Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Shantae: Half Genie Hero - All the Fun with Half the Fat!

Hey everyone! I hope you're all enjoying the holiday season! I'm back to drop a quick post regarding the release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The game came out officially on December 20, 2016 for PlayStation 4. The Wii U version will also be available on December 27, 2016.

I was fortunate to have gotten my backer code about a week earlier, so I made sure to hit it hardcore and I have to say that I truly enjoyed every moment of it, even the parts where I got slightly frustrated trying to figure out how to progress. (A platformer actually challenged me! Gasp!) Utilizing Shantae's transformations in tandem is absolutely crucial and from time to time, you may forget that she has a specialty for certain situations. (At one point in the final level, I kept trying to do a "Flappy Bird" subtle tap through a spike death trap using the harpy dance, failing spectacularly, each time I might add, for several minutes...forgetting I could've used another transformation entirely specific for that EXACT scenario saving a boatload of time...).

The music composed by Jake Kauffman is absolutely brilliant, catchy, and upbeat. I started humming the theme as I went along. There is a fair bit of backtracking throughout the levels, but the warp dance makes it far less cumbersome to explore the new areas you could not reach before and there were some really clever level design mechanics. There were plenty of comedic moments and times where I wished the game had been a wee bit longer. Overall, it's a fantastic adventure.

The only thing I could think of that I would have liked to have seen would have been Shantae doing an aerial somersault. I think that should be a move in her repertoire *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge* (I wanted SO badly to do one...).

In all seriousness though, I felt that a mild in-game tutorial of sorts would've benefited newcomers to the series. (It took me about an hour or so to realize that Shantae had a menu option using the PS4's touchpad...and the game completely floored me when there were options to deselect power-ups and that there were consumable items). Also, I wish that if there was only one thing only to take away from the Mighty Number 9 project, it would have been the search-and-highlight option for backer's names. Other than that, this was an excellent game and I heartily encourage everyone to give it a try!

Review Score: 9.0/10.0 A-
Definite Buy!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Crashing the Party: Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy's First Trailer At PlayStation Experience 2016

Activision has recently revealed a new trailer for Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, the upcoming remake of the first three Crash Bandicoot titles, at PlayStation Experience 2016.

Some of the improvements to the original games include a unified checkpointing & save game system. (This includes manual and auto-saving.) Also featured is an additional unified menu system, as well as Time Trials in all three games!

Arguably most impressive is the inclusion of a “fully-remastered game soundtrack, packed with all the didgeridoos, xylophones and thumpin’ bass lines you can handle, as well as newly recorded dialogue from some of the familiar voice actors who appear in the original Crash Bandicoot games, including Jess Harnell and Lex Lang, among others.”

It's been 20 years (two decades!) since the original Crash Bandicoot was released on the PlayStation One console (September 9, 1996). I look forward to getting my hands on this collection as soon as possible, if only for nostalgia's sake.

Works Cited:
S. (2016, December 03). Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy Gets Its First Trailer At PlayStation Experience 2016 - Siliconera. Retrieved December 04, 2016, from

Gach, E. (2016, December 03). New Details On The Crash Bandicoot Trilogy Remaster. Retrieved December 04, 2016, from