Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s go Eevee! from Nintendo and Game Freak. As most might know, I’m a huge Pokemon fan. In fact, if I remember right, Yellow was the first game … Continue reading Playing With Imagination: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee!
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Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about Octopath Traveler from Square Enix.
Back in the 90s, Japanese RPGs ruled the gaming scene. Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Wild Arms, Secrets Of Mana, Romancing SaGa, Xenogears. Too many to list, but this was the decade where JRPG franchises thrived. Today, some still exist, but the western franchises are the true dominant ones now. Dragon Age, The Witcher, Pillars Of Eternity, Divinity, Warcraft, and others.
But one game came out for the Switch that is not only a hotly anticipated title but one that hits all that nostalgic notes. I’m talking about Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch. It’s not about octopi, I assure you. It’s about eight seemingly isolated heroes who unite for a common cause. Each has their own history and their own story, but you can play all eight characters.
Going through their story would take forever and I’ve been meaning to talk about it for a long time. So I’ll just go through the nitty-gritty and explain the finer details of the game. Continue reading “Playing With Imagination: Thoughts On Octopath Traveler”
Playing With Imagination: Video Games and Storytelling This part of the special is personal to me. Seeing Ready Player One in theaters is something of a joy to me, considering that movie made me love being a gamer. I’ve been one since I was a kid. I played anything I can get ahold of. Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, PC, even those crappy Tiger handheld games … Continue reading Playing With Imagination: Video Games and Storytelling
How Pokémon Has Influenced My Life Today is the 22nd Anniversary of Pokémon and what an amazing 22 years it’s been. Pokémon has been a huge part of my life and how I’ve made stories. In fact, I first started making Pokémon fanfiction to get my foot in the door. And while I do miss all of the characters I’ve made, I haven’t forgotten everything … Continue reading How Pokémon Has Influenced My Life
Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about Xenoblade Chronicles 2 from Nintendo and Monolith Soft.
Playing With Imagination: Early Thoughts on Xenoblade Chronicles 2
I got into this series back in 2014 when Xenoblade Chronicles X was on the Wii U. I heard of the stories of Operation Rainfall. Three Wii titles were set to be Japan exclusive. The campaign fought to bring those titles to the US and not only did they succeed, but Xenoblade has become a pretty big franchise for them. It’s not on the level of Mario or Zelda, but it’s become a cult hit.
So naturally, I was excited for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for the Nintendo Switch. It was on my “to buy” list since it was announced. Now that it’s come out, I’m pretty happy with it. While Persona 5 set a high bar for me in terms of how JRPGs should be, Xenoblade 2 had a lot to bring to the table.
For me, an RPG’s most important element is the story. I want to be engrossed in the world both visually and artistically. While I am barely through the game, I’ll talk about my early thoughts about Nintendo and Monolith Soft’s latest JRPG.