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!
While traveling this weekend to go see The Last Rockstars and Band-Maid in NYC, I got to play around a bit with the Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line demo on the Nintendo Switch. It’s been forever since I played a Theatryhthm title, so I was really rusty, but it was also a lot of fun. I of course opened the Final Fantasy XIV selection because reasons. Hearing Soken’s music made me smile, and it made getting back into the swing of things a lot easier since these are tunes I listen to almost daily. The fact I can keep all my progress from the demo is a nice bonus, so it’s worth it to unlock what you can for free if you’re interested in this title. There’s a ton to choose from even with the limited selection. Other than music games, I also signed up for the newest Splatfest in Splatoon 3 (go Team Dark Chocolate!) and started a new otome title: Piofiore: Fated Memories. I enjoyed Collar x Malice well enough, but I’m hoping this one holds my attention a bit more. I’ve heard really good things about it from our very own Jenae, so fingers crossed. So far I’m enjoying it quite a bit, with a nice selection of impeccably-designed love interests and a jazzy, bluesy soundtrack that fits the aesthetic to a tee. – Leah
After my four paragraphs worth of gaming a few weeks ago, I honestly didn’t play a lot the week after. Like I mentioned the last time you all heard from me in a Week in Gaming article, I’ve been getting a bit kind of burnt out and/or overwhelmed by my abundance of games. Thus, I’ve slowed down quite a bit, haven’t been super sucked into anything. However, this past week I did get back to a bit of gaming. First of all, I’ve continued to play a smidgen of Persona 4 Golden. Well I was still continuing that at the beginning of this past week at least, I just finished up the castle dungeon and added Yukiko to the team. Then later on, I picked Animal Crossing: New Horizons back up and I’ve been enjoying redecorating my villagers’ homes. Once you’ve finished decorating thirty vacation homes in the DLC, you’re allowed to decorate your villagers’ houses on your home island. Now I had tried this before, but I didn’t realize I could actually decorate their houses with anything I’ve ever catalogued. Back when I did Shari’s house, I merely upgraded it from the generic starter house stuff to her personal default. I had no idea I could decorate them just like vacation homes, only without increasing the room size. I gave Iggly a chill sports fan’s hangout in the sky using the airplane windows wallpaper, I gave Judy a cute bedroom fit for any Snooty villager and Octavian I gave a spaceship vibe rather than his more natural out on the moon thing he had going on before. Also, I sadly said goodbye to Fang and went villager hunting. Honestly, I hate hunting down a new villager, I never get who I’m looking for and it takes forever. In the end I ended up with Cephalobot, yet another Octopus, and also with a space themed house, with exactly the same kind of stuff I just redecorated Octavian’s home with. I prefer to have a little bit more variety among my villagers.
At the very end of this week, this past weekend to be specific, I got back into Triangle Strategy. I’ve recently gotten the urge to pick back up either Shin Megami Tensei V or Triangle Strategy. Triangle Strategy is the one I chose. I’m still holding off on starting Harvestella and I thought maybe it wouldn’t to be too difficult to finish Triangle Strategy sometime soon. Unfortunately, I’m much earlier in the game than I remembered. Anyways, I managed to get sucked in for now regardless. When I last left off, I had just finished a big story accomplishment/goal and so I had a ton of minor party character story scenes to take care of on the map. I went through all of those and then I went back to grinding to level everyone up the next one or two levels. The latest mock battle stage though was a bit of an annoyingly more difficult/tedious one. Nonetheless, I managed to get everyone up to level 23-24. Then when I got to the next story battle, the recommended level was 24, but being sick of the latest mock battle, I just went ahead and attempted it as is. The latest story stage was the result of my choice between either staying at the castle in the capital of Glenbrook to deal with some entitled Royalists causing problems, going back to House Wolffort to report what’s been going on as of late, or to help protect the Roselle village House Wolffort is in charge of which was being attacked by bandits. Ultimately I decided to help the Roselle, because as far as I know, there’s no risk of anyone dying letting Benedict report things alone to House Wolffort (though I don’t trust that guy whatsoever) and same with the Royalist issue. I don’t believe anything could go too wrong ignoring them for the time being…I hope not at least, I’m a little more worried about that one. The fight against the bandits was a tough one though. It took me two attempts and my last two people were just about to be killed at the end of my successful second attempt. I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes next and finding out if I made the right choice this time. – Jenae
What games have you been playing this week? Let us know in the comments!
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