Games Alive: 1980-2017

The Well-Red Mage asks: “What’s your favorite game every year you’ve been alive?”  I’m one of the last to answer, because I’m always late to these types of parties.  I’ve seen plenty of “Favorite Game” posts, but never one quite like this, and it was both challenging and enjoying to put together over the last two months.  I’m one of the oldest people to respond, meaning I have quite a lot of years to go through, so without further ado…


1980 – Pac-Man

This one was more difficult than I’d like to admit, but there weren’t too many games I could draw from at this point in time, which led me to this classic among classics.  I wasn’t very good at this game, but if you stick your finger in your ear and wiggle it around, I think you’ll hear something familiar 😀


1981 – Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong game coverBack when Mario was merely Jump Man and Pauline was a kidnapping victim, long before she was the mayor of New Donk City, there was this arcade classic.  I was better at this than Pac-Man; I’ve always been better at platforming than avoiding random enemies.

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TSN’s 2017 Top Games List

Hello Dear Friends!  I hope you all had Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.  This is (was) my favorite time: Christmas Night.  It’s the long exhale after the climax where everyone can relax and play with their presents, while basking in the relief that it’s over.  I saw some awesome videos of kids opening up presents on Christmas Morning (the Nintendo Switch unwrapping was amazing), and I, myself, received Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , my very own PS4, tons of git cards, a special vase, and a bunch of other awesome gifts!I’m (was) also off Tuesday and Wednesday and figured now is as good of time as any to (start working on)  post my 2017 Best of List for gaming before the elderly year grows older (sadly it died before I could finish.  Alas); however, mine is going to be a little bit different from the others I’ve seen floating around.  As of today, I’ve only finished five games on the dates indicated:

  1. World of Final Fantasy – 2/19/17
  2. Journey – 3/22/17
  3. The Room – 5/16/17
  4. The Room Two – 5/27/17
  5. The Room Three – 8/15/17

There’s no doubt which the best game out of all of those is.

Obviously, I loved WOFF and The Room series was one of the best for puzzle games ever, but you can see how I’m not really in a position to adequately talk about games based solely on the ones I played this year.  However, since I did watch a ton of Let’s Plays, I feel as though that would be the better population from which to draw my Top 10.  So without further ado…


10. Detention

Though this initially comes off as a spooky/horror game, it’s much more.  Have no doubt, there are harrowing parts (those really tall ghosts.  Hell.  No), but that’s not the inner spirit of the experience.

9. The Witch’s House

There’s a lot to be said about a game where you’re killed by a teddy bear, and I said a bit of it here with my review.  Created with RPG Maker, don’t let the cute, sprite graphics lull you into a false sense of security.  You will die.  A lot.  Gruesomely. And shockingly.  The puzzles are quite clever, and the RPG mechanic works surprisingly well for a horror game.  I also cannot stress how much the ending messes you up and literally turns everything on its ear.  It’s worth it just to play through for that.

8. Inside

In the vein of games with shocking endings, Inside notches it up to the “what the absolute fuck?!” level.  At no point did I expect to see what I saw, and where The Witch’s House is heartbreaking in its horror, Inside is flat out disturbing, but absolutely fitting for the setting.  The game is exactly what you’d expect from the creators of Limbo.  It has similar gameplay, but the story goes much deeper and, as such, is ripe for the theorists.

7. Rakuen

I had to scramble to place this in my Top 10, because I just finished it the other day.  I knew it was going to be a tearjerker when I saw the hospital setting, and I figured out what was going to happen at the end, but that did nothing to lessen the sorrow.  This is a beautiful game that expertly weaves a far too recent and real life tragedy with a parallel fantasy world.  What your character (called only The Boy) does in Morizora’s Forest is echoed in his hospital home, and this goes for the people he helps.

Rakuen is a puzzle game that plays like an RPG without the random battles, so if you’re not a fan of those, you don’t have to worry about them.  This isn’t to say there aren’t any enemies, but there’s only one type (nor do I think it’s really an enemy, but that’s edging spoiler territory), and there are no confrontations with it, only avoidance.  While this was a game I could’ve played myself, there were some creepy parts that I’m glad I only had to watch.  Combined with some overly cutesy things, it gives Rakuen a bit of Mood Whiplash, but this is not a critique, merely an observation.  The soundtrack is wonderful with vocal performances that are not only gorgeous, but serve an integral part of the story.  Make sure you have some tissues ready for the end.

6. The Mass Effect Trilogy

Even though I watched the first game in 2016, I didn’t finish the other two until last year, so I’m going to count that I finished the trilogy then.  This is the only game on the list that I plan to play in the future, and I decided that based on watching the LP by Olizandri.  There’s too much to say about Mass Effect to really get into it here (and most of you probably know about it already lol), but rewatching the ending with the knowledge of what came before under my belt completely changed my perspective on it (either that or the ending was updated to show more than what happened to Joker and EDI; I’m really not sure).  I have a great deal to say about it  when I finally get to my review in addition to comparative essays (e.g. how Reaper indoctrination is similar to the also hive-minded Jenova’s mental manipulation), and I’m looking forward to exploring all of its angles and discussing it with all of you fine people when I do.

5. Little Nightmares

I’ve watched both the original game and the two currently released DLCs, and, were it a game I could conceivably play (if I wasn’t a wuss puss), I’d have no problems doling out the ducats for all.  The DLCs are apparently inexpensive yet quite expansive in both exploration and storytelling.  There are traces and hints of what went on in the main game all throughout, though just the former is enough to give me full fledged nightmares for days (nothing little about that).  There are no cut scenes, and players are obliged to piece together the story from what can be observed in the levels.  Like Inside there are quite a few theory videos out there to either explain or spark new perspectives.  Whether you play this game in the light of day to ward off the eeriness or in the midst of darkness where the nightmares prowl is entirely up to you.  I, for one, will continue watching my Let’s Plays in the sun and covering my face at necessary moments.

4. Ori and the Blind Forest

This game is literally a work of art.  From the visuals to the music to the poignant story, Ori bookended me with tears.  While not wholly tragic, the game uses sorrow for emphasis and forces you to examine where your full allegiances lie.  I did an almost about face about a particular character once their true motivation was known.  Moon Studios should be both commended and supported for future endeavors.

I considered stopping the LP when I first started so I could play myself, but I’m glad I just continued watching.  There is no way in hell I could pull off those sweet, platforming moves that Cry so brilliantly preformed (though there was some Power of Editing involved lol.  No hate though).  It’s a Metroidvania game, so there’s a lot of backtracking to open up areas previously unattainable.  Also, did I mention the soundtrack?  I did?  Well let me mention it again, because I need to download it.

P.S. The name of the setting is the Forest of Nibel and there’s both fire and mist.

3. Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Ya’ll if you want to ugly cry, please play or watch this game.  Where Ori had me misty (hey that’s what “Nibel” means!), Valiant Hearts made me bawl.  My husband stopped playing Destiny 2 to make sure I was okay, and the friend he was playing with asked if everything was alright.  THAT’S how serious I am about what this game did to me, and it’s not even what you’d expect.  It hits hardest because it’s unexpected and just so wrong.  There’s a wonderful video by The Closer Look called “How to Make the Audience Cry,” and it explains what concept universally causes it and why.  I’d recommend watching it only if or after you’ve watched/played Valiant Hearts.  It’s not a major spoiler, but a game/story like this should be experienced untainted.

2. The Last of Us

I had a long talk with myself about whether this or the number one game would have that place, but in the end, I decided it based on after effects.  Which story haunted me more?  Which caused more of an existential crisis?  While TLOU certainly vied with the first question (especially in any intelligent discussions about it), the number one pick literally blew the second out of the water, but that doesn’t mean the tale of Joel and Ellie is worth any less.  It is a very close second, and, along with the first, is one of my more essay-like reviews.  I have a lot to say about this game, and I see the ending from multiple different points of view.  Understanding loss, I understand why what happened did, but I can also see why there is a great deal of negativity about the decision and the game mechanic that makes you (the player) part of something you might find reprehensible.  Because I not only suck at stealth (seriously…you should see me in Assassin’s Creed: Origins.  It would be embarrassing if I had any shame…), I’m also a wuss puss when it comes to any kind of horror, and I utterly abhor being chased.  When something like this comes after you…

…TSN says nope and covers her face.

I was also completely wrong about Ellie’s peculiar attribute in terms of what caused it, and that was proven with one of the saddest deaths in the game.  Then when I thought I’d figured it out again, that wasn’t the case either.  However, while I might rail against my inelegance, I’m often happy to be wrong in these cases, because it means I could use my “wrong” suppositions in a story of my own and I get to be surprised!

Speaking of which…I have a soft spot in my heart for TLOU, because it has damn near the same plot as the first novel I wrote.  In a different setting and a different relationship between the “Joel” and “Ellie” characters, but “experienced, morally grey bad ass with a devastating loss in his past (that he witnessed first hand) hired to take an inexperienced, young woman to pre-determined location and on the way they learn to love each other” plus the spoilery stuff at the end of TLOU is exactly the same, and I’m a bit shook.

This is one of those games that every gamer should experience.  I’m not one of those “hates cut scenes” people so they don’t bother me in the least, enhancing the narrative rather than taking away especially in this case.  I can’t wait for the second part to come out.

And my number one game of 2017 is…

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The State of the Gamer: 1/24/17

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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!
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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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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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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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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?

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<–The State of the Gamer: 12/20/16          The State of the Gamer: 1/3/17–>

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’m embarrassed to report that I’ve made absolutely no progress on this game in the past week.  I suppose I could blame the holiday, but I’ve clocked loads of hours on World of Final Fantasy.  I usually play my DS/GBA at night right before bed, but I can allow that Christmas and the lead up has exhausted me.

I’m still in the Elfheim area, still attempting to figure out the best place to grind in order to earn enough gil for all the upgrades.  I’m ever open to your suggestions if you have them, as it will take me quite a long time if I can’t find a sweet spot.

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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As above to below.  I haven’t spent any time playing this either, though I am happy to find out a good friend is currently playing it for the first time 🙂  I’m still in the Troia area, but I haven’t spoken to the clerics yet *spoiler* nor discovered Edward’s location and convalescence *end spoiler*

I’m hoping to catch up on this and DoS if not this week then next in the new year.

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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You guessed it…I’ve been spending the majority of my time playing this and neglecting my other responsibilities not limited to gaming (we’re talking reading, editing, and essaying, too), but I can’t feel too much remorse.  I fucking love this game.

I’m currently in the Train Graveyard just about to challenge the four murkrifts there and the fifth hidden one that appears afterwards.  I have to give thanks again to EnterJayMent for his awesome tips for this game.  He has a playthrough as well, but since I’m already doing that myself, I haven’t watched it.  This is definitely a game I’d rather play than watch.

The funniest thing about this video was the My Little Pony ad that happened right before it.  Talk about appropriate advertisement.

I think after this chapter, I’m going to spend some time grinding in either the Nether Nebula (where I can hopefully catch another Fritt) or the Windswept Mire where I can fight the Flan Princess/Malboro Menace combination over and over again.  I’d like to get my Mirages leveled to a point where I can transfigure into the ones that only require a particular level.  This seems like the best course of action at this time, and I can update my Excel spreadsheet

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 this game may have the best voice acting of any I’ve ever seen.  Now that’s not saying much since I’m mostly an old schooler so most of the games I play/watch predate voice acting.  Everyone I’ve spoken to agrees that Fem Shep is the best choice, which makes me feel a bit bad for Male Shep’s voice actor, but Jennifer Hale is totally boss.

I’ve just been introduced to the drell assassin; I think his name is Thane, but I don’t completely recall.  All of the dialogue is so compelling in both intonation and delivery.  You truly can’t turn away from the cut scenes.

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

This let’s play has the distinct honor of not only being another one by my friend/fellow blogger Hungry Goriya, but also the first one I’ve watched where I’ve never heard of or seen the game before.  I grew up a Nintendo girl and didn’t have much dealings with Sega.  Obviously, I know the big names like Sonic and Spyro, but I’d never played or even seen an RPG for that system until now.  Well…not for the original system at least.  I have played Grandia II, which was originally released for the Dreamcast.

Like most RPGs of the 80s era, Miracle Warriors is difficult, requiring much strategy and guile even at the start.  Where current games ease you in, MW drops you right into the boiling water, forcing you to jump around to escape the scald.  Running away from certain enemies is paramount to survival and grinding up large amounts of guilders (the game’s currency) is an initial requirement.  I’m certainly enjoying watching an expert play and can’t wait for the next installment to go up.


Games Added to Playlist: 2

  1. Oxenfree
  2. Limbo

I added these two together, but can’t for the life of me remember who mentioned/recommended them.  It was probably Cheap Boss Attack...I’ve added so many games because of that guy hehe.

Limbo is about a little boy seeking to rescue his sister from a dreary world, and the cover itself sends chills down my spine.

The darkness with that splash of eerie light certainly sets the mood.

Oxenfree is about a group of friends who accidentally open up a paranormal rift on an old military island.  Oops.  I hate when my friends and I do that.  Very messy.


Games Bought This Week: 1

  1. The Last Story

I didn’t buy it, but rather received it as a present from my awesome older brother, but I don’t have a section for gifts.  I suppose I could have this be Games Bought/Received, but since I buy most of my games myself, I doubt this issue will come up that often.  I do have to sit down and figure out the order of operations for my next gaming projects since I now have a lot of hefty RPGs to get through.  I’m planning on writing a year end wrap up where I’ll be discussing this and my other 2017 plans.


Since we’ve just had a major holiday and are still currently enmeshed in a few others (it’s the 4th night of Hanukkah, the 2nd night of Kwanzaa, and the third day of Christmas if that’s a thing you do), did you receive any of the games on your wish list?  I almost bought a Vita with the massive amounts of Amazon gift cards I was given, but I decided against it.  I have more than enough games to keep me occupied for years to come without adding another system to the mix, though I really do want a Vita at some point.  It’s around $200 though so I decided to hold off and spend some money on books.  I think the rest of the balance will go towards purchasing some audio/video equipment so I can finally start my recording projects.  That’s something else I’ll talk bout in my year end/new year plans post.


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: 12/20/16          The State of the Gamer: 1/3/17–>

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