Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!

I have a busy few weeks coming up as the spring semester draws to a close, which essentially means tons of essay writing, last-minute homework assignments, and final exams. I’m not quite sure how much gaming I’ll get in this weekend, but it sure won’t be for a lack of trying.

I’m roughly 35 hours into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which continues to be amazing. I’ve managed to climb all of the towers and open up the map, during which I acquired enough heart containers to solve the Lost Woods and obtain the Master Sword. I’ve only taken down one of the four Divine Beasts, so that’ll likely be next on my agenda. Well, that or hunting down more of these memory locations to piece together the story bits.

I really wanted to finish the core story of Breath of the Wild before diving into Persona 5, which released on Tuesday. That clearly hasn’t happened. With The Legend of Zelda being my favorite series of all time and Persona being my favorite RPG series, my willpower was at an all-time low and I made a poor choice to juggle both at the same time. Ugh.

I’d still prefer to just finish off Breath of the Wild and then move on to Persona 5, since I can play around in the open-world once Ganon is defeated. I enjoy completing the shrines and exploring Hyrule has been one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in a Zelda game, so I have no intention of shelving Breath of the Wild once the credits roll. I think these moments are most enjoyable from a portable perspective anyway.

What’s holding me back, though, is that I don’t want to ruin the experience by rushing it just to play something else. Video games aren’t going anywhere. I get impatient sometimes and of all the games to muscle through, I don’t want it to be the two I’ve waited forever to play. Persona 5 issues a constant reminder to “take your time” during every loading screen, and, as corny as it sounds, it really puts savoring the game into perspective.

Narrowing down my focus in Breath of the Wild isn’t the end of the world, I guess. We’ll see next week.

As for Persona 5, I’ve played for about 6 hours. I haven’t gotten to a point where I can micro-manage my free time and build upon the ever important social links. I can’t fuse Persona yet, either. JRPGs notoriously start off slow, but Persona 5’s opening moments remain super interesting while acting as both a narrative bedrock and introductory tutorial.

So far I’m enjoying the characters and the overall narrative build-up quite a bit. As the story goes, the protagonist was wrongfully charged with assault after breaking up an altercation between a creepy rich guy making unwelcome advances on a woman in an alley. This, unfortunately, resulted in the kid being expelled from school and being sent to live with a distant family friend in another part of Japan.

Similar to other games in the series, the story begins at the start of a school year and you spend your time dungeon delving in a mysterious parallel dimension and micro-managing your time to build and strengthen relationships with various characters met throughout the game. It also revisits the ability to negotiate with demons during combat, which yields additional money or items, or, better yet, adds their Persona to your roster.

It’s essentially a JRPG/visual novel/dating sim and it’s really, really good at what it does.

Sci-fi RPG Torment: Tides of Numenera just arrived from GameFly yesterday, but I’m not sure when I’ll get around to it. It’s near the top of my list of games to play this year, but it’s highly unlikely I’ll put it ahead of Persona 5 or Zelda. 1-2-Switch also shipped today from GameFly, but shouldn’t arrive until the middle of next week.

That’ll do it for me. What about you folks? Getting into anything fun this weekend?

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22 thoughts on “It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! So What are You Playing?

  1. IT’S. STILL. SKYRIM. Man, four months in and I still can’t get enough of it. I haven’t even gotten round to Zelda, as it sits, weeping in the corner. The Persona games have always appealed to me because they look feckin’ mental, might have to give 5 a go.
    Milo.

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  2. Still picking away through Zelda, I did just sneak in some Overwatch. Got my desk finally setup so I can get in some sessions more often. Just used Zenaytta for the first time and man is he fun to use. I may check out a bit of Andromeda, the patch looks to have fixed a lot of issues with the facial animations and how their eyes were super wide. Wish it was like this at launch but better late than never.

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    • Yeah, the ME:A patch seems to have fixed quite a few of the awkward eye shaders and broke a bit of the MP-mode in the process lol. I applaud them for addressing the issues so fast, but as you said, why wasn’t it like this at launch?

      I like Zenyatta a lot, but I’m awful at him. I like marking enemies for my teammates but strangers typically just stray from the group, making it impossible to toss my healing orb on them. Mei and D.Va are still my favorites, but I’m starting to like Pharah quite a bit.

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      • Yea as long as the groups together he’s pretty versatile. I was surprised by how well his attacks work given he’s under the healer category.

        I’ve yet to try Mei.and D.va, I’ll probably give D.va a try soon, I like being the tank

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  3. Let’s see here.. well I finished The Swapper on Vita, kind of taking a break from that system and focusing on some Switch games, specifically Fast RMX and Blaster Master Zero. Planning to finish them before Mario Kart 8 comes out.

    Also got a new IndieBox today of the game Typoman, a side scrolling indie platformer. Looks like a nice small dose of game that I’ll try to finish by Monday!

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    • I picked up Blaster Master Zero to play on the go, but haven’t gotten very far. Loved the original NES release and really digging the revamp it’s gotten. I’ve almost pulled the trigger on Fast RMX three or four times but I always balk. What do you think of it so far?

      Congrats on finishing The Swapper! Have you checked out The Fall yet? Similar aesthetic to Swapper, but a rad 2D sci-fi adventure game instead of a puzzle platformer.

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  4. Good luck with all of your school things! I’ll likely be juggling BoTW and HZD until the end of time, haha. I also couldn’t be happier. Persona 5’s loading screen is so correct! I’m just taking my time and enjoying the journey :)

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  5. I’ll be enjoying some Mass Effect Andromeda this weekend. I have 61 hours total in the game and plan on putting at least 10 more hours in it this weekend. I’m also trying to get through the third part of Fire Emblem Fates and I can see myself completing it this weekend. I want to finish Nier, but I’m not really enjoying it right now so I’m taking a break. I have no idea when (or if) I’ll ever complete it.

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    • I’m glad you’re still enjoying Andromeda. Yesterday’s patch seems to have fixed some of the awkward facial issues, which is good. I’m glad they’re addressing the issues so fast.

      Sucks you’re not digging NieR much. Right now it’s my GOTY, but it’s slowly being edged out by Zelda and I haven’t even gotten to the meat of Persona 5 yet.

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      • The eyes are much better in Andromeda, but I never had a huge problem with them to begin with.

        Nier… is slightly above average to me right now. I completed 2B’s story and called it quits after that. Not sure I’m going to bother completing the game because I don’t feel like playing as 9S.

        I really want to play Persona 5.

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  6. I really ought to get back to some more Zelda as I’m way behind the rest of the world. But I cracked, and pre bought Mirage. Ordinarily I steer clear of pre buying games, but the allure of checking it out via beta drew me in. So far it’s been pretty great, though there are some things that clearly need fine tuning before it comes out. The melee combat is on point, and the projectile magic spells are mostly pretty cool. Hopefully, they’ll balance some things that need balancing, and work something out with their server providers. Because in the beta some of the ping spikes can really be over the top. Bound to play a lot of that when not working over the weekend though.

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  7. I’d love to play Persona 5 but I don’t think I can commit 120+ hours to a single game anymore. I’ve started on Halo Wars 2 and I’m chipping away at Undertale. It’s gorgeous weather here this weekend so I may not play much in favour of a BBQ!

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  8. The Persona series just sounds better and better the more I hear about it. I know you said that each iteration is different so I might throw 5 on my backlog list, too, even though I already have 4 to play.

    I’m seriously obsessed with Brave Exvius, but I really need to make a spreadsheet or something on the characters I have so I can decide whom I’m going to keep. Most of the characters you draw are not that great, and I don’t want to waste time/resources leveling up ones that aren’t going to do me much good. I’m keeping Cecil, Kuja, and Rydia though. I don’t care lol. I’m hoping that they start including characters from VII soon, but LightningEllen made a good point that they’re probably waiting for the Remake to come out or closer before that occurs.

    I need to set up the PS3 I received yesterday and I STILL need to start FFV. It’s been like a month I’ve been talking about that. There are a couple of trophies I want to try for in WOFF still, so I might fire that up for a few hours this weekend.

    Good luck with finals! Summer time is going to be so sweet (hopefully! Unless you’re taking classes then, too).

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