Posts Tagged ‘GameSaga Original’

GameSaga Plays Shovel Knight – Twitch Live Stream Recording #2

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Hello everyone, earlier this afternoon we played Shovel Knight live on Twitch once again. In this episode of Shovel Knight, we challenge the 3rd & 4th bosses and explore some other parts of the game. Check out the recording below, dig it!

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Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS) – GameSaga Review

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Mario Golf: World Tour is the latest entry in the Mario Golf series, which sees characters from the Mario series of games take a break from adventures in the Mushroom Kingdom and pick up some clubs and hit the links for some golf action. But this being a Mario game, there’s of course some Mario themed hijinks thrown in. For the first time in the series, you can now use items before you take a swing. Items function somewhat similarly to how they do in the Mario Kart series. Mushrooms speed your ball up after it lands, Fire Flowers let you “burn” things (i.e. you can pass through the leaves of trees with no detriment to your drive distance), Bullet Bills rocket you ahead (this particular item makes your drive around 100 yards longer than it normally would be), etc. Of course you don’t get unlimited items because that wouldn’t make for much challenge. Items are limited and one time use only unless you happen to collect multiples of them. The items themselves appear on the ground or in the air of each hole usually in sets of 2-4 item boxes and you have to hit your ball through the item box to pick up the item. Power shots return as well, and like previous entries in the series, these too are limited with a set number per course (shared among all holes of that course).

Mario Golf: World Tour features Castle Club Courses and Mario World Courses. There’s also a clubhouse which is connected to an overworld of sorts which serves as the hub for single player. You can talk to various NPCs to find out about the game, shop for new unlocked gear, switch out gear, and walk to the Castle Club Courses to play through those. The Club features are similar to previous handheld Mario Golf titles and add in some light RPG-type elements. It’s one of the more enjoyable aspects of the game to me. My only complaint about it is that I wish there were more of it. I think the courses should’ve been divided more evenly in number instead of favoring the Mario themed ones.

Mario Golf: World Tour is also the first game in the series to feature DLC and one of a handful of Nintendo published titles to support this feature. I did not purchase the DLC for the purposes of this review as I was more concerned with the main game overall. The DLC adds in additional characters and courses which gives you even more to do in the game.

All-in-all though, Mario Golf: World Tour is a pretty fun game if you like golf or more specifically the Mario Golf games at all. It’s best played in pick up and play type of sessions in my opinion. This is probably not a game you will be playing for 10 hours straight like an MMORPG or anything like that, but it’s not that type of game of course, but there’s still plenty of content to unlock. The game features several unlockable characters and courses. I didn’t particularly like the unlocking method in Mario Golf: World Tour. Why? Because in previous games like Toadstool Tour for example, you could unlock things through several different modes. In Mario Golf: World Tour it appears Camelot decided to make pretty much everything unlocked from within the Challenge Mode of the game. This would be fine if you there were more variety of challenges, but as there’s only 7 different types offered it limits the appeal of this method in my opinion. Then when you consider the fact that there are around 10 challenges per course with 5 courses to unlock and 4 characters to unlock through Challenge Mode only you can see why it might become tedious. You don’t unlock them by completing certain challenges. Instead you unlock them by collecting Star Coins, which you get from completing challenges. It might seem like a minor thing, but it seems like it makes unlocking things much more time consuming than it was in previous games. There’s also unlockable gear, difficulties, Star versions of characters, and more. So there’s plenty to do, it just gets kind of repetitive after a while in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, the main game is fun, but the Challenge Mode leaves something to be desired. I’d rather have characters unlocked through 9 or 18 holes of Match Play against said character for example. That would be more fun to me. As far as the breakdown about different aspects of the game, read on to find out what I thought about all of that after the jump.

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Let’s Play Chrono Trigger SNES – Parts 4 & 5

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Here’s the latest episodes of our Let’s Play of Chrono Trigger SNES series. Check out parts 4 & 5 below!

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Part 5

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GameSaga Podcast Episode 26

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Here is this week’s edition of the GameSaga Podcast. This is Episode 26 of the GameSaga Podcast! On the show this week we talked about Wii U Exclusives, Final Fantasy Explorers, Zelda U, Nintendo Downloads, the Weekly Smash Up, Xbox One Exclusives, Xbox Live Updates, The Last Of Us: Remastered, LittleBigPlanet3, PlayStation Network Updates, the Steam Summer Sale, and more! You can stream the show or download it below. Missed a previous episode of the GameSaga Podcast? Simply click here to visit our Podcast Archive for all past episodes!

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Guess The System, Game, or Character Week 13

It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for another edition of Guess The System, Game, or Character! Haven’t played before? Here’s how it works. Each week we’ll post a different video game system, game, or character and shroud it in darkness. Your job is to guess which system, game, or character it is. Systems & characters will just show a silhouette. Games will show a silhouette and also provide a few details about the game (as game boxes/carts/discs look too similar to use just a silhouette). We also will post leaderboards with this feature so you can track your score & progress and compete with other readers. We’ll probably eventually offer prizes of some sort if there’s enough participation. Scoring will be as follows:

  • First Correct Guess: 10 Points
  • Other Correct Guesses: 1 Point
  • Incorrect Guess: 0 Points
Previous Answers:

Week 1 – Magnavox Odyssey

Week 2 – Master Chief – Halo Series

Week 3 – Banjo Kazooie – N64

Week 4 – Virtual Boy

Week 5 – Napalm Man – Mega Man V

Week 6 – WonderSwan Crystal

Week 7 – Bionic Commando – NES

Week 8 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – N64

Week 9 – HK-47 – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Week 10 – Neo Geo AES

Week 11 – Star Fox – SNES

Week 12 – Simon Belmont – Castlevania Series

Leaderboards (Updated 6/22/14)

  1. T. Wallace – 10 Points
Scoring will run for the entire week and end at 12:00 AM Eastern each Sunday. You can make your guesses by posting a comment on each week’s post, posting on our Facebook or Twitter pages, or e-mail them to us. With that in mind here is this week’s Guess The System, Game, or Character:

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Let’s Play Chrono Trigger SNES – Parts 1-3

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Here’s a surprise return of something we tried to start doing and then it got put on the back burner. But after a long delay our Let’s Play of Chrono Trigger for the SNES is back! Here is the first 3 parts of the series, which will be uploaded to our YouTube channel as well as our Dailymotion channel. Check it below!

Part 1

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Part 2

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Part 3

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Forgotten Video Game Companies That Need To Return

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As the years goes by in the video game industry, many companies either go out of business, get bought out by someone else, or just stop making games for whatever reason that may be. Whether they were former big names like Atari or Acclaim, or smaller lesser know studios like Quintet or Technōs, surely there is a video game company that used to be around that you wish would come back in some form. So here is a look at five video game companies that deserve a comeback.

Quintet/Shade

Now some of you reading this may have never heard of this company. Quintet though was quite active in the 1990′s with Super Nintendo & PlayStation titles, mostly in the RPG genre. They were the team behind the so-called Soul Blazer/Gaia series of games on the SNES released in the early to mid 90′s as well as the team behind both ActRaiser & ActRaiser 2, also in the early 1990′s. As I’ve mentioned on the GameSaga Podcast before, ActRaiser was one of my favorite games from that time period and had an awesome concept & music. The Soul Blazer series was also awesome and all three games are well worth checking out. ActRaiser 2 wasn’t as good in my opinion, but that is probably because they took out the simulation parts. It was rumored that Enix’s American division requested this to happen because they didn’t think players would understand it.

Sadly Quintet has been pretty quiet since the early 2000′s. Their staff members have popped up in the credits of various games on an individual basis occasionally and the company itself was listed in some of the Atelier games, as well as in Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia, but they have seemingly not developed any games of their own since. Orphen: Scion of Sorcery was one of their last games released (they were working under the name Shade for this one). It came out in October 2000, almost 14 years ago.

What has happened to Quintet? Who knows. With the Square Enix merger in 2003 a lot of the latter’s original franchises have been left in limbo. Grandia, Star Ocean, & Dragon Quest are some of the only ones that have had releases since the merger. With Quintet’s apparent demise, The Soul Blazer series is gone and so is the ActRaiser series. I’m guessing Square Enix still holds the rights to both of these. It would be awesome if they could reassemble the original teams and release sequels to one or both of these and if they made an ActRaiser sequel if they could put the simulation parts back in after taking them out in the 2nd one.

Check out the rest of the list, after the jump.

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GameSaga Podcast Episode 25 – E3 Discussion & More!

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Here is this week’s edition of the GameSaga Podcast. This is Episode 25 of the GameSaga Podcast! On the show this week talked quite a bit about E3 as you would expect given that that just took place last week and is one of the biggest times of the year in gaming. We also discussed Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Nintendo Downloads, the Weekly Smash Up, Xbox Live Updates, PlayStation Network Updates, and more! You can stream the show or download it below. Missed a previous episode of the GameSaga Podcast? Simply click here to visit our Podcast Archive for all past episodes!

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Guess The System, Game, or Character Week 12

It’s Monday (delayed due to the holiday on Sunday), so that means it’s time for another edition of Guess The System, Game, or Character! Haven’t played before? Here’s how it works. Each week we’ll post a different video game system, game, or character and shroud it in darkness. Your job is to guess which system, game, or character it is. Systems & characters will just show a silhouette. Games will show a silhouette and also provide a few details about the game (as game boxes/carts/discs look too similar to use just a silhouette). We also will post leaderboards with this feature so you can track your score & progress and compete with other readers. We’ll probably eventually offer prizes of some sort if there’s enough participation. Scoring will be as follows:

  • First Correct Guess: 10 Points
  • Other Correct Guesses: 1 Point
  • Incorrect Guess: 0 Points
Previous Answers:

Week 1 – Magnavox Odyssey

Week 2 – Master Chief – Halo Series

Week 3 – Banjo Kazooie – N64

Week 4 – Virtual Boy

Week 5 – Napalm Man – Mega Man V

Week 6 – WonderSwan Crystal

Week 7 – Bionic Commando – NES

Week 8 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – N64

Week 9 – HK-47 – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Week 10 – Neo Geo AES

Week 11 – Star Fox – SNES

Leaderboards (Updated 6/16/14)

  1. T. Wallace – 10 Points
Scoring will run for the entire week and end at 12:00 AM Eastern each Sunday. You can make your guesses by posting a comment on each week’s post, posting on our Facebook or Twitter pages, or e-mail them to us. With that in mind here is this week’s Guess The System, Game, or Character:

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Saga Thoughts For June 6th, 2014

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Hello Everyone,

Sorry for the lack of updates the past week or so. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a full time job and sometimes I get busy at that and don’t get as much time to work on the site as I would like. I think things will be quieting down with that next week hopefully, which is just in time considering E3 is next week. We’re going to do our best to provide live blog coverage of all the press conferences, but as Microsoft and EA’s are during the day, there may be times where coverage is momentarily interrupted due to my job. I apologize in advance for delays with that. And if for some reason we can’t provide live coverage, we will do a recap of the event after it is over. But the current plan is to do live coverage of all 5 conferences.

I’m also working through the next game I will be reviewing here on the site. Hopefully I’ll be able to post a review within the next week or so.

Thanks for reading and get excited because E3 is just around the corner!

Source: GameSaga Original