Jerec's Games of October 2021
October 31, 2021

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)

So I listed this as finished last month. I beat the end boss, saw the end credits. It said "The End" then it swerved into a "To be continued" and then the game just kept on going. To its credit, this isn't the usual late game/post game explosion of side quests, this is a legit third act to the game. The story goes in a very interesting direction and leads into a new threat and opens up the world for exploration. I've made quite a bit of progress along this line, but ran into some difficulty spikes, so I've spent some time wrapping up side quests and finally doing the Tickington quests (where I get to play in 2D and visit locations from the earlier 10 Dragon Quest games). Still got a fair amount of content to go, and I'm content to not start another JRPG until I well and truly put this to rest.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

Still doing the daily stuff. New content incoming!

Danganronpa 1-2 Reloaded (PS4)

I wrapped up School Mode in Danganronpa 1. Unlocked all the trophies except a couple of difficulty-based trial ones, which I might go back to. Decided to let this one rest a while before I begin Danganronpa 2.

Star Wars Racer (Switch)

Played a bit, but got glitched in a race where I got stuck and lost the race so I quit. Haven't been back to it. Not really an interesting game to talk about in terms of progress, anyway. Just race some tracks and upgrade my pod until there's nothing more to do.

Muv-Luv Unlimited (Vita)

I started Muv-Luv Unlimited, the second visual novel on this pack of two (and the middle of the trilogy). The protagonist wakes up in a parallel world where they're fighting an alien invasion. He sees his friends in a new light. I'm up to Chapter 3. I'm enjoying the premise and the character stuff. I've been taking my Vita with me on the train sometimes to help pass the time. It's a little odd how little progress I make on a 40 minute train ride, though.

Mass Effect 3 (PS4)

Started the third game in the trilogy - the one I remember the least about. I played the first two games multiple times back when they were new, but I only played this once, and never touched the DLC, so this has been interesting for me. The gameplay is the most refined here. I think it's an improvement on 2. The story has this weird disconnect where everything seems urgent and the invasion is happening "right now" but Shepherd can travel all around the known universe doing missions and stuff.

Ys: The Oath in Felghana (Steam)

Moved onto the next Ys game, in story order. This is the remake of Ys III, done in the style of Ys VI and Ys Origin. Adol seemed pretty sluggish in the opening hours of this game until I finally unlocked dash, double jump, and all the other moves I take for granted. The story is intriguing. We're in Dogi's homeland and there's some stuff going on with some artifacts and ancient ruins, and an evil ruler and all that. Gameplay is typical Ys dungeon crawling - mines, ruins, caves. Fight enemies to level up and then go get your ass kicked by bosses over and over until you finally get lucky and figure it out. I'm playing on Normal difficulty, but this is the hardest Ys game I've played yet. The boss patterns are much harder to predict than they were in Origin. I'm about 5 hours in. Progress is slow. I'll get there. I may have to drop the difficulty to easy, but I'll get there.

Fire Emblem: Fates (3DS)

Another portable game that is getting a lot of play time from me. Made a reasonable amount of story progress in the Birthright campaign, plus a lot of grinding on challenge battles. I really wish this one was better written (or localised). These characters aren't really memorable in any way. They half assed three games here when they probably should've focused on making one really good game. Playing this after Three Houses really makes the flaws more apparent. But damn if the battles aren't a lot of fun. I'll keep battling while I sleepwalk through the optional character stuff.

Ys vs Trails in the Sky: Alternative Saga (PSP)

Geofront released a localisation patch for this Japan only fighting game. It's an arena style fighting game with characters from some Ys games, plus the Trails in the Sky trilogy. I haven't played too much of this one yet, but I do plan on giving it a fair go. The story is kinda basic, just a way to get all these characters into the same place (to fight some greater threat), but first you have to fight them because of course you do. I loaded this up on my Vita, but I'm wondering if playing on a PSP emulator on my PC might be better so I can possibly run it through Steamlink, with high resolution patches and stuff. This sort of game really isn't suited to handhelds.

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception (PS4)

Plodding along with the story. These visual novels really love slice of life and basically over-writing every conversation. Played a couple of battles. I've played better turn based strategy games, but since I'm playing with so few characters, I think this hasn't really opened up fully yet. This is the ideal game for me to switch on when I'm too tired to do much else in the evening and I'm bored of TV.

Mario Party Superstars (Switch)

Just bought this one today. Gonna play online with friends. I did play one board against three CPU characters, which brough back some good memories. I like this so far.

NEGLECTED

Ni No Kuni
Bug Fables
Uncharted
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD
Xenogears
Pic-a-Pix Pieces (Vita)

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honestgamer honestgamer - November 01, 2021 (03:37 PM)
When I'm ready to start spending money regularly on games again (I'm still in the "Don't have a job" phase of my career, though I have a second interview with a potential employer later this week), I'd like to get Mario Party Superstars. That franchise and I go way back--to the very beginning--and I have had a lot of fun with it over the years. I don't play as many games right now as I used to, even while unemployed, because I am trying to give my indie author career a long-overdue push, but Mario Party seems like something I could fit into my schedule!
jerec jerec - November 02, 2021 (12:11 AM)
Good luck with the interviews! The original Mario Party is still my favourite, though that's probably nostalgia speaking. It was a mainstay in my line up of N64 multiplayer games, with Mario Kart, Smash Bros, and Goldeneye/Perfect Dark. Technically Mario Party 2 since they took out the control stick spinning (which Superstars has put back in for a couple of mini games...)
Genj Genj - November 06, 2021 (07:03 AM)
I've only played the Awakening and on Fire Emblems but Fates was definitely my least favorite. The Gaiden remake (Echoes or whatever it was localized as) was actually really good if you haven't played it (it was a very late 3DS game).

I remember being so excited for ME3. I abandoned my 2nd playthrough after a couple hours. What a huge letdown. I feel like a lot of third games are disappointing (with obvious exceptions).
jerec jerec - November 06, 2021 (01:12 PM)
Awakening got me into the series - very enjoyable. I have Echoes, but I haven't started it (would like to find a Celica amiibo. I have Alm, but these are stupidily rare/expensive).

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