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On 04/21/2013 at 07:52 AM by Matt Snee

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Greetings, Pixlbit!  I've been very busy here with my friend Katharine and her baby visiting me in Arizona here, so I haven't been able to keep up with blogs so much.  But I am reading them now, and will comment accordingly. 

We've been chilling.  Yesterday we drove out to Lake Pleasant, which is this huge man made lake in the desert, and we sat around and enjoyed the sun.  Otherwise we have been watching movies, eating food, drinking beer, and just enjoying time with the baby, Jasmine, who is six months old, and tons of fun.  

ni no kuni

That doesn't mean I haven't been playing video games though!  Yesterday I decided to take a break, and while the baby and Katharine were napping, I played some Ni No Kuni while I was a bit buzzed on beer, exploring Ding Dong Dell, and finding the King's Red Herring.  Now I've got a fancy new wand and spells, and I'm not sure what comes next. I REALLY like Ni No Kuni, and are really disappointed viewers for being bitchy about it, when it is really one of the best JRPG's to come out for a while.  Of course, most of the complaints from reviewers were regarding it WAS a JRPG, so what can u do?  


I also played some more Trails in the Sky yestderday for a bit.  Damn this game is epic.  I bet I still have dozens of hours left, and I'm like twenty hours in I think.  It's crazy.  I love this game though, it really hits the JRPG sweet spot.  

Also, I played some more Tales of the Abyss on my 3DS.  THe story was a little convoluted at first, but I'm getting used to it now, and I'm quite intrigued by the whole thing.  It's actually a pretty good game, though I have been playing with the music turned off.  I'm just not into it, I guess.  But I like the game itself, and it's really relaxing.  

chaos rings

Finally, I played some Chaos Rings 2 the other day, which is a game I really respect for iOS devices.  It's a Square Enix turn-based JRPG, and I really like it.  I'm gonna finish this damn game, man!

Anyway, that's basically it.  How are you all doing?  Good, I hope.  What have you been playing?  WHat have you been up to?  We watched Django the other night.  Did you?  Now we're watching Skyfall again, and Brave is next.  

Take care!




04/21/2013 at 08:35 AM

I have Skyfall reserved at Redbox for tonight. Watched The Avengers the other night and fell asleep in the middle of it. And you've reminded me I need to get back to Ni No Kuni.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/21/2013 at 08:38 AM

Yeah Skyfall is pretty good!  That's funny you fell asleep during Avengers.  It must not have been loud  Wink

Get back to Ni No Kuni!  The world must be saved!!!


04/21/2013 at 11:48 AM

I sleep best with gun battles and explosions going on, lol.


04/21/2013 at 09:33 AM

You, my friend, are awash in JRPG goodness! I haven't had as much time to game recently as I'd like but I manage it here and there. I'm trying to get through the remake of Mega Man 1 that's included in Mega Man Powered Up but I'm stuck on Ice Man's stage. There are these floating platforms over a huge pit and flying penguins that come at you. It's brutal lol. To compensate I started playing LocoRoco 2 again, which I haven't touched in over a year. Very kiddie, very fun, very Japanese lol. Other than that I've been plinking away at some little iOS time fillers. But once I get a chance I'm going back to Demon's die some more Tongue Out

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/21/2013 at 12:43 PM

Flying attacking penguins???  Floating platforms??  Huge pit?  Sounds tough.  But Megaman can do it!

Demon's Souls is a great game.  It's pretty scary too, as death is so easy.  Very cool game.  


04/21/2013 at 10:50 AM

Its so funny putting a face to you sneen lol I never picgure anyone on here in till i see them. buts its cool to put a face to a name lol and we have missed you, your always the first one to respond to just about any blog and i was wondering what happened to you, mothman and greyhaired lol, and trust me be a father of four i know first hand how little ones can take all your available time lol , anyway glad to see ya back.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/21/2013 at 12:44 PM

yeah I'm not going anywhere!  Just a couple busy days.  I'll be back to blogging and commenting later today as I'm taking today REAL slow!  


04/21/2013 at 01:00 PM

Glad you're having fun ,Matt! You can tell Katherine I said Jasmine is adorable! The desert lake seems like a cool place to hang out too.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/21/2013 at 07:59 PM

yeah it's pretty weird to find a giant lake in the middle of the desert.  It's very beautiful though.  Next time I will swim!  


04/21/2013 at 01:37 PM

I'm still playing Ni No Kuni too.  I left Ding Dong Dell last night and made it to the next town a couple hours ago.  I'm really enjoying the game.  I don't understand what people wouldn't like about it. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/21/2013 at 08:00 PM

Yeah I don't understand either.  It's really classy and really polished, and is a seriously high quality game.  People were just being stupid about it when it came out.  


04/21/2013 at 02:30 PM

I hope Ni No Kuni gets a release on 3DS. I read about it so I'm hoping. 

Skyfall was really cool. I saw it in theatres and really enjoyed the visuals and over acting villain. I saw Django too. I feel the background of the world was very sad to enjoy he movie properly, but over all good acting by Christopher Waltz. 

I want to try out Final Fantasy 5 on ios, but $15?

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/21/2013 at 08:02 PM

I wish I could play Ni No Kuni on 3DS but I don't think the 3DS could handle the graphics. It's a really beautiful game.  

Django is weird.  The setting is terribly sad, but it's kind of got a positive outlook, and both shows the terrible nature of the time, and also kind of skips over it.  People don't want to be confronted by slavery too much I think.  


04/21/2013 at 02:47 PM

First time I see your face Snee. Never pictured you like that.

I might try Tales of the Abyss on the 3DS. I had never played a Tales game before and i'm not too expert on RPGs, but they seem like very interesting games.

I aprove of Django, Skyfall and Brave. The first two are fantastic and Brave is pretty good, even if its not the best of Pixar and it's sometimes inmature.

Oh, and hey Snee, its me, Alex from 1up. I finally made an account here.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/21/2013 at 08:03 PM

yeah Brave isn't the best, but it's good.  I think it's more of a girl's movie.  My mom and sister love it. 

I'm glad u made an account on here.  The more friendly faces the better, I think.  

Tales of the Abyss is very good.  It doesn't have the best graphics, but it is funny. 

Cary Woodham

04/21/2013 at 02:54 PM

Yeah I don't know why people were complaining about Ni no Kuni.  Best RPG I've played in quite a while.  I'm sad those people couldn't enjoy it as much as I did.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/21/2013 at 08:04 PM

yeah I think those people were just bitching about JRPG's in general.  If you like JRPG's, Ni NO Kuni is amazing.  It's just silly.  


04/21/2013 at 05:07 PM

I still have not got NI No Kuni yet, but by the demo it is a really awesome game.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/21/2013 at 07:58 PM

Every time I play it I am more impressed. A great game. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

04/21/2013 at 05:16 PM

I need to rewatch Django.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/21/2013 at 07:58 PM

It's really good!


04/21/2013 at 08:26 PM

Man, some RPG goodness.  I loved ToA.  It is one of my favorite Tales games, which is my favorite franchise.  They all have humor, likable characters and a fun battle system.  Although, I did quit ToA my first time because Luke was such a douchebag.  Just about to start Ni No Kuni myself.  I have Trails in the Sky, but held off playing it because we may get the HD remake here.  Maybe.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/22/2013 at 12:21 PM

An HD remake of Trails in the Sky?  That would be pretty cool. I want to play the sequel, which i think came out in Japan.  It's a good game, just kind of relaxing to play.  

Tales of the Abyss is pretty funny.  Luke is kind of an ass, but I guess he changes over the course of the story.  


04/21/2013 at 09:48 PM

Just like a Mom.  I assume that's her arm in the photo touching the baby? Just like a Mom...she has to touch the baby even when someone else is holding her- Bless her heart!

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/22/2013 at 12:21 PM

you guessed it, that's her.  She and the baby are inseparable. 


04/21/2013 at 11:33 PM

Haha, I was about to say "Congrats" when I saw the picture of the baby!

Ni no Kuni is great. I feel like I've said that a million times by now!

Trails in the Sky is also really fun. I whipped through that one very fast. Though I do have to say the story is quite forgettable despite how text-heavy it is.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/22/2013 at 12:22 PM

you're right, the story isn't particularly memorable or dramatic, but it's pleasant and relaxing.  I like playing it.  I'm not like totally sucked in, but it's chill.  I like the combat too, traditional but fun. 


04/22/2013 at 02:58 AM

Haven't seen Django Unleashed and Skyfall yet, but Brave is awesome. Chalk up another win for Pixar. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/22/2013 at 12:23 PM

Django and SKyfall are great.  Brave is good.  I don't like it as much as say Up or the Incredibles, but it's still really cool.  

Chris Yarger Community Manager

04/22/2013 at 07:41 AM

I've been blogging along with you for two years, and now I finally get a chance to see the man, myth, and legend. Awesome! lol

I keep seeing Ni No Kuni in the stores and I'm constantly tempted to pick up it, however I keep hesitating for some reason. Not sure why, but I want the game but I just don't get it. I honestly think that it's because I'm currently wading my way through my backlog at the moment.
But that may just be an excuse....

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/22/2013 at 12:24 PM

or maybe you can't stand to love another game that isn't Dark Souls?!?  Tongue Out

Ni No Kuni is fun.  I really like it.  People were just bitches when it came out, it's a realy high quality JRPG, and if you like the genre, you'll love it.  there's no effiminate men or summons or anything, but it's kind of like Dragon Quest.  


Chris Yarger Community Manager

04/22/2013 at 12:40 PM

Probably.. Dark Souls has ruined my shallow gaming-mind.. lol


04/22/2013 at 09:53 AM

I really need to get my hands on CHaos Rings as well...I need something to play IOS games with first!

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/22/2013 at 12:25 PM

ha, yeah.  You can play on an ipod touch i think.  It's as good a handheld gaming system as the 3DS or the Vita, I think.  

True Gamer At Heart

04/22/2013 at 10:49 AM

Love me some turn based rpg's my fave!!

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/22/2013 at 12:25 PM

me too, it's a life long addiction.  Turn-based forever!!!


04/22/2013 at 11:26 AM

Just got Ni no Kuni yesterday; it'll probably be my "summer RPG" once June hits. I've heard some of the gripes about it, too, but I'll see how those actually compare with my own evaluation in due time.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/22/2013 at 12:26 PM

Yeah, I mean every games has problems, but i think a lot of the criticism with it is overblown.  In a kind of stale genre, it's really nice and chill.  I think you'll like it.  


04/22/2013 at 11:40 AM

Nice beard Snee! Cool

I hope to play Ni No Kuni someday. One of my friends just completed it to 100%. He's a noob when it comes to rpgs, but said that he loved it.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/22/2013 at 12:27 PM

thanks Aaron!  Ni No Kuni is definitely cool.  I don't know if I will complete it to 100%, but I'd like to.  I definitely see it as a game I'll finish. 


04/22/2013 at 03:48 PM

Things are going great here. Still working on Just Cause 2 and Pinball FX in my down time. It's hard to get some real time in when your job occasionally takes 650-55 hours of your week from you. Anyway, glad to hear that you're still plugging away at Ni No Kuni. Hopefully it's a pleasant and beautiful journey!

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/22/2013 at 07:18 PM

I've never played Just Cause 2 beyond the demo, but it was pretty awesome.  I know there's a mod for the PC where u can play multiplayer.  

Yeah, it's good to hear things are going good with you despite the busyness.  


04/22/2013 at 08:01 PM
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Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/22/2013 at 10:40 PM

sorry, I'm not that far!  Smile


04/23/2013 at 12:02 AM

Skyfall is one of my favorite Bond films now. Loved that one. I got home from work today and found that my wife bought me Django Unchained on BluRay! Very cool of her. Glad you're enjoying your visit with Katherine and Jasmine. Good to see a pic of you,too. Never pictured you with a beard. You wear it well,gotta admit. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/23/2013 at 03:08 AM

yeah Skyfall is pretty cool...  I didn't like Quantum of Solace much, so it was good to see Bond back on top.  It's nice your wife bought you Django.  It's a great movie.  

Thanks, I like the beard too.  Wink

Justin Matkowski Staff Alumnus

04/23/2013 at 12:35 AM

Glad you are having a good visit with your friend bud! The giant man-made lake sounds awesome. Being by the water, be it ocean or a lake is the natural environment (along with the woods in snow) which I find to be the most relaxing and good for the soul.

Just watched Django this weekend with my lady, and we both loved it! Currently just been working on stuff for my website and work stuff, but once stuff settles down with the whole job hunt situation, I am going to dive into some Secret of Mana!

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/23/2013 at 03:09 AM

not much snow around here, unfortunately, and I do miss it.  but I guess I could drive into the mountains if I really needed it.  

Secret of Mana is great.  

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