Friday, November 25, 2016

#TeamHandheld Report - 11/25/2016

Here's the latest #TeamHandheld Report with four games on the docket. I've got something else I've wanted to write coming up soon, but it might be the week after next. For now, please enjoy this one.

Now Playing

Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky (Vita)

I'd never gotten into Valkyrie Profile, so the comparisons to that game isn't what drew me to Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky. The beautiful art direction and promise of interesting level design in the "Metroidvania" style is what caught my eye. Sadly, neither of those aspects were enough to outweigh the tepid combat or the dull, yet pretty, environments. The game just didn't grab me at all, despite repeated attempts to get into it. It starts off super slow and takes forever to get going, and in talking to Adriaan at RPGamer about the game's pacing, it apparently never seems to get better. An RPG really needs to pull me into the fold quickly, and this one didn't at all. I bailed early on and tried to come back, but to no avail. Exist Archive is yet another disappointing RPG for 2016.

-Looks fantastic, but isn't too engaging-



Wanted Corp (Vita)

2016 has been a curious time for Vita games. There have been a lot of cancellations that have angered many a Vita owner, but there have also been a lot of games that clearly needed more time to polish. Wanted Corp is the latter. This game has a great concept with players being able to swap between two characters in a top down action shooter, but unfortunately I haven't been able to get past the first area due to bugs.

After finishing the helpful tutorial I jumped right into the first mission and was unable to leave the first screen. Restarting the game fixed that, but when I progressed to the midpoint of the stage I was once again blocked when one of my characters died and the game still expected me to have them alive and performing actions as they were still speaking as if alive. Having to restart a third time, I made my way back to the area I'd been blocked at prior only to have the game completely crash. I was done. Something with such promise had bugged out three times, so I didn't want to go any further only to have this happen again. If it gets patched, I'll gladly return. Definitely sad that I couldn't make it further into Wanted Corp, as I've been excited to play it.

-I want to play this, but it won't let me-




Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (Vita)

I saw Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom on sale on PSN for $0.99 and couldn't pass it up. This game really feels like a Link to the Past clone, but that's not a bad thing. The only issue I have is that it doesn't feel as tight as the game it is clearly taking inspiration from, which is a personal favorite of mine, so the comparisons stand out much more. The pacing and direction aren't as clear as I'd hoped and some of the enemies are just annoying to battle, but despite all that it's a solid take on the Link to the Past formula. I didn't get a lot of time with this one yet, but it's been good enough to warrant continuing, especially at such an affordable price.

-A curious Link to the Past clone-



Alphadia (3DS)

Let's be honest if you're like me, when you look at most Kemco releases it's hard not to think they are pretty generic. That said, Kemco tends to have a collection of developers that help crank out release after release. Most are on mobile, but there have been a good number of PSP and 3DS titles, too. I decided to finally jump in and see if they were as straightforward as they looked. Alphadia is where I started, and I have to say, it wasn't bad...it just wasn't great either. Combat is a simple turn-based affair and the characters seem to fit right into the niche archetypes you'd expect. It is easily a by-the-numbers RPG, but that's not all bad. If you want a simple, traditional RPG, Kemco games seem to be where it's at. As my Twitter friend Shaun Musgrave from TouchArcade has assured me, despite how I feel about this game, I should still be looking forward to the Vita release of Asdivine Hearts as that is one of the better Kemco titles. This one wasn't bad at all, but it just doesn't stand out.

-Got caught in a web of fun-



Upcoming

Demetrios - The BIG Cynical Adventure (Vita)

This is an interesting point-and-click adventure game with a twisted sense of humor. Will have more to say about it soon.

Volgarr the Viking (Vita)

Been looking forward to playing this one for a long time, so hopefully it pans out on Vita.

Slain: Back from Hell (Vita)

Excited to see how the Vita release of this one turned out as well.

Steins;Gate 0 (Vita)

This is the will of Steins;Gate! El Psy Kongroo! Might be a while before I've played enough of this to talk about it.

No comments:

Post a Comment