The State of the Gamer: 1/8/19

<–The State of the Gamer: 12/25/18            The State of the Gamer: 1/22/19–>

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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The State of the Gamer: 11/29/16

<–The State of the Gamer: 11/22/16          The State of the Gamer: 12/6/16–>

A weekly post updated every Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have quite a backlog of games to either play or watch, and I’m hoping a weekly article will assist with my progress as my other accountable posts have done with reading and writing.
I have an account at Grouvee, which is a essentially Goodreads for gamers, so please feel free to friend me there!
Original source of the banner art is located here.

Title: Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square/Tose (GBA)
Original Platform: NES
Original Release Date: December 18, 1987
Current Platform: Gameboy Advance
Current Platform Release Date: July 29, 2004
Date Started: November 20, 2016


The prologue has been finished up, and I’ve crossed the bridge to the game proper.  Right before I reached Matoya’s cave, my thief character was poisoned, and in this game, those status effects stick.  Luckily, there’s an antidote in the seer’s cavern but I really should go back to Cornelia and pick up a supply.  I have the well rounded line up of Fighter, Thief, Black Mage, and White Mage (sorry Red Mage, though I kind of wonder if I should’ve chosen you instead of the Black Mage), since I went by a guide’s recommendation.

One major difference between this version and the original is there are no spell charges.  You buy a spell, and you can use it as much as want so long as you have the MP to cast.  In the original game, there was no MP; you had a limited number of charges to use per level, and once those were done, you have to either use a tent/cottage or visit an inn.

I’ll probably reach Pravoka tonight, but I don’t know if I’ll take on the pirates.  I seem to have fallen into a pattern where I play a little bit right before bed.

Title: Final Fantasy IV
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Original Platform: SNES
Original Release Date: July 19, 1991
Current Platform: Game Boy Advance
Current Platform Release Date: December 12, 2005
Date Started: October 24. 2016


Cecil has achieved the status of paladin (again), and omg is his profile on the menu screen super pretty ♥♥♥


Oh good lord…I’m actually getting an idea to do a “Who’s the prettiest?” ranking once I finish up my play/replay project.  Cecil is probably number 2.  Three guess who number 1 is, and the first two don’t count.  Hint: I mention them in this post.

In game I’m about to use the Devil Road to go back to Baron.  I’ve been playing more of IV than DoS so I wanted to give the latter some time.

Title: New Super Mario Bros.
Series: Super Mario
Genre: Platformer – Adventure
Developer: Nintendo
Original Platform: Nintendo DS
Original Release Date: May 15, 2006
Date Started: October 24, 2016


I’m going to put this game on the sidelines for a little while.  It’ll stay in my DS, but since it’s been almost three weeks since I’ve turned it off, I think it’s cheating to say I’m still playing it.  I’m not giving up on it just yet, and even if I don’t play it myself, I’ll search out a LP to view, because I love watching better platformers than me.

Title: World of Final Fantasy
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Date Bought: October 21, 2016
Date Started: November 5, 2016


I’m so hooked on this game.  I wish I could play it more often than weekends and Wednesday, but tomorrow is Wednesday, isn’t it?  I figured out that you don’t have to have space in your Mirage inventory in order to catch one.  You’ll just be given the option of leaving with Seraphie (aka in your Prism Case) or taking it with you (and I assume you’d then have to put another Mirage in the Case).  I also didn’t realize that you don’t have to defeat a new Mirage before you obtain its Prism, so I’ve been catching them like whoa.

I also unlocked the Champions so I finally got to use Sephiroth in battle along with the Warrior of Light.  Seph casts Supernova, which is essentially Meteor, and the WoL does a move called Soul Blazer, which kind of looks like Omnislash.  Hilarious.

Shut up. You KNOW he's adorbz.

Shut up. You KNOW he’s adorbz.

I can also get Refia once I return to the Girl Who Forgot Her Name’s Tearoom.  Refia is pretty awesome.  When she was tagging along to Sherlotta’s inn, she’d heal your party if anyone was in the yellow.

I’m currently saved right before the pirate ship, which is hilarious since that’s where I’m heading soon in Dawn of Souls.  Everything is cyclical, isn’t it?  I need to figure out if I’m going to switch up the Mirages I’m carrying since I’d like all of them to get some leveling in.  I’m wondering if there will be a way to carry more Mirages with you at some point in the game, a sort of Zelda bomb bag like upgrade if you will.

Games Currently Watching

Title: Mass Effect II
Series: Mass Effect
Genre: Action RPG – Sci-Fi
Developer: BioWare
Original Platform(s): Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: January 26, 2010
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: November 19, 2016


I was totally wrong about who the krogan warlord was, but I am really amused about the name Jedore, which sounds a lot like the French “J’adore,” meaning “I love” or “I adore.”  It would be utterly counter to that individual.  I just finished watching that part and the LPer choose to let Grunt out.  Ah, attempting to make the perfect soldier.  It never works out the way you expect, and there’s always way more collateral damage.

Games Added to Playlist: 3

  1. Bound – I’m shocked I didn’t have this in my backlog before, but it’s been remedied as it’s there now.
  2. Mother 3 – I’ve watched a Let’s Play of it, and if I’m not mistaken, I have an emulated copy of it on my husband’s computer.
  3. Broken Age – I have to thank the Well-Red Mage for reviewing this.  I love stories that span multiple worlds, and this game has a sci-fi and fantasy one, which form an eventual fusion.  While the warnings state I’m in for a challenge, internet guides make these things far easier to bear.

Games Bought This Week: 1

  1. I Am Setsuna – Thanks (again) to the Well-Red Mage, I got an additional 10% off on an already reduced game price so I bought it for a little over $20, which is nothing to scorn.  The trailer gives me chills, and the battle engine looks identical to Chrono Trigger.  I’m not sure where in the line this game is going to be, but it’ll have to be after FFXIII.  I have some promises to keep.

What are you currently playing and/or watching? Is it something new or old?  Is it a first time run or a replay?  What’s the genre?  Would you recommend it?  What’s on your radar to play next?

<–The State of the Gamer: 11/22/16          The State of the Gamer: 12/6/16–>