The State of the Gamer: 8/15/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 8/8/17          The State of the Gamer: 8/22/17–>

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!

Games Finished This Week: 1

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
Date Finished (2): August 15, 2017
Playing Duration (1): 37 days
Playing Duration (2): 79 days

Admission time.  I watched a video of the last two alternative endings.  The puzzle for one of them was really difficult, and I just couldn’t be bothered.  Regardless, I really liked not only this game, but the entire series.  I’d highly recommend it to anyone who likes point-and-click puzzle games.  I don’t think I paid more than $3 for more than a single one of them, and the first one is free.  I’m not going to do an official review post for either of them, since there’s really no need; however, I did review each on Grouvee, and I’ll see about rating them on Amazon, since I played through my Kindle.

Let me know what you think if you decide to try them!

Currently Playing: 3

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 – Leaving on first official mission

No additional progress this week.  Hopefully, I’ll find time to play this weekend.  I’m on vacation the first two weeks in September, so I’m hoping to really get some play time in then.

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

No progress on this one either.  Since I finished The Room Three, and I typically play that Tuesday nights, I’m hoping to trade that for this, but since it’s already 9:30 and I have more to do, it doesn’t seem highly likely tonight.

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 30

There’s a new Vortex mission involving NieR: Automata, which is pretty cool.  I also managed to snag a character from there.  I’m wondering what other non-Final Fantasy Squeenix games they’re going to include.  I have a feeling they’ll have FFVII when the Remake gets closer to coming out.

I haven’t really made much game progress.  I’ve done a few Vortex missions and expeditions.  I need to do the Dwarves’ Forge next to…forge ahead with the story 😀


Games Finished Watching: 1

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
Date Finished: August 12, 2017
Watching Duration: 141 days

Progress: Finished

I don’t think I talked about the Lassic fight last week.  So HG made it through his labyrinthine tower all the way to evil dictator himself.

He’s pretty cool looking, if you ask me.

His “boss” music is pretty amazing, too.  It’s not what I expected.  There’s a bit of a jazzy beat and sound to it.

After he’s defeated, I assumed we’d see some sweet ending credits, but it was not to be.  Alis and co had to hurry to the mayor’s house, which made me very suspicious.  When she gets there, there’s another dungeon with traps that eventually lead you to the final boss Darkfalz.

He has no legs.

Errr, okay, while I was looking up the picture of him, the Phantasy Star Wiki’s entry says he’s also known as “Dark Force” and “Dark Phallus.”  Ummmm, that’s an interesting name, don’t you think (especially considering he literally has nothing in that area)?

Okay, so dick jokes aside, I was a little bit confused, because there’s really no explanation for his existence.  I mean you could say the same thing about Final Fantasy IX’s Necron, but he kinda had an explanation (albeit not a very good one), but with DF, all you get after the battle is the mayor saying that he was possessed by this demon, but where did he come from and why wasn’t he mentioned before?  Was he controlling Lassic?  Is that why Lassic was evil?  According to the wiki, Darkfalz is the personification of evil itself, but its origin in the original series’ canon wasn’t revealed until Phantasy Star IV.  Also, my supposition was right; it did possess Lassic, turning him from a benevolent ruler into a wicked tyrant.  Looks like Final Fantasy (VII) isn’t the only game series to have the dark behind the dark :p

I’m looking forward to HG’s next Let’s Play adventure!

Games Currently Watching: 2

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: 78%

Well…it seems as though my theory about children being immune was wrong.  Dead wrong…and I apologize for that morbid pun.  I am really wondering when Joel’s breaking point is going to come.  There was a scene where he was offered a picture of him and his daughter, and he refused to take it.  I…don’t think he’s ever mourned her.  He’s just buried those memories and feelings deep down.  This is clear from the fact that he won’t talk about something tragic that both he and Ellie saw, *spoiler* the deaths of Sam and Henry after Sam was infected, and Henry was forced to kill the little brother he swore to protect afterwards turning the gun on himself. *end spoiler*  That’s something I’ve noticed…we never really see people mourning.  We see them surviving (by any means necessary), but we don’t really see any other emotion besides anger and fear or a complete lack thereof of anything.  There’s a detachment, which I can understand, because this reality is so terrible.  The few people you do see with other emotions are ones like Ellie and Sam, the children who’ve been born into this infected world, so they don’t know anything else.  There was a potentially disturbing point brought up by Sam about whether or not there’s still a person inside an infected, unable to control what the disease has done to them.  That’s…harrowing, and I’m wondering if the idea is going to be explored later.  I’m also wondering if we’re going to get an explanation for what caused the disease (if anything), if anyone is immune, *spoiler* why Ellis is immune, *end spoiler* and if there’s ever going to be a cure.

Something is going to happen to make Joel deal with his bottled up emotions, and holy shit, that is going to be one hell of a purge.

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%

Nope.  Didn’t watch any more of the DLCs.  I’ll get to them eventually, so I can clear this off my list.

Games Added to Backlog: 1

  1. Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana – Another recommendation from my new blogger friend The Bromidic Introvert after some clarification on which one of the series I should add 🙂

Total Games in Backlog: 135
Change from Last Week: -2

Games Added to Watch List: 0

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

Games Purchased This Week: 0


I’m still working on organization, and I’m planning on buying a game before the end of the week, since I got paid today, whoohoo!  I’ll be picking up Mario Kart 8 for the Switch, and maybe something else.  I haven’t decided yet.  I’m debating whether I want to go the Amazon route or head to Target.  I’m also sorry I haven’t been on Discord as much.  I get the notifications and think, “Ah, I need to check that!” Then I forget about it.  Same for Twitter if you’ve been DMing or tagging me.  I apologize.  As I said to my IRL friend today, I’m always playing catch up like a tomato :p  If you directly message me on Discord or Facebook, I’m way more likely to get back to you as I’ll see the notification, and I try to clear those out by the end of the day, but again, I make no promises.

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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14 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 8/15/17

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  2. Ah, The Room 3 is/was terrific! Just finished that one off about a month ago. I love the series and the complex puzzles are perfect for point and click. I’d love to play more like it – I hope something cool like it can come to the Switch, the small screen of my iPhone SE just doesn’t do it justice!

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    • I love that series so much. I played on my Kindle so the screen was a bit bigger. I’d love for it to be on PC or a console. I think it would do well there. I could see it being on Steam or PSN for cheap. I have an iPhone 6 with a cracked screen and no space left, so there was no way I could’ve played it on there :p


  3. I started watching Odd’s LP of >observer_, which is giving me some heavy SOMA vibes. It even has Rutger Hauer from Bladerunner as the protagonist’s voice. So yeah, cyberpunk as fuck. His first episode is over an hour since there’s a lot of plot going on, so I haven’t made it much further in. Definitely intrigued, though.

    I’m still working my way through the massive 11th chapter of FF XIII. It’s the one where the game opens up and there are lots of side-quests to do, but I haven’t made a dent in it. My plan was to play it all day Sunday before school started on Monday, but I ended up with a gnarly headache and haven’t touched it since. Now I’m buried under school work with no clue when I’ll have enough time to jump back in.

    I had to take mom to an appointment today, so I brought along the 3DS which has been unloved since February when I played through Fire Emblem Awakening. Leveled some Pokemon in Pokemon Y, but that’s about it.

    Enjoy the rest of The Last of Us! Well, as much as that story lets you “enjoy” its despair.


  4. Were you able to find your way through the final dungeon of Phantasy Star without a guide? It’s pretty weird how you can only see doorways when you’re directly looking at them in that game. It means the one time it’s on a wall you otherwise wouldn’t naturally face (i.e. at the end of a dead-end), you could go hours without noticing it.


  5. That’s… that’s a lot of Final Fantasy. I knew you appreciated the series, but that much at once kind of boggles me to comprehend. Hope you enjoy!

    Yeah, Phantasy Star. The whole time through when I was playing it, I got the impression that they really didn’t think things the whole way through. Which is a little odd. I don’t get that thought so much playing other games in the series, but the first Phantasy Star in particular, just feels so scattered.


  6. I remember Sam and Henry 😦 Ugh… That whole game really got me in the feelz (which I must insist I don’t actually have any, haha).

    On a much happier note, enjoy Mario Kart when you get it!


  7. Other than the million other Switch games I’m playing for review, I’ve also been on a Telltale binge, and I’m loving it! I picked up the Telltale Humble Bundle and ended up getting a bunch of them for cheap including The Wolf Among Us and Tales from the Borderlands. They’re perfect point-and-click adventure-like games for my wife and I to enjoy! Also still playing through FFXII: The Zodiac Age trying to get as much as I can. Who knew that a version in which you could play at 4x speed would have a longer playtime than my original PS2 playthrough, hahaha.

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    • I just watched the end of it. I…need time to process it. I don’t think playing would change my mind? I really couldn’t tell you. It wouldn’t be a game I’d be able to play. I’m not a fan of playing the survival horror genre. I hate jump scares and anything chasing/coming at you. I was wrong with my prediction about the ending, but I was totally right about Ellie becoming a surrogate Sarah, which anyone could’ve seen coming lol. I need to think about the pros and cons of the end.

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