The State of the Gamer: 1/23/18

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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!

What I Played

Nintendo 3DS

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

I’m on the third stratum now, lovingly called the Fetid Necropolis.  As you can imagine there are a lot of undead enemies, including these Zombie Mutts with spinning heads that give you Confused Needles if you kill them while they’re panicked (otherwise known as confused).  There are also Skeleswords, which are more annoying than terrifying.  They follow you around unless they come across a patch of light where they disappear.  I’ve spent a lot of time beating them, because they give you Rusted Swords, which are useful for upgrading Fencer weapons.  They’re irritating though, because you’ll often find them in a line, and you can get mobbed by them.  EOV is the only turn-based games I’ve played where you can be attacked by another enemy while you’re in the midst of a fight.  I can usually clear out a floor fairly quickly, but I’ve been wandering around the 12th for a while now.  I should hopefully find the stairs up to the 13th soon and more enemies with conditional drops.

Nintendo Switch

Title: OPUS: The Day We Found Earth
Genre: Adventure
Release Date: April 22, 2016

The cover for OPUS: The Day We Found EatrhThis is an adorable little game about a robot named Emeth who is tasked with finding Earth.  Seriously, humanity fucked up so badly that we literally lost the planet.  There are two modes: story and…whatever the one that isn’t story is (I can’t remember), and story mode does more hand holding so that you can navigate your way through the sectors easier.  Speaking of which…so far they’re all been named after the Sephiroth: Gevurah, Netzach, and Yesod are the ones I’ve seen so far.  I’d expect earth to be in Malkuth, since that’s the Kingdom of Earth, but I don’t know if the devs were looking to make a stronger reference to the Tree of Life or if they picked these names because they sounded cool, obscure, and esoteric.  Hahaha!  They didn’t count on me, The Shameful Narcissist, who knows all (many) things related to Sephiroth.

Anyway, this game already has the setup for heartbreak.  OPUS is a hologram of Dr. Lisa, Emeth’s creator, since he’s been questioning her absence ever since he started scanning the sectors on his own.  There is (was) another character Mikoto who was kind of a dick.  I think he was supposed to serve as the pessimistic foil to Lisa’s optimism and the little robot’s innocence.

Title: Voez
Genre: Music/Rhythm
Developer: Rayark
Release Date: May 25, 2016

The cover of VoezI love playing rhythm games; it’s like DDR for your hands.  I throw on my fingerless gloves and feel like a bad ass.  I’ve only gotten through the EFG songs so far.  There are a lot more than you could even see (but not play) in the sample.  It was well worth the $25.  This was what I was playing when my Cid (a cat) decided he wanted to play fetch.

  • Embers of Mirren – I thought I wasn’t going to like it because it starts out with a chase (I hate chases), but once I got to the real gameplay, it grew on me.  You have to do some fancy controls once you have both the light and dark beasts, because they have to collaborate, and I’m currently stuck somewhere so I might have to google.  I’m still not sure if I’m going to buy it, but I like the concept.
  • Dragon Quest Builders – Not my thing.  It reminds me a bit of Actraiser, but with less excitement.  I’m a little annoyed, because my character was soooo cute D:
  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood – Boy wishes his little brother will go away, and little brother gets sucked into another world.  It reminded me a bit of the darker, more adult game of the same theme (Another World).  Then gah, being chased!  The animation is reminiscent of Pixar, and I did like that when you die, you start off pretty much right where it happened.  I wasn’t overly fond of Max’s weapon, which was a marker blessed by a witch(?) who conveniently vanished right afterwards when her tree collapsed.  The controls for it are a bit wonky.  It’s a decent platformer, but I think I’m going to pass.

Title: Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius
Series: Final Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: October 22, 2015

The cover of Final Fantasy: Brave ExviusI collected all of my daily lapis so I haven’t been as diligent in firing it up on a daily basis.  Still no Sephiroth…I googled to see if there was any information, and it looks like he’s out on the Japanese version.  Hopefully, he’ll be on the American one soon.

What I Watched

Title: Okami
Series: Okami
Let’s Player: Cryaotic

Please don’t hate me, but I didn’t finish this.  It has such a high rating and is one of those games that everyone loves and lauds, but I just couldn’t get into it.  It was definitely not the LPer, since I adore Cry, and I usually like this particular art style, which was like a painting, but I found it bothered me more than inspired me.  The biggest issue, though, was the “voices.”  Similar to Banjo Kazooie, the characters’ words appear in text, but they “speak” in noises.  Why did this bother me here and not there?  I don’t know.  It might have been a combination of that with me not really liking the art style, the latter of which i don’t get either, because when I look at stills it’s gorgeous.  Oh well.  It happens sometimes.

Title: Paper Mario: Color Splash
Series: Paper Mario
Let’s Player: Olizandri

I’m…actually…obsessed with watching this.  I know I know…I stop watching Okami for Color Splash.  Huh??!!  While I know many people had issues with the battle system (and I can definitely see why.  Why cards?  I understand paint, but why the cards?  It’s because they’re paper, isn’t it…), the story itself is quite charming, and Huey is such a character.  The Paper Marios have always been good for a rousing tale and *ahem* colorful characters, using mechanics surrounding paper and the qualities thereof in cute and interesting ways.  Olizandri’s upbeat manner also helps quite a bit.  I’m a little over halfway through, and watching the LP has made me want to play the game.  I hope they port it to the Switch at some point, because it’s really hard to find a Wii U under $700.

FYI – I had no idea Roshambo was a legitimate name for Rock, Paper, Scissors.  I thought the former was a South Park thing so I was initially quite shocked to see it mentioned in a family friendly Mario game (though some of the jokes definitely carry a Parental Bonus).

What I Bought

  • Nintendo Switch
    • Voez
    • Thimbleweed Park
    • OPUS: The Day We Found Earth
  • Steam
    • Undertale
    • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    • Life is Strange – Episode 1

Hooray for Best Buy GCs!  I bought a Nintendo and Steam eShop card.  There was a brief adventure with the Steam one after I accidentally ripped the code, but Steam customer service seems to be top notch.  I was able to send them a picture of my card, and they sent me the code within a day.  10/10 would use again.

What do you think of my new format?  It took me less than two hours to write this up, so I’m happy with it. 

What are you currently playing or watching?  Tried any good demos lately?  What’s been your go to system so far this year?  Mine has been the 3DS due to EOV and also the Switch, but I’ve spent a lot of time watching Color Splash.  I can’t get enough of that Let’s Play. 

Let’s discuss gaming stuff in the comments!

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23 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 1/23/18

  1. Pingback: The State of the Gamer: 1/9/18 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

    • Woot! That means more than you probably think. I’ve added and watched quite a few games based on your opinion 😀 I need to make time to do some “steamy” stuff hehe. My one coworker played Doki Doki Literature, and he told me I HAVE to play it. I want to just take a weekend day and just go through the whole thing so I can be disturbed along with everyone else.

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      • Aww, I’m glad to hear it. 🙂

        I’d get behind the Doki Doki Literature Club recommendation myself. It’s free, it’s quick, and it’s great. One of those that really plays with you, and at least in my experience, when it wants you to feel a certain way, it gets you there perfectly.

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  2. Totally with you on Okami! I should love it but somehow I just didn’t, I think I quit after about 20 hours. Glad you’re liking Voez, it is so easy just to pick up and play for 5 minutes at a time. The track list is really varied as well, which means you can pick tracks to play depending on your mood or whatever. I hope you enjoy Thimbleweed Park as well, it was one of my games of the year last year! As for me, I’m currently playing Xenoblade 2, and Tales of the Abyss (which i’ve been playing now for about 2 years!), i’m hoping to pick up Battle Chef Brigade on the Switch after pay day 🙂

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    • Ah I’m so happy to hear someone else say that! I felt like the odd one out, because I know how popular it is, and I can see why it is, but I just can’t get on board myself. Oh well.

      Yaasss Voez is wonderful, and I love that about rhythm games. You can play for minutes or hours without worrying about save spots or the like. It’s just a quick little jaunt into game land if you want to.

      What do you think of Xenoblade 2? I’ve heard mostly good, but one of my reviewers I really respect has been having a tough time with it. Tales of the Abyss…do I have that one on my list? Oh it’s in the “Tales” series, so I’m assuming along with Berseria and whatnot.

      If you have a switch and want to be friends my Switch Code is 5703-1314-2622!

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      • I’ve read quite a lot of negative opinions on Xenoblade 2, it seems to have really divided people. I’m a huge fan of the series (both the original XC and XC-x) and I’m absolutely loving the new one, the music, the battle system, everything! The characters are slightly less compelling than in the original but I’m enjoying the story. Yeah Tales of the Abyss is an older entry from the same series as Berseria. Thank you for the Switch code 😀 I have to say I haven’t added any friends on it (I’m kinda old fashioned) but I definitely need to look into it!

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        • Whenever I see a divisive game, I really want to play it myself. It seems to be the best way to resolve it. Sometimes I’ll like a game’s story, but not other mechanics, and if that’s the case, I’ll happily watch it!

          No worries! Completely up to you with what you decide to do with it 🙂

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  3. I have Color Splash and Okami HD waiting for to play them… I’ll get to them eventually. I have been playing AC Syndicate, Mutant Football League, and a bit of Thumper. All are quite fun in very different ways.

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    • I’m not usually a sports game person (except for Mario Kart; that’s different lol), but I’m VERY curious about this Mutant Football League game hehe. I need to play Thumper myself. We have a sample of it for PSVR, which sounds like it would be uber intense.

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  4. I intend to give Okami a try someday. Sorry you couldn’t get into it! We all have different tastes and that’s awesome! I’m also very impressed you are still playing Brave Exvius 😀

    I’m 15 hours into my 2nd playthrough of Final Fantasy XIII, and about 30 hours into Dragon Age Inquisition. I’m going to focus down Inquisition so I can say I beat at least one game in January, haha. Then I’ll probably start Chrono Trigger.

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    • Exactly! It’s very beloved by a good portion of the population, so there must be some merit there. I think it was the art style with me, and there are some noises that just grate on my nerves. I have to have my phone on silent all the time, because the noises of the typing in most apps irritates me lol.

      I beat Mario Odyssey yesterday! I’d love to say I finished a game a month this year. Maybe I should make that my goal o.O

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