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Hello everyone, King-gamer here, I'm just here to say, I've recently logged in just to catch E3. I apologize for not keeping my promise of coming back last December. I do however, want to say that if you are reading this right now, that I will likely not be active on GameSpot anymore, simply because I am no longer interested here. I love all the people and friends I made here. Know that I may occasionally log in to this account just to check, but I will likely never make updates anymore.
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Whats up everybody? I know its been a long time since I posted anything here, but regardless, if youve previously read my old blog on who is the King of Consoles, I crowned the DS as the winner. I firmly believe that the DS is by far the best console of the 7th generation. You might disagree, and I have no qualms with that. I recognize I might be slightly biased. Unfortunately due to college life and living away from home, playing home consoles in college, well, is not exactly easy. So the DS has been my primary system for the most part. Still, even then, I believe the DS did very well no matter how you look at it. It outsold all of the home consoles by a significant margin, has a library of over 1000 games. With a library of games that large how could you go wrong?
Now that the 3DS is out and DS support has pretty much died out especially after Pokemon Black and White 2 probably being the last ever major DS release, it is time to say farewell to our beloved 7th generation handheld gaming console and list out my personal top 5 DS games.
I want say it first that this is not an official list. This is a personal list, therefore, it may have personal bias. On top of the fact that the DS has over 1000 games, you cant expect me to play them all. This will be from my perspective and my tribute to the Nintendo DS.
Originally I wanted this to be top 20, but I got lazy to write out an entire descrption. So I'm only doing 5 now.
Here are some honorable mentions who did not make it to the list:
Contra 4, New Super Mario Bros., Kirby Canvas curse, Phoenix Wright Trilogy, Picross 3D, Warioware touched! Elite Beat Agents, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon (Red and) Blue
Okami on PS2/Wii was a beautiful masterpiece, with a distinct artstyle to distinguish it from the rest, and an interesting game mechanic in the form of the celestial brush, this is truly one of the greatest game ever made. The DS game is no different.
While the DS sequel does have minor changes in gameplay mechanics such as limited ink and the graphics arent quite as good on the DS, it is still a very gorgeous game to look at. The gameplay is still pretty much Okami, an action adventure game where you are going around trying to restore harmony to the world of Nippon while learning new brush techniques and beating dungeons on the fly. The only problem I have with this game is probably that its too easy, and I find the first Okami to be easy to begin with.
4. Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars.
What can you say about GTA CW? Its one of the best GTA games Ive ever played. Im not a huge GTA fan, but this is one game I can play and say I enjoyed every second of it. GTA CW seems to get a lot of unnecessary hate simply because it is a top down game rather than third person. How wrong you are if you judge a game simply because of the different camera angles. GTA CW is in essence, a GTA game at its core but optimized for the DS. The huge and beautiful liberty city is here for you to roam wreak havoc and everything. It is really like GTA for the PC and consoles. The game itself gives you all the freedom of a console GTA game while still introducing mechanics of its own like some of the touch screen mini games, or making it so you can lose the police by making them crash into walls, which is of course, awesome. This not a butchered port, or some crappy handheld game with less features, it is a full GTA experience with ADDITIONAL content on top of it. How can you not love it?
3. Pokemon Black and White.
It is. Difficult to pick between Pokemon BW1 and BW2. They are same yet different. Just like the 3rd games of the previous generations, BW2 changes enough to be different yet too similar to stand out. Ultimately, I had to choose BW1.
Pokemon Black and White was a phenomenal game. While the game itself is still old Pokemon, the generation 5 of Pokemon games manages to change things up enough to make the games just as lovable as before. BW1 tried to takes things up a notch by introducing a far more involved story and all new triple battles and rotation battles and more. Ultimately though, for me, I feel like the Pokemon competitive scene has matured much more in generation 5. I feel like the game has a far more engaging multiplayer than ever before. Unlike in previous games, I believe the newer generation has introduced many new Pokemon as well of moves that really affect how the game is played competitively such as Volt Switch, combination moves like the elemental pledges and fusion flare/bolt. Aside from that, the game also changed the EXP mechanics, making leveling significantly easier. Now Pokemon is truly where its at. My only criticism? Battle Haxway.
2. Castlevania: Order of Eccelesia
When forced to pick between either Dawn of Sorrow, Portrait of Ruin or Order of Ecclesia, the answer was pretty clear. OoE was by far the superior game. Like the Metroidvanias before it, OoE follows the same style of exploring worlds, RPG elements and of course big and crazy boss battles. OoE introduced a completely new protagonist, Shanoa and a Glyph system which is similar to DoSs Soul system, but far bigger and having special Glyph combination attacks that gave it more variety. Although OoE was a pretty difficult game and by far the hardest of the DS trilogy, it always has that, I just want more feeling. Im not usually a fan of hard games. In fact, Im not a fan of hard games. I quit playing Megaman 9 because I couldnt be Splash woman (lol). Yet I somehow managed to persist all the way to the end and even beat the games secret boss Jiang Shi. I really have nothing bad to say about this game. In fact I cant think of anything bad to say about it!
1. The World Ends With You
Its absolutely crazy, its absolutely addicting, and its absolutely beautiful. There is really so much to love about The World Ends With You. This game is quite possibly the most innovative game I have ever played. The World Ends with You may seem like your typical JRPG, with a well written story, lovable characters, and a beautiful art style. But what makes TWEWY stands out for me is the overall design of this game and the emphasis on the two screens. Indeed, TWEWY is no typical JRPG at all, in fact the battle system is all the difference that makes it so excitingly fun and addictive. Its gameplay essentially spans two screens with you and a partner. The protagonist Neku is controlled using the stylus on the lower screen, while your partner is controlled using the D-Pad and the upper screen.
TWEWY actually has a bit of a Warioware vibe to it. In the same way that Warioware isnt that amazing with those micro games alone, TWEWYs stylus slashing and D-pad pressing battles arent that amazing on their own. But when put together is when the game truly shines. Switching your AI partner to manual and simultaneously controlling both screens is both addicting and rewarding. Very rarely does a game forces you to do this, and TWEWY does this, and amazingly well, on top of an already great story and wonderful soundtrack. TWEWY is a must buy game for any DS owner and my choice for number 1 DS game of all time.
It seems, every generation, there will always be people who complain about the new Pokemon designs, being ugly, crappy, or some other reason. Unfortunately, I have to admit, I am one of those people... But hey! At least I got used to them! (Eventually...) And I actually (eventually) liked some of these Pokemon.
Black and white 2 will be out very soon, what better way to celebrate than to list down the top 5 Pokemons of Generation 5? Here are my top 5 best and worst Pokemon of Gen 5. Since this is a personal list, not some official list, it will of course differ from yours, and the fact that there's over a hundred new Pokemon means a lot of them will be left out. I also want to make one thing clear, I'm only allowing one legendary Pokemon on the "best" list, otherwise it will end up becoming the top 5 best legendary Pokemon.
Theres one thing I can say about Mienshao. The moment this rat/possum/thing learned U-Turn with its regenerator ability, I was like This is definitely a permanent member of my gen 5 team. Mienshao is by far my favourite fighting type Pokemon this generation. Sporting an amazingly high attack and speed stats, and access to the powerful Hi-Jump Kick, Mienshao was the member of my team that swept Grimsleys entire team like it was nothing. I never even saw what Bisharp could do. Another awesome thing about Mienshao, its purple, and has sleeve-like thingies, which reminds me of Gen from Street Fighter, which is why I decided to name him Gen too.
Unfortunately like Gen, Mienshao is as frail as an old dying man. Even a neutral attack will leave him with little or no HP at all, while regenerator is nice, it wont really help against OHKOs. It is also semi-outclassed by Infernape, who has a secondary STAB and can run mixed sets. Still, Genshao is still my favourite fighting type this gen <3. (screw the musketeers)
Mold Breaker is one of those abilities that is awesome that is given to a not so awesome Pokemon (would you ever use Pinsir seriously?). Enter Haxorus.
This, like Mienshao, was also another wtf moment. The first time I saw Haxoruss 100+ stats, with the exception of that 200+ attack, I was astonished. This dude right here has attack so high it might as well be hax. After all, with that 147 Base attack Haxorus can literally rip through anything that doesnt resist its STAB Outrage. With Mold Breaker, no levitators can escape his Earthquake, and no Sturdy user is safe from being OHKOd.
While Haxorus gets two good points, he also gets two negatives. First, Haxorus movepool is a little bit lacking, and two, he has to compete with Garchomp, another powerful physical dragon that outspeeds him, has a wider movepool and gains STAB on his Earthquake. Well, at the very least, Haxorus can still quake levitators and doesnt get utterly destroyed by ice unlike Garchomp.
For 4 generations, Ive waited for a special dragon who isnt a legendary. GameFreak has finally answered. Hydreigon is that very special pseudo-legendary Dragon.
With an amazingly high special attack, Hydreigon has a far greater Draco Meteor than even Salamence, and his Dark typing allows him to learn some neat dark type moves that some of the other pseudo legendary dragon cant. It also doesnt have a 4x weakness to ice! Awesome!
My only problem with Hydreigon is this. With that amazing special stat he should be able to learn moves like Thunderbolt and Ice beam right? Unfortunately no, and one of the reasons I wanted a special dragon Pokemon is to run this, and most people say running a special Dragonite is a horrible idea due to his far superior attack stat. (sigh..) Oh well, at least the Hydra gets Fire Blast...
For many generations, Bug types have pretty much been the most laughable of types. They have crappier stats than pretty much every other Pokemon out there. With only a few exceptions, pretty much no bug type can be considered good, unless they are already paired with a good typing like steel and fighting (aka, Scizor and Heracross). Finally, Generation 5, GF decided to give us a plethora of awesome bugs namely Escavalier, Accelgor and... Volcarona.
I dont actually use Volcarona a lot, because of a certain other Fire type. However, even I have to admit that Volcarona is quite possibly the best bug non legendary bug type. With a sky high SpAtk, a great boosting move and an awesome signature move in the form of Fiery Dance, this fire fly is worthy of being a legendary Pokemon already.
Only one problem, he cries whenever he sees anything remotely resembling a rock.
The reason why I bought Black over White. Lets put it this way. Out of all the Legendary Pokemon this generation, I chose Reshiram for several reasons. 1, I wanted a Special Dragon. Two, Zekrom is physical, and I already have Haxorus. 3, Fire is better coverage anyway. 4, Dat Draco Meteor.
While I realize Victini and V-Create is insanely powerful, I dont really like that speed drop. Im a huge fan of Landorus as well, Im just not a fan of his fear of a little ice tea. I never bothered to use the so called musketeers, and Kyurem looks like a frozen chicken.
Reshiram is awesome. He has way better SpAtk than Hydreigon, an amazing ability, a powerful Draco Meteor, and looks awesome. Fire typing lets it deal with steel types as well as ice types that scare all dragons away. Zekroms electric typing does neither. Yeah, I guess Zekrom looks kiiiiiiind of cool, but I still like Reshiram more in terms of both usefulness AND looks. And Reshiram has something extra downstairs that Zekrom doesnt. More points to Reshiram.
Now the top 5 WORST Pokemon of Generation 5. One thing must be made clear, the top 5 worst Pokemon doesnt have to be bad stat-wise to be listed. They can be listed for a variety of other bad reasons. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO START RAGING LIKE THE HULK BECAUSE YOUR FAVORITE POKEMON IS ON THE LIST, STOP RIGHT HERE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. :C
I just want to start of with this flying squirrel and show you what I mean by other "bad reasons". If I did not include this rule, you will likely see Patrat or something similar here because of how crappy it is, like all early Pokemon. Emolga isnt bad because it is outclassed by every other electric type in the game. It is bad because it is the fruit of some stupid trend that GameFreak should just stop.
Just look at it, sure, it doesnt exactly look like Pachirisu, but the resemblance is there, but even worse, Emolga is meant to be the Pikachu of gen 5. Every gen there has to be a Pikachu rip off. Look at the history: Gen1=Pikachu, Gen2=Pichu, Gen3=Plusle/Minun, Gen4=Pachirisu, Gen5=Emolga. They have all the similar typing, they are all rodents, they have the same electric cheeks, AND they all suck. At least the Pseudo legendaries each gen has some variety, they aren't all Dragons after all, we got Tyranitar and Metagross. They also have vastly different designs. I really dont want to see worthless electric rats anymore. They aren't even remotely useful Pokemon. And No, Light Ball Pikachu still sucks.
Well to be fair to Garbodor, while its true it you could say it looks ugly and has lazy design, people should understand that Garbodor is technically speaking, garbage. Garbage isn't meant to be beautiful. So why is it here in this list anyway?
Garbodor is obviously gen 5's equivalent of Muk, like Swalot from Gen 3. I'm not being a Nostalgia fan, but Muk is simply better than Garbodor in every way. This is a cold hard fact. Muk looks better, but ignore design, go look at their stats. Tell me Garbodor is better. For a bulky poison type, those stats are still not as good as Muk. Sure, Garbodor has better defense, but that is not saving it from Earthquake. Muk is still better at walling special attackers. So where does Garbodor fit in? No where.
Patrat line is excusable, like all the early normal types. Liepard is just plain horrible, even as an early Pokemon. It is so frail that early Pokemon hurts it badly, and its attack isnt high enough to compensate its frailty like Mienshao. Mightyena as an early dark type in Gen 3 was still okay. Liepard isn't. Throw this disgrace to all feline Pokemon in the Garbordor and flush it down toilet form Rotom. In fact, I'd rather use a Toilet form Rotom than this.
It's slow. It has more weaknesses than any other bulky Pokemon. It's a Mushroom with a Pokeball for a head. There's no reason to use Amoonguss. There's no reason to like it aesthetically either. It basically plays the Voltorb/Electrode role of gen 5. He sits there pretending to be an item and then attacks you. Best thing I can say about Amoonguss is that at least he doesn't explode and kill your Pokemon.
1. GEN 5 Starters
Finally the worse of them all.... Why separate them when you can lump them into one? Even though this is supposed to be top 5, I decided to put the all the 3 starters final evolution here.
This has to be the first generation where I decided to throw my starter in to the PC well before I beat the game, and with good reason. They are all crap.
First lets start with Serperior. Its movepool is absolutly horrible. It has next to no coverage moves. Aeriel Ace has pathetic base power, and Dragon tail has decreased priority. He has great speed, but mediocre attack, OH But he has good defenses!! Wait why would you run a defensive Serperior anyway? Really, while its true he can function as a high speed tank, he should be given better moves and better attack so he can function as a high speed SWEEPER. There are tons of better defensive Pokemon out there. We dont need one with 5 weaknesses. Contrary + Leaf Storm could fix him, but that's a different story altogether.
Emboar? What is this? Another Fire Fighting type? Bleh... I pass. But thats not the main problem behind Emboar. The problem lies with the fact that he is just out classed, BY DARMANITAN. Aside from that, Blaziken and Infernape also outclass him, as they both have their roles has fire fighting types. Infernape hits fast and hard, Blaziken is still speedy enough, hits hard and has some unique access to flying type moves to give it its niche, while emboar... yeah... he gets destroyed before he can do anything. Want a good physical fire type before Elite 4? Use Darmanitan. Emboar fails.
Samurott suffers the same problems with Emboar. He's too slow. Not as slow as Emboar, but slow enough to be annoying. Samurott, I would say, is probably the best out of the 3 starters (until contrary Serperior with Leaf Storm comes). Still, he's not as good as say feraligatr, or some of the other water types pass gen. Swampert is a better bulky water type. Feraligatr is a better attacker with its higher speed. What Samurott needs is Shell Smash. Come on, theres shells all over its body!! This would prove a great fix for Samurott, probably making him the best starter of gen 5. But nope. No Shell Smash for you even though you have lots of it.
Sure, the starters aren't as horrible as some other Pokemon listed, BUT, they are STARTERS. Most starters from previous gen are at least useful even until you beat the game. It's not the same here, there are significantly better fire/grass types out there, so these guys are useless (with the exception of Samurott, maybe). Put them in the PC, and forget they ever exist.
Now that all 3 conferences are done, I'm sure many is going to go about "OMG WHO WON ARRGGHHHH, XXX WON"
Well to begin, let's look at the 3 conferences...
First Microsoft, they started great with an awesome reveal of Halo 4, then subsequently lost steam as they continued to show Kinect integrated into hardcore games, then casual games, then boring stuff like navigating menus with Kinect.... Wait, didn't we see this last year?? Why are they showing this again? Alright, Xbox, Bing this stuff. blah.... IE for Xbox? IE is a fail browser. Microsoft did not show much of SmartGlass either, mostly for navigating more menus.... My major problem with this conference is they're showing tech, but not showing games. The tech is used to navigate menus.... why???? What's the point? As for Kinect voice controls, we saw that last year, and to me, it's an unnecessary addition. We don't need to see the same thing two years straight. Overall they still had a couple of impressive showings, namely Tomb Raider and Resident Evil 6, but you really have to sit through a lot of crap to see the good stuff.
Sony did not have that much of a great start, especially since Beyond doesn't look that great to me. PlayStation Battle Royale looks cool though. Then when PSmove started it started to fall apart, especially when wonderbook was shown. Honestly that was the most boring presentation I have ever seen. like what? 20 whole minutes of a couple of people witting down waving the move around to kill paper dragons..... no not even real dragons, just origami rip offs. I seriously feel like turning off at that point, but luckily they managed to save it with a couple of great games at the end, God of War and The Last of US, both of which looks incredible. Also they need more Kazuo Hirai, he is awesome.
Finally we have Nintendo, which had an amazing opening with Pikmin 3 and Miyamoto, which I thought was rather clever. While I thought their reveals were decent, there was one major problem plaguing their conference. There were no major announcements, which is my only problem. Most of the stuff they shown, we already know, while there was also a little too much Mario. It seems like it was here's Mario on Wii U, and Mario on 3DS, and Paper Mario! and that Mario minigame! Nothing wrong with Mario, but they lack their other franchises. What happened to metroid? Pokemon? F-Zero? StarFox? Zelda? What happened? did they forgot? Scribblenauts Unlimited was the only major game revealed which I was somewhat excited for, but otherwise, nothing much. Batman is something we already seen, Ubisoft's games were meh and yup that's it. And they ended it with Nintendo Land, which.... I couldn't really care. They needed that big game to end the show, like 2008 Metroid Other M reveal, or 2004 reveal of Twilight Princess. THat's how they should have ended. But nope, just Nintendo Land.
Final thoughts? They all fail. But if I had to name a winner.... I say Sony did... but only by a hair. If Sony had wonderbook any longer I would have them tied.
So there you go.
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