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?

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

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