Kingdom Hearts 358/2 – What are friends for? (Besides sea salt ice cream)

Kingdom Hearts is back. This time to tell the story of Roxas, Axel and Organization XIII. The best compliment I can give this game is that it has made me want to unquit the abomination that was Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and give it another shot. That game’s stupid card system really pissed me off. But anyway this post was about 358/2.

Axel, Xion and Roxas eating ice cream
Roxas, Xion and Axel chillin’. Source.

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Persona 4 is the most fulfilling game I’ve ever played

Chie, Yukiko, Rise and Naoto playing games

There’s only a handful of games that have gripped me completely. Knights of the Old Republic is the first that comes to mind, for its tremendous story and gameplay. Ocarina of Time is up there, simply because it was the first game in which I felt completely immersed in a 3D world. Half-Life 2 is up there, partly for its story and gameplay and partly because when you talk about "cinematic" gameplay, no game does it better. And then there was Persona 3 FES, which caught me completely by surprise, but melded elements of RPGs and dating sims so perfectly, and so addictively.

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Makai Senki Disgaea Impressions – Just 3 Years Late

Apparently the Disgaea anime adaptation came out in 2006, but I only recently found out about it. Plus, since I only recently played the game less than a year ago, I give myself the benefit of doubt for writing a 3-year late impressions post. Pffft, not that I need to in the first place.

Disgaea anime Flonne Etna Laharl
Are there any better animation studios out there?

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What’s the deal with Chrono Trigger?

chronotrigger I hope I don’t invite the wrath of Chrono Trigger fanboys, but having heard so many great things about Chrono Trigger and missing out on it during its Super Nintendo glory days, I thought I’d give the DS version a shot (I was a Sega Genesis fanboy in those days, building my chops on games like NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat, Madden and Street Fighter. Ironically, I’ve owned every other Nintendo console, except the one many consider its best, but I digress).

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Disgaea DS… so addicting

Almost 60 hours through Disgaea DS, and I still haven’t finished Etna’s Story. Much less gotten the good ending (damn exploding Prinnies), and visited the human world, the cave of ordeals or any of the alternate universe neitherworlds. Apparently, you can reach level 9,999 in this game (and more if you “reincarnate” your character). Based on how quickly I’ve been leveling, I don’t know how many years you’d have to play to get to that point, but nevertheless, it’s a really addicting game. The story’s witty and hilarious, and the gameplay’s unique enough where I haven’t really gotten too tired of it. Maybe it’s the randomly generating boards. Maybe it’s the geo panels. Maybe it’s because it’s constantly challenging.

Luminous Arc 2 – the review

So I mentioned before that I only decided to buy this game because Atlus was running 61Qr4Wq0N6L._SS400_a holiday promo that offered a free art book and music CD with the game. The first game was easy enough and interesting enough to convince me to play the second game (I mean, I’d bought it, so why not). The second game is an improvement on the first and definitely worth a play for SRPG novices and fans.

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Thoughts on Tales of the Abyss

It struck me as I watched the anime version of TotA at how good the English dubbing voiceover is for the game. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have the original Japanese version as a frame of reference, but I think NAMCO did a fantastic job of picking the voice actors for the game. Jade has that perfect arrogant, sarcastic tone. Tear. Luke/Asch sound good in vascillating between arrogant and insecure. American Tear has a lower voice than Yukana Nogami does on the anime series, but I like it just as well. And Anise, Guy and Natalia sound good as well. The only one I didn’t like was Mieu’s voice, it took a while to grow on me. It was more annoying than cute. I don’t know if that’s what they were going for, but it made me fully support Luke’s abuse of Mieu early in the game. On the flip side, Japanese Mieu just sounds really cute, which is I think what they were going for. If I remember correctly, I NAMCO did a good job with Tales of Symphonia too, so maybe picking good VO is one of their strong points. Continue reading “Thoughts on Tales of the Abyss”