Holy shit the very thing I model myself after is finally coming back and as a Metroidvania I just lost all my shit and cannot find any of it at the lost and found.
This past week was my first real week with the new Streetpass games. I'm lucky enough to work someplace where I can get tons of Streetpasses so I was able to enjoy these new distractions with a full bevy of tags to maximize the experience. I went to buy them and intended to try one and get the bundle but nope, that shit pushing rabbit told me the special $15 bundle is only available before I buy any of them so I got suckered into the $15. Good thing all the games trigger a flag in me that makes me lose track of life and just want to get more tags to play them.
Mii Force was easily what I wanted the most. I was itching for an excuse to play a dynamic shmup and this one takes the shmup further when you have multiple passes waiting for you. Each pass represents a weapon type and you can stack additional pass pods to upgrade the weapon on point. What's not talked about is that your Option array can be rotated, further allowing you to fire in different blindspots simultaneously. If there's one infuriating thing about shmups, it's having to move around to fire at a specific target. Each pod upgrade you catch also adds a hit to your survivability. The different levels so far also have variety in design to them. One actually involved a defensive perimeter rather then side-scrolling and one restricts your movement to just up and down.
If you streetpass a lot, you know red and blue are the most common colors. Red is a flamethrower, which is insanely poplar and often forces me to use it, though at least the DPS is good. Luckily, blue is a fire and forget homing missile, so I'm grateful whenever I get blues on my array. Most of the other colors are largely situational at best unless you want to get creative, though I imagine more of them are more useful than I think. Green fires bouncy balls which sound useful in tiny hallways.
Flower Town was a bit surprising. I thought it'd be the one I didn't enjoy but it trying to breed for different flowers by putting my flower up to random stranger's flowers scratches both my Animal Crossing itch and my Pokemon itch of breeding. It is the wordiest though, so I tend to fast-forward through this one the most but the general gist is still there: plant seeds, let streetpassers water it, pollinate it, and see what grows from your previously cross-pollinated seed. You can also buy unique pots, take on flower jobs, and customize your growing plot. It's all very simple on the outside but once you get into it, you just want to see how your streetpasses effect your flowers.
Warriors Way is surprisingly exciting for a rock-paper-scissors game. Every streetpass is an insight to the person's plaza size as they offer that amount of soldiers to your army. Depending on the size of your army, you can adjust the size of your specific battalions: calvary, infantry, and archers for rock, paper, and scissors respectively. The larger your army, the larger your battalions can be so you can increase your chances of a successful match. Just like RPS, you can't predict what your enemy throws out, so you can increase your chances of victory with more soldiers. Even if you throw paper out against scissors, superior numbers can defeat superior odds. Meanwhile, the strategy against tougher armies will be making one battalion a smaller, elite unit so you can match it against its nemesis while your other battalions are larger to compensate. Sometimes enemy warlords will have two scissors and one paper. Or all rock, in the beginning anyways.
You'll also have the chance to fight your streetpassers if they also own Warrior's Way. Though if their army is too big, you'll definitely just want to say hi and be on your way.
In a word, its surprisingly deep.
Monster Manor also had me excited. Although it might not be accurate to say it resembles Dark Cloud's dungeon mechanics, streetpasses give you puzzle pieces. These puzzle pieces are used to build the layout of your dungeon and determines where you move and if you run into treasure, random encounters, or the stairs to the next level. Battles are actually similar to a reverse ATB from Final Fantasy: your ghost busting blaster has a set number of batteries which you can use to shoot or drain for defense. Of course, it's not a good idea to run through all your batteries at once because then you won't be able to defend. But different blasters have different battery capacities and recharge rates, not to mention charge shot capacities and speeds. The more 4 square rooms you make with a color, the more loot you'll find. So of course, all those reds serve to help me get tons of loot. I don't have a lot of chances to fight since I mostly stack red pieces together for loot rooms.
I did get to my first floor boss though and he was an amazingly fun challenge. If you love Borderlands 2, Monster Manor has a similar vibe to it when it comes to loot collecting. I just want all da guns!
Villains in all media, not just video games, can end up being a dime a dozen. Far too often, a villain's motives boil down to "I am a bad, and so I do bad things. Fear me." While this format has worked for countless stories, at this point in my life (the ripe old age of 20) I’ve become jaded and grumpy, finding myself rolling my eyes when I see yet another antagonist wreaking havoc with no background or reasoning presented as to why they’re being such a butthole.
What’s far more interesting to me is when a villain’s motives or actions come across as justified, perhaps leaving you rooting for them to defeat the protagonist [insert Elder God Tier villain meme here].
My favorite example of this would be Meruem from the Chimera Ant arc of Hunter x Hunter. While he doesn’t necessarily fit the exact mold I laid out above, he’s easily one of the most dynamic and curious villains I’ve ever come across. For the sake of not spoiling what is perhaps one of the most exciting, action-packed, and tear-inducing arcs in anime history, I won’t delve into the details of what makes Meruem so great. Instead I encourage anyone who hasn’t seen Hunter x Hunter to set aside some time and plow through the series. Really, it’s that good.
But hey, that’s just how I feel. I’m sure there are folks out there who prefer their villains to be simple. If I ever met one of these theoretical people I might have a panic attack, but I’ll deal with that should the time come. I’m sure after some deep breaths we would get along. Maybe we could even snuggle, should my husband allow such an event to transpire.
All said and done, we arrive at the topic of this month’s Bloggers Wanted: Villains that did nothing wrong. Due to communication errors, this entry in the hallowed halls of Bloggers Wanted is a tad late. Regardless, all you have to do is head over to the Community Blog section of the site, and whip up a Cblog about a villain who you feel was secretly the good guy all along.
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