Sunday, 27 January 2013

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King Review - Wii & Wii U

So here in is my first Wii U review and first one of 2013 (mostly because you can transfer WiiWare).

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King is an RPG and town building game released on the Wii as WiiWare but also playable on the Wii U. It is a game from within the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles sub-series of Final Fantasy, the much acclaimed series by Square Enix.


As this is a Final Fantasy game the story is sound. A young king starts to search for his father and rebuild a kingdom in the aftermath of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (as I understand it, not having played the GameCube sensation) with the help of his royal companions. The king is of course, you.


Gameplay is different from a usual RPG as you do not do any adventuring and monster slaying yourself, but rather hire your subjects to clear nearby dungeons on your behalf. What you do is build the town up whilst they fight and gather more things for you to either train your adventurers better, such as getting a Black Mage academy or gaining items to let them get better swords or bigger houses.


This is a Wii title so is in standard definition which is clear when playing on an HD TV. However the graphics are good for the time. If the chapter introductions were FMV rather than in-game cutscenes it might be nice. An HD update for the Wii U would be nicer though. *hint hint Square Enix*


The soundtrack is mediocre but was worth enough releasing as a mini album as shown above. Some DLC tracks from Crystal Chronicles might have been good for those who played it before as there was plenty of other DLC.


There's loads. There's all the downloadable dungeons to add extra races, there's all the different costumes and differing ways to lay out your town and even a New Game+ when you've finished adding even more dungeons.

Story: 5.5/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Graphics: 6.3/10
Soundtrack: 6/10
Replayability: 9.2/10


0 – 19% Unplayable - why the hell did I even buy this?
20 – 49% Poor – Certain elements of the game hold it back
50 – 69% Average – More good than bad, but you might need to be a fan to really get in to it.
70 – 84% Good – A nice franchise or single game, that just misses out on being great because of a few flaws.
85 – 89% Excellent – You could play this for ages and be happy
90 – 100% Fucking Excellent – You should have this game and play it every single day.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Games I’ve played in 2012 – Review Listing

FF1_iOS_battle I have played a lot of video games this year and often check in using GetGlue when I do. What I have done is gathered up a list of what I have played and will review each game I have played on my blog. I will update this list each time I post a new review. I have already reviewed some, which are linked in their text below. I intend to have them all done by the end of 2013. In the meantime, please read the reviews already there and let me know what you think.

- My Pokémon Ranch
- Final Fantasy I
- Pokémon Sapphire
- Final Fantasy VIII
- Pokémon HeartGold
- Pokémon White
- Pokémon Pearl
- Wii Sports Resort
- Jetpack Joyride
- Smash Bros Brawl
- Pokémon FireRed
- Wii Fit Plus
- Castle Age
- Words With Friends
- Hanging With Friends
- Scramble With Friends
- Draw Something
- Angry Birds
- Pokémon Diamond
- Temple Run
- LEGO Star Wars
- Mario Kart Wii
- Animal Crossing: Wild World
- The Elder Scrolls IV:Oblivion
- Pokémon Black
- Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
- Pokémon Emerald
- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
- Final Fantasy VII
- LostWinds (iOS)
- Pokémon Platinum
- The Sims 2
- The Sims 2: Apartment Life
- Final Fantasy XIII
- Final Fantasy X-2
- Pokémon Pinball: RS
- Pokémon Battle Revolution
- Angry Birds Space
- Pokémon Ruby
- Dissidia 012
- Final Fantasy IX
- Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time
- Prince Of Persia: Warrior With
- Prince Of Persia: The Two Thrones
- Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
- Secret Of Mana
- StreetPass Quest
- Mario Party 4
- Mario Party 5
- Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City
- Civilization III
- The Sims 2: Mansion & Garden Stuff
- Angry Birds Seasons
- GodFinger All Stars
- Pokémon Channel
- Pokémon Colosseum
- Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance
- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- Tombi
- Pokémon SoulSilver
- Pokémon Blue
- Flower
- The Sims 2: Bon Voyage
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Super Mario Bros
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
- Tekken
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2
- Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King

Ringing in the new year with Pokémon


So, fellow Pokémon players, how can you start 2013 off in the Pokémon world? I am going to make a small list or guide of what you can do on 01/01/2013 in Pokémon.

There’s going to be lots going on, so I will list it below by game (Please note: I have not listed regular daily events).


Johto (Generation II)


The new year starts off with the Bug Catching Contest in the National Park, where you can catch rare Pokémon like Pinsir & Scyther.

Underground_PathNext you can get your Pokémon primped in the Golden Rod Tunnel for a small fee and it’ll make your Pokémon love you more.

citem There is also a chance to meet Tuscany, if you haven’t already, on Route 29 who will give you a lovely Pink Bow.




In Sinnoh, you can get stuck in to a battle against Cameraman Tevin, who is waiting for you at Jubilife TV for your first battle of the new year.



Julia will be in her usual generous mood in Sunnyshore City and will give you a Shock Ribbon for telling her a story about a shocking event involving Pokémon.Spr_DP_Interviewers

You can also do a bunch more Pokémon Center battles against many tough trainers. Please check all the Pokémon Centers in Sinnoh for a good time of battling (Platinum only).


Johto (Generation IV)

The events mentioned in Generation II are on, as well as more things below;

If you have met Tuscany and got the TwistedSpoon already, he will give you a Shock Ribbon for applying to your Pokémon, provided you have met all the other Weekday Siblings at least once.

HGSS_Dragon's_Den-Day In the Dragon’s Den, your rival will be there training himself. If you speak with him, you will be able to battle Clair & Lance alongside him in a double battle. This is a tough battle, be prepared.Bellchime_Trail

For registering the Gym Leader’s on your PokéGear, you will need to visit Bellchime Trail and speak with Morty there, and then it’s off to Cinnabar Island to register Blaine too, any time during the day. You can then ring Blaine during 10am and 7:59pm and Morty can be called for a battle from 8pm until nearly 3am the next day.

HGSS_CameronCameron will take a photo of you and your Pokémon at these locations to ring in the new year;


  • New Bark Town
  • Ruins of Alph (inside)
  • Route 32
  • Ilex Forest
  • Goldenrod Tunnel
  • Route 35
  • Pokéathlon Field
  • Olivine City
  • Safari Zone gate
  • Blackthorn City
  • Frontier Front


  • Route 1
  • Pewter City
  • Saffron City Magnet Train station
  • Celadon City fountain
  • Fuchsia City
  • Seafoam Islands
  • Route 26


Nimbasa_City_Spring_BWIn Nimbasa City, you can encounter Strikers and Smashers in the Big Stadium and Small Court respectively for battling.


Don’t forget that there’s always loads to do in Pokémon, especially when you play with your friends!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Now optimised for mobile!

So, my blogs should now be optimised for viewing on mobile devices. Like the mobile look?

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Epilepsy Awareness Month - My Epilepsy

So, November is as stated above, and as someone with epilepsy, I guess it's partly my responsibility to make others more aware.

I'm going to detail how I discovered mine, what a seizure/fit feels like, how I cope now and so forth.

I've basically had my head issues as long as I can remember but as they were never serious, and were more of a nuisance than anything. During a normal tidying up of my flat, I had my usual head thing happen, which is:

I get a loud ringing in my ears, like a flatline sound, and then a series of images akin to a film plays in my head. There are three or four sets of films and though I can't remember it once my attack is over, I recognize the start of them when I am having them. Then an immense pain in my head, followed by pain in other areas every so often.

Usually that's where my thing ends, but during this time I blacked out.

I was aware I had been unconscious for a few minutes thanks to the clock in the living room but I was otherwise okay. I got up off the floor and continued to clean and then it happened again and I was out for nearly 10 minutes. I had bashed my arm against the doorway so had flailed in my vulnerable state and injured my arm.

I then panicked and realized that my local doctors wouldn't be open due to the time, but rationalized that I could call NHS Direct and ask them about it.

They said it sounded like a seizure, and advised that I go to the walk in center in town. I went there and they did a few tests and then referred me to my current epilepsy doctor, who ran some MRI tests and others and gave me the diagnosis of epilepsy.

Since not too long after that I've had medication, and haven't had anything else happen. I wasn't able to drive until I was fit free for a year, but then I got a free travel pass which has proved very useful.

I hope you are a bit more aware now, I'm not sure what else there is left to say.