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!

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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!

Weekly Gaming Update #1 – Slow, but Steady

It’s Sunday, so it’s time for my first gaming update of 2017!  It’s been kind of a slow week for gaming for me… I’ve beaten a few short games, I’ve made progress in longer ones, and started one or two games.  I’m still working on what formats will work for me… so let’s just get to it.

New Games Started:

One Way Heroics – Beaten
Always Sometimes Monsters – In Progress

Games Beaten:

Life is Strange Episode 2: Out of Time
I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to get to this second episode after the first one.  I feel it starts off pretty slow in this episode but it picks up nicely.  I’m really mad I failed to save Kate, because it seemed like I was doing so well, then I got stuck with a decision that I had no way of really knowing the answer (or maybe I would have, should I had talked to her more?).  Still, in my experience, most episode 2’s of these types of games tend to be a bit slower than the rest of the series, so it’s not all bad.

Life is Strange Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Now it’s getting good.  I’m learning stuff, tension is running high, and it all felt pretty compact enough to not feel like it was dragging (unlike Episode 2 and its stupid bottle hunt).  I gotta admit though, Chloe is kind of a selfish person, like Christ.  Not that Max is a saint, she’s got her problems too, but Chloe is just way too much with the angst and the moodiness and being clingy… It’s only somewhat understandable.  That ending was a fantastic hook for the next episode, though.

One Way Heroics
I didn’t expect to beat this one so quickly.  I’m not terribly good at rougelikes, but then again it seems beating the Demon Lord on ‘Walk in the Park’ mode is… a walk in the park, if you have any sort of items whatsoever.  It’s an interesting premise, a rougelike with a huge world ending wall of death chasing you, but overall the gameplay is pretty damn basic and I feel a little too much relies on luck.  I was able to finish the game very easily as the Knight, whose shield absorbed a ton of damage, but as the Swordmaster I’ve been randomly oneshotted by enemies as I would try to explore the world, which is a bit frustrating.  Also, I’m not quite sure how to unlock other characters that aren’t the Archer… do I have to complete the challenge and then win, or can I die?  Oh well, it’s no matter.  I may come back to the game in the future, but for now, I’m done.

In Progress

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Just made it to the desert dungeon, so the fourth one?  I have a like-hate relationship with this Zelda game.  I have a lot of fun, but other times, like getting the Master Sword bit, frustrate me to no end.  At least now I have the ability to teleport wherever I need to go, and I used that to get all the bomb bags and get one upgrade to my wallet.  I’ve yet to even attempt collecting heart pieces, but to be honest I don’t feel much compulsion to complete this one in the first place.  I just needed to be able to hold more rupees and bombs.

Always Sometimes Monsters
I started this one on a whim, since it was already installed and I heard so many good things about it.  I’ve gotten to the second town and all I can really say about the game is… meh.  It’s not really what I expected it would be.  I thought I would have to make morally bankrupt decisions between a rock and hard place, but it really just doesn’t seem that way.  Thus far I’ve played my character somewhat straight, helping people when I can (and sometimes taking money when I shouldn’t–but I’m fricking homeless, I gotta care about myself at times), and so far it’s paid off.  I’m glad I helped the junkies and tried to make friends with my friend’s wife, and worked hard enough to have a stash of cash that I haven’t had to spend yet (I got a free ride to the second town, and supposedly also one from the third town to the last one).  I really don’t feel like much of a monster, or amoral or anything.  Just trying to get by so I can go to some dude’s wedding that I frankly don’t give two shits about.

Goals for Next Week

  • Get farther in Twilight Princess.  Maybe even get close to beating it!
  • Keep sifting through all these Steam games I have.  My Steam backlog is the biggest of them all, sitting at 26 games currently, and a fair amount of them are shorter than a lot of my console games.
  • Download Alan Wake’s American Nightmare on my boyfriend’s PC so I can play it.  It would work on my laptop that has… well, no dedicated graphics card.

Progress for the Year

0 New Games | 3 Beat Games | 0 Completed Games | 0 Master Runs | 0 Replays

That about does it!  See you next week!