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Teh Guardical Gaiden

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tgl1It’s been a weird couple of weeks. Every so often I get in this state where the tablet just doesn’t ‘feel’ right and I need to bust out some markers or pencils until my mojo comes back. I say that when I should really be going ahead and knocking off this annotated bibliography for a research assignment, but… Ehhhh.

It dawned on me the other day with my new setup I can stream game footage in addition to the periodic Picarto streams. (Note to self: add sidebar links for my stream pages.) So over the weekend, I started playing The Guardian Legend live before trying my hand at the ROM hack version, TGL: Secret Edition. It’s kind of a trip playing a rearranged version of something so familiar. Playing online with a chat, small as it’s been, has already helped me learn more and appreciate other little things about the game I hadn’t noticed. I just love learning little details like the item drops not actually being randomized, or the curious “rubber band” pattern the Crawdaddy boss has. (If you maneuver side to side, he begins swinging around as well, spreading his projectiles and making him more annoying to hit, but if you stay put horizontally you can use the Saber Laser to cut right through him and his claw tossing with no fuss at all.) Secret Edition turns things on its ear by rearranging the entire overworld, upping enemy counts, changing what items you find where, and in especially interesting cases, puts shooter bosses in the overworld and vice versa. I never realized how much of a help that initial rapid fire upgrade out of the gate was until SE withheld it from the earlier stages and increased the number of enemies, which makes me rely on sub weapons more than I normally would. Which made when I reached an item room selling Rapidfire for 150 chips when I only had a max 100 kind of a kick in the teeth.

tgl2One of us has fists, you know.

I’ll continue to pick at it and probably some other games off and on via twitch when I have free time. I figure as long as I can support it, why not waste time with company?

Shadow of the Icolossus

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nudistDixNew [+/-] is up, and with that, the look at the remastered PS2 classics is done. As stated there, I think next I’m going to go ahead and try to knock off a Halloween special to have it ready in time, since I *really* wanted to do one last year. I’m leaning toward making fun of gaming creepypasta because that’s incredibly topical and all. As far as actual reviews/strips, Smash is current but I feel like there’s not exactly much to be said about it other than I really wish Flynn from SMT IV was in it as a replacement for Pokemon Trainer. Especially if his demon loadout was something like Mara, Alice, and Beelzebub. And the clown mask is an alternate skin.


I also want a pony.


Unfortunate Typography Theater

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WTFMacrossI got a pretty nice price on the follow up to my guilty pleasure game, Macross Ultimate Frontier, so I shelled out for and started Triangle past Saturday as a reprieve from Dark Souls. Tonight, I happened to look up from coloring something and realized that the logo for MTF doesn’t really parse as “MTF” at a glance.

I guess what I’m saying is I have an appropriate graphic to use if I start some series of “WTF, MACROSS!?” blogs. Which I could very easily do in a franchise that includes a robot-piloting rock singer saving the space whales from a giant in a Big Daddy costume.I’ve mentioned Ultimate Frontier before, in passing but never “properly” reviewed it. It’s a really good piece of Macross fan-service, but feels kind of like empty fluff put alongside my other favorite mecha games. You can win a lot of missions just by tapping R to lock onto the first enemy, then keep boosting to the right to circle strafe until the first enemy dies and your lock automatically moves to the next opponent. This works for like 90% of the game. There are some bosses that mix it up and missions that require you to fly to an evac zone, but for the most part you’re just re-enacting classic battles against hordes of alien cannon fodder. In short, it’s not exactly Armored Core. Hell, it’s probably not even as strategic as Liberation Maiden. But if you know what a VF-4 Lightning III is, and would find a game where you can pilot one fun, hit up Amazon in a hurry since i got this for under twenty.¬†After a long, unplanned hiatus, [+/-]’s next strip is about ready. There is a teaser of sorts up already, if you haven’t already looked there (or subscribed to my Twitter or Facebook feeds- the FB feed is probably the one I update the most frequently.) Said ‘teaser’ was originally going to be the intro to the Link Between Worlds review going up tomorrow… later today? Weird schedule here. I hope to update more frequently from here out, but I guess I do say that pretty much every update these days. Hurrr.

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