August is almost upon us and that means another Blaugust will be here!
Last year my initial goal was to get 5 posts done during Blaugust but as the month went on I got more ambitious and tried to aim for 15 posts. Unfortunately that didn't happen and I ended up with only 10 posts.
This year though I intend to go for 15 posts from the get-go. Will I be able to achieve it? I have absolutely no idea. But I am going to try anyway! XD
If you are curious what is this Blaugust thing then read on!
Shadowbringers, the latest expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, officially launched this Tuesday. Although for those of us that pre-ordered it actually started on last Friday.
This might have been the smoothest expansion launch I've seem in any game. The only issue I had was on Friday where the launcher would throw an error when I tried to update the game. I tried everything I could think of and solutions I found online but none worked. Then the next day it just worked flawlessly somehow and there have been no issues since then. *knocks on wood*
Since then I have been playing the game any time I could and have been slowly making progress in the main storyline. I am currently at level 74 and just finished the second dungeon of the expansion.
In this post I will try my best to give my thoughts on the story so far, without spoilers, and some of the mechanical changes and additions to the game.
I almost forgot to write this post. I haven't been sleeping all that well in these last few days and Shadowbringers, the latest Final Fantasy XIV expansion, is the only thing that has been in my lately. And no, the sleeping problem isn't because I have been up late playing the expansion. :p
Anyhoo, this is what I've been up in the last month:
Nothing like a looming expansion release to remind you how much you have neglected a game. There were so many things I wanted to have done by now but unfortunately I got distracted by other games and now I have to play catch-up.
To make matters worse there are two events going on right now and I want to do them all. Granted, the "Make It Rain" campaign isn't a big deal since there isn't anything I really need from the Gold Saucer right now. And the Lost Allagan Tomes are just stuff that is more convenient to get through it. Missing either wouldn't really hurt me in any way.
Silly whining aside, here is what I have been up to in Final Fantasy XIV:
Onigashima, the event I have been looking forward to, has finally started in Fate Grand Order. Despite my success with Rashomon I was still apprehensive about my servants perfomance due to a lot of reasons.
A lot of people were saying this event was going to be a lot easier than Rashomon but I still had my concerns. I mean in a game like this difficulty can be very relative due to what servants you have available and my roster still needs some work.
Well, turns out they were right. Onigashima is way easier than Rashomon.
Another month that at the same time felt long and too short at the same time. I guess in this case it is because I finally sorted some real life things I have been putting off for a long time and because I didn't play all the games I wanted to (isn't that always the case?) due to tiredness and overall terrible mood.
This month should be pretty busy in terms of game releases so maybe this pattern will change. For now this is what I've been playing:
The Rashomon event in Fate Grand Order finally started. I was apprehensive if I'd be able to build a decent team to do this event considering how lackluster my roster of servants is. But so far it turned out ok.
From my tests so far the only raid I've been able to clear consistently was the 1 million one. The 3 million I can survive but it can be a bit dicey. Plus I am not being to do much more than 1 million damage.
This Tuesday I finally finished the Seventh Singularity: Babylonia in Fate Grand Order. It was just when the CCC event ended too so I got to use the half AP for almost the entirety of the last two singularities!
Story wise I am still not sure which one I like more, Babylonia or Camelot. Probably Camelot more due to a lot of reasons. But anyway, here are my thoughts on the rest of the Babylonia singularity without any spoilers.
Stellaris is one of those games I kept wanting to give a try but wasn't sure if I would enjoy it. The reason for that is because it is developed by the same Paradox, the same company responsible for Crusader Kings 2. Now I love Crusader Kings 2 but that game has a very steep learning curve right from the start. My fear was that Stellaris would be the same and for a game like that I just need to be in the right mindset.
Since Steam had a free weekend for Stellaris I decided that this would be the time to find out if it was a game I wanted to play or not. After playing it through most of the weekend I can safely say: yes, I love the game. And yes, I bought it and all the DLCs. 🙂
I rarely do longer posts about what games I am playing because I have a hard time figuring out how to talk about it in a way that seems interesting. Even more so when I am going through a grinding phase in a MMORPG or trying to get trophies in a game. Or just jumping through different games trying to find one that piques my interest.
But for the sake of variety and not leaving this blog gathering dust for such long periods of time I am going to try to write these kind of posts more.
So, to begin with let me talk what I have been up to in Fate Grand Order...