Rachel’s Game Of The Decade

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Last night, Kris and I were on the latest episode of Boss Rush, a video podcast hosted by Jett from In Third Person. We discussed our game of the decade from the 2010s and I thought I’d share my process as to how I came up with my game of the decade.

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Double Jump started in early 2016. I have played video games all my life but it wasn’t until Double Jump that I started playing them “seriously,” if that makes sense. I always played games with no ulterior motive in mind. I didn’t review them. I didn’t stream them. I played them for fun and when a new game came along, I usually dropped the current one and picked up the next. Unless I was super into a game, I haven’t completed many of them.

Looking back at 2010 and moving forward from there has been weird. There are so many games that I can’t believe only came out a decade ago. There are some games that came out later than I thought or earlier than I thought. Some years I didn’t play that many games and other years I played a lot of games.

I found a list of game releases on the Internet for each year. I went through each year and wrote down the games I had played. Of course, games that came out in 2012 I didn’t play until 2015 or something, but I didn’t get too technical.

Once I wrote down all the games I had played that game out in their respective years, I listed my game of the year for all of them.

  • 2010 – Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • 2011 – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • 2012 – Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
  • 2013 – Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • 2014 – Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright
  • 2015 – Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
  • 2016 – Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
  • 2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 2018 – Octopath Traveler
  • 2019 – Luigi’s Mansion 3

I didn’t include any indie games on this list. I thought that would be too much to sift through. If I had, Death Road to Canada would have been on there as well as Gris and Celeste (if I had played it).

The other thing is, looking at all the games that released in their respective years, my personal choice for game of the year doesn’t feel like “game of the year” material. I mean, I don’t know who else would pick Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon to be the best game of the year. However, out of everything I played, I liked these ones the best for their own reasons.

But we’re just talking about the overall game of the decade.

Each of these games is my favorite for various reasons. So, how was I supposed to choose a game of the decade? Aside from story, graphics, music, and anything else that makes a video game fabulous, I looked at some other elements.

Out of those ten games I listed, I had only completed nine of them. I never actually beat Donkey Kong Country Returns. So, that was out.

  • 2010 – Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • 2011 – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • 2012 – Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
  • 2013 – Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • 2014 – Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright
  • 2015 – Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
  • 2016 – Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
  • 2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 2018 – Octopath Traveler
  • 2019 – Luigi’s Mansion 3

Out of these nine games I completed, I realized I didn’t complete alone. Kris and I played The Miracle Mask, Layton vs Wright, and Spirit of Justice together as though they were two-player games. While this isn’t a bad thing, I figured my all-time favorite game of the decade should be something I was always in control of (Kris usually handles the controls) and that I had done by myself. So, these games got the boot as fabulous as they are.

  • 2010 – Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • 2011 – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • 2012 – Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
  • 2013 – Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • 2014 – Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright
  • 2015 – Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
  • 2016 – Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
  • 2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 2018 – Octopath Traveler
  • 2019 – Luigi’s Mansion 3

Now, wait a minute. If I’m only going to count games I played myself and had control over then there are a few other games I need to look closer at. Skyward Sword, Breath of the Wild, and Octopath Traveler. I never played those games. I never touched the controls of those games. Sure, there are light puzzles and such, but nothing as in-depth as a Layton or Ace Attorney game. These are visual novels where we took turns playing the characters.

I watched Kris play Skyward Sword, Breath of the Wild, and Octopath Traveler all the while being a backseat gamer and laughing whenever she died. Since I don’t have the full effect of actually playing these games and being in control myself… these games were also out.

  • 2010 – Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • 2011 – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • 2012 – Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
  • 2013 – Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • 2014 – Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright
  • 2015 – Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
  • 2016 – Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
  • 2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 2018 – Octopath Traveler
  • 2019 – Luigi’s Mansion 3

Out of the decade, I only 100-percent solely played and completed three games. Wow. That’s not much, is it?

Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Luigi’s Mansion 3 are all vastly different games too. Pokemon, Animal Crossing, and Luigi cover my gaming tastes pretty well, but none of them are alike at all.

I enjoy all the characters throughout each game. The dialogue is humorous in Pokemon, can be flat in Animal Crossing, and the cut scenes in Luigi’s Mansion 3 were adorable. I love collecting things in Animal Crossing. Super Mystery Dungeon isn’t a main Pokemon game and you don’t collect too many things, per se, but the exploration element is fun. Exploring in Luigi’s Mansion 3, even though it’s pretty linear, is fun as well. Each floor of the hotel is fun and unique. The same goes for the dungeons in Super Mystery Dungeon. Except, even though the layout of the dungeons in Super Mystery Dungeon are different, the gameplay is more or less the same. In Luigi’s Mansion 3, each floor has a different puzzle for you to solve.

All the games are charming in their own right. They’re relaxing. They’re quirky. They’re fun.

I still have to choose just one though.

Out of all of these games, I played and completed Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon just once. While I do hope to go back to it and replay it, I haven’t and that game is now five years old. So, the bronze trophy goes to Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf came out in 2013. I haven’t 100-percented the game yet since a lot of the collectibles depend on the time of year and time of day you play. However, after nearly seven years, I still go back to that game. It goes in spurts, yes. But I always go back to it.

Luigi’s Mansion 3, on the other hand, is just shy of being three months old. I played through it once and completed it. I didn’t 100-percent it because there were certain things I couldn’t find, but I beat the main story in about 20 hours. I enjoyed every second of it. I had been looking forward to this game for months. When I got it, I couldn’t put it down. I was so happy to play it. The moment I beat it, I couldn’t wait to start a new file and play it all over again.

And honestly? A game hasn’t made me feel like that in a very long time.

With that said. My game of the decade is…

Luigi’s Mansion 3.

It was a tough choice between that and New Leaf, but Luigi’s Mansion 3 gives me feels like the other games don’t. I’ve enjoyed each and every moment with all of these games. After writing this post, I have the urge to go play Super Mystery Dungeon again (especially after the last Pokemon Direct) and also check in on my village in New Leaf.

If you want to see some other game of the decade choices, feel free to catch up on Boss Rush.

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Who’s That Fighter?

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Nintendo is kicking off the decade with a lot of big news. First the Pokemon Direct and now they’re announcing a new Smash Ultimate DLC fighter.

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Nintendo has announced there will be a 35-minute live stream announcing the new DLC fighter in Smash Ultimate and showing off whoever it is.

People on Twitter are super hyped for this announcement. Aside from memes and general excitement, there are three characters people seem to want for Smash Ultimate: Sora from Kingdom Hearts, Shantae, and Phoenix Wright.

Me? I would personally love to see Phoenix Wright. He’s been in a fighting game before and despite that, I don’t know if he would truly “fit” into a fighting game. I still think it would be awesome to see him in a new element though. He and Professor Layton – we all know he can fight from his crossover game with Phoenix.

People are also speculating it might have something to do with Fire Emblem: Three Houses. This is solely based on the fact that Sakurai is holding three fingers and there are three question marks. I don’t know if that means anything at all. For the original five fighters, they said all the DLC characters were from games never to appear in Smash before. I don’t know if that rule still applies. So, this new fighter may not be from Fire Emblem.

I have to admit, I don’t know which fighter I’m hoping for. I just hope it’s a character from a game I’ve played. Either way, I’m excited to see what they have in store for Smash fans.

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Parents And Video Games

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For the past ten years, I’ve been a teacher and a babysitter. I’ve always been a gamer. Gaming isn’t exactly “glamorous” to some and it’s hard to mix gaming with anything else you do in your life.

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When I tell people I play video games, people are surprised. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a girl or because I’m an adult or what. Yet, it’s always surprising to people when they find out I enjoy playing video games. It’s even more surprising to them when I say I work in the gaming field. I have a blog about video games. I contribute to a gaming magazine. I engage in gaming conversations on social media. I live stream games on Twitch.

I don’t mention all of that to certain people. This isn’t to say I’m embarrassed by what I do, but there are certain people that don’t need to know. One, because I don’t want to hear about it and two, they don’t necessarily need to know.

When I pick up the kids from school, there are a couple of other parents I speak to while the kids play together. My ten-year-old plays Fortnite on occasion and his friend just got a Nintendo Switch and Fortnite for Christmas. Another child, who’s seven and in the same class as my other kid, also plays Fortnite.

Thus, a conversation about video games, weapons, and their ages began between those two moms and me. Or, them mostly. I stood in between them nodding my head as they talked.

The child who got Fortnite for Christmas has never played the game before because he was never allowed to. His mom doesn’t like the weapons, but she likes that it’s cartoon enough and there’s no blood. She also mentioned she played Mortal Kombat when she was his age but the world wasn’t crazy back then as it is today. She felt bad for not allowing him to play Fortnite all this time, but she sat him down and had a talk about friending people online and the works.

The other mom was concerned about them talking to strangers online. Yes, you need to be friends with someone to talk to them but it’s the unknown that bothers the parents. They were so concerned about them talking to strangers and people older than them.

I think it’s great the parents monitor this stuff, but that’s all they do. They don’t take the time to research what the kids are actually doing. What they can and can’t do. They just watch the kids do it and hope nothing bad happens.

What I found funny was that one of the mother’s heard her kid say, “Give me HP” through their headset. She had no idea what “HP” meant. She was laughing as she told us this because I guess she promptly scolded her child for being rude. He then needed to explain to her that he was on a team and someone had an extra health potion for him because he was dying. She apologized to him and laughed it off to us because she has no idea what the game is.

The story was pretty funny as she told it but again, it’s interesting how quickly the parents assume something. They’re worried the kids don’t know anything about anything but the parents are in the same boat. They don’t take the time to really look at what the kids are playing.

I’ve seen various ways video games can influence kids – in both good and bad ways. There are times I agree with the parents and then there are times I don’t. Video games affect people differently especially depending on your age, what the game is, and where you are in your life.

Right now, the kids play Fortnite because all their friends are doing it. It’s pretty to look at and the dances are funny. The parents see strangers talking to their kids while holding cartoon guns.

I’m not saying the parents need to play Fortnite in order to understand it. They don’t need to play any video games to understand any of it at all. However, I personally think it’s odd for them to worry their kids don’t understand the Internet when they don’t understand it themselves. When they believe to know what it’s about simply because they’ve “been there, done that.”

No one is in the wrong here either. Everyone is allowed to parent their children however they see fit when it comes to video games. However, growing up playing video games and working in the field, it’s odd to hear people talk about it negatively in passing.

The first family I ever babysat for hated the kids playing video games. They were on the consoles all the time and got fixated on the games. However, the parents never educated themselves about video games. The kids would be playing rated M games at the ages of 6, 7, and 10. The parents didn’t ease up on them playing games until they found out I played video games too. It was almost though it was suddenly okay because I, an adult, played games.

I’m sure it helped that I played family-friendly games such as Mario and Pokemon. I think the parents thought my influence on the kids would steer them in a better direction when it came to playing games.

I’m old enough now to look back at the stupid things I’ve done and realized my parents were right all along. However, there are some times I see parents doing or saying something because they don’t understand it themselves and just don’t want their kids to go down an unknown rabbit hole. A rabbit hole, the parents won’t take the time to check out first.

Again, I’m not trying to say parents who don’t let their kids play video games are wrong. Everyone has their own opinions on the subject and this is mine. It’s an interesting perspective when you’re caught in the middle. These aren’t my kids so who am I to butt in? It’s just interesting to see from afar.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Galar Pokemon

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The end of 2019 was pretty good in the sense I spent most of my time playing Pokemon Shield. Aside from knowing the baby starter Pokemon (not their evolutions) and a handful of other Pokemon, I didn’t know what to expect from brand new Pokemon going in. And that’s the way I like it. I was pleasantly surprised at the new Pokemon and love so many of the new designs.

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Chewtle

I absolutely love turtles. They’re one of my favorite animals. When I first saw Chewtle, my heart melted. He looks tough but he’s just a small, adorable guy with an abnormally large head. He’s slow too, which makes camping all the more fun. If you call him from afar, you’ll be sitting there for a few minutes while he happily “runs” toward you.

Cinderace

I enjoy all the evolution forms of Scorbunny. However, its final evolution is awesome. Cinderace looks like the older brother type for the rest of the Pokemon on my team. His clothes are awesome, he has a cool stance, and I love his animations when he attacks – especially with Pyro Ball because it looks like he’s playing soccer and it looks cool.

Carkol

I’ve never met a fire type Pokemon I didn’t like. I didn’t have Carkol on my team because I already had Scorbunny, but the Rolycoly line looks amazing. Out of the three evolutions, Carkol, the middle, is my favorite design. I like how he’s a minecart. I think it’s pretty clever.

Barraskewda

I’ll be honest. I haven’t trained too many “fish” Pokemon. I normally get a water Pokemon before you get the fishing rod in the game. You can fish right away in Sword and Shield, though I didn’t realize that at first. I didn’t have a Barraskewda on my team, but I enjoy the design of the Pokemon. I think it’s pretty cool how they made its fins and tail act as motor propellers as though it’s a boat.

Eiscue

Have we had a penguin Pokemon before? I can’t think of one at the top of my head and I’m too lazy to look through all 890 Pokemon to find a penguin. While Eiscue looks a bit odd with a block of ice for a head, I think it’s out of the box which makes it pretty cool overall. Not to mention, now they have plenty of opportunities to make other penguin Pokemon – macaroni penguins, baby penguins, emperor penguins, and more.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons Cover Art

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We’re officially in 2020 and I’m looking forward to what the world of gaming has in store for us this year.

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As of right now, the game I’m most excited about is Animal Crossing New Horizons. I’ve been a hot minute since we’ve had a new Animal Crossing game and I can’t wait to head to the island and decorate my house – inside and out.

Nintendo has added a new commercial for the game and even though it’s in Japanese and shows off a bit of what we already know of the game, I’m pleased with it. I think it’s adorable that Nook and his sons are showing off the island to the villagers which makes me wonder what Nook is up to now. I mean, what exactly is Nook, Inc.? Is he a travel agent now?

A lot of people were excited to see Isabelle among the other villagers. I see why but I don’t at the same time… were people thinking Isabelle might not be in this game? I figured she’s a staple at this point and Nintendo knows that. She is in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate after all.

What I love most about this commercial though is that the cover art has been revealed. There’s a lot to the cover. It shows off a male and female villager, Nook and his sons, along with Isabelle and a couple of villagers in the background. Not to mention some of the various things you can do in the game such as fish and chop wood.

I really think Animal Crossing New Horizons is going to be the best Animal Crossing game yet.

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Character Spotlight: Timmy & Tommy

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Today is the last day of 2019. What better way to celebrate than talk about a couple of baby raccoons?

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Timmy and Tommy (don’t ask me which one is which) are twin brothers who first appeared in the very first Animal Crossing game, Animal Forest (2001) for the Nintendo 64. This game was only released in Japan, which is probably why I’ve never heard of it until now. They’ve appeared in all the other Animal Crossing games since. However, their full names weren’t revealed until the latest installment of the series, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2013).

No one truly knows where Timmy and Tommy came from. With their last name being Nook, the same as Tom Nook’s, it’s implied the twins are Tom Nook’s sons or nephews. I personally thought they were his sons, considering Tommy may be named after Tom Nook himself. Then again, he could be named after his “uncle.”

However, there are certain villagers with the jock or lazy personalities that will tell you a rumor of Tom Nook finding the twins on the street and raising them himself. So, they may not even be blood-related to the old raccoon. Who knew there was such backstory to a few characters in the Animal Crossing world?

The twins have more responsibility in each Animal Crossing game, the more they come out. They used to be in the background and now they’re running on the main store of the village on their own while Tom Nook does real estate.

I’ve always loved these two (even though they constantly follow you around in the store while you try to browse). They haven’t done much, but they’re cute and there’s no reason to dislike these characters (unlike Tom Nook who you could call a crook).

I’m looking forward to seeing what they do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I’m not sure if they’ll have a “bigger” part than they normally have or not, but it’ll be cool to see them on the Nintendo Switch.

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2020 Games I’m Looking Forward To

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Also, belated Merry Christmas! This week is flying by and so did 2019. I was in a gaming slump for most of it and while we don’t know too much about what 2020 will bring us, there are a few games announced that I’m looking forward to.

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Ori And The Will Of The Wisps (February 2020)

This game looks amazing. I have the first game and haven’t played it yet. I’m hoping to before the second game comes out. Hopefully, I’ll get the second game and play it right away.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (March 2020)

Game of the year 2020. I’m calling it right now.

Minecraft: Dungeons

I enjoy Minecraft though it’s not a game I play often. Minecraft: Dungeons seems like it’ll be a fun twist to the classic game and I’m excited to see what it’ll entail.

Sports Story

I never played Golf Story though it was one I wanted to try. Sports Story looks enticing and I’m curious to see how this one will be.

There are so many other games to be released in 2020, some we may not even know about yet. I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us gamers.

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Games I Missed In 2019

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It’s so hard to believe 2019 is coming to a close. I honestly don’t know where the time went. What I do know is that I got into a gaming slump and re-played a few older games. I missed out on quite a bit this year and I still want to get and play some of these games.

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Kingdom Hearts III

Can you believe this game came out in January? I feel like it was just released not too long ago. I feel extra behind now!

I have never played a Kingdom Hearts game, but I would love to give the series a try, despite what everyone says about it. Kingdom Hearts III seemed to be a good starting point since no one seems to understand the story anyway.

Cadence of Hyrule

I was so ready for this game. However, when it came out this summer, I was barely home. The Switch Lite hadn’t come out yet and I didn’t have my main Switch at all while I was away. I wasn’t able to play any games even if I did have Cadence of Hyrule. Not only did I not play it though, but we also haven’t even bought it yet.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

I haven’t played any of these games, but this seems like a solid one. I enjoy the Marvel characters and they just recently announced X-Men characters joining. So, it’s still something on my list.

Jenny LeClue

This was one of those games that I couldn’t wait to come out and amid the waiting, I promptly forgot about it. I love mystery games and this looked different than the ones I normally play. Of course, it’s on Steam and I don’t play PC games that often. I think that’s why it fell to the wayside for me.

Untitled Goose Game

I don’t know. I just want to see what all the fuss is about or this game.

Ring Fit Adventure

Honestly? I didn’t want to spend the money on this one, but I’m still eager to try it out. I put it on my Christmas list, so we’ll see. Maybe I will get the chance to try it before the end of the year.

Honorary Mention: Celeste

I have no excuses for this one. I really, really need to play this game. (And yes, I know this didn’t come out in 2019.)

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Why I Chose To Play A Sorcerer In Dungeons & Dragons

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It’s no secret that Kris and I got into a Dungeons and Dragons group with some friends at the beginning of this year. We meet about once a month and are in the same group with the same campaign. That said, I chose to play as a sorcerer and have been since the beginning.

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Narrowing Down The Classes

Looking at all the classes you can choose from when creating a character in D&D, I immediately was torn between the sorcerer, the warlock, and the wizard. While I would love to give all the other classes a try, there was no doubt in mind that I wanted to start with one of these three classes. This is for one reason: magic.

I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve always gravitated toward magic users. Fire, in particular. Mutants in the X-Men world and other superheroes with fire powers were always some of my favorites. Fire-type Pokemon are my favorite. I have no idea where this love of fire came from, but I’m rolling with it anyway.

Playing Dungeons and Dragons is the closest I can get to becoming a superhero. If I can have magic – specifically fire – I’ll take what I can get.

But, how was I supposed to choose between these three classes for my first ever D&D campaign?

Where Does The Magic Come From?

The Wizard

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the D&D lore and their classes. However, from my understanding, Wizards learn their magic. They’re very much into knowledge and always learning new spells from other wizards or inscriptions they find throughout their adventures. They take their magic very seriously and actually care about their magic first above anything else.

I love magic, but I wasn’t sure if my character would really stay true to that. Regardless, my character is my character – they can be a rebel wizard. Still, I wasn’t sure if that was something I wanted to do.

Learning is great too. However, I wanted my character to have the magic inside of them. I didn’t want them to necessarily have to be “taught” new spells.

The Warlock

Warlocks basically make a deal with the devil to get their magic. They learn it, yes, but it becomes one within them. Warlocks are constantly wanting to know more about the worlds they live in. Through that, they make pacts with supernatural beings and gain magic powers. I wasn’t sure if I was quite up to the task of my character making deals with strangers to gain some magic.

Plus, despite this grand adventure, my character is an introvert and a hermit. So… there you go.

The Sorcerer

Sorcerers are born with the magic inside them. It comes from a specific bloodline they’re part of (my character is part dragon). Out of the three of them, I felt this was the most interesting. I thought I could do a lot with my character’s background and bloodline. Of course, I’m still exploring my character through the first campaign. We’re still getting to know each other.

However, I thought having the magic already inside her would open up a lot of future potentials when it comes to character development – especially since she’s part dragon and a hermit.

Sapphire The Sorcerer Was Born

Thus, Sapphire became a sorcerer. That’s it. I had no elaborate plans in mind. I just wanted magic and magic already being one within my character was the most appealing to me.

Although, I do hope I get the chance to try out every class type someday.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite New Features In Pokemon Sword & Shield

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I’ve been playing Pokemon Shield almost non-stop. I’ve almost completed the Pokedex and am prepping to begin a new journey in Pokemon Sword. I love the game if you couldn’t tell. Here are some of my favorite new features from it.

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The Wild Area

I guess this is kind of a given, but the Wild Area is such a cool place. I lost so many hours in this part of the map even before I beat the game. There’s just so much to do even if you can’t do it all right away. Seeing Pokemon wander around in and out of the grass but have different strengths depending on where they appear are cool. I also like the fact that most of the Pokemon live in harmony in the Wild Area. It almost feels like a reserve (despite us all barging in there to catch them all) and it’s awesome to see so many species in one place, yet they stick to their own biomes.

The Weather

No, the weather isn’t new, per se. And yes, this is another feather of the Wild Area. I enjoyed how vast the Wild Area is that each section has its own weather. Depending on what weather you have, different Pokemon appear. Even a gym leader uses weather as a battling tactic which was interesting. Other than having a specific type, the gym leaders never really had too many “strats.” The weather was fun to work around and counter.

Pokemon Camp

Okay, they finally did it. They upped their game when it comes to playing with your Pokemon. I enjoyed Pokemon Aime but seeing them actually walk around, engage with one another (and you), and play, the Pokemon Camp is awesome. I could spend hours in there with my team and everyone in my box. I love watching them race each other (poor Drednaw and Eldegoss are so slow compared to Cinderace and Boltund).

In addition, you get to cook for them. It’s not exactly my favorite thing to do, but I enjoy watching the Pokemon eat and it’s always great to give them a boost in experience points or heal them.

Character Development

I know this isn’t exactly a “feature” but I needed to talk about the character development. Every Pokemon game is the same. There’s a bad guy team that wants to steal Pokemon and take over the world. It’s up to you, a child, to stop it all. There wasn’t any of that (for the most part). Every character – your rivals, gym leaders – all had their own stories. By the end of the game, they all had an ending to their story or a new beginning. It was great. I wasn’t just invested in the Pokemon and the gameplay, I was invested in the characters. No, there wasn’t much of a story, but there was still more to the game than just Pokemon battles and I thought that was really cool.

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