I know February is a short month, but these past few weeks seem to have been a total blur. I haven’t got a great deal to report in regards to gaming this month as my desire to play anything came to an abrupt halt a few weeks ago despite the amount of new releases I was looking forward to playing. Instead, I’ve been getting completely sucked into watching as many anime shows on Crunchyroll as I can possibly fit in, with Fruits Basket Season 2 being added last night as the 18th series (and 2 films) in just three weeks. That’s more than I watched throughout the whole of 2020…
I was considering adding an anime section to these Monthly Summaries, however, I think I’ll be over this phase in a few weeks so I’m just going to continue as I usually would. At least I’ll have plenty to write for #AniMay this year! Anyway, back onto the topic of gaming, since this is a gaming blog after all – here’s what I’ve been up to during February:
I only managed to complete one game this month, but it was a great one to get off the backlog. Yakuza Kiwami was a pretty solid game with many similarities to Yakuza 0, but this time you only play as Kiryu. Although the game as a whole wasn’t as interesting as Yakuza 0, the ‘Majima Everywhere‘ challenges were pretty fun. However, the combat in general felt repetitive as the majority of the side quests required a simple fight to resolve the matter before moving onto the next one. I’m looking forward to starting Yakuza Kiwami 2 in the near future to continue my journey with this fantastic series, but I think I need a little break first.
Like I was saying before, I really haven’t had my heart in gaming this month, hence this list being incredibly short. I bought Nioh 2 on Steam a few days after release and have been playing it every now and then with WesleyWhale. We’re around 15 hours in at the moment so I’m still getting a feel for the changes compared to Nioh 1, but we’re having a really great time playing around with the new weapons and yokai mechanics. I’m excited to see what more Nioh 2 has to offer as we slowly make progress together with co-op campaign – one of my favourite features about this series. The other game I’ve played this month is Early Access title, Hellish Quart, a sword duelling game which features local co-op play (and also supports Steam’s Remote Play Together). WesleyWhale bought this game on a whim and roped me into playing with him, and honestly, I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun!
Game of the Month:
Hellish Quart is a physics based, 3D sword duelling simulator / fighting game. The game was released on the 16th February 2021 on Steam and is currently in an Early Access state, but there is some serious potential shown here – there’s even been an updated patch already! Considering the overall concept is fairly straightforward, there’s actually so much included in the mechanics of this game that it makes each and every fight a joy to play.
With 5 different characters to choose from, each with their own unique weapons and move-set, there’s plenty of techniques to master. It’s fairly simple to get the hang of and it’s also really fun to learn, but I can imagine it getting rather challenging learning each character’s unique moves. So far, the game includes a practice mode with up to 4 different AI stances (added with recent patch), quick fights, survival mode and also supports local multiplayer (including Steam’s Remote Play Together). I’ve only played using the local multiplayer mode so far, but the game has been easy to navigate with speedy transitions between matches and we’ve not run into any major issues thus far.
As for future content, Hellish Quart currently has 2 new characters in development and teases an additional 2 characters in game. Future updates are also said to include a full skill list for each character, new outfits and general quality of life updates. The most recent update saw some animation changes to main character Barabasz which made him feel quite different in game and some other minor changes to make the game run smoother.
Set in the 17th century Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the style of the game and the appearance of the characters reflects the time period nicely and visually looks great with environmental changes depending on the map you select. Not only am I impressed by everything this game has to offer, Hellish Quart has been the most fun I’ve had all year, often setting me off in fits of laughter whilst playing with friends (it helps that I seem to have a natural talent too). There’s a free demo over on Steam, so if you’re interested, I highly recommend you go check it out!
Little Nightmares II
Fxxx Me Royally!!
Halo: The Masterchief Collection
My preordered copy of Code:Realize Wintertide Miracles arrived a few days ago, and I also decided to buy a few other games – 2 new releases and 3 on sale. Since I’ve not been playing any games, I thought it would be best to buy some more to encourage me. That’s how it works, right? My major purchases this month were the new releases of Nioh 2 (Steam) and Little Nightmares II. I was pretty quick to get stuck into Nioh 2, but I haven’t actually started Little Nightmares II yet even though I’ve thought about it numerous times and even watched Soraru play a little bit on YouTube. I played the demo for Eastern Exorcist last summer and really enjoyed the game so decided to buy it while on a small sale and I also bought Kalmia8‘s most recent otome localisation of Fxxx Me Royally since I really loved the comedy featured in Fashioning Little Miss Lonesome. Lastly, WesleyWhale gifted me a copy of Halo: The Masterchief Collection which we’ll most likely be playing together sometime soon (I know he’s desperate for me to play them).
Looking Forward To:
Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood
At the beginning of the month, myself and WesleyWhale played a large handful demos during The Steam Games Festival with some positive results. We’re still working on our post containing all 12 games, but for now I will reveal that my favourite of them all was Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood which is due out in April. I’m really looking forward to this one (and a few others, but I’m not going to spoil that yet)!
I posted 2 blog posts this month. The first was a list of all the games I completed last year which I ended up displaying in picture format with a star rating for each game. I was struggling to come up with a simple way of showing them all without just listing them all individually, but I’m pretty pleased with the result. The second was a post with Valentine’s Day in mind, basing the idea on an otome themed hashtag I’d seen on Twitter. I enjoyed writing a themed post about otome for a change and I hope to do something else like this sometime. I’ve linked both posts above if you want to check either of them out.
This year’s Valentine’s song for Lotte Ghana chocolate, 平行線 (Heikousen), was again written by Eve, this time also featuring suis from ヨルシカ. Although I personally preferred last year’s song, 心予報 (Kokoyorohou), I still really like this song and the video to go alongside the release.
I’ve been looking forward to Kradness‘ album, Memento, to be released for months now since Diorama was released back in November 2020. Alongside the album, Kradness also released this single, Lay, which was co-written by Camellia. Despite EDM music not typically being my jam, I have a soft spot for these two as they both provided me a stepping stone into Japanese music scene year ago. Their music makes me feel a little nostalgic in a strange kind of way.
If I was still doing my song of the month section like last year, 桜恋 (Sakurakoi) by もさを。(Mosawo) would be the winner. Mosawo has been one of my favourite artists for the past few months and I totally hooked on this new release. There’s something so soothing about his composition and the instrumentation he uses combined with his soft voice. I’m looking forward to hearing more from him in the future – but for now, I’m quite satisfied with this.
I was going to leave it at that, but りぶ (Rib) dropped a total game changer with a cover of Ado’s うっせぇわ (Usseewa) earlier today. Rib hasn’t posted a cover like this in almost 2 years, so this was a huge surprise – and it’s so freaking great! This song has been crazy popular for the past couple of months, but Rib has once again done an incredible job and I think this has got to be my favourite cover so far.
That’s all for February. Hopefully I’ll have a bit more to talk about this time next month, but for now I’m just going to enjoy watching all the anime I’ve never found the time to watch. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear some!