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: 1/10/17

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

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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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?

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

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The State of the Gamer: 1/3/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 12/27/16          The State of the Gamer: 1/10/17–>

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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Poor, neglected Dawn of Souls.  I’ll return to you again soon now that the holidays are done.  I have so much leveling and cash grinding to do that it’s a daunting task to return to, but I shall persevere!

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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And poor neglected Final Fantasy IV (though you’re a bit less destitute as I’ve already beaten you on both the PlayStation and the DS I’m playing you on now).  I need to enter Troia, speak with the clerics, and go on my next quest.  I may start this tonight.

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 believe I’m in Chapter 18, but I can’t quite remember the number.  I know it’s the late teens though.  I’m currently organizing my Mirages (again) on Excel, which is quite a task..  I’m probably going to put it up on Google Docs once it’s to my satisfaction.  I made the chart in order to better organize my stacks for particular elemental attacks and abilities that will either facilitate catching or defeating Mirages.

The rows go on for quite a bit longer to encompass all relevant abilities/elements.

Mirage Name Size Type Transfigurations Water Fire Ice Thunder Wind Earth Poison Light Dark
Adamantoise XL Adamantoise 3 Temblor
Affrite M Ifrit 7 Fire
Fira
Blaze
Ahriman L Ahriman 4 Aerora
Baby Paleberry S Tonberry Blizzard Petty Grudge
Baby Tonberry S Tonberry
Babyhemoth M Behemoth 5
Behemonster XL Behemoth 5
Behemoth L Behemoth 5
BiggerJaws (Mega Nightsqual) Watera
Hydrotwister
Whirlpool
BiggerJaws (Mega Sharqual) L Bismark 5 Water
Watera
Hydrotwister
Bihydra M Tiamat Fire Poison Bite

It’s gotten tricky since I can now transfigure more Mirages into higher forms, and ideally, I’d like to have as many Mirages of a particular type as there are transfigurations (that’s what the number in the fourth column means), so I may be doing some hunting in prior regions where applicable.  I also still need to grab a Zapt in the Nether Nebula’s secret region, which isn’t a bad place to level up either.

And there’s still an extensive after game when all 21 chapters are done 😉


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 the intrepid let’s player is going to finish up some more loyalty missions.  He consistently uses Garrus and Grunt, but still hasn’t “gained their loyalty.”  I was really hoping Wrex would show up in this game, but so far, there’s been only word of him.  I have seen Tali and Liara *spoiler* who’s now the new shadow broker. *end spoiler*

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

*patiently awaits the next upload*


Games Added to Playlist: 3

  1. VVVVVV – I have a new platformer on my backlog thanks to this review from Cheap Boss Attack.  I’m never one to turn down such a game though, especially with a slight twist on the typical platformer dynamics.
  2. Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey – A word puzzle game featuring adorable Grim Reapers?  Sign me up!  Another one reviewed by CBA and therefore added by me.  Friends don’t let friends not add more games.
  3. Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero – There are many stories with hybrids.  In fact that paradigm is pervasive in all of my favorite things.  So I was instantly intrigued by a half-genie heroine, since this is one hybrid I’d never heard of before.  Another platformer to add to my collection.  I wouldn’t have found it if not for The Otaku Judge’s review!

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?

<–The State of the Gamer: 12/27/16          The State of the Gamer: 1/10/17–>

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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?

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