Catching Up Since Holiday Times

Well, it has been a fucking long time since I’ve made my fingers type out anything around here. Despite the goodness the Holiday Season brought, it also paved the way for a major life event–breaking up with my girlfriend of 7+ years. I should have done it three years earlier, but at least it finally happened and the harassment seems to finally be stopping. Squiddy is single again and it’s been rough battling the loneliness and feeling like I’m too old and doomed to be a squid lady living alone with a million fish.

Warframe, of no surprise, had sucked up a lot of freetime, but not as much as it could have. The harassment I’ve had to deal with pretty much sapped all my desire to do anything during my free time, souring my days. When the next content patch hit, just recently, adding PvP and raids, I’ve slid back into things…. And then Shadows of Mordor and Bloodborne took away my Warframe time.

I’ve completed Mordor 100% and strangely ended up missing only two trophies. I’m unsure if I’m going to bother with them, I will be revisiting Mordor as I’ve plans to get the two DLC missions, so we’ll just have to see. I really enjoyed the game and Arkham rhythm-style combat. I got pretty addicted to slaughtering Uruk and enjoyed the game enough to actually seek out all the collectibles and do everything. From how the ending unfolded, I can’t imagine the events in the sequel panning out to well, but I would be interested to play it should it happen.

Bloodborne!!! I’ve made four characters thus far and haven’t really settled in on one I like. I’ve been a fan of From Software since King’s Field and I got hooked on the Souls series–of course I had to get this one. Strangely, I’m not quite as wild about it. I feel a bit confined as character with not a whole lot of choice. I dislike the firearms immensely, thus far. I’ve seen some other weapons that have me interested in collecting for myself, but it feels like it’s taking too long to get to a point where I feel like I’m the unique character built how I want to be. This is by no means a deal breaker, just a slight pang in my heart that flares up every now-and-then. I still rate the game very highly and I’m glad to have it. I look forward to getting further and seeing everything the game has to offer. I don’t want to pass judgements too early and find out they’re a non-issue later on. I do have a shield, now, so that rid me of one lament. ūüėÄ

Hyrule Warriors. When this game was announced, I was all against it. I don’t like Warriors clones much (N3, Sengoku Basara, Warriors: Legends of Troy, Ken’s Rage… Bleh) and this one just seemed like fansploitation. I did, however, eventually end up with a copy *sigh*. It has the same odd kind of plot you’d get in an Orochi game, pulling in characters from across the Zelda series. It has all your basic Warriors things to do to–grind characters and mats to unlock abilities and improve weapons. You have those stupid skulltulas to collect that will lead to unlocking apothecary mixtures which I’m not fond of. They appear only after meeting certain requirements and you’ve got a limited time to run off to their location and find it before it goes away. I hate time limits because they don’t go over well with my anxiety issues.

The game is pretty and you’ve got locations and arranged tunes from the series and it’s neat if you like Zelda, but I don’t really enjoy it. I’ve been done with Zelda for a long time (an exception being Link Between Worlds) and it’s pretty boring to me. If I liked Zelda more, I’d probably be more into it. I do like their Gundam franchise and I’m interested in Dragon Quest Heroes since I’m a huge DQ fan. I expect that will make the game more enjoyable for me, though I’m not too sure I’m thrilled about the tower defense shit. We’ll see.

Final Fantasy Type-0. What shit this turned out to be–mostly visually with boring gameplay and splash of fucking terrible camera and targeting system. It’s manageable, but it could have been fixed. Note, I’m aware this is a PSP game. I played a little of it but shelved it due to lack of Japanese reading skills. The same happened with Crisis Core, but I got pretty far in that one. The game is a blurry mess on PS4. It should have at least gotten a Vita release–I’d have gone with that version and incidentally, it looks nicer remotely played. There’s quite the grind in this game and having shown and explained to a friend, he pointed out the connection my brain failed to make. It should have been a Warriors game. It has a lot of Warriors elements minus the large-scale battles. You’re managing 15 characters (not 14 like the box says–one full card suit of 13 plus two more characters),¬†better¬†weapons are unlocked by achieving battle milestones (killing x amount of baddies, harvesting x amount of phantoma, etc), the currency in the game (gil) is largely useless as with the amount of farming you do, you get everything you need in that department. Also, you have the excessive replaying of missions in order to even GET gil. Overworld encounters do not get you any whatsoever, only items and phantoma. Your time is better suited replaying missions for quest items, phantoma, and grinding since it doesn’t take 6 hours of your in-game free time. Replaying missions also nets you experience, certain special assignments will unlock new Eidolons (such as killing a boss within a time-limit), and a special currency (SPP) used to by the better weapons you unlock and other gear items. The game is also excessively short and in order to experience everything and unlock everything, you will need to replay it NG+ style as within the first chapter, there’s a side mission for level 50+ characters. You’ll barely be in your 30s by the end of the game and it should only take you a little over 24 hours of playtime to¬†even accomplish it. You can’t speak to everyone (the noteable conversations marked with a “!”) in the game, as it takes 2 hours of your free time, so you’ll have to keep NG+’ing it to see everything.

Blah.

It wasn’t fun and the amount of blur in this HD game I found to be quite unacceptable. It doesn’t need to be a fucking picasso, but I expect people to actually have faces and not smudges. It honestly looks like barely anything was done to it. Some areas looked very nice, but not enough. Targeting often had me at the mercy of missing out on harvesting rare phantoma because I would just constantly lock on to remaining enemies and the corpse would despawn. That irritated me the most. Just terrible. The demo for 15 was the shining thing of this fiasco. Gorgeous, fun to play, characters I grew to care about, signs of a (hopefully) developed story… It’s been, what, 9-10 years since that game was announced? I’m ready for it.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. My BFFS gifted me this game and I’m way hooked. I like rhythm games and Final Fantasy music, so I was really happy to get this. It’s my goto casual game I’m playing right now. I’m enjoying leveling up my characters and the nostalgia of hearing some old music.

Etrian Mystery Dungeon. I like roguelikes. If you don’t know what a roguelike is, well… I’m at a loss. The simple explanation is completely random dungeon with random baddies and loot with low chance of survival. Traditionally, they are punishingly difficult and a lot of indies have capitalised on the mould releasing a lot of good titles way more forgiving than the old days. Sadly, when you see any classically hard one, they’re getting slammed for simply being what they are intending–punishingly hard. The Mystery Dungeon franchise is a good balance. You can win. I¬†did trudge through¬†Torneko’s Great Adventure: Mysterious Dungeon on the Super Famicom and then Torneko: The Last Hope on PSX. I enjoyed Shiren the Wanderer, Chocobo’s Dungeon–my least favourite of them all, and the Pokemon entries to the series (I don’t have the latest one, yet–not sure. It could very well be on my shelf forgotten). I really like the Etrian Odyssey series, too, so having a themed Mystery Dungeon game was just too good to pass up. I’m super excited to get it.

I didn’t pre-order through a game store, or Amazon. I pre-ordered through Crunchyroll as they had a great bundle deal that included the version of the game that comes with the artbook, soundtrack, and 5 quest DLC. In addition to that, you¬†also get a mystery video-game t-shirt and collectible (which could be anything from figures to an actual video-game–i scored Army Corps of Hell for Vita as a mystery item earlier in the year along with a Shadows of Mordor t-shirt.) ¬†Also, 500 people will get an Etrien Mystery Dungeon Poster. All of that for $40. They’ve sold out of this bundle, sadly.

The Warframe Segment

I have played Warframe for over a year. For over a year, this game–an fps, no less–has held my attention. I’m amazed, but so much has evolved since I first fired it up and members of my clan still bring up Destiny hate every so often. Not surprisingly now, since we have our own raid, now. Still, this latest content update I had been looking forward too for a good long while, and that was mostly for PvP that mattered. We have a PvP syndicate, now, and we can actually rank up our gear doing PvP. We only have a handful of frames and weapons to use right now as they balance their PvP applications along with PvP useable mods, but Capture the Cephalon was the most fun I’d had since the last time I played TF2 and UT3.

The raid is a lot of fun. You can do it with four people, instead of 8, but the difficulty won’t scale. If you’ve got your frame, weapon, and mods all in order you can finish it fairly quickly. My first run through took a little under an hour. Your rewards are very worth it. You will get an arcane enhancement. This is a thing that gets applied to a helmet or syandana in your foundry. It costs 200k and 12 hours. The one I have, as an example,¬†is Arcane Avenger. It ups my crit rate and is triggered on damage. The effects of your enhancement trigger under certain criteria. A friend of mine got one that¬†when he picks up a health orb, he sends out a healing pulse that heals allies. Super cool. These things can be ranked by applying the same enhancement to the item. This is not an every-time-I-get-one-deal. I will need to apply two more Arcane Avenger enhancements to reach rank 1, and then I will need 3 more to reach rank 2, and then 4 more to reach the final rank. That’s 9 more I’ll have to grind out raiding. Each time I make an upgrade, it’s another 200k and 12 hours. If I apply a different arcane to the item, it will overwrite the old and set it back to rank 0. ¬†If you’re an old-school player, you can’t put these on Arcane Helmets.¬†It sounds daunting to need to collect a total of 10 of a single enhancement out of the 20 different ones that can drop, but with a good group, it doesn’t take long to complete the raid.

Chroma, a chromatic dragon themed frame, got added with the update. He has elemental attacks determined by what colour he is. When you’re altering his appearance, the game will show you what element so you don’t have to worry about guessing or looking up shit. He requires a Mastery Rank of 5 and completion of the Stolen Dreams questline in order to get his quest. It’s not difficult and it basically introduces you to the Sanctuary and new method of scanning enemies. There is some prep you’ll want to do before undertaking him. His blueprints require other built warframe pieces, so have an Ember Helmet, Frost Chassis, Saryn Systems, and Volt Helmet (yes, two helmets) built beforehand or it’ll drag out the quest. Like Mirage’s quest, you’ll have to build each part of Chroma before you can get the next quest mission, so having to wait 12 hours on an Ember Helmet to build before you can build your Chroma Helmet isn’t nice. To build everything you’ll want to ensure you have these rare resources: 4 Neural Sensors, 3 Neurodes, 2 Argon Crystals, 2 Morphics, and 400 oxium. You’ll also need a total of 130k credits to burn.

It took me 8 days to obtain him having had to get and build the other warframe parts. I just set an alarm when the piece was done so I could start the Chroma part building and not lose out on time. There were two days I didn’t play, but even so, that’s not terrible.

The new Prime Access hit giving us Volt Prime and Odonata Prime. All the void drop tables got shuffled a bit with this addition as well as Frost Prime, Reaper Prime, and Latron Prime getting retired. From my experience, Odonata is the easiest to obtain. I got its parts way ¬†more quickly than I did Volts–yes, I actually didn’t outright buy these primes this time. The accessories pack, and Volt just don’t do it for me to justify spending that much purely for the¬†shiney archwing. I also didn’t outright buy Chroma since he didn’t really interest me and he was a quest chain frame.

For the curious, I bought Rhino, Loki, Nyx, and Nova through Prime Access. Rhino and Loki I got the full $150 packages (The frame, weapons, and accessory packs). Nyx and Nova were just their $80 packs (frame and weapons). I know some people might have a stroke that I paid $80, let alone, $150 for shinies. I can understand that. I have always played paid MMOs, usually more than one at a time, so I was used to paying 30-40 a month in subs. Since I no longer do that, all that money is free. Considering the Prime Access comes every several months, Nova Prime was mid-December and Volt came out end of March, doing the math that’s around $120-$160 i would have paid in subs were I still playing my pay-to-play MMOs and I often did 3-6 month payment cycles when available, so Warframe’s Prime Access essentially replaces those MMOs that I happen to still budget for the expense. Since I didn’t do Prime Access this month, I think I may treat myself to The Handsome Collection. I think I want Borderlands on my PS4.

Anime Stuffs

I really rarely ever progress in the shows I watch. I used to watch 2-3 episodes a day, then it would be a week, and I only watched barely a handful of episodes last month. I just have too many hobbies, so it can be difficult juggling Warframe, videogames, reading, and watching stuff. I haven’t touched Netflix in ages and my queue is stupendously large.

We’ve had a bit of rain here and it’s trying to infect me with something, so yesterday, I did nothing but watch Crunchyroll on my WiiU. That’s really all my WiiU really does. I play Hyrule Warriors maybe once a week. It’s just… boring, but it was a gift, so I feel badly about not getting through it.

Cute High Earth Defense Club Love is the first show I finished watching. I honestly don’t even know why or even how I like it. I just do. The last two episodes leave an odd taste in my mouth and got really, really, weird the way Japanese things can get really, really, weird without any warning. I don’t think I’ll hold it against the show and I may consider getting a boxed set of this for my collection.

From Crunchyroll: The story revolves around the members of the ‚ÄúEarth Defense Club‚ÄĚ aka the ‚ÄúDo Nothing Club‚ÄĚ at Binan High School. One day, the club members are soaking in a hot bath together when all of a sudden a mysterious pink wombat appears out of thin air! The wombat asks the members to lend it their help to protect the Earth. At school the next day, each of the club members receives a magical bracelet enveloping them in a dazzling light.

Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro finished second. I had more episodes of this left than Cute High, but i really just went in order of my queue. I enjoyed this show a great deal. Matsutaro was so impossible to deal with and the trouble he’d get himself into held my interest. Tanaka is my favourite character, though. This had another ending which left a strange taste in my mouth. I expected things to go differently and I really hoped we’d see more seasons since there are so many ranks in Sumo and the fact there are over 30 volumes of the manga that started in the seventies and ran until the nineties (written by Tetsuya Chiba who also did Ashita no Joe–really good boxing manga).

CR: The story follows Matsutaro Sakaguchi, a giant roughneck man with strength far beyond ordinary people. He never uttered words like “work hard,” “strive,” and “dream” like the typical shonen manga protagonist. However, he is stronger than anyone and peerless in sumo wrestling. His greatest weakness is his own carefree personality. He grows into a full-fledged sumo westler.

HaNaYaMaTa. Even that this is just a slice-of-life drama involving a yosekai club at an elementary school, it hooked me and made me cry–bawl–on so many occasions. I don’t generally do slice-of-life stuff unless it’s got some yuri content, because I don’t relate to straight relationships and I am generally apathetic to such stories. (Note, Westerners use shojo-ai to describe non-porn yuri, but that actually denotes pedophillia, y’know, like lolicon, so I never use that descriptor.).¬†¬†The manga is ongoing, so i may have to look into that. I have hopes of more, but it seemed a pretty solid ending. It left a big wide hole of despair in me. I wanted to see more of their drama. *sigh* It was really super-cute, too. I think I need a new pancreas. On another note, there’s also a Vita game I may have to import. It’s a visual novel/rhythm game. *another sigh*

From CR: Naru is a high school girl who is average in every way. She loves fairy tale heroines, though she’s never had the courage to escape her ordinary life. One day, she sees Hannah, a transfer student, dancing in the moonlit and becomes inspired to learn Yosakoi dancing.

Cross Ange. Crunchyroll has an option to select something at random, which I used and this is what happened. It’s a mecha show. Very strange and the first episode was pretty dark. The mecha designs are cool and remind me of Veritechs. I’m already considering model kits. Check this one out!

From CR:¬†Angelise is the first princess of the Empire of Misurugi. She is the celebrated ruler of the Empire until one day she finds out the shocking truth that she is a ‚ÄúNorma‚ÄĚ ‚Äď an irregular being who cannot use ‚ÄúMana‚ÄĚ, and are treated as “things” rather than people. Having her name taken from her, Ange isolates herself on a remote island. There, she finds a group of Norma women who spend their days hunting dragons that have come to invade.

Wizard Barristers. I really don’t know what to say about this show, other than people just seem to hate Wizards. This was actually in my queue and I clicked on it by mistake. *shrugs* Even so, it interests me. Cecile is an interesting, cute character and it seems to have a nice blend of drama and humour, so we’ll just have to see.

From CR: Wizard Barristers takes place in the near future of 2018, where wizards and humans live side-by-side in Tokyo. While police continue to protect the rest of society, wizards are tried according to magical laws in special courts defended by wizard barristers. Cecile Sudo has just become the youngest wizard barrister at age 17, and begins work at the Butterfly Law Offices. However, unbeknownst to her, she has tremendous magical potential…

And that’s that. Time for lunch.

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