Games to Revisit: Final Fantasy X

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Final Fantasy X is set in the fictional world of Spira, consisting of one large landmass divided into three subcontinents, surrounded by small tropical islands. It features diverse climates, ranging from the tropical Besaid and Kilika islands, to the temperate Mi’ihen region, to the frigid Macalania and Mt. Gagazet areas. Although predominantly populated by humans, Spira features a variety of races. Among them are the Al Bhed, a technologically advanced but disenfranchised sub-group of humans with distinctive green eyes and unique language. The Guado, which are less human in appearance, with elongated fingers and other arboreal features. Still less human are the lion-like Ronso and the frog-like Hypello. A subset of Spira’s sentient races are the “unsent”, the strong-willed spirits of the dead that remain in corporeal form. In Spira, the dead who are not sent to the Farplane by a summoner come to envy the living and transform into “fiends”, the monsters that are encountered throughout the game; however, unsent with strong attachments to the world of the living may retain their human form. Other fauna in Spira, aside from those drawn from real animals, such as cats, dogs, birds, and butterflies, include the gigantic, amphibious shoopufs (which are similar to elephants); and the emu-like chocobo, which appears in most Final Fantasy games. Spira is very different from the mainly European-style worlds found in previous Final Fantasy games, being much more closely modeled on Southeast Asia, most notably with respect to vegetation, topography, architecture, and names.

There are seven main playable characters in Final Fantasy X, starting with Tidus, a cheerful young teenager and a star blitzball player from Zanarkand, who seeks a way home after an encounter with Sin transported him to Spira. To do so, he joins Yuna , a summoner on a journey to obtain the Final Aeon and defeat the enormous whale-like “Sin”. Journeying with them are: Kimahri Ronso, a young warrior of the Ronso tribe who watched over Yuna during her childhood; Wakka, a blitzball player whose younger brother was killed by Sin; and Lulu, a stoic black mage close to Yuna and Wakka. During the journey, they are joined by Auron, a former warrior monk, who worked with both Tidus’ and Yuna’s fathers to defeat Sin 10 years prior; and Rikku, Yuna’s cousin, a perky Al Bhed girl and the first friendly person Tidus meets upon arriving in Spira.

I think this game is a J-RPG classic and every gamer I know have heard of Final Fantasy series whether through earlier releases or newer ones after Final Fantasy X. I remember the hype around this game back then, I was still in school and was completely addicted to PS2.

The story is very interesting and I think what attracted me the most in this game are the characters themselves. The characters are very like-able and to some point relate-able as well, and of course I’m all for a love story that Yuna and Tidus shared that made me tear up by the ending. Like every rpg you need to grind EXP for hours because the boss fights aren’t that easy which I enjoyed because it gave challenge to the game.

Can we talk about the music of this game, the tracks blew my mind. I cannot listen to “Zanarkand” track without getting emotional, sometimes I would actually tear up.

The HD remastered version got released on Steam and I instantly got it because I really miss this game, it gave me a surge of memories the moment I saw the main menu.

Have you ever played this game ? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Games to Revisit: Innocent Life

I used to have an app that helped me track all the games I ever played, life was easier with android. I couldn’t find a proper tracker app for my iPhone so it took me time to think of a game to revisit. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to stop playing Stardew Valley so I can finish Assassin’s Creed Origins and focus more on Tales of Berseria (Because Velvet is bae ❤ ) . To ease off my addiction to Stardew Valley I chose a similar game to it, big mistake I know but it’s also one of my favorites.

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Life is good for the residents of Heartflame Island, especially since new robots and automated machines do almost all of the work. But technology is a tool-not an answer to all problems. Maybe that’s why everyone is a little uneasy about the old stories of strange magic and a prediction that Flame Mountain will erupt and destroy everything. That’s why Dr. Hope, a caring and wise old scholar has sent you, his son on a journey to the ancient ruins to try and run a farm. It is your father’s dream that you will unlock the secrets of the ancient ruins and find the meaning of “life”. Grow crops, care for livestock, interact with the many villagers and explore a futuristic world as you try to unlock the many mysteries surrounding you.

I absolutely love Harvest Moon games, I won’t say I tried all of them but I remember getting it for my 3DS after the name changed to Story of Seasons and I honestly didn’t enjoy it as much. Innocent Life is considered a spin off to Harvest Moon because it had all the elements of that franchise but obviously lacking marriage feature since you play as a Robot I guess ?

The game heavily focuses on the main story which I would say a bit similar to Rune Factory but without a combat system. The main story-line is basically restoring the land and prevent the eruption of the volcano, easy right ? It’s a fun game and I enjoyed it a lot but unfortunately there’re few down sides of it. The whole farming concept is like a main feature in every Harvest Moon game and as you progress in the story, chores gets easier with robots helping in weeding, watering and harvesting the crops so it strays from farming as you focus more in exploring the areas around the island to progress the story.

I’ll only play this to get my mind off of Stardew Valley because ..

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This doesn’t make me feel proud …

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Games to Revisit in June

This month, I feel like playing something laid back with no exact end goal and just go on with it. You would say something like The Sims and to be honest I would go for it but I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this game, I love it because it makes me create and I can go with my imagination into it but I hate it because I just create and that’s it I end the game after creating a family or a house, I don’t really play after that. I need that sort of game but also has a gameplay and at least a story so I chose one game for this month ..

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The basic plot is similar to several previous Harvest Moon games: the main character, a young man, inherits a somewhat run-down farm after the death of his father, The game takes place in the small village of Forget-Me-Not Valley.

True to its name, the game progresses through the main character’s entire adult life, from young adulthood to old age, NPCs in the game, including the main character’s child and wife, also grow older as time passes,

However, numerous years are skipped as the game is progressed.

I love Harvest Moon games and this one was my first to try. It still holds a place in my heart and I still remember that I made my character marry Nami and she was goals to me. I loved her hair and she talked almost similar to me so I chose to marry her obviously and our child was freakin’ adorable. I would definitely return to this game today, I really miss playing it.

I would choose this one game for this month since it’s Ramadan and I don’t really have time to play as before. If you want to recommend games for me, be sure to mention them in the comments below I’d really love to read what you think. Hope you’re having a great day and have a nice day.

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200 Followers Giveaway [ENDED]

Hey everyone,

Oh wow I never thought I’ll be reaching this number of followers to be honest, thank you so much for that ❤

I decided to do a giveaway to celebrate this milestone and I asked the lovely Century Khoury to collaborate for this giveaway with her beautiful handmade crafts.

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The giveaway is worth almost $ 60 USD and it’s filled with cute handmade polymer clay goodness (charms, art necklaces, potions, earrings, keychains, rings, bracelet)

  • It’s an international giveaway so wherever you are, you can enter
  • Be sure to check out Century Khoury work on Instagram and also her Etsy shop MadeByTokiToki
  • Simply comment “I’m a mermaid” to enter this giveaway 😉 (if you’re a guy just comment “I’m not a mermaid”)
  • The giveaway ends by the end of January

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Games to Revisit in November

Continuing the new post series I started in October of games I recommend trying each month. I’ll try to limit each post of this series to three games from different consoles with a theme, for last month I chose more horror games because of the Halloween season so this month I’ll be choosing RPGs with great music.

Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (PSOne)

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One of my all time favorite JRPGs ever, I love everything about this game.

The game centers around the adventures of Cornet, a girl who can talk to puppets and has a magical horn that grants wishes, and Kururu, a puppet that has the heart and soul of a human. The majority of the game is about Cornet and Kururu trying to save Prince Ferdinand (whom Cornet is in love with) after he has been turned to stone by the self-proclaimed “most beautiful witch in the world.”The witch, Marjoly, also has a crush on the prince and had meant to put him to sleep, but messed up the spell and accidentally turned him to stone.

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Sounds like a cheesy girly story I know but it’s quite entertaining. The combat system is turn-based but doesn’t really last that long so it’s not as challenging as the typical JRPG would go. Now the game is titled as “A Musical Adventure” so it has few theatrical musical cut-scenes  and they are so addictive, I memorize every song in this game and I still sing them till this day.


Ni No Kuni (PS3)

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If you know me well, you’ll know that I absolutely love Ghibli Studios movies and anything related to it so this game is had be in this list.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, a heart-warming tale of a young boy named Oliver, who embarks on a journey into a parallel world in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Along the way, Oliver makes new friends and adopts many of the wonderful creatures that inhabit the world, raising them to battle other creatures on his behalf as he takes on formidable enemies. Developed by LEVEL-5 with animation by the legendary Studio Ghibli, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch combines beautiful animated visuals, masterful storytelling and a sweeping score into an epic role-playing adventure like no other.

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The game itself is like a Ghibli movie and I love how the graphics is like an anime but also 3D, it’s one of the things I focused on in this game. The music of this game is absolutely amazing and I would say my favorite is the World Map theme it really shows Ghibli element infused within the track.


Persona 3 (PS2)

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After choosing two games on a mellow side of tunes, I had to choose something with more of an upbeat vibe.

Persona 3 follows a group of high school students trying to cope with, understand and accept death in a world surrounded by it, as well as find their own reasons for living. They form a group called SEES in order to investigate the Dark Hour, a mysterious time period between one day and the next that few people are aware of. During the Dark Hour, SEES explores Tartarus, a large tower containing Shadows, creatures that feed on the minds of humans. To fight the Shadows, each member of SEES is able to summon a Persona, a manifestation of their inner self.

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Suicidal emo protagonist with blue hair .. yup I’m already thinking of our children’s names. Persona 3 is my favorite from all Persona games, the story is well-intact and of course the music is really addictive. I always use the OST of this game whenever I’m working, it keeps me alert but still entertained.

I hope you enjoyed this list of three games I recommend checking out for November, let me know your favorite RPGs with great music.

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