Status: Finished with Atoi, 96% of bonus items found
Playtime: About 19 hours or so
Trophies: 24 of 31
Papercraft Collection: tearaway.me/u/Yuki-Hime
Tearaway was a major PS Vita selling point for me, second only to Persona 4 Golden because I have a wonderfully horrid addiction to the Persona franchise. With its visually appealing papercraft world I knew there was no way I could pass up the adventure. It helped that it seemed not as intimidating as the extremely in-depth LittleBigPlanet series. Don’t get me wrong, I love the LBP platformers but I sort of let them fall into my giant backlog pile and I’ve been inseparable from my Vita since getting it.
We picked up Tearaway at the midnight launch for the Xbox One, which meant Matt was awesome enough to let me start playing it that night. I hemmed and hawed for 10 minutes deciding which Messenger I wanted to use first and settled on Atoi, the female envelope headed lead. It had nothing to do with her being female, I just hadn’t seen her in much of the advertising and wanted to take her for a spin. (more…)
Status: Finished all 21 curtains
Playtime: About 15 hours or so
Heads Collected: 66 of 100
With the holiday season approaching and the usual slew of annual sequels nipping at our heels, new and innovative titles such as Puppeteer are a welcome sight to this long-time gamer’s eyes. I knew from the first moment I caught wind of this fanciful Kabuki-style platformer from JapanStudio that it would become part of my Playstation library, something I will never regret and most likely chastise anyone who doesn’t add it to their own.
In this vibrant and charming chunk of software, you play as Kutaro, a young boy who’s been turned into a wooden puppet and caught up in a galactic struggle. The evil Moon Bear King has conquered the White Moon Castle and is capturing the souls of children, turning them into unwilling servants better known as grubs. The Moon Bear King has seized the Black Moon Stone for himself, destroyed the White Moon Stone, shattering it into shards and entrusting those shiny bits to his Zodiac themed generals. Recruited by the Moon Witch, Ezma Potts, Kutaro sets out to steal a pair of powerful scissors known as Calibrus and put a stop to the Moon Bear King ‘s plans. (more…)
Playtime: 21 hours and counting
Men Romanced: Urabe
Otome games get the short end of the stick. It’s a format under-appreciated by the majority of gamers outside of Japan because they are more of an interactive choose your own adventure than a game in the traditional sense. But I like weird and non-traditional games so Sweet Fuse: At Your Side had to be part of my PSP library, one of the last PSP games to get the UMD treatment.
Sweet Fuse centers around a video game theme park created by a fictionalization of game designer Keiji Inafune that has been taken over by the nefarious Count Hogstein during a pre-launch event. Seven unlucky attendees are roped into taking part in Hogstein’s twisted game, including Inafune’s niece, your playable character. If you and the group can successfully make it through seven days and seven trap-laden park areas, Hogstein claims he will let the hostages go. (more…)
Status: Milla storyline complete, grinding in the post-game dungeon before starting NG+ with Jude
Playtime: 63 hours and counting
Trophies: 15 of 44
Here there be spoilers. Enter at own risk.
My addiction to JRPGs has long been documented. Hell, WRPGs and JRPGS alike cause me to drop everything else and devote hours of my time they are until complete. Same can most certainly be said about my first adventure through Rieze Maxia and Elympios with Milla Maxwell and company.
I decided to go with Milla as my main character the first time around mostly because she wielded a sword, had a ridiculous outfit, and her background as a personified spirit lord intrigued me. I almost immediately regretted it as her initial English voice over was far too stiff and forced, even if she wasn’t naturally human. Thankfully this corrected itself as the game progressed but I still wished the entire time that the original Japanese audio had been an option with Tales of Xillia even if I’d had to pay for it as DLC. (more…)
Status: Catching cicadas and fishing, making the bells to pay back Nook’s ridiculous loans
Dream Address: 4500-2245-0852
I caved to peer pressure. I bought Animal Crossing New Leaf almost a month ago and I am sad to report that I am utterly addicted to this game. When I am not sleeping, playing Borderlands 2 or watching TV with Matt (TV time is cross stitching time), I am planting flowers and trees, playing delivery girl for my townspeople, shaking trees in the hopes that I’ll get some cool bit of swag instead of another angry beehive to drop from the branches, and digging up my town looking for fossils.
I’ve tried to stop. My continued playing of Animal Crossing is definitely not for a lack of games; I have Professor Layton & the Miracle Mask to finish, Shin Megami Tensei IV that I just picked up, and 6 other games in my 3DS backlog. Then there are the other 20-30 or so console games I’ve fallen behind on. Clearly, there are other things I could be doing with my time like getting more of my fantasy story written, which I have been getting to more often these days, all while keeping my AC town gates open for visitors. But I keep finding myself drawn to developing Yukokoku into a prosperous and bustling metropolis where the inhabitants praise me for being an awesome mayor, despite my totally bizarre hairdo and bloodied Battle Royale-inspired school girl outfit. (more…)
Status: 1 playthrough complete
Playtime: 32 hours
Luigi’s Found: 3 of 5
When I finally got my 3DS XL (Valentine’s Day gift from my husband this year) I knew there was no way in hell I was not going to get Paper Mario: Sticker Star. I had a love affair with the first two games, skipped the Wii version because, well, it’s the Wii and ours kind of just collects dust. But then I saw Best Buy had a one day sale on the game, dropping it down to $20. It was like the gaming gods smacked me in the face and I was OK with that. (more…)
Status: 2 playthroughs complete (once on Normal, second Easy), currently attempting 1999 Mode
Achievements: 43 of 50
DLC Purchased: Season Pass (no content out just yet)
Seriously, there are going to be spoilers in this post. Do not read this if you haven’t finished the game!!
I love Ken Levine.
As an aspiring writer, I wish that I had the chance to shadow him during his creative process if only for a couple of weeks, because both games I have played of his have kept me on the edge of my seat and putting the final pieces together for days afterwards. His plot twists, his characters, his stunning locales….. If he taught a master class, I’d sell my kidneys to attend. But he does not, so I instead shall fangirl out about Bioshock Infinite in the space provided below. (more…)
Status: Normal campaign complete, now playing on Insane
Achievements: 28 of 50
DLC Purchased: None
We picked up Gears of War 3 excited to see how the series would end and knowing it would be a great co-op experience for us. Hell, we even made sure we bought a second TV for the bedroom large enough for me to actually see what I was doing. Gears 2 had been one of the games Matt & I played together while I was still living in Canada, something to help bridge the 3000 mile gap, so there were strong feelings for the series there. (more…)
Status: Completed story mode twice (once single player, once coop), 100% completion
Achievements: 37 of 37
DLC Purchased: None
It’s no secret that my coop partner for life and I met playing video games and used gaming to help us deal with our long distance separation. We spent hours upon hours with Gears of War 1 & 2, Resident Evil 5, Catan and other games over Xbox Live. Since we’ve been married, we’ve had to watch how many games we purchase duplicate copies of for two reasons: a) money’s tighter with only one of us working, and b) we dislike split screen gaming so coop titles that keep us on the same couch are harder to come by.
After devouring LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean and having a blast running through the story together, my husband surprised me by ordering LEGO Batman 2 for us. Sure, we haven’t quite finished it’s predecessor, but that wasn’t going to stop us from playing the latest and greatest. Besides, how could we pass up the first fully voiced over LEGO game? Exactly. (more…)