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Final Fantasy XIII-2

Some time ago I finished Final Fantasy 13-2.

Final Fantasy 13-2 (FF13-2) is the sequel to FF13. The main character is  Serah, Lightnings little sister (Lightning is the main character i FF13). Serah remembers Lightning coming home after the events in final fantasy 13, but she is the only one who remembers that. Something has erased Lightning coming home from others memories. This together with monsters suddenly attacking Serahs home settlement leads Serah to the conclusion that something is wrong.

Noel Kreiss a man from the future, a future were he is the last man standing, comes to Serahs aid. Traveling back in time Noel met Lightning in Valhalla. Lightning told Noel to find Serah and save the future.

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The main antagonist in this game is a man named Caius Ballad, a man who is cursed to live forever. I think he is the most interesting character in this game, especially his relation with Noel. Throughout the story you actually start to sympathies with him (at least I did).

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The fighting system is the same in FF13-2 as in FF13 with the ATB system and Paradigm Shift. A difference in this game is that there’s only TWO characters to level up compared to SIX in FF13. Each character can level up in 6 roles. If you do the math, 6 characters and 6 different roles for every character in FF13, you will be greatful for just two characters in FF13-2!

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You can have 3 characters in a fight. So in FF13-2 the third character is a monster. You can capture and level up monsters to fit a specific purpose. If you want to you can create really super kickass monsters by leveling up them correct and fuse different monsters with each other to give them other or more abilities (there’s lots of guides on the net how to do that). But if you don’t want to do that you don’t have to AND you don’t need to. I only used 4-5 monsters and I’m pretty sure that I used the wrong type of material to level a monster up at some point. But I still kicked ass in the end! 

The music in this game hasn’t that characteristic wibe as other final fantasy music has, it sometimes feels misplaced. There’s a specific music that plays when you ride a chocobo.  When you ride red chocobos the music is a horrible metal song that really do not fit in  (eventually it gets stuck in your head, I wont say that I started to like it but I got used to it and every time I think of chocobos I hear that song… >_<).

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A nice element in this game is the puzzles you sometime have to solve to resolve a paradox. They can be a real bitch! There are three types  of puzzles, Crystal bonds, Tile traials and Hands of time. The first two are quite simple. But the third one is frustrating. I hate that one!

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See you next game! ^^

Girls Gaming Weekend

Last weekend was GirlsGamingWeekend! GGW is something me and my friends have 2 times every year. It is what it sounds, we get together and play co-op games for a weekend. The tricky part with this weekends is to find games. 3-4 player co-op games where all get achievements is a bit tricky to find.

Every time we take turn hosting the event and this time it was x MissDeLuxe x time. We played 3 games, Cloudberry Kingdom, Sacred Citadel and Charlie Murder. All of them XBLA games and nice co-op games, but neither of them games I would play alone.

Cloudberry Kingdom
This platform game is hard but funny (funny if you play it with other whom laugh at your attempts and cheer you on)! Every level is full of traps and it gets harder and more traps on every level.

Have you ever played Super meat boy? It’s the same in this game, you die 50-100 times on every level before you manage to do that perfect lucky set of jumps to the end. Don’t forget to look at the replay. Haha!

It gets so hard! It’s sick!

The nice thing in co-op is that you get as many attempts as you are players! Whoo!

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Sacred Citadel
This is the only game we actually finished. Sacred Citadel is a role playing hack and slash game like Golden Axe. (<3 Goldden Axe, one of the few games I had as a child) This game even has mounts just like Golden Axe!

There’s not much to say about the story; four heroes (mage, shaman, worrior and ranger) sets out on a mission to save the day! You fight, fight, fight, level up, hope to find better equipment and fight again… The game wasn’t that challenging (the only time we had some kind of trouble was on the last boss). It’s a good game but gets repetitive. So it’s a good ting that the game isn’t too long.

The random drops for the characters special weapon was a little unbalanced and a bit frustrating. I, as the ranger, got new bows quite often. StopXwhispering as the shaman wasn’t that lucky…

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Charlie Murder
At first both me and x MissDeLuxe x found this game a bit confusing and was ready to give up, but luckily stopXwhispering pushed us to play on. Thank you!

This game is funny!! You play as a punk rock band and you need to save the world from a big rival metal band! LOL! It’s a RPG hack and slash as Sacred Citadel but with a lot more to do, both with the characters equipment and the characters level progress. This game is not just walking and fighting. Some levels you drive a vehicle, in some fly broomsticks, there are mini games where you play your instrument and as a plus you can take pictures with your phone’s camera to get rewards. Lot of different enemies, even Ninjas! ^^

Every band member has a special attack that has something to do with their instrument. The drummers special attack throws out projectiles from the drums! You get those special attacks by getting tattos!So Punk!! Playing co-op you also get special team attacks.

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Charlie Murder

The biggest person with the smallest gun…

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…and tiniest bike! LOL!

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Xbox360 controller! Yay! ^^

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Experience = Followers (Brilliant!)

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Tiny Death Star
There is one more game we played (On our phones)…  <3

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Game On 2.0
We also visited Game On 2.0, a game exhibition at the technical museum in Stockholm. Game On 2.0 has both retro and new games, viedo games and computer games and about a 100 games you can try.

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Halloween gaming – Costume Quest

During Halloween I played the DLC for Costume Quest; Grubbins on Ice! Costume Quest is a cute adventure role playing Halloween game were you play as children “trick-or-treating”. As you start the game you choose to play one of a twin couple. The one you choose gets a robot costume and the other one gets a candy costume. Candy eating monsters shows up and tries to take all candy and kidnap the candy dressed kid! Now you have to find and rescue your sibling. On your way you need to get help from other kids, collect more candy (you can trade with candy), find new costumes and fight monsters.

The DLC, Grubbins on Ice, is basically the same except that it’s not halloween. It’s winter and the kids find a portal to the monster world, Repugia. In Repugia one of you friends is taken by the monsters and it’s up to you to take her back!

The kids are adorable!

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Costume Quest

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Behind every door while trick-or-treating could be either a nice person who gives you candy or a evil monster you need to fight.

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In a fight the children become their costume and gets the fighting power and ability that fits that costume! 

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Costume Quest

The fighting system is easy. It could be; press a specific button at the right time, press one button repeatatly or move the left stick.

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There’s eleven costumes to get in Costume Quest and three in Grubbins on ice. There is a Ninja costume! Whoo! ^^Costume Quest Ninja

As said before, all costumes have a special attack/ability they can use in battle. Some is defensive and some offensive, ex the Statue of Liberty can heal the party, the Fighter can put up a shield to protect a party member, the Space warrior summons a giant asteroid that damage all enemies.

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The absolute funniest attack in the game is the special attack; Eye-agra falls… (LOL) ^^

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Some of the costumes have abilities you can use while exploring, ex if you wear the fighter costume you can use a shield to protect you from falling objects, the Ninja costume let you sneak around unnoticed and the french fries costume can be used to lure people to follow you.

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All in all a game you really need to play! The DLC is really short (a bit to short if you ask me – I want more), you can finish it in about three hours.

X marks the spot!!!!!!! ^^

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Castle of Illusion

Castle of Illusion

I didn’t have Castle of Illusion when I was a Kid, but some of my friends had it. I wanted it so badly but never got it. =( Thanks to Sega Studios Australia who developed a remake and released it on Xbox Live Arcade I could finally get my hands on that kid’s wish! But the question is; Is it a good remake?

Well I don’t really remember that much of the original game but this remake certainly has the same feeling that I remember. The toy levels is as frustrating as I remember. I really hate those toy soldiers! One thing that I really miss in the remake is the sound from when Mickey jumped up and hit his head in something. =(

I’m not sure I have ever managed to clear the old game. I don’t have any memories of the third world in this remake, but in the levels after I got flashes of memories back. As a kid I most likely just watched one of my friends playing the levels after the toyland. So I guess I finally got a chance to clear Castle of Illusion all by my self! YAY! ^^

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This little puzzle is my favorite in this game! I’m a bit embarrassed to say that it took a few seconds to long before I figured it out! haha

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Why do games have to have a water level? I really hate those. In Sonic, the water world is the worst and it’s the same in this game. It’s not the hardest levels but they are boring. Luckily you don’t get out of air in Castle of Illusion! A good thing!

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Luckily again, the water levels isn’t only under water.
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The Library…

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In the Library Mickey enters a bottle of milk and finds himself in a magic candy land…
I had some trouble jumping from and to the moving floating cookies. Apparently Mickey can’t swim in milk! I lost many lives in scenarios like these. >_< Damn Precision jumping!

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The last world, the Castle, is hard!

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Finally, after some swearing over the hard castle levels, I got to Mizrabels tower over the Rainbowbridge. So beautiful!

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Mizrabel was really challenging and funny! I lost all my lives and got Game Over but this game has continues! YAY!

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I like this game. It’s a perfect balance of easy and hard. The first levels is really easy. As it should it gets harder but it isn’t util the Castle levels you really have to start backtracking for real to get more lives. (Yes in this game you can bunker up extra lives! The first stage is excellent for this) The boss fights at every 3rd level is a bit challenging but once you have learned how they move they are really easy. Except Mizrabel’s last stage. She is predictable but her last moves are hard to doge!

See you next game! ^^