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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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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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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Games to Revisit: Final Fantasy X

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Final Fantasy X is set in the fictional world of Spira, consisting of one large landmass divided into three subcontinents, surrounded by small tropical islands. It features diverse climates, ranging from the tropical Besaid and Kilika islands, to the temperate Mi’ihen region, to the frigid Macalania and Mt. Gagazet areas. Although predominantly populated by humans, Spira features a variety of races. Among them are the Al Bhed, a technologically advanced but disenfranchised sub-group of humans with distinctive green eyes and unique language. The Guado, which are less human in appearance, with elongated fingers and other arboreal features. Still less human are the lion-like Ronso and the frog-like Hypello. A subset of Spira’s sentient races are the “unsent”, the strong-willed spirits of the dead that remain in corporeal form. In Spira, the dead who are not sent to the Farplane by a summoner come to envy the living and transform into “fiends”, the monsters that are encountered throughout the game; however, unsent with strong attachments to the world of the living may retain their human form. Other fauna in Spira, aside from those drawn from real animals, such as cats, dogs, birds, and butterflies, include the gigantic, amphibious shoopufs (which are similar to elephants); and the emu-like chocobo, which appears in most Final Fantasy games. Spira is very different from the mainly European-style worlds found in previous Final Fantasy games, being much more closely modeled on Southeast Asia, most notably with respect to vegetation, topography, architecture, and names.

There are seven main playable characters in Final Fantasy X, starting with Tidus, a cheerful young teenager and a star blitzball player from Zanarkand, who seeks a way home after an encounter with Sin transported him to Spira. To do so, he joins Yuna , a summoner on a journey to obtain the Final Aeon and defeat the enormous whale-like “Sin”. Journeying with them are: Kimahri Ronso, a young warrior of the Ronso tribe who watched over Yuna during her childhood; Wakka, a blitzball player whose younger brother was killed by Sin; and Lulu, a stoic black mage close to Yuna and Wakka. During the journey, they are joined by Auron, a former warrior monk, who worked with both Tidus’ and Yuna’s fathers to defeat Sin 10 years prior; and Rikku, Yuna’s cousin, a perky Al Bhed girl and the first friendly person Tidus meets upon arriving in Spira.

I think this game is a J-RPG classic and every gamer I know have heard of Final Fantasy series whether through earlier releases or newer ones after Final Fantasy X. I remember the hype around this game back then, I was still in school and was completely addicted to PS2.

The story is very interesting and I think what attracted me the most in this game are the characters themselves. The characters are very like-able and to some point relate-able as well, and of course I’m all for a love story that Yuna and Tidus shared that made me tear up by the ending. Like every rpg you need to grind EXP for hours because the boss fights aren’t that easy which I enjoyed because it gave challenge to the game.

Can we talk about the music of this game, the tracks blew my mind. I cannot listen to “Zanarkand” track without getting emotional, sometimes I would actually tear up.

The HD remastered version got released on Steam and I instantly got it because I really miss this game, it gave me a surge of memories the moment I saw the main menu.

Have you ever played this game ? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Games to Revisit: Assassin’s Creed II

Let me thank Lise for inspiring this post.

To those who don’t know me well … I’M OBSESSED WITH ASSASSIN’S CREED.

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Assassin’s Creed II is a 2009 action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the second major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, a sequel to 2007’s Assassin’s Creed, and the first chapter in the Ezio trilogy. The game was first released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in November 2009, and was later made available on Microsoft Windows in March 2010 and OS X in October 2010. Several minor game related features could be redeemed on Uplay and three downloadable expansion packs were released on Xbox Live.

The plot is set in a fictional history setting and follows the centuries-old struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Knights Templars, who desire peace through control. The framing story is set in the 21st century and follows Desmond Miles as he relives the genetic memories of his ancestor Ezio Auditore da Firenze. The main narrative takes place at the height of the Renaissance in Italy during the 15th and early 16th century. Players can explore Florence, Venice, Tuscany and Forlì as they guide Ezio on a quest for vengeance against those responsible for betraying his family. The primary focus is to utilize the player’s combat and stealth abilities, as Desmond begins to uncover the mysteries left behind by an ancient race known as the First Civilization in the hope of ending the conflict between the Assassins and Templars.

The reason why I chose this game for this month because I’m almost done with Assassin’s Creed Origins and I’ve been enjoying it too much that I missed the older Assassin’s Creed games and specially Ezio’s Trilogy. Ezio’s story is my all time favorite from Assassin’s Creed games, his personality and how it developed along with the story is very fascinating to me. Compared to other Assassins Creed games, Ezio stands out and I personally think he’s the best assassin from the franchise.

Can we talk about how beautiful Italy is? This game made me very interested in traveling to Italy and I’m pretty sure I already memorized every road and church while playing as Ezio.I’m very excited to replay this game and relive Ezio’s story.

I’ll probably start playing Assassin’s Creed Rogue as well since I never tried it yet. Hope you enjoyed reading this post and have a nice day.

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