February 24, 2014

2 weeks to slack or freak out

Posted in life, video games tagged , , , , , , , at 1:24 pm by riulyn

2 weeks until my scheduled dissertation defense. I’m starting to get a bit nervous now, but I’ve also never had so much time to work on one thing (started work on it 2 weeks ago) so I don’t exactly know what to do with myself. Therefore I’ve been slacking and playing games.

Still, I’m guessing I’m going to freak out the day or two before the presentation, so that means I have some 12 days of decent video gaming. Or rather, I’ll probably spend 12 days doing some decent video game playing instead of becoming absolutely perfect at my talk and applying to all the jobs and such. I just need to relax, right?

So what will I be up to, gaming-wise? After a Sunday marathon gaming session with Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana in the day and Valkyria Chronicles in the evening/night, I think those two will be the focus as I got end-game sounding music in Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana (love the fact that they changed the normal battle music) and reached Chapter 11 of Valkyria Chronicles. Of course, my PS2 needs to cooperate; it still sometimes decides not to load discs that have worked the past 3 days. So if Atelier Iris is out, I can continue on in Ar tonelico where I am about 10 hours in, though with levels of stuff I feel like I’m already halfway? It’ll probably be better if I’m not halfway through, though, so I hope I’m wrong. I’m already at level 4 with Aurica and level 5 with Misha. It’s enough info that I should be leaning towards one girl over another, but I find both girls to be a good mix of good and bad. I guess I need to commend the game for making me conflicted like this šŸ™‚

I guess I could ramp up the time I spend playing Bravely Default and not just spend most of the time rebuilding the village and wandering (I am auto-battling when I am cooking or waiting for saves to load as I fail in Valkyria Chronicles, which is very often). I’m probably going to make the game too easy but I am getting more mastery of jobs which is really the big reason we all are playing the game. The story as of Chapter 2 isn’t great but not bad. I do wish I liked the characters better.

I was trying to run Xenosaga on an emulator but for some reason the emulator kept glitching on me. The hard drive with the emulators installed seem to be having some issues, though running a playstation 1 emulator was fine. Thus I am slowly working through Wild ARMs 2. Ashley and Lilka are pretty meh so far but Brad seems to be at least somewhat interesting. A lot of people don’t like Wild ARMs 2 so I guess I’ll get to see why once I actually get further than 5 hours in the game.

I did end up finishing one playthrough of Hana Ki Sou. Unfortunately I don’t think I really understood what happened in the game. I’m planning to replay it at least once (to get another ending) before moving to Sol Trigger. Of course that is nowhere close to completion as there are actually 16 endings and also lots of “special images” to collect. One playthrough seemed really, really short though – like 3 hours max? I was only spending 10-15 minutes a day on the game and looking up words I didn’t know. Thank goodness there is all that voice-acting, since the game likes to use kanji in words that most other games normally don’t use kanji for. Verbs like “to understand” (悏恋悋) was written with at least 2 different kanji in this game. I don’t believe the kanji character used affects the meaning of this word in particular, but I have not verified that yet. Anyway, the voices in the game are great. The art is okay, only because I don’t like how skinny everyone is. The colors are nice though.

My vita is still in use, though with a console focus at the moment I haven’t been playing too much Tales of Hearts R. The MC seems like a typical JRPG protagonist with the most similarity to Asbel at the moment. It’s way too early in the game for me, however, to make any real judgments on him or the battle system or other things. I just got a second playable character after all. I think, though, it might already have one of the best starts to a Tales game. Does that mean I need to do a Tales marathon to refresh my memory? Probably…


1 Comment »

  1. Joseph said,

    Sounds like your playing a lot of the same games I am. Wild Arms 2 doors have some good moments, in particular I enjoy the dungeons and the Zelda like puzzles. I’m at about the same point in Ar Tonelico. Misha all the way! Lol. Enjoy your down time before the presentation, and good luck:)

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