Does Metroid Fusion Need a Remake?

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In September of last year, Metroid: Samus Returns was released to the glee of Metroid fans everywhere. A remake of a game not prevalent in the minds of even diehard fans, the original Metroid II for the Game Boy is, from what I can gather, not a great game, regardless. Part of the reason for this, however, is that they tried to fit a Metroid-esque style of game, dedicated to atmosphere, (to some extent) cinematics, and fast-paced action, on an early-days handheld system that was neither powerful nor pretty. To remake this game in a day and age where handheld games are much more grandiose than they were twenty years ago, I was all for it. Convenient enough that it released a year after the infamous AM2R fan game hit the internet, but that only served to further my excitement in comparing the two games when Samus Returns inevitably landed in my lap. (more…)

Traveling Thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (The Divine Beasts)

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A few disclaimers before we move forward:

  • Traveling Thoughts is a means of putting down my thoughts in a bit-by-bit process that will eventually lead up to a formal review of the overall subject. These posts will be more personal than objective, though one should expect a good amount of both as is my personality of habit.
  • These posts will absolutely contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Two months later (on the nose!), I am back with this hellishly-long series on an incredibly old subject of critique, bereft of the excitement and magic contained in my first post, published 363 days ago (Two days off from a whole year… the coincidences today are scary). Don’t let that bring you down, as I will do my very best to entertain you with my personal experiences with four major challenges that make up the core of the game. Some of them are pretty straightforward and simple while others can GO TO HELL. (more…)

Traveling Thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Hyrule Castle)

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A few disclaimers before we move forward:

  • Traveling Thoughts is a means of putting down my thoughts in a bit-by-bit process that will eventually lead up to a formal review of the overall subject. These posts will be more personal than objective, though one should expect a good amount of both as is my personality of habit.
  • These posts will absolutely contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

In addition, I won’t go over the final fight with Ganon here, either. That will be reserved for a future post regarding bosses/mini-bosses. (more…)

Traveling Thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Tarrey Town)

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A few disclaimers before we move forward:

  • Traveling Thoughts is a means of putting down my thoughts in a bit-by-bit process that will eventually lead up to a formal review of the overall subject. These posts will be more personal than objective, though one should expect a good amount of both as is my personality of habit.
  • These posts will absolutely contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This area isn’t even important to the game. It’s essentially a very, very, very dumbed-down version of one of Sid Meier’s Civilization games. Collect the resources, find the people, and build a community from the ground up. The real difference is that you don’t really do anything but bring the materials and the people. Some other dude does all the work off-screen. That said, you have to give this man a lot of wood. (more…)

Traveling Thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Lost Woods)

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A few disclaimers before we move forward:

  • Traveling Thoughts is a means of putting down my thoughts in a bit-by-bit process that will eventually lead up to a formal review of the overall subject. These posts will be more personal than objective, though one should expect a good amount of both as is my personality of habit.
  • These posts will absolutely contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Now this is an area that won’t go undescribed. (more…)