For the past decade or so, I have been trying to catch up on the major PS1 games that I had missed. For about $10 per game on Amazon (with a few exceptions), I was able to play all of the old PS1 Final Fantasy games, including a few SNES ones that were remade and bundled with other games. I caught up on the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy thanks to the N. Sane Trilogy. And last of all, to complete my PS1 tour, I have begun the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. I have played through the first game thus far, and below are my thoughts. (If you’re interested, we’re also playing through the full trilogy on our Virtual Bastion Youtube channel.) Continue reading Spyro the Dragon: A Short Review
Christmas is always the best time for catching up on all the games I missed, and one such game that I was able to obtain thanks to Christmas of 2018 was Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. Though I was a big fan of the first game on the PS3, I’ll admit I was rather doubtful as to how the newest entry in the series would turn out. As far as I could tell, none of the first game’s original cast of characters was returning, leading me to believe from the start that this game would be a bit…different. Continue reading Ni no Kuni II: A Review
Another top songs post because, well, why not? After completing the N. Sane Trilogy with the third and final game, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, I thought I’d share with you all my top 3 songs from the game I’m rather tired so this might be a little short, but just as musically informative. Continue reading Top 3 Songs from Crash Bandicoot 3
Not so very long ago, I finally had the pleasure of playing the original Crash Bandicoot game thanks to the N. Sane Trilogy on the PlayStation 4. As you may have noticed by now, I enjoy listing my favorite video game music, and I certainly couldn’t ignore the very first Crash Bandicoot game. Just keep in mind that this list includes music from the updated soundtrack, not the original one from the PS1. But seriously, you can’t deny that Vicarious Visions did an excellent job remaking this game in all respects, music included! And I’m doing a “top 6” list because I wanted to include an… Continue reading Top 6 Songs from Crash Bandicoot
After many long hours of platforming peril, both delightful and frustrating, the Duck has finally completed the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. And almost with 100%, too. While I was able to get 100% in the first two games (minus the relics), I was not able to get the final gem in the third game. Since it, you know, required me to get all those silly relics, gold or higher. Which is…not happening. Though I had planned on writing a separate review for each of these three games, I decided it would be more fun to write a single review comparing my experiences with all of them. Continue reading Comparing Crash Bandicoot 1-3
The Duck’s mission to experience all the classic games I possibly can has been mighty successful these past several years. I’ve played such beloved SNES titles as Super Metroid, EarthBound, and Super Mario RPG. I’ve even caught up on Squaresoft’s Final Fantasy 4-9 and Chrono Trigger. The next set of games I had set my sights on was Naughty Dog’s Crash Bandicoot series from the PS1, a feat that became much easier with the release of the N. Sane Trilogy on the PS4. As of writing this review, I have just managed to complete the very first Crash Bandicoot game, and here are my very interesting (hopefully) thoughts. Continue reading The Duck Finally Plays Crash Bandicoot
It was thanks to a simple advertisement inside the case of Uncharted 4 that I first learned about The Last Guardian. It was the majestic form of the massive beast called Trico that got my attention, and it was for that reason that I got the game some while later for the Christmas of 2017. Much of the time, my expectations for a game are not indicative of the real experience. Strangely enough, however, this time, I think I was fairly spot on.
The Last Guardian is…an interesting game about a nameless boy and a huge creature quite similar to a griffin, if griffins have the face of a dog and the grace of a cat. You spend the entire game traversing ruins and solving puzzles with the assistance of your newfound companion, and I think the entire experience can be divided into two very distinct parts, the gameplay itself and the bond you form with Trico. Continue reading My Time With Trico in the Last Guardian
You may have heard of an indie PC game inspired by EarthBound called Undertale. The game’s praise, along with its relation to a SNES game I absolutely love, made it a must-play. Though, I must admit that I am typically quite reluctant to download PC games because, well, my computer is weird sometimes. When I found the game had recently been released on the PS4, the time for excuses was over. I set out to play Undertale…a thought that, even now, fills me with determination.
Mother Duck often asks why video games are filled with so much fighting. That is not to say she believes video games are violent things that are destroying our world’s youth like the media would have us believe. In fact, she beat up plenty of 16-bit baddies during the SNES era, so she is no stranger to video game, ahem, “violence”. Even so, it is a valid question. Continue reading A Game About Mercy: Undertale
Sometimes, it feels as if certain games come to exist in my house thanks to pure fate. Most of my games I seek out myself, but Uncharted is one series I never once put my mind to acquiring, and yet, here I stand the owner of not one, but two, entries from the series. The main reason why Uncharted never really appealed to me was because I’ve never been a fan of games that are too…realistic, I guess? There’s just something about games that feature realistic-looking humans or even just good, ol’ planet Earth that don’t appeal to me. (I mean, the Sly Cooper series seems to take place on Earth, but it’s populated by anthropomorphic animals, which is okay in my book.)
When I bought my PS3, it was accompanied by Uncharted 3. I decided to play the game, since I had it in my possession, after all, and while it was pretty cool, I quickly forgot about it shortly after completion. For a short while, I considered checking out the first two games, and then that just never happened. And yet, that was certainly not the last I would see of the series, even if I didn’t know it at the time. It was with the recent purchase of my PS4 that another Uncharted game snuck its way into my gaming shelf once more, the fourth (and final?) entry in the series.
Fancy seeing you here, Nathan Drake. Long time no see. Continue reading Uncharted, We Meet Again