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Be ready to die, over and over, and over.

As you may or may not know, this blog is also about videogames! No, really, I'm not making this up. Go look at the name of the blog. Yes, it has a name. No, it's not miettechan.com. So I will talk about the games I'm anticipating for this year starting with Dark Souls.

That guy got bored.

What Is it

Dark Souls is an action-adventure type of game with some RPG elements, like leveling up your stats and such.  It is made by the creators of Demon's Souls. It is meant to be somewhat of a spiritual successor to Demon's Souls, which was infamous for it's difficulty.

Well that's a pretty image...

Why I'm anticipating it

I enjoyed it's predecessor very much, no, enjoyed is not the right word for it. There's this sense of immense pressure while playing it. You're trying not to die with all your might, and when you manage to persevere all that pressure and angst turns into this huge satisfaction. Only to get killed again right after. This combined with it's dark story and imagery is why it's predecessor is so appealing. Dark Souls, from what I've seen, is more of that mixed anxiety/satisfaction feeling, but expanded and improved.

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Why you might also be interested

If you're a masochist If you're up for a challenge and you can handle a game that doesn't hold your hand then you might like this as well. You might also like this if you have a sense for exploration and collection, as there's a new huge interconnected world and many armors and weapons to uncover and use. Dark souls is schedueld to be released October 4th in North america for both PS3 an Xbox 360. 

Pew pewNext up is Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.

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What Is it

It is the next installement of Ace Combat by "Project Aces" of Bandai-Namco. It is an "arcade combat flight" game according to Wikipedia, but I think it's more of a here's-a-plane-go-shoot-down-all-those-bastards-oh-crap-I'm-out-of-missiles-now-I-gotta-use-my-crappy-Gatling-gun type of game.

New over-the-shoulder camera makes stuff more actiony

Why I'm anticipating it

I've played a couple of the Ace Combat games before. Each of them has very dramatic and engeging story-telling. You always feel very heroic as you mow down enemies, bring down evil dictators, take out super weapons and the like. Miette compares Ace Combat 5 to Gundam. I'm expecting this new installment to be as interesting as the last games. There is however very big changes to this new one. They changed writers and are basing it on the real world. They are trying to appeal to the Call of Duty demographic it seems. I don't think it's bad, but I hope they didn't change the core of what makes Ace Combat fun while doing so.

New "next gen" effects for damage and stuff.

Why you might also be interested

Ace Combat is about shooting down stuff and saving the world. If you like to save the world you might want to look into this game too. The developers also were talking about making the game more engaging by adding an over the shoulder type of camera. They were saying that, usually, in this type of game what you spend most of the time looking at is your radar so they wanted to amend that by adding it. Assault Horizon is scheduled for October 11th in North America for PS3 and Xbox 360.

COD 3

Next is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Since It's already stupidly popular I'll just skip to why I'm anticipating it.

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Why I'm anticipating it

COD is just plain fun to play with friends and enemies. I'm looking forward to the new guns and maps. Can't wait to shot stuff. Also, I find the story interesting. It comes out November 8th for PS3 and Xbox 360. Anyone else planning on getting this on the PS3? Let's play together!

Now for some Mario.

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What Is it

Super Mario 3D Land is a new Mario installment for the 3DS.

I better get some fireworks!

Why I'm anticipating it

This game is somewhere between Mario Galaxy, New Super Mario Bros., And Mario 3. It mixes the gameplay of Mario Galaxy with some side-scrolling levels that you would expect from old-school Mario. It also has tanooki Mario back! I'm really looking forward to how they will incorporate all these things in the final game.

Mario show's off the latest fashion

Why you might also be interested

Mario games are usually really well designed, game play wise. So this is a game for anyone really. If you like platformers, like having fun and have a 3DS handy, you'll want to check this one out. It comes out November 13th for the 3DS.

One of my all-time favorites, Zelda!

What Is it

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword is the next Zelda game for the Wii. It uses the Wii's motion plus add-on for the wiimote. I'm a little worried of that part since game play relies on precise slashes, so I hope they tweak the controls to be just right. The art style of this one is somewhere between the more realistic style of Twilight Princess and the cell shaded one of Wind Waker, looks interesting.

Why I'm anticipating it

I've been a big fan of the Zelda series since I was a kid. I just love the sense of exploration and the colorful worlds where they are set. As far as I can tell this one is no different. The fact that that you use giant chieckens cuckoos mysetious birds to fly around makes me think this world is plenty big to explore. There's also the new item upgrade mechanic that seems interesting that I'm looking foward to.

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Why you might also be interested

Zelda is all about exploring big worlds and fighting your way though a bunch of dungeons. If you like sword fights, gadgets, and puzzles you might want to keep an eye on this game too. It comes out November 20th for the Wii.

Mario Kart!

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What Is it

Mario Kart 7 is the next in the Mario Kart series for the 3DS, but this time it has underwater racing and air gliders! And it's in threee deeee (3D).

Why I'm anticipating it

Apart form the races and the usual stuff, what makes Mario Kart sadistic fun is the multiplayer. Whether it's shooting down your friends with a turtle shell right before they cross the finish line, using the infamous blue shell on people or just smacking them aside with a heavy character, Mario Kart has always been one fucked up entertaining game for me.

Why you might also be interested

If you have friends to torture play with this might be a game worth looking into. Mario Kart has been one of the best multiplayer or party games out there and this one seems to be coming along nicely. Friendships end December 4th on the 3DS.

 

That's it for this the games I'm looking forward the most this year. Does it coincide with yours? Are you looking forward to any other games?

orz I think I went a little over board this time...

... I failed horribly at not spending money. Then again it has been a couple of months since my last loot so stuff did pile up.

On the figure side I got a couple of Touhou girls.

Hopefully you still remember Aya's lovely intro with that "special report" of hers. Speaking of which that sequel I had planed is way over due by now.

After hoping to buy her for almost a year I'm overjoyed to finally own Marisa and look forward to taking several pictures featuring her like last time.

Did I mention I'm a pretty big Precure fan? While the original pair is what got me into the franchise and love those two, it's Heartcatch Precure that became my favorite show.

Heartcatch is what you get when someone goes all out when making a Precure show. I mean just look at the transformation sequence, so awesome.

That 100th post I was planning was gonna feature them but alas, a shipping delay threw that out the window. Not bother, I will just make that post in the near future.

There was a sale recently with everybody's "favorite" game retailer and picked up a few titles I wanted for a while for cheap.

Picked up a couple of NISA published RPGS.

I picked up Neptunia based solely in it's premise and pretty characters.

An anthropomorphizing of the current console wars, quirky RPG genre savvy characters, moesome girls, and a boat load of gaming references. Sadly enough this game wont blow anyone away, enjoyable for me but it does have it's share of problems.

Also picked Ar tonelico 3, I heard positive opinions about the series so I thought to give it a try.

Picked Ar tonelico 2, while not necessary I did read playing the previous Ar tonelico games would increase my enjoyment of the third. Still need to get a hold of the first.

Finally managed to find a copy of Yakuza 2, I look forward to playing it so I can finally play Yakuza 3 and 4.

Bought Breakdown an FPS, by Namco, for the original Xbox. There was probably a really interesting reason why I wanted to buy this, that reason escapes me right now.

Lastly, bought Trauma Center Second Opinion, a remake of the original on the DS. I'm hoping the Wii version has a toned difficulty as I was never able to finish the original.

On the hand held side it's all DS titles.

Bought Pokemon White, I wonder why thought. I just don't have the same drive as a kid to finish a Pokemon game anymore. Just Diamond took me four years and over 80 game play hours. Who knows how long Soul Silver will and when will I get to White.

Picked up Atelier Annie pretty much on a comment made by Radiant about it. Starfy a Kirby like platformer I been curious about for a while too.

After Persona 3 and 4 made me an Atlus fan I been wanting to play their more typical RPG experience of which Strange Journey is a perfect example. The game comes bundled in with a soundtrack CD which is pretty nice.

Got myself Sigma Star Saga from the good folks at Wayforward. A unique mix of an RPG and a shmup.

Now that I finally got a job, one of the things that I want to do is to get rid of my fansubs and replace them by their licensed releases where applicable.

To start off I went with the always awesome FLCL, the blu ray looks great.

The best for last, I splurged and bought a 3DS. If you own one and want to do a friend code exchange I would be more than happy.

I would be feeling pretty miserable at the amount of money I spend in a couple of months if it wasn't for the promise of a stable income. Yes, good thing for employment.

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I sure played a lot of games last year...

... and you know what? I don't think it was enough. That's the stack of games I finished last year.

Several things to mention, Halo and Perfect Dark are missing as I played the Xbox 360 digital versions of those games. While the Metroid Prime Trilogy is in the picture I only finished Metroid Prime but not 2 or 3. Peace Walker has an extra chapter to play through after the credits roll so your mileage may vary whether I finished that game or not.

In total, I finished 27 games last year, my personal best. Usually I finish about half or a little less than that number.

However, most of those games I bought this year but that's not all of the games I bought. Just take a look a my loot posts and see how many games I bought last year.

Plus, I have literally hundreds of games in my backlog. My backlog spans at least three generations, both consoles, handhelds and PC. The games spread across seven different consoles and three different handhelds.

That's why I said even though I never played as many games in one year before it was not nearly enough.

I seriously own and buy too many games. I wonder though, how much more would I buy if I didn't buy figures as well.

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Looking pretty spiffy at 25 Mario!

So, good ol' Mario is 25 this year. In order to celebrate Nintendo released this neat 25th anniversary edition of Super Mario All Stars for the Wii last Sunday.

This neat package comes with a game disc that includes Super Mario Bros 1-3 plus the Lost Levels. Kind of a bummer it didn't come include Super Mario World.

Quick anecdote, my earliest memories that I can remember is of me playing the Mario Bros. trilogy on the NES.

This bundle came with two discs, one containing the games and another containing music from the series. The main theme in each of the main entries of the Mario series are included.

The music disc also contains several of the well known sound effects from the series such  as sound cues for the mushroom power up or getting a 1-up.

Now for a dirty secret, I play lots of video games, I buy lots of video games and I have finished lots of video games in my life.

However, while I played every single Mario game I never finished the originals on the NES. In fact I only ever finished Super Mario 64.

A booklet was also included it contains several pieces of the artwork for the games, plus several interesting photos.

There is also a timeline of the Mario games, each entry contains interesting tidbits by the people responsible for creating the game.

It's a little bit early but I have a new year's resolution already. To finish all of the NES Mario games without the use of any warps. Go through each level and clear every stage and every world.

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Fragile Dreams

Today I would like to draw a little of attention to this wonderful game.

I finished playing through this game earlier this week, Fragile Dreams is one of the best gaming experiences I had this generation. I really enjoyed everything from the atmosphere, the music, characters, story and the world in general.

Fragile Dreams is a post apocalyptic story after the majority of humans have perished. Seto, the main character, sets out in search of other people after the old man he had been living his whole life passed away.

Following the recommendation left in a letter by the old man he heads towards the shining tower in the distance. Along the way he meets a mysterious silvered haired girl and makes it his mission to find her again. As Seto proceeds through the world he also finds several items embedded with the last memories of their owners and ghostly enemies to confront.

That's as much as I will talk about the story, this is best experienced with a blank slate.

I have to say I was quite surprised, I did not expect this game to be localized for the western world.

However, XSEED games did an excellent job. Both an English and Japanese language track where included in the disc giving you the choice to choose the one you like the best. The cover on the case is also reversible with the original Japanese cover art on the back.

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With a pre-oder of this game you also get a soundtrack featuring most tracks in the game. This game without a doubt is pure musical bliss. The soundtrack greatly complements the desolate and eerie atmosphere that fills the landscape.

The setting, music, story and the small cast of characters is akin to a Makoto Shinkai film or both ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.

Exploring the desolate landscapes of a modern city and the emotional attachment to the small cast is something I only felt in the previously mentioned two Team Ico games.

Game play wise this game uses primarily the Wii remote's pointer as way to explore the surrounding word by using it to guide the Seto's lantern and check items of interest. Fragile Dreams also makes use the speaker in the remote to convey advise on how to proceed as well several puzzle solving instances and to signal the location of enemies.

Combat is a little clumsy with merely only one attack option depending on the type of weapon equipped but it gets the job done.

My only real complaint is inventory management which can only be done at campfires. Only there can items be identified and stored or moved into Seto's bag. This is mitigated by the abundance of campfires that also act as a save points but still an annoyance.

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Just like when I talk about Wii games in general, I beg people to play Fragile Dreams. This is a not only a Wii game, but a third party game that happens to be really Japanese in it's character design and story telling. Those things usually are red herrings for a game to go unnoticed by most western gamers.

Even so, I still find this to be one of the best experiences I had playing a game this current generation. If you own a Wii and are looking for an original well made third party offering this game is for you, if you like the style of Makoto Shinkai films you will probably like the game as well, if you like Japanese culture then you will also love exploring the ruins of what is arguably Tokyo.

I will stop my rant now by simply suggesting once again to buy Fragile Dreams.