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My Gaming Landscape [June 2017]

Welcome back to My Gaming Landscape, where I casually write about the games I’ve been playing, specifically now for the month of June in 2017. Some I’ll go into depth on and some I won’t. This is really a way for me catalog the games I’ve been playing as well as put on record my thoughts on the games I’ve been playing. With the rigmarole out of the way, here’s what I’ve been playing!

Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)
I played this game for my Twitch show Rented Games LIVE and at first, I was a little disappointed. Right from the get go, Arkham Knight lets you know that the focus of this game is the Batmobile. That’s not a good thing as the Batmobile is easily the worst aspect of the game. Driving around is fine and it controls good, although I think it’s a bit slippery. However, the tank mode is just out of place in a game like this and especially feels tonally off from the Batman character as well as what the previous Arkham games were. It really put me off at first, but as the game went on, I grew to like the Batmobile more. Regardless of whether the Batmobile belongs in this game, the missions involving it are fun and handle well. Ultimately, the game really gets going when it stops trying to make you use the Batmobile and lets you do what you want. Then it feels like Arkham City, which is to say it plays fantastically. The freedom, the tight controls, the memorable missions, both story and side. I was addicted to this game for a week before I had to take a break for E3. Then I went back to it until I 100% the campaign. I’ll write a full review soon so check that out when it’s up.

Assassin’s Creed Unity (PS4)
I started a playthrough of Assassin’s Creed Unity on Twitch and I’m only about six hours in but so far, I’m enjoying the game for what it is. It feels and plays just like any other Assassin’s Creed game and I’m okay with that. I don’t think the Assassin’s Creed games are great, but I like the pattern of climbing around looking for collectables, chests, side missions, and your typical open world fodder. It’s not really compelling or even good but it’s my type of game to relax to. I have run into a few glitches but nothing as bad as I’ve seen. Mostly, I was stuck for awhile trying to climb a cathedral. I’m currently doing another playthrough on Twitch, which I’ll get to later on, but I’ll definitely continue playing this.

The Windjammers beta (PS4)
I won this code while watch one of my favorite Twitch streamers, Maximilian. I’ve heard of this game a lot from not just Maximilian, but the crew over at Giant Bomb as well as just in passing over the years. After having played a few matches online, I’m not sure it’s something I would continually come back to but man is it fun! It’s intense action twitch gaming that gets exhausting after a while, but it would make for a great time with friends or at a party. It feels like a game best for a special occasion rather than something to put time into, and that’s totally fine. I’ll probably get it at some point after it’s released.

Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition (PS4)
I didn’t play much of this. I mostly just loaded it up to mess around with a fighting game as it’s one of my favorite genres and I don’t have the money right now to get the new Injustice 2 (or Tekken 7 or Guilty Gear Xrd Rev.2 for that matter). I messed around with Batman in Practice trying to learn the character as well as some combos. However, going back to it, I would like to stream it at some point. The first Injustice is a fun game, even though I think it doesn’t stick with you the way other fighting games do. Maybe because there’s nothing memorable about it to me. Still, a fun game. I might stream it after I’m done with Assassin’s Creed Unity.

The King of Fighters ‘99: Millennium Battle (Arcade) |The King of Fighters ‘99 Evolution (DC)
Earlier this month, I felt like going back to the King of Fighters series and decided to go with the first game in the franchise I played The King of Fighters ‘99 Evolution. To make it easier, I got the ROM for the arcade version and booted it up via FightCade. I went with the Japan team and man, I forgot how hard SNK games were. It didn’t help that I was so rusty. I couldn’t remember any of Maxima’s moves and I just completely forgot how to use Benimaru. That was a real problem when I got to the final boss, Krizalid. His first form isn’t that bad, but FUCK HIS SECOND FORM! You need to have a plan going into that fight, and you need to know his weaknesses before even thinking about winning. That damn wind kick of his is too good, and he’s constantly building meter regardless of if he does anything. But it really pisses me off that he has a command grab that can grab you either on the ground or in mid-air! Worse thing is he’s not even one of the bad SNK bosses. Eventually, I did beat him (with Shingo of all characters) after practically having a heart attack from rage. It’s a fun game still though I should’ve lowered the difficulty. I did go back and try out the Dreamcast version for comparison, but I only spent some time in Practice mode and did a few single fights. It’s definitely the better version, but my arcade run had already quenched my thirst.

PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator (Android)
I’ve been playing this on my phone since March, though I’ve slowed down recently. I used to log into it every day, but now it’s just now and again. It’s still enjoyable to do the rigmarole of queuing up videos, buying stuff for my room and completing quests, but it’s not as compelling. I’m still going at it though. That’s about it. It’s a decent time waster.

The Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Demo (PS4)
I tried this out the day after the demo was announced at E3 2017. I’ve been a bit worried about this upcoming game as details about it have been trickling out of it after its initial reveal at PSX last year and this demo just made it worse. The graphics are terrible, the story (which is what the focus is of the demo) is a nonstarter, and the gameplay feels too simplistic while still being overly difficult. The pace of the fights is bad too, which is important because I don’t find it to be fun. Capcom has been messing up a lot when it comes to fighting games and unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be an exception. It doesn’t help that Dragonball FighterZ is on its way, which looks like a better Marvel game than the actual Marvel game.

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (GC)
After completing Batman: Arkham Knight, I was in the mood for an older game. So I decided to play Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, one of my favorite RPGs ever. The funny thing is I’ve never finished it from beginning to end. I got close as I was in the final area, but I never actually beat it. So I’m hoping to change that with this playthrough. I love this game’s personality. It’s much smarter than I think people realize and it has some laugh out loud moments. The combat system is very fun and strategic while also but simple to understand. I haven’t finished it yet; I’ve just gotten the third Crystal Star. I’ll have more to say next month, I’m sure.

Far Cry 4 (PS4)
Not much to say here. I played it for Rented Games LIVE and didn’t really like it. I played it the hour or so I did on stream and then sent it back to Gamefly. I don’t really understand why I don’t like the Far Cry games. On paper, I should at least like them okay. However, I’ve played Far Cry 1, Far Cry Instincts Predator, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, and now Far Cry 4 and I don’t like any of them. I guess these games are not for me. That’s fine, but I just wish I understood why they don’t grab me.

Yooka-Laylee (PS4)
I played this game for Rented Games LIVE and I enjoyed it, but I had a request to play it through on stream and so this is the game that has taken Assassin’s Creed Unity’s spot, at least for now. I’ve played five hours or so and have only done the first world, Tribalstack Tropics. So far I’m enjoying it but I do have some gripes. I like the worlds as they are big and expansive (literally, you can expand the worlds and make them bigger), but it seems too simple to run around and have no sense of what to do. As someone who is a big fan of games like Banjo-Kazooie, which this game is replicating, I think the reason for this is a lack of cohesion in the worlds. There’s nothing cleverly pointing you in the right direction or teaching you where you should be looking for things. Another issue is the controls and camera seem to be a bit off. They’re not quite as responsive as I’d like them to be. They aren’t bad; it’s not like they’re imprecise. But they could be better. There’s some nitpicky things too like Yooka’s inability to grab ledges, Rextro’s minigame having horrible controls, and the quiz minigame being poorly implemented, but I digress. It’s still fun, even if it doesn’t have its hooks in me the way Banjo did. I need to check out another world before I have more to say. There’s still so much of this game I need to see. So I’ll stop here about it. Maybe Yooka learns how to grab ledges later!

Batman: Arkham Asylum (PC)
I recorded more of this game for my playthrough that I never finished and I’m happy to say that I’ve finished the game now for my YouTube channel. I’m in the editing process now so look forward to that! As for how it plays, it plays great. It’s one of my favorite games of all time after all. That’s about it. Yay! I finally finished this let’s play, which was the second one I ever started!

That’s everything I played this past month! Now tell me what you’ve been playing in the comments below! Peace and Love, Gamers and Players! Colorwind out.

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Jurat48d ago

Quite an eclectic mix, albeit with a superhero vibe; thanks for sharing, a few of those have slipped under my radar.

Here's my June landscape;

WiiU: Zelda BotW - Having so much fun with this; loving every minute, trying to make progress, seeing as the new DLC just dropped.
PS4: Horizon Zero Dawn - despite picking up Elite Dangerous and spending time with Farpoint for PSVR, this title always seems to find its way back into my console. Probably my personal GOTY
XB1: Prey - a father's day gift from my son. Only about an hour or so in, but is has a really intriguing opening and what looks to be a compelling story.
PC: mainly VR related stuff. Still enjoying Onward, Robo Recall, and a few other shooters.
Retro: I managed to pre-order a SNES mini, so I've been celebrating by emulating some 16-bit goodness in the form of Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana (can't wait to check out Starfox 2 in September)

Be sure to check back in next month.