Maybe next year, Manchester…

So today is the MCM event in Manchester. I went last year with my Uncle, and it wasn’t brilliant, but it was the very first one so I gave it the benefit of the doubt. I was going to attend this year to see if they boosted the event after the huge success it had last year, but unfortunately I have better things to do than go and queue up for hours in the hopes that it’s better a year later. Instead of attending the MCM I have decided, in my infinite wisdom, to give up chocolate, wine and meat for my own version of Ramadan (One that doesn’t turn me into a hungry, rabid female) on the very weekend that I have a 60th birthday party to attend. My fridge is full of non-alcoholic wine and Shloer to keep me going. If nothing else, it’s going to be a cheap 30 days.

But anyway, I’m sad to be missing this MCM in Manchester, but thankfully I have just seen that the MCM in London just so happens to fall on the weekend on my birthday, and the weekend that I’m going down to see the man. He doesn’t know this yet, but no doubt he’s reading now….I haven’t attended an MCM event since last summer, so I really want to go to this. Will I cosplay? No, but I’ll take pictures of everyone else in their fantastic costumes and buy lots of pointless things, including a massive supply of Pocky no doubt.

Maybe next year, Manchester

In the world of gaming I haven’t really been up to much. I’ve been playing Persona 3 Portable on the PSP. When I first bought it I think I had reached Persona saturation point as I was playing Persona 3FES, then I was also playing Persona 4, but I’m really enjoying it now. I like how it’s slightly different when playing as a female, as in I can have different relationships with people, and it just feels like an entirely different gaming experience playing as a different character. If given the choice I always tend to pick the male character in games, but the female character in P3P is just as strong as her male counterpart. I started The Answer on P3FES, but soon rage quit as I kept dying. These games are incredibly fun, bu my God they test your patience. I am very much looking forward to Persona 4 Arena though, as previously mentioned, it just looks amazing and completely insane. Need to get that on pre-order soon.

Playing as a female in P3P is actually quite fun

Not much else going on in the world of gaming for me, so instead of that I have been watching Dexter season 5&6 excessively to try and catch up to the latest season starting in September. I’ve had a few strange dreams about murder investigations and being abducted, but aside form that it’s been real edge-of-the-seat stuff.

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What I’m excited about at E3 2012

E3 is just under two weeks away, and I still need to book my train ticket to go home and actually watch all the conferences. I’m going to endeavor to do an update about every conference on here, but they may not be up on the day as all the conferences are far too late for my British body to handle.

Anyway, these are the games that I am most excited about at the moment;

Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

 

 

 

 

 

The original Borderlands is a brilliant game full of gore, humour and amazing guns. It’s hard to think how on earth Bethesda are going to improve upon this, but all I know is that I’m really looking forward to it. This might have to be one of those games where a purchase of the collectors edition is essential. It doesn’t matter that I have nowhere to put it, I just want that Borderlands chest.

Persona 4 Arena (Xbox 360, PS3)

 

 

 

 

 

Anything Persona related I am instantly interested in. I would much rather have Persona 5, but that’s an entirely different story. Persona 4 Golden is also coming out, but that’s coming to PSVita and I have no desire to get one, nor the finances.

Resident Evil 6 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve never really been a Resident Evil fan until RE4 on the PS2 was recommended to me by a friend. RE5 was excellent if not a little clunky in the beginning, so I’ve got high expectations for RE6.

DmC (Xbox 360, PS3)

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been a long time since there was a Devil May Cry game, and I remember blogging about DmC when it was first announced at TGS. It looks amazing, and I’m reserving judgement on the whole prequel thing as it looks as though it’s gonna be a pretty good stand alone game. It’s got to be better than DMC4 at any rate.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Xbox 360, PS3)

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve always been a Tekken fan from a young age. I recently bought Tekken Hybrid just so I could play Tekken Tag Tournament 2 again (and of course for the cheesy film that comes with it). As long as Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has Tekken Bowl in it again, then I’ll be a very happy bunny.

Dead or Alive 5 (Xbox 360, PS3)

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t love Dead or Alive, there is perhaps something wrong with you. I’m rubbish at the DoA games, as they really are not very easy for a self confessed button basher like myself, but I still enjoy them. I like to play them just so I can see the ridiculous anti gravity that happens on the women in the game. If they make their breasts any bigger and any more jiggly, I’m going to start thinking that they’re actually based off a lava lamp design.

Metro Last Light (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, WiiU)

 

 

 

 

 

I liked Metro 2033. It wasn’t a great game, and it was unnecessarily difficult at times, but it was still good fun. Hopefully they will have learnt from their mistakes in the first game and we should be delivered an improved shooter with a bit of a deeper story for us to get engrossed in.

List information taken from IGN.com.

Out with the old, in with the new

Life is busy in every aspect, hence no update for a long time again. Still lacking that routine.

A belated happy new year! 2011 was a slow year for games in my opinion. Maybe it’s because I didn’t really have the time, or maybe I’m just becoming too difficult to please and a little fed up with the gaming industry taking two steps forward, and about five steps back when it comes to my gaming preferences.

For Christmas I received¬† RAGE and Harvest Moon Grand Bazaar in terms of gaming. RAGE is very good, but more like a poor mans Borderlands. I’m very much enjoying it, but can’t really spend more than a couple of hours on it before becoming, not bored, but a little frustrated with the ‘Go here and get this, then come back again’ quests. The racing is excellent, but it feels as though the game tries to split itself in two. One minute it’s a FPS with mutants and evil factions out to get you, and the next minute it’s a racing game with weapons and upgrades for your dune buggy. It’s like Bethesda tried to cram so much into the game, that they didn’t notice that some of it had spilt out of the sides like salad escaping from a sandwich when it came to release.

Post apocalyptic wasteland? Seems familiar.

Post apocalyptic wasteland? Seems familiar.

Grand Bazaar is a very big step in the right direction in my opinion for the Harvest Moon franchise in my opinion though. It works a lot better on the DS than previous releases, and I can actually just use the buttons and D-pad, leaving the stylus to just be chewed on (which to be fair, is all it’s good for most of the time). It takes a while to get going, and because it’s so different this could put people off, but getting rid of the pointless stylus commands is one of the best moves the franchise has ever made. Harvest Moon games are meant to be simple, and use the control pad. None of this silly stylus nonsense and tickling horses (Yes, it sounds wrong, and it is).

Aside from those games, as I said 2011 was a bit ‘meh’ for me, in lack of a better way to put it. I always find though that at the beginning of every year about three or four games come out all at the same time, all of which I want to give all my attention to. This year these games are; Final Fantasy XIII-2, Catherine and Soul Calibur 5. These three games come out essentially the same week. This is ironically the week of my reading week for uni. Not only are all these games coming out, but the man is also coming to stay during the timeframe they are all being released in. Maybe I can distract him with shiny cars…

They just have to do the dramatic pose...

They just have to do the dramatic pose...

To be fair I have missed the new Assassins Creed and Batman, but anyway! Hopefully this year will be better for gaming. Catherine will satisfy my quirky taste, Final Fantasy should satisfy my JRPG craving, and Soul Calibur, well, that’s just a classic. Needless to say I am excited for next month, but i am also slightly scared of the hammering that my bank balance is going to take. I so wish my birthday was closer to the beginning of the year so I could just request games as gifts from people instead. What on earth will I play once February is out of the way though…

And on one final note, Kairosoft are continuing to steal my money and my soul. Mega Mall Story was released a short while back, causing my eyes to light up, making me lose all sense and press ‘Pay and download’ far too quickly. I have played it twice now, soon to initiate a third, but am still eagerly awaiting another surprise Kairosoft game to launch on Android. Too much mobile gaming excitement. Now, back to uni work.

The summer dry spell

Well, all has been a little quiet my end recently hasn’t it? If you have been following my Twitter then you may have seen that I actually moved 140 miles up the country on the 15th and am still gradually settling in. Of course I have set up my gaming corner, but I haven’t brought anywhere near enough games with me in order to maintain a high enough level of amusement. This will be amended soon though.

Sadly it is that time of year though where game releases dry up and there seems to be nothing coming out of any remote interest (at least not to me). Alice Madness Returns has been released and I will definitely be getting my mitts on that, especially due to the original being bundled on the disc. I’m all for a bit of retro, and after playing both games at a friends I am very excited to get it. Also despite the fact that Duke Nukem got some horrible reviews, after playing the demo I will of course be purchasing that as soon as it comes down in price.

Aside from that? There isn’t really anything major coming out, so we officialy enter the summer drought. I suppose this means I shall be filling my time finshing off a load of old games, and replaying some old favourites. The best news I have heard about games though? Catherine will be getting a UK release! For those that don’t know, Catherine is a puzzle and action game from Atlus, the developers of the Persona series which I adore. Words do not describe my excitement.

Anyway, once things settle down properly up here a normal service will resume and I hope to be able to commit to regular features and rambles!

Obsession or appreciation?

I’m a sucker for a decent RPG, and I think I have mentioned upon many occasion that the Persona franchise has become one of my favourites. Where Final Fantasy has started to fail me, Persona has combined my love of life simulation and RPG mechanics beautifuly.

It could be said that I have perhaps taken my love a step too far though. If you follow the Persona series, you will no doubt know that there are prety much three different versions of the game. There is the original, then there is Persona 3 FES which introduces an entirely new game mode & the abitility to port your character information from the original, and now there is Persona 3 Portable which, as the name dictates, is the portable version of Persona 3 on the PSP that allows you to play as a girl for the first time. Playing as a girl has never been important to me in gaming. It’s nice to have the choice, but playing as a sword wielding beefcake is fine by me too. I’m going off the point now though.

Three versions of a game are all very well, but surely you only need one copy, right? Wrong. I need all three in my collection.

In my defence, the portable version was only ¬£30 for the collectors edition and that is something else I can’t help but love.; bonus stuff. I like free stuff that comes with games. I got a poster, an art book & some postcards and the artwork of Persona has always been something I have adored. Being the huge anime nerd I am, on top of being a massive gaming geek, any game that has anime style visuals is an instant winner (as long as it plays well).

I am also in posession of Persona 4, but this was not great in my opinion. Beautiful visuals, and interesting gameplay, but the whole time limit thing drove me a little loopy & the weather system was a bit too much of a pain. It’s typical Japanese though; put a ridiculous amount of obstacles in your way so you have to really use a lot of strategy to move forwards. The next Persona-esque game I would like to add to my collection though is definitely Catherine. I am unsure if this is actually going to be coming to England. I know it’s coming to America, but it might be a little too obscure & sexy for us uptight Brits to handle. Or at least that’s what PEGI will likely think.


We need a little more sexiness in our games that isn’t alien sex in Mass Effect. Lets show some more love for our Eastern neighbours and see some of the more obscure stuff over here so I can fully utilise my appreciation/obsession.