Hello everyone and happy holidays! Christmas is right around the corner, and I'm excited to spend some time with my family and loved ones in the coming days.
In the meantime, though, I've been spending some time playing some genres of games that I don't normally play, and it's been a refreshing change of pace. Knutaf gifted me a copy of English Country Tune on Steam, which is a puzzle game that he was very enthusiastic about, and I've been having a great time ruminating over that game's ingenious puzzles and trippy gravity mechanics over the past week. I also liked that I could watch all of Knut's solutions, since he recorded walkthroughs of each stage on the Youtubes, and compare them to my own. I've only got two stages left to complete (Half Sided #4 and Lesson), and they're really stumping me, but I haven't resorted to any outside help yet for any of the other levels, so I'll try to resist for the time being. Anyway, thanks a ton for the gift, Knut! <3
Aside from puzzles, I've also begun to dabble in the fighting game genre, after a co-worker lent me his copy of Persona 4 Arena for PS3! I'm usually pretty terrible at fighting games, and mostly resort to button mashing. But I'm trying to finally become competent at a fighting game for once, and P4A is the perfect opportunity, since I already love the characters so much. I've been using Teddie mostly, because he makes fights ten times more adorable (also, kudos to Teddie's new voice actor! He sounds very similar to the original. The same can't be said about Chie's new voice actor, though... I still can't get used to her voice). I'm starting to get a lot better at pulling off some of Teddie's special moves. I need to work on combos though, I tend to just try one attack at a time. At least I'm not button mashing anymore, though!
So far I've scored a few nice victories, a handful of which ended in finishing moves. One person even ragequit in the middle of Teddie's finishing move cutscene! That might have been the first time I ever made someone ragequit; it was simultaneously satisfying and quite anticlimactic. Right now I am rank E, which isn't that great yet, but I hope to keep rising up the ranks! I'm happy to have finally found a fighting game that I can latch onto. Oh, and if anyone has this game on PS3 and wants to fight online with me sometime, just let me know!