What Are You Playing Wednesday

Donnel from <i>Fire Emblem: Awakening</i>. A young man using a pot as a helmet.

Donnel from Fire Emblem: Awakening. A young man using a pot as a helmet.

It is mid-week question time again here:

  • What games are you playing this week?
  • Would you recommend those games to other Border House readers?
  • What games have you ranting?
  • Are any of those games listed ones that you want to see covered on the site?

This week I played a lot of Fire Emblem: Awakening. I really enjoy the relationship building conversations. I wish that the main character could S rank relationships with same sex characters just as they can with opposite sex ones, but even without that I have genuinely enjoyed all of the relationship building vignettes.

So, what have you been playing?

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26 Responses to What Are You Playing Wednesday

  1. Sunatic says:

    Started Kirby’s Dreamland 2, but left it after a few days – because I suck at it so badly it just pisses me off. I really don’t need a high blood pressure on top of everything else right now, so no nintendohard Kirby for me. Instead I started Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Much more relaxing. After finishing Breath Of Fire 2 I was in the mood for RPGs or something similar, but a browse through our game collection was disappointing – most games are the kind roommate likes. So, as soon as the budget allows, back to searching the net for GBA games. <3

    • Sunatic says:

      Well, apparently I won’t be playing Superstar Saga either this week. I had gotten quite far and was happily levelgrinding. Then the battery ran out while saving. After recharging the battery and turning the game on again, I saw that my savefile was gone. Too pissed off to restart the game all over again anytime soon.

  2. Ricalia says:

    I’ve recently started playing Guild Wars 2, and while I’m enjoying the actual
    gameplay and the emphasis on collaboration, I’m finding it a bit difficult to
    actually talk to people or roleplay. Hopefully it will get better as I level
    up, but at the moment it seems as though the fact that you don’t need to
    properly team-up to work together menans that nobody feels any need to
    communicate.

    I’ve also completed several routes of the visual novel Katawa Shoujo, which is
    about a boy with a recently discovered heart defect moving to a new school for
    people with disabilities. Although I generally stay far away from dating games
    and eroge, it was recommended to me and I had some free time, so I figured why
    not. I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about the game, but at the very
    least it was thought provoking and it was quite nice for the characters to all
    have various disabilities and not have that be their sole trait. The game also
    has an option to disabled adult content, which is nice if you’re anything like
    me and have zero interest in the sex scenes.

    Um, I’m slowly making my way through Assassin’s Creed III, but it’s proving a challenge. The controls are difficult for me to use (PC), and I’m just not as attached to the storyline as I was in previous games. Everybody else seems to love it though, so I keep playing in the hope that I’ll have an epiphany. I’ll finish it eventually, but I pick up my copy of Metal Gear Rising tomorrow so it might be a month or two before that happens. Maybe longer.

  3. J. Keep says:

    Fire Emblem: Awakening has its claws into me too.

    Otherwise I’ve been sneaking in some time with Fallen Enchantress. I was terribly disappointed with it at first, but now that I’ve got the hang of playing it I’m actually debating if I like it better than Warlock: Master of the Arcane or not.

    Last week it was me obsessively playing the latest Skyrim DLC, Dragonborn, and having a nostalgia spasm for Morrowind! As such I am unfit to offer a fair opinion on it.

  4. Llamaentity says:

    This week, I played:

    – Mark of the Ninja. Beat it yesterday and really enjoyed it. Liked it even more as I progressed, partially because of the story and also because of the awesome gameplay (unlocking more outfits/abilities/gadgets). If you enjoy stealth games and platformers, I suggest checking this out.

    – 10000000. Also finished this week. Managed to free myself and got 15 million points on the game-winning run XD Really fun match-3 game with upgrades to unlock as you progress, although no emphasis on story. Recommended if you like that kinda thing :P

    – Jazz: Trump’s Journey. Finished this platformer as well. Was mostly fun, and I enjoyed most of the story. The ending was a bit unsettling, and the sometimes unresponsive controls made a few areas annoying to get through, but other than that it was good. Really liked the art and music c:

    – Bean’s Quest. Finally decided to go back to this challenging platformer and finished it at long last. Really loved the mechanics and I enjoyed collecting everything on every level. Disliked some of the stereotypes for characters, which sucks because the game was extremely fun and satisfying to complete.

    Other stuff I played:

    – Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. After someone wrote about this beautiful platformer here on TBH, I decided I must get it next time it went on sale. Well, it went on sale on Steam last week so I picked it up. Awesome platforming gameplay and I totally love the art style! So, whoever wrote about it and also whoever commented on it in one of these WAYPW posts, thanks for the recommendation XD

    – Aliens: Colonial Marines. About halfway done with this rather buggy FPS. Sort of enjoying it, only because I am playing co-op with my brother and because we make fun of how terrible the story is during every cutscene and scripted event.

    – God of Blades; Slydris; Punch Quest; Into the Dead. Other random games I played a bit when I had a bit of spare time. All pretty fun for some quick gaming.

    This coming week, I will probably work on Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams quite a bit. Will hopefully be done with Aliens: Colonial Marines as well. Hoping to find some time to play Torchlight II with Ike this weekend. Just picked up Dynamite Jack, so I will likely play that some, too!

  5. Lassarina says:

    I’ve been playing Magical Diary: Horse Hall, which is an adorable life-sim game I refer to as “Harry Potter with a female lead, 300% less childhood abuse, and more dating.” I am enjoying it quite a bit, especially the one class scene in which the professor started talking about non-binary gender; it was well-done and just sort of smoothly slotted in at an appropriate point. The puzzle dungeons are fun (if challenging) and have multiple solutions, and I am delighted by the characters.

    I’ve also been grinding patiently through Final Fantasy II on the PSP again, and missing the glitch from the GBA version where you could level spells just by selecting them and then cancelling. :|

    I’m hoping to have some time this weekend to get back to Kingdoms of Amalur, because I love the fae in that game so very, very, very much.

  6. Ike says:

    The themes of my week have been hidden-object adventure games and pinball games. In the first category, I played The Clockwork Man on the PC and Letters from Nowhere on the iPhone. The Clockwork Man, set in a steampunk alternate past, is the more forgiving of the two, allowing the user to click randomly in frustration, which I did on more than one occasion. Most search scenes have an additional puzzle to add variety to the game. Not unexpectedly, the steampunk world in The Clockwork Man is both whitewashed and sexist. This is a world in which white Europeans are going on expeditions into the jungles of South America. The main character is a white woman who faces casual benevolent sexism from the men she encounters (so far, they’re all men). In some scenes, there are statues and artifacts, presumably looted from non-European cultures. Other than these aspects of the game, I have enjoyed my time with The Clockwork Man. Also, the titular Clockwork Man is an adorable little robot named Sprocket who speaks in whirrs that only the main character can understand.

    Letters from Nowhere, which is set in modern times, also features a white woman as the main character. The gameplay offers a greater challenge, as the player earns points for each object that is found. Objects can be “chained” (ie: found in quick succession) for an increase in points and for achievements. Each level also has hidden stamps that can be found for achievements. Randomly tapping is penalized with loss of points. The points can be used to buy powerups that can make levels or certain achievements easier. I am eager to finish Letters from Nowhere and may even replay some levels for achievements.

    For the second theme of my week, pinball games, two games in particular stood out: Momonga Pinball, which was recommended to me by Llamaentity, and the problematically-named Pinball M*n**cs. Both games are on iOS. Before I made the decision to purchase Momonga Pinball, Llamaentity warned me about its charater design, which employs racist stereotypes of Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and East Asians (so far). I have been able to compartmentalize, due in part to the cute, fuzzy animals serving as pinballs. The gameplay in Momonga Pinball is a fantastic twist on pinball. The main character, who is also the ball, is launched into a series of pinball tables, one after the next, making for a fast-paced adventure. Pinball M*n**cs is more of a traditional pinball game, with each table as a separate level. The player completes certain goals, such as finishing a level under a time limit or reaching a number of points, to earn stars, which can then be used to purchase powerups. Ableism and racism aside, both of these pinball games have been enjoyable.

    Some other games that I have played on iOS this week, all of which I recommend:

    -League of Heroes, a hack-and-slash adventure game. Energy in this game, although time-based, replenishes quickly enough for continued play.

    -Polara, a puzzle platform with a nifty mechanic. The player changes the color of the character’s suit, allowing her to withstand attacks from red or blue lights.

    -Prime World: Alchemy, a match-3 game similar to Triple Town where matched objects morph into a higher-level object. Each level is timed, and I wish they would add an unlimited play mode where I could just match objects until the screen filled up.

    -Magic Orbz, a breakout-style game where the blocks are actually a scene with different objects to destroy.

    -Asphalt 7: Heat, a racing game. Llamaentity informed me that there were different control modes beyond tilting the phone, but I haven’t tried them out yet.

  7. Kimiko says:

    I completed Jetpack Joyride (Vita) and Analogue: A Hate Story (Linux).

    I still have Corpse Party (PSP, re-play) and PicDun (DSiWare) waiting, but I wasn’t in the mood for them.

    So instead I started Star Ocean: Second Evolution (PSP). It’s on UMD, so I actually have to play it on the PSP, not the Vita. So far it’s pretty good. Not really different from what I remember of SO2 on emulated PS1, except for Welch. Is it me, or do the characters look younger in this version? I also don’t remember Precis being so much like Welch. Pity I can’t have all my favorite characters in battle at the same time.

    Let’s see, what else happened this week? Oh yes, I finally rebooted my PC and switched back to the open source AMD video driver. It doesn’t use the video card to its max, but at least now I can use Steam again. I bought Lume from the Steam For Linux launch sale, but haven’t checked it out yet.

    I wish I had more time to play all the games I want. Or maybe I shouldn’t spend so much time reading the Tweeter and stuff.

    • prezzey says:

      Lume is very short, so you can just play it right away :] It only took me an hour to finish.

      I found the Steam Linux package so annoying to install on anything that’s not Ubuntu (even Debian! :O ) that I just installed Desura instead. Works fine, but argh, Humble Bundles no longer come with Desura keys.

  8. luminum says:

    Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced. Been a long time since I played it, and it’s fun taking more time to learn the usefulness of some of the jobs I ignored before.

  9. Timmy_Mac614 says:

    Work has hijacked my life including my 4 in February efforts. I haven’t played any of the 4 goal games in the past week.

    On Saturday, I hosted a video game party. My friends and I played the crazy Tokyo Jungle, Street Fighter X Tekken, GoldenEye Reloaded, and PlayStation All-Stars. I have to say that playing as a Pomeranian was a lot of fun. Tokyo Jungle actually surprised as how entertaining the game was.

  10. Merrypetal says:

    Still playing Bioshock and relieved to have completed Fort Frolic and oh what an end to that level. Well worth the goosebumps. I was going to start Bioshock 2 right after this, but I think I want to be above sea level just a bit and will re-start Skyrim. I was inspired to go back to Amalur after everyone’s posts and I’m glad I did. It is such a lovely world. I keep checking – now what that main mission again?? – and then wander off on some side mission … 40 hours plus and I don’t think I’ve got very far at all! Enjoying watching hubby play through Mass Effect 2 and imo there is no RPG quite like the ME trilogy.

  11. Doug S. says:

    Still just Persona 4.

  12. Lupus753 says:

    Also playing a lot of Awakening. It’s almost too bad that this game only allow monogamous relationships and marriages result in children, otherwise they might have allowed gay marriage.

    Just kidding, you would’ve been barred either way. Supposedly, old man Hubba said some homophobic things with the Hubba Tester in the Japanese version. Other than that, it’s a very good game.

  13. prezzey says:

    Tales of Graces f (the offline co-op is pretty cool). And a little Mass Effect multiplayer, wish I had time for more. Just unlocked a bunch of classes now that there is finally a way to unlock them separately (well, for the most part).

  14. Alex says:

    Still playing FFXIII I’M NEAR THE END I CAN FEEL IT

  15. Can we rename these posts “What Are You NOT Playing This Wednesday” so I feel less bad about having to take a self-imposed break from games until my comprehensive exams are over? [I was bad and snuck in a little Dead Space but NO MORE!]

  16. dr. b. says:

    It’s been a areal JRPG kind of week for me. I am finally playing Ni No Kuni (after going through the digital download fiasco), Final Fantasy VIII on the Vita (loved that anniversary sale), and Lemmings on the Vita when I want to play a quick level or 2 of something.

    I am really just biding my time for the new Tomb Raider.

  17. Stille says:

    I finished Bastion this week. I’m too zombie right now to write much about it(and there can be quite a lot to write about it), but I really enjoy how lacking in dead weight that game is. There’s often the tendency to add everything and the kitchen sink to a game, and it’s refreshing when this doesn’t happen. I also loved the game’s pantheon, and the music was awesome.

    Beyond that, there’s an Elder Scrolls ARG kinda thing that started on the Bethesda forums until memospore threads stopped being allowed on the lore forums after the night we aren’t supposed to talk about anymore happened. Seems like the mods weren’t in on the whole thing. The whole thing is Kirkbride’s baby, so most of what we’ve been getting has been his particular brand of Tamriel with extra weird on, non-canon-but-will-most-likely-become-so-next-game kind of stuff. Biggest payoff until now was a 51-page script of an episode of a historical dreamsleeve series, so you can bet we’re having fun. Anyway, the whole thing has now mostly moved on /r/teslore’s IRC, /r/teslore and the Imperial Library forums, if anyone here is interested.

  18. Momiji says:

    I completed my first playthrough as a Mechromancer in Borderlands 2, and after wrapping up the last side missions, I decided to play something completely different. Inspired by the Dreamfall Kickstarter, I decided that it was time to play The Longest Journey, that I own but hadn’t played before. At first I wasn’t sure why I hadn’t played it, since it seem right up my alley, but when I checked the releasedate I saw that it was released the same year that I moved out from my family to begin my studies at the University and thus had no computer of my own, nor any budget for games.

    I’m currently playing the 3d chapter of the game, and I enjoy it a lot, but wow, some of the gameplay design choices are just hard to wrap my head around after playing more recent adventure games. Monologues that never end, the lack of a clear indicator for where I can click, no hint system, well, the list goes on. I’ve already had to use a walkthrough a couple of times after getting stuck. It’s not a game suited for impatient people. ;)

    Still, I enjoy the main character April Ryan and the story seems very promising so far. I usually play it a little bit before I go to sleep every night. It’s good for unwinding, and by playing it a little at the time, I don’t get too frustrated by the puzzles.

    I’ll probably continue playing Borderlands 2 on True Vaulthunter Mode later, or perhaps continue my playthrough as Zero (whom I took a break from after reaching Sanctuary), but after playing the game solo so much for so long, I feel that I need to take a break, or perhaps convince my friends to play it co-op with me.

  19. Ms. Sunlight says:

    SWTOR, Civ 5 and Long Live the Queen. Bought the latter after reading the review on this site and am finding it fascinating and surprisingly difficult. Only died 4 different ways so far though!

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