The State of the Gamer: 11/29/16

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A weekly post updated every Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have quite a backlog of games to either play or watch, and I’m hoping a weekly article will assist with my progress as my other accountable posts have done with reading and writing.
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Title: Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square/Tose (GBA)
Original Platform: NES
Original Release Date: December 18, 1987
Current Platform: Gameboy Advance
Current Platform Release Date: July 29, 2004
Date Started: November 20, 2016

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The prologue has been finished up, and I’ve crossed the bridge to the game proper.  Right before I reached Matoya’s cave, my thief character was poisoned, and in this game, those status effects stick.  Luckily, there’s an antidote in the seer’s cavern but I really should go back to Cornelia and pick up a supply.  I have the well rounded line up of Fighter, Thief, Black Mage, and White Mage (sorry Red Mage, though I kind of wonder if I should’ve chosen you instead of the Black Mage), since I went by a guide’s recommendation.

One major difference between this version and the original is there are no spell charges.  You buy a spell, and you can use it as much as want so long as you have the MP to cast.  In the original game, there was no MP; you had a limited number of charges to use per level, and once those were done, you have to either use a tent/cottage or visit an inn.

I’ll probably reach Pravoka tonight, but I don’t know if I’ll take on the pirates.  I seem to have fallen into a pattern where I play a little bit right before bed.

Title: Final Fantasy IV
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Original Platform: SNES
Original Release Date: July 19, 1991
Current Platform: Game Boy Advance
Current Platform Release Date: December 12, 2005
Date Started: October 24. 2016

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Cecil has achieved the status of paladin (again), and omg is his profile on the menu screen super pretty ♥♥♥

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Oh good lord…I’m actually getting an idea to do a “Who’s the prettiest?” ranking once I finish up my play/replay project.  Cecil is probably number 2.  Three guess who number 1 is, and the first two don’t count.  Hint: I mention them in this post.

In game I’m about to use the Devil Road to go back to Baron.  I’ve been playing more of IV than DoS so I wanted to give the latter some time.

Title: New Super Mario Bros.
Series: Super Mario
Genre: Platformer – Adventure
Developer: Nintendo
Original Platform: Nintendo DS
Original Release Date: May 15, 2006
Date Started: October 24, 2016

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I’m going to put this game on the sidelines for a little while.  It’ll stay in my DS, but since it’s been almost three weeks since I’ve turned it off, I think it’s cheating to say I’m still playing it.  I’m not giving up on it just yet, and even if I don’t play it myself, I’ll search out a LP to view, because I love watching better platformers than me.

Title: World of Final Fantasy
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Date Bought: October 21, 2016
Date Started: November 5, 2016

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I’m so hooked on this game.  I wish I could play it more often than weekends and Wednesday, but tomorrow is Wednesday, isn’t it?  I figured out that you don’t have to have space in your Mirage inventory in order to catch one.  You’ll just be given the option of leaving with Seraphie (aka in your Prism Case) or taking it with you (and I assume you’d then have to put another Mirage in the Case).  I also didn’t realize that you don’t have to defeat a new Mirage before you obtain its Prism, so I’ve been catching them like whoa.

I also unlocked the Champions so I finally got to use Sephiroth in battle along with the Warrior of Light.  Seph casts Supernova, which is essentially Meteor, and the WoL does a move called Soul Blazer, which kind of looks like Omnislash.  Hilarious.

Shut up. You KNOW he's adorbz.
Shut up. You KNOW he’s adorbz.

I can also get Refia once I return to the Girl Who Forgot Her Name’s Tearoom.  Refia is pretty awesome.  When she was tagging along to Sherlotta’s inn, she’d heal your party if anyone was in the yellow.

I’m currently saved right before the pirate ship, which is hilarious since that’s where I’m heading soon in Dawn of Souls.  Everything is cyclical, isn’t it?  I need to figure out if I’m going to switch up the Mirages I’m carrying since I’d like all of them to get some leveling in.  I’m wondering if there will be a way to carry more Mirages with you at some point in the game, a sort of Zelda bomb bag like upgrade if you will.


Games Currently Watching

Title: Mass Effect II
Series: Mass Effect
Genre: Action RPG – Sci-Fi
Developer: BioWare
Original Platform(s): Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: January 26, 2010
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: November 19, 2016

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I was totally wrong about who the krogan warlord was, but I am really amused about the name Jedore, which sounds a lot like the French “J’adore,” meaning “I love” or “I adore.”  It would be utterly counter to that individual.  I just finished watching that part and the LPer choose to let Grunt out.  Ah, attempting to make the perfect soldier.  It never works out the way you expect, and there’s always way more collateral damage.


Games Added to Playlist: 3

  1. Bound – I’m shocked I didn’t have this in my backlog before, but it’s been remedied as it’s there now.
  2. Mother 3 – I’ve watched a Let’s Play of it, and if I’m not mistaken, I have an emulated copy of it on my husband’s computer.
  3. Broken Age – I have to thank the Well-Red Mage for reviewing this.  I love stories that span multiple worlds, and this game has a sci-fi and fantasy one, which form an eventual fusion.  While the warnings state I’m in for a challenge, internet guides make these things far easier to bear.

Games Bought This Week: 1

  1. I Am Setsuna – Thanks (again) to the Well-Red Mage, I got an additional 10% off on an already reduced game price so I bought it for a little over $20, which is nothing to scorn.  The trailer gives me chills, and the battle engine looks identical to Chrono Trigger.  I’m not sure where in the line this game is going to be, but it’ll have to be after FFXIII.  I have some promises to keep.

What are you currently playing and/or watching? Is it something new or old?  Is it a first time run or a replay?  What’s the genre?  Would you recommend it?  What’s on your radar to play next?

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30 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 11/29/16

  1. OMG! Sephiroth is so adorable in WOFF *resists urge to squeal*

    That’s right, it better be after FFXIII! 🙂 Seriously though, play whatever title your gamer heart wants. FFXIII isn’t going anywhere, lol

    I put a nice dent in Fallout 4 this weekend. I love the post-apocalyptic theme in games, and I can’t believe it took me over a year to finally move past the initial quests. I’m going to focus on this until my copy of FFIV arrives. Then that will take priority. There’s an epic review that I want to read ASAP.

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    1. They all look like that! You can switch the main characters between that chibi look and more anime-esque, though chibis are totally anime lol. I have a Sephiroth figuring that looks like that! He’s sitting amongst a bunch of pop vinyl figures I’ve collected since their style is very similar.

      I’ve heard good things about the Fallout series. That’ll have to be another one I’ll check out. It’s not FPS, is it?

      I hope FFIV gets to you soon! I want you to play it more than I want you to read my long-winded review :p

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      1. Cute! There’s a new POP line for Resident Evil coming. Those creepy monsters from the game look so adorable in that form.

        I love Fallout! I got the platinum trophy in Fallout 3, and trust me, that took a long time. Its not a FPS per se. In Fallout 4, you can switch between first person and third person at the tap of a button. Yes you can shoot stuff, but there’s a targeting system called V.A.T.S. that let’s you slow time way down and select what to shoot. There are a lot of RPG elements too. Fallout is like the Elder Scrolls games with guns, and in a nuked world with loads of dark humor. There is also a “sarcastic” response option. I’ve enjoyed selecting it, but my poor character usually gets into a lot of trouble, lol

        I can’t wait to get it. “Long-winded”? I think you misspelled “legendary”. That’s a silly mistake for such a talented writer to make. 🙂

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      2. Hm, I might have to reconsider the Fallout series. Or at least watch a LP of it. I love sarcasm and dark/dry humor. That’s actually my favorite brand. And absurdity. Combining these is just comedy gold.

        Aw hehe, I figure I should warn people just in case :p

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  2. Aw yeh! Three recommendations in one month? That’s some kinda record or something! Let me just notch my belt… and I missed and now I have a bleeding gash. Before I pass out let me say… NO RED MAGE IN FF1???? I’ll remember that… 😉

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  3. I think it’s of no surprise that I am replaying Skyrim on my Xbox One. This time I’m going as an Argonian, which are the race of lizard people. They can breath under water which comes in handy quite often. My character can also breathe fire so he’s like a freaking armor wearing dragon lol.

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      1. In the game you collect these “words of power” to formulate shouts aka the language of dragons (since your character is the Dragonborn he/she has the ability to speak in their tongue). Shouts can do anything from controlling the weather, to rending a dragon from the sky, and of course, to breathe fire 🙂

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  4. Nice! You inspired me to go through my (two) Final Fantasy games again, but my main squeeze right now is Mass Effect 3, in prep for my own LP as I mentioned. I have a pile of games in my “to play” pile so I’ll be throwing a dart at my list in order to decide where to go next!

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    1. Aw yay! What are your two favorites? I’ll be playing FFV soon, but I need to figure where I can fit it in right now since I’m in love with WOFF, but I want to continue my journey through the original numbered ones.

      I’m greatly enjoying the LP of ME2 I’m watching, and I’ll be on to ME3 next. My to-play pile keeps growing, which is why I’m happy I found Grouvee. Much easier to keep track. I think my first LP (when/if I ever get the equipment) will be FFIV. I’ve played through it a number of times, and I could definitely keep up the conversation about it.

      I probably said this before, but when you post your LPs let me know where! I usually watch them on YouTube, but I have a few friends on Twitch and I have an account there, too 🙂

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  5. The only two FF games I have are 4 and 7 (IV and VII?). I’ve honestly never beaten either of them (sigh), but from LPs I’ve seen they’re pretty great stories! I’m interested to see what they do with FFVII’s re-release. Will they keep the turn-based fighting style? Use a real-time style like in Ni No Kuni? Take all of that out in favor of the “cookie-cutter” open world games flooding the market right now??

    Grouvee sounds like an interesting site worth looking into; I’d been using pen and paper,and now I use a fancy Word document/Excel sheet combo to track my games.

    Let me know when you start posting, too! You seem to love the Final Fantasy games so much, and I’d love to hear your enthusiasm during a playthrough.

    And I will definitely let you know once I’m up and running. I’m a one-woman show at the moment and I’m still trying to figure all this stuff out, but it’s going to happen!! 🙂

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    1. Unfortunately, I think they’re going with the action based route and I’m pretty bummed about it:\ FFVII is not only my favorite game, it’s my favorite story of all time for so many reasons. I’ve been looking forward to a remake for years though I’ve always had trepidation about one. I’m not an action RPG fan, well, I don’t like playing them, and I’d want to play FFVII. Best example would be Mass Effect. If it wasn’t an action RPG I would definitely play it, but those really aren’t my style in terms of playing myself. Squeenix will probably use the same system as FFXV, but I really wish they’d use the same one as World of Final Fantasy.

      I will definitely let you know when I start posting! As soon as I figure it out :p I’m a one woman show, too, but I can probably get my husband to help me out with it. I’m hoping to get some Amazon gift cards this year to for Christmas to facilitate the process. I know I need some equipment.

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      1. Haha I hear you. RPGs definitely need a little strategy to them, turn-based or otherwise (I’m thinking of all the tinkering you do with the characters’ tactics in Dragon Age). Fingers crossed it works out for the best!

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  6. I thought it quite strange when Final Fantasy III was remade and they used the original spellcasting mechanic instead of a more streamlined mana system like the one that features in the remake of Final Fantasy I. Considering that most games use that mana system, I have to say I found the charges mechanic cumbersome – especially since there weren’t many items that could restore them. Anyway, Dawn of Souls was my introduction to the Final Fantasy series, and I did enjoy it for the most part, though most players would probably find future installments from Final Fantasy IV onward more accessible from a modern standpoint.

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    1. Oh did they? That’s really odd since in Dawn of Souls they use the MP/mana system. I wonder why they didn’t stick with that. I will say that nothing was worse than the level up system in FFII. It was exceedingly tedious, and I hope they updated that in DoS.

      FFIV is definitely more accessible in terms of modernization and story telling, and the remakes do nothing but make it better. It’s like IV was where Square found its sure footing, and they only climbed higher from there.

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      1. Yeah, the DS version of Final Fantasy III is one of the weirdest remakes I’ve ever played in that it largely fails to improve the Famicom original (or it manages to take just as many steps backwards as it does forward). In addition to keeping the old magic system, there are no save points, meaning that the last dungeon, which has multiple boss fights, has to be completed in one go. Failure means erasing an hour’s worth of progress.

        The level-up system in the Dawn of Souls version of Final Fantasy II is improved somewhat in that you could complete it without grinding, and stats don’t decrease, but I can see people still not enjoying it. It wasn’t too bad of an idea, but it doesn’t work in practice.

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      2. That is so odd. I guess I’ll take note of that when I review it. You’d think they’d update that since they’re going to go through the trouble of doing a remake.

        I’m liking the way FFI is going in Dawn of Souls. The MP vs spell charges is a much better system and means I don’t have to rest at an inn as often.

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