lorekai: I’ll be honest, I have nothing to post about.

Aside from the fact the water mains to our house burst recently, and my favourite tree had to be removed for it to be fixed. Worse still, it came with the house so, I don’t even know what type of tree it was so it’s going to be very hard find a replacement. It’s a little upsetting, it was a very good tree for ikebana.

That’s all I’m afraid, I’ve had some horrible luck these past couple of weeks, so there is very little I want to talk about.

lorekai: Into the Woods.

Today I saw Into the Woods, it’s a pretty good movie, though it would have been much better if they’d ended it at about halfway. The first half was excellent, but the second half not only had a tone that conflicted badly the first, it also dragged horribly, and every song sounded the same. Still, not a bad movie though, I particularly liked this song.

 

That’s all this week, sorry for the short post.

lorekai: The Convoluted Characters of Kingdom Hearts.

This week, as my life still revolves around Kingdom Hearts, and after a conversation with marsy, in which we determined that there are very few characters originating from Kingdom Hearts, that are not in some way, shape, or form, arguably another character in the series, due to how connected they are, be it through possession or otherwise, I’ll be trying my best to explain, simply, the connections between these characters. Please be aware this will contain spoilers, and also before I begin, as far as I can determine, throughout the seven games in the series, there are only five named characters who are not in anyway connected, through convolution, to another character.

Characters connected to Sora:

Sora

Roxas

Xion

Ventus

Vanitus

Naminé

Roxas is Sora’s Nobody, and Xion is his clone. Ventus’ heart is inside Sora, which is why Roxas looks like him, it is also very implied that Roxas has Ventus’ heart. Vanitus is the darkness from Ventus’ heart made manifest, and he looks like Sora due to an earlier connection between Ventus and Sora’s hearts. Naminé is also arguably Sora, as she was created by Kairi’s heart leaving Sora’s body.

Characters connected to Xehanort:

Master Xehanort

Young Xehanort

Xehanort (Ansem the Wise’s Apprentice)

Ansem, Seeker of Darkness

Xemnas

Xigbar

Saïx

Terra

Riku

Master Xehanort is the original Xehanort, who possesses Terra, they then lose their memories and become the apprentice Xehanort. Upon regaining his memories as Master Xehanort, he split himself into a Heartless, Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, and Nobody, Xemnas. Ansem, SoD, then travels back in time and grants the power of time-travel to a younger version of Master Xehanort, who becomes known Young Xehanort. Ansem, SoD, also later possesses Riku, and while he is subdued, it meant that Riku temporarily took the form of Ansem, SoD, after using the powers of darkness. Xigbar and Saïx are both members of the true Organisation XIII, meaning that are vessels for Xehanort, and possess a fragment of his heart.

Nobodies and their Somebodies:

Xemnas/Ansem (SoD)

Xigbar/Braig

Xaldin/Dilan

Vexen/Even

Lexaeus/Aeleus

Zexion/Ienzo

Saïx/Isa

Axel/Lea

Demyx/???

Luxord/???

Marluxia/???

Larxene/???

Roxas/Sora

Kairi/Naminé

Aside from those with other connections, mentioned previously, these are fairly simple, as they are just alternative versions of each other, depending on whether they have their heart or not, though some have differing personalities. Those with ??? are characters whose somebody is not known at this point in time, and while it is unknown whether they will be introduced or not I am hesitant to declare them as having no connections.

Other connections of note:

Riku Replica: Riku’s clone, only present in Chain of Memories.

Ansem the Wise: Has his identity stolen by Xehanort, assumes the identity DiZ, later returns to being Ansem.

Xion: Looks like Kairi as she was Sora’s strongest memory.

Characters without Connections:

Aqua

Eraqus

Hayner

Pence

Olette

Thanks for reading, this turned out longer than expected, Kingdom Hearts is even more convoluted than I assumed, and I fear it’s only going to get more so, since time travel has become a thing, though I’m still looking forward to Kingdom Hearts III, hopefully it will get a release date soon. Anyway thanks once again for reading, and I hope this made some sense.

 

lorekai: It’s too hot…

I hate summer, I really really do. The heat chases me out of my room during the day, and makes it difficult for me to sleep at night, it’s most annoying.

So as a result, and also due to the fact that my PS3 is still downstairs from when I was watching Lord of the Rings, my life now revolves around Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, which is not a bad thing. I’ve played my way through most of II, and I’m now left with the decision of whether to fight the final boss, and move on to Birth by Sleep, my favourite Kingdom Hearts game, or to level up my drive forms and explore the Cavern of Remembrance, to gain access to all the new optional boss fights. It’s a tough decision, though nothing is stopping from doing both, except for the fact if I start Birth by Sleep, I won’t go back to II for a long time.

And I’m afraid that’s all I’ve got this week, truth be told I forgot it was a Thursday, and now I’m running out of Thursday, sorry for two short posts in a row. Thanks for reading.

lorekai: Happy New Year!

I hope you have all had a good one, aside from that I’ve not got much else to say, though I would like to apologise for not posting last week. The first half of Christmas day was too busy, and unfortunately for me, the second half was spent evicting everything I had eaten that day, not the best Christmas, but certainly not the worst either. I was well enough to see the Battle of Five Armies the next day, and that was all that really mattered.

I’ve also managed to finally see all of extended editions of the Lord of the Rings movies. I’m annoyed it took me so long, but if by some chance you haven’t managed to see them by now, I’d definitely recommend it, Return of the King is a much better movie with all the additional scenes, and it was an excellent movie beforehand.

I’m afraid that is all, thanks for reading, and I wish you all the best for 2015.

lorekai: Free games.

Last week I reviewed Analogue: A Hate Story, and after doing so I had a bit of a search around to see what else it’s creator had made, aside from it and it’s sequel, and I was pleasantly surprised to find two more games, both of which are available for free.

Digital: A Love Story – While technically a visual novel, this game feels more to me like a puzzle, as a lot of play time is spent trying to work out how to progress the plot. The story is interesting, and while gameplay does feel a little bit clunky at times, it seems appropriate for the setting. If you have an hour to spare, or are just looking to try something a bit different, I would definitely recommend it.

don’t take it personally, babe, this just ain’t your story – Of the three games of the creator’s I’ve played, this one definitely seems to be the weakest, though that is not to say that it is bad in any way.  The story is good, enjoyable to read, and it explores some interesting issues, however the way that it does so makes the game feel formulaic, and interrupts the flow of the story, which is a bit of a shame. While I have some other minor complaints about, overall it’s a good game and definitely worth checking out.

That’s all this week, thanks for reading, next week is Christmas so I don’t know if I’ll be writing much then.

lorekai: Analogue: A Hate Story Review

This week I’m reviewing, a game that was a wonderful surprise gift, Analogue: A Hate Story, an intriguing visual novel by independent developer Christine Love, available on Steam for both PC and Mac.analogue Story:

I don’t know where to begin with this, there are so many things I want to say, and I don’t know how I can without spoiling it. To put it simply this game is very well written and compelling mystery story, tragic and ultimately bittersweet, it offers multiple endings, and explores multiple issues that I have not really seen explored in any games prior. The two characters you interact are in great contrast to one another, yet the game the game leaves you feeling sympathetic for both of them. There is a lot more I could say, but I fear it would be giving away too much, and this is truly a story you should experience for yourself. If nothing else it’s a story written by a queer woman, with a female audience in mind, and that alone sets it apart from the majority of the games in it’s genre.

Gameplay:

As a visual novel, gameplay wise this game is very simple. Your main task is to unlock documents, and in order to do so you present the documents you have to either character, and occasionally you’ll be given a choice to make, and these help determine which ending you unlock. There is also a simple command computer, which among other things, allows you to switch which character you are talking to. The menus are easy to navigate, and there is never a moment where the player is left uncertain of what to do next. It’s simple, it’s effective, and it works well to keep the focus on the story.

Sound:

The soundtrack was pleasant, if a little repetitive at times, and while there weren’t any particularly memorable tracks, everything used was appropriate to the atmosphere they wanted to convey. Ultimately a far better soundtrack than what you would expect from a $10 game.

Graphics:

Graphically this game is both well presented and visually appealing, perhaps a little simple, but in a way that is appropriate to the setting of the story. I very much like the character designs as, aside from being cute, looking back after completing the game, even their clothing choices make sense as to who they are and what they support. It’s difficult to explain without spoiling the game, but what initially could be dismissed as just an arbitrary decision, is actually a clever design choice.

Overall:

If you do not have this game, I would definitely recommend getting it, it has a lot to offer for $10, and if you are uncertain there is also a demo.

That’s all, thanks for reading, next week I’m not sure what I’ll be writing about, though I rarely ever am.