Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer: CD Projekt Red | Year: 2015 | Price: $42.99 | Buy from Amazon

tw3coverWell, it’s finally over. After nearly four months of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt dominating my outside-of-army life, I’ve finally gotten to the end credits. I bought it right after I got my PS4 in May, but before I’d done my finals, so I actually wasn’t allowed to play it until a month later, when I moved to Singapore. In the six weeks I spent waiting for my enlistment into the army, I played Wild Hunt obsessively, often well into the small hours of the morning (although that was probably also a product of jet-lag!). Since enlistment I’ve had to slow down my progress, as I’m only allowed out of camp on weekends and have lots of other things to accomplish during that time. But last weekend I made a final 7-hour-long push to the finish and defeated the game’s final boss. And I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it, so cop a seat and enjoy the ride!
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Review: Bloodborne

Developer: From Software | Year: 2015 | List Price: $59.99 | Buy from Amazon

bloodborneJust a couple months back, I played and beat my first Souls game, Dark Souls by developer From Software. It wasn’t an instant love affair, but I’ve since found myself hooked by the franchise and yesterday I beat the newest game in the series, Bloodborne. It was really nice to finally be able to play a game of this sort that ran so well, considering I played Dark Souls on an old laptop averaging a measly 15 frames-per-second! Bloodborne was a wonderful experience from start to finish that really solidified my love for this franchise. Little can top the “flawed masterpiece” that Dark Souls was upon release, but Bloodborne’s refinements to the formula really do a lot to give that landmark title a run for its money.
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Review: Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition

Developer: From Software | Year: 2011 | List Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon

Dark SoulsIf you’ve read some of my other videogame reviews, you’ll know I have a tendency to play games on hardware that really shouldn’t be allowed to play games. I reached a new level when a couple of weeks ago, I bought Dark Souls on the recommendation of a friend. My Sony VAIO running Windows XP didn’t even meet the minimum requirements this time! But after some lowering of resolutions and disabling of textures using DSFix I was able to run the game at a solid 15 FPS most of the time (except in Blighttown!). And last Friday, after 25 days and 62 gametime hours, I finally beat the game! Now beating Dark Souls is not like beating any other game. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I’ve beaten a video game that did not want me to beat it. Dark Souls is known for its notoriously hard gameplay, and playing it offline solo, I can certainly validate that sentiment. Dark Souls is the kind of game you don’t feel bad looking up guidance for, because it’s so darn hard even when you know exactly what to do!
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Review: Fire Emblem Awakening

Developer: Intelligent Systems | Year: 2013 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon 

PS_3DS_FireEmblemAwakening_enGBI never intended to play Fire Emblem Awakening. However, after being pestered by Baobab to give this game a try, we made a deal that I would play Fire Emblem Awakening if he watched the anime series Toradora! (which, by the way, is one of my favourite anime series of all time). Unlike Baobab, who hated watching Toradora! with a passion, I do not regret fulfilling my part of the deal. Fire Emblem Awakening is undeniably one of the best games available on 3DS. Having never played another Fire Emblem game, I cannot say how it compares to it’s predecessors, but I can say that this is one special game. Continue reading

Review: Final Fantasy (PSone)

Developer: Square Co., Ltd. | Year: 2003 | List Price: $9.99 | Buy from Amazon

Final_Fantasy_1_psx_jpTwo days. That’s how long it took me to beat this game. There was no school yesterday, so I started Final Fantasy Origins for the first time on my PS Vita. 32 real-world (and 15 game-world) hours later, I beat Final Fantasy I. That’s the fastest I’ve ever beaten any JRPG, let alone Final Fantasy game — for comparison’s sake, I spent almost 2 months on Final Fantasy VI! But how does it actually compare to other Final Fantasy games? Read on to find out! Note: This is the Final Fantasy Origins version of Final Fantasy, which bundled it with Final Fantasy II for the PSone. I haven’t played II yet, but if/when I do, I’ll do a separate review for that game. 
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