The State of the Gamer: 2/6/18

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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 Switch

Title: Super Mario Odyssey
Series: Super Mario
Genre: Platformer/Puzzle – Adventure
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Date Started: October 29, 2017
Date Finished: January 27, 2018

I mean…yeah, I finished it, but I’m not finished with it.  The answer to what the hell those grey boxes are has been answered, and the ending was cute if cliched.  Not just Mario game cliched, but annoying romance tropes cliched.  It’s okay though.  I love Bowser.  I need to collect like 30 more moons in the after game before I can do anything else, but I’m in a pretty cool location, and I’ll have more to say about this below…

Nintendo 3DS

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

Still in the Fetid Necropolis.  I haven’t been playing as much, but I’m still enjoying myself even though I wish I knew characters stopped gaining levels after 70…which is a little annoying.  If you don’t level, you don’t gain any more Custom Ability points, and I still have plenty of places to put them.  The Google led me to the Game FAQS forum whereas I found you don’t start leveling up again until the end of the main game!  WTF?  You have to fight/defeat these hella tough dragons on the 6th floor that give you 10 levels a piece.  To be honest…this might be the reason I haven’t really played that much.  I want to switch out the Level 70 characters with those lower, but they’re also kind of my best characters, and the 3rd stratum is pretty tough.  I’m not abandoning the game, but I’ll need to figure out some alternative strategies.

PlayStation 4

Title: RiME
Genre: Adventure/Puzzle – Fantasy
Developer: Tantalus Media & Tequila Works
Release Date: May 26, 2017

The cover of RiMEGod bless the local library, which now allows the free rental of games.  I suppose it’s more borrowing as opposed to renting now, though you can only keep them for a week with one renewal, so technically two weeks.  I picked it up last Tuesday, but only got to play it last night, and holy shit is it beautiful.  You’re this little, brown kid who gets washed up on a seemingly deserted island, but as you explore, you find these glowing statues that you can “activate” with your voice.  As you do so, you’ll gain parts of a melody/lullaby, and there are other collectibles.  I like that if you “die,” the game starts you right from the cliff you fell off of, and so far the puzzles don’t seem to be too terrible.  Also the northern lights.

A screenshot from RiME showing the playable character beneath the northern lightsThe soundtrack is exquisite with the music swelling every time you find a statue, but even the ambient BGM is soul piercing.  Even if I do manage to finish the game before it’s due back, I’ll more than likely still wind up adding it to my collection.  The potential for additional exploration and the music give it excellent replay value.


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

The cover of Final Fantasy: Brave ExviusI think I booted it up to see if Sephiroth was available for summon yet (he wasn’t) then did a quick run through of my notifications.  There are a few I need to clear out before their month is up.  FFBE is a bit annoying in that if there’s anything you’re over that’s given to you in a notification, you can’t collect any of it.  I’m almost always full on NRG, because I don’t play enough, and there are two rewards that contain additional.  This means I have to expend enough then use enough of the 10 NRG refills to make enough room.  I wish you could just sell or get rid of your excess.  I should really do this, because the rewards come with summon tickets, and I’ve been hoarding, and the more I have the more chance there will be that I’ll score the Great General upon his advent ♥

What I Watched

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

I’d heard harsh reviews of the battle system, and I can see why, but this game was a hell of a lot of fun to watch.  The dialogue was witty, the non-battle sections were well done, and even the battle mechanic, while a little odd, was still creatively constructed.  I think I would’ve had consistent base cards like Jump and Hammer that you have all the time, so you’d only need paint, but you could pick up additional, specialized cards for stronger attacks. I don’t think Mario should need a card to be able to do a basic attack since he already has his hammer and, well, shoes.  I definitely liked the Thing cards (not John Carpenter’s, thank God…), and just the tongue-in-cheek handling of the 2D paper world in general was so clever.

This is yet another game that’s only (currently) available on the Wii U (along with Xenoblade Chronicles X, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, and a few others).  I’m hoping Nintendo will port them over to the Switch because that would be the wise thing to do.

Title: Super Mario Odyssey
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Let’s Player: Olizandri

Don’t judge me!  I finished playing the game myself, and then after I finished watching Oliz play Color Splash, I figured I’d watch him play through Odyssey and maybe get some tips on additional moons.  Boy did I ever.  He found so many more moons than I did on his first run through, and even though his normal Mario fare is the RPGs, he’s a better platformer than me, and he doesn’t give up on the hard boards as easily as I do.  It also turns out that there are usually two moons in an enclosed area.  I have a lot of backtracking to do.  I’m going to try to win at least one of the races in the Mushroom Kingdom, though I’m not very good at that, and since I have the game on Easy Mode, I should be able to do the picture boss fights, which are more challenging, but EM gives you six hits AND refills you if you run around enough.

What I Received

I didn’t buy anything in the past two weeks, but what I received more than makes up for it.  Holy shit, my friends are generous.  For a ridiculously reasonable price Cheap Boss Attack sent me:

  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope (Xbox 360)
  • Eternal Sonata (PlayStation 3)
  • Fable: The Lost Chapter (Xbox)
  • Fable II (Xbox 360)
  • Fable III (Xbox 360)
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (Wii)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PlayStation 3)
  • Disgaea 2 (PlayStation 2)
  • Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (PlayStation 2)
  •  Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (PlayStation 2)
  • Dragon Quest VIII (PlayStation 2)

And then Hailstorm David sent me the game his company made:

  • Claire (PlayStation 4 and Vita)

All just for sending him a Christmas card!  I did not know he was one of the makers of this horror title, but that’s so kick ass cool ♥  Wait, do I only know him from Twitter??  I swore he was a Blogger Buddy!  Well I’ll put that as the link.  I’m going to be super embarrassed if I’m just forgetting the WP site…

What have you played lately?  What are you excited to play?  Are you doing Four in February?    I’d like to, but I’m notoriously bad at finishing games.  I suppose I could play games I know I’ll finish.  Sound off in the comments!

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23 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 2/6/18

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  2. RiME! AAH!! ❤ ❤

    I am finishing up Chrono Trigger. The end.

    haha But seriously… I'm finishing up Chrono Trigger and getting ready for Skyrim!! I picked up Abzu and The Bard's Tale recently, but we'll have to see how things go before I take on any sidequest-type games….

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  3. Odyssey’s ending didn’t endear me to Peach. She didn’t seem to appreciate all the work Mario went through to save her. He should go back to Pauline I reckon.

    This past week I have been playing a cyberpunk adventure game called 2064: Read Only Memories on Vita. On the Switch I have played Battle Chef Brigade, which is part beat-em-up and part match 3 puzzler.

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      • That’s how I felt! The old kidnapping routine was my least favorite thing about the game, because it’s such old hat (pun intended hehe), and when you can replace a woman with a sexy lamp you might want to reexamine your story. This was passable back in the 80s and even early 90s when we didn’t know better, but come on Nintendo, it’s 2017! Mario rescuing her doesn’t mean she owes him her affection (though for a moment, I thought there was going to be a mutual thing before Bowser interrupted), and if I were in that situation, I’d want no more wooing forced or true.


    • I really liked Pauline lol. I just don’t think she wanted anyone else to try to get with her, and I can’t blame her for that after being kidnapped, dragged throughout kingdoms and almost being forced to marry. They had an ALMOST kiss moment that was ruined by Bowser. I don’t blame her for wanting to see the world on her terms instead of being a prisoner. I like that you find her in each kingdom with Tiara.

      I have Read Only Memories on my backlog, and I really should use my Vita more. I’ve been going between my Switch, 3DS, and PS4 now that I rented RiME for the last.

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  4. Haven’t touched Mario since Christmas (still in the Luncheon Kingdom)… Owned the Switch version of RiME since November and haven’t even started it.. sigh. I’m 60+ hours into Dragon Age Inquisition though! I’m hooked 😀

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  5. You’re right, Mario Odyssey really doesn’t end at the ‘end’ of the game. It does the open world thing so right, that the ending is really just a formality and the world still feels like there’s so much more to get back to.

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  6. Nice! It’s awesome when you can get games from the library, too. 🙂 My boyfriend’s library has that option, too, and they have a pretty decent selection (along with the most amazing comic/graphic novel selection I’ve ever seen at a library!) 😀

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  8. WP is being so wonky with my “likes” lately. I know for certain that I liked this post, and I even left a comment on Feb 9th (which I can still see), but it doesn’t show me that I liked it now when i look at it. It’s been doing that with other people’s post too lately. I just hit like again though, because I love your blog and it deserves all the likes! lol

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