March 2021 Gaming Report

Time. There just doesn’t seem to be enough of it lately. Luckily my time spent this month was on the productive end, and I got to experience an emotion that I haven’t in a while, bliss. At the beginning of the month, I was highly productive and engaged in the games that I was playing to the point I would just mess around instead of focusing on finishing it. During the second half, I shifted my focus to things here on the blog and I now have a backlog of post that are close to finish or in the edit pool. I know all of this wonderful production is going to come crashing in April, but I’m going to endure and keep my eye on the prize in August.

Finished Games

What’s this? Danames found time to actually finish some games instead of building his collection for once? I hear the snark; and yes, I did find time to finish a couple of games this month. The first was thanks to Kim and Genni’s annual Love You Backlog event, where I finished Xenoblade Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii. I wrote a whole post about it, so you can read my thoughts there. I was still struggling to figure out if I enjoyed the game, or if the Wii’s limitations prevented me from enjoying it. I did have the definitive version for Switch ready to play whenever I finished the original, and ever since playing that I determined that it was the Wii’s fault for holding this game back. I do plan on finishing the definitive version since I’m enjoying it so much, and it is holding me over until the drought for physical copies of Xenoblade 2 exit the black market.

The second game I finished was supposed to be for last month’s Pokémon Creator’s Catch collab, but it was a struggle for me play constantly. That game was Pokémon Ultra Sun. As you can tell from my post, Sun and Moon rubbed me the wrong way when I finished the original. Ultra Sun is more of the same from the base game, but with extra content and a new postgame chapter. The post game looks interesting, but sadly this game has given me a really bad sunburn. I probably won’t touch it for a while, and the next Pokemon game I’ll play will probably be the Diamond and Pearl remakes (the redemption arc).


Games Added This Month

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Let’s not talk about what was added to the collection this month. In my defense, most of them were free or donated to me (and due to blood oath, they will stay with me). Some come from the wake of digital store fronts closing and leaving some games inaccessible without a crime lord’s bank account. We are seeing this with the closing of the PlayStation Network Store for PS3, PSP, and Vita later this year. This sucks since these digital store fronts have been the cheaper option for playing older games without having to sell a kidney or three. More importantly, now that they are closing, I now have to go on a shopping spree to buy titles that I don’t have yet, creating this disgusting feeling of consumerism that I don’t like. At least games on these stores are cheap and can be redownloaded after the store closes; which was one of my biggest concerns.

Outside of that, Monster Hunter Rise came out and that will be the state that I’ll be in for a while. I would love to play this game online with people I know, so if you want to find a time to hunt together let me know please. Otherwise I will finish all of the village quest by next week and move on to the next game while playing this on the side. I will save all my thoughts on the full game at a later time.


Plans For Next Month

I think I have more blog post plan for next month more than games to play. As of writing this, I am listening to the Bravely Default soundtrack that was recently released on streaming services (the music is so good). This makes me want to start Bravely Default 2 since I keep hearing good things about it. I think my burnout from the first game is finally over, and maybe I will double dip by playing Bravely Second on the side (I doubt it). Other than that, I’m started planning out a road map on what I want to do next after I’m done with school in August. The more I draw the idea out, the more I’m looking forward to it since it will be the best thing for me and the accumulated that I’ve built up in the past 3 years. I’m looking forward to sharing it with all of you come August.


And that I all I have for this month. You would think that at this point I would know how to close these things out, but you know…I don’t.

Thanks for reading,

DanamesX

January 2021 Gaming Report – New Year, Same (Bad) Habits

Hi!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these. What happened to me doing these during the last few months last year? The simple answer to that is that I went crazy and did some crazy things that affected my statistical reporting. So before I resumed doing monthly reports, I wanted to finish doing the crazy thing that I did and make sure that everything was up to date and everything again. What was that crazy, stupid, idiodic thing that I did?

Video Game Collection Spreadsheet V. 2.0!

Around last July (I think), I started to notice that my spreadsheet where I keep all of my data was incorrect in a few areas. I was also getting tired of the layout a bit and the colors were starting to get on my nerves a bit. So with a heavy sigh and a bit of excitement, I reconstructed my entire spreadsheet and went about inventorying every single game in my collection.

When I first started this spreadsheet back in 2015, I had a simple, small collection. It was easy enough for me to put together since I only had to worry about the few DS, GBA, Wii, PS3, and PC games that I had at the time. Fast forward to 2021, that collection of less than 100 games has exploded into a collection that contains approximately 1059 games now (rookie numbers I know I’m working on it). That number includes all of Kat’s games as well since they are part of the collection as well (and she had zero desire to keep track of her games like this). I will go over the new spreadsheet and provide a viewable link in a featured post this/next week.

Finished Games

Kat and I have an ongoing tradition to finish one game on the first day of the new year. This tradition happened by accident twice a few years ago, but we like to try and uphold it for as long as we can. This year, I finished two games on January 1st.

The first game was Warioware Gold. To be completely fair, anyone can finish the story mode of this game in about two hours. I only had the last three parts of the story to finish which took about an hour to finish. Warioware is always a good time, and I think the 3DS version does the series best by combining all the different playstyles from over the years. There are bonus modes to do that I will enjoy when the craving hits.

Kat didn’t like the idea that I didn’t really have to work to meet my goals, unlike her. She had the entire story mode of Puyo Tetris 2 to do, and I did feel a bit of pity in my bones. So to even the playing field, I started, finished, completed, and platinum Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight in 8 hours.

I had planned on playing this with the intent of getting the platinum trophy in one day. This felt like the perfect excuse to do it. I can comfortably say that I never want to play this game ever again after marathoning it for 8 hours straight. The game has my least favorite interface for a rhythm game. The screen feels extremely busy, and playing it on the hardest difficulty requires complete concentration and every skill imaginable. Toward the end of my marathon, I started to get loopy and cursing Atlus from making a cash grab like this. At least Persona 4 Dancing has an actual story that ties into the plot to make it interesting. This was an excuse to make a rhythm game with not a lot of tracks to begin with.

The only other game that I finished this month was Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City. This was my favorite game to finish this month, as it signified the closing of a chapter. I have had this game since 2010, but could never finish it due to how difficult I made things for myself. This was the first Etrian Odyssey game that I played, and I could never figure out the mechanics of “being good” at the game. Fast forward to this year and with my good friend, the internet, I figured out that I built my team in an idiotic fashion, and that some skills are not worth learning. Pro tip, Combat Study does not increase your current teams experience points. The skill makes your teams in reserve gain experience so that they can stay level with the main party. Whoops.

Another great tip I can give about the game is how to level up stuip easy. The game features autowalk tracks that you can place on your map. Just make a loop and have your team auto walk to get into encounters. If your team can handle themselves, just set them to auto and repeat the steps. This basically makes the game play itself, but it saves you from spending hours grinding manually. The only time you will have to do much is when you have to go back to town to revive someone, or sell your loot for money. This method is also a great way to get money since that can take some time if your gathering team is nonexistent. If you are good at strategizing and understand the basics of the game, then there is no need for grinding, but if you are a dumbass like me, then this simple method will help you get the level and skills you need to reach the end. I would like to talk more about this game, but I will save it for another time.

New Additions

I was really good at the beginning of the month. There were no games that I was truly interested in getting, but the sales fairy always knows when to hit me at vulnerable moments.

The first game that I got this month was Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Video Game – Complete Edition (breath). I missed out on getting this game when it first came out (due to not having a system I could play it on), but I did play it at a friend’s house. I remember it being a really fun co-op beat ’em up game. That’s still the case, but as of writing, I still have not played this with anyone. The charm of this game really does come with playing with others. Until this pandemic is over (whyisn’tthispandemicoveryetseriouslypeoplejustwearafuckingmaskandpracticesocialdistanceyouselfesslunatics) I will have to wait to play this at my friend’s house again.

After buying that, it went downhill from there. I used a gift card that I got for Christmas to buy Puyo Puyo Tetris 2. Why? Because I enjoyed the first game and I want to get better at puyo. Around this time I also bought Captain Tsubasa: Rise of Champions, a football game based on a popular manga. I have never read the manga, but I do enjoy football games that remind me of Super Mario Strikers.

During a supply run, I stopped at a second hand store and found a copy of Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan. I was off the heels of finishing the third game, so I had to get it to add to the collection. I am now only missing the fifth game and then the collection will be complete. Speaking of finding rare games, I also found a copy of Harvest Moon DS Cute for a cheap price. My older brother loved Harvest Moon DS and he considers it one of his favorite games. I got this version just to have it since I will probably never get the original game from him. I am curious to play this one day and see if it holds up to the other version (I don’t see why not, the only difference is that you play as a girl).

The final game that I got last month was Resident Evil VII: biohazard. I have never been a fan of Resident Evil. The only one that I really enjoyed was watching my brother play RE4, and even then, I never played any of them. With recent news about the franchise, Capcom gave me about 9’6” reasons to maybe consider checking out their newest game. So I started RE7 and did not get past the tutorial. I do not enjoy scary games. I like watching others play them no problem, but I dread it if you put the controller in my hands. I have since then watched a full playthrough of the game, so I think I can make it through it since I know when all the bullshit happens. I will conquer it one day; just not today.

*Edit. I forgot that I also bought Civilization: Beyond Earth since it was on sale. It has mixed reviews, but I’m curious to see what a futuristic civ game plays like; and this was the perfect excuse.

Plans For Next Month

Have this gaming review report thing done by the 28th. I will let you know how that goes.

Message From The Writer

Um. How’s your day going? As of writing this, I am going through one of those phases where playing games feels unsatisfying. It happens every so often when I’m feeling stressed or when I can’t make up my mind on what to play next. I will be floating in and out of the aether this month as my introverted nature kicks my butt. I still want to stream Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness at some point this month since I was really looking forward to doing it and I want to commit to myself. Just know it will happen even if I’m not 100% entertaining.

With that, I am going to try and not think of the scary things that I have to get done this month. Remember to get good sleep and play games in a well-lite room.

DanamesX

October 2020 Gaming Report

This report may look different for several reason. The first reason, I really haven’t been able to do much this month. Despite my efforts of finding a good work, school, life balance, something will always show up to damper the mood. November is going to be rough since final projects will be due at the end of the month. I expect my gaming habits will change this month to short burst to get my mind off of things. I will be so happy when December gets here and I don’t have to worry about classes that I’m not that engaged in. I will be done with school forever next Summer, so I just need to endure just a little longer.

My second reason is that I’m still in the process of updating my mega spreadsheet. I have all of my entries in place, and I’m working on the final collection area; which is all of our PC games. Once that list has been completed, I want to experiment with linking other data to entries, and make the whole navigation of my data better (did I mention I really like working in spreadsheets and manipulating data?). I decided to retire my old Numbers format that is usually at the end of these post to create something better than just bullet points. I don’t expect anything revolutionary happening in my gaming life right now, so I don’t mind having it absent for the next few months.

Finally, the last reason I can’t seem to get anything done is the same reason as last year. After finishing one game that is currently sitting at my favorite game this year, I haven’t had the urge to play anything new as of late. I lost the urge to play any games that I had lined up, and I found myself playing a lot of games that I have already finished like Overwatch and Animal Crossing. I assume that I play these games for comfort, but when I need constant comfort I don’t get the urge to play any of the other (insert number here) games that I own. I don’t see a comfort game like Pokémon Sword coming out this month to save me, so I will deal with what I have currently. This should mean that I should stop buying games right now, but I am a weak individual who can’t say no to a good deal or a rare find.


Finished Games

I finished one game in October and it has become one of my favorite games. I didn’t know what to expect from Hades except that it was developed by Supergiant Games. Bastion is one of my favorite games of all time, so I went into Hades with high hopes. Now, I am torn between which game I like more. The combat and gameplay in Hades is amazing. The learning curve that it takes to learn enemy movements is paced well and feels great when you can pull of perfect runs.

What the game also does well is the replay value. Just because you know your way around doesn’t mean that you can mix things up. The game offers a lot of challenges that you can attempt and enough weapon variety to attempt different playstyles. The game is also accompany by an amazing score and character development that makes each character unique and interesting. For a short game, there is a lot the player can get from it.


New Additions

Most games that I got this month were ones that I found on sale. I found a copy of Dragon Quest Builders II for only $15 USD, which was hard for me to say no to. The same went with Marvel’s Spider-Man and the Mega Man Zero/ZX Collection. I have been holding off getting these games for when I could find a good deal and now was the perfect time. I picked up the first Professor Layton game from a secondhand store and am interested to see if I enjoy it like the Phoenix Wright games. I know they are two complete different genres, but they were popular around the same time to the point they collaborated with one another.

The biggest new addition was sent to me as a gift from one of my closet friend. He had been playing a lot of Total War: Warhammer II that he thought I would be interested in it. I’m not going to lie, I’m not the biggest fan of Real Time Strategy games. I like to take my time during a strategy game and plan my moves out slowly. Having the skills to make quick decisions is one that I’m still working on, and unless it is in a game built around action, then I’m going to get bored quick. Warhammer II on the other hand kept me engaged when I was playing with my friend. I don’t know if it is because it is a mix between turn-based strategy and real-time, or if having him there explaining it to me helps. We are both mentally stressed out people, so we like to antidote this with dumb internet humor whenever we play games. I think controlling a lizaed/dinosaur army with ridiculous names like Soup’s On and Freddy Kroug ‘Ar helps from taking the game too serious. I don’t really see myself playing this game on my own, but I’m glad that it is another game in our repertoire to play.

Plans for Next Month

The same plan we try every month Pinky. Try to take over the world stay sane and play some video games!


As I mentioned before, the “Numbers” section will be absent until the beginning of the new year. I will look into somethings to fill this gap here. Until then, stay safe and drink plenty of water!

Thanks for reading,

DanamesX

August 2020 Gaming Report

Where has August gone? It feels like we just finished July, and now August has ended as well. I am not going to complain since that means we are one step closer to Fall. One tree in my yard is already starting to change its colors and shed a few leaves. Soon it will be so long to shorts and hello comfy jacket season!

But this is a gaming blog and not a nature one (though I could talk about nature at some point). I spent the first half of the month trying to finish one game in anticipation for the next. The grind was rough, and I am proud to say that I didn’t manage to finish much this month. With the return to work and school, I have to completely redo my schedule just as I was getting used to my current one. If I need the motivation now, my coursework and work tasks will have me begging to pick up a controller when I can. 

Finished This Month

The only game that I can closely say that I finished was NieR: Automata. I say closely finish, because I only got the the first ending, which classifies in my books as a finish. I do know that I need to play the other stories to get the true ending, and I have plans to do so. Just don’t bully me for counting this as a win for me!

Added This Month

A few new titles were added this month. I decided to try this new game everyone was talking about called Fall Guys. It was free via PS Plus, so I figured I had nothing to lose. Can’t say that I am a big fan of this one. I see the charm of it by trying to out best everyone that you are competing against. To me though, it feels very stressful, and I already have enough of that as is. People have been saying that the appeal of the game is playing with friends, but I think I am good on that front. Not my cup of tea, but I’m glad others seem to be enjoying it.

For my random purchase of the month, that goes to Onimusha: Warlords on the PS4. I’ve seen the game before, but never bothered to try it. I saw it on sale for $15 USD and decided to bit the bullet. I had a feeling if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to find it later like so many other games on my wishlist.

Are people still buying 3DS games? Because I sure am! I have been meaning to pick up WarioWare Gold for a while, but I was always looking for a good deal on it. I thought I did last week when I found a copy in Target for $20 USD. That sounded too good to be true…and it was. When the cashier rang it up, it came to $40 USD instead. I could have insisted that I didn’t want to purchase it or that the price lied to me, but if you know me I’m not a confrontational guy and just accepted it.

This comes to the last game I got this year, and I thought this was going to be my game of the year. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered came out on the 27th (for some reason I thought it was the 28th) to a heated reception. I won’t go far into details as I already did in a separate blog post. Just know that it came out and had the opposite effect Pokemon Sword did for me last year.

Plans For Next Month

Survive. Joking aside, my schedule is all over the place and I can’t seem to find a moment to relax. When I do, it feels like a false sense of relaxation and my brain starts to stress me out. There are a few games that I want to attempt to finish this month like Trails of Cold Steel III since the next game in the series is coming out in October. Speaking of October, the blog will celebrate its one year anniversary. I didn’t imagine that I would be keeping up with the blog this long, but I’m glad I did and I have met some amazing people along the way. I am still working on some updates to reveal during the time, so please look forward to those things.

Numbers

August 2020
Games Finished: 1
Games Added: 4

Finish Total: 203
Total Collection: 681

Most Played Game: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

Most Played System: PS4

Achievements:
Steam: 4
Playstation: 19

Current Games in Progress:
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered
Disgaea 5 Complete

DateTitleHours
8/9/2020NieR: Automata15
DateTitleSystem
8/7/2020Fall Guys: Ultimate KnockoutPS4
8/8/2020Onimusha: WarlordsPS4
8/27/2020Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles RemasteredPS4
8/27/2020WarioWare Gold3DS

July 2020 Gaming Report

Something…something..July. Something…something…gaming. Each month seems to begin and end quickly. Soon, work will start to pick up again, and my third to last semester will begin. My gaming routine will have to alter some, but I have noticed that it has been on a decline lately. I’ve been juggling titles less and have opted to focus on one or two games at a time. That’s not to say nothing has been keeping my attention.

Ghost of Tsushima looks really good and I want to play it so badly. The new Paper Mario game also looks excellent with people not being afraid to say that it is a good game. Not to mention next month, we will finally get the remastered version of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles; one of my favorite games of all time. The only thing that is preventing me from getting all these new games are time and money. Due to being in lockdown for what feels like a majority of the year, I have saved a pretty penny as of late. This is good since my savings didn’t really have much in it. I would like to continue to build it up, and that will require me to sacrifice new experiences until a later date. The only exception will be when Crystal Chronicles comes out since I love that game so much.

Games Finished

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So what have I been doing this month? Well a lot of time went into just playing Soul Calibur VI. I already talked a lot about this game in a post I made last week. Without repeating myself too much, I was able to obtain the platinum trophy in this game and had an absolute good time doing so. It made me better at the game that now I enjoy just fighting random people online. If you are interested in the series, I would recommend it and it is still getting content to this day.


The only other game that I got around to finish was Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2. I was able to beat the first one when it came out in 1 day, and I was surprised that I did the same for this one as well. Curse of the Moon 2 is definitely harder than the first, but it is manageable once you get the hang of it (or play in Casual mode like I did). I prefer Domonique, Robert, and Hachi over the original characters as their weapons and playstyle appeal to me more. The sheer variety that they can pull off is probably why the difficulty was cranked up. Currently I am in my second playthrough and taking my sweet time to the true final ending.

Currently Playing

My evenings after work consist of a routine. I play Animal Crossing for about an hour to work on projects around the island. Afterwards, I play a second game for the rest of the evening. Currently, I have been playing The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III. After finishing the second game in April, I decided to slowly work my way through the Sky Trilogy. Long story short, I got impatient and started playing Cold Steel III. I understand a lot of things may go over my head for not playing the other games, but the cloud of mystery is what I loved about these games. After finishing the first chapter, I already want to go back to Sky and see all of the development that has led to this moment.

New Additions

This month was very tamed when buying new games. Since I knew I would not have the time to play Ghost of Tsushima, I opted to wait until a sale to purchase it. That also goes for Paper Mario: The Origami King. I know that Paper Mario will most likely not go on sale anytime soon, but I will get it one day and add it to the backlog. 

There were four games that I bought this month. The first was Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2. I knew that I could beat it quickly, so I made the justification and beat it the same day. The last two games that I bought were Overcooked 1 & 2 that came in one disk, and Injustice 2. My wife Kat and I just happened to notice a used copy of both and they were less than $15 USD. We have only played Overcooked 1 and have had a blast playing it. We have no idea what Overcooked 2 has in store, but I know we will get frustrated at each other while trying to accomplish each stage. 

We had talked about getting Injustice 2 ever since it came out. We never did though, and it remained on our wishlist ever since. Finding a copy for $15 was the convincing factor. 

The last game was Chocobo Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! It was on sale and I adore Chocobos! I have never played a mystery dungeon game before, so I am looking forward to see if I enjoy it or not. I enjoy the characters since they are the same from Chocobo Tales.

Plans For This Month

My goal is to finish Trails of Cold Steel III before Crystal Chronicles comes out. I cannot express how excited I am for this game. I haven’t been this excited for a release in a long time. If I manage to finish Cold Steel with time to spare, I might do some more achievement hunting in a few games. I have also been doing a few more streams here and there. I am trying to build more confidence and learn all the tech work in the background especially with sound. I want to figure all of this out before making my official “debut.” If you see me live, don’t be afraid to stop by. I get extra nervous/talkative when I notice someone watching.

Numbers

July 2020
Games Finished: 2
Games Added: 4
Finish Total: 202
Total Collection: 677

Most Played Game: Soul Calibur VI
Most Played System: PS4

Achievements:
Steam:3
PlayStation: 51

Current Games in Progress:
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

Games Finished

DateTitleHours
7/6/2020Soul Calibur VI???
7/10/2020Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 22

New Additions

DateTitleSystem
7/15/2020Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2Switch
7/25/2020Chocobo Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!Switch
7/28/2020Overcooked 1 + 2PS4
7/28/2020Injustice 2PS4