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Posted on Dec 31st 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Gaming, 2020, GOTY, backlog

As I wrote in my blog post last month, I created a new YouTube channel earlier in the year which has been quite fulfilling for me, but it has also taken up a considerable amount of my time and left me with much less time for gaming than in previous years. However, I think I still managed to carve out a nice beaten games list this year that is just shy of 90 titles. As usual, I try to mix my gaming up with a wide variety of titles from different consoles, genres, and generations, and this year was no exception.

Continue reading My 2020 Gaming Wrap-Up

Posted on Dec 1st 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, music, gaming

Those of you who follow me on Twitter are probably already aware, but about six months ago I created a YouTube channel where I am arranging and recording covers of various video game music. This had been a goal of mine for nearly two years prior to actually starting my channel, but I had a hard time getting started. Playing music has always been an important part of my life since my mid-teens and especially during my college years, but in recent years I had sort of fallen out of it despite my best efforts to stay motivated. It wasn't until I had the epiphany that I could combine my two major interests, music and gaming, into something I could be passionate about again.

Some of you may remember the progress videos for the 2019 NES Challenge that were made by fellow forum member Wempster, and the NES-themed medleys I recorded for these videos was a good way to dip my toe into the arranging and recording process. This all came together at the perfect time, as I was already interested in doing my own VGM covers at this time but was unsure how to get started. The first medley was a 25-minute behemoth that was pretty overwhelming to work on for someone who really didn't (and mostly still doesn't) know what they're doing, but it turned out pretty well in the end and is something I'm still proud of.

Continue reading My New YouTube Channel!

Posted on Oct 26th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Adventure, RPG, Double Fine, Halloween

When we think of good games to play during the Halloween season, typically anything with a general horror theme comes to mind as a good fit for the holiday. Truth be told, there aren't many games that are specifically about Halloween, so if you wanted something tailor-made for the holiday, pickings are slim. However, the two Costume Quest games are the exact opposite, not at all scary but focused specifically on Halloween. Having played and enjoyed the first Costume Quest many years ago, I have always wanted to play the sequel and finally made it happen this October.

Continue reading Costume Quest 2

Posted on Sep 28th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Gaming, horror, action, rpg

As I've likely mentioned on the site before, I'm a huge fan of the survival-horror genre and like to dedicate as much of the months of September and October as I can to playing titles from the genre. While everyone is familiar with genre staples such as the Resident Evil and Silent Hill series, there are plenty of more obscure titles that are well worth checking out. With the Halloween season upon us, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the lesser-known games from the genre that fit the mood.

Continue reading Obscure Horror Favorites

Posted on Aug 25th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, action, beat em up, rare

I have never been a big fan of the original Battletoads or any of its sequels, so when this new entry in the series was first unveiled, I didn't have very high expectations. However, as a big fan of the beat 'em up genre in general, and thanks to this game's easy availability via Game Pass, I couldn't resist giving the game a shot. Despite any reservations I may have had about the game, as well as the negative criticisms it may have received, I came away pleasantly surprised with the game overall.

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Posted on Jul 26th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Action, Adventure, RPG, Metroidvania

While I consider myself to be a fan of the 'Metroidvania' genre, admittedly I feel like I haven't played a ton of them and have probably missed out on some that are considered among the best of the genre. Timespinner is one such game that had caught my eye due to its art style and positive reception, and the game's availability via Game Pass meant there were no excuses for not checking this game out. Unfortunately, the game leaving Game Pass in mid-July is what it took to motivate me to finally play it, but I was disappointed and am glad I finally gave this one a try.

Developed by Lunar Ray Games and published by Chucklefish, Timespinner is an action-adventure platformer RPG (Metroidvania) that takes heavy inspiration from the classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Initially crowdfunded through Kickstarter, the game was released on September 25, 2018 for the PS4, PC, and PS Vita, and was later released on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The game has been met with mixed to positive reception overall.

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Posted on Jun 25th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, music, gaming, OST

Partially inspired by the Collectorcast's most recent episode, but admittedly mostly due to not having the time or inspiration this month to write a more in-depth article, I thought it would be fun to highlight some personal VGM favorites that I feel don't get enough recognition. While I have always had an appreciation for music in video games, it wasn't until about two years ago that I really began to dive deep into it, and now VGM is practically all I listen to these days. I'm going to stray from the usual suspects, as classic franchises such as Final Fantasy and Castlevania as well as more recent favorites such as Undertale and the Persona series get plenty of attention already.

Continue reading Obscure VGM Favorites

Posted on May 24th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Ori, Moon Studios, Xbox, Metroidvania

After hearing much praise for Ori and the Blind Forest over the last few years, it has been on my radar as a game that I should eventually play. Knowing that a sequel was releasing soon and would be freely available to anyone with Xbox Game Pass, I felt like the time was right to finally dive in. After finishing the game, I came away with mixed feelings and had lost interest in playing the sequel. However, after seeing some gameplay for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, I was intrigued to check out the sequel and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Continue reading Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Posted on Apr 26th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Capcom, Nemesis, Horror, Action, Remake

After Capcom's highly successful remake of their classic survival-horror hit Resident Evil 2 last year, fans have been asking for a remake of the third entry in the series. With REmake 3 feeling like an inevitability, rumors of the game started circulating around the web, and it was officially announced late last year alongside the multiplayer experience Resident Evil: Resistance. Although both games came bundled together in one package, this review focuses solely on the Resident Evil 3 Remake and not the multiplayer portion.

Released worldwide on April 3, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Resident Evil 3 is an action/survival-horror title. Developed and published by Capcom, it is a remake of their 1999 title Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. It was packaged alongside the online multiplayer game Resident Evil: Resistance. The game has received mostly positive reception and successful sales numbers.

Continue reading Resident Evil 3

Posted on Mar 30th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Quintet, Enix, RPG, SNES

I've mentioned it many times before, but Illusion of Gaia is a game that I have fond memories of from when I was a kid and is still one of my favorite Super Nintendo games today. As many already know, it is a loosely-based sequel to Soul Blazer, which has earned itself quite the reputation over the years as a great action-RPG for the console. As such, Soul Blazer has been on my mind for many years as something that I should eventually play, so I finally made time to experience what is now another in a long list of favorites for the SNES.

Continue reading Soul Blazer

Posted on Feb 29th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Lufia, RPG, SNES, Natsume

With the Super Nintendo being possibly my favorite videogame console and the JRPG my favorite videogame genre, I feel like I have played most of the heavy hitter RPGs from that console over the years. However, the Lufia series has always eluded me, despite being aware of them ever since I was a kid. After doing some research, the consensus opinion on these games is that the first title is good, but it is the second that is really great and deserves to be placed alongside the other favorites on the system. I decided to start at the beginning and play the first game in the series, Lufia and the Fortress of Doom; however, after spending a few hours with it, I felt that it was fairly mediocre and decided to move on to its sequel, Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals.

Continue reading Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals

Posted on Jan 26th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Square Enix, Squaresoft, JRPG

Being a big fan of JRPGs and the Final Fantasy series in particular since the 16-bit era, both Final Fantasy IV and VI (or II and III as we knew them at the time) are two of my all-time favorite games. Little did I (or pretty much anyone else in the west) know at the time that there was a whole other Final Fantasy game released for the SNES that we missed out on and wouldn't officially get for several years. I eventually played Final Fantasy V via the Final Fantasy Anthology collection for the PlayStation, but this was nearly 20 years ago, and I remember virtually nothing from that playthrough. It has been nagging at me for years that I should revisit this game, so I finally fired up the GBA release and replayed what was considered a missing link in the Final Fantasy series for years.

Continue reading Final Fantasy V

Posted on Dec 31st 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Gaming, 2019

With 2019 coming to a close, we can expect to see all the obligatory GOTY lists rolling in. Rather than do the usual Top 10 GOTY list myself, I wanted to reflect on all the games I played instead of just the new releases. 2019 turned out to be a very productive year for me gaming-wise, as my number of games beaten for the entire year sits at 125 games, so I wanted to do more of a stream-of-consciousness reflection of the highlights from my year.

Continue reading Disposed Hero's 2019 in Gaming

Posted on Nov 29th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, RPG, Falcom, Xseed

I've written previously about the Trails in the Sky games, which is a series that has become near and dear to me over the last couple of years. After finishing the main trilogy that was localized and released in North America, the logical next step was to dive into the Trails of Cold Steel games, which are set in the same world and time period. I started the first Trails of Cold Steel title during the summer of 2018, and it took me roughly a year to finish it with many ups and downs along the way.

Continue reading The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

Posted on Oct 26th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Xbox, PC, Game Pass, Horror, Adventure

While I certainly remember the hype behind The Blair Witch Project and the marketing campaign that led many to believe the film was found footage of real events, I never watched the movie back in the day and truthfully have still never seen it. However, as a huge fan of the survival-horror genre, I couldn't help but feel intrigued when the trailer for a new Blair Witch game was first shown last summer. Thanks to the game being easily available to play, I didn't wait long after its release to give it a try, and I was pleasantly surprised overall.

Continue reading Blair Witch

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