For the past several years, I have intended to return to Final Fantasy XII for my second playthrough. But, as is often the case, what I intend to do and what actually happens are two very different things. I repeatedly had other games to play, keeping the twelfth numbered installment in the Final Fantasy series on the shelf. Plus, I have to admit that I always had a bit of a grudge against the game. I remembered being pretty apathetic towards the characters, I wasn’t very fond of a politics-related storyline, and… Now this last one is kind of silly, but…I thought the game was too big.
Too big, eh? I like large open worlds to explore far more than I like cramped or linear stages with little freedom to move around. I love searching through every nook and cranny and discovering new things, a task that is, naturally, far more rewarding in a large world than a small one. And yet, I recall several times in the past saying I didn’t like FF12 because it was too big. What’s the deal?
It was this past year that I finally got around to playing all four games of the Sly Cooper series, a series I fell in love with, in fact, within the first hour. The whole stealth gameplay was very new to me, and I also greatly enjoyed the characters. One other area where this game really shines is its locations. You see, the Sly Cooper universe takes place in a world very similar to Earth, except it is populated by anthropomorphic animals rather than people, a fact I found quite entertaining indeed. And so, to celebrate a new favorite series of mine, this list is dedicated to my six favorite locations in the Sly Cooper series. Continue reading Listmas 2016: Top 6 Locations in Sly Cooper→
In this season of giving and good will towards all, it would only be fair for at least one Listmas list to give some attention to the oft under-appreciated sidekicks of gaming. It can be easy for said sidekicks to get lost within the shadow of the more famed hero of the game, but that doesn’t mean they are any less important, for they are so often there to provide the hero with advice and support or, at the very least, give voice to those silent protagonists out there. This is for you, sidekicks. Continue reading Listmas 2016: An Ode to Sidekicks→
Some of you reading may know that I’ve been running a fighting game series over on United We Game’s YouTube channel called “Not Zangief.” I started it as a way to revisit a number of games from my past, and, of course, to simply play more fighting games. In recent years, I’ve just not played many as other, non-fighting games have taken center stage. But growing up, however, fighting games were regular fixture in my household. Street Fighter was preferred, but the occasional Mortal Kombat game slipped in there too. When I moved out and, eventually, met my husband, I found a kindred soul, someone who enjoyed fighting games as much if not more than I did. And his preferred platform was also Street Fighter, with the occasional dash of Mortal Kombat.
Over the years we collected a number of different fighting game titles, most of them centering on dragon punches and fatalities. But not all of them did. Plenty of other fighting games came and went. Some of them became favorites – Bloody Roar, Killer Instinct Gold – while others fell by the waist side (Primal Rage, I’m lookin’ at you). Many of the games were inspired, in some way, by the Street Fighter games, particularly when it came to move sets. (That quarter-turn, half-turn muscle memory really sticks!) But these games were unique properties all on their own, even if they took a cue or two from the “old standards.”
Sometimes when a piece of music resonates with us, we don’t always know why. While playing through the original Sly Cooper trilogy recently, I greatly enjoyed the games’ soundtrack, with some songs catching my fancy more than others, as is to be expected. There was one song in particular in Sly 2, however, that really stuck with me. I initially thought it had perhaps simply gotten stuck in my head, and I played on, through Sly 3 and eventually halfway through Sly 4 (as of writing this post). And yet, despite all the time that had passed, I just couldn’t get the song out of my head. Continue reading Resonance: The Cabins from Sly 2→
At long last, I have done it. After getting 100% in the entire Sly Collection, including the mini games (they are not worth your time; I only played them to get my last few trophies), I can safely say I am the Sly series’ newest fan. Before I get into my thoughts on the series as a whole, I still have a few finishing words about Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. Continue reading Newcomer Alert: The Completion of the Sly Collection→