Weekly Gaming Update #19 – Let’s Not Do That Today

Look Morgana, yes I went to go see a movie yesterday… no, I waited until the afternoon, but I have plenty of time before bed to write this blog post!  Dude, a two hour movie isn’t THAT tiring.  I can stay up past 7PM, I promise I won’t throw a tantrum when I have to get up early the next day.

Annoying cat.

New Games Started

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga – In Progress

Games Beaten

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
It’s short.  It’s okay.  I’m glad it finishes up the storyline from the first game at least.  It’s so short that I can’t really recommend against playing it, but I wouldn’t say it really wowed me or anything either.  It’s just kind of there.

In Progress

Persona 5
I’m back to this again.  Was I back to this last week?  I can’t really remember.  Oh well.  I’m really determined to beat this before I start the Summer Gaming Challenge (more on that in a bit), so I’m focusing mainly on this for the rest of the month.  I’m 60 hours in, on the sixth Palace, and I see that I’m ramping towards the conclusion.  I’ve been working on some random achievements and social stat building instead of Confidants so that the second playthrough I can max out all the Confidants instead of having to do tedious book reading or take baths or whatever.  I wish I could freaking find Mishima though and FINALLY finish that off, he’s been at Rank 9 for ages.

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga
I have limited access to my PS3 since it’s downstairs at the moment, but I had some time on Sunday to play it and so I started this.  I’m only a couple hours in, and I’m really liking this… The Mantra setups (I think they’re called) are fun to mess with, and thank goodness the battle continues if the main character is down.  Excited to play more of this one when I can!

Goals for Next Week

Alright, so, as yearly tradition I’m participating in the Summer Gaming Challenge, in which I play 10 games considered ‘classics’ and such.  I’ll go more into detail when I make the blog post itself.  I had planned on starting on May 14th, but on second thought I decided it would be better to get the time sucking behemoth that is Persona 5 out of the way first, as it’ll definitely cut into my Summer Gaming time otherwise.  So, I’m starting around June 1st this year.  Of course, I want to get Persona 5 out of the way (if I concentrate on it, I *might* be able to beat it this week), but also hopefully Tomb Raider and any other recent backlog stragglers standing in my way.  So that’s my game plan for the rest of the month!

See you next week!

Weekly Gaming Update #18 – *slightly louder than average scream*

*speechless, continued*

New Games Bought

Yoshi’s Wooly World
It’s the final Wii U game that I wanted, and I turned in some other games for Amazon credit… and I decided to get it!

Catherine
The PSN Golden Week sale had a lot of great things to get, but I mainly rebought stuff.  Catherine, however, is a new grab.  I was always wary of picking it up because of the difficulty, but a friend told me about Easy Mode and how cool the plot is so I decided to grab it on the cheap.

New Games Started

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – In Progress

Games Beaten

Puyo Puyo Tetris
I had a ton of fun with this, more than I thought I would.  I had a few trouble points (I needed my boyfriend to beat a few of the harder Tetris stages), but it’s all great fun, with a lot more single player content than I ever expected.  I’m still working through the post game content… it would be cool if I could platinum this game, but given that there’s a few online trophies, I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to (either because I’m not good enough, or the servers will die).  We’ll see!

In Progress

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Honestly, this has kind of bored me so far.  I’m not too interested in the plot… the characters aren’t really that interesting, and how is it that everyone but Lara is susceptible to the injuries they get in cutscenes?  I think I’m a little under halfway through, so I’ll probably just finish it off and sell it.  It’s not bad, just… so by the numbers that it’s not interesting to play at all.

Goals for Next Week

I spent most of my week play Puyo Puyo Tetris and not actually playing many games.  I hope to play a few more games… probably not Tomb Raider, as my cat chewed through my headset and I was streaming that for the hell of it.  I’d like the whole playthrough on Twitch if possible!  Maybe I’ll try to get farther in Pikmin 3… I have to keep restarting days so progress is a little slow.

See you next week!

Weekly Gaming Update #17 – A Day Late, A Dollar Short

Whoops, a little late on this again.  April was such a bleh month for me for whatever reason–I had trouble doing much of anything productive, let alone make these posts.  I’m sure May will be better.

Games Started

Pikmin 3 – In Progress
Puyo Puyo Tetris – In Progress

Games Beaten

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
Probably my favorite of the three Shovel Knight campaigns.  Specter Knight is a little hard to control at first, but once you get the hang of midair slashes and the like it’s really fun to play.  I’m really thankful for the cloak that has you not auto-die if you hit spikes or fall in a bottomless pit though… sometimes landing those jumps are incredibly difficult.

Backstage Pass
I wanted to like this, but my god is it so simultaneously dull and infuriating.  Like I was trying to work towards a specific character’s romance ending, but suddenly the hearts just stopped… filling up, which is the indication for the romance ending.  I dunno why.  And two other characters’ (who I only talked to from time to time) stars started filling up (friendship endings), despite me not talking to them.  Then the ending I actually saw was the fourth of these characters, who I almost never talked to, and of course that path ended terribly because I never talked to him!  And I have no clue how any of this happened.  Any of it.  And, there was a bunch of stat raising and I don’t really know the point of it other than me having to click more and sometimes get a random conversation and how am I talking to John again my god I don’t remember wanting to talk to you ever how did I get this ending!  Despite all this I really want to play through again just to get a semi-satisfying ending (with a guide, of course) and since the damn game likes John so much I guess I’ll just do his path because why would I want to date Adam, fine game you win

Kirby Planet Robobot
Definitely my favorite Kirby game.  I really like the robot and how the powers work with it, and I enjoyed the new powers too (at least new for me, it’s been a bit since I played a modern Kirby game).  It’s not too long, and doesn’t really force any stringent requirements on the play to beat (I’m looking at you and those Rainbow Coins, Mass Attack).  If you’re playing the levels even somewhat like you should and being a little observant, you can easily get the number of Code Cubes you need to reach the bosses.  I really like how they balanced it!

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
I guess I could some this up in a word, that word being ‘meh’, but I’ll say more.  I sort of wish that the Special Edition gave the game more than a facelift… maybe including a hint system for what to do next if you get stuck would be nice.  Monkey Island is a pretty old game, so I can’t fault it too much for its archaic and obtuse nature, but they could have tried to modernize it at least a little.  Also, in my opinion, trying to play the thing with a keyboard and mouse was really more difficult than it should have been… it’s a point and click adventure game!  I eventually switched to a 360 controller.  and why doesn’t the Steam version have the 360 achievements on it?  Oh, and the art style was kinda… meh.  Honestly I probably should have just played the original version…

In Progress

Puyo Puyo Tetris
Adventure Mode is hard, I suck at Tetris, and am only passable at Puyo Puyo.  That about sums it up.

Pikmin 3
Gotten through a few days, this is a lot of fun!  The time limit stresses me out a tiny bit, but it seems less overbearing than the first game’s limit, at least.  Still only have Red and Rock Pikmin at the moment, but I assume I’ll get more types soon, as I’m still unlocking new areas.

Goals for Next Week

I’d like to start working on my Steam games.  It’s my highest collection of unbeaten games, and I’d like to get it below 10 unbeaten ones before the Summer Sale comes along to ruin any progress.  Also I’m trying to get through a few more games (Pikmin 3 being one of them), so maybe work on them, too.  I’m taking a little break from Persona 5, as great as it is I’m a little burned out by so much playtime in such a short period…

See you next week!