By Operation Rainfall / June 13th, 2022
While we here at Operation Rainfall love covering the latest in gaming news and sharing our reviews of titles new and classic, we also just enjoy playing games in our downtime. So with that, sit back, relax, and check out what the oprainfall gaming crew have been up to this week!
Mega Man Maverick Hunter X
Rockman Day was a couple days ago and to celebrate I decided to return to Mega Man Maverick Hunter X, the remake of the classic SNES action-platformer Mega Man X. I had not played this game in a very long time, but remembered it being one of my favorite PSP games. I was happy to find that the game still holds up remarkably well. The game looks absolutely stunning on the PlayStation Portable and I appreciate how much extra depth and detail was given to the backgrounds in each stage. The game does make some changes in some of the levels, most notably in terms of the powerup locations, but I didn’t find that it hurt the experience at all. On top of this, they added a lot of voice acting for all of the major characters and the performances are solid all around. Really I was impressed at how much this game went out of its way to establish the Mavericks’ motives in siding with Sigma. This is aided by the fact that the game features a 25 minute OVA, which acts as a prequel to this game’s events. And if that wasn’t enough, you can even play as one of the main antagonists in a separate campaign. It’s an overall amazing package for Mega Man fans and one that I highly recommend if you feel like dusting off your PSP. –Justin
Perhaps by now my weekly gaming exploits are becoming boring to read about. I’ve been playing smidgens of the same few games lately, occasionally adding in one and then dropping it a few days later, forever burnt out and hopping to my next mini adventure. However, I have been somewhat glued to Stardew Valley pretty regularly these last few weeks. I do feel like I’ll be needing a break soon though, but yet again I made some progress on my main farm. I got the second house upgrade, bought a few new furniture pieces and I purchased the wallpaper and flooring catalogue so I could decorate my newly added rooms more freely.
Aside from Stardew, I also played Tetris Effect: Connected and Mahjong Soul this week. In Tetris Effect: Connected, I got further in “Journey” mode and participated in another weekly ritual event. Unfortunately, all of us Tetris Effect players across the world failed to reach the goal this time, so no special event avatar was unlocked. And lastly is Mahjong Soul, which I wanna talk about again because I made some significant progress this week. Just a couple days ago, I went up from the 1 star Adept rank to 2 star Adept. It took me a long time, numerous months of playing off and on, because anytime you lose a match, you lose a chunk of the points you previously earned. I always get into a losing streak at some point, it’ll likely be quite some time before I ever get to Expert. Maybe that’s a good thing though? Once you hit Expert, you don’t necessarily stay there. If you lose often enough, you’ll get demoted back down to Adept. Ranks Expert and higher all have the chance of being demoted when you lose too much. – Jenae
I’ve spent most of my gaming time this week working on an upcoming otome review (which I’m super enjoying so far), but I did get in some time on Final Fantasy XIV, as well. The most recent patch brought with it a bunch of side-content, including the new daily Arkasodara Tribal Quests, and the weekly Delivery Quest with everyone’s favorite mom, Ameliance Leveilleur, and her cougar friends. With the Final Days averted, Ameliance is looking to help students from around the world attend college for free, and she’s gathered up some of the most powerful merchants to help her see that endeavor come to fruition. I’ve always loved the Delivery Quest stories, but seeing the twins’ mom get one over on Rowena is probably the best one yet, as most FFXIV players would agree. I’ve also been keeping up on my mahjong matches in-game and just dithering about between story sequences. MMO downtime is always great for other gaming opportunities, so I hope to get a lot more time into my otome game as well, and hope you all look forward to that review! – Leah
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