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I am a video game enthusiast who likes to write about the things in their designs that pique my interest.

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  • Avatar for jmsebastian jmsebastian 21 days ago

    My favorite would be either Return to Castle Wolfenstein (as primitive as it is by modern standards) or Tenchu. Stealth is one of those genres where a little bit goes a long way. I feel as though Stealth games start feeling repetitive much earlier than other types of games. Not sure why, but they feel best in small doses.

    Posted in What's Your Favorite Stealth Game?

  • Avatar for jmsebastian jmsebastian 26 days ago

    Skyward Sword has been my backlog game of choice this summer. Had to restart it after losing my save and I've been enjoying it quite a bit. The relaxed pace and relatively low difficulty has made it a nice game to play to unwind to after work.

    I wonder if opinion will eventually swing back around on that game in a more favorable direction.

    Posted in What Game is Currently Getting You Through the Summer?

  • Avatar for jmsebastian jmsebastian 3 months ago

    Seems like Nintendo can't wait to cut off all support of the Wii U. That's a shame given that Wii support really only just this month was put out to pasture.

    This is why the digital only future of video games is dark. Companies can take away whatever they want, whenever they want, consumers and historians be damned.

    Posted in Tropical Freeze Abruptly Disappears From Wii U eShop Ahead of Switch Release

  • Avatar for jmsebastian jmsebastian 5 months ago

    I wonder how much work will have to be redone once Sony launches their new platform? There is no way this is coming out for the PS4, and unless Square Enix already knows the specs of the next iteration, I have a feeling there is a lot of effort spent that will be thrown out in 12 month's time.

    Not sure Square can afford to lose buckets of money on this game the way Sony could with The Last Guardian. Obviously there are more FF7 fans than Team ICO fans, and therefore many more potential sales, but I just don't see a FF7 remake coming even close to having the same impact as the original and even trying is a pretty foolish endeavor.

    For the company's sake, I hope it ends up selling well, but I doubt it's going to satisfy existing fans. They'll have to rely on people who have never played it before.

    Posted in The Final Fantasy VII Remake Isn't Coming Out Any Time Soon

  • Avatar for jmsebastian jmsebastian 5 months ago

    I've really only played the original and 64, but for me it's no contest between the two. The original is simply more impressive. Yes, it has some crippling slow down and your partners can literally block you from shooting anything but them for long periods of time, making the game much harder than it should be, but the personality and ideas behind it were so good, Nintendo has yet to even think of another story to try to tell with the characters (Star Fox Adventures doesn't count).

    The fact that they've only been able to iterate on the original shows how incredible it was. Plus, I'd take the babbling voice samples from the characters over the voice acting from the other games every single day of the week. Giving them actual voices ruined the charm (even though the original kind of did that by having Fox talk at the end).

    Posted in The Original (And Best?) Star Fox Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

  • Avatar for jmsebastian jmsebastian 6 months ago

    Great we write up, Kat. I was one of those kids who got sucked into the world of RPGs via FFVII and was hungry for whatever Squaresoft could throw at me.

    Xenogears always felt more impressive to me as an experiment than a game. I loved the art and overall presentation, but just could not get into how combat for the Gears worked, and found it frustrating to play. I might just go back and try to finish it now, though.

    Posted in Why Xenogears Remains Enduringly Popular on its 20th Anniversary

  • Avatar for jmsebastian jmsebastian 8 months ago

    I really should give Gravity Rush 2 another shot. It started out really strong for me, but a lot of the challenges through the middle portion of the game are incredibly frustrating due to the cramped environments and strict time limits. It's easy to get confused on where you are in relation to everything else. It felt like a chore compared to the first game in many ways, which is a shame because the original was such a breath of fresh air compared to its contemporaries.

    Sometimes stepping away from a game and coming back to it can work out, though, so hopefully that'll happen.

    Posted in Why Gravity Rush 2 Is Elevated by Its Amazing (and Still Flawed) Final Act

  • Avatar for jmsebastian jmsebastian 10 months ago

    @Thad I don't believe the game has ever been released outside of the original Saturn run, unfortunately. While some Saturn games did end up coming out to Xbox Live and such, many of them have become lost to time due to poor preservation by the companies that developed them or what have you. The Saturn seems to have been overly effected by this, but that could just be my perception.

    Anyway, the game runs perfectly fine using Mednafen, which is probably the best Saturn emulator that exists. Takes some effort to get working, but the play experience is smooth. Definitely worth checking out if you really want to play it. I'd only suggest tracking down a real copy if you have a lot of money to spend on frivolous stuff. Panzer Dragoon Saga is a great game, but the price it goes for is hard to justify, regardless of game quality.

    Posted in New Interview Reveals the High Expectations That Doomed the Classic RPG Panzer Dragoon Saga

  • Avatar for jmsebastian jmsebastian 10 months ago

    @Toelkki I would not be surprised in the least. And rather than deal with an individual, Nintendo just figures it's easier to apply a blanket "solution" rather than deal with real problems.

    YouTube has worked hand in hand with companies like Nintendo, and more seriously, their advertisers, to make life as difficult as possible for anybody who puts videos online. It's all out of fear that the multimedia cartels will sue them out of existence. Their relationship with Nintendo is probably the most extreme that I'm aware of. I don't know of any other video game company that punishes video makers so aggressively.

    Certainly makes me less inclined to watch YouTube or buy products from Nintendo anymore. Kind of regretting buying Samus Returns now instead of just streaming AM2R or something.

    Posted in Video Creators Under Nintendo Creators Program Can No Longer Live Stream Nintendo Games

  • Avatar for jmsebastian jmsebastian 10 months ago

    If the cutscenes could have been skipped, it would have eliminated about 80% of what I didn't like about the game. It's always frustrating when games don't let you skip scenes. It's just a lot worse when the scenes you have to watch are from Other M. Other M is why I hope Sakamoto has nothing to do with Prime 4. He's proved he can't be trusted with his own series.

    Now, if we're talking about how Other M plays, it's pretty enjoyable. I found switching between first person and third person mode to be a bit jarring at times, and I do wish they had pushed the puzzle elements of using first person mode a bit more. As it is, it feels a lot more like a gimmick than a well thought out integrated mechanic. It's useful in boss fights, of course, especially the last one, so it's not terrible, by any means.

    I still look forward to the day Nintendo tries a 3D Metroid game that's in third person again. It seems like a no brainer to me, just make it a bit more Tomb Raider and I think you've got a winner. As it is now, Other M is the only thing we have, and its design is a lot closer to 2D gaming conventions than 3D.

    Posted in Metroid Game-by-Game Reviews: Metroid: Other M