Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
My weekend started off with a vet trip for our youngest kitty. She had some tenderness in her left shoulder, which we got supplements for, but our oldest cat needs to go in next Friday to have a lump on her tummy further examined. We had it looked at about a month ago and the vet said it’s normal aging stuff and nothing to be overly concerned about, but it’s now doubled in size and needs to be further examined. Being a pet owner can be tough sometimes.
As for games, I’ve been juggling World of Warcraft’s new expansion with Fire Pro Wrestling World and the 2D fighter Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late(st). That name is fucking ridiculous so everyone just calls it UNIEL or UNIST. The game, however, is super good.
It has one of the best, most in-depth tutorials I’ve ever seen in a fighting game — so good, in fact, that a pro-level UNIST player said it even taught them a few new things. That’s impressive. UNIST is accessible, with its auto combo system, but has a ton of depth and nuances that have been an absolute blast to learn. I’ve barely dipped my toes into the 10-hour story mode and character-specific combo challenges.
The roster is full of rad, unique fighters as well, with Phonon and Merkava being my favorites so far. I saw that Merkava is being added to BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, which makes me want that game even more now.
Fire Pro Wrestling World has its flaws, but I’m digging its visual novel-style NJPW branded story mode, its character creator, and overall gameplay. It’s refreshing to finally play a wrestling game that isn’t complete garbage. The WWE 2K games just don’t understand what makes wrestling fun, with their stick-waggling and button prompt mini-games. Fire Pro is just a rad, different experience.
On the WoW front, I’ve done very little on my 120 Shadow Priest but I’ve been leveling two other characters with my girlfriend. WoW is always fun and I really enjoy the new expansion. I have a Frost Mage and a Moonkin Druid at 112, then it’s on to the Warlock and maybe Rogue. LEVELING!
Monday was my 37th birthday and a friend (and podcast buddy) gifted me Hollow Knight on Switch. I also picked up the aforementioned UNIST, along with JRPGs Shining Resonance Refrain and Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom. I’m stoked to play both of them, but Octopath is my current JRPG. However, with WoW taking up most of my game time and having a short-burst 2D fighter and wrestling game on deck, I haven’t touched Octopath in about two weeks. So I may just start over later and jump into one of the others.
What about you, folks? Any gaming plans this weekend?