Ramblings – Random (11/23/2016)

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Hey guys.  Welcome back!  Sorry for the few weeks without any Ramblings.  You’d think I’d have a lot to talk about with the amount of games coming out.  Well, I’ve only had the chance to play two so far.  One of which is World of Final Fantasy, and I want to beat that before I give a full review.  The other is Dishonored 2, and that kind of fizzled out before it got started, at least for me.  So I’ll be giving brief thoughts of those, but I’ll be starting with a little Crunchyroll update.  Let’s-a Go!

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Yeah, so I forget when I last discussed Crunchyroll here in my column.  Well, Bananya ended its first season a couple months ago.  Replacing that in my pantheon of cat-themed anime is Nyanbo.  That one is themed around cat-like creatures who appear to be made of tiny boxes.  It’s not really an “anime” in the traditional sense, as it’s CG characters set in the real world.  In most cases it looks great, but sometimes when the Nyanbo are interacting with real life cats, you can tell they aren’t really there.  Still, it’s an amusing anime, and like Bananya, each episode is only five minutes long.

I really got into Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  Though my habit of watching the episodes ended after about episode 16.  I want to continue, because I want to see what happens, but like usual, once my habit is broken, it’s hard to get back into it.  Plus, KAIJU GIRLS and Nyanbo are taking my attention.  As well as Dragon Ball Super.  Though I’ve only watched the first five episodes of DBS so far.

See, every time I want to watch FMA:B or DBS, or any other half-hour show on Crunchyroll, I end up talking myself out of it because of the episode length.  I really need to stop asking myself if I really want to dedicate the next half-hour to watching something and just let myself be entertained.  I get so frustrated with myself sometimes.  But enough about me, let’s move on.

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Dishonored 2 is a game.  It’s the sequel to Dishonored.  I know, I was shocked, too.  The game takes place some years after the first.  Emily, the little girl from the first game, is all grown up.  You can choose to play as her or her father, the protagonist from the first game, Corvo.  I chose Emily, because I know most of what Corvo can do, and I wanted to try out a new skill set.

Now, I never finished Dishonored.  Why?  Because the plot started to bore me after the first three or four missions.  I knew what was going to happen.  Then I looked up plot spoilers, and it turned out I was right.  Either they foreshadowed too well, or it’s just badly cliched writing.  I mean, I’m not always that good at figuring out where plots are going based on foreshadowing.  Especially if it’s subtle.  And that’s the best foreshadowing, isn’t it?  The subtle kind.  That way once the big reveal happens, you can look back and say “Oh yeah, that’s what that was all about.”  But no, Dishonored just wasn’t very subtle.

So what about Dishonored 2?  Well, check off a boring world to go along with things.  But just like the first game, I’m getting suspicions that your allies are going to betray you in this, as well.  Even if they don’t betray me, I still don’t want to play any further, and I haven’t even finished the first major mission yet.  The gameplay is okay, though either the combat is unforgiving or I’m just awful at it, but the story just doesn’t do anything to make me invested.  I just feel like it’s a boring game, and I don’t really want to play any more of it.  So I probably won’t.

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World of Final Fantasy is a spin-off of the Final Fantasy series as a whole, and is quite fun.  Like I said in my opening paragraph, I want to finish it before I give my final thoughts on it, because the story seems to be the focus of a few mixed opinions out there.  I forget which chapter I’m on, but I’m in the fire cave after Nibelheim.  Yes, the town from Final Fantasy VII.  Well, it’s not the same town.  It looks more like Midgar than Nibelheim, but it’s kind of a mix of the two, I suppose.

See, World of Final Fantasy has characters, monsters, and towns from several different Final Fantasy games.  So it’s really one big nostalgia trip.  That’s the selling point.  Anyway, the fire cave.  I’m in that part right now.  I don’t really have a whole lot of idea what’s going on just yet.  They show snippets of the enemies saying and plotting stuff, but it’s not really coming together just yet.  Add into that the fact that the twin main characters, Lann and Reyn, both have amnesia, and are trying to recover their memories as well as figure out what’s going on in the present, and it’s a bit of a mess.

But the game seems to handle it somewhat well.  At least so far.  There’s an Adventure Log, which summarizes what happened in the story so far, kind of like the FF13 Datalog.  But at least unlike FF13, it doesn’t feel like a requirement to keep up on the Adventure Log in order to know what is going on.

Then there’s Tama, the fox-like creature that follows the party around.  It’s useful to keep her in your party, as she’s pretty strong.  She does have a verbal quirk that is somewhat divisive.  In English, at least, she inserts the word “the” into random places.  I think it’s the-cute, but others find it to be annoying.  I haven’t removed Tama from my group, so I don’t know if she goes away if you do so, but she seems rather central to some areas of the plot, so I’m guessing she hangs around regardless.

Anyway, so far WoFF is an enjoyable game.  I just want to reserve my final opinion until later, because it can always turn to crap near the end.

That will do it for me this week . If you’re in the US, have a happy Thanksgiving.  You can find me on Twitter at @vgramblings.  Remind me to tweet something.  See you next time!

Brandon Myers

Brandon Myers

The "Rambling Gamer," Brandon has been playing video games since 1988.From the NES to the PS4, he's played almost every major console.While he favors consoles, he's dabbled in PC gaming, and is an avid Linux user.Every Wednesday, he posts his latest Ramblings, which usually consist of video game reviews, best/worst lists, and on occasion a good old-fashioned rant.
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The "Rambling Gamer," Brandon has been playing video games since 1988. From the NES to the PS4, he's played almost every major console. While he favors consoles, he's dabbled in PC gaming, and is an avid Linux user. Every Wednesday, he posts his latest Ramblings, which usually consist of video game reviews, best/worst lists, and on occasion a good old-fashioned rant.
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