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Archive for February, 2011

Review: #396

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Gemini Rue
Developer: Joshua Nuernberger
Publisher: Wadjeteye Games
Genre: Adventure
Release Date: 02/24/2010

Gemini Rue was originally titled Boryokudan Rue and it was a Student Showcase Finalist at the 2010 Independent Games Festival. As such, a lot of point and click adventure game fans took note and became excited for the eventual commercial release of the game through Wadjeteye Games. As for myself, I was a bit skeptical as to whether or not I’d enjoy Gemini Rue. I haven’t really liked any of the previous releases from Wadjeteye Games that I’ve played which have included the Blackwell games and Emerald City Confidential. As well as I was bit surprised by the sticker price of $14.99 for the downloadable version and $24.99 for the CD version. This is mainly because the game IS a student project and costs about as much as the full Back To the Future season pass by Telltale Games. Could a game made primarily by a single person merit a full retail release at the same rate high budget games in this genre go for, or should Gemini Rue have been priced more according to its indie roots?
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Review #395

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Stacking
Developer: Double Fine Productions
Publisher: THQ
Genre: Puzzle/Adventure
Release Date: 02/09/2011

Whenever a new game is announced by Double Fine Productions, I take notice. As a long time LucasArts adventure game fan, I tend to try everything that studios like Double Fine or Telltale put out. It’s partly out of loyalty and nostalgia, but also partly because I’ve liked everything I’ve played by them so far. Costume Quest was one of my ten favorite games of 2010 and when I found little Charlie Blackmore hidden in the game’s expansion, Grubbins On Ice, I knew his game, Stacking would be a day one purchase for me.

The funny thing is, I didn’t actually purchase it or receive a review copy. Instead it came free as a part of my Playstation Plus membership. I was hard on PS+ for the first few months of its existence, but between free copies of Stacking and Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse, I’m pretty happy with it now. However a free game doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good one and the game still costs $15 to people without Playstation Plus. So the question left to answer is whether or not Stacking is the first chink in Double Fine’s armour.
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Review #394

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Hyperdimension Neptunia
Developer: Idea Factory
Publisher: NISA
Genre: Turn Based RPG
Release Date: 02/15/2011

Part Trinity Universe and part SegaGaga, Hyperdimension Neptunia is a game I’ve had my eye for a while – if only for the fact the game’s story is a lighthearted parody of video game console wars and piracy. As a long time Sega aficionado who plays his old Saturn Saturn (Dragon Force, Guardian Heroes, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Radiant Silvergun, all four versions of Shining Force 3, etc.) more than any other system, when I heard that the Idea Factory was running with the idea of Segagaga and updating it more the current console war, I was intrigued. When I learned Nippon Ichi was localizing it and bringing it stateside, I knew this was a game I had to play, even if it turned out to be junk.

I’ve had my eye on Neptunia for a while, listing it as one of the ten indie games of 2011 I was most looking forward to (Let’s face it – Idea Factor and Nippon Ichi are small niche companies in North America and both qualify as independent companies). However in my hands-on preview of the game, I found myself conflicted over the actual quality of the game. Since that was written when I was only a third done and I’m now just waiting for the DLC to drop so I can get the Platinum Trophy, it’s time to see my final judgment on Hyperdimension Neptunia.
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Books Read - 01/11

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

1/2 - Minnesota’s Golden Age of Wrestling by George Shire. Anal rententive look at the AWA up until the 1980s. Basically just match results.
1/2 - Simply Ming One Pot Meals by Ming Tsai. Yay cookbook!
1/3 - Sam and Max: Surfin’ the Highway by Steve Purcell - not as good as the video games or cartoon.
1/5 - G.I. Joe Classic Vol. 10. I like Larry Hama
1/8 - Bookplate Special. Lorna Barrett. This is a fun cozy mystery series. I’ll be reading the fourth book this month.
1/8 -The Playbook by Barney Stintson. I was shocked at how many of these I had actually done IRL before.
1/11 - Essential Moon Knight Volume 3. I lackluster volume compared to the other two.
1/14 - Resiling Retribution by Ellen Crosby. Another decent entry in the VA Winte Country Mystery series.
1/21 - With a Little Help From My Friends by Gary Hart. My favorite manager of all time, but not a very good book. Sorry.
1/22 - Classic Deadpool Volume 4. Not really liking the Joe Kelly Deadpool series.
1/23 - School Rumble Volume 1 by Jin Kobayashi. I love the anime and I love the Manga. I just hope 17-22 actually get released stateside.
1/24 - School Rumble Volume 2 by Jin Kobayashi.
1/27 - Home for a Spell by Madelyn Alt. Much better than her last book, but Alt’s lost her touch and is just padding shit these days.
1/28 - School Rumble Volume 3 by Jin Kobayashi
1/28 - Justice League International Volume 5, JUSTICE LEAGUE EUROPE!
1/29 - School Rumble 4 by Jin Kobayashi
1/29 - School Rumble 5 by Jin Kobayashi
1/30 - School Rumble 6 by Jin Kobayashi
1/30 - Forgotten Realms: Haunted Halls of Eveningstar by Ed Greenwood. An old 2nd Ed AD&D adventure I got for free. Nostalgia.
1/31 - School Rumble Volume 7 by Jin Kobayashi
1/31 - School Rumble Volume 8 by Jin Kobayashi

7 Books (1 cookbook, 2 non-fiction, 1 humour, 3 mystery)
5 Graphic Novels (1 Indie, 1 DC, 3 Marvel)
8 manga
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