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31 Days - Day 24: Within the Old Oak Tree


Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by to read the 24th installment of 31 Days. Today’s song is:

Pikmin3: Formidable Oak

In many ways formidable Oak is sort of like a sequel to the submerged castle in Pikmin 2. I feel that in terms of creep factor Submerged Castle comes out on top, but having done it last year I’ve decided to take a look at its successor Formidable Oak.

The main gimmick of both of these levels is that there is a wraith that spawns when certain conditions are met, and it cannot be conventionally killed. It is imposing and terrifying, especially because these wraiths put you on a soft timer while they’re invulnerable. Another tense and almost gut wrenching aspect of this is how quickly they can kill off all of your Pikmin if you aren’t careful.

Now what the wraith in Pikmin 3 does is it takes this thing to a whole new level. Not only can’t you hurt it initially, but the wraith has also filled the tree with illusions of enemies (that still hurt just as bad). In addition it has regenerative properties, so when you can hurt it you actually need to destroy the plasma that comes off the wraith lest it regain health. Now you have to do all of this while dodging attacks on the same set of Pikmin you used to get to the arena in the first place. As someone who hates losing Pikmin this fight was a nightmare.  


The music doesn't help any either. It sounds both lonely and creepy. This feeling is again enhanced by the fact that nothing besides the wraith is actually real in this area. The wraith is messing with you, activly trying to deter and confuse you. Unlike most other enemies in the game, the scary bit here is that the Wraith smart like that. 

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About Agent9one of us since 12:45 PM on 04.13.2010

Who is Agent9? The not so secret agent of the destructoid community.

A Few things about me

- I'm almost finished with my degree in computer science and I plan on going into independent development and freelancing once I'm done.

- I can be very cynical, but I do try to be positive or curb my negativity. In spite of this I'm actually very jovial in person and I don't get mad often. I would dare say I'm quite happy, even when things seem bleak. I simply don't like industry Bullshit and I'm not one to stand for it, even if it's a game I like.

- I host a series annually called 31 Days where I post 1 horror related or themed video game song a day for the month of october. During this time I also provide keys for games (free of course) to any reader observant enough to find them.

- I've been a member of destructoid since 2010, and a lurker long before then. As such I've seen many people both come and go. Such is the natural order of things.

- I enjoy Art and draw in my spare time

- I also enjoy theatre and films. I especially like Horror movies (both good and bad ones).

- I go camping once or twice a year. I would go out more but my allergies tend to get in the way.

- I don't drink, which may be a surprise to some. I might make a joke or two about it but I stay away from alcohol for my own personal reasons, though you can feel free to drink a pint on my behalf any time you'd like.

My Top 20 Games (By the ever Illustrious Dango


This is a commission I had done for me by Inquisitive Ravenclaw. You should check out his site if you like the following piece

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I also got a musical piece made for me by the incredible Alphadeus. A little history behind this:

My musical piece came as part of the Songs for Gamers album DLC pack 02. Alphadeus has been making songs for the members of the destructoid community for years already. This past year he opened submissions and I applied. For my meagre efforts I received this lovely piece:

You can find him on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFs2UhJYPVITYWCiqMk-z3w

He also has other venues listed on his profile here, take a look if you are so inclined:

The community is full of people with all kinds of talent and I'm very pleased to be a part of it along with all of you (yes, you too fair reader).