The State of the Gamer: 3/12/19

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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 Finished

Title: The First Tree
System: Nintendo Switch

The First Tree coverDate Started: 3/7/19
Date Finished: 3/10/19

I don’t think anyone could deny that this is a beautiful game with a magnificent soundtrack, excellent voice acting  (provided by the creator and his spouse), and stunning visuals.  It speaks to the creator, David Wehle’s cinematic background, which may also be the reason the game suffers from some significant logistical issues, namely the jumping mechanic.  Wehle isn’t (or wasn’t) a game designer.  It’s necessary for certain progression and to gather all the collectibles for you completionists out there.  The story, while nothing new, is still heartfelt and relatable, being about loss, regret, and memory.  How the visual representation of the fox searching for her cubs intertwines with the narrator coming to terms with his grief is up for discussion and interpretation.

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The State of the Gamer: 2/26/19

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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 Finished

Title: Piczle Colors
Series Title: Piczle
System: Nintendo Switch

Piczle ColorsDate Started: January 31, 2019
Date Finished: February 20, 2019 (?)

I honestly don’t remember thereabouts when I finished this game, since I’m still playing it, but I did complete all 300 puzzles.  I’m hoping they release more in a DLC.  Until then I do random ones of the 300, and you can also do random colors, which can be hella hard.  I’ll probably do a review of this after I finish Oxenfree’s since this will be a breeze compared to that.

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The State of the Gamer: 2/12/19

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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 Bought

  • Piczle Colors – $12.00 @ Nintendo eShop: Will discuss below.

What I’m Playing

Title: Piczle Colors
Series Title: Piczle
System: Nintendo Switch

Piczle ColorsDate Started: January 31, 2019

I am obsessed with this game.  The only reason I’m not playing it right now is because I’m doing this, and my Switch is dead with the charger in the other room.  I do agree with some of the critiques presented by Mr. Panda in his video review.  Some of the colors are way too close in hue, and while I understand they did it to add depth to the harder finished pictures, it can cause some unnecessary errors and confusion.  Other than that, the game is ridiculously addictive.  I’ll tell myself, “One more puzzle,” complete it, and start the next one.  I’m going to be sad when I finish, but apparently there’s a randomizer you can use to still get some enjoyment out of the game once you’ve finished all of them.  I also may be the first person to review it on Grouvee since there’s not even a rating there yet o.O

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The State of the Gamer: 1/22/19

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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 Bought

  • Nier Automata – $23.99 @ Best Buy – I returned my extra copy of Jurassic World: Evolution for store credit, and I still have around $30 left to play around with.  Not sure what else I’m going to buy.  I might grab a Switch GC or something since BB only sells games for the latest systems (PS4, Xbone, and Switch).  Give me your best suggestions on what I should spend my credit on!

What I Finished

Title: Octopath Traveler
System: Nintendo Switch

Octopath Traveler coverDate Started: August 11, 2018
Date Finished: January 12, 2019
Play Duration: 154

While I didn’t fully “finish” the game aka I didn’t beat the “true” final boss, I still completely everyone’s chapters, and I’m satisfied with that.  I watched a tutorial on that last big battle and I decided “nah.”  It was way too involved, and I’d already left my Switch on overnight because there’s a boss rush right before it and no save.  The boss rush isn’t hard if you’re in the high 60’s/low 70’s for level like I was, but still.  I’m more than happy with what I got out of the game.  I’m hoping they’ll add more content, because there’s still plenty of map that needs to be filled out.

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The State of the Gamer: 1/8/19

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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 Bought

  • Forgotton Anne – $19.99 @ Nintendo eShop
  • Undertale – $14.99 @ Nintendo eShop
  • Night in the Woods – $11.99 @ Nintendo eShop
  • Broken Age – $4.49 @ Nintendo eShop – This one and all the ones above show me putting my gift card to good use.  Thanks again big bro!
  • The First Tree – $9.99 @ Nintendo eShop: Thanks to The Off-Centered Earth Mage of TWRM’s collective for the review of this.  I bought the game pretty much right after I read it.  First buy of the New Year!
  • To the Moon – $1.99 @ iPhone App Store

What I Played

Title: Octopath Traveler
System: Nintendo Switch

Octopath Traveler coverDate Started: August 11, 2018

Still haven’t gotten a chance to play this, but I did check the strat guide I’m following again to see what prep I have to do.

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Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy V

Final Fantasy Reviews

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This is the part of a long-term project to play and review/analyze all the Final Fantasy games.  Whenever possible, I will play the original version, but in cases where it’s not available and/or there are time constraints, I’ll use a port and/or watch a Let’s Play, both of which contingencies will be indicated in the review.  Ideally, I will attempt to play a portion so that I can remark more accurately on the gameplay experience.  These will be long-form reviews with detailed plot analyses, so please be wary if you do not want spoilers.

I started my Final Fantasy journey in the 80’s with the legitimate sixth installment Final Fantasy VI, and though I did eventually go back to play Final Fantasy IV (which is now in my top 5 FF games), somehow or another I missed V.  While IV is known for being the first Final Fantasy to have a cohesive and intricate story, it had a static job system with only one character changing per the demands of the plot.  Final Fantasy V allows the player complete control over what jobs their characters have even more than Final Fantasy III, which required a certain amount of points to alter.  This was a huge advantage and helped distinguish FFV from its predecessors.

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The State of the Gamer: 12/25/18

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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 Received

  • A box of games from Cheap Boss Attack – an early Christmas surprise, a bunch of games for super cheap to add to my collection and backlog 🙂
    • Yo-Kai Watch
    • Shining Resonance Refrain – the question of whether or not to buy or pass on this was kind of answered for me, since I couldn’t pass up a deal.  I think you can set the battle to easy so I can just enjoy the story.
    • Divinity: Original Sin
    • Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception – I need to learn how to pronounce this.  I kept copying and pasting the name because it’s too difficult to spell.
    • Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth
    • Pillars of Eternity
    • Blue Reflection
  • $50 Nintendo Switch GC – It’s the big one with Bowser on it, too!  I got this from my big bro ♥
  • Jurassic World Evolution  – I received this as a Christmas present from my parents-in-law who are serious about buying gifts.  They go all out for the holiday every year.  I’ll discuss more below, but I actually received two of them.  My husband and his mother didn’t communicate, and she went out and bought the first eleven things on my list (I’m…not kidding).  I have the gift receipt so I’m going to exchange one for Nier Automata, which was also on my list.

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