The State of the Gamer: 2/21/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 2/14/17          The State of the Gamer: 2/28/17–>

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: Journey
Genre: Adventure, Art
Developer: Thatgamecompany
Original Platforms: PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: March 13, 2012
Current Platform: PlayStation 4
Current Platform Release Date: July 21, 2015
Date Purchased: January 21, 2017
Date Started: February 11, 2017

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No progress on this one this week.  I decided to start another game by thatgamecompany (discussed below), but I”ll probably play more of this tomorrow (Wednesday).

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

dawn-of-souls

Nope again.  I just can’t seem to find time to fit this into the rotation.

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

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Yes!  I finished the Tower of Zot and am currently in Baron with the Magma Stone in my possession.  My next stop is Agart and the underground.

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
Date Finished(?): February 19, 2017

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So I’ve seen the real and official ending credits, but there’s still more game to go.  I don’t think this is too spoilery, since I”m not giving any story elements away, but after you complete the second (real) ending, three new gates appear in the Girl’s Tearoom.  They’re optional dungeons with a boss fight at the end of them, and that boss fight is the “dark” versions of the Shiva, Ramuh, and Ifrit mirages.  All of them.  You fight a stacked version of “dark” Shiva, Mishiva, and Babliz; Ramuh, Zaphyr, and Zapt; and Ifrit, Affrite, and Fritt.  You can only catch the the littlest mirage in each stack (receiving mementos for the other ones), and the largest mirage will restack immediately if toppled once their turn comes back up.  Of course there’s a trick to it lol.  I’ve managed to catch dark Bablizz or Brrblizz so far, and I’m going to go after at least Joult (dark Zapt) tomorrow.

Since I’ve seen the (actual) credits, I think I can count this as a finish, but I’ll put another date once I finish off all the extras and have every single mirage.  This could also be my way of putting off writing a review lol, which I’m actually looking forward to doing.

Title: fLOw
Genre: Life Simulation
Developer: Thatgamecompany & SuperVillain Studios
Platform(s): Adobe Flash, PlayStation 3, PSP, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Release Date:  April 14, 2016
Date Bought: November 12, 2016
Date Started: February 20, 2017
Date Finished: February 20, 2017

I decided to give this game a whirl yesterday, and it’s not really my cup of tea.  I think the main reason is my utterly horrible sense of direction.  You have to guide your little creature by turning the controller this way and that, and I’m not good at that.  I believe it’s the same controls in Journey, but I’m better able to navigate that more two dimensional plane.  So in terms of TSN’s playing of fLOw, I’ve gone with it, and I’m done.  I’m not going to rate or review it, because it’s mostly my bad sense of direction that stymied my playing efforts, and it’s not fair to judge a game because of my foibles.

I do count this as a “complete” for my Four in February since I am done playing it, and with WOFF done (at least technically), I’ve finished two with seven days left to go.


Games Currently Watching

Title: Ys: The Vanished Omens
Series: Ys
Genre: Action RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Nihon Falcon
Original Platform: Multiple
Original Release Date: June 21, 1987
Let’s Player: Hungry Goriya
Date Started: February 13, 2017

Whenever the next update is, I’ll be watching.  The field music is so epic, and I’m enjoying the experience of different RPGs and alternative battle systems.

Title: Mass Effect III
Series: Mass Effect
Genre: Action RPG – Sci-Fi
Developer: BioWare
Original Platform(s): Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: March 6, 2012
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: January 23, 2017

The next episode is going to contain Wrex, so I’m excited about that.

I’m also going to need to start watching an LP of the first ME again, because AmbiGaming is now playing it.  You can check out her Let’s Play here 🙂

When I start watching it, I’ll include it in my Watch list, but I wanted to provide the info so that you all can beat me to it hehe.


Games Added to Playlist: 5

My “drug dealer” strikes again, and he’s not sorry.  He admitted it in the comments!  I don’t remember what post, but he knows who he is!  But I’m not sorry either.  I want to broaden my JRPG and RPG horizons, and the best way to do that is to play non-Final Fantasy JRPGs.  Now FF is always going to be my favorite (we all already know that), but I do love me some sweet compare/contrasts, and I’ve never been one to complain about experiencing new stories (though you will hear me constantly bitch about not having enough time).

  1. Blue Dragon
  2. Lost Odyssey
  3. Magna Carta: Tears of Blood
  4. Infinite Discovery
  5. Tales of Vesperia

I already have Tales of Berseria on my list, but Vesperia was suggested, too, so why not.  All the RPGs!


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?

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17 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 2/21/17

  1. Pingback: The State of the Gamer: 2/14/17 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. Thanks for the shout-out! (And sorry for the game I picked…)

    As much as I love Journey and Flower, I never was a big fan of Flow. It was one of those games that, although I enjoyed the simplicity if the premise, I actually wound up feeling anxious about it. It was really weird because I never feel anxious playing games. I gave it a good hard try for about an hour, and then turned it off. I feel a little bad about it, because maybe I missed some deep, amazing Meaning or Insight, but it just didn’t do it for me.

    On top of Mass Effect, I’m going through Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. I love sailing, and there are big sailing ships in this game, so I’m pretty happy with it (haha). But seriously, it’s interesting. I’m not really invested in the story quite yet, but I’m having fun running (and sailing) around the world. Shadow of Mordor borrowed some of its parkour and combat feats from the AC series, so it’s interested to play AC now, as it feels like Shadow of Mordor with a pirate theme painted on it. Although maybe it was supposed to be the other way around… Anyway, if you can get your hands on a copy, I’d recommend giving it a look.

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    • I completely understand your anxiety about fLOw! I felt the same way because I’m so bad at direction, and I just couldn’t get the hang of it. I have major trouble with direction though, so I just don’t thin it’s the game for me.

      I think I have an Assassin’s Creed game my brother gave me. I’ve always been interested in that series to either play or watch. The story just seemed so awesome, plus assassins are cool lol.

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  3. Thanks for the shout out (even if I was labeled a pusher!) dood! I’m working through Elder Scrolls Online’s main story quest and 4 expansions to prep for its Morrowind expansion in June. Also leveling a Control Wizard in Neverwinter on PS4, which is fun. Congrats on your completion of 4IF =)

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  4. Congrats on clearing Tower of Zot! I liked the little cinematic that shows the underground area opening up on the PSP version of IV.

    Yes, I know this shady dealer you speak of all too well 🙂 I’ve only played two Tales games: Symphonia and Legendia. I liked both a lot so Vesperia and Berseria are probably good too.

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    • I just entered the Underground through Agart, but I haven’t made my way into the Dwarf Castle yet (since it triggers a battle with those evil dolls). I want to replay the PSP version, but I also want to play the DS version of IV since I’ve never seen that one at all.

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  5. Congrats on getting the true ending of WoFF! Good luck on those optional dungeons! There’s a lot of content in that game, it seems! I have Final Fantasy related news, though it’s not actual gaming. My wife and I got to meet the voice actor for FFXV’s Noctis last weekend! He’s so cool, and my wife ended up getting so many autographs on all of our FFXV stuff. It was a true pleasure to meet the voice behind the Noct.

    Aside from playing this interesting 3DS game, Punch Club, for review, I’ve actually been watching my wife playing through Fire Emblem Awakening. I haven’t seen her get so hardcore into a game since the last Zelda game she’s played! It’s hilarious and I love how engrossed she is with leveling up all the right units. It’s heartwarming to me. I’m also still playing Super Mario 64 for my aforementioned project, and I’m happy to say it’s finally getting somewhere after so much planning. Hopefully, it all pans out in the end!

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    • I finished the three and then a fourth opened, but I need to do some more Mirage hunting on my quest to have one of each Mirage/Transfiguration.

      OMG really?? I haven’t played FFXV, but meeting anyone involved with Final Fantasy must be an absolutely out of this work experience :O I’m guessing it was the English voice actor? Does XV give you the option of Japanese like WOFF does? I’m so out of touch with these things hehe.

      Fire Emblem has been on my list for a while. It’s definitely another series I want to get into, and if your wife is putting it on the same level as Zelda, I know I’m in for a treat. Zelda is amazing #nuffsaid

      I really can’t wait to see this project, especially now that I know it involves a Mario game. You can never go wrong with that!

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      • It’s awesome that you’re putting in so much into WoFF! Makes me excited for my playthrough! Yes, it was the English voice actor of XV for the main character Noctis! I’d love to meet the Japanese voice actor someday though! The closest I got to meeting someone Japanese involved with Final Fantasy was when I met one of the composers for FFXI. By the way, I believe XV does have the option for Japanese.

        My wife is enjoying Fire Emblem so much! It’s definitely something interesting to get into for fans of strategy and epic medieval stories. Zelda is also indeed amazing so nuff is surely said!

        Also, I’m glad you’re excited about my project! It’s finally coming along after months of planning, and I hope you’ll enjoy it when I get it going! 🙂

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