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What I Learned from Playing Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon

Originally posted on Aug. 24, 2017; Revised Dec. 12, 2021

Perhaps, I am a child at heart but I really prefer the simplistic gameplay approach, especially when the story is the focal point.  The content of this game is quite mature but with light gameplay, which is both suitable for adults and children. Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, an action-adventure RPG, developed by Namco and Tri-Crescendo, is about a boy’s journey towards finding warmth in the post-apocalyptic world. It has a typical story but it took advantage of the video game medium to produce a unique experience.

What I enjoyed about the game is that it’s beautiful and atmospheric.  According to the trailer, it is supposed to have horror elements, which ironically, it’s far from scary, but more so cute like Casper the ghost, but a little lonely.  Player plays as the protagonist, a young man name Seto who is on the search for human civilization.

Throughout the game, Seto is accompanied by caring loving companions who are not humans.  The most memorable companion to me is Crow, who appears to be a big tea drinker like myself based on his clothes. His encounter with the robot is my favorite part of the game.

It was fun chasing and  hunting down Crow because it reminded me of  playing hide and a seek and playing tag. For a moment, I didn’t mind taking a break from trying to find the silver hair girl.

That section of the game illustrates an important point made by one of the characters, Chiyo:

“It’s the sunbeams, the wind rolling over grass and the idle chit chat with friends [are] the gems of life.”

The moment where Seto chased Crow to get his locket back is special and left a huge impression on me. It made realized how we must not forget during our journey in life to enjoy the present moments. That is called living. However, the game also wanted to make an another important point: Crow is a robot. Even if  we find happiness in the substitution of artificial life, including digital ones–it does not replace the real life human interaction.  Thus, it’s the silver hair girl that can offer Seto the real authentic relationship even if it involves conflict and misunderstanding between both people.

Lastly, Sai, one of the main supporting characters, helped me understand that words may not always be the best form of expression, but it’s not entirely useless. Words fill in part where visual cue fails to communicate simple things such as Seto wants Ren, the silver hair girl, to be his companion. He wants his memories to live on by sharing it with someone.

Overall, the game provided a philosophical explanation for the continuation of existence, despite the dark side of humanity where most people would want to withdraw and disconnect with all forms of human interaction. The world would be a pretty lonely place when we only answer to ourselves. I thought the game successfully illustrated these points through gameplay and atmosphere. If you haven’t played this game already, check it out. And if you have played it, let me know what you think. I’d love to hear them.

Credits: Picture sources found at fragiledreams.fandom.com/wiki

Welcome to Halsdoll’s Boutique!!! Code Vein Photo Shoot–A Fun Co-Op Adventure J-RPG GAME!!!(Mini-Review)

It’s a shame that Code Vein doesn’t have more clothing selection because that would stop my dress addiction purchases because as much I like it, I rarely wear a dress in public. Only during special occasions such a recent interview where I wore a black dress for the first time that I bought back in 2018. Thought it would be nice to sale clothes for a living since I am in between jobs. I just don’t want anything mentally strenuous so I can focus on my health and this blog, but unfortunately the plan didn’t work. I should have not dressed like I was going to the funeral at a preppy high-end store that has a lawsuit on its back for racism (Black Lives Matter!). Oh well, at least I get to wear a dress and a black one too! Now I did recall, the interviewee asked me what is my style. I couldn’t answer her at the time, but now I know–it’s the classic edgy, librarian. Yep, it’s not going to work!

Today, I present my fashion catalog to my boutique and briefly summarize the game. The highlight of this game for me was changing my character’s appearance. Perhaps, digital dresses might not be such a bad idea in terms of game design for a soul-like game. I know I will grind for a pretty dress. Dresses are like flowers; it relaxes me.

Code Vein, developed by BANDAI NAMCO Studios, released in 2019, is a great co-op/solo game with a lot of playstyle customization, which I won’t go into details because there are plenty of YouTube videos on it. If you are the type who enjoy trying out different weapons and codes (just another term for class) and changing you character’s appearance, this is the game for you. The amount of content is well worth the purchase, although the game is generic in the story department but it’s not so convoluted that’s hard for players to understand. Yes, it’s about humanity. It’s about corporation, service, interdependence, selflessness etc. All the good traits that make humanity beautiful. We don’t need to live in a single minded world where we have to choose the option between a prey and a predator.

Overall, it’s nice to play a feel good game that doesn’t bash humanity (I play games to escape reality, I don’t need to be reinforced how terrible the world is!). In terms of game design, obviously it took some parts from Dark Souls. Some bosses and monsters are a total ripped off done intentionally. The developers did it successfully to corporate those elements from souls’ games without jeopardizing their own creativity to create something new. Innovation is a risky business but ya gotta please your fans if ya still wanna job in the gaming industry.

Please enjoy Halsdoll’s Boutique photo shoot–one of the highlights of this game.

Thank you for browsing Halsdoll’s Boutique which may go out of business soon if I don’t start selling products that people want. Until, next see ya~