New Zelda this week! I haven’t reviewed a game in donkey’s years but will try and get a few up in the coming weeks ^_^
I’m on prac at a lovely primary school at the moment so this blog of love to Japan, Video games and Zelda is a bit quiet at the moment, but fear not!
I still love video games, I still love Japan and I still love a certain Italian man that I stupidly let go of for some reason. I really miss this guy a lot, he and I (I feel) had an amazing connection and I don’t know why I let him go. I think I always get rid of the things I love the most so I can continue hating myself. I hope he’s doing well and that he’s happy and that one day I can talk to him because sometimes I miss him so much it hurts.
Anyway, the games I’m playing right now are:
Persona 4: Golden
Panzer Dragoon Orta (because I love it and have been wanting to revisit this series for a while)
Puppeteer (pretty average)
Rayman Legends (not as good as the first)
Resident Evil 6 (it’s as awful as everyone says it is)
I will try and get a review up of one of these games shortly, keep supporting Japan!
I’ve had this game for ages and only just managed to finally pass it. I love JRPG’s but never get round to completing them all. This has been the first JRPG I’ve passed since Final Fantasy 13-2.
A lot has been said about this games graphics and they are stunning. They’re like a Studio Ghibli movie come to life. I especially loved the White Witch’s cloak and how the galaxy of it moved independent of what she was doing, very kewl spesh effects.
The music of the game is also very nice and although the battle music was amazing, all the other tunes had me humming along. The game as a whole reminds me of Dragon Quest, which isn’t a huge coincidence since both games are made by the same people.
The storyline isn’t amazing, but it is enough to carry you along for the 40 plus hour adventure. I played the game in English which isn’t something I normally do and I kind of wish I had played it in Japanese. I know I sound pretentious but I just think Japanese anime and games are meant to be heard in the language they’re made in.
The battle system in the game is similar to Final Fantasy 12, but not quite as good. I found myself getting frustrated when sometimes my monster just wouldn’t get in a good position to attack, however by the end of the game I just started spamming the most powerful spells and that was enough to beat most of the end bosses.
Ni no Kuni isn’t a bad game by any means, I just find it a bit underwhelming, but that’s partially my fault for hyping it up so much but I just feel the game isn’t as good as the sum of it’s parts. Each little bit should all work together, but for some reason it just doesn’t.
I’m typing this while waiting for Final Fantasy 14 to load on my PS3, so we’ll see how that game goes. I’ve also bought Dark Chronicle for PS2 which I have wanted ever since I first saw it as a teenager. I’m constantly surrounded by games, I just have to finish them all! If you like JRPG’s go and play Ni no Kuni, it’s good, it’s solid. It just didn’t do what I wanted it to do.
The Nintendo 3DS could turn into my most played console this year. The amount of quality games released this year for it is staggering, with almost one a month the last 6 months. It’s been a great time to own a 3DS…The same can’t be said for the WiiU, which is floundering. The only games that will make me get a WiiU are Bayonetta 2 (which looks like a great sequel to the original, one of my favourite games of all time) and of course, a new Zelda game.
I’ve sunk quite a few hours into the latest Fire Emblem game, and after all the hype I’ve read about it, I have to admit, it definitely lives up to it. I’ve always been interested in the Fire Emblem series, it has a great art style and has always kind of a been a cult series that has some very loyal fans. The game is a SRPG which isn’t really my kind of thing, but I love this game. Final Fantasy Tactics has never really done it for me, even though it’s supposed to be a classic. I don’t know, it’s just kind of boring to me. But there’s something about Awakening that just works. I think it’s the tiny cutscene that plays out when two units battle. I think that small touch of excitement keeps me engaged in battles and wanting more. You could literally sink hundreds of hours into this game.
The story is pretty standard stuff but is definitely enough to keep me interested and there have been a few twists that I haven’t seen coming at all.
The music and graphics are very good. The music always has me humming along during battles and the graphics really show off the unique art style of the game. There are heaps of options on how to view battles so you can really taylor the game to the way you like to play. There’s really not much to not like about the game. Sometimes having to get through all the conversations the characters want to have can be a bit annoying, but it means they sometimes level up their stats so I suppose it’s not for nothing.
Although I’m nowhere near finished this game, I have to say it’s one of the best portable games I own.
It’s been a pretty rough time over the past few weeks and with my first exam tomorrow I feel like my head is spinning. I recently retrieved my Wii from far off places and started playing Majora’s Mask. It’s kind of a good time to play it because it’s filled with so many sad stories that I relate to at the moment. Not that I want to sound like I whinge all the time, no one could ever accuse me of complaining too much.
Majora’s Mask really spins the classic Zelda set up on its head and is so different to every other Zelda game. It’s very complex with so much to do all the time, it can be quite overwhelming (see the links I’m making to my own life?). The moon is going to crash into the Earth in 3 days so it’s up to Link and his trusty pause menu of items to save the world from destruction. The constant reminder of how much time is left means everything you do is important…Except that it isn’t. Because using the Ocarina of Time means you can always revert time back to the 1st day. And this is the doozy part. Certain events only happen at certain times on certain days. I have to admit I use a guide a lot during this game just because I’m too stupid to work it all out.
I haven’t touched much on the story, which is tinged throughout with summertime sadness. The ending is also one of the best game endings of all time, was very powerful and really left a deep impression on me.
The gameplay is standard Zelda fare. It can be a little clumsy at times but it still holds up quite well even to this day. I’m cheating a little and using a GameCube controller which has a great layout for the game.
This game is just so dense and beautiful. The art style is amazing, the music is haunting and the temple layouts are ingenious. I love this game, even though it’s not helping me because it is probably just making me sadder but maybe that’s what I need right now.
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Ultimate All Stars
Should be on: PS3
This one is kind of a no-brainer. It has a big cast of colourful characters, interesting backgrounds, a fabulous art style, but most importantly, RAINBOWS. So much rainbow. The jump to HD would be killa manilla. It’s luckyness this game even made it to the West with half the cast being virtually unknown. It has made me research ancient anime though, which is always a good thing. I’m no obsessed with the new Karas movies they made.
Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
Should be on: PC
This is a very interesting point and click adventure game that made interesting use of the Wiimote at times. However this is a bit of a gimmick and could be scraped without losing the fun. It has a quirky art stlye which I really like. The only downside to this game, which is a big no-no in point and click adventure games, is that if you make a mistake during one of the puzzles you can die and have to start the area again. This is counter-intuitive to the very elements of point and click games, which encourage exploration and experimentation using items in the area. But this is a minor flaw in an otherwise great game that is very under appreciated.
Monster Hunter Tri
Should be on: PS3/Xbox 360
This series should be bigger in the West because it has heaps of potential. Monster hunting in HD with a much better online system than the Wii’s is almost too exciting to think about. I like this series but it’s boring without other peeps to hunt and slaughter with. Get this game on PS4 Capcom!
Should be on: PS3/Xbox360
I don’t get wet for this game as much as some people do but it’s definitely a decent game, but its famous battle system is a watered down version of Final Fantasy 12’s. The story and locations are interesting and would benefit immensely from better graphics. Also a more powerful system could cut out that annoying load time before each battle, something Final Fantasy 12 DIDN’T have. (I’ll stop now).
It might just be nostalgia talking but sometimes I wish games went back to simpler times, during the Saturn/Dreamcast and PS1 era when 3D platformers were king. I love those games. And sure, Mario has a new 3D adventure everyone and then, but I miss Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, Lara Croft and Raziel, and a little character called Klonoa.
The Klonoa series consists of only two main games, to my knowledge, and a few spin off titles I’m not interested in. It’s the second game that I want to talk about. Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil is not technically a 3D platformer, it’s more of a 2.5D game where you run along a 2D path with some 3D elements. But the colours and design pop on the screen whenever I play it and I have a real fondness for games like this. I wish these kinds of games were more popular. Klonoa is a very underrated character who should get the spotlight more.
The other not-quite-3D game i want to gush about is a Japan only Dreamcast game called Napple Tale. This game would definitely be in my Favourite Games of All Time list, if it wasn’t for the fact that I have no idea what any of the characters are saying and therefore it makes it extremely difficult to progress very far in the game. But, the music, the art style, the world of Napple Tale is like an interactive story book. It’s so focused in its design, that it creates a single vision that is consistent throughout the game. It’s a joy to walk around and explore the levels I am able to enter. This game is notable for being made by an all-female crew, fierce.
I do miss these kinds of games because they are becoming rare. There’s a magic about them. where the world and character design all click. There are heaps of other 3D/2.5D games that are brilliant. If you are sick of boring, bland brown shooters, like I’ve always been, check out the classics. Other brilliant platformers include:
Crash Bandicoot 1, Psychonauts, Burning Rangers, Shinobi, Sonic Colours, Jak and Daxter, Mario Galaxy, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, Nights into Dreams.