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jtavillustrations:

Kindaaa irrelevant to my blog! But had to redesign classic characters from Video games for design class. I picked Final Fantasy 6! We were meant to do research and change the characters as we like, so don’t kill me fans.

I did base Celes of Liu Wen and Terra of Barbara Palvin loosely. 

One of my best friends, Yosh Tav, is an incredible artist and gamer. He has a great art style that I love. Here is some of his work based on Final Fantasy 6 ^_^

The Last of Us (PS3)

Wowza.

That’s the only word I can think of that sums up my time with this game. I literally just passed it and I’m watching the credits while writing this. This game is an incredible, emotional, gut-wrenching roller coaster ride. It is also incredibly beautiful with a great soundtrack.

I now understand why so many gaming websites gave this the game of the year award. It’s so brutal and intense. I know the zombie outbreak has been done to death in games and that’s why it took me so long to finally pick up this game and play it all the way through. When I first got it I played it and it just never really did it for me. But after seeing so much about it I just had to give it a second shot, and I’m so glad I did. 

It is a game everyone should play and although I didn’t love everything about it and there were so frustrating sections, overall, this game was pretty incredible. It is about Joel and Ellie as they attempt to cross America while trying to just survive. 

The music is good, the graphics are stunning, the environments you traverse through are brilliantly conceived, it’s all spectacular. But it’s not a perfect game. There were a few times when I wish it just let me explore and not think, oh people better start shooting at you now. It all turns a bit Uncharted by the end. But that is only a minor gripe. This game should be played by anyone who owns a PS3. 

Fierce Gaming Goddesses

It’s too hot right now. There is a heat wave sweeping through the city I game in and it’s affecting me mentally and physically. Mentally because I’m too sweaty to concentrate on summer school work. And physically because I have eaten so much iced cream my body is like, well fuck it lets pretend you’re on the biggest loser.

But I digress. This post is about Fierce Gaming Goddesses, of which there are many. I don’t know all of them and I could probably add to this list over time (so many I will). But here are some of the ones I can think of through the sweat. In no particular order, except for the last one.

Orta (Panzer Dragoon Orta)
Poor Orta has spent her entire life trapped and alone. She is freed by a magnificent dragon and begins a stunningly beautiful quest to learn the truth about her life. Orta is a tragic character who learns some hard truths about her life. But she looks amazing and has an entire game named after her, so she’s not doing too bad. 

Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
Look, this is an obvious choice but I love a bit of tomb raiding and the latest game in the series was actually very impressive and fun to play. Lara has my dream job. To be an archaeologist. This was my childhood obsession. Now I get to live it our through this babe. 

Fran (Final Fantasy XII)
The Final Fantasy games have a huge amount of fierce female characters. But the one who I always come back to is Fran. She is just too fierce. Her voice, her outfit, her hair. When this bitch gets near nethicite, shit gets very real.

Lady (Devil May Cry 3)
I was obsessed with this character when this game first came out. She is such a good match to Dante. She fights like an absolute babe and she rides a motorcycle! ‘Nuff said. While she is basically on a revenge mission, her motives are very relatable. 

Elaine Marley (Monkey Island)
Only a strong, independent woman can put up with the mess Guybrush Threepwood always gets himself into. She is the Governor of the Tri-Island area and looks fabulous in pirate getup. 

Olivia (Grim Fandango)
Continuing the adventure game theme, Olivia comes from perhaps my favourite adventure game of all time, Grim Fandango. She makes being dead seem impeccably cool. 

Arsia (Napple Tale)
This girl is so sweet and looks so cool running around these amazing environments on Dreamcast. I love her. 

Bayonetta (Bayonetta)
Last, but certainly not least, is the queen of video games. The Beyoncé of the gaming world. Bayonetta. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, she’s too fierce. You can’t beat her. Tell me any female gaming character and I’ll tell you how Bayonetta tops them. 

Jill Valentine in Resident Evil 3!

Jill Valentine in Resident Evil 3!

One of my all time favourite artists is definitely Akihiko Yoshida. His art style is so beautiful and adds so much to games. Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy 12 and Final Fantasy Tactics show how much he adds to games. 

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

This really has been the year of the 3DS. It seemed almost every month there was another amazing looking game coming out for the handheld system. I’ve only got 3 badges on Pokemon, sunk over 10 hours into Fire Emblem and captured more than a few ghosts on Luigi’s Mansion 2. But there’s one game that had me hooked right from the opening menu. And that game, is this game, A Link Between Worlds.

I’m a bit of a tragic Zelda fan but I haven’t actually played every single one. I was a bit too young to ever own a SNES, which means I’ve never actually played a significant portion of A Link to the Past, the Zelda game that basically turned it into a classic series. This means that all the little winks and nods that the sequel gives out are a bit lost on me, but I still know an amazing game when I play one. And this is pretty fucking mint. 

It’s all very standard Zelda but the dungeons can almost be tackled in any order and there’s so much freedom right from the beginning, it really feels like an adventure. Each dungeon has some dastardly puzzles that are just hard enough to keep you thinking and make you feel like you’ve graduated from UWA when you finally figure them out. 

The game has a nice difficulty curve but it can be pretty brutal at times. I died quite a few times but that might be because I’m just clumsy and trying to balance the 3DS and food and a can of Coke all at the same time. I’m obsessed with canths of cool drink. 

The music is very good as are the 3D effects, not that I played with them on much, otherwise I would have a brain aneurysm. The art style is…good, but I wanted something a bit more unique. I know it has to match the original art style but when you go from Wind Waker or Majora’s Mask to this kind of world, it can be a bit dull. Not horrible by any means, but I just wanted something more stylised.

There’s just so much fun to be had with this game. There’s so much to collect and upgrade and experiment by renting different items.

This is definitely the best Zelda experience in a long time, I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and if you have a 3DS, you must have this in your collection.

Oh and the villain Yuga is really cool, until he get’s forgotten about.

  

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 ^_^

Ah…Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all.