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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 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.
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.
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.
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.