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Review: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze LogoNintendo’s flagship franchises each excel at doing one thing particularly well: Mario is an approachable platformer for all ages; Zelda fulfills the epic fantasy needs we all crave, Metroid is our exploration and shooting fix, and so on. With the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Wii U, the follow-up to the Wii’s Donkey Kong Country Returns, Retro Studios’ reimagining of the DK crew corners Nintendo’s need for a precision platformer. No more DK Raps, no more King K. Rool–just gorgeous backdrops, satisfying gameplay, and pitfall after frustrating pitfall.

Check out my first full Wii U review on Machinima’s Inside Gaming Daily blog!

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Jsick

 
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Posted by on 02/27/2014 in Wii U

 

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Sunday Roundup: 2/23/14

New Games (2-23-14)Man, it has been awhile since I had a true Sunday Roundup to talk about! Just one game is fine and all, but let’s face it: Just one game isn’t going to cut it for expanding upon one’s collection now is it? Speaking of collections, this week is comprised mostly of Dreamcast games, a system I am always on the lookout for but never seem to come across. So here’s to you Space Cat, and to more fruitful visits!

 

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Posted by on 02/23/2014 in Collecting, Dreamcast, GameCube

 

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Game Hunter’s Journal: Buying Game Lots

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We’ve all been there: perusing the goods on sites like eBay or maybe even Craigslist and coming across someone selling a collection of games for a decent price. Sure, you probably don’t want all of the games there, but some of them are just too good to pass up! So what should you do? As a collector, video game lots can be a huge win or a very risky and sometimes poor jump to take. Here are some tips to keep in mind when thinking of purchasing video game lots. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 02/20/2014 in Collecting

 

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Useful Tips for Playing Bravely Default You Probably Didn’t Know

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By now you all probably know that Square Enix’s new RPG Bravely Default has captivated me unlike any game has as of late. You also might know that there are quite a few “Tips for Playing Bravely Default” articles out there. I mean like… a lot. A lot a lot. Something I’ve noticed though about these helpful articles is that, well, not all of them are all that helpful. I mean sure, most of them are great for beginning players. But I’m not a beginning player anymore. I’m needing help in other areas. That is where most of these “Tip” articles fall out of relevance.

For those of you that already have a grasp on the Job system, those players out there that have maxed out the shops in Norende, the gamers who have already awakened the four crystals, I have a few actual end-game (or near end-game, for that matter) tips and advice that you probably didn’t know you wanted/needed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 02/19/2014 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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The Recurring Bosscast: 036: Pour One Out For Flappy Bird

Mat’s MIA this week, but not for the murderous reasons behind Jett’s disappearance last week (he’s just sick), so it’s just Jett and Jason this week.

Besides almost diverging into another movie review show, Jett and I discuss the phenomenon that is/was Flappy Bird. Having not played the game until very recently however, I can see why people have been addicted to it.

We also speak our minds about Nintendo, following their most recent Nintendo Direct, and discuss how we might go about fixing the Big N’s woes.

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The Recurring Bosscast Episode 036: Pour One Out for Flabby Bird

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Posted by on 02/18/2014 in iOS, Recurring Bosscast

 

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Top Ten “Non-Final Fantasy” Final Fantasy Games

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You can’t be as venerable as the Final Fantasy series without spawning a few spinoffs. Usually the spinoff is a chance to use some of the same mechanics as the core series but make something drastically different: perhaps a totally different battle system, completely different approach to story, and sometimes just a celebration of the many years of success the source series has entertained. Regardless of the influence, there have been dozens of spinoffs and pseudo-sequels for Final Fantasy games, and none more awesome than the ten below.

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Posted by on 02/09/2014 in Randomness

 

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Sunday Roundup: 2/9/14

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Release Date: September 22nd, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (San Jose, CA – $5)

The cover for this game caught my eye first, and then the somewhat intriguing gameplay was what pushed me over the edge to buy. Oh, and that price wasn’t bad either. In Dropcast you are matching cubes but also casting spells in some way (I’ve yet to play it), and then there’s something about the main character’s teddy bears all coming alive? And it looks really evil?

Did I mention it was only five dollars?

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Jsick

 
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Posted by on 02/09/2014 in Collecting, Nintendo DS

 

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Top Ten Final Fantasy Games

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As the soon-to-be-classic RPG Bravely Default is out now on the Nintendo 3DS, myself and a lot of other RPG fans have been talking about the Final Fantasy series. It seems the one-time king of the JRPG has come a long way from the first game on the NES back in 1987: gone are the White Mages and Fighters from the early days, and in their place are MMORPGs and strangely named sequels like Final Fantasy XIII-2. But as Bravely Default has reminded us, there are a lot of great moments to hold on to and cherish in the Final Fantasy series. So, seeing as Final Fantasy is the topic of the time, I have been thinking a good deal about what my favorite FF games are. Having played most all of them, but notably not the newer games, I actually had a difficult time narrowing down the list to just ten. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 02/08/2014 in Randomness

 

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Review: Bravely Default

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From time to time we are graced with a video game so elegantly and flawlessly done that it lays the groundwork for all future games in its genre. When the original Final Fantasy was released on the NES it was like no other RPG before it, shaping how turnbased role playing games would be done for years to come. While as of late the Final Fantasy series has gone in every direction imaginable, it seems only fitting that a game so heavily influenced by the earlier games should come along to remind us just how excellent the traditional JRPG can be. Bravely Default on the Nintendo 3DS brings innovation to the genre and is a celebration of everything that made those early JRPGs beloved by many.

Oh man…

I haven’t played a turn-based RPG for a loooong time that I enjoyed as much as Bravely Default.

The small tweaks and edits you can make to the game really make this one stand out. Creating your own (essentially) Limit Breaks, customizing your class with a cross-class ability, and pumping up or turning down the random encounter rate go a long way in making this game excel.

If you enjoyed any turn-based RPG before, or better yet if you fancy yourself an “old school” Final Fantasy fan, then you need to play this game. No question about it.

Read my full review of the excellent Bravely Default on Machinima’s Inside Gaming Daily blog here.

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Jsick

 
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Posted by on 02/07/2014 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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The Recurring Bosscast: 035: Mat and Jason’s Movie Reviews

With Jett gone (for no apparent reason), Mat and I are once again joined by the black paper shredder as we tackle this week’s episode of the Bosscast.

When we’re staying on topic we are discussing the best snow levels in video games, as well as why most snow levels kind of suck.

When we’re not staying on topic we’re discussing TV shows like Dexter.

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The Recurring Bosscast Episode 035: Mat and Jason’s Movie Reviews

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Posted by on 02/04/2014 in Recurring Bosscast

 

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