Made a little video about Easy Allies in 2016:
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Easy Ally series
In case you're interested, in 2019 I made an Easy Ally video series and submitted it to Community Showcase to get reaction from featured Allies. Here are all episodes:
- Easy Ally: Michael Damiani
- Easy Ally: Daniel Bloodworth
- Easy Ally: Bradley Ellis
- Easy Ally: Kyle Bosman
- Easy Ally: Ben Moore
- Easy Ally: Ian Hinck
- Easy Ally: Michael Huber
- Easy Ally: Brandon Jones
- Easy Ally: Don Casanova
E3 2019 direct links for press-conferences and other shows (Spoiler Free)
Because of the time-zone and life not everyone can watch E3 live. But finding the recording after the fact and avoiding the spoilers at the same time can be extremely difficult. So I've decided to post direct links here so that you can copy and past them to your favorite YouTube/Twitch downloader and just watch the event without having to worry about recommended videos, comments and other spoiler territories.
PC Gaming Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hru6IvgRSp4
Square Enix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEuHAhkBRaQ
Nintendo (with Treehouse): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhVCdxtofWU
Geoff Keighley's show:
Feel free to post other direct links, but please don't post any spoilers (game names, time codes, etc.)
RE: The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2012!
Let me tell you a story.
I try all PS Plus games. One month one of those games for Vita was Virtue’s Last Reward. So I’ve decided to give it 5 minutes before deleting it. In 5 minutes I’ve got to a puzzle and I like puzzles. I’ve decided to solve it and then uninstall the game. The puzzle was fine, so I’ve decided to watch next cut-scene before deleting it. The next cut-scene was over an hour long (at that time I had no idea what visual novel is) and in that hour I’ve got intrigued by the mystery of its story. So instead of deleting the game I’ve kept playing, but at that point I wanted to go only through one storyline (I’ve chosen the leftmost path on the flowchart). I was very surprised when I’ve reached story’s lock and by googling it I’ve discovered that you need to play other story paths. By that point I was already wrapped by game’s plot, so I’ve continued playing. And once I’ve started seeing alternative paths and once I’ve discovered that this gameplay gimmick is a part of the grand narrative I felt in love with this game.
Obviously some parts of its story and its premise just resonated with me and they may not resonate with you, but the fact that I went from being ready to trash this game almost immediately to 100% it three times and also buying 3DS and importing 999 just to see it’s prequel speaks volumes about the quality of Virtue’s Last Reward.
It was ported to PC a couple of years ago, so it’s easily accessible and it often goes on sales. If my story made you intrigued, add this game to your Steam wishlist. Maybe one day you will try it and maybe you’ll love it as much as I do.
RE: The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2012!
In mid-90s my parents bought me a book about video games. It had lots of short descriptions and two detailed walkthroughs. One of those walkthroughs was X-Com: UFO Defense. I had no PC at that time (and of course no consoles) so I’ve never played it. But I’ve read that walkthrough again and again imagining I playing it.
Flash forward to 2012. XCOM: Enemy Unknown comes out and gets great reviews. I start playing it and it is exactly the same game I imagined playing nearly two decades ago. I had absolutely magical experience going through its campaign.
It’s #6 on my list because while this magical experience is tied to this game it has almost nothing to do with game’s qualities. It’s a great game, but I played more enjoyable 2012 games.
RE: Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4/XBO)
Over the past month or so I was playing all Kingdom Hearts games for the first time. Yesterday I’ve finished Kingdom Hearts III, so here’re my impressions about this series:
- This series has a lot of things I don’t like in old games. The worlds are small, objectives aren’t always clear, controls aren’t great (especially camera in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix). But my rule “if you bought it, you finish it” carried me through.
- Except for Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage (and movies) I needed to use walkthroughs and guides both for boss battles and to figure out where to go next. It’s not great.
- I tried starting Kingdom Hearts Final Mix on normal but after several hours it became clear that normal is hard. No difficulty change mid-game (why?) so I was forced to restart from the beginning. It’s not great.
- Even on the easiest difficulty these games are insanely hard. I was stuck on many bosses for hours and in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep I was forced to get EXP Walker and leave my characters running circles while I’m at work. And getting EXP Walker is RNG. Very frustrating.
- Except for Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, my lack of Final Fantasy knowledge wasn’t a problem. In fact the overall story was easy to follow and I haven't felt like I’m missing something when I chose to ignore some complicated details.
- The worlds are interesting to visit, but there’s so much repetition that it almost hurt the feeling that they are actually big worlds. And there’s repetition not just between games, but even within one game (especially in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix).
- The games have a nice 20 hour length and lots of variety but they still manage to drag on and don’t know when to stop. I enjoyed Kingdom Hearts III, but ending the game with a series of 22 boss battles is way too much. Even movies felt too slow.
- Despite all of that I don’t regret buying and playing/watching these 10 games because all of them have some sweet moments. Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage is my favorite, then Kingdom Hearts III. Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories I liked the least.
Overall I would recommend looking at these games before buying them. If you are curious and intrigued, then you’ll probably have a good time. If they don’t speak to you then probably it’s better to ignore them.