RotFK Volume 1 Now Up


The first digital edition of the Rise of the Fright Knights, Volume 1 ebook is now up for download.

What to expect in this version:

  • There might still be some typographical errors.
  • An updated/edited story that is different from the original which I first published over at FFN.
  • A new cover image, different from the one currently being used at FFN.
  • Images/Artworks that depict various scene within the story.
  • This is a PDF version. An epub version is already on its way, however, that version will be text-based only.  Meaning, there would be no images/artworks.

If there are any errors, or any problems with opening the file, do not hesitate to tell me about it and I’ll fix it right away.

If you enjoy reading this story, and want to support me, then use the link bellow to donate.


Please donate and don’t hate. :)

And, finally, the download links:

Rise of the Fright Knights, Vol. 1: Rise of the Fright Knights [PDF] (184.9 MB)

Rise of the Fright Knights, Vol. 1: Rise of the Fright Knights [EPUB] (uploading)

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RotFK Ebook News Update


Following up on the announcement I made some months ago regarding the Rise of the Fright Knights ebook, I have decided to separate said story into three volumes in order to accommodate the space for the additional images, character, and concept arts I had promised would be part of the book.

As much as I would want to release the whole book–and now, the three volumes that would encompass the entire story–in one go, I am afraid I won’t be able to do so. There are some changes that need to be made and I want to make sure the book is as great as it possibly can.

I’ve made a (these are all tentative and are open to change) schedule on when the release would be:

Volume 1 – Rise of the Fright Knights, Release Date: September 15, 2014
Volume 2 – The Return of Jack Frost, Release Date: September 25, 2014
Volume 3 – The Battle Rondo of Light and Shadow, Release Date: October 10, 2014

As mentioned before, each of these volumes will have the images promised and a bunch of other stuff.  I will also include side-stories on the final volume.  After all of the volumes had been released, there will be a compilation download for them.

As these is a fan fiction, this will all be for free.  And will only be downloadable here in SnK.

That’s all for now. Dream on; Fly on!

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RoTFK Coming to An End


On the 8th of August last year, I started a writing a story called “Rise of the Fright Knights“.  It’s a story I cooked up and wanted to share with people on the internet.

It started out slow but gained quite a lot of traction in a couple of chapter’s time.  I am quite happy with how it has progressed and how it was accepted by people of the RotG fandom.  I am also happy that they liked my original characters, particularly Pyro Jack and Nyx.

As with all good things, however, RotFK is now coming to an end.  With only two (2) chapters left, it’s only a matter of time before some questions are answered and mysteries revealed.

Having said that, there is going to be a sequel.  I haven’t thought of the title for it yet, but the plot for it is well-underway.

Also, as promised, I will be releasing the complete Rise of the Fright Knights story in ebook format.  And since it is a fanfiction, it will be for free.  There will also be added contents within the digital pages of the ebook.

Anyways, I’ll post another updated when the ebook is released and properly thank everyone who has supported the story from the start to its impending end.

Until next time, dream on; fly on!

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Gullwings, Move Out! A Final Fantasy X-2 Review


Final Fantasy X has, in my humble opinion, one of the most memorable story in the entire Final Fantasy franchise.  It’s sequel, however, leave a lot to be desired.


Final Fantasy X-2 takes place two years after the conclusion of the first game.  It centers around Yuna, now no longer a summoner but part of a sphere hunting group the Gullwings, as she searches for answers to the mystery that surrounded a curious little sphere showing a familiar face.  With her, this time around, is her Al Bhed cousin Rikku, and the mysterious Paine.  And this is about as much as I am going to say about the story of this sequel because anything more would be quite spoiler-ish.

Unlike Final Fantasy X, X-2 uses the Active Time Battle and the Dressphere system.  Dresspheres are a sort of job class system that can be changed in-battle and outside of it.  Each dressphere has a particular set of strengths (and weaknesses, with some being abysmally weak than others) and abilities.  All three of our heroines can use all the dresspheres available in the game except for each other’s special dressphere.

Another addition to this game is the Creature Creator…which is where you can go to capture monsters, train/enhance them, and battle in monster tournaments.  While useful to some, it doesn’t really provide much in way of the game story.

Included in the HD Remastered version of the game (which, essentially, is an HD take on the International version of the original PS2 game) is The Last Mission, an epilogue-ish, rogue-like add-on that takes place three months after the end of X-2 and is meant to tie up plot and storylines. The objective of this game is to climb up to the top of an 80-floor tower, beating monsters along the way with bosses ever 20 floors.

Now that you guys know the gist of the game, I can now get on with the good and the bad sides of the game.

The Good:

As it is the HD version of the game, it is, well…as you might have surmised, is in HD.  Character models are revamped and the game made to look good in the PS3 and Vita.  The same could be said with the audio.  This time around, Yuna doesn’t speak as though she has a speech impediment.  The voice acting is spot on, and depicts the characters’ personalities well.  Especially Rikku who was voiced by the incredible Tara Strong.

Since the game uses the ATB System, the battles can be a lot more fast-paced, especially during boss battles.  Sadly, that’s about all the good things I can say about this game at the top of my head.


The Bad:

Ah, where to start?  As I have previously written, the story is not as good as its predecessors and successors.  I honestly enjoyed the story from the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy games than I did with X-2…and that’s saying something.  The dialogues are forced at some points in the story, most of the time bordering on cliched and cheesy.

The game also requires you to get a 100% completion in order to view the prefect ending, which is what you would want to be aiming for to get the most out of the story (with the difference between a good ending and a perfect ending being only 1 after-credits scene).  The thing with this though is that this game is impossible to get 100% on without using guides and following those game guides down to the last dot.  Heck, you can’t even skip cutscenes if you want to get that 100%.  It’s tedious, and honestly sucks the fun out of the game when you have to worry and nitpick about every single thing you have to do in the said game.

This game is also filled with pointless and otherwise frustrating mini-games that you might only play once and never do so again.  Blitzball was also reduced to a coaching simulation, which is far from what we had in FFX.  Heck, there isn’t even much coaching as sometimes all you have to do is watch.  The newly-introduced Spherebreak mini-game, which involves a lot of math can also provide you with a headache.  There is also that lightning calibration mini-game which does not take into consideration gamers who might be Dyslexic or having ADD/ADHD. And hose are just some of them.

Then there is that 100-floored tower in Chapter 5 (I’m not going to say what tower that is.  And, yes.  This game is separated by chapters with 5 being the final one) that could easily massacre your team leaving you frustrated to no end.  You can’t skip that tower too, not if you want to get 100% game completion rating.

I honestly didn’t feel as invested into playing this as I am with any other game in the franchise.  Which is sad, really.  The only reason why I didn’t just give up mid-way through the game was because I simply didn’t want to put the money spent on buying this sequel to waste.  I mean, I already knew what the good ending of the game would bring.  Not just because this game has been out for ages in its PS2 incarnation, but also because the box art (especially for the Vita) kinda spoiled it.

I don’t even want to talk about Last Mission.  It’s that bad.  Not the gameplay (though it can be quite annoying as it relies heavily on luck for getting the items and dresspheres you need in order to make your life climbing the tower a little less of a living nightmare.  I’m talking about, once again, the story.   Just thinking about how bad it makes me wanna…ugh!

Overall, I was actually pretty disappointed with how this game turned out.  I tried to keep an open mind about it, even when there are many people saying this wasn’t as good as the first one.  Sadly, I have to agree with them.

So, would I recommend this game?  For rent, maybe.  Of course, everything I have written here are solely my opinion.  Whether or not you would want to play a game–whether it is this game, or some other videogame title–still depends solely on you.


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Return to Spira: A Quick Look At FFX HD Remaster


One-hundred-and-thirty-eight hours.  That was how much time I placed in playing–and completing every aspect of, including getting the Platinum Trophy–Final Fantasy X HD Remaster for the Vita.  Half of that time I have clocked in to this game involved farming for the spheres needed to improve the characters, capturing ten of every monster found in almost all the dungeons, obtaining the most powerful weapons and armors (the ones that also required farming for items to customize them into uber equipment), playing Blitzball, defeating Dark Aeons, defeating the most powerful boss Penance, and defeating the most powerful boss in the Monster Arena Nemesis.

But I am getting ahead of myself.  Some might not know what the heck I am even talking about.  So allow me a few paragraphs to explain…and tell the story of, without spoiling anything.

Final Fantasy X HD Remaster Logo

Final Fantasy X HD Remaster is a very-much enhanced and (as its name suggests) high-definition remaster of the acclaimed international version of a game that first hit shelves some thirteen years ago. It tells of the story of Tidus, a star Blitzball (an underwater soccer-ish sport) player for the Zanarkand Abes who gets thrown into Spira–a place that is a thousand years into the future from where and when he was from.  There, Tidus meets Yuna, a summoner who is on her journey to defeat Sin–a monstrous creature who, according to the world’s mythos, was born from the sins of the past–particularly a war that occurred prior to the game’s story–because the people of Spira made use of “machinas” (I am merely glossing over things here).

Like most–if not all–RPGs/JRPGs, Tidus is drawn to Yuna and ends up being her Guardian.  Long story short, Tidus, Yuna, and the rest of their crew (which comprises of Wakka, a retired Blitzball Player, Lulu a Black Magician Guardian, Khimari a Ronzo with a broken horn who took Yuna to Besaid (the island from where the actual game starts from) and looked after her, Rikku an Al Bhed scavenger who also happens to be Yuna’s cousin, and Auron a legendary Guardian who with Tidus’ father Jecht and Yuna’s father Braska, brought forth the previous “Calm”) travel all across Spira, seeking the aid of the Fayth and Aeons (summon spirits/creatures/whatever you want to call them) to battle and defeat Sin and herald forth another Calm for Spira while searching for a way for Tidus to go back to his home, Zanarkand.

There is a lot to this game than the very quick summary I had made above.  Believe me.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t have ended up with a hundred hours worth of gameplay.

So, what’s new with this so-called “HD Remaster”?

Well, apart from the HD aspect, the remodeled version of the characters (which some gamers are complaining about) and map models, and the aforementioned fact that this is the International version of the game–a version which wasn’t released in North America and PAL regions–FFX HD Remaster includes the Eternal Calm FMV and a bonus audio drama (which occurs sometime after FFX-2 (which begs the question why Square would include that in the FFX game)).  It also includes the ability to swap saves from the PS3 release of the game and the Vita release for those who enjoy having two copies of their games (one for the console and another for their handheld).

In-Game Cutscene comparison

Above image is from the original PS2 release of the game. Below is an image form the remastered version.

The International Version of the game from where this remaster was based off from gave players the ability to choose which grid system they would use: Standard or Expert.  The Grid System is this game’s version of leveling up your characters the way you see fit, using spheres and nodes (of which I am not going to delve into, but it is quite a hassle).  It also has additional bosses which are both very powerful.

It also has improved audio and 60 remastered tracks (again, some fans are not too happy about these remastered tracks), a quick recovery feature that makes use of the touch screen to quickly heal your party (never made use of this), and, of course, the trophies.

The remastered version brings about nostalgia, especially if you have played the original PS2 release before.  With the addition of the Trophies, you will also be in for a long haul if you intend to Platinum the game.  Long hours await you at grinding, trying to nab that 0-second race win aboard the Chocobo, winning a Chocobo race while trying to obtain 5 treasure chests, dodging 200 lightning strikes consecutively–without encountering monsters, beating super-powered bosses, obtaining secret Aeons and items,  playing Blitzball, and learning the Al Bhed language (just to name a few).  Though the game is fun, some aspects of it are quite annoying/irritating to the point where I almost threw my Vita at the wall.

Maybe that’s because I was aiming for a 100% completion of the game, but there are some parts of it that shouldn’t have been required for a trophy (I am talking about you damn Chocobo trophies!).  Or, since there is already a trophy for it, that the developers should have taken time to fix the clunky controls on some of the mini games (again, giving you a death glare, Chocobo trophies!)  Really, after thirteen years you would’ve think they would, at least, fixed the drunken controls of those mini-games and made it enjoyable for the gamers.  But, no.  Sadly, the poor controls were left in.

In-Game Cutscene Comparison

Another in-game comparison. The top image is from the remastered version. The bottom is from the original.

That’s really my only rant about this game.  The poor controls they have on the mini-games.  I mean, if you’re developing a mini-game for a videogame, the best thing to do is to ensure it has proper controls and that the gamers would enjoy it.  Otherwise, it would simply be a chore and the people playing the game would not bother with it…worst is if there is some “unlockable” found within the mini-game, or if the mini-game is forced, and the gamer ends up simply giving up on the game itself.

Other than the controls, I really could say nothing bad about this game.  It is quite enjoyable, and the story one of my favorites (certainly beats out the convoluted storyline of Final Fantasy 13).  Beating the game and obtaining its Platinum Trophy is even made sweeter by the fact that I wasn’t able to beat it back when I was a kid and it was first released.  The HD Remaster gave me a chance to go at it again and complete the game to the core.

As far as remakes go, is Final Fantasy X (even X-2) the Final Fantasy game that needed remaking/remastering?  I wouldn’t go so far as putting it at the top of my list.  That spot is highly reserved for Final Fantasy 7.  If or when Final Fantasy 7 will get the remaster that it deserves and Square finally listens to the pleas of the fans…perhaps we will never know.


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