Sunday, February 27, 2011

Star Ocean 4 beaten~

Alright, ladies and gentlemen, lets talk a little bit about SO4, shall we? Never got a chance to do an initial comments post about it but I beat it so it's too late for that now xD Anyways, this game is supposed to preclude all three of the other games in the series. And I have to say they did a good job referencing and tying some things in from the other games in the series. You start the game out with Edge and Reimi who are on a mission to help find new inhabitable planets for Earthlings. Why? Because the earth has been ravaged and made almost inhabitable from the effects of World War 3. People pretty much live underground. So anyways, what starts out as this mission turns into more as they explore some other planets.

One of these being an earth from another dimension that Edge ultimately helps the people there destroy because he gives them technology they can't control in hopes of changing earth's future. This is before he realizes this isn't an earth from the past but simply another dimension entirely. But that weight of realizing what he's done, even though he didn't destroy the real earth, is a critical turning point in the game. And it's one that takes him a while in the game to get past. This was one of the most interesting parts in the game to me though. And it's carried through the rest of the game and summized by what happens at the end of the story.

The game's story focuses alot on interfering with the evolution of other planets. Like interfering with a planet's civilization that's not really as developed as earth is. Obviously you shouldn't give super powerful technology or even interfere with their lives much at all. Basically, leaving those planets alone to develop and grow on their own. Not speeding it up or messing it up. However, a phenomenon has been showing up on planets and speeding up that process in a dangerous way. The more Edge and company find these things the more serious it becomes. And yes, this becomes the entire point of the game in the end. To stop this phenomenon from ultimately destroying the universe.

It's decided that to do this they should destroy the link that's providing the energy to the main body, called the Missing Procedure. Reason being it is invincible and it's impossible to destroy all the units sending energy to the link in between. Makes the most sense right? And this ends up being the final boss. Which is actually interesting. It's a two part fight and once you beat the first form you find out it's one of your former party members who somehow got combined with the link. That was kinda surprising because I believed he was dead for a while and then he shows up as the final boss in a manner of speaking. The second form was pretty tough too. At one point I just took control of my healer and spammed my healing moves xD

After the fight, Faize admits he just took the power in front of him. Instead of walking on his own and gaining it by his own means. And the game makes you think Edge and him die there but of course they didn't. In the end, the Underdeveloped Planet Preservation Pact is put into place by an alliance between earth and a bunch of other planets. Kinda like the United Nations today. And this pact came about greatly in part because of Edge and what he experienced on his travels in space. Which is preserving underdeveloped planets and not interfering in their history, evolution, or growth. And this pact comes up in all the games I believed. Especially 3. It was interesting how they rounded that out and pretty much showed you how it came to be.

So anyways, my main party for alot of the game was Edge, Reimi, Meracle, and Sarah. I just loved this party and Meracle is awesome. Battle wise and character wise. She's a lesser fellpool, a race on Roak, which is basically a cat-like human xD She has cat ears and a tail. And blue hair which is awesome by itself. Course being able to visit Roak was awesome too. The battle system in this game was really fun but SO3's just shines the most to me. I can honestly say now that SO3 has the best battle system of the series to me. So, twas a fun game with a good story. I really enjoyed it. A great addition to the series in my opinion. And whether they continue on with the series or not it's got a place in my heart always~

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Radiant Historia release this week~

One of my anticipated games of this year~ And one I might not have paid attention to if I didn't read up on the details about it. It's got people who worked on Radiata Stories and people from Atlus, specifically Persona 3 and the Etrian Odyssey series, who worked on this game. So, I have no doubt it's going to be quality. Need more proof of that? Let me point to this game's music composer: Yoko Shimomura. If you don't recognize that name then here's some games she did music for: Super Mario RPG, Kingdom Hearts series, and all the Mario & Luigi games on the DS. What does that mean? This game is gonna have awesome music xD Which makes it even more quality. So yeah, this game does indeed have the makings of greatness with what's behind it. I know there is time travel and some other interesting things involved in the story but not much else. Cuz I don't wanna be spoiled obviously.

The game comes out on Tuesday the 22nd. And with pre-orders on Amazon you gets a nice soundtrack with it~ An awesome and perfect pre-order bonus for this game considering the composer. The picture above shows everything I shall be getting with it when it arrives. Cuz obviously I pre-ordered this baby xD So yeah, there shall be more to come on this in the future. And I've got Pokemon Black/White and AT3 making their way in March. Tis a nice line up already for the year. So, till next time~

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day~

Even if you don't have a significant other or don't really care about this holiday, remember those you love and those who love you~ Happy Valentine's Day everyone ^^

And a special Happy Valentine's Day to my Artie ^_^ *blows him a kiss*

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hare + Guu complete collection~

And by complete collection I mean buying all 7 volumes of the anime separately cuz the box set is ridiculous. Saving $63 is pretty amazing in that respect. But anyways, the title is read as Hare and Guu or if you prefer in Japanese Hare nochi Guu. And yes, that is a beer Hare's mom is holding in that picture xD It's funny how I even became interested in this anime. The first time I ever saw glimpses of it was a blooper video on Youtube. And these bloopers are actually on the DVD's themselves so I'm sure that's where it came from. It's just funny out takes and stuff by the voices actors. Which is even more hilarious coming from a show that's hilarious to begin with. I just knew I would love this anime and I was right.

Anyways, it was a while after that that I found the episodes online and watched them. It's a crazy, out there anime. But it's so freakin' funny and entertaining. I love the tropical island atmosphere and just the plot in general. Because yeah, the show is hilarious but it does have a nice plot none the less. Centers alot on family. Such good stuff so I had to get my hands on the anime for myself. So, tis mine now ^^ And I'm very happy to have it. Not much else to say as of late. I might as well beat SO4 at this point instead of making an initial post about it xD And my new job has been taking up alot of time obviously. But anyways, until next time~