Nov 2017: FFXIV, Stardew Valley, FFXV Comrades, Nintendo Switch

I’m still here! (…and still forgetting that I am here as well; thanks life for not giving me time to update pretty much ever.)

Okay, where are we?

FFXIV: I’m on a temporary hiatus from Eorzea at the moment… and by temporary, I mean “since Monday morning until probably Friday” and that’s it. I thought I’d be out longer, but I don’t think I’ll have to be anymore. My character’s “Brenna Ce’dria” now (curse the inability to capitalize more than one letter per word), instead of “Ria Hawke” and she made a trip to the aesthetician (I think I mentioned these before? I don’t remember) but she’s still the same character/progression.

She's quite heroic, fighting off an Ascian the way she is.

I’m right at the end of Heavensward so far as I can tell; I just got to Aszys Lla, which is awkward because just like transitioning from the end of 7th Astral Era plot to HW, I’m not used to mobs and quests being my level anymore. That means a lot of Brenna rushing into fights and dying, unfortunately. It also means I’ve been taking some time off for beast tribe dailies instead of progressing. >.>

Stardew Valley: I got here late, as usual, but we picked the game up on PS4 a few weeks ago. Farmer Brenna runs the Insomnia Farm (I was wide awake at 3am when I started my game, it sounded appropriate to the time) and is in ~loooove~ with Abigail. Even if Abby does eat rocks. Which is super, super weird, but she asked me to play Nintendo with her. How was I supposed to say no? Although really, if I’d known about the last bit of this update a few weeks ago, I’d have waited to get the game… Also, this is on my list of things I’m supposed to be streaming at random, but I normally play at like, 4-6am when I’m unable to sleep and that’s not really the best streaming time.

FFXV Comrades: This is finally out! The early combat, of course, is pretty much identical to the beta when I was in that, but so far I love both the setting (you’re a Glaive defending Lestallum after Noct’s disappearance/during the eventual 10 years of darkness) and that it’s Libertus who kind of runs things for the Glaive there. I mean yeah, the hunters and some of the Crownsguard are also there (Monica gives out missions, for example), but you’re a Glaive. You know you’re the one who’s important. And who, in my games, could be as important a crossover as Ria Hawke?

We still aren't sure if she's Ria or not, but she's cute, so does it matter?

Anyhow, I’ll be streaming this off and on, probably starting this weekend. I haven’t tried it yet, but it doesn’t look like it supports actual parties, but you can setup custom rooms so I guess we can use those if anyone wants to join me for games.

And finally… Nintendo Switch: So yeah, we recently received one of these? (Recently like yesterday.) I liked the system when some friends brought theirs (yes, plural friends and plural Switches) over when it first came out, but we didn’t really have any sort of draw to get our own. Well, one’s been gotten for us, so I have to find things to play on it now. Since I already have Stardew for (and well established on) PS4 I’m not going to get that for it, and I’m super easy mode so I don’t want Zelda, so what should I get? We do have Tetris/Puyo Puyo & Splatoon 2, but that’s all so far. So 1) what do you guys suggest and 2) add me!

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The Brenquisition – Final Fantasy XV New Game+ (Chapter 4)

I feel horrible, because this chapter was done almost two months ago and I forgot completely to save it and put it in a post here, and my playlists in Twitch and Youtube. Chapter 4, of course, is quite short: Noct & Co. head to the Disc of Cauthess, hoping to find a cure for some horrible migraines.

Also there’s always the Twitch copy, if anyone prefers that. As for future posts, I’ll try and get at least Chapter 5 in sometime in the next week or two. I’ve been kind of craving the game again, and I want to work my way up to the new stuff in Chapter 12 as quickly as I can.

Obligatory #SNESClassic Post

Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition
So! Unlike the NES Classic (which honestly, I wasn’t interested in at all), I’ve been quietly hype for the SNES edition. The Super Nintendo was my childhood, the way the NES was for so many people last year. Then just as much as now, though, my game tastes skewed very heavily to RPGs, so there’s a lot on here I haven’t played.

I was a bit ill last night after work, so while I got to unbox everything during yesterday’s lunch break, I haven’t been able to actually play until this morning. I let the demo screen run a bit, until I saw this:

Final Fantasy 3 SNES

I’ve been nostalgic for “Square Co.” and the old “SquareSoft” logos often over the years, but seeing it again like this almost made me cry this morning. To be fair, I hadn’t had any coffee yet, but still. Nostalgia, and tons of it.

Unfortunately, I do have work this morning, so I don’t have time to start up any of the serious RPGs of my tweens. Instead I started with F-Zero, a game I’m just as bad at as before but that’s still just as fun, and then moved on to Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. This and Chrono Trigger are probably the best-ever SNES games for me (even above the Final Fantasies) and since it’s a lot more forgiving on traditional saves (yes, the system has emulator save states, but for these first few hours they don’t feel right) it was a safe game to start up without getting trapped. I stopped (but still haven’t saved or cut off the game) right as I left the throne room to write this, because I remembered I wasn’t able to last night, but I’ll get back to it and save after I get out of this little mini-dungeon between the castle and the sanctuary.

There is more I want to say about the system, but I want to play it more first. However: if you’re feeling really, painfully nostalgic, set the display to the CRT mode:

SNES Classic CRT mode on Zelda: LttP

This pic doesn’t do it justice, but try it. And then switch the display mode back. It’s just as fuzzy as you remember, though if it gives you any headaches, don’t blame me. (Related: It could be my eyes or my TV, but I can’t see a difference between 4:3 and Pixel Perfect modes on the bits I’ve tried so far. I’m still using Pixel Perfect, though, because it’s there for a reason, right?)

Anyway, here are the rest of my unboxing pics from lunch yesterday.

  • Console: So tiny! (Including original further down for scale!)
  • Controllers: Just like I remember. (Also: cords more than two feet long!)
  • Back: Weird not having the expansion port.
  • “Now You’re Playing with Super Power!”

  • Setting it up.

  • Menu and Zelda

    Anyway, I have about 20 minutes left before I have to get ready for work, so I’m going to get through these few rooms to the sanctuary, then maybe just run around the map a bit. (Much) Later, I’ll decide if I want to jump into Earthbound or Mario RPG (neither of which I’ve finished, we only had them on rentals) or Secret of Mana (the main reason I wanted this in the first place) soon-ish, or if I want to try and get an external capture card and stream any of those instead. I mean, there’s kinda enough for me to play in the meantime, if I do decide to wait.

 

The Wolf Among Us: Faith

I finally got off my butt (or on it, in front of the tv?) and restarted TWAU this afternoon. I wasn’t really feeling the best, so I only played through the first episode so far. I remembered most of this one from when I played before, but this is the only chapter I have played previously so future posts for the game will be completely blind playthroughs.

As always a copy of the stream is saved to my channel over on Twitch, if anyone wants the copy with chat included!

Final Fantasy XV New Game+ Silent Streams (Chapter 3)

We finished last time forcing our way through a blockade, after which Cor left us to roam Duscae and make our way to Lestallum. Iris made it there safely, and Talcott has the clue for our next destination.

…Thinking about it all after the fact, I should have taken advantage of the Episode Prompto outfit and given the poor boy something warmer to wear in Greyshire Grotto.

Alternately, the Twitch copies of my vids should always have the chat copies saved if you’d rather those instead!

4 Classic Dissidia Final Fantasy Replays

Full disclosure: The quality on these videos is horrible. That’s kind of a given, considering they were taken using the original PSP game’s replay feature, but nonetheless. One thing I didn’t remember until rewatching them, though, is that the game’s actual interface isn’t included in the replay. It makes for a good, clean (in context if not in resolution) playback I suppose, but this far after the fact I think it would have been better to have the UI to illustrate progress and lack thereof in each fight. At any rate, here are the videos I saved oh-so-long-ago:

Zidane vs Golbez: I originally labeled this one “Shade Impulse ?” and don’t for the life of me remember what that meant. Until rewatching this one, I’d completely forgotten how much I enjoyed Zidane’s style. In most games, even now, female characters are the main ones with quick hits and movements, so in most games I stick to the girls for that reason alone. Zidane was a pleasant exception to tradition.

Cloud vs Sephiroth Manikin: Simple and to the point, though there is some stuttering from the PSP conversion.

Bartz vs Sephiroth Manikin (17 level difference): So Bartz’s little opening line was “This is exciting” and I don’t think anything in Dissidia was ever more true for me, recorded or otherwise. I screwed up with picking the fight, and ended up with a manikin 17 levels higher than Bartz. I expected to die in seconds. I somehow lasted much, much longer than that. I still die, but lasting as long as I did was a miracle.

Destiny Odyssey VII Final Battle (Sephiroth): While FFVII isn’t my ultimate Final Fantasy, Cloud vs Sephiroth has become the ultimate Final Fantasy showdown pretty much fandom-wide and I’m not complaining about that when it results in fights like this one. This vid is the shortest of my four, and, well… my most successful. As in, my only successful one. Losing in the others were more exciting in many cases, but beating Sephiroth with Cloud just feels good.

So… yeah. These are what I have left of my original Dissidia experiences, and I’m looking forward to adding new videos with the beta for NT staring tomorrow. (Unrelated, seeing the videos embedded here make me feel a lot better about their quality. It’s still bad, because they’re so old, but having the smaller frames compared to watching directly on YouTube means less stretching & pixelating.)

@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