Games : What I’m Playing

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been completely obsessed with Persona 5 Royal ever since I platinumed it last month. So it’s probably no surprise that I’ve been delving into other titles in the Persona series, both familiar and new, this month. Like everyone else though, I’ve also become pretty well acquainted with Fall Guys. 

 

Though I’ve been playing a lot of different games, I have the tendency to pick them up, put them down, and come back to them. And with all the new books releasing, I haven’t been gaming nearly as much recently–instead focusing on my massive to-be-read-and-reviewed-list–so here are the games that I’ve played within the last month or so.

 

1. P3P (Persona 3 Portable)

Developer: Atlus

Publisher: Atlus

Platform: Playstation Portable/Playstation Vita

Release Dates: November 1, 2009 (Japan)

July 6, 2010 (North America)

Type: RPG

Players: Single-player

Synopsis:

Persona 3 is the fourth game in the Persona series. The game was developed by Atlus for the PlayStation 2.

Persona 3 follows a group of high school students trying to cope with, understand and accept death in a world surrounded by it, as well as find their own reasons for living. They form a group called SEES in order to investigate the Dark Hour, a mysterious time period between one day and the next that few people are aware of. During the Dark Hour, SEES explores Tartarus, a large tower containing Shadows, creatures that feed on the minds of humans. To fight the Shadows, each member of SEES is able to summon a Persona, a manifestation of their inner self.

An enhanced version of the game containing an epilogue called The Answer was released as Persona 3 FES, also for the PlayStation 2. This version is available on the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3.

A portable version of the original Persona 3, adding an optional female protagonist and visual novel type cutscenes was released as Persona 3 Portable for PlayStation Portable.

 

Though I’ve played Persona 3 FES twice before, I’ve always wanted to play Persona 3 Portable, as it allows players to play as the female protagonist and to romance male classmates. It’s honestly a travesty that in 2020 all Persona games don’t come with the option to choose the protagonist’s genders and romance classmates and characters regardless of their genders. Luckily, my boyfriend has a Playstation Vita, so I was finally able to play this version of the beloved game.  Still hoping Atlus will come out with remakes of all the Persona games.

 

2. Persona Dancing : Endless Night Collection

Developer: Atlus

Publisher: P-Studio

Platform: Playstation 4, Playstation Vita

Release Date(s): May 24, 2018 (JP)

December 4, 2018 (Western)

Game type: Rhythm

Modes: Single player

Synopsis: Due to learning about how Margaret’s guest, Yu Narukami, defeated Mikuratana-no-Kami in Persona 4: Dancing All Night by dancing, Caroline and Justine become jealous, as does Elizabeth in Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight. Due to this, the sisters challenge each other to a dance off, to prove who has the better guest. The losers would be “sent to hell”. Similar to Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, upon completion of the event, everyone’s memories of the event will be erased. Summoning the Phantom Thieves of Hearts and the S.E.E.S. to dance, they are challenged to hype the crowd up as much as possible, the crowd being the Sea of Souls. The twins promise the Phantom Thieves a treasure if they dance for them. Due to the Velvet Room being between space and time, and the group being summoned in their dreams, they are able to visualise any dance they want, and their bodies perform the actions. After the completion of the ball, Justine, Caroline, and Elizabeth decide that competing to see who had the best guest was pointless, and declare both sides to have won. They then reveal the prize was the experience, which the group accept as they had had fun. The twins then add an additional reward, seeing the two of them dance as well.

Ah, the games that taught me just how abysmal I am at rhythm games! Despite my inability to play Hard mode without a ton support modifiers, I really enjoyed playing these games due to the great musical soundtracks of the Persona games and seeing my favorite characters again from the other titles in the series. While Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight games are more filler and have weak excuses for why the characters need to dance, Persona 4 : Dancing All Night actually has a storyline and clearly had a lot more time and effort into it.

Regardless, they’re all very fun, and I was able to platinum Persona 3 : Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, despite having no aptitude for the rhythm games. It’s definitely a lot of fun if you’re a fan of the series! I’m still working my way through Persona 4: Dancing All Night at present.

 

3. Valkyria Chronicles Remastered

Developer: Sega

Publisher: Sega

Platform: Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows

Release Date(s): January 29, 2016

Game type: Tactical Role playing

Modes: Single player

Synopsis: In the world of Valkyria Chronicles, the year is 1935 E.C., and the continent of Europa has been plunged into the Second Europan War between the Autocratic East Europan Imperial Alliance — also known as The Empire — and the Atlantic Federation over the precious resource Ragnite. The Empire is sweeping through the continent like an unchecked wildfire and has its eyes set on the rich Ragnite deposits of the Principality of Gallia. Although peaceful Gallia remains neutral in the conflict, its citizens will need to defend home and country against the inevitable invasion. Follow Lieutenant Welkin Gunther and the vaunted Squad 7 of the Gallian Militia as they take on the seemingly insurmountable forces of the Empire.

I feel that Valkyria Chronicles is one of the most well known role-playing games in the world. I’ve heard so many good things. The story interests me, especially all the ancient relics, but it gets bogged down in military movements and strategies–something that doesn’t interest me a whole lot. It doesn’t help that turns take forever! I keep falling asleep while playing! I really do want to know what happens, so I hope to get back to it one of these days.

 

4. The Legend of Heroes : Trails of Cold Steel

Developer: Nihon Falcon

Publisher: XSEED Games

Platform: Playstation 3 & 4, Nintendo Switch, Playstation Vita, Microsoft Windows

Release Date(s): March 26, 2019 (NA – PS4)

Game type: Role playing

Modes: Single player

Synopsis:

Taking place on the same continent as the fan favorite Trails in the Sky offshoot of Nihon Falcom’s storied The Legend of Heroes franchise, Trails of Cold Steel (Sen no Kiseki in Japanese) is the first in the series to tread Erebonian soil and explore the inner political conflicts of this oft-mentioned powerhouse nation in detail. Delve into the expansive lore that has become synonymous with the series, enjoy school life and bond with fellow students to earn new abilities in battle, take advantage of speedy, tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system, and uncover dramatic events that stand to change everything these two opposing social classes stand for.

Like Valkyria Chronicles, this is another really esteemed JRPG that I really want to get into and also involves military. However, I’ve just been so hooked on the Persona series that I can’t seriously seem to get into any other games. Talk about a game hangover, am I right? I do really like the battle system, which reminds me a lot of Tales of Xillia, and I like that it features characters overcoming societal class differences.

 

5. Minecraft : Jurassic World DLC

Developer: Mojang Studios

Publisher: Mojang Studios

Platform:Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

Release Date: August 18, 2020

Game type: Park Simulator

Modes: Multiplayer

Synopsis:

The Jurassic World DLC for Minecraft introduces a special kind of luxury resort: one that features some of your favorite dinosaurs from the films. And you’re the Park manager!

Not only can you craft and train dinosaurs, build exhibits, and solve problems, but you can also go on expeditions to discover dinosaur DNA! Use vehicles and your team of NPCs to solve disasters and earn a high score! And if you think that sounds awesome, just wait until you see it in action:

As a huge Jurassic Park fan (I own both books and all the movies), I flipped when I heard there was Jurassic World DLC for Minecraft. I downloaded the $8 DLC right away. It’s so impressive to see the entire park in the world of Minecraft, complete with dino DNA lab, innovation center, dig site, and so much, more. However, it’s fraught with park disasters–like power dying, dinosaur enclosures falling down, storms, wild dinosaurs, and more–and it’s frankly, overwhelming.

 

I played with two friends and we spent literally all of our time running around dealing with the latest disaster (often repeat ones too), and didn’t get to do much digging for fossils or egg hatching. I have also yet to rediscover where the dig site actually is after my initial visit. Hopefully I can get the hang out of it once there is more information on the internet to help.

 

6. Fall Guys : Ultimate Knockout

Developer: Mediatonic

Publisher: Devolver Digital

Platform: Playstation 4, Microsoft Windows

Release Date: August 4 2020

Game type: Battle Royale, Platformer

Modes: Multiplayer

Synopsis: Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout flings hordes of contestants together online in a mad dash through round after round of escalating chaos until one victor remains!

Naturally after seeing Fall Guys all over the internet, I had to download it! It’s no wonder that this game is the most downloaded Playstation Plus game of all time–it’s ridiculous, fun, and addictive. I love playing this with friends. And I’m very excited about the dragon skin for season two.

 

 

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Posted August 28, 2020 in Games

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3 responses to “Games : What I’m Playing

  1. CC

    I learned about so many new games reading this! I am playing the new Paper Mario game right now, but maybe I will try one of these next! ?

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