Batman: Arkham Knight & Tales of Zestiria

So for the past week I’ve been playing Batman: Arkham Knight for the
PlayStation 4. Such a great game, I had some troubles putting the controller down. Like yesterday I played for about 15hours straight! Well I took miniature pauses for food and other visits, if ya get my drift. The worst (best) part is that it didn’t feel like I spent such a long time with the game, the day just flew by and I haven’t done gaming in one sitting like this in years! Mostly I’ve just gotten 2-3hours in one sitting.

I did really like the game, but I’m a tad sad that the batmobile takes up a bit too much space. I can’t go into detail on what exactly what I mean, since I would then have to spoil some stuff and I’m NOT going to do that. All in all it was a good game and a good ending to Rocksteady’s Arkham trilogy, I’m please that Rocksteady acknowledges the stuff that happened in Arkham Origins even if they didn’t make the game themselves.
I just have some Riddler stuff left (almost all of it) and I’ll see if I will give them ago, probably not. But if would be nice, since there is a surprise… ;)

And in other news Bandai Namco today announced the Collectors Edition for
Tales of Zestiria, it’s more or less the same version as the Japanese CE. A shame that the will bring the ToZ OVA over, but on a DVD. You would think they would put it on a blu-ray for the PS3 and PS4. You’ll get a cloth artwork, steelbook, 4 Chibi Kyun figures, hardcover arbook, selected soundtrack cd and a big old box to put everything in. I’m still thinking about getting this or not, some great stuff, but I would have preferred a figure like Milla or Ludger from Tales of Xillia 1 & 2.

Some retailers will offer some Tales of Cameo costumes! I need them, I must have them! So hopefully my local GameStop will be able to offer these costumes. If you get the game digitally you will get them regardless. I’m not sure if this is true even for the steam version of the game, but I would be surprised if you didn’t get them there too. And speaking of steam, they are going to release Tales of Symphonia HD on steam next year. If a lot of people preorder Tales of Zestiria on steam and they hit a certain mark, those who preordered ToZ will get ToSHD for free. Not bad, not bad.

So what is next for me in line of games? We’ll I’m looking forward to
Onechanbara Z2 Chaos which is coming out the Juli 21 in the US. Guess it will be imported since we still don’t have a date in Europe and I want to be sure to get a physical copy. After that its time for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in September, then in October I have no idea how I’m going to find time to play all the games I want. Dragon Quest Heroes, Tales of Zestiria, Transformers: Devastation. Ugh. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is something I’ll be getting later, since I do not have the time and I’m pretty sure it will sell well either way. There are probably so many more games I’ve missed and for now that is okay, I don’t need to remember them all. That would only be more trouble for me. Hehe.
What did you say? I don’t have to get all the games at once? I can wait? What are you saying dear sir/madam? You crazy. O.O

Transformers: Devastation, I need it!

It’s leaking! It’s leaking! Plug the damn hole! It really is a shame when some of E3’s surprises leak out beforehand. And Transformers: Devastation is one such game that leaked out. Said to be developed by Platinum Games it is a Transformers G1 brawler and it looks fantastic!! I can hardly wait until we see it in action! BestBuy had posted some info on the game a bit too early, it will be released on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It will feature 5 playable Autobots, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Wheeljack, Sideswipe and Grimlock. I’m hoping we can play as Decepticons too!

The game is cel-shaded and can be one of the prettiest cel-shaded games I’ve seen. It really is a fantastic look for a Transformers game. I have high hopes for this one, this really is a game I didn’t know I wanted. But man, I really want it now! I hope it turns out good and it will be met with success to ensure more G1 Transformers games. And Peter Cullen and Frank Welker are to return to voice Optimus and Megatron. The way it should be. Man, I’m so hyped for this. Hopefully when the game is officially announced we’ll get a trailer too.

This is really the kind of stuff I need after the in my opinion terrible TV-show, Transformers: Robots in Disguise. I can’t stand it, we went from Transformers Prime to that. Yeah, okay sure. Transformers Prime set the bar very high, but still… They could have produced something better than that. Sigh. Now a G1 revival type of show with the animated style of this game, now that is something I would do terrible things to have.

E3 2015 is closing in…

So we are about one week away from E3, one of the most festive times for a gamer. And it’s one of the few traditions I have myself, I’ve followed E3 live since 2006 and it has become of the things long for most in the year.

So which shows am I going to follow? All of them? No, I’m skipping out on Bethesda, EA and Ubisoft those three companies don’t interest me in the slightest. But who knows, maybe I’ll be surprised. But somehow I seriously doubt it and this is just what I think, you can like them all you want, this is just my opinion. I as I said I will be genuinely surprised if they announce something I’m interested in, of course I’m hoping they do.

So I’m going to watch Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and Square Enix. While Microsoft has had the most boring show two years in a row, I’m pretty interested to see what they can do now. There is a rumor floating around that Sony is going to have some JPRG announcements to share with us, while I do think this is BS to some degree I sincerely hope this is true!
Nintendo. Well as always Nintendo seems to be the ones to surprise me the most, both in a good and bad way. So I’m hyped to see what they have for goodies for us this year. And Square Enix is a newcomer in having their own press event. So I’m not sure what to expect but I’m hoping we’ll get to see the first clip from Star Ocean 5.

So am I hoping for anything special? Maybe a confirmed date for Tales of Zestiria and a confirmation if they are releasing a PlayStation 4 version or not, even if it seems very likely they are. Other than that I just hope for a good E3, with many good games being announced.

Here’s Bloodstained!

I’ve longed for a new Castlevania game in the vein of Symphony of The Night and of course the GameBoy Advance and Nintendo DS games. They are some of my favorite games of all time. We have been getting a lot of “Metroidvania” games lately, which is nice! But I’ve never fallen as much in love with them as I have with Koji Igarashi’s Castlevania games. But since he left Konami some time ago, he can’t make anymore Castlevania games and I’m pretty sure Konami can’t make them own their own, the Lords of Shadows games were okay at best. I myself vastly prefer the PlayStation 2 Castlevania games, something I seem to be somewhat of a minority to like.

Either way, Mr.Igarashi is back and he brought a Kickstarter with him for Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night. Sadly there are no gameplay, but a lot of concept art of the characters and man I’m really looking forward to this, the game has already reached its funding of 500.000 dollars. So it confirmed to come out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. So all extra money they get now is to fill the game, with a lot of extra stuff. One of the things I’m looking forward to most is that Michiru Yamane is onboard with this project. She did the music for SOTN and a bunch of Castlevania games after that one. This is very important to me, her music is very important for the right feel, at least for me.

The video he put up together with the Kickstarter is great and you can see it at the end if this post.
So much awesomeness if you like cheesy stuff and Castlevania. I wish I could back this project at a higher level than the digital version, would love to have a physical version of this game, but forking out 60bucks isn’t possible now, not with all the other stuff I want. Hopefully they will release a physical version later, that isn’t just for Kickstarters. If they do, then I’ll be getting that one too.

Not much happening

Wow, I’m almost impressed by how little that is happening now. Is a bit sad really, but somewhat refreshing too. The most exciting thing that has happened it that I watched Avengers: Age of Ultron when it premiered here in Sweden. Such a cool movie! I really enjoyed it, now I’m really hyped for Ant-man.

I’ve been playing some games to, finally played Shovel Knight and damn it was good! Love the charm of the game, the music is so great. Such a great “retro” feeling to the game. I honestly think this is my favorite game of the year so far, it really clicked with me. Great adventure, cool Mega Man like levels. And I just love the sprite work. Hopefully I’ll be able to start playing The Order 1886 this upcoming weekend, or hopefully I’ll be getting a New Nintendo 3DS and Paper Mario Sticker Star. And then I’ll probably just be waiting until Batman Arkham Knight is released.
But still my most eagerly awaited game for this year is Tales of Zestiria and there are more rumors floating around that there will be a PlayStation 4 and Steam version in the west. So we’ll see if that turns out to be true. Guess I’ll have to but every version of the game… Maybe. ;)

So we are getting Star Ocean 5

Not a lot of stuff has happened in the past weeks, not more than I was sick last weekend and couldn’t do anything that weekend. Which really pissed me off! It was such a big waste, just lying in bed and not having the strength of energy to do anything. Felt like I was dying, but thankfully it is better now.

But I got a big surprise what really made me happy. We are getting a new Star Ocean game!
Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Hopefully it will get a western localization conformation sooner rather than later. Man I’m pumped for this game. They are going to have the dude who wrote the story for Star Ocean 1-3 do this story too, so hopefully that means the game will feel a bit less “anime” in style as Star Ocean 4 did. I’m very hopeful for this title, it became one of my most sought after games now. Man I just love that we are getting new JRPG’s. And Square Enix says they have more to release on PlayStation 4, so I can’t wait to see what they bring. Perhaps Final Fantasy XII HD? Hopefully more new titles too, well I’ll leave you with some images.

Some stuff and a new banner

I’ve had wonderful time with my vacation, it was well needed. And I’ve managed to get a somethings done so that’s even better. But tomorrow its back to work, but I could definitely have had some more vacation days. Haha, well I suppose I shouldn’t be greedy. Having easter of was more than enough. The first day I was incredible lazy. I only watched TV and caught up with some shows and animes I’ve missed and it was great. Finally back on track there. Honestly I almost felt bad of how good, doing nothing was. After that it was time to finish of some games I had lying around. And that’s probably what I’ll do today, if I feel better. Came down with something yesterday, that really made me feel like shit. Vomiting and just feeling, sick. Ugh. Hopefully it will feel better later today.

There where two games I finished before I had my easter vacation, but it was so close to it so I thought I’d mention them anyway. Wild Arms 5 was a good game, much better than Wild Arms 4 but I still think I like Wild Arms 3 more personally. Better characters and I like the world more, even the fighting more actually.
The HEX-fighting system is good, but I prefer the games without to be honest.
And right now I am so sick of WA5 battle theme… Sure these things might sound like I’m pissing on the game, but I’m not. I had a very good time with the game, even if I didn’t like everything about it. Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell was a short but fun game, something that I felt I needed after a long JRPG. It is silly, it is over the top. But damn it was enjoyable, even if it was a tad short.

Next up was a game I’ve been eyeing for sometime and it was Metroid: Zero Mission. I have actually never played a Metroid game from start to finish before.
This was such a good game, it felt really great playing it and I really think I needed a game like this. Samus Aran is such a cool lady, kicking space pirates ass and doesn’t afraid of anything. (Old internet meme. Goggle it.)
And last but certainly not least! The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Me and my friend Elden have been playing some Zelda games together in the past, like
A Link To The Past, Skyward Sword and now Wind Waker HD. Such a good game, I was very enjoyable. Guess we’ll see if we will tackle more Zelda games together in future.

And now I’m going to enjoy Final Fantasy Type 0 HD, I’ve just played a few hours on it but I like it so far. I’m just starting on chapter 3. So I’m looking forward to get to know Class Zero even more. Before I leave I just want to thank my good friend Elden for making drawing me! Right now I’m using it in my banner and I really like it! But then again I do enjoy his art and if your interested check it out! He has some really cool stuff. Here is the old chibi art VS the new one, which took some inspiration from the Tales of games. With a bit of his own style thrown into the mix. Hopefully I can get him to make a new one, when I start to loose some weight. Hehe.