My favorite games of 2016

2016 was a pretty great year for gaming-below are the most memorable ones that I played.

 

BEST GAME NOT RELEASED IN 2016: Dragon Quest V(Nintendo DS)

 

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Finally beat my first Dragon Quest game this year-and it was awesome. Memorable characters, music, and battles combined to make a game I’ll never forget. It made me a big fan of the series-after being interested in it for quite a while.

Games that I really liked-but haven’t finished

The Last Guardian-PS4

Still have some work to do in finishing the game-but I can see why people are so in love with it. It’s a standard Fumito Ueda game-and I figure the ending will be a real tearjerker.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE-Wii U

This game really surprised me. I was not expecting a Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem game to be about pop idols, but the game really plays well and the characters are good. Will have to put more time into it in 2017.

Pokemon Sun & Moon-Nintendo 3DS

These came out when I was finishing a few other games, so I really haven’t had a huge chance to play them yet-I feel like they will be pretty great though.

My 5 favorite games of 2016

5. Ratchet and Clank-PS4

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Ratchet and Clank was a great reboot for the series and Insomniac made a fantastic game. It looked, ran, and played great and the trademark humor of the series was spot on. The final boss of the game was also fantastic. Also have to give props to Insomniac for taking advantage of the PS4 Pro’s capabilities.

4. Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice-3DS

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Another great addition to the Ace Attorney series, Spirit of Justice might have some of the best overall cases in the series. The focus on Apollo is awesome since he is probably my favorite character in the series. Capcom really knocked out of the park with the presentation in the game as well, as it is much better looking than the previous game, Dual Destinies.

3. Doom-PS4

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A surprise hit for many this year-Doom was pure frenetic fun for me. The differing amount of enemies and weapons are what stood out most to me in the game. Bethesda also did a great job making Doom run super smooth. Also have to mention the great music that goes well with the game.

2. Final Fantasy XV-PS4

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Yes, the game feels rushed at the end, but I had so much fun playing this game. The characters are great(they make up for the weak points of the story). The gameplay is addictive, and the combat is much more in depth than it looks. Final Fantasy XV’s soundtrack is up there with one of the best I’ve heard. Also the ending is probably the best of the year.

1.Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End-PS4

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A perfect ending to Nate’s story-there is nothing else more I can say. Chapter 11 is probably the best segment of any game ever. Naughty Dog continues to be the best developer in the industry.

All in all, it was a great year of gaming in 2016 and 2017 promises to be just as good, if not better.

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My favorite games of 2016

Hunter X Hunter is coming to Toonami

maxresdefaultToonami has landed a big show once again, announcing they have acquired the dub of Hunter X Hunter. The series was created by Yoshihiro Togashi(the creator of YuYu Hakusho) and has been serialized in Shonen Jump since 1998.                                                                                 The anime series has been well received by fans and is one of the best series of all time in my opinion. Hopefully the dub can live up to the lofty standards that the original voice actors attained.                                                                                                Hunter X Hunter will premiere on April 16th on Toonami, you can find the first promo for it below.                                                                 https://youtu.be/xrEy5loSmVo

Hunter X Hunter is coming to Toonami

Why you should read: Berserk

Right off the bat Berserk has a lot of similarities to the very popular Game of Thrones. Both are brutal fantasy series with anti-hero protagonists.  Fans often have similar complaints that the authors(Kentaro Miura and George R.R. Martin) are not getting the content out there fast enough. There are often hiatuses during serialization, but in all honesty you gotta give the guy a break when he produces art like this.

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Guts stands off against Zodd

Berserk has been published since 1989 in Japan often on an irregular schedule. It is published in the magazine Young Animal which is basically Playboy mixed with comics. Berserk has also been adapted into anime and video game form, with mixed results. I would say the 90’s anime is the closest to a true adaptation and that does not come close to covering a majority of the written material.

The Plot

Berserk revolves around the exploits of the mercenary Guts who I would say hasn’t had the best of lives. He was born from a women who was hanged and was adopted by a man who sold him into prostitution at an early age. After escaping his life of abuse, he joins the mercenary group The Band of the Hawk.

After a certain betrayal Guts heads off to fight the Apostles, who are demon followers of the demonic God Hand. The God Hand are basically the deities of the Berserk world.

It becomes a personal fight for Guts, who has seen many comrades lose their lives to these villains.

The Art

If there is one thing that Berserk is known for besides its copious blood and gore, is the amazing art produced by Kentaro Miura. He is an amazing artist in my opinion, and it is possibly one of the reasons he is not able to put out chapters at a faster pace. If you are interested in art at all, you should definitely check the series out.

berserk artBerserk is collected in 37 volumes currently and available at most bookstores.

Why you should read: Berserk

ERASED is the most interesting anime of Winter so far

At its core, ERASED is a simple story about a man and his ability to time travel to protect the world around him from harm or incident. I am a sucker for good time travel stories so this show appealed to me right away.

But this anime delves deeper into the psyche of a man who is dealing with a traumatic childhood that follows him into his adulthood and his chance to change his mistakes.

The anime is described as:

Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability which forces him to prevent deaths and catastrophes by being sent back in time before the incident occurred, repeating time until it is prevented. One day, he gets involved in an incident that has him framed as a murderer. Desperate to save the victim, he sends himself back in time only to find himself as a grade-schooler one month before fellow classmate Kayo Hinazuki went missing. Satoru now embarks on a new quest: to save Kayo and solve the mystery behind her disappearance.

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I enjoyed  the first two episodes and especially the fact that the main character isn’t freaking out about being back in his childhood in 1988. It goes against a lot of typical tropes which spend episodes about a character adjusting to his surroundings. However, this anime introduces us to the main character who already knows he has these strange time travelling powers.

Also the animation is pretty great. All this adds up to a super promising show.

Here is the OP performed by Asian Kung-Fu Generation

ERASED can be watched via Crunchyroll or Hulu

 

ERASED is the most interesting anime of Winter so far

Why you need to play: The Ace Attorney Series

I was first introduced to the Ace Attorney series about 3 years ago. I had heard about the series but for some reason did not really have any interest in playing it. That changed when I played the first game in the series Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for the Nintendo DS. I fell in love with the writing, artwork, and especially the music.

Here are some of the reasons that the series is worth your time.

1. The cast of characters is fantastic.

From Phoenix to Maya, the cast of characters in the series is quirky and great. And most of them have huge roles in the series.

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2. The music is superb.

Another aspect that the Ace Attorney series is known for is its amazing music. The series started out on the Game Boy Advance, so the music started out pretty basic, but still great. My favorite track follows.

3. Continuing plot in games

The games often carry plot points from earlier games and often try to culminate them in a series of twists and turns. I appreciate what the series tries to do in making a big spectacle of past plot devices.

 

Why you need to play: The Ace Attorney Series