Sunday, February 22, 2015

Week In Review 2/15 - 2/21

The actual demo of my kitchen started a couple days ago so not only is the mess of everything driving me crazy and stressing me out, but we also have to go out for just about every meal because the only thing plugged in is the fridge. My family has something against me eating leftovers for breakfast, I guess. The kitchen will still take another week or two to complete, though, with the cabinets getting installed this coming week and then the counters whenever they come.

Eating out so much for the past month has left me feeling really sluggish and fatigued, too. I'm already thinking up some new recipes to make once the kitchen is complete. I need that home cooked food, man. My's crying...

I started reading a new manga called Wild Life that's pretty good and I also downloaded the new 3DS Pokemon game Pokemon Shuffle - a microtransaction match 3 game - but I'm having fun with it.

Oh! I finally made it to a live show of Hyrule Academy, the SuperMCGamer hosted LoZ lore radio show over at Radio Hyrule. I was kinda nervous at first, to be honest, because while a lot of people contribute theories and such during the show I can't really do that since I don't know as much about it. But, one of the few things I did say actually got read on the show and was right! I know its really lame to be excited over something like that, but I really love it!

Ah, I'm so lame haha.

~ Zephyr ♥

Friday, February 20, 2015

Unboxing - Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Collector's Edition

So did you guys get one of these and were they hard to come by? And since I've never played a MH game, let me know what your favorite aspects of the game are and why! Also, if you know what that magenta stand is for feel free to fill me in :D

~ Zephyr ♥

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Unboxing - Lootcrate Jan '15 Rewind

No, I totally didn't completely forget to upload and post this. Where would you get an idea like that... *nervous laughter*

~ Zephyr ♥

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Week In Review 2/1 - 2/7

Chillin' With The Bros//Amphibious

Once again, I don't remember much of what happened last week. I haven't really gotten more than four hours of sleep each night for the past week, so without my precious delta I'm pretty dead. I don't recall playing much of anything this week. The house will still be in for a couple more weeks so it's kinda hard to get much of anything of interest done. Plus, my little sister was home sick the past week so I didn't have much time to myself to be productive. *read - various excuses* I am actually planning on playing a couple things the next few days, though, so you can check the play box if you're interested in that. Other than that..... Nope, I think that's the gist of it.

Basically, I'm really damn tired! *hysterical laughter* Ahem, good night :D

~ Zephyr ♥

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Review - Bayonetta 2

Released - 10|24|14

Platform - Wii U

Because we all know you didn't get enough of her in the first game, get ready for a sequel that is literally better in every way.

So look, I'm not the biggest fan of the first game. Maybe it's because I was in a bad and super ragey and I just need to replay it. Maybe it's because I didn't play it when it first came out. I don't know, but I'll tell you one thing - I don't feel the same about this one.

Bayonetta 2 follows the same formula as the first - shoot and beat things up, string it into massive combos, and watch the gore unfold. And it works. The sequel polishes everything the original offered, making Bayonetta's combos flow in an absolutely graceful way. Dodging at the last second gives you Witch Time, slowing down time and rewarding you with combo carnage. It seems much more rewarding than in the previous game. The new addition to fighting is the Umbran Climax, a full magic bar move that powers you up and then unleashes a demon summon. This provides more range than the Torture moves and is overall just a better, allowing you to take utter command the second your bar is full.

Don't get me wrong, this game is still brutal. Unlike the first game. the action hardly ever stops here and it sure doesn't give you much time to catch your breath. And the unrelenting battles mixed with the still ridiculously cheesy story give it just the right amount of juxtaposition to make it right. And when you beat the campaign there are still plenty of challenges and an online co-op mode for you to complete. Plus, the ability to have an AI bot do co-op with you is much appreciated, especially by those whose friends haven't gone to the Wii U yet.

Final Thoughts
Everything in this game is colorful and beautiful designed, from the characters to the gameplay to the environments. It's polished to perfection and it may have just reached the pinnacle of action games. For now, anyways.

Score - 9.5/10

~ Zephyr ♥

Look, I understand that a lot of people don't care about the amount of sexualisation in these games. I know people will think I'm either a prude or a hypocrite with the amount of anime I watch. And I get where people are coming from when they say it empowers her. I am all for women being sexy badass motherf**kers who own it. And that's what Bayonetta does! I think her existence as the boss MC in this proves it. So why do we need to see crotch shots and the like? Because in my opinion that sure as hell does not empower her. And it really sucks because she is like embodiment of sexy female empowerment in games.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Top Ten - Final Fantasy Characters

Guys, I know! We went a whole week without Final Fantasy and now you need your fix! Yeah, I'm sorry, I promise we'll move away from FF for while after this! But before, here are my top ten favorite FF characters.

10. Cid Highwind from Final Fantasy VII

Cid is a reoccurring character throughout FF games, generally being some kind of NPC. And though Cid Raines from XIII is totally gorgeous, Highwind's attitude really takes the top Cid place for me. He's a snarky hot headed chain smoker that had his dreams crushed, but doesn't turn into cold hearted asshole because of it. I find him to probably be the most relatable character in the game.

9. Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII

Yes, I have a thing for the dark, brooding, mysterious guy. But not Cloud, only Vincent. I don't know why really. I mean, his game was terrible and his backstory, though filled with tragedy, isn't that great either. Hmmm....I think this explains a lot about my Sonic list..........

8. Rikku from Final Fantasy X

Rikku is carefree, reckless, and just a generally upbeat person. She always tries not to let things get her, but underneath she's really just full of insecurities like the rest of us. She's really relatable and honestly the kind of person I would want to be friends with.

7. Tidus from Final Fantasy X

Tidus is lot like Rikku, personality wise. I love Final Fantasy X as much as I do because of him and if he wasn't the MC I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. Let's just disregard that horrible laughing scene, the audio drama, and that god awful book that ruined everything :)

6. Terra Branford from Final Fantasy VI

I love Terra. I just do. I love seeing her going from a scared and confused girl to a courageous and determined young woman. I love seeing her question her own humanity and come to terms with what she is. Final Fantasy VI was the first game I played that had characters with serious character development and Terra has always stuck with me in that regard.

5. Locke Cole from Final Fantasy VI
FFTS Locke

Much like how Terra was the first character that ever showed me growth, Locke was the first character to absolutely break my heart. In his backstory, he wants to prove himself to the father of the girl he loves. Instead, an accident causes the girl to get amnesia. After an Imperial attack, the girl is killed, but not before regaining her memories and declaring her love for Locke. He lives with this guilt and tries to redeem himself by protecting every women he meets. He later tries to revive her by using the Phoenix esper. It works, but she tells him to stop feeling so guilty before dying again. Through this he finds redemption and then I can finally ship him with Celes :3 I mean come on, its practically canon.

4. Yuna from Final Fantasy X

Yuna is a character I, again, love because of the way we get to see her character change and grow. She's kind and loyal, but also very naive and willing to sacrifice herself just because she thinks it will help others. You see her begin to question everything she knows and start to give herself and her desires more value. Even in X-2, you see how she has become more like Tidus and Rikku and how they have rubbed off on her. And while I love the development of characters like Terra and Locke, Yuna's seems much more natural and similar to how a lot of us act after being with friends and such.

3. Zack Fair from Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core

You can tell I love heart break, right? Well, I don't! Crisis Core is like the worst kind of game. You come in knowing that Zack is gonna die. All of Cloud's character in VII revolves around Zack's death. But even in the end, when you're fighting through his final battle you're still like "maybe I can make it!" No, no you f**king can't. And it hurts so damn bad. Zack is a better character in general than most of the ones in the entire FF franchise. And he dies saving that butt from VII. It makes me so angry! But mostly it just makes me cry. Every. Time.

2. Balthier (Ffamran mied Bunansa) from Final Fantasy XII

Balthier is very much the "charming thief with a heart of gold." And I adore him for it. He's cocky, he's cynical, and he very much thinks that the game is his story. He's just....he's amazing. And I love him. That's all there is to it.

1. Lightning (Claire Farron) from Final Fantasy XIII

This really isn't much of a shock, is it? Final Fantasy XIII is one of my favorite games, so it kinda makes since that she would be my favorite, right? I know a lot of people don't like. Maybe I just get her character because I have a younger sister, too. She does what she thinks is right, what she thinks she needs to do, to save her sister and doesn't let anyone or anything stop her. Not even fate.

So those are my favorite Final Fantasy characters. Some may have surprised you, but I'm sure a lot of them didn't. So let me know, what are your favorite Final Fantasy characters?

~ Zephyr ♥

I like Terra with green hair. So adorable :3 Who ever did this fan art, I love you.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review - Mario Kart 8

Released - 5|30|14

Platform - Wii U

If you didn't lose all your friends after that weekend you spent playing Monopoly, Mario Party, and Smash than get ready to rid yourself of those stragglers!

I'm not really a fan of racing games, but I'm sure most people would agree that Mario Kart is an exception. And there's a reason why. This game is good.

This is probably my favorite entry in the series thus far. It is absolutely gorgeous, has a great soundtrack, and is just really fun! The big gimmick of this installment are the anti-gravity portions of the track and I really like this as an addition. By utilizing the anti-gravity, you can sometimes take varying paths on a course or bounce off of the other competitors to gain a speed boost.

Final Thoughts
I mean look, there really isn't much you can say about a Mario Kart game. It's a good time. The online is much better than the previous game on the Wii, but its just as fun to fun split screen with some friends on the couch. If you're new to the series or just haven't been around for a while, this is a great installment to get started with.

Score - 8/10 (get it? cause it's the eighth one!) 9/10

~ Zephyr ♥

Guys, I'm sorry...but I love puns too much! Yes! I'm that person that laughs at dumb jokes! I couldn't even describe Left Shark to my parents without cracking up! He's my spirit animal! Well, prolly not...but maybe! Exclamations!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Week In Review 1/25 - 1/31

GUYS GUYS GUYS! There are two Friday the 13th's in a row! Like, what!? I love Friday the 13th because one - 13 is my favorite number, and two - I was born on Friday the 13th! It's like I'm such bad luck that I'm good luck. But really I think I used up a lifetime of bad luck in ninth grade so I should be getting some good luck any day now! Any day now.........

Anyways, I don't really think I did much this week. I know I was getting green over all the people that weren't me because they weren't stuck at home and were instead having fun at Pax South and MagFest and I just really want to go to a con or something. *sigh* Life sucks when you don't have friends, money, or a driver's license.

Anyways, game wise...I don't really remember what I played. I know I started playing Shattered Crystal, but I didn't get that far.

I don't know, things have just been kinda hectic around here. I don't remember if I mentioned this before but the main water pipe in the kitchen has been leaking for a while causing a horrible mosquito problem in the house. We didn't know about the leak until it started to come out from under the dishwasher and now our kitchen is half ripped up and we have to rip out all the cabinets. You would think not having access to a dishwasher and stove wouldn't be so bad, but it is. I mean the dishwasher doesn't really matter, just a mix of hand washing and paper/plastic for other stuff. But the stove... I didn't realize it, but literally everything uses the stove. It sucks because we can't fit enough frozen stuff in the freezer and eating out almost every night gets pricey. I don't know, it's all very stressful to be honest so I haven't really been able to focus on anything.

I had an 1/8 life crisis over a jelly fluffernutter yesterday.

But yeah, I got all my late posts done and get all of Feb planned out so its good to go!

I hope y'all had a good week ^_^

~ Zephyr ♥

OH! One thing I forgot! So I spent a lot of time reading webcomics on Tapastic the past two weeks and I wanted to share two in particular with you guys. The first is one I binged in about 11 hours called The Pirate Balthasar that has action, romance, and just a really good story. It updates daily and you can read it here. The other one is a beautiful wordless series for us gamers called My 8 Bit Story about a girl who travels through old Game Boy games and you can 'read' that here.