Tiny Barbarian DX (Switch) – Playlog 7

HLTB Estimate: 5.5 hours.
4.5 hours played.
On Chapter 3.

Played for a half hour before work today.  Took out the Queen Bee boss and thought I was done with the chapter.  Nope!  Escape sequence flying on a bee and then I had to fight a giant gorilla.  Took a few tries but I got him down.

118 deaths in this chapter, ouch.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4) – Playlog 1

HLTB Estimate: 15.5 hours.
.25 hours played.

Douchebag level ??.

After playing a couple hours of Call of Duty WWII, I was ready for something a little more casual.  I popped in this game and made it partially through the opening tutorial before starting to nod off and calling it a night.

The game starts right after the end of Stick of Truth, with Cartman going “back in time” to the fantasy era to recruit help for his superhero team.  Combat has changed, and I like what I’ve seen so far.

Tiny Barbarian DX (Switch) – Playlog 6

HLTB Estimate: 5.5 hours.
4 hours played.
On Chapter 2

Finished messing around with the Lost Sphear demo and still had a half hour left on lunch.  With nothing else pressing on Switch, I picked this game back up.

Made it to the final section of the final stage of Chapter 2 and got to the boss — a giant queen bee.  She shoots larvae and stingers.  I didn’t make too much progress, got her down to maybe 60% health.  More later.

Lost Sphear Demo (Switch) – Playlog 1

HLTB: ??
1 hour played.

Put an hour into this demo today.  It’s alright — I can see some improvements already on Setsuna’s formula, both on areas and combat.  The demo just kinda tosses you in the middle of the game somewhere near the beginning (level 18, full party) so that felt a little jarring.  I got a game over on the boss of the area I was in, and decided to just stop there.

In a real playthrough I would have probably been leveled a bit more and understanding their abilities better by the time I got to this particular fight.  I played enough to know that I’d like to keep my preorder.  It’s out sometime in January.

Call of Duty: WWII (PS4) – Playlog 1

HLTB Estimate: 6.5 hours.
1.75 hours played.

On Mission 4 of 11.

Fired up this game for the first time tonight.  It’s immediately noticeable how different it is from the previous few installments.  Everything is much more somber, more realistic.

No more regenerating health and bullet sponginess.  It took me several tries to get off the beach in Normandy at the opening of the game, until I figured out how to time my movements between bursts of enemy gunfire.  You are FAR from invincible in this game.  Med kits aren’t rare at all, but it takes some time to use them, and they don’t fully heal you.

The game became very immersive once I started using my Gold Headset.  Between cranking up the volume and the surround sound, I felt like I was in the thick of it.

Really enjoying the game so far — it’s quite an experience.

Rime (PS4) – Playlog 1

HLTB Estimate: 5.5 hours.
2 hours played.

After finishing up Xenoblade Chronicles 2 earlier today, I found myself with some newfound freedom of choice in games.  I’ve been hooked on XBC2 and focused solely on it since it came out on 12/1.

Picked up Rime and played it for a few hours tonight.  It’s not bad at all, a casual adventure puzzle game along the lines of Ico or Journey.  Not as good as Journey, but maybe about the same as Ico, if a smidge more modern.

I had originally planned to buy the game on Switch, but then I read about how poorly it performs on that system so I canceled my preorder.  Rented it on PS4 instead.

Made it through a bunch of puzzles while following a guy in a red cape and a fox around.  It seems fairly linear, but sometimes it isn’t immediately obvious what to do next.  I’m liking it so far, but it’s nothing spectacular.

2017 Completed Game List

111 Games Finished, 1504.25 Hrs

January: 9 Games, 147.75 Hrs
1 – 01/01/2017 – Abzu – PS4 – 1.5 hours
2 – 01/02/2017 – Three Fourths Home – PS4 – 1 hour
3 – 01/02/2017 – Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – PS4 – 5 hours
4 – 01/10/2017 – Inside – PS4 – 3.25 hours
5 – 01/15/2017 – Dragon Quest IX – DS – 50.25 hours
6 – 01/18/2017 – Final Fantasy XIV: Revenge of the Horde (3.3) – PS4 – 40.25 hours
7 – 01/18/2017 – Infamous: Second Son – PS4 – 13.5 hours
8 – 01/23/2017 – Yoshi’s Woolly World – WiiU – 8.75 hours
9 – 01/31/2017 – Final Fantasy XIV: Soul Surrender (3.4) – PS4 – 24.25 hours

February: 8 Games, 168 Hrs
10 – 02/03/2017 – Tales of Berseria – PS4 – 57.25 hours
11 – 02/03/2017 – Unravel – PS4 – 5.75 hours
12 – 02/05/2017 – LIMBO – PS4 – 2.5 hours
13 – 02/14/2017 – Demon’s Souls – PS3 – 30.5 hours
14 – 02/14/2017 – Sword Art Online – Lost Song – PS4 – 19 hours
15 – 02/23/2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – WiiU – 43.25 hours
16 – 02/24/2017 – Killzone 2 – PS3 – 7.25 hours
17 – 02/26/2017 – Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage – PS4 – 2.5 hours

March: 8 Games, 229.25 Hrs
18 – 03/02/2017 – Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep – PS3 – 27.75 hours
19 – 03/10/2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch – 50.75 hours
20 – 03/11/2017 – Blaster Master Zero – Switch – 6.25 hours
21 – 03/17/2017 – Horizon: Zero Dawn – PS4 – 49.5 hours
22 – 03/25/2017 – Super Mario Run – Android – 2.5 hours
23 – 03/30/2017 – Persona 4 Golden – Vita – 64.5 hours
24 – 03/31/2017 – Shovel Knight – Switch – 5.5 hours
25 – 03/31/2017 – Nier: Automata – PS4 – 22.5 hours

April: 18 Games, 114.75 Hrs
26 – 04/05/2017 – Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows – Switch – 9 hours
27 – 04/06/2017 – Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment – Switch – 5 hours
28 – 04/07/2017 – Astebreed – PS4 – 2.25 hours
29 – 04/07/2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary – 3DS – 1.75 hours
30 – 04/08/2017 – Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – PS4 – 6.25 hours
31 – 04/10/2017 – The Longest Journey – PC – 18.75 hours
32 – 04/16/2017 – Kamiko – Switch – 2 hours
33 – 04/16/2017 – Super Bomberman R – Switch – 4.5 hours
34 – 04/17/2017 – Dreamfall: The Longest Journey – PC – 12 hours
35 – 04/18/2017 – Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap – Switch – 4 hours
36 – 04/19/2017 – A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV – PS4 – 1.25 hours
37 – 04/19/2017 – Syberia – PC – 7 hours
38 – 04/19/2017 – Sonic CD – PC – 2.5 hours
39 – 04/19/2017 – Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 – PC – 2.5 hours
40 – 04/25/2017 – Snipperclips – Switch – 3 hours
41 – 04/25/2017 – Yooka-Laylee – PS4 – 16.5 hours
42 – 04/28/2017 – Beyond Good and Evil HD – PS3 – 11.25 hours
43 – 04/30/2017 – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – 5.25 hours

May: 11 Games, 129.25 Hrs
44 – 05/03/2017 – Severed – Vita – 6 hours
45 – 05/04/2017 – The Technomancer – PS4 – 17.5 hours
46 – 05/05/2017 – Puyo Puyo Tetris – Switch – 8 hours
47 – 05/11/2017 – Dreamfall Chapters – PC – 18.25 hours
48 – 05/13/2017 – LEGO City Undercover – Switch – 12.75 hours
49 – 05/13/2017 – Star Wars: Republic Commando – PC – 7.25 hours
50 – 05/15/2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks – DS – 30.75 hours
51 – 05/23/2017 – Thumper – Switch – 8 hours
52 – 05/24/2017 – Ys V: Kefin, Lost Kingdom of Sand – SNES – 10.5 hours
53 – 05/25/2017 – Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge – PC – 4.5 hours
54 – 05/27/2017 – Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers – Switch – 5.75 hours

June: 19 Games, 147.5 Hrs
55 – 06/04/2017 – Disgaea 5 Complete – Switch – 44 hours
56 – 06/09/2017 – Undertale (Not Quite Genocide) – PC – 6.5 hours
57 – 06/10/2017 – Undertale (Pacifist / True Pacifist) – PC – 4.75 hours
58 – 06/12/2017 – Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation – DS – 34.5 hours
59 – 06/13/2017 – Sonic the Hedgehog – Genesis – 2.25 hours
60 – 06/13/2017 – Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – Genesis – 1.75 hours
61 – 06/14/2017 – Sonic the Hedgehog 3 – Genesis – 1.75 hours
62 – 06/14/2017 – Sonic & Knuckles – Genesis – 1.5 hours
63 – 06/14/2017 – Chuck Rock – Genesis – 0.75 hours
64 – 06/15/2017 – The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – PS4 – 7.75 hours
65 – 06/15/2017 – Aladdin – Genesis – 1.25 hours
66 – 06/15/2017 – Gunstar Heroes – Genesis – 2 hours
67 – 06/16/2017 – Mighty Gunvolt Burst – Switch – 3.75 hours
68 – 06/20/2017 – Cave Story+ – Switch – 4.75 hours
69 – 06/26/2017 – Final Fantasy XIV: The Far Edge of Fate (3.5) – PS4 – 26.5 hours
70 – 06/27/2017 – Metal Slug – PS4 – 0.75 hours
71 – 06/27/2017 – Metal Slug 2 – PS4 – 0.75 hours
72 – 06/28/2017 – Metal Slug X – PS4 – 1 hour
73 – 06/29/2017 – Metal Slug 3 – PS4 – 1.25 hours

July: 13 Games, 173.5 Hrs
74 – 07/05/2017 – Metal Slug 4 – PS4 – 1 hours
75 – 07/05/2017 – Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (4.0) – PC – 56 hours
76 – 07/11/2017 – Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas – Switch – 10.25 hours
77 – 07/14/2017 – Bulb Boy – Switch – 2.5 hours
78 – 07/15/2017 – Shadow Hearts – PS2 – 25.5 hours
79 – 07/16/2017 – Crash Bandicoot Remastered – PS4 – 4 hours
80 – 07/18/2017 – Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Remastered – PS4 – 4.25 hours
81 – 07/18/2017 – Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped Remastered – PS4 – 3 hours
82 – 07/22/2017 – Implosion – Switch – 6 hours
83 – 07/22/2017 – Metal Slug 5 – PS4 – 1.75 hours
84 – 07/22/2017 – Metal Slug 6 – PS4 – 0.75 hours
85 – 07/30/2017 – Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – PS4 – 48.25 hours
86 – 07/31/2017 – Splatoon 2 – Switch – 10.25 hours

August: 7 Games, 65 Hrs
87 – 08/08/2017 – Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star – Switch – 22.5 hours
88 – 08/10/2017 – Torneko’s Grand Adventure: Mystery Dungeon – SNES – 8.5 hours
89 – 08/11/2017 – My Nintendo Picross – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – 3DS – 10 hours
90 – 08/11/2017 – Graceful Explosion Machine – Switch – 4 hours
91 – 08/15/2017 – Sonic Mania – Switch – 4 hours
92 – 08/23/2017 – Ironcast – Switch – 10.25 hours
93 – 08/25/2017 – Sonic Heroes – GC – 5.75 hours

September: 5 Games, 49.5 Hrs
94 – 09/12/2017 – Super Motherload – PS4 – 4.25 hours
95 – 09/20/2017 – Cook, Serve, Delicious! – PC – 24 hours
96 – 09/22/2017 – Steamworld Dig 2 – Switch – 9.5 hours
97 – 09/24/2017 – Thimbleweed Park – Switch – 7.25 hours
98 – 09/27/2017 – Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative Saga – PSP – 4.5 hours

October: 5 Games, 76 Hrs
99 – 10/07/2017 – Cuphead – PC – 13 hours
100 – 10/08/2017 – Picross S – Switch – 14.25 hours
101 – 10/09/2017 – Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Switch – 18.75 hours
102 – 10/18/2017 – Golf Story – Switch – 19 hours
103 – 10/25/2017 – Fire Emblem Warriors – Switch – 11 hours

November: 7 Games, 129.5 Hrs
104 – 11/03/2017 – Super Mario Odyssey – Switch – 9.75 hours
105 – 11/10/2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy – PS4 – 8.75 hours
106 – 11/16/2017 – .hack // G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth – PS4 – 19.75 hours
107 – 11/17/2017 – Dragon Quest X 1.0 – PC – 60 hours
108 – 11/22/2017 – Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – PS4 – 6.75 hours
109 – 11/25/2017 – Sonic Forces – PS4 – 4 hours
110 – 11/28/2017 – The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch – PSP – 20.5 hours

December: 1 Game, 74.25 Hrs
111 – 12/12/2017 – Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Switch – 74.25 hours

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch) – Playlog 11

HLTB Estimate: 55 hours.
69.5 hours played.
On Chapter 9.
Rex level 62.

Played for a half hour this morning.  Worked my way through the Rotting Titan and fought Malos.  Defeated him without too much trouble, but of course he was unstoppable in the cutscenes after.  That is, until Nia reveals the opposing power to his destruction — her restoration.  She infuses him with some kind of wild cell regeneration which knocks him out and off a cliff.

Chapter 7: The Fear She Carries

The Doll in Sight of the Throne

The chapter opens with flashing scenes of a dark room, before a door to the nearby chamber opens.

Amalthus receives word of the events in Tantal. He authorizes a ceremony to begin. From the bottom of Temperantia, an emerald glow emerges.

Two days after the abduction of Pyra, Rex, recovered from but devastated by his complete defeat at the hands of Jin, decides to leave the party, believing that he cannot possibly win against someone of Jin’s caliber. His announcement infuriates the party, particularly Nia and Brighid, who berate him for the decision, ignoring the amount of pain Pyra put herself in in order to help Rex. Brighid brings up Pyra’s conversation with Corinne in particular, when the former wondered if it was best that she be separated from Rex for his sake. Tora and Poppi lash out as well, saying that this was not the Rex they knew. The tirade is cut short by a summon for Rex from Eulogimenos.

The Third Aegis Sword

Eulogimenos reveals the complete history of Tantal in regards to their Tornan background. After the Aegis War, an internal clash occured in Torna. Some believed in Addam’s ideal for humans, Blades and Titans to coexist as equals. Others, however, preferred to have humans serve as masters to the Blades and Titans, essentially enslaving the latter two. Amidst the chaos, a group of Tornans on the counter-Addam side took advantage of Addam’s disappearance. They obtained the Omega Fetter, claimed to be of Addam’s lineage, and united the nation under the counter-Addam ideals. The group then established themselves as the first members of the Tantalese royal family, before sending Genbu deep into the Cloud Sea to hide their secret.

Unfortunately, Indol knew of Tantal’s secret and proceeded to use it as blackmail. In order to protect their secret, Tantal had to send regular shipments of Core Chips to Indol. As Core Chips are essential to every nation’s military, this would allow Indol to expand their influence. However, prolonged submersion in the Cloud Sea led to harsh cold, failing crops, and overall destitute in Tantal. In the correspondence Rex delivered from Indol, Amalthus requested Tantal to hand over the Omega Fetter. Fear that Indol would use the Omega Fetter and Aegis against Tantal was what led Eulogimenos to attempt the eradication of Pyra/Mythra.

Eulogimenos then reveals a possible path forward. While Rex has wielded two Aegis Swords, one for Pyra and one for Mythra, Eulogimenos presents one of Tantal’s histories, which describe a third sword. This third sword is said to be the Aegis’s true sword. Addam was unable to wield the power during the Aegis War, and sealed it away along with the Aegis. Eulogimenos suggests the search begin in the Leftherian Archipelago, the last place mentioned in the history. He also entrusts Zeke to look out for Rex, confident in the latter’s ability to unlock the Aegis’s power.

In their headquarters, Akhos and Malos contemplate the unconcious Pyra. Akhos wonders why Pyra would have sacrificed herself, given how she shares her life force with Rex, but Malos reveals that, as the Aegis can survive briefly without a Core Crystal, she likely would have transferred the remainder of hers to Rex, allowing him to survive despite her annihilation.