Ah, it's been a while since I posted an update of some sort. So have some text regarding what's been happening as of late!
I finally caught up with the recent episodes of MLP, so I guess I'll talk about them. First up is Equestria Games. Needless to say, this was rather awkward to watch. There's just too many uncomfortable moments regarding Spike (especially the whole Cloudsdale anthem scene). At least Spike's a bit more aware when he's making those mistakes, but still, it's not really an episode I'd come back to.
Next is the season finale, Twilight's Kingdom. Now this was a really nice finale to this season. The new villain Tirek was pretty crazy. The action scenes with Twilight versus Tirek was really cool, I have to say. And it's also really cool to see all those rainbow items finally fulfilling their purposes. If I had one complaint, it would be the whole Discord being betrayed by Tirek deal. I get that it would be a way to lead Twilight to getting the last key, but I still find the whole notion of Discord getting tricked by another villain a bit unbelievable. But other than that, I totally recommend checking this finale out. A great way to end season 4, if you ask me!
I've also finished a lot of other games, most of them for the 3DS, so I think I'd like to talk about them as well. It's also part of the reason why I'm kinda waiting on starting on the next project for Youtube
First is Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. In this game, Professor Layton and his friends find a girl frozen in ice and with her, they try to solve the secret of the ancient civilization the Azran. According to the developers, this will be the last game featuring Layton. And what a finale this game is! The plot of this story is really engaging, and there are quite a bit of plot twists that can catch the players really off guard. The game even delves into Layton's "true" identity, and what that means to him. The puzzles themselves are fairly manageable, I find. The music and the scenery are also worth mentioning. Lots of really great stuff. If you're into puzzles or a fan of the Professor Layton franchise, this is definitely worth checking out.
Next is Legend of Zelda: a Link Between Worlds. This is hands down, one of the best Zelda handheld titles I've ever played. I'm not sure if I could rank it higher than the Oracle games (which are my favourite of the handheld titles, btw), but it's definitely up there. Everything from the music to the gameplay to the dungeons are so polished, I'm not sure where I can even begin! I think one of the coolest things about this game is that you can choose which dungeon you want to go in any order, which is kind of a callback to the older Zelda titles. There's a new item system in the game where you have to rent them from this guy called Ravio, and whenever you get a game over, you lose those rental items. I can see why people would be irked about this, but honestly, looking at it deeper, it's actually a neat idea. For one, you have access to all the items early in the game, so you can explore the world at your leisure, and you actually do feel a greater consequence if you get a game over. One complaint I could say is that the dungeons themselves do feel a bit short, but that shortcoming is kind of made up with the amount of dungeons you go into. Anyways, I strongly recommend this game to try out.
Next up is an older title, Secret of Mana for the SNES, a game I could never finish when I was young. In this run, I was really determined to finish the game, because I couldn't stand the thought of dropping it again, and I finally finished it, and I was really satisfied. The action RPG style that this game has is really fun. The story, although a bit generic, is not too bad, and it gets more dramatic at the last act of the game. the music is also really great, too. Unfortunately, the game is a bit glitchy at times, and the partner AI can be pretty dumb too (though you can control those characters). Otherwise, I liked this game, and I can see why others would.
And the latest game I've played was Mario and Luigi: Dream Team. And I gotta say, this is now one of my favourite Mario RPG titles, up there with the SNES RPG and 1000 Year Door. This game really felt like all the previous M&L tiles were leading up to this game, much like Bowser's Inside Story. You have a lot of returning characters from the previous games, such as the Beanbeans from Superstar Saga, Kylie Koopa from Partners in Time, and Starlow from Bowser's Inside Story. Bowser's a lot more sinister than ever in this game, teaming up with the new villain of the game Antasma. What's interesting and neat about this game is that there's quite a bit of lore behind the location of the game, Pi'illo Island, as well as the Pi'illo themselves. But enough of that, this series is well known for its sense of humor, and let me tell you, this is quite possibly the funniest of the M&L series. Everything from the muscle jokes surrounding the Massif Bros to the "magic fountain" in Mt Pajamaja to Bedsmith and his faaaabulous antics to heck, even the enemy's battle animations, all hit bullseye. The music in this game is definitely some of the best I've heard from Yoko Shimomura. I'm still pretty torn on whether I like the final boss theme of this game or the one from Bowser's Inside Story more. And let's talk about the gameplay. With all these tutorials telling me how to play the game, I thought they were going to ease up with the difficulty, but actually, it's quite challenging! The enemy's "tell" animations can be very subtle, so you really have to pay close attention to what they're doing before they attack. Though, I do have some complaints for the game. The game does start off rather slow, giving off a rather bleh first impression. The game does use gyroscope for some of the bro moves and the finishing moves in giant battles. Although a lot of the times it is fairly responsive, it's still pretty awkward to use. The one bro move that I did like using that involve gyroscope controls was the Rocket Star (and it's a good thing too; it's one of the most powerful moves in the game!). And the tutorials can get rather long and dragged out. Otherwise, I was left with a great impression with this game. If you like the Mario and Luigi series or the Mario RPG titles in general, this game is definitely worth playing.
As for VG projects, I think I may go through with the Mario RPG playthrough with commentary. I guess after having played Dream Team, that could be the kind of push I need to start it up. As for the next parody series, don't worry, it's coming... soon, hopefully
Until next time, be at one with... something I guess