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!
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.
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!
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.
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 GOG.com. 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?
For the goal of getting my reading bug awake again, this readathon was a resounding success – in more than one way! Generally in readathons, I manage 150 pages and that’s it. I was on fire this readathon with a grand total that honestly I didn’t see coming.
My grand total of pages? 348 pages! That’s amazing for me, I’m quite happy about it. So now I get to talk about what I read.
First book read and only one finished, was It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot. If you were following along on Twitter or saw my quick Goodreads review, you’ll know I was gushing over it. I took a break halfway through for a nap, but if I weren’t tired/didn’t have to attend to my needs, I probably would have read it all in one sitting. It was set up as essays interspersed with short illustrations or comics and it was super relatable to me as someone with anxiety. It covers anxiety, depression, bipolar and ED’s, but the serious is broken up by sarcastic humor that made me chuckle. I’m really glad I read it and it gave me a boost.
After finishing, I took several hours as a break, as I needed to run errands and ended up at my favorite store (at which I got no books, but quite the haul of video games lol). Once I got home and ate and watched a little Netflix with my husband, I dove into Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin until page 57. That was a struggle as my eyes kept drooping, but I did it while uploading a video on Youtube. After another bit of a break, I read about 35 pages of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson featuring stories/comics by a ton of female authors. That took me to midnight, by which point I was done and desperate for sleep.
I’m feeling quite bad today, but I had so much fun and made time for a lot of socializing too. It was a great experience and I look forward to the next one in April. Big thing to do different next time though is to not neglect my self-care. This would not have been a problem if I didn’t go out, so I need to prepare better in that sense. Anyways, if you participated, how did you do?
but silence continues.
but no sound escapes.
but it stays inside of me.
you stop me.
but I’m no longer in the room.
but I am the ceiling, the walls, the floor.
but I am no longer here.
but you’ve stolen my voice.
A single tear drops.
I die inside.
Until I am reborn.
Turns out all this stuff going on in social media is triggering me. Nightmare last night. Is that so surprising? I wanted to write about Dewey’s 24 Hr Readathon, but I guess that’ll wait until tomorrow. I was too busy to write it yesterday. So there’s this instead.
So this week I tried out two new shows, and honestly, they aren’t great.
First one I saw was The Gifted, which is in the X-Men Universe but featuring no X-Men, just new mutants. The focus is on a family trying to keep their mutant kids safe, since mutants are rounded up by the government. It kept my interest, so I’ll probably watch a few more episodes, but I’d love an actual X-Men show that’s good.
Next up, the first 3 episodes of The Inhumans. Let me just say, if I’d paid for the IMAX showing, I would have been greatly disappointed. It’s not on par with other Marvel shows and I’m so sad that Agent Carter got replaced by it (Agent Carter imo was the best Marvel show). The acting is pretty bad honestly. The plot so far is weak.
For games, I’ve been playing Culdcept Revolt and getting really into it. I have a thing about collecting and it’s fun to get new cards, though sometimes I find deck building a bit challenging since I don’t play any deck building games in real life so I’m never sure if I’m making good builds or not. Still, slowly playing my way through the quest mode. I’ve switched back to Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy to finally finish it in anticipation for Layton’s Mystery Journey, which should arrive sometime this week. On PC, outside of my LP’s, I’m going back to Stardew Valley, which is fun.
No book update for now, but I really should make time for reading. It’s just hard to fit in everything. I don’t know if I’ll do a weekly roundup every week, which is why I numbered it. What new shows have you seen? Anything you can recommend?
Hello! If you haven’t heard of #TheReadingQuest, you can find all the info you need by clicking here!
In general terms (if you don’t want to click), it’s a reading challenge that lasts from August 13th to September 10th, and it’s video game themed! Right up my alley right? When I heard of it, I knew I had to participate! There are four class paths to take: Knight, Bard, Mage, and Rogue. For this challenge, I have chosen the Knight path. (This lovely art was created by ReadThinkPonder)
Each ‘player’ starts out at Level 1, with 10 Exp and 10 HP. Level ups happen every 50 Exp acquired. Every book completed regardless of format gives you 10 Exp, unless it was by an #ownvoices author which gains you 20 Exp. Another exception is a graphic novel or manga, which only gives you 5 Exp. If you complete your path before Sept. 10th, you automatically get 50 Exp, and 30 for every additional completed path.
Health points add up as follows: You get +1 HP for every 10 pages read, or +1 HP for every 20 minutes of an audiobook. Graphic novels/manga are +1 every 20 pages. Tweeting relevant tweets under the hashtag give +1 HP each, up to 20 max. Photos of quest books or your challenge TBR are +1 HP and count towards the social media 20 HP max.
There’s a prize at the end for whoever gains the most Exp and HP, which I already know won’t be me lol. I’m just doing this for fun and to push myself to read regularly again!
So without further ado, here’s my TBR!
First Book of Series: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner
A Book with a Verb in its Title: Deaf Child Crossing by Marlee Matlin (an #ownvoices author)
A Book with a Weapon on its Cover: Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill (there’s a bow and arrow)
A Book with a Red Cover: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak (Been meaning to read it for the longest time)
A Book that has a TV/Movie Adaptation: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien (never read, but just re-watched those movies a few weeks ago)
Hope that might have piqued your interest to join in on the fun. Happy Reading!
Microsoft started out with revealing the formerly known as Xbox Scorpio, now named Xbox One X. Honestly I’m not fond of that name, but the system is fine. I don’t have an Xbox One yet, so it will probably be the one we buy, though I’m not sure that price is worth it. It will release on November 7th for $499. At least it will enhance graphics of earlier Xbox One titles, but I don’t know if it’ll actually make a noticeable difference if you don’t own a 4K TV?
Moving on to the games, there were a few that struck my fancy.
1. There was Metro Exodus, which takes the series open world. I don’t have either of the previous Metro games, but I’m interested.
2. Deep Rock Galactic had a short trailer, but enough to entice, and it looks like fun.
3. The Minecraft community marketplace is fine I suppose as is the cross platform capability, and the graphic overhaul is nice.
4. The Artful Escape grabbed my attention and I’ll be keeping my eye on it for future trailers/info.
5. Codevein speaks to my love of JRPGs even if it’s on the darker side. It kind of makes me think of Pandora’s Tower on the Wii.
I’m planning on getting Tacoma if reviews come out good, but I’ll be getting the PC version on GOG.
6. Super Lucky’s Tale is a game right up my alley, I will be playing this when I get the chance. I’m a sucker for cute animal and platformer games.
7. Cuphead was on my radar since they first announced it because the art style of old Disney cartoon is just so charming.
8. Ooblets showed up in the ID@Xbox trailer along with these titles I’ll have to learn more about later: Unruly Heroes, Fortnite, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Robocraft Infinity, Astroneer, Brawlout, Riverbond, Shift.
9. Life is Strange: Before the Storm made me really want to check out Life is Strange. I heard about it of course, but never paid much attention. Definitely worth a look though.
10. And finally, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was stunning. I have yet to pick up Ori and the Blind Forest, but it’s been on my wishlist for awhile and this trailer was achingly beautiful.
That was a LOT more games than I originally thought in my head. So all in all, a good showing. I’m very much looking forward to Sony and Nintendo’s offerings!
As for the PC side of things, very quickly:
1. Battletech looks awesome, and I say that as someone who never played a Mechwarrior or battletech games. My husband’s a huge fan though and after seeing the trailer, I’m totally willing to play it along with him.
2. New Mount and Blade is coming (have yet to play but want to, bought on sale awhile ago). It seems like a fun series, and I love games where you can ride steeds/horses.
3. Tunic looks cute, and I’m hoping it will come to GOG because I’d like to buy it if reviews are good.
4. There were some others, but the one I want most is Wargroove; I love Chucklefish, which you’ll know by my playing Starbound and currently sucked into Stardew Valley. I also really like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, so I’m going to love this too.
I meant to post this sooner, but unfortunately I got a cold, so after watching E3 stuff I couldn’t finish writing; had to take care of myself. Hopefully I will get my Sony and Nintendo post up by tonight, otherwise, look for it tomorrow. What were your thoughts on the Xbox presentation or PC Gaming Show?