The Month in Gaming: July 2012

My gaming this past month primarily involved the Final Fantasy brand (three of them!), with a new system also thrown into the mix. Here are the details.

 

Final Fantasy VII (PC)

Final Fantasy VII (PC)

Final Fantasy VII was not only the very first game I ever played in the series, but also the first RPG I ever played to its end, originally back in 1997. Returning to the game so many years later, after having played through its six predecessors, how did it stack up? Check out the full review of Final Fantasy VII here!

 

 

Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV (PC)

Again, I played a bit of this game but, really, I ended up cancelling my subscription to it yet again, because I instead was too busy playing…

Final Fantasy XI

Final Fantasy XI (PC/Xbox 360)

After a month of getting my subjobs up to snuff, and also getting Rank 3 in order to unlock the job, I finally got to level Dragoon as I had planned to do. I ended up getting my Dragoon up to Level 61, where I paused for a bit so I could obtain the Artifact Armor for the job before continuing. Kiddoe helped a bunch with that, and I also spent some time trying to level Goldsmithing as a means of consistent income. Most of the playing was done at night (on my Xbox 360 in bed) though, since I was having so much fun playing Final Fantasy VII, but I was having fun here, too, and look forward to more progress next month.

 

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PS Vita)

I mentioned earlier this year that I had received a PlayStation Vita as a gift from my fiancée back in the beginning of April, but I hadn’t had much time for it, given that I was already playing Final Fantasy on a handheld system, usually at night. Well, as I predicted, I had more time to play come this month, given that my gaming was now relegated to PC, freeing me up to play a handheld in bed. And I have, though I’ve also mostly played Final Fantasy XI on my Xbox 360 in bed. But I will say that this game is amazing, both graphically and technologically.

Graphically, the visuals constantly keep me going, “Wow” out loud, and I even had to look up online if it was possible to take screenshots with the PS Vita. Thankfully, it is, because I have some great wallpapers now of the scenery in this game.

Technologically, I’m having a blast as well. I’ve had game sequences where I had to tilt the PS Vita in order to navigate a mud slide without hitting rocks. Often I will find dirty artifacts in the jungle which I have to brush clean by using my finger on the front touch-screen. Even the back touch-screen comes into play by helping me rotate objects. And the coolest part I found was a scroll with faded ink on it. So how did I read the ink? I was told to hold my PS Vita up to a light source. When I did that, text started appearing on the scroll in the game. This is all gimmicky, sure, but it’s also amazing and at least plays into the gameplay without being gratuitous.

The story so far is standard stuff, with twists and turns constantly driving the narrative forward, but I’m still enjoying it, and I love being able to play it anywhere, and even just for some quick bursts, maybe before dinner. I haven’t finished the game yet, but I’m confident saying that Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the reason to own a PS Vita.

Beyond the actual game itself, the PS Vita is fun for a bit. It comes preloaded with a few free “welcome” type games that introduce you to the way the system works, and they even have Trophies. There are also apps, like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and YouTube. There’s even an app that lets you see other PS Vita players around you so you can challenge them to a game (provided you both own it, of course). The PlayStation Store is there, too, but it’s layout of it is horrible and different than that of the PS3 version. There also seems to be a lack of free content for it, whereas the PS3 is constantly pushing out freebies for PlayStation Plus subscribers. I think some more PS Vita love on that front would go a long way. Still, the system definitely has promise, and I hope that it succeeds in the long run.

 

And that takes care of July’s gaming! Quite a busy month! Onwards to Final Fantasy VIII, a game I recall not enjoying. However, I didn’t like Final Fantasy V when I originally played it, and now consider it high on the ranked tier, so I’m looking forward to trying Final Fantasy VIII again and hopefully feeling more positive about it by the end of August. See you then!


My gaming this past month primarily involved the Final Fantasy brand (three of them!), with a new system also thrown into the mix. Here are the details.

 

Final Fantasy VII (PC)

Final Fantasy VII (PC)

Final Fantasy VII was not only the very first game I ever played in the series, but also the first RPG I ever played to its end, originally back in 1997. Returning to the game so many years later, after having played through its six predecessors, how did it stack up? Check out the full review of Final Fantasy VII here!

 

 

Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV (PC)

Again, I played a bit of this game but, really, I ended up cancelling my subscription to it yet again, because I instead was too busy playing…

Final Fantasy XI

Final Fantasy XI (PC/Xbox 360)

After a month of getting my subjobs up to snuff, and also getting Rank 3 in order to unlock the job, I finally got to level Dragoon as I had planned to do. I ended up getting my Dragoon up to Level 61, where I paused for a bit so I could obtain the Artifact Armor for the job before continuing. Kiddoe helped a bunch with that, and I also spent some time trying to level Goldsmithing as a means of consistent income. Most of the playing was done at night (on my Xbox 360 in bed) though, since I was having so much fun playing Final Fantasy VII, but I was having fun here, too, and look forward to more progress next month.

 

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PS Vita)

I mentioned earlier this year that I had received a PlayStation Vita as a gift from my fiancée back in the beginning of April, but I hadn’t had much time for it, given that I was already playing Final Fantasy on a handheld system, usually at night. Well, as I predicted, I had more time to play come this month, given that my gaming was now relegated to PC, freeing me up to play a handheld in bed. And I have, though I’ve also mostly played Final Fantasy XI on my Xbox 360 in bed. But I will say that this game is amazing, both graphically and technologically.

Graphically, the visuals constantly keep me going, “Wow” out loud, and I even had to look up online if it was possible to take screenshots with the PS Vita. Thankfully, it is, because I have some great wallpapers now of the scenery in this game.

Technologically, I’m having a blast as well. I’ve had game sequences where I had to tilt the PS Vita in order to navigate a mud slide without hitting rocks. Often I will find dirty artifacts in the jungle which I have to brush clean by using my finger on the front touch-screen. Even the back touch-screen comes into play by helping me rotate objects. And the coolest part I found was a scroll with faded ink on it. So how did I read the ink? I was told to hold my PS Vita up to a light source. When I did that, text started appearing on the scroll in the game. This is all gimmicky, sure, but it’s also amazing and at least plays into the gameplay without being gratuitous.

The story so far is standard stuff, with twists and turns constantly driving the narrative forward, but I’m still enjoying it, and I love being able to play it anywhere, and even just for some quick bursts, maybe before dinner. I haven’t finished the game yet, but I’m confident saying that Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the reason to own a PS Vita.

Beyond the actual game itself, the PS Vita is fun for a bit. It comes preloaded with a few free “welcome” type games that introduce you to the way the system works, and they even have Trophies. There are also apps, like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and YouTube. There’s even an app that lets you see other PS Vita players around you so you can challenge them to a game (provided you both own it, of course). The PlayStation Store is there, too, but it’s layout of it is horrible and different than that of the PS3 version. There also seems to be a lack of free content for it, whereas the PS3 is constantly pushing out freebies for PlayStation Plus subscribers. I think some more PS Vita love on that front would go a long way. Still, the system definitely has promise, and I hope that it succeeds in the long run.

 

And that takes care of July’s gaming! Quite a busy month! Onwards to Final Fantasy VIII, a game I recall not enjoying. However, I didn’t like Final Fantasy V when I originally played it, and now consider it high on the ranked tier, so I’m looking forward to trying Final Fantasy VIII again and hopefully feeling more positive about it by the end of August. See you then!


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