Disgaea 3

Dis Gaea 3

Disgaea 3: Absence Of Justice

Mao is the son of the Overlord of the netherworld, and has not attended a single day of class in the underworld’s Academy. When the school slowly becomes taken over by a secret force, it is up to Mao and his cohorts, and anyone else who comes along to stop the school and the rest of the underworld from being overrun by whoever is brainwashing the students.

I know this is the third installment of this game series, but it is the first one out of the three (I will review the rest when I have completed them) that I purchased first and have managed to play all of the way through. I still need to get Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories and Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness.

Disgaea is a series of tactical-roleplaying games from Nippon Ichi Software. The games are quite fun, colorful, and actually do take a bit of strategy and pre-planning when it comes to play. The nice thing is the series doesn’t take itself seriously and has a lot of humor to it that makes the games fun. The first two games were released on the Playstation 2 (PS2), with the games in the main series up to number four.

There are a few spinoff games related to the series as well, one of which I wrote about here . Each are just as fun as the games in the main series.

The games are considered tactical-roleplaying games because the gameplay is from the top/birds-eye view. Instead of having the random encounters and battle systems like the traditional Japanese RPG video games, you move the characters you control around to perform attacks, magic, and healing during your turn. There are also attacks that can be performed by throwing blocks/barrels of corresponding color to trigger extra damage, as well as a combination attacks between multiple characters. 

The nice thing with the Disgaea series, at least on the Playstation 3 era, is that you pretty much get the whole game, and that any DLC/DRM is all secondary items that don’t affect the game while playing through the main storyline. Cannot say the same for most games and the content that is provided for download that really has no meaning whatsoever.

As I said I really like that these games are quite colorful, especially when you tend to burn out from the various first-person shooter games that are pretty much shades of grey, brown, green, and blue (depending on the genre they are in). They add a bit of a challenge with trying to figure out certain tactics and strategy for overcoming the opposition in the game. This isn’t to say that the game is supremely difficult to play, but I also think that it isn’t directed towards one particular age group. The innuendos on the other hand might be over a lot of younger players heads though.

It is also fun when you get to make new characters and monsters to add to your team/group. Plus a few of the characters from the spin-offs are also available as DLC, but you don’t get to utilize them until after you have completed the main storyline. Still pretty cool. 

The various characters, their personalities, and their humor made Disgaea 3 quite fun. Even the games over-the-top and ridiculous humor does give it quite a bit of charm. Yeah, it is a bit cartoony but I think that just adds to the game’s appeal.

The verdict through all of this psychobabble is that I really enjoyed this game quite a bit. I love the awesomely quirky and funny characters, as well as the gameplay. It was also a nice example of how downloadable content for video games is done right. Cannot wait to finish the other games in the series that I have, as well as picking up the ones I do not have yet.

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Lotte Sand Biscuit Rock

Lotte Sand Biscuit Rock

Lotte Sand Biscuit Rock

One of my plunders from the Korean grocery store from my previous entry about trying the Bungeoppang is a box of Lotte cookies. The label on the back of the box in English read “Lotte Sand Biscuit Rock”, so if I have the name of this product incorrect you can blame the person who made the label on the back of the box. 

The “Rock” Sand Biscuits are mint-flavored line of cookies from the Lotte Confectionary company, whom I have actually enjoyed their chocolates quite a bit before. I have seen these cookies labeled as Oreos knock-offs, but to be honest these cookies do not give you that feeling like you are chewing on deep-fried cardboard that tastes like chocolate. To be honest I would probably compare them to the mighty Hydrox (which Oreos are a knock-off of), although a bit sweeter, but miles better than Oreos.

The weird thing is when I was trying to find an image to use for my write-up I couldn’t find one on their website, so I had to take a picture of the box. Although as of this writing they magically put in an entry recently.

Keep in mind, this is my opinion (not a review).

I really enjoyed these quite a bit, although you aren’t going to get as many in the package above as you would in a package of Hydrox. It is a good substitute especially if you don’t feel like eating an entire pack of Hydrox. Although if mint isn’t your thing they do have other variations.

Very awesome!

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Farscape

 

 

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Farscape

John Crichton is conducting a test flight of his space module that he has worked years on with IASA. When he is suddenly sucked in through a wormhole to another space and time. He then ends up on a prison ship with a rag tag of alien misfits, and an epic adventure awaits him.

Eh! It’s cheesy, but it works.

I always feel I have to justify myself when it comes to writing about certain things that I get the enjoyment of watching that has a fandom behind it. Which I cannot help, because I don’t want people to tell me I am wrong for expressing my opinion about what I like or do not like about something. I have also said on numerous occasions that what I write on this blog is not a review but an expression as to why I like something. Even if I write about the things that I did not like about it. To me a review is completely unbiased, where Words From The Heretic is complete bias as I am expressing my pleasure for liking a whole bunch of things. Which I think you will conclude before even reading the rest of this.

So did I enjoy Farscape?

By all means yes!

I actually took a blind stab with this series while searching for Sci-Fi series on Netflix to watch as I had already caught up on the current Doctor Who (Smith era), Battlestar Galactica (current one), Red Dwarf (all of the classic episodes), Sliders (never had a chance to finish the series when it carried over to Sci-Fi), basically anything that is not Star Trek. I love Space Operas, but I just cannot get into Star Trek.

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this series, I just know when I was trying to choose something to watch next it was between Farscape and Babylon 5. As I have never seen either show prior. Since Netflix didn’t have the latter on streaming (that is the subscription we have) I went with Farscape. 

Initial Impression

I really dug that the series has a diversity that can pretty much allow anyone to get in to the series. Not so much the type of alien creatures, but the fact that you have a balance of male and female characters. As well as a lot of other things it was bold enough to touch on. I’m not saying that this is the only show to ever have done this, but I did like it’s approach.

I liked that each character to shine in their own respective way and that everyone has a hand in the bigger picture of the whole, and not just have the show focus on or two characters. Although that becomes the case later in the show, but I do like how all of the characters leading up to that point have a hand in it and aren’t subject to just only a minor influence or just the “support”.

I also started getting a nagging feeling like I had seen this before or that it was familiar in a way. Not so much the story, the look of the show, or that it was a complete copy of something else. More like it had a similarity to a certain degree. My “Aha!” moment for that came when the Chiana character first appeared on the series, but I will divulge on that further down.

This show is very aware of itself, even down to name-checking every one of the tropes it is utilizing in spots.

Favorite Characters

KD Farscape

 

 

 

 

 D’Argo: Very headstrong, stubborn, and strong willed. He does come off a bit brash and tough, but has a heart of gold when you manage to gain his respect and trust. Definitely the guy who has your back when the chips are down. He definitely is one of my favorite characters because I can relate to D’Argo being quite stubborn and headstrong as well. Although given his background you can’t help but feel for the guy. I also liked when he pointed out how humans manage to treat each other.

 

Zhaan Farscape

 

 

 

 

 

Zhaan: I think what makes Zhaan my favorite out of the female characters is the spiritual, pacifist disposition with a dark past. A blue, zen spiritualist who kicks ass and is a plant. For me it was a bit of a bummer when the character died, but after reading about the circumstances the actress went through with the makeup I can understand. Either way I still think she is awesome.

 

Pilot Farscape






Pilot: It is hard not to like Pilot. You can’t help but feel for the guy given his background for how he came to be on Moya, along with the fact that he is the only one of the crew who pretty much has to remain in the same place unless disconnected, and therefore would lose his life. He also gets screwed over a couple of times in the worst ways imaginable. He is also the most childlike of the entire crew, but that doesn’t mean he is utterly naive.

1812 DRD





1812: I really don’t need to explain this do I? We did remember I am a musician.

 

Characters I Want To Place In The Airlock

Please keep in mind; this does not take away from these actors/actresses talents or abilities, nor does it reflect on their characters appearance. I am only stating that I do not like their given characters for the show and why.

Jool Farscape

 

 

 

 

 

Jool: I am sorry I just couldn’t dig Jool. I think I just had trouble with the moments where it would seem like the writers weren’t exactly sure what direction her attitude was to take. Yeah, I looked up the description of her character and background, but it didn’t fit with what was being portrayed on the screen. Yeah, she had good and bad moments like all of the other characters in the show, but the more confusing ones would come through.

Sikozu Farscape

 

 

 

 

 

Sikozu: Here is my imitation of this particular character; “They took my arms and they threw them over there! They tore my legs off and threw them over there!”. I just really couldn’t gel with this character.

Does my opinion diminish these characters roles in the overall story of Farscape? Not really. In all honest you have to have characters you do not like otherwise it wouldn’t be a good show. It would basically be the same dribble show where every character has to conform to something so as to have EVERYONE like them, and the only characters you didn’t like were the faceless extras that no one would really pay attention to or care about. Plus it falls into that subject of “something for everyone” comment that I said before.

I was going to include Noranti, but seeing as putting her in the airlock would be utterly pointless. I stuck with these two.

The Nagging Feeling

As I said before when I started watching this show I had this nagging feeling tugging at my psyche. Like I had seen this show. Or at least it seemed a bit familiar, but I just couldn’t place my finger on it. 

That is!

Until Chiana showed up in the first season. Especially how she walked, talked, and did that slinky move. She reminded me of a combination of two characters I know quite well. This when I had my “Aha!” moment.

Want to know what it is?

Of course you do! You wouldn’t be reading this far down.

Farscape reminded me of this show;

Outlaw Star Logo

It reminded me of Outlaw Star. No, not so much in the plot, story arcs, but maybe a bit of a mirror between characters. 

Although Chiana seems like a combination of a character from Outlaw Star and one other from another show I will get to her first.

Aisha Outlaw Star

What would happen if you take Aisha Clan-Clan (above) a Ctarl-Ctarl (cat-like being) from Outlaw Star and remove her cat ears, cat bell, super human strength, and make her shorter and skinnier?

Then you threw her in a blender with this next character,

Ed Cowboy Bebop

 For those of you who aren’t in to Japanese animation (Anime for short) this is Ed from the show Cowboy Bebop. Ed is the super slinky, flexible, super hacker girl of the show. Trust me! She is all kinds of awesome!

Now remove Ed’s super hacker abilities, keep her super slinky flexibility and a small amount of her childlike demeanor (Just a pinch!). Toss her in our metaphorical blender, mix in sexual uninhibited freedom and hit frappe.

And you get!

Chiana Farscape

Don’t believe me? 

Ok! Depending on your age; either ask your teen to college age kids or their friends to watch their copies of both of these shows that I just mentioned (if they have them), or head over to Amazon or used media store/outlet and grab a copy of each of these shows. Or if you still own a copy of both shows, just rummage through your old storage, basement, attic, boxes.

I’ll wait here! Don’t worry, this post will still be here when you get back.

From Chiana’s swagger to how she walks she is pretty much Ed from Cowboy Bebop in this respect. She even does the Anime leaping tackle of love when she sees John in one episode. She even talks like Aisha and has a similar hairdo. Hell! Her and the English voice-actress for Aisha sound pretty damn similar (Couldn’t be that both are from the same country). Even her “Shaa!/Chaaa!” verbal tic is pretty much like Aisha. There are some moments she talks like Ed too, but it is more like Aisha as I have said.

Want another one?

We’ll stick with strictly Outlaw Star for this particular one.

Gilliam Outlaw Star

This delightfully decorated sentient A.I. is Gilliam II. He is pretty much the XGP (that is the name of the ship) crew’s companion and maintenance crew. He might also be the inspiration for the DRD’s, although not as sleek as him.We’ll pretty much take everything about him and toss him in our now cleaned up blender.

Melfina Outlaw Star

This is Melfina. She is a biological android, and the XGP’s navigator/battery. She’s the GPS. Pretty much without her the ship goes nowhere. Now let’s place her with Gilliam the II in our metaphoric blender, but we’ll leave out her sex. 

Did you make sure to add ice and hit frappe?

And who do we get?

Pilot Farscape

Pilot! Pilot is pretty much a combination of Melfina and Gilliam II, although he is permanently fused to Moya (like Gilliam II) and is pretty much alive (unlike either). Although he can be temperamental he does display kindness like Melfina to a degree.

I could go on for hours with this stuff. Like how John is pretty much like Gene Starwind, or how Aeryn is like Hilda, how Zhaan is kind of like Suzuka. 

While I am on the subject of Outlaw Star; would it be too much to ask Joss Whedon to admit to also ripping off the show a bit? Especially this,

Melfina River Box

Now some of you more Anime savvy readers and folks might be asking me;

Fred Outlaw Star

“The Heretic! What about Fred Luo the weapons merchant from Outlaw Star? Who on Farscape could possibly be like him?”

Furlow Farscape

I think I am going to have to answer with Furlow. Although a bit the opposite of Fred in some respects, and probably possesses far less scruples.

As I have stated I really enjoyed the show. The only thing I really didn’t like was the over-the-top goofiness when the show splits up the crew with the two Crichtons. To me the show already had a good enough amount of humor without having to amp it up.

I would’ve expanded on more of what I liked and didn’t like, but seeing as this post is already as long as it is I really do not want to bore anyone. Plus the stuff I didn’t like as you can see is pretty minimal.

Am I a fan? Not really…

Although now that I say that…

I guess I better hide those plans for a Moya custom guitar with DRD’s as inlays (1812 marking the twelfth fret, or the pickups done up as them) that I hope to have built someday before I incriminate myself further.

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The Heretic Tries Bungeoppang!

Fish Cake

Bungeoppang (붕어빵)

It was a matter of time before I opened a new section of my blog to blab about the other types of sweets and snacks that really don’t fit into Chocoholotastic. Since I want to continue writing about this stuff I didn’t want it to stay in the Welcome To My Geekmare category. Which wouldn’t make too much sense after a while. 

For a long time I have always wanted to try Japanese taiyaki, which are these fish-shaped pastries that are filled with (from my understanding of what I looked up and read) red bean paste, as well as some other fillings. After a while of staring at images of this pastry on my screen and drooling onto my lap I decided to look up any places in town that either made them in house or sold them packages. 

As chance would have it I found a small Korean cafe on a couple of review sites that pretty much sold the Korean equivalent of these pastries.

Did that deter me?

FUCK NO!

There were pastries to be hunted down, purchased, taken home, and devoured while watching sci-fi shows!

I hopped into our transportation vehicle and drove down to the address that I jotted down from the review site. Completely easy to find. It was even located inside/attached/next to a Korean grocery store. So not only was I giddy with excitement that I was going to be able to purchase these pastries made to look like carp, I was also going to be going on a quest for snacks!

That is right!

Whenever I find a new place, no matter the nationality, I am pretty much on a never ending quest for snacks. Which I did purchase, but will talk about in later posts. 

But before perusing the grocery store portion of the building I stopped inside the cafe that was the main objective of my quest. With my “+5 Wallet of Awesomeness” (it’s a worn out Motorhead wallet) I made my way inside the cafe. It wasn’t like it took long, it’s a small place,  once you open the door there you are.

Looking around the menu board madly for the pastries that I was going to purchase and later consume, fortunately there was a picture on the door. The lady behind the counter was a bit intimidating when I was trying to get my mouth to formulate on the item that I wanted to order. I wasn’t sure what to really ask because I didn’t know the item’s Korean name. Thankfully the listing on the menu board and the poster on the door said “Fish Cake”, and I asked as politely as I could that I wanted an order (I think an order comes with five or six). of the “Fish Cakes”. The lady told it would be about seven minutes to make them, I told her that was fine I have time. Thankfully another lady came in and was rather chatty which made the mood seem not as intimidating. 

When they were done being made I opened my “+5 Wallet of Awesomeness” (same worn out Motorhead wallet), fished out my money, paid, and proceeded into the grocery store portion of the building to plunder (purchase) some snacks that I haven’t tried, as well as one that I have tried.

So after making a few other purchases I came home, ate dinner, put on some sci-fi, and then proceeded to gnaw on the first fish cake.

IT WAS AWESOME!

I don’t know if I can compare it to the one I originally wanted to try, but I wasn’t going to bitch since these were pretty awesome! The red beans were really sweet, the pastry doughy (as in cooked properly), it was just all kinds of awesome running rampant in my mouth! I pretty much finished the order in two days.

Recently I went back and bought another order. Didn’t last a day! Haha! They were too awesome and irresistible.

I just recently learned that these Korean fish cakes are called “Bungeoppang”. Not exactly sure how to pronounce it, but either way I am happy that I finally was able to try something that I have been wanting to for a long time. 

At some point I am going to have to ask someone, find someone, or pin someone down and ask them how to properly say “Thank You” in Korean so I do not come off rude when I order these. I cannot wait to try the other two variations the cafe makes. 

In case anyone is curious and about to ask; I don’t know how the coffee is in the little cafe since it is something that I do not drink. 

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Space Battleship Yamato (Movie)

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Space Battleship Yamato

“Space Battleship Yamato” is a 2010 live-action movie adaption of the original 1970’s animation series of the same name. Although with some changes from the original series. As to what changes? I couldn’t honestly tell you since I haven’t seen the original series for myself, which will be rectified thanks to Crackle

This is the second, or third film, or whatever number, that has made me want to watch it over and over again after my initial viewing. It has everything you could possibly want from a live-action sci-fi flick; dimensional, wormhole, space hopping. Intense space battles complete with fighter pilot dogfights. Happy moments, sad moments, tender, intense, and all of that awesome chewy-goodness that goes with Sci-Fi.

There was even a scene with a full-on mech/robot beatdown! Which was friggin’ awesome! Need more mechs and robots in science fiction (“Reel Steel” don’t count in my book.). 

I actually enjoyed the CGI in this film quite a bit. It was nice that it wasn’t used to take over the actors movements. 

The battle sequences were awesome! I watched this film with the full-on surround sound experience. It sounded like a war was being waged in my house. 

The only thing I didn’t like was that someone in the production felt that there needed to be an Aerosmith/Armageddon type of solo song by Stephen Tyler. Thankfully it only played during the end credits. I don’t think I could handle sitting through another film with Stephen Tyler singing some heart-wrenching lyrics that I really don’t care about over a bunch of the tender scenes. You can pretty much guess that I didn’t like “Armageddon”.

Thankfully I was able to purchase a copy of the film on Blu-Ray/DVD. Either way it all looks awesome to me either way you watch it. Cannot wait to watch the original animated series and figure out what was changed in the movie.

Will you like it?

Can’t say. I can only speak for myself since this blog, as I have stated before, is pretty much about the things that I like and enjoy.

Check it out! If you dig it, cool. If not, still cool.

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The Four Heretics Of The Blog Topics

Four Year Heretic

This morning I was awoken by an email alert on my phone, along with the multitude of alarms going off (Yes! I am that hard to wake up.), that today is the four year anniversary of my blog here on WordPress. You would figured by now that  I would’ve moved it on to a server and bought a nice, shiny url name or have already done all of that through WordPress. Unfortunately I am not able to do that because of redirecting my finances towards the current big project that I have at hand (which I will get to further down). I won’t lie either, I also spent some of my money on the more fun things I enjoy.

You would also figure that I would be a little more cheery when it comes to another anniversary, not to say I am not happy. 

So I’ll explain in order to get the more boring shit out of the way. 

Lately I’ve come down with the post-college “Bleh’s”, especially after pretty much spending a year to receive my certificate for what I went to college for. It is that thing where you are trying to adjust from always being on top of everything and switching gears in order to apply everything you learned to what you want to start doing in life. 

It also doesn’t help that the weather is pretty damn hot this summer. Especially here in Vegas, I am sure Phoenix probably has it worse than us. So I am indoors quite a bit during the day. 

I have also been struggling with some personal and inner turmoil, especially with things slowing down and trying to work things out for what I am attempting to get off of the ground. This isn’t to say or claim that I am the “Only Person In The World” going through this. I am sure a lot of people are going through something similar.

My Business

As I have mentioned before I am working on trying to get an audio restoration business off of the ground. I have the hardware and software that I need for a start. I don’t have the best, top-notch equipment in the world, but I have what works for me that is within my budget. Hopefully once I have clientele coming in I can start upgrading a little at a time depending on how much of a workflow comes my way. But I am literally starting from scratch.

I would love to have a pre-approved (I think that is correct) credit card with a large enough amount of credit on it, max it out on the more proper things I need, and get everything going right out of the gate. Unfortunately I don’t relish the idea of debt collectors and other things happening. I would also do a crowd funding type of thing, especially since I do not know too much about how to properly go about one, and don’t want to end up with it all becoming a wash. 

I have been practicing with the hardware, software, and a few of the analog (that’s records and tapes for you people who  have never been exposed to too much of that type of media) pieces of gear just to get myself acquainted with everything. Filing everything down so I know how and what I need to do in order to transfer and restore old recordings. I would love to utilize more outboard gear, without having to put wear on my computer through the number crunching, but the gear required is pretty expensive. So I use what I have for the time being as I said.

I have a name for my business, but since I do not have a copyright or trademark I will not announce the name or show any of the images for it. Even if I put a watermark on the image I still do not have enough trust to post. 

This is pretty much why I haven’t been blogging too much, because of the amount of time I have been spending in preparation.

I chose this path because as much as I enjoy music it isn’t the only type of audio that I like. Plus I didn’t want to be amongst the multitudes of wannabe “producers”, I wanted something that is my own thing. 

Losing Weight/Wait

In the middle of my final semester I decided to put myself on a diet and exercise…once again.

This time around I chose to take a different approach. Rather than the rush on through it all, extreme, crash, burnout, and give up approach that has caused me to fail miserably I chose to go with a more steady and slower approach. I downloaded an app that helps me count my calorie intake, as well as keeping track of what I eat, and making sure I am not overeating after a specific time. Especially since I am pretty sedentary. It has helped out quite a bit, especially for how organized it allows me to be.

Each day I make sure to go walking…well…given that it is summer, it is more like each night. At least get some form of cardio in my life. My mom has also been going walking with me that way there isn’t a chance I will stop, and I have been using an app to keep track of how long I walk and how many calories I burn. We also try to increase the size of the radius and in which we walk, which has helped exponentially.

I have lost ten pounds. Which is a good start, but not the overall accomplishment. I am not even close.

Contemplations

I have been contemplating opening a new blog under another name. An advisory type of blog, that could possibly be turned into a book. It is just that I am not one hundred percent positive on doing it because I am not sure anyone can or would benefit from advice from a failed musician. I have a name, some thoughts and ideas, but I still need to mull it over. 

I was thinking of opening a YouTube channel, but after viewing the majority of things that are on YouTube I don’t know if that would be a place for me, or even Vimeo for that matter. I think for what I have in mind I would probably need a partner that I can trust, as well as to bounce ideas off of. 

Don’t get me wrong, I would bounce ideas off of family members, but it is hard to go by since family isn’t always going to be unbiased. You do need that outsider who is looking out as well as in.

So that is pretty much it. I will try my best to get some posts written and up, hope people read them, and dig them. I’m sorry it isn’t the super ecstatic post that I usually do, but with all that is on my plate I am left a bit on autopilot.

Cheers all!

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Child Of Light

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Child Of Light

“Child Of Light” is a fantasy/action/adventure platforming roleplaying game about a young Austrian girl who falls asleep from an ailment and wakes up in the mythical world of Lemuria. A land whose sun, stars, and moon have been stolen by a dark queen.

I figured it has been a long while since I posted about any video games that I have been enjoying. This time around I thought I would go with something current rather than classic. Don’t get me wrong, I like my classic games but there are recently released games that I have been enjoying especially since I purchased a PS3 a while back. I purchased “Child Of Light” because it was highly recommended to me, plus the game’s price was within my range. 

One thing I definitely like about the game is its art-style. It kind of reminds me of a lot of European myth, fairy tale, and fantasy art. Although the creators of the game site Studio Ghibli and Yoshitaka Amano as inspirations for the art of the game, but if you are familiar with both of these Japanese animation entities you pretty much know that both have gathered inspiration for their respective works from Europe. So it is kind of a reflection back in a sense.

It was kind of like playing a fairy tale storybook for an RPG with some pretty fluid animation. If that makes any sense? I liked that the art wasn’t super shiny or slick and that the developers went for their own look and feel. The characters feel as if they have come out various European myths, folklore, and stories. Which is pretty cool. I like when a game gives me a different experience from time to time. It kind of plays upon that childlike imagination for an adult, but allowing for someone younger to appreciate it.

The gameplay is pretty easy. I’ve seen a couple of previews that talk about how intricate the battle system is, but it is quite easy to get a grasp for. It isn’t as intense as most RPG. Although it is pretty unique in that it combined the RPG elements with platforming elements. Not sure if there are any games that have done or tried this before, but it is a welcome change up and pace. The game may seem pretty epic, but it is pretty short and sweet. I guess you could say like a bedtime story to some degree. There are some add-ons (I think I only purchased one or two), but maybe Ubisoft would release some more storyline content to expand the enjoyment of the game. I would like to see that.

The only thing that took me a while to comprehend was the jewel combining. It reminded me of Final Fantasy VII’s materia in a way, but it was just as fun trying to get the combinations to achieve the bonuses for the characters. The skill tree was definitely interesting as you leveled up, which gave you the choice to either keep a given character balanced or specialize in a specific area. 

I have read complaints from various reviewers about the poetry used within the game, but I think this can be attributed to the fact that (I’m guessing) that the dialog was probably written in another language before it was translated to English. Especially if you look at the various development branches of Ubisoft and see that three quarters of them are located in Europe (Especially the parent company located in France). Is the poetry completely terrible in my eyes? I really don’t think so. 

I really enjoyed the soundtrack throughout “Child Of Light”, especially since I am a sucker melancholy or slow, airy piano pieces. Although the music for the game’s battles was way too similar to Final Fantasy, especially the games from Final Fantasy VII to IX. I think it could of used something a bit different, but I cannot really complain about it.

I would suggest this game if you enjoy a good story in your roleplaying video games. It is definitely something different. If you are looking for an intense challenge this might not be your cup of tea. I think it definitely has a good appeal range from a child to an adult. I liked it quite a bit. 

Since this game is brand, spanking new I won’t give away any further spoilers to the plot outside of my synopsis above or my favorite characters. I definitely would like a copy of the soundtrack.

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