Reviews by IchiVanilla
Great Kart Racer with full controller support for PCIchiVanilla | July 20, 2013 | Review of Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
Its been awhile since i've played a kart racer style game. picked this up in the ultimate sonic collection and i have no regrets whatsoever. The handling is great on a xbox360 controller i have hooked up to my PC.
The level design is very interesting and the land/sea/air switching mid-level is very cool. I like that this game incorporates all of the sega franchises into the levels and not just sonic.
If you want to relive your glory days of crash team racing or mario kart, get this game.
My Favorite Game of this DecadeIchiVanilla | July 20, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas DNS
Despite Having an almost 10 point lower score on metacritic than Fallout 3, this game is by far the best of the modern fallout series. The reviews suffer from the "oh its just more of the same" complaining that alot of sequels suffer from.
I'd argue that this game is not more of the same, obsidian did a much better job than bethesda in making this a truly open-ended world you can explore without penalty. In Fallout 3 you were much more confined to the storyline quests, and the sidequests were not as fullfilling and not as plentiful as in NV. Persuing multiple endings was also a big plus to new vegas, as well as the introduction of hardcore mode. Companions are much better (i.e. not complete wastes of time like in F3).
I might be biased as i've lived in the southwest my whole life but the overall "feel" of the game felt so much better than F3. I loved the music, environments, and general art direction.
I've played through this game 4 times now and just bought it AGAIN for PC (great mod community, just like in the elder scrolls games). I cannot reccomend this game enough. buy this if you have not already!
The only shortcomings of FNV are some of the DLC's being a bit silly/unpolished, but i won't include them in my review's score since this is for the singular game.
Fun, Quirky, SimpleIchiVanilla | July 20, 2013 | Review of Stacking
This is a great game to play when you don't want to have to learn a ton of complex controls, leveling schemes, etc. that you find in most games these days. That is not to say it doesn't make you think, some of the puzzles are quite hard to figure out. What is nice is you won't get stuck on any level and end up rage-quitting because each level has at least one really easy solution to each puzzle, allowing you to advance forward. Getting every alternate solution however is harder. The "stacking dolls" gameplay mechanic is unique and rewarding.
Overall if you want a light-hearted, quirky platformer/puzzler from double-fine, pick this game up. It's not psychonauts, but it's still got tim schafer's charm.
Unique 3D Puzzle/PlatformerIchiVanilla | July 6, 2013 | Review of Tiny & Big: Grandpa's Leftovers
This game was a big surprise to me, a lot of indie games will claim "unique gameplay" by changing a few things (gravity, physics, etc.). Tiny and Big does more than just alter one thing. First off, it is a 3D platformer with a fairly open world to explore. You are guided through "levels", however within each level there are multiple secrets, and plenty of areas that exist for the sole purpose of exploring. The big thing that sets this game apart from the others is your three tools: the cutter, the rocket, and the grappling hook. The cutter allows you to cut almost anything in half, at any angle, so you can make some pretty complex paths to get to hard-to-reach places. The rocket obviously blasts things away from you, and the grappling hook pulls them towards you. It is very fun/interesting using these three tools to construct your own paths through the levels.
The only cons this game has are: 1) the length, it's a bit short, but for the price it's not so bad 2) It's gameplay is slightly hindered by using a xbox controller (which i did). Eventually you get over it but you just don't have the speed you would have with a mouse to control the cutter during battle sequences.
Overall it is a nice polished 3D platforming game with some very interesting new gameplay mechanics, i'd recommend it to people who liked playing banjo kazooie/spyro/crash bandicoot and other 3-d platformers as a kid, and want something with new gameplay elements.
My Favorite Indie Game Thus FarIchiVanilla | July 6, 2013 | Review of Bastion [Playfire]
I recently said "screw it" to consoles and got caught up in the pc gaming world last winter. I don't think i'm ever turning back, i picked this gem up for almost nothing during a humblebundle sale.
This game is beautiful, i love the art design, the narration, the soundtrack, and the overall "feel" of the game. They set the mood very well in this game. It is somewhat short in terms of RPG time, but it offers multiple playthroughs on different settings and a plethora of weapons and challenges to keep you busy. I've beaten the game twice now (normal and new game+ mode)and loved it each time. I will probably end up playing it again in the score attack mode soon.
If you're a fan of good art, music, storytelling, or just want a quick action-rpg to play through. Get this Game!