Weekend Wizard Inn

The Weekend Wizard Inn: September 6th, 2019

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Greetings, fellow travelers! The Weekend Wizard Inn is open for business after a LONG hiatus, so dust off a seat, calmly dispose of the cobwebs at your table, 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, pending the chef is still alive! 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 is waving you over! 

 

 

cba1 Happy Friday, folks! I’m Bradley, a fellow mage, and every Friday afternoon I’ll (try to) be here at The Weekend Wizard Inn chowing down on whatever garbage the chef cooks up and discussing my gaming plans for the next few days. Join in down in the comment section and let everybody know what’s on your virtual agenda this weekend!

Are you working through your backlog? Playing a hot new release? Maybe some retro stuff?

On deck for me we have…

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1: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 (PS4)

After spending 75+ hours in the first game, I immediately dove into the sequel on PS4. I mean, how could I not? With THAT ending? I needed to see how things played out and the wait would have been painful. Plus, Cold Steel 3 is coming soon.

While the original game was a slow-paced introduction to the Cold Steel universe, Cold Steel 2 is anything but. I’m enjoying the more adventurous nature of the sequel, although I didn’t mind plodding through the world building and character growth before. As long as the story is good and the characters are interesting, I’m here for it. And, so far, the Cold Steel series delivers both in spades.

I’m currently 10 hours in, so by Cold Steel standards I’m not very far. Like, at all. These games are beefy. Still, this is my priority game right now because I want to be ready when Cold Steel 3 drops in October.

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2: Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (PS4)

My all-time favorite Final Fantasy is FINALLY available on modern consoles, and I couldn’t be happier. Well, I guess I *would* be happier if they kept in the controller rumble feature for Squall’s gunblade trigger prompt, but hey, Square finally acknowledged the game’s existence and I’m not here to be picky.

This game is incredibly special to me and I know it’s pretty divisive among the fanbase, but right now I’m in my figurative heaven. The graphical upgrade is nicely done, the original soundtrack is in place (unlike the PC version, which requires a mod), and there’s quality of life modifiers that let you turn off random encounters, have infinite HP, constant access to limit breaks, and the ability to speed up the game threefold. The latter really makes the draw system more efficient.

But man, it feels GOOD to be junctioning and breaking the game, as well as playing Triple Triad until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore.

What about you, folks? What’s on your gaming agenda this weekend?

 


 

Bradley Keene is the Middle-aged Horror Mage here at TWRM and a self-proclaimed JRPG and horror game junkie. He’s also super into 2D fighters, namely Under Night, Street Fighter, and whatever SNK puts together. He always picks the grass starter Pokemon, still champions the Vita, and has an on-again-off-again obsession with WoW. Follow him on Twitter @Trashlevania for metal and hardcore Spotify spam, pics of his three fur babies, and Japanese wrestling nonsense!

 

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  1. Glad to see you back, dude! I was missing your posts 🙂

    I downloaded the demo for Dragon Quest XI and I’m loving it, though I heard the latter half of the game is a bit of a letdown. I’m still going to pick it up, because I’m loving the story, music, and gameplay.

    I’m DEFINITELY buying the FFVIII remaster, though I’m a bit off from playing it in my FF replay project. Still trying to finish VI with some technical difficulties (my TV’s volume control is shot ugh). I have VII on my Switch and of course THAT Remake is coming out next year. They also just announced it WILL be turn based and I’m freaking over the moon about that. I mean I pre-ordered two versions anyway (regular AND Deluxe when I got an ad for that), but the fact that I might actually be able to play it skillfully makes me so happy. It was my one major gripe (I don’t care that it’s episodic), and I spent months complaining about that to the point that it dampened my hype for the game. I’m glad Squeenix listened and made it an option.

    I’ve been plugging through Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, which I’m enjoying. I’m really hoping it doesn’t have the same 70 level cap as EOV, but time will tell. It’s a very interesting story, and the gameplay is honestly really relaxing to me even though it’s kind of a dungeon crawler I guess? I love making maps and organizing so it’s kind of ideal.

    Anyway, I’ll shut up now lol. Hope all is going well with you. I always look forward to these posts even if it takes me weeks to get to them 😀

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  2. This weekend I didn’t do a ton of gaming since I worked all Saturday, and watched a stream afterward. But I did replay the original Splatoon. Which is still fantastic 4 years later. And it still has a viable online scene to boot. I had no issues getting into some ranked battles after killing DJ Octavio again. I do plan on picking up DAEMON X MACHINAE when that comes out or in the near future.

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  3. I’ll be playing Control this weekend. Loving this game so far. Hope to wrap up the story before the weekend is over. Just recently got Man of Medan and Knights and Bikes which I haven’t made much progress in yet plus Celeste Chapter 9 and Gears 5 coming this week. Busy gaming time!

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  4. They finally fixed that draw system? If I had time, I might pick up this new FF8, but sadly I don’t. Right now I’m playing through Yuppie Psycho, a weird indie horror/adventure game about being a corporate peon. I’m also trying to make it through Hyper Light Drifter, but it’s a damn hard game. For me, anyway; I’m not very good.

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  5. It might be easier to list what I’m NOT playing! Super Mario 3D World, Wind Waker HD, Rayman Legends, just finished up Zelda II in time to start playing Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, I plan to start Demon’s Crest this weekend (been so long!), and then the Genesis Mini and Link’s Awakening are coming later this month. It’s a crazy September for me.

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