Review: BioShock (Mac)

Developer: Irrational Games | Year: 2007 | List Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon

BIOSHOCKI don’t often get to review big console-scale games. I own exclusively handheld consoles, with the exception of GameCube, which I don’t have a huge library for. Recently, I was interested to try some of the last generation’s big games, so I invested in a DualShock 4 controller even though I don’t (yet) own a PS4. Many limitations came into play when deciding on a good game to try. First of all, the only computer available to me is a Mac, so that limits the library right off the bat. Secondly, it is an Early 2008 iMac, so I couldn’t try any games from the last 5 years or so. Third, it had to have gamepad support, so I could try out my new DualShock. One game that I saw on every list was BioShock, released back in 2007. I’d heard lots of great things about it before, so I downloaded myself a copy from Feral Interactive’s site and gave it a whirl.
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Blog: My Turbulent First Year With JRPGs

On 7 February 2015, it’ll have been exactly one year since Bravely Default was released to North America. It was also the day I picked up a copy of Bravely Default, my first ever JRPG.

I qualify this by saying that I have been playing Pokemon games all my life, which are a pseudo-JRPG, and that I’d played Fire Emblem Awakening, a Japanese SRPG that was actually what made me interested in getting into deeper, more mature RPGs.

That over, I’m going to go through the 6 JRPGs I finished in the last year in the order I played them, as well as the dozens more I haven’t quite finished, and give a few thoughts on the genre as well as some JRPGs I’m excited to play in 2015. It’s going to be a long ride, so get yourself ready for a hearty, warming bowl of JRPG goodness! I’m keeping everything spoiler-free, so don’t worry if you haven’t played any of the following games.
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Review: Final Fantasy X HD Remaster (Vita)

Developer: Square Enix | Year: 2013 | List Price: 19.99 | Buy from Amazon

ffxx2vitaThe other day, there was a sale at the local EB Games and I found a copy of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD for only $15. So I ignored the fact that I already had about a dozen games in my backlog and took the plunge. 3 weeks later, and with over 40 hours lost, I’ve finished the Final Fantasy X HD and thought I should do a review on just the one game. I’ll make sure I cover X-2 separately when I play it later on. Note that I didn’t play the original FFX (I was only three when it came out!) and the only other Final Fantasy games I’ve played are FFVI and FFVII.
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Review: Borderlands 2 (Vita) [With tips and tricks!]

Developer: Gearbox Software | Year: 2014 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon

BL2VitaBack in October, I got a PS Vita, my first and only non-Nintendo game console. It was bundled with Borderlands 2, a game which on Vita garnered a mixed reception. I had never really got into shooters, so I was interested to try out a new genre and I had heard so many great things about Borderlands in particular. I have since played the game, mostly solo, to the end of the main quest and would like to give a couple of my thoughts. The Vita version is the full version of Borderlands 2, but there are a couple of things to consider before you decide whether it’s for you.
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Review: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Vita)

Developer: Traveller’s Tales | Year: 2012 | List Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon

HPVITAWay back in the dark ages, one of the first videogame reviews I did was on LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4. It was super short and didn’t really tell you much about what I thought about the game, but you can see it here if you like. Anyway, I was looking for some shorter, cheaper games for Vita the other day, and decided to give the sequel a try. I knew it would be a downgrade as compared to the first LEGO Harry Potter game, which I’d played on Mac. It is, however, still a good game to have on the go, if a little kid-targeted and easy.
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