The State of the Gamer: 2/21/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 2/14/17          The State of the Gamer: 2/28/17–>

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: Journey
Genre: Adventure, Art
Developer: Thatgamecompany
Original Platforms: PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: March 13, 2012
Current Platform: PlayStation 4
Current Platform Release Date: July 21, 2015
Date Purchased: January 21, 2017
Date Started: February 11, 2017

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No progress on this one this week.  I decided to start another game by thatgamecompany (discussed below), but I”ll probably play more of this tomorrow (Wednesday).

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

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Nope again.  I just can’t seem to find time to fit this into the rotation.

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

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Yes!  I finished the Tower of Zot and am currently in Baron with the Magma Stone in my possession.  My next stop is Agart and the underground.

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
Date Finished(?): February 19, 2017

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So I’ve seen the real and official ending credits, but there’s still more game to go.  I don’t think this is too spoilery, since I”m not giving any story elements away, but after you complete the second (real) ending, three new gates appear in the Girl’s Tearoom.  They’re optional dungeons with a boss fight at the end of them, and that boss fight is the “dark” versions of the Shiva, Ramuh, and Ifrit mirages.  All of them.  You fight a stacked version of “dark” Shiva, Mishiva, and Babliz; Ramuh, Zaphyr, and Zapt; and Ifrit, Affrite, and Fritt.  You can only catch the the littlest mirage in each stack (receiving mementos for the other ones), and the largest mirage will restack immediately if toppled once their turn comes back up.  Of course there’s a trick to it lol.  I’ve managed to catch dark Bablizz or Brrblizz so far, and I’m going to go after at least Joult (dark Zapt) tomorrow.

Since I’ve seen the (actual) credits, I think I can count this as a finish, but I’ll put another date once I finish off all the extras and have every single mirage.  This could also be my way of putting off writing a review lol, which I’m actually looking forward to doing.

Title: fLOw
Genre: Life Simulation
Developer: Thatgamecompany & SuperVillain Studios
Platform(s): Adobe Flash, PlayStation 3, PSP, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Release Date:  April 14, 2016
Date Bought: November 12, 2016
Date Started: February 20, 2017
Date Finished: February 20, 2017

I decided to give this game a whirl yesterday, and it’s not really my cup of tea.  I think the main reason is my utterly horrible sense of direction.  You have to guide your little creature by turning the controller this way and that, and I’m not good at that.  I believe it’s the same controls in Journey, but I’m better able to navigate that more two dimensional plane.  So in terms of TSN’s playing of fLOw, I’ve gone with it, and I’m done.  I’m not going to rate or review it, because it’s mostly my bad sense of direction that stymied my playing efforts, and it’s not fair to judge a game because of my foibles.

I do count this as a “complete” for my Four in February since I am done playing it, and with WOFF done (at least technically), I’ve finished two with seven days left to go.


Games Currently Watching

Title: Ys: The Vanished Omens
Series: Ys
Genre: Action RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Nihon Falcon
Original Platform: Multiple
Original Release Date: June 21, 1987
Let’s Player: Hungry Goriya
Date Started: February 13, 2017

Whenever the next update is, I’ll be watching.  The field music is so epic, and I’m enjoying the experience of different RPGs and alternative battle systems.

Title: Mass Effect III
Series: Mass Effect
Genre: Action RPG – Sci-Fi
Developer: BioWare
Original Platform(s): Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: March 6, 2012
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: January 23, 2017

The next episode is going to contain Wrex, so I’m excited about that.

I’m also going to need to start watching an LP of the first ME again, because AmbiGaming is now playing it.  You can check out her Let’s Play here 🙂

When I start watching it, I’ll include it in my Watch list, but I wanted to provide the info so that you all can beat me to it hehe.


Games Added to Playlist: 5

My “drug dealer” strikes again, and he’s not sorry.  He admitted it in the comments!  I don’t remember what post, but he knows who he is!  But I’m not sorry either.  I want to broaden my JRPG and RPG horizons, and the best way to do that is to play non-Final Fantasy JRPGs.  Now FF is always going to be my favorite (we all already know that), but I do love me some sweet compare/contrasts, and I’ve never been one to complain about experiencing new stories (though you will hear me constantly bitch about not having enough time).

  1. Blue Dragon
  2. Lost Odyssey
  3. Magna Carta: Tears of Blood
  4. Infinite Discovery
  5. Tales of Vesperia

I already have Tales of Berseria on my list, but Vesperia was suggested, too, so why not.  All the RPGs!


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: 2/14/17          The State of the Gamer: 2/28/17–>

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The State of the Gamer: 12/27/16

<–The State of the Gamer: 12/20/16          The State of the Gamer: 1/3/17–>

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

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I’m embarrassed to report that I’ve made absolutely no progress on this game in the past week.  I suppose I could blame the holiday, but I’ve clocked loads of hours on World of Final Fantasy.  I usually play my DS/GBA at night right before bed, but I can allow that Christmas and the lead up has exhausted me.

I’m still in the Elfheim area, still attempting to figure out the best place to grind in order to earn enough gil for all the upgrades.  I’m ever open to your suggestions if you have them, as it will take me quite a long time if I can’t find a sweet spot.

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

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As above to below.  I haven’t spent any time playing this either, though I am happy to find out a good friend is currently playing it for the first time 🙂  I’m still in the Troia area, but I haven’t spoken to the clerics yet *spoiler* nor discovered Edward’s location and convalescence *end spoiler*

I’m hoping to catch up on this and DoS if not this week then next in the new year.

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

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You guessed it…I’ve been spending the majority of my time playing this and neglecting my other responsibilities not limited to gaming (we’re talking reading, editing, and essaying, too), but I can’t feel too much remorse.  I fucking love this game.

I’m currently in the Train Graveyard just about to challenge the four murkrifts there and the fifth hidden one that appears afterwards.  I have to give thanks again to EnterJayMent for his awesome tips for this game.  He has a playthrough as well, but since I’m already doing that myself, I haven’t watched it.  This is definitely a game I’d rather play than watch.

The funniest thing about this video was the My Little Pony ad that happened right before it.  Talk about appropriate advertisement.

I think after this chapter, I’m going to spend some time grinding in either the Nether Nebula (where I can hopefully catch another Fritt) or the Windswept Mire where I can fight the Flan Princess/Malboro Menace combination over and over again.  I’d like to get my Mirages leveled to a point where I can transfigure into the ones that only require a particular level.  This seems like the best course of action at this time, and I can update my Excel spreadsheet

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

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I think this game may have the best voice acting of any I’ve ever seen.  Now that’s not saying much since I’m mostly an old schooler so most of the games I play/watch predate voice acting.  Everyone I’ve spoken to agrees that Fem Shep is the best choice, which makes me feel a bit bad for Male Shep’s voice actor, but Jennifer Hale is totally boss.

I’ve just been introduced to the drell assassin; I think his name is Thane, but I don’t completely recall.  All of the dialogue is so compelling in both intonation and delivery.  You truly can’t turn away from the cut scenes.

Title: Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord
Genre: RPG
Developer: Kogado Software Products
Original Platform(s): Sega
Original Release Date: October 18, 1987
Let’s Player: Hungry Goriya

This let’s play has the distinct honor of not only being another one by my friend/fellow blogger Hungry Goriya, but also the first one I’ve watched where I’ve never heard of or seen the game before.  I grew up a Nintendo girl and didn’t have much dealings with Sega.  Obviously, I know the big names like Sonic and Spyro, but I’d never played or even seen an RPG for that system until now.  Well…not for the original system at least.  I have played Grandia II, which was originally released for the Dreamcast.

Like most RPGs of the 80s era, Miracle Warriors is difficult, requiring much strategy and guile even at the start.  Where current games ease you in, MW drops you right into the boiling water, forcing you to jump around to escape the scald.  Running away from certain enemies is paramount to survival and grinding up large amounts of guilders (the game’s currency) is an initial requirement.  I’m certainly enjoying watching an expert play and can’t wait for the next installment to go up.


Games Added to Playlist: 2

  1. Oxenfree
  2. Limbo

I added these two together, but can’t for the life of me remember who mentioned/recommended them.  It was probably Cheap Boss Attack...I’ve added so many games because of that guy hehe.

Limbo is about a little boy seeking to rescue his sister from a dreary world, and the cover itself sends chills down my spine.

The darkness with that splash of eerie light certainly sets the mood.

Oxenfree is about a group of friends who accidentally open up a paranormal rift on an old military island.  Oops.  I hate when my friends and I do that.  Very messy.


Games Bought This Week: 1

  1. The Last Story

I didn’t buy it, but rather received it as a present from my awesome older brother, but I don’t have a section for gifts.  I suppose I could have this be Games Bought/Received, but since I buy most of my games myself, I doubt this issue will come up that often.  I do have to sit down and figure out the order of operations for my next gaming projects since I now have a lot of hefty RPGs to get through.  I’m planning on writing a year end wrap up where I’ll be discussing this and my other 2017 plans.


Since we’ve just had a major holiday and are still currently enmeshed in a few others (it’s the 4th night of Hanukkah, the 2nd night of Kwanzaa, and the third day of Christmas if that’s a thing you do), did you receive any of the games on your wish list?  I almost bought a Vita with the massive amounts of Amazon gift cards I was given, but I decided against it.  I have more than enough games to keep me occupied for years to come without adding another system to the mix, though I really do want a Vita at some point.  It’s around $200 though so I decided to hold off and spend some money on books.  I think the rest of the balance will go towards purchasing some audio/video equipment so I can finally start my recording projects.  That’s something else I’ll talk bout in my year end/new year plans post.


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: 12/20/16          The State of the Gamer: 1/3/17–>

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The State of the Gamer: 11/8/16

<–The State of the Gamer: 11/1/16          The State of the Gamer: 11/15/16–>

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.

Game Currently Playing

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

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I haven’t clocked many hours in this (re?) replay, but I’m right outside of Fabul.  I keep having too much to do and not remembering it until it’s late, and the Fabul situation will take at least an hour to resolve since once you go in, you have to complete it.

As mentioned last week, I do want to and should be starting Dawn of Souls, which is also on the GBA, but the same issue has arisen for why I haven’t played much of the DS version of FFIV.  I’m also super stressed out and my concentration is shot 😦

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

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Am I even still playing this?  I critiqued it last week, and I haven’t touched it in about two weeks’ time.  It’s still in my DS (opposite FFIV) so the possibility is always there.

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

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I love this game, at least what I’ve seen so far.  It’s Final Fantasy meets Pokemon, though the latter I was never really into.  Not because I’m derisive of it at all; it was just not one of my many hobbies.  WOFF is adorable for one thing.  I love the battle system (reminiscent of Child of Light, which used the same system as Grandia II).  It’s an ATB with a timeline that includes your characters and enemies.  When someone reaches the top, then an action can be done.

The story of the game involves fraternal twins Lann and Reynn, brother and sister, with amnesia (of course).  They’re compelled by a mysterious, white haired lady named Enna Kros to enter the world of Grymoire in order to remember who they are and realize their destiny.  Standard Final Fantasy fare.  The Pokemon influences have to do with Mirages, monsters you can catch and use for your own purposes either by stacking them (literally putting them on your head or you standing on them) or separate.  Lann and Reynn can also switch between a little (I forget the actual name) and Jiant form.  The little form looks like those Funko Pop figures..

Lann

Lann

The best part is the game gives you the option of Japanese voice acting with English subtitles, and I want this to be standard in every Final Fantasy going forward.  There’s no reason it can’t be, and both subbers and dubbers will be appeased.  I immediately changed it to that when I saw there was the option, especially after hearing from Cheap Boss Attack how annoying Tama’s voice is.  Just reading it, I get a Jar Jar Binks vibe, and it is so much less bothersome in Japanese…not that I’ve listened to it in English at all hehe.

I just finished a battle with three familiar summons, or rather I came upon three familiar summons and had to choose to battle one of them.  I was thankfully able to pull through, but now I want to go back, because once you fight a Mirage of any type, if you come upon it again, you can possibly catch it, and I want all the summons.


Games Currently Watching

Title: Mass Effect
Series: Mass Effect
Genre: Action RPG – Sci-Fi
Developer: BioWare
Original Platform(s): Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: November 16, 2007
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: September 29, 2016

I’ve been remiss with this, too.  Seriously…the (American) election has caused me so much anxiety, and it’s at its peak today since it’s Election Day D: D: D:  I’m terrified of the result even as I’m hopeful that my country will make the right decision.  I have so many “logical” arguments that could just possibly be my whistle in the dark, but if I step out of myself (or at least try to) they seem pretty sound.  Ugh, I’m sorry I’m babbling about my election anxiety instead of talking about Mass Effect 😦

I think the last thing I saw was…omg I can’t remember.  Oh!  There was a Rachni attack on a listening post, but this was apparently a side quest from early in the game.  Olizandri didn’t get to it until right before the last mission starts.  I’m almost finished the LP.  I’m not going to write a full blown review since I haven’t played the game at all, but I’ll probably give some impressions.


Games Added to Playlist: 10

  1. Eternal Darkness – thanks to Load/Error for including this in his Halloween special!  It’s a horror game, so I can’t promise I’ll be able to play it or watch it, but it looks interesting enough that I want to try.
  2. fLOw – by the same people who opened their hearts and brought us Bound and Flower comes fLOwThe Well-Red Mage’s review prompted this add, and holy shit the name of one of the programmers is Jenova D: D: D: D: D: D:
  3. Dragon Quest V – the Evil Wizard, Esq. did a comprehensive review of a bunch of Dragon Quest games, which prompted me to mega add.
  4. Dragon Quest IV – already talked about why I added this above.  Curse you Evil Wizard! *shakes fist*
  5. Dragon Quest VIII
  6. Dragon Quest VII
  7. Dragon Quest VI
  8. Dragon Quest IV
  9. Dragon Warrior III – combo breaker 🙂
  10. Dragon Warrior II

Games Bought This Week: 0

No purchase this week; I’m quite broke, but Cheap Boss Attack gave me the lowdown that there’s a major sale on the PSN.  $2 games like Symphony of the Night, Grandia (the original), Final Fantasy Origins, and Chrono Trigger (which I have, but just spreading the information), and others.  The sale is supposed to go on until next Tuesday, so I should be able to scrape some money together by then.  I’d like to at least purchase Grandia and Symphony..


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: 11/1/16          The State of the Gamer: 11/15/16–>

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