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Saga Thoughts For May 4th, 2014

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Hello everyone. Sorry for the lack of updates the past week or so. I had a busy week at my day job and had some personal stuff to attend to last weekend. I also recently got a new phone and have been trying to get that sorted out and transfer everything over and test it out. I also got a new computer a my day job as well and have been working on getting things transferred to that. I am going to try to record the next episode of the GameSaga Podcast tomorrow (Monday) evening if possible. Hope everyone had a good week. Thanks for reading and being part of the site, we appreciate it.

Source: GameSaga Original

Guess The System, Game, or Character Week 8

It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for Guess The System, Game, or Character! 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 periodically post leaderboards with this feature so you can track your score & progress and compete with other readers. 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

Leaderboards (Updated 4/27/14)

  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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Hints

  • In this game you travel through two different periods multiple times.
  • This game is part of a popular series.
  • It was the first in the series to not be set in a two dimensional world.

Source:  Profund Distractions & GameSaga Original

NES Remix (WU) – GameSaga Review

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NES Remix is exactly what it what sounds like, classic NES games remade for the modern era. But these aren’t your typical HD remakes like you’d find on other consoles, no these are designed to be quite similar graphically speaking to the original games, but adding in new or refined challenges. For example in some of the Super Mario Bros. stages, you’ll find yourself having to defeat say 15 enemies within a time limit, or get to the end of the stage without the ability to stop running. In one Donkey Kong Jr. stage, Mario turns out the lights on you periodically as you have to make your way to the top while dodging hazards along the way. In a Mario Bros. stage, you have 2 Mario’s, not unlike the Double Cherry power up from Super Mario 3D World and you have to get all the coins within the allotted time limit (15 seconds). It may not sound difficult when you read it, but when actually playing, it is much more difficult given the very floaty mechanics of the original Mario Bros. The remix stages all have a sort of HD makeover look to them and it looks great on a HDTV. This might be what it would’ve been like in the 80′s had modern HD technology existed back then. Pretty cool stuff. Want to get your own copy of NES Remix? You can purchase eShop cards through Amazon by clicking this affiliate link and use it towards the purchase of the game.

The music in the game is mostly the same songs we all remember, though there is some new stuff added in for the menu screens and the like as well. There’s also stamps to collect in NES Remix, which is a feature first seen in Nintendo Land. Perhaps this is something Nintendo is going to keep doing in their games going forward? It works basically the same way the ones in previous games did, but unlike in Super Mario 3D World, you don’t find them in the game world, but rather you earn them when you’ve earned enough “bits” which are essentially points in the game. You earn bits (points) by completing stages, gaining extra for completing the stage without dying or finishing quickly. Each time you fill the bar (usually 500-1,000 bits) you unlock a new stamp you can then post on Miiverse with. Yes, NES Remix has built-in Miiverse support as well, so you can post all about your trials, successes, failures, opinions, and more, all with the use of 8-bit style black & white stamps.

There’s several more games represented in NES Remix, like Balloon Fight, Excitebike, and more. There’s 25 main Remix stages (with additional ones to unlock as you progress through the game) and each game seems to have about 10-15 (on average) of their own stages as well, which each having between 1-4 challenges, similar to what you’d see in a WarioWare game. It’s a lot of fun and some of the challenges Nintendo has come up with are just insane and makes you excited for the future of this new franchise, especially with the sequel, NES Remix 2 just around the corner. It can be frustrating at times (here’s looking at you infinite running SMB stages), but that is just because you have to retrain yourself to playing the old school stages in a different way than you are used to. On these stages you have to alter your jumping to make it to the end, you can’t just spam the jump button repeatedly or you will die, EVERY time. It’s definitely a switch from how you normally would play these levels if it were in classic SMB.

GamePad support is in full effect as well, including Off-TV Play. It’s only $14.99, which is a great price for something like this. If you were to buy each game individually in cart form, you’d probably spend at least that much, if not more. Granted the games within NES Remix are not the full versions of the games, but it’s still a really fun experience and highly recommended for you to check out if you’re a fan at all of retro gaming or old school NES games. The sequel, NES Remix 2 is due out this Friday, the 25th, and will feature more games, some of which are not included in the first game, so that’ll likely be awesome as well.

Each game has between 7-23 stages, with most being around 10 or so. The Remix ones number in at 25 stages. You have to unlock these by earning stars from clearing stages from the included games, with a max of 3 stars per stage. You can also get a rainbow rating, which is a rainbow-colored variation of 3 stars if you do really well. There are unlockable games with more stages as well. These you don’t have access to initially until you’ve cleared enough of the Remix group of stages. NES Remix also features a few “hidden” games which are not separated out into their own set of challenges but rather they appear in the general section of challenges which has a mix of games. The game is a lot of fun especially if you’re an old school NES fan like I am. Though it can quite frustrating at times as well. A lot of the “glitches” found in the old NES games are still present, like the poor collision detection in Ice Climber for example. I lost count with how many times I fell through platforms playing those challenges. Stuff like that makes you really appreciate when you jump on a platform and you actually land on the platform like the graphics indicate that you should. But even with minor issues like that, it’s still a blast to play through.

Nintendo has done a lot of neat stuff with the game like upside-down stages, backwards stages, silhouette stages, “lantern” stages, and much more. Some may find the $14.99 price tag a bit steep, considering these are at their core retro games, but personally I think it’s a reasonable price. You get a lot of gameplay out of it even without multiplayer, which seems to be strangely missing from NES Remix. I’m not sure why they didn’t include a multiplayer option. Maybe it was a time thing? Or maybe they’re saving that for a future title? I’d like to see Nintendo expand this series as we go forward, though not so rapidly that it gets worn out. Imagine what a SNES Remix could be like for example or GB Remix? Games like these are perfect for the true purpose of DLC as well, that is to add in content to expand on the main game that it wouldn’t have had otherwise, that isn’t available on the same day as release. Nintendo could, in theory, add in say 3-5 new games, maybe 1 every month or every other month after release and thus give players even more to do with the game. We shall see if they choose to go this route. Even without a DLC option though, NES Remix is still a worthy purchase for any Nintendo fan or retro gaming fan. You can pick it up on the Wii U eShop for $14.99 right now. If you don’t have a credit card and still want to get NES Remix, you can click this affiliate link to purchase an eShop card on Amazon and use it of the game and still have some credit leftover.

Graphics – Seeing as how this is a retro based title, graphics are not going to be strong point of a game like NES Remix. Even so, the pseudo-HD versions of NES games in the Remix stages looks pretty awesome by 8-bit standards and Nintendo & indieszero even added in brand new sprites, like giant fireballs in some of the Mario levels for example. 6/10

Sound/Music – Well, you either love old school 8-bit music or you don’t. Personally, I’m a fan since I grew up playing the original versions of these games. Much of the classic sounds & music return for NES Remix along with a few new tracks here and there. If you’re a retro fan like me, you’ll find yourself humming along just as you remembered from when we were kids. But there’s not a whole lot of new ground broken here, but again, that’s not the point of a title like NES Remix. 8/10

Gameplay – NES Remix is just a fun game to play. Some of the challenges are efforts in pure frustration, but most are fun and reasonably challenging but not impossible. As I mentioned, glitches present in the original versions of the games still seem to be present in NES Remix, so that can have an effect on your playing ability and it’s important to make note of. The Ice Climbers one is such a glitch along with one which I didn’t remember with Super Mario Bros. In the SMB levels when Hammer Bros., you can die even if you jump the enemy, as apparently there is a sweet spot to it that I wasn’t aware of or just didn’t remember from back in the day. Another issue is learning to control the games, especially if you’ve never played them before or haven’t in a long time. On Tennis for example, I hadn’t played it in probably 20+ years and so I could not for the life of me hit the ball when serving. Finally I learned that you have to wait until it’s about even with your hand before you can hit it. Stuff like that you wouldn’t know initially unless you had played the game extensively. There are how-to-play type videos for each game, but that can only go so far. 9/10

Story – There’s not much of a story in NES Remix as far as I can tell, but this isn’t Zelda, Final Fantasy, Elder Scrolls, Metal Gear Solid, or Dragon Quest. This is a retro throwback pick-up & play time killer type of game. The story here is what you make of it. N/A

Challenge – Be warned if you’re thinking of playing NES Remix, some of the challenges offered are brutal. The phrase Nintendo Hard came about for a reason back in the day. If you’re not conditioned for retro gaming, you will likely want to slam your controller in frustration. I had several experiences like that myself. Some of the infinite running SMB stages require such precision that you’d swear you’d have to be a computer to pull it off, but they are possible, just very difficult. Fortunately you get infinite continues in NES Remix (though continuing after a game over means you can only earn 1 star on that level unless you exit out and/or restart). Other challenges make you think they’re a joke or just put in as a rest period/breather between the super difficult ones. 8/10

Replay Value – While NES Remix may not offer multiplayer, there’s still quite a lot of things to do in the game. You can collect stamps as I mentioned, earn bits (points), unlock all the challenges/games, & earn rainbow triple star ratings in all challenges. Since some of the challenges are quite difficult, it’s likely you’ll be trying to get the perfect rating for these for quite a while. Even so, the game could’ve benefited from multiplayer of some kind and/or post-release DLC. 6/10

Fun Factor – NES Remix is just plain fun if you’re a classic gaming fan. It’s a fun trip down memory lane with a lot of games we grew up with, though some of them are less memorable than others (Clu Clu Land anyone?). Even so, it’s a title you can just pick-up & play and try to beat your best time or the best time someone else has earned (which is accessible through Miiverse). 8/10

Buy It Or Not? – NES Remix to me is game that could be a full retail title if everything was multiplied by 2. If there were multiplayer & double the number of challenges, games, stamps,  etc., then Nintendo could’ve charged $50-60 for this, easily. But instead it’s a $15 eShop title and as such is a decent price for what you get. Some might find it steep, but I think it’s a good price and well worth the cash if you’re a retro gaming fan. Buy!

Overall (Average)7.5/10

Overall (Non-Average) – Whether or not you like NES Remix is dependent on two main things. Is multiplayer a necessity for you? If so, then you’ll likely be disappointed with NES Remix, as it is not offered. The other factor is, are you a fan of old school games? If so, there’s lots to love in NES Remix, if not, then you might want to pass on it. But for me, it’s a definite must have. As such I bumped up the score to a 9 from 7.5 due to my love of classic gaming and the fact that it’s just plain fun in my opinion. I would give it a 10, but with the glitches not fixed, I have to deduct for that as well as the lack of multiplayer (despite the latter not being that important to me personally).  9/10

Source: GameSaga Original

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GameSaga Podcast Episode 19 – The Return!

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Welcome to the long overdue return of the GameSaga Podcast! This week we discussed Mario Kart 8, NES Remix 2, Nintendo Downloads, Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS & Wii U, YouTube on Xbox One, Xbox Live Updates, The Last of Us Remastered, PSN Updates, The Crew, H1Z1, Titanfall Expedition, and more! Missed a previous episode of the GameSaga Podcast? Simply click here to visit our Podcast Archive for all past episodes!

Source: GameSaga Original

Guess The System, Game, or Character Week 7

It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for Guess The System, Game, or Character! 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 periodically post leaderboards with this feature so you can track your score & progress and compete with other readers. 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

Leaderboards (Updated 4/13/14)

  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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Hints

  • A retro action title
  • Had a sequel released more than 10 years later
  • One of the main features of action games during its time was removed from this game

Source:  Wikipedia & GameSaga Original

Saga Thoughts For April 1st, 2014

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Hey everyone, sorry I haven’t written one of these in a while. Sometimes I inadvertently forget or just don’t have a whole lot to write about. But of course today (well yesterday now technically, since it’s nearly 2 AM as I’m writing this on April 2nd) was April Fools’ Day. Usually this means a variety of jokes, gags, and fake release announcements in the world of video games. Today was no exception. We had the usual shenanigans from the folks at Blizzard for example. We chose not to participate in this type of thing. Why? Because all it does is get people’s hopes up and then they feel dumb for believing it. I’m all for fun & games, but I think making something like Half-Life 3 into an April Fools prank isn’t cool, especially considering how badly people want that game and want it to be real.

So I hope you all took any too-good-to-be-true “news” today with a grain of salt and no one was too upset over pranks and the like pulled. I say give it a week or 2 and it should be out of everyone’s systems by then and we get back to not having to wonder if a story is true or fake. For the record, everything we posted on April 1st was true as far as we’re aware, unless otherwise noted.

 

GameSaga Previews Concursion, The Retro-Style Mash-Up From Puuba Games

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Concursion is an upcoming retro-style platformer/shoot’em up/hack & slash/action mash-up game from developer Puuba Games Games. In Concursion you’re tasked with reaching the end of each stage. Sounds simple enough right? Well it’s more difficult than it sounds especially in the later stages. You see, in Concursion you have to be able to play the role of one of five different characters at any given time. Each stage will switch it up repeatedly so you can’t get to comfortable with just one style of gameplay. In the platformer parts, you’ll be playing in a manner similar to Super Mario Bros. On the astronaut parts, you’ll be playing similar to Jetpack Joyride. For the hack & slash parts, it’s like a Ninja Gaiden homage. You’ll also have parts of stages where you’re flying a ship which emulates Gradius or R-Type gameplay. There’s even parts of stages where you’ll play similarly to Pac-Man. This is one of the most insane, craziest games I’ve ever played and it’s tons of fun. If the full game winds up anything like this, Puuba Games has a potential hit on hand. This is like 5-games-in-1 and it’s not one character type per stage. You’ll get at least two different types per level and later levels will give you all five.

The graphics are similar to 16-bit style, since this is a retro-inspired game. They look nice and colorful and your character is large and easily distinguishable from the enemies you face. The music is catchy and suits the game well. There doesn’t seem to be much of a story to the game thus far, but that was never the intent of retro style action/platformer games anyways. I mean look at Super Mario Bros. for example, its story was pretty much boiled down to defeat King Koopa, save Princess Toadstool, that’s about it.

There are also collectibles in Concursion in the form of green shards. These are scattered about in each level. Some are easy to find and in plain sight, others are hidden or hard to reach. To help you find them, the shards emit a pulsing sound effect when you are near them. They don’t seem to do anything much as of yet in this preview version of the game, but perhaps they’ll have a use in the final version of the game. They do fill up a meter that tracks which ones you have found in each stage, but that’s about it.

Concursion can be a challenging game at points, so it’s a good thing Puuba Games decided to put in checkpoints throughout each stage as you’ll likely need them a few times. Certain sections of the game are quite difficult, such as the moving spike platform and the corner jump as a ninja. The game also records your time each time you reach a checkpoint and at the end of the stage. This may indicate a possible time-based score feature, but that has thus far not been implemented into the game, it just simply records the time. Though it does appear to reward you with a sort of medal (in the form of a stopwatch) if you get a good time.

You only get a few hits before your character will die. Fortunately Concursion does have health power ups appear from time to time. You also seem to have infinite lives, at least in this preview version of the game. So you can just keep on trying until you clear a level.

All in all, Concursion is a fun game and this is just a small taste of what the full game could offer. Concursion is currently up for vote on Steam Greenlight, so if you’d like to see it released on Steam, be sure to head over and vote for the game. You can find out more info about Concursion on the official website.

Source: GameSaga Original

Guess The System, Game, or Character Week 6

It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for Guess The System, Game, or Character! 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 periodically post leaderboards with this feature so you can track your score & progress and compete with other readers. 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

Week 4 – Virtual Boy

Week 5 – Napalm Man – Mega Man V

Leaderboards (Updated 3/23/14)

  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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Source: Wikipedia & GameSaga Original

Saga Thoughts For March 21st, 2014

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Well today was a medium kind of day. What do I mean by that? Well on my way home this afternoon, my car window decided to fall out of the track completely so I get to get that fixed next week, hooray! Sigh, oh well, it happens.

But we did have some good news recently, that is that we finally have officially opened the GameSaga Forums complete with user registration & logins. I didn’t realize until recently that it hadn’t been set up to allow that, so I apologize for the inconvenience there and hope to see some insightful, funny, or topical comments from you all in the future. To sign up simply click here to go to the registration page and you can then login and start posting comments on any post on the site or topics in the forums or create your own forum topic.

Source: GameSaga Original

Saga Thoughts For March 18th, 2014

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Well yesterday we finally got confirmation on the long rumored PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality headset. It’s current name is Project Morpheus and you can read more about here. It’ll be interesting to see what Sony comes up with in terms of games for the device, along with other developers.

We also posted a full preview look at the upcoming gladiatorial combat MMO game Doom Warrior from Creaky Corpse. The game is pretty fun despite that you do a lot of the same thing (fighting opponents) over and over. There’s also 20 minutes or so of gameplay footage from the beta version of the game in the same article.