TOP 5 TUESDAY 

“Top 5 Tuesday” is a series that focuses on my top five anything on a given subject that is directly related to gaming, anime, or manga.

 GAMES I WANT TO FINISH 

Despite me being me gaming since I was two-years-old and considering it my #1 passion, I do not get to play all of the games coming out that I would like to.  As I have gotten older, I have found out that different factors present me from being able to enjoy everything I want right as it comes out (working, friends, other hobbies, etc.).

Today’s Top 5 Tuesday’s post focuses on games that I still need to beat that I will eventually get around to completing, and more-or-less plan to fit in between all the other things I have to do.

 #5 — GOD OF WAR 

God of War is one of gaming’s most beloved series.  Recently they have rebooted the franchise with the name of the original title and introduced new gameplay mechanics, a new fighting system, and moved away from Greek mythology and is now focusing on Norse Gods.

Myself, I have never played any God of War game because I was not much of a fan of their style of hack-and-slash, I much preferred the style of Devil May Cry.  However, my best friend, Jerome has beaten every God of War and I witnessed him beating the second and third ones from beginning to end.  Having knowledge of the games and wanting to get into God of War, I figured this would be a good place to start.

 #4 — SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third game of the rebooted Tomb Raider series.  This is a game I definitely plan on playing since I have finished both Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider, loving the experience that each of them gave me.

Something I have loved about this series is the character progression of its protagonist, Lara Croft.  Lara goes from someone who is merely a novice explorer who has amazing intellect, research, and intuition to becoming someone who understands the dangers of her work, the supernatural disasters, and blood thirsty people that occupy where she may go.  Shadow of the Tomb Raider sees Lara as a veteran of multiple life-threatening events, I am interested to see how her character has become.

Though, I will be fair, I am hoping that we get to see her iconic dual-pistol wielding self within the third part of the reboot series they started back in 2013.

 #3 — RESONANCE OF FATE 

To be honest, I have absolutely no idea what this game is about or how the combat system really works.  I first saw Resonance of Fate on a trip to Gamestop back in the Playstation area, I do not remember why, but I did not pick it up (probably because I was already on the hunt for a particular game).  I knew it was a JRPG, but that was as much as I know, I can not even remember the game’s description.

Browsing my friend’s list on Playstation 4, I saw a friend of mine playing Resonance of Fate and I quickly raised a brow and thought to myself, “Is this on PS Now?”.  However, further investigation lead me to see that they had made a 4K/HD version of the original game, making me rethink my strong feelings about playing the game that had not left me. 

To think; I only saw this game one time and the visual and coolness of the name “Resonance of Fate” become so unforgettable that I still have interest in it all these years later while having no idea what the actual game is about or what the gameplay is…pretty crazy.

 #2 — PERSONA 5 

Despite me wanting to play Persona 4 since I saw it on the Playstation 2, I actually did not beat it until I got Persona 4 Golden on Playstation Vita.  Persona 5 is also a game I have a strong urge to beat, and just like Persona 4, the reason is the amazing OST that the game has been given.  

Persona 5 Royale is on the way, and with it they are probably going to be adding things just like they did when they enhanced Persona 4 to Persona 4 Golden.  Though, I am wondering if I should wait to pick up Persona 5 now or wait for Royale, mainly because of the female protagonist probably changing a lot of interactions, relationship choices, and other key things within the game.

My friend have did a very good job not spoiling this game for me, so I need to go ahead and beat it so we can talk about it.  Persona 4 is definitely one of my all-time favorite games because of the characters, interactions, and lasting impressions the thought out story made on me.  I hope that I have just as much fun with Persona 5 as its predecessor, and I believe I will from everything I have heard so far.

 #1 — NieR:Automata 

I knew this game was going to be amazing every since I wrote up my impressions on the demo that they released; yet I still did not pick up NieR: Automata on day 1, and I really should have.

It is not often that I find myself getting to enjoy Hack-n-Slash games, especially one with long and drawn out stories that get universal acclaim (compare it to Devil May Cry’s normally B-Movie seeming plots).  Moreover, Platinum Games is one of my favorite developers due to their attention to detail and amazing way of producing action games.

I need to pick up this game and thoroughly play the hell out of it; I have not done so, and I really hate that I am such a procrastinated and allowed such a masterpiece slip by me.  In fact, their soundtracks rival that of the Persona series in excellence; “Weight of the World” being my favorite song from their OST…a song I can enjoy both in English and Japanese, which has not been done for me since “Wings” from Wild Arms 3.

2B is an appealing character in herself; she is a robot and seems monotone, but she has a soul you can feel.  I love her sex appeal and yet her demeanor keeps you focused on all the right things.  Ugh, what am I waiting for?!