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7:37 AM on 11.17.2011

Zelda week: Nitpicking at Majora's Mask

Before the release of Skyward Sword, I went ahead and played through part of Majora's Mask once again. I must have played through it at least thirty times and I want to talk about the multiple sidequests that populate this wonderful game. Because really, Majora's Mask is all about getting every mask more than beating the dungeons. I want to point out specific things that annoy me. Someone who hasn't played through the game won't get the references. As wonderful as the game already is, I cannot help but cringe a little when I get to those moments. First world problems, right?

First of all :


It looks so great. Its shape is just so bad ass. Before the game's release, we saw promotional arts of the razor sword. Oh was I disappointed when I actually got it and it was only functioning for a limited time. Igor, you jackass! I ain't paying 100 rupees for a lousy work. What are my options? The ugly gilded sword? Or a pink fairy sword that is actually an item, not a legitimate space on my B button? There's always the Kokiri sword, small and weak. :(

The goron race track.

Once Snowhead is cleared, there is a race available to obtain gold dust. It is used to forge the gilded sword. That race can be very frustrating. If you get bumped into a rising slope, you lose momentum and your spikes. Ok... You can't regain that speed unless you roll on a flat / constant surface. BRILLIANT!! It is very annoying. It makes the race harder than it has to be. The enemy's AI sucks. They get stupidly ferocious if you're too fast. They get dumb and bump into everything if you fall behind. They're totally ganging up on you. Winning is a result of luck. D:

Don Gero's frog choir.

You need to recruit all five frogs in Termina to form an orchestra. Two of which are located inside temples. Plus, you need to defeat Snowhead's boss again, so spring can come for the frog choir to be available. So basically, you are backtracking through three temples for a piece of heart. :/

[By the way, if you haven't played the game before and you're still reading, that last paragraph is funny. Recruiting frogs to form an orchestra?]

Yeah, I'm nitpicking at small things. There's dozens of other wonderful quests that I adore though. I mean, everything about Romani Ranch is gold. The couple's mask quest is very engrossing. The Zora obstacle course is perhaps my favorite. The only real complaint I have is the saving system. If I'm using my N64 cartridge, which isn't very reliable, the game tends to freeze on occasion. I can't save anytime just like all the other Zelda games. Freezing in a middle of a temple is not fun. You're going to tell me to play it on another console? Why should I succumb to logic? There's no logic here.

Before we get consumed by Skyward Sword, what's your favorite or worst Majora's Mask sidequest?   read

1:25 PM on 07.07.2011

Sit straight, son.

I am by no means a back expert. This is just my personal experience with this issue.

I'm sure your mom used to see you in front of the tv and kept telling you to sit straight. The truth is, getting comfortable while playing video games is essential. A long run is always better on a comfy couch, chair or a bean bag. Sitting properly is equally as important if not more. Since I work full time as a web developer, it is particularly relevant. For the longest time, I was slouching for hours in front of a tv or a computer. Sitting in a bad posture for so long might take its toll on your back one day, and you're not gonna like it. Case in proof, I am a 23 years old man dealing with back pain.

You might say: "Get more active! This is your fault for not taking care of it!" This is partially true. See, I play table tennis on a regular basis. I'm talking out of breath, running like a mad man type of table tennis. Being active or fit is not the problem, but rather the muscles I'm not using are not active enough. Muscle imbalance is where one muscle compensates for the opposite one's lack of strength. Your back is the center of all this. It's not just your back, it's your whole body that needs to be balanced.

In regards to relief, it sometimes takes more than just a few back stretches to cure the pain for good. You need to know a few things:

1: Back pain is usually not a result of a sudden injury, like lifting with your back. Your bad posture habits or any stress you inflict on your back will build up micro damage overtime. That one bad movement pushes it over the edge.

2: You do some back streches, you feel better. That's what a lot of specialists make you do. They fix where the pain occurs. What if your legs need reinforcement too, and it's affecting your back? How would you know? I had a friend who had back pain for the longest time. He just needed orthopedic shoes because one of his legs was shorter by a few millimeters. I would recommend going to a specialist, like a physiotherapist, chiropractor, or osteopath. Ask for a head to toe assessment. There may be more things to fix than you realize.

3: Recovery will take time, be very patient. The important part is to keep doing the exercise that you've been told to do. Even beyond recovery you should continue. You don't want a relapse. It's gonna be much worse. Don't let it get chronic, cause you're screwed once that happens.

In my case, posture is the big culprit. Ergonomically, I need to fix my work environment. My bad habits at home needs to be fixed as well. It gets tiring keeping that straight posture all day. Why can't it go away while I relax? I associate relaxing with slouching, that's the problem. I need to program a healthy posture into my everyday life. I take breaks from playing every hour to stretch, and it helps.

The internet will give you the necessary knowledge you need to start treating your pain. Get as much information as you can. Then, go see a specialist based on what you learned. Ask him about techniques you read about. The more info you get, the easier it will be to know exactly what to fix. Knowing is half the battle.

In relation to games, this issue affects my portable gaming mostly. I can still play my home consoles if I sit correctly. I did stop playing my ds and psp. I simply cannot hold the machine and look down without my back hurting. No need to say that a 3DS is not an option at this point.

It's not many people who will develop back pain. But if you deal with it, you can't let it go away on its own, it just won't. Or if it does, the lack of prevention will make it come back stronger. I'm at the point where I'm getting on top of it with specialists and exercices. I'm also lucky to have insurance with my company. Spending 80$ per hour is crazy. It might take 3 months. It might take 6. But I don't plan to stay crippled for the rest of my life.

So, that new Legend of Zelda on the 3DS looks pretty amazing, huh? ;_;


11:06 PM on 04.07.2011

A minute with Nic - #1

[Reading a recent musing made me want to write this update. Since I never have enough substance to make a whole blog, why not slap a couple of subjects together?]

Oh hai there.

Hi, fellow dtoiders, have a seat while we spend some personal time together. This is a chance to catch up. What have you been up to? Debating? Commenting? Well, you must have had some nice times here, lads. As I sip my cup of Photoshopped brandy, let me tell you of my latest adventures.

Learning the Nippon ways.

Lately, I've been digging into the land of rising sun. After playing amazing games such as Tales of Symphonia or Tales of Vesperia, I can't get enough. Since Namco has no plans to bring overhere all the delightful titles they developped, it is my duty to learn japanese and make it happen. I'm not the only one who feels that way about the Tales series. There are teams translating pretty much all the games. I've been taking japanese classes for the last month and a half, and I'm having a blast.

Realization: You're worst than a japanese kindergartener

Do you have an understanding of what you're gonna have to learn to play a jrpg in J? How good would you feel if you discovered that kindergarten kids knows more than you? Your ego takes a hit, trust me. But soon after, you realize that everybody go through this. You need the base, plain and simple. As long as you love what you're learning, it doesn't matter. It's gonna take years, no doubt. :3 I played My Japanese Coach for two weeks once and felt ready to take on a full jrpg... how stupid was I?

Game over screens make me happy

So I upgraded my phone and it came with a giftcard. It was a good opportunity to get a 60$ game, which I haven't done in quite a while. I bought Super Mario Galaxy 2. It is as everybody said it was.

I seriously stopped for a few seconds to contemplate this greatness.

I could make a musing about it, but I wouldn't be able to make it justice. I'd rather let someone else celebrate this amazing game.

Something I particularly like about it, is seeing the game over screen. I suck, isn't that great? Let me explain. I spent the last few years only playing jrpgs on easy, and barely any other types of games. While fun and relaxing, it sent me into a comfort zone. So, suddenly stumbling on challenges that makes me try again, and again, feels refreshing. Though you don't really go back to the title screen, which defeats the purpose of a game over, you know...

I should seek out those challenges more often. Of course DKCR is a contender. But after trying it for a few hours, I don't like the controls. Call me lazy, but I don't want shaking in my platforming.

A quick pirate comment "Too late for anyone to care"

I'm not adding anything to the discussion "Pirates are thieves, arrh". Beating a dead horse is not my forte. I don't hit animals. I'm just wondering : Am I the only one who can't play my games unless I buy them? I bought a flashcard and suddenly stopped playing any games on the ds. I couldn't find the motivation to play. Then, I bought a game the next month, and played it to death. Like anybody, I did pirate at some point. It just doesn't work for my hobby.

That's it my friends! We might cross each other's path again. On a land as vast as the interwebs, a few clicks is all it takes to reunite us. As I head off on vacation, I bid you farewell. *bows*

Thanks for dropping by. I don't know you, but you are awesome. Yes, you.   read

9:42 PM on 12.14.2010

Happy Holidays: Deals

What a great year we had. I witnessed some warm moments here on Dtoid : Anthony Burch's proposal, The Dtoid show... We can also agree that a plethora of great games were released across all platforms. With so much to play, who has the money to buy them all? For me, this normally puts obscure titles at the bottom of the list. When the holidays approach though, we get blessed with low prices. I don't know about you, but the Black Friday deals on Amazon and Steam killed me. I found myself stocking up on games and even buying games I wouldn't even consider before. The great thing is : I sometimes discover new gems, and then cringe at the idea that I didn't play them before.

I used to write off first person shooters as boring, simply because I sucked at them. My experience was limited to competitive multiplayer fps, which I had no patience to learn how to play. I ignored Left 4 Dead as soon as came out for the sole reason that it was a fps. My friends were playing and trying to get me into it. I refused many times. I was stubborn. I was young. I was a fool. My friends caught wind of a Steam deal and directed me to it. A disturbingly small price was tagged on the game. I raised an eyebrow. At this price, I was finally willing to give in. The damn game got purchased.

I then booted up Left 4 Dead, joined a game with a friend... Wait, this is fun, this is really fun, this is AMAZING!! *Head explodes* Even though I was a friendly firing, witch startling terrible player, the game was a total blast. There were good fps games out there after all. Of course I then bought Left 4 Dead 2 day one. There is no better satisfaction then meleeing a tank with three other friends. Blood fills the screen, creating a feeling of bliss. From here on then, having installed Steam, I would be on the lookout for deals, which came every week or so.

This year, an interesting game got itself on Steam. It went by the name of VVVVVV. I remembered reading a certain review about this. It was praised by Revenrend Burch, earning a perfect score. Even better, only five bucks were required. Meh, why not. I wasn't going to be disappointed for 5$. The following event occured while playing : OH MY GOD VVVVVV IS SO GOOD!! HAVE YOU HEARD THE SOUNDTRACK?!! IT'S OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!

Sure it was frustrating as hell sometimes, but it was so magical. I have no other words to describe it. It takes a curious mind, a willingness to try new things, and a motivation to do so. Sure, VVVVVV was a given for me. But for someone who doesn't like a certain genre, how can you convince him to try your game? A stupidly low price might help. Who bought the many Steam indie packs on Black Friday? I did. I was interested in AudioSurf and ended up playing more Rhythm Zone. I had no idea it existed before. Who got tempted by Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom once the price went down on Amazon?

Of course, there is so much goodness out there. Don't blow your hard earned money on those deals all at once, and enjoy them. I wish you all a happy holiday.

P.S: The indie packs were the most disgustingly amazing deals, ever. Also maybe the Humble Indie Bundles. It makes a nice gift. :)   read

10:34 PM on 07.13.2010

My setup : let me show you them.

I've seen so many great setups, I thought I'd share mine. I finally moved in a place that's not basically a room and a bathroom. Moving up feels good, man. I can also set up a good gaming haven. Let me show you my living room.

Looks cozy, with a fake fireplace. A map of Hyrule to the right, a poster of Link's lineage to the left, it looks great.

Here's a closup of that Link poster. It's from a set you can get on Club Nintendo. I put the other two in my bedroom. Underneath, my PC, just powerful enough to play last gen games. When I feel like dropping a shit tons of cash, I'll upgrade. Not gonna happen this year. The move cost a lot.

My couch, ready for hours of digital entertainment. Then, when you turn around, you get :

It turned out great. Craiglist did wonders for that shelf and tv unit. A 100$ for both, you can't ask for better. 26 inch tv, it's big enough for me. At the bottom, the three current consoles, with controllers all over the place. At the top, my gamecube and ps2. I still have Persona 4 to finish.

Close up of the bottom. And here's a bunch of photos of the collection :

Not much wii titles. Even if Mario Galaxy 2 is fantastic, money went into moving. Maybe toward the holiday. I goozexed Darksiders to get Dead Space, Lost Odyssey and Mass Effect. Nice bonus I'd say.

The only game I'm playing these days is 3D dot Game Heroes. Fantastic as it is hilarious.

That Goomba is soooo cute. :3 I bought it for 5$. It took a month to ship. When it came in the mail, it was still smelling like glue. :D

For some reason, the only N64 box that's still alive is the first one I got, OOT.

Half my psp titles are imports : Dj Max Portable 2, Black Square, Clazziquai, Tales of Rebirth and Tales of Eternia. I like my Dragon Quest on my DS.

Yes, that's right. Nintendo Monopoly. You don't buy properties, you buy characters. ^^

And blurry pictures of last gen's collection.

My honorable mentions : Atelier Iris 1, 2, 3 and P4.

My honorable mentions : The whole Resident Evil Collection on the gamecube.

This setup made a week's worth of moving really pay out. I can actually welcome people in now and not be ashamed. The appartment itself is pretty good too. That's about it.

Thanks for dropping by. You get pancakes.


3:57 PM on 06.02.2010

The Great Escape: Outside

Boredom. Being somewhat of a loner, I get plenty of it. My usual entertainment consists of playing games. Pretty simple right? I escape my boredom, be it single player or with friends. It has always worked before and surely will continue like that. Or so I thought.

Change of situation, change of pace. It seems like I need to escape games for the time being. I can't find enjoyment in sitting alone and lose myself in a virtual world. It's not like I don't have any games to play. On the contrary, I have a backlog full of great games. 3D dot game heroes, Pokemo-n, Pers-on-a 4, Z-e-l--d---a... I can't manage more than thirty minutes of playtime without feeling bored, even if the games are amazing. Not even Left 4 Dead with friends can keep me entertained right now. Why?

I just moved in temporarly with a friend of mine. I'm getting a new appartment next month and he gladly welcomed me in for the time being. He is not a gamer. I showed him a lot of games, and he is not into it. Fine with me. I often sit in front of my tv, trying to spark my interest back into it. My friend comes along : "I'm going to the beach today, wanna come?" THANK GOD! Of course.

I've been going more outside recently. I'm learning a lot about the outside world. I get sun burns within thirty minutes and I yell : "LOOK! A SQUIRREL! COOL!" everytime I see one. :3

I'm having a good time. Just a simple walking down the street pleases me. I get those phases two, three times a year. It's simple really. As a gamer... no. As an individual, I need to balance my hobby with other activities. I already play one sport, table tennis. Regular meetings with my friends are what I ultimately need in my routine. That's a bit hard to do. I moved to Montreal two years ago, leaving all my friends back up north. Since then, I made one new friend, the guy who's helping me right now. I can't thank him enough for it.

I know I'll get back into gaming soon enough. I'm still reading Dtoid everyday, and still adding games to my collection. Nothing to worry about, guys.

Thanks for reading.

PS : I would also love to play some games with you, Dtoiders. I never have any FNF games, though. XD

[Reverse Monthly Musing? Does it still count?]   read

3:41 PM on 04.28.2010

A "Tales of" fan retrospective

Ahh, the Tales series. I remember the journeys, the excitements, the various platforms it made me buy. A tales games on a console I don't have is not conceivable. I will buy the console for this game alone.

It all goes back to my Gamecube era, in which Wind Waker and Metroid Prime stood king. And with Golden Sun on my gba, I was satisfied. Those games were masterpieces (Still are). The next significant experience was just around the corner. I turned on the tv to watch a rerun of a video game show. Featuring Tales of Symphonia, huh? The first few seconds of gameplay I saw were enough, I needed that game. I ran to my game store, bought it, played it, instantly fell in love with it. The art style, the music, the story. The combination made it perfect. 200 hours? Absolutely.

I didn't have a PS2 yet. Why? I was a kid without much money. You invested in the one console you chose, right? Forward to 2005. I'm starting college. I get access to the internet at school. I begin looking up any Tales related information... Tales of Legendia is coming within the next few months. IMPULSE BUY. A Slim PS2, courtesy of my student loans. :D Again, a great game for me. Not as good as Symphonia, but still good in its own right. By then, it wouldn't matter what Namco Bandai would release, I would buy it day one. Phantasia on the gba, followed by Abyss. I was a big fan that couldn't get enough.

The psp had been out for a while. I wasn't even remotely interested in it. I found out that Tales of Eternia had been released in the UK. Awww, PAL restrictions ................ what? The psp is region free? IMPULSE BUY. A psp 2000 and an imported copy of Tales of Eternia. 20 hours of PS1 goodness. I really was clueless as a kid. I missed almost everything on the PS1. If I could get my hands on an english tales game, I would do everything to obtain it. I say "english", the japanese counterparts of the Tales series were out of the question. What is there to enjoy about something you don't understand, especially a rpg? I wasn't too mad at Namco for not releasing them here, just disappointed.

2008 : Out of college, working a nice job. I buy a 360 for Tales of Vesperia. A-m-a-z-i-n-g game. Lovable characters, colorful world, doesn't take itself too seriously, exciting battle system. This is my best game this generation. 180 hours to get through everything. When I finished playing, the PS3 version had been announced, only in Japan. I have played NIS games, Atlus games, they always release their games overseas. But an established franchise such as Tales, Namco being a whore like all big companies, why can't I get Tales of VS, Graces, Destiny Remake, Innocence, Hearts... ? Fuck? Yes, FUCK! Japanese courses are looking sexier by the day.

I recently stumbled upon a Tales of Hearts translation demo. Somebody released a patch for the first 15 minutes of the game. Needless to say I tried it right away. It's fun. Freaking, fun. I'm left with an even bigger need. Tales of Innocence is being translated as well. It's almost done. We are left to wait for an awesome team to translate everything themselves.

I love the Tales series. Every experience is magical to me. I do hope we can get more titles. But Namco won't care for us. E3 is coming, they WILL announce Tales of Vesperia PS3, AND graces. Otherwise, I will ................................... CONTINUE WHINING ABOUT IT. XD Good going Namco, continue releasing one title here while three are being released in Japan. The fans are loving it. The solution is simple, I would give the license to Atlus. They never let us down.

Is it a rant? A story? Both?

Thanks for reading.

* I did buy the various consoles at first for Tales. Afterwards, I came to appreciate the systems and got a good collection of games for them. Fifteen Ps2 games, seven 360 games, ten psp games (I can't wait for P3P).   read

2:55 PM on 01.05.2010

A holiday experiment

Hi, fellow readers. Happy new year to you all. I came back from a two weeks vacation away from the interwebz. I went to spend the holidays with my family in the middle of nowhere, no computers, no internet. I gotta tell you, it certainly recharges the batteries (In a good way). I'm here to share with you what I experienced during this time. I brought my Wii with me, my project was to make family reunions less of a drag by playing some Wii Sport Resort, or NSMBW, or Mario Kart Wii with them. They're basically what I thought the people would only care about. I don't have a gaming family, at least kids would enjoy it. If I wanted some gaming on my own, I had my DS loaded with Spirit Tracks and Golden Sun.

Parties came and went. The Wii did not garner as much attention as I thought. It served as a 30 minutes entertainment before everyone got bored and moved on. Even kids. I remember wanting to play consoles so bad as a kid, I would not have budged an inch the entire party. I was dealing with 3 groups :

A) Unknown 6 years old boys, most were brats.
B) People that never cared about video games. Parents, older parents. They only want to drink beer, pump up the volume and fight between relatives. It almost happened.
C) Younger people, casual gamers. I was aiming for them with my wii. If I can entertain some people, cool.

Group A : There was a NES in the house. They were more interested in the NES than the Wii. Omit the fact that I bought those NES games for my Wii. It's party time, no time to explain. I thought NSMBW was simple enough. Just dying and turning into a bubble, they were all lost. What do I do? Why can't I play? Ok let's explain, pouf, they're gone. That other kid didn't have a controller, got frustrated, took one of the accessories and threw it against the wall. That crowd is tough to handle. No supervision, no way I'm letting them play. I learned something interesting though. At some point in the evening, I was bored and I took out my DS. As usual, they all come running to check what you're playing. I played some Golden Sun. I drove them away in 15 seconds. That's a trick I'll remember.

Group B : Not much to say here. They don't play. They're not interested to try. Honorable mention : my mom tried WSR bowling and enjoyed it. Cool.

Group C : They were interested a bit, but like I said, 30 minutes and everybody stopped playing.

My family treated the Wii like a toy, the same way they'll play a game of cards, except cards were a lot more popular. There's not much for me on the wii, I think I only got interested enough in Mario Galaxy. And my family didn't really care either? I don't know what to do with my Wii, really. There's Tales of Grace who can save the day, but it's Namco Bandai, I am not getting my hopes up. Of course, this is me, and I understand why other people love plenty of good games on the wii. My gaming interest lies elsewhere.

P.S : I would have kicked those brats. :P


3:22 PM on 12.04.2009

Take care of your controllers.

Something that always bothered me throughout the years, is how some of my friends destroyed their controllers overtime. I would go to a friend's house, we'd sat down to play some games, take the second controller : "Wait, the joystick is busted, what'd you do with it?" Overuse is natural. We have a constant stream of games coming our way every month. I understand some controller are built weak. I too am guilty of having destroyed N64 sticks, because Super Smash Bros demanded abuse.

My first gaming systems were for the whole family. Controllers were left lying around, stepped on, abused a lot. N64 controllers finished. SNES controllers no longer responding. Ok, that last one is my fault. As a kid, Street Fighter 2 made me twist the controller as my eyes twitched from pure anger. Bison is a bitch, what can you do. That's pretty much why I rarely play fighting games. They always bring out the worst in me.

Back on topic, from the point I bought systems for myself, the lifespan of my controllers increased tenfold. Limited money meant your gaming system was your greatest treasure. Some friends on the other end, even if the system was their own, they would break the controllers. I guess they played games too intensely. Jumps won't be higher if you press that button into the ground, nor will the car turn more when you tear off that stick. Relax.

Please people, your controllers demand respect, as they are your tools to live great moments. Use them nicely. There's nothing more satisfying than having the same controller from day one and still working. And if you do break one, be humble and have a moment of silence to think back on all the great sessions you had with it. The maker will be grateful.

What inspired to write this is the fact that when my Gamecube memory card died, the only memory left was the controller itself. I cherish it even more so now.   read

3:04 PM on 10.10.2009

RIP Gamecube memories

The wii comes out, I eventually buy one and ditch my gamecube. I can play me games on me wii anyway, right?

The only gamecube games I had been playing were zelda titles, worked fine. Today, I was in the mood to play some Resident Evil : Remake. "Your saves are corrupted." Pull out the memory card (1019), put it back in, still corrupted. Wait, don't tell me .....

I take out my whole gamecube collection, try them one by one. No luck. The only saves I can keep and copy before formatting are Zelda Twilight Princess, Wind Waker, and one save from Tales of Symphonia. The rest, RIP. let's give a moment of silence to the following losses :

- Resident Evil 0, 1, 2, 3, CV, 4.
- Zelda Collector's edition
- Smash Bros Melee
- FF Crystal Chronicles
- Paper Mario : Thousand Year Door.
- Pokemon : Gale of Darkness.
- Metroid Prime 1 and 2.

Hundreds of hours down the drain. Thank you Wii + GC memory card 1019. Now I look back at my GC collection and I feel a little empty inside. I thought I'd be more pissed than that. The truth is, I always finish my games. One way or another, I'll always start at the beginning. I lost all new game + stuff though.

Old third party memory card has RISEN FROM THE GRAVE.   read

7:14 PM on 08.28.2009

Mana Khemia 2 impressions

I loved the first Mana Khemia, and I played the psp version................ yeah. Even with all the technical bugs and game crash, I enjoyed it a lot. So, I was pretty excited to play the second one, this time on PS2. It is actually a sequel based in the same universe, compared to the Atelier Iris series. In the package you get a somewhat big poster, and the soundtrack. Neat.

You get to go back to Al-Revis academy, years later. If you enjoyed your first trip, you're gonna love the little details. Old characters making a come back? Flay, OMG FLAY. Zeppel, teehee, he has a moustache now. Like the first game, you choose classes, you earn grades. You synthesize items to expand your grow book and with the fighting experience you gain you can level up based on what you have synthesized. It was a winning formula, it still is. The grow book is a lot simpler now. No need to scroll back and forth.

Combat wise, the system remains the same, but the looks have changed. It actually makes sense to me now, I dunno, the old card based system didn't sit right with me. There's surely more to it. I haven't played enough yet.

HELL YEAH, I WON................. a plant?

The gathering system changed. There wasn't much to it before, so adding depth is a good thing. But, a slot machine, really?

My impression so far is this : <3. You just wanna the game by the cheek like : "Daaaawwww, you're so adorable!". I fell in love with the details, the usual art style. It's a world I enjoyed before, and I won't mind going back. If you liked the first one, chances are you'll get this one. It's not for everyone. But I consider this game to be the last good PS2 RPG. Don't miss out on this one.

Thank you NISa.   read

10:15 PM on 08.13.2009

The sun will shine again very soon.

Golden Sun

The RPG that made me fall in love with RPGs. I got through both games 6 times, and I plan to do it again soon.

With the announcement of Golden sun DS, I want to look back, as a fan, at what made me love this game so much.

The djinns : the search that spans two games.

I had a game on emulator just before Saturos and Menardi.

I wasn't using much psynergy, except healing ones. I was depending on Djinns to battle. It was an addicting challenge to use them, making yourself weaker temporally to get a lot more attack. You had to predict the outcome and the danger of your choices. Did you choose to keep Mia with full Djinn so she could heal more? Or did you use them anyway? I loved that way of battling.

Exploring to get them without a guide? That's a satisfaction right there. Exploring every corners of the worlds, random battle.......... a DJINN !!!! OoO Priceless. Kinda like rare pokemon hunting.

What were your favourite Djinn(s)? Across the 2 games, I choose Flash. Best. protection. evar.

The summons : Pretty but deadly.

Getting yourself vulnerable to unleash deadly attacks, it's awesome. The summons are great, especially in the Lost Age. I'd have to say I prefer Eclipse and Haures, they're easy and fast to summons. And the more you use them, the more powerful the attacks get. Iris KICKS ASS but she's more risky to unleash, as you get very weak in the process.

During epic battles, like Dullahan, safety comes first. If you gamble too much, you'll get Charon on your ass, expect a couple deaths. XD

What are your favourite Summons?

What else? It's charming, it's beautiful, satisfying to play. You care and wonder about the world when you leave it behind. Does Alex come back? How's Weyard going to change? Will it expand? I want to know if Lemuria will shine again. There's so much we all need to know. It actually pisses me off when I find lots and lots of used copies at Gamestop/Ebgames. How can someone not like this game? Then It hits me, I'm a Golden Sun fanboy. Well, a fanboy that STFU about it, so I'm good.

The sun will shine again very soon. The wait is almost over, wait, wut? The true wait starts now.......... wait, wut? Exactly, you know we will have wait another year before getting our hands on it. Time passes SLOWLY when you wait for something.

Damn, just talking about it makes me want to play right away. Screw sleeping, I need my nostalgia pill. :P   read

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