While I've been taking this short break from my Final Fantasy Project I've mostly been playing Chrono Trigger, but that's not all. In anticipation of the next couple Final Fantasy games I picked up a Playstation Vita (to play FFVII through FFX). I've had an active PS Plus subscription for awhile so I had a bunch of free Vita games waiting for me when I bought it. I've been trying out all of the games I could download through PS Plus and I picked up a few others too... so here are my rapid-fire impressions.
Keep in mind, I think I only spent about $15 total (besides my Vita bundle) to get these games.
Thomas Was Alone
This is a fantastic platformer. I never thought a bunch of rectangles could get me emotionally invested. Easily one of the top games on this list for me. If you are a platformer fan, Thomas Was Alone is probably on a console/PC that you own and you should buy it. I fully endorse Thomas Was Alone.
I actually spent money on this one. It's a really fun arcade style plane flying / bullet dodging shooter. It's lots of fun, especially in short bursts. If you see it on sale for $5-$10 buy it.
Surprisingly good game that I had no prior knowledge of. You can defy gravity and fly around a floating town. It's fun and it looks like a full console game. Great visuals.
Nothing surprising here. It's borderlands 2. There aren't as many characters on screen and it's definitely lower res than PC or console... but it's portable. If you want a portable Borderlands game, this is it.
A beautiful (really, seriously beautiful) Vanillaware beat-em-up game. Lots of sword fighting. Amazing visuals. Gameplay is serviceable, but I'm just constantly amazed at how it looks in motion.
Racing isn't my favorite genre but this seems to be a solid futuristic racer. I won't put much time into it, but if you like futuristic racers you might want to take a look. It could scratch that F-Zero itch.
Uncharted Golden Abyss
It feels like they tried to cram every touch gesture into this game even though it doesn't need it. I was very underwhelmed by the gameplay and frustrated with the touch controls.
Monsters Ultimate HD
Not the best tower defense game I've played, not the worst. I'll probably play it some more, but I wouldn't have spent money on it.
Retro City Rampage
This game is spastic. It's kind of a top-down GTA / retrofest. It didn't click with me at all. I gave up on it after about 30 minutes.
I played through this on PC awhile ago. I enjoyed it PC and the Vita version seem to control just fine. It's not a game I liked enough to play through again.
I really liked this game on PC. I can't stand the controls on Vita. It should be a twin-stick shooter but it isn't for some reason.
More of a puzzle game than a stealth game. I got bored of it after 45 minutes or so. I don't see myself going back to it.
It's a fairly interesting vertical scrolling shooter. It does some unique things with teleporting your ship around the screen while the action is going on. I might put more time into it, but it's not my favorite genre.
Horrible racing game. Don't even bother.
Out of all the racing games I tried, this is the best. It's probably the closest thing to Mario Kart you can find on the Vita. I actually liked it. If I didn't own a 3DS with an actual Mario Kart on it I would put a lot of time into this game.
Weird 3rd person action RPG. Gorey for no apparent reason. I hated the controls and the setting. Would not recommend.
Street Fighter X Tekken
It's a fighter. I don't love fighters, but this one seems decent. I won't play much of it, but fighting fans would probably really enjoy this one.
A puzzle game with a lot going on. This would be a better fit on iOS or android because it seems to not use anything on the Vita except the front touch screen.
There you go, a ton of initial impressions. If you have any questions or want to talk more in depth about these games leave a comment or reach out to me on twitter @grnmushroom.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Thanks to some twitter and blogger friends - like Syl and TishToshTesh - I decided it was time to finally play Chrono Trigger. I don't know how I've avoided this game my whole life. I obviously love a good JRPG and Chrono Trigger always makes it into the top lists of best RPGs ever. So, it was time to get to it.
Coming from playing a bunch of Final Fantasy games in a row, the biggest difference in Chrono Trigger is no random battles! Let me say that again, NO RANDOM BATTLES! It's so nice to be able to actually see the enemies and choose whether or not to engage them in battle. It also goes a long way toward making the world more immersive since it doesn't kick over to a separate battle screen. Combat all takes place without any transition or load time.
- Large sprite characters look really good on screen.
- Time travel is so cool when it's done right, I wish more games would get creative with it.
- There is no grind at all.
- The music is extremely well done. I could probably write a whole post about it.
- The characters are diverse and unique.
I might come back and write up more about these things later but also maybe not. I'm close to finishing the game (I think) and I'm excited to jump into FFVII. I just want you to know, if you've ever wondered if Chrono Trigger is worth your time, the answer is yes!