The State of the Gamer: 7/14/22

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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 Demoed

  • Live A Live – This game was apparently the precursor/inspiration for Octopath Traveler.  Like OT you have eight characters to choose from in a 2D and a half world, though I think LAL was remastered that way.   I played the shinobi character, and I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to stealth your way through the whole mission because every one I battled with handed me my ass.  I’m not sure about the game, but I may give the demo another try with another character.  I found out about this through Olizandri’s channel update, and I just can’t resist at least trying out any JRPG.
  • Yurikill: The Calumniation Games – This is definitely not the game for me.  It’s a combination shoot-em-up and visual novel/mystery(?).  I’m honestly not sure, but the novely parts weren’t holding my attention either.  Pass.
  • Klonoa: Phantasy Reverie Series – Omfg I am so stoked for this game.  It would’ve been a buy even without the demo.  I have been trying to find Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veal for YEARS and now that and the first one have been ported to the Switch.  It’s kind of 2D and half like, too, but a platformer where it looks 3D but you play in 2D.

What I Purchased

Nothing this time.

What I Finished

Nothing this time.

What I DNF’d

Not playing anything.

What I’m Playing

Title: Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars
Series: Voice of Cards
System: Nintendo Switch

Cover of Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon RoarsDate Started: July 11, 2022

I finally made good on my word and started playing this.  I was so hyped after playing the demo that I pre-purchased it and planned to start playing as soon as it came out.   Of course I was in the midst of another game (The Great Ace Attorney), so I planned to start this once I finished, and I guess I just never did.   I even bought Triangle Strategy and Etrian Odyssey in the interim and still waited a few months after I finished them because I needed to get up the motivation.

The actual game has some changes from the demo.  The biggest one is you’re not playing the better characters they give you there.  A lot of demos (like Triangle Strategy) will make things slightly harder, but I guess VOC wanted to make things easier, though even with the less advanced characters it’s not that bad.  I do hate when the hero starts out as a whiney weakling and any dialogue “choice” you have to make doesn’t give you a good result.  Eh, at least the sorceress character (lady on the right in the above image) kind of has a Sephiroth aesthetic going on with her grey-silver hair and black outfit.  She seems pretty chill, and the monster character Mar is adorable.  I named my “hero” Ashterel, but I don’t think he deserves such an awesome name.

Oh, I guess I should give some overview about the game lol.  So it’s like JRPG meets D&D aesthetic (I actually used that word twice in a post?  Outrageous!) insofar as you roll dice for extra effects.  The entire thing takes place on a gameboard of sorts with cards you flip over, so the overworld is all cards that might have random events, treasure, or random battles.  The narrator has a bit of a dry wit to go with his scratchy, old man voice, and there’s quite a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor.  I believe there are DLCs now that I’ll look into at some point, but for now I’m going to just enjoy the game.  According to Grouvee, it takes about 12 hours to finish the main story, so not too long.  I’m hoping someone does an LP of it so I can watch it after I’m done my play-through, as per usual.

There’s an awesome card game within the game, which I was playing through the demo version even after I finished it, but the full game version has extra options!  So far it doesn’t seem like you lose anything when you lose (yet), but you get something when you win.

What I Played

  • Picross S5

What I’m Watching

  •  Olizandri
    • Horizon Forbidden West – So these Far Zenith people.  Like were they just going for Nazis/fascists?  Because that’s literally what they are.  They call the people inhabiting the planet “vermin” and try to “exterminate” them.  What the actual fuck.  If they were going for “rich people only care about themselves” they nailed it.
  • CJUGames
    • MADiSON- The voice acting in this game is so good.  The main character sounds absolutely terrified all the time, and the way he delivers his lines you believe he’s in this horrifying situation.  I’m not 100% sure what the game is about but he has a Polaroid camera that can change the nature of reality when he takes a picture (and yes he does shake it lol).   I believe the title refers to the name of a person he’s looking for.
    • FOBIA St. Dinfna Hotel – I’m really intrigued by this one.  A reporter(?) goes to a hotel to investigate a story, finds a weird wormhole in his bathroom, passes out, and wakes up to the hotel in shambles crawling with monsters.  It’s kind of like SOMA only he’s in the same place.

I had Resident Evil 8 on my Watch List last week but I wound up just watching a summary of it.  It was definitely interesting and uh, I certainly understand the obsession the internet has with Lady Dimitrescu.  Come on, hot vampire lady is hot.  Yes, I’m aware her “final form” is monstrous.  Do you know who my number one obsession is?  Do you think that fucking matters to me??  Is this your first day here???  If it is…welcome!  I’m glad to have you.  Please understand my FFVII/Sephiroth obsession and respect my truth.  Anyway, Resident Evil is one of those series on my list for research/reference in my overwhelming essay project.  It wasn’t so much I was bored with watching the game, but I just wanted to know what was going on. 

I keep hearing about this other horror game called The Quarry, and I finally found an LP for it by ChristopherOdd so I know what I’ll be watching tomorrow!  

Alright I want to get some VOC gameplay in; I have a classic to read, and I want to get some world-building done.  TTFN!

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13 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 7/14/22

  1. Pingback: The State of the Gamer: 6/30/22 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

    • Ahhh, I cannot wait to talk about this with you. I almost would love to have an HZD podcast/stream with you if we weren’t both internet recluses XD

      I had a bunch of theories about them. Initially I thought they wanted GAIA because they were going to take her back to fix the Sirius world, but then I thought that made no sense. Why come all the way back here just to go back there. But then it made zero sense to me why they’d send out an extinction signal, but then I realized I wasn’t thinking like a rich asshole.

      So currently Aloy just got DEMETER and ran into Alva from the Quen tribe. THAT is really interesting. Honestly, I am so impressed with the details of this game. Every single tribe has a certain aesthetic, and I could write a billion essays about how HZD should be a study on how to do diversity in gaming.

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