Archive for December, 2013

As I mentioned last year, my top 10 of 2013 is based on games that were released this year that I had a chance to play. I do not own an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, which is why there is an absence of Microsoft presence on my list (I can’t judge a game I have not played). I did pick up a Playstation 4 but unfortunately my launch day pick up didn’t make it either. I had fun putting this together so I hope you have fun reading my opinions! 🙂

#1 FIRE EMBLEM: AWAKENING (NINTENDO 3DS)

Fire Emblem: Awakening (3ds)

Two years in a row a tactical, strategy RPG has made it’s way to the top of my list. I had quite a hard time getting a hold of Fire Emblem when it was released because Nintendo was really pushing to get folks to download this title through the E-Shop. They even released a special edition Fire Emblem blue 3ds console but the copy of the game that came with it was digital! Still, I would like to get my hands on that someday.

This game was AMAZING, the cut scene graphics blew me away on the 3DS. I literally didn’t put the game down after I started playing. I had to plug  my 3DS in quite a few times. I will be honest and say that the romance and story really captured me. I read / sat through every piece of dialogue that they offered. After I finished the game I played through it two additional times to try and bond different characters and classes in battle for an advantage. I would highly recommend this game to fans of RPGS.

#2 DIABLO III  (PLAYSTATION 3)

Diablo III

When Diablo III was released for Playstation 3 I was curious about it because of all the hype surrounding the earlier PC launch but I wasn’t planning on picking it up. In fact the only reason I did was because a few of my friends had a copy and said the multiplayer was great. Now here it is sitting atop my best of 2013 list. I had so much fun playing the game and playing with friends mainly. You can’t explain the feeling of finding a rare drop after a battle and equipping it proudly! I still throw this game in every so often and see it as something I will continue to play to level up my character and gain rare items.

#3 ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF (NINTENDO 3DS)

Animal Crossing

I am a sucker for Animal Crossing in general, it is an extremely underrated Nintendo game. I think a lot of people consider it for little kids or non-hardcore gamers because of the simple gameplay and cutsey graphics but some of the most dedicated video game players I know are fans of the game and put hundreds, even thousands of hours in their towns. I will admit I stopped playing with Pokemon was released shortly after but I know someday I will log in again and see my weed-ridden town and angry neighbors.

#4 XCOM: ENEMY WITHIN (PLAYSTATION 3)

xcom

I don’t have much new to say about this tactical strategy RPG that I didn’t say last year. Enemy Within isn’t mind-blowingly different that Enemy Unknown, which is why it falls a little on the list. The new additions are great and I love having an excuse to try and play the game again with the new options. Will someone else please pick this up so I can get some multiplayer in?? Please and Thank you 🙂

#5 POKEMON X & Y (NINTENDO 3DS)

Pokemon X and Y

Always a sucker for a new Pokemon game, I picked both titles up on launch day. I have not played enough to get my moneys worth  but I am hoping one of these weekends I can spend every waking hour training up my pokemon and beating the remaining gym leaders. I enjoy the new features of the game and still love the experience of playing the game.

#6 NI NO KUNI: WRATH OF THE WHITE WITCH (PLAYSTATION 3)

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

If you would have asked me earlier this year what my #1 would be, I probably would have answered with no hesitation that it would be Ni No Kuni. If you’ve been reading the blog you know my sob story about pre-ordering the Wizards Edition and fearing it would not arrive so purchasing a gamestop copy only to have my Wizard’s Edition arrive later that week. I still loved the idea of the game and need to get back to finishing it but It didn’t grab me like I expected… maybe I hyped myself up too much.

#7 DRAGONS CROWN (PLAYSTATION 3)

dragons crown

This was a random pick up that turned into a lot of fun. I am not quite sure how to describe the game correctly but it is a RPG mixed with a side-scrolling beat-em up and a TON of fun multiplayer. It looks like chaos on the screen when you get a lot of people in the mix but the over the top character design and animations make for a lot of laughs. I would recommend you check it out!

#8 MINECRAFT (PLAYSTATION 3)

Minecraft

I should just say “see previous post” but I will give you  a little more… I have been playing Minecraft on my Mac since it was in beta but really am enjoying the console version because it allows me to add friends quickly and easily without using a server. That is what really sets this version apart for me.

#9 SUPER HEXAGON (MOBILE IOS AND ANDROID)

super hexagon

It seems silly to add a cheap mobile game to the list but I can’t tell you how many hours I have drained (and continue to drain) into this game. The objective is simple enough; last as long as you can (you’re the little triangle) without touching a wall. Seems simple enough but add high-energy electronic music and a very fast moving design and you’re in for a difficult time. Eventually you can unlock more levels at higher difficulty.

#10 THE LAST OF US (PLAYSTATION 3)

last of us

I purchased this game thinking it was going to be the next Skyrim (in terms of hours invested) but sadly it was not. The graphics looked AMAZING, especially in the cut scenes but I became quickly frustrated with the stealth sections of the game and never finished it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s here on this list because I will finish it and I enjoyed what I had seen so far but it didn’t live up to the hype for me.

How it All Began

Posted: December 29, 2013 by karaski in Humor, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Plus, Products, Review
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My first contribution to the GameBlips site back in 2012 was an article on Minecraft for PC/Mac and here I am, almost two (2) years later, back to talk about Minecraft again. This time, however, I want to talk about the long-anticipated PS3 adaptation of the game. Released in just the past few weeks I have already racked up a hefty amount of hours into the game and I am very impressed with the PS3 version.

I have always played Minecraft Vanilla (with no modifications) and unlike a lot of folks, I do not own an Xbox 360 so I have never played a consolized version. So at first I did find the crafting mechanism in the PS3 version a little cheap… it takes away a lot of the experimentation of figuring out how the crafting table worked and how to create certain items. Now that I am used to it though, I don’t hate it and actually find it kind of convenient.

Another adjustment I had to make was the control scheme using the PS3 controller and even after probably 10+ hours of gameplay I am still adjusting to the controls, primarily the R1 and L1 switching between quick pick items.

Making these minor adjustments has proved fairly easy and the ability to play multiplayer without a server totally makes up for it! I am loving the ability to jump into my friend’s games and visa-versa. I have been racking some time in with Dalum, GFresh, and E-Rock over the holidays and look forward to playing with some other folks. Add me on psn: peachyks22

Welcome to my top 10 of 2013.  Like last year, these aren’t necessarily games that came out in 2013 but more of new experiences and titles for me that happened throughout the year.  These games aren’t in any particular order but I do have one game that is my top pick for the year!*

Let’s check it out!

  • Ducktales Remastered – PS3:  Believe it or not, I actually do have games in my list that were released in 2013!  This game was amazing when it was out on the NES and it rocks today!  I even got it on disk and not DLC.  The only thing that sucks is the infectious theme song that plays in the beginning.

    (You’re welcome…)
  • Minecraft PS3 Edition – PS3:  Who didn’t know this was going to hit my list?  This version practically squeaked in at the last minute for the year.  At that point, I made the decision to buy a 4th version of this game.  (360, PC, PE and now PS3!)
    https://minecraft.net/
  • Knightmare Tower – Ouya:  “Break through ceilings, rescue princesses and escape boiling lava as you slash your way to the top of the Knightmare Tower!”  It’s really hard to explain the game other than the official tag line.
    https://www.ouya.tv/game/Knightmare-Tower/
  • Super Crate Box – Ouya:  From the creator of Super Meat Boy, comes Super Crate Box.  Ever have the need to whip your controller to the ground and rage quit?  This is a good one to start with!  Something that starts off looking like some sort of mutated cousin of Donkey Kong, the game is a progressive fight from level to level and gun to gun.
    https://www.ouya.tv/game/Super-Crate-Box
  • Diablo III – PS3:  A long time coming, Diablo III was released on consoles in 2013.  Lots of people went nuts and pre-ordered it.  I was one of them.  It was even down to making the decision to buy it while vacationing with my wife and Kara.  This game is in depth and a blast to play.  The easy drop in/drop out multiplayer made it a pleasure to play and didn’t make organizing a game a daunting task.  Everyone at Blizzard, I personally think you for bringing this to the 2013 current gen market!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65tVEYyUBjk
  • Sleeping Dogs – PS3:  One of the free titles for being a PSN subscriber, I jumped on this one as it was the spiritual successor of the True Crime series that I played a LOT of on the Gamecube.  You can feel how the controls were made to be similar and it didn’t disappoint!  Less of a fan of True Crime Streets of NY but LOVED True Crime Streets of LA, this game brought it back to it’s roots.



    And the awesome live-action trailer:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE2ADqLuzvU
  • Dead Space 3 – XBox360:  The top game series of making me poo myself: Dead Space.  This 3rd installment is no exception to the rule.  Many complained about the microtransactions within the game, but you can ignore it and still beat the game.  Currently, I’m continually getting stomped in the hardcore mode, but this will have to wait till 2014! 😉
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71MZlPqChX4
  • Asura’s Wrath – PS3:  What can I say about the greatest interactive, episodic Anime OVA ever made?  So much more since I wrote a gushing article about it a few months back.  The concept art, fake commercial bumpers, intro credits, and “next time”/”last time” recaps make a really great experience for thi alternative beat-em-up!  My only hate on this version of the game is the insane amount of screen tearing found specifically on the PS3.  That needs to go!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h87h-JiNEHs
  • Towerfall – Ouya (Exclusive):  This is a couch-style, 4 player, multiplayer, archery combat game.  This is probably one the best examples of what the Ouya is made of!  Slinging arrows all over the screen at your friends, triggering traps and opening chests bring it all back to all of the great multiplayer gaming from the 90s, including all of the screaming at each other.  For now, it’s an Ouya exclusive, so grab a friend that has one and bring your controllers!     
    https://www.ouya.tv/game/TowerFall/
    Here is a great gameplay video from farfromsubtle.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obma4F2IKB8
  • GT Racing 2: Real Car Experience – Android:  Anyone that knows me, knows I sure do like my racing games!  It’s far an few when there is a good one on any portable platform, so when there is, I snag it and hold onto it.  With this being said, I’m declaring this game as my top game of the year!  Who would of thought that a portable game would get so much of my attention this year?!!?!  As the name indicates, there are real cars in it.  Not only does it have real cars, it packed with cars that I like:  Toyota FT 86 II (aka The US Twins – Scion FRs/Subaru BRZ), Dodge Dart GT, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X & EvoX GSR, Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Audi TT RS Coupe, Toyota Supra GT and Nissan GT-R (R35).  This in itself should give any car enthusiast a reason to check this title out!  So much more to say about this game, but that will be an actual review article later this year!
    As an aside…  This game, like others on Android, can be paired with bluetooth controllers.  Ouya controllers can be paired easily without any extra apps to trick the system into pairing controllers like Wii and PS3 controllers.  After pairing my Ouya controller to my Nexus 7, my enjoyability for this game went out the roof!  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WergJdcg77g

There you have it folks, my list for 2013.  I’m excites to see what 2014 will bring us but I do have one last minute entry that really needs to make my list…
Honorable mention IRL game:

  • Munchkin:  Hearing about this game from many of my friends, I finally bit the bullet and bought the basic pack.  Mildly confusing in the beginning but if you just forget about conventional pen and paper RPGs, it gets super easy!  Check out Whil Wheaton and his crew on Tabletop.  Great web series!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6oMBSiL7Zs

* Systems listed in my list are the platforms I have them on, not what they are available for.