One Controller Port Podcast: Episode 37 – Huntin’ Time

This week I talk about Kirby: Battle Royale, Yuji Naka, Monster Hunter World and more Toukiden 2.

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One Controller Port Podcast – Episode 33: Fly! Fly! The Video Games Are upon Us!

This week I talk about my experience with GameFly and some more Xenoblade 2.

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Drakengard 3 Review

Drakengard 3 Box Art

I’m not really sure what I expected coming into Drakengard 3. I’ve never played a main entry in the Drakengard series, but I fell in love with the spin-off title NIER. While NIER was far from a AAA polished experience, what made it stand out was how unique it was. NIER had standard hack and slash gameplay, but the title constantly experimented by mixing in elements from other genres. Some of the most striking examples were the bullet hell-style boss battles and the text adventure sequences. The story had an amazing localization that perfectly portrayed loveable characters with playful and often foul-mouthed dialog despite being in the middle of devastatingly depressing world.

Part of me wanted Drakengard 3 to recapture what NIER was. However, Drakengard 3 is not NIER. So you can throw out most of those expectations.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Review

This review was written for my editorial and critical writing class.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Box Art

The Castlevania franchise dates back to 1986 with its original release on the Nintendo Entertainment System. In the last decade, the series’ popularity started to dwindle until the 2010 reboot Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 reinvigorated the franchise. Western developer MercuryStream changed the series’ direction from an exploration-focused dark fantasy game to an action game more in line with traditional fantasy seen in Dungeons and Dragons and Lord of the Rings. It was praised by reviewers for its polished action and more serious approach to a Castlevania story. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 builds off that foundation, but not always in the right ways.

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Mini-Review: Dislike Final Fantasy XIII? Play Final Fantasy XIII-2

FFXIII 2 Resized

Bring up Final Fantasy XIII and you’ll generally get a group of disgruntled moans from around the room. The title built up a bad reputation for itself that seemingly gets worse over the years. Final Fantasy XIII branded announcements are met with cries for Square Enix to abandon the series and start anew.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII sits on my list of to-play titles for this year, so I can’t talk about Square Enix’s more recent outing. However, I can tell you that if you disliked Final Fantasy XIII, you should at least give Final Fantasy XIII-2 a try.

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Dishonored Mini-Review


I don’t have much to say about Dishonored. Part of that is due to it being almost three months old now, and partly because, despite being a new I.P., there’s not much really going on with the title. Dishonored is your typical stealth action adventure game, and it forces that significantly early on, which can be an issue if that’s not an enjoyable play style for you. However, thanks to having a variety of powers that are geared towards different styles of play, your character’s stats and abilities start opening up after the first few hours.

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