What Are You Playing Wednesday

A town in Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn.

A town in Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn.

It is Wednesday question time:

  • 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 mainly played Muramasa Rebirth, Assassin’s Creed Liberation and Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn.  It has been all about getting in gaming time whenever I can fit it into my schedule.

What have you been playing?

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19 Responses to What Are You Playing Wednesday

  1. Llamaentity says:

    I’m still mostly playing PC games, but I also started up The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap on GBA this week!

    It’s ridiculously cute. I love the graphics T.T Oh and it’s fun. I’m not too far in yet, but I imagine I’ll continue to enjoy it.

    Other stuff I’ve been playing:

    Ultima VII. Still not very far in, despite spending all kinds of time exploring Britain and talking to everyone I can find. I have four people following me now!

    Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos. Making decent progress in this one. The dungeons are pretty long and the constant respawning enemies can get annoying, but it’s fun!

    So Many Me. Just got this 2D puzzle platformer on steam. It’s fun so far, but the writing after the first few levels has horrific grammar. Also, despite being about a bunch of blobs, the game has some really obnoxious ideas about gender.

    Gothic II. I played through the first Gothic game many years ago and loved it. Finally decided to play the second, as I hear it’s great (aside from the controls, which incidentally aren’t as bad with xpadder). After a few hours of play, my PC randomly blue-screened, so I’ve been wary of playing more. However, I will persevere, despite my fears.

    Escape Goat. Super well-made puzzle platformer. I like everything about it!

    • Doug S. says:

      Exploring around in Ultima 7 is quite fun. Having your party members keep begging you for food gets old fast, though.

      • Llamaentity says:

        Yeah, I agree. Especially because I’m never really too sure who is saying it when I’m running around. I end up having to buy all kinds of food (thankfully it’s cheap) and giving some to everybody when just one person complains. :P

  2. Cade DeBois (@cadedebois) says:

    I’ve been playing Minecraft and games I bought during the Steam summer sale or from Humble recently.

    With Mineraft, as I recently got a new Kindle Fire HDX, I’ve been playing a lot of the new 0.9.0 update for Minecraft Pocket Edition. It’s buggy as hell, and that is really frustrating. It’s a mssive update, Mojang have been working on this a long time, and some of the bugs creeping up are big ones–fragile multiplayer, messy world generating, inventory bugs, artifacts from items not implemented in the final version. Just amazing they’d release this mess . But the content of the update is great. It really tries to take advantage of mobile gaming’s tech advances of recent, even if Mojang is making themselves look like overly ambituous, incompetent goons with how buggy this is.

    Other mobile games I’ve played this past week are Survivalcraft, which is Minecraft clone (and I know fans rage when anyone says that but it is), and I love the content it has that isn’t in Minecraft (I keep getting hilariously killed by a rhino–that just doesn’t get old). But after MCPE 0.9.0, the graphics and gameplay are a bit underwhelming. And I reinstalled Quell on my new Kindle. I haven’t played it in a while, and they’ve added a couple of new features. It’s such a well-made game for a $1 app, great artwork, great music. Very relaxing. Until you hit a puzze you can’t solve. LOL. I also have Quell Reflect, but there’s newer one, Quell Momento. I hope to get that soon.

    On PC, I’ve been playing a lot of Minecraft still. Mostly my modded game this week. I’m playing the Life in the Wood mdpack which I love, but I added pam’s Mob Drops Crops so I can play 100% on peaceful. I liek teh sandbox partof Minecraft, but the combat and hostile mobs I can live without.

    Of the recent purchases from Steam’s sale or Humble that I’ve played this week:

    Race the Sun — I like this one a lot although it’s very simple. Basically an adrenline rush made into a video game. Reminds me of the old 80’s arcade games in this sense, but with far better graphics. Works with an Xbox controller, so that’s a plus for a disabled gamer like me.

    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons — I’m abotu halfway trough the game, I know it’s short so i’m taking my time with it. It’s just beautifully made and some of the gameplay is surprisingly fresh and innovative. Also controller-friendly, as it was orginally designed for Xbox. I hesitated to get this one becuase of teh hype aroudn it felt a lot like the hype around Gone Home. (Which I paid full price for but found very underwhelming and, well, to be very frank, terribly white-centric. I’m white female gamer who remembers the 90’s well–I don’t remember that time being *that* white.)

    140 — people who love this one really love it. Im not one, I’ve decided. I’m just not a platformer gamer (partly personal tastes, partly my disability makes them harder for me). But the visuals are very well done.

    The Swapper — Now while this is another platformer, I’m liking it a lot as it’s controller-supportive and to move about you need to use the “swapping” element in teh game rather than quick reflexes. It has a very intriguing atmosphere and story, some innovative gameplay elements and great artwork.

    FTL — I found out abut this through a Minecraft You Tuber, Xisuma, and I love it. It’s not at all an easily game to master, but I love it. It’s a bit table-topy, a bit 90’s RTS. A nice mix for a change.

    I am missing the hell out of my RPGs and may nee to get bac int some fo those soon.

    Also, to anyone here, I’m an older (43) female gamer, with Aspergers, so it’s hard for me to find online friends or “safe” online communities to connect with people. I’m looking for diversity-mindful people to friend on Steam, as I’m playing via Steam more and more. So if anyone here is active on Steam and is interested in friending me there, my name there is josseriot. Thanks :)

    • Llamaentity says:

      Hello! I play mostly games on Steam or stuff I got from GoG. Occasionally older handheld games. I’ll add you on steam tomorrow when I’m on my PC! Always looking for more people to befriend and chat with when possible.

      By the way, I love FTL–one of my favorite games of the last few years. I have the Swapper and Brothers in my backlog of stuff I very much want to play.

      What RPGs are you missing?

      • Cade DeBois (@cadedebois) says:

        I keep trying to you here but i’m having issue with my internet connection. Let’s try this again: I mostly play Elder Scrolls as of late. I started with RPGs as a kid with D&D and early text-based and 3D games. I’ve played lots over the years, yet there’s always plenty I never got around to. I’m very interested in the upcoming Dragon Age–I’ve yet to get into that series. And I just got Baldur’s Gate for Steam during the summer sale–I’m still learning the basic of that.

    • Lassarina says:

      I’m semi-active on Steam and would love to have more friends. I’m Lassarina there.

  3. Kimiko says:

    Last week I finished Sorcery Saga (Vita). Completed. Platinum trophy. Yes, finally I’m done with that game \o/
    I would recommend it to others, just not completing everything. The story isn’t deep, but the characters are funny, and fully voiced. You also get little extra skits for finding unique items in the dungeons. As a rogue-like dungeon crawler it’s pretty good, although that genre isn’t for everyone maybe.

    Then I tried a demo of Spirited Heart (PC). I’m not sure this is a game for me. Like other VNs by Hanako Games, it has a lot of stat grinding, and it’s very easy to accidentally pick a worng conversation option if you don’t already know where the story is going. Which would be most first-time players. I also felt a little weird about one of the game’s opening screens, which explained that the game ends if you reach the age of 30 or if you get married. It seems to imply that people in either or both categories are socially dead.

    Moving on, I’m now playing Heroine’s Quest (PC), and it is a lot of fun :) It’s an adventure game in the style of the LucasArts and Sierra classics, fully voiced, and with a choice of three classes to play as. This gives multiple solutions to quests and puzzles, which means good replayability. I’m currently playing as a rogue (breaking into houses and stealing stuff is cool), and I think I’ll play it again as a hybrid warrior/sorceress afterwards.

    I also played quite a bit of sudoku lately. I can now solve medium difficulty ones without trouble. I don’t think I want to play this as much as my mom does, but it’s a nice diversion now and then.

    • Llamaentity says:

      Yay, congratulations on the Platinum! That’s got to be satisfying to have after all the work you put in ^.^

      I used to play a ton of sudoku–I still have some books on my bookshelf just waiting for me to go back to them. Do you play on paper or a video game version?

      Heroine’s Quest looks great–Quest For Glory IV was one of my favorite games when I was growing up. I’ve gotta try this one out XD

      • Kimiko says:

        I use a computer version of sudoku. I usually do one or two paper ones when I visit my parents as there’s always a few books lying around.

        The old Sierra adventures were some of my first computer games back in late 80s. I never got into the Hero’s Quest series, but I have fond memories of King’s Quest III and the Space Quest and Leisure Suit Larry series (yah, I know; I *rolleyes* at that now too, but back then I had fun with them).

        • Llamaentity says:

          Cool. My first adventure games (aside from Mixed-Up Mother Goose!) were in the early 90s and I loooved King’s Quest V and VI (and many LucasArts adventures). I think a lot of those games still hold up very well today!

          Prior to that, I mostly played NES and a few random games on my family’s Apple IIGS.

    • Hanako Games says:

      Clarification – Spirited Heart is not by me, it is by Winter Wolves. (The webpage says ‘Tycoon Games’ because he was experimenting with branding at the time, but I don’t think he uses that name much anymore.)

      I list it on my site because I’m slow at writing new games and it’s of interest to my market. :) Also, yay Heroine’s Quest!

  4. Chris Hill says:

    Finished Sly Coooper 2 at the weekend. Mainly fun, though it does rely on a certain amount of stereotyping or certain nationalities for humour which gets irritating after a while. Still has some weird difficultly spikes, but the final boss battle is not quite as ridiculously hard as the first game.

    I played through Flow in an hour or so. It’s a bit more ‘gamey’ than I’d expected, but reasonably relaxing. Will probably keep it around to dip into every so often.

    I’ve taken a deep breath and having another go at Dark Souls. I think I’m starting to get my head around it but my legendarily clumsy tendency to hit the wrong buttons on the controller is not making it any easier for me! (The biggest problem I’ve had is that the ‘square’ button in Sly 2 is the attack button, whereas in this one it’s the triggers so I keep wasting Estus charges instead of hitting things!)

    I’m, of course, still playing Skyrim when I need a ‘palate cleanser’ from more difficult games. I can see it taking the rest of the year to finish this off!

  5. Lassarina says:

    I pretty much fell into Final Fantasy XIV to the extreme detriment of my wrists. I’ve gotten to Coerthas, all my crafting classes are at least level 25, and my lowest gathering class is 27. Champion of distraction, it is me. (It turns out FF14 is really, really great for distracting me from anxiety, which is why I’m playing so much of it.)

    I’ve been slowly inching my way through Anodyne and also Costume Quest, both of which have maddening controls. I mean, I’m bad at Zelda-esques in general, but trying to do them with keyboard is infuriating. Although it’s better than trying to play it on iPad was. (And unfortunately, controllers and Macs get along less well than I’d like.)

    I started working on Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons on 3DS VC, because apparently I hate myself and playing multiple games of a type that frustrates me at the same time is a great way to express that. I have found that guides take about 80% of the stress out of Zelda games for me, at least. I’m in the second dungeon.

    Still plinking distractedly at FF6 on iOS, grinding levels on the Floating Continent.

  6. Doug S. says:

    I beat the end boss of Final Fantasy Dimensions; now all I have left is the post-game, which consists of level grinding and a few bonus bosses that get harder each time you fight them. I’m also still collecting “lost-and-found” items in Flower, Sun, and Rain. Most of my time-wasting seems to be going to Brave Frontier, though.

    • Lassarina says:

      What did you think of Dimensions? Honestly, I loved it to bitty bits – the grind could get tedious sometimes, but I liked the way the game capped you so you didn’t become an unholy terror of every job class, and I enjoyed the characters and the plot.

  7. Merrypetal says:

    This August I’m playing Dark Souls, and my second month in. I tried it when it first came out and could not get past the first boss fight (imminent tears) but after hearing a podcast with Samantha Allen on Game Critics about Dark Souls, I was inspired! So I started again over a year later – loving it – and am way past those gargoyles! There is so much to appreciate about this game, it feels less like gaming boot-camp the more I surrender to the learning experience. There is an elegant balance to Dark Souls. I’m on my second build (a Warrior) and currently in the swamps of Blight Town seeking out the hidden loot. I’m so glad I restarted. Once I accepted I was a scholar in a gaming discipline like no other, I’ve not looked back. Well worth the revisit!

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