Fun Moments in Gaming This Week

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This week I played a few games and just wanted to share some of my favorite moments from the games I’ve played! I played Super Mario 3D All Stars, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Super Mario 3D All Stars

This weekend I played Super Mario 3D All Stars and posted an impressions post on it.

Super Mario 64 is really fun. My favorite part so far is all the hidden secrets. I was about to go into the ice level when I saw this hole in a wall so of course I try to go in there. I’m greeted to water level where I have to collect 8 coins to get a star which was really fun! I also used stars to open a section of the castle where I had to jump through a Peach window and go down a slide to learn about hidden levels.

Super Mario Sunshine is my favorite due to how unique it is. I love being on an island shaped like a dolphin. Most of the enemies so far are either weird or cute. I love the little paint Octopus enemies even though they are annoying. The weirdest one that had me laughing was this bird with a little butt that show out brown paint like they really made that an enemy?! The award for pain in the ass goes to the whirlwind with glasses as I can only stun it; not defeat it. It made collecting the red coins in the first level even trickier than it already was.

Speaking of cute, Super Mario Galaxy’s Luna are so adorable! I love the little stars and it’s so cute when they’re hungry and you feed them! I also loved when they turned into bunnies. This game is so fun seeing all the different planets on just one level!

Vice City

I did not know Judas Priest’s music was in this game so I was so happy and excited when “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” started playing. I definitely am loving all the 80’s music! I did not get too far as I was on “Guardian Angels” and it honestly took me almost 10 tries because the two people I was supposed to protect kept dying. I also am so confused by this game’s pedestrians because they have a habit of jumping in front of cars. I also started up the game one day, exited the apartment after hearing a crash to see a car accident that caused a massive pileup of cars and people running around panicked. I barely started playing the game and the pedestrians were causing chaos!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

I am on the Bloody Baron storyline so it was mostly very serious, but the side quests made everything funny!

First, an unintentional funny moment. I was participating in the fighting tournaments where I was talking to someone to start the match and this one NPC kept hiccupping loudly in the speaker behind my left ear. I’m trying to talk to this guy while this NPC kept interrupting the conversation with hiccups so I just started laughing!

Then, I met Trollololo again. I love that troll! He loves to sing although he’s not great at it. Then I found out that I draw worse than a troll. Basically he asked me to bring him paint. Then he had a problem: he has the paint but how does he paint? He doesn’t know how. I decided to tell him to do it this time around to see what would happen. He called the bird ugly, but it was a beautiful bird! I tried to recreate it and mine looked terrible because I can’t draw.

Your Favorite Gaming Moments?

Now that I’ve told you all the things that excited me and made me laugh this week, please tell me some of yours! This weekend I’m going to be continuing these three games as they just make me smile!

Super Mario 3D All Stars

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Super Mario 3D All Stars on the Switch allowed me to play Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy for the first time! I pre-ordered the game as soon as I heard about it and finally got to play it this weekend. I wanted to play Super Mario 64 so I could experience Mario’s first 3D game. I’ve seen little bits of it like the biting piano. Super Mario Sunshine looked so much fun with it’s beach setting, I thought it would be really relaxing to play! I love the moon and stars so the idea of visiting galaxies had me really excited for Super Mario Galaxy.

Presentation

The game begins with a cute opening cinematic of Mario catching stars from all three games before transitioning to the main menu. On the main menu a random track will play from the games and the name of the track and the game it comes from is shown in the top right corner. The three games each have a little information blurb on when they were created and a bit of history. After the three games, the three soundtracks are listed with information on the game soundtracks such as Super Mario Galaxy being the first game that included an orchestra. When playing the games you can press the – button to close the game, view the controls, view special moves which is super helpful, or activate 2 player mode in Super Mario Galaxy.

Super Mario 64

Peach tells Mario she baked him a cake so he should visit the castle, but when he arrives Bowser has taken over. Because this game introduced a 3D camera, the camera becomes a cameraman turtle called Lakitu. I played through the third course. I first explored the outside land and the interior of the castle as best as I could since most of it is locked.

It was really fun seeing the old graphics. I loved Lakitu on the cloud and Mario looks so cute with his little blocky body. I loved exploring the first level. It was fun running around the mountain to climb up until the top. The first boss was King Bob-omb who I had to throw three times. I got a little overzealous and threw him off the cliff which I was not supposed to do and he scolded me for it. I also had my first race with Koopa the Quick which was a bit tricky because I had to run up the mountain with bombs rolling down it and lava pits I had to jump. I was able to beat him in two tries. I also loved learning how the canons worked and launching Mario to collect all the red coins and getting another star. My other favorite thing about the beginning courses is how you’re taught mechanics like the red coins in that level taught me about more complicated platforming because I had to jump on an odd shaped moving block and then jump on several islands to get the rest of the red coins.

The one thing I was not the biggest fan on was the resolution. I would have liked the game to have widescreen so It could fit my TV, but it didn’t hamper me enjoying the game. I still really enjoy playing it! The camera controls also take getting used to but that was my problems across all three games. For this one, you can’t do a full 3D circle. You have to move the camera in increments and it tends to want to center behind Mario. It does take getting used to and may cause problems in harder stages.

Super Mario Sunshine

I definitely find this game to be very relaxing although it can be a little stressful when things get tricky. So Mario wants to go on an island vacation but there’s an ink Mario wreaking havoc and Mario is getting blamed for his messes and must clean up the island.

Exploring the hub world is really fun. I love the harbor! I love how pretty the water looks and the residents are adorable! The voice acting is hilarious especially when the toads talk! They have the oddest voices like very pitchy but also scratchy at the same time.

F.L.U.D.D. is a fun mechanic to switch things up. It takes a bit of time to get used to, but I am enjoying the water mechanics! I also love that the machine has a little personality like Cappy.

I explored Bianco Hills. I collected the stars up to finding all the red coins which was a lot of platforming, but I’m glad that it threw that in there because I can learn about how platforming works in the game. I also had a challenge where I had to collect a star without F.L.U.D.D. which involved getting used to platforming without F.L.U.D.D.’s help.

The first boss was Petey Piranha. I had to climb up to the top of a windmill which broke and then I fell inside the windmill and had to fill Petey up with water and then jump on his stomach three times. So far all the enemies have been really adorable with little flowers monsters and octopuses! The most annoying one is this little whirlwind that keeps respawning and knocks me off platforms if I don’t stun him with water.

Camera wise this also has a flaw. The full 3D camera and close up are very nice, but the camera can get “stuck” like when I was doing a puzzle where I had to shoot water at an X to pop out a coin from another X on the other side of the wall. The camera kept getting stuck because I had to zoom in to shoot the X and when it showed the cinematic where the coin was it would put the camera far away from Mario on the other side of the wall and it would take a bit of work to bring it back. Luckily it appear that pressing close up Mario camera mode resets the camera when it gets too far away.

The blue coins are interesting as it appears like they unlock things like stars. When I brought 10 coins to a shop at the harbor, I got a star! Red coins in a level do not transfer outside the level and are only for getting another star.

Super Mario Galaxy

Peach asks Mario to meet her for the Star festival. When he arrives Bowser kidnaps her and her castle. Mario gets thrown into space and lands on an island where little stars called Luma help him find Rosalina’s ship which needs powered up with Stars to catch Bowser.

I love the little mini islands I travel to on each level. The little Luma are so cute! I love that there’s ones I have to feed Star Bits too. Collecting star bits was fun using a controller! It took a little bit of time to get used to, but as long as I press R to center, I can easily collect Star bits. I’m loving how creative the little worlds are. Each galaxy level is composed of several planets which Mario must travel to by pressing Y or shaking the controller. You can also use the pointer and press A on little blue stars to drag Mario over the blue stars.

The first boss was also a little baby Piranha plant. It would chase me and I would have to run behind it and spin attack it’s tail so it would hit the Piranha on the head. My favorite was the last star on the first level where I had to go into this clear island and navigate the inside of the island which had arrows that would change the direction of the gravity.

The camera here was also a bit limited. You can only move it so far. But, there’s a first person mode that makes up for the camera limitations. The camera does try to be as responsive as possible following Mario around as quickly as it can so it doesn’t feel like Mario is running away from the camera. I’d say out of the three game I think this has the most responsive camera.

Final Thoughts

I think this game is perfect for a target audience like me who has never played these games! If you’re someone that has played them, you aren’t really getting anything new here besides them being in HD. It was also disappointing that the first game was not put into widescreen and the cameras have quirks for each game. But, I still love playing this game and do think they are very fun! I would say if you’re new or really want to play these games again or on the go, then it’s definitely worth it!

Have you played Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, or Super Mario Galaxy? What did you think of them? Are you going to play Super Mario 3D All Stars?

American Mcgee’s Alice and Mental Illness

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American McGee’s Alice is a game that I have been wanting to play, but at the time I could only get the sequel: Alice: Madness Returns on Origin. Last week, I saw a Facebook ad that Humble Bundles released Alice: Madness Returns – The Complete Edition so I decided to get the game again so I could play the original game and get the fun DLC for the sequel which include like new costumes and weapons. I am very glad I did as I loved this game especially due to how it portrayed mental illness!

Background

American McGee’s Alice is a horror interpretation of Alice in Wonderland by American McGee. Alice’s parents died in a fire while she was asleep. She managed to wake up and flee, but her parents did not survive. Alice could not cope so she became catatonic and was put in an asylum until she woke up. Alice goes into Wonderland after her stuffed rabbit appears to beg her for help.

Alice is in Wonderland which has been deformed showing how her mental state has declined. The Queen has corrupted Wonderland turning into a land of ruin and horror. You can see her corruption in the form of tentacles that have spread throughout the different levels. The inhabitants of Wonderland are also corrupted with the Chesire cat being so thin you can see his bones and horrendous creatures such as the boojum roaming around. The music also has a psychological effect on the gamer with eerie synths mixed in with old children’s toys. Occasionally a haunting chorus or mechanical like sounds will be in the soundtrack as well. This music also shows just how much Alice’s mental state has deteriorated since the tragic loss of her parents. Alice’s mental state is also part of the game. Your health bar is a Sanity meter which deteriorates as you take hits and powerful attacks can only be used through Willpower which is like the magic in this game. Most weapons except for the beginning weapon require Willpower to use.

The Loss of Innocence

When the game begins, Alice sees The White Rabbit which kinda resembles her stuffed rabbit except The White Rabbit is in better shape. Alice’s first task is to track down her beloved Rabbit with the help of Chesire’s advice. Chesire serves as Alice’s guide throughout the game. I believe you could ask him for hints as a button exists for that, but it doesn’t work in the remastered version that I played. I believe he also looks so thin because Alice has a real black cat and if the cat survived the first it would also be very thin.

Alice’s first area is a short mining area where the workers have been enslaved. They no longer have a will to fight back so they just do as The Queen says. Alice only wants to look for her Rabbit so she mostly ignores them. Then she goes to a school with Insane Children. Unlike Alice, there is no hope for these children. They are lost in their madness and have been experimented on by someone. They represent various mental illnesses like the happy and crying one symbolizing being bipolar. Alice is different from them as there is hope that she can still wake up from Wonderland and won’t be lost in her madness. Alice must gather ingredients from the school to grow smaller so she can find the Rabbit who shrunk himself.

Finally, the last world is The Vale of Tears which shows Alice’s grief as the water is literally tears from her statue. The first boss is The Duchess who enjoys killing people and The Queen lets her. She’s the first boss which shows you just how corrupted Wonderland has become.

After finally catching up to The White Rabbit, she loses him in The Vale of Tears. The White Rabbit is squished by The Mad Hatter who has grown quite mad. Alice loses the one friend she wanted to see most and she does not know how to go on. She feels that death follows her everywhere. Mentally, Alice cannot recognize that she is not responsible for her parents’ death. The Voracious Centipede is the next boss she faces who is Alice’s last obstacle before she can grow up. Alice shrunk into a small state so she can be with her Rabbit. Now that her childhood has been destroyed with the Rabbit’s death, Alice must grow up by eating a Mushroom which allows her to physically grow and face the Queen.

Facing Guilt

Alice ends up in a hellish landscape which acts as a hub world. This world connects to the next set of levels before Alice will finally fight The Queen. But, Alice must first go through this hell and find pieces of for the Jabberwocky staff which will open the door to The Queen.

While Alice is finding these pieces, she is captured by The Mad Hatter. The Mad Hatter shows just how “mad” Wonderland has become. He has turned himself into a machine and has started doing experiments on The Dormouse, The March Hare, and The Gryphon. He also experiments on The Insane Children which shows Alice’s fate. These Insane Children are turned into automaton monsters that attack Alice. They can only do what their creator commands them and no longer have any “sanity” or “will” of their own. Alice’s brain seems to be aware that this will be her fate if she doesn’t wake up soon. Alice has to first fight Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum which reference the orderlies who have been abusing Alice while they think she is not aware of what’s going on around her. Then, Alice must fight her madness through The Mad Hatter.

After that comes a very emotional boss. The Jabberwocky. The Jabberwocky is all the pain and guilt Alice is feeling. He tells her that she was too busy dreaming of Wonderland to save her parents and the boss fight takes place in her house on fire. Alice receives help from The Gryphon, but he is killed when she has to face The Jabberwocky the second time. Alice must face her guilt alone, but The Gryphon gives her advice before passing away. He just tells her to try her best to face The Queen. It’s such a small line, but it has an impact on me. I have anxiety and sometimes it’s really nice to hear that I just have to “try my best” instead of feeling like I have to do everything perfectly.

Facing Yourself

Alice must then fight through The Queen’s castle. The castle is macabre; full of tentacles, blood, and flesh. It’s a physical reminder of how disturbed The Queen is. Before Alice can face The Queen, she has to lose everyone. The Chestire Cat dies while explaining to Alice how both she and The Queen cannot survive. The Queen makes sure that Alice has lost all of her allies and must face The Queen alone.

The Queen is a two part battle. The first part shows a figure with no face whose body is connect to Wonderland through tentacles. After that, the form changes into Alice and The Mad Hatter, The Queen is Alice and her madness. That’s why Alice must face her alone. She must face all of her trauma and mental illness by herself as she needs to free herself from this hell she’s trapped in. The Queen tells Alice that there is no hope causing Alice to feel despair. But hope appears in the form of a butterfly which protects Alice through the final fight. It quickly restores her Willpower while she fights against The Queen until The Queen dies.

The End

After facing herself, Wonderland is restored to it’s beauty. Also, all of Alice’s friends are brought back to life. Alice is able to wake up and leave the asylum. She also finds that her cat has survived. By facing her madness and learning to accept everything she has gone through, Alice can finally wake up and live her life the way she chooses.

Have you played American Mcgee’s Alice? What games do you think portray mental health in a positive light?

Final Fantasy XIV: First Impressions and Calming Anxiety

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Final Fantasy XIV is my first major MMO. I have two free ones and this one is currently free due to a long free trial that will go up to level 60. After that, I can choose to pay for the game and it’s latest DLC and also start a subscription plan. I decided to get this on Tuesday after hearing the news about the free trial going up until 60 and I find the game to be very fun and soothing!

Past MMO Experience

So I have slowly being getting used to MMOs, but mine are all free ones. It started with my Android. I saw a game called Perfect World on there and I was in love with the mythology. I recently restarted so I could become a character that can shape shift into a fox called a Vulpine. The game is beautiful for being a mobile port. After that, Black Desert came out on mobile. I am playing as a sorcerer class and love it! It’s a fun game and I am interested in learning more about the black spirit and the story.

With COVID going on I was missing my friend so we each found an MMO. He enjoys Tera so we play that together occasionally and I like  Blade & Soul which has kung-fu style action and a story focusing on vengeance.

Creating My Character

Pretty much the first day was spent creating my character as it was actually difficult. I was between the Miqo’te which were cat-like and the Au-Ra which were dragon people. It was so hard, but I’ve never played as a dragon before and I loved the scale patterns on my character. After that I could decide the tail, the scale patterns, makeup, and any extra features.

After that, it was time to pick the class which was even harder than the first choice. The issue I was having is I needed to choose between a physical class and a magic class. There was also a world I wanted to start in, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to the class. It was Limsa Lominsa which kinda looked like Alcamoth to me from the pictures. I decided to go with a Lancer and I thought I would play a physical class better, and I can do more classes on one character later.

After that there was a goddess and birth date. I decided to match my birthdate to the goddess I chose. I chose Halone who was a warrior.

Story and Quests

I got distracted by side quests like I usually do so I have not seen much of the main plot. I know that there was a war in Eorzea caused by Bahamut 5 years ago. I am an adventurer who has arrived at Gridania and I am currently helping out the locals there.

So far I have learned how to collect items, fight enemies with my lance (which have so far just been ladybugs, squirrels, and mushrooms), and learned more about how the game works. I have not had any memorable quests yet, but I am still having fun getting experience and just exploring!

Exploration

This has been the most fun for me and the most relaxing part of this game! Some players have minions so I can see red pandas, dogs, and moogles. I saw the cutest delivery moogle hovering over a rock. I also have seen fireworks at night which was fun! Last time I logged on, it was raining. The world is so pretty and detailed! The fireworks were the most relaxing part for me because I just had my character dance around while I watched fireworks and it was really nice to just relax.

I also learned about FATE running around which are timed events. I went into a village and there were opo-opos running around. I was too low leveled, but I had fun learning the combat more. I did find another one that was in my level and also helped me get my first main quest done because it involved a lot of fighting mushrooms!

Future Plans

I would like to explore more classes. I want to try to do the Arcanist class for my character so she can have physical and magic. I also want to go to Limsa Lominsa when I am able to. I really need to get a chocobo so I don’t have to walk everywhere, but I’ll need to level up more first. I am looking forward to playing more of the free trial becuase it is fun and relaxing game for me to play!

What are your thoughts on Final Fantasy XIV?

 

Adventures in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Replaying The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been really fun! It’s all I have been playing lately so I wanted to highlight some memorable things that have happened while I was playing.

Exploration

I entered the Novigrad and Velen areas and the first thing I like to do is collect quests and explore the area as reading notice boards brings up question marks for treasure or monsters. So I started visiting the notice boards and exploring all the question marks that came up.

I forgot that once you exit the tutorial area, exploring can be dangerous because you can easily run into very powerful monsters. That’s how I have a fast travel location that spawns me into a group of powerful ghouls which I have to run away from. I have also had to come back to some question marks later because of golems (which I somehow forgot were a thing) and wyverns (basically dragons that can’t fly).

Another funny and scary thing that happened while I was exploring was a leschen appeared. They scare me, I don’t like how powerful they are plus the creepy long black robe and antler skull head. Of course he had to appear while I was adjusting to wearing glasses while gaming since they’re meant to give my left eye a boost and protect me from blue light and glare. So a nice stroll through the forest admiring how detailed things were from further away turned into a chase, but I somehow got away from it!

The only other glasses related incident happened during a quest that luckily didn’t involve combat at the time. I like drinking tea at night and knew that it can fog up my glasses, but I also liked how clear I can see the TV with them on so I figured while exploring a side quest I could keep them on unless combat happened. So while this woman was telling me please do not explore this side quest further as no one needs to know what happened to her sister, my glasses started fogging up but I could still see her and see that she was hiding something.

Contracts

Patrol Gone Missing

This one I came across accidentally. I was exploring and a wyvern appeared. I panicked because they’re typically too high level for me so instead of planning like I have been trying to do before fights; I just kept hitting it with my sword. I somehow survived and then the contract was complete.

Jenny O’ The Woods

This one was really sad, but there are sad contracts in this game. Usually if you come across a wraith contract, you know something traumatic happened to her. In this case she loved someone and wanted to leave her abusive relationship. The guy found out and killed them both. She appears at night in a black dress and was hard at first due to a small error. I didn’t wait until night to prepare with bombs, potions, and oils. I meditated during the day to wait until night came to make her appear after drinking the potions and preparing the oils so they wore off and she killed me quickly. When I prepared at night and then summoned her, the fight was easy!

The Merry Widow

This one was a creepy one. It involved a grave hag and she kept talking about her wanting her bones back. She was in the old graveyard luring kids out and killing them. She also had a tongue vine move that could really hurt so I had to make sure I dodged so I would not take damage.

Side Quests

Thou Shalt Not Pass

I love the reference to The Lord of the Rings films! Basically I needed a pass to enter Radovid’s areas. I could have gotten one for finding out who was killing the troops. It turned out to be elves and I like elves so I decided to leave them alone. Because I did not tell the guard who was killing the troops I had to get them from a shady merchant. Somehow the guards fell for it and let me in even thought the writing was atrocious and there was no stamp.

Wild at Heart

This was the most recent sidequest I did. This man lost his wife in the woods. The village including him thought she was killed by wolves. While exploring her sister came by and told me not to explore further because there was no use finding out how the sister died. I could have stopped but I wanted to see what had happened. It turns out she technically killed her sister. She was in love with her sister’s husband who was a werewolf and did not know the sister knew he was a werewolf. She brought her sister to see her werewolf husband to scare her off from marrying him which led to him accidentally killing her. He then wants to kill the sister for forcing him to kill someone. I let him do it because I was mad that she killed her sister out of jealousy and then the werewolf asked me to kill him so he wouldn’t kill anymore and Geralt automatically did that.

Meeting Characters From Previous Games

Letho

I met Letho after a widow asked me to save her old home from monsters. The home was abandoned and full of traps where I met Letho. He was on the run after the man who hired him to slay the king in the last game decided to kill him to hide what he did. I chose to follow Letho where he confronted the people who were after him and Geralt offers him a place at Kaer Morhen.

Lambert

I found Lambert, who I know now from both the books and the games, while I was hunting a werewolf. Lambert killed the werewolf and then he is after all the men who killed his best friend Aiden (who now reminds of Beyond: Two Souls because I just completed the game). I helped him find leads, but I need to go to the next area to finish the quest. I want to finish the main quests in the area I am currently in before continuing.

Continuing Story

I have finally see what The Wild Hunt can do again. I was meant to meet a contact that was following Ciri. The Wild Hunt came and killed him and now the area is permanently covered in frost. I am on my way see the witch who saw Ciri last.

What games have you all been playing recently? Any stories from the games you have been playing?

 

My Picks For The Great JRPG Character Face-Off!

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As soon as I saw this community post from pix1001 and Winst0lf, I knew I had to participate. JRPGS are my favorite video game genre! I love the stories they tell and I love having a party that I get to meet and interact with. The most recent JRPGs I have been playing is Persona 4: Golden and Persona 5: Royal.

Also, as a little side update, this is my first post that I am writing with my first pair of glasses! They are mainly for computers and reading because they have blue light filtering and anti-glare protection. My left eye needs a bit of help seeing especially with the bright lights that computers and TVs make!

5. Igni from Final Fantasy: XV

I needed to include someone from Final Fantasy: XV as that was my first console game and what led me to buy my PlayStation 4! Igni is really sweet. He looks after Noctis as if Noctis was his brother. He is caring and makes sure everyone has a nice meal while they are traveling. He is also a good advisor to Noct helping him through difficult times likes losing his wife, Lunafreya. I also enjoyed his backstory in Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV. He wanted Noctis to learn his duties while also trying to recreate a pastry that Noctis had once because he does care about Noctis and he shows how he cares though his cooking. He helps Noctis learn to be responsible instead of slacking away from his duties.

4. Reyn from Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

This game is one of the reasons why I got a Nintendo 3DS! Reyn really grew on me throughout the series. Yes, he does say some awkward one liners like “It’s Reyn time”, but they make me laugh because he’s so enthusiastic. He does it to hype everyone and himself up and it does work. I love that he just wants to support everyone and keep them safe. It was also adorable how he has a crush on Sharla. He make me smile and laugh and is just a really nice friend.

3. Sora from Kingdom Hearts trilogy

These games have a special place in my heart because I bonded with my best friend with them! I decided to pick Sora from this series. Sora is a really sweet kid. He cares about his friends and he is loyal. He is also open to helping others out and makes a lot of friends along the way during his journey. Sora also cheers his friends up like when Riku embraced the darkness and tried to hide himself. I enjoyed playing as Sora and I am really hoping I hear more about him in the next installment.

2. Fiora from Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

I love Fiora’s story and character development in this game! I love how she cares for others and she’s also strong willed. I love her relationship with Shulk in the game. I am also glad that she got a happy ending when twice it seemed like she wouldn’t make it to the finale. She is courageous as well; standing up against the Mechon in the beginning of the game to save her friends and later trying to save her friends from Zanza.

1. Ann from Persona 5

It was a tough choice, but Ann is my favorite JRPG character of all time. Like Fiora, she is caring and also strong willed. She looks after her friends and especially Shiho when Shiho is hospitalized and is working hard to walk again. She spends most of her time either looking after the party or looking after Shiho. I also love her Persona, Carmen. I love Carmina Burana, it’s my favorite opera! Ann went through hell with Kamoshida and she wanted to make sure no one suffered injustice from him or any other adults who abuse their power. I admire her courage to stand up for others. She is one of my favorite characters in the game and I am loving seeing all the new interactions with her in Persona 5: Royal

Thanks to Shoot The Rookie and Winst0lf for this really fun idea! I loved thinking about who my favorite characters are and they were tough choices. I also went for games I fully played as some characters I want to wait on. For example, I do like Chie in Persona 4:Golden and thought about including her on this list, but I also haven’t spent as much time with her as I have the other characters on this list.

Now that I have told you who my favorite JRPG characters are: Who are your favorite JRPG characters? Write a post about your picks for Pix and Winfst0lf’s The Great JRPG Character Face-Off

What I’ve Been Up To This Summer

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This summer has been going by fast especially with all the RPGS I have been playing!

Witcher 3

I finally got past the tutorial area. Now that I understand the story leading up to this game by reading the books and playing all of the games, I understand the war going on better than just wondering who the Nilfgaards are. I now know a lot more about Geralt, Vesemir, Yenn, and Ciri’s backstory. I know about Geralt and Yenn’s relationship in the books as well as his relationship with Ciri. I know how she sees them as her parents. She even calls Yenn “Mommy”.

In the games I trusted Emhyr. Now, there’s no way in hell I will. He does some really nasty stuff in the books including using a Fake Ciri to trick Cintra.

I also know why The Wild Hunt wants Ciri before the game tells me. So I understand a lot more about that story as well, but don’t want to give spoilers.

Because of this, I am able to focus on the story better since things don’t have to be explained to me. Like it somehow went over my head that there was an interconnected story in the tutorial island involving the noonwraith and the isolated villager. I was just so focused on trying to get everyone’s names and stories that I would miss out on minor details. Basically the king’s son had a relationship with this male villager and the king became furious when he found out. When the noonwraith’s husband said something about the king’s son, the king murdered them leading to the noonwraith haunting the well.

I am looking forward to also seeing Triss and The Lodge as I am curious to see how I will approach them. I know Triss and Geralt’s relationship in the novels and how he feels about The Lodge. I loved The Lodge the first time I played as it was really cool to see a bunch of sorceresses banding together, but now I know about their politics involving Ciri so I’m not sure if I will still like them.

Persona 4: Golden

I finally rescued Yukiko so now I am just waiting until she recovers. I also found the weirdest fetch quest which I wanted to share. I wanted to try fishing, but needed a rod. I looked up how to get one and had to follow these steps:

  • Talk to boy in shrine and give him steak croquette
  • He will give you a ladybug
  • Go to the nightclub at night and talk to the lady. She says her fish isn’t eating his bread crumbs and the fish will get so excited to eat the ladybug, he will drop a fishing hook.
  • Talk to old man during the day to get a rod.

Video game logic!

Sims 4

I finally am playing The Sims! I only played it once when The Sims 2 was out and a friend of mine showed me her Sims family. It was on sale this weekend so I got it! I got the base game with the Pets pack, the Island Living Pack, and the Vampires pack. I have one family with a human girl and a mermaid who are sisters with a calico kitten and a husky puppy. I have another family with a vampiress and a human guy who are friends. I needed to add a human to the house because she cannot go outside and I got her a Samoyed puppy that only wants to be outside and an adult orange cat. Those two are my fun family because one is a kleptomaniac and the other wants to be a Master Vampire.

Since I haven’t really played The Sims, I did get confused and make some funny mistakes. I actually had put the girl, vampire, and mermaid all under one roof because I did not realize that I was making a family for one house. I then moved them to the Island living place because I did not know that they would be all under one roof so I had a happy mermaid and a miserable vampire who really didn’t want to live in what was basically like Hawaii.

I also did not know anything about house building and built what can only be described as an abomination. I just bought rooms and tried to put them together without realizing I could build an empty room. I then somehow put the roof on back wards and it was a mess because the house was built funny. Finally, when I tried to have them move in, they couldn’t because I forgot to build a front door and windows. Then I built the door and no one could get in because it needed stairs. The only stairs I could find were for a second floor so I couldn’t make stairs. I just gave up and deleted the save  I just then I made a new save and got two pre-built houses for the two families.

Summer Plans

I’m hoping to finish The Witcher 3 and then finish either Persona 5:Royal or Persona 4: Golden.

What have you been playing?

Beyond: Two Souls -An Emotional Journey

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I found out that Beyond: Two Souls was on Steam recently. I had watched it played years ago when it first came out on YouTube so I was really excited to finally play it for myself! I loved the story and I loved that I could create my own unique story.

Plot

Jodie has Aiden, an entity who has been with her since she was born. She is haunted by other entities because of Aiden. She is also forsaken by her family when she is young because her father thinks she is a monster child. Aiden is protective of Jodie so he sometimes causes havoc. You control Jodie and Aiden and shape Jodie’s story as she looks back on her memories and makes a choice about her future.

Aiden

Aiden is really fun to play as! You can move around somewhat freely as him. You just can’t stray too far from Jodie as you are linked to her. Aiden can be quite destructive as you can destroy things just as breaking a mirror when Jodie throws a tantrum because she cannot go out to see her friends. The most memorable scene was when Jodie was locked in a closet during a birthday party and you can leave. But, I got mad so I used Aiden to wreak havoc on the teens, plus one boy pretended to like her only to call her a slut later and I really wanted to teach him a lesson!

Major Traumatic Events for Jodie

War

Jodie is forced to fight for the CIA because they want to weaponize Aiden. She goes to Somalia to take down a corrupt leader. The people are fighting in the streets and it looks really bad. You see a kid with a wounded leg and you help him. When Aiden kills the leader, the kid’s father dies too which leaves him distraught. Jodie gets shot in the leg trying to flee. She then finds out on the plane ride home that the leader was elected by the people and was trying to stop the violence in the county. Jodie was tricked so she flees out of the plane with Aiden’s shield. Jodie then is forced to hide from the CIA and go on the run.

Homeless

Jodie runs away and the game skips to winter where she is dying because she is stranded in the cold. A man named Stan helps her and you meet his “family”. There’s Tuesday who’s pregnant and you can tell her that her baby is doing well. Jimmy is struggling with drug abuse and you can heal his wounds which helps him get sober. Finally, Walter who is a struggling alcoholic. Stan is struggling after his wife passed away and you can send a message that she wants him to be happy.

This game also touches on how people treat the homeless. Jodie struggles to make only $5.00. After Stan gets groceries with the money (if you can get the $5.00), he is beaten up by two guys on camera and Jodie can save him. These guys later set the house you’re staying at after Tuesday gives birth on fire. Jodie can save everyone from the fire and they go on to lead happy lives.

Stan and his “family” are one of the many caring people that Jodie meets. It’s tough on Jodie because she is used by everyone. People want her for Aiden and her abilities and she just wants a normal life.

Caring People in Jodie’s Life

Jake

You meet Jake after Jodie has to run away and she goes to Nevada. She is starving and dehydrated and comes across a barn. She meets Jake and his family. His father, Paul, offers Jodie a place to stay where she can stay as long as she wants. Jodie helps them with an entity that’s been haunting their place for years. Jodie finds peace there and decided to go back to see Cole.

Cole and Nathan

Cole and Nathan become Jodie’s adoptive parents when her foster family couldn’t handle raising her. Cole calls her “princess” and Nathan comforts her and treats her like she is his own daughter. Cole is really kind to Jodie, but Nathan does change. He loves his wife and kids which makes him so desperate to see him that he wants to use Jodie when he sees her again so he can be with them.

Ryan

Ryan is the opposite of Nathan. He starts out as really annoying and I thought he was an asshole. You have a date night with him and you think that he likes Jodie. I was so nervous for this date because I haven’t been on one and I was stressed about the cooking and what to wear. It was funny! But, I hated him when I found out that He tricked Jodie into killing the Somali leader. When Jodie confronts him, he says he was following orders and doesn’t see why she is upset.

It’s not until the last parts of the game that I changed my mind. First, Jodie is put on another mission by the CIA in exchange for her freedom. She has to destroy a portal to the world where entities come from; the Infraworld. Ryan rescues Jodie after she is attacked trying to escape after she shut down the portal. When Ryan believes Jodie is dead, he stays with her and refuses to leave her side. Jodie lives, but then the CIA tries to kill her by putting her in a medical coma because she knows about their plans for their own portal to the Infraworld. Ryan abandons the CIA to help Jodie and then I liked him much better. He cared so much for Jodie that he went against orders to help her.

Ending

After everything Jodie has been through, she decides to spend time alone. Her last trip to shut down the Infraworld portals for good causes her to lose Aiden. From there, I can pick her ending. I struggled and asked a friend for help. I decided for her to live with Jake because she would be with family plus I did really like Jake! I loved this game and I loved that I can play it and change the story and see different outcomes. I really recommend that you play this game!

What did you think of Beyond Two Souls or any other games by David Cage?

 

Summer of Gaming!

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It’s finally summer which means warm weather, swimming, and video games! I really want to play some new games and replay one game over the summer so here is my list.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

I have played this game before, but I want to replay it because I feel like I will understand and appreciate it much more the second time around. The first time I played it, I had not played the previous games and I had not read the books. I have now played all the other games and finished all of the books so I really want to play the game again and see what choices I make now that I know more about the story.

I highly recommend reading the books. The reason I started was because I heard that the players who read the books disliked Triss so I decided to read them to see why the hate for Triss and also just so I could learn more about the lore. It gets confusing hearing about Novigrad and why is Yennefer a big deal and who’s Triss when you haven’t read the books or played the other games. The game does it’s best to explain what’s going on to new players, but I feel like I will have a better understanding replaying the game.

Persona 4: Golden

I had this game on the Vita, but decided to get the Steam version so I could play it on a bigger screen. I really want to play this game after beating Persona 5. So far I love the music and am interested in the concept of people being thrown into their palaces in this game as opposed to their palaces being built because of their distorted desires in Persona 5. I love mysteries and between the murder mystery and the mystery of who Marie is, this should be a fun game!

Persona 5: Royal

I am intending to play this game more. I am still at Kaneshiro’s palace because I am slow. I am interested in seeing the changes as well as talking about this game with my friend who finished it a while ago. I am also interested in seeing if there are any new endings.

Beyond: Two Souls

I saw someone play this game years ago on YouTube. When I saw it was on Steam, I had to get it so I could play it and see what choices I make. So far I have been in the majority. What I like about this game is it’s concept. You play as Jodie who has an entity named Aiden linked to her. You can also play as Aiden and help Jodie or cause chaos. Jodie and Aiden’s characters are shaped based on the choices you make in the game.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected

I really want to see what happened after Xenoblade Chronicles so I intend to hopefully finish this over the summer! I am interested in finding out what happened to Alcamoth. I am also interested in seeing how the first game connects to the second game.

What games will you be playing this summer?

5 Most Inspirational Characters in Persona 5

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Playing through Persona 5: Royal has been fun and has also given me a writing idea! The characters in this game have phenomenal character development and I wanted to create a list of the characters that I found the most inspiring in Persona 5I’m currently at Kaneshiro’s palace in Persona 5: Royal so most of these memories will be from Persona 5.

5. Makoto

Makoto feels useless as the student body president. Everyone relies upon her to change things, but the principal only wants to use her to find information on the Phantom Thieves. She also laments not trying to do anything about Kamoshida’s abuse despite the whole school knowing. On top of that her sister loses her temper and calls her “useless” making her REALLY feel useless.

She is desperate to prove she can help the student body so she forces the Phantom Thieves to help. Seeing the twisted desires of the mafia boss, Kaneshiro, she becomes enraged that adults keep using her and stands up for herself. She becomes this badass character willing to stick up for others and fight against corruption in the palaces. She’s very intelligent as she is somehow able to understand the mechanics of a palace like cognitive distortion. Even though it was reckless of her to confront a mafia boss upfront, she did it to help the Phantom Thieves and also because she really wants to help the student body. She really is a strong leader which is why she does make a good student body president. She really listens to the students and wants to help them despite the adults not making it easy on her to help the students. I admire how strong of a person she is and that she is willing to go to extreme lengths to protect the students at her school.

4. Futaba

Futaba has agoraphobia. Her mom died in a car accident and she firmly believed she caused her mother to die. Turns out her mother was forced to die because she knew too much about the mental shutdowns. The adults who caused the mother to have a mental shutdown so she would die told Futaba it was all her fault her mother died. Futaba was then passed around to awful relatives until she ended up in Sojiro Sakura’s care who wanted her to be happy and tried to care for her.

Futaba does have a lot of courage. She asked the Phantom Thieve’s to change her heart which is a big risk considering no one knows how the Phantom Thieves change hearts. She also let them into her room and see her after they explained that she needed to help them open up her Palace more (If a person believes they are safe, the palace will only let a person enter so far until that person believes that their defenses are down).

She also is courageous because after her Palace is defeated, she tries really hard to go out in public. The protagonist and his friends help her come out of her shell, but she still has to take steps to go out and be around people and try to attend high school. I admire her for working so hard to overcome her agoraphobia and learn to trust people.

3. Ryuiji

Ryuiji has had a rough life. His father was abusive and his mother is struggling to make money since the father left. Ryuiji got a temper from seeing the way his mother was treated which Kamoshida targeted so Ryuiji would lash out at him so Kamoshida could disband the track team and blame it all on Ryuiji.

Despite appearing tough, Ryuiji is a really sweet kid. He meets the protagonist and after having to escape their first palace without even knowing each other or what a palace even was, he decides that this guy is going to be his best friend. Ryuiji really listens to the protagonist and wants to be a good friend. My favorite scene is when they get ramen together at the beginning of the game and Ryuiji wants to make sure the protagonist has enough food and listens to him talk about why he is on probation. I love that Ryuiji just genuinely wants his friends to be happy and tries to look out for them.

2. Ann

After her friend is physically and sexually assaulted by Kamoshida and then hospitalized, Ann vows to first seek revenge. She spares Kamoshida even though he is an absolutely awful human being. She decides to fight against corrupt adults and she also feels inspired to grow a stronger heart. Even though it takes her a while to learn how inner strength cannot be grown through little things such as not getting upset over criticism or not eating sweets. I enjoyed maxing her bond in Persona 5 because I enjoyed seeing her grow as a person and how she was just so caring towards others.

1. Protagonist

The protagonist has to move to Tokyo after he is put on probation. He attempted to stop a drunk man from sexually assaulting a young woman. Because this man was a very important political figure, he was able to get away with everything and the protagonist got a sentence for assaulting him. Despite having people look down on him and judge him, he still manages to be compassionate towards others. He helps people and makes friends just because he cares about others. He is a strong leader of the Phantom Thieves and he works hard to make sure that corrupt adults change. I admire his courage and his willingness to change the future and create a better world.

Let me know what characters from Persona 5 or other games you thought were inspiring?