Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Gaming Duties

A list to remind me what games I should be focusing on, for the sake of finishing some:
  • Final Fantasy X (PS3)
  • Dark Messiah (PC)
  • Postal 2: Paradise Lost (PC)
  • Earthbound (WiiU)
What I'm actually playing, mostly because they are fun:
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (PC)
  • Saints Row IV (PC)
Games I can play anytime with little or no pressure to finish them, mostly because they're pretty open ended:
  • Starbound
  • Reigns
  • We Happy Few
  • Death Road to Canada
Games I plan to install overnight so I can get into them once I finish something:
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (although I have this one on PS3 as well... hmmm.)
  • Soma 
  • Resident Evil 4
I ordered some nostalgic cartoons which will be arriving shortly, The Tick (Seasons 1 & 2), Pirates of Darkwater, and Conan the Adventurer (Season 2). My kids got me into Gravity Falls, which is really good and surprisingly mature (in that it doesn't dumb things down for kids).

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Time of Legends

I mentioned that I am looking forward to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I like the games, but I haven't played many of the newer ones... and when I say newer, I mean the DS and forward. Intending to catch up some, I bought Skyward Sword and Windwaker HD, but there are so many I missed in between, I won't even attempt to catch them all. Thankful each is its own compartmentalized story with no continuity between them... well, after the first two.

Here's the score:

Zelda 1: Maybe 90% completed. The final dungeons kicked my butt.
Zelda 2: Completed!
Link to the Past: Completed!
Links Awakening: 10% completed because I never owned it.
Ocarina of Time: No idea... but I never became adult Link, which is probably not much.
Majora's Mask: Never played.
Oracle of Ages: Completed! (borrowed)
Oracle of Seasons: Never played.
Four Swords/Wind Waker/Minish Cap: Never played.
Twilight Princess: 10% at a guess.
Phantom Hourglass/Spirit Tracks: Never played.
Skyward Sword: I got the sword and went to the surface. Haven't played it since.
Link Between Worlds: Looks interesting, but as if I'd pay full price for a modern title.
Tri Force Heroes: New to me. See above.

I see that they are readily available on the Nintendo e-shop, so perhaps I'll pick up a few... when I complete the ones I have! Honestly... I have so many games and not enough time to play them all. I have six Assasin's Creek [sic] games and have finished one and started on the next. I tried to go back to my game in progress (Brotherhood, I think) after several months and am so bad at the controls I can't get anything done. Dang these games that almost require binge playing.

If I were to go back, I think I'd start with Links Awakening... $6. Not bad.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Most Anticipated 2016-2017

Here are some games I look forward to both announced and expected.

Kingdom Hearts III
Of course it's coming out... eventually. Like they're just going to cancel the end of this awesome cash cow. I'm content to wait... that's what KH fans do. The series just fills us with so much hope! (Katara cry)

Final Fantasy XV
Looks really good! This is a system seller... and the anime, CG movie, and gameplay videos are all really appealing.(Edit: Having got my PS4, I have still not invested much time in this one. Funny that.)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Iga does this genre well. Since there is no more Castlevania, we now call the genre "Igavania".

Shadow Warrior 2
Heard it described as Shadow Warrior + Diablo 2. Sounds fun. (Edit: Got it. It was fun, but grindy. I enjoyed it, but don't see my self doing a replay.)

Saints Row V
Not a peep out of Volition or Deep Silver on this one. Odd... gotta be coming though. Maybe they'll do the No Mans Sky idea right... have space travel and colony building. (Edit: Agents of Mayhem is set in the same universe, releases in August 2017 and is superhero based. Works for me.)

Cyberpunk 2077
Based on the tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020 I love. Speaking of... it may be 2020 by the time it comes out. Whatever. As long as it takes to be great!

Bards Tale IV

Stardew Valley Multiplayer
Planned in a future update... so I got a copy for my kids when it eventually happens.

Injustice 2
I enjoy beating up Superman in as many ways as possible.

Metal Gear Survive ????
Don't look at me like that.... I'm not a traitor! I'm willing to give this a chance... if I can play it solo and it has game play as satisfying as in MSGV.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Not much into Zelda (well... post Link's Awakening), but the previews are promising.

Ace Attorney 6: Spirit of Justice 
September 8! (Full fanboy mode engaged!) This anime cutscene looks amazing! Maya's back!

Ace Attorney Investigations 2
Need more Edgey!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Exasperated Max

Mad Max currently ranks #13 on Steam as having the most hours of play. I intend to knock it off the top 20.

Rather than a buggy remnant of a quest I completed, I like to think it means metaphysically.
It's right.... I should.

I recently finished the game... all I cared to of it. I liked the game play... cruising around in the Magnum Opus (the game's customizable/upgradable car). Harpooning and blowing vehicles up was fun. Clearing camps was a slog because gathering scrap is arduous and the combat is a chore... or the other way around even. I got all but the last two areas cleared of threat and I have no desire to do the abysmally boring Mine Clearing missions to finish them up... frankly I have no incentive. Where the game lacked was the story missions. I saw in a game magazine sometime ago... in reference to the protagonist of Secret of Evermore. "It's hard to [care for] a character who doesn't [care]." Max gives little in the way of excrement. He just wants to get his car and leave. You know those minecraft players who just want to blaze through adventure maps to get to the end? That's him. He cares about his car and his own skin. Occasionally he shows a shred of almost exasperated humanity, like "Fine. I'll be a decent human being for once"  but he's no hero. He is quite mad, after all. It's a very nihilistic setting that comes to a very nihilistic conclusion. I haven't seen the new Mad Max film yet, but compared to the original films with Mel Gibson, this game was a downer.

A super rare splash of color after nearly 70 hours of play.

Tangent: I have been playing We Happy Few occasionally. It's unfinished... in alpha, but it looks good and has a neat premise. I have not gotten to Wellington Wells proper, full of the shiny happy (drugged up) people... but being stuck in the downer portion is incentive to get away from these sad sacks. I'm trying to be less of a downer myself. According to spritely Lindsey Stirling, your brain can't tell reality from imagination (which is the definition of crazy... so we're all nuts.... just as I suspected!) which is why the fake it till you make it mentality is healthy and works. Apparently, smiling and laughing out loud (Yuna thought so too... whoa, weird) releases endorphins to trick your brain into thinking "teh happy things, lol". Also. standing in a confident pose releases testosterone to make you feel confident.

So yes... where was I... oh, Mad Max. Screw this game. It's finished.... stick a fork in it... it's done! Now to supplant those 70 hours I devoted to it. So here's the plan. Here's a graphic of the games beneath it in my steam list ordered by playtime. Playing those are the most likely to accomplish this mission... quest.... thing!
Batman Arkham City - Can do! I loved this game, and even though I have it on console (which I prefer to play it on) I can burn a couple of hours mopping up side missions.
Undertale - The kids will more than likely play through it again at some point. Maybe I'll give it a go... who knows.
DC Universe Online - All I have to do is update it and that should fulfill the required hours. Not even kidding.
Half Life 2 - Have been playing on and off. This one never really gets old.
7 Days to Die - Hmmmm. Pass.
Alan Wake - I've started it and lost interest several times, but I want to do a full replay at some point.
Portal 2 - Still a classic, and I need to finish the multiplayer levels with my sons.
Duke Nukem Forever - I could play it again. Step off!
Dark Messiah of M&M - I think I know what I'm slotting in now that Mad Max is off.
Batman: Arkham Origins-  Nah.

So that's a task that should take about a year. I'm not obsessing over it, but when It's done, I'll get some satisfaction out of it.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Why I no longer read Knights of the Dinner Table (Repost)

Repost from Facebook, originally written December 5, 2008.

Notes (2016): My apathy continues unabated... I only occasionally check Kenzerco to check if it's still in publication. Kinda like how I check on Spoony monthly to see if he's done any work... the difference being that, amazingly, KoDT is still producing content.

Ugh. Upon going to the Kenzerco website to verify that link, I was unfortunately reminded of the live action KoDT series that was kickstarted. If the Kickstarter preview was any indication, this is going to be painful.