Thursday, March 12, 2015

Seattle, Final Fantasy Threatrythm, Hotline Miami 2, Ori and the Blind Forest

  • I've always wanted to visit Seattle and I was there last week for a conference and I was a bit disappointed.
  • I've never seen so many homeless people on the streets they were everywhere and always asking for money.
  • The streets were also filled with young people loitering around who were all high since pot is legal in the city.  I've been to New York and Philly and it was noticeably worse in Seattle than both of those cities.  One person was some people shooting up with needles on the street during the day.    
  • The weather was a little cold since there is a constant breeze but it never rained once so the weather was a lot nicer than here.
  • The food was good but very expensive, I probably spent around $80 for each dinner for 2 people.
  • I bought a city pass for $64 that let us in to most of the attractions, the space needle, the EMP museum, and the Chihuly exhibit were cool to visit.  I recommend getting that pass if you plan on visiting as it allows you to bypass ticket lines which could be quite long.  
Final Fantasy Threatrythm: Curtain Call (3DS)
  • A music rhythm game kind of like Elite Beat Agents but with Final Fantasy music.  
  • The game play is basically tapping the screen with different variants that correspond to the beat of the music.
  • The music is awesome and the songs are from every Final Fantasy Game.  There are over 220 songs in the game and  I've only unlocked 65 after 8 hours of playtime.  I haven't played one song that I didn't like.  
  • When you play a song you pick 4 characters that have different abilities that are fighting enemies as the song progresses and when you hit the beats you land your attacks and if you miss then the enemy attacks which reduces your HP meter.  Each song has it's own background theme so it keeps things interesting.
  • The game has a ton of content.  From unlocking songs, characters, and even sound effects the game is constantly rewarding you for playing.  
  • I've really enjoyed the game so far and it's easy to play a couple of songs before I go to bed.
  • I highly recommend this game to anyone that likes Final Fantasy or good music.
Hotline Miami 2 (Steam)
  • I really liked the first game even though it was very brutal. The music was awesome especially with a good sound system and it really added to the experience.  
  • I still listen to the soundtrack.
  • This game is basically a continuation of the first game and I'm fine with that. There wasn't much that needed changing.
  • They have added new masks that give you different abilities and I think there is dual wielding.
  • In the first game if you used a gun then almost all enemies heard the shots and came for you in this one just those in the surrounding rooms hear the shots so guns are more useful.  
Ori and the Blind Forest - Steam
  • Probably the best looking 2D game that I've played.  Each tree or blade of grass is painted separately they didn't use any repeated textures and it looks amazing.
  • The game plays in the style of Metroid where you have areas that you can't reach until you open up different abilities.
  • The platforming and combat is pretty standard but how you save is unique.  Of course there are tons of things to collect, but one of them allows you to create your own save points which adds some strategy to the game.  There are hard saves at the end of levels but during the level you must decide where to save and there have been a couple of times that I extended myself too far and died before saving.
  • For $15 it's definitely worth it.

New Releases - A ton of new releases this week.  Hotline Miami 2, Ori and the Blind Forest my top picks.


Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (download - $15) - Really liked the first game, awesome music.
Sid Meier's Starships (download - $15) - Looks interesting
Assassin's Creed: Rogue (download - $50) - May pick up on sale
Cities: Skylines (download - $30) - Disappointed by Sim City give this a try.
Shelter 2 (download - $15) - A female mother badger simulator.
Ori and the Blind Forest (download) - Looks cool
Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 3 (download - $25)
Frankenstein: Master of Death (download)
Grapple (download)
Parallax (download)
Soccertron (download)
Tennis Elbow 2013 (download)
In Exilium (download)
Zombie Kill of the Week - Reborn (download)
Dodge (download)
Hektor (download)
Heroes of Hellas 3: Athens (download)

PlayStation 4

DmC Definitive Edition - Really great game
Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (download - $15)
Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 3 (download - $25)
Scram Kitty DX (download)

Xbox One

DmC Definitive Edition
Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition
Ori and the Blind Forest (download)
Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 3 (download - $25)
L.A. Cops (download)

Xbox 360

Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition
Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 3 (download - $25)

PlayStation 3

Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea
Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 3 (download - $25)
Sparkle 2 (download)
Alter Echo (download - PS2 Classic)
Battle Hunter (download - PS1 Classic)


Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (download - $15)
Flame Over (download)
Scram Kitty DX (download)

Nintendo 3DS

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. - Abraham Lincoln in a game?
3D OutRun (download)

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