I bought The Low Road based on Cameron’s article for it a while ago and have been enjoying the style and writing. The intro sequence is really good and fumbling through the fake roommate story over the phone was funny in a way I didn’t expect.
MGS 2 is so weird and sure of itself that I can’t help but love it. It makes a few allusions to the novel City of Glass by Paul Auster (Peter Stillman is a character name in both, and supposedly there were a few other borrowed character names that got dropped from the final game) and there’s a lot of thematic overlap between the two. I just happened to coincidentally read the book a few months after I played the game the first time and got a little freaked out by the similarities until I found out they were intentional.
My awful work schedule has made playing games a challenge this week, but I’m looking forward to more Monster Hunter World. I have 94ish hours on the game right now, and all I want to do right now is build cool armour sets and weapon combos to do fun stuff online, and also beat all the Tempered Elder Dragons.
I feel like I’m spoiling myself for the PC release, maybe with the idea that I can save some stuff to play with friends who don’t have a PS4. But, at the same time, this wouldn’t be the first time I put in a ton of hours to the same game on two platforms (Destiny 2…).
Playing some Vermintide 2. Did the Prologue and this is extremely my game. I like the Warhammer setting.
Also looking for people to play it with! Holla Atcha Boi!
On the Switch, I’m still cranking along through BotW, and love it more than I expected to. It’s a great way to just get lost for a while and I am deeply fond of the art and music. I’ve only gotten one Divine Beast up and running so far, because I’ve been enjoying just exploring and finding better stuff and things to do, but I’m about to head off on a quest for another one of the Divine Beasts. I haven’t even gotten into the western and northern parts of the map yet, because I’ve been loving the exploration of the eastern part so far.
I’m also playing Night in the Woods finally thanks to my Switch! And I like it a lot. Narrative games about interesting characters that aren’t usually depicted in games are my jam, so a game about a college drop-out 20 year old woman (who happens to be a cat) who returns to her small rust-belt town jam-packed with post-industrial ennui is like total manna to me.
On the Xbox, I’ve been trying to get into The Witcher 3, and I have such mixed feelings. I’m already not as fond of an RPG where I can’t make my own character - I always prefer to play as a woman, or if required to be a man I want to play as a man of color, so being the ultimate gravely-voiced white guy is already kind of not my thing. I do love the whole “monster hunter for hire” thing, and I’ve had a lot of fun with the combat, and I love how fleshed-out even the most seemingly inconsequential side quests are. What’s really been getting to me is how thus far (and I admit I’m not like a super long way in - I just did the Crones of Crookback Bog), essentially every single woman I’ve met in the game is either A. a super-hot witch you meet naked who wants to get with Geralt, or B. a nameless peasant in burlap rags. There’s thus far basically no other kind in the game. It’s really, deeply off-putting to me.
After I got bummed I fired up my in-progress Dragon Age: Inquisition save (a game I got burned out on from DAI’s well-known open world issues but am liking much more now that I have a good handle on which quests to do in which priority and which busywork to ignore) and it felt like a breath of fresh air. There are women everywhere! Women soldiers and religious leaders and mages and craftspeople and traders and spies and politicians! And my beloved player character Samantha Trevelyan, a compassionate and fair-minded leader…sigh.
So I’m not sure how I feel about TW3 yet. It’s bumming me out but I feel like surely it has to get better in that regard if I play further?
I needed the hard drive space so I went and finished Dying Light: The Following. The original Dying Light was all right, but I think The Following is where Dying Light really comes into its own. The parkour-ish running around from the original game was fine, but it always felt like a pain to move around Harran. Adding the buggy and making the world more open made the game a lot more interesting to me. Also, the addition of the Volatile hives gave me a reason to actually go out into the world at night, which I feel like was a failure of the original game. The double xp bonus just wasn’t enough incentive with the added difficulty, but these additions in The Following changed that. I’d recommend just playing The Following, but the idea of playing it without already being leveled up from the original game sounds like a bad idea.
The "Should I buy this game" thread
I just played We Know The Devil and finished all 4 endings, and all I have to say is JESUS CHRIST. I’m so glad I decided to do this with my day.
It’s pretty amazing, and I’m super psyched for that follow-up!
Started Into The Breach for a podcast because one of the panel picked it out because of this site’s coverage (small world).
The game can roughly be summed up entirely with just this one piece:
i’ve been playing Hyper Light Drifter finally!
the subtle worldbuilding it does is incredible. especially given it totally lacks dialogue. i feel like it was intended to channel the original Legend of Zelda, but it also reminds me of being a kid, playing my older brother’s games. it had been a looong time since i’d had that feeling of being dropped into a world that you straight up cannot fully comprehend. it really forces you to read into the game’s environments, in all their beauty and horror. and jeez, does it have a lot of both of those.
i also played through a game called Secret Little Haven. i would heed the CW for parental conflict and gaslighting the author included. i could see parts of it getting uncomfortable.
its a game framed within an old Mac OS interface, and it uses that really interestingly. computer files and forums give some exposition in a way that felt really natural. the writing is spot on, and evokes that early 2000’s feel perfectly. it tells a story about fandoms, gender, and the internet. i only just caught the tail end of that ‘era’ of internet, but a lot of it still really resonated hard with me.
Playing some Final Fantasy XV.
Four hours in and I am very mixed on how I feel about this game. Like the relationship between the four boys and it looks very good graphically. I have no clue what the story is. I guess there is a war? I dunno. They showed me some scenes from the movie that I guess I was supposed to watch. The combat feels like I am constantly out of control of my character and that things only go my way in fights out of the grace of God. It is very hectic.
The game just feels like a weird mess so far? It is telling this what I assume fantasy story but hey look cars! Look at this very modern beach resort…ALSO CHECK THESE GIRAFFES WITH FANGS. I’m waiting for them to tell me that this world was created when multiple dimensions collided and that is why there are Goblins along side dudes going “BADABING BADABOOM. HEY IM WALKIN OVAH HERE”.
I decided to work through my backlog in order from shortest to longest gameplay time. After playing We Know The Devil yesterday, today I played through Tacoma. I know I’m like 9 months late to that party, but oh my GOD is it good.
Next up is probably finishing Night In The Woods, and then finishing Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst.
Entirely out of boredom I just started up the Halo Anniversary remaster on 360.
This is… rougher than I expected. Not Halo 1, because Halo 1’s one of those game’s I’ve played a half dozen times at this point (at least up until you reach The Library, then I usually quit)
But, like, I assume so they could do the realtime graphics switching stuff, the “remastered” graphics cut some weird corners. Face textures and facial animation may actually rank as some of the ugliest I’ve seen in a game in a long time.
Johnson is a horror show. Which is to say nothing of the lip sync, which seems to be automated and rarely matches the words. It’s worse than even early Telltale games.
I kind of want to just play with the original graphics, but that would feel like a cop out.
Got back into Final Fantasy Tactics Advance after a pretty long hiatus and boy, I love that game. It’s weird and obtuse and doesn’t explain itself well at all but it’s got heart, dammit.
For some reason I find myself so drawn to it’s main cast more than I have for other FF games. I really love the idea of the player character being the only one who wants everything to go back to normal. Theres no unity between FFTAs main characters at all, and while I don’t think the game is going to frame it like this, it actually feels like I’m playing a kind of villain which is a weird feeling to have in a game with such a bright, light hearted setting.
Sometime last year I started Ghost Trick but stopped because I don’t know why. Been playing it again the last few days and I’m an idiot for ever stopping. Looking into the scenes, like doll houses, with all their pretty details and cool animations, I like that. Fun writing too. It’s a very good game.
got heavy into Legend of Heroes and Fortnite over the weekend, and damn I really love fortnite. The gameplay is fun and all but the goofy tone (ala TF2) and playing and coordinating with a squad of friends is just so damn…relaxing?
hey okay yeah so i played this korean indie game called plutonium
before I played it i was like “eh” and then i played it and i was all like
I literally cannot explain anything about it. It costs two bucks and lasts about 90 minutes. Please, play it as soon as possible.
Korean indie dev, 2D adventure, 2 dollars, and short enough that I won’t feel super guilty finishing it? I feel obligated to play this.
[I ended up buying it before checking for a Mac port (there isn’t one, obviously) so now my PC gets to install a bunch of updates and it’s getting late to play this tonight, but I’m still excited for it.]
I’ve been playing Dark Souls 3 and, hot take, it’s very good. I finished the first Dark Souls recently, after several failed attempts, and found myself really hardcore hooked by it. I loved the combat, but I also loved the art design, the occasionally grotesque enemies, and the minimal storytelling. I love this stuff in Dark Souls 3 even more; it’s a really beautiful game in a lot of ways. I don’t even think the lore is incredibly interesting, but the way it’s aesthetically presented, with a real economy of words and a wealth of strange visuals, really works for me.