Weekend Wizard Inn

The Weekend Wizard Inn: February 22nd, 2019

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! 

 

cba1 Hey, folks! I’m Trash, a fellow necromancer mage, and every Friday afternoon I’ll be here at The Weekend Wizard Inn to help get the conversation started. I was absent last week due to another bad case of the nightmares. In this one, I was locked in someone’s attic and somebody named Chris (or Chris T, maybe?) kept compelling me to do… something?

I also recall an oddly dressed guy named Jeff who reassured me he was a doctor and would “make it all better.” I don’t know, folks. But man, it felt so real. We each took turns summoning fetishes, binding demons, and raising the dead to do our bidding, maniacally cackling as they ran roughshod over the local convenience store. I guess I even crave 7-11’s buffalo chicken rollers and a nice Coke Slurpee in my dreams? It… kinda ruled?

Anyway, join in down in the comment section and let everybody 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…

tokyoxanadu

1: Tokyo Xanadu Ex+ (PS4)

After finishing up Tales of Zestiria (which I loved the 2nd time around, after finishing up Beseria — the prequel) I jumped into my first Falcom RPG in Tokyo Xanadu Ex+. It’s an action RPG that feels thematically similar to something like Persona, in which you play as a group of high school students investigating the supernatural and delving into otherworldly dungeons that have been opening up around Tokyo.

It’s not nearly as robust as the Persona series, but the combat is pretty fluid and it’s full of interesting characters to converse and hang out with outside of your busy school schedule. Half the game is spent in “free time” mode that allows you to take on optional side-quests and hang out with friends, while the other is traversing mostly linear dungeons and tackling the big bad evil that resides at the end. It’s fun!

I believe the game has 8 chapters and I’m in the middle of the 6th, so with any luck, I’ll have this one finished within the next few days.

If that happens, then it’s on to…

derq

2: Death End Re;Quest

This very Japanese-named JRPG (acronymed DERQ) is the newest from Idea Factory, who is mostly known for their Neptunia series.

DERQ puts you in control of a player trapped in a VRMMORPG known as World’s Odyssey. Similar to Sword Art Online, the MMORPG let players upload their consciousness to a virtual server and play as themselves. It was an up and coming MMO that was destined for greatness but abruptly shuttered after the disappearance of its director. A year later, World’s Odyssey mysteriously reappeared back online as a shell of its former self. This new world was glitchy and full of literal bugs that began devouring creatures and mutating into monsters called Entoma.

Combat seems similar to another Idea Factory game that I enjoyed a lot — Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force — which pits a party of three in a turn-based battle system and allows them to move freely around the zoned-in arena before attacking.

I haven’t played this one yet, but after reading up on the lore it appears Idea Factory has gone all in on building a believable MMO world full of history and culture and I’m pretty pumped to give it a shot soon. I’ll have more to say after finishing it when my review goes up here at TWRM.

And that’ll about do it for me, doods. I’ve been knocking out my JRPG backlog at a pretty steady pace over the last two months and I look forward to continuing that trend as the year goes on.

What are you up to this weekend?


Trash is the Middle-aged Horror Mage here at TWRM, an irregular co-host on The Unlikely Herocast podcast, a self-proclaimed JRPG and horror junkie, and sole contributor for his own games-related website, Cheap Boss Attack. Follow him on Twitter @Trashlevania!

 

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  1. I finally FINALLY got back to FFVI though I’m still just leveling hehe. I also starting Night in the Woods and ZOMG SO GOOD. I can’t believe I didn’t know how freaking awesome this game is. I don’t know what’s with making the realest stories using anthropomorphic animals, but it’s working. Whoever wrote the dialogue for it is a genius, and I’m loving how the Switch continues to be an awesome platform for indie games. Speaking of which I finished The First Tree last week, too. It was…okay. I see the appeal; I’m glad I bought it, but it definitely had some foibles, and you could tell the creator was a film maker not a game dev.

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  2. I’m mostly playing Far Cry New Dawn which is pretty fun. A couple cool tweaks from 5, but I think more so a nice change of pace from the RPGs I’ve been playing lately. I also rented this game called Ittle Dew 2+ on Switch which is a little Zelda clone. Seems neat so far if a bit simple.

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  3. Never expected you’d be playing a JRPG 😂. I’m trying out Crackdown 3 and enjoying it more than I thought. Also Distance and Visage are on my potential plays for the next 48 or so hours.

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  4. I’ve been revisiting Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams on the PC, as I’ve been attempting to clear Uber Hardcore mode (Beating the game on one life). I do hope to get in time with some stuff over the weekend though!

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  5. I enjoyed Tokyo Xanadu on Vita, but never got round to finishing it. The trailer for ReQuest didn’t impress me, but perhaps I should give it a try, as I liked Fairy Fencer. This weekend I intend to play God Eater 3.

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    • This is my first time playing Tokyo Xanadu so I’m not sure what’s different about the Ex+ version I’m playing on PS4 versus what you experienced on Vita. I usually buy JRPGs on Vita when they release but I was super busy at that point and held off once they confirmed the PS4 port.

      I really liked Fairy Fencer as well and DERQ seems to have a similar battle system and ability to alter dungeons with its glitch system (like putting those swords into dungeons on the map in FFF).

      I *really* want God Eater 3. It looks great. I know it’s a time investment, though, so I’ll have to pick it up later once I’ve cleared more off my plate. I have to play through DERQ for a review and a friend is lending me their copy of Blue Reflection to check out. After that, perhaps.

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  6. I’m getting sucked into TMNT IV: Turtles in Time all over again! A new-old SNES every week has been like falling in love all over again. Beyond that, I was thinking about finishing off Final Fantasy V soon.

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