Over the last couple of weeks, Dolph travelled to the end of the earth for a Trico statue, Mitch played even more Japanese games that I can’t pronounce, while Sam and I played an MMO for longer than we probably should have. So, in other words, we’re all extremely cool people.
There are times in life when you do something irrational for love. Over the last two weeks, someone new came into my life, and they compelled me to do something others might consider a little ridiculous. Before we get to that story, let me introduce you to my new friend, Trico.
Part cat, part bird, and moody as hell, Trico quickly cements a place in your heart during the first few moments of The Last Guardian. As with every Fumito Ueda game, it’s all about relationships, and every emotional heartstring is plucked as you witness the story of a boy and his pet monster. The experience, from start to finish, and even in the stinger beyond the credits, is really outstanding, and there is enough here to ensure I’ll play through at least twice more. But what of that irrational exploit?
After falling for Trico, I took to the internet to see how I could own one for real. Of course, I don’t mean the actual monster – I’m not completely off the rails yet. I mean some kind of model, statue, or even a plush. Alas, the powers that be have not – yet – realised the merchandise potential of our cat-bird friend. However, the Collector’s Edition contains a beautiful statue of Trico asleep, with the boy standing on his head (which you do a lot in the game). I had to have it, but it was sold out. Everywhere.
I found one copy in a store in Camden, which is a solid four-hour round-trip commitment for me. And we’re talking about owning two copies of the game, and shelling out a three-figure sum too. Did I do it? You bet your life I did. I may have even managed to grab the last guardian in the UK, if you’ll pardon the pun, and I couldn’t be happier. Trico now sits pride of place in the living room, ready to defend me against evil knights and “the Tricopath”.
This week I’ve spent a lot of time playing Tales of Zestiria again, ahead of Berseria’s release. It’s grown on me a lot more since I first played it, and although the backtracking and fetch quests are still pretty tedious at times, I’ve found myself having a lot more fun with it this time around. I’m getting very excited for Berseria and, well, most games this month! Zestiria had me glued throughout most of the weekend and it’s been super fun!
Other than that, I’ve spent a fair bit of time playing Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, which you can expect a review of later this month, so I won’t talk about it much now. I just wanted to throw it out there that I’m playing a new game, rather than tell you all about how my ranked points on Overwatch have been steadily decreasing. There’s not a whole lot more to say this week, but with games like Hatsune Miku: Future Tone, Resident Evil 7 and Gravity Rush 2 all releasing soon, you can bet I’ll have a lot to talk about in the coming weeks!
So, I have to say that I was wrong. My hatred for Final Fantasy XIII left me blind. I was unable to see the joys of the two main games that followed. I had no desire to play FFXV as I assumed it would be like FFXIII, but I must admit that, having received it as a Christmas present, I decided to give it a chance. It is a wonderful game with delightful music and an interesting story. The combat is a little repetitive but the rest of the game more than makes up for it.
However, recently I haven’t spent nearly as much time on FFXV as the second MMORPG I’ve ever played. The first one didn’t stand by most of the rules that an MMO uses. It was The Elder Scrolls Online. I played it because I love the world of Tamriel (see my GOTY article for more) but it always seemed to lack something; for example, a level sync, to allow me to play with lower level friends.
I’ve recently started playing and grinding on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. My Gladiator soon became a Paladin with a penchant for Botany, because there seems to be something extremely pleasing about gathering logs and feathers. I have recently discovered the joys of farming profitable items and selling them on the in-game market. This, I should add, is becoming an unexpected excitement of mine, and one that I’m sure I’ll keep you posted on. All I’m saying is that 30,000 gil for a stack of cinnamon is not bad.
I’m loving the vast open world of an MMO, and the extensive customisation it offers. The storyline and lore of Final Fantasy XIV’s world is engaging, and has led my two best friends (yes, one of them is Stefan) and I to join together for endless fun.
As Sam mentioned, over the last couple of weeks we’ve been playing a lot of the amazing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, as I somehow managed to convince him and another friend to buy it while it was on sale over Christmas. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t 100% sure whether they would like it or not, but considering our play times are already troublingly high, I needn’t have worried.
As regular readers may know, I’ve kept my subscription going pretty much since the game’s launch on PS4 back in April 2014, but I haven’t played it much recently; until now, that is. It’s been a lot of fun playing with friends with my new White Mage character (even though Sam gets annoyed whenever I accidently let him die), so I’m really looking forward to running the game’s later dungeons together.
In other exciting news, I recently purchased a Sony 4K HDR television, which I’ve had my eye on for the last few months. What little HDR content I’ve seen so far has been extremely impressive, although I haven’t played many compatible games yet, mainly because I’ve been more than a little preoccupied with FFXIV. I’m really looking forward to revisiting games like Final Fantasy XV and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End soon though, as I’m sure they will look incredible.