September has been a mixed month overall. In some ways, I feel like this month for gaming has probably been the best so far this year, I feel like I’ve played loads! On the other hand, some awful stuff has happened in my personal life which has brought the month’s overall positivity down.
I did have a week off work for the first time since 2018 as well as also celebrating my birthday… Sounds like the perfect month, right? Sadly not. The news about Thomas Cook’s liquidation has come as a total shock and has affected my family in many ways, the main aspect being my mum losing her job practically overnight. It’s been a tough process with many family & friends’ bookings also being affected, as well as my own trip to Japan – but unfortunately there’s not a lot else we can do but go with the flow.
That’s only scratching the surface, but enough of all that. Let’s see what’s been going on this month in terms of gaming!
Children of Morta (Steam)
River City Girls (Switch)
Catherine: Full Body (PS4)
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS4)
Dragon Quest (Switch)
Dragon Quest II (Switch)
Dragon Quest III (Switch)
I bought quite a handful of games this month, amazingly they are also all new releases! I got stuck straight into Children of Morta and River City Girls with my boyfriend and we’re both having an equally enjoyable time with them both so far. Catherine: Full Body and Ni No Kuni will probably be waiting for a while before I get chance to start them. There’s a lot of stuff I’d like to finish before moving on as I imagine they’ll both be pretty long. I was super excited when I heard the first three Dragon Quest games were coming to the Switch so I picked them up instantly. I’ll hopefully be starting the first game sometime this week.
Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk
Children of Morta
River City Girls
Degrees of Separation
Chaos on Deponia
The Shrouded Isle
I don’t think I’ve ever played so many games at the same time before. I usually like to focus on no more than 2 or 3 at a time, but it’s actually been refreshing to jump from game to game for once. Aside from Children of Morta and River City Girls, Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk has been my main focus over the past month. After finishing Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly in August, I was really looking forward to Ashen Hawk’s Steam release. It took longer to get into than other visual novels I’ve played, but now I’m thoroughly enjoying it – enough to make me lose track of time at night… oops.
Chaos on Deponia
One of my main monthly Goals (excuse the unintentional pun) was to replay the Deponia series. I first experienced this series around 4 years ago with my boyfriend which happened to be before the release of the 4th game, Deponia Doomsday. For the past year or so, I’ve been wanting to replay the whole series and finally get round to playing Doomsday – so that’s what we did! We’ve worked our way through the original trilogy and we’re about halfway through Deponia Doomsday. Even after revisiting the series, Deponia was still as good as I remembered and currently remains my favourite point & click adventure series to date!
Game of the Month:
River City Girls
River City Girls has been the most fun I’ve had all month. I wasn’t sure whether I was going to buy it straight away, but I thought it would be a great game to play with 2 player local co-op… and I was spot on. Although there were a few irritating aspects (mainly due to key mapping), we had so much fun with this and I honestly think it’s been one of my favourite games of the year.
I can’t imagine it being as fun playing alone, but as a local co-op game, it’s a solid choice with hours of enjoyment. The comic strip story telling was a great feature which fit the style of the game well and the overall visuals and animation were fantastic. Also… what a theme song! I do wish I’d have bought the game on Steam rather than Switch though as it would’ve been nice to work towards some achievements. Unfortunately, I’m still not gelling with the Switch as much as I would’ve liked – I just can’t seem to get my head round the back to front button configuration.
Looking Forward To:
The main games I was looking forward to were released during this month, so the main ones left on my watch list are MediEvil and Planet Zoo. I’ll definitely be buying both of these on release – I honestly cannot wait! I’m also looking forward to Code Vein. I know it was released last week, but I really want to play this with my boyfriend so I’m waiting to see what the reviews for co-op are life before I buy. Plus, we’ve still got Nioh to finish.
This month’s 11:11 was created as a rough checklist for games to be playing with my boyfriend during our 10 days off this month. We managed to play 6 of the 11 games on this list which is a pretty good start, but we didn’t make as much progress as I hoped for.
Song of the Month:
Pretender (Official髭男dism) – まふまふ
I know I don’t like duplicating artists if I can help it, but unfortunately, there really haven’t been any other songs that have completely grabbed my attention this month until Mafumafu’s cover of Official髭男dism’s “Pretender”. I listened to the original song a lot when it first came out a few months back, but Mafumafu has nailed it with this arrangement and I’ve fallen in love with the song all over again! Mafumafu’s album is also coming out next month which I’m super excited for!
That’s all for September. What have you been up to this month?