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Thoughts I Had While Playing Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy

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When the first Crash Bandicoot game was released I was 10 years old. HEY! Wait don’t go googling how old I am!! Anyway, My older brother and I shared the PS1. Well I say shared but by that I mean he played it all the time, and I had to bug him into insanity to let me play. Crash Bandicoot was my game!! I loved it like I loved Super Mario and Donkey Kong Country which really coming from me is high praise. It was fun, and worthy of praise.

So when the news was released that they would be remastering the three Crash Bandicoot games I loved as a kid, my heart fluttered just like all the butterflies in my stomach. I was so excited. Excitement took over even on release day where I decided to run to Gamestop at my lunch break to exchange some crappy games I never play to get the N.Sane Trilogy. I couldn’t wait, because my inner child was just screaming “run like the wind and get the game” Which was good that I went at lunch time because I was also able to preorder a SNES CLASSIC MINI–a story for another time.

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I get home after work, mind you it’s a Friday so TGIF and all that shit. I put the game in…and here we go!! The intro starts and it shows old style crates and crash. Then they go through a little machine and BOOM remastered. A jumble of thoughts took over “look at my baby, he’s so cute. Is he cross eyed?! never noticed, doesn’t matter still a cutie! This is going to be fun! So easy but fun!”

First level. I am excited. So Iconic. Such nice graphics–because they really did a great job at cleaning up the game. Then we move along. The new graphics are throwing my perspective a little off. “OH THAT’S A GIANT HOLE, miscalculated that shit.” Continue on. “Haha rolling rocks, this is a piece of cake.” frustration begins to build. “Okay…slow and steady wins the race Joana.” SPLAT, Crash dies again. While slightly frustrated I still felt pretty happy, and still having fun. Then came the Native Fortress level.

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Do any of you remember this level? Where you have wooden platforms you need to spin to climb upwards towards your goal? Then you need to jump on a single box mid air to make it up top, but one wrong move and SPLAT you’re at the bottom again, having to spin and jump on these evil fucking platforms. Then you think okay those are enough obstacles. NAH. Here’s some slippery algae, some totem poles with spikes, and bowls with fire that you have to bounce on to get to the other side, but you better time that properly or you will get a spike in your ass and a burn on your face while sliding down a disgusting version of a slip n slide.

I died so many times!! I kept losing. I kept getting close with my very last life only to be burned to a crisp. I was getting so frustrated that I went online. I was not alone. Hundreds of people on twitter were yelling into the void about this level. Native Fortress is the video equivalent of a horrible fucking Monday. I HATE that level. I finally beat it, and then immediately turned the game off. Now it’s not to say that I won’t be playing it again. I will, but currently I don’t have much time for it. Still I was so frustrated with that level that I thought maybe I was remembering my love for this game incorrectly. Nostalgia and the hardcore trend of it at the moment is warping my brain into remembering things differently. I AM CRAZY, if I thought this was fun as a child.

Anyway. I am happy this is in my collection, and If I play again and have more horrible experiences I will update you on how I almost threw my remote at my tv. Till then, tell me, Have you played Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy? Did you break anything around you while playing? Let me know below!

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Lego Harry Potter Games Remastered for PS4

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The Lego Harry Potter games were possibly some of my favorites of the Lego Game franchise. It was the first to have a really great open world concept and the games were just done in a beautiful manner. I might be bias here as a Potterhead, but I think a few people out there would agree that these were some fun games.

Well now the two separate games Lego Harry Potter years 1-4 and Lego Harry Potter Years lego-hp5-7 are being combined into one disc and one collection for the PS4. It will be remastered meaning enhanced graphics, enhanced lighting and visual effects and even some additional content. This new content comes in the form of a new character pack and a new spell pack.

Character Pack:

  • Godric Gryffindor
  • Harry (Yule Ball)
  • Helga Hufflepuff
  • Lockhart (Straightjacket)
  • Luna (Lion Head)
  • Peeves
  • Hermione (Pink Dress)
  • Ron Weasley (Ghoul)
  • Rowena Ravenclaw
  • Salazar Slytherin

Spell Pack:

  • Cantis (makes you sing)
  • Densaugeo (makes your teeth grow way too much)
  • Ducklifors (turns you into a duck)
  • Melofors (turns your head into a pumpkin)
  • Tentaclifors (turns your head into a tentacle)

The Lego Harry Potter remastered collection will be released on October 18th this year. Just in time for The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie release as well as Christmas.

If you are looking for Fantastic Beasts characters in this Remastered version though then you may be disappointed as you will have to get the story pack that can only be played with The Lego Dimensions game. This is a separate game and disc that is not connected to the Remastered Lego Harry Potter Games. With Lego Dimensions you can have Gandalf jump on the TARDIS, and now you will most likely be able to have the Doctor standing next to Harry Potter. It’s a geek’s dream come true. ( As long as you own the different packs) These are the two Wizarding World packs being released for Lego Dimensions:

I beat both of the Original Lego Harry Potter games to 100% numerous times, and I am really looking forward to doing it again. This time on my PS4. Currently there is no news about it being released on any other system. If you have never played these games before and you’re a Harry Potter fan, I highly recommend you give it a shot. It’s a whole lot of fun! And also check out the Dimensions game. It’s so wonderfully geeky!!

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Brace Yourselves, Geeky Stuff is Coming!!

I thought I would make a post about some of the things I am looking forward to in the next coming months. A lot of stuff doesn’t have set release dates yet, but I am still hoping that it will be released in 2016. It is a mishmash of games,shows, movies, and books plus some other junk. haha Check it out. The geeky things I am looking forward to this year.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 for PS4

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What we are all really waiting for is for Kingdom Hearts III to be released, but that was announced ages ago and it still doesn’t have a release date, so maybe SquareEnix thought they could hold us over by releasing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 for PS4, but this also doesn’t have a release date yet, it has just been said that it should be made available some time this year. If someone knows an actual release date then please let me know. This game was one of my absolute favorites growing up, Kingdom Hearts just mixed so many elements that I love. So I will Patiently wait here for its release…both this one and the third installment. Stop TEASING US!!

Overwatch for PS4

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If you didn’t know, I am a console gamer. I am not much of  PC gamer, mainly because I hate using PCs for any other purpose other than work. I realize that with a great gaming computer that games look incredible, but I have always been a console gamer, and probably always will be. Overwatch is developed by Blizzard Entertainment, and it is a FPS(First Person Shooter) when it was announced that it would be made available for consoles as well, I was over the moon, because here is a game that I really wanted to check out. This seems like a game that I will thoroughly enjoy playing online with my friends and family, and its release is set for June, so I cannot wait!!

The Legend of Zelda Nintendo Wii U

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There are some gamers who feel the need to rip into Nintendo, but I have always been a huge Nintendo fan, and will continue to be one. The new Legend of Zelda game is rumored to be released some time this year. With no set date quite yet, if you are itching to play some Zelda then you should be aware that theres a HD version of Twilight Princess being released next month for the Wii U, and that could hold us over as well till the release of the brand new title. What is up with these companies and these bridged releases to tie us over? Just give us the game!!!

Gilmore Girls Reunion

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Honestly, I have no idea why I love this show so much. It is simple in many ways, or at least the concept of it is, but for some reason I just really adore this show, and with the announcement that there will be four mini movie type episodes coming to Netflix to possibly give the show the ending it truly deserved…I am so excited. I want to know what is going on in Stars Hollow now. What is Rory up to? Is she going to end up a powerful single lady, or is she going to end up with one of her loves? SO MANY QUESTIONS need answering. Most of the old cast has signed up, and I believe filming has begun, so here’s hoping we get this reunion this year!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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I am sorry for the giant image but this needed to be seen! It only comes out in November but I have not been this excited for a movie is quite some time. We get to go back into the Wizarding World, years before Harry is even born, but STILL. I don’t think I need to go into much detail here, I know my fellow Potterheads are just as excited.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Scriptbook

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This was announced last week and I almost lost my shit. I mean seriously this is what we have all been waiting for. Well sort of. It is not a new novel that is being released, but indeed the script for the play. That is still fine by me. I would not be able to make it to London to watch the play, so having SOMETHING available that lets me know the continuation of Harry’s life is just so amazing for me. I feel like a kid again.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E.Schwab

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This is being released 8 days from now!!! Just 8 simple days from now, and I will break my new book buying ban! I know I have bought some used books, but I told myself I would not buy new Novels from a shop for a few months, but SORRY, there’s no fucking way in hell I am going to wait to read the next installment of this series. A Darker Shade of Magic was one of my absolute favorite reads last year, and I just need to know what happens next. I am in love with the world and the characters!!! It is so close!!!

New Gojira Album

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Gojira is one of my favorite bands. I think they are also really lovely people, so knowing that this is the year we get a new album and with it comes new shows, I just cannot contain my excitement. Last I read, it should be out in Spring, but I am not sure how accurate that release time is right now. Either way, I am sure its out sometime this year and I cannot wait for it!! So heavy it crushes my every fiber!! Bring it on!

What are some things you are looking forward to this year??!! Let me know!!

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Super Mario Maker – Review

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I love Super Mario games. When I moved to the USA with my family at the age of 4, it was the first video game I ever played. So then as the systems changed and so did the games, I just loved it even more. I grew up on Super Mario. Super Mario Maker at first didn’t seem like a game I would enjoy. Typically I ignore any design element in a game (unless it is The Sims and you want me to build you an amazing house…I got you!) but the idea of building my own Super Mario levels grew on me. I had every single Nintendo Console ever released, I am a huge Nintendo fan, and now I have become a big fan of Super Mario Maker.

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For those who are not aware, Super Mario Maker isn’t just a design tool. Yes, you can create all kinds of levels with little items and elements from different Mario games and then mish mash them to make it your own brand of crazy. The graphics can be flipped between different games as well, you choose from Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.3 (my favorite), Super Mario World, or New Super Mario Bros.U. The different games and elements will change how things look, and will switch up some of the items used. Basically you can play for hours, losing all concept of time. You build and then you can PLAY the levels, and you can play other people’s levels too!! We will get to that! 

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I am awful at creating levels, but that is not to say that the game’s interface is difficult to understand, because it is actually quite simple, I am just not a game designer, so my levels are basically based on my need to apparently torture Mario. You can be as Evil or as Kind as you like when building the levels. I take the evil means of building them, and make them virtually impossible to play. You’re Welcome.

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I think what may drive some people nuts about this game is that you won’t have access to everything right from the start. After building for about five minutes you will get a message saying that a delivery is coming, but you won’t receive those new items until the following day. This is meant to get you used to how the game actually works. I on the other hand am extremely impatient, so I tricked my Nintendo into thinking it was the following day. Which then when I would enter the game the items would be unlocked. I did this a few times until everything was unlocked. If you have any games that depend on the time and date though, I don’t advise you do this trick.

Super Mario Maker is a lot of fun!! When you make a level you are able to upload online so others can play it. I have played a number of completely insane levels made by other people. Super Mario Maker is essentially a never-ending game because there are so many levels you can play. This was the first game with a level design element that I thoroughly enjoyed and that’s probably because it has been a game that always held such a special place in my heart. I think this would be a great buy for the Mario lovers!! I got the special edition that came with the 30th Anniversary Amiibo Mario. He’s pixelated and awesome!!

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This gets 5 out of 5 Metal Horns from me!!

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Final Fantasy VII Comes to iOS

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Final Fantasy VII might be one of the most popular and beloved installments in the series, and now you can play it on your iOS devices!! That’s right, you can lay back with your iPad and play the game that took over your life in the late 1990’s.

While at first I was excited, I then realized that it came at a $15.99 price tag. This is in the American iOS shop, I am not sure what the price is in other areas. I already have the game for the PSVita. While it is in German, and I take forever to read the conversations, it is also a fuller version than the iOS one. According to reports, the game is more like the PC version than the much loved PS1 version.

While I won’t be downloading it myself, let me know if you have and what you think of it. Currently I am waiting for the remastered version to appear on the PS4. Yea I realize that will have an even higher price tag, but that day cannot come soon enough. Final Fantasy VII is a game my older brother played often, and I remember even when I was younger falling in love with the story.

So game geeks…Get ready because Square Enix has obviously realized how loved this installment is, and I think we will be hit with a lot of things from the Final Fantasy VII world!! I don’t know about you, but I am excited!!

MATG

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Life is Strange – NEEDS A TRIGGER WARNING

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I haven’t written about games in a while. Even though I have been engrossed in The Last of Us remastered and some apps on my phone. I haven’t gotten the chance to write about them. Well I felt the need to write about Life is Strange again. While I know it is a game, I would now use quotes around that…so lets call it a “game” as I think it would have been better as some kind of mini series or a book.

My main concern with this “game” came about when I finished the most recent episode, Episode 4, titled “Dark Room”. I will try to avoid Spoilers but here’s fair warning that some of what I have to say may very well ruin the plot points for you.

Many people in the world suffer through mental illness, honestly I include myself in that group. I suffer from anxiety. This game had me feeling really uncomfortable this last episode. A lot of discussion is happening about this game, and now that I am looking at it, I really feel that it needs to come with a Trigger warning. What is a trigger warning? A trigger warning is a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc. alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material. This “game” contains some pretty distressing material. While I dealt with it fairly well, I can see how some players might have difficulty dealing once the fourth episode is done, and there’s even some distressing scenes in earlier episodes.

Trigger warnings are a kindness to those who do not handle some hard topics well. So while the companies don’t seem to be putting trigger warnings on this “game” in fear of revealing plot lines and twists, I am going to write trigger warnings for Life is Strange here. Be warned that if you play Life is Strange and you suffer from anxiety, depression, or any form of mental illness that there are topics of rape, kidnap, murder, death, and suicide in this game. If you typically cannot handle these topics then please do not play this game. They should have provided a Trigger Warning to begin with because from the first episode you are inclined to believe that this is where the story is headed. You may be trying to save your precious plot line, but you should also be concerned with someone’s mental health and making sure your game does not cause unnecessary emotional distress.

Those are my two cents.

MATG

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Life Is Strange – How I Feel About it …so far.

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Last month I saw this game pop up in the Playstation Store and became instantly curious. Life is Strange is a 5 part episodic game, developed by Dontnod Entertainment and Published by Square Enix.

There are two episodes out now, and I have played both already. I enjoyed it. It’s not Dragon Age intense but the story is strange enough that it keeps you wanting to know more. Like most episodic games, the choices you make tend to mold which way the story plays out.

I don’t want to give away much from the story, so your best bet is to play it and enjoy.(or click on the photo above and go to their site!!) The first episode is a bit slow. The dialogue is a bit awful if I am going to be honest, but still I want to know the secrets in the story. Also the element of photography within the game is pretty awesome (for me anyway) .

The second episode definitely gets a lot more interesting, and now I am really looking forward to the third one which I hope comes out soon.

I read up on the game and apparently when the developer was looking for a publisher, A LOT of them wanted to change the lead character to a male lead. Square was the one that took it on without wanting to change the female lead game.

Life is Strange brings up the importance of having more female leads available for female gamers. There’s a lot of us, and it would be nice to not always be shown as skimpy outfit wearing side acts.

Check it out, the episodes aren’t expensive and you will also be showing that a female lead in a game is something that we really really want more of!!

Cheers!!!

MATG