Stream Today?

I have errands I’m running right now, but odds are Prince Spaceman will pick up at the beginning of chapter 9 in FFXV later today. (Hopefully Prince Spaceman will have an easier time with that chapter than Noct did on my original game.) Gaming will depend somewhat on how I’m feeling after an appointment I have, but I think I’ll be okay.

Now then, when I stream will depend on whether or not I go see King Arthur this afternoon or not. I have no expectations other seeing Charlie Hunnam, so I think I’ll probably enjoy it even if it is bad. But again, it’ll depend on how I’m feeling. Feeling rough = go home & game earlier; feeling okay = go to movie and game after.

Final Fantasy Hell Again

This time, it’s FFXIV. I played the betas for both the original and ARR, and I loved the second especially, but never got a chance to actually sign up for the full game. Well, thanks to a certain asshole, I set everything up last night.

Well, not everything yet. I haven’t actually set my character up, because as of typing this it’s 8AM and I was up until 2-ish last night getting the client updated and such. Also, Brian and I have to get his account and character set up because a) if I’m going down he’s going with me; even if he wasn’t willing, he’d be forced into it for forcing me into DCU:O years ago and b) I need my healer, and he’s my healer. At least Brian’s PS4 client is already up to date; the software itself was still in our library from the beta or a trial or something, so we just have to activate his service account.

So! What will we be doing, and where? I’m told by the above-referenced asshole that our server is going to be Sargantanas. It kind of defeats the purpose of being bullied encouraged to start the game but then don’t get on the same server, so Sargantanas it is. Then again, it could also be a kind of funny? Not funny enough to actually do considering my current sleep-deprived state. Anyway. I’ll be starting in Ul’dah, though I don’t know if I’m going to start with gladiator or pugilist. I know gladiator is going to be quicker overall for me, but I’m going to need pugilist leveled eventually to pair with the rogue I’m going to switch to at the first chance I get.

You know. ‘Cause ninjas.

Brian I’m assuming will be in Gridania, because of 99% chance he’s going to go healer. God, I hope he goes healer. If he doesn’t then that’s going to be awkward. I’ll meet up with him once I unlock rogue.

Anyway, I’ll post names/portraits/other details up when we have all that set up, if anyone’s interested. In the meantime, this old post has some of my beta characters. I was on PS3 at the time, so they’re just pics of the TV unfortunately. It doesn’t change how obnoxiously adorable Ria is, and since the beta it looks like freckles were added so if I make her instead of a random character, she’ll be even more adorable than in those pics.

Stream Tomorrow: Episode Gladiolus

Life wouldn’t let me start this first DLC for FFXV right away on Tuesday, but hey! By waiting ’til tomorrow, I get more uninterrupted time with it for my first go at the content.

Now then, while looking for the promo image I noticed a few headlines claiming that the DLC “isn’t as fun” as the main game. I’m not reading those specific pages to avoid spoilers, but my guess and hope is just that the difference in Gladio’s combat versus Noct’s is hard to get a handle on. In fact, no matter what the rest of the DLC is like, I fully expect my stream tomorrow to be laden with obscenities before, during, and after figuring out the new combat. So, yeah. Be prepared for that.

Anyhow, I’ll have Morning(tm) things to do first, like waking up, going to the gym, and eating. Then once all that’s done I’ll set up to start Gladio’s life changing field trip with Cor. I’m thinking maybe… noon Eastern time? I’ll put on Twitter in the morning maybe an hour, and then a fifteen minute, warning before I start.

And since no one asked but I just thought of it anyway: no, shirtless Gladio will not be joining #PrinceSpaceman. Shirtless Gladio can wait until I get to my next NG+.

A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV

I’m pretty sure most of us know of A King’s Tale already, since it was one of the pre-order bonuses for FFXV–in the U.S. it was the one for GameStop, unfortunately. I don’t like GameStop. So all I’ve had to content myself with was this trailer:

Now then, I’ve had plenty of time since November 29th (lol Squeenix pushed dates again, but what’s a two month delay after 10 years?) where I could have either watched a video of a playthrough, or even tried to Share Play it through a friend (something we’d discussed briefly but never got around to trying) but I didn’t really want to do either of those. I wanted to actually get my hands on the game.

And then? Then Squeenix announced the game would be out March 1st! For free! Until yesterday actually came around, I thought it would be as an add-on for those already with the game, at least in order to get it for free. But nope, everyone can get it for free, and everyone with even the slightest interest in FFXV and/or beat-em-ups really should.

It’s not long, so you don’t have to worry about some huge investment. I played an hour and a half last night (including not only dying a few times but also a few unfortunate distractions; without those the session would probably have been an hour, max), and I think I have one, maybe two maps left. Random YouTube video titles that I’ve seen imply that there might be multiple endings, but I don’t know about that myself and won’t for a while, since I’m only playing through it the once right now.

I’ll be back on Twitch for the second half of the game this afternoon or tonight, but if you want to see last night’s play, you can watch that here. Probably the best “bedtime story” Easter egg I’ve seen pretty much ever can be found near the end of last night’s vid; I don’t know if it triggers on any playthrough or only if you have a habit of dying like I do, but that one scene alone would have been enough for me to spend a few bucks on this quick little game if it wasn’t already free.

TL;DR: I didn’t think a beat-em-up, even an FF one, would be this much fun anymore. If I do have only two maps left, like I think I do, I’m going to be kind of sad that there’s not more to play.

Final Fantasy: All The Bravest..?

I’ve “played” this “game” enough that I’ve apparently finished it with the fight against Ex-Death or Neo Ex-Death or whichever it was, but I still don’t get it.


(Pictured: Not Neo Ex-Death, cause I didn’t get a picture of him. Have a Tiamat instead.)

I mean, I understand how to play the game as the tutorial teaches you to. Tap a character, they hit enemy. Character gets hit, they’re out. Fine. But that’s… literally it? And once I ended up with more than maybe 5 characters (which happened really damned early) I wasn’t tapping characters anymore so much as just constantly swiping at my screen to make sure a character is attacking as soon as it was active again. And… that’s it. That’s the whole game.

And I played until the end, and I’m still not entirely sure why.

The game has premium characters and items and stuff. For you to buy. With money. Have people actually paid for them? Why? There’s no where in the game to take them. So far as I can tell, you don’t get extra levels for unlocking premium characters. And even if you did, it’s more than a little dumb.

Also, why in god’s name is there a social function? I barely want to type out this post admitting that I played this game through to the end. I’m only doing it because I’m that confused by the game and the fact that I continued to play it. I sure as hell didn’t want to brag about it while playing.

IDK. I’m not going to understand ATB. I’m just going to go back to Record Keeper. I’m currently on the last fight of Castle Fynn from FFII, which I guess is about a third through the currently-available Realm dungeons, and it’s keeping me far more entertained than most mobile games. And at least it is a game, especially compared to ATB.

Post-Birthday and Games

I thought I’d get back here sooner than this, but having four days off for my birthday actually turned into doing things instead of just being at home with time to spare. Not any sort of big things; just lunch out, going to the mall to get more Pop!s with a gift card and roaming town in general, then dinner out the day of. Then random errands and Cake Night the rest of the weekend. But still, more time out than home, which means more time not on FFXV than on it.

Right now? I’m trudging through all the hunts as of Chapter 3. Even though I know this time that if I leave and come back, they’ll be there when I do, I can’t help but to clear up as many of them as possible before moving on. That means doing everything available before entering the Leville and meeting Iris, otherwise Noct’s headaches will start and the Plot will be Advanced. Which I can’t let happen, because I’m doing hunts. I need to let Brian play some anyway, though, so maybe I’ll have him do that and put off some of my game for him to have time with it instead. I’ve been trying to find stuff like the Cosmogony books and other lore online that I can drip feed him as he goes without spoiling anything; that way when he gets to Those Parts of the Game, he’ll have some background for what the hell is going on. I was able to send him most of the “ancient” history stuff without worrying about spoilers. Two of the sections needed removing, but the rest was fine. He went through those, and I’m pretty sure he has questions but doesn’t know what to ask that I won’t freeze up on and accidentally spoil by how I do or don’t answer.

Another thing that can work out if I pass the game to Brian is starting on the DA Re-Everything. The first two parts of that are books so I won’t need the game room for it, and/or I can sit with Brian and read while he plays. And, if I decide to include Gleam’s comic, that’s a third part that I can do that isn’t a game. This is probably how I should and probably will work this project out, so now I just need to figure out what kind of post format to use for it and get started. I’m going to work on that, then get a start on The Stolen Throne.