Pokemon Mystery Dungeon – Blue Rescue Team (6.5/10)

pokemon mystery dungeonFirst things first: this is not a Pokemon game in dungeon-crawling format. It’s a dungeon crawler, or more specifically, Nethack, with Pokemon. There have been many disappointed reviewers and players who expected a typical Pokemon game and was disappointed at what Mystery Dungeon was. For those who come into the game without bias, a decent amount of enjoyment could be had.

The story begins with a series of questions to be answered by the player. Once the player answers these questions, a pokemon matching the answers of the questions is chosen to be the player character. Why the player wakes up as a pokemon is unknown in the beginning of the game. The rest of the story consists of the player forming a rescue group to help other pokemon with various tasks in the dungeons and saving the village from some mysterious doom.

Those familiar with rogue-like games such as Nethack will feel right at home about the dungeons. Each move counts as a turn, so exploring the dungeon and fighting are all turn based. Instead of being brought to a separate fighting screen, players fight enemies in the same top-down perspective used in exploring. In addition to a partner pokemon which the player can choose in the beginning, other pokemon can be recruited to fight in the party. Players can only control their own Pokemon and other pokemon in the team are controlled by given general orders such as “Stick by me” or “Attach enemies.” There is a learning curve to overcome for those who are expecting a regular turn based Pokemon battle.

The music and sound effects are forgettable, which could be good or bad. It’s possible to play the game with the volume turned off without missing much. But at the same time, the dungeon music could have been a little catchier.

The story might be a little cliched and basic, but that’s not the selling point of this game. The game actually starts after the main story is finished. That’s when the extra dungeons can be explored, including an “endless” dungeon like the one in Nethack. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon isn’t so much a story or character driven game, but a exploration game. Understandably, this game isn’t for everyone, but for anyone who wants a good portable rogue game, it’s the perfect match. Just don’t be one of those people who are scared away by the Pokemon label.

Clinique Almost Lipstick – Black Honey

I had an urge to buy some type of lip-color the past week and after a lot of glowing reviews of this particular color, I picked up Clinique’s almost lipstick in Black Honey. The color in the tube was a lot darker (indeed, it was black) than I expected, but luckily it doesn’t look like this on my lips. This color claimed to look good on everyone, and while I don’t know if that’s true, it didn’t look too bad on me. I like how it makes my stand out, but in a way that it looks like I’m not wearing anything at all.

I have pretty fair skin, so I was afraid this color would be too bright or too red for me, making me look like I was a 7 year old trying to play dress-up but luckily this wasn’t the case. I’m not sure if I should call it a lipgloss or a lipstick, but it’s a litle bit of both, which explains the “almost lipstick” name. It comes in a stick like lipstick, but it goes on translucent and smooth, like a gloss. I think the secret to its color going well with everyone’s lip is that it lets your true lip color come through with only a hint of pink or red to help.

The only complaint I have is that the color wears off quickly even when I’m not eating. I put some on today on the way to work and it was gone by the time I was ready to go to lunch. Fortunately, it wears off pretty naturally, so I wasn’t left with weird splotches of color on my lips. Since it’s kind of like a gloss, I didn’t expect it to last too long, but for the price $16 after taxes, it should last a little longer than just 3 hours.

PSTwo Slim Line Flip Top Cover V12 + Swap Magic 3.6

I purchased from modchipstore.com, a PSTwo Slim Line Flip Top Cover V12 + Swap Magic 3.6. While the reviews and other articles I read about it said it was easy to install, I had a hell of a time getting it to work.

First, the box came with no instructions at all. It did, however, come with a piece of paper that said to look up installation instructions from the site, which I did. The installation instructions, was probably written by a 2nd grade student in China just started to learn English. While not impossible to understand, they were a bit difficult to follow especially with the addition of small pictures.

When I put my ps2 together after installing the cover, the console would no longer spin any discs. Even though the top was down and closed, the PS2 still believed it was open. I fiddled with it for a couple of hours, trying to figure out what went wrong. The retailer’s site was no help and other sites only told me that the ps2 still thinks the top is up, which was not much help. Thanks to advice from a co-worker and this site I was able to fix the problem: one of the sensors wasn’t being properly blocked out. Nothing a little tape wouldn’t fix.

So now, my ps2 is back to normal. It reads regular games and the Swap Magic boots up. I haven’t tried any backup games yet, but hopefully, that’s all fine and dandy also. *crosses fingers*