Archive for July 2010

Perseverance

July 24, 2010

I finally got my The Secret Armory of General Knoxx (the Borderlands DLC I recently purchased) and man is it hard.  I’ve gotten killed about 10 times by the 1st enemies I’ve seen so far.  This is not a good sign.  But I shall press on and see if any new arms can help in my struggle against the evil Atlas.

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Setback!

July 24, 2010

So I did the thing I wanted to do in my last post, but I’ve having a hard time trying to find a place to host it.  I am actively looking, so fear not!

I’ve been playing a ton of Final Fantasy XIII here lately.  It’s scratching an RPG itch that I honestly didn’t know I was needing.  I feel like I’ve past a pivotal point in the story where the characters have seem to unite against a common foe other than wondering around aimlessly.  This turn was definitely something that the game needed.  It makes the simple A to B flow of navigating the game seem to mean a whole lot more.

This is a dangerous road I am traveling down though.  Playing RPGs only makes me want to buy more RPGs.  I had White Knight Chronicles (along with Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition and Bioshock 2) in my hand at Gamestop ready to purchase.  My better judgement got the best of me and I put it back because I knew I could get it online cheaper.  Every time I pass Dragon Quest IX at a store I contemplate buying it for those days when I will be doing laundry or when my girlfriend will be playing her game of Final Fantasy XIII.  These are dangerous trappings to have me fall back into a mountain of backlog.  I still haven’t beaten Dragon Quest V which I got last time I caught the RPG fever and I hated the last non-Dragon Quest related Level-5 game I played (Rogue Galaxy).  I guess it’s just the consumer whore in me that screams “BUY BUY BUY” when I see those shiny boxes.

There are good reasons why I am interested in Dragon Quest IX despite losing interest in the last one I’ve played.  They’ve made genuine changes to the gameplay: specifically the lack of random battles.  This is huge for me, seeing as I didn’t finish Lost Odyssey as well because that game had them.  The whole objective of getting loot in the game also has me salivating for the new DS RPG.

Despite my luxurious wants in life, I have resolved to not buy anymore games until I beat one I have not.  That’s looking like it’ll be Final Fantasy XIII, unless I lose interest prematurely which is entirely possible.  Also on the back burner is Infamous and Red Faction: Guerrilla.  Red Faction isn’t as good as it was made out to me to be, but it is fun and satisfying  to DECIMATE MARS WITH MY HAMMER.

Hopefully I can report on one or all of these in the coming days.

Just Throwing This Out There

July 17, 2010

I’m thinking of adding something new to this blog to make it slightly more interesting.  Something I’ve been a fan of for quite some time and have always wanted to do.  Stay tuned, hopefully I’ll have something ready soon!

Epiphanies

July 16, 2010

I just reached chapter 6 in Final Fantasy XIII and I have entered an environment that reminds me why I play Final Fantasy games in the 1st place.  The area is the Sunleth Waterscape and it’s an absolutely gorgeous environment.  It’s deep blue sky is masked by thick green trees and alien plants that resemble stalagmites of glass.This is the best picture I can find of the place.  I do believe it was an area featured in trailers for Final Fantasy XIII many years ago.  If I recall correctly it was one of the only non-city like environment shown off.  This area also shows one of Final Fantasy XIII’s major shortcomings, the music.  The J-pop that permeates the soundtrack thus far really isn’t appealing to me and having to hear some girl sing while I explore this place really isn’t something I’m looking forward to.  Oh Nobuo Uematsu where are you when we need you most?!

New Set Up!

July 15, 2010

So I’ve been mentioning it for a while and it’s finally happened.  I’ve moved!  And with moving comes a new gaming setup that is worlds better than what I had before.  I will show you that now as it has evolved over that past week.

This is how I had it setup about a day after we started unpacking and building things.  It looks ok, but it’s still missing something.

Ah, that’s the geek chic I was looking for.  The 8-bit portrait of Link was done by my girlfriend and I think it fits perfectly there.

This is the bookcase that holds most of my games (the other one has movies).  It doesn’t contain everything and probably never will seeing as I have alot more Genesis and N64 games in boxes at my parents.  This is how it existed about a week ago.  The pearler bead video game characters were also made by my girlfriend and I think they make the whole things look less bland.  We also have a few pearler bead coasters featured Zelda and Mario characters.

This is how that same bookcase exists right now.  I added my NES and DS games to the bottom.  I still love collecting NES games as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before and will probably carry them around to every house I live in.  I also added a few game soundtracks to the collection as well, just to show them off.

This last picture is of the Mega Man X pearler bead thing.  He’s sporting his decked out X3 armor and I just had to have a single picture of him.  He’s a handsome little devil.

Moving

July 1, 2010

I’m moving tomorrow!  If my gaming setup turns out as great as it looks in my mind then I’ll have pictures soon.

The Legend of Zelda: Disappointment Abound?

July 1, 2010

The new console Legend of Zelda was revealed this week at the E3 Nintendo press conference and everyone seems to agree that Nintendo won E3 on the strength of this announcement (along with the 3DS).  There isn’t much we know about the newest Zelda game beyond the face that it has a more vibrant art style and that it requires Motion Plus to play.  Nothing on how the game is structured was revealed, but I have a feeling not much has changed.  There focus at the press conference was exclusively on the new Motion Plus based controls and I think this is what the rumors were referring to when they said that Zelda needed an overhaul.

This is not the direction I was hoping that they would go.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with more motion based controls.  I was holding out hopes that they would finally shake up the Zelda formula.  You guys know what I’m talking about.  It’s been the same walkthrough of each Zelda game since Link to the Past.

Where was I hoping the this Zelda game would take the series?  Well to be honest I really didn’t think about it til after E3.  I just knew that Nintendo felt it was time for a change and so did I.  I would just follow along whatever path they took me.  But after seeing where their focus lies, my mind has begun to wonder about where  I would take one of my favorite gaming franchises.  I keep coming back to the same answer and I’m not sure how well it would go over.  Make it an open world game.  “But Zelda games do have an open world!” I can hear some of you call out.  While yes Hyrule has been an expansive world for Link to explore in the past, I feel there just isn’t anything to do within it.  In Twilight Princess you could collect bugs, but besides that (and the occasional heart container) there wasn’t much to do outside of the dungeons.

I think a system similar to Red Dead Redemption applied to the current Zelda formula would be ideal.  At the end of Red Dead I felt like I had explored every nook and cranny of that world trying to accomplish all the challenges and collect all the bounties I could.  If they would they could put the same sort of persistent challenges in Hyrule on top of the puzzle filled dungeons then I think that would be a giant leap for the series.

It would also help if the NPCs did more than just hang out in the background.  Perhaps a return to Majora’s Mask where most of the NPCs had little missions for you to do.  Red Dead’s use of NPCs would also be a great way to make the world come to life.  Imagine random Hyrulians needing Link to save them from a moblin gang  just thrown in at random intervals while exploring.

It may seem like I’m throwing alot of criticism Zelda’s way, but it’s only because I love the games and want to see them keep evolving with the times.  Make no mistake I will purchase The Legend of Zelda : Skyward Sword and will more than likely enjoy it no matter what changed they bring to the table.  I just hope somewhere in Japan they are trying a bit harder to keep one of their best franchise from becoming stagnate and out of touch.