Xenoblade Chronicles: A Saga of Hate and Love.

Whenever I think of Nintendo, my first thoughts are Mario, fun 2-D games and more Mario, maybe throw in some Mario Kart. I also think of their handheld systems that usually outlast the actual consoles (I see you there 3DS, keep at what you’re doing).

One of my favorite types of games are RPGs, with my favorite series being Xenosaga. So when I bought my 3DS (3 years ago), one of my first purchases was Xenoblade Chronicles. I was looking forward to the game, but it was different from any other RPG that I previously played. There were no items to heal my characters, no MP. Abilities had loading times so I couldn’t just storm into a battle and beat all the bad guys around me.

I would go into battles unprepared and get my ass kicked.

I also thought the mechanic that a boss would one hit kill you, so you had to use some pre-emptive measures, was a dumb mechanic (figured out I was under-leveled, but more on that later).

I stopped playing because I couldn’t grasp the game mechanics. And it frustrated me because I knew there was a good game waiting under this layer of strange.

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Late to the Party: The Lego Tragedy

I’m back with another installment of Late to the Party. Since the last time I posted, I have moved apartments and also started a new position where I work, so a lot has been happening.

But now that work has settled down and I got into the swing of the work transition, I finally found some time to catch up on some video games. I’ve been slowly playing the Switch more, and also playing less of the PS4 and PS Vita.

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Late to the Party: A Video-game Blog

Welcome to my blog where I talk about video games I’ve played during this week. The title is kinda self explanatory, I tend to play games a lot later after they’ve released (mostly because they’re cheaper after being out for months). The theme of this episode is Tax Return, because I treated myself to some video games.

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OctoThoughts: An Octopath Story

I’m a little less than 6 months late to the Octopath party but I finally started playing the game and it’s everything I wanted it to be. Simple on the story with a crap ton of characters with their “micro-campaigns.” I did download the demo for the Switch, with its 3 hour play time but got distracted by other things at the time so I never got around to playing it. 5 months later, Christmas came and I was finally able to carve some time out to start on the story.

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Infinite Backlog: Nine Big Little Commendatores

I have recently gotten back to reading books and continued my book hoarding ways. I decided that I’m going to try to blog a little bit more and talk about the books I have been reading and see how it goes. This post is going to be a cluster of things but I hope you enjoy!

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Weirdos: We’re All a Little Andy Warhol

We are all a little weird inside. Some people choose to embrace it while others don’t realize that they are weird. And then there are those who criticize other people for their weirdness while they have something in them that’s weird as well (and they are aware of it). The later usually happens when you are a teenager and exploring who you really are, and it can be difficult at times.

Weirdos (directed by Bruce McDonald) tells us a story about Kit (played by Dylan Authors) and the struggles of being different while having random conversations with an imaginary Andy Warhol. Kit is 15 years old, his parents divorced and he’s coming to terms that he is gay. This film is also set in 1976, and it was a little harder to come out as gay back then. 

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Convoy: Cross the USA

 

The world of truckers is a world that hardly anyone knows about, unless you’re a trucker or if you play those trucking simulator games. And if I were a trucker, I would keep the mystery alive. We see them every day, going to work, driving on the highway, etc. We tend to pass them, or (if we drive slow) they will pass us. They also communicate with each other on the CB radios. At least that’s what we see in the movies. Which brings us to our movie review.

“Convoy” is an action movie, directed by Sam Peckinpah, and stars Kris Kristofferson (as Martin “Rubber Duck” Penwald) and Ali MacGraw (as Melissa). The movie is based on the song “Convoy” by C.W. McCall. You’ve heard the song in at least some capacity and if you haven’t then you will certainly hear it about 3 times during this movie.

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Kuro: Paint it Black

Kuro, the term is Japanese for the color black or ‘dark’. And dark this film is, but it also has a simple plot but told in a very unique way.

I have provided the plot synopsis below because the film got a little confusing and I’ll explain that later on:

Romi, a Japanese woman living in Paris, works in a karaoke bar. At home in the suburbs, she tends to her paraplegic lover Milou. To pass the time she recounts to him a story alluding to a period they once spent together in Japan.

The best way to explain the storytelling in “Kuro” is:

  1. The dialogue does not follow what’s happening on screen.
  2. We never see the stories that Remi recounts, we only hear them (thank God for that).

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Goku – Midnight Eye 01: The Future Sucks

In the future there are androids, shady accountants and shady accountant androids. There are no enforced dress codes for the police just as long as you wear a tie with no shirt. There are also earthquakes in Tokyo so severe that the city has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times, which is where this story takes place.

These plot points, though they seem very important, are quickly glossed over within the first five minutes because the focus of the story is our hero Goku, not the earthquakes. 

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.hack GU Last Recode: C-C-C-Cliffhangers!

I did it. I beat the first volume of .hack GU. Though I am pleased with this accomplishment, I will be holding off on Volume 2. And that’s because I burned myself out.

I actually beat the game a few weeks back. I managed to finish all of the side quests but didn’t unlock all of the wallpapers. I remembered that you have to complete the Epitaph fights to truly beat the game 100%

The plot did hold up. I beat Kuhn in the arena, thought I killed him but he pulled the old “lol just kidding.” I forgot how Kuhn plays dead and I legitimately hated Haseo for a good minute.

I also beat Endrance. Once again I was over-leveled for the fight, but not for the Epitaph portion. I don’t know what was going on but I had such a difficult time dodging the attacks and got data drained around 3 times (did not lose the fight though).

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