The State of the Gamer: 12/26/17

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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
Developer: Square
Release Date: December 6, 1992

Date Started: June 17, 2017

Nope, didn’t play it again this week.

Title: Super Mario Odyssey
Series: Super Mario
Genre: Platformer/Puzzle – Adventure
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Date Started: October 29, 2017

I just defeated the Lord of Lightning tonight!  It took me three or four tries, but I manged to do it before the little dude who sells extra hit hearts supposedly shows up.  Definitely the hardest boss battle of the game so far.

I made it through Bowser’s Kingdom to the second fight with the Broodals in their weird machine, but bit it there.  I wasn’t too upset, because I wanted to quit anyway.  I might pick up the sticks later tonight.  I may actually be able to say I finished Super Mario Odyssey this year so I can count it in the games I played 🙂

Title: Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
Series: Etrian Odyssey
Genre: RPG/JRPG – Fantasy
Developer: Atlus
Release Date: August 4, 2016

Date Started: Unknown

I’m on the second stratum of Yggdrasil, but there are still missions that put you back on the first one.  I wound up dismissing my extra characters.  There are 10 different types you can have, and when I first started the demo, I grabbed some duplicates only because I liked the way they looked hehe.  It just didn’t make any sense to have two Necromancers when I can instead spend my time leveling up my one.  Now, I might change my mind later and decide I’d like two Fencers or more than one Dragoon, but for now, I’ll make that decision later down the line.

Title: Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Series: Assassin’s Creed
Genre: Action/Stealth – Drama
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Studios
Release Date: October 27, 2017

Date Started: November 28, 2017

I’m going to try to play more of this tomorrow!  I got my brother a copy for Christmas, and I hope he likes it 😀


Ongoing, Non-Story Based, and Demos Played

 Android/Kindle

Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius –I’m saving up all of my rare tickets for when/if Sephiroth becomes a summon.  I’m pretty sure they’re currently teasing him since Cloud is available.  I wouldn’t be upset pulling the spiky blonde either since he seems a decent character. I didn’t log on for a few days since I was busy (Christmasing and all that), so I missed out on over 300 lapis.  You have to log in daily to receive that deal.  Oh well.  There’s this Eternal Winter story about this girl Christine who’s essentially Elsa, but you have to collect candy canes from another vortex mission in order to see it all.


Let’s Plays

Rakuen by Cryaotic – Someone mentioned this to me, and I saw Cry was playing it, so I checked it out after finishing SpellCaster.  It’s a puzzle RPG with no random battles.  Yes seriously.   The focus is on problem solving and story elements.  There are enemies per se, but they don’t kill you so much as send you back to a particular point.  They also look like the forest spirits in Princess Mononoke.

Rakuen’s Envoy have longer arms and are quite creepier.

The unnamed protagonist and his mother explore a strange fantasy world that’s connected to the hospital the former is in.  What makes it odder is the characters in the other world share the names and situations of the people in the hospital, so the fantasy land is a parallel world.

The game seems to take place around the time of the tsunami that caused the Fukushima Nuclear disaster.  I’m just waiting for the tragic shoe to drop when we find out what’s really going on with the little boy.  My money’s on he’s in a coma and is imagining all of this, and it’s supposed to symbolize his transition from this world to the next.  It would tie in with his favorite book, which gives its name to the game’s title.


Games Added to Backlog

  1. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – I was going to watch this, but when I went to Cryaotic’s LP, he specifically recommended people play it first, so that’s what I’m going to do.
  2. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – Uh, I thought I added this a while ago, but it says on my Grouvee that it wasn’t on my list until 12/25/17 soooo I guess I added it yesterday?  It’s an Xbox 360 game, so I think it’s one of the ones Cheap Boss Attack gave me, because I don’t think I’d add a 360 game without having the system, though I do have games for systems I don’t own…who knows lol.

Total Games in Backlog: 167
Change from Last Week: 0


Miscellaneous

So it’s the day after Christmas, which means presents for quite a few people, and The Shameful Narcissists wasn’t left out of that in the least.  As usual, I made out like a bandit both by myself and vicariously through my hubs.  My in-laws have to spend at least $2k on Christmas gifts for their three children and their respective SOs, because what we all received was neither cheap nor limited.  I now have Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, and $100 Best Buy gift card, and that’s just the game (or close to game) stuff!

My husband got a PlayStation VR, which I knew as happening, because me and his father discussed it at Thanksgiving :p  He (my hubs) gave me a PlayStation 4 so I can stop bitching about it lol.  He found the Call of Duty one, and took the Call of Duty, leaving me the camouflaged system, which I’m perfectly fine with.  I need to figure out how I’m going to make the move, since I’ve started playing Assassin’s Creed on his system, and I don’t want to have to start over.  I’ll probably get my own PSN account now, and I should be able to move all of the games I bought under my name to my own system.  Once everything is squared away, I’ll have to figure out what I’m going to do with my PS3 since I won’t need it anymore (I don’t think…)  He also gave me $75 in Amazon GCs and my sister in law gave me another $50, so now I need to decide what I’m going to spend that on.   Then my brother bought me Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is a totally YASSS moment, and my dad gave me $50.

Suffice it to say, I can scratch two games and another system off my list.  I just need a Wii U and I’ll be all set  I’ll probably have a “What Should I Buy” post in the coming weeks to get your input on what should be my next game purchase.  I could put the gift cards towards a Wii U, but I don’t think I’m going to go for that purchase just yet.

I started my Top 10 games post, though it’s going to be a bit different from most people’s since I’m ranking the games I watched this year instead of the ones I played.  I’ve only completed five games, hopefully six if I beat Super Mario Odyssey.  


Was Santa good to you this year?  Let’s hear about what you received for the holidays in the comments below!  If you received gift cards what gaming purchases are you planning for them?  Any holiday let downs?  On the flip side, did you give any most excellent presents?  How were they received?

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33 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 12/26/17

  1. Pingback: The State of the Gamer: 12/12/17 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. Do you like Assassin’s Creed: Origins??

    And congrats on all the cool gadgetry! One question: why do you think you won’t need the PS3 soon? You can’t play physical PS3 games on PS4… but maybe your collection is all digital, in which case don’t listen to what I’m saying haha.

    Also also, did you play the original Dragon’s Dogma? So many questions! haha

    I’m pretty stoked I received the Metal Gear Solid Legacy collection from my brother and sister-in-law, as well as a shiny new Hyrule Historia (yay!). That was about the extent of the gaming/gadgetry, but sooooooo good!

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    • I love ACO even though I’ve only played it once and got motion sick lol. I bought some ginger pills and I’m ready to go!

      I think I was considering only my digital purchase since that’s mostly what I have, BUT FFXIII isn’t available that way, and I really want to play that. I’ll hold onto the system until I’m certain I won’t need it/can replace with downloads.

      I loved the HH! Made me want to rewatch all the Zelda LPs in chronological order 😆

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      • Really? Is it first-person, or is the cinematography just weird? Sorry, I suppose I could just not be lazy and look all these things up…

        Gotcha. Just figured I’d ask, but I’m more of a physical-copies kind of person. I’m all for holding on to hardware until I’ll definitely never use it again haha

        It’s great! I’m really loving it, actually a bit more than I thought I would, which I didn’t think was possible.

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        • I actually had to look up myself what the heck causes it, and I’m glad I’m not alone! The author of the site I found didn’t have all the evidence, but he believed it had to do with your brain not being able to reconcile the fact that your eyes are seeing movement, but you’re sitting still. Ginger pills or a seasick bracelet will help resolve the issue.

          Oh I’m not going to chuck it out the window just yet lol. I’m waaaay too paranoid to do that. I have to make sure I have everything I need off of it and I don’t need it for anything any more. I like to consolidate as much as I can though, and if I can get rid of something (and give it to someone else who might need it), it’s something I like to consider 🙂

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  3. I’m thinking about getting a PSVR soon. Let me know how it is! Also, congrats on pwning the Lord of Lightning. I look forward to seeing that part. I just got into the Luncheon Kingdom a bit. Slow going but I’m going! The game is growing on me.

    Santa got me Assassin’s Creed Origins and Metroid Samus Returns (I love it when my sheroes return). It will probably be 2019 before I play them though, haha. Right now Dragon Age Inquisition is installing on my computer… so EXCITED!! 😀

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  4. You’re just a bit away from the end of Super Mario Odyssey, so totally doable if you’re looking to have that done before the end of the year.

    Good luck with the Wii U, if that’s the direction you’re going. The thing got tough to find as soon as Nintendo stopped producing them.

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  6. Is your husband loving the PSVR? That’s what I got my husband for Christmas and he absolutely loves it! It is really fun for me too, though I only play it in short bursts since I get motion sick as well. He played a demo of this one game where you are skydiving and there is no way I could ever try that one out… just looking at the TV screen made me sick! Anyway, looks like you got a lot of fun goodies for Christmas! 🙂

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    • He hasn’t played it in a while, but he doesn’t really like it! The Star Trek: Bridge Crew seems super complicated but interesting, and I still need to give Thumper a try. I’m worried I’ll have the same motion sickness issue since I have that with any games that have a quick camera. I have ginger pills though, so hopefully they’ll help!

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      • Thumper really isn’t too bad in terms of motion sickness for me, because even though it moves really fast I still feel grounded, if that makes any sense. It’s when I start feeling like I’m falling that my head starts feeling weird! Hopefully the ginger pills will help you 🙂

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