Weekly Gaming Update #8 – My DS Collection is Complete!

This has nothing to do with my backlog, but I got the final DS game that I wanted in the mail today.  With Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow adorning my DS shelves, my collection is officially complete!  On top of that, I’ve already beaten Dawn of Sorrow in the past, so it doesn’t count towards anything in my backlog (and I won’t count it as a new game here, either).

Alright, let’s get to it.

New Games Started:

Atelier Sophie: Alchemist of the Mysterious Book – In Progress
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – In Progress

Games Beaten:

If My Heart Had Wings
Overall, I’m a bit mixed on this one.  I thought the overall story was good, and the length decent (though maybe it dragged just a little bit at times)… but it’s clear that the plot revolves around the main heroine, and as a result, I’m not sure why the other character paths are even there.   I can’t imagine the story being compelling at all if it was about any of the other four girls I could date, and the story seems to agree as three out of the other four are locked until you complete Kotori’s path.  Maybe I’ll go back and see, I’m always a sucker for trying to complete VNs… it’s just so easy to!  I was the translation didn’t drop off at the end, though…

In Progress:

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward
Still dressing people up, selling tickets, and so on.  Trying to find colors, too, but I keep forgetting to boot it up at night and visit places.

Atelier Sophie: Alchemist of the Mysterious Book
I’ve only played about an hour.  I know GUST aren’t exactly graphical masters, but man, this game could easily run on a PS3.  Also my friends are telling me that this entry may not be all that great… we’ll see, I guess, but I’m not too pumped.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
My boyfriend and I are co-oping this together.  It’s a challenging game and we both suck at it.  We’re in the second world and already got three game overs!  It’s going to be a long trek…

Goals for Next Week:

  • Focus on Style Savvy a little more.  Maybe even beat it!
  • Maybe figure out what, if anything, I still need to buy to complete my PS3, 3DS, and Wii collections.

That about does it this week!

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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.