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After a day of Smashing…

HOLY SHIT!  If I’ve ever been at the border of experiencing full-blown mania, it happened yesterday – thanks Nintendo!  Super Smash FUCKING Brothers for the Wii U hit stores yesterday!  First thing you need to know: YOU CAN USE GAMECUBE CONTROLLERS!  Praise the Lord, Buddha, or whatever divine entity you believe in!  Yes, you need an adapting dock to connect to the Wii U to use the GC controllers, but whatever.  I’ll take anything that does not involve the fucking Wii Remote.  Can’t wait for that shit to die…  Anyhow, back to the game!  Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U, apart from having an impressive starting roster of 30+ amazing characters, is GORGEOUS!  That HD is no joke.  I probably played with every single character on each stage all in one night.  The aesthetics of this game go far beyond the last Super Smash Brothers game that I couldn’t contain myself – I needed to see it ALL!  Now for some highlights before I got back to spend the next hundreds of hours of my life playing this game:

  • Peach still sucks. I don’t understand WHY Melee Peach was not brought back. But she looks prettier.
  • Samus and Zero Suit Samus are two different entities, thank goodness. Now I can go about my day with not worrying dismantling armor.  The same with Zelda and Shiek.
  • Little Mac is actually surprisingly good.
  • 8-Player battles are a shit show – but in a good way.
  • Characters have much more skins and some are extraordinarily beautiful (e.g., Samus’s Light Suit).
  • Interactive stages are more brutal than ever before, especially Kalos Pokémon League:

Pokémon battles got real dangerous…  and quick!

 

Let the battle royale continue!

See you around!

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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Hyrule Warriors – A Review by Lou-Cyo

“The Triforce is the harmonious union of Power, Wisdom, and Courage.”

…a hero clad in green would restore peace to the land.”

Warning: As always, here’s the complimentary “read at your own risk because there will be spoilers” message.  With that, lets get down to business.

Overview: The land of Hyrule is facing dark times yet again by the hands of malevolent forces.  Enemies of the Royal Hylian Family are on a quest to reconcile the 4 fragments of the Evil Spirit: Ganondorf.  Once the Evil Spirit materializes, it will begin a quest to gather the fractions of the Triforce to rule the Land of Hyrule under a midst of evil and terror.  It is up to Link and his allies to travel through perilous terrains and engage in tenacious battles to maintain the wicked forces at bay.

Sorceress Cia and the Triforce

Gameplay: Hyrule Warriors has the options of using the Wii U’s GamePad or any Wii U compatible controller.  Personally, the Pad is a buzzkill if you’re a person who looks at the map in these types of open world games – the map so minuscule you can barely see entrances.  Memorizing the controls is effortless.  You may have a tough time memorizing the combo moves for each character, but that’s about it.  There’s 4 difficulties: Easy, Medium, Hard, and Hero; and I have to say each of them live up to there names.  Hero mode is NO JOKE – learn your dash and block.  The game has Legend Mode, which is basically the story of the game.  Adventure Mode deals with challenges you complete to obtain new, powerful weapons and characters.  Lastly, Free Mode let’s you play any mission with any character unlocked.  Hyrule Warriors not only promotes the importance of battling for the forces of light, but also engulfs the player on the other side of the battle field and get a taste of the darkness.  Classic items like Bombs, Hookshot, Boomerang, and Potions are available.  Hyrule Warriors is a level based game.  This is where the Training Dojo comes in handy – where you can pay to level up characters.  Blacksmith services are available to create custom weaponry.  Weapons add attack power to your character and/or special skills (e.g., material droppings ratio increase) that take effect in the battle field.  Some weapons have “locked skills” and you will have to meet certain requirements to “unlock” the skills.  Normally, it is killing a certain amount of enemies with that specific weapon.  There is also a Badge system which lets you gain new skills for each character by collecting specific material drops from your enemies.  Characters also get combo moves and special attacks each unique to each character.  Hyrule Warriors also supports 2 player mode, one uses the Pad while the other person gets the television screen, for every scenario.

 
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 The Cast

LouCyo’s reaction: Overall, Hyrule Warriors gets a 8.5.  Just to get it out of the way: the GamePad-Map issue mentioned earlier in this post is totally warranted.  It’s annoying.  Apart from that, even though Hyrule Warriors is not a breakthrough game, it is a nice twist to the usual gameplay of all prior Zelda games.  Especially by letting you take control over a plethora of characters which were always at a arm’s reach, but never accessible.  Playing as anybody in the Hylian world but Link is actually exciting - refreshing in some way.  Getting a chance to actually watch the abilities and celestial powers of well known characters like Zelda or Impa themselves is mind blowing.  While we’re on the “classic icons” wagon, you’ll also get to see legendary enemies like Fire Breathing King Dodongo and Arthropod Cyclops Monster Gohma in a whole new light.  Again, refreshing.  Moreover, characters are not limited to one type of weapon.  For example, not only is the Hero in Green skilled with blades, but also he masters the arts of magical rods and gauntlets.

One of the features I thoroughly enjoy is being able to play 2-player on this game without having to split the screen is a godsend.  Oh, my how AMAZING it is to not be distracted by the other person!

Players have the choice to storm through the game while on Easy Mode and get to know the twists and turns of this new chapter of Hyrule’s history.  After you “win,” there’s really nothing else to do but side quests.   Side quests are the heart of this game, hands down.  So, unless you’re an anal Gamer (like myself)  and want to collect everything as if it was one of your major life’s goals, you will easily lose interest once you finish story mode.  Without scenarios like the Gold Skulltulas hidden all over and Adventure Mode, the game lacks some luster.  I do want to point out that Adventure mode is challenging.  It is challenging as fuck.  Don’t care how skilled you think you are, it is not easy.  Especially when you get your new characters on level 1 and need to get a defeat 500 bosses on a level just to get a Piece of Heart.  Also, good luck unlocking the Master Sowrd’s skill.  I dare you.

 

What do YOU think about Hyrule Warriors?  Am I judging it too harshly?  Let me know!

See you around!

 

P.S. – A friendly warning: Cuccos are still a thing and, yes, they are still evil.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Total Score

 

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Happy Hyrulian Birthday to me!

Quick post because it’s my birthday and I am about to go out and celebrate. So, apart from gloating on my existence today, I want to point out that one of the year’s highly anticipated games came out today – the day of MY birthday. Gamers, I present to you:

Did that trailer give you goosebumps or what?!  Not only will we be able to roam around Hyrule kicking ass with Link, but also we have famous characters like Zelda, Princess Ruto, Ganondorf, Midna, Darunia, Sheik, Fi, Impa, Ghirahim, Zant, (and not so famous) Agitha, and Lana as playable forces against whatever enemies we will face in the mystic lands.  Now will forever this game be immortalized along side my birth.  I’ll take it as a birth right!

What surprises will this new gameplay for the TLOZ series will have?  I guess I will tell you later once I devour this game on it’s entirety!  …Or you can pick up your copy and find out!

Are you doing yourself a favor and getting this game?  Let me answer for you: you will.  It’s an order.

See you around!

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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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Mario-Benz

We already know the masterpiece Mario Kart 8 turned out to be – no ifs, ands, or buts.  With that in mind, would it be possible to make this game more epic?  The answer is yesYes, it can.

The world famous car brand Mercedes Benz has found a place in the tracks of the Mushroom Kingdom!  New downloadable content (DLC) reportedly available on August 27,2014 for MK8 will let racers drive up to 3 different versions of the Mercedes Benz.  These are:

Here’s a little trailer for your viewing pleasure.

Though I am welcoming these additions with open arms, many are not. In fact, a nice chunk of Nintendo fans are outraged. Main concern: accusing Nintendo of being a sell out. However, let’s be real here. Nintendo is a tremendously well established brand – one of the titans in gaming. I’m certain Nintendo’s current chief staff is not planning to jeopardize what the name Mario alone encompasses. The last thing in their minds is to let MK8 be polluted with third party content and destroy such work of art.  I see it as a fun way to incorporate a little bit of reality into the fantasy.  I’m certain Mercedes begged to be in such an epic game.

In the end, it’s just DCL – meaning you don’t need to download it if you don’t want to.  That last one is for those who are having a fit over nothing.  If I do say so myself, I can’t WAIT to get my hands on that Dream Car!

So, what do YOU think? Bad move on Nintendo’s behalf? You think it’s rather rad? Or you simply don’t care? Let me know on the comments below!

See you around!

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in New World Unlocked

 

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#Progressive: Introducing the GayStation 4

As the social norms which dictate the real and tangible world are veering to a more progressive era, it is only natural the virtual world follows suit.  While Flipboarding the World Wide Web, I came across the following image and all I could do was smile and became obsessed with wanting to know all about it:

PS4 GayStation Edition

As unbelievable as it might seem to you for whatever reason, the GayStation is real – and it can be yours!  …but, for a price…

Sweden is currently celebrating Stockholm Pride 2014.  Apart from the fun, booze, and shenanigans people of all sexual orientations enjoy getting themselves into during these type of events, Prides all over the world also attempt to spread a sense of acceptance and unity – and Sweden is doing it right.  Promoted by the hashtag #thisisforthegaymers, a customized PlayStation 4 is being auctioned off during Stockholm Pride 2014 week (July 28th – August 2nd) to benefit the LGBT non-profit organization known as RFSL (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights) which focuses on improving LGBT individuals’ quality of life by political lobbying, social exposure activities, and providing exceptional emotional support.

The auction will end on August 2nd, so you better get your wallets ready!  Oh, by the way before I forget: the current auction is 19,200 Swedish krona.  That’s roughly 2,790 US dollars.  I just finished checking the bids here.  Although I know it ain’t me buying it because I’m not about that “making it rain” life just yet…  It is for a nice cause: 100% of the monetary collections will be donated to RFSL.

The GayStation includes:

  • 500 GB PlayStation 4
  • DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller & charger
  • Four electives PlayStation 4 games (cannot be Collector’s Edition games)
  • Mono headset for voice chat
  • Power cord
  • HDMI Cable

IF by any chance the person who buys the GayStation reads this, let me know!  I would LOVE to hear about the experience.  Even if the latter doesn’t occur, I want to note it’s been refreshing to read the overall accepting responses from people all over the world.  Throughout my search of the GayStation, I have yet to read a demeaning comment or slur.  People are complimenting the design; wishing to have the moolah to purchase said console; and congratulating Sweden for such a move.  You may categorize my persona as banal, but I consider Sweden’s GayStation a rather phenomenal, marvelous, and fundamental stride towards a path of acceptance, love, and the shattering of malicious stereotypes which damage the fabric of society and evolution.

 

What are your thoughts on the GayStation?  Let me know in the comment box below!  See you around!

 

Addendum: The bid ended on stated date with a closing bid of 28300 Swedish Krona, which is about 4110 U.S. Dollars!  Congratulations to the GayStation’s owner: “Pumpkaboo!”

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in New World Unlocked

 

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Mario Kart 8 – A Review by Lou-Cyo

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Warning: As always, my reviews WILL contain spoilers as they’re crucial for thorough discussions.  However, I encourage you to read anyways.  Just because you can.

Overview: Mario Kart 8 portrays in essence what the title implies – Mario and various assortments of karts.  Classic Mario game characters battle it out through 8 cups (translating into 32 different tracks) with fireballs, shells, boomerangs, and much more to obtain 1st Place and bring home the gold!

Gameplay: Mario Kart 8′s gameplay is relatively the same as previous titles.  You have your accelerator, brake/reverse, item, and drift buttons.  Easy to remember.  Players get two options as to how to steer: 1) the use of the joystick or 2) actually steering with the control.  Items continue to hold a big part in the game since a Banana Peel can stand between you and a gold trophy.  IGN compiled a nice list of the items which you can take a look if you’re curious.  Nonetheless, I want to give an honorable mention to the wondrous Super Horn.  This magnificent item has the ability to destroy the fucking Spiny Shell by pulverizing it with its sound waves.  It has made my life so much better and worth living…

 

Mario Kart 8 also features air gliding and anti gravity. The latter not only let’s you race on ceilings and walls, but also gives the opportunity to speedboost when bumping other characters or special obstacles.  Gliding and anti gravity happen automatically when reaching certain parts on each course.  The camera follows you the whole time, so don’t fret thinking you’ll suffer motion sickness.  The goal of the game is simple: place first to win all the gold trophies you can.

Lou-Cyo’s Reaction: HOLY SHIT!  The minute I saw the intro on my screen, I knew this game was a must have.  To say the graphics are beautiful is an understatement.  Nintendo was not playing when highlighting numerous times the fact that Mario Kart 8 was the first in its saga to be in high definition.  The characters, items, courses…  The smoothness of the illustrations make the pixels seem tangible.  A treat to the pupils as you glide through the courses after exiting anti gravity zones.

You remember how 150cc was MAYBE a tad hard in previous Mario Karts?  Mario Kart 8′s 150cc poses a real challenge.  If you’re anal like me and need every single unlocakble in the game, prepare yourself for overwhelming emotions ranging from crippling anxiety to irrational rage when attempting to place 1st on every track on 150cc.  I cannot even count how many times I got CLOBBERED with a plethora of shells when on the LAST LAP of the LAST COURSE and SECONDS away from the damn finish line.  Thinking about it makes my skin crawl with anger…  But in a good way!  Unlocking the characters and kart parts in this game is such a treat.  I enjoyed getting the Koopalings the most. Do you remember them from Mario Bros. 3?  Apart from the blissful nostalgia these characters embody, they get a cool HD touch up!

The game features mirrored racetracks to spice things up once you have collected all golden trophies the first time around.  The online gaming options have expanded to phenomenal degrees by letting players customize tournaments.  You have control over basically everything – from the race difficulty to what items and karts are allowed.  Meaning you can have a 150cc races with only Mushrooms to be used.  Can you imagine that in any of the 2 Rainbow Roads featured in this game?  Sounds deliciously evil and fun to attempt!  I recently got to play MK8 with 3 other people and the fun never stopped.  We played for hours and the adrenaline was pumping nonstop.  Mario Kart 8 is a game that will make you come back again and again.  No matter if you’re alone, online, or with friends.  I give Mario Kart 8 a 10/10.  The game is just too much fun.

Have you played Mario Kart 8?  What are your thoughts on the game?  Let me know on the comment section.  I wanna hear from you!

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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Total Score

 

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-Dodges Banana Peel- MK8 is #CRAZY!

Nintendo is at the verge of giving me a heart attack!

This trailer just gave me life!

Not too long ago, I wrote all there was to know about the upcoming Mario Kart 8.  HOWEVER, Nintendo decided to release an unannounced Nintendo Direct with the last pieces of the puzzle about the next chapter in the Mario Kart saga!  The remaining characters were revealed: the adorable Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach!  Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on that pink gold.  I always got enjoyment of beating people with characters people stereotype against like Peach because she’s “too girly.”  Can’t wait to make people eat my golden pink dust!

 

Talking about the “new and shiny,” Nintendo also released ALL of the 32 tracks in MK8 and I am here to list them for you because that’s what I’m here for.  Ready?

Mushroom CupMario Kart Stadium, Water Park,Sweet Sweet Canyon, Thwomp Ruins

Flower CupMario Circuit, Toad Harbour, Twisted Mansion, Shy Guy Falls 

Star CupSunshine Airport, Dolphin Shoals, Electrodome, Mount Wario

Special CupCloudtop Cruise, Bone Dry Dunes, Bowser’s Castle, Rainbow Road

Shell CupMoo Moo Meadows (Wii), Mario Circuit (GBA), Cheep Cheep Beach (DS), Toad’s Turnpike (N64)

Banana Cup: Dry Dry Desert (GCN), Donut Plains 3 (SNES), Royal Raceway (N64), DK Jungle (3DS)

Leaf CupWario Stadium (DS), Sherbet Land (GCN), Music Park (3DS), Yoshi Valley (N64)

Lightning CupTick-Tock Clock (DS), Piranha Plant Pipeway (3DS), Grumble Volcano (Wii), Rainbow Road (N64)

Since we’re listing tracks, let’s go over Battle Mode.  Now Battle Mode features modified tracks instead of arenas which include:

  • Moo Moo Meadows
  • Dry Dry Desert
  • Donut Plains 3
  • Toad’s Turnpike
  • Mario Circuit
  • Toad Harbour
  • Sherbet Land
  • Yoshi Valley

Also, remember these:

Please welcome the Super Horn and Crazy 8!  The latter is basically a grab bag of 8 items that surround your kart and you’ll be able to use them – pretty neat.  HOWEVER, that Super Horn though!  It serves as the ultimate offensive/defensive weapon.  Not only will the horn be able to blast opponents out of your way, it is said that the sonic blasts have the ability to destroy any shells heading your way – including the evil, dreaded, and diabolical Spiny Shell.

Spiny Shell

Oh, yes.  The Spiny Shell has met it’ match finally and it’s all coming to MK8!

The Mario Kart TV feature was also explained thoroughly,  MKTV will support voice chat in the lobby areas while playing with people online.  I believe that’s a nice touch by Nintendo because now you will be able to actually make connections to a more personal level.  Though I am crossing my fingers and it’s not dampened by pesky children cursing and being all sorts of inappropriate like on some famous FPSs…  Anywho, in addition to the voice chat, racers will be able to create scheduled tournaments accessible to the public!  No more worries about missing a tournament!  MKTV was firstly described as a way to share your videos with friends; however, Nintendo informed its fans that the MKTV videos can be uploaded directly to YouTube!  In a matter of seconds, you’ll be able to acquire praise and bragging rights from all over the world…  

GIMME THE SPOTLIGHT! 

Lastly, remember I mentioned how Europe was getting its own bundle pack with a cool Spiky Blue Shell collectible statue?  Well, no need to be jealous because North America gets it’s own special bundle too!  The same includes a black Wii U Deluxe (32 GB), a copy of Mario Kart 8 (not confirmed if it will be a disk or digital, a Wii Remote Plus, and a Wii Wheel for only $330.00!  But wait, there’s more!  People who purchase whatever version of Mario Kart 8 (i.e., disc, digital copy, or the bundle) and registers the game on Club Nintendo by July 31st of this year will get to pick a free copy of either Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, or Wii Party U!  So, for those of you who are still debating on buying the console, THIS is the time to act!

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Is it My 30th already?!

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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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