Why I Love RPGs

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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 YThe 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.

Setting

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.

Characters

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.

Enemies

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!

Bosses

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.

Plot

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.

Extras

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.

Favorite RPGS

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
  • Persona 5
  • 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?

 

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Fire Emblem Update!

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I am slowly making progress through Fire Emblem: Three Houses! I am really enjoying the story and teaching!

Story

I have stopped someone who was building up an army against the monastery. There is a plot to murder the high priestess Rhea and we are to guard her.

Teaching

Some of my students have reached level 5 and have done certification exams.

Others have asked me to change their goals and I have accepted all changes so far. Linhardt wants to be a Bishop, Hubert wants to focus on ranged spells, and Petra wants to do up close combat and also use use bows.

I have done another group task with Fernidand and Petra to begin to learn how to fly and it has been going well! I am not sure where I want Fernidand to ride or fly which is why I have been switching him between the two group tasks.

Bonding

Characters have started to form bonds which have unlocked Support conversations. I have increased my bonds with Bernadette and Dorthea through combat. Others have increased their bonds through combat, outside activities, or group tasks.

I am hoping to have my character get a C rank with all the characters before Chapter 1 is done, but I am specifically focusing on getting Edelgard to a C rank since she is the house leader. It has proven to be difficult even though I have been putting her in combat near me and have also done activities with her. Hopefully by the end of Chapter 1 I will eventually have a C rank with Edelgard!

Next Fire Emblem Game

I have decided that my next Fire Emblem game will be Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. It started with me finding a random GIF of a Fire Emblem character and showing it to my friend. I found out this was Camilla from the  Fire Emblem: Fates series.

It was at first really confusing because Fates consists of three games. I did not know which one to start with. Because I took an interest in Camilla, I decided to go with Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. My friend has played this game so he offered to help me with strategy if I got stuck.

I am interested in the story of this game because it has something to do with your main character trying to choose between two kingdoms. I chose the kingdom where you were born. It is also apparently the harder game, but I play on easy so it should not be too bad!

How are you all doing in Fire Emblem: Three Houses? What do you think of the game so far?

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My First Fire Emblem Game; Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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I decided to try Fire Emblem: Three Houses mainly due to a friend’s recommendation. My close friend is a huge fan of the Fire Emblem games. When I saw this game, I was intrigued by the story and the three houses concept. I liked the idea of being a teacher; it reminded me of Hogwarts and I am a huge Harry Potter fan! Here are my thoughts on the game!

Story So Far

The three houses come together to teach their students different styles of combat. You are offered a teaching position there after you aid the three leaders of the houses in combat and save Edelgard. I am currently on the first month where my mission will be to fight bandits.

Character Customization

I was surprised that there is some minor character customization! I knew about choosing the gender of my character, but I was also able to pick my character’s name. I decided that Azura would be a great name for my character and it reminds of the daedric princess in Skyrim!

I was also able to pick my birthday! I could have chosen my actual birthday but I liked the idea of the Pegasus moon because I love Pegasus so I chose February!  I enjoyed that I was able to add some personal touch to my character!

Houses

There are three houses to choose from. I went with The Black Eagles. They are known for their history as being the oldest empire. They are also magic users which I loved and I also loved their leader, Edelgard!

The second house I liked was The Blue Lions. They appear to be mainly knights and they fight more close combat. Their leader is Prince Dimitri Blaiddyd.

The last house called The Golden Deer was the youngest and does not have many nobles. This house stuck out the most to me when I saw the trailers. I liked that they followed their own rules. Claude was interesting when I met him since he was more informal than the other house leaders. They specialize in ranged combat which is why I chose not to go with their house. I thought magic could give me up close and ranged combat.

Teachers

I have met three teachers so far. Manuela is interesting so far. She seems to love the spotlight. I also like that she has a flexible career. She is a teacher, a doctor, and a singer (or songstress as they are referred to in this game). I am interested in learning more about her as a character!

Hanneman knows about crests! He seems very knowledgeable and I would love to learn more from him! I hope he can teach more about crests throughout the game! I am also interested in why my crest is unique.

Jeritza is responsible for combat training. He is aloof for now. He does not appear to like conversation. I hope that I can learn more about him throughout the game. For now, he does not really want to talk to me!

Black Eagle Students

Some of these students I know more than others, but I hope to learn more about each of them soon!

Edelgard

Edelgard is the leader and also a student. She is next in line to rule the Adrestian Empire. She seems like she is trying to fit in as a student despite her prestige.

Hubert

Hubert is loyal to Edelgard. He wants to protect her. He appears to also be aloof, but not as bad as Jeritza. I am hoping that he will connect with the other students as well because connection is important for teamwork.

Dorothea

Dorothea is also a songstress. I have not spent too much time with her. What’s most interesting about her is that she is the only commoner in this house. She is known for her singing and she appears to be really sweet! She is a magic user so I hope to increase her magic and hopefully she can learn healing magic.

Ferdinand

I have not spent much time with them. He is a noble and acts like one with his manners. I do believe I gave him a team riding class and he did good. I think I may give him more riding lessons. Maybe he might be a good knight considering he reminds me of Prince Dimitiri of the Blue Lions. He is good with a lance so that would also make him a good knight.

Bernadetta

I have taken a liking to her and really want to help her! She is very shy so she reminds me of me as a kid. I did put her out into combat during the battle against the houses to help build confidence. I’m hoping that she will gain confidence through my teachings!

Caspar

Funny enough I keep thinking his name is Casper because the blue hair reminds me of Casper the ghost! He is way over confident! I am hoping he will mature throughout the game. Right now, every time he sees me, he wants to fight me because he think he can beat me! We’ll see about that. I did put him in one battle and he needs to work on his axe so I am hoping to make him a better fighter.

Petra

I love her violet hair! She has a really cool character design! She is the talk of the game so far due to her eye tattoo. She is really good with a sword as I also had her fight against the three houses. I love that she already does a double attack! She has a slight language barrier where she does mess up phrases, but she is really trying to learn the language! I hope to see her improve in up close combat with more powerful attacks!

Linhardt

I’m not sure what to say about him yet. He comes across as lazy and seems to prefer naps. I’m hoping that I can encourage him to be more studious and help him grow as a character! He also does really well with offensive magic so I hope I can teach him more offensive spells.

Combat

This was originally my least favorite part going into the game. I was not really sure I would like the style of combat with the movement squares and the top down perspective. However, I found that I really enjoy it!

I like that there are different types of terrain which helps me in combat. When you move to a square, you can see if the enemy can attack you. You can also view the whole map to plan out what you are going to do.

I like that there is a forecast on how my attacks will go so I can plan out my attack. I am really enjoying the strategy of the game. I also like the durability aspect so I am discouraged from constantly using combat arts. Combat arts do more damage, but take down the durability of a weapon.

Teaching

I also saw a little bit of the teaching. I was able to do one lesson so I experimented. Your teacher level determines how many students you can teach at a time.  You can plan out which skills you want to improve. The group teaching allows two students to bond and also figure out a skill like horseback riding. I had Ferdinand and Edelgard do horseback riding. They did good, but it would have gotten better if they knew each other more. But, by the end of the week they did have a perfect score!

Students can also take tests to change classes and you can also do seminars for your character to raise skills!

Activities

Fishing

Fishing was a mini game that was simple and fun. You can get fish for food for the dining hall. I was able to do it once as a tutorial

Gardening

You can grow and cultivate plants for further recipes. I like that there is a relaxing section with gardening, but I do wish you could see your garden.

Dining

You can choose you to dine with your students. This allows you to bond with students and increase their motivation. I like that you can see the delicious food and can spend time with your students.

Singing

Another way to bond with students. Two students can sing together. I chose Dorothea because she loves to sing and it would improve her Faith magic.

What do I think of Fire Emblem now?

I really love this game so far and can see why it is such a beloved series! I cannot wait to see more of the game and maybe I will try other Fire Emblem games after this one! Overall, I am really impressed with the game and I enjoy how much strategy is involved with the game!

What do you think of Fire Emblem: Three Houses so far? Let me know in the comments!

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Progress Update!

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I am slowly progressing through the game on my Nintendo 3DS and I have finally caught up to where I was. I remembered when I saw the Telethia that this was where I had to quit and restart the entire game because I was just way too under-leveled.

So now, I have spent time doing most of the side quests and leveling up the characters and giving them the best equipment that I have. I also made sure that they read arts manuals so I could unlock the intermediate arts. This post will highlight my progress since my last Xenoblade Chronicles post.

Satorl Marsh

This area is so pretty! I can only describe it as ethereal and recommend you search for pictures of it! It’s also full of some tough bosses. I had to fight some of them in order to progress to Makna forest and I struggled with them a bit, but after doing more  side quests I finally got better and defeating them!

I mainly helped out some stray Nopon in the area. They’re really cute.

Makna Forest

It’s a forest that is separated by cliffs so you have to walk on narrow bridges, I do not recommend looking down! I also helped Nopon here, but I mainly helped the ones in Frontier village out!

One thing I do not like it a giant dinosaur that’s almost 100 and I am barely 40 so I run when I see it!

I also met Melia here and some guy that looks just like Shulk named Alvis. Melia is a mage in the game and she is so far determined to help her people with the Telethia. Alvis briefly taught a technique and then disappeared so I cannot really say much more about him yet.

Frontier Village

This is a Nopon village inside of a tree! I love it and it looks like such a nice place to live! There are bridges that help the village grow upwards inside the tree. It also has a beautiful clear lake at the bottom of the first level.

The Nopon need so much help, but because of them I have leveled up quickly from doing all of their side quests along Frontier Village and Makna Forest

Colony 6

I am slowly rebuilding Colony 6 and I love helping the people rebuild their city! I struggled at first helping them move because the enemies guarding the bridge were tough and there were multiple enemy types to defeat.

Now I can physically build the colony and invite people into the colony. It is currently almost completely level 2. I cannot make it fully level 2 yet because I need some rare materials.

I do love the reconstruction process because you can physically see the town being rebuilt. It starts out as a pile of rubble, but towns and shops pop up as you increase Colony 6’s level.

Leone Telethia Boss

This boss has two stages! Both times I was doing really well. I was able to strategize my moves to take down it’s health. It was so much easier this time! I did feel bad that the Telethia could not be tamed, but at least Melia was able to avenge her guard’s deaths.

Making Progress is So Rewarding!

I am really excited to see all new scenes after the Telethia boss. I am currently at Eryth sea and Alcamoth. Eryth sea is gorgeous with floating islands and the clear sea. Alcamoth is breathtaking. It is a large palace with clear seas and the colors are mainly white which makes it look ethereal as well. This game does a fantastic job of making these unique locations that do look like they are from another world! It really helps with immersion!

Name a game that you had a tough time progressing through!

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?

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?