What I’ve Been Playing Recently

When I haven’t been reading or writing, I’ve spent most of my free time playing Yakuza Kiwami 2. I’ve really enjoyed the Yakuza/Like a Dragon games I have played and am slowly making my way through them all. I played Kiwami 1 a few years ago, but never got round to the sequel. With a free day, that I didn’t plan on going outside during, I sat down and started playing this, knowing it would take up most of my free time for the foreseeable future. As with other entries to the series, there is a ton of stuff to do in this game.

The main story is pretty good, picking up one year after the events of the first Kiwami (there’s even a nice recap at the beginning if you haven’t played the first one, or like me played it a long time ago and want a refresher). I’m getting close to the end of the main story, currently on chapter 13, of I think 16. Most of my time has been spent with the almost endless amount of side-content. I like to complete games 100% so I end up spending hours and hours playing mini-games to finish the completion list. For the Yakuza series I’ve learnt how to play Mahjong, and have had to get good at rhythm based games. I should have the whole game finished in the next few days.

I’ve also been playing Sonic Frontiers, although only a few hours in so far. I bought the game when it first came out as motivation to write Once, leaving it on the shelf above my desk until I finished it. I haven’t quite finished it, but I’ve hit 51,000 words, which is longer than I was planning on the whole thing being. I have 2 scenes left to write, which I think will take me to about 56,000 words in total. Still I started Sonic Frontiers once I hit 50,000 words and have been enjoying it so far. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but it’s a good game to play when I don’t really want to think about anything. Going around collecting things and slowly making my way through the story.

Looking ahead, Like a Dragon Ishin is out soon, and I’ll be getting that. I’ve heard that it’s a long game and will take a lot of time to get 100%, but I’m sure like every other game in the series it will become the only thing I want to do when I’m not working until it’s finished. Then after that I’m looking forward to the Resident Evil 4 remake. The remakes have all been good so far, and although I’m sceptical that this one needs a remake, I’m looking forward to playing it.

Thanks for reading and until next time,


About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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