Gaming Progress: October

Hey, Gamers! October is the spooky month, a month where you pull out the blankets and dust off the slippers. It’s a month of scary movies, dress up and pumpkin carving. I did none of that. Why? Gaming. Yep, this month was HUGE so you’re going to want to cosy up with a nice blanket, a cup of warm hot chocolate and get ready because we have several games, multiple plats and a whole new console to talk about. That being said, I am going to take a momentary break from typing to make myself a coffee because I’m going to be here a while, and then I’m going to nag my fiancé for the list I’ve been asking him to make all month.

Okay, now that I have a too-hot coffee in a Tom Nook mug, a slushie, a can of diet coke and an annoyed, currently typing fiancé, let’s get to it! I will say that I am usually much more prepared for this post than I was this month. I usually keep track of the important things I do in games, I note down things that felt big at the moment that I know I might forget later on. This month, however, was not like that at all. It went by in a blink of an eye. So, so fast. I’ve been sick for a lot of it, which might be why, but I just completely lost track of this month. I also wanted to add that a few people have asked me to include my reading update here, so I will while I am reading gaming-related things. I’m going to try to get everything here, but don’t be surprised if this post is updated in a few days because I’ve missed most of the progress I’ve made. Let’s get on with it!

So, starting off small with Persona 5 (umbrella term). I have, for now, given up trying to get the plat in Strikers. I will do it, but streaming Persona 5 Royal and Persona 5 Strikers at the same time felt too much and I wasn’t getting places quickly enough. That being said, Josh has been streaming another game nearly every day since we got a PS5 (more on that later), so I haven’t really been able to stream Persona 5 Royal either. I have witnessed Makoto’s awakening and unlocked Ann and Morgana’s showtime attack. For those who don’t know, Makoto’s awakening is my favourite. This is – I believe – my 6th playthrough and it still gives me goosebumps. Makoto isn’t my favourite member of the Phantom Thieves, but her awakening truly is special. Again, for those who don’t know, I’m doing an AI-run of Persona 5 Royal and when I tell you the fight after Makoto’s awakening caused me trouble, I- I literally had to resort back to the start of the palace, fight the shadows again, heal and then do the fight after her awakening a few more times. I have played my own save file a little bit more, but I’m in the same palace, I think one day after my stream save. Also, Joshua actually played Persona 5 Royal again. He finally defeated Okumura and hasn’t picked the game up since… which I kinda get, Okumura sucks. He hasn’t finished Persona 5 Royal, and it is pretty painful to see his list of Personas. His Arsene isn’t even curse based *shudders*.

Look at this monstrosity. What the hell, Joshua. Never been more ashamed of you.

Moving on, but in the same ‘family’, is Catherine: Full Body! I have been wanting to play this game for a very long time. Did I think I would like it? No. Did I think I would be able to do the puzzles? Also no. But I wanted to play it so bad, and it was on sale at the very start of the month! So, I finished it in like, a week. When I tell you how amazing this game felt- how my confidence grew- I loved this game. I didn’t love the protagonist, he is a man-child, but I loved the game. I ended up with Rin during my first playthrough, and then we got the PS5 so my Catherine days were slowed but I’m looking to try to get the plat now. I think the hardest thing for me is Rapunzel, I’m just generally bad at Arcade games. I really, really loved this game and I’m so excited for the Atlus Store to open on 17th November because I want to get some cool Catherine (and Persona 5) merch!

So some of the games that we immediately installed on the Playstation 5 are the Yakuza games. I can’t remember which ones all together, but definitely 0 because we stream it, and 2 because that’s the one I’m on. While I didn’t progress at all in 2 (because we deleted it to make space for PS5 games), I finally finished the cabaret club czar storyline and unlocked the mad dog style for Majima. I haven’t used it, but it’s unlocked so that’s a bonus. I also took down the pleasure king as Kiryu and realised why I hated Brawler originally- I hadn’t upgraded it. At all. So I worked on that a little since I don’t like using Rush anymore. I didn’t get too far, but it’s a start. At the very least, I’ve worked out why I was so against not-rush fighting styles.

Before I move on to Animal Crossing, I wanted to talk about The Witcher. I’ve not played it anymore, and I was planning on just waiting until the PS5 upgrade comes out. However, since that’s been pushed back to the latter half of 2022, I am planning on giving it another go on our PS4 (trying to save space on the PS5, and valuable time, by only playing PS5 games on it). While a lot of the games I’ve played this month, I feel like I’ve not really been committed to, The Witcher is kind of different. I explain this in more detail in my last progress report but last month, I was on the second book, I believe. This was a big deal to me because I haven’t wanted to read since I got diagnosed as dyslexic when I was 18. I am now on the 4th book (Time of Contempt), and I am loving it. I read every single night without fail in October. This was a huge deal for me and I’m lucky enough to have such an encouraging fiancé. Josh and I have started this thing where we both go up to bed at the same time, I read and stroke his back and he watches YouTube and plays games on his phone. It’s just a nice, chill time and I think this is the first time we’ve managed to stick to a routine. Even if he doesn’t want to go to bed at the same time as me, he still comes up to get his back strokes and I feel like we’re closer as a result of this. I’m over halfway through this book, and I’m just so excited whenever I recognise names and groups of people. I have a want to play the first two Witcher games just for the story. While I love the gameplay of the Witcher, I love the story much more and I think it would be cool. I think the first game came out in like 2007, and it’s only on PC which is the thing I’m most hesitant about because I’m so used to console and my laptop isn’t the best at handling things.

Just some inspiration that I sent to my mum because my birthday is in November and the Witcher is all I can think about right now

Animal Crossing time! For reference, I am talking about New Horizons. Like most people that I’ve talked to, I felt the need to make our island perfect for the update. For those who don’t know, I bought Animal Crossing in January this year for an alter of mine (I have DID) who is a child. She is the island representative, which makes things a little tricky when it comes to moving things around. I have been working on removing things, putting grass back down, digging up trees, making an orchard… just removing all the hard work I’ve already put in. Our island has never felt good enough, especially seeing other people’s in dreams. We have this vision for our island now and it’s nice for us to be able to work together. So we had 4 actual people on our island- me, Josh and two alters. We found out that having a spare account helps with revenue and storage and we were all running out of storage so we asked around and one of my alters wanted a Nintendo account but not for ACNH, so I made the account and a character on ACNH (with permission) and named it Not-*alter’s name* so that it’s pretty clear to everyone that it’s not her. I saved up 500,000 bells to move everyone, and we started on that pretty recently. It’s been hard to work everything out, but we have our plans and I think the hardest part of it is thinking that we have more space than we actually do. We haven’t used Terraforming as much as other people seem to have, so our island’s layout is basically what we started with so we’re just working on changing it while still keeping it looking decent. I have filmed a little bit of our island because I want to document how much change it’s going through and I want to maybe capture Josh’s reaction because he doesn’t go on it a lot at all.
EDIT: I also got Tammy’s portrait. Tammy was our OG sisterly villager and me and the island rep have been competing to get her portrait first. I won. EDIT2: I can’t believe I did this but I forgot Halloween was in October. I dressed up as Futaba. Didn’t go well. Will make a full post because it was my first animal crossing Halloween.

Josh started and didn’t finish four games before we got the PS5: Ni no Kuni 2, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Monster Hunter World and Nioh. His issue with Ni no Kuni 2 was just that it’s a JRPG and it’s probably long, and we got the PS5 and games that he would rather play. He seemed to really enjoy Kingdom Come: Deliverance and he often talks about how it is more difficult in the beginning because the character knows nothing and it therefore it would be harder for the character. He said that it was very immersive and he enjoyed that aspect of it. He also seemed to really enjoy Nioh, and claims it was ‘fun’, which isn’t a word he uses often. Again, this is another one that I think he would have played a ton more if we hadn’t got the PS5. With Monster Hunter World, he did give it a good try. I remember him saying something about not having a weapon. But honestly, he hasn’t spoken much about it and all he has said for this post is that he wasn’t that into it.

But, because we got the PS5, he got Demon Souls. This was basically the one game he wanted the PS5 for. He finished it (on stream) within a week and has not stopped talking about it. Demon Souls is his favourite thing right now. Like I said, he finished his first playthrough on stream so the videos will probably be going up on YouTube pretty soon, but he also started a magic build and a strength build… and by strength build, I just mean a punchy build. He’s not using any weapons and I was watching him grind last night and it was pretty intense. Josh says that this is probably the best souls game for new players, but I’m determined not to play it until I’ve at least finished either Dark Souls or Bloodborne.

Since we’re on the subject of the PS5, we played Astro’s playroom. I’ve talked a little bit about how it was a great game to show off what the PS5 can do in my PS5 announcement post (I’ll link it at the end if I remember), but I just wanted to reiterate that it is genuinely so great. It’s such a fun game. Josh has actually platinumed it, and I’m on the last level with the special boss fight. I’ve been trying to get through it whenever I have a few minutes spare but I think I’ll really have to sit down and focus on it.

Another plat that Josh got this month was Maneater. He enjoyed it quite a bit, but he found the platinum a bit on the grindy side (but I don’t know what he expected to be honest). This was what he was playing before we got Demon Souls, so I think he finished it in a few days.

I think this is man eater? Should I have asked first? Probably. Will I next time? Probably not.

He also started playing Bugsnax and he seems to be enjoying it, which is weird to me because it doesn’t seem like the kind of game that he would like. I think more than anything, he’s just enjoying playing PS5 games. He seemed pretty proud of his collection of Bugsnax when he was showing them off to me yesterday. I think it might be reminding him of Pokemon, which would make more sense as to why he’d like it (speaking off, I wanted to add this here because he doesn’t read my posts this much unless I ask him to: this month – November – Pokemon Shining Diamond and Brilliant Pearl come out. My challenge is to make sure he doesn’t buy either of them, because I’m planning on getting them for him for Christmas. Check back next month to see if I’ve managed to convince him to hold out).

All he’s been talking about since I wrote this is Bugsnax send help please

Lastly (for Josh), and sadly, we finally got Sekiro. Why is it sad, I hear you ask? Because he’s finally met a Souls-like game that he deems to be too difficult for him right now. Personally, I think his issue is he’s been playing so much Demon Souls that his brain is having a difficult time adjusting to a new (similar) game. He is 100% going to come back to it, just not for a while. I’m going to make an educated prediction as someone who has lived with him for nearly 4 years and say that he’ll come back to it after he gets the plat in Demon Souls.

Hopping back over to me, I got Deathloop. I have wanted this game since it was advertised in the PS5 reveal. However, I am famously bad at FPS games. I think I’ve played it twice. I feel awful because I really want to play it and the story seems awesome, but something inside me is holding me back.

I’ve also been playing A Plague Tale: Innocence. It has a lot of elements that I usually wouldn’t go near (sneaking), but the story is just so damn good. I think I’m on chapter 7, and I am a little stuck right now but it’s a game that I do want to spend more time on and maybe even go for the plat. I like that it has a historic setting, and I like the family connection aspect of the story. I typically like games where you have to look after someone, although I know many people find this annoying. For example, growing up, Resident Evil 4 was one of my favourite games to watch my dad play and Ashley was my favourite. I love Hugo. He’s the sweetest, even when he’s being bratty because this poor boy has never been outside and now he just has no home and his mother is gone and suddenly his sister who barely saw him before has to take care of him and he’s just meant to trust her. Ah, I love this story.

Lastly, we got Life Is Strange: True Colors. We got the PS5 version and I am so happy we did. My last post was actually about this game’s accessibility options, so I’ll link it at the end of this post if I remember. The story was so good. Okay, I’m not going to talk too much about it because as I’m typing I have finished the game but that was on the 1st of November so it would be cheating. But Alex was a likeable MC which is something I felt like the series as a whole was struggling with. Since it was announced, I was confused as to why they would bring Steph back out of everyone else but then I realised as I was playing the game that it was by the same people who made Before The Storm, not the original game or sequel. While I didn’t enjoy Before the Storm as much as Life Is Strange and Life Is Strange 2, I did enjoy certain aspects of it much more and they have come back with a bag. I mean, I didn’t expect this game to have JRPG aspects but it somehow does. The LARP is insane and really gives the impression that the community really cares about each other. I think a huge take away from this game is that it’s okay to feel what you feel, even if you feel like those emotions were wrong. As an over empathetic autistic girl who has been through repeated childhood trauma, this hit me hard. There have been so many things that I’ve felt angry over, and I’ve felt so guilty about my feelings. This game helped me come to terms with that. I found myself really thinking about what was best for Alex over what was best for the other characters, and that was a huge change for me. I am planning on platting this game because it is beautiful. I adore it with every fibre of my body and to be honest, I think I enjoyed it more than Persona 5 Strikers, so it’s taken the top spot for my best game of the year. Ah, I just love this game so, so, so much. So much.

And I think that’s it for this post, Gamers! How was your October? Did you get up to much gaming? Do you have any big achievements? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, give it a ‘like’ for me to do a happy dance. Follow this blog for more gaming content, and check out 2nerds_1game on Twitch to watch me and Josh stream. See you next post, Gamers!

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