Jerec's Games of November
November 30, 2021

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)

Okay, this is the main game I played this month. Prior to the big 2.0 update, I was still playing AC a little bit every day. Sometimes 20-30 minutes. I think I've been averaging between 1.5 and 2 hours a day this month, and it probably would've been a lot more if I wasn't working. The new update has added quite a few more things for me to be doing everyday. I've finally felt motivated to work on developing my island more, since it was sort of a half-finished project for a while. It's not quite done - terraforming is still a pain in the ass, so I do it a bit at a time. But I have a goal I'm trying to shoot for.

I also purchased the DLC - Happy Home Paradise. I heard the N64 games weren't so great on the Switch Online Expansion, so I opted to ignore that whole thing and just buy the DLC outright. I think it was a good idea adding what is basically a whole game into the base game rather than a standalone sequel (which might be why the 3DS original didn't really grab me). This DLC lets you design holiday houses for animal villagers - you'll get some randoms showing up on the island each day, or you can use amiibo to invite them, or invite villagers on your island in the main game. You unlock more and more stuff as you go, and eventually get to build facility type buildings, like a school, cafe, etc.

The game has its hooks me in me once again, and I don't mind. This is the perfect game to relax me after work.

Mario Party Superstars (Switch)

Still waiting for some of my friends to buy this... I've at least played all the boards once in single player. Might need to do Peach's Birthday Cake again since I didn't win that one.

Mass Effect 3 (PS4)

I'm up to Tuchunka, one of the big missions (and one of the BEST moments in the series, oh Mordin). I'm putting it off to make sure I wrap up all the other sidequests the game has given me since I know doing this mission triggers the next act and changes things up. My opinion on this game has probably gone up the most since the first time I played it. I think the gameplay is the most refined of the trilogy, and removing all the multiplayer stuff helps (I never liked feeling the pressure to do any of that as it somehow impacted on the single player story). The game pays off character beats and plot points set up in the previous two games, and yeah, I still remember the ending. But I've been taking my time and really savouring it. I only cleared a few missions this month, but I'm hooked and will keep on going.

Muv-Luv Unlimited (Vita)

A small amount of progress into Chapter 3. I keep meaning to take my Vita with me on the train but I end up just listening to music and dozing off instead.

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception (PS4)

A little progres here, did a couple of battles. I probably need to pick up the pace with both these visual novels, or I'll start to forget earlier stuff. Probably not a good idea to try doing two of them at once.

Ys: The Oath in Felghana (Steam)

I was stuck on the boss at the bottom of the abandoned mine last month. I'm still stuck this month, but I spent some time to grind one more level (and that took ages, suggesting I probably am over-leveled). I'm playing on Normal, and it won't let me change to Easy. And I'm not starting over and re-doing 6 hours of gameplay just to try it again on Easy, so I guess I push through. Fortunately, my last attempt at this boss got me closer than ever to beating it, so I just need to keep trying. Sadly, the wired Xbox 360 controller I'm using is on the way out, so I ordered a new PC controller during the Black Friday sales.

Imposter Factory (Steam)

Just picked this up on sale. It's the next game from the guy who did To the Moon, and Finding Paradise, which I loved. I'm not too sure what this game is about, but it does have some timey-wimey weirdness going on and I am intrigued.

PAUSED

Dragon Quest XI S (Switch)
Danganronpa 1-2 Reloaded (PS4)
Star Wars Racer (Switch)
Fire Emblem: Fates (3DS)
Ys vs Trails in the Sky: Alternative Saga (PSP)
Ni No Kuni (PS3)
Bug Fables (Switch)
Uncharted (PS4)
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD (Switch)
Xenogears (PS1)
Pic-a-Pix Pieces (Vita)

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honestgamer honestgamer - December 05, 2021 (02:51 PM)
I hadn't paid particularly close attention to the new Animal Crossing content, since it was part of a subscription I don't want to pay for at the moment, so I didn't know it was also available as a standalone purchase. I might need to buy it, as I know both myself and my significant other would probably get some use out of it. Like you, I find that Animal Crossing can be a good way to wind down after something stressful like a day at work.
jerec jerec - December 05, 2021 (09:56 PM)
Yeah, didn't think the Expansion pass was worth it, especially with reports of the N64 games being emulated poorly. Even without the DLC, the 2.0 update for AC is pretty big. Loving it, but I really felt like a lot of this stuff should've been there from Day 1, or added within the first few months. They were really drip feeding content to us for a while. I figured Covid disrupted their roadmap, since the first couple of updates seemed pretty good.

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