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There goes my Hero...

As promised today's blog is a list of my favorite heroes in video game history. Lists have always been a favorite of mine because they allow me to reflect back on the games I've played and the characters I interacted with. I feel pretty good about this list, but ofcourse this is just my opinion of the top video game heroes of all time based on what characters resonated with me the most or what characters I simply thought were downright stylish and cool :D. So without further ado, here is the list. **There were a couple spoiler when describing some of my favorite heroes, and I put those in spoiler tags, so if you still plan on playing a game and I've placed a spoiler tag in the description you probably shouldn't open it** Honorable Mention 25. Mog (Final Fantasy VI) 24. Armgrin (Valkyrie Profile I & II) 23. Red XIII (Final Fantasy VII) 22. Auron (Final Fantasy X) 21. Snake (Metal Gear Solid Series) 20. Geddoe (Suikoden III) 19. Keith (Shadow Hearts) 18. Laharl (Disgaea) 17. Crono (Chrono Trigger) 16. Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect 1 & 2) Top 15 Heroes of All Time
15. Blanca (Shadow Hearts II: Covenant)  Ah, what a great way to start out my top 15, when playing through Shadow Hearts: Covenant I always used Blanca, as he was awesome inside and outside of battle. I mean first off, he's a fricken wolf, and secondly, he's a fricken wolf :P. You probably will have had to play the game to know Blanca's awesomeness, because it is hard to explain, being a wolf he didn't say a whole lot. But like every dog I've had, he was always loyal and there when you needed him. I love Blanca. 14. HK-47 (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic I & II)  Another character that holds a special place in my heart, but for an entirely different reason. HK-47 was not strong in battle as he couldn't compare to a Jedi or an angry wookie, however he was funny as hell. He provided the comic relief in two of my favorite games of all time and thus gets a spot on the list despite never making my battle party. 13. Cidolfas Orlandu (Final Fantasy Tactics)  Cheapest character ever, period. Orlandu is famous for overpowered Holy Swordsman skill set and for good reason. When you get him late in the game he comes with one of the best swords in the game (Excalibur) and the ability to win most battles without help from the rest of your insignificant party (and he isn't even a secret character!). His spot on the list is solidified simply by the pure ownage he deals out, and it is well deserved. 12. Nariko (Heavenly Sword)  Hmm, hmm, hmm, I love me some Nariko, she epitomizes the beauty that is Heavenly Sword. I love her fire red long flowing hair and she always looked good when wielding the heavenly sword. She was also a very likable protagonist , it was too bad Heavenly Sword was so short, if I had spent more time with Nariko, she may have landed even higher on the list. 11. Fei (Xenogears)  The primary protagonist from Xenogears, Fei is the pilot of the legendary Xenogears. His personality is that of the strong silent type who does most of his speaking through his actions. I love the romance between him and Elly, [spoiler] the idea of reincarnating and falling in love the same person in every lifetime is very touching, [/spoiler] and when combined with his domination in battle, validates his position on the list. 10. Jade Curtiss (Tales of the Abyss)  Jade is the main reason I loved Tales of the Abyss so much. He is known as the Necromancer and is responsible for almost every relevant piece of technology, science and battle strategy in the world within TotA and has a very witty and sarcastic sense of humor. He supplies most of the comic relief and over the top awesomeness in this game and the fact that he is only #10 on this list speaks volumes about of what I think of the characters that rank ahead of him. 9. Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy VII and Dirge of Cerberus)  This man doesn't really need much of an introduction, but he gets one anyway. Despite not being the primary protagonist Vincent was so popular that a an offshoot game was made simply to star him (though it wasn't very good). Vincent is wise, stylish, and can turn into monsters, it is easy to see why he is so popular. 8. Citan (Xenogears)  Citan was a brilliant scientist and amazing with a sword (if you've played Xenogears then you know what I mean...). I loved everything about Citan, he was calculated, supportive, kind and every bit as capable as Fei in battle. Fei and Elly probably wouldn't have gotten far without Citan. 7. Soki, aka The Black Oni (Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams)  Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams had some of the best cut scenes ever, and they usually featured Soki owning things in awesome ways. I loved everything about this game, and Soki personified it. He was stong, brave and very cool at all times. [spoiler] It was sad that he died in the end, but his sacrifice personified his heroism. [/spoiler] 6. Ryudo (Grandia II)  To be honest, his pet bird Skye goes into this ranking as well. Ryudo resonated a lot with me because of his witty sense of humor and skeptical yet kind nature. He always did the right thing and would go to any lengths to protect those he cared about despite making it seem like he was indifferent. I have fond memories of him and this adventure for sure. 5. Cloud (Final Fantasy VII+a few cameos in other games)  Yea, yea, I know, how cliched, but that's ok, because I don't care. I don't even really have a good reason for why I like Cloud so much I, just do. He was a little bit crazy, but he is the man and he gets stuff a very stylish manner. A top hero list is not complete without Cloud. 4. Lenneth (Valkyrie Profile I and II)  Lenneth is the centerpiece of the the game that has the best story I've ever seen in a video game (if played correctly). Over the course of the game you really see her personality develop from that of the cold guide to the afterlife to a women who falls in love and eventually [spoiler] becomes the new leader of Valhalla with the power of creation. [/spoiler] I fell in love with Lenneth as much as the game itself, definitely my favorite Heroine of all time. 3. George (Suikoden V, II)  This is the highest ranked character that isn't the primary protagonist in any game. And the main reason I fell in love with his character was because of the role he played in Suikoden V. He was the single reason I loved that game so much. His character oozed a calm fatherly confidence and kindness. He was also wise, brave and extremely skilled. If I was going to pattern myself after a video game character, it would probably be George, thus placing him at #3 on this list. 2. Ryu (The Breath of Fire Series)  Breath of Fire was the first RPG I ever played and the motivation behind my chosen name here at GS. Though he is technically a different character in every game, he always carries the same name, hair color, ability to turn into dragons and romance with Nina. Being one of the original silent protagonists, it is tough to develop his personality too much, but he usually came off as vibrant and fearless. My personal favorite iteration of Ryu was that of him in Breath of Fire III where he started out as a kid found in the woods and grew up as the game progressed into the hero destined to save the world (surprise surprise, just because it is cliched doesn't mean I can't like it ;)). It is too bad we may never see another iteration of Ryu again. 1. Yuri (Shadow Hearts I & II)  Anyone who has known me on this site for a while or simply recognizes my avatar probably saw this coming. I spent two full RPGs with Yuri and got to grow with him over those two games. Yuri is another one of those sarcastic yet kind and passionate heroes that I am so fond of, but he also has the stylish and badass nature to back it up. He combines the best qualities of Ryudo, Ryu and Cloud. And it was very cool to walk around the entire second game being known as the [spoiler] God Slayer. [/spoiler] Though Yuri can get a bit over the top with his sarcasm at times, everything else he brings to the table (and his romance with Alice) made this a no brainer for me. Conclusion Well, I hoped you guys liked the list or at least enjoyed the read. If you remember, I gave you all homework in my last blog, and that was to brainstorm what your favorite heroes and heroines of all time are. I would love to hear them, as I feel the characters you relate with can say a lot about the yourself, and I'd love to know more about my friends here at GS :). I currently don't have any future blogs planned, but I'll probably do another update soon, maybe tell you a little more about the me outside of video games. I also plan on reposting and updating some of my other previous lists, as it has been a long time since first posting them. With that said, I'm out. Take care everybody, Jeff

Time for an update!

Well, as the title suggests I'm simply writing this blog to update peeps on my what's been going on with, specifically with regard to video games and anime. But first, I just want to say I've finally found a good balance that has allowed my to not ditch GS along with not taking up too much time. I check the RPG Temple (great union for those who aren't in the know how) union a couple times a week and read my friends blogs once every week or so (if I miss a week, no worries, I'll hit it up the next weekend). And for blogs, this is another attempt to be more regular, but realistically I'll probably get a blog up once every month or two with fluctuating frequency. Anyhew, on to some up dates, starting off with the last RPG I played... Persona 4  To be honest, SMT games have never really appealed to me and haven't really drawn me in the last couple times I played them, but I just had to give Persona 4 a shot due to all the praise. And while I didn't feel it was as great as everyone seems to think it is, it was very enjoyable, I'd give it an 8.5. Interestingly enough, I felt that much more roleplaying went into your HS life in this game than the actual battle portion of it. That was cool, and it would be fun to see something like this in a different maybe more mature setting. Unfortunately, I felt the game was paced poorly because you'd spend like 5 or so hours on your life role playing then about 3 or so hours fighting. A better balance would have been appreciated. If you want to play this game, be careful though, it is addicting, like video game crack, whether you enjoy the game or not :lol:. ------------------------------------------- On a different topic, I've been watching a ton of anime recently, mostly because I've run out of good RPGs to play. However, I'm glad I've finally delved into this form of entertainment, because it is really amazing. Up until a couple years ago the only anime I had seen was Dragon Ball Z as a kid. And while that still holds a special place in my heart, some other animes have stole the show. The Temple regulars started me out with a few suggestions and I've done a ton more research since then, I'm addicted! So without further ado, here's what I've watched recently. ------------------------------------------- Code Geass  Best anime ever. Period. In my opinion, :lol: Always have to leave wiggle room :P. This show had it all, action, drama, romance and tactical genius! The characters and plot were amazing, you never knew what was coming next, and what I appreciate most of all was the amazing ending. Most people don't even catch the subtleties of how good it is, but all strings get tied up in a very satisfactory manner. I think most people who appreciate anime have seen this, but if you haven't due yourself a favor and watch this immediately. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann  Please listen to this song. It personifies this show better than just words (my new favorite song ever, no joke). Epic is an understatement and this show is just so uplifting. A true gem I was glad to uncover. If you enjoy Anime at all, watch it. It is only 26 episodes and just continues to build with each episode. There is all kinds of awesomeness oozing out of every pore of this show.

Elfen Lied  This show is only 13 episodes but I found it very entertaining. Reluctant at first, the praise I've seen thrown in this shows direction pushed my over the edge. EL is very gory and vulgar, but for some reason I found the show and the characters within it adorable. When I think back on the show the first thing that comes to mind is "Nyu?" An entertaining show for show, though I wouldn't call it required watching. It did end on a good note, but had to be altered as it is primarily a teaser anime for the manga. Claymore  Another amazing show that is more of a teaser for the anime. Having actually picked up the anime, I liked how they somehow wrapped this up in 26 episodes. It doesn't tell the whole story at all, but it concentrates on the most important plot elements to wrap things up and is very powerful. I enjoyed this immensely and think this is also something most people who watch anime would enjoy just as much, but I'd hit up Gurren Lagann and Code Geass first if you haven't seen those. ------------------------------------------- Well, that about wraps it up, I've been watching a lot of anime in my free time and enjoying the hell out of it. I love how these animes don't go on forever like some animes and shows, but allow you to get more connected to the characters than movies do. I feel sorry for those who haven't been introduced to them. And once I've watched some more, I'll probably make a list highlighting my favorites. Speaking of lists, my next blog is scheduled to be a list of my top video game heroes ever. I'd like to here other peoples favorites as well, so I want you to brainstorm before my next blog (that's right, homework :P)! And with that, I'm signing off, take care everybody. Jeff

Back to Good

I decided to continue the theme of a song titled blog, but no worries, this isn't another song blog. My last blog (or few blogs for that matter) wasn't so cheery, so I want to be clear that I don't plan on going anywhere, that is, unless all the friends that I care about leave (which is all I was really saying ;) ). For that matter, after making another one of my mini returns I picked up and started playing Valkyria Chronicles again (Ironically, this is the reason I toned it down here in the first place, it makes me want to play more time consuming games :P, but no matter, I'm over it). And upon racing through the game I promptly wrote a review. This is a tough game to get into with a lot of ups and downs, but ultimately you're left with a beautiful and memorable experience that I will forever cherish... ...Click Here to go to my review for  As always, any recommendations are appreciated as the reason I write reviews is to give back to the community. On another note, it will be my 5 year anniversary at GameSpot in a couple days, I really had no idea it had been that long until just the other day. Time sure does fly, I hope these next 5 years will bring just as much enjoyment as the last five. And now that I'm blogging again (even if not very often), I might just blog a couple more lists (my favorite :D) and maybe even update the community about a few of the things going on in my life if anyone cares to know. It will be nice to have more reasons to interact with the community, as I really enjoy all of your company, gamers rock! ;) Take Care, Jeff

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

Well, I've tried to come back and read peoples blogs and post at the Temple every now and again, but I just don't seem to have the time to be consistent. Role playing games have always been my favorite escape, but more and more I'm realizing that these games just aren't popular enough anymore to warrant the dollars that would have to go into quality ones. And also, I'm in my mid twenties now and life is really picking up on a professional and personal level, so I'm starting to phase certain things out. Combine this with the downward spiral of the games I love and it is pretty easy to see what might get left on the wayside. I still play multiplayer games with my friends from time to time, but gaming is just beginning to take a back seat to other things in my life. And as such, I just haven't been as motivated or had the time to come around here more regularly. In fact, the only real thing that keeps me coming back is that I really enjoy the people and diversity on this site. With that in mind, I'm probably going to just do a major cut of the friends I have on this place so that only the blogs of the people I care about will show up. I might start writing reviews again as well, because that is why I first came here and something I love to do to give back, but it is unlikely they will be as thorough. And if most of the small group of people I actually have a connection with take off, then so will I. I guess I didn't really have to write any of this, but I like to communicate. If I ever get into facebook a bit more I'll send some invites out. Anyway, I got tagged by Christine or "Tinoshke" and do think that this tagging game looks fun and have enjoyed reading other peoples answers. In the extremely unlikely scenario that you haven't seen this game or how it works yet, here's how it goes. 1. Put Your iTunes (or other music player, for example : Windows Media Player) on Shuffle. 2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer. 3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds! 4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name. 5. Tag at least 10 friends. 6. Anyone tagged has to do the same, because fun pointlessness spreads like a virus. Do it ! Don't cheat ! It's creepy how odd some of the answers turn out... ****I don't really use a MP3 player, so to do this I'm just going to use my pandora account and mix all my stations together, we'll see how that works out*** 1. If someone says, "Is This Okay?" You Say: "The book and the canal" by Calexico (And someone would be really confused...) 2. How would you describe yourself? "Operation Ground and Pound" by DragonForce (Please don't read into that too much :lol: ) 3. What do you like in a guy/girl? " Take a Chance" by The Magic Numbers (Sure, I like people with bravado.) 4. How do you feel today? "7 Days to the Wolves" by Nightwish (Ouch...) 5. What Is Your Life's Purpose? "Upwards and Over the Mountain" by Iron and Wine (That actually fits well, here's to moving forward and conquering life's obstacles!) 6. What is your motto? "Walking in the air from "Snow Man"" by Mari Fujiwara (These answers are sort of hit and miss, this would go in the latter category.) 7. What do your friends think of you? "She's so high" by Tal Bachman (First off 'she' is a he and...ok I could pass for high, but that is only cause I'm tired :P) 8. What do you think of your parents? "This Old Heart of Mine (is weak for you)" by The Isley Brothers (gotta love the Oldies and Mom's, I can get with this) 9. What do you think about very often? "ATWA" by System of a Down (The acronym actually means Airs Trees Water Animals, so again the shoe fits...eerie) 10. What is 2+2? "Never Say Never" by The Fray (Meaning finding the answer is possible? With time and training...maybe.) 11. What do you think of your best friend? "Release" by Helen Jane Long (Interesting, but I do find hanging with friends purging.) 12. What do you think of the person you like? "The Great Salt Lake" by Band of Horses (Huh, that can't be good :P) 13. What is your life story? "Keep the Flame Burning" by Hammerfall (Right on!) 14. What do you want to be when you grow up? "Detlef Schremp" by Band of Horses ( :lol: For you that don't know he is a Basketball player who looked kind of funny and obviously had a funny name, whatever, I'll go with it.) 15. What do you think of when you see the person you like? "Anywhere I go" by Slightly Stoopid (Ahhh, how sweet) 16. What will you dance to at your wedding? "Right Now (na na na)" by Akon (Hopefully among other songs) 17. What will they play at your funeral? "Secrets" by OneRepublic (How would they know?) 18. What is your hobby/interest? "No Rain" by BlindMelon (It has been difficult, but I will eliminate it!) 19. What is your biggest fear? "The Show" by Lenka (!!!) 20. What is your biggest secret? "All Fall Down" by OneRepublic (Smooth huh, you know, changing the subject and all :P) 21. What do you think of your friends? "Sitting on the Curb" by Pepper (To true, to true, never any motivation) 22. What will you put as the title? "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" by Journey (Great Song! And again eerily accurate considering what I talked about in this blog) Well, thanks for reading, hope one or two of those were good for a chuckle, though admittedly mine didn't turn out as well as some of the other blogs I've read here. I don't think I'll traumatize anyone else here, however like my friend Tev consider this an open invite to due one of these blogs if you have not already been chosen. Take care everybody and keep on keeping on. Jeff

The Effect the Masses has on gaming is a little Two profound...

Props to all the clever people who recognized that my title was prefacing a Mass Effect 2 related blog. I'm one of the few people who was not completely on board with many of the changes Bioware made to Mass Effect 2 and feel they aren't being too faithful to the fans most faithful to them. Oh well, the money is in appealing to the masses though, and I do feel there is a certain level of irony surrounding the topic since the game is called Mass Effect. Anyhew, I typed up a review that is done in a comparison format this time. I would appreciate to see what everyone thinks, cause as you can see I put some thought into analyzing the two games. And thanks in advance for any recommendations as it helps attract other readers to my reviews. Click here to see my Mass Effect 2 review. I'm now playing Infamous and Xenosaga and enjoying both games though Infamous is much more addicting while Xenosaga is much more slow and methodical. Expect more reviews from me, as over analyzing things is one of my favorite hobbies :D.

New Years Resolution...

...Is to come back to GameSpot, and hopefully for good. I've gotten the biggest hurdles out of my way that I talked about to long ago and now I think coming back here will be good for my sanity. To be honest, I'm gaming less...and less...and less these days. And coming back to this site always just makes me want to play more games. In that respect, I've had a tumultuous relationship with the site. However, seeing the people here always makes me smile. With that said, going to express my other interests through this site. For instance I'll post a book review I do for Amazon here etc. I don't have a whole lot of time for any hobbies, so it won't be a uber regular occurrence, but it'll keep me interactive here. It will also take less time than it use to, to keep up since a ton of the friends on my list have left. Though, I am very happy to see that almost all the ones I enjoyed the most have not left. Anyway, I'll create an officially update blog later, just wanted to let you guys know I'll be around now and I appreciate knowing and having people to share my geeky interests with :P. Happy New Years!

Dragon Age: Origins Review, Warning of the Taint.

I rarely buy games upon release and recently I haven't had much time to play games as you guys know. However, for Bioware titles I've always made an excepetion. So you can imagine my excitement when Dragon Age Origins was recently released. I usually don't write a review until I'm finished and have a thorough view of the game, but in this case I felt obligated to warn others. So I quickly wrote up a review (still long though I noticed after it was finished). At least the console version of this game is not on par with previous Bioware titles, and I fear EA has something to do with it. While still an enjoyable game (with some problems that could be fixed with patches), it was extremely disconcerting to see this backwards step taken by a Bioware title. If you want an honest unbiased and thorough review of this recent release click the following link and check out the review. It was the least I could do to warn my peers of this games shortcomings prior to jumping into this game with hopes to high... Click Here to Proceed to Review

Just checkin in

I dropped by gamespot to check out what has been going on in the gaming world and thought, what the heck, I'll sign in. Then I saw the Tracked blogs section in the bottom right hand corner of my profile and thought, what the heck, just for the sake of curiosity. And then for old times sake I found myself sifting through peoples blogs and thinking back on the many found memories I've had from this place. I wouldn't say I'm back, but I felt like checking in. I posted in a few blogs I read, and really enjoyed seeing what people were up to, there is certainly a wonderful group of people who frequent the halls of gamespot. For those who are curious life is going well for me. I just got an offer accepted on a new house and am thriving in my new career which I'm extremely passionate about. Being busy and not having time for the little things wears on me, but I certainly couldn't be happier with the direction my life is headed in. The only gaming I really do these days is Gears of War 2 every now and again. It's mindless and I have a great group of people I play with, I can't afford to get addicted to a great RPG right now...I simply don't have the time. Once my career stabilizes and things start to calm down, it would be fun to check in here more often, even if I'm not playing games. There is no such thing as remaining stagnant in life, you either move forward or backward. So I hope everybody here is making sure to move in a positive direction, no matter slowly. Be well, Jeff

It's time to take a break...

I forwarned everyone of this when I returned to GS a few months ago, and now the time has finally come. That time is for me to find a career and to search for a house to buy so that I can start building equity. I recently quit my part time job and cut back on my gaming in order to fully concentrate on these important goals and now I must take a break from GameSpot for the same reason. This is temporary, but I'll probably be gone for a month or two (or more, but it is unlikely). I love this site and more importantly the people that make up the community here a lot, so I have no plans on leaving permenantly, but this is something I must do. I'm still going to be on Xbox Live playing Halo 3 (and maybe some other games) every now and then with friends of mine, so feel free to drop me a line if you want to join in. I'm thinking about grabbing Gears 2 as well, but am not sure about that one. When on line, it is not always me because my room mate uses my ID to play Halo, but the only way to find out is to ask :P. If you want to stay in contact while I'm gone, send me a PM and I'll tell you my email address, otherwise I'll be back after I've accomplished what I need to.

Anyways, Take it EZ...I'm gonna miss you guys.


Question Blog: The Quest for Knowledge

I'm someone who has never read books a whole lot and almost all of the blame for this falls on the shoulders of RPGs. Every time I think about reading a book that sounds interesting I find some RPG that interests me much more. I always found that RPGs provide a complete form of entertainment that nothing else does. Books could never hope to match the art, music, and interaction that RPGs provide. And movies could never hope to match the depth or interactability (did I just make that word up :P) of an RPG.

I still watch plenty of movies because I find them fun to watch with others, but I don't usually watch movies on my own. And I still find books entertaining because they are so enlightening. Books cause one to use their imagination and educates in a way no other platform can. For this reason I do want to start reading books more and balance it out with my video game playing.

Unfortunately, I'm someone who has to experience the best books there is, or at least the ones best fit for me and I don't know where to start. So my question to you guys is,

"What are the best books you've ever read and would suggest someone else read, if they never read anything else?" Please provide as many books as you want too, the more the merrier.

Since I haven't read much, I don't have a very good answer to this (the main reason I'm is a bit selfish, I know :oops: ). I loved the Da Vinci Code though, a book I optionally read in college (which is a rarity). I love historical fiction as it provides a thrilling fantasy adventure yet was educational and informative. Thus, it entertained me in so many ways at once.

I look forward to hearing all of your answers on the plethora of great books out there :).