Friday Night Funkin’: A Fun Nostalgic Game

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This is different from the games I usually talk about as this is a browser game. Friday Night Funkin’ can be played as long as you’re on a laptop or computer so if you want to check it out, here it is! I found this game through TikTok. The videos kept appearing and I decided to see what platform it was on and found out it was a browser game. The game is still being worked on and new levels are being added. There is also a Kickstarter for the full game.

Story Mode

This game does not have cutscenes yet, but the story is basically that you are a boy in love with a girl and you must battle through music to impress her family and other characters in order to win her heart. Story wise and style wise it reminds me a bit of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Right now it only consists of levels and some dialogue that hints at a story.

Gameplay

This is where all the nostalgia comes in. I played Dance Dance Revolution a few times over at friend’s houses and this is essentially it. You use the WASD or arrow keys to match up to the “words” the characters are saying. They’ll make musical sounds if you time it right. The arrows show up on the screen so you know exactly when to hit them. This sounds easy, but it really isn’t. I played the story mode levels on Easy because I can barely handle Normal and Hard is a nightmare!

Characters

This is what really makes the game fun. The bosses are all very unique and have their own personalities. You see her dad who resembles a rocker and her gorgeous mom. There are also other characters like an anime boyfriend where they actually made the graphics look like those old Game Boy Advance games I used to love to play which made me smile! There’s also this creepy guy (I believe he is called the lemon demon as he has a lemon head) who is the only character that sings with words and he is really disturbing. He creeped me out because his face is creepy and he sings about wanting to kill you.

Dance Party!

This game is really fun if you’re a fan of rhythm games or just enjoy listening to a good beat. It’s fun to play and has great replay value! I’m excited to see more tracks released and look forward to the full game!

What is your favorite rhythm game?

NieR Replicant: An Emotional Journey

I’ve gotten past the first part of NieR: Replicant and I wanted to highlight why I love Yoko Taro’s games. Both NieR: Automata and NieR Replicant have these very emotional stories that can be sad, but beautiful. Yoko Taro said in an interview with The Guardian that, “the reason why there are so many characters who suffer in my games … is that I want to show reality … The reason my games are chaotic is that the world is chaotic, not me. I don’t aim for bad endings – they just naturally come out.” This quote basically sums up what it is like to experience any game of his. There will be moments of hope, but also moments of sorrow. I found this game to be very comforting to play since it has beautiful environments and a lovely soundtrack. The story and the quests are my favorite parts of this game. Spoilers of Part One of the game!

Plot

Nier, the protagonist you can name, has a sick sister named Yonah. He is a very caring and sweet brother who wants nothing more than to cure his sister’s illness. Unfortunately, she is cursed with the Black Scrawl, which will slowly kill her over time. A talking book called Grimoire Weiss states that defeating the Scrawled Verses and Grimoire Noir should cure her.

In terms of plot, this story is already very sad. The disease Yonah has is possibly incurable so you have to watch this young girl suffer. They do not have a family so they’re young and on their own. There’s already a strong chance this won’t end well because so far the Black Scrawl just kills everyone.

Side Content

There are a lot of side quests in this game. There are some that are relaxing ones like the fishing side quests where it’s just Nier and the open water fishing. There are also your average fetch quests like get 10 mutton to feed someone’s kids. There’s even some funny parts in this game such as being put in the middle of an arguing couple and having to decide who is right or wrong and you don’t have a choice. The most memorable so far was the one that had me crying. This quests centers on one old woman who lives in a light house.

Before this quest begins, Nier is introduced to her. She yells at him and she’s very nasty; demanding that he help her. She just comes off as rude. Then Nier gets a quest to deliver mail to her. The postman has a bad leg and can’t deliver mail so Nier delivers it and she’s mad that her mail is late, but later calms down. It’s then that you find out that her husband is far away from her and she misses him dearly. He keeps writing to her, but she hasn’t seen him in years.

But, this story has a few twists. Nier finds out out that the is dying, but not from old age. She has been infected by the Black Scrawl and her last wish is to leave town and see her husband. But, she can’t leave because no one else can operate the lighthouse. Except that’s not the real truth. The real truth is her husband has been dead for decades and all this time the postman and his father have been writing her letters so she’ll still think he’s alive. Her dying wish cannot be fulfilled as her husband is no longer alive.

Then, you have to choose whether to tell her or not what the truth is. She’s dying so you can choose to tell a dying woman her husband is dead or let her believe he is alive until she passes. I told her the truth and she softened up. She was touched that the villager’s tried to keep him alive, but admitted deep down that she knew that it wasn’t really him writing the letters. She feels at peace knowing the truth and the quest ends announcing that she has passed away.

The reason why this was so memorable was how emotional it was. I went from not liking this woman to feeling so sad that she was not only infected with a terrible disease that she hid from everyone, but she also could not see her husband last time. I did not regret telling her the truth because I thought it might be comforting to know her husband would be there to welcome her when she passed. The mini story drove home the emotional ending with a song I’ll talk about later that plays whenever a sad event happens in the game.

Characters

Nier and Yonah

Nier and Yonah are siblings with Nier being the older brother. It is implied that Yonah has been sick for a very long time and Nier has been looking for a cure. Nier is kind and caring. He looks after people in the village and is always willing to help others (which annoys Grimoire Weiss). Yonah longs for a normal life and sometimes feels like she is a burden on her brother always being sick. She also longs to spend more time with him, but he is usually out looking for a cure for her.

Kainé

Kainé comes across as a rough character. She is the only one in the game who swears and she comes up with some really good phrases. She is infected with a Black Scrawl that has taken over one of her arms. She wants revenge on one Sealed Verse. After that she just wants to give up, but Nier convinces her to keep going and he becomes her first real friend. Unfortunately, Kainé is overtaken by the Black Scrawl while trying to stop another Sealed Verse and she is petrified by Emil. Currently, Nier is trying to find a cure for her. The sweetest part of Kainé comes out when she tells Emil to not feel bad about himself because of his cursed eyes and tells him about her arm. She gives the boy hope.

Emil

Emil is a child who was cursed with eyes that can turn people to stone. He is forced to walk around blindfolded. Nier is asked by Emil’s butler to help him. Emil is afraid of hurting people and he seems like a sweet, shy kid. He warns Nier to not go near him so he won’t accidentally turn him to stone. Nier finds the cure, but at this time it needs translated so Emil still can’t take off his blindfold just yet. Emil is unfortunately forced to use his powers to save the village where Nier is at; imprisoning Kainé. Emil had to see Yonah kidnapped, Nier get stabbed, and had to petrify his best friend so this kid has witnessed a lot of suffering and it’s only the first half of the game.

Music

The music in this game is phenomenal, I love the vocals and how the music clearly conveys emotions. The lyrics in this game are a made up language so they don’t really translate to anything so the singer and the melody have to work in harmony to invoke an emotional response from the player. When you’re in the village, a soothing melody plays that is also important to the story as it tells the story of Grimoire Weiss and Grimoire Noir.

My favorite piece is the most emotional. This is the song I mentioned earlier that plays whenever something sad happens. It’s name is “Kainé ~ Salvation”. The lyrics might be essentially gibberish, but the emotions conveyed by the vocalist and the instruments portray a song of longing and heartbreak. I’ve heard this song so many times in this game that as soon as I hear it I start crying and I either have seen something sad or I know something sad will happen soon like when it played during the finale of Part One.

Beautiful Tragedy

I think this is what I would use to sum up how I feel about this game so far. There’s some sad moments in this game especially that part one finale. I mean I needed time to process what happened because Kainé’s Black Scrawl was taking over and Emil petrified her. Yonah was taken. Nier was stabbed and I was afraid he was going to die. There is hope that Kainé might be able to be free, but knowing the creator I doubt this will end happy. But, I do like that he is able to tell these sad stories and they’re beautiful between the complex characters, the beautiful music, and the long journey the characters go on. A small side note that helps with the journey is both games I have played with a friend. I gave my friend the game for his birthday since it was right around release date so we talk about the story. He already beat it so he knows a lot more than I do, but it also makes it memorable when you play with a friend!

Have you played Nier Replicant or any Yoko Taro game?

What I’ve Been Up To

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So tax season is finally over so I can finally get back to writing! Most times I was just too tired by the time I was done working on the weekend to do much so that’s why I hadn’t been writing for a while. I’ve really missed writing and the blogging community! So here goes my update!

Games I’m Currently Playing

Right now I am playing NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… (quite a long title). This was one of the games I was looking forward to playing this year and I love it! Just like NieR Automata, it is an emotional game with a lot of moments so far that have made me cry like the lighthouse story. This game is essentially about a brother attempting to find a cure for his younger sister’s disease with the help of a talking book, Grimoire Weiss.

I also played the Resident Evil Village demo last weekend and I am really looking forward to this one! I love vampires so having an entire horror game about vampires to play is just perfect! So far, I am loving the graphics and the mystery surrounding the vampires. It also was scary and I did manage to jump a few times especially when I was being chased by a horde of vampires.

New Games I’ve Gotten

A friend told me about a portable hard drive that I could get for my PlayStation so I’ve been able to finally get some more games on it and I also moved Cyberpunk 2077 to it so I can get all the DLC for it whenever they release.

My PS4 now has Spiderman which is really fun so far. I really enjoying being able to swing around New York and I love that it’s open world so I can explore the city! I also got Red Dead Redemption 2 which I am really looking forward to playing! It looks gorgeous and I am interested in playing a game as a cowboy. I just added Assassin’s Creed Unity as I’m a big fan of the Assassin’s Creed games and I’m looking forward to being a part of the French Revolution.

I was also able to get Blue Reflection, Spyro Reignted Trilogy, NieR Automata, Assassin Creed Syndicate, Yakuza 0, and Yakuza Kiwami back on my PlayStation 4 now that I have the room. I did not finish Spyro so I am really looking forward to being able to play it.

There were a ton of sales during tax season so I got a few games on my Steam. I just bought Dead Rising last weekend as it looked like a lot of fun. I’ve seen the Game Grumps play parts of it so I am looking forward to actually playing it. I also got Asssassin’s Creed II because I was interested in exploring Italy and Fallout: New Vegas because I have never played a Fallout game. Finally, I got Black Desert Remastered while it was free on Steam because I had it on mobile and wanted to get the PC port.

For my Switch, I got Persona 5: Strikers and Vampyr. I am a big fan of Persona 5 so I am really looking forward to playing it’s sequel. Vampyr’s story intriqued me and I went with the Switch version because I figured it would be fun to take it with me on the go. You play as a vampire doctor during the plague and you can decide whether to maintain your humanity or become a bloodthirsty vampire.

Finally, I got Pandora’s Tower for the Wii U. I’ve always wanted to play this game so I decided to try the Wii U version and so far it’s great! I haven’t had a problem using the GamePad for the motion controls.

Games I’ve Completed

I was really busy working so I couldn’t find a lot of time to play, but I did beat Cyberpunk 2077 and BloodRayne. Both are great games and I am looking forward to playing BloodRayne 2 and the eventual DLC for Cyberpunk 2077.

Game’s I’m Looking Forward To

I am looking forward to Resident Evil Village after playing the demo. I am also really looking forward to Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD this month as I am a fan of Persona but haven’t played an SMT game. The plot sounds very interesting because it appears to be about you finding someone to rule the world after it gets destroyed and there are multiple endings. Finally, I can’t wait to play Skyward Sword as I have always wanted to play that game as well and I am looking forward to the Switch port.

What have you all been up to recently? Let me know!

My Plan for 2020 Month of Halloween

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I love Halloween and enjoy dressing up and watching horror films! This year I have new games to play and films to watch! I am dressing up as Kairi from Kingdom Hearts 3. I was her last year and due to COVID I did not want to get a new costume. I am hoping to possible be Harley Quinn next year.

Games

I enjoy playing Ghost Master every Halloween. It’s a game on Steam where you control ghosts and solve puzzles which usually involves scaring people or freeing ghosts. It’s a game from my childhood that I was glad Steam had so I could play it again!

This year Alice: Madness Returns is going to be played! I am working on finishing it and with it’s creepy atmosphere it is perfect for Halloween. This game is the sequel to American Mcgee’s Alice where Alice must go back to Wonderland to figure out who started the fire that killed her parents.

Finally, a pleasant surprise. I woke up last weekend to find out that Silent Hill 4 was on GOG! I am super excited as I’ve always wanted to play a Silent Hill game! So far it is definitely creepy with the weird locked apartment you’re in and the tunnel that leads to the subway. The protagonist is also surprisingly nonchalant about everything. He is really calm for someone that has been padlocked in his apartment.

Film/TV

This year I met a new friend that has given me a long list of Halloween films to watch including some horror anime and Tim Burton films.

I am currently watching BeetleJuice and Let the Right One In. I saw Let Me In years ago and it was my favorite horror film and Let The Right One In is the original Swedish version of the film. It’s basically about a young boy who falls in love with is vampire neighbor.

I also want to watch the original Prom Night as I have only seen the remake and the remake is one of my favorite films! I love prom so I love that their is a film that is basically prom and horror. I also want to watch a horror anime and maybe an Asian horror film as Amazon Prime and my smart TV both have them.

What are your plan for this Halloween?

Fun Moments in Gaming This Week

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This week I played a few games and just wanted to share some of my favorite moments from the games I’ve played! I played Super Mario 3D All Stars, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Super Mario 3D All Stars

This weekend I played Super Mario 3D All Stars and posted an impressions post on it.

Super Mario 64 is really fun. My favorite part so far is all the hidden secrets. I was about to go into the ice level when I saw this hole in a wall so of course I try to go in there. I’m greeted to water level where I have to collect 8 coins to get a star which was really fun! I also used stars to open a section of the castle where I had to jump through a Peach window and go down a slide to learn about hidden levels.

Super Mario Sunshine is my favorite due to how unique it is. I love being on an island shaped like a dolphin. Most of the enemies so far are either weird or cute. I love the little paint Octopus enemies even though they are annoying. The weirdest one that had me laughing was this bird with a little butt that show out brown paint like they really made that an enemy?! The award for pain in the ass goes to the whirlwind with glasses as I can only stun it; not defeat it. It made collecting the red coins in the first level even trickier than it already was.

Speaking of cute, Super Mario Galaxy’s Luna are so adorable! I love the little stars and it’s so cute when they’re hungry and you feed them! I also loved when they turned into bunnies. This game is so fun seeing all the different planets on just one level!

Vice City

I did not know Judas Priest’s music was in this game so I was so happy and excited when “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” started playing. I definitely am loving all the 80’s music! I did not get too far as I was on “Guardian Angels” and it honestly took me almost 10 tries because the two people I was supposed to protect kept dying. I also am so confused by this game’s pedestrians because they have a habit of jumping in front of cars. I also started up the game one day, exited the apartment after hearing a crash to see a car accident that caused a massive pileup of cars and people running around panicked. I barely started playing the game and the pedestrians were causing chaos!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

I am on the Bloody Baron storyline so it was mostly very serious, but the side quests made everything funny!

First, an unintentional funny moment. I was participating in the fighting tournaments where I was talking to someone to start the match and this one NPC kept hiccupping loudly in the speaker behind my left ear. I’m trying to talk to this guy while this NPC kept interrupting the conversation with hiccups so I just started laughing!

Then, I met Trollololo again. I love that troll! He loves to sing although he’s not great at it. Then I found out that I draw worse than a troll. Basically he asked me to bring him paint. Then he had a problem: he has the paint but how does he paint? He doesn’t know how. I decided to tell him to do it this time around to see what would happen. He called the bird ugly, but it was a beautiful bird! I tried to recreate it and mine looked terrible because I can’t draw.

Your Favorite Gaming Moments?

Now that I’ve told you all the things that excited me and made me laugh this week, please tell me some of yours! This weekend I’m going to be continuing these three games as they just make me smile!

American Mcgee’s Alice and Mental Illness

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American McGee’s Alice is a game that I have been wanting to play, but at the time I could only get the sequel: Alice: Madness Returns on Origin. Last week, I saw a Facebook ad that Humble Bundles released Alice: Madness Returns – The Complete Edition so I decided to get the game again so I could play the original game and get the fun DLC for the sequel which include like new costumes and weapons. I am very glad I did as I loved this game especially due to how it portrayed mental illness!

Background

American McGee’s Alice is a horror interpretation of Alice in Wonderland by American McGee. Alice’s parents died in a fire while she was asleep. She managed to wake up and flee, but her parents did not survive. Alice could not cope so she became catatonic and was put in an asylum until she woke up. Alice goes into Wonderland after her stuffed rabbit appears to beg her for help.

Alice is in Wonderland which has been deformed showing how her mental state has declined. The Queen has corrupted Wonderland turning into a land of ruin and horror. You can see her corruption in the form of tentacles that have spread throughout the different levels. The inhabitants of Wonderland are also corrupted with the Chesire cat being so thin you can see his bones and horrendous creatures such as the boojum roaming around. The music also has a psychological effect on the gamer with eerie synths mixed in with old children’s toys. Occasionally a haunting chorus or mechanical like sounds will be in the soundtrack as well. This music also shows just how much Alice’s mental state has deteriorated since the tragic loss of her parents. Alice’s mental state is also part of the game. Your health bar is a Sanity meter which deteriorates as you take hits and powerful attacks can only be used through Willpower which is like the magic in this game. Most weapons except for the beginning weapon require Willpower to use.

The Loss of Innocence

When the game begins, Alice sees The White Rabbit which kinda resembles her stuffed rabbit except The White Rabbit is in better shape. Alice’s first task is to track down her beloved Rabbit with the help of Chesire’s advice. Chesire serves as Alice’s guide throughout the game. I believe you could ask him for hints as a button exists for that, but it doesn’t work in the remastered version that I played. I believe he also looks so thin because Alice has a real black cat and if the cat survived the first it would also be very thin.

Alice’s first area is a short mining area where the workers have been enslaved. They no longer have a will to fight back so they just do as The Queen says. Alice only wants to look for her Rabbit so she mostly ignores them. Then she goes to a school with Insane Children. Unlike Alice, there is no hope for these children. They are lost in their madness and have been experimented on by someone. They represent various mental illnesses like the happy and crying one symbolizing being bipolar. Alice is different from them as there is hope that she can still wake up from Wonderland and won’t be lost in her madness. Alice must gather ingredients from the school to grow smaller so she can find the Rabbit who shrunk himself.

Finally, the last world is The Vale of Tears which shows Alice’s grief as the water is literally tears from her statue. The first boss is The Duchess who enjoys killing people and The Queen lets her. She’s the first boss which shows you just how corrupted Wonderland has become.

After finally catching up to The White Rabbit, she loses him in The Vale of Tears. The White Rabbit is squished by The Mad Hatter who has grown quite mad. Alice loses the one friend she wanted to see most and she does not know how to go on. She feels that death follows her everywhere. Mentally, Alice cannot recognize that she is not responsible for her parents’ death. The Voracious Centipede is the next boss she faces who is Alice’s last obstacle before she can grow up. Alice shrunk into a small state so she can be with her Rabbit. Now that her childhood has been destroyed with the Rabbit’s death, Alice must grow up by eating a Mushroom which allows her to physically grow and face the Queen.

Facing Guilt

Alice ends up in a hellish landscape which acts as a hub world. This world connects to the next set of levels before Alice will finally fight The Queen. But, Alice must first go through this hell and find pieces of for the Jabberwocky staff which will open the door to The Queen.

While Alice is finding these pieces, she is captured by The Mad Hatter. The Mad Hatter shows just how “mad” Wonderland has become. He has turned himself into a machine and has started doing experiments on The Dormouse, The March Hare, and The Gryphon. He also experiments on The Insane Children which shows Alice’s fate. These Insane Children are turned into automaton monsters that attack Alice. They can only do what their creator commands them and no longer have any “sanity” or “will” of their own. Alice’s brain seems to be aware that this will be her fate if she doesn’t wake up soon. Alice has to first fight Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum which reference the orderlies who have been abusing Alice while they think she is not aware of what’s going on around her. Then, Alice must fight her madness through The Mad Hatter.

After that comes a very emotional boss. The Jabberwocky. The Jabberwocky is all the pain and guilt Alice is feeling. He tells her that she was too busy dreaming of Wonderland to save her parents and the boss fight takes place in her house on fire. Alice receives help from The Gryphon, but he is killed when she has to face The Jabberwocky the second time. Alice must face her guilt alone, but The Gryphon gives her advice before passing away. He just tells her to try her best to face The Queen. It’s such a small line, but it has an impact on me. I have anxiety and sometimes it’s really nice to hear that I just have to “try my best” instead of feeling like I have to do everything perfectly.

Facing Yourself

Alice must then fight through The Queen’s castle. The castle is macabre; full of tentacles, blood, and flesh. It’s a physical reminder of how disturbed The Queen is. Before Alice can face The Queen, she has to lose everyone. The Chestire Cat dies while explaining to Alice how both she and The Queen cannot survive. The Queen makes sure that Alice has lost all of her allies and must face The Queen alone.

The Queen is a two part battle. The first part shows a figure with no face whose body is connect to Wonderland through tentacles. After that, the form changes into Alice and The Mad Hatter, The Queen is Alice and her madness. That’s why Alice must face her alone. She must face all of her trauma and mental illness by herself as she needs to free herself from this hell she’s trapped in. The Queen tells Alice that there is no hope causing Alice to feel despair. But hope appears in the form of a butterfly which protects Alice through the final fight. It quickly restores her Willpower while she fights against The Queen until The Queen dies.

The End

After facing herself, Wonderland is restored to it’s beauty. Also, all of Alice’s friends are brought back to life. Alice is able to wake up and leave the asylum. She also finds that her cat has survived. By facing her madness and learning to accept everything she has gone through, Alice can finally wake up and live her life the way she chooses.

Have you played American Mcgee’s Alice? What games do you think portray mental health in a positive light?

Adventures in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Replaying The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been really fun! It’s all I have been playing lately so I wanted to highlight some memorable things that have happened while I was playing.

Exploration

I entered the Novigrad and Velen areas and the first thing I like to do is collect quests and explore the area as reading notice boards brings up question marks for treasure or monsters. So I started visiting the notice boards and exploring all the question marks that came up.

I forgot that once you exit the tutorial area, exploring can be dangerous because you can easily run into very powerful monsters. That’s how I have a fast travel location that spawns me into a group of powerful ghouls which I have to run away from. I have also had to come back to some question marks later because of golems (which I somehow forgot were a thing) and wyverns (basically dragons that can’t fly).

Another funny and scary thing that happened while I was exploring was a leschen appeared. They scare me, I don’t like how powerful they are plus the creepy long black robe and antler skull head. Of course he had to appear while I was adjusting to wearing glasses while gaming since they’re meant to give my left eye a boost and protect me from blue light and glare. So a nice stroll through the forest admiring how detailed things were from further away turned into a chase, but I somehow got away from it!

The only other glasses related incident happened during a quest that luckily didn’t involve combat at the time. I like drinking tea at night and knew that it can fog up my glasses, but I also liked how clear I can see the TV with them on so I figured while exploring a side quest I could keep them on unless combat happened. So while this woman was telling me please do not explore this side quest further as no one needs to know what happened to her sister, my glasses started fogging up but I could still see her and see that she was hiding something.

Contracts

Patrol Gone Missing

This one I came across accidentally. I was exploring and a wyvern appeared. I panicked because they’re typically too high level for me so instead of planning like I have been trying to do before fights; I just kept hitting it with my sword. I somehow survived and then the contract was complete.

Jenny O’ The Woods

This one was really sad, but there are sad contracts in this game. Usually if you come across a wraith contract, you know something traumatic happened to her. In this case she loved someone and wanted to leave her abusive relationship. The guy found out and killed them both. She appears at night in a black dress and was hard at first due to a small error. I didn’t wait until night to prepare with bombs, potions, and oils. I meditated during the day to wait until night came to make her appear after drinking the potions and preparing the oils so they wore off and she killed me quickly. When I prepared at night and then summoned her, the fight was easy!

The Merry Widow

This one was a creepy one. It involved a grave hag and she kept talking about her wanting her bones back. She was in the old graveyard luring kids out and killing them. She also had a tongue vine move that could really hurt so I had to make sure I dodged so I would not take damage.

Side Quests

Thou Shalt Not Pass

I love the reference to The Lord of the Rings films! Basically I needed a pass to enter Radovid’s areas. I could have gotten one for finding out who was killing the troops. It turned out to be elves and I like elves so I decided to leave them alone. Because I did not tell the guard who was killing the troops I had to get them from a shady merchant. Somehow the guards fell for it and let me in even thought the writing was atrocious and there was no stamp.

Wild at Heart

This was the most recent sidequest I did. This man lost his wife in the woods. The village including him thought she was killed by wolves. While exploring her sister came by and told me not to explore further because there was no use finding out how the sister died. I could have stopped but I wanted to see what had happened. It turns out she technically killed her sister. She was in love with her sister’s husband who was a werewolf and did not know the sister knew he was a werewolf. She brought her sister to see her werewolf husband to scare her off from marrying him which led to him accidentally killing her. He then wants to kill the sister for forcing him to kill someone. I let him do it because I was mad that she killed her sister out of jealousy and then the werewolf asked me to kill him so he wouldn’t kill anymore and Geralt automatically did that.

Meeting Characters From Previous Games

Letho

I met Letho after a widow asked me to save her old home from monsters. The home was abandoned and full of traps where I met Letho. He was on the run after the man who hired him to slay the king in the last game decided to kill him to hide what he did. I chose to follow Letho where he confronted the people who were after him and Geralt offers him a place at Kaer Morhen.

Lambert

I found Lambert, who I know now from both the books and the games, while I was hunting a werewolf. Lambert killed the werewolf and then he is after all the men who killed his best friend Aiden (who now reminds of Beyond: Two Souls because I just completed the game). I helped him find leads, but I need to go to the next area to finish the quest. I want to finish the main quests in the area I am currently in before continuing.

Continuing Story

I have finally see what The Wild Hunt can do again. I was meant to meet a contact that was following Ciri. The Wild Hunt came and killed him and now the area is permanently covered in frost. I am on my way see the witch who saw Ciri last.

What games have you all been playing recently? Any stories from the games you have been playing?

 

My Picks For The Great JRPG Character Face-Off!

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As soon as I saw this community post from pix1001 and Winst0lf, I knew I had to participate. JRPGS are my favorite video game genre! I love the stories they tell and I love having a party that I get to meet and interact with. The most recent JRPGs I have been playing is Persona 4: Golden and Persona 5: Royal.

Also, as a little side update, this is my first post that I am writing with my first pair of glasses! They are mainly for computers and reading because they have blue light filtering and anti-glare protection. My left eye needs a bit of help seeing especially with the bright lights that computers and TVs make!

5. Igni from Final Fantasy: XV

I needed to include someone from Final Fantasy: XV as that was my first console game and what led me to buy my PlayStation 4! Igni is really sweet. He looks after Noctis as if Noctis was his brother. He is caring and makes sure everyone has a nice meal while they are traveling. He is also a good advisor to Noct helping him through difficult times likes losing his wife, Lunafreya. I also enjoyed his backstory in Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV. He wanted Noctis to learn his duties while also trying to recreate a pastry that Noctis had once because he does care about Noctis and he shows how he cares though his cooking. He helps Noctis learn to be responsible instead of slacking away from his duties.

4. Reyn from Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

This game is one of the reasons why I got a Nintendo 3DS! Reyn really grew on me throughout the series. Yes, he does say some awkward one liners like “It’s Reyn time”, but they make me laugh because he’s so enthusiastic. He does it to hype everyone and himself up and it does work. I love that he just wants to support everyone and keep them safe. It was also adorable how he has a crush on Sharla. He make me smile and laugh and is just a really nice friend.

3. Sora from Kingdom Hearts trilogy

These games have a special place in my heart because I bonded with my best friend with them! I decided to pick Sora from this series. Sora is a really sweet kid. He cares about his friends and he is loyal. He is also open to helping others out and makes a lot of friends along the way during his journey. Sora also cheers his friends up like when Riku embraced the darkness and tried to hide himself. I enjoyed playing as Sora and I am really hoping I hear more about him in the next installment.

2. Fiora from Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

I love Fiora’s story and character development in this game! I love how she cares for others and she’s also strong willed. I love her relationship with Shulk in the game. I am also glad that she got a happy ending when twice it seemed like she wouldn’t make it to the finale. She is courageous as well; standing up against the Mechon in the beginning of the game to save her friends and later trying to save her friends from Zanza.

1. Ann from Persona 5

It was a tough choice, but Ann is my favorite JRPG character of all time. Like Fiora, she is caring and also strong willed. She looks after her friends and especially Shiho when Shiho is hospitalized and is working hard to walk again. She spends most of her time either looking after the party or looking after Shiho. I also love her Persona, Carmen. I love Carmina Burana, it’s my favorite opera! Ann went through hell with Kamoshida and she wanted to make sure no one suffered injustice from him or any other adults who abuse their power. I admire her courage to stand up for others. She is one of my favorite characters in the game and I am loving seeing all the new interactions with her in Persona 5: Royal

Thanks to Shoot The Rookie and Winst0lf for this really fun idea! I loved thinking about who my favorite characters are and they were tough choices. I also went for games I fully played as some characters I want to wait on. For example, I do like Chie in Persona 4:Golden and thought about including her on this list, but I also haven’t spent as much time with her as I have the other characters on this list.

Now that I have told you who my favorite JRPG characters are: Who are your favorite JRPG characters? Write a post about your picks for Pix and Winfst0lf’s The Great JRPG Character Face-Off

What I’ve Been Up To This Summer

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This summer has been going by fast especially with all the RPGS I have been playing!

Witcher 3

I finally got past the tutorial area. Now that I understand the story leading up to this game by reading the books and playing all of the games, I understand the war going on better than just wondering who the Nilfgaards are. I now know a lot more about Geralt, Vesemir, Yenn, and Ciri’s backstory. I know about Geralt and Yenn’s relationship in the books as well as his relationship with Ciri. I know how she sees them as her parents. She even calls Yenn “Mommy”.

In the games I trusted Emhyr. Now, there’s no way in hell I will. He does some really nasty stuff in the books including using a Fake Ciri to trick Cintra.

I also know why The Wild Hunt wants Ciri before the game tells me. So I understand a lot more about that story as well, but don’t want to give spoilers.

Because of this, I am able to focus on the story better since things don’t have to be explained to me. Like it somehow went over my head that there was an interconnected story in the tutorial island involving the noonwraith and the isolated villager. I was just so focused on trying to get everyone’s names and stories that I would miss out on minor details. Basically the king’s son had a relationship with this male villager and the king became furious when he found out. When the noonwraith’s husband said something about the king’s son, the king murdered them leading to the noonwraith haunting the well.

I am looking forward to also seeing Triss and The Lodge as I am curious to see how I will approach them. I know Triss and Geralt’s relationship in the novels and how he feels about The Lodge. I loved The Lodge the first time I played as it was really cool to see a bunch of sorceresses banding together, but now I know about their politics involving Ciri so I’m not sure if I will still like them.

Persona 4: Golden

I finally rescued Yukiko so now I am just waiting until she recovers. I also found the weirdest fetch quest which I wanted to share. I wanted to try fishing, but needed a rod. I looked up how to get one and had to follow these steps:

  • Talk to boy in shrine and give him steak croquette
  • He will give you a ladybug
  • Go to the nightclub at night and talk to the lady. She says her fish isn’t eating his bread crumbs and the fish will get so excited to eat the ladybug, he will drop a fishing hook.
  • Talk to old man during the day to get a rod.

Video game logic!

Sims 4

I finally am playing The Sims! I only played it once when The Sims 2 was out and a friend of mine showed me her Sims family. It was on sale this weekend so I got it! I got the base game with the Pets pack, the Island Living Pack, and the Vampires pack. I have one family with a human girl and a mermaid who are sisters with a calico kitten and a husky puppy. I have another family with a vampiress and a human guy who are friends. I needed to add a human to the house because she cannot go outside and I got her a Samoyed puppy that only wants to be outside and an adult orange cat. Those two are my fun family because one is a kleptomaniac and the other wants to be a Master Vampire.

Since I haven’t really played The Sims, I did get confused and make some funny mistakes. I actually had put the girl, vampire, and mermaid all under one roof because I did not realize that I was making a family for one house. I then moved them to the Island living place because I did not know that they would be all under one roof so I had a happy mermaid and a miserable vampire who really didn’t want to live in what was basically like Hawaii.

I also did not know anything about house building and built what can only be described as an abomination. I just bought rooms and tried to put them together without realizing I could build an empty room. I then somehow put the roof on back wards and it was a mess because the house was built funny. Finally, when I tried to have them move in, they couldn’t because I forgot to build a front door and windows. Then I built the door and no one could get in because it needed stairs. The only stairs I could find were for a second floor so I couldn’t make stairs. I just gave up and deleted the save  I just then I made a new save and got two pre-built houses for the two families.

Summer Plans

I’m hoping to finish The Witcher 3 and then finish either Persona 5:Royal or Persona 4: Golden.

What have you been playing?

Beyond: Two Souls -An Emotional Journey

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I found out that Beyond: Two Souls was on Steam recently. I had watched it played years ago when it first came out on YouTube so I was really excited to finally play it for myself! I loved the story and I loved that I could create my own unique story.

Plot

Jodie has Aiden, an entity who has been with her since she was born. She is haunted by other entities because of Aiden. She is also forsaken by her family when she is young because her father thinks she is a monster child. Aiden is protective of Jodie so he sometimes causes havoc. You control Jodie and Aiden and shape Jodie’s story as she looks back on her memories and makes a choice about her future.

Aiden

Aiden is really fun to play as! You can move around somewhat freely as him. You just can’t stray too far from Jodie as you are linked to her. Aiden can be quite destructive as you can destroy things just as breaking a mirror when Jodie throws a tantrum because she cannot go out to see her friends. The most memorable scene was when Jodie was locked in a closet during a birthday party and you can leave. But, I got mad so I used Aiden to wreak havoc on the teens, plus one boy pretended to like her only to call her a slut later and I really wanted to teach him a lesson!

Major Traumatic Events for Jodie

War

Jodie is forced to fight for the CIA because they want to weaponize Aiden. She goes to Somalia to take down a corrupt leader. The people are fighting in the streets and it looks really bad. You see a kid with a wounded leg and you help him. When Aiden kills the leader, the kid’s father dies too which leaves him distraught. Jodie gets shot in the leg trying to flee. She then finds out on the plane ride home that the leader was elected by the people and was trying to stop the violence in the county. Jodie was tricked so she flees out of the plane with Aiden’s shield. Jodie then is forced to hide from the CIA and go on the run.

Homeless

Jodie runs away and the game skips to winter where she is dying because she is stranded in the cold. A man named Stan helps her and you meet his “family”. There’s Tuesday who’s pregnant and you can tell her that her baby is doing well. Jimmy is struggling with drug abuse and you can heal his wounds which helps him get sober. Finally, Walter who is a struggling alcoholic. Stan is struggling after his wife passed away and you can send a message that she wants him to be happy.

This game also touches on how people treat the homeless. Jodie struggles to make only $5.00. After Stan gets groceries with the money (if you can get the $5.00), he is beaten up by two guys on camera and Jodie can save him. These guys later set the house you’re staying at after Tuesday gives birth on fire. Jodie can save everyone from the fire and they go on to lead happy lives.

Stan and his “family” are one of the many caring people that Jodie meets. It’s tough on Jodie because she is used by everyone. People want her for Aiden and her abilities and she just wants a normal life.

Caring People in Jodie’s Life

Jake

You meet Jake after Jodie has to run away and she goes to Nevada. She is starving and dehydrated and comes across a barn. She meets Jake and his family. His father, Paul, offers Jodie a place to stay where she can stay as long as she wants. Jodie helps them with an entity that’s been haunting their place for years. Jodie finds peace there and decided to go back to see Cole.

Cole and Nathan

Cole and Nathan become Jodie’s adoptive parents when her foster family couldn’t handle raising her. Cole calls her “princess” and Nathan comforts her and treats her like she is his own daughter. Cole is really kind to Jodie, but Nathan does change. He loves his wife and kids which makes him so desperate to see him that he wants to use Jodie when he sees her again so he can be with them.

Ryan

Ryan is the opposite of Nathan. He starts out as really annoying and I thought he was an asshole. You have a date night with him and you think that he likes Jodie. I was so nervous for this date because I haven’t been on one and I was stressed about the cooking and what to wear. It was funny! But, I hated him when I found out that He tricked Jodie into killing the Somali leader. When Jodie confronts him, he says he was following orders and doesn’t see why she is upset.

It’s not until the last parts of the game that I changed my mind. First, Jodie is put on another mission by the CIA in exchange for her freedom. She has to destroy a portal to the world where entities come from; the Infraworld. Ryan rescues Jodie after she is attacked trying to escape after she shut down the portal. When Ryan believes Jodie is dead, he stays with her and refuses to leave her side. Jodie lives, but then the CIA tries to kill her by putting her in a medical coma because she knows about their plans for their own portal to the Infraworld. Ryan abandons the CIA to help Jodie and then I liked him much better. He cared so much for Jodie that he went against orders to help her.

Ending

After everything Jodie has been through, she decides to spend time alone. Her last trip to shut down the Infraworld portals for good causes her to lose Aiden. From there, I can pick her ending. I struggled and asked a friend for help. I decided for her to live with Jake because she would be with family plus I did really like Jake! I loved this game and I loved that I can play it and change the story and see different outcomes. I really recommend that you play this game!

What did you think of Beyond Two Souls or any other games by David Cage?