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My time in WoW has been steadily decreasing as I’ve reached most of my pre-Battle for Azeroth goals. My Horde Warlock, Rogue, and Druid have reached max level and most of their gathering professions are high enough for the upcoming expansion. I’m mainly logging in each day to take care of the Warlock’s fishing quests and raise their Anglers rep from the old Mists of Pandaria expansion. I need to hit exalted with them in order to unlock the water-walking mount and I refuse to go another expansion without it!
I finally finished up the PS4 port of Final Fantasy VII last night, which was a two-year project. Whenever I didn’t know what else to play, that’s what I jumped into for an hour or two. I didn’t have a reason to log into WoW, so I resumed my playthrough at the beginning of disc 2.
It’s not my favorite Final Fantasy, but it holds up incredibly well and still remains a special video game to me. The music is fantastic and I love the steampunk fantasy atmosphere presented in the pre-rendered backdrops. Cosmo Canyon is still my favorite piece of music ever written for a game and I get misty-eyed as soon as the first note hits. The scene at the end of the 2nd disc where Shinra opts to drain all of the mako energy from Midgar to fire the Sister Ray at Diamond Weapon is so damn dramatic — especially once you realize that it wasn’t Diamond Weapon they were after, but rather Sephiroth’s barrier over Northern Crater. Man, what a game.
It wasn’t my first Final Fantasy, but it was the first that I stuck with and completed, so it’s fully responsible for my current adoration of the series. Some say it’s been in decline for a while now, but I wholly disagree.
After completing Final Fantasy VII, I jumped into the PS4 remaster of the original Kingdom Hearts. I don’t remember being this bad at it (or recall it being this difficult), but the boss at the end of the Tarzan level decimated me. I’ve since completed that and Wonderland and made my way to the Colosseum, but that’s where I stopped for the time being.
I’m currently juggling that and the PS4 remaster of Final Fantasy X in an attempt to clean out some of my RPG backlog before Octopath Traveler releases in July. I was going to jump into WWE 2K18 (which I picked up for $20 on sale), but that game is an awful mess that I ended up selling on eBay this morning. I also received Gal*Gun 2 to review on PS4, which I’ll probably start up tomorrow afternoon.
PlayStation is celebrating Japan’s Golden Week, so there’s a pretty good sale going on online. I picked up Tokyo Xanadu Ex+, .hack//G.U. Last Recode, and the NieR Automata DLC, but I’m also eyeballing the PS4 remaster of Gravity Rush while it’s $9. I sold off some stuff and have a little extra “fun money” sitting around.
Aside from today’s WWE Greatest Royal Rumble event (which starts at noon EST), that about does it for me. What about you, folks? Any big plans this weekend?