Weekend Gaming Playlist (12-3-21)
With the holiday season now in full swing, we are only weeks away from a brand-new year (thank goodness). But before that, I have some gaming-related loose ends I need to tie up, as well as generally getting as much game time in before I’m inevitably consumed by the holiday festivities, whether that be through spending time with family and friends, or dealing with holiday food and beverage-induced stupors – likely a little bit of both!
With that in mind, here’s what I’ll be diving into this weekend:
Blue Reflection: Second Light
Despite becoming a massive fan of the Atelier series over the past few years, I literally knew nothing about these games developed by the same team. Honestly, it wasn’t on my radar at all. While it’s true that Blue Reflection: Second Light draws some inspiration from the aforementioned series, the two offer entirely different experiences. It is, surprisingly, shaping up to be even more niche than Atelier in my opinion, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Although I don’t see it coming close to dethroning what Atelier has to offer, I’m curious to see where it goes and how my feelings for the game come together by its conclusion. Expect a comprehensive review of Blue Reflection: Second Light from yours truly in the coming weeks.
Tales of Arise
The latest installment in everyone’s favorite combat shouting match RPG has really impressed me in the dozen or so hours I’ve spent on it so far. Since it is not available on the Switch just yet, I decided to pick it up on PC while it was on sale, and it has yet to disappoint. Combat-wise, it is easily my favorite Tales game thus far, though I’m not a diehard fan of the series either. Either way, game is gud.
River City Ransom: Underground
Those that know me are aware of my love for the Kunio-kun series, and especially River City Ransom. This officially licensed sequel to the original game, developed by Conatus Creative, is also near and dear to me despite its questionable design decisions and various post-launch issues. While I’ve beaten this a few times already, I’ve returned after several years to check out some of the changes that have been made in my absence. Even though it still has some lingering issues, the core beat’em up experience is still top notch and it is a shame that we may never see this come to Switch. .
That’s it for me this weekend! What are YOU going to play?