What Are You Playing Wednesday

Another World - the character approaching a set of deadly slugs.

Another World – the character approaching a set of deadly slugs.

It is the first Wednesday of 2014 so let’s start off the year with the usual weekly question session –>

  • 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?

I have been finishing games recently. I started and finished Another World, Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty, and LEGO: The Lord of the Rings this past week. I’ve also been playing more Skylanders: SWAP Force, and Ratchet and Clank (the first game of the series). I also started Long Live the Queen and in my first attempt my would-be queen died of an arrow wound.

What have you been playing?

11 thoughts on “What Are You Playing Wednesday”

  1. Grats on finishing all those games recently! I keep meaning to play Another World… I have the remake as well. What did you think of it, Gunthera1?

    I have been playing a fun variety of games lately. Most notably:

    Tearaway (Vita): super cute and fun 3D platformer with lots of collectibles!

    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS): finally picked up this and the following Professor Layton game. About five hours in… I love the puzzles in these >.<

    Lunar: Silver Star Harmony (PSP): looking for the second dragon, making slow progress.

    Kentucky Route Zero (PC): near the end of part one of this surreal 2D point-and-click adventure game. Everything is mysterious!

    Starbound (PC): a lot like Terraria, but sci-fi. Fun so far c:

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC): getting pretty far in the main storyline.

    (Side note: also anime~ just finished Steins;Gate).

    Happy 2014 ^.^

    1. Another World was very short (less than 3 hours I’d say). I liked how much of it was almost a puzzle. You had to figure out how you would get through each situation. But, the gun battles were incredibly frustrating! That is my biggest knock against the game. Otherwise, it was quite fun.

  2. Last week I played translation-patched Ys 5 (SNES, emulated). It was a decent game, though by far not the best Ys game. The controls and map were both somewhat bad, the music was generic BGM fare instead of the rockin’ Ys style, and the graphics looked like they tried to imitate Chrono Trigger. That last one isn’t so bad actually, but the rest made the game kinda meh. I hope it gets an awesome remake like the other Ys games.

    This week I started Etrian Odyssey Untold (3DS) again. Story mode adds some details to the first game, but it requires you to have a fixed party (Protector, Medic, Alchemist, Gunner, Highlander). That’s not a party composition I would’ve picked, and in particular I don’t like the Protector (defense-focused) and Highlander (offense at the cost of HP) classes. I started the game on Expert mode (recommended for EO veterans), but with this party I just couldn’t make it through the first boss battle on BF5. It hurts my pride a little, but on Normal mode I’ve now made it to the second stratum. This extra story detail had better be worth giving up creating my own characters :/

  3. I am in the middle of playing Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning…but that is taking a very, very long time. So today…a day that I have work but don’t want to do it. I decided to play Gone Home…which I knew nothing about other than hearing it was very good.

    There are no technical spoilers in what I write below…but if you haven’t played it…don’t read it nonetheless.

    Played the whole thing through…and as I sit here crying, I think…that was an amazing game. I have many more thoughts…the people in the game are younger than I am…when this game took place, I was already out of the Army for a year, not going into it. I had experienced two years before and the first two years of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I remember Zines and Riot Grrl and Queer Core…but watched it from overseas in military bases. I was listening to things that wouldn’t get me in trouble if found in my locker. k.d. lang and the Indigo Girls and Erasure…people who weren’t out, but everybody who needed to know, knew.

    I remember my music from when I was in high school. It was alternative…but when alternative meant synthesizers rather than distorted guitars. It was The Smiths, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Tears for Fears. And then it was Sinead O’Connor.

    Anyway, amazing game.

    1. Rest assured that you are not the only one that cried at Gone Home. I cried during and after playing that game. It was beautiful. It was among my favorite gaming experiences of last year.

  4. Still playing Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions for Moogle University; I’m into Chapter 3 and my heart is constantly breaking.

    I started Blue Dragon and my primary reaction to it is just how much acid was dropped in the making of this game?? because it is incredibly, incredibly trippy. Reasonably fun so far, but I don’t really care about any of the characters and if that doesn’t change I may end up abandoning it.

    I played Mystery of the Opera HD on iOS, which is a hidden object game by G5 themed around The Phantom of the Opera. The purist in me is cringing at the theme because wow this has nothing to do with Leroux or ALW; that being said, it was fun apart from the times where the plot lost the logic, as it is wont to do. If you like G5′s other hidden object games, you would likely enjoy this one.

    And I’m charging forward on levelling my Arcanist in FF14; I want to be level 45 before the Lightning Returns quest, well, returns in February because I love Lightning a lot.

    1. Get a wiggle on levelling your arcanist. You need to be level 50 and fighting King Moggle Mog. It is so good, and the song that plays is what would happen if there were Moogles in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Plus the weapons he drops for summoners and scholars is a moogle pop-up book. A FREAKING POP-UP BOOK!!!!

      Sorry. Bit of a mogfan!

  5. I’ve just played the first part of Broken Sword 5. I thought they did well: I think they really managed to capture the atmosphere and the flavour of the puzzles from the first 2 games especially.
    Looking forward to the second part.

  6. I picked up the Jak & Daxter HD trilogy in my Christmas loot . . . Playing them again brings a tear to my eye! They look great and are as charming as I remember. Naughty Dog are amazing . . . Jak 4 pls tho ;_; (I think it would be 4. Not counting Jak X or that abysmal non-Naughty Dog title for the PSP)

  7. Since most of our friends have 3DSes now, we’re really training our Pokemon and getting in some nice battles. I’m having a blast between battling and character customization. Also more Style Savvy and . . .the Bravely Default demo! I’m so excited! I’ve been following the game for the longest, and it’s so wonderful to finally be able to play.

    BD is much more gorgeous than I thought it would be, and I’m enjoying how subtle but fleshed out the nuances are on the characters (I get a good sense of them just from the tiny bits of interaction in the demo). The job and ability mechanics are fun as ever too. I also appreciate that while the girls do have some random skin bared in certain costumes, the guys have their fair share of it too (and the dev team do seem to have their fanservice guy and gal picked out).

    The demo is nice, and I really can’t wait for the full game. I just hope I’ll actually be able to streetpass people. ;u;

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