Fake reviews for Whatsapp

Like really, as if the worst games of recent years were already plagued with fake reviews like some of the worst Steam games were taken down and then reinstated with fake reviews and changed names for instances, how about Whatsapp being mistaken for a game? Whatsapp the game? LIKE SOME STUPID MORONS THINK THAT PEOPLE ARE PLAYING GAMES WITH WHATSAPP! THIS IS A SLAP ON THEIR FACES FOR THIS SORT OF IGNORANCE!

I don’t care if that is more or less a fake or real news or something to you from my recent discovery at Neowin but I was already annoyed even more than before from this year’s Lunar New Year days and especially for sometime after Lunar New Year where Singtel users like me were knocked out of internet access! So, the real annoyance was that while I was working on something, be it a Game Maker game or perhaps a music arrangement/remix or something, those home morons had the guts to tell the elder aunts that I was playing games or some sort. Their continued ignorance and presence continued to piss me off and there will be no guarantee of peaceful celebration of future Lunar New Year then and especially when it comes to DJ practice which I sometimes do with my DJ controller. Even if they looked at my computer screen, they couldn’t know what I was actually doing by then as if they told others that I was playing. Such ignorance from them was the reason on why I didn’t bring my laptop computer along this year and their manipulation of the others as I fear it is going to make me miserable like I may end up suffering from medical torture because of them.

So, the situation stated above may be why you shouldn’t annoy me with ignorant rumors about me or something else. NOBODY cares for morons like those who take Whatsapp for a game. We CARE for respectful and superior people although those morons who have been annoying me as stated above might think that I have communication problem or some kind and it is a future offense to deny the consequences you’re given by someone whom you have disrespected. You should realize your actions done to that person, NOT think that there’s something wrong with them.

Even as an adult or elder person, you should have decent attitude and knowledge of what’s actually going on and what is someone actually doing. And if you think or talk to others that some DJ doing DJ practice is playing games or something, that DJ will have an indirect “Fuck You” delivered to you for stupidly disrespecting them. You’ll be scolded indirectly with the use of that DJ’s brain. The same goes to the music producer producing something in the bedroom. So a lesson is that you should know what that person you’re intercepting is actually doing before you say anything from your mouth.

So for Whatsapp, they didn’t have time to investigate those morons doing fake reviews like that on the app and it was up to Google to do the investigation themselves. Those fake reviews popped up on Whatsapp from February to March and thankfully, other Google Play apps weren’t invaded with such. Those posting fake reviews like that don’t deserve to be respectful adults and we don’t have time and breath for fools like them.

Google’s inaccurate Best Android games of 2016 list

We were lucky about the Best mobile games of 2014 list like we took it for an accurate one but for this year’s, it’s not the same. It’s not that Google and Apple have screwed it up or something if you ask.

For Pokemon Go, I already ranted about it over the lack of proper security even with the policies intact. It was declared mediocre for me like it should fall under the Disappointing Games of 2016 list. Fast forward to the present time, I can assume that the game’s having some improvements and in the future, there will be additional 100 Pokemons for Pokemon Go. So, I guess that the game has gone from mediocre to a fine game and even then, it still falls under that list I just mentioned but it is inexcusable to put the game that is terrible, average or okay in the top 5/10 games of the year list. Not to mention that even The Game Awards had gone a little incompetent into making Pokemon Go as the Top Mobile and Family Game. Do people care about personal security or something?

Speaking of The Game Awards of this year, I already have another game to rant about, Street Fighter V, that doesn’t deserve to be involved in it as it has gone from great to okay but that will be in another blog post when possible. It’s still a fine game to be frank but people are not happy with it being the Best Fighting Game of this year for this year’s The Game Awards as if other fighting games deserve that due to sufficient features.

Lumines Puzzle & Music for IOS & Android

Four years ago, it seemed that the famous man, Tetsuya Mizuguchi, had stopped producing games for the time being but fast forward to the recent times, he had opened a new game studio called Enhance Games, where he’ll keep producing his games there. Also, Mobcast had purchased the IPs of Lumines and Meteos but the thing is, he’s still working at Enhance Games and that is that. It may be a disappointment if the company works on the new Lumines game without his involvement.

The game was soft-launched in some countries in July before getting a global release this month. Also, the upcoming collaboration with Ultra Japan will have the game shown at the event this Saturday. Ultra Japan as we may suggest, is the DJ event taking place in Japan. The recent Ultra events already took place in other countries this year and I guess that only Professional DJs may spin there. What is special about Lumines Puzzle & Music taking place at Ultra Japan is the fact that series uses the music elements where the actions are synchronized to the musical beat. Tetsuya Mizuguchi may be famous for producing games that synchronize things to the musical beat but I’ve seen other games inspired by his that do the same thing as well like Magical Beat by Arc System Works for instance.

Needless to say, the game is not free but at least you get a standard enjoyment just like the other Lumines games although I don’t know what to say about the controls as I still have yet to buy it.

Super Mario Run for IOS and Android

The Wii U and 3DS have enough momentum as of the present time but for whatever reason, it seems that Nintendo is having some financial troubles that going mobile may be one of the last resorts. However, that will make Nintendo look like a third-party company for that. There may be Playstation-certified games on various Sony-branded smartphones but forget about that feature as Sony was already struggling in the mobile business. Perhaps, Samsung and Apple are like super-strong competitors out there when it comes to smartphone and tablet market but it doesn’t probably mean that it may have affected the portable consoles that badly.

Nintendo had already gone mobile with Pokemon Go recently but that was made by Niantic. Perhaps, they could have presented at the Apple conference about Pokemon Go just like they recently did with Super Mario Run for IOS. The Android version will be coming in the future as well in addition to IOS version.

Game-wise, it’s basically an endless runner with the famous platformer franchise. It won’t be free to be frank but it doesn’t have the freemium model features. The concept is entirely based on the modern-era where you have the ability to wall-jump, slide down the wall as well as other abilities that originated from the classic sequels. Let’s hope that it’s tons of times better than Sega’s equivalent 2D endless runner game which I found it to be mediocre to be frank. Also, the Sega’s one was already discontinued at the end of July this year.

A word of warning, if you think that Fl**** B*** is better than this or any other 2D Mario games, you may be the biggest gaming idiot of all time.

Pokemon Go impressions and security issues

So, the hype for this was really big to be frank as you can wander around the globe and find various wild Pokemon on the wild areas to catch as well as to battle the gym leaders although I don’t know if you can make use of your own Pokemon to battle the wild ones besides catching them. What about those items like potions, revival restore and other stuffs besides Master Balls/Pokeballs? What about Pokemon Center in case some of your Pokemon are defeated in battle? I guess that losing to gym leaders in battle may make you completely useless that you can guess on things like going to nearby Pokemon Center for full revival. It’s a shame that Pokemon Go is missing certain stuffs like that based on what you can recall from your childhood if you had played the past Pokemon games before.
Unfortunately, the addiction is too high for this one and at the time of the game’s release, the new policies regarding it still have yet to exist like better safety rules, new policies in schools, companies and other indoor facilities against playing the game as well as the policies against entering those specialized facilities like police stations, hospitals, etc. There were already advises that you actually didn’t NEED to enter those facilities just to get various virtual items. This is kind of realistic enough but it also means that it can pose policy and safety problems if you’re not careful enough of your surroundings and where you’re going. What if you are lost or missing in action because of that?
And of course, even security issues had become additional problems the developers needed to be aware of. Normally, apps on IOS and Android should have request to basic contact information but this is beyond that for Pokemon Go and your privacy might be compromised as a result should you opt in to Google. However, the developers, Niantic, was aware of this problem and the update should solve it by making Pokemon Go request to basic contact information for players using Google account. The thing was, Google was the one taking action in reducing the permission for the app with Niantic including this solution in the latest update. This problem affected IOS and Android users but there’s one more thing Android users need to be aware of, the malware APKs disguised as the game app.
It was an interesting stumble ever since I played classic Pokemon games on Game Boy Color in my childhood. Unfortunately, none of them were English version so I couldn’t know what went on back then and the worse thing was that I was stuck in Pokemon Gold like I wasn’t able to finish it. There was also the trading card spinoff game on Game Boy Color which I played but I couldn’t make it far. But fast forward to the present where everything changed. I don’t think I’m going to have any interest in getting Pokemon Go on my Android at anytime although it is interesting and a huge hit but it lacks the features the other Pokemon games have.
Last thing, will there be a tournament for Pokemon Go players in the future? Unfortunately, it’s kind of like the tournament events for Splatoon where each tournament event is different for different country. Also, there are like way too many places marked as gyms and I don’t know how many badges you’re going to get. Maybe, there should be official Pokemon-themed places that act as the real gyms so that you can get the gym badges from there and THEN, once you have gotten all the gym badges, you’re eligible for the tournament, right?

King of Fighters 97 OL

What the hell happened? It was looking like SNK Playmore went mobile starting last year or earlier after a serious struggle with Pachinko slot machine games in which not many of the gamers are interested in and I’m severely against gambling stuffs as they ruin your life that easily. Rhythm of Fighters was kind of strange although Metal Slug Defense was like popular to the developers that they kept it going until today with additional units, crossover characters and even crossover stages that lasted a while. Yes, that game surely looked like Battle Cats which was released three years earlier than it so the word, defense, is a misleading word to the gameplay when comparing it to Battle Cats. Unfortunately, the developers of Battle Cats didn’t even mention the complete origins of Metal Slug units and instead, they mentioned by in-game text that those units came from Metal Slug Defense. There may be units exclusive to Metal Slug Defense of course but too much crossover can pretty much ruin the image of Metal Slug series. Then, there was Beast Busters featuring KOF which I already finished most of the areas like I eventually stopped playing it. Even worse is that this year, SNK Playmore is acquired by the Chinese company, Ledo Millenium, in which Ledo Interactive developed KOF 97 OL for IOS and Android.

At first, we thought that this was an HD remake but it’s not. It’s a beat-em-up spinoff game of King of Fighters 97 and fans of the franchise were really annoyed about this as if the franchise or perhaps SNK Playmore itself is on life support. Everything is redone in HD and the gameplay controls are way too simple for the genre. You just mash the specific buttons that represent the respective moves like normal move which does the comboing in normal way plus the special move, the special moves that once used, you have to wait until they’re available again, the desperation move and so on. If you have played tons of beat-em-up games or fighting games, you will notice that some of the stuffs are missing in the gameplay. You can’t jump, air-dash, ground-dash or even throw something. There may be ground-dash attacks but they originate from the original KOF games so that doesn’t count as a normal ground-dash attack in terms of the beat-em-up genre. Unlike Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds, you can’t even guard yourself against enemy attacks. Yes, even Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds is the spinoff of the fighting game using the same genre as KOF 97 OL. A KOF beat-em-up spinoff game will be a decent idea since you’re fighting tons of baddies like a fighter alongside other KOF characters in your team with other teams awaiting you as your rival teams. Perhaps, a real 3-vs-3 may make sense in this one where all team members are fighting the rival ones at the same time unlike the KOF series where it’s still a 1-on-1 match with the other team members watching it and one fighter down may mean other team member taking over.

There’s also a warning message telling you that the enemies in that stage you’ve chosen are too strong that you may need to strengthen yourself if you want to get in but you do have the options on whether you have to strengthen first or enter the stage anyway. There are tons of items that can be used as well as the outfit parts that can be strengthened. Plus, strengthening yourself may cost in-game currency and unlocking other fighters may require collecting cards representing them. There are also assist fighters that will help you out for extra overall strength. Like Beast Busters featuring KOF, each stage is short and features a boss at the end where you have to tackle him/her within the time limit.

Lastly, the FMV intro and loading screens are way out of place as if the fans are like, “What the hell is this?”, “What’s up with the look of the characters? How could SNK Playmore ruin their image like that?”, “Why is this going all 3D CGI like in KOF Maximum Impact?”. In fact, there might be cosplayers involved in the promotion of this game. The cosplay itself is fine but having to promote this game with it poses the fans a couple of challenging questions.

The worse thing is that King of Fighters XIV is going all 3D graphics via Maximum Impact series and there is some assumption that it is using Unreal Engine 4 with realistic effects or some sort but from what I saw in the trailers, the overall graphics looked like they were done in Unreal Engine 3.x or something. I mean the flame effects are not quite realistic enough and the smoke effect is half-assed as well. And what’s up with the look and outfits of the characters? WHY DID SNK PLAYMORE ASSIGN THIS TO SOME EXTERNAL COMPANY LIKE THAT? Going next-gen is supposedly a requirement but going 3D like in Street Fighter IV or Maximum Impact series is a major disapproval to the fans. Hell, even the FMV intro of KOF 97 OL is like graphically better but keep in mind that KOF XIV is still under development and I don’t know if KOF 97 OL will be superseded or not by the time it comes out next year for Playstation 4.

In summary of unacceptable flaws of KOF 97 OL:

  • Lack of standard abilities as required for a beat-em-up spinoff such as the lack of jumping, dashing and even throwing.
  • The way the sound effects are executed is flawed.
  • What’s up with the loading screens and FMV intro?
  • For the music, the way it loops is that it cuts off certain parts of each song or something. (Example: Psycho Solder’s theme song has chrous and post-chorus cut completely)
  • The stage uses the same background for every phase or something

Sure, there can be fighting game elements in today’s beat-em-up games like special and super moves, guarding, surrounding shockwave that repels every surrounding enemy off as well as to summon your assistant to help you along to make things more epic in the next level so why not?

Strikers 1945 III on IOS and Android

This one’s a special treat to show as I had one-credit-cleared this game on my Android device in the highest difficulty as shown in the screenshot below. Unfortunately, unlike that screenshot, my gameplay videos on YouTube took more than a credit to clear but it seemed that I was able to tolerate things quite well as if the game on IOS and Android is less difficult than the arcade version in which the enemy bullets are much faster in the arcade version. Another thing to talk about is the lesser amount of grinding in this one unlike the prequel on IOS and Android which is much more tedious. You should be able to get more virtual coins throughout the game than spending the overall amount of virtual coins in starting the game. What this means is that you can pay virtual coins in randomizing the choice of the fighter for full power as well as to enable a partner fighter to help you out before starting the game but by the time you have gone through the entire game, you may have gotten more virtual coins from some missions than consumed those virtual coins from random fighter choice + partner. This reduces the amount of grinding or some sort but another improvement is the inclusion of additional goals as different ways of unlocking fighters. For instance, you need to upgrade the fighters by spending virtual coins on getting full power, shield and higher charge weapon level so that you can get that amount of power the next time you start the game. Of course, you may need to do the required amount of upgrades to unlock that fighter.

Beast Busters featuring KOF DX

It has been a year since I played the original Beast Busters featuring KOF on my Android device and surely, it took tons of resources that there were choppy framerates as well as delays in the buffer. In fact, it may look like new contents are on the DX version with additional stages, removal of some social gaming elements like you can play it at anytime as many times as you like. Needless to say, some of the bosses of the last areas of last missions/area-sets are really tough. There might be gameplay videos of the original on my YouTube channel but like I mentioned in the previous blog post about Beast Busters featuring KOF, each area is really short compared to the standard rail-shooter games where each stage is really long due to multiple areas to take place in.

Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage

Well, this one may be the answer to Love Live School Idol Festival which was released two years ago and the interface during gameplay is somewhat similar except that everything else is different such as the gameplay, the room management which is unnecessarily social-ish, 2D and 3D graphics modes and so on. Idol Chronicle by Taito already has the 3D graphics which may render non-current Android devices incompatible with it as it takes up more resources that way but it should be able to catch up with Playstation Vita rhythm games made in Japan like Project Diva series, Persona 4 Dancing All Night, Utakumi 575, etc. This may have superseded other idol themed rhythm games on IOS and Android with so much exclusive features like multiple graphics modes, room management, multiple technical workarounds, etc.

Unlike Idolmaster Shiny Festa which has mini OVA animations included in the game, this one is based on the TV animated series which is based on the mobage of the same name. Like the Idolmaster TV animation series which is closely related to the Idolmaster games, the concept is the same for this one although the idol characters that will be in both this game and the TV animation counterpart are based on the popularity as like Starlight Stage, the original Idolmaster Cinderella Girls surely has tons of characters represented by cards.

The Communication Mode is sort of like the Story Mode which contains both the Main Story and the Side Story known as Story and Idol respectively, the Idol Mode is obviously the card management mode where you can level up various cards in your collection and the Room Mode is going all Farmville-ish indoor where you can decorate the producer’s office in the enterprise of 346 production. Who thought the Room Mode was a good idea for this game? You can’t decorate the offices like that. Unlike Love Live School Idol Festival, the story modes will sometimes give you multiple options similar to the main Idolmaster games. So be warned, making a bad choice will result in a bad communication. There’s also the affection stuff but I don’t know if that is similar to or different than the bond bonus from Love Live School Idol Festival.

Other factors in unlocking the songs include the Panel Mission which is kind of like the mini-quest, upping the producer rank, buying additional songs through the Jukebox and so on.

Groove Coaster 2 for Arcade, IOS and Android

For Groove Coaster 2 Heavenly Festival, there are changes to the game-end system in which you use the Groove Coins to buy songs, items and other stuffs, replacing the Level Up system that has been present in the original Groove Coaster including its EX variation. The Level Up system is still intact in Groove Coaster 2 Original Style and there’s a new control method where you can make noise near your device while the device mustn’t make any sound to get a beat which is unspeakably strange and replaces various types of notes with normal notes. Worse thing for using that method is that your scores will not be saved as if things don’t count. In addition, the Original Style version has difficulties from the arcade version of Groove Coaster series although the song level range between these two versions is different that it kind of confuses me to determine which level number is the highest for each version. Heavenly Festival has some changes done to the versus multiplayer mode as well as you will notice in the results screen and Original Style has included the Ad-Lib in the results screen as well. Getting 100% of Ad-Lib what you’ll want to get that should boost your scores even higher for better grades but it’s not easy to get one unless you can memorize where all the Ad-Lib notes are for each song. You can try using Visible item to reveal those notes as the assist item.

To be frank, I might have gotten the No-Miss in certain songs which is the standard full combo. For a true full combo, a Standard Full Combo and 100% Ad-Lib combination is a must which is more difficult for me in the first place. Starting from today, I have already set up the same goal of attempting the new songs from Groove Coaster 2 Heavenly Festival.