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From the Library: Lunar Silver Star Story Complete

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Now THIS is an amazing JRPG! This gem had it all. A beautiful, if not, an immersive story line that took you on a glorious journey. Down to earth, and hearty characters, and the traditional RPG turn based fighting. If you remember this game, it probably changed your life. I know it changed mine .

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The game focuses on a young individual by the name of Alex, and he is inspired to be the next hero and Dragon Master, much like Lunar’s previous hero, Dragon Master Dyne. Dyne’s gravestone is located in Burg, where Alex, along with his friends, Nall, Ramus and Luna live. Alex spends most, if not, his entire time, visiting Dyne’s gravestone. Nall is Alex’s companion, think, cat with wings, although, don’t call him that. Nall hates being compared to cats. Luna is an outstanding singer who’s beautiful voice, may lull you to sleep. Eat your heart out, Jigglypuff. Ramus is a jolly character who wants to explore the world beyond Burg but is held back by his father. Ramus lost his mother and his father doesn’t want to lose his son. Makes sense. Alex goes with his friends to a nearby cave which is said to house one of the four dragons that are commanded by the Dragon Master himself, the White Dragon. They visit the White Dragon and after meeting him, Ramus asks the White Dragon for a Dragon Diamond, which is what Ramus really came for. The White Dragon has no idea why humans find it to be worth of any value seeing as the diamonds comes from his shi… err, let’s skip that part for now. Now with the diamond in hand, Ramus tried to sell it in Burg, but seeing as how the Shop keeper doesn’t really have the money to buy it, he tells Ramus to sell it in the City of Meribia located across the sea. I can’t really spoil the game for you more than I can, you’re going to have to play it. Believe me, you’re going to love it.

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Now this game, possibly, has all the story genres. Drama, Action, Comedy, you name it. It’s what makes an RPG compelling and memorable. This game was originally for the Sega Saturn and then ported to the Playstation for a cinematic reboot. What does that mean? Well, the Sega Saturn had it’s glorious cutscenes revamped with the smoother cinematic and much better disc technology by the capabilities of the Playstation. Over 20 new voice actors took part in this version and the catchy music along with the remarkable singing used here is impeccable by far. There were a few remakes for the game after the Playstation version for the Gameboy Advanced and the Sony PSP but make no mistake, they can never recreate an instant classic that is the Lunar Silver Star Story Complete. I remember buying this game at my local KB Toys a while back in 2000 and remembering how cool the game was going to be. Good thing I was right. This was literally my first RPG that I have bought and beaten on my own. Took me forever, but my knowledge on these kind of games were very limited at that time. In lay mans terms, I was too stupid to figure it out, hah!

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Not going to lie though, I wasn’t expecting a great game to explode out of that tiny little box when I got my hands on it. The epic love story between Alex and Luna is down right beautiful and makes such a remarkable impact on the game. The friends they meet along the way are very loveable. Jessica’s short fuse, Mia’s shyness, Nash’s good looks, Kyle’s brawn, even Nall’s humor is endearing. With friends like these, I always feel like I can take on the world. I can really say that if you see this game, or have a friend that has it, I recommend picking it up. You can probably find the emulated version and play that too! Though the experience may not be the same. From me, this game gets an easy 10/10 all the way around. An absolute favorite and an instant win.

Til next time. \m/

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Indie Game Review: Storm

Now, I have to mention that, I absolutely love it when it rains and when we get a bit of thunder and lightning. It shows that mother nature can be a force to be reckoned with while still retaining her beauty. I used to love playing puzzle games like, Columns 1-3 on the Sega Gensis when the weather was gloomy. It was kind of a zen moment for me, even if that moment lasted between 10 minutes and 5 hours. IndiePub actually put two of my favorite things together to create, Storm.

This game, let me just say, is ABSOLUTELY breath taking in both graphics and sound. The music is also a key element to just putting you in a completely different world. The moment the start menu appeared, I just stood looking at it. I remember seeing the trailer to this game a while ago and saying to myself, “Wow, I think I need to own this game.” If you’ve ever played Bejeweled 3, not the crappy 1 minute game on Facebook, but the actual game, there is a “Zen Mode” where you play the game in different styles to address you psyche and release all stress from previous events in your day. THIS IS BETTER!

You use the power of the elements such as, Wind, Rain and Lightning to move your seed from tree to fertile soil and grow more trees on that same level. You are given a certain amount of trees to grow using the seed that grows from the tree that you planted, this of course, not counting the tree that starts you off at the beginning of the level. There is no time limit unless you play the challenge modes so you can easily take your time to embrace the beauty of this game all while figuring out how to complete the level. Using the Wind, will move your seed around the level. The Rain, can fill up trenches to make logs float so your seed can roll through the board rather than falling into the ditch, and the Lightning make the seed jump. Strike the seed from the left to make it jump right, strike it right to make it jump left.

Storm is such a captivating game that you will have a VERY hard time putting it down. If you pay close attention to the background, you will see that the elements are also affecting the level. The Wind will make the background clouds move in the direction you force the wind to blow, Lightning will turn the background dark, as if it would like a real thunderstorm and the Rain obviously wets your screen, you will see the drops race down your screen as it clears up.

Take time away from calling grade and high school kids various, disgusting names on Call of Duty or Halo and put some time into Storm. If you’re into puzzle games or games that make you use your brain, then Storm is definitely for you. I recommend it to all enjoy the puzzle genre and I welcome you to the wonderful world that is Storm. Available on Steam, PSN and Xbox Live.

Til next time. \m/

Indie Game Review: DLC Quest

Today we dive into Going Loud Studio’s, DLC Quest where, to me, it mocks another game company such as *cough* EA Games *cough* for its bad habit of releasing an incomplete game and selling you the rest of the game later by calling it, Downloadable Content (DLC for short). But that’s enough about this Bad Company. HAH! Saw what I did there? Bad Company is a game released by EA Games and I’m calling… them a… *ahem* Moving on.

DLC Quest literally is like, an hour long game at most, forty five minutes at best, but it’s nothing short of entertaining. This cutesy, pixelated  platformer will have you going around the level collecting DLC packs and coins, which is the ingame currency to buy the DLC. Stuff like, Jumping, animation effects are all DLC. Surprisingly the NPC’s gave me quite the laugh with it’s quirky dialogue.

You also get achievements, or as they call it Awardments, throughout the game and you guessed it, they don’t do anything for you. Even though this game is very short in itself, I really have to say that it was quite the treat to play, and again, I really enjoyed this one! For $4.00 on Steam and Xbox Live, you really can’t beat that price, especially when it comes with a second game.

Live Freemium or Die! is the next game and this one is a bit longer (I have yet to beat it though). This time, you have more choices for DLC with stuff that really improves your game. Isn’t that what DLC is all about? I’m looking at you EA! So go on ahead guys, and give it a go, seriously, this game is really fun!

Indie Game Review: Evoland Review

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Ever wondered what the child spawn of Final Fantasy and Zelda looked like? No? You seriously have no imagination. If you did, then look no further! Indie game developers, Shiro Games have created Evoland! A game that evolves as you play!

This game starts you off in a black and white 8-bit world that will give you a small portion of vision with chests to left and right and only limits your movement to the right (kind of like the old Mega Man games) until you open the chest to the right to unlock movement to move left. Then opening the left chest opens the rest of the games visuals (much like using Flash in Pokémon for those pesky dark caves). From there you traverse through its Zelda like map and find more chests to improve the game.

The point of this game is not only to play through its amazing adventure like style but to also see how video games, much of the Action/Adventure genre, have improved over the past years of its success. Throughout the game you find chests that either include Stars, Cards, for the card game you play in the town, and the many upgrades for the game, such as faster loading speed, music, sound, and even graphical effects!evoland

My favorite part of this game is that there is NO MANA pool for the spells used here. Can you say, HEAL FRENZY!! The NPC’s and Monsters are easily recognizable if you’ve played games like FFVII and Mario. Lots of hidden references to other games, celebrities, even game designers. I really enjoyed this game, and if you have a couple of hours and $10 to spare, pick up Evoland as I give it a 7.5/10. There is nothing better than the feeling of nostalgia, believe me.

Till next time!  \m/