Checkpoint: Too Many Games Too Little Time Edition

Checkpoint: Too Many Games Too Little Time Edition

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We’re 3 months into 2017 and I already have a surprisingly long list of games that I want to play:

  • Resident Evil 7
  • Nioh
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda

I had Horizon and Mass Effect pre-ordered but I have cancelled them in order to clear way for other titles like Yakuza 0 (which I’m still playing), Nier: Automata, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Persona 5 not long after.

And I still have this pressing backlog to get through that includes:

  • Pokemon Sun
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  • The Witness
  • Firewatch

There are just too many games.

Checkpoint: Cool Guy 80’s Edition

Checkpoint: Cool Guy 80’s Edition

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Yakuza 4 was the most recent game in the Yakuza timeline that I played. I thought he was a cool bad ass in Yakuza 2 but with each subsequent instalment, his coolness wore off and traded cool bad ass for grizzled old man who keeps getting into trouble. Yakuza 0 winds that clock back to his early days as a yakuza and restores what I love most about this series: Kiryu kicking ass and looking cool as hell doing it. He’s not ferociously recording moves on his cell phone, he’s just absorbing inspiration with his mind employing it in battle straight away. He’s not texting ladies in the 1988’s, he’s receiving coded messages on his pager. He’s also attacking karaoke with shameless youthful zest that I can only pull off after a couple of drinks. 

I haven’t finished Yakuza 0 but I already have this feeling that it may be my favorite in the series.

I started Pokemon Sun. I don’t have much to say yet because I didn’t even get my first Pokemon yet. I have no idea who to choose as my starter but it’s currently between Litten and Popplio. I have nothing against the seal but a cat named Litten is pretty awesome. This will be my first Pokemon game since Gold in 2000. I’ve kept tabs on several games and took peeks at them when my brother plays them but I have yet to complete one for myself in 16 years. 

Checkpoint: Solid Perspective Edition

Checkpoint: Solid Perspective Edition

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I don’t mind soup or congee but while I was out sick, I sorely missed the ability to eat (and keep down) solid foods.

Shortly after posting last week’s Checkpoint commenting on my good physical health, I fell ill. At first I believed it to be food poisoning but by day 3, I realized it was a stomach virus. I lost about 6 pounds and a week of work but I came through in the end feeling somewhat refreshed. I’m not 100% back to normal but there’s nothing like a physical ailment to shake off any mental doldrums. 

I had started Inside on New Year’s Eve but after picking up that virus, I didn’t spend much time doing anything besides sleeping and visiting the bathroom. After the worst was over, I managed to finish Inside. I will have a review up this week but for better or worse, it’s the sequel to Limbo that I expected. 

While I was out, I received review code for Yakuza 0. I just wrapped up chapter 1 and you know what? It’s good to be back visiting Kamurocho again. I didn’t play Yakuza 5 (I may remedy that in the future) so Yakuza 0 feels fresh to me. I was given a copy of Firewatch and I have The Witness waiting in the wings but Yakuza 0 will take precedent. 

I’m almost done Dragon Quest VII. I’m nearing the 85 hour mark and I’ve fought the final boss once already. I lost because I didn’t prepare my item equipment loadout properly and perhaps I was a little under-leveled and under-equipped. Once I wrap up those loose ends, I should be able to just put this game to rest.

Checkpoint: Why I Play Games Edition (Pt. 2)

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Today I’ll shed light on one of my favorite reasons to play games: to learn new things. I was introduced to the concept of hostess clubs via the Yakuza games. I experienced some of the traditions involved with Golden Week through the Persona games. And how can I not give credit to the plethora of World War II games for familiarizing me with all those historic battles?

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