Some JRPG News

Persona 5 has a release date! In Japan, anyway… /sigh I want this game SO BAD. Look at this trailer! Look! OMG.

I love all the weird, creepy shit and the cel shaded graphics. And the music! Persona always has the best music!

Here’s more footage of gameplay. I love the demons. ❤

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In other news, people are playing the Japanese version of Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. While Famitsu gave it a decent score (34/40), people are rating it as kind of meh. Here’s the thing, though. I’ve never played a JRPG based on what other people said. A lot of comments I’ve read indicate that the game is more like 3 than 4. I’m not really sure why that’s a BAD thing. I hated 4. So that’s how I know that I need to make these decisions for myself. I am still looking forward to this game, regardless of the opinion of others.

I finally played the Platinum Demo for Final Fantasy XV. I know, I know… Took me long enough, right? I spent just under an hour on it. I am just as hyped for that game as ever. I know some people complained that the demo was basically a tech demo, but that’s really what I liked about it. It gave me a feel for what the game is going to feel like when it actually comes out.

I spent a few more hours in Dark Souls III, but haven’t gotten to the next boss yet. I keep getting impatient and then careless. Of course, this makes me die. But I’m getting more practice at dodging and all that good stuff, so it’s worth it. I really do find this game to be pretty. Just look at that mighty dragon…

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I’m also making good progress in Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix. I just googled how to take screenshots on the PS3, so I’ll try to remember to start doing that… (Of course, there’s no guarantee that I’ll be able to screenshot. It’s some kind of coding thing, apparently, that developers can choose to turn on/off.)

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Tonight on Twitch, I’m hoping to play some Final Fantasy XIV and then possibly more Kingdom Hearts if I have time. The problem is that I’m trying to get my Anima weapon completed, so I need to do beastman daily quests, daily hunts, and dungeons for tomestones. This is extremely time consuming. But if I’m going to be viable to my raid group when I get back from vacation, I need a better weapon. Period. I’m going to be away from the game for almost  two weeks, so I’m going to fall even further behind than I already am. On the up side… Once I get back from my vacation, I probably won’t be able to afford to go anywhere for awhile, so my streaming schedule won’t get interrupted! XD

Come by and say hi!

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Heavy Hatchling!

So my birthday is coming up (4/20. Yes, really…) and my husband always finds me the BEST stuff. He’s been hemming and hawing this year about not knowing what to get me, though, so he told me instead that he found a few little things with the intention of giving them to me over the next week and a half. I told him that I wanted to wait and open them all on my actual birthday, but when a box came in the mail that was CLEARLY stuffed with a plushie, I tried to resist, but I just couldn’t!

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Isn’t he CUTE?! He’s so soft and cuddly, too! ❤

In other news, I got my Shiva pony last night, but I forgot to take a screenshot. I’ll do that tonight. I now have 3 of the 6 primal ponies: Garuda’s, Ifrit’s, and Shiva’s. Slowly, but surely… We’ve also almost got a full set of airship gear crafted that’s designed to maximize our chances of getting the Zu mount from the Airship missions. We should be able to finish it tonight so I can start sending one of our four ships on that mission. We’re trying to save money for a mansion. Not that there are any for sale right now, but when a plot opens up, I want to be able to snatch it up!

Oh, I just realized my copy of Dark Souls III Collector’s Edition should be coming some time this week! And I’ll be picking up Bravely Second: End Layer on Friday. Excellent! I need more hours in the day. Or my husband needs to make more money so I can quit my day job and play games full time. Hahahaha! I woman can dream…

I’m trying to find a good WordPress theme because I don’t like the link color on the one I’ve been using. So I might change the look of this blog a few times over the course of the next few days until I find something I REALLY like.

Today in Game/Nerd News:

There’s a Titanfall 2 teaser trailer. I barely played the first one, but I DID buy the collector’s edition with the big statue.

There’s a new trailer for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” I love Eddie Redmayne. I still feel like the title of the movie is a bit odd, but that is very likely intentional. It mirrors this character’s awkwardness perfectly. I loved the Harry Potter books and movies, so I have no doubt that I will love this, as well. I am reminded that I really need to watch “The Danish Girl,” speaking of Eddie Redmayne…

There is a teaser site for a new Valkyrie Profile game. The game is called Valkyrie Anatomia – The Origin -. I am cautiously optimistic, but with my luck, it will be a cellphone game. Yuck. I really don’t like gaming on my phone…

Every time I read about scientific discoveries, I regret my decision to shy away from STEM when I got my two degrees. Today I read about people with certain genetic mutations and the possible discovery of extraterrestrial life. Even in my 40’s, I dream about going back to school and studying some kind of science because science and math are two of my favorite things. I sometimes wish I could go back in time and tell my 18-year-old self to stick it out. However, I also appreciate the fact that if I had made different choices back then, there are a LOT of things that would be different today. My son probably wouldn’t exist and I probably would have never met my current husband. Those are HUGE trade-offs. I am happy right now. So I’ll do the next best thing… Study math and science in my 50’s!

Tonight on Twitch:

I’m all capped on Tomestones of Lore and Red Scrips, so I’m probably just going to finish up the company craft and see if anyone wants to do anything in FFXIV before switching to the Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo. I still haven’t played it and since it’s short, I should just get it done. Then I’ll switch to Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix. A friend of mine is supposed to be stopping by the house with some non-dairy dessert experiments, so I’ll have to take a short break when he shows up. Mmm… Dessert…

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My Favorite Disney Movie?

Last night was a perfect example of why I love gaming as much as I do. As soon as I got home from work, I logged into Final Fantasy XIV because I knew the servers were going down for maintenance in two and a half hours. I still needed to work at capping my red gatherer’s scrips, after all. I putzed around a bit, sending my retainers on ventures and all that jazz, when someone typed into chat, “Anyone interested in a Midas learning party?” YES. I still haven’t cleared all four floors and I had only ever cleared the first three once. So the opportunity to play with a bunch of other people who were still learning sounded PERFECT. I was not disappointed. I joined as Paladin and my husband as Scholar. We got through the first three floors before the server went down. We communicated really well over voice, so I’m hoping to play with these folks again so I can learn/clear the fourth floor.

Once the server went down, I took a shower, ate dinner, and started streaming Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix. As I played, I explained that I loved Disney A LOT, so one of my viewers asked me what my favorite Disney of all time is. How can I pick just one? We chatted about different movies, their strengths and weaknesses, but even after all that, I still can’t decide! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Disney movie that I straight up didn’t like at all. Admittedly, I haven’t watched a lot of the direct-to-video iterations of popular series or a lot of the live action movies from before the 1970’s, but when it comes to full feature length films, both live action and animated, Disney has never disappointed me.

After skimming through this list of every Disney movie ever, I can’t even narrow it down to five! HELP! LOL I am also reminded that there are several movies that I STILL haven’t watched and really need to. (Big Hero 6, I’m looking at you!) All this talk about Disney movies makes me want to watch one. But which one? I remember seeing a post on one of the Disney websites about excuses to watch Disney movies. Basically, EVERYTHING is a reason to watch Disney movies. I completely agree. That’s it. I’ve decided. I’m going to watch a Disney movie sometime this week.

Still trying to decide if I can pick just one favorite Disney movie and I’m failing miserably, but here are a bunch that come to mind: Beauty and the Beast, Fantasia, Mulan, Hercules, Snow White, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Escape to Witch Mountain, Return to Witch Mountain, Mary Poppins, The Black Cauldron, The Sword in the Stone, Ratatouille, Tron…

ALL OF THEM. OMG.

Anyway…

Today in Game News:

Wasteland Workshop, the next DLC for Fallout 4 is arriving on April 12th. Looks like Pokemon. 😀

The next Playstation 4 update is happening tomorrow and it includes features like appearing offline, friend notifications, and remote play. Cooooool…

Not much else going on. Lots of people are talking about the Vive today. If you’re interested in reading reviews on that, just Google it. When I can afford it, I’ll be picking up all the VR stuff. For now, I’m just focusing on the stuff that I already have. Sort of. LOL

My birthday is this month, so that means I’ll be spoiling myself, as always. Dark Souls III and Bravely Second: End Layer are my current gifts to myself.

Tonight on Twitch:

Last night was reset for Final Fantasy XIV, so I’ll be starting on my weekly tomestone grind while working on gathering red scrips. (Crafting and Gathering stuff resets on Wednesday nights, while Adventuring stuff resets on Monday nights.) Once I do some daily FFXIV stuff, I’ll be switching to Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix and working on that. Pretty sure it will make me obsess more about Disney movies. ❤ Come by and say hi!

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Final Fantasy XV HYPE

I’m just going to post the video of the Final Fantasy XV Uncovered event from last night and say that I am 100% ON BOARD THIS HYPE TRAIN. I preordered my Ultimate Collector’s Edition and everything. I wonder if I can beat XIII-2 and Lightning Returns before September 30th. I’m not a fan of playing games out of order, even when they’re completely unrelated…

I CAN’T WAIT!!!

It’s Good to Be Back

I streamed Final Fantasy XIV and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix on my Twitch channel last night. I really missed chatting with my friends on Twitch. I don’t have a lot of viewers, but the ones I have are fun to talk to and I really enjoy hanging out with them. I don’t have a lot of opportunities to talk about video games in my current every day environment. My desire to talk about games with other gamers is what inspired me to stream on Twitch in the first place.

I went back to my old metal underwear glamour in FFXIV. It’s so much easier to match my outfit when I’m wearing so little. The trickiest part was finding shoes to match…

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Today in Game/Nerd News:

One of two new ads leaked for Final Fantasy XV. Yoshitaka Amano art in 3D OMG! ❤ There’s an announcement event tonight at 4 PM Hawaii time, so you better believe I’ll be watching.

Here’s the second, which shows a new demo coming. My friend told me that apparently, you need to beat this demo to get a certain summon in the final release of the game. No way to get it otherwise. Nifty!

April is coming up, so here are the free games you can get with XBOX Live Gold and PS+. Microsoft is definitely better this month, I think, although as usual, I will get them all just to have them:

  • Sunset Overdrive (One)
  • The Wolf Among Us (One)
  • Dead Space (360)
  • Saints Row 4 (360)
  • Dead Star (PS4)
  • Zombi (PS4)
  • I Am Alive (PS3)
  • Savage Moon (PS3)
  • A Virus Named Tom (Vita)
  • Shutshimi (Vita)

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is releasing on June 28th and there’s a Day One Edition. I’m excited!

Tonight on Twitch:

Again I’m going to start with Final Fantasy XIV and then move on to Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix. I’m going to move some stuff around on my desk so that I can place my microphone further away from the television. Dialog in KH was being picked up by the mic, which is probably annoying. I can’t hear it, but my viewers can. I’ve also decided to have a guide up on my other computer monitor while I play KH because while I don’t feel the need to 100% it, I want to get as much stuff as I can. There’s also a chance that I may play the new Final Fantasy XV demo that is rumored to be available later today. We’ll see…

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Playing Less Sucks!

I haven’t really played a video game in three days… It sucks. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE hanging out with my sister. I love my sisters. They’re awesome. OMG! I TOTALLY FORGOT! Okay, I need to take a picture of the early birthday gift she gave me! In keeping with her nature, should just COULDN’T wait. My birthday isn’t until April, but since she was visiting now, she wanted to give me my gift now. She’s never been able to keep secrets and stuff when it came to birthday and Christmas gifts. She’s 35 years old now and is still just as silly about it as when she was little. ❤ Anyway, I will post the gift tomorrow. Seriously, it’s SO COOL.

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Aspiring to be Cousin Itt. LOL

I also really need a haircut. I really hate photos of myself because I think I look weird (kinda makes me wonder why I Twitch… hahaha!), but I have no screenshots to share… I AM getting a haircut on Saturday, though. Thank goodness. This actually interferes with my ability to see the screen and stuff when gaming or working. I push it to the side, but it falls in front again.

There’s a launch trailer for Dark Souls III because it released in Japan already. I don’t know if this is spoilerific or not. It just looks like a lot of fighting monsters to me, but in case it is, you’ve been warned. (Personally, I don’t care about spoilers. Video games, books, movies… You can’t ruin a good experience for me. I’ll still play/read/watch them even if I know what’s going to happen. Pretty sure I’m in the minority on this…)

Kotaku has an interesting piece about the fact that many professional streamers have gotten their pre-release copy of this game already and they’re streaming it on Twitch and YouTube. Some gamers are pissed off about this. Bandai Namco is now claiming that the Japanese version of the game isn’t complete. If I was a Japanese consumer, that statement would probably piss me off… Hmm. Are they making things better or worse by making that statement? Personally, waiting doesn’t bother me, but I get why people are upset. It’s like having something you want being dangled in front of your face with no way to reach out and grab it. I sometimes fantasize about being a professional streamer and getting games early, but I’m cool with waiting. It’s not like I don’t have anything else to play… 😛

I’m debating picking this up for the XBOX One. It’s coming out on the Playstation Vita next month. To stream or not to stream? That is the question…

Hmm… It seems like it would be better on Vita, but my poor XBOX One gets no love!

Disney is one of my favorite things in the universe. It’s up there with Final Fantasy, Star Trek, and James Bond. This is our first look at Idris Elba as Shere Khan in the new Jungle Book movie. I have to admit that this wasn’t really on my radar because I loved the animated musical version of this story so much. But after watching this clip, I want to watch it.

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Entertainment Weekly released this nifty new photo of Wonder Woman and the warrior women responsible for training her. I loved Wonder Woman as a child. I watched the Lynda Carter television show religiously and ran around in my Wonder Woman Underoos all the time, fighting bad guys and flying in an imaginary invisible plane. I’m looking forward to this movie, although I’m terrified that they’re going to fuck it up. Still, I will watch it. She is probably my favorite superhero. Well, she’s tied with the Hulk…

Retro game fans, Atari Vault is now available on Steam. There are 100 games in this complication. Watching this trailer reminded me just HOW FAR gaming has come. It’s really kind of amazing if you think about it. Sometimes I’m still in wonder and awe when I play games today. What a great time to be a gamer!

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Hmm…

I can’t think of a title for today’s post… Probably because I didn’t really game last night and there’s no earth-shattering game news today. My husband and I went on a spontaneous date last night and tried out a new restaurant at Ala Moana Shopping Center called Cafe Lani. They have all-you-can-eat bread, which sounds like a bad idea (and it IS in a way), but it’s so delicious, who cares? When we got home, I was so tired and full that I played Okage: Shadow King on my PS4 for about a half hour before going to sleep.

So Nintendo is saying that they’re NOT halting production on the WiiU by the end of the year. Whatever. Honestly, I just wish Nintendo would say SOMETHING. Is the NX going to be backwards compatible? What is it? When is the target launch? Gamers like to plan ahead, you know? Yes, I know I’m being an entitled brat.

Microsoft has added Dark Souls and Tekken Tournament 2 to the XBOX One backwards compatibility list. WHERE THE FUCK IS SKYRIM? To be fair, though, I bought a capture device specifically so that I could stream ALL my consoles to Twitch, so I don’t really NEED it…

That’s it for game news that I care about. Slow news day… I’m heading to my parents’ house for dinner with my sister tonight, so no stream tonight.

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