Monday, December 29, 2014

Music Monday


Rounding out the year with one of my favorite remixes.

~ Zephyr ♥

Monday, December 22, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review - Super Smash Bros for Wii U

Released - 11|21|14
Platform - Wii U
Main - Fierce Deity Link

Join your friends and fight using a million Nintendo and a few other characters in giant free for all that should be used to end every fight you've ever had in your life. Now in HD and 60fps, for your viewing pleasure.

Well let's start with the exclusives. Eight player smash is hectic and tends to be a literal free for all because with so many people playing it kinda throws skill right out the window. Smash Tour is a ton of fun with friends and definitely beats out its portable Smash Run counterpart. The Special and Crazy Orders are fun and can be challenging, but by the time you're done with Crazy Orders you have more gold than you need and since most people don't play with customized characters the Order rewards feel a bit empty.

The Wii U supports a bunch of different controls - Wiimote, Wiimote and Nunchuk, Gamepad, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro, Wii U Pro Controller, Gamecube Controller (with adapter), and Nintendo 3DS with a copy of the game - so if you're doing eight player Smash, expect to take a while setting it all up especially if people are switching back and forth. Though people are complaining that the new GameCube controllers feel cheap, I don't agree. They feel slightly different, but really its not enough to make a difference. And as compared to the 3DS version and its predecessor, Brawl, the Wii U version controls fantastically.

But you all know what I'm really pleased by, right? This game looks gorgeous. It runs native at 1080p and 60fps. And the soundtrack? It's amazing.

Final Thoughts
This game looks beautiful, it sounds beautiful, and it plays beautifully. I really hope that this version overtakes Melee in the competitive play world. If you've been waiting for a game to convince you to buy a Wii U, there's a good chance that this is that game.

Score - 9.5/10

~ Zephyr ♥

I know it's like such a minor thing, but I'm really happy that they included the A Challenger Approaches trailers in the game. I love those things. Also, please take a gander at this gorgeous being.

Love him so much, I'll let him escape the borders a bit. You're welcome.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Top Ten - Songs from Final Fantasy VI-X

10. Zanarkand from Final Fantasy X

Zanarkand is such a sad, yet beautiful piece of music, its almost haunting.

9. A Place To Call Home from Final Fantasy IX

Another piece that sounds quite sad to me, but it also very interesting. Its become quite iconic to me.

8. Let The Battles Begin from Final Fantasy VII

I think this is actually one of my top battle themes, it creates a nice bit of tension without being overwhelming.

7. Otherworld from Final Fantasy XIII

I know a lot of people don't like this song, but I absolutely adore it. It's one of my favorite lyric songs in games, plus it's just kinda badass. I mean when you actually start the game this is pretty much the first song to play, so it always gets me super hype.

6. Man With The Machine Gun from Final Fantasy VIII

I don't really remember how much I liked this before two things made it into the top ten. 1. Theatrhythm - one of my favorite tracks to play on ultimate. 2. The remix song on the Final Fantasy Tribute album (The Man with the Machine Gun ~ Let the Battles Begin! ~ Battle Theme.) Regardless, its a really good song that I am happy to get stuck in my head.

5. Battle from Final Fantasy VI

Though The Decisive Battle is prolly more well known then the normal battle theme, this one holds a special place in my heart (lots of nostalgia included.) Also, its in that absolutely amazing remix I mentioned above.

4. Terra's Theme from Final Fantasy VI

Another song that holds a special nostalgic place in my heart. It always gives me this almost desperate, yet triumphant us vs the world feeling that feels kinda empowering.

3. Suteki De Ne (Isn't It Wonderful?) from Final Fantasy X

I really can't even describe how beautiful this song is. I have to hold back tears every time I hear it. Counting now.

2. Something To Protect/Roses of May from Final Fantasy IX

What I really like about these songs is that it translate really well from an emotional and romantic character theme to a pretty awesome more upbeat theme. I love them both.

1. Servants of the Mountain from Final Fantasy X

I could listen to this song for hours on end. If you haven't figured it out yet, I have a soft spot for these sad and lonely sounding songs, but this is just so good. It has this whole atmosphere to it that I just feel absolutely enveloped by.

Why It Wasn't Included

Dancing Mad from Final Fantasy VI
Its not that I dislike the song or anything, but its just not a favorite. Its really long and crazy and its orchestra renditions are amazing, but otherwise it just doesn't do it for me.

One Winged Angel from Final Fantasy VII
I feel like this is the song that everyone and their mom loves. And they have reason to - its great! But the Final Fantasy VII original version just isn't something I love, especially since the version I always listened to was from something else.

~ Zephyr ♥

Some more extras for you! 

I love this version of Let the Battles Begin, but even more so...

I put this song because its related to this countdown, but my favorite is actually Battle on the Big Bridge. Really just give like all their songs a good listen, cause they are pretty amazing.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review - Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS

Released - 10|3\14
Platform - 3DS
Main - Fierce Deity Link

Join your friends and fight using a million Nintendo and a few other characters in giant free for all that should be used to end every fight you've ever had in your life. Now portable, for your convenience.

Now let me start by saying that I am a terrible Smash player. Like really, I seriously suck. But regardless, I still love the series. I've been playing since my older sister stole her brother's GameCube and PS2 and games for me (well, indirectly for me.) And I enjoyed Brawl, so don't expect any hardcore Melee elitism from me either.

Smash 3DS plays surprisingly well for a portable version of the game, but it is definitely the inferior version. I found that the smash attacks felt a bit slippery, but otherwise it controlled fine. The loading times can be obnoxiously long sometimes. The online seemed to play fine, but I don't think I was on it long enough to really get a good feel for it. There was occasional lag, but nothing too bad.

This Smash has introduced the For Fun and For Glory options for online, but I wouldn't dare touch For Glory because of the pile of shame I would be reduced to. Smash Run was also introduced in this Smash and while a fun distraction from just endless fights, it does tend to feel repetitive after a while. Street Smash, the streetpass function for this game, is fun but only lasts a minute or two generally.

Final Thoughts
For those of you who can't afford or don't want a Wii U or just really hate buying DLC (Mewtwo is free when owning both versions), but still want the fun of Smash - get this version. Otherwise, just skip it for the Wii U version. It's not bad, just inferior.

Score - 6.5/10

~ Zephyr ♥

While I say Link is my main, I still haven't really decided who it is going to be. But I mean Link looks so glorious with that Fierce Deity skin, I really can't help myself. In the previous games I played a lot with Zelda, but now that Zelda and Sheik are separate characters it's a bit strange.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Week In Review: 11/30 - 12/6

Theme for Scanty and Kneesocks (I Want You)//Teddyloid//from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt

Well as you may have noticed, there wasn't much posting this past November. I decided to pretty much take it off to get caught up on some IRL stuff and schedule out the December stuff. This past week I got all my posts done before their deadline and I honestly feel really proud and accomplished about that because it's really hard for me to get things done on time and I stress myself out with deadlines that I create. It's a bit of a vicious cycle, of my own design.

Game wise, I've been mainly focusing on my 3DS (it's like my favorite system). Tomodachi Life, Animal Crossing New Leaf, Alpha Sapphire, Persona Q. I think I may have played a little bit of Bravely Default as well, but that may have been last week. I've been putting off P4AU for a while because I know the amount of reading I'm gonna have to prepare for. I'm just not ready yet!

From Tuesday to Friday I'm gonna be at St Jude's for my fifth yearly (half way checkpoint!) so I'll prolly be playing a lot of Persona Q on the plane/in the airport/in the waiting rooms/in the hotel. I actually have more off time this trip than I've ever had before, so it will be a bit weird/boring.

But that's about it!

~ Zephyr ♥

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Review - Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

Released - 11|21|14
Platform - 3DS
Starter Pokemon - Mudkip (named Marin)

Make your way back to Hoenn and re-experience the story from Gen III in lush 3D graphics.

For me, Hoenn was the one region I always wanted to go to but never did. I didn't start playing Pokemon until Soul Silver and Gen III was out of reach. So obviously when these remakes were announced, I was on board. Seriously, though, these games are good.

The updated graphics and soundtrack are absolutely beautiful. The story, now a bit rewritten to include both Mega Evolution and Primal Reversion, is probably my favorite Pokemon story yet. I also really liked my rivals, Wally and Brendan, though the still aren't near as "rival-ly" as Silver. One of the best features included, in my opinion, is the Dex Nav. The Dex Nav tells you when you have caught all the Pokemon in an area and also gives better "potential" for searched Pokemon when finding them several times. The Delta Episode also provides a short post game story, that I think adds a lot to the game plot wise.

If you don't have the patience or ability to transfer Pokemon from previous gens, fret not, With the exception of a few legendaries, you can complete your Pokedex with just X/Y and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.

Final Thoughts
If you are a fan of Pokemon or even new to the series, just get this game or Omega Ruby. Though it's lacking the Battle Frontier (hoping for DLC *fingers crossed*), this remake is well worth the money.

Score - 7.8 too much water 9.5/10

~ Zephyr ♥

So I'm really having trouble finding flaws in this game. I even like the amount of water in it! And I hate surfing! But I like it in this game, I don't know why, maybe because it fits with the region so well? And why is Steven Stone like the most gorgeous champion ever? This game prolly has my favorite trainers and gym leaders of any game. AND did you guys even listen to the amazing music and beautiful background in the final rival battle (before elite four)? Oh my gosh, I didn't even want to battle because I just wanted to listen and stare. Also, I felt bad that I got a Gallade from Super Training, but was going to happen regardless since Gallade is my favorite Pokemon and I always have him on my team. Also, this is the first time that I made an effort to nickname all the Pokemon on my team (though I don't nickname legandaries.) Before I only nicknamed my Gallade and his name is always Regent ^_^  Wow this is a long post-review, haha.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Top Ten - Songs from Final Fantasy I-V

10. Troian Beauty from Final Fantasy IV

There is something very calming and different about this track that always stood out to me. I think it fits the name really well, as well.

9. Aria, the Maiden of Water from Final Fantasy III

This song is really emotional, especially in the DS version where Aria has more of a bond with one of your characters. There is just this soothing sorrow that weaves itself in this song that's hard to forget.

8. Mt. Gulg from Final Fantasy I

I can't really put my finger on what I like about this song, I just find it very interesting. 

7. Crystal Tower from Final Fantasy III

I remember playing through Final Fantasy III for the first time, my first Final Fantasy game and the game I contribute to giving me my love of RPGs and gaming in general. There was something about entering the Crystal Tower and hearing this song that, though I struggled through the entire game, really made me feel like sh!t was about to get real.

6. The Rebel Army from Final Fantasy II

There's something about this song that makes me want to go pick wild roses... But really, this song is so beautiful and just sums up Final Fantasy II for me.

5. Battle on the Big Bridge from Final Fantasy V

I feel like this is one of those songs that you have to try to actively dislike, because it's just so good that you kinda have to like it. And it seems like most everyone agrees since I think this song has had more remixes and been in more Final Fantasy games than any other. 

4. Battle 1 from Final Fantasy III

Please, just imagine picking up a Final Fantasy game for the first time. The initial battle you're thrown into to teach you the ropes. That is this song for me.

3. Crystal Cave from Final Fantasy III

The song that first transported me to a new world and made me a Guardian of the Wind Crystal.

2. Zephyr Memories - Lengend of the Eternal Wind//Eternal Wind from Final Fantasy III

Just look at the names, there really is no way that I wouldn't love these songs. Zephyr Memories, I swear, single handedly pulled me into games for life. I mean I had never really played a game like this before and the single commercial I saw of it made me want to buy it - the first game I had ever bought with me own money! And then upon starting it up, I was presented this beautiful FMV that dared me, DARED ME, not to fall absolutely in love with this game. Eternal Wind just kept reminding why I was in love with this world and why I was there.

1. Let Me Know The Truth//Doga and Unei from Final Fantasy III

I don't know what to say about these songs except that they're magic. They literally feel like magic to me. It's the kind of song that just roots its way into your soul and infects your whole being. It brings me to tears sometimes to be honest. 

Well, that's my top ten! How about you guys? What are your favorite songs from the first five Final Fantasy games?

~ Zephyr ♥

Bonus! I found this video while I was searching and it's absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy! ^_^

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review - Theatrhythm Curtain Call

Released - 9|16|14
Platform - 3DS
Rhythmia Score - 40239
Playtime - 31:41

Join together heroes of Cosmos and defeat your enemies with the power of music. Purify the crystal and fend off Chaos once more as you listen to the music that made the Final Fantasy series what it is today.

Now not only am I a huge Final Fantasy fan, but I also really enjoy music games. With as many memorable tracks as the FF series has churned out over the years, a music game based off of it seems like a no brainer. As the sequel to the original Theatrhythm, this game pretty much does everything right. Literally, everything that I could have complained about in the original has been fixed and bettered in this one.

You start the game picking four heroes from the fourteen main games and unlock the series songs for those heroes. After completing a few, you unlock the rest of the series music. This is the first change I really appreciate. In the last game you would have to play the 3-5 songs in a series in every difficulty to unlock in quickplay. Now this is eliminated, allowing you to play any songs you want. Summons/Chocobos are also given to you regardless of how you do in feature zones, making it easier to fill up your total critical bar at the end. Curtain Call also introduces a competitive mulitplayer mode, with four classes of AI you can play against.

My favorite addition to the game, however, is the Quest Medley upgrade. Originally introduced in the iOS version of the original, Quest Medley gives you random scores to play in varying length and difficulty quests. The bosses in these quests offer up crystal shards, used to unlock characters, and is infinitely better than the monotonous Chaos Shrine from the previous installment.

Final Thoughts
With 221 songs from various titles in the Final Fantasy series, any fan of the series' music should definitely pick this one up. If it's not enough for you, there are an additional 50 songs and a few characters available through DLC. Really, any Final Fantasy or music fan should give it a go.

Score - 9/10

~ Zephyr ♥

All of the DLC from the original game is in the base game for Curtain Call except for one song - Somnus. Somnus was originally a trailer song for XIII Versus, but since that's now XV I'm guessing that's why it wasn't included. It's really shame in my opinion. It wasn't the greatest song, but I quite enjoyed it.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Week In Review - 10/19 - 10/25

I can't say I've really been doing much gaming lately. I played a little bit of Hyrule Warriors and a bit of Mario Kart 8, but not for very long. I've been playing the ORAS demo, but I've already missed two days, so hopefully that playing every day crock was a load of nonsense. I'm beginning to play Theatrhythm again, because I need to go from my current score of around 13,000 to 40,000.

Aside from that I've backed two kickstarters - Elegy for a Dead World, which was funded on 10/21, and Animal Gods [Reborn], which ends on 11/8. I'm really looking forward to Elegy, which is based around writing fiction for the worlds you are journeying through.

Well, that's pretty much it.

~ Zephyr♥

Friday, October 24, 2014

Smash WiiU Direct & ORAS Demo

So last night, Nintendo livestreamed a 50 fact extravaganza for Smash WiiU and I have to say, the hype is real. Out of everything announced I have to say the three things that really stood out to me were

1. 8 Man Smash - because getting my butt kicked by three other players just wasn't enough. I actually think this will be really fun, especially when watching livestreams. I would say real life, but let's be honest here I don't have seven friends, let alone seven friends that game.

2. Bowser Jr and Koopalings Join the Battle trailers - Honestly, my favorite part about all the lead up to Smash are the Join the Battle. I just absolutely adore them and I'm actually excited that they will be in the full game because I'll just sit there and watch them all. I really liked this though, because it caused hype for characters we already knew about, while slightly misleading us for the new character announcement. Plus, the trailer is gorgeous and Bowser Jr kinda wrecked Mario.

3. Mewtwo confirmed - Look, I don't even care about Mewtwo in the slightest as a Smash character, but I think everyone got at least a little bit hyped when it was revealed that they were putting 'him' in the game. I also think it shows that Nintendo listens to fans at least a little, as they've been whining asking for Mewtwo to be back in Smash for a while now.

If you didn't catch it already, I really suggest watching the Direct if not only for how fantastic the Smash Announcer is. He's amazing, really.

Now for Pokemon. I got the ORAS demo code in the newsletter a few days ago and I have to say I am really disappointed. I completed the demo (having done all ten adventures that give you stuff) in less than thirty minutes and it was just kind of a let down. What really bothered me though was not the fact the I was forced to play as a guy, cause I don't really mind that. What bothered me was that my name was Orlando. ORLANDO. I don't even care that I couldn't name him myself, but at least name him Brendan. Orlando.... so dumb. And yeah everyone's bashing Mega Glalie, I don't really mind it. What I'm really hoping for is that since my favorite Pokemon, Gallade, gets a mega this game that my second favorite, Froslass, might eventually get one (seeing as Froslass is to Glalie, as Gallade is to Gardevoir.)

Holding out hope, man.

~ Zephyr♥

Does anyone know why the name Kakigori is allowed for Pokemon? That was originally what I was trying to name my Glalie, but it wouldn't allow it. Now it's named Blue Hawaii. I didn't really like it at first, but now it's grown on me.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review - Hyrule Warriors

Released - 9|26|14
Platform - WiiU
Final Completion Time - Don't even know

Play as various Legend of Zelda characters and destroy all your enemies with combos of rage!

Now, I've never played a Dynasty Warriors game, but if it's like this I really want to. You advance through the story playing as different characters from the LoZ series, even Ganondorf at certain points, and capture keeps whilst killing everything. You pretty much run around and combo everything and it's amazing. The story isn't anything special - defend Hyrule, defeat Ganon, save the day, and get rid of a scantily clad dark time sorceress (who you can now play as thanks to free DLC!)

I would say the real fun and challenge of the game comes from Adventure Mode, where you complete and try to A Rank challenges while finding secrets on squares of the original Zelda game. It seems really easy at first, but some of the challenges are a major pain to A Rank. You can find a lot of heart pieces and weapons through these challenges, plus its the only way to unlock for of the characters (Ruto, Agitha, Ghirahim, and Zant.)

Final Thoughts
The visuals are beautiful, the enemy models are kinda bad, and the music, as per usual, is amazing. I wouldn't say you're missing anything if you skip it, but as the fan fiction spin off LoZ fans have pretty always wanted I would still recommend it.

Score - 7.5/10

~ Zephyr♥

My current main is Sheik, she's really freaking fast and I really like her attacks. And does anyone else want Link's glorious scarf? I've been scouting Etsy for one and I might have found a pretty good one :D

Monday, October 20, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review - Persona 4 Arena

Released - 8|7|12
Platform - Arcade, PS3, Xbox 360

Final Completion Time - I don't know, I don't wanna hook up the PS3 to find out.
Final Clear Percentage - 100%

Just a short while after the murders in Inaba were solved, the Investigation Team find the Midnight Channel airing again! But this time, they're the contestants on a fighting grand prix led by none other than Teddie himself?! The Investigation Team dive into the world inside the TV once again and fight their way to victory and the truth.

Now aside from playing a bit of the first one, Persona 4 Golden is the only Persona game I've played. Regardless of whether you prefer the 3rd or 4th entry, it can be agreed that these are pretty much the greatest RPGs out there. Persona 4 Arena (P4A) is a spin off sequel to the 4th that includes a few characters from the 3rd entry.

The fact that it's a fighting game definitely diverges from its more traditional RPG roots, but it tries not to sacrifice story by introducing a visual novel story layout. I'm gonna be honest -  if you don't like reading, don't play story mode. This is going to provide HOURS of text walls and you can't quick skip unless you've already seen the text before. And if you're trying to 100% story mode its going to be even worse.

To 100% story mode you not only have to complete all the character story lines (represented by a gold medal on the character card on the selection screen), but you'll have to stop and go with cliffhanger endings to do so. It pretty much goes like this - beat one of the initial characters to cliffhanger to unlock Teddie and Kanji, cliffhanger clear another character to unlock the Persona 3 characters plus Naoto, cliffhanger clear one the P3 characters to unlock Labrys, clear Labrys to unlock full clears of all the P4 characters minus Naoto, fully clearing one of those characters unlocks the full clear for the last four, and FINALLY full clearing one of the original four P4 characters and one of the P3 characters unlocks Elizabeth (who I recommend saving for last, as she kinda makes the story feel complete.)

Don't worry, you won't be done there because doing all that doesn't give you 100%. Nope, you have to also get the joke endings for Yukiko, Chie, and Kanji (I think Kanji's is the funniest.) You also have to pick both dialogue options at the end of Chie's joke ending and both dialogue options before you get to Kanji's joke ending. After that you have to complete two full runs with Yu, one with all the first options picked and one with all the second options picked. With all the first options picked, you will unlock a secret scene with Margaret at the end that you then have to pick both dialogue choices for. Then you should have 100%.

It sounds more time consuming then it actually is, I'll admit as you can skip to the cliffhangers of the ones you've already unlocked and well placed bookmarks can save you a ton of work, but it's still pretty ridiculous. And the only thing you get for doing this is the 100% on the story mode character select screen. No trophy or anything else. Kind of a bummer, yeah?

I don't think the story is too bad in P4A and it's far better than DOA5 I can say, at least. The only thing is that the victor is always whatever character you're playing as, so there is no concrete canon story line (though I've heard that the manga adapts Yosuke's story, which I'm okay with.)

Final Thoughts
This has been going on for a while, so I'll say this - P4A is one of the best and most fun fighting games I've ever played. It's accessible for veterans of the genre and newcomers alike. The visuals are great, the music is fan-freaking-tastic, and in general it's just a good ride.

Score - 8/10

~ Zephyr♥

I love the Grand Prix contestant cutscene so much that I have it pretty much memorized, and though I skipped all the other cutscenes after seeing them once, I always let that one play. Because really how much fun is it to introduce Yu as the Sister Complex Kingpin of Steel? Also, Naoto is my favorite character in P4. Naoto♥

Monday, October 13, 2014

Music Monday


This song, a remix of a Dragon Quest III song, is super rad and super catchy.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Week In Review: 10/5 - 10/11

Well, there wasn't much gaming this week because I was too busy being stressed out by school. But you know what? It doesn't matter anymore because I am done with college. I don't know if I'll go back next year for my bachelors or what, but for now I'll be getting my AA and be done with it.

Gaming wise, just messed with Smash 3DS a bit and restarted my Pokemon Y game with a male character, because why not? Not really much going on. I really need to work on adventure mode in Hyrule Warriors and start P4AU. But that's about it.

Oh! Kickstarter! I backed my fourth game, The Flame in the Flood, here. Check it out! And if you just so happened to be interested in the other three I backed they're Moon Hunters, Phoenix Dawn, and CodeSpells.

How has your gaming been?

~ Zephyr♥

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Zeldathon Relief

I don't know if you guys have ever head of Zeldathon, but it is truly amazing. It's a long ass charity gaming marathon with crazy shenanigans and just lots of awesome stuff all around. It's starts on December 27th and if you can spare even a single penny, give it to these guys (and girls) and know that it is going to a good cause.

Love you nerds!

~ Zephyr♥

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tablet Practice - MC Fan Doodles

I've been drawing fan doodles for MC's Oracle of Ages series. It's actually quite fun and gives me a reason to mess around with tablet on broken photoshop. I've gotten a couple of them in episodes too, which is super beyond rad, plus shouts in the description. Super rad. Here are the ones I've done so far.

Really need to remember to add sigs or something to them. Not that anyone would actually want to claim crappy fan art, but hey, you never know.

~ Zephyr ♥

Monday, October 6, 2014

Music Monday

Ballad of the Goddess//Artificial Fear

One of my favorite gaming songs, my favorite LoZ song, done with an amazing metal cover.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Week In Review : 9/28 - 10/4

This week saw the release of not only Super Smash Bros for 3DS on Friday, but also the release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. If you picked up P4AU, don't forget to download the free characters Adachi and Marie before they get a price tag. Both these characters come with unlockable chapters in story mode.

Aside from releases, I finished legend mode on Hyrule Warriors (released last Friday) and am slowly working my way through adventure mode. I also started playing The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds after realizing that I had never played it and its been sitting in my game card case for months. I've only made it past the Eastern Palace as I made the folly of starting it right before picking up Smash, but I hope to finish it within the next week or two.

Also, I've been playing with all the different characters in Smash, trying to decide who to main. I haven't played Brawl in forever and I just overall suck at Smash so I want to pick one character to really learn with.

What have you guys been playing and who do you usually main in Smash?

~ Zephyr ♥

Monday, September 29, 2014

I've been meaning to write reviews lately, but I am just the worst procrastinator, man. I was planning on writing the reviews for Theatrhythm Curtain Call and Persona 4 Arena this weekend (they're the games I've finished most recently), but since I'm taking session II classes they are only eight weeks and the end is kinda crammed. And the real reason I didn't (since I was only doing school work on Sunday) is pretty much energy drink fueled Hyrule Warriors session. Seriously loving this game. I've never played a Dynasty Warriors game, but now I think I want to. And the soundtrack is just so rad I need to get it stat. But yeah, those reviews..... I should prolly get them done soon cause Persona 4 Arena Ultimax comes out tomorrow (9/30). Really excited for that:D

~ Zephyr

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review - Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney

Released - 8|29|14 (NA)
Final Completion Time - 27 hours, 1 minute
Final In-Game Score - 4930 Picarats, 197 Hint Coins, 70/70 puzzles

Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright are mysteriously sucked into a world in a book, named Labyrinthia, after helping out the mysterious girl Espella. In a world made up of magic, witches, and a Storyteller who writes the fate of this world, there is more than one mystery for these two to solve before Espella is executed for being a witch.

Let me get one thing out there first - while I love both of these series, I have only played a single game from each. Curious Village, the first game for Layton, and Dual Destinies, the latest game for Wright. I don't think that really effects my enjoyment of the game, though.

The puzzle solving of Layton and the courtroom battles of Wright take turns being played in the story with the opposing characters usually joining in. So don't be surprised when Phoenix is trying to solve puzzles and Layton is voicing objections. While the puzzles seemed to be a bit easier then usual, meaning I can solve a lot of them on my first try, I found the courtroom to be just as difficult (because I suck at matching evidence!) An addition to courtroom has been, however, with several wittnesses coming up at once to testify. This can get a bit annoying as you have to go through testimonies quite a bit to find the instances that lead to questioning others, but it's also an interesting take as you can use conflicting testimonies against each other when the evidence you need is nonexistant.

I liked the story quite a bit and got thrown for a loop at the finale's climax. While it's generally easy to figure out who the culprit is, I'm always surprised by how it gets to that conclusion, as I tend to run gut feelings and face judgements (but I mean really, don't we all?)

The backgrounds and music are absolutely beautiful, as are the wonderful voice acted animations. The dialouge is excellantly written and the 3D animations look great, though the did seem to lag slightly from time to time.

Final Thoughts
While not as difficult as either core games, this crossover is great for fans of the series. The art and music are gorgeous and the story is quite enjoyable. Just make sure you're a fan of reading (they're visual novels after all.)

Score - 7/10

~ Zephyr ♥

Did you know that after finishing the game there are special episodes to play, that are currently being released? There are twelve in all, with the first two already released. I'll be doing a review once they are all released.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Unboxing! - Lightning's Return Final Fantasy XIII Collector's Edition -

- originally posted 3|14 -

I really need a new webcam.

~ Zephyr ♥

Unboxing! - Bravely Default Collector's Edition

- originally published 2|14 -

A bit of a rushed unboxing as my dogs came out right when I started recording, but oh well. This really is an awesome game, if you're not sure about it you should check out the demo in the Nintendo eShop. It's a really good demo and it's all DLC content.

Oh and I somehow made my webcam not lag!

~ Zephyr ♥

Things I Love - Pokemon (but just Gallade, really)

- originally posted 4|13 - 

I love Pokemon. Now, I can't say that it was the unifying point of my childhood or that I collected all 151 of the original Pokemon. I actually wasn't allowed to watch Pokemon when I was younger because my half sister's half brother (I have a complicated family) was crazily obsessed with it and they didn't want me to become the same way. Apparently that plan failed, haha.

I actually started watching the Pokemon anime when I was in 5th grade (I think), close to the end of Advanced Generation. I can clearly recall the Battle Frontier, and though I have seen the original Kanto/Jhoto episodes, the Battle Frontier/Advanced Generation seasons remain my favorite. Saying that, though I love Misty, May is definitely my favorite girl counterpart.

Even though I watched Pokemon then, I pretty much kept it a secret since I was just way more secretive when I was going into middle school. One thing I can say, though, is that Pokemon did help my depression stay at a not life threatening level. I don't why, but it did. When my little sister started watching with me though I was a bit more open about it.

Not too much, though. I can still remember being in a Gamestop when Diamond/Pearl was about to come out and being asked if I wanted to preorder it. I quickly replied no, that I didn't play Pokemon. But I really freaking wanted to. I didn't get my hands on a Pokemon game until 11th grade, a couple months before Black/White came out. I was going up to Memphis for my yearly when my boyfriend of then only a couple months found out I had never played. He encouraged me to get one and play it when I was gone and that was when I got Soul Silver. Then, the obsession started. I'm very lucky that I went to a school that when Black/White came out, almost all the Juniors and Seniors were playing it! We even had a guy who had "Professor Oak" written on his senior jersey! And he really was. He's one of those super serious players who could name Pokemon in stat order and would spend weeks just trying to bred a Zorua for the right nature (which meant me and my boyfriend got some "rejects" that we were very excited about.)

But there is one thing I love more in Pokemon than Pokemon itself. Gallade.

Holy crap, I can't even believe a month or so ago he was tied with another. I love Gallade so much. I think this actually stems from the fact that when I first started watching Pokemon I stumbled across a picture of  a Gardevoir and was like "Holy crap on burnt toast on fire! This is the most beautiful creature EVER!" So Gardevoir was my favorite then. Then came Buizel. I want to snuggle with one so bad. Oh, and Snorlax. Snorlax is amazing. But my boyfriend traded me a Ralts from his Heart Gold and I evolved it into a Gallade and Love at first sight, haha. Another thing that I explained to my boyfriend when it came to my choice in Pokemon, since stats have absolutely nothing to do with it, was that if Pokemon were real I would one that was something that I protected when it was little, but when it grew up it would protect me. And since my brain lives a Pokemon world, I think Gallade could do that.

How could you not love Gallade?

Love y'all and catch em all!

~ Zephyr ♥