22 January, 2014

This Week in Gaming / 22-01-2014

While I'm downloading the demo for Final Fantasy 13-3, otherwise known at Lightning Returns, I'll take a moment to do this blog thing. The first month of 2014 is almost over, and it's gone by pretty quickly. This past week, I've been playing a lot of Skyrim, on the PS3, because I didn't realise I was pretty damn close to my plat for that game. Well, I got it, but now I'm into the Skyrim groove, and decided to work on some of the other trophies in the DLC. Skyrim is my seventh platinum for the ps3. Other things I've been playing this last week are Morrowind, and Pokémon X. Apparently, the Pokebank is coming out soon (TM) since it was just re-released, today, in Japan as a whole new download. I'm hoping it will be soon so I can unite all my Pokemans in one place again.

I've been pretty focused on Skyrim so there's not a lot of other games I've given any real time to. My nephew, Bill Kerman (360 tag) got Dark Souls, on the 360, so I will probably do some playing with him soon since we don't have to use the same 360 copy to play, and can finally group up for some double chosen undead funtime action time. That will be great. Man, collectively, over 700 hours I've got in that game (spread across three systems), and it's still amazing, and fun. It's like a parasite that has attached itself to my spine, and convinces me I love it so it can continue to live on through me. But... I love it... so I'll let it stay. O_O

I wasn't really too hyped about Final Fantasy 13 since I dislike Lightning a lot, and she is probably my least favourite protagonist of any Final Fantasy game. She is certainly my least sympathetic..alising... character in any Final Fantasy game... er... I don't sympathise with her at all. This came up, recently actually, on reddit about protagonists in games, and, of the list, I didn't even have to consider any of the others. I really, really am bothered by her. I didn't like her character growth, personality, choices, storyline, or attitude. And superficially, I didn't like her voice actors (both JP and ENG), outfit, combat style, weapons, costumes, and direction (if you can call it that).

The choices were Firion (FFII), Cecil (FFIV), Bartz (FFV), Terra (FFVI), Cloud (FFVII), Squall (FFVIII), Zidane (FFIX), Tidus (FFX), Vaan (FFXII), Lightning, of course, (FFXIII), Ramza (Tactics), Yuna (X-2), Zack (Crisis Core), Ashe (FFXII), and Serah (XIII-2). First of all, there were two there for Final Fantasy 12 when the clear protagonist of that game was Balthier O_O Come on. Anyway... upon reflection, though, Serah might almost eclipse Lightning in pure retardation, complete stupidity, and lack of story, but not quite get the leg up.

Oh man, I got derailed... that's perhaps better ranted about in another post. Anyway, now that the demo for the game is actually downloading... I'm kind of looking forward to it. It is another Final Fantasy game after all, and I am terribly addicted. Sigh. I mean, it's not like I didn't like Final Fantasy 13... the game was great, but re-playability is a must, and I just don't get it in 13, and I don't get it in 13-2. I can personally vouch for lack of replay in 13 because I got it on the 360, originally, and got all but two achievements, and I think you can guess which ones those are, and it took me ages to beat again, when I got it for the PS3... well, ok let's take a step back. 

I didn't have a PS3 when 13 came out so I got it on the 360, but then when 13-2 came out, I did have a PS3, and the graphic quality, which is a big thing for me, was so much better on the PS3 that I got it on the PS3 instead of the 360. And so, because I'm kind of insane about having whole series' on the one console I got 13 again, so of course I had to beat it, and it took me ages to beat again because it was so boring the 2nd time around. I haven't even got near the trophies/achievements that I got in the 360 version. Man, 13-2 was the same, kind of. I wanted to replay it so 13-3 would be played soon after 13-2, but man, I just feel bored thinking about playing it again. Eugh. I really don't want to be let down by 13-3, but I just know I will be. Even if it's a good game. Eugh.

Well, the demo is done downloading now, and I'll install it and have a go. I did pre-order 13-3, but not a collectors edition or anything, just the game. And quickly, before I finish this... why do the Japanese always get better cover art than we do here? Have you seen the cover art for 13-3? It's goddamn amazing. Just go check it out. Go look up the cover art for the Japanese version of 13-3, and the cover art for 13-3 for everywhere else in the entire world. Man, it's really annoying.

04 January, 2014

This Week in Gaming / 04-01-2014 - 2013 GoTY

It's been a few weeks since I did a blog because I've been assailed by another bout of atrocious sickness. Not to mention I've been busy during the times I'm feeling not so wretched. The end of the year has happened, so that's nice. Now I can stop hearing about end of the year lists, and best of 2013 articles. Funnily enough, this will feature both. I'll start off saying that I've been playing a lot of Minecraft for the 360, lately. I actually prefer the console version over the PC version... it just feels better. This has taken up a lot of my time. So has the newest Tomb Raider game, which has surprised me quite a bit. I spent some time in Lineage 2, which manages to claw it's way into my soul for at least a few months every year, then lamented the overpopulation of bots, and uninstalled it again. Final Fantasy VIII got some time, as did Borderlands 2, Bit.Trip Runner 1 & 2, and Skyrim. But mainly it's been Bravely Default and Minecraft.

Actually, Bravely Default is a game I hadn't expected to get before the year ended, so it wasn't initially included on my possible game of the year list. Whereas it didn't make my game of the year, it did come close. It's really quite good. I also managed to get Soul Hackers on the cheap, and it's super as well, but not really game of the year material. Killer is Dead was also mentioned on my hope to get list, and get it I did, but I haven't beat it yet, so it's not game of the year.

It shouldn't come as a surprise, however, that Remember Me is my official Game of 2013. I don't really need to go in to the whys of it here, as I've got a review of it up, and that sums up my joy in regards to it, but I will say that if you don't have it then you're missing out on an amazing game, and under appreciated game. It might not be your kind of game, though, but if you don't try it, you'll never know. I would recommend the PS3 version of it, as that's the version I played, but I don't know the quality of the 360/PC version, so I can't speak to that. I can't imagine playing it with a kb/m though.

Of course, now that the GoTY is said, the runners up come out. It's slightly harder to place the runners up; in some cases more so than the actual GoTY. I'd say it's probably something like Bravely Default, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Tales of Xillia, and the DmC: Devil May Cry reboot. I still haven't done reviews for these runners up, as I said I would, but I'll get around to it some time. TM.

Thank you to the many people who gifted me games on Steam... that was unexpected, and I'll get around to playing them as I can. This can't be much longer of a post, unfortunately, as I'm still not at all well, but I hope the year brings great games to every one. Goodbye!

17 December, 2013

This Week in Gaming / 17-12-2013

This week has been a horrible ride for sure. I had strep throat for the most part of the week and am only just able to make word speak again. I'm sure you can hear that my voice doesn't sound too good as it is.. The top games I've been playing this week don't have my clocking many hours in to them due to the doom of being sick and miserable.

I did play shit loads of Final Fantasy 8 this week though, as it recently came out for steam. Man I love that game, and with a few simple mods, it looks as nice as it did. I also replaced the FMV's with optimized ones, so they don't look shitty, and blurry, and replaced their silly midi music with some better quality tracks, and even some remixes. Needless to say, this is the best FF8 experience I've ever had, and fuck the people who say this game is shit. Anyway, I could talk for ages about Final Fantasy in general.

I've also been playing Bravely Default, of course, and am making my way to the Water Vestal now, but I am taking a sort of break. I want to get my town maxed before I progress further in the game so there's a lot of me anxiously waiting for timers to tick down so I can have better weapons and armours. I'm almost there, though, so I'll be able to progress soon!

In the meantime, I've been playing Minecraft. I guess there was some update ages ago, or something, that I missed so I was still at 1.5.2 or something, and suddenly I am at 1.7.4 I think. I've finally gathered enough Diamond and Obsidian, that I'm not using for other things, to construct my mansion. I have had the redstone, emeralds, and gold, for my floor, sitting in a chest already, but now that I have enough Diamond... construction can begin.

The other things I've been putting time in to are Persona 3 Portable, still working on a maniac 100% compendium save. Diablo III's endless grind, which is by no means a bad thing. Oblivion's trek through the dark underworlds of Cyrodiil, and FF14.

Actually I've only played a few hours of FF14 because I had got really pissed off at a quest and decided to take a break, but they put in the new patch today and there are some great improvements... like the barber! Finally, I changed my hair. There are some other things too, but I don't really care about pvp or Free Company housing. Oh, I also am playing some Neverwinter, but that will likely go on next week's list as I haven't been playing it too much, but drow ranger is a winner. Anyway, my throat is ravaged and I can't talk much longer, so I'll talk to you guys later. Bye!

11 December, 2013

This Week in Gaming / 11-12-2013

Hello everybody. Well, this may or may not be a short blog entry depending on how I decide to ramble, just because I don't have a lot of time right now, but I wanted to do a quick update. There's still no release date for Shin Megami Tensei 4 in the EU. Now that that tragedy is spoken, we can continue. I know it's been a while since I last updated, but November/December has been quite busy and I've not had a chance to do a lot of things, in general. I had a friend come for a visit for a while in November, so that took up a lot of time, and as the year comes to an end, things clear up more than become more hassled., so I'll probably have a lot more time to update. I finished putting up the Remember Me play through on YouTube and that's a relief, but I'm also doing a commentary play through of Dark Souls (360 version) and it's turning out to be highly frustrating. I'll start off with some games I've been playing, starting from last week, so that I can just get it out of the way.

A friend of mine got me Oblivion on the 360 which has pretty much dominated most of my time. I never got it on the 360 as I had it on the PC and sunk a lot of time in to it. The Elder Scrolls games are all massive time sinks for me, and this is no different. I'm steam rolling my way through achievements left and right, and it's well great to do. I forgot how it had originally looked since I have all kinds of graphics mods on the PC version. It's not bad at all and holds up so very well, but it's very different to my eyes, and took a few hours to get used to it again. Feels much nicer on a controller though! I try and avoid a keyboard and mouse whenever I can. I've also been playing some Skyrim as well since a horrible, tragic event caused my main save to be... gone. I don't want to get in to details here as the pain is still too close to me.

Next up is Halo: Reach, which I've been playing with my nephew, on Legendary. I've never beaten it on Legendary, but he was my Normal co-op campaign partner so we decided to go through it on Legendary as well. When we beat it on Normal, we did it in one seven hour sitting. It was awesome and so much fun. Legendary is decidedly harder and taking a lot more time, but it's still fun, if not frustrating and rage inducing. After this we might hit up ODST Legendary as well. We'll see. It's great to play Reach again, as it's my favourite Halo game, hands down. Everything about it is perfection!

Fire Emblem: Awakening is still being played, though not a massive amount. I've also been putting some time in Killer is Dead, which is fabulous, but not a lot of time yet as other games are in the way. Minecraft is on the list this time as well, and I don't have a lot to say about that other than... I regret nothing.

Another huge time devourer has been Bravely Default. It came out recently and I've dropped about 20 hours in to it. This is the hand-held Final Fantasy game that we've all been waiting for, though it isn't a Final Fantasy game. Although it does contain bosses from 4 Heroes of Light... yea so Final Fantasy, but that's not a bad thing. The game is done so well from the music to the surprisingly well done graphics to the battle and dialogue. The story is just wonderful too. It controls really well, and whereas I can't say anything for the 3D, because I can't view 3D, I've heard that that's great too.

Besides all that, I finally hit 40k gamer score the other day, thanks to Oblivion. It was nice and something of a relief to see it pop. I'd been sitting in the 39k's for a while and it was just depressing to see so I decided to plough through it, and get them. Next up is 50k! I think at 100k I will throw a party, but that's a ways off. Well, bye everybody.

30 October, 2013

Remember Me

I think it's a testament to the game that I beat it three times in a week and did a youtube recording within three days. I can't get enough of this game. Remember Me was under a lot of fire during its development because it's protagonist was female and a lot of companies decided it wouldn't sell well. Eventually Dontnod Entertainment got Capcom and I'm glad they did. Capcom is a favourite company of mine and Remember Me is one of my top ten favourite games now. It impressed me in a way that utterly shocked me. I've not been this taken up by a game in a long time. It came out in June and it had always been on my list, but money isn't in abundance, and other games took priority. It went on PS+ for free last week and I grabbed it up so fast, and I am thrilled. Had I know it would be this good I would have paid full price in a heartbeat. Well let's get on with it.

The graphics are quite beautiful in their surreal, cyberpunk, futuristic dystopia way. The models for characters and enemies are done very well, especially the enemies you fight. The twisted creatures that populate Neo Paris are done in a creepy and baneful manner, and the quality of the model really shines through. The world is grimy and dark in most places, but on occasion the blessed sun shines through and illuminates the smooth skyscrapers and bright white, and silver, bridges. The world is so beautiful and tragic, and the combination of splendid lighting and model quality is obvious from the beginning. It's not just the outside that is beautiful, however. Traversing the buildings, prisons, and hospitals, as well as tunnels, sewers, and construction sites, makes for a sometimes creepy and disconcerting journey. There are two things I always look for in a game, as well, and that is hair and drinking. The hair was amazing, but there were still little obviousness that we haven't managed to get right yet. As for drinking... yea we're still a long ways off.

Next I want to.. gush, I suppose, about the music and audio of the game. Holy hot damn guys, this soundtrack is probably one of the best I have heard in a decade at least. It's definitely the best game OST on this gen of consoles. As soon as it started playing I was hooked. It's so... I don't even know how to explain it. It gets in to me and just eats away at my mind so that it can have a place to live. During the course of the game, it's inserted very well into situations. Combat uses it for not only combat music, but also when you're chaining combos or when you get hit, the music reacts to it. I got the soundtrack before I was even done with the first play-through, and it's pretty securely stored on my ipod for all listening pleasure now. As with the audio comes the voice acting. It's really great. I played it through in English, French, and Italian, and all three voice actor sets were quite amazing, to be honest. I enjoyed their performances quite a lot, but my favourite had to be the English version of Edge. Wow... he really nailed it and god-damn if he didn't make me totally feel for his character in a pretty deep, and tragic, way.

The interface is great and there's not too much to say because it's so minimalistic. You have the objective that pops up towards the middle, but only briefly, and when you're not in combat, most of the HUD isn't seen. When you are in combat, it gives you the basics at the bottom left (health, focus, and cool-downs) and keeps track of which combo you're doing in the bottom middle. It's integrated brilliantly and doesn't detract from the game play. Since I mentioned combat and the HUD section is so small, I'll start on combat here too. I wasn't thrilled with it when I first started to use it. I didn't like the combat movement, and I didn't understand what they were trying to explain in regards to dodging and pressens. Pressens are your combo moves, basically. You have power pressens (they add damage), regen pressens (health obviously), and cool-down pressens (to speed up cool-downs). The explanation of these wasn't as clear as I'd've liked them to be, but just through experimentation, I was able to figure out what was working and what was not working. As this happened, I grew used to the combat, but I can't say I like it. It's not that I hate it any more, I just... am not really too enthused with it. It's just a thing that's there. The cool-downs, however, were pretty intuitive and nicely done, as well as dodging. Thankfully they indicate when the best time for a dodge would be with a red ! in the direction it's coming from.

All right so we have audio and graphics, but what about general game play? It is a wonderfully free moving, parkour type game with brilliant exploration and platforming. There is also another awesome thing you can do called Memory Remixing. These puzzles let you go into the memories of certain people and change their memories to your advantage. Memory stealing, syncing, and remixing are all part of what makes this game pretty unique and fun to play. Well I say fun, but it's pretty clear that I'm obsessed with this game and everything in it. The only real complaint I had was the combat and now that's just meh, and not really a complain. The story is very tricky and was a delight to go through. I got very involved in it and shed a tear or two during it's course, I don't mind saying, not to mention the veritable scream I let out at the end of the game when someone dies who I'd grown quite attached to. This isn't a spoiler as many people die in games, especially towards the end, and if you think this game is safe from it, you're mistaken.


Spoilers for a paragraph, it's in italics so just skip it if you don't want the story broken open.
There are a few ways you could take the story of this game in regards to the title of the game. The game deals a lot with memory, obviously, and loosing it, finding it, getting it messed around with, but Remember Me... in my opinion it's to remember Edge. For me, the game was about him as much, if not more, as it was for Nilin. He was created from all the abuse, fear, malign, and tragedy that no one wanted in their life. All he wanted was to end, to be gone, to not have to live in the cesspool of despair that humanity ran away from. This was him using the only thing he could, Nilin, to gain freedom... and for his sacrifice, and suffering, we must remember him. Man... I can't even think about the end without getting all teary. Goddammit.


The trophies aren't that difficult although at the beginning they looked as though they could be quite squirely to get done. Getting this platinum was amazing, and made Remember Me my sixth platinumed game. It's more that they take a little bit of time to get, not that they are too hard. The difficulty in getting them is moderate, depending on your skill in the game. All the combo mashing did ware on my hands a little bit, but it's nothing like a DMC or something, so it was all good. I really can't express how much I loved this game. It came out of nowhere and blind-sided me, and I recommend it to everyone. Even if you don't like these kinds of games, at least rent it and try it out. Please don't dismiss it. If there ever comes a time when I don't have PS+, for some reason, this will be the first game I buy.


27 October, 2013

This Week in Gaming / 27-10-2013

I think that it's probably the best thing to do if I do these weekly things on a Sunday rather than a Friday. End of the week and all. It's also more convenient for me... for some reason. I seem to have more time to give a shit on a Sunday rather than on a Friday. I'm not really doing anything in particular on either day which would prevent me from doing it... I just usually can't be arsed on a Friday.

Well this week has been a little hectic, but not overly swamped. Pokémon has taken up a lot of my time. I have about 145 hours at this time and I'm still pretty entrenched in the game. I've beat the main game and have done a lot of the post game stuff so now it's levelling pokemans and gathering masses of yen to buy clothes and TM's. I wonder if there will ever be a time when I'm sick of Pokémon; huh.

Hmm, let's see. Oh, right... Borderlands 2 released their Halloween themed DLC and my elder sister got it for me so I've been playing around in there. The DLC is super awesome and the little easter eggs, and secrets, in it are pretty cool as well. The Director's Cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution came out too, but I'll have to wait until next week to grab that up. I really love that game. I did a review for it, as you know you can look over on the side of the blog and see the review I did.

Anyway, hmm.. besides Dark Souls fun time and Audiosurf 2 fun time, there has been another game grabbing my attention and that is Remember Me. It came out on the PSN+ for free, this week, and wow. Though, initially, I was unimpressed with combat and, in fact, hated the combat greatly, it grew on me to where I didn't hate it, but I still didn't like it. It's meh really; well unnecessarily bulky and cumbersome. But, besides that, this has got to be one of the best games I've played in a long time and the soundtrack is definitely one of the best I've heard in a decade, at least.

The futuristic dystopia mixed with a cyberpunky, hopeless setting is really just the type of game that makes me feel very secure and nostalgic. I love it and it's very hard to get that specific feel right for me, but it really managed it. The characters have depth and their story is such that I was moved very deeply at the end of the game and actually shouted out when my character had to do... a thing which I did not want her to do. It's unusual that a game really grips it's claws in to me, but somehow I found that this did.

All the feels man. We hates them. I'll be doing a write up/review thingie on that game for sure, and it's certainly a contender for my game of the year. As a note, as always, I will only be selecting from games I've actually played. I can't play all the games, to my sadness, so I can't rate all the games. You may think another game is more deserving of the game of the year, and that's great.. for you. Though, while I'm on the topic some more contenders I have would probably include:

  • DmC: Devil May Cry ( the reboot)
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Remember Me
  • Tales of Xillia
  • Resident Evil: Revelations

Some honourable mentions that were sweet, but didn't quite make the grade, for whatever reason, probably would be like:

  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk
  • Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
  • Pokémon X/Y

Awesome games, but not really kind of game of the year matierial, in my opinion. There are still some games yet to come out that I'd like to try like Tearaway and Watch Dogs, and there are also games which have come out, but I haven't been able to play, for whatever reasons, like:

  • Tomb Raider
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV ( STILL NO RELEASE DATE HERE)
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
  • Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut
  • Deadpool
  • Dark
  • Killer is Dead
  • The Wonderful 101
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl

I know I'm missing some, but the list is way too long as it is and my brain is starting to hurt trying to remember a whole years worth of games. But, this has gone on long enough now and I think I'll end the post at this. It will take some doing to go through all the games in line for my game of the year, but I hope to review all of the major contenders, if I haven't already, and get that done by the end of the year as well. A large order for someone like me, but I guess I can kind of manage it, if I'm not a total lazy fool, by the end of the year. So we'll see how that goes.

20 October, 2013

Eeveeloutions

If you don't like Pokémon then this will probably be a post of little to no interest to you. You have been warned.

As I've stated before, in previous posts, to me Pokémon is, mainly, about catching, and raising, the pokemans. Of course there will always be the Pokémon that I favour and try to raise first. Chief among them is Umbreon, my favourite Pokémon and, indeed, favourite eeveeloution. I love to have all the eeveeloutions and so like to gather them together and level them up. I finally was able to get all the eeveeloutions in Pokémon X and now I am tasked to level them up to max, stat train, and amie train them until they are perfect, in my eyes.

The process of catching the Eevee's, and evolving them, was a little more tricky this time around because happiness works weirdly. Or maybe it doesn't, but I found it harder to gain normal happiness, with some of them, even with the soothe bell on, and resorted to extra Amie training to get them happy. Well this applies with only three of the eeveeloutions. First of all I had to catch nine Eevee and that took a little while, let me tell you. Although there are only eight eeveeloutions at the moment, I wanted to have a normal Eevee as well, so that's nine. Of all nine Eevee, only one of them was female and only one of them came with a Fairy-type move, which is required for one of the eeveeloutions. Obviously this one had to be my Sylveon.

Well then, the eeveeloutions are as follows: Eevee... not really an eeveeloution, but the base Pokémon Vaporeon, a Water-type Pokémon, is next and is evolved by using a Water stone. You can find one of these in Luminose City at the Stone Emporium for 2,100 yen. Next up is Jolteon, an Electric-type Pokémon, is evolved with a Thunder stone. I found one in the field of standing stones north of Cyllage City, on Route 10. Flareon comes next and is a Fire-type Pokémon that is evolved using a Fire stone. I got one of these in Luminose City, from the Stone Emporium, for 2,100 yen as well, so that's another easy one.
   

After your three basic eeveeloutions we move on to the next set. That would be Umbreon and Espeon. For both of these eeveeloutions you will need your Eevee to be happy with you. If you want an Umbreon you will need it to be happy (something like 220 happiness stat, but you can't track it in game, numerically) and then have it level up at night time. For Espeon you will need to level it up during the day time. Use the Soothe bell (from Shalour city) and try to use it often without letting it die. You can also feed it puffs in the Amie and play with it to raise the stats. I'm not entirely sure if that has an effect on the happiness stat for evolution, but it can't hurt right?
 

With those two done you can now focus on Leafeon and Glaceon. Glaceon will be the one you'll be able to evolve first because you'll encounter the Icy Rock before the Moss Rock. To get a Glaceon just have your Eevee level up around the Icy Rock at the bottom on the Frost Cavern, north of Dendemille Town. For Leafeon you'll need to wait a while and circle the Moss Rock on Route 20, south of Snowbelle City.
 

Sylveon is the last in the eeveeloutionary chain and was a little annoying to get to evolve. First of all, your Eevee is required to know a Fairy-type move if it wants to be a Sylveon. Secondly, you need to have max hearts in the Pokémon Amie for it to trigger. Feed it Puffs, pet it, play the games with it, and don't let it die, and you'll be fine. It took me a stupid amount of time to get because I didn't know how to use the Amie very well at the time, but eventually I got it down and my Eevee became a Sylveon.

So now that this is all done, my next goal is to get them all to 50. This isn't trouble for my Umbreon, who's already well above that, but some of my others are tiny in level so it will take a bit of time. After that I want them all to have max hearts in the Amie. I will be stat training them as well as I level them up. Fun times!

18 October, 2013

This Week in Gaming / 18-10-2013

Hello everyone. This week hasn't really been too amazing. Not a huge amount of games, I guess, but a lot of playing within them, so I guess we'll start out with DmC: Devil May Cry. I've managed to beat the main game normally. It was kind of weird having to regain all of my abilities on the Steam version, but it was great and I had a really wonderful time. It moves differently I think; I'm not sure if the FPS is different on the PC version, but I don't know. It seemed to be a little closer to 60 than it is on the PS3. I would have to check, but now I'll work towards the harder modes and finding secret rooms and collectibles. So that's going to be great. I know I've said it before: I really love the Devil May Cry series of games, but they hurt my hands so much, I can't get a massive amount of time to play at one time. Damn my crippled and broken hands.

The game I've put the most time into, this week, is easily Pokémon X at a staggering like 60 hours since I got it last week. It's really great, though I find it amusing to compare the play styles of my nephew and I in this manner. Like, he got it on Monday. He's already beaten the main story and the elite four twice and he's got his Legendaries, and he's way more progressed story wise, and is at way less hours than me, and I just finished badge six. But my thing is that I like to collect, and raise Pokémon, primarily; the story comes second, so a lot of my time is spent levelling up my Pokémon and collecting new ones, and I really love the Wonder Trade as well... anyway...

I've also put in a lot of Dark Souls time this week too, both on the PC and PS3. I still have those few achievements to get on the PC version, but they are hard to come by, especially on new game +++. The Darkmoon Blade miracles are proving the most annoying because I really hate farming stupid crow ladies in the Painted World for Souvenirs of Reprisal, and at the point I'm at in the game, it's really hard to invade the guilty to get them so it's been aggravating. On the other hand, though, I've finally beaten the PS3 version. I had a lot of stuff that I wanted to get done before I beat it, so I finally got all that done, and I beat it, and now I'm working on the first new game +. I'm going to get a lot of the stuff done, that I'm having trouble with on the PC version, so it won't be too difficult later on. It's going pretty well; I'm having a good time.

In Audiosurf 2 they've made some nice changes. They fixed the introing into a song. Previously, you would intro into a song and you would start hitting bricks before you had a chance to control your unit. So now they've made the intro that you jump right into it quickly and you have control of your unit before the bricks start coming up, so it's easier to stealth through songs or get more points. That's really nice. They've also made great changes to the UI so that's nice. It's good to see them making all these changes and such, but unfortunately, they've still got a long ways to go, in my opinion. They haven't changed a lot of the other bugs, but it isn't as aggravating to play through some of the courses now. Like I said, I'm able to get stealth's a lot more regularly.

I've also put some time in to Final Fantasy 14. They opened up free server transfers a few days ago, I don't if they're still going on, but me and a few friends transferred servers so we're on a better server now, English speaking! Thankfully. We were on Valefor before because it was just a better server at the time, but now that they've fixed all the sever problems, and such, we've switched over to Lamia server which is... I think it's a Central USA time? But there are people on when I play so that's really all that matters I guess...

Funnily enough, I've also been playing Everquest 1 just a tiny bit. A friend of mine wanted to try it and I thought it would be nice to ease his pain at the ancient game, by having somebody with him, but much to my surprise, however, the game is almost nothing like how I remember it. First of all, the /melody command has made playing my beloved Bard a laughably easy fiasco. I mean, I remember when one of the big things about a bard was how good you were at twisting your songs, but now it's just like /melody 1 6 4 and there you go... it's ridiculous. Also, in this stupid tutorial thing they have now, you get items with stats on them right away at the beginning of the game! Ugh. What the hell.
Anyway, I'm pretty sure that there wasn't much else I was playing and nothing else really game related so... see you all later.

14 October, 2013

This Week in Gaming / 14-10-2013

I don't really want to do a list today and I know I'm a few days late. I say 'late' as though it's some promised date that I've said I'll do these things. I really don't have a set time to do them, though, ideally, I'd like to do them something like once a week. 

I've been sick recently so I haven't been doing a whole lot in the ways of making videos for the 'Tubes but a few have gone up. I got my 360 controller receiver, I think I mentioned that in the last post maybe, so I've been able to play Dark Souls on the PC again. I only have like three achievements left before it's complete and then I'll be able to move on to the PS3 version more. A friend also got me the PC version of the reboot DmC so I'm playing that too, which is so cool. Mostly, what I've been playing, this last week, is Civ 5 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengence.

Of course the really big news for me, this week, is that Pokémon X & Y came out. I've got Pokémon X and man it's great. I'm really enjoying all the new features and the new graphics. It's great to get back into the swing of things and see all the new pokemans as well. Yea, it's not a hugely diverse gaming week since I've got a few games I'm really in to rather than several games I spend occasional time in.

I've got a number of series' on the 'Tubes on hold right now and this is the main issue with me, and recording games for viewing. The pure act of recording, editing, and rendering feels too much like work for me to finish an entire series at once. Sometimes I get through it, but more often than not I will do a dozen or two videos, and then take a break. It's not that I don't want to finish them, I just don't want to get burned out on what, eventually, feels like work.

Actually, I've also played a bit of Audiosurf 2 as well. Not an amazing amount as there are still loads of bugs to iron out in this early access, and I keep wondering what they could be throwing in as achievements. There are still some, in Audiosurf, that I haven't got, and probably will never... like that stupid Candy Stripe piece of balls one. Anyway, fuck that. They have a more classic track you can use, in Audiosurf 2 that is, that is better, in my opinion. The track is more defined and the 'greys,' which aren't fucking grey, mind you, but black, are wider and not circular, which is easier on my eyes. It's a lot better as far as tracking the song, and beats within it, too.

Oh, another thing I was thinking about was doing an entire play-through of Dark Souls, and possibly Demon's Souls. I've already mentioned one issue with this, RE: the recording and work, but Dark Souls (and Demon's Souls) is a little different; especially Dark Souls. I love the game to a pretty obsessive degree. I have three copies of it (and seriously considering getting the JP PS3 version), and have accumulated a collective excess of 500 hours in it so far, so I'm still playing it every day too. I really don't know what the fuck this game has done to my thought case, but it's pretty securely stuck in there. I already have almost 50 Dark Souls videos as it is, on the 'Tubes, but the thing with an entire play-through is that it would be not only way longer, but there would be over 100 videos easily as it takes many hours to thoroughly play the game with the detail I would give it. Also, I would like to do commentary and I'm kind of shit at the talking thing, as we've discussed before. I don't know... let me know? Maybe. Whatever.

05 October, 2013

This Week in Gaming / 05-10-2013

This is a little late, and I don't really have a big excuse for it other than that I was lounging around all day and really didn't want to get up to type.

  1. Civilization V ( Steam )
  2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ( Steam )
  3. Fire Emblem: Awakening ( 3DS )
  4. Terraria ( Steam )
  5. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots ( PS3 )
  6. Dark Souls ( PS3 )
  7. Pokémon Heartgold ( DS )

Sometimes I get a huge urge to just play loads of Civ 5. There's a lot I still haven't done in this game, there are over two hundred achievements after all, and though that does annoy me a little, I don't actually actively play towards attaining those achievements. I play because I've some crazy obsession with managing little countries, and destroying the world as I know it... or as I've created it to be. It's really quite odd since I don't really like these kinds of games over all, but who am I to go against the way of things? Civ 5 is a monster and I receive it's carrion call.

Skyrim is another that is sort of bizarre in how I play it. Much like with Morrowind, or even Oblivion, sometimes I have this obsessive urge to play the game, and I get really in to it for a while, then leave it in the dust, and don't play it for months at a time. Well I managed to attain level 76 and that was great. I left my character in the wake of a slew of quests, working on the Hail, Sithis! quest at the time, and he was sitting at level 75 with a little ways to go. I can't remember why I was doing a number of the quests I had, but hey, when there's infinite amounts of quests to do, you might as well grab them all. Well anyway... I downloaded some of the new mods and jumped back in. Man it's nice resetting my skills to Legendary status to make them even more awesome.

Fire Emblem... there is not much to say. Still maxing my characters out. Terarria, on the other hand, is amaze in it's news. It got the massive 1.2 update and so my nephew, and I, jumped back into a new world with a new set of characters. It's always been awesome and the new things are so cool! It's great to have a renewed love, and interest, in Terarria.

Another thing I have had a renewed interest, and love in, is Metal Gear Solid 4. When the game first came out it didn't have trophies. This was before trophies were a thing on the PS3 and it was all right. Not the game... I love the game. I'm a huge Metal Gear Solid fan, but I mean it not having 'achievements' was fine. I beat the game, got everything, and even got the Big Boss emblem after a fuckload of trying. Then they made trophies for it, but with a minor glaring flaw... no retroactives. You had to do it all again. Well I went through the game again, in the last few days, and it was super fun to be in the world again, but let me tell you guys. I'm so not doing the Big Boss emblem run again. Fuck that. It was so, so, so hard for me to get the first time, and I very nearly hated everything Metal Gear Solid related when I was done with it. Whoever thought it was a good idea to not make these trophies retroactive is a bastard.

Dark Souls! What can I say more? I love it so. At the end of this list is Pokémon Heartgold, but only by a small amount. Since X & Y come out very soon, I am playing Heartgold, White, and Black 2 over again just to get back into the Pokémon mindset. However, the game that came in close at the bottom, and will probably make it to the last slot next week, is Audiosurf 2. I went in for the Early Access and am enjoying it quite a lot. It's got a lot of issues to iron out, but it's an early access so I just feedback and bug those glaring, and horrific, tragedies and continue on. Wakeboard is awful, in my opinion, but Mono is lovely as ever. Also, the workshop has a lot of nice things on it, including some awesome retro skins from the first game. High hopes!