Trico and Patience

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I have been trying meditation for my anxiety. I have been using the  Calm app to teach me meditation.  It took time for meditation to start working. Meditation requires patience which can be difficult for someone like me who tends to not take time to sit still and relax. In a way, meditation is like The Last Guardian because the more patience you have with Trico in the game, the easier the game gets just as meditation gets easier with patience.

Meditation Struggles

The struggles began when I started my first meditation. I picked up a class targeted for anxiety instead of a beginner’s course so it did feel frustrating. I tried to do what they said and close my eyes and relax. But the meditation was almost 13 minutes. For someone that’s only done meditation a couple of times, that is a long time to sit there.

So what happened? Well first I decided to do it outside when it was hot so I got overheated. Then I just started feeling restless just sitting there doing nothing. I just did not want to sit still.

Trico Struggles

The beginning stages of handling Trico can also be frustrating. First, you have to get Trico to trust you and he just gets angry. You have to help him out of his chains and feed him so he knows you are not a threat. He learns to follow you, but he is still unsure of you. I gained his trust faster by petting him a lot which seems to make him like you more. I also purposefully looked out for treats because he liked them so much.

Trico also was afraid of water at first. He’s this big animal but water terrifies him. I had to coax him down with food and suddenly the water was not so bad anymore because it had tasty treats!

Meditation Training

So I switched to the 7 Days of Calm beginner session which helped me. I slowly understood how to meditate and how to stay patient. The narrator is aware that restlessness is common so they encourage through the restlessness.

The app is also encouraging because it lets you like your favorite sessions. It also has day streaks of how long you have been meditating and every sessions ends with a beautiful quote. Then there are also daily sessions which are really enjoyable and want you to come back every day.

Trico Training

Once you get far enough in the game, you can teach Trico commands. These can be used to help you get up to platforms that you cannot reach or jump across large chasms.

But, Trico is a wild animal so he may not want to do what you say. However, I found that through attention, such as pets and treats, he would respond to me faster and would help me faster. I would say he might be close to training a real animal.

Meditation Now

I have been doing meditation every day. If I do not do it first thing in the morning, I do it at night before bed. I am on the 21 Days of Calm which is the intermediate course and then from there I will focus on the anxiety courses. It does help me relax and I am trying to take what I learn from the meditation sessions and incorporate them into my life.

A common theme throughout meditation is patience and non-judgement. I have learned to be patient with my anxiety and I have learned to not judge my brain when it gets anxious. Instead I am more compassionate which helps my brain relax faster.

Trico at The End of the Game

Trico was well-trained by the end of the game. My patience and understanding of Trico led me to have a close bond with Trico. Trico would quickly respond to my commands and teamwork led me to complete the game and Trico’s story. I did not struggle with Trico not listening to me because I gave him attention throughout the game even when I did not have to.

Calm Future

I am hoping that through meditation and therapy I will be able to take better care of my anxiety. I want to be more patient with my anxiety and meditation is helping. I would recommend the Calm app and might make a future post about it!

What video game taught you the importance of patience?

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Saints Row The Third and Saints Row IV: The Art of Crazy Fun

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I bought Saints Row The Third: The Full Package on the Nintendo Switch and Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition on Steam last weekend! Both of these games are really fun and they make me laugh and have a good time! They’re both just good games that help you relax and feel good.

Both Saints Rows Games

Character Customization

These games have the best character customization I have ever seen! Basically they literally let you be whomever you want. I also love that you can play as non binary characters because your sex does not constrict what your character wears or looks like. I chose to play a female character who wears feminine clothes, but you do not have to do that if you do not want to!

You can also choose your compliment, taunt, and voice that allows you to interact with NPCs or other players if you do co-op. There’s a unique voice option where you can spend the game playing as a zombie. While it was funny to see how the zombie talked in the customization menu, I went with a female voice.

Car Customization

Once you own a car in the game, whether it be driving it to a garage in Saints Row The Third or just simply pressing a button in Saints Row IV, you can customize them to suit how you want the car to look! You can make them faster, add spoilers or decals, and change the color or how the car looks. They also have radios with really fun music ranging from rap to rock to classical music.

Combat

The combat is these games is really funny. The combat consists of different weapons like typical guns or melee weapons. But, it can also have really crazy ones like Saints Row The Third on the Nintendo Switch gave me a weapon that allows me to summon sharks called Shark-O-Matic! I also have the Dubstep Gun which fights enemies with dubstep in Saints Row IV!

Saints Row The Third

Story So Far

After gaining fame and riches, The Saints decided to steal money from a rich bank. Their plan fails when the bank is owned by a powerful group called The Syndicate. The Syndicate takes away all their money and fame and they must fight back against the Syndicate

Funny Moments

  • The opening where I had to fly down on a parachute to save Shaundi.
  • Finding out that the AI cannot drive in this game. They are always getting into accidents and causing havoc such as cars exploding.
  • Hearing the zombie voice for the first time. I could not stop laughing!
  • Signing fan autographs on the street.
  • Seeing that the police in this game tend to cause more havoc than good. There have been times where I have seen the police attack other NPCs in cars because of car accidents.

Saints Row IV

Story So Far

After saving the United States from a nuclear bomb, you are now the President of the United States! You are also terrible at your job. Aliens come to Earth and decided to take over Steelport. They have trapped you in a simulation world and you have to get out and fight aliens to save your country.

Funny Moments

  • Disabling a nuclear bomb to “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith.
  • Being able to sign a bill called “Fuck Cancer”.
  • Nolan North is now the unique voice option instead of zombie.
  • The 50’s sitcom simulation where you walk around in an exaggerated happy walk.
  • Climbing my first huge tower in Steelport.

Simulation and Powers

This game is really enjoyable because Steelport is a simulation. Characters and cars will sometimes change to looking like they are simulated. The water is obviously fake and looks like it is simulated as well.

Because the world is fake, you can get super powers like running and jumping! This allows you to maneuver the world fast and finding data clusters allows you to unlock more powers.

Let’s Have Fun

Both of these games are really fun to play! They are filled with so much fun that I tend to spend time exploring the world and finding new cars or clothes. I have been distracted by how much fun I am having so I need to play through the story. But, if the side quests and the story that I have seen so far lets me know that Saints Row The Third: The Full Package  and Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition are going to be crazy, funny, and keep me entertained!

Have you played Saints Row The Third or Saints Row IV?

Childhood Favorites: The Simpsons: Hit and Run

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I had The Simpsons: Hit and Run on PC when I was a kid. The funny story is that I actually took it from my brother once he finished the game. My brother is a couple years older than me so he was around the age to be playing a Teen rated game but I was 9!

This means that I learned how to say “Get off the road, Jackass!” before I could actually drive from playing this game! Luckily, I never repeated it until I was old enough to drive and understand that sometimes people just can’t drive!

This is a game I mostly remember fondly except for some difficult missions! It was fun, the dialogue was funny although did go over my head because I was 9 and this was more targeted for people who were fans of The Simpsons TV show which I was too young for!

Plot

Somethings weird is going on in Springfield surrounding a new drink called Buzz Cola. There are bee security cameras and strange trucks and it’s up to the Simpsons to figure out what is going on in their town!

Driving

There are different cars to drive in the game that are unlocked through missions, buying them with in-game currency, or finding secret cars in the different stages of the game!

Each car has different skills such as speed and handling. Cars can be repaired with wrenches throughout the stages or if they are destroyed they can be repaired by paying a fine.

There are cops in the game that are triggered by demolishing property or hitting people. There is a meter that builds up and if the meter goes red the cops will come after you! I remember the cops being hard to get away from in the game because they would drive fast and destroy your car and you would have to pay them a fine!

I also remember getting into trouble a lot because if you demolished property you would get coins! I was a ruthless child!

Levels

There are seven levels in the game and each level consists of different missions. The first level is the introduction to the game where you play as Homer hearing about Buzz Cola on TV. The second level is where you play as Bart in a different area of Springfield causing general mayhem. The third level involves Lisa in another area of Springfield trying to find Bart who has gone missing.

The fourth level takes place in the introduction area of the game where Bart has been found and Marge wants to know why her son appears to be brainwashed. The fifth level features Apu who is back to the second area in the game investigating Buzz Cola. The sixth level features Bart who is now normal investigating the area where Lisa was because he wants the world to know what’s going on with Buzz Cola. The final level is back to the first area in the game with Homer dealing with a town that is now been turned into a Halloween town on Halloween and is taking down Buzz Cola to save Springfield!

Favorite Moments

  • Interactions with characters like when Marge tells Homer he ate Lisa’s science project
  • Homer’s dialogue when you mess up driving: “Ow my ass!” “Get off the road, jackass!”
  • All of the music in the game
  • “S-M-R-T” mission where you had to race the principal to school
  • Racing mini games

Least Favorite Moments

  • “Monkey See Monkey D’oh” where you have to find all the monkeys before the timer runs out and it’s very difficult to do
  • Final mission which is a timed mission where you have to collect nuclear waste and drive to a spaceship

Fun Racing and Exploration Game

I loved this game as a kid and I mostly have fond memories of it despite some difficult missions! The game was funny and I enjoyed driving and causing mayhem in Springfield! I also enjoyed exploring the levels to collect coins and cards in the game! I remember replaying the game a few times and it’s one of my favorite games I played even though I was too young for it at the time!

Have you played The Simpsons: Hit and Run? What did you think of the game? What were some of your favorite childhood game?

 

Assassin’s Creed: Origins – A Journey Through Egypt

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I got Assassin’s Creed: Origins after it came out and also after enjoying Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. I really enjoyed the emotional story of this game! I also enjoyed exploring Egypt and seeing the pyramids!

Story

The story revolves around Bayek the Medjay, a protector. Bayek’s son was murdered and he seeks revenge on those who murdered his son. The story is fantastic and keeps you hooked until it’s conclusion!

Changes from Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

  • Perception is done through an eagle that explores the area
  • A horse or camel that Bayek owns can be used to travel around the world as well as ships

I loved the use of an eagle to look around areas, I loved being able to control an eagle and see the world from an eagle’s perspective! I also loved being able to ride a horse or camel around town because I actually did horseback riding when I was younger! I never competed, but I enjoyed taking time to take care of horses and learn to ride them at a local barn.

 Favorite Moments

Meeting Cleopatra

Meeting Cleopatra was amazing! She was a fun character to interact with and I loved the scenes that she was in! The only time I stopped liking her was towards the end due to plot reasons that I will not spoil.

Meeting Caesar

I was also surprised that I was meeting Caesar in this game! I enjoyed being a part of his story! I was also surprised that I was part of a major historical moment that I will not spoil, but it was really interesting to see how the game twisted the story to fit with the plot of the game!

His depiction was interesting and I ended up not liking him at the end again for plot reasons! I made a joke to my friend during this revelation that I liked Caesar salad better than Caesar because I love corny jokes!

Bayek’s Character

I really enjoyed all of the interactions with Bayek and learning more about him as a person. I found him to have a great amount of both courage and honor. He also genuinely wants to help the people of Egypt.

What Makes This Game So Special?

This is something I will not spoil, but will only elude to so skip this section if you want to. This games takes place at the earliest timeline in the Assassin’s Creed series. A major reveal happens and I loved it! It changed how I saw the logo of the game and I loved that!

Journey Through Historical Egypt

I really enjoyed this game and how much it focused on one character’s personal journey! I also loved the emphasis on exploration with the questions marks on the map. I loved the side quests where I could help the people of Egypt.

Aya, Bayek’s wife, also had a couple of scenes that focuses on combat on ships. I struggled with this combat a bit, but I still enjoyed those little sections as well!

This game is fun for anyone who has wanted to see a depiction of Ancient Egypt or just wants an emotionally gripping story!

Have you played Assassin’s Creed: Origins? What did you think of the game?

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life – A Thrilling Conclusion to Kiryu’s Story

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I was so excited to play Yakuza 6 after beating Yakuza 0!  I wanted to see how Kiryu’s story would end!

 Story

The story starts out peacefully. Kiryu has returned home after serving time in prison. But, the girl he raised named Haruka is missing. After searching for Haruka and finding out that not only does she have a son, but someone is trying to kill her and her son, Kiryu goes on a journey to find the father of Haruka’s son and also find out who is after Haruka and her child!

Rock the Controller!

This was one of the funniest parts of the game! Because Kiryu is taking care of a small child, you do sometimes have to take the child out on walks and stop to comfort him. You have to physically rock the controller up and down and from side to side like you would an actual baby! I felt ridiculous rocking a PlayStation 4 controller, but I did manage to soothe the baby and maybe the controller felt soothed as well!

Cat Cafe

One of my favorite side quests! A man wants to own a cat cafe, but he does not actually have any cats because cats don’t like him. So Kiryu must feed stray cats and take them to the cat cafe. I loved helping stray cats! I also loved that you got to visit them and they would be happy to see you! You can also feed the cats at the cafe!

Spear Fishing

I loved the fishing side quest although I did not finish it! It was fun to explore the ocean and catch fish even thought the path was linear. I also loved that you could collect treasure and there was a big fish to fight and catch at the end!

Favorite Side Quests

I Hiji

This one was so creepy! It was like my worst nightmare imaging AI trying to take over the world! But, it was also funny that Kiryu finally gets a smart phone and now his smart phone has been invaded by intelligent AI! He was so confused!

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

I loved this movie so it was so cool to see it referenced in my favorite video game series! The side quest was entertaining and a treat to anyone who knew the movie it was referencing!

The Curse of Onomichi

This was a really cool and spooky side quest. The Yakuza games tend to be as realistic as possible so it was fun seeing ghosts in the game and fighting ghosts!

Oh No! It’s Ono Michio!

This one deserves a big heading because it is my top favorite moment in the game! This side quest had me crying from laughter and I loved telling my friend about what I was seeing!

So Kiryu is convinced by a desperate man to be a mascot and he has to be cute like a mascot so he has to say things like “oh no” and strike a cute pose! It was so funny seeing this tough character just say “oh no” especially when kids were hitting him! The other funny part was that one of the kids had a voice actor that was definitely not a child so he sounded much more grown up than the other children did!

My second favorite part was you have to do a talk show. One of the questions was what does Ono Michio like to eat? Now you are supposed to talk about ramen because he has a ramen hat on his head, but there was an answer you could pick about liking sexy women so I picked that! It was so funny seeing the kids and adults react to a child’s mascot saying something inappropriate!

Thrilling Conclusion

The story has many twists, my favorite was who Haruka’s father was and an unexpected betrayal that occurs withing the story that I will not spoil. I also will not spoil the ending but I did like the ending! The ending was not what I expected would happen, but I found it to be fitting for Kiryu’s character.

Yakuza 6: Fun For Everyone

I highly recommend playing the conclusion to the Yakuza games featuring Kiryu! There are so many fun things to do in the game like karaoke and the cat cafe. I also loved the story and some of the side quests!

Have you played Yakuza 6? What did you think of the game?

Yakuza Kiwami 2: The Battle Between the Dragons

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The plot of Yakuza Kiwami 2 takes place after Yakuza Kiwami. I loved this game and the story! The game has a similar style to the previous games with a serious main story and ridiculous side quests!

Story

The story follows Kiryu after he decides to step down from being a yakuza to live a normal life. He gets dragged back into helping the yakuza after his replacement is murdered. This is also the story of Kiryu versus Ryuiji who both have dragon tattoos on their backs.

The plot of the game is complex involving different clans and gangs with many surprises int the plot. I found the story to be entertaining and was excited to see how the story progressed!

Favorite Side Quests

Be My Baby

This side quest is very strange, but also funny. It involves Kiryu taking on men dressed as actual babies! I could not stop laughing about how ridiculous it was to see Kiryu fighting grown men dressed as babies!

The Name of Art

Kiryu is modeling in this side quest. It is funny because you can pick his poses and I picked some really funny ones like I got him to do a cute maid pose!

Kazuma Kiryu: Professional Voice Actor

Kiryu is pushed to do voice acting by a desperate man who needs a voice actor for a video game. I loved that Kiryu had no idea what the plot of the video game was until he got there and that I could also choose his dialogue! I also loved the meta part of this side quest of a voice actor playing a character, Kiryu, who is voice acting as a high school student

Fun Moment

My favorite moment is the game was I was playing while I was talking with a friend of mine on the phone. I came across a side quest where a guy wanted me to hit him and his name was Mr. Try and Hit Me. I was laughing and I made my friend laugh too. I also like that this guy was so easy because I hit him once and beat the side quest!

Bonus: Majima’s Chapters

These bonus part of the games follows Majima while Kiryu’s replacement, Terada, is in charge. It was fairly short, only a few hours long, but it was enjoyable.

The only downside is Majima is already fully leveled up so he will not learn new moves. The game makes up for this by adding bosses you can fight as you play through Majima’s short story. I loved Majima’s fighting style because he is more chaotic and fast than Kiryu is.

The best part of this bonus content was something that I cannot spoil. All I can say is a major character from Majima’s story in Yakuza 0  comes back! The conclusion was really sweet and I cried over the ending!

Fiery Ending

I loved the concept of the story of the two dragons fighting. The final boss was quite difficult! First of all, there are multiple final bosses, not just one. On top of that, the last final boss has so many health bars that there were not enough colored bars to depict his health so it took time for his health bar to change colors.

The only thing I did not like is you have to defeat the boss with a QTE which I missed because I did not hit the button fast enough. When that happened, I had to restart the entire boss fight! Luckily, I was able to beat the boss the second time around!

I highly recommend this game to anyone who loves the Yakuza games and has played Yakuza Kiwami. This game is a direct sequel to Yakuza Kiwami so playing this first game will help you understand the context of this game!

Have you played Yakuza Kiwami 2? What did you think of the game?

 

Yakuza Kiwami: A Fantastic Drama

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I started Yakuza Kiwami after I finished Yakzua 6 (which I will do a review on in the future). I did a previous post on Yakuza Kiwami focusing on Majima Everywhere which I thought was a fun feature. The entire game had a great story that kept me hooked until the very end.

Majima Everywhere Progress

I reached the S ranking by the time I finished the game, but I did not complete it. I did not go any further because I had reached the end of the game and really wanted to finish the story. I loved that by the time I reached S rank, Majima would pop up everywhere. He would not come out of sewers, corners, or walk up right behind me to surprise me. I also liked the challenge because he had multiple health bars. I thoroughly enjoyed having this feature in the game because I love Majima as a character and also loved the challenge of fighting him!

Story

The story begins with Kiryu going to prison for a crime his brother Nishiki committed. After being released from prison, he finds out that Nishiki has become a completely different person and his clan has lost 10 billion yen. He also finds a young girl named Haruka lost on the streets who is looking for her mother and he decides to help her because the yakuza are after her. The story is really heart breaking, but it is also captivating so you just want to keep playing. The heart breaking moments come from seeing Kiryu’s brother completely change and other moments in the story that had me crying.

Side quests

The side quests in Yakuza are always entertaining and unique. Here are some of my favorites:

Bump and Scam

These are several side quests that involve some gangs attempting to scam people by pretending that you hurt them by walking into them. Kiryu would get angry and fight them and they would always run away and get scared, but then they would come back and the repetition made the side quest funny!

The Little Match Girl

This one was so heartfelt. A girl was selling matches from her family so she could afford a gift for someone she loved. I just really wanted to help her because she was so kind!

Bad Ass Dads

A really hilarious side quest! A reporter is reporting on a phenomenon of girls being attracted to bad ass dads. Kiryu competes with two other characters in the game who are fathers in a competition to find out who is the most bad ass dad. It was really entertaining to see men getting caught up in a really funny competition and I also loved picking the answers that would make Kiryu win.  Kiryu won because I picked the right answers and all the other fathers were disappointed.

Favorite Moments

I loved how Kiryu and Haruka interacted. Kiryu became like a father figure to her and looked out for her. I ended up loving her too so I would always be worried about her and wanted to make sure she was safe like Kiryu. Any time she was in trouble Kiryu and I would both rush in to save her.

I also loved the ending. The ending was very emotional. Nishiki comes back in the final scenes and I will not spoil what happens. All I can say was I was crying both from the sadness of the final scene, but also the hope. The game also made my cry and gave me chills when the credits played a cover of “Amazing Grace.” This song was perfect for that final scene and wrapped up the game perfectly. I felt comforted by hearing one of my favorite songs play as the credits rolled.

Highly Recommended

I would recommend this game if you love action games. I would also recommend this game if you love stories with drama since the main story is very dramatic. It is also a very unique game that combines a drama filled plot with humorous side quests and activities like arcade games and karaoke.

Have you played Yakuza Kiwami? What did you think of the game?