Backlog Report – July 2022

Hello July. Goodbye July. Another month has come and gone in what feels like a bullet train ride through the year. Despite the hot and sticky weather, I will try and cherish these last few days of good mental health before hell starts to break loose. Gaming and writing may take a back seat in the months to come.

This month marks the end of the 50/50 Challenge that I started last year. A post about my results and what I’ve learned will come out shortly after this post. Since I haven’t really been talking about it lately, you can kinda guess how that went.

In other boring news (but really exciting for me), I am almost done cataloging all of the video game guides and art books that I’ve been collecting. This should have been done sooner when I first decided that I was interested in collecting them, but it can also be fun cataloging things in a huge batch. I just have a few more to go since most non-guidebooks are kept in a different room. I want to write about why I’m seeking out these old guide books lately and what makes them interesting to have in 2022. My next inventory project will be to record all of the game systems that Kat and I own.

Blog Posts This Month

Kirby and the Forgotten Abilities (Backlog Tale) – While I enjoyed my time playing through Kirby and the Forgotten Land, I couldn’t help but feel that something was missing. If you played through it and thought something was missing, maybe the structure of Kirby’s abilities was the culprit.

Finishing the Final Game in the Final Fantasy Advance Ports – Final Fantasy V (Backlog Tale) – I found Final Fantasy V to be lackluster, but that is a fault to the day and age that I played it (and games similar to it that I’ve played). While it is a classic game and has one of the best job systems in the mainline series, its spiritual successors like Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler have evolved the concept.

Games Finished This Month

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV

The meme is now over. After 168 hours and playing this game in chunks over the past year and a half, I have finally finished this part in the overlapping saga. If my tear ducts would work properly, I would have sobbed at the end. After getting to know these characters all these years and watching them grow into the heroes they become gave me so many emotions. I’m glad that I decided to randomly pick up this series since it has been an overall good experience for the most part. I would like to say that I am caught up on the current series, but I still have the Sky and Crossbell games to play through before I view all of the pieces in this epic saga. Just give me five to ten years to do all of that…

Gunstar Heroes

This is a blast from the past. I don’t have as much nostalgia for the Sega Genesis like I do with the Super Nintendo. There are a few games on the Genesis that are very nostalgic for me, and Gunstar Heroes is one of those games. We used to play this a lot at my cousin’s house, but we could never beat it due to its high difficulty toward the end. Thanks to the Sega Genesis library via Nintendo Switch Online, my brother and I were able to put this game to rest in a little over three hours. The game still holds up great despite all of the flashing lights (developers loved their epilepsy flashers back in the day). If you have never played this game with someone, now is one of the best times since you can play it with someone online.

Final Fantasy VII

Would it surprise you if I told you that I have never finished this game before? I have played it in the past, but I lost access to it right when I got to the Northern Crater. Despite owning an original copy of the game, I went with the PS4 version since the achievement list would encourage me to see all that the game had to offer. Additionally, turbo mode made getting through some sections a big time saver (wish all JRPGs had a turbo button). Overall, I really enjoyed this game and understand why so many people are fond of it. I appreciate Cloud as a character way more since I finally understand the type of character he is. I’m excited to see the events of Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth and the third game now that I have a better understanding of how the main game’s events flow (the final Midgar raid better be epic). I will now take back my JRPG Player card now that I have finished this game proper.

Games Added This Month

Tokyo Mirage Session #FE Encore

I wasn’t planning on getting many games this month after last month’s splurge fest. Of course deals would pop up that would be too good for me to resist. The first game that I was able to find cheap was Tokyo Mirage Session #FE Encore. I have wanted to try this game for a while, but didn’t feel like hooking up my Wii U just to play this. Hopefully I will find the time to play it soon since it is a good game from what I’ve heard.

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

I completely forgot that I got this game this month (for some reason I thought it was last month). I’ve enjoyed the Phoenix Wright series due to its suspenseful nature. I need to finish the rest of the series past Apollo Justice at some point before bringing this game to the stand.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

This is a game that I’ve been waiting to get. Not only does it feed into my Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons collecting as of late, but it is technically a remake of one of the better games in the series. I would also like to point out that the case for this game is amazing since the reverse cover is a redesign of the Japanese box art for Friends of Mineral Town. I wish more companies would be creative with their cover art.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

I had no intention of getting this game, but for $10 USD I can be persuaded to give anything a try. After looking at game footage I’m starting to wonder why I wouldn’t be interested in this. I will have to give this game a try soon just so I don’t forget that I have it.

Harvest Moon 2, Harvest Moon 3 GBC, & Harvest Moon (SNES)

Yup. I’m back to collecting different versions of Harvest Moon. With the 3DS and Wii U shop closing soon, these may be the last games that I’m interested in getting on either system. Harvest Moon 64 is also available on the Wii U shop, but I’ve decided that I’m going to look for an authentic copy of the game (there are so many replications online). Good luck finding a cheap copy of Harvest Moon for the SNES once the store closes since that is a crazy expensive game.

Mario Golf Toadstool Tour & Mario Power Tennis

We can all agree that the Mario sports games have been extremely lackluster as of late. The whole “release the game now and we will add the rest of the content later” does not work with a full price game and Nintendo has ruined a lot of popular titles with this development model. I’m going to get off this topic now before this turns into an essay. I have never owned these titles despite really liking Mario Golf and Tennis on the N64. For some reason my older brother never had the urge to get these. I was able to find them both complete for a good price; and that means a lot considering that they are Gamecube games. 

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

If I hadn’t finished the other two Xenoblade games recently, I wouldn’t be as excited to play this. With both games’ stories still fresh in my memory, it’s best to play this now and dodge any potential spoilers that will be posted online next week (because people can’t help themselves). Will report once I get further into the game.

Digimon Survive

I felt bad for Digimon Survive. We’ve known about this game since 2018 and it’s finally being released….the same day as Xenoblade 3. That’s not their fault since Nintendo bumped XC3’s date up from its original September date. It is Bandai’s fault for not marketing this game until the last few months. It looks like a really good game with a mix of tactics RPG and visual novel segments. I wanted to support this game because I know this will be found in the bargain bin soon and considered a semi-flop (or maybe not since physical copies are slim).

Currently Playing

I wrapped up Final Fantasy VII for the first time. Despite the frustration I got while trying to navigate some areas, the original game still holds up greatly. I appreciate the whole FF7 universe now that I have a better understanding of the characters and world (I didn’t remember much from the first time I played it). Consider me excited to see where Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth goes and how the Remake project will conclude.

At the time of this writing, I haven’t played enough of Xenoblade 3 to give a formal opinion. I can only assume that I’m enjoying my time with the game and annoying people on the socials about it. This is where I will be for a while.

Once I’m done with Xenoblade 3, I want to take a break from long RPGs and break out into some other genres for a while. Maybe I will start playing through all of these Harvest Moon games since I will need something relaxing to play after work in the coming months. 

And that’s all I got this month. What are your plans and goals for this month? Try to stay cool out there.

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


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.


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

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

PlayStation: 51

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

Games Finished

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

New Additions

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