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That's FFV done! It needs rebalancing, but it was still very enjoyable. It's great to finally have context for Gilgamesh and his theme. He's such a goofball. It was also interesting to see what is clearly the foundation for some stuff in the Tales games.



 
 
 

Traveller In Playtime - Tales of Berseria

Tales of Berseria is a JRPG developed and published by Bandai Namco in 2016-2017 for PS3, PS4 and PC. In the Holy Midgand empire, a land beset by a demonic plague, Velvet Crowe is living a peaceful life caring for her sick little broth...

 
 
 
 

My anime dumpster diving bore fruit. Blood Blockade Battlefront was great. It's confusing as hell and barely coherent, but holy shit does it know how to keep things interesting every episode. I couldn't even summarize episode 1 without sounding crazy.


 
 
 

I liked FF4 (and its PSP remaster graphics) and I didn't know what to expect from FF5, but holy shit does it blow 4 out of the water and bury 3 in the dirt. There are lots of fun scenes and I finally understand why everyone is obsessed with the job system


 
 
 

Since the pandemic put my co-op playthrough in a choke hold, I decided to finish off Unravel Two on my own. Very delightful game, but I prefer the first one. And not just because the sequel hardcrashed twice due to EA's userdata collector thing.


 
 
 

In my folly, I returned to Gradius V, thinking save states would be my key to victory. But no, that game is even more evil than I remembered. I should stay in my baby corner and play Dark Souls instead.


 
 
 

Jean Rean Simulator 2004 is one hell of a step up from Onimusha 2. The affinity system is gone, the pacing is better and it even added non-tank controls! I only played about an hour, but I really enjoyed my time with it.


 
 
 

I'm playing Airblade and you can't stop me, no matter how ill-adviced you think it is. I payed $2 for this shit and I haven't felt radical in years!


 
 
 

I finished Tales of Berseria, which means I've beaten all of the Tales of games available in English (save for the Vita one), making me the resident expert on the franchise. Now to try and compile my throughts for my (probably) gigantic retrospective.


 
 
 

Traveller In Playtime - Tales of Xillia 2

Tales of Xillia 2 is a JRPG developed and published by Bandai Namco for the PS3 in 2012-2014. Following the end of the Schism and the unification of Rashugal and Auj Oule, the countries of Rieze Maxia and Elympios are struggling to coe...

 
 
 
 

I've finally caught up to the demo of Tales of Berseria and wouldn't you know it, 30 hours with this combat system and I know what the hell I'm doing now! Also, Magilou is the best, I fucking hate her. Props to Erica Lindbeck for the perfect performance.


 
 
 

For this month's random blog topic, I went with crafting systems. I didn't go very in-depth, but I said what I wanted to say, so go check it out.

 
 
 

The Intersecting Axes of Crafting Systems

Ever played a video game? Then you've probably slapped together monster giblets with some sparkly rocks and somehow ended up with a magic halberd or something. This month's topic is crafting systems. Love 'em, hate 'em, they're here to...

 
 
 
 

I didn't expect to like Restaurant To Another World as much as I did, but it proved itself to be a very uplifting show. It's basic, but the food on display is downright dangerous. Never watch an episode on an empty stomach.


 
 
 

Since so many have played Berseria, I've heard so much about how it's a really edgy and a refreshing game in the series, but I didn't expect it to straight up just be Berserk lite. I suppose the name gives it away.


 
 
 

SCUMMVM HAS SUPPORT FOR PINK PANTHER: PASSPORT TO PERIL AND IT FUCKING WORKS! I THOUGHT I WAS NEVER GONNA PLAY THIS GAME AGAIN!


 
 
 

NOLF 2 has raised the bar. Unless your turret set piece is better than chasing after a tiny evil mime on a unicycle by having an angry Scotsman madly pedal a squeaky tricycle to no music through India, then I want nothing to do with it.


 
 
 

After disabling the terrible mouselook through a fanpatch, I've managed to make progress in NOLF 2 in spite of how incredibly buggy it is on a modern PC. It has improved justabout everything and feels like a beginner immersive sim at times.


 
 
 

Geofront's localization/modernization patch for Trails From Zero has now recieved its final update, making it even better than before! Beyond bugfixes, they updated the intro movie to make it HD. I can't stress enough how great this patch is.



 
 
 

Summon Night: Swordcraft Story is so. Friggin'. CUUUUUTE!


 
 
 

After a 9-month break due to my hand injury, I finally returned to Xillia 2 and beat it. It was nice, but it was also the last of 84 PS3 games to beat. This is the second time I've beaten all my PS3 games and can't think of more games to get. Feels nice.


 
 
 

Traveller In Playtime - Thief (2014)

Thief (2014) (AKA Thief 4) is an immersive sim developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2014. Vaguely following the ending of Deadly Shadows, the titular master thief Ga...

 
 
 
 

Outlaw Star was some good anime, though it couldn't really commit to an idea for longer than a few minutes sometimes. Still, as a hodgepodge of weird anime sci-fi it works rather well. Goes to show in part what modern anime has lost.


 
 
 

No One Lives Forever is delightful. It plays like how I imagine people remember Goldeneye as. All the goofy spy shenanigans, none of the N64 jank. Might be a bit simplistic as a shooter, but the mission variety makes up for it.


 
 
 

Looks like Cold Steel IV finally has a release date on PC and is coming out on April 9th. Now the PC peeps can finally experience my GotY of 2020. It's a baller of a time, you only need to play 400 hours of RPGs to get the most out of it!

 
 


About Kerrik52one of us since 3:12 AM on 02.28.2016

Greetings, one and all. I'm known as Kerrik52 around these parts and I'm Swedish dude with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

I play a lot of games, even the bad ones if they have something interesting to offer. I then write about them on this site for you all to read. I've written stuff about about a lot of genres, but if you need recommendations, I suggest my From Software Retrospective and my "Let's Bitch" series about the Souls-games. At present, I am mostly writing reviews, which is a fun exercise.

I also have a little Youtube channel bearing my name that mostly contains videos related to my blogs.

I'm mostly a character action game and JRPG player, but I try to keep my gaming diet varied. Here are some games/series I love:

Souls Games
God Hand
Resident Evil 4
Tales of
Ratchet & Clank
King's Field
Devil May Cry
Legacy of Kain
Spyro the Dragon
Ys
Shin Megami Tensei
Patapon
Legend of Heroes
Yakuza
Locoroco
Ape Escape

I have a very low standard for movies, but I have some favorites. These include:

Coraline
Tintin
The Secret Life of Walter Witty
Pooh's Grand Adventure
Scott Pilgrim VS the World

The last TV shows I watched were House, Mythbusters and Fringe.

Anime on the other hand, is something I watch a decent amount of. I like:

Symphogear
Jojo
Nichijou
WIXOSS
Black Rock Shooter
Nobunagun
Airmaster
Fist of the Northstar

I don't read very much anymore, but I like Asimov and Lovecraft.

Music-wise I'm an apostle of Dio and the German power metal scene. Other favorites include:

Gamma Ray
Iron Savior
Freedom Call
Dreamtale
Axel Rudi Pell
Edguy
Avantasia

Go ahead and share a piece of your world with me and I'll pay back in kind. Don't be deterred if I answer you in a wall of text though. I just can't help it sometimes.
 
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