Platform Played On: Switch Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: 3D Platformer
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Super Mario Odyssey Review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on April 11, 2018. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!
I really hate to admit this, but I’ve finally accepted it’s true; the Mario series has lost the special spark of magic I once felt for it. Back when I was little, I was head over heels in love with Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, and Super Mario 64. Later in life, I also had a blast with Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. So like almost every other Nintendo fan lucky enough to own a Switch, I preordered my copy of this game and played it on launch day. Instead of being swept away into a magical gaming land (like everyone else on the internet), I found myself eye-rolling at everything… worse than a cranky pink haired Final Fantasy protagonist.
Don’t get me wrong! I didn’t hate the game on launch day. It was kinda fun at the time, but it completely failed to live up to the hype I had for it. Plus I was in a bad mood… it was too cheery… and helpless princesses… blah blah blah. Excuses! I’m ashamed to call myself a Nintendo fan. Sigh.
⚡ Caution ⚡ – This post contains spoilers for the beginnings of Super Mario Odyssey. Some people like going into games knowing as little as possible (like me) so just thought I’d give you fair warning!
Wannabe Writer’s Note: This first impressions article was originally posted on my old website on October 31, 2017, shortly after the game’s launch. Enjoy my cranky-ass past self’s unedited ramblings!
All aboard the freaking hype train, I mean… Bowser Controlled Airship Thingy! Like almost everyone else lucky enough to own a Switch, I picked up a shiny new copy of Super Mario Odyssey on Friday. Unlike everyone else, I played it for about an hour and had to stop because I was… I was… well, I was bored out of my damn mind. There, I said it! What the hell is wrong with me? I have no idea… but I’ve been in a persistent bad mood lately, and Mario failed to pull me into his latest Bowser-bashing adventure. Do I hate it? No, not at all. It just didn’t click with me right away, and it sucks being the outcast, let me tell you. Anyway, I like it. I guess I just don’t like-like it. Maybe this first impression post will help me figure out why!
“Thought unseen, that gift – it lies within us all. It is a constant turmoil of light and darkness, strength and frailty, beauty and unsightliness.
That gift is our spirit. It gives us the strength we need to persevere in hardships. But at times, it is nothing but a curse, straying beyond our control… causing us pain and sorrow.
Even so, it is something far too precious to lose. It is what allows me to hold hope for the future. In a world consumed by chaos, in a world where spirits are fading. I ask myself: have I the strength to embrace my gift?” – Lightning Farron, my shero.
To say that the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy has a special place in my heart would be an understatement. Not gonna lie, it was a struggle to write this article for the big Final Fantasy Crystal Compendium community project. I could go into the technical details of all three games, but I don’t want to. There are a ton of reviews from experts if you want to read that. I could get cranky and babble on about how much everyone seems to hate on these 3 games with passion, for various reasons, but I’m not. Everyone has their opinions, and that’s fine. Love them or hate them, Lightning, Sazh, Snow, Hope, Vanille, Fang, Serah, and Noel all mean the world to me. They were the family and friends I desperately needed during a difficult time when my own selfish misery had left me abandoned and lost in my own darkness.
Platform Played On: Android
Developer: Genius Sonority
Publisher: The Pokemon Company
Release Date: August 31, 2015
Wannabe Writer’s Note: This review article was originally posted on my old website on July 9, 2016. Enjoy my past self’s unedited ramblings! I also suspect the game has changed a bit since then…
I was intrigued when I first heard that Nintendo was dabbling in the mobile game scene. One of their initial titles is a freemium Pokemon puzzle game remake, so I decided to give it a try. I’m willing to play any game for free, and I have fond childhood memories of those little pocket monster creatures. I was skeptical as I watched it download from the Google PlayStore. The whole freemium model in general sends chills down this cranky old gamer’s spine; How many crafty paywalls did they slip into this title?
Wannabe Writer’s Note: This first impressions article was originally posted on my old website on May 22, 2016. Enjoy my past self’s unedited ramblings! I also suspect the game has changed a bit since then…
I’m currently away from home for the long weekend (thank you Queen Victoria for the extra day off!), and far away from my gamer cave. I decided to download the Pokemon Shuffle Mobile game on my phone. It’s been a while since I’ve played a puzzle game, and my inner child couldn’t resist the familiar Pokemon faces. Adult me cringed at the freemium gameplay model however.
Platform Played On: 3DS
Genre: Action-adventure Release Date: February 13, 2015
Oh those glorious Nintendo 64 days are the highlight of my entire childhood! So much greatness and two freaking amazing Zelda games in one generation… what more could I ask for? I will come out and say Ocarina of Time is my favourite Zelda title (and all-time favourite video game ever) but Majora’s Mask has a very special place in my gamer heart too! And yeah, I know. I see the endless debates on the interwebz about which Zelda is the “best”. Your opinion totally matters, and by all means share it, but stop wasting time enforcing it on others. And that’s all I have to say about that, eh.
Anyway, I was super excited when the 3D remaster of Majora’s Mask was released on the 3DS a few years back! I was even more excited when I won the online checkout race and managed to snag the limited edition bundle that came with the Skull Kid figure. Take that, greedy resellers! My review of Majora’s Mask 3D was the second review I posted on my old website, back in late 2015. This is mostly the re-posting of that so please note that my review writing style has evolved a lot since then (I ramble on A LOT more these days). Now I’ll throw the words back to past me for a bit.
If you’re reading this, I finished another monthly(ish) update post AND I haven’t deleted my new website yet. Look at me sticking with things. Yay me! Just a reminder, Livid Lightning’s fiscal month begins on the 13th for reasons.
Anyway, life’s A LOT messed up for me lately, and I needed to take an extended break from everything (thus missing my 2nd monthly update post thingy). BUT gaming and blogging things are moving along again, so that’s good! Also nice and distracting. Thank you, video games and social media world!! Once I get a diagnosis from my country’s slow-ass healthcare system, I’ll likely vent a bit about what’s going on. Until then, everything is fine…