The State of the Gamer: 9/27/16

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A weekly post updated every Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have quite a backlog of games to either play or watch, and I’m hoping a weekly article will assist with my progress as my other accountable posts have done with reading and writing.
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Games Finished Playing This Week: 0

Game Currently Playing

Title: Final Fantasy IV
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Original Platform: SNES
Original Release Date: July 19, 1991
Date Started: Unknown

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I attempted to beat the Zeromus, final boss this past week, and he mopped the floor with me.

Alas poor characters

Alas poor characters

I held my own for about ten minutes or so (a half an hour if you count the time it took me to steal the Dark Matter from Zemus before his transformation), but in the end I went down like a sack of wet potatoes.  I’m not too upset about it, as the GameFAQs guide I was using warned me this might happen, and in case of such to just level up a bit more.  Kain is quite a a bit below the recommended level of 75 or so.  In fact, these are are my current levels:

Rydia – 62
Cecil – 66
Kain – 70
Edge – 59
Rosa – 59

Kain should have been around level 73 when I got him back the last time, but he was only in the mid sixties.

My plan is to grind on the crystal levels for a while before challenging Zemus/Zeromus again since this section contains boss level enemies, and I have a save point not far away.  Hopefully, next week I’ll be able to inform you of my victory and begin to write my review/analysis of this wonderful game.


Games Finished Watching This Week: 1

Title: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Series: The Legend of Zelda
Genre: Action/Adventure/Puzzle – Fantasy
Developer: Nintendo
Original Platform: Nintendo DS
Original Release Date: December 7, 2009
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: Unknown

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I finished watching this lovely Let’s Play last night, and I can’t wait to find another of Olizandri’s to dive into.  Since I’m not playing the game myself, it wouldn’t appropriate to give a legitimate review, but I can say from the viewing that this Zelda iteration does a great job of using the system’s mechanics to its advantage. I also liked that Zelda herself was not just a kidnapped or sleeping princess waiting for rescue, but rather an integral part of the plot.

The game (literally) had a lot of moving parts with the train mechanics, but also the pipe organ.  Zelda loves its instruments, and who can blame them when they have a master composer like Koji Kondi to write for them.

Game Currently Watching

Since I jut finished Spirit Tracks, I’m now in between Let’s Plays.  I’m considering Mass Effect, Soul Blazer, or The 7th Saga.   I’d love to find a good Assassin’s Creed LP at some point as well as a God of War.  I mostly watch older games with Zelda being my top favorites to view, nor am I averse to watching an LP of a game I’ve played/completed myself such as Child of Light and even the one I’m currently playing Final Fantasy IV.  


What are you currently playing and/or watching? Is it something new or old?  Is it a first time run or a replay?  What’s the genre?  Would you recommend it?  What’s on your radar to play next?

I look forward to your comments!

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12 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 9/27/16

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  2. I remember Zeromus being hard. Shame your high-leveled characters are having trouble, Good luck! You can do it! I look forward to your review!

    I’m still playing Dragon Quest VII. It’s a long, grindy game, but I like it so far. It’ll be a while before I write my review since I’m only about 20 hours into this 80+ hour experience. It probably doesn’t help that I’m picking up Yo-kai Watch 2, another RPG, this week. I look forward to playing that one though!

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    • I think I need to level up more! I’m about 5 down from where Kain should be. I think if I can get my principle fighters above 5000 HP I should be alright. I only have Cecil and Edge in the front row, since they’re my primary attackers. Rosa has a bow, plus I mostly use her for healing, Kain jumps, and Rydia is a magic user. I’m totally okay leveling for a bit and giving it another go! I was just saying that IV is much more challenging than later iterations, but it’s not surprising considering video games of that era were that hard. The PSP version definitely saw a downgrade to difficulty.

      What system is Dragon Quest VII on? The first one was my first RPG! I watched a Let’s Play of it a while back, and it reminded me how much I enjoyed the game.

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      • I’m playing the remake of Dragon Quest VII, which just came out in the west on 3DS. The original version on PlayStation is apparently extremely hard to come by, so luckily this remake came out! The original is a good first RPG to have played!

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        • More reasons for me to get a DS! I can see that being hard to come by. An original copy of FFVI is like finding the Holy Grail and FFVII isn’t far behind. I’m lucky to own the latter, and I refuse to lend it to anyone! I made the mistake of lending my FFVI cartridge (back when it was FFIII) and I never got it back. It would be a priceless heirloom now.

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    • FFIV is incredibly difficult especially compared to FFVI. No matter what level you’re on in IV you can find enemies that will do 500+ damage with every strike, but then sometimes you’ll only have 1-100 damage. I think the algorithms are more erratic. It’s definitely tough! VI was the first game I played so I got used to it’s difficulty, and the following ones are about the same if not easier. The earlier FFs like most earlier video games are quite challenging. I’ll definitely be talking about that when I review it.

      Mmm paladin Cecil is so pretty ♥

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  3. The last boss fight in Spirit Tracks was epic! I also like that Zelda is not just another hapless princess to rescue, lol. I’m a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed series so I hope you find a LP for it. I still haven’t touched a God of War game yet, sadly.

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    • Right?! I loved that. In the other games I’ve seen, she’s just a princess in a castle either kidnapped or sleeping. That trope is so old lol.

      My brother lent me one of the Assassin’s Creed games, but alas I didn’t have the proper system to play it on. I feel like I’d get more enjoyment watching it. I’m sure I’ll find a suitable LP!

      I remember watching my husband play God of War, and it was just really interesting. I love mythology and Classical myths were some of the first I was interested in. But I’ll never forget the day I saw a commercial for (I think) GoW 3 and it showed Kratos finding his dead family and falling to his knees as ashes swirled around him. I had no clue that the reason his skin is that color is due to their burnt ashes. It added this whole other level to why he was so pissed. I just thought he wanted godlike powers (which you know is something I totally respect hehe), but it was far deeper than that (which is also something I totally respect).

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      • Zelda played a more important part in Ocarina of Time as well, but she sadly fell back into her old boring role near the end, lol Speaking of hapless princesses, Princess Peach needs to seriously spend less time baking cakes for Mario, and more time figuring out how to prevent herself from being continuously kidnapped by the same freaking Koopa guy.

        I love the story line in the AC games, but the formula has grown stale for me. I’ve played through all of the main ones except for Syndicate (its on my list). I find their fictional take on the origins of humanity and historical references very interesting. That and playing handsome Assassins (Ezio and Edward *drools uncontrollably*)

        A friend recently told me that me not playing a God of War game is like owning a Nintendo system and never playing a Mario game. I think I will make it a goal for next year to purchase/playthrough all of the God of War games. I also enjoy Greek mythology, and Kratos’s story seems so interesting and heartbreaking…

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        • Ugh I hate how the roles for women often fall back into that same boring, cliched nonsense. Another reason why FF was a big draw for me. It either twisted that trope or utterly shattered it. I never even realized it at the time when I played VI, but I think subconsciously I felt that pull.

          I love Rosalina in the Mario world! She’s the lady in Mario Galaxy and the keeper of the stars or something like that. Peach has an awesome role in Super Paper Mario. Both her AND Bowser are playable characters, and there’s even a nod to Paradise Lost in one of the chapters. Also that stands as the only Mario game that’s ever made me cry. There are some serious feels involved.

          I just love assassins lol. The MC of my paranormal romance is one, and it’s kind of my dream job in fantasy lol I don’t even know…I remember finding a site that sold jackets/hoodies that looked like their garb and I was in love. They weren’t even that expensive. This is making me think of Halloween because it’s October. I love this time of the year.

          I just started watching a Mass Effect Let’s Play and I’m so drawn in. I hope I can find an AC one at some point, too.

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