Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review - Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix



Released - 12|2|14

Platform - PS3


Summary
Play through the previously Japan only Final Mix editions of Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep updated with beautiful HD graphics.

Opinions
Look, there is no way that this won't be a biased review. This is literally a single disc with my two favorite games on it. KHII is first, BBS is a close second. I love these games and this series to death. Also, since this is pretty much 2.5 (see what I did there?) games put together, this will have more abrupt reviews than usual.

Kingdom Hearts II is the main title sequel and the fifth game chronologically. It picks up two years after Chain of Memories and follows Sora, Donald, and Goofy as they search for Riku, unlock and lock a bunch of worlds' keyholes, and beat up Organization XIII members. This game is a bit easier than the other games in the series. Flaw-wise, it has you going to each world at least twice and unless you're healing magic is pretty useless. Neither of those things bother me, but I can see why there flaws. The biggest flaw in my opinion is the long ass tutorial. I understand it has story and stuff and I love KH's story, but seriously it is boring and unnecessarily long.

The big differences between the original game and those found in the Final Mix version are as follows - Critical mode (harder than Proud), new story scenes, new drive called Limit Form with the growth ability Dodge Roll, a new collection side quest, 20 new bosses, and new abilities and equipment.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep is the main title prequel - Kingdom Hearts 0, if you will- and the first game chronologically. Taking place ten years before Kingdom Hearts, BBS follows Terra, Ventus, and Aqua - three young keyblade wielders who have to deal with the appearance of the Unversed in various worlds. While having similar combat style to the other games in series, BBS has the use of the command deck. The deck holds either physical moves or magic, in contrast to the magic bar in other games. Worlds are revisited in this game, but as different characters in each of the three storylines.

The big differences between the original game and those found in the Final Mix version are as follows - Critical mode, new quest, new commands and command style, new command board, new d. link, new race track, new beat song, new keyblades, new bosses, and a new playable secret scene.

The Re: Coded movie is...meh. I mean, Re: Coded isn't a great game as it so you would prolly only like the movie if you're a big KH fan.

Final Thoughts
Like I said, these are my favorite games ever, but I also think that newcomers and skeptics alike will enjoy this game duo. Seriously, just give it a chance.

Score - 9.5/10

~ Zephyr ♥

Well, I didn't give it a ten because of the movie mainly. I would prolly give KHII a 8-8.5 and BBS a 9 separately. Though BBS gets a higher rating because I don't think it has as many flaws as KHII, KHII is still my favorite ^_^

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Top Ten - Challenger Approaches Reveals

One of my favorite things about all the Smash reveals, directs, and just hype in general were the 'A Challenger Approaches' character reveals leading up to the Wii U release. I think this started with the reveal of Snake in Brawl (though I didn't keep up with the gaming scene back then), but they just really went with it for this Smash. And I absolutely love it.

10. Comet Observatory - Rosalina and Luma

I love seeing the karters just going at it on Rainbow Road only to be interrupted by Kirby flying by. I think DK's reaction to Kirby is funny and let's be real, Luma and Kirby playing together is adorable.

9. Wii Fit Trainer

I know when this trailer first showed during E3 2013 everyone was pretty skeptical. I was instead just laughing at the fact that Link could barely hold a tree pose better than me (I'm terrible at yoga.)

8. Challenger from the Shadows - Charizard, Greninja, and no Mewtwo

Watching the Smash Direct come to a close, I knew it couldn't end without a reveal and I really enjoyed the one that we got. Most of enjoyment, however, came from the following video. You may want to turn down your volume.

It still cracks me up *wipes away tear*

7. One Bird, One Dog, One Zapper - Duck Hunt

I love seeing the transition from all the classic sprites to their current form. Plus, the dog shields his eyes from Naked Shulk.

6. Champion of the Ring - Little Mac

I really like that they went with this comic like art style for the reveal, I feel it adds a lot to the reveal besides the one mechanic that everyone hates Little Mac users for.

5. Looks like we don't have a choice - Shulk

BACK SLASH! I'm really feelin' it! Also, Naked Shulk.

4. By Book, By Blade, and Crest of Flame - Lucina and Robin

Another one I like for art style. Its really just a good trailer.

3. The Future King - Bowser Jr and Koopalings

As the last in the reveal trailers (unless there's a Mewtwo trailer *crosses fingers*) I like that it features some of the previous revealed characters, Mega Man and Rosalina specifically. And if you didn't notice, not only does Bowser Jr. kinda own all of them, but he freaking runs Mario over. Just saying.

2. Mii Fighter

I don't know about you guys, but seeing this fight just cracked me up. Its so overly ridiculous, I love it. Sorry Reggie, but Iwata always wins.

1. Goddess of Light - Palutena (and Dark Pit, kinda)

What can I say? I'm an anime fan and this just made me want a Smash one. I love seeing the talkative Pit up against silent hero Link. And you know - "Black Hole! Mega Laser!" Saying your attacks out loud make them at least ten times more effective.


So what was your favorite reveal trailer? And who do you main in Smash?

~ Zephyr ♥

I personally main Pit/Dark Pit. Pit was who I mained in Brawl, but I like him more in this one. Regardless, I'm a pretty suck Smash player. I was playing with Dae and one of our friends and the only time I won was when I was playing Peach on a random select. I guess I should start learning her.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review - Bayonetta



Released - 10|24|14 (1|5|10)

Platform - Wii U (PS3, Xbox 360)


Summary
A witch must fight her way through hordes of heaven's finest to uncover her lost memories and find the Eyes of the World.

Opinion
This game is a bit weird for me. I don't know if its because I made me super frustrated or because I was trying to rush through it, but as someone who really cherishes the narrative value of a game (meaning I like plots) I just didn't really care. Once you get to the more or less 'big reveal' in the story, I don't know I just kinda lost interest.

That's not to say the game is bad or anything because it is not. The combat is really fun and some of the most enjoyable I've played in a while. It's mainly just about chaining combos, summoning demons with your hair, and dodging to activate Witch Time. And I love it. What I don't really care for are all the quicktime button mashes, but I can deal cause they don't really bother me that much unless they cause a cheap death. What does bother me is how absurdly hard the timed events were, at least for me. They seemed to be the leading cause of death. But aside from that, it really is lots of fun.

What I didn't really like is the amount of sexuality shoved into my eyeholes at every given chance. Look, we all know that Bayonetta is damn sexy and I'm alright with that. I'm not okay with the fact that it mainly turns into blatant amounts of fan service that make me uncomfortable playing when other people are in the house. Even understanding people, even people who play games. And that leaves a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.

Final Thoughts
I feel like I made this sound like a bad game when it really isn't even close to one. It's just one of those kind of games, I guess. This game is fun, but it's damn hard. And I was playing on normal difficulty. Good luck.

Score - 7/10

~ Zephyr ♥

I don't really think that my score would change if I took my time playing, but then again this game is pretty fast paced so it doesn't really lend itself to 'taking your time'. But seriously, go try this game out.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Top Ten - Songs from Final Fantasy Spin Offs

We have finally reached the end of the FF Song series!

10. The Troops' Advance from Dissidia

Dissidia is a cool game. Duodecim is a super rad amazing game. I feel that this theme captures the essence of both.

9. Raffaello Battle from Chocobo Dungeon

We all know that Battle on the Big Bridge is an amazing song. This is the orchestral version that makes my brain melt into music induced joy.

8. The Price of Freedom from Crisis Core

This song is literally Crisis Core. If you haven't played it, I highly recommend it - even if you aren't a FFVII fan (I'm not.)

7. One Winged Angel -Advent- from Final Fantasy VII Advent Children

I mentioned before that there was a reason One Winged Angel wasn't included in the main game list. This is why. Now technically this is from a movie, but seriously this version of the song just sweeps me off my feet. So epic.

6. Across The Divide from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

I love this song and I can't really explain why. The only thing I can think to say is that it's so different from what I'm used to listening to, but that's not really it. I don't know, I just really really really like this song.

5. Historia Crux from Final Fantasy XIII-2

I feel like if my life had world map music, I would want at least part of it to sound like this.

4. Somnus from Final Fantasy XIII Versus

I put this on the spin off list for two reasons. One - because it was originally stuck with this title and when I made this list I didn't really think about it as XV now. Two - I didn't want to include XV in the main titles because I haven't gotten to listen to the soundtrack yet and it didn't really seem fair to include it. But I really love this song so I wanted to include it anyways, so I figured why not here. It's like this weird song that's really calm and beautiful, but the words are kinda tragic. And in Latin, of course.

3. Sound of the Wind (Morning Sky) from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

There was just really no way I wouldn't love this song.

2. War: The White Weapon from Final Fantasy Type-0

Honestly, this song gets me way more excited for the NA release of Type-0 then anything.

1. The Glittering City of Yusnaan from Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII

Guys, this song I just.... GAH! I don't even know what this is even like supposed to be it just makes me happy and it sounds amazing and I just don't even!


Well then, on that note this ends the Top Ten Final Fantasy Song series. I know I prolly have a really weird list compared others so please share what yours are! I am honestly genuinely interested!

I think most people can agree that the Final Fantasy series has given us more than a fair share of amazing music, so even if we don't like the same songs, the music can still bring us together ^_^

~ Zephyr ♥

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Week In Review 1/11 - 1/17

Carry Me Home//The Living Dead  -  Lost Kitten//Metric

Honestly I can't remember worth a crap what happened this week. I played a couple hours of Bayonetta, not getting very far. I didn't get my Thursday post done. We put our sixteen year old dog to sleep on Friday and it's been rough, heck he was older than my little sister. I hate saying it, but I think its been a bit better without him. He was old and was having a rough time. We yelled at the puppies a lot because they liked messing with him and he couldn't make it outside for the most part so I've been spending the last I don't know two years cleaning up his messes everyday.

There was a Nintendo Direct earlier this week, but it wasn't that exciting. The New 3DS got a release date of Feb 13th for NA so look forward to that. I do like the way the Monster Hunter one looks, but I don't have the money for that right now anyways so I'll prolly be waiting for the release of a blue one.

I put in a couple preorders that I need to get around to listing, but most importantly (?) is the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Collector's Edition. I've never played a MH so I'm really looking forward to it plus the CE looked sweet for a cheap price.

Think that about sums it up, but I do hope to have some awesome-ish (for me?) news for next week.

~ Zephyr ♥

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Top Ten - Songs from Final Fantasy XI - XIV

Originally this was going to include XV in the rankings, but since I don't actually know any of the music from it I decided not to include. Maybe I'll do a XV track exclusive TT when the game comes out, but for now I thought it would be unfair to include it when it wasn't represented.

10. Flash of Steel from Final Fantasy XII

I just love how epic this song sounds and it has such a great opening too.

9. Sarutabaruta from Final Fantasy XI



I never played FF XI, but these are the kind of songs that make me want to. Its so simple, but I want to listen to it for hours.

8. Dust to Dust from Final Fantasy XIII



I absolutely adore FF XIII and its soundtrack is one of the reasons why. This song is perfect for this game. The music is so sorrowful. The female vocals are beautiful; the way they are layered make it hard to discern the words and its reminiscent of trying to recall a voice from long forgotten memories. But I love the lyrics too!
Nothing to fear, l'Cie/Cradled in eternity/Shore of sand, your fate awaits/Oh, surrender in the light

7. Ronfaure from Final Fantasy XI



Another amazing XI song. I like this one for the same reasons as the first. It also kinda reminds me of a Renaissance Festival.

6. The Vestige from Final Fantasy XIII

Songs like this are the reason I am completely enamored with XIII's soundtrack. Ambient tracks, organic vocals, distant worlds.

5. Sulyya Springs from Final Fantasy XIII

I love this track for the same reasons as the last one. This one is a bit more peaceful and I wish it played in more areas than the small one it does.

4. Selbina from Final Fantasy XI

I have this weird dream of owning an awesome cafe that looks like The Quicksand, the tavern in Ul'dah from FF XIV, and it will be super rad and geeky and stuff. This is the song that will play when we open every morning. Speaking of Ul'dah, though...

3. To The Sun from Final Fantasy XIV 

Much like in this random video, I was mining when I first heard this song. I actually stopped what I was doing, dropped my controller, and sat there for about fifteen minutes absolutely enthralled. Because that's what a good song should do.

2. Hope's Theme from Final Fantasy XIII

Look, I know that just about everyone that played XIII hates Hope. I do too, for the first half of the game at least. But this song... I actually contemplated having this as number one or having no second place and just having a first tie. I'm still wondering if it should trade places. While I would hope (no pun intended, though I did just laugh as I noticed it) that I would have some super metal badass theme, mine would prolly turn out like this. A single instrument, echoing through an empty room, continuing to play despite how it wants to stop, despite how things are happening around it, but it continues to play. It is literally a theme of hope, to me at least. This is the song I listen to when I need to sit in the shower and cry because there's too much shit going on. And when I'm done, I feel better, I have hope.

1. The Gapra Whitewood from Final Fantasy XIII

After everything I wrote in the last song, you may be wondering if I have this awesome reason why this is number one. Not really. Like I said this and Hope's Theme are practically interchangeable as far as places go. The reason this is here is for much of the reasons I listed for others. Ambient music, organic vocals. I put down my controller when I heard it and was transported to another world. And sometimes, that's enough,

~ Zephyr ♥

Thought you guys might be interested in the piano version of The Gapra Whitewood. I love when Square makes these piano collections. The two Kingdom Hearts piano albums they have are some of my favorite albums period.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review - Bravely Default



Released - 2|7|14

Platform - 3DS


Summary
Four strangers meet and have to save the world and defeat bad guys and wait haven't we played this game before?

Opinions
Now while the summary may sound a bit snarky, don't misunderstand - I freaking love this game. While it's supposed to be a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy The 4 Heroes of Light, which I only played about ten minutes of before getting super bored, I find it as more of a successor to Final Fantasy III.

Bravely Default features a turn based combat style with use of the Brave and Default systems. Brave let's you use up to four negative turns in advance, allowing you to make several moves at once while sacrificing future moves leaving you vulnerable. Default allows you to defend and save up to four moves so you don't have to be in the negative when Braving. This game also features a job system where a character mains in one job and subclasses the moves of another. Characters also unlock passive abilities according to class and can equip these regardless of the current class.

I'm gonna super vague so I don't give away spoilers, but the story was definitely interesting. I know some didn't figure it out for a while, and while I figured out most of it there were a couple things I would not have known had Dae not confirmed my suspicions and pointed out an important detail I failed to notice. However, I did read the 200 page journal given to you at the beginning of the game so I think that was a big part of it. Unfortunately, the game gets repetitive towards the end which really hurts it. Also, I feel I should mention that the game features two endings - one you can get about halfway through the game which is seen as more of the 'bad' ending and a true ending you get from completing the story.

Final Thoughts
While it does get repetitive towards the end, this game is really amazing and if you are a fan of older Final Fantasy games you will especially enjoy this. The art is beautiful, the music is amazing (as per usual), and the gameplay is just plain fun! I hate hate hate grinding, but I leveled all my characters and jobs just because I wanted to. Seriously, give this game a shot.

Score - 8/10

~ Zephyr ♥

Bravely is actually one of my favorite games to come out in 2014. I also got the collector's edition of it so you can check out the unboxing here. I look hideous as per usual :P

Monday, January 12, 2015

Music Monday



Man With The Machine Gun ~ Let The Battles Begin ~ Battle Theme//Calla Soiled

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Week In Review 1/4 - 1/10

Femmes Fatale//OA

Honestly, I can't even really remember what I did the past week. Lots of YouTube was watched and I spent about 15 hours of the weekend in Final Fantasy XIII livestream which was honestly the most fun I've ever had in a livestream. It was a small group of viewers so there was a lot of interaction between not only the chat and the streamer, but just between all of the chat members themselves which is an experience I haven't had before. Mostly I won't even go in chat because everything gets pushed up pretty fast and well it just generally doesn't matter. But this chat was super fun! Friends were made, rivalries were formed, and I mostly just laughed and went along with it while giving a lot of game advice (when it was needed) because I just know too much about FFXIII because I love that game. That's pretty much it though.

~ Zephyr ♥

I don't know if I said this before, but I beat Borderlands The Pre Sequel like a week or two ago. Honestly, I can't remember when I just know that I did. Does anyone else think that Zarpedon is a Siren? Because I totally do.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Review - Persona 4 Arena Ultimax



Released - 9|30|14

Platform - Arcade, PS3, Xbox 360

Summary
Just a day after the events of Persona 4 Arena, a strange red fog rolls into town and General Teddie reappears. With all the townspeople suddenly gone, the Investigation Team and Shadow Operatives need to find the villain that created the P-1 Grand Prix in the first place.

Opinions
The fighting has undergone a bit of an update, changing some of the characters combos and decreasing damage among other changes. A number of characters have also been added as playable fighters, including the three DLC characters of Adachi, Marie, and Margaret.

I love the way story mode is played in this, compared to its previous installment. The story is divided in three sections. The Persona 4 story starts first and is played in a chapter timeline fashion in which you switch characters throughout the story instead of playing straight through a single perspective. This gets rid of a lot of the repetitive nature of the first game's story. Once you finish the Persona 4 story you move on to the Persona 3 story which follows in suit. Its much easier to 100% this game as the only choice you have to make is at the last chapter of each story, making it so you only have to play each chapter twice, as compared to the choices and joke endings featured before. Once fully completing both stories you unlock the true ending to finish the game. If you have the Adachi DLC character you unlock an additional story, playing through Adachi's point of view.

The true ending and the way the story flows in general fixes one of my bigger complaints from the first game - the story is canon. By canon, I mean that which character defeats who and ultimately wins (in the first one) is not changed as it's played as one big story as opposed to single character stories. The only exception comes with Adachi's story, but that's far better then before.

Final Thoughts
This is still a super fun fighting game. It has all the music and atmosphere of a Persona game, a good story, and a ton of characters to fight as. Even if you haven't played the first game you should still play this one, plus you can buy the first game's story as DLC in game.

Score - 9/10

~ Zephyr ♥

I still yell the character nicknames in an announcer voice while I play. Plus Adachi's name is 'The Egocentric Police Dick' which is a pun and hilarious. But I still love Naoto ♥ But I love Rise too ♥ But mostly Naoto ♥♥♥

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Top Ten - Games I'm Looking Forward To In 2015

I know I was kinda in the middle of a Final Fantasy Song Series, but since it is the beginning of a new year I thought I'd share with you guys the games that I am most looking forward to this year - either actually coming out or just getting some more info about them. The song series will continue next week ^_^

10. Dead or Alive 5 Last Round


I have to admit, I love fighting games and Dead or Alive is one of my favorites. I already have Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate for PS3, but I'm all for a next gen update of the game. It includes DLC and two new characters too!

9. Life is Strange
 

I actually just found out about this one a few days ago. In this five part episodic story, a girl realizes she has the power to rewind time after witnessing an old friend die. And you know, like story and stuff. Yeah. Totally not a rip on Telltale games.... Not at all...

8. Xenoblade Chronicles/Xenoblade Chronicles X




I never got the chance to actually play Xenoblade when it was out for Wii so now that Nintendo is willingly (hopefully) giving us the chance to play it again I'll take it. And the sequel looks pretty rad as well.

7. The Flame in the Flood


I'm kinda more excited for this because I know that I helped make this happen (kickstarter woo!) because this game just looks pretty cool.

6. Moon Hunters


Another game that I kickstarted! I'm actually pretty pumped for this one, a retro looking game where you die over and over and your legacy becomes part of your game's lore. I'm planning on playing the single player Vita version as a Songweaver :D

5. Final Fantasy XV


I'm a huge huge huge Final Fantasy lover and I've been waiting for this since it was announced as XIII Versus like a million years ago.

4. Final Fantasy Type-0


Another Final Fantasy title I've been waiting for! I was super bummed when Type-0 didn't come over to NA and I really thought it never would. But it is! In March! Super excited for it.

3. No Man's Sky


No Man's Sky is a weird one for me. I don't know why, but for as much I want to adventure irl I just don't really care for open world games. I think it has mostly to due with my desire to stick to storylines and finish games quickly before I rage quit, so the fact that I am so into this game is really strange. I mean its freaking huge! And I honestly can't wait.

2. Persona 5


If you are an RPG fan and have never played a Persona game then really you should just stop what you're doing and go play one like right now. If you have played a Persona game, then you already know why it's on this list.

1. Kingdom Hearts III


No matter how hard I try I cannot have this not be number one. Kingdom Hearts is pretty much my favorite series ever and though I would be super sad if this did end up being the last entry in the series, I'm really just so pumped to play another KH game that it doesn't even matter.


What games are you guys looking forward to this year? Let me know below!

~ Zephyr ♥

Seriously, though, like two Final Fantasy titles and a Kingdom Hearts game? If this really happens I think this will be the best year in gaming for me ever.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Review - Final Fantasy XIII



Released - 3|9|10

Platform - Xbox 360, PS3

Summary

When branded by an enemies' god, six people will have to fight to survive and save the ones they love while shattering the illusions they believed to be the truth. It's a Final Fantasy game.

Opinions

Let me say it now, I know that this is by far not the greatest FF games, but damn is it one of my favorites. I can't even give a really good reason why it is when it's alongside my other favorites (III, VI, and X), but gosh darn it I love it to pieces.

Now look, I understand why a lot of people dislike it, but I don't really understand the hate. For the sequels, maybe, but not this first entry. The gameplay is somewhat similar to what we've seen in previous entries with an ATB (active time battle) style combat bar with the edition of your three character party paradigm shifting to one of six classes to maintain an edge in battle. However, this is mostly true for the last half of the game only.

Instead of leveling, characters gain points to fill up their Crystarium, a more linear Sphere Grid styled skill tree. Characters begin with two classes unlocked, gaining a third soon into the story, and the other three about half way through. The story also has you switching between 1-3 character parties as different people join and separate paths until, again, about half way through the story.

There are two main gripes with the game that most people have - the linearity of the game and the battle style. Let's go with linearity first.

Now though I could argue that all FF games are pretty linear in nature, XIII is the extreme in nature. You can't revisit areas, aside from a few places end game, and the only really large area is where ALL the side quests are located. Also, you can't really grind in one place as enemies are not random encounters, though you can just walk in and out of rooms for them to respawn.

The biggest problem people seem to have with the battle system is that you can pretty much auto battle and you only physically control your party leader. For me, this wasn't really an issue. The AI, for me at least, seemed to always pick what I would have chosen regardless - healing who needed healing and dealing with enemy weaknesses - and the auto battle also chooses the best suited in most situations. For me it was more of a time saver, as it would have taken longer for me to find the same commands in the menu, and honestly if you really just wanna pick your own commands or use a full ATB skill you can easily pick them instead of the auto button. And I don't think auto battling takes away from the fun or strategy of battle because you still have to make your paradigm decks and switch accordingly. I personally love quickly switching back and forth from paradigms to quickly build the stagger gauge and get that ATB boost.

Now aside from that let me say I find this game beautiful. The characters are well designed and the environments are carefully crafted. I can't tell you how many times I would just stand around on Gran Pulse and stare at the ground and the backgrounds because they are so gorgeous. And the music! This is seriously one of my favorite gaming soundtracks ever. It has the most amazing beautiful relaxing entrancing ambient tracks that I have ever heard I literally have a playlist I listen to quite often made up of my favorites. Ugh! It's so good! Damn!

Final Thoughts

While the game has definite flaws and is far from perfect, I sincerely recommend giving it a chance.

Score - 7/10

~ Zephyr ♥

So if you are really just dead set against playing this, at least look up some of these tracks from the game that I absolutely adore - The Gapra Whitewood, Sullya Springs, Hope's Theme, Mysteries Abound, The Vestige, Snow's Theme, The Pulse l'Cie. And yes, Lightning is one of favorite video game characters. She was actually my main in Dissidia Duodecim (super rad game). Loved playing her in the Aya Third Birthday DLC costume. You just can't deny how good and badass she looks. Also, Cloud in KH costume just saying.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Week In Review 12/28 - 1/3

Well, not much is happening this week. Between Christmas/New Year's and Dae being down for holiday breaks, not much has really gotten the chance to happen. There's been a bit of Sunset Overdrive now that I've got the tree taken down and cleaned (as it was in the 'gaming room') and Dae bought me Bayonetta as a post-Christmas gift.

I'm super ashamed to say that I didn't watch Zeldathon this past year as my summer was rough, to say the least, and the past few weeks have been a bit hectic. I'm hoping to catch at least a day or so over the summer, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see how that turns out.

I've got all the weekly posts planned out for the rest of the month and all the reviews through like half of March. Music posts are generally done just a week at a time so I'm not to worried about those, but I do need to pull together some Top Tens so if you guys have any suggestions feel free to leave them below.

I think that's about it. Hope you guys are having a good start to the New Year! ^_^

~ Zephyr ♥

Oh, I have a cold. Does that count as something?

Friday, January 2, 2015

Why I Feel That Nintendo Has Proven Themselves And Won Last Year

It's no mystery that Nintendo has been going through a rough patch recently. Though the 3DS was selling okay, the Wii U was majorly suffering. That kind of changed this year. And I think it helped Nintendo win this year. Here's a few shortish reasons why.

Multiplayer Pays
This was the year for Nintendo multiplayer. The release of not only Smash for both Nintendo's handheld and console, but Mario Kart 8 as well guaranteed friends buying systems to lose friends over.

The Handheld Titles Rocked
This was a good year for the 3DS in my opinion, especially for JRPG fans. Bravely Default was amazing, Fantasy Life is a single player MMO, Persona Q is a Persona-Etrian crossover, and the ORAS remakes came out. Please note all the third party titles in Nintendo's lineup this year.

The Wii U Can Handle M Rated Games
Did you guys know that the only reason Bayonetta 2 got published was because Nintendo rescued it? If they hadn't, you wouldn't be playing this awesomely amazing game right now or ever really. And it helped prove that a damn sexy M rated game could be on the Wii U.

Even The 'Eh' Looking Games Were Good
There was a lot of skepticism about both Hyrule Warriors and Captain Toad Treasure Tracker. And you know what? They were both super fun games that totally rocked.

What do you guys think? Who do you think won 2014? Let me know, yo!

~ Zephyr ♥

Let's also not forget that the year just kinda sucked for everyone else. Have you forgotten the mess that became of Assassin's Creed Unity and Master Chief Collection? Also, you guys should pretty much check out all the Nintendo games listed, especially Bravely Default and Bayonetta.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Years! Mandatory 2015 Post

Hey Guildmates! Welcome to 2015!

I guess this is kinda an update post. One of my New Years Resolutions is to keep up with this blog and I really hope its gonna happen! I'm gonna try really hard get out consistent content and I've already got about two months of stuff planned (planned being the key word.) I know that there was some stuff from last month that didn't really get finished, mainly the FF Song series, but that will be completed this month. I also got an Xbox One for Christmas, beautiful snowstorm Sunset Overdrive bundle from the best Mom ever, so hopefully expect some Xbox One stuff in the coming months.

I think that's about it. Yep. Happy 2015!

~ Zephyr ♥