January 22, 2015

Busy busy busy

Posted in life, video games tagged , , at 8:50 pm by riulyn

That’s what happens when you start volunteering in a lab but still work weekends. No real days off, though technically I took today off from going into the lab because I didn’t need to go in. It’s my own fault for wanting both to kick-off my postdoc while still earning some money to buy games with, since I’m not being paid yet. Hopefully everything works out, but for now it’s both fun and stressful to be doing both. Once the postdoc is in full-swing, I know I won’t have time to game test anymore, so I’m treating these next few months as the last months. Surprised they needed me over the entire 3-day weekend last weekend though…

Anyway, my personal gaming time has really shortened. It doesn’t help that I keep starting new games. I keep wanting to try games of series I haven’t touched before, so I recently got Blazblue Calamity Trigger & Continuum Shift and Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl as a “back to work” present for myself, thinking that I’d be done with game purchases for the month, until more PSN sales started. I suppose if I keep downloading PSOne classics onto my Vita memory card that I’ll probably be okay? Anyway, I picked up Front Mission 3 and Riviera: The Promised Land today due to the sales. I guess that means I won’t be picking up Grandia anytime soon, as now I have a PSOne classics backlog! I guess it had to start at some point…

Since I last posted, I did finish my replay of Ys I, playing the Steam version this time. I tried keyboard controls and it was certainly interesting. Even though keyboards should afford more precision, it felt like the wrong hands were doing the wrong controls. I guess it’s hard for me to break out of the habit of my left hand controlling my character’s movement. I suppose that’s why I pretty much keep my¬†Xbox360 controller connected to my computer.

Anyway, I’m going to try my best not to buy any games in February, though if PSN sales continue and land on PSP/Vita or PSOne Classics that I want, I’ll probably snatch them up. March releases are starting to look interesting. Not only is there Code Name STEAM, but Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters looks interesting too. There’s also Atelier Shallie… I need to get more Atelier too at some point, and I still haven’t decided whether to go PS3 or PS Vita with them… Also Story of Seasons will finally release. I don’t plan to buy it as I am forever behind Harvest Moon-like games, but I am interested to see how it sells.

At some point I’ll probably post more of my thoughts on Blazblue. I forget that fighters can have stranger stories than most RPGs. Of course I probably don’t have an actual good clue of what’s going on in Calamity Trigger, even though I got through the “true end”, but I look forward to getting more confused in Continuum Shift. Though I won’t be joining Blazblue fandom anytime soon, since I’m like 3+ story games behind. Like I always am…

January 5, 2015

Magna Carta 2 vs Magna Carta: Tears of Blood

Posted in video games tagged , , , at 11:13 pm by riulyn

To be honest, I have this urge to remind you that Magna Carta and Magna Carta 2 exist, even though I personally wouldn’t put these two games near my top 10. I feel like they don’t get enough love, even though they aren’t great games? Of course, I’m saying this years after Magna Carta 2 came out. Still, I think they are worth something, if only because of their battle systems.

Don’t worry. Magna Carta 2 shares art style and some concepts but is ultimately a completely separate game, so feel free to just pick up the second game (my recommendation) if you are interested.

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