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Is Fire Emblem: Echoes a tough game?

Nintendo UK.comThis is a game I never got around to playing until now. It was developed by Intelligent Systems and was made a while ago before I got my hands on it. The story revolves around two people Alm and Celica who were pretty much attached the hip when they were kids. But, after an attempted attack from a vicious knight named Slayde who tried to kidnap Celica after recognizing her as the lost princess of the country. Having being separated for years, they obviously take different paths in order to bring peace back into the world.

Warning: Possible spoilers ahead

Alm becomes a warrior and a leader to the rebellion force that calls itself the “Deliverance”. The rebellion’s goal is to take out King Rudolf who rules the opposing country that’s trying to take over theirs.  They all hope that Alm can take out King Rudolf before things get too bad. On the other hand, Celica has become a warrior priestess who believes that using violence is wrong (even though she’s taking out people left and right herself) and that there is a peaceful solution to this crisis.

Her solution is to find Mila who is the goddess of their country that is supposed to be keeping their country, at least, nice and peaceful. Find her and ask her why is she letting everything go to shit lately? I think it’s painfully clear that something must have happened to her if she’s in charge of making sure nothing happens to the humans in her domain.

Fire Emblem GodsWhile I’m talking about Gods and such might, as well talk about Duma and Mila. Duma and Mila ancient gods that happen to be siblings, too. When it came time to rule over the humans they both disagreed about how they should be ruled. Duma thought that only the strong should be in control have all the wealth and power and rule over the weak. While Mila thought that everyone should be equal and share the wealth and prosperity. Since, they couldn’t agree they decided to split the world in half so each god had a place to rule and made a contract with each other that forbid the other from ever interfering with their side of the world.

Doing so would mean total war.

Personally, I understand their ruling styles, but the same time I see the flaws in it. Duma believes that as long as there is a strong leader then the weaker people will be led to prosperity. What actually happens is strong people becoming evil, angry and only thinking about themselves while the weaker people become poor and treated like dirt. During Mila’s rule, she’s the complete opposite of Duma, believing that as long as everyone is equal and share everything things will be just dandy. Problem with is the people became spoiled, weak and even when people were starving to death because they were too nice and gave away everything they had. So, its same to say that if they combined their ways then the world would end up just right.

Now would I consider Fire Emblem Echoes a hard game? It’s a bit of a challenge I will say that. Is it an impossible game to beat? No, but I do wish I could have lowered the difficulty a little bit because for one if one of your players dies they are permanently dead until you find a revival well (which doesn’t even allow you to revive all your characters). These wells are a bit hard to find, so you better be sure that you’ve searched every nook and cranny when you’re in a dungeon or could have missed it without knowing it.

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Also, I didn’t even know about the revival wells until I did some digging in the internet about what to do about bringing dead players back into the game. It wasn’t even in the tutorial which I  don’t even know why. I would like to think that would have been a nice little detail to tell the gamer playing this freaking game. Also, one other thing that you figure out, eventually, is that you need to talk to everyone just in case they want to join your group. For me, I like to have as many people in battle as I can, but it sucks when most of them have died and I haven’t gotten to a well yet.

BehindTheVoiceActors.comI’m loving some of these characters though. One of my favorites is Gray who is that strong, confident and funny type that says things that just make you fall in love with him right away. Another favorite is Faye (even if I’m a little concerned about her) she’s another childhood friend of Alm and has been in love with him for as long as she can remember and that love as not only grown, but is bordering total obsession. During the talks they have during some of the battles, you can tell that she would do anything for Alm and makes it painfully clear that she’s into him, but he doesn’t seem to be taking the hint. It kind of makes you feel sorry for her.

The storyline is really good and the characters are really interesting. I’ve had several theories about Alm’s identity throughout playing this game, but I’m not going to tell you who he really is. But, if there is one thing we do know it’s that Alm and Celica do not end up together. No matter how much we want them to, they don’t. That’s not really a spoiler if you’ve watched the beginning cutscenes. I’ve enjoyed playing this game and if you like RPG/adventure games then you will, too.

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Experiencing OMG!Con

Tumblr.comThis time I’m going to talk about something different that I’ve never talked about before and that is conventions!

I’ve always wanted to talk about them at some point, but I haven’t gotten the chance to go to any of the ones lately because like most people I work and deal with other life problems that come our way. That’s okay though. I finally was able to go to another anime convention after so long.

Art StallOMG!Con was my second time going to an anime convention and I freaking love going to these events. This one was located in Owensboro, Kentucky on June 9-11. It was freaking awesome as hell! To be surrounded by like-minded people like myself, who are really into anime and like to cosplay and all that good stuff really puts a smile to my face. Before, you guys ask….no I did not cosplay for this event, but someday I will just not this time. Yes, I will take better pictures next time. I was distracted by everything going around me, so I wasn’t too concentrated on the picture-taking while I was there. Until, I master this art….. JUST DEAL WITH IT.

As you can see though, the thing I like most about conventions besides the people, costumes and the vibe is the vendors section. You never know what you’re going to see in that place. You can always find cool stuff there and for a decent price, but this where they always get you. If you don’t got the cash then I would steer clear of the vendor’s section at all costs or they will bleed you dry. This is what I do I scan all the stalls making a mental list of all the things that I want and if I happen to find two of the same item at two different stalls then I find out which one is cheaper before buying instead of being a compulsive shopper.

Anime StallTo me, that’s just common shopper sense, but the main thing is though that I’m always coming out of there with SOMETHING. Never Nothing. I always have to have at least buy something to remember the occasion.

I enjoyed everything that they had to offer to the food to the arcade that they had in there, too. My only regret was going to on the third day which I discovered is what I like to call the ‘winding down’ day. I was so mad at myself, but now I know that when it comes to cons you need to go on the 1st and 2nd day. If you didn’t already know this most conventions last for a full three days and almost always on the weekends because they know that if theirs any days of the week that everyone is off its on the weekend.

I had a great time during this event and if I have the time next year I’ll definitely drop by and see what’s going on. Also, if their are any events that you all recommend that I should go to and see then just let me know in the comments below. Thank you!

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Little Nightmares

cracked-games.orgThis time around I’m going to be talking about the popular and recently out game called, “Little Nightmares”. The game was developed by Tarsier Studios in which I appreciate your guys hard work in making this game for us. I was interested in this game the moment the demo came it, so I was really happy when I heard that this game finally came out.

So, the story of the game itself is really up to your imagination, but I’m going to tell you guys what I think was happening in the game. You wake up as this little girl wearing a yellow raincoat. Yes, I say she because it feels like it’s a she. So, I say it’s a SHE!!! Their has been a debate what gender the little person is and I vote she because she a she vibe from the get go.

dualshockers.comAnyway, this is a stealth/puzzle game where you have to sneak past these gross, deformed fat people who want to kidnap you for some odd reason. I’m good at stealth, puzzles not so much. It takes a person like me a minute to figure some stuff out, not going to lie to you. While your venturing on what you finally figure out is a ship, you come to realize that the reason all this fat people keep trying capture is so they can eat you because you’re a delicacy in this world. So freaking delicious that they’ve got (I thought this was a daycare for the employees kids or something, at first. Okay, leave me alone.) a whole smuggling ring operation going on where they take kids, feed them and fatten them up until their ready to put in the oven.

Messed up, isn’t it?

I know the theme of this game is dark and creepy, but they made something so damn dark that you couldn’t even see where some stuff was nor where you were going despite having a lighter. You never see the faces of the children nor the main character’s. Even though, the game was meant to be creepy it also had a lot of funny and charming elements to it, too. I always laughed when the chefs would see me and make that funny elephant sound.

At one point in the game, it kind of felt like you entered Spirited Away for a moment because everything takes a Japanese style turn and the head mistress of the ship is a geisha with a white mask. If you look closely at some of their faces, some of them look like Japanese demon masks. I thought it was cool but kind of out of place with the rest of the game art style and if you’ve played the game then you’ll understand what I mean. Also, I’m very curious at what type of creature she is because I thought she was just a regular child surrounded by giant adults that want to eat her, but then whenever she gets hungry bad things start to happen to the point where you question if she’s actually good or not.

gamerevolution.comI would say she’s kinds like a vampire but kind off not. I’m not really sure but at the end she becomes totally badass and gets her revenge on all those people who tried to eat her throughout the entire game which I thought was awesome. In my mind, she may be a being that can suck the life out of you and steal powers, but she still gave those people what they deserved so good for her!

I really loved this game, its creepy charm and how dark the story becomes as time goes along. The controls are really simple, so even a beginner can play this game as long as they don’t mind the horror element. Really excited to see if another similar game is coming out anytime soon and I hope you enjoy Little Nightmares.

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Persona 5

WikipediaThe new game Persona 5 was developed by Atlus and is totally incredible. This game is about a group of outcasts that become famous Phantom Thieves that gain the power to steal and change the hearts of evil people. The game starts out really epic and weird only because the main character is trying to escape a casino while avoiding monsters and you have no freaking clue to what is going on.

Crazy, right?

I wasn’t too surprised since this is the fifth game in the Persona series so I was kind of used to the weirdness already. But, this is the first time that they’ve tried telling the whole story as a flashback. I felt bad for this guy in the beginning when you see how shitty his life becomes just because he wanted to do the right thing and now he’s being punished for it. What made it even worse was that for a hot minute nobody asked him for his side of the story!

Don’t worry guys things get better.

Youtube.comLater, I don’t know why but Igor (Prison Master/Velvet Room Master) chose him to have persona powers in order to “rehabilitate” him from ruin. How that works…..I don’t know but he just goes with it. Now, his new friends and himself are going into Metaverse which the other world is called and finding the most rotten of people in order to change their hearts and confess their crimes.

I think my guy is pretty calm and laid back for someone in his situation. He kind of just goes with the flow of things which is cool. Anyway, the game itself is pretty addicting and there is A LOT to do besides killing shadows and stealing hearts the whole time. While you’re not fighting in the Metaverse, you have to help him have and keep a decent social life in the real world; doing so will get you extra things in the other world.

After, a marathon of playing the game I realized two things that most of the shadows in the game looked really, really similar to the franchise game called, ‘Megami Tensei’, and that some parts of the soundtrack sounded really similar to another game called, “Catherine”. It wasn’t until later that my dumb self finally figured out that all three games were made by the same people.

PersonaCentral.comAnyway, this game has an awesome storyline, good comic-booky like graphics and is really easy to play. I think they’ve learned from Persona 4 when it came to difficulty settings because this time it goes from safe to expert. So, even if you’re a total beginner at gaming you’ll do just fine in this game. If you love a good storyline or RPG games, then you better get to this one fast!

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Corpse Party: Blood Drive

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I really love the Corpse Party series from the manga all the way to all of the video games they made. Corpse Party has been getting more and more popular over the years because of the incredible horror/mystery surrounding it. This one was made by Makoto Kedōin and developed by Team GrisGris. For those of you who don’t know what Corpse Party is about; it’s about a group of teenagers who decide to perform the Sachiko Forever Charm which is said to anyone who performs the charm will be together forever. Unfortunately, right after they perform the ritual an earthquake starts shaking the entire school and not long after they find themselves in an entirely different school filled with tortured souls and killer ghosts.

 

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Source: vgnetwork.it                 Ghost girl who was one of Sachiko’s orginal victims

It’s a pretty cool show and I recommend anyone who likes horror or mystery to watch it. Just don’t get too attached to any of the characters…….they might not live too long.

 

The latest Corpse Party game is called Corpse Party Blood Drive and I already got freaked out by it by playing the first five minutes of it. You guys may not know it, but I tend to stay away from horror games just because I don’t like jump scares all that much. I will play them from time to time, but only if I think I can handle it. Corpse Party was the exception because I like the series so much. I thought it was going to be like the previous where there’s mostly talking and you have to move here and there to find stuff to move on.

Boy, was I way off with this one. .

The previous games is just like I said before they mostly talk and find stuff while avoiding ghosts, but it wasn’t that scary. They completely changed the game with this one though. In this game, after all the crap happened in the other ones and they finally escaped the school. It turns out that dark powers of the school were becoming so strong that they didn’t even need to drag all the way to the school after you performed the charm to torment or kill you. If you did it in the real world, your horrible death was pretty much guaranteed to happen. Also, Ayumi stupidly goes back to Heavenly Host after a strange boy tells her that the curse has expanded and she is the only one that can stop it. Again I thought it was a stupid move to go back at all. First off, you’re taking the advice of a complete stranger that seems to know all about you.(creeper alert!) Then, she decides it would be perfectly fine to right back after she just back from there by her fucking self!!! Her stupidity meter went up the freaking charts when she decided to do that.

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Source: playstationlifestyle.net           Ayumi Shinozaki aka Dumbass Girl

During that part before she was about to go, I thought it would give me an option or something but that didn’t happen. So, I had to watch make her do these things while I shook my head at her and called her a selfish dumbass. Also, theirs a lot more of the adventure feature in this game and a lot more running away from ghosts, you just don’t know when their going to show up and start chasing you all over the place!

 

I’m not going to tell you how this game ends, but a lot of epic and crazy shit happens in this game. So, if you don’t mind a nice little horror game to pass the time then by all means play it and see how you like it.

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Danganronpa Legacy Continues

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A long time ago, I talked about the game Danganronpa and the second game, as well. Well, this time, I’ll talk about the third game, too. Also, I’ve been hearing that an exciting fourth game is going to come out sometime soon in January of next year. I’m really excited to see what they end up brining to the table this time around considering what happened last time in the second game.

 

In case some of you didn’t know or remember what happened in the last game. The last surviving students of the killing game, eventually, discover that their in a virtual world and the mastermind, Junko Enoshima, is trying to download her mind into their bodies so she can control the world in different bodies. Together we end up destroying her once and for all and get released from the virtual world.

It was a very nice ending and all, I really enjoyed the second game but those two games left behind a lot of questions that needed answering and luckily for us the game’s developers decided give us some answers with the game Danganronpa: Ultra Despair Girls. I really liked this game because it was different from the last two game because this one was an adventure/shooter game. Also, it not only shows how the chraracters from the previous game are doing but it fills a lot of holes that were left behind by the two last games. So, that was pretty good.

Ultra Despair Girls was happening after the first killing game in the first game was over. One of questions left behind in the game was…..what happened to Makoto’s family? Not going to reveal what happened to all of them but his sister Komaru is the main character in this game as she tries to survive the city filled with killer robots and homicidal children. This shooter game is a real nice change of pace with a story just as good as the other ones.

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Monaca (Junko’s Successor) Source: blog.livedoor.jp

Moving on from that, we have the upcoming release of a fourth game. When I heard this I was wondering what was going to happen since the mastermind is dead and her successor went away. But, once I saw the cover I already had a guess what was going to happen, you see the little girl a little more grown up on the cover, so it looks like she’s going to return to wreak havoc and have one last showdown. I’m telling you guys I’m so excited about this game and you already know that I’m going to one of the first people to buy this game the moment I find out that its out.

 

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Life is Strange

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When I first saw this game I was a little hesitant to play it to tell you the truth, but then I said to myself ‘what the heck I’ll give it try’. Looking back, I am so glad that I bought this game and brought it back home with me, so now I was mentally kicking myself because I almost didn’t buy it that day. This game was created by Dontnod Entertainment and Square Enix and it revolves around a girl named Max who goes through the strangest things during this entire game.

The game already starts out very weird and mysterious because she wakes up in the middle of a storm just in time to see her hometown about to get destroyed by a massive monster tornado. But, right after her supposed ‘vision’ of the future, she suddenly gains the power of controlling time. How does she get that power?

I really don’t know. I was wondering during this whole game how out of every character that was in here, why was she the only one that gained that power? It looks to me that it will always be a mystery and all we can do is speculate and guess why and how. I just wish they would have given us a hint of some sort during the game, so we wouldn’t be so confused now. Out of everything that was put into the game, that one story detail was the only bad thing that I could point out.

The graphics were excellent and the gameplay. This is another what I like to call movie video game but with a lot more input from the player this time than the previous ones I’ve played if you ask me. This game had a bit of the usual but added a hint of a puzzle/hidden object parts to it, too. So, we had a lot more to play with in this one.

If I had to give this game a rating then I would give it a 4.5/5. Like I’ve said before it was really good and there are many ways to play this game with multiple outcomes that just want you to go back and play it again. I’m not going to go into detail about the story for you guys, since I don’t want to spoil it for you but just know there is a lot of drama in this and it will definitely make you cry. I would recommend this game to pretty much everyone that loves a good storyline and is looking for a nice way to pass the time.

 

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Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright?

I picked up this game mostly because I’ve been playing a lot of Ace Attorney games recently plus I’ve been really curious about what Professor Layton games are all about, even though, I’ve never played any of those. Basically, I was killing two birds with one stone. This Nintendo game was developed by Level 5 and Capcom and the storyline behind it is really interesting. Its about two different people getting sucked into a fantasy world called Labyrinthia.

In this game, the two work together to solve the magical world’s mysteries and hidden secrets. This is where I kind of got confused because the title of the game obviously says Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, right? So, how come their working together on this instead of being bitter rivals? I have two ideas of why they chose this title. Its because during the entire game we switch out between the main characters stories during a certain parts of the game, so it kind of felt like they were competing to see which character the player liked playing the most. Also, at the end the two are finally duking it out in the last trial (sorry if I spoiled that for anyone) which is they named the game this way.

Personally, I liked playing as Phoenix Wright the most and I’ve learned through this game that I’m not much of a puzzle solver. Sure, I solved a couple of them with no help but most of them I had to use a lot of hint coins to solve them. Hint coins are just what their called; if you find a coin in the game then you can use it to help you solve a puzzle. The only problem with this is that when you activate the coins the hint is something that you already figured out which frustrated me to no end. I liked using them during trials though when I felt like I’ve done everything possible to figure out the contradiction. Also, I liked all the anime cut scenes that they put into it. Who doesn’t enjoy a good anime cut scene?

During this whole game, I though the cat named Eve was totally evil. The whole time I thought the cat was special and way too smart for its own good. In the end I was right and wrong and I’m not going to tell you how or why, your going to have to go play it for yourself to why I say so. If your a lover of puzzles or solving crazy trials, then you’ll love this game and its wacky characters. It’ll definitely challenge your brain a bit.

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Danganronpa Series

Have you ever looked at a game sitting on the shelf and knew it was for you? You didn’t even look into it you just saw it and said I’m getting because you already knew it was the game for you? Well, when I first saw the Danganronpa game, my ‘gamer senses’ were tingling and I bought it on the spot. So far, I do not regret that decision.

This awesome game was made by Spike Chunsoft and I’ve got to say this game’s story really caught my attention and sucked me right in before I knew it, I was done with the first game and ready to buy the second one. By the way, I’m only going to talk about the first two games in the series, since theirs so much to talk about with this series. The plot of this story first starts at Hopes Peak Academy where if your scouted and recruited to join this school your future is guaranteed to be successful. The reason for that is because they hone whatever talent that you have into something that can become a profitable job.

Sounds pretty cool, huh? I would like to go to a school like that if it existed. But, just like any elite school the only way to get in is if your scouted by a scout from the school. The only other way is by a random lottery the school does and enters you in as the “Ultimate Lucky” student which, of course, the main character, Makato, ends up winning and going to the school. Sadly, things go down hill from there.

The moment he enters the school, he suddenly grows unconscious and wakes up trapped in the middle of the school where he discovers 14 other students. That’s when my favorite character, Monokuma, appears and explains that they will live in the school forever and the only way to get out is to murder someone and not get caught.

Both of these games are filled with dark and twisted situations that will make your head spin. I love the characters in both games because their so unique and crazy and the endings to both games just make you go, “Wait a minute…….WHAT?!” I swear even if you’re not into playing games where the characters talk a lot, but your into solving mysteries and watching how crazy these people can get then this is for you.

The second game is a continuation of the first game, but with different characters and different situations. Also, this game was turned into an anime so if you don’t want to play it then you can always watch it and see how it plays out. Its just as enjoyable with either watching or playing or both! Its very dark, very twisted and very funny. I deeply enjoyed this series and I hope you do, too.

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Until Dawn

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If you’ve read my last post then you saw that I briefly mentioned the game ‘ Until Dawn’. This game was made by Supermassive Games and produced by Sony Computer Entertainment. Ah, Sony you got to love them. Anyway, this is a survival horror game that revolves around this group of teenagers taking a vacation in a snowy cabin. They were all enjoying themselves until they decided to be cruel and thought it would be funny to prank one of the girls, Hannah, right in front of the guy she has a crush on. Devastated, she runs into the woods in the middle of a blizzard (because that’s the perfect place to run to when you want to be alone and cry) where soon her sister, Beth, tries to follow her.

 

The two sister are never seen again.

In the beginning you see a hint where their could be a monster in the woods, but you’re not so sure. A year goes by and the older brother of the two sisters, Josh, invites everyone to come back on the anniversary of their deaths because he says it will help everyone get some closure. Everything goes downhill from there.

If it was me in this game, I would have never gone back to that place. I would have just gone and seen a therapist or something for a couple of weeks and just be done with it. I would never go back to the place my friends died in a creepy freaking cabin, no doubt. Plus the bodies were never found even when everyone did a complete search of the mountain. I would be way to paranoid to go to a place like that, but that’s me. I don’t know about you guys.

This is what I call a video game movie where you watch most of it and you just make a quick decision here or there. The reason I liked this game is because you never know what is going to pop out at you and scare the crap out of you. Every decision you make decides who lives and who dies and let me tell you, its kind of hard keeping everyone alive but it is possible. Also, there are different endings every time you start over and change something from before.

The characters were very diverse and if I had to pick who I liked the most and who I hated the most I would say I liked Sam the most because she kicked ass in the game and in a towel no less! You ever tried defending yourself or running in a towel without letting it fall? I haven’t, but that shit don’t easy. The person I hated the most was……a tie. Between Emily and Jessica, they were both complete bitches in the story and I can’t decide who I hated more. Anyways, this game is super easy to play, you just have to be quick with the buttons or you won’t last long. Also, this game is not for people who don’t enjoy a good scary movie. Enjoy!

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