Zesty Games and New Anime
By: J.R Tafoya –Head Writer
Monday, January 26th –
Hello again Giga-Landers! I hope the beginning of your week is starting out well. If not, let’s hope we can’t remedy that with a good ol’ fashioned blog post. And hot chocolate. Hot chocolate is great. Go get some. Now, please. Also, bring me a cup while you’re at it.
Anyway, if you haven’t heard (which I’m sure you haven’t) Tales of Zestiria finally released for the PS3 this past week. I’ve been doing my damn best to try and get some play time in, but you know how jobs can be. . . So far, I’m liking the new play style. It seems like they’ve adopted a new exploration style of gameplay with a huge open world. For someone like me who likes to explore a lot, it’s pretty awesome. You have a few skills that you can use to open new areas or travel to different places, so it seems to be trying to emulate the Zelda-style exploration. If you’re one to look for aesthetics in a game, this one definitely has it. The backgrounds are absolutely beautiful and I often find myself staring at them for a bit, just looking for tiny details among all the stellar beauty.
Every Tales of game has its own innovative battle style, and the catch for this one is “Fusions”. On this planet, there are two races: Humans, and Seraphs. You play as someone who can see and fuse with these Seraphs to become much more powerful. It sounds strange from the outside, but it actually works pretty well. Another huge difference in the battles is where you fight. When you encounter an enemy, you fight them right there instead of going into some imaginary battlefield. So, it’s cool to be able to use pillars or rocks to block enemies off while I cast spells. It’s a minor change that makes a huge difference.
So, other than play Zesty-ness and working I’ve basically shut myself away, or at least tried to, in hopes of being able to play the game more. . .
NOW ON TO ANIME!
Log Horizon is going on a small tangent about our motley crew of low-level kids. I was kind of wary at first because less Shiroe is never good, but they direction they’re going seems to be solid. They seem to be building up for the character development and group dynamics of that particular party, and also throwing in a few new characters while they’re at it . . . just for fun. Touya, in particular, had some pretty deep musings (for a middle schooler) that initially got me interested.
Everyone keeps telling me to watch Gundam Build Fighters Try again. I basically stopped watching at a certain point and all my buddies watching it say it gets better after that one particular episode. Go figure. It was tough to watch because of how little I cared about anyone in the group, Fuumina being the exception. Other than being there just to support the men in the group, her Gundam was by far the worst of the three. But, I’ve been told everyone (except for Yuuma) gets a pretty awesome upgrade. So . . . I guess I can give it another shot?
The new anime has finally started and that means David and I are in the process of doing our initial review articles. So far, Death Parade. Pretty crazy/morbid stuff. Check it out.
All right Giga-Buddies, have a great week! I hope any of you starting school have an awesome time!