Monday, April 20, 2015

2D panacea

It is possible that I have being more harsh than is prudent or warranted to Mortal Kombat X. By the numbers is outsells all other fighting game franchises and it does so by hiding depth behind approach-ability and appealing to the groundlings with over the top gore. 90% of the people who play the game will be happy with it. They wont even notice the very things that bugs me the most. If anyone is wrong here it is me for expecting things that knew I was not going to get.

Fatalities are boring after the few two or three times. They take too long and there is no skill involved in getting them. The new brutalities, on the other hand, are genius. They are not as graphic as the fatalities but their execution required planning and skill. Each one as a set of prerequisites that must be met and then the final blow must be done correctly. Only then is the player rewarded. Unlike fatalities there was work involved so there is satisfaction. I look forward to them showing up in high level tournament matches. The salt will flow like blood.


Giving up on Final Fantasy Type 0 was an incredible relief. I was looking forward to playing something last night for the first time in several days. Instead of spending more money I backtracked to Apotheon, the free PSN game from two months ago that slipped through the cracks. It is exactly what I have been looking for: an RPG-lite Metroid-vania. Nothing too heavy, no inscrutable systems to learn or impossible difficulty spikes to overcome, just a world of reasonable size to explore.

It is a bit tough to look at in places and I have a hell of a time reading any of the text. And I suppose the combat is a bit floaty. But it's fun, and that is what matters. If I were being reductive I would call it a 2D God of War but the protagonist has no personality and I sincerely doubt that there are any sex mini-games.

On the other hand, killing innocents nets you health, I will being making a trip to Hades shortly and Apollo was a dick, so the description is not entirely unwarranted.

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