Sonic the Hedgehog 26th Birthday Appreciation

As you guys may know I’m a Sonic fan through and through and there’s nothing that will get rid of that, despite the many times the series gets bad to mediocre titles once in a while. I’ve never gave up on the blue dude, ever since I was a kid I was into the cartoons and games. Sonic was the definition of 90’s cool and seeing his mannerisms, hearing his one-liners has always made a lasting impression on me, it was nothing I’ve seen much from other series or media. Sonic is my hero and honestly a big role model for me, he’s my all-time favorite fictional character after all(Edward Elric is up there of course). The ability of super speed was always a thing I was fascinated by, having the ability to go fast excites me and running is a thing I especially enjoy doing(Track would have been a good extracurricular activity for me, but I was such a geeky introvert).

Sonic may have a short temper, might be impatient, he is cocky and so full of himself, but underneath that exterior he’s a very kind guy who dearly cares for his world, the people and his friends. He never gives up a challenge, always seeks the thrill of adventure and his carefree spirit has been aspects of Sonic that I admire! I won’t get into too much detail, but I’ve been following the Sonic series since the early 2000’s with Sonic Advance/Sonic 2 and Sonic Adventure, and to be honest I’ve never gotten disinterested in the series. There’s a charm that just appeals to me and the games are just legit fun, the series is a favorite of mine and I will continue supporting it, because there’s nothing like keeping up with your beloved childhood series and reliving those fond memories in new and exciting ways! Happy 26th Birthday Sonic!

Here’s my Sonic collection btw:

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Sonic Collection 2017 Leftovers

Games I Want Announced at E3 2017

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With the E3 convention starting very soon and the hype is definitely there for me I wanted to list some games that I would love to see get announced at E3 2017. Even if they are impossible to happen or they’re crazy things to dream for I will still list them. Anyway, here’s my list of games I want announced at E3 2017!

New 2D Metroid or Metroid Prime

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I’ve been wanting a new good Metroid game since forever, I remember being so excited for the announcement of Metroid: Other M, but the game ended up being an average game which was disappointing. I still may give that game a try someday though. I adore Metroid Fusion and the other 2D Metroid titles, so it would be a dream if we actually got a new 2D Metroid more similar to those and not too story-driven and cinematic like Other M. I haven’t finished any of the Metroid Prime games, but if we don’t get a new 2D Metroid game and get a new Prime I would still be happy. A 2D title would make me more happy though, I heard a rumor that there’s two Metroid games going in development and I hope it’s actually true!

Ape Escape 4

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As someone who loved the crap out of Ape Escape 3 being one of my favorite video games of all-time, I really want to see a new Ape Escape game on PS4 that’s traditional Ape Escape and not party game or spin-off stuff. I still need to finish the original and 2, but boy do I miss catching these darn apes with their quirky personalities and animations, with the main character’s gadgets and taking in the charming level designs and music, so much fun! A PS4 title would be such a nice break from all the serious games coming out these days on PS4, with the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy coming out soon this should be a thing someday I hope…

Jet Set Radio Future Remastered/Jet Set Radio 3

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By the end of last year I bought a PS Vita and one day I saw that the original JSR was on sale for it, I’ve always wanted to give it a shot and at first I wasn’t too thrilled with it. The more I played it the more it grew on me and the more I came to get obsessed with it! I bought it on PC, Vita and PS3 and finished it multiple times lol. I wanted to play it’s sequel Jet Set Radio Future so badly and I ended up buying my own copy of the Sega GT 2002/Jet Set Radio Future Combo Pack unable to play it at the moment though. I don’t own any Microsoft consoles and my nephew’s 360 can’t even play the game, unless I buy an official HDD for it, so I’ll never have the opportunity of playing the game. I hope Sega/Smilebit decides to remaster this game, just like the original, because it’ll make playing it more convenient, considering it was an Xbox exclusive, plz Sega! A new title would be nice as well, since Sega is interested in bringing back their other IPs, this series shouldn’t be wasted, it has an appeal to it like no other!

Persona 6

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This is me throwing an insane dream for E3, an announcement for P6 wouldn’t make sense for this year’s E3, but I still wouldn’t mind getting one, because I love the series that much lol. We’ll be waiting forever for it, so I gotta keep my time occupied catching up to the Persona and Shin Megami Tensei games I haven’t finished. 🙂

New F-Zero

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Growing up with the GBA F-Zero titles Maximum Velocity and GP Legend, I have quite the nostalgia for F-Zero. I haven’t exactly invested too much time into a F-Zero game as much as those two, but considering how much Nintendo fans want the series to make a comeback I’m with them too! I would love to play a new F-Zero title the likes of F-Zero GX, that game looks freaking insane and throughout my gaming career I’ve always had a preference for arcade racers opposed to racing sims!

Final Fantasy XVI

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With FFXV’s success and the long wait we’re going to have for FFVII Remake and KH3, I think it would be awesome to have an FFXVI announcement at E3 this year. I have no clue what Square has planned to show off this E3, but we’re not expecting FFVII Remake or KH3, so what do they have in store? Perhaps, an console announcement for Dissidia Final Fantasy on PS4? More FFXV stuff? They could pull an FFXVI out there too I guess, that would be interesting, yet it seems highly unlikely lol.

Drakengard 4

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Yeah… this is very unlikely, with Yoko Taro taking a break from directing video games I can’t see this being a thing, but we can still get that Drakengard HD collection and NieR remaster someday hopefully lol.

No More Heroes 3

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Goichi Suda(Suda 51) announced a new title with Travis Touchdown at the Nintendo Switch Presentation, this got me very very excited, but it was never confirmed it was a new No More Heroes title. I hope at E3 this new Suda title is finally shown off and hopefully revealed as the third No More Heroes, because that would definitely blow me away!

Bayonetta 3

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With Nintendo making Bayonetta 2 a thing for Platinum Games on the Wii U, I do wish for a third game to happen on the Switch, with ports of Bayo 1 & 2. Bayonetta is one of my all-time favorite video games and considering I was unable to even play the sequel due to it’s exclusive appearance on Wii U, having a port of Bayo 1 & 2 on Switch would be logical. I was hearing rumors that the third installment may have a male protag, which I don’t find favorable in my opinion that wouldn’t even make sense with the title Bayonetta 3, I would love if the ports and the new sequel has an appearance at E3 this year, I’m asking too much though.

A new Treasure game

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This is definitely another fever dream, but who doesn’t love Treasure games?! They’ve developed titles like Gunstar Heroes, Alien Soldier, Sin & Punishment, Ikaruga, they’ve created some gems throughout their development career, but lately they’ve created two titles that were Japan only and published by Capcom, Gaist Crusher in 2013 and Gaist Crusher God in 2014 which are licensed Anime game titles. I wish they could develop a new IP or a sequel to a previous IP it would be nice. Imagine a Treasure/Platinum game in this generation of gaming, God-like!

Metal Slug 8

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I miss Metal Slug, with SNK making a video game resurgence making KOF XIV a reality, I definitely want them to make new titles of their other IPs and Metal Slug is indeed one of those. A proper 2.5D Metal Slug with 3D models, would be a good choice, since making a new Metal Slug with new high quality sprite work would be pretty expensive, I’m sure they could make a great new title and that they’ll be passionate about it, because that seemed like the case with KOF XIV.

The New Arika Game, Fighting EX Layer

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At first being an April Fools joke, it actually became a tech demo. The company Arika only needs a publisher to make it an actual thing and I read up on a rumor that SNK might publish it, but it wasn’t confirmed so fingers crossed for it to actually happen! I adore the original Arika characters created for the Street Fighter EX series like Garuda, Doctrine Dark and the Kamen Rider inspired Skullomania! These characters won’t ever appear in a game that’s not developed by Arika, so no hopes for appearances in Capcom fighters SFV or Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, this has to be a thing and it becoming official at E3 would be insane! 😀

Shenmue HD Collection

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Shenmue III is finally becoming a thing! I grew up playing the original game on my bro’s Dreamcast and I remember it fondly, never finished the game nor have I finished it’s sequel. I think an HD collection could remedy that and Shenmue III won’t have an appearance at E3 this year from an article I read, and it could be delayed till 2018. Imagine an HD collection being announced at E3, it needs to happen and I’ll gladly buy it!

Garou 2

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This was actually going to be a thing back then, but it was scrapped. SNK had the idea of making a Garou sequel if KOF XIV was an success and it was! Also, Rock who was the new protagonist in Garou: Mark of the Wolves made a triumphant return as a DLC character in KOF XIV, now where’s Garou 2?!

 

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII HD Remaster

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I loved Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, it’s one of the main reasons Final Fantasy VII became my favorite title in the series. While waiting for the first part of Final Fantasy VII Remake, wouldn’t an HD Remaster be a cool thing to do? So those fans who never got the opportunity to play the game on PSP can give it a shot on current gen consoles and for those who would love to relive those memories of the game. It certainly was one of the greatest experiences I had on my PSP and having an HD remaster would be a delight, especially to experience Zack’s awesome character arc once again! 🙂

A New Parasite Eve

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This would be great, highly unlikely, but it would be nice to see Aya Brea make a well-deserved return! Parasite Eve was an amazing game, I haven’t played the sequel, but I did play The 3rd Birthday first actually and I enjoyed it personally. I’m not a big fan of Aya’s portrayal in The 3rd Birthday compared to the first PE and the story was nonsense, but I would love if Square went back to the roots of PE with it’s unique RPG battle system and not a survival horror title or third person shooter. I can’t see that happening with Square, it would be awesome to see the series make a return though, it’s an interesting series that had quite an unique concept to it.

Panzer Dragoon HD Collection

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Never played any of these games, I just want a more convenient way of playing all of these titles. Considering, Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei, Panzer Dragoon Saga were Sega Saturn exclusives and Panzer Dragoon Orta was an OG Xbox exclusive there’s literally no way to play these games unless you own the copies of the games and their respective consoles(The original has a PC and PS2 release actually). An HD Collection needs to happen, seriously I’m so interested in the series and the RPG Panzer Dragoon Saga is hailed as “one of the greatest games of all-time” I can’t overlook that!

Skies of Arcadia HD Remaster

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Sega’s interest in what IPs fans want more of has Skies of Arcadia(Eternal Arcadia in Japan), hitting the radar for what these fans want and I can see why. I’ve never played Skies of Arcadia, but from the art and video footage I’ve seen I’ve grown fascinated about the game. I could emulate it, but Sega could definitely make an HD remaster for the game, there was a port for Gamecube so this could be a possibility some day!

In conclusion, these are just some games I would love to see make an appearance at E3 2017. There was some believable ones and those “out there” picks, but you know we all have our dreams that we wish could come true and these are those games that would make me quite giddy! ^_^

Ghost in the Shell Franchise Overview and Ghost in the Shell(2017) Review

Alright Ghost in the Shell(2017) it was pretty good, amazing no. I’m not the most hardcore fan of GITS, but I am a fan. Nostalgia played a big part in my love for the series, in dark and lonely nights I spent my time watching Anime on Adult Swim/Toonami and the Stand Alone Complex series was one of those. I was fascinated by it’s world, the characters and the dilemmas they were put through, even it’s technobabble that the GITS series is known for. Despite not understanding those parts much, those moments are still etched into my mind and are some of the most memorable parts in the series. I especially enjoyed it’s amazing action scenes, the adorable Tachikomas, the OST and those OPs. I for sure admired Motoko Kusanagi, that cool, independent and badass lady, that didn’t take crap from others and made sure her presence was prevalent throughout the series.

It’s been years since I’ve experienced the SAC Anime series, but I would love to rewatch them some time. Eventually, I ventured off to give the original GITS movie a shot, at first I wasn’t exactly impressed after watching the SAC series. At the time I was an Shounen/Action junkie(still am), so I expected there to be more action in the movie, especially coming from the TV series and I was left a little disappointed(funny eh?), but I still found it good. By the time the new live-action movie adaptation was announced, the trailers were coming out and the release of the movie was finally revealed, I decided that it wouldn’t be bad to revisit the original movie again. Considering I was a fan of the SAC series and the new movie was coming out, I might as well invest money into buying the Blu-ray of the movie. My second watch was definitely a more enjoyable one, this time going in with a more intellectual approach, but man did I love the effort that was put into every detail of the movie! From it’s stellar animation and action choreography, the haunting OST and the existential questioning of the Major(A much more robotic one). I feel that the movie was near perfect, with minor flaws, just that it might come off being a bit confusing.

After watching the original movie again and being able to appreciate it even farther, my excitement level for a live-action movie adaptation that could actually turn out decent raised. With my mom finding interest in the film, I got even more excited, because I would be able to experience that excitement with her. The reviews came out and of course I’m bummed, but it didn’t end up with downright terrible reception, my mom and I had to watch it still. Now this wasn’t a bad film nor a bad GITS film. The world design was immersive and futuristic, great for a Cyberpunk Sci-Fi setting. The cinematography was on point, with some great CG visuals and nice live-action reenactments of the 1995 film’s awesome set-pieces some SAC stuff in there too, but not as good imo still well done tho. The plot was decent, especially the bits with Motoko’s past ahem I mean Mira Killian, Major Mira Killian’s past and the antagonist Kuze. Speaking of the Major, Scarlett Johansson was a great role for the Major and I honestly had no problem with her being the Major, although I’ll admit that the casting is a bit odd. Whoever played the main Section 9 cast, played their roles well, Batou being just a little bit more of a hardass, Aramaki seeming a lot more like a Yakuza character thanks to Takeshi Kitano and Togusa was just normal family man Togusa. I thought there could have been more focus put on to Togusa’s humanistic features to bounce off the Major, but Togusa was decently represented. I didn’t even recognize the others Borma, Ishikawa and Saito, due to their small roles, but they’re in the movie lol. Overall, I think they did a decent job portraying the characters, especially Johansson’s Major. I do love how the production team went with their own approach, with some elements trumping even the original movie. Yes I do adore how they sprinkled in the original movie’s opening theme too, which is respectful to the source material. I didn’t exactly find the original score too memorable tho, but it fits. After leaving the theater, I asked my mom what she thought of it and she said that “it was alright, I didn’t watch the Anime/Cartoon, so I can’t really say that I didn’t like it.” “can’t compare it to the original movie.” My mom gave the movie a 8/10 and I had a hard time deciding what I should rate it, I generally rate things based off my enjoyment, my taste and what I want and got out of it. I told my mom that there was something I felt that was missing, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. It’s what most people have been saying, but it seemed like there wasn’t enough soul put into it. Yes, there was effort, but I feel that the movie could have been even greater. Maybe it was the reused scenes that take place in the movie that could have been new interesting scenes? Someway to make the audience feel more of a emotional connection to what’s going on? The comparisons that fans will make between the quality of the original movie and this reimagining? A more interesting and emotional plot? A better sense of identity for the movie? I would definitely agree that the movie seems a bit like a hollow shell one without a soul, Ghost in the Shell(2017). 7/10

The Mood for Fighting Games

Just decided to write this based on my interest in playing fighting games after hitting 100 hrs of FFXV playtime. Due to family and personal issues and feeling a bit out of the loop playing more of FFXV. I feel like playing games that give me more of a focus on self-improvement and hard-earned satisfaction and where else can I get those in short bursts other than fighting games. Atm, I’ve been thinking about playing Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, with the Rev 2 update coming out later this year along with other fighting games like Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite and updates for pre-existing titles I’m pretty excited for the fighting game lineup. I’ve been playing fighting games ever since I was younger so I have a soft spot for them for sure and I still look forward to playing them now. I have to thank the Blazblue series for getting me more competitive about fighting games thanks to it’s amazing netcode, Arcsys games generally give a great time playing online and fighting games are typically the games I play online. There’s nothing like practicing hard for a fighting game you love and demolishing others in intense matches!

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