One of my all time favourite games is Baldur’s Gate II. I played an unbelievable amount of it over the years after it released. And whilst I tried a number of other games set in the same world, even made with the same engine, I couldn’t find anything that hit me in the same way. With recently releases like Tyranny and Pillars of Eternity bringing back those classic CRPGs, I decided to give one of them a try (and a thank you to my wife for buying it for me).
So Torment: Tides of Numenera turned out to be pretty damn great. The main plot and side stories were engaging, the characters were varied and interesting, and the gameplay allowed you to deal with situations in a lot of different ways. Pity about the bugs and the occasional difficulty spikes. Still, there was a world full of different (and often very creative) things to discover and I enjoyed my time there.
My wife bought me Nier: Automata for my birthday. This is a game I’ve been wanting to play since release and now I might finally get around to it. Pretty much anything made by Platinum grabs my interest by the simple virtue of my having never played a game made by them that I didn’t immediately adore. Metal Gear Rising anyone? I’ll get onto this one pretty soon I think.
Another birthday present I received that I’m very keen to try is Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu. Our family would play Pandemic a lot, so any opportunity to play more of it is welcome. I had heard of this one but didn’t know anything about it. Having read the instructions, I’m quite excited to give it a try as this feels like more than a simple reskin. The game plays in mostly the same way but with some significant twists, such as Old Ones rising and altering the game’s rules in place of epidemics. Plus the board looks gorgeous which certainly helps.
I picked up Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite at the weekend ago on a whim. I enjoy playing Street Fighter V with my daughter and figured something with Marvel characters in might be fun. We’ve enjoyed playing it together (although I regret playing as Dormamu at one point as he seemed to scare her a bit), but I haven’t touched the story mode yet. Personally I find the gameplay a little too…floaty? I don’t think that’s the right word. But I feel like none of the attacks really have any impact. I do enjoy fighting games, in spite of being terrible at them, but this one’s moment to moment action hasn’t grabbed me as well as I’d hoped.
My new PC finally arrived, ready to take on some games that need a GPU more powerful than a cheese sandwich. I’ve yet to really try anything particularly taxing on it, but I didn pick up the XCOM 2 expansion and I’m keen to give it a play. Any opportunity to hop back into that game is one I happily take.
Oh, and I downloaded and played Final Fantasy: All the Bravest. But more on that another time…
So what about you? Have you started up anything new and/or fun recently? Something freshly released? Or maybe back to the backlog or a classic that you’re returning to? Let me know!