The State of the Gamer: 1/17/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 1/10/17          The State of the Gamer: 1/24/17–>

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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Title: Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square/Tose (GBA)
Original Platform: NES
Original Release Date: December 18, 1987
Current Platform: Gameboy Advance
Current Platform Release Date: July 29, 2004
Date Started: November 20, 2016


Did she play any DoS this week?  Vote now!




No.  No, she did not.  My DS sits lonely on my nightstand, because I also didn’t play any…

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


More broken promises Shameful Narcissist?  You should be…ashamed!

This tells me I need to put these on my to-do list.  This also may have something to do with my reading before bed in place of playing as I used to do.  I blame my new Kindle Fire.

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’m on the final chapter of this Final Fantasy.  I’m not sure if that’s redundant or ironic given the nature of the series.  No spoilers, but as you get closer to this chapter, you’ll notice the higher abundance of Arma gems received for each major battle.  The reason for this is the number of Tearoom quests that open up.  I just finished nearly all of them except one, which is an optional boss fight.  I started it, but it was around 3:00am some time this weekend, and my hits were taking off around 650, which was like chipping away at a mountain.  This morning I woke up and realized the perfect strategy for this fight.  I’ll report back next week.

I’m quite close to the end of the game, but there’s a lot of after game quests that I can’t wait to plunge into.  There are Mirages and transfigurations you can’t get until this time (included Tama’s for the latter, which is important in a side quest among other things), and I fully intend to 100% this thing.  I MUST catch them all.

Games Currently Watching

Title: Mass Effect II
Series: Mass Effect
Genre: Action RPG – Sci-Fi
Developer: BioWare
Original Platform(s): Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: January 26, 2010
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: November 19, 2016


The intrepid let’s player has finished all of the crew’s loyalty missions, the last being Tali’s, and just to say again, the voice acting in this game is beyond spectacular.  There are times where I’ll keep going back to hear a perfectly delivered line again and again; it’s just that good.

I’m also fond of the dialogue that opens up after the loyalty missions are done.  Who knew Mordin had a decent singing voice? Lol.  And is Grunt the only blue-eyed krogan?  I can’t recall seeing any other with that hue.  Wrex has red eyes, and I’ve seen some yellow, but I don’t think any other krogan has blue eyes.  I’m wondering if this is some kind of statement on, er, eugenics since Grunt is supposed to be the “perfect krogan.”

Title: Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord
Genre: RPG
Developer: Kogado Software Products
Original Platform(s): Sega
Original Release Date: October 18, 1987
Let’s Player: Hungry Goriya

*waits patiently for the next video*

Games Added to Playlist: 5

  1. Phantasy Star
  2. Vandal Hearts
  3. Valkyrie Profile
  4. Yoshi’s Woolly World

Thanks to Hungrygoriya for 2, 3, and 4.  The Yoshi game was just too cute to pass up :3  Actually…I think HG is responsible for Phantasy Star, too hehe.

Games Bought This Week: 0

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: 1/10/17          The State of the Gamer: 1/24/17–>



35 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 1/17/17

  1. Pingback: The State of the Gamer: 1/10/17 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. Awwww I’m sorry for making you wait! I am hoping to play some more Miracle Warriors tomorrow on stream and then hopefully get some more LP stuff up this weekend. I appreciate your patience!

    I am a horrible, horrible influence when it comes to getting more games into the backlog. If you started running in the other direction and never looked back at me and my horrible backlog influence, I’d understand entirely. 😛

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    • Omg that whole thing with Miranda and her sister definitely put me on a more empathetic side with her. What is up with father’s willing to do anything for genetically perfect children?! It reminded me of Sephiroth, and we know what happened to him 😦 That’s one thing about futuristic stories that’s troubling, because we’re moving in the direction of being able to do things like that, but we also don’t seem to pay attention to the implications that most narratives of that type warn us about.

      I’m almost done watching ME2 and soon I’ll be on ME3. I’ve seen the ending of the series, and I was a bit let down like many of the fans. I’m hoping that by watching the entire series, I might be more favorable. At the very least, I’ll have a more informed opinion of it. Plus Andromeda will be out soon!

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      • Yeah it seems like real life hardly ever takes a look at what media and other folks in the arts are saying about the state of the world/technological advancements/etc. before it’s too late…

        While I was initially a little disappointed, I actually found the endings to be.. well… pretty good. I understand where fans were coming from, but I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. And yes, I’m excited for Andromeda in a few months!

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        • And the arts budget has (or is going to be) severely cut :\ Life mimics art or artists are the type of people who see the patterns and shape of what life makes and create their work with these predictions woven in. It’s frustrating for people who can divine the message to be dismissed and ignored. I’ve been saying for years that FFVII is the closest of the series to what’s going on in modern times, and that terrifies me, because it’s (imo) the darkest.

          I think there’s a reason dystopian fiction, especially YA dystopian fiction is such a huge market D:

          I will let you know! I’m excited to see if my opinion changes based on seeing the entire story instead of snippets pieced together with the ME Wiki.

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          • Omg politics… Suffice it to say my representatives are hearing from me about the arts (and various other issues, but this is not a political blog haha).

            I would agree with you on dystopian fiction. Have you ever read Super Sad True Love Story? It’s… terrifying. But really good. …and terrifying.

            Your comparison to FFVII is interesting, because I just had a conversation about current events and Dragon Age: Inquisition, insofar as the different factions were refusing to speak to each other and it would have been so easy to just get wrapped up in opinions if you didn’t really search for facts beneath the hysteria. And it showed how important (and hard) it could be to listen to a point of view that you don’t agree with… hm…

            And 😀 to Mass Effect goodness haha Have fun!

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            • I just read the blurb on it and wow, that is terrifying. I need to do the same thing you’re doing with the representatives, though I will say I’m very proud of my state (PA). All three of them voted again DeVos. I’ve debated saying something about the current events on my blog. It’s not political either, but it’s funny in that everything IS political insofar as it makes a statement. FFVII is definitely political (and hilariously Cloud states at one point “I don’t care about your politics), since environmental and disenfranchisement of the poor are totally political. Dragon Age and Mass Effect are, too. It couldn’t help but snicker at a part in ME2 where Shepherd runs into a human centered politician and then the xenophobic Turian one. If you can recognize the metaphor, you can see how it all lines up.

              You’re right on the money with listening to a point of view you don’t agree with. It’s something I have to work on. I want to be willing to listen to any point of view granting it doesn’t attempt to deny anyone their human rights.

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  3. Have fun with the end of World of Final Fantasy! I hear the post-game is pretty substantial, so you may never see the light of another game again (haha).

    I ended up pre-ordering the Switch, so I’m trying to knock out as much of the backlog as possible. I started Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE on Wii U, which is a cross-over between the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem series. I just hit the 40 hour mark and it’s extremely good. If it doesn’t drop the ball, it’d probably end up in my #3 spot last year. Imagine the J-pop idol stuff on Final Fantasy X-2, the vibrancy of Persona 4, and the sheer absurdity of Japanese hero shows like Kamen Rider. I love it!

    Paper Mario: Color Splash is next on the agenda, but I received a retro cyberpunk adventure game to review on PS4 called 2064: Read Only Memories. Supposed to be super rad, so after THAT it’ll be Paper Mario.

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    • Noooo, hopefully I’ll slow down after I finish or at least slow down enough that I’ll allow myself to play something else. I still need to start FFV for my project. There’s currently a bunch of Mirages that I’m not of a high enough level to catch. Like boss strength Mirages whose prismitunity is taking off “a large amount of damage” which is probably in the 10000s range. I also finally got to the point where I can open that last Tearoom mission on the Big Bridge, but I keep getting my ass kicked. Thought I had a strategy, and boy was I wrong.

      I can’t wait to hear the preliminary takes on the Switch. I think it’s going to be good even if some of the issues you and others have brought up aren’t quite resolved. Nintendo shall endure! I’m hoping my Zelda loving friend decides to sell me his Wii U, which reminds me I need to test out my GameCube this weekend, as I may be able to use that as a bargaining chip.

      I’ve heard mixed stuff about Color Splash. Olizandri has a LP of it I might check out. I like the PM series. Retro cyberpunk adventure? I may have to look into this!


      • A Wii U is a nice acquisition, I think. Right at the end of its life cycle is perfect, since there’s a pretty substantial library of fun games to grab at your leisure. Like the Wii catalog, I fear that some of the games will skyrocket in price (some of those Wii games, even bad ones, are still $60–sometimes incomplete).

        I just reached the final chapter of Tokyo Mirage, and should have it finished by tomorrow night. With any luck 2064 ROM won’t take long and I can get started on Color Splash next week. Fingers crossed!

        I *did* hear that WoFF gets pretty tough at the end, especially for mirage collectors. Apparently they were right lol.

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  4. There’s no excuse for neglecting poor FF IV like that… Shame! 🙂

    I have no doubt I will try to get the Platinum Trophy for WoFF when I get to it. Have fun catching them all!

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