Saturday, November 26, 2005

Badguy Turned Good No. 1

Cyborg Ninja / Grey Fox. Badass. Badass baddie. Oh boy, Just thinking about this now gives me motivation to sit down and play Metal Gear Solid (the Gamecube one, Twin Snakes) in one sitting. I can do it you know.

We first meet Cyborg Ninja after the duel with Revolver Ocelot when he cuts off Ocelot's hand (oo I lvoe that bloody mess). He chops up the entire room with his katana before all the C4 goes off. Oh I wanna at least watch the cinema mode if I do not feel like playing, those cut scenes are super badass.

We next meet Cyborg Ninja in this badass cutscene where he turns invisible and slices and dices and messes up all of these Genome Soldiers (Twin Snakes, not in original). Badass. Here is a screenshot.

Then Snake fights him, and he admits that he knows Solid Snake. You think "What in the world does a Cyborg Ninja want with me?" But the ninja keeps egging on Snake, telling him to try harder and he has not felt that kind of pain in years.

So Snake beats the snot out of him.

To go on, Snake has this "informer," an inside man named Deepthroat, admitting he was the one who leaked out the info on Watergate (stupid old man ruining the plot earlier this year in real life, he is no damn cyborg....) Deepthroat later reveals that he is Cyborg Ninja, and he kinda goes hiatus until the battle with Liquid Snake in Metal Gear Rex.

After Snake weakens the sonar on MGR, Cyborg Ninja (or shall I say the late Grey Fox?) enters and whips out a plasma cannon that is attached to his right arm. He gets tossed around by Rex, and then squashed like a bug. The end for him.

What makes him a badguy was that he was at first a good guy. In Metal Gear, not Solid, Grey Fox was a member of Foxhound with Solid Snake, but betrayed him using Metal Gear to take him down. Snake destroyed Metal Gear with Grey Fox inside. Then the doctors at Foxhound brought him back to life, gave him an exoskeleton, a plasma cannon, camouflage, and badass fighting techniques. Grey Fox was not pleased to have come back from the dead, that is why he wanted Snake to kick his ass. But he was laid to rest (sorta) when squashed by Rex. Poor fellow.

I enjoyed this Top 5 list immensely. Nobody else did because nobody reads this. Fools.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Badguy Turned Good No. 2

Number 3 should have been number 2, now that I think about it. But Number 1 will remain the same, and here is Number 2, the good, the bad, then good again, Kratos Aurion.

Kratos introduced himself to Lloyd, Collette and Genis saying he was a mercenary looking for work, and voluntarily joined their group. He stuck around giving advice to Lloyd on swordfighting and enlightening the group to things they did not comprehend until they witnessed firsthand.

Kratos is feared by Botta, and the group wonders why, and how they know each other. But they are all kept in the dark until much, much later. Now I am trying not to spoil anything, but I realize that if I do try to keep every event in true chronological order, it will take a while. Meh.

Tra la la. Shit happens. When the four seals of Sylverant are released, the group learns they can enter the Tower of Salvation, which is the location in which Kratos reveals himself to be a member of Cruxis. Not just a member, but one of the Four Seraphim, the high leaders of Cruxis, but the prime ruler being Yggdrasil. So Kratos fights them as a warning to Lloyd, and holds back, knowing that he can not hurt Lloyd because he is still needed in Yggdrasil's plan.

Lloyd gets super pissed off that Kratos betrayed them, and if that did not make it worse, Kratos still lends a bit of help to them, still being on the opposing force. This ticks off Lloyd even more because he wonders why he would be helping them if he was their enemy.

It comes to my attention that I have left a whole lotta stuff out, but seeing as how this game took me an average of 35 mours to complete, chances are I will not remember everything.

Well to clear one thing up, Botta and Yuan were fearing Kratos because of the whole Cruxis thing. But it turns out that Yuan was acting as a double agent for the Renegades and Cruxis, for he was also a member of the Four Seraphim. But I think I really need to get to the point.

Kratos was not agreeing with Yggdrasil's plan, which was to use Collette, the Chosen, as the new vessel for his deceased sister. Not only that, but Yggdrasil, being a half-elf, faced oppression as a child (a child named Mithos) and wanted to cleanse the world of humans, dwarves, full-blood elves, anything, and create a half-elf utopia. Thus, Kratos goes from bad to good.

Again, you can not claim Kratos was always bad, more like covering his tracks and proving his loyalty to the real enemy. Kratos rejoins Lloyd (if playing the game correctly) and reveals that he is Lloyd's true father. They use this great bond to strike at the core of Derris-Kharlan and kill Yggdrasil and his dream of wiping out existence.

In the end, Kratos bids adeu to his son Lloyd, saying he is needed more in Derris-Kharlan than on Sylverant/Tethe'alla. They have a tearful good-bye, and Kratos leaves. Again, I realize I left out a lot of stuff, but I made my point.

Number 1 is the true Number 1. The most badass of the baddies. The one, the only..........

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Badguy Turned Good No. 3

I love my Top 5 lists. Right now I had to think of how I should order the last three, and so I have it settled. Coming in at number 3 is the one, the only, Magus.

Magus was thought to be the prime baddie in Chrono Trigger, because he looks evil, he talks evil, he is the epitomy of evil. He is the leader of the Mystics back in 600 AD, and is at war with the kingdom of Guardia.

Magus is so evil that he kills Cyrus right in front of his apprentice Glenn's eyes. If that was not enough, he then uses his Shadow magic to turn Glenn into Frog. Yes, a frog named Frog. At this point Frog learns the only way to hurt Magus is with the Masamune.

So Crono rebuilds the Masamune for Frog using the shards from the broken Masamune and parts of the Ruby Knife (which later was used to shut down the Mammon Machine, or earlier, damn time traveling!) and gives the Masamune to Frog. They rush into Magus' castle (keep in mind they are in the year 600 AD) and challenge him while he is supposedly summoning Lavos. Crono and Frog (and whoever wanted to fight him too) whooped on Magus and created a gate that lead them to the Dark Ages, 12000 BC.

The children of the Queen of Zeal, Schala and Janus, are capable of magical spells, along with all of the other enlightened ones, who live far above the desolate surface of the earth. When Crono and gang try to find out what is going on in this time period, they learn that the Queen has dismissed her three gurus and only listens to one prophet. A very important prophet.

So Crono and gang rescue Melchior, one of the gurus, and the one responsible for rebuilding the Masamune, advises them on how to destroy the Mammon Machine, which drains energy directly from Lavos, hidden deep inside the earth. But in the process, Lavos is prematurely summoned, and attacks.

During this spontanious attack, Lavos unleashes a massive amount of energy and tragically kills our hero of time Crono. The prophet enters, revealing himself as Magus, who then reveals himself as Janus, one of the queen's children. He creates a rift and the gang is transported to the lower world beneath Zeal.

Frog and company now are horrified that Crono has been killed, and meet up with Magus. Frog immediatly wants revenge for the death of Cyrus, but knows that taking Magus' life will not bring back Crono, so Maugs tells them that it is possible to bring Crono back, and thus joins the party.

In fact, it is difficult to claim that Magus was evil at all, because when he was supposedly summoning Lavos, he was trying to push him back into a slumber. He is such an important character to have fighting in your party because of his supremely high attack strength and unrivaled defense. His magic consists of Lightning2, Ice2, Fire2, and an array of Shadow magic. His speed is only second to Crono, and is super badass because he glides when you dash.

So I figure I am only writing this for me, I have not received any comments in the past two months it seems, I hate you all. But I do enjoy writing about Star Wars and Video Games. The Top 2 are next!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Badguy Turned Good No. 4

It has only been a half hour since I posted Bowser, but I need to get the other not-so-good one out of the way, and coming in at number 4 is the SA-X. (The one on the left)

Ok, this is a tough one to prove. The SA-X is the X Parasite version of Samus' power suit. It has all of the upgrades: gravity suit, varia suit, ice beam, plasma beam, missiles, super missles, bombs, power bombs, screw attack, space jump, speed burst thing, everything. Wow, listing those off just made me realize how badass Samus is.

So when the X Parasite infected Samus, her suit had to be surgically removed, and thus, the SA-X was born. It hindered all of Samus' progression though the Bio-lab and even confronted her a few times. But since Samus had Metroid DNA flowing through her blood and the SA-X was powered with teh Ice Beam, Samus had to run away constantly.

During Samus' and the SA-X's final confrontation, Samus weakened it to the point where this time the SA-X was running away from Samus. But when an Omega Metroid was blocking Samus' path to her ship, in came the SA-X and sacrificed itself so Samus could regain her suit and all of her original powers, thus defeating the Omega Metroid and escaping the Bio-lab before its destruction.

Now I swear, the Top 3 will be the best. Each better than the last, I am getting excited just thinking about them. They will also be a lot longer when I write about them.

Badguy Turned Good No. 5

I wanted to make a Top 10 at GameFAQs but I could not think of that many, so I will go for the Top 5, and this spot is reserved for Bowser.

You are thinking "What the hell, Bowser?" And that is good. In Super Mario RPG, Bowser got pissed because his castle was overtaken by Smithy and that Giant Sword thing, so after deciding that he could not destroy Mario, he joined forces with him to take down Smithy, regain his castle and make amends.

What was so great about Bowser was that you always had him in your party for his high attack strength and high defense, with is critical in any RPG. Granted this is the only game where Bowser takes an alliance with Mario, in all other games he is an asshole who just wants to kidnap the princess.

Now starting off this Top 5 list with Bowser might make all my zero readers sceptical, but beleive me, I found four better and more worthy fellows to take those places.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Golden Sun: The Lost Age

I decided that to keep in the RPG spirit, I will occasionally feature an RPG from time to time. I begin with GS: TSA because I want to put this one picture here.

That is Catastophe, one of the most powerful summons in the game. He is my favorite becasue of 1) how badass he looks when you summon him and 2) the amount of damage he inflicts by using both Mars and Jupiter Djinni. The other two powerful summons are the ones you get after collecting all Djinni: Charon and Iris.

The story in TLA picks up immediately after the first game, when Venus Lighthouse is collapsing and the peninsula breaks off from the mainland. Whereas GS followed Isaac, Garet, Ivan and Mia, TLA follows Felix, Jenna and Sheba, who eventually meet up with the Lemurian Piers. Whereas in GS your objective was to prevent the Lighthouses from being lit, in TLA you learn in order for the world to be saved (or immediately destroyed) the lighthouses MUST be lit.

At the beginning of the game the Mercury and Venus Lighthouses have been lit, and once Felix and Company make it to the Jupiter Lighthouse they meet up with Isaac and Company, where they finally come to terms and agree on lighting the final lighthouse. They end up traveling to their worlds equivilent North Pole, light the lighthouse, save Weyard, and discover that Isaac's dad and Felix and Jenna's parents are still alive.

But Alex (above) had something else in mind, He was atop of Mt. Aleph, hoping to gain teh powers of the Golden Sun upon the lighting of all four lighthouses. But the Wise One (a rock with one eye) caused Alex (who had near limitless power after the Golden Sun rose) to fall with the mountain in the grand earthquake caused by the lighthouses.

If anybody who reads this has a Gameboy Advance, get this game. And the first one. Both are RPG greatness with the same turn-based fighting, but the Djinni system allows for a variation of magic spells, stat boosts, and summons. ...And the Golden Sun shall rise.

Monday, November 14, 2005

RPG Wishlist

I have been thinking a lot about RPG's as of late, I have even contemplated throwing in a Top 5 of some sort regarding RPG's. So what I will do is compose a quick list of games I must (MUST) add to the collection of games.

Chrono Cross - Sequel to Chrono Trigger and IGN says that the battle system in CC is the best ever. I must experience firsthand, that is why it is on the list.

Final Fantasy VIII - You knew that this list was sure to have a FF on it somewhere, and this one is it. I think it is sweet because of Squall Leonheart and gunblades. And sweet PSX graphics.
Baten Kaitos - This is for Gamecube, and it is one of the few GC RPG's. I have Tales of Symphonia (worth every penny, it also got my publsihed). A different type of battle system involving magical cards and not the typical turn based (even though there is nothing wrong with turn based fighting).

Final Fantasy Anthology - This is a two pack for the PS including FFV and FFVI, two more games I have not experienced. Looking at screens, they appear like the same as the other 16- and 32-bit games. So, the experience is all that matters not the graphics.

Final Fantasy X - Jeez, another FF. But I figure when I get a PS3 I will have to get X jsut for the hell of it. NOT X-2. No, hell no. Just X. Got it? I do not want to play as three women. Hell no.

Xenogears - I have heard so much about this game and how sweet it is (potentially being the best RPG not starting with Final and ending with Fantasy). And I think it spawned a couple sequels.

Breath of Fire - Fine I will give into the SNES classic. And the SNES game, not the GBA remake. When it comes to the RPG's I gotta go original, not remake. It is just one of those things.

I know this is a lot, but that is not even half of the real list. It also is in the correct arrangement of what I wanna get first and last. But now I am still of Chrono Trigger, and afterward is FFIV. So I leave my loyal imaginary fans with that.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Revolution Update

I just read the transcript to the speech that Regie Fils-Aime made yesterday at IGN, and I just wanted to skip to what he had to say about the Revolution. You can read that part of his speech here. He made many interesting points that pretty much gave me comfort in the Revolution's future.

Nintendo is not in this console race right now because they can not afford it and they wish not to rush into development. And from the speech, Nintendo has made agreements with some third-party developers already, meaning they have gotten past that nervous feeling of wanting to be a part of the Revolution (nervous of losing money that is).

But the Revolution is looking more and more promising each day, still upholding their promise to download NES and SNES games, along with the backward compatibility for playing Gamecube games.

Nintendo also commented on the controller, the most talked about piece of the Revolution these past months. They hope to expand the possibilities of the remote's functions, such as the additional joystick, and the base controller, so "you can have it both ways. Familiar or revolutionary. One hand or two. Today's games or tomorrow's." That was my favorite part of the speech.

But one question still remains. Playstation 3 or Nintendo Revolution? I doubt I will ever get an Xbox 360 for the sake of me not really wanting it. The PS3 is also guaranteeing backward compatibility, which allows me to hang onto such gems as FFVII and FF Chronicles, and allows me to get the PS2 games I missed out on such as MGS2 and 3. The Xbox 360 is trying to be almost "too sweet" by making most games high definition, and not promising that all Xbox games will be backward compatible. The only Xbox game I care about is (not Halo,) Knights of the Old Republic. I might just get that for PC when I get my college computer.

So take care folks, and may the Force be with you. Always.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Metroid Prime

I have not been as frequent as I should be updating this blog. I am sorry to no one because zero people read this anyway. But lately I have been playing Metroid Prime, the first one, thanks to Joe. I have Echoes, but I have never really enjoyed the first one.

The first is way better than the second. Mainly because there are not limitations to the beams. In Echoes, you kept needing to collect Light and Dark ammo, whereas in MP1 the Wave, Ice, and Plasma beams are not hindered by limitations. I also like how the game moves a lot more smoothly. Once you gain a power up, you promptly figure out where it is you must go next, and then you find your next power up.

It seems like the game is just handing you all these power ups! I have had the game no longer than three weeks and I already have the Phazon Suit, in Echoes I had been playing over a month ebfore I found the damn Dark Visor. Or the Annihilator. The Light Suit took so long to get too, but that was sweet. Not as sweet as the Phazon Suit.

Maybe because I experienced Echoes first, MP1 just seems that much easier, because I have the jist of things. But MP1 being a huge step forward for the Metroid series (transition from 2D to 3D) I can imagine being equally difficult having never played Echoes.

I am pleased that once the game is ebaten, the Hard mode is unlocked, because that is a challenge that would suit my gaming skills and needs.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Revenge of the Sith

Since Tuesday November 1, 2005, I have watched Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith twice on DVD. Better everytime. I have also watched the deleted scenes with the introductions by George Lucas, The documentary "Within a Minute," the music video A Hero Falls with the song Battle of the Heroes, most of the web documentaries, the trailors, the TV spots, and that is about it I think. I am ashamed of myself. But I also learned where to find the dancing Yoda secret thing. Boy am I excited for that.