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The ABC’s of Favorite Video Games! The Letter “H”

One of my favorite parts of games is decorating spaces. So when Happy Home Designer came out, I was bound to love it. Actually got this game as a gift, but I sunk many hours into it trying to make the nicest homes, shops, cafe, school, etc. It’s a spinoff of Animal Crossing, and though it is a letdown that it doesn’t actually matter what your space looks like as long as you put in the bare minimum, I find it relaxing. Yes, it could have been better and I fully recognize that. Even so, it’s a game I’ll gravitate to during poor mental health times.

For something of a way different speed, I loved the original Halo games (1-3) and Halo Reach. Halo 1 is full of memories for me, playing multiplayer maps with my best friend many times. We had a blast! The story, music, and atmosphere was great too. I love Halo Reach too, for much the same as well as the voice acting.

Harvest Moon is a “gateway drug” into addictive gaming. You can spend hours and not even realize it. It’s because of Harvest Moon that I decided to collect them all, as well as Story of Seasons (same type of game as Harvest Moon, since the devs lost the rights to the title), but after experiencing it on Gamecube, I’m almost too scared to try them because of the time sink. Which is probably ridiculous. But yes, this made me understand the appeal of the farming sim, and a big reason for why I wanted Stardew Valley (yes, another timesink, but dang is it fun!).

Honorable Mention:

Hotel Dusk: Room 215 had major appeal to me as it was an adventure game on DS you played holding like a book. It appealed to my geeky mystery solving side and it was my first point and click on the DS. It was also very good. Sadly there was no true sequel, but there was a related game released only in the UK, therefore I do not have it.

What are your favorite H games?

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The ABC’s of Favorite Video Games! The Letter “G”

Due to a new schedule last week, I didn’t manage a blog. So I’ll be posting 2 letters this week!

Okay, so I recommend this game to everyone with a DS/3DS all the time, but can’t remember if I did here. Anyway, it absolutely must go on this list!

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective was one of the few games that stuck with me, in that I STILL think back on the story years later. It’s not a long game, you only need about 10 hours max, but it has that emotional punch that all great stories do. The gameplay is interesting, puzzles are good, and the characters will leave you in tears. Yes, I sobbed like a baby at the end, but to say anything more would be spoiling. It’s an experience you won’t forget.

Gabriel Knight series. I was originally drawn in by the second game, The Beast Within, because it featured a writer, werewolves, and a mystery, which was all I needed. The FMV is probably one of the best ever made too, and it made me geek out that I had the same pen as Gabriel Knight and I would try to emulate the way he acted/walked (I was perhaps a strange kid). The first one was good too, but I played the second one about 3 times (always with a walkthrough, as the end maze is quite intense!).

Golden Sun series. Golden Sun was well…gold, okay? I absolutely loved this series, though Dark Dawn on the DS (which came years after the second) is the weakest. I started with the first, then played the second, and greatly appreciated seeing both sides as the second is the same game told through the view of the first game’s “enemy”. It brought up the idea of morals and that classic question of good vs bad. Yet overall it was just fun. I even named my ACNL town after the town I loved to waste time in, Tolbi. Collecting all the djinn was fun too, along with the powers they gave. Plus, they were cute! Hmm, maybe I should try to make an amigurumi of one…

What are your favorite G games?

The ABC’s of Favorite Video Games! The Letter “E”

E doesn’t have a lot of games (as I include whole series together if I played more than one), but there are some gems I’ve played. But here’s a confession: I have only completed one of these! One of these days, right? So I guess we’ll start with the one I finished.

Ever Oasis really excited me when it was first announced, so I got it day one. And then proceeded to play for 8 and a half straight hours, with some short breaks. If you know me, this is rare, I generally don’t spend an entire day playing games (I got it around 1 or 2 pm that day, still rare). I don’t think I have done so since ACNL. But sometimes, you just can’t put a game down. When I got stuck and looked up gameplay on Youtube, I came across SapphyStars, who is now one of my favorite youtubers so I’m thankful for that. The game was addictive, and I loved building up my village. Then I got to the post-game and I can’t even be bothered honestly. Post-game is a letdown, but main story is fun.

Etrian Odyssey series has to be on the list! I’ve played EOU1, EOU2,EO4, and EO5. Like mentioned, I haven’t completed any, but got the furthest in EOU1. This happens due to other games popping up that I feel like playing, it’s a notoriously bad habit when it comes to RPGs. My favorite part of playing is the map making, of course. I also appreciate that sometimes it requires more thinking than other RPGs I play. The challenge also leads to having to retry bosses multiple times, but it feels awesome when you beat them. I’m intrigued about what the Switch Etrian Odyssey will be like, and if I will enjoy it as much without the map making. But seeing as I’m a huge Atlus fan, you can bet I will continue to buy anyhow.

Honorable Mention:
Eternal Darkness on the Gamecube is full of memories for me. It’s the scariest I go as I do not like jump scares. This game got into my head, and it’s probably the only game that has made me scream (I refuse to play anything scarier). When the screen suddenly goes dark, when the “volume” control gets messed with, when bugs cover the screen, and more, I screamed. It was a masterpiece in horror, that even if it got a remake I might not be able to play it with modern graphics. But I will always have the memories!

What are some of your E favorites? I know a lot of people love Earthworm Jim, but I never got into it.

The ABC’s of Favorite Video Games! The Letter “D”

So, since I love a lot of games that start with D, this one was tricky… I have two series from my past that I have great memories of, two newer games, and one under the radar game that I wish had more attention. Honestly D could have been broken down to genres but we don’t have time for that. So let’s get to it!

Diablo was my introduction to online multiplayer and I spent a large portion of middle school playing the first game online with my friend. It was awesome to me, and I had many characters. Every time we summoned a skeleton, we’d name it Fred. We also cheated when we learned how to dupe, so our characters were super rich. It was just loads of fun to destress from life and chat while fighting demons in the catacombs. Then when Diablo 2 came out, it was years before I could play. At that point I was already with my boyfriend who became my husband, and so there’s some nice memories of playing co-op together. I have yet to play 3, but would like to.

Dungeon Siege was one of my first online games I played with my best friend so it also holds lots of good memories. I introduced this one to my husband and we started playing together but never finished. It’s very similar to Diablo so it’s no surprise I love them both.

For newer games, Dragon Quest Builders became an instant favorite when I bought it for the Switch. It’s a good game to relax with and I love playing it handheld. Though a spin-off, it’s my first Dragon Quest game technically, since I only played DQ9 for maybe 2 hours (and yes, I do plan on going back to it, along with 5, 7 and 8, all of which I own. Backlog is massive!). There’s just something really addictive about Builders.

Dust: An Elysian Tail really impressed me on every level and I’m still blown away by the fact that it was made by a single person. It was among the first games bought on GOG and I loved everything about it. It’s deep, gorgeous, has stunning music, has a lot of soul, a lot of heart, and I think everyone should try it out. If you like indie games, it is simply a masterpiece.

For my honorable mention, Drakan: Order of the Flame wowed younger me when I learned I could have a dragon friend and ride it. Seriously, that was just the coolest thing to me as I love dragons. This was one of the first games to do this (to the best of my knowledge), as dragon riding wasn’t really a thing, and even now it remains rare. I haven’t played the sequel, and the PS2 versions are difficult to find, but hopefully copyright issues can be worked out for a remake someday.

I could list so many more, like Duke Nukem 1 and 2, Donkey Kong, etc, but like I said, I had to narrow it down. What are some of your favorite D games?

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?

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?

Weekly Roundup #1

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?

E3 2017: Thoughts on Sony and Nintendo presentations

Sony had their presentation Monday night, but I was feeling too bad to do anything but watch and take notes. Overall, they didn’t show what I most wanted to see, and there wasn’t anything that got me too excited. I had wanted to see a new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer, Ni No Kuni 2 or The Last of Us 2, though I guess I should be thankful I didn’t see the latter in case of spoilers (I’m still playing the first game).

They showed expansion packs for Uncharted and Horizon Zero Dawn and while I plan on playing both in the future, expansions don’t interest me on their own, unless included in GOTY editions or have a good deal (for instance, I did buy both Witcher 3 expansions, because they were loaded with content). I’m not at all interested in Days Gone. I’ve tried Monster Hunter in the past (MH4U specifically) and it wasn’t really for me, I find it too difficult. Shadow of the Collosus seems to have made a lot of people happy, but I’ve never played it and still don’t think it’s the game for me personally. Marvel vs Capcom Ultimate though? Yes, though it wasn’t “new” as I knew of it already. The only negative I have on the trailer is that it didn’t really show what kind of game it was. There was a single VR game that I wish wasn’t VR; that game was Moss. It was adorable with the mouse warrior! You’d think I would have read Redwall with how I reacted (note to self: read/listen to the Redwall series already). Detroit Become Human looked interesting (I’m a cyberpunk fan), and Marvel Spiderman was a nice surprise.

Now let’s talk Nintendo! This is what I was most excited about and they did not disappoint! I loved EVERYTHING. So let’s get started!

1. Rocket League is coming to Switch, which is awesome though I haven’t played. This fact might make me change my mind though. It will also have exclusive customizations and cross play with other platforms. I can see this being popular for Switch users.
2. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 still has British voice actors! I loved that about Xenoblade Chronicles and will definitely be picking this one up. And yay, there are still Nopons!
3. KIRBY! Not until 2018 but still makes me so happy.
4. METROID PRIME 4. Every fan has already heard about it but hooray for the confirmation, I hope we get actual footage in a future direct or next E3!
5. YOSHI! He’s felted this time, in a cardboard diorama world. The crafty geek in me loves this as much as I loved Yoshi’s Wooly World.
6. Fire Emblem Warriors makes me think I really need to start Hyrule Warriors this weekend.
7. I’m not really planning on buying DLCs for Breath of the Wild, but maybe if there’s a sale or something. There’s so much to do without and I’m nowhere near finished so it’s no rush for me.
8. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has me sold, even if rabbids are annoying. I like everything I’ve seen.
9. Super Mario Odyssey. Does anything need to be said? I NEED a Switch before it comes out, come on Nintendo, make them more available!

These were announced after the Direct, but nevertheless I’m going to buy both. Metroid Samus Returns is a gorgeous 2D Metroid remake of the 2nd game, but more than just a remake. And the Metroid amiibo is perfect, hope I can get my hands on it. The other game is Mario And Luigi Superstar Saga remake + Bowser’s Minions.

Overall, Nintendo did awesome this E3, while the others were sort of lackluster in comparison. The future of gaming is bright and I have WAY too many games to play already but I don’t care. What was your favorite thing about this E3? Did you watch any of the tournaments?

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