Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Days 182 and 183: This is it. The final one.

So...the 6-Month Gaming Challenge is coming to an end.  As I write this, there are only three hours until 2013 ends.  This has been a great six months.  I started it having only finished one game since 2013 began, and now I have finished 50 games this year.  I really think that if I hadn't started this blog, I wouldn't have been able to do half that amount.

I think I was too confident when I started.  I claimed I would finish every game in my collection in six months.  That right there would only have been possible if I were to finish two games per day on average.  And considering most of the games I have are RPGs, it was pretty much a sure thing that I was going to fail.  I didn't see that six months ago.

I had so much fun playing all of these games and writing about the journeys I took in the games.  And the opportunities I have been given since starting it are like the icing on the cake.  I don't think I would have been given the chance to write for a gaming website had I not had this blog as a writing example.  And I probably would not have had the chance to get new games and play them when I did.  I know I would not have gotten a copy of Grand Theft Auto V when I did and be able to write about its gameplay.

Anyway, before I end this final blog entry, I will tell you about the 51st game I finished.  Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest.  Today I was determined to finish the game, especially after seeing how close I was to the final battle.  It was really easy once I got started.  And I had online maps nearby so I could figure out the mazes quickly.  The mini-bosses in Doom Castle were similar to those I fought throughout the game.  And the final battle didn't take as much time as I had thought it would.  I wasn't expecting the different forms at all.  I spammed Flare attacks against the Dark King, while I had Phoebe on Auto.

The ending was so nice.  I liked how every person who played a big part in the game came to meet my character at the end to see him off.  It was a really great way for a game to end.  It only left one question in my mind when I saw "The End" at the bottom of the screen, and that was "What's next?"  I wanted to go on the journey with my character (who I named Michael), and see where he goes on the ship.  I think he and Tristam would definitely find some great treasure and cause a fair amount of mischief along the way.

Anyway, I finished it just in time.  I wouldn't have wanted to not finish it before midnight.  Because normally on New Year's Eve, I go through and delete all of the save files of all of the games I own.  It's the only tradition I have done consistently for years.  It allows me to start fresh with the journeys; and in a way, play as if I've never played the games before.  It's also something I do that tends to cause me pain.  That's because I almost always have a game that I really want to continue playing, but I follow the tradition strictly.  This year was no different.  I wanted to continue playing Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, but it was deleted with the rest of them.  Anyway, after I delete everything, I make a list of all the games I own; then let a random number generator choose what game I play first at the beginning of the year.  I can never choose.

Well, that's all for this final blog entry.  Before I type the final catchphrase, I want to say that I will have another blog for 2014 and beyond.  I will be writing what I'm playing, as well as detailed reviews, some gaming news, and other little gaming tidbits.  I will do my best to keep it updated with some consistency, but I know that I won't be able to do it daily.  With how my schedule is at the moment, updating daily makes me so exhausted.  So, be sure to check out the new blog

I am calling it 3³ Gaming because I will be turning 27 this Friday.  And since 3³ equals 27, it fits perfectly.

So, that's everything I have to say.  For the coming day, and every day after that, enjoy the games you play!

Michael, aka me3lingual, aka 情郎

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Days 180 & 181: Almost done.

Today I played Ni No Kuni for the majority of the day.  I reached the point of the game I stopped playing, and passed that point during the session.  So, now the party is on a boat in the ocean.  That's where I last saved the game.  Anyway, I am trying to stick the same familiars, and the best ones for the party members.  I am also only using the preferred treats for the familiars as well.

And actually, that's about it for this entry.  I only played on Saturday, because Friday I slept from when I came home to 3am Saturday morning.  I was really tired.

That's all from me for now.  So, for the coming day, enjoy the games you play!

Michael, aka me3lingual, aka 情郎

Friday, December 27, 2013

Days 178 and 179: End in Sight.

So, I know I have only been updating every other day lately.  I just haven't been playing enough to post about any of it.  I have been working too much with what I do to set aside time for gaming.  In a way, I am somewhat glad that the blog is ending in a few days.  But with how things are currently, I can't be playing all day.  Though that is what I would love to do on these cold winter days.

I am at Mount Gale in Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest.  I was going to continue with it and try to finish that section, but I didn't want to deal with the puzzles.  But I have been told that I am almost finished, so that's good.

I started playing Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core today.  I have just been working on the side quests in order to level up Zack and the materia I have.  I am not sure about the story anymore.

And I have saved the brokenhearted Esther in No No Kuni.  Now, she, her father, Mr. Drippy, and Oliver are on their way to the Great Sage to perform the Trials.

So, for the coming day, enjoy the games you play!

Michael, aka me3lingual, aka 情郎

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Day 177: Christmas Eve gaming.

I worked some more on Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest today.  I managed to finish the Giant Tree area.  I can't believe I am nearly finished with the game.  I stopped after finishing that one area, because it took me a long time to finish it.  I will continue tomorrow.

I also played more Ni No Kuni today.  I saved the Cat King, and even went through the Golden Grove.  Now I am one step closer to Al Mamoom and my meeting with a Sage.

Well, I hope that Santa brings you what you desire, and that the games you play tomorrow are fun!  So, for the coming day, enjoy the games you play!

Michael, aka me3lingual, aka 情郎

Monday, December 23, 2013

Days 175 and 176: Closing in on the End

This time next week, I will be making my final entry in this blog.  My how the time does fly by.

Anyway, for a couple days now, I have been playing Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.  A friend I talk to said that she hasn't played it, and that made me want to try and finish it.  But since I had deleted the save file a long time ago, I started a new one.

Right now in the game, I am trying to save the Cat King.

In other games, I haven't made much progress.  That's normal for me, really.  And after six months, you all should be used to that.

However, in Mystic Quest, I am finally in the fourth region of the planet.  Currently, I am in a giant tree trying to rid it of the monsters inside.

Well, that's all from me for now.  So, for the coming day, enjoy the games you play!

Michael, aka me3lingual, aka 情郎

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Day 174: Either way...

Today I played a lot of Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest.  I believe I am almost to where the third crystal is, though I am not completely sure.  Either way, I think I will at least get it tomorrow.  I am getting help on the game as well.  That's good because I don't want to be fumbling around when there are only ten days left in the challenge.  I want to finish as many games as possible, and I can't do that if I'm stuck in some volcano.

I also managed to get out of the cave I was in in Star Ocean: First Departure.  I think I may have met a new character that will join the party, but again, I am not sure.  Either way, I am glad to be out of that cave.  Now, I think the group of Roddick, Elia, and Cyuss will be going to Astral.  And I don't know about the girl that thinks she's a bird, who acts a lot like a cat.  She may join later on, she may not.

Well, that's all for now.  So, for the coming day, enjoy the games you play!

Michael, aka me3lingual, aka 情郎

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Days 172 & 173: It's a Mystic(al) Quest

The game I spent the most time playing today was Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest.  I am finally finished with saving the second crystal.  I thought I would never get out of the Ice Pyramid.  Anyway, I did, and I am finally on my way to the next area.

I have also spent a little time with Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded.  And by little, I mean little.  I play until I get to the next save point, then stop.  The Agrabah level is hard to finish.  The enemies are very difficult to defeat.

And in Star Ocean: First Departure, I am also going from Save Point to Save Point.  I came to a cave ill-prepared, and I am paying for it.  After every battle, one party member is either poisoned or dead.  And I have no items to change that.  And it's because of my own greed I guess, because I have all this money and I haven't spent any of it.

Well, that's all for now.  I wrote an article today over at http://www.enixorigin.com so be sure to check it and all of my other articles there out!  So, for the coming day, enjoy the games you play!

Michael, aka me3lingual, aka 情郎