The State of the Gamer: 10/24/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 10/17/17         The State of the Gamer: 10/31/17–>

A weekly post updated every Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

Games DNF This Week: 1

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
Date DNF: October 21, 2017
Playing Duration: 124 days

Progress: Chapter 3

I decided to call it quits on this and add it to my Let’s Play list.  I realized I wasn’t enjoying it after I completed my first Elite Mission.   I don’t like the combat, though this is more than likely due to it being an action RPG, and I’m really hoping that the FFVII Remake isn’t like this.  Though on the other hand, I’m not really into Type-0’s story either, which shouldn’t be a problem with VII.  There are a lot of characters who are all Agito Cadets, but you don’t really get any story on them.  In the beginning you find out that Ace is the “best?” or something, which is what “Mother” says.  It almost seems like another attempt to replicate VII’s paradigms, but without VII’s heart. 

I just finished the Mi-Go mission in North Togereth during Chapter 3, and I’m just not into it.  I hate how you have to constantly adjust the camera, which is a pain in the ass during battle.  Thankfully, I took CBA’s advice and did the leveling trick, but then I’m kind of annoyed I spent all that time to level and I’m still not liking it (though I also leveled everyone instead of three or four people, which would’ve been less time consuming…and more intelligent).  I was hoping I’d like the non-combat parts, but they’re really not holding my attention.  I think I’m going to watch an LP of it at some point and either see if that’s satisfactory or if it spurs me to want to play once I have a better idea of how I want to do it.  It’s also possible that I was playing incorrectly and/or not aware of all the tips and tricks, which is something else a let’s play will help me with.

Games Currently Playing: 1

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: Karnak Castle

I am still playing this and should have more time to devote to it now that I’ve DNFed Type-0, though I am planning on starting something else in the midst.

Ongoing Games: 1

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 32

I played once this week, but didn’t do anything story related.  There are Halloween based vortex missions that I’m trying to complete.

Games Finished Watching: 1

Title: Dragon Crystal
Genre: RPG/Rogue – Fantasy
Developer: Sega
Platform: Sega Master System
Release Date: December 22, 1990
Let’s Player: Hungry Goriya
Total Number of Videos: 1
Date Started: October 22
Date Finished: October 22
Watch Duration: 1 day

This let’s play was a little over an hour long and it just flew by.  HG got to 23 floors out of 30, and I’m hoping another LP of the game is forthcoming.  It was hella enjoyable to watch.  I could potentially see myself playing this, which is the first roguelike game I’ve ever said that about.  You have to constantly find food and fight off enemies.  It sounds like real life, except I have my worshipers leave me offerings 😉

Games Currently Watching: 2

Title: SpellCaster
Series: Kujaku Ou
Genre: Adventure/RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Sega
Platform: Sega Master System
Release Date: September 21, 1988
Let’s Player: Hungry Goriya
Total Number of Videos: TBD
Date Started: October 11, 2017

Progress: Ongoing

Something rotten may be happening in the Summit Temple, Kane’s origin.  Is Daikak not telling him the whole story?

Title: Detention
Genre: Point and Click – Horror
Developer: Red Candle Games
Platforms: PC, PlayStation4
Release Date: January 12, 2017
Let’s Player: Cryaotic
Total Number of Videos: 4
Date Started: October 22, 2017

Progress: 2/3 through the first video

I was watching a bit of this last night then something terrifying happened, and I noped my way into a place full of lollipops and kittens.  So far it’s more jump scares and creepiness than anything else, and the game takes a surprising turn about a half an hour in that’s pretty obvious if you look at the cover.  It’s a great game to watch/play around this time of the year (which is what I was after), but for a wuss puss like me, I think I’d be more than content with something more along the lines of Grim Fandango where it’s more of a spooky aesthetic and not terrifying, screaming ghosts that will kill you if you breathe.

Cry partakes in a simple action that still elevates certain LPers over others: he reads the text with appropriate emotion.  This is such a small thing, but it really helps the experience probably because it shows the Let’s Player is just as invested in the game as the viewers.  He also has a really chill voice and is both hilarious in general and with his reactions to the scarier parts.

Games Added to Backlog

  1. Stories Untold – Another CBA recommendation.  There’s been a lot of Halloweenesque games floating around this month as appropriate, and I’m loving these eerier adds.
  2. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Many of my friends have been talking about this game, but I didn’t give it an add because I wasn’t sure how well I’d do at it, but then I heard that it was one of the most accurate portrayals of psychosis out there in any medium in addition to using Norse and Celtic Mythology.  I can’t just credit one person with recommending this, but I remember Cheap Boss Attack and LightningEllen talking about it specifically.

Total Games in Backlog: 163
Change from Last Week: +2

Games Added to Watch List

  1. Final Fantasy Type-0 – Talked about this above.  I added this to give it another chance.  It’s possible I’m playing it wrong and an LP might show me how to garner more enjoyment from it.
  2. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker – CBA was nice enough to give me the proper order to watch all of these in, and it looks like I only added the first one for some reason.  Not sure why I didn’t just add them all.  I have the order list saved in my notes.
  3. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  4. Metal Gear Solid
  5. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  6. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  7. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  8. Detention – Another recommendation from CBA, though I swear there’s another one that I can’t remember.  I’ll have to check back through my SOTG posts and see if I can find/recognize it.  This is a another spooky game.
  9. Parasite Eve II – I have the first one on both my played and to watch list.  I only played it a little bit, and I’d like to see the whole game.  I also have the novel on my TBR list.  The idea is so creepy, and it’s pretty clear they used it to not only make this direct game, but also as inspiration for FFVII.
  10. Cuphead – All I can think of when I hear this game’s title is that controversy involving that one LPer who was trolled for not playing the game well.  That’s all I really know about it, but the game is also touted as being ridiculously difficult, so if he didn’t do a good job, I doubt I’d do better.  I’m sure there are more details to this than that, but I’d like to watch it based on the 30’s cartoon aesthetic.
  11. The Lion King – While hunting through Hungry Goriya’s Let’s Plays looking for Dragon Crystal, I discovered she’d done one for The Lion King.  I played this game on the NES, so I’d love to see an LP of it!

Total Games on Watch List: 51
Change from Last Week: +9


I preordered Super Mario Odyssey today!  It should arrive on release date of 10/27 (I thought games always came out on Tuesdays???), and I paid for the 3DS I bought from a friend, so I should be receiving that soon.

Oh and as promised last week…

Games from HG 😀

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: 10/17/17         The State of the Gamer: 10/31/17–>





29 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 10/24/17

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

  2. Haha, yeah, Nintendo releases their games on Friday, but sometimes Ubisoft and Bethesda do as well (as was the case on Friday the 13th with Evil Within 2 and now this coming Friday with Wolfenstein II and Assassin’s Creed Origins). I have Mario Odyssey pre-ordered from Best Buy since they were giving that neat little coin away with it.

    I spent most of today sucked into Knight Terrors on Switch, which just released this morning for $3. It’s a spooky looking Flappy Bird clone that looks like Ghosts n Goblins on NES and it’s pretty damn fun. I finished up Fire Emblem Warriors and sold it on eBay yesterday, so I picked up Golf Story and Yono and the Celestial Elephants on Switch. Haven’t started Golf Story yet, but Yono is like an isometric, adorable Zelda-like. I’m also 43 hours into Persona 5, which I’m hoping to finish before the year is over. I’m starting to learn that I just don’t have the mental stamina required for these 100+ hour RPGs anymore. I love this game to death, but chipping away in 3-hour bits makes me feel like I’m getting nowhere.

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    • You finished FE that quickly?? Didn’t you just pick it up lol. Ah that makes sense now with Nintendo. They always have be different :p I wish I’d known about Best Buy’s coinage; I probably would’ve gone there. I love shit like that!

      Persona 5 to you is like Final Fantasy V to me lol. I haven’t touched it in weeks, but I’m not giving up on it. I wrote the instructions for myself weeks ago, too, but I haven’t had the time or wherewithal to pick it back up. I get so flustered with any time limit thing in games especially when you have random battles that you might not be able to get away from AND treasures that you can only get at this particular time. It sucks but I get where you’re coming from with the longer RPGs. WOFF was pretty easy to keep up with even putting 200+ hours into it, but it’s hard to play a bunch of those at once or in a row.

      I still need to pick up Voez, Puyo Puyo, PIzcle and Disgaea on Switch. I may save the last one for my Christmas list, but I needs me mah puzzle games.


  3. I just finished Hellblade, which was amazing, and before that, RiME, which was beautiful, and now I’m back to chugging through Final Fantasy 13. I’ve sort of been in a weird funk, so I’m trying to resist throwing all new game projects out the window in favor of playing Dragon Age: All of Them, with moderate success haha.

    I’m working on the details of a project for next year that will involve a bunch of games, so I’m trying to tidy up my pile as much as possible before then… We’ll see how it goes!

    You’re going to watch all of the Metal Gear games?!? I know I’m not as obviously enthusiastic about this series as I am about Dragon Age, but I LOVE Metal Gear! It’s such a fascinating story with great twists… It’s also nice that you can jump in at the beginning of the timeline and watch in chronological order, instead of getting bounced around and piecing things together, too.

    And my nerd is about to show… Metal Gear Solid 3 isn’t on your list? Technically that’s the first in the timeline, followed by Portable Ops, then Peace Walker. Ground Zeroes, Phantom Pain, and then the original Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2, then Metal Gear Solid and the rest of the games you listed. I’m not sure how deep down the rabbit hole you’re looking to go, though 😉 Those games are a time investment. Anyway, IF you were going to add a game to your list, I’d recommend MGS3, and if you were going to add another, I’d go with Phantom Pain, but you already have a lot of MGS on your plate and I’m just overly excited haha.

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    • Sometimes you have to hit the reset button for a time. I’m trying to plan out next year myself. I’m cutting back on how much I have scheduled to do in a week and I’m working on replacing things once I finish them as opposed to adding more to my plate, because I just don’t get anything done. Of course the thing I want to still work on is nagging me, but the pace I was going just wasn’t sustainable.

      That’s the first one! Did I forget to add it? I got the order list from Cheap Boss Attack and Snake Eater is the first game chronologically according to what he said, too. I have Phantom Pain on my list, too. I’ve seen bits of that, and it’s really the bits and pieces I’ve seen that’s made me want to watch the series 🙂

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    • That would make a lot of sense. I need to play FFXV so I can get an idea/feel for how that’s going to be.

      I was super annoyed about the episodic nature when I first heard about it, too, but it’s not the first game to do it, and you know they want to milk the cash cow for all it’s worth.

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  4. Ouch! It’s a shame to abandon Type-0 after you spent so much time maxing out the characters. I can’t blame you though, given that I never finished the game either.

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  5. So glad you like the games, and that you enjoyed/are enjoying the LPs so far. I think I will get back to Dragon Crystal someday, but I totally burnt myself out trying to get a good run. I played it for 5 evenings straight, and floor 23 was the furthest I got.

    I hope you can make it through FFV. I don’t actually know much about the game other than that it has a pretty good job system and that people like it quite a bit. Hopefully I will get around to playing it myself some day.

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    • It was definitely fun to watch, but I can understand how a game like that would burn you out. There needs to be a Game Genie for Sega Master System games 😉

      I think I can; I just need to get back in the swing of things. This weekend is a bit busy since it’s the one before Halloween so I have two potential parties, plus it’s my husband’s birthday on Sunday. Of course it’s also getting to the busiest time of the year, too. The job system is really nice. I want to play around with it some more.

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      • I bet there is a Game Genie for SMS. I just need to find it! It doesn’t help that Dragon Crystal is different every single time you play. Some continuity would make it easier, but I guess easy isn’t the point!

        Ugh I hear ya about the busyness of this time of year. We just got two huge pumpkins last night along with a pile of Halloween candy, and I think we are set to dish out next week. We are skipping town again this weekend (what else is new) but work for me right now is just… crazy. I want to finish Harvest Moon 64 so badly, but I can’t seem to find the time to stream it more than once a week, if that. I need it to be December already. Come on vacation! I hope you have fun at your parties, and an early happy birthday to your husband. I’m sure you’ll both have a lovely weekend!

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        • That must be a commonality of rogue-likes! If you did use a Game Genie, I’d never tell 😉

          When you’re an adult you really appreciate how much your parents went through to make it all look so seamless! I don’t even have kids, and I’m STILL super busy. This weekend and next are both booked :O

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  6. Sorry you had to call it quits on Type-0. Understandable though! Action RPG is my favourite genre so hopefully I’ll enjoy the game when I get to it.

    Did you get Super Mario Odyssey? I was super disappointed it didn’t pull me in at all, and I only played an hour before I got bored. I’m hoping it’s just because I’ve been in a bad mood lately… sigh. I’ll give it another try tonight. I’m also very close to beating Dragon Age Origins (finally) and Hellblade! I plan to start my fourth playthrough of Dragon Age II after those are done. Thank you for the shoutout too! I really appreciate it. 🙂

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    • I think if the story had been stronger I’d have stuck with it, but it was just so thin! I’m okay with war and battle, but give me character development, too.

      I did! I really love it so far, but mood can definitely affect enjoyment. I think because I’d spent the past day and a half being social, I was just happy to be doing something on my own and own terms. I think the hat people are cute, and they remind me of Minions. It also sounds like it’s a HUGE difference from the games you’ve been playing. Dragon Age: Origins and Hellblade to Mario, which is silly, cute platformer fun. It’s quite a change.

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      • It is a huge difference from the other games I’ve been playing! I’ve been immersed in deep, depressing narratives for a while now. Maybe I’m just not in the right mood for the silly Mario humor? I’m doing a first impressions post about the game to try and figure out why I’m not madly in love with it. I really should love it, but I just think it’s “alright” so far.

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        • That could definitely be it. You’ve playing super serious, deep games, and all of a sudden you have this lighthearted romp. I’m enjoying it, but I am a bit annoyed it’s the SAME OLD Bowser kidnaps Peach scheme ughhh. Come on…I mean in terms of gameplay and music, it’s fantastic, but the kidnapped damsel in distress is really trite. Add the “force to marry” trope and I’m just over that. If you want a laugh, just imagine anyone attempted to force your shero into an unwanted marriage #whatwouldhappenifcharactersswitchedplaces

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          • Exactly!! I’m really not a fan of Peachy, at all. Bowser is my favourite Mario character ever though. I rolled my eyes so hard at the forced marriage thing.

            I just about died laughing at the image of someone trying to force Lightning to marry someone… LOL 😀

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