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A Day Late, A Gil Short - Final Fantasy XIII 360 COMPLETE!

Posted by WhipSmartBanky, 17 March 2012 - - - - - - · 305 views

Finished Final Fantasy XIII for Xbox 360 and decided to post some quick thoughts. Two years and a sequel too late, I know.

Ended right at 57 hours with a nearly complete LV9 Crystarium with all Ability and HP gems in everyone's three default roles. Spent some time in the "open" area grinding a bit. A full LV9 Crystarium would've been best going in to...


Final Stargate Fantasy: SG-XIII?

Posted by WhipSmartBanky, 15 March 2012 - - - - - - · 169 views

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Seventh chevron locked!


Banky's Briefs - 03112012 Edition

Posted by WhipSmartBanky, 11 March 2012 - - - - - - · 191 views

These are my quick impressions of some demos that I recently got to check out:

Binary Domain :360: This demo did several neat things from the shattering robot armor to the towering mech, the various dialogue based on team selections, and yet none of it "felt" right. There's something lost in the controls that other 3rd person shooters have done way b...


Looking for that next engrossing game...

Posted by WhipSmartBanky, 04 August 2011 - - - - - - · 179 views

Lately I find myself searching for that next big, thoroughly addictive game to bury myself in. Past games that have really hooked me were the Mass Effects, the Knights of the Old Republics, and the modern Fallouts. Try as I might, but I'm just not finding "the one" right now. I've been eying Rage for the future, as well as Dungeon Siege III, but I tend...


Banky's Briefs - E3 2011 Edition

Posted by WhipSmartBanky, 09 June 2011 - - - - - - · 230 views

Here's my top picks of interest from E3 2011:

Dragon Crown
Super Mario 3DS
Mass Effect 3
Bioshock Infinite
Halo 4

Yeah, it's a short list. These are pretty much the games that are "day one" hype-wagon for me without waiting for reviews or further information. Unfortunately what I'm particularly excited about are the sequels, things that we already kne...


Banky's Briefs - 03072011 Edition

Posted by WhipSmartBanky, 08 March 2011 - - - - - - · 168 views

These are my quick impressions of some games that I recently got to check out:

Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon :wii: - The name of this game is kind of amusing, considering what little I saw of the game nearly put me to sleep. The beginning is painfully plodding, the voice acting slow, and the controls are clunky. I will admit I liked the...


Banky's Briefs and Backlog - 01212011 Edition

Posted by WhipSmartBanky, 22 January 2011 - - - - - - · 177 views

These are my quick impressions of some games that I recently got to check out:

Lost in Shadow :wii: - Innovation and creativity are rare things to find in modern video games, but this release has both by the truckload. It's a 2D side-scroller where you play as a disembodied shadow trying to rejoin his owner. The focus is more on how shadows land in t...


Banky's Briefs - 09252010 Edition

Posted by WhipSmartBanky, 26 September 2010 - - - - - - · 184 views

Got to finally try out a few demos and catch up on the latest gaming news this weekend and figured I'd post a few quick thoughts:

(Demo ) Enslaved: Odyssey to the West - I'm super-impressed with this demo. The facial animation is really outstanding. Game-play and atmosphere both feel like Uncharted, in a very complimentary way. I have a feeling this...


WhipSmartBanky's INFLUENCE MAP

Posted by WhipSmartBanky, 12 August 2010 - - - - - - · 179 views

There's a meme going around deviantART called the INFLUENCE MAP by fox-orian . I thought it would be a fun, enlightening, and hopefully motivating activity, so this is mine!

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This really can't begin to encompass all of the things that have inspired me over the years, but these are the ones that came to the immediate forefront for me, and most were...


Neglected blog is neglected...

Posted by WhipSmartBanky, 09 August 2010 - - - - - - · 199 views

Is there anything you guys would like to see me do with this blog, besides delete it and DIAF? I hate neglecting it, but I feel like I already have my stupid quips covered on Twitter , and my crappy sketches covered on deviantART .

Hit me up with your suggestions!