I recently had the pleasure of trying out the demo for Immortals Fenyx Rising, an open-world game made by Ubisoft where you play as the new demigod Fenyx. Having studied a decent amount of Greek mythology in school, I can really appreciate this aspect of the game and was rather pleased whenever the game made references that not everyone will understand. (Sure, we all know who Zeus is, but how many people have heard of the Greek god of volcanoes and blacksmithing, Hephaestus?) The game also had an entertaining sense of humor and was frequently narrated by Zeus and Prometheus, which had me laughing at their banter multiple times.Continue reading Immortals Fenyx Rising: Demo Review
In the recent past, I played the demo for a casual puzzle game called Grim Legends 2. It would appear that Artifex Mundi is responsible for a lot of similar games, as I also had the opportunity to try out the demo for Eventide: Slavic Fable, another fantasy-themed puzzle game with gorgeous artwork. Though this one takes place in modern times, we spend the entire demo in a Slavic Heritage Park where creatures from Slavic mythology coexist peacefully with humans.Continue reading Eventide: Slavic Fable: Demo Review
When reading Naughty Nefarious’ post about him receiving the ABC award, he got to make a nice alphabetical list of things. I didn’t pay attention to the exact rules, if there even were any, and this may be weird to do, since I have not actually gotten this award, but I decided to make a similar post anyway, listing things that come to mind, ranging from A-Z. Here I go.
A: Artist, something I’ve always wanted to be. Art, something I’ve always been bad at.
B: Bowties, which are cool…. Along with bunk beds…. But, blinking is not cool. Because we all know what happens when people in “Dr. Who” blink…
C: Coelacanth. Try pronouncing that. It’s called a “living fossil” because it’s such an old fish. It also got you a lot of money in “Animal Crossing”.
D: “Dr. Who”, a great show. Doctor #11 is my favorite (the current one). He wears cool bowties…. And you thought I was going to say “Ducks”, didn’t you?
E: Elves, something I used to think were neat, and now I just find them silly. I think it was due to the fact that “The Lord of the Rings” exposed me to nine hours of fantasy that I now like sci-fi more. Those movies are so long. So very long.
F: Fan art and fan fiction, two very entertaining pastimes. Not as entertaining as the video games from which I get my inspiration from, but still great.
G: Green. A great color. It’s the color of nature. I like nature. Not to have to be out in it or hear it or otherwise interact with it. But, it’s nice to look at.
H: Hearts, a very misunderstood body part. Why is the heart symbol not shaped like a human heart? When Valentine’s Day comes along, we should be drawing a much different shape on our cards, complete with arteries, not that pointy, bumpy monstrosity people mistake for hearts. Not that hearts have anything to do with feeling affection. We really should draw brains on Valentine’s Day cards. And it’s not on the left side of the chest, it’s in the center! My biology teacher said so! Oh, the lies people have been telling me about hearts!
I: Italian food, something everyone in the world seems to love but me. I don’t see the appeal. I don’t like pasta. Pizza’s good, but not pasta. And I don’t like sauces. Darn Olive Garden has nothing but noodles and food drenched in sauce. Also Ikea. Not a fan of their furniture. Plus, they have the creepiest children’s toys. Have you seen them? Rat plushies. Pillbug plushies. And even these stuffed hearts with arms (once again, people really have no clue what hearts look like). Why have stuffed vermin, bugs, and organs for children to play with? I’m not even joking. The toys there are bizarre. Why not rabbits and kittens?
J: Jammie Dodgers, a treat I heard about from “Dr. Who”. I tried them once and was not a fan. They have a silly name, though. Also, Julius Caesar, who was not the first emperor of Rome, another lie people told me. He was a dictator, darn it! Get that straight! He dictated, not…emperored!
K: K-Mart, a mythical store. I thought I caught a glimpse of one once, but when I looked again, it was gone. Mysterious. And they even have commercials for them every now and then, when everyone knows they’re not a real thing. Why don’t we just advertise flights to the Mushroom Kingdom while we’re at it?
L: “Lawrence of Arabia”, a movie I do not like. Like “The Lord of the Rings”, it is also so darn long. Once my parents were watching it, and I was really sick, and I was laying on the couch, and I kept falling asleep and then waking up, only to find the darn movie was STILL ON!
M: Milk, a really delicious drink, and it goes great with chocolate. But, it didn’t seem to strengthen my bones because, despite it taking me an absurd amount of time to brush my teeth, I still got cavities. You let me down, milk.
N: Nautilus, really cool looking sea creatures. You’ve seen them, right? With the round shells and the little tentacles. They feel like they should be from the dinosaur time period. They’re awesome.
O: Orange, the grossest color, next to yellow and brown. Oranges also taste bad. Everyone likes oranges, it seems, but me. It’s also really disappointing when you get a box of chocolates, and some candies contain orange filling. Disgusting! And no one likes the orange popsicles! Stop making them! We eat the grapes and cherries, and the oranges just sit there, never to be consumed.
P: PlayStation 2, the best console. I love it so much. You have no idea. It’s just so great. The games are so great. It’s little blue and green lights are just so great.
Q: Quack, a sound made by the cutest animals in the world.
R: Rainbow cookies and rugelach. Some of my favorite treats. But hard to make. Along with baklava. But, that doesn’t start with R. It’s like an R, though, if you remove the R’s right leg and flip it upside down. But, that would be inhumane.
S: “Star Wars” and “Star Trek”, two good pieces of entertainment. I like “Star Wars” better myself, but “Star Trek” has Spock. Which also starts with S. Speaking of space-related things, Saturn is by far the most superb and splendid of the planets in the solar system. Swell!
T: Tornadoes, wings down the scariest natural event. Well, behind black holes. And perhaps super novas and erupting volcanoes. And spiders. I had several scares with them. Tornadoes. Well, spiders, too. But, we’re discussing tornadoes right now. Ahem. I never saw them, but I know I heard one outside my house one night as a hurricane was going by. At least, they say tornadoes sound like trains, and I heard a train going by for an hour. Either it was a really long train, which would also be creepy, or it was a tornado.
U: Unicorns, who should’ve stopped being idiots and gotten on Noah’s Ark when they had the chance. Wouldn’t it have been cool to ride around on a horse that can stab your enemies? It would’ve changed old-fashioned warfare. People would have attack unicorns instead of attack dogs. In short, the world would be a better place.
V: Video games, the greatest hobby to have ever been invented. I love them, love them, love them, love them. And they caused me to start writing and drawing. They have changed my life in a profound manner.
W: Water, something I’ve been traumatized by ever since those swimming lessons with the guy who was perpetually angry. Another thing that terrifies me that starts with W are the Weeping Angels in “Dr. Who”. So scary!
X: Xistential. Things I ponder. And yes, I do know the correct spelling.
Y: Yggdrasil, a tree from Norse mythology (not North mythology because that’s not even a thing, silly). I don’t know, it’s a cool word that starts with Y. And I like learning about mythology. It’s fun. Did you know that the saying “between a rock and a hard place” came from Odysseus’s run-in with Scylla the monster and Charybdis the whirlpool? Did you? Did you?
Z: Zebras, one of my favorite animals at the zoo. They’re like vanilla with chocolate drizzle. Or are they chocolate with vanilla drizzle? They’re the black and white cookies of the animal world. The ice cream sundaes of the safari. The Hershey’s hugs (much better than kisses) of mammal land.
D Stands for Duck
I remember seeing this one game whenever I went to the electronics store. Blue cover, white wolf. It was called Okami, I remembered. I thought about it. It looked good, but I didn’t get it for a while. One day, I decided I would buy it. I went to the store, and it was gone. But then, I found it at the game store. Again, I wasn’t sure. My taste in little-known game sometimes was good, sometimes bad. I waited. But, not long later, I came back for it. It was still there. And it was a great idea.
The main character is a white wolf (hence the title, the Japanese word for wolf), the Japanese sun god, Amaterasu (Ammy for short), and you go on a long quest to destroy the evil and restore the land to its former beauty. Along the way, you learn more techniques, many of which require you to draw simple pictures. Drawing a circle on the water makes a lily pad. Drawing a swirl in the air makes wind. Drawing a line with a pointed end over an enemy will cut it. You can even draw in what’s missing from certain objects to fix them. Sometimes, it could be really annoying if you didn’t draw things just right, and you would have to try again and again, but it was worth it. I just couldn’t give up. I had to finish.
The story and locations are very interesting, too, and extends much farther than just the battle with Orochi. Two times I thought the game was done, and then I was delighted to find that it was much longer than I realized. And the artwork has a Japanese style, so it’s fun to look at, as well. The music’s very good and unique, too, especially several songs near the end. Just awesome!
Another thing I like is that you don’t get experience (called praise in this game) from fighting. Instead, you get it from restoring dead trees, making clovers sprout, and by feeding animals. There are a lot of things to do, a lot of items to find. The game takes a long time, and it’s fun the whole way through. It can be quite beautiful, sometimes sad, sometimes silly. Sometimes creepy, like in the case of the spider queen or the nasty, old couple…
Though, this game really needs to be played to know what I mean. Words can’t fully describe how great it is. It’s just beautiful, and this is one game where I’ll never question using that word. Without a doubt, the most beautiful game I have ever played, and I have played many. I am quite inspired by it. I want to make something at least half as beautiful, yet when I get to work on a story, a poem, a picture, I find that I can’t get anywhere near what that game has. I just can’t replicate the feeling the game gave me in my own work. Maybe if I keep trying, I can, and I can share that feeling with others.
That is one of the reasons why I write and draw because it is a good way to create and share a feeling. And that’s also part of why I play video games. Most are fun and that is enough, but sometimes there comes along something that touches you. Sometimes it’s a character, or a song, but in this case, it’s the whole thing. Many people make fun of video games. A waste of time. Brain rot. They don’t understand what a video game can really be. Much more than just a simple game. Okami. Wolf. If you can, check it out.
The Duck Who Wants to Share the Love