Giant Robots, Giant Robots, And Aliens!
I Finally Finished Xenoblade!
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Monday, March 14th –
Hello and good Monday, Giga-Friends! I’m finally well and finally on time!! It feels good to have that sickness out of my body. Haven’t felt that bad in many, many years!
To celebrate my wellness, I finally finished Xenoblade Chronicles X! Yes, that’s right! I actually finished a game! I know, I’m surprised too! Anyway, I finished it and I thought it was extremely fun. Now, it wasn’t perfect. Far from it, in fact. But, I do think it did well what it set out to do, and that was create a setting and story that makes you think.
Xenoblade presented us with ideas not unlike those of old sci-fi novels. The classics that make you think about what life is. The existential questions that wouldn’t otherwise be asked, are raised quite often in sci-fi works. Much like with Frankenstein’s Monster, Xenoblade makes you think about how man can accidentally cross the line from “science” into “God’s Territory”. And, no. We’re not having a religious debate. We’re talking about humans playing the role of God in their attempt at preservation. The lines are really skewed in this game, which makes it fun, but it also makes you think about what was forced on the survivors of the human race and if it was even remotely right.
Much to my dismay, though, most of the exposition came near the last quarter of the game. Not unlike its predecessor, Xenogears. Using the last part of the game as an “info dump”, it doesn’t really lead up well, and the character interactions are really lost in the speed of it all. But, it does leave off on a very large cliffhanger and I personally hope it gets a much deserved sequel.
NOW ON TO ANIME!
Please. Watch. BokuMachi! Nothing gets my heart racing and my mind going like that show does. It affects my physiology!!
Not sure if you’ve been keeping up or not, but the new Gundam series, Iron-Blooded Orphans, is actually really good this season. I’ve never been quiet about my disdain for the series since SEED happened to us, but this newest installment pulls away from that garbage style of writing so far that it might as well be in separate universes! Orphans is probably the first Gundam series I’ve ever picked up of my own accord since Wing. Using a great mixture of giant robot fights, character development, and political discord to create a cohesive whole, you sometimes forget that the ones fighting this war, are just children. They don’t pull any punches either! In the latest episodes, a group of mobile suits is seen charging in something of an . . . English straight. They are quite easily dispatched by our MCs. Hell, one of them is even killed during the, “This is my epic intro speech!” parts and it was damn funny. But, by common sense: Don’t challenge someone with double the manpower and thrice the battle skill and then talk down to them like you have the upper hand. That sh– gets you killed.
Anyway, that’s it for me today Giga-Landers! I hope you have a great Monday and an even better week!