Weekly Gaming Update #7 – I’m free

Is being free a state of mind, though?  Are we ever truly free?  There’s some pretentious pseudo-philosophy for you this week.

New Games Bought:

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
It was $10 at Gamestop, and I resisted… but then is was $10 at Amazon, so I had to grab it for the PS4.  I was going to just skip it and get Next Order sometime, but the price is in that ‘impulse buy’ range.  I don’t know when I’ll get to it, though.

Games Beaten:

LISA: The Joyful
I got the Lisa epilogue, at least, and the ending were Buddy doesn’t turn into a Joy monster.  I still have so many questions left though… I realize that the series just isn’t supposed to answer all your questions about with pages of exposition and extreme plot twists… and while a lot is just left up to vague theorizing with The Painful, the thing about The Joyful is that it gives you those glimpses into what’s “really” happening, and just a bit about the mad plot that’s happening to this slice of the planet. But it doesn’t go anywhere with it.  It’s a tad frustrating, but that’s just the nature of a cruel world, I guess.  In the end, LISA is a tale of a fucked up family in a fucked up world, and it pulls off the tale wonderfully.

In Progress:

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward
I think I’m making good progress.  I have quite a few booths unlocked, and I’m working on getting tickets sold for the second fashion show.  The game loop is fun, but it can also get pretty tiring (everyone wants a girly outfit, come on game), so I really like playing it in hour bursts.  Also I really don’t like doing makeup… but doing hair is fun!

If My Heart Had Wings
I’ve really warmed up to this one.  The characters are becoming a bit more endearing, particularly Kotori… which is good, because it’s clear the story is as much about her as it will be about the ‘Soaring Club’.  I’ll go for her path first, as least (and not just because I can’t access two other paths without completing hers first…)

Goals For Next Week:

I still want to just start a bunch of games… but I really want to at least get through some of these games I’m in the middle of first.  I think I’ll start Atelier Sophie soon, though, it’s always nice to have a relaxing game to delve into during the week.

That about does it!  Hopefully next week won’t be huge with a ton of games in progress.

Weekly Gaming Update #6 – Did I Do The Right Thing?

Good god Brad, no.  No, you did not.

New Games Bought:

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward
I didn’t technically buy it, as my boyfriend got it for me for Valentine’s Day. But it’s added to the backlog regardless, so it goes in here!  I’ve always wanted to play this game, but couldn’t really justify buying it for myself.

New Games Started:

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward – In Progress
If My Heart Had Wings – In Progress
LISA: The Joyful – In Progress

Games Beaten:

LISA: The Painful
This was a doozy.  All the way back for Extra Life 2015, I played a good chunk of this game for my 24 hour stream.  After that, though, I didn’t touch it again–I remember being rather frustrated with the game, but… considering that I was gaming live for a good 18 hours, the fact that I kept jumping to my death was a rather… trivial complaint when I played again.  So, yesterday I booted it up, and just beat it.  It’s a flawed, but wonderful game–I would have given up had I not looked up a damn map for the place, or caved and used a walkthrough for the last area, but the setting and the dark plot is quite good, even if the game does try to beat the “THIS PLACE SUCKS” hammer over your head a few too many times.

Games Completed:

Pokemon Sun
I beat Pokemon Sun last year, but this week marks a different goal for this game… I’ve completed the Alolan Pokedex!  It only took a grand total of 64 hours too.  My Pokemon from all my older games helped with this goal A LOT… although I still had to evolve a Garchomp (seriously, where did my first one go?).  Not only that, but I made a Living Alolan Dex (one of each Pokemon in the box), so filling out that Pokedex in the future will be way easier.  There is no National Dex in Sun and Moon, so thankfully I didn’t have to get all 800+ Pokemon, although I do have a large amount of them… I may work on a Living National Dex in the future, but for now I’m setting this aside to work on my backlog more.

In Progress:

LISA: The Joyful
I’m only a short way into this, but I’m pretty excited to see where this ends.  It’s cool to be able to play as Buddy, and see… well, the continuation of what the cycle of all the shitty stuff that happens has shaped her psyche.  Spoilers, it’s not in a good way.

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward
A couple hours into this, and having a blast making new outfits and stuff.  I’m still not done with the tutorial stuff, I think.

If My Heart Had Wings
Played for about an hour one night this week, as I used the Backloggery’s Fortune Cookie to choose something for me.  This VN has quite a few good reviews, but the game also released before the visual novel popularity exploded in the West over the last year or two, so I’m wondering if the game stacks up to the far larger selection of today.  I’m not impressed so far, but I’ll give it another hour or two before passing judgement.

Shining Force II
I was playing this for my Summer Gaming Challenge last year, but I stopped about halfway through, mostly out of boredom to be honest.  I’ve picked it back up, gotten through a few more battles, and now I’m about to heal a sick dwarf or something.  Steam’s Sega Classics emulator make my computer crazy hot for some reason, and if I plug my laptop into my TV the audio gets majorly messed up (doesn’t happen with my other games), so it’s kind of annoying me.  I might download a different emulator and ROM and continue on that, if I can pull the save data file out and it’s compatible.  A Genesis game should not be causing my computer to overheat when the likes of Life Is Strange was fine.

Goals for Next Week:

Well, my attention is a little divided, I’m in a bit of a slump and I don’t really know what I want to play.  Hopefully over the course of the week I can decide what to do next.

That about does it!  Hopefully I’ll knock out a lot of these in progress games next week, whether they are beats or I just remove them from my backlog entirely.  See you next time!

Weekly Gaming Challenge #5 – I Have Nothing Witty

It’s a rather slow week.

Games Beaten:

2064: Read Only Memories – What a fantastic, wonderfully written, vibrant game.  It is well worth everyone and anyone should at least give it a try.  It’s a great adventure game, and the puzzles are not stupid obtuse or anything like the older games.  I really just want to keep gushing about this game, but I don’t even want to spoil it.

In Progress:

Pokemon Sun – I’ve technically beaten this game, but now I’m just working on completing my Pokedex, and then my living Sun Pokedex as extension of that.  I’m doing really well thus far–My living Dex is around 82%, and I’ve yet to go off and catch the Ultra Beasts or Totem Pokemon.  I am a little upset I don’t seem to have a Garchomp, though… But otherwise, it’s pretty smooth sailing.

Goals for New Week:

  • Probably try to play something.  Maybe the other two Steam games I want to play?

That about does it!  We’ll see how I do next week.

 

Weekly Gaming Update #4 – Thinking About Burpees

Who the hell called them burpees, anyway?  Such an unattractive name.  And how does a random fantasy knight know what burpees are?  Life is full of mysteries.

New Games Started:

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare – In Progress

Games Beaten:

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest
This one…. I’ve ended up with mixed feelings of.  The majority of the game was pretty nice… as I got to the later chapters, I was thankful for maps that I had to us actual strategy for, unlike Birthright and its “take these three characters and wipe out the whole map” level of difficulty.  My party was also sort of weird–I had a few really good units, but only one could really take more than two hits by the Endgame, so I wasn’t even able to split up my party on some chapters.  But, the Endgame chapter introduced this new mechanic, and it was downright brutal… and combined with the face that I couldn’t save before the chapter made it so I lost four units along the way.  It really annoyed me.  I mean, I expected the final chapters to be really hard, but to not be able to save?  That sucks.  I might play Revelations in the future, but for now I’m good on Fire Emblem until Echoes comes out.

Crypt of the Necrodancer
This roguelike has a unique mechanic in that you’re supposed to play and attack to the beat.  It’s a neat mechanic.  After a short amount of time, I dropped that and decided to go with the Bard, who essentially makes the game into a regular rougelike.  That’s the only way I would have been able to beat it, since I’m pretty bad at rougelikes in the first place.  It’s not nearly as interesting as a regular rougelike, but it’s still not a bad game.

In Progress:

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
I got through about half the game in two hours.  It’s an… interesting game, with some really out there storytelling.  I do wish it wouldn’t repeat itself, though.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
I’m about 30 hours in and still in the first big area.  So many sidequests.  The thing is, a lot of them are really interesting!  I’ve done a mix of sidequests and the main quests thus far, and boned Triss’s sweet sweet bum.  That’s what I’m supposed to do, right?

Goals for Next Week:

  • Start working on the games I want to beat in February (Shining Force II, LISA, and Read Only Memories)
  • Work on my Pokemon Sun Living Dex some more

Progress for the Year

4 New Games | 5 Beat Games | 0 Completed Games | 0 Master Runs | 0 Replays

That about does it!

Weekly Gaming Update #3 – Porcupines Stick Each Other When They Get Too Close

This week wasn’t the most productive in terms of gaming.  Work has been stressful and as a result I really didn’t want to do much else when I got home.  I didn’t even do much freelance stuff, either.  But, that’s okay… the rest of the month is significantly better for my media consumption.  I did play a lot of Fates, though!

New Games Bought:

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)
Since I don’t own a PS2 anymore, I really wanted to get this version of one of the best Dragon Quest titles.  That said, I have already sunk over 100 hours into the PS2 version and completed it, and a throwaway extra ending is not going to get me to play it anytime soon at all, so this was a buy just for the collection, and won’t affect my backlog.

Games Beaten:

Life is Strange Episode 5: Polarized
Wow, what an ending.  I was so emotional in the end, especially because I sacrificed Chloe for the sake of the town.  The whole “is the life of one worth the life of many” trope is not exactly the most original thing or moral decision in media, but Life is Strange taking the previous four episodes and really building up the relationship between Max and Chloe, as well as the severity of your actions and the effect on the world around you.  It’s really all well done.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
You know, I had a lot of fun with this Zelda game!  I know it gets kind of a bad rap for various reasons (some of which are definitely founded, I did not like playing as Wolf Link), but I really did enjoy the majority of my time with the game.  The story was interesting enough not to just be a throwaway thing, and the dungeon designs were pretty cool, even if overall they are a bit straightforward.  Honestly I kind of want to play another Zelda game again right away, which is a bit rare for me but a good sign because I do want to catch up on the series this year as a goal (or at least the ones I own)… I still have Minish Cap, Majora’s Mask, and Skyward Sword to go!  Maybe I’ll tackle Minish Cap next…

In Progress:

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest
Up to Chapter 18 now and its damn ninjas.  I took a bit of a break from the main story to do the little bit of grinding I could with paralogues to promote the characters I had really close to 20, and I’ll probably use the Amiibos battles and that random free Awakening DLC to grind out a little more support stuff for a few of my units.  I mean, I can’t flat out grind like I can in Birthright, but I’m not completely stuck in terms of gaining experience!  Right now my party’s kinda… eh… Effie and Silas are great (though I constantly get Silas killed), and Niles is a killing machine with this Killer Bow I yanked from Shura.  Camilla is of course also great, but she came promoted so that was no surprise.  The rest of my team is… sort of struggling.  I really want Laslow to be good, but he’s getting bad level ups, and the same with Nyx.  I finally got Mozu into a decent enough set up as an archer to finally start getting some good experience, too.  Now just to unlock more paralogues, darnit…

2064: Read Only Memories
I hadn’t actually played much of this during the week, and that was actually a really, really good thing.  A day or two ago a huge update for the game was pushed through for Steam, and an unfortunate side effect of that is that all the old save files got nuked, so I lost my progress.  However, I was only at the beginning of Chapter 2, so I only lost an hour of progress, really.  I do really like the update, though, with its voice acting and tweaked script.  Tomcat doesn’t have such a dumb reason for having an accent now, for example.  I don’t know how much was changed, but it’s been a really nice update thus far!

Goals for Next Week:

  • Maybe actually play American Nightmare.  It just fell by the wayside as my 3DS was the easiest thing to pick up this week.
  • Keep making progress through Conquest.  I’d love to beat it this week, but that’s not something I can guarantee with the difficulty ramping up.
  • Decide what RPG I want to tackle next.  So many unfinished titles to choose from!

Progress for the Year:

4 New Games | 7 Beat Games | 0 Completed Games | 0 Master Runs | 0 Replays

Next week should be a bit more interesting!

Weekly Gaming Update #2 – Bugs and Poes and Crazy Time Shenanigans

Hey, I have tomorrow off of work!  Great, more time to laze around the house and play more games.  Or maybe not, I’ve been kinda meh on the game front this week.

New Games Bought:

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (both 1 and 2)
I was originally going to wait until I beat Trails in the Sky to get these, but then I sold my Vita and realized that the first one is already kinda getting hard to find on PS3, so I bit the bullet and bought them.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Had a MyNintendo deal for the digital version, and I might as well give this title a fair shake.  Haha get it

Xenoblade Chronicles
Had a MyNintendo deal for the digital Wii version, and would much rather play it on console than handheld.  I probably won’t get to this one for a while, got a bunch of RPGs I’m still in the middle of and this one’s a biggie.

New Games Started:

Read Only Memories – In Progress

Games Beaten:

Life is Strange Episode 4: Dark Room
Oh man, did things get intense.  I cannot wait to get to the final episode and see how it ends up.  Maybe I’ll play Episode 5 when I’m done with this post!

Always Sometimes Monsters
I am still unimpressed with this title, for so many reasons.  I almost want to write a longer form blog on how the game disappointed me… we’ll see.  But, it basically took a premise that I thought was stupid and forced me to go through with it, and then tried to act all high and mighty on the few amoral decisions I made.  Look, game, you cannot make me feel bad about a decision after the fact, it happened.  Also, the writing was really subpar and is really what could have elevated this game–after all, in a game about sketchy morality and dealing with the decisions you made, good writing has to properly convey this or I’ll just be left rolling my eyes with how blunt everything is… and this game left my eyes rolling in non-stop circles.  It’s a shame, but I’m glad some people liked it, at least.  I did not.

In Progress:

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
So close… I just made it to the City in the Sky, after all that running around the game forced me to do.  I haven’t gone out of my way to do too much extra stuff, so I don’t have many extra heart containers, but I have like 35 poes and over half the bugs, as well as a smattering of stamps, so that’s neat.  I highly doubt I’ll complete this Zelda… I never have completed any of them due to the sheer tedium, but I do like that Twilight Princess isn’t at least like Wind Waker where I can only take three (or six, I can’t remember) pictures at a time, or Ocarina of Time where I have to put everything in bottles.

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest
I’m up to Chapter 11.  I got to Chapter 8 or so last year but stopped, since I was burned out on Birthright, but… I really do want to at least get through this one, as for whatever reason I have a large backlog of SRPGs that I’ve started but haven’t bothered to finish.  I’m trying to level Moku up so she can be awesome, but man with limited experience in this one it’s hard to feed her kills.  Arthur sucked so I kicked him out of the party ASAP.  Odin’s probably getting the boot next, and getting replaced with Nyx.  Silas and Effie are doing fantastic, and I planned on marrying Silas to the MC (I got him to A rank and felt really bad because I already S ranked Kaze), so those kids might be cool.  Thus far, nothing too bad on the difficulty front, but I know it’ll get much, much harder.

Read Only Memories
I love how pretty this game is!  It’s so smooth, and the animations and pixels are just so good.  It gives me serious Phantasy Star vibes, too.  Of course, the story is pretty intriguing too, and I really like the setting and want to learn more.  I pissed off Jess, but meh, what are you going to do?

Goals for Next Week:

  • Finish Twilight Princess, for real.
  • Maybe play and beat Alan Wake’s America Nightmare after Twilight Princess.
  • Get farther in Conquest, I’d really like to beat it this month, if possible.
  • Finish up Life is Strange, I want to see the ending!
  • Keep playing Read Only Memories
  • Look at these Steam games some more.  Maybe try a few that I’m not sure if I’ll like, to see if I want to purge them from the backlog or not.

Progress for the Year:

4 New Games | 5 Beat Games | 0 Completed Games | 0 Master Runs | 0 Replays

We’ll see how productive I am next week!