Games : Currently Playing (April 2021)

 

It has been quite awhile since I shared what I am currently playing. In fact, I haven’t done a currently playing post since October 2020. So much for keeping a gaming journal that keeps track of the many games I play at once. Where does the time go?

 

1. Dead by daylight

Developer: Behaviour Interactive

Publisher: Behaviour Interactive, Starbreeze Studios, 505 Games, Koch Media, Deep Silver

Platform: PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows

Release Date(s): June 14, 2016

Game type: Survival horror

Synopsis: Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer (4vs1) horror game where one player takes on the role of the savage Killer, and the other four players play as Survivors, trying to escape the Killer and avoid being caught and killed.

 

I really don’t know how I always get sucked back into this game. The load times are still absolutely abysmal, but it seems that every couple of months I get the Dead by Daylight itch and back down the rabbit hole I go, dragging my poor friends with me. This time, I was mainly inspired by the new All-Kill DLC chapter, starring a K-pop star killer, known as the Trickster, and the survivor accompanying him, music producer, Yun-Jin Lee. Of course, I picked up that DLC, and a few others when they were on sale, so I could continue picking up new perks. This time around, I’ve also been dabbling in playing killer, which has been a nice change of pace from being brutally murdered, er, surviving. I’m also super excited for the Resident Evil collaboration that is coming in June!

 

2. it takes two

Developer: Hazelight Studios

Publisher:  Electronic Arts

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows

Release Date(s): March 26, 2021

Game type:  Platform game, Action-adventure game, Adventure

Synopsis: Embark on the craziest journey of your life in It Takes Two. Invite a friend to join for free with Friend’s Pass and work together across a huge variety of gleefully disruptive gameplay challenges.

 

I kept hearing about this game, but never looked into it until my friend and I were looking for something new we could play together. It’s really a lot of fun, and pretty cool that only one person in this co-op game needs to actually own the game in order to play it. The other player, can just download the friend pass in order to join the owner’s game. I’ll say more on this game later in a First Impressions post.

 

3. Persona 5 strikers

Developer: Atlus, Omega Force, P Studio

Publisher:  Atlus, Sega

Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows

Release Date(s):  February 22, 2021

Game type:  Action role-playing, hack-and-slash

Synopsis: Persona 5 Strikers is an action role-playing game developed by Omega Force and P-Studio and published by Atlus. The game is a crossover between Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors franchise and Atlus’ 2016 role-playing game Persona 5, and is set half a year after the events of the original Persona 5.

 

Imagine my surprise that I find Persona 5 Strikers to be a labor of love. I’m having so much trouble getting into this game, despite loving the original Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal. Even though it’s been a long time since the game first released and I’m sure people have already platinumed it, I have only just made it to right before the second jail. Sadly, I really don’t care for the battle system and find that the game lacks the serious undertones, tension, and character development of the original. Plus, the summer vacation excuse of getting the gang all back together seems totally weak. However, I’m going to keep pushing my way through Persona 5 Strikers out of love for the original games and its characters. For more of my thoughts on this game, check out my First Impressions. 

 

4. Trails of Cold Steel Iv

Developer:  Nihon Falcom, Engine Software, PH3 GmbH

Publisher:  Nihon Falcom, NIS America, Nippon Ichi Software

Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows

Release Date(s): September 27, 2018

Game type: JRPG

Synopsis: The long awaited finale to the epic engulfing a continent comes to a head in the final chapter of the Trails of Cold Steel saga!

 

After finding Persona 5 Strikers to be so lackluster, I broke and picked up Trails of Cold Steel IV. I really wanted to know what happened after the last game left off on such a tragic cliffhanger. Of course, this game picks up two weeks after the events of the last game, and quickly starts the same pattern of the last game, with what I surmise is not a lot happening until the very end of the chapter. But of course, I haven’t even gotten to the end of the first chapter yet since I can never seem to play just one game.

 

5. Immortals Fenyx rising – Myths of the Eastern Realms dlc

Developer:  Nihon Falcom, Engine Software, PH3 GmbH

Publisher:  Nihon Falcom, NIS America, Nippon Ichi Software

Platform: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Switch, Stadia, Amazon Luna, and PC

Release Date(s): March 25, 2021

Game type:  Action-adventure 

Synopsis:  Myths of the Eastern Realm introduces a new open world, characters, and story inspired by Chinese mythology, and centering on a new hero named Ku.

 

Well, I sadly didn’t last very long with this DLC, but I hope to come back to it out of my adoration for the original game. Unfortunately, I found the fact that The Eastern Realms DLC is practically an exact copy of the original game’s story pretty uninspiring. Like in the main game, the citizens of the world, are all turned to stone except for the player’s character, who must then seek out the gods for help to save the world. There’s a hall of the gods that the player has to make its way too, and more vaults, even though they technically look pretty different. It seems like a big disservice to not only just copy the formula of the original game, but to limit the interesting gods and world-building of well, eastern realms, to a mere DLC instead of a full-fledged game with an original plot.

 

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Let it be known that I am still currently playing Genshin Impact, on top of all these other games as well, and recently played Abzu to completion. And of course, I’ve already preordered Resident Evil Village and will be playing that ASAP.

 

Do you play several games at once as well or are you normal?

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Games : Currently Playing - April 2021

Posted April 16, 2021 in Games

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4 responses to “Games : Currently Playing (April 2021)

  1. CC

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these games! I need a new game to play. I’m interested in some of these! Also, I really liked Abzu and keep hearing about Genshin Impact ?

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! ? Genshin is very addicting and can be costly unless you determine not to spend any real money on it ?

      • CC

        Oooh! Thank you for letting me know, I had no idea. I am usually pretty controlled, but in recent years I have caved in on some micro-transactions and subscriptions.

        Have you played Fire Emblem Three Houses? I feel like that is right up your alley! ?

        • I feel that I normally am pretty controlled too, to be honest. But Genishin is a gacha game, so it’s a whole different beast!

          I have! It’s one of my all time favorites! Such a phenomenal game! ?

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