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. 

Favourites

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! 


Happy Atari National Pac-Man Day!

Thirty-three years ago today, Atari announced National Pac-Man Day, which coincided with the home console release of the Pac-Man arcade game. 




Monday, 30 March 2015

Wacca-Wacca-Wacca!

I picked up this little fella on a shopping trip with a friend last Saturday...

 

Music Monday: Take Us Back (The Walking Dead)

Today's Music Monday track is from one of my favourite games, Telltale Games' The Walking Dead. 

I recently picked up both Season 1 and Season 2 once again for the PS4 (the third time I have now bought them), which I intend to stream on my new Twitch account once I get my PS4 console next month. 
Some purchases for the PS4, ready and waiting!
The track I chose plays in the credits of Season 1, Episode 5. After a pretty emotional ending (I shall avoid spoilers), Take Us Back by Aleia Diane plays. It makes us reflect on the events, both past and present, that occured during season 1, especially those closing moments of Season 1's final episode. 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

8-Bit Girl's First Time on Twitch!

So Tuesday night I recorded my first ever Twitch plays with my friend Jason, aka MrTiredHippo on Twitch. As a lot of my friends know I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to horror films and games, he threw me in at the deep end and started off with some unsettling games; Outlast and Silent Hill's PT demo. 

Check out both recorded games below. I hope you enjoy seeing me jump, especially to the PT demo! I shall be doing more in the near future. 

Outlast
We didn't play this one for long, as we suddenly figured the PT demo will bother me more. And everyone seems to like seeing me jump and act like a fool!



Silent Hills PT

Watch out for the moments where both of us completely jump at the ghostly encounters. I was incredibly on edge throughout this. Silent Hill has always really got under my skin! You can see our first proper jumpy moment at a mere 2 mins, 52 seconds in. 


Follow Jason and myself on Twitter for more updates on any of our Twitch plays (together or separately).


What would you like to see me play next? 
Let me know in the comments!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Music Monday: Sonic Spinball- Toxic Caves

8-Bit Girl hasn't had a Music Monday post for quite some time, so I have decided to bring it back!

Today's track is the Toxic Caves theme from Sonic Spinball. I recently played this with my friend Brad, who lent me his Sega Megadrive Collection on the Xbox 360 so I could get my retro Sonic on. This song is catchy!


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