Let's discuss Avengers: Infinity War -- a movie BOUND to make you feel so good!

June 21, 2018

NieR: Automata -- An Ending [B]onanza

Hmmm.  Let’s see.  I could either do a post on a really good game, or I can try and stay relevant by writing about current gaming trends.  Hey, what’s going on with E3 2018?  Who had their conference first?

*skims summary of EA conference*

Huh.  Okay.


A post on NieR: Automata it is!

Contrary to what the title says, there’s only going to be focus on one NieR ending for now.  With that in mind?  Be wary that this is going to feature SPOILERS for Ending B (and A by extension).  Self-destruct before you get spoiled.  

You know, if you’re into that.

June 14, 2018

Technical (Mechanical?) Difficulties Rule -- ACT 2

Now, I'm not going to say that I'm in the middle of the Suffering Arc of my life, because A) it's not THAT bad, and B) I don't want to jinx myself, buuuuuuuuuuuuut...man, it'd be a pretty apt descriptor, given the past 1.5 weeks.

June 7, 2018

Kingdom Hearts III NEEDS A Goofy Movie World (Part 1)

I just love how this started off as a joke post, then became a hypothetical Top 10 list of worlds that need to show up in Kingdom Hearts III (which would cap off with a joke), and finally morphed into something serious.  So here I am, going all in.  And yes, you read that title right.

Nothing would make Kingdom Hearts III better than having a world based on A Goofy Movie.  This is the hill I’ve chosen to die on -- and now it’s time to explain why.

With audiovisual aids, of course.  How else can I take advantage of the medium?

June 4, 2018

Technical (Mechanical?) Difficulties Rule.

Alternative post title: The "Well, That's Unfortunate" Mini-Arc.

Well, there's no other way around it this time.  I've had some of my stuff IRL break down on me -- not my computer, thankfully -- and it required some attention.  Granted "attention" is borderline synonymous with "try to fix it but potentially break it further", but let's not dwell on my failures as a handyman.  Word of advice though: be wary of your surroundings when you're taking off any article of clothing, no matter how meager.

I like how I'm making this more ambiguous and grandiose than it needs to be.  But don't worry about it.  Or me, for that matter.  I'm mostly okay; it's just that I need to try and get some repairs done, and hopefully that'll be sorted in the next day or two.  The trade-off is that because of this mini-arc, I'm worn out, annoyed, and more than a little stressed.  It certainly doesn't help that there's been a string of 100-degree days, so I can't even go out in the dead of night without breaking a sweat.

The takeaway from this post is that, well, this IS the Monday post.  It sucks because I came up with one that I was itching to upload, but I'll have to save it for another day when I'm not soaked, warding off bugs, and lamenting my starkly-limited skill set.  Maybe Thursday, then?  Time will tell, but I'll probably be back on track by then.

In the meantime?  If you're reading this (and aren't a ghost -- or, alternatively, you exist), then feel free to use the comment section to gush about your favorite fictional character.  That'll be interesting to read.  In exchange?  Please accept some hype Sentai music.

See you guys next time.  Assuming I'm not caught up in an explosion.

May 31, 2018

Pokken Tournament DX is pretty rad.

I mean, I’m pretty sure that’s obvious to anyone that’s been playing the game since the original Wii U release (God rest your noble soul), but as you know, I’m always late to the proverbial party.

Technically, I should be even later than I already am.  Even though I’ve had multiple opportunities to grab Pokken Tournament DX in theory, in practice the schedule -- such as it is -- refused it every time thanks to an extra buffer of simple reasoning.  “Can’t get it now because [insert major game release here] is about to come out.”  “Can’t get it now because my backlog is too big.”  “Can’t get it now because I need to write about JRPGs that progressively erode the fibers of my soul.”  And as I type this, I’m literally less than six days away from the release of another fighting game, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle -- thus meaning I have to spend hours with that to gain basic competency.  And tomorrow (again, as I type this) Zamasu and Vegito drop in Dragon Ball FighterZ -- and I haven’t played that game in two solid months.  The inevitable session with my brother to celebrate is going to be a massacre.

So you know what?  Screw it.  I’ve got to do something for me.  And what better way to be a selfish twat than with a purchase I may end up regretting 8.56 seconds after I upload this post.  Let’s dig into Pokken Tournament DX.

May 28, 2018

What’s Going On With RWBY?

With BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle right around the corner, I was thinking of convincing my brother that RWBY was worth a closer look -- as compared to no look at all.  Granted I knew I had a 0% chance of convincing him to watch; almost every time I make a recommendation to him, it ends up being a Green Eggs and Ham situation sans the last few pages.  Still, the thought and the upcoming game release gave me an impetus.  I haven’t seen a single episode of RWBY Volume 5 yet, and I doubt I could call myself a fan if I skipped out.

…Except I still haven’t seen a single episode.  And as much as the thought worries me, I think I know why.

May 24, 2018

Kingdom Hearts III Gameplay Press Event Analysis For Blogging

Welcome back to Cross-Up, your number one stop for Kingdom Hearts posts, lore, content, and of course, those killer strats!  Be sure to give that Follow button a click, and like me on --

Wait, hold on.  *checks how many blogs there are for Kingdom Hearts*

Oh, now this is a fool’s errand.  I’m gonna have to fold on being the number one -- so let’s just focus on that new Kingdom Hearts III gameplay and never speak of my rank.  It’ll make us all happy in the long run.

May 21, 2018

On Kingdom Hearts and Planning Ahead

For the record: yes, I know that there’s new footage of Kingdom Hearts III, yes, I’ve seen it, and yes, I think it’s good.  I thought about doing a post on it immediately, but there was something else I wanted to toss up first.  Also, I don’t want this to become a Kingdom Hearts blog, even though it’s pretty much going to once I start uploading the content from 2.8.

Then again, I’m putting Kingdom Hearts in the title because I have a hunch nobody will read or care about this unless I do so.  Given that?  Have a taste of the ultimate clickbait.

…Featuring [REDACTED] from the Kingdom Hearts series.

May 17, 2018

RE: Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue HD

So I finished Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and to say that I have mixed feelings would be an understatement the size of a blue whale on steroids.

May 14, 2018

RE: BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

With each passing day, we come one step closer to the grand, global debut of our lady and savior, Blake Belladonna.  Yea, verily, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is soon to be delivered upon us by the angels from on high, so that we may all engage in glorious combat with our blessed Faunus warrior.  Now, join me in prayer, that we may spread the holy word in the name of the best girl.


…Too strong with the kayfabe?  TOO BAD.