Weekend Gaming Playlist
Ah, the weekend – the perfect time to knock out things on the ever-growing “honey do” list… or is it? This winter season has been one of the craziest in recent memory here in Georgia, as it is now February and I’m still waiting on actual, proper wintry weather. This week alone went from highs in the 70s, enough rain to be considered “April showers,” to lows in the 30s. Like, what is going on? While inclement weather may not be good for efficiently chipping away at that laundry list of chores, it CAN equate to some quality game time. With that in mind, here’s what I have planned for this weekend:
I’ve been on a farming/life sim kick recently. What started with a bit of a disappointment in Gleaner Heights, led to a fresh playthrough of the hit indie – Stardew Valley. While the same can be said for almost any game, let alone one of this type, Stardew has always been the kind that is hard to put down – almost in a roguelike sense, but with a “one more day” mindset rather than “one more run.” I put at least 100 hours into this game prior to establishing this new “Meat Farm,” but it has hooked me once again. If anything, it will be a good time killer until Rune Factory 4 arrives later this month.
Final Fantasy VII: Trinity Challenge
Last week, I decided to pick up my partially completed challenge run from last year, and breathe new life into it into the form of a Let’s Play for our YouTube channel. The Trinity Challenge aims to ramp up the game’s difficulty drastically, while not being a completely punishing run. Characters must assume one of three “trinity” roles – tank, healer, or dps – with their combat capabilities (including Materia usage) based on that decision. Full details of the challenge can be found here, and you can follow my Let’s Play progress of the challenge run here.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
Another Let’s Play for the channel, Ys VIII was my favorite Switch RPG of 2018. I finished the main campaign and reviewed it for the site, but have been itching to dive back into this breathtaking, mysterious world again with all of the hype surrounding the series’ recent ninth installment. It is a rare case where I – generally a turn-based fan – immensely enjoy action combat, and the exceptional story, characters, and setting only make things better. Oh, and I can’t get enough of that fishing mini-game – who doesn’t like a good fishing mini-game?
That’s it for me this weekend! What are YOU going to play?