Review – Tales of Monkey Island

Arrr ye scurvy dogs!!

I can’t believe I haven’t done this any sooner, because honestly, Monkey Island is not just one of my favorite games, it’s a part of me. My dad used to play it and I started playing it myself when I was still a  darn little kid. I grew up with the Monkey Island series (mostly watching my sister play it because it was too difficult for me at first) and have always loved the games.

For those who know Monkey Island, scroll down towards the picture, for those who don’t know Monkey Island: a quick introduction! Monkey Island is a series of Adventure Games, of which the first game was created in 1990 by Lucasarts. You play as a young man called Guybrush, who wants to become a pirate. You have to go through ‘the three trials’ in order to become one, which are: mastering swordplay (by defeating the swordmaster), thievery (by stealing an idol) and treasure huntery (by finding the legendary lost treasure of mêlée island). Guybrush falls in love with the local governor Elaine, who is kidnapped by the ghost pirate LeChuck! As a real pirate you have to go rescue her!

Now that all sounds very heroic and awesome, but the greatest thing about the series is: it isn’t. Guybrush is kind of an idiot from time to time. He is not muscular or strong, but has a particularly strong sense of wit. The game consists mostly of you picking up all kinds of random things you find (Guybrush IS indeed kind of a kleptomaniac), and using them very creatively to find your way out of nasty situations like being held captive by a group of cannibals! Never thought a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle could be useful? Think again!

The other games from the Monkey Island series go along the same kind of story. LeChuck always comes back and Guybrush always has to defeat him. There is a lot of humor in the games, and when I say a lot I mean A LOT. You can’t play monkey island without a smile! For instance, when swordfighting, you don’t just have to fight, you have to throw insults at one another, and know the correct reply to each insult. For instance, when your opponent says “You fight like a dairy farmer” you say “How appropriate, you fight like a cow!” and so on.

Ooookaay so now let’s get to the review of ‘Tales of Monkey Island’ shall we! This game is made by Telltale games, you know, the same ones who made the Walking Dead game I just posted about? It’s the second Monkey Island game in 3D, but where the last one made Guybrush look like a balloon, this one makes him look rather handsome. I love the graphics, I love the story, and I love the new game interface! Some people miss the classical point-and-click system, but I like it this way too.

The story goes like this: Guybrush starts out by stabbing LeChuck with his cursed cutlass of Kaflu, but instead of killing LeChuck, he sucks all the voodoo out and makes LeChuck a normal man (who is suddenly all sweet and kind, especially to Elaine, yuck). Then where did all the voodoo go? Into the cutlass? No that would be too easy! It has spread all over the Caribbean as ‘The Pox of LeChuck’, is making pirates sick, and is making them behave like total badass pirates. Guybrush’s hand is infected, and he can’t restrain it (he even slaps random people in the face!). So Guybrush sets out to try and stop the Pox. If he can find La Esponja Grande (yes, the giant sponge), it could suck the Pox out of all the victims. But where is La Esponja Grande? And can he leave Elaine behind with the ‘oh so kind’ LeChuck while he goes off on his adventure? Anyway, I won’t give away anything else, but it’s a really good story. ^^ There are also some new characters, which are also very good, and the game still has Dominic Armato’s voice acting, and with that, you’re golden.

I really love the game, because I feel like the characters have grown. In the first game Guybrush is only 19 years old, and now he is about 28. His wit has become even sharper, his loyalty to Elaine is stronger than ever and his sense of humor is definitely still as good as before. He actually makes a lot of kinky jokes in this game, which in my opinion are all very very funny. Throughout the series you can see him grow from a young guy saying “I wanna be a flooring inspector (oops I meant Pirate)!” to an actual legendary pirate.

Out of all video game characters in the world, Guybrush is my No. 1 favorite. He is just so different than all the other characters out there, and he is amazing!

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If you are interested in playing Monkey Island for the first time, try the Special Edition version of the first game! It’s a remake from the original game for tablets, and it’s really fun. If you swipe over the screen, it changes into the original version, so you can switch between styles as you play.

And last but not least, if you want to practice your insult swordfighting in Chinese, go HERE!

Now go play!

Jade

ps:

Nah, just kidding


Review: The Walking Dead (game)

Grrr Aaarrgh!

The Walking Dead is a video game based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series. It exists of five episodes, which you can buy separately, or all together for only €15. I think it’s an amazing game, that really sticks in your head after you’ve played it. It’s an adventure game, but unlike most puzzle solving adventure games, this one is more focused on the psychological aspect of the story, how you relate to the other characters and how your own character develops.

The game takes place in the same world as the comic, where there is a zombie apocalypse, hence the title: the walking dead. The zombies are called ‘walkers’ because of the slow way they walk, which is quite fortunate for the player, otherwise you’d be dead in an instant! ‘The Running Dead’ would’ve made for an awfully difficult game. You play the game as the main character: Lee Everett, about whom I won’t say any more, I’ll let you find out his story by yourself. Wat I can already say is that he is a very sympathizable character, who you really enjoy playing with. At the beginning of the game you find a little girl called Clementine, who you have to take of, which makes the game all the more emotional. You start feeling very responsible for her pretty quickly, and she is just super cute.

Throughout the game you encounter lots of other people who either join your group or become hostile. You have to make many decisions, which is basically the main aspect of the game: you decide and the game develops based upon what you do. That’s what makes you so personally involved, when someone dies, it’s often because of what you said or did. Often when I went to bed after playing, I kept thinking about everything I did, and doubting whether I had made the right choice.

It’s a great game to play together by the way. Mind you, it is a single player game. But one person can play and the other can watch. I played it with my boyfriend, and I know other people who did it just the same way. Because you have to decide fast sometimes, you can’t always talk every decision through, but as a ‘watcher’ you are also very involved in the game. I think the best thing about the game is turning it off and discussing (and comparing) all your decisions with friends!

I also really like the graphics, not super realistic, but artistic, and I admire that. Also, it’s made by Telltale games, which is such a great company, always offering great games at low prices. : )

So basically, get it get it! Play it! and tell me all about it ; )

xx

Jade

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Review – Fable 2

Hi all!

My oh my, how embarrassing… Do you remember me saying “There will be lots of video game reviews on our blog from now on!” a long time ago in a galaxy far far away? Well, I haven’t really taken the time to write any of those planned reviews, but am about to now!

The game I’m reviewing is Fable 2. I had played Fable 1 on the computer before, but don’t really remember a lot of it. I remember you had to play as a guy though, whereas I prefer to play as a girl. So to me, it’s a big improvement that in Fable 2 you can choose whether you want to play as a guy or a girl. Obviously, the graphics are better than before, but not in a way that makes you go “OMG it’s like I’m actually there!”. That’s not a problem though, because that’s just not the kind of game Fable is. Fable is different from other games, because of the general atmosphere of the game. It can be scary and even sad, but also very funny and fairy-tale like. You’ll never find such green grass in Skyrim, that’s for sure. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is: the fact that the graphics aren’t super realistic is no problem at all, it suits the game.

As usual, you have the typical Fable traits: the importance of your morality, that annoying Theresa with her long non-skippable monologues, funny characters as well as references to other games and movies etc, entertaining side quests, a pretty open world and last but not least, your dog.

I’d like to take a moment to go back to the point where I praised them for their funny references to games and movies etc. In the game, I bumped into this guy called ‘Old Gregg’ and instantly looked him up on google. Turns out he is in fact highly likely based upon The Mighty Boosh’ character of Old Gregg, how great is that? It’s not just a good game, it also includes The Boosh, gotta love it.

Anyway, overall I’m very positive about the game. It’s got a good storyline, many side quests, many different area’s to explore, gameplay which can very much be personalized (based upon the way you play, for instance good or evil), good graphics and so on.

A little downside, for me, is the way your character looks. I guess it’s kind of a girly remark, but I like my character to look nice. And the thing is, it’s not about the hairstyles or the outfits, those are okay. It is however, about your character’s body. If you want to do more damage with melee weapons, you have to upgrade your physique ability. It makes you a lot stronger, but it also makes your appearance look stronger. I guess that’s good in a way, because I’ve always thought it’s kind of ridiculous when a thin princess-like girl waves around a big hammer like it’s nothing special, but still, there’s a difference between being strong and being a lump of wood. My character looked so huge, without any shape at all, just like… Well, a closet or something. So after finishing the game, I downgraded my physique to make my character look better again.

But now back to the positive! Another great thing about the game are the supporting characters. You are (or will become) the ultimate hero, but in order to destroy the evil Lucien, you will need the help of three other heroes: the hero of strength, the hero of will and the hero of skill. Each of them have their very own unique personality, and yes, I admit, sometimes they’re rather annoying (especially Hammer when she doesn’t stop talking to you and your dog), but still, I like the fact that you really get to know some people, and that you aren’t entirely alone in your quest against Lucien.

Anyway, I love the game, always have and always will. Elvi comes over to my place sometimes and then we play this. It’s funny though, because I always use guns, whereas Elvi prefers to use magic. Alas, the result of improving your gun skills includes getting very tall. Magic doesn’t get you that. : p Result: tiny being tall and tall being tiny!

I hope I convinced you to try this game out! I will be doing a Fable 3 review after the exams, but even though this isn’t the most recent game, it’s definitely worth playing Fable 2 before you play Fable 3, because it’s a real good game too. So, enjoy!

xx Jade (Tall tiny with gun)

ps: there is also a Fable for the Kinect (Fable: The Journey) but since you have to follow a certain path, and are not free to run wherever you want to, I don’t really like it. Also, I don’t have a Kinect, haha, silly me.. Also, The Journey should not be confused with Fable 4, which has not yet been officially announced!

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I tried to take a photo of my character on the TV, didn’t work too well…

Now go play!!


Review – Knights of the Old Republic

Hi everyone!

So what has our blog had to offer so far? It contains lots and lots of pictures of the two of us in awesome outfits, which is nice! On this blog you can also listen to our music ofcourse which we hope you like! But still, it could have more to offer. So what are we thinking? We are thinking: youtube hair and nail tutorials, beauty product reviews, game reviews, restaurant and hotel reviews etc.. Basically, we’ll just share our experiences with you!

I (Jade) am currently trying out the crest 3D whitestrips and will let you know how they worked for me. But for now, I’m going to review a video game. It’s called ‘Knights of the Old Republic’. It’s a Star Wars game. Now, I don’t know how you feel about Star Wars. Some people (like me) are obsessed with it, when others think it’s stupid and/or boring as hell. Star Wars aside, you don’t HAVE to love Star Wars in order to love this game. So even if you’re not a fan, keep reading!

Okay, like many games, it takes a while before you really get into it. But once you do, it’s awesome! You start out on a crashing spaceship and you have to escape. This is basically a very long tutorial. Most stupid part of this tutorial is you DON’T have a lightsaber yet. You’re not even a jedi yet. So that’s a bit of a disappointment. Nevertheless, keep reading!

Once you get past this part it just gets better and better. Lightsabers in all kinds of colors, many different planets to explore, so many NPC’s to get to know and ofcourse, your quest! The fighting in the game is turn-based. At first I thought I wouldn’t like it (because I prefer hack ‘n slash games) but it’s really nice. And if you don’t like it, you can actually just unpause the game and hack ‘n slash anyway. A little harder, but it works just fine.

What do I like most about this game (apart from pink lightsabers)? I think the NPC’s and the story. You really get into this game. You can choose how you let your own character develop. Will you be a light side jedi? Or will you join the dark side sith? You also have followers with you who have their own story and who you can have quite the conversation with. Also, you can personalize everyone by letting them level up and choose upgrades, powers, attributes and skills for them.

Ofcourse, this game is a little out-dated already so don’t expect assassin’s creed-like graphics. But still, it’s really not bad! And ofcourse, if you ARE a Star Wars fan, this game is a must-play!

Below a couple more pictures, to show you guys what the game looks like, as well as a gameplay tutorial I found on youtube (in which the player really uses the turn-based system, but like I said, you don’t have to play it that way!). Enjoy, and may the force be with you!

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Eep! Look at all those colors!