Video Games in 2018 (That I Can’t Wait For)

Hello everyone, I am the Baumeister, sometimes blogger, but all-time gamer.  Yes, I know that content on this blog is waning, but I’m working on it ever so slowly.  I just need to get ideas for this thing (and maybe get into book reviewing again).

BUT, that’s not why I’m here in front of you today.  I’m here…because I am a frustrated and impatient gamer.

Why am I a frustrated and impatient gamer? It’s because there’s a lot of games I want to play coming out next year, but I don’t want to wait for them.  So, instead, I’m going to share them here.  ‘Cause I can.

I’ve been playing the Devil May Cry series since high school.  DMC4 is an alright game (and I have not touched the reboot with dark haired Dante), but seeing that these three games are getting released on the PS4 makes me smile.  I started out with DMC3 Dante, then went back and played the other two, so I’m really looking forward to the nostalgia trip (even if it has already been released on the PS3).  The collection drops on PS4 and Xbox 1 on March 13, 2018.

So, while I enjoy the Pokemon games, I also am really into the Digimon series, having grown up watching Digimon over Pokemon.  So, many years after watching my last series (Frontiers), I stumbled across the current generation of Digimon video games.  This game ties into the events of Digimon World Cyber Sleuth, but serving more of a loose prequel than anything else.  I did enjoy the game, and I can’t wait to Digital Dive right back into the series.  The game is already out in Japan, but it drops January 19, 2018 in the States.

I recently played the beta for this game, and I have to say that I’m more intrigued about it now than I was just reading about it when it was announced.  Now, I’m not sure if there is more to the game than going on monster hunts, or if there’s actual story involved, but you know what, I might actually take a chance and try this game out.  From just the beta alone, the world looks gorgeous, and I was only able to scratch the surface in the isolated maps.  The game drops on January 26, 2018.

I’ve always been a fan of the Dynasty Warriors series, back from playing Dynasty Warriors 2 at a dear friend’s house when we were middle schoolers, to diving into each of the main series games as they get released across the platforms.  So, when this was (finally) announced, and that they are shifting to an open-world setting, I was completely intrigued.  Sure, this is based on a fictionalized version of real events (The Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong, written 1200 years after the events of the Three Kingdoms Era), but the games are still entertaining.  With the move to more realistic and time-period relevant weapons (instead of Guo Huai’s arm cannon, Ma Dai’s paintbrush, Zuo Ci’s Tao cards or Zhong Hui’s flying swords), and a revamped battle system that sounds like it’s going to be a little more complex than the hack and slash that the series has been known for, I’m looking forward to diving right back into the end of the Han era.  The game drops February 13, 2018.

Last game on this list is this mind-trip of a game.  When I first saw it during the Microsoft E3 2016 press conference, I was instantly hooked on wanting to play this game, but saddened because I didn’t own the Xbox One console (Playstation guy for life).  So, after reading through an IGN article about upcoming horror/suspense games, I was shocked to see that this game was coming to the PS4.  The game centers around drug-fueled government oppression, and I’m getting ever so anxious in this game’s release date.  The game releases on April 13, 2018.

There, that’s all I’ve got for you today.  I would include the Final Fantasy VII remake, or Kingdom Hearts 3, but I don’t know if those games are going to be released in 2018, or not.  Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been…obediently yours.

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Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep 0.2-A Fragmentary Passage: The Perfect Bridge

Hello everyone! The FINAL final Kingdom Hearts game review (up until III finally drops), and it’s all about…

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And before I begin,

The game is short.  My file says it took me about five and a half hours to play the game, but I did go out and hang out with a friend for about an hour and a half or so and just left the game on, so total actual play time isn’t that long.  But, what it lacks in length, it packs a tremendous punch in story and tying all the threads together so we can dive right on into III without any effort.

So, the main story follows the tale that Mickey is telling Riku and Kairi about Aqua, and how she is lost in the depths of the Dark World.  And throughout Mickey’s tale, Aqua goes to three of the worlds that have been lost to the darkness in the story that we have been to before…Cinderella’s world, Snow White’s world and Sleeping Beauty’s world.  Along the way, we meet Heartless old and new, including our first ever boss Darkseid, or multiple versions of it anyway.  We then get the help of King Mickey, and we end up on the Destiny Islands, where we get a little more detail into the ending of Kingdom Hearts I with Riku and Mickey closing the door.  Though, I don’t remember if Mickey wasn’t wearing a shirt in the ending of the original game…

Then, there’s that ending.  If that’s a nice little bow to top off a package, I don’t know what is.  Acting as what should be an introduction into III, we see Riku and Mickey get new garb and take off to the Realm of Darkness to finally retrieve Aqua.  Kairi, along with Lea/Axel, will train under Merlin to be Keyblade wielders.  Meanwhile, Sora, who has lost most of his abilities (again!), is tasked to start gaining those back, and what better way to do that than to visit an old friend…at Olympic Coliseum.  Which is where I hope the game starts us out, is at Olympic Coliseum.  That would be pretty awesome.

But, another thing I really appreciate about this game is the fact that we are getting a taste of what KHIII may have in store for us.  I love how the game plays on Unreal Engine 4, and how the world just looks in general.  Sure, we have gotten teasers of it in the previous Kingdom Hearts III trailers, but still…just being able to PLAY using UE4 and just seeing the beauty of the world makes me really anxious for KHIII now.

Well, enough from me.  You’ll just have to play the series to pick up on all of the nuances that this series provides.  I’m not able to do it justice.  But, until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

 

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.