Lightning Returns
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 September 2015, 10:00 am

Lightning Returns opens with some beautiful cutscenes.  Square still knows how to make some gorgeous pre-rendered stuff.

After that the game almost immediately becomes incomprehensible.  Throwing around a bunch of terms that don't have any relevance to a new player.  Final Fantasy XIII had this problem too, but in different ways.  Lightning Returns uses words that we know but in ways that are obvious different in the game.  God, Chaos, Ark, Savior.  They're used in a specific way in-game that doesn't actually map to the real-world terms.

I actually hate that they're using these characters from FFXIII but they aren't actually the same characters at all.  They've changed so much that they might as well have been wiped clean and replaced with all new characters.  Snow is a king or something.  Lightning calls herself a savior un-ironically.  Hope is here too but he's some kind of coordinator for Lightning's adventures and he's young again... even though he was older in FFXIII-2.  It's all just kind of weird.

The battle system is the most interesting part of the game.  It falls somewhere between the Dress Sphere's of FFX-2 and the Paradigms of FFXIII.  You can have multiple sets of equipment that you change between in the middle of battle.  They are essentially different classes.  The cool part is that each set has it's own ATB bar that charges up while you're using the other sets.  Battles consist of constantly switching sets and choosing from the abilities within those sets.  It's fast and really fun.

With a new set of characters and a different story I think I could have bought into this game.  I like the battle system, the gear system, and the idea of an open world exploratory Final Fantasy game.  But at this point I can't deal with these characters and storyline from FFXIII anymore.  They jumped the shark after the first game and it's just been incomprehensible since then.

I'm done with Lightning Returns after only a few hours.  I'm glad I tried it and got to see it's redeeming features but I won't be coming back to it.

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PAX Thoughts: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 September 2015, 11:00 am

Defusing a bomb with my brother was one of my absolute highlights of PAX.  Let me explain.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a game where one person (me in this case) wears an oculus rift and is put into a room with a virtual bomb.  The other player (my brother) sits next to them with a bomb defusal manual.  You have five minutes to defuse the bomb or else you explode.  GO!

We didn't quite know what to expect but it ended up being amazing.  We were communicating back and forth so much.  I had to relay what I was seeing and answer questions for him about the bomb.  He had to make sure he found the correct instructions for the correct bomb modules I was dealing with.

What I didn't realize (because I was in the oculus) was that a crowd was slowly forming while we were playing.  We had a lot of trouble with our second bomb module.  We used two of our strikes (three strikes and you go BOOM) on the second module before deciding to leave it and move on.  We defused the rest of the modules and came back to module two with just over 30 seconds on the clock.  In a race against time he started rapidly iterating through the possiblities while I looked at the bomb and said, "No, No, No, maybe... No, No, No, Yes? Yes!  I think.  I'll try it."  And with that we defused the bomb.... with 7 seconds left!  The crowd let out a huge cheer!  I took off the oculus and there were at least 25 people standing there watching us do our bomb defusing attempt.  It was awesome!

The developer said Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is slated to finally release in October on Steam.  If you have a second player that's willing to try it with you... you absolutely should.  It was such an amazing experience!

PAX Thoughts: Star Wars Uprising
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 September 2015, 9:00 am

Star Wars Uprising is the first game to officially add to the new Star Wars canon universe since the old expanded universe was wiped out last year.  That alone has me excited.

Uprising takes place between Star Wars Episode VI and Episode VII.  It's part of the media push to span the gap in time between the original trilogy and the new trilogy that is being released this December.  I'm really interested to see where the story takes us as players.

While I think I'll like the game, the PAX floor demo kinda fell flat for me.  It seemed like it was just the first 10 minutes of the game.  There was a tutorial and then I got one special ability and defeated an easy boss.  It wasn't nearly enough time to figure out how engaging the full game will be.

On the other hand, it was enough time to see the influences Uprising pulls from.  It's a beat em up game in the style of Diablo or Torchlight, adapted for mobile controls, and with a touch of KOTOR flavor thrown in.  I could definitely see the KOTOR flavor in the UI and inventory systems.  I hope more of KOTOR has ended up in this game than can be glimpsed in the first 10 minutes of play.

There's no question in my mind that I will play this game when it releases.  You all know how much I love Star Wars.  I devour all the new Star Wars media that I can, especially when it contains key story moments or worldbuilding.

This game has potential with it's gameplay, but it's impossible to say if it will live up to that potential.  Here's hoping it does when it releases later this month!

PAX Thoughts: Cosmic Star Heroine
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 September 2015, 12:20 am

Cosmic Star Heroine was a game I almost kickstarted.  I don't remember why I didn't pull the trigger and jump into the Kickstarter but now I regret my decision.

On the floor at PAX I was taking a shortcut through the middle of the Sony booth and Cosmic Star Heroine was sitting there... playable on a TV... with only one person at the controller and no line.  I instantly remembered the Kickstarter and jumped over to check it out.

I love the way this game is turning out.  The moment to moment gameplay feels like the best parts of Chrono Trigger mixed with modern gaming sensibilities and a Sci-Fi setting.  In the first few moments of playing I knew that I would buy this game on release day.  I love a good RPG and I love Chrono Trigger and I love Sci-Fi.

A few minutes was all it took to convince me that I'll like this game.

If you're a fan of Chrono Trigger or miss the golden days of classic RPGs you should really check out Cosmic Star Heroine.

Now, I suppose, we just need to wait for an official release date.

PAX Thoughts: Eon Altar
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 September 2015, 12:09 am

Eon Alter was a game I heard a bunch about from my blogger/twitter friend Talarian.  That's because he's a member of the dev team!

I had heard a bunch but I hadn't ever seen the game in action or gotten hands on time until PAX.

It's a really cool concept.

Eon Alter is a multiplayer simultaneous turn based RPG that you control with whatever phone or tablet you have on hand.

My brother and I played it together, me with my iPhone and him with his Android phone.  All your controls are on your smartphone/tablet screen but the action is actually taking place on the main computer monitor.  All the enemies simultaneously take a turn, and then the players all get to take their turns simultaneously too.  That means that even though it's turn based you're never waiting long for the next thing to happen.

It's obviously still in early access since it's a bit rough around the edges but it's easy to tell the core hook of the game is there and working well.  We had a bunch of fun plowing through waves of enemies in combat mode on the show floor.  For playing the game we got Steam early access keys, so I tried story mode when I got home too.  Every player has their own secret objectives displayed on their personal screens.  It's a really cool design decision and I'm excited to see what they do with it.

While it's way too early to make a ruling on Eon Altar it is most definitely a game to keep on your radar going forward!

PAX Thoughts: Dreadnought
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 8:43 pm

Dreadnought was one of the highlights of the show for me.  I had never heard of this game before PAX and we wandered by it the first day.  I saw gigantic spaceships duking it out in real time action combat and I knew I had to try it.

We got into a deceptive line.  It looked really long but it moved really fast.

Dreadnought is slated to possibly be a spaceship action MMO, but for the moment they were showing off 5v5 deathmatches.  After about three minutes of play I was hooked.

You control a HUGE lumbering spaceship with crazy amount of firepower.  Because of the speed and firepower involved it becomes a game about positioning and strategy, not a game of twitch reflexes.  Think about something along the lines of World of Tank or World of Warships... only way more fun... and with awesome spaceships... and no permadeath.

I loved this game so much that I went through the line three more times during the course of PAX, even with all the other amazing games on the show floor.

I'm really looking forward to this one, even though it probably won't be out for at least a year.

Keep Dreadnought on your radar.

PAX Thoughts: Gigantic
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 9:00 pm

Gigantic was another surprise hit for me.  Like Dreadnought, it caught me off guard.  I had heard of Gigantic from Belghast since he had played it at PAX South.  But, I knew almost nothing about the game.

Gigantic is a 5v5 third-person shooter MOBA and it's a ton of fun!  Instead of having lanes, creeps, towers, and last hitting like a traditional MOBA... instead you get two gigantic monsters that square off against each other.  You need to protect your gigantic Guardian and kill theirs.

Basically, any time you help your team or hinder the enemy team you generate power for your Guardian.  When your Guardian's power is full they take off across the map to do battle with the enemy Guardian.  If they successfully knock down the other Guardian you and your teammates need to close ranks on it and wound it.  Three wounds on the enemy Guardian will win you the game.

I wish I could have gotten to play Gigantic more, but after the first day the lines on the floor got.... gigantic.

Near the end of the show we discovered a little theater away from the show floor with almost no waiting and 10 Gigantic stations set up.  So, we did get to play again.  But I want more.

Luckily I scored a beta key by playing it at the show.  It looks like it's Windows 10 only (boo) so it might get me to actually upgrade a bit earlier than I expected to.

I'll report back more if I successfully get Windows 10 and Gigantic up and running.

Blaugust Conquest!
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 12:00 pm

Blaugust Conquest!

Belghast released the final results for Blaugust today and gave out some fancy graphics (see above) to everyone who participated, did half the challenge, or finished the whole challenge.

As you can see from my flair up there, I completed the whole challenge!

I was moving steadily at about 5 posts per week before this challenge, but moving up to 7 days per week was a cool way to push myself.

It was awesome to see all the content from everyone who participated this year!  Good job everyone!

More Sci-Fi Movies!
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 10:00 am
I'm still on a Sci-Fi movie kick.  I feel like I'm playing movie catch-up lately.  I've been behind on my movie watching ever since my first kid was born and now I'm finally working through my backlog.  It just happens that a lot of my backlog is Sci-Fi.  Here we go with more impressions:

Oblivion - Tom Cruise is the last repair man on earth, maintaining drones until the automated machines have enough fuel to launch the last of humanity to our new home on Titan.  Until things start to go wrong.  I really liked this movie.  I could say more but it would start giving away the plot.  Overall, it's a good Tom Cruise sci-fi/action movie.  But, I like most of his stuff.

Jumper - The premise of this one was good.  A teenager learns he can teleport, starts using it to rob banks, and creates a new life for himself where he jumps around the world.  The first half was a lot of fun.  Then the second half jumped the shark and got stupid, predictable, and boring all at the same time.  I can't recommend Jumper.

Looper - A bunch of really good actors in a time travel movie where a present day character has to kill a future version of himself.  If I say any more of that it will give away too much of the plot.  But, this is a really good movie.  I recommend it.

Transformers Age of Extinction - Bad.  So, so bad.  I know last time I was checking out Sci Fi movies I said Jupiter Ascending was bad.  This is so much worse.  I couldn't finish it.  Avoid at all costs.

Elysium - In the future all the rich people have moved to a giant space station orbiting the earth while life on Earth keeps getting worse.  Matt Damon is a resident on Earth who gets screwed over by corporate safety standards, gets a huge dose of radiation, has fives days to life, and decides he has to make it to the space station (Elysium) to use their advanced technology to heal himself.  The first half of the movie took awhile to set up.  Probably too long.  The rest was just a Matt Damon action romp.  Overall it was ok, but not great.  If you love Matt Damon it might be worth your time.

Godzilla (2014) - This one was really good for a Godzilla movie.  But, it was still a Godzilla movie.  I enjoyed it once but I don't see myself ever watching it again.

Divergent - There's a huge Hunger Games vibe to this film.  But, that being said, it was good.  I liked it a lot.  In the far future humanity has been divided into 5 factions.  Everyone fits into one of these factions and it determines the course of their life.  Divergent is about the people who don't neatly fit into just one faction.  It's a cool setup and premise.  I liked the way they executed it.  This is another one that's definitely worth seeing once.

Unpacking PAX
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2015, 8:55 pm

I got back home from PAX late last night and my mind has just been unpacking everything since then.  I'm mentally worn out from the long weekend, but it was a ton of fun!

It was my first PAX and I didn't know what to expect.  The show floor spanned multiple expo halls, all sorts of nooks and crannies, and offsite theaters.  We visited the expo floor every day and we got out to a few panels too.

Some of my highlights:

  • Watching Acquisitions Inc live on stage.
  • Hunting down the Talent Pipe pin for my wife.  That took so much effort and I'm super happy that I found it in the end.
  • Defusing a bomb with my brother in Keep Talking and No One Explodes.
  • Playing Dreadnought a bunch of times even though I hadn't heard of it before the show.
  • Getting hands on time with Gigantic, and winning both times.
  • Trying out Eon Alter which my blogger/Twitter friend Talarian is developing.
  • Hands on time with the new Star Wars mobile game.
  • So much more
I'm sure there's a ton I'm not even listing there.  It's hard to get everything out of my head and down on the page.  There was so much to see and do in the 4 days we spent in Seattle.

I think I'm going to randomly post thoughts about the various games over the next few days to help me mentally unpack my PAX experience.  So, expect posts on top of my normal posts.

Back to 5 Days a Week
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2015, 10:00 am
Blaugust was awesome, but seven days per week of posts feels like too much for me at the moment.

I'm going to move back to my regularly scheduled posts on weekdays only.  Knowing I have 2 days off each week in nice, especially because I'm sampling less games at the moment.

This is just a quick post after all the awesome content creation that was Blaugust.  Regularly scheduled posts begin now!

The End of Blaugust
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 August 2015, 1:01 am

Wow, what a month.  Blaugust was awesome!

31 posts in 31 days is a tall order, but so many bloggers have risen to the challenge.

I ended up working ahead and scheduling posts out in advance, but I know there are a lot of the bloggers who diligently wrote posts every day.

Congrats everyone!  We made it!  We made so much content and had a great time building our community!

This was a fantastic event.  Thanks so much to Belghast for organizing it and helping it along throughout the month.  It wouldn't have happened without him.

Thanks everyone who participated.  We made it!  You guys all rock!

Gaming To-Do List Update
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 August 2015, 1:01 am
Earlier in the month I was inspired to make a gaming to-do list because of a great post by Izlain.  Now that we're nearing the end of the month and the end of Blaugust I thought it would be a good time to check in on the status of my list.

Here's where we stand:
  • Persona 4 Golden - Still playing and enjoying!  I plan on playing more.
  • Hearthstone - Succeeded in getting to at least rank 20 by the end of the month.  Kept up with the Tavern Brawl's every week for card packs.  Will continue to play for now
  • FFXIV Heavensward - I did daily trial roulettes until they stopped being fun.  Now I have the game on hold until the next content update.[removing from list]
  • KOTOR II - Tried and found it wanting.  Done with this game.[removing from list]
  • Valkyria Chronicles - I got back to the game and have been playing it.  Still not complete.  Will keep playing
  • Dirty Bomb - I tried it and didn't like it.[removing from list]
  • Fire Emblem Awakening - I still haven't gotten back to this game, but I want to.  It was a fantastic SRPG.
  • Lightning Returns - I plan on getting to it soon.  I want to spend more time with Final Fantasy spin-offs.
  • FFX-2 - Another Final Fantasy spin-off that I already own.  I liked playing it through when it first released.  I want to try the remaster! [added to list]
There we go.  A few games removed and one game added!  Lots of progress being made this month as I work toward the end of my gaming backlog.

Next month, September, is typically when games start releasing for the upcoming holiday season.  We'll see how that impacts my gaming intentions heading into the new year.  There are a few games I'm really excited about, but they're all scheduled to release in November or December.

It looks like I get to keep working on my backlog for another month!

Evergreen But Not as Welcoming
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2015, 1:01 am
Exploring and revisiting some of my evergreen games this month has been interesting.  I'm finding that more of them have fallen off the evergreen playlist than I thought.

Two that are still "evergreen" in my mind are Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike Global Offensive.  But, I'm finding them much less welcoming than they once were.

It seems like all the casual fans of the game, including me, have drifted away from them.  All the players that are left are the players that never stopped playing the games.

Whenever I go online in either game I just get destroyed.  It's not as fun as it used to be.  I played both of these games a ton when they released and there were players of all skill levels.  Now, most of the players are very highly skilled and will destroy me.

They're not as welcoming as I wanted them to be.  It almost makes me afraid to even try some of the "higher skill" games that I've liked in the past, such as StarCraft II.  I feel like that one would be even worse.

I'm not a teenager and I haven't been for awhile.  I don't have hours every day to devote to getting good at one particular game.  I'll probably not have that kind of time again until both of my kids leave for college, and that's quite a ways off.

For now I'll just have to play these games less, else I get discouraged and give up on them forever.

It just makes me hold out hope for a Team Fortress 3 or a new Counter-Strike.  I would love to jump into a new game with a vibrant player base of all skill levels.

Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 August 2015, 1:01 am

KOTOR II recently got it's first patch in years to make it run better on modern hardware.  That, along with a community pack of bug fixes and content restoration on Steam inspired me to revisit the game.

I had played a handful of hours of KOTOR II when it first released.  I loved the original KOTOR but I never got beyond the first few hours of the sequel.  It was a buggy mess that wasn't worth the effort.

Fortunately, with the updates available, it's a much more stable game.  And seeing it run at 1080p was pretty cool too.  Good job patches!

Again I found myself tired of the game after only the first few hours.  This time not because of bugs but because of old gaming sensibilities.  This game just feels clunky.  It doesn't hold up to modern ease of use and control standards.  There are menus upon menus and lots of un-intuitive control schemes.

Once again I find myself done with this game without fully experiencing it.  But, that's ok.  I still have great memories of KOTOR that will always be with me.

The truth of the matter is that this really makes me want a modern KOTOR game.  Bioware would knock it out of the park.  They've learned so much about game making since KOTOR and KOTOR II were released.

A modern KOTOR on modern hardware would be simply amazing.

What I'm Looking Forward to at PAX
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 August 2015, 1:01 am

By the time you're reading this I should (hopefully) already be in Seattle at PAX.  I'm super excited for my first (for fun) convention experience.  Here are a couple of the things I'm most excited for.
  • Spending time with my brother.
  • Thornwatch.
  • Wandering the floor and people watching.
  • Acquisitions Inc.
  • Discovering new games.  Video games or board games, I don't care.
  • Possibly getting to meet online friends face-to-face.
I can't wait to report back after the trip and let you know how it went.  Expect a couple regularly scheduled posts between now and then to tide you over.

Who's Going to PAX?
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 August 2015, 1:01 am

I mentioned it earlier this month, but it's worth saying again.  I'm going to PAX!  And I'm super excited about it!

I realized that it would be awesome to meet up with some of the blogging community that I regularly interact with.  If any of you dear readers plan on attending you should totally let me know.  I'd love to meet up on the show floor and say hi in person!

Honestly, the best way to get in contact with me will be on Twitter.  It's my primary social media these days.

I also still have no idea how to attend a convention for fun, so any tips and tricks are 100% welcome.

I'm heading out to Seattle tomorrow, so feel free to hit me up @grnmushroom if you're interested!  I should be around for the whole show.

Potential New Evergreen Games
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 August 2015, 1:01 am
After talking yesterday about an evergreen game that has faded away for me I thought it would be appropriate to talk about some that may become new evergreen games.

I've found myself spending a bunch of time with both Crypt of the Necrodancer and Mini Metro lately.

Crypt of the Necrodancer is a rhythm based dungeon crawling roguelike music game.  I'm still not very good at it, but I keep coming back for more.  I've been using it to fill in spare time here and there between other games.

I feel like Crypt of the Necrodancer could go one of two ways.  I could get good at it by continually coming back to it or I could get frustrated that I'm not making enough progress and give up on the game for good.  If the first happens then this could become one of my future evergreen games.  Only time will tell.

Mini Metro, on the other hand, I'm fairly sure will stick with me for the long haul.  I love this game so much.  Organically drawing out metro train routes between stations should not be this fun.  It's ridiculous how good this game is.

My only complaint, and it's not really a complaint, is that it's only on PC at the moment.  If this game ever comes to iOS I'm going to be in trouble.  I already lose hours of time to this game on PC.  If it's on my phone, always within arms reach.... who knows how much time I'll put into it.  I so hope it happens.

Have you guys discovered any potential evergreen games lately?  I'm always looking for more!

Revisiting Civ V
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 August 2015, 1:01 am

Nearing the end of my backlog has given me more time to revisit some of my favorite evergreen games lately.

The other night I jumped into Civ V and played "just one more turn" for a few hours.  I haven't played much Civ in awhile but the strategy and flow of the game came back almost immediately.

In the moment everything was fine, but reflecting on the game after I had finished I realized that I didn't get much out of it.  I feel like I understand everything Civ V has to show me.  I'm no longer getting anything out of this game.

So, I deleted it from my hard drive.  I'm done with Civ V for the foreseeable future.  I guess it's not an evergreen game for me anymore.  But that's ok, it provided me with many hours of entertainment over many years.  It was a good game, but it seems like I'm ready to move on.

Modern Media Must Read
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2015, 10:00 am
I got a recommendation from someone I trust to check out the book Flat Earth News.  I've worked in media for my entire career and specifically did a lot of news production in college, so they knew I would be interested.

I always love to discuss the modern media.

Flat Earth News is about how the traditional press is set up in a way that institutionally make it hard to do a good job at the news.  I only read the first third of the book before I had to put it down.  It already feels dated in our modern internet era.  It had an interesting snapshot of the newpaper business from ten years ago, but it's not as relevant today.

A different source recommended Trust Me I'm Lying.  I'm not even done with it yet, but this book is amazing.  It covers the way our modern media works in an internet age.  It's such a good book.  The author shows ways that he has purposefully and easily manipulated the media in the ways he wanted to do.  It's basically a step-by-step guide to PR and media manipulation.  It's just amazing.

I feel like Trust Me I'm Lying should be required reading in modern journalism schools.  If you have any interest in the modern media at all you should pick it up and give it a shot.

Playing With Subtitles
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2015, 1:12 am
I've been playing games with subtitles turned on a lot lately.  I touched on it in my post yesterday, but I wanted to expand my thoughts on it a bit.

There's nothing wrong with my hearing, but I play a lot of PS4 and Wii U games while I'm on my exercise bike.  When I'm exercising I listen to audio books or podcasts.  I typically turn the TV volume all the way down.

To get the story while I'm on my bike I can either pause my audio while turning up the TV or I can just turn subtitles on at the beginning of a game and then not worry about it.  I almost always choose subtitles now.

If it's a story driven game that I'm very invested in I won't play it while biking, but if I'm just in it for the gameplay then it becomes a good candidate.

When I was playing Arkham Knight I would work on side quests while biking and then devote my full attention to the game (with sound on) while progressing through the main story the first time.

It's been interesting finding games that fit well with spending time on my exercise bike.  I'm always looking for more recommendations, so if you have any send them my way.

Back to Tomb Raider
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 August 2015, 10:00 am

Having finished up Arkham Knight I was browsing through my PS4 games looking for a new game to play while on my exercise bike and found Tomb Raider!

I forgot I even bought the PS4 version.  I think I picked it up when it was on super sale the first week I had the system and then promptly forgot about it.

I had played Tomb Raider on PS3 but I never beat it.  Hopefully this time I make it further through.

It seems like a game where I can make some decent progression every day that I'm exercising on my bike, and it's not too story intensive.  That's important because I listen to podcasts and audio books while I exercise.  I get annoyed if I have to pause my podcast/audio book and turn up the TV to listen to story too often.  I'm actually using subtitles a lot these days for just that reason.

Anyway, I hope I stick with it to the end this time.  There's some fun gameplay here.

PAX 2015 Trip
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 August 2015, 10:00 am

I'm super excited that I'm going to PAX this year!  It's a convention I've wanted to go to since the very first year but I've never been able to make the timing work out.  This will be my first time attending.

This year my brother and I are going together and I'm really looking forward to it!

I'm not sure what to expect.  I've never been to any conventions for fun before.  All the conventions I've attended have been work or career related.

PAX is supposed to be the show for gamers by gamers.  It was the answer to E3 being all for the press.  I've only ever heard good things about PAX and I'm hoping to have a great experience.

I'll definitely write about it when I get back from the show.

Does anyone have tips for convention going?  What do you normally take with you on a convention day?  Any tips and tricks I should know about?

Final Fantasy Spin-Offs Update
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2015, 10:00 am

I love Final Fantasy.  As part of my Final Fantasy Project I've been eyeing some of the spin-offs I want to visit or revisit from the series.

I've already covered some of them, even if I just went in for a taste, but there are a few that are top of mind now that I'm near the end of my gaming backlog:

Lightning Returns - I liked FFXIII, although it wasn't my favorite game in the series.  It had some issues, but it was still good.  After finishing it I tried to get into the sequel, FFXIII-2 but it fell flat for me.  I've heard great things about Lightning Returns, which is the third game in the series.  I even own the game already.  Since it's on my PS3 which has been moved to another room I've just never booted it up.  I need to get around to it.

FFX-2 - I think FFX is one of the best games in the series.  It's the one I always recommend to new players who are interested in Final Fantasy.  FFX-2 is the direct sequel and I remember enjoying the battle system a lot the first time I played it.  I don't remember much more than that because it's been awhile and I only played the game once.  Again, this is one that I own.  I have the remaster sitting on my Vita ready to go.  I just need to pull the trigger and start.

Not to mention the Final Fantasy spin-offs coming out soon.  I'm really excited that Final Fantasy Explorers is coming to the west and I'm super hopeful that we'll also get to see Final Fantasy Mobius here too.

Fading in FFXIV Heavensward
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2015, 10:00 am

One of the goals on my gaming to-do list was to keep playing the daily Trial Roulette in FFXIV as long as I'm having fun with it.

A couple days ago it stopped being fun for me.

I've never been a fan of endgame grind or the gear treadmill that happens when you reach max level in a MMO.  That's where my character is at currently in the newest expansion, Heavensward.  I was doing only one trial every day (the one I think is the most fun) but even that has lost it's appeal.

I'm not done with Final Fantasy XIV.  I still think it's a great game.  But I am done with it until they do the next major content patch.  I want to experience new things in my games, and I'm not getting that from FFXIV right now.  Luckily for me, they've been fantastic about releasing regular content and story updates in the game.

Now I just have to wait for the next one to land.

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