May 2020 Gaming Report

Wow. Where has the time been going? May seemed to have ended so quickly that I did not realize that we are in June now. I try to have these done by the first of each month, but yeah.

Games Finished

Continuing my trend from last month, I have found some success in finishing some games. There were a ton of games that I started playing this month, and that is where most of my time was spent. I am happy to say that the first game that I finished this month was one of the first four games that I got for my Nintendo 3DS back in 2013.

Shin Megami Tensei IV was a beast of a game for me at the time. I had played Person 3 and 4 at the time, and I got far in Strange Journey and Devil Survivor 2 before this game. Mainline Shin Megami Tensei games are known for their difficulty and interesting themes of law and chaos. My biggest difficulty in the game was getting lost all the time. I am terrible with geography and at the time, I refused to use a guide to help me through the game. What made things even more difficult was me landing the neutral ending on my first playthrough. Throughout the game, you have to answer questions and do actions that affect your alignment rating. You never see this rating throughout the game and you only get a hint to where it is from a guy at each Hunter’s Association. My alignment was toward the Chaos route during the last chapter before the lock. I based my choices and decisions toward Law during that chapter, and I was surprised that I landed the Neutral route. Unless you are using a guide, there about an 8% chance to get it. That is when the game really got hard, as I had to run around Tokyo and find random quest to fulfill the requirements for the main story. After all these years, I finally gave in and used a guide to get me through the side quest and put this game to rest. I highly recommend playing this game as the combat is satisfying and the amount of customization makes each playthrough unique (and you know since Shin Megami Tensei V is never coming out you might as well play the last good one).

The last game that I finished this month was Final Fantasy VII: Remake. I had thought about writing a separate post about this game, and I might eventually. I really enjoyed this game. I know that there is a lot of backlash from fans of the original game, but I knew from the start that this was not going to be a one-for-one remake of the original. The advertisements and interviews proved that, so I don’t understand why people say they were deceived by it. Anyhow, that is the topic for another post.

I really enjoyed atmosphere and music of the game. I played the original beforehand, but most of the beginning stuff faded with my terrible memory. I never really got the full atmosphere of Midgar in the original, but this game gave me a full understanding of the city and its people. I enjoyed all the little character moments and made a drinking game with Kat every time someone said the word “shit.” While some scenes felt campy, the original was weird and awkward at the same time. My favorite moment was have to be the Honey Bee Inn scene. Perfection.

I knew I was going to like the combat and I’m glad I was not disappointed for the most part. With a few more tweaks, I could see this as one of the best action RPG battle systems. I was worried that it was going to be a hack and slash feast, but there is a surprising amount of strategy that goes into each fight. Understanding enemy weaknesses plays a big role as bosses in this game do not play around like they did in the original. The different phases that they go into to protect weak spots and change tactics prevented me from shutting my brain off. I liked controlling Cloud most of the game, but I was surprise by Aerith’s gameplay that I found her enjoyable as well. I wanted to enjoy playing as Tifa and Barret, but for me at least, they felt situational and I avoided using them if I had to. The only other big complaint I have about the battle system is the camera. I already have a big problem with controlling the camera in most games, but I felt like the camera was not helping me during some fights. I tried adjusting them in the options, but I could not find a happy medium for me. Hopefully they fix this issue in the next game.

I am really looking forward to the next game in this side series. I did find things at the end to be weird and could have gone a different route to still reach the same conclusion. For someone who has no attachment whatsoever to the original Final Fantasy VII, I liked what I played and I’m looking forward to more of it.

Currently Playing

I have been in a Dark Souls mood lately. I have been playing DS2 by myself and DS1 with one of my good friends. Co-op Dark Souls is so much fun and getting through the game feels like a breeze. I will probably eat my words later, but DS2 feels easier than the previous. Maybe I have just grown as a player, but minus a few areas, this game has not been a problem for me.

Outside of Dark Souls, Me, Kat, and a friend of ours have gotten back into Overwatch. This is one of those games that I just enjoy playing with or without friends. The team aspect and the fact that I can play support is enough to make me keep playing.

Lastly, I started playing the first game in The Legend of Heroes: Kiseki series; Trials in the Sky. Trails in the Sky is charming and I feel in love quick. Since my computer was still out of commission, I bought the PSP version on my Vita. It…played. Something about PSP games on the Vita slows things down and add blurry resolutions. The PC version runs like a dream and has a turbo mode to speed things up. I’m normally not one to complain about graphics and whatnot, but if you decide to play these games, get the PC version.

New Additions

After playing heavy RPG games, I needed a break and branched out to other genres. I had the urge to play a shooter for once. Since my PC was under repairs, I bought Star Wars Battlefront II for the PS4. I enjoy it now that the pay to win stuff is out, but veteran players have a big advantage over newcomers. The game is free for PS Plus members for the month of June (of course something goes free after I buy it). A fun indie game that I bought was What the Golf? Developed by Triband, this is a fun game that uses golf physics (if golf physics is even a thing). You are given different objectives to get your “ball” to the goal. It is really fun and I have been enjoying it. The last game I acquired this month was Code Vein. I wanted to pick this up last year, but I am a cheapskate and like to wait for sales. Take Dark Souls and make them anime vampires. That is the vibe I get from it and I like it.

Plans For Next Month

I have no real big plans for this month. I have been doing secret Monster Hunter streams just so I can get comfortable with streaming. I’m lacking in the conversation department, but I hope the gameplay in Monster Hunter is entertaining enough for me to start small conversations. I normally will post on my Twitter when I go live. Other than that, I have a good feeling that I can finish one or two games this month. Nothing is really stopping me from doing so, although my mood plays a big part in that.

Numbers and Stats

May 2020
Games Finished: 2
Games Added: 3
Finish Total: 199
Total Collection: 684

Achievements Earned:
Steam: 8
PlayStation: 41

Most Played Game: Final Fantasy VII: Remake
Most Played Console: PlayStation 4

Current Games in Progress:
Dark Souls Remastered
Dark Souls 2
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Thanks for reading,


Advent Gaming Calendar 2019 Day 10: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army

Continuing the episodic feel of game openings is Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army. In Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army, you play as Raidou Kuzunoha in fictional 20th century Japan during the Taisho period. That is about all of my knowledge of this game since I have yet to play it (will take a copy if one is laying around). Even though I have not play Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army, I can tell it is a good time just based on this catchy opening.

The opening scene showcases our main cast of Raidou, Shohei, Gouto, Tae, and random bad guy of the evening. That episodic charm is shown of by showing an everyday lifestyle of each character. Raidou chases people all day, Shohei and Gouto have Tom and Jerry moments, and Tae likes to eat concrete with her camera. I fell that the story could be about anything and the opening still fit. The showcase of the paranormal aspect with humans turning into demons highlights the interesting twist to this detective show and how the demons known in the franchise fit into the plot. The last shot at the end with Raidou pulling out all of his demons to take on the army surrounding him feels powerful and shows the confident level that he showcases during his job.

Hey! I got through that whole paragraph without saying Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army! Do you realize how crazy long of a title that is? It is not as bad as its sequel, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2- Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon. That feels even longer to say. I would include that intro along with this one, but that one feels like the opening to a specific arc rather than the overall series. Now if you excuses me, I need to see how many times I can say Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army. ShinMegami Tensei:Devil Summoner-Raidou Kuzunohavs.theSoullessArmy ShinMegami Tensei:Devil Summoner-Raidou Kuzunohavs.theSoullessArmy ShinMegami Tensei:Devil Summoner-Raidou Kuzunohavs.theSoullessArmy ShinMegami Tensei:Devil Summoner-Raidou Kuzunohavs.theSoullessArmy ShinMegami Tensei:Devil Summoner-Raidou Kuzunohavs.theSoullessArmy ShinMegami Tensei:Devil Summoner-Raidou Kuzunohavs.theSoullessArmy ShinMegami Tensei:Devil Summoner-Raidou Kuzunohavs.theSoullessArmy

Tune in tomorrow for Day 11!


Advent Gaming Calendar 2019: Day 3 – Persona 4

Credit to Wonderpierrot’s YouTube Channel

Out of all the Persona games, this was a hard decision to come to. It was between or Persona 3 Portable’s opening. Both play well into what their game is about, but I have to give the slight edge to Persona 4. I also chose the original and not Golden because it has a more upbeat tone to what the game is about. Still though, let us see what is going on in this opening.

From the get go, we are shown a stack of televisions. The biggest plot device and metaphorical item is shown off first. I won’t go too far into dissecting the meanings of everything being shown, but know that once you play though the game, everything makes sense and connects. For now, we are presented with the idea that everything that we see, everybody that we see, is the only thing that we see and nothing on the backside. Besides our main and mascot character, we are presented with silhouettes of the other playable characters at first. We are left to determine by their movements what kind of character they are at first without getting the chance to see them (do you see what they are doing?!). From there, we do get to see what the characters look like and nine times out of ten they are exactly who you pictured them to be (*screams metaphorically*). There is extra detail to this design as that all characters are seen through screen of a television or recording device. It is the whole idea of putting on the face that you want the camera, the world, to see about you.

The cherry on top is the song that plays, “Pursuing My True Self.” The whole meaning of the song goes back to the idea of presenting what you want other to see. It goes into a darker tone by saying the people you hang out with, the influence of technology, and the environment you live in is what contributes to you hiding who you really are. It is personally really deep and makes you wonder if you are in control of yourself and behaviors and not just the influence of the things around you. Again, I could go on and on about this (and one day I might), but for the purpose of keeping things short I won’t. I would recommend listening to it yourself and come with your own understandings of the song.

The whole song for your listening pleasure

With that, I feel this opening is worth watching every time you boot up the game just for the song alone. The whole package portrays the idea of discovering who these people really are and discover the mystery behind the plot. It is all one big mystery that goes outside the game and makes you ponder who you really are as well.

Tune in tomorrow of Day 4!