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 #16 – Hey, wait a second…

What happened to #15? I was pretty sick last week, so I didn’t want to write anything.  So this will just have two weeks worth of updates instead!

Of course, this is a day late itself…

New Games Bought

Super Mario Run
I played the demo, it was fun enough, so I bought it.

Backstage Pass
I bought an indie VN bundle from Indiegala, but this is the only game I decided to actually keep from it.  Seeing as it retailed at $30 and the bundle was $4.49, so it was a decent deal regardless.  Hopefully the game is good!

Burly Men At Sea, Kathy Rain, Machinarium
These are the games I decided to keep from the Humble Mobile Great Adventures Bundle.  Yay more mobile games!

Shovel Knight: Specter of Darkness
I didn’t technically buy this, but the update finally came through on Wii U!  I only love more Shovel Knight.

New Games Started

Kirby: Planet Robobot – In Progress
Super Mario Run – Beaten
Burly Men at Sea – Beaten
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment – In Progress

Games Beaten

Burly Men At Sea
It’s a very short, but pretty and neat adventure game.  There’s really nothing more to say about it, though.

Super Mario Run
I found Super Mario Run to be… weird.  I like it, but at the same time, I don’t.  The Tour mode is extremely short, so the bulk of game time goes to Toad Rally.  Toad Rally is interesting in theory… race against other people and go for the best score.  But, with different colored Toads to collect, kind of ridiculous requirements to unlock things, and losing Toads if you happen to lose, it’s more of a grind than any premium game has any right to be.  But, it’s still fun.  I got particularly good at the sky Toad Rally stages, so I was able to eventually accumulate Toads, but it can really be a pain losing by a couple points and losing 20 or 30 Toads.

In Progress

Persona 5
I’ve been making progress, but with such a long game, it’ll take a while to get through.  I’ve made it to the fifth Palace, and I’m still loving the game.  It’s the mix between Persona 3 and 4 that I always wanted.  I wish it didn’t take so long to really level up social skills, though… I want to level up Confidants, darn it!

Kirby: Planet Robobot
I’ve gotten through the first three areas.  This is probably the best Kirby game I’ve played–the ways that they mixed up the ‘same old’ formula is amazing, and it’s done without having to change the core of the game like Mass Attack or Rainbow Curse do.  It’s really worth picking up and playing.  Additionally, the Code Cubes (read: Progress MacGuffins) are pretty easy to pick up if you’re observant, so I don’t feel like I’m being gated because I have the wrong power at the wrong time or something.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
I’ve been waiting for this!  Specter Knight plays really differently from Shovel Knight and Plague Knight, but it’s so much fun using the auto lock on and dashing around maps.  Of course, I’m kind of bad at it, so I have to have the clock that prevents auto-death from pitfalls and spikes at all times, but it’s worth it.  I’m working through the final stages now, and it really requires some precision platforming.  It’s a blast!

Goals for Next Week:

I need to beat some shorter games… My spending has caused a bit of a problem with my backlog this month!  So, I want to at least try and even it all out, or at least not have the numbers looking as bad as they are now.  I have several shorter games to work through, so it’s time to take a break from Persona 5 and bunker down on them!

Well, we’ll see how I do next week.

Weekly Gaming Update #14 – Never See You Coming

Damn battle theme is on repeat in my head.  At least it’s a good one!

New Games Bought:

Persona 5
It’s finally here!

New Games Started:

Persona 5 – In Progress

In Progress:

Persona 5
Well, I actually took a vacation to play this, so it’s little wonder that this is all I played this week.  I’ve gotten about 30 hours in, and I’ve gotten through the third Palace.  Other than feeling like the game is really restricting my time during certain periods, the game is pretty much exactly what I wanted from it.  Damn these unlucky deaths, though…

Goals for Next Week:

Maybe try to beat Monkey Island?  I’m mainly going to play Persona 5, I’m not going to lie.

See you next week!