The State of the Gamer: 10/4/16

<–The State of the Gamer: 9/27/16          The State of the Gamer: 10/11/16–>

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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


Well Zeromus kicked my ass again last weekend.  These were approximately my levels.  I may have had a few characters higher since I believe I gained one or two on my way to the final boss.

Rydia – 64
Cecil – 68
Kain – 73
Edge – 62
Rosa – 62

Compared to last week:

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

My plan was to get Kain up to level 75, but I think I may get him up to level 80.  I don’t want to be over-leveled, but Zeromus is really hard this time around.  I don’t remember having as much trouble the last time I beat him, and in fact my prior game has me at only 35 hours compared to the 45 I’m pushing right now.  I’m also at a lower level, so I wonder if I had a different strategy.  I’ve been using this guide, which suggest I have Rydia summon Bahamut, Cecil attack with the Ragnarok sword, Kain jump with the Holy Lance, Edge throw high level weapons (this is what I saved the Kitchen Knife for, plus I have Fumas and Shirukens to toss in addition to Mythril Blades), and Rosa heal every time (casting Holy if the opportunity arises…it never does).

Prior to the battle when he’s still looks like this


I have Edge steal the Dark Matter from him.  This apparently lessens his Big Bang attack, and if that’s the case, I can’t imagine how devastating it would be if I didn’t.

A quick search of the internet has shown me most strat guides give the same tips for beating him, so I think it’s just a matter of me being leveled enough to withstand his attacks.  The issue is he uses Big Bang more than once before I can heal it.  Rosa just isn’t fast enough to keep up.  I may start using Rydia to cast Asura, which will heal the party, too.  Of course if you have any ideas, let me know if the comments!  I’ve beaten him before so I know I can do it again.

Games Currently Watching

Title: Mass Effect
Series: Mass Effect
Genre: Action RPG – Sci-Fi
Developer: BioWare
Original Platform: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: November 16, 2007
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: September 29, 2016

I actually started watching a Let’s Play of The 7th Saga first, but I quickly grew annoyed with the Let’s Player.  I’m going to sound like such an asshole, but he talked so damn slowly, he couldn’t hold my interest or attention.  Though I’m not from the city, I grew up near Philadelphia, PA, and just in the general area I live in, we speak fairly quickly.  I’m noticing I often speak too quickly in my videos, so I’m trying to work on that, but I also don’t want to speak too slowly, and wind up with the same issue as that hapless LPer.  There were other things that got under my skin about him.  The 7th Saga has a pretty cool soundtrack, and he didn’t comment on it.  I know, I know, I sound so petty, but when I’m watching someone play and talk about a game, I kind of expect them to comment on certain aspects, and music is a huge part of the gaming experience for me.

I also think I may just play the game myself.  It’s an RPG, which is my favorite genre, and I believe I have a rom of it on my husband’s computer, so it wouldn’t be that hard to access.

So…with that pompous caveat out of the way, I have finally started watching a Mass Effect Let’s Play by my new favorite LPer Olizandri.

I love his English accent, and some of the phrases he says are just downright adorable (e.g. “lovely-jubbly”).  He’s playing as Fem Shep because he heard that the voice actor for the female version, Jennifer Hale, was far superior to the male Shepherd’s voice actor, Mark Meer.  It’s definitely true.  While Meer is more than adequate for the task, Hale’s voice is deliciously sultry without being over the top, and I respect a man who has no issue playing a female character.  Lord knows us ladies have had to play male characters enough.


I’m not a stranger to the Mass Effect world.  I was interested in it from watching my husband play, but since I’d catch scattered bits of it, I wasn’t up and up on the story, though I was fascinated by the elusive Shadow Broker (and think that title is hella cool), and I spent numerous hours on the wiki looking the Hanar and genophage, I will didn’t have enough glue to place all the puzzle pieces together.  The LP is allowing me to do that without making an embarrassment of myself with how poorly I’d do at the combat.  Though watching it is kind of making me want to play, but I really don’t do well with action RPGs.  It’s why I gave up on playing Super Paper Mario and (one of the reasons) why I’m so disappointed in the FFVII Remake.

I’m also a huge fan of how great the game is with representation.  It also seems that by the time humanity gets to the Citadel, we’ve left our misogynistic attitudes behind as well.

I’m currently at the part where the crew rescues Liara.  Each episode is around a half hour long, and this version has 51.  If you’re looking for an awesome Let’s Play to watch of BioWare’s masterpiece, I’d highly recommend Olizandri’s.  He’s fun, upbeat, and he tries to get all the information from every character so that the watchers know what’s going on.  ME has a lot of plot and a history that’s comparable to GRRM’s ASOIAF, so the wiki is an excellent resource.  I often pause the video to look up some minor point of interest just because I’m a dork like that.

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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11 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 10/4/16

  1. Pingback: The State of the Gamer: 9/27/16 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. When I’ve had to call pharmacies down in the deep south, they always complain that I talk too fast. And while they’re complaining I want to ask them, “What the fuck takes you so long to spit that out?” I could have had the exact same sentence out in less than half the time they took.

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    • And they think you’re rude for talking to fast! It’s interesting how different parts of the country does things. I’m like “Where is the chase and how do we cut to it?” Unfortunately, my husband is a bit of a “slow talker,” (he’s originally from Pittsburgh) and I’m omg hon, wtf are you trying to say; I was bored five minutes ago lol, I’m terrible :p

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      • I went to Pittsburgh for a pharmacy conference a couple of years ago. I didn’t notice that they talked slow…Then again, it was a weekend and apparently not much goes on there on the weekend. It’s a everyone plays on the weekend kind of city. Plus, I wanted to do touristy things, like historical tours and my boss just wanted to try all the local breweries. Since he was paying for the trip, he won.

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  3. Mass Effect is an epic game I still need to buy/play. Ali Hillis voices a character in that game. You know who else she voices? I’ll give you a hint: The awesome character’s name starts with “L” lol

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