What We’re Playing: NieR: Automata, Evan’s Remains, Final Fantasy XIV


I’ve been a huge Final Fantasy fan for a number of years now, but I’ve always been hesitant jumping on the Final Fantasy XIV bandwagon, if nothing else but for the fact that it is an MMORPG. An MMORPG is something that requires a lot of commitment, requiring both time and money in order to continue playing, and I hated the idea of paying more than once in order to play a game. Nevertheless, I kept on hearing nothing but high praise for FFXIV, and with each additional expansion that was released, my interest grew.

I found out that there is a free-to-play trial version that was available for those who were too nervous or skeptical to jump in, like myself. There are some limits involved; the level cap is in the 30s, and some features are not available in this free version. When I created my player and was able to explore the world of Eorzea, however, I found myself enchanted by the possibilities open to me. For the first time, I could create my own Final Fantasy story and mold my character after myself, letting her grow in whichever way I chose.

I finally decided it was time to go all-in and finally purchased the collection that was available: The base game of A Realm Reborn, as well as its expansions. New races such as the Viera and Au Ra were open to me for the first time, which was exciting. What was really nice was seeing that I didn’t have to start all over again with the character I’d already created and had grown fond of – I’m looking forward to spending more time in Eorzea, and seeing more of what this game has to offer.


Since my game of choice for the month of June has been Nier: Automata that’s what I’ve still been playing through. It’s a very interesting game, with lots of mystery, enchanting music, likable characters like 2B and 9S (they are androids), and action that really challenges you. This is not a game that goes easy on you, and it keeps getting more tricky as you progress.

The main irk I have with the game is how it doesn’t guide you very well to the next area to continue in the game. It just leaves a marker somewhere on the map and you have to find it. I wasn’t using the map much in the beginning, but after a few hours in I use it constantly. I hope to write a full review on the game, but for now I have a First Impression up.

NieR Automata

I tried to play Final Fantasy XIV as well, which Andrea’s interest (as noted above) got me wondering if I should try it as well. My desktop and laptop are not the best (I just updated the hard drive to an SSD on my laptop a few weeks ago) so when I finally finished downloading the game, it wouldn’t run on my laptop…

To remedy the situation, I decided to buy a few games on Steam that were on sale and getting a $5 off coupon if I spend $30. I got GRIS, To The Moon, Celeste, VA-11 Hall-A, and Wisdom Tree Collection (a small collection of bible based games). I hope to knock a few of these out while playing Nier so I can variate and write reviews on them as well!

There’s another game called Evan’s Remains which I hope to have up soon as a review. It’s a puzzle platformer that I am enjoying so far! Look forward to that one and if you haven’t played it, I recommend checking it out.

Let us know what you have been playing this month or last month (regardless if your reading this later on after July 2020). We would love to chat with you and see what our readers are getting into. God bless 🙂

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When not conquering digital worlds in video games, he can be found reading, watching anime, listening to music writing, and just enjoying life as a geek in the city.

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