A weekly post updated every other Thursday 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 Purchased
- Last Day of June – $9.99 for Nintendo Switch @ Nintendo eShop
What I Demoed
- Tales of Arise – I have Facebook to thank for putting me onto this. I had no idea another Tales game was on the horizon. I’m probably going to buy it even though I missed the pre-order (I still think you can get the perks from that even after it comes out), since it hit today. The controls are a little different since it’s on the PS4, but it’s still the same concept. I so wish it was on the Nintendo Switch though lol. I want everything on the Nintendo Switch :p
What I Finished
Title: Tales of Vesperia
System: Nintendo Switch
I can’t sing the praises of this enough. It was so damn good. I loved how while following many of the standard JRPG tropes, it was still unique. The critiques I have about it are minor, few, and mostly have to do with the inability to organize your items lol. While the high probability of missing side events, sub-quests, and optional items is high, this isn’t a dealbreaker, and apparently, they addressed that in later titles.
I wish there were more Tales games on the Switch, because I really want to play another one conveniently. I believe I have Tales of Berseria on my PS4, which I could remote play through my Vita, so I’ll have to check that out.
I’ll of course be reviewing this…some day lol.
What I’m Playing
Title: The Lost Child
Series: El Shaddai
System: Nintendo Switch
I’m kind of craving another dungeon crawler right now and have been looking at the Etrian Odyssey games again (I downloaded a demo for one of them on my 3DS). I’m still enjoying this, but I literally lol at some of the cut scenes/voice acting. It’s…so bad. I also had my first game freeze right as I defeated the boss of the Mt. Fuji layer…thankfully she was easy, so it wasn’t like I won by the skin of my teeth. It was just annoying because I had to travel the entire way there again.
What I Watched
- Transference – I only watched a little bit of this game. It had SOMA similarities with the transference of consciousness, but was more like that episode of Futurama with the professor’s parents in a virtual world.
- The Sinking City – I’m really loving this. Even the LPer says it’s the best Cthulhu mythos game he’s ever played. There’s so much that’s intriguing about it. There are people who are clearly human-animal hybrids like the Innsmouthers and the Throgmortens with the former facing racism against them as refugees. There’s a similar mechanic in this to The Vanishing of Ethan Carter where the MC has to piece the chronology of events together, and he has the ability to use retro-cognition.
- Tales of Vesperia – I wound up finishing the LP for this, too. There was quite a lot I missed in terms of side quests, and sub-events, but I’m okay with that. I honestly had no idea the Necropolis of Nostalgia had anything past the one boss and was integral in actually finding and fighting the “true” final boss of the game. There’s also the exploration of the aer krenes that I didn’t finish, but to be honest some of those battles looked really difficult, and I’m pretty satisfied with my completion of a game once I’ve beaten the final boss. Anything else is extra.
So I’m currently in between RPGs now lol. I would love to play another Tales game. I’m still working on my FFVI review so I’m not going to play the OG FFVII until I finish that. I do still need to play FFVIIR Intergrade, but that’s not what I’m feeling right now (some weird emotions going on around FFVII…don’t ask), and I don’t know if I want to pick up another dungeon crawler since I’m still in the midst of TLC. I want another good story based RPG that will impress me as much as a Tales or Final Fantasy. I’d prefer to play it on a handheld though because I’m lazy and like convenience lol.