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First Impressions: Persona 5

Published April 25, 2017 by Amanda B. Greene

Persona 5 is a new Japanese role-playing game that came out on April 4th and I’m enjoying every minute of it. I got the “Take Your Heart” special edition right when it released because I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time among the Persona fans. I feel like I’m almost towards the end of the game, but I won’t say any spoilers.

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First Impressions: Super Mario Maker

Published September 27, 2015 by Amanda B. Greene

So far, I’ve played about a couple or so hours of Super Mario Maker. I found myself liking to build levels more than playing other people’s courses. The community has some great ones, but a lot of them are either super-difficult or “Don’t touch anything” where you try to survive or listen to a song; I hope that there will eventually be more diverse level creation and some middle-ground difficulties in the future. Other than that, the game itself is mostly excellent. There are some missed opportunities and questionable arrangements, but overall I can see myself and my friends and family enjoy this for a while. Read the rest of this entry →

First Impressions: The Wonderful 101

Published September 23, 2015 by Amanda B. Greene

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I’m sorry that this took so long to post, I haven’t been able to get into The Wonderful 101. My first impressions are not so good. I played for a few hours or so, but stopped for a while. I didn’t get very¬†far in the story – mainly due to my frustration with the controls. The humor is okay though, the jokes got a few laughs out of me here and there. I’ll eventually dive into it more, but it’s just not appealing to me. It only makes me want to play Bayonetta (also made by Platinum Games) more with its perfect polish.

Not everything is bad about it… like I make it seem. It’s just has a steep learning curve with the controls and the camera angles/lack of zoom don’t help at all. I like the funny premise of typical, old superheroes, reminding me of The Incredibles in a way. To read more… Read the rest of this entry →

First Impressions: Splatoon

Published June 14, 2015 by Amanda B. Greene

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Splatoon is Nintendo’s hippest new IP that really shows that Nintendo still has plenty of creative juices flowing. Everything is enjoyable from transforming into a squid to seeing the Miiverse community (mostly funny memes) in the plaza. I got to do the whole single-player campaign and a little of the Battle Dojo, but unfortunately not the main event. I’ll hold off from doing the review until then, but from what I’ve played, I highly recommend it to any Wii U owner.

*I apologize for taking so long to publish this. I was planning on waiting until I was able to go online to play the main “Turf War” mode or regular battles, but it wouldn’t work for me. From what I’ve heard, the servers actually do very well, it’s just that my internet connection sucks.
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First Impressions: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Published February 19, 2015 by Amanda B. Greene

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I thought about doing this based off of playing hours of the special demo (some people received special, early promotion codes from Nintendo via e-mail), but then I wouldn’t have been able to assess any of the beginning story or much of the gameplay (the demo only had three giant monsters to hunt down and no other quests). So further ado, here are my first impressions of MH4U. Read the rest of this entry →

First Impressions: Super Smash Bros. For Wii U

Published November 24, 2014 by Amanda B. Greene

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Summary/Reception

I honestly forgot to do a preview before it came out on Friday, sorry. Anyways, Super Smash Bros. is the fourth entry of the Super Smash Bros. franchise (weird how Nintendo didn’t change the title by at least adding a four or something like “Dojo”, but oh well). It is popular, addictive fun for friends and family. It is a fighting game that has nearly all of Nintendo’s stars, plus some guest appearances, come together for an all-out brawl of the century. Read the rest of this entry →

First Impressions: Bayonetta 2

Published November 4, 2014 by Amanda B. Greene

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Bayonetta 2 – Summary/Reception (Updated)

Now that Bayonetta 2 is now released, there are more reviews across the board. It has received “critical acclaim” from nearly everyone with an average of nine out of ten or ninety percent listed on Wikipedia. Five¬†rated it a perfect 10/10: Eurogamer (Germany), Gamespot, Destructoid, Edge, and Joystiq. If you’re like me and you like to see what others have to say before checking a game out yourself, then this should be more than enough praise to tell that Bayonetta 2 is a great purchase.

The only two who rated this game less than the norm at about 75% were Game Revolution and Polygon. Some of the criticism was about the optional touch-screen controls which are less accurate and not as fun as the normal controls. Both GameInformer’s main complaint and compliment was that it was similar to Bayonetta 1 like sharing some of the same weapons. That’s not really an issue to me since I’m new to the series, but I can see why it’s good and bad to have similarity between games. Read the rest of this entry →