The State of the Gamer: 1/16/20

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A weekly post updated every other Thursday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

What I Obtained

  • Firewatch – $4.99 @
  • Virginia – $0.99 @

What I’m Playing

Title: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
Series Title: Ace Attorney
System: Nintendo 3DS

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -Dual Destinies coverDate Started: 12/27/19

So the prosecutor in this game has a hilarious and ironic status, which just goes along with the bonkers situations all the characters get into.  He’s apparently an ex-samurai with a pet bird that likes to terrorize the judge, and he uses the honorific “dono.”  I have one more case even after the one I’m still on, so there are more hijinks to look forward to.

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The State of the Gamer: 10/11/16

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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!
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Game Currently Playing

Title: Final Fantasy IV
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Original Platform: SNES
Original Release Date: July 19, 1991
Date Started: Unknown


For the third time Zeromus defeated me, but I believe my strategy is sound.  I just got too cocky and took a chance, which proved a fatal error.  Here were my stats for the battle:

Rydia – 65
Cecil – 69
Kain – 73
Edge – 63
Rosa – 63

Compared to last week:

Rydia – 64
Cecil – 68
Kain – 73
Edge – 62
Rosa – 62

I decided I was going to have Rydia cast Asura to help with the healing.

Asura by Amano

Asura by Amano

So the ladies would heal and the guys would fight.  This makes me a little grumpy, which I’ll talk about more when I review it.  Either way, I was doing pretty well so decided to have Rosa cast Holy, because Rydia had already healed the party with the summon.  Bad move.  That set off a disastrous chain reaction.  Once even one character goes down, it’s exceedingly hard to resurrect and heal them.  If Rosa is free, she can cast Life 2, which revives with full health, but if your other characters are weakening, you really can’t waste a turn doing that.  While other characters can use Life as an item, it brings you back with low HP, which is easily wiped out by Big Bang, and Zeromus loves casting that back to back.

I think if I’d just kept up with Asura and Cure 4, while allowing the guys to physically attack, I would’ve won the day.  I think I’m done with leveling (for now) and am going to implement my strategy this weekend.  Hopefully fourth time will be the charm!

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

The last big thing I watched was the fight with the Thorian on Feros and the treachery of the ExoGeni Corporation.  I was going to say video games sure love their evil corporations, but that’s not accurate at all.  Nearly ever medium uses that trope.  The Thorian has mind controlling and telepathic abilities, because I’ve certainly never heard of a narrative with an evil corporation using such a “ancient” being like that before *cough cough*  This is not remotely a critique.  I love when other narratives utilize the paradigms from my favorite well.  It is severely fucked up that the ExoGeni Corporation used the colonists as a control group to see what the Thorian would do to them.  I truly does appear that all power hungry corporations are the same.

I believe the dauntless LPer is in the midst of some side missions now.  I forget which planet, but he’s going after criminals and privateers as well as surveying the land for minerals aka money.  Watching him play, I’m a little sad that I’d really suck at this game in terms of combat.  I love the RPG aspect of it, but I can’t do the action parts.  This makes me sad for other reasons outside of ME 😦

Games Added To Play List: 2

Title: Firewatch
Genre: Adventure – Mystery
Developer: Campo Santo
Original Platform(s): Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Original Release Date: February 9, 2016


Title: Virginia
Genre: Exploration – Mystery/Thriller/Adventure
Developer: Variable State
Publisher: 505 Games
Original Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, OS X, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Original Release Date: September 22, 2016


I was listening to an awesome podcast by Cheap Boss Attack and Counter Attack Games (the latter whom I just started following today, too).  It was really chill.  Just two gamers talking about the things they love and eschewing the negativity that often seems to overly occupy the gaming sphere.  I feel a bit spoiled in finding this WordPress community, because while there are critiques (as there should be), it’s more constructive instead of bashing, and there’s much more emphasis in bolstering what’s beloved.

Anyway, these two games were mentioned, and I remembered I wanted to add them to my gaming backlog.  Firewatch just looked interesting, and the voice acting seems really solid.  Virginia makes me think of Dear Esther, though it seems to have some mixed reviews.

There was also some board game talk (and I myself was not bored *groan*) about one called Eldritch Horror.  Well, I’ve got some board game loving IRL friends whom I can probably talk into playing!  I’m a fan of Lovecraft’s work and the many things that have been inspired by it, and while I’m a wuss puss 365 days a year, it is Halloween season so some scares might be warranted.  It’s a little pricey, but that’s why I have an Amazon wishlist and a belief in Santa Claus :p

Games Added To Watch List: 1

Title: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Series: Castlevania
Genre: Platform, Action-Adventure, RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Konami
Original Platform: Playstation
Original Release Date: March 20, 1997


Ahhhh Alucard, so beautiful ♥♥♥

Yes, the son of Dracula is definitely one of my fangirl crushes.  I can feel your shock emanating through the interwebs.  The “Wow, the Shameful Narcissist is obsessed with another white haired pretty boy” faces are so clear in my mind.  At least this one has a good guy arc that I didn’t need to speculate/make up myself for fanfiction, speaking of which, I wish there were more for him.  I suppose I could watch the game and write some myself at some point.

*la swoon*

Symphony is also known for its amazing soundtrack (if it wasn’t, that would be painfully ironic given its name), so I’m not only adding it because of a beautiful vampire.  I’m not that shallow (yes I am), and it’s a definite perk.

It also bears mentioning that this game became a cult classic and is considered one of the best video games of all time.  It’s also another “spooky” offering for the season.  What’s more Halloween than Dracula and his inverse?

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!

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