Gaming: Star Wars Battlefront

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! To me nothing says love like Star Wars and battling people. I know, I’m a classy one. I thought why not talk to you guys about a game I’ve been playing (and loving) since end of November!

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For those of you who haven’t heard of Star Wars: Battlefront it is a first person shooter game where you can complete missions on different planets. Some times you play a part of the rebel alliance, and sometimes you’re part of the empire. You even get to play as Darth Vader!! Gives you the chance to do a bit of everything. From shooting guns and wielding lightsabers to driving AT-ATs and flying x-wings and shooting down TIE fighters. It is a game that immerses you in the battlefields of Star Wars.

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I’ve been absolutely loving this game and it’s local multiplayer gameplay. I haven’t played this game much on my own, but it’s so much fun to battle against friends or work together as a part of the rebel alliance. There is the option to play by yourself or use online multiplayer, but I just love the interaction that comes with local multiplayer. There are even options to increase the difficulty if you’re a seasoned gamer. This game has provided hours of entertainment and is definitely worth checking out.

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Gaming: Mario & Luigi Paper Jam

Around the beginning of December Nintendo released a new Mario game called Mario & Luigi Paper Jam. This weekend I found myself bored and at a loss for what to do, so I decided to download the game and give it a try. The idea of the game is pretty simple. The book containing the Paper Mario world was opened and all the characters from that world were released into the “real” world. Now there are two Bowsers and they’ve captured both the paper and real Peach in Bowser’s castle. Mario and Luigi now need to save both the princesses before they take over the mushroom kingdom.

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I found this game to be very different from any Mario game I’ve ever played before. It honestly reminded me of the Pokemon games. You go through the world by following your route on the map to save the princesses. Along the way you battle Bowser’s troops while levelling up Mario and Luigi. The whole battle style is very much like Pokemon battles where you take turns attacking, and you get Exp. for every battle you win. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this at first, but it really works for this game and I found myself enjoying levelling up my characters. There is also an easy mode that you can turn on for battles if you’re new to this type of game or if you’re a younger player. I left this feature off, but I liked how it was there if you need help but it wasn’t forced on you if you didn’t want to use it.

One of the downsides to playing this game on an older 3DS instead of the New 3DS is I can’t really use the amiibo functions they have built into the game. The game allows you to create custom amiibo characters to battle with in the game. I haven’t really looked into the different options and specifics of this feature at this point. I don’t have any amiibo right now anyways so they would be of no use to me at this point, but I’m honestly not going to buy an amiibo reader just so I can use them on my older 3DS.

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All in all I think Mario & Luigi Paper Jam is a really good game even if it isn’t what you’d traditionally expect a Mario game to be like. The one thing I really liked about this game is it does not baby you like I found previous Mario games did (looking at you Super Mario 3D Land). The game is a bit of a challenge which makes it way more enjoyable. Besides, there’s always the option to make the game easier if you don’t enjoy the struggle.

Gaming: Just Dance 2015

This week I thought I’d do something a little fun and review the new game Just Dance 2015 for Wii U. This game has been out for about 3 months already, and it seemed like an interesting game to try out. I haven’t tried any previous games in the Just Dance series, but I have had a dance based game before for the Wii.

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Just Dance 2015 was everything I would want in a dance based video game. To start, the song selection was great. There is a wide variety of popular songs from 2014, and there is also the ability to purchase extra songs from previous years (though there are plenty of songs included in the game so purchasing new content isn’t necessary). The game itself was very fun and easy to get the hang of. You basically follow the dancer on-screen while holding the Wii remote. I was worried it wouldn’t be very sensitive to the different movements, but I was pleasantly surprised it catches the movements easily. The game also allows you to compete against other players around the world and challenge them if you have an internet connection for your Wii U. I wasn’t expecting this to be part of the game, but it has become one of my favourite parts. It’s fun to play by yourself, but it’s even more fun to play with other people.

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All-in-all I found this to be a fantastic game. If you like dancing or dance-based video games then I suggest checking this title out. It’s a great game to get you up and moving while having fun at the same time.

Gaming: Kirby Triple Deluxe

It’s been a while since I’ve done a gaming post. I was really excited when my sister got me Kirby Triple Deluxe for my birthday. I hadn’t bought any new games recently, so my 3DS was sitting idle for a while. I had never played any of the games in the Kirby series, but I always liked playing Kirby in Super Smash Bros. so I’ve been interested in playing a Kirby game for quite some time.

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In Kirby Triple Deluxe there are three different modes you can play when you start: Story mode, Kirby Fighters, and Dedede’s Drum Dash. In story mode you follow Kirby’s adventure as he tries to save King Dedede. It kind of reminds me of Super Mario 3D Land  since there are different islands, and levels within each island. As you go through the levels you need to defeat your enemies while also searching for the sunstones in the level (and collecting keychains). When you complete all the levels for the island and collect enough sunstones, the boss of the island is unlocked. Defeating the boss basically allows you to move on to the next island. The other modes you can play are essentially mini-games.

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Overall I am really enjoying playing Kirby Triple Deluxe. I like how it’s a straightforward game with simple controls, but it’s also challenging. I don’t find I’m zipping through this game as fast as I was with Super Mario 3D Land. It reminds me of the older Mario games that don’t give you unlimited power and hold your hand if you lose too many lives. I also like how there is a lot to unlock in this game. There are two mini games which I am looking forward to unlocking on the home screen. Also, when you’re in Story Mode you can unlock bonus levels on each island if you collect all the sunstones for the particular island. If you haven’t tried out Kirby Triple Deluxe yet, I highly suggest you do.