I’m Rob, and Here’s What I’ve Been Playing – 15/4/18

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and I do like to keep people updated on my thrilling video game lifestyle.  I know, I know, I’m too good to you all, but I live to give!  So here’s what I’ve been playing recently.  I’ll give you a hint – video games.

A Way Out

A Way Out

I’ll probably write something about this one properly as I feel there’s quite a bit to talk about.  My wife and I finished this last week and I very much enjoyed it.  My wife did as well but found the ending a bit off putting, which I totally get.  I’m not sure how many different endings there are but the one we got felt a little out of left field.  I won’t say any more because I really feel it’s a game everyone should play with someone they care about.  It’s a good price for the length of the game too.

Arkham Noir

Arkham Noir

A card game!  That’s right, it’s not all video games here.  Sometimes we like to have a little change of pace.  In a huge departure from the previous game, this is a single player card game based on a few of H.P. Lovecraft’s books.  I’ll probably write about this one too, but in short it’s pretty tough with some great art work and mechanics that fit with the theme.  It took me several attempts to score a win, but I’ll probably go back to it again some time.

Pic-A-Pix Deluxe

Pic-A-Pix Deluxe
It might look a bit complicated, but once you get to grips with it they mostly aren’t that bad. It’s really good fun!

Thank you to Mr. Panda for bringing this one to my attention via his YouTube channel.  I like pic-cross puzzles and I was really pleased to find one on Switch.  They’re great puzzles to play on the go, and some of them can be genuinely tough.  The idea is you fill in blocks in rows and columns to create pixel pictures, but this version introduces different colours to add an extra layer to the game.  I’ll enjoy playing this on and off I think.

Far Cry 5

FC5
It looks pretty good to be honest.

Love it.  It removes so much of the crap that so many Ubisoft games have been stuffed full of and streamlines the story line.  No longer do you have to climb a radio tower every 15 yards, and now everything you do pushes you further forward in the story.  Liberate a town?  You’ve gained 600RP, pushing you closer to the boss.  Blew up a silo?  Take 20RP.  Side quest?  Here’s even more RP.  The gameplay is as solid as it has been in previous games, and the antagonists are well done as they tend to be.  Sure, it’s not as political as it could have been, but it is a pretty fun game.

Mario + Rabbids

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

I’m still plugging away at this, but I’ve spent quite a bit of time on it recently and I’ve finally made it to world 4.  The gameplay is solid, and I’ve worked out that I should be switching team members for battles based on my needs rather than just sticking to my favourites.  More fool me.  Anyway, it’s good!  And Phantom is a fantastic boss.

Deep Sky Derelicts

Deep Sky Derelicts

 

I’ve been playing this quite a lot for B3 and so I won’t say too much here.  It’s a game that has a lot in common with Darkest Dungeon though, which is a game I like a lot.  The art style is pretty cool and they have a well laid out Early Access plan so it should be worth keeping an eye on.

What have you been playing?  I bet it’s something pretty great knowing you lot!  Let me know what it is and tell me why it’s so great!  See you next time.

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20 thoughts on “I’m Rob, and Here’s What I’ve Been Playing – 15/4/18

    1. Hmmmm, this is simplified a lot and is far more based on movement than XCOM. It’s good fun, but it did leave me wanting to go back to XCOM rather than carry on with it. I’ll finish it before long though. Plus the bosses are great fun.

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      1. Considering the genre it’s in, I wasn’t expecting there to be boss fights in that game. Then again, I’ve noticed over the years that, for whatever reason, Western developers don’t seem to be as good at developing boss fights as their Japanese counterparts. A lot of highly acclaimed Western games don’t even attempt to have a single one, and when they do, it’s usually the standard “Oh, you’re in the same room as the main bad guy? Time to take your weapons away.” Maybe I just haven’t played the right games, but it always seems like the best boss fights originate in Japanese titles.

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  1. I keep seeing positive impressions of Mario + Rabbids, so I may have to pick that up once I finish a few of my Switch titles, and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it! Arkham Noir sounds like a fun time, too. Based on other Lovecraft style games, though, I’m not surprised that winning at it was tough (*cough*Arkham Horror*cough*).

    This weekend has been a restart of Fallout 4 (jury still out, but it takes place in my home state so I’m going to try to forge ahead) and getting deeper into Horizon Zero Dawn, which has been a really solid experience! It’s a beautiful game and I like what they’re doing with the story.

    Enjoy your week!

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      1. Yeah. I remember being really excited about it, thinking I did a great job building and then looking at my work going “wow, I did literally almost nothing…” Then dejectedly walking away from that aspect of the game. I have yet to complete a Fallout game though, so I’m going to work on it! 🙂

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  2. I’ve also dabbled a bit in Mario Rabbids and while I’ve liked it, I think I am definitely partial to tactics games with a little more depth, perhaps bc the genre has typically been on the deep side. Still a good game, and definitely a surprise given the shovel ware appearance it can give off

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  3. You’re definitely playing quite a few solid titles right now! Mario Rabbids is certainly on my list and I just need to take the plunge and finally purchase it soon. I haven’t played enough xcom style games so that will help add one to my collection. The only game I’ve been working on this week is Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. I’m about halfway so far and it’s a fun game albeit lacking a little in plot.

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    1. I have a pic-cross game on my phone too as I can’t seem to get enough of them! I’ve noticed the Switch one has tons of DLC as well which is simultaneously great and annoying. More puzzles? Great! Having to pay around £30 to get them all? Much less great.

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      1. That’s…ridiculously expensive. It’s how they get you, too with all the evil microtransactions. I’ve probably spent the equivalent of that if not more on Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius. The nickel and dime you into oblivious D:

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