Heroes of Ruin Demo Thoughts

So I got a chance to download and play the demo of this game yesterday. I had originally been excited about this game, as it was explained to me as being “Diablo for the DS”. After playing it, I can see why people are saying that.

It seems like it’s going to be a fun game. The controls are easy to pick up, and health and energy potions seem to be plentiful (at least in the demo). While I didn’t see if the online features work on the demo (I played solo), I did enjoy what little bit of story their was. The puzzle you encounter in the demo is just challenging enough to not be totally frustrating, at least for me, and the enemies are plentiful, but not overwhelming.

I played as a Vindicator, and have yet to try out the other class that is available on the demo. I did get frustrated, as I wasn’t finished exploring, accidentally walked into the boss area, and was blocked in, unable to leave. The battle was a bit of a challenge, as I was running a bit low on health potions from an earlier swarm.

As much fun as I had with the demo, I don’t think this will be a game I will pick up, or at the very least, I won’t pay full price for it. Why? Because in my opinion, if one of the big selling points of your game, is the ability to create and customize a character unique to you, you should have more than one female option. And the female option is a total trope. Female necromancer?  Really? I’m kind of disappointed in you Square-Enix. Especially considering that a good number of 3DS owners are female.

But if you aren’t like me, and that doesn’t bother you, give the demo a try. The concept is a good one, and the game will probably be great to play. I’m just disappointed in the (lack of) choices you can make.

Pokemon round 2

So, I had my Pokemon White Version, sitting in a little case, and I had left it on the table in the living room, not even thinking about the fact that my dog likes to chew things. It had been sitting there a couple of days, and then this morning, when I woke up, I found that the  case and game had been chewed on by my puppy. He dented it in a few places, including the conductors that the DS reads, as well as breaking some of the thin strips of plastic that go across the conductor on the back of the cart.

I told Dan that I was thinking of trying to put it in the DS anyway, to see if by some crazy chance it would still read. He told me to put it in his DS, instead of my 3DS, so if something happened, like it got stuck, or one of the plastic pieces broke off and got stuck, then his would be cheaper to replace. So I popped it in his DS, and turned on the power, and it recognized the game! So i loaded up my game, and the data was fine as well!

I’ve always been a fan of Nintendo, and now they have me as a fan for life. I know that a PSP game wouldn’t have survived that.

Pokemon

Dan and I were arguing over whether or not non-legendary pokemon didn’t evolve. He claimed there were some, but not many. I swore there was more than he thought. So I looked it up, via Bulbagarden.

I got half way through reading off the list, before he said “okay, fine, you proved your point.”

Being right is awesome!

Maplestory Fun

Conversation between myself, my husband, and Maplestory.

Me: Get off my screen you dick.

Dan: That isn’t very nice.

Me: Well, I’m down here killing grizzlies. Then he comes in, comes down to where I am, and starts killing my grizzles. So i started kill-shoting him. *pause* and now he’s changed channels. Because that’s how Mercedes roll.

Sony’s E3 press conference

So we’ve been watching Sony’s press conference, because it’s one of the first I’ve had time to watch. Here’s some thoughts on it

The Wonderbook thing is kind of cool, but I can already see some people taking HUGE issue with some of the books. Like Book of Spells.

This press conference is really making me miss having a PS3. I think I’ll have to pick one up when I have a bit of extra money.

The Beyond game they showed as their very first game looks absolutely amazing. I’m hoping that it will be well received, and I’m beyond thrilled that they’ve created a female main character, that doesn’t look like she’s a damsel in distress.

The Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal looks *so* much like Smash Brothers Brawl. It still looks awesome, and I can’t wait to see more gameplay footage, and find out more of the characters that are going to be involved.

The new Assassins Creed game looks good, but the only deterring factor for me would be the ships. I don’t do well with driving games, and if I have to steer the ship, I think I’d quickly lose interest. If it’s not a huge aspect of the game, it might not be bad. I’ll have to learn more, before I decide if it’s a game I’m seriously interested in.

Did I miss something? Since when could Kratos control time? It’ll give the game an interesting new dimension, however, and actually makes me intrigued. I’ve never had much interest in God of War, outside of the mythology of it, but this could be pretty cool.

Last of Us looks interesting. Not really my thing, as far as the game play goes, but I’ll be keeping my eye out for playthroughs on youtube and the like.

Overall, pretty impressive. Bravo Sony.