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First Impressions: Okami HD

Published April 9, 2018 by Amanda B. Greene

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Okami HD is a high-definition remaster of a classic that was originally released on the Playstation 2. I will be talking about the Playstation 4 version, but you can also get the game on Microsoft Windows and Xbox One right now. Over the summer, you will also be able to play it on the Nintendo Switch. Okami is considered to be one of the best video games of all time due to its critical acclaim and artistic expression.

I am a few hours or so into the game now and I agree that it is great, especially for its timeless art style resembling what is called ink wash painting through cel-shading. If you’re interested, click the link to learn more.

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First Impressions: Metroid: Samus Returns

Published February 1, 2018 by Amanda B. Greene

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Metroid: Samus Returns is a great return to its roots as a two-dimensional platforming shooter on the Nintendo 3DS. So far, I’ve gotten a few hours into the game and I’m liking it. This is more of what previous games like Metroid: Other M should have been like. Here are my first impressions…

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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 →