What I’ve been playing #002
April 1st, 2015
After that we decided to break out Sportsfriends which none of us had ever played. I had gotten a copy for free from PS+ and hadn’t tried it yet. We had a blast playing Sportsfriends.
Sportsfriends is a collection of 4 mini games with a focus on local multiplayer.
Now when I say I played Sportsfriends, I mean BaraBariBall which is one of the 4 games that is part of Sportsfriends. We played this 99% of the time.
BaraBariBall is so much fun. What was supposed to be a few minutes of gaming before we got back to other non-gaming social endeavors turned into a 5 hour gaming marathon. The game is very easy to learn, even when you’ve had a few drinks and really promotes a part atmosphere.
After maybe 10 years of knowing about Guilty Gears existance I’ve decided to finally take the plunge and try the series out. I ordered my copy of GG and have been having quite a lot of fun playing this game.
I’m totally prepared to admit that the tipping point for me to try this game is the insane graphical accomplishment this game has achieved. Once I saw how the game is actually 3d and read some white papers on how they accomplished the look I was sold.
So I already felt I had a good deal as a technical art study. It was a major bonus that the game is actually really really good.
If you come from a Street Fighter background you’ll notice that the game is much more forgiving, combos are much easier to execute. I believe everything is a chain rather than a link but I could be wrong about that. Regardless, I found myself not struggling on execution like I did with Street Fighter.
The characters are also generally awesome, my favorites being Faust and Ramlethal (confirm the spelling). Faust is just a crazy nutbar design with the ability to use intermensional doors.
About 18 months ago I came back from Japan and while I was there I discovered Monster Hunter on the PSP. I liked it but I also heard you need to play with friends. Since MH4 was already out in Japan and I didn’t know many monster hunter players I figured when I got back to Canada I would buy a 3ds and MH4.
This is a great game for playing local multiplayer. It also has internet multiplayer which is also good but it’s never as good as being in the same room with the people you are playing with.
I worry about losing 500+ hours to this game.
Well I beat Strider and did a few of the challenge rooms as well.
I really liked the game overall, the style is great, the control is great and the combat is great. The biggest problem is that they take way too long to introduce you to all the character mechanics. The big issue with this is that the first hour of the game feels way too shallow because you don’t have enough moves. I’ve talked to quite a few people who were turned off on this game because of this. Hell I put it down the first time because I thought it was going to be too shallow.
I feel like they could have unlocked all the items in the first 10% of the game minus the weapon improvements and maybe the kunai. Also the launch attack I found clunky and it seemed to unoptimized to ever be used. I wonder if it would be more useful if it didn’t stop Strider from moving when it executes.
Here’s what Strider looks like when he’s more powered up and has more ability options.