Pax South 2017 (Part 2)

Pax South 2017 (Part 2)

Well after the Nintendo Switch I debated going back, but I didn’t really feel like doing the weird line again. So instead I tried a few indie games and this is the one the liked most.

The Painter’s Apprentice

This side-scrolling action game is inspired by art. The character uses his paint brush to fight enemies and advance in the game. You pick up paint tubes for more colors and can switch between colors. Only when you wield the same color as the monster you can defeat it. The backgrounds are inspired by different movements in art. I feel that aspect can be pushed a lot more, but I am happy there is interest in art history here. We will see though since it isn’t released yet.

Next up I played two games at the Trion booth!

I tried out an mmo called Trove.

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Pax South 2017 (part 1)

Pax South 2017 (part 1)

Pax South was a ton of fun this year. Pax is a video game convention that has four events in the United States. Pax South is known for having many indie games. This was the first time I went solo to a convention. I met up with my friend here and there, but we had different agendas. It was also the first time I carried a journal with me to keep a captain’s log of my experience. Pax South is a three day event, but I’ve found two days are more than enough for me.

Pax South Day 1

The day started out with me getting into the wrong line for the expo hall. Good grief! I was kicking myself mentally and quickly made it to where I should have been. I love Fridays because it has a smaller crowd compared to the weekend. So this is the day for trying as many things as I could.

I headed first to the Nintendo Switch booth. The lines were confusing because one wrapped around the booth and other lines didn’t even have much space. They had to keep the line short so a person held an end cap sign at the end of the line. When I found the line to play Splatoon 2 I was turned away because they didn’t have room for people to line up. Ugh! I checked out some vendors and picked up a Team Skull scarf right away. I loved it so much! I think Team Skull are my favorite Pokemon villains of all time.

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The first game I played was Dauntless

I fought the monster featured in the video using a sword. It was awkward playing it at first (I don’t really play action-oriented games on the PC), but then it was quite fun! It grabbed my attention with a bright color palette and I heard it was similar to the Monster Hunter series. The characters are more cartoon-like than Monster Hunter. The monsters also seem to have rage modes (attack and speed increases for temporary amount of time along with additional attacks). What I really loved was the fact there are no separate areas where the game had to load in order for you to explore the map. When you see the monster run away you can chase it in a way that feels quite natural. I enjoyed it although I’m not sure if I will be able to play it since my laptop isn’t anything special. I will keep an eye on this game though. I would like to get into an mmo type game again. At the moment you can sign up on the website and maybe get into the beta phase when it comes out.

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Monster Hunter Generations -Thoughts and Resources

Monster Hunter Generations -Thoughts and Resources

  I hope you are doing well! Its been crazy hot and humid in Texas. Good thing monster Hunter Generations has kept me entertained indoors!


  I’ve been enjoying this game so much. Monster Hunter is all about hunting large monsters with the help of NPC companions, friends, or random players online. By taking down monsters that are causing havoc you can use items from them to make armor and weapons for yourself and your palico companions.
  The biggest change is in the Hunting Styles. Now you can choose how your hunter fights. With aerial style you jump and attack. This makes it ideal for mounting a monster to knock it down. You can also specialize in counter attacks (adept), focus on skills (striker), or keep it the old fashion way (guild).
  But wait! This may actually be the biggest change. Hunting as a palico! You fight with a melee type of weapon and a boomerang. They are surprisingly good with the right build. They also have skills and special abilities unique to palicos. The great thing about them is making weapons and armor is easy compared to the hunters. There is much less grinding involved so it is easy to keep up with the best armor and weapons that are available. My boyfriend has been mainly using the Prowler Mode for that reason and he has been doing so good. I need to start training my fighter palico. The palico system is much better in general and they have been more helpful than the previous game.

mhgen palico

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Pokemon Go Obssesed

I didn’t imagine I would ever get into a mobile app phone game. Usually I get bored within a short time, but this is the most fun and promising game yet.

Encountering an Eevee at dusk

I had to try it as a fan of Pokemon. I love their games! I went out Sunday and saw hoards of people walking together, couples strolling in parks, and parents with their kids looking for Pokemon. I found myself being asked by my co-workers about the game, because people came in looking for Pokemon. It surprised me how quickly people have picked up the game. I’ve heard there will be many improvements headed our way; There will be new game mechanics such as leader scoreboards and customization of gyms. That will keep me intrigued to see what amazing things come.

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My bit on E3 2016

You can bet what I’m most excited about is Pokemon Sun and Moon as well as Monster Hunter Generations. Don’t worry I will touch on other games too! But first…

Pokemon Sun and Moon (3Ds) (link to E3 gameplay)

What caught my attention most was the additional information you can access during battle. So now you can see the opponent’s Pokemon status and typing. Along with the previous games training mode it seems Pokemon is hoping to get more people into playing competitively online. I’m also happy trainer customization is back! I hope there will be an even better selection of clothing than X & Y. It did kill me that that the demo moved so slowly! I realize it is probably deliberate to make the most out of the small portion of the game they felt comfortable sharing.  I’m sure you guys have seen pictures plastered everywhere of the new Pokemon so I won’t get into that here. The game’s new battle mode, battle royal, looks really fun! It involves four players all battling each other at once. It looks more playful compared to the usual double battles seen in competitions.

I do think that perhaps there is a real possibility of Nintendo creating an open world game of Pokemon after seeing the trailers of the new Zelda game. Not to mention Pokemon Go involves exploration of the real world. So I really hope that means they are open to making an open world  type of Pokemon game in the future.

Super effective attacks are labeled.

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