Final Fantasy II Part Six: Hellraisers

May 19, 2015: You can go back to Deist and tell the dragoon widow about Ricard. “Ricard’s gone, too, then…” She cried into her hands. “He was a… a noble dragoon. I’m sure he was… pleased that he could… d-die in the name of honor…”

The woman decided to take her son and leave Deist at last.

There are too many painful memories within these walls,” she said. “Oh! I meant to thank you for saving the wyvern egg and for giving me the chance to see Ricard one last time. That’s why I want you to have this. It was the most treasured possession of the dragoons of Deist: Excalibur. With Ricard gone, you should be the ones to wield this sword.

Our final destination: the Jade Passage, a dungeon cave with crystals all over the walls.

In this dungeon, Great Malboros show their true colors when they attack and inflict like EVERY ailment on you.

A monster in a treasure box is the Blue Dragon! O_O

His box hides the Cat Claw weapon, though. Continue reading Final Fantasy II Part Six: Hellraisers

Final Fantasy II Part Five: Last of the Dragoons

May 16, 2015: Now, we have to shlep our butts back to Fynn… again. Ugh, this is starting to remind me of the constant backtracking in Tales of the Abyss. Some RPGs need more than one world to explore.

There was a cyclone outside of Fynn.

Leila was in the castle. “When the storm kicked up and the ship went down, I got separated from ye. I thought ye were dead for sure. It’s good to be wrong now and again!”

Hilda: “The emperor’s foul magic can control even the winds… Polf, Paloom, Altair, Gatrea… all were destroyed, one after the other. And now the Cyclone is headed for Fynn…

The emperor himself is controlling the cyclone, I’ve no doubt.”

Gordon: “The ultimate magic is in our hands, but what good does it do us? The cyclone will kill us before we even have the chance to use it.

Unless we sprout wings and learn to fly, I don’t see how we can get into that cyclone.” Continue reading Final Fantasy II Part Five: Last of the Dragoons

Live-A-Live Part Seven: The Demon King

April 2, 2015: You play as Oersted, a knight representing the West in the Lucretian Battle Tournament. His opponent representing the East is Straybow. The prize: Princess Alicia’s hand in marriage.

Straybow: “Don’t hold back. Even though we’re friends… If you go easy on me, I won’t forgive you!”

Oersted won.

Alicia: “Oersted, was it? It was quite a… manly battle. It is with pleasure… that I become your queen.”

The king called a feast. Later that evening, Alicia talked to Oersted. Continue reading Live-A-Live Part Seven: The Demon King

The DISSIDIA Saga Part Eight

April 16th, 2015: Morou has this to say: “If you’re going to play that way… What kind of horror story would you like to hear, kupo? Give me an example, kupo! Yeah! How about you tell me one, kupo? I want you to try to scare me, kupo!”

I’ll show you scary.

I’m actually a ghost.

>>I like to eat moogles.

You don’t really exist.

I thought that answer would get the funniest reaction. Mwahahaha!

The third one seemed the scariest…

Continue reading The DISSIDIA Saga Part Eight

The DISSIDIA Saga Part Seven


April 10th, 2015: The Astromog said that my ideal partner is… Galuf?! “His unique meanderings will keep you distracted before you realize you just saved the world!”

This one moogle is weird! It says, “EXECUTING MISSION RECEIVE kp GIVE MERCHANDISE”. It only flies in straight lines.

Zidane: “What? Do I need a reason to help someone?” Continue reading The DISSIDIA Saga Part Seven

The DISSIDIA Saga Part Six

January 13th, 2015: In this game, Tidus sounds younger than he did in Final Fantasy X.

Tidus’ voice actor, James Arnold Taylor, has come a long way since FFX.

March 19th, 2015: Tidus keeps interrupting Firion when he talks and it’s funny. He actually asks Tidus if he enjoys interrupting him.

It’s great to see such contrasting, but still friendly, personalities.

Continue reading The DISSIDIA Saga Part Six

The DISSIDIA Saga Part Five

June 17th, 2011: I’m pleased as punch that there are two new characters to unlock here.

Bartz doesn’t just imitate other characters’ moves, he imitates the way that they call them out.

Prishe is so cute! She has great fashion sense.

Prishe in her default and alternate costumes

Her EX Burst is very complicated. Auto EX Burst, here I come!

Auto EX Burst was an ability that let the computer input EX Burst commands for you.

Continue reading The DISSIDIA Saga Part Five

Condemned 2: Bloodshot – November 26th, 2014 – April 24th, 2015

NOVEMBER 26TH, 2014: In the Lodge, there was a message scribbled on a wall by SKX:



THE ORO AWAIT ME” Continue reading Condemned 2: Bloodshot – November 26th, 2014 – April 24th, 2015

Soulcalibur IV: June 9th, 2009 – May 14th, 2015

JUNE 9TH, 2009: I was so surprised to get a “Press Start” Achievement with this game.

Actually, it’s not a press Start cheevo: it’s the cheevo that you get for pressing Start after watching the intro all the way through.

Recently, I recalled a fun feature that Soulcalibur II had: pre-match taunts. More games should have taunts, like Hot Shots Golf.

The criteria for unlocking treasures in the Tower of Souls mode are simple to interpret.

This must have been from back before I really tried to get into Tower of Souls. Some of them are just hard to understand because they’re so vague.

Sophitia’s Sword Shower (←+B) is good for destroying equipment.

I really didn’t do anything noteworthy today.

JUNE 22ND, 2009: I like how Soulcalibur has kept the same font over the years. Game fonts are very overlooked.

I tried to create an evil female character named LaRue, with Voldo’s fighting style!

I’m worried that she looks too youngish, but that’s a part of her creepiness.

There is one character I’d love to create, but there aren’t any suitable parts for him. -.-

I wonder why Amy took up fencing. I don’t think Raphael would force her into it.

Angol Fear is kinda creepy-looking. I’m guessing the manga artist that designed her specializes in hentai.

Hilde’s B costume is pretty.

I unlocked Endure 1,000.

There is a strange strafing element in Soulcalibur

SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2009: I popped the game in and unlocked Violent Storm! I knew I hadn’t unlocked the Wall Hit Achievement yet, but it wasn’t like I was grinding for it.

Now that’s efficiency! Thank you, Setsuka, character that I never play.

She’s pretty.

I wish all fighters had a Command Time Attack like Virtua Fighter.

I forgot how good this game looked.

It’s weird to hear Yoda speak in Japanese.

I wanna unlock the Apprentice. He’s hot.

MAY 10TH, 2010: Picked up the game again and started creating tons of characters, leading to the public outing of Lilith Raber.

Another OC that doesn’t exactly scream Soulcalibur.

Anyway. Today, we tried to create a Lady GaGa character. And I suddenly remembered how there was a rumor that GaGa had a feud with La Roux, that lady with one hit.

Ooh, burn. Actually, it’s a group, not just one person. I didn’t know that for years.

This was an unnecessary swipe because I did like those songs that were La Roux’s mainstream hits. Just not as much as GaGa’s, and not enough to delve into their library.

At least I solved the mystery of how I wound up with a character named “LaRue”. I forgot how/why I came up with the character. 😛

Not that I’m comparing them directly. Anyway!

I think that two “anyways” for what was originally a single paragraph is quite enough.

Who was the character I created before quitting the game for a while? M-hm. Scary. Actually, mostly cool.

I unlocked Smasher, and I did it on LaRue.

Can’t see myself ever unlocking all of the treasures in the tower.

JULY 17TH, 2010: I unlocked The Controller.

I got cheeky and recreated KOS-MOS from Bandai Namco’s Xenosaga III! I think she turned out pretty well.

Xenosaga II may be one of the most reviled RPG sequels of all time, but I loved Xenosaga III.

I’ve found a great weapon against most enemies: throws. Especially throws that put distance between you and your opponent, like Yun-seong’s.

Never been much of a Yun-seong player.

JULY 18TH, 2010: I dared to unlock Wild Run to Tragedy. Now that’s a name for an Achievement.

JULY 19TH, 2010: I unlocked May the Force Be With You. To be honest, Yoda’s scenario was laaame! It didn’t even feature the Apprentice. How am I gonna unlock him?

Guess who I recreated! T-elos, KOS-MOS’ nemesis from Xenosaga III.

I also recreated Emil from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World.

I unlocked some new equipment.

JULY 20TH, 2010: Some of that equipment is endearingly… mundane.

Two funny things happened when I tried to clear Story Mode as Maxi. First, one of the lizardmen I fought rang himself out of while performing that move where he goes on all fours. Later, I rang out Ashlotte, but rang myself out after winning! Slipped right off the edge of the stage.

Isn’t Angol a terrible name? It doesn’t mean anything, it doesn’t sound cute, and worse yet for this game, it sounds too much like Algol.

Yes, I hate that name. Algol isn’t anything special, either.

I’m playing through Story Mode to earn more gold, forcing me to use characters I otherwise wouldn’t. Maxi is kind slow but packs some cool moves. Zasalamel (another clunky name, but at least it’s cooler than Algol or Angol) did not prove very effective when I used him, but his ending for Story Mode is stunning.

AUGUST 2ND, 2010: I unlocked Gathering of the Best. Yes, I finally unlocked the Apprentice’s hot… self.

Fun Fact Corner: The Apprentice was modeled after Sam Witwer, the actor that played him in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Witwer was originally going to voice Rhys in Tales of the Borderlands, but for some reason, they cast Troy Baker as Rhys instead. Maybe there was a scheduling conflict?

It was a pain to do it. The hardest opponent was Siegfried, for some reason.

I learned how to unlock him from a game magazine.

Ooh. Remember those?! I just get tips from the FAQr app now. It’s a life saver and a must-have for every gamer.

OCTOBER 13TH, 2014: I think that T-elos turned out better than KOS-MOS. I apparently realized that it’d be too difficult to adapt their futuristic weapons from XS, so I just gave them Soulcalibur and Souledge to contrast.

Emil looks OK, but older and less scrawny than his original self, undoubtedly due to SC‘s stubborn refusal to give you different body types to work with.

Huh, I tried to recreate Suzu from Tales of Phantasia and Rutee from Tales of Destiny as well. I forgot that I made them.

I wanted to recreate Sophie from Tales of Graces f, but there’s no hand-to-hand style in this game.

I forgot about all of those weird bonus characters designed by mangaka in the game.

Unlocked 10,000 Strikes of Proof. 24/50

I always seemed to have a relatively easy time unlocking cheevos whenever I returned to this game.

The graphics are undeniably pretty, but the characters have a glassiness to them, weirdly enough.

That was surprisingly fun.

I was fighting with a Tekken mindset, however. I forgot the controls.

I’m not entirely sure where to continue from here. It’s difficult to do a “Final Thoughts” because a fighting game this deep with so many modes is never really “final”, is it? You could probably play this game forever and not unlock everything.

I decided to play this game some more recently to see if I could get more impressions of it for this blog.

MAY 14TH, 2015: I talked about my favorite single player mode, the Tower of Lost Souls.

In this mode, you choose to ascend the Tower for missions where you can unlock new pieces of equipment for your custom characters. On each floor, you can unlock new items by achieving certain goals which are hinted at when you start a floor.

This mode uses a lot of premade custom characters, but on occasion, a Soulcalibur character will be one of your opponents. The silhouette that you see before choosing a floor tells you what kind of character that the boss of that series of floors is.

Unlocked Scorpion’s Sting. 25/20

I never won a battle with a Critical Finish before. It was even cooler because I did it with one of my customs: Millenia. :O

She has Hilde’s style, and I learned that her Lightning Horn move (->B, B, B) is good for ring outs.

Now that I know how to do Cfs, I want to do mooore.

Critical Finishes

Cfs are only possible to do under a certain condition. Your opponent must have blocked so much without landing any attacks on you, that their Soul Gauge begins to flash red. Once they’ve blocked enough, your attack with break their guard and they will stagger. Their body will emit a reddish-purple aura; this means that they are under Soul Crush. That’s when you can trigger your CF by pressing all four face buttons (or by simply pressing LB/L1 on the default shoulder button setup).

The CF is basically a super finishing move, and it looks totally awesome. Winning with a CF changes a character’s winning animation and the victory music.

After unlocking Scorpion’s Sting, my Gamerscore now ends in three sevens. :O

Similar to Street Fighter X Tekken and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, on floors where you choose multiple characters, you can switch between them. However, you can only switch when the meter in the bottom corner has a full bar. When one fighter is switched out, they regain some health.

Sometimes, you faced randomized fighters called Skeletons. They’re kinda creepy, and it’s weird how they roar like wildcats.

Character Creation and Styles

For every fighter that you create, you have to choose a fighting style for them use. As you use these fighters, or customs that use their styles, you have to level up their styles so that you customs can equip stronger skills.

Yes, SCIV has a skill system. They range from automatic grapple breaks and Guard Impacts to nullifying Ring Outs.

The highest level for each style is nine.

The kind of equipment that you give a custom changes the amount of points that they can allot into each skill type: Power, Impact, Boost, Gauge, and Special.

Every character has a joke weapon that you can eventually unlock and buy.