Friday Favorites: New Games

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Since starting this blog, I’ve come to the realization that I don’t play as many games as I thought I did. I mean, I’ve been gaming since I was old enough to pick up a controller, but my gaming tends to be limited in my favorite franchises. The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon, with the occasional Mario, games dominate most of these posts.
In recent years, video games and everything that’s associated with them (story, art, characters, software, etc.) became more important to me, and I’ve been trying to find different games to try. Below are some of my favorite “newer” finds.

4. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Alright, so this series isn’t exactly new, but it’s definitely a gem. We had found it on the Wii’s Virtual Console and, having never heard of the series, had decided to give it a go. Gaming wasn’t exactly a serious pursuit at that point, but it was a key game in opening up my mind to everything gaming could be — the writing, the characters, the stories themselves are amazing, and were an inspiration to keep following this art form.

That, and this series was played not only with Rachel but also with our elder sister Lisa. Lisa’s not a big gamer at all, but to be able to share this series with both my sisters will always make it special to me.

3. Assassin’s Creed

I haven’t played this game yet, but it is there on my to-do list. This game series always seemed interesting to me and it was bought on a whim when Rachel and I were looking for more games for our PlayStation 3. Hopefully it’ll be a great game and open some more doors for us, genre-wise!

2. Batman: Arkham series

I was supposed to play the first game of this series a couple of months ago, back when Rachel and I were challenging each other to play a game that the other hadn’t played before. Because our XBox 360 died, I still haven’t been able to give this game a shot. However, Rachel has played it, and it was definitely not the kind of game I would ever think of my sister playing. Seeing her try out the combat-heavy, dark-themed Batman game was awesome — like the Phoenix Wright series, the Arkham franchise opened our eyes to new games and styles of play.

1. Minecraft

 

Rachel touched upon this game already on this blog, and this probably won’t be the last time you hear about it from us, haha! When Minecraft first came out, I honestly thought it seemed a bit silly and didn’t see much of a point to it. Sure, there are some people who can create some fantastic pixel art with the block style of the game, but it wasn’t until Rachel and I watched some streams of the game from our favorite YouTubers that we got interested enough to try it.

Of course, our first go-round with the game, the XBox 360 version, wasn’t that great, but after getting our desktop and then a gaming laptop, Minecraft was always one of the first games we wanted to try out. The game has been great so far, even if it is just Rachel and I trying to survive (and failing at times) in the world!

What are some of your favorite newer games?

Friday Favorites: Ace Attorney Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiYay for the weekend! Everyone have nice plans for the long weekend, for those of you who have it?

One of the games that Rachel and I are most anxious to play is the new Ace Attorney game, Spirit of Justice. It boasts new and old characters alike, so I thought it fitting to showcase some of my favorite characters from the original trilogy of the Ace Attorney games: Ace Attorney, Justice for All, and Trials and Tribulations.

5. Gumshoe

Who didn’t love Detective Gumshoe? He seemed to be a giant teddy bear, and was totally devoted to doing his absolute best for the police force and the attorneys on whatever case he was investigating. Sure, he was a bit clumsy, but his heart was always in the right place.

4. Maya Fey

Charming, enthusiastic, and loyal to her best friends and sister’s memory, Maya was a fantastic sidekick for Phoenix Wright. Her spirit abilities and sunny presence always helped during the cases.

3. Godot

First of all, this guy’s coffee puns were amazing. Secondly, he was always a challenging and mysterious prosecutor throughout the Trials and Tribulations game. Once his whole story and motivations unfolded in the game, it was all too easy for him to climb up my list of favorites.

2. Phoenix Wright

Of course Phoenix needs to be on this list! As the main character of the games, the player spends a lot of time with him, and his loyalty, sense of justice, and love of his friends makes him an endearing character.

1. Miles Edgeworth

Okay, so this guy was a bit of an ass at first, but he clearly knew what he was doing as a prosecutor. He also had a fantastic redemption arc in the original Ace Attorney in an episode that still remains my favorite to date.

What were some of your favorite Ace Attorney characters?

Eagerly Awaiting September

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I had a completely different post planned for today, but then I went onto the Internet and found some exciting news…

 

If you’re as big a fan of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series by Capcom, then you’ll be excited for this one.

The other day there was news of the release date for the latest game, Ace Attorney 6, in Japan. I was sad when they didn’t mention North America because we already had two other Ace Attorney games that were not released outside of Japan: Gyakuten Kenji 2 (the sequel to Miles Edgeworth: Investigations) and Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodo Ryunosuke no Boken (a prequel to the Ace Attorney series).

I did not want them to hog the game in Japan.

But my prayers were answered the other day when My Nintendo News created the post about the release date of the game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice.

The game will come to North America and Europe in September 2016. It will be digital only, meaning it will only be sold on the Nintendo 3DS’s eshop. There are mixed reviews about not having a physical copy, but I don’t mind it at all. As long as I get the game, I’m happy.

While I loved Apollo Justice and Dual Destinies, the games certainly weren’t the same as the original trilogy. I missed having Phoenix as the main lawyer. No, I am not complaining, I love every single character this series has thrown at me–good or bad. However, I am excited that Spirit of Justice will feature Phoenix as the main lawyer again.

Not only that, but Maya will be coming back alongside Detective Gumshoe and Miles Edgeworth. Apollo Justice will be there with (I think) Athena and Prosecutor Blackquill. I just hope that Pearl, Larry, and Trucy makes an appearance.

Here’s the trailer for the game:

Are you excited for this new game just as much as I am?

How Ace Attorney Influenced Me

Rachel Mii Double JumpHey everyone!

Today I thought I would give you a little background not just on my love of video games, but how a certain video games series influenced me in real life.

 

When I was young I always wanted to be a spy or detective. I had a ton of spy gear and police-type toys such as glasses that I could see out the back of my head, invisible ink pens, walkie-talkies, spy books, and anything else you can imagine.

I don’t really know where that love came from. It might have been the Hank the Cowdog book series I used to read.

Yet, I never did become a detective. As I got older I realized that would be kind of scary. I chased after a couple of other dreams such as teaching, writing, and blogging.

I always played video games since before I could remember. Kris had always played them so I grew up watching her play them and then soon began to play them myself.

A couple years ago, Kris and I discovered Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney one night on our Wii’s virtual console. We had just gotten the Wii and were looking for games to download. We thought it was so cool we could download old school games onto a modern console!

We had never heard of Ace Attorney before. We read the description and when we realized it was detective-like game, we thought we would give it a shot. Who doesn’t like a good mystery to solve?

We fell head over heels for the entire Ace Attorney series. We not only fell in love with the mysteries and game play, but the characters themselves. As a writer myself, I really admired the writers for this video game series.

So much so that I ended up creating my own mystery novel series. The first book is in the editing stages that I hope to start querying by the end of 2016.

I’ve been writing stories and books since I was 10-years-old. I never saw myself writing a mystery novel, let alone ideas for an entire mystery series.

But I guess that’s the impact certain video games can have on you.

What video game has inspired you?

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Review

Title: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Company: Capcom
Console: Nintendo DS, Virtual Console
How we got the game: We bought it on the Virtual Console.

Our Review:

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was a series that we totally bought on a whim. A few years ago, we had a bit of extra money on our Wii’s Virtual Console account and bought Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, the third installment (not that we knew it at the time) of the original Ace Attorney series. We were utterly hooked with the entire series and eagerly sought out the rest of the games.

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To be honest though, the cases of the third game was what hooked us in the beginning. If you’ve played the series then you know the last case was mind-blowing. It was the one with Dahlia… Yeah, her.
The cases were so in depth, challenging at times, and interactive to play. Who doesn’t want that in a mystery game?

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Dear Lord, that woman scared the crap out of us by the end of the game! It was fantastic! Besides the intricate cases, the characters themselves were my favorite part of the game. Apparently the director of the game, Shu Takumi, created the characters after the stories and episodes of the game, developing the characters and dialogue as he went along. The majority of my stories start with characters, not the story itself, so that was a really interesting tidbit to me.

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And we finished the game late at night too… Have the lights on, people!
I absolutely love each and every character! They’re all special and unique in their own way. Even though some of them are considered “rivals” they’re all still one, big happy family.

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The characters definitely make the game, even the characters that are only there for one episode or story. Each one leaves a mark, and generally leaves you laughing. Besides the characters, the exploration itself was tons of fun. Going from place to place, clicking on whatever you thought might have something to do with the case, gathering clues and connecting the dots on your own to solve the cases.

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It’s fun to feel as though you’re a real detective! Even though you’re playing a defense attorney. The game doesn’t exactly follow real life laws and such either. There are supernatural elements to the game and with some of the characters being goofy and having odd personalities, it definitely makes the mystery game much more cozy.

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Yes, I love the fantasy element the game has. A defense attorney and spirit medium definitely aren’t the type of duo that you hear about every day! Even the antagonists and rivals are fun — we definitely fangirled over Miles Edgeworth plenty of times. The only real con to the game, I feel, is that there isn’t that same suspenseful feeling after you beat it the first time. We revisit the game for the characters, the setting, the writing, but already knowing the outcome of the mysteries puts a damper on its replay value.

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Yes, that’s true. Though it can still be enjoyable to play because even though we know the answer, we don’t necessarily remember how to get there. It’s still fun to go back to for something light-hearted, interactive, and witty!

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney gets…
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