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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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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