Games I’ve been playing – July 2020

If in June most of my gaming time was spent modding Skyrim Special Edition then in July most of it was spent testing said mods. I also got a bunch of achievements for the game while at that which was another thing I wanted to do.

Surprisingly enough the game is pretty stable despite the number of mods I have (235, discounting textures and other mods that don’t use an ESP/ESM file). I had only about two or three crashes in all the hours I spent with the game this month which is pretty low for me when it comes to a modded Bethesda game.

Still there were a lot of other games I wish I could have played more in July and this month I will try to be better at it.

Atelier Rorona ~The Alchemist of Arland ~ DX

Translation: We have no idea what alchemy can do but we’ll give you assignments anyway and decide your whole future based on it regardless if our request is impossible or not!

I decided to start with Rorona since it is the earliest entry in the franchise that, as far as I know, is available on PC. All the other Atelier games that came before it are only available on consoles.

The Atelier series is one of those I have been curious to give a try for a long time. The games in the franchise just seems like a more chill fantasy that doesn’t involve world destroying menaces and that revolve around crafting. I could be completely wrong about that assessment of course.

I haven’t played it that much yet, only did enough to complete the first assignment and didn’t even get to the point of receiving the second one yet. To be honest the whole deal about having to create certain items before a deadline kinda made me stressed. And yes, I am aware there is plenty of time to complete any assignment as long as you don’t dilly-dally. Still I couldn’t change how I felt.

Despite that I liked what I saw. The art style looks very bright and vibrant, the characters are endearing and the story has some pretty funny moments. If it wasn’t for the deadline it would be exactly the kind of chill game I was looking for.

I heard the newer entries in the series don’t have a deadline mechanic so perhaps I should have started on those. But I was stubborn and wanted to play them in the order of release date. In fact, I am going to continue being stubborn and try to return to this game this month.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

I wouldn’t say you are entirely wrong….

Last month I just finished the first Danganronpa game and I loved it so much that I decided to play the sequel immediately. I was curious about what would be the setup for the new game given how the first one ended and it certainly didn’t disappoint! The new setting and cast of characters are all pretty interesting.

I’d even go as far as say the characters are more interesting than the ones in the first game but I might be jumping the gun a bit since I only finished the first chapter so far… I think.

Some of the new mechanics are better too while others, specially the trial ones, I am not too much a fan of. On the other hand the part about the trials I loved the most was trying to figure out who the culprit was and how the murder was committed, not so much the mini-games. So it isn’t surprising that I am not that excited about the new additions.

As noted above I sort of abruptly stopped playing this game because I ended up distracted by Skyrim. But it is definitely a game I want to get back to this month.

Fate Grand Order

Surprisingly enough, Napoleon was my favorite character to hang out with in this chapter.

At the beginning of the month I finished Chapter 2 of the Lost Belts. They are really doing a good job of hitting in the feels with the ending of those chapters. But at least we might start to get some answers in the next one about what is going on in the world if the cliffhanger ending of this chapter is anything to go by.

After that the only event of note has been the Re-run of the Summer 2019 event. The way this event was structured two weeks felt a bit too short of a time to properly farm it. Still I was able to buy everything I wanted from the event’s stores thanks to the CE’s that raised the drop rates and by using some golden apples.

I even managed to beat the Challenge Quests, something I couldn’t do last year. Granted, it took a lot of tries and I still had to use my Command Spells to continue the fight but it is still nice to see how much my servant roster and my player skills has come since my early days in the game.

Honorable Mentions: Azur Lane, Skyrim Special Edition, Final Fantasy VII, Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Finished: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

4 thoughts on “Games I’ve been playing – July 2020”

  1. How does one stop playing a Danganronpa game once one has completed a chapter? Asking for a friend (well, really me) who has absolutely binged all three games.

    It’s been a while since I’ve played the first two, but I remember liking the characters & the situations & even the ending so much more in the second one. The mechanics are super forgettable, IMO, but the rest of the game is not.

    • Having ADD and being in a situation where you need some “comfort food” games helps a lot. I was also playing the School Mode of Danganronpa 1 to get some achievements and I guess in the end it was too much Danganronpa for me.

      I definitely want to continue with the game though. The first trial is already being a tough nut to crack as far as who the culprit is. I already have a pretty good idea how the murder was executed though.

      And yeah, overall I am loving the second game much more than the first one too. 🙂

      • That’s fair. I don’t play any of the post-game stuff, and I still took about a month off between 1 and 2, and a year before I played V3. Once I hit the first case, then it becomes almost a compulsion to play through to the end, so I should probably be grateful there isn’t more of them.

        • I should have given some time between the games too. But I got so hooked solving cases in the first one that I wanted to keep going with it and I already had the second game. So I just went straight for it.

          In any case, I think enough time has passed that I should be good to go back to it. Unless I keep being a prisoner to Skyrim. I discovered so many good mods recently but I’d need to start a new playthrough to test some of them….

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: