Now Playing in June 2017

Beaten

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island – read about it here.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia – read about it here.

Ongoing

Ever Oasis – I was a little on the fence about getting this game. I like the developer Grezzo’s previous work, but that work was mostly remaking/porting the N64 Zelda games. It looked to combine a lot of things I think I like, but tend to not actually enjoy. I’ve got a stack of Harvest Moon and Rune Factory games that I have barely played to prove it. I want to like games like this, games like Dark Cloud or Fantasy Life, but I just don’t tend to have as much fun with them as I would like. Through the first four or five hours Ever Oasis is proving to be an exception. The town building stuff is pretty simplified, but satisfying. The combat isn’t anything super unique or anything, but it is enjoyable. It simply looks and sounds appealing and plays pretty well too. So far it is shaping up to be the perfect summer game.

River City Knights of Justice – I got distracted by Ever Oasis, but I also picked this up late in the month. At first blush it plays a lot like last year’s River City Tokyo Rumble, which I mostly enjoyed, only with a fantasy coat of paint on it. I don’t really like the scaled back areas and weird character progression, but maybe that make more sense as it goes on, since I’ve only cleared the first couple of towns. It looks good and sounds good and only costs $15, I’m sure I’ll have my fair share of fun with it before the summer is over.

Persona 5 – I have made little progress and it’s not the game’s fault. A confluence of circumstances (a death in the family, I moved and changed jobs) kept me from even plugging in my PS4 for most of June. When I did have time to play games, I generally ending up doing something else. I still plan on playing these games, but I didn’t do much in June.

The Last Guardian – I have made little progress and it’s not the game’s fault. See above

Lufia 2 – I have made little progress and it’s not the game’s fault. See above

Upcoming

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – This is one of my favorite FF games and I can’t wait to give this remastered version of it a go.

Super Mario Sunshine – I still need to get my Wii hooked up and going, but I am eager to get to it.

New Super Mario Bros. – While I am trying to play the series in order, I am willing to differentiate the 2D and 3D games. This is the only handheld game I don’t own

Yakuza 0 – I don’t know if I will manage to get to it among all of the other PS4 games I’ve got on my plate, but I refuse to let this game slip through the cracks.

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One thought on “Now Playing in June 2017

  1. I’ve logged about 12 hours in Ever Oasis since release, and have really been enjoying it so far. I’ve leveled up a bunch of shops and what stands out to me as the most enjoyable part is the ‘a-HA!’ moment you have when you do the right thing to get someone to move into your Oasis. All of the monotonous parts of the game become autonomous after a while which is super cool.

    I have been waiting for a game like Dark Cloud (or more specifically, Dark Cloud 2 due to the much improved world-building aspect) for over a decade. This isn’t really close in my opinion (and very simplified) but it takes a unique part of that game and makes it its own. Fun game and 5 stars from me!

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