|Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
Nothing special going on here, just thought I would let you know that our lovely video-section has been updated with all the newst videos (even though there are still more to come).
If you are not following me on YouTube (but are here for some odd reason), these are the new videos you can now find and watch whenever you please:
--- Sam Talks // Pokemon Dream Radar
--- Sam Plays Pokemon Stadium
--- Sam Plays Super Smash Land
--- Sam plays Super Smash Bros.
--- Sam Talks // Twitch Plays Pokemon
--- FF1 Part 12
--- FF1 Part 13
--- Bloopers Video 1
--- Sam Talks // Two Worlds
All these videos have been put into their respective categories, so hopefully they are not too hard to find.
Other than that, I am really sorry for all the time I have been away. I have had a lot going on which has kept me occupied, but, I'm trying to get back into the game. Anyways, there will be some new games starting up. I tried to play SLENDER, but, that did not work out (so the video was put into the Bloopers section)...but, I will be starting some new series as soon as I finish Final Fantasy I.
Um...I'm debating on whether or not I should play "Two Worlds" // also, I started a new Pokemon Hack called "False RED" which should prove to be interesting.
I still have videos to put up from WoW and AION, and other than that, I have more N64 games that I want to cover in order to add to the list.
If there is anything at all that you would like to see (even if it is just more of an existing playlist or playthrough), please let me know!!! I want to know what will get you more interested in the channel and into retro gaming
Anyways...that's all I have for now, so, until the next one: Have a nice day everyone!
|Posted on March 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
I know that I have been away for a good, 5 days now without a post...and I am sorry, but I have been planning for my trip to Italy!!!
Still, I did a good deed today, and finally updated the video-section on the website: Wooooo!!! Seriously though, I should have gotten to it sooner...but, I was originally waiting to post some content only after I had written about it (the random N64 games *cough, cough*)---still there are new things that you can now watch:
1. Paper Mario 3-5
2. Another Complete Yoshi Story Playthrough.
3. Buck Bumble
4. Body Harvest
6. More Guild Wars videos!!!
And there are still more to come. As far as recording goes, I'm still on the ropes about what to work on next. I know I should finally finish FF1 and get onto the next game, but I still have another AION video to post as well as more N64 games.
That, and, I also want to work on Guild Wars, so I'm not sure what will be going on. Still, no matter what happens, I will keep you all updated. I should just finish the FF1 series first and I might go ahead and do that since I can just add audio later if any at all. Also, I need to work on Guild Wars because I want us to get to the next section.
You could make this easy on me and just let me know in the comments below what you would rather see next. The more I record, the more I can upload before going to Italy. I have 2 weeks, so tell me really quick what you personally fancy more.
But that is realy all I have for now. Just wanted to let you know of the little updated tid-bits.
So, until the next one...have a good day everyone!
|Posted on February 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM||comments (2)|
If you read the first page (the HOME page) of this website, then you should know that my favorite gaming genre of all time is RPG. I love role-playing games of all shapes and sizes, and I love them because you can really make them what you will. Final Fantasy, Zelda, The Elder Scrolls Games, coming all the way down to games like Bioshock and Guild Wars...I love them all because they allows your imagination to soar!
Making choices, ground-breaking and breath-taking storylines, complex characters that you grown to love and/or hate...
THIS GAME HAS NONE OF THAT!!!
Seriously though...as per this new N64 project that I started, I am downloading old games that I have never seen before; things I have never played before and I become curious about. Having clicked on this game and seen that it was one of the few RPGs that was ever released for the N64, I was all for trying it out. The only 2 commenters on that page said that they liked the game (I later realized the one was being very sarcastic), so I figured that this would be an awesome experience...
Nope, nope, nope, and more nope!!!
55 minutes I suffered this game, and it only took me about 10 minutes to realize that I never wanted to pick it up again. I thought that I might have found a hidden gem...and this game was hidden, but it's one of those things you put back and back away slowly...you don't take it with you! I mean, it's an RPG...that means that this should be something that is really hard to fuck up, but, somehow, this comany managed to do it.
So, allow me to give you some insight on how this game works...
The game starts with a cook exiting the throne room after the King has given him orders to find your character. All the while that the cook is mumbling to himself, you are seeing a flashback of what you had been doing the previous day...a sword fight, using magic spells, and then running out of the castle.
Next thing you know, your Master (you are a Squire and he is a knight) comes up to the cook and also asks your whereabouts. Supposedly you placed an enchantment on his blade which has destroyed the sword. He then starts to complain about all the swords you have messed up. Then the cooks asks a mage where you went, and she starts complaining about all the spellbooks you have stolen...to make matters worse, you finally find out that your character has gone into the woods to rescue a farmer who went missing, all alone, and there are a lot of monsters out and about.
So your first impression of your character is that everyone hates you. You do nothing but cause trouble, you're an inconvenience to everyone except yourself, and you're stupid...really, really stupid. But it gets worse.
After the cinematic ends (which takes fucking forever), you can finally play. Already this game has messed up. You wanna know how?
In an RPG...the first thing that usually happens is you get a back-story...something to set the mood. In Zelda Ocarina of Time, this mood was set by telling you about the story of the boy with no fairy, and leading into Link's Nightmare...followed by the Great Deku Tree speaking of Chaos that is spreading over Hyrule. In Guild Wars, they talk about how this is the last day that dawns on the Kingdom of Ascalon...tells you about the current war with the Charr, and how the King needs more warriors to stand up and fight.
But here in this game, you don't even know where you are from, what the Kingdom is called (you later learn that it is Gwernia)...you have no sense of who you are, why the farmer is so important to you, or anything.
There seems to be no threat of an evil...there is nothing.
Plus...the HUD is terrible. You get a compass, but no map (on the right), then on the left, there is a meter which displays the time of day and when it will become night-time. I guess one prop I have to give this game is that it switches from night to day and has its own weather patterns, but still...there is just too much wrong with this game to even make one thing sound enjoyable.
So, on you go on this solo quest...you talk with some Gnomes (which are referred to as Mirari) and they kind of guide you. You see a spirit in the woods of a woman though you never figure out who it is or what it is. You finally find out that the Farmer has been killed as you are ambushed by 3 Goblins...a battle takes place, and then you get shot with a Poison Arrow.
Moving along, you awaken in a Healer's Hut...her name is Orianna. She says that she healed your wound, but could not cure the poison that flows through you. Needless to say you get dizzy, have a vision of some evil spider/goblin lady and three of her minions, you shrug it off as a dream, then head back to the Castle to consult their healers. Making it back to the Castle, your Master tells you to explain what happened to you in the woods, and at first, you refuse to tell him by saying,"I don't feel like talking about it."
HELLOOOOOOOO numb-nuts!!!! You have been fucking poisoned!!! You are DYING! Don't you think that's a little important?! You're only hope is to have the King's Healers try and fix you, and you won't tell your Master this?! WHY?!?
This dude...if he were real, I would just let him die. At this point we should be loving our character and sympathizing with him in his plights...but all I see is an arrogant brat who shirks his duties in being a Squire, doesn't listen to his Master, and thinks he is all that when he got taken out by one tiny little arrow. Seriously...come on!
So...you finally tell your Master all that happens, and he tells you to go talk to all these different people. These people are supposedly your friends or people that you know...but how else would you know that had he not told you because there really was no introduction to your character?!
If they were going to do this right...they would have started you off by playing this Squire (whose default name is Alarona), and getting into his thoughts. By reading journals or something, you could find out that he does not like his Master and thinks the man is biased against Orphans...you could have read about his friendship with the Prince, or Brenna the thief.
Maybe you could have learned that he is studying magic and likes to play in the woods rather than train. Maybe the first part of the game could have been you dueling the Prince manually rather than watching it, it could have been YOU actually casting a spell, and then they would have had YOU overhearing a conversation about Kendall the Farmer having gone missing, and then YOU could have taken off into the woods.
But no...they don't have YOU do anything...you only watch small bits and pieces about what I just said, and when told to talk to the people in the Castle...well, good luck finding them! That place is a maze, and it does not show you where you are placed in the map. It only shows you all the doors, and not all of the doors have signs. It was merely by chance that I found the throne room and later, the training room...still, the only thing that impressed me here is that it was raining outside, and asides from the large blobs of water, I saw lightning flash...once.
Anyways...when you meet the King, he tells you that his Healers cannot help you, and he tells you that he will give you two companions to go with you to Emmeron so you can see if they can heal you. On top of that he goes on about how he always had high hopes of you becoming a Knight with his son, and, if you come back from this ordeal alive...he will Knight you.
Your master sits there and screams,"You are being too generous your majesty!!!" and I'm on the other side of the screen, screaming in my mind,"He doesn't deserve to be knighted!!!"
I mean, I feel like I should be torn up over the fact that my character is dying and is so young...but I really don't care. I should have been excited for my character to have that opportunity to be Knighted...but I really don't think he has earned it. Your Master is a Knight, is blind in one eye, and has battle scars. The Knights listed on the roll have been in Wars of old, and you...you are just getting poison sucked out of you and coming right back.
At one point I thought to myself,"I will go talk to people. Then I can learn more about this place and maybe get more into the game."
So, I went to speak with a villager. My character asked him,"So, can you tell me about the Village?"
And the man's reply was,"Uh...I live there."
Who wrote this script?! I want to go back in time JUST so I can fire them myself!
I could go on-and-on about what I hated about this game...from the crappy controls (the way the character moved), to the strange battle system and lack of a tutorial. Kids playing this game would not get very far unless they had a guide, and even then they would probably get confused. All I know is that this game ranks up in my list of worst games and is only surpassed by "The Final Fantasy Legend"...yeah...IT'S THAT BAD!!!
Anyways, the video is up on YouTube and can be watched here in the N64 Playlist section.
But until the next one...have a nice day, everyone!
|Posted on February 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
A lot has been happening on my end, and I have been shooting out videos faster than I can post them on my Facebook page, or even copy on here! I have so many new things that I am working on that it all has been crazy!!!
Why so crazy, you ask? Because, I finally got in my N64 controller that plugs right into my PC!!!
The reason I stopped playing games like Paper Mario and then refused to play other games I love from the platform is because the controls on the keyboard were always way too hard. It's hard enough to play GBA games, let alone games that require the yellow C-buttons and the Z-trigger. So, for Christmas I decided to spoil myself with a late gift, and this controller was the result.
Now that I have the controller, I have been able to play the games I always wanted to showcase...classics like Yoshi's Story and others. I have already started the Yoshi Playlist and have 2 different completed playthroughs of Yoshi's Story done already
But, I decided to take things one step further as well.
I owned an N64 as a kid and still have my old console back in the USA...but while I may have had most of the popular games from that era in gaming, there were still a lot of N64 games that I never got to play, and plenty more that I never even knew existed. Thanks to the internet, I am able to look up all the different games that came out for the N64 in America and Japan, and, with the Project64 Emulator, I am able to give them all a try to experience the things I could not.
Plus, now that I am a little more grown than I was way back in the day...my understanding of gaming is greater, and thus, I can understand controls a lot more, and probably get past a lot of things that I could not when I was younger.
So, as you can already guess...I will be starting a new Project where I am going to try and tackle one new N64 game a week. I might even do 2 or 3 in a week if I really feel like it. I at least want to have some new video of some new game every week, while trying to keep up with my current series when I have the time. Not only will making these videos do my "retro gamer" title justice...but it will give me a nice break from the titles I am tired of playing.
We are almost done with FF1, Guild Wars is nowhere near finished, and Paper Mario has also just gotten started. Still, I know that I like variety, and so, this is something that is cool and entertaining for me, and, I hope it will be cool and entertaining for you guys as well.
Nothing really more to report here...but hey! If you want to, leave a comment down below with any games you might want to see me play on the N64. I'm not sure that I will always find a file for it, and even if I do, it may not be a good file...but either way, I would like to know what games you enjoyed from the N64 series and why.
Until the next one...
Have a nice day, everyone!
- Site Updates:
I will be updating the video section shortly to include all the new videos I have done lately.
I really need to try and keep up with this section more often, but, you can always stay on top of things via my Facebook Page AND the youTube Channel directly.
|Posted on January 27, 2014 at 7:40 AM||comments (0)|
So, the funny thing about this whole thing is that, I have actually had this series recorded for some good time now (I had 5 videos recorded in November when my internet went out for that span of a month)...
And so here is what I originally wrote as the blog post introducing the new Playthrough:
Being without internet really, really sucks…especially since it keeps me from Skyping, browsing Facebook, and I can’t even enjoy Guild Wars.
But, one of the good things about not having internet is being bored enough that you go to bed early and wake up at decent times, you remember to shower and eat three meals a day, and on top of that, you can remember what things like sunshine is! Okay, maybe most of that was exaggerated (probably not), but it did give me more incentive to play around with my emulator which resulted in a new playthrough!
Paper Maro has always been one of my favorite games for the N64. Along with “Yoshi’s Story” and “Kirby Crystal Shards”, it was probably the game that I most frequently rented. So, the game itself was not very old having come out in 2001 --- it took a turn away from traditional Mario platforming and is played like more of a turn-based RPG (think back to Final Fantasy IX days).
the title you can gather that this game has something to do with Mario being
paper, and you are partially right. While everyone in the story has become a
little more than a 2D sheet of paper (that look more like stickers just stuck
on a TV screen), the game itself is in classic 3D modeling, and there is no
curse or anything that made everyone paper…they are that way naturally, never
mention it, and it doesn’t affect anyone in any way.
The paper style of the characters makes the game very interesting and full of laughs…from the simple pipe animations where Mario swirls like something getting flushed down a toilet, to the falling animations where he literally sways like a falling leave and then finally slides to a halt on the ground (you will get to see all of this if you actually watch the playthrough).
I will say that this game is pretty hard at times, and I have never successfully beaten the game. While I am currently playing it on the emulator (Project 64), I do own the game back in the USA…Taz was sweet enough to find it at a Disc Replay, hide it from me at the counter, and then buy it before she met me back at the vehicle (I think it was just for a random surprise too). Gotta love the ones that feed your addictions, right?!
This game also holds other significance for me as well (other than all the romantic junk). I actually like this game a lot because it is a game that my little sister used to watch me play whenever I would get it. I don’t want to go itno too much detail (I want to save some the stories for later in the playthrough)…BUT, in part of the game you can spend money to hatch these little piglets from eggs. You can only have so many to a farm, and all the eggs are mysteries. There are so many different designs of piggies and you never know what you’re going to get! I made my sister a game file and played all the way up to the pig-pen just so that she could collect her own little piggies as well and we could compare collections.
When we did not like a batch of pigs, we made Mario jump in the pen and all the pigs would then scatter. I remember getting so mad because she would get a shiny gold pig, and again, I got the ugly green one with pink flowers on its body
So other than all the childhood nostalgia of it being a great game, and then the later memories of getting it as a surprise gift from a lovely woman and etc etc, this game also has deep family history to it as well, precious memories that allow me to love the game even more than I had previously.
say that the Paper Mario playthrough will not be as solid as Guild Wars. It
really is a game that you have to be in a mood to play, and it is an RPG with
levels and etc, so occasionally I will get stuck somewhere in the inevitable
grind which might pull me away from it for awhile.
Also, I have never beaten this game. Naturally this game may look easy, but at times, the puzzles and etc can get real challenging. We will see if this becomes a new and constant thing, but, if not…at least you have been warned.
Even if I manage to beat this first game…there are other games under the Paper Mario name. You have the “Thousand Year Door” for the Gamecube, the Super Paper Mario game for the “Wii” (which Taz also bought me and I have yet to beat), as well as the brand-new “Super Paper Mario: Sticker Star” for the 3DS which I have yet to try…
And then it ended there on that note.
Well, since then, I have beaten only a handful of games, and one of those games was FF3 (which was mentioned in the last blog). Since I beat that game on my way to see Taz, I needed something new to keep me entertained on the 3 hour train ride back home, so I decided to get Super Paper Mario Sticker Star...which I have now been playing for a few hours.
I'm not going to go into detail about it just yet (as I will review it when I beat it), but, it inspired me to stop keeping the Paper Mario videos in reserve, and to go ahead and upload them for people to watch
I am really looking forward to getting my new PC controller which has the N64 controls so that I can get hardcore into this series without the control issues (since I hate using the keyboard), and I think that once this gets in, I can start recording this at a constant after I am done with the first Final Fantasy game.
Anyways...what do you guys think? Are you looking forward to the new series? Let me know in the comments below what you think...maybe if you have already played it, or maybe if you have always wanted to try it and were not sure...
Anyways, until the next one:
Have a nice day, everyone!
|Posted on January 16, 2014 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
Obviously I have not written a blog in quite some time, so, I figured I might as well give you an explination. XD
Today is my 4-Year Anniversary with my special someone, BUT, she is busy hooking up our new 40' TV...and thus, I can write to you guys! Thanks to everyone that has been watching my videos. I have started to get comments on the most random videos I could imagine (obviously people want the Shiny Giratina but I also got comments on my LotGD playthrough as well...odd), and, on top of that, views have been going up a little bit.
As I have stated before...I don't expect to be famous. I don't expect to have a bunch of fans or followers...the things I do, I do as a hobby and just for fun...but, I am grateful for those that generally like my videos and find me somewhat entertaining.
But...I am getting off track.
For Christmas last year, I was really, really spoiled...and that meant that I got a whole bunch of new stuff which will aid me in continuing my videos and playing new games on my emulators. First of all, I got my gaming headset....I still have not figured out all the kinks. The audio still echoes really bad, and it does not like my video recorder...so we will eventually work all that out.
I also got an N64 controller that plugs into my PC so that I can play all the N64 games without so much complication (things I have been wanting to play for awhile but couldnt because controls were too wonky).
Lastly, I got Bioshock (Rapture Edition), Bioshock Infinite [Both are on the XBox so I wont be able to record them ], Final Fantasy IV for my DS, along with a few other games...AND:
That's right. Awesome Okami Decals for my 3DS to get me more pumped about the games I still need to beat, which leads me to the next point:
NEW YEARS RESOLUTION!
So, for New Years I decided that one of my many resolutions was to beat more video games. Unfortunately, I have the bad habit of getting stuck in games, then getting so frustrated that I quit the game right at the end, and just assume that (mentally) I have beaten this game. But, when I look at said-game later on, I feel guilty that I never beat it...but am too ashamed for having quit to pick it back up again.
Last year I started this resolution by picking up Final Fantasy 3 again (after I started it, could not find the Gnome Village) and then gave up. Right now I am over 30 hours into the game, all characters are level 60...I lost to the final boss at level 55, so I will be attempting the battle again very, very soon. I know that after I beat that game I already have another one in mind: "Okamiden".
I got this game the same time that Pokemon White came out (which was around my birthday). My g/f had reserved the game for me, so I got the cleaning cloth and the paintbrush stylus as well (my nice little added bonus). I loved Okami on the Playstation and had played it several hundred times over (no joke), so, this game was high on my priority list.
I got over 90% of the way through the game and then I got stuck...in a Temple. I could not solve the puzzles and it seems like I looked everywhere for answers (except online). I did not want to use a guide to help me with this game, so, I got frustrated, put the game down, and never picked it back up again. But after FF3, I am starting a new file and IT IS ON!!!
I promised a recording update...so here it is! I am still planning on playing AION, will get back to Guild Wars, and I am going to continue playing Final Fantasy (the first one) because we are already so close to beating it.
As far as old games go...like "Link's Awakening", "Pokemon Brown", and "The Final Fantasy Legend", I am just not feeling them right now. I might continue them someday, but as for right now, I have other things that I am more interested in. I hope you agree with these decisions. The only other thing I have planned will be my "Paper Mario" playthrough as well as an extra long video showcasing "Yoshi's Story".
Videos will be added to the video-section soon. So, if you're NOT following me on YouTube (why would you not be doing this?), you can watch all the videos here
That's all I go for now...so, until the next one. Have a nice day, everyone!
|Posted on December 13, 2013 at 4:25 AM||comments (0)|
You read the title, right?!
So...the internet went out in my flat last month, and why it tok so long to get it back up and running, I will never know. But, the time away from the webs has not been all bad, being away has given me time to breathe, play some old games that I love, record a huge mass of things for you guys, as well as write a bunch of blogs which I can now begin to post on a semi-regular basis.
I have a longer blog about my absence and etc. But for now, I just want to get down to the important things so that you are up-to-speed with what will be going on with my YouTube uploads, site updates, and etc.
- Recording Update(s):
--- So I have a few new games for you. I have recently started uploading "Final Fantasy I", the remake for the GBA. Currently I have 6 episodes recorded and will continue to play this game because I love Final Fantasy. Obviously, I still want to play Guild Wars, and I am excited that I can get back to that as soon as possible.
---The next new playthrough that I have is "Paper Mario" which is one of my favorite games from the N64 era of gaming
This game holds significance to me in many ways, so I cannot wait to share it with you.
---Lastly, I have done the first video for another MMO by NCsoft called "AION". and along with that I recorded another Pokemon Brown video and the Shiny Giratina video from the event in October.
- Site Update(s):
---As soon as a good majority of the new videos have been posted, I will be re-doing my video-section of this website. I am going to see if it is within my memory ;imit to make separate playlists, and if not, then you will just have to deal with the mass of chaos that there is for right now. Idk...should not be too bad.
So yeah...that's really all I have for right now. I have been posting on Facebook a lot about being gone. But, for those that follow me on Twitter, I have not been posting at all just because I really don't have many followers on there. I ask that you be patient with me as I try and get everything uploaded and get back to speed with things.
Thanks for reading and paying attention. I will hopefully see you soon in the next blog.
Have a good day, everyone.
|Posted on November 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
I was going through my Facebook Albums when all of a sudden I realized that I had one for Guild Wars (from back in the day).
So, I'm not going to lie...Arkis Sphere was a character that I had played a long time ago, BUT, for the sake of recording the GW playthrough, I deleted the character (who I had barely played with and was still in Pre-Searing), then re-created him with his original look and etc.
The interesting thing I wanted to show you...was this.
This screenshot of Arkis was taken September 23rd, 2012:
The character has the same name, was doing some quests with the Monk skills, and is still using the Soul Screecher Staff.
BUT, this is not from my playthrough because this was over a year ago. Instead...THIS is a screenshot I took of our infamous Necromancer during the actual playthrough:
Same location, different Arkis! I know great places for screenshots when I see them. But, don't ask me how I managed to get the second screenshot without the health specs or the party list or anything like that in there because I still have yet to figure it out.
Either way, you can tell they are different because the color of the starting armor. I never could remember what the original Arkis had so I made them brown for the playthrough even though the original used silver.
I know it may not be that interesting to you, but I thought it was really fascinating for some odd reason.
...ANYWAYS, I do have some recording updates for you.
Part 16 of the GW playthrough is edited and ready to be put on YouTube...and part 17 has been recorded and edited as well, I'm just waiting for all changes to be saved and to process the video before I upload them both onto YouTube to make up for my lack of activity recently.
That's all I got really ^^;
|Posted on November 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
I know that it is the day after Halloween, but either way, I wanted to make one final blog post about the Halloween Events that happen in the gaming Universe.
As I have mentioned so many times before, Halloween is that one time of year where all sorts of games have limited edition events that change each new year. They oftentimes hold brand-new quests, new items to be gained, and lots of other things in-between.
I do not believe that I participated in Halloween last year (in Guild Wars), but, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that not only did this year hold old Memes (like the rent is too damn high), but also had other popular references like Dr.Who, My Little Pony, and many other things at which someone at some point can relate to.
I really appreciate all the hard work that these companies put into their holiday events just so that they can reach out to their fans, and I am super excited about being able to do the Christmas Events this year.
I also know that I said that the Halloween Part #2 was going to be the final video since I had already done a majority of the quests...but that was before I decided that this year, I wanted to see the Mad King himself in Lion's Arch, and play his little game. The screenshot up above is my character Emalisa (a Necromancer/Elementalist). She is only level 16, but I decided to use her since she is one of my scariest characters, especially with the Halloween paint on.
Anyways...logging into Lion's Arch, I was 2 minutes away from seeing the Mad King, but one thing to keep in mind, many players are logging in right as he appears so they can get rewards. If you are playing in a really heavy server (meaning an American or English speaking District), most likely you will get kicked out of the server and lose connection when the Mad King makes his appearance (like I did).
I logged back in as soon as I could, I actually had to log all the way out of Guild Wars and run the program again, just for it to work.
Long-story-short...when the Mad King appears, he begins giving everyone orders. Some are vague, most are pretty direct, and following his orders means you usually get a trick-or-treat bag. If you don't follow the order then you are killed instantly, but resurrected before th next order is given. There are 20 minutes of random orders and then 10 minutes of "The Mad King says", which is just like Simon Says (obviously). The King is around for thirty minutes and then will disappear for another 3 hours when he arrives again. You can find him in both Lion's Arch and Kamadan.
Upon his retreat, he gives everyone a tonic called the "Minutely Mad Tonic" which then transforms you into a smaller Version of the Mad King himself.
I made the mistake of thinking that this tonic transformed you permanently, and so, I deleted my most terrible character (a Paragon named Elric Ruso) and made a new one, a Dervish named "Mad Oswald". Using the tonic on Oswald, I saw immediately that the effects of the tonic were not permanent, and, sure enough...as I entered the fields, he was back to his normal self.
Still, not wanting to delete the character, I gave him one of my costumes (Grenth's Regalia from about 3+ years back), dyed it white, and made him a secondary Ranger so he could tame a Flamingo named Snickers. I also gave him the skeleton face pain and because he is a Dervish, his weaponry is using a Scythre
I have made a Reaper and am completely fine with this...
Either way, thank you all for keeping up with my videos and supporting them. I will be updating the video's section of this site so that you can see the Halloween finale as I have put together a very informative video on the Mad King and the final day of the Event. Next year I look forward to doing something different for Halloween and maybe trying Guild Wars 2 or something along those lines. Maybe making a versus video of the 2 games andf smooshing them together somehow?
Just let me know in the comments section below of what you think I could that would be cool for next year, I am always open for new ideas and really like hearing what other people have to say...anyways, that's all for me though. Thank you for tuning in and I will see you guys in the next one.
Have a nice day everyone!
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Do you remember back before downloading games online was all the rage and you actually had to buy the disc?
Peppridge Farm Remembers...
Do you remember when Eye of the North was a separate disc expansion that was not sold as a packaged deal when you bought any version of Guild Wars? Peppridge Farm remembers....
I could go on forever with this one, but enough with the Meme's!
As mentioned above, when I first saw the Eye of the Borth Expansion for Guild Wars, I could not believe my eyes. I had never had an expansion to a game before, and Guild Wars had not been updated in forever. There was only one more disc at my Gamestop, so, I decided to pick it up. The expansion was pretty cheap since it is not a full-scale version game and it merely adds a few locations and new quests to your account. Still, there is a lot of credit to be give here for this expansion as it led into the events of Guild Wars 2.
Welcome to my Game Review!!
---If you are currently following the Events of my Guild Wars Playthrough and don't want anything to be ruined (you want to stay oblivious and then be completely surprised later), then do NOT read ahead. ---
Now, with all that said and done...let us continue.
So, the events of Eye of the North technically begin when your Guild Wars character reaches Lions' Arch (for Prophecies), Kamadan (for Nightfall), or Kaineng Center (for Factions). You will be given a quest to explore a mysterious Chasm which has opened up, and, when you follow that quest and go into the Chasm, you are thrown into a completely different world.
Following the Chasm you eventually make it to a cinematic where there are Dwarves running around with barrels. If you have played through Prophecies, then you saw Dwarves while traveling through the Shiverpeaks. Any other game and this might be an odd sight for you. In the cinematic your character will approach the Dwarf called Ogden Stonehealer. He is ordering his men to grab barrells of explosives which explains all the tremors that have been happening in the world above, and perhaps, the opening of the Chasm.
"Explosives!" your character cries."But there's a city above us!" Ogden already knows this, but before he can explain any further, you are interrupted by another creature...something you have never even come close to seeing in any of the other games, anywhere. His is an Asuran. His name is Vekk...and he warns everyone that Destroyers are on their way towards the camp and it would be best to get out of the area as soon as possible.
This leads into a timed gameplay where you have to make it to a portal within a certain time limit. Upon making it to the portal, you are thrown into the heart of the Shiverpeak Mountains (which you will have known from Prophecies) and you meet the third breed of creature...a large humanoid woman in golden armor. They are giant brutes that can transform into bears. The girl is named Jora, and she is a Norn. you have now met 3 of the 5 essential people that you will come to know, help, and love through this expansion.
To shorten things up a bit, Jora explains that there are no Dwarves or Asuran that ever surface this far North into the Shierpeaks because this is Norn Territory. she explains that she will not fight you, and even mentions that there are humans camped somewhere here in a place called the "Eye of the North".
Going to the Eye of the North, a large black citadel with unknown origins, you are then stopped and trapped within a Mesmer spell by a human woman. She asks you of your business and eventually gives you pass into the City. She says she is leading the Ebon Vanguard in place of her Captain. she looks familiar and if you play Prophecies, you will know her...because this girl is Gwen.
WHAT A TWIST!!
Gwen is a Charr survivor and now helps the Ebon Vanguard in the final attempts to reclaim Ascalon (most of what is from Pre-Searing is now called the Charr Homelands).
While in the Eye of the North, you are introduced to a scrying pool, told the story of the Destroyers and how they are obliterating entire races and driving people out of their homes. Ogden wishes to build an Army to confront the destroyers and thinks we need to help the Norn to gain their trust, Vekk thinks we should instead ask the Asuran for their intelligence, and then Gwen says she will not do anything until the missing troops from the Ebon Vanguard are found. This is where you must make a choice.
Take note that either way you will be asked to complete all the storylines before you can continue, and the order that you choose to do these tasks does not really matter. Some people have said that doing things one way makes more sense than the other...but me, I ust jumped from one quest to the other without much thought.
If you choose Ogden's advice and end up trying to recruit the Norn, you decide to help Jora hunt down her brother Svanir who has been cursed and has become a terrible creature known as the Nornbear. You will got hrough a series of quests to kill the Norn bear, then to regain Jora's family's land, and then on to recruit the Norn ina final Dungeon showdown.
Ah that's right...instead of doing missions like you have until this point, the expansion introduces Dungeons
If you decide to help the Ebon Vanguard then you go with Gwen into the Charr Homelands. There you find out that the troops have been captured, you eventually find and release a Charr Prisoner known as Pyre Fierceshot who then joins your team. You find out that the Shaman have corrupted the Charr and are making them worship the Destroyers as their new Gods, and you not only help Pyre free his warband and slay the Shaman, but you save the Ebon Vanguard as well.
Helping Vekk was one of the most difficult of the Quests (in my opinion). You have to go deep into jungle areas outside most traveling places. You must first recruit the help of one named Gadd (who is completely insane and Vekk says that he hates him), then you must recruit the help of a Golemancer named Oola, traveling deep into her lair and passing her tests (I died so many times it was not even funny because you really have to think on these ones), and lastly you must save another Asuran who then gives you some data, throw that all together and then you must meet the Destroyer threat head-on and take down one of their 'hives' before the quest is finished.
This series was a tear-jerker for me because after you have finished the quest, you find out that Gadd has been killed and Vekk breaks out into hysterical sobbing.
"I don't understand." your character says,"Those two hated each other."
"Fathers and Sons tend to fight sometimes." Oola says,"But that does not mean they don't care..."
I will say that after you have finished every Quest-line you have earned these "tapestries" which can be added to The Hall of Monuments. Adding a tapestry to the Hall of Monuments unlocks a place where you can show off your achievements in the game, it's like a trophy system. What's even cooler about this system is that earning achievements and displaying them in the Hall of Monuments earns you really cool gear and other things for Guild Wars 2 when you have linked the two accounts together.
Other Live Events happened outside of the Expansion as well.
Things I liked:
- Amazing scenery
- More areas to explore!!!
- More cinematics
- Deep storyline that could have made it it's own game.
- Introduction of new races.
- Several upon several hours worth of gameplay.
- The Hall of Monuments.
- Being able to team up with the new Races.
- Exploring old lands and learning the events of the Searing from the other side.
- Basically like #8, there were gap-fillers which made it nice.
- Reunion with old faces (Gwen).
- Challenging in a good way.
- New titles to earn.
- Mini-games such as knuckle brawling and Polymock.
- Achievements that get you cool things in GW2.
- New animals to tame!
Things I did NOT like:
- The long traveling periods only to hit a wall.
- The endless series of bugs that can be found during Dungeon Missions.
- Sometimes the Difficulty of the Quests is too much.
- Sad they did not let us play any new races when the expansion came out.
- Sucks that the Live Events were only for a limited time
- They made me feel like a jerk for hating the Charr up until that point (kidding).
---So as you can see, the good things about the game really outweigh the bad things by a long shot. Most of the bad things mentioned here can be said about any of the Guild Wars games if you are playing solo using only heroes and henchmen. But the new music that they play, just epic cinematics which show the darker side of a worlfdd at War with creatures unnameable...takes my breath away.
But seriously...if you have not played Guild Wars, then you should really give it a shot. I know my playthroughs might be boring and all that, but don't take that as the real gameplay...make the experience your own and try it for yourself. They give you a free trial, so why not?
Site Updates & Recording:
---The video section has been updated with all the latest videos released.
---Still recording the Guild Wars playthrough and the first part of Post-Searing is up.
Thank you for reading my review & Have a nice day everyone