Change can often be a scary thing. It’s usually attached to the unknown and unfamiliar. Our natural instinct is to resist what we don’t know or are uncomfortable with. It’s our way of protecting ourselves from what we think is a perceived danger against us. But most of the time it’s really just our fear getting in the way of seeing the opportunity to learn, grow, and further our potential far beyond than what we think we’re capable of doing. When the winds of change begin to blow in your direction, get ready to embrace it.
The anime Yuri!!! On Ice, about a Japanese ice skater named Yuri Katsuki, who is at a crossroads in his life after facing a crushing defeat during the Grand Prix Final, and the renown Russian figure skater Victor Nikiforov, who is inspired to be Yuri’s coach after seeing secretly recorded footage of Yuri skating in the rink, has been the runaway hit series of 2016. It’s also one of the rarer anime series to prominently feature a positive same-sex relationship between two men. I had the pleasure of finally finishing all 12-episodes of Yuri recently on Crunchyroll, and I’m definitely excited for more of this delightful show. Whenever Yuri comes back for a Season 2, there’s a number of things I hope to see in the new season. There will be some light spoilers about the anime, so read at your own risk.
Normally, this is about the time I would have a report about my latest progress with the video game I chose to finish in a month posted. If you followed along with me so far, you would know I managed to finish my ongoing video game challenge with Mass Effect: Andromeda a lot sooner than I had originally anticipated. Rather than choose an official video game challenge to replace the one I finished, I decided to use the rest of the month to play whatever game I wanted. I’ve done well in the backlog department, and I’m here to recap the games I completed or have been playing with a formal announcement on what video game I’ll be focusing on for August.
A staple of most BioWare games are the romance options and paths you can choose from. Whenever a new game is announced from the developer, one of the things fans instantly think about are the potential romances players will get to experience. Mass Effect: Andromeda is BioWare’s fourth game in the Mass Effect series, but with a brand new story and a whole new cast of characters. Andromeda has very loose ties to the original trilogy and is meant to stand apart from it. The game’s sort of blank slate gives players the opportunity to follow the adventures of Pathfinder Ryder and his/her team as they travel the galaxy in search of a new home. Finding viable home worlds is a tall order, but no one ever said a little bit of romance couldn’t be on the table either. Andromeda has a number of romance options for a female/male Ryder to choose to cozy up to. My first playthrough of the video game led me to choose crisis response specialist for the Andromeda Initiative Liam Kosta as my Ryder’s love interest.
My journey with Mass Effect: Andromeda ended, which means I finished my video game challenge ahead of schedule than I thought I would. As I have mentioned in my last post, I gave myself free reign to just choose any video game I felt like playing. It didn’t make sense starting a new video game challenge with most of the month nearly gone already. I decided to go back to Final Fantasy XV after putting that aside in an attempt to complete another video game challenge. It seems like I’ve been doing well on the completion front this month because Final Fantasy XV is now also in the bag. It has been an incredible trip with this game and there’s plenty to say after reflecting on it. Fair warning to those who have yet to play or finish Final Fantasy XV, there will be heavy spoilers about the game. Read at your own risk.
You may be wondering why I have a progress report up earlier this month, instead of at the end of the month like I normally would. This can only mean one thing––it’s mission accomplished on Mass Effect: Andromeda! I decided to get this done sooner rather than later. Why wait until the end of the month when I can detail my final thoughts on the game now? I will be avoiding spoilers for the end of the game and key plot points in this report.
Summer is here, which means a chance to get away for that long overdue vacation to someplace exotic or a short trip to visit family. Whether it’s a long or short trip, and you’re a gamer, it also means spending time away from your console or PC. As gamers, we love our games but we also have lives outside of Mario and Zelda. How can a gamer have their cake and eat it too? If you own a portable game system, like a Nintendo 3DS or even a Nintendo DS, you bring that with you on the road. Here’s my personal five fun games I’ve taken with me on trips to pass the time between flights or rest stops. The list will focus on games that can be played on the Nintendo 3DS. Continue reading “On The Road Again: Five Fun Video Games To Take On A Trip”
Out of all the tasks Mass Effect: Andromeda has you doing, and there’s a lot, the best part about playing this game is the loyalty missions for your crew. What I noticed about playing Andromeda this month is how a huge chunk of my gameplay time has been spent on diving deep into who my Ryder’s crew is as individuals. What their strengths and weaknesses are. What they hope and fear for themselves and for others closest to them. It’s time to conclude this month with another video game progress report.
Telltale Games succeeded in turning the popular series The Walking Dead into an interactive story experience fueled by player’s choice. The story of Lee and Clementine is one of gaming’s most emotionally satisfying stories ever told and one of the most memorable characters to come out of video games. It’s not surprising that Telltale isn’t quite ready to let go of Clementine, even if she’s playing second fiddle to a new set of characters in The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. The final results in the game can determine what kind of person Clementine develops into through your decisions in A New Frontier.
The latest movies to come out of the DC extended universe have been mostly disappointing. The release of Man of Steel in 2013 was about an average reception by both critics and fans, some critical about the direction the story took, specifically Superman’s big battle with General Zod towards the end of the movie. Last year’s releases of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad wasn’t any better either. Both films suffered from convoluted stories, terrible editing, and really bad plot holes. The only good thing both films seem to have going for them was the brief introduction of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman and Margot Robbie’s turn as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. With DC struggling to score a home run in the box office that its rival Marvel seems to be hitting without any real trouble, the only exception being Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, you almost had to wonder if DC’s time in the movie business may be over. Wonder Woman is the latest studio entry for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment. A lot has been riding on this film to succeed and to pull DC out of its slump. Luckily for the studio execs and for the people who have been dying for a juicy female led movie that’s entertaining and more, Wonder Woman has pulled off what the previous roster of films haven’t.