The State of the Gamer: 8/25/22

<–The State of the Gamer: 8/11/22           The State of the Gamer: 9/8/22–>

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!

Games Demoed: 0


Games Purchased: 8

  • Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (Fairy Fencer F, Galapagos) – $5.99 @ Nintendo eShop
  • Trivial Pursuit Live! (Trivial Pursuit) – $7.99 @ Nintendo eShop
  • Doors: Paradox – $0.00 @ iTunes Store
  • Doors: Origin – $0.00 @iTunes Store
  • Doors: Awakening – $0.00 @ iTunes Store
  • The Birdcage – $0.00 @ iTunes Store
  • The Birdcage 2 – $0.00 @ iTunes Store
  • 3D Escape Game: Chinese Room – $0.00 @ iTunes Store
Total: $13.98

Games Finished: 1

Title: The House of Da Vinci III
Series: The House of Da Vinci
System: iOS (iPhone)

Cover of The House of Da Vinci IIIDate Started:  July 29, 2022
Date Finished: August 14, 2022

I’m sad it’s the last in the series and I’m finished, but I couldn’t be happier with this game.  I may replay the first two, and I’ve been thinking about replaying The Room series, too.  This game is the reason I “bought” so many from the iTunes store; I really wanted a similar experience.  I think I paid around $5 for this, and it was totally worth it if you love puzzle/mystery games.

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The State of the Gamer: 8/11/22

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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!

Games Demoed: 0


Games Purchased: 3

  • The House of Da Vinci III (The House of Da Vinci) – $5.99 @ iTunes Store
  • Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden (Voice of Cards) – $26.59 @ Nintendo eShop
  • Cris Tales – $13.99 @ Nintendo eShop
Total: $46.57

Games Finished: 0


Games DNF’d: 0


Currently Playing: 1

Title: The House of Da Vinci III
Series: The House of Da Vinci
System: iOS (iPhone)

Cover of The House of Da Vinci IIIDate Started:  July 29, 2022

These devs don’t get nearly enough credit.  This is honestly one of the best point-and-click puzzle games ever, and I’m so happy I found it after playing The Room series.  It’s only available on iOS or Android (I think this one is on Android; I played the others on my Kindle), and it’s also only around $5, which isn’t remotely what it’s worth.  They’re selling themselves short.  I’d pay at least three times as much for this game.  The puzzles are actually intuitive.  You’re not unlocking a door with a feather or baseball et al.  They’re also just hard enough to hold your attention but not frustrate you.  Also there’s a clue system that works in stages, and it will literally tell you the solution if you get too stuck.  It’s up to you whether or not to use it, and you can turn it off if you don’t even want the temptation.

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The State of the Gamer: 7/28/22

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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 Demoed

Nothing.


What I Purchased

Nothing.


What I Finished

Title: Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars
Series: Voice of Cards
System: Nintendo Switch

Cover of Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon RoarsDate Started: July 11, 2022
Date Finished: July 25, 2022

This game ended so abruptly, or maybe I just expected more?  It’s funny because the end was clearly advertised.  A guy who used to be a good person merges with a monster and you fight them in multiple stages with epic music in the background.  Standard Squeenix stuff.  I don’t know why I didn’t realize that was the end.  I might have been waiting for a part I recalled from the demo to show up but it didn’t?  Either way I made the wrong choice and got the bad ending lol.  So I went back and picked up everything I missed.  I have to do the final battle gain and make the choice I know I should’ve made.

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The State of the Gamer: 7/14/22

<–The State of the Gamer: 6/30/22           The State of the Gamer: 7/28/22–>

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 Demoed

  • Live A Live – This game was apparently the precursor/inspiration for Octopath Traveler.  Like OT you have eight characters to choose from in a 2D and a half world, though I think LAL was remastered that way.   I played the shinobi character, and I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to stealth your way through the whole mission because every one I battled with handed me my ass.  I’m not sure about the game, but I may give the demo another try with another character.  I found out about this through Olizandri’s channel update, and I just can’t resist at least trying out any JRPG.
  • Yurikill: The Calumniation Games – This is definitely not the game for me.  It’s a combination shoot-em-up and visual novel/mystery(?).  I’m honestly not sure, but the novely parts weren’t holding my attention either.  Pass.
  • Klonoa: Phantasy Reverie Series – Omfg I am so stoked for this game.  It would’ve been a buy even without the demo.  I have been trying to find Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veal for YEARS and now that and the first one have been ported to the Switch.  It’s kind of 2D and half like, too, but a platformer where it looks 3D but you play in 2D.

What I Purchased

Nothing this time.

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The State of the Gamer: 6/16/22

<–The State of the Gamer: 6/2/22           The State of the Gamer: 6/30/22–>

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 Demoed

Nothing this time.


What I Purchased

Nothing this time.


What I Finished

Nothing this time.


What I DNF’d

Title: Triangle Strategy
Series: HD-2D Series
System: Nintendo Switch

Cover of Triangle Strategy

Date Started: March 20, 2022
Date DNF: May 21, 2022

Will I possibly come back to this?  Yes, but not right now.  I’m going to count it as a “played” for this year though since I think I got through enough of it to count.

So, uh, there’s something I really need to discuss with this game, and it’s something Squeenix likes to imply or symbolize but never go full-fledged.  It’s not only spoiler territory, but I need to throw out a CW as well, so here we go.

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The State of the Gamer: 6/2/22

<–The State of the Gamer: 5/19/22           The State of the Gamer: 6/16/22–>

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 Demoed

Nothing this time.


What I Purchased

Nothing this time.


What I Finished

Nothing this time.


What I’m Playing

Title: Triangle Strategy
Series: HD-2D Series
System: Nintendo Switch

Cover of Triangle Strategy

Date Started: March 20, 2022

“What I’m Playing” might be a misnomer because I haven’t played anything in over a month.  I started watching Olizandri’s Let’s Play and I’m currently pretty far past the part I stopped at.  He was able to make the persuasion I failed, but I noticed he used Erador in battle almost every time.  I also realized I misinterpreted certain moves and could’ve been doing a lot more, but there were some weird translations for all the game is decently written and pretty well voiced.

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The State of the Gamer: 5/19/22

<–The State of the Gamer: 5/5/22           The State of the Gamer: 6/2/22–>

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 Demoed

Nothing this time.


What I Purchased

  • The Game of Life 2 – $20.99 @ Nintendo eShop
  • The Gardens Between – $3.99 @ Nintendo eShop

Total: $24.98


What I Finished

Nothing this time.


What I’m Playing

Title: Triangle Strategy
Series: HD-2D Series
System: Nintendo Switch

Cover of Triangle Strategy

Date Started: March 20, 2022

Peeps…I may DNF this one and I feel really bad about that because I honestly like it, but I haven’t felt the motivation to play in weeks.  That failed persuasion really bothers me and even though my idea was to fight some mock battles with Erador (the character I have to convince), I’m just…not feeling it.  It doesn’t help that I can just watch Oliz’s LP of it and chill AND I have Voice of Cards to play as well (which has a DLC to play afterwards).  I haven’t taken the step yet with the LP (I’m currently embroiled in Trails of Cold Steel and Horizon Zero Dawn in that area), but it’s probably going to happen.  Also, who knows; maybe watching it will spur me to play again.

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The State of the Gamer: 5/5/22

<–The State of the Gamer: 4/21/22           The State of the Gamer: 5/19/22–>

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 Demoed

Nothing this time.


What I Purchased

  • Knife Sisters – $5.77 @ Steam
  • The Tiny Bang Story – $2.99 @ Nintendo eShop

Total: $8.76


What I Finished

Nothing this time.


What I’m Playing

Title: Triangle Strategy
Series: HD-2D Series
System: Nintendo Switch

Cover of Triangle Strategy

Date Started: March 20, 2022

I failed another persuasion, but I was smart enough to save beforehand and not save over.  However, I keep failing at it probably because I don’t have enough affinity with the character I need to convince.  This one has three possible outcomes, but the one they keep going with is the most ridiculous fucking thing ever.  The one I want to do makes sense in the long game whereas the one they want to go with only works in the short term.  I’m not trying to make the people hate me.  I looked up that bringing people along into battles will increase your affinity with them so I’m going to try some mock battles with them to see if I can sway them to my side.  If all else fails I’ll go with the second best plan, which I still think is absolutely ridiculous, but doesn’t have as much fallout as the other.

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The State of the Gamer: 5/9/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 5/2/17          The State of the Gamer: 5/16/17–>

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.

Currently Playing: 2

Title: Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Date Purchased: March 21, 2017
Date Started: March 27, 2017

I seem to have fallen into a cycle with this game.  I’ll log on every day so I don’t miss my daily reward.  Send/receive friend gifts, summon a unit if I receive enough friend gifts (the units usually aren’t very good).  Next I’ll grab the daily reward and check the daily deals.  If it’s a good one, I’ll buy it.  Then I’ll usually spend 100 lapis for 20k gil, which I’ll use to purchase the daily metal cactuar deal for experience.  I’ll level up my characters (usually using the “friend” summon unit, too) and see if I can awaken anyone.  The items I’m usually missing for that are Sacred Crystals and Heaven Ash.  So it’s off to the Chamber of Awakening to pharm those items. I was doing the Shadow of the Empire Vortex mission, too, but the PRO one kicked my ass.  I made it to the fourth boss, but not even the ultima spell was doing me much good, and he killed even my higher level companion character (the one who could cast the ultima spell) with one turn.  Besides the vortex mission, I do the other stuff while watching either Mass Effect 3 or Bob’s Burgers on Kisscartoon.io (they changed the extension from .me).

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The State of the Gamer: 3/28/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 3/21/17          The State of the Gamer: 4/4/17–>

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.

Games Finished This Week: 1

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
Date Finished: March 22, 2017
Play Duration: 39 days

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I not only finished this masterpiece this week, I wrote a review for it, too.  I have serious intentions of playing through this again, and I’ve added it to my Let’s Play list when I finally gather all of the pieces together to do that (it’s a quest).


Games Purchased This Week: 2

Title: Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius
Series: Final Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Date Purchased: March 21, 2017

Platform: iOS/Kindle
Price: $0.00

Title: Unloop
Developer: Hexagon Blue
Date Purchased: March 26, 2017

Platform: PC
Price:
$0.00

Thanks to LightningEllen and…ugh, I’m going to kick myself.  There was someone else who posted about this game before Lightning, and I can’t remember who it was!  Ah iplayedthegame.  I knew I’d remember (no I didn’t go to his page and search for it.  How dare you?!)

Anyway, I downloaded this Sunday night, but I haven’t had a chance to install and play yet.  I’m told it’s short, so hopefully I can get through it in one sessions.


Currently Playing: 2

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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I’m just cleaning up the easy trophies right now.  I’m not planning on collecting all of them, since some are quite obscure.  Like there’s a hidden one where you have to “kill many enemies with any type of Magitek Armor.”  What constitutes “many?”  I’m probably going to go after another hidden one with a definitive goal: having Lann deliver the finishing blow to the Quacho Queen.  Then there’s a regular one for mastering 100 Mirage boards.  I’m already at 82.  I still need to look into that Balthier summon.

Title: Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Date Purchased: March 21, 2017
Date Started: March 27, 2017

I don’t know why I slept on this for so long.  It was free on iOS, though I downloaded it onto my Kindle since I have little to no room left on my phone.  I’d really like to throw Record Keeper on there, too, but it doesn’t seem to be available.

So far I’m really liking it.  The music is absolutely phenomenal, and definitely has that Final Fantasy feel.  The main characters are of course pretty.

There’s Rain:

If it starting “Raining” this man, I wouldn’t complain

And Lasswell:

Lass VERY well!I have no idea what that means…

Further supporting my theory that there are no ugly people in Final Fantasy (at least not the main characters).

I really love the way they speak and have been reading their dialogue aloud with an English accent (don’t kill me other side of the pond friends), because it seems the inflection to match their speech.

The story is typical Final Fantasy fare.  The Earth Shrine was infiltrated by an armored man (who looks a hell of a lot like Golbez) who *spoiler* shattered the Earth Crystal and slaughtered Rain’s men. *end spoiler*  He and his best friend Lasswell are now on their way to the town of Mitra to figure out what they’re going to do next.

I haven’t yet run into the issue of only being able to play up to a certain point, and I actually got around two hours of gameplay in last night.  I’m still a bit shaky on all the controls and am unsure whether or not I should friend the people I use as companions.  I don’t know if it’s rude that I haven’t.  I’d give you all my nickname, but it’s stuck on whatever was randomly picked, and every time I try to…oh wait!  I wasn’t making it long enough.  It’s AshRose777 if any of you play and want to add me 🙂

So far I’m enjoying it, and I’m curious about why it has such a low rating on Grouvee (2.38).  I suppose either I’ll find out or disagree with the less than stellar assessment.


Games Currently Watching: 2

Title: Phantasy Star
Series: Phantasy Star
Genre: RPG – Fantasy/Science Fiction
Developer: Sega
Original Platforms: Sega Master System
Other Platforms: Sega Genesis, Wii Virtual Console
Original Release Date: December 20, 1987
Let’s Player: Hungry Goriya
Date Started: March 24, 2017

It’s another 8-bit RPG for the Sega Master System!  This was already on my backlog and having HG do a let’s play of it just makes me want to play it more.  It seems to be in the science fantasy genre as it takes place on another planet, and there’s space travel between the main and two other worlds.  Typical fantasy fare of an oppressive regime that the hero needs to take down (…erm reality maybe, too?), and it seems to be a pattern with SMS RPGs that the main character starts off weak and alone needing to level up quite a bit before any progress can be made.  Though this was also a trait of early Final Fantasies, too, and if I’m not mistaken Dragon Warrior also threw you into the fighting pit.

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

Slacking Narcissist is slacking.  I did watch another video this week, but I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it, because it was another combat heavy one.  Olizandri is in the midst of the Omega DLC.  I may see if I can skip past the combat to the story parts, since that’s what I’m most interested in.


Games Added to Playlist: 6

  1. Mass Effect – I’ve been talking about playing this on here, Facebook, and Twitter, so I added it to my backlog.  I probably should’ve included it in my “Purchased” section since we bought the trilogy a few weeks ago for $5 (thanks to Cheap Boss Attack for tipping me off about the PSN sale on that!)
  2. Suikoden II – I could’ve sworn I had this on my backlog already.  I do own it, but maybe I just forgot to click that other button.  Ah well.
  3. Horizon: Zero Dawn – Too many people to name have recommended this game, though the instant I saw the preview I was interested.  Aloy has a similar look to Ygritte from Game of Thrones, that same fiery hair and fierce mien.  I’m really curious why robo-dinosaurs are running around in what appears to be prehistoric earth.  At some point humans (or someone) had the ability to make such complex machines, but then something happened to bring us back to the stone age.  Going back to Game of Thrones/ASOIAF, many of Martin’s stories are about this very thing, too.
  4. NieR: Automata – I have Cheap Boss Attack to thank for this recommendation, nor did I know it was a Square Enix game until a comment discussion.  It’s an action RPG, but you can adjust the difficulty, which makes an unskilled noob like me very happy hehe.  This is another human/robot (or android) story, but the machines are more sentient to the point where they’ve developed philosophy and factions.
  5. Ori and the Blind Forest – Um, I am seriously scatter-brained this week.  I have no clue who recommended this nor do I know why I added it.  It sounds like something I’d enjoy.  The cover is exquisite.
  6. Braid – I added this due to Extra Life Reviews’ take on another game made by the same people, The Witness.  Braid was mentioned, and it sounded like something I’d like.

Total Games in Backlog: 97
Change from Last Week: -3

How did I add six games, yet still go down three?  I have no clue…I did do some clean up so it’s possible that it just worked out that way.

…Omg I had Brave Exvius in my Games Bought section last week *headdesk*  Well, I’m going to keep it as is above, because I like that description better.


Games Added to Watch List: 0

Total Games on Watch List: 22
Change from Last Week: -1

I. don’t know what I took off o.O


Miscellaneous

I tweeted about my first Amiibo purchase, but I didn’t reveal what it was.  Presenting…

Princess Rosalina

I figured I’d put her among young and older Elsa so that she’d be with other blondies (though Vincent is lurking in the back), and you can’t see them, but she’s standing in between Sephiroth on the left (you can his hand the Masamune) and Cecil on the right.  I guess you could argue that they’re both blond, though I put silver hair in a class all its own.

The Mario Galaxy princess was the only Amiibo at Target I had the slightest interest in.  I didn’t know you could use them with the game, which is cool, so I have more of a reason to get a Nintendo 3DS, though I’m perfectly happy just having them as collectibles.

I also received two posters today.

I just have to figure out where I’m going to hang them.  Hm, you know what’s funny?  They’re both holding symbols of death.  Lilies are associated with that (they’re also poisonous to cats, which is hysterical when I think about Northern Lights), and the Black Materia is an instrument of death and destruction.  Just another philosophical insight from your friendly neighborhood Narcissist/FFVII fangirl trash.


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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