Monday, June 30, 2014

Highlander: The Series 2x11 - The Fighter

The recent flurry of Duncan Macleod posts is continuing for a couple more days, as I want to get to a very non-special episode called "Bless the Child". But first, here's yet another episode where Duncan must deal with a troubled old friend. I'd hate to be friends with this guy, seriously.

This is the boxing episode. Because there had to be a boxing episode somewhere. Fun Fact: This episode got Highlander temporarily called "the most violent show on TV" because the idiots who keep track of these things count it by punches thrown and only watched this one episode.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Live-a-Live #7 - Red Dio Redemption

Following on the heels of the shortest chapter (the wrestler), I go for the second-shortest chapter. This one is nearly all dialogue and story, oddly enough. These chapters are wildly different from one another so far. We had the dungeon crawl, the training minigame-fest, the fighting game, and now a story-heavy scenario. Wonder what the last three will have in store.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Live-a-Live #6 - The Masaru Smackdown

 Fast forward to modern-day Japan, as we meet a pro wrestler who is training to be the greatest fighter in the world. So... pro wrestling is a real sport in the world of Live-a-Live? It's still real to Square, dammit!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Highlander: The Series 2x09 - Run For Your Life

Finally, another good episode. It's been a few. While the last one was very Walker: Texas Ranger, this one has a super Quantum Leap-y vibe... which can only be a good thing.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Live-a-Live #5 - Grandmasters

Roshi and Yun train to battle the Cobra-Kai as Live-a-Live rolls on. This game is terrific.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Live-a-Live #4 - The Highest Monk

No one gets higher than Roshi, as he meditates atop a mountain. Really wondering why this game didn't get a U.S. release; it's very playable. Finding it more entertaining than the often-confusing Romancing SaGa III, the closest thing to this that Square put out at the time. It's like one of their other departments thought they could out-SaGa the SaGa department, and made this game.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Elder Scrolls: Arena Finale - Mordorith

Time to finish this game up and move on to greener pastures, as I storm the Imperial Palace and fight Jagar Tharn.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Live-a-Live #3 - Inheritance

Level 10 and decked out in Genji equipment, Oboro is very prepared for the final chapter. But first, he's got to finish his own. Too bad I missed out on Muramasa, because Oboro's attack power is definitely on the low side.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Highlander: The Series 2x08 - Revenge of the Sword

Note: No swords actually get revenge in this episode. Some of these titles sound like they were thought up by a 13 year old. Still, this episode contains LIU KANG.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Elder Scrolls: Arena #5 - Between Doors

I wouldn't say you're too fake if the first thing you do is be brutally honest while introducing yourself. Isn't that the opposite of fake? Unless she's faking being fake, thereby causing her fakeness to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Now I'm just confused. It's like John Connor sending his dad back in time to father himself.

In any case, the game is winding to a close surprisingly quickly. In game-time, that is. It has barely taken me 20 hours to get close to the end, which is short for a game in this series.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Live-a-Live (Super Famicom, 1994)

The next Super Famicom RPG that I'm going to cover is the relatively-unknown Live-a-Live. In the vein of the SaGa games, this one has a bunch of characters to choose from. The difference is that rather than all of them playing through the same game with slightly different scenarios, they all have a chapter of their own before converging at the end. It's most comparable to Dragon Warrior 4, but the way you can choose the order of the chapters puts a new spin on things. It's almost episodic. You can't really go wrong with mid-90's Square, so let's get to it.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Elder Scrolls: Arena #4 - Battle of Evermore

In the latest episode, I pass the halfway point of the game and go after artifacts. Rated T for Teen.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Elder Scrolls: Arena #3 - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Bellydancers strut their stuff as the heroic Bob Marley Sting looks for the next piece of the Staff of Chaos. Which would be nothing more than a lit blunt if Bob Marley had created it. In this episode I get the second and third of the eight fragments as the battle for Tamriel dungeon-crawls onward. Stir it up.