What Are You Playing Wednesday

Lightning wearing the Cloud (FFVII) outfit/armor.

Lightning wearing the Cloud (FFVII) outfit/armor.

It is already Wednesday again so it is time for our 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 playing Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. The battle system is a lot of fun and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some of the stories told in the side quests. But, for me, the game both shines and fails in the outfits that Lightning can pick for her schemata. The outfits vary from full armor to pieces that look more like lingerie than battle gear. All of them allow color customization and you get to wear accessories like beach hats, sunglasses, and bunny tails. For the most part, it is ridiculous and fun. Right now I have Lightning riding around on a giant white chocobo while wearing an outfit with little dragon wings. Unfortunately, the bottom of the outfit fails to protect her thighs in ANY WAY. It is mostly adorable and then the bottom half makes me roll my eyes during battles or cutscenes.

So, what have you been playing?


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22 Responses to What Are You Playing Wednesday

  1. Kimiko says:

    I thought about finding some SNES games to play emulated, but decided to get some games from my wishlist instead. Buying PSN games from a different region is such a pain in the behind. First there’s switching your PSP (for Vita it only works if you have more than one memory card, and those things are expensive) to a new account, then you need to put money on it. You can’t use your creditcard because the address is in a worng country and you can’t buy PSN cards from Amazon because they only sell to their local region/country. The only way is to buy a PSN card (code) from some shady reseller website.

    Well, whatever. I now own Mimana Iyar Chronicle and Threads Of Fate, both RPGs for PSP. I’m also going to get Mystic Chronicles (PSP) later on, but I’ll have to make room on the memory card first (and add more funds again :/).

    Mimana Iyar Chronicle is a decent RPG so far (third in-game day). The male main character is a whiny asshole. I hope I get to ditch him later on.

  2. Llamaentity says:

    I’m doing that thing I do where I juggle way too many games at once. Making some decent progress in some of them, at least.

    Jeanne d’Arc (PSP). On chapter 3, loving this game. Leveling up characters that fall behind is a bother, though.

    Demon’s Crest (SNES). Almost done with this surprisingly awesome and challenging platformer. Just a few bosses to go! Have already unlocked most of the powers/forms.

    Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii). Very happy to be going back to this. Still not very far in… but it’s got me excited for what’s to come! The combat is actually kind of cool, which helps a lot.

    The Witcher (PC). A fair way through chapter 3, I have not been tasked with… more swamp running :c

    Banjo-Kazooie (N64). Have 100%’d the first two levels so far. Really good platforming design, with lots of special abilities to unlock.

    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS). On chapter 6 now! Just doing a few puzzles every few days.

    Lunar: Silver Star Harmony (PSP). Hadn’t played this for a while, for no good reason. I have now cleared the Islet of Lann.

    Final Fantasy VI (SNES). I know, I’m playing way too many RPGs at the same time. Heading to Esper Mountain!

    Dark Cloud (PS2). Just started this one. I’ve cleared the first floor of the first dungeon!

    And going to start a co-op playthrough of Baldur’s Gate with my brother. I love this game, and I love its sequel even more!

    • Lassarina says:

      You are playing so many things that I love. *tiny happy squeaky noises*

    • marco says:

      I love the life out of Xenoblade, but I’ve taken a break from it. I miss it thoroughly though! Where are you? I remember just getting past Macuna and to the next main place (trying not to spoil much). I enjoy the characters and setting so much though~.

      • Llamaentity says:

        Cool, yeah I love the setting XD

        I’m still only on the Bionis’ leg, heading to Colony 6 :c

        • marco says:

          Ahhh. Yeah, everything with Colony 6 and that goes on in that part of the leg stays pretty sad for a while, but I do love how the party grows then~. The Gaur Plains are a kind of quintessential RPG experience to me, and it’s still one of my favorite video game locales (for the variety in challenges, side quests and sheer scope/size).

  3. DejaDrew says:

    Started up Dragon Age Origins again; I barely started it last time before getting distracted by a shiny object. We’ll see how far I get this go round. I’m not really a single player rpg-er by nature; I keep buying them in sales because it seems like that’s what everybody else is playing and the stories sound FASCINATING but I start them and I get overwhelmed by fights and stats and math and too many options and I never manage to keep at it long enough to get to the good parts. v_v;


    Anybody have tips for a scrubby little newb Mage with the reflexes of a slug in a beer trap? I have the game set to easy mode, I fully expect to be hitting pause a LOT… Picking talents and spells seems really overwhelming, there’s so MANY. Baby’s first single player epic, pointers appreciated.

    For when I do get overwhelmed, Broken Age is just downloaded and on standby. Beloved point-and-click adventure game genre, I can never stay away from you for long. ♥

    • Lassarina says:

      Save often! (My problem with Western RPGs is that since there are no save points I never remember to save….) Pausing a lot is good. I found the best party was a rogue, a tank, a damage mage, and a healing mage; since I was playing the rogue, that meant Alistair with sword’n’board (i.e. sword and shield), Morrigan to rain down fiery hell upon everything, and Wynne to keep us all on our feet. It’s a well-worn standby, but it’s classic because it works. Also, keep an eye on your map for the red dots that mean darkspawn, and then switch control to your tank and let him inch forward until they notice you, then swap back to your mage to do zoomed-out destruction if that’s your bag (or healing if it’s not.)

      The AI in DAO is pretty smart most of the time, as long as you don’t let your tank outpace the rest of you. I’m stunningly inept at anything tactical, but I crashed through on easy with only a few missteps.

      • DejaDrew says:

        Heh, saving often is something I shouldn’t have trouble remembering, I’m paranoid about that (I grew up on Sierra adventure games; DEATH AT EVERY TURN).

        As a mage, would you say it’s easier to play burny or healy?

        • Lassarina says:

          I have not yet played a healy mage; I played a burny mage in DA2 and my fiancé played one in DAO. The nice thing about it in DA2 was just wrecking the entire battlefield (actually easier in DAO where they don’t just drop waves of new enemies out of the sky but instead make them come at you along defined paths.)

  4. Lassarina says:

    I fell headfirst into Bravely Default and I don’t particularly want to come out. I just got to Ancheim and completed baby’s first asterisk quest (or, well, I’ve gotten two asterisks out of it so far, but apparently there’s another step!) I have Agnes as a monk, Ringabel as a white mage, Tiz as a black mage, and Edea as a knight and I’m pretty well wrecking things. (Unrelatedly, has anyone figured out what Tiz’s name is a pun for? I’ve got all the rest, but he eludes me.) This game is genuinely funny, and I really like the way the characters are handled, and I’m just generally enchanted (and totally addicted to rebuilding my village). I’m also really thrilled about how they handled the friending/StreetPass mechanic. It’s so smartly done for those of us who don’t see a lot of other 3DSers along our commutes (although I seem to be getting a LOT of streetpasses for this game nonetheless, even leaving Nintendo Zone locations out of it. which is good, because my NZ location is going to go away when Starbucks switches their WiFi D: alas.)

    Also still plinking patiently at Final Fantasy XIV, which I continue to adore but can’t seem to progress the plot because I’m too busy crafting. -_-

    I haven’t done anything more with Lightning Returns since last week, but I hope to do something with it this weekend, perhaps.

    • marco says:

      You pretty much captured it all with Bravely Default. ;u; / ♥u♥

      I’m having a blast too! I just finished with Ancheim, and the jobs are so much fun to collect and use. I’m just kind of sad we couldn’t get more out of some of the characters we get the jobs from.

      Ringabel is my White/Time Mage combo, Agnes is Black/Time Mage, Edea is Sword Fencer/Knight and Tiz is Monk/Thief. And I never realized their names were puns! Except Ringabel, but now I feel silly for not catching it.

      • Lassarina says:

        My primary reaction to games where I set the job classes is that the girls do not get relegated to being mages, so now Agnes has some Thief to go with her Monk, and Edea has some Merchant along with her Knight because I was grinding to fill out the encyclopedia with everything I could buy in Yulyana, and the boys are now both white/black mages. Somebody will get Time when I get that job, which I’m on my way to do now.

        • marco says:

          I generally like that rule myself (I do have some exceptions though).

          Earlier today I finally got Summoner and Ranger though, and I’m looking forward to Valkyrie so I can give that role to Agnes and let Edea be my Knight+Sword Fencer. Ringabel is staying my main mage though (especially for healing), but I don’t know what to do with Tiz anymore (aside from Monk).

          I can’t wait to hear what you think of Florem. It was giving me a questionable impression of the game for a minute there, but they are taking a route I had somewhat hoped for, but now it’s a question of how they’ll carry through.

  5. Merrypetal says:

    I’m playing Prey, a sci-fi shooter from 2006 and I’d imagine for then, the graphics and solid mechanics were amazing. The main character is not too likable at all and in full denial of his Cherokee roots, which basically is his saving grace. I yell at him frequently. The game holds up well. In fact, the scope of the human harvesting spaceship you are abducted to and fight your way through by portal style puzzles, spirit walking and gravity defying skywalks, feels Citadel size from Mass Effect, except a most certainly dark and organically evil alien sphere. The story is intriguing as to why they do harvest humans and the attention to detail has had me exploring often, instead of rushing ahead, even though it is linear. There is a cool mini-game if you die, that I really like, and you never really feel overwhelmed by enemy aliens. The puzzles are not hard and a decent save system. If they ever bring out Prey 2, I’ll definitely be picking it up, I’m having fun. Reading all the comments about Dragon Age has made me nostalgic for conversation options in this game. BioWare do it right.

  6. Doug S. says:

    In addition to wasting time with IOS games, I’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. I want to beat this one and Spirit Tracks before proceeding to A Link Between Worlds.

  7. marco says:

    Making my through Bravely Default and crying often, because this game is hard on hard. But it’s so much fun. Even the characters I don’t personally like, I enjoy their handling and writing, so it’s a real pleasure.

    I’m also oddly addicted to Flower Town in the Mii Plaza, but I recently suck at getting coins, so I get frustrated that I can’t call people to my garden.

    Otherwise, kind of entertaining Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder and HM:Tale of Towns as well as Style Savvy here and there, but BD is definitely absorbing my time (and I play Flower Town to cool off when the game annihilates me).

    We’re about to get Weapon Shop on the e-shop though, so I’ll probably balance that with Flower Town after BD bursts.

    • Llamaentity says:

      I look forward to seeing what you think of Weapon Shop de Omasse, as I’m pretty interested in getting that at some point!

      • marco says:

        Weapon Shop is a lot of fun! It’s not really what I expected at all though, and I think they could have portrayed that better, but we are enjoying it!

        I thought it would be something like an Atelier game with very limited RPG aspects and rhythm gameplay for the forging, but there isn’t really a RPG aspect at all. It’s more like a rhythm game where you happen to run a shop. But the game is pretty fun; it’s very tongue-in-cheek and does a good job of being satirical and parodying tropes in (J)RPGs.

        But, we’re still in the very beginning, so I’ll see how it goes after the intro stuff. (You don’t control the character at all outside of the forging/polishing aspect though, as a heads up.)

  8. Matt says:

    Currently I’m obsessed with Final Fantasy VI and will be getting into Lightning Returns later this week. ^_^

  9. salvodaze says:

    I’ve been checking out the PS4 beta for FFIVX: ARR, which for a non-MMO savy person seems to lack any solid guidance. But I partially figured out the maps, I think. I’m only around level 12 but the game feels very bland so far compared to Guild Wars 2, which was not only gorgeous visually but more fun in terms of quests and classes. Well I guess I’m not a good judge for MMOs so don’t mind me. The controls aren’t awful on the PS4, but I think most people would prefer the mouse & keyboard. That tiny text though, I see everyone ranting about how tiny it is and they are right. I have trouble reading most of the dialogue or HUDs even though I have a 55″ screen.

    Also played a tiny bit more of Warframe, which is quite fun for a f2p title.

    Interestingly, having not given a single hoot about South Park in the last 7-8 years, I find myself very much interested in the upcoming game, The Stick of Truth, after watching the 13 minute gameplay. Obsidian + turn based RPG + comedy must be why. I really yearn for some lighthearted RPG gameplay. I’m certainly hoping for as little toilet humor as possible though. I will be getting it for the PS3 (want those trophies) but probably when it comes down to a decent price.

  10. SupGrandma says:

    I am also playing Lightning Returns! I wasn’t a huge fan of the rest of the FF13 trilogy, but I can easily say this is the best of the bunch. I’m having a lot of fun with it, although the quest system is a bit too obtuse at times, often failing to provide key information within the log. I’ve been avoiding the racier costumes, and I’ve been spending the past several hours riding the white Chocobo while wearing a matching white suit and kickin’ shades.

    My copy of Bravely Default has also just arrived in the mail, so I’ve been having a lot of fun with that. It really scratches the itch for classic JRPGs, while bringing a lot of convenient anti-grinding/tedium features into the fold. I haven’t messed with the encounter/difficulty sliders, but it’s nice to know that they’re there.

    I’ve just started a second playthrough of Walking Dead Season 1 with my partner, who is not a gamer. She’s enjoying it a lot more than I thought she would, and she’s playing Lee a lot harsher than I did!

    aaaand that inspired me to take advantage of the PSN sale on The Wolf Among Us, which I’ve only just started but I’m finding it super-witty and stylish. It’s dazzled me within the first half hour.

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