Project Octopath Traveler

Demos were never something that we regularly downloaded to play on Nintendo’s systems. Rather, we were usually content to experience the game as a whole whenever it eventually came out. With the Switch, however, we’ve been finding ourselves trying out demos more often, and the most recent demo was Project Octopath Traveler.

A working title, Project Octopath Traveler centers on eight heroes in an RPG developed by Square Enix. The trailer that the Nintendo Direct this month had presented had intrigued us enough to download the demo that was available, and we have yet to be disappointed.

We were enthralled immediately by the opening music, finding it comparable to The Lord of the Rings, and the graphics were charming, almost like they are 3D pixels. The mechanics were easy to pick up on, especially battling, and we’re looking forward to when the entire game comes out.

Are you playing the demo for Project Octopath Traveler? What do you think of it so far?

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Friday Favorites: September Nintendo Direct News

Double Jump Kris MiiLast week, Nintendo had a direct that showcased over 40 different game titles for their 3DS family of systems and the Nintendo Switch. While Rachel and I briefly talked about what we had liked about the direct, today I’m going to go a little more in-depth with some of my favorite news.

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Project Octopath Traveler

Rachel and I downloaded the demo for this game a couple of days after the direct, finding the trailer that had been shown to boast awesome graphics and fantastic music. While we’re not very far into it just yet, we’re definitely excited by what we’ve been seeing! We can’t wait to meet the other characters when the full game comes out.

Fire Emblem Warriors

I made everyone else shush when this game came on. There wasn’t really anything new aside from Lyn being showcased (yay!), but I’m still looking forward to the game. One of the best aspects of Fire Emblem is the characters, in my opinion, so to see a bunch of fan favorites in a different styled game will definitely be interesting. That, and I’ve enjoyed Hyrule Warriors, so I’m hoping Fire Emblem Warriors will be fun to play as well.

Arena of Valor

While this game is available to download from Google Play (with Batman!), it’ll be interesting to have on the Switch. A multiplayer online battle game sounds fantastic, and I’ll probably be awful at it when it comes out, but it looks like too much fun to not try! Anyone have this game from Google Play already?

Nintendo 3DS Titles

Considering that Rachel and I recently got the new 2DS XL’s, it’s nice to hear all of the news for the 3DS family of systems, especially since there were rumors of the Switch being Nintendo’s flagship for both console and handheld games with its portability. Lady Layton, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the rerelease of Apollo Justice and the original Gold and Silver versions of Pokemon… There’s so much in the future to look forward to!

What are looking forward to the most from Nintendo’s latest direct?

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Windows Mixed Reality

Double Jump Kris MiiAs a kid, joining the heroes in my video games was a mere dream. Those dreams cultivated my love of writing, my creativity, but we now have virtual reality video games to bring us a step closer. While there are already a few VR systems out there, there is another that is joining the party.

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There are several well-known virtual reality systems on the market right now — HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard — but there is another that will be starting to ship out next month. Microsoft has developed a virtual reality platform what they’re calling Windows Mixed Reality and, honestly, it doesn’t look too bad.

Honestly, I’m a little skeptical when it comes to VR systems, mostly because I grew up with my parents telling me, “Don’t sit so close to the television when playing games, you’ll hurt your eyes!” Seeing VR systems more or less appear to be giant goggles that sit right on your head with screens to rest a couple of inches in front of your eyes made me question my parents’ concerns. However, the idea of VR — not to mention augmented reality — intrigues me enough to put down a VR system on my wish list.

With the exception of the fifteen dollar Google Cardboard, most VR systems are a little pricey, usually ranging between 400 to 600 dollars. Microsoft’s system, simply called Visor, is about $450 if you package the system with the controllers. However, there are reports boasting about the Visor’s comfort and clarity, and it’s supposed to be compatible with Steam games as well. It’s something that I want to keep an eye on in the news, to see if more game developers believe in Microsoft’s Mixed Reality dreams as well.

Picking up a VR system will be something I do one day, after I save up some extra money to splurge on it, along with games that I’m interested in playing. I would adore a virtual reality version of Pokemon. Perhaps one that enables you to connect with others who may be playing, so you can see their avatars through your VR window as well. Legend of Zelda would be a great series, but I’m not too keen on navigating through the Water Temple or encountering a Redead!

Do you have a virtual reality system? Which one do you have? Or are you thinking of investing in one anytime soon?

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Friday Favorites: Fire Emblem Warriors Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiHow has everyone been this week?

With more and more information being shown for Fire Emblem Warriors lately, I’ve been thinking about what kind of characters I would like to see in the game. I’m aware that the game is focusing mostly on fan favorites from Fates and Awakening, it seems, but I can always hope, right?

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Shinon from Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn

I loved this grumpy, sarcastic sniper when I played through the game. His character development through Path of Radiance was also really interesting to me — not dealing well with his commander’s death, deflecting to the enemy, finding his way back to the right side while also trying to figure out himself — and his sniper skills weren’t bad at all.

Mae or Boey from Shadows of Valentia

Mae and Boey were both a couple of my favorites from Shadows of Valentia, and I think both of them would be interesting additions to Warriors. Their personalities and skills would fit right in, and I would love to see their reactions to some of the other characters in the Warriors world!

Tiki from Archanea/Awakening

I want to be able to stomp around as a dragon in Warriors! The Corrins may have that ability in the game, or perhaps gain it during the story mode, but I would still love the idea of being Tiki and changing into a dragon to destroy your enemies.

Matthew from The Blazing Blade

Rather, any thief/ninja character would be fine with me, but Matthew was always cool. In the Warriors game, I imagine thief characters would be some of the faster ones, with swift combos and, perhaps, one-hit kill special attacks. I would love to see thief mechanics in the Warriors game!

What are some of your Fire Emblem Warriors hopefuls?

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Skyrim on the Switch

Double Jump Kris MiiHope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim always seemed to be an interesting game to me, but when it first came out, it wasn’t available on any systems that we had owned. Considering there were still plenty of games that I needed to play, I wasn’t too heartbroken, but since it’s going to come out for the Switch…

 

One of the best things about the Switch is all of the third-party games that are becoming available for it. Lack of third-party games was one of the Wii U’s downfalls, so it’s nice to see that Nintendo seems to be determined not to make the same mistake.

Skyrim is a game that I definitely wouldn’t mind getting when it comes out this holiday season. I’m really enjoying the open world concept of Breath of the Wild, and Skyrim is boasted to have one of the best. And there’s dragons. Who doesn’t love dragons?

I really don’t know too much about the game, but I’m hoping it’d be something I’ll enjoy. It’s a bit different than my usual kind of gaming, but I want to explore more genres and play styles.

That, and it looks pretty.

Do you play Skyrim? What do you think of it coming out on the Switch?

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Friday Favorites: Games on Steam

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Steam is an awesome digital gaming platform, and Rachel and I have been trying to get more use out of it lately. We have a handful of games on the platform that we’re trying to give more love during our down times. Below are a few of the games that are on our “to-be played more” Steam list.

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Player Unknown Battlegrounds

I do not play shooter games. Like, at all. It just wasn’t a genre that I grew up with. Nintendo, with most of its kid- and family-friendly games, didn’t have too many games in that genre available as I started gaming. However, Rachel and I found out about Player Unknown Battlegrounds through a few of our favorite YouTubers, and the fast-paced, tense, kill-or-be-killed situation looks like so much fun!

Dream Daddy

Dream Daddy is a dating sim game that is unique in so many ways. We were a bit perplexed at first when we heard that the main premise is a single dad dating other single dads, but only because it’s not a typical dating sim scenario. Developed by Game Grumps, another YouTube channel that we occasionally watch, we are in love with the writing, the graphics, the music, and the characters themselves. It also just gives me warm and fuzzy feelings to see the inclusiveness and canon gay and transgender characters in the game — those representations are so important!

Sonic Mania

The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is one that I’ve kind of fallen out of lately. However, with Sonic Mania, it seems to be reviving and I’m definitely interested in trying out the game. The trailers themselves seem so nostalgic for the old-school Sonic games that I’m eager to see what Sonic Mania will bring to the franchise.

Lumo

A game Rachel discovered fairly recently, Lumo is a puzzle, isometric adventure game. Featuring a little wizard-looking character, you make your way out of rooms full of puzzles. The music and graphics look utterly charming, and it seems casual enough to do a couple of rooms at a time.

What are your favorite games on Steam?

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Video Game Bundles

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy September!

As kids, Rachel and I tended to wait until Christmas or our birthdays for new video games and consoles but, as adults, we squirrel away some money for these kind of occasions. Getting a new game here or there isn’t bad, but when they’re hard to find consoles or such, bundles look more appealing…

Usually when a shiny new game or console comes out, plenty of stores offer some sort of bundle to include the game or console with other trinkets. Generally speaking, these trinkets usually aren’t anything that we’d be interested in — such as little posters or figurines that, while look cool, would do nothing more than collect dust.

Case in point were the bundles that ThinkGeek were offering with the SNES Classic console. The SNES Classic itself is only about $80… I’m not convinced that the extra toys that come with the console even out the high price of the bundles. Is it really another eighty bucks for a mushroom plush, a mug, and a calendar? Most of the bundles looked nice, especially the Zelda-themed chess set, but I’m more interested in the console itself rather than the add-ons.

Of course, there are bundles that I wouldn’t mind getting. I’m honestly considering the Fire Emblem Warriors bundle that Nintendo is offering. Along with the Switch version of the game, you get a duel-sided poster, art cards, and 3 CDs of the game music. The art cards and poster look nice, but what I’m really interested in is the music. Video game soundtracks are my favorite kind of music, enough so that I don’t know anything on the radio nowadays.

The Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon bundle doesn’t seem too bad either. It comes with art cards and a code to get 200 pokeballs along with a version of each game. Rachel and I were considering it so each of us would get a game out of the deal and she could keep the art cards.

Price-wise, both bundles are about eighty dollars (which seems to be the magic number of this post). It’s about twenty bucks more than what the game would be by itself, but music comes along with it! It’s also the price of both Pokemon games put together, so that doesn’t seem too bad either.

It’s a shame gaming is such an expensive hobby, isn’t it?

Do you take advantage of video game bundles? What do you think of them?

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