A very good day so far

Today I got my birthday gift from my sister and brother (in-law), a brand new Kindle Fire. So as I take my dog for her around noon walk, it is loading at home. I know I said I would give you something on Deadman’s Cross today, but I haven’t figured it out enough yet to give you anything meaningful.

On a sad note, all my progress on Doctor Who Legacy is gone. Oh well, let the adventure begin again.

A very good day so far

Gantz the Anime

imageFirst off let me say that I have never read the manga. Nor did I see the anime when it first came out. I did however binge watch it recently.

With that in mind, please read on.

First some details. The anime is 26 episodes long, and is more like a soap opera than episodic. Each battle, from the beginning, to when they have killed the last alien they are sent after, spans multiple episodes. It focuses on a few people, and one in particular. It also has a lot of blood, gore, and death. There is also nudity and sex so if you are not in to that, or should not be watching it beware.

Now what i think. The anime may be 26 episodes long, but it should have stopped at 21. The last battle (set of episodes) really serve no purpose and only raise questions that it does not answer. For example why does Gantz target Kei Kurono for death as an alien when up until then Gantz was using him as a hunter.

If you look on the web for an explanation you get a few. I will look at a couple of them here.

One is that it was is suppose to be an unwinable game. There are several problems with this view. First you do not give out super suits, trackers, and lethal weapons to those you are intentionally sending out to die because it raises their chance to live. Besides the jerk that I was happy to see die had survived longer than Kurono and was not targeted.

Another was that Gantz was pissed at Kurono for trying to shoot him in the head.  Unfortunately, this does not wash. First off a powerful bomb is placed in their heads when they first arrive. Why not just trigger the bomb, end the season/series and start with all new people if there is a second season. Or teleport in a bunch of people and target him right then instead of waiting weeks.

There are of course other “explanations” in the forums as well, but I am sure that you can see why they don’t work. So I will wrap this up since this post is getting on the long side.

If they had ended it before the targeting of Kurono, I would probably have given this an 8. But as it stands with all 26 episodes, it deserves a 3. For no ending is better than the ending that they gave us.

Gantz the Anime

A bad day for a gamer

Yesterday my 360 decided to do something odd. First it turned itself on. Yep, no shittin, it turned itself on without my help. No touching buttons. No activating the controller. It just came on. Since I wasn’t ready to use it, I shut it down. Now it won’t power on no matter what I do. I just won’t.

First my Kindle was stollen at a medical center before my appointment, now my 360. Fortunately a new Kindle was bought for my birthday. I just have to wait for it to  arrive.

i also just found out that my Sister and Brother (in-law) are sending me their old 360 since they have an Xbox One. That is just awesome.

Tomorrow I’ll post about the anime Gantz. So for all you out there “Spoilers”. And the next day the game Deadman’s Cross.

So no matter how bad it gets, keep gaming,

Mark

A bad day for a gamer

Happy to be alive weekend

Have you ever spent the night killing zombies and woke to the privilege of killing different ones? I have. Saturday night I spent some time playing State Of Decay Breakdown on the Xbox 360 and then I played some Deadman’s Cross and started a game of The Walking Dead Season 2 by TellTale Games, both on the PS Vita. It was a lotta fun.

Gameplay for TWD Season 2 is much the same between the Xbox 360 and the PSVita and there appears to be no variation in the story between the two. Or there wasn’t in the first chapter. Also the Trophies are located at the same places as the Xbox Achievements. So the only real difference is the added fun of a touch screen.

Slay Much And Prosper,

Mark

Happy to be alive weekend

Freemium at its worst

Trying to up my trophy count and level, I have looked in to the free to play games on the PlayStation Vita. There I found an example of the worst of the Freemium lot. But before I go in to that some pictures may help.

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Here is a screen shot from Desert Ashes on the Vita.

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And here is one from Hydlide on the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)

Notice how blocky and alike they are. The funny thing is that the Vita is an 8th generation video game system and the NES is a 3rd generation system. But the disappointments don’t end there. This is one of those Freemiums that is actually a demo. To play the majority of the campaigns you have to buy them. It does have an okay soundtrack, nothing noteworthy, just ok.

I feel I am being generous giving this a 3, had even the music been a little worse it would have garnered a 2.

Freemium at its worst

A Freemium worth a look

Some Freemiums I hate. You know the type. They are really demos but don’t want to be called that, so they say they have in app or game purchasing, when they really mean that to continue to play you MUST pay.

But then there are the Freemiums that you can play all the way to the end without ever spending a cent, unless you want to. Recently I ran across one of those on the PlayStation Vita named “Run Sockboy Run”.

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As you can see it has nice graphic, it is entertaining, and a little addictive. It is also easy to play with easy controls so it is good for children. The only real drawback that I see to it is when you have enough bubble which you collect as you run, it will bombard you with a message that you have enough to buy something from the store. This wouldn’t be so bad if it was done once, or even after every few runs. But it gives you that message after EVERY run, until you spend those bubbles down to too few.

If it were not for that I might give this game a kid friendly 7 but it only gets a 6.

A Freemium worth a look

A somewhat polished gem

Last night I downloaded Spear Shaker for the Vita. I thought it might be fun in spite of it being a joisting game with the name Spear instead of lance. And hey, it was free, so I had kinda low expectations. I must say that for the price it is great. The graphics are a little simple compared to some of the games I have played on it. But they are not that bad. It doesn’t overwhelm you with music. The trumpet blasts are trumpets. And it has a leveling up system. So if you are looking for good and mindless entertainment, I would check this out. I am giving it a solid 5.

Have fun,

Mark

A somewhat polished gem