Tag Archives: FFXIII

The Dangers of Late Night YouTube

Every since my computer decided to install stupid updates over a 24-hour period, my schedule has been thrown all out of whack. I had to stay up late that night to finish my writing, which made me groggy the next day, which I overcompensated by sleeping in, which made it harder to fall asleep that night, and this then compounded onto itself until we reached last night, 11:30pm.

No. The answer is always no. God.

I’m normally in bed by this time, or if I’m still awake I’m reading or meditating or at the very least getting ready to go to bed. Last night was not normal. I was too awake to go to bed. I knew if I tried to sleep, I’d just lie awake, tossing and turning for at least the next 45min, if not more. I needed to do something before going to bed, but what? Read? Watch some random television? Play a videogame?

And that’s when YouTube beckoned. Continue reading

My SD TV Adventure, or, How Much Do Graphics Matter?

Last week I finally beat FFXIII, and though I panned the game and have no intention of ever playing it again, I can’t deny how pretty it looked. The backgrounds, the characters, the fluid animations, even individual strands of hair looked good. The game is quite old at this point, in videogame terms at least, but it still stands tall in the graphics department.

It’s just a shame those graphics were used to create such stupid characters.

When I finally finished FFXIII, I needed to wash away that experience with something classic. About a week earlier I had listened to Twilight Symphony, a re-orchestrated version of the music in Zelda: Twilight Princess. I later downloaded the free album from their website. The music by itself is incredibly, but hearing it brought back memories. I loved Twilight Princess, and you can never go wrong with a Legend of Zelda game. Yes, let’s play that. Continue reading

Finally Beating Final Fantasy XIII

I’m a completionist. If I start something, I finish it. This is especially true for videogames. If I start playing a game, I need to finish it. This is especially true if I pay full price. A bargain bin game, or something on sale, I don’t feel the same pressure to complete. When something costs $50 or more, though, I definitely want to extract every minute of value.

I’m a picky gamer, in that I don’t play too many games. I’m not one of those people with a thousand games in my backlog. I focus on classics and those with near unanimous positive reviews. I also have my favourite series and genres, and I try to play through them, warts and all. This week, I finally played through perhaps the most wart-infested game of the Final Fantasy series, XIII.

This makes the game look far better than it actually is.

Some background: I did not buy this game at launch. I didn’t even own a PS3 at that time. Reviews were mixed, to say the least, and upon hearing that I had little interest in the game. Five years later, I got a PS3, and I found FFXIII in the bargain bin, $10. Well, why not? I’ve played every other console game in the Final Fantasy series, enjoying almost all of them, so let’s complete the collection. Continue reading