Video Games on Vacation

I recently took a trip down to the ocean side to attend a wedding and although I knew my time would be extremely limited I still had to take at least one console with me. ENTER my Nintendo 3DS. Why my 3DS you ask, well two reasons. Firstly my cousin down at the coast is a HUGE and when I say huge I mean colossal size Monster Hunter fan so its only likely that being the person who introduced him to Monster Hunter and being a big fan myself I knew we’d spend most of the time whilst not busy with the wedding preps and chores playing Monster Hunter Generations. Secondly I was lucky enough to receive the review code for one of my highly anticipated titles of the year believe it or not, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Admittedly I never really had a chance to play much of Fire Emblem during my trip however Monster Hunter Generations was thoroughly played and enjoyed. Over a period of 3 days I would say we put in just over 10 hours which is a lot considering the limited time we had during those days. If you’ve never played a Monster Hunter title before I would highly recommend it on one condition though, be prepared to sink some major time into it and make sure to watch this vid from Nintendo. In short the game puts you in the shoes of a hunter who is recruited by villages to protect them from monsters/dragons/beasts and retain peace in the land. The games allow for up to four players to hunt simultaneously in a co-op manner and also tasks the player to create/upgrade armor sets and weapons that are created from pieces obtained from the monsters you hunt and capture. Players will also have to forage for certain items and mine ores to create items that will assist along the hunts. Some of the items include Mega Potions, Shock Traps, Antidotes etc.

My first Monster Hunter title was back on the Sony Psp – Monster Hunter Freedom which was 11 years ago back in 2006. Funny story is that I had just started working and was making a trip down to the coast and needed a new game for the six hour journey. I visited the nearest store that sold video games (unfortunately they weren’t a specialist in video games but fortunately for me it was my first introduction to the MH franchise) and only found sports titles until I came across a title that looked like something I would be interested in Monster Hunter Freedom. Over the years I’ve put in about 2000 hours into the games in total having played every game since MHF and introduced some of my closest friends and family to the franchise also solidifying their fan-ship into the franchise.

This got me thinking and even made me publish a similar topic on SaGamer discussing more about what you do on vacation and if you’re even allowed to bring along anything gaming related on your trips?

-Zain

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Anime & Video Game Soundtracks

I’ve been listening to some of my favorite soundtracks this weekend from anime and video games. Included in my choices are Air Gear, God Eater 2 Rage Burst and Persona 4 although there a many more I’d love to add from anime series such as Naruto, Bleach or more video game titles like the Tales of series and Fire Emblem however lets keep it short for the sake of this post.

Sadly Air Gear only released 25 episodes of the anime and a single special episode. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this series, thrice. The series does however follow through on the manga side for those wanting to follow on with the story. The character development in this anime is amazing, especially the main character, Ikki. Check out my favorite song from the anime right here. The soundtracks name is Chain.

God Eater was incredibly deep for me.
The world and characters rung out so deeply in despair and the opening cut scene to the game
is incredibly emotional. If you’ve not played the game or watched the anime then do yourself a favor and watch this! The soundtracks name is F.A.T.E.

The series itself (both video game and anime) takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. A world destroyed by monsters known as Aragami. To combat the ever lasting terror Fenrir was formed. An organization formed with humans that are capable of bonding with weapons known as God Arcs. Resembling large swords and sometimes guns these weapons are created from Aragami cells and are the only things that can kill the Aragami.

 

Persona has recently been doing the rounds all over social media due to the release of Persona 5 but my focus is more on the opening soundtrack found in the anime based on the fourth game – Persona 4. I’ll be honest I do have the game on Vita and although I have not finished it as yet I have heard only great things about it. I have however watched the anime series and instantly fell in love with this opening soundtrack. The soundtracks name is Sky’s the Limit.

Another series I absolutely adore especially its soundtrack is the Fire Emblem franchise. More so the Fire Emblem Awakening OST. Although I thought I should at least include this beautiful piece from Fire Emblem Fates which Azura usually performs in the game – Lost in Thoughts All Alone.

As you’ll notice each soundtrack above is completely set apart from each other. I thought it would be good to share these specifically showing off the different moods set by each of them. While Persona is jazzy and smooth, God Eater is fierce and adrenaline pumping! I am sure many of you have your favorites so please feel free to share and suggest a few, I love hearing what others listen to.

  • Zain