RecSpec Roulette: January 2, 2012

 

January 2, 2012. Let's kick this year off right!

 Happy New Year duders and dudettes! I hope your resolutions are still holding up. The Steam sale is finally over, and thank goodness. I mentioned this last week, but this January I plan to play a different Steam game every day. I'm going to call it the January Steam Journal. I will probably write more about this later in the week, but the first game will be on here. Maybe if this picks up enough momentum, I will spin this off into its own thing. Then again, how much can I REALLY write about Universe Sandbox? I have nothing video game related to talk about in the Zero Bet section, so I'm going to talk about food, sorry in advance. Time to place your bets! 


I can definitely say that I'd put some chips down on these.

Sonic CD

I finished this during the week, and I am completely floored. This game is great, even though this feels like a Sonic the Hedgehog reboot (Certain sequences like the infinitely looping water sections are straight from the first game).  The boss battles are strange, but I appreciated them as the game continued. They are pretty clever and it seems like some thought was put into them. I was expecting a "normal" battle against Metal Sonic, where you have to hit him 8 times while dodging his attacks. The actual boss battle is a race, you vs. Metal, with Robotnik chasing you both with a death laser. It's probably one of my favorite Sonic battles of all time.

 The time aspect is cool but kind of useless, until you try to get a good ending. To get a good ending, you can either complete the seven special stages (chasing UFO's in a 3d space, pretty irritating) or destroy the generators in the past versions of all the acts. Now each act has three objectives. The first is finding a decent way to get into the past. That means hitting a Past sign and getting enough speed to make the jump,  It's a lot harder than it sounds. Second is finding the generator, making you explore the stages a bit. Third is getting to the goal, obviously. This adds a lot of depth to the formula, it's refreshing.

Also, the Japanese soundtrack is fantastic! I played with the JP soundtrack because I like Cosmic Eternity over Sonic Boom, but I didn't expect such a gap between them. To me, Sonic CD isn't an epic battle between good and evil. It's a goddamn Sonic game, fun and comical and light. The US soundtrack is dark and moody and brooding, the JP soundtrack samples a funk song for the boss music! Then again, the final stage music in the bad ending route is darker than anything the US soundtrack throws at you. It basically tells you (as in you the player, not Sonic) that everything is done for. Creepy as hell, but still awesome. So maybe the mood thing doesn't hold up, but I love the JP soundtrack.

Magicka (Day 1 of January Steam Journal)

After hearing good things about this, I couldn't help but pick this up when it went on sale. I bought the complete pack, which has all the DLC, so immediately I was enthralled by the costumes. I settled for picking the mage with a pistol, how cool is that! Also, there's a tentacle one, and a soldier one, and a detective one, it's so cool! This game has brought out a childish joy in me. Combining elements is pretty cool, and I love finding different ways to tackle situations. One boss had me trying to link two different spells, only to realize I was over complicating things. The writing is all right, nothing spectacular so far, but there are some neat moments. I also love the way everyone talks in that game. This game is a neat package, I don't think I'm quite done with this one yet.

ChuChu Rocket!

Since I blew out a tire this week, I figured it would be a good time to get a new set of tires, I had been putting it off for a long time anyway. While waiting, I got to mess around with ChuChu Rocket! on my phone. If you are unfamiliar, the ChuChus will run in a straight line, turning when they hit walls. Your goal is to place arrows so they run towards their rocket.    Later on they will add cats that you need to avoid, and sometimes direct the cats away from the ChuChus. It is a great phone game, easy and quick (so far).    

I've dabbled a bit in these, but I would bet for or against these.
 
 Another great game that ends in space.

  Puyo Puyo! 20th Anniversary- Finished the Wii version's story mode. 25 stories complete.

Skyrim- Now working on making stupidly powerful weapons, hoping my PS3 version doesn't explode.

And Yet It Moves- Started this, pretty neat so far, but something seems missing from it.

Beat Hazard- Played for the Steam Xmas achievement. Still amazed by how much is in that game.

Super Meat Boy- Haven't played this in forever, I don't think I can play it anymore, my skills have rusted over. 


     

Zero planning, zero purpose. The (more) random section of the Roulette 
Bringing a dish to a party can be a scary experience. Do you really want to bring booze to every party the rest of your life? Yes, you could go to a grocery store and buy the neat organized party platter, but that might get expensive. What if you get invited to a potluck party? What do you do then? \ 

Stealing this idea from my aunt, but each person should have a dish they can fall on in case of party situations like these. Make it your signature. It doesn't have to be 5-star restaurant quality. I make a simple rice dish consisting of white rice and cooking cream cheese. That's it. But people love it and it's mine. Where am I going with this? One day you will be invited to boring adult parties where you will be judged by the dish you bring in. Prepare now so that when that time comes, you'll be ready. Heck, if you want to borrow my idea, here you go. 
 
Ingredients, 3 cups of white rice, 2 10oz containers of Italian Herbs and Cheese cooking creme, found in your local supermarket. 
1. Cook the rice

2. Mix creme into completed rice, make sure you mix thoroughly.

That's it! It's just one of those basic things I've learned as an adult, get yourself a simple signature dish. Not a dessert either! As I said, people will cop out with desserts, you want to stand out without standing out. 


There's always hope for the future right?

  This has become the section where I lie, because I never play the games I am going to set out to play. I WANT to play Skyward Sword (need to start that sometime right?), Halo, and Dark Souls. I'm going to line up the Steam games I'm going to play this week for sure, and I'll probably start uploading some Puyo Puyo videos. Maybe even write about it. 2011 has been a great year as far as gaming goes, here's hoping 2012 is just as good. Thanks for reading.   

  For more of my random nonsense follow me on twitter ( @recspecreno) and check out my YouTube channel   http://www.youtube.com/user/RecSpecReno

3 Comments
4 Comments
Posted by RecSpec

 

January 2, 2012. Let's kick this year off right!

 Happy New Year duders and dudettes! I hope your resolutions are still holding up. The Steam sale is finally over, and thank goodness. I mentioned this last week, but this January I plan to play a different Steam game every day. I'm going to call it the January Steam Journal. I will probably write more about this later in the week, but the first game will be on here. Maybe if this picks up enough momentum, I will spin this off into its own thing. Then again, how much can I REALLY write about Universe Sandbox? I have nothing video game related to talk about in the Zero Bet section, so I'm going to talk about food, sorry in advance. Time to place your bets! 


I can definitely say that I'd put some chips down on these.

Sonic CD

I finished this during the week, and I am completely floored. This game is great, even though this feels like a Sonic the Hedgehog reboot (Certain sequences like the infinitely looping water sections are straight from the first game).  The boss battles are strange, but I appreciated them as the game continued. They are pretty clever and it seems like some thought was put into them. I was expecting a "normal" battle against Metal Sonic, where you have to hit him 8 times while dodging his attacks. The actual boss battle is a race, you vs. Metal, with Robotnik chasing you both with a death laser. It's probably one of my favorite Sonic battles of all time.

 The time aspect is cool but kind of useless, until you try to get a good ending. To get a good ending, you can either complete the seven special stages (chasing UFO's in a 3d space, pretty irritating) or destroy the generators in the past versions of all the acts. Now each act has three objectives. The first is finding a decent way to get into the past. That means hitting a Past sign and getting enough speed to make the jump,  It's a lot harder than it sounds. Second is finding the generator, making you explore the stages a bit. Third is getting to the goal, obviously. This adds a lot of depth to the formula, it's refreshing.

Also, the Japanese soundtrack is fantastic! I played with the JP soundtrack because I like Cosmic Eternity over Sonic Boom, but I didn't expect such a gap between them. To me, Sonic CD isn't an epic battle between good and evil. It's a goddamn Sonic game, fun and comical and light. The US soundtrack is dark and moody and brooding, the JP soundtrack samples a funk song for the boss music! Then again, the final stage music in the bad ending route is darker than anything the US soundtrack throws at you. It basically tells you (as in you the player, not Sonic) that everything is done for. Creepy as hell, but still awesome. So maybe the mood thing doesn't hold up, but I love the JP soundtrack.

Magicka (Day 1 of January Steam Journal)

After hearing good things about this, I couldn't help but pick this up when it went on sale. I bought the complete pack, which has all the DLC, so immediately I was enthralled by the costumes. I settled for picking the mage with a pistol, how cool is that! Also, there's a tentacle one, and a soldier one, and a detective one, it's so cool! This game has brought out a childish joy in me. Combining elements is pretty cool, and I love finding different ways to tackle situations. One boss had me trying to link two different spells, only to realize I was over complicating things. The writing is all right, nothing spectacular so far, but there are some neat moments. I also love the way everyone talks in that game. This game is a neat package, I don't think I'm quite done with this one yet.

ChuChu Rocket!

Since I blew out a tire this week, I figured it would be a good time to get a new set of tires, I had been putting it off for a long time anyway. While waiting, I got to mess around with ChuChu Rocket! on my phone. If you are unfamiliar, the ChuChus will run in a straight line, turning when they hit walls. Your goal is to place arrows so they run towards their rocket.    Later on they will add cats that you need to avoid, and sometimes direct the cats away from the ChuChus. It is a great phone game, easy and quick (so far).    

I've dabbled a bit in these, but I would bet for or against these.
 
 Another great game that ends in space.

  Puyo Puyo! 20th Anniversary- Finished the Wii version's story mode. 25 stories complete.

Skyrim- Now working on making stupidly powerful weapons, hoping my PS3 version doesn't explode.

And Yet It Moves- Started this, pretty neat so far, but something seems missing from it.

Beat Hazard- Played for the Steam Xmas achievement. Still amazed by how much is in that game.

Super Meat Boy- Haven't played this in forever, I don't think I can play it anymore, my skills have rusted over. 


     

Zero planning, zero purpose. The (more) random section of the Roulette 
Bringing a dish to a party can be a scary experience. Do you really want to bring booze to every party the rest of your life? Yes, you could go to a grocery store and buy the neat organized party platter, but that might get expensive. What if you get invited to a potluck party? What do you do then? \ 

Stealing this idea from my aunt, but each person should have a dish they can fall on in case of party situations like these. Make it your signature. It doesn't have to be 5-star restaurant quality. I make a simple rice dish consisting of white rice and cooking cream cheese. That's it. But people love it and it's mine. Where am I going with this? One day you will be invited to boring adult parties where you will be judged by the dish you bring in. Prepare now so that when that time comes, you'll be ready. Heck, if you want to borrow my idea, here you go. 
 
Ingredients, 3 cups of white rice, 2 10oz containers of Italian Herbs and Cheese cooking creme, found in your local supermarket. 
1. Cook the rice

2. Mix creme into completed rice, make sure you mix thoroughly.

That's it! It's just one of those basic things I've learned as an adult, get yourself a simple signature dish. Not a dessert either! As I said, people will cop out with desserts, you want to stand out without standing out. 


There's always hope for the future right?

  This has become the section where I lie, because I never play the games I am going to set out to play. I WANT to play Skyward Sword (need to start that sometime right?), Halo, and Dark Souls. I'm going to line up the Steam games I'm going to play this week for sure, and I'll probably start uploading some Puyo Puyo videos. Maybe even write about it. 2011 has been a great year as far as gaming goes, here's hoping 2012 is just as good. Thanks for reading.   

  For more of my random nonsense follow me on twitter ( @recspecreno) and check out my YouTube channel   http://www.youtube.com/user/RecSpecReno

Posted by Video_Game_King

Good news: I've played Sonic CD, so I could comment on it.

Bad news: I'm still playing Sonic CD, so I can't comment on it.

*reads the part about And Yet it Moves* Yes? How far are you in the game? It gets better (IE weirder) later on. It's like if somebody made Earthbound: The Platformer.

Posted by RecSpec
@Video_Game_King: I've barely scratched the surface. I got to the first level with the bats and the lizard before realizing that I severely underestimated this game. 
Posted by Video_Game_King

Eh, those types of levels were pretty lame. Wait until you bend physics to burn things. (That sounds more sociopathic than it should, doesn't it?)