What Are You Playing Wednesday

A map of The Fade from Dragon Age.

A map of The Fade from Dragon Age.

Welcome back to the 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 still been continuing my replay Dragon Age: Origins. I adore this whole series. I am in Denerim and it is hard for me to roleplay this character and her reactions because I, as the player, know more about the situation than she does right now. That has been my current struggle.

So, what have you been playing this week?

17 thoughts on “What Are You Playing Wednesday”

  1. My games for the week:

    Borderlands 2 (PC). Finally beat this with my Assassin! Played it cooperatively with my brother. We had a lot of fun, but are ready to move onto another coop game. Not sure what yet, though DX

    Gunstar Heroes (Genesis). Played (and beat) this, as part of an ongoing project to go through my immense backlog of great classics. Super fun side-scrolling action with beautiful graphics!

    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS). Making steady progress here, on chapter 4. For me, the theme of puzzles anywhere and everywhere never gets old.

    The Witcher (PC). Resumed playing this, after putting it on hold for a long time. I’m on chapter 3 and the game is feeling pretty long, since I’m already 26 hours into it. Skipping all boring side quests for the rest of the game.

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. This went on sale over the weekend (Steam), so I bought it and played a few hours. Putting it into my backlog until I finish the Witcher. Fun so far!

    Demon’s Crest (SNES). My current platformer (I’m usually working on one or another). Surprisingly deep, with multiple paths per level and lots of powers to unlock.

    Tetris Attack (SNES). Still recommending this great match-3 puzzle game. Finished the “Stage Clear” mode, the later stages being fairly difficult.

    1. Yeah, Witcher is a pretty long game, though it probably feels longer due to ALL THE SWAMPS. Still one of my favorites, though.

      1. Yeah, running across the swamp has taken a huge chunk of time. Did you play the Witcher 2 as well? I’m excited about that one, especially since it has gamepad support.

        1. Witcher 2, I can definitely say, was an objectively better game. Combat was more robust, writing was tighter, pacing had better flow. And no endless swamps. I fully enjoyed it.

          It’s also a game that I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with. Alchemy and potions were less hands-on, toxicity became meaningless, leveling is more straight-line, and many of the unique, slavic, atmospheric touches were either gone or greatly reduced. (even considering the fact that I play in Polish). It’s a game that feels much more polished, but takes fewer risks.

          Of course ‘fewer risks that The Witcher’ still makes it riskier than a lot of games I’ve played.

    2. A DS version of Tetris Attack is called Puzzle League (or Planet Puzzle League in N-America). This game is so much better with a stylus.

      1. I have played Planet Puzzle League a ton, as well, but it’s been a good six years or something :c (I don’t have it anymore) Love those games XD It’s great with a stylus, but I think it’s still as good with a dpad :P

    3. I love Gunstar Heroes! I only found out a couple years ago that it has a sequel too! Which I really want to play, of course.

  2. Hey, Gunthera, what sort of character is your Warden in DA:O? Is the origin colouring how you roleplay?

    For me, I’m still soaking time away in Skyrim. My Imperial (who has a grudge against the Empire, ironically) loves sneak sniping her enemies with longbow shots. Just a few more levels in Stealth, and I can increase my ranged sneak attack bonus percentage! None shall stand!
    Also, after trekking back and forth across the entire continent, I finally found Falskaar. Took long enough!

    1. Right now I am playing a dwarf commoner. She knows nothing of Denerim/human matters nor does she care very much.

      BUT my original canon play through was a city elf. She wanted to see those city nobles PAY for what they did (and that is hard to let go in my current play through).

      But, my current character knows nothing of that world. What could she know of the alienage?

      1. Interesting; my first playthrough was a Dwarf casteless, too. It’s a pretty strong starting point. But I think my favorite origin, as loathe as I am to pick the most cookie-cutter option, was the human noble.

        Like you mentioned, the dwarves know and care little for the world under the sky, so my dwarf felt very insulated from the events around her – the cares of the world would just bounce off. But as the human noble, it was very clear that my character was a part of this world, and that the events happening in Ferelden would personally affect her. She had an emotional stake in her world.

        I guess that, after roleplaying so many hard-asses (awesome hard-asses, mind), it was really nice to have that change of pace.

        Of course, the dwarf characters do have a similar experience when returning to Orzammar, which is nice.

  3. I tried the demo of Bravely Default (3DS) for a bit. It has a little more personality than Four Heroes Of Light, but the battle mechanics still aren’t great.

    I also got The Starship Damrey (3DS) from the eShop. I was looking up Level 5, makers of Attack Of The Friday Monsters (3DS) and came across this other small game that looked interesting. I haven’t actually played it yet, because

    I’ve been playing Sailor Moon: Another Story (SNES, translation) emulated. It references the first three seasons of the anime, so I’d put it off until I’d reached the fourth season. It’s a pretty good story so far (more than movie caliber), with all the senshi in it, even Saturn and Pluto.

    1. Ooh, what kind of gameplay does Sailor Moon: Another Story game have?

      And I love Level-5. Rogue Galaxy was a super fun PS2 RPG (I need to play that again) and the Professor Layton games are some of my favorites. I haven’t played any of their 3DS games, but they look neat. I’ll have to try those out!

      1. I’ve been wanting to play Another Story and the puzzle game so bad! Another Story looks like it plays very similar to classic (Square) RPGs in general. I really hope they make more video games for the new anime, but especially another RPG.

        Also, I don’t think any of the 3DS L-5 (e-shop) games are helmed by them. I know the tabletop styled one is the brainchild of Yasumi Matsuno of Tactics (Ogre and FF:T) and Vagrant Story, and AotFM is the guy behind Boku no (x)yasumi (Ican’t remember if they’re all natsuyasumi or not). Just makes them even better though in my eyes!

      2. Hmm, how do I describe an RPG’s gameplay?

        Your party is 1-5 senshi at a time. For about half the game, the party members are determined by the story, the rest of the time you’re free to choose three or four of them. The game starts in Juuban City and later moves to other places and past and future Moon/Earth Kingdom times. Some places have random battles, with just about every monster-of-the-week that ever appeared in the anime. You need to grind quite a bit in these places to survive, and for later boss battles.
        Magic points (EP) are limited to max. 12, with magic attacks taking from 2-6 EP, but they’re replenished completely every battle. Physical attacks are possible, but outclassed by magical attacks. Status effects are poison, stone, confuse and charm, for your party only. There are tons and tons of different items, but they’re just variations on the usual ones. Party formation has three rows. Front takes extra damage, but also deals more, back is weaksauce but fairly safe. In general, ChibiMoon, Mercury, Neptune and Pluto are only good for using items from the back, the rest are decent to good attackers. Moon and Saturn especially are the heaviest hitters. Since Saturn’s only spell costs a mere 2 EP, don’t leave home without her if possible. Equipment consists of three accessory slots. Regular accessories increase defense, attack or speed. Everyone has 2 or 3 accessories just for them (matching gemstone), which increase most stats.

        I think that’s the mechanics. The story is (spoilers!) that a bunch of Oppositio Senshi, gathered by a mysterious mage, are trying to change the world’s Destiny to get their hands on the Ginzuishou. Part of that changing Destiny means reviving all the old enemies and Saturn. Sailor Moon & co. first notice old enemies around Juuban, then the Barazuishou is stolen through the usual hostage trick with Mamoru and ChibiUsa. Cue a search for McGuffins with steady plot/story progression interspersed.

  4. Just sicking with the 3DS mostly. Style Savvy, HM and a little BD and PKMN.

    I also bought Chaos Code and tried that. I hoped it would come here since it was announced and was excited to give it a shot. I like how quirky and bright is, especially for a fighting game.

    I’m planning on new game +ing Atelier Ayesha though for the true end, since Escha to Logy isn’t so far away.

    Also really wanting to pre-order Drakendard 3′s CE so bad. ;u;

  5. Still working on Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. And still working on Plants vs Zombies. I picked up FF6 on the iOS store today but I won’t get to it for a while, much though I love it, because I’m buying 3 games this month and I also need to play Final Fantasy XII for Moogle University. If I can stop drooling over Balthier long enough.

    Except I suspect I’m going to spend most of the next two weeks playing the “watch figure skating at Sochi” game….

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