What Are You Playing Wednesday

The blob from Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack in a college frat house.

It is time for our weekly set of questions here at the Border House:

  • What games have you been playing lately?
  • Are there any you would recommend to other Border House readers?
  • Are there games that have you ranting or raving?
  • Are there any games that you played and want to see covered on the site?

 

While on vacation for Thanksgiving I checked out a lot of Vita games. I played many hours of Persona 4: Golden. I really enjoyed this game on the PS2 and it is fun to go back to those characters and to meet some new ones. I also finished Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack. It is free for Vita users right now if you have PlayStation Plus and I highly recommend the game. It has a quirky sense of humor and was a pure delight to play. I also went back to Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation and look forward to seeing more of Aveline’s story.

What have you been playing?

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21 Responses to What Are You Playing Wednesday

  1. Terry says:

    I just finished up Dishonored (Low Chaos) and I started XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which I’m loving! I guess I’m also playing AC3, but I’m waiting until I have a good chunk of time to throw into it — it’s so immersive it seems wrong to just play in 30-45 minute chunks.

    Oh . . . and Angry Birds Star Wars *pew pew*

  2. Lassarina says:

    The Steam Autumn Sale tricked me, and I ended up buying and playing Faerie Solitaire, which at 11 hours to beat (and $2.50 for a four-pack of codes to share with friends) turned out to be a pretty good value for my money. It’s a fairly standard “stack the cards” type solitaire game; my biggest complaint is that the protagonist is explicitly gendered male when that was completely unnecessary. (It was still sort of adorable though.)

    I’ve also started Persona 4 Golden on the easiest difficulty, mostly because I feel that I already proved my gamer cred vs. Atlus the first two times I beat it on Normal on the PS2. So far, the new material slots totally seamlessly into the old (I’m only at the end of April). I’m also really appreciating that I ran the April dungeon in one trip without too much fuss. I don’t mind a difficult game, but the older I get the more frustrated I get with pointless grinding (which of course makes my love of Atlus games…difficult.)

    And I’m still working on Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, wherein I have stumbled into ancient ruins, complete with Indiana Jones jokes, and instead of walking around talking to people and getting puzzles, I am navigating this dungeon and solving puzzles. Not sure yet how I feel about this; my immediate knee-jerk reaction was “no GTFO” but we’ll see.

  3. Timmy_Mac614 says:

    I have been having fun getting proficient with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. I really enjoy the short arcade story modes for each character. It allows you to get comfortable with your character’s ability set. Plus, I don’t have a ton of free time to game, so it meets my needs. I love Borderlands, but it can an hour to finish one mission sometimes.

  4. Ike says:

    Harvest Moon: A New Beginning on 3DS, Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack on PSVita, and PuzzleCraft on iPad.

    • Nezumi says:

      Tales from Space: About a Blob (completed, but 100% yet)
      Uncharted: Golden Abyss
      Persona 4 Golden
      Persona 3 Portable

    • Nezumi says:

      I mentioned this in another blog post, but A New Beginning has one aspect that’s kind of faily, in that despite being able to customize your character, including skin-tone/race… the gender/sex indicator icon on the save file and the location indicator on the map always uses the (white) default appearance for your sex.

      • Ike says:

        Good catch! I haven’t progressed far enough for romance options, but I read that there are only opposite-gender romances.

        • Nezumi says:

          The only one to have same-sex options was Harvest Moon DS Cute, and even then, only in the JP version. Natsume removed it from the US version, then refused to admit they had, forcing players to test all the “special bride” paths to see if any of them were still open for the “Best Friends Ceremony” before finding out they were all closed.

          Reportedly, they also further censored some already very mild same-sex content in Rune Factory 2. In the JP version, playing as the girl in the second generation, you can make a marriage promise to a pair of female twins, only for the priest to tell you girls can’t get married and it to end there. Apparently this wasn’t enough for Natsume, and they added lines indicating the twins thought “marriage” was some sort of cake or tea party. (I’m fuzzy on the specifics.)

          Natsume… has long been kind of faily as a translator, both in cultural/social justice regards, and just doing a very poor job of actually translating the games.

        • Nezumi says:

          I noticed that immediately because I made a super-tanned-if-not-PoC (was thinking more about what would be cute/pretty/something-I’d-want-my-character-to-look-like than whether I was playing a non-white, or just dark-skinned white girl.) character with pink pigtails, and the icons were of a lily-white blonde girl in a cow-print cowboy hat. Didn’t really like the disconnect between my rather unconventional character and the super-conventional portrayal.

  5. Ms. Sunlight says:

    I’m still loving SWTOR! Main-tanking an op tonight, DPSing one tomorrow, plus lots of fun playing with my lovely guild. I’m also still playing XCOM. Try the multiplayer!!! I’m playing against friends and having a great laugh with it.

  6. Kimiko says:

    I’ve been replaying Phantasy Star Portable 2 on my PSP while waiting for my Vita to get here from Hong Kong. I love the portable Phantasy Star games, and I’m really looking forward to Phantasy Star Online 2 coming to Vita next year (I hope Sega hurry up the translation).

    Speaking of Vitas, guess what arrived today? ^_^ Yes, I finally got my own PS Vita, and it’s a pretty blue (it’s called ‘sapphire’ blue, but I think actual sapphires are a more indigo hue) instead of the regular old black.
    I also got Gravity Rush and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, so I’m all set for lots of fun.
    This is my first finger-touchscreen device (my phone is of the not-quite-smart variety), and it takes some getting used to smearing fingerprints all over the screen to do everything.

  7. Llamaentity says:

    Mostly PSVita gaming for me this past week, and a bit of PS3.

    On the Vita, I got in a ton of gaming time. Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Gravity Rush, WipEout 2048, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Jet Set Radio, and Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack. All have been a lot of fun, but I’ll probably focus mostly on Zero Escape and Gravity Rush until I finish them.

    On the PS3, I resumed the Walking Dead. I’m on episode 4 and can’t wait to finish it and then play through episode 5! Great stuff c:

    Need more people on my PSN friends list :P… add me: Llamaentity

  8. Cuppycake says:

    I got a PS Vita on Monday, so I’ve been playing Persona 4 Golden, which I am REALLY enjoying. I think the voices are great, the story is interesting, I’m enjoying the half-silly premise. It’s an exceptional game so far for sure, but I’m only 5 1/2 hours in. :)

  9. I finally picked up Cave Story+ on sale (and To The Moon as well, though I have yet to start it). Really liking it so far, though the old-school rare save point system is a bit unforgiving for my taste.

    I’m also still slogging through Assassin’s Creed III. I’ve kind of lost all interest in the historical story at this point, though maybe New York will change my mind. Sequence 8 was actually somewhat intriguing, and could have been one of the best of the whole series, but all the handholding in the gameplay and clunky exposition in the dialogue ruined the mood (AGAIN). I keep waiting for Ratonhnhaké:ton to get some compelling story of his own again rather than just witnessing the revolution all the damn time.

  10. luft says:

    I’ve been hearing much bad stuff about P4G, including the lack of a female playable option, the option to befriend a would-be rapist for a social link due to fan demand in Japan, an option to dress all the female party members including Naoto in soul-calibur like armor, and a bathhouse scene with underage teenage girl fan-service complete with Naoto’s side-boob after one rescues the new girl Marie from a dungeon.

    • Kimiko says:

      Oy, that’s quite a lot of bad sides. I don’t really understand why they didn’t give Persona 4 the same treatment as P3P. The added female protagonist option certainly broadened their audience for that one.

    • Lassarina says:

      The lack of female playable character is making me pretty sad, I admit. I would have really enjoyed having one a la P3P.

      I had not heard of the other things :/ Persona as a series frustrates me a lot because there will be things they do quite well (and I genuinely do enjoy the stories and the variety of people one interacts with), and then things that are outright fail/tried-but-no.

      • Gunthera1 says:

        That is my feeling on Persona games -> I adore them to pieces for some things, and then want to cry over others. I felt the same way about the Atlus game Catherine. It did some fascinating things and then it failed in other ways.

  11. Alex says:

    Happy to hear about folks here joining the Vita club! It’s a very nice system. Be sure to check out Gravity Rush, it’s free for PS+ right now!

    I just finished Spec Ops: The Line last night. This makes the second game I’ve played that will make me lose sleep but is worth it.

  12. luft says:

    You know, I’ve been seeing a lot of news stories and link-round ups and “what are you playing segments” but I wonder when we’ll see another analysis of a game or a “characters done right” (I miss those). I’m sorry to bring up a lot of bad news about Persona 4 G (and lots of folks on gamefaqs say that they’re glad there’s no femc, which is wicked of them), but on a more positive note- I’ve heard that Anita Sarkeesian is now working on the first damsel in distress video. I’ve also heard that a couple of sexist games have died, including Dead or Alive (usually those games crash and burn after awhile) and Skullgirls (it was dead after less than a month after its release due to its horrid unfocused hentai style and sexist press release) to the point where its entire team was laid off because it sold so little. Sometimes I think there is a God somewhere.

  13. feministgamer says:

    Defender’s Quest. Steam sale got me. xD It’s a nice RPG tower defense game where the “towers” are your party members. If you liked Kingdom Rush, you’ll like Defender’s Quest! Plus, it has a female protagonist and story cutscenes. :)

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