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Beat Fire Emblem Awakening

I can see why many people say it's so great.It's story has great plot twists and can be emotional and I like how you can make characters get married and have children and even use your children in your party.The characters are very charming and I got a feel for the characters because I like how the game shows a profile of the characters(it displays the birth date and name of character's spouses and kids/parents.

MINOR SPOILER

I like how the ending explains what the characters did for the rest of their lives after they defeated the final boss and I like how it mentioned how much the character I created loved his wife and how his daughter looked up to him.

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This is the first Fire Emblem game I've played and I'm very impressed.I also like how character relationships effect characters stats greatly,attack ability,defense capabilities when they stand next to each other.

My favorite character in the game is actually Anna,she's very funny and is the woman whom my character married and I like how Anna is perfectly imperfect and she's cute and her presense in the story made it even more brighter and more heart felt.

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Fire Emblem Awakening is only the second 2013 game release I've beaten this year,the other is Ni No Kuni.Even though they're the only two 2013 releases I've played they're both great enough to be 2013 game of the year contenders for me personally and for many other people.In fact,if my game of the year choice came down to one of those two games,I would have a hard time choosing which game deserves the award.I know it seems unfair to compare both games since one is a more traditional style JRPG and one is a SJRPG,but I will anyways.

I think Fire Emblem Awakening has a better story than Ni No Kuni but I think Ni No Kuni's story is presented a bit better,both games had enjoyable stories nonetheless.

Fire Emblem Awakening's story uses the concept of romance a bit better than Ni No Kuni which can be a big factor for me.

No No Kuni's battle system is more unique and fun in the way it combines using monsters and human characters in real-time and I like how in Ni No Kuni's battle system humans and monsters have distinct advantages/disadvanages when the player uses them in battle.But Fire Emblem Awakening's battle system has a bit more tactical depth to it but isn't as unique.

Ni No Kuni obviously has better graphics from a technical perspective and even though Fire Emblem Awakening has beautiful use of artstyle,Ni No Kuni's uses of artwork for it's visuals are even more appealing because of studio Ghibli's involvement with the development.

Fire Emblem Awakening has very beautiful music and to be honest I can't remember much about Ni No Kuni's music.

But yeah,it's good that I can play two truly great newly released JRPGs early this year.

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Watched the Rurouni Kenshin film

It was awesome.The characters are portayed well and the cinematography is beautiful and the choreography for the action scenes is tremendous.The movie is over 130 minutes but it felt much shorter(probably because I was enjoying it)and I'm happy the story for Rurouni Kenshin is going to be made into a movie series(more Rurouni Kenshin movies are going to be made)especially since the movie ends early into the anime series.

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Fire Emblem Awakening first impressions

I'm loving the game so far,even though this is the first Fire Emblem game I've played I find it very accessible and easy to get into.I love how it's cinematics sometimes look like they're from a painting and sometimes look like hand drawn anime style.Even though I'm only a few hours into the game I can see the potential for romances and the way some of the characters flirt is very charming.I like the battle system,it kinda reminds me of Disgaea 3 except the characters have more diverse abilities such how some of them can used ranged attacks to attack from a safe distance and units retaliate after being attacked which makes you think more about the strategy.You can do team style attacks on units of course and I like how every time you use a unit for a turn they gain some sort of experience points,even if they did something as simple as heal another unit so it encourages you to use all your units because even if none of your units need to be healed but you use Lissa to heal one of them anyways she'll gain experience points.

I can see how the permadeath can be devestating emotionally for the story because if a character dies then so does the possibility of them creating or continuing romance with another character.

I like how the story has a lot of imagination,I don't want to spoil it for you but it has a bit of fairy tale stuff mixed with more serious,intense stuff.

Only thing is,I've tried to connect my 3DS to the internet but I cannot and I don't know why it won't detect my wifi conection,but with the Vita I could connect it to any free wifi connection quickly as easily.

Oh yeah,I've tried to rate Fire Emblem Awakening aready but Gamespot says that feature is unavailable right now.Gamespot won't even let me add it to my collection.

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Beat Another Code R.Copy of Fire Emblem Awakening arrived.

I've said many times why I loved it's story and like I said it's story keeps getting better and better(it's starts off fairly interesting)and at the end it has some emotional and shocking story revelations.It's a shame the developer who made Another Code R(Cing)went bankrupt.They also developed Hotel Dusk Room 215,the first Another Code game called Another Code:Two Memories,Little King's story.

My copy of Fire Emblem Awakening has arrived.I am thinking maybe I'll jump to Fire Emblem Awakening first and then move onto Tales of the Abyss and Shadow Hearts Covenant after,the reason is because it seems many people are talking about Fire Emblem Awakening right now and maybe people would rather hear what I have to say about it now than later on when other new games have those people's attention.

I've only just discovered Project X Zone is going to be localized,it's a SJRPG with characters from Street Fighter,Tekken,Mega Man,Virtua Fighter,Valkyria Chronicles 3,Resonance of Fate as well as Kos Mos from Xenosaga(I like her)and characters from other universes.The NA version is due out in late June.

And with Bravely Default most likely coming,it looks like it's going to be a great year for 3DS owners,especially with Fire Emblem Awakening already released.Before anyone mentions it,yes I know Etrian Odyssey IV is already out but I wasn't a big fan of Etrian Odyssey III because I don't like playing RPGs in first-person.Hopefully Beyond the Labyrinth gets localized too.

Getting close to the end of Another Code R/Backlog updates.

I haven't progressed through it as quickly as I hoped,even though the game is mostly a visual novel with the occasional puzzle and searching for items,the game is supposed to take around 15 hours to play through but other things keep taking up my time.

It's story gets better and more captivating as I progress through it with big surprises and the way the story is presented and the things in the story make me care about finding out what happened to Ashley's mother and Matt's father and why the people in the town are acting weird and why weird things are happening in the town.

I think it's a hidden gem for the Wii but it's not a game for everyone since it's like a visual novel for the most part.I think the game is relaxing when I hear the waves of the lake in the background,after all the game takes place in a town called 'Lake Juliet'.

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In another blog I showed my backlog,I have some updates for it.

Tales of the Abyss

Shadow Hearts Covenant

Jade Cocoon 2

Sakura Wars So Long My love

Paper Mario Thousand Year Door

Resonance of Fate

Wild Arms 4

Skies of Arcadia

Tales of Symphonia

Rogue Galaxy

Rurouni Kenshin: Enjou! Kyoto Rinne


I have decided to take Sleeping Dogs off my backlog as it's a newer game and I'll have years to play through it,I want to play through some of the great PS2 and GC RPGs.I know RoF is for PS3 but it's been out for a while.Rurouni Kenshin Enjou Kyoto Rinne isn't an RPG,it's a Dynasty Warriors style game but I want to beat it because Rurouni Kenshin is my favorite anime series.

There's some other games that aren't really on my backlog because they don't interest me as much as the games on my backlog but they look/are fun and I want to beat them.They include:-

Tales of Legendia

Suikoden V

Suikoden Tactics

Atelier Iris 3

Basara X

Cowboy Bebop Tsuioku no Serenade

Ghost in the Shell SAC

Phantasy Star Portable 2

Star Ocean Second Evolution

Zelda Skyward Sword

Zelda Twilight Princess

Gravity Rush

Record of Agarest War

Rune Factory Frontier

Sleeping Dogs


Also,this doesn't include games from this year I want to play but haven't played yet such as Fire Emblem Awakening,Soul Sacrifice,Lightning Returns,Remember Me(it looks cool and story/gameplay sounds interesting),FFXHD,Time and Eternity.To be honest,I thought Beyond Two Souls trailer looked meh,but it could surprise me.

There is games I want to play but I don't own yet such as Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2.

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I've noticed some people have taken photos of their game collections,I'm thinking I might do that sometime so I can show my rare games and imported games.

 

The Big Blue(from Ecco the Dolphin's develpment team).

First,I'd like to give a big thanks to Matastig for telling me about this game that is due out next year,named 'The Big Blue'.

It's being developed by the team who developed the Ecco the Dolphin games.It will allow you to explore fully 3D and detailed underwater ocean environments and just like in the Ecco games there will be quests and puzzles and you'll encounter dangerous sea life.The Big Blue underwater world is supposed to be much bigger than Ecco Defender of the Future(which is the only 3D Ecco game that was released).

Besides dolphins you can control whales as well as creatures that have evolved millions of years in the future(because this game's story takes place millions of years in the future after humanity is gone and after an alien invasion),and some of the creatures have evolved in unique ways such as creatures that have evolved from chemical reactions with plastic trash in the ocean,as well as ginormous creatures which make whales look small as well as sea-dragons which can fly above the water,which can dive to depths that no other creatures can but they're extremely rare and you can play the game for months without seeing one.

The game will also have a collector card system which will show at least one picture of the animal and will have information about the creature and some of the creature cards will allow you to spawn creatures and some creature cards are very rare and you can trade creature cards with other players.

The game has been announced for Mac, Windows, Linux, and iOS and Android but it could come to SONY,Microsoft and Nintendo consoles.

The game has multiplayer too.

I am excited about this game because I'm a big fan of Ecco Defender of the future,I loved exploring it's beautiful underwater environments and I loved how artistic and detailed it was,for example in the shallower waters you would see sandbeds and the water would be a beautiful light blue from the sunlight penetrating but the deeper you got it became more dark and you could explore caves and communicate with other sea creatures and explore underwater strucutures made by civilzations as well as go on quests and fight against sharks and aliens.There was other details it had that made it's ocean environment feel so alive such as seeing schools of fish swimming around and seeing underwater vegetation and coral.

It makes me exciting The Big Blue is supposed to be a huge underwater world,it's the type of sandbox game that makes me excited when I think about exploring it's world.

The Big Blue is not a sequel to any of the Ecco games although it has lots of similarities.

Ecco Defender of the Future's music and underwater sound effects gave a beautiful sense of calmness and tranquility,I hope The Big Blue can do the same.

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A link for where I go the info from that also has footage of the game and CGIs for the game.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/annunziata/the-next-ecco-the-dolphin-adventure-game

EDIT:Unfortunately,for the game to go into development it needs over 600 000$ to be raised in the next 20 days and so far only 40 000$ has been raised.

RUMOR: Bravely Default Coming to the West

This info is from a VG charz article from 1 day ago.

Square Enix's upcoming RPG Bravely Default: Flying Fairy has been tantalizing many of us on staff. RPG fans outside of Japan have been hoping that the game would make it out of the Japanese archipelago. While there is no official statement from Square Enix, Japanese-game focused website Siliconera is reporting that "trusted sources" have informed them that Bravely Default will be getting an international release.

If true, this means that the constant handwringing from JRPG fans can finally cease, as Square's charming, oddly named RPG will find its way into international 3DSes.

Link for info:http://www.gamrreview.com/news/89934/rumor-bravely-default-coming-to-the-west/

From the Ashes of dreams.

Soon it will be 1 year since April 7 2012 which is an important date in my life,I won't say why but the next 11 and a half months after were the happiest of my life.

When I was with her it felt like a dream,I even lived with her and slept next to her everynight and could cuddle her everynight and every morning when I woke up next to her.

But the dream ended.I don't want to go into more specifics about this but I just wanted to express what I'm feeling right now and to tell others to appreciate the special person they have in their live while they still have them.

Ashes of dreams is actually a track/song from NIER's soundtrack.NIER has my favorite soundtrack for any video game.I even like to listen to NIER's soundtrack when I sleep because it has many,many beautiful songs.Sure Final Fantasy X's soundtrack has beautiful music but NIER's soundtrack has a much larger number of beautiful songs and when I listen to NIER's soundtrack it makes me feel numerous things,the feeling of love,the sense of loss,the feeling of despair and trying to find the courage to overcome seemingly overwhelming odds and the need for sacrifice.

This is my favorite song from NIER's soundtrack(The Ultimate weapon)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpgFLaYT08c

But I also love:-

The love incomplete Stone

Ashes of dreams

Hills of Radiant Wind

Snow in Summer

Emil's Sacrifice(also used for the emotional wedding scene).

Next to beat will be Another Code:R and Tales of the Abyss.Bought FE Awakening

Some of you will know I love story-driven games,I find a good story prevents a game from feeling repetitive because lets face it,in most games the gameplay eventually gets repetitive but when I care about the characters/story it gives me motivation to keep going.

That's why Another Code:R is the type of game I like.It's story has drawn me in a lot with it's mystery story that gets deeper and more intriuging the more you experience it.The story is about a 16-year old girl named Ashley who's trying to find out what caused her mother's death and she's experiencing flashbacks for around the time when her mother died but it happened when she was 3 years old and her father who she rescued in the first Another Code game has become distant from her and is acting weird and even though she's travelled all the way to another town to spend time with her father he is still acting distant and seems distracted and weird things are happening to people in the town and some people have disappeared.Basically Ashley is trying to find clues about her mother's death and about the other mysteries in the town and as to why weird things are happening.

The artstyle for the game is very beautiful.Much of the gameplay is point and click and searching for items and puzzles and traveling around the town,which isn't the most exciting gameplay but I think it's gameplay suits the story of the game.

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Tales of the Abyss has a love story that builds up well and an interesting and entertaining main character and good plot twists and an interesting main plot with an epic adventure and even though I haven't beaten it I've seen enough for it to be my favorite Tales game.It's battle system is easy to get into and it has things old school JRPG lovers will love.I'm playing the 3DS version of the game,the 3D effects aren't ugly but they aren't great.I also own the PS2 version but never played it.

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I've purchased Fire Emblem Awakening but I will wait until after I beat Another Code R and Tales of Abyss because my backlog of shame is still too long.I'm happy I finally beat Tales of Graces and experienced the full extent of how great it is and I beat Ni No Kuni and experienced how wonderful it is and in a past blog I said those two games were the two games I wanted to beat next and I've done so,plus I beat Journey too.After I beat Another Code R and Tales of the Abyss,I'll move onto Fire Emblem Awakening and then I'll move onto my backlog of shame which includes my copy of Shadow Hearts Covenant which I've never ever played,same with Jade Cocoon 2,Sakura Wars So Long My love,and I've played not much of Paper Mario Thousand Year Door and Sleeping Dogs and I still need to beat Resonance of Fate and these are all games I want to play through and review.