Video Game Recommendation: World of Final Fantasy

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Platform: Playstation 4

Rating: E10+

Genre: Japanese Role-Playing Game

First Released: October 25, 2016

Part of a Series? Nope! Play away! It helps if you’ve played other Final Fantasy games, but it’s not necessary at all!

Brief Synopsis:

With charming, stylized visuals for both the young and the young at heart, players will collect, raise and battle iconic monsters by stacking them to form adorable yet strategic monster towers. Two siblings journey to a mysterious land to rediscover their lost memories. In this peculiar place where stacking things on one’s head is perfectly normal, the young monster tamers will encounter new friends and familiar Final Fantasy heroes as they learn the truth about their pasts.

Commentary:

This game is SUPER FUN! Like I mean really ultra super duper ridiculously fun (and addictive)! It’s kind of a weird mix of Pokemon and Final Fantasy rolled into one. There’s no actual pokemon or anything in it, but it has similar elements, definitely. They both have the thing where you need to gather up little creatures for your party and use them to help you win battles, level them up, love them, squeeze them and call them George.   

And did I mention puns? SO MANY PUNS. IT’S AMAZING. (Or your worst nightmare, you do you.) The dialogue is witty, silly and keeps the game moving. The plot moves at a pretty speedy pace, but not so much that it’s overwhelming. There are plenty of side quests to keep you busy as well if you don’t want the story to go by so fast.

The art style is also ridiculously cute. It’s a fun, lighthearted game for those who just want something to play in between srs biz games like Nier Automata (that game will break your heart and brain).

It has an adventure log too that’s easily accessed so if you take a long break from it, you won’t be lost. That has happened to me waaaaaaay too many times. I’M LOOKING AT YOU, DARK CLOUD 2. WHY DO I ALWAYS TAKE A BREAK AT THE SAME SPOT? I GOTTA STOP DOING THAT. Anyways.

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World of Final Fantasy is a great game for lovers of the series or newcomers. It’s a friendly, upbeat romp. Check it out today!
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Ashe

Tuesday, September 26: Injustice 2 Tournment

Have you been playing the new Injustice game since it came out back in May? Sick of beating all your usual buddies in matches? Join us for our Injustice 2 Tournament on Tuesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. in the Vortex!

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Test your mettle against other contestants in one-on-one matches. The victor will receive $20 in gift cards to Target!

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Kingdom Hearts 2.8: First Impressions

kingdom-hearts-2-8Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue

Platform: Playstation 4

Rating: T

Genre: Japanese Role-Playing Game

First Released: January 24, 2017

Part of a Series? YES. I could write a whole blog post around the chronology of Kingdom Hearts. To make it short, play Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 beforehand (for the PS3, or later this year they’ll be out for the PS4) and you’ll be good to go!

Brief Synopsis:

Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue combines Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Fragmentary Passage (completely new; playable), Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover (completely new; a movie), and a complete port to the PS4 from the 3DS of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance (playable). This compilation is meant to prepare players for Kingdom Hearts III as Dream Drop Distance and Fragmentary Passage lead directly into it. Are you ready? I know I am!

Commentary:

So far I’ve had a chance to play an hour of Fragmentary Passage and it. Is. Gorgeous. It was made using the same game engine (Unreal Engine) that Kingdom Hearts III will be using so Fragmentary Passage is just a taste of what to expect!

It’s great to finally be able to continue Aqua’s story from where she left off in Birth By Sleep. The game starts after the hidden chapter that can be played in Birth By Sleep. Unlike most games, you’re not beginning at level 1, you’re at level 50! No grinding necessary! This also includes essential spells like Curaga and Blizzaga! Woo!

For those who have yet to play Dream Drop Distance, play DDD first. Otherwise the beginning of Fragment will make less sense! I can’t wait to play more!

Holy Video Games, Batman!

HOLY VIDEO GAMES, BATMAN!

There are so many awesome games coming out in the next few years for the Playstation 4 that I can’t even handle it. I feel like I could die from sheer excitement.

Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kingdom Hearts III and now, Square Enix has added yet ANOTHER GAME into this freakishly awesome lineup.

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Thank you, Colbert, for expressing into words what I could not.

What game could I possibly be talking about? For those of you who aren’t the Kingdom Hearts obsessed…

KINGDOM HEARTS II.8 HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED.  

YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THIS. It was literally the first thing I saw in my newsfeed on my phone on Tuesday.

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A re-enactment brought to you by Star Trek: The Next Generation.

I’m oddly more excited about 2.8 than KHIII. I suppose because it feels more tangible and real? I’m so used to waiting for KHIII that a few more years is no big deal. I can wait, it’ll happen (Eventually). I’ve been waiting for KHIII since KHII came out in 2005. Yes. It’s seriously been that long.  KINGDOM HEARTS II CAME OUT TEN YEARS AGO. Yes. I’m old. You’re old. We’re all old geezers and will die a terrible and fiery death from the sun expanding into a red giant and devouring us all before Kingdom Hearts III ever comes out. Get over it.

MOVING ALONG.

Again, for those who are not Kingdom Hearts obsessed but are intrigued (or maybe not intrigued, you clicked on this page because it had Batman and video games in the title. You feel a little mislead and deceived and are not really sure why you’re still here. Thank you for sticking around. It’s appreciated. Keep being your awesome self.), what is Kingdom Hearts II.8 and why should you care?

OKAY.

It’s full title is actually Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue  

KHII.8 will include:

  • KINGDOM HEARTS Drop Dream Distance.  

“Series protagonists Sora and Riku take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for coming threats. The signature action of the KINGDOM HEARTS series has evolved, allowing players to experience faster-paced battles and exploration at a blistering pace.” (KHinsider)

  • KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep A Fragmentary Passage

“A completely new playable episode that links to the story of KINGDOM HEARTS III, taking place after the storyline of KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep played from the perspective of Aqua.” (KHinsider)

  • KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi] Back Cover (movie)

“A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history, showcased in the upcoming mobile title KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ[chi].” (KHinsider)

To keep updated on information on all things Kingdom Hearts visit KHinsider! This article in particular has more great information about KHII.8.

Sounds pretty awesome amirite? The only downside is it won’t be available till sometime next year (2016)!

While you’re waiting for KHII.8 to come out, the library has plenty of Kingdom Hearts material to keep you busy! You could be insane like me and attempt to platinum KH1.5 and 2.5! It definitely kills time.

Will KHII.8 it answer more questions? Hopefully. Will it add more questions to the series that is a rollercoaster ride of complexity? Oh you bet.

Am I ready?
rikuI was born ready.
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Ashe