Game Progress and 10 Games I Hope to Finish Next
September 03, 2017

Aphelion Episode Two: Wings of Omega (360)
Started, and I'm more than halfway through it. In the course of my progress, I ran into episode one's final boss, Selus. He's a pushover now, as are almost all of the bosses in ep. 2. In fact, this whole game is pretty dumbed down from its predecessor.

They did make a few improvements, though. For instance, there's more than three territories to explore this time around, plus a teleporter that appears next to some save points that allows you to fast travel. The devs also retooled the ability chart so that it's leaner. However, the game is still boring, and it's somehow less interesting than the first episode.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening (PS3)
Finished it, wrote a review. Thank goodness this is out of the way.

Victor Vran (PC)
I went through a dungeon--I want to say it was the Royal Crypt--and killed everything I could, boss included. I didn't have time to game beyond that, so I saved and quit before moseying to the lower level of the crypt. Thankfully, I can fast travel there from the hub.

Genital Jousting (PC) [EARLY ACCESS]
I tried to get this game to run and I can't make it past the menu. For some reason, it won't let me select anything, not even quit. I left a message in the forum, so hopefully this gets addressed.

And, as promised, 10 games I hope to finish in the near future (and possibly review):

10: Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4)
I've wanted to get to this one, but others keep getting in the way. Soon though...

9. 3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)
I picked this one up not too long ago, and would like to finally play through it. The concept sounds interesting, plus it's made by From Software.

8. Victor Vran (PC)
As addictive as this game is, I'm surprised I haven't finished it yet.

7. Transistor (PC)
See Vran.

6. Adventurer Manager (PC)
It's not as sim-like as it seems, but it's still a decent indie RPG and I'd like to see it through.

5. Red Goddess: Inner World (PC)
This is a pretty blah Metroidvania game, but I still want to get it out of the way. I don't recommend it so far.

4. Dragon Age II (PS3)
Having completed DA:O and its major expansion, this is the logical next step.

3. Aya and the Cubes of Light (Wii)
I've been meaning to start this one, but have been distracted of late.

2. Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome (PS2)
I started this on PS2, but didn't go much farther than the first few levels. I'd like to get more into it, as it seems like a fun Disgaea-like title.

1. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)
Who hasn't beaten this game yet? Me. Sad react.

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honestgamer honestgamer - September 04, 2017 (10:35 AM)
Makai Kingdom is very good, and very Disgaea-like (coming from the same developer). It was made around the time NIS America was exploring options other than the reliable grid for combat (see also Phantom Brave), but it was still quite accessible and character customization felt deep to me at the time. I even had a guide for it, from Doublejump Books (which published Hardcore Gamer Magazine, which I wrote for at the time).

Red Goddess: Inner World is one the developer promoted heavily in my inbox around the time of its release, and I thought it looked interesting. I'm sorry to hear it wound up being a disappointment.

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