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!
I’m switching things up a little bit with this status post…the week before I suspend it for a month hm. Well, I never said I had good timing lol. RPGs and other story-like games with well-defined plot beats and a definitive ending will go here. It also makes sense since I’m still embroiled in my (exceedingly) long term Final Fantasy play/replay project. It doesn’t make sense to have 40+ hour games on equal footing with racing games, puzzle games, games that are ongoing (e.g. Brave Exvius), and/or ones I might do nothing but play one week, but not pick up the next.
Long-Term Game Projects
Title: Final Fantasy V
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Release Date: December 6, 1992
Date Purchased: Unknown
Date Started: June 17, 2017
And I haven’t touched this. I have more time on Tuesdays and Fridays since declaring Type-0 DNF…or I did in October. I might use playing this as an award for completing my writing goals for the day.
Games Played This Week
Super Mario Odyssey – Omg all of the yes. I fucking love this game. I spent an over-abundance of time in the Cap Kingdom, because I swore something would happen if I lit all of those little hat lamps.
Nothing did, nor did anything happen after I cleaned up all of the debris, though of course it’s possible I missed something. I kept attempting to “clean up” the airship sails, those frames on top of the, er, top hat houses (though I didn’t realize what they actually were until I re-energized the Odyssey). I took my time getting used to the controls and the camera, which so far isn’t making me ill/giving me migraines so hooray. The denizens of the Cap Kingdom sound like Minions, which I think is adorable, and the mechanic that Cappy brings to the game adds another weapon to Mario’s arsenal, but I cannot be the only person disturbed by the fact that Mario is literally taking over other beings’ bodies o.O
Usually Fridge Horror takes at least a day to set in, but I thought about this as soon as Mario “became” a frog. At least dino boy up there was able to return to his sleeping nest. That poor frog poofed out of existence D: I find it interesting that the Chain Chomps you don’t “skin change” aren’t fooled by the one you do, and they’ll continue to charge at the mustachioed interloper until he’s driven out thereby saving their friend from mental manipulation.
Alright, you have to permit me to bitch a little bit. I love the game, as fore mentioned, buuuut I was also slightly annoyed by the quite trite story of Bowser kidnapping and threatening to marry the princess. The former has been going on since the NES days, and King Koopa attempted a shotgun wedding in Super Paper Mario, as well. Peach is always made into the victim, and there’s just something inherently creepy about a forced wedding to a turtle-dragon monster. I’m pretty sure they could’ve come up with some other plot besides once again making not only the main female character, but the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom into an object in need of rescue. Throw Cappy’s sister into the mix, and it’s like they decided two damsels in distress would make everything better.
This by no means implies that I don’t want all three of these amiibos, because OMFG I WANT ALL THREE OF THESE AMIIBOS!!!
I’m used to my faves being problematic. It usually means I have more to talk about and deconstruct. A Mario game having a kidnapped princess isn’t surprising; it’s just a little disappointing they didn’t do something else. This doesn’t affect the stellar gameplay and magnificent music.
I just acquired the Odyssey (as in the airship) and landed right outside the Sand Kingdom. I’ll eventually return to the Cap Kingdom and Fossil (?) Kingdom, as I may have missed some Power Moons, but I’ll have to (ironically) wait until I have enough PMs to move the ship. Hoping to play again tonight!
Bravely Default (Demo) – I set up my new-to-me 3DS and downloaded a few demos. I’m still getting used to the battle system, but it’s turn based so I’m happy. I need to kill a bunch of imps to gather their collectible, and I definitely need to grind for money so I can purchase better weapons. I got my ass handed to me in that western cave. I’m probably going to pick this up either through the store or next time I go to Target.
Let’s Plays Finished This Week
Detention by Cryaotic – This did not turn out as I expected. It was horror, but by the end it was more sad than frightening. There’s a lot left up to interpretation, and I don’t want to spoil things for anyone who hasn’t played/watched it yet. I will definitely be watching more of Cry’s stuff, because that dude is fucking hilarious, yet he has this ironically soothing voice. I love how he uses humor to attempt to dispel sheer terror. It’s like his own voice is his security blanket. There are some definite scary parts to the game with the ghosts or “lingerers” you see, but they fit into the overarching theme. Even the way you save makes sense. The game has both a book end nature and a double entendre name. It’s only four videos between 30-40 minutes a piece, and I was able to finish watching within a week.
Let’s Plays Ongoing
SpellCaster by Hungrygoriya – Suddenly..
Enemies turn out to be aliens; friends turn out to be enemies. It’s a wild ride.
This was the week of the soothing Let’s Players. It sounds almost rude to say their voices could put you to sleep, but it’s not in a bad way! It’s like listening to the greatest sound in the world: a purring cat.
Ack! Why did I speak of the devil?? Now I have a purring annoyance on my lap 😀
Games Added to Backlog
Total Games in Backlog: 162
Change from Last Week: -1
Games Added to Watch List
- Little Nightmares – Cryaotic plays this, and I heard from Cheap Boss Attack that he’s gut-bustingly hilarious during the LP. I want in on that.
- What Remains of Edith Finch – Another add due to Cry playing it.
- Inside – I’ll be honest with you; I went through all of Cryaotic’s Let’s Plays and added things I thought I’d find interesting, though I swore I already had Inside on my Watch List because of Limbo. I may update my spreadsheet with LPs to watch if I know the LPer I’m going to use. This seems like a good idea. Or I could make different shelves on Grouvee, which might make more sense.
Total Games on Watch List: 54
Change from Last Week: +3
As mentioned above, I received my 3DS from one of my Twitter peeps @ravensurd. Give him a follow and a hello! He’s one of my young’un friends who shares some of my, er, mental idiosyncrasies. Plus he loves Samus (Metroid) and Legend of Zelda. I managed to set up the 3DS, and I actually like the 3D, which I’m surprised about. I really just wanted the system so I could play Bravely Default (which I mentioned I demoed above), but the 3D function is actually pretty good. Of course I’ll take some recommendations for games. You know what I like (if you don’t know what I like, it’s RPGs, puzzle games, and platformers)!
I broke out and set up my PS Vita, too. I received that from a coworker who currently can’t stop playing Mario Odyssey, so you know he’s a man of fine tastes. I did the little tutorials and was fond of everything except for the camera/puzzle game. I’m awful at rearranging mixed up pictures. Plus it was really dark when I took the picture, so it wasn’t very clear. I downloaded what I thought was a free board game, but it turned out to be a limited demo…a time limited demo *grumble* It’s okay. I downloaded a legit demo that I don’t think has the same stipulations (I just don’t remember what it is now).
Finally, it’s not entirely gamer news, but Sunday was my husband’s birthday, and I was finally able to give him the gaming laptop I bought in collaboration with his parents. He figure out it was a computer, because that ass decided to read the box when it was delivered *grumble squared* but he had no idea it was specifically designed for gaming mwahahaha, I win again >:) He was quite excited, because now he can get rid of his decade old, brick of a laptop and also play Destiny 2 on his new Dell. I have to thank some of my blogger/Discord peeps for recommending that option!
So (virtually) slap me if I did this before, but let’s have a list of everyone’s owned consoles! Here are mine, which includes all of the systems in the house:
- PlayStation 2
- PlayStation 3 (2 consoles)
- PlayStation 4
- PSP (2 consoles)
- PlayStation Vita
- Xbox 360
- Nintendo Switch
- Nintendo DS
- Game Boy Advance
- Nintendo 3DS
- Nintendo Wii
- NES Classic
- PC (4 computers)
- iPhone (2)
- Kindle Fire (Android)
The only things I have left on my “to get” list are the Wii U , potentially an Xbox One though I don’t think there are any specific games I need that one for, and my own PS4, though I might be okay without the last one, as well Let’s hear about your consoles in the comments, along with my typical request of…
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?
I’ll of course continue answering comments, but this will be the last SOTG update until the date below.