Yuri on Ice Finale (ep 12)

victor-is-loveAnd with this, the gaylicious ride that was Yuri on Ice, is officially over. And what a ride that was: fun, crazy, gay, beautiful, Victor-you-damn-perfect-human-being, medelas, rings – what 12 episodes those were.

Now that it’s over I’m a bit confliced. I was pretty sure Yuri was meant to win gold and retire at the peak of his career. He wanted to retire for a year now, repeated numerous times thoughout the episode and the GPF gold was the one declared goal. Neither happend, though.

My theory includes the ending has been sacrificed in favor of a second season. I’m relatively sure Yuri was supposed to win, retire and live happily ever after with Victor. Well, he’s still living with Victor, that one worked out, the rest…. not so so much. Having Yuri loose by 0.12 points is downright cruel. He got the world record, which is awesome, but not the gold medal, which is annoying. Also, Victor making a comeback at his age and wants to train Yuri at the same time is pretty much insane, so that’s another sore thumb in my chest.

I mean, Victor skating? I’m all in, but he’s pretty old for top level competitive sport and yuri-on-ice-finale-victor-crytraining someone else at the same time is more or less impossible, realistically speaking. This anime has been pretty much stuck with realistic competitions so far, or until the real life short program world record was beaten my 8 points at least (I’m still a bit sour over that, because I think that’s a bit too much). Well, I guess I just have to live with that and at least we’re having Yuri and Victor train together in Russia now – whatever that may turn into.

The one thing I asolutely loved to death about this episode was the pair skate. I was dreaming of a pas de deux since episode one and I was literally screaming of joy when they pulled it off! And it was so beautifully done, too. The contrast to Victor’s original performanc was stunning: not only were they wearing blue and red costumes, they also wore silver ornaments – after Yuri won silver at the GPF. When Victor won the world championships, he wore golden ornaments. The song was originally a solo, yuri-on-ice-finale-victor-and-yuribut now it was a duet. Furthermore, when Yuri starts off alone, everything is blue – cold and lonely-, but as soon as Victor enters, everything turns magenta – warm and happy- while they dance together. I would’ve loved to see them training for that, because they even included some lifts, but since they had barely enough time to show the character development properly, that’s really too much to ask.

Overall, it was a great anime. Very short and rushed, they barely had enough time to squeeze Yuri’s character development in between all the competitions, but still pretty good. I would’ve liked if it was 24 episodes and more detailed on the characters, but nobody could’ve imagined the show turned into such a huge hit and is now even getting a second season that was never planned.

My personal favorite part of this anime is not Victuuri, not the pair skate, not the kiss, none of those things. My favorite part of this anime is the society in this world, that accepts a homosexual relationship without any second thought. A world where everyone can love whoever they want is a truly wonderful world to live in and one I wish we could see in real life as well. I think Yuri on Ice set a bold statement by showing off a world like this where love is universal and all types of love are equally accepted. It’s not about men and women, it’s simply about love and nothing else and everyone just accepts this fact. This is wonderful and while many people have been arguing Yuri on Ice made history by including a homosexual pairiung into a non-BL sportsanime, I think what they really made history with is how normal this relationship was portrayed.

Overall, I guess I give this anime a very subjective 8/10. It could’ve been a 10/10 judging by yuri-on-ice-pair-skatehow much fun I had with episode 1-10, but episode 11 and 12 really went down into a direction I didn’t like in favor of a second season. Yuri on Ice was gayliciously awesome and even though I’ve been criticizing the decision to alter the ending in favor of a second season, I hate to admit I can’t wait to see said second season.

Digimon Tri Kokuhaku

tumblr_nnxtm1qtsl1qjy21oo1_500Like basically every other kid from the late 90s/early 2000s, I’m absolutely in love with Digimon Tri. After seeing Saikai I already wrote that this anime pushes all the right buttons and two movies later, it still does. It has the right amount of 90s/early 2000s vibe to it, but still modern enough to not feel “old”.

I think the main reason why Digimon Tri is as good as it is, is because the anime knows it’s audience damn well and the audience is the same audience from 17 years ago. It’s not meant for teens or adults and it’s not meant for just any kids, it’s meant for the kids from that time who’re now adults. Of course this anime is very well watchable for kids as well, but let’s be honest: to understand what’s going on generally speaking, you need to know Digimon in some way or the other. To understand the more specific character relations and plot developments, you need to have seen Digimon Adventure and Digimon 02. Digimon Tri explains absolutely nothing and this is a very strong indication who this anime is meant for.

After 3 movies we’ve now reached the halfway point. It’s progressing real slow, because tumblr_ny4u76golr1r72ht7o1_500we have to wait for months between every new movie/batch of new episodes, but the wait is so much worth it. The moment I hear the intro, I’m sold, I forget my impatience and just enjoy the ride. I have to admit, the second movie Ketsui was lacking the wow factor a litte bit, because it had a lot of build up going on. It was still very good, though.

Saikai benefits from the massive waves of nostalgia after seeing these characters and Digimon again after so many years. The second movie doesn’t really have that so much. Kokuhaku on the other hand has it again, because that’s when the Digidestined go to the Digiworld again. So far, the humans have stayed in the human world, but now they’re all back into the Digiworld! That’s so exciting! And the way they did it, too! They didn’t care about the possibility of not coming back home, because they’ve already gome through this when they were in elementary school. I just loved it when, I think it was Joe, said by waiting they’re just going to turn into adults. That really hit my inner child, it’s like telling the audience that even though it’s been so long and we’ve all gotten older, it’s okay to be a child again and do what you love.

I have to admit the return to the Digiworld, even if it’s just the rebooted one and apparently not the same from the past, because we see noticable differences, was my absolute highlight of the third movie. I felt like my 13 years old self again, being glued to the TV. That was a straight nostalgia jab into my face and I love this anime for doing that. I honestly think Kokuhaku was the best movie so far. We saw how much the Digimon love their humans, how much they all evolved, we finally got a better glimpse of our actual opponents, the entire reboot idea was simple but effective and Tentomons megaevolution was so cool! Besides, Takeru and Patamon … right into the feels.

giphy2Talking about feels! You can’t talk about Digimon withou shipping wars. We finally got a hint of Takari, which was cool. We all know Takari was that one pairing, that absolutely needed to happen ever since we saw these two adorable kids in Digimon Adventure. Besides, their brothers are Yamato and Taichi, who used to fight so much, the alpha-males of the group so to speak, and now they’re totally best friends, but I would just love to see Taichi getting jelous over Takeru for steeling his baby sister away. We haven’t seen anything from Takeru that specific, but he was very occupied with Patamon in Kokuhaku, so he’s excused. I hope it’ll come.

On the other ship that totally should set sail, there has not really been going on that much. I do feel the love triangle between Taichi x Sora x Yamato is being hinted on and slighty teased every now and then, but it’s very low key. The shipping wars have been huge in this fandom and I think it would be cool, if they acknowledged it a bit by teasing it slightly more. Not too much, they don’t have to go the Avatar road, I mean they were just cruel to their fanbase. Admittedly, they were nice enough to clear it all up at the end and even though a good portion of fans was still unsatisfied with ALTA, everyone’s pretty cool with Korra. How often do you have a lesbian endgame ship? I’m totally shipping Makorra and I still think that end was cool.

Either way, Digimon Tri is the ultimae chance to right what’s wrong. It’s the chance to free me from my ultimate shipping nemesis Sorato and finally make Taiora canon. Please, Digimon Tri, MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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I love Postcrossing

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I’m a postcrosser. I’ve been doing this for 4 years and I’ve send and received over 1100 postcard all across the globe. The combined distance of all my sent postcards equals 10 laps around the world.

Postcrossing is amazing. It’s a small piece of happiness every time a postcard arrives somewhere. You open your mailbox and you’re happy, because someone from across the globe wrote a few nice lines. This makes every day a good day.

Unfortunately, I had to take a break for about 8 or 9 months, because I had to save up

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A postcard from Russia

money to repay my student loan. Postcrossing in itself is free, but you have to pay for the postcard and the stamp and if you’re sending a lot, that means you’re also investing a lot. SInce I’m 100% free of debt now, I restarted postcrossing again and was immediately confronted with all the things I love and the things I don’t appreciate as much.

 

But what is postcrossing? It’s simple: you send and recieve postcards to and from random people all over the world. This is not meant to help finding pen pals, even though a lot of postcrossers have become pen pals one way or another.

  1. you register yourself with your address
  2. you can write up to 5 cards to random people the website pulls from a pool of addresses. Every card has a unique ID.
  3. when requesting an address, you agree to write that person, no matter where the card may go to. You have to send a card to this person.
  4. The person on the receiving end registers the ID and has the opportunity to say thanks or write a few sentences virtually.
  5. Your address goes into the pool of addresses and another random person will write a card to you.
  6. rinse and repeat – the more cards you’ve sent, the more you’re allowed to send. I’m currently allowed to send 31 cards at a time.

Sounds awesome, right? The community is, in general, really lovely. It’s full of nice people

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Bought in Austria during vacation, sent from Czech Republic on the way home back to Russia from a russian Postcrosser. Crazy!

and most postcrossers will try to send a card that you will like. Religious and political topics are not welcome, it’s usually some light smalltalk. A few stentences: “Hello, my name is. I’m doing this and that for a job. I have dog and two children. I love hiking and postcrossing!” It’s nice to hear from people all over the world and sometimes, you will find out some people thousands of miles away from you have very similar interests. I think it’s important not only to look at our differences, but at what we have in common.

 

Postcrossing also helps looking at the world more individually. It not just The Germans or The Mexicans or The Russians. Because you’re “meeting” so many people, you see so many handwritten little pieces of lives, I think it helps understanding the world as a place full of individual people with individual dreams, hopes and lives.

That’s the great part of porstcorssing. Well, that and you receive a lot of awesome postcards. Like I said, many people try to find a card that might make you happy and I’ve received the most amazing cards so far. Yeah, I’ve received 150 cards from Russia alone, but guess what? Some of my favorite cards are from Russia and they have these amazing triangular stamps. Most beautiful stamps ever! Super cool.

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A postcard from Taiwan

Then, there’s the … not so light and shiny side of postcrossing. Since many people are very considerate, other’s become greedy. It’s very common to list your interests and your favorite postcard designs, however you are not allowed to demand certain things. You can ask for them nicely, but not demand them. This rule was established, because some people started requesting certain types of cards, and ONLY certain types of cards in a very rude manner. Ever since this rule has been in effect, everything’s a bit nicer again.

 

People have weird tastes and sometimes in order to make someone else happy, you might have to do something you wouldn’t do otherwise. I don’t like to send blank postcards, that means, putting the card in an envelope and send it without writing on it. There are a lot of postcard collectors who like their cards in this state. Talking about collectors, even though they might not necessarily tell you, but some of them are very upset when they receive a dublicate or anything that does not fit into their collection and that’s… upsetting. Sometimes you just don’t have the card they’re asking for. Don’t try to mind too much, because there are a lot of people who will welcome your card with great joy. I always feel

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A postcard from the USA

like collectors are the most difficult to deal with, because they take Postcrossing very seriously. There are some very nice collectors, too, though!

When registering a postcard, you can write the sender a few sentences. It’s considered good manners to say at least a simple “thank you”. You can do that, even if you don’t speak any English. Not writing anything, aka a blank register, is considered very rude and is usually interpreted as: “I hate the card you’ve sent me.” Therefore, before you decide to leave the register text box blank, think twice.

And at last, I don’t think it’s fair to point out postcrossers of  lost postcards. We’re talking

about snail mail here. This means, postcards will get lost. I’ve even lost a card to the Netherlands. That’s a two and a half hour drive by car for me. It happens. There’s this habit a lot of postcrossers have of posting a list of postcard IDs belonging to lost postcards together with their country of destination and the username of the person who was supposed to receive the card. I think, this is one of the most rude things you can do.

 

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A postcard from China

Why are these people even doing this? The only reason I can think of is, because they’re assuming the person in question didn’t register the card on purpose and put the name of said person on their profile to show off the “bad” people who don’t register post cards. Dude, this happens to everyone! I’m assuming 99.9% of expired postcards (postcards expire after 360 days, this means, they can’t be registered anymore) just didn’t arrive. I found my name on such a list before. It hurt A LOT, because it wasn’t my fault. I always register all my cards, no matter what they look like, who sent them or where they’re from. I know I didn’t do it on purpose, but it felt like this person assumed I did. I felt very bad.

Even though, the good experiences heavily overweight the bad ones. Usually, you write a card to a nice profile and you get a nice card back from someone. That’s the standard, but we’re all humans and not all humans are equally open as others. Don’t get down, if something like this ever happens to you. Look forward to the next nice card that will be waiting in your mail box to brighten up your day. I once received a small white puzzle. The sender wrote her text on it and put it in an envelope to send it to me. Even customs

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A postcard from Mauritius

controlled it when it entered my country, because they apparently thought it was kind of weird. I’m usually against sending non-postcard items, but this was by far the coolest thing I ever received. By the way, there was a piece missing, I’m guessing it got lost when customs opened the envelope. However, that makes it even cooler, because it has a story to tell.

No matter what happens: just keep calm and continue postcrossing. It made my life so much brighter. A big thanks to all the postcrosser all over the world.

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A postcard fom the USA

Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Slowly but surely, we getting closer to the ESC 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. Most of the participating songs have been selected and you will find them on youtube. Time to take a look and be happy about Australia returning.

I said it last year and I will say it again: I’m all in for having Australia as a regular participant. The kangaroos are super awesome people and very hyped. And they send actually good acts. The second year in a row. I’m impressed.

And you know what I’m even more imnpressed by? There’s actuially a good amount of songs I really like. There’s real solid pop, songs you can listen to without feeling ashamed. Wow, what happend? Is it Australia’s influence? I don’t really care, but I think it’s actual competion this year with a good amount of legimately strong songs and that makes it worth it for the music every once in a while. Cool.

My personal favorits are Armenia, Ireland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Russia and Australia. But worry not, we do have our annual weird acts as well and funny enough, Germany is one of them. I try to see the bright side: it can’t get worse than last year. XD

 

SNES and 3DS – my favorite consoles

The SNES and the 3DS are my favorite video game systems of all time. And here’s why.

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A Link to the Past

The SNES was a huge part of my childhood, so nostalgia certainly plays a huge part in it. I can’t even tell you how many hours we siblings raced each other in Super Mario Kart and how often I failed to complete this one stage in Donkey Kong Country 2 where the green glibber of death raises – spoiler: every single time. It was much, much later when I first completed DKC2 and despite all of that, it’s one of my favorite games period.

We used to rent games in a video game store, back in the day when you still went and rented movies and games and loved this old grey box so much, we completely skipped the entire N64 era. It was on the Gamecube that I was first introduced to my favorite video game franchise: The Legend of Zelda. I have to admit I missed many classics of the early 3D-era, but I also played a lot of amazing classics from the 32bit-era. Hands down, the SNES arguably has one of the greatest libraries of any video game system and I think it’s a shame Europe never saw Chrono Trigger on SNES. I played it on DS later and it still rocks.

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Donkey Kong Country 2

This is one of the reasons I hold the SNES higher than the N64: a lot of games from that era still hold up exceptionally well today: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Yoshi’s Island, just to name a few. The system is full of cold classics you can just turn on today and they’re just as great.

This doesn’t mean the N64 doesn’t have games you can still enjoy today, but since 3D gaming was still new, developers had to work out a lot of stuff and every single game from that time looks ugly today. Replaying N64 games today, they don’t really feel all that special anymore compared to back then. It was such an exciting time to live in – even if you didn’t have the console (my friends had, though). Ocarina of Time is my absolute favorite game of all time and it’s still great today, but people playing it today for the first time don’t really get why we old fans are praising it so much. Go and play Chrono Tigger – you’ll know why it’s considered one of the greatest JRPGs ever made. The N64 was a pioneer, though. It was a time when gaming changed a lot and that’s why the early 3D-systems are so important.

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Ocarina of Time

Jump forward and I kind of lost my gaming drive along the way. I did play some Wii and some Gameboy Advance and also a bit on the DS, but not as much as I could have. I also borrowed my brothers PS2, but it’s all just some minor time kill. All these systems had great games, but I simply lost interest in gaming for a while. This is where the 3DS comes into play and if there’s one thing I regret, it’s that I bought it a few months too early. Not because of the games and everyone thought it would fail, but because I bought it for Ocarina of Time 3D in June and later that year they released an OoT special edition 3DS – and I really, REALLY wanted that, but couldn’t bring myself to buying a second system so early. Maybe I should have.

And boy was Ocarina of Time 3D a great game. The enhancements they did with the new system worked great. OoT 3D is the best version of OoT you can find. I just love this game to death and in that regard the 3DS delivered what I expected. With my favorite game back in my hands all fresh and new, my love for video games was triggered once again.

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Animal Crossing New Leaf

I admit I did have trouble finding decent games for the 3DS early in it’s life and ended up with some more obscure titles such as Rabbids 3D out of sheer lack of choices, but once the big games hit, man was it a great experience: Pokemon Gen VI, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Fire Emblem Awakening, Fantasy Life, Persona Q, Bravely Default, Animal Crossing New Leaf, Zelda OoT 3D and MM 3D, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – and the list goes on! I have 30+ games for my 3DS and yes, I ended up buying the Link between Worlds 3DS XL special edition. Did I regret it? No, because even though my original 3DS was still working, the bigger screen makes it so much better.

Once I have the money for it, I will buy The Legend of Legacy and Stellar Glow is also on my list. There’s Steam World Heist I still want to get and Bravely Second will find it’s way into my claws day 1, I promise! Bravely Default was my favorite game of that year and I can’t wait to play the sequel – of course I downloaded the demo. With Mighty No.9 and

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Bravely Default

Dragon Quest XI, there’s even more great games on the horizon. I do admit I will pass on  Fire Emblem Fates. FE Awakening was an amazing game, but I’m not that much of a tactical JRPG fan.

In the end, it was the 3DS that made me buy a Wii U. It’s a shame it didn’t take off the same way the 3DS did and it still struggles with content, because it’s a great console and the Gamepad makes gaming so much better in so many ways. The few games I have for that system are amazing, though: Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Rayman Legends, Bayonetta 1+2, Captain Toad (I’m not kidding, it’s surprisingly good!), Xenoblade Chronicles X, Smash Bros 4, Splatoon, MH3U, Mario Maker and even though Yarn Yoshi can’t really compete with the “three big” Platformers on the Wii U (Mario 3D World, DKC TF & Rayman), it’s still worth to play. Let alone the awesome Virtual Consoles games: Metroid Prime trilogy? Super Metroid? A Link to the Past? Count me in!

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Luigi’s Mansion 2

In the end, the SNES has a special place in my heart, because it introduced me into gaming and the 3DS has an equally special place in my heart, because it brought me back to gaming. And the games are just too damn great to resist. 😀 There are countless of rumors about Nintendos NX, but I would prefer if a handheld version would wait a little longer, so I can enjoy more new games on my beloved 3DS.

Fake

fake1To start off the new year strong, I decided to reread probably my all time favorite BL manga. When talking about shounen ai I usually go with Seven Days and I have to admit I usually prefer shounen ai over yaoi, because many yaoi manga are written around the sex. I don’t have a problem with some mano a mano action, but it’s often just too much and the story usually just serves as a matchmaker to get them into bed as fast as possible.

Maybe that’s the reason I like Fake so much. It’s a 7 volume manga about fake5two cops in New York. Dee is bi and more or less instantly falls in love with his new partner Ryo, who’s been straight so far, but feels drawn to Dee when they first meet at the police station. Sounds rushed? It’s not. Even though Ryo does feel some sort of affection towards Dee and even allows him to kiss him every once in a while, he’s afraid to fall in love with Dee and struggles to accept his feelings. Also, he’s an airhead and doesn’t even realize what the heck is going on at first, while Dee would love to jump him any second.

fake3For a yaoi manga, Fake is very tame. For a long time all you get to see are kisses, some hotter than others, and Dee trying to get into Ryo’s pants unsuccessfully. However, even though it seems Dee is some horny impatient idiot, he stopped at several occasions when he noticed Ryo was out of it and there was something weird going on. He never took advantage of the situation when Ryo was mentally not fully reliable and only fooled around when he new his partner was fully “with him”. I really appreciate this, because I hate all the countless rape-stories. It may look at some points that Dee seriously wants to rape Ryo, but he would’ve never actually done it and the fact that he stopped on more than one occasion for Ryo’s sake, proves just that. Thumbs-up for non-rape-yaoi.

It takes the both of them until volume 7 once there’s finally the first sex szene and it’s very short. Some foreplay and one half-shadowed-picture of them actually doing it and even the second time around at the very end of the manga is fake2not really that long. The “worst” aka most explicit thing you get to see is a the censored shape of an erect penis. I’ve seen much, much worse in other yaoi, I can assure that.

Besides, with kisses as hot as the ones we see, it’s really not that much of a deal we don’t see that much sex. It’s not a manga build around sex anyway, like many other yaoi and you can’t really blame those for it, because that’s what the audience wants. It’s great to see some more tame works in between and I have to admit, I love seeing Ryo and Dee kissing. That’s why I filled this post with so many pictures of them kissing. 😀

Game of the Year

With only a few hours left in 2015, let’s finish up the last countdown and crown my personal game of the year, I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise, but let’s go through the games I played this year. Mind you, I usually play Nintendo consoles.

Captain-Toad-Treasure-Tracker-Buu-HuuStarting in January, the first game of the year was Captain Toad Treasure Tracker. I really liked the Captain Toad mini puzzles in Mario 3D World, so I was looking forward to this game. I wasn’t super hyped, because Captain Toad was just going to be a collection of small puzzles. What I eventually got was much better than that, though. Sure, it was a collection of puzzle-levels, but with so much diversity and Nintendo’s well known love for detail, they delivered a highly polished super cute and fun game.

In February came Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for the Nintendo 3DS and there’s really not that much to say about it, besides: it’s Monster Hunter, of course it’s awesome! It’s one big boss battle after the other. It’s super satisfying and you can pump hundreds of hours into this game. While I’m not a super big fan of the franchise, I still spent quite a few hours with this game.

Also in February on the same day as Monster Hunter, came Majora’s Mask 3D. Another game I don’t need to talk about much: it’s Majora’s Mask, of course it’s awesome! It’s basically the same deal as it was with Ocarina of Time, the game looks better and the second screen adds a lot to the experience. As I called OoT 3D the definite version of OoT, the same goes for MM 3D.

That’s what I call a good start into the year, but in April, we’re continuing 81i6RyFBD8L._SL1500_with Splatoon for Wii U. Nintendo’s brand new squitastic multiplayer online shooter proved to be a huge hit. While the inital reactions were mixed about this colorful, cartoonish turf-war shooter that only came with minimal gameplay at launch and added more free content to this day, turned out to be massively fun. When you think about it: it’s made by Nintendo, of course it’s going to be fun, but a lot of people doubted Nintendo can pull off an online multiplayer shooter – and rightly so. However, not only did they pull it off, they delivered the one shooter this year, that challenged genre standarts and created a new look on shooters as a whole.

yoshi0608151280jpg-b57a7e_1280wIn June follows Yoshi’s Woolly World. After Yoshi’s New Island I was a bit concerned if they can actually still make good Yoshi platformers, as the afromentioned game was nothing but dull. Rest assured, Yoshi’s Woolly World is a great game. It doesn’t challenge the greatness of Yoshi’s Island, but it’s a very solid platformer with lot’s of collectables and diverse levels to explore. The highlight of the game are the woolly graphics, though. It looks super cute with great attention to detail and I love unlocking new skins by collecting yarn in the levels. I admit this game does not come close to the picture perfect Mario 3D World, the crazy fun that is Rayman Legends, or the masterful challenge in Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. It is, however, a very solid and cute platformer certainly worth a try for everyone who likes the genre.

The year goes on and September came with the long awaited Mario level SMM-3creation kit called Super Mario Maker. It’s very intuitive and easy to get used to. After a few updates added much needed checkpoints and some additional items, this game only got better. It’s amazing to see what brilliant levels some of the fans have created, but unfortunately for every good level, there’s at least 10 bad ones. This was to be expected, so it’s not really fair to critizise the game for it. Not everyone is a platform designer and not everyone needs to be. The game delivers what it promises: an easy to use kit for 2D jump and run levels.

As for my last game this year came Xenoblade Chronicles X in December. I waited so long for this game, I even got myself the limited edition even though I’m supposed to keep by money together right now. I loved Xenoblade Chronicles and a spiritual successor made by the same developers sounds just too good to be true. XCX turned out to be very

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different from XC and even though the story is lacking a bit, the game makes up for it in other departments. This is the one game this year, I would say, gave me a feeling of “epic”. She sheer fact this huge and beautiful game exists on the underpowered Wii U and runs as good as it does even without the enhancement packs, is an achievement of epic proportions in itself. The world of Mira is simply breathtaking, every time I look around myself I’m impressed by my surroundings and every time I walk into a new continent I’m stuck in awe. However, pretty surroundings don’t make a good game, so what else do we have? An admittedly complicated and deep combat system that works extreamly well once you have it down. It’s not always easy and it may take a while to get used to it, but it’s so worth it. The combat system in XCX is brilliant. And after about 30 hours you’re allowed to pilot your own mecha, which completely changes your view on the world you’re living in. Just don’t expect the game to hold your hand, because it doesn’t. It explains the bare minimum and expects you to figure out the rest yourself.

Which games will be my game of 2015? Judging by the lenght of the post, XCX has to be it, but I was actually a bit torn between Splatoon and XCX. Splatoon was a huge surprise hit for me and ended up challenging what we understand as a shooter. Not only is it a fun game for the player, it’s also a game that pushes the entire genre forward. In an industry where taking the safe route is a very common practice, having games that purposely go against these industry standarts is even more so important.

Unfortunately for Splatoon however, this is my GOTY 2015 and not the Xenoblade-Chronicles-X_09intdustry’s, so I have to go with the game I simply enjoyed the most and that was XCX. I was easily able to play though 50+ hours while spending every second of free time I had on this game during the first two weeks I had it. I’m still not fed up with this game and I totally see myself comming back – I still need to finish the stroy after all and swear I will finish it. I expected the game to be good and it absolutely delivered. It was different from what I expected, but hit all the right spots.