Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pokémon Hacks- Liquid Crystal Version



Liquid Crystal is a hack of  Pokémon FireRed Version. It's a lot of fun from what I've played of it so far. It's pretty much an upgraded version of the original Crystal, with some extra characters and areas added.
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 You get to choose between Gold or Kris to play as, which is pretty nice. Both the sprites look really good, and have completed back-sprites for when you're in battle, too.

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The interiors have been reworked a little, and look good. 

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The VS Seeker was reworked into a  PokéGear, which is pretty cool.

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 Since the time and date are shown at the bottom now, all the functions have been shifted up by one and the last functions is now used as a Game Boy Player. It switches the music and sounds between the updated GBA ones and the ones from the original Crystal Version.

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The environments are pretty great-looking; just like an updated Crystal should look like. There's also a day-of-the-week and day and night feature.

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The interiors of the buildings are nice-looking, too.

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The graphics in-battle are pretty nice, too; some of the sprites have been reworked to look more like their older counterparts.

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I mostly wanted to go over early-game stuff to avoid potential spoilers about updates from the original game. It's a lot of fun to play, but more fun to see all the little upgrades and differences for yourself.

If you're looking for something a little different yet familiar, I'd suggest giving this one a try. The little updates to the game make it really enjoyable, and it's one of my favorite Pokémon hacks to play.

Update- Starting Back

I've been delayed for a while... about a month now, due to having some major surgery done. But I'm finally feeling somewhat better now, so I'm really looking forward to getting started back!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Cool Dino Virtual Pet

This is another odd pet I was pleasantly surprised by- it turned out to be an MGA Dino clone!

It's pretty much a standard virtual pet with the usual features, though it does have a few different food options.

The dinosaur itself is nicely animated, and has a couple different screens it can walk around, with things like trees and mountains it can walk in front of. It's cute and chubby, and wiggles around in an adorable way.

It's not super-hard to take care of as long as you just remember to check on it every once in a while.

The game is the standard left-right guessing game.

The only problem I had with this one was that the pixels were really faint and kind of hard to see, which seems to be a problem with the majority of knock-off/clone pets I've tried out.

If you're able to find an actual MGA Dino, I'd say go with that over this one, though. It wasn't bad, but the pixel faintness makes it kind of hard to play. Ultimately, there are better dinosaur-themed options out there.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

I've always really enjoyed the Digimon Story games. Dusk and Dawn remain my favorites, but I had a lot of fun with Cyber Sleuth, too.

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The graphics are pretty great. The real-world locations look really nice. The digital locations look nice enough, too, but most of what you end up exploring prior to the second half of the game are these kind of generic-looking cyber spaces. They're nice enough looking, and the colors are easy on the eyes, but they aren't exactly interesting for the most part.

All the Digimon models look really good, too. There are about 240 to collect with the preorder-bonus DLC, slightly less without it. It makes me feel like I'm playing in the anime, running around with my favorite digital monsters. I really didn't like the designs of the playable characters, though. I just found them to be yellow-and-black eyesores, though I did like the male's design better than the female's.

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The battles are probably the best part. It's designed after the battles from previous Digimon Story games, but a little more streamlined. Each Digimon has a type: virus, data, vaccine, or free. Along with this, they can be one of several elements. Their moves also have elements. Each type and element is strong or weak against another.

By combining types and elements, you can do from 0.5x damage with an attack if the Digimon's type is weak against the other all the way up to 3.0x damage if the type and element of the attack are effective against that of the opponent.

It sounds a little difficult, but this was circumvented in a nice way. When you select an attack, you then get to select which opponent to attack. The selection graphic will be blue if the attack won't be very effective, white if it will do neutral damage, and red if it will do more damage than normal. It's really helpful to have this, and makes memorization less necessary and it more accessible overall.

You can also set the difficulty of the battles to normal or hard, and this can be changed at any time under the in-game options.

There are coliseums for both online and offline play, and mirror dungeons of previous areas you've gone through for re-exploring and battling wild Digimon.

For a little side quest, there are medals you can collect featuring different Digimon on them. There are 500 medals you can collect. You can find them in gashapon machines around the different real-world locations, from defeating Digimon in battle, lying on the ground, from quests, and from certain NPCs. It's not really important to the main game, but it's a fun little distraction and it's nice to see all the different pictures of the featured Digimon.

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The story is interesting, but the pacing is pretty awful. I felt like the first half of the game was trying to be more story driven, and the second half more game-play driven. This just made the first half of the game a horrible slog to get through, though, because the characters arnen't all that interesting at the start, there aren't many areas unlocked, and the areas that are don't have very strong or exciting Digimon in them. So at the beginning, you'll end up seeing a lot of the same stuff over and over.

The game is played out in chapters, and there are twenty in the game. The first ten take about 40 hours to get through, and the second ten take between another 20 and 40 to finish.



The pacing during the first ten chapters just feels so slow. It took me three different tries to get through the first half just because I found it so hard to get through the story.

Once it hits chapter ten, though, things improve quite a bit. The characters have grown and changed quite a bit, the story speeds up a lot, and you've unlocked a lot more areas to explore.

The only thing that doesn't really improve are the boss battles. There aren't very many of them until towards the second half of the game, but they're still a pain. You'll be going through an area with no problem, easily defeating all the wild Digimon, and then suddenly come across the boss battle at the end of the area. You better hope you've saved recently, because I found in most instances that these were able to quickly take down all of my Digimon. This leads to several hours of grinding before heading back to the boss, and sometimes turning the difficulty down to normal to make it even possible to win.

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All in all, I found this a pretty fun game. The first half is pretty slow, but if you can get through that, it really becomes a lot more fun. It looks nice on both the Vita and the PS4.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pokémon Flora Sky Nuzlocke - Parts One & Two

I started up a new Nuzlocke Challenge, and decided to get it on video this time. I was looking for something a little different, so I decided to try out the Flora Sky Compliment Dex hack.

This is the first two parts of my playthrough. I get up to catching my first Pokémon and training a little.

This will also be my first time playing through this game, so here's hoping it'll go well.





Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Top Ten Favorite Digimon



 I apologize for delay in posting, I've been wanting to do a review of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. ...40 hours in, though, and I'm only about halfway through the story, so a full review of it may take a bit longer. In the mean time, I wanted to post this, and at least share my thoughts on what I'd played of it so far.

Onto the countdown!

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10. Digitamamon


A cute, egg-shaped Digimon. It has the potential to Digivolve into lots of interesting things, but I mostly like it for its shape.

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9. Agumon (Black)
An Agumon that Digivolved to a virus type. I prefer this one to regular Agumon because I prefer the virus MetalGreymon, and find its colors a bit easier on the eyes.

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8. Gatomon
A cute kitty, in Digimon-form! Fluffy and soft, and she appeared in both the first and second seasons of the Digimon anime.

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7. Biyomon
A bird-Digimon that dreams of flying high in the sky. I always found the curly-bit on her head really appealing.

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6. Lillymon
One of my favorite Ultimate forms from the first season! I always thought she looked like she'd be really fragrant.

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5. Palmon
Just a bit more my favorite that Lillymon. I always really liked her face and her ivy-attacks.

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4. Guilmon
One of my favorites from the third season. His voice was a little annoying, but he was still probably my favorite dragon-Digimon.
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3. Motimon
Adorable and squishy, he can puff up his body when he gets upset.

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2. Terriermon
I never really understood his name, since he looks so much more like a rabbit. Oh well. Rabbits are some of my favorite animals, and I love the way his ears fly behind him when he runs!

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1. Yokomon
Leafy, curly, cute eyes, and no arms. All my favorite things in a Digimon! She might not be the biggest or strongest, but all of those traits lead her to being my favorite Digimon.


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So that's been my list of favorite Digimon. For anyone else out there that enjoys Digimon, I'd really like to hear about your favorites. Feel free to leave comments below!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

TamaTalk - Summer Group Hatch

Sorry if today's update is a little short- I've been a little busy recently. I'm going to try hard to get back to my regular updating schedule next week.

I've joined a group hatch over at the TamaTalk forums. A bunch of members join together to hatch Tamagotchis together and post updates about them- it's a lot of fun! Come check it out if you have the time. I'm running my UraTama for this hatch.

If you get the chance to look, I go by Phionemoon!

Here's a link to the TamaTalk group hatch! Come take a look, or even join in!