon.

Pardon me if for the next month or two I will be focusing mostly on Nintendo’s practice and games, this is the first time in quite a while that I have been excited for the release of any one game, let alone six of them. Heaven only knows how I will be able to juggle my free time between all these games.


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#445 The Bittersweet Birthday Gift

As I mentioned about three weeks ago, the beginning of the month was also my birthday, and today I want to talk about a gifts one of my brother gave me. As I mentioned before at the start of the month I was gifted a pre-order ticket of The Binding of Isaac Rebirth, one of my most anticipated sequel/remake of one of my favorite and most played Steam game on Steam.

steam boi re

It is not just me who loves the game,The Binding of Isaac is full of family fun, because I, and two of my brothers religiously play the game. Because of that my brothers and I have had many conversations about our own personal adventures through the game with the odd combination of items the RNG loot room gave us and getting hyped about what could possibly be added to the next installment.
Bless my brother’s heart, he knew I was going to get The Binding of Isaac the moment the game went live, and I know what he did was with good intention, but no good deed goes unpunished. because in giving me one of the games I have on my wish list he has ended up preordered a game.

I wrote about my policy with pre-ordering games here in Be MOP #272, but just as a one paragraph recap:
Preorders are one of the few things I do not like with the videogame world, I have wrote before but I see no reason to preorder a game anymore, because if it is a major game it has enough marketing and research behind it to ensure that every major videogame outlet has more than enough physical copies of the game at launch. The idea of pre-ordering something through a digital service, like Steam XBL/PSN, and the such is even more pointless because those services have an unlimited amount of resources to hand out the day of launch and for all the days after that. Now Pre Ordering has changed from making sure that the consumer has the desired limited supply product to a tool for the gaming companies to add the most amount of profit of a game before it is even released, which all adds to the mess of things within the AAA gaming economy.

I swear this is world's best technique for persuade steam users to preorder any game

I swear this is world’s best technique for persuade steam users to preorder any game

Because of my policy, and seeing how bad preording can get with some game companies, I have sworn off of pre ordering any games from any gaming device, no matter how much I like the game or how excited I am for it’s release. The kicker is my brother knows of stance because I have spent multiple times ranting and debating him about the issue of preorders, using the Binding of Isaac, a game that I am currently has a countdown timer on my phone, as example on how determined I am to stick to my principles about not preordering a game.

So imagine the bittersweet moment I felt when I received the notification when my brother, the same brother that I have had extensive conversations with about policies and politics in videogames, went ahead and made a preorder purchase of my favorite game for me, thus encouraging the growth and the practice of preordering in the industry. I still love him and I still can not get too mad, because of him I am now qualified to unlock the special Binding of Isaac hat in Team Fortress 2

Hey I said I was against preorder bonuses for TF2, I did not say I wanted them

Hey I said I was against preorder and preordering bonuses, I did not say I did not want them


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