Archive for category Videogames

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky

Hi all, its been ages huh? Been busy with lots of VERY IMPORTANT STUFF! Ok fine…I’ve been watching lots and lots of Netflix (Doctor Who, Firefly, 30 Rock, etc…) and doing some reading (Iron Druid Chronicles, John Dies at the End, and some mystery novels). BUT I’ve also been off and on playing this game since late last summer. I’d take it with me when I was camping for those relaxing moments between our exhausting hike and campfire time. Well I just finished the game a few weeks ago and felt compelled to write a review! For some reason for me December is the month I play the most video games! I’m unsure what my next video game will be…I’m thinking Tales of Vesperia because I recently got an XBox 360! Well onto my  amateur review! :)   I bought this game on impulse, I saw it had about 20 very enthusiastic reviews on Amazon, and somehow it ended up being one of the few JRPGs (Japanese Role Playing Game) I picked up for the PSP. It’s the 2nd PSP Game I’ve played to completion (Hakuoki being the first). And yes I’m a VERY slow gamer, I can manage to make a 20 hour game last 40 hours, I have a habit of focusing on and exploring aspects of the game that don’t get me to the end quickly.  I also have a habit of  leveling up higher than I usually need to be in order to beat the next boss. Although this game should supposedly take you around 50 hours (not sure what my time was I accidentally left it on too often to have any grasp of my game time). Well anyway the Plot (Compliments of Amazon):

In the peaceful town of Rolent of the Liberl Kingdom, a young girl named Estelle and her friend Joshua, who had been taken in by her family years earlier, prepare to take their first steps to join the legendary guild of the Bracers. Bracers are considered the peacekeepers and protectors of order that owe allegiance to no country or government. In Liberl their guild has flourished since a brief war some ten years prior after an invasion from the Erebonian Empire to the north, and their efforts have made peace a lasting prospect.

In the course of their journey to become full-fledged Bracers, Estelle and Joshua begin to see the peace threatened by a dark side of the ruling government that plots to overthrow the Liberl queen, Alicia. Together they travel the world on their quest to become Bracers and slowly unravel the truth behind the mastermind who seeks to bring war back to their borders.

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Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom

I pre-ordered this game with a lot of enthusiasm!!! I was so excited! But like a dummy I didn’t realize it was for PSP, for some reason I thought they were releasing the PS3 version over here. So what does this dummy do? She goes out and buys a PSP 3000 to play it! In hindsight it may have been better to get a PS Vita and download Hakuoki when they fix all the bugs on the downloadable version. But I didn’t realize that was an option until a few hours into the game! SO what’s done is done and I’m not going to worry over it too much! I’ve been waiting years to have an otome visual novel released over here, so I’m definitely a bit positively biased in this review. But lets face it…most gamers will know right off the bat if a “Video Game” known as a “visual novel” with drama and romance is something that they’re interested in, so I probably won’t be able to sell the idea of this game to anyone who isn’t already interested. Most of the images below aren’t seen in the game, after all a lot of the fun is making a certain decision and coming across a beautiful illustration. I do however talk about all datable characters, one has to be unlocked but it’s hardly a spoiler that he is an option.

(Oh also, don’t worry I’ll be playing more games on PSP than just Hakuoki, I’ll finally be able to play Persona 1, 2, Crisis Core, and Trails in the Sky. I really enjoy Persona games and this is my opportunity to finish playing all the main releases)

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Selling Off a Few Video Games

So I faced facts…I have a pile of unplayed (some still wrapped) video games that I’m just REALLY not going to get around to playing. Lately it seems the game I end up playing is my newest one purchased, the only exception has been Dragon Quest: Rocket Slime and Persona 4. When I was younger I loved playing every single JRPG I could get my hands on. So when I became an adult with some income I pre-ordered video games like my middle school self always dreamed I would! But unfortunately now that I can afford the types of video games I craved as a child, I no longer have the time to play them. To be honest even after I sell all these (and maybe another wave of sales) I still probably have quite a few games that I may never get to. For example I own Xenosaga I-III and haven’t played any of them…but some part of me just can’t let go of the thought that I WILL play them someday! Although on the other hand I also have some games that I can’t bring myself to sell because I paid MSRP and they’re going for less than 50% of that (even unopened). So anyway feel free to bid on any that you decide you want, my items for sale are here on ebay. So these are the games I’ve listed:

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9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors

I love horror and survival murder mystery stories, so the moment I realized this game existed it went straight into my cart. Prior to purchasing this game I had a resolve to cut back on buying games until I got through some of my backlog, with the only exception being my Dragon Quest VI pre-order. But my excitment for 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors (lets say 999 for short) was through the roof, and I knew it would get played as soon as I finished my current game at the time (Dragon Quest IV). This is the first game in the longest time that I’ve actually purchased and defeated within a few months of its initial release. I’m an official video game slow poke, I often start something and play it off and on for a year.

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Distracted by Dragon Quest IX…

 

I’m already pretty slow to update my blog, but I have about half a dozen almost completed posts that aren’t going up. Why is this? Well after enjoying Dragon Quest: Rocket Slime so much I pulled Dragon Quest IX off my shelf, unwrapped it, and started playing. The end. That’s what the majority of my free time goes to now. Its been a long time since I’ve played a game where the characters are silent and can be named to whatever I wish, I kind of miss those days. The plot is fairly straightforward and simple so far. I really like is that battles aren’t random encounters, I can see the enemy and choose whether or not I want to battle them. The first game I ever played a game where I had this option was Chrono Cross and I LOVED having that option. I liked that I knew I was about to enter battle rather than just having my characters randomly freeze and the screen shift into batle mode.

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