My Top Ten Games of the Decade

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Happy New Year everyone! This was a fun list to do, even thought it was hard to number everything! These games were games I loved and have special memories with!

10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

This is the only game on this list that I haven’t finished, but I think it should be on here! I just love that it encourages exploring, there are memorable side quests, and it’s also kinda like the Sims where you built a family and get a house. I definitely am glad I got this on the Switch and I really enjoy playing it!

9. Yakuza 0

This is the game that got me into the Yakuza series. I loved playing as Kiryu and Majima! I also loved the activities like disco and karaoke. The story is great because it’s very emotional, but also breaks things up with funny side quests. This was not a game I was sure I would like, but I am definitely glad I decided to play it!

8. Final Fantasy XV

This game was the first game I ever played on my PlayStation 4! I got the PlayStation 4 bundled with this game so it is decorated like Final Fantasy XV! This is also the series that got me into Final Fantasy. I loved the music and the story and loved the story of three friends going on a journey together!

7. Super Mario Odyssey

I really enjoyed this game! I loved exploring the worlds and collecting moons. The game was really relaxing and just made me smile. It was also the first game that I beat on the Nintendo Switch.

6. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

I really wanted to put this game on the list as I feel it is an important game to play. This game allows you to understand what it is like to have a mental illness like schizophrenia. I was impressed that the developers worked hard to make sure that their game accurately represented schizophrenia.

5. Nier Automata

This game was just amazing! I loved the story, the side quests, the multiple endings. I loved playing this game and the story definitely made me cry a few times! I am really glad I got to experience this game!

4. Zero Horizon Dawn

I loved Aloy! It was fun playing as her and exploring the world! I loved that I got to define her character based on my actions. I also loved battling the different robots.

3. Persona 5

I loved the characters, the music, the combat, and the story! This game was so much fun! I loved taking down palaces to change the world for the better and the twists in the story.

2. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Playing as Kassandra and exploring ancient Greece was amazing! I also loved the branching story paths and how things would change depending on what you did during the story. I loved how Assassin’s Creed was changed for this entry!

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

This is my top game of the decade! I loved this game; I loved Geralt! I loved that there were different choices to make, the multiple side quests like contracts, and the main story was really fun. The expansions were fantastic too! This is the game that got me into The Witcher game series, book series, and now the Netflix show.

What were your top 10 games of the decade? Did any of yours make this list?

This is art, not real life’s Analysis of Futaba and Mental Health

This article contains significant plot spoilers for Persona 5 Persona 5 is a game that I have quite a bit to say about. In the pipeline I am planning on publishing articles giving my impressions on the game as well as a deep dives into how they explore concepts of identity. I have not yet completed […]

via Mental Health in Video Games: Persona 5 — This is art, not real life.

Aaron from This is art, not real life wrote this thoughtful post on Futaba’s Palace in Persona 5. This was one of my favorite Palaces in the game because Futaba wants to change herself. I enjoyed how Aaron analyzed mental health in video games and looking forward to reading more posts on metal health in video games from him! Read the post here!

Music in Games: Persona 5

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I loved the songs in Persona 5! I love their lyrics and how upbeat and inspiring they can be. I wanted to talk about music in games since I love music. I have been playing piano since I was around 5 and electric guitar for about a year. I also took singing lessons for a year and did choir for a couple of years in college! I want to start with Persona 5 because I love the lyrics in these songs and the music is one of my favorite parts of the game.

“Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There”

The first song you hear every time you boot up the game! I learned the lyrics pretty quickly and started singing it every time the game booted. I love how it inspires you to “wake up, get up, get out there” with the refrain and lively jazz-like music. The lyrics talk about how you can change the world which is basically what you do in Persona 5! You change the world into a better place by taking down villains.

“Last Surprise”

You think you would get tired of this song considering it’s the battle theme that repeats every time you encounter an enemy, but you never do. I love the refrain: “You’ll never see it coming/ You’ll see that my mind is too fast for eyes/ You’re done in/ By the time it’s hit you, your last surprise”.

It’s a fun song that makes battles fun since you have to strategize your next move in the turn-based combat and it feels even more rewarding when the song is cheering you on while you battle!

“Life Will Change”

I love this song since it serves as a reminder that things will always get better. It is a theme of the game and the instrumental version plays after you reveal the treasure and go to fight the boss. I love the line “Can’t hold on or life won’t change” meaning to me that you have to be willing to make change to change your life. The song title is also definitive that no matter how bad things get, which bad things happen in this game from abusive teachers to corrupt politicians, life will always get better.

“Beneath the Mask”

This song is a somber song in the game. But, the music is also peaceful and the guitar and piano kinda sound like rain. The lyrics talk about having to put on a mask and be a “shapeshifter” to fit into society. This is the main character’s fate. He has to wear a mask in society not only to hide his true identity as the Phantom Thief, but also to fit into a world that treats him like a criminal due to false charges being put on him.

“The Whims of Fate”

This song is specific to the Casino Palace in Persona 5. The song is appropriate because it talks about chances at a casino and how you have to rely on fate. It’s a catchy song to play in a casino palace. But, it is also appropriate when it talks about fate. Niijima, the palace boss, tries to twist fate in her favor by cheating, but you continually figure out what she is doing to put fate back in your favor. This palace and boss is basically a battle between the fates of the Phantom Thieves and the fate of the palace boss.

“Rivers in the Desert”

This song plays during the last few major boss fights. The lyrics discuss holding onto hope with “Rivers in a dry land/ the last ace in a lost hand”. The song shows that there is always hope just like our protagonists know that there is always hope no matter what happens while they fight really tough bosses.

“Hoski To Bokura To (With the Stars and Us)”

This song is about bonds and how even far apart these bonds will still remain close. So this song was extremely personal to me. I got the game in April and finished it in May just in time for my college graduation. I had made some amazing friends and my closes friend would be in another state for law school. I cried when I looked up what the lyrics were in English and I was already crying because I finished the game!

The song is called “With the Stars and Us” because even though the friends of Persona 5 will be apart, they can still meet up and think of each other as they look at the stars. I’d like to think they are still close like I am with my best friend!

Jazzy Finale

I just had to call the ending this since all of the music in the game takes on a jazz-like theme! Overall, all the songs are amazing. I was happy when I watched the anime and they made even more original songs. Now, Persona Q2 is out with even more fun music! But, Persona 5 has really great music that just makes you feel good. It is uplifting with a positive message that life will be good and change for the better. I still love listening to these songs and this post gave me just the perfect excuse to listen again!

What did you think of the songs in Persona 5? What is your favorite song?

 

Plyasm’s Thoughts on Persona 5: The Animation

That was freaking awesome! There was basically no information given other than that this was to be an adaptation of the game. I went in with relatively low expectations, given how badly A-1’s first adaptation of a Persona series went(according to general reviews), but this just blew my mind. The first thing that would come […]

via First impressions: Persona 5 the Animation — Plyasm’s wormhole

Check out this article on Persona 5: The Animation. I wanted to draw attention to the anime since I talked about the game in my last post. I have been watching this anime every week on Crunchyroll and I enjoy how the anime tells the story of the Phantom Thieves. It feels like I am reliving the video game again without having to replay the game again for 100 hours! Enjoy the article and check out the anime if you are interested.

Persona 5 Provided Comfort While I Was Sick

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I preordered Persona 5 and was excited to get it a few days after my birthday. Unfortunately I had a flu that just would not go away.  The game was instant comfort for me especially since I got the special Take Your Heart edition so I also received a stuffed Morgana (the cat who is not a cat), an art book, a soundtrack, and a tote bag. I was taking undergrad classes at the time so I generally did not play games on school nights but I made an exception with this game because I needed something to help me feel better.

Introduction

The game was immediately trying to pump me up with good feelings from the catchy “Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There” in the intro cutscene that plays when the game starts. Then, once I played the game it again gave me another catchy tune called “Life Will Change”. I love to sing so I sang along with the song and would listen to it while I was dealing with my weird flu that turned out to be acid reflux. The song was a reminder to me that eventually my acid reflux would heal and I would feel better. I decided to play the game on Safety because I like playing games on easy (yes I’m one of those people and even my best friend wishes I would try the game on harder) .

First Dungeon

Now around this time is when I found out that I actually had acid reflux for the second time. This was terrifying to me, it was my biggest fear. I had only just gotten off my medicine a few months ago. Acid reflux is hard to deal with especially since my second bout had been giving me flu like symptoms. I would have to wait for the medicine to kick in and help me which takes a few days to settle down the acid.

Persona 5 was so comforting to me during this time. Even though I was powerless over my body becoming ill again, I was still powerful in the game. I went through the first dungeon sneaking up and getting rid of bad guys. I solved puzzles. I was so strong and I was working with my friends, Ryuji and Ann, in the game to take down the first boss.

Kamoshida was tough to beat. But, Morgana kept pushing me on and encouraging me and I had him steal the crown from Kamoshida to change Kamoshida’s heart. I beat the first boss after several minutes of slowly draining his health and celebrated my first victory. Then, he confessed to abusing his volleyball players at Shujin Academy and he was arrested. It felt so empowering to help these students and change the course of their lives. I may not have power over my acid reflux coming back but I did have the power to help people in this video game.

Continuing the Game

Every dungeon in the game was like a health tracker. Every dungeon I blasted through every night playing I would feel a lot better than the last dungeon. I started to feel more like myself the more I played through the game.

The game helped me feel better while I was going through a scary time and towards the end it felt like a celebration. I had reached the end of the game and I was almost feeling like myself despite the acid feeling in my throat that lingered for a bit longer. The game also symbolized the end of my college career. Just as my main character would be separated from his friends returning back home I would be separated from my friends graduating from college but, in both cases, we would always be close.

What games help you when you are feeling sick or need comfort?