ImaJAN Media Network
MeltedJoystick Home
   Games  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  Login Using Facebook

Review Round-Up: Spring 2014

View Nelson Schneider's Profile

By Nelson Schneider - 06/01/14 at 01:54 PM CT

Welcome back to another installment of the MeltedJoystick Review Round-Up. Here’s what our staff has reviewed since last time:

Nelson’s Reviews:
Spring didn’t see the MJ Crew toward our goal of finishing more co-op games. We managed to get through “Diablo III,” but “Borderlands 2” eluded completion due to its insane amount of content (and the fact that the crew missed a few too many weekly sessions). We also started “Super Mario 3D World,” but came just shy of finishing thanks to Memorial Day messing up Chris’ schedule.

I finally got to some of the longer games I’ve been putting off due to their… well, length. “Skyrim” did not scratch my Sandbox itch, and “Ni no Kuni” did not scratch my RPG itch. But between them, I have plenty of raw, itchy patches that need to be balmed, yet it seems the item shop is all out of that particular remedy.

The end of the PlayStation 3 has been on my mind this past quarter, and I’ve been doing my best to clear-out the remainder of my backlog for that misbegotten child of Sony. Once I at least take a taste of all the games on “The Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1” (which seems to be tragically misnamed), I will be down to “Puppeteer” and “Resonance of Fate,” which will hopefully find themselves gracing the next installment of the Review Roundup.

When Vikings Attack!” – 1.5/5
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus” – 4.5/5
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch” – 3/5
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault” – 2.5/5
Diablo III” – 4/5
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” – 3.5/5

Chris’ Reviews:
Chris really spun his wheels during the Spring quarter. Instead of clearing games out of his backlog (which is nearly as frightening as mine), he actually REPLAYED things he has already completed. Granted, one of those games was “Diablo III” on PS3, which he had previously played on PC by himself. The other was “Dead Island,” which he felt compelled to replay because he discovered that the sequel allows save data to be imported, provided both games are on the same platform. Since his initial playthrough of “Dead Island” was on PS3, he had to replay the Steam version. Alas, poor Chris has fallen victim to the rampant multi-platform releases of the 7th Generation. At least he did get to play one new zombie game (his favorite), and continued plugging away at “Grand Theft Auto V,” poor piloting skills notwithstanding.

Dead Island” – 3.5/5 (Quick Review)
Diablo III” – 4/5
Outlast” – 4/5

Featured User Review:
This quarter’s featured user review winner is dbarry_22 (again), for his glowing review of “Bravely Default.” This is a game I’m very curious about (but will never own until it abandons handheld exclusivity), so getting a lot of different perspectives on it is important. While most pro reviewers are more than willing to follow the herd and tack a slanderous “J” onto “Bravely Default’s” genre, I know dbarry_22 is old enough and has been gaming for long enough that he, like myself, remembers when RPG was one genre across the world. Thus again, a reviewer presenting a portion of themselves in their work is just as important – if not more so – than bland, safe objectivity without bias (and, let’s face it, nobody in the world is without bias).

On a final note, I’d like to issue a challenge to all MJ members out there to try harder with your reviews. Jonzor and dbarry_22 have dominated the featured review slot with but a single exception since the site launched. I know there are passionate gamers out there who enjoy sharing passionate and detailed opinions and perspectives on the hobby they love. These two champions of the featured review section are not a lock to win… but one of them will always win as long as they are the only two competing!

MeltedJoystick Gaming Blog RSS Feed

Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   



Previous Blog Posts


All Posts

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

Log In
For members wanting to use FB to login, click here
remember me

What Members Are Doing

Comments about...

New Game Reviews

The Deep Paths: Labyrinth ... game review by Nelson Schneider
The Vagrant game review by Nelson Schneider
Avadon: The Black Fortress game review by Nelson Schneider
Strange Brigade game review by Chris Kavan
Satellite Reign game review by Chris Kavan
Watch Dogs 2 game review by Chris Kavan
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototy... game review by Hurain
Dead Cells game review by dbarry_22

New Game Lists

Top Super Nintendo (SNES) Gam... by Jonzor
Backlog by Nelson Schneider
Games I Own: Switch by dbarry_22
Top Game List by SIngli6
Top PlayStation 4 Games by Megadrive
Top Game List by Barmak
My Backlog by Chris Kavan
Games I Want To Play by Shaneo99




Contact Us Public Relations MeltedJoystick Friends    

Advertise and Business

Contacts Us


About us



Support Us

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use


Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?