Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Zelda Intros

When I was looking up some Zelda music for an upcoming Geek Mash post today, I came across this video. It shows off all of the introductions for The Legend of Zelda games, up until 2014 on the Wii U. 

Check it out below. What is your favourite Zelda intro? Post in the comments below! 

Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Legend of Zelda: Kay's Awakening

It was my birthday on the 29th April, and one of my closest friends made me the funniest (and coolest!) of cards. 

He knows I love The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, so he mocked up this for me, complete with my birth year. 

So thanks Brad! I love it. 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

I've Got a PS4!

It was my birthday on the 29th April, and I got a PS4, thanks to my family! 

I have a bunch of games I already bought during the sale (Telltale Games set again, Tomb Raider for example), and am looking forward to working through everything. I'm surprised by how many games I have already, and I've only had it for three days!

Above: Cat cuddles, Skyping with my boyfriend (and joint gaming), and playing through Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on the new PS4. Gotta love cosy gaming nights!

Any PS4 recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, 1 May 2015

8-Bit Girl Plays: Dead Nation & Hohokum

On the 28th April (the day before my 27th birthday, it turns out), I teamed up with my good friend Jason once again to live-stream some gaming on his Twitch channel. 

This time around, we tried out zombie game Dead Nation, and the cute, quirky and strangely hypnotising Hohokum. In Dead Nation, we set up a voting game, giving viewers the choice to vote between two options every time (e.g. #A for more zombie spawns, or #B to lower difficulty). It's safe to say that those watching liked to give us a hard time by spawning hoards of the undead at every given opportunity (thanks for the times when you did go easy on us though!).

Hohokum was a more laidback affair, with no real direction on what to do in the game. You're basically left to figure it out yourself. This weird little indie title was strangely cute, quirky and definitely hypnotising. It's also free on Playstation Plus in May...

Read on to see the videos, and be sure to check out Jason's Twitch channel for more.  

Trying Out Surgeon Simulator with Jason...and Failing!

Two weeks ago, I joined my friend Jason on Surgeon Simulator, where we live-streamed my efforts on Twitch. I knew it was a hard game to master, but I didn't expect to be as awful at it as I actually ended up being. 

However, my terrible surgeon skills just made the whole experience that much funnier. It's safe to say though, that I will definitely not be switching my writing career for one in the surgery field...

Keep reading for the whole list of our videos. You can check out more on Jason's Twitch channel here

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Review A Great Game Day 2015: Lost Odyssey

It's Review A Great Game Day, a time where games bloggers, reviewers and gamers unite to enthuse about damn good games. This year, I am pleased to be joined by my friend and fellow Geek Mash writer Bradley Fish, who has reviewed his favourite game of all time, Super Metroid

For this years post, I am choosing one of my favourite under-rated titles, Lost Odyssey. A masterpiece, epic RPG with a beautiful soundtrack and a riveting story, there's a lot going for this, and I absolutely loved all four discs of it.

What is Lost Odyssey about?
Released in 2007 for the Xbox 360, Lost Odyssey follows Kaim, a man who has lived for a thousand years and has no memory of his past. The game is set in a world nearing a magical industrial revolution, where the evil Gongora is looking to take control of the land's Grand Staff, a portal between two worlds, which when destroyed, kills the other immortals, and makes Gongora effectively invincible. With this great surge of power, Gongora is then free to do as he pleases in the land.

Kaim knows that Gongora must be stopped before he reaches and uses the Grand Staff, and so he enlists a team to help him. Along the way they encounter a plethora of enemies and discover new lands, whilst slowly, bit by bit Kaim regains his memories. 

Reasons Why I Loved Lost Odyssey

Strong Character Roster
I absolutely love the characters in this game. Whilst admittedly, Kaim, the main character, is a little dull and emotionless at times, his bright, cheery and eclectic party members really make up for it. 

The Plot, and Unlockable Short Stories
On the surface, Lost Odyssey's plot is a bit of a cliché one. You know the type, where the bad guy overthrows the Queen, takes over the land and rules maliciously. This world needs a hero! 

But at the heart of it all, Lost Odyssey is more than that, and the unlockable short stories, entitled "A Thousand Years of Dreams" was the main reason for this. These short stories are collected at various points in the game, and serve to explain Kaim's thousand year past a little better. Bittersweet, sad, touching and at times, rather funny, they really flesh out what could have been a rather formulaic story.

You can re-read all thirty-five short stories here, although I suggest loading up the soundtrack at the same time. The music really added something to these tales, in my opinion. 

The Soundtrack
For me, the music was one of my favourite aspects of Lost Odyssey. Packed with over 84 songs spanning over the epic four discs of exploration, RPG gameplay, you became 

Composed by Nobuo Uematsu, best known for scoring the majority of titles in the Final Fantasy series, the music is fitting for each different landscape explored, and for myself at least, provides an excellent album to pop on in the background whilst writing. I find it motivating, yet relaxing in equal measures.

The Gameplay
Lost Odyssey is a combination of an RPG, turn-based strategy and exploration/adventure time game. Whilst I loved the turn-based battles and levelling up of the characters in my party, I also fell in love with the exploration. 

I loved interacting with NPC's, discovering secrets, unlocking Kaim's stories and exploring. 


Favourite Character

This guy, Jansen. I love the wise-cracking, cocky characters that deep down have a good heart. Jansen is definitely one of these, and for those of you that have seen Disney's Tangled, there is something a bit "Flynn Rider" about him. 
Flynn is one of my favourite Disney characters, so I guess it was a bit obvious that I'd pick Jansen as the best character! 

Favourite Song
"Neverending Journey", which plays in the map/loading screen. Just wait until that guitar kicks in at 1.46! Epic.

Favourite Enemy

I love the Kelolons. There's something very Zelda-like about these enemies; weirdly cute and quirky looking. 

In Summary...

So, Lost Odyssey truly is a great game, one that deserves a play-through if you have never played it before. The characters are memorable, the story is easy to follow, yet somehow deep and beautiful. The soundtrack, (one of my favourite gaming soundtracks ever), is fitting, and is a brilliant one to listen to away from the game too.

At 4 discs long, it is a bit of a time sink, but for me personally, I remember extra long stints of this game, with plenty of those "just twenty more minutes then I'll power off for the night" moments. After writing this, I'm tempted to jump straight into it again. I salute you, Lost Odyssey. 

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Friday, 3 April 2015

Getting Nostalgic, With Help from Abe Speak

Today, I downloaded an app on my iPhone 5s called 'Abe Speak', a soundboard for the game Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. Oh, the memories! 

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