Weâ€™ve had a rough go of things this past week. Our pup was diagnosed with bone cancer last month and given 6 months to live. Despite our best efforts to help with treatments and numerous doctor visits, the cancer spread aggressively and claimed our poor friend. I tell you this because I feel the need to justify why Iâ€™ve felt withdrawn from blogging, gaming, and everything else this past month (in addition to having traveled for work and being busy). Weâ€™re those weird animal people who consider animals family members, and love them as much as people â€” often more. Iâ€™m starting to come out of that hole, and glad games are here to help.
Iâ€™ve had some time to dabble in a few things. I want to briefly comment on them here in this conglomoblog then expound upon them in their own entries.
The long-awaited Nintendo Online service for the Switch is out now. I picked up the $20/year version. With it comes the ability to continue playing games online â€” a feature now restricted to the Online service â€” as well as an array of classic NES games on the Switchâ€™s version of the virtual console. There are also cloud saves and that phone app no one will use. I think itâ€™s a fairly limited program and the price is perhaps justified only by the virtual console.
Super Mario Party Switch
Graev and I both picked up Super Party Party. Iâ€™m having fun playing solo and with my wife while waiting for Graev to finish playing Valkyrie Chronicles 4. Once he does, we plan to play online together. I think thatâ€™s ultimately where my biggest gripe with the game comes in… thereâ€™s no real online play, just mini-game shenanigans. Iâ€™m also really displeased with the control setup because you have to use a single Joycon to play. Yes, that means no handheld mode or pro controller, which are both the best control beauties of the console. Weâ€™ll write more Super Mario Party soon.
Our family has a Minecraft realm we all play on together. Itâ€™s the version you can play on any device like an iPad, Switch, PC, phone, etc. Itâ€™s nice to play on the game and be able to play together. My mom is actually the Minecraft guru in the family now. She plays literally all day. Literally. I get the questions like, â€œwhy is my iPad battery dying so fast and why is my iPad so hot?â€ Itâ€™s because you just played 10 hours of Minecraft, mom. Â Our realm is pretty cool. We have a huge Ewok village, a wizard tower, a boat house, a mansion with 3 floors above ground and a massive underground basement with game rooms and armories. We have an underground tram connecting it all. This game continues to amaze me with its connectivity.
Assassinâ€™s Creed Odyssey
Iâ€™m a fanboy of the franchise, but I wasnâ€™t madly in love with Origins like so many others. I feel like it was bridging the game inadequately between old and new. Well, Odyssey is that â€˜newâ€™, and rather than bridge it theyâ€™ve gone straight to this great new formula. Odyssey is extensively more RPG than past entries. Thereâ€™s an inventory with gear, conversion trees, talents, consequences for your actions, world-wide changes, a huge world to explore, and more. Iâ€™m very pleased with the game thus far, and will definitely write up more to talk about how this not-so-assassin AC plays out.
Iâ€™m still plucking along quite well in WoW. I found my groove. My guild is still in early Heroic Uldir and I havenâ€™t passed a Mythic 10 yet. I think my best was an 8 or 9. My alt is on +5 I think. I just play dungeons when I feel like it, and do the world quests on my guys when I feel like farming the AP. At this pace, I should be capable of playing indefinitely. The key to this success really is having like-minded people to play with who are simply all about playing at my exact same speed. My past WoW mistakes have all come about because the groups I play with are too mixed in their mindsets.
Iâ€™ll be easing my way back into this now that