What Are You Playing Wednesday

Anor Lando in Dark Souls. An area full of parapets and Cathedral like buildings.

Anor Lando in Dark Souls. An area full of parapets and Cathedral like buildings.

Happy mid-week to everyone. It is time for our Wednesday questions:

  • 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 restarted Dark Souls after having lost my save in a PS3 hard drive failure. I just got back to Anor Lando and and slowly making my way through that area. I also played a bit of Skylanders Giants after getting a few of the new figurines.

So, what have you all been playing?

25 thoughts on “What Are You Playing Wednesday”

  1. I restarted Dark Souls after having lost my save in a PS3 hard drive failure.

    Ugh, exactly this just happened to me this summer. I lost all of my Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls saves. Which sucks, because I wanted those for the DLC and starting all over again seems like an all-too-daunting task.

    1. I understand how you feel (literally). I was in NG+ in Demon’s Souls and that save is gone too.

      That feeling of it being daunting is why I waited so many months to restart Dark Souls. I lost Disgaea saves and Final Fantasy Saves… Ugh, it isn’t fun to think about it.

  2. With SunFlowers completed as far as possible (one trophy is broken and impossible to get), and Gravity Rush too hard for me, I’ve kinda run out of games to play on my Vita. Disappointment: it’s a great system, but if you’re not into sports or shooters, it’s really lacking in games. I’m going to import a physical copy of Ragnarok Odyssey because it doesn’t look like it’ll be released in Europe :(

    Of course, there are still PSP games to play, but only the ones that can be downloaded. Ah well. I love the newer Phantasy Star games and am eagerly looking forward to Phantasy Star Online 2 coming to the Vita next year. I’d never played the old games though, and three of them are available in the Sega GameGear Collection for PSP. I wanted to play the very first game too, so I’ve played that one emulated on the PC, and today moved on to the second game. It was nice to see such an old game with a female main character (Alis). Nei from the second game is also cool, but is more of a girlfriend-of-the-hero character.

    Meanwhile on the PC I’ve bought Hanako Games’ Science Girls!, an RPG about nerdy girls saving their school (and the rest of the world? don’t know yet) from alien plant monsters, with science! :) It’s both funny and cool and cute. It’s made with RenPy, so the graphics and interface aren’t very flashy, but that’s okay.

  3. I was making really good progress through Metroid: Zero Mission, but the final area has been kicking my ass. Haven’t picked up the DS in a few days now. Also playing through Yoshi’s Island on the GBA.
    I’m a little ways into Uncharted 3, but it’s kind of boring me.

  4. I just spent an obsessive few days playing GemCraft: the Forgotten. Nothing gets me more obsessed than a good TD.

  5. I’ve been running around Guild Wars 2 doing their winter themed activities. It’s some of the better implemented/designed Christmas events I’ve seen in a MMORG.

    Also, on Steam I’ve been playing Waking Mars. I had the game prior via Humble Bundle, but it recently was greenlit on Steam and released keys.
    It’s an awesome game (which does feature PoC) which I’m quite enjoying. It mixes virtual gardening with a small amount of platforming and exploring.

    1. Waking Mars does look interesting. The trailer reminded me very much of Aquaria. I wonder if they’re related.
      It’s good to hear the platforming is limited, because I’m not very good at that and was worried that it might make the game too hard.
      And yay for characters of color of course :)

      1. The main character in Waking Mars has a jetpack, so the hardest you get in terms of platforming is avoiding the odd flying lava ball.

        Sadly, my playtime in Aquaria is not very long – but I think I can safely say that Waking Mars is seemingly more passive. A large percentage of the hazards are stationary.

        I enjoy it for being a space game that doesn’t require you having to shoot things. It’s main focus in on growing plants (raising the biomass of the levels to a certain amount before you’re able to proceed) and working with the ecosystems.

        The dialogue in it is pretty well written – from my perspective. The characters talk as if they are genuinely interested in the science, which somewhat mirrors my feelings toward fun science-y things. It’s great in games where you get to experiment; asking the question “I wonder what happens if I put this here…”.

    2. I used to be in a bell choir so I ADORE the bell choir minigame for Wintersday. Maybe I’ll get lucky and get the permanent bells from a gift box…

  6. Friends pestering me to get into The Secret World. Will do so within a reasonable time upon receipt of next paycheque (est. New Year’s) or until this wonderful glow of “not having less than zero dollars in my chequing account” goes away.

    Until then, more Samsara.

  7. Blood Bowl! I got Blood Bowl Chaos Edition from Steam on the recommendation of a friend. I don’t normally play sports games but I do like tactical combat and he recommended it after having played some Xcom with me. It’s turn-based tongue-in-cheek fun. I’m just learning right now but the game seems to have a lot of depth, steep learning curve though.

    Other than that, SWTOR as usual. I’m tempted to give The Secret World another go now it’s free to play; when I got it I didn’t really get on with the combat, finding it awkward and unresponsive, but I’ve been assured it gets better.

    1. Good to hear that about Blood Bowl! I just got a free copy bundled with a Hungarian mag, but I haven’t tried it yet. Yay turn-based lulz!

      (I know next to nothing about American football, so that kept me away. BTW, what a strange game to bundle with a Hungarian gaming mag, a sports-themed TBS/tactics game based on… American football and rugby? o.O; I think I know more about chessboxing than either of these sports.)

  8. My boyfriend and I are finally co-gaming Dishonored together. I don’t have a lot to say on the story yet, but the gameplay is really fun (especially since we pass off the controller when one of us is getting stuck) and we haven’t killed one enemy yet.

  9. I finished the last couple of puzzles in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask so now that’s marked off as complete on Backloggery.

    I’ve been playing Chrono Cross; I’ve just gotten Riddel back from Viper Manor and it appears it is now time for every sidequest. Every sidequest!

    I also went back to playing Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, in which I had been stuck in Terra’s route at the Coliseum, on the timed segment. Got through it on the first try this time, and now I am continuing onward.

    Also still slowly working on Final Fantasy Dimensions. I just started Chapter 3 (The Memorist) and fffffff that seems like it could be an amazing job, if only to assign the Memorandom ability to other jobs.

  10. I finished Deus Ex: Human Revolution and despite my misgivings about many things in both story and gameplay before, I still think it was a pretty good game on the whole. Not as good as I was led to believe prior to playing it, but more than ok. It clearly tried to look a lot more intellectual than what the story actually managed to delievere though. Still, glad that I played it!

    After that I’ve been playing some Borderlands Co-Op with a friend, which has been entertaining.

  11. Bit more Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward. Quite close to finishing it, but didn’t feel like playing too much this past week. Played some Sunflowers, which is cute and fun. Played some more Guardians of Middle Earth, which is fun (we tend to win by a large margin), but the lag, disconnects (from other players and sometimes ourselves), and matchmaking issues definitely detract from the experience.

    Other than that, been playing way too much Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer on iPad (it was free to obtain the base game sometime over the weekend). Pretty fun card game, with a nice, quick pace.

  12. World of Warcraft and The Secret World, mostly.

    I’m slowly working my way through the various rep grinds in Mists of Pandaria (Just got Golden Lotus done, woot). I’m almost done the Klaxxi, but procrastinating because… I kiiiind of hate the Klaxxi quests. The Dread Wastes are gloomy and monotonous and the bug enemies are all kinda same-y and the Klaxxi themselves are ungrateful jerks and dammit, why are they all BOYS? Every species of social insect on the planet in real life is majority female, and Blizz doesn’t even have the “designing female models is too expensive and time consuming blah di bluh” excuse to fall back on, they’re BUGS. *sigh*

    But I’m enjoying the Dominance Offensive quests (except Ogudei cave day. #$%^ cave day). I’ve been doing the quests with my PvP flag up to get in to the spirit of things (except on cave day, which is hard enough already ^^;). I’m not a great PvPer, but questing with my flag up has been an interesting taste of what life on a PvP realm might be like, and a fun little personal challenge.

    Whenever I need a change, yaaaaaaaaay Secret World is subscription free nowwww!!! I LOVE the voice acting and the stories and the Adventure game puzzle elements. Gearing up is confusing to me, though. The nice thing about WoW, it’s EASY. I mean, it’s hard to do it well, but the basics of levelling and gear is really easy to understand. I know how to progress, I know what stats I need and how to get better equipment. Secret World…. not so much. The price you pay for a more sandboxy talent tree system I suppose, but I’m hitting a wall with enemies being too tough for me and I’m not sure how to fix it. Is my bizarre hybrid healy-tank build too broken to progress with? Is it just that my gear sucks? Where can I get something better? What would “better” even MEAN for a blood/blades soloing build? What do these stats even DO?

    When I get frustrated and confused, back to WoW with me for bright colours and obvious paths to progression. (And all my RP buddies.)

  13. I’m playing Persona 4 Golden on my Vita still, about 20 hours in at this point. I also finally started playing The Walking Dead, and I’m absolutely IN LOVE. I’m done with episode 2 and hope to move on to episode 3 next.

  14. Playing PlayStation All-Stars for an hour or two. Leveling up characters and unlocking stuff. Very slow going (due to my work schedule and not the game’s pacing).

  15. Aside from dabbling in the Winterfest events in GW2 (toy Ventari pet eeeeee!), I also got completely sucked into Pirate101. It plays like a simplified strategy RPG and feels like a mix of Skies of Arcadia and Talespin. I recently started a quest where you help a fruit exporter find a missing load of rotting bananas, titled Marquis Mark and the Funky Bunch. I think I’m in love. The female player characters get the same armor and outfits as the male characters, too. My girl looks like a proper sailor– none of this sexy halloween pirate nonsense.

    It’s not perfect- in particular I’m wondering about some of the very Asian and Pacific-inspired animal pirates when all the humans (and many of the animals) so far seem to be European. Hopefully when I get to some of the other zones there will be humans, too. Fantasy Japan-like country including ducks and cattle is one thing, fantasy Japan-like country consisting solely of ducks and cattle is quite another.

  16. Still playing and loving Style Savvy. While I am really wishing they had (and would/will) include a dating sim/otome element, I’m still glad that there’s so much to do in the game.

    My boyfriend completed Crimson Shroud, and I honestly felt disappointed by the ending. It feels more bland and depressing for a Matsuno title. But, on the topic of L-5 games, I still need to download the Ni no Kuni demo and give it a shot. They always have an interesting way of handling female characters, so I’m looking forward to that aspect of the game (and everything!), especially considering Ghibli is involved (even if Miyazaki isn’t – as far as I know).

    I have Wii games I need to return to, but we just got a PSP, so I also started God Eater Burst and am looking forward to starting the Star Ocean titles (is it better to play the first two in order?).

    While not entirely video game related (directly so), since we’re getting a new Sailor Moon anime, I really hope to see a couple of awesome BSSM games. Especially if it means another RPG. (And this is Toei’s chance to do a Smash styled fighter+party game with their magical girl series, since we have PreCure, Ojamajo Doremi and more BSSM on the way.)

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