Nathan Allen

June Lineup - I Hope It's Not To Late!

posted Jun 10, 2016, 12:03 PM by Nathan Ingram

So writing my little splurg on the steam controller I was thinking hey, I should participate at least a little this month in the NFGL so here is my June Line-up

PC - Hard Reset Redux
PC - Shank
PC - Rise of the Triad
3DS - Kirby Planet Robobot

I am going for the Discretion is Advised season set with my 3 pc games

A New Piece of Hardware - My Thoughts

posted Jun 10, 2016, 11:51 AM by Nathan Ingram

    So last weekend was my b-day, I had many things on my wishlist of goodies that I was hoping to get. Throughout the week coming up to my birthday, Katrina would give me a gift here or there. I got some real goodies, some potato heads to add to my collection, a hyperkin procube controller for the wii-u. She got me a lot of cool things but my last gift that I got was my favorite. It's been something I've wanted to try for awhile but was nervous to get myself. On birthday, Katrina got me a steam controller. Now up to this point my pc controller has been the xbox 360 controller for pc. It's a good controller, use it pretty much for beat 'em ups, adventure games, platformers and such. When the steam controller was coming out the idea was a controller that is just as good as using a mouse. I was very skeptical of this annoucement, i've played FPS's on my computer for years and when I had to use a controller on a console I was always the one that just wished I had a mouse and keyboard. So I get the steam controller and I had also recently picked up Hard Reset Redux. For those who don't know Hard Reset is kind of a Doom/Wolfenstein-esque kind of shooter where you have alot of enemies and you just shoot them in the face . . . or whatever the equivalent is for a robot.  But the redux portion is that the game is more polished looking, its got added enemies and it adds a sword to it which is supposed to be like another Flying Wild Hog Developed game, the Shadow Warrior remake (haven't played it but after enjoying Hard Reset so much, i'm planning on picking it up). Anyways I decided i'm going to try this game with my steam controller. Got the controller on in big picture mode, started the game up and . . . it was horrible the default controls were shit and It wasn't fun at all. At this point I was very saddened by how my experience was going with the steam controller. Don't worry this isn't the end of the my thoughts on the steam controller, there is more to the story so don't close out of your web browser quite yet.

    So I opened the steam hub, I see a spot for controller configuration. I go to look how you configure the controller and to be honest, I was overwhelmed with how to configure this controller. Sure, if I spent some more time with it, it would have been fine. But you open up the config and there's a keyboard and you set each button or direction on the pad to a key from the game and I didn't know what most of the different keyboard keys were when starting the game so I was once again feeling this controller may have been a waste of money (though I would never tell Katrina that). So i'm still in the config and I notice there's an option for browse configurations. I decide to click it and this is where the steam controller shines. When you click this it goes a menu, it starts with recommended controls which are shit. Then there's the glorius community template, and it's beautiful. It's different control set ups that other people use for the game your wishing you could play the right way. What makes it easier is everytime someone uses someone else's control template, it keeps track of this so if 2,000 people are using template A and 700 are using template B it sorts these templates from highest amounts of users to lowest. So I click the top one, it's got the most people using it, it must be good. I don't even look at the controls I just jump into the game and start playing. HOLY SHIT, does this option make the steam controller the best controller out there. To double up on the holy shitness, imagine my suprise when I go to zoom in on my gun and all of a sudden it uses the motion controls of the controller to move my aim. So not only does this game have that good kind of comfort of using a controller but those motion controls add the nice precisness of aiming that I could get with a mouse. Now i'm not saying this works for every game. I've tried this controller with some 3rd person shooters and it ran like ass. I tried division and deus ex: human revolution and the controls just didn't feel right with the steam controller. There will always be an arguement of keyboard/mouse versus controller for games, But I really do believe from my experience using the steam controller it is closing that gap.  To end the article i do want to say sorry for not really participating very much in the NFGL this season. I love the idea of the NFGL very much and I don't know if it's the timing this year or what. I've been doing a lot of house work, and when I do play games, I enjoy taking the time to play with my friends so it's usually division or smite. Hoping of more NFGL seasons in the future, maybe winter sports kind of idea but I don't run it, i'm lazily participating in it.
P.S. This is a long article for me and I'm not rereading through this shit for typos, profreading and what not so . . . yeah, thanks for reading

My April Line-Up!

posted Mar 27, 2016, 8:40 PM by Nathan Ingram

Since finding out what the season sets are for April, I have decided what my April line-up will be.
I'm going to be going for the 2 season sets this month and i'm planning on completing all 4 of my games this month instead of how my march line-up is currently going and pretty is going to end . . . with ZERO games completed. So here is my pick for games as well as the season sets they will be going with.

All Wet:
Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas
Aquaria

Historian:
Vectorman
PAC-MAN 2: The New Adventures

What's Been Going On With Nathan Ingram This Month?

posted Mar 14, 2016, 1:05 PM by Nathan Ingram

So some of you may have noticed that since my line-up announcement I haven't made any post, whether that be a review or just putting down how my games are going so far. To start off this month has been rough. When the month first started I couldn't pick which game to start, I knew I wanted to start off with the fan boy seas on set games. So for set it came down to Chocobo's Dungeon 2, Brave Fencer Musashi, and FF Mystic Quest. I couldn't decide, I've played Brave Fencer Musashi and FF Mystic Quest when i was younger but never beat them. Because I couldn't decide, I decided to do the logical thing . . . I let Katrina decide, and of course she picked the one with the cute chocobo on the front, I was okay with this choice since I had NEVER played this game even though i've owned it for 10+ years. I popped it in, I got through the beginning naming my Mog Chocobo and my Chocobo Mog. The game was going pretty well . . . then it got repetative. It's a rogue-lite kind of game where you go down floors in a dungeon but you can't go up, either you find an item that warps you out, or you die, either way when you go back to the dungeon you start back at level 1. When the game started I was really enjoying it, then it just go boring. Don't get me wrong I love to rogue-like game (Risk of Rain, Magicite, etc. . . ) but I couldn't finish this game, it was just so boring. So after decided to quit this game ( . . . for now) I recently went to a new game shop we have in Toledo called Game Over. I've been there a couple times picking up some retro games (Shining Force 2, Beyond Oasis, Star Wars Arcade and Doom for the 32x) and now i've really started the itch for some retro games. Since picking those games up i've really been wanting to build my genesis collection. I've picked up a few more games on amazon (vectorman 1 & 2, Lost Vikings, and Metal Head) but i've decided I can't forget about the NFGL. I've come back this time switching over to Brave Fencer Musashi. So far the game is just as great as I remember it. It's a hell of a lot easier than I remember though. I've decided i'm going to beat this game and planning on beating Mystic Quest this month as well (luckily I have a spring break coming up in a couple of weeks). Once I beat these games though, you can be sure that I will have a full review up of both games once they are beaten.

My March Line-up

posted Feb 28, 2016, 5:34 PM by Nathan Ingram   [ updated Feb 28, 2016, 5:36 PM ]

So for this month it took me a long time to pick out games, Commisioner Sam Bushman even tried helping me going through my backlog. Sam had made the suggestion of going for the fan boy set and that I had alot of squaresoft games. I was hesitant at first when I started thinking of all the final fantasy games with their length (especially after spending a good amount of time on Tales of Zesteria). After looking at more games and having nothing turn up sounding great, I thought back to squaresoft, I know they make games other than Final Fantasy so I looked through what I had. I finally was able to pick out three squaresoft games to create my line-up. This month I have picked:
Brave Fencer Musashi
Chocobo's Dungeon 2
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (I know I said I didn't want a final fantasy game but lets all be honest it's pretty much the black sheep of the series)
To end off my line-up I decided to pick Pokemon Yellow on the 3ds. I just picked the game up a couple of days ago and i'm really looking foward to playing it since I went the Red route when I was a little kid.
I'm also picking the Fan Boy Season set for this month. Beating all these games will be a good way to get my points up and start my journey towards NFGL 2016 Champion!

My Backloggery?

posted Feb 17, 2016, 3:36 PM by Nathan Ingram   [ updated Feb 17, 2016, 3:37 PM ]

So it seems like posting our backloggery is the thing to do currently so I guess i'll follow everyone else. 

. . . So, Here is a link to my backloggery:

Welcome to the NFGL

posted Feb 9, 2016, 9:15 PM by Sam Bushman   [ updated Feb 9, 2016, 11:41 PM ]

Hi Nate! Please take some time to play with the blog page that is set up for you. The hope is you can use this space to post your updates as the NFGL season runs. If you have any questions, complaints, or concerns feel free to ping me.

-Sam

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