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Whatcha Been Playing?
Xbox One
- Dead Rising 3 - Been hammering away a little at a time, Been thinking about restarting my game since I feel I missed alot.
- Killer Instinct - Already bored of the game, can't wait for a real fighting game to be released.

WiiU
Went and upgraded all my VC games (or at least the ones that I could) to the WiiU versions so I've been playing alot of them this month.
- The Legend of Zelda (VC) - Completed the whole game in about 9 hours. This is only the second time I've actually finished the game.
- Super Mario Bros. (VC) - Beat the game, now I'm working on finishing the harder version. Thank God that the VC can let me save and continue later.
- Mega Man X (VC) - Only got through the intro so far.

Xbox 360
- Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 - Picked it up since it was super cheap. Haven't seen a big difference between this and the normal version.
- Red Dead Redemption - Finally got the game when it was on sale for $3 on Cyber Monday. I've only played about a hour, but I am enjoying it so far.
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! - It's a bit repetitive in some areas, but it reminds me a lot of the old Gauntlet games. Game kind of sucks solo but it is a lot of fun with a group of friends.

PC
- MineCraft (PC) - As always. If anyone wants to hop in let me know. Smile
- Ace of Spades (PC) - FPS that looks like Minecraft. So far it's been a lot of fun.
- Batman Arkham City GOTY (PC) - Playing it again. Game looks so much better on the PC.

3DS
- Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage? - Plays like The Adventure of Link, finished about 28% and still having fun. You can really tell they didn't put much effort in the 3DS version, its pretty much a fast DS port.
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Wii U
- Disney Infinity:
I'm having a lot of fun with it so far, BUT I'm not sure for how much longer.
I feel that Disney could have done a lot better with this. I sadly think Skylanders is the better option so far. I hope the next game is better.

PC
- Deadpool:
Played it start to finish, fun glad I grabbed it before it was pulled. I can say with confidence that Deadpool is an actual good game, Good graphics, fun story and good gameplay (Very similar to Devil May Cry.) Buuuut... The game is tailored for the fans and overall I feel it will alienate most non-fans. Also the game is short, I finished the campaign in a little over 8 hours.

- DuckTales: Remastered:
An excellent update to a classic, I wish more companies would take their remakes to this level.
Not only did they updated the graphics to give it the same look and feel as the original cartoon they also added new content (e.g. cut scene and voiceovers) that helps make the game feel a bit more like you are playing an adventure taken right out of the old DuckTales series.

My only issue with the game falls on the voice acting, while I do give WayForward ‘MAJOR’ props for getting the original cast back, I feel like some of them were not able to bring the same amount of energy as they had in the show into the game, I don’t blame them for not trying and giving it their all it just that time was not on their side.

None the less this game is a must own for anyone who grew up with the Game or/and the TV series.
Let’s hope this isn’t the last adventure WayForward decides to remake, we still have DuckTales 2 and DarkWing Duck that could use a new coat of paint.

- Dead Space:
Late to the game on this one... So far its fun and scary, i see what it is so popular. Will write more when I finish it.

- Scribblenauts Unlimited:
Played a pretty good size chunk of it and then got bored of it. I think it's a better fit as a mobile game then a full game.

- Proteu:
A very interesting Indie game. Hard to explain.. The best way to describe it, is that you are taking a nice relaxing walking around an 8bit forest with different synthesized music sounds playing depending of the objects you are around. The Time of day changes, the seasons change, and the sounds change. Not much more to it.

- MineCraft:
Started a new vanilla game. One issue I have with MineCraft is that after you get to a certin point I get bored and need to restart the whole thing.

Xbox One
- Dead Rising 3:
Restarted my game, found out I missed so much in the start.

Xbox 360
-Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!:
Rented it again.
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Chrono Trigger - Like Lufia II, I'm going back and beating old games I've never beaten. Currently in the final dungeon, so I don't have far to go.

Chrono Cross - Playing CT made me want to go back to this so I started a new game and played a bit. It helps that I fully understand the game's mechanics now.

Star Ocean 4 - Started a new game, just finished the Alanaire Citadel on Lemuris.

Darksiders (PC) - A couple of hours in and I really like it. It's like a cross between Zelda and DMC. The only problems I have so far is that it's a pretty lazy port (no resolution options) and the save system is borked in that it's based around the checkpoint system.
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Darksiders - Nearing the end of the game, lots of glitches...mostly of me (or a mid-boss) falling through the ground and plummeting into oblivion for eternity.

Journey of the 5 - FFT hack/mod that's a sequel to FFT about Snake/Link/Dante/Cloud ending up in Ivalice. Surprisingly good and very brutal. Will elaborate in another thread.

Bit.trip Runner - I knew what I was getting myself into with this but damn, this game does have some really brutal levels. Getting hit once sends you back to the beginning.

Super Hexagon - Could pretty much copy and paste what I said about Runner here. I beat the first two "difficulties," anything after that is a nightmare.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (360) - Finally got around to playing this. The force powers and destructible environments are fun but the combat seems slightly undercook and underutilized at the same time. There are these grapple and aerial combos that you almost never get to use because everything on the default difficulty dies too fast, and the enemies that put up a fight have a surprisingly high resistance to lightsabers and force powers forcing you to find alternatives to defeat them.

Force grip will never get old.
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Haven't played a lot this month, been getting ready for the baby who's arriving in March. Smile

Xbox 360
> Halo 4 - Finally got around to playing the campaign. Really enjoyed it, not as good as Reach. Kind of short and the villain looked kind of cartoony compared to everyone else.

Xbox One
> TitanFall Beta - Got into the closed beta so I was able to put in some serious time into it. Awesome game, can't wait for the full version to be released. The solder combat is good, the Titan combat is better. My only gripe with the game is that its so hard to tell who is on your team and who is the enemy. I guess Halo has spoiled me with solid Red vs Blue.

PC
> MineCraft - Played a bit, just kept on working on my little chunk of the world.
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Brave Frontier (Android) - Saw this trending on GameFAQs and decided to give it a try. It's a lot better than I thought it would be. It's monster battling/breeding/collecting but has a decent amount of content. My player ID is 408787709 if you want to add me.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II - I figured I would jump into the sequel since I recently finished the first game...what the hell went wrong here? Learning about Lucasarts' troubles at the time explains why this halfbaked thing got pushed out. The combat and the graphics are improved but that's about it. The story is a pointless mess and the characters are parodies of themselves. There are literally four stages in the game, five if you want to count the glorified cutscene that was Dagobah. I feel like the project started off going in the right direction (gameplay-wise) but corporate politics got in the way of a good game. It's like someone came into the middle of development (probably George Lucas) and took a big shit on the whole thing. The game ends on a cliffhanger too and there won't be a FU3. If they were going to a do a sequel they should have went with a different character or time period. Saying all of this stuff happened right before episode IV is getting ridiculous.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 & Lightning Returns (demos) - I still haven't played any of the FF13 trilogy proper but saw the 13-2 and Lightning Returns demos and decided to give them both a try. I was actually impressed by both games, at least when it came to the gameplay and music. I now understand what SE was going for with the paradigm shifting and such. Can't say much about the characters or storyline though since we are talking about demos.

Sacred 2 - Started playing this again, the eurojank came back in full force. Didn't do much because of LOADS OF QUESTS but the default difficulty seems to be too easy, especially for more than one player.
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I have played next to nothing lately :p

WiiU
- Super Mario 3D World ~ Only have gone through the first world, I like it a lot so far.

Wii
- Super Smash Bros Brawl - Project M ~ I really like what they have done.

GBA
- Pokemon Leaf Green ~ Old School Pokemon craz has hit me. I haven't played much, I have only just made it to the second town.

Xbox360
- Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary ~ Got a couple hours into it early in the month, haven't had a chance to get back in.
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A Bit late :p

With the little one around I've been to distracted to put in any serious gaming time. But I do find time here and there.

Xbox One:
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare - This game is surprisingly awesome!
Thief - Was making good headway on this game until I got PvZ:GW :p The Game is pretty good. Not amazing but still a good amount of fun.

WiiU:
Super Mario 3D World - Still putting in a little bit of time into it here and there.

3DS:
Pokemon X - Bit the bullet and picked it up. And this is where most of my free time has been going when I'm not spending time with Samus, and even when I spend time with her she love to watch me play Smile
Find Mii II
Mii Force
Flower Town
Warrior's Way
Monster Manor
- Found a way to turn my WiFi card into a 'Nintendo Zone' hotspot so now I'm getting 8-10 new people in my Street Pass every 8 hours. Yeah its kind of cheating but if I didn't do it I only got new people when I go to PAX once a year.

N64:
Mario Kart 64
Super Smash Bros
- Been playing some old school N64 cause we had a tournament at work.
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I've been playing a couple of games lately, just a handful.

Dungeon Fighter Online - Neople brought this back from the clutches of Nexon and it's currently in alpha. I decided to give the Elemental Bomber class a test drive and ended up liking it a lot. It's not final but they're trying to launch a global version of DFO and it seems like reception to the alpha hinges on it. It's the same build Nexon abandoned except the rest of the world isn't IP blocked anymore (and you can buy cash shop items with gold).

Diablo III (360) - Got to Act IV, really glad I don't have to deal with the bullshit the PC version went through. I've made a Barbarian and a Monk, both of which seem slightly overpowered for different reasons.

Lord of the Rings: War in the North - Game was pretty fun from what I've played, reminds me a bit of Hunted: The Demon Forge but with less difficulty/bullshit. And then the game started to freeze perpetually at the load screen. Seems to be a common problem, and yet there is no patch or solution. Awesome.

Final Fantasy XIII (360) - Now this is the one I really wanted to talk about. I've been playing this for the past couple of weeks and am currently in the middle of Chapter 11 (of 13). Let's get the quick bits out of the way:

Pros
* The soundtrack is great
* The game looks great most of the time
* The battle system is on point

Cons
* Terrible pacing
* Non-existent level design
* Incompetent planning and execution pretty much defeats everything the game tries to do
* Combat is very rigid in how you're supposed to "win" for at least half of the game

When people call this a corridor simulator. they aren't using hyperbole. You are literally being funneled down corridors all the way up until chapter 11. Sure, the environments change, but that's about it. You'll keep coming across a branching path with a chest and a monster guarding it. I actually found the map hilarious, with an arrow telling you where you need to go next. It's literally impossible to get lost; there's only one direction to go! I can sort of understand why SE was caught off-guard with the reception though. There are MANY shades of the corridor->battle->cutscene gameplay in FFX and Kingdom Hearts 2 and yet those games were loved and sold millions. This is just an extreme end to what they started.

The battle system is great and switching the paradigms on the fly works, but at the same time I still feel those roles are limited in scope, especially when compared to jobs in previous FF games. It starts to wear out its welcome with overly long "dungeons," mostly because the game artificially handicaps you by withholding abilities and a full party for half of the game. It's like one long tutorial.

Lightning being the "break out" character is also hilarious. She has the personality of a cactus; if she wasn't Toriyama's waifu I really wonder if there would have been any sequels. Most of the characters range from terrible to tolerable, though I will admit that they get better as the story moves along since it actually attempts to develop some of them. There isn't a whole lot of story though...most of it is basically character revelations and motives revealed in flashbacks. Chapter 11 felt like a breath of fresh air not only because the gameplay opened up but because the story changed gears. It's sort of like when you first leave Midgar in FF7, except way more happened in that game in less time, and that isn't even close to being the end of the game.
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I wish I could put more things on this list, but for the past few months, I've pretty much only been playing Dark Souls 2 and Awesomenauts. There might be a scant bit of BF3 around in there, but not much. I recently moved and I haven't had access to my consoles.

Oh, I suppose I've been playing Project M occasionally at work as well as Mii Plaza games.
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