Blinky

Blinky

I am a HUGE Batman fan! I love The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Halo :) ect ect.... Also, I am a big Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings fan . Metallica's biggest fan here ;)

Feb 052013
 

All of my friends are crazy, obsessive Kingdom Hearts nerds, like to the extreme. So when I bought my 3DS , I thought I would join their little cult by playing the newest addition in the Kingdom Hearts series, Dream Drop Distance. Considering that these games were all my besties talked about, one would think I would know what to expect. I knew it was an RPG, and that it was based around Disney worlds and characters, but I had no idea of exactly how deep and profound the story truly was. So when I started playing this game, I had absolutely no idea what was going on… That was a bit discouraging at first, but still I fought on. The memento’s included in the story helped connect the pieces considerably, but I still felt like I was missing somethings that were probably important. Anyways, I kept at it , and swore a vow to myself that I would play through every other Kingdom Hearts game, not just because of the immense confusion, but because of the amazing story, inspiring characters, and over riding themes that dominated the kingdom hearts universe. Being a little lost was worth it in the end. This game had been my initial taste of what is one of the most incredible game series of all time!

Dream Drop Distance is the 7th installment in the Kingdom Hearts series, and focuses on Sora and Riku’s Mark of Mastery exam, in which they must help awaken a multitude of parallel universes ,once destroyed by the Heartless, known as sleeping worlds,  protect them them from the evil Xehanort’s wrath (unbeknownst to Sora and Riku) and to become official Key blade masters!  These sleeping world’s are plagued with somewhat adorable monsters known as Dream eaters, revealed in Traverse town to have been released by a mysterious hooded man possibly working with the Organization.  Well most likely working for the Organization. From that world on, they are hunted down by the hooded man’s fellow organization pal’s, Ansem and Xemnas. Although the Dream Eaters are bad guys, you can create some of your own to fight alongside you, which honestly helps quite a bit.

Sora is on the left and Riku is on the right.

Sora is on the left and Riku is on the right.

You play intermittently as Sora and Riku, meaning you play Sora for a certain amount of time before he “drops” , at that point you would then play as Riku for the same amount of time. This can make it difficult to keep a sense of continuity when playing your character, especially during tough boss battles.  And if you drop during a boss battle, you must RESTART at the beginning…

This is an action RPG , so you must fight to level up you character(s). You will be leveling up you dream eaters as well as both Sora and Riku.The more you level up, the stronger you get and the more powerful you get.  It is probably a pretty good idea to keep them at the same level. As you level up your Dream eaters, they can unlock special powers, which help in tough battles and when fighting groups of high level dream eaters.

 

This ones a good guy!

Another thing worth mentioning are the incredible sleeping worlds and their designs. The settings are all absolutely amazing!  The worlds range from Monstro’s belly to the fantastic battle arena from Tron. My personal favorites are the  World That Never Was, The Grid, and the breathtakingly beautiful Symphony of Sorcery. Aside from having gorgeous and thorough designs, these worlds have lots of room for adventure. They are packed full of stuff to find , little hidden areas to search, and plenty of fun stuff to do.

The Grid

Just one of many beautiful settings…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can truly say I thoroughly enjoyed this game, It was cleverly structured with a beautiful plot and round characters, intertwined perfectly. Erm… I definitely would recommend playing through the earlier games first, there is a lot of content the mementos just can’t explain right and need to be played to be understood.  If you haven’t already played a Kingdom hearts game….. DOOO IT!

Jan 232013
 

If you are  particularly squeamish, faint-hearted, or simply enjoy sleeping , than The Dark Descent is probably not for you. I, for one, happen to be one of those people, so you can imagine I’d generally never go out of my way to play this game. And I didn’t.  Amnesia: The Dark Descent  was introduced to me by a close friend who had just bought it off Steam. She insisted that we play it together and it would be oh so fun! At that point I had gone either temporarily insane or had just abandoned my common sense so of course, I agreed to play.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent, is a point and click horror game, in which you have to survive without using weapons or having way of defending yourself. This game requires you to use your head; A concept made difficult when diluted with fear. Generally you will be searching for items such as letters and small tools and solving somewhat difficult puzzles whilst avoiding certain death by what I consider to be the most terrifying monsters EVER to appear in a video game. The game play mechanics themselves are easy enough, but the game’s eerie environment makes it a whole lot harder for someone as jittery as myself.  The “scary” aspect of this game is a whole lot more effective to those not-so-easily-frightened if you follow the experience advice given to you before you begin the game. I highly recommend doing as they say to better immerse yourself  into the game. I.E. Don’t play with the lights on! Undecided

With the simple game play, in order for a game like this to be good, it needs an engaging  plot. The Dark Descent does not dissapoint. You play as Daniel, who wakes up to find himself in a Prussian castle named Brennenburg. In accordance with the game’s name, he has amnesia, and cannot recall anything that had happened to him or why he’s there. He shortly finds one of several notes written to himself and learns that he had, in fact, erased his own memory and must get to the Inner Sanctum to defeat a man named Alexander. In order to accomplish this he must explore around every inch of the castle, scouring for notes he had written to himself and obscure clues about Alexander’s curious studies. Like I previously mentioned, this is all done defenselessly. That means facing a monster could mean certain doom, so hiding well is an important skill one must quickly acquire.

Now, it is imperative to understand that this game is designed to play on one’s true fears and executes these psychological elements with sincere perfection and above all, subtly.   While playing this game, don’t just expect monsters to be popping out around every corner and angry demons to be chasing you down every hallway. Subtly is the key. You begin the game just knowing something terrible is going to happen, and this feeling is reinforced by the quiet bangs and clangs and sometimes moans echoing in the background.  The rooms are almost always empty( monster free that is),often with a dead body or two to set the tone. Eventually, you know something just HAS to jump out at you. This thought becomes dominant. So then you are checking and re-checking every corner and backing out of every room as fast as you enter them. By the time you actually see a monster, it’s heart stopping. It is utterly terrifying. and only because you’ve been expecting it for so damn long.  For the most part this turns into a morbid cycle , but the game designers were clever enough to make sure to throw some curve balls in there, just to make sure you haven’t become too accustomed to any patterns. And when they do decide to change it up, an extra pair of undies come in handy.

 Amnesia: The Dark Descent does a fantastic job of being terrifying. I already mentioned that I’m a bit of a scardy-cat, but i still could not stop playing!  This game introduces a kind of thrill coupled with fear that had me completely addicted. I highly recommend playing  amnesia, and can’t wait to play the next Amnesia game , A Machine for Pigs!