Greetings, fellow travelers! The Weekend Wizard Inn is open for business, so grab a seat and discuss what’s in your gaming quest log for the next few days. Maybe even do so over a piping bowl of ogre blood stew, a roasted giant’s toe, or a cool mug of our freshest snail ale! There’s a great spot over near the fire with some of your fellow mages, and it appears a purple-robed fella with a… creepy mask of sorts… is waving you over!
Hey, folks! Happy February! I’m Trash, a fellow mage, and every Friday afternoon I’ll be here at The Weekend Wizard Inn to help get the conversation started. Join in down in the comment section and let everyone know what’s on your gaming agenda this weekend! Are you working through your backlog? Playing a hot new release? Maybe forgoing gaming in favor of something people call “real life stuff?”
On deck for me we have…
1: Tales of Berseria (PS4)
I finished up my replay of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix a few days after last weekend’s wrap-up, and it turns out I guess I kinda like Kingdom Hearts. Who knew? I had a great time exploring the Disney-themed levels, tackling their bosses, and having the “power of friendship” forced down my throat. I enjoyed it so much that I nearly jumped straight into Chain of Memories, but my girlfriend wants to play through the remainder of the series with me so I decided to finally dive into Tales of Berseria (which has been staring at me from my game shelf for a while now).
Although I haven’t completed many Tales games, I do consider myself a fan. Even the ones that people consider disappointing (like Legendia and Zestiria) I mostly enjoy. I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to play Berseria, but I’m glad I am now. It’s fantastic.
Berseria definitely tackles darker themes with its cast of “heroes,” which works in the game’s favor. Typically you play as part of a ragtag party full of victims of circumstance, and that’s true for Berseria as well, but when you’re playing as demons, pirates, and reapers who befriend lizard people and headless suits of armor it allows the game to be more creative with how and who you interact with.
I’m roughly 20 hours into my journey and already this feels like the most fleshed out, robust cast in the series. The character growth of protagonist Velvet and her crew is outstanding and while I’m rarely encouraged to seek out every little cutscene in other games, I’m hunting them down with a laser focus this time around. I want to digest all of the banter!
The combat system is a little confusing, but I’ve mostly gotten by with minimal effort. It feels pretty mashy on the standard difficulty, considering you map specific combo strings to certain button press combinations and I have all of my good ones set up to repeatedly press one of the four face buttons. It’s a lot of that and pressing R2 to mow through hordes of baddies, and that’s fine. I come to Tales for the story and the world design, not so much to fumble my way through intricate combos. That’s what Star Ocean is for.
Whatever time I have this weekend will be dedicated to Tales of Berseria, but if the girlfriend is around and wants to play Kingdom Hearts then it’s on to…
2: Kingdom Hearts: Re:Chain of Memories (PS4)
I know absolutely nothing about this game other than its divisive card battle system. I’ve been told it’s mostly a retread of the original game’s story but the end provides a nice segue into Kingdom Hearts 2. Or is it 358/2 Days? I’m so confused and I’ve only played one game.
Kingdom Hearts 3 looks great and I want to play it at some point, but it’ll be a while before I slowly work my way through the entire series — or, at the very least, the remasters available on PS4.
What about you, folks? Got any big gaming plans this weekend?
Trash is the Middle-aged Horror Mage here at TWRM, an irregular co-host on The Unlikely Herocast podcast for CA! Radio, and sole contributor for his own games-related website, Cheap Boss Attack. Follow him on Twitter @Trashlevania!
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