Saturday, October 22, 2016

Twenty Sweet Seconds.

Chamberlain has assured me that Level 5 of Thumper becomes unfair, and stupid, and not-fun.

So I beat the Level 4 boss (super-hard!), and move on to Level 5, my hackles raised, my defenses up, as the game introduces a new mechanic.  And I keep on truckin' and havin' a fine time.

I beat the mid-boss, kept on thumping my way through, and after beating Level 5, Stage 19, Stage 20 began and this happened.

I had never seen this track before, never taken these precise turns before, and I ran it perfectly on my first try.  Those are twenty very, very sweet seconds of gameplay.

Skyrim Special Edition gameplay trailer 2.

Hm.  Hype Factor decreased.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chamberlain & Chance 44: The Wait Begins.

I'll be honest, I worked nine hours today and I'm fucking exhausted so let's do this up efficient-like.

Alex thisChamberlain that podcast on iTunes.  G'night.  Exist Archive is kinda' pretty awesome so far.

Chamberlain and Chance - The wait begins

Behold. The gorgeousness that is Red Dead Redemption 2.

Gorgeousness and... nothin' else, pretty much but oh my God so gorgeous!  It really serves as a reminder that Grand Theft Auto V was a last-gen title, and in one year we're gonna' see what Rockstar can do on the new gen.  Wewt.

Oooh a new Persona 5 trailer appeared.

Okay so the NX is called the Nintendo Switch.

So here's the deal,

  • Coming March 2017. 
  • The young people in Nintendo's ads have suspiciously affluent apartments. 
  • The NX is exactly what we'd heard it was - a bigger screen than the Vita with detachable controllers on the side that has a dock for when you want to play it on your TV. 
  • All of the games shown (Skyrim, Splatoon, Zelda, Basketball Game Whatever) are ports, and the only new thing is a new 3D Mario title. 
  • Nintendo showed off a big list of partners that they say will support the Switch. 
  • It would behoove us to remember the Wii U had a similar list when it was announced. 
  • Word is this thing only has 4GB of RAM.
    How comfortable are those weird detachable controllers? PROBABLY NOT VERY
  • What's the battery life when it's off the dock?  THEY'RE NOT SAYING
  • What exclusives can we look forward to? NINTENDO WON'T TELL YOU
That said, you know I love the thought of a handheld with triple-As on it.  But who can really trust Nintendo, after the Wii U?  

Who should wait until like two years into this thing's life cycle before making a purchase?  Everyone

Oooooh movie trailers!


Oh as if I need to care about an X-Men movie but what seems to be a character-driven three-hander with Patrick Stuart back as the professor and why does Wolverine look so old when he's supposed to be immortal but I don't care I'm probably gonna' have to see this.

All the Amnesia games are coming to PS4 on November 22nd.

Chamberlain probably went like "squeee!"

And I went "wow those graphics look like shit."

But still, the Amnesia games are hugely influential, and have made the studio thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of lifelong fans.  The collection will include The Dark Descent, Justine and A Machine For Pigs.

Atelier Shallie on Vita is coming west!

And lo, the entire Atelier Dusk trilogy will be on your Vitas!

The Dusk trilogy consists of Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky and now Atelier Shallie: Alchemist of The Dusk Sea.  The Atelier games are light, frothy RPGs.  Tons of content and extra stuff to find, but a fairly mellow experience, overall.   They star pastel-colored girls and their pastel-colored friends, a few beautiful pastel-colored boys and some colorful, cartoony pastel monsters to kill and pastel pastures to play through.  They're terribly pretty games, and I've actually got physical copies of Ayesha and Escha & Logy on Vita.

So here's the deal - the game will be available physically and digitally in Europe, and will primarily release on PSN in North America.  If you want a physical copy (pictured above), you can only get it through the NIS America online store. That is, the Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemist of The Dusk Sea Limited Edition.  It includes..!

  • Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea for PlayStation®Vita
  • 30-Track original soundtrack with jewel case
  • Microfiber cloth (6" x 6")
  • Full-color, 48-page softcover art book
  • Collector's box (Includes all the above)
And given my collect-y inclinations... I had to preorder it.  Drops January 17, 2017. 

Which reminds me, I think I want to get on that Asian release of Dragon Quest Builders...