4 June - 10 June 2018: What video games are you playing this week?
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1. Video Game: Final Fantasy V [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:505] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Video Game: Final Fantasy V
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I got the Phoenix and Bahamut summons, completing the list. I don't think the same will happen with blue magic, but I'm not as invested in it as I was earlier.

With most of my party at level 38, I think I'm at the point where I'm not quite powerful enough to go to the end game dungeon, but way too low a level to take on whatever other optional areas are available. More grinding will probably be necessary to continue either way.

I also don't think I'll actually get any of the team to max rank in red mage, since the advancement to 999 AP is painfully slow.
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2. Video Game: Warframe [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1939]
Video Game: Warframe
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After a hiatus of roughly a month, I jumped back into Warframe with Seth and Adam. I did some relic farming with both of them on Friday so I could pick up something from the void trader while he was available. I ended up only getting a cosmetic chest armor piece, which isn't out of the ordinary for my priorities in the game, but was probably not the best use of the time taken to collect relics.

On Saturday, Seth and I played the Santuary Onslaught game mode hoping to get blueprints for the Khora frame, but no luck. We also did some missions in the Plains of Eidolon and some fishing.

At some point during the Onslaught runs, I realized that many weapons in the game sound like allergy medicines. Ask your doctor if Glaxion is right for you.
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3. Video Game: Undertale [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:601]
Video Game: Undertale
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Pretty far into this one, a little over 5 hours on the clock.

I outlasted Muffet and made it to the Hotel Lobby.

Easy to see why this game has such a devoted following. Has a kind of indomitable optimism and meticulous attention to detail. Great music.

I'm impressed that, without knowing much at all about the game, I was tempted to try a pacifist approach early on and see how long I could keep it up. So far, so good!
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4. Video Game: Path of Exile [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:594]
Video Game: Path of Exile
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New league, new build. This time I am trying out skeleton warriors.

People are crazy. Within the first few hours some racer hit level 56.
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5. Video Game: Tomb Raider: Anniversary [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:821]
Video Game: Tomb Raider: Anniversary
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PS3 remaster.

This is so different to Tomb Raider (2013) it hurts. It feels more like Portal (2007), a series of puzzle rooms. Whereas Tomb Raider (2013) is more like Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, a shooter action game.

Positives:

- Sense of loneliness
- Lots and lots of puzzles
- Ancient ruins
- Parkour is fun

Negatives:

- Jumping requires some precision but controls are not always precise.
- Timed sequences can get annoying.
- Checkpoints only useful if you actually die, if you fall but survive you have to start all over again.
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6. Video Game: Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:4321]
Video Game: Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
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I recently got the game when it was on sale from Steam. I haven't played it since it was on the original Xbox, and am surprised it still is a great little game.
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7. Video Game: Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:49] [Average Rating:8.30 Unranked]
Video Game: Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal
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I'd been taking a break from this. Started into Watcher's Keep, then decided I wasn't up for a bunch of tough fights. But I have to do it sometime, so I'm back. Made it through the first (Ritual) level and down to the second (Elemental) level.

Update: Entered the third (Maze) level. But now it's starting to get hard.
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8. Video Game: Mighty No. 9 [Average Rating:4.96 Overall Rank:7516]
Video Game: Mighty No. 9
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Bleah! G-rated Megaman.

Tried a bunch of free games. Didn't like any of them.

Reinstalled:
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship

But the trap with the pinatas and the saw blades.... still too much for me.

Least I got a high score in Pinball Arcade.
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9. Video Game: Halo 3: ODST [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:707]
Video Game: Halo 3: ODST
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A few hours in and doing a large amount of collectible hunting. This still stands out as a great entry into the Haloverse. Plus the music is sooooo good at setting the mood.

Love it.
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10. Video Game: Far Cry 4 [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:515]
Video Game: Far Cry 4
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I'll probably be adding this every week until done. I tend to play until 100% completion (though with a lot of achievements being online multiplayer, I probably won't get them all. But I should achieve all the campaign ones.) Playing entirely too late in the evening with this with "just one more collectible" attitude. (currently just running around and collecting things.)
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11. Video Game: Super Smash Bros. Brawl [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:230]
Video Game: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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In anticipation of Smash on Switch, I'm replaying the Subspace Emissary mode in Smash Bros Brawl. It's not really that great since the game is built to be a single-screen fighting game, and this mode is built as a platformer (for the most part).

In Smash 4, I've been playing with Ganondorf and I'm enjoying his playstyle -- his side b is a good approach against people who shield, and doing a down b in mid-air changes the timing of your descent in such a way that can catch a lot of people off guard.

I was gifted a copy of Wizard of Legend -- I found it a bit rough at first, but it's growing on me a bit, now that I have a better sense of enemy attack patterns and potential strategic considerations for spell combinations.

I also picked up Full Metal Furies on a whim when I had two people to play with and couldn't find a co-op game I already owned that appealed to me. We only played about an hour, but I really like the design and look forward to playing again! It's a shame that it didn't sell that well due to not being well marketed -- highly recommended to VGGers looking for a couch co-op game with some teeth and character progression.


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12. Video Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:436] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Video Game: Star Realms
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13. Video Game: Destiny 2 [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3536]
Video Game: Destiny 2
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This was in the Humble Monthly, and a couple of friends play, so I installed this to check it out. I think I'm most of the way through the campaign (and at the level cap; I've been doing the side quests), and so far it's been a shorter, takes-itself-slightly-more-seriously Borderlands sort of experience. I have not tried the multiplayer, either PvE or PvP, although given the way the zones work I've collaborated with other players from time to time and participated in a few of the public events.

As far as story line goes, Bungie of old is dead. The writing isn't bad on a tactical level, but overall the campaign is a bunch of plot beats that mostly serve to introduce new areas, interspersed with cutscenes.

Nathan Fillion has a part, playing the sort of character that you might cast Nathan Fillion for.

I'm not 100% sold on the soundtrack, but it's had its moments, particularly on the third world.

At this point I'm not sure how long I'll keep at it, but I'm very glad to have tried it out.
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14. Video Game: The Novelist [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:5383]
Video Game: The Novelist
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Started playing this one, still not sure how I feel about it. It makes the player make some hard choices. You can only make one family member happy, one compromise and one is always going to be disappointed. So you're struggling to keep the marriage alive, meeting the deadlines and not ignoring your son too much. Tough choices

In addition we've been playing a lot of Overwatch (which surprises no one). I've been tanking a lot lately, since we have new members in our group and everyone seems to want to heal. So I've been practicing tanking and I'm starting to really enjoy playing D.Va. Apparently I'm doing something right as Overbuff has my Quick Play D.Va ranked #4,448 of 545,733 D.Va players. All my other heroes have percentage, it's not easy to get actually ranked into numbers. I know that Overbuff is really not taking a lot of stuff into account, so I'm not actually that good, but still makes me happy to see that I've gotten way better as her.
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15. Video Game: 12 is Better Than 6 [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:6104]
Video Game: 12 is Better Than 6
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I continue playing through the Fanatical All Stars Bundle. 12 is Better Than 6 is next on the block after Replica and The Way.

I'm currently in the third of four levels and have played 7 hours so far. I dig the style of this game. It's all black and white, akin to pencil drawings. Whenever somebody gets shot, the color red enters the game in huge blood puddles and splashes. The controls take some time to get used to. Depending on the weapon, cocking the trigger after every shot and frequent reloads are necessary. Talk about a hoard of enemies attacking you.

As was already the case with The Way, I hope that I can push through this till the end. Some scenes took me more than 30 tries.
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16. Video Game: Hatoful Boyfriend: A School of Hope and White Wings [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:3846]
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Last week I got one of the endings (well, two at once technically, as I managed to complete a story and get killed in the same run).

Yesterday I got ten more. While it is a slog to repeat large parts of the game even though it's a short story, the new details of the school that come up in each path pulled me in.

There's an extra story that is supposedly unlocked after completing all the other endings. It may actually be available after getting through a lesser portion of the game; I have seen an offer to "live a normal life" or "fulfill a promise" when starting the last few new games. I'm holding off until I've finished the last few normal endings, then I'll see what's behind the curtain.

Tuesday edit: Last night I got the other "normal" endings and started the extra story, the "BBL" scenario. As strange as the game is, this is on a whole other level of bizarre.
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17. Video Game: Final Fantasy XIII [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1135] [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked]
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Picking back up and beat Brynhilder, which had been giving me a bit of trouble when I last played. Onward to Ch. 9!
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18. Video Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:240]
Video Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition
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I've been playing a few things (Final Fantasy on my phone, Total Annihilation...), but DA: Inquisition is the biggest focus of the last few days. I'm maybe six hours in, exploring the Hinterlands. I've got more than enough power to carry on, and from the boxes I'm checking, I'd guess I've explored 1/4th of the map, give or take. But I expect that, despite most of the quests being given with some urgency, I'm not really supposed to go everywhere and do everything.

I can see why the game's called a single-player MMO. Reminds me a lot of Guild Wars (an awful lot). But that's fine, in a mostly mindless way. I miss the tactical depth of DA:O, but when I've got a baby keeping me up all night, sometimes mindless is good. There's also a lot of text and background stuff. I don't think all of it fits with DA:O. Like, I just met an Enchanter who isn't Tranquil, so that's odd. And I remember the Circle in Ferelden - there simply weren't enough living mages for there to be gangs of the things gone heretical kicking around the Hinterlands (also kind of odd to have the Redcliffe area of Ferelden to be called the Hinterlands - I had the impression it was a pretty central area of the kingdom). I'd hoped playing DA:I hot off the heels of DA:O would give me insights into the world of DA:I - I think it's done more harm than good to my enjoyment of the game, to be honest.
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19. Video Game: Strike Team Hydra [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Strike Team Hydra
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…. Last we left off, we got our asses handed to us. Here, we reattempted Mission 7 on Normal mode instead of Hard mode, and easily beat it this time. The tables have turned, nearly 180 degrees! Shots still miss every now and then, but enemy units that have a half or full shield icon pointed at your currently selected char. (to indicate they have some, or full cover) manage to take hits more hits every now and then.

Enemies fell pretty swiftly. For example, more of them go down in one round, which can be big, as the battlegroup in C (it's in the spoilers of the link above) can live long enough to help out group B. Otherwise, they get by attacks/spells/abilities that change their state to Panic (has boosted evasion, but can't attack or use abilities) or Stunned (can't move, attack, use abilities, nor do squat of much), and are incapacitated for 2 to 4 rounds (which is a damn long time for context's sake, as they usually die before they can recover ).


I beat the level, took a screenshot of the chars that leveled up... but then ran into that "issue" where sometimes, pressing the power button on my Ipad causes the app to force close shake Good news is, the 2 levels that leveled up (to lv3) got to stay that way. The rest that got XP also retained that is seems. Bad news is I had to replay the level. Finished it in short order, and good news is I got another round of XP.

I think I'll be sticking to Normal from now on, and will either do Hard or Brutal (or was it called Extreme) if a combo of the following end up true:
--They fix the tendency for the game to force exit if you press the Ipad's power button or if you let the screen turn off due to time out
--I can find some tangible benefit to playing a harder difficulty
--I have the time to come back to these (currently, my priority is to just get through the game, and not get bogged down by the individual levels)
--I have more leveled up chars to make things easier (it is a TRPG )
--I get better equipment


Speaking of which, prior to replaying the level, I did equip all of what little gear I had onto my crew. Only 2 to 3 of them actually boosted stats (e.g. +2 AP, +1 Evasion, +1 Range). The rest just say something like lv5, or lv14. No sure if that means I need to get to that level in order uncover any benefits from equipping them (currently, I can still equip them for seemingly no effect), or it'd be more useful to just sell them for the credits to buy better stuff.

Again, I like shopping in RPGs, but I prefer a more minimalistic approach. And for reference, even the shopping in games like Final Fantasy 4, 6, and 4: The After years, for equipment (not to be confused with items/sundries), has felt cumbersome at times. Here, they don't even give you the courtesy of visual cues (e.g. attack 10 - 13 --> 10 - 15... complete with green and red font for improvements/worsening, and showing "before and after" at once glance, instead of having to apply the equipment, and eyeing down the before and after yourself.


I was going to start a thread on game difficulty levels, but it turns out, I'm way ahead of myself laugh
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1741463/which-difficult...



Complete Mission 8. Enemies were also a easy here. Not pushover, as one "controllable NPC" (not part the usual lineup) did die. One unique thing about this level...
Spoiler (click to reveal)
since it's the last one "in a block", as arranged on the Mission select menu screen, there was a boss battle. A large guy with a gun. Had 160hp. Contrast to all other underlyings with 35 to 80hp

Consult the spoiler in the link above for a rudimentary map, but you start on the left hand side, I moved all my unit towards the center (including the turret), and eventually moved into the bottom right area (where team C was in that past mission)

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This nod back to Castlevania is okay.

I'm on the last level. The game is probably about 5 hours long or less.

The NES graphics are alright, but the controls are equally NES era clunky. Was hoping it would be more fluid like Shovel Knight.


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Also, having completed, and completely leveled Titiana, I was able to finish the test for Mastery Rank 11. Based on my trials runs, I should be completing the test for Mastery Rank 12 tonight.

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Now that I know to make peace with the disappointment of Soviet Siberia instead of ancient ruins, Rise does look and play a lot better. And bombs!

One thing about the Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration edition that I have is that all the outfits are available from the start, robbing me of the pleasure of unlocking them, and thus devaluing them. Which is kinda dumb.
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Before that I made yet another modest attempt or two at getting good at Don't Starve, with mixed success. Mixed meaning on one attempt I walked into bees while navigating by torchlight on day three and getting stung to death almost instantly. I have another attempt that seems to be going much better, but I made my camp too close to a beefalo herd, and I expect disaster to soon ensue.
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