Weekly Recaps

Weekly Recap 1: 1/4/2018 – 7/4/2018

Hey all! And welcome to the first Weekly Recap post! This will be a series of posts in which I go through a weekly recap of the games I play during the week, and give my thoughts on them, as well as a little progress note.

For one, this will act as a way for myself to keep track of my game progress whilst also sharing my thoughts on each game, and two, well… It gives me something to post on here while I think of more content to deliver to you all!

Without further ado, let’s get this recap started!

Sunday: April 1st, 2018

Good old Easter Sunday, I had spent a weekend up at my mother’s with some family, and had a good time catching up with some old friends, but let me tell you, I was REALLY happy to get back home and start playing some games, so without further ado, let’s get started:

Rime (PC/PS4/XBone/Switch):

This game. This game is absolutely beautiful, I have to say. Developed by Tequila Works, this adventure puzzle game, developed in Unreal Engine 4, looks, and plays amazingly. All the scenery is beautiful, the controls are nice and responsive (Though I’d like a sprint button, movement between places can be slow sometimes), and while the game’s story is very minimally explained (As in there’s no voice acted cutscenes or anything, just voiceless cinematics to keep us going), there’s a huge drive to figure out what’s going on.

While the path you take to solve some puzzles can be quite linear, the game rewards you for exploring, with plenty of collectible goodies scattered around the world, and let me tell you, I’ve barely found any myself but it felt really good to go out of my way to find some of these, and I reckon I’ll be replaying this once I’ve finished in order to find more!

At this point in the game, I’ve played past the starting island, and the desert area, and have currently made it up to the third area before I switched to another game, definitely going to try and play more of this during the week.

Bloodborne (PS4):

Hoo boy, Bloodborne is a really popular game from what I’ve found, so hopefully I can do it justice.

Developed by FromSoftware (Known especially for the Dark Souls series, and Demon’s Souls by extension), this action role-playing game is just as difficult as the Souls games, which was to be expected of course. But not only is this game somewhat difficult, it also plays really well, and is very well designed.

Unfortunately at this point, I haven’t played much of Bloodborne, due to being bad at Souls-style games, I’m still currently stuck in the opening area, however I will be coming back to Bloodborne during the week and giving it a good crack to try and breach the opening area and get into the real meat of the game.

Omega Quintet (PC/PS4):

Yes. You are seeing that trailer correctly. Yes I’m aware I’m showing my true weeb-side here but DAMMIT I DON’T CARE THIS GAME IS AMAZING!

At least the first couple of hours I played of it has been so far, and I’ve barely gotten into the good chunk of the game, only having access to 1 of the 5 available characters so far.

Developed by Galapagos RPG (A subsidiary of Compile Heart who I know mainly due to my constant playing of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series on stream), this game is described as “A hybrid between an idol simulation game, and a role-playing game”, and from what I’ve played and seen in trailers so far, this looks to be the case for sure.

In a world ravaged by the “Blare”, the world must rely on a group of people known as the “Verse Maidens” to fight off the Blare. The Verse Maidens, to summarise, are basically a singing group, that also have the power to fight, and truth be told, they fight pretty well (Though that’s only based off of early game combat, I’m sure it’ll ramp up in the later stages as it usually does in Compile Heart games).

While only a couple of hours in so far, and barely finished the first quest as the first unlocked character (Otoha), this is shaping up to be a really fun experience so far, and I’m definitely looking forward to playing a lot more further down the road.

Monday: April 2nd, 2018

Easter Monday, another day off from work for me, which means more time to get some more gaming in, let’s get started!

Omega Quintet (PC/PS4):

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Clocking in some more Omega Quintet while I could, considering it’s a JRPG, I might need to start saving this one for weekends, or for when I have time to sink hours into it at a time.

Not much story progression has been made up until this point, but I have unlocked a few new gameplay mechanics, such as the support character’s abilities and whatnot, but I have also unlocked 2 new characters for my party, which only leaves 2 more left to get based on what the trailer and opening for the game showed.

And also I already have decided on who best girl is for now, once those other 2 characters are unlocked, that opinion could change, but for now: Nene best girl.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (PC, PS4, XBone):

This has been a recent adventure of mine, my friends and Twitch chat moderators have been pushing for me to get this for ages, and it eventually got to the point where one of my friends just bought it for me so I’d stop delaying.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, this is probably one of the more fun FPS games I’ve played in quite some time. The amount of strategic thinking that goes into every action you do made this a really fun experience for me so far.

To summarize the gameplay simply, there are 2 teams of 5, one attacking, one defending, and these teams swap roles each round (Which the rounds can go by relatively quickly depending on how intense these teams want to play), and the goal is pretty simple, either attack and capture an objective, or defend it, depending on your role.

Tonight’s session of Rainbow Six Siege was played with two of my Twitch chat moderators, Taka and Dutchy who continue to carry me through this game while I continue to attempt to learn how to play without having to consult them every 5 seconds.

Tuesday: April 3rd, 2018

Alright, back to work Tuesday, so not nearly as much time to game today, and I ended up streaming this night as well, so everything that happened tonight was happening over on my Twitch Channel.

Fortnite: Battle Royale (PC, PS4, Xbone, iOS):

I’m still very new to Fortnite, but god damn if this game isn’t just a huge bundle of fun! Again, have been playing this with my Twitch chat moderators, and tonight, I also played with my brother who’s even more new to the game than I am!

Fortnite, a game developed by Epic Games, was originally a co-op sandbox survival game released for PC, PS4 and Xbox One in July 2017, but the Battle Royale mode that everyone knows Fortnite for was a standalone, free-to-play (The base game was not free-to-play) take on the battle royale game genre that got wildly popularized by PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds).

Note: I know PUBG wasn’t the first popular battle royale genre game, but it goes without saying that the genre would not be as popular as it is if it wasn’t for PUBG, it’s what got me into the genre as well.

Compared to most other games of the genre, Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode also includes a base building element to the game, bringing an extra layer of strategy into each match, where instead of just looting and shooting, you can build and fortify bases and skybridges and basically anything you can think of within the building parameters of the game.

Now I’m not really good at Fortnite as of yet, but thanks to my Twitch chat moderators Taka and Dutchy, my brother and I got carried to our first Fortnite victory, the following clip will show the ending part of that match:

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (PC, PS4, XBone):

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Back to it again, after my brother jumped off after the Fortnite win, we switched over to a bit more Rainbow Six Siege.

We didn’t play too much Siege, as I had to end the stream off after about 2-3 games, but they were fun games, and I can definitely see myself starting to strategize a lot better in regards to where to place defenses, and where good spots to breach are.

These signs of progress are giving me the drive to keep going, to improve more and see where I can go with this game in the future, though I don’t know if it’ll be a main focus for me.

Wednesday: April 4th, 2018

Kind of a rough start to the work day today, so you can bet I was glad to get back home to relax. Didn’t end up playing any games tonight, as I spent the evening just chilling with some friends after dinner, and when I got back home, just watched some YouTube until I went to bed.

Thursday: April 5th, 2018

Second stream day of the week! Decided to catch up on a single player JRPG I started on stream a fair while ago in an attempt to try and smash it out as fast as I can, might have to do a weekend stream to make some extra progress on it but for now, tonight will do!

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3 V Generation (PSVita, PC):

Yep, you guessed it, more weeb-side showing in me. But I don’t care because I started this game a fair while on stream and god dangit I am finishing it on stream!

Developed by our good friends at Compile Heart, who also (By extension, anyway) did Omega Quintet which I’ve been playing this week, is an excellent JRPG, that’s very self-aware, 4th-wall breaking, and fanservice filled, because these devs over at Compile Heart really know their fans.

A direct sequel from Re;Birth2, which caught me off guard as Re;Birth2 was not a direct sequel to Re;Birth1, but in fact, set in an alternate universe with the exact same setting, but different story. Re;Birth3 takes place a few years since the defeat of Re;Birth2’s big antagonist, and despite only a few small conflicts here and there, the world of Gamindustri had remained peaceful, with the CPUs (Our protagonists) living fun and carefree lives.

Then by sheer coincidence and from pure shenanigans, our main protagonist, Neptune (Also known as Purple Heart, the CPU of Planeptune) was swept away to another dimension, in which Gamindustri is still in the progress of being formed, with the CPUs only just awakening one-by-one, and a different CPU taking the place of Neptune in this universe by the name of Plutia (Who goes by Iris Heart rather than Purple Heart).

In this universe, Neptune must help the other CPUs defeat a group known as “The Seven Sages” that are stopping at nothing to try and cast this Gamindustri into darkness, while also trying to find her way home to her own dimension.

I’m about 10 hours into this one on stream, as due to the short amount of time I really can stream on weekdays after work, I could only really make 3 hours of progress per stream, so I may have to start taking on weekend streams in order to really make some progress. Even with the short amount of progress though, a lot of progress has been made in terms of story, and with how the quests work in this game now (The game actually has an option to tell you where to find the monsters or items you need for quests now rather than having to Google it all), it’s a lot more fast paced in the clearing of said quests.

All in all, really enjoying Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3 V Generation so far, definitely my favourite of the 3 Re;Birth games, and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the story and adding this one to my ‘Beaten’ list!

Fortnite: Battle Royale (PC, PS4, Xbone, iOS):

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After some Hyperdimension Neptunia was played, I decided to wind down the rest of stream with some Fortnite with my brother and Taka. No wins this time, but we did manage to place second which surprised the hell out of me, was a good way to end off a nice and chill stream.

Friday: April 6th, 2018

TGIF, am I right everyone? Super happy to get home from work and prepare to just relax all weekend. Nothing much has been planned for this weekend except for some potential mini golf with co-workers/friends tomorrow, but until we have that confirmed, I’m chilling out with some games!

Omega Quintet (PC/PS4):

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Rocked out some more Omega Quintet! Managed to make a fair bit of story progress, even going as far as to find the closest thing to an antagonist this game has had so far, so obviously I’m doing something right here.

Found one of the other 2 characters I’m supposed to have in my party, but she’s not quite part of my party yet, as she’s currently sided with the antagonist, so only time will tell how that will go.

That was all I played tonight though, as after playing Omega Quintet, I got picked up for a late night roadtrip with friends, and that lasted until I got home, which after returning, I immediately went to bed.

Saturday: April 7th, 2018

Was a nice chill day today, after waking up and cleaning up and whatnot, I actually went out and played some mini golf with my coworkers, as well as placed my preorder down for Spyro: Reignited, and got myself a new PS4 game.

What was that game? Well, I’m about to tell you:

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4):

As a fan of the original Dissidia Final Fantasy games on PSP back in the day, I was super hyped when this game got announced, and even played the beta of it on my PS4 back before I bought it off of my brother. It wasn’t until my adventure into EB Games today that I realized it was a game I wanted, and I picked it up immediately.

Developed by Koei Tecmo’s Team Ninja, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is a game based around arena battles, 3v3 battles to be exact, which is a very nice change of pace from the 1v1 battles that were in the original PSP games. This game features a very nice roster of characters from the Final Fantasy franchise, featuring the main character and main villain from Final Fantasy’s 1 through to 10, and featuring one extra character from 4, and a few characters from 11 through to 15, and a character from Final Fantasy Type-0 and Final Fantasy Tactics, there’s a variety of play-styles to mess with in this game, and the difference in play styles will definitely keep you on your toes.

I played a lot of the Offline Modes of this today, attempting to try and get better at playing different roles of characters while unlocking pieces of the story. I did try an online match about 2 hours in, but I got absolutely wrecked, so I think I’ll save that for after I beat the story and get better at each character.

Fortnite: Battle Royale (PC, PS4, Xbone, iOS):

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Just a bit of casual Fortnite to end the night off, played a few games with my brother and Twitch chat moderator Taka, before Taka had to jump off due to family stuff, so my brother and I brought in one of my Twitch viewers who was on Discord at the time to jump in for a few casual games.

No wins tonight, but we did improve at our strategizing and gunfights a little bit, so that’ll help us heaps in the future!

End of Week 1

Thanks for reading my weekly recap of gaming! I’m hoping to keep these up, so if you have any ideas of how to improve these in the future, or if you have suggestions of games for me to try, feel free to contact me, either via the Contact Me page, or via my Twitter: @FaithDragonYT.

I’ll catch you all next time!

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