Friday Favorites: Missed-Out Playstation 4 Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The Playstation family of consoles are the only consoles that Rachel and I really don’t have. We do have a Playstation 3, but I don’t remember if we have ever really turned it on before. Getting a Playstation 4 has always been in the back of our minds and, I’ll be honest, there are some Playstion 4 exclusive games that I’m disappointed to have missed out on.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man

I am woefully behind on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I’m still a fan of the comics, lore, and superheroes that make it up, including Spider-Man. I’ve heard how wonderful this game is, with the world, controls, and characters, and I’m sorry that I missed out on it.

Detroit: Become Human

Robotics, androids, and questioning what humanity actually is have always fascinated me. While I’m hesitant at the content rating of the game, the story itself sounds amazing and having multiple endings just makes it even better.

The Last Guardian

While it’s not exactly a giant puppy, the creature that the main character befriends in The Last Guardian is absolutely interesting to me, especially since part of the plot is the player training the creature rather than the player really being able to control the creature.

Are there games from a console you don’t have that you would be interesting in trying someday? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Throwback Thursday: Playing The Sims on Playstation

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

If you know me, then you know I love to play The Sims. I started off playing The Sims 2 and for a while, I thought that was the first Sims I ever played. But I realized the other day that I had played The Sims on the Playstation 2.

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Eons ago, I remember going to my friend’s house. She’s not a big gamer, but she did enjoy games like Just Dance and that was something we used to play together all the time. However, the first game we ever really played together was probably The Sims.

I have to be honest, I don’t remember too much of it (seriously, I probably say this in every Throwback Thursday post) but she put on The Sims on her Playstation 2 and we sat in the living room for a good few hours playing. We created a female who lived alone. From what I remember of the game, it was dark and the graphics were terrible.

What did we do? I don’t remember that either. We just fooled around and had fun taking turns with the controls.

What I do remember is that the house caught on fire.

We told our sim to make herself dinner and she set the house on fire instead. Now, we all know that sims are pretty stupid without their “God” to help them out. In The Sims 4, they’re a lot smarter and will do simple tasks themselves if they really need to. This includes either running out of the house if there’s a fire or pulling out the fire extinguisher and putting out the fire themselves. Of course, having a fire alarm helps as well so the fire department automatically gets called.

Well, our sim didn’t have a fire alarm. The only way to get the fire department to come was to call them. The only way to call them was if the sim was far enough away from the fire, the sim needed to be “safe.”

Our sim was stupid. I recall spending at least a good 30 minutes trying to get her to call the fire department. She refused to run out of the house. She only wanted to stand directly next to the fire. When she did listen to us and go outside, before we were able to tell her to call the fire department, she was running back into the house in a panic.

You know how some sims feel the need to panic right beside the problem, point to it, and yell, “OMG! FIRE!” and not actually do anything productive about it?

Yeah. That was our sim.

We even paused the game once we got her outside at one point, cancelled her “panic” task, and ordered her to call the fire department. When we unpaused, she stood like a dope, and then ran back inside to panic some more.

We did eventually save her and the fire got put out. It was shortly after that we saved the game and never went back to it. We were too frustrated with her at that point even though we were laughing hysterically the entire time. Though, I think we were laughing because otherwise we’d be crying.

Now that I think back on it, I wonder if we were missing something? Maybe we had forgotten to give her a phone or something. I don’t know. Still, it was quite the adventure.

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PlayStation Classic

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

I’m amused at all the “classic” editions of consoles popping up. Miniature versions of the original consoles, these classic ones are more Rachel’s and my size!  

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So. The PlayStation Classic. It’s coming out December 3rd for about 100 bucks with 20 games, two wired controllers and an HDMI cable to connect the console to the television. It does not include a USB AC adapter to, you know, power the console on.

(Which I really don’t understand? Nintendo’s NES Classic also didn’t include an AC adapter, which baffled my mind. Granted, we have the SNES Classic’s adapter, but still. Did Nintendo assume everyone would already have that? Does Sony assume everyone would have that? I’m not even sure if the SNES Classic’s adapter would work with the PlayStation Classic–and I’ll stop ranting about this.)

 

We actually had an original PlayStation when we were younger — and still do, actually, it’s chilling in a storage box with a few other decades-old consoles — but it wasn’t a console we used too often.

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I completely forgot we even HAD the Final Fantasy games VIII and IX before I dug all these out for a picture! I have no memory of them.

Our collection of PlayStation games wasn’t that extensive. I’m certain the games we mostly played were the Spyro trilogy (and Peter Pan: Return to Neverland… I seem to remember that one). Taking a look at the list of 20 games that will be on the PlayStation Classic, there’s not much there for us. While there are plenty of titles I recognize — rather, I’ve recognized the titles of their sequels or spiritual successors — the only game on the Classic that I’ve actually tried playing before would be Final Fantasy VII.

We’re pretty certain this is a classic console that we’ll skip. I wonder, how much nostalgic does it have for people who regularly played the original?

Are you interested in the PlayStation Classic? Is it worth it to you?

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Flashback Friday: Final Fantasy VII

Double Jump Kris MiiOne of the most acclaimed RPG series, Final Fantasy has amassed fifteen main games in thirty years. This Friday we’re talking about arguably one of the most popular in that series, Final Fantasy VII.

 

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Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997, at the end of January in Japan and at the beginning of September for North America. Europe did not see the game until November, marking it as the first Final Fantasy game to be released in that continent. Developed by Square (as Square Enix was known back then), development began in 1994 for the SNES, but was later moved to the PlayStation due to technical limitations on the SNES.

A fantasy and sci-fi RPG, Final Fantasy VII starred the character Cloud and his allies as they protected their world against the superhuman Sephiroth and a megacorporation that wished to use the planet’s life essence as an energy source. Final Fantasy VII has since received widespread commercial success, with the development staff being about 100 members and a budget of over $80 million to ensure the game’s success. It has been acclaimed as one of the greatest video games of all time, being released and remade quite a few times, for Steam, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

I remember ages ago when I borrowed this game from my uncle. (In fact, it’s still on our video game shelves… apparently I never returned it. Oops.) I never finished it, and I believe it’s due to a classmate spoiling a major plot point for me. I remember her mentioning not to bother leveling up a certain character since said character ends of dead.

I do, however, aim to play it again when I can. If I can dig my old PlayStation out and make that work, perhaps I’ll finish the game up on that old console. If not, perhaps I’ll splurge and buy it for Steam!

 

Have you ever played Final Fantasy VII, or any of the Final Fantasy games? What are your favorites?

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Flashback Friday: Spyro the Dragon

Double Jump Kris Mii Thank God it’s Friday!

How was everyone’s week? Anyone got some nice new or old games that they’re playing?

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Spyro the Dragon originally came out for Sony’s PlayStation back in September of 1998 in North America and was released about a month later for Europe. It received generally positive reviews, mostly for the game’s graphics and it’s high replay value.

 

The game has the player take control of Spyro, a small (but don’t say that to his face) dragon with a little dragonfly sidekick named Sparx. Spyro was a snarky fellow with an amusing script and fun moves. The main objective is to explore various realms with hub worlds to rescue Spyro’s fellow (normal-sized) dragons and collect treasure from the nefarious Gnasty Gnorc. As Spyro, the player defeated enemies by using charging with his horns or breathing fire, with Sparx helping to collect treasure and being a visual indicator via different colors for Spyro’s health.

Each realm had specific goals for Spyro to meet before he could move onto the next one. Meeting these goals was the minimum action needed to move on and eventually Spyro would gain access to Gnasty Gnorc’s lair. Defeating Gnasty Gnorc would roll the credits and a cinematic movie ending before allowing the player to return to the game to finish collecting dragons, treasure, and dragon eggs to 100% the game.

Since the original Spyro the Dragon, there were two sequels for the PlayStation 2 along with a handful of spin-off Nintendo GameBoy Advance games. Interestingly enough, he is also heavily featured in the Skylanders series.

Have you played the Spyro series? What did you think of them?