Character Spotlight: Sazh (with Mod Syrup!)

Hey guys! Mod Syrup here back with another Character Spotlight! Today I’m talking about Sazh Katzroy from Final Fantasy XIII!

Now if you’ve read my Problematic Fave article on Final Fantasy XIII you would see Sazh was a BIG pro for me on that game. (If you haven’t read it, please do read it here!) So let’s start with first

So let’s start with first impressions, shall we? When we first see Sazh, you see a baby Chocobo pop out of his afro and for me that was adorable. I instantly fell for the character just because of that scene.

Now, aside from that, I love Sazh because he breaks from the stereotype of black fathers not being a good father figure or to even be in the child’s life. How so?

Well, before we even learn about his backstory, we see how Sazh interacts with the other protagonists. But, more specifically, how he acts with Vanille. Vanille acts like a child despite appearing to be a young adult (and actually being a lot older). Sazh, being the eldest, quickly takes to trying to lead the party and keep them safe. This is especially shown with Vanille since those two get separated from the other members of the party.

As you gather more flashbacks that show you Sazh’s story, you learn that he is a single father to Dajh. When Dajh gets turned into a l’Cie and taken by the government, Sazh is heartbroken. Sazh’s whole purpose of this game is to find his son again and make him safe.

Despite showing his fear and concerns with going against Cacoon. He struggles with what his initial instincts are and what he knows he needs to do to not only survive but have a chance to be reunited with his son.

Aside from the father aspect on Sazh, that clearly isn’t his only amazing quality. I could easily argue that Sazh has the most depth out of all the other characters in this game. Literally, the only one I think could rival him would be Vanille, and that is because she is on the other side of this scene I’m about to explain. (Spoiler alert).

As you continue through the story, you find out that Vanille and her partner Fang were the reason the Fal’Cie at Cacoon turned Dajh into a l’Cie. Vanille and Fang were coming to attack the Fal’Cie, so to protect itself it turned the closest person into a l’Cie; who happened to be Dajh.

After Vanille revealing this to Sazh, he initially wanted to kill her. I find that because he had been such a father figure to her, he couldn’t do it. Instead, he turned the gun on himself because he couldn’t handle that his comrade was the one that took away his son.

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Luckily, Sazh does survive and by the end of the game he is reunited with his son. Sazh from the beginning had to deal with so much turmoil. Beside having his son ripped from him, he also had to deal with his wife’s death and having to be a single father.

Sazh is a great edition to the POC of the gaming community and I love that he has depth and isn’t just a blank Greg who is just strong because he’s the main character.

This has been Mod Syrup and I’ll see you in my next article!

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Mobile Monday: Agent Aliens with Mod Syrup!

Hey Nasties! Mod Syrup back with another Mobile Monday! This week I’m talking about a game that was released this year by Indigo Gaming called Agent Aliens.

Agent Aliens is a side scroller RPG with a very cute design! The graphics are sleek and colorful, and as for the controls, they give you an option of an analog stick or buttons. I prefer the analog, but you can always change it, even mid-stage! The only downside is that the controls can be moved along your screen. Now,  this can come in handy at points, but most of the time it’s just a nuisance. Why? Because if you lift off the control and tap somewhere, it moves the control there.

Now like most mobile games, there are daily rewards and quests which encourage you to log in and play daily. Aside from the Story Mode, it also has an Endless Mode and a Boss Rush. Unfortunately, you do have to unlock these features. I know Endless Mode is unlocked by the second or third stage of Story Mode. I, one who loves stories, don’t mind; but it could be annoying to others.

Now, as for gameplay? As mentioned, it’s a side scroller. You get through various stages saving your alien friends from scientists. There are various robots that you attack and your bullets automatically lock once you get close enough. Really the biggest strategy to this game I found is to jump and dodge. Focus more on the bullets coming at you. Do remember though that you only attack if you’re facing an enemy.

Now that seems a bit boring but luckily as you continue through each stage, you get power-ups to boost up your character. If you’re in endless mode, they also give you power ups as you complete a certain amount of stages. Each time you have the opportunity to power up, you get 3 different abilities to choose from. You also can upgrade by spending some coins you get in the game!

I find these end up becoming very strategical as you continue throughout the game. It’s a cute game and I haven’t played much of it yet to give a full review. I do enjoy how there’s a certain level that of 1-3 stars that tell you how well you did on each stage in the Story Mode.

First impressions of this game I give it 7/10. It’s a bit too easy for me, but it’s certainly not a bad game! I hate the controls not being stationary and so easily moved, but I definitely don’t find this a bad a game at all! Do check it out! It’s free for both iPhone and Android devices!

-Mod Syrup

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