For the first time in awhile I am very interested in a new release. Last week Nintendo did their Direct showcase and one of the games shown was a new RPG from Square Enix. And it wasn’t in the style of their traditional JRPGs, not at all.
It was a card based tabletop RPG.
It also has involvement from Yoko Taro, Drakengard and Nier director, but the card-based tabletop elements stuck out first.
Ever since I got hooked onto Final Fantasy XIV last year, it has been VERY difficult to find time for other games. I kinda reached a burnout point with the MMO though, mostly playing during the weekends so now I’ve had time to play other games.
I started slowly chipping away at Persona 5 Royal and I think I’ve reached the halfway point. I need to restart Nier Replicant because I have no idea what’s going on. I needed to play something else though that wasn’t an RPG. I needed something relaxing.
It originally began with me wanting to purchase House Flipper for the Switch (I secretly love real estate but it’s too much of a time commitment and I respect those who do that type of work) because it was $10 at the time. But Spiritfarer was on sale as well, and I remember hearing amazing things about the game when it first came out last year. People describe it as Harvest Moon/Stardew Valley meets Animal Crossing. It’s a sim type game but you can take your time without fear of the game hating you.
2019 was a slow year of video games for me. I didn’t play a whole lot of them. What did happen though was sort of an allegiance shift. For the longest time I’ve been a Sony fanboy (since 1998) but last year they got rid of PS Vita and PS3 games on the Playstation Plus platform and then most of their free selections of PS4 games were already on PS Now. Xbox had their Game Pass, which was cheaper than the expensive PS Now (back then)
So I jumped ship and joined the Xbox family in the fall. I love Game Pass and love that they have brand new games added pretty regularly (I see you The Outer Worlds). Sadly, the Switch has been played a little less, unless it is Diablo 3 season.
Last year, I was dead determined to find an MMO game that I was going to stick with and play for a long time. My fiancé is one of the biggest Destiny fans out there and I’ve dabbled a little with that game, and Destiny often comes to mind whenever I think of ‘forever games.’ I love the constant updates the game receives and the new missions and activities with each new season released. I wanted to discover (keyword discover) a game like that.
It wasn’t easy though. The whole process was trial and error.
With long running video game series, the first one you play is always the best. Such is the case with many games I have played through the years. There’s Street Fighter 2, Dragon Quest VII, Elder Scrolls 3, NHL 2001, etc.
But today I’m blogging about my first Final Fantasy game, which is Final Fantasy VIII. FFVIII will always be my favorite Final Fantasy game, it’s better than VII in my opinion. When Square Enix was re-releasing all the other FF games, it made me a little sad that VIII was excluded, even if they alleged to losing the source code. I never thought we would be getting a remaster of the game, until E3 this year.
There was shock, surprise and finally the early September release date. I didn’t expect the game to release so soon (I was expecting a Christmas release because Square Enix likes to drag those release dates out with occasional delays).
The older I get the more I’m gravitating more towards text based games. It all started when I got my PS-Vita. I played a few of those types, most notably Sweet Fuse and Steins;Gate. Another game I played, and fell in love with was a little indie game called VA-11 HALL-A: A Cyberpunk Bartender Action.
The plot follows Julianne Stingray (or Jill for short), our bartender, and the gameplay part has her making drinks for patrons. Each patron has their own unique story and most will return during the 19 day cycle. Some patrons will be direct with their orders, some have a regular drink and others want a certain flavor. It’s fun mixing drinks and with some drinks, you can choose how much alcohol (if any) you want to put in.
As suggested from the start of the game…
This game is best played getting comfortable. Grab some drinks, some snacks, and enjoy!
Whenever I think of Nintendo, my first thoughts are Mario, fun 2-D games and more Mario, maybe throw in some Mario Kart. I also think of their handheld systems that usually outlast the actual consoles (I see you there 3DS, keep at what you’re doing).
One of my favorite types of games are RPGs, with my favorite series being Xenosaga. So when I bought my 3DS (3 years ago), one of my first purchases was Xenoblade Chronicles. I was looking forward to the game, but it was different from any other RPG that I previously played. There were no items to heal my characters, no MP. Abilities had loading times so I couldn’t just storm into a battle and beat all the bad guys around me.
I would go into battles unprepared and get my ass kicked.
I also thought the mechanic that a boss would one hit kill you, so you had to use some pre-emptive measures, was a dumb mechanic (figured out I was under-leveled, but more on that later).
I stopped playing because I couldn’t grasp the game mechanics. And it frustrated me because I knew there was a good game waiting under this layer of strange.
I’m back with another installment of Late to the Party. Since the last time I posted, I have moved apartments and also started a new position where I work, so a lot has been happening.
But now that work has settled down and I got into the swing of the work transition, I finally found some time to catch up on some video games. I’ve been slowly playing the Switch more, and also playing less of the PS4 and PS Vita.
I’m a little less than 6 months late to the Octopath party but I finally started playing the game and it’s everything I wanted it to be. Simple on the story with a crap ton of characters with their “micro-campaigns.” I did download the demo for the Switch, with its 3 hour play time but got distracted by other things at the time so I never got around to playing it. 5 months later, Christmas came and I was finally able to carve some time out to start on the story.