Monday, March 2, 2015

A Vanillaware-inspired brawler-RPG's on Kickstarter. In other news...

It's called The Vagrant and while it's not quite up to Vanillaware's standards, it is at least a 2D sprite-based brawler with pretty-good animation and...

...sigh...

...big, bouncy boobs.



But if it comes to Vita, you know I'm down.  They're asking for twenty thousand pounds, but... I'll be honest, for some reason I'll be surprised if this actually gets made.  £20,000 ain't much money - I'm not sure they know what they're getting in to.

In other news, it's the Monday before the first Tuesday of the month, and the PlayStation Blog still hasn't announced March's PlayStation Plus lineup.  This is unheard of, and I want Olli Olli or Oreshika to be free, please and thank you.

Or Helldivers, that'd be cool.  Save me money, please.


Also in other news, The Order's review is coming along very well, in fact, but will require more time.  I'm not sure when I'll be able to get to it, as Kayla are in the process of moving in together - which turns out to be a very involved activity - but I'm gonna' try my best to have it done before the week is out.

...'cause when we actually move in on Saturday, I won't have an Internet connection until Monday...

The horror.

The horror.

Oh, also, in other news, Night in the Woods probably won't come out 'till 2016.  Which kinda' sucks 'cause that game looks hella cool.

It sure does, Mae.  It sure does. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Long day.

Kayla and I spent all day running around getting stuff ready for our move next week.  We're both exhausted, and I'm going to bed.

I'll do my best to get The Order review up tomorrow.  Forecast: lengthy.

[update - four-and-twenty hours later] Today was a yet-longer day, characterized largely by furniture assembly and work as a sentient beast of burden.

I'll do my best to get The Order review up tomorrow.

No promises. [/update]

Friday, February 27, 2015

Worth Watching - the Mortal Kombat X story trailer.



There seems to be a great deal of plot to this fighting game.  I've - weirdly - watched a lot of stuff for MKX, and I'll admit... I find myself getting hyped for a fighting game.

Maybe I'll reinstall Injustice on my PS4 and see if I can get its mechanics to click.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Check out the announcement trailer for We Happy Few.



This is being made by the team that put Contrast together, which I'll admit earned them no credit in my book - but watch this and try not to ear echoes of BioShock.  It's hard.

Oh, and if you're in to fighters you should watch today's Mortal Kombat X stream - they show off Cassie Cage and brutalities.

Eight supercool PSN games are coming in the next eight weeks.


PSN's Spring Fever thing is a pretty pleasant treat.  Usually when these indie showcases come along, there are - at best - one or two games I'm interested in .  Here, I am interested in all but two - Jamestown+ holds no great appeal for me and I lack the nostalgia to appreciate Metal Slug in any way beyond its luscious animated sprites... the rest?  The rest are gettin' bought.

...except for Bastion and Axiom Verge, 'cause their Vita versions won't be available at launch.  But they will be bought when their Vita versions appear - so here's what we got!

March 3rd - Helldivers.


Four-player friendly-fire-is-always-on co-op, top-down shooting and an awesome trailer to back it up.  It's cross-buy, so you get the game on PS3, PS4 and Vita for the low-low price of $20.  Or eighteen with PS+.

March 10th, Hotline Miami 2.  Which should need no goddamned introduction - again, cross-buy across all three Sony platforms, but for the low-low price of fifteen bucks.

March 17th, Jamestown+ - a bullet hell shooter, PS4 only, twelve bucks.

March 24th, Metal Slug 3, cross-buy on all three platforms, fifteen bucks and...

*you actually turn into a zombie in this level and can projectile vomit incredibly destructive blood. 

...okay that looks pretty awesome.  I mean... watch this - this looks pretty awesome.

I'll think about it.  But it's not like I won't have enough games to buy this month, I mean, yeah, I'm probably skipping...

March 31st - Axiom Verge - retro-styled Metroidvania, PS4 only, $20 (call me when it lands on Vita).

and

April 7th, Bastion, which is totally awesome, but PS4 only - $15 - I'll day-one it when it lands on Vita.  What I won't skip is...

April 14th - Titanl Souls.


A top-down indie darling in which you take on a bunch of colossal and beautiful bosses (and nothing else) armed with nothing but a bow and a single arrow that returns to you when you call it.  Ten bucks, cross buy on PS4 and Vita.

Looks supercool. Finally, this digital affair comes to a close with last year's most-celebrated indie, Shovel Knight.


April 21st, fifteen bucks, cross-buy on all three platforms, Shovel Knight is one of Kickstarter's great success stories - a game that seriously delivered on its promise of NES-styled action-platforming goodness and earned a lot of critical acclaim last year with its PC and Wii U verisons.

So let's do some math here.  I'm going to assume fifteen bucks for Olli Olli 2 on the third, plus we've got Bloodborne at the end of March - that's at least another ninety - so...

$15 - Olli Olli 2
$20 - Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines
$18 - Helldivers  
$13.50 - Hotline Miami 2  
$90 - Bloodborne...

...that's... a hundred and sixty bucks before the end of March.  ...maybe I'll skip Helldivers...

Good thing I didn't buy Cyril.


...damnit, Helldivers looks so cool...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Get your bloodlust ready. Hotline Miami 2 drops in two weeks.



Mannn I am gonna' be so disgusted but I will not stop playing.

Also... it's very strange that an announcement like this comes without a press release or a new trailer.  Granted, Hotline Miami was incredibly popular and the name certainly has cache, but... it's almost a Rockstaresque move.  "We don't need to show you a trailer or write a bunch of stupid words.  Here's the only words you need - Hotline Miami 2, March 10th."

Olli Olli 2 drops on March 3rd!

That's in one week!  Launch trailer!



So... Olli Olli 2, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines and Hotline Miami 2 all landing on my Vita within a week of each other?  Sorry, sexy new smartphone.  I won't be gaming on you for much longer.

Batman: Arkham Knight - Gotham is Mine trailer.



Oh we're already hyped.  No need to re-hype us.

...not that it hurts.

That was a close one.


Yesterday, my buddy Kris let me read a graphic novel called We3.  It's about a dog, a cat and a rabbit who were turned in to living weapons by the government, and it's probably the best graphic novel I've seen since V for Vendetta.  So, yesterday, Kayla and I went to our favorite collectibles store to procure a copy.

There it was - softcover, twenty-six bucks... but for some reason I demurred.  We're trying to save money lately, and maybe I'd feel a bit better about spending it on the book in the future.  Kayla, meanwhile, found herself smitten with the four hundred and fortieth Nendoroid - Suigintō, from Rozen Maiden, which I've never seen.


I had no idea she was in to the gothic lolita thing, but there you go.  I, for my part, am thrilled she went out and bought herself a Nendo with her own money.  She has, in doing so, tacitly enabled my own predilections, and there was in fact a figure I really wanted to find in the store.

Cyril Brooklyn.

She's a "cast off," for those of us who know what that means, but I prefer the way she looks just like this:


  • glasses
  • short hair
  • conservative, professional blouse
  • military markings and a bullpup sub-machinegun. 
I love all these things - and obscenely long legs don't hurt, particularly when the piece is such an excellent representation of Shirow Masamune (Ghost in the Shell)'s style.  I thought they might have her because they have an older Masamune fig - a cowgirl in a bikini - and so I asked about Cyril. 

No dice.  

Kayla and I milled around the store, and I bought the Hannibal FunkoPOP. 


I love that Hannibal TV series.  I turned to FigureGAF for help, and they almost-instantly found a Cyril Brooklyn for sale for about ten thousand yen, from a seller who we can be assured is not hawking bootlegs (for bootlegs do indeed exist of Cyril).  

I went to the site they directed me to.  I signed up. 

I paused.  

I didn't order Cyril Brooklyn.  

Do I want that figure?  Yes I do.  But maybe that's a line that shouldn't be crossed.  I can't... defend her purchase to myself by saying I love the anime or I love the game she's from.  She's just a super-sexy figurine, and that... 

That is perhaps a first step I'd rather not take. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Scram Kitty DX looks like my cup of tea.



Eurogamer reviewed the Wii U version last year and had some pretty kind words for it.  A shooter/platformer with very unique mechanics?  If it feels in the hand how it appears to... I could dig this.  I could dig this very much.

It's landing on PS4 and Vita (cross-buy) in the UK this week - no word on a North American release, but c'mon.  We're the biggest market in the world - we'll get it.