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Hopeless dreamer who infrequently writes about games (and other stuff) at Sluglips and Full Glass, Empty Clip.<br /> <br /><br />

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  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 2 days ago

    I agree that Stardew Valley is better than Harvest Moon. It builds on the same foundation, but manages to be less bare bones and formulaic. There's a lot to do and never any real stress to do well, so you're free to just tinker until you suddenly realize you're the best fisher ever, you've got a major smelting operation and your farm is raking in six digits daily.

    Storywise, I like that some of the townspeople's stories include real issues like depression, alcoholism and PTSD. I like that none of them are every fully resolved forever; they're treated more as aspects of life that can make things more difficult, but come and go enough that life is still worthwhile. I like that there's a sense of mystery - what's with the shrines? what's with the ghostly noises on rainy days? what's that huge geode in front of the mines? what's going on with the Gotoro empire. I like that a lot of this stuff is left implied, instead of directly addressed in an overarching plot.

    The music and graphics are like a dream of an SNES game. The atmosphere is warm and familiar but tinged with melancholy and mystery. It's just a soul-soothing game.

    Posted in Why is Stardew Valley Such a Hit on the Nintendo Switch?

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 4 days ago

    Well! I know what faction I'm playing.

    Posted in Underworld Ascendant Wants Players to Experiment in the Stygian Abyss

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 17 days ago

    (Quina is also one of my favorite character designs so I'm happy to hear they're as wonderful as I always dreamed, probably. Weirdos on globe trotting quests to eat-all-the-things speak to me more than fiery youths into all that saving the world nonsense.)

    Posted in The Written Final Fantasy IX Report Part 5: Fire Up the End Credits, We're Done Here

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 17 days ago

    Freya is one of my favorite character designs in the series, so it's a slight bummer she ends up being C-tier in characterization, but them's the breaks for whimsical fantasy creatures.

    IX's art direction is really unique and interesting, especially now that the series has finally re-settled into a pretty consistent aesthetic. IX sticks out as belonging neither to the Amano-art-and-high-fantasy of Ye Olde FF nor the perfectly-coifed-hair-and-too-many-belts sheen of modern FF. Its whimsical Dark Crystal-ish storybook aesthetic is really a lot more unique and imaginative than I ever see it get credit for. I still love Christian Lorenz Scheurer's art for the game. I'd love to see another big international collab JRPG like this.

    And someday, I'll play the dang thing, too...

    Posted in The Written Final Fantasy IX Report Part 5: Fire Up the End Credits, We're Done Here

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 18 days ago

    More original games. Original games are life. Outside that, more original takes on established franchises - let's see what the Breath of the Wild/Odyssey of Kirby and Pokemon looks like.

    More materials design in art direction. Almost no one else is doing this right now or to the degree Nintendo has in the past few years and I'd love to see more of it. Quality art direction beats graphical fidelity any day; Nintendo are one of the only major developers that seem to really get that.

    Also, it's an impossible dream but: a new Mario RPG that drops the conservative timidness. Recent Mario RPGs are fun and okay - and Color Splash looks super pretty - but I fell in love with the series(es) for their out of control creativity. I would love to see that return.

    Posted in What We Want From Nintendo in 2018

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 27 days ago

    This was a great year for games. I'll be catching up on 2017 for years, honestly.

    Also... MarioxRabbids looks fun, but I kind of still want a Mario+Rayman crossover RPG that fully capitalizes on that premise. They're both delightfully whimsical, colorful, alien worlds that would be wonderful to watch colliding. Super Paper Mario and Bowser's Inside Story prove Nintendo's Mario RPG teams are more than capable of it, if they're ever allowed to go nuts again.

    Posted in USgamer's Top 20 Games of the Year 2017: #15-#11

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska A month ago

    I managed to pick mine up at a brick and mortar Amazon store. I went in early afternoon with minimal expectations (I'd heard of a "long line" and thought, well, here we go again) and my heart stopped when I saw how many were left.

    I had a terrible thought the next day, though. What happens when Nintendo releases the SNES Classic 2? But happy thoughts! There is hope! And this way it worked out as an Xmas present to myself!

    Posted in SNES Classic Consoles Available in Select Cities Through Amazon Prime Now

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska A month ago

    I just want adorable tiny SEGA consoles that aren't terrible. The Genedrive at least deserves the S/NES Classic treatment, but I would love a Saturn/Dreamcast Classic, too.

    Also "Mega Drive" is the much cooler name.

    Posted in Retro-bit Partners With Sega to Create Accessories for the Genesis, Sega Saturn, and Dreamcast

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska A month ago

    Life is Strange is one of my favorite games but I still don't know how to feel about this. Chloe is one of my favorite videogame characters; I can relate to her life quite a bit, and understand the loneliness and feelings of abandonment she has re: Max from both sides of the equation. The original game's soundtrack could have come directly from my own teenage music collection.

    And yet... I don't really feel grabbed by this. It just feels unnecessary. I think I'd probably enjoy it overall, but I'm in no real hurry to experience it. It kind of sounds like my impression is right; it's not bad, but lacks some of the magic of the original even if it also skirts around some of its biggest flaws. I'd have rather had the purely thematic sequel that was hinted at.

    Posted in Life Is Strange: Before the Storm Season 1 Review: Fire Walk With Me

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska A month ago

    Hey, I have to say. The "main" portion of this feature usually gets all the attention/discussion and I usually enjoy it in itself, but I really appreciate the other sections, too! Especially Caty's AltGame Corner; I've been introduced to a ton of really unique titles I probably wouldn't have found otherwise, which is an awesome thing. Witchball looks insane.

    Posted in 2017 Was the Year Graphics Became Less Important Than Ever