August 30, 2013

That's A Wrap: Shining Force 2

warning: may contain spoilers

That's a wrap! For real this time! Shining Force 2 on my beloved Genesis.

I've got mad love for this game. It's one of the first RPGs I vividly remember from my childhood - which is saying something. One of the best parts about replaying this, is how much I can immediately recall as I play through the game.
To be honest, I'm not sure how to write this entry. It's tricky to write about retro games because they can't really be held to the same standards as today's games, and I'm pretty sure I'd just end up writing the same love letter to them all anyway. So instead, I'm going to walk you through my experience this time 'round, maybe throw in some tips for anyone who plans on taking on this masterpiece in the near future - and hopefully mildly entertain those who aren't - and point out video game-y things along the way.

When you pop the cartridge into the Genny, you're immediately treated like a movie audience. Before anything else, there's a pretty lengthy intro sequence setting up the story. You learn to hate Slade before he's even introduced to you! What follows is, of course, the iconic Shining Force 2 theme and your start menu, after which you meet some creepy old lady who asks you to set up your game.

That's A Wrap: Shining Force 2


That's a wrap on Shining Force 2!


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August 13, 2013

That's A Wrap: Eternal Sonata

warning: may contain spoilers

That's a wrap! Add Eternal Sonata to the "games I've played" list. This game has been a bit of a whirlwind, and according to my twitter friends I'm not the only one who thinks so. This is my most requested/anticipated blog to date, so I will try to cover all the bases to give you guys all the information you need to decide whether this is worth a play or a revisit. My goal is to keep it linear and making sense, as I have about 30,000 opinions to reiterate here and I fear I may not be able to organize them.

My brother and I share the similar taste in video games, and when I told him I had finally accepted the Xbox360 into my life he gave me a few of his favorite RPGs to try. Eternal Sonata was amongst these culprits. In theory, it's a great match for me. I am a classically trained musician, I began on the piano and Chopin was (and still is) one of my favorite pianists and composers. I was really interested to see how the video game world would treat our dear Chopin. Additionally, it's a gorgeous Japanese RPG, and those are right up my alley.

Shall we begin at the beginning? No. Because I have no idea where the beginning is. It sort of takes a while for the pieces to fall into place so that you have an idea of what this game is even about, and frankly, I'm still not sure if it's an ode to Chopin or a random fantasy about a girl named Polka. Also, how long before some celebrity names their kid 'Polka'? It seems, in the beginning, to be two separate stories altogether, and they eventually intertwine. The point of the story isn't extremely clear, which leads me to make horrible jokes.

August 01, 2013

That's A Wrap: Mass Effect

warning: may contain spoilers

I know Mass Effect is old news to most, but I received a lot of great feedback on twitter during my playthrough, so maybe a newcomer's opinion will spark up some fun. That said...

That's a wrap! A timespan I can't even measure in July 2013 was devoted to slowly hacking away at, and then eventually becoming addicted to Mass Effect on Xbox360.

Shall we begin at the beginning? The setting and story had me hooked right away. ME is kind of tugging at my Sci-Fi heart strings a bit and I thought the premise of the game was great. You get to make a bunch of decisions about your lead character before the game even begins, so you have an idea what you're working with, and the introduction of other characters is steady and appropriate. I didn't find at any point in the game I was confused or lost or unable to follow the story, which is a good sign; it was consistent, linear and entertaining.

I ended up choosing a female Shepard at the suggestion of my twitter friends. She's a bitchy, Earth-born Vanguard I affectionately refer to as LoShep. I chose Vanguard because the reputation surrounding biotics is favorable, but having never played the game before I knew I'd be relying on guns at some points or another. I never did master biotics, but I did fall madly in love with my shotgun, so I think I picked the right one.