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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Free Game Test: Brawlhalla

I mentioned before I want to try to a free game every month and then post what I think about it. Here’s the first post of this installment.

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Brawlhalla is a free to play 2D fighting game that’s very similar in play style to the legendary Super Smash Bros. It was developed and published by Blue Mammoth Games for Microsoft Windows, macOS and Playstation 4. You can pay $20 to unlock all characters current and future ones.

Let me just state that I’m very into Super Smash Bros so I didn’t take much time to learn the controls and rules of this game. The game can be played online or locally against friends which takes up to 4 players.

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Just like Super Smash Bros, attack your opponents and send them off the screen. You can use light and heavy attacks and you can use weapons, and it varies from spears, swords, guns, whichever you are comfortable using so you won’t find yourself sticking with one character.

I would recommend playing this game because it’s extremely fun playing with friends or if you prefer playing online with random people. Have you ever played this game before and what are your thoughts about it.

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Games to Revisit: Innocent Life

I used to have an app that helped me track all the games I ever played, life was easier with android. I couldn’t find a proper tracker app for my iPhone so it took me time to think of a game to revisit. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to stop playing Stardew Valley so I can finish Assassin’s Creed Origins and focus more on Tales of Berseria (Because Velvet is bae ❤ ) . To ease off my addiction to Stardew Valley I chose a similar game to it, big mistake I know but it’s also one of my favorites.

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Life is good for the residents of Heartflame Island, especially since new robots and automated machines do almost all of the work. But technology is a tool-not an answer to all problems. Maybe that’s why everyone is a little uneasy about the old stories of strange magic and a prediction that Flame Mountain will erupt and destroy everything. That’s why Dr. Hope, a caring and wise old scholar has sent you, his son on a journey to the ancient ruins to try and run a farm. It is your father’s dream that you will unlock the secrets of the ancient ruins and find the meaning of “life”. Grow crops, care for livestock, interact with the many villagers and explore a futuristic world as you try to unlock the many mysteries surrounding you.

I absolutely love Harvest Moon games, I won’t say I tried all of them but I remember getting it for my 3DS after the name changed to Story of Seasons and I honestly didn’t enjoy it as much. Innocent Life is considered a spin off to Harvest Moon because it had all the elements of that franchise but obviously lacking marriage feature since you play as a Robot I guess ?

The game heavily focuses on the main story which I would say a bit similar to Rune Factory but without a combat system. The main story-line is basically restoring the land and prevent the eruption of the volcano, easy right ? It’s a fun game and I enjoyed it a lot but unfortunately there’re few down sides of it. The whole farming concept is like a main feature in every Harvest Moon game and as you progress in the story, chores gets easier with robots helping in weeding, watering and harvesting the crops so it strays from farming as you focus more in exploring the areas around the island to progress the story.

I’ll only play this to get my mind off of Stardew Valley because ..

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This doesn’t make me feel proud …

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Let’s Talk About Doki Doki Literature Club (Contain Spoilers)

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Originally I wanted to post my favorite makeup products for 2017 but this game just took over my life in the past few days and I felt like I had to talk about it. Like the title imply, this post will contain spoilers so if you didn’t play this game yet I highly recommend trying it out (But if you are easily disturbed, just don’t)

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Hi, Monika here!

Welcome to the Literature Club! It’s always been a dream of mine to make something special out of the things I love. Now that you’re a club member, you can help me make that dream come true in this cute game!

Every day is full of chit-chat and fun activities with all of my adorable and unique club members:

Sayori, the youthful bundle of sunshine who values happiness the most;
Natsuki, the deceivingly cute girl who packs an assertive punch;
Yuri, the timid and mysterious one who finds comfort in the world of books;
…And, of course, Monika, the leader of the club! That’s me!

Doki Doki Literature Club is a visual novel that is completely free to get on steam and it’s basically about you joining a literature club that originally has 4 female members and apparently … you’re the only guy. Honestly I wouldn’t even try this game but for some reason my brother recommended it to me and it got me interested since he’s not into such games.

It started as an overly-cute normal visual novel, setting the personalities for each character so the player can choose a route to go through basically.  Now my answers and choices were all directing me to the long dark-haired girl Yuri, I started this game blindly not having an aim who to go for. Obviously like every visual novel, I kept saving in multiple slots just so I wanted to try other options when I’m done with my first playthrough.

Of course Sayori was stuck in the friendzone till the player – her friend started getting closer to her club mate so it showed that she got jealous and all.

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At a point later, the player has an option to confess love to her or friendzone her even more which I thought will drive her into a deeper depression phase. I saved the game before making a decision so I would see the outcome of both choices, you know like what anyone would do in a visual novel .. normal as this one.

Aaaaaaaaand she committed suicide, with all the horror visuals and my jaw just dropped I wasn’t expecting such a turn. Then the game just ended but … that wasn’t exactly the ending. I thought of loading the game where I saved before I chose what to reply to Sayori but when I did, the game showed error sayori.chr is missing or corrupted and deleted all my saved slots and started a new game.

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I was confused at this point and the game started glitching …

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To be honest this whole glitching game got me very excited because it felt like the game was bleeding to reality, my laptop basically. I went to check the game files inside steam directory and I found a poem and a creepy picture, inside the character folder there were three characters only and Sayori was missing.

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I went on with the game and again blindly choosing to see where this would go, the game was glitching time to time with graphics or the dialogue.

The game goes on with this glitchy format and showing really creepy images and visuals of the characters. Natsuki was getting black scribbles on her eyes and mouth, and tears of blood. The dialogue was getting more and more creepy, I guess it amplified the horror element and it was all very fascinating to me.

Yuri was getting more and more insane and obsessive, only Monika was completely normal – compared to them so obviously I concluded that she’s the culprit to all this creepy dialogues and images.

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And I was right, Monika did all that and it freaked me out when she said my administrator account name also mentioning that the game file is located in my Steam folder. This was all so exciting to me, I’ve always been into games that break the forth wall.

That part gave me an idea, I deleted Monika’s character file. It worked and she was gone, the game restarted normally without Monika, the dialogues were fine no glitches till she popped again… the game credit rolled while a command window on the side suggesting all game files are being deleted. I thought it was just part of the game like a graphic loop but it did delete the game files from my laptop and this screen shows every time I tried launching the game.

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I thought of reinstalling the game and trying different choices to see what would happen but I decided that’s where the game ends and I wouldn’t get as excited now that I know everything and what’s going on with this game. I’ll probably watch those other endings on YouTube.

Overall, it’s such a genius game to involve reality to it by bleeding out to the game files and that broke the forth wall. I really recommend trying it out for yourself and go with your choices blindly, see what ending you would get.

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Crying over Finding Paradise

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Finding Paradise is an adventure game developed and published by Freebird Games. Serving as a sequel to To the Moon and A Bird Story, the story continues with doctors Eva Rosalene and Neil Watts as they help to fulfill a wish for Colin Reeds, the protagonist of A Bird Story, who is now a bedridden old man. As with To the Moon, it features relatively few gameplay mechanics which center around puzzles, with the player controlling both doctors as they solve them in order to reconstruct the dying man’s memories in order to fulfill his dying wish

The moment I got an email that this game was released, I instantly went to buy it even before the “new release discount” that steam always do. I already played To The Moon and A Bird Story so I was very excited to finally try this game. While it was downloading, I was preparing myself mentally for it because To The Moon left me in a complete mess from crying, it’s such a good game and I was hoping Finding Paradise would be as good as To The Moon.

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The game follows the same pattern as the previous one but the puzzles are different. I really enjoyed the story and obviously it made me cry but I wouldn’t say as much as To The Moon. I honestly love the main characters Dr Eva and Neil, I think their personalities really show through the dialogues which you’ll definitely enjoy the humor of it.

I highly recommend trying this game if you really like To The Moon, it’s definitely worth the wait. If you can play A Bird Story before it, it’ll help build a back story to some moments in the game.

I also started playing Doki Doki Literature Club since my brother recommended it to me and so far it’s a plain visual novel and my choices so far taking me into Yuri’s route. I can’t wait to see the dark part of it, so please don’t spoil it on me if you reached a further part than me.

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I’ll probably post about it when I’m done with it. I didn’t post Games to Revisit this month because I started playing new games and didn’t have time to replay an older game so hopefully next month will go back to the usual schedule. Hope you enjoyed this post and have a great day.

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These Videogame Characters are Villains in Disguise

There’s a fine line between good and evil. In fact, many so-called good video game characters tend to have an evil side that remains hidden until you examine their actions. They can defend themselves by claiming, “It came from the heart,” or “Hyahhh!” so that we may overlook their flaws, but don’t let them fool you. Here is a list of seven characters who would make the perfect villain.

1. Princess Peach — Super Mario

If video games have taught us anything, it’s that facing the final boss means the end of the game is nigh. Bowser was the main villain of Super Mario Bros. and hasn’t been fought just the one time. To many Nintendo fans, he’s considered the main villain. But why would a plumber go through all that trouble just to save a princess who rewards him with a cake and a thank you, only to be captured again and you have to restart the whole thing? Is there more to her than meets the eye?

Princess Peach knows that Mario is wrapped around her little finger and that she can manipulate that mustachioed man to do her bidding. If she’s having a feud with Daisy, she might pretend she was kidnapped by her, and before you know it Daisy’s kingdom is in ruins! Let’s be real for a moment. Who’s to say Peach didn’t play the captured card a few times just to mess with Bowser? Could she be the ultimate Mario villain? That’s one game I want to play!

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2. King Mickey — Kingdom Hearts II

How is Walt Disney’s beloved mascot a villain? In Kingdom Hearts II he stays hidden most of the time while apparently telling other characters to help Sora through his quest. Then he shows up already wearing the Organization XIII cloak, knows all about the Big Bad, and yet remained hidden. He didn’t even help Sora until much later. Just what is Mickey hiding?

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3. Aerith — Final Fantasy VII

The iconic moment every RPG fan remembers is when Aeirth died, but it also left the biggest question hanging: Who did Aerith really love, Cloud or Zack? This is why she should be a villain — she broke the code of love when she fell for Zack, but then played Cloud. Maybe in the end Sephiroth was doing Cloud a favor and redirected him to the one he should be going for all along: Tifa.

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4. Sans — Undertale

How many times did you repeat the Sans battle? I bet the theme song was lodged in your head for days while you recalled his taunting words. Sans can be a villain because he’s got abilities most of the game’s characters lack — such as teleportation, which he refers to as “Shortcuts.” He also uses the most powerful attacks and breaks the fourth wall by being aware of the protagonist stats, save function, and number of times they died. Yep, he’s like a skeletal Deadpool.

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5. Link — The Legend Of Zelda

Have you ever really stopped to think about some of the bosses in The Legend of Zelda? Technically they are huge animals who are really the victims. I’m not kidding, they’re either forced to transform, locked in a small room or trapped within a magical mask. Basically, Link is killing animals who have absolutely no idea what’s going on and he’s still called a hero in every Zelda release.

Sure, Link may be the savior of Hyrule, but at what cost? Breaking and entering? Destroying valuable furniture? Animal cruelty? Theft? And let’s not forget poor, poor Mr. Potter and his shop of fantastically expensive pottery. He never even saw it coming.

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6. Conker — Conker’s Bad Fur Day

Conker’s Bad Fur Day was released in 2001 on Nintendo64 and was rated M, so you know that despite its cutesy cartoon style, it was deemed offensive and outrageous. Conker could be a perfect villain because he’s a jerk. No, seriously, he’s a huge ass and not ashamed to admit it. He’ll saw teddy bears in half, steal a poor caveman’s cave wife and, at some point in the game, he’ll even urinate on those around him. This is one squirrel that would make a devastating foe!

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7. The Hunting Dog — Duck Hunt

Do I need to explain this one? Give  me the opportunity to go one-on-one with this smug bastard. It’s not going to end nicely for him.

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Do you agree or disagree with this list of covert villains? 

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3 RPG Maker Games That Gave “Weird” a New Definition

Every game has a place in the various categories of genre, some developers mix and match a few for the perfect game but it works and many games have their own unique genre as a result.

However, with RPG Maker, some devs and amateur game developers are pushing the boundaries of what makes a game unique. Today I’m shedding light on some of the weirdest RPG Maker games that deserve some attention.

1. Pom Gets WiFi

This game is an indie comedy RPG about a pomeranian called Pom (obviously) who needs Wi-Fi desperately to live. It was made in RPG Maker 2003 and released in late 2013.

The best way to describe this game is “tumblr in a form of a game.” It’s educational because it teaches you the internet language with typos and emoticons (not emojis). The art style is pretty simple, but well-made for an RPG Maker game and it’s quite easy to beat in one hour. It’s a fun game to pass time with.

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2. Ao Oni

Ao Oni is a Japanese horror/puzzle game made in the RPG XP engine. The story follows a group of friends who are investigating an abandoned mansion that’s rumored to be haunted.

The game needs to add comedy and a question mark next to it on the description, because I personally found the main villain quite hilarious. That made it more entertaining than getting stressed from jump scares.

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3. Space Funeral

This game was released back in 2010 and it was created on RPG Maker 2003.

Phillip and the Leg Horse set off on a strange and deadly mission to find the legendary City Of Forms from which all things in the world are derived. On their travels they must overcome ghosts, criminals, hypnosis, lions, Draculas, cryptic letters, muscle hedonists, swamp knights, mysterious caves, blood ghouls, grotesque monsters, purple drank and more in order to discover the secret of Space Funeral.

Too much to take in?

If you thought No Man’s Sky was brightly colored, you might change your mind after trying this game. I mean, what could possibly go wrong when you have to deal with that many enemies?

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Have you tried any of these games? What are your thoughts about them?

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