The State of the Gamer: 11/8/16

<–The State of the Gamer: 11/1/16          The State of the Gamer: 11/15/16–>

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


I haven’t clocked many hours in this (re?) replay, but I’m right outside of Fabul.  I keep having too much to do and not remembering it until it’s late, and the Fabul situation will take at least an hour to resolve since once you go in, you have to complete it.

As mentioned last week, I do want to and should be starting Dawn of Souls, which is also on the GBA, but the same issue has arisen for why I haven’t played much of the DS version of FFIV.  I’m also super stressed out and my concentration is shot 😦

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


Am I even still playing this?  I critiqued it last week, and I haven’t touched it in about two weeks’ time.  It’s still in my DS (opposite FFIV) so the possibility is always there.

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
Date Started: November 5, 2016


I love this game, at least what I’ve seen so far.  It’s Final Fantasy meets Pokemon, though the latter I was never really into.  Not because I’m derisive of it at all; it was just not one of my many hobbies.  WOFF is adorable for one thing.  I love the battle system (reminiscent of Child of Light, which used the same system as Grandia II).  It’s an ATB with a timeline that includes your characters and enemies.  When someone reaches the top, then an action can be done.

The story of the game involves fraternal twins Lann and Reynn, brother and sister, with amnesia (of course).  They’re compelled by a mysterious, white haired lady named Enna Kros to enter the world of Grymoire in order to remember who they are and realize their destiny.  Standard Final Fantasy fare.  The Pokemon influences have to do with Mirages, monsters you can catch and use for your own purposes either by stacking them (literally putting them on your head or you standing on them) or separate.  Lann and Reynn can also switch between a little (I forget the actual name) and Jiant form.  The little form looks like those Funko Pop figures..



The best part is the game gives you the option of Japanese voice acting with English subtitles, and I want this to be standard in every Final Fantasy going forward.  There’s no reason it can’t be, and both subbers and dubbers will be appeased.  I immediately changed it to that when I saw there was the option, especially after hearing from Cheap Boss Attack how annoying Tama’s voice is.  Just reading it, I get a Jar Jar Binks vibe, and it is so much less bothersome in Japanese…not that I’ve listened to it in English at all hehe.

I just finished a battle with three familiar summons, or rather I came upon three familiar summons and had to choose to battle one of them.  I was thankfully able to pull through, but now I want to go back, because once you fight a Mirage of any type, if you come upon it again, you can possibly catch it, and I want all the summons.

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’ve been remiss with this, too.  Seriously…the (American) election has caused me so much anxiety, and it’s at its peak today since it’s Election Day D: D: D:  I’m terrified of the result even as I’m hopeful that my country will make the right decision.  I have so many “logical” arguments that could just possibly be my whistle in the dark, but if I step out of myself (or at least try to) they seem pretty sound.  Ugh, I’m sorry I’m babbling about my election anxiety instead of talking about Mass Effect 😦

I think the last thing I saw was…omg I can’t remember.  Oh!  There was a Rachni attack on a listening post, but this was apparently a side quest from early in the game.  Olizandri didn’t get to it until right before the last mission starts.  I’m almost finished the LP.  I’m not going to write a full blown review since I haven’t played the game at all, but I’ll probably give some impressions.

Games Added to Playlist: 10

  1. Eternal Darkness – thanks to Load/Error for including this in his Halloween special!  It’s a horror game, so I can’t promise I’ll be able to play it or watch it, but it looks interesting enough that I want to try.
  2. fLOw – by the same people who opened their hearts and brought us Bound and Flower comes fLOwThe Well-Red Mage’s review prompted this add, and holy shit the name of one of the programmers is Jenova D: D: D: D: D: D:
  3. Dragon Quest V – the Evil Wizard, Esq. did a comprehensive review of a bunch of Dragon Quest games, which prompted me to mega add.
  4. Dragon Quest IV – already talked about why I added this above.  Curse you Evil Wizard! *shakes fist*
  5. Dragon Quest VIII
  6. Dragon Quest VII
  7. Dragon Quest VI
  8. Dragon Quest IV
  9. Dragon Warrior III – combo breaker 🙂
  10. Dragon Warrior II

Games Bought This Week: 0

No purchase this week; I’m quite broke, but Cheap Boss Attack gave me the lowdown that there’s a major sale on the PSN.  $2 games like Symphony of the Night, Grandia (the original), Final Fantasy Origins, and Chrono Trigger (which I have, but just spreading the information), and others.  The sale is supposed to go on until next Tuesday, so I should be able to scrape some money together by then.  I’d like to at least purchase Grandia and Symphony..

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: 11/1/16          The State of the Gamer: 11/15/16–>




14 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 11/8/16

  1. Pingback: The State of the Gamer: 11/1/16 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. I rented Eternal Darkness when I was a teenager. It was spooky and awesome. The “insanity meter” was a great idea, and I remember my character going crazy and seeing bugs crawl on the screen. I never got too far into it, but it’s on my wishlist. I think we read the same blog about it 🙂

    I’m staying far away from that PSN sale. The last thing I need it a ton of games added to my backlog, lol

    Again, I’m so sorry about your election results 😦 I find video games are a great way to escape from harsh reality for a few hours.

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    • I bought four games! I think they’re already on my backlog so I’m really just helping myself out, see?

      Ugh, it’s beyond sad and infuriating. And the entire world and country (those of us who are rational) feels this way. Everyone was waiting with bated breath for sanity to prevail…and it didn’t. I’ve had a theory about this entire debacle for a while and certain things have made me think it may be true. I’ll have to dig up the tumblr post I saw about it at some point…

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  3. Awesome that you love World of Final Fantasy so much! I’d known about it, but it didn’t strike me as something I wanted until it came out and I saw what people thought of it. This is quickly becoming a top wish-list game for the holidays. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Happy gaming and good luck on FFIV as usual!

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    • It’s soooo good. I’m still learning the ropes and trying to figure out the best way to do things. It’s been a really long time since I played a Final Fantasy that didn’t have like a billion strat guides out there! It’s kind of refreshing though. I don’t have to keep going back and forth to my computer as I try to figure it out myself by trial and error.

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