Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Second Chances

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I got Xenoblade Chronciles 3D shortly after I got my new Nintendo 3DS XL which was in college. I did really enjoy the game, but I got stuck and eventually got frustrated. I decided to replay it after I got Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and now the game is much easier and more enjoyable!

What Caused the Problem?

The major issue was grinding. I was very under leveled and only beat Xord because the game bugged out and froze the boss! These games make grinding super easy, all you have to do is do the side quests. But, I was rushing to see the main plot and that left me under leveled and not prepared for anything.

These games also all involve strategy which I forgot about quickly. First you need to know how attacks will affect an enemy. You also need to pay attention to leveling up your skills and putting gems in equipment to make your equipment stronger.  I completely forgot that I was supposed to level up skills and that I could create gems! It was just me though, the game has a manual and tutorials that are built to help you if you get stuck!

How far did I get?

I stopped when I was supposed to rebuild Colony 6 because from there the side quests got so difficult because I was so under leveled that I really could not progress.

Second Chance

Taking the game slow is going so well. I love it so much more now! I love all the side quests and I love just taking the time to explore all of the areas in the game!

The game is not that hard when you try to understand it! Doing the side quests, leveling up your skills, and making sure you’re making gems that will help you makes the game so much easier.

Also I love the side quests because when I do them, I help the people in the colonies get along better! The games focuses on bonds so leveling up the bonds between the colonies and your party through quests or combat is crucial! I love that about the game!

How far am I now?

I am slowly getting to where I was. I beat Xor although it took 3 tries at the correct level! But, I realized I forgot to level up my skills before the fight so after I did that, he became much easier!

I have also completed all of the side quests that I could! I got introduced to adorable characters and fought some challenging optional bosses which were so much fun!

Second Chances

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D definitely deserved a second chance! When you take the time to play it and explore it, the game is so much more fun than rushing it! I am loving it so much more now that I am not rushing to finish the main plot of the game. Sometimes giving something a second chance is a great idea!

Have you ever given any games a second chance? Did you start enjoying the game the second time around?

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Is Xenoblade Chronicles X Still Worth Playing in 2019?

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This is what I was thinking about when I was considering getting Xenoblade Chronicles X on my Wii U. I knew it was a massive open world game. I also knew there was an online component with Blades, but I did not have to participate in it if I did not want to because the game can be single player. I was interested in it since I have Xenoblade Chronicles 3D on the Nintendo 3DS and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on the Nintendo Switch.

I decided to get it on Monday after I received a GameStop gift card for my birthday last week! So here are my impressions after spending some time with the game.

Story

Humans had to escape earth after aliens attacked their ship. They land on a foreign planet and are trying to survive in the new planet and look for survivors. The Blades are responsible for helping with survival on Earth with 8 divisions.

Divisions

I chose the Interceptor division because I thought it would be best for single player because it mainly involves fighting enemies and completing missions.

The other divisions range from exploration, to fighting, to collecting materials, to installing data probes, and helping with teamwork. This is where the multiplayer aspect comes in, but I have set my game currently to be as private as possible so I cannot comment on the multiplayer. I just like playing by myself since I am not used to playing multiplayer games and the game will easily let you play single player if you turn off social settings!

Character Customization

I loved that in this Xenoblade Chronicles game you can customize your character! You can choose how their face looks, the color of their hair, skin, and eyes, makeup, and their voice. I made my character have red hair with purple tips, purple eyes, black eye makeup that looks like a mask, and a warrior style voice.

Combat

I recommend reading the manual to better understand combat and the game in general, but so far it is fun! I like that you can target on different parts of enemies. I also love that you automatically get a ranged and a melee weapon so you can switch from fighting far away to fighting close.

The combat music is also really good! The music in general is great in this game! I also love exploring and fighting various enemies as you explore.

Things I Like

  • Character customization
  • The combat is fun and engaging
  • I love the various enemies I have seen especially since some enemies are huge and I cannot wait to fight them
  • The music is really great, I love the music style in this game
  • Massive world that should be really fun to explore
  • Learning about the story and progressing through the story

Minor Things I Noticed

  1. The disc version of the game which I have comes with free DLC to make it load faster. Getting all of the DLC packs took up a lot of space which I did not mind because I do not want to get any games online for the Wii U. These only make the game take less time to load and there is only one essential pack to get so only getting the essential pack will save up space on the Wii U.
  2. Miiverse is gone so Blade Reports are unavailable for new gamers such as myself. Since I am not a fan of multiplayer games, this does not bother me, but I do think it is worth mentioning to new players.

So Is It Worth Playing?

Definitely! It’s so much so far and I am only on Chapter 3! The game has been fun and engaging. I love the combat, I love that I can create my own character, I love the massive open world I can explore! I cannot wait to play more of this game!

Have you played Xenoblade Chronicles X? What did you think of the game?

 

 

The Elder Scrolls 25th Anniversary!

I am a new fan of The Elder Scrolls games. I first got Skyrim on my Switch last year and I just got Oblivion on my PC last weekend so I could play the previous games! This post is dedicated to why I love this series so far!

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Music

The theme in this game is amazing and really hyped me up to begin the game! Besides the theme, I love the soothing overworld theme that makes you feel like you are on a peaceful adventure. It calms me to hear the overworld theme as soon as the game loads!

Environment

Skyrim is full of mountains and beautiful cities. There are some snowy areas, but there are also beautiful houses next to water. I love finding the new houses in the game so I can live in the different environments in the game! I love having a house with a large backyard by a body of water like Lakeview Manor!

Roleplaying

Character creation is detailed so not only can I choose the race of my character, I can also choose what they are going to look like. I spent several minutes figuring out what to make my Khajiit look like; her face, her marking, any earrings.

I also like that you can roleplay your character to be whoever you want them to be. The races help figure out roleplaying like a Khajiit tends to be sneaky so I know that my character would be stealth based. I also tried to play her as a chaotic good character so she mostly tries to do the right thing

Simulation

Skyrim can be pretty much whatever you want it to be! It does have a main story to follow, but I also like just relaxing in the game. I remember saving up money to buy a horse by chopping wood for a while and I thoroughly enjoyed just relaxing and chopping up wood so I could buy a horse!

You can also choose a home to live in and have a family. I decided to get married in the gmae and get a house because I found an orphan in Whiterun named Lucia that really needed a home. I wanted her to have a good life so I went to find someone to marry and found a home with a children’s room so she could live a happy life. I also enjoy bringing her gifts and playing hide and seek with her so I know that she’s happy!

Quests

I love the quests in this game! I love that you can just walk around town and find quests. Currently I am trying to figure out what caused a fire to happen in Morthal. My favorite quest so far was “A Night to Remember” where I met Sam who was actually the daedric prince of debauchery. He told me to drink and my character blacked out and I had to find out everything that I did. He rewarded me for my troubles with the Sanguine Rose!

Oblivion            

Music

I also love the overworld music in this game! The music also soothes me and relaxes me while I play. The combat music is intense and really prepares you for a fight!

Environment

I love the lush green hills and the big cities so far. The game is older, but it still beautiful! It feels like you are in the countryside or like the landscapes in The Lord of the Rings.

Roleplaying

Character creation is limited, but it is nice to have fewer options sometimes. This time I decided to play as a Redguard. I also decided to use lighter armor instead of heavier armor. I am also playing a sneak style character since I started with The Thieves Guild right away although I still need to finish all of the quests in the storyline.

Story so far

So far I have been exploring towns so I do not know much of the main quest. I was told to find Uriel Septim’s heir and give him an heirloom.

Quests

My favorite quest so far was Paranoia. I went to a town to find a specialist in Ninroot and was immediately greeted by an elf who told me that he was being followed. So I earnestly decided to help. I spoke with the person he told me to follow and she said that the elf was really nice but was following her. I then was approached by a guard who told me that the elf was crazy. I decided to go along with his scheme so I could report him to the guard. Well good thing I agreed because he was so paranoid he wanted to hurt the people he thought were following him! I reported him to the guard and that was the end of the paranoid elf!

I loved that the side quest could easily be done multiple ways especially if you believed him! I genuinely enjoyed how creative the quest was!

Happy Anniversary

I love this game series so far! I find the games to be relaxing and a joy to play! I love that you can roleplay as multiple characters and pick different choices. I also love that the games are filled with lore from dialogue or from reading books. It’s clear that a lot of thought went into the lore and story of these games! Overall, these games are a great way to relax and explore an expansive fantasy world!

Have you played any Elder Scrolls games? What do you think of the series?

Things to Do in Ancient Greece: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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I have been playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on the PlayStation 4 and I love it! I am playing as Kassandra and I just finished the game on Tuesday! This post discusses some fun aspects of what you can do in the game in a fun travel guide post!

Romantic Getaway

Ancient Greece is very romantic and you are sure to find someone here! Kassandra has found plenty of people she loves in Greece and she does love being a romantic! Come find love in Greece!

Sightseeing

Ancient Greece is beautiful so enjoy the beautiful landscape and skies as you climb mountains to unlock fast travel. Hope you aren’t afraid of heights!

Although be sure not to anger the Spartans since Kassandra and I did witness them attacking a chicken for pecking them!

Also watch out for floating goats! Kassandra and I were quite shocked when we witnessed goats floating and dropping from the sky because they did not understand how to swim in the water near a romantic beach!

Hunting

There are legendary animals in Ancient Greece you can hunt to satisfy a goddess and woo a priestess! These hunts are very difficult, but rewarding if you do enjoy a good hunt! The animals are massive and can deal a lot of damage if you are not careful!

There is also a hunt for an underground cult attempting to ruin Ancient Greece! Kassandra and I greatly enjoyed those and destroyed the cult!

The cult members are hidden and take time to uncover. Their battles can be intense unless the cultists anger the Spartans and the Spartans do all the work for you which made two cult bosses very easy!

Patriotism

You can also help the Spartans or Athenians win Ancient Greece! Take part in battles and show your strength as a warrior! The soldiers will greatly appreciate any help you can give!

Sailing

Does fighting or hunting not appeal to you? Don’t worry there’s plenty of sailing you can do! Gather a crew, upgrade your ship, and sail to explore all of Ancient Greece and it’s islands!

You can customize your ship however you would like! Kassandra and I have a Siren ship with the Daughters of Artemis crew so we have a ship full of bad ass women! We considers ourselves to be the sirens of Ancient Greece!

Battleship

If you enjoy this board game, you’ll definitely enjoy taking down evil ships in Ancient Greece! If someone comes after you or you meet pirates, you can sink their ships and board the sinking ships to get loot! Just make sure that you don’t get your ship sunk!

Olympics

Compete in the original Olympics! Fight your way to the top and make Sparta proud! Winning requires skills as Kassandra proved by winning the Olympics and beating men three times her size!

Arena

Olympics not good for you? Well, prove yourself in the arena! Fight your way through several stages and prove that you are the strongest warrior! Fight through several stages of warriors until you reach the boss of each stage! Fight through all the bosses and prove yourself to be the Hero of the Arena!

Play Your Trip Now

See Ancient Greece in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey! It is the perfect getaway during these colder months and you might have a big adventure filled with action and romance!

Are you going to visit Ancient Greece in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey? If you have already visited, what did you think of your stay?

 

 

Kingdom Hearts 3: The Long Awaited Conclusion!

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I finished Kingdom Hearts 3 on the PlayStation 4 recently and wanted to do a full review of the game! I mostly really enjoyed the game, but I did wish there was more content. Spoilers are here so don’t read if you haven’t finished the game!

Plot

The full plot was engaging and kept me hooked up until the end! I was excited to finally beat Xenahort! The plot mainly did tie up loose ends except for anything to do with the Master of Masters. I’m assuming this means that this will either be covered in the next saga of Kingdom Hearts.

I liked that the plot was filled with emotional moments and there felt like there was so much at stake for the characters especially in the Keyblade Graveyard!

Disney Worlds

These felt different this time around. They were fully developed stories, but they were also short. Usually the worlds would be visited at least twice so I wanted to explore the Disney worlds more, but the plot is told in one sitting.  I feel like this was done because the emphasis of the plot was on Xenahort and not Disney this time around. But, I still miss spending more time in the Disney worlds.

Where this really showed was in The Caribbean world. They attempted to put a fairly complicated plot in a short trip. This could really confuse those who haven’t seen Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Please let me know in the comments if you understood the plot of this story without having seen this film! I saw this film years ago in theaters with my mom!

Bosses

Disney

I enjoyed the Disney bosses. My favorite was the Ice Wolf boss in Arendelle. I loved the design of the boss! My least favorite was the Kraken boss fight because it was just fighting tentacles until the health drained. Honorable mention goes to the Doll boss in Toy Box for freaking me out and making me want to beat it the fastest because the flying doll really creeped me out!

End Game

These boss fights were really interesting. Fighting Ansem, Xemnas, and Young Xenahort all at once was really difficult! I had to really watch my health! That was probably the most challenging boss fight for me!

As for Xenahort, I enjoyed fighting him the final time when he was in his human form! His magic was powerful and it felt so good to finally defeat him! I also loved the ending where Donald and Goofy’s voices come in through the PlayStation 4 controller!

Ending

The ending was not what I had expected. I was expecting all loose threads to be tied up, but there still are mysteries surrounding the Master of Masters, the black box, and what will happen to Sora.

The story also ended with tragedy because Sora sacrifices himself to save Kairi so they never do end up together after finally figuring out their true feelings. I am anxious to find out if Sora can be saved in another game! I am hoping that it does not end there!

Things I Missed From Previous Games

  1. Multiple secret bosses

Usually there are multiple bosses to fight before seeing the final boss. From what I understand there is only one secret boss so no fighting Sephiroth.

  1. The Colosseum

I loved the challenges and bosses you faced in this section! There are little battlegates you can do and I did do one of them, but I miss fighting Hades and Final Fantasy characters at the Colosseum in Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and Kingdom Hearts 2.5!

Final Thoughts

Overall this was a really great game and a good way to finish off Xenahort. I liked that it ended peacefully with Xenahort and Eraqus. I do wish the Colosseum was brought back and there were more bosses to fight, but I do still love the game! I am hoping that in a next game we will be able to save Sora!

What did you think of Kingdom Hearts 3! Let me know!

Kingdom Hearts 3: Lessons in Friendship

A major theme that was present in the Disney worlds in Kingdom Hearts 3 was love. In my case, I wanted to apply this concept to friendship since this series allowed me to get closer to one of my closest friends! There will be spoilers for some of the Disney world plots of Kingdom Hearts 3!

Tox Box

Buzz, Andy, and the toys have been separated from Andy and are trying to find him. Sora, Donald, and Goofy team up to help them.

The first point about friendship comes from when Buzz almost get turned to darkness by Young Xenahort. Woody’s strong bond to Buzz allows him to save Buzz from being consumed by darkness. This reminds me of how friends are there for you during hard times. Friends provide comfort when times are tough and the love of a friendship can keep your heart strong! When I get anxious , I talk to my friend and the comfort of having that friendship always makes me feel better!

The second point about friendship comes from the end of the plot. Buzz and Woody are still far away from Andy, but they point out that Andy is in their hearts. My friend and I live a few hours away from each other, but we still have that close connection that we had when we were in college together!

Arendelle

This world revolves around the plot of Frozen. Sora, Donald, and Goofy meet Elsa who has run away to isolate herself from others and they team up with Anna, Sven, Olaf, and Kristoff to help Elsa.

At the end of the story, Anna is turned to ice, but she is saved by Elsa’s love. This relates to the saying that love can heal a frozen heart. When I got to this scene, I loved that it was not romantic love that saved Anna, but the love of a sister. This scene made me think that all love is an amazing thing to have in your life. I have not experience romantic love either, but I have experienced the love of friends and family and that is a really great gift to have in my life!

Hundred Acre Woods

This was mainly comprised of helping Rabbit with his garden so he could give honey to Pooh. What struck me was the ending. Whinnie the Pooh says that at one point he felt separated from Sora and that he did not want to lose Sora again. He realizes that Sora will stay in his heart.

When I was about to leave college, I worried that my friend and I would lose how close we were over time. But we are still really close and my friend sometimes comes up to visit. We are still close in each other’s hearts no matter how far away we are!

What Kingdom Hearts 3 Teaches About Love and Friendship

  • Bonds between close friends remain close no matter how far the distance
  • A strong bond like friendship is comforting
  • Love is a strong force that can be healing

What do you think of Kingdom Heart 3‘s themes? There will be one more post on Kingdom Hearts 3 coming up! I wanted to write a post on this because I kept talking about this with my friend when we were both playing through the game. Next up will be a full review highlighting the pros and cons of this game and then you can finally stop hearing me ranting about Kingdom Hearts 3! 

 

Favorite and Least Favorite Kingdom Hearts 3 Worlds

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I have played through all of the Disney and Pixar worlds in Kingdom Hearts 3 for the PlayStation 4! I finished the game last night! I wanted to talk about my favorite Kingdom Hearts 3 worlds! There will be spoilers in this post! 

Favorite World:

Kingdom of Corona

I loved the environments of this world! I also loved that Rapunzel played a role in the story and fought with a frying pan! I also really loved the festival of lights scene! The story was emotional and had me crying! The final boss was also pretty cool consisting of Mother Gothel turning into a tree-like heartless!

Least Favorite World:

The Caribbean

I was not a fan of the big empty world. Now this could be because I was spoiled by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey right before I started playing Kingdom Hearts 3. I also felt that the map could be confusing since there was no way to mark where you wanted to go on the map. I also found the race scene at the beginning to be frustrating and I was only playing on easy mode. I struggled with trying to keep up with Luxord’s ship, but I eventually figured it out.

Honorable Mentions:

Toy Box

I loved the original story! I also loved the environments like the toy store! I loved how the theme of friendship was explored in this series through the toys being separated from Andy. I originally did not like that the story ended with the toys not finding Andy, but that is resolved in the game’s credits.

Arendelle

I really enjoyed this world! I was impressed that they were able to incorporate the whole “Let it Go” song into the game! I also loved that the final boss was a really big ice wolf! I also loved the message about true love and friendship!

What were your favorite and least favorite world in Kingdom Hearts 3?