March in Review

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Another month gone by, another reflection to be inscribed into the tapestry that is 3PStart.

Honestly, I didn’t write nearly as much as I would have liked this month, though I’m definitely not beating myself up over it.  On the life front, I’m moving into a new job soon and I’ve been taking the time to reconnect with family and friends.  I’ve also been trying to become more involved and active on Twitter and other mediums regarding gaming discussions and other blogs.  I’ve also been gaming quite a bit (as those of us who blog about gaming occasionally do) and while I have a few things in the works, I haven’t quite finished them up.

But we’ll get to that, of course!

The only review I managed to get up was finishing up 3PStart’s coverage of the main Phantasy Star games for the Sega Genesis, covering the oft-neglected Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom.

Review – Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom

I did, however, also manage to add to the surely ever-growing Fire Emblem overview I’ve been working on.  Overall, the overview is meant to give a peek at each game, including features and improvements or steps back that the series has taken.  In the latest edition, I went over the Fates trilogy consisting of Conquest, Birthright, and the definitively canon Revelation.  I also got to go over my favorite entry in a long time, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, which is well worth a check out for any Fire Emblem fan.  If you’re interested in the history of the series or just looking for a good place to start playing from out of curiosity, I’d love to suggest checking out the entire overview!

Fire Emblem – An Overview – Part 5

Also, thanks to Red Metal over at Extra Life tagged me for a Sunshine Blogger Award- and another wholehearted thanks for that!  If you’re interested in seeing my feelings on negativity in the gaming critique, my favorite critically acclaimed movie, or want to know whether I prefer 2D or 3D games (the answer may shock you!), that would be the place to do it!

Responding to My Sunshine Blogger Award Nod

Fire Emblem Fates

What to Look Forward To

Just recently, I finished up a replay of Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing, so I’ll have some words on that soon enough.  I’ve also been continuing on my voyage through the Atelier games and have wrapped up the Arland Trilogy (made of of Atelier Rorona, Totori, and Meruru).  Much like the Fire Emblem overview, I feel that doing an overview for at least the PS3 and more current games in the series would be best, so I’m working on an introduction to the series as a whole and an overview on those three games.

I’d like to get some words out about Blue Reflection, as I mentioned last month, and I started writing a bit on Until Dawn but that may turn into a whole piece on horror gaming in general so- there are a few concepts up in the air that need a bit more refining or motivation to get out.

Other Blogs and Posts to Check Out

Athena over at AmbiGaming put together an awesome piece about Tolerance vs. Acceptance that managed to talk about a lot of concepts- both in games and in gaming- that really hit on a lot of points that sparked the flame for my wanting 3PStart to come to fruition in the first place.

After posting a bit about how positively video games have impacted my life, reading a post from The Gaming Diaries regarding things overheard in a game shop gave me some warm fuzzy feelings- which I’m always happy to promote!

I don’t know about you, but when I hear a title like Tesla vs. Lovecraft, I get a little tingle in my nerd centers.  CheapBossAttack nearly always seems to have the same interests as I do, and this review of the upcoming Switch game proves yet again that his excitement is transferable, as I am now itching to try this game as soon as possible.

As usual, there is so much fantastic passion and writing out there that I can’t fathom covering it all, so hopefully keeping these shout outs to three a month won’t seem like I’m selling those that I follow short!  Thank you all for following along with me and if you ever want to reach out, feel free to shoot me a line on Twitter (@the3rdplayer) or through gMail (3pstartgaming@gmail.com)!

– Matt a.k.a. “The3rdPlayer”

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11 thoughts on “March in Review

  1. I also really like the Fire Emblem series, so if you write more about it, I’ll be sure to give it a read.

    Guess the next Phantasy Star game would be the fourth one. The general consensus seems to indicate it’s the best game in the series. It’s also the only one I’ve completed.

    I’m glad you enjoyed doing that Sunshine Blogger Award tag. You earned it!

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    • Ohhh I’m sure there’ll be more about the Fire Emblem series and certain aspects/reviews of the games at some point. I’m a huge fan, but I’m also a pretty new fan so I’m always learning something! Any favorites in the series in particular?

      I’ll definitely be getting to my own review of Phantasy Star IV, though I was avoiding it before since my co-contributor had written a review and his passion for the game eclipses even my love for it. With all of the research I’ve been doing on the series at this point, though, I feel like I need to finish out the quadrology(?) for sure.

      Thanks again for the nomination- and for the support! I’ve been loving the stuff I’ve been reading on your site so it’s an honor to receive the nod!

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      • I would say the highlights of the series are Genealogy of the Holy War, Path of Radiance, Awakening, and Fates. The latter two are easy enough to obtain on the 3DS, but Path of Radiance is a GameCube title and Genealogy was never localized, for it was only released on the Super Famicom. Nevertheless, if you can find copies of those games, I highly recommend all of them.

        Go ahead and review it. Considering how well your previous entries have turned out, I’m sure you can do it justice.

        You’re welcome! And thanks, I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my reviews too. Next one will be Beyond: Two Souls.

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      • Genealogy is definitely up there for me, too. I’ll admit, I really love the whole Jugdral mythos, so I have to lump Thracia 776 in there, too. Gaiden (and thereby Echoes) and Awakening are big highlights too, and I really enjoyed Path of Radiance (though Radiant Dawn was a little disappointing).

        Looking forward to your takr on Beyond: Two Souls though! I haven’t seen much about that game since it came out really…

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      • I would like Thracia 776 a bit more if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s unrelentingly difficult to the point of absurdity. At the same time, I do respect it in a weird way because it highlights how dire Leif’s situation is. Radiant Dawn may have been unfairly ravaged by critics back in 2007, but I relent that it is an unequivocal step down from Path of Radiance. I haven’t finished Echoes, but it does seem like a solid remake; here’s hoping Genealogy receives the same treatment.

        Yeah, Beyond: Two Souls seems to be one of those games that was released to a lot of fanfare and sold well enough, yet fell off the radar once its time in the sun expired. I will say right now that one of its faults is that it does very much provide a style-over-substance experience.

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      • I’ll be honest- I cheated a little and used the Elite code for extra Exp in Thracia so I could muddle through it. It was definitely the height of masochism in the series, though! Radiant Dawn wasn’t bad by any means, I just think they took some weird steps back with it- so I guess I’m in agreement!

        I’ve got all of my digits crossed for a Genealogy upgrade a la Echoes, though. There’s so much potential but it’s also an exponentially larger game than Gaiden was. I’d be tempted to say we’d see an updated Thracia first, but Nintendo barely acknowledges that entry now, it seems.

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  2. D’awwww, thanks for the shout out! We do seem to have a lot of games in common, don’t we?

    That being said, as someone who quickly bounced off Blue Reflection, I’m curious to read your thoughts on that one. Maybe it’ll convince me to give it another go. A different mindset makes all the difference in the world and perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood for a slow-burn magical girl RPG.

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    • Honestly, I’ve been digging a lot of your writing and your general attitude toward games, but it also helps to know when I start geeking out about SMT or the like, I’ll have someone who gets me, haha

      I’m not sure my words on Blue Reflection will be an immediate push to go try it again, but if it either helps cement your decision or gets you to give it another go, I hope the extra mindset helps. I will say, as I’m jotting my review down in another tab, that I think my wanting to play a game like it probably made a bit of a difference, so I get what you’re saying.

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      • Always nice to converse with someone who digs the same weird shit, haha.

        Sometimes I’m just not in the right mood for a game, but end up digging it on the second go months later. Happened with Mass Effect: Andromeda, Doom, Dishonored, and recently Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I only stuck with Blue Reflection for two hours so just reading into why you stuck with it longer than I did is interesting enough, even if I don’t end up giving it another shot.

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