Friday, December 27, 2019

2019 Gaming Overview

So 2019 is coming to a close, and I thought I would point out some of the main highlights of games that I played this year. Keep in mind that not all of these games came out this year, but they are the ones that I played the most/really enjoyed from this year, what I liked about them, and maybe what I think could be improved. It's taking more of the form of a top-5 list, in no particular order. Enjoy!

1. Pokemon Sword 
Well, I got this game on its release date, and I was hooked from the start. I had been excited for it basically all year, and so I beat it and its post game in a matter of two or three weeks. I really liked almost all of the characters, because they have diverse personalities and (especially with Hop, who may or may not secretly be Sans) have deeper and more realistic personalities that most other rivals from previous games. I also really like the Wild Area concept (possibly more than I should) but after you've been there... you've been there. Once you've done some Max Raids and caught all the Pokemon you want, at least I just find myself biking around aimlessly. It probably won't happen, but it would be interesting to see NPCs that would maybe come to the Wild Area and set up some sort of shop, with you having a random selection of them every day. Something like that would make it a lot more fun and interesting to find out which NPCs and where they were each day.

2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
This game has been out for quite a while, and I've had it for quite a while, but with New Horizons, well... on the horizon, I was especially determined to work on my New Leaf town, knowing that New Horizons would probably take its place as my main Animal Crossing game when it comes out. So I've been playing New Leaf nearly every day, and will continue to do so at least until New Horizons.

3. Stardew Valley
Again, another game that came out a while ago, and to be honest I've had it for a long time, but I only started really getting into it recently this year. I believe it was around late August or early September that I really started playing it regularly because I found out that a few of my friends played it, and we all started playing it together. So I've been playing it a lot so as not to fall behind my friends, and I've basically fallen in love with it. There are so many different things you can do, and although the game is aimed to be a farming simulator, you don't have to farm at all if you don't want to - there are many different ways to have your game focus on.

4. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
This is probably the game I've had the most fun exploring all year. The world is so big, and every time I start playing, it seems like there is a whole new area that usually takes me hours and hours to explore. Story-wise, they added an interesting twist to other Zelda games; I really like the concept of the Divine Beasts. In all honesty, I find the Divine Beasts themselves to be kind of tedious, but at the same time it makes sense that they would be difficult, considering they are quite literally Divine Beasts. Anyways, I can't wait to see where they take BOTW 2!

5. Little Town Hero
I watched the Nintendo Direct that announced LTH a day or so late, but my friends and I had heard rumors about Sans being in SSBU, and when I could confirm it, I was already going a little bit insane over it. I saw the thing for LTH, and right when it started, I was thinking "Okay this looks really cool." Honestly I was thinking that it seemed like a combination of a lot of my favorite games. Then I heard the soundtrack was by Toby Fox, and between those two things I was sold, and I didn't regret it! Little Town Hero is definitely a smaller game, but the Hearthstone-style battle mechanics and diverse characters definitely make it a game worth picking up.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Five Nights at Freddy's 3

(possible spoilers happening maybe)
So I know I'm really late to this, but I recently started playing FNaF 3 and I'm actually still only on night 3, but I thought I could do a first-impressions sort of thing.
So the first thing I have to say about it is SPRINGTRAP. So far, at least, he's been the only one to kill me, but I can't seem to avoid him! Good things and bad things can both come of this. First, it adds sort of a puzzle element to the game - figure out how to keep Springtrap away. But on the flip side of things, it gets really frustrating when you die to Springtrap and only Springtrap countless times. Or maybe I'm just missing something.
Anyway, it is my personal opinion that Phantom Balloon Boy should be one of the death animatronics. He is way more terrifying than Springtrap, at least to me he is, and honestly when I saw Springtrap at the door I prepared myself for an almost inevitable jumpscare, but when I was checking the vents and Phantom Balloon boy suddenly appeared, I screamed every time, which probably confused all the normal people in the vicinity of the area, but seriously, he jumpscares me and I start hyperventilating in real life, and then I fix the ventilation and panic because I don't know where Springtrap is. But I love it. I know that not everyone likes scaring themselves, but if you're like me and you do, Phantom Balloon Boy.
Anyways, I could probably go on for hundreds of thousands of pages about Fnaf 3, but in my personal opinion, it does have some cons, as does everything, but the pros definitely outweigh said cons and I definitely recommend this game to anyone who hasn't played it but wants to play a horror game of some sort.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

We FiNaLlY got Animal Crossing Switch news! And this is going to be my opinion on what I saw so far. I've watched the trailer and the TreeHouse, so if there's something I'm missing... Tell me please XD

Anyway, onto my thoughts. First of all, they answered (one of) our wishes! I saw so many people whose AC Switch (No, I do not mean air conditioner switch, though that sounds like a great meme) wishlists consisted of mainly "Not amiibo Festival", and even though I don't have that game, apparently people think it's terrible! But it looks like we got a main-series AC game, except they put a different twist on it. Apparently we're flying to an island with Nook and two villagers! That reminds me of Wild World, which I'm pretty sure was the one where we only start out with two villagers, but in every game until now, the animals have lived in the town for who knows how much longer than you, but this time they're starting out at the same time as you with the same stuff as you.
And, of course, we can FINALLY place furniture outside! And we can move it in half-spaces! This is a miracle, everyone! We need to celebrate!!
Also, we have to take a look at the crafting. Apparently some people dislike this idea, but I personally think it's a cool new concept to add to the game. I also heard that, thankfully, Isabelle will be making a comeback! People were going insane over the fact that Isabelle wasn't mentioned in the trailer or TreeHouse, but we did get news confirming that Isabelle will come back.
And then we also have to discuss the Nook Phone. I definitely think that it's a cool new concept, but if you didn't know already, Tom Nook is my worst enemy from the game, except possibly Resetti, but more on him later. If he gives me a free phone, that's great, but if we have to pay for it, then they're just running out of ideas for ways for us to waste our Bells.
But, of course, the most important part is that we're FINALLY FREE OF RESETTI! I know that some fans are super upset about his removal from the game, but this is great news for me! I will never forget the time I was playing with a friend, but then the friend accidentally took the cartridge out of their 3DS before they left my town, and the game crashed and then a picture of Resetti sat there frozen on the screen. That kind of ruined all my previous, and partially nonexistant, fondness for Resetti. Then, of course, when we went back on, he yelled at us, and... Well, yeah, that happened.
And the last thing I want to talk about is the graphics. I'm just gonna talk about them briefly because I don't have a super strong opinion on them, but I think they look good! They're definitely an improvement to past games, but they're still simple enough to look Animal Crossing-y. I've heard a few people complain that they don't look good enough, but part of AC games is the simple, unique style of art, which I think they did really well on the Switch without over-complicating it too much.

Well, that was my thoughts on Animal Crossing: New Horizons! And now we just sit around and wait forever for it to come out!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Sans from Undertale... In Minecraft!

I made a giant Sans statue from Undertale in Minecraft... Pappy, you're next!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

What Is Mimikyu?

Before I start talking about Mimikyu, I need to tell you a few things. If you don't know what Mimikyu is, it is a Pokémon that has a strange costume resembling a Pikachu. However, the description says that if you look under it's disguise, you will die. :0
So me and a friend came up with a theory and some evidence of what is under the disguise.
So, our theory is that Mimikyu is actually Missingno. If you don't know what Missingno is, it is a glitch Pokémon appearing in Red, Blue, and Yellow. In order to find it, you have to talk to the Old Man who teaches you how to catch Pokémon. As the battle goes, your name is temporarily changed to Old Man. Your actual name is mistakenly put in the area where the game stores wild Pokémon data which is not being used at the time. Right after you get taught, fly to Cinnabar Island and Surf on the west edge, right on the very edge. You may encounter a glitch called Missingno, and there are a few things you should know about it. First, if your name doesn't have certain characters in certain places, you might not encounter a Missingno. Also, Missingno has many different sprites it can appear as. There is also a glitch Pokémon called 'M, which is basically the same as Missingno. As well as that, it can be over level 100, which is not supposed to happen. If you catch a Missingno or 'M, your game will eventually glitch out and crash because you have something you are not supposed to have. This is worst in Pokémon Yellow.
Why do we think Missingno is Mimikyu? This is a theory almost no one has ever thought about, but we have good reasons behind it. First, I will debunk a common theory: that Mimikyu is the ghost of a Clefairy. This has good reasoning - Clefairy was meant to be the mascot - Pikachu was never meant to exist, it was never planned to be, until a new creator drew Pikachu and one thing led to another. That makes sense, as Clefairy would be jealous of Pikachu and would want to take all the popularity back for itself, just as Mimikyu wants the love Pikachu gets. However, this theory has one hole - why can't you look under the disguise? You can look at a Clefairy or a Pokémon ghost or zombie with no problem, so that's where this theory fails. However, there were originally going to be 190 Gen 1 Pokémon, but there were some Missingno, which knew they weren't supposed to exist. Wishing it could exist and be loved, it became Mimikyu, hoping to have that last chance. And here's how our theory makes sense when the Clefairy one doesn't: You can't look under the costume because it would corrupt your game - and the video game characters' literal lives ARE the game, so if your game is corrupted, they 'die'. Therefore, if a game character saw Missingno under Mimikyu's costume, they would get corrupted, aka death, as the descriptions hint at.
Well, I hope this was interesting, and hopefully we helped you see this from a different point of view. Just remember that we don't know what Mimikyu really is yet, and this is just one of the many theories out there.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Fantasy Life Review

Fantasy Life is a game for the 2/3DS that is not super well-known. It's an adventure game with a huge map to explore in, and I'm going to talk about the pros and cons of this game.

-A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE GAME-

This is a game where you are able to customize your character and even choose your "Life", or occupation, job, whatever you want to call it, such as Paladin, Wizard, Fisherman, Tailor, Alchemist, Cook, and a lot of others. This is a really cool part of the game that I have not seen in many, if any, other video games. I really like being able to customize myself that much, and I also like that even if you're not a Paladin, Wizard, or Mercenary, you can still learn to fight, and I think it's especially cool that you are able to change your Life mid-game, basically whenever you want. You can also do the game at your own pace, because it's split up into chapters, but in between chapters, you have to fulfill special requests to move on to the next chapter, often reviewing what you learned or hearing about new things from a character who is constantly with you.

-TIPS YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN PLAYING-

Having played through the game at least two or three times, this is one of my favorite games and I like to experiment with different Lives and finding secrets and secretly having moved so many times that I have almost no Dosh because I was too picky with my house... (you didn't hear anything) I have a few tips I wish I had known when I started the game. The most important tip is the fact that Butterfly's Requests are what you have to complete to continue with the story. Kind of like how in my first Animal Crossing New Leaf town I ATE my perfect fruit, I got stuck in Fantasy Life because I couldn't figure out how to go onto the next chapter because I wasn't aware that Butterfly's Requests are essential to the game. Also, if you are starting the game, I would advise you to try out at least one fighting-based Life, even if it's not your starting Life, because it DOES help you fight, and the more Lives you try, the better.

-PROS OVERVIEW-

-Can customize your character a lot and it has an effect on the game
-Can go at your own pace
-Great storyline
-Huge world to explore
-Multiplayer is available

-CONS OVERVIEW-

-For me, at least, it can be tricky to earn Dosh when there isn't an active Dosh-earning thing happening
-In my experience, it is impossible to get all of the Bliss Bonuses

-CONCLUSION-

Fantasy Life is an amazing game, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a really good adventure game. The pros outweigh the cons by an almost infinite amount, and it is overall one of the best games I've ever played. If you like adventure games, definitely pick this one up - it is a unique game and deserves to be more well-known than it already is. If you like relaxed games, this could also be an option, as there are many ways to play this game - you can head for the Elderwood at night and kill everything in sight or you can rent a Horse and have a nice ride through the West Grassy Plains, then go shop for furniture to decorate your house with. So, yeah, that's about it for me talking about how incredibly great this game is!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

My Initial Thoughts on Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Yesterday I got the game Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, and I am going to share some of my initial thoughts on the game.
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I have not played super far into the game at all, but so far it seems really cool! They have drastically improved on moving furniture around, and it's so nice not to have to manually push it around, especially since every day you design a home or building. It's also fun to be able to look up exactly which furniture you need instead of waiting months upon months to find one piece of furniture, to hear me complain about that more, see my AC:NL review. XD
Anyway, it seems like a really cool spin-off, and so far it has had enough events to keep me not bored of doing the same thing over and over again.
So, here's a list of the pros and cons of this game SO FAR...
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-Pros Overview-

-Moving furniture is so much better than regular AC games.
-Fun to decorate so many homes
-You can decorate town buildings as well

-Cons Overview-

-Will get boring to do the same decorating over and over again in the future
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That's honestly about it for this Initial Thoughts, and once I've played more of the game, I will be back with a review for the game.