Back in full swing with Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

So now that Dead or Alive 5 Last Round has been patched on the Xbox One, I’ve been having lots of fun. Thank god the game’s AI isn’t the only opponent left.

I’m back into my old habit of playing training mode with Throwdowns set to on and just playing random strangers as I receive (or where I send) challenges. In this occasion, I played this same guy 6 times in a row and I lost all 6 matches. It was quite strange, he was the only person that showed up. After the sixth match I was finally facing other opponents. Two matches later I find myself facing that guy again. This is a recording of the 7th match between us – I knew his combinations and the network screwed my inputs a little, but I was happy with the outcome and I’ve recorded it for my own study. Hope you enjoy this match.


And it Burns, Burns, Burns…

I bought Shadow of Mordor whilst it was on offer in Xbox Gold’s sale. For now, the game feels pretty average and the nemesis system is ok. Many reviews hailed this as an amazing feature but I don’t think it’s that great.

I’m only a few hours in (neglected the main mission and done lots of side quests) and it’s already feeling quite repetitive and I don’t really like the main character Talion. I’m using the female skin because she looks way cooler. The nemesis system isn’t that great a feature. An orc (they’re called something else, but they really are just orcs) who tracked me down for revenge claimed how he was going to kill me and it won’t be this easy this time around. I thought “who are you again?” and I proceeded to do one full combo on him and killed him. This took 15-20 seconds? Also, must all captains spout rubbish cliche lines before they cross swords with me? It gets so freaking annoying and they’re just shouting the same kind of garbage anyway. I know the enemy is supposed to be dynamically created so that you get a new experience each play through, but right now, I can’t really tell the orcs apart.

Anyway’s, whilst I was mucking around and I managed to pop the “And it Burns, Burns, Burns” achievement. yay!


After a month – Dead or Alive 5 Last Round 1.02aA

Yep, so I had a problem with Dead or Alive 5 Last Round about a month ago where I couldn’t play online at all. In fact, anything to do with online will result in my Xbox crashing – such as completing Arcade mode (it uploads the score). The worst thing that got me was not able to go into training mode as I had “Throw downs” on before the problem. I couldn’t even switch it off until a few days before Sakura Fight Festa.

Now, Team Ninja has released a patch update which has fixed this problem. I’m having lots of fun playing against human players! It’s so good. I did have to jump over hoops whilst trying to solve (although that was me being active in trying to find the problem). My support contact from Team Ninja did a good job. He/she must’ve been quite busy but they did email me about the patch to make sure that it’s solved my issue.

If this fix is permanent, I’ll be a happy camper! Let’s continue to have some good matches!


Rurouni Kenshin – live action movie done right!

When I first heard about the Rurouni Kenshin movie, I was sceptical because there aren’t many manga/anime to live action adaptations that have been good. But when I saw the third Rurouni Kenshin movie advert on YouTube I was very surprised. Usually, movies that don’t do too well wouldn’t get sequels and for a movie that’s quite niche that’s pretty good. So I decided to check out the the first movie.

Let’s cut to the chase – it’s pretty awesome and I think most of that is because it’s quite faithful to the source material. Like Jine’s cold hearted sick way of slaying people. The speed of Kenshin felt about right and I was impressed with the fight choreography. The sword play was very entertaining and is believable in the world of Kenshin. The story had to be altered a little to fit into a movie but it worked for me.

There were a few irks I had with the movie, such as Saito (one of my favourite characters) appearing so early in the movie. It’s fine to include him in the “war”, but to reveal him as a policeman so early just threw away the chance of a big reveal away. Also, Sano’s back story seems to be skipped in the interest of time (it is a 2 hour movie). He doesn’t seem to hate the Ishin-Shisi which is what actually brought him and Kenshin close. In the movie, he’s just hanging around for no reason. Also, I was looking forward to Kenshin kicking his ass whilst he had his Zanbatou.

All this said I like the movie for it’s action and feel. The story flowed well and was close to the source material. Bring on Rurouni Kenshin 2! I hope live action movies take some notes from this movie. Yes, some scenes are taken straight from the source and that works as long as you weave the story together skillfully.


Ori and the Blind Forest


Do not read ahead (or watch the video) if you haven’t played Ori and don’t want spoilers.

I picked up Ori and the Blind Forest and I’m really loving it. The platform gameplay, beautiful graphics amazing musical score and tear jerking intro makes Ori a special game for me. I’ve never cried for any video games and Ori was close to being the first. The opening is so sad that it tugs at your heart making you root for Ori during her adventure. I like that the “boss” battles isn’t some tedious boss fight but are traversal puzzles. These are definitely more fun than finding a bosses pattern and weak point as that would depart from Ori’s gameplay. Below is the end of a chapter and instead of a boss battle, I’m tasked with getting the hell out of there using all the different skills I have just acquired.


Recorded offline fights

So Nth Gen Media has kindly uploaded some videos of my embarrassing play at Sakura Fight Festa 2015.

The format was simple, two pools of four with the top two players from each progress further in the tournament. I was quite happy to be able to play at least three games, after all, I hadn’t the chance to play much at all. I did quite well at the round robin stage, I won two out of three matches. Although I felt my fightstick wasn’t working that well through the converter. I swear in one match my character was crouching longer than I intended to even when my stick was in neutral.

Anyway, I found myself somehow in the top four. The following is my match against the top player (who won the tournament) of the other pool. I couldn’t really do anything as the pressure got the better of me and I started to panick.

I lost my match so I had to fight for a chance to get back into the tournament. I had to play the other guy who lost his quarter finals match. It was a lot closer but I don’t really know Bayman that well. So alot of his attacks were surprises to me.

All in all it was a very enjoyable experience. The Dead or Alive crowd was welcoming and hardly anyone knew each other so I guess that helped us bond a little bit better. I got fourth place and my current skill and knowledge wouldn’t really have gotten me any higher to be honest. I did well though, considering I’ve only started playing Nyotengu for a few weeks and didn’t have access to training mode or any means of playing against a person. I’ve been playing DoA since the first one but only really started applying frame data to my play in DoA5U.

Next year, I will do better.


Sakura Fight Festa – my result

So Sakura Fight Festa in London was my first offline experience and it was a good one. Everyone was friendly and joined in with the hype – it was just all about the fun. I managed to get fourth place but never really had a shot at the top three places. The other players were too good for me to do anything against right now. It didn’t help my inputs were a bit funny. I don’t know whether it’s the converter or my actual stick but sometimes it doesn’t do what I want, i.e. dash.

I hope my Xbox One version of Dead or Alive gets fixed soon. I really want to be able to play against people!