Ending B

Are we the lightside or darkside ending?

Diablo II and Median XL

by Ed Van Loon

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hello everyone! I've been trying to keep my updates at least weekly so you can marvel at all the awesome things that I happen to find.

First of all, let's take a look at this: My Median XL character

This is actually a rather noobish character in Median XL.



Read my full featured and incredibly awesome review of this modification (and a short look back at Diablo II) after the FOLD!

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K-On Season 2

by Craig Olsen

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Somehow, I missed the fact that K-On! just came out with a second season. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to watch it now, but maybe I'll give it a watch over the summer. The second season is "creatively" called K-On!!

K-On!! Opening and Closing

I think I like season one's OP and ED songs better (the OP sounds like it's being sung by the Chipettes). Speaking of which, if you haven't seen season one, I do think it's worth a watch. It's a fun show, but don't expect anything groundbreaking.

Tales of the Abyss

by Ed Van Loon

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I've started 7 games of the "Tales of" series, as of today, I've finished 3 of them. Why the wait? I suppose they don't really hook me as much as I would like. While the battle system is fun, I believe it is much better as a multiplayer RPG, but it is difficult to coincide one's schedule along with others to ensure a finished game, though in my case it happened once with Tales of Symphonia.

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Wind Nocturne - PSP Version

by Craig Olsen

Friday, March 26, 2010

I'm going to be doing a rhetorical analysis of the different versions of "Wind Nocturne" from Lunar Silver Star Story and Lunar Silver Star Harmony. However, after a lot of searching, I couldn't find a video of the Harmony version. So...

I created one!

Yeah yeah, it's not a direct video rip from the PSP version. I used a stock video I found on my hard drive and the MP3 I got off of the official soundtrack. Of course, the official song is twice as long, so I had to use Audacity to edit the song to get it to the correct length. Despite the little clicks in the audio, I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.

I'll do a rhetorical analysis when I get the chance (probably sometime this summer), but I hope you enjoy this in the meantime.

Things I Love, Things I Hate

by Eric Kociecki

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Things I love: Love.
Things I hate: monthly fees to play games.
Things that put the above in perspective: Eskil's rants.
Things that were released today: Love

A screenshot from the game Love.  This is an outdoor scene showing grass, rock outcroppings, some players, and the games impressionist art style.

This game has held me captivated sine I first saw it about two years ago

I found this video while looking around Kotaku.

Granted, a lot of my confusion probably steams from my inability to understand Japanese, but still... this is just odd. And apparently this is an official trailer/video for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (which I'm guessing is a PSP game from looking at the graphics), so will this have something to do with the game? Probably not. I'm guessing it's some sort of music video. However, knowing the creators of the Metal Gear and their love of... well... the strange, I wouldn't put it past them.

Song is catchy, though.

In November, I promised a post about the best games in the Final Fantasy series. Though it wasn't ready before XIII's release, it's less than a week after, so I guess I can count that as a win.

Once again, here are the rules that I set forth for not only this part of the retrospective, but as a whole as well.
1.) Unless stated otherwise, only the games in the main series will be analyzed. AKA, Final Fantasy 1-10 & 12. The main reason Final Fantasy 11 is not a part these lists is because I strongly believe that MMORPGs cannot and should not be compared using the same criteria as console games. They are two almost completely different things. So, the other 11 core games will be analyzed.
2.) If a list we create states "Best or Worst of," then the order is that of preference (least liked to most liked).
3.) This is a new rule that I'm adding specifically for this post: Remakes/Re-releases are not eligible for analysis. Original releases only.

So, here it is. Ending B's "Best and Worst" of Square-Enix's Final Fantasy series. The results are a combination of my votes along with the votes of others who are either members of Ending B or are affiliated in some way. The opinions on why the games got the ranking they did are mine alone. One more note should be that this review may contain spoilers (just an FYI).

Rydia summons Mog while riding on Red XIII's back

A special thanks to Kim Samson who put this picture together on such short notice. You can find more of her art on MHHO.com or on her deviantART site.

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See? What did I tell you? Easy access! Unlike Bitworld, I actually spent quite a bit of time playing RunMan, and figured it deserved a more lengthy review. Click on the picture for a link to the main website.

RunMan: Race Around the World

Man, check out that awesome boxart



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Independent Action: Bitworld

by Ed Van Loon

Friday, March 5, 2010

I have a few indie games that I would like to talk about, but I figured I would split them up into their own individual posts for easy access (and I love easy access)!

Bitworld: a 2D/3D Roguelike

Hot Dungeon Crawling action!



There's not much to say, the controls are simple, the dungeon is randomized, and you'll have a bunch of stuff thrown at you, so if you're into these kind of games, go for it. You can download it HERE.

Enjoy!

On March 1st, Capcom released Mega Man 10 on the Wii Virtual Console. As a few of you know, I've been playing Mega Man games since before I knew how to read, so of course I downloaded this game. As of now, I've only defeated the eight robot masters, so I haven't completed the game per se, but I'd like to give you my impressions so far.

Mega Man 10 Title Screen

Finally, I don't have to pay extra to play as Protoman

Please note that the following review may contain spoilers. Viewer discretion is advised.

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