I started blogging while I was a professional writing graduate student pursing my Masters. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Masters in Professional Writing. I have been playing games since I was young and I also enjoy watching TV shows, watching anime, reading manga, and reading books!
So what is Ropobon? Well it’s basically Pokemon replaced with robots. This game also had a really big cartridge that I distinctly remember sticking out of the Game Boy Color and it really stuck out when I got the Game Boy Advance. As for how I got this game? I honestly don’t remember. It’s possible I may have picked it out, or my parents got it for me.
Pretty much just like Pokemon. You get a Robopon named Sunny from your grandfather and you are supposed to collect Robopon to fight the Legend 7. The only difference is you also inherit your grandfather’s business.
Basically Pokemon that are robots. Sunny looks very similar to Pikachu. You find them in the wild like Pokemon and they have different types like Pokemon. The main difference is that you use computer parts to heal them or upgrade them.
This is my favorite part and why I loved the game. My favorite is the main theme that plays when you boot up the game. It would always make me smile as a kid and that’s why I loved playing it so much!
How far did I get?
Just like the Pokemon games, I struggled to get very far in the game as a kid. I remember something about getting stuck in a cave level that was not too far into the game. So I never got to take on the Legend 7 or finish the game.
Would I recommend it?
Hard to say as I am relying only on my memory of playing it when I was very young. I do remember thinking the music was unique. I also did like some of the Robopon like Sunny. I think I would recommend it if you really want to play a game like Pokemon. As for the versions, Sun is the only one that was released in the U.S. which is why I have that version. It’s also the one with Sunny on the cover of it which is why I loved the art on the cartridge!
First posted at DigitallyDownloaded.net Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch first broke onto the scene in the west in 2013. The lovechild of Level-5 and world-renowned animation studio Studio Ghibli, Ni no Kuni combines traditional JRPG fare with a whimsical storyline that comes to life with the easily recognisable Studio Ghibli aesthetics and […]
Cilla Vs. Games wrote an excellent review on Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the Witch. I just got this game recently as I am a big fan of Studio Ghibli films. I enjoyed her review and looking forward to playing the game and learning more about the story. Check out her review of the game here!
My first RPG was Pokemon Red, although I remember more from Pokemon FireRed. I got back into RPGs when I bought a Nintendo 3DS and got Pokemon Y, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. I am currently playing Dragon Quest XI S so I decided to talk about why I love RPGs so much.
The settings are usually fantasy based so I get to explore beautifully designed locations. The setting also tends to be massive because RPGs tend to be long which means that I get to explore different environments.
A great example of this is Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. First, the whole settings is basically on two beings that fought with each other then froze in time and people now live on them. Then, the setting itself has beautiful worlds such as Eryth Sea. The water is a clear crystal blue and I love how this sea has floating islands you walk across.
RPGs typically have a party. I love meeting new party members and seeing what their skills are. I also like bonding with these characters in the game. You generally are spending several hours with these characters so you get attached to them.
Persona 5 has a party that you get close to as you learn more about them. You become like a family to each other, hanging out together and bonding. The game also emphasizes bonds so you want to get closer to your party members as well as supporting characters in the game.
Right now, my favorite party member is Erik from Dragon Quest XI S. I just find him to be really funny and appreciate that he just goes along for the ride to help your character.
You level up by fighting enemies in RPGs. I love fighting enemies because I appreciate looking at the different designs of the enemies. Each game also has different styles to their enemies such as Persona 5‘s style being different from Dragon Quest XI S’s style.
I also like the strategy involved because generally enemies might have different types like maybe they have fire attacks so you need to hit them with ice attacks.
My favorite enemy designs are from Kingdom Hearts games because the Heartless are really adorable. I love the different designs for the Heartless!
There are many bosses in RPGs and there is always one major boss at the end. I love seeing the different boss designs in games and I love how you need to really strategize to defeat them especially the final boss.
Legend of Zelda games uses dungeon bosses to prepare you for the final boss. There are usually two bosses per dungeon, a mini boss and the major boss of the dungeon. These bosses get more and more difficult as you get different items, but they prepare you for the final fight which usually involves fighting Ganondorf.
JRPGS are very long so I love the journey! Plots differ between each game, but they usually consists of main quests and side quests. Main quests are what you need to do to complete the game whereas side quest swill give you experience and optional story.
The general story usually involves something about a chosen hero going on a journey, but not all RPGS follow that formula.
Horizon Zero Dawn follows the typical RPG formula because only Aloy can protect her people from the threat of the robots growing stronger.
Every hero needs a break from fighting! Sometimes RPGS have extra things you can do for fun like fishing or taking pictures or races.
Final Fantasy XV has a fishing mini game, photography, Chocobo races, and a festival that allows players to take a break from the story and have some extra fun! I like fishing minigames despite not having a desire to actually learn fishing in real life.
Now that I have listed why I love RPGS, I want to end with some of my favorite RPG games so here’s my list. I am only listing games I have completed so some games like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D have been left off
Final Fantasy XV
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
Horizon Zero Dawn
Assassin Creed Odyssey
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
What do you like about RPGS and what is your favorite RPG?
With #NintendoSeptember coming to a close, it’s fitting that we should round things out with our favorite Nintendo memories. Since my days with the magical, gray block that was called the Nintendo Entertainment System, I’ve racked up quite a few of them, from playing pass-the-controller with my siblings as we valiantly tried to conquer Super […]
My friends really like board games and I really wanted to give them a try! I am only familiar with the popular board games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue, and Life. I wanted to learn more about different board games and I got to play two with my friends!
Bargain Quest is a really interesting game where you play as a merchant selling armor to heroes who will fight three monsters. The winner has the most victory coins and money by the end of the game! I loved the twist of you being the merchant instead of the hero!
The board consists of a merchant shop where you have a display case where you can place one card that will attract a hero to your shop. Heroes have classes and the class of the hero must match the class of the item on the display case for them to visit your store. Once they visit your store, you can sell them your items as long as they have enough money and the items are the same class as your hero.
After that, the hero goes to battle with the monster. There are three stages of monsters in the game. They must have a higher attack and defense than the monster to both attack the monster and survive. A lower attack means no damage and a lower defense means the hero dies. The amount of times the monster needs to be attacked corresponds to how many people are playing the game. But, there is one more thing! You draw a situation card that affects your character like maybe their attack might increase or maybe nothing will happen. You can also buy cards with the money you earn that might help your character’s attack and defense.
I enjoyed being a merchant. I also enjoyed the art of the game because it has a cartoony art style! It was just a fun and light-hearted game. I would love to play the game again because it is so much fun selling to heroes and seeing how they do in battle with the items you gave them!
Kodama: The Tree Spirits.
This game is also really interesting because there’s no fighting or action involved. It is simply about building a tree for Kodama to live on.
You pick your trunk card and have to build branches from the trunk card. Branches must not overlap and branches can only contain a max of 10 points. Once a branch reaches 10, you need to start making new branches to build off of. Scoring comes from how many similar elements are on a branch like 2 caterpillars on a branch.
Scoring is divided into 4 seasons which each season having a different effect like mushrooms and flowers have the same score points so you can have a branch with mushrooms and connect that to a branch with flowers. Season scoring happens after every 4 turns.
You also get 4 Kodama to help you with scoring. At the end of each season, you pick a Kodama which affects scoring such as adding bonus points for how many branches are touching the trunk.
I loved how calming this was! I also loved that every 50 points, you got a Kodama to hang from your tree! The art style reminded me of Princess Mononoke especially the Kodama!
Thoughts on Board Games
I love how diverse board games are so far in terms of story and design! I am interested in playing more board games and seeing the different rules and strategy for the games!
Bargain Quest was fun because it involved a lot of strategy with making sure I had the right items that would help the heroes and me make money! Plus you could give the heroes fake items to make money off of if you really wanted to which was also funny!
Kodama: The Tree Spirits was relaxing! I enjoyed building a tree and trying to earn as much points as possible. It was nice to just spend time building a tree and making it look unique.
I loved the art for both games. I am interested in seeing more board game art because I love the different art styles! As for how I did, I did end up getting the lowest score for both games, but that did not matter to me because I was having so much fun! I hope to play more board games in the future!
Vampire is a TTRPG where you play as different vampire clans. The game relies heavily on story and is based in real life settings. Instead of being in a fantasy world like D&D, you’re usually playing in a darker version of a city like Los Angeles. The game is very different from D&D so it takes time to get used to, but it is fun to play as a vampire.
The setting the GM picked is at a local college that most of the party went to so we are familiar with the area. The game only takes place at night since vampires can not be exposed to sunlight. Also the setting is slightly altered because my character owns a nightclub in the area called “Love Bites” (A Halestorm song reference)!
Our characters our ourselves so the premise is that our vampire clans are based on how our personalities would change as vampires. Our characters are also only about a year old as vampires so we still remember being human and have some traits left over from when we were human.
I chose a Malkavian. Malkavians are able to see the future, but are also plagued by voices and hallucinations. This makes the Malkavians insane. I chose this vampire clan because I have a type A personality so I follow rules and I try to work really hard at everything I do. A Malkavian would not care about living so strictly so I figured it would be fun to play the opposite of myself! I also made her flirty since she is the head of a nightclub that she uses to get blood.
My character excels and intimidation and seduction. She is also good at brawling. She lacks willpower which means that she is impulsive. My character could Cloud Memory so people would forget the last few minutes. she can use Dementation so the person would become agitated, she has Silence of Death which makes her silent, and she had Awe which made people basically in Awe of her.
Story So Far
The party was summoned by The Prince, the leader of the Camarilla who maintains the vampire clans so vampires abide by rules so they can stay hidden from humanity, when I had a vision with butterflies, fires, and graves that showed the clans and the party’s names on them. We were put on a mission to find out what the vision meant. After searching around libraries while my character caused chaos, we found that the vision meant that bad things would happen followed by good. After we reported back to the Prince, an explosion happened outside of the building and we had to escape!
Upgrades to my Character
My character can now Rewire Memory so she can put memories into other people heads. I did a special Carna Reimagined Bond where I can choose who will become close with me and that bond will strengthen over time. Carna is part of a loresheet that you can use to create unique powers. Carna is part of the Anarchs, after breaking away from the Tremere because she saw them as misogynistic, and is against the Blood Bond that is used to make people enthralled by vampires if they drink a vampire’s blood. I also made my character more stealthy since she tends to cause trouble!
Overall, I highly recommend giving Vampire: The Masquerade a try because it is so much fun! I enjoyed the story and playing my character and I am excited to see more of the story!
Have you played the Vampire: The Masquerade TTRPG? What did you think of it?
Thank you to AK from Everything is bad for you for this Real Neat Blog award! AK has been reviewing the Cop Craft anime and you can find his latest review here!
What’s your favorite game genre?
My favorite video game genre is RPGS especially JRPGS. I love the stories, the world that I can explore, and I do like when I am exploring the game with a party that I can interact with!
Is there a game genre you will never touch, no matter how much praise a game in that genre might receive? What puts you off about it?
I have not played a visual novel yet only because I would like to take part in the story instead of reading it. I do like to read, but I like an active part in video games where I can walk around, battle, and interact with the world around me. That’s not to say that I think visual novels are bad games, they just are not my type of game!
What’s your favorite controller?
I think my favorite controller is the Nintendo Switch JoyCons just because I like that they are versatile! They can be separated from the Switch and can be turned into a controller. They can also be used for multiplayer with friends where one person gets one JoyCon and the other person gets the other JoyCon. I just love how flexible the controller is!
What’s your least favorite controller?
Definitely the Wii controller! I tried it once after I got my Wii U so I could play Skyward Sword on the Wii U. Pointing the Wii remote at the screen to control it was not easy because the Wii remote had to be calibrated and you have to hold it straight so it can be picked up by the sensor but, it is really sensitive to movement which made the Wii remote difficult to control. Also, the nunchuck that came with it was broken because I bought them used at my local game store so it did not work and I could not make Link move. I ended up returning it and the game to my local game store and definitely do not want to try a Wii again!
What game would you like to see get a full-scale remake? Complete with any updated graphics, features, and game mechanics you’d like.
I would love to see an updated Ghost Master game. There was only one made in 2003 and I played it when I was a kid and played it again on Steam. I would love to see how the game would look updated and also what features they could add like maybe extra levels or more ghosts to collect!
How do you approach difficulty levels in games that offer that option? Do you like to jump into the deep end right away or take a more measured approach?
I tend to approach difficulty by choosing easy mode whenever I can. I just like to enjoy the story and want to relax.
How do you feel about the “casual/story mode” difficulty levels that are easier than the standard easy mode? Is there any situation in which you’d play a game in that mode?
I generally do not take this mode despite liking easy mode just because I like a bit of a challenge. Story mode usually would make the game a bit too easy. But, if the game was known to be notoriously difficult even on easy mode I would probably choose story mode.
What do you think about games that are designed to be difficult such as Dark Souls?
What are your thoughts about lootboxes and the lootbox controversy in games?
What do you think about games that have controversy leading up their release such as Borderlands 3? Would you still consider playing a game despite the controversies surrounding it?
What game would you like to made into a TV show or movie like The Witcher?
What game music would you like to be seen turned into a live concert such as the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra?
What video game do you find the most comforting?
what is your favorite part about the blogging community?