Rundown (5/13-5/19) No Nep-Nep for Me

I recently purchased Cyberdimension Neptunia: Four Goddesses Online, because while I am rather critical of the Neptunia series, I genuinely like them, and cannot justify skipping out on a title.  I managed to squeeze a spot for it into my schedule, but as I went to start it up on Friday night, I quickly ran into issues where the game simply did not work.  The Steam forums were not enough to help me with my endeavors, as all methods I could find proved to be ineffective. The game runs, barely, but I can neither play nor refund it, so I guess I’ll need to wait until I get a new PC in order to try again, because Idea Factory is certainly not going to patch this game…
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Rundown (3/04-3/10) Stop Everything! Press-Switch is Out!

So, a new build of Press-Switch came out, utterly surprising me, and as is always the case with releases of this game, or its sister title Student Transfer, it shot straight up on my priority list.  Except this time I am actually going to review this latest build V0.5a, even though it is largely a revision that does not have most of the content, as, due to coding issues and a desire to change the introduction, the game needs to basically be remade.  That would be enough to dissuade me in most cases, but screw it, I’ve wanted to review this game for almost 4 bloody years, and I’m gonna do it! At least, after I put out this massive Rundown.
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Rundown (2/04-2/10) Natalie Needs to Stop!

So, you know how I posted my review of Fire Emblem Heroes earlier this week and ended the review by saying that I would stop playing?  I’ve been learning how hard that actually is and that lifestyle games are pretty much the worst thing I could have ever gotten into.  Knowing that if I stop playing the game, I may forever miss out on various bits of content is genuinely disconcerting to me, and because of that, I do not know how to distance myself from the game.  I need to stop, but it’s hard!
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Rundown (11/05-11/11) Sonic Team Made an Oopsie!

Over the past week Sonic Forces came out, and the general reception of the game has been… pretty darn poor to be honest.  From criticisms levied towards the barren level design, a story that does not properly take advantage of its premise and characters, and various underlying gameplay/technical issues that make the game less refined than Sonic Generations, which came out six years ago.  It is a genuinely confusing state of affairs, especially because of how much time Sonic Team has had to invest in this game.
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Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls Review

Part of me is absolutely amazed by how the Neptunia series continues onward despite the games being only average to pretty good and the target audience for these titles being a niche among niches.  In spite of this, the series proved popular enough to justify a crossover with an anime and manga series centered around the personifications of Sega consoles, or Console-tans as they are colloquially known, called Sega Hard Girls or Hi-sCoool! SeHa Girls.  In theory, the crossover sounds incredibly sensible, but as I should not be surprised by at this point, it is kind of a mess. Continue reading

Rundown (4/09-4/15) Q1 2017 Was the Best Quarter for Video Games

Recently, discussions have begun about how 2017 might just be one of the best years in video gaming, as the first quarter of the year was home to an excess of stellar titles.  However, I can’t help but find any of those claims to be a bit overly presumptuous, as the year is still beginning.  But if people were instead talking about how Q1 was the best quarter in the history of gaming, then that it both entirely justifiable, and those people are probably right considering the number of great games that came out in those 90 days.  The only one of which I played was Dragon Quest VIII…  Man, I am really disconnected from the cultural zeitgeist.   Continue reading

Rundown (3/05-3/11) Coming Soon: The Future

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about phasing out my current site in order to establish a new place to host all of my gave reviews, rundowns, and other writings, without the excess baggage that comes with a blog that one has been working with for about five years.  I feel that I have become substantially better as a writer, and have a lot of things on this blog that I don’t really want to attach myself to.  However, if I do switch over to a new site, I want it to be something very nice and more professional than a free WordPress blog, and feature a higher standard of writing quality than I currently have.  So the idea is on the backburner until I am done with school and, presumably, have more time to devote to projects like this.  I’d also need a better name for the site. Continue reading