Categories
3DS Game Reviews Gamecube Gaming Reviews Standard Reviews

Standard Review: Luigi’s Mansion (GC/3DS)

There are two kinds of people in this world; those that like Luigi’s Mansion, and people who hate fun. The first Luigi’s Mansion was apparently not well received when it originally came out since it wasn’t a sequel to Super Mario 64 and had some big shoes to fill. Luigi’s Mansion is not even in the same genre as Mario 64 so those comparisons only came up due to the fact that Mario platformers were previously released as launch titles for Nintendo consoles, and this likely lead kids to assume that Luigi’s Mansion was a platformer because it was a Gamecube launch title.

The Gamecube did eventually get a Mario platformer with … which apparently also had a bunch of people who didn’t like it because Nintendo fanboys are just unpleasable it seems… and also it’s kinda been close to two decades since it’s been released. This means that plenty of people have had time to examine Luigi’s Mansion on its own merits and many have rightfully concluded that it is a good game. Of course I always liked it to begin with and lost count of the amount of times I played it as a child, but what prompted this review was me playing through the 3DS port a few weeks before this was written.

Categories
Dreamcast Game Reviews Gamecube Gaming PC Gaming Platformers Playstation 3 Retro Reviews Standard Reviews Steam Xbox 360

Standard Review: Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast/Gamecube/PC/PS3/360)

Sonic Adventure was a game that I grew up with, and recently took the opportunity to replay through its steam port that I got on sale. Looking back on it, I always noticed that there were some flaws with it but still felt nostalgia for it anyway. After replaying it, my opinion is mostly reaffirmed except that I found them more emphasized. The flaws were more grating, but the good parts of it were more apparent and I still had quite a bit of fun with it.

The story in Sonic Adventure is mostly a mixed bag. The writing is very stiff and basic, oftentimes to the point of being laughable. Even as a kid I was able to understand the problems with the game’s writing and easily understood what others criticized it for. Despite this, the game held a unique charm to it that drew me to it.

Categories
Amazing VGM Dreamcast Gamecube Gaming Music PC Gaming Playstation 3 Steam Xbox 360

Amazing VGM: Believe in Myself (Sonic Adventure)

I’ve never been one to avoid connecting my personal life into my game related articles. After all, if someone is reading this blog then it’s because I have a unique style that no one else can replicate. I may as well not hide the fact that I am an individual person with her own experiences and feelings. It is those experiences that make me who I am and it is who I am that allows me to do what I do.

Fittingly enough, this week’s song is about learning to take care of and believe in yourself. The song is titled, appropriately enough, “Believe in Myself” and is the character theme of Tails from Sonic Adventure.

Categories
3DS Amazing VGM Gamecube Gaming Music PC Gaming Playstation Playstation 2 Playstation 3 Retro Saturn SNES Wii U

Amazing VGM: Blizzard Buffalo (Mega Man X3)

So, we all agree that Mega Man X music kicks ass right? I mean, how can someone think otherwise. I’ve already talked about Spark Mandrill’s theme from the first Mega Man X, but it’s the Christmas err fuck, I mean holiday season, and I am totally being forced to say “holidays” instead of Christmas against my wishes due to political correctness gone mad and not just poking fun at an overused joke. Yeah yeah I know, no one actually cares which one I use except for the easily offended MAGA fuckboys and Trump himself, which makes me want to keep saying holidays in and of itself. Unfortunately even I can’t manage THAT level of contrarianism when I actually do celebrate Christmas.

Anyway, i just put that tangent there because I need enough content before I put the “read more” break in.

Categories
AAA Amazing VGM Dreamcast Gamecube Gaming Music PC Gaming Platformers Playstation 3 Retro Steam Xbox 360

Amazing VGM: It Doesn’t Matter (Sonic Adventure)

I always remember both Sonic Adventure titles being among the first games I played that I got emotionally attached to. Yes they were corny as hell and even when I was a kid I cringed at some of the stupider moments (that’s code for “anything involving Amy Rose”) but both games exuded a type of emotion and passion that we rarely see anymore, and as I said when I reviewed it, I’m almost willing to say that it would have been a worse game if it had better writing.

Kids don’t usually notice flaws in writing, but they can sense emotion and passion, and Sonic Adventure was a game that exuded serious passion with its story. Unlike Mario whose 3D entries had little story involved, the 3D Sonic games did involve stories. While the writing and voice acting was corny as hell, it also had such charm and sincerity that I looked past it as a child and still can today. Partially I say this because there still has not been any game that made me feel quite the same as the Sonic Adventure titles, and I actually had trouble getting into Sonic Colors because of it (and because I actually didn’t dislike any of the 3D titles at that point except for Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic and the Black Knight, no I haven’t played Sonic 06 btw) and it’s partially why I have yet to play Generations or Lost World.

Categories
3DS Amazing VGM Dreamcast DS Gamecube Gaming Genesis/Mega Drive Indie JRPGs PC Gaming Platformers Playstation 2 Playstation 3 PSP Retro Retro Throwback Steam VGM of the week Wii

Oprainfall VGM of the Week Directory

So, since I was too busy to put together an Amazing VGM article this week, I figure the next best thing is to put together a directory of all the installments of its predecessor, VGM of the Week, that I wrote for Oprainfall back in 2015. I feel it would be cheep to post them individually since they are shorter pieces, so here is a link to each one.

Radiant Historia – The Red Locus

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows – Morishige’s Theme of Love

Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode 4 – Tycho

Shadow of the Colossus – Demise of the Ritual

Luigi’s Mansion – King Boo’s Theme

Sonic Adventure – Azure Blue World

Wonder Boy 3: Monster Lair – The Ice World

If you would like to support me or this site, then please support my Patreon if you would like to see higher quality content with more resources to put towards it. If you don’t want to spend any money on me, then you can also help out by simply sharing my blog on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, or anywhere else where others will see it. You can also follow this blog if you would like to be kept up to date on my stuff, or you could follow me on any of my social media pages (listed at the bottom of the page) and could stop by The Guardian Acorn Discord chat if you would like to talk to me and my homies.

 

Categories
3DS Amazing VGM Gamecube Gaming PC Gaming Playstation 2 PSP Retro SNES Wii Wii U XBox

Amazing VGM: Spark Mandrill (Mega Man X)

TW: A brief facetious usage of the f-slur on my part.

Yeah sorry about being too much of an Earthbound/Undertale fangirl that my last three Amazing VGM entries were related to one of them in some way. As a result, this week’s is from Mega Man X; the much more hardcore and flashy spinoff of the original Mega Man series. It’s not like those old puny 8 bit games with their bleeps and bloops. It instead signifies the FUTURE with its badass head banging synthesized guitar. Now this is the shit. It’s awesome and it can in no way relate to Underta…