As if 2016 couldn’t possibly get any worse, after having lost my father back in May, we just had to put our family’s 12-year old Rottweiler to sleep after a 5 month battle with a combination of cancer and a slipped disc. Rest in peace, buddy.
Since then, my girlfriend and I have migrated our belongings and are now sharing the house with my mother. It feels like a family again, which is bittersweet given the circumstances. We have three cats, which now, in turn, have a house to wander around in instead of a studio apartment, so it’s not all bad news. Having them around seems to be helping my mom cope with having her entire world turned upside down in the span of six months. Animals are, indeed, magnificent creatures.
I’ve been fairly busy with the mini-move and I have a few exams this week, but hopefully I’ll find a little time to get some much needed gaming therapy in.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization on PS4 has been my primary game as of late. I’ll be freelancing a review for it over at The Buttonsmashers, which will hopefully be finished at some point after the weekend. My goal is to start scripting it later today, then editing and recording voice narration over the weekend between exams.
As a fan of the anime I’m having a great time with it. It’s a typical action RPG, presenting nothing admirable aside from its fanservice, but I adore the source material and like how it builds upon that foundation by introducing new characters and fleshing out its existing roster. I’m also thoroughly enjoying the match-making raids against boss monsters as a way to farm XP, loot, and weapon skills. There’s quite a bit wrong with the game, which I’ll go over in greater detail in my review, but I will say that had it not been a Sword Art game I’m not sure I’d still be playing it.
I’m nearing the end of Hollow Realization, so until the DLC comes out I’m going to redirect my focus back to Fire Emblem: Awakening in hopes of finishing that up before Final Fantasy XV releases. I was hoping to get through World of Final Fantasy before FFXV, but SAO:HR presented a worthy distraction.
I haven’t been playing much else, but I did pick up a few digital games during the PSN 10th Anniversary sale. I already have them physically on PS2, but I grabbed Persona 3 FES, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, and both Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga games to have them readily available on my PS3. I also picked up God Hand, since I never got around to picking it up in 2006.
Since my Vita has become a beastly PSone Classics to-go machine, I grabbed Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Wild Arms 2, and Legend of Mana from the sale as well.
Not a bad haul for less than $30! I was tempted to grab Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, Tomba!, and Mega Man Legends 1 & 2, but I’m sure they’ll be on sale again soon. Or at least again before I have any intention of playing them.
Outside of gaming I did manage to read through the first three volumes of Outcast. It’s a slow-forming Exorcist type of story written by Robert Kirkman, whom you may know as the creator of The Walking Dead and the writer behind Marvel Zombies.
The central focus of the story is Kyle, a man dubbed “Outcast” by demons that seemingly inhabit the bodies of those around him. It’s mostly about his internal struggles concerning his power and the events that drove his family apart, as well as his unlikely friendship with the local reverend, who works with Kyle to help out the families of those affected.
On deck is volumes 3-5 of Saga, then I’ll be moving on to the first three volumes of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, volume one of Birthright, and then buckling down to read the first six volumes of Sweet Tooth that I rented from the library a few weeks back.
What about you folks? What are you getting in to this weekend?