Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance

So the demo for KH: Dream Drop Distance hit the eshop this past week. Having had a chance to finally sit down a play it, plus a bit of time to reflect on it, here’s some of my thoughts.

First, I’ll say that I’m still super excited about this game coming out. I love the bight colors of the world(s), and even Traverse Town seems to be brighter some how. The first character interaction you have is with the main character from The World Ends With You. I had tried to play that game (TWEWY) in the past, and had never gotten into it, so I’m rather unfamiliar with most of the characters. I have to say that I do appreciate finally having a character who isn’t like “sure, strange person from another world who I’ve never seen before, please help me with my problems!” Kingdom Hearts wouldn’t be as fun if everyone was like that, but it was a refreshing change of pace, having some one say no. It was a more real interaction between two people who’ve never met, than any other part of any of the Kingdom Hearts games.

Now, on to game play. It took a bit to get used to the “FreeFlow” system, but once I figured out that you can pretty much “FreeFlow” everything, it made things a bit easier. The game is set up in a similar fashion to the previous KH games on the DS, as well as Birth By Sleep on the PSP. You use the circle pad to move, L and R control your camera, A is attack, B is jump, X for your special Skills, and L and Y allow you to “FreeFlow” and you scroll through your spells and special attacks with the D-pad. Combat is fairly intuitive, and has the same familiar feel of other games in the series. One of my favorite aspects, other than the “FreeFlow”, was being able to use your Dream Eater companions. As you attack, a pink meter fills. After it’s full, tap it on the bottom screen, and you and your Dream Eater do a dance like maneuver, with you pressing A, B, X, Y when the music note hits your target circle. I never did very well with it, but I look forward to more practice once the actual game comes out.

Over all, the demo is quite short, and left me wanting more. I can’t wait to play the full game, when it comes out July 31st.

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Pokemon round 2

So, I had my Pokemon White Version, sitting in a little case, and I had left it on the table in the living room, not even thinking about the fact that my dog likes to chew things. It had been sitting there a couple of days, and then this morning, when I woke up, I found that the  case and game had been chewed on by my puppy. He dented it in a few places, including the conductors that the DS reads, as well as breaking some of the thin strips of plastic that go across the conductor on the back of the cart.

I told Dan that I was thinking of trying to put it in the DS anyway, to see if by some crazy chance it would still read. He told me to put it in his DS, instead of my 3DS, so if something happened, like it got stuck, or one of the plastic pieces broke off and got stuck, then his would be cheaper to replace. So I popped it in his DS, and turned on the power, and it recognized the game! So i loaded up my game, and the data was fine as well!

I’ve always been a fan of Nintendo, and now they have me as a fan for life. I know that a PSP game wouldn’t have survived that.

Kingdom Hearts

I’ve always had a lot of love for the Kingdom Hearts games, ever since I borrowed my friends PS2 to play the first one when I should have been taking my finals my first year of college. I ended up beating the game in about two days. I was completely drawn into the story, art, and characters. I’ve always been a fan of Disney, and really enjoyed the Final Fantasy games I had for my PSone. When my friend offered to let me play Kingdom Hearts, I couldn’t pass it up.

Fast forward a few years, to when Kingdom Hearts 2 came out. I was beyond thrilled. By then I had my own PS2 to play on, and even bought the collectors edition strategy guide. It was just as much fun as I remembered the first one being. I’d play for hours, and not even realize the time had passed. Kingdom Hearts 2 brought even more Disney and Square Enix characters into the KH world, along with the return of some old friends.

There’s been 4 “spin-off” games, all on handhelds, that I’ve gotten to play as well. While Chain of Memories, and 358/2 days were a struggle to play, despite my love of the story, Birth by Sleep and re:Coded are both amazing. I love Birth by Sleep, because you see a side of Kingdom Hearts that’s never been seen before. You meet characters before they were villains, and it added so much to the KH universe. It answered a lot of questions, but also created more. Re:coded I just started playing. I’ve already logged close to 5 hours in the game, once again neglecting my school work for game play (I’m sensing a pattern here…). It’s so much fun to play a different version of the first Kingdom Hearts, and remember what it was like that very first time.

My amazing, tolerant husband, who knows how much I love the games, has ordered me Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance for my birthday. I can’t wait to see this new side, to once again play as both Sora and Riku. I’m getting the Mark Mastery edition, and I can’t wait to see how Square Enix works with the Augmented Reality aspect of the 3DS. I’m also excited about the 3DS case, and the art cards.

I sincerely hope that KH: 3D is everything people want it to be, and will be another great installment of an already great series.

Pokemon

Dan and I were arguing over whether or not non-legendary pokemon didn’t evolve. He claimed there were some, but not many. I swore there was more than he thought. So I looked it up, via Bulbagarden.

I got half way through reading off the list, before he said “okay, fine, you proved your point.”

Being right is awesome!

Maplestory Fun

Conversation between myself, my husband, and Maplestory.

Me: Get off my screen you dick.

Dan: That isn’t very nice.

Me: Well, I’m down here killing grizzlies. Then he comes in, comes down to where I am, and starts killing my grizzles. So i started kill-shoting him. *pause* and now he’s changed channels. Because that’s how Mercedes roll.

Nintendo’s E3 Press conference

So, Nintendo’s conference was mostly about Wii U. And here’s some of the high points (in my opinion)

Miiverse – It seems like a combination of StreetPass and Swapnote from the 3DS. But what’s fun is that people can leave comments in your games with advice or tips.

The Wii U is also getting its own edition of Batman: Arkham City, with 2 exclusive armored costumes for Batman and Catwoman. I haven’t played Arkham City at all yet, so this seems appealing, depending on the price point for the Wii U.

I do like the extra way that the screen controller can connect and be used with games, or be used entirely on it’s own.

They also talked about the new Pikmin game. Which isn’t my thing, but looks beautiful.

The new Super Mario Bros game looks pretty good. And I’m looking forward to the Super Mario Bros 2 on the 3DS, as well as the Paper Mario game. I have a huge love for Paper Mario, and I can’t wait to be able to take it with me.

The way Just Dance 4 is going to work on the Wii U is interesting. I’m glad they’re including a way for those who don’t want to dance, or if you have more than 4 people, to be involved with controlling the moves on the Wii U controller.

ZombieU looks pretty cool, and way better than some of the other “hardcore” games that have been put out for motion controls and the like.

Nintendoland looks pretty neat. I like that there’s different “attractions” based on popular Nintendo franchises, and can see this selling like Super Smash Brothers.

Oh, and Scribblenauts!  I enjoy the hell out of this series, so I’m looking forward to Scribblenauts Ultimate for both the Wii U and 3DS. In the Wii U version (and I”ll be interested to see if it’s in the 3DS version as well) you not only can use nouns and adjectives, but also make and share your own creations. In the trailer, they showed a dog combined with a car. That kind of thing is just what the Scribblenauts franchise needed, and I can’t wait to see what people come up with.

I am disappointed that there was so little time dedicated to the 3DS as this is my main Nintendo system, and I’m not super interested in the Wii U at this time, because of the cost of it, but I probably will want to pick it up eventually. Especially since they’ve announced that you can use two of the screen controllers with it.

Nintendo does look like they’re trying to get back some of the hardcore gamers that they lost with the release of the Wii. As far as that goes, I’m pretty sure the only place Nintendo can go from where they are now, is up.

The new controller they have is incredibly innovative, and I sincerely hope that it works as well as they’ve been showing it to work.

Tomorrow night at 6pm PT Nintendo is doing another conference about more of the games. I’m looking forward to seeing what that press conference holds in store.

Tell Harlequin

So, about 3 or 4 years ago, I signed up for the Tell Harlequin reader panel. I knew that they would send me free books, and while they really weren’t my thing, I knew my grandmother enjoyed romance novels. Well, a few months after I got married, my grandmother passed away. And I continued getting these books to read. So I started reading them. And I discovered, that even though they were total trash, I enjoyed them.

So I started reviewing them when I got the surveys for them, and 3 years later, I’m still getting these books.  I’ve only gotten two I really didn’t like, and they just came recently. I apologize Brenda Jackson, but your books aren’t my thing.

I did pick up the Shades of Grey trilogy, and while I’ve already read them, I think i’m going to re-read them with the critical eye I’m learning to develop in class. If/when I do this, I’ll post my thoughts about them here.

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