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!
This is not supposed to be a once a month post, but the last scheduled one was on 7/10, which is my big brother’s birthday and we went out to dinner for that. By the time I got home it was really late and I was really tired, but he’d had a great time with a bunch of his friends and family, and that’s all that matters. If I wasn’t so fat and sleepy, I wouldn’t have neglected you fine people, but now you get to see what I’ve been up to for the past month.
What I Finished
Title: The House of Da Vinci
System: iPhone (8)
If you like The Room series, I highly recommend this one to you, too. I think I paid $4.99 for it in the iPhone app store, and it was worth every penny. It comes with clues similar to The Room, but I needed some extra help as I neared the end (possibly due to my own laziness/concentration issues). I wound up tapping a walk-through, which not only had text guidance but video as well. Some of the clues left me stumped so this was really useful. The music in the game was phenomenal, as well, with the mien you’d expect for Da Vinci’s time. I’d give the game a 4/5.
What I Played
Title: Final Fantasy VI
Series: Final Fantasy
System: PlayStation 3
I haven’t played as much as I’d like, but I am currently in a spot where the world has really opened up. I recruited a new party member back in Narshe and just took the long journey to teach him a skill he can only learn underwater. The process to do that is extensive since you have to literally be underwater, and there are only two places to do that in the game. Your characters end up elsewhere away from the airship, which means you have to hoof it back to that location. I left the Blackjack in the Sabil Mountains near the Returner’s hideout, and I’m currently in South Figaro. I just have to trek through the mountains and then I’m back to where I need to be. I’ll probably do some leveling and magic learning before I continue on with the story.
Title: Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius
Series: Final Fantasy
System: iPhone (8)
I had to make a second note page for FFBE, because I can’t find the one I had before. I must’ve deleted it, which is really weird, because I don’t delete ANYTHING. I know I didn’t play FFBE for a while, but I’m still shocked I just got rid of all the notes I had on it. I wonder if I was in a not so good state when I did so and figured I wouldn’t play it again.
I’ve been playing pretty much every day now since I downloaded it on my phone, and I’ve been catching up with the story, which becomes more interesting as it unfolds. I liked the Vortex Mission about Grandshelt and Sir Raegan. Now we know more about him that gives an insight on what he’s trying to do. This is probably going to be a Star Wars like redemption arc since *spoiler* Raegan is Rain’s father and he’s fucking Veritas of the Dark or Darklord. I mean…beat the Star Wars over our heads why don’t you lol. *end spoiler* I’m also pretty sure he’s an alien. He’s this cold, aloof, awesome warrior who “turns evil.” That doesn’t sound familiar at all. Zoldaad takes the role of the evil empire with superior technology in this one, so of course there has to be a rebellion. Oh and I’m almost 100% certain Rain’s mom is dead. I mean this is Final Fantasy.
There have been a few more characters added to the roster, too, and the only one who doesn’t annoy me is Nichol the strategist. Lid is irritating. I get they’re going for the “tough girl” paradigm, but it’s so overdone by now, and Tifa was just so much better at it. Lid’s gil obsession just makes her more obnoxious. Then Jake is that always annoying “ladies’ man” archetype that Final Fantasy has to throw in. Honestly, the only one of those I ever liked is Edgar from FFVI. I think because it was really just a cover for other things, and if I ever went back to my Final Fantasy VI fanfic, I’d hope I’d do it justice. He never came off as obnoxious to me, maybe because he had other positive character traits, cared deeply about his brother, his kingdom, his friends, and never got too far into ickiness (though that little girl in the castle who talks about the king marrying her is pushing it). The fact that Jake is creeping on Lid just makes me groan aloud, because now we have two characters I’d leave at a bus station interacting and trying to out-annoy each other.
The biggest question I have right now though is “Is Lasswell in love with Rain??” because from what he sort of implied to Fina about not being able to put some things into words, it sure as hell seems so. But I seriously doubt Squeenix would ever unequivocally make any character LGBTQ+, which is a damn shame, because we need more of that. But they work with Disney quite a bit and seem to have picked up more than a few of that conglomerate’s traits. I suppose we’ll have to see.
Title: Clubhouse Games
System: Nintendo DS
I have to thank Normal Happenings for his praise of this game on The Well-Red Mage’s Console Challenge for the Nintendo DS. After reading the article, I looked it up on Amazon, saw it was less than $20 and bought it outright. It’s one of those games that’s so versatile because it’s crammed full of familiar favorites and boredom bashers. You can pop it into your DS (or in my case 3DS) and have a variety of games to choose from at any time all in one cartridge. Just because a game isn’t original and/or just puts a bunch of smaller games together doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile. I play this almost every night with Rummy being my usual drink of choice (though ironically, I can’t drink rum). I still haven’t opened up everything, which you need to do by completing certain “missions,” but I did finally win a game of Mah Jong, which is not as easy as you might think.
What I Demoed
- Captain Toad: Treasure Hunter – I’m so happy this is finally on the Nintendo Switch. I was actually considering obtaining a Wii U in order to play this, but something told me Nintendo would probably port it to its new system. They’re probably going to do that with a bunch of Wii U titles (if they know what’s good for them), since they can at least make money off of the games even if the system was a flop. Captain Toad is a super cute puzzle type game. I have to remember that Toad can’t jump, because I keep pushing the button for that lol. He can pick up vegetables, which can be used as weapons against enemies. Even though I ended up dying in two out of the three boards I tried, it’s still something I plan to purchase.
- Baobabs Mausoleum: Ep. 1 Ovnifagos Don’t Eat Flamingos – Despite the long and ridiculous title as well as the fact your character is a sentient eggplant FBI agent, this game is pretty damn engaging (or maybe because of all those things). It has a Thimbleweed Park feel to it with an agent dropped in a weird, little town where he doesn’t know what the hell is really going on.
What I Watched
- Vampyr – This was one of Cryaotic’s Let’s Plays, and though it was pretty interesting, and I absolutely love Cry, I couldn’t stay engaged. I’m not sure why because it’s been a while since I’ve seen a game with a vampire protagonist (bonus: he’s also a doctor), and I like when paradigms are flipped. You can choose how heroic or villainous you’re going to be as you try to figure out what’s happening in London to cause this plague of which your character was a victim.
- Final Fantasy IV: The After Years – Initially I tried watching an LP by the person I used for FFV, but I couldn’t stand the way he did some of the characters’ voices. It’s not that I need perfect voice acting, but he was purposely making some of them sound ridiculous, and it was annoying as fuck. It was the same problem I had with how he portrayed Krile in V, but I put up with that because it was close enough to the end, and it was only one person. This just got to be too much. I was able to find another Let’s Player who wasn’t too shabby, but then I decided I wanted to play the game myself, and it’s available on Steam.
Title: The Illusion of Gaia
Series Title: Soul Blazer
Let’s Player: Hungry Goriya
HG is done streaming this, but I still look forward to her Let’s Play of it. Part 10 came out yesterday (I think) so I’ll be watching that tonight. I hope she does a stream/LP of Soul Blazer since I’d love to see the first game in the series.
Title: Alan Wake
Series: Alan Wake
Let’s Player: ChristopherOdd
I’m back to watching more horror Let’s Plays by Mr. Odd! What am I getting myself into? This is honestly like a thriller novel you can’t put down, which is a perfect meta-analysis for a game about a thriller/mystery writer who’s currently trapped in his own thriller/mystery. As he tries to figure out what’s going on, he keeps finding pages of his own manuscripts scattered around the town of Bright Falls where a showdown between light and darkness is set to take place. Hopefully the town’s name isn’t foreshadowing, because if bright falls, only darkness remains.
What I Bought
- Clubhouse Games $19.99 @ Amazon – Already talked about this above.
I’ll try to stay on schedule with these since I do it biweekly now anyway, and if I miss one, I’m not posting for another month. I definitely want to pick up Octopath Traveler (and my husband just came home talking about it lol). It’s $60, but I haven’t bought a full priced RPG in a long time. I’m kind of annoyed you can’t get Senua’s Sacrifice on PS4 anymore, at last not on Amazon. Even the download code is unavailable, like what? I might make a trip to Target or Best Buy soon, more than likely BB since I don’t have a credit card for them and won’t be as tempted to use one.
What have you been playing, planning to play, or wishing you could play?