Can you even believe half of 2019 has gone already?! There’s so many games I want to play but so little time! The Steam Summer Sale is also live right now up until the 9th of July, so I’m sure I’ll be making some more purchases within the next week to add to the ever-growing backlog. As per usual, here’s what I’ve been up to this month:
Worldend Syndrome (Switch)
I only bought the one game this month. I invested in Worldend Syndrome on EU release since it was on my Most Anticipated Games of the Year post and I’ve seen a lot of previews since the game was released last month in the USA. I’m about 4 hours in so far, but I’m enjoying it so far with its great visuals, fantastic voice acting and a fairly interesting story despite not really getting far into it yet. It’s also nice to see my Switch being used for the first time since February!
I will definitely be buying some games in the Steam Summer Sale, but I haven’t fully decided what I’m getting yet. I’m pretty much sold on buying 7’scarlet since I was going to buy it on release, but I can’t make my mind up on anything else. Do I even need any more games? Probably not… but, Steam Sale… how can I resist?
The Caligula Effect: Overdose (Steam)
Dragon’s Crown Pro (PS4)
Star Ocean – The Last Hope (Steam)
Tokyo Dark (Steam)
Worldend Syndrome (Switch)
Guild Wars 2: LWS4 Finale – War Eternal (PC)
I finished 3 of these games during the past few weeks. After finishing Dragon’s Crown, me and my boyfriend decided to continue our progress on Star Ocean. We’re now around 20 hours in and I’m enjoying it a lot more this time around than when we started it at the end of last year.
In place of Caligula, I opted for something a little different in Tokyo Dark. I’ve had my eye on this game since release so I’m pleased I got around to playing it. This was a change to what I normally play, but I got totally stuck into my first playthrough and found I was genuinely interested in the plot. After my first playthrough, I noticed the Game+ option which then led onto several more playthroughs for different endings.
I finally got round to finishing the GW2 LWS4 finale story and I’ve now unlocked the collection for the Skyscale. I haven’t actually started this yet as I’d rather be working on game completion right now rather than sinking all my free time into GW2 again. I’m going to attempt to boot up GW2 rather than Smite in my chill time so at least I can use this wind-down time for a collection rather than it being a total waste on a MOBA.
The Caligula Effect: Overdose (100%)
Dragon’s Crown Pro (Platinum)
Tokyo Dark (100%)
June marks the completion of the two main games I’ve been playing for the past few months. I’m finally glad Caligula Effect is over after grinding for the pointless achievements (I don’t recommend doing this) and I felt similar after completing Tokyo Dark. They both had good concepts, but in both cases I felt like the bonus concept wasn’t worth the time. Tokyo Dark has far to many endings for such a short story and since save points were limited, there was an awful lot of repetition with minimal skip options. The ‘true’ ending was probably the least impactful of them all too. I’m glad I finished them both though.
Dragon’s Crown Pro has become one of my favourite games of all time and I’m so pleased me and my boyfriend put in the extra effort for our first Platinum Trophy! We spent 69 hours completing this game together and we loved every second of it! The local co-op was perfect, making the game so much more enjoyable for both of us. I would revisit this game in the future as it has so much replay value without getting boring, but I think I’ll leave it alone for a while since we got the Platinum Trophy. We’ll be writing a review for this soon, but in the meantime I can highly recommend this game (especially for local co-op play)!
Game of the Month
Star Ocean – The Last Hope
I’ve really enjoyed making progress on Star Ocean this month with my boyfriend. He’s been playing the game while I’ve been watching, but I’m really enjoying the story despite not being actively involved. To be fair, the majority of the game consists of cutscenes anyway.
The best part of the game definitely comes down to the characters. I can’t think of a game with a better cast than this one – the variation in personalities works very well and the interactions between the story characters is probably the strongest I’ve seen. I’m really interested to find out more as the story is getting a little more complex as certain characters have their own personal hurdles to overcome within the group. I can’t imagine finishing this game any time soon as we only get to play every other weekend, but I am intrigued by the story and I’m looking forward to playing more!
Looking Forward To
Higurashi: Chapter 7 – Minagoroshi (Steam)
Astral Chain (Switch)
Code Vein (PC / PS4 / XB1)
Planet Zoo (Steam)
Oh look, Higurashi again! Chapter 7 will be released on July 18th – I’m actually struggling to wait any longer! I’ve been craving this game for over a year now so I’m ecstatic to know it’ll be here in the next few weeks. I just hope Chapter 8 won’t take as long to be released.
The other main 3 games I’m looking forward to the release of later this year are Astral Chain, Code Vein and Planet Zoo. I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying all of these on release so I’m getting pretty excited about them! There are a few more games announced at E3 that I’m looking forward to also. You can check out my E3 Announcements post here to see which games I’m most excited for.
This month for [11:11], I revisited some of my favourite games from when I was growing up. I really enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane, taking some time to appreciate some games I haven’t thought about for a long time. I definitely want to revisit some of these in the near future to see if they were actually as good as I remember.
Song of the Month
World Domination – Hikifes 2019
The stand-out song for me has to be World Domination, written by Mafumafu and performed by all 14 Hikifes members! To have 14 people all part of a collaboration is crazy, I really wish I could’ve gone to the tour. I hope I can attend one of these collaboration tours in the future, it would be incredible to see my favourite artists all perform at the same event.
Overall, it’s been a fantastic month for music! There’s been so many songs released this month I could probably make a bonus [11:11] post purely on Songs released in June. Let’s give it a go! These are in no particular order:
- World Domination – Hikifes 2019
- Alice in N.Y. – XYZ
- Encouragement of a Ninja – Mafumafu
- Anata ga kireina – Sakata
- Fanatic – Luz
- See the Moon in the Sea – Soraru
- This Night – Amatsuki feat. nqrse
- Dark Night – Eve
- That’s Why I Gave Up On Music – Dazbee
- Reunion – Harumaki Gohan
- Lilly – Hump Back
That’s it from me this June. I’ll be back next month with the usual ramblings – prepare for more talk on Higurashi!
What have you been up to this month?