The State of the Gamer: 3/9/23

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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!

Games Demoed: 1

  • Octopath Traveler II – I knew I was going to buy it, but I wanted to demo it first anyway.  I wound up finding a $50 Nintendo eShop during the move so I paid a lot less for it than I would’ve.  I figured it would be good to have an another game to play when I wasn’t in the mind frame for Harvestella, especially in the seasonal farm planning phases for that game, which is what I’m in now.

Games Purchased: 6

  • Astronomical Club for Queers $1.99 ($0.00) @ Nintendo eShop – I will pretty much buy anything that’s queer/gay lol.  Especially when it’s this inexpensive.  Even if I don’t like the game putting money into the hands of queer (or at least queer friendly) indie devs is one of my top priorities.
  • Mozart Requiem $7.49 ($5.19) @ Nintendo eShop – I almost didn’t buy this because I’m not 100% certain about it.  There’s something in the description about a time limit and TSN doesn’t roll like that lol.  But it was on sale and I had points so if I don’t like it, it’s only $5 lost, and there’s a good chance I’ll like it since I’m a music fan.
  • Japanese Escape Games: The Retro House $6.99 @ Nintendo eShop – I’m really glad this was super cheap because I haven’t been that into it.  The puzzles aren’t that intuitive and the help isn’t that helpful.
  • Japanese Escape Games: The Mansion of Tricks $6.99 @ Nintendo eShop – Same issue as the other JEG.  I’m not going to give up on them entirely since I do love point-and-click puzzle escape games, but if I find better ones on my iPhone I tend to go back to them.
  • Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse $3.49 @ Nintendo eShop
  • Octopath Traveler II $59.99 ($13.59) @ Nintendo eShop – I love finding gift cards.
Total: $86.94 ($36.25)

Games Finished: 0

Games On Hold: 0

Games DNF: 2

  • Earthlock
  • I Am Setsuna

Just doing some housekeeping I suppose.  I never posted I DNF’d these, though they’re on the DNF tab of my game spreadsheet.  Earthlock was okay when I played it but some of the reviews made me go “Eh,” and with I Am Setsuna I found myself balking at the next leg of the journey and I’m not sure why.  I feel like I’d be okay watching it, but I don’t want to take the time to play it.  There’s nothing really wrong with the game; it just wasn’t holding my attention.

Currently Playing: 2

Title: Octopath Traveler II
Series: H2-D2 Series; Octopath Traveler
System: Nintendo Switch

Octopath Traveler II game coverDate Started: March 1, 2023

Of course I love this just like I loved the first one.  They’ve expanded on the actions characters can take in town, giving you two a piece depending on whether it’s day or night, which you can readily change.  I started with Osvald, who’s quite burly for a Scholar (thinking of my sweet twink Cyrus lol), a man falsely accused of killing his wife and child by arson.

Gif from the movie The Fugitive of Harrison Ford's character saying

He was set up by his colleague Harvey who was apparently jealous of him?   Anyway, his trial was an absolute sham.  I’m pretty sure he was muzzled and not allowed to speak even then, or maybe he was already plotting his revenge against Harvey idk.  The muzzle is there to keep him from casting spells since he is a Scholar and accused of murder by magic.

It took me longer than I’d like to admit to remember why the names “Harvey” and “Oswald” sounded so familiar together then I remembered Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s assassin.  No clue if the names in this game are supposed to be a reference to that, and I’m not seeing any other evidence to support such a thing.

I currently have two other characters: Temenos and Throné, the cleric and the thief/assassin.  I’m not sure how I feel about Temenos personality wise.  He’s the “Ophilia” character, able to Guide others and add an additional fighter to battle.  As fore mentioned Osvald is the same type as Cyrus and Throné reminds me of Primrose, the dancer, in regards to her situation, but she has thief (Therion) abilities.  I like how they’re mixing things up and developing another archetype system for this series.

Anyway, I recommend the game if you liked the first one.  I was hoping it would continue with the same world of Osterra (?) with different people or at least finish up the map there, but this world is called Solistia, which is more modern than the prior one, so I suppose this is more forward in time.  It kind of fits with one of my overarching Final Fantasy series now that I think about it…

Title: Harvestella
System: Nintendo Switch

Cover of Harvestella gameDate Started: November 20, 2022

I’m currently planning out farm reorganization for Autumn so I haven’t actually played in a few weeks.  I was going to do a complete overhaul, but it would mean removing and (re)buying way too many trees so I’m going to try to work around and with my tree placement, though I do plan to put all of my machines in the top row and figure out where to put my sprinklers.

I’m on Day 29 in the my 2nd year of summer so I want to figure out what I’m doing before I play anymore.  The cave and water biomes aren’t going to change much with the latter only lacking Islet Watermelons.   I’ll probably spend Day 30 redoing the farm, though I would like to see if I can gather supplies to make more sprinklers any/or upgrade some of my machines.

In terms of story I’m in Chapter 5 I think?  I’m exploring an old amusement park and I’m already certain about a major thing going on.  I also only have one more rare fish to catch that I can do in the autumn season so I need to make sure I take care of that.  I’m also nearly done with my recipes.

Games Played

  • Pic-a-Pix Deluxe – I love the little midi music in this game lol.  It’s so catchy.

Alright so I’m a day behind with posting this, but I still got it out.  I’ll try to keep up with these going forward.  We are still not remotely done unpacking, but as it stands we really only have time on the weekends to do anything so it is what it is.  Tomorrow I’m going to try to make a dent in the tons of laundry I need to sort and put away.

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