Here we are again, LusiPoops. Back at Editorial Miscellany. It is like taking a train to a suburb, one begins to wonder why one put any effort into going to such a dismal place, but staying is just barely more convenient than leaving again. So here we go, the train back home will be arriving in just a few paragraphs.
Pokémon Art Academy
Shut up. I love this game. I am not going to wrap this up in some half-hearted attempt to reasonably justify why I bought and love this game beyond the fact that the Pokémon are cute and I appreciate the drawing tips. I am not a particularly talented artist, but the idea has always appealed to me and so learning even a few of the very basics is valuable to me. It is also helpful that the game encourages players to take their time and also applauds creativity so that players will feel free to experiment even with the iconic images of Pokémon. In fact, there is a NPC that shows her (or his, depending on the gender chosen by the player) drawings at the end of each lesson and while it is clear that the intention is to make the player feel better about his own drawing, the incompetent results have caused me to occasionally laugh out loud.
Have not played it since the last time I talked about it and I am feeling good.
The Binding of Isaac
This was one of the “free” games to come with PlayStation Plus this month (I would be far less likely to feel guilty about the service if I was permitted the option to pay for and truly own the games I feel are worth my money. Am I able to do that? If so, I am not very good at look find do. Lusipurr tells me on Twitter that I can, so now I really do feel like I have lost my look find do abilities. Look. Look find do. I feel like this parenthetical thought is going on for far too long) and although I knew about the game and had seen it played, this was my first time actually trying it myself.
I mean, I appreciate all the things it is trying to do. I like the challenge and the focus on adaptability and observation in conjunction with twitch skill, and I even enjoy the conceit to some extent, but something about the execution of the gameplay does not sit well with me. Or, rather, it does not compel me. I am not compelled (or I suppose I should say “impelled”, but to this I will defer to the more grammatically pedantic members of the Lusipurr.com community) by it. I will take Rogue Legacy in a second over it.
More Mario Kart More Mario Kart More Mar
Seriously, my girlfriend and I have played it for hours at a time every night and we are still not sick of it. I have moved away from the palatable and forgettable choice of playing as Koopa Troopa on a standard bike and have landed on the horrifying and tremendously irritating choice of playing as Waluigi on Mr. Scooty. Just like Wii Fit Trainer in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (more on that later), there are few people less annoying to lose to than Waluigi in Mario Kart 8. I mean, he is just so obnoxious and horrifying. I hope that Tingle will be a playable character sometime in the future now that the series is allowing for more characters outside of the Mario universe.
Oh right. I have Smash Bros.
And the 3DS version is indeed just the appetizer. The game is no different than my expectations which means that it is the ultimate game to lose hours with friends while playing. The day I received it my brother and two of my friends came over and we played it for six hours straight. It felt like two. The balance feels good, the game looks great, it plays smoothly, and it makes time fly by. Single player, I barely touch the thing. Strangely it is Lucario who appears to be my best character. He was a quaternary character of mine in Brawl (falling in the category of somebody who I liked to play as but did not tend to succeed with) but his moveset is tweaked in just the right way to make him become a secondary character at worst. Sheik is also back to being an actual good character, but it seems like it is at the expense of my effectiveness with both Olimar and ROB the Robot. I still play as ROB. Because robots do not die.
Anyway, I am sure that somebody like Mel would be able to provide far more detailed insight into the game, but the universe is not fair and therefore I have it early and not him. Take that, Mel!
I am trying, man. It feels similar to Chrono Trigger for me in that I do not really have anything significantly negative to say about the game, but I am just not able to get myself into it. Even Chrono Trigger pulled me in for the first few hours.
I had bought this on PlayStation 3 and stopped fairly early on at the end of the labyrinth section, feeling like I had seen all there was. I decided to give it a bit more of a shot, and while the gameplay does sort of switch itself up, it does so in a way that makes it less interesting. It appears as though the game used up its most interesting idea at the offset. I actually like the writing, but the narrator’s voice acting is so terrible that it does not matter. No thanks!
I guess I played more games this week than I expected, LusiBrats. What have you all played? Games? Video games? Good (I feel like I need at least one more paranthetical thought in here to sort of bookend the whole thing, so here it is. Your train has arrived.) bye.