Octopath Traveler [First Impressions]

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Octopath Traveler is a game that we’ve all been waiting for a long time. Nintendo even gave us two demos for the game – the first we’ve played, the second we did not. Still, after the first demo and seeing various trailers, we were eager to get this game.

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It’s been a long while since we’ve sat down and played a good, long game with a heavy emphasis on the story. Octopath Traveler seemed to be just what the doctor ordered, and with Square Enix at the reins, we had a good feeling that Octopath would be worth the time and money.

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While we knew you got to pick a character to start, I thought we’d have to play the game 8 times to get the full story effect for all the characters. However, that’s not the case. As long as you have the character you’ve chosen in your party at all times, you can go through all 8 stories at once as you pick up each of the other characters on your journey, which is fantastic. We’re currently going through chapter 1 for all 8 characters.

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We’ve been having a great time going through each character’s story and learning about their background, but I’ve honestly been most impressed so far by the music and the sound effects. Even back when the first demo came out, the music was one of our favorite things about it. Not only is the soundtrack beautiful, but the little details for the sound effects had us gushing. We chose Therion the thief to start and there’s a point where you explore a manor. His footsteps click on the marble floor but hush as he travels over rugs, and his voice echoed when speaking in a grand room, as voices tend to do in fancy manor rooms. Those little details were amazing to us.

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To go along with the music and sound effects, the voice actors are on point. Listening to the quick cut scenes where the characters speak for themselves is always engaging to listen to. They all have distinct voices that seem to fit their personality perfectly. The voices vary in tones and emotion depending on what’s going on. You can tell the voice actors put their full effort into it.

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The game play and the characters’ stories (the ones we’ve started so far, anyway) are great as well, but it’s the game’s music and sound effects, along with the art style, that has fully captured our attention and helps to keep us excited to turn on the game again. As we go further along into the game, we’re sure the stories will keep us enraptured as well, but for the beginning, the music, acting, and art style are doing their jobs phenomenally.

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I’m eager to learn more about all their stories. I’m excited to play a lengthy game with an engaging story again. It’s been a while.

What do you think of Octopath Traveler? Which character did you choose to begin with? Let us know in the comments below!

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Of Kingdom Hearts

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday!

We’re actually in Disneyworld right now! Being around Mickey Mouse and his friends reminded me of the popular video game franchise Kingdom Hearts, an ambitious crossover of Disney characters published by Square Enix.

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I’ve only ever touched upon the Kingdom Hearts games when I was much younger. Having never owned the games myself, I was only able to play a bit of the first one whenever we visited our aunt and uncle a couple of towns over from where we lived (coincidentally, this is the same uncle that introduced me to video games and superheroes). If I had the chance, I would start up the game, usually create a new file and enjoy the main theme song, and give the game another try.

The farthest I’ve gotten was, perhaps, to Tarzan’s world, but I vaguely remember Aladdin’s world as well. I honestly cannot remember if Aladdin’s world was from watching my uncle or a friend play, or if there was a time that I had been able to borrow the game to play myself.

I always liked the idea of Kingdom Hearts, finding the narrative to be unique with exploring the Disney worlds to be a fun thought, even with the story line being a tad dark. And, while I don’t completely understand the line of sequels (why is there a game called “2.8 Final Chapter Prologue”? Why is there a Kingdom Hearts II when Chain of Memories is the direct sequel to the first game?), it is a franchise I would like to try.

What do you think of Kingdom Hearts? Have you ever played the games?

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Flashback Friday: Final Fantasy VII

Double Jump Kris MiiOne of the most acclaimed RPG series, Final Fantasy has amassed fifteen main games in thirty years. This Friday we’re talking about arguably one of the most popular in that series, Final Fantasy VII.

 

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Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997, at the end of January in Japan and at the beginning of September for North America. Europe did not see the game until November, marking it as the first Final Fantasy game to be released in that continent. Developed by Square (as Square Enix was known back then), development began in 1994 for the SNES, but was later moved to the PlayStation due to technical limitations on the SNES.

A fantasy and sci-fi RPG, Final Fantasy VII starred the character Cloud and his allies as they protected their world against the superhuman Sephiroth and a megacorporation that wished to use the planet’s life essence as an energy source. Final Fantasy VII has since received widespread commercial success, with the development staff being about 100 members and a budget of over $80 million to ensure the game’s success. It has been acclaimed as one of the greatest video games of all time, being released and remade quite a few times, for Steam, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

I remember ages ago when I borrowed this game from my uncle. (In fact, it’s still on our video game shelves… apparently I never returned it. Oops.) I never finished it, and I believe it’s due to a classmate spoiling a major plot point for me. I remember her mentioning not to bother leveling up a certain character since said character ends of dead.

I do, however, aim to play it again when I can. If I can dig my old PlayStation out and make that work, perhaps I’ll finish the game up on that old console. If not, perhaps I’ll splurge and buy it for Steam!

 

Have you ever played Final Fantasy VII, or any of the Final Fantasy games? What are your favorites?

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