Welcome to "Morning Hangover" -- an excellent way to start your day with the crew at TheFeed...no matter what you're recovering from. Every morning you'll hear musings from two of TheFeed's editors and have the chance to share your thoughts on what's going on in the gaming world. So buckle up, kiss your beloved faction goodbye, and keep reading!
Raymond Padilla: I'm back from Asia and the trans-Pacific jet-lag is totally having its way with me. Loopiness aside, I can't stop thinking about Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII premiere party -- specifically the new gestalt mode that was shown. At E3 2009, I was miffed when Shiva turned into a motorcycle. Last week, I was similarly perplexed when Ifrit turned into a NASCAR vehicle. I'm just not getting gestalt mode at all. Maybe there's some brilliance behind it that I'm not seeing or maybe it's just a quirky Japanese thing, but right now it's all going over my head.
To me, Final Fantasy summons are supposed to be grand attacks that devastate enemies. Gestalt mode has them turning into mundane objects. I'm scared of what other gestalt modes will be. Will Ramuh turn into an electric chair? Maybe Leviathan will turn into a swirling toilet bowl? I just don't get the wackiness that is gestalt mode! Do any of you?
Patrick Klepek: I'm in-between games at the moment, having rushed through most of Scribblenauts for review and finishing Batman: Arkham Asylum over the weekend. Looking for something to pass the time last night, I popped in Klonoa for Wii, a game that's been kicking around my shelf for weeks. Man, I forgot how good Klonoa is and how depressing it is that nobody bought the Wii version. Poor Klonoa. If you like to complain about how there's nothing to play on your Wii, go buy Klonoa! The original was a brilliant platformer and Namco's done a great job updating it on the Wii.