This weekend was short on the games, but the time I did get in was pretty good. I ended up driving a lot yesterday (about 9 hours) which ate up a lot of game time. That’s also why today there will be a double posting instead of what I was planning to publish yesterday.
I was able to continue playing Deep Rock Galactic with some randoms while Graev was busy. I decided to try more of the Digger class, originally thinking it was lackluster when compared to the other class options. My opinion reversed when my fellow dwarves were all rather inept at using Engineer platforms or carving their own paths. The digger just bust through rocks and forge a beautiful tunnel in seconds — even to the bottom of a major cavern — providing the entire team a clear path to progress.
Most of my time playing was spent in Dragon Quest Builders on the Switch. My wife and I are doing this play-through together. She’s really into the exploration, so she pushes me to explore the nooks and crannies of the map. I’m always reluctant, then end up being grateful she pushed me to look around because we find so many neat things to contribute to our city. Right now we’re in the second chapter, and we have a really cool city going.
Leaving our first city behind was rough. I felt attached to the characters and buildings, even though in reality the place was ugly. Our second city is much more practical, and I even have a nice room elevated over the city with a cool view. The surrounding terrain is ugly, though, and I hop Chapter 3 brings a nicer locale.
I’m excited for EverQuest on the Coirnav server. I always think I won’t miss MMOs until I haven’t played one. Then I get the itch so strongly I can’t think of anything else.
Anything fun you’re playing this weekend or planning to play soon?
As we wrap up the weekend, I'm curious what games you all are playing.
Here's my list:
We blew up the meteor tonight! I have a video and write-up coming tomorrow. It was awesome to see this feature play out even cooler than we expected. Many of you have asked me whether or not this means the game has ended. Nope! In fact, shortly after the meteor blew up people went on talking about what they were building next.
Our server will likely stay up and as-is for a little while. We may add mods or restart the world (bigger this time) with mods or simply keep it vanilla.
Sea of Thieves is now in a closed beta state! I'm excited to be able to share my impressions of what we have in the closed beta, but will probably limit my thoughts to this since I am unsure right now if the Alpha content I played is still under NDA.
The game in this closed beta is a pared down "bespoke pirate experience" which is code for it being more of a demo without all of the features.
That said, I have enough to go on to share my thoughts.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is one of those games I saw back at an E3 or during some game conference and thought it looked decent, but then forgot about it completely.
They were kickstarted successfully back in 2014 for four times their ask, and were planning to deliver the game much sooner but saw some setbacks. Now the game is coming out February 13, 2018 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
If I haven’t spent more money rebuying games in the past year than I’ve spent on new games then it has to be really, really close.
There’s a really big trend in the past few years toward re-releasing or remastering past games. Even the most recent Nintendo Direct was all about re-releasing games like Dark Souls, and they also recently released Skyrim (which itself has had numerous releases). Nintendo is leading this phenom with their NES and SNES classic systems and console tempting lots of games to release again.
When is The Elder Scrolls VI coming out? Sorry, I don't know. That's why I'm asking.
I've recently been on a Skyrim kick thanks to the Switch version being an awesome way to play the game on the go and/or away from a traditional TV setup.
I'm also watching a lot of Oblivion being played by a streamer named DansGaming. He's currently playing a modded play-through and I've decided if by the time I'm done with Skyrim and bored enough, if nothing else is out to play, I'll be doing the same.
All this Elder Scrolls has me thinking that we're due for a new release here soon. Technically, we're way past due. Morrowind came out in 2002. Oblivion came out in 2006. Skyrim came out in 2011. It's now 2018, and even accounting for the increased development time between games, we're due.
Now it's time to look forward to the future and look at what games are coming in in 2018.
Lots and lots of games are coming out that I want to play, but I'm going to really try and limit my "most anticipated games of 2018" list to just five.
This year was a great one for games. Mario Odyssey was our game of the year with Breath of the Wild coming in really close. We had lots of fun with games like Assassin's Creed Origins, Battlefront 2, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. With so many great games comes the sad reality of opportunity cost. There are games we just have to forgo simply because of time.
It's that time of year again! Time for the Holiday Buyer's Guide. Every year we get asked by friends, readers, parents, random people we've never met -- just about everyone in between -- what we recommend they should get the game in their lives this holiday season.
This year, our buyer's guide features several games sourced from our community, as well as an entire Board Game Buyer's Guide. In fact, the board game section of our buyer's guide has been so popular (we soft launched to friends before writing this) that we may end up doing an entire Board Game Buyer's Guide all on its own.
For those of you who do not know much about video games and would like to make sure the games are age and content appropriate for your kids, we definitely recommend you view the ESRB's rating system. We've played each of the games we recommend, so we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about their content.
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This year was an amazing one for games -- seriously, one of the best in a while. Shopping for loved ones who enjoy games should be a blast. We hope you enjoy!
As a devout fanboy of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, you better believe I’m diving head first into Assassin’s Creed Origins. Set in the Egyptian era, and featuring some of the first (in a long time) major innovations for the series, Origins has me completely engulfed in its wonder.
A formal review will eventually come (before the end of the year), but to lead up to that review I want to write about things I love and experience as they happen.
I want to really emphasize the world in Origins. The Egyptian setting features places like Alexandria, Siwa, Giza, and Memphis. There are all sorts of deserts and crypts and open-world areas to explore. There are waters with boats, huge open deserts, grand ancient cities, and deep tombs. There’s so much to explore and see that some may even find themselves suffering from open-world fatigue.
The best way to explore the world and experience Origins first hand really is to just set off in a direction (generally toward a major story objective) and just see the world as you go. If you play to “complete” the world, you’ll burn out. Play to live the journey, on the other hand, and you’ll see the world naturally unfolds around you.
The world itself really plays a part in the experience. Traveling through the desert, I’ve already be faced with a burning bush (yep), mirages, hallucinations, ambushes, heat exhaustion (that I feel like quite literally lights you on fire), and even curses — yes, it was raining frogs at one point.
You’ll also feel immersed in the world by having to hunt animals to upgrade your gear. There are more RPG elements I’ll go into in another post at another time, but suffice it to say you have to have leathers, hides, pelts, wood, and ore to upgrade your gear — and you NEED to upgrade — so you’ll have to hunt to get those resources.
The last part of the world that I find so wonderful is your eagle, Senu. This eagle companion has replaced your dormant sixth sense that you had in past Assassin’s Creed games, and literally become ‘eagle vision’. You take control of your eagle and fly through the skies. This provides both an aerial view of what’s happening below, and an awe-inspiring view of the scenery around you. I sometimes take flight just to look around and explore the big picture.
If you like open-world games, Assassin’s Creed Origins definitely scratches that itch for me.