The not so humble Amiibo has become a point of fierce contention within the past month. Released as a series of companion toys to the fantastic Super Smash Bros, these toys have quickly sold surprising numbers. Regardless of your attitude towards the blank-eyed, often mispackaged statuettes, we can all agree that Nintendo has found a string of success with Amiibo.
While we certainly already covered much of this past year in the last , considering that the majority of both the PS4 and Xbox One’s life spans thus far have taken place in 2014, but there’s still plenty of discussion to be had about the games themselves that came out this year. So without further ado, let’s go over the major trends and happening over this past year, in the hope that the future will learn from its mistake or whatever. There were many fruits and juices that blended together to make the stale smoothie that was 2014, here’s what the juice shop delivered:
Welcome to Letters From the Console Warfront, a new feature here on MoarPowah in which we attempt to break down and analyze the current generation of consoles, from how the big 3 differ and interact to what directions they seem to be heading. We won’t bother telling you which to buy at any given point (we trust you’re all competent enough to decide that on your own), so think of us as sideline commenters, rooting for no side but the game in which they play.
Pulling back and observing the anime medium as an amalgamous whole, you can be forgiven for seeing certain… underwhelming trends in storytelling and character writing. Amidst this fog of depravity and sameness, a certain number of provocative, progressive, and genuinely groundbreaking works do reach the surface to breath. Sadly, A Certain Scientific Railgun S is no such series. With cheap presentation, sheer asinine world rules, and a wildly inconsistent tone, Railgun S feels like an aggressive waste of time. Considering that this series seems to exist only to perpetuate a franchise which is in itself only a spinoff, it’s hardly surprising that Railgun S missteps almost constantly. What’s surprising is how inherently flawed much of its consistent problems are.
Part 1 and 2 were provided by FUNimation Entertainment
Years ago, a small child looked at the back of a Lunchables box during a kindergarten lunch period. He saw a black-haired youth surrounded by unrecognizable, brightly colored creatures. A friend glances over and yells “I’ve heard of that!”
“It’s called Pokemon”
This begins a lifelong addiction to one of history’s most successful instances of marketing and merchandising.
Appleseed XIII maintains a strange space in the Anime world. Pulling from much of the sci-fi history (especially from Production I.G’s previous work, Ghost in the Shell. To a certain breed of viewer, it has the potential to inspire deep intrinsic pondering on the nature of life and our relationship with technology. To others, however, it’s pseudo-philosophy and endless meandering of concepts will likely bore and frustrate. At it’s core, there is a temple of legitimate value and purpose behind its choices, but not everyone will be quite so well-equipped to appreciate them.
A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment