Now Playing in December 2015

Beaten

Xenoblade Chronicles X – I beat it, and I have a post upcoming.  Hold me to that, I have a lot I want to say about this game, which I recently named my game of the year.

SteamWorld Heist – I also have some things to say about this game.  Right now I’ll just call it one of the best strategy games I’ve played in a long while and a perfect marriage of great gameplay with a charming world.

Ongoing

Rune Factory 4 – This is just the sort of game I make these posts for: games that I like, and maybe have something to say about, but won’t likely ever beat or manage to write a full post about.  In the past I have not been a big fan of the Rune Factory branch of the Harvest Moon tree. One of the most compelling aspects of that series is that there is no fighting.  Adding that to the game, and making it not appreciably more fun than the farming, seems to defeat the purpose.  Still, I am really enjoying my time with this game.  It is fun to play and really makes you feel like you are accomplishing something even if you play in little bursts.  Plus, the whole cast here is new to me, not like many Harvest Moons with their repeats of certain characters.  Once in a while a game from this series really hits the spot, and now is one of those times.  Will I make it past the first year or through the whole of the story? I doubt it, but I will likely get 15-20 of good enjoyment out of this game before I wander off for more exciting pastures.

Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky – Still slogging through this.  The bloom is off the rose at this point.  While I don’t think it is a bad game, I do have several bones to pick with this game.

Codename STEAM – A Christmas present, this game landed with something of a thud earlier this year and seems to be pretty much forgotten already.  That is unfortunate.  While it has some pretty big flaws, through the first five or six chapters it has been highly satisfying.  The story is delightfully bonkers. I am sure I will have more to say about this game.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – I think I am falling back into this rabbit hole.  Maybe it is time to see what the back half of this game’s content looks like.

Prince of Persia – I got this for Christmas as well, and I like it quite a bit through the first three or so areas.  I am having some problems with somewhat delayed reactions with the controls, but that might be on me.  Still, it is a good looking game and I love climbing all over environments.

Never Alone – I want to like this game, but I don’t.  At least not at the start.  It is just a little too pokey and slow.  Maybe it will grow on me, I certainly hope so, but so far it feels just a little lackluster.

Upcoming

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam – I like most of the games in both series, so playing the mash up seems like a no-brainer.  Plus, at the rate I’m burning through Codename STEAM, I’ll be ready for something new by the end of the month.

Super Bomberman – I am starting off my SNES reevaluation with this game from a classic series.  It seemed like a nice, familiar way to ease myself into this.

Radical Dreamers – This will be my second SNES game of the year.  It is a game that has been near the top of my playlist for a long time, but I needed some sort of incentive to actually play it.

Yakuza 5 – I finally got it downloaded, but Xenoblade was taking all my time.  Then I played my (7 year old) Christmas gift, Prince of Persia.  As soon as I finish that, I am jumping right into this. Maybe sooner.  

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