The State of the Gamer: 7/4/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 6/27/17          The State of the Gamer: 7/11/17–>

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!
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Currently Playing: 4

Title: Final Fantasy Type-0
Series: Final Fantasy/Fabula Nova Crystallis
Genre: Action RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform: PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 27, 2011
Date Purchased: May 18, 2017
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Progress: Chapter 2

I managed to muddle my way through Chapter 1, defeat the Tiger L’Cie with Odin, and now I’m back at the academy after a long cut scene showing a meeting of the higher ups.  The coolest person there was obviously Dr. Arecia Al-Rashia..

I have quite the lady boner right now, but I’m pretty sure she’s going to end up being one of those morally ambiguous if not downright evil characters, since she appears to be fulfilling Final Fantasy’s mad scientist archetype shared by VII’s Hojo and IV’s Lugae who both did utterly reprehensible things.  *spoiler* It doesn’t help that she’s Ace’s mother, so she’s more of a combination of Hojo and Lucrecia in one.  In the meeting it’s revealed the Agito Cadets were created by combining magic and technology,.*end spoiler*

The more I think about it, the more I realize Final Fantasy is more science fantasy than anything else.  Even FFs I-VI with their more  high fantasy setting have that element to them.  Hm, since IV-VI have that steampunkish vibe, could we then consider the steampunk subgenre to be a facet of science fantasy, as well?  (I’m posting this to the Book of Faces, as well…wish me luck.)

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The State of the Gamer: 6/27/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 6/20/17          The State of the Gamer: 7/4/17–>

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.

Currently Playing: 4

Title: Final Fantasy Type-0
Series: Final Fantasy/Fabula Nova Crystallis
Genre: Action RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform: PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 27, 2011
Date Purchased: May 18, 2017
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Progress: Chapter 1

I didn’t wake up early enough on Sunday to play this, so I haven’t logged any more hours on the game this week.  I’m off Monday and Tuesday of next week for 4th of July, so I’m sure I”ll get some time in then.

Title: Final Fantasy V
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Platform: PlayStation
Release Date: December 6, 1992
Date Purchased: Unknown
Date Started: June 17, 2017

Progress: Abandoned ship yard

I was wrong with how Faris’s secret is revealed!  I’m just going to tell you, because it’s not that big of a deal, and I like some of the dialogue around it.  Faris is a woman, and I thought the big reveal would happen when they went through the canal, and the monster therein attacked them because it only attacks women.  Then I remembered that Reina is in the group, so even if the attack did occur (which it did as part of the plot), it really wouldn’t matter.

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The State of the Gamer: 6/13/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 6/6/17          The State of the Gamer: 6/20/17–>

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

If I had the time and PS4 usage, I’d start Type-0.  I used to make my definite gaming day Wednesdays when my husband went bowling, but it’s the off season for that, so I don’t really have a designated gaming night.  So as it is, I’m still playing this, but not religiously.  It’s more I’ll boot it up on my Kindle if I have some time before bed.

Title: The Room Three
Genre: Puzzle, Mystery
Developer: Fireproof Games
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: 2015
Date Purchased: May 28, 2017
Date Started: May 28, 2017

I think I’m almost at the end of this.  I really hope they keep making games.  The execution is brilliant.

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The State of the Gamer: 5/30/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 5/23/17          The State of the Gamer: 6/6/17–>

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 not going to call it quits on this game, but I have cut back how often I play it.  I was religiously booting it up at least once a day to collect my daily reward and do a few things, but now I’m kind of meh on that.  From what I understand about freemium games, they just keep going until you grow tired of them.  I really like FFBE’s story, but I don’t think there’s ever any conclusion (feel free to set me straight if this is an erroneous observation).  So, I’m not giving up on it, but I’m going to put it on the back burner so that I can concentrate on other games.

Title: The Room Three
Genre: Puzzle, Mystery
Developer: Fireproof Games
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: 2015
Date Purchased: May 28, 2017
Date Started: May 28, 2017

I finished The Room Two in less than a week and immediately downloaded the third installment for $3.99.  This one has even more of a streamlined feel to it with your character going from room to room in addition to have more of a room to look around.  I like when creators improve with each iteration, and I’m more than willing to fork over my money in order to play a stellar puzzle game.  The cut scenes and graphics are also very impressive.

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The State of the Gamer: 5/23/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 5/16/17          The State of the Gamer: 5/30/17–>

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

Am I starting to get bored with this?  Eh, maybe a little.  I still like the story; the dialogue is clever; the music is excellent, but some of the daily stuff is starting to become tiring.  It’s hard to level up because you’re kind of at the whim of whether or not you receive the right materials in order to do it, and of course I could spend lapis and eventually money to grind more for them, which is how they get you.  I’m going to keep going for now, but I may start cutting back on how often I play.  Right now I log in every day in order to collect my daily reward.

Title: The Room Two
Genre: Puzzle, Mystery
Developer: Fireproof Games
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: December 2013 (iOS), February 2014 (Android)
Date Purchased: May 16, 2016
Date Started: May 16, 2016

They hooked me.  The Room was free; The Room Two was $2.99 and irresistible to a puzzle lover such as myself.  It’s a little bit more expansive than The Room, as in you’re not limited to just one spot, but are literally in a room with numerous places to look for clues.  As such, the puzzles are a little more obvious.  Finding a light bulb will probably set off a mental light bulb that it belongs in an empty socket, and finding a scrap of a picture will intuitively need to go onto a torn one.  It’s still challenging, but in a different way.

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The State of the Gamer: 4/11/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 4/4/17          The State of the Gamer: 4/18/17–>

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 didn’t get any time last week to play WOFF, but it’s still on my radar.  To be honest, this is the kind of game that you don’t really have a definitive “finished date.”  You just kind of stop playing once you run out of things to do or don’t feel like doing anymore.  If a month passes without me picking it up, then I’ll remove it from my Currently Playing list (it’s already off of there on Grouvee).

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

So I made the sort of “mistake” of telling one of my old friends I was playing this.  He’s…extroverted and apparently thought I needed lessons on how to play (wtf?).  I’d mentioned I was playing in passing, and he kind of happily freaked out.  Let me just say I’m glad we were separated by text, because TSN does not have the energy to deal with hyperactive extrovert freak outs #nope  He then decided to sporadically text me unsolicited novels on how to play.  Now this is the thing.  If I ask you a specific question or we’re talking about something and exchanging tips/information that’s all cool and fun.  If I wake up to see paragraphs and paragraphs about shit I didn’t ask you about and probably won’t remember, that’s kind of patronizing and annoying (though I know the former wasn’t meant to be).  I had to be kind of mean and ask him to cut it out.  One, I’m more than likely not going to remember any of the stuff he’s telling me; and two, I have the Google, which I’ve been using.  The Brave Exvius Wiki is actually quite comprehensive and informative.  I still felt bad about having to say that though.  I don’t like to shut down exuberance, but it was just really out of left field to have someone text you what they literally call “your next lesson,” when I didn’t ask for it.

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The State of the Gamer: 4/4/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 3/28/17          The State of the Gamer: 4/11/17–>

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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Yeah, I’m still playing this even though I don’t think I logged any game hours this week, or did I?  I can’t remember what I did last Wednesday.  It doesn’t look like I did any of the things I was talking about in the last entry.  Oh!  I remember, I played Wii DDR and attempted to play FFV, which is when I discovered my controller was busted (I’m not throwing Widder on this list, because it’s just going to be me playing sporadically when my knees and lungs tell me I can.  Silly, decrepit body…).

I think I might boot WOFF up tomorrow…or possibly tonight (if I get the time) since my husband went to hang out with our friends at a diner 30 or so minutes away.  I…was supposed to go, too, but I came home and passed out for a few hours.  So tired 😦  I’d sort of made a half-promise I was going to go out, and I’d planned to schedule this very post on Monday, but I had too many things to do yesterday to schedule it, so I’m writing it now.

Anyway, my plan is to possibly play a bit tomorrow and see if I can get the Quacho Queen trophy, the one where Lann has to deal the finishing blow.  I’ll take one or two Magitek Armors with me to see if I can fulfill the “kill many enemies with Magitek Armor” trophy (how vague can you be?), and I believe there are still some murkrifts lurking around.  I’m certain they’re in the dungeons, because I’m pretty sure I scoured the world map with the airship.

Oh, and the review of this is coming along, though this is technically not the post for that; there’s a bit of crossover with SOTW, since I’m writing about gaming, wouldn’t you say?

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 am obsessed with this game now.  Holy lord.  I think I’m starting to get the hang of it, and LightningEllen pointed out that NRG, is “energy.”  How the hell did I miss that lol.  Between this and WOFF, Squeenix is becoming the pun masters (hire me please!  Notice me, senpai!!!  I will write dialogue for the nonexistent, never happening DLC where Sephiroth meets his real mother.  OMG PLEASE!!!) *ahem*

So far I haven’t had much problem playing as much as I want, but I’m only on Level 12 or Rank 12 or something like that.  I’m still in the learning phase.  I had no idea what the Rare Ticket Summons did or how to use them until a few days ago, so I now have 15 characters to toggle through including Cecil and Rydia from FFIV, Kuja from FFIX, and Sazh from FFXIII.  I made some promises that if I happen to pull the legendary Lightning, I’ll be more than happy to trade her for the less than stellar Hope hehe, because I know if Sephiroth is somehow drawn, the same will be done for me.  That would be the perfect trade actually lol.

I spent about 2-3 hours last night equipping everyone and doing a slapdash organization of parties.  You can have five separate ones, which is pretty convenient.  Story wise, I accidentally entered the pier in Lodin and was whisked to the next continent, but thankfully, you can still go back, and I have a bunch of missions to complete: two still from the royal capital, and I just picked up a ton from Lodin.  The two capital ones have to do with defeating five sergeants and three hill gigas’.  I found one sergeant in the Grandshelt Castle Throne Room, but apparently, I can traverse the entire castle and both enemies should be there.  They apparently become less rare further along in the game, so if they’re not forthcoming, I might just move on.  The one good thing about doing the same dungeon over and over again is you can level up your characters.  I’m still not sure who I’m going to keep (since I’m not really sure under what parameters I should use to decide that) so for now I’m going to try to rotate them.  Cecil, Rydia, Kuja, and Sazh are most definitely here to stay since they’re from specific games.

This is my first freemium game, and I absolutely love it.  Not surprise it was a Squeenix JRPG.  If you play or decide to play, my player number is 767,052,992.


Games Currently Watching

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

Hoorah!  I received the email notification that another video is up.  This makes my night.  I can’t wait to see more of the adorable, talking cat.  How could you sell a sentient, talking kitty? D:

In researching this game, it seems that there are other ports for it outside the SMS.  I might check those out, but this doesn’t dissuade me from wanting to try the original.

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 watched two or three videos this week, and the Omega DLC has gotten interesting.  I like the dynamic between Aria and Nyreen, and I really love that since Olizandri is playing a female Shepherd, it’s three women trying to take back what’s theirs (or Aria’s) from a man.  Yassss.

Nyreen is the first female Turian ever seen/introduced, and she kind of has a General Grievous look about her.

Nyreen looks less sinister (though still bad ass), but it was the first thing I thought.  Also, I didn’t think Turians had slit pupils, but if you look, Nyreen definitely does, but Garrus doesn’t (I double checked).  Are slit pupils unique to female Turians?  Is there an evolutionary advantage in that?  Or is it an error on the game designers’ part, which I highly doubt since ME is very well done.  If the females were the main hunters, and they did so at night, then it would make sense that evolution would select for having the genes for slit pupils on the X chromosomes (if Turians have similar genetics to humans in that regard), and it would have to require two X chromosomes (unless there are some male Turians that have slit pupils, too without an additional X chromosome so no XXY).  Why am I thinking about this so hard??  Well considering I did enough research on cat’s eyes to write a dissertation, this is a drop in the bucket :p


Games Added to Playlist: 0

Total Games in Backlog: 97
Change from Last Week: 0


Games Added to Watch List: 0

Total Games on Watch List: 22
Change from Last Week: 0


Miscellaneous

Adventures in console buying (someone “console” me *runs away*).

At the mall last weekend, we found a PS3 at the GameStop; $150 with 500GB.  I had my husband ask about it, because I’m incredibly shy and awkward asking for things in stores.  Okay, I’m not that awkward, but I have to rehearse what I’m going to say before I say it so I don’t sound super awkward, or so I don’t think I sound super awkward.  While hubby was doing that, I took a look at the figurine wall where the Funko Pops hold sway, but amongst them was a non-Funko Pop Spock that was too cute for words.  The company is called Dorbz, which I’m assuming is short for aDorbz, a word I use all the time.

Don’t act like this isn’t the cutest thing ever.

I initially thought it was Captain Picard, because of the round head, but I was not remotely disappointed by Spock.  While I’m more of a TNG girl, I still fell in love in Leonard Nimoy (RIP), especially considering how he stood up for Nichelle Nichols and made sure she was paid fairly for her work.  I also loved him in the newer movies and the older TOS ones, plus I enjoyed his cameos in TNG.  He and Picard have a special bond since they mind melded.

Anyway, I handed Spock to my husband and went off to return some shoes, figuring he’d do the right thing in regards to the PS3.  He did and bought it with a $20/two year warranty.

Yesterday, I came home from work and organized the PS2 and Wii games we have sitting by our bedroom door, since one or both of us keeps knocking it over.  There’s a high bureau with the bedroom TV sitting on it, so I just put the games into one of the drawers.  Brian (my husband, I’m sick of just saying “husband” or “hubby;” he does have a name lol) knocked a hole in the back of the bureau to thread the PS3 cords through.

I unboxed the system and immediately put on my snooty face.  Don’t judge me!  For some reason I thought it was going to be a new PS3, so I was prepared to see a new PS3; don’t ask me why.  I have absolutely no problem when used games or anything like that. I’ve padded my collection with them, and I may very well be receiving a Wii U from a friend soon; the same one who gave me her Game Cube.  It was more that it was unexpected, though I don’t know why I’d think I’d find a new PS3 anywhere.  I think because the one on Amazon looks like it’s new, so I thought the one bought from GameStop would be as well?  Who knows how my mind works.

We plugged everything in, flipped the TV to the right channel, and turned the system on, and this is where my snootiness was vindicated!  The red light came on, showing the system had power, but when we hit the button again for the green light, it stayed on for maybe three seconds before turning off.  We tested this numerous times with a game in and not, but the system just wouldn’t stay on.  The Twitterverse (and I thank you all for that!) suggested that there was something wrong with the OS, which it very well could be.  Either way, we packed everything back up as it was (I was kind of sad to lose the controller that was clearly used for Call of Duty with its camouflage markings), and Brian returned it today with no issue.  He’s going to purchase the Amazon one, which is around $207 right now, but from all appearances it looks new.  I think a warranty would be a good investment with it, too.  I’ll keep you informed about the developments!


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: 3/28/17

<–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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The State of the Gamer: 3/14/17

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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!
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?

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