It’s a short but sweet PlayTime this week, which ironically features lots of games with stupidly long titles, such as Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea, DmC: Devil May Cry – Definitive Edition, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation, along with hardcore co-op top-down shooter, Helldivers.
It’s been another busy week for me so I didn’t play as much as I would have liked. That being said, I did manage to download and play the absolutely fantastic Helldivers. It’s basically Starship Troopers: The Game. The difficulty curve is pretty extreme, but the gameplay is so addictive that this is in no way a deterrence. I primarily played on the PS4, but thanks to the game’s cross-save feature I was able to take my character’s progress over to the Vita as well; I actually like the touchscreen controls a little better than the DualShock 4.
I’ve only just begun playing Helldivers – easy is still the highest difficulty I can even attempt solo at the moment – but I can see myself sinking dozens of hours into the game. Now I just need to find three more friends willing to tackle its multiplayer with me.
I’ve spent most of my week playing Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea, and finally finishing Alien Isolation! I loved it and felt that it’s a great survival horror game with genuinely tense moments. I’d love to see something similar in the future, assuming it still manages to feel fresh.
I’ve dabbled in Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation, The Firefly Diary, Under Night In-Birth and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Otherwise I’ve also got my hands on Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters as an avid fan of visual novels and ghost stories. Although the combat is pretty clunky, I’m enjoying the story and its amazing art style.
Other than gaming I caught up on anime and Japanese reading including Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Nisekoi and Your Lie in April. And apparently picking up girls in a dungeon isn’t a very good idea, you guys, and despite how stupid the title is, it’s a genuinely well-written book with a twist on the game-world-theme concept.
My most played game this week (by far!) was Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Part of the reason for that is because the current Seasonal Event requires a far higher level than I currently am, so I’ve been gaining as much XP as possible by blitzing the main scenario, as well as any side quests and hunting challenges I come across. The recent news that the Heavensward expansion isn’t releasing until June is actually music to my ears, as I’ll hopefully have completed the main story by then!
As well as spending an inordinate amount of time on FFXIV, I also played Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s The Bright Lord DLC. Additionally, I was lucky enough to receive DmC: Devil May Cry – Definitive Edition several days before tomorrow’s release, but I’d better not talk about that too much, as I believe it is still under an embargo (sneak preview: it’s still awesome).