October 28, 2013

Kicking Gnomes: Autumn 2013

Well here's something new. Introducing 'Kicking Gnomes,' a blog where I can share my game and game-related finds and purchases! I'm not yet sure how I'm going to go about this, as I purchase sporadically (I'm not as hardcore as some of you!) and I've not yet thought of a system that guarantees both frequent and full blogs. But for now, here's a blog showing a few things I've picked up over the last month or two!

For the PS3,
I recently caved into purchasing Valkyria Chronicles and The Last of Us. I actually know virtually nothing about VC except that it's got a decent reputation; everyone (including the chap that sold it to me) seems to think it's a really great game. A first impression play leads me to believe it's almost like a video game version of RISK. It's really beautiful and I look forward to playing it.

October 13, 2013

That's A Wrap: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

warning: may contain spoilers

That's a wrap! Someone cross Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch off my list.

I'm sure I don't need to remind of you how highly anticipated this game was at its release earlier this year, and many of you have already played it and either loved it or hated it. (More love than hate, according to my non-existent research, a.k.a. Twitter).
My fist impression of this game occurred as I was loading it on my PS home screen. I thought to myself, "Jesus. Even the loading music is impressive." So I suppose we'll start there for a change. Y'know, shake things up a bit.
Allow me to preface this by saying I am absolutely a fan of Studio Ghibli's movies, and in turn am absolutely a fan of regular Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi. That said, I was pretty much sold on the Ni No Kuni OST without even hearing it. (In case you don't understand. OST stands for original soundtrack, the music in the film/game). Having spent many nights in bed reading books to the NNK OST, I've concluded that this is definitely no black mark on Hisaishi's resume. He has a magnificent way of making magical music that suits Ghibli's works so well, and this soundtrack is no exception. The orchestra sounds massive, diverse, and the music they play is characteristically enchanting. At the end of the day, I'd say only 4 or 5 tracks are completely astounding, but the rest of album definitely makes par. Or maybe Bridle. My favorite is 'The Fairyground'!
The only noticeable downside to the music is that it wasn't written or recorded to loop, so it sounds kind of strange in-game, constantly ending and restarting. I also noticed that the soundtrack (on iTunes) is incomplete! There are tracks missing!

When I first heard Studio Ghibli was going to help develop a video game, I was excited because Ghibli's films never fail to impress me. I had high standards for the game and was interested to see if they'd be able to carry over the studio's distinct style and quality over to the video game world. They absolutely did. This game is gorgeous. Very familiar art style, bright and colorful; a little bit strange, conceptually, but gorgeous. The effects blend in well and constantly remind me of Studio Ghibli films.

October 12, 2013

Don't Panic: A Guide To And Then She Games

Included with your purchase is this guide to AndThenSheGames.com and a limited edition attitude problem in the form of one Lo Burton.

I've gotten a lot of feedback regarding content and updates, so I'm going to start adding new content to the website. I've always got a few ideas cooking in the back of my mind, but it's going to be a while before I can really implement them all.

Also, should you have any questions after reading an article, or wish that I'd add something, please say so! Each article I write grows and varies slightly, as I try to cover all the bases and include everything I notice or think of. Feedback is good!

In the meantime, I'm going to provide a quick guide to 'And Then She Games'. If you haven't noticed, all of my article titles have a sort of "classification" preceding the game/subject(s) they discuss. This is my effort to organize my thoughts and deliver them to you in an predictable fashion. So, as I add new content, I'll invent new article types to accommodate it.

Below is a list of the types of content you will find on And Then She Games henceforth:

October 10, 2013

Minor Distraction: Final Fantasy IV

To make up for the complete lack of posting lately I'm going to introduce a new type of article tonight: Minor Distraction! Minor Distractions will function an awful lot like "That's A Wrap!" entries, except they will be few and far in between because they will feature games that I play passively, and usually on a handheld device.
First up: continuing with my backward saunter through the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy IV!
I have no idea when I began playing it, you can probably bet it was shortly after I finished FFV and VI, if anyone wants do dig up that article. To switch things up a bit I decided the play the DS remake for the first time.

warning: I tried to go easy on the spoilers, but I can't sugarcoat everything!

If you've been reading my site and/or following me on twitter, you likely know by now that I'm the RPG Queen, and I've got a lot of love for the Final Fantasy series in general, so I'll spare you the love letter and try to focus on key things here.
Chief among them: the reboot-ness of the game. I'm surprised and disappointed in the DS reboots of FF III and IV. III doesn't score a lot of points with me to begin with so I wasn't too heartbroken when I found the DS reboot of that to be lackluster, but I'm saddened that IV followed suit.
FFIV is by no means my favorite FF, in fact it ranks relatively low on my list (see Chronicles: FF), however, it has a lot of nostalgia points for me; I remember playing the original version on SNES many moons (tee hee) ago, and loving it for its growth (of the series) and its neat story. IV has some of the best plot twists and interesting concepts - i.e. the underworld and moon realms, things we hadn't really seen in previous FFs - and the way the villain is tied to the protagonist.