Blog Update

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It’s been pretty darn quiet on here for the past month, so I thought I would write an update just for kicks. I have been playing lots of video games as usual, but the reviews have slowed down, mainly because of the nature of the games I’ve been playing recently.

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Mudoran Lore – Are Akkala & Lanayru the Location of Zelda II’s Hyrule?

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted about Zelda lore, but I’ve been replaying Breath of the Wild, and I was reminded of a theory that I came up with last year. The Akkala region is one of the most remote provinces of Hyrule. It is naturally isolated from the rest of Hyrule by the Eldin Mountains to the west, the mountainous Zorana region to the south, and the ocean to the north and east.

In Breath of the Wild, it is just as desolate as the rest of Hyrule. It is notable for being the location of the Akkala Citadel, a massive fort that served as the base of operations in the region for Hyrule’s Royal Family. It was also where the Hylians made their last stand against Ganon’s forces before being wiped out. It’s one of my favorite locations in the game, but also one we’ve never seen before Breath of the Wild. Or is it?

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The Nintendo Switch, One Year Later

Last March I was overwhelmed with hype, just like any other Nintendo fan. The Switch had just dropped, and it showed a lot of promise. Not only did it release with one of the best Zelda games ever, but there was the promise of one of the meatiest launch years Nintendo has ever had. So now, a year later, did Nintendo deliver on the hype?

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For the Love of God, Please Play Celeste

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I almost skipped Celeste. It’s just that I tend to get burned out of the lo-fi, retro-looking indie games that are always coming out, and I’ve been playing a bunch of those lately on the Switch. But Celeste was very highly recommended to me, so I decided to buy it, and holy crap am I glad I did. This is a very simple platformer on the surface, but there is a ridiculous amount of depth here, both in its gameplay and narrative.

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Monster Hunter: World Demo Impressions – This Could Be The Step Forward That The Series Needed

Yeah, while I’m really bummed that Monster Hunter: World is skipping the Nintendo Switch, I’m also extremely excited for this game. I’ve been a fan of this series ever since Monster Hunter 3: Tri consumed my life when it was released on the Nintendo Wii, and I spent the whole weekend exploring the game’s demo, which was available over the weekend.

While Monster Hunter has always been awesome, it has also been a relatively niche series due to its complex mechanics that puts the focus squarely on the gameplay and nothing else. While very similar to its predecessor, Monster Hunter 4 did take a small step forward by streamlining many aspects and improving the game’s multiplayer mode, but there was still room for improvement. World seems to be the game that finally goes the whole way, providing visual cues and quality of life changes that I think will end up improving the experience a lot.

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Rec Room Is One of the Best Games On PSVR

I’m sure I’m not the first person to draw this comparison, but Rec Room, originally released in 2016 for the PC and last fall for the PSVR, is essentially the Wii Sports of VR. It bundles several multiplayer mini games together in a wonderful showcase of what VR can bring to the table. And best of all? It’s totally free.

I’m not going to review the game at this point, since it is still in Early Access/Beta. However, I wanted to run through the game and encourage any PSVR owner who hasn’t downloaded this to give it a try.

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