30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 12

Day 1

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Day 13: A game everyone should play.


Journey.  Without any thought or question, everyone should play Journey.

I say as much in my review, but anyone could play this game.  It’s controls are simple enough to be accessible to even non-gamers, and the narrative speaks to you on such a deep level that is both universal yet intensely personal.  It is the one game I can say for certain that anyone could play, and while I think the narratives of others are important for discourse e.g. Final Fantasy, Mass Effect, Child of Light, etc., they don’t lend themselves as easily to ubiquitous accessibility.  Journey does.  With only two “action” buttons and no way to die, the player literally only has to worry about the journey and what it reveals.  It’s the perfect game to show to anyone who holds onto the false belief that video games are not worthy of discourse, and I feel it would change even the most stubborn of minds.

What game would you recommend to all gamers or the masses?

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30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 10

Day 1

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Day 10: Best gameplay.


I might have to break this down into genres since the question of good gameplay is really contingent on that.

This might sound weird, but for RPGs, I love Final Fantasy VIII’s gameplay.  I don’t know how to explain it, but VIII just seems so neat and organized to me, just like you’d expect a military organization to be hehe.  Instead of fighting monsters for gil, you receive a paycheck at regular intervals based on your SeeD rank.  You can also take tests to raise that at any time, and in my head Squall and co have some sort of smartphone device that they use to receive such information, and gil is more than likely not in electronic form.  It all just feels very sleek and modern, and unlike many, I loved the Junction system once I understood how it worked.  While it might take a while to “set up,” as in you had to expend time drawing different kinds of magic, once that was done, you were pretty much invincible.  I think World of Final Fantasy borrowed heavily from VIII in terms of having monsters/creatures give you your stats instead of shuffling around weapons and armor.

For puzzle games I have to go old school and talk about The Adventures of Lolo 3. 

Such simple controls, such challenging puzzles.  You only had one “action” button, which was used to fire shots.  The rest was all about maneuvering and your wits.  I’m using the third game in the series, because this was the one I started with.  I’ve played the first and second now, but Lolo 3 will always be my favorite.

In the same vein of simplicity, I have to mention Journey.  You only have two actions: jump and signal, and the rest is just you moving the Traveler through the wasteland, and that’s all your need.

The ease of access yet beautiful, profound story put this at the top of my Gameplay list.

I guess this would’ve been a great answer to “simplest” gameplay save for FFVIII, which is a bit complicated.

What game do you think of when you hear the phrase “best gameplay?”

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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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Journey

Title: Journey
Genre: Adventure, Art
Developer: Thatgamecompany
Original Platform: 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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This wasn’t just a video game; it was an experience and the retort to any fool who claims that video games cannot be art, because that’s all Journey was.  I’ve upheld the claim of games as an art medium for at least two decades.  Art is anything that evokes an emotional response; therefore, art can be anything.  Of course there are things that evoke emotional responses that aren’t considered art.  A particular door may cause an emotional response in a particular individual due to history fair or foul, and this portal if plain wouldn’t be art, but it’s safe to say that a creative work that evokes a general emotional response certainly is.

Like my Final Fantasy reviews, this will be broken up by Gameplay, Story, and Music.


Gameplay

Journey is an artistic adventure.  You control a robed and scarfed character as you traverse a vast desert landscape.

The Traveler

Nor is the scarf just for show.  You can use it to fly and float momentarily through the air, and the longer your scarf, the farther you can soar.  There are places with similar looking cloth scraps set in the ground where you can recharge for future flights.

The game is broken up into undefined chapters and each has a scarf upgrade, which lengthens it and your flight ability.  I, alas, only found one of them near the end, so I traversed the barren landscape with a woefully short scarf and very little flying ability.

While Journey is not a collaborative effort, you can still be joined by other travelers along the way.

Hello friend 🙂

Each traveler has their own symbol that appears when you “call,” and this calling is integral for progression.  There are only two actions you can do in Journey: jumping/flying and calling.  Calling will “awaken” certain parts of the landscape, streamers, bridges, shrines, and others that will allow you to continue on your way.

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fLOw

Title: fLOw
Genre: Life Simulation
Developer: Thatgamecompany & SuperVillain Studios
Original Platforms: Adobe Flash, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable (PSP), PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Original Release Date: April 14, 2006
Date Started: February 20, 2017
Date Finished: February 20, 2017
Play Duration: 1 day

I know I said I wasn’t going to post a review, but I remembered that you can review on Grouvee, wrote something up, and figured I might as well share it with all you fine people.

This game really wasn’t for me, so I’m not going to rate it (or I wouldn’t have on Grouvee if the site didn’t force you to in order to write a review *grumble*). One of the main issues I had with it stems from my horrible sense of direction.  You have to guide your little creature by tilting the controller this way and that, and I’m not good at that, and I had so many problems avoiding the “bad” microbes, which would send your little creature back one level. I was just never able to get the mechanics of that down (you should see how I use a mouse), and this of course was quite detrimental to my playing.

I have a huge issue with rating games that are either not my preferred genre (like FPS) or games that I didn’t enjoy because of my own deficiency (direction). Just because something isn’t for me doesn’t mean it isn’t valid and worthwhile. This is why I won’t rate games that are in a genre/sub-genre that I don’t enjoy, since my rating/assessment would be negatively biased from the get-go. From what I played, I thought fLOw was well done and interesting, and I would be more than willing to watch a LP of it in order to formulate an opinion of what the game was trying to express.

It’s made by the same people who brought us Journey (which I’m currently playing) and Flower (which I’d like to play), and holy shit, the name of one of the designers is Jenova D: *flees in terror* no wonder the game deals with alien looking cells o.O

I’m certain those who do not lack direction and were able to play it to completion would have a much better insight than I could ever give, so I shall defer to them henceforth.

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The State of the Gamer: 3/21/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 3/14/17          The State of the Gamer: 3/28/17–.

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.

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 think all I did was level up this past week, and I only played on Wednesday.  I’m debating whether or not I’m going to pick up the Balthier summon just to say I have it/for completion, because I really don’t have anything else to do (unless they release more DLCs).  I’m just grinding in the best leveling spot, trying to get Bahamut up to level 80.  I think he’s either 74 or 75, but I have been thinking of trying for Master Tonberry and Elasmos afterwards if the former is successful.  After that I’m pretty sure that’s all of the Mirages, but I’m sure I”ll check to make sure that I have indeed caught them all.

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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I played!  I actually played this week, and I’m nearly at the end!  I would’ve finished, but I got stuck in the snow and alas there was no friendly chocobo carriage to pick me up (little FFVII humor there).  I could find the door I was supposed to go through, but couldn’t figure out how to get it open.  It turns out I missed a shrine right after the part with the heavy winds, so when I play tomorrow, I’ll remedy that.

In other news, my scarf is pitifully short like I think I picked up maybe one extension of it, so I can’t fly very far.  Because of this, I’m seriously considering going through the game again, although I think I can go back to previous chapters without starting over (there is chapter selection), so I may just do that.  Either way, I’m super excited to finally reach the mountain and see the conclusion.  I can’t wait to review this game so I can talk about what my interpretation of it is!


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
Date Finished: March 19, 2017

The let’s play is complete!  The “man in the black cloak” has been defeated (I’m serious), and peace has returned to the land.  I’m hoping HG decides to do an LP of the other games in the series, because I for one thoroughly enjoyed watching Aron’s adventures.

I’ve been scoping out Sega Master Systems myself for the past week or so.  Amazon had one for the astronomical price of $700!  But when I just looked on the Google, I found ones as low as $14.90 (a price I don’t really trust) and the more reasonable $100-$150 area with a few games to boot.  I didn’t pick one up yet, but it’s on my radar now.

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

Seriously, I have been slacking on watching this let’s play, and I’m not sure why.  I’ve decided I’m going to play the trilogy myself, and this may explain my lessened enthusiasm for watching it.  It’s certainly not the intrepid let’s player, Olizandri, whom I still find utterly darling, and I still want to watch Athene’s LP of the first Mass Effect.

Of course I can’t not talk about Andromeda since it came out today, and my one friend is absolutely over the moon (or rather galaxy I suppose) about it.  He’s fanboy/girling as hard as I was when I found out about the FFVII: Remake.

Now I have to try to avoid spoilers, and since I have no idea when I’m going to play the original trilogy, this is going to be like dodging bullets.  All I know is it takes place 600 years after the events of the first game, which is when the initiative began, so the events of the original trilogy don’t have much direct bearing on the current story.  My fanboy friend (whom I’m hoping does a Twitch stream of it at some point…though I’m not going to watch it yet hehe, but his site is here) informed me that the main character’s father has the same N7 rank as Shepherd, and I’m certain his/her name is well known even 600 years later.

After I finally finish WOFF and Journey, I plan to start FFV and FFXIII.  I think after I finish one of those then I’ll fire up the first Mass Effect.  I think I’m going to limit myself to two games at a time.  This is a good hunt plan :p


Games Added to Playlist: 0

Total Games in Backlog: 100

I did some housekeeping on my backlog in deleting multiple games in a series unless that series is Final Fantasy or I already have the game in my possession.  This is similar to what I did for my Goodreads’ list in removing multiple books by the same author.  I figure I can add the next game as I finish them just as I can add the next book as I finish that.


Games Bought This Week: 1

  1. Final Fantasy Brave Exvius – I had no idea that this was for iOS or Android like Record Keeper (which I still need to finish).  Since I have literally no room left on my phone, I figured I’d see if I could download the game for my Kindle, which I was able to do.  I may do the same thing with Record Keeper, which should free up some room on my phone.

Games Added to Watch List: 0

Total Games on Watch List: 23


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: 3/14/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 3/7/17          The State of the Gamer: 3/21/17–>

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: 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 really wish I had time to play this more than once a week.  I’m at fantastic farming spot, so I could level my characters up really easily.  I did manage to defeat XG with a little help from a friend..

I summoned him three times.

The caption doesn’t lie.  I summoned Seph three times after using the Behemonster mega Mirage.  The latter has an ability that grows stronger the less HP you have, so I exploited that.  It was still a hard battle that I nearly lost.  XG has this one move that can outright kill one of you stacks, and he moves fast.  But I persevered, and now I have another mega Mirage.

I need to go after Elasmos next along with the Master Tonberry whom I still can’t capture even though I’ve leveled up Bahamut enough to knock off 20k off his HP.  I’m thinking I need to be in the 25k range so more leveling for me.  Since Elasmos has the same prismatunity as Master Tonberry (a large amount of HP taken off at once), I’m going to use the latter as the test.  Once I can catch him, I’ll go after the former.

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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I didn’t play it this week, but I’m still “playing” it, because I haven’t given up yet.


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

Now for something to “Ys” your mind *groan* I know I know.  It just came to me (Ys is pronounced like “ease” if you didn’t guess that already).  Once the next video comes out, I shall watch it.

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’ve been really slacking with this LP.  I don’t know if it’s the game itself or me.  There has been more combat and I don’t find that as interesting as the story stuff, bu the story stuff is very interesting.  I’m about halfway through, so I have a ways to go.  I really do want to re-watch the ending with fresh eyes, more information, and a new perspective to see if I still feel the same way.


Games Added to Playlist: 4

  1. Super Mario Run – It was hard to resist adding this after hearing Defy the Majority sing its praises for quite a few blog posts 🙂  Plus it’s an iOS game, so it’s easy to take with me and play when I have some downtime.  I don’t know if I’m going to spend money on the extra levels.  It’ll all depend on how much I like the game.
  2. Final Fantasy VII: Remake – I actually summed up my pre-ordering of this in a Facebook post.  Let’s see if I can still find it *rummages around*  Ah here it is! (I also know that it’s not coming out on December 29; they just have to put a date for release that will more than likely be moved back.  I assume they picked that date because it’s the last Friday of the year).
    I’m on Twitter talking with people about FFXII: The Zodiac Age so I figure I’ll go to Amazon to see when it comes out or if it’s out already. You know how Amazon gives you recommendations if you click on something, right? Okay. So it recommends the FFVII: Remake. Pause the video game #pun. I didn’t know it had a release date yet. I avoid mainstream/popular gaming sites especially those specific for FFVII for a variety of reasons I don’t have the mental strength to get into now (I’ve been planning a “Grind My Gears” post for months about that very thing, but…now is a really shitty time of the year to talk about it, and I’m out of my daily anti-anxiety meds). It has one of December 29, 2017, after Christmas (AND Advent, double entendre intended). You can pre-order it. As much as I’ve been doing the true fan thing, critiquing aka complaining about things and fending off trepidation, we all knew there was no way in hell I wasn’t going to buy it, because how else am I going to continue to complain/judge. I LOVE judging things. I even found an awesome meme dedicated to it that uses Sephiroth #meta

    In all honesty, I believe the mark of a true fan is someone who holds their favorite things accountable, because we want them to be the best version of themselves. It’s one of the reasons I’m quite harsh on Game of Thrones and initially gave A Dance With Dragons (the 5th book) a low rating (I’m rereading it to give it another chance).

    The Remake isn’t going to erase the prior canon. it’ll just be another thread to unravel in the complex weft that is FFVII. I love for that shit. Nor is it going to render all the essays I’ve written useless. I also don’t care that its episodic. Really? That’s a complaint? Mass Effect had three parts with DLCs, so did Dragon Age. I’m aware that those are WRPGs and FFVII is a JRPG, but it makes sense if they’re going to flesh things out. Is Squeenix going to make a shit ton money? Of course, but that doesn’t mean the installments will be any less enjoyable (I’m just saying they better have a Japanese with English subtitles option like WOFF does, because I’m spoiled for that shit now).

    TL; DR – The FFVII Remake is available for pre-order and I bought it because the universe exists #nothingtoseehere

  3. Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl – I found/added this while searching for another game.  The Otaku Judge reviewed a fun seeming JRPG called Brave Dungeon that I wanted to add.  Alas, I don’t think it’s available yet in the states, but the fore mentioned popped up when I typed it into Amazon’s search bar.  It’s not the game I went looking for, but it is another JRPG.  I put Brave Dungeon in my notes, so I can remember to check for it periodically.  It’s on neither Amazon nor Grouvee, which means if I don’t write it down somewhere, I’ll surely forget about it.
  4. Final Fantasy XII; The Zodiac Age – Speaking of FFXII, I’d gone to look for this on Amazon to see how much a pre-order would be, and that’s what started the whole thing (see FFVII: Remake entry above).  My assumption is “Zodiac Age” is due to it being the 12th numbered Final Fantasy, and there are 12 signs of the Zodiac.  I haven’t pre-ordered it yet (I already spent $50 on VII), but I probably will in the coming weeks since it comes out in July.

Total Games in Backlog: 109


Games Added to Watch List: 0

Total Games on Watch List: 23


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: 3/7/17          The State of the Gamer: 3/21/17–>

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