The State of the Gamer: 11/22/16

<–The State of the Gamer: 11/15/16          The State of the Gamer: 11/29/16–>

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!
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Game Currently Playing

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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There’s no reason I can’t start playing some of the remakes/reiterations of the series as I’m playing through the original numbered ones, especially considering I’m currently playing WOFF.  I started this the past Sunday and so far it is much easier than the original Final Fantasy.  I didn’t have to spend over a week grinding in order to garner enough gold to buy starter equipment and spells.  We’ll see if my difficulty assessment holds true after I enter the first dungeon, The Temple of Chaos.

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’m currently washed up on the shores of Mysidia, or rather Cecil is…in the town that hates him…for good reason.  I need to grind to make gil to purchase the proper equipment before making the pilgrimage to Mt. Ordeals in order to become a paladin.

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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I was encouraged not to give up on this by a fellow blogger so I shall persevere.  I’ll try to get some play time in this week.  I’m currently in the dessert World 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

world-of-final-fantasy

Still nothing but good things to say about this game.  I’ve devised a Mirage chart on Excel to keep track of all of the ones I have and what their abilities are.  I’ve recently entered Pyrefly forest where I managed to capture a Babyhemoth, a new type of Mu, and a DualLizard.  There are five more mirages I need to go after before I leave, but I”ll need to clear up some space in my inventory.  I’ll probably work on that this (long) weekend.  Oh!  And I managed to beat the first coliseum fight with the FF Mascots (three chocobo riding moogles), but with the second fight against the same at a higher level, I got my ass handed to me.


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 opening to this game is nothing short of amazing.  I couldn’t pick my jaw up off the floor.  It was better than many movies and just as suspenseful.  I’m am so freaking curious about the Illusive Man, but I don’t want to google anything about him and be spoiled.  So I guess I’ll have to wait until the story reveals why he has those glowing, cybernetic looking eyes.  So far my favorite character is Jacob, because he seems the most honest and straightforward.  I don’t really trust Miranda.  She just might be really cold and calculating, but there’s something about her.  Then there’s that random merc that joins Shepherd’s team.  He’s too much of a loose canon.  Of course any of the original crew are nothing short of awesome.


Games Added to Playlist: 4

  1. Fire Emblem – I’ve talked about this game quite a bit with Cheap Boss Attack so I’m surprised I didn’t add it until now.
  2. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment – This was another add due to conversations with CBA.
  3. Moirai – I get to thank The Otaku Judge for this one.  Their compelling review of it piqued my interest mightily.  I’m not usually into horror games, but I might warily check this one out.
  4. The Last Story – This is one of those games you know you should have on your backlog list, but you didn’t think about until you randomly saw it somewhere.  Actually, I remember where I saw it now.  Cheap Boss Attack made a post about organizing his games, and there was this game’s picture right in the middle.  That guy gets me to add more games than should be allowed hehe.
  5. Persona 2: Innocent Sin – I just added this tonight since it’s the first in the Persona 2 duology, prior to Eternal Punishment, which makes sense that such would follow “Innocent Sin.”

Games Bought This Week: 4

  1. Suikoden – PSN sale yo.
  2. Suikoden II – Again PSN sale
  3. Chrono Cross – Why did I buy it? *points above*
  4. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment – PSN sale again.  I’m going to hold off playing it until I can get Innocent Sin since that’s the first one.  Either I’ll just pick it up (it’s around $20) or wait for it to go on sale, too.

I spent around $11 for four games, which is not a shabby deal in the least.


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: 11/15/16          The State of the Gamer: 11/29/16–>

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The State of the Gamer: 11/15/16

<–The State of the Gamer: 11/8/16          The State of the Gamer: 11/22/16–>

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 finished up Fabul this week and am just about to take the fated journey by ship that ends with Leviathan.  Still haven’t started Dawn of Souls.  I thought it was a DS game instead of another GBA one for some reason, and those cartridges are elsewhere in my apartment.

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

newsupermariobrothers

I think I’ve given up on this.  I’m not very good at it, so I may find a Let’s Play to watch at some point.  I should replay Super Mario World at some point.  I kick ass at the game.  Not the Rainbow Road part of course, but I’m still pretty handy.

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

world-of-final-fantasy

Ah this is what I’m really interested in.  So a few people told me about all the side quests with this game, but wow are there a lot of side quests.  You’ll be planning to do something, and all of a sudden another aspect is introduced.

I met the Girl Who Forgot Her Name this week.

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That’s the sound of a thousand cosplayers sewing a thousand costumes

And in the same play session was introduced to the Coliseum by a deep-voiced Tonberry.  The coliseum is a throwback to FFVI, and I’m annoyed at myself for not realizing I didn’t need to go back through the Nether Nebula in order to fight Shiva again (not that I could do it there anyway), but instead have to challenge her, Ifrit, and Ramuh in that arena.  Granted, they’re not available yet, and I got my ass handed to me by three moogles on chocobos, but that’s another far more embarrassing story.  I may challenge them again now that I know they’re weak against ice, buuut then again I may just go mirage hunting to make sure I have one from every area.  Gotta catch them all! *ahem* I mean I would like to complete as much of the game as possible.  I’ll more than likely play more tomorrow since I”ll have the apartment to myself for the evening and I should be home a bit earlier.


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

One more episode left for the finale.  I can’t believe it’s almost over, but there are two more games left and a new one on the horizon.  The latest episode Shepherd and crew found out about the reapers and holy shit was that intense.  I knew about them from watching my husband play a bit and taking numerous wiki walks, but it was still a chilling moment.  I’m actually wondering if some race millions upon millions if not billions of years ago built the machines, which then gained sentience and destroyed their masters similar to how the Geth drove the quarians into exile.  It would make a tragic kind of sense, but there’s nothing official about this.  Once I finish the last episode, I’ll jump right into ME 2.


Games Added to Playlist: 2

  1. Suikoden – my friend Matthew, who has a Twitch channel here, informed me I needed to add this and the second below to my backlog, and since we both love Final Fantasy, I know he knows what he’s talking about with it.
  2. Suikoden II – talked about this above.

Games Bought This Week: 4

Thanks to Cheap Boss Attack telling me about the PSN 10th Anniversary sale, I was able to get in there and pick up four games!  Now, I’m kind of a dumb ass and thought I’d be able to play them all on my PS4, but alas this is not the case.  Some of them are only available on the PS3, which is…kind of weird to me, and I’m wondering if I did something wrong when I picked them up.

  1. fLOw – the Well-Red Mage’s recent review put me onto this game (it was on my Add list last week), and since it was less than $5, I figured that was a good deal.
  2. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – I just can’t shut up about this game, and why should I?  I already know it’s awesome and I’ve never played it yet.  It and the remaining purchases seem to only be available for the PS3 or Vita.  Maybe the Shameful Narcissist should learn how to read the fine print…but I really thought I did!
  3. Grandia – the first game in the Grandia series, which I believe has at least three.  I’ve played and love Grandia II.  At the very least I can give the original a try.
  4. Xenogears – how could I pass this one up?  It’s a Squeenix RPG and apparently even symbolism heavier and more esoteric than FFVII, which is damn shocking seeing as I decided to studying an entire religion due to VII.  If this is so or even if it’s just equal, it’s something I’m very interested in.

All in all I spent around $10 for four games.  Not too shabby.


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: 11/8/16          The State of the Gamer: 11/22/16–>

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