What Are You Playing Thursday

Lightning from FFXIII-2, wearing a metal breastplate and a feather skirt.

Lightning from FFXIII-2, wearing a metal breastplate and a feather skirt.

It is past time for our 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 sick this week and literally slept through Wednesday so this post is a day late.

I’ve been finishing up my replay of Dragon Age: Origins. It is such a great series. Otherwise, I started Final Fantasy XIII-2 in anticipation of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

What have you been playing?

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10 Responses to What Are You Playing Thursday

  1. Llamaentity says:

    Get well soon!

    I’ve been playing:

    Demon’s Crest (SNES). Getting pretty far in this rather challenging nonlinear platformer. Lots of fun and great art!

    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS). Making slow but steady progress in this, still.

    The Witcher (PC). Same here. Still on chapter 3 T.T

    Alundra (PSone). Finally decided to go back to this isometric action/adventure game. About halfway through, I think.

    Jeanne d’Arc (PSP). Had been itching to play some strategy RPGs, so I chose this. Cute and fun!

    Disciples II: Gallean’s Return (PC). Started this turn-based strategy game up as well, and it’s fairly difficult so far. On part two of the Undead Hordes saga.

    And on the anime front, Log Horizon! It’s about a bunch of people who suddenly find themselves physically inside an MMORPG world. Lots of fun, would appeal to a lot of people that are familiar with MMOs.

  2. Timmy_Mac614 says:

    I have been playing Smart As… and the DLC for Stealth on Vita.

    For my bday yesterday, my family got me Fuse for PS3 and Injustice for Vita.

  3. Matt says:

    It took me an entire long weekend, but I finally managed to install Linux Mint, Steam, TF2, Killing Floor and Serious Sam 3, only to discover Tuesday night (while attempting to install Wine for work purposes) just what 32-bit stuff I was missing that was needed to run Kairo and Paranautical Activity.

    So basically I’ve only been playing Killing Floor and Paranautical Activity. :V

    KF is what it is (though it has gained one(1) female player model since I last played… baby steps) while PA feels like this avant-garde experimental take on the Painkiller arena-FPS format. I’m still mixed about it, the combat feels just a bit bland and the physics “off” compared to playing a random Oblige map on Doom, but it definitely looks like there’s potential and it’s explicitly stated to be a beta, so hopefully the “tightness” of the controls and player movement will be addressed in future versions.

  4. Kimiko says:

    I finished Sailor Moon: Another Story (SNES, emulated) last week. There are two endings, depending on whether you beat the final boss right away or not until it’s severely weakened. Both are interesting, so make sure to save right before the battle. Also, Pluto’s Time Stop spell makes any boss battle trivial if you can survive the first turn (which isn’t guaranteed with the final boss though).

    Then I played a little 3DS eShop game, The Starship Damrey. It’s a pretty good first person adventure game. It is a little scary now and then, but after a while you figure out that you can’t actually die or get stuck in this game. The ending is kinda mysterious. There is some additional detail if you complete two optional quests/puzzles.

    And then I finally got around to playing a DS game I still had lying around, Again. I found it way back when I played Hotel Dusk and Last Window. This is by the same creators, Cing. They’ve since gone bankrupt, so there’ll be no more VNs from them, but this one’s worth playing too. It’s again a detective/crime-solving story, with little puzzle sequences now and then where you compare your present location to how it was in the past (when the murder happened). The ending was a little weaker than the rest of the story. There’s also a sequel hook at the very end, which makes Cing’s demise more regrettable.

    I’d recommend both The Starship Damrey (3DS/eShop) and Again (DS) to fans of the genre.

    Not sure what I’ll play next. I’ll have to check my backlog. I should spend more time watching anime though, as my backlog there is humongous. Sailor Moon is getting seriously long in the tooth, but I’m determined to finish it before moving on. Only three eps. and one movie to go in season 4 (SuperS).

  5. Tanya D says:

    I started Outlast on the PS4 which creeped me right out and I’m replaying Dragon Age Origins and DA2 for the (ridiculously high number)’th time again.

  6. Lassarina says:

    I started Lightning Returns. I got to where the actual in-game clock starts ticking. I promptly had an anxiety attack and had to save and quit because real-timed games do not combine well with my habit of hitting the menu screen while I look something up or answer an email or check social media or whatever (I’m going to have to re-train myself to use Pause instead of the menu screen.) That being said, I am finding the combat fun and challenging even on Easy, but I suspect this may join FF12 as the sole two FF games in which I do not Do All The Things (I haven’t yet done them all in XIII-2, but I’m going to eventually). In 12′s case it is because [string of expletives] Yiazmat and in this case it’s that I think I’m going to find the game too stressful to play. We’ll see as I move on, because I really desperately want to see how this story ends, but. Yeah. STRESSFUL.

    I played the Bravely Default demo all the way through for tasty items, and now have started the main story. I’m all of fifteen minutes in because that’s where my lunch break ended, but I already adore Edea and Agnes and sort of vaguely like the male characters, which is a pretty good start in my opinion.

    Last weekend I beat The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX, making it the second Zelda game I’ve beaten in my life and the first in 23 years. (The prior one was the original, on the Nintendo. I was 8. I ran upstairs very excitedly to tell my mom that I had done so, at 9 am. To her credit, she reacted better than many parents awoken with news of such lack-of-actual-import might.)

    • gunthera1 says:

      I’ve been playing Lightning Returns as well and am really loving certain things about it. To help you out, I will give you a minor spoiler: within a few hours of gameplay you will unlock an ability that lets you freeze that time clock. It costs 1 EP and then you can refill EP by battling enemies and just keep pausing time. It is VERY useful!

      • Lassarina says:

        Yeah, I have Chronostasis, but the problem with it is that I know the monsters are limited (i.e. you can exterminate them eventually) so I get really nervous about using it :/

        • gunthera1 says:

          I didn’t know know that about the monsters! *goes back to worrying about the time limit*

          At least there is a New Game+ mode where we get to keep our outfits and upgrades (if I understand correctly). That will help a lot.

          • Lassarina says:

            You will know monsters are getting close to extinction when the scary badass magenta ones show up, apparently. (They also have omega symbols in their names.) It’s by monster genre, if I understand correctly.

            (I’m playing on Easy because I can NOT be worrying about difficulty when I’m also having anxiety attacks about time.)

            Yeah, the NG+ will help. So will the fact that there is not actually an achievement for EVERY SIDEQUEST BEING DONE. Because that would possibly be even more annoying than the fact that The Last Remnant tied up 60% of the achievement points in being able to beat a near-impossible optional boss that disappears after the plot reaches a certain point.

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