My last blog was almost an entire rant on the horrible shipping experience I had with LaserShip but this blog I'll be talking about more important things: Video games! :3
Since my last blog I've received my copy of Fatal Frame III: The Tormented (PS2) but it arrived 5 days late. Not too bad but it would've been nice if it was on time, especially since it should never have taken that long to get to a place that was really only one state away from me. :P But I won't go into ranting again, and as for the comments I received regarding shipping.. Wow. I feel sorry for those of you who have to wait 3-4 weeks for just one game to ship! Hopefully shipping services get a bit better in your area. @_@;
Anywho! Since my last blog I've also made a pre-order for the upcoming Wii RPG:
Xenoblade Chronicles! I'd heard about this game for a while and to be quite honest, I wasn't really all that interested in the game or planning on purchasing it but after seeing some gameplay videos and whatnot I had a change of heart and so I've put my pre-order in with GameStop to have my copy picked up at my local store. :D I've read some horror stories about GS's shipping as well but *hopefully* I don't have these issues.. As I pre-ordered Zelda: Skyward Sword from them and received it without delay I'm sure everything will be fine. :)
The pre-order for North America comes with the Xenoblade Chronicles artbook. I've never owned or purchased an artbook for a game or anime so this'll be my first, even if it turns out to be one of those mini art books. :p I don't really care, I just wanted to make sure I got the game on release date, artbook or not.
Secondly, I've decided to pre-order a copy of..
The Last Story! The music is apparently composed by Nobuo Uematsu who composed, as we know, a lot of the Final Fantasy series music. I've already heard some of the spectacular pieces that will be in this title and I have to say it has all the things you'd expect from an amazing composer like Uematsu. He has such wonderful talent and it always helps if a game has a great story as well as wonderful music to draw you in. :)
Here's a few favorites from the OST that I've listened to:
"Just Being Near You." - Nobuo Uematsu
"Bonds." - Nobuo Uematsu
"Hearts Bounce Loudly." - Nobuo Uematsu
Did I mention that the artwork for this game is absolutely gorgeous as well? I mean, seriously, take a look at the artwork over at Creative Uncut. I was first interested in the game after seeing a friends' theme on Backloggery for The Last Story. I first thought it was going to be an RPG for the PS3 or 360 but was overjoyed when I discovered it would be released on the Wii. Sure, the Wii may not have "HD graphics" but it still delivers a beautiful display of graphics anyway. :)
Oh and before I forget, here's some of my favorite tracks from Xenoblade Chronicles:
"You Will Know Our Names."
Both games have wonderful soundtracks and I'm looking forward to owning and playing both of them this year (somehow managed to talk my mom into getting me The Last Story as well in June :D Yesss!). I'm sure they'll both be fun to play and while The Last Story was the game I was looking forward to more than Xenoblade Chronicles it has now reversed. xD Now I can't wait 'til I play Xenoblade Chronicles! :D
EDIT: I forgot to mention that a game similar to The Last Story, known as Pandora's Tower, may be released in North America as well. :D
Oh and I won't be pre-ordering my copy of The Last Story until sometime in May. Gotta pre-order closer to release date or I'll completely forget that I pre-ordered it. >.> Silly, I know, but it'll happen since I'm picking my copies up at the store, not shipping to my address. @_@ Haha.
Lastly comes my mini review of...
Angry Birds! This game can't really be reviewed I guess, since it kind of has a story but at the same time it's a casual game with a light story so not too much to go over besides how the gameplay functions, etc. :p I'm not going to type a wall of text so I'll just type a small comment for the first 3 games in the series:
Angry Birds: This game was fun and cute and at times a little difficult if I wasn't using my brain to figure out some of the levels but overall it was a decent game and worth the $4.95, but no more than that.
Angry Birds Rio: This version of the game offered new elements in the sense that there was new aesthetic appeal because you were rescuing birds instead of smashing pigs at the beginning of the game and then taking care of pesky monkeys instead of pigs when the later levels came. There were also some "boss fights" in this version but to be honest, I feel the game was purposely made easier solely because it was based on the movie Rio and also the rebalancing of certain elements from the first game.
Angry Birds: Seasons: More of the first game but with a seasons look to it. Christmas, Easter, etc. not much else I can really say about this one.
And of course... With the release of...
I had to grab a copy of it as well since it was cheap for $5.95 on the Rovio store.. I've only played the first 10 levels or so of it but it's nice to see the game taking on new things and going in a different direction. The addition of gravity, etc. in outer space makes it feel less like the same and more of the new. :) I'll probably blog my full opinion on this game later but as of right now, I'm still working on it.
Sooo that's all for now. Not much else to rant about, really. :p I hope everyone is doing well and anyone who's buying Xenoblade Chronicles, I hope you enjoy it a lot. :D
Ciao for now everyone!