Welcome to the 3rd installment of “What the Otaku Play” our new weekly feature in which you get a glimpse into our gaming habits!. As always if you want to get involved use the Disqus box at the bottom to have your say and one or all of our writers will be happy to chat away with you.
This week I was finishing up on Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 for my review which went live on 4/02/2016 & can be read HERE. This week I started Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth on the PS4 ready for my review which should be available around weekend, ideally we like to have reviews by launch but the codes were sent out late meaning there has been a delay. I also took the dive and bought Gravity Rush: Remastered, I really liked the look of the game on the Vita but something didn’t quite gel with me, having put around an hour into it last night I feel i’m getting on with the game a little more and will be looking to put some more time into it once Digimon & Ryu Ga Gotoku: Kiwami (Yakuza Extreme) have been reviewed.
This week has been taken up mainly by a review playthrough of Megadimension Neptunia VII. The review is still being penned, so there’ll be no spoilers here, but I will say that I’m looking forward to release day too so I can download the Japanese voice audio DLC! I decided to give one of the many PS+ games in my library a try & chose Styx: Master of Shadows from the list. Its decent, a little rough around the edges sure, but a good stealthy distraction. Other than those I installed Civilisation: Beyond Earth onto my lowly rig & gave it a whirl. Main reason was to test out Mantle, but I’ve ended up actually enjoying the game as well. I don’t really see why it’s such a polarising game, although in truth I was expecting a little more myself, as it’s good. Nothing spectacular though…
This week I will be aiming to complete the epic tale of Life is Strange. This title is currently blowing me away and expect a full game review as soon as I have reached the conclusion. I am carrying out a little trophy hunting at the moment so I am quickly playing through Adventure Time Fin & Jake Investigations – it’s a fun little adventure game nothing that is going to change the world. Not sure what my game to hunt in is yet but I am sure I will work something out. One final I am aiming to complete this week is Klaus. Not heard of it? Do not worry, a review will be posted for early next week!
This week i have been finishing up my 100% run on Final Fantasy Explorers every weapon, armor, job, item, quest ext but sadly fell short at about 90% when i grew tired of the repetition of running the same missions over and over to farm materials however i will finish it all in time. I have also been finishing of my Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 review that will be up later this week, so keep a eye out for that fellow adventurers. Lastly i got my copy of Legend of Legacy earlier this week that proven to be quite fun in the few hours i have put into it so far.
This week, my 3DS has still been continuously displaying Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker, even so far as being pulled out in Currys while the girlfriend was eyeing up ovens. This excellent SRPG just keeps pulling me back in, I don’t often have a massive amount of time available to me during the day but this has been working its way into each little gap of time and I feel no regret for this.
My hometime gaming has seen a change though, Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen has been forced aside to make room for the currently PC exclusive, entirely amazing XCOM2. Picking up 20 years after the events of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the Aliens have taken over Earth. Fireaxis Games have made this XCOM canon so no matter how good you were in Enemy Unknown bad news, you lost….. even if you won! You take on the role of the Resistance and obviously go around doing what Resistance types do, but due to the Aliens propaganda machine you are viewed as an enemy by the people of Earth. This is a stark contrast to the previous XCOM titles and one which makes you think about your fight, and your team in a very different way. The best parts of Unknown have been cherrypicked and improved for use in XCOM 2, including interesting new features such as setting ambushes and blowing up buildings from under Aliens, making all in all XCOM2 a fantastic Turn Based tactical experience, a beautiful game aside from a few minor graphical glitches and a testament to why when it comes to titles like this, developers should play to their core audience and not pander to the lowest common denominator.
Expect a full review of XCOM 2 in the coming weeks, obviously after I have recovered from the inevitable loss of Captain Bucks Fizz, she is a very unlucky soldier.
This week I started Timestalkers off, it’s a dungeon crawler RPG on the Dreamcast about people from different worlds getting sucked into a world that somebody is trying to create, I really only started this off because I got some batteries for my VMU and this title has 5 (technically 10 as there’s 2 versions of each game) VMU games you can buy. A PS2 came into work too, so I’ve been playing a few titles on that, I’ve started Primal again because I’ve been talking to a friend that reminded me about it then I found my old collectors edition out (I got it a few times, found it for like £2 in Cash Generator so many times you wouldn’t believe it), it’s an adventure game about a girl named Jen and her boyfriend Lewis, Lewis is in a band and they both get attacked by a demon after a show, Jen ends up in a coma when a gargoyle named Scree separates Jen’s physical and spiritual bodies asking her to help him restore balance to the Nexus, where he thinks Lewis is. Finally, after 6/7 years of wanting to play it, I finally got around to Clock Tower 3, I love weaponless survival horror games, they add in an extra element of immersion that you just can’t capture when you have weapons imo, this one has nothing to do with the older games seeing as this is where the game went from Human Entertainment to Capcom, but it’s still enjoyable, all I’ve grasped of the story so far is the main character’s mother is probably dead, her father wants to kill her and she’s traveled back in time after hearing a piano that makes her freak out.
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Pride of utopia & greatest thing ever, I found the One Piece, Collected the Dragon Balls & won the Mortal Kombat Tournament in one night, it was quiet for me that night!