The State of the Gamer: 8/1/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 7/25/17          The State of the Gamer: 8/8/17–>

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.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a essentially Goodreads for gamers, so please feel free to friend me there!

Currently Playing: 4

Title: Final Fantasy Type-0
Series: Final Fantasy/Fabula Nova Crystallis
Genre: Action RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform: PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 27, 2011
Date Purchased: May 18, 2017
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Progress: Chapter 2

Did I play Type-0?  No, I did not, and no that’s not a typo *runs away*

Title: Final Fantasy V
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Platform: PlayStation
Release Date: December 6, 1992
Date Purchased: Unknown
Date Started: June 17, 2017

Progress: Outside Walz Castle – Grinding

I did some brief leveling this weekend, while watching Adventure Time, because grinding is kind of boring.  I want to get to Level 13 before I take on Shiva again, but now that I’m thinking about it, I won’t have the Level 2 black magic anyway (Fire 2), so I’ll probably just continue onto Walz Tower next time I play.  I can (hopefully) come back for Shiva right after that.

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

Progress: Rank 29

I made it to a town on Dirnado, and I’ve met Lid, the engineer and next character that was already spoiled in some of the Vortex missions.(they’ll have their dialogue even though they’re not there; it’s really weird).  In FFBE, “Cid” is a title given to master engineers, which I think is a pretty cool way to reference the ubiquitous name.  Right now, my characters are looking for an airship, but I’m going to take some time to try and clear out some missions since I’ve gotten new ones.

Title: The Room Three
Genre: Puzzle, Mystery
Developer: Fireproof Games
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: 2015
Date Purchased: May 28, 2017
Date Started: May 28, 2017
Date Finished (1): July 4, 2017
Playing Duration: 37 days

Progress: After first ending – Trapped

I’ve collected the two artifacts needed to open the two other puzzle boxes at the end.  I did that tonight but stopped playing before finishing it.  That’ll be next sessions when I’ll hopefully finish the game for good.


Games Currently Watching: 3

Title: The Last of Us
Genre: Third-Person Shooter, Action-Adventure, Survival – Horror
Developer: Naughty Dog
Platforms: PlayStation 3 & 4
Release Date: June 14, 2013
Let’s Player: ChristopherOdd
Date Started: July 23, 2017

Progress: 22%

Something huge just happened.  *spoiler*  Tess revealed she was infected after she, Joel, and Ellie made it to the capitol building to find the Firefly contact who was supposed to take Ellie was dead.  She then insisted Joel keep going with Ellie to get here where she needs to go, because Tess is experiencing symptoms just one hour after being bitten, but Ellie has been infected for three weeks with none.  She stays behind as the military/police show up and attempts to buy Joel and Ellie time.  *end spoiler*

I knew something like that was going to happen just based on the description of the game.  There are only two people mentioned, so you know something is going to happen to the third.  Like any other zombie narrative, I agree with that decision.  I wouldn’t want to turn into a runner let alone (god forbid) a clicker.  I have a theory about *spoiler* why Ellie is immune. *end spoiler*  I think it has to do with the age of infection.  You haven’t seen any runners or clickers that aren’t adults.  This sounds like a book I recently added to my TBR list where once a child hits 18, they succumb to the same infection that’s turned the adults, but under a certain age, you won’t be infected (The Rains).  I’m wondering if there’s some hormones you have after puberty that makes you susceptible.  This game is amazing, and the voice acting is some of the best I’ve ever heard.

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

Progress: Ongoing

I need to watch part 23 tonight!

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
Date Finished: July 19, 2017
Watching Duration: 177 days

Progress: 90%

I watched the first Citadel DLC about the sushi bar skirmish.  I suppose I was mistaken in thinking that Shepherd and Joker could just have a nice quiet dinner, though the apartment Anderson gave her is ridiculous. 


Games Added to Backlog: 5

  1. The Metronomicon – I was discussing this with iplayedthegame.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a rhythm RPG (though I suppose Theatrhythm would probably count, wouldn’t it?), and I certainly haven’t played one.  On the backlog it goes!
  2. Splatoon 2 – I have Mr. Panda to thank for my renewed interest in this game!  The descriptions on both Grouvee and Amazon make it sound like a regular third-person shooter where you’re looking to gun down enemies, but in reality it’s more like Super Mario Sunshine in reverse.  Check out his review linked above!
  3. Nintendogs + Cats
  4. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
  5. Lunar: Dragon Song – These three were all brought to my attention by Hungrygoriya’s last “Acquired Post,” where she delves into the world of the handheld Nintendo DS.  I can’t believe I haven’t played Nintendogs, since I love animals and would probably adore that game.  I’ve played Puzzle Quest before with friends.  The music is absolutely epic, and Lunar: Dragon Song is an RPG, so no explanation for that needed 🙂

Total Games in Backlog: 134
Change from Last Week: +5


Games Added to Watch List: 0

Total Games on Watch List: 36
Change from Last Week: 0


Games Purchased This Week: 0


Miscellaneous

Post – You’ll notice I went back to the “lazy” way of showing what I added to my list.  It was extremely time consuming to go through it the fancier way.  I was trying to match the format to my State of the Reader posts, but I’m far more liberal in fluffing up my game backlog than I am increasing the number of novels on my TBR and watch lists, so it’s very possible that I’ll have 10+ games on each any given week.  I’ll either remember or be reminded of something I wanted to play or watch, and that could come in batches.  I think the more minimal style still imparts the necessary information.

Post/Banner – I still need to work on my banner.  I like it, but the dimensions aren’t right.  It needs to be wider, which means I’ll probably need to redo it again since I haven’t been able to change the width on any of the programs I have.  I’ll play around with it a little more.

Switch – I need to purchase a game for my Switch to justify the money I spent on it.  I’m trying to be a little more prudent with my finances right now until around mid-August, but I do want to pick something up soon.

Nintendo 2DS – I added the Nintendo 2DS XL to my Amazon wish list, because it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.  The only reason I was interested in a 3DS was because of games that are only available through it (Bravely Default, Theatrhythm, Fire Emblem, et al), but I have no interest in 3D.  I’d probably never use that function, but I didn’t like that the original 2DS didn’t have the clam shell that the 3DS did, which is what I wanted.  Why they decided not to make the 2DS in the same way as the 3DS and the original DS is beyond me (money), but I’m happy they mended their ways.

At $150, it’s a…LOL, so I looked up the 3DS on Amazon, and now you can find them for less than $100.  The most expensive one I can find now is the $174 galaxy one.  Hilarious.


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: 7/25/17          The State of the Gamer: 8/8/17–>

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31 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 8/1/17

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  2. Thank you very much for the shoutout! And I’m so happy that my review helped you learn what Splatoon 2 really is, despite whatever Amazon has told you. 😉 I’d love to play it or any other multiplayer game with you on the Switch once you open it up! Also, a 2DS XL sounds like it would be perfect for you! It looks like a great system, and you’ll have so many awesome games to play! We can be friends on 3DS/2DS as well! 😀

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  3. I definitely think the job system in Final Fantasy V is a big improvement over Final Fantasy III’s. Of the games I’ve played so far, it’s my favorite from a gameplay standpoint. That said, the grinding can get tedious. Whenever that happens, I tend to put on a podcast or video.

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          • It’s the one before the abyss. I finished it Thursday night and found it to be very thought provoking. Also utterly terrifying (and most games tend not to scare me much these days). The monster designs!! The walk through the abyss was horrible as well.

            I think the ending would have been more effective if they didn’t have the post credits part though. It feels like they felt they had to throw in a “Hollywood happy ending” rather than keeping it as horribly dark as it was before that.

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            • That walk through the Abyss was harrowing, and I wasn’t even playing so thank God I was able to clothes my eyes.

              Ah but you see, that was Simon 4! Simon 3 was left alone at the bottom of the Abyss in a decaying facility on a dead planet with absolutely no way of either getting out of the Abyss let alone getting to the surface, and the facility is filled with horrifying monsters. So the Hollywood happy ending is juxtaposed with that, because they were both happening concurrently!

              I’m currently working on my review for it, and rewatching the beginning now that I know the end is…interesting to say the least. I’m glad you enjoyed it though, and I hope you weren’t too hung over after our last talk :p

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              • It was more that I’d have liked them to have left the date of “Simon 4” as a bit more of a mystery. If we could experience multiple Simons (now there’s an odd sentence) then why did we never get to see the brief remainder of Simon 1’s life? Just struck me as an odd way to end it.

                Oh, and I’m still hungover now :-p

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                • I saw that as a clever method of narration! Like you find out what happened to Simon-1 in documentation on PATHOS-II, and eventually you realize that he has NO idea Simon-2 (or 3 or 4) exist. The only Simon that knows about the existence of all of them is Simon-3. I think the ARC scene is supposed to almost be a silk veneer over decay. Like it’s this paradise and wonderful et al, but we (the gamers) know concurrently that Simon-3 is still alone at the bottom of the ocean on a dead world surrounded my monsters and mutations, and (if you left him alive) Simon-2 is in dire straits as well. That’s….horrifying (at least to me). Then there’s also the idea that S-4 may one day remember that he wasn’t transferred onto the ARC, he was copied and he’ll realize the fate of his other copies since he has the memories of them all up to the moment of copying. Ahh it’s too late for me to be talking about this D:

                  You, my friend, need some good hangover food! I know in the States we usually go for bacon and eggs, because for some reason the grease helps ease hangover symptoms, no clue why. Of course there’s always caffeine and aspirin. I’ve resorted to that on really bad ones, like my dreaded one week hangover. Good god that was terrible.

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                    • I only watched a Let’s Play, but if I had been playing, I definitely would’ve killed him. No way in hell would I leave anyone in that situation. Mr. Odd, the LPer, didn’t though! I completely disagreed with the decision, but he gave his reasons, and I kind of respected them. That’s one thing he always does. He’ll vocalize why he’s going to do something and give the pros and cons of each choice. Like with Lindwall, the woman you find on life support in that room who asks you to kill her. He did end up doing it, but he went through the ramifications of both decisions (I agreed with that decision).

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                    • I think with her, due to the fact that she’s mentally competent enough to ask you to pull the plug means it’s more than reasonable to do so.

                      With Simon 2 it’s a little different as he clearly wouldn’t want to (he’s you, and you should know!) so the choice to kill him off is tricky. The consequences for him are quite serious though. Could you argue it’s suicide?

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                    • Agreed. It’s euthanasia because she’s asking you to do it.

                      Simon-2 is trickier. You could argue that you’re deciding for another person what you’re going to do with their life even though it’s your consciousness, it’s a separate entity, but on the other hand, it could be argued it’s a mercy killing, because there is no way S2 could get out of that situation. The omnitool would be needed to open the door, and S3 took that with him when he left. Eventually, that monster will probably break through the door and kill him anyway, so by puling the plug you’re saving him/yourself from that. Since you know yourself, you know how you’d react to such a situation. I, personally, would pull the plug, because I know I’d be scared shitless. Hell, I’d probably just curl up into a ball the moment I found myself in that situation, though *I* never would, because I’m the original not a copy.

                      Mr. Odd’s reasoning was sound and it made sense for *him* and how he sees himself. He knows himself and knows he’d be able to figure a way out of the situation so he let S2 live. Given the fact that S2 had gotten that far, Odd had a fair point. It was really brilliant on the creator’s part, because the player was acting more along the lines of what “they” would do rather than what the character of Simon would do. I feel like Simon would pull the plug given that he said to Catherine “What if he doesn’t have to?” when she said he’d (S2) would wake up in a few hours.

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                    • I can see an argument for switching off S2 as being supportive of that crew member’s (I forget his name) “continuity” belief. The idea that you have to end the previous version of yourself. Throughout the story that seems to be portrayed in a negative way but at this point I felt it was the right option.

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  4. You can’t flee from terrible puns in your own blog 😂

    Has something funny happened to Lasswell in Dirnado yet? I don’t want to spoil anything, haha. I loved that part though. My eyes don’t work with the 3D part of the 3DS so I always have it off. Meh!

    I’m still playing and loving Dragon Age Origins! 😀

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    • Oh you mean him being attacked by that mechanical chocobo 😀 YES. That was hilarious. I have so many missions to do. I’m hoping to run into some hungers in the Wicked Peak. They’re supposed to be there, and I need to kill 10 of them. I STILL haven’t killed three Hill Gigas’ and that’s a mission from Grandshelt!

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        • He’s my favorite character. I know there’s so much more going on with him, but they are really drawing the story out. I guess it makes sense given the format.

          I finally defeated my three! I forget where, but it was somewhere on Dirnado. Then I defeated ten Armored Beasts. I have to find ten Hungers now, and there’s something I have to do on that continent’s shore. I’m currently going after whatever Esper is at the top of Wicked Peak.

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