The ABC’s of favorite video games! The Letter “B”

I want to try to post these more often (or it’ll take ages to get to Z), I’ve just been quite busy! Anyway, I have more games for this letter than the first, so had a bit of going back and forth over what is my top pick. But as much as I enjoy Breath of the Wild, I went with the game that created a love for match-3 games.

The Bejeweled series was amazing at the time. My boyfriend (now husband) gave me a copy of Bejeweled 2 years ago, and then we went on to play Bejeweled 3. I loved Zen mode just to relax with the soundtrack, and loved the puzzle mode in both. It’s a game I really need to install again as I still haven’t since getting this computer. It was just so addictive.

I want to talk about Breath of the Wild too, because I just enjoy climbing mountains, riding horses, and paragliding as I discover the world. I also love to bomb the enemies, even if it’s a slow way to combat. I’ve barely made progress, because when I play, I just busy myself with exploring. I will probably never “beat” it, as my joy comes from just seeing the weather elements and searching areas. Though I can’t stand when rain stops me from climbing.

Honorable mentions:
1. Bastion was a beautiful game, and I loved the story. It was well done and sometimes I still think about it, like a good book.

2. Bayonetta, because I love her. She’s pretty epic and it’s just plain fun to play.

3. Bravely Default was great, until you hit the halfway point where it gets repetitive. Up until that point though, I would have sung praises. It’s still a great game though, and I did buy the sequel to try. Unfortunately I’ve taken quite a long break because of that repetition so I still need to finish the game.


The Alphabet of Favorite Video Games – Letter A

I saw someone doing this on Twitter and thought it was a great idea for the blog. I’m going to dedicate regular blog posts every week with a new letter until the alphabet is finished. So yay, more activity on the blog. Now let’s get right to it!

For the letter A, I obviously have to go with Animal Crossing. I started with the original game on the Gamecube and loved the relaxing gameplay, collecting fossils and interacting with my villagers. I was into it enough to get an extra memory card for a second town to trade with. And then New Leaf came out.

I spent so much time in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, nearly 500 hours. The ease of multiplayer was a blast and I made a lot of friends, had great conversations even within the limited text space, and there was more to do than ever. It barely left my 3DS for a very long stretch of time. It is my most played 3DS game, and most definitely my most played console game as a whole. The only possible exception is casual games over several years, but that hardly counts.

Some honorable mentions: Age of Mythology, Age of Empires II. Both of these introduced me to the RTS genre and I had lots of fun using the cheats. Anyone remember the flying purple hippo or the lazer bear? Those were my favorite.

What are your favorite games that start with A?

A Quick Review of Hey, Pikmin! -My Initial Thoughts

I finally finished up Monster Hunter Stories (not all quests or monsters, but main story and Poogies), so I popped in the game I got for the holidays, which is Hey, Pikmin!. I’ve just gotten to the second area.

So let’s chat! First thing I realized is there is so much similarity to Chibi Robo: Zip Lash. This could have just as easily been a Chibi-Robo game in that vein, it’s simply been Pikmin-fied. The collection now is random real world items versus real world candy. You use Pikmin instead of Chibi-Robo’s plug.

This sounds like a complaint, and it kind of is. Yet I enjoyed Chibi-Robo and I’m enjoying this too, I definitely understand why it was a disapointment for Pikmin fans. I feel like I’ve already played this game. I could show screenshot comparisons and it seems an obvious copy and paste job with Pikmin art instead. Granted, there are some differences, but they’re pretty minor. I do enjoy the item descriptions, as they are often amusing.

I would say that if you loved Chibi-Robo, you’ll like this but maybe don’t play them back to back. If you hated Chibi-Robo, there’s a good chance you won’t have fun with this one either.

Some secret stages are locked unless you have certain amiibos. You can use the Pikmin amiibos released for the game, Super Mario Bros series amiibo, Animal Crossing amiibo (figures only), Splatoon series 1 amiibo to unlock these stages, where you can receive the amiibos as statues in game with each one equaling 200 sparklium. Sparklium is the fuel you need to collect throughout the game, but it can easliy be achieved without using any amiibo.

I will finish the game (minus some secret stages) as I find the style of gameplay relaxing and enjoy seeing my Pikmin Park fill up. Also, I love collectables and having complete in-game collections, so that’s going to keep me playing as well. I haven’t decided what I’ll play next on my 3DS, but it might just be a replay of Radiant Historia, as the 3DS version comes out really soon! Radiant Historia is one of my favorite handheld RPGs, and I highly recommend it!


Recent Movies I Watched

I haven’t been reading sadly, and I’m still playing the same games, but I’ve watched 3 movies I’d love to talk about (1 is a rewatch).

Unrest. This documentary on CFS/ME was relatable to me and a very good glimpse into the life of chronic illness. If you know someone or are someone affected by chronic illness (doesn’t neccesarily need to be CFS/ME, I have neither), it’s a great watch. I don’t care about the Oscars in general, but it deserves an Oscar.

Phantom Boy. Found this movie on Netflix, and quite liked it. I didn’t love the art style (think A Cat in Paris, which makes sense as it is a French animation from the same directors), but the story was good. It follows a sick boy who discovers that his illness allows him to astral project. At first, he uses this ability to look in on his family at home and help guide patients back to their bodies in the hospital he stays in. Those patients never remember him, until he helps a cop. This leads him into playing the cop’s partner to take down a villain threatening the entire city. It never states what the boy’s illness is, but that doesn’t matter. It’s explorations of family, the effect on his little sister, his helping the cop (in more ways than one) was handled pretty well. It was a simple movie, but I enjoyed it.

Big Hero 6. I forgot how much I love this movie. I still want my own Baymax. Rewatching this movie made me want the sequel even more. But upon rewatch, I noticed some things… I won’t write them here for the sake of anyone who hasn’t seen the movie though. Anyways, I love the setting, I love Baymax, I love the group dynamic.

I don’t remember if I wrote about The Last Jedi, but I’m pretty sure I did. If I didn’t, I loved it! The Porgs and crystal foxes were so cute, and I really didn’t have any issue with the story. What movies did you watch this month?


What I want to see in a Nintendo Direct

Although a rumor went around that there would be a Direct on Jan. 11th, that still has yet to be confirmed (Although there are definite teasers now, as NOA just posted a picture of Chibi Robo on fire…). However, I thought I’d do a general “what I’d like to see announced” during the course of this year, whether that is now or later (I will probably do an E3 specific one later).

So what do I want to see from Nintendo this year? Well they certainly gave us a lot in 2017, and things I wanted were announced to come this year such as Kirby and Yoshi, there’s still more I want. Isn’t that just the way of things? Without further ado, here’s the list:

Animal Crossing! I know this is unlikely with the recent release of Pocket Camp, but it’s been years since a main console title in the series. It would be the best yet due to the nature of Switch.

F-Zero! Only because I’m STILL waiting and hoping for a new entry. It’s been way too long and would be epic with today’s graphics. I love eye candy.

Golden Sun. Highly unlikely after the 3rd game, but a fan can still hope, right?

Wave Race would be cool.

A new IP as those are always welcome.

More third party titles, both indie and big titles.

A physical copy of Style Savvy: Styling Star. Why not the US??

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. Of course I want more info/gameplay on the games already announced for this year, and games in development (like hints of the upcoming Etrian Odyssey, and SMT 5).

What games are on your desired wish list for a Direct?


Happy New Year, happy blogging!

I kind of had a not so good last week, thanks to injuring myself, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying stuff. So let’s get on with what I enjoyed over the holidays!

Our Star Wars trip got delayed due to snow, but we ended up seeing it on the 31st. We liked it! Despite the negative reviews going around, we still enjoyed it and while there were some things that could have been different, we appreciate the risks they took with it.

On Netflix, we binged Myths & Monsters. Loved the illustrations used in it and it felt like having a story read to you. It was a fun watch overall and I recommend it if you like mythology (though it mainly centers on European mythology).

I didn’t get any reading done, but I’m close to finishing Monster Hunter Stories, and of course continued on in XC2. Outside of those, I enjoyed a game of Carcasonne (great board game if you haven’t played yet and it’s easy to learn). I played Splatoon for the Splatfest but my team was decimated by Sweaters (meh, I’m still #TeamSock). I figured out and recorded on the Switch, and now I have my own personal one! That’s pretty big… ours needed a repair, so we bought another so we wouldn’t be without, now it’s back and all mine. ^_^

This year is all about making time for reading again (I have a 24 books goal), learning Unity (starting anyway), writing again, and crocheting a lot more projects towards a huge goal of mine this year.

Along with reading more, I should say that I’m not actually going to use Goodreads anymore.

May your 2018 be brighter than the past year. And as always, may it be filled with good books, good movies, good games and great experiences.


All I want to do, is play XC2

I totally sang that in my head lol. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 arrived on its release date, but I was sick with a migraine so didn’t actually start playing it until that Sunday night (Dec 3rd). I have not wanted to play anything else since, it has sucked me in! I say that and I still have only about 25 hrs in, because I only play in the evening generally. But I look forward to playing it every day! Even when that doesn’t always happen for one reason or another.

Major difference that was noticed quickly was that it is not as serious as the first game. The characters are much sillier, the stakes in the plot don’t seem as high (note from progress made: not so anymore, story quickly ramps up). That said, it’s still loads of fun! You collect Blades to help you fight, and you use core crystals to unlock them. So far, I’ve gotten only 2 Rares, but they are adorable! (by time of posting, I now have 5!) You will get many commons, which aren’t very useful, but you can release Blades that are duplicates or don’t have good stats. Blades also have abilities you need for different functions you find in the environment (opening certain treasure chests, using airflows, etc) so be careful when releasing them.

The graphics are noticibly lower in handheld mode, so it’s not a game I’d suggest playing solely that way. Handheld is fine for leveling, but if you move the story forward, I recommend docking as the cutscenes will look better.

It doesn’t hit you with emotional punch at the beginning like the first game, but it does come later. Get through the first 2 chapters, because by chapter 3, it really kicks the story into gear. I’m absolutely invested now. It’s got the feel of a good book, where you just want to keep playing so you can understand what’s going on. If you love games with story elements, this one is a winner.


A Busy November

I know I haven’t been posting as much as I wanted, but November was kind of stressful. I wasn’t busy this past weekend, but I wasn’t feeling well so mainly just chilled in bed with crochet. I also started a new Switch indie game called Poi which is cute, pretty simple though repetitive. Also started playing Happy Home Designer because I needed an RPG break, though I might go back to Etrian soon. I still haven’t seen Thor Ragnorok and really want to! Just don’t know when or if that will happen.

I’ve been really on the fence with my Youtube channel. It’s hard to articulate exactly, but I’ve just not wanted to record. Trying to be entertaining while playing a game is loads harder than you’d think and I don’t feel very comfortable with it. I don’t think it’s just anxiety, it’s just hard to be energetic and I don’t find it that fun? I’m the type of person who likes to jump between games and doesn’t like feeling tied to playing a game because I started an LP. Committing to a game is hard, committing to one that gets no views is harder. Not that I care about views but it is less motivating. So I’m not sure what to do. I should push myself to finish the ones I started and go back to finish up my Gabriel Knight book experiment, but after that I just don’t know.

I might just switch to a completely casual style for my Youtube, like Game of the Week of whatever I wanted to play/talk about (limited to what I can actually record, but shouldn’t be much of a problem), or random discussions with gameplay, kinda like a podcast thing. Literally just showing off gameplay for games without the pressure of completing. That should work out better for me.

Another thing I’ve been thinking about more is writing. My relationship with writing is a bit odd, but I’ve been missing it this month. Specifically writing story. Possibly because it was NaNoWriMo, though I didn’t participate. So I might make that a part of my new year, as there’s a thing called 85K90, which seems a more manageable goal. Who knows if I’ll succeed, but I definitely want writing to be part of my life again, and that includes blogging.

Here’s to a more productive 2018 and a fun, relaxing December! Most anticipated game comes out tomorrow and I’m not even playing it because I never finished the first Xenoblade Chronicles. But heck, I might just play it regardless!


Weekly Roundup #2

It’s only 6:30 PM and I feel ready to sleep, but it’s Sunday post time and I didn’t get to it earlier so here I am.

Started this week playing the Costume Quest DLC, hoping I will finish those videos in the coming week. I attempted and failed to beat the first boss in Etrian Odyssey V. I need to try again but ended up taking a bit of a break. I played a few more days in Stardew Valley, and I’ve decided to work towards marrying Penny in the game. She has a backstory I can relate to a bit, so I want to rescue her. I also played some of Swords and Soldiers II on Wii U which I got for free during an #indieween event (technically before, it was an old code from another event and it happened to work).

Finished watching Wakfu on Netflix, which was pretty fun. During the weekend, I watched Spiderman Homecoming and Wonder Woman, both of which I really enjoyed. I really thought this iteration of Spiderman was authentic and he acted like a real teenager would. Wonder Woman was very good, despite the questionable boat journey (how could they possibly get to London that fast?). Overall though, I loved it. If we can make it to a movie theater next Saturday, we’ll watch Thor: Ragnarok. I’m really excited for it, so hopefully we can get to it soon.

I’m still in the middle of both books from last mention, as between being busy and head pain, reading hasn’t been an option. Hope that will change, but I did manage to get two more short stories read in The Secret Loves of Geek Girls.


Happy Halloween!

I wish I could say I was in the spirit of it but I’m not really. I didn’t have time to watch Nightmare Before Christmas, or other classic halloween-themed movies. I didn’t decorate at all or buy a costume. Heck, I don’t even have personal candy, though I may steal a Reese’s from the candy to hand out.

I don’t know, maybe I’ll do something during the day tomorrow, but at least I can wear my Sullie hood from Monster’s Inc. Actually, I will do something, I think I’ll record and post the DLC of Costume Quest I hadn’t played yet and post that before another Torchlight 2 video.

I’m more excited for November to start. The month of getting colder where I can start to wear sweaters and scarves, and finally get my chai tea latte (it’s more of an annual November tradition, since Starbucks is too expensive to do regularly). Also, sales (I feel sad for admitting that, but I love discount prices and gifting friends). My favorite fall/winter sales are at Half Price Books and My favorite fall holiday happens to be Thanksgiving, for which I impatiently wait for pecan pie. It’s also the month of NaNoWriMo, so if you’re doing that, good luck! I’ve only managed once, and don’t foresee myself trying again any time soon if at all. It’s HARD but an amazing feeling if you manage to cross that finish line. Or even if you don’t but still tried!

There wasn’t much point to this blog, I realize, but sometimes I like to talk about seasons. Currently, the fall leaves are gorgeous, and that’s probably my favorite thing of all. What’s your favorite thing about Fall/Autumn?

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