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Console Seller, Indeed: Zelda, Breath of the Wild

No, we haven’t bought a Nintendo Switch yet. Though we have discussed doing so. Perhaps in the hope of not making ourselves too excited for a game we otherwise would not be able to play, we haven’t looked up gameplay videos, or even trailers – though we’ve seen things indirectly, through looking up the Nintendo Switch itself. Having the new Zelda title as a release game seems like a good plan, and having it be a really really good Zelda game would of course help. Which seems to be what’s happened…

I mean, we watch most of the React Channel videos, so when we saw it was Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I pushed for us to watch it. Dang it! That game looks absolutely great! The idea that this is a console-selling game looks to be completely valid, especially when you add in the potential for other interesting and good games down the line.

Something we had not at all realized until watching this video: this game is far more of an RPG, or JRPG, than previous Zelda titles have been. Watching Link collect clothing items, weapons off of defeated enemies, things like that – they’re all strong elements of the RPG video game, but not necessarily of past Zelda games. This both fascinated us and made us want the game a bit more, I think.

Do you have Breath of the Wild yet? Is this game making you strongly consider a Nintendo Switch? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Five Great Parts of Final Fantasy VIII – Throwback Thursday

This is a post I look back at fondly, for topic, structure, and concept. This is a post type I may just have to emulate more. And since it’s nostalgia-driven, it’s all still true!

My theory is that most people’s favorite Final Fantasy game is the first one they played. In a lot of ways, this makes sense. Because the series is so self-referential, when you play a later game, the nostalgia you feel takes you back to that first Final Fantasy game you played.

My first Final Fantasy game was Final Fantasy VIII. It was also one of my first console games, back on the PlayStation. So for me, a lot of my expectations of other RPGs, other console games, and other Final Fantasy games, all go back to Final Fantasy VIII.

Final Fantasy VIII is my favorite Final Fantasy game, but that’s something of a rare statement, and the game seems to get a bit of flak from gamers – or is simply ignored. But there are a lot of elements to this game which I love, and so I thought I would write a post in defense of Final Fantasy VIII. Rather than try to defend the plot or game system – which are the parts easiest to be emotionally attached to or turned off by – and instead look at some of the broader items that were interesting in the game.

So here’s my list of five great parts to Final Fantasy VIII!

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – First Impressions

Final Fantasy Type 0 HD

I finally recently picked up Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, one of the first games I was actually interested in for the X-Box One. Well, mostly… it’s a port of a PSP game, with cranked-up graphics. There’s some really solid parts, from fantastic cutscenes, to pretty good third-person action sequences, to a pretty fuzzy world map where you go zipping into active time battles.

One of the first things that I should mention is that this game is rated Mature. That would be an easy fact to miss because, come on, it’s a Final Fantasy game… those are usually rated Teen. However, the decision on this one apparently was that they needed blood. Lots and lots of blood.

However, the blood does a good job of underscoring the serious nature of the story. Four kingdoms, where one decides to invade the others. It actually feels very Avatar: The Last Airbender. Except instead of the fun of that series, you take the more serious tone of Legend of Korra and add in bloody violence to really send the message home…

I’m a couple missions in, so I’ll say a few things about the story, and then about the two aspects to this RPG: action combat, and strategy.

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – First Impressions

I finally recently picked up Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, one of the first games I was actually interested in for the X-Box One. Well, mostly… it’s a port of a PSP game, with cranked-up graphics. There’s some really solid parts, from fantastic cutscenes, to pretty good third-person action sequences, to a pretty fuzzy world map where you go zipping into active time battles.

One of the first things that I should mention is that this game is rated Mature. That would be an easy fact to miss because, come on, it’s a Final Fantasy game… those are usually rated Teen. However, the decision on this one apparently was that they needed blood. Lots and lots of blood.

However, the blood does a good job of underscoring the serious nature of the story. Four kingdoms, where one decides to invade the others. It actually feels very Avatar: The Last Airbender. Except instead of the fun of that series, you take the more serious tone of Legend of Korra and add in bloody violence to really send the message home…

I’m a couple missions in, so I’ll say a few things about the story, and then about the two aspects to this RPG: action combat, and strategy.

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Replaying Final Fantasy V… again

I have played a lot of the Final Fantasy games. Like, a lot. I haven’t played or II yet (have them on my phone), but I’ve beaten III and IVVIX-2played a ton of XIXII and even the DS sequel, the whole XIII trilogy (that one is probably our most blogged, as it’s most recent)… Haven’t played XIV, but might on the PS3 at some point. I’ve been eyeing Type 0-HD as well… add in other assorted games, like DissidiaDimensions, Chocobo’s Dungeon, some Tactics… seriously a lot of Final Fantasy games.

All of which is to say… did you notice that big gaping hole? Final Fantasy V, one of my most-played Final Fantasy games – but I’ve never beaten it.

Final Fantasy V

I’m working on fixing that. I have it on mobile, and have even figured out the Cloud saves – so I can potentially move from playing on my tablet to my phone. It’s mostly been on my tablet, which has been great, since they updated the graphics some too. The names of things have been updated too, although that’s made following along in the strategy guide I have a little harder…

Of course, that’s had me peeking at things online, and I’ve finally figured out the end-goal of the game’s system, something that the strategy guide doesn’t explain, and that the game doesn’t explain. It’s a great system in this game too, the first of the Final Fantasy job systems I encountered. When you master a job, you get those stats – and passive abilities – when you play without a job equipped, or when you play as a Mimic. So your goal, for late-game play, is to have mastered some jobs, and play without a job so that you effectively play as an amalgamation of many jobs…

I’m getting close to the end of world 2, and I’m getting close on mastering some jobs, so it’s nearly time to figure out what this whole game is all about! Plus I’m close to where I’ve gotten in the plot before, so there’s two worlds still to save…

Also, stuff like this!

Also, stuff like this!