My Favourite Songs on Rock Band (Wii)

MAY ISSUE: POST #30

Since I lost a lot of motivation to write anything today, I thought I would do a simpler post and also share some good (or good in my opinion at least) music while I’m at it. I like rock music, and I like Wii games, so when I finally received Rock Band for Christmas one year, I didn’t put it down for months. Years, even. I was constantly rocking. I didn’t actually play Guitar Hero at all until 2016. I was a full-on Rock Band person.

The first Rock Band game was released on Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii around 2007/2008. It was developed by Harmonix, distributed by EA and published by MTV Games. The game allows you to play with up to four people (or you can wing it solo, like me. Because I didn’t have friends that were as cool as me. Cough cough). You can play guitar, bass, drums or sing (if you want to deafen your neighbours), and even keyboard in the later editions of the game. The great thing about it is that you actually play physical plastic instruments, and that was the real fun part.

So what songs can you expect from Rock Band? Well, I’m mainly talking about Rock Band 1 and here, although there is, of course, another two games and Rock Band: The Beatles and Lego Rock Band to browse through if you so wish.

Let’s have a listen. Here are some songs that I played many many times.

Thank you to all the YouTube channels I got the videos from, and 
thank you to all the bands for making these great tracks in the 
first place.

1. Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers

No, I’m not singing along at all. Why would you even think that?

2. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

This song was on the first Rock Band but I’m linking this video because of the good quality. I love this song to death. This is probably one of the songs that I’ve continued to love and listen to for years and years.

3. Detroit Rock City – KISS

Can’t go wrong with some KISS. I remember buying the song after I played it in the game, although I don’t really love it as much recently. But, of course it’s still great, and I would love to be able play it on guitar one day.

4. Foreplay/Long Time – Boston

Boston is a great band. ‘Nuff said.

5. Tom Sawyer – Rush

This song is one of the best songs in existence though, to be honest, and I’m going to bless you with Rush playing it as well as the song itself. I’m too kind. Please, rock out all you wish, but don’t give yourself a concussion.

6. Welcome Home – Coheed and Cambria

I definitely played this song the most. Oh man, this was one of my favourite bands for a while, and a lot of their songs are still my favourite songs to date. I really need to play this on Rock Band again. I’m ready for some nostalgia.

7. Aqualung – Jethro Tull

I actually have a big history with Jethro Tull and his music. My Dad was and still is an avid fan, and he passed that onto me. So, I’ve seen him live numerous times. He’s incredibly talented.

8. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Come on, you have to mention this song. I’d be a criminal if I didn’t.

9. Man in the Box – Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains is another great band. I’m so glad this game introduced me to a lot of this genre music, whether it’s good that it was the game that did that though, I don’t know. But, hey, at least I got into rock even when I was a weird looking nerdy kid.

10. White Wedding – Billy Idol

And finally, don’t lie and tell me you don’t do a little shakey-head-nodding thing at the opening guitar riff.

What were your favourite Rock Band songs? Comment below!

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

Old Cartoons and Their Video Games: Part #1

MAY ISSUE: POST #31

After video games, cartoons are my next passion. Or animated media in general. I think animation is so imaginative and creative, and there are so many different styles and unique artists out there to look out for. I remember growing up with all the old Cartoon Network shows, and I still love them to death today. I personally am starting to collect VHS tapes, and I would love to own some cartoons on VHS one day as well. Then, oh boy, I could have a proper nostalgic evening.

Therefore, today’s post will be about cartoons that aired around the 90s and the video games that were produced along with them. Whether they were good or not, well that’s another question, but it’s still so much fun to be able to step into the shoes of your favourite characters.

I could probably make a series of posts called ‘A Blast from the Past!’ I mean, I’d enjoy it for sure, and I’d hope that you would enjoy reading too. But anyway, enough of my ideas, let’s get onto this post in particular.

SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob definitely has a lot of video games that you can collect if you so wish. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that Spongebob’s first appearance in a video game was in Nicktoons Racingand after that he started to appear in his own games such as SpongeBob SquarePants: Legend of the Lost Spatula, SBSP: SuperSponge, SBSP: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman, SBSP: Battle for Bikini Bottom, SBSP: Lights, Camera, Pants! and much more.

The most recent release, which I own and have earned 100% trophies for is called SpongeBob HeroPants, and it’s safe to say, that the video games have slightly decreased in quality. While the gameplay was fun for a while and it is a nice light-hearted title, I really thought the graphics could’ve been a tad more up to scratch. Plus there were a few bugs. Whether there’ll be more video game releases in the future, I don’t know. But I’d love to see a modern SpongeBob game with a lot of love put into it.

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie 

The Simpsons 

The Simpsons has many great (and not so great) video games and old retro arcade titles, and I for one would collect them all. It’s not surprising that the longest-running American sitcom and animated program has had many video games over the years. To be honest, I really love the look of one of the earliest games, imaginatively called The Simpsons, which was a beat ’em up Arcade game ported to the Commodore 64 and MS-DOS. I’m just going to leave a couple pictures here for you to drool over.

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The other first few games mainly featured Bart, with Bart vs. the Space Mutants, Bart’s House of Weirdness, Bart Simpson’s Escape from Camp Deadly, Bart vs. the World, Bart vs. the Juggernauts and quite a lot more leading up to the late 90s. After that, we were blessed with releases such as Krusty’s Fun House, The Itchy & Scratchy Game, The Simpsons Road Rage, The Simpsons: Hit & Run and The Simpsons Game.  Unfortunately, the most recent game we have is only on IOS, although Tapped Out isn’t bad at all. I would love to see an HD release or remake of some of the PS2 titles, or a new game altogether. I’m sure they could conjure up something really amazing if they went the right way about it. I’ll pray every night onto my pillow until the day comes.

 

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The Simpsons: Skateboarding

 

Rugrats

The next set of games is actually from a series which I don’t remember much of, which is crazy. I know I watched it a little growing up, but I don’t have many memories of it, which is a shame. I really want to watch it properly at some point though, because it would still have that nostalgic feeling attached to it.

There were surprisingly a lot of video games based on the series, on a number of different consoles. The first game was called Rugrats: Search for Reptar which was released on the PS1. Games that followed included Rugrats: Scavenger Hunt, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, Rugrats Totally Angelica, Rugrats Go Wild, Rugrats: Royal Ransom and Rugrats: Time Travelers. 

Of course, the Rugrats have been in other games too such as Nicktoons Racing and Nickelodeon Party Blast. I do own the disc of one Rugrats game on PS1, but apart from that, I don’t have much knowledge of the series. But, that’s all about to change in due time. Soon, I’m going to be a master of old cartoons and the Rugrats. I will have power.

 

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Rugrats: Studio Tour (I know, this picture is terrifying.)

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

I love this show so much. I actually only started watching it a few years ago, but better late than never right? You have to love a show that has a kid who’s a genius, with some stupid friends to contrast with him perfectly.

A personal goal of mine is to own more Jimmy Neutron games, and frankly, there aren’t actually too many, so it shouldn’t take too long. The video games released include The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius: Attack of the Twonkies, TAOJNBG: Jet Fusion, Jimmy Neutron vs. Jimmy Negatron and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Jimmy Neutron has of course also starred in a lot of Nickelodeon games too, such as Nickelodeon Party Blast, Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots and Nicktoons: Freeze Frame Frenzy. Of course, those three titles feature a lot of great Nickelodeon shows and characters, including the aforementioned SpongeBobThere’s also the game Nicktoons Unite! which I personally own on PS2 and can’t wait to beat, since it seems really fun. You can’t go wrong with starting up games like this every now and then, it really makes a difference from other modern games released recently, and I think that’s a good thing. Plus, who doesn’t love some good ol’ nostalgia?

 

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Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

 

 

The Powerpuff Girls

Last but not least on this list, is the great show that is The Powerpuff Girls. I don’t own any games based on The Powerpuff Girls series, and it makes me pretty darn sad. But, hopefully, soon I can pick some up.

The first game to come out was The Powerpuff Girls: Bad Mojo Jojo, and the next game was TPG: Paint the Townsville, which were both of the Game Boy Colour. Games after that included TPG: Battle HIM, TPG: Mojo Jojo A-Go-Go, and TPG: HIM and Seek. On console, there were the titles TPG: Chemical X-traction and TPG: Relish Rampage. Again, I don’t own any of these games and I’m not really sure how they were received, but coming from someone who loved Cartoon Network and who wants to own every game on this list, I don’t think you could go wrong.

 

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The Powerpuff Girls: Mojo Jojo A-Go-Go

 

So there we have it! I really do enjoy experiencing a blast from the past, and I think now, I’m going to go ahead and play some retro video games to end my day.

What was your favourite video game based on a cartoon? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

 

Expensive Games for the Rich (i.e. not me)

MAY ISSUE: POST #26

Oh, here we go, I apologise in advance. Let’s take a look at the stuff we can’t afford and wallow in sadness. Actually, it’s probably not as sad as it is funny. How some of these video games became so expensive and how some of them are actually sold in the end too beats me. Some people must desperately want some of these games. I’m guessing because it’s either very special to them, they own a museum or they want to brag to every nerd on the planet.

This post is to show off the games that you can buy if you have a thousand pounds of loose change in your pocket, and just to say, I’m using the ‘worldwide’ option on eBay (which is very useful actually). Also, because I am merely looking at eBay, some of these prices may not be exactly accurate, but they’re definitely a good estimate.

So let’s take a look at what we can waste thousands of coins on.

Stadium Events 

Released: December 23rd, 1986 (JP)
Developer: Human Entertainment
Publisher: NES
Selling For: Approx. £1000, I believe. Although it has been sold for 
upwards of 10,000/20,000 dollars before, since it's less rare in Europe.

This game is basically a sports fitness game, where you can take part in events such as the long jump, triple jump and, of course, the 100M dash. You can play with friends, or you can try and beat the computer. When you defeat an opponent, you receive a medal or a trophy, so that’s nice. I like awards. Apparently, this game is the rarest licensed NES game available in North America, hence why it’s so expensive, so I don’t think I’ll be adding this to my collection anytime soon. Especially since I don’t even own a NES to begin with. Although I must admit, the graphics of this game look pretty neat for a game back then, and I bet the sound effects are just as charming too.

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Final Fantasy 

Released: December 18th, 1987 (JP)
Developer: Square
Publisher: Square/Nintendo
Selling For: Nearly £4000 (new and sealed)

Of course, we all know the Final Fantasy series, but did you know that you would have to pay nearly £4000 for a new and sealed copy on the NES? I didn’t know that until now. The game follows the story of four young people called the Light Warriors, who each carry one of the earth’s four elements which have been unfortunately darkened by evil. So, they must all go and restore the light and defeat the evil. ‘Dadadada da da da dada!’ Of course, just because this version is super expensive doesn’t mean you can’t play the game. I personally have it on PSP, but it’s always a shame when you can’t try out games on their original consoles. There’s always some magic when you do that.

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Super Mario 64

Released: June 23rd, 1996 (JP)
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
Selling For: Approx. £500  (new and sealed)

If you want to snag Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64 sealed, then you’ll be looking to pay around £500 pounds for it. I personally grew up playing this on the DS, and I do still own it too, however, I don’t think I’ll be splashing out £500 for a boxed copy on the N64. But it is pretty neat, and I would understand anyone who would pay that for it. It’s not too expensive for what it is, but it’s still a lot more than us people have to spare. This game obviously features Mario, who has to obviously rescue Peach from Bowser. We know the story, to be honest, but this game in particular really did impress us all with its 3D design. Even to this day, it holds up pretty well. (But don’t ask me why I selected this image. I just had to.)

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Tetris

Released: June 14th, 1989 (JP)
Developer: Bullet-Proof Software
Publisher: Nintendo
Selling For: Approx. £1000 (new and sealed)

Oop, another game for around a thousand pounds coming through! If you want a copy of Tetris sealed, for the original Gameboy, then you’ll have to sell a lot of your furniture. To be honest, I haven’t played too much of Tetris and because of that, frankly, I’m terrible at it. However, my husband loves it, and it’s quite saddening that I won’t be able to get him the sealed version anytime soon. Or ever. I don’t think he minds though since I think breaking into it would be a legitimate crime. Tetris itself was originally created by Alexey Pajitnov, and this was the portable version of his idea. The fun of the game is to stack the shapes and stack the blocks until you make a complete row and the blocks disappear. It’s, of course, one of the most widely-known and addicting puzzle games to date.

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So that’s a short list of games that are a bit too expensive for my liking. However, there are still games for around the £100-£200 mark, which is expensive but are obtainable in time if you want to save up. However, most of the time, these prices are for boxed and new versions of games, so if you’re happy with owning just the discs or cartridges, then you’re probably going to save a lot of money. But, as a collector myself, I understand the frustration.

I personally feel like this post was a little lacking, but nevermind, I’ll definitely make another part in the near future if any readers are interested. I’m sure there are hundreds of games that are expensive to get, whether that’s sealed and new or preowned.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

Music Spotlight #6: Darren Korb

MAY ISSUE: POST #23

To be honest, I’m going to jump straight in and say that the composer for Bastion is an outright genius. Even though I actually played it first a few years ago, the music has stuck with me ever since then. I never forgot it, and so, I picked the game up again a few days ago and beat it. It’s not a very long game if you aim to beat the story only, but it’s still really worth putting your time into.

If you’ve played Bastion before, you’ll know what I mean when I say that the music is absolutely perfect. Unfortunately, I haven’t played the developers other games yet, but I’m sure the music for those games is fantastic too.

So, who is the composer for BastionWell, his name is Darren Korb, alongside Bastion, he did indeed work on the sound and music for Supergiant’s other games, called Transistor and Pyre.

Name: Darren Korb
Nationality: American
Born: November 5th, 1983
Links: Twitter
Thank you to the YouTube channels for providing us with the music!

Darren Korb is a songwriter and composer for the indie developer Supergiant Games. He attended New York University for music production and music business, and after that, before joining the indie team, he had worked on a few small television and film projects. The co-founder of Supergiant Games is Darren Korb’s childhood friend, so that’s rather sweet, isn’t it? I wish a childhood friend of mine would come to me and ask if I wanted to take part in whatever they were doing. Although, to be honest, I have no idea what my childhood friends are doing right now. Maybe one of them is in jail. If so, perhaps I should be careful what I wish for.

Anyway, moving on. The music for Bastion is phenomenal, really. Kotaku even agrees with me, having stated that it was ‘one of the best video game soundtracks of 2011’. Darren Korb himself describes it as ‘acoustic frontier trip-hop’ which is a very intriguing sounding mix of words if you ask me. You sure don’t hear that every day. Why don’t we have a listen?

This makes me feel like some old dude with a hat ready for a pistol fight. Or, actually, it reminds me of Borderlands a lot, and that’s a good thing because the soundtrack for Borderlands is also one of my favouries. But to be honest, I won’t sit here and compare this game’s soundtrack to any other, because it really is unique on its own and it fits the game like a glove (if that makes any sense). It’s such a beautiful mix of sounds and instruments, and I really can’t get over it.

Now, this is the song I had on my iPod years ago (actually, I had the extended version on my iPod), because I loved it just that much. I still do. A lot of this music gives me goosebumps, and that doesn’t happen too often with video game soundtracks.

Speaking of goosebumps. This. This. It’s such a calm song and so so beautiful. I was trying to think of a better word to describe it, but unfortunately, beautiful is the only word I can think of. It’s extremely beautiful. Yes. Beautiful.

And then there’s this version. To be honest, it creeps me out. You have been warned. Please never have this on repeat, you will go crazy. I think I’m shuddering.

I honestly think the score should stop giving me goosebumps before my skin decides to leave me. Seriously, it’s clear that Darren Korb worked so hard on this and that he is extremely talented. The soundtrack is full of songs that you can’t forget.

Don’t ask me how, but I sang along with this one sometimes. With doo -doo-doos or something- yes, I’m an embarrassing human. But again, this is what I mean when I say that the soundtrack is easy to remember. There are certain parts of this particular piece that stick with me and will suddenly pop into my head when I’m not asking for it.

Even though I still yet to play Transistor and Pyre, I think it’s only fair in a music spotlight to show music from as many different works as possible. So let’s have a listen to a few.

I personally like this one. It sounds pretty nice, as if you were to relax on a beach or something on a bright day. It also makes me want to dance around with a hula skirt (never ask me what I imagine doing while listening to most music. I’m probably a strange human).

I was quickly listening through Pyre‘s songs and by golly, it’s amazing. These songs already make me feel like the game is full of emotions, and I haven’t even played it yet. I don’t know if I’m ready. To be honest, I’m never ready, and with music like this? Oh boy, I’ll probably need some tissues. Or lots of moral support.

And there we have it! Did you enjoy all that music? I know I certainly did. If you have any appreciation for video game scores, I recommend that you go listen to the full soundtracks for all three games as soon as possible. And, also, give the composer some love. In this day and age, we need to share around all the love we can (I don’t even know what I’m saying. Have a good day everybody!)

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

Games, Mental Health and Haul Satisfaction

MAY ISSUE: POST #23

It’s been a while since I’ve done a haul, even though I pick up games pretty cheap quite often (way too often in all honesty. Blame my depression, it wants things).

Actually, talking about depression, and considering that it is mental health awareness week and all that, I thought I would quickly send out a message of support to all of those struggling like I am. I have social anxiety, which has also caused some spouts of depression, naturally. It’s hard, and I know that it’s hard for lots of other people too. You’re not alone.

Video gaming has helped me a lot through some of my worst moments. Rarely making it worse, sometimes making it better. Let me cuddle up with a handheld and I’ll feel comforted, or let me play some PS2 and I’ll be distracted. Recently, this blog has been an outlet for me too, and collecting, writing about games and researching them has become just as fun as playing them. What I’m trying to say is, video games are important. For a lot of people. So, ha, I laugh right in the faces of anyone who thinks they’re dumb. But no, really, if you’re someone who thinks that gaming to make you feel better is stupid, then you’re wrong. Anything that makes you feel better is a good thing (apart from murder. Well, murder in games, yes, murder in real life, not so much).

So anyway, I also have some stuff to show you. I found and bought myself some things today, and I’m telling myself that it’s okay. It makes me happy, and it’s okay.

Pretty randomly, my Dad and I decided to venture to our closest city and have a day out since I was having a bad morning. I always tend to look around charity shops and game shops, and it keeps my mind off things. There’s also this one shop, that sells games for a multitude of different systems, however, it’s pretty expensive and even tries to sell retro titles for retail price, and I always try to stay clear from that kind of price tag, believe me. I’m a huge cheapskate. A game for over a pound? Too expensive. When I see a £40 retail price tag, I straight out faint.

Of course, I’m joking (mostly), if I could I would support a lot of game developers and buy their games for the retail price all the time. I wholeheartedly wish I could. But until I have more money to spare, it’s preowned stuff for now and scouring those bins (not rubbish bins, I promise).

I know you want me to get a move on to what I actually got though. So, get this, I was glancing around this antique shop, (and honestly, if you haven’t before, you should) and I saw a sign ‘CDs/DVDs/GAMES!! £1 SALE’ and I jumped up those stairs like a rocket. I think all my Dad saw was a gust of wind. And then I saw it in all its glory. There were boxes of DVDs, games, CDs, books- you name it. So I started doing what I do best. Practically making a mess of things.

Okay, okay, all I did was pull a few boxes around and about. But I was enthralled. I had to see what was under each box, in case some sort of hidden gem was there. I was in my own world almost, really excited and feeling like a kid again.

I actually believe that a bunch of these games came from a closed down game shop that was down the street from the antique place. I mean, it would make a lot of sense. It made me happy to see the games all still there for me to browse through. But of course, I also had a sneaky browse through some trays of magazines and books, and sure enough, I found a bunch of game magazines from 1994-1995 for 50p each. I grabbed 6 of them.

Also, a note. I am aiming to have a video game magazine collection in the future, and I’m really happy to have found some in the wild. Just this morning I posted about that on Instagram. Coincidence much? I think it’s fate.

In the end, I picked up 6 magazines and two PS1 games, and since all games were a pound no matter what they were, I got both games for £1 each. Everything accumulated to £5 overall, and I am super happy, as a novice video game collector and all.

And finally, here are a couple of pictures of said stuff!

Yes! Silent Hill! For a pound! It’s pretty frustrating actually because I got the game digitally last month, but no matter. This is incredible, as it goes for nearly £20 at my local preowned media store. And also, I’ve always wanted to own the Broken Sword games, and I love the genre to bits. Now I just need to go back and see if they had the first one tucked away anywhere.

I’m serious though, with all those boxes, I’m probably going back tomorrow. Sales cure my mental health issues.

So, what about you? Does anything to do with video games contribute to your mental health? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

The Famicom and Five Obscure Games

MAY ISSUE: POST #22

I know every now and then some blog posts seem to turn into my current wishlist, but recently I have been really wanting a Famicom. Since I understand Japanese to an intermediate level and have been playing games on and off in Japanese for a while, I suddenly want to invest in one and get some older Japanese titles.

I’m also aiming to be more retro. I want to be retro-y.

So, what is the Famicom? Well, it’s a Family Computer basically. Released in 1983, this cute little box was manufactured by Nintendo and released only in Japan. Funnily enough, it was actually Nintendo’s first console. The Famicom is slightly different from the NES though, which is a similar console released over in America and here in Europe.

There was also an add-on called the Famicom Disk System, released in 1986, with release titles such as Super Mario Bros.The Legend of Zelda and also Baseball, Tennis, and Soccer, for all your sporting needs.

But I’m sure you’re all eager to learn about some games for this system. In particular, some intriguing weird and wonderful ones that you may never have heard of. So let’s take a look.

Doki! Doki! Yuenchi: Crazy Land Daisakusen

I love games that have amusement parks in them, whether that be an action game or a building/park management game. I had never heard of this game though, until today! This game follows a kid with a helmet (all the armour you’ll ever need) who wants to save his girlfriend from some mysterious force inside an amusement park. He kicks balls at his enemies to attack, which seems legit enough. The game was developed by KID and published by VAP in Japan in 1981, and come on, look how adorable these two are. To be honest, I really do want to try this game- looking at the gameplay, it looks fairly entertaining. Although I have no idea what’s flying on the left side there. Is that a butterfly? A bird? And where’s the rest of the boys arm? Maybe the answer is within the game. Sneaky.

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Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa

This is an interesting title that I stumbled upon. Released on the Famicom Disk System originally in 1988 and then on the Famicom in 1993, this game from Konami features a baby called Upa, who uses a rattle to attack enemies. Because, you know, that is genuinely what babies would do if attacked. I think. This baby isn’t just any ordinary baby though, Upa is the prince of a magical kingdom (naturally), and when that magical kingdom’s citizens get taken over by an evil demon, Upa is, rather generously, given a rattle in order to save them all. Whether this game is good or not I have no idea, but it looks colourful and I like the little pig in the picture.

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Chaos World

So, imagine that the king of your kingdom has a daughter and that that daughter is sick. But, alongside that, there are also monsters terrorising the world. The king asks you, and only you, to investigate and conquer the world, which seems simple enough, right? Well, if you play Chaos World, you’ll find out. I just told you the plot of the game, and it doesn’t seem too bad to me, it merely has a good vs. evil plot. This game is also one of the few Famicom games that has a day/night cycle. Again, I’m not sure how good this game is, but developed by Natsume (think Harvest Moon and Rune Factory) and released in 1991, I’m sure it’s something to try out.

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Joy Mech Fight

You can’t have a list of old games like this without a fighting game. Joy Mech Fight or Joy Mecha Fight is, what I’m guessing, a joyful game released in 1993. The plot is about these spectacular robots created by two scientists, however, one of the scientists turns bad and steals seven of the robots and appears on TV broadcasting that he wants to take over the world. One particular robot is called to the laboratory by the other doctor, to help defeat the sudden evil. The graphics of this game is definitely the most interesting part, since the robots arms, head, legs- you name it- aren’t attached. Yep, they’re all floating around separately. You might think that’s horrific, but actually, it’s kind of adorable.

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Tashiro Masashi no Princess ga Ippai

This is a little game I found which reminds me of the ‘princess in distress’ storyline of the oh-so-famous Mario series. This game, however, doesn’t involve a plumber, but a cool dude with sunglasses. The game was released in 1989 and focuses on the story of Masashi Tashiro who has to rescue, not one, not two, but four princesses in distress. I don’t know how Mario would feel if he had to save four Peaches, but anyway. It is actually one of the first games to have multiple endings, and there is only one chance to succeed here, as there are four bad endings and only one good ending, which seems delightful. I wonder what the bad endings entail, to be honest, I hope it’s nothing too dramatic.

The interesting thing about this game is that Tashiro Masashi is a real person, and was a member of the band Rats & Star. However, he was put in jail for a number of reasons, so, I think the game made a reappearance for the occassion.

To be honest, I like this box art though.

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I don’t know if that means we’re finishing this post on a happy note, but ah well, Famicom games are neat and there were some rather crazy and imaginative ideas back then.

Let me know what Famicom games you think are weird and wonderful!

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

 

Video Game Character Profiles: Letter C

MAY ISSUE: POST #20

If you’re following this series, you’ll miraculously already know that the next letter in the list is the letter C, since this comes after the letter B, and I know my alphabet pretty well. These posts are always interesting to me because I have to sit here prior to writing and think up lots of games and the characters and see which names start with the letter I’m on. It’s a little bit frustrating sometimes because my brain decides to focus on the wrong letter instead and I suddenly know every single protagonist ever whose name begins with Z or Q or something.

But anyway, this is post three out of, what I’m guessing, is going to be twenty-six. I hope you enjoy!

Cactuar
Game (Series): Final FantasyCactuar-FFIX
Species: Little cacti with appendages

All I can say is that the Catuar is very very pointy, and with an attack such as ‘1000 Needles’, I wouldn’t want to hug one anytime soon, which is unfortunate since I find them pretty cute. They are a recurring enemy and also summon in the series, its debut appearance being in Final Fantasy VI. This little cactus has pretty stiff arms and legs, and you can probably tell that by the image above. Even the mouth looks a little stiff. I wonder how that feels. If I was a qualified doctor (and I’m not even an unqualified doctor), then I’d recommend some vigorous stretching.

Cammy
Game (Series): Street Fighter
Codename: Killer Bee
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Sex: Female
Born: January 6th 1974
Voice actor(s): Various

I really like how strong and determined Cammy looks, honestly, part of me wishes I could prance around with those kinds of muscles. Although, I’m not too sure about the fringe. If you can call that a fringe. She must use a lot of hairspray for that. Anyway, she first appeared in Super Street Fighter II and is the second female fighter in the series. Originally a deadly assassin and now working for the British (woohoo, British!) government, she is forceful yet polite, and I really like her beret.

Catherine
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Sex: Female 
Voice actor: Laura Bailey, 
Miyuki Sawashiro

Well, I suppose you can’t have one of these posts without having at least one bad person. To be honest, I liked this Catherine more than the other Katherine, so it’s too bad she was kind of evil. I’m not revealing exactly what she is because of spoilers, but from the get-go, you can tell that she’s up to something. She’s cheerful and bubbly and accentuates freedom, and completely represents what the main character, Vincent, wants in a woman. Although, she is emotionally and physically abusive too, so that’s a downside. Frankly, she’s cute but she freaks me out.

Cheep Cheep
Game (Series): MarioCheep_Cheep,_New_Super_Mario_Bros._U.png
Species: Fish (with wings?)

I didn’t even know that these things had a name for the longest time, and I want to apologise to them (or maybe not, since they’re an annoying underwater enemy). Basically serving as bowsers minions, the Cheep Cheeps (heh, that’s fun to say) swims and hops out of the water, coming after you if you get too close, so don’t do that. I like their style, however, and I’m glad fish don’t have wings in real life.

Chocobo
Game (Series): Final FantasyFFIX-Chocobo.png
Species: Bird

Just a heads up, there’s definitely quite a bit of Final Fantasy in this post. But I mean, I can’t miss out the series mascot, the Chocobo. They’re amazing and adorable and come in all sorts of colours (I want to collect them all). They are basically the equivalent of a horse, as you can ride them, or leave them be in the fields. They are large birds with three-toed feet and big wings and can apparently understand the human language. So why we can’t have them in real life, I have no idea. I demand real-life Chocobos.

Chris Redfield
Game (Series): Resident EvilChriswr0.png
Race: Caucasian/American
Sex: Male
Voice actor(s): A lot

All I can think of when I see Chris is the time when I was playing Resident Evil 5 with my husband and we constantly made our characters shout ‘Chris! Chris! Sheva! Go! Help! Chris!’ or whatever. Frankly, it was hilarious. Chris is a Special Operations Unit Captain of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (boy, that’s a mouthful), alongside Jill Valentine. He is a protective character, taking care of his younger sister Claire, and is known to use a variety of weapons, including his hands, during combat. I don’t know too much about Resident Evil, but I’m glad to see that he’s still alive.

Chun Li
Game (Series): Street FighterChunrender.png
Race: Chinese
Sex: Female
Born: March 1st 1968
Voice actor(s): Various

And the list of badass female fighters with incredible thighs continues, although now I’m introducing the first female fighter in the Street Fighter series. Chun Li is an expert martial artist and Interpol officer, who is seeking revenge because of her Dad’s death. She is a dedicated character, highly disciplined and great friends with the aforementioned Cammy. I just, can’t get over how awesome these girl characters look. They look so strong and I want them to teach me how to kick properly without my leg looking like a piece of spaghetti.

Cindy Aurum
Game (Series): Final Fantasy XVCindy_Aurum_Render_FFXV
Race: Human
Sex: Female
Voice actor: Yu Shimamura, 
Erin Matthews

Final Fantasy yet again, I’m afraid (and this still isn’t the last one. There’s no getting rid of this series. Which is ironic, considering that its Final Fantasy). This character is cute though, but sometimes uncomfortably cute. She’s the head mechanic of the Hammerhead garage in Final Fantasy XV. She’s also the granddaughter of Cid, (another ‘C’ character, unsurprisingly) who himself has an engineering background. I wish I could be as enthusiastic about my work as she is. She has an incredible passion for cars and technology and is extremely optimistic despite having a rough childhood, oh, and she’s also not interested in dating, so she receives a multitude of points from me, for just being herself.

Claptrap
Game (Series): Borderlands
Full name: Claptrap P. Claptrappington
ClaptrapTPS.jpgRace: Robot
Voice actor: David Eddings

I love love love Claptrap, and I want to applaud the voice actor for making him sound so perfect. Claptrap is a general purpose robot manufactured by Hyperion. He has a very enthusiastic personality, which you have to adore, and he has a great range of skills which prove to be fairly useful in the series. However, he is a tad cowardly, but that makes him funny and more charming, in a way. I remember the first time I heard him talk in Borderlands- aah, that’s a good memory. He has such a distinctive voice, and it will never leave my head as I lay down to sleep.

Cloud Strife
Game (Series): Final FantasyCloud-FFVIIArt.png
Race: Human
Sex: Male
Born: August 1986
Voice actor(s): Steve Burton,
Takahiro Sakurai

I know you’re groaning, but this is the last Final Fantasy mention I promise (for this post anyway). Cloud Strife is the main protagonist in Final Fantasy VII and appears in many spin-offs as well (lucky for him). In the beginning, he is known to be an arrogant and cocky swordsman, but he is in fact, hiding his true self. Cloud is genuinely a nice guy, who shows concern and cares about his friends. I like Cloud. I want Cloud to be my friend. Although I would probably tell him and a lot of other Final Fantasy characters to calm it down with the hair gel.

Crash Bandicoot
Game (Series): Crash BandicootCrash-bandicootps4.png
Species: Eastern Barred Bandicoot
Sex: Male
Voice actor(s): Various

Wow, something not Final Fantasy or Street Fighter?! What a miracle. The last character in this list is no other than Crash. Crash was captured and evolved by Doctor Neo Cortex, who becomes his enemy throughout the series. The developers of the game, Naughty Dog, once said that Crash is ‘goofy yet heroic’, and I can totally believe it. I like how he loves to fight but also loves to relax in the sun. It sounds like what I would be like if I were a video game character. He knows a few English words too, such as ‘whoa!’ and ‘boo-yah’, which is all you need to know to communicate effectively in my opinion. He’s just great. Crash for the win!

And there we have it! I had a lot of fun writing about each character, although I’m worried about the time when one of these letters is going to have over a thousand characters to write about. But we’ll see how it goes. I’m sure it’ll be okay. I’ll just have to do some finger stretches to make sure I don’t get cramp.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

The Beaten Diaries #10: A Peek at the Weapons in Killzone

MAY ISSUE: POST #17

Writing something to do with this game may prove to be a little difficult, only because I have no idea what I’m going to talk about topic-wise. I played this game on a whim to give it a go back in 2016, and I wish I played the other two games before it. The game I’m talking about is Killzone 3. I actually really enjoyed this game, and I really should get the first Killzone on PS2 sometime soon.

Killzone 3 is a first-person shooter video game released back in 2011. Developed by Guerrilla Games, the game received positive reviews and was an acceptable fourth installment in the series. I don’t really remember the story though, to be honest. I’m not sure how it links to the other games either, but I’ll carry out some research and post a little about it now because I like to be nice and provide knowledge to you, the reader.

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So, in the game, the protagonist, Tomas Sevchenko, and Rico Velasquez try to escape the cruel and unforgiving world of Helghan, which served as a chemical depot for the governments of the ISA. The environment of this world caused humans to die or physically adapt, and the ones who did physically adapt (and who became non-human, the lucky sods) became part of the Helghast race. Also, their leader dies, so they don’t like that very much. The ISA forces are desperately trying to leave the planet because the Helghast are trying to kill them or something bad like that. So, I don’t blame them for trying to escape, to be honest. I’d probably try to escape if there was a whole race trying to shoot me.

I remember enjoying this game though, it’s just a shame that I don’t really remember the game. Maybe it’s because I didn’t play the other games in the series first, or maybe the game itself is at fault. I did see that a lot of fans say that the story sucks, but I guess opinions differ depending on the player.

The developers Guerrilla Games, developed all five of the Killzone games, and also Shellshock: Nam ’67 and none other than Horizon Zero Dawn (which I still haven’t played because money sucks). Which is pretty cool. I had no idea that those games were all by the same team. You learn something new every day.

Now, what on earth do I write the rest of this post about? War? Plantation taking over the world? The war between humans and plants? Well, since this is a post about a game with a lot of weapons, let’s take a look at the weapons and do a weapon encyclopedia. It’ll be fairly short, mainly because weapons aren’t my biggest interest. But I’m sure it will be a nice little insight.

Weaponry  in Killzone

M4 Revolver

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This gun is a standard-issue sidearm for the ISA Marines and is designed to be reloaded quickly and used accurately in combat situations. The gun is powerful at short range but is pretty weak otherwise, and is fairly low in ammo capacity as well. The gun is also a little slow when it comes to reloading, so don’t expect accurate shots from long distances, however, it is good for closer ranged headshots. If you wanna suddenly kill some dudes with two bullets to the head in multiplayer, this isn’t a bad gun for it.

LS13 Shotgun

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You really can’t go wrong with a shotgun. They’re pretty fun to use and blast people with (boy, I’m really sounding like a murderous psycho now). This particular shotgun, also nicknamed ‘Lucky Strike’, is one of the more efficient weapons you can equip yourself with. Even though the reload time is long, you can kill multiple times before needing to do so, as long as you use it at close-medium range, of course. In the game, this gun is used heavily by both the ISA and the Helghast, which is a shame, because frantically using a shotgun to try to shoot someone else who also has a shotgun can be fairly frustrating.

StA-62 Minigun 

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Don’t miniguns just make you feel so powerful? I know they make me feel powerful. When this gun is mounted, the ammo is infinite, but when you (somehow) carry it with you, it has a maximum round capacity of 300. Which, I admit, I go through almost immediately because I’m having too much fun. It has a high fire rate and inflicts very high damage, so, you can basically shred everyone around you instantly. It does take a second or two to start up though, so try and be as tactical as possible I say. Also, you can’t really perform melee attacks while carrying it, which is too bad, I’d love to see a few enemies trying to kick each other under the weight of that gun.

VC32 Sniper Rifle

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I can’t write a post like this without including a sniper rifle. The VC32 is a modified version of another rifle in the series, with changes to the scope and the power. This makes it, unsurprisingly, a deadly and accurate weapon, used majorly for long distance shooting. The downside is that if you want to be extremely accurate, then you most certainly have to use the scope, and you have to fire at the torso or head if you want the shot to be lethal. The rifle, therefore, has a slow rate of fire and a limited magazine capacity, which isn’t really much of a surprise. But if you’re someone who has an undeniable skill, then, by all means, hide away and shoot from as far away as possible.

StA-X6 Jetpack

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Last but not least, I just wanted to mention this jetpack. A very exciting jetpack. Yes, you heard me. A jetpack. I wish I had a jetpack. In the game, it’s useful in both multiplayer and singleplayer modes. You can boost and fly and then float down towards your enemies, and then use the attached heavy machine-gun to blast their heads off. I like it because you can fly. I recommend the jetpack.

-and I mean, look at these two pictures. You know you want one, too.

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Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

5 Family-Friendly Racing Games

MAY ISSUE: POST #16

I remember spending so much time with racing games growing up. I liked all that whizzing around and trying to win and bragging when I did. I didn’t play too many of them though, and I’ve definitely gotten into a lot more over the last couple of years. This list of racing games is a list of those that have more of a fun and friendly style, whether that be cartoony or just plain colourful. These are games that you can be competitive with, but also whilst babysitting ten children.

Mario Kart
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Starting off with an obvious title, Mario Kart is the game that a lot of people from my generation grew up with. Especially Mario Kart Wii and DS, in my opinion. Those titles were great and I remember back in those days, I would actually play games with other people. Mario Kart was one of the games we would all play. I also used to play online, which is crazy, because I hardly ever play online anymore. But I’m thankful that I still hold some skill when it comes to this game. I’m pretty sure I could beat my Dad at it.

Table Top Racing

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I played this game so much and it’s a lot of fun too. You race in little cars on table tops and it’s so adorable and cute and reminds me of when I used to play with small car toys when I was younger. I have this on Steam but I would love the digital copy for the Vita because I think the graphics and concept would fit perfectly. You can get so many different cars and tracks and you just want to collect them all.

ModNation Racers

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I’ve played this game a lot too, and it definitely wins the most points in terms of customization. You can customise your character, cart and tracks so much it’s insane, so I really think this game is underrated. It’s actually a fairly humorous game too, with decent cutscenes and voice acting. Honestly, it’s a blast. There’s also a version on PSP too, so if you fancy trying out a handheld version, there’s an option.

F1 RaceStars

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I haven’t played too much of this game yet, but it definitely has that appealing cartoony family-friendly look to it. It looks like a lot of fun. My Dad was a huge F1 fan, so it’s kind of an interesting game for me to play (constantly waiting and expecting crashes). I’m not sure why F1 drivers can’t look like this in real life- I think it would make it much more entertaining. But anyway, this is the game I’ve played the least of in this list, but when it was included in a Humble Bundle at one point, I got it because of this game. It looks so awesome and fun, and has the exact style that makes me say ‘aw yeah, this is going to be a guilty pleasure’.

Cars

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Cars 2 is one of my favourite animated films that I watched last year. It made me happy to learn that the video games for the series aren’t too bad either, and I’ve proceeded to buy three of them since. I’ve still only played Cars 2 though, and I enjoyed the racing and being able to drive around as the characters from the movies. Of course, when I heard that you can drive around freely in the land of Cars in Cars, I just had to pick that one up. Because cars. I haven’t tried it yet, even with my husband bugging me, but it seems like a fun and lighthearted game to play, and I’m a sucker for fun and lightheartedness.

So that was 5 games I’ve recently played that are pretty family-friendly, because, you never know, my audience could be completely 6-year-olds by this point. We should all appreciate family-friendly titles because let’s face it, nobody wants 24/7 gore and action, right? Every now and then you want to let go and play something that people may judge you for. But, frankly, it doesn’t matter when you’re having fun.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

6 Chill Paragraphs for 6 Chill Games

MAY ISSUE: POST #15

When I started this blog about a month ago, I didn’t really want to post reviews. I feel like I don’t have it in me to criticise games, and I merely try to enjoy what I can from most of them. But, my husband had the idea of writing some short paragraph reviews and summaries for games instead, and I thought that this was a pretty nice idea. Now I can be short and sweet with my opinion, and I don’t have to be too mean in the process. Sweet.

The games that I will be mentioning all fit with the theme of ‘laid-back’ and ‘chill’. Games you can pick up and play when you feel like it, and you don’t necessarily have to worry about the story or anything too challenging (like following a story, ahem, Final Fantasy 13). These aren’t going to be review reviews, but I will be giving a chill star rating out of 5, so you get an idea of how much relaxation you could get out of it.

So, let’s begin.

Animal Crossing

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I know, it’s not surprising, but I had to put it on the list and I thought I’d get it out of the way. The repetitiveness of the game is somewhat addicting and becomes a chore, but don’t fear, it’s an enjoyable, friendly chore. For the most part. Sometimes gathering all that fruit can be a tad tedious. But, you can capture bugs and fish, arrange your home, style your character, and mingle with villagers and even real people (if you know how to mingle with real people virtually, that is). The graphics are adorable, especially in New Leaf and it plays like a charm.  It’s the perfect way to calm down and meditate in the morning.

Chill Rating: ☆☆☆☆

The Sims

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The Sims is another obvious, popular title. What could be more relaxing than a life simulation? Actually, at first thought, you would think that it would be not so laidback, and who would want to play a game about life in the first place? But it is addicting, trust me, and relaxing if you want it to be (I’m talking about the main PC versions here. The story in The Sims on PS2 was kind of frustrating. The woman kept getting too depressed). You can create your family, build your home, get your sims jobs and make a happy family. The best thing about this game is that you can jump right in, and it will be completely different each time you play. You may want to look and see if you’d prefer the earlier Sims games or the recent ones, but if you want some time to unwind and focus on controlling someone else’s life rather than your own, then this series as a whole is certainly for you.

Chill Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Style Boutique

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Do you have a passion for fashion? Do you have a passion for trying to make people look chic or goth or lively or bold? Then look no further! Style Boutique is the perfect series where, once you get used to how the game works, is perfect for chill nights before sleeping. I got addicted to it last night actually. You run your own boutique, and as your popularity grows you can explore the city, enter contests, rearrange your room and buy lots of stock so you can dress up other people and yourself! It’s really nice to feel fashionable for once. I do wish there were more ways to interact with people, and maybe a more intriguing story, but then again, I’ve only played the first two games, and I think it’s a promising series with lots of potential. Of course, this game isn’t for everyone, but the 3DS versions are nicely made with lovely updated graphics.

Chill Rating: ☆☆☆

Castaway Paradise

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If you’re looking for a game that’s similar to Animal Crossing but not quite up there, then have a look at Castaway Paradise. I actually really enjoyed this game and put 40 hours into it before getting 100% achievements. The thing is, I haven’t played it since getting 100% achievements. The game was really fun and the graphics are bright and interesting, but the gameplay is 10x more repetitive than Animal Crossing. I had to repeatedly do the same thing for those 40 hours, pretty much. But, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s still pretty relaxing and you can fish, buy items, do simple quests and grow trees and plants. So, in my opinion, you can at least have a good time with this game for a while. It’s worth having a look.

Chill Rating: ☆☆

Viridi

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If you like plants, or growing plants, or even just clicker games where you don’t have to do too much, then Viridi is a chill game that you most definitely have to check out. You get a plant pot full of soil, all prepared for growing plants (with your pet snail along the side), and, well, you get the seeds and plant them and water them every few days until they grow! It’s basically a plant growing simulator, but it’s not as boring as you might think. The graphics are perfect, and the music is very peaceful, and it’s worth putting five or ten minutes into every few days just to see your plants grow. It’s great for nature lovers and people who don’t have much time.

Chill Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Rollercoaster Tycoon Series

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Do you want to spend some time making your own theme park? If you do, then I will throw these games through your window. Games that have a sandbox mode, in general, are great for this sort of list. I grew up playing building simulation games, but Rollercoaster Tycoon was my go-to game. Recently, I’ve been playing the first title a  lot, and honestly, I multitask while playing this game. I set up my park, leave it for a while, earn some dough, come back to it, adjust some things etc. etc. The style of the first three games is great and I love the old isometric graphics. I really wish the latest releases were better though.

Chill Rating: ☆☆☆☆

What are some chill games that you’ve played recently? 

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

Music Spotlight #5: Christophe Héral

MAY ISSUE: POST #14

Yesterday I beat Beyond Good & Evil, and oh man, I think that the soundtrack is one of the best things to enter my ears in a long long time. So it was pretty easy to find a composer to showcase today. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the showcase for Christophe Héral!

Name: Christophe Héral 
Nationality: French 

Thank you to the YouTube channel for providing us with the music!

Christophe Héral has composed and worked on the music for games such as Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends, Rayman Adventures and The Adventures of Tintin: The Gameso it’s no wonder he’s so great when Rayman has frankly been a huge part of his life. It also seems that he’s working on the soundtrack for Beyond Good & Evil 2, thank goodness.

Beyond Good & Evil is an action-adventure game published by Ubisoft and released back in 2003. The game is a fantastic title, where you follow the story of Jade. The gameplay revolves around obtaining photographic evidence as a reporter and taking care of enemies by karate chopping them with your legs. I want to spend a moment here to praise the game for its story and design, but also for its music.

Here are some of my favourite tracks that I want to share, and I think you’ll agree that they’re utterly splendid (I would actually put these on my iPod, and that’s saying a lot).

Goosebumps. I think I have goosebumps.

If you want music that sets an atmosphere, then here you are. I mean, the music for this game was actually really culturally diverse, and that’s what’s great about it. It’s experimental and you have to appreciate the composer a lot for doing that and probably taking some risks. It certainly paid off in my mind.

I’m going to remember this one for the rest of my life because of the many many times that I said ‘oh, crap, not again’ when getting caught by the guards, which caused this music to start up.

It pains me to say that I actually haven’t really played or owned a Rayman title before. It’s disgraceful, I know, but it’s one of those series that I never got around to checking out. I know a little about it though, and now I know even more because I’ve been looking up some soundtrack pieces. I love the sounds in this tune, and it’s pretty well put together. I can’t wait to experience it in the game one day.

Did I ever express my love for medieval music? Well, now is the time for me to do that. Medieval music is the best, especially when it comes to game soundtracks.

I’m mainly putting this in because of the first 20 seconds. I love that first 20 seconds.

You can’t go wrong with some 8-bit stuff! So here’s 8-bit stuff to make you happy, because I’m that kind of a person.

I want to end this post with this piece, because, well, it surprised me at first in the game. Like, I was just racing along and suddenly this dude starts shouting and singing words at me. But, I really love it. It grew on me. It’s perfect. You could probably have it as your alarm. And I think it’s the perfect song to end with today.

If you haven’t play Beyond Good & Evil, then I highly recommend it! Even for the music alone. Give it a go, and see how the music fits into the game.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

Artist Spotlight #5: Theodor Waern

MAY ISSUE: POST #13

I always look forward to Wednesdays. I enjoy browsing for a while after I wake up until I find an artist that I want to showcase. Today, I was going through some games on Steam, to see what I could research more (and see what I still need to play), and I came across The Journey DownThe Journey Down is an episodic point & click adventure series developed and published by Skygoblin (how could you not want to play a game from a company called Skygoblin? It sounds so awesome). I’ve put maybe around an hour or two into the first chapter, and I really must buy and play the rest at some point, because I loved what I played. The graphics, the voice-acting, the music, the atmosphere- it’s all so great. I recommend you check it out and give Skygoblin some love (I think I just want to say Skygoblin as much as possible now. Skygoblin. Heh, Skygoblin. Moving on).

So one of the artists for this game is called Theodor Waern, and he seems like a cool dude. I’d say that his artwork has a quite a significant style to it, and I find it really pleasing and nice to look at (which is always a plus when it comes to artwork. I don’t want anything burning my eyes, to be honest). The colour palettes are great and I think he really thought hard and put time and hard work into these, so let’s take a look.

Name: Theodor Waern 
Nationality: Sweden 
Links: Gallery Twitter 
All artwork owned by Theodor Waern. Images gathered are from his Website.

It seems like he’s only really worked on The Journey Down episodes, but I hope the company has some more game plans for the futue, because that would be awesome. Plus, I’m a sucker for more adventures and artwork. Maybe they could do a game on Skygoblins.

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These first four images from Theodor Waern are ones that caught my eye in his gallery the most. The first image makes me want to leave the comfort of my bed right now and go explore. Even that bridge doesn’t terrify me (that much).

The other paintings also have a similar sort of atmosphere to them. The second one has that wonderful yellow tinge and the perspective is really interesting. The bottom two paintings are similar to the first, where they make me want to explore and go on adventures. The lighting and how he creates the sky is so lovely. It almost brings a tear to my eye. Curse all this beautiful art!

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These next four are a tad darker, but of course, there’s still a breathtaking atmosphere there. You’ll notice that each image has a particular focal point, where the light is the brightest (like the blue in the second picture and the yellow in the last). I really like the glowy glow and the vast scale of the last two. I like how there’s a little dude there merely to show us how extraordinarily ginormous the world is. I wonder what that dude’s name is anyway. I think I’ll name him Frank.

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These two pictures are from an older section of his gallery, but again, the tones are fantastic. The depth of field has also really been thought about, it seems, and you can clearly see what’s in the foreground compared to the background, like the castle and the rocket in particular. Also, I want to add that that fire looks like it’s been drawn extremely well. How do you even paint fire? It seems like an impossible skill.

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To end with, here’s some concept art from The Journey Down. I half expect someone to pop up from under that bridge. Like a goblin. Or maybe a Skygoblin. Although I’m not too sure what a Skygoblin would be doing under a bridge, but then again, maybe it wants to deceive us. I suppose we’ll never know.

So anyway, I hope you enjoyed looking at some artwork! I definitely recommend you look more into The Journey Down if you have some time to spare. As for my blog posts, stay tuned for my later post where I’ll be doing my 5th Music Spotlight!

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming.

-LDG