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Gaming Goals Review: March & April

Gaming Goals Review: March & April

I started this back in June 2015, and have been keeping up with it this past month. I’ve kept reducing my goals due to real life, and I think I hit a stride heading into December, and have kept it up for the most part. Well, except maybe on the blogging end and the goals posts the past two months!

Comparison Time!

WildStar

  • Finish Celestion achievements (on Chestnut)
  • Get Bauxyte her key and at least one dungeon towards attunement
  • Upload completed Yardcore 10
  • Choose which toon will be next to 50

Final Fantasy XIV

  • WAR 50 Completed!
  • FSH 30
  • BTN 30
  • MIN 30
  • Start working on crafting professions to clean out retainers (max of level 15) Started!

The Secret World

  • Finish and upload Let’s Play 4 and 5
  • Finish Saiid’s missions Completed!

Steam, etc.

  • Finish Men of Yoshiwara Completed!
  • Finish all of Impey’s endings (including GCs and video) in Code Realize Completed!
  • Start Victor’s route in Code Realize Completed!
  • Start Amnesia: Memories (suggestions on the card suit to pursue first are welcome!) Changed game.
I ended up completing quite a few goals, though mostly outside of MMOs. Real life was busy again. Actually, it doesn’t ever seem to slow down, any. Granted, it should be a tad bit slower this month compared to the past few.

Comparison: February and March

  • 1 hour less of WildStar… so comparable hours
  • 1 hour less of Final Fantasy–again, comparable
  • 1 hour less of The Secret World–I’m sensing a pattern here
  • Added 2 hours of Men of Yoshiwara
  • Added 23 hours of Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~
  • No Blade & Soul (down 2 hours)
  • No Black Desert Online (down 3 hours)
  • Added 15 hours of Stardew Valley
  • 77 total hours in Feburary
  • 110 total hours in March
  • Overall up 33 hours in March–I blame this on Stardew Valley and Code: Realize

Comparison: March and April

  • 9 hours less of WildStar
  • Added 2 hours of Final Fantasy
  • Added 11 hours of The Secret World
  • No Men of Yoshiwara (down 8 hours–completed in March)
  • 17 hours less of Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~
  • No Stardew Valley (down 15 hours)
  • Added 3 hours of Atlas Reactor (beta)
  • 110 total hours in March
  • 77 total hours in April
  • Overall down 33 hours in April–I know this is due to project deadlines at work and IRL events

Overall Thoughts

Chaide and I finished the base-game story!!!

So I didn’t get very much done in WildStar. Partially was just real life, and partially was just I’ve been working on ThaydFest stuff non-stop. I’ll probably adjust my goals there knowing that ThaydFest won’t be over until end of May.

We finally got our main classes to level 50 in FFXIV, and we’ve been working past the 2.0 story very slowly. We’re currently about halfway through the “A Realm Awoken” patch. We’re currently stuck on the “Rock-solid Protection” quest, (1) because of time and (2) we can’t figure out if we need normal or… hard mode? I think it’s called hard mode. And needing normal makes no sense since it’s a level 45 dungeon. So if you have thoughts, let me know. I almost got my gathering professions up, so I might continue those goals. My play time has decreased there overall, so I’m not sure adding a new class to level would be wise. Maybe I’ll think about how much story we can feasibly get through this month and use that as a goal instead.

We’re almost into Transylvania in The Secret World, but I just haven’t had much time outside of work to work on the videos without also cutting into my gaming time, or time spent with Chaide in general.

My other gaming goals were fairly easy, honestly. I was a terrible person and left Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya minimized during raids and pulled it up whenever I was dead. Honestly, it’s what keeps me so jovial during raids, because I hate dying. And Code: Realize was easy, because I play that for an hour every day at work during lunch. Plus, if I carry my Vita with me everywhere, so if I’m waiting in line or something, it’s easy enough to pop out and play some. I’m at the point where I’m almost done with Lupin’s route, and I’m sad to see the game end! But more thoughts on that another time. I decided that instead of playing Amnesia first, I’m going to be playing the new Men of Yoshiwara that just came out a few weeks ago. I got it day-of because it was on sale, but I was up in the air on which otome to try next, until Sushi told me about how one of the routes is right up my alley (I love the sweet romance/childhood friend routes), so now I have to try it first.

I also picked up Stardew Valley and Atlas Reactor these past two months. Stardew Valley is lots of fun, but it’s something that I can only really handle in small doses. I just get bored with it after a few hours, and need to put it down. Plus I stink at the whole relationship building thing, and after a while I start to feel overwhelmed at all the things to do and that I want to do and… yeah.

Atlas Reactor is one that I was lucky enough to get a beta code, and I have lots to write about it, but I’ve not had much time to get in there and play around with it more to solidify the thoughts and guides I want to write. Overall, I love it because it’s more thought- and strategy-based than MOBAs in general. Or at least from my limited MOBA experiences. I’ve tried HotS and LoL, but neither caught my fancy. I don’t like the way it works, and it’s super confusing, whereas I caught onto Atlas Reactor really quickly, and it almost feels like a team-based game of chess.

Thank you to the wonderful Ammo for the beautiful ThaydFest banner donation!

The month of May is going to be taken up mainly by ThaydFest, so I don’t know that I’ll have a lot of goals for May, but June will have countless hours to fill in, because Chaide is going to be teaching in Africa for two and a half weeks straight… so I’ll have lots of time to game (and be sad) and put together Let’s Plays.

Gaming Goals: March

Gaming Goals: March

I started these Gaming Goals posts back in June 2015 as a way to try to organize my gaming time around freelance obligations as well as my day-job and general life obligations. You can view the backlog of goals and reviews here.

Going to sass my way through March (and Egypt)!

January had a nice balanced list of stuff, but real-life started hitting me harder than expected in February. Life is going to continue to do that through most of March, but I’m going to see if I can’t keep many of the same goals and continue towards them.

The Community Game-Along theme this month is Monster Hunter-likes, but it doesn’t really sound like a genre I’d be into. Coupled with most of the month being booked-up with things, I don’t think I’ll be participating this month.

WildStar

  • Finish Celestion achievements (on Chestnut)
  • Get Bauxyte her key and at least one dungeon towards attunement
  • Upload completed Yardcore 10
  • Choose which toon will be next to 50

Final Fantasy XIV

  • WAR 50
  • FSH 30
  • BTN 30
  • MIN 30
  • Start working on crafting professions to clean out retainers (max of level 15)

The Secret World

  • Finish and upload Let’s Play 4 and 5
  • Finish Saiid’s missions

Steam, etc.

  • Finish Men of Yoshiwara
  • Finish all of Impey’s endings (including GCs and video) in Code Realize
  • Start Victor’s route in Code Realize
  • Start Amnesia: Memories (suggestions on the card suit to pursue first are welcome!)
Gaming Goals Review: February

Gaming Goals Review: February

I started this back in June 2015, and have been keeping up with it this past month. I’ve kept reducing my goals due to real life, and I think I hit a stride heading into December, and have kept it up for the most part.

For the sake of comparison

WildStar

  • Finish Celestion achievements
  • Get Bauxyte to level 40 Completed!
  • Cycle through toons to burn rested EXP Completed!
  • Upload completed Yardcore 10

Final Fantasy XIV

  • WAR 50
  • FSH 30
  • BOT 30
  • MIN 30
  • Start working on crafting professions to clean out retainers

The Secret World

  • Try to finish out Egypt
  • Upload completed Let’s Play 3 and 4

Blade & Soul

  • Reach level 20
  • Run at least one dungeon (preferably with friends)

Steam, etc.

  • Finish Men of Yoshiwara
  • Pick up Cat Goes Fishing and play some
  • Get up to Chapter 5 in Code: Realize Completed!
  • Play some more Torchlight
So it’s not hard to see based on both the chart and the goals I obtained that real life pretty much kicked my butt this past month. Work has been super busy, and with a friends’ wedding coming up in a few weeks, Chaide and I have both been slogged with obligations related to that (especially since Chaide is in the wedding).
For comparison between January and February…
  • 29 less hours of WildStar
  • 9 less hours of Final Fantasy
  • 32 less hours of The Secret World
  • 16 less hours of Men of Yoshiwara
  • No Paladins (down 14 hours)
  • No Animal Jam (down 15 hours)
  • No Pirate 101 (down 12 hours)
  • Added 10 hours of Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~
  • Added 2 hours of Blade & Soul
  • Added 3 hours of Black Desert Online
  • 189 total hours in January
  • 77 total hours in February
  • Overall down 112 hours of game-time
I wish the Achievement Granted crap didn’t show up on top… I wonder if I hide UI if the Level Up will go away?
I had started on the Celestion achievements, and am only a few short, but got distracted by swapping out to burn some rested EXP on the toons, and I took advantage of the Bonus XP Weekend (and a lot of flasks) to get Bauxyte to 50! I even did Crimson Badlands once, and am half-way to her key. I have some gear it’s worth tossing non-set runes into for now, and I’d love to start getting her attuned for some variety.
We ended up hitting 49 in Final Fantasy, and I’m hoping we finally hit 50 in March. We shall see, though. My work from home days haven’t been conducive to lunches where I plop in front of my personal computer (instead of the work ones) for an hour with Netflix running, food in hand, and farm-time. So again, hoping to carry over a lot of those goals. Especially the gathering ones, as I’ll either need to purchase a new retainer (which was a plan at some point anyway, just not quite… now), or really get started on those crafting professions.
We didn’t get out of Egypt in TSW, but we’re getting close. I think we only have a few missions left in the first town, and then we can go see Saiid. I’m so excited! From what little I’ve seen of him (so far) I’m super-duper excited to see more of him. His attitude comes across in spades! As for the Let’s Play… I did get the third one up, and the fourth one partially completed. I’m anxiously awaiting some down-time to be able to work more on those videos.
I barely got any Blade & Soul time in, so those will probably carry over as well. I’m none-too-thrilled so far with the game, and my friends are starting to fall off as well. So we’ll see if I even get to it. I really would like to try to give it the good old “20 hours/20 levels” trial. 
I’m super close to finishing Men of Yoshiwara, and am hoping to finish it in March so I can move onto Amnesai: Memories for my PC otome. I never picked up Cat Goes Fishing, though I’m still hoping to one day, because it looks adorkable. I didn’t get into Torchlight due to time.
I’ve been playing a bunch of Code Realize for multiple reasons. One, it’s what I do at lunch time. When I tried watching stuff on Prime at work, people would constantly interrupt my lunch break, despite having a sign up saying I was at lunch. With my head buried in my Vita, people leave me alone. Also, with everything else that’s going on, it’s been a nice way to get in fifteen minutes here before an event, or ten minutes there before bedtime. I’ve been pursuing Impey as the first guy, mainly because I thought I liked him the least, but he’s grown on me a lot. Granted, I like Lupin least of all so far, and don’t know how I’ll feel when I get to him as the “True Game Ending” (he’s locked behind the four other guys).
Community Game-Along Game Choices, Part 1

Community Game-Along Game Choices, Part 1

Community Game-Along

Image by Chic Pixel

Not too long ago I mentioned stumbling upon the Community Game-Along challenge for 2016, which featured dating sim games for January. This has apparently been put on for a few years by Apricot Sushi, and I figured why not try it out? But looking at the list, some months are going to be much easier than others. And some I just might need some suggestions, so I hope folks have some! I wanted to lay out what I wanted to play, though, so it was easier to keep track of why I had specific games in my Steam library, for instance, or which games I should purchase based on the platforms I own. Speaking of which, the platforms we have in the house include:

  • X-Box 360 (not my favorite system)
  • PS4 (not my favorite system)
  • Nintendo DSi
  • Nintendo DS (original—able to play GBA games)
  • PC
  • PS Vita

I much prefer gaming on PC if at all possible, so if you guys have suggestions, ports/emus or such to PC are appreciated. And if it’s on Steam, it’s even better! My handhelds are my second favorite. I’m hoping to one day get on the 3DS train for some of the games that have caught my fancy.

January: Dating Sims

In January, I mainly played Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya (did you know there’s a sequel in the works?!). I didn’t end up finishing it, so my plans of continuing to Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star were a moot point. I also won a copy of both Norn9 and Code Realize for the PSVita from Chic-Pixel thanks to Aksys Games! I didn’t get my Vita until the start of February, though, so I didn’t get to them for January. I did finally start Code Realize last week, and I have thoughts I can’t wait to share in another post.

February: Fishing Games

This topic was suggested by Kimimi to Apricot. I’m not big on fishing simulators, which is ironic considering how much I enjoy fishing in MMOs. Seriously, it’s my favorite thing to do in MMOs. If WildStar had it, I’d play it even more than I already do! I did search through Steam and find a game called Cat Goes Fishing, which looks like it’ll be a lot of fun! I’ll also be delving into FFXIV and leveling up my fishing throughout February as well. So next check, when I pick up Cat Goes Fishing, expect some thoughts.

March: Monster Hunter-likes

So I’m not quite sure what to play this month, Or what qualifies as a monster hunter-like game. I assume that Pokemon would count. So I can play some of Pokemon Pearl which Chaide got for me a while ago and I have yet to finish. Granted, I’m not sure what I’d classify as “fnishing” the game. Maybe just getting through all the story would be a nice close to the game. While I “gotta chatch ’em all”, I know it’s not realistic when none of my local friends have a DS.

April: Games with Yuzo Koshiro Scores

I didn’t even know who this chap was until I went over to Wikipedia. He’s composed and scored a lot of games. Like, huge numbers. Many of which I know, but have never really found an interest in. Most of which seem to be for the Nintendo consoles. He did the composition for Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, and I’ve never played a Castlevania game, but have been told I’d probably enjoy them. So I think I’ll try to pick that up for DS, even if I have to cave and get it used at a GameStop or something.

May: Metroidvania

I’d heard the term Metroidvania before, but I’d never really known what kind of game it described because I’ve never played Metroid, or Castlevania games before. Come to find out it’s a type of platformer game. Now, I guess I could play a Castlevania or Metroid game, but apparently Ori and the Blind Forest is considered a Metroidvania, and I’ve seen a bit of gameplay of that and think it’s pretty cute. Or I could play Dust: An Elysian Tale, which I already have in my Steam Library. Which is probably the better choice to get it finished with.

June: Media Tie-in Games

This topic was suggested by BadoorSNK to Apricot. I honestly have no idea where to go for this topic. I’m not sure if they mean games that are hot right now, or games that are about or include social media, or games that are making commentary on the media in general. I guess all of these could be valid options. So I guess any suggestions are welcome! And I know Apricot will have some suggestions when June starts, but that doesn’t give me much time to find a game at that point.

I think going past June, at this point, will be a bit much, so stay tuned in a few months for Part 2, as well as my thoughts on the various games I pick up for this!

Gaming Goals: February

Gaming Goals: February

I started these Gaming Goals posts back in June 2015 as a way to try to organize my gaming time around freelance obligations as well as my day-job and general life obligations. You can view the backlog of goals and reviews here.

Love is in the air! And fortunes too, apparently.

I think January had a good length list with both some easy and not-so-easy goals to work toward. I’m going to try to continue that flow this month.

WildStar

  • Finish Celestion achievements
  • Get Bauxyte to level 40
  • Cycle through toons to burn rested EXP
  • Upload completed Yardcore 10

Final Fantasy XIV

  • WAR 50
  • FSH 30
  • BOT 30
  • MIN 30
  • Start working on crafting professions to clean out retainers

The Secret World

  • Try to finish out Egypt
  • Upload completed Let’s Play 3 and 4

Blade & Soul

  • Reach level 20
  • Run at least one dungeon (preferably with friends)

Steam, etc.

  • Finish Men of Yoshiwara
  • Pick up Cat Goes Fishing and play some
  • Get up to Chapter 5 in Code: Realize
  • Play some more Torchlight
Gaming Goals Review: January

Gaming Goals Review: January

I started this back in June 2015, and have been keeping up with it this past month. I’ve kept reducing my goals due to real life, and I think I hit a stride heading into December, and have kept it up for the most part.

Look! I made a pretty chart of my game time for the month!

WildStar

  • Get my last AP (48 total) point! Completed!
  • Rune out my DPS set with class runes (pants) Completed! (And put them in shoulders)
  • Get my tanking set figured out on Chestnut Completed!
  • Level up alts to burn up all the rested XP they have Completed!

FFXIV

Cactuar

  • WAR 50
  • PLD 40
  • ARC 25
  • CNJ 20

TSW

Steam

  • Finish Tokiwa’s endings and date scenario (Men of Yoshiwara) Completed!
  • Finish Kagura’s endings and date scenario (Men of Yoshiwara) Completed!
  • Play some more Shadowrun Returns and get the videos over to QueueTimes
Overall not bad! I completed all my WildStar goals, granted, they weren’t overly difficult, per se. I mean, grinding out the dailies for the plat and the elder gems was a bit cringe worthy. So I think I’ve just accepted that I will be poor in that game because there are better things to do with my time than grind out plat.
I surprisingly didn’t get much time in with Final Fantasy. A large portion of that is due to the fact that Chaide is more into The Secret World at the moment, and in a way I am, too. We’re still chugging away at level 50 once a week, though, so sometime in February we’ll hit it, I’m sure. My goals will definitely be changing based upon my game time, and prior obligations in February/March.
We finally made it out of the Blue Mountains in TSW! HURRAH! I’ve actually written a lot about The Secret World lately, and have been working my butt off at putting the videos together. I’m hoping to have the next one out soon(tm). The story is absolutely amazing, and we’re loving Egypt! So far, it’s one of our favorite zones.
Oh my…
On Steam, I’ve kind of been addicted to Otomes. I finished out the two routes I wanted to, and started on Iroha’s route. I’m hoping to work on that more this month, and finally finish out the game. I’ve spent countless hours in Men of Yoshiwara in both December and January. As for Shadowrun Returns? I’m hoping to have some free time to get it in… soon(tm). I’d also really like to finish up Torchlight. Chaide is interested in trying to get in some Torchlight II together as a Let’s Play. He enjoys being a part of those, when I do them. I think because he doesn’t have to do the editing… I kid! Partially. I know he just likes spending time with me and sharing my interests, and creating Let’s Play videos is one of them.
Anyway, expect a nice new list of goals for February SOON(TM)!
#DatingSimonth: Men of Yoshiwara

#DatingSimonth: Men of Yoshiwara

#DatingSimonth

Image from Chic Pixel

So apparently I missed the memo, but there’s this really cool initiative going around for 2016 called Community Game Alongs. And this month, it happens to revolve around dating sims! How did I miss this?! Having just gotten into Otome, I’ve been devouring everything I could find, buying up any I could find on Steam with great deals, and generally building a collection so I always have one to play if I don’t feel like playing on Mobile.

And looking at the rest of the schedule, I can see myself participating in quite a few more of them, especially after I buy myself a Vita in February sometime (and Chaide one in March). I’m kind of excited to have a way to tailor my game time outside of MMOs so I don’t flounder. The problem with having so many Steam games (at least in my eyes–113 is a pittance compared to a bunch of other folks) is that I get overwhelmed with what to play and then just shut Steam off.
But back to the objective at hand–it is the month focusing on Dating Sims! So I’m going to take advantage of that, and play some more, and share my thoughts on them! Because why not? That’s blog content gold!

Men of Yoshiwara

My first otome game (and visual novel) ever was Hatoful Boyfriend. Some would argue it isn’t a true dating sim, and after playing some more dating sims, I’d definitely have to agree. Regardless, it’s what got me interested in the genre, and with some amazing suggestions from the ladies on Cherry Blossom Heroines, I decided to pick up Men of Yoshiwara on Steam. It also helped that it was a great deal which left me more change to buy more otome! So far I’ve really been enjoying it, though some of the paths were definitely not my cup of tea, to say the least.
Hayabusa

For some reason I just decided he was a pretty character and I wanted to do his route first. I’m the most interested in Kagura and Iroha, but I wanted to save what I’m hoping is the best for last! I somehow ended up gravitating towards the “childhood friend” even though I don’t think that’s my type. Granted, I’m still discovering my type. I thought the story was super sweet, and it made me “aww” out loud a few times. I loved it. Probably my favorite so far of all the ones I’ve completed.
Kagerou

I know that the “child” type is one of my least favorites, so I figured I’d knock Kagerou out of the way next. Especially since he annoyed me to no end in Hayabusa’s story. I thought he was whiny, self-centered, and in a way kind of scary like he was going to hurt me. And he definitely came across that way, along with entitled, when I first started his story. But as I continued his play through, he grew on me a lot, and he’s definitely my second favorite of the routes I’ve played so far. The only thing that irked me a bit was the last bit of his story with the whole “trick” people play on the protagonist and Kagerou. It made me feel kind of put out.
Takao
I liked the “pretty boy” type in Hatoful Boyfriend, so I figured why not try it in Men of Yoshiwara. He was a little self-centered and a bit overzealous in the other stories, but I felt like giving him a shot. And oh my gosh. He was a big pile of NOPE! I played his entire route (both endings) because I wanted to know more about them, but definitely my least favorite. By. Far. And I’d go into details, but I think my twitter posts about it pretty much sum it up without spoiling it. Plus? He just seemed really abusive emotionally, and I wasn’t a fan.
The only redeeming factor about his story? His dad is totally David Bowie. Honestly, I might go back and replay his story just for his father. Because RIP Bowie.
Tokiwa
Then I decided to play Tokiwa. And while I liked him better than Takao by far, he was, in a way, the story with the least “oomph” so far. I really have nothing to say about his story either way than he started to get annoying at the end, and I just wanted it to be over and done with. I was half tempted to fast forward since it was kind of boring.
Next, I’m going to be doing Kagura, and then ending with Iroha. Apparently there’s a Mobile-only gentleman, but I’m hoping that one day he’ll end up on Steam so I can try out his path.
Gaming Goals: January

Gaming Goals: January

I’ve been enjoying putting together this gaming goals thing I decided to try out in June. It’s helped me focus my time and come up with blog posts. Life has remained at a constant busy-level thanks to work, so my goals are going to remain small for now.

I got this in the bag.

WildStar

  • Get my last AP (48 total) point!
  • Rune out my DPS set with class runes (pants)
  • Get my tanking set figured out on Chestnut
  • Level up alts to burn up all the rested XP they have

FFXIV

Cactuar

  • WAR 50
  • PLD 40
  • ARC 25
  • CNJ 20

TSW

  • Finish the bloody Blue Mountains already

Steam

  • Finish Tokiwa’s endings and date scenario (Men of Yoshiwara)
  • Finish Kagura’s endings and date scenario (Men of Yoshiwara)
  • Play some more Shadowrun Returns and get the videos over to QueueTimes

I think I’ll be able to manage most of what’s on the list. It’s fairly condensed, so it should be fairly manageable. As usual, though, we’ll see what’s actually attainable.

Delving into Otome

Delving into Otome

Otome in the Social Sphere

I started listening to a new podcast, called Heroines of the Cherry Blossom (or CBHeroines), mainly because I enjoy the ladies on it, and not really knowing much about it. I soon learned that it covers the otome genre, which is something I’ve been interested in ever since playing through Hatoful Boyfriend. I’ve learned a lot from Pizza‘s and Sushi‘s podcast, and chatting with them on Twitter, and you should check them out!


In fact, in their latest podcast, they talked a bit about Hatoful Boyfriend. We had gotten into a discussion on Twitter, and Sushi asked me why I enjoyed the game so much. So I talked about how I could see distinctions in the character types that reminded me of Ouran, how I loved the story and the humor, and that I thought the writing was superb. She, Pizza, and a few other folks also gave me and some other folks some suggestions on some otome to try, which they also covered in the most recent podcast.

Then, Aggrochat picked up on the conversation (since the ladies mentioned them and their Hatoful podcast), and discussed story-driven games and otome. It really helped to drive my desire to play some more visual novels, focusing on otome, and I kind of gave in and downloaded a mobile otome to play. While it’s cute and I’m enjoying it, I’m not enjoying the “daily login” aspect or the fact I’m kind of being nickled-and-dimed and time-gated on the story unless I want to drop $1 per “ticket” for maybe 15 screens of text. I’d honestly rather drop the money on a full version of a game for a platform I own that isn’t mobile (preferably Steam… though I’m trying to convince Chaide I need a Vita so I can play some otome games that don’t have PC ports).

Seduce Me

That’s where Seduce Me came into play. I recently delved into a website that lists English Otome Games via platforms, and I went right to the PC list and found Seduce Me. I had come across it on Steam, but not looked into it because the title seemed a little (1) steamy and (2) cheesy. But it got extremely good ratings on the website, so I figured I’d give it a try since it’s free. Yep. A free otome game that I can download onto the Mac to play during lunch at work? SOLD!

I thinkI’m going to have to go for James first, and then Damien.

So I downloaded it and booted it up at lunch… and can I just say that I’m addicted and I don’t want to play anything else until I have finished all of the available endings for this game?

I laughed so hard at this and some of the other dialogue!

So far I’m loving the story, and I love the art. I love that it’s all voice acted, too, though Erik’s voice reminds me far too much of Kevin from Welcome to Night Vale (audio story podcast), and that creeps me out a bit. It’s fitting, for sure, but it still creeps me, so he’ll definitely be one of the last I choose. I also love the humor in the game. It reminds me a lot of Hatoful in that respect.

Matthew made me a toy… yeah… he meant well! So I accepted it anyway!

But, being new to the otome genre, I’m confused about some of the archetypes presented, if all games work in the ending department like Hatoful and have a “normal” and “extended” ending, or what. I am excited to discover what I should be expecting from an otome, and having the Steam Achievements will help, some, too. Though I’ve not really figured out how to get specific paths since it’s my first true otome. Regardless, I’m definitely going to enjoy this!

Steam Challenge: Hatoful Boyfriend

Steam Challenge: Hatoful Boyfriend

The Steam Challenge

This post is a part of #IntPiPoMo! You can find out more, and sign up at this link.

For those of you who haven’t heard about this “Steam Challenge” thing, here’s the TL;DR.

Yup. That pretty much sums it up. Now, I definitely don’t have as many games as some other folks do hiding away in Steam, but I do have a lot that are downloaded and half-played. But I have the tendency to download new ones without ever getting rid of the old ones.

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So I’m changing the Steam Challenge for my own personal use: Beat a downloaded game before downloading another. And “beat” could be a plethora of things: finish the main story, gain all the achievements, play until it’s unsatisfactory… you get the idea.

Why Hatoful Boyfriend

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The first one on my list was Hatoful Boyfriend. I had purchased and downloaded the game back in August. One of the podcasts I listen to does a “Monthly Game Club” pick and at the end of the month does a summation of the game–their thoughts, the story, etc. One of my favorite bloggers, Grace, ended up picking Hatoful for the month, and I had to give it a try. Unfortunately, life picked up so I never finished the final ending of it. Having finally finished it, I finally listened to their summation podcast, and it felt great to know I wasn’t the only one who felt the way I did about the game!

A Larger Story

I’m going to try to stay away from spoilers, but I cannot guarantee, so just be warned. First of all, I didn’t expect a bird dating sim (yes, you read that right) to make me have feelings in just the normal play throughs. As with other dating sims, you pick a character to pursue and have at the story with them. Each story had an ending (and some had a second, “extended” ending) and some were sweet, whereas others were… creepy. But all of them had some story that seemed to weave and connect together.

Good storytelling, right? So much better than that. Once you play through specific endings (though I’m not sure which ones they are, as I completed all the normal endings first), you can start a new game which will lead you to an alternate ending. And man! The ramifications of that story! It takes a dark twist really fast, and just keeps leading you down the rabbit hole. But the amazing thing? All of the little story bits you’ve picked up throughout all the dating endings come to a close in the final story.

It is quite amazing. I cried a bunch. I laughed a bunch. I said “NO WAY!” a. bunch. The way it all ties together was mind blowing. That so much forethought had gone into this silly bird dating sim to create something much more than that. There is also an Epilogue ending you can get if you have completed all of the prior endings, and it ties everything else up in a nice little bow, and makes you feel better about the outcome of things.

All in all, the game is definitely worth it if you like stories, and can get past the initial silliness of it masquerading as a bird dating sim.

Screenshot Fun

So, here’s a bunch of screenshots to show how fun(ny) the game is. I avoided spoilers as much as possible (there might be a few but they leave the context out), but if you don’t care about spoilers, you can view my album over on Anook! (#IntPiPoMo 9-21/50)