Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (June 22, 2017)
E3 is now officially over, which means Blog Herding is back! This week marks a return to Blog Herding as a regularly scheduled weekly post of awesome. Granted, we're a day late this week, but give us a break – we're still recovering!
Community Blogs For June 8 – June 21:
Persona 5 from the Most Skeptical Fan
Heropon hasn't played all of the Persona games (and got bitter toward them recently), but loves this iteration. Like, overwhelmed by how perfect it is. Some day I will beat Breath of the Wild and try it out.
Pokemon and Sequels
Some sequels just don't work for Haley Shipley. The new one for Sun and Moon is disappointing to her, mostly because there are so many mysteries in Sun and Moon to find. So why do something else in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? Maybe some of those answers will appear, but it is too bad that we didn't get something like a White and Black 2 to look forward to.
Annoyances You Won't Find in Games
Poison Ivy is no joke. That's what Haley had when she wrote this. On her elbow. My goodness. This funny blog post looks at things that just don't happen in a lot of games. Things like stubbed toes, or bug bites, or bad vision. Like, Link would have Lyme Disease after wading through all of those bushes. Granted, I would rather sprain my ankle playing real soccer than play Pro Evo.
Reader Discussion: What Are You Most Hyped About From E3?
ConnorTrinske gives a good recap and some thoughts on E3 before asking what everyone is excited about. He seemed mostly disappointed aside from what Nintendo showed. I am excited for Monster Hunter, although I am also nervous that the new game may not have its soul. New trailers and info will tell in time.
Can Assassin's Creed Origins Successfully Reinvent the Series?
When it comes to Assassin's Creed, Whirz is curious as to whether or not the series can break its mold. He likes what he saw at the show. I quit the series at game one, and then played the pirate one a little bit, but I just could never get into the series. But Egypt sounds cool.
5 Things Fans Are Wrong About
Starterpack ruffles some feathers with his post, but it has made for some good conversation in the comment thread. But for real – Pokemon Red is the best in the series. Though generally, Gold and Silver are usually the games celebrated as the best.
5 Upcoming 2017 Games That Millions Want To Play
Mada Midun is here to write about what is expected to be super popular this year. I am just happy to see Pro Evolution Soccer on this list. For all the praise FIFA gets, PES is just as popular – even more so in some countries. It's an eclectic list, but a surefire one.
The Essentials Challenge: Wolf – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Father Titan interviews Wolf about his time playing Symphony of the Night. Really, all you have to say is Symphony of the Night and that's enough to know we're talking quality. What with the awesome story, gothic setting, labyrinth of a castle – and that twist! I could go on...
My Most Anticipated Games – Post-E3
Another E3, another E3 blog. Attackcobra delivers us a list of his favorites from the show, and man it is weird to read about Kingdom Hearts III. And though I avoided a lot of game info because I like being entirely surprised, what little I read about the Mario and Rabbids collaboration sounds really fun. And Xenoblade has a cat, so I am sold.
How Dishonored's Chaos System is One of its Greatest Narrative Strengths
Trenchmace says the Chaos system is one of Dishonored's greatest assets. A lot of people were a little iffy on it because it meant you had to adhere to a strict gameplay style. I thought the Chaos system was interesting, and I did like it. What I did not like was how the game glitched and I could not get an achievement for zero kills. But then I got over arbitrary things.
Writing Challenge Responses:
Community Writing Challenge: Finding Its Identity – Persona Series
GerardoExber does a bang-up job going through how Persona – and the MegaTen series, really – went from cult classic to mainstream wonder. I don't know just how popular it is as I haven't seen the sales figures, but it definitely was more of a Thousand Arms back in the day instead of a Suikoden.
Graphics or art direction? What matters to you more? What speaks to you? While the new Monster Hunter looks nice, I am afraid of the series losing its soul, so to speak, if the graphics, sound, gameplay, etc. skew towards realism. Share your thoughts in a writing response blog!