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Day 23: Game with the Best Graphics or Art Style

Continuing my way ever so slowly through the 30 days of video game topics, we come to the game with the best graphics or art style.  Though in recent times, I was thoroughly impressed with the graphics of Kingdom Hearts 3, which are easily some of the best I’ve ever seen, I wanted instead to discuss my favorite gaming art style instead, the honor of which goes to Rayman Origins and Legends. Continue reading Day 23: Game with the Best Graphics or Art Style

Inktober 2019 Highlights Week 3

That’s right, I’ve got another batch of Inktober drawings to share with you guys!  Or rather, the top drawings I did this past week (all of them can be found on Deviant Art).  One of my pens is drying up, but it comes in handy for shadows now…. Continue reading Inktober 2019 Highlights Week 3

Inktober 2019 Highlights Week 2

Time to share with you all the highlights from my next batch of Inktober drawings!  You may have noticed that I am slowly getting better.  My crosshatching has improved, plus I learned that large, bold areas of ink have a way of making a picture “pop”, so you’ll be seeing a bit more of that now.  As usual, you can see every one of my Inktober pictures over on Deviant Art. Continue reading Inktober 2019 Highlights Week 2

Drawing: Rayman and Ly – June 2018

I felt like putting together the steps involved in one of my more recent pictures, a drawing I made of Rayman and Ly from the Rayman series.  It’s easily one of my most detailed pictures thus far, and painting along with Bob Ross has certainly helped me with the background.  Backgrounds are a weakness of mine, but I’m slowly improving. Continue reading Drawing: Rayman and Ly – June 2018

Day 19: A Game Setting You Wished You Lived In

At this point, my 30-day video game topic challenge has taken me far beyond 30 days, but I’m still plodding along.  If you have an exceedingly excellent memory, you may notice that I have skipped day 17 and 18.  These particular topics are quite similar, in that they ask one to write about their favorite antagonist or favorite protagonist, respectively.  For me, choosing a favorite character is far more difficult than it should be, as my preferences change with frightening regularity, making my choice of favorite character, whether villainous or heroic, next to impossible.  Instead, let’s tackle a far easier subject: in which gaming setting would the Duck like to live? Continue reading Day 19: A Game Setting You Wished You Lived In

The Great Mysteries of Rayman 2

After spending the last several hundred hours of my game time playing RPGs (no joke), I needed a break.  The only games currently in my backlog at the moment are Final Fantasy IV and V, so I decided I would instead need to revisit something I had played before.  Being in quite a Rayman mood after replaying Rayman Origins, I decided to connect the good, ol’ N64 and replay some of my old favorites, Rayman 2: The Great Escape and the Banjo-Kazooie games.  (Obviously, Banjo-Kazooie in no way relates to Rayman, but I may as well play them while the console’s plugged in.)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played this game, but I didn’t find it one bit less enjoyable than every time prior.  I mean it, I had a great time with this game, and there is one thing that always struck me about this game that really makes it stand out from anything else I’ve ever played.  The mystery. Continue reading The Great Mysteries of Rayman 2

A Ducky Halloween 2015: Fun With FNAF and Jano

Happy late Halloween, everyone!  I had a pretty special one this year, and you might know why.  First off, the night before Halloween was United We Game’s very first live stream on Youtube, where I spent about an hour playing the horrifying PC game, Five Nights at Freddy’s.  For those of you who didn’t get a chance to check it out when it was live, I have provided the link below for you to view at your leisure if you so choose.  Please do.  Just keep in mind that it doesn’t officially start until about 8 minutes in when I start my spooky intro.  The time before that is just testing. Continue reading A Ducky Halloween 2015: Fun With FNAF and Jano

UWG Expands to Youtube

In the past, I believe I posted a few, well, posts about some videos I had uploaded to Youtube, namely some gameplay videos of me screaming as I got pursued by Slender Man.  Yeah.  It was scary stuff.  It’s also possible I posted about some readings I did of some of my fan fiction, but it’s possible I didn’t.  If not, forget I said anything.  Seriously, don’t watch those.  They’re rather…not that good. Continue reading UWG Expands to Youtube

Day 8: Best Video Game Soundtrack

Today, I return to the 30 day game posts with day 8, the topic of which is the best video game soundtrack.  I thought long and hard on this one, and I decided I’m going to cheat a little bit and choose two games that I think have the best soundtracks because they are so very similar.  These games are the fantastic and unique “Rayman Origins” and “Rayman Legends”, two amazing sidescrollers that are not only a blast to play, but have wonderful soundtracks, as well.  Now, as I’ve already written posts on my top songs from these games, I’m not going to focus on my favorite songs for this post, but you can check them out if you’d like, here and here.

What I am going to focus on in this post is another reason why I think these games’ soundtracks are so delightful, and that reason comes from how unique and varied they are.  There is such a nice variety of songs in these games, and what stands out to me most of all is how different many of these songs are, as well.  One thing that I am just so impressed about with these games is how Ubisoft is obviously not afraid to try new things, both in gameplay and in music, and I commend them for that.  And while some of the music in this game can be rather odd, that’s what makes me love it so much.  They have songs with whistling, songs with gibberish lyrics, and even a song where it sounds like a guy making noises like a frog.  And so for this post, I wanted to share with you all some of these unique songs, some of which are in my top ten for each game, some of which are not, but there is one thing they all have in common, and that is the fact that they are all different.  And so, without further ado, I have listed them below, in no particular order.

Remember the song I mentioned that I said sounds like a guy going ribbit like a frog?  Well, I could not find a video with just the song, so instead I settled with a video that shows the gameplay for the level in “Rayman Legends” where this song takes place.  You can hear it during the first 50 seconds or so.  Weird, huh?

Video from Youtube User: SplitPlaythru

“Nowhere to Run” plays in the Land of the Livid Dead, and it is one of my favorite songs from “Rayman Origins”.  It includes whistling and vocals, and even the undead chime in at one point.  What’s not to love about such a song?

Video from Youtube User: Soniman001

“Lums of the Water” is from “Rayman Origins” and is a particular all-time favorite of mine.  I find the vocals in this song to be absolutely adorable.

Video from Youtube User: Soniman001

“Fiesta de los Muertos” is an odd song from “Rayman Legends” that starts off sounding like people munching on crunchy food, but it really gets started around 0:50, and not long later, there are vocals and whistling, and I couldn’t help but find this song quite relaxing to listen to.

Video from Youtube User: Soniman001

And a particularly great song and a fitting grand finale for this post, Ubisoft’s version of “Black Betty” in the “Rayman Legends” level “Castle Rock”.  Oh, how I’ve come to love songs with gibberish lyrics.

Video from Youtube User: Soniman001

And there you have some examples of the super different music found in these two games.  Not only are they a lot of fun to listen to, but they are something you’ll be hard pressed to find in any other games.  It is Ubisoft’s ingenuity in composing video game music that makes the “Rayman Origins” and “Rayman Legends” soundtracks my favorite ever.  I just can’t wait to see what they do with the next game.

Fiesta de los Ducks

Top Songs from Rayman Legends

You may have read a post I wrote some time ago about my favorite songs from “Rayman Origins”, one game that has some of the best music I have ever heard.  Seriously.  And so I was quite excited when “Rayman Legends” came out, and while my standards were quite high due to the amazing music of its predecessor, I was not disappointed.  This game has some great and unique songs, as well, and now I present you all with my top ten songs from this wonderful game, with links to Youtube.

10. “Dark Creature Pursuit” plays in levels where these terrifying creatures chase you, a perfect title and an even better song.  I’m serious; this song is scary, especially when you’re being chased by the savage, little monsters referred to in the title.  The song is fast and really raises your heart rate and blood pressure just by listening to it.  I especially love the beginning section.  So frightening…

9. “Laser level” is likely not the accurate name of this song, but it was all I could find, and it does indeed play in levels that often involve, well, lasers.  This is a fast song that sounds kind of like an accordion to me and can only be described as…hyper.  Not to mention awesome.

8. “Orchestral Chaos” is the second of the musical levels, levels where the gameplay is in sync with the music.  This one, while not being my favorite of the musical levels, has my favorite music, a more classical style that I always enjoy.  As this music is best experienced along with the gameplay that accompanies it, I included the video of this level, as well.  Because I am kind.

Video from Youtube User: IGNGameplay

7. “Infernal Pursuit” is often played in faster-paced areas involving running from something or chasing after something, and the music fits quite well.  I think it’s a rather pretty song, too.  It sounds like a violin to me.

6. “Fiesta de los Muertos” is one of the stranger songs of the game, with the whistling parts and the vocals, but I find it strangely soothing.  It takes a while to get started, but it gets much better at 0:48, once you get past the part that sounds rather like people eating crunchy food….

5. “Infinite Tower” is a super epic song that is a variation of the game’s main theme.  It is…epic.  Ridiculously so.  Especially with the vocals that start around 1:44.

4. “20,000 Lums Under the Sea” is such a great song (once it gets started around 0:30) and takes place in some of the awesome spy-themed underwater levels (the best levels of the game).  I love this song.  It manages to sound rather glamorous and yet, mysterious, all at once.  (And it strangely reminds me of some of the music from “Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time”, especially Vorselon’s ship…)

3. “Toad Story” is a super beautiful song that I think only plays once in the game.  It is quite lovely, but also very sad.  I enjoy listening to it, even though it depresses me.

2. “The Spy Who Kicked Me” is close to the song I wanted, but I couldn’t quite find the exact song that I really loved from the level, the “Mysterious Inflatable Island”, so I included the video for it below.  I just love this song, and I loved this level, too, evading all the lights and trying not to get caught.  Gah, why don’t they have a video of just the music!  Why, cruel world!

Video from Youtube User: IGNGameplay

1. “Once Upon a Time” plays very early on in the game, and it is quite a fun song to listen to.  It sounds very medieval.

The Duck Who Kicked Me