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I Didn’t Dread Playing Metroid Dread

While I haven’t exactly played that many Metroid games, pretty much every console release since the original Metroid Prime on the GameCube has been a big deal for me.  This particular game sees Samus investigating planet ZDR, from which the Galactic Federation received evidence that the dangerous X parasite is still in existence.  While I am aware that Dread is supposed to be a sequel to Metroid Fusion, I never played that game and have no idea how they compare, what Dread builds upon, and so on.

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Minecraft: Demo Review

It might seem hard to believe, but…I’ve never played Minecraft before.  I know, Minecraft has got to be one of the most popular games of all time, but…nope.  Never played it.  Seeing as I had recently tried out the demo for a similar game called Terraria, however, I decided it was time I gave Minecraft a chance, as well…in demo format, at least.

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Crystal Chronicles: Have I Been Playing All Wrong?

It feels like the GameCube era of games falls into an odd middle ground where they’re just old enough that getting your hands on them is hard, but they’re also too new to be included on Virtual Console or the Switch’s online service.  So when I saw that the Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles HD remake was on sale on the PS4, I jumped at the chance to buy it.  (My other reason is for recording the game for YouTube.  GameCube games also tend to be difficult to record, considering they aren’t HDMI-compatible.)  Having not played the game for 15 years, this recent playthrough opened my eyes to the fact that…I know surprisingly little about this game, despite having beaten it multiple times.

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World of Final Fantasy: Demo Review

World of Final Fantasy is a game I’ve had a passing interest in for the last couple of years, even though I knew nothing about it, except for the vague notion that it featured Final Fantasy characters from across the franchise.  It wasn’t until quite recently, however, that I decided to check out the “Dungeon Demo”, which enlightened me to the fact that this game seems to be a mix of Final Fantasy and Pokemon.

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Metamorphosis: Demo Review

I remember taking a world literature class in high school many years ago, and one of the most intriguing stories was Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, where a young man named Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find he has changed into a bug.  There is no explanation for why this has happened, and the entire story takes place in the apartment he shares with his parents and younger sister.  Despite this simple, and rather bizarre, premise, it was something that had managed to stick with me throughout the years.  So when I discovered the demo for a game inspired by it, I simply had to check it out.

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The Dubious Morality of Shadow of the Colossus

Once again, the Duck has finally seen fit to try out another beloved video game many years after its initial release.  Today’s review shall be focusing on the critically acclaimed Shadow of the Colossus, which was already covered on Virtual Bastion in a wonderful two-part post written by Cary (part 1 and part 2 are here).  Originally released on the PS2, I will be discussing the stunning PS4 remake.  The premise is simple: you play as Wander, who must defeat 16 massive colossi in order to revive a young lady named Mono (her relation to Wander is never explained).  You are armed with nothing more than a magic sword that points the way and a bow, and you are joined by your loyal horse Agro.

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Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memories: Demo Review

Any long-time fan of Kingdom Hearts will know that the series has gotten rather difficult to follow over the years.  And I’m not just talking about the overly complicated plot.  The main, numbered games in the series started on the PS2, and it makes sense that the eventual sequel would find its way onto the PS4 many years later.  But if you wanted to keep up with the rest of the games, you would have needed: a GameBoy Advance, a PlayStation Portable, a Nintendo DS, and a Nintendo 3DS.  Oh, and there’s a mobile game now.

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When the Past Was Around: Demo Review

While I’m not normally the type to play casual games, I’ve been finding them to be increasingly relaxing as of late.  In particular, I’ve been trying out demos for various point-and-click puzzle games, one of which is called When the Past Was Around.  The game has a simple, but pleasant art style and tells the wordless story of a girl named Eda and a man known simply as The Owl.  Based on the description, the story seems to be about love and heartbreak.

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Psychonauts Playthrough on Virtual Bastion

Join us for our playthrough of Psychonauts, a game about a boy named Razputin who runs away from home to the Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp in order to train to become a Psychonaut. But something suspicious is clearly afoot when fellow kids’ brains start to go missing….

Video from YouTube User: Virtual Bastion