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July 30, 2014


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Well, since we just came back from Narcon, this topic seems highly appropriate, especially after Martina’s TL;DR on her favourite Animes, Mangas, and Manhwas. I didn’t get a chance to talk in that one since I had a migraine at the time. Martina was sick for this week’s TL;DR, so it seems about right that I take over and do this topic. Woot!

You know, I’ve always been into video games, but I never really thought of my place in video game culture, or on how it’s impacted me. I’ve always just thought of video games as awesome. It wasn’t until we went to Narcon, though, that I started to think of the role of video games in my life, and I started to remember things that I had totally forgotten. Namely, I was the only one of my friends who was into JRPGs. With them I played a lot of Mortal Kombat, NBA Live, NBA Jam, and Madden. But none of them cared for single player games, really. That was something I really kept to myself. The one time I showed them scenes from Final Fantasy 7 they laughed. I didn’t really share or talk about JRPGs with anyone since then. It was with Martina that I started getting more open about my interest in video games.

Anyhow, enough talking about that. Time for some more of my favourite games that I’m shocked I forgot to mention!

Kingdom Hearts

Holy shoobies! How did I forget Kingdom Hearts? What a glorious franchise! But, umm, I’ve only played two of them on the Playstation. I didn’t play the handheld versions. And I didn’t like the second one as much as the first one. The first one was lovely. It was such an original concept, and the fight mechanics were really freaking cool. The second one was similar to the first, but the plot at the end was a giant mess of WTF just happened?

Anyhow, for me, this was the next big step into the JRPG world. Final Fantasy was the start, but I was more loyal to the brand than the genre. Once I started playing Kingdom Hearts is when I really started to love JRPGs as a whole.

Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross

Jebus greebus! Why didn’t I remember this as well? Now, here’s the weird thing: I got into Chrono Cross before Chrono Trigger. I didn’t know Chrono Trigger existed. I just played Chrono Cross and liked it. It wasn’t until many years later that I heard about Chrono Trigger. I played that, and freaking loved it. Then I played it again when I got the Nintendo DS a couple years ago, and loved it again. But I played it so long after Chrono Cross that I can’t really compare the two, because I can’t remember much about Chrono Cross apart from looking for Rainbow Shells. Either way, both were great. I just wish I could appreciate the connection between the two.

Legend of the Dragoon

AH MAN! No, I take that Kingdom Hearts comment back. This game here was my second big game after Final Fantasy. Well, it didn’t really get me into JRPGs as a whole, but damn I loved that game. I don’t really remember what I liked about it. I remember how terrible I was at the timing of the combos. I’m just not good at rhythm based games. Not good at them at all.

Dragon Age (but not Dragon Age 2)

Dragon Age 1 is a damn near perfect game for me. Perfect. I have no complaints. The fight style, the story, the way your choices impact the storyline, the customizability. It’s awesome. Dragon Age 2 sucked donkey balls. I’m really hoping Dragon Age 3 will redeem the second one, because WTF was that about. Jeebus.

Ok, that’s all I can remember for now, because the jet lag is kicking my ass again. Please: let’s talk video games in the comments. Help me remember the parts of my childhood that I have forgotten. Let’s bond over dorkiness! Hooray!

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  1. harvest moon .. my fav .. till now .. I never had any ps, so .. i used to use my (ex) boyfriend’s .. but now we’re not together … I even download a “tool” to play ps on my desktop or my tablet .. so I can play harvest moon .. hehehe ^_^

    8 months ago
  2. Did someone say video games? I have a lot and I’m just going to say my top five (Series or Game Companies) to keep it short:
    -Any Blizzard Game
    -Any Bethesda Game
    -Any Valve Game
    -Indie Games

    1 year ago
  3. A game I cannot highly recommend enough is Psychonauts. It’s pretty old now, but has been re-released for steam (and possibly for download through XBox Live and the Playstation network, but don’t quote me).
    It’s a laugh out loud awesome adventure game, that pokes fun at itself, and has you going between different worlds, that are actually the inside on fellow psychics brains. So there’s a heap of random things to do.
    When you have to deal with telekenetic bears, 70’s style dance/training studios, and secret agents pretending to be milkmen, you know you’re onto something. Also, getting to be a Godzilla sized creature as you wreck the downtown of a lungfish city is pretty ace!!
    It’s a Tim Schafer creation, from 2005, and worth every second. It has to be one of my favourites.

    1 year ago
  4. You definitely have to play the Fallout 1 and 2 (post-apocalyptic theme)one of the best rpg i’ve played.
    Also don’t miss child of light, a recent rpg for pc that resembles a lot to Chrono Trigger.

    Good old Chrono Trigger, i still have Frog’s Theme as my clock tune!.

    1 year ago
  5. I second the final fantasy tactics. The game is ancient but infinitely replayable and immersive. I even love the old time graphics! Still, my soul is owned by league of legends these days.

    1 year ago
  6. Have you played Legend of Mana or FF Tactics? What about Lufia II? Lufia II is probably one of my top 3 favorite, and definitely one of the best SNES games ever made, in my opinion. If you’ve never played it, try it – it’s a lot like FFVI (or FFIII, depending on how you’re counting). You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

    1 year ago
  7. You’re getting into Zelda? That’s great. Love the selections that you chose, Hyrule Warriors, Wind Waker, both great games. Here’s the thing. You MUST play ‘Ocarina of Time’ to really immerse yourself in the spirit of link. Known by a huge amount of the gaming community as arguably the greatest game of all time (seriously), I personally believe it is pure perfection. The game is, however, quite old but I believe there is a HD remake on the Nintendo DS or something rather. Anyway, trust me, it’s beautiful.

    1 year ago
  8. Hey Simon and Martina :D
    I’m not sure if you have made a video about this before (as I am relatively new to EatYourKimchi), I think you have some points about it on your blog but I would really like it if you could talk about them in more detail in a video. I’m really interested in what the Mannerisms are in Korea for example bowing. (also about formal/informal language – who you would speak it too). Thanks :)

    1 year ago
  9. Most of my favorite games are either really well rated or their part of super famous franchises. I love the Zelda games, Mario Kart, Smash Bros., Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Resident Evil 4, Dead Space, Mass Effect, and Madden. There’s one game that I love though that isn’t very well known at all unfortunately, and that’s Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. This game is absolutely incredible. It’s the best horror game I’ve ever played. The best part of the game is that your character has a sanity bar and once that bar is depleted the game uses “sanity effects.” For example, the game will make it look like a fly landed on your TV screen and is walking around on it. Naturally, you notice it and try to get it to leave the screen. Right about the time you realize that there’s not actually a fly on the screen your character will realize he’s losing his mind and starts screaming. It’s a bone-chilling effect. It’s absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately, it was a Gamecube game that didn’t get a lot of fanfare, so I don’t know how easy it is to find, but I hope every fan of horror games gets to play it one day.

    1 year ago
  10. I like JRPGs very much.
    The games I play or played:
    Pokemon (DS)
    Pokemon Ranger (DS)
    The legend of zelda (Wii or DS)
    Kingdom Hearts (3DS or DS)
    Dragon Quest (DS)
    Inazuma Eleven (DS and 3DS)
    Final Fantasy (DS)
    Professor Layton (DS and 3DS)
    Naruto (DS and Wii)
    Mario Kart (DS)
    Sonic (Wii)
    I think more, but I forget XD

    1 year ago
  11. So, game wise I always played the Pokemon games growing up. I’ve played some of the Zelda as well. I think the first game I ever beat was Dragon Quest 3? If not, probably Pokemon Blue or something. I loved Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and also enjoyed the Golden Sun games. I definitely tend to be an RPG player – never been big on fighting/shooting/sports games. Right now, though, my favorite games are probably Persona 3&4, Tales of Vesparia (I need to play more Tales games >.> That’s how much I love those games ><

    1 year ago
  12. I’m always so late to these oooops
    I can’t say I play too many video games, but the one’s that I do I get really in to.
    I loved Telltale’s The Walking Dead Game, it’s much more of a story based game though. It’s a lot of choosing dialogue and not so much action, but the story is really beautiful. (infinitely better than the show) There’s a second game being released by episode right now, but I didn’t get so into it like I did the first one.

    Jet Set Radio Future is a really, really great game. It’s for the original xbox and basically you rollerblade around and spray paint different areas of Tokyo to make it your gang’s territory. You race and fight other gangs but the main villain is the police. The graphics are really cool and colorful and it’s just a really fun game without being super difficult (which is good for me because I am AWFUL at video games)

    Eternal Sonata is really good, it’s a jrpg that started off being for xbox360, but it was re-released for ps3 with some extra dungeons and 2 new playable characters. It’s hard to explain the storyline of it while making it sound like a genuinely cool game. Basically you play as character’s in Chopin’s (yes, the old Polish piano composer, that Chopin) dream on his death bed. You even get to play as Chopin himself. You get to fight monsters as Chopin. It’s amazing. Since it’s centered around Chopin, literally everything in the game, all the weapons and names, are related to music so it’s like any major music geek’s wet dream of a game. It gets really cheesy at times and some parts of the story gets slightly preachy, but other than that it’s a really fun game that is challenging at times but not too bad to where I could never beat it (again, awful at video games) and visually the game is so beautiful and colorful.

    Mirror’s Edge is really fun, it’s for the ps3 too. Lot’s of parkour and whatnot idk, I really like it. I could never beat it though because it was too hard for me. (I was told it was a somewhat easy game to beat though- awful at video games)

    Another game I never beat, not because of the difficulty but because I just never found the time to pick it back up again, was Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. I never played The Longest Journey, but I didn’t find myself confused with Dreamfall’s story. It’s an old PC game and the storyline is really interesting. Supposedly there’s a 3rd game being made currently, so I’m super excited and should probably beat it before that happens.

    I love Katamari too though! And I was more interested in Kingdom Hearts’ storyline rather than the actual game, though I did play it a few times. (But never got far wow I am so bad at video games)

    1 year ago
  13. Simon…OCARINA of TIME…The fate of the forest, nay, the world, depends upon thee! And if you like, nay, love it then Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword and I could go on and on (check the avatar people). Thank you for all of the awesome recommendations – my husband and I are such nerds that we bought Ni No Kuni and we don’t even own a PS – I know :(

    1 year ago
  14. Hey guys! I have a question. You know how in English speaking countries people say “excuse me” when they belch and “Bless you” when someone sneezes and stuff like that? Are there equivalents to these phrases in Korea, or do they do something different?

    1 year ago
  15. Hi Martina and Simon!
    I really want to visit Korea one day, but I’m a frail Scandinavian flower *cough* so I don’t handle heat along with high humidity very well. E.g. this year the Danish summer had temperatures between 25 and 30°C some days and I was useless during those days. For people like me, which time of the year would you suggest for going to Korea?

    1 year ago
  16. Hi Simon and Martina!
    I’m planning on studying abroad in Korea next March, and I was wondering if y’all could do a TL;DR on what kinds of gifts I could bring from North America to give as presents to people I meet? Also, what are your suggestions for items that I should pack from North America that aren’t good to get in Korea, and items that I shouldn’t pack because it’s better to get them in Korea? Thank you!

    1 year ago
  17. Oh my gosh! If you haven’t you need to play the Tales series. Tales of Symphonia, Tales of the Abyss, Tales of Vesperia, and the list goes on and on. But they are AMAZING!!!I would definitely recommend Tales of Symphonia over all though. :3

    1 year ago
    • Totally ditto to this!!! I’ve only played Vesparia and watched the gameplay for Xillia but I want to go back and play some of the previous ones. I also suggest the Persona series :D

      1 year ago
  18. What, no OKAMI anyone? That was such a beautiful game! And a very nice cultural tribute to Japanese lore. I could play that that game over and over again…well you have to because of the time travel elements. (^___^)

    Cmon Simon, we’ve seen your gaming skills. Martina beats you every time, god-level san.

    1 year ago
  19. Have you played any of the “tales of”-games Simon? They are wonderful as well!

    1 year ago
  20. That R.Kelly tho

    1 year ago
  21. I remember renting Final Fantasy I for the 8bit Nintendo. They handed me the game and a folder containing the manual and maps and I don’t even remember what else, but it was like nothing I had ever seen. I have so many memories tied to different Final Fantasy games!

    I’d like to give an old school shout out to some cool games: Star Tropics for the 8bit Nintendo and Soul Blazer, Lufia & the Fortress of Doom, Secret of Mana for the 16bit SNES.

    Role playing games are my absolute favorite, but I also LOVE Tomb Raider. Tomb Raider was the only reason I bought a playstation, though I got lots of games for it later.

    I completely agree with your take on Kingdom Hearts, but I do love it. In fact, I named my daughter Kairi.

    BTW Simon – I would totally smoke you in Mario Kart. <– see this period? I don't even need an exclamation point when I make this statement. Its just a fact.

    My Wario and I would make you and your Toad cry.

    1 year ago
  22. Hi, I was wondering if you could do a TLDR about how you feel/think of Kemy’s diss rap?

    1 year ago
  23. YES! GEEK MODE ACTIVATE! LONG POST AHEAD! Okay, admittedly I haven’t played a lot of video games since entering college due to these weird things called responsibilities, but I have a LOT of video games that I grew up on and truly cherish and get all nostalgic about. As a girl gamer I often get weird looks about my love of video games, but who needs those people, right? Right? Lol
    Pokemon series: this was my first introduction to video games, and I thank my dad for it. He had the original Gameboy (not even Color) and I tried playing some of his games but I wasn’t really interested in those, although I did like gaming in general. It was when he got me the Gameboy Color along with Pokemon Blue and Yellow that I was hooked. Since then I have gotten at least one Pokemon game from every generation, and now with the 3DS remakes I am super looking forward to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
    Legend of Zelda series: I’ve played A Link to the Past, Wind Waker, Minish Cap, Phantom Hourglass, and Twilight Princess. I love all of them and highly recommend all of them, but my all time favorite is Wind Waker, so I hope you enjoy that for the Wii U!
    Assassin’s Creed series: when I was finally old enough for my parents to buy me more violent games (lol) I tried Assassin’s Creed II and absolutely loved it. Since then I’ve played every game in the series except for the first one, ironically. I think it also helped me pass my AP history exams!
    Kingdom Hearts: I love this series but I’m currently annoyed by all of the remakes, and lack of a KHIII. Harumph.
    Multiplayer games: I only got into some multiplayer games due to my guy friends who love COD and Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart, etc. I like all of these a lot but I don’t own any myself, so I only play at others’ houses.
    And finally, my current obsession! Animal Crossing New Leaf! I absolutely love this series. I had the original for GameCube and I must have clocked several hundred hours on it after school. Since then, I have gotten every installment, but nothing had the same charm to me as the original until ACNL for the 3DS. I absolutely love this series. It may seem mundane and aimless, but it is precisely that lack of a definite end that makes it so interesting. There is always something to do, and I learned a lot from playing it when I was younger. I know way more about bugs and fish and dinosaur fossils than I would have otherwise learned; it also taught me the basics of how loans and saving money works, and how it is important to take care of your money correctly. But most of all, I love how it taught me a lot about community. You form bonds with these silly and adorable animal villagers. You do favors for them, send letters, find gifts for them, etc. As a shy kid, I loved this. You as the player can either build up your community or tear it apart with your actions. It’s an important lesson to learn, I think.

    Okay I’ll shut up now because I can go on for days, but these are some games that I truly love and I hope you would too! :)

    1 year ago
  24. I totally got addicted to skyrim and metal gear solid, but I usually play horror games like amnisia and corpse party…

    1 year ago
  25. Shadow of the Colossus is one of, or maybe even my brother’s favorite game of all time. He would spend hours running around and collecting salamanders(?) for extra grip and he always dreaded doing the water colossus. He liked the super tall one on the giant platform that you had to run up his sword to get to the vital points.

    1 year ago
  26. Wow, so many familiar video games you’ve mentioned that are near and dear to me! I didn’t get into video gaming until recently in my life, as my parents never bought me any consoles growing up except for the GameCube and DS until I started my first job and dove into it. Even with the GameCube and DS, I had heavy parental restrictions on them :P JRPGS have pretty much been the only thing I’ve been playing, and since I’ve been in college I’ve taken to watching walkthroughs as a vicarious way of playing games I don’t have time or money to buy!
    As for video games that I didn’t see mentioned and highly recommend, have you played the Tales of series? Like the million other people who have been recommending it, it really fits the JRPG anime style moniker to a T. You’ll find that the animation budgeting isn’t the highest (not like in Final Fantasy) but the anime-style characters are endearing and there is SO. MUCH. CONTENT. You don’t need a walkthrough to get through it, but there are so many sidequests and bonus dialogue/items/quests that enhance character relationships and stats that you DO need a walkthrough, and multiple playthroughs are a must in order to get everything. The games are generally very long, and have lots of content, and while animation isn’t the most cutting edge quality, the characters themselves make up for it. The slight downside to Tales games is that their plots are generally similar across the board, and you can always expect a character mold to happen, but even then the different elements surrounding the plot make each game unique and refreshing itself. I’d highly suggest trying at least one (Symphonia seems to be the all time fav and Vesperia too, but Vesperia was paid to be an XBox exclusive for the English version. Xillia and Graces f are PS3 as well, all really fun) and then trying more after that!
    Another game I’d suggest, as have others, is Journey on the PS3. It’s a $15 USD game made by third party developers, and it’s a really short and simple but incredibly moving game. There are no voices, just the chiming noises that you and a partner (randomly picked while you’re playing via online connection) of whom you don’t know. It’s magical, getting to play with these people you don’t know but are there to act as your support and go through the journey with you, and you get to see who they are only at the end of the game. The music is great – it was even nominated for a Grammy! You play a character who is on a journey to reach the top of a mountain in a seemingly post-apocalyptic war torn civilization, and the lack of voices plus deep, moving music make it a silent but powerful play. You can finish the game in 2 hours if you go through it without exploration. Graphics, music, story – all of it is just sheer perfection.
    Well, hope you enjoy Child of Light (loved it!) and many more games!

    1 year ago
  27. I’ve been playing video games pretty much my whole life. My mom told me that when she was pregnant with me, she would compete with my dad in Donkey Kong to see who could get the higher score, so I was basically born with a controller in my hand. hahah XD

    First off, I love Final Fantasy, too! It’s definitely my favorite series. As soon as the re-mastered HD version of X/X-2 came out, I pre-ordered that shit ASAP. I started the FF series in middle school by watching my friend play it on the original PS, but didn’t actually get to play for myself until 10 came out on PS2 (cuz I didn’t have a PS1), so it has a special place in my heart as the first FF I played myself and beat. Later on I was able to go back and play earlier games like 7 and 8 for myself. 8 is definitely super amazing, too. I like 7 (and I LOVED Advent Children) but not as much as other people…lol. I also went back to play Tactics, and FF4-6. I own 9 but I didn’t really play it much.

    I also love the Kingdom Hearts series! I haven’t played them all, but I played 1 and 2, and a couple of the DS versions. I really wish I could play them again T_T (no PS2 anymore)

    Dragon Age Origins was AMAZING!!! Seriously, it’s one of my all time favorite games. I am so excited for Inquisition to come out later this year. It’s gonna be awesome.

    I am also playing Child of Light right now! It’s quite good! I love the art style. I didn’t know how I would feel about the narrative being in rhymes but I kind of like it.

    I bought Ni no Kuni after I asked you, Simon, if it was any good when you guys had the pop-up store event. I had heard and seen stuff about it but wanted a first-hand account. It was great in terms of animation and story, but i HATED the fight mechanics. I absolutely hated it. It totally ruined the experience for me and I had to stop playing. As much as I love Ghibli I just couldn’t play that game anymore.

    Another series I played is Assassin’s Creed. I haven’t played Black Flag, but I’ve played the others and I really loved Ezio’s trilogy. SOOOOO GOOOOD!

    I don’t typically play shooters, fighters, or racing games, but I do on occasion when circumstances arise. For example, I, too, am an avid Mario Kart racer and Smash Bros enthusiast. I am not that great at SSB, but I’m pretty good at Mario Kart. I played Mario Kart 8 in an arcade in Akihabara, Japan and it was SO MUCH FUN!

    I could go on and on but I think I have to stop there lol

    1 year ago
  28. Next to Final Fantasy games, I LOVE the Kingdom Hearts games. The handhelds, they remade some of them for ps3. They were good, but not as good as the first. And DID YOU HEAR about the recent rumor that square enix is finally settling in to do the FF7 remake? I mean, these rumors are common, so I can’t believe it 100%, but they say it came directly from an inside source. Who knows. I would love to see it though.

    1 year ago
  29. Don’t mean to spoil the game rant session but I have a TL;DR request. Could you please discuss the K-pop industry like idol training and your feelings on it?

    1 year ago
  30. I used to play a lot more video games when I was younger. Now I don’t play a lot because I just recently (late last year) bought myself a 3ds. That’s all I have. So far my favorite game of all time for the is Fire Emblem: Awakening. If you guys have a 3ds or have the chance, you really should play the game. It has an awesome storyline and I really like the art. It’s all about battling & strategy. You can pair people up for the battles, choose what they take into battle, and even change their class (for most of the characters). I might be a bit obsessed with leveling up. o.o The highest level each person can get is level 20. When I hit it with my character, and it said max, I was like O.O they really made a max level? Found out, if you have a Master Seal, you can change that class (have to be above level 10) to an advanced class, and that gives you a chance to level your characters up more-only to 20 though.

    Besides that, I grew up with Playstation (mainly 1, and we still have it back home) and Sega and my cousin had a Gamecube. For Playstation, my cousin and I were obsessed with the different racing games. The one was super hard on two-player and we would spend hours to get past the first 4 races of the championship. We only moved on like 2 or 3 times. I think it was one of the Test Drive games. We also had Test Drive Offroad 3 which was way better in terms of being able to actually get anywhere. We also had Driver 1 and 2 which were only fun when we took turns on single player. We also LOVED the Spyro games. We had the first 3. The third one (Spyro: Year of the Dragon) was by far the best one. We completed it and played it so many times.

    On the Sega we mainly played Sonic. It was one of my favorite games. There was also this Mickey Mouse game that we played 2 player on, and we kicked ass at that game.

    For the Gamecube, we mainly played Animal Crossing. It’s fun and we might have used to be rich because we all went on it and stuff. I ended up getting Animal Crossing: New Leaf for my 3ds. It’s pretty fun but the time stuff sucks when things close because I’m normally not able to play it until at night.

    When I go to visit my cousins, I end up playing their PS3 or Wii (mainly Wii Sports or something) a lot. I really like Assassin’s Creed, any of them, really and play that a lot when I’m there. I’ve also played Skyrim when I’m there but I’m not there enough to actually get into it, especially because we do other things than play video games. There’s also this one game that I can’t remember what it’s called. You are some sort of like stuffed animal/doll/stitched up things…it’s fun with two people. There are the obstacles and stuff. I think Planet is in the name?

    I really don’t like xbox that much. The only thing I really did on their xbox and enjoyed it a lot was Minecraft. xD

    Of course, we also grew up with Pokemon. I think that’s common nowadays. I have Pokemon Y for my 3ds but I haven’t played it much because when I got it, I ended up getting reaaaaally busy. And then I bought a new game because it sounded awesome (and it is–Fire Emblem). I’ve also thought about getting one of the Shin Megami Tensei games. I think it’s the 4th one for the 3ds?

    1 year ago
  31. I love Final Fantasy! If you want to play a visually stunning game with a beautiful story, then play Journey. It’s an absolutely beautiful game, and after that play Flow. YOU MUST!

    1 year ago
  32. I made an account just to comment. Thank you for making this video and sharing your love of video games with us. I started my love for gaming from Final Fantasy too, but I started a bit later with FFVIII. Only after beating the game did I go back to play and beat FFVII. I’ve tried my hand at playing a game from the Kingdom Hearts series. I like the gameplay and all, but until now I can’t fathom the convoluted storyline.

    Since you like JRPG, I’d like to suggest you check out “Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4”. The original game is an RPG game for the PS2, but they also released a new version with extra characters and scenes for the PS VITA, called “Persona 4 Golden”. I myself have only played the PS2 version, but I really like it and I’ve heard that this is the best game in the series. There is a fighting game rip-off, but I won’t talk about it since it’s technically not an RPG.

    Other RPGs that I encourage you to try are Tomb Raider & Sleeping Dogs. Tomb Raider needs no introduction. The recent re-boot is very enjoyable to play. Sleeping Dogs, despite the funny name, has quite a good story: you play an undercover cop infiltrating the Hong Kong gangster clan (or what I simply call the Chinese Mafia).

    Other great games to try: Batman Arkham Origins, Batman Arkham City, Batman Arkham Asylum, Hitman.

    If you feel like trying out a Strategy game, I recommend Civilization V (PC).

    Again, great video. I hope Martina gets better soon.

    1 year ago
  33. We have a really similar taste in JRPG’s (FF7 was also my first, now I love them in general). That bit in 7 when you finally leave Midgar and get on to the world map just blew my mind. I couldn’t believe how big the game was! I remember my jaw dropping because I was so amazed! out of interest, have you enjoyed the FF13 games as much, seeing that ‘level grinding’ doesn’t really exist in the same form as before??

    Have you ever played Okami? Because you really should! It is the most freaking beautiful game EVER. Not to memention, the story line is fantastic and the mechanics are original. Seriously, check it out. It’s my fave game ever, I think, and it really needs more love!!

    1 year ago
  34. I quite agree with you Simon Dragon Age: Origins is one of my favorite games, so naturally I wanted to play its sequel, but all I got was a huge let down. I mean in the first game you are allowed to pick between three races, but in DA2 your stuck being a human. Plus no matter what choices you made the outcome would still be the same save a little differentiation in dialogue; don’t even get me started on the reusing of the same dungeons. All in all I think the game could have been better executed. Though what I’m seeing so far with Dragon Age: Inquisition I don’t think you will be disappointed.

    Also if you enjoyed Final Fantasy Tactics have you ever played any of the Fire Emblem series? Its a strategy based game, the most recent one is Fire Emblem Awakening which came out for the 3DS. I personally recommend it; though I’m more of an RPG girl myself this was one of the few strategy games I enjoyed.

    1 year ago
  35. Hyrule Warriors isn’t a “pure” zelda game since it’s based off Dynasty Warriors, so it won’t be like the others. (just warning you!) However, I would definitely recommend Wind Waker as well as Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, and if you’re willing to put up with the graphics, Majora’s Mask and Ocarina of Time are classics. These are the Zelda games that really struck me as beautiful and I got much more into the story in these than in the hand-held games. I’m not saying Phantom Hourglass was bad–I’m saying that if you liked PH you’re really going to enjoy Wind Waker. :)

    Another recommendation would be…Chain of Memories (for Gameboy). What I loved the most about the game was the gameplay. The fights are so fast paced! The moves and your moveset are based off a deck of cards! And everything is pixel-y and adorable! And did I mention you get to play as kid-Riku??? (not angsty-Riku???)
    Sorry, one last thing (no actually two things):Chibi-robo (for Gamecube) is a really touching and quirky game that deserves more attention, and Kirby and the Amazing Mirror is really fun to play with other people and has great music.
    That’s it I’m done I promise!

    1 year ago
  36. I highly recommend playing Secret of Mana. I grew up watching my brother play JRPGs, and when he went off to boarding school, I commandeered his PS and began my journey and addiction into Final Fantasy, Chrono Cross, Legend of the Dragoon, Soul Calibur, and Kingdom Hearts. I recently started using an emulator app to play old SNES classics. I remember watching my brother play Secret of Mana as a kid, and I have replayed it myself and absolutely love it. I played the DS version too, which isn’t bad either. I actually am in the same boat as Simon, and am slowly but surely covering my body with gamer tattoos. I have sailor moon moogles and tuxedo chocobo, and I just got my Secret of Mana Tattoo of Flammie the dragon and the main characters flying. I am planning on getting another SOM tattoo and a Chrono Trigger tattoo, and potential a Chrono Cross tattoo… and probably a lot more. I think it’s rad cool that you enjoy pretty much the exact same genre of RPGS as I do. I recommend trying to play any games by Quantic Dream. They are amazingly beautiful. I have started with Beyond Two Souls, and I have Heavy Rain, which has a beautiful score too it. The control in beyond two souls are a bit iffy for me, but that could be because I have tiny ass asian hands. Okay that’s all of my rambling! :D

    1 year ago
  37. Final Fantasy is one of those series where if I’d played them as a child, I think I would be a big fan of them. Instead I grew up playing Zelda and Mario. I suppose sometime in the future I’ll get round to playing a FF game. ngl I really love the art style of the series. And I wanna play KH too! A zelda game I recommend playing is Majora’s Mask. It’s a direct sequel to Ocarina of time but you don’t have to play Oot before playing MM cos Oot is looooong. Heck all zelda games are long! But you can play MM without playing OoT, the storyline to MM is completely different to the overall concept of a zelda game. It’s so different it’s considered the black sheep of the series. But it’s a really fun and intense black sheep! Also your mario kart comment, I beg to differ so I challenge thee to a race! >:)

    1 year ago
  38. Tia

    Hey Simon and Martina! I was just wondering, since you guys travel in between Canada and Korea to visit your families often, Do you find it easy now to get the best rates on flights and how do you go about finding the best times to travel? I’d like to plan a holiday to Korea sometime in the future but there are so many options. x__x What do you guys recommend? Thanks in advance~ P.S. you’re both looking fabulous! Best of luck with the coffee shop!

    1 year ago
  39. SIMON YOU ONLY TALKED ABOUT METAL GEAR FOR LIKE 0.1 SECONDS. It is probably my absolute favourite video game series of all time; you can’t just tease us like that! What was your favourite of the series? I haven’t played Rising: Revengence either, but MGS1 and MGS2 are probably my favourite because I just have so many memories of failing so badly at stealth and having my brain screwed around with the plot lines. I actually really love the Metal Gear plots– you can tell that the creator, Hideo Kojima, is a big cinephile. He just loves those climatic plot-twists.

    MGS3 was also so much fun because you just CQC’d the crap out of all your enemies. Nothing felt sweeter than getting a full alert, then five minutes later scooting away from a pile of unconscious bodies. Did you play Ground Zeroes? I actually had a wicked fun time with it but was (as many people were) disappointed with the length of the story of the game. I replayed it several times already and think I’ve gotten used enough to the new controls/mechanics (gotta love abusing the HELL out of that helicopter). Really I just want the full-length Phantom Pain out soon. I was never a huge Big Boss fan since I grew up with Solid Snake, but the story looks so dark and depressing it might take my place as new favourite in the game.

    ALSO PROPS FOR REMEMBERING LEGEND OF DRAGOON I’ve probably met only one person (aside from my brother) who has played that game before and that shit was really fun. LAVITZZZZZZZZ

    1 year ago
  40. I am personally not a huge gamer, mainly since I suck really bad at combat and using a controller- BUT that didn’t stop me from playing a bunch of awesome single player games in college with my friends. (We would all try and figure out the puzzles together, and switch controls after each level). So together we played Shadow of the Colossus, which is the prequel to Ico. You really should play it if you like Shadow it’s sooooooooo goooooooooood. Ico takes place in the same universe about 100 years after Shadow of the Colossus and it is also SUPER PRETTY and really puzzely. It is one of my all time favorite video games.

    1 year ago