The Month in Gaming: April 2012

My gaming this past month was much more focused than it has been the prior couple of months. I really only played two games, consistently, with a few trials of my new PS Vita instead.

 

Final Fantasy IV (DS)

Final Fantasy IV (DS)

Continuing with my goal of playing each single-player Final Fantasy game this year, one per month, I primarily played Final Fantasy IV. As mentioned in my original post, I was not sure if I would go with the PlayStation Portable version, which included two additional added post-game bonus sequel packs, or the Nintendo DS version, which was completely redone in 3D and included voice acting (but not those two extra episodes). I opted to go for the Nintendo DS version in order to have a completely new experience with a game that I was already familiar with anyway. How did it go? Check out the full review of Final Fantasy IV here!

 

 

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)

The other game, which I had been working on since early March, on and off, was Mass Effect 2. Sidetracked by other games the past few months, I kept to just my one FF game and this one, and I finally finished it — on Insanity difficulty, no less. In fact, I beat both Final Fantasy IV and Mass Effect 2 on the same day, too. I also finished all the DLC for ME2 and earned every Achievement as well. The game was a lot of fun, and I found the high difficulty level to actually be a more realistic form of combat. I will admit that, at one particular point in a post-game DLC, I adjusted the difficulty level after repeated deaths were leading to frustration, as it was literally the last thing I needed to complete in the game. After getting past the one firefight, I tuned it back up, though.

The game was definitely a lot of fun, and I enjoy the myriad options and paths one can take, from morality-based conversation options to romance choices and world-altering decisions. I’d love to play it again completely differently, but I am (finally) moving on to Mass Effect 3 after owning it for two months.

 

PlayStation Vita

PlayStation Vita

Lastly, I received a PlayStation Vita as a gift from my wonderful girlfriend (now my fiancée) on Easter Sunday. Along with it came Uncharted: Golden Abyss, which is a prequel to the PlayStation 3 series I love. It also came with a few freebie games, too. I messed around with some of the freebies (particularly Welcome Park) and even a few game trials via the Playstation Store. I also tried out Uncharted, but I did not get much farther than the prologue, as I did not want to get too deep into it at the expense of the other two games listed above. I will admit I feel a bit guilty, since I’ve definitely wanted a Vita for quite a while, but I never expected to get one and my gaming queue is filled up for the next few months. I imagine that Final Fantasy VI will be the last in the series that I’ll consistently play on a handheld system, with Final Fantasy VII most likely being played on my PlayStation 3 primarily. By that time (July), I should be done Mass Effect 3, and so my consistent alternating of playing a handheld game and playing a console game will hopefully see the Vita come into its prime around that time.

 

That’s all for April. May sees me start Final Fantasy V for the Gameboy Advance (played on my Nintendo DS, most likely), as well as Mass Effect 3. I also will probably return to Final Fantasy XIV Online, as a “Welcome Back” and “Legacy” campaign kicks off on May 9th, which will see free gameplay time that also relates to a future permanent discounted subscription rate. Hard to pass that up!

See you next month.


My gaming this past month was much more focused than it has been the prior couple of months. I really only played two games, consistently, with a few trials of my new PS Vita instead.

 

Final Fantasy IV (DS)

Final Fantasy IV (DS)

Continuing with my goal of playing each single-player Final Fantasy game this year, one per month, I primarily played Final Fantasy IV. As mentioned in my original post, I was not sure if I would go with the PlayStation Portable version, which included two additional added post-game bonus sequel packs, or the Nintendo DS version, which was completely redone in 3D and included voice acting (but not those two extra episodes). I opted to go for the Nintendo DS version in order to have a completely new experience with a game that I was already familiar with anyway. How did it go? Check out the full review of Final Fantasy IV here!

 

 

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)

The other game, which I had been working on since early March, on and off, was Mass Effect 2. Sidetracked by other games the past few months, I kept to just my one FF game and this one, and I finally finished it — on Insanity difficulty, no less. In fact, I beat both Final Fantasy IV and Mass Effect 2 on the same day, too. I also finished all the DLC for ME2 and earned every Achievement as well. The game was a lot of fun, and I found the high difficulty level to actually be a more realistic form of combat. I will admit that, at one particular point in a post-game DLC, I adjusted the difficulty level after repeated deaths were leading to frustration, as it was literally the last thing I needed to complete in the game. After getting past the one firefight, I tuned it back up, though.

The game was definitely a lot of fun, and I enjoy the myriad options and paths one can take, from morality-based conversation options to romance choices and world-altering decisions. I’d love to play it again completely differently, but I am (finally) moving on to Mass Effect 3 after owning it for two months.

 

PlayStation Vita

PlayStation Vita

Lastly, I received a PlayStation Vita as a gift from my wonderful girlfriend (now my fiancée) on Easter Sunday. Along with it came Uncharted: Golden Abyss, which is a prequel to the PlayStation 3 series I love. It also came with a few freebie games, too. I messed around with some of the freebies (particularly Welcome Park) and even a few game trials via the Playstation Store. I also tried out Uncharted, but I did not get much farther than the prologue, as I did not want to get too deep into it at the expense of the other two games listed above. I will admit I feel a bit guilty, since I’ve definitely wanted a Vita for quite a while, but I never expected to get one and my gaming queue is filled up for the next few months. I imagine that Final Fantasy VI will be the last in the series that I’ll consistently play on a handheld system, with Final Fantasy VII most likely being played on my PlayStation 3 primarily. By that time (July), I should be done Mass Effect 3, and so my consistent alternating of playing a handheld game and playing a console game will hopefully see the Vita come into its prime around that time.

 

That’s all for April. May sees me start Final Fantasy V for the Gameboy Advance (played on my Nintendo DS, most likely), as well as Mass Effect 3. I also will probably return to Final Fantasy XIV Online, as a “Welcome Back” and “Legacy” campaign kicks off on May 9th, which will see free gameplay time that also relates to a future permanent discounted subscription rate. Hard to pass that up!

See you next month.


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