Shadow of the Colossus Overview

So, I finally finished Shadow of the Colossus and to be honest after I finished it, I was grateful for the experience, but saddened that it had to come to an end. I know I could always replay it yeah, but there was something about playing SotC day after day, despite knowing of what’s to come, considering I’ve spoiled the game long ago when the Game Grumps did an LP of it, that never stopped me from wanting to play the game myself of course and yes, this game is totally worth the praise it gets. There’s just something that makes the experience of playing it so special and I think it has to do with the balance of traveling with your horse, Agro, in these quiet, calming ventures through the game’s barren, yet beautiful world. Then, eventually marking your target, the Colossi and going for the kill, hanging on to dear life to slay these giants, in the most intense and nail-biting moments in gaming, just to save a girl.

I think this balance is what makes SotC such a captivating and amazing experience, it’s not just the balance it’s how that balance is executed throughout the game, there’s just never a dull moment. The plot is quite basic, but what truly shines when it comes to the game’s narrative is just how everything is shown to you by visual information, nothing is ever in your face about what happens in the duration of the game, the narrative is shaped by what you see throughout and what is being visually stated(There’s so many details in the game like this, even outside of the cutscenes), there’s only a few moments of exposition and that really works for the game’s show and not tell approach. The saving your loved one, in the process of questioning your own morality is that type of story in any form of media(NieR/NieR: Automata is one of my favs for that reason as well) that I just adore, so it gets bonus points for that.

The movement physics given to Wander brings this very satisfying feeling of weightiness and looseness that makes fighting the Colossi and just exploring the world itself, a very rewarding task(You can joke about Wander’s walking animation, but the way it’s animated gives off this visual dopamine for me, that it’s something I can’t ever get enough of). Speaking of the Colossi, the majority of them are actually very fun to fight and are all interesting confrontations, there was definitely some frustration had when fighting a couple of them, not to the detriment of the game, since that made defeating them all the more relieving. Most sporting very cool designs, Gaius(3), Phaedra(4), Barba(6), the art direction and character designs are another thing about SotC I can totally appreciate, Wander especially has a design that’s very appealing to me as the main character you play as.

For the PS2 version and the PS3 remaster, there’s that bloom effect to the game that gives it this heavenly, dream-like feel to it and it’s so appealing to the eyes, there’s so much to go into detail about how the game looks, but I think the visual style really holds up, even today. The soundtrack is nothing to down-play either, it really gives the game its identity, adding an extra layer to what the narrative of the game could possibly tell, it really tells a story for every moment that a track accompanies and it is masterful.

Shadow of the Colossus was a game that I kinda already loved from just the footage of it that I saw, but I knew if I just got my hands on it, that it would end up being probably one of my all-time favorite video games and guess what? It definitely is, though time will tell where I’ll have it in my top list, but it’s up there. The fact that I’m writing about it now, even without much emotional attachment(Oh yeah, the ending definitely made me tear up) in terms of nostalgia anyway, my experience with SotC was a special one and I loved it so, that I felt such an empty void, that I needed to fill it by speaking passionately about it. I don’t know if I’ll find another game that can give me the same experience that this one did, not to say it’s my favorite video game, it was a game that had given me a time in gaming that most others never accomplished and I enjoyed every second of it. I’m definitely looking forward to playing both Ico and The Last Guardian, possibly any game that Team Ico develops.

 

 

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Video Games I Want To Finish In 2018

With it being the start of 2018 and the end of January, while lazing around on my PC I thought about this blog topic. Video games I want to finish this year in 2018, with all of the new games coming out this year, eventually I’ll want to play the older titles to maybe catch up on the goodness that I missed out on before, it’s also a good way to get me focused on the games that I could be playing this year along with the new ones. So, here we go the video games I want to finish in 2018!

Silent Hill 2

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I’ve been a casual Resident Evil fan for years, love psychological thrillers and I also have a soft spot for the horror genre in general, I watched the original Silent Hill movie and remember enjoying it for what it was, but I never actually got into a Silent Hill “game” so I’m very excited to finally change that maybe this year. Starting from the fan favorite of the series, I have watched a Let’s Play of it, but that won’t discourage me from playing the game myself, it really seems like a very interesting experience and I would love to play the others worth playing in the series as well.

Super Mario Sunshine – Super Mario Galaxy 2

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With Super Mario Odyssey’s overwhelming praise and my personal excitement for the game in 2017, without a Switch I couldn’t experience that joy and this guy hasn’t even finished the majority of the mainline 3D Mario games, other than 64 and 3D Land so yeah I got some catching up to do before Odyssey. Which will be done by emulating of course.

Yume Nikki

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Eh, this one I have little faith I will actually finish, but man do I really want to! With the reboot coming out very soon actually and the release on Steam, honestly encouraged me to eventually pick it back up again. I don’t know when I would be in that mindset or in that environment where I would feel completely comfortable playing this game all the way through, at least getting one of the endings, at the time though I just don’t see that happening with me. Anyway, I SO want to finish this game once someday, I don’t want to start it and just run away from it again like last time, it’ll also take a lot of patience too so I hope I don’t drop it.

Doki Doki Literature Club

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It’s gotta happen eventually, from the couple of hrs I played and everything I heard about it, despite not knowing anything that actually happens… The suspense is fucking killing me.

Yakuza 0

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On-hold this one keeps going, I remember I was really in that Yakuza mood, but then Persona 5 and the Yoko Taro games came into my life and the digestion of this game has been slow-paced to hell. Although, I’m getting very close to the end and it’s only been a blast so far with no hiccups whatsoever, pretty much a 10/10 game for me. So, I’m not rushing myself, someday I’ll finish it and I really want to play through those side-quests as well.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

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The last time I played I got stuck, I’m up for the grinding, but at the time I’m not really in the mood for any RPGs. If I’m going to finish any FF game this year though, it’s going to be this one.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Ocarina of Time

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I’m not the most experienced in the Zelda games, as Skyward Sword was the only one I actually finished. I’m in no hurry to finish these games for Breath of the Wild or something, but fuck I really don’t want to miss out on them and with my recent purchase of ALTTP from the 3DS Virtual Console, you bet your ass I’m gonna get into it soon(Playing it now actually)!

Okami HD

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Another recent title I bought, that’s actually similar to Zelda in structure. I’m not gonna force myself into this game as I’m not really in the mood to actually play more of it really, but I think I’m going to end up enjoying this one a lot.

Space Channel 5

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The waifu, the charm, the rhythm, my sights have been on this game for awhile and I think it’ll be a nice way to ease myself into rhythm games.

Monster World IV

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Part of the Wonder Boy series, pretty much the precursor to the Shantae series and in this one you can tell that Shantae was inspired by it. I’ve been hesitant about starting this one, whenever I do start it I think I’m going to like it more than I think maybe, I’ll go in with low expectations. It really seems like something I’ll like though.

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut

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It was good from what I played, I really want to get into the other games too, since Metroidvanias are definitely my thing.

Ape Escape 1-2 

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The first Ape Escape has been surprisingly good for me so far and I’m only hoping I actually manage to finish it, because I was liking what I played of it. I probably won’t end up liking it more than the third one, same for when I get to the sequel, but that won’t take away from them being good games on their own. Sony, I hope you’re developing Ape Escape 4 damn it!

A Hat in Time

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I could go for a new, cute, charming 3D platformer nowadays. I’m so excited to play this one!

Banjo-Kazooie

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As much as I adored Rare’s Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2, I never really got deep into any of their 3D platformers, but Conker’s Bad Fur Day which I never exactly played all the way without skipping levels and cheating(I should play it all on my own someday). Anyway, with the recent release of Banjo’s spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee, I want to eventually get through this one, especially when I’m in the mood for more 3D platformers.

Bayonetta 2

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Re-releasing on Nintendo Switch along with the first game this year, for damn sure I’m finally playing the sequel to one of my all-time favorite games!

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner 

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I’ve got to get to it eventually, I guess I’ll play the original too. I need more Mecha action in my video games!

Hyper Light Drifter

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This game is super stylish, I was really getting into it before then I fell out of it. Comes with the territory, I had other games I wanted to play.

Ys: The Oath in Felghana

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Another game that I fell out of after digging it quite a lot, I don’t know if I’ll really get into it again this year, but I liked what I played for sure.

Viewtiful Joe 1-2

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Some more Clover Studios(Okami being the other) games I never got to finish and questioning why the hell I haven’t finished them yet. Although, I have emulated the first one a couple of months ago, so I have these games in mind.

Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition 

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Fuck Sanctus and The Savior! The next time I play DMC4: SE “maybe” this year, I’m gonna make sure I defeat them both, because fuck they gave me a hard time!

Hard Corps: Uprising

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Spiritual successor to the Contra series’ Contra Hardcorps game for the Sega Genesis, developed by the Guilty Gear team ArcSys, enough said.

Sonic Unleashed(PS3/360 Version)

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Since, we’re not expecting a new Sonic game release this year, whenever I’m in the mood to dig my teeth into a Sonic game I’ve never finished I’m gonna make sure I finally get through the HD version of this one. I have played through the PS2 version around its release, but with the HD version I made it past the Egg Dragoon battle and the game would just crash after it, yielding me from actually seeing the end… I own a copy of the PS3 version now, so I finally have another chance to actually see it through to the end, finally…

Metal Gear Solid/Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition

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I have a Metal Gear binge planned this year, I have some suspicion that I might not even continue this binge, but if I do and I follow through with it, I’m hoping I actually make it to at least both or one of these games, since I never finished them along with MGSV Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. To be honest, I might go with release date order or chronological, one of them since the MG series is dead without Kojima now and with all of the games being out now, I might actually play them all in release order starting from MGS(Might play the original MG games on the side), but I’ll have to buy MGSV:GZ and TPP still.

Metroid: Samus Returns – Metroid Prime Trilogy

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I bought my New 2DS XL for this one and y’all know Samus is my waifu so I gotta get through it eventually. I’m just so happy that Nintendo is giving more attention to the series and after that, the Metroid Prime games I’ll have to catch up on with Prime 4 coming out maybe this year or next year.

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

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I don’t know why I haven’t at least gotten one ending, the game is so relaxing and the aesthetic is so my thing.

Bloodborne 

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The Soulsborne games have been on my radar even more, thanks to catching up to the Berserk Manga. I did buy Bloodborne along with my PS4 Pro two years ago and rented Dark Souls around its release, so my interest dated since waaaay back and Bloodborne is definitely my starting point for now, although I have made some progress in the game though haha.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

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If I’m going to finish any open-world game this year it’s going to be one of the best ones that was recently developed, loving this one a lot and I don’t want to overlook it for being a large game, but if I’m not feeling it I’m not feeling it. When I want to explore a vast world with little limitations, losing myself in it though, wanting a time to spend with beautiful nature I can go back to this one.

Drakengard 3

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The only Yoko Taro game that I own that I got on-hold, it’s surprisingly good so far, soon I’ll get back to it.

Phantasy Star II/IV

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With not being impressed by Phantasy Star Online lately, I mean at first I liked it and then it became a drag especially for my loner self playing it alone, with the grinding and shit. There’s the OST, atmosphere, character designs, setting and art that I love about PSO, so I’m interested in going back to its roots with the JRPG-style games, with PSIV being the one I played the most and loved, if PSII isn’t as dated as I’m thinking it could be, I’m pretty interested in playing it or just going back to PSIV.

Resident Evil HD Remaster

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The one game I keep telling myself to play for Halloween along with Dead Space, I’m a long-time casual RE fan so I’ve been meaning to get into the one that’s considered the best by many, although RE4 is my personal favorite one.

Undertale

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My so-called 2015 GOTY and I never personally got any of its endings, hoping to finally do so this year too and expecting the “feels” to come back again.

The Guardian Legend

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This game is really awesome so far, getting closer and closer to the ending, eventually I’m gonna finish it. It’s been a pleasant surprise and despite some of the issues when it comes to its age(it is a NES game after all), it’s pretty decent and underappreciated so I would recommend it if you’re into retro titles, similar to Zelda and Metroid.

The Adventure of Little Ralph

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This game is pretty dope, a 2D action-platformer that transforms into a fighting game for some bosses is so cool and I really want to see this game to the end sometime, it’s an underrated gem.

Hotline Miami – 2: Wrong Number

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Once again, I played a lot of the Vita version of the first game, got stuck on a level and never went back to it, might play through it again on PC, since I own the sequel as well on PC. Anyway, I loved how brutal it was, the fast-pace, psychedelic visuals and the OST was bopping non-stop.

DOOM

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My favorite FPS now revitalized and brutal than ever before, I’ve owned the PS4 version for about two years now and I’ve been hitting myself for never playing more of it, but when I’m in that demon slaying mood, hell yeah I’m playing this more!

Honorable Mentions:

Chrono TriggerOdin Sphere LeifthrasirOneShotOuttriggerCastlevania: Rondo of BloodCastlevania: Order of EcclesiaContra: Shattered SoldierDanganronpa 1-2 ReloadDino Crisis 2Digimon Story: Cyber SleuthDonkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble.

Drill DozerDoDonPachi ResurrectionDust: An Elysian TailFinal Fight 2Fire Emblem: AwakeningFreedom PlanetGanpuru: Gunman’s ProofFuriGravity Rush 2Hollow KnightJet Set Radio Future, Killer Is Dead: Nightmare EditionLiberation MaidenLISAMega Man 8, Mega Man Legends, Mighty Gunvolt Burst, Transistor.

Mischief MakersNight in the WoodsOwlboyPanzer DragoonParappa the Rapper, Pokemon YellowRiMEShenmueShadow of the ColossusShin Megami Tensei IVShin Megami Tensei: NocturneShadow DancerSin & Punishment: Star SuccessorStar Fox 64Tail ConcertoTales of Xillia 2, Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep -A fragmentary passage, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: Final Mix.

ETC, ETC, ETC, this could go on forever, but this is a decent amount of games to mention in this post, getting close to 2000 words so I’m satisfied. Ultimately, along with all of the new games releasing this year that I can invest time into, these are all of those games that I would gladly catch up on this year and possibly finish. Looking forward to the rest of the year and all the wonderful games that I’ll experience! Thanks for reading guys! 🙂

 

Favorite Things of 2017

My favorite things in 2017(Anything I consumed or finished for the first time this year):

Video Game: NieR: Automata – From the demo and the trailers I was already pulled in, Platinum behind one of my personal favorite video games Bayonetta, this cool android chick, and this insane director that was known for creating gripping stories for video games(NieR specifically) I knew I was in for a treat. I preordered it and bought NieR and Drakengard 3 as well, after catching a couple of the Super Best Friends Zaibatsu’s LP on the original NieR, I had to play it as well to catch up. That also included Clemps’ analysis videos on the entire Drakengard series, it was a wild ride and all that leading up to playing NieR: Automata and finishing it was one of the best video game experiences in my life. So moved by Yoko Taro’s style in storytelling and his innovative ideas for gaming I had to do a speech based around him in my speech course, that’s how much of an impact not only NieR: Automata had on me and Taro’s other games, but I know for sure it made an impact on gaming history in general. P.S. I even found heavy interest in taking a Philosophy course, thanks to this game and that kinda lead up to the next thing I’m gonna mention.

Honorable Mentions: Sonic Mania, Persona 5, Yakuza 0, Wild Guns: Reloaded, Nights into Dreams…, NieR, Drakengard 3, Mushihimesama, Cuphead, Gravity Rush Remastered, Hyper Light Drifter, The Guardian Legend, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Metroid: Samus Returns, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

Anime: Kino’s Journey – The good one, taking my Philosophy in Humanities course my curiosity for this series only grew. From the very beginning till the end it hit every mark I wanted from this type of series, an intriguing adventure with plenty of parallels to how the real-world can be, a cool female protag and just an interesting watch for an over thinker like me, who loves when a series dabbles into mature subject matter. Instantly hit my all-time favorites after finishing it, at number 19.

Honorable Mentions: My Hero Academia Season 2, Serial Experiments Lain, Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis, Otaku no Video, Konosuba, Castlevania.

Movie: Logan – From 2015 I started to grow very interested in Super Hero entertainment, I’ve always had an appreciation for super hero characters from Marvel and DC mainly, but I never felt inclined to get into the comics or animated series or movies, all thanks to the increase of Super Hero movies lately I think my interest for them became “Sky High”. I would have to thank One Punch-Man and My Hero Academia too for that as well, but here comes Logan the other R-rated film from Fox succeeding Deadpool which I loved a lot as well btw, and it ended up being quite the emotional roller coaster. I know the climax of Captain America: Civil War almost had me in tears, but man I was expecting me to get an emotional response from Logan, but I didn’t know I would end up whining like a baby about it. Logan’s ending scene gave me such a strong emotional reaction, not because I love Hugh Jackman as Wolverine or followed the X-Men movie series consistently, but how Wolverine was always one of my favorite Super Heroes, when I was younger and played Marvel vs. Capcom/X-Men Children of the Atom I would play with Wolverine, when I played Marvel Ultimate Alliance I would have Wolverine in my team, I’ve always loved his savage nature, gruff attitude and his character like most characters in Marvel had a strong lasting impression on me. The guy’s been a favorite of mine along with Spider-Man and seeing him struggle throughout the movie along with X-23 was a very hard pill to swallow, but had me engaged throughout.

Honorable Mentions: Coco, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The King’s Speech, John Wick: Chapter 2.

Live-Action TV: Stranger Things – I haven’t finished this series just yet and I don’t watch much live-action TV series, but it’s nice to diversify what I invest my time into. So far, the series has been a captivating watch, the mystery, compelling characters and 80’s aesthetic made it very enjoyable to watch. My mom finished both seasons in the span of one day so clearly, she’s the better binge-watcher, I’m glad she enjoyed it a lot herself, but still this was the highlight for live-action TV series for me this year. Also, Dustin is mah boi!

Honorable Mention: Kamen Rider Gaim(That’s it, didn’t watch much of it tho lol)

Anime Movie: A Silent Voice – I started with the Manga at first, finished the one-shot, read a bit of the real deal, but felt that maybe I’ll just go with the Anime movie first. Throughout the movie it was weird, but there was like multiple moments that just had me tear up, I think the same thing happened when I watched the final Persona 3 movie, but that was it, it constantly hit me in the feels. The subject matter of atoning for your past mistakes really hit home on a personal level and the events that transpired were very real that it made it a little hard to watch, not that there aren’t any lighthearted moments in the movie to cheer you up. Of course, this movie’s ending hit me super hard, because as an introvert even I tend to have that mindset that the world doesn’t accept me and I’m closed off from others, but as long as I have people I can trust in the world, maybe I don’t have a good reason to feel that way and in fact no one should.

Honorable Mentions: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Angel’s Egg, Millennium Actress, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.

Manga: High Score Girl – For a fan of video games this was a real treat and I gotta thank @Erik_The_Red for mentioning this in his favorite Mangaka post! ^^ I was not expecting to get so invested into the characters and the love triangle drama, they were very relatable, lovable(Oono is such a qt) and the drama was surprisingly well-written. I won’t deny that some moments in this Manga actually had me tear up and that also wasn’t expected, but with what I mentioned having this story being primarily focused on fucking gamers and hardcore ones at that was a treat, it really captured the vibes of the 90’s arcade/fighting game scene and although I did not grow up playing video games in the 90’s as I am an early 2000’s gamer, it was very enjoyable to see all of the references to some of my favorite arcade games and fighting game franchises. Hell, Rensuke Oshikiri was passionate enough to actually dig deeper into the process of playing a fighting game/arcade game with the MC, Haruo’s mind-games with his rival/could-be lover Oono and his art actually portraying the respective games accurately, so I respected that he actually knows his stuff. Plus, I just want to see Haruo and Oono together more so bad, it’s a shame that it’s an on-going Manga, because I loved it so much! It really captures love in a cute way and the life of gamers very accurately and I loved that a lot about it, easily one of my favs, but I’ll admit the art left more to be desired, though the more I read it the more I began to appreciate it a lot more.

Honorable Mentions: Holyland(Could have finished this one…), Sundome, Dorohedoro, Prison School, Kabu no Isaki, Put on my princess shoes.

So that was my favorite things of the year overall and man was it a great one! Not being able to find a job was probably the worst part of the year for me, since I really tried hard to get somewhere to no luck, but you know what? Spending most of the year at home playing video games and stuff, taking classes, spending time with family, friends and you guys on Kitsu, made my year the best it really could have been, even when I had those depressive times. I know this was a super long ass post, but I really wanted to share how much I enjoyed the year with what I consumed and I remember promising some posts, and even starting so many blog posts that I never got to finish, but being able to see this post through in two days means enough for me. Happy New Year guys, please treat yourself, keeping being the weebs/the cool people you are and once again thanks for making my year a lot better! ❤️

Sonic Forces Review/Thoughts

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Finished Sonic Forces and as my first experience with the final version of the game, in the end it’s a 7.5/10 for me. Not amazing, not horrible, just average to decent at best and this is coming from an optimistic veteran Sonic fan. Idk if Sonic Forces would even be a good starting point in the series, since its level designs are mostly hit or miss and there’s a ton of automation in the levels, it’s kinda like an interactive movie tbh and less like a video game in terms of finishing the game regularly, as I haven’t played the game enough outside of the story to consider it otherwise. Sonic Forces appeals to the fans and it really did its job for the most part, giving us the option to create our own avatar and experience the game’s war drama style story with our own character that we can place ourselves into(In my case a Wolf hehe). There was plenty of awesome moments, times where I laughed my ass off(especially with Infinite’s portrayal he’s pretty great) and the writing, especially for the dialogue was actually pretty nice.

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The plot itself isn’t really amazing, for Sonic standards tho it’s at least one of the best up there with Sonic Adventure, Adventure 2, Unleashed and Black Knight, it was written fairly well for one and I was pleasantly intrigued by it, especially in the Episode Shadow DLC. I think it kinda falls flat by the third act tho and I believe this was mainly the problem when it came to the execution of the boss battles, all of them weren’t exactly the best and are repetitive af, you dodge shit, you boost into stuff and you just hit them over and over with an homing attack. There’s a couple of bosses that I found to be pretty awesome and at least enjoyable(One Infinite boss in particular I thought was pretty cool), but the final boss especially was just underwhelming especially in execution it just wasn’t much fun and it’s probably because of how automated and stiff it felt in the final phase of the battle at least. Overall, Sonic Forces is a game that I enjoyed, but I’m severely disappointed in the execution of all the awesome ideas that was incorporated into the game and I’m serious, I’m not saying this out of hate for Sonic, because I even have my guilty pleasure Sonic games like Sonic 06 and Shadow the Hedgehog, but a game we waited four years for and it doesn’t exactly show in the general design of the game. I was skeptically optimistic about Sonic Forces, since there was the level design beforehand that I was especially worried about and playing the game for the most part the level designs really don’t live up to the standards defined by Colors, Generations and Unleashed, Sonic Forces is easily the worst out of the boost formula games. That won’t stop me from enjoying these levels again tho and at least exploring my favorites to get a better feel for them, and with all of the avatar customization and extra content, I’m still compelled to continue playing the game, buy it if you’re a fan, but lower your expectations, disappointment awaits…

My PSN Username Origin

Years back, I’m on my PS3 Slim and in the process of making my PSN Online ID I was trying to make a master account you see and for some damn reason I was trying to make it with my mom in mind! For some damn reason, I’m making a master account for mom and she doesn’t fucking play video games! Why?! Idk, what my thought process was then *smh*. With the master account, my mom would be in control, since she’s the adult and I’m the child LMAO. So, I would be the fucking sub-account *cough*.

I create the online ID for the master account with a username that would fit mom, which gave birth to Car23457, since it wasn’t anything too crazy and it had the first three letters in my mom’s name, Carolyn and a weird assortment of numbers that I can easily remember, took me a while to remember those numbers by heart though lol. I decide to create the sub-account for ME and I remember it not working, I guess since I wasn’t a fucking child, so I pretty much fucked myself over having an account made for mom as the master account and having all of her information in as well as the gender being female… So, till this day I’ve been stuck with the PSN Online ID Car23457, I despised it then and thought it was the worst thing ever, but the more I’ve seen it throughout my gaming on my PS3 and now my PS4 I’ve developed a sentimental attachment to it. The first thing that might come to mind when you see my online ID is that “oh this person has a thing for cars eh?” well I guess you could make that inference, considering I do love me some cars, despite not owning one and not knowing how to drive nor having a driver’s license!

(DRIFTOOOO)

I love my mom, throughout the years of my life growing up without a father, she was the person I looked up to and she tried her best to raise me while working her ass off to do the best for her family. Without her, I wouldn’t be where I am now, I wouldn’t have learned the things that she thought me like tying my shoes, learning how to read the clock and counting money, all of the things any parent would. If my mom wasn’t in my life, if I didn’t have anyone that inspired me to move forward and strive for success or give me any discipline, I probably wouldn’t have been the person I am today. I’ve been gaming throughout my life, because of the support my mom provided me, when I tried to gain good grades in school I was awarded video games and all of those gaming experiences were provided by her for the most part. Now I’m an adult, I’m still unemployed, but I do receive financial aid from college attendance, so that’s been helping us out and with that I buy my video games and stuff of course, hehe. Having an account that represents my mom by name isn’t that bad, because I owe a lot to her. To gaming for the rest of my life! CHEERS! 🙂

One Piece 20th Anniversary Appreciation Post

Happy One Piece Day! Considering today’s, the celebration of One Piece’s 20th Anniversary, I felt the need to put some time into sharing a bit about my appreciation for the series! 🙂

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Back in the days of watching television frequently, on Fox (4Kids TV) I would occasionally catch an episode of One Piece, I didn’t watch it too much nor did it really grab me, but I would never forget the ridiculous opening it had and the appearance of Usopp, that design of his had an lasting impression on me haha! Years later at the start of my time at high school, this was when I garnered more interest in investing into other Anime series other than Dragon Ball Z. Also, when I picked up a new Weekly Shonen Jump magazine after like 5+ years (I only got that older one since it had Yami Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh! on the cover and that made me interested in the magazine) This new magazine was June/July 2011’s Issue 6 it had Naruto, Bleach, Psyren, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and of course One Piece! That magazine was pretty much the catalyst of me getting back into Anime and discovering the awesomeness of Manga as well! There’s more to that story, but I’ll get into that some other time wink wink.

So, this issue had Chapter 588 – Sabo’s Ocean and this was in the middle of some heavy stuff, but I’ll never forget how heartfelt it was and the turmoil Luffy was put through, it was a good way to get me invested. At that time, I only had dial-up internet connection, so I couldn’t really invest time into One Piece, I only had the Shonen Jump mags to follow, the Anime wasn’t airing on TV like Bleach and I didn’t have money for buying the Manga or Anime consistently. I read more and more of the series thanks to the Shonen Jump mags I tried to consistently, but then eventually in April 2012’s Issue 4 it was confirmed that the Shonen Jump magazines were hitting digital form with Shonen Jump Alpha, which was quite sad for me, considering I invested so much into the physical magazines, I had to move on. The final Weekly Shonen Jump mag ended at chapter 652 which was during the Fishman Island arc, so I was exposed to so much of One Piece later on in the series and even so I enjoyed what I read a lot! On one of my later birthdays, I decided to buy the first One Piece Collection on DVD and that’s where my love for the series sprouted.

The story of a young man who strives to become the King of the Pirates, and his wonderful crew who hold aspirations just like him, it’s one that I’ve loved from the beginning and still follow to this day. Going through these adventures with Luffy and learning about each member he recruits along the way with each self-contained arc makes each character all the more interesting and really makes you feel for them. Not only just the characters he recruits, but even the ones that are unique to each arc are given enough screen time and are fleshed out making a hugely insane cast of characters that you can feel for and love, unlike in some cases for Shounen series supporting characters aren’t developed enough to give a crap about them or they eventually become fodder characters. Every member in the crew has a sense of character progression in the adventure and that makes investing into the series worthwhile. From what I’ve read/watched the story arcs are well-written, this is usually accomplished on Eiichiro Oda’s part, each island that Luffy and his crew explores are carefully detailed, there’s a sense of mystery, a lingering conflict and exciting action sequences to behold. This makes reading/watching each arc a joy, plus it’s even better that each one is fresh and exciting to partake in.

Another aspect about One Piece I want to make sure I touch upon is its cartoony nature, compared to most Shounen series One Piece is easily one of the goofiest ones. Although, the rule of cool aspect is indeed etched into the series of course (Zoro, Sanji, Mihawk, Trafalgar Law, Ace), there’s indeed some wacky character designs and they sport some of the quirkiest personalities and make for some weird, but charming characters (Buggy, Bon Clay, etc). In spite of this, there’s even the amazing villain characters who are intimidating as hell and easy to hate, yet can’t help but love em’. I mentioned One Piece being cartoony and goofy, this is definitely the case when it comes to the humor, most fans can agree with this, One Piece offers some big laughs and most of the time it never takes away from the serious moments, because the series is already wacky as it is, there’s a good balance and it just fits!

Considering the length of One Piece, there’s so much to cover and it’s certainly been a series that’s been hard for me to invest into at a period. I technically started with the Manga, but didn’t start from the beginning, then I got into the Anime which I stuck with until the Skypiea arc, I personally love the Anime adaptation. The more I invested into it though the more I heard that reading the Manga is probably the better option to invest into the series, especially after the time skip. So, for a while I was conflicted about which I should invest into more the Anime or Manga, it took me a while to figure this out, but when I got heavy into Manga last year I grew an appreciation for the medium even more and I certainly appreciate great Manga art. Oda’s art especially is some Manga art I adore immensely, it gives the series an even more cartoony charm compared to the Anime, which had an art style that I didn’t mind, but Oda’s art is something I did not want to pass up on. That’s where the switch began and at the moment I’m currently investing my time into the Skypiea arc, I’m loving it a lot and it certainly brings me happiness that I’ve finally found the way I want to invest into the series for the rest of my life.

I love the concept of freedom and adventure and One Piece delivers this in spades. With amazing characters, one of the greatest worlds in fiction, insanely creative powers, a charming cartoony vibe and a length that’s overwhelming, but welcoming for continuous fun escapes into the adventures with Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Franky and Brook! Thanks for continuing to work on One Piece for 20 years and filling me and everyone else with happiness, laughs, tears and excitement Oda-sensei!

Castlevania Netflix Series Season 1 Review

The Netflix Castlevania series was well done! I’m personally a Castlevania fan and I was quite pleased with this first season. Dracula is portrayed as a sympathetic villain, with the death of his human wife and spreads havoc around the land of Wallachia. This I found to be a great way to give the antagonist of the series a motivation that’s understandable and not just that he’s a evil bastard.

Contrasting that of the protagonist of the series Trevor Belmont, he’s an ass and he probably doesn’t give a shit about you, considering his family the Belmonts were disgraced by the people, so his appearance is certainly not welcomed. Despite that being the case, he still goes by his family’s wishes to fight back against the creatures of the night and defeat Dracula, it’s in his blood and that’s his job. I love this portrayal of Trevor, he’s a lovable ass-hole with the duty of protecting the people, he seems like he’s sick of doing it, but that’s what he has to do, so he does it.

The atmosphere and setting fits the Castlevania tone pretty well, the plot was done in a way that made sense for a video game adaptation and got you invested in what was going on. Although the pacing was slow, I felt it was a nice pace to get the series going and there was enough conflict and dialogue to keep it interesting. The animation was generally great, especially in the action scenes they’re short, but sweet and are the best parts in the series tbh, nice fight choreography. Surprisingly, there were moments that gave me a chuckle, especially the bar scene with Trevor, he gave most of the laughs in the series. There’s one moment in the series that involves Alucard and throughout the whole scene I had a big smile on my face, he’s definitely a man I would go gay for(I mean he is my favorite Castlevania character hehe).

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I forgot to mention, that this series definitely didn’t hold back with the gore either, plenty of moments where I cringed although it was a little excessive it works, considering the serious and dark tone it’s going for. Some gripes, the music was mostly generic and a bit unfitting, wouldn’t it be awesome if Trevor Morris composed some subtle Castlevania remixes in or something? That would have made for good fan-service, but maybe that’ll happen in the second season. The English voice acting was decent, but at times it was hard to understand. Also, the series ended too fast, I was honesty disappointed that it ended I wanted more! Well, at least the second season will be 8 eps long. It did a good job in setting up most of the main team to go on their journey to fight Dracula, so I can’t complain.

Overall, I enjoyed this series a lot and I’m happy it’s a thing that didn’t end up being total crap. Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse isn’t my favorite game in the series, but it is one of the best, and one of my favorite video game series getting a great animated adaptation is a pleasure! Hoping for the second season to be even better! 8/10