@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN and @RealGDT have traumatized me for life

My god, how do I even…

I was still having trouble with the FFXV Comrades beta yesterday–less the matchmaking this time, and more making it through the actual missions alive–so I decided to switch out to something else. The idea was to restart The Wolf Among Us, since I’ve only played a little of that before, and that was a very long time ago to boot. But for some god-forsaken reason, I decided it was a good effing idea to try P.T. out instead. (Here, have the not-terrifying Silent Hills wiki as reference.)

Even as I was posting last-minute announcement link to Tumblr, I knew:

This is probably a mistake.

And yet… I did it anyway. I don’t do survival horror. I have neither the stomach nor the skill for it. I’d never played P.T. in the past. I’d only barely watched it when others were here playing. But there I was, starting P.T. even though I knew better.

Fucking hell.

The video’s long (about 3h15m), but it speaks for itself.

Or, if you’d rather have the chat replay (though it’s kind of spotty) you can watch the copy saved to Twitch itself here. I wouldn’t have made it through to the end without the guys in my room, and they deserve a ton of credit for getting me through. Special apologies to one of the guys (iron_eagle10, I think? I can’t remember, I could only glance at chat for a second at a time and missed the name) for one of my screams being especially sudden and jarring.

But anyway… Wow. Am I glad I finally played this? I’m not sure. It was a hell of an experience, but one that left me sobbing and physically ill from anxiety for much of its duration. I’m guessing anyone else who actually still has this (since it was pulled from PSN and the only way to have it now is to never have uninstalled it in the first place) has already played, so I don’t feel the need to make a recommendation. There is, however, one very important thing I want everyone to remember:

George Lucas is my patronus.

Bonus: Victory cheeseburger and strawberry milkshake, because at about two-thirds of the way through the stream I wanted to stop playing and get ice cream, but all the ice cream places were closed by the time I finished.

Victory Cheeseburger and Strawberry Milkshake

Final Fantasy XV New Game+ Silent Streams (Intro and Chapter 1)

So I’ve mentioned, and have already completed, the first two of my silent streams for FFXV. I started these for mostly two reasons:

  1. as much fun as it is going into blind panic mode when the Zu attacks me for trying to get a garnet, that type of panic is distracting from the actual game
  2. I lost track of my original streams because honestly streaming from scratch is exhausting and in this case, at least, made the game a lot more work and a lot less fun

Also less fun was the unending supply of side quests; I’m usually too obsessive to not clear each and every quest and hunt, and that makes for some boring streaming. But! I’ve been through the game twice now (once blind, and once as my ridiculous Prince Spaceman) and can afford to spend my time only playing the plot and not obsessing over every little thing.

And so, without any further babble from me, here’s the Chapter 1 stream for this new project. With the rare exception of before and/or after the main content, no mic. Full subtitles. No side quests. No hunts. Just straight to Galdin, and then in later chapters straight to one story objective after another.

Final Fantasy XV Comrades Beta Playthrough

Well, not so much a playthrough considering the content, but about an hour and a half of checking out the beta test last weekend. Or rather… quite a lot of me rolling around and doing somersaults while waiting on a match. But it sounds like there’s going to be another beta added this weekend-ish to test an update to the matchmaking, which hopefully will be good. (I’ll be one it sometime or another, so hit me up on the PSN version whenever you want.)

The bare minimum, though? The test is the bare minimum, but it’s still fun. Especially on the first match I got since we had other live players and not just AIs.

Oh, and I just peeked at the test’s official page, and it has a decent comparison of test vs planned full-version features and requirements. Especially important for anyone who wants to try it out still, that the stability update should go live today. The only catch seems to be only those who already downloaded the test can get into this second round, since it wasn’t supposed to be a thing in the first place. (Thinking about this, it’s probably to accurately measure the effectiveness of the update. Adding more capacity but then increasing the load doesn’t do much for proper comparisons.)

Final Fantasy XV New Game+ Chapter 2 Stream

(Stream goes live about 3 minutes after this post publishes, click here!)

I’ve already done chapter 1 with no hunts or side quests that aren’t otherwise mandatory, so I’m moving on to chapter 2 now. There’s going to be a little bit of overlap at the beginning that I’ll edit out later; thanks to how the autosaves work in the game we should be seeing everything starting from the announcement of the attack on Insomnia through the call from Cor before moving on to the actual “new” content.

Also, like chapter 1 I’m not just going to be playing the bare minimum of quests; I’m also completely silent and playing with subtitles, so this series of streams is going to be great for anyone new or old who just wants to watch the actual game and not have me blathering over it.

See you guys in just a minute!

Taking a Quick Break from Comrades

Going back offline for a bit, after two disastrous runs at the second pair of missions. Will post more when I get back online, and will post video(s) of the streams when all’s done. (I haven’t decided yet if I want to post them separately, or see if I can combine them into one.)