Attempting to Chill | New YouTube Series

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Relaxing isn’t quite my forte, you might say. (Despite the fact that my website has been lacking in updates for quite some time. My last freaking post was back in March. I’ve been doing a lot of other work, alright?) When Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out, like the rest of the series, it was intended to be a game that made you slow down and just relax for a little bit. Considering the timing of its release, it couldn’t have been a better game given the circumstances in the world at present. As a fan of New Leaf, I’d been interested in getting it. My girlfriend got it first and I decided to watch her play. I finally decided to get it afterward.

Much like my poor, neglected town in New Leaf, as much as I love this game, I often get too busy to play. By the time I have the free time to play, I’m too burned out to actually do anything and I just don’t play it in general. I went long enough in this pattern and decided to just stream the game on a daily basis.

When it comes to keeping a schedule, I’m pretty terrible at it, to be honest. I tried making a recording schedule for my Persona 1 Let’s Play (which you can watch here if you wish to see me struggle with this fantastic yet torturous game), but I could not keep it up. As a result, I am still working on that playthrough well over a year after I started it. I refuse to give up, though. Even if it requires long breaks between recording sessions, I’ll keep at it.

The whole point of said rant is that I was determined to make my New Horizons stream work. As such, I have successfully streamed the game three days in a row over at my Twitch channel, titling the series “The Daily Chill.” I fully plan on making this a regular series, and I hope that if you find the need to just relax and escape from the stress of life, especially during these times, you can find these streams/videos and just hang out.

Tales of Vesperia – First Impressions

The Tales series is something I meant to get into way sooner than I actually did. Back when I was a teenager, I guess you can say I started with Tales of Phantasia, only it was before there was an English patch for it. I just remember being astonished at not only the visual style for it being a SNES game, but also surprised that there was voice acting in it. I didn’t play much of it because of the language barrier, but still, this is a series that has always been at the back of my mind. Even when I was a younger teenager, I’d heard some of Motoi Sakuraba’s work from Tales of Symphonia. Since then, I’d been wanting to play this series even more.

Flash forward six or seven years into the future. As an adult, I’ve spent most of my gaming time with Persona, Final Fantasy, Shin Megami Tensei, and Dragon Quest, and I’ve played most, if not all the games in each series so far. (I haven’t beaten them yet because it takes me forever to get through games, but still.) I’m rather burned out on the RPGs I’d been playing, so I ask a good friend of mine what RPGs he’d recommend that aren’t in those series, so later, he sends me this massive list of recommendations. One of the games on there was Tales of Vesperia. I’m pretty sure that game is available on most modern gen consoles now, but I decided to grab the PS4 version. (Though if I knew it was on the Switch, I probably would have gotten it for that instead.)

The moment I booted up the game, I fell in love with the anime-esque art style. Sakuraba’s music hit me with a wave of nostalgia from my years of listening to Tales of Symphonia music. The voice actors all sounded familiar and almost embraced me emotionally with a sense of welcoming, like I was coming home from a long journey, if that cheesy comparison makes any sense. After the prologue, I was raring to go. I loved how the dungeon-crawling worked, though I did admittedly get lost frequently in the first dungeon because I was just not all that observant. It took me a little bit to adapt to the combat style, but eventually, I got the hang of it. It reminded me of what a traditional turn-based RPG would look like if it all played out in real time, and I still love it. It makes grinding not feel as much like a grind.

I don’t really have much to say since I’m only seven hours in and haven’t had much time to play it since booting it up, but I can safely say I am absolutely in love with this game. The characters are all so charming, the world feels amazing, the classic RPG elements make it feel familiar and comfortable to play, and even though I’m currently stuck on a boss right now, I’m still having an amazing time with the game. If you’re looking for a fresh RPG that also shares similarities with what we RPG fanatics have come to know and love, I’d highly recommend picking it up, or at least listening to the music. Motoi Sakuraba is a genius.