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New Obsession: XCOM 2

XCOM_2_cover_artGood things come to those who wait.

I have had my eye on XCOM 2 for a few months now, and since it’s often on sale I got tempted every time and nearly bought it.

However, I haven’t played a game quite like this before and was worried that I wouldn’t like it.

However, thanks to PS Plus I finally got it for free. Cheers!

20 years after an alien race successfully invades and conquers Earth, a resistance group known as XCOM refuses to give up without one hell of a fight. You lead your soldiers in the fight to reclaim the Earth.

The gameplay sounds simple when written, you give your team orders to complete the objective. However, there is a bit more to it than that. With every attack there is a chance it might not hit, you are given a percentage of how likely it is that attack will work.

There are different enemies with different abilities and vulnerabilities. You need to be careful as once a character dies there is no way to bring them back.

Well, unless you are like me and quit and redo the level when your favourite fighter bites the dust. I am slightly ashamed but I will not apologise.

Anyway, as it is a turn-based tactics game you take it in turns to position your troops and attack then the aliens get their turn.

As I said at the beginning, this is the first tactical RPG I have played. So far I am enjoying it but man, has it been a learning curve. The combat is only half the game, the other half is running, maintaining and upgrading The Avenger, your base of operations.

XCOM_Shield_LogoOn top of that, you need to keep an eye on the enemies progress which is a ticking clock that makes every choice matter.

I would describe XCOM 2 as frustratingly fun. Sure you get some rounds that are easy and straightforward but at least in my experience the second you think to yourself “Hey, this is going well” the tables turn and you are frantically trying to keep the rest of your team alive as you complete your mission.

Something I really appreciate is just how much you can customise your soldiers. I didn’t know until digging around in the options that you can create Scottish characters! After years of complaining about the lack of Scots in games, it is such a joy to finally have that option.

In fact, my team is nothing but Scottish women. After all, nothing is more terrifying than a raging Scottish lass. Get an army of them and watch the bloodshed. There would not be a war for Earth, it would be an alien massacre.

Tell me I’m wrong.

Needless to say that I made myself, but I also made my sister who ended up as a ranger. The annoying part is her attacks keep failing even when the percentage is over 80% leaving her in the open and often dying. I have lost count of how many times I have quit and redid a level because of her.

Czh3bloXCOM 2 is one of those games that makes you feel like a strategic genius one minute, then a complete idiot the next. Which is part of the reason I love it so much! Nothing is more satisfying than completing a mission with your full team still alive.

I highly recommend this game, even though I’ve been caught screaming that it should have hit IT IT WAS POINT BLANK RANGE ahem, I find myself coming back for more every chance I get.

Speaking of which, time to save Earth. See you later!

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New Obsession: Aggretsuko

 

PassionateTameAsiantrumpetfish-max-1mbLate on the bandwagon again.

I tend to wait for a while before checking out popular shows, mainly to avoid the hype. That and I am lazy and out of touch.

Moving on.

Aggrestsuko follows a Red Panda named Retsuko who works in the Accounting Department of a Trading Firm. Unfortunately for her, her boss is a pig, literary, and her job is nothing but stress and humiliation.

However, she has a trick up her sleeve. Instead of drinking her problems away or using a stress ball, she belts out Death Metal.

If you are wondering why Retsuko looks familiar, that’s because the company behind the show, Sanrio, created Hello Kitty. But do not be fooled by the cute designs, this is not a kids show. Discussing topics such as workplace harassment, dating and adult life, in general, it’s clear who the target audience is.

200Retsuko is a responsible and good-natured person but has reached her breaking point after working her office job for five years. Thankfully there is a silver lining or two in the form of her two friends Fenneko, the insightful but cynical fennec fox and Haida the mild-mannered hyena.

I could go on and on about all the clever puns and wordplay this show has to offer but I would rather you check it out for yourself.

I’m not quite sure what I love about this show more, the comedy or how they handle the subject matter. While being brutally honest it does leave you feeling a bit hopeful at the same time. Maybe that’s just me being a sap, but I digress.

The comedy comes from the exaggeration of the trials and tribulations of office work, which was part of the reason going into Aggrestsuko that I thought I might not like it. I only had a weeks work experience in a PR office and I loved it. My current job is in retail.

200 (1).gifHowever, I am glad to say I was wrong. We have all been in situations like the ones Retsuko finds herself in one way or another. On top of that, the incredible writing draws you into her predicament so even if you are lucky enough to have never suffered that way you now know her pain.

This show is smarter than it has any right to be, and I love it for that.

If you have Netflix but haven’t seen Aggrestsuko yet, do yourself a favour and check it out. There are ten episodes and even then each episode is only 15 minutes long, making it a great show to watch during your break.

Yeah, I watched this during my lunch break at work. Seemed appropriate at the time.

 

 

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New Obsession: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

tenor (2).gif14 episodes in one day, sad thing is this isn’t even a personal record. Not even close!

Jokes aside, I have been meaning to watch The Disastrous Life of Saiki K for a while. I’ve had it on my watch list for a few weeks and downloaded the first three episodes. Yesterday I finally got around to watching it.

Honestly, the title sums out the show rather well, but I’ll elaborate. Born with powerful psychic abilities, Kusuo Saiki hides in plain sight and tries to keep to himself but he always finds himself surrounded by hijinks and weirdos.

Saiki is the perfect straight man compared to the rest of the cast. His deadpan delivery paired with his dry wit makes him my favourite character. He is a rather serious person, rarely smiling and never laughing. The only thing that brings joy to his life is coffee jelly. His parents are not the brightest but they are kind and proud of their son.

Saiki has some odd classmates such as Riki Nendo, a well-meaning moron who calls himself Saiki’s best friend although Saiki finds him extremely irritating. Then there is Shun Kaido, the school’s resident Chuunibyou who just wants to make friends.

9b3312e9676a2af03352389a99dc00f01482718976_fullKokomi Teruhashi is the most beautiful girl in school and has a major ego to go with it. Sweet Chiyo Yumehara has a crush on Saiki. Class rep Kineshi Hairo who tries to motivate his classmates.

As expected more characters join the cast as the show goes on but I don’t want to risk any spoilers slipping out, but they fit in well with the rest of the cast nicely.

With The Disastrous Life of Saiki K being a comedy Anime, needless to say, that it is funny. No, scratch that, it’s hilarious. Everyone has a preference when it comes to comedy and this is just my cup of tea. It has everything I like, slapstick, reference humour and deadpan jokes. Not to mention the fourth wall breaks and how brilliantly the cast plays off each other.

The show has an abundance of pop culture and Anime references. In fact, The Disastrous Life of Saiki often parodies common anime troupes right down to character design. Notice Saiki’s pink hair?

a1bac79d11a6421b8caaa1f4c224b838It reminds me of another anime I adore, KonoSuba. While KonoSuba parodies ‘Lead character brought into a fantasy world’ Anime, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K parodies  Slice of Life/hidden power Anime.

I have ten episodes left of the first season but luckily there is a second season so I’ll dive into that one I finish the first.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki is a brilliant anime and from what I have read it is a fairly popular series in Japan as it has a game, a live action movie and a Gintama crossover in the works! I highly encourage you to check it out if you get the chance.

Now I want a coffee jelly, never had one before but I’m curious about it.

 

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New Obsession: Yakuza Kiwami

tumblr_o3flvhqTRC1v69k47o4_400.gifI seriously need to stop buying games only to play them months later, It’s becoming a bad habit.

After searching for a copy of Yakuza Kiwami, for a short while you would think I would start playing it immediately once I finally got my hands on one for a decent price. You would be wrong.

Still, I eventually started playing the game a few days ago. Now I am hooked.

Yakuza Kiwami is a remastering of the first Yakuza game that originally came out in 2005. In fact Yakuza Kiwami 2, a remastering of the second Yakuza game is coming to the west in August and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be released later this month. Needless to say, it’s a rather popular game franchise. For good reason, if you ask me.

Yakuza Kiwami follows Kazuma Kiryu, a respected yakuza lieutenant who throws it all away to take the fall for his childhood friend Akira Nishikiyama who commits a murder. Ten years later when he gets out of jail he finds that Nishikiyama has risen up the ranks and has changed for the worse.

With enemies around every corner, he must now protect the young Haruka and survive the trials and tribulations before him.

000For a game that takes itself seriously (for the most part), the gameplay is ridiculously fun. Particularly the combat as you can charge up your heat to use over the top moves and you can use nearby objects as weapons such as signs and bikes.

On top of that, there are a lot of side stories and minigames you can indulge in.

Kiryu is a charismatic lead character who you root for. Throughout the game, he is constantly being tested and you want to see him get through it. Same goes for Haruka, if not double. Kids in games can be a bit annoying but Haruka is a sweet and smart girl.

Oh, and how can I forget the one and only Goro Majima who pops up every now and again to challenge Kiryu to a fight. I can’t help but love the guy. From his bombastic attitude to the schemes he sometimes concocts to get you to fight him, I’m always glad to see him as he always gives me a good laugh.

At the time of writing, I am over halfway through Yakuza Kiwami. Currently, I’m on chapter eight of twelve. I don’t like giving recommendations to games I haven’t finished, but so far this game has been a blast to play.

Who knows, maybe by the time I’m finished Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be out.

But then again, knowing me it will take me several months to get round to playing it. Old habits die hard.

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New Obsession: Camp Camp

tumblr_ou48m1uHBR1wwmhuzo1_400Like many of my obsessions, I stumbled on Camp Camp while browsing through YouTube one boring afternoon. After watching the first episode I ended up watching both seasons in two days.

The sad thing is that isn’t even my personal best.

Camp Camp follows the misadventures of the campers and councillors of Camp Campbell. Most of the time focusing on the cynical Max, outgoing Nikki, nerdy Neil and the enthusiastic councillor David.

The show also stars two other Camps who get their own time to shine, The Wood Scouts and the Flower Scouts.

While the focus is usually on the trio of campers I mentioned earlier, the rest of the cast have defined and unique personalities that play off each other very well and brings a lot of contrast and comedy through their interactions.

My favourite character is the lovable optimist David. He is genuine and tries his hardest to get the campers to have fun in the camp where he spent many happy years himself. However, while he is well-meaning in his endeavours he can be annoying and dense.

I will admit that I see a bit of myself in him. I try to make people happy but more often then not I end up annoying them. On top of that, I can be very dense at times.

Max_CoffeeMax is a close second, namely because the ten year old’s pessimistic attitude and foul language contrast brilliantly to David’s personality. Max is also the one who gets the most development over the series. He is a bitter boy and I love him for that.

Do not be fooled by the art style and plot, this is not a children’s cartoon. Outside of the cursing, the jokes are very adult. Unlike other adult cartoons, there isn’t a lot of gross-out humour. Most of the jokes take advantage of the camp setting and the personalities of the campers.

Part of the appeal of this show for me is nostalgia. I was a Girl Guide when I was younger and adored camping. So a show that both mocks and celebrates camps is just my cup of tea. Not to mention the characters who make this show worth watching.

At the time of writing, they have confirmed that Season Three is on the way and will be aired this year but there is no official date, making it the perfect time to start watching the show. In addition, all the episodes bar the second season finale are eleven minutes long. I highly recommend you check it out.

 

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New Obession: Pyre

PyreHeader-700x967What do you get when you combine a sports game with an RPG? Apparently, Pyre.

Developed by Supergiant Games, Pyre is a game unlike any I have played before. Exiled from the Commonwealth, you are found by a group of travellers who need someone with the ability to read, like you.

Together, you must defeat your opponents in an ancient ritual knows as Rites to regain your stolen freedom. In doing so, you travel around the Downside meeting friends and foes alike.

Sounds like an RPG alright, but where does the sports element fit in. Well, remember the Rites? To put it simply, imagine three versus three basketball. But instead of hoops, you must throw the orb into the enemies Pyre. Oh, and you need to throw yourself into the flames as well, taking that character out of the game until the next person dives into the fire.

There are a tone of different strategies to learn, but my favourite is to use the Cur Rukey to sprint past my opponents and dive in as quickly as possible. Thing is, you can’t spam techniques which means you need to learn how to use each character.

Speaking of characters, outside of the intense gameplay, one of the reasons I fell hard for Pyre is the cast of characters you meet throughout your journey.

previewfile_1184101881I am a self-confessed sap but it is hard not to get attached to the Nightwings. During the course of the game, you get to chat with them and learn more about your companions and the lore of the world.  The more time you spend with them, the more invested you become in their fight for freedom.

Everyone who has played this game goes on and on about the art and the music, so much so it even put me off playing the game for a while. Having played Pyre, let me tell you that they are not overhyping it. I dare say this is the most beautiful game I have played in a while. From the character designs to the backgrounds, everything in this game is incredibly detailed.

Do not get me started on the music, this ramble will turn into a full-blown rant as I go on and on about the gorgeous soundtrack. Let’s just say its amazing and there is a good reason that you can buy the soundtrack.

At the time of writing, I have not finished this game, so for all I know the game might take a sudden drop in later parts but from what I have played so far, Pyre is one hell of a game. Just like how I couldn’t give the best indie of 2017 to Night in the Woods because I hadn’t completed it, I don’t think I can recommend this game.

However, I love it. I adore the characters, lose myself in the music and lose my mind during the trials and Rites. I think its safe to say Prye has burned its way into my heart.

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New Obsession: Don’t Starve Together

Don't_Starve_Together_LogoI was given a copy of this game a while ago but I didn’t start playing it properly until recently and now I have fallen head over heels for this game.

Don’t Starve Together is a survival game that can be played alone but is best experienced with others. You and your fellow survivors must work together to survive as long as possible.

You need to keep an eye on your health, hunger and sanity as you create a base, find food and defend yourself from the monsters that roam around.

On top of that, if you aren’t by a source of light by nightfall you are a goner as Charlie will kill you.

I have to admit it, I am horrible at this game. At the time of writing, my personal record in solo play is 15 days. Pitiful I know.

One of the elements that drew me into the Don’t Starve Together community was the lore surrounding the game and its predecessor Don’t Starve. There are a lot of unanswered questions from the games that many fans have attempted to answer through theories.

Wilson_Resurrection.gifMy go-to survivor is Wilson. Why? I just like him. I’ve tried to play as other characters but Wilson is my favourite. Mainly because I like his design and his personality that has been hinted at in the cinematics.

I have played a fair amount of games with strangers and for the most part, it has been pretty fun. However, I personally prefer to play with friends. Particularly my best friend who keeps teasing me because of how bad I am compared to her and her boyfriend. I swear, I’m trying!

During the Autumn Steam sale, I got Don’t Stave as I felt that I needed to play it. While I enjoy it, I prefer playing with friends. Although that is mostly because they keep me alive.

Don’t Starve Together is a fun game whether you play alone or with friends. Not to mention the seasonal events. I highly recommend it.