Resident Evil 2 (2019) Review

Resident Evil 2 (2019) is the long-awaited remake of the beloved second installment from 1998 in the classic Survival Horror franchise, helping bring a more modern take using elements from more recent installments such as 4 and 7.

 

The game remains set in the fictional Raccoon City, where two people traveling there find themselves caught in the middle of an outbreak that has resulted in creating hordes of zombies and mutated creatures, searching for a way to escape while uncovering the truth of how it all started. While there are a few changes made, the story is largely the same as the original, with nothing really contradicting how everything already happened. This allows for a couple of mysteries and surprises for those who already played the original game.

 

The visuals are obviously improved to meet the standards of current games of this generation, using the game engine from 7 to give much more detail to the environment and enemies, showing the horrific imagery such as the grotesque monsters and/or the brutal killings in all their bloody disgusting glory. A lot of it will still look familiar to older fans, while also altering other parts to help it stay fresh. Either way, it’s quite impressive to look at, even if your heart or stomach can’t take it as well as your eyes.

 

The gameplay returns to its classic roots of giving you the option to either fight or run away from zombies, depending on the weapons or items you have and how much of them you’re allowed to carry. Healing items and ammo are in limited supplies, so you have to be careful of how you use them up, which has always been a source of tension. There’s also a few puzzles you need to solve in order to escape. It of course has all come a long way, and is improved upon for today’s audience.

 

While zombies are slow for the most part, there’s still a chance for them to grab you while you’re busy running and shooting. Aiming for the head isn’t gonna cut it this time, and they can follow you to most of the other rooms. One monster in particular is a near-indestructible brute that will keep looking for you no matter how much you run or hide. There’s a lot of suspense with having to deal with him menacingly coming your way and smashing you to the ground. There’s a lot of strategy involved with having to deal with all these creatures, as you still need to save some stuff for the bosses that you’ll definitely have to fight. So make sure you have enough firepower to take those on.

 

Overall, the game stays true to the original terrifying experience from 20 years ago, while still using the later improvements to the series to truly make it a new take on an old favorite. While some things are still removed or heavily altered, it doesn’t stray too far from what people originally got in the day. Even keeping some extra content for after already finishing the game so that you can keep playing some more afterwards. With all the expectations this remake had to live up to, it manages to do the original game justice.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate Review

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After 4 years Super Smash Bros Ultimate makes it’s debut on Nintendo Switch and it lives up to the name ultimate. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a fighting game in which characters from several different Nintendo franchises duke it out in a fighting game battle royale. With this being the fifth entry in the franchise Nintendo pulled out all the stops to make this the best Smash Bros game ever.

This time around the roster is a massive 74 fighters and Nintendo definitely delivered the goods when comes to the characters in the game. The game also boasts a massive 108 stages making it once again the largest stage selection in the series. With the game having 74 fighters in it’s roster Nintendo brought back every character that’s ever been in a Smash game ever, including characters that haven’t been in a Smash game since Melee.

There are also 10 new fighters this time around as well. They include fighters like Simon Belmont, The Inklings, Ridley, King K Rool, Isabelle, and Inciniroar. There are also echo fighters this time around as well. These are variants of previously existing fighters which include Richter Belmont who is an echo fighter of Simon Belmont, Daisy who is an echo fighter of Princess Peach and many more echo fighters as well.

Another new edition to Super Smash Bros ultimate are spirits; these take the place of trophies from the previous smash games. These are spirits of various Nintendo characters that you can equip to the fighter of your choice, these can be various things like an attack boost or having a specific item equipped  There are 4 different kinds of spirits: Attack spirits, Shield spirits, Grab spirits, and Neutral spirits. Super Smash Bros Ultimate uses a rock, paper, scissors type system with its spirits such as attack spirits are good against grab spirits, shield spirits are good against attack spirits, and grab spirits are good against shield spirits. Equipping the right kind of spirits into battle adds a lot of depth and strategy into the game. There are primary spirits and support spirits you equip to the character of your choice. Primary spirits have an amount of power that when leveled up increase your fighters stats. Depending on the type of primary spirit you have equipped it gives 1-3 support spirits slots. Support spirits are spirits that can only be equipped if you have a primary spirit equipped. Depending on the type of primary spirit that you have equipped will give a certain number of support spirits slots. Each support spirit has a cost and each one uses up a support spirit slot. Support spirits not only power up your fighter but also can give a specific bonus when starting the fight, such as zap floor immunity or having a home run bat equipped.

Classic mode once again returns and in my opinion it is the best it’s been in the series. It’s short and sweet, there’s unique boss battles and each fighter’s path is different and unique for each fighter in all classic mode and it is great in this game. All star mode also returns in this game but it’s not as good as it was in previous smash games, it’s basically a mob smash from the previous smash games. The fighting once again is fast paced and a chaotic like it’s been in previous Smash games. This time around you can not only air dodge but there is a critical smash if you land a critical hit on your opponent there will be a flash to indicate it. Once again 8 player smash returns.

There are 103 stages in the game but sadly there are only 4 new stages in this game. Just about all the previous stages get a big graphical upgrade being presented in HD. The only exception being the stages form the Super Smash Bros 64, those stages retain their original looks. New to Smash Ultimate this time around are  stamina battles. These play like a traditional fighting game where you deplete your opponent’s health bar or in this case percentage meter to 0. Vs mode now has a lot more options than before when creating your own custom Vs match. You can now modify rules set in the game for Smash/Custom Smash, Squad Strike and Smash Tourney. Custom Balance allows you to modify a fighter’s power so that way they’re not too overpowered. You can choose whether or not to seperate echo fighters or mii fighters.

Graphics are in full HD and to the date the best this series has ever looked being bright and colorful and cartoony at the same time. Assist trophies once again return and they’re better than ever. Not only is there more than there has been in the past, but now you can Ko assist trophies as well. Final Smashes once again make a return and they’re once again better than ever. They’re not only more flashier than before, but they also get right to the point this time around. No more having the final smashes be some powerup, now they feel like a finishing move in a fighting game.

Online play also returns this time with more options than ever. Up to 4 players can battle it out against each other online, players can also set up a private room together where you can voice chat with your friends via Nintendo Voice Chat app. For ranking system this time around we have the global smash power. This online ranking system ranks all players scores on a numerical scale with the number based on how many players that person outranks. There’s also a special mode in the game just for the top players called Elite Smash mode. You now have a preferred rules option for how you want to play multiplayers whether it’s locally or online. You can set the rules for how you want to play and who you want to play with as well.

There’s also a spectator mode where you can watch other players battle it out online. It’s a great way to pick up gameplay tips. All in all Super Smash Bros Ultimate is great and it improves over everything the previous games did and adds a lot of new stuff as well. It also adds a lot of new stuff into the game to make it feel unique and brand new at the same time. While there are a few game modes that I feel are missing, all in all I feel Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the best Super Smash Bros game to date. My final score for Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a 5 out of 5. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

 

Nathan B

 

Captain N: The Game Master(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the TV series Captain N: The Game Master. This TV series is comprised of 34 episodes which takes place in an alternate universe called Videoland which consists of classic NES worlds and characters.

 

The NES worlds in Videoland are Bayouland (The Adventures of Bayou Billy), Castlevania, Dragon’s Den (Dragon Warrior), Excalibur (Wizards & Warriors), Final Fantasy, Kongoland (Donkey Kong), Hyrule (The Legend of Zelda), Megaland (Mega Man), Metroid, News World (Paperboy), Mount Icarus (Kid Icarus), Tetris, Puss ‘N Boots (Puss ‘N Boots: Pero’s Great Adventure), Nottingham (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) and Punch-Out!!

 

The protagonists of this series are Captain N (main hero), Duke (Captain N’s pet dog), Lana (princess of Videoland), Simon Belmont (Castlevania), Mega Man,Roll, Rush & Dr. Light (Megaland), Link & Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda), Kid Icarus (Mount Icarus) and Bayou Billy (The Adventures of Bayou Billy).

 

The antagonists of this series are Mother Brain (Metroid), King Hippo (Punch-Out!!), Eggplant Wizard & Medusa (Mount Icarus), Ganon & Rebonack (The Legend of Zelda), Dr. Wily (Megaland), The Count (Castlevania) and Dragonlord (Dragon’s Den).

 

In conclusion, I found this TV series to be the greatest collaboration of Nintendo games to ever be televised as a fully animated cartoon of golden proportions.

A look at some of the Videoland worlds featured on the show. This is actually the menu from the DVD set.

 

Mega Man: Legends(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Mega Man: Legends for the PlayStation 1. The story timeline in this game takes place around 80XX which is sixty thousand years after the events of the classic Mega Man game series. Around that time, the world was mostly covered in water, save for several islands as well as some ancient ruins that are located either in the ocean or on the islands themselves.

 

The story setting in this game takes place on Kattelox Island. The locations on Kattelox Island that you visit are Kattelox City’s Cardon Forest/Market Street/Junk Shop(South), DownTown/Library(Central), UpTown/Museum/TV Studio/Hospital/Boat House/Lake Jyun(West), Old City/Main Gate ruins(East) and Clozer Woods/Bank/Police Station/City Hall(North).

 

The main protagonists are MegaMan Volnutt (Main Hero)(Digger: adventurers that explore ancient ruins), Roll Caskett (Engineer)(Spotter: an adventurer’s assistant who alerts said Diggers to oncoming dangers), Barrel Caskett (Roll’s grandfather)(Veteran Digger) and Data (a Robotic Monkey/MegaMan’s faithful companion).

 

The main antagonists are MegaMan Juno (MegaMan’s evil twin) as well as a family of pirates called the Bonnes which consist of Tron Bonne (Engineer), Teisel Bonne (Leader)(Tron’s big brother), Bon Bonne (a mechanized infant)(Tron’s little brother) and the Servbots (41 indestructible midget robots created by Tron Bonne).

 

The vehicles used by the protagonists in this game are comprised of an explorer’s van, an explorer’s boat and the Flutter (MegaMan’s personal AirShip).

 

The vehicles used by the Bonnes in this game are comprised of Ferdinand (Tron’s OctoRobot), MarlWolf (Teisel’s ultimate digging machine), Balkon Gerat (the Bonne’s mechanized Sea Serpent), Theodore Bruno (the Bonne’s mechanized Giant), Focke-Wulf (the Bonne’s mechanized Dragon) and the Gesellschaft (the Bonne’s Personal WarShip).

 

In conclusion, I found this MegaMan game to be one of the most highly challenging RPGs in the entire history of MegaMan.

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Mega Man X: Legacy Collection(Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming game Mega Man X: Legacy Collection for the PlayStation 4. This game is comprised of 8 Mega Man X games that are divided between 2 game discs. The story setting for these games takes place 100 years after the events of the classic Mega Man series.

 

The Mega Man X games on Mega Man X: Legacy Collection 1 (Disc1) are Mega Man X1 (Super Nintendo), Mega Man X2 (Super Nintendo), Mega Man X3 (Super Nintendo) and Mega Man X4 (PlayStation 1). The Mega Man X games on Mega Man X: Legacy Collection 2 (Disc2) are Mega Man X5 (PlayStation 1), Mega Man X6 (PlayStation 1), Mega Man X7 (PlayStation 2) and Mega Man X8 (PlayStation 2).

 

The main characters are X (Mega Man version 10.0)(Hero)(Weapon: X Buster), Zero (ProtoMan version 10.0)(Hero)(Weapons: Zero Buster/Beam Saber), Axl (Hero)(Weapon: Dual Blasters), Vile (Villain)(Weapons: Shoulder Cannon/Vile Buster/Ride Armor) and Sigma (Villain)(Weapon: Beam Weaponry).

 

The main antagonists of Mega Man X1 are Chill Penguin, Storm Eagle, Spark Mandrill, Flame Mammoth, Armored Armadillo, Launch Octopus, Sting Chameleon and Boomerang Kuwanger. The main antagonists of Mega Man X2 are Crystal Snail, Wire Sponge, Magna Centipede, Morph Moth, Overdrive Ostrich, Flame Stag, Bubble Crab and Wheel Gator.

 

The main antagonists of Mega Man X3 are Blast Hornet, Blizzard Buffalo, Toxic Seahorse, Tunnel Rhino, Volt Catfish, Crush Crawfish, Neon Tiger and Gravity Beetle. The main antagonists of Mega Man X4 are Slash Beast, Split Mushroom, Jet Stingray, Web Spider, Frost Walrus, Storm Owl, Cyber Peacock and Magma Dragoon.

 

The main antagonists of Mega Man X5 are Crescent Grizzly, Tidal Whale, Shining Firefly, Spike Rosered, Dark Necrobat, Burn Dinorex, Volt Kraken and Spiral Pegasus. The main antagonists of Mega Man X6 are Infinity Mijinion, Shield Sheldon, Metal Shark Player, Ground Scaravich, Blaze Heatnix, Blizzard Wolfang, Rainy Turtloid and Commander Yammark.

 

The main antagonists of Mega Man X7 are Soldier Stonekong, Tornado Tonion, Splash fly, Flame Hyenard, Rise Boarski, Snipe Anteator, Wind Crowrang and Vanishing Gungaroo. The main antagonists of Mega Man X8 are Bamboo Pandamonium, Optic Sunflower, Dark Mantis, Gravity Antonion, Earthrock Trilobyte, Gigabolt Man-O-War, Burn Rooster and Avalanche Yeti.

 

In conclusion, I found through these games that the scientific legacy of Dr. Thomas Light will continue to exist forevermore through the heroic actions of every Mega Man that ever existed or ever will exist.

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Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1&2(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review both Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 & Mega Man: Legacy Collection 2 for the PlayStation 4. Both games are remastered collections of every classic Mega Man games from Mega Man 1 all the way to Mega Man 10.

 

The games in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 are Mega Man 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The games in Mega Man: Legacy Collection are Mega Man 7, 8, 9 & 10.

 

The main characters in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 are Rock/Mega Man, Roll, Rush, Blues/ProtoMan, Dr. Thomas Light and Dr. Albert Wily.

 

The antagonists in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 are Mega Man 1: CutMan, GutsMan, IceMan, FireMan, BombMan and ElecMan. Mega Man 2: MetalMan, AirMan, BubbleMan, WoodMan, HeatMan, CrashMan, FlashMan and QuickMan. Mega Man 3: Needle Man, Magnet Man, Gemini Man, HardMan, TopMan, SnakeMan, SparkMan & ShadowMan. Mega Man 4: BrightMan, ToadMan, DrillMan, RingMan, DustMan, DiveMan, PharaohMan and SkullMan. Mega Man 5: Gravity Man, WaveMan, StoneMan, GyroMan, StarMan ChargeMan, NapalmMan and CrystalMan. Mega Man 6: Blizzard Man, Flame Man, WindMan, Plant Man, Knight Man, Centaur Man, TomahawkMan and YamatoMan.

 

The main characters in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 2 are Rock/Mega Man, Roll, Rush, Blues/ProtoMan, Duo, Dr. Thomas Light, Forte/Bass, Treble and Dr. Albert Wily.

 

The antagonists in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 are Mega Man 7: Freeze Man, JunkMan, BurstMan, CloudMan, SpringMan, SlashMan, TurboMan and ShadeMan. Mega Man 8: Tengu Man, FrostMan, ClownMan, Grenade Man, SearchMan, AquaMan, Sword Man and AstroMan. Mega Man 9: SplashWoman, Hornet Man, PlugMan, Concrete Man, Tornado Man, MagmaMan, JewelMan and GalaxyMan. Mega Man 10: PumpMan, ChillMan, SheepMan, StrikeMan, NitroMan, Commando Man, Blade Man and SolarMan.

 

In conclusion, I found these two Mega Man games to be a celebratory anniversary of the entire classic Mega Man franchise (Hooray for Mega Man aka “the Blue Bomber”).

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