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Graphic artist | Video game adventurer | Movie buff | Podcast person

Currently writes for K-Zone Philippines due to his strong ties with J-RPGs, Japanese games, and Personas. He also loves wearing jackets, even on a tropical country.


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My favorite games of 2012… so far

  It's the middle of July twenty-twelve, which means we're already past the halftime mark for this year — and we are most likely gushing over The Dark Knight Rises also at this point, but that's a different story so anyway — and I thought like: "Hey, wouldn't be nice to list down the best games I've played over the last 6 months?"   Sure, why not? After all, I've been posting game-related news and trailers that generally interest me for weeks in my blog, and hardly any impressions of this title and that particular game… at all!   So without further ado and in no particular order — here are my favorite video games of 2012, so far of course:     Lumines Electronic Symphony   You know you've played too much LES when you're dreaming (and daydreaming) colored blocks for no apparent reason. This is has happened to me occasionally days and weeks after the Vita launch, seriously.     Asura's Wrath   Granted, I've only played an hour or so of CyberConnect2's Dragon Ball x Heavy Rain (ish) mashup. But that doesn't stop me for saying the game is bananas.     Mass Effect 3   I found it virtually as good as part 2, and the ending wasn't that abysmal. It was bad, yes, though I've seen worse.     The Last Story   Speaking of Mass Effects 2 & 3: This is, more or less, the closest J-RPG alternative I can think of that matches Bioware's sci-fi franchise — in terms of combat, at least. It's almost as good as ME, in my opinion. Almost.     Tales of Graces ƒ   And speaking of J-RPGs: Tales of Graces ƒ is probably the best one I've played this year. See? I'm not that biased *coughXIII-2cough*.     Street Fighter X Tekken   It was either this or Soulcalibur V, and I decided to pick the Capcom one instead because it felt "new" to say the least. Sure, it's not as meaty as SSIVAE. But hey — I'm just a regular guy anyway who plays fighting games just to have… you know, fun, and this game did its job fine.     Dragon's Dogma   One of my strong contenders for GOTY, despite the sloppy facial expressions and a messy narrative. It's really good guys, and forget everything you know about about the demo. Super pleased that a sequel is underway and I expect major improvements.     Gravity Rush   Sony's best new Japanese IP in years featuring gorgeous visuals, amazing (AMA-ZING) art design, a soaring soundtrack, and a very likable protagonist.     Lollipop Chainsaw   Hilarious. So hilarious — I could easily forgive the game's super-short length.     Binary Domain   Not going to lie and be a fanboy of Team Yakuza here, but I truly had more fun with BD than any of the Gears of War games because (a) the shooting mechanic itself was pretty tight and polished, and (b) the story's a lot more interesting. It's just unfortunate we'll never have a follow up because the game bombed in both continents, IIRC. Easily a sleeper of the year.     Well, that's it for my list. Expect some or most of these games to be mentioned again early next year in my, sort-of, yearly whatnot. I actually like making these entries, believe it or not. Speaking of that — I'm also considering of writing a "disappointing games of 2012" list of some sort. Titles that didn't make the cut for obvious reasons. Probably next week.   So, if it's OK dear reader: what are your favorite games of 2012 so far? I reckon Diablo III's one of them?

The Dark Knight Rises x Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy artist)

Decided to be extra productive during one snowy evening and thought like “hey, wouldn’t it be cool to create a fan-made teaser-like poster of The Dark Knight Rises using (famed Japanese illustrator) Yoshitaka Amano‘s artwork?”. After all — he did draw the Bat (as well as Superman) a couple of years ago, and I thought it would be awesome to use that along with some of his pieces to “form” other characters such as Bane and Selina Kyle. Well, look-alikes to be more precise.

Square wants me to purchase a 3DS: Kingdom Hearts 3D Jump Festa 2011 Trailer

Fans who have been following the Kingdom Hearts series since its incarnation should seriously check out this colossal, 8 minute trailer featuring a lot of familiar faces, as well as some gameplay samplings here and there. Those familiar faces, by the way, are mostly the hip kids from The World Ends With You; arguably the only Tetsuya Nomura-related game that’s currently out there (in North America at least) which deserves every attention.