The State of the Gamer: 9/27/16–>
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I’ve been thinking about doing a State of the Gamer weekly post for a while, but it was the latest article from my friend Lightning Night Nova over at her blog Conquering the Gaming Backlog that made me take action (I also have to give credit to Cheap Boss Attack. His weekend gaming posts certainly gave me some impetus for this, too!). At the end of her post, she discusses her game progress, and it solidified for me how much my other State posts have helped me make significant progress on various projects. I have quite a gaming backlog myself, and I feel it’s the most neglected of my projects. I do attempt to play on the weekends, but writing and reading take up most of my time. In doing a weekly post, I’ll be held more accountable, and this will hopefully push me to making some progress with my gaming.
Games Finished Playing This Week: 0
Game Currently Playing
Title: Final Fantasy IV
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Original Platform: SNES
Original Release Date: July 19, 1991
Date Started: Unknown
I’ve stated before I’ve undertaken my Great Final Fantasy Play/Replay Project where I intend to play all of them (up a particular point), after each writing up a review/analysis. I’m currently on Final Fantasy IV, and not only that, I’m currently near the end of FFIV. It’s only been over a year…but I am finally in the Lunar Core on my way to the final showdown.
I’m playing the original version of the game as made for the PS, and I’m playing it on a PS2. It’s a bit confusing when you have these older games that have been reformatted for later systems, but still in their original versions. I have played the PSP version, but not the DS one. As I did with the earlier Final Fantasies I think I’m going to go through all of the original numbered ones first before going back to play other iterations.
I have currently defeated Plague (or Plague Horror. Also known as Ahriman in the PSP version) followed by the two Lunasauruses in the Lunar Core to obtain Kain’s Holy Lance and two ribbons for Rosa and Rydia respectively.
Plague is annoying because he casts Death on all of your characters at once, which starts a countdown to the inevitable, and I’m not fond of the strategy given in the GameFAQs guide I used though it has been mostly invaluable. Apparently, if you just keep hitting “A,” your characters won’t die. This wouldn’t work for me, so I thought of a better tactic. You go into battle with one of your characters already fallen and have Rosa revive them using Life 2. Once they’re revived, Plague will cast Death again on everyone, which restarts the timer. You can just have Rosa revive characters as they fall, and Plague will dutifully recast Death and reset the death clock. Your other characters can attack and send him to his much deserved demise.
I kind of fudged the Lunasaurus (x 2) fight, but still managed to succeed. According to the guide, you’re supposed to cast Wall (Reflect) on three characters. That way when they cast Bad Breath, it bounces off and renders them helpless with the status affects meant for your. Since Rosa is one of my slowest characters I only managed to cast Wall on her so only one Lunasaurus was affected. If I’d gotten just one more spell off, I’m assuming it would’ve hit them both. Either way, I still kicked ass.
Finally, I won the Ragnarok sword for Cecil after defeating Dark Bahamut who is surprisingly far easier to defeat than just plain old Bahamut.
The original summon king counts down from 5 before blasting your characters with Mega Flare for 4000-5000 points of damage. D. Bahamut only attacks with Mega Flare at the start of the battle and won’t use it again unless you call on Bahamut for his Mega Flare attack. For his regular attacks he casts reflect on himself and bounces (regular) Flare attacks off to hit one of your characters. This is only terrible if you can’t heal yourself from his opening Mega Flare attack otherwise this fight is pretty easy.
The only thing I have left to do is the end so here’s to hoping I can accomplish that this weekend. Afterwards is my intensive and extensive review/analysis of the game. I’m debating whether or not I’ll start FFV while in the midst of that or stick to my rule of “doing my homework” before I continue to play.
Games Finished Watching This Week: 0
Game Currently Watching
Title: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Series: The Legend of Zelda
Genre: Action/Adventure/Puzzle – Fantasy
Original Platform: Nintendo DS
Original Release Date: December 7, 2009
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: Unknown
I first discovered the world of Let’s Plays when I went searching for one for Faxanadu. Prior to this I’d only found a silent play through of Kid Icarus, and I purposely watched that since I detested the idea of listening to anyone talk while I immersed myself in the gaming action. It turns out I just needed to find the right kind of person, and Odinspack33 was perfect for my first “talking” play through (I also later found a great one for Kid Icarus by NintendoCapriSun who’s still one of my favorite Let’s Players). To date, I’m not sure how many LPs I’ve watched, but I can honestly say there’s only one person I stopped following for various reasons (no names here since I don’t want this to be anywhere near to a bashing blog though if you shoot me a message through my About page I’ll tell you who and why through email).
I loved watching people play video games growing up as much as I loved playing myself. In fact some games I much prefer watching, and the Zelda series is one of them. I’m okay at playing it, absolutely love A Link to the Past Ocarina of Time, and Majora’s Mask is my favorite of the series (it’s literally described on the wiki as the “oddest, darkest, and saddest”), but I’m much more of a strategist/puzzle solver. This is the reason I much prefer turn based RPGs like Final Fantasy (…or what FF used to be. Whatever, this isn’t supposed to be a rant post), but I greatly enjoy watching games like Zelda unfold.
So it was to my profound delight that I discovered Olizandri’s YouTube page only a couple of weeks ago, and I immediately dove into his Let’s Play of Phantom Hourglass, which I didn’t know came before Spirit Tracks, the game I’m currently on.
He’s a super, upbeat English guy (wasn’t I just talking about the English accent?) who’s pretty amazing at voice acting to boot. I especially love his “old man” voice, but I also appreciate him reading all of the lines of dialogue. Watching Let’s Players for so many years has made me want to try my hand at it, and viewing expert ones is guiding me to what I want to do with mine (if I ever get to it). I already read the dialogue in Final Fantasy games, and I tend to do voices, too. I definitely like when LPers read it, and I want to emulate that. I think it makes the watcher far more engaged in the game, and one rule I’ve heard all LPers state is you always want to keep talking.
While I wouldn’t feel right fully rating a game I didn’t play at all myself, I can at least watch it for its story and take the Let’s Player’s point of view on the game play/mechanics into account.
Olizandri has also done Final Fantasy XIII, huzzah! This means I may finally be able to watch that if I don’t have time to play it first. I’m still strictly going in order with the FFs, and I’m only just about to finish IV, so it may be a long time until I get there, but it’s good to know I have options when I do.
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?
I look forward to your comments!
The State of the Gamer: 9/27/16–>