Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (April 27, 2017)

It seems like people have Square Enix in their thoughts this week! Aside from that, we've got a good mix of blogs centered on more Zelda, books, and – a complete surprise – Prey!

Community Blogs For April 20 – April 26:

Why Kefka is one of the greatest villains ever
Aaron Bivens writes about the insane clown known as Kefka. This Final Fantasy villain has been noted over and over again as one of the most dastardly. Dude does some truly awful things in what is kind of a downer of a game.

Worlds of Power
Brendon Curzio takes a dive into the Worlds of Power books, which sound…interesting. At first our blogger also notes the lack of video game novels. I recommend reading all of the David Gaider Dragon Age novels (and comic series).

Summer + Video Games = Awesome Memories
When Marco Polo thinks of summer gaming, nothing but good memories flood into him. I mean, who wouldn't have fond memories of seeing Sonic the Hedgehog or Rogue Squadron in a store for the first time? Like many things when you are a kid, seeing a new video game was exhilarating.

When Do You Stop Playing a Game?
Haley Shipley poses a good question. As she writes, for some it is enough to beat the story. Others need every collectible or achievement. I used to be in two camps depending on the type of game I was playing. Nowadays I mostly lean on getting all story specific – side quests included – completed, but only if they're substantial. I don't need to collect 15 chickens and smite 20 rats anymore; that is just fluff. So too are achievements.

My Thoughts on Prey
Prey was one of my favorite games on the Xbox 360, so it pleases me to see StarterPack writing about it. And not just any ol' words – he writes that the game made his childhood. Which makes me feel old, but regardless, happy. Plot twist: this blog changes into one about skepticism on the sequel. I too harbor skepticism, but mostly because I wonder if I can get past the loss of the Native American mythology at play in the first game. I'm sure the mechanics and setting will be just fine, but is it really Prey?

So… Do You Still Like Kingdom Hearts?
ConnorTrinske maybe should ask a different question: Is Kingdom Hearts still relevant? It must be due to all of the sequels, and I'm sure the third game in the main series will be pretty fun, but wow has this game turned into a spinoff machine that has taken too long to get back to the main story. I was barely a teenager when this series came out. I'm 30 now. But Connor really digs deep into the series to talk about its ups and downs, and why it really is a storied franchise.

Community Reviews:

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (Review)
Zack Burrows writes that in spite of a ridiculous name, this Kingdom Hearts title is actually pretty darn fun. I never played it, but being able to switch between heroes in different parts of the same world sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, Zack does not recommend this game to newbies. There is a lot of story to know beforehand, and you may not enjoy it without having experienced all of it.

Writing Challenge Responses:

Community Writing Challenge: The Long and Short of It
Haley Shipley needs to play "smaller" games after beating Breath of the Wild. It's just…that is a big game to follow. And Shipley needs that in order to recharge for another long game. The older she gets, the less she is drawn to long games, so it makes sense. I get exhausted just thinking about all the play time I need to invest in some games to beat them, so I usually play games that take a dozen or so hours to beat.

Writing Challenge:

Nothing this week!

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