The State of the Gamer: 5/23/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 5/16/17          The State of the Gamer: 5/30/17–>

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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Currently Playing: 2

Title: Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Date Purchased: March 21, 2017
Date Started: March 27, 2017

Am I starting to get bored with this?  Eh, maybe a little.  I still like the story; the dialogue is clever; the music is excellent, but some of the daily stuff is starting to become tiring.  It’s hard to level up because you’re kind of at the whim of whether or not you receive the right materials in order to do it, and of course I could spend lapis and eventually money to grind more for them, which is how they get you.  I’m going to keep going for now, but I may start cutting back on how often I play.  Right now I log in every day in order to collect my daily reward.

Title: The Room Two
Genre: Puzzle, Mystery
Developer: Fireproof Games
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: December 2013 (iOS), February 2014 (Android)
Date Purchased: May 16, 2016
Date Started: May 16, 2016

They hooked me.  The Room was free; The Room Two was $2.99 and irresistible to a puzzle lover such as myself.  It’s a little bit more expansive than The Room, as in you’re not limited to just one spot, but are literally in a room with numerous places to look for clues.  As such, the puzzles are a little more obvious.  Finding a light bulb will probably set off a mental light bulb that it belongs in an empty socket, and finding a scrap of a picture will intuitively need to go onto a torn one.  It’s still challenging, but in a different way.


Games Currently Watching

Title: Phantasy Star
Series: Phantasy Star
Genre: RPG – Fantasy/Science Fiction
Developer: Sega
Original Platforms: Sega Master System
Other Platforms: Sega Genesis, Wii Virtual Console
Original Release Date: December 20, 1987
Let’s Player: Hungry Goriya
Date Started: March 24, 2017

I was worried for a bit that HG had put this on the back burner, since she put out an LP of Super Mario All Stars, but there was an update this week.  A pilot for the ship has been found!

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

I just finished watching the Quarian Fleet destroy the geth dreadnought…while Shepherd and crew were still on it.  Of course the intrepid commander made it off alive with Legion in tow.

Title: Out of This World/Another World & Heart of the Alien
Series: N/A
Genre: Cinematic platformer, action-adventure
Developer: Delphine Software
Original Platform(s): Various
Original Release Date: 1991
Let’s Player: MikeNnemonic
Date Started: May 13, 2017

I’m now on the Heart of the Alien part of the let’s play, and wow, this is interesting.  First, I never knew there was a second part/sequel to Out of This World, and I certainly didn’t know it starred your alien friend whose name everyone just agrees is Buddy, because Lester is incapacitated.  Again for a game of its time, the cinematography is amazing, and it’s obvious there was some kind of alien civil war with the ones who captured Lester laying waste to the settlement that Buddy and others live in.  I’m really curious how this all works out and how the hell Lester gets home, if he manages to get home or survive at all.


.Games Added to Playlist: 5

  1. Shadowrun – An old school RPG that takes inspiration from Blade Runner and other cyberpunk stories.
  2. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 – I’m pretty sure this was a Cheap Boss Attack recommendation, because I’d initially added Persona 4 Golden to my backlog, but that game is exclusively for the Vita, which alas I don’t have yet.
  3. Riviera: The Promised Land – My Un-Final Fantasy post was probably one of my best for conversation and finding new games to add to my playlist.  This was a recommendation from Mr. Panda.  It’s on either the GBA or PSP, both systems I own!
  4. Mega Man Legends – I never knew that Mega Man had an RPG series for it, but I suppose if Mario does, Mega Man should get his shot in turn based land, too.  Another Mr. Panda recommendation!
  5. The Room Three – Since I loved the original and Two so much, it only makes sense to add the third game to my backlog.

Total Games in Backlog: 112
Change from Last Week: +3


Games Added to Watch List: 1

  1. Soma

Total Games on Watch List: 26
Change from Last Week: +1


Games Purchased This Week: 2

  1. Horizon: Zero Dawn – I made good on my poll promise and bought it last week!  It arrived a few days later pretty as a picture.  I haven’t cracked it open yet to play, because I’m currently at my two game minimum, and my husband pretty much plays Destiny every evening lol.  $55.22.
  2. Final Fantasy Type-0 – It was pretty cheap, plus I had some Amazon points to spend along with my gift card.  It’s a Day One Edition, too.  $21.00.

Yes, I took the pictures against the draft of this post. It’s postception!

Sorry the picture is a bit dark.  My flash decided not to work in this one, but I definitely have the games!


Miscellaneous

The flash did work in this picture.  My tattoo was looking pretty ratty the first few days after I removed the cover.  Like I mentioned before, my artist tried something different by covering it with the same material they use for burn victims, but I took it off a day or so in advance.  There was ink EVERYWHERE.  It was all over my arm and among the letters along with the stickiness from the glue, and I tried to clean it off first with soap and water then with acetone.  The latter helped a little, but after a few days, it came off by itself (whoohoo perpetually shedding skin cells!) and now it’s almost completely healed.

There’s still a little bit of scabbing as you can see (and I should probably put some lotion on it), but the itchy phase is nearly done, nor was it that bad this time due to the burn screen.  I love the font.


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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42 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 5/23/17

  1. Pingback: The State of the Gamer: 5/16/17 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. The new ink looks great! Hopefully you enjoy watching SOMA as much as I did playing it. Such an incredible mindfuck of a story. Shin Megami Tensei IV may very well have been me. I haven’t gotten to the game’s sequel yet, which I received for Christmas. Story of my life, I guess?

    I’m currently playing Thumper on Switch, which is an equally rad and terrifying rhythm game that makes you feel like you’re being chased by a serial killer while riding a roller coaster. It’s a tough one to explain, but the music and visuals are nightmarish and it’s one of the most intense games I’ve ever played. Apparently it started off as a VR game and that’s a big ol’ nope. It feels weird to have anxiety from a rhythm game, but the horror/sci-fi visuals help a ton. Check out a video or something to see what I mean.

    I’m actually jotting down my first draft of its review because I *really* want to get to Prey.

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    • Ah you said the magic words! I love mind fuck stories. I think it was you who mentioned Shin Megami Tensei, because I’m pretty sure we were talking about it.

      I don’t think I could do VR especially not VR where someone/something is chasing me. Nope. Nope. Nope. I could see doing something like a roller coaster or something like that, but a game like Silent Hill? #out I may have heard of this game…I’ll look it up.

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  3. Nice rundown! Fun fact: Out Of This World II is like Metal Gear Snake’s Revenge in that it was made without the creator’s input or go ahead. So it isn’t considered canon by Another World creator Eric Chahi. Just as Snake’s Revenge isn’t recognized by Hideo Kojima. Cheers!

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      • According to Wikipedia, he had suggested making an alternate cut of Another World played from the perspective of the Alien rather than Lester. Interplay made an entirely new game instead of doing so. It has no input or direction from Chahi.

        If you have a Steam account, or you buy DRM free stuff from GOG the 20th Anniversary Edition of Another World is in their stores, and is worth every penny. It even has some subtitled interviews with Chahi, where he explains how he made the game.

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  4. The daily grind, increased story boss difficulty, and issues with not getting a certain character are taking their toll on my enjoyment of BE. I saved up for another 5k Lapis 11 person summon. I got all duplicates and Golbez. Yesterday I got Sazh though! I have 5 out of 6 L’cie at least, haha. I’m just going to level some new characters and see if they have better luck with the boss I’m stuck on.

    I can’t wait to read what you think of HZD 😀 That tattoo healing method sounds kind of messy, but I’m glad it worked out for you. The font on your new ink is really amazing!!

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    • I can’t believe you can’t get the most important L’Cie *grumble* I didn’t play last night because I wasn’t home, but I’m not that upset I missed my daily reward. I have a feeling I’m going to get to where you are where the story bosses are too difficult for my characters and I’ll need to grind up to another level. It if were a typical FF I wouldn’t mind, but it’s such a crap shoot with whether you’re going to get the materials you need.

      I love the font, too!

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  5. Pingback: The State of the Gamer: 5/30/17 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  6. I’m a week late to the party, but thank you for the shoutouts! I hope you have a lot of fun with your un-Final Fantasy games if you end up picking them up! I’ve played so many un-FF RPGs, but I still have more on my current backlog that I have to tackle! They’re always the longest, haha.

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