Gaming in 2021: January.

Wow, the first month of 2021 is over and what a month its been! Surprisingly, I managed to do quite a bit of gaming this month, which resulted in me completing six games and earning four platinum trophies. So, sit back and be prepared to enjoy a slightly longer gaming update post. Enjoy!

Let’s get the two MMOs out of the way. In The Elder Scrolls Online, my friend and I have continued to show how bad we are at PvP. To be fair, in our last gaming session, we probably were winding up the Ebonheart Pact players, as we discovered two new ways to annoy rival players attacking your forts. The first is that you can repair the outer gate/wall, once the enemy has stopped attacking it. Essentially, you can trap the attacking players between the keep and the outer walls, which leads to hilarious situations of the retreating players discovering that their retreat is cut off. The second thing is that you can burn seige equipment whilst a player is using it. We must have cost the Ebonheart players a fortune in the amount of ballistas and trebuchets we burnt. Unfortunately, our sabotage efforts were not enough and the Daggerfall Covenant lost the keep. Aside from annoying other players, I haven’t made much progress in the PvE side of ESO. This is something that I wish to change in February, as I do want to catch up with the more recent content.

Speaking of catching up with recent content, my boyfriend and I have been making some progress in Final Fantasy XIV. We’ve faced the dragons and saved Ishgard. Now, we are currently facing primals and the latest Ascian scheme. I won’t go into too much detail, as I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone still working on the early content. To be honest, we haven’t spent a lot of time actually playing FFXIV, instead, most of our time has been spent watching cutscenes and reading dialogue. Lots and lots of dialogue. Still, if past experience has taught me anything, this is always worth it as the team behind FFXIV tend to spend a lot of time setting up the next story arc, which my boyfriend says is amazing.

Cat Quest features some NPCs that seem rather familiar…

Let’s move on to that game in which I earnt my first PS4 platinum of the year, Cat Quest! Cat Questtook me completely by surprise. I had wanted to play a more bright and cheerful game after playing Mad Max and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. While I was expecting to have a fun time with Cat Quest, I was not expecting just how much I would love playing and completing it. Yes, its a pretty basic action RPG but Cat Quest knows exactly what it wants to do and excels in it. I did write a post for EXP Share talking about my experience with Cat Quest which goes in a little more detail but if you are looking for a fun little adventure about cats, then I highly recommend Cat Quest.

Even the cameos return in Cat Quest II.

Whilst we’re talking about Cat Quest, let’s talk about its sequel Cat Quest II! It probably comes as no surprise that straight after I finihsed Cat Quest, I decided to jump straight in its sequel. Everything that was great about Cat Quest returns in the sequel and anything that needed a little improvement was inded, improved. The menu screen was revamped and a world map was created. However the best part of Cat Quest II was the inclusion of the second player and the dog hero. Cat Quest II is an example of a sequel done right and I can’t wait for a third entry in this charming series!

Moving away from the bright and cheerful games, I also completed Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor on PS4. I did write a review for the game, so I won’t go into too much detail here. Nonetheless, I did enjoy my time in Mordor. Shadow of Mordor had everything I enjoyed in an open world adventure game; although it does have some game mechanics that could do with a little polishing. Still, I enjoyed my time playing it and I will be playing the sequel, Shadow of War, at some point in the future.

Let’s take a break from the PS4 games for a moment and take a look at the one game I completed on my Switch. No, it isn’t Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Instead, its the action RPG, Bastion. I really enjoyed the first game developed by Supergiant Games. The combination of a post apocalyptic fantasy world with a bit of a a Wild West vibe was such a great idea and the developers pulled it off brilliantly. My only regret is that it took me so long to actually pick Bastion up and play it. I will definitely be paying more Supergiant Games in the future.

This scene never gets old…

OK, let’s switch back to the Playstaion 4 and talk about the game in which I earnt my most recent PS4 platinum trophy. I picked up Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection back in December and after completing the two Cat Questgames, I decided it was time to reunite with Ezio. I love Assassin’s Creed II and I knew that I wanted to earn its platinum from the start. For the most part it was pretty straightforward. The trophies that I had the most trouble with were: In Memory of Petruccio, which is collect all one hundred feathers hidden in the game and No-hitter, which is to kill ten enemies in the dame fight, without being hit. To be fair, the feathers weren’t that difficult ot collect, its just time consuming. Although, I will say Ezio’s mother must hate him, as your reward for collecting all the feathers and retunring them to her room, is a cloak that makes you notorious, which enemies attack you on sight!

After disturbing the resting places of six assassin’s, Ezio can finally claim a dead man’s armour…

Finally, we have the two PS Vita games I played in January. The first is Code: Realize ~ Future Blessings, which is the sequel to Code: Realise ~ Guardians of Rebirth, which I completed at the end of 2020. Like with Guardians of Rebirth, Future Blessings is a visual novel that picks up a short while after the conclusion of the first game. Overall, it was alright but it really is only worth playing if you enjoyed the first game, as its a collection of epilogues, with a couple of alternative stories thrown in. I will be taking a break from the Code: Realize series, but I will be playing Wintertide Miracles at some point in the future.

The second PS Vita game is one that I may finish late on the 31st January and that is Persona 4: Dancing All Night. As the title suggests, it is a music rhythym featuring the characters from Persona 4. I loved the fact that story takes place after the events of Persona 4 and shows how the characters reunite for a music festival and to olve anoth midnight mystery. Like with other Persona games, Dancing All Night is themed around being yourself and being true to who you are. I’ve had a great time playing this game, I’m now just grinding for the last couple of trophies.

I’m not going to lie, I ‘ve fallen in love with the world of Ni No Kuni.

And finally, we’ve reached the game I’m currently playing on my PS4, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered! It hasn’t taken me long to fall in love with this JRPG which gives me Chronicles of Narnia meets Pokemon vibes. I’m not too far into the game, at the moment, but what I’ve played so far, I’ve absolutely loved. If my time with Ni No Kuni continues in the ay that it has, so far, then I can definitely say its earnt its reputation as a JRPG classic.

And those were the games I played in January! As I said previously, I did manage to get a lot of gaming done, so thank you for making it to the end of the post. I doubt I will make this much gaming progress in fiuture moths, but who knows? 2021 is still young! So, what have you been playing? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll talk to you soon!

2 thoughts on “Gaming in 2021: January.

  1. Getting back into City of Heroes… Mostly just running the Weekly Strike Targets (WST) because I badly need the cash to build out a couple of characters. And it’s also mindless fun because the WST is always a TF I’ve run before so I don’t have to think. I can mostly play them on autopilot.

    Other than that, also playing Idol Manager, trying a new startup strategy and working the bugs out of it. Also experimenting with some of the trainers and finding that most of my assumptions about how they work out over long runs was badly wrong….

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  2. Wow, that’s a really busy month of gaming. Kept you rather busy, I’d imagine. Or not, as the case may be. Either way, you made it around to Bastion! A fantastic game! As are many of the others you picked up here.

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