What is Persona 5 R? No one knows!

Atlus released an announcement about Persona 5 R recently. Then they said that more information (really, ANY information) will be coming in March of 2019. Now, I love the Persona franchise. Its why I have Persona Q on my 3DS, and why I am eagerly awaiting Persona Q 2 to get a western release. Its why I played Persona 3 and 4 on my old PS2 back in the day.

Persona 5 however is something that has escaped me, simply due to the fact that Atlus, for whatever reason, doesnt want to put their games on PC and I simply can’t afford a PS4 at the moment. Sega now owns Atlus, and Sega is starting to put the games they publish on PC so perhaps I might see Persona 5 on PC? I mean, people never thought we would get Yakuza on the PC but we have (and its glorious, I might add)

In fact, I am hoping that is what Persona 5 R is! A full PC release of the game.

Sad thing is, no one actually knows what Persona 5 R is right now! Persona 5 originally was released worldwide on PS3 & PS4 on April 4, 2017. It will be almost 2 years since its original worldwide release before we get any ACTUAL factual information on what this new version is!

Is it a remake like Persona 4 Golden? A remaster with all the DLC built in to make use of the PS4 Pro’s power? Could it be a wider release of the game to said PC platform and maybe even XBox One? I have no idea!

Truthfully this sort of behavior drives me mad. I dislike announcements of announcements which are becoming more and more prevalent in the gaming industry. If you are going to announce something, give us some meat! Give us some details! Don’t just go “Hey we got this thing, its coming, but we are not going to tell you anything else till 3+ months away!”

It drives me mad. I don’t want to get my hopes up that Persona might finally FINALLY have a PC release. More then likely, however, its just going to be a Persona 4 Golden styled Remake, maybe adding in a selectable protagonist like they did with Golden. Thats the safest route. But who knows?

Guess we will find out March 2019. Here is the official “Announcement of the Announcement” trailer on Youtube if you are curious. Take your time, and have a watch.

I also want to add this little comment. When all you have is rampant speculation, you end up with nonsense like this. This is me searching for Persona 5 R information…and I got one result saying its confirmed for PS4 (no idea if thats true), one saying its exclusive to the Switch (no idea if thats true) and one saying details are coming in March (Accurate!)

Review: Steamworld Heist (#ThrowbackThursday)

Originally posted on Vox Ludicus on 6/29/16.  I believe this is when I really instituted my 2 hour rule back then. I still feel the same way as I did with this game now as I did then.

It has come to my attention recently that I have very different tastes in games from the vast majority of people.

You may find that an odd realization to come to. However, it hit me as I was playing Steamworld Heist, an indie darling that many people love, and I honestly don’t. It’s a great game, don’t get me wrong. Visually stunning, a soundtrack created by the band Steam Powered Giraffe (of which I am a fan) and solid gameplay.

But it’s not my kind of game. And I do have some issues with the PC Port. Yes, I played the PC Port, a key was given to us by the developers and I was the reviewer tapped to try it.

Let’s get into my Pillars and I will break it down for ya. Continue reading “Review: Steamworld Heist (#ThrowbackThursday)”

Review: Stories: The Path of Destinies (#ThrowbackThursday)

Originally posted on Vox Ludicus on 6/20/16.  I need to play Omensight, Spearhead Games new title.

I hate trying to write introductory sentences sometimes. It’s difficult to encapsulate something in a few sentences for me. I tend towards the verbose, as I am sure you all can tell.

Today I have the privilege, nay, the PLEASURE, of discussing an absolute gem of a game. A game that took me by surprise and makes me yearn for more. A game that is the result of taking an action RPG like Bastion and smashing it together with a Choose Your Own Adventure Novel. A game that is full of humor, life, and personality.

I present to you Stories: The Path of Destinies, by Spearhead Games. Let’s get right into my Pillars and talk about what makes this game such a special and wondrous treat. Continue reading “Review: Stories: The Path of Destinies (#ThrowbackThursday)”

The Golden Rule – An Important Message from Terminally Nerdy

Unless you are a patron (Who will be seeing this the instant I am done with it, whenever that is) by now it’s been about 2 or 3 weeks since I touched Twitter.  If you are reading this then I can only assume you either saw it autopost there (I left that turned on) or you are a regular reader to my site (thank you very much, by the way)

A couple of weeks ago I bared my soul about something that had been bothering me for a while.  The fact that the vast majority of people see me as some sort of “Community Glue”, a person whose value is not in what they themselves create, or do, but in helping people find each other and building a community out of that.

Mind you this is not a bad thing.  Helping build community, building a group that helps each other, is something I do believe in.

However, at the same time, these people forget that I too create.  That I too write, and stream, and do more than just “connect” people.  And when I posted my thoughts…people ignored this and kept telling me how I should be happy that I am good at networking, and that I should keep doing that, and that I was important for what I do with that.

But…that’s only a part of who I am.  And they were ignoring the other part. They were, in essence, doing exactly what I was talking about. They only saw me (and that post) as someone who was down and should be reminded about how much of a community force they are.

Humans, like myself, are complex creatures. We are more than just one things. Matt Mercer for example is a voice actor, a DM, a humanitarian, and more! People know him for ALL those things.  People know Grant Ellis (aka Wise Papa Grant) as a DM, spokesperson for Invisible Sun, and excellent roleplayer and con panelist. But for some reason, all I am ever seen as is the community guy.

I am so much more than that, and it hurts me when people ignore the other things I am doing to focus on a single facet of my personality or achievements.  The Golden Rule, as it was taught to me, was always Treat Others the way you Wish to be Treated.  And so I have.  I have promoted, connected, and tried to help others grow while ALSO writing, reviewing, streaming, and all that.  And yet, no one really has ever done to me what I do for them.

I say no one, but in reality there is a core of about 10-20 people who HAVE in fact treated me well.  I know them all.  They are the people who comment on my posts, or retweet nearly everything, or show up in my streams.  I love every single one of them, and I know most of them if not by name, at least on sight.  But that is quite literally less than 1% of my “audience” if you look at my Twitter Follower Count, which is near 7k.

I get plenty of thanks when I retweet things, or share things, which is nice. But most of what I get asked boils down to “Hey can you do X for me” or “Answer X question”.  It is incredibly rare for me to have someone out of the blue, who I have never seen before and is not one of the 20 core people actually share something of mine on their own, or leave a comment or anything.

Now part of this entire problem is that early on in my “career” as TN, I had a tendency to downplay my work and tell people to not spend their time sharing it. I actually am part of my own problem now. I trained my audience to NOT treat me like I treated them.  And at this point, I am not completely sure I can ever fix that.  My reputation, such as it is, is pretty well cemented and ingrained into how people perceive me.  My own discord, when asked to send me compliments one day, only could talk about how I brought them all together.  Not about the things I wrote, or the streams I have done, or anything else.  Literally they only had things to say about how I was nice, and built a nice discord server.

It is nice to be known, but if my only goal was to be known I would be happy. But I don’t want to be known for only PART of what I do.  Unless, of course, what I do is not worth doing.  It is possible that the things I write, the videos I make, the streams I do, are not interesting and not worthy of being shared.  That is an entirely possible outcome here. But I don’t know because I never get told anything.  I never get comments about this.  The few comments I do get, when I get them, are always positive.

At this point, I want to try to repair the damage.  And I am not sure how to go about doing that.  Talking about my own work doesn’t seem to work.  I don’t want to NOT share everyone else’s work either, that is not my style.  I am not a selfish person, at least I don’t think so.  But is it wrong to be want to be known for ALL the work you do rather than only part of it?

I treat everyone the way I wish to be treated.  The Golden Rule.  But…getting people to treat me the way I treat them seems to be impossible.  Perhaps I just need to be more direct.

If I have shared something of yours, if I had said something nice about something you have created…do the same for me?  And if someone else has done that for you, do the same for them.

Treat me the way I have treated you.  Be kind to me, as I am kind to you.

And as far as twitter goes?  I may be back eventually I suppose.  Or perhaps I never will.  Perhaps I won’t see any changes from this plea and I will instead just stick to my own little corner of the web on twitch and here.

You have to accept ALL of me.  Not just one facet of me.  I won’t tolerate it anymore.  I don’t deserve that.  I deserve fair and equal treatment, the same I show everyone else.  If I can’t have that, well, then the community doesn’t deserve me anymore I suppose.  I can only give for so long, without getting something back, before I break.  I am very near breaking, if you could not tell.

I want to reiterate one more time, full and clear, here at the bottom that I WILL still be Writing, Streaming, and making Youtube Vids when appropriate. I just may never return to Twitter, or if I do, it will be much more limited, strict, focused, and NOT until the New Year.

I say this because a lot of my Patrons, when they read this on Patreon, thought I was quitting for good. I enjoy making stuff too much, and my fans on Twitch / Youtube / Patreon / Here support me a great deal without asking for anything in return other then my content, and I love you all for it.

Review: Stranger of Sword City (#ThrowbackThursday)

Originally posted on 6/5/16.  I need to replay this game and try to finish it.  Its an amazing dungeon crawler, but had some nasty difficulty spikes!

After 18 hours of dungeoneering, I feel that I have gotten a sufficient grasp on how this game works and where things are going to discuss it, and I’m honestly of mixed feelings here.

This is a game that is only going to appeal to a specific group of people. First, you are going to need to like Dungeon Crawler games like the old Wizardry series, Etrian Odyssey or Might and Magic – and you might not like it if you’re not fond of JRPGs and grinding.

If you fall under this very specific set of conditions, then congratulations, you have found an absolutely fantastic game well worth your time. But if not? Well, this may not be the game for you.

Continue reading “Review: Stranger of Sword City (#ThrowbackThursday)”

My Top 5 JRPGs of All Time

Hello everyone, Clay here with another article for you to consume, digest, and ponder.  Today I wanted to talk about the genre of Japanese Roleplaying Games, or JRPGs.  My intro to gaming was the venerable Atari 2600 and Odyssey 2, and in the early 80’s rather then get a NES like most kids my dad ended up getting me not one but 2 Sega Master Systems (one for his house, one for my mom’s) and when I got a bit older I didn’t get the SNES or Genesis, but rather a PC (a Compaq Presario 520 all in one desktop and if I ever got a classic PC this is what I would want).I actually really got into the JRPG genre thanks to a PS One that I got in 1998 for Christmas.  Mine was a Costco bundle that came with Cool Borders 2 and Jet Moto 2.  I remember playing the hell out of both those games, and then slowly discovering the JRPG genre and becoming hooked.  I had played RPGs on my PC and a few action RPGs like Zelda, Faxanadu, and Crystalis on an NES I did end up getting eventually, but nothing stuck till the PS One.  Well, except one instance…but we will talk about that later.

Since then I have played tons of JRPGs on all sorts of systems, from the NES up to PC rereleases and stuff on the PS3 / XBox 360.  And I wanted to talk about what I consider to be the top 5 JRPGs of all time (and a couple of honorable mentions), at least for now and for me.  As always, these are my opinions.

Number 5: Breath of Fire 3

I got my PS One early on in its life cycle, and I will always remember the first game I bought with my own money for it.  I had a part time job in High School working at a Wendy’s, and was at my dad’s one weekend and he dropped me off at a place called the West Oaks mall.  It had a EB Games / Gamestop, and I had $20 on me, and I decided to see if there were any cool new games for my PS1.  At the time, I still only had a couple demo discs and the two sports games.  I saw the cover for Breath of Fire 3 on the used games shelf, and it was $20.  I read the back and just went “WAIT DRAGONS?!  I CAN BE A DRAGON!?”  Suffice to say I immediately bought it, and when my dad came to pick me up a few hours later I rush home, loaded it up, and became engrossed in the world of Ryu and company.

What has always stuck out for me with this game is the story.  It’s not one about saving the world.  The world itself is never in real danger.  Rather, this is the story of Ryu, and who he is.  You actually play the game over 2 arcs: Childhood, and Teenager.  As a child, Ryu gets involved in a few messes that he ends up having to help clean up, but nothing world threatening at all.  All Ryu wants to do is find out who he is and where he comes from, and why he can transform into dragons.  When you hit your Teenage years, the game continues with the world having changed, but now you have better leads, and you eventually discover what became of your people…and who is responsible.  It’s a very personal journey and I adore it.  One of these days I will have to do a full playthrough of it, but given the amount of grinding that it (And all JRPGs have for the most part) it might be hard to stream haha.  Oh and the music stellar and I can still hum the overworld themes (both of them)

Number 4: Chrono Cross

I have a theory that a person’s favorite “Chrono” game is always going to be the first one they play.  I feel this way because the first of the Chrono games I played was Cross, not Trigger (remember, I never had an SNES growing up).  Chrono Cross is a unique game, exploring concepts of death and the multiverse, and has always stuck with me.  I think part of the reason is the music.  I flat out love every single piece of music from Chrono Cross.  I listen to the theme, Scars of Time, all the time.

The story of Serge and his strange place in the world of Chrono Cross is also a fascinating tale. Which this one does have a “Save the World” plotline, that really doesn’t come up for a very long time.  Most of the time, you are trying to figure out the story between Termina and Another Termina, the two parallel worlds that are connected.  Further, the connection between Serge and the character known as Lynx.  One thing that is unique to Cross is the sheer number of recruitable characters in the game, each with their own movesets and stories, and in order to recruit everyone you would have to play the game 3 times in a row (there is a New Game+ mode).  Also, Cross has no grinding required.  Or even character levels.  It’s a fascinating game and one I recommend to anyone looking for something different.

Number 3: Persona 4

I did not have a PS2 until my wife and I got together.  In fact we still have the original PS2 she had brought with her when we got married.  I explored a few of the RPGs on that system, but none really clicked.

That is until Persona 4.  I am still to this day not sure why.  Maybe it was the combination of living the life of a High Schooler while also trying to solve a murder mystery in an Urban Fantasy / Supernatural setting.  Maybe it was the way that the connections to characters in the world effected your dungeon exploration gameplay in a meaningful way through the Social Links / Persona connections.  Maybe it was the story, one that brings up ideas of imposter syndrome and sexuality and identity into it in a sometimes light hearted, sometimes heavy handed, but always solid way.  Hell maybe it was the raw style of the game, because to this day the only RPGs that ooze style like this one did are in fact the OTHER Persona games.

I am not sure.  But I played the ever loving hell out of this, to the point where my wife HATES the battle theme (I dont disagree, it gets REALLY old really fast lol).  I am impatiently waiting for the day Persona 5 comes to PC (please papa Sega have mercy) so I can finally become a phantom thief.  But for now, Inaba will always be a special place for me.  Also Naoto is best girl fight me.

Number 2: Tales of Symphonia

The Gamecube was a weird system for me.  I bought it, not because of its games lineup or anything but because it was frankly the cheapest console out there at the time.  I got mine brand new for $100 at a Gamestop.  I ended up falling in love with quite a few titles on it including the Metroid Primes but the one game that made the system for me and introduced me to one of my favorite series of JRPGs out there was Tales of Symphonia.

I don’t remember ever hearing a single thing about this game.  I just saw the cover, read the back and went “Huh, a JRPG but with a fighting game combat system?  That’s different!”  I had just finished Baiten Kaitos (another excellent game, and one that deserves a re-release!) that had a card based battle system so I figured I would give this one a shot.  It took the game almost no time at all to hook me.  Between the Skits, the character, the world, the plot, and the gameplay, Symphonia got its claws into me and would not let go.  Because of Tales of Symphonia I have now played Abyss, Vesperia, Berseria, Zesteria, Graces F, and Xillia.  Even a couple of the PSP releases of the Tales games (Radiant Mythologies).  All because I took a chance on Symphonia.  This is one that I want to play / stream and review, as I own the PC release of it now.  I no longer have the Gamecube you see.

Also I have to give props to the story and a major plot twist that at the time I did NOT see coming, at all.  Once the halfway point hit I was like “OMGWTFBBQ!” and the game just went off the rails in the best way possible.

Before we get to my number 1 let me bring up 2 Honorable mentions.  These were JUST outside the Top 5 for me.

Honorable Mention: Grandia 1

JUSSSSTTTTTTTIIIIINNNNNN.  A PS One game with voice acting.  A plot that doesn’t start out as Save the World but rather is focused on our MC, Justin, becoming an explorer and crossing the great “End of the World”.  A creepy organization in the background doing…things! that you eventually have to deal with.  A combat system that was unique for its time, and involved both character leveling and magic / weapon levels.  Party members that eventually leave, replaced by new ones who you grow to love.

Everything about Grandia 1 is awesome.  While graphically it has not aged that great, I am still hyped for the HD release that is still supposedly coming to Steam.  Just an all-around fantastic game.

Honorable Mention: Legend of Mana

Wanna know why I love Legend of Mana?  First the art, then the music, then the nonlinear gameplay with multiple stories and endings and choices.  Plus insane replayability through the weapon system and customization options.  Hell, the best way to learn about Legend of Mana is to watch my streamed Playthrough of the game right here!

Number 1: Earthbound

I was in middle school, and a kid asked me to sleep over at his place.  My mom said sure, and when I got there his mom took us to a local Blockbuster.  He had just gotten the Super Nintendo, and me and him were gonna rent a game and see how it was.

The game we chose was Earthbound.  I don’t remember much about the sleepover, other then we stayed up all night taking turns with the controls.  We had no idea what this game was about other than the fact that we were beating up crows, locals guy, dogs, gang members, and police officers.  We found the humor, a lot focused on strange things like cults about the color blue and barf to be hilarious.  I know we got as far as the town of Summer, and the Pyramid, but could not figure out the way through it, and by the time the next day came about we had to return the game unfinished.  The game, however, never left my mind as I grew up.  This video is a good look at Earthbound by the way, and is by one of my favorite youtubers.

It was not until I was around 28-29 did I play Earthbound again, on my phone via an emulator of all things.  There is something magical about this game and its story, and world.  The journey of Ness and friends, to different places and locations, using things like psychic powers to crush giant ants and moles, and learning a musical song that will defeat a great evil is timeless.  There are tons of videos out there, and tons of discussions, talking about why Earthbound is one of the greatest JRPGs of all time, and I don’t need to really hash those back out.  I can say this, however: One of the reason I bought the SNES Classic was because Earthbound was on there.  I mean sure games like Link to the Past, FF6, Super Metroid, and Super Mario RPG are all great games on there as well, but for me I only had eyes for Earthbound.  This was my chance to own a “real” copy of it (the game still goes for like $100+ cart only, and I no longer have a SNES system) so I knew I had to go for it.  And when I got my New 2DS XL the first virtual console game I got was Earthbound.

Earthbound is a special game for me, a game that I feel opened my eyes to the world of JRPGs.  It was the first real JRPG I ever played, long before the PS1 era and such, and its colorful world, cast of characters, and story of hope has stuck with me to this day.  Just talking about it has now made me start humming the Onett theme.  In fact, I might just reinstall an emulator on my phone and play through Earthbound again.  Ness needs to hit some fools with his bat while Paula prays.  Oh, and if you ever play the game, pay attention to the city names.  You might notice a silly pattern.

Stay nerdy everyone, and I will see you in Onett.  Fuzzy Pickles!

Review: Voidspire Tactics (#ThrowbackThursday)

Originally posted on 6/15/16.  I have nothing to add now to this game. I still stand by these thoughts.

Sometimes a game comes along that just seems to fail to connect with me. It may not be a bad game by any means, but for some reason it just doesn’t grab me, it fails to make me want to play.

Voidspire Tactics is such a game. It’s a game that, in my eyes, does a bunch of things competently but brings nothing new to the table and in fact is one of the most boring things I have had the misfortune of playing. And make no mistake, it has some problems.

Let’s just get into my Pillars. This is not going to take long. Continue reading “Review: Voidspire Tactics (#ThrowbackThursday)”

State of the Nerd: December 2018

Alright time for the monthly State of the Nerd post!  Look, I am actually doing a second post about this topic wee! With it being the holiday season and the family issues on both my side and my wife’s side of the family (personal stuff, not effecting us directly, but we gotta help out) I am going to be even more busy then usual on top of my usual madness.  GOOD TIMES INDEED.
So let’s dive right into how things have been going!

TABLETOP

In the tabletop world I am hoping to finally spend 12/3 Sunday recording, editing, and uploading my Heralds Savage World Setting book review.  I cannot keep putting it off, and I am feeling up to doing a video so that should be fun.  I also might do a video on the Pugmire Core Rulebook as well since I have read that and could review it.  Even though I won’t be playing Pugmire or Streaming it for a while (because again, family matters).

I also was able to pick up the Indie Bundle of Holding. I got the Max Tier of that one, and got 6 games. Honestly, 3 of em are horror themed and not my jam, but the other three I absolutely want to read: Spire, Tiny Dungeons 2e, and Dusk City Outlaws.  I actually have read most of the Tiny Dungeon 2e Core Rulebook (I am in the Microsettings section) and honestly I have fallen in love with the Tiny d6 system.  It’s easy to understand, superfast to run, and the way characters are built is excellent. They use a trait system rather than stats, so instead of having a 12 Strength you could have the “Athletic” trait, which would give ya a bonus.  Supposedly at some point Gallant Knight Games will be sending me a goodie box full of Tiny D6 stuff (no idea what) and once I get that I am probably going to go over the contents of the box and do some videos / posts about the stuff within.  Whenever it is they manage to get it out.  Again, Holiday Season.  It’s a mess right now over here.

Also the day I am writing this is the day Pax Unplugged has kicked off.  By the time most of you read this, Pax will be over. I wonder what news and exciting things are going to come out of the convention, what treasures and cool pictures and new games to get excited over.

I mention this because you might have seen me talk about my change in Tabletop “tastes” on twitter. I realized that the crunchier, prep heavy games like Dungeons and Dragons 5E and the like are becoming less and less appealing to me as a GM.  I don’t want to spend even 2 hours writing up dungeons, balancing encounters and treasures, and all that jazz.  I am much more comfy doing Improv styled GMing, working off what my players want to do.  DND 5e CAN do that, and I have done that, buts its much harder to manage and requires a lot of tools and books (like books of Encounters) to make it run smoothly.  I mean, Sly Flourish has an entire book called the Lazy GMs Guide whose sole purpose is to lower your prep time for 5E!  Other systems do not require this.

After reading Tiny Dungeons 2E it hit me that the kind of game I like is more Crunchy then say FATE, but less than 5E.  Stuff like Tiny Dungeons, or Michtim, or Savage Worlds.  Things that are rules lite but still have SOME Crunch to them, and are easily moddable. I mean, I can come up with custom baddies in all three of those systems in moments, making Improv super easy. Do I need a bandit for example?

  • Michtim: He has 5 wounds, a 3 in Anger, 3 Fear, 3 Grief, 2 Joy, 1 Love. Can make 2 ANGER actions a round and move.
  • Savage Worlds: Not a wild card, D6 Fighting, D6 Str. 4 Parry. Uses a long sword, does STR+1d6 damage.  Notice d4
  • Tiny Dungoens 2e: 4 HP, Carries a Heavy Weapon, is Athletic and Perceptive.

Those are all valid enemies in those systems, and I just made them up typing this out.  I can’t really do that in 5e.  This is why all those tools exist FOR 5E and games like it.

So expect to see a focus on more indie games, more small games, and lighter games from me. Pugmire is most likely going to be the last 5e based game I run for a long time. It’s not a bad game, by any means! It’s just not what I am after much anymore.

Finally, Patrons should expect a Tiny Dungeons 2e One Shot in January.  And I might switch to the Tiny D6 games for the Gen Con 2019 games that I run (the 2 of em) instead of Savage Worlds.  Yes, I like the Tiny d6 stuff THAT MUCH.

STREAMING

I haven’t been able to stream much.  Either been too tired, or too busy to really get to it. I did manage to stream a bit of Hellgate London and The Secret World Legends recently.  My current plan for the Mass Effect Trilogy Run is to start that in January after the Holidays. I don’t want to get into that and not be able to do it fairly consistently.  As mentioned above, I am hoping to have a Tiny Dungeons 2e One shot (or several) starting in January as well.  Once things settle down a bit.  I might do some Grim Dawn when I have time, or something along those lines. A good mindless Grinder game so I can chat with my viewers.  And Speaking of Games!

VIDEO GAMES

I have gotten ahold of, and started playing, a couple of different games in different genres.  I am still working, slowly, on Final Fantasy 9 and Dot Hack GU Recode.  I play them when I am in the mood for some hot JRPG action.  However, I am starting to get my Anime Game fix from another game that I am actually playing with my wife: SoulWorkers.

SoulWorkers is a Korean MMO Dungeon Grinder Action Beat em Up RPG.  Yes it’s a mouthful.  Its free to play and on Steam, with all the wonderfully grindy time wasting shit that it comes with.  Hell it even has an Energy System to limit play!  But its actually a ton of fun to play and feels very Dynasty Warriors.  You basically spend time in small dungeons made up of themed rooms, killing hordes of bad guys and then a boss at the end.  You get loot which you can sell or break down (for crafting) there is some HIGHLY EXPENSIVE Player Housing (holy shit the gold cost for items is obscene) and character customization is kind of…non-existent.  You are playing a CHARACTER like a JRPG, with a story and personality to them, rather than a blank slate like in most Western games. My wife is playing, no joke, a guitar wielding demon dog summoning Loli (Little Girl) who is obsessed with eating and biscuits. I chose the girl who wields a Scythe and she is literally insane. She goes from Tsundere Proper Lady to ABSOLUTE BONKERS in seconds! She actually said during a mission, quote “AHAHAHAHAHA I WILL KILL THEM ALL!” followed by “COME INTO THE BALLROOM!” like WUT.  I might see if my wife wants to stream it with me one night so you all can see it dear readers.  Its wild.  And if I have already streamed it by the time you read this, well there ya go.  You will have gotten to see the wild gameplay of this brawler haha.

I also, at my wife’s urging, got Fallout 76 so I could eventually play with our friends Kraven Gaming and Saevrick.  I haven’t had much time to play Fallout 76 to be honest, and when I do I…get kinda frustrated.  Each time I pick it up I find something I enjoy…and something that irritates me.  For example, I love the crafting system, but hate the weight limits! I want to scour and scavenge and collect things so I can make cool shit, but instead find myself leaving a lot of loot behind because I can’t carry it…and if you go over limit your AP drains when moving AND YOU CANNOT FAST TRAVEL.  Given how big the damn game world is that’s a nightmare.  I have also had issues involving the damn latency of the game.  It’s always online, and data has to be transmitted right?  Well I have had, no joke, multiple instances of the game taking 5-10 seconds to register damage on the enemy, but they hit me just fine. I shot a ghoul who had almost no health point blank with my shotgun.  He ignored the hit, ran up to me, hit me, and ONLY THEN died to the shot I fired moments prior.  Stuff like that has to be fixed.  Once a few patches are in I see myself coming back and really digging in because it’s basically Fallout 4, only with some Multiplayer and in a MASSIVE world.  Although at times I am not sure the game knows what it wants to be.  It’s hard to explain.  And I personally don’t mind the lack of human NPCs at all.

Additionally I finally installed Grim Dawn the Action RPG (with its DLC Expansion) and started trying that out.  I tried the game when it first game out but was rather burned out on ARPGs at the time, so never really did much to grab me.  I am playing it now as a Necromancer / Shaman and its pretty damn fun. Inventory management is key, just like the old Diablo 2 days, which doesn’t bother me, and the fact that I can run around with 4 skelebros and a big ass Axe hitting things makes me giggle.  I love the Theme though so far, although I just got access to the first town and cleared out the sewers to fix their water source.  When I looked at the world map though I admit my eyes bugged out a bit cause HOLY SHIT is Grim Dawn a huge farking world.  I definitely want to play more of this though, so that’s always a good sign! Gotta get my Skelebro army up and running.

Finally I did manage to pick up two games on Black Friday, both for my New 2DS XL.  One was Persona Q Shadow of the Labrynth for $10 and the other was Blaster Master DX for $5 via the EShop.  Blaster Master was just for me (I loved the game on the NES) and this is the remake, so its prettied up but still the same game.  Persona Q is really my only way to experience Persona right now since I dont have a PS4 and thus cannot play Persona 3, 4, or 5.  And yes, I already played 4 to completion and loved it.  I am considering down the road, after Gen Con, maybe doing a Ko Fi campaign to get a PS4 so I can finally play some of the exclusive JRPGs.  Thats assuming Persona 5 does not come to PC (come on papa Sega give it to me)

Oh, and as much as I like Hellgate London and am happy to see it back?  Its apparently optimized EVEN WORSE than it used to be, to the point where my stupid computer that can run Dragon Age Inquisition, AC Odyssey, Fallout 76 and more HAS ISSUES WITH INSANE FPS DROPS IN HELLGATE!  I mean, we are talking SLIDESLOW 1 FPS LEVELS HERE.  It’s insane.  Sooo yea, avoid Hellgate London’s release on steam for a while, it’s kind of hot garbage right now.  I wish it wasn’t the case but it’s a mess.

Finally I am still messing around with Hyrule Warriors Legends when I am in the mood (but SoulWorkers is scratching THIS itch as well) and also Rune Factory 4 when I want a good farming sim.  Secret World Legends is going to be saved for Streams when I want something that doesn’t take too much effort to play.  It’s an easy MMO now to be perfectly honest.  Hell I did the first dungeon live on Stream and basically was the tank…as a character with a healer and DPS weapon setup!

Oh and I am back to playing Final Fantasy Brave Exivus and Siralim 3 on my phone as well.  What can I say, I am a sucker for FFBE.  And Siralim 3 is just an awesome indie monster catching dungeon crawler (and its $5 on IOS and Android!)

So there you have it.  The State of the Nerd as of this month, December 2018!  How are things looking in your life?  What have you been up to?  Leave a comment below and let me know, and always Stay Nerdy my friends and have a great Holiday where ever you happen to be!