Nep’s week in gaming: Week 17 of 2020
Hello hello! Nice to see you around~! The name’s Neppy but we already knew that, but this… is not a review? And not an award either? Indeed! So what exactly is this then? Allow me to elaborate. I wanted to make a weekly update on all that I’ve been doing that week with gaming (or two-weekly post depending on how interesting the week is). It’s my way of getting closer to the community, as well as share some interesting purchases, what games I’m playing- or finished and more! It’s a very casual approach to writing articles so it literally comes straight out of my mind on paper. I don’t think it really needs more introduction so let’s get straight into it!
A moment of peace
The weeks before week 17, I have been working 6 to 7 days a week due to a deadline coming up at my workplace. Unfortunately due to circumstances within the team that deadline was not met, but we do have a bit more breathing room right now. This means that I’m currently back to working 4 days a week until further notice. I am still working at home as well due to that-which-shall-not-be-named, so I don’t have to wake up at 5 AM anymore for the moment. This does give me some more time to write and game, which is very welcome in my schedule. Other than that the week has been pretty normal. I was a bit down for two days due to something I’ve learned this week, but games have been able to distract me well. And beer of course! It has been a while since I’ve driven my car due to having no specific goal to ride to, but I do need to drive every now and then to make sure the car battery is still alive. So I drove my mum around a bit to get some gardening supplies, and went to the brewery to get myself lots of special craft beer to drink during the weekend. No complaints here at all; the first two I’ve tasted were pretty good, and I gave them a good score on this beer app called Untapped! It’s an app where I note all the beers I’ve drunk, which I share with my family and a few friends. This week’s recommendation is the Belgian Quadruple beer ”Val-Dieu Grand Cru”, a dark- yet sweet, heavy beer.
I don’t often buy new games anymore, though I do keep an eye out for whenever I come across a rare game for the PSP which I collect for. At that start of this week, I’ve bought some games on Steam from the Devolver Digital sale. It’s a publisher I’m fairly familiar with, but I haven’t really played any of their games and felt like that needed to change. I bought the following games during the sale:
- Gato Roboto – A black-and-white Indie Metroidvania. Since I am a huge Metroidvania fan, I just had to get this game.
- Umiro – A puzzle game. I have no specific reason for getting this game; it just looked fun and it was very cheap, so might as well.
- The Sword of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse – An action roguelike game which plays similar to 2D Zelda games from what I’ve heard. That’s also the reason why I got it, because I wasn’t sold yet while quickly looking through some gameplay. But I’m always someone who gives an unknown game a chance so who knows?
- Pikuniku – A very quirky puzzle-platforming game. I’ve played this before with a good friend of mine, at least some local co-op levels. I didn’t have it yet even though I was interested, but I was just a bit too late with buying it for a good price. That fortunately has changed now!
- Omnibus – A physics game with an omnipotent bus. I didn’t come up with this. Yet again, it was cheap and looked like a good way to spend the time, so I added it to the cart!
- Downwell – A platformer where you constantly go down instead of other usual directions. I think I’ve seen this one on the google play store multiple times since it was one of those addicting games. No experience, going in completely blind.
- Titan Souls – This one has actually been on my wishlist for quite some time. It has been praised for having excellent boss battles which I think make up most of the game? It’s also pretty hard from what I’ve heard, so this is something I’m looking forward to playing eventually!
- Heavy Bullets – This one looks kind of weird, but it’s a randomized FPS dungeon crawler and that did sound interesting. I always like FPS games that don’t follow the same trend, so that’s why I added this one to my collection as well.
Overall a pretty nice haul I’d say. I’ll slowly work through them and my other games on Steam eventually!
What have I been playing?
I’ve actually picked up several games this week! Usually I only play one- or two games a week, but there’s a reason I picked up multiple:
- The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki (PSP) – This is the sequel to a game I’ve reviewed a few weeks ago, being The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero. That game had its fan localization finished and I jumped on it immediately, but I eventually hungered for more. The fan translation of Ao no Kiseki is by no means bad, though nowhere near the quality of the Geofront localization. Not having the turbo ability and a lack of checking message logs is going to be painful, so I am taking my time playing this one and hope a miraculous announcement happens in the meantime. If not, I’ll still enjoy this since the core story- and world-building is what matters most but if I can experience the game in an even better way, that would be great.
- Pikuniku (Steam) – The first game of the Devolver Digital sale I wanted to play. My full review of this game can be found here.
- Polyball (Steam) – This is the first game I have dropped in a very long time. Polyball is a game that went free-to-play (and I believe will stay free-to-play) that is presumably inspired by great games like Super Monkey Ball, Marble Madness, and Marble Blast. What I saw when I played the game however, was a very clunky and frustrating Marble Blast but without too many gimmicks. It did not have the arcade feeling like Super Monkey Ball does and instead has long levels that drag on and if you lose near the end due to frustrating controls or the camera working against you, you have to start all. over. again. Yeah, this game is going to need a lot of work before I’ll give it a proper view again. In the meantime, I’ll gladly play any of the inspirations which do a much better job. This game is not going to get a review from me, but if you’re reading this: you can spend your time better.
- Touhou: Luna Nights (Steam) – This game, on the other hand, is going to get a review next week. Therefore I won’t spoil too much about my experience. A small summary of the game however, that’s something I can provide. Touhou: Luna Nights is what you get when the Touhou franchise and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night go out on a date and nine months later, they have a child. I’m specifically not mentioning just any random Metroidvania here, and you’ll see why when I’ll get to the review.~
Every week I’ll be sharing stuff that has been happening in the community as well, be it on WordPress or other places where my community as active such as Discord or my Steam group. It’s a form of thank you to everyone who has been sharing their creations, as well as letting more people know about them! I’ll select about three a week depending on what have been happening that week!
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order by Gaming Omnivore – A look at the hit Star Wars game from 2019, the Gaming Omnivore shares with us what he liked and didn’t like about the Dark Souls/Metroidvania-inspired title.
- Final Fantasy VII Remake by Books and Pixels – The remake of Final Fantasy VII has taken the world by storm, given praise by some but also critiques by others. Jacob from Books and Pixels is fortunately on the more positive side with his review on the remake!
- Persona 5 Royal First Impressions by Everything is bad for you – AK from Everything is bad for you shared his first impressions on one of the other majorly anticipated JRPGs this first half of the year, Persona 5 Royal.
And that’s it for this week! Hope you enjoyed this weekly update, and hopefully there will be more to come. As for what I’ll be doing next week… I’ll at the very least have a review up for Touhou: Luna Nights and possibly another game as well, which depends on how much free time I have and how far I can get into the game. What that game is though… that’s a secret~. See you next week!