The Month in Gaming: May 2012

While I mostly bounced between two games again this month — one a handheld and one a console, as usual — I also had a third come back into the mix.

 

Final Fantasy V (Game Boy Advance)

Final Fantasy V (GBA)

Being the fifth month of the year, this month’s Final Fantasy title was naturally Final Fantasy V, a game I had played long ago when it came out as one-half of the original Playstation’s Final Fantasy Anthology over a decade ago. The only thing I really recalled about the game was not liking it and eventually giving up on it; prior to this past month, it remained the one title in the series that I had quit and not beaten — although, full disclosure, as I learned in March, I never actually beat Final Fantasy III originally on the Nintendo DS, though that was not because of disliking and quitting it, as it was with this game. So, to be fair, my initial thoughts going in to this game was a bit of dread, worried that it would be one boring forced slog through this game, especially after having played such a great title like Final Fantasy IV. How did it turn out? Check out the full review of Final Fantasy V here!

 

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)

Yes, it finally happened. The game which I purchased (twice! Found a Collector’s Edition available after already having ordered the Standard. Returned the Standard) on its release day in the first week of March finally saw some action in my Xbox 360 console. Having finally beaten Mass Effect 2 on Insanity as last month drew to a close, I was finally able to start Mass Effect 3 a full two months (to the day) that I first received it.

The game kicked off in spectacular fashion. I noticed right away that the graphics were very polished, even moreso than its predecessor, which upgraded them significantly from the original game in the trilogy. The opening sequence itself immediately wowed me, not only with its grandiosity, but also its environmental ambiance. I don’t want to write too much about it now, as I am still playing it, but it’s looking like an outstanding title so far. And the Kinect feature is really fun and engaging as well (when it works). More on this game once I complete it!

 

Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV (PC)

After a month or so away from it, I resubscribed to Final Fantasy XIV yet again. This time was mostly due to a “Welcome Back” style of campaign, where the game was free-to-play for about a week or so. Also, Square Enix announced the details of the “Legacy” status, wherein anyone that had paid for at least 90 days of game time would earn this accolade. Included in its reward was an exclusive Chocobo mount when Version 2.0 launches later this year, as well as a lifetime reduced membership cost. Furthermore — although details were not disclosed — Legacy members will also get their names (character names, presumably) in the credits of the game, too. Well, I definitely had to at least hop on that. Even if I end up not playing it, spending the money now to at least achieve that status (which is only available for a limited time anyway) is a no-brainer.

In the meantime, I ended up getting my Lancer to unlock Dragoon finally, and even got it up to Level 50 – hooray!

 

That’s about it for the month of May. Next month kicks off Final Fantasy VI, which is often at the top (or second place) in many’s list of favorite in the series. It definitely has an epic soundtrack, if Distant Worlds is any indication. But how will it stack up against its predecessors? Also, will I actually finish Mass Effect 3? See you next month with the answers!


While I mostly bounced between two games again this month — one a handheld and one a console, as usual — I also had a third come back into the mix.

 

Final Fantasy V (Game Boy Advance)

Final Fantasy V (GBA)

Being the fifth month of the year, this month’s Final Fantasy title was naturally Final Fantasy V, a game I had played long ago when it came out as one-half of the original Playstation’s Final Fantasy Anthology over a decade ago. The only thing I really recalled about the game was not liking it and eventually giving up on it; prior to this past month, it remained the one title in the series that I had quit and not beaten — although, full disclosure, as I learned in March, I never actually beat Final Fantasy III originally on the Nintendo DS, though that was not because of disliking and quitting it, as it was with this game. So, to be fair, my initial thoughts going in to this game was a bit of dread, worried that it would be one boring forced slog through this game, especially after having played such a great title like Final Fantasy IV. How did it turn out? Check out the full review of Final Fantasy V here!

 

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)

Yes, it finally happened. The game which I purchased (twice! Found a Collector’s Edition available after already having ordered the Standard. Returned the Standard) on its release day in the first week of March finally saw some action in my Xbox 360 console. Having finally beaten Mass Effect 2 on Insanity as last month drew to a close, I was finally able to start Mass Effect 3 a full two months (to the day) that I first received it.

The game kicked off in spectacular fashion. I noticed right away that the graphics were very polished, even moreso than its predecessor, which upgraded them significantly from the original game in the trilogy. The opening sequence itself immediately wowed me, not only with its grandiosity, but also its environmental ambiance. I don’t want to write too much about it now, as I am still playing it, but it’s looking like an outstanding title so far. And the Kinect feature is really fun and engaging as well (when it works). More on this game once I complete it!

 

Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV (PC)

After a month or so away from it, I resubscribed to Final Fantasy XIV yet again. This time was mostly due to a “Welcome Back” style of campaign, where the game was free-to-play for about a week or so. Also, Square Enix announced the details of the “Legacy” status, wherein anyone that had paid for at least 90 days of game time would earn this accolade. Included in its reward was an exclusive Chocobo mount when Version 2.0 launches later this year, as well as a lifetime reduced membership cost. Furthermore — although details were not disclosed — Legacy members will also get their names (character names, presumably) in the credits of the game, too. Well, I definitely had to at least hop on that. Even if I end up not playing it, spending the money now to at least achieve that status (which is only available for a limited time anyway) is a no-brainer.

In the meantime, I ended up getting my Lancer to unlock Dragoon finally, and even got it up to Level 50 – hooray!

 

That’s about it for the month of May. Next month kicks off Final Fantasy VI, which is often at the top (or second place) in many’s list of favorite in the series. It definitely has an epic soundtrack, if Distant Worlds is any indication. But how will it stack up against its predecessors? Also, will I actually finish Mass Effect 3? See you next month with the answers!


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