oprainfall Week in Gaming: May 29 – June 4

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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!

Tetris Effect: Connected | Switch Gameplay Screenshot

Tetris Effect: Connected

I’m someone who absolutely loves RPGs, mainly JRPGs, and tends to stick with them for the most part, aside from a select handful of other titles. However, for whatever reason, not long after I first got my Switch back in 2018, I decided Puyo Puyo Tetris would be a great game to grab digitally and enjoy as a break from my usual RPG grind. I’m honestly not sure if I had ever played Tetris before this. Fast forward 4 years later, and according to my Switch profile, I’ve put over 40 hours into the original Puyo Puyo Tetris, 25 hours into Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 and about 10 hours into Tetris 99. As it turns out, I do enjoy the occasional Tetris as a break from whichever JRPG I was recently spending significant time on.

This past week, I finally got my hands on Tetris Effect: Connected and have put about 6 or 7 hours into the game. I had had the PS4 copy on my wishlist for a long time, before they released the Connected content, but I didn’t ever get around to picking it up. Then the Connected version was eventually released for Switch and I decided I’d much rather have it on Switch due to cheaper multiplayer, which I actually regularly subscribe to unlike PS Plus. Since starting Tetris Effect on Switch, I’ve been reminded that I’m terrible at Tetris. Nonetheless, I really enjoy occasionally playing some form of the game. It’s a great title to sit down with where I barely have to think and can simply relax. Thus far, I’ve gone through a good chunk of Journey mode, messed around with various other game modes in the “Effects Mode” section, tried out some multiplayer and I participated in the latest weekly ritual event this past weekend. I’ve been quite enjoying myself and am happy to have added yet another Tetris game to my digital Switch collection. – Jenae

FFXIV mahjong

So I missed out on last week’s article, but I finally beat Elden Ring! What an experience. The final boss was both one of the best fights in and the game and the absolute worst and I cannot stress how aggravating the second half was, but I eventually beat the shit out of it and got to finish my first Soulsborne title. Now I can’t decide if I want to try Sekiro, Bloodborne, or one of the Souls titles as my next foray into Fromsoftware’s catalogue.

As for other games I’ve been playing, with the Make It Rain campaign currently going on in Final Fantasy XIV, I found it a good time to try and get some more mahjong in. The game has an incredibly good version of mahjong, but it’s hard to get into a match most of the time. With the additional MGP bonus, more people are willing to try it out. It’s been fun. Mostly brutal, though. I did get a couple lucky wins in though! (As you can see above.) I’ve also been putting our Xbox GamePass to use and tried out Chinatown Detective Agency, a noir-style detective visual novel. I’m a fan of cyberpunk, so the world itself is really neat and engrossing, and I enjoy the way the game forces you to use your own real-world sleuthing abilities to solve in-game mysteries. The very first puzzle involves finding an author’s name based on a quote in a clue. It’s fun. The character designs are really nice too, and I like the juxtaposition of high-quality portraits with super low-polygon models. It makes for a pretty unique aesthetic. I can’t wait to play some more. – Leah

What games have you been playing this week? Let us know in the comments!

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