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.

Sony’s E3 press conference

So we’ve been watching Sony’s press conference, because it’s one of the first I’ve had time to watch. Here’s some thoughts on it

The Wonderbook thing is kind of cool, but I can already see some people taking HUGE issue with some of the books. Like Book of Spells.

This press conference is really making me miss having a PS3. I think I’ll have to pick one up when I have a bit of extra money.

The Beyond game they showed as their very first game looks absolutely amazing. I’m hoping that it will be well received, and I’m beyond thrilled that they’ve created a female main character, that doesn’t look like she’s a damsel in distress.

The Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal looks *so* much like Smash Brothers Brawl. It still looks awesome, and I can’t wait to see more gameplay footage, and find out more of the characters that are going to be involved.

The new Assassins Creed game looks good, but the only deterring factor for me would be the ships. I don’t do well with driving games, and if I have to steer the ship, I think I’d quickly lose interest. If it’s not a huge aspect of the game, it might not be bad. I’ll have to learn more, before I decide if it’s a game I’m seriously interested in.

Did I miss something? Since when could Kratos control time? It’ll give the game an interesting new dimension, however, and actually makes me intrigued. I’ve never had much interest in God of War, outside of the mythology of it, but this could be pretty cool.

Last of Us looks interesting. Not really my thing, as far as the game play goes, but I’ll be keeping my eye out for playthroughs on youtube and the like.

Overall, pretty impressive. Bravo Sony.

Start of a new blog

I have another blog, that I rarely use, over at rissaisastarsapphire.wordpress.com

 

I decided to start another, to blog about nerdy things. Comics, video games, books, and whatever other nerdy nonsense I can think of.

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