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June 26, 2020 @ 4:13 pm

I don't know why, but I really don't like this game. The characters were young adults and looked awesome. Then this gum thing turns them into weird kids. The gameplay is odd to me and there are already people who are amazingly good, and it just don't look like there's much depth. I don't know, maybe I need to give it more time.

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game

May 17, 2020 @ 9:35 am

Apparently this game is free for a couple of days on Playstation 5 and Xbox? Not sure if it's also free on Switch, but hey... free game.

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Horror Games

May 04, 2020 @ 1:26 pm

I'd like to honestly play a lot of horror genre games. The worst part is that these games somehow get into my head. Yes, I know that they are fictional, created by a studio of talented programmers and writers and artists, and have been made purposely to freak people out while providing a hopefully satisfying and relatable adventure/experience.

I just can't mentally deal with some of it. Dead Space, this stupid weird pixel game called Claire, even things not so graphically intense like Deadwood, or something like Soma. I just can't handle games like that. Nevermind Fatal Frame or Silent Hill. It's just not in my DNA to hammer through games like that... and to many, those games are actually fun, being scared is a fun time.

Not for me, my heart starts to struggle with some of this stuff. Jump scares are the worst of it, especially in games or media you don't expect them to be.

I can say that with full confidence that I will never play Outlast one or two, Amnesia, the Forest, or any game like that.

Other games like The Last of Us (screw the leaks and keep away from social media if you can), do have horror elements, but the narrative really drives me, and the monsters are more of a secondary threat.

Maybe I'll become more courageous soon, but I can't risk a heart complication in these times. Hospitals are basically nesting grounds for this still looming COVID garbage.

Stay safe, I'll be playing Sakura Wars.

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What's left of April

April 23, 2020 @ 8:42 am

I played the game I thought I never would get to, Final Fantasy VII Remake was tremendous, I loved it. It did have it's low-lows, but man did it have high-highs. Having never truly completed original FFVII, this gave me a fresh slate to try to soak in this massive world, rich cast of characters (Tifa and Aeirth are so yum) and mess around with a cool combat system.

Honestly, working regularly, as I would have been without the lockdown, it would have taken me forever to finish this game. With more time to myself, I was able to do it in just under two weeks, and will play it again in a few months. What's left in April that is of some interest to me?

Sakura Wars: I'm a huge Bleach fan, in turn that makes me a fan of Tite Kubo's design craft (especially the females, ya know). Never officially played a SW game before and the little I know about them is from games like Project x Zone

Trials of Mana: I like the design, I've been trying to get into the genre a little more, and this game rubs me the right way with it's style, music and combat.

Streets of Rage 4: I didn't think they would ever make this, and then they did. I've always loved beat em ups like Turtles in Time, Simpsons Arcade, X-Men and Battletoads (even though Battletoads was broken looking back). Admittedly, I wasn't the biggest SoR fan as I was a bit more into Final Fight, but this fantastic design on Blaze that's got me swooning is all I need to try it. Pair that up with a bad ass Moonbeam City/ Vice City night life soundtrack and a few new characters and I am freaking sold.

That will hold me until May, which should be fairly quiet but hopefully some MK11 news, and June which should be rather quiet too until Fairy Tail releases.

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COVID19: Just to Document

April 07, 2020 @ 10:18 am

So, since March... 15th I want to say, I have been working from home. It's not quite the same as the workload is significantly less, I can use my own bathroom, watch TV shows or play video games in down time, and the best thing ever is no need to commute. Still, many people are sick and dying everyday around here and I hope this all passes very soon. Many games have seen delays, events cancelled, things I took for granted like going to the ball park to see my favorite baseball club, walking into a coffee shop or my favorite restaurant. It almost seems fictional, but the people getting sick and dying is all very real. I am thankful to have work, although I don't like my job, I'm happy to know my relatives are keeping safe, and I do appreciate this extra time to just... enjoy things I want to enjoy... indoors. I've played many games, watched many episodes of anime (Naruto Shippuden mostly, trying to catch up) and stay up late, since the commute doesn't exist. I hope everyone is keeping safe, take this time to do something you may have wanted to try before. Maybe playing a scary game, or the opposite of a scary game if you love scary games. Watch shows you normally wouldn't have the time for, learn to cook something or bake something. Always be protective of yourself and those who live with you. This will pass, I know that. I'm not looking forward to the commute to work honestly. I do want to see my family and be able to go to public places again though. Time will tell. I didn't want to not document this somewhere and just lose it. I will be trying to finish some big games I never got the chance to. Persona 5, Witcher 3, GTA 5, Spider Man, and God of War (2018) just to name a few. The world will keep moving and things will go back to normal if we play our part, stay safe, and help protect those around us. Thank goodness there are things like video games to help us with the boredom than can come from being closed in.

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MVGL 2020 Challenge

January 01, 2020 @ 10:21 pm

Starting date: January 1, 2020 Completed games at sign-up: 418 Link to your list: http://myvideogamelist.com/list/Papanomics Link to your blog entry: Challenge Packs: Action, Franchise, History

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The Game Awards 2019

December 12, 2019 @ 11:12 pm

I generally think this year, compared to last especially, was disappointing. Many of the world premiers fell flat for me. The last reveal was a FAST AND FURIOUS game that looks like it was built as a PS3 game, no Smash Bros. announcement (even though Reggie was there), and the music was bad in my opinion.

Sure there were some cool moments like the muppets and Reggie's inspiring speech, and some interesting reveals, most exciting for me being Wolf Among Us 2 (sadly). There was way too much attention on Google Stadia and Magic the Gathering stuff, and it just wasn't what I was hoping for.

Harada did post a tweet about Tekken x Street Fighter, that for me is enough to tide me over. What a massive disappointment this year...

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Top Ten Most Beautiful Ladies in Video Games

November 28, 2019 @ 1:29 am

There are of course thousands of lovely characters in the medium who can strike as beautiful. Here are my favorites, which change depending on what I'm playing sometimes:

(10) Bayonetta - Bayonetta

(9) D.Va - Overwatch

(8) Shermie - King of Fighters

(7) Baiken - Guilty Gear

(6) Sylvannas Windrunner - World of Warcraft

(5) Midna - Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess

(4) Lulu - Final Fantasy 10

(3) Mai Shiranui - King of Fighters

(2) Chun Li - Street Fighter Series

(1) Tifa Lockhart - Final Fantasy 7

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2019 Challenge Easy

October 21, 2019 @ 7:49 pm

Starting date: 10/21/2019 Difficulty: Easy (20) Completed games at sign-up: 390 Link to your list: Challenge list:

  1. Play a game you did not finish last year: My Hero One's Justice (XONE)
  2. Replay one of your childhood favorites: WWF No Mercy (N64)
  3. Play 10 matches online or an entire co-op campaign with another MVGL user: Multiple Matches of Tekken 7 w/ MariaJoestarKuchiki
  4. Play a game with a self-imposed challenge: My Name is Mayo (VITA) (Obtain all trophies)
  5. Play a game released in 2019: Dead or Alive 6 (PS4)
  6. Play a game re-released in a budget range (Playstation Platinums, Xbox Classics, Nintendo Selects, etc.)
  7. Play a game originally released in 1979, 1989 OR 1999: Power Stone (1999) through the Power Stone Collection (PSP)
  8. Play a game that is only available digitally: Mr. Massagy (PS4)
  9. Play a game recommended to a mature audience: Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4)
  10. Play a game featured in a collection: Final Fight (Capcom Beat em' Up Bundle) (PS4)
  11. Play an award-winning game Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  12. Play a console exclusive game: Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (SWITCH)
  13. Play a game developed in one of your neighbouring countries: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (PS4) Developer: Beenox (Canada) live in USA
  14. Play a game developed by a company which has made a maximum of three games: Afterparty (Night School Studios) (XONE)
  15. Play a game with an anthropomorphic animal as the main character: Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Remastered (PS4)
  16. Play a game that allows the player to make different decisions to change the course of the story: Guardians of the Galaxy Telltale Series (XONE)
  17. Play a game set in Japan Samurai Shodown (2019) (PS4)
  18. Play a game featuring time manipulation: Oxenfree (XONE)
  19. Play a game from a genre you rarely play: What Remains of Edith Finch (XONE)
  20. Pick 6 games you want to play and assign them numbers 1-6, roll a dice and play the game with that number One Night Stand (PS4)
  21. Play a game where the last letter in the title is the same as the last of your MVGL username: Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series (PS4)
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Fortnite Seasons Ranked 1-8

March 03, 2019 @ 1:40 am

I play Fortnite, almost every single day. I'm not good at it and I probably never will be, but I do enjoy playing it. Having been around since Season 1 but not really getting into the game after watching some YouTube videos for Season 2, I've seen everything come and go and map changes. All of these Battle Royale games feed off of each other. Fortnite gets props for generating the battle pass, which others like Realm Royale, PUBG, and soon Apex Legends will follow. I am ranking the seasons mostly based on Skins included, but the general theme and other rewards like emotes count as well.

Last place: Season 1. Why? Because it wasn't even technically a season. The battle pass wasn't even implemented yet. And I know they are OG skins, but Renegade Raider and the Mako glider are ugly.

7th place: Season 4. Superhero theme and it did have a lot of content. This was also the first time that tier 100 challenges were added. The problem was if you didn't finish them, you missed out on the goods. Later seasons allowed you to carry over progress, but my Omega will never be complete. This was the first time additional styles were a thing. Notably disappointing skins: Valor, Battlehawk, Zoey.

6th place: Season 7. This was a hard spot because I did like season 7. The Ice King seemed all too close to Ragnarok by the time, and while I did like Onesie, I hated Trog, didn't care for Zenith, Sgt. Santa whatever, or even Lynx... and she was thicc I just didn't like her design. All together I think I just loved the one skin, and the prisoner was pretty cool.

5th place: Season 5. Drift and Ragnarok were awesome, the game was evolving and I knew at this time that Fortnite wasn't going anywhere for a long time. Disappointing skin: Sledgehammer.

4th place: Season 3. Everything mostly improved from season 2, there was also the implementation of back bling I think. Noted skin here is Dark Voyager. John Wick was awesome too.

3rd place: Season 2. It was the first battle pass ever and the system was very new. Back bling wasn't even a thing yet. Sparkle Specialist still remains one of my favorites.

2nd place: Season 8: While I find Peely a little weird, I always wanted pirates vs ninjas. The only thing I wanted more than that was the wild west. Luxe is super hot if you ask me, and while she is undeserving of the tier 100, I am happy to have the cool skins we got. And it was also FREE.

1st place: Season 6. Calamity, Calamity, Calamity. Probably my favorite skin of all time and yes it's because she's a cowgirl and yes because she's got thicc. Honestly some of the other skins were disappointing and the bathroom emote is dreadful, but the inclusion of Calamity and Dire took away pain from that idiotic inflatable llama skin and the bathroom emote.

That's it. I don't know how much longer I can continue to play Fortnite (sorry to keep you waiting Witcher 3), but I honestly do enjoy it, and want skins to get only better and better.

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Money Well Spent?

February 27, 2019 @ 7:01 pm

So I've been looking at how much money I am spending on games. Of course I decided to make a list of the top 10 games I have spent the most amount of money on. This really hurts the wallet and are usually not worth it.

Fortnite: $500+ Save the World, Battle Passes and the logic that spending $100 bucks makes more sense that $10. I sometimes still struggle when a skin just looks "too good," but if you somehow resist the impulse buy, you can make it through the week without spending V-bucks (and find a nicer skin to boot).

Overwatch: $300-$350. Core game, and then of course the loot boxes. Every event I would drop $40. Slowly as my interest in Overwatch started to move towards other games, I'd spend maybe $20 on event loot boxes.

Dead or Alive 5: $200-$250. Base game, then character packs, then costume packs. Oh the costumes. Then crossovers. Attack on Titan, Senran Kagura, Arc System Works, and those costumes I just couldn't resist because of the sexy. I am not ashamed, I like boobies. But I've spent way too much on DOA5 and DOA6 already has me $80 bucks under.

Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V: $150-$200 each. Putting these together because they have generally treated me the same. Base game, updated game, character packs, character skins, multiple consoles (SFIV), It's really nuts, but I can't say I regret spending on this fighting game.

Rock Band: $250-$375. Oh the music packs. They never stopped. When I was playing Rock Band, the thought of playing something like (insert DLC here) was unbearable. And when it finally did happen. Did I need to download those Maroon 5 songs for Rock Band? Yes. And I probably played them only a handful of times. Never mind instruments, cymbals for drums, additional guitars, keyboard, and it all starts to add up!

Pinball FX: $150-$200. I like pinball, I like Marvel and Star Wars. Pinball FX to me is incredibly fun and the tables are quite cool. I hadn't realized how much I spent until I noticed how many tables are grayed out (almost none).

Pokemon Go: $50-$100. The first time I tried it I hated it and removed myself from it for a long time. All of a sudden, I find myself downloading it again and it being completely different. It's sometimes hard to resist the sales for me when I need more pokemon storage or want incubators for eggs, especially around events. I've decided to cap myself and refuse to pay another charge for Pokemon Go.

Hearthstone: $80-$120. I bought a couple of adventures and special offers when they were on. I stopped playing Hearthstone altogether and despite those purchases, my decks would likely STILL get destroyed because of the newer cards. Not worth it at all.

League of Legends: $80-$100. There was a time where LoL was all I played. Of course all of the interesting (and sexy) characters of League got me interested in buying skins. They only got better and better with time. I'm glad I stopped playing because I would have spent triple this if I continued to purchase skins for at the time favorite Legends Sona, Ahri, Miss Fortune and Katerina. Yeah they are all hot too.

Call of Duty Black Ops II: $150-$180. Bought copies for myself and my brother who loves the game to this day. I decided to buy him a bunch of gun skins that he liked because well, he's my brother and I wanted him to rack up kills in style. This one is probably the one I regret the least because it brought enjoyment to my brother and that's awesome.

Those are my 10. It's hard to remember some purchases or special editions of games but from what I can recall, these were them. Hopefully Apex doesn't hook me as hard as Fortnite did, because with all this money I could have really bought more important things.

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JUMP FORCE

February 23, 2019 @ 2:11 pm

So I remember I made something about Game Informer's top 300 games or something, but screw that. I'm going to talk about a game I've been hype about since I first saw it, Jump Force. Loving several of the Shonen Jump franchises, I was excited to get my hands on it. There are a few good things, but honestly a lot of bad things.

The Good:

The game looks good. At least when the characters are fighting and some of the special moves. The stages are beautiful and the damage effects of Vegeta's Galick Gun or Naruto's Tailed Beast Bomb are great. There are 40 characters. That in itself is a good amount of characters for any game to boast. There is a create a character feature. And lastly, the fighting and controls of the game seem simple enough to grasp even for a casual gamer who likes Dragon Ball and wants to check it out. The damage effects on characters is also amazing.

The Bad:

Yes, we have 40 characters... but somehow either it wasn't enough or some of the selections we got are questionable. One example, and I do in fact love my Dragon Ball Z, was Cell and Piccolo. Shonen Jump classics like Gintoki, Tsunayoshi and Medaka aren't in the game at all, yet franchises like Dragon Ball can put in characters that are not really requested, and seem... disappointing. Those open slots could have welcomed new series or add onto existing franchises with less representatives, like Bakugo for My Hero Academia or Allen Walker from D-Gray Man. While the characters usually look good, scenes in the story mode are sad, and interactions are often voiceless and soulless. Even intros seem dumbed down from the unique, quirky and true to character intros and outros from J-Stars Victory Vs. Where are the female characters? Rukia, Boa, and Kaguya? While those females are fine and good, this game is severely lacking a feminine touch! Shonen Jump has some of the most badass (and beautiful) ladies in all of anime. The biggest problem I have is the loading screens. You'll grow sick of it in less than a day.

Lets hope this game gets dlc to fix some of the problems, my inner anime fan is keeping me connected, but as a casual, I would have dropped this already. There are nine characters preparing to be released, and apparently they will be:

Grimmjow from Bleach Hitsugaya from Bleach Biscuit from HunterxHunter Buu from Dragon Ball Kaiba from Yugioh Bakugo from My Hero Academia All Might from My Hero Academia Law from One Piece and Madara from Naruto.

I hope this gets better!

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Game Informer's Top 300 Games of All Time Overview

April 22, 2018 @ 9:03 am

Hello. I was excited to hear about Game Informer's Top 300 Games as I love massive lists and enjoy trying to understand how these games are ranked. I'm going to list all 300 over time, and label if I've completed them, only played them, or never have. Enjoy. I will probably put 20 at a time until the list is complete. See you next time.

  1. Yakuza 0 (PS4 * 2017) - Owned but haven't played it
  2. Wii Sports (Wii * 2006) - Owned and played to exhaustion
  3. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War (PS2 * 2002) - Never played
  4. Alien Isolation (PS4 * XONE * 2014) - Never played
  5. Amplitude (PS2 * 2003) - Never played
  6. Infamous (PS3 * 2009) - Completed
  7. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (Xbox * 2004) - Never played
  8. Monster Hunter World (PS4 * XONE * 2018) - Owned but not completed
  9. Heroes of the Storm (PC * 2015) - Played
  10. Myst (PC * 1993) - Never played
  11. Dance Dance Revolution (Arcade * 1999) - Played to exhaustion
  12. NHL 09 (PS3 * X360 * 2008) - Can't remember if played
  13. Duke Nukem 3D (PC * 1996) - Never played
  14. Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PS3 * X360 * PC * 2013) - Never played
  15. Shadowrun Returns (PC * 2013) - Never played
  16. Dragon's Dogma (PS3 * X360 * 2012) - Owned but not complete
  17. Baseball Stars (NES * 1989) - Never played
  18. The Room (iOS * 2012) - Can't remember if played
  19. Worms Armageddon (PC * 1999) - Never played
  20. Rayman Legends (PS3 * X360 * Wii U * Vita * PC * 2013) - Owned but not complete
  21. Dungeon Keeper (PC * 1997) - Never played

I'll be back later with more.

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Game Informer's 25 Most Anticipated Games of 2017

February 27, 2017 @ 11:22 pm

I recently got a chance to look over the latest edition of Game Informer magazine, I like checking out it's content even though it's not quite as jampacked with great articles and reviews like it used to be in the early 2000's. Anyway, they have a list of their 25 most anticipated games of 2017 and I want to give my personal feedback on such titles. I'll rate them from 0 to 5, with 0 being "I don't care one bit about this" to 5 being "I can't wait for this."

Note: This list is made in the order in which GI released it, and it seems to based on their staff's level of excitement. Anything here you're looking forward to? Even if a game has already been released, I'll put my excitement level before the game came out, hence recording my anticipation.

  1. Night in the Woods: ✰
  2. Below: ✰
  3. Tacoma: ✰✰
  4. Cuphead: ✰✰
  5. Nier: Automata: ✰✰✰✰
  6. Nioh: ✰✰✰✰
  7. Divinty: Original Sin 2: ✰✰
  8. Splatoon 2: ✰✰✰
  9. Injustice 2: ✰✰✰✰✰
  10. Battlefront 2: ✰✰✰
  11. Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite: ✰✰✰✰✰
  12. Torment: Tides of Numenera: ✰
  13. For Honor: ✰✰✰✰✰
  14. South Park: The Fractured But Whole: ✰✰
  15. State of Decay 2: ✰✰
  16. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy: ✰✰✰
  17. Ghost Recond: Wildlands: ✰✰✰
  18. Prey: ✰✰
  19. Persona 5: ✰✰
  20. Super Mario Odyssey: ✰✰✰
  21. Horizon: Zero Dawn: ✰✰✰✰✰
  22. Zelda: Breath of the Wild: ✰✰✰✰✰
  23. Destiny 2: ✰✰
  24. Mass Effect Andromeda: ✰✰✰
  25. Red Dead Redemption 2: ✰✰✰✰✰

Thanks for taking a look. I also mentioned one game that GI didn't include. That's Tekken 7! Really looking forward to that one as well!

Until next time.

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Addiction

February 19, 2017 @ 8:59 pm

At first, I thought it was just nothing. I started working, making my own money, and when I want a game, I can go and buy it.

Normal right? Let's fast forward about a decade.

I've bought so many games I'm embarrassed to even admit it. Most of them are barely played if played at all. Now that I am getting married, I am trying to shake this terrible habit of buying a game just because.

Here are some games I've bought and have honestly, not even OPENED:

  1. Mass Effect 3
  2. One Piece: Romance Dawn
  3. Dishonored 2
  4. Final Fantasy XV
  5. Rise of the Tomb Raider

Why did I go and buy those games if I wasn't going to play them? Did I like the cover of Dishonored so much? Did I buy them because it's the cool thing to do?

I think I am addicted to purchasing video games.

To try to ease myself, I've even joined Gamefly, which is a decent (not great) service which lets me play more games without buying them. Through them I've played games like Attack on Titan, Ninja Turtles Mutants In Manhattan, Digimon Cyber Sleuth, and currently For Honor. I would have bought all of these games... But when I come home from work, I play Hearthstone, Contest of Champions, some Overwatch, and MAYBE something new. Before I know it it's 11PM and I want to go to bed.

The Backlog is so real, these games I've bought with intention to play them without grasping the reality of how much time it would take. I am trying to prioritize the ones I really want to play, and I guess dump the others. It's just wasteful.

The addition is real.

Why did I just buy Nioh? I really want to check it out, sure...

But in about a week's time Horizon Zero Dawn will be out and I'm guaranteed to buy that too!

Unbelievable.

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Getting Married?

January 22, 2017 @ 9:43 pm

So I proposed to my girlfriend back in December of 2015, in July 2016 we had an engagement party, and in August of this year, hopefully, we will be married.

This is taking a lot out of my video game time! I'm complaining a little, but I guess it's just me being nervous about being a real adult. Anyway, if any of you are married, let me know if it's had a big impact on your gaming life, or if you still game at all. I refuse to surrender the hobby, but I will have other responsibilities.

I guess I'll never finish games like Witcher 3 or Mass Effect.

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Missing Games on this Site

April 26, 2016 @ 9:57 pm

I've found that there are a lot of missing titles, and that the requests are currently back-ordered. But this has been going on for a LONG time...

That being said, I might keep note somewhere around here of the games I do finish, and can't add on to my list...

Kind of annoying really.

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