On My Radar – Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

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Final Fantasy XV is a mess

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A beautiful…

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And intriguing…

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Crowded…

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Lovable mess.

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That constantly fails to deliver on significant plot points. Either due to:

  • Technical issues, such as the camera zooming in too closely, blocking the action on-screen.
  • Script issues that tell more than show emotional plot points. I need to know why I should care about someone I’ve never met. Give me reasons. All of them. Show me!

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Prince Noctis, his band of brothers, and the world they live in keep me coming back for more.

Can’t wait to see how this one ends.

On the road with Final Fantasy XV

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Monsters exist. They eat children at night. When monsters are famished, they eat adults too. The guys of Final Fantasy XV know this. Which leads them to suggest resting when the sun goes down. Nighttime is scary.

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But when you are with friends, nighttime is fun! Adventures in the wilderness lead to camping out versus hotel stays. Camping equals amazing meals cooked by master chef and best bro, Ignis. In your many many travels, Ignis collects recipes to cook later on. Food equals stat boots as well as other fun mathematical thingamajigs. Trust me, food is awesome.

One of my favorite things about FFXV is something rather simple, photography. Party member and best bruh Prompto takes pictures as you cruise the countryside. At the end of each day, when you camp for the night, the game gives you a chance to check out Prompto’s pictures. You can even save the ones you like. The guys will also comment on the photos they like as you flip through them. Check it out:

Final Fantasy XV is such a weird game, but I love it. Simple features such as cooking and photography add a wonderful layer of personality. I don’t want this roadtrip to end.

(Note: The video featured above was captured in a hurry. Reason why there aren’t any huge level ups or even that many photos taken. A full day played in-game can yield some pretty fantastic photography.)

Playing with My Assassin Dolls

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Ever since I had back surgery, I have despised winter. The dropping temperatures bring pain. Removing the illusion of summertime invincibility. Reminding me that I can feel weather like an old man.

Woke up this morning in pain. We have a cold front moving through this afternoon. Temperatures will top out in the mid 70’s today before plunging down into the 20’s. Woo-hoo!

Pain equals not staying in bed. So I got up, fired up my PS4, and played some Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

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Syndicate presents a world that feels lived-in. And yet, for all the simulated life going on, I feel like I’m witnessing/playing with Barbies. There is something fake about it all. Some barrier that the developers just can’t seem to break past.

I’ve also been playing Batman: Arkham Knight. Same type of open world game as Syndicate. However, Arkham Knight manages to move past the feel of playing with “action figures”. The combination of voice work, animation, and story blend together to create a believable reality.

My time gaming ended when my son got up. The quiet morning hour replaced with a kid who clearly wants the TV. Oh well. I enjoyed my time spent with my headphones on, playing with my assassin dolls.

Stardew Valley Fatigue

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The boy and I took a trip to Stardew Valley on the PS4 this week.

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As we cleared Westbrook Farm for planting, we found ourselves growing tired by 8am. Something was/is wrong.

Take a look at the bottom right side of the screen above. In talking to friends, I’ve learned there is an energy meter that should be there. A further Google search revealed that publisher Chucklefish Games is aware of the issue.

Hello! Chucklefish person here!

We’re aware that older TVs (2008 or older) are having an issue with the resolution, and we’re working with Sickhead Games on a fix.

In the meantime, you may be able to adjust the game slightly to the right on your TV so that the energy bar is visible. I know this isn’t an ideal option, so we’ll aim to get this fixed as soon as we can.

So I guess we’ll be staying away from Stardew Valley until the screen size issue is patched. Can’t wait to come back!

Note: Captured some video to highlight the screen size issue. Realized my mistake, that the issue is only on my screen, once I watched the video. DUH!