The State of the Gamer: 10/11/16

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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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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


For the third time Zeromus defeated me, but I believe my strategy is sound.  I just got too cocky and took a chance, which proved a fatal error.  Here were my stats for the battle:

Rydia – 65
Cecil – 69
Kain – 73
Edge – 63
Rosa – 63

Compared to last week:

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

I decided I was going to have Rydia cast Asura to help with the healing.

Asura by Amano

Asura by Amano

So the ladies would heal and the guys would fight.  This makes me a little grumpy, which I’ll talk about more when I review it.  Either way, I was doing pretty well so decided to have Rosa cast Holy, because Rydia had already healed the party with the summon.  Bad move.  That set off a disastrous chain reaction.  Once even one character goes down, it’s exceedingly hard to resurrect and heal them.  If Rosa is free, she can cast Life 2, which revives with full health, but if your other characters are weakening, you really can’t waste a turn doing that.  While other characters can use Life as an item, it brings you back with low HP, which is easily wiped out by Big Bang, and Zeromus loves casting that back to back.

I think if I’d just kept up with Asura and Cure 4, while allowing the guys to physically attack, I would’ve won the day.  I think I’m done with leveling (for now) and am going to implement my strategy this weekend.  Hopefully fourth time will be the charm!

Games Currently Watching

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

The last big thing I watched was the fight with the Thorian on Feros and the treachery of the ExoGeni Corporation.  I was going to say video games sure love their evil corporations, but that’s not accurate at all.  Nearly ever medium uses that trope.  The Thorian has mind controlling and telepathic abilities, because I’ve certainly never heard of a narrative with an evil corporation using such a “ancient” being like that before *cough cough*  This is not remotely a critique.  I love when other narratives utilize the paradigms from my favorite well.  It is severely fucked up that the ExoGeni Corporation used the colonists as a control group to see what the Thorian would do to them.  I truly does appear that all power hungry corporations are the same.

I believe the dauntless LPer is in the midst of some side missions now.  I forget which planet, but he’s going after criminals and privateers as well as surveying the land for minerals aka money.  Watching him play, I’m a little sad that I’d really suck at this game in terms of combat.  I love the RPG aspect of it, but I can’t do the action parts.  This makes me sad for other reasons outside of ME 😦

Games Added To Play List: 2

Title: Firewatch
Genre: Adventure – Mystery
Developer: Campo Santo
Original Platform(s): Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Original Release Date: February 9, 2016


Title: Virginia
Genre: Exploration – Mystery/Thriller/Adventure
Developer: Variable State
Publisher: 505 Games
Original Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, OS X, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Original Release Date: September 22, 2016


I was listening to an awesome podcast by Cheap Boss Attack and Counter Attack Games (the latter whom I just started following today, too).  It was really chill.  Just two gamers talking about the things they love and eschewing the negativity that often seems to overly occupy the gaming sphere.  I feel a bit spoiled in finding this WordPress community, because while there are critiques (as there should be), it’s more constructive instead of bashing, and there’s much more emphasis in bolstering what’s beloved.

Anyway, these two games were mentioned, and I remembered I wanted to add them to my gaming backlog.  Firewatch just looked interesting, and the voice acting seems really solid.  Virginia makes me think of Dear Esther, though it seems to have some mixed reviews.

There was also some board game talk (and I myself was not bored *groan*) about one called Eldritch Horror.  Well, I’ve got some board game loving IRL friends whom I can probably talk into playing!  I’m a fan of Lovecraft’s work and the many things that have been inspired by it, and while I’m a wuss puss 365 days a year, it is Halloween season so some scares might be warranted.  It’s a little pricey, but that’s why I have an Amazon wishlist and a belief in Santa Claus :p

Games Added To Watch List: 1

Title: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Series: Castlevania
Genre: Platform, Action-Adventure, RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Konami
Original Platform: Playstation
Original Release Date: March 20, 1997


Ahhhh Alucard, so beautiful ♥♥♥

Yes, the son of Dracula is definitely one of my fangirl crushes.  I can feel your shock emanating through the interwebs.  The “Wow, the Shameful Narcissist is obsessed with another white haired pretty boy” faces are so clear in my mind.  At least this one has a good guy arc that I didn’t need to speculate/make up myself for fanfiction, speaking of which, I wish there were more for him.  I suppose I could watch the game and write some myself at some point.

*la swoon*

Symphony is also known for its amazing soundtrack (if it wasn’t, that would be painfully ironic given its name), so I’m not only adding it because of a beautiful vampire.  I’m not that shallow (yes I am), and it’s a definite perk.

It also bears mentioning that this game became a cult classic and is considered one of the best video games of all time.  It’s also another “spooky” offering for the season.  What’s more Halloween than Dracula and his inverse?

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

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  2. I’m still chipping away at Senran Kagura: Estival Versus and just returned Mafia 3 to RedBox the other day. Really great story and characters, but the game was a technical dumpster fire — many freezes and crashes, NPCs that wouldn’t die, quest objectives that wouldn’t spawn, etc., and this was just in the first 3 hours.

    I did start watching an LP of Bloodborne by Christopher Odd. I loved his Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls playthroughs and figured since I won’t get to Bloodborne myself anytime soon, I might as well watch someone else play it in short bursts.

    Castlevania: SotN is such an incredible game that still stands the test of time. Man, I remember getting it for Christmas the year it came out and spent my entire Christmas break playing through it. My favorite bit is the end where you’re surprised with a 2nd game, as the castle flips itself over, adds all new bosses, and lets you play as another character. So. Damn. Good. Glad I have that one stored away on my Vita for a rainy day.

    Thank you SO MUCH for listening to our podcast! It means a lot. I’m going to be a constant fixture there and we’re going to try and do it on a weekly basis (though maybe shorten the duration down a bit).

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    • That sucks about Mafia 3. You have a great story, but terrible logistics. That seems to be the big complaint with Recore, though I’m seeing the story wasn’t too up to snuff either. Hopefully the Mafia developers will do something to remedy it in remaster or the like.

      Finding a LPer you like is like finding hidden gold. I’ve got a few I absolutely adore. The one I’m watching for ME is my newest, and I found him while searching for Zelda. Watching them gives me some tips for the day I’d like to try it. A friend of mine did a Bloodbourne LP I think! It’s not really my type of game, but he at least made it interesting with his commentary.

      I’ve heard about the upside down flip in Symphony. Now that I’ve seen Stranger Things all I can think about is the upside down. There was also a castle in FFIX that did that, too, and it opened a pathway to another world :O

      It was really good! I didn’t quite finish it. I think I stopped around 120 minutes, but I wasn’t bored in the least and was surprised that that much time had passed. I’m lucky enough to be able to listen to things at work while I’m doing tedious tasks (Netflix is also my friend). Podcasts are awesome but time consuming! I did one once like two years ago. Lots of fun, but exhausting. Can’t wait to hear more from you! I followed the other guy, too. You guys have a nice dynamic and banter!

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  3. Those stubborn bosses are a pain, but very rewarding once you take them down at last. You’re really making me want to play Mass Effect.

    I’m also shocked you actually like Alucard! /sarcasm

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    • Oh he’s going down this weekend. It’s happening. Mass Effect is so phenomenal. I considered it my favorite game I never played myself. I know the major parts of the story, but it’s nice to watch it to fill in the missing pieces. What makes it so good is the depth and detail they put into it. It’s not even things you might find out with just one play through, which is why the wiki is so useful. I really like that the Let’s Player is going through it as the female Shepherd because her voice actor is awesome. What’s also really cool is I’m pretty sure she’s treated exactly the same as the male character so it doesn’t change anything story wise (but anyone who’s played or seen both can obviously correct me).

      Right? Sooooo shocking :p

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      • You show that boss who’s boss!

        Jennifer Hale is another talented voice actor. She is also from Canada eh! *apologizes for the lame stereotype joke again*

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        • It’s so happening this weekend! If it wasn’t so late and if I didn’t have more to catch up with, I’d boot it up right now, but I want to be fresh and ready for when I slaughter his ass tomorrow lol.

          She sounds familiar! Ah, eh, bad puns are my lifeblood :p What characters does she do? Shameless admission. I would love to get into voice acting. I read aloud when I edit and do different voices for my characters. I think I’ve talked about my weird “accent.” It’s so weird when I make videos. I’m planning on doing a full audio recording of Northern Lights, but I think I’m going to wait for Santa to bring me some better recording equipment 🙂

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          • Jennifer Hale does female Shepherd, and the awesome Ali Hillis does a character called Liara. I really need to play this game someday!

            Voice acting seems like it would be fun. I also read things to myself in different voices when editing. I know I’m horrible at it though lol Northern Lights in audio format would be great! I hope Santa is kind to you this year.

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            • They’re both amazing. The LPer just switched to Liara for the party lol. He was sticking with Garrus and Wrex as his party of choice, but he has Fem Shep, which I’m happy he went with. My husband played through it with the male Shepherd, and he’s an okay voice actor, but Jennifer Hale is amazing and expressive.

              I’d love to try it if my voice would behave and stop leaving at the end of the day. I’m hoping I get some Amazon gift cards! That’s all I need to survive. Aw, I’d love to hear your different voices! I mostly attempt to do an English accent. I *think* it sounds good, but I don’t know what someone from there would say :O

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  4. You can beat it! Believe!! We’re both going to be so excited when you finally get through that boss! Excellent choice in Symphony of the Night. It’s my favorite Castlevania game! Also, I want to try out Virginia. I think I’d like it. I want to try Firewatch too. I think I just want to like a “walking simulator,” since I like the concept of visual novels. I just haven’t enjoyed Dear Esther and Gone Home, the two “walking sims” I have played…

    I’m playing through Yo-kai Watch 2 postgame! I ended up liking it more than I thought and enjoyed writing up a review for it. I need to get back to Dragon Quest VII at some point though, haha.

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    • It’s going to be so amazing when I finally do it this time around for sure! I just got too cocky and comfortable and let my guard down. No more mercy Zeromus *shakes fist* I’d threaten to knock him down, but Garland from the first game sort of owns that line lol.

      I’ve heard mixed reviews about Virginia, which is one of the main reasons I want to check it out. I thoroughly enjoyed Dear Esther and also enjoyed the arguments/discussions about whether or not it was an actual game. I love the “visual novel” description! That’s a perfect way to describe such.

      Symphony has such a great soundtrack, not that I’d expect any less from a game with that name. I’m looking forward to watching that at some point.

      The first Yo-kai Watch is on my backlog! I just started my “What did I add this week” this, er, week so I didn’t mention it.

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      • I didn’t like Dear Esther. Not because it wasn’t a game per se, because I play plenty of things that might not be considered games like visual novels and Miitomo. I just thought Dear Esther was a boring game whose story didn’t actually interest me. Also, the island itself wasn’t so great. Without a compelling story or exploration, I had no desire to walk around. Gone Home was better, but not by much. Again, I feel like if it’s story-based, it has to be a story that will appeal, and it just didn’t for me.

        Awesome that you’re trying out Yo-kai Watch! The sequel is much better than the first one though. I thought the first one was just decent, whereas I’m actually enjoying YW2 enough to play the post-game.

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        • I can respect that opinion! I started to like it after I read some reviews and analyses on it that were pretty haunting. I’m a big old wuss puss, but I love sort of scary stories for some reason (glutton for punishment). The story also gave you enough to ask questions about, but not nearly enough answers. I’m also a huge fan of English accents hehe. I think it’s just a preference thing. Virginia from what I’m reading is more of a story and less of a memoir (which is what DE sort of comes off as), but I’ve heard some complaints that about the end/resolution. It’s only around 2 hours long, so it wouldn’t be a huge waste of time if you didn’t like it.

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          • That’s what I like about Virginia, or at least that’s what I think I’ll like. I’ll have to play and judge for myself. Walking simulator titles are tricky because they’re dependent on the world they build and the story they tell. I just didn’t happen to like Dear Esther’s presentation, though there were other things I found wrong with that game in general. I do want to try Firewatch too though! I’m open to these experiences.

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