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.

KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX

With Kingdom Hearts III finally out, I decided to start the Kingdom Hearts series from the very beginning. I am 10% familiar with the series, I have played the first game and got the secret ending and I played Kingdom Hearts II and got as far as the Mulan world. The prologue was super confusing with the Roxas storyline and from what I’ve heard, it starts to make sense later on(?).

I’m skipping the play-through of 358/2 and Recoded and just go straight through the videos. I’m looking forward to playing Birth by Sleep, and anything with Aqua (she seems cool). However, I am not looking forward to playing Re Chain of Memories, but I’m keeping an open mind when I eventually get to that part of the series.

At the time of this post, I am at Agrabah. The only frustrating parts I’ve dealt with so far is the debacle at Destiny Island and fighting the Trick Master.

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX

Starting off with Destiny Island, and this is about that race with Riku (which I only managed to beat him once). On the race you have to touch that damn star, so I did and then fell on the tree tops because the camera is amazing, especially when it comes to platforming. Riku has already won 5 minutes prior. Then Kairi and Riku tell me that I didn’t touch the tree, so I have to go all the way back, I make sure to slam Sora against the tree and then I FINALLY finish the race.

I also struggled with the Trick Master (Alice in Wonderland world) because the camera is awful and so are the platforming segments. After that, it has been smooth sailing. Didn’t have any issues with the other bosses and I here I am at Agrabah. I don’t remember much of the later worlds so I’m excited about revisiting them.

POKEMON: LET’S GO PIKACHU

I’ve been playing this game a lot. I’m currently at Vermillion City (just beat Lt. Surge). My Pikachu is overpowered because of all of the candy that I’ve given him. He also likes giving high fives. The other Pokemon are a tad under-leveled as the recent battle was difficult.

I read up on the mechanics because it’s no longer battle/grind and more catch Pokemon and grind. One of my fears was that I was going to run out of Pokeballs right at the start but that doesn’t seem to be the case because I have way too many Great Balls already.

Finding out how to get candy was a struggle as it took a bit to figure out how to send Pokemon to Professor Oak. Also, didn’t realize that the rival from the Red/Blue (Green) series was in the game. I thought he was the super friendly rival character.

Motion controls have never been a favorite. I wish that I could use both controls for one player while the Switch is docked. Playing in handheld mode isn’t bad though.

I enjoy how simplistic the game is though and Pikachu is so damn adorable. I’m excited about revisiting all of the classic Pokemon locations. Also going through Mt. Moon wasn’t as painful as it is with all the random battles in the original games. I also need to expand on using other Pokemon rather than my current 6 (Pikachu, Gloom, Pidgeotto, Charmeleon, Ivysaur and Wartortle).

The next gym leader is Erika but I’m going to take my time and train all of my Pokemon. The grind isn’t as exhausting as it was in the previous games though the catching mechanics can get annoying. So we shall see how the rest of this game goes.

Honorable mentions also go to Dark Souls as I got the DS Trilogy steenbok and I suck at the game. I made it to the first boss and did the jumping stab but missed. I’ll talk more about that game later though. Next time, we continue with these games and also take care of the backlog on my Switch.

Anyways, thanks for reading. See you all next time!

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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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.hack GU Last Recode: Gotta Beat Them All!

I’ve been speeding through this game, still trying to get 100% but the Ryu books have gotten tiresome. I still want to complete everything though. As of right now, I am at the arena finals (about to fight Kuhn) and my ‘arena’ team is all at Level 50 (almost 24 hours into the game).

Plot wise, there is no progression. Tri -Edge is still hanging around and he’ll show up eventually, he promises. Also Ovan maybe has like 25 minutes of camera time in this 20 hour plus game. The pacing is reminiscent of a show like the X-Files. You have the main plot that’s maybe 5 episodes of the entire season and then there’s these monsters of the week that take up the remaining. We have this throw-away Arena storyline that does eventually tie in to the main story but it is such a slog. Haseo’s random bursts of rage don’t make it any better either.

The Bordeaux battle was pretty amusing because I was about 3 levels over and the movies still showed Haseo getting his butt kicked by her. I never liked her character, even when she joins the team.

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.hack GU Last Recode: Let’s do the Time-Warp Again

.hack. The term brings back memories of high school. A game that felt like an MMO minus the internet connection was such an awesome idea. Plus the storyline of players falling into comas after playing these games was such a cool concept at the time. Without getting into too many details (I plan to reply this series in its entirety), I got as far as the third volume, Outbreak.

I got constant Game Over messages. I remember clearly how difficult it was for me to beat the MU Guardians (I stopped playing knowing I was terrible at the game).

I also remember the anime .hack SIGN and to this day it remains one of the top series I have ever seen.

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