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: 2/14/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 2/7/17          The State of the Gamer: 2/21/17–>

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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I started this last Saturday as part of my Four in February project.  Even though I watched one of my friends play it on Twitch, I wanted to go on my own journey.  I played for about an hour, but then I ran into the same problem I had with Banjo Kazooie and many other Nintendo 64 games: the camera movement.  I’ve never experienced motion sickness for actual movement (or if it has happened, it’s been rare), but when it comes to one of my major passions, if the camera is overly erratic, it causes me to feel nauseated and dizzy.  Initially, I was confused.  I thought I’d eaten something disagreeable, then I remembered this particular issue.  The funny thing is I can watch games that have the spinny camera, probably because I don’t have to focus my sight in one particular place.  When playing, though, you need to keep your eyes on your character, and the camera turning around them is what throws me off.

So I only played for an hour, but I did run into a “friend,” which was nice.  My scarf is still really short, and I’m hoping to play more tomorrow.

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!

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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Alas also a nope.  I still need to return to Troia to start my adventures in the Tower of Zot.

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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So I sort of finished the game last Wednesday, but I really didn’t.  It’s not the real ending, and I started giggling uncontrollably when I realized that Final Fantasy did a false “finale,” because that’s what they’ve been doing for years.  The credits roll and everything, but you know there’s no way in hell it’s the end.  I’m currently in postscript, which I thought was the only postscript any of the tip videos were mentioning, but there’s another postscript after what I’m assuming will be the real ending, and you can collect even more Mirages and do even more side quests.

I have more thoughts about the first ending, but I’ll leave them for when I review the game, as it’s spoiler city all over the place.


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

Imagine my delight last night as I finished watching an episode of Mass Effect III, and I check my email to find a notification about a new LP by Hungry Goriya!  Like Miracle Warriors, this is another game I’ve neither played nor heard of since it was released for the Sega Master System.  Another RPG, more familiar in aspect (to me) than Miracle Warriors was, but with some features I haven’t seen before..Ys utilizes the “bump attack” system.  It’s not turn-based like Final Fantasy, nor do you swing a sword like Legend of Zelda.  Rather, you “bump into” your enemies at an angle in order to defeat them.  It makes leveling up quicker and more streamlined, but you still have to avoid foes that are too powerful, otherwise you might be bumped off (nope, I’m not sorry for that).

I have to mention the awesome music, because music is such an important aspect of any media that will allow it.  It’s interesting how music is a medium all on its own, but it’s also used to enhance and enrich other media.  I thought the music in town and store was good, but the field music is just epic.  Not only that, this game predates Final Fantasy (the first game in the series) by half a year.

This would make some epic horse riding music #truestory

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

Shepherd ran into Thane, the drell assassin and her former companion in Huerta Memorial Hospital (the story behind the name is extra creepy btw).  Sadly, the terminal disease he mentioned in ME II has caught up with him, and to be honest some of his symptoms sound a lot like what I’ve been experiencing o.O  Either way, I have a feeling his death scene is going to be heartbreaking ;_;

Games Added to Playlist: 1

  1. Tales of Berseria – I have to thank the Evil Wizard, Esq. for this RPG addition to my backlog.  I already have the first Tales game on my list, but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that each of the games is standalone (like Final Fantasy), but still interconnected (also like Final Fantasy).  Berseria is available for the PS4, which makes it very accessible.

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: 2/7/17          The State of the Gamer: 2/21/17–>

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The State of the Gamer: 1/31/17 (& A Special Anniversary)

<–The State of the Gamer: 1/24/17          The State of the Gamer: 2/7/17–>

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’d put this on my to-do list so that I’d be sure to (more than likely) play it, then I realized that I really wasn’t that interested in continuing with I anymore.  I’m really not up to all the grinding I have to do near Elfheim in order to continue on.  If I could find a decent place to do it so it wouldn’t take forever, I think I’d be more apt to doing it.  As it were, I think I’m going to see what this version of II has to offer.  I’m hoping Squeenix fixed the horrible level up system, and if I don’t find this to my liking either, I’ll move onto DS III.

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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The to-do list trick did work for GBA’s FFIV.  I’m currently in the Dark Elf’s cave at the first save point.  I haven’t faced the dark fiend himself yet, but I have the Twin Harp, and I’m more than prepared to kick his odd-talking ass.

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 managed to defeat Omega God in the last Tearoom mission, and apparently when you do that, you automatically get him as a Mirage!  That first day buy really came in handy, as I believe that’s what opened up the option for him.  He has the Mirajewel for Meteor, so you know I’ve been spamming that.  Speaking of the dark summon, apparently Sephiroth is considered an “anti-champion” in Grymoire.  There’s a Tearoom mission where Cloud is musing over his location, and Tama gives that tidbit of information.  I do find it interesting that the one-winged angel is the only “villainous” champion where all the others are considered heroic.  Makes.  You.  Think.

I’m still leveling up, currently in the Crystal Tower, but I think I’m going to switch to Castle Exnine since the experience there is much better.  I just hang around a save point, running back to it after every battle to heal up my HP and AP.  Exnine looks like an MC Escher painting (not sure if I mentioned that before), and there’s absolutely no map, so I have no clue where the next save point is.  I don’t want to accidentally finish the game, so I’m just hanging around the beginning.

My goal is to have all of my Mirages have their original board completely filled out.  I also want to have one of each transfiguration (if that’s possible).  I haven’t heard back from the lady who said she’d trade me Maduin for a Titan.  I’m hoping I do soon, because I don’t have much hope of completing that mini-game.


Let’s Plays Finished This Week

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

Terarain (sp) has been defeated, and I can’t wait for the next YouTube or Twitch stream, but no pressure! Lol.  If you want more details about the grand adventure, I suggest you check out Hungrygoriya’s own post right here.

Title: Limbo
Genre: Platform/Puzzle
Developer: Playdead
Original Platform(s): Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android, Wii U
Original Release Date: July 21, 2010
Let’s Player: Vicious Computers

This is actually a combination of me playing and watching.  I got around a quarter of the way through (about a half hour in) before I hit a snag spot and handed the controller over to my husband.  He then played for another hour or so before he became stuck.  I then realized I wanted to just watch how things played out/see the ending, so I found Vicious Computers’ let’s play.  It was his first run so I had a few “yelling at the screen” moments, but then I was just as stumped as he was about things nor do I think I could’ve played half so well.

Limbo has a decidedly dark aesthetic so much so that I needed to watch something else before bed in fear I’d have nightmares.  Though there are some definite terrors (giant spiders anyone), much of the horror comes from the ambience and sudden echoing noises.  The game is mostly silent.  You’ll find no background music, cheery or otherwise, here.  It makes the sounds there are resonate louder, and in the surrounding quiet, even that’s enough to make you jump.

I’m going to date myself here, but the game had a Pitfall vibe to it,

Remember this?

Remember this?

and the LPer mentioned it reminded him of Metroid…only minus the super suit and abilities.  I enjoyed what I played of it, but it would definitely be a game I’d only play once, because I’m a wuss puss.  Also, the enjoyment of it is solving the puzzles, though I could see going through it a few times once you achieve expert mode in order to do a speed run.

Games Currently Watching

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

I think between Miracle Warriors and Limbo, I haven’t watched any ME this week!  A travesty :O  I’ll remedy that tonight.  I want to know more about this Prothean weapon, and I’m also wondering what Shepherd is going to do about Cerberus now that she and them are on opposite sides again.


Games Added to Playlist: 6

  1. Cthulhu Saves the World – Are you kidding me?  Of course I added this once I knew it existed!
  2. Read Only Memories – Thanks to Cheap Boss Attack for putting me on this one’s trail.  There’s an AI named Turing (brilliant) and transgender characters in the cast.  I am all about representation.  Plus this is a point and click style game.  I haven’t played one of those in a long time.  The fact that this has that style put me in the mind to add a few more of the games on this week’s list.
  3. Dare to Dream – Talk about old school…I first played this back when I was in my old school.  I just remember the part where you talk to an alligator.  I’m probably recalling the graphics as looking much better than they actually do, but that’s okay.  This is another point and click.
  4. The Legend of Kyrandia – Let me tell you how long it took for me to find this game again.  I thought the name in the title was Kyranthia, Kiranthia, Kyrintha, Kirantha, and a whole slew of other things.  My old roommate had this game back when I was in college, and I had no idea it was part of a trilogy, nor did I know that the main villain is a wicked clown (not like that paradigm isn’t common).  I’m sure I could find this for pretty cheap somewhere.
  5. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions – I was told to play this particular version on the PSP.  I forget who told me, but I know it was someone who gives good advice, so I shall heed it!
  6. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE – Another recommendation from CBA.  I really should be paying him lol.  I love turn based JRPGs, so it’s really not hard to get me to set aside my life for them.  I’m pretty sure I’m set for the next 50 years with that genre alone.  When am I retiring now?

Games Bought This Week: 1

  1. Limbo – Bought, played, and watched.  Done.

So of course I have to talk about this.  Today is January 31, 2017, which means it’s the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII, the game that changed my life.  You’d think I’d remember its anniversary, but I typically celebrate and post about it on September 7, since that’s the day it was released in Japan, and, well, September 7, 1997 is kind of a triple seven (September, 7, 1997).  So I have to thank I ♥ Old Games for not only posting about it, but tagging little old me in the post ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ (seven hearts for yoooou!)

Final Fantasy VII, is (among many other things, but this is relevant for obvious reasons) a dystopian, futuristic (but not that far in the future) story where the ipso facto ruler of the world is a corrupt business man who only cares about lining his own pockets at the expense of the impoverished and the environment/planet.  I am not the only person who has made this observation. The main characters are part of the resistance, and the narrative forces you to dig deep into what’s true, false, and really happening. Like many dystopian stories, it is dead on for events occurring today, and in that above all, it remains relevant now more than ever despite being in the “bastard medium” that many erroneously consider video games.

It was one of the main narratives that taught me to look below the surface and not just take things at face value. Critical thinking is of the utmost importance more than ever, and with this game along with other favorites, I’m reminded of how life not only mimics art, but art can predict and hold a mirror up to society, which we must face else we descend and remain in the depths.

I have many and more personal things to say about Final Fantasy VII, but I think I’ll leave them for another time, as I’m quite sleepy and I have more to accomplish tonight (editing anyone?).


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?

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The State of the Gamer: 1/24/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 1/17/17          The State of the Gamer: 1/31/17–>

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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Maybe I should say that I’m putting this on hiatus until I finish WOFF, but I don’t want to say that.  I could play before bed, but before bed is Mass Effect (now 3) watching time.  It’s all so interconnected like a gigantic game web.

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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Same goes for FFIV.  You know what.  I’m going to put this on my to-do list right now.  Watch me.  Watch me do it.  Are you watching?

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Alright, both this and DoS are on the schedule.  FFIV for Tuesdays and Fridays; DoS for Mondays and Thursdays; both potentially on the weekend.

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’m still on the final chapter with this.  I decided I wanted to level all my Mirages up to level 30 or until their original transfiguration board is filled, the latter taking precedence of the former.  This means if I reach level 30, but the original transfig board isn’t filled, I continue leveling until that happens; however, if I finish the board, but the Mirage isn’t at level 30 yet, I keep it until it is.  I figure it’s a pretty decent system.  After I’m done, I’ll update my Mirage spreadsheet…the one I said I was going to put on Google docs.  I’m not comfortable enough with it to do that yet, so I’m holding off.

I also fought quite a few Mirages that I don’t have the ability to catch yet.  They require you to take off a large amount of HP at once, and I’m just not powerful enough to do so yet.  I also cannot win this one mini-game in the Girl’s Tearoom, which means I can’t get the Maduin memento and consequently can’t get the transfiguration for Maduin.  I may have a solution for this though.  In searching for tips on how to win the mini-game, I came across a YouTuber who is willing to trade a Maduin for a Titan.  I have two Titans, and they’re easy to find and obtain.  She doesn’t have wifi until Thursday (and I think she’s in Australia), so I’m hoping I’ll be able to make the trade then.


Let’s Plays Finished This Week

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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This end of this game lends credence to my assertion that whenever you see tubes in science fiction (and let’s be honest science fantasy, too), it rarely if ever leads to anything good.  Futurama may be the only exception to this rule.

I’m really hoping I look more favorably on the end of the third game now that I’ve seen the entirety of the first two.  I don’t want to continue hating it.  Okay, “hates” a strong word.  I don’t want to continue being disappointed by it.

Games Currently Watching

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

I started the third installment in the illustrious Mass Effect series last night, and holy shit does it come out swinging.  The beginning is equal parts brutal and beautiful, leading me to totally devour three half hour episodes in one sitting.  Shepherd and crew are currently on Mars looking for ancient information on how to stop the Reapers.  I would’ve continued, because I’m dying to know what the Protheans found, but it was getting late.  Maybe tonight…although I don’t think watching ME is on the schedule for tonight.

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

I can’t wait to see more of this.  The Dark Lord will be sealed away.


Games Added to Playlist: 4

  1. Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner – I never would’ve known this existed if I hadn’t caught Hungry Goriya’s Twitch stream of Miracle Warriors last weekend.  Strong Bad is a major staple of my college and early internet days.  I’ve been thinking about rewatching those email videos for over a year now (I know.  Why don’t I just do that.  Too many things on my to-do list), so when someone mentioned there was a game, I had to hop on that train.  Light switch raves for all!
  2. Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings – I had no clue there was an FFXII sequel.  FFXII wasn’t my favorite my a long shot, but it was still an enjoyable game.  I didn’t detest the gambit system as much as many.  To be honest, as long as an RPG is turn-based, I’m pretty much okay with any battle system they decide to throw at us.  Apparently this game focuses on Vaan and Penelo, and they’re actually the main characters as sky pirates.  I’m hoping it actually makes them useful as more than just windows to the narrative, which was my major complaint with the original XII’s story.
  3. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – a little bird told me that NSMB 2 was easier than the original, er, NSMB.  I don’t think DS games are that expensive any more, so I might pick this up next time I’m at Best Buy if it’s there.
  4. Skies of Arcadia – speaking of sky pirates, I haven’t thought of this game in years.  I forget what dredged it up  It might be that awesome Twitch stream, but although it was totally up my alley, I never played it when it first game out, even though I had access to it.  I watched my brother play a bit of it, but just never got into it.  I was probably being a Final Fantasy snob, and no other RPG would have my attention.  Hm, it looks like it’s still only for the Dreamcast (per Grouvee), but they may have limited console information.  I found Grandia II for the PlayStation II.  There’s always hope.

Games Bought This Week: 1

  1. Journey – the Well-Red Mage’s PSN recommendation post led me to this $5.00 beauty (I’d put the link, but I can’t find it!  I also think the sales therein ended yesterday).  I was going to pick up Limbo, too, but my husband informed me that he’d already purchased it.  He downloaded it to my sign on, so I technically got two games for the reduced price of one 🙂

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?

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Final Fantasy Friday: A Final Fantasy Poll

A Final Fantasy (et al) post to welcome you to the glory of Friday (if you don’t have weekends off then may this hopefully brighten the midst of your work week) with more located here!

Today is a dreary day in the states, and even though Final Fantasy Tarot is over, I’m going to try to keep up the FF Friday posts until my next serial project.

Bad puns are all I have...

Bad puns are all I have…

I present to you a simple poll.

Feel free to comment your love, and keep it nice.  No bashing other Final Fantasies.  My regulars are always nice, so this is more for any newbies who happen to show up and welcome if you do 😉

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The State of the Gamer: 1/17/17

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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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Did she play any DoS this week?  Vote now!

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No.  No, she did not.  My DS sits lonely on my nightstand, because I also didn’t play any…

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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More broken promises Shameful Narcissist?  You should be…ashamed!

This tells me I need to put these on my to-do list.  This also may have something to do with my reading before bed in place of playing as I used to do.  I blame my new Kindle Fire.

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’m on the final chapter of this Final Fantasy.  I’m not sure if that’s redundant or ironic given the nature of the series.  No spoilers, but as you get closer to this chapter, you’ll notice the higher abundance of Arma gems received for each major battle.  The reason for this is the number of Tearoom quests that open up.  I just finished nearly all of them except one, which is an optional boss fight.  I started it, but it was around 3:00am some time this weekend, and my hits were taking off around 650, which was like chipping away at a mountain.  This morning I woke up and realized the perfect strategy for this fight.  I’ll report back next week.

I’m quite close to the end of the game, but there’s a lot of after game quests that I can’t wait to plunge into.  There are Mirages and transfigurations you can’t get until this time (included Tama’s for the latter, which is important in a side quest among other things), and I fully intend to 100% this thing.  I MUST catch them all.


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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The intrepid let’s player has finished all of the crew’s loyalty missions, the last being Tali’s, and just to say again, the voice acting in this game is beyond spectacular.  There are times where I’ll keep going back to hear a perfectly delivered line again and again; it’s just that good.

I’m also fond of the dialogue that opens up after the loyalty missions are done.  Who knew Mordin had a decent singing voice? Lol.  And is Grunt the only blue-eyed krogan?  I can’t recall seeing any other with that hue.  Wrex has red eyes, and I’ve seen some yellow, but I don’t think any other krogan has blue eyes.  I’m wondering if this is some kind of statement on, er, eugenics since Grunt is supposed to be the “perfect krogan.”

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

*waits patiently for the next video*


Games Added to Playlist: 5

  1. Phantasy Star
  2. Vandal Hearts
  3. Valkyrie Profile
  4. Yoshi’s Woolly World

Thanks to Hungrygoriya for 2, 3, and 4.  The Yoshi game was just too cute to pass up :3  Actually…I think HG is responsible for Phantasy Star, too hehe.


Games Bought This Week: 0


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?

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The State of the Gamer: 1/10/17

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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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Slacking gamer is still slacking.  I’m so far behind in everything that each spare moment is pretty well taken up with catch up…and sleeping.  I’ve also been exhausted.  It’s annoying.  I’d get way more done if I didn’t need to nap all the time like a toddler *grumble*

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 promised myself that I’d play a bit of this last week.  That is another promise broken.  Alas.  This would be the easier one to play between it and DoS since I’m not attempting to cash grind for tens of thousands of gil.  I’m pretty familiar with the Lodestone Cave (I think that’s what it’s called), too, so I could knock it and the Dark Elf out fairly quickly.  Maybe I’ll start putting this and DoS on my day planner/to-do list.  There’s a much higher chance they’ll happen if they’re 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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So without getting spoilery, I reached a part of the game that at least touched the fourth wall.  One of the twins is genre savvy, and I love things like that.  I could probably also argue for meta, but I’ll discuss that more when I review it.  Suffice it to say I’m at the beginning of the end, and with Final Fantasy often the end mimics the beginning.

I had to stop playing last night right before I plunged into the next part, because it was late, and I know it’s going to be quite involved.  Tomorrow is Wednesday though; I have the house to myself, and WOFF is all I’m going to do after post the SOTR.


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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Shepherd ran into Wrex, and I could only be happier if he’d been able to re-join her on the quest to save the galaxy.  He has other responsibilities now though, so I understand.  I like that both Mordin’s and Grunt’s loyalty missions on on Tuchunka, and Olizandri, the let’s player, had Shepherd initiate a pretty in depth conversation with the salarian scientist about the genophage.  It is not remotely a black and white issue.  While the majority of the galaxy sympathizes with the krogan, the reasons behind the bio-weapon are understandable, and while I can’t condone such “germ” warfare, it did serve its purpose in stemming the tide of the war.  It’s kind of like Song’s Red Wedding.  As terrible and traitorous as it was, it did succeed in stopping the war, and bringing an end to the Northern aggression (huh…now that’s interesting.  In Martin’s epic, the South wins the civil war.  I wonder if he did that on purpose…), which undoubtedly saved many lives even as it extinguished all the (known) denizens of House Stark.  This doesn’t mean it wasn’t a terrible injustice, nor does it mean I’m a proponent of “ends justify the means” thinking, but both the Red Wedding and the genophage are morally grey issues.

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

Both the senpi and the hanj(sp?) went down before the miracle warriors’ mighty, sacred nuts!  “Notice me senp(a)i?”  No, don’t notice me (I’m sorry…I had to).  The fourth companion has been located, and I’m assuming soon the Dark Lord will be faced and his seal broken.  I think I saw the 10th video go up today, so I’ll be watching that tonight!


Games Added to Playlist: 1

  1. Bravely Second: End Layer – I had no idea there was a sequel to Bravely Default, so I have to thank The Otaku Judge for showing me the error of my ways.  Granted, I haven’t played the first one yet (nor do I own the system in which to do so.  Semantics…), but I still like to keep informed, especially when it comes to Squeenix.  At least I know what to ask for for my birthday.

Games Bought This Week: 0


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?

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