Let’s Talk About World of Final Fantasy

I’ve been a fan of Final Fantasy as long as I can remember, I think it was the game that got me into RPG in the first place. I’m not going to say that I played all Final Fantasy games but I did play plenty of them that I am familiar with the characters and their stories. I’ve been excited when I heard about World of Final Fantasy, I wouldn’t say no to cute chibi characters. I bought the game when it came out for PS4 but I stopped playing it for a long time and then recently I decided to buy it on Steam. I recently beat it and I’m .. just not satisfied and so being the blogger that I am, I have to post about it.

 This post will contain spoilers

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World of Final Fantasy is a role-playing video game in which players take control of twin siblings Lann and Reynn as they navigate the world of Grymoire. In Grymoire, all the characters and monsters encountered by the player are rendered in a chibi-style. The exceptions are Lann and Reynn, who can shift at will between chibi form and their true forms. During their travels, Lann and Reynn befriend various monsters called Mirages that they can utilize both in battle and within the navigable environment: examples of this usage include riding larger Mirages as mounts or using them to navigate environmental puzzles.

I’ll sum up the game by saying my honest brutal opinion. The game is basically Pokemon with cube shaped Pokeballs, where the Pokemon are creatures from Final Fantasy games and the main characters are Kingdom Hearts rejected twins. I’m sorry if that’s a bit rude to say but that’s what this game looked to me when I played it.

The Characters

Let’s talk about the characters, and I’ll start with Lann.

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This is why I said the characters seem like they are rejected from Kingdom Hearts. I was hoping for something different since it doesn’t even mention Kingdom Hearts in any way. I personally enjoyed Lann’s humor and his personality, there were a lot of times that I laughed at some scenes.

Reynn on the other hand has the same face as Hauyn who’s another character in the game, and of course they both reminded me of Kairi and Namine.

Different hair styles and colors but same face, I couldn’t get over that part. Reynn is the smart one so she thinks more logically compared to her twin brother Lann which brings the balance in their personalities.

Gameplay

The game’s battle system makes use of the Active Time Battle (ATB) system employed by multiple Final Fantasy games. In battle, players control a party of Mirages which can be stacked upon each other to grant various boons in battle while decreasing the number of turns that can be taken. The types of Mirages used affect the party’s available skills and abilities in battle. Mirages are befriended in battle after they have been sufficiently weakened, and once in the party can be freely named. In addition to standard Mirages are special Mirages that can be temporarily summoned into battle using Action Points (AP): the Mirage remains in battle, replacing the main party, until the summoner’s AP is depleted.

In my opinion the stacking part was new to me, implementing the classic Final Fantasy battle system was fine but I found myself holding the fast forward button because of the wait time. As the game progressed, I got used to the usual mirages I always choose and I was just powering up those mirages till the end of the game. Maybe that’s me, I was comfortable staying with the chibi form and same mirages throughout the gameplay.

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The Story

I have mixed feelings about the story of this game. It’s engaging at first but later on, I found myself not interested anymore and I was fast forwarding some parts to get over it. I wasn’t satisfied with the endings, obviously I got the bad ending first then the game continues for the true ending so either way you’ll find yourself going for the second ending as  the story continues from the bad ending.

Overall, I won’t say it’s a bad game. It’s alright in my opinion but not as strong as Final Fantasy games if that makes sense to you, I enjoyed some parts and of course dreaded other parts. Have you ever played this game before ? What are your thoughts about it ?

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Games to Revisit: ObsCure 2

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ObsCure II, known also as Obscure: The Aftermath, is a survival horror game and the sequel to ObsCure.

The story is set two years after the “Leafmore Incident” (the events of Obscure); Shannon and Kenny are now enrolled in the nearby Fallcreek University, while Stan is reforming his life as a Delivery Truck Driver. Stan and Kenny have to take medication to prevent the effects of the plant from infecting their bodies, while Shannon has been able to adapt to the changes.

As the story begins, a new drug created from a strange flower is quickly spreading its influence over the University’s populace. Soon enough, a small group of students, along with the Leafmore High survivors have to face a horde of mutants and try to stay alive.

I’ve played this game before trying the first part so I connected the older parts as I progressed in the game. I would describe this game as a Resident Evil game but also trying to be more like a teen slasher movie because of the having a stereotypical characters, like in the first part which taken place in a highschool. Now the characters are older, while adding new characters who still has the stereotypical element but this time for more of a university environment.

I personally enjoyed the story but I think it made some parts made the story trying too hard to give that gore-y aspect when it wasn’t that necessary, apart from that I would recommend this game along with the first part if you felt interested to know the past events.

Let me confess this, I got introduced to Sum 41 from the first part of this game where they featured Still Waiting.

The game as released back in PS2 but got released on Steam later on so you could buy both of them as a collection if you’re interested.

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Kira Kira Crate – May 2018

I’ve been a fan of Glossybox for a pretty long time, but recently I’ve been getting disappointed from the items they sent out in the boxes that eventually made me deactivate my account again. I wanted to try something new and I found Kira Kira Crate, I’ve been into Asian cosmetics for awhile and I think their skincare products are the best so why not try it every month and see how it goes?

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The crate comes directly from Japan so it takes time to arrive, say about 2 to 4 weeks. It contains 6 full sized items along with a cute booklet that has the instructions of every item in English and tips on how to use them.

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Bath Salts

You could guess from the package, it’s honey and lemon. Of course it smells citrus-y and I appreciate anything that makes me relax in my bathtub.

Moasis Oil Milk

A hydrating oil milk that has cactus oil. It doesn’t get absorbed by the skin fast, and also it has a sticky feeling after using it so I didn’t like it that much.

Paper Soap (Rose)

A cute little package that has 50 sheets of paper soap. This is something completely new to me and I was mind blown about this. It can be kept in your bag so you would have soap whenever you need it.

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Hot Eyes Mask

The package include 3 sets of eye masks and it comes with a cute polar bear with glasses design. Honestly I didn’t think it would get this warm when I put it on my eyes, it was very soothing and smells like lavender which is my favorite. I absolutely LOVE this.

Organic Mask (Chamomile)

I love those masks, they are always so soothing to use before going to sleep. It helped calming down my skin and I love how my face feels after it.

Black & Shiny Eyeliner

Even Japanese packaging look cute, this eyeliner got a leopard design and the tip is a bit bulky for what I’m used to. It has a slight glitter on it once you apply it but it gets smudged easily so I wouldn’t say it’s long lasting. I would add it on top of my usual eyeliner if I need a little shimmer on my eyes for a night out.

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Overall, I would say I’m interested in Kira Kira Crate and I’ll keep my subscription for a while to see what more they have to offer in the upcoming months. I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to know if you tried any of Japan Crate subscriptions.

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Games to Revisit: Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return

Before I start this post, I’m very excited to say I’ve done my first guest posting on A Safe Space for Curious Minds Blog. If you’re interested in serial killers, murderers, haunted places stories be sure to follow the blog along with the two creators who made it Lise and Karalee.

Now onto the main topic of this post …

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The game centers on the exploits of a pink-haired feral child named Tomba as he attempts to rescue his girlfriend Tabby from a race of anthropomorphic and antagonistic pigs.

I’ve been obsessed with this game during my schooldays, I remember getting it from my cousins. The game is a platformer with a three-dimensional perspective in which movement is performed on predetermined linear paths. Whenever Tomba reaches a point where additional paths intersect with his current one, a set of flashing arrows appear above his head. At that point, Tomba can move in any direction that the arrows point. Some areas in the game enable the player to explore them in a top-down view, allowing Tomba to move around freely.

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I recently played it using ePSXe which is a PSOne emulator, using more refined and smooth settings. I feel this game deserves a remake as it goes hand in hand with Spyro and Crash Bandicoot. When I played it couple of days ago, I finished it in 7 hours which was shocking to me because I remember I spent days even weeks trying to finish most of the side quests along with the story-based quests.

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I confess that I played it at work since I wanted to waste time till I could go home and it was a time well spent, I really love this game. I highly recommend trying this game if you’re into platformer type of games and miss the nostalgia when those games were on the raise back then.

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Etsy Stores I Recommend

I love checking Etsy from time to time, I love the handmade element to be more accurate. I decided to compile a list in this post of all my favorite stores and items I got from Etsy.

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I love this store and the person who runs it Century, I collaborated with her before on my 200 followers giveaway and she helped boost my blog. I love her polymer clay creations, she goes with the kawaii element.


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I’m all for bath products, I tried the Mermaid Sugar Scrub before from this store and I absolutely love it.


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I love her chibi drawings. I ordered a mug and two covers before from her and I’ve been in love with them ever since.


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I love opal jewelry, I ordered from this store a beautiful opal moon and star necklace as a birthday gift for my sister as well as a ring for me. If you’re into that, I recommend checking this store.

Games to Revisit: Fishing Resort

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Fishing Resort, known in Japan and Korea as Family Fishing (ファミリーフィッシング), is a fishing video game developed by Prope for the Wii home console. It features 8 different areas for the player to fish and do several “activities”. Stores located in areas allow people to purchase items for fishing needs. Players can also take a cruiser and explore the ocean surrounding the “island” where the game takes place.

This game is one of my guilty pleasures, I’ve listed it before as one of my favorite games as well in an older post. I sometimes enjoy games with no story-line and no ending, just something like this game to relax. I’ve invested so many hours playing this game that my rank is currently World Champion.

The characters offer customization in the beginning and later on you can buy clothes and accessories using points you get from fishing. There are plenty locations to visit and obviously fish there, depending on the area from salt water fishes to swamp or fresh water ones. There’re quests in each location to challenge the player, along with weekly fishing contests.

Other than that, the game doesn’t offer much apart from the 200 fish you can catch and fill your aquarium. I would consider this game a good time waster but not necessary for everyone.

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Why Do Birds Fly ?

I’ve always been a fan of Tales of Series, I played most of the games in the line. Recently I decided to try Tales of Berseria and then play Tales of Zestiria since both of them are connected and share the same time line.

(This post may contain spoilers)

If you haven’t play this game yet, I highly recommend trying it out before reading this post since it contains spoilers.

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When she was a child, Velvet Crowe and her younger brother Laphicet were saved by her brother-in-law Artorius when a Scarlet Night happened and the Daemonblight consumed their village—Velvet’s pregnant older sister Celica is killed by the disease through an event known as the “Opening”. A few years later, Velvet lives with Laphicet and Artorius in another village. The Scarlet Night returns, with the entire village succumbing to the Daemonblight: when Velvet finds Artorius, she sees him sacrifice her brother as part of a ritual, known as the “Advent”. Artorius attempts to use her for the Advent as well, but she fights back and the Daemonblight possesses her arm, mutating it and turning her into a Daemon called a “Therion”, with the ability to absorb Daemons. In a rage, she slaughters the surviving Daemons, then witnesses the summoning of Malakhim into the world, including a reincarnated Celica, now an emotionless Malak called Seres. She is thrown into a prison for Daemons in the prison island Titania, swearing to kill Artorius and avenge her brother’s murder. Over the next three years, Artorius forms the Abbey to bring peace to the Holy Midgand Empire, becoming the Abbey’s “Shepherd” and seen as a savior by the people for establishing the Exorcists.

The whole story was a bit too complex, sometimes it was a bit too much for me to understand but it plays out perfectly as it progresses but what bothered me is something pretty much every Tales of Game has to put in the story which is multiple villains to throw you off by the ending so the plot would make your jaw drop. I’ve noticed this pattern in most of the Tales games so I was expecting that part and that took the surprise factor in my opinion but I wasn’t exactly disappointed from the outcome.

I think what I mostly enjoyed are the random skits that gets triggered from time to time, it gave the characters more of a personality and of course I love the humor in them.

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Now let me talk about Velvet because her personality was very intriguing to me. For some reason, she made me want to have a black long hair like her. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t want that long hair that never tangle … at all.

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She was very interesting to me because she has that tough look with a cold glare just fixated on killing and getting her revenge but as the story progresses she reveals her softer layers and it caught me off guard at times when she shows that she cares.

Honestly when I first saw her appearance, I thought she was similar to Rutee from Tales of Destiny because of her outfit colors and of course her raven black hair. Obviously I bought the DLC that contains outfits and accessories from Tales games and sure enough Rutee whole appearance was designed for Velvet and I wasn’t disappointed.

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I have to also talk about Magilou. She instantly grabbed my attention because she reminded me of one of my best friends who has that super happy and positive face while hiding a dark side. Magilou does the exact same thing where she keeps joking and smiling all the time but the way she reveals that she knows too much, makes the whole group question her at certain times.

I was hoping that more time would be invested in her backstory just like the other characters but it wasn’t as much which made me a bit disappointed. I think she had the least role in the game but she was one the biggest triggers in most of the plot of the story.

Now the question that kept getting thrown out from time to time in the game “Why do you think birds fly?” and I thought it symbolized something but I couldn’t get a clear idea of it. Most of the answers said by the characters were a bit too obvious and broad, it didn’t have that deep meaning as the question intended to have. I admired the answer at the ending which was said by Velvet, it wasn’t that scientific and had the perfect sound in that answer.

Birds fly because they want to fly. They don’t need reason. Even if their wings may snap and doom them to die. They don’t fly for anyone’s benefit. They don’t fly because they are ordered to. Birds fly because they want to fly and for no other reason.

I really enjoyed this game, it felt different from the rest of Tales games probably because having the first solo female protagonist and also somewhat dark and evil with the lust to kill. I’m looking forward to start Tales of Zestiria and see how the ending of Tales of Berseria leads to the next part.

So tell me, why do you think birds fly ?

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