Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories: Cards are Difficult Man

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to another video game review.  As the image above alludes to, I’m reviewing:

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As I continue on through my playthrough Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX in order of the playable games available (not including the two games that are included, but are movie only (358/2 days and Re:coded).  By the way, if you haven’t played this game yet, beware, because there are

and you have been warned.  So, let’s get started.

First off, like Kingdom Hearts I, it has been a very long time since I’ve played both parts of this game.  Yes, I did say both parts.  ‘Cause you see, this game gives us two different game modes.  The first mode sees you play through your memories as Sora, exploring each of the previous game worlds (minus Deep Jungle and The End of the World), and relieving the events of those worlds for the player, but ending up making Sora forget it all.  The storyline itself is full of very heavy theme involving memory and loss.  One could very well dissect this story and apply it to the real world with brain disorders.  But, that’s a topic for another time.

Once you defeat Sora’s story, you then unlock Reverse/Rebirth, which lets you play through as Riku, who is fighting the darkness that Ansem unleashed inside his heart.  Riku’s story is much simpler, by just going through the various worlds and fighting the various bosses to move on until we make it to the more relevant parts of his story.  In the end, Riku defeats Ansem, and we get the setup for Riku’s side of KHII.  Also, before I forget.  Why does Riku keep on having to point out that people smell different? Are we supposed to think that Riku is part dog? Or does it have something to do with him getting overwhelmed by the darkness in the first game, and that being able to distinguish people by their smells is just a side effect of that? I’d really like to know that one.

This game has a very…unique view on battling by implementing a card deck with different cards (three types: Keyblades in red; magic in blue; items in green); and it’s up to the player to strategize by using combinations of the different card types, as well as sleights that you can learn by leveling up or find in treasure chests throughout the worlds.  Each player can fight as they see fit with the cards that they end up finding, but even then, combat can be hard at times.  In Sora’s story especially, there were a couple of bosses that I would come back the next day to beat just because I wasn’t using the right strategy.  In Riku’s story, however, things are different.  Riku’s deck is set in each world, and it’s up to the player to use his deck in the best way possible with Riku’s dark side, which has all the sleights.  I found Riku’s side both easier and harder to deal with than Sora’s.  Easier, because there wasn’t the constant shuffling around of the deck to make it stronger (or having to take out all the fire-based cards to prevent Axel healing himself with every strike); but it was also harder because there are a couple of worlds where you only have 10 attack cards, and you have to maximize strategy rather than brute force through it.  As I told Beth at one point, I died…to myself.  Long story there that I don’t think I can adequately explain.

However, despite the wonky combat, I urge you to not skip this game.  This game is VITAL in bridging the gap between I and II (how did Sora get in that pod?), it introduces us to Twilight Town; and it gives us the first major introduction to Organization XIII, which, as a whole, is the big bad in II.  As much as I struggled on some of the Organization members in battle, and frustrated as to deck building; this game will make you strategize, but also give you a deeper appreciation for the story.

Now, I’m onwards to Kingdom Hearts II, and one step closer to getting ready for Kingdom Hearts III, whenever they FINALLY release the stinking game.

It’s been TWELVE years Square Enix! Enough with the waiting!! I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Hauling It In #1

Hello everyone! Welcome to a rare feature, which I’m calling “Hauling It In”. There are times where I feel like I should spoil myself. I know, I know. I shouldn’t spoil myself and work on getting a place of my own to live. And I’m working on that slowly. It’ll be better one I get my tags and plates for my vehicle taken care of this month. Anyway, on with the post!


Here be the boxes! Figure it’d be faster to send them as fast as possible.


Little package first!


The game I’ve been waiting to play since I saw it at E3 last year! So hyped!


Next box already opened!


One of my want-to-reads for a couple of months now! Boring black cover underneath the dust jacket though.


Last box opened!


I missed The Dark Tower series, and I’m looking forward to getting back into it after a while. And I’m adding to my squad of Funko figures.


All together now! Thanks for dropping by! Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Random Things #17

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of “Random Things”! Are you read for some more clips, trailers, and other various nonsense that I enjoy? I sure am, so let’s dive right on in!

Second trailer for the new Power Rangers, and I have to say that I’m much more intrigued now that we get more of the actual Rangers in their suits and in action. Really hyped now!

So, recently Starset released their entire album on their YouTube page, and I spent the next couple of days (ok, so it was pretty much from the time I got off work to the time I went to bed, and then from the moment I started listening the next morning to the time I finished) listening to the album.  And I have to say that this is one of my favorite songs off of the album.

In honor of Power Rangers Ninja Steel debuting here in the United States, I’m bringing you the opening of Ninninger.

Just give us KH3 already!!!

I’m intrigued! I’m a big fan of the Digimon series, at least, from the four series that I’ve seen, so I’m looking forward to seeing what this game holds!

Yeah, so there isn’t a lot of variety in this week’s clips, but to be fair to myself, I’ve been working a lot, and haven’t gotten around to watching a whole heck of a lot of anything. So, until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Random Things #16

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of “Random Things”.  As you all know (or at least, long time readers of this blog know), I do these posts ahead of time.  Part of that is because I like to make sure that I have time to do some of the larger projects, like the Royal Rumble project going on at “Viewing Wrestling”, but also, it allows me to have some time to myself and relax. Well, relax as best I can anyway, especially on my days off.  Now, once a day, I’ll go out and check the mail.  But today, I don’t wanna go.  It’s cold.  The weather outside right now, at 10:38 am on January 11, 2017 is 2 below.  With a windchill of 9 below.  That’s actually a lot better than the 16 below wind chill three hours earlier when I did have to leave the house.  Yes, I did just rant to you about the weather, but it’s just so cold this winter. Anyway, here are some clips for this week!

As I was working on my Top 10 movies from my childhood, I was searching for clips from “Murder by Death”, and so, I entered “Murder by Death” into the YouTube search bar.  And, I came across the band Murder by Death, which were inspired by the movie.  So, I decided to check them out, and I have to say, at least from just the two in the clip above, I really dig the music.

A friend of mine shared this with her friends on Facebook the other day, and I felt like it was the perfect thing to share here.  The only thing that I would like more about this clip if it was the following battle that shows off the rangers switching colors.

Ok. The little girl doing the voiceover is CREEPY, but it works! I can’t wait to see this movie!

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”  I love that all it took to jog Amy’s memory was a Tardis-covered notebook…and the attire of her guests.  Remind me never to get in Amy’s way either.  She’s got some fire in here.  Also, can’t forget Rory. “How could we forget the Doctor? I was plastic.”

I’m finishing up my blog scheduling today to not only to brave the weather to go get food and check the mail, but also to play this game! I got it the other day, and I’ve been dying to play it.  So, here goes nothing!

Top 10 Roundup #15

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to another “Top 10 Roundup”! Now, this week’s topic may seem a little…weird to you all.  And that’s ok.  I’m not expecting a lot of people to get it.  For you see…this week’s topic is:

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Ten of my favorite Dynasty Warriors characters.  Now mind you, these are ten of my favorite characters.  Are they good characters? No.  Are they historically accurate? No (Heck, is the Dynasty Warriors series historically accurate in general? No.  But we can blame Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which is the source material, for that).  But, let’s dive right on into these characters.  Also, sorry for no explanations this week.  Let’s just ignore this one.

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Guan Yu

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Cao Cao

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Sun Ce

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Lu Bu

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Xiahou Dun

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Zhuge Liang

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Sima Zhao

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Pang De

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Dian Wei

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Zhao Tai

Well, that’s all I’ve got for today’s odd list.  Definitely not normal for this blog, but then again, when is anything really “normal”? Tune in next time for another Top 10 list, and until then, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Random Things #13

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of “Random Things”.  Let’s go to the clips!

C’mon.  Who doesn’t love the Coca-Cola bear?

Oh these two.  Even though he’s the Demon, Finn Balor just wants to have a little bit of fun. This is why I really do love going to live events (even though I’ve only been two two, one WWE and one little indy tour thing).

Didn’t know this song was by Pop Evil until just now.  I enjoyed it while on the radio, but never put two and two together until I was relaxing after work.

Really gonna have to check this show out sometime.

Currently playing through! It’s nice to relive all the old Lego games!

That’s all the clips I’ve got for you today folks.  Did you enjoy our collection? Tune in next time as we present more clips, and hopefully, you rang in the New Year safely.  Until then, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Random Things #12

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of Random Things! Are you ready for some more fun and excitement in clips from the world of YouTube.  Do you have your diving caps on? Let’s go!

The song and the music video are so vastly different, but I really enjoy the song! That seems to be the trend though, with the music video being of a completely different nature than the song.

Have I shared this clip this time? I don’t remember.  But, I LOVE this clip.  In a humorous Christmas special, this is probably one of the deepest moments for the Twelfth Doctor.  To hear what the woman that he married say what she said, and then turn the tables with the sweetest “Hello sweetie”, it makes me tear up every time.  Yes, I will admit it.  I might be black-hearted, but I can be sensitive at times.

Now, I know I’ve shared my love for RE VII: Biohazard, but, damn.  I’m so impatient for this game to come out! Let it be the end of January already!!

Oh Despicable Me 3! I LOVE IT!

Ok, this is pretty awesome! Another 2017 wait, though not nearly as long as Resident Evil VII.

That’s all the clips I’ve got for you today.  What did you all think? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.