The State of the Gamer: 10/25/16

<–The State of the Gamer: 10/18/16          The State of the Gamer: 11/1/16–>

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
Current Platform: Game Boy Advance
Current Platform Release Date: December 12, 2005
Date Started: October 24. 2016


“What’s this?!” you exclaim.  “Didn’t she already beat this game last week?  I’m sure I recall since she wouldn’t shut up about it.”  Patience faithful follower.  I did beat Final Fantasy IV.  The original Final Fantasy IV.  Then I went through all of my games in order to add them to a new/created shelf on my Grouvee list for “Owned.”  I knew I had FFIV for the PSP, but I forgot I also had it for the Game Boy Advance, which is a part of the original Nintendo DS.  So I’ve been playing this version (and another game I’ll talk about below) as I continue to plug away at the review/analysis.

Title: New Super Mario Bros.
Series: Super Mario
Genre: Platformer – Adventure
Developer: Nintendo
Original Platform: Nintendo DS
Original Release Date: May 15, 2006
Date Started: October 24, 2016


Along with the above, my dilemma about what to play in between Final Fantasies (oddly enough since I’m using another version of the same Final Fantasy #meta) has been resolved by this DS side-scrolling platformer.  While going through all of the games in my possession, I came across this and several others I wasn’t aware I owned.  Many of them are on my TBP list so I was pretty excited.  Anyway, I have something to play in between and it’s a handheld, which makes it even easier.

Along with the basic game, New SMB has several mini-games of the action, puzzle, and table (even set in a casino with Luigi as the dealer) variety.


There’s also a versus you can do, but since I only have one DS (my husband’s.  Mine disappeared a few years ago), I won’t be doing this anytime soon.

I’m currently on World 2 and having quite the trouble with Lakitu.  Speaking of which, how does everyone pronounce his name?  I grew up saying “luh-KY-too,” but when I watched a let’s play of one of the Mario games, the LPer pronounced it “LACK-uh-too” as if it rhymed with “whackadoo.”

Let me know in the comments!

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

I think I’m about halfway done this watch, which makes me sad even though I have two more really long games to watch.  Olizandri just completed the “Bring Down the Sky” DLC, and, well, pretty much Shepherd literally had to catch a meteor (technically an asteroid, but semantics).  I’m more and more impressed with the level of storytelling and voice acting this game presents the more I watch.   If you’ve played ME, what’s your favorite mission?

Oh!  Along the vein of pronunciation, Olizandri says “Mako” like “MACK-oh,” which is really funny since I’d say it like “MAY-koh,” similar to how I pronounce it for FFVII, and that came about because of the sharks.  Sometimes I’m unreasonably irked by what I perceive as mispronunciation (there was this other let’s player that shall remain nameless who I wanted to hunt down and throw a dictionary at.  He pronounced Canaan “kuh-NAHN.”  WTF is that?), but Olizandri’s doesn’t bother me at all.  Maybe it’s because he’s English or maybe it’s because it would be weird to equate concentrated Lifestream and a description of glowing eyes with an all terrain vehicle *shrug*

Games Added to Play List: 11

I’m being lazy.  I don’t feel like listing out all of the games I added this week.  Feel free to check my Grouvee account, which is linked above if you’re curious what I have on my list.  I…also didn’t keep good track of the games I added anyway, and the site doesn’t really have good ways of sorting.  I’ll try to do better next week, but I make no promises.

Games Added to Watch List: 2

Since there are just two I can say one’s Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.  I added it because it’s one of the one’s I discovered I own…or borrowed.  I think I borrowed it from my brother, which is hilarious considering the game is called “Brotherhood.”

The other is The Last Of Us.  Another discovery in my game cache.

Games Bought This Week: 1

Title: World of Final Fantasy
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Date Bought: October 21, 2016


I have actually pre-ordered a video game, and of course it’s a Final Fantasy, which should come as no shock to anyone.  However, it’s been quite a few years since I’ve been interested enough in the series to warrant buying on release date let alone before.  I did have some encouragement from one of my fellow bloggers, Cheap Boss Attack, who said the magic words in his post about the demo: Sephiroth summon.  If you buy the limited edition (which I’m assuming you have to pre-order), it comes with such.  How could I resist? ♥♥♥

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?

<–The State of the Gamer: 10/18/16          The State of the Gamer: 11/1/16–>




24 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 10/25/16

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  2. A nice relaxing Mario game is a great way to unwind in between lengthy RPG adventures.

    You really had no other choice but to preorder FF Cute. It’s almost like the designers wanted YOU to preoder the game based on the bonus. 🙂

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    • Right?! So it’s totally not my fault that I’m $50 poorer hehe. I’m…also kind of replaying FFIV but it’s the GBA version, which is WAY easier than the original. It’s a veritable cake walk in comparison. I figure why not while I’m in between and working on the review. Plus I can do it much easier than a full sized console, which takes more prep to set up and whatnot. I can just pick up my DS at any time and start playing!

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  3. Ooh, I can’t wait to read what you think of World of Final Fantasy! I’m interested in it myself. Also, you’re going to play FFIV again? Wasn’t Zeromus enough the first time? Haha, good luck this time around! Show him you’re not messing around!

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    • I’m probably going to crack it open this weekend. I’m still working on my review of FFIV hehe. It’s the GBA version! So much easier than the original. Most of the enemies don’t even get time to attack! I have that and New SMB in my (well my husband’s) DS, and I play a little bit of each every night. NSMB is showing me how rusty I am at platforming hehe.

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  4. I probably won’t heavily dig in to World of Final Fantasy until the weekend, but I’m really looking forward to it. Have fun again in FFIV, haha. I liked the PSP version with the extra stuff, but there’s DIFFERENT extra stuff in the DS version, right?

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    • That’s kind of where I am, even though I did get it today, which is awesome. I’m hoping to play a bit this weekend and then have an update on my weekly gam post.

      It’s different stuff on the DS, but I’m playing the GBA version! I do want to get and play the DS, which is 3D, but not for the 3DS if that makes any sense. They made a bunch of different versions of FFIV really. Besides the original there’s the DS, GBA, and PSP version. Not that I’m complaining though 🙂


      • Yeah, I know there’s a few different versions and two of them are the most complete since they offer the extras that the other doesn’t. PSP and GBA or PSP and DS, I don’t remember which, haha.

        This does remind me though that I’d really like to invest in the DS version of Chrono Trigger at some point. The PS versions, digital and physical, have some awful, AWFUL loading times every time you open a menu. It sucks lol. I have it on my Vita, but I really just hate that version of the game.

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        • I think there are three versions of FFIV at this point: original and its ports so I’d count the one I played on the PS in that, the DS version that’s 3D but not for the 3DS (how confusing), and the GBA version. I…think that’s it. Ah wait four versions! The PSP one. They remade that game a lot.

          Huh really? I think I have Chrono Trigger for the PS and I don’t have any issues with it! It’s the original ported version though. I should get the DS version myself. Like I’ve said before it’s so much easier to play!


          • The SNES port on PSone has the new anime cutscenes and horrendous load times whenever you open the menu. It’s something that’s only noticeably frustrating if you’ve primarily played the load-free SNES version, but if the PS ports are your only option it’s still entirely worth playing despite it. It’s not a dealbreaker by any means.

            Of all the ports of FFIV, I think you can play the PSP one for the extras there, and then the GBA one for the extras there that aren’t on the PSP version. The GBA version doesn’t have the extra chapter PSP does. The other versions are just the standard SNES ports, I believe. Could be wrong though. Which I am. Often.

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            • Ugh that’s annoying. I’ll have to see if I notice that when I do my playthrough of Chrono Trigger. It’s been a while since I’ve dusted that off. I need to replay Cross, too. I wasn’t as keen on it as Trigger (though they both have amazing soundtracks).

              The PSP version of IV is a really nice redo of the game. I’m a fan of the way Cecil looks, but that’s more of the fangirl in me hehe. It’s got some really nice cut scenes and extras. The GBA version is more of a touch up of the original from what I see so far. There is a new, nicer opening, and you’re right. The PSP has the After Years and the Interlude. I never finished AY either for whatever reason or another. More project!


              • I absolutely LOVED Chrono Cross, particularly the OST. I wasn’t as overwhelmingly fond of it like I was CT, but I had a really great time. One of those RPGs I’d love to go back and play again at some point. Ever play through Legend of Dragoon? That was another great one that released around the same time.

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                • The soundtrack was stellar for that game. There’s this one song that centered around the character Miguel (?) I have no idea what it was called, but I remember it was epic and very timeless sounding (appropriate for a Chrono game). I remember not liking it as much as Trigger because I felt like there were too many characters and not enough plot, but I’m going to go back and replay it with an open mind. It’s been like a decade.

                  I don’t think so! I just looked it up on Grouvee and it’s on my backlog list now. I may not have time, but I never want to miss out on an RPG I might enjoy. It comes on the PSP, which means it will be pretty easy to play. I may start playing a main game on a console and another on a handheld. This is pretty much how I do my reading, too. I can read four at a time since I use my kindle.


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