Games to Revisit: Assassin’s Creed II

Let me thank Lise for inspiring this post.

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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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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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I need to take a moment to calm myself after seeing this GIF

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

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Underrated Horror Games You Might Have Missed Over The Years

Over the years, we’ve received plenty of great and not so great horror games. The great ones have usually gone on to give us (and our favorite Let’s Players) heart attacks, but every now and then, one of these great scares slip through the cracks into obscurity to be forgotten. With that said and with a pumpkin spice latte in hand (it’s that season after all), we’ve gathered a list of creepy horror games you might’ve never heard of, or overlooked over the years.

1. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (2009)

The Silent Hill games are known as some of the most iconic horror classics in the video games industry. While some of the games of this franchise are well-known, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories didn’t get that much love. The concept of the game is quite different than the usual Silent Hill games that fans expect, as it focuses more on combat evasion and creates your personal fears in the game. Initially released for the Wii in 2009, this stellar entry in the series ended up being severely overlooked.

2. Neverending Nightmares (2014)

A unique experience with pencil hand drawn graphics, Neverending Nightmares explores the depths of a depressed and insane mind, which was actually inspired by the lead designer’s own struggle with obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression. The game was released on Steam in 2014 after a successful kickstarter campaign and then later it got released on the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita.

3. Siren (2003)

If you are a fan of Japanese horror movies, this game is definitely for you. Siren sets you in a creepy atmosphere filled with zombified people and dark rituals to resurrect a god. Yeah…that escalated quickly. It was released back in 2003 on the Playstation 2 and re-released as a remake for Playstation 3 with the title Siren: Blood Curse. So that’s twice now that this game has slipped under the radar. Maybe third time’s the charm after all?

4. Claire (2013)

So you probably think that games can only terrify you if they’re in a 3D world, right? Wrong! Don’t underestimate the power of 2D games because Claire is one of the most underrated and frightening indie games ever created. It takes the psychological horror genre to a new level and it also has few similarities to Lone Survivor. The story follows Claire, the main character as the name implies, throughout her life from childhood to adulthood. It explores her life along with the darkness that comes from being raised in broken home. The game was released on Steam in 2013 and recently for the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita in August.

5. Obscure (2005)

Five stereotypical high school students discover a dark secret hidden within their school and it involves the teachers, and of course, the principal. The main characters consist of a shy reporter, a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd and a stoner – already you can see the promises of a great teen slasher movie. The game has few similarities to Resident Evil in terms of combat and combining items, but is different and terrifying enough in its own way. It was released for the Playstation 2 and Xbox on 2005.

Halloween is over and gone, but the great thing about horror games is that they’re a blast to play any time of the year. The next big horror release will be Resident Evil VII in just a couple months, so definitely check out these hidden gems. We hope this list of games will help scratch that itch until then.

Have you played these games before? What is your favorite horror game of all times?

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Games to Revisit in April

I’v been posting a lot less than before I know that but I’m going through some life bumps I could say and I’ve been trying to get my old self back, I miss me honestly and I also miss blogging.

Anyway on to the main topic of this post, GAMES. This month I decided to choose games from Nintendo 3DS since it needs a little bit of love like any other console.

Pokémon Shuffle

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Pokémon Shuffle, similar to Pokémon Battle Trozei, is a puzzle game in which players fight against various Pokémon by matching three or more of the same Pokémon on their bottom of their screen. Players accomplish this by swapping around Pokémon on the bottom of their screen. Players can take up to four support Pokémon with them, some of which can deal additional damage depending on their type (e.g. matching water-type Pokémon causes extra damage to fire-based opponents). Players progress through each stage by defeating the opposing Pokémon within a set number of moves, after which the player receives in-game coins and their Pokémon gain experience. Upon clearing a stage, players will have a chance to catch the Pokémon; the quicker the player defeats a Pokémon, the higher probability they have of catching it. If the player fails to catch it with their first Pokéball, they can spend coins to use Great Balls with a doubled chance of success, or retry the stage at a later date. Defeating Pokémon trainers earns Mega Stones, which allow certain Pokémon (if they have been successfully caught) to undergo Mega Evolution once a player has matched enough of them during a stage, granting bonus effects when matched. Players can also unlock Expert levels, which require the player to defeat a Pokémon within a time limit using unlimited moves.

This game was released on iOS, Android and 3DS, best part it’s FREE. I would say it’s my favorite time wasting game ever, it’s fun but can be frustrating when you run out of hearts which integrates micro-transactions at this point. Unlike Pokémon GO, this game gives you a reason to return to the game each day because it offers daily rewards. I personally would prefer this game over Pokémon GO.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

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As with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Curtain Call is a rhythm video game. Players use characters from across the Final Fantasy series to navigate through songs in rhythm games. Players go through the various stages and modes collecting Rhythm Points: the better the player performs, the more Rhythm Points the player gains at the end of the stage. The game is split up into three different gameplay modes: Field Stages, where the player controls one character, Battle songs, where teams of characters face off against enemies and bosses, and Event Stages, which features songs played against a full-motion video background of the game or film the music is drawn from. A new Versus mode is included where two players face off against each other in multiplayer using the game song.

Easily one of my favorite games ever because one, it has Final Fantasy characters and two, it has over 221 songs from the franchise. I absolutely love Final Fantasy music so I wouldn’t mind staying for hours playing this game.

Hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully it’ll motivate me to post more like before. Thank you for reading and have a nice day.

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Games to Revisit in November

Continuing the new post series I started in October of games I recommend trying each month. I’ll try to limit each post of this series to three games from different consoles with a theme, for last month I chose more horror games because of the Halloween season so this month I’ll be choosing RPGs with great music.

Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (PSOne)

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One of my all time favorite JRPGs ever, I love everything about this game.

The game centers around the adventures of Cornet, a girl who can talk to puppets and has a magical horn that grants wishes, and Kururu, a puppet that has the heart and soul of a human. The majority of the game is about Cornet and Kururu trying to save Prince Ferdinand (whom Cornet is in love with) after he has been turned to stone by the self-proclaimed “most beautiful witch in the world.”The witch, Marjoly, also has a crush on the prince and had meant to put him to sleep, but messed up the spell and accidentally turned him to stone.

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Sounds like a cheesy girly story I know but it’s quite entertaining. The combat system is turn-based but doesn’t really last that long so it’s not as challenging as the typical JRPG would go. Now the game is titled as “A Musical Adventure” so it has few theatrical musical cut-scenes  and they are so addictive, I memorize every song in this game and I still sing them till this day.


Ni No Kuni (PS3)

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If you know me well, you’ll know that I absolutely love Ghibli Studios movies and anything related to it so this game is had be in this list.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, a heart-warming tale of a young boy named Oliver, who embarks on a journey into a parallel world in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Along the way, Oliver makes new friends and adopts many of the wonderful creatures that inhabit the world, raising them to battle other creatures on his behalf as he takes on formidable enemies. Developed by LEVEL-5 with animation by the legendary Studio Ghibli, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch combines beautiful animated visuals, masterful storytelling and a sweeping score into an epic role-playing adventure like no other.

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The game itself is like a Ghibli movie and I love how the graphics is like an anime but also 3D, it’s one of the things I focused on in this game. The music of this game is absolutely amazing and I would say my favorite is the World Map theme it really shows Ghibli element infused within the track.


Persona 3 (PS2)

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After choosing two games on a mellow side of tunes, I had to choose something with more of an upbeat vibe.

Persona 3 follows a group of high school students trying to cope with, understand and accept death in a world surrounded by it, as well as find their own reasons for living. They form a group called SEES in order to investigate the Dark Hour, a mysterious time period between one day and the next that few people are aware of. During the Dark Hour, SEES explores Tartarus, a large tower containing Shadows, creatures that feed on the minds of humans. To fight the Shadows, each member of SEES is able to summon a Persona, a manifestation of their inner self.

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Suicidal emo protagonist with blue hair .. yup I’m already thinking of our children’s names. Persona 3 is my favorite from all Persona games, the story is well-intact and of course the music is really addictive. I always use the OST of this game whenever I’m working, it keeps me alert but still entertained.

I hope you enjoyed this list of three games I recommend checking out for November, let me know your favorite RPGs with great music.

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