Roleplaying Games are my favorite genre in video games. I love how you feel apart of the game. The stories, gameplay, and music help emerge someone in the game. You feel like you’ve gone on a real journey with your character. I have played tons of RPGs, from the best Final Fantasy games to Dragon Quest, and my favorite RPG series, Xenoblade Chronicles. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is my favorite RPG of all time. Here’s why.
I won’t give too much away, but Rex meets Pyra, who needs to get to Elysium. They meet memorable characters like Tora, Zeke, Poppi, Pandy, Nia, and Dromarch, to name a few. What makes the story incredible is the amount of depth and how the story presents different points of view. The story also deals with poverty, war, death, and philosophy. I watch the cut scenes over and over to soak in all the story bits there is to digest.
I have never seen a game that has so many great characters. Nia is tough but has softer qualities too. Zeke comes off as the comic relief, but then he talks about how bad people have it. One character can seem hilarious one minute, and heartbreaking the next. More games need to give their characters this kind of depth.
Gameplay makes or breaks a game. XC2 thrives with great gameplay and depth. It takes time to get used to the gameplay, but it is worth it. You combine elements and form attack chains. That is the base of how the gameplay works. There is a lot of depth, and some fans have been put off by that. There are tutorials to help the gamer learn the complexities of the gameplay. Once you get used to the gameplay, you will find it easy and accessible.
The soundtrack to XC2 is my favorite soundtrack in any video game that I have played. Even over Breath of the Wild’s grand music. From the quiet, peaceful tracks, to full-blown orchestras blaring out memorable beats. The daylight theme of Mor Ardain is my favorite. It is so royal and epic sounding.
I love the mythology of the Xenoblade Chronicles series. What I love about XC2 mythology is how complete the mythology is, but it is also easy to follow. They explain the blades and how they work. How drivers are chosen and how everything came into existence. It sounds like a lot to take in, but the layers are added a little at a time, so the player isn’t overwhelmed.
The Art Style
Each landscape has a gorgeous and unique look to them. I could sit back and look at the scenery for hours and not tire of the sights. The monsters are grand and scary. The titans will blow your mind. The landscapes will make your jaw drop, and the characters are memorable. The artists at Monolith Soft are legends, and this is my favorite art I’ve seen in any of their other games.
The Amount of Content
Fire Emblem Three Houses have a lot of content, but it has nothing on XC2. The regular run-through will take over one hundred hours. Then the game plus mode will take thirty hours, and the wonderful DLC Torna the Golden Country that takes over twenty hours to complete. That is one hundred and fifty hours of content, at least. Then there are all the blades to find and all the side quests to complete. If you want a content-rich game, XC 2 is the game for you.
I have played Xenoblade Chronicles 2 more than any game I have played in my life. Everything about this game is perfect. The characters, the music, the gameplay, and the gorgeous landscapes are awe-inspiring. I can play XC2 over and over again and not get tired of it. XC2 is almost at 2 million copies sold in the Nintendo Switch. Give this game a look and help it get over 2 million copies sold. That is why XC2 is my favorite RPG of all time. Buy this game now!
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Happy third anniversary Nintendo Switch. What makes the Switch so good? It is a portable and a home console. What makes a system is the games. The Switch has lots of those. Let’s also talk about what the Nintendo Switch needs to do to keep the momentum going in the future.
Nintendo Switch Has Great Games
From Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to Fire Emblem Three Houses, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Link’s Awakening, Pokemon Let’s Go, Sword, and Shield, Mario Odyssey, Octopath Traveler, Astral Chain, Mario Maker two, and Breath of the Wild to name a few. What a lineup of games! The variety and exclusives make the library so good. Nintendo has had trouble with third party games before. They have learned to embrace third party exclusives and indie games. Tons of variety and lots of exclusives give the Switch one of the best lineups in gaming.
The Switch Is Versatile
You can play the Switch in handheld, tabletop, and TV mode. You can play with the Joy-Cons attached or detached. Take your Switch wherever you go and keep your game going. There are Switch owners who play on the bus, while they are in the doctor’s office, and on the bed. That is one of the main appeals of the Switch. People can play quality home console games anywhere they want when they want.
The Switch has the pro controller and Joy-Cons. Both have their pros and cons. It depends on which one fits you better. The Switch does need analog triggers for FPS, but the built-in motion controls and IR camera gives a lot of versatility to the controllers. The design fits in your hand, and there are versatile options for those who like custom controllers.
Make the Online Robust
One department the Switch can do better is their online service. I like it, but some fans want to text achievements and invites. Nintendo can have a basic plan and a premium plan. Let the fans choose which version they want. Give them exclusive deals and games for being a premium subscriber. That would make subscribers happy and help the number of subscribers go up.
Nintendo, it is time to give the Switch folders, more wallpapers, internet, and Netflix. The Switch would be better if it had more features, and better UI. Give fans more features. The Switch could use more.
The Switch is my favorite System I’ve ever owned. The great games and versatile nature keep me coming back for more. I love playing it anywhere, and the games keep me engaged for months, or years after the release of the game. The Switch is my favorite System I’ve ever owned. The great games and versatile nature keep me coming back for more. I love playing it anywhere, and the games keep me engaged for months, or years after the release of the game. Get the Switch!
By Michelle Lynn Tackett
I am doing a top five fighting games of all time list. Only one per series, let’s get this show on the road.
5: Soul Calibur 2! The GameCube Version. Link is in this version. That’s all I need to say. Besides that, it has the best combat, balance, and challenge of all the Soul Calibur games. The graphics are still impressive, and the music is perfect. SC 2 will test your reflexes and your skill.
4: Killer Instinct The last arcade game I played a lot. I loved the CGI characters, the combo system, the depth, and the characters. Glacious was always my favorite character. The sequels did not live up to the first one, but they don’t dampen the reputation of the first KI either.
3: Dragon Ball FighterZ Wild combos, great characters, tons of modes, and fast gameplay make DBFZ a must play. It doesn’t matter what system you own DBFZ is a must-own fighting experience. It will test your reflexes and make you smile. You don’t have to be a DB fan to love this game. Buy this game.
2: Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers SF 2 hasn’t aged. It was the game that made the one on one fighting craze. Turbo is my favorite version of SF2. Playing as the boss characters and setting the speed to your liking adds lots of replay value. That says a lot about this game that it hasn’t aged, this is still a classic.
1: Super Smash Bros Ultimate No fighting game can come close to SSBU. Smash Bros. Ultimate lives up to its moniker with tons of characters and modes. Smash Ultimate is the best party game on the market. Smash makes a great one-player experience too. The story mode is engaging, and the characters are balanced. Smash is the best fighting game I’ve ever played.
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Our full review of the Oscars will be up Wednesday, but today, we are breaking down the best looks of the Oscars. The Oscars are a great time for fashion. I love seeing who is wearing what, and from whom. Let’s get started.
If I had to pick one, it would be Rene Zellwegger’s Oscar dress that stole the show. She looked like old Hollywood glam. Natalie Portman’s dress was amazing. She bought a mix of modern and vintage style.
Less Is More
Charlize Theron looked vintage in her simple black dress that bought out her gorgeous face. Going with nude colors for her makeup was a great move. Less is more in this case. Lily Aldridge was elegant, vintage, and sparkling. The red rose on her white dress was a great touch. She was so gorgeous.
Vintage Is Back!
The vintage style is fabulous. I love how it makes starlets look classy and elegant. Beanie Feldstein wore a gorgeous vintage dress that made her sparkle like Grace Kelly. Her confidence helped her pull the look off. Janelle Monae glowed in a sparkling, simple dress with bright makeup colors. The pictures are below.
Photos Courtesy of: https://www.thecut.com/2020/02/oscars-2020-best-worst-dressed.html
By Michelle Lynn Tackett
Jordan Peele is the toast of Hollywood right now. I have mixed feelings about this. I am glad he is doing well but is he a good writer? He won the Oscar for best original screenplay for Get Out. Here are the reasons I don’t think Get Out deserved the best screenplay.
Spoilers ahead, if you don’t want to know any spoilers, leave now.
Some things don’t make sense in the screenplay. How does Chris get the cotton in his ears with his hands strapped down? How did Chris’s friend find him? Chris suspected the family of being racist, but not his girlfriend (the families’ daughter) wasn’t? There are so many plot holes in the script I could drive a semi-truck through them.
The Characters Are Dumb
More Spoilers ahead. Don’t blame me if the movie is ruined for you.
Gee, I am a young man of color. I go to my girlfriend’s house to meet my future in-laws, some black servants are working there. The light bulb should’ve gone off in his head. He didn’t think Rose didn’t know about it? When he saw the pictures of her with all of the others, why didn’t he go for help? Some of the decisions the characters made in this movie made the teenagers in Friday the 13th movies look smart.
It Doesn’t Add Up
This wealthy family held all these POC against their will, but Chris and Rocky were able to outsmart them and the police? Why didn’t the police come and arrest Chris? How was Chris going to explain this? If this family had so much power? Why didn’t they call for help when Chris started to get the upper-hand? Hollywood Elsewhere did a brilliant critique of the screenplay to Get Out, so some of this is from his article.
The only reason Jodan Peele won the best screenplay is Hollywood doesn’t want people to think they’re racist. A lot of POC directors and writers ignored over the years. One award doesn’t make you pro POC Hollywood. Giving a mediocre screenplay best screenplay doesn’t make you woke. It makes your racism more obvious.
By Michelle Lynn Tackett
We are getting into the big guns now. I am on part 8 of my favorite movies of all time.
30: Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of Miyazaki’s best movies. Anyone who thinks Anime serializes all women needs to watch this charming classic. The humor is adorable, the characters will charm the pants off of you, and the story will melt your heart.
Rating: 4 Stars.
29: Alien/Aliens. Two of my favorite movies ever. Sigourney Weaver shines as Ellen Ripley, one of the greatest female heroines of all time. I like the second Alien movie better thanks to the heartwarming relationship between Ripley and Newt. One of the best mother/daughter relationships put in a movie.
28: Amelie. Audrey Tautou became a household name after this charmer became a worldwide hit. Amelie has a simple story, relatable characters, and an uplifting message. If you’re in a bad mood, watch Amelie. It will put a smile on your face.
27: Terminator and Terminator 2. I love James Cameron movies. It was the original Terminator that put him on the map. Unique cinematography, fast-paced action, and great storytelling make both Terminator movies classics. They are often imitated but never duplicated.
Grade: 4 Stars
26: Wolf Children. A timeless Anime that will make you laugh and cry in a matter of seconds. One of the best brother and sister duos you’ll ever see in any movie. You feel their conflict and pain with each other. How protective they get and how much they ultimately care about each other. Give this movie a chance, you will love it.
Grade: 4 Stars
25: Rear Window. Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly own the screen in this Hitchcock classic. Everything from the directing, to the screenplay, is done with care, attention to detail, and crafted to perfection. The last ten minutes are so intense, and the characters are smart. That’s a nice change of pace.
Grade: 4 Stars
24: GoldFinger. My favorite James Bond movie is Goldfinger. Goldfinger is a classic that never ages. Great action that is there to tell a story, not just blow things up for no reason. The humor is witty, and the story is classic Bond. The third entry in the Bond series is still my favorite.
Grade: 4 Stars
23: Hidden Fortress. Akira Kurosawa’s classic that influenced Star Wars still holds up. Kurosawa put so much love in his movies, and it shows. Hidden Fortress is a great movie to start with if you are new to Kurosawa. Hidden Fortress has a simple story and is easy to follow. A classic that hasn’t aged.
Grade: 4 Stars
22: Gravity. An incredible sci-fi marvel. Sandra Bullock is incredible. She makes you feel for her character. The movie avoids cliches by focusing on her inner thoughts. Tight directing and gorgeous cinematography are icing on the cake.
Grade: 4 Stars
21: Frozen 1 and 2. I love Frozen 1 and 2 now. The songs are catchy, the characters are memorable, and the animation is breathtaking. You will fall in love with both movies. I like the second one better myself. I thought it had a better story, and the girl power theme was stronger in the second movie.
Grade: 4 Stars
Photo Courtesy of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5-cvnmtWu4
I remember the original She-Ra from my childhood. It was corny, funny, plus it had one of my favorite heroines ever. It is outdated by today’s standards, but the original She-Ra still has a place in my heart. When I heard a new version was in the works, I was skeptical. I didn’t want them to ruin one of my favorite cartoons from my childhood. I’m happy to say they get it.
The art style is stunning. Gorgeous colors, big eyes and expressions bring the characters and world to life. The colors are bright, but they can be darker to give a sinister look to the villains. There are some scary monsters in the show, so I don’t think I would let a really small child watch this.
One of the brightest spots of this show is the characters. Fan favorites like Catra, She-Ra, Bow, and Glimmer lead the charge with Hordak and other members of the evil horde making appearances. The characters have a surprising amount of depth to them. The show is not black or white on morality either.
The writing is sharp, clean and witty. Each character is vividly bought to life with distinct personality traits, and a clear sense of morality. The stories are fresh avoiding cliches that bring down too many shows aimed at younger people. She-Ra shows that shows aimed at younger people don’t have to insult their intelligence.
Some of the dialogue can be corny. The first episode takes a little long to get going, and some of the twists are a predictable. This doesn’t sink the show, not by a mile.
If you’re looking for a show aimed at LGBTQ yough that’s funny, action packed and intelligent, look no further than She-Ra and the Princess of Power. The pace moves fast, the jokes are funny, emotional moments and complex morality make She-Ra a top-notch show for the whole family. She-Ra is available for streaming on Netflix.
By Michelle Lynn Tackett
I loved the first Wonder Woman movie, so I was excited to hear about the upcoming WW 1984. The trailer dropped today, so let’s get to it.
Whoa Nelly is there action. Slow motion bullets, check. Wonder Woman flipping a semi truck in the air. Double check. Wonder Woman using the lasso of truth to swing from one lighting bolt to another, che….WHAT? WHOA! That’s insane. This trailer is jam packed full of great action moments.
The editing is spot on. It is quick, fluid and keeps the action going. It looks better than the first one, which is a great thing. Showing off the great action, plus how good the character interaction is, that shows what kind of love went into this trailer alone.
The acting looks very good. Gal Gadot is so charming and strong as Diana, and it’s good to see Chris Pine back as Steve. The real scene stealer is Pedro Pascal, who tears every scene alive as Lord Maxwell. Fantastic.
Great job Warner Bros. This trailer is gonna set up WW 1984 to be one of the biggest blockbusters next summer. If the rest of the movie is as good as the trailer, we are in for a treat.
Grade: An A 96.
Link to Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfM7_JLk-84
Photo Courtesy of: https://www.screengeek.net/2019/12/07/wonder-woman-1984-footage-teaser/
The Nintendo Switch dominated black Friday sales. Call of Duty was the top selling game on Black Friday. The Nintendo Switch will outsell the Wii. With Pokemon Ss and Sh selling insane numbers, this should help the Switch sell more than the Wii by the time it’s done. I will link the article below.