Patiently Awaiting A Lot of Good Games This Month. . .
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Monday, June 6th –
Hello and Good Monday my Giga-Landers! I hope you are doing well after this past week of absence. I come from a bit of a military family, Memorial Day was spent with the relatives. That doesn’t excuse why I didn’t post anything from the rest of the week though . . . Sorry!
Anyway, as my prospective jobs grow by the minute . . . month(?), I’ve still been pecking away at my extensive gaming list on Steam. Since I finished MGSV:TPP and Tales of Zestiria, I’ve run out of (new) console games to play. Until tomorrow when Odin Sphere comes out for the PS4! I don’t know if you’ve heard of or played that particular game, but it’s definitely in my Top 10 games of all time. It may be the best, or at least one of the best, localized games in America as well. It’s a touching, yet tragic story based on a mixture of Norse and Irish mythology that really leaves a strong message. The artwork is absolutely stellar too, which helps build the beautiful and dark world around the characters. I highly suggest playing this if you love a good story strewn with mythological ties. You won’t be sorry.
On the list of things I have finished this past week, I finally finished Azure Striker Gunvolt and Cave Story. Gunvolt was a side-scrolling shooter akin to MegaMan that prioritzed speed and perfection above stealing moves and flashy weapons. That’s not to say Gunvolt’s electric weapons weren’t flashy as heck though! It was a fun, short game with great music and, if you did well enough, really good vocal insert songs by a certain idol (who I don’t know). The ending is terribly bitter-sweet, but it was fun nonetheless.
Cave Story, on the other hand, was one that I’d played previously only to get the “normal” ending where EVERYTHING WAS TERRIBLE! This time, I was determined to get the good ending and save my robo waifu! But, I hadn’t counted on the true final level being so infuriatingly difficult. It’s definitely doable but, the time limit doesn’t help when you’re trying not to make mistakes! It’s such a charming story for something made several years ago and completely for free. Though, Cave Story+ is on Steam if you want to buy it, which I highly suggest you do.
NOW ON TO ANIME!
Re:Zero continues to be my favorite show every week. With its amazing use of suspense and intensely powerful choreography and cinematography, it has taken my heart all season long. But, I gush over Subaru and Emilia all the time. So, let’s talk about something different.
I don’t know if many of you are old enough to have heard of Ushio and Tora, a manga that aired waaaaaaaay back in the 90’s. Well, after about 20 years of thought, apparently they’d decided to reboot it in anime form. It totally feels like a 90’s anime with much cleaner visuals, so my nostalgia might be taking over sometimes, but Ushio and Tora is definitely a fantastic shounen anime if there ever was one. Starring a young boy with the “Beast Spear” and a demon who wants revenge on the almighty Hakumen no Mono, they fight together to bring humans and monsters closer in hopes of taking on Hakumen and saving Japan. It really started out as an episodic “Monster of the Week” show, but just about every monster and every character has had some sort of reprising role in the show. I was incredibly surprised with how it used characters that made them out to be “people” instead of “tropes”. If you like action and shounen shows, I would definitely start watching if I were you!
Anyway, that’s it for me today, Giga-Friends! I hope you have a great Monday and an even better week! -J.R