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What the Hell Am I Getting Myself Into?
Posted January 06, 2022 by JoeTheDestroyer

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Not that long ago, I reviewed the Aldorlea-developed RPG 3 Stars of Destiny. It was nothing special. You would think I'd stay away from their stuff as a result, but instead I found myself loading up this one. I'll give this game credit: it's a cut above 3 Stars. Unfortunately, it's still nothing great...

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Jerec's Games of December 2021
Posted December 31, 2021 by jerec

I've managed to keep this up for a year. I think this is about the extent I feel like writing about games these days. I have actually tried writing some reviews this year, and in an ideal world I would review every game I finished or played a lot of, but I guess that aspect of games writing doesn't interest me so much anymore. I end the year employed, and I feel lucky to have a good job particularly with this antiwork movement going on. I'm on leave right now from Christmas (back to work January 10th), so December saw a little more activity.

FINISHED

Imposter Factory (Steam)

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Games I Played This Year That Kicked Ass: 2021 Edition
Posted December 31, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

I don't know if it's just me, but this list feels short. I mean, in comparison to the total number of different games I played this year, this catalog feels like nothing. I blame Wild Arms 3 for soaking up so much of my time, but also my own lack of scrutiny for buying so many blah Steam titles. Thankfully, I still ran into a respectable handful of decent games, and that's gotta count for something...

Honorable Mentions: Games I Didn't Play Enough to Qualify
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark- A solid quasi-FFTactics that fell out of my favor because it just wasn't quite what I was looking for at the time I started it. I can see myself going more thoroughly through this one down the line...

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Jerec's Games of November
Posted November 30, 2021 by jerec

Gaming progress has been pretty limited for what games I did play, and more stuff has slipped through the cracks. I keep it on my list to remind myself.

COMPLETED

Nothing.

IN PROGRESS

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Jerec's Games of October 2021
Posted October 31, 2021 by jerec

Started my new job this month. Gaming time predictably took a dive.

FINISHED

I finished nothing! I think partly because I wrapped up so many games in September, most of the below are new starts. And also the whole lack of time and being tired, thing. I was also planning to not have too many games going at once, but I got a bit carried away. Heh.

IN PROGRESS

Dragon Quest XI S (Switch)

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Jerec's Games of September 2021
Posted September 30, 2021 by jerec

I'll probably never have another month of gaming like this. I'm starting a new job in early October, and lockdown is hopefully ending here not long after. So this month, I really went for it. Once I'm back at work, I hope to have far fewer games in progress at one time, since that approach led to me barely completing anything until early 2020 when unemployment stuck and I went on this wonderful journey (or Trails) of games. I knocked out so many RPGs, with a few other genres getting represented.

FINISHED

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)

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The Steam Marketplace Massacre: The Music Machine will be playing soon.
Posted September 18, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

12. The Music Machine
Haley is possessed by Quintin, Quintin wants to kill Haley, and maybe they're going to bond? Who knows, because they're stranded on an abandoned resort island where a weird devices takes them to other worlds full of strangeness and suffering.

The Steam Marketplace Massacre

1. Mad Father Remake
2. A Wolf in Autumn
3. Apartment 666
4. Kio's Adventure
5. You Deserve
6. SIMULACRA
7. God's Basement
8. Oakwood
9. Locked-in syndrome
10. Tamashii
11. Gridberd
12. The Music Machine

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The Steam Marketplace Massacre: Gridberd joins the party
Posted September 17, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

11. Gridberd
Escape a mansion owned by a masked, axe-wielding maniac bent on revenge. And by "escape," I mean "walk at such an insufferably slow speed that you want to bore-quit after ten minutes."

The Steam Marketplace Massacre

1. Mad Father Remake
2. A Wolf in Autumn
3. Apartment 666
4. Kio's Adventure
5. You Deserve
6. SIMULACRA
7. God's Basement
8. Oakwood
9. Locked-in syndrome
10. Tamashii
11. Gridberd


Presenting this year's OctJOEber offering: THE STEAM MARKETPLACE MASSACRE
Posted September 11, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

"Joe, you haven't written much this year."

Correction. I haven't posted much this year, but I have at least 17 unposted reviews. I had one project I was working on that wasn't specifically intended to be an OctJOEber one, but just happened to see its completion right this month. Since we're this close, I may as well unveil it as such.

THE STEAM MARKETPLACE MASSACRE
Because I have enough horror in my library to do several October projects

1. Mad Father Remake
RPG Maker fare featuring a girl who discovers that her father is a mad scientist, and must find him somewhere in their mansion that's crawling with zombies and killer dolls.

2. A Wolf in Autumn

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Jerec's Games of August 2021
Posted August 30, 2021 by jerec

Finished three games this month, all Falcom.

FINISHED

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (PS4)

I finished this in the first couple of days of August. It feels like a long time ago now, oddly. It has been a long month of lockdown. So, yeah, the first ending was kinda meh. But once you've seen that ending you can load up the game again and go into the "true ending" which was very satisfying in an end of a saga sort of way. I spent close to a year playing through the nine games in this series, and it was some of the best JRPG experiences I've ever had. It does mean I'm taking a break from the series until the next game is out in English, which is sometime in 2023.

Ys II (Steam)

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So I finally got around to publishing another book...
Posted August 22, 2021 by honestgamer

This is a video game site, so I try not to post often about personal things unrelated, even though this is my blog. However, this is one of those times when I'm going to make an exception because how could I not?

As this post's title notes, I've published another book. The last time I did that was in the year 2000, when this site was much smaller and (as far as I can recall) I didn't know any of you who are likely to read this post today. A lot can change in over 20 years.

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My current HG plans, 8/14
Posted August 14, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

-Get ROTW done. No, I haven't forgotten about this.

-Finish Shotgun Legend and review it.

-Post my Astro Aqua Kitty review.

-Finish Wild Arms: Alter Code F and review it as well.

-Sit in the dark and laugh ominously for a few hours.

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Jerec's Games of July 2021
Posted July 31, 2021 by jerec

Another month. Sydney went back into lockdown in late June, and there is no sign of it ending soon. I had a job interview which seemed promising, which I'm hoping to hear back from soon. If I get that job, I'll probably be working from home in the beginning, which is the only thing likely to stop me playing games for several hours a day.

I don't think I've ever played one game/series with such a singular focus since I was a kid who only owned a handful of games. I may never be able to do this again.

FINISHED

Trails of Cold Steel III (PS4)

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Settling Back In
Posted July 04, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

It's been close to 2.5 months since my work promotion, and I think I'm starting to settle in. A lot of my absence had to do with establishing a routine, as well as dealing with low staffing (especially late spring to early autumn, which we refer to as "prime time" at the hospital). I don't want to get too much into it for professional reasons, and because it's kind of a boring topic for this site, but I think it'll be a while before things fully stabilize. Because of that, I'll likely disappear every so often, but spring back up as much as I can.

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Jerec's Games of June 2021
Posted June 29, 2021 by jerec

Another month of steady game progress, although some things are still getting left behind. This lets me at least keep track of the stuff I'm currently neglecting, at least.

FINISHED

Mass Effect 1 (PS4)

Finished Mass Effect. It's still a really great game due to the story and the characters, and although this version has seen some improvements, some existing issues remained. It really took me out of the game on multiple occasions when I go around opening containers and just getting mutliple guns thrown at me, then I keep bumping up against the inventory limit, so from time to time I just have to sell or gellify all my low level items. Inventory management was handled better in the two sequels, but it looks like they didn't bother fixing it for this.

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Jerec's Games of May 2021
Posted May 31, 2021 by jerec

Another month down.

FINISHED

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)

I've clocked in at over 150 hours, and there are still things I haven't done. But I've beaten everything I can without grinding to unlock the last few rare blades in the damn gacha system (why...?). There is also some stuff that requires New Game Plus, but I'm not ready for that. But as it is, I finished all the available sidequests and finished the game itself. I'll go back and finish Torna eventually.

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Jerec's Games of April 2021
Posted April 30, 2021 by jerec

Another month of gaming!

FINISHED

Persona 5: The Phantom Strikers (PS4)

This was a satisfying experience all around. It felt like a true and proper sequel to Persona 5, although since they worked on Royal at probably the same time, the additional content doesn't mesh as well. But that's okay. Some really awesome moments in the latter half of the game - some that fit right up there with moments from the original. I think I was about half way through by the end of March, and I knocked out the last section of the game today so it would count as an April finish, although there are still some post-game missions to do, and the remaining trophies don't look too difficult to obtain. But I'm counting this one as done since I beat the final boss and watched the end credits.

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Jason's amazing direct sale of PS4 games
Posted April 28, 2021 by honestgamer

Recently, I moved from one apartment to another and the process made me realize I have way too much... stuff. A lot of that stuff, admittedly, is games. And I do like games. I like owning a lot of them physically, even. But I've realized I need to be more selective about what I buy and keep, and I've accepted that a lot of the great games in my collection would give greater joy to other collectors while I shuffle priorities. So I purchased a lot of digital versions of games I own, and I went a little nuts and now I need to sell some stuff in a hurry.

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PS3/Vita game purchases get a stay of execution from Sony
Posted April 19, 2021 by honestgamer

Today Sony made a proclamation and it was actually good news for a change. In a special announcement, Jim Ryan revealed the company has (mostly) reversed course on its recent decision to stop selling games from various older platforms on the PlayStation Store.

Currently, PlayStation 3, PSP and Vita games were set to disappear from the store on July 2nd (in the case of the first two) and August 27th (in the Vita's case). This has unexpectedly changed.

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Stuff you might want to buy on the PlayStation Store while you still can
Posted April 09, 2021 by honestgamer

I've already blogged about why I believe it is a shame the PlayStation 3, Vita and PSP software libraries will no longer be available for purchase after July 2nd (for PS3 and PSP) and August 27th (for Vita). I won't repeat all of that here. Instead, I thought it might be useful to outline some of the games you can still buy today through the ludicrously awkward PlayStation Store on your PS3 console that you won't be able to purchase after the above dates.

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