Game of the Week – Going on Hiatus

This is a pretty short post. I have decided to put this on hiatus for the moment for five reasons:

  1. I am currently doing a Journalism MA. It is a wombo combo with an NCTJ qualification. I am largely on top of things (which is really nice for once) apart from my shorthand. Therefore, I am dedicating more time to shorthand each day to remedy this.
  2. I am overweight. I want to remedy this as well. I live in a coastal town and would like to wear a swimming costume without feeling horrible. I am a very self-conscious individual and this has gone on too long.
  3. My mother is getting a hip replacement, so I’ll have more responsibilities helping out in that regard for the next 6 weeks or so.
  4. I am running a Stars Without Number game in a sandbox style, so I have a decent amount of preparation work to do with that. I might start writing something to do with that instead, though it depends on time.
  5. I want to get a novel published, so I am receiving my novel projects! Novels take time to write…

Apologies for this, but it’s kind of difficult to write a Game of the Week article when you’re not really playing anything. I think I played about 3 hours of Final Fantasy VII last week and that’s about it!

Game of the Week – 06/02/2017

I don’t think I could ever forgive myself if I said that Game of the Week this week was “Windows Update Adventures” but it would be very accurate. I did a factory reset on my laptop and replaced the HDD with a larger SSD. I did around 4 years of updates across a couple of days and finally came out the other end where I had to re-download all of my games. It took a long time.

So my Game of the Week this week is… Final Fantasy VII!

Yes, I restarted a FFVII playthrough. I love the game and it holds a special place for me as one of the first games I ever played. It was one of the first games I played as a child, back when I was around 8 years old, along with Tekken 2 and Crash Bandicoot. I love this game.

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Dialogue in this game is a real gem!

One aspect I love with Final Fantasy VII is that it’s very emotionally evocative. People always talk about Final Fantasy VII’s emotional moment being the end of disc 1 where a certain someone dies, leaving you in shock at what just happened. However, it’s not just this one part of the game that brought tears to my eyes! I am an emotional wreck when it comes to well made movies and video games, but Final Fantasy VII does it multiple times. Sector 7 coming down was a real tear-jerking moment, though the moment that takes the cake for me is where Cid talks about his dreams of being the first astronaut, but the way he sacrificed it all because he didn’t want Shera to die.

In terms of gameplay, I really enjoy the chocobo racing mini game, however I only managed to clear disc 1 over the course of the week, including the Wutai side quest and acquiring Vincent. I will be continuing this, as I’ve invested a lot already and really want to get back to chocobo racing, so I am looking forward to revisiting a lot of nostalgic moments hidden within this game!

Game of the Week – 30/01/2017

It’s times like this where I get very confused. Times like this I look at my life and wonder what the hell is going on. It’s times like this where I can’t comprehend the situation.

I have not played much this week.

Seriously, I haven’t really played any games this week as I spent most of my free time preparing for the Stars Without Number game that I have now started. Cyberpunk 2020 came to a climactic end last week, so I had to ensure that my Stars Without Number game was ready to go by this weekend.

So this week’s Game of the Week is, I think, VoidExpanse.

VoidExpanse is a 2d indie space sandbox game. You create your portrait, choose your starting skill package and get dumped into a starting system in a randomly generated sector, which can range from relatively small to abso-friggin-lutely huge. The goal of the game is to get back to Federation space, after being cut off when an attack against the Xengatarn, the game’s main alien antagonists, failed miserably, resulting in the destruction of the Suppression Force, a huge fleet of advanced ships.

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This is the smallest sector you can have… There’s some extra off screen as I couldn’t zoom out enough!

I’m currently playing a more trader style build, buying trade goods low and selling high. I’ve also put some points into mining, so that I can level up that way too. I am also playing on hardcore difficulty, which involves perma-death, so I have opted for a very small sector.

The game play is pretty good, though it can become a bit repetitive in a larger sector. You go from point A to point B, doing missions to level up and joining one of the factions available: Freedom, a more mercenary/smugglery group, Order, a military group of ex-soldiers and scientists, and Fanatics, an alien worshipping cult. I’m joining Freedom, as I like them the most out of the three, though I’ll probably do another quick playthrough on not-hardcore difficulty with the others. I do like the ships and the equipment system, where you get your ship’s hull, then upgrade it with  various pieces of equipment that increase upon the hull’s basic capabilities. Weapons are fired with the three mouse buttons, though multiple weapons can fire with the same button. I am running “Breaching the Core” total conversion mod, which adds a lot more ship hulls and equipment items, to further increase the flexibility of potential builds.

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The Brick: It flies at things and doesn’t take damage.

I have yet to complete the game, because as I said earlier I have not played much at all this week, but I’ve been enjoying the game so far. If you’re looking for a game you can just pick up for an hour or so each day, this is a great game. However, the repetitive nature of it means that if you play it too much, it’s going to start feeling like a grind and get boring fast.