Jerec's Games of April 2021
April 30, 2021

Another month of gaming!


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.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition - Future Connected (Switch)

I finished the main game last year and made a start on the bonus Future Connected chapter, but I was a little burned out at that point so I shelved it. Decided to go back to it this month and knocked out the whole thing. The chapter is only about 12 hours long, but it tells a pretty good story, mostly focused on Melia and the fate of her people, which is something the main game didn't quite do enough of. Surprised they got Jenna Coleman back to voice Melia, since her fame has skyrocketed in the last ten years. As it takes place in its own side game, you start with characters at level 60 (and I got them to about 80 by the end), but there's fewer options to build the party and high level grinding is limited, so the last few bits were bloody hard, harder than anything in the main game (which you can kinda break if you know what you're doing).


Steins;Gate ELITE (Steam)

This month I finished Chapter 3 and 4, and made a start on Chapter 5, where things do start getting more intense. I find I'm not playing it that much right now since I have so many other things to do. I feel like I can play this for an hour or an hour and a half but barely make any progress, since visual novels tend to be very slow with scenes playing out so much slower than in the anime because we spend a lot of time in Okabe's head. Another game has been devouring my time this month.

Pic-a-Pix Pieces (Vita)

I've completed a few of the pictures, but there's no hurry to get through this. I'm getting used to colour picross - first time I've played one of these games where I need to work out which colour to use along with the spacing, which is slowing me down a bit. I was making a few silly mistakes by leaving gaps where there weren't.

Faerie Solitare Harvest (Steam)

Slowly plodding along.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

The latest update is just a slight modification on last year's events at this time of year. I need a 2.0 update soon...

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)

I'm a few chapters post timeskip, so I am in new territory story-wise now. Took a break because another game is devouring my time this month...

Fire Emblem: Fates (3DS)

Played a few missions.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)

My sister visited and we played some multiplayer. Feeling inspired, I then continued to play a bit more myself to unlock more kart customisation stuff, and get those 3 star trophies. Still on 50 CC right now. I bought this to replace the Wii U version, but I haven't really gotten my money's worth yet since I've barely played it.

Danganronpa 1-2 Reloaded (PS4)

Finished Chapter 4, although I did it in the last few days of April just to try and stay on track. Because another game has been devouring my time.

Ys II (Steam)

I made a little progress. I went to a town where everyone hated me, but then I found out it was because monsters had kidnapped a kid. So I went to find him, and because I'm following a guide, I was clued into two achievements. One of them branded me a sexual predator. But maybe I redeemed myself by getting the kid up to level 20 to the point he could hold his own in battle. He may come after Adol one day... I was hoping to finish Ys II this month so I could move onto Origins, but yeah, the next game on my list.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)

Okay, some background. I bought XC2 when it first released back in late 2017 (only a few months after I got my Switch). I played about 15 hours into Chapter 3 and just stopped. I don't even remember why. The game might've been too complicated, or maybe I feared getting walked in on when Pyra was on screen, since I wasn't living by myself back then. After finishing Future Connected, I felt the need for more Xenoblade. I figured since I dropped off before, I wouldn't restart the game. I re-watched all the cutscenes in the event viewer, then jumped back into the game. There was a bit of an adjustment mode where I tried to relearn all the various mechanics and systems (I swear, this game might be a little too complicated for its own good). In only a couple of days, my 15 hour save file became 25. As of yesterday, I'm close to 60 hours and have just started Chapter 7. The game is bloody addictive. I think if I'd managed to get to Chapter 4 a few years ago, I would've kept going, because the game really opens up at that point and stops adding tutorials. The Merc missions and blade collecting is really addictive. Working on side quests and blade affinity, then moving on with the main story when I run out of stuff to do... This has been an all day every day kinda game. I actually didn't play it today so I could finish off Persona 5 Strikers, which was a tougher decision than I expected. I've also got the expansion pass, so even when I finish this, I'll still have Torna: The Golden Country, but if burnout sets in like it did with Future Connected last year, then I have something to save for later. Rumblings at Monolith suggest something is coming - hoping it's a XCX port, since I want to play that but I honestly can't stand the Wii U gamepad. Or maybe a new game entirely.


Ni No Kuni - still benched for being annoying.
Bug Fables - it's good, but the competition for my time is intense at the moment.
Uncharted - lol, it was probably a bad time to start that, in hindsight.
Trails series - I have Cold Steel III and IV ready to go, but the Geofront translation of Azure isn't out yet, so the series is still on pause. If it comes out before I'm done with Xenoblade Chronicles 2, I may be in trouble.

Most recent blog posts from Jerec ...

EmP EmP - April 30, 2021 (04:11 AM)
How I resumed an RPG I started 3 years ago without restarting.


I could get so many games crossed off my backlog if I was able to do this.
jerec jerec - April 30, 2021 (03:34 PM)
I can't imagine how unstoppable you would be with this power.
honestgamer honestgamer - April 30, 2021 (08:05 PM)
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 still introduces little tutorial tidbits right up to the end, Jerec. If memory serves, the very last battle includes a tutorial segment. If it wasn't the actual last battle, I know it was close to it. That game sure does love its battle systems. But yeah, it's also pretty addictive. I haven't yet started Torna myself for that reason.
overdrive overdrive - May 04, 2021 (02:36 PM)
Huh, never knew they made a side-story to the first Xenoblade Chronicles, but since it's apparently native to the Switch port and I played the game on the Wii, doubt I'll ever see it. But, yeah, it is possible to break that game. Hell, for me, the ending was really anti-climactic because I'd been doing side-quests, mark hunts and exploring that part of the early-game caverns that opens up really late in the game and, as a result, found I was WAY more powerful than the final bosses.
jerec jerec - May 04, 2021 (02:44 PM)
Overdrive - absolutely. The final boss was a breeze. I think the hardest boss initially was when you're rescuing Juju early on, but that was because I was buying into the sense of urgency and following the marker, rather than doing 10 hours of sidequests in Guar Plains first. Xenoblade 2 is mostly the same. I'm pretty far into the story, and the next objective conveys a sense of urgency, but I've been ignoring it to go do sidequests everywhere else.
Genj Genj - May 08, 2021 (03:51 AM)
Xenoblade X is probably the last big Wii U that needs a Switch port. Tetsuya Takahashi has said in the past it might be too big to fit on a Switch cart unfortunately. I'd like a port of X as well mainly because I'd like to replay it without the tablet (its functionality was a hindrance rather than an asset), but that game could also use some re-tooling. It's easily the weakest of the 3 Xenoblades largely because it was planned as an MMO of sorts and was switched to an offline game rather late in development. As a result, the game requires a lot of grindy activities to progress the main story. Also Takahashi (the Xenogears guy) apparently wrote a significantly longer story that was heavily edited down, so it feels like a lot is missing.
honestgamer honestgamer - May 09, 2021 (07:21 PM)
It seems like they could have fixed the story problem by letting a character sit down in a chair or something and fill in some of the missing bits.
jerec jerec - May 10, 2021 (12:51 AM)
I remember Disc 2 of Xenogears was mocked in the old reviewing scene between here and GameFAQs, but some of us are really into visual novels now so it might not be so bad.
overdrive overdrive - May 10, 2021 (12:29 PM)
Maybe we could have a tag team review of Xenogears, where I review Disc 1, where you typically are playing a video game and EmP can review Disc 2, where you're dealing with a visual novel with occasional bits of action. We'd both be in our comfort zones!

Jerec, for me, the times when XC was most difficult was when the game suddenly tossed a spike boss-level mark hurt at me. I'd be doing my thing and suddenly realizing that my party's life was plummeting because they were, you know, attacking. I remember hating one of those enemies in the forest area near the village of annoying little Care Bear critters because it was a spike enemy AND it liked to roam in an area where, if you weren't careful, a L97 or so giant dinosaur would be aggro'd. Until I reached that point, I think the majority of my deaths were in the area around the first city because I'm big about exploring everywhere and, well, you swim a bit away from the town and suddenly, everything is L70 or so. There I am, hanging with Reyn, I see a combat icon appear and I get one-shot by a small fish.
jerec jerec - May 10, 2021 (03:18 PM)
Oh yeah, friggin' spike enemies. So you basically need to keep Monado-Aura on standby the entire fight.

But that is the thing with Xenoblade... the story bosses are usually nothing compared to the beasts roaming the world you accidentally get too close to. Xenoblade 2 has a huge level 90 beast that roams just outside the town in the first big area you go to, and all you can do is run.
overdrive overdrive - May 11, 2021 (10:03 AM)
Just like Territorial Rotbert or whatever it was called in the first game. It was really fun when I'd gotten into the 80s or so and finally didn't have to watch out for that dude and was simply able to pound him into the dirt.

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