I just beat West of Loathing on my Switch this morning, and afterwards, I purchased my first Fortnite season pass, cuz I figured that $10 isn’t too much to spend to figure out my actual feelings on the thing. As an educator, I figure it’s a small, but worthwhile investment; if I actually try to accomplish all the challenges for this season, I should at least be fluent in Fortnite memes and idioms to stash in my pedagogical back pocket.
Anyhow, I’m also nominally playing through The Division still, and I’m also finally playing Shadow of the Colossus Remastered for the first time, and I know this is heretical to say, but I don’t love it that much. It’s inarguably a milestone for the whole “video games as art” timeline, but there’s something about the repetition that’s draining. I’ve beat 5 or 6 Colossi so far, all without dying, and yet, I don’t find it that enjoyable to spend 30 minutes trying to figure out how to climb those big boys, and then another 10 minutes dangling from fur in between stabs. Plus, traversal is difficult, and the map is large, but linear, so if I take a wrong turn, I’m losing upwards of 10 minutes to gallop back around big honkin’ mountains. Don’t get me wrong, the game’s reputation is very easily earned, and the remaster (recreation?) looks mesmerizing and just perfectly unreal. I just don’t enjoy playing it much is all, which is strange, because I found The Last Guardian to be much more fun, whereas that one was more mechanically frustrating overall. Maybe it all boils down to variety? Or maybe I just prefer to try to protect my creature friends, rather than mournfully slaughter them?