James’ Games #17

What I’ve Been Up To

Concrete Genie (Playstation 4)

Concrete Genie is a new PS4 exclusive developed by PixelOpus and published by Sony. You play as Ash, a lonesome teenager who enjoys sketching and exploring the abandoned town of Denska, where he once lived. When his sketchbook is stolen by some bullies, Ash runs away to the Lighthouse. Once there he finds a magic paintbrush, allowing him to paint and create living ‘genies’ on the walls of the town. Ash takes it upon himself to liven up the town, and restore it to what it once was. I really enjoyed this game, I know I say that about every game, but this one was something special. The main story took about 6-7 hours to finish, and for the most part it was pretty straightforward. Light up an area of town to clear some sludge, so that you can move into a different area of town and repeat the process. Chapter 5 and 6 introduce a fun type of combat, but it’s not the main focus of the game. It seems that combat is mainly introduced to help provide a conclusion to the story. After finishing the game, I decided to get the Platinum Trophy (my 6th ever Platinum), which only took another 3-4 hours. Most of the requirements for trophies can be done easily, without much searching or grinding, which I really enjoyed. The Genie Moments, and a few others are the only ones that I remember having to really search for. I don’t think that the post-game was as enjoyable as the main story. I think that Concrete Genie is at its’ best when you’re discovering new areas and sketches, not to mention that the game has a very clear and sincere message about forgiveness and judgement. Concrete Genie is easily one of the best games I’ve played in 2019.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (3DS)

Oracle of Seasons was originally released for the Gameboy Color in 2001. Lately, I’ve been playing the game on my 3DS. I started playing it as a continuation of my Link’s Awakening Hype. As I’ve mentioned before, Link’s Awakening DX is my favorite 2D Zelda to date. I replayed Link’s Awakening last week, and went straight into Oracle of Seasons. I was surprised how similar the two games are. The controls, graphics, and quality are identical, with the main difference being story, items, and dungeon layout. I think I’m through the first three dungeons, and this game has been everything I’ve wanted it to be and more. I like that it has a natural progression and the hints about what to to next are subtle, but more frequent. I like that in Oracle of Seasons the NPCs are a lot more helpful when you get stuck. It gives you a reason to talk to NPCs and experience the world, and also helps you not get lost on your quest. I’m looking forward to playing the rest of the dungeons, and I’m hoping that I’ll be through most of the game by next week.

Assassin’s Creed III Remastered (XBOX One S)

Assassin’s Creed III isn’t regarded as one of the best Assassin’s Creed games, but for some reason I’ve owned about five copies of it, most recently the remastered edition on XBOX One. I’ve finished 10 of the 12 memory sequences of the game, and saying that I have mixed feelings about it would be an extreme understatement. A Lot of the game feels “just okay” to me. In combat, the standard enemies feel too weak, whereas the bigger “brute” enemies feel way overpowered. Traveling across the world is a drag, it’s large and lifelike, but it feels empty and dull. One thing that is a really mixed point for me is the protagonist, Connor. Maybe it’s just me, but he seems moody and unlikable to me. He’s on a similar revenge path as Ezio, but Ezio has much more depth to his character. Just when I was ready to label connor as my least favorite Assassin, he surprised me. In memory sequences 9 and 10 you play as Connor as he meets and briefly works with his father Haytham, the Templar Grandmaster. Their dynamic and story in those two sequences is better than anything else in the game (from what I’ve seen). I’m going to finish the game, but I’m a little bummed that it seems to disappoint me every time I play through it.

What I’m looking forward to

Luigi’s Mansion 3 on October 31st

I loved exploring Luigi’s Mansion on Gamecube as a kid, I missed out on Dark Moon on the 3DS, but I’m really interested to see what they do with the third installment. For the most part, I haven’t watched any of the promotional content, and I have no idea what to expect.

Recent Pickups

The Last Guardian (PS4)

Yesterday (Blu-Ray)

Spider-Man: Far From Home (Blu Ray)

Thanks for Reading!

See yall next week!

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