Saturday, December 26, 2009
So, yeah... I'd love to write this great, insightful review, but I don't know what the heck is going on!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Persona 3 is the most traditional of the games listed. It is also the leader by far. A group of students are working to rid the area of “Shadows” and solve the mystery of why people keep disappearing. Most of the fighting happens during what is called the “Midnight Hour” which is a special time just as the clock strikes Midnight that only a few people are aware of.
These people are also able to use a special ability called the “Persona.” The Persona is a part of the self that is able to fight the Shadows using special abilities that are based on the elements (Fire, Ice, Wind, etc.). The main character is extra-special as he is able to use multiple personas. You form a team and work your way through a mysterious tower that only shows up during the Midnight hour, and changes it’s layout each time you visit.
While not fighting shadows during the Midnight Hour, you go about daily life. You are the new kid in a Japanese high school. You go to the mall, join clubs and teams, and hang out with your friends. When you strengthen your relationship with certain friends, your personas also get stronger.
The fighting is done in a turn-based system, which is great for a beginner because you have time to think about what attack you will use. However, when initiating the fights, you are supposed to try to sneak up on the Shadows. If you aren’t used to video game walking, this can be somewhat difficult. (OK, it was the worst part about the game for me. I kept running in circles and going too far in one direction or the other. I don’t think I was ever able to sneak up on an enemy. At the end of it all, I am still not very good with video game walking, but then again, I’m not so good with real-life walking either…)
The relational aspect is a lot of fun and seemed to come really naturally. Now parts of the story line do include references to Japanese culture that I didn’t get. This is where the strategy guide starts to come in handy. The strategy guide defines the Japanese terms that an American may or may not know.
The strategy guide really is worth the money for this game. Not only do you get to learn a little about the great nation of Japan, but it tells you what each Persona’s abilities are, what each enemy is weak to, and which answers will benefit your relationships and which will cause harm.
All in all, the game is a lot of fun. It’s a great game to watch if you don’t think you’re quite up to the challenge, but if you have been playing a few games and are looking for more of a challenge and a “real” game, this is a great choice! If you have never played a video game before, get your boy to play with you. You can get introduced to the wonders of gaming and the two of you can have something to do together.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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Friday, July 24, 2009
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I accidentally ended up in the middle of Alliance territory.
The Alliance is one of the two political sides of World of Warcraft. The Alliance is stereotyped as being the “good” people.
Sorry, I was AFK.
AFK stands for Away From Keyboard and is used when a player stays in the game, but leaves their controls.
Blizzard’s taking forever to fix that glitch.
Blizzard is the game developing company that produced World of Warcraft. They maintain the game and will occasionally update areas or add assets to the game.
The character I’m working on right now is a priest, but I wish I had chosen another class.
The class a player chooses will determine what types of weapons and skills that can possess. The classes in WoW are: Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rouge, Shaman, Warrior, Death Knight, and Warlock. www.wowwikki.com.classes gives a description of each class.
I’m starting a new char next month.
Char, and sometimes Toon, are used as a shortened term for character. The player’s character is the person they play as in the game.
This creature only drops the item I need every 5-6 times.
When a player kills a creature (Mob), or finds a chest, they can find items. A creature drops items after they are killed, and the player searches the dead creature’s corpse to find the items left behind.
I’ll meet you I the Dungeon at 10:15.
A dungeon is an underground area in which the players can fight. The term dungeon can also be loosely applied to any area in which the players start an instance.
I can’t take on an elite for another two levels.
An elite form of a creature is one that is particularly strong. These creatures are more difficult to beat.
I spent all day grinding and I only gained two levels!
Grinding is the process of working towards a higher level. Grinding often requires performing mundane or repetitive tasks to gain experience.
My guild’s name is “The Evil League of Evil,” and you can’t join our guild if you’re Alliance.
People who play World of Warcraft create guilds. These are groups of players who normally have something in common. Some guilds will have events in real life that they do together, or the guide might all play at an appointed time or in the same place.
This town is controlled by the Horde.
The Horde is one of the two political sides to World of Warcraft. A player chooses to be in the Horde or not. The Horde is stereotyped as being “bad” or “dark.”
My HP is too low to start a fight.
HP measures a creature or player’s health points. When a person is out of health points they are dead.
We’re waiting for John to begin the Instance.
An instance is a part of the game where a group of players can play privately. This allows a group (usually members of the same guild, or friends from outside of the game) to play without being interrupted by other players or happenings.
After that fight, I’m in desperate need of manna.
Manna is what allows a player to cast spells. Spells can be used to attack, defend, or heal.
World of Warcraft is a very popular MMORPG.
MMORPG stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game. These are games that are played by a large number of people over an Internet connection during which players play as if they are a certain character.
This quest requires me to find a certain type of mob, and it is really rare.
A Mob is an entity in the game that is not played by a person, but moves about in the game. The purpose of Mobs is to give players something to kill, usually for the purpose of gaining XP or completing a quest.
- Pets or Mounts
At the next level I can get a new pet/mount.
A pet or mount is a creature that is associated with a character. The character usually will have to earn the pet/mount. These creatures can have various benefits based on the type of creature.
I’m looking for a certain Pot.
“Pots” is short for potions. This term isn’t used too often, but potions are a common part of WoW. Each potion has a different affect on a character. Potions can be bought or found, and some characters can make them.
This is a PvP area.
PvP stands for Player versus Player and marks areas where two players of any type can fight one another.
I have to go and turn in this Quest.
A quest is a task that a player completes to gain some sort of reward. The reward can be experience points, skill levels, or items.
I chose to play on the side of the Alliance because they had the race I wanted.
The races in WoW are the types of creature/people that the player can be. There are five races for both the Horde and the Alliance. The races are: Human, Dwarf, Night Elf, Gnome and Draenel for the Alliance; and Orc, Undead, Tauren, Troll and Blood Elf for the Horde.
- Raid or Raid Party
We need one more person for a raid.
A raid or raid party is a group of at least 6 players that complete tasks together under the leadership of a raid leader.
I’ll be there in ten minutes, I gotta rez.
Rez is short for resurrection. When a player in WoW dies, they have the ability to be resurrected by other players, by returning as a ghost to the body, r by a Spirit Healer.
I’ve played WoW for seven years now.
WoW is short for World of Warcraft which is a popular online game.
I’m 1,500 XP from the next level.
XP is short for experience points. In Warcraft, a player gains XP by killing certain creatures or completing quests. As the player gains XP they gain levels.
For more in depth information I recommend www.wowwikki.com
For the review of World of Warcraft see here.