RecSpec Roulette: December 12, 2011

 

 Welcome to the latest spin of the RecSpec Roulette. I actually feel pretty good writing for two weeks in a row. Hopefully I can keep it going. You know, before the laziness sets in. In addition to the general talk about what I've been playing. I added a couple new sections and changed some names around. Outside Bets is where I will talk about a few games VERY briefly. Zero Bet is the name of my random one off section. This week it is about modding my Wii. Next week it may be about my Sonic the HedgeNog recipe, not sure yet.  It will be something strange though. There is also the Final Bet section, which is what I plan to do in the next week. It's nice to have goals. Oh, and there's a bonus section in there too. Don't want to spoil it just yet. But now, place your bets! Here we go!

GOTY Wrap up

I'm not a respectable games journalist. Hell, I'm not a respectable ANYTHING. But I like the self-inflicted pressure of making a GotY list. I'll probably have mine up this Sunday, and the only games I am going in depth with this week are the last ones that made it into the door (Sorry Zelda). I started both of these games, and then put them aside for awhile.  These two were the ones I decided to play through before making my list. Strangely enough, I'm not even finished with both games yet.

Bastion

For the record, I never watched any of the Building the Bastion segments on Happy Hour. I had no idea what this game was.  The main reason I bought Bastion was the overwhelming positive response from the people I follow on Twitter. I couldn't get into it. The combat system didn't really catch my attention, and I didn't feel the need to continue.

When I picked it back up this week, it still seemed a bit slow. To be perfectly honest, I never really enjoyed the combat until I picked up the Galleon Mortar, one of the last weapons in the game. Why did I keep playing? That game has a lot of charm. The game is bright and colorful and the narrator is an excellent fit. The story was also pretty good, punctuated by the vocal themes throughout the game.  I thought I was done, but I keep seeing that the NG+ was worth going through. Some even being as bold as saying it was the best use of New Game + ever. I guess I'm not done with the Bastion yet.

Ghost Trick

My mindset regarding this game is a strange thing. I loved the demo, picked the game up at launch, and played through about nine chapters. Then, I stopped. I remember the last sequence I played, a level where you have to help a prisoner escape without being seen, being horrible. Because of that, I stopped playing it, and it sat on my shelf for months.  Ten months to be exact.

I started playing it from the beginning again. My brother played a chapter so my save data got wiped. I still hate how that game works. I like EVERYTHING else about that game, but the gameplay kills me. I cannot play that game for more than an hour at a time. Way too much trial and error for my taste. A simple quicksave option would have done wonders.

Haven't finished it yet, but I did pass the prison sequence that I quit at last time. It wasn't as bad as I remembered, so I wonder why I shelved it for so long. Either way. I'm still chugging along. Which is a shame, everything else about that game is fantastic.

Outside Bets

Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends would like to remind you that maybe Capcom isn't so bad with their rereleases. You need both DW7 AND the XL disc for the full experience. They call it Remixing.

Uncharted 3 has the best online taunts out there. I think I used the "Pump" taunt more than I used the trigger in some games with my siblings.

Pushmo is a great 3DS downloadable, and reminds us that you don't need to sell your souls to survive as a developer. Looking at you, iNiS. 

Saints Row: The Third is finished, the whole last mission and the branching paths are awesome. Glad that game could keep up the fire until the very end.
  
All these games and not a single Wii one. Does that make me a Wii hater, not really. Me and my Wii have had...other plans.

Zero Bet: Bombing my Wii

In preparation for an import game I will be recieving soon, I had to look into how I could play this game on my North American Wii. I'm not looking to pirate games, just play a game I own that is from another region. I feel stupid after the fact. The whole process took about 15 minutes, no joke. I wanna talk more about it, but since this dances on that legal gray area, I'll just move on. I can play import games now, which will be great when my package shows up next week. Hooray for that, looking forward to spending Christmas with Satan and friends. As an added bonus, I can go back in time (not literally) and dig up some old favorites, in a section I'm going to start calling...

Game Gear Game of the Week: Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Yeah baby! Dr. R and his lean mean bean clean steaming machine returns! If I was Captain Ahab, Mean Bean Machine would be Moby Dick to me. More specifically a glitch that used to scare the hell out of me as a child. I've mentioned this before, but randomly I would get a message saying "Check Cable" that had a picture of Dr. Robotnik looking like he was strangled by something. It happened so much, I assume it was real. Now that 17-18 years have passed since playing it so much, I'm not really sure if it existed or not. But yeah, Mean Bean Machine! The port of the Sega Genesis classic. Classic match 4 gameplay, and...okay so I'm playing this just for the glitch. Leave me alone. But hey, if you want to see the riveting Scenario mode in its entirety, here you go. 

  
  

Final Bet

List city! I hope to have THREE different lists up by the time the Roulette comes back around. Two GotY related, one not. Also, I want to play through Bastion again, and finish Ghost Trick once and for all. Maybe throw in a little Xtreme Legends. This is my last self-inflicted pressure week, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! If you liked what you read you can follow me on twitter (@recspecreno) or check out my YouTube channel for more stuff. Also, if you want to PM me some questions, I'd do my best to answer. See you all next time.

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Posted by RecSpec

 

 Welcome to the latest spin of the RecSpec Roulette. I actually feel pretty good writing for two weeks in a row. Hopefully I can keep it going. You know, before the laziness sets in. In addition to the general talk about what I've been playing. I added a couple new sections and changed some names around. Outside Bets is where I will talk about a few games VERY briefly. Zero Bet is the name of my random one off section. This week it is about modding my Wii. Next week it may be about my Sonic the HedgeNog recipe, not sure yet.  It will be something strange though. There is also the Final Bet section, which is what I plan to do in the next week. It's nice to have goals. Oh, and there's a bonus section in there too. Don't want to spoil it just yet. But now, place your bets! Here we go!

GOTY Wrap up

I'm not a respectable games journalist. Hell, I'm not a respectable ANYTHING. But I like the self-inflicted pressure of making a GotY list. I'll probably have mine up this Sunday, and the only games I am going in depth with this week are the last ones that made it into the door (Sorry Zelda). I started both of these games, and then put them aside for awhile.  These two were the ones I decided to play through before making my list. Strangely enough, I'm not even finished with both games yet.

Bastion

For the record, I never watched any of the Building the Bastion segments on Happy Hour. I had no idea what this game was.  The main reason I bought Bastion was the overwhelming positive response from the people I follow on Twitter. I couldn't get into it. The combat system didn't really catch my attention, and I didn't feel the need to continue.

When I picked it back up this week, it still seemed a bit slow. To be perfectly honest, I never really enjoyed the combat until I picked up the Galleon Mortar, one of the last weapons in the game. Why did I keep playing? That game has a lot of charm. The game is bright and colorful and the narrator is an excellent fit. The story was also pretty good, punctuated by the vocal themes throughout the game.  I thought I was done, but I keep seeing that the NG+ was worth going through. Some even being as bold as saying it was the best use of New Game + ever. I guess I'm not done with the Bastion yet.

Ghost Trick

My mindset regarding this game is a strange thing. I loved the demo, picked the game up at launch, and played through about nine chapters. Then, I stopped. I remember the last sequence I played, a level where you have to help a prisoner escape without being seen, being horrible. Because of that, I stopped playing it, and it sat on my shelf for months.  Ten months to be exact.

I started playing it from the beginning again. My brother played a chapter so my save data got wiped. I still hate how that game works. I like EVERYTHING else about that game, but the gameplay kills me. I cannot play that game for more than an hour at a time. Way too much trial and error for my taste. A simple quicksave option would have done wonders.

Haven't finished it yet, but I did pass the prison sequence that I quit at last time. It wasn't as bad as I remembered, so I wonder why I shelved it for so long. Either way. I'm still chugging along. Which is a shame, everything else about that game is fantastic.

Outside Bets

Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends would like to remind you that maybe Capcom isn't so bad with their rereleases. You need both DW7 AND the XL disc for the full experience. They call it Remixing.

Uncharted 3 has the best online taunts out there. I think I used the "Pump" taunt more than I used the trigger in some games with my siblings.

Pushmo is a great 3DS downloadable, and reminds us that you don't need to sell your souls to survive as a developer. Looking at you, iNiS. 

Saints Row: The Third is finished, the whole last mission and the branching paths are awesome. Glad that game could keep up the fire until the very end.
  
All these games and not a single Wii one. Does that make me a Wii hater, not really. Me and my Wii have had...other plans.

Zero Bet: Bombing my Wii

In preparation for an import game I will be recieving soon, I had to look into how I could play this game on my North American Wii. I'm not looking to pirate games, just play a game I own that is from another region. I feel stupid after the fact. The whole process took about 15 minutes, no joke. I wanna talk more about it, but since this dances on that legal gray area, I'll just move on. I can play import games now, which will be great when my package shows up next week. Hooray for that, looking forward to spending Christmas with Satan and friends. As an added bonus, I can go back in time (not literally) and dig up some old favorites, in a section I'm going to start calling...

Game Gear Game of the Week: Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Yeah baby! Dr. R and his lean mean bean clean steaming machine returns! If I was Captain Ahab, Mean Bean Machine would be Moby Dick to me. More specifically a glitch that used to scare the hell out of me as a child. I've mentioned this before, but randomly I would get a message saying "Check Cable" that had a picture of Dr. Robotnik looking like he was strangled by something. It happened so much, I assume it was real. Now that 17-18 years have passed since playing it so much, I'm not really sure if it existed or not. But yeah, Mean Bean Machine! The port of the Sega Genesis classic. Classic match 4 gameplay, and...okay so I'm playing this just for the glitch. Leave me alone. But hey, if you want to see the riveting Scenario mode in its entirety, here you go. 

  
  

Final Bet

List city! I hope to have THREE different lists up by the time the Roulette comes back around. Two GotY related, one not. Also, I want to play through Bastion again, and finish Ghost Trick once and for all. Maybe throw in a little Xtreme Legends. This is my last self-inflicted pressure week, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! If you liked what you read you can follow me on twitter (@recspecreno) or check out my YouTube channel for more stuff. Also, if you want to PM me some questions, I'd do my best to answer. See you all next time.

Posted by Video_Game_King

How are you going to spend Christmas with Satan Claus? I killed him back in 2009. He's deader than dead. Also, I imagine the region breaking of the Wii is entirely software based, right?

Posted by RecSpec
@Video_Game_King: Yeah, the Letterbomb process is stupidly easy. When I was researching the method I kept getting forum posts from 2008 that kept saying "Download this program, run this, save this on your SD card, insert a copy of either Smash Bros or Lego Star Wars, then run it."   
 
I can imagine why the results for the Letterbomb method are buried, the process is almost foolproof. 
Posted by Video_Game_King

@RecSpec:

Wait, do you need to put it on an SD card? Can't you get it through the Opera browser?

Posted by RecSpec
@Video_Game_King: Not sure, once the files are downloaded and the SD card is in the Wii, you trigger it by opening a message in your inbox. Haven't tried downloading files through Opera, so I have no idea if that would work or not.