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?