TheSmartOjus Blog: What Have I Been Playing (June 2017)

What I Have Been Playing, June 2017.

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome to TheSmartOjus Blog, where today we will be talking about the games I have been playing for the month of June 2017.

This is the very first “What have I been playing”, and I intend for it to be a monthly article. The premise for this is as the title says, I will be talking about the games I have been playing for each respective month. What you should expect from these are my first impressions on the games, some stories I have with each game so far, and if I finish a game, my overall opinions on the game. For some months it may only be one game, and for others it will be multiple games. The goal of this is to tell you, about my journey through a game, from start to finish, so that I can share my experiences with everyone.

A warning for all, these articles will probably contain spoilers for the games, so do read at your own risk.

For the month of June 2017 the games I played come from various genres, from platformer, to RPG, to a life simulator and to a third-person shooter. These games are: Yoshi’s Wolly World, Pokemon Moon, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Splatoon. Let’s talk about how all of these games have entertained me throughout the month of June.

  1. Splatoon: I brought Splatoon on June 10th, 2015 through Amazon and received it on June 12th, 2015, and I have been playing the game since that day. This month, I told myself I will play the game for one last week and then take a break until Splatoon 2 releases on the Switch. During that one week, I vowed to myself one thing, to play the game with all my heart for one last time each day and I did exactly that. I played with all my friends, and we made memories that will last a lifetime. I made sure to use and learn weapons I had never really used before, and these include the blaster class, the slosher class, and the splatling class. I asked friends who mained these weapons as well as watched videos so that I can learn to master them, and I did, to the extent that I could in a week. I did however on the last day, use my love, my main since I laid eyes on the weapon, the NZAP 85’. I made sure to keep the reputation of my NZAP 85’ going, and it will always be a legendary weapon in my book. I also made sure to play the campaign mode one last time, and it brought back so many memories. I remember the first thing I did when I popped the disk into my Wii U back in 2015, and that was play the single player. Every single level was very fun and invited challenge, but when you play the campaign mode after being a pro with the game, it’s a cake walk. So I made myself challenges, like I can only use my sub weapon, or I can’t turn into squid form, etc. and it made the single player so much more fun. After doing all the 27 campaign levels, comes the finale, the boss of the single player mode, DJ Octavio. That was one fine boss battle, with all the right elements from all of the previous levels and it incorporated each and everyone in a unique way. Playing the campaign mode made me more excited for Splatoon 2’s single player, as that one looks to be a lot more content heavy and builds upon the first one. Finally, I would just like to thank not just Nintendo and the developers for making this game, but all the people I met through this game, from competitive Splatoon to casual, it has been an honor to play this game with all of them. The week of June 5th, 2017 was an amazing one, where I was able to enjoy the very first Splatoon to its fullest extent for the very last time, and June 12th, 2017 will now become known as the last day I played Splatoon.
  2. Yoshi’s Wolly World: I received this game as a gift back in 2015 when the game released. I played a little bit of the game, but back then I was heavily focused on competitive Splatoon, so I didn’t have much time to invest in other games. As of late, I have decided I will play many of the Wii U games I never finished, and the first one to receive that treatment is Yoshi’s Wolly World. I restarted from world 1, and it has been an amazing game so far. I beat world 4 during the weekend, and so far I have been enjoying the game very much. I absolutely adore the art style they chose for this game, every level has such great aesthetics, and when you think you’ve seen it all, they show you a level that blows your mind. As for creativity, each world offers something different from the previous one, which is more fun and intriguing gameplay elements, alongside difficulty. When you think about the levels in each world, they all represent different gameplay elements, and each one starts to make the game better and better. Finding all the collectibles has been an absolute dream for my complesionist mentality. The game has been a great joy to play so far, and world 5 looks to be snow themed which has me very excited as I love snow themed levels in platformers.
  3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf: On September 28th, 2016, I purchased a game that would change my life, that game was Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I have been playing this game on a daily basis ever since I brought the game. It’s a wonderful life simulator that sucks you into another world where you can forget about the stress and grief of the real world. Since my journey started in this game, I have come to meet so many villagers, upgrade my house, make the museum better, and make the town of Gigi better. For the month of June, I decided I wanted to redesign my town, so I have currently been demolishing a few city projects, chopping down some trees, and planning out what it is I want to do with the town. Alongside this, I have been enjoying my time with the villagers in my town. A new villager recently moved in a few days ago, her name is Pekoe. She is a very kind and friendly villager so far, and I have been enjoying talking to her and doing kind deeds for her. Also, this month was the birthday for my favorite villager, Tangy! You know I had to do something special for her, so I made sure to buy her gifts, and I didn’t just buy a few, I brought loads of gifts for her, specifically the whole entire astro set. I sent all but one of the gifts to her by mail, and the gift I gave her by hand on her B-Day was, a pumpkin head!, and she loved it so much, alongside the astro set. I have also been making many visits to the island for this month to catch many of the beetles and bugs to make some dough, as the redesign of my town is going to be an expensive one. Speaking of bugs, I caught a firefly the other day, and I was so amazed that fireflies actually exist in this game. I could spend hours just watching them fly and glow in the game. I have also been redesigning my house, as I want to have better decorations, as well as more points from HHA. The house has been coming along great so far, and I will be purchasing an expansion from Tom Nook soon. The month of June 2017, has been a busy month for the town of Gigi, and it will definitely be an even busier month in July, as that’s when my redesign of the town will be finished.
  4. Pokemon Moon: On November 24th, 2016 my older brother gifted me, Pokemon Moon, and I started playing that game that day itself. I have been playing this game since then and the month of June is when I beat the main story for the game. So unlike other Pokemon games where I would play and beat them within the week I would get them, with Moon I decided to take my time with it and I am glad I did. I by no means was playing this game on a daily basis, not even on a weekly basis, but whenever I played this game it was easy to pick it back up and enjoy the game. Every time I played the game, the story is what affected me the most, and it is now my favorite Pokemon story ever written. The story really does have a huge effect on the game, as well as an effect on ones emotions for all the characters. The story allows for so much character development that had yet to be seen in a Pokemon game and I think Lillie is the one that received most of this character development. I felt emotions for all the characters, but for Lillie my emotions felt so real for her, and I cried so much at the end for her as I was sad she was leaving for Kanto, but happy at the same time. Even though I feel like the story and the ending of it was very well done, I do believe the ending of the game through the Pokemon League felt very rushed. There was no symbolism of victory road at all in my opinion, and even the excitement for the elite four was very disappointing. I wanted to see new characters for the elite four and all we received was one new trainer and 3 other trainers we had already met. I will say though, all of the elite four, including the champion, Professor Kukui were very challenging and did live up to my expectations of having a hard time to achieve the award of being crowned champion. I loved all the cut scenes we saw after beating the Elite League with the celebration party back at Iki town, and then the cut scene where Lillie takes us to see the sacred Pokemon. It all wrapped up the story very nicely and was a very emotional ending that made me shred tears. It was a great pleasure to play the 7th generation of Pokemon and I will be continuing to play the post story for the game next month.

I may have played only 4 games this month, but each and every one of them has given me tons and tons of enjoyment. Some of those games I may never play again and that’s fine as they have produced many memories for me. I am looking forward to the new adventures and experiences that await me in various games for the month of July 2017.

Thanks for reading! :D

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