"Any tree can drop an apple. I'll drop the freaking moon."
Now Playing: Xenoblade Chronicles, Fire Emblem Awakening, Tales of the Abyss, Tomb Raider
Tales of Xillia
Fire Emblem Awakening. This is the game that got me regretting selling my 3DS; so I acted and saved my pennies again and useless games to aquire this hiddem gem. It is my first Fire Emblem game, and I have to say I was surprised, like many others, on how well this game was made. For my first playthrough, I played on Normal and CIassic. I didn't play on Casual because I wanted to feel the intensity everyone spoke of, and oh boy, it took a great deal of resets for me to understand how to play this game to win. Particularly the whole arrows one-shotting my pegasus knights.
To continue, I really like behind the scenes in video game stories. I noticed this after viewing the skits in the Tales series, where the party converses on a random or story related event. Fire Emblem awakening has this ideal in the form of support conversations. After two units aid each other in battle, they gain points to contribute to their next level in support conversation. The skits range from serious, to embarrassing, to actual funny dialogue. I've enjoyed pairing odd units together and see how they act in the camp, it is quite interesting and leads to some character development.
I entered Fire Emblem Awakening after playing Final Fantasy Tactics, which set the bar for me for strategy games. But the two are diverse in their battle systems. Fire Emblem Awakening is more simple than FFT, while FFT can be exploited with its system (thank you Ninja and Arithmetics). Fire Emblem is more balanced and more difficult (mind you I played on Normal) while FFT is allows more freedom and creativity.
To conclude my Fire Emblem Awakening segment, it is a stellar video game that you will increase your quick math skills as you spend your 40 hours+ grinding your unique characters into the heroes they were meant to be.
Next topic: Wii U.
Slow days among us gamers as we await the PS4, Nextbox, and many titles set for the latter of the year. These slow days are affecting the internet with this deduction that the Wii U is on a path of failure. Sales are down, below the PSP in Japan, and a drought of video games are in effect world wide. I admit, things are looking gloomy for the lonely console, but I do believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
The Wii U is like the Nintendo 3DS at this point. Last summer, the handheld was in the same situation; it had a drought of video games just like the Wii U is going through and in time, it gained such hits like Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, Bravely Default which gained millions of sales in Japan. The Wii U is in the same situation. If you remember the Nintendo Direct which was focused directly on the Wii U, it had shown a great amount of stellar titles in the future for the console. These titles included Zelda WindWaker HD, Monolith Soft's new Project X, Yoshi Epic Yarn, and the Wonderful 101. Now yes, none of these titles have confirmed release dates (I'm looking at you Project X). But here is where I go over your heads.
With the Wii U in the state it is in. I think Nintendo and their owned developers have been too quiet; every day something isn't announced, they are working on this ways to get out of this predicament. I think that Nintendo has a few cards that were hidden from us, the audience. So, to conlclude this segment, I firmly believe before the Wii U is the next Virtual Boy, like the 3DS was fated to be ( ), I suggest that those who believe it doesn't have a light at the end of the tunnel to wait until E3 before deciding Nintendo's ultimate fate.
Hello again, my dear fans. Kidding (wanna be my fan?) I'm here on a serious issue that won't get off of my mind. I've tried playing The Last Story to calm myself down, but here I am writing a blog about it while it's paused.
Square Enix is a famous video game company, known for it's hit franchisesFinal Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts, etc. It has been making hit video games for over 25 years. Recently, the company has angered me in it's recent decisions , ranging from it's recent trend of mobile games, and the TWEWY fiasco.
As you all are aware by now, Square Enix posted a teaser website about TWEWY six days ago with a countdown, stirring up a lot of hype. Many of the fans thought it was a long overdue sequel on 3DS, while those who weren't fans guessed a Vita port. The fans were extremely exited and thoroughly hyped for the announcement, until...
Until a leak got out about a mobile platform release for the game that shockedeveryone.(Look at comments) The internet community exploded in reaction to the leak, thinking "Why on iPhone/Android??" The issue of mobile gaming is a debate that is nearly one-sided coming to the conclusion that it is inferior to handheld gaming. The games made for the handhelds contain substance, and last much longer than mobile game. Why spend 5 minute's throwing birds at blocks when you could be using it to catch Pikachu or to beat Brock and Misty?
This is where it gets good, after the leak, one of the translators of this game tweetedthat the leak "is more like a drip," hinting that there is more to come. After the countdown was over, the announcement was indeed an iOS port with remixed tracks. The part he was hinting was that combat was all done on one screen. Talk about aggravating.
What really angers me is that Square Enix did not forsee this coming. A countdown for a mobile port. Think about it. It's not something to do when your fans are expecting a sequel or something. Countdowns are used for big announcements, like example another Assassin's Creed game or a new Zelda game. Their announcement of TWEWY on iOS should have just... announced!! Not building up hype to disappointment!
"Why... What the hell!?"
Square Enix does make it's retro games available on mobile platforms, but it's not what you will expect if you go search for it right now. The prices are incredibly inflated compared to the dollar games normally sold. While Where's My Perry costs $0.99, Final Fantasy costs $8.99. Final Fantasy III, the third in the series (aka. Not Final Fantasy VI), costs $15.99 along. Final Fantasy Tactics War of the Lionsis the same price, even though it has a cheaper version on PSN; not to mention you can choose whether to buy the PSP enhanced version, or the PS1 CIassic for $9.99.
The newest Final Fantasy is called Final Fantasy Dimensions, being released as... you guessed it. Mobile platforms. This Final Fantasy follows a traditional ATB system with a Final Fantasy III/V like Job System. It was to be released in seperate stories. Sounds familiar, yes? That's because Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on WiiWare was the same way. The game had an expensive prologue and epilogue (about 1500 Wii points if I remember correctly), and about 300 Wii points or so. The game ranged to be about over $30 for everything. Final Fantasy Dimensions is to be released on the 31st of August. You have the choice to buy the full story for $28.99 or buy everything seperate for $32.96.
Just to let you know, TWEWY is $20.
I was interested greatly; until they dropped a $29 price tag on me.
I'm really disappointed in the marketing department of Square Enix. The countdown should not have happened and these mobile game's should not be this price.
I'm going to post some un/semi-related posts in spoilers.
Future of TWEWY:
Final Fantasy Versus XIII:
What are your thoughts? Please voice them in the comments section.
What makes up a video game? Let's count some major key points that are mentioned: graphics, gameplay, frame rates, and voice acting. Ah, now that is a game.
Huh? Did I forget something? Nah...
WAIT! I just remembered something; as a kid, I would hum the Lost Woods theme throughout the entire day after playing the game (I didn't know how to get through the Lost Woods at the time...). I believe these songs aren't just songs; they are memories, especially in today's age of video gaming.
You're already humming the song, aren't you?
Because I am a single player gamer 98% of the time; I'm more attoned to story-telling games. When a song plays, I know exactly what happened during the song. Like this; Final Fantasy IV: Boss Battle, I remember Tellah's famous quote "You spoony bard" and he whacks Edward with his staff uncontrollably.I laughed pretty hard because he dealt so little damage.
If you're a social gamer; listening to a song can remind you of a time you played a game with someone. Example: Route 209, a buddy of mine despised this song and I remember getting my butt handed to me in Super Smash Bros Brawl. Trust me, now I know Pikachu>>>>>>>>Link...back in the day I would've never accepted it.
FYI, I chose the stage and I still lost continously...
There is one FPS game that I thoroughly enjoyed its music: Battlefield Bad Company had an exert. Normally with all the shooting and trying to save Haggard, people likely missed this amazing piece. I'm lucky and I heard it early in the demo before I picked up the game.
Haggard: I didn't know dem shooters had 'em tunes and beat.
Amazing, right? Let's take a path down recent memory lane, limiting it only to current generation software; going too far will just be praising the already praised. This way I can give those who lived up to their respective past some credit.
Composers: Hajime Wakai, Shiho Fujii, Mahito Yokota, Takeshi Hama
Their piece I picked as my favorite:Zelda: Skyward Sword Music - Koloktos / Moldarach
My memory: Grabbing that 50 ton sword and cutting off the legs of Koloktos.
Favorite: Xenoblade Chronicles: Gaur Plain
Memory:That ineffible feeling when I first ventured onto the plains; those who've played this know what I'm talking about
Composers:Motoi Sakuraba,Yuzo Koshiro,Masafumi Takada,Noriyuki Iwadare,Yasunori Mitsuda, Takahiro Nish
Favorite: Kid Icarus Uprising Boss Battle
Memory: ''Twinbellows!Here boy!Old Pit's gonna teach you some MORE new tricks!!And if you're good, I'll take you for a walk, and give you a bath and a treat.WE'RE GONNA RACK UP SOME SERIOUS NINTENDOGS TRAINER POINTS!!!"
Composer: Shoji Meguro
Favorite: Persona 3 Portable: Danger Zone
Memory: Wasting time just to continue hearing this song.
Composer: Yuko Shimonura
Favorite: Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep: Final Battle Vanitas
Memory: My heart was racing before this battle and an intense battle it was.
Composer: Gred Edmonson
Favorite: Uncharted: Nate's Theme 2.0
Memory: I think the composer was trying to convey the feelings of the game through this song; and it worked.
Favorite: Gravity Rush: Resistance and Extermination
Memory: This song made me feel like I was a flying superhero!
Ah, I'm finished; to conclude, I'll ask, isn't it amazing how these composers can not only describe what is taking place through song, but also force a memory to come out of no where? If I were a philosopher, i would say that music connects the player to the video game if done right. It is a very important element of gaming and shouldn't be ignored as easily as it is currently. I would like to thank GameSpot for it's SoundByte section for focusing on the music of video games; yes people do actually read that. And lastly, I would like to thank the many composers, they are definitelywizards in my book for succeeding in their job. I know I couldn't come up with masterpieces like I listed.
Did you enjoy my blog? Say so in the comments section; and while you're down there, tell me which song can evoke a memory you have.
GS REVIEW SCORE: 6.5
NOTE: I don't think there are any SPOILERS in here, but if there are, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Gravity Rush did a good job entertaining me, and it was fun while the short time it lasted. The game is a 7-12 hour game. Really short for our $35-$40 we spent on it. I enjoyed the combat and comic-style cutscenes but I dispised their mission system, which ultimately led to its disappointment in the end.
The combat in this game can be fustrating (yet I enjoyed it.) You will never spend too much time on one enemy; if you do, good, you're getting a longer experience than I did. Using the Vita's tilt features combined with the right analog perfects the aiming, but is held back by the camera; so the enemies might get a few hits off of you while you are turning around. The enemies also havgot a sudden difficulty spike at the half-way point of the game and they DO get cheap. Shooting endless rounds of energy balls gets old quick...
Imagine this, upside-down, flipped, and mirrored--and the camera not coming along for the ride
I expected the story to be a bit more organized. There is no clear antagonist in this game, the climax is really near the ending chapters of the game, and Kat tries to find a love and they disbanded that goal of hers in the middle of the story! Just dropped, Kat seems to have just forgotten about it. Secondly, there is no protagonistic bond to Kat. Normally in well written stories, the player is attacted to the protagonist, and can relate to the emotions the writer is trying to portray. In this game, minus everything, there is no bond, no emotions. Just a little girl that most guys think is cute when she smiles. Sigh.......................
Sigh... You deserve a better story; or one more focused on you.
Lastly, the post-game portion of this game is dispicable. You cannot play already completed missions, or even replay your DLC missions after you beat them! That is very disappointing! Take that back, you can only repeat 3 areas of the entire game WITHOUT the cutscenes. So if you got replayability in this game, you're gonna have to start a brand new game. And to put salt-on-the-wound, those missions last about 5-10 minutes. Seriously.
The only thing to do after you beat the game is to... Buy more of the game! ...Literally
So, it seems that Gravity Rush has a lot of flaws from my last impressions, amirite? Well it is a "good" game and I think it deserves a solid...
My Score: 7.5
Yeah, I think it could've been MUCH better and it seems that it was veryRushed (get it? ). The story could've used some work, the mission system needed to be revamped, and it could have been just plain LONGER!!!!!sigh...
Its been a few months since I last updated my blog and a lot has happened. First things, first: My finger healed up! The scab went away about a couple weeks ago. Some of you are probably wondering how bad of an injury I got. Well in the Spoiler tags, there it is.
Before you click the spoiler, just be warned that it is a picture of my fingertip severed, and it is bleeding in the picture. So if you have a phobia of blood, don't click it.
If you missed my last blog, I accidentally cut off my fingertip using a paper slicer. Don't ask how, I got a lot of crap afterwards from friends and family My finger is permanently deformed, the skin from the end of the finger to the fingernail is completely gone. Here's my after picture after its healed.
It was a quick healing process for me; Even the doctor was surprised at the rate it healed up. I can type and play video games and haven't attempted to play guitar. >_> Since I did it at the end of my senior year, I am now known as "The Kid Who Cut Off His Finger"
Speaking of Senior Year, I graduated on the 12th. I am going to Cal State University San Bernardino in Fall, as soon as they register my darned Financial Aid. I was denied the Cal Grant ($20,000) because my parents made too much money, so I have to take out loans. -_-
With all my graduation money came in, I got myself one educational gift and one non educational gift. With all the money I got myself an iPod Touch 8GB White. Pretty Fancy, I don't like gaming on it though.
I got Final Fantasy, which is just like the PSP version
I got Sonic 4 Episode I, no complaints, but some of the levels that were in console versions were replaced with stupid score attack ones
I also got Sonic & Sega Super Stars, which exits out every time I change the options or pause it in the game....
So aside from a few useful schooling apps, my iPod is staying a dedicated note taking, music player.
With the leftover money I got, I decided a bit early onI wanted a PlayStation Vita. Whoa, this sheep on System Wars wants a Vita? Calm your horses, I had a PSP!! So I got a bit of useless games and traded them in and did a bit of work around the yard and ended up getting enough for a Vita Wifi, 8GB Memory Stick, and Uncharted Golden Abyss.
I really like it! I can't wait until Sony makes it so they can play PS1 games, because I have my Final Fantasy collection I want on it. I already put SMT Persona 3 Portable on it, continuing the game from my PSP adventure and I put Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, which I will have to restart from scratch I was really sad to sell Final Fantasy Dissidia 012 Duodecim, it really was my favorite game; so that's the first I will replace on Digital Download.
I also got the Wii game Xenoblade Chronicles. Words cannot describe how much this is worth. Get this game for its price right now, you won't be sorry. This JRPG gives what elements make the RPG genre great, with a gigantic world to explore, challenging enemies, fast travel (for all you Fallout finatics ), revisitable locations, and a easy-to-understand battle system. NOTE: you may find yourself challenging every enemy you encounter, that is a quality most JRPGs fail to deliver to gamers. The soundtrack is exemplary, you definitely will find yourself rocking out and feeling the emotional impact when fighting the bosses.
Yes, so get this game immediately, because Operation Rainfall and those helped didn't give us this game just to brag about in System Wars. PS: Its definitely worth the price tag. I know its still expensive.
That's about it, My 3 months in a nutshell; from pain to entainment!! Feel free to drop a comment in the comments section below! Peace out guys!
dont read if you cant stand blood or medical stuff.
This blog is gonna take my a long time to write because I can only type with one hand...
I accidentally cut the tip of my finger off during school using an antique paper cutter that didnt have any guards; i put the tip back on and i was evacuated to the nurse. it was the worst pain i had ever felt in m life. the nurse wrapped my severely bleeding finger with a dry gauche. My parents come in and evacuate me to urgent care, while it was still bleeding, and the lady there made me wait up to two hours!! Then because of that LONG *** wait, the tip of my finger couldnt be reattached... So after the mom realized the doctor had my fingertip on backwards we went to the ER.
We go to the ER to fund that i punctured an artery. They then re wrapped it and i got my first x-ray. was pretty cool. They then took me to a room and injected my finger with numbing stuff (even worse pain in my life) and they cleaned it and put some silver stuff on my finger that kind of looked like metal. My mom thinks its silver nitrate, the same stuff i use in chemistry **** That cauterized my finger then the physicians wrapped it up to continue to stop the bleeding.
so, my parents have to pay a large medical deductible near $1500, and my completed recovery time is up to 2 years... the WORST PART i that i cant play any video games because it hurts too much...
I beat it today. I have to say that it is a fantastic game; I give it a 4.5/5.
People have been complaining that games are focusing too much on multiplayer and tacking on the single player. This is a game that does the opposite and does it right. It's story is pretty good and is complimented by the script and voice actors. It will give you chuckles, make you feel empathy and/or happy. You will see many references to other Nintendo games, which really gives you enjoyment when you know what they are talking about, so you newcomers might feel a bit left out.
The blade is just one of the many different types of weapons available to use and all of them require different strategies.
Speaking of which, even though this is a sequel to the original NES Kid Icarus, you wont need to play it to understand it. I only played the simple 30 second demo on Super Smash Bros Brawl and I could still grasp what was going on in the beginning with ease.
Happy 25th, Kid Icarus!!
The combat is fun and takes some getting used to. Haters will just say that the 3DS needs that 2nd analog, but this game NEEDS the touch screen to control the reticle. When switching it to the normal slide pad, it was too quick to be used as the reticle; the touch screen is the more precise tool. This game came with the stand, and I gotta say it really helps. I might have looked weird with my little foldable end table being used to play my 3DS, but it was worth it for the comfort.
On default controls, all your controls are in one hand. Yes, it can be tiresome.
The multiplayer can be pretty bland; I find the the matches to be repetitive. It is really aimed at the hardcore, but its only restricted to two game modes, Light vs. Dark (team 3v3) or Free for All. Items are generated at random like Smash Bros and there is also the "Dragoon" of the game. In Uprising, the Dragoon-like weapon is called the Daybreak. It shoots a really large beam that instantly KO's the opponents, similar to Samus's Zero Laser Final Smash.
Kind of like this. You get the idea.
I could say that this is the current Smash Bros for the 3DS, minus all the extra characters, and it will bring you a solid dedicated week to beat. To conclude, I would say this is not the game that lasts you 8 hours, with a week I have 36 hours and I don't regret any of those seconds. This is a definite must buy for every 3DS owner, for your collections aren't complete without this.
My letter to the poet:
Mr. Robert Frost, you make my head want to explode with your poems. You make Poetry Analyses the worst essays to possibly write; I can't write another sentence about how your rhyme appeals to your theme. I often wonder if us modern people are completely overthinking your poems: As a ghost, Your's probably thinking something like this 'Dude, check it out, this kid just wrote a 1500 word essay on my poem I wrote that ONE night. ' If you can haunt my English teacher, please do and tell him to shorten the essay.
A fustrated student,
Okay, onto the fun stuff: Video Games!!
I got Final Fantasy XIII-2 with some low expectations and it turned out to be pretty decent! It added a few overworld abilities that allows exploring to be more enjoyable. But this game is about half as long as FFXIII. Along with that there are only a few pre rendered cutscenes. To get to the point: if you enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII, you'll like FFXIII-2 and it will be better, but if you didn't: Stay away, it will only get worse from there
If I could express my anger into bold font and capital letters, that is to say the least.
On Monday, a transformer blew up (rumor) and I lost power for 3 hours. When it came back on, I got on my computer and noticed the internet was out.
If you don't know I have Verison "High Speed" (B.S. ) DSL; which is not offered in my area anymore.
Well, after repeatedly trying many attempts to fix the internet:
- unplugging all cables and plugging them back in
- using a different modem that we know works
- trying different phone jacks
- different cords provided by Verison
All of this didn't work, so my mom gave them a call. My mom claimed that something has happened in the systems in the east coast Verison (corporate business). After being ignored by a very rude costumer service lady (who said it was our modem), my mom agrees to them sending us a new modem.
2 days later...
We plug in the new modem, and it still does not work. My mom gives them a call again and they said that they will run a data check on our modem and we have to wait 48 hours. After that, she also said that Verison is sending a repair man on this upcoming Monday to fix OUR MODEM.... Here's your sign...
After that my mom asks what kind of packages they have available in our area, a new rep. says that they have the wireless card for cell phones and laptops. "NOT FOR YOUR PS3", my mom explicitly says. So we ordered a free trial and get that today and my mom calls up Verison yet again to activate it. To make a long story short, Verison cannot activate it until Monday because they didn't even recognize the code they sent us on the activation card.
So I leave you today without internet, at my grandmother's house, having to send SAT Scores and AI applications on her much worse internet compared to what I had (which were supposed to be sent off on Friday.)
Thank you, Verison, you horrible piece of crap. After I live on my own, there is no way in hell I am getting your aggravating service.
Hello my fellow fanboys! JK. I have [finally] finished my Majora's Mask painting. It came out underwhelming, I don't like it as much as my Skyward Sword one, but here you go.
Like I said before, I didn't draw it; I projected the image, traced where I could, where I couldn't I filled in myself, and put in the paint. If you pull up the orignal, you might be able to spot where I couldn't get the tracing right and did it myself (Look at the red mask) This took me about 3 weeks, but I wasn't as dedicated to this one as my previous ones due to how difficult it was.
Guys, we are in trouble, the internet needs your help; in the United States, Congress has a bill called SOPA that limits the internet. Wikipedia, Google, Facebook and other well known websites have joined the effort to convince the representatives to veto and discard this bill. It infringes upon our rights, doing more bad to the internet than good. I just wanted to let you know that I am against this bill. I hope you are too.
My new laptop is a mystical device. Through Steam and GOG, I have many new games:
Humble Indie Bundle #3 & #4 (Cave Story+, And Yet it Moves, VVVVVV, etc.)
Star Wars KOTOR
Baldur's Gate II
Tomb Raider Anniversary
Other indie and CD games. I lucked out.
- Planning to attend the Art Institute of California, Inland Empire. Sending my application on Friday.
- Got a 3.5 GPA this semester!
- Looking into FFXIII-2, played the demo. Shows growth.
So yeah, what are your thoughts? On any of this, painting, games, SOPA, you name it.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you, my faithful readers. I hope you got everything you wanted.
Here is what I recieved for Christmas:
An HP Notebook:
- AMD Dual-Core Proc. (1.6 GHz)
- 320 GB
- 3072 MB RAM
This gift was really surprising, my mom said that she wouldn't get me a laptop for Christmas because it was $300, but it was all a lie. Thank you Mom and Dad! With this came a wireless mouse and case. College, my body is ready.
Ironically a GameBoy Advance...
Its not that I didn't like the gift I got. Its just... weird... I mean, I said to my brother in law that I wanted one a LONG time ago, just so I could play my leftover GBA games, but I gave most of them away to his son, my nephew. So I'm just left with Zelda: A Link to the Past. But it makes a good momento for me not to buy my 3 year old a DS Lite.... (sidestory continued at bottom). It came in a VERY good condition, for a refurb, it looks BRAND new.
Which shall be consumed by Steam. I already bought Sonic 3 and Terraria (which I'm addicted to )
I had a wonderful Christmas.
Okay, my 3 year old nephew got a Nintendo DS Lite for Christmas while my 6 year old niece got a PSP. I tried my best to convince him to start them off on a previous generation handheld, like the GBA they got me. I understand thats the way he raises his kids, which got me thinking; When I have children, I will start them off on previous gens. I mean, today's consoles and handhelds are so fragile. My Super Nintendo survived a TV falling on it! The Gameboy all the way to the GameBoy Advance are the most durable handhelds to date. I had ones that survived a fire, another surviving cement drops, etc. So instead of spending a lot of money on up to date handhelds and chancing the kids wont lose little parts (stylii, game cards, etc), the system itself, or breaking it and wasting the money, I would get a previous gen. handheld.
What do you think? Questions? Thoughts? Concerns? Write 'em up
- AMD Dual-Core Proc. (1.6 GHz)
Scroll down to see my Skyward Sword Painting.
Here is the bracket: Vote for your favorite!
1. Soul Edge (Soulcalibur Series)
Data on this sword is unknown to me the blogger.
2. Hidden Blade (Assassin's Creed
Vota for which one you think is best!
Here are the standings and bracket:
1. Soul Edge
2. Hidden Blade
3. Ultima Keyblade
5. Razor Sword
6. Blaze Edge
7. Tidus's Brotherhood
8. Gilded Sword
9. Buster Sword
10. Fierce Diety Link's Sword
11. Great Fairy's Sword
13. Master Sword (due to many votes even in qualifiers, I figured that it would be better to just advance it to Finals automatically)
I have found a new hobby at the start of the school year which was painting. My teacher got me some paintbrushes and boards and I got the paint and this is what I made out of it. I "blew" up the picture that you can google yourself, but the paints are all me. I also removed the surface from the painting, replacing it with clouds. What do you think?
Still interested? Here are some more paintings of mine
I beat Skyward Sword, which ended with a good 5... 5/5. With GS and its rating dept, I would say it earned a 9.75. Its a fantastic game that deserves to be explored by every Wii owner. It is every Zelda game combined into one fantastic 50 hours plus adventure.
I also got Sonic Generations and Sly Cooper Collection. Sonic Generations, its very mixed reactions, I despise some levels and I adore the others. Its short, and I didn't believe when I read it but I do now think it's a game for the fans. The Sly Cooper Collection, I already beat all 3 games on the PS2 and when I got this game I completely skipped the first one, which was arguable the worst in the series and headed straight into the second one. I still just started.
This blog is a little fun I'm going to have. A competition. Video games are filled with creativity and I want to look at the Weapons, swords specifically. I will host a tournament to see which one is the best. First, I need qualifiers: I need you, my wonderful readers so post up to TWO sword(s) from a video game you think should be in the contest. Easy. Here are some I have so far:
-Master Sword (orginal game: Zelda: A Link to the Past)
The Master Sword is the evil bane's sword. Evil cannot touch this blade. After Link collects all 3 pendents, he is able to pull the blade from the pedestal. The sword has a special ability to shoot beams when Link's HP is full.
-Buster Sword (orignal game: Final Fantasy VII)
This sword has had 3 owners, Angeal, Zack, and Cloud. This huge sword can only be held by materia infused Soldiers. (I haven't played FFVII. )
-Ultima Weapon (keyblade) (original game: Kingdom Hearts)
Sora's Keyblade can change form with the keychain he attaches to it. (This is the Birth By Sleep Model of it) This is the keyblade's ultimate form giving Sora a boost in Magic Power (MP) and giving him a strength boost.
-Blaze Edge (orginal game: Final Fantasy XIII)
Lightning's weapon: a gunblade. This weapon can alter its form to shoot bullets at the enemy from afar.
Now, I haven't played every game out there, so I need your help to find more. So go find your favorite sword and post its name and game in the comments.
Qualifying ends next Saturday. Vote now!
I'm hoping to pick up Sonic Generations today.
I bought Final Fantasy V on PSN, so far I'm enjoying it.
I'm finding the parts of the song in Zelda Skyward Sword. Expect a rating in about 2-3 days.
The aftermath of my Birthday luckily includes the Turkey Holiday Break of one week of pure video games.
With my amazing luck, I am at my sisters house with 9.0 Mbps interned speed (mine is .72Mbps). So I am going to download DC Universe online, which is app. 14 gig within a half hour or so. Awesome, right?
While that tank of a download is going on, I shall continue my legendary quest of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Yes, this game scored a 7.5, but I have yet to see why it has earned that "poor" score on GameSpot. The only thing I could see it earning the score so far is the story; it starts out very slow. I would have enjoyed it more if I could turn up the message speed, but I could not find a way to speed it up...
...Still am wondering why it is a 7.5...
The music is very diverse, with Zelda's high standards of music, especially with the CD that came with the game, I expected better from the game -so far-. The Sky has a wonderful music along with Skyloft, but most the others are not very enjoyable...or memorable -in a catchy sense-, for that matter
The combat is... AMAZING! Very fun, The bosses are immensely more difficult than the average bokoblins you mercilessly try to make extinct. I can't wait to versus the future enemies. -Note if you played Twilight Princess on Wii, there is a lot of getting used to from waggling to actual swinging the sword.-
You have a 99.999999% of defeating the enemies, Link. -Fi (not an actual quote )
The Controls, well, they are PERFECT! Do not let anyone decieve you (Tom, I'm talking to you. ); the controls are incredibly responsive and accurate. If anyone is having trouble with the game's controls, something is wrong with their Wii Motion/Remote Plus or their Wii console. I haven't had any problems with any of the items so for or with the sword itself.
Well that is my First Impression of Skyward Sword, I can't wait to get back into the game! Adios, amigos!
Hello my friends! Yesterday was my birthday! Well lets get what I got and will get out of the way...
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 I am really enjoying its Survival Mode in Special Ops. Its ten times better than the zombies mode in Black Ops. Multiplayer is weird and more complex.
- Skyward Sword Preorder Yup, even after GS's absurd 7.5 score on the Zelda game, my hype hasn't gone down a bit.
- ??? Mystery gift waiting for me to recieve from my brother. It could be anything. I think its sports related.
- $ Amount? Hopefully enough to get U3, if not, Sonic Generations is next on the list.
I had a great birthday, my art CIass sang me happy birthday and a I got candy! (score!)
This 7.5 score+review for Skyward Sword, is very odd... It really seemed like the reviewer didn't even want to review, let alone, play the game. And its really weirder when the GS review says the controls are unresponsive when plenty other reviewers say its suburb. It seems like he didn't calibrate his remote enough. I played Wii Sports Resort and if you get out of alignment, you're swinging in different directions.
He said that there wasn't much new in the game. From what I have read and seen, I think there is a lot more than he said and he's not giving enough credit.
Its really weird when this is the only review on Metacritic that has less than an 8.0/80.
Thats all on my mind for right now. I'm out! A more interesting blog awaits next time!
Yeah, I was invited along with the cute girl I went to homecoming with and MANY, MANY others at school, to go see Paranormal Activity 3. But I've been having a mental dilemma. I am completely terrified of scary movies and hate the ideas of having nightmares or cannot sleep because of it. I see common posts on Facebook, saying that it was such a scary movie and they wont be sleeping that night.
Now I want to go to the theaters to go see it with my friends but not to see that movie...
I've tried getting out of it, saying my parents wont let me, but they are one step from BEGGING me to go (I guess I'm pretty popular )
Its also on a Sunday, which I hate because school's the next day and I like to be focused and whatnot.
Scary Video Games (Bioshock, Silent Hill, etc.) are one thing I can tolerate, but I CANNOT stand scary movies... What do you think of my fear? Comments? Share below.
Welcome to my blog, friend! I'm talking about yet another important issue with our future of gaming. I shall be explaining the casual gamer's influence on the industry yet in return affects us hardcore gamers (if your on this website, you're automatically put into the "hardcore pile" )
Note, this doesn't apply to PC gamers as much as it does console/handheld gamers, so if I neglect to mention you faithful gamers, I apologize.
Let's review the beginning, shall we?
IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS ONLY ONE AUDIENCE: THE GAMERS.
I'm going back to the NES generation, since its the farthest I go.
Yes, in that era, games only had one audience and that was Gamers. The gamers decided what games succeeded and prospered into today's generation and there were those games that were doomed to live in the past.
Ice Climber only had one game. It didn't compete with theMario, Zelda, Metroid combo.
Let's zoom to the PS2/Xbox/GC era. With a popular game that made millions, all because of a gimmick; the game was called Guitar Hero (Activision). This game introduced the trends of the casuals. When this game became the talk of the town, everyone wanted to play it. Competitions were held virtually in every gaming store. It incorporated music, popular songs that eveyone knew, and it allowed gamers (now officially divided into two categories, casual and Hardcore.) to "play" them. This fad lasted all the way into the beginning of the PS3/360/Wii era. Now it finally has died out, no one is talking about Guitar Hero anymore.
Stay in your grave, you fad!
Now before I go mentioning Call of Duty, let's retrace its roots. When COD4 came out, it was purely aimed at the hardcore audience. I don't ever recall seeing a commercial for it. Its multiplayer was one of the best at the time. It really was the Must-have game of the era.
I'm going to skip the other two COD's and go straight for Black Ops. Black Ops did A LOT of advertising, almost on every TV station I was watching, seeing Kobe Bryant with his famous "Mamba" Noobtube. That game caught everyone's attention, both casual's and Hardcore's. After about a year of Black Ops, hardcore gamers are now LIVID about Black Ops. They despise it, hyping Battlefield 3 instead while on the other hand the casuals are hyping Modern Warfare 3.
Note that if you're hyping MW3 and you're on this website, then you are still hardcore imo. I'm going by common grounds on System Wars and my perspective. I mean no offense to anyone.
Now why do they hate Call of Duty Black Ops? I don't think its because of "its the same game every year." I think the root of the problem is the people. We complain about the annoying 13 year olds, we complain about the cheap 30 year olds. You could not get into a gaming conversation with them, because thats the only game they play.
I recently played Battlefield 2 the other day (before playing the B3 Beta) and it really was the same game as MW2 just with vehicles. The only logical solution was the people! I didn't encounter shameful noobtoobers there or quickscopers or all knifers. The only thing I ran into was PURE Skill, something only Hardcore gamers can have.
Call of Duty used to be a "hardcore" franchise, until the casuals invaded it; ironically Guitar Hero was the same way.
I am getting the feeling the hardcore audience is determining the fads and trends of the casual community.
MY BLOG IS NOT DONE!!! But I felt this was long enough for now. Next I will talk about the Wii's influence and what we should expect in the future. OH! and Angry Birds... -_-
Comments? Questions? "Constructive Criticism?" Post in the comments on what you felt about my blog.
Before you read my blog, watch the PS3 Ad Sony released. It says in the comments "When they tell your story, what will they say?" I'm going to say it from a Narrator's point of view.
A fighter, one who has fought to save the Universe from evil,
A survivor, who has endured many pains and betrayal,
A collector, seeing the value in everything,
A student, one that will surpass the teacher,
A traveler, encountering many different terrains,
A runner, swiftly avoiding my death by a hair,
Not alone, even when all else is lost,
I am a hero....
I am... A Gamer.
What's your story?
(You can add to this in my comments if you want )
Hello my avid Blog readers, this is bbkkristian, covering a pretty important topic that determines the future of gaming.
Graphics vs. Art St yle games
Is there a difference? Wait Cross that out, enter in Modern graphics,
Modern Realism vs. Art St yle games
Gaming started in pure fictional criteria, Mario jumping on big blogs called Goombas and eating flowers to shoot fire out of his hands. Back then, no one questioned how realistic the game was. There was no game that was truly realistic in that generation.
Last generation and this of hardcore gaming (so I'm cutting out iOS software and shovelware...) now takes the realism to a whole new level, focusing on the looks of the game. They want to make games look so real that it look like they used real actors. Looking good so far, right?
Now before I go to the climax of my blog, let's take a step back to the announcement of a past Zelda game.
Put a 8) face if you knew what game it was before you saw the picture.
Me, like many others was disgusted when I saw the new Zelda game known as WindWaker. I was 8 or 9 when I heard of it and I still knew the future of gaming (modern graphics). Well, because of my ignorance, I missed out on a fantastic video game that I still regret passing up today. I never admired the cell shaded art game until I looked into it five years later...
Okay, now let's skip to today, another Zelda game: Skyward Sword. It contains a complete mix of cell shaded and realism to create something new. Yet, it's criticized for being "kiddy-looking" and "not up do date on graphical standards." Something is wrong with that picture... (not the one below)
If gaming is considered an art, this game right here represents it better than Battlefield or Killzone.
Insane, right? Because it doesn't look like this...
(read after finishing the sentence) Its either this or if it isn't a shooting game with a gun, then its shunned from the "hardcore" community of gamers.
its considered kiddy and not up to date on graphics.
There was this G4 article, full of those "real" gamers, that was basically bashing Zelda: Skyward Sword for it's looks.Morgan Webb wrote:I think basically what it is is you show Zelda and right after you showed Uncharted, and it just a difference in graphics and adult nature of Uncharted and the graphics were beautiful.
Then...Morgan Webb wrote:And the evolution of gameplay, that's the thing the Zelda game, even though it is trying to incorporate the wii in ways that I think are oniris, it doesn't feel like it's graduated from what we were experiencing from Ocarina of Time
I'm getting the feeling that in order to satisfy the needs of gamers, a video game has to look like the pic above. There are now so many games that look like that, it is not admirable anymore. Skyward Sword actually looks like a live painting and is truly an art.
If G4 represents the "hardcore gamer," I am happy to be a casual, because they don't know good looking games if it slapped them in the face. If games have to look like a common shooter to be admired, then there might not be very many future Art St yle games.
What do you think about my rant? Correct? Wrong? Not enough substance to back up my comments? (probably ) Leave a comment in the handy comments section below.