It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! So What are You Playing?

Friday (is almost over)! Video games! Let’s talk!

Yesterday I talked about how I’m celebrating Phantasy Star’s 30th anniversary by playing through the Sega Master System version for the very first time, and I’m happy to report that I finished it! I stand by the fact that it’s aged incredibly well, both in terms of sprite work, music, balance, and innovation. There wasn’t a ton of story going on in-game (since I don’t own the instruction booklet, which no doubt fills in some of the gaps), so the last boss not being mentioned once by the world’s inhabitants was a bit ho-hum. Still, Myau the cat rules and I enjoyed the 15-or-so hours it took to roll Phantasy Star’s credits.

My main gripe is the asinine frequency of random encounters, but that’s about normal for the 8- and 16-bit eras. I also had no idea where to go after defeating (what I initially thought was) the last boss, which required the use of a walkthrough. Apparently, I had to revisit a town I had only been to once or twice and couldn’t recall where it was located. One hour of increasingly frustrating random encounters later, I found myself requiring the assistance of that very same walkthrough.

I didn’t anticipate blowing through a 15-hour game over the course of two days, but here we are. As for what to play next, I’m still deciding between moving on to Phantasy Star II on the ol’ Genesis or taking in an RPG palate cleanser with something smaller. I still have Hob, Observer, and Pyre to play, which I picked up last week during the PlayStation holiday sale. I’m in a bit of an RPG mood, though, so chances are I’ll be booting up Phantasy Star II for the first time before my head hits the pillows.

I do have the Genesis at the ready, so maybe I’ll dig into Splatterhouse 2, Samurai Shodown (the only good console port), or Gunstar Heroes.

Not much else going on this weekend, so I may take this opportunity to finish up volume two of Junji Ito’s Gyo and start reading Cherie Priest’s Maplecroft. I’ve gotten a lot of headaches over the last week, so I haven’t really been in a reading mood. I’ve mostly been watching AGDQ 2018 speedruns, which I’ll probably keep doing until the charity event ends this Sunday (I think?). It’s not the same without Super Metroid, but today’s Mega Man 1-3 relay race was intense and I guess someone beat Mike Tyson’s Punch-out AND Super Punch-out simultaneously while using one controller that shared the inputs for both games. That’s more impressive than the blindfold Punch-out run!

Also, if you picked up a Switch at Christmas and you’re looking to beef up your digital library, I posted reviews for Slain: Back from Hell and Morphite this week.

What about you, folks? Got any gaming plans this weekend?

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

  1. Per usual I work Saturday. But I plan to get in some more time after work with Splatoon 2. The Splatfest event this weekend added a new Turf war map with invisible floors. Been having a blast with it anyway, but it just keeps giving. I do need to get some time Sunday with a couple of other things so I can get them in the review pipeline.

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      1. I’ve only played he first couple of stages, but that sounds about right. The ODM stuff feels good when dashing around, but the constantly having to refuel your gas is a little annoying.


  2. The high frequency of random encounters is one of the reasons why I struggle with old RPGs. I bought Mario Kart on Switch a few days ago so I may play that this weekend. To be honest though, ever since 2018 started I have barely touched my consoles/handhelds.

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      1. Lack of free time combined no good new releases are the main reasons. When it comes to gaming I also go through phases were I play loads and then get burned out, which results in me focusing on other hobbies for a while.

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  3. I’ll probably jump back into (or restart) Ultima IV on the SMS. I put it down after I was away for Christmas and came back to a lovely chest cold, but my mind finally feels like it can retain things again. It should be fun! I hope you enjoy whatever Genesis adventure you embark on next.

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    1. I’m the type that feels the need to restart things after I’ve been away a while too. The only exceptions are Persona 5 (since I was 60 hours in and the story wasn’t *that* hard to follow) and FF XIII (since I’m near the end, I’m hoping I remember enough to not have to spend another 50 hours replaying it).

      Hope you feel better!

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  4. Yeaaaah, Dark Falz is like the Necron of that game lol, but actually…DF makes more sense than IX’s “space flea from nowhere,” and I LOVE Final Fantasy IX. I still freaking love Lassic’s boss music. I could jog to that.

    I’m still enjoying my Etrian Odyssey, need to hop back into Mario Odyssey, and I think I’m going to try playing Doki Doki Literature this long weekend. If I can start playing some short games, I can start knocking them off of my backlog. I’m also still working on wrapping up my Top Things of 2017, and I’m doing this new thing where I check my WordPress newsfeed instead of relying on the email notifications, which is why I’m commenting on this so early :D

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  5. Aw, now I really want to play Splatterhouse again. I was at a brewery recently that had different old school game consoles on each of the tables, so you’re basically encouraged to table hop and play them all. I was so excited to see that they had Mario Kart 64 and Sonic 2 set up. lol They also had various board games and card games laid out. It was definitely a cool place I plan to go to again. :)

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    1. Ohhh, nice! That sounds like fun! One of the barcades I went to had 3 cabinets that were basically emulators that had hundreds of games on each one. They did have a SNES Classic on one table where folks were playing Super Metroid, but having different consoles on each table would definitely encourage table hopping (as you said).

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      1. There needs to be more “Barcades”! :) That sounds awesome. There used to be this great trio of places my friends and I used to go all nestled in perfectly together, one was an Irish tavern with excellent food and shots, the other was a bar that boasted tons of beers from all over the world, and then the third an awesome arcade. It made for many good times. :D

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