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Hey everyone, it’s Kern here, coming to you with a gameplay post. Recently we’ve been working through the Tomb Raider reboot series over on our Twitch channel. This is a series that we’ve been meaning to get to for a while now, and I’m glad to say we finally have.

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Tomb Raider released in 2013 as an action-adventure title. The game was developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. Technically, it is the tenth main series title in the Tomb Raider franchise. More importantly though, this game is a reboot of the series, and the first within the “Survivor” trilogy.

These days almost anyone can get their hands on this wonderful series. Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 saw the first releases of the game. Later it would be ported over to a wide variety of other consoles as well. An updated definitive addition was also released later on, which includes updated graphics and all of the DLC.

This particular play-through was done via live-stream in three separate parts. Later, like always, we put it up on YouTube. If you want to see us play these kinds of games live, please be sure to follow us on our Twitch account and make sure you have notifications on.

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Obviously, you’ll play as an inexperienced Lara Croft, as this is her origin story. Between high impact action-adventure sequences, quick time events, and gritty tomb raiding, you’ll have plenty to do.

Exploration, and survival mechanics are the names of the game here. You’ll be hunting for food, and collecting items in order to improve your weaponry. You’ll inevitably traverse between save areas (camps) that allow you further insight into Lara’s mind. There’s a lot of deeper content there, but there’s also just a lot Lara’s jumbled rambling too. She’s a tough-as-nails young woman, but she’s also fairly sentimental.

As you make your way across the island using footpaths and zip-lines the environment itself will test your skills as a player. The terrain is uneven and often treacherous. The game wishes to provide a high octane experience to the player and often succeeds.

As a possible downside, there’s a decent number of quick-time events, so take that as you will. The reboot series has just a little bit more grit than its older iterations, and a distinct lack of tombs compared to older iterations as well. That might be a downside for old fans, but there is a good story here that makes up for it.

I’d highly suggest you play the game yourself if any of that sounds interesting to you. Or, if you happen to be a fan of the franchise and don’t wish to play it yourself, at least watch the gameplay footage because this particular game is not one that you’ll want to pass up.

This has been Kernook of The Demented Ferrets, where stupidity is at its finest and level grinds are par for the course. I’ll see you next time.

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Kresh Plays: Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin

Hey everyone, it’s Kern here. This week Kresh finished playing “Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin” over on our Twitch channel.

We take a lot of pot shots at the game for its lack of story telling, but according to Kresh the gameplay is quite fun, and in my opinion it’s pretty enjoyable to watch. You an check out the full play through below.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin tends to have darker themes than its other counterparts. This is an action focused role-playing game developed by Team Ninja, and published by Square Enix. The game stands as an alternate universe prequel of the original Final Fantasy that released back in December of 1987.

The story line follows a cast of characters brought into a fantasy world to face down something known as “chaos” and features something of a twist for an ending. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin was released in March 2022 for plenty of platforms. You can play it on WindowsPlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and the Xbox One. In a small way it’s kind of like the Dark Souls of Final Fantasy games, with a darker feel to the story. There’s some real grit here, and it’s worth at least a watch, if not a play-through of your own.

As always beyond the playlist there’s more information about the game below. We hope you enjoy it!

Kresh Plays: Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

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Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6 (Final)

As I said above, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is an action focused role-playing game. That means it’s a little more fast paced than your typical fantasy style story. There is fall damage too, a fact we learned much too late and hilarity ensued.

In any case, players will take on the role of our main protagonist, Jack. You’ll be exploring environments and fighting monsters and visiting locations based upon the main titles of the Final Fantasy series. From the ever famous Tonberries and Crawlers, to spiders and bats if you’ve played Final Fantasy games before the callbacks are endless. You’ll traverse new areas inspired by the series classics and there’s a little something for everyone.

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Combat takes place in real-time, with Jack being able to switch between jobs. Once again, if you’re a Final Fantasy fan, there’s a lot to like here. For those unaware, though, some jobs do physical damage. Others heal or do magical attacks. You can also do a finishing move that violently and crystallizes the enemy. Doing that causes them to explode with volatile intent, but its worth doing.

The boss fights are pretty decent, Team Ninja did a very good job subverting my personal expectations. As a long time Final Fantasy fan myself, I’d expect to see one area boss only to find out that Kresh would be facing down something entirely different.

I made a post earlier about the “bad writing” regarding the game. I do still stick by that. The story line has a lot of lazy or skipped-over elements. More on that in the blog post. The main takeaway is that if you’re expecting a Final Fantasy level epic saga, you won’t find it here.

According to Kresh the gameplay is solid and I enjoyed watching her play it. As much as I give it beef for its bad story telling, it’s not that awful. Actually, in the last hour and a half or two, the game really ramps up and gets very good in the story telling department.

I do think that ultimately if you’re looking for an action packed adventure you’ll probably find it here. There’s a lot of really neat little additions, cool nods to the wider series, and revisiting some of those old locations in a new light is pretty nice.

This has been Kernook of The Demented Ferrets, where stupidity is at its finest and level grinds are par for the course. I’ll see you next time.

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The Demented Ferrets are Streaming Final Fantasy XIV

Hey guys it’s Kern here, with a quick update. As some of you may know, we play Final Fantasy MMORPG’s such as FFXI (Final Fantasy 11), and now we’re going to start streaming FFXIV as well (Final Fantasy 14).

I’m excited to be able to start fresh characters and begin the story-line of Final Fantasy XIV from the very beginning… which we will be doing next month, in the meantime, you may see me goofing around on the game on my own during early morning side streams on an alt character. You’ll want to be sure to follow us on Twitch for when we go live.

As far as Final Fantasy XIV, we’ve been playing the game for a long time now, years in fact. These particular games mean a lot to us, so it also means a lot to be able to share the experience with you all. From Vana’diel to Eorzea and back again, our misadventures have taken us far and wide.

We’ll be sure to still play around in Final Fantasy XI every now and then, but with most of the story-line there showcased and completed on our live streams, it’s time to get into beefier content. I can think of no better story-line than Final Fantasy XIV, an epic saga to be sure when we go all the way back to the start.

Together, Kresh and I will play on Saturdays for main story-line content, and every now and then I’ll play on off days, farting around on other jobs and all around having a good time.

I’ve already done a few early morning, lazy streams of the content, and the vods can be found here:

This has been Kernook of The Demented Ferrets, where stupidity is at its finest and level grinds are par for the course. I’ll see you next time.

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