(Editor’s note: In the Postcard Review, members of the Pixelitis staff write small, easily digestible reviews big enough to ‘fit on a postcard’ – hence the title. It can be about the whole experience or just a small piece of the pie. No scores needed.)
On paper, this is every Final Fantasy fan’s dream.
Chocobo Racing was (no surprises here) a racing game by Square featuring a cast of recurring characters and monsters from the Final Fantasy series. With the namesake Chocobo in the spotlight, the game also lets you race as a wise-talking Moogle, the iconic White and Black Mages and Bahamut Himself. Oh yeah, and there’s a goblin, a golem and the Chubby Chocobo for the more obscure palette.
Being that Final Fantasy isn’t necessarily appropriate for children, it was a wise move to feature the more innocent looking characters in this game clearly marketed towards a much younger demographic.
While I am a big enough fan to enjoy this game’s existence, it’s really not that good. Chocobo Racing came out two years after Mario Kart 64 and apes it at every turn; essentially, replace item boxes with “magic” and then switch out Mario characters for Final Fantasy and you can imagine the result. Unfortunately, the two things Chocobo Racing doesn’t copy are gameplay and graphics. The game is ugly even for PS1 and the controls are mediocre at best, which is inexcusable for a racing game.
While it’s got some charm and a few unique mechanics, this game is only worth getting/revisiting if you’re curious or a die hard Final Fantasy collector. I enjoyed it as a kid, but as far as racing games go, stick to the classics.
Sometimes things don’t really go according to plan when it comes to recording the Pixelitis Podcast. We certainly learned our lesson with this one.
Things were going smoothly until disgruntled host Patrick Kulikowski’s recorder decided to take a crap, ensuring that not a single soul in the universe will ever be able to listen to the finely-recorded first half of the podcast.
That aforementioned disgruntled host was joined by Karen Rivera and newcomer Jason Poage for a second attempt which proved to be full of intentional mispronunciations of a coveted Nintendo series and other sorts of wacky hijinks.
It seems like Sony’s long rumored PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset might finally make its first appearance at GDC 2014.
Insider sources recently told TechRadar about their experiences with the headset, stating that “the quality and resolution are really, really good” and “people will definitely be impressed with what Sony’s built.”
The headset, which would indirectly run against the Oculus Rift, has been rumored since last year and was supposedly going to make an appearance at the Tokyo Game Show. However, the stories go that Sony decided that tweaks and polishes were needed before its big reveal.
Keep an eye on the GDC 2014 which will be in San Francisco on March 17. Further rumors also points to VR titles being shown at this year’s E3.
The long running skateboarding series is back for more. That’s right, we’ll be seeing more of digital Tony Hawk and gang ollieing into digital half-pipes.
Tony announced it himself while talking on his Demolition Radio show on SiriusXM. Details weren’t specified outside of his confirmation that a new game was being developed. His co-host also mentioned that they had to wear a whole suit, likely in reference to the motion capture for the unannounced title’s in-game animations.
Activision later confirmed that they are involved with the development of a new Tony Hawk project. More information about the project will be announced soon.
Weapon-smithing, soccer and ninjas. Those are some of the flavors you’ll be tasting with this week’s batch of digital releases.
You can become a JRPG weapon-smith in the 3DS eShop’s newest release, Weapon Shop de Omasse. This silly game doesn’t just involve becoming a blacksmith – that would be too obvious. What intrigues me more is that it’s actually a rhythm game where upholding the beat of your hammer leads to better weapons. 3DS eShop title Inazuma Eleven also similarly mixes things up by combining regular soccer with RPG battle sequences that are similar to Final Fantasy. Talk about literally fighting for gold.
Strider fulfills the ninja quota for this week. This remake offers plenty of fast-action swordplay and beautiful visuals. Just make sure you get your sword sharpened by that rhythmic weapon-smith first.
PlayStation Plus subscribers can have fun screwing around with other people’s memories in Remember Me or have some good old fashioned street brawling fun in Street Fighter X Tekken, which are both free.
I’ve missed out on a lot of goodies since my subscription ran out in November. Seems like I’ll have to get it again for all of these freebies.
That’s not all in our little digital gaming world. There’s still plenty more flavors out there. Make the jump to get the full menu.
Soothing colors whiz by on the screen as a little kite-like creature soars on through, exploring life and color. The enigmatic portrayal of this game could be compared to the likes of Flower, Pixeljunk Eden or even Sound Shapes.
But this is in fact Hohokum, a new title produced in partnership with artist Richard Hogg, British studio Honeyslug and Sony Santa Monica studios. This quirky game, announced for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita at E3 2013, is as beautiful as it is hypnotizing. Using the left analog stick, you pick up characters that guide you to unlock different parts of the world available to you. It is both parts exploratory and guided development, while the X button adds a burst of speed to keep your kite ribbon dancer gliding along.
Hohokum was on display this past weekend at IndieCade East as part of the PlayStation indie section and, naturally I was drawn to it like a hummingbird to a flower.
Fighting demons should always be an epic experience and a test of your strength. With its focus based solely on demon hunting, I came into Toukiden: The Age of Demons expecting just that.
Much like Monster Hunter, this action game is about hunting strong demons that can take up the better part of an hour.
Gameplay is much faster than its monster hunting brethren however. You don’t need to worry about sheathing away your weapon and movements are overall much swifter. This may reel in some of those hunters that dislike the slower and more technical combat experience that Monster Hunter offers.
With fast swordplay and plenty of demons to battle, is this nifty little title the next must buy for Vita owners?
I recently composed a list of videogame’s lovably awesome sidekicks, but since I enjoy exploring the duality of things, I thought I’d sink back into the recesses of hate and disgust.
Here are ten sidekicks who made us reconsider our time spent on videogames and make us go outside. Maybe that was their intention?
Regardless, these are the ten characters that get the dishonor of being on this shameful list.
On Twitter early this morning, the developer behind the mollusk-y fatherly game Octodad: Dadliest Catch announced that there was still some tinkering left to do before the PlayStation 4 debut of the game.
In a tweet earlier this morning, developer Young Horses stated that ”April is the PS4 goal. There was never a definite date, or delay.”
The game was originally slated for release sometime in March. Developers are also thinking about making the game for Xbox One. Octodad: Dadliest Catch has also been updated since it’s latest playable demo at IndieCade East this past weekend. Responding to a tweet, devs said that the game has since been updated to include an “improved framerate and is set at 1080p with anti-aliasing.”
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is out now on Steam for Mac/PC/Linux.
With Strider Hiryu having made his return in a brand new reboot of the classic Capcom series this past Tuesday, the publisher has managed to bring back another long-forgotten game character.
While creating new franchises and experiences is certainly something all publishers should strive for, there’s nothing wrong with bringing back a game or protagonist that fans have been clamoring for.
Allow us here at Pixelitis to chime in with some other videogame protagonists that deserve another chance in the spotlight. And be sure to add your own picks in the comments below.