Review: Metroid Prime: Federation Force

What I’m about to say may shock you, but Metroid Prime: Federation Force is the best FPS for the Nintendo 3DS, and perhaps one of my favourite FPSs of all time. If you’re a fan of the Metroid series, there is plenty to see, including Samus, who shows up in various cutscenes. If you’re not, you’re still in for a treat, especially if you have friends to play with.

Anyone who has read anything about this game knows that many fans of the series weren’t happy with its announcement, as they had anticipated that Nintendo would reveal a new “proper” Metroid platformer of the sort that they had been dreaming of. After the announcement, there was mass down-voting of trailers, with people complaining that the game was ugly and that they hated the chibi art style.There was even a petition to get the game canceled. Were those people justified in their concerns and behaviors?

Read my full review here.

Review: Monster Hunter Generations

The monster hits of Monster Hunter.

Monster Hunter Generations features locations and monsters from all across the series, as well as some new favorites to boot. On top of that, you’ve got additional ways to play—different hunter styles, hunter arts, and Prowler mode where you can take control of one of your Palicoes. If it isn’t obvious, let me make it clear for you: Generations is the best game so far in the Monster Hunter series and is a great place to start even if you have never played any of the others.

Previously Monster Hunter was known as the grind-filled action RPG where you hunt and kill giant monsters (read: dinosaurs, dragons, and giant ancient beasts) to collect their body parts, which are then used to make better weapons and armor so you can fight even more monsters. While the main core gameplay is the same, I have never felt like Generations is a grind, as Capcom has simplified things a bit for the better.

Read the full review here.

Review: Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Rhythm Heaven is a first party Nintendo IP that has been around since 2009, spanning over four games across four different consoles, yet I imagine most gamers wouldn’t be able to tell you the first thing about it. Heck, I’m a huge fan of Nintendo’s IPs and I haven’t done more than sample the series until now, but that’s okay because Rhythm Heaven Megamix combines all of the best parts of the old games into one colourful, over the top, portable mega mix.

For the uninitiated, Rhythm HeavenMegamix is a like a combination of a music game and a WarioWaregame. That is to say, it is a series of short, extremely random mini-games that has you pressing only a couple of buttons to complete, with each game only lasting a two or three minutes tops. Unlike most games in the music genre, you won’t find an easy-to-follow icon letting you know when to press buttons, instead, you’ll have to time your button presses to the music and zany visuals on the top screen. The bottom screen serves only to let you know whether or not those button presses were on time.

Read my full review here.

Monster Hunter Generations Tips ‘N Tricks for new and old players alike

Monster Hunter Generations is officially available in North America and the UK, and it is easily the best game in the series in my opinion. I mean you can play as cats, what could be better than that?

Generations mixes up the formula a bit with having many familiar locations and monsters, so here are some tips you should find useful whether this is your first Monster Hunter or tenth.


Buy a circle pad or a NEW 3DS for better camera control

While you can play Generations without having a second circle pad or the c-stick of the NEW 3DS, it is certainly frustrating. Your options will be limited to tapping on the monster on your touch screen and mashing the L button to make the camera pan to it, or using a virtual d-pad. Ask yourself, have you ever enjoyed using a virtual d-pad more than a controller? You can snag the circle pad for the original smaller 3DS on Amazon for $11.98 and the circle pad pro for the XL for $10.88, well worth the investment if you ask me. If you’re feeling like dropping a few extra bucks you can get the NEW 3DS with its c-stick, which I feel like controls a bit smoother and you get the benefit of better textures and much faster loading, among the other benefits of the handheld such as eye-tracking 3D, faster downloads, and SNES virtual console games.

Try out the weapons till you find one you love

When starting the game you’ll have access to one of each of the 14 available weapon types in your inventory and if you’re like me you’ll just pick the strongest one, but that may be a mistake. Each weapon controls vastly different, so take the time to do some of the training missions for each one till you find the one that fits your play style. I personally ended up going with dual blades and ariel style.

Mounting monsters made far easier by using ariel style

The newly added hunting styles all have different benefits, and on paper, it sounds like ariel may be the worst as it offers less of the new special moves called hunter arts, but I didn’t find that was the case. Ariel makes your dodge cause your hunter to jump into the air. If you dodge into a monster while using aerial you’ll leap high into the air, which is the perfect time to start attacking. If you aim for the back of the neck you’ll often be able to mount the monster and rodeo it till it is stunned, allowing for massive damage from you and fellow hunters.

Palicos are a hunter’s best friend, make sure you have two

Early on you’ll unlock the Palico Ranch which is just to the right of the starting town. If you go there and talk to the Meowstress you’ll be able to hire palicos. Make sure you have two by your side at all times as they not only help you take down the monsters but heal you and gather items along the way. The Monster Hunter series has a reputation as being grind heavy, but by maximizing on palicos you can mostly avoid that.

Meownster Hunter before every hunt

Meownster Hunter is unlocked with three-star quests and allows you to send out four palicos on a quest gathering pieces of monsters, as well as various other items that can be used for crafting whether it be for you or your felyne friends. These quests play out in a mini-game that has you shooting a puck out of a canon in an attempt to land on circles on the board that represents the different drops available. The easiest way I found to make sure you hit the spots is to think of the power meter as how far away from the bottom of the board you want the puck to land, with half way being the top of the screen. By doing this I was easily able to get many pieces I need to craft armor without grinding.

After each quest use the palico dojo to allow your furry sidekicks to rest to regain enthusiasm by selecting catnap under special training. Have a stable of palicos that you dedicate to Meownster Hunter alone.

Eat a meal before every hunt

In each town, you’ll find a felyne that will cook you a meal granting both you and your palicos bonus stats and effects. Make sure to eat one before each hunt, and always try to pick the one that raises your defense against whatever elemental effect the monster may use. Also, always pay for these meals with the in-game currency of zeeny, as you’ll be using your points for Meownster Hunter and some optional unlockables available from the felyne in your house.

Tetsucabra’s armor provides a ton of early defense

You’ll come across the Tetsucabra in the three-star quests, and it’s armor easily provides the most defense you’ll find in the first half of the game. It is so good, in fact, that I used it to the very end of the single player campaign. It should be easy enough to acquire if you follow my palico based tips above.

Key quests to advance

Want to quickly reach the ending of single player? Then you need only to complete the following quests in each ranking, and the urgent quests that follow them.

One-star rank:

– Find the Ferns
– A Fungal Hunt
– Wipe Out!
– Another Pack Attack (given to you by the Meowstress on Palico Ranch)

Two-star rank:

– Rambunctious Rhenoplos
– Gendrome Roadblock
– The Land Sharq
– Hermit Grab
– Slay the Velociprey ( Kokoto chief request)
– Hunt Down the Velocidrome! ( Kokoto chief request)
– Slay the Giaprey! (Pokke chief request)
– The Mountain Roughrider (Pokke chief request)
– Bye Bye Jaggia (Yukumo chief request)
– Arzuros the Azure Beast (Yukumo chief request)

Three-star rank:

-Stomping Grounds
– Crustacean Frustration
– The Desert Gourmand
– Tumultuous Sprouts
– Local Threat
– Into the Wyvern’s Den (Kokoto chief request)
– The Shadow in the Mountains
– No Go on the Popo (Pokke chief request)
– Royal Spit Take
– A Forest Fracas (Yukumo chief request)
– Current Events
– Robbed Blind

Four-star rank:

– Serpentine Samba
– Wrath of the Rathian
– Crustacean Infatuation
– Lurkin’ in the Murk
– Hungry Eyes

Five-star rank:

-A King, Robed in Smoke
– Fight or Uragaan!
– The Fisherman’s Fiend
– The Unwavering Colossus ( Pokke chief request)
– The Entrancing Water Dancer (Yukumo chief request)
– The Thunderclaw Wyvern (Kokoto chief request)

Six-star rank:

– Tigrex by the Tail
– Dark Wings, Dark Work
– Tuff Turf
– A Thousand Scales of Dread
– Brachydios Mio!


Use all of these tips and you’ll be a certified bad-ass in no time flat, slaying monsters left and right with ease. Now go young caterpillars and become the monster murdering butterflies you were born to me.