The Gamer Confessions Tag

I can’t remember the last time I did a game related tag if I ever have, and this one comes from one of my favorite bloggers Drakulus whom I helped convert into a Final Fantasy fan yass.  Nah, he’s an open minded guy who, along with other blogger buddies, has helped convince me to give FFXV a chance.  ANYWAY, this looked like fun so I snagged it.

Gamer Confessions Tag

A game everyone loves that you can’t stand

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Okami

“Can’t stand” is kind of harsh.  I don’t hate this game, but I certainly didn’t love it as much as I thought I would.  It seems like something anyone into Zelda would adore, but I just couldn’t get past the annoying bug helper character and the weird vocalizations.  I loved the wolf though.

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The State of the Gamer: 10/17/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 10/10/17         The State of the Gamer: 10/24/17–>

A weekly post updated every 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!

Currently Playing: 2

Title: Final Fantasy Type-0
Series: Final Fantasy/Fabula Nova Crystallis
Genre: Action RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform: PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 27, 2011
Date Purchased: May 18, 2017
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Progress: Chapter 3 – Expert Mission – United Front

I just started Chapter 3 and was giving access to an eidolon (Shiva I think) in addition to an optional expert mission north of the Togoreth area.  I initially walked all the way up there anyway (well, I rode a chocobo all the way up there) for another mission only to find out the prerequisite for that is the United Front task.  I’m glad it’s easy to get back to Akademia, but I wish faster travel would open up already.  I did manage to breed some war chocobos, so there’s that.  Right now nothing is attacking me while I’m on the birds, but I suspect the roaming monsters in the Togoreth region might very well do so.

I called it quits because it was almost 9:00 and I have more to do, but I think after I complete the Expert Mission, I’m going to go back and redo some of the earlier ones in order to make more gil and harvest more phantoma.  Apparently, replaying earlier missions is the only real way to earn gil in the game, according to the Google.

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Console Capers

I have become a collector of consoles, or rather of “wishful” collector of one.  In cleaning up my Amazon wish list, I removed all of the books in favor of consoles, video games, recording equipment, etc.  I obviously still have my book list on Goodreads, and I figured people know me well enough to realize that Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift cards are still amazing and noble presents indeed without the need for specific titles (I’m starting to reconsider this as I believe Amazon will send you offers/deals based on what you have on your wish list, but that’s neither here nor there).

As I conceived of this post before I received my PS3 in the mail yesterday (pictures to come on Tuesday’s State of the Gamer post), I’ll still mention it in my list, but will leave it off the poll.

I’d like to be wise in the vein of Hungry Goriya who is the queen of game collection and not just jump at the first console I find for some exorbitant price (for example, the Sega Master System on Amazon is at a whooping $700!), but rather be more savvy, shop around, drive a harder bargain, utilize eBay.  There’s also Jay Street Video Games, which is hilariously right next door to the GameStop.


Nintendo Switch

If I manage to find one of those, I should trade Cheap Boss Attack!

Regular Retail: $299.99
Amazon: $375 – $19,499.99
eBay: $384.00

Easily the newest system on my list and the “it” item of the year.  People will be fighting over Nintendo’s newest offering this Christmas and the next just like the Wii.  Nor did you read that Amazon high price wrong.  Someone is legitimately trying to gouge some poor sucker for $20k (WTF?).  eBay is way more reasonable, and even Amazon has some used units for under $300.  I’ll probably try to snatch one up from Best Buy or Target (if I can ever catch someone in the electronics aisle).

Games I Most Want to Play

  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Bomberman R
  • Mario Odyssey

PlayStation 3

Regular Retail: $399.99
Amazon: $209.00

It makes sense that Nintendo and Sony would be the first systems on my list since they respectively allowed me to first play the game series I love the most: Final Fantasy, and the reason I was so hellbent on obtaining my own PS3 once again had to do with a Final Fantasy, too.

I think I’ve already talked about my adventures in PS3 buying, but if I haven’t, I’ll regale you with the story on Tuesday.  Suffice it to say, I now have one in my hot, little hand, and I couldn’t be happier about it.  Granted, I’ll feel better once I set it up and it actually works.  I believe PS3s are backwards compatible in respect to PlayStation games (but not PlayStation 2 ones), so I may be able to give my old PS2 a rest.

Games I Most Want to Play

  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Mass Effect Trilogy
  • Suikoden I & II
  • Chrono Cross
  • Castlevania
  • Xenogears

From Suikoden to the end, all of these games are ones I downloaded from the PSN that I didn’t realize were PS3 only, so I’m pretty pumped.

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Final Fantasy Friday: The System Is Down

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!

The system isn’t really down, rather I want to know which system you’re down with.  Which Final Fantasy has your favorite magic/leveling/battle system?  Are you a Materia hunter?  Do you prefer to have a specific Job?  Or would you rather Junction your way through random battles?Since this is a bit of a three part question, a three part answer with potentially different games is more than acceptable.

Hm, well, it’s hard for me to separate the systems from the story.  FFIV’s job system fits with its story line (especially considering the main character’s job changes as part of the plot) just like FFVII’s Materia system fits with its.  I’m going to try to stay objective and look at the systems outside of their respective narratives.

For leveling, the only system I absolutely abhorred was Final Fantasy II’s.  Having to fight with a weapon, shield, or magic spell a hundred times in order to make progress was one of the worst decisions Square ever made, and I’m happy the company didn’t suffer for it.  All of the other Final Fantasies I’ve played level in the way the video game gods intended, and I’m perfectly fine with that.

To be honest, I like VIII’s Junction system.  I like the versatility of it.  I like how you can switch around GFs to make your characters tanks.  I like how you can add/take away abilities, and I think the system gets much more hate than it deserves.  When I first played the game, I didn’t quite understand how it worked, so I spent a lot of time summoning my GFs, but once I figured it out, it was a simple matter of drawing a hundred of applicable spells and junctioning them to the appropriate spots.  I also liked how you would make a specific salary depending on your sEED rank, not that I mind beating up monsters for gil.  FFVIII just had this organization to it (maybe because it was about a military organization that was trying to do good as opposed to VII’s…) that fit well with my Taurus mind.  It was a very well organized game in terms of its systems.

I know magic and battle systems are intertwined, but there are some slight nuances.  Going back to the Jobs systems, I like how IX handles it.  I could say similar things about VIII, but I feel like they updated where they were going in the prior game with IX.  I like that each character has a specialty, which is the opposite to VIII’s Junction system where anyone can be customized for anything, and then switched around at a moment’s notice (barring their Limit Breaks).  The only thing I don’t like about IX’s battle system is if you go into Trance at the end of a fight, you lose it regardless of if you use it.  I wish they’d kept the same system used in FFVII and revived in X where the Limit Break was available until you decided to unleash it.

I think Steiner’s was my favorite.  He looked like an actual knight instead of a grumpy, old man in rusty armor.

Let’s discuss favorite systems in the comments!

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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: 2/7/17 (& Four in February)

<–The State of the Gamer: 1/31/17          The State of the Gamer: 2/14/17–>

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 didn’t play either I or II this week, but I’m not giving up on DoS yet.  Next time I play, I’ll fire up II and see if the newer version holds my interest.

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 defeated the Dark Elf with (usually useless) Edward’s help.  Now I have to return to Troia to collect my reward…or so my hapless characters still believe.  Because I have fore knowledge, I haven’t continued the story, since I know my next destination is the Tower of Zot, ,which is a pretty extensive dungeon.

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 not only finished all my leveling, but I now have at least one transfiguration for every Mirage.  So some Mirages can “evolve” (to use Pokemon speak), and I want at least one of each “evolution.”  Now there are some that aren’t available until after you beat the game e.g. Tama’s and a few transfigs of Ifrit  Shiva, and others, which is fine; I can wait.  There are also two new Mirages in MC Escher’s castle, er Castle Exnine.  They’re unknown as of now, but when I find them, I’ll probably take some time to level them as I did the others and make sure I have one of all of their transfigurations, too.  I’m still looking at finishing this before the end of the month.

Oh, I forgot to mention, now that I’ve leveled and obtained all possible transfigurations, it’s time to update my Excel spreadsheet.  That’s my plan for tomorrow (Wednesday).


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 I watched one or two episodes of this this week. I’ll try to remedy that starting tonight.  I still really love this series/game (though I did accidentally read a spoiler that I’m sure I knew as going to happen on another blogger’s post today).


Games Added to Playlist: 0


Four in February

Thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Cheap Boss Attack, I am now informed about the phenomenon called Four in February.  It’s a challenge to pick four games from your backlog and complete them before the shortest month of the year ends.  There’s even a Facebook page about it.

This is supposed to be a fun way to work on your backlog, not a stressful obligation.  I may or may not finish four or even one game this month (heck, I’m already seven days behind), but I work much better when I have a plan and a timeline, so I’m going to give it a whirl.

I actually have more than the necessary contenders on my list (hope this isn’t cheating), so I’m going to try to make it through four of them.

  1. World of Final Fantasy – I’m already close to completed this as I mentioned above, but don’t think I”m taking the easy way out.  There’s probably hours of game play left, and even after I finish, there’s tons of after game quests to accomplish (some you can’t even do until you beat it), though I’m going to count seeing the ending for the contest.
  2. ABZU – This gorgeous game could take me less than two hours to beat from what I’m hearing, er, here.  That’s less than a Saturday afternoon!
  3. Cthulhu Saves the World – LightningEllen played this and said it was only around six hours to completion.  It’s an RPG that makes fun of RPGs, and Cthulhu, the eldritch abomination elder god has to save the world…so that he can destroy it.  Makes perfect sense to me.
  4. Inside – Folks say that it’s a better (and easier) version of Limbo.
  5. Journey – Folks also say ABZU is the ocean version of this.  I watched my IRL friend Matt play through this on Twitch a few months ago, and I thought it was lovely.  The only part that scared me had to do with the cave and the snake.  I hope I can figure that out without being too terrified.
  6. fLOw – I not only have this on my backlog, but already downloaded on my system so no need to spend any money!
  7. I Am Setsuna – Even though this is an RPG, it’s apparently a very short one.  I found this out from a Well-Red Mage who wrote this review.  I think I’d have to set up my husband’s PS3 whose laser may or may not work *grumble*  I’d never let this happen to my death ray…

Any plans for FiF?  I’d love to hear about them so we can #gethype and support each other through the challenge!


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: 1/31/17          The State of the Gamer: 2/14/17–>

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