Healing with Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Dragon Quest XI S Demo

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I had one wisdom tooth removed two weeks ago. The surgery was quick, but I was anxious after surgery due to my mouth being sore and have stitches in my mouth. I also had a delayed allergic reaction to amoxicillin which led to a full body rash and my lips swelling up! Luckily, I was able to see my doctor and get some medicine to heal my rash up and it’s finally gone! My wisdom tooth is also healed and I just have to rinse my mouth with salt water for one more week and I’ll be all set!

What got me through the panic of having a surgery and feeling sick was Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for the Wii U. The Dragon Quest 11 S demo helped me feel better about my rash because it was actually released the day my rash broke out and I had to see the doctor! That was a nice way to end a stressful day!

Tokyo Mirage Sessions

I decided to play this game to help me feel better because I wanted to play a game that was not too challenging and since the combat of this game mirrors the Persona games, I thought it would be easy to play when I was not feeling well.

It made me so happy! I loved doing the puzzles because I was in a dungeon with cameras that you could not face or else you would be transported back and lose progress. It also had a really cool boss named Gangrel. He could attack multiples times and summon enemies to guard him so he was a fun challenge. I loved his boss design because he attacks with his head! His collar will attack you and he does a good amount of damage! I also liked that he had a smirk during the battle which made him look over confident.

The best part was the concert performances! I actually had 2 concerts happen while I was playing which made me happy! I enjoyed the singing and the choreography and the costumes! It was like I was experiencing a live performance in my house! It just put a smile on my face and helped me relax and forget that I was still recovering from my wisdom tooth!

Dragon Quest XI S Demo

So this will be my first Dragon Quest and I am so excited to play the full game when it comes out! This game had me smiling as soon as I booted it up and it proceeded to blast the main theme through my TV! I was not expecting it to be loud so I had to quickly turn it down, but it just made me laugh!

I loved the opening village. I spent time exploring it and the game is so pretty! I also love the soundtrack especially the battle theme. I purposefully trigger battles just to hear the beginning of the battle theme play! I also love that the monsters walk around on screen and I love their character designs! I think my favorite so far is the Bunicorn since I love that it is a bunny with a horn; it is adorable!

I am interested in hearing more about the Luminary! I stopped playing the demo when I reached the town of Heliodor! The demo is really long, I was expecting it to stop once I  left Cobblestone! I am glad I decided to try the demo because now I know i will love the game!

Games as Healing

I love that video games can allow you to feel better when you are sick. Tokyo Mirage Sessions helped me forget I had surgery a few days ago and helped me feel normal again. It put a smile on my face watching the performances and fighting a boss!

The Dragon Quest XI S demo helped me feel less scared after I had a sudden bad reaction to the amoxicillin I was given for my wisdom tooth! I was scared because I did not know when the rash would lessen and I was not expecting to be allergic to an antibiotic. But, I again forgot I had a stressful day when I downloaded the demo and started playing. The game was just so bright and happy that I had to smile and laugh!

What games have helped you feel better when you were sick?

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?

 

 

Twilight Princess HD: Beautiful Story About Light and Dark

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I picked up The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD when I got my Wii U. This game is very different from Wind Waker HD. It has a more realistic art style and a darker story. It is a fascinating story about the light realm, Hyrule, and the twilight realm of the Twili people. I loved the story and the characters!

Spoilers below!

Story

The story is that the twilight realm is taking over Hyrule because major antagonist Zant is angry that the Twili people were banished to the twilight realm because of their ancestor’s actions. He wants Hyrule to be covered in darkness instead of trying to find a way for the two realms to coexist.

Midna wants to stop Zant. She teams up with Link after he turns into a wolf when he is forced into the twilight realm by Bublins attacking his home village. Together they fight to bring light back to Hyrule!

Favorite Characters

Midna

She is bold for standing up for Zant to regain her leadership of the Twili people. She is also a playful trickster. For example, when she meets Link she teases him about being trapped in a wolf form before she helps him escape his cell. She is also a helpful companion. She is helpful in the game without being pushy like Navi. You simply have to press a button for her to give you advice or help you warp.

Ilia

Ilia is Link’s childhood friend. She is also a possible love interest for Link. I related to her quickly because we both love horses. She spoils Epona and scolds Link for pushing the horse too much causing an injured leg. She is also a caring person. She looks after Prince Ralis when he is injured by Zant’s army attacking Zora’s domain. She stays by his side and is concerned for his safety.

Colin

Colin is a young boy who looks up to Link and ends up finding his own courage. He wants to be brave like Link so he saves a young girl called Beth from Bublins. At the end of the game, he also has a mini sword and shield to protect the people from his home village on their travels. I love how he matured throughout the story and found his own definition of courage.

Favorite Temple: Snowpeak Ruins

This temple is actually a mansion for the Yettis, Yeto and Yeta. I loved that this dungeon was unique! I also loved Yeto and Yeta. Yeto is adorable because he makes soup for his wife to help her feel better. She is sick due to a Twilight Mirror shard infecting her mind. You have to fight her as a pretty scary final boss. Afterwards, Yeto tells his wife that she is so beautiful she does not need a mirror and the two hug while hearts appear everywhere. I just thought the dungeon’s story was adorable!

Least Favorite Temple: City in the Sky

I just found this temple to be tedious. The wind sections that required the iron boots felt like they were there to lengthen out an already long dungeon. I also got lost easily due to the confusing temple design even with a map.

Favorite Bosses: Ganondorf and Aeralfos

Ganondorf has four stages, each was interesting and required precision. The only frustrating phase was Beast Ganon when I had to tackle him as Wolf Link, but I honestly think that’s because I did not know how to correctly time catching Ganon before the tackle. My favorite phase was the final phase because I fought Ganondorf in an epic sword battle.

Aeralfos was a big dragon in the Castle in the Sky Temple. I loved his boss design! I liked that the boss fight gradually got harder with the hardest part being that you have to hookshot across peahats while Aeralfos breathes fire at you so you can land on his back and slash his back with your sword.

Tip: I struggled with this fight because in my settings I set lock on to switch. What happens when you do this is that the lock on auto switches targets and will not target Aeralfos’ back. When I switched the setting to hold and looked at Aeralfos back I could then target his back and slash at it.

Least Favorite Boss: King Bublin and Lord Bulibo

Both of these fights are with Bublins on bridges. I struggled with the timing of these bosses. They could knock me off the bridge with one hit! Basically each fight requires running at the Bublin with your horse while they are on a pig and you have to knock them off the pig a couple times to win the fight. The worst was Lord Bulibo because I had stun him with arrows which he blocked with his shield and then would run me off the bridge.

Conclusion

The story is the strongest part of this game. I loved the plot especially with how Midna and the Hylians had preconceived notions of each other that change. The Twili were originally locked away for being magic users that abused their power, but their people are not evil because their ancestors tried to use their magic for evil. They are also not evil because of Zant’s lust for power. Zelda sees that the Twili people were wrongfully banished from the realm of light because of the actions of a few sorcerers. Midna also sees that Hylians are not evil even though they banished her people. She begins to sympathize with Zelda and Link as she interacts with them.

The reveal of Midna’s true form was amazing! She is really pretty and I wish I could have spent more time with her in her real form, but the scenes were credit scenes.

One thing I did not understand about this game was Ooccoo. She is such a weird design choice for being a way to leave the dungeon.

Overall I thought this game was fun to play and learn about the story. What did you think of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD?  What were your favorite and least favorite parts of the game?

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Fun on The Great Sea!

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD was one of the reasons why I decided to get a Wii U. I loved being in the water so playing an entire games dedicated to being on a boat and exploring a world full of islands sounded amazing!

There will be spoilers here!

Our Journey Begins

This game looks beautiful especially in HD. I loved the beautiful blue sea and the bright shining sun. I loved the small wooden village and meeting the characters like my grandma and my sister, Aryll.

I also loved this version of Link!  He had great facial expressions! He could look determined when he was sliding across walls or shocked when he fell in lava. The cartoony expressions made this my favorite Link so far!

Tetra

I also loved Tetra’s character! She was so confident and the leader of her own pirate ship full of incompetent pirates! They relied on Tetra to do everything for them.  It was nice that she decides to let Link board her boat so she can help Link get his sister back from the Helmaroc King. I also liked that she had a larger part to play in the story then just a leader of a pirate ship.

The King of Red Lions

What a great name for a boat who also has a larger role to play in the story! I loved the The King of Red Lions even though he was not always helpful. If I was drowning near him, he would just watch!

The music when I rode the boat was beautiful and perfect for sailing on The Great Sea! Using the Wind Waker to control the wind was fun and also made me have to think before exploring! I had to decide where I wanted to go first so I could change the wind in that direction.

Sailing around the sea was fun and there was always a helpful fish to record the islands! The Wii U GamePad screen also allowed me to always see the map so I could easily figure out where to go and where I wanted to go.

Favorite Dungeon: Dragon Roost Cavern

I enjoyed this dungeon because of the lava puzzles. It was also fun because I got the grappling hook so I had to swing across platforms.

I also loved the boss in this section. The boss is named Gohma and resembles a giant scorpion. To defeat him, I had to swing on the dragon Valoo’s tail so that a rock would fall and break his shell. Then, once the shell was broken, I had to hit his eye until he died. I enjoyed using the grappling hook to defeat the boss.

Least Favorite Dungeon: Wind Temple

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD has two escort dungeons. I did not like the escort dungeons and this was the one I liked the least. I had to help Makar through the temple. Makar is tiny and weak since he is a Korok.

As the temple name suggests, it involved wind. This is what made the dungeon very frustrating. I had to time the wind to get to platforms safely. I also had to make sure Makar flew across safely. Overall, I found the dungeon to be frustrating, but this did not taint my overall excited feelings toward this game

Favorite Boss: Helmaroc King

I loved fighting a giant flying bird. First, I had to crack his hard mask. So I needed to use a hammar to crack his hard mask. While I tried to do that, he would fly around and either try to use the wind to toss me into spikes or he would try to grab me. This required me to dodge effectively to make sure I avoided his attacks. I also needed to dodge when he pecked me because then he would get stuck and I could hit him. He was such a fun boss to fight and I loved his design!

Least Favorite Boss: Puppet Ganon

Puppet Ganon has three forms. All forms have a ball which you have to hit with a light arrow. The first was not hard when he is in pig form because I just had to cut his tail and hit it. The second got slightly harder because he was a spinning spider and I had to hit his tail when it landed near me. The third was the worst!

He turns into a worm. He then runs around frantically while I have to hit his tail which is hard to hit because he moves so fast. And, if I did hit it, he would go faster! I lost all of my fairies and half my hearts to him because he would hit me before I could hit his tail.

This part did frustrate me, but this was end game. This was a stage of the final boss so he had to be hard. I can understand why the difficulty ranked up here and in the final fight afterwards. Even though the final boss was frustrating, I did still enjoy the ending when I finally beat him!

Final Thoughts

I loved this game and it is one of my favorite games now! The soundtrack was great even just from the first thing you hear when you start up the game. I also loved the songs Link would play when he used his Wind Waker.

The story was fantastic. I loved exploring the sea and found it to be relaxing. I l also loved most of the dungeons except the two escort style dungeon. The boss designs in this game were fantastic, I loved fighting most of the bosses!

I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys The Legend of Zelda games or wants to play a game dedicated to exploring a world on the water!

What did you think of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD?