Hello and welcome to the Game Corner. These entries will feature site editor Rango’s gaming backlog. If you enjoy Nintendo, JRPGs, and fighting games, you’ve come to the right place!
I’ll be covering a bit of my gaming blog each month and include my thoughts on each game as well as a bit of progress I’ve made. If you’re a fan of Nintendo games or Japanese titles on PlayStation, then you’ll surely enjoy what’s to come! By all means, feel free to post your play log in the comments as well.
This month, I’ve been covering a smaller selection of games thanks to my recent Pokémon addiction. Since the Game Corner was named after the slot machine mini-game areas of the Pokémon titles, perhaps it’s apropos that I finally add a Pokémon game to the lineup.
Well, with that being said, let’s get to the games!
I haven’t been this addicted to Pokémon since the first two gens. While my love for Pokémon Silver could not be topped for the longest time, I hate to admit that I also found Gen III underwhelming and skipped both Gen IV and V on the DS. People tell me I picked a fine chapter to omit since Platinum and HeartGold/SoulSilver are community favorites while the Black and White titles are said to have some of the best stories in the series.
While I found myself returning to the series with Pokémon X and Y, I had a passing interest in the 6th and the 7th gen titles, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Good games to play and beat, but for some reason, I never felt compelled to fill my Pokedex. This might be due to their limited postgame campaigns.
However, Pokémon Sword hooked me since I started playing it. While I’m more than aware of the many complaints regarding the National Dex and other minor issues, I found myself loving it far more than I expected to. But most importantly, perhaps the timing to which I played the game – after the DLC released – might have played a factor in my favoritism.
Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass
The Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra both provide lengthy campaigns across new regions in Galar. The dozens upon dozens of Pokémon to collect, the interesting characters you meet, and the more challenging battles you face not only add more to the game but make the overall experience more enjoyable. While you could get by with the limited postgame campaign and Pokedex adventure in the base game, the DLC more than supplements the title. Crown Tundra alone adds Dynamax Adventure allowing you to catch rare and legendary Pokémon with friends or online players.
I’ve already caught all the major legendaries from both campaigns and finished their storylines. With 76 hours in and 244 Pokémon captured, I’m spending most of my time now in Dynamax Adventures. In addition, I finally tried out the Battle Tower for the first time. I missed these in past generations and already know it will be quite the challenge.
Final Fantasy XV: Comrades
Unlike Pokémon, I can’t say I’ve spent much time in Comrades yet. Over the last couple of weeks, I managed to clear both the main storyline as well as the DLC episodes. Like Pokémon Sword and Shield, I’ve found XV to have a concerning number of complaints from players only to end up enjoying the game far more than expected.
Comrades offers a multiplayer campaign and allows you to customize an avatar character before starting your adventure. It takes place after the party lands in Altissia but before the timeskip.
I hate to admit that I’ve been a bit slow in entering this adventure. Part of me feels burned out from playing Final Fantasy XV and all of its campaigns. Worse yet is that NieR Replicant, another Action/RPG by Square-Enix and prequel to one of my favorite games of all time, NieR Automata, just came out. Hopefully, I get to it sooner than later. On the bright side, by the time I finish this campaign, Final Fantasy VII: Intergrade will come out for PS5. I’ll be playing that, finishing the playthrough I started, and hopefully will be ready for Final Fantasy XVI to come out whenever it does.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Hooray! I finally got 20 million Zeni and the last trophy! After owning this game since launch, it took a bonus event with a daily 200,000 Zeni bonus and a few romps through the Tournament of Power mode to finally grind out that last trophy. That’s quite possibly the dumbest and most time-consuming trophy requirement I have seen in a fighting game since My Kung-Fu is Stronger in Mortal Kombat.
As far as the game itself goes, I’ve been off-and-on playing it as a hobby title. While I doubt I will end up going to tournaments in FighterZ, I will say I’ve found myself favoring it over Tekken 7. Previously, I’d been dabbling in other fighting games to play alongside Smash Bros. FighterZ has not only held my attention long enough for me to play at least weekly but I also have several friends who also enjoy the game regularly.
Since we’re all playing together, I might end up showing a bit more action and playing it a bit more. I finally found a team I can get behind as well. Since Goku and Vegeta are my obvious favorite characters, and I can’t pick between the two, I figured I should learn them on the same team. Even though I love Vegito and Gogeta, I want to start with these guys, plus Adult Gohan, before I move onto other fighters. Playing FighterZ has also got me wanting to try Street Fighter V again down the road.
Fire Emblem Heroes
I can’t believe I actually hit Tier 26 in Aether Raids last season. I didn’t even understand how to boost my score until recently. I’d just been fighting with my base team, a bonus unit, and hoping for the best. But now I think I’m finally understanding how to build a proper team and get a move on to climb up the ranks. Sadly, I can’t say I’ve had as much luck this week. On the bright side, we got a new legendary banner.
The recent banner released features child units of the major characters from Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones including a duo unit of Eirika and Ephraim. While I thought last year’s child units, based on Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, was a one-time deal, I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes an annual banner now.
Adorable young versions of Heroes from the Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones game have gathered! They also appear in the Paralogue story Childhood Encounter, and there are some limited-time quests too. There's even a Log-In Bonus where you can get up to 13 Orbs! #FEHeroespic.twitter.com/6naZFIxJiU
I think my new favorite unit of the week is my Brave Hector as well. I’m now using him for Arena Offense and might even try him in some Aether Raids Offense and Defense as well. Time to try and see if that works.
I also managed to conquer another Abyssal map. Seiros’ map was giving me some serious trouble. But with a quick tweak to my main all-purpose team, we got the job done. A defense tanking Claude who can take out flyers really makes the difference.
I’m looking forward to how the story advances. We’ll have new units coming out likely next week. Any suspects on who might be showing up? Your guess is as good as mine!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Even in spite of its bad netcode made even worse with the recent patch, I can’t peel myself away from Smash. Since Georgia’s 404 local offline tournaments are coming back, it’s only a matter of time before offline events in general return. I need to continue training and stay ahead of the curve.
While I continue to master matchups and my secondary characters, especially Roy, I’ve also found myself using Cloud a ton again. Arguably a high-tier character at this point, Cloud has a toolkit for nearly any matchup out there. His Blade Beam projectile, Climhazzard out-of-shield option, Limit Charge to force approaches, and his overall reach, damage building, and KO power still make him an excellent choice for players at any level.
I can’t say he covers any matchups that aren’t already covered by the Top 3 characters I use. However, he’s definitely one of the most favorite recent choices along with Roy.
I look forward to returning to the competitive scene once more. I can’t say I’ve had an interest in entering WiFi tournaments or streaming and becoming a content creator. However, I still regularly play Smash online and find the occasional strong opponent in Elite Smash. Sometimes when you find a strong opponent on random matchmaking, you end up building bonds on Twitter. You never know who you’ll find next.
That’s a wrap!
That’s all for this week’s Game Corner. I can’t say I’ve had much variety outside of my usual suspects and a heavy abundance of Pokémon. I’ll continue catchingPokémon and try to fill up my Pokedex before the next update. I’m a little over halfway to 400 so it might not take much longer. In the interim, I will continue to farm Dynite Ore and hit up the Battle Tower.
What are you playing this month? Share your play log in the replies below! As always, be sure to follow our social media account for the latest and greatest from All Cool Things!
Lady Melamori is a cosplayer from Russia. Like just about all of the cosplayers from the former USSR I’ve ever seen, she is extremely beautiful. She is not the usual vision of beauty from that country. She is more voluptuous than the average Russian cosplayer, but I appreciate the difference.
She has an Onlyfans as well as a Patreon.
This week’s Cosplay at a Glance cosplayer is Lady Melamori.
Name: Lady Melamori
Other Known Aliases: Lady Melamori Cosplay and Melamori
Where We Found Her: Facebook
What Stood Out: ‘Her love of lacey boudoir and a phat ass.
By an off-chance passing on Tumblr of mutual likes, I found today’s artist’s site. When I arrived, I was mesmirised on not only how legit her art was, but how legit it was in different circles. It speaks professionality by it’s discipline. Her many types of specialisations and varieties of styles speak of her flexibility and ability to adapt. Some of those variations in her style even boast street cred, showing qualities that you might see in the most beautiful mural art…or graffiti.
Imagine my surprise when I learned that my admired artist was also a musician!
You’ve spoken of coming from a life of means and privilege that has afforded you great opportunities. You also spoke of how your life changed forever by something that challenged your dreams. Is it okay for us to ask you to expand upon that? We think that our readers might gain some inspiration by your story.
Sometimes you are put in a position where people are jealous of what you have, what you are doing, what you stand for, etc. They will do anything to tear you down to pieces; destroy you and everything you stand for, just for their own satisfaction. My dad always told me this happens to dreamers, the go-getters, the people that want to forge their own path. Basically, in a generalized aspect this is what happened to my family for a couple of years: people were jealous of my father, had a lot of power, and wanted to use it to destroy him and his career. For a while we fought and fought, but through all the struggle I think we learned to see different blessings and amazing miracles in that time of struggle. So for people who are fighting their own wars, there is a light, just stay strong.
You come from a medical family. In fact, I heard that you originally went to school to practice the medical sciences. How much of that is a part of your life, now?
Honestly, not a lot now since I’ve dedicated myself to the arts. However, there are times when I miss the scientific part of myself. Sometimes, I get ideas in which I want to tie science into my art, which I already have in some cases. 🙂
I have a friend that trolls on other artists about “You need to brush up on your anatomy books!” The layman might not get it. Does studying the medical sciences help in your arts?
Yeah definitely! It also helps when you come from a medical family, hahah. But on a real note, all you have to do to become better at anatomy is keep drawing and practicing. There’s no cheat code around it!
I have to say that I instantly fell in love with your visual art style. It’s one part manga, one part graffiti, one part hip hop, one part tattoo aesthetics, and a whole lot of fantasy. It’s sensual. It’s warm. It’s powerful. It reminds me of so many genres that were bourne from a style that elitists and orthodox practitioners fail to professionally recognise, yet are made legitimate. How would YOU describe your visual art style?
I honestly would say what you said above! I sort of morph all of these styles into my own, and it seems to have always worked for me. I always say that the most successful artists are not successful solely based on skill, but have something different, unique and avant-garde to give to the world.
You’ve openly spoken how video gaming influenced your visual art style; I think otaku culture in general has also. You’ve also mentioned comics. What other influences are there on your style?
I draw influences from everything around me to be honest. Whether it be food, music, culture, etc., I look for inspiration everywhere, and try to find the artistic beauty in every little thing.
What are all of your specialties in the visual arts? What are all of the types of art that you practice?
I would say both digital and traditional (street art included). Honestly, I love trying everything, but if I’d personally have to pick I’d probably go digital. ‘No mess, and super convenient especially when I’m touring.
Is there anywhere that we might have seen examples of your visual art?
I’ve worked with a couple companies with regard to my art (t-shirt, gaming, trading cards, etc.) in which I’ve designed logos and concept art… as well as album art for countless musicians. The list goes on!
I was turned on to your work as a visual artist, but I was surprised to learn that you were more well-known in some circles as a musician. On your official artwork page, you talk about your sketches at a young age. How long have you been exploring that facet of yourself? Could you enlighten us on any projects in music that you are especially proud of?
Back in the day, I always sang, but just not professionally. I was kind of “discovered” in Miami a few years ago by a producer who loved my art, and found out that I could sing, so he kind of guided me into the world of the music industry. Right now, my most recent accomplishment is signing a distribution deal with Warner Music, so I’m really excited about that.
How would you describe your musical style? Who are some musical artists that you admire? Are there any artists that you could see yourself working with?
I think for me, pop is my go to, but I really like to infuse pop with different styles (trap/edm/etc.). I love artists like Sia, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi; honestly, I could probably go on forever because I respect so many artists. I’d kill for a feature with Kanye though, haha. Or maybe Post Malone.
Are you able to practice both artistic aspects of yourself in harmony or ease? Do you find that it is easier to create visual art regardless of external stimulus or challenges, or does music come easier? Do you find yourself indulging in one, while neglecting another, sometimes? Does creativity come in cycles between the two, or is it constant?
For me it depends, sometimes I’m in a mood and I’m sitting here like “Nah”, haha, and sometimes I have this burst of creativity that comes from literally nowhere. I don’t think forcing the process is right, you just gotta let it happen. If you find yourself having an art or music block, take a break, go outside, enjoy nature and draw some inspiration.
This might sound like a strange question, but I want you to hear me out. I found it a little hard to believe that “Sukesha Ray: The Visual Artist” and “Sukesha Ray: The Musician” were the same person. I think that people tend to introduce themselves like a resume. They list all their talents and qualities they consider attractive to their audiences, and bill themselves as a talent explosion. You, on the other hand present your facets for their relevant talents, and let them stand on their own as their own public figures. Is this a conscious decision by design or a happy accident?
I had to make this decision when I started working professionally as a musician. It can get confusing for music executives to look at a page and see all this randomness(music, art, photographs) going on, and I wanted something clean and concise.
I also noticed that you do not use your beauty to promote your visual art. I guess as a musician you have to show yourself to promote your art, but you don’t push your natural physical gifts to help promote yourself as a visual artist. Is this by design?
Kind of the same response to the above question…I had it all concise at one point, but when I started to work with a professional team with regards to music, they told me I should separate it just because music and art execs would be very confused. You should dedicate a different page to each of your talents and create a niche, so that everything is very organized. However, I still link them to one another, so that they are linked to my name. Branding is the most important, and it’s different for art and music. Two very similar, but different industries.
Well, it’s the end of the interview, and I like to end it with asking our guests to the page if there was anything that they would like for your fans and our readers to know.
I would just like to say thank you to everyone for the support of my music and art. I work very hard everyday and I hope that what I create can put a smile on someone’s face. Thank you!
Welcome to the Game Corner! This month, I’ll cover a bit of my backlog featuring Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and a few other quality titles. If you like JRPGs and Fighting Games, you’ll surely find a favorite here!
Thanks to Pyra and Mythra’s inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Fighter Pass 2, I hopped back onto the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 hype train. Having played them a bit, I gotta say I enjoy their playstyle. They may have what it takes to become my new secondaries. But in addition to trying them out on Smash online, I figured it would be worth exploring the stories they’re from as well.
In the meantime, I also managed to beat a Zelda title after a 10-year span and even jumped back into an old fighting favorite: Dragon Ball FighterZ. In the meantime, I continue my playthrough of Final Fantasy XV. Though to be fair, I haven’t touched it in a week so I’ll be omitting it from this list. Rest assured, I will have it beat before Final Fantasy XVI comes out.
Speaking of Final Fantasy, I postponed my playthrough of Final Fantasy VII Remake. Since I’m less than halfway through the game and Square-Enix announced the Intergrade and PS5 version enhancements, I’ve decided to wait until its release to resume my playthrough.
For those of you Final Fantasy fans looking to bite into a classic type experience, though, I recommend checking out Bravely Default II for Nintendo Switch. I watched my girlfriend beat this game and it really strikes the right chord for classic Final Fantasy fans. If you love the Job system of Final Fantasy V, you’ll surely want to sink your fangs right into this one.
With that being said, let’s get into this week’s Game Corner, shall we?
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
While I’ve been regularly playing Xenoblade Chronicles 2 since the beginning of the year, the Pyra/Mythra Smash release hype bug bit me. I’ve only just now reached Mor Ardain, however, and am about 30 hours in.
When Shulk was announced for Super Smash Bros. 4, it prompted me to finish my long-delayed playthrough of Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii. I guess you could say history repeats itself here. Speaking of which, my girlfriend also started her playthrough of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition for Nintendo Switch. While I’ve beaten the original game and don’t intend to play it, I look forward to watching her discover the worlds of Bionis and Mechonis for the first time!
While I intend to finish the storyline of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, however, I don’t see myself finishing the side-quests. I’ve heard they become quite repetitive and to the point that it would lose my interest. However, since I purchased it pre-emptively, I have a mind to do the Torna – The Golden Country DLC episode once I beat the game.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Beating Spirit Tracks was an adventure 11 years in the making. Having gotten this game in 2010, I never beat this game on my DS. I ended up losing it in late 2011 and never found it until recently. Or rather, my girlfriend found my lost copy several months ago. With that said, I finally got to beat the one Zelda game that I never finished. Despite my last entry being in the Fire Temple, I picked the game back up relatively quickly.
Spirit Tracks really brought me back to another era. The blocky, low-resolution character models still charmed me with their glorious facial expressions and animations. The dated touch-screen controls were fairly gratuitous with Link being able to tap-and-hit enemies. I do recall it being a quality improvement over its predecessor, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, and it held up even a decade later.
Overall, I wouldn’t say it was the most special or must-play Zelda title by a long margin. Despite the long train rides and some annoying padding, though, Spirit Tracks can win over any Zelda fan.
The beautiful soundtrack harmonized perfectly with the unique story and writing in the final chapter of the Wind Waker era. However, in spite of the good dungeon design, boss battles, and funny moments, I would be okay with Nintendo never releasing another Zelda game with touch controls.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
What’s this? I’m playing another fighting game? Since several of my friends are doing it, I figured I may as well join in. Dragon Ball FighterZ resonates with largely balanced gameplay, long-strung combos, and entertainment to all player levels without ever being BS. Though if you follow the competitive scene, you might disagree after the release of the latest DLC character: Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta.
While I’m playing online in worldwide matchmaking, I’m rather upset that casual battles aren’t sorted by rank. This makes fighting people on my level more difficult outside of friend battles. In other words, either I get bodied by players well above my level or I fight a player who ragequits after losing one character.
I’ve been experimenting with a number of characters and team choices. But to make it short, basically any variation of Goku, Vegeta, Gogeta, Vegito, Gohan, and Trunks are on my team along with the occasional Piccolo. While I said I would main Vegito or Gogeta at one point, I’ve been chugging along at my own pace. I’m trying out Blue Vegeta right now and some of his combos make me feel like I might have a future in this game after all. On top of that, I’m also only 4,000,000 zeni away from unlocking the final trophy!
Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection
Speaking of challenging titles, this one brings me back. You love 2D platformers and Capcom games, Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection sends the perfect love letter on Nintendo Switch. It brings me right back to Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts on SNES albeit without a double-jump ability.
Despite that, it’s way more forgiving than most of the past games. You have no lives or continues and multiple checkpoints. You can adjust the difficulty between deaths and use a skill tree to learn new magic spells.
I’m not gonna lie. I’m playing on Squire and enjoying it just fine. I don’t even play this series for getting destroyed repeatedly. I love the art style, music, and overall gameplay. Dying a dozen times per stage is just a side-effect to me.
Speaking of art, this has some of the creepiest yet most charming artwork, monster design, and backgrounds you will ever see in a side-scroller. And despite what I’ve seen from some reviews, this game isn’t really any cheaper than past entries and, like I said, a bit more forgiving. More like Contra than Castlevania, it does rely greatly on pattern-recognition and memorization. But if you’re fine with that, I think you will like this game.
Finally, after all these years, I’m back on Pokemon once again. I think the 25th-anniversary presentation struck a chord with me to get back into Pokemon. I loved this series as a kid, grew out of it as a teen and came back into it as an adult. Granted, I was never as obsessed and hype about it as I was back then. Still, I like to keep up.
The upcoming releases of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, as well as the Pokemon Legends Arceus, got me wanting to finally start my run of Pokemon Sword. Well, I’m in Galar with my Raboot, Stufful, Corvisquire, and a few others. I’m on Route 4 and about ready to enter my first gym battle.
As it stands, I’m not sure when I’m going to transfer my Pokemon to Sword. Part of me wants to finish my Pokedex in past entries while the other says to just transfer my favorites to the game, like Sylveon and Pangoro. Not like I would be able to use them until I get gym badges but I still want to build a team around my favorites.
Anyway, the game is quite fun so far and I like the open-world landscapes of each route. It’s structured much better than the samey, minimal paths between major areas like in other JRPGs such as Tales of Xillia. Battling moves fast, character design remains strong as always, and I’m looking forward to my next Pokemon adventure!
Believe it or not, I also started a playthrough of Yakuza 3, Last Window: Secret of Cape West, and Persona 5 Strikers. I also started up The Champion’s Ballad DLC in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Since I finished Twilight Princess HD and Spirit Tracks, I figured it was time. But I suppose discussion on those will have to wait till next time.
Right now, I want to focus on clearing a number of backlog titles. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Final Fantasy XV top my list of games I want to finish before moving onto others. Plus I want to keep my skills in Smash polished. Since I got my first COVID vaccine, I’ll be getting my second one next month. I would love for tournaments to return around May or June.
Until my next entry, feel free to share your journal in the comments. Whether you’re playing a new hit or an older classic, or you’re keeping your skills ahead of the curve in a competitive game, share your current play log in the replies!
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