Zanarkand.A city dead for 1000 years.A city I had to see with my own eyes.The end of Yuna's journey.The last chapter in my story.
My favorite game is Final Fantasy X(that probably wasn't hard to guess)because it's the most beautiful and emotional game I've ever experienced.I love games with an emotional or deep story or games with a lot of spirituality,which is why Final Fantasy VII,Final Fantasy VIII,Shenmue 2,Lost Odyssey,Heavy Rain are also amongst my favorite games.My favorite game genre is RPGs and I think Japan make the best RPGs.I like to collect Japanese games because I find most of them fun to play or very charming.
I love anime,whether it's romance & comedy,drama,action,and the more story oriented ones.I also love the ones with a lot of atmosphere(such as Cowboy Bebop).My top 3 favorite anime series are Rurouni Kenshin,AI Yori Aoshi,Suzuka.Some of my other favorites anime series include:-Cowboy Bebop,Macross,Love Hina,Air Gear,Akikan,Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040,Dragon Ball Z(including some of the movies),Gantz,Rumbling Hearts,Mobile Suit Gundam 0079.
I love Asian movies.I love many films from China,Thailand,Japan,Vietnam,Korea.I love Asian horror films,some of the Asian horror movies I like include:Nang Nak(Thailand),The Eye(Hong Kong and Thailand version),The Eye 2(Hong Kong),Suicide Club(Japan),Tale of Two Sisters(Korea),Shutter(Thai version),The Grudge 1 and 2(Japanese version),The Ring 1 and 2(Japanese version),Koma(Hong Kong),Isola(Japan).
Other Asian movies I love include Mah Nakorn,Curse of the Golden Flower,Hero,House of Flying Daggers,Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,The Myth,Casshern.
My favorite Japanese bands are M.O.V.E,Japan-X,Morning Musume,Gazette,Blood Stain Child and I like some of Erica Hashimoto's songs.I also like female Korean pop groups,J-Pop,Thai pop music,Chinese emo/pop music,Marilyn Manson and I like the song Wind of Change by the Scorpions.I also like soundscapes and new age music.My favorite classical music is Johan Pachelel's Canon.
Some blogs are too personal for me to post on Gamespot so I'll post them here:
My game of the year for each year since 1985:-
2012 The Last Story
2011 Yakuza 4
2010 Heavy Rain
2009 Ar Tonelico 2
2008 Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core
2007 Persona 3
2006 Kingdom of Paradise
2005 Jade Empire
2003 The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker
2002 Final Fantasy X
2001 Shenmue 2
1999 Final Fantasy VIII
1998 The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
1997 Final Fantasy VII
1996 Super Mario 64
1995 Chrono Trigger
1994 Donkey Kong Country
1993 Aladdin(MEGA DRIVE/GENESIS version)
1992 Sonic the Hedgehog 2(MEGA DRIVE/GENESIS version)
1991 The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past
1990 Super Mario World
1989 Dragon Warrior
1988 Phantasy Star
1987 The Legend of Zelda
1985 Super Mario Bros
Walking down the street,distant memories are buried in the past forever.
Follow the Moskva down to Gorky park,listening to the wind of change.
Take me to the magic of the moment on a glory night where the children of tomorrow share their dreams with you and me.
Take me to the magic of the moment on a glory night where the children of tomorrow dream away with the wind of change.
Yeah,the game is hella amazing,I wish more FPS could be like Bioshock in terms of story/setting creativity and that have an in-depth and interesting story.Bioshock's atmosphere is the main thing that makes me love it though but I think I'm asking too much for every FPS game to have an atmosphere as compelling as Bioshock's.
I'm not going to play it tonight because I am sick.
I'm also interested in Bioshock infinite but I think I'll wait for it to drop in price a bit before I get it but I want to play it because it will likely receive one of my personal game of the year honorable mentions or maybe even an award.I am interested to see how the concepts of 'racism' and 'racial supremacy' are used in Bioshock Infinite's story because in it's Gamespot video review it had people in the game saying some extremely racially derogatory remarks about blacks and Asians so I'm assuming there is a very good story-related reasons for this because this is a very sensitive issue.
After experiencing darker-style stories and atmospheres with Shadow Hearts Covenant and Bioshock,I think the next game I will move onto will be Paper Mario Thousand Year Door because I want to play something colorful and charming next.I'm still midway through Tales of the Abyss which is quite a colorful JRPG but it's story is a bit intense and I want to experience a story that's charming and lighthearted.And I still want to find time to play through Wild Arms 4 too and this doesn't even count the 2013 releases I want to play(Lightning Returns,Soul Sacrifice,Remember Me,Project X,A Link to the Past 2,Bioshock Infinite and Bravely Default if it gets localized).
It's rare that I find a FPS to be addictive but that's how I'm finding Bioshock.I'm a little bit past the part when you get to the submarine.
It's story is quite good and unique and in-depth.Basically in it's story you play as a character named Jack who finds a hidden city at the bottom of the ocean,the city's name is Rapture and it's supposed to be a place where science is free to flourish without religion getting in the way and a place free from political oppression.Something disastrous happened in Rapture and now it's infested with creepy-looking and psychotic genetically mutated humans that will attack you on sight and there's very few 'normal' people left and there's a lot more to your character,Rapture and the story than this but I will let you discover it for yourself but the story is quite good.
The atmosphere inside Rapture is incredible,I love how when you walk past glass areas you'll see the ocean surrounding it and it creates an atmospheric blue all around you and Rapture is quite detailed in how it has recreational areas and science areas and even commerical areas so you can imagine people living there.
The gunplay is surprisingly satisfying,the aiming mechanics and character movements feel fluid and fast and combine that with a good story and great atmosphere and a bit of psychological horror it makes for a great experience.
If the experience holds up till the end I might pick up Bioshock 2.
I haven't posted my Shadow Hearts Covenant review but I will soon,because I am hoping to get a reviewer of the month award for May(I recieved one for March for my Flower review and one in April for my Another Code R review and hopefully my Shadow Hearts Covenant review or my Bioshock review will be good enough for such an award,I still haven't received an emblem for reviewer of the months even though Gamespot said they would give out emblems for people choosen for reviewer of the month but I understand Gamespot staff are busy right now and probably emotionally distracted since Jody is leaving.
That's all for now.
Like I've said,it's one of my top 5 PS2 games and I've played over 120 PS2 games.
It's plot twists are truly epic and I love how it can be dark and poetic at the same time.
Dunno what game I will play next,I was going to buy Soul Sacrifice but the cheap copy of it is no longer for sale and all the other eBay owners want around 50 dollars for it if you include postage and handling.
I'm thinking I might play Bioshock next because I want to play something with flowing gameplay since I've played through a few JRPGs and a visual novel recently.I have the PS3 and PC version of Bioshock,I am thinking I'll play the PS3 version because it has trophies even though I prefer to play FPS games with a mouse and even though the PC version will look better.After Bioshock then I'll give Wild Arms 4 a try,I've never played a game from that series but I've heard it's good.
That's all for now.
Not long now until Yuri meets the woman of his destiny...
The story has taken more great twists and has had some very emotional moments in regard to love interests but I won't spoil it for you but it was quite heart felt.The villains in the game are great and the story has had some exciting moments too.If Shadow Hearts Covenant was a 2013 release it would probably win my game of the year award because I like it more than both Ni No Kuni and Fire Emblem Awakening and even though they are both great JRPGs I like Shadow Hearts Covenant a lot more than them.Shadow Hearts Covenant is not only one of my top 5 favorite RPGs for the PS2,it's one of my top 5 favorite PS2 games now,and believe me I've played a lot of RPGs on the PS2 and I've played a lot of PS2 games(I own over 100 of them).
My top 5 PS2 games are
Final Fantasy X
Persona 3 FES
Shadow Hearts Covenant
I've been playing for 17 hours but I'm not even half way through the game.It looks like it's going to be a long journey.I love the way the story builds up and as I was hoping it would,it's starting to give hope that Yuri can somehow bring Alice back or can be with her again.
That's about all I have to say for now.I've had some unexpected financial burdens in the last two weeks and that means I'm not going to buy Soul Sacrifice in the next two weeks like I originally planned which is disappointing because I found it for a great price and the game looks awesome.
Anyways that's all for now,I'll leave you with a pic of Yuri and Alice,I'm not sure which Shadow Hearts game this cinematic screenshot is from,but I love it,it has a beautiful hazy atmosphere/use of lighting that I've seen a lot of in Shadow Hearts Covenant.
Last night I typed out a long blog but my computer freaked out and I lost the blog.
Shadow Hearts Covenant story is starting to get very good.There's been more good twists,a new character,and I like how even though the story often has a dark feel the game still has Japanese charm at times to lighten things up.I've witnessed an amazing cinematic that is beautiful,emotionally powerful but has the dark feel at the same time and the way it's narrated and presented in a dark but beautiful way sends chills down my spine in a similar way to Demon's Souls.
Just like in many other places in the game,Wales has a beautiful,dreary atmosphere.
Speaking of dark JRPGs,localized versions of Soul Sacrifice have been released recently.Western critics seem to be scoring it between the 7.5 to 8.5 range and since I usually score JRPGs 10%-20% higher than western critics it's a good sign.It's trailer looks awesome(elements of it's battle system and it's artstyle remind me of NieR,which is one of my favorite JRPGs of all time)and it's good the Vita has another exclusive that I'm likely to think is great.When I hold my Vita and look at it's functions and think about it's graphical capabilities it makes me think it's a system that I really want to see do well because it's a great piece of hardware and has so much potential.
I haven't been gaming as much as I'd like to recently because personal problems keep getting in the way.
I want to at the very least beat Shadow Hearts Covenant and Wild Arms 4 before I buy any new games.But I really want to play Soul Sacrifice,Lightning Returns(I like FFXIII and I love FFXIII-2 and platinumed both games and I want to see what happens in Lightning Returns story),Remember Me(it's story and dystopian futuristic world intrigue me and it's atmosphere looks great too),Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past 2,Project X(so many characters from numerous JRPGs and fighting game universes in one SJRPG sounds awesome)and Ong Bak Tri(I love my culture).I'm hoping for Bravely Default.So far the 2013 releases I've beaten are Ni No Kuni and Fire Emblem Awakening,both are amazing games.
I've showed my backlog of shame on a few occasions already,besides Shadow Hearts Covenant and Wild Arms 4 I hope someday I can beat Paper Mario Thousand Year Door and Skies of Arcadia because they're classics and shouldn't be left unbeaten and I hope to beat the first Bioshock game oneday because even though I don't like many FPS games I love Bioshocks's atmosphere(there is something about it's dark,underwater city environment that I love)and I wanna review it,same like all the other games
Right now I'm enjoying Shadow Hearts Covenant a lot and honestly there's something 6th gen about it that makes me enjoy it more than most of the 7th gen JRPGs(and I've played lots of 7th gen JRPGs).I guess it's a combination of it's creative story setting,the way it's towns look and the way it's battle system is and the way it's cinematics don't try too hard to flaunt the PS2's graphical capabilities and instead focus more on being artistic and give a beautiful dreary atmosphere with beautiful use of shades of yellow for it's lighting but it has enough technical realism to give a nice real world feel.
Not long ago I beat Fire Emblem Awakening and even though it's technically an 8th gen system,it's visuals are a mix of 16-Bit and 6th gen quality visuals and I loved it's in-depth story telling for the game's characters and turn-based system.
Earlier this year I beat Ni No Kuni on the PS3 and even though it's an 7th gen game,it feels like a SNES/PSone JRPG because of it's charm and because of how it's world map is set out and the way it lets you visit towns and interact with NPCs.
Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core is one of my favorite games of all time and is a PSP exclusive and even though techically the PSP is a 7th gen console it's basically a handheld PS2(PS2 is 6th gen).
Lost Odyssey is one of my favorite games of all time and even though it's a 7th gen game,it's style is much like a 6th gen JRPG(which is part of why people criticized it).
I can't wait for Final Fantasy X HD(a remake of a 6th gen game and my favorite game of all time).
Even though FFXIII,Demon's Souls,Valkyria Chronicles,Resonance of Fate are great and innovative 7th gen JRPGs,I still prefer many 6th JRPGs over these games.
Many people bought Persona 4 The Golden which is a remake of a 6th gen JRPG.
Some people say Star Ocean The Last Hope reminds them of the PS2 JRPGs and is why they love it.
This is why after I beat Shadow Hearts Covenant I'm going to finish Tales of the Abyss and then I'll move onto Wild Arms 4 and then Paper Mario Thousand Year Door.I'm even tempted to buy a Wii U simply to play Zelda WindWaker,one of my favorite action/adventure games ever to be released,which was released for Gamecube during the 6th gen.
I've been playing the game for 5 hours and the story seems like it's building up to something interesting because it has evil factions whom use sorcery and want to rule the world and people in the world can fuse themselves with demons to make themselves powerful and since it's set during world war 1 the group of characters experience war-related obstacles which makes it harder for them to travel around Europe and they need to because the main character named Yuri has been cursed and they'll need to stop the bad guys anyways.I like how the characters and demons have an effect on World War 1.The story already has a big and well thought-out plot twist already.
Even though I haven't played the first Shadow Hearts game,I read what it's story is about because I wanted to get a better understanding of the story for the series and the characters and I must say Shadow Hearts story sounds quite emotional and now I can understand the pain Yuri must be going through in Shadow Hearts Covenant after certain events in the first Shadow Hearts game.
I like the cast of characters,Yuri the Japanese man whom can fuse with demons and
MINOR SPOILER FOR THE FIRST SHADOW HEARTS GAME
whom lost the woman he loved in the first Shadow Hearts game
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Karin is a busty,female German military officer whom has reasons to join Yuri,Gapetto is an old man and famous puppeteer who uses his puppet in battle and Blanca is a white wolf whom can unleash powerful physical attacks(Red XIII anyone?).Other characters might join my party but these are the characters in it so far.Also,one of the villains I've experienced so far is quite interesting(I won't say who it is because it will be a spoiler).
I like the battle system because it's turn-based but uses a ring system where you need to press the button at certain times to perform attacks and how much damage you do depends on the timing and it's possible to miss out on a turn if you time your button press badly.I like how the game encourages you to utilze various character abilities/stats.For example,Gapetto can perform powerful summon attacks but due to his old age and frail-looking body he is vulnerable to physical attacks.Yuri can transform into various demonic forms which gives him various elemental properties.Karin has good physical and magical attacs and Blanca has the most powerful physical attacks but his magical abilities aren't good(so far).I don't have a healer in my party yet,so it's a bit annoying relying on healing items.The battle system also has a combo system which focuses on risk vs reward.
Like I said on previous blogs,I love the dreary cinematics,I love the shades of yellow and lightning the cinematics use.
Anyways I'm enjoying this game and it looks like it's going to build up to be something epic!
I'm happy my PS2 still works,and yes it was covered in lots of dust.I'm happy my copy of Shadow Hearts Covenant works,I bought it years ago,PAL versions of it now are rare and expensive,I bought my copy of it for less than 40 AUD in very good condition.The cinematics are quite beautiful and I love their dreariness.I'll talk about the game more when I'm further into it.
I can see why many people say it's so great.It's story has great plot twists and can be emotional and I like how you can make characters get married and have children and even use your children in your party.The characters are very charming and I got a feel for the characters because I like how the game shows a profile of the characters(it displays the birth date and name of character's spouses and kids/parents.
I like how the ending explains what the characters did for the rest of their lives after they defeated the final boss and I like how it mentioned how much the character I created loved his wife and how his daughter looked up to him.
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This is the first Fire Emblem game I've played and I'm very impressed.I also like how character relationships effect characters stats greatly,attack ability,defense capabilities when they stand next to each other.
My favorite character in the game is actually Anna,she's very funny and is the woman whom my character married and I like how Anna is perfectly imperfect and she's cute and her presense in the story made it even more brighter and more heart felt.
Fire Emblem Awakening is only the second 2013 game release I've beaten this year,the other is Ni No Kuni.Even though they're the only two 2013 releases I've played they're both great enough to be 2013 game of the year contenders for me personally and for many other people.In fact,if my game of the year choice came down to one of those two games,I would have a hard time choosing which game deserves the award.I know it seems unfair to compare both games since one is a more traditional style JRPG and one is a SJRPG,but I will anyways.
I think Fire Emblem Awakening has a better story than Ni No Kuni but I think Ni No Kuni's story is presented a bit better,both games had enjoyable stories nonetheless.
Fire Emblem Awakening's story uses the concept of romance a bit better than Ni No Kuni which can be a big factor for me.
No No Kuni's battle system is more unique and fun in the way it combines using monsters and human characters in real-time and I like how in Ni No Kuni's battle system humans and monsters have distinct advantages/disadvanages when the player uses them in battle.But Fire Emblem Awakening's battle system has a bit more tactical depth to it but isn't as unique.
Ni No Kuni obviously has better graphics from a technical perspective and even though Fire Emblem Awakening has beautiful use of artstyle,Ni No Kuni's uses of artwork for it's visuals are even more appealing because of studio Ghibli's involvement with the development.
Fire Emblem Awakening has very beautiful music and to be honest I can't remember much about Ni No Kuni's music.
But yeah,it's good that I can play two truly great newly released JRPGs early this year.
It was awesome.The characters are portayed well and the cinematography is beautiful and the choreography for the action scenes is tremendous.The movie is over 130 minutes but it felt much shorter(probably because I was enjoying it)and I'm happy the story for Rurouni Kenshin is going to be made into a movie series(more Rurouni Kenshin movies are going to be made)especially since the movie ends early into the anime series.
I'm loving the game so far,even though this is the first Fire Emblem game I've played I find it very accessible and easy to get into.I love how it's cinematics sometimes look like they're from a painting and sometimes look like hand drawn anime style.Even though I'm only a few hours into the game I can see the potential for romances and the way some of the characters flirt is very charming.I like the battle system,it kinda reminds me of Disgaea 3 except the characters have more diverse abilities such how some of them can used ranged attacks to attack from a safe distance and units retaliate after being attacked which makes you think more about the strategy.You can do team style attacks on units of course and I like how every time you use a unit for a turn they gain some sort of experience points,even if they did something as simple as heal another unit so it encourages you to use all your units because even if none of your units need to be healed but you use Lissa to heal one of them anyways she'll gain experience points.
I can see how the permadeath can be devestating emotionally for the story because if a character dies then so does the possibility of them creating or continuing romance with another character.
I like how the story has a lot of imagination,I don't want to spoil it for you but it has a bit of fairy tale stuff mixed with more serious,intense stuff.
Only thing is,I've tried to connect my 3DS to the internet but I cannot and I don't know why it won't detect my wifi conection,but with the Vita I could connect it to any free wifi connection quickly as easily.
Oh yeah,I've tried to rate Fire Emblem Awakening aready but Gamespot says that feature is unavailable right now.Gamespot won't even let me add it to my collection.
I've said many times why I loved it's story and like I said it's story keeps getting better and better(it's starts off fairly interesting)and at the end it has some emotional and shocking story revelations.It's a shame the developer who made Another Code R(Cing)went bankrupt.They also developed Hotel Dusk Room 215,the first Another Code game called Another Code:Two Memories,Little King's story.
My copy of Fire Emblem Awakening has arrived.I am thinking maybe I'll jump to Fire Emblem Awakening first and then move onto Tales of the Abyss and Shadow Hearts Covenant after,the reason is because it seems many people are talking about Fire Emblem Awakening right now and maybe people would rather hear what I have to say about it now than later on when other new games have those people's attention.
I've only just discovered Project X Zone is going to be localized,it's a SJRPG with characters from Street Fighter,Tekken,Mega Man,Virtua Fighter,Valkyria Chronicles 3,Resonance of Fate as well as Kos Mos from Xenosaga(I like her)and characters from other universes.The NA version is due out in late June.
And with Bravely Default most likely coming,it looks like it's going to be a great year for 3DS owners,especially with Fire Emblem Awakening already released.Before anyone mentions it,yes I know Etrian Odyssey IV is already out but I wasn't a big fan of Etrian Odyssey III because I don't like playing RPGs in first-person.Hopefully Beyond the Labyrinth gets localized too.
I haven't progressed through it as quickly as I hoped,even though the game is mostly a visual novel with the occasional puzzle and searching for items,the game is supposed to take around 15 hours to play through but other things keep taking up my time.
It's story gets better and more captivating as I progress through it with big surprises and the way the story is presented and the things in the story make me care about finding out what happened to Ashley's mother and Matt's father and why the people in the town are acting weird and why weird things are happening in the town.
I think it's a hidden gem for the Wii but it's not a game for everyone since it's like a visual novel for the most part.I think the game is relaxing when I hear the waves of the lake in the background,after all the game takes place in a town called 'Lake Juliet'.
In another blog I showed my backlog,I have some updates for it.
Tales of the Abyss
Shadow Hearts Covenant
Jade Cocoon 2
Sakura Wars So Long My love
Paper Mario Thousand Year Door
Resonance of Fate
Wild Arms 4
Skies of Arcadia
Tales of Symphonia
Rurouni Kenshin: Enjou! Kyoto Rinne
I have decided to take Sleeping Dogs off my backlog as it's a newer game and I'll have years to play through it,I want to play through some of the great PS2 and GC RPGs.I know RoF is for PS3 but it's been out for a while.Rurouni Kenshin Enjou Kyoto Rinne isn't an RPG,it's a Dynasty Warriors style game but I want to beat it because Rurouni Kenshin is my favorite anime series.
There's some other games that aren't really on my backlog because they don't interest me as much as the games on my backlog but they look/are fun and I want to beat them.They include:-
Tales of Legendia
Atelier Iris 3
Cowboy Bebop Tsuioku no Serenade
Ghost in the Shell SAC
Phantasy Star Portable 2
Star Ocean Second Evolution
Zelda Skyward Sword
Zelda Twilight Princess
Record of Agarest War
Rune Factory Frontier
Also,this doesn't include games from this year I want to play but haven't played yet such as Fire Emblem Awakening,Soul Sacrifice,Lightning Returns,Remember Me(it looks cool and story/gameplay sounds interesting),FFXHD,Time and Eternity.To be honest,I thought Beyond Two Souls trailer looked meh,but it could surprise me.
There is games I want to play but I don't own yet such as Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2.
I've noticed some people have taken photos of their game collections,I'm thinking I might do that sometime so I can show my rare games and imported games.
First,I'd like to give a big thanks to Matastig for telling me about this game that is due out next year,named 'The Big Blue'.
It's being developed by the team who developed the Ecco the Dolphin games.It will allow you to explore fully 3D and detailed underwater ocean environments and just like in the Ecco games there will be quests and puzzles and you'll encounter dangerous sea life.The Big Blue underwater world is supposed to be much bigger than Ecco Defender of the Future(which is the only 3D Ecco game that was released).
Besides dolphins you can control whales as well as creatures that have evolved millions of years in the future(because this game's story takes place millions of years in the future after humanity is gone and after an alien invasion),and some of the creatures have evolved in unique ways such as creatures that have evolved from chemical reactions with plastic trash in the ocean,as well as ginormous creatures which make whales look small as well as sea-dragons which can fly above the water,which can dive to depths that no other creatures can but they're extremely rare and you can play the game for months without seeing one.
The game will also have a collector card system which will show at least one picture of the animal and will have information about the creature and some of the creature cards will allow you to spawn creatures and some creature cards are very rare and you can trade creature cards with other players.
The game has been announced for Mac, Windows, Linux, and iOS and Android but it could come to SONY,Microsoft and Nintendo consoles.
The game has multiplayer too.
I am excited about this game because I'm a big fan of Ecco Defender of the future,I loved exploring it's beautiful underwater environments and I loved how artistic and detailed it was,for example in the shallower waters you would see sandbeds and the water would be a beautiful light blue from the sunlight penetrating but the deeper you got it became more dark and you could explore caves and communicate with other sea creatures and explore underwater strucutures made by civilzations as well as go on quests and fight against sharks and aliens.There was other details it had that made it's ocean environment feel so alive such as seeing schools of fish swimming around and seeing underwater vegetation and coral.
It makes me exciting The Big Blue is supposed to be a huge underwater world,it's the type of sandbox game that makes me excited when I think about exploring it's world.
The Big Blue is not a sequel to any of the Ecco games although it has lots of similarities.
Ecco Defender of the Future's music and underwater sound effects gave a beautiful sense of calmness and tranquility,I hope The Big Blue can do the same.
A link for where I go the info from that also has footage of the game and CGIs for the game.
EDIT:Unfortunately,for the game to go into development it needs over 600 000$ to be raised in the next 20 days and so far only 40 000$ has been raised.
This info is from a VG charz article from 1 day ago.
Square Enix's upcoming RPG Bravely Default: Flying Fairy has been tantalizing many of us on staff. RPG fans outside of Japan have been hoping that the game would make it out of the Japanese archipelago. While there is no official statement from Square Enix, Japanese-game focused website Siliconera is reporting that "trusted sources" have informed them that Bravely Default will be getting an international release.
If true, this means that the constant handwringing from JRPG fans can finally cease, as Square's charming, oddly named RPG will find its way into international 3DSes.
Soon it will be 1 year since April 7 2012 which is an important date in my life,I won't say why but the next 11 and a half months after were the happiest of my life.
When I was with her it felt like a dream,I even lived with her and slept next to her everynight and could cuddle her everynight and every morning when I woke up next to her.
But the dream ended.I don't want to go into more specifics about this but I just wanted to express what I'm feeling right now and to tell others to appreciate the special person they have in their live while they still have them.
Ashes of dreams is actually a track/song from NIER's soundtrack.NIER has my favorite soundtrack for any video game.I even like to listen to NIER's soundtrack when I sleep because it has many,many beautiful songs.Sure Final Fantasy X's soundtrack has beautiful music but NIER's soundtrack has a much larger number of beautiful songs and when I listen to NIER's soundtrack it makes me feel numerous things,the feeling of love,the sense of loss,the feeling of despair and trying to find the courage to overcome seemingly overwhelming odds and the need for sacrifice.
This is my favorite song from NIER's soundtrack(The Ultimate weapon)
But I also love:-
The love incomplete Stone
Ashes of dreams
Hills of Radiant Wind
Snow in Summer
Emil's Sacrifice(also used for the emotional wedding scene).
Some of you will know I love story-driven games,I find a good story prevents a game from feeling repetitive because lets face it,in most games the gameplay eventually gets repetitive but when I care about the characters/story it gives me motivation to keep going.
That's why Another Code:R is the type of game I like.It's story has drawn me in a lot with it's mystery story that gets deeper and more intriuging the more you experience it.The story is about a 16-year old girl named Ashley who's trying to find out what caused her mother's death and she's experiencing flashbacks for around the time when her mother died but it happened when she was 3 years old and her father who she rescued in the first Another Code game has become distant from her and is acting weird and even though she's travelled all the way to another town to spend time with her father he is still acting distant and seems distracted and weird things are happening to people in the town and some people have disappeared.Basically Ashley is trying to find clues about her mother's death and about the other mysteries in the town and as to why weird things are happening.
The artstyle for the game is very beautiful.Much of the gameplay is point and click and searching for items and puzzles and traveling around the town,which isn't the most exciting gameplay but I think it's gameplay suits the story of the game.
Tales of the Abyss has a love story that builds up well and an interesting and entertaining main character and good plot twists and an interesting main plot with an epic adventure and even though I haven't beaten it I've seen enough for it to be my favorite Tales game.It's battle system is easy to get into and it has things old school JRPG lovers will love.I'm playing the 3DS version of the game,the 3D effects aren't ugly but they aren't great.I also own the PS2 version but never played it.
I've purchased Fire Emblem Awakening but I will wait until after I beat Another Code R and Tales of Abyss because my backlog of shame is still too long.I'm happy I finally beat Tales of Graces and experienced the full extent of how great it is and I beat Ni No Kuni and experienced how wonderful it is and in a past blog I said those two games were the two games I wanted to beat next and I've done so,plus I beat Journey too.After I beat Another Code R and Tales of the Abyss,I'll move onto Fire Emblem Awakening and then I'll move onto my backlog of shame which includes my copy of Shadow Hearts Covenant which I've never ever played,same with Jade Cocoon 2,Sakura Wars So Long My love,and I've played not much of Paper Mario Thousand Year Door and Sleeping Dogs and I still need to beat Resonance of Fate and these are all games I want to play through and review.
Tales of Graces turned out better than I thought it would be,I was expecting it to be a solid JRPG because the Tales JRPGs are usaully quite good but Tales of Graces ended up being my second favorite Tales game after Tales of the Abyss and I liked it even more than Tales of Vesperia and Tales of Symphonia even though they're great games too.I like how it's story builds up by showing the lives of certain characters when they're kids and when they're either in their late teens/adults because it builds up the romance in the story even more and it made me connect with certain characters more and the story is quite emotional and I like it's plot twists and how it has a lot of Sci Fi(I know other Tales JRPGs have Sci Fi)but Tales of the Abyss uses numerous very Sci Fi concepts and it makes the story more exciting.
If you like charming and old school JRPGs(by old school I mean ones that have a world map and towns and that let you talk to NPCs)maybe this game is suited for you,especially since many people love Ni No Kuni's old school charm so much and Tales of Graces has a lot of old school charm too and an even better story.I beat it on easy difficulty level,I tried beating it on normal difficulty level but I was unable to even though I don't know what I was doing wrong,my characters were around level 57 which was below the recommended level of 60-65 but I was playing it on easy.However,I didn't get a trophy that says I beat the game(you need to beat the game on normal difficulty or higher to get such a trophy but I got a gold trophy for beating chapter 8 and I saw ending scenes and got a game clear thing added to my saved data.
As for Dynasty Warriors 7,the stories for Wu and Wei made me love the game a lot,especially the Wu one because of it's love story(which is presented artistically) and I really like Sun Quan and Lady Sun and Bu Liansh as characters plus other characters in it's story.I like how when you see the kingdoms fighting for control of the land you'll see the map with the narrator explaining in a poetic fashion the strategies and battles being fought and showing territory being captured and lost which makes things tense.The Jin story gives the game a nice evil and dark feeling to it too.
I think I might buy Fire Emblem Awakening this week.I really want to play it because it looks like a game of the year contender for me personally.
I so can't wait for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD collection and I'm also excited about Lightning Returns(I must be one of the few people who are actually excited it's coming soon)and other 2013 releases I'm looking forward to are Soul Sacrifice(perhaps it's another killer exclusive the Vita needs to gain more popularity worldwide since the Vita has many games which look good but aren't localized),Time and Eternity,Drakengard 3,The Guided Fate Paradox,Remember Me.Tales of Xillia looks and sounds great but I've heard it's boss battles are very hard which is why I'm going to wait for there to be more player reviews of it before I buy it(if I buy it).
I also watched a movie named Cloud Atlas the other day and I liked it,mainly because it showed a futuristic version of Korea(as well as other places over various time periods)and as you probably guessed I liked it because it does have an emotional love story and interesting Sci Fi concepts in regards to the futuristic Korea but honestly if it wasn't for the futuristic Korea I wouldn't have cared for that movie.