A weekly post updated every other 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!
Story Based/Definitive Ending Games
Title: Final Fantasy V
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Release Date: December 6, 1992
I still haven’t done Karnak Castle. Really what it is is picking this back up again would be a production. I need to set up the table for my laptop, because the instructions I wrote for myself are in OneNote. I seriously hate timing things in games. It ramps up my anxiety tenfold because I know I have to rush, which amps up the chances of me messing up or missing something. I know some people work well/better under pressure, but I am not one of those people.
Owing to the hectic nature of the season, I may not be playing this again until the new year. I’m actually now wondering if it’s on a handheld system. Due to their convenience (I can literally just pick one up), I find myself more prone to play games like that.
I still freaking love this game so hard, even though I haven’t played it in a few days. I’m having some trouble defeating the Lord of Lightning (which is a very presumptuous name if you ask me, and I think LightningEllen would have some words for that hehe), and I may switch to the game’s easy mode #noshame in order to accomplish it. Or, I might get my brother to do it lol. He beat Bowser (the first time you fight him) for me, while I was in the hospital 😀 Did my heart good.
Apparently, I’m very close to the end, which is one of the (few) complaints I’ve heard about Odyssey: it’s too short. I’m not sure if I agree since each Kingdom is so extensive, and I haven’t even found half the Power Moons. I’ll reserve judgment until I see the end, and I can’t wait to find out what’s going on with those weird metal blocks.
Title: Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
Series: Etrian Odyssey
Genre: RPG/JRPG – Fantasy
Release Date: August 4, 2016
I’ve been spending most of my time playing this, and I’m frankly surprised at how much I like it! I usually play heavily story based RPGs like Final Fantasy where characters are well defined with their own personalities and character arcs, but there’s something about this that’s just overwhelmingly fun. I was actually quite close to giving up on the demo when I found out one of your main goals is to map each floor and strata of Yggdrasil, but since it’s based on square spaces, it’s actually not difficult and quite fulfilling. You can set the map to automatically update your steps including walls/borders, and the game marks special/dangerous enemies and their movements for you. Characters will sometimes mark places on your map for you to find them in the labyrinth later where you can interact and exchange goods.
I’ll admit, the first time I attempted to play, I got my ass handed to me on the first floor, but now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, it’s so much fun to explore, fish, harvest, gather, mine, and beat the tar out of monsters all the while mapping the World Tree. There are also these two add ons that essentially grant you unlimited cash and a shit ton of experience. I feel a little bit bad using them, and I’m wondering if this is going to continue for the rest of the game, because if it does, it’s going to make it hella easy.
My group is called Seraphim Guild (of course), and I gave the names like Adriel, Uriel, Seth, Irinel, Imlarel, and Helea just to name a few. If you’re playing or wind up doing so in the future, look me up! I think there’s some kind of interaction you can have with other players through StreePass.
The voice acting isn’t terrible, and the only quasi-annoying character is Jenetta the innkeeper, and even her voice is more cartoonishly bubbly, not Tama-I-wanna-murder-your-face. This is definitely a franchise I’d continue, especially since I hear the latest one, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl has named characters with a more focused, fleshed out story. So Cheap Boss Attack, that one might hold your interest more! I remember you saying the others really didn’t due to their lack of story. Again, I’m shocked I’m as into as I am, since I’m a story fiend, but I think I like the puzzle and direct goal-oriented action of the game where each floor holds a different challenge with both enemies and map obstacles.
Title: Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Series: Assassin’s Creed
Genre: Action/Stealth – Drama
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Studios
Release Date: October 27, 2017
I keep saying “Assassin’s Cred!” because I’m a weird ass who (sometimes purposely) messes up words. I mean, it makes some semblance of sense. You want to get your assassin’s cred don’t you 😀
Anyway…I’ve only played this once, but I really like it. The combat isn’t too difficult, and this is me saying it: TSN, the gamer who is terrible at action-y combat. I have it on easy, and I’m just enjoying myself…or I would be if my stupid motion sickness didn’t kick in. Ughhh (that’s both due to the motion sickness and my annoyance to the same). Well, I bought some ginger pills for the next time I can pick up the sticks (or sword). I just finished a stealth part…which I wasn’t very good at lol. I got NO head shots whatsoever, but it’s time to go into town to purchase supplies, so I’m looking forward to that.
I can’t finish without saying that I love that there’s no whitewashing of the characters in this game! It takes place in Egypt, and the people look Egyptian, which I know should go without saying…but Gods of Egypt. That’s really all I need to say about that. Also, word on the street (as in something I heard from CBA who always has all the info) is that there’s a patch coming out sometime next year that will allow “educational” mode? I’m not sure what it’s called, but you can pretty much not have combat at all and just enjoy the information about Ancient Egypt. I think I’m going to keep the combat in for my first play through, since it hasn’t been that bad, but I’ll remember this for later!
Ongoing, Non-Story Based, and Demos Played This Week
Theatrythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call – I finally figured out what the hell I was doing wrong on the Field Music quests lol. You have to follow the line of the music when it’s a held note.
I thought I needed to hit the control pad whenever there was a little green mark. Nope! I kept getting “Bads,” and could not figure it out for the life of me, but now I know.
The game is incredibly cute with little, chibi characters. I’m pretty sure Sephiroth is one of the ones you can unlock if you get six Black Shards (which makes perfect sense), but I won’t be able to confirm that until I do, since all you see is a silhouette, but I KNOW that silhouette ♥
There are a couple of quests that play a movie in the background of the music, and the notes show up differently: Advent Children’s “One Winged Angel” and the fight music from Final Fantasy XIIi, but I can’t remember what it’s called! D: It was really pretty though (Lightning don’t strike me down…)
If you’re a fan of rhythm games, I’d highly recommend!
Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius – I’m trying to play a little bit of this every day so that I can try to catch up. There’s just so much to do between collecting daily prizes, leveling up characters, doing Vortex missions, doing expeditions, and this isn’t even including continuing the story, which I haven’t done in months. There’s some deal where if you spend $7 (or $6.99, let’s be accurate lol), you get like over 5000 lapis in the next 30 days. I’m thinking about doing it, but I have to make a decision soon since the deal expires in three days or so.
Oh, and I saw these on Deviant Art the other day…
…and needless to say I (not so quietly) lost my mind. According to the description, these are just his poses from FFBE, but I don’ t know if the artist (Zerolypiustrife) made them himself. I asked, and I’m hoping I receive an answer. Depending on what that is, I might be playing FFBE…forever.
Update: While I was proofreading this the artist replied to my comment. He doesn’t know :p
Let’s Plays Finished
Ori and the Blind Forest by Cryaotic – The ending is so bittersweet. I definitely got a little misty eyed. This game is absolutely beautiful. It’s an atmospheric Metroidvania with a gorgeous soundtrack, Miyazaki-like characters, and platformer obstacles that you need to sacrifice your first born to accomplish. When I first started watching, I added it to my backlog, but as I continued, I quietly took it off, secure in the knowledge that it is beyond my skill level. Cry is a great Let’s Player though who knows how to entertain and edit his videos damn near perfectly. He has the best outros of anyone I’ve ever watched. His voice is super chill, and he’s hysterical without even trying.
SpellCaster by Hungrygoriya – The final stage was completely different from the rest of the game, but there was definitely a gigantic monster that had to be vanquished. I’ve never seen a game quite like this that combined the elements it did: platformer, RPG, and puzzle. There was some backtracking, but that mostly came in later stages.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War by Cryaotic – Do you want to ugly cry? Because if you want to ugly cry, WATCH OR PLAY THIS GAME. Usually, I’ll get misty or have silent tears running down my face, but I was making noises. I was loud enough that my husband stopped playing Destiny 2 to see if I was okay, and the friend he was playing with asked what was going on. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started watching this one…like literally. I thought this was Vandal Hearts, but I’m happy I stuck with it. I learned more about the first World War than I ever did in school. Like, though I’m not shocked by it, I didn’t know that France kicked out its German citizens, which is not only absolutely terrible, but not a good strategic move. I’m sure they thought that if it came down to it and they were faced with the enemy, they’d defect, not considering that they’d consider France their homeland or at the very least be more patriotic to it. This is especially true of Karl, one of the main characters who’s forced to leave his wife Marie and infant son Victor behind when he’s deported. Once he’s back in Germany, he’s drafted and forced to fight. The game does what no amount of statistics can: it shows you the human side of war. After Karl leaves, Marie’s elderly father Emile is also pressed into service, so she’s left alone on their farm with their son. Emile befriends Freddie, a black US soldier, and their relationship consists of them constantly saving each others lives. Later, we meet Anna, the vet who volunteered to taxi soldiers to the front lines (something else I’d never heard about), who winds up staying because she’s desperately needed, plus she’s trying to find her father. Then there’s Walt, the German medic dog who is an invaluable member of the team. I’ve watched so many amazing games this year, but this one is going to win my award for “Game That Made Me Ugly Cry.”
Games Added to Backlog
- Deemo – Piano based rhythm game? Yes please. As reviewed by Drakulus!
- The Darkside Detective – As reviewed by CBA!
- Yono and the Celestial Elephants – A recommendation from CBA.
- Super Princess Peach
- Lost Sphear – Squeenix keeps emailing me about this one. They want me to preorder it bad.
- Xenoblade Chronicles – Not the second one…not yet per The Well-Red Mage.
- A Hat in Time – As Reviewed by Mr. Panda!
- Star Ocean: Second Evolution
- South Park: The Stick of Truth – A gift from Cheap Boss Attack! Like literally, he sent me the game 😀
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – There it is 🙂 Another Mr. Panda review.
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – I had no idea he wasn’t just a one off Mario Odyssey character, but Defy the Majority set me straight 🙂
- OPUS: The Day We Found Earth
Total Games in Backlog: 167
Change from Last Week: +5
Games Added to Watch List
- Rule of Rose – I started watching Cryaotic’s LP of this, but I’m not sure if I’m going to continue. I’m curious, but there are so many others I’m more interested in.
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps – This can’t come out soon enough.
- The 7th Saga – I…kind of don’t recall when or why I added this lol. I’ve tried to watch it before, but I got bored, though that might have been due to the Let’s Player. If Cry, HG, or Mr. Odd played it, I’d be hooked.
- Corpse Party: Book of Shadows – Reviewed by Lost to the Aether! Sounds like something I would’ve loved to watched during Halloween.
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – I think I saw that Cry had done an LP of this, so I added it.
Total Games on Watch List: 56
Change from Last Week: +2
I already mentioned that Cheap Boss Attack sent me his copy of South Park: The Stick of Truth, which has a rating much higher than I’d expect on Grouvee! I really appreciate when my friends take the time to not only give me good recommendations, but send me stuff in the mail! I’m sending him Super Paper Mario by request, and I’m still looking for homes for Rock Band 2 (for PS3), Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (for Wii), The Black-Eyed Peas Experience (for Wii), and Final Fantasy Type-0 (for PS4). You can DM me on Twitter (@ash1rose) or just use the contact sheet here!
I’ve been working on putting my backlog onto Backloggery, even though I know I have it on Grouvee. I’m going to see which one I like better. Backloggery seems to be more of the list whereas Grouvee has more social media and review/commentary basis.
Hopefully the next update won’t be as long. I suppose catching up after more than a month is gong to be more extensive. Let me know what games you have on your wishlist for the holidays!
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?