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A quick rundown.

Return of the Obra Dinn (PC) – finished

One of the best and most refreshing games I’ve played in recent years. It’s a game that i can recommend to almost anyone. I started a second play through to see what hints i missed the first time. Although i did miss things i’m not very likely to continue this second play through. Must


Baba is You (Switch) – currently playing 

Another game that tries to do things differently and succeeds. The kind of puzzle game that makes you feel smart for finding the solution but never stupid for failing. I got stuck for a couple of days on a few levels and then one day i breezed through all of them. Funny how the brain works. You always have a few open levels to try and it’s very important because whenever you feel frustrated at 1-2 there are always others you can try. Highly recommend


Bye Bye BoxBoy (3DS) – currently playing

I’ve really enjoyed my time with this series. Bye Bye is the 3rd game (the 4th was released last week on the Switch which has added co-op for the first time) and although i still find it enjoyable, it has started to feel samey. I play just 1-2 levels every couple of days. Recommend

The Legend of Zelda (Switch) – burned out and unfinished?

After 150hrs+ i feel burned out and feeling bad about not finishing it. Brilliant game and i hope i find the motivation and desire soon to continue playing it.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2019 in Video games

 

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Video games: Return of the Obra Dinn

Wow… I started playing this yesterday. Wow…..

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2019 in Video games

 

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) – currently playing

Is this the best game I’ve ever played? Probably.

After 150+ hours i am slightly burned out but this is wonderful. A comment i heard about BoTW is the one i started using while describing it to other people. I’ve played some great games over the years. BoTW is magical. It’s given me moments of wonder i haven’t had since i was a teenager.

Never Stop Sneaking (Switch) – currently playing

After feeling burned out on BoTW (see above) i restarted this. It’s easy and a bit mindless. However, I’ve just realised the multiplier effect of kills in quick succession and this has made the levels more exciting.

Steam World Heist (Switch) – finished

An enjoyable game although i felt it dragged towards the end. After i finished it (All stars), i realised that i had also played the expansion and maybe that was why if felt it could have ended sooner. I wrote more about the game in a previous post. Looking forward to Steam World Quest now. Suggest

Trine (Switch) – finished

I was slightly disappointed with this one after hearing such great things about it. I think the fact that it was local Co-op (2 players) with long breaks between each session might have played a role. The art of the levels was too similar throughout the game as were the enemies. There was too much platforming for my taste. Having said all these i still had a good time with the game. Suggest

Still playing:
Picross S2 –
going through clip cross puzzles now

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2019 in Video games

 

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Kingdom: Two Crowns (Switch) – finished

A few days ago a friend of mine came over for board games. We played for 1.5hrs and then for 5-6 hours switched to video games. Most of that time was spent on Kingdom: Two Crowns couch co-op. It was wonderful! It’s so much better to play with someone else to help cover ground on the bigger islands.

The experience reignited my desire to continue my solo campaign and i managed to reach the credits. I had some bad moments with the game (beggars not spawning, having only 1 knight on one side and a few more).  Also there are still things that are almost impossible to know unless you read about them online. My one regret is not being able to fully upgrade my towers.

At the end of the day however it was a very enjoyable experience. It has the Civ quality of just one more turn/day. There are a lot things i have not yet seen but i am probably done after 45+hrs. I would play it again co-op so there’s still that option. Suggest

SteamWorld Heist (Switch) – currently playing

I had started this on the Vita a few years ago but stopped playing after a few hours. I don’t remember why but it had nothing to do with the quality of the game because it’s good!

Although i like the Steamworld Universe i can’t say that the story is any good. However,  most of the characters you recruit are with some good lines. More importantly they are good in combat and feel different. Unless they are taken to battle (and survive) they don’t get XPs and it encourages me to try playing with all of them. Some i like more than others. For example Piper, the captain, is one of my favourites because she affects units around her. Ivanski is  tank with a rocket. I also like Beatrix and Valentine. I just recruited Fen and she/he has fantastic abilities. Like i said they are all good!

I’m trying to get 3 stars on all missions and i managed to do that for all so far (apart from 1). Repeating a level is not a chore as the level changes layout every time. So far there has not really been a need to repeat levels just for grinding purposes. Simply for getting the three stars.

Finally, the loot surprises after each battle are exciting. New weapons and gadgets.  Plus the new abilities of characters after they level up.

This looks like another wonderful game is the brilliant Steamworld series.

Picross 3D (3DS) – currently playing

Still going and i reached level 10. Gold up to Level 8. This is tough but so good!

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2019 in Video games

 

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Currently Playing

Picross 3D (DS) – I am playing this on the 3DS and loving it. Completing a level is relatively straight forward but doing it within the time limit to achieve a gold medal takes it to another level. This puzzle game brings out completely different feelings compare to Piczle Lines DX (see below). I become very competitive, focused, frustrated but also determined to get gold for every level. There was 1 level so far where i feel i cheated. I had played it so many times that i had memorised the layout it. After many, many failed attempts to solve it with deduction i finally decided to use my knowledge of the level to solve it within the time limit. It has only happened once so far but i am still on level 7 and there are 10 levels. So we will see. Great, great game and i can’t wait to play Picross 3D Round 2 (3DS) once i am done with this one.

Cave Story + (Switch) – A lot of hype around this one but it has left me mostly irritated so far. It contains 2 things that i dislike. Loose platforming and boss battles. A lot of them. Also there are multiple endings and unless you read wikis there isn’t a way to understand how to unlock the best ending. For the time being i will be happy if i just finish it once so i don’t care what ending i get and i doubt i will come back to it after i am done to replay it.

Crusader Kings II (PC) – I put a pause to this after around 30hrs. I have dynasty in the north of Spain. Very interesting and deep game but obtuse in every way with a lazy tutorial. I think i will need to add 1-2 small expansions to it at some point. This is truly a lifestyle game and it would be more fun if i played it multiplayer with friends.

Xenoshyft (PC) – I played the physical game a couple of games (solo) and to help me refresh the rules i also re-installed the digital version. The implementation does the job and there is a great game here. Again, i wish i played it co-op but i am still enjoying it solo.

Finished

Piczle Lines DX (Switch) – After 165 hours or more according to the Switch stats i completed all the puzzles and trophies for the game. Wow! Hours and hours of relaxing game time. One of the most “comforting”puzzle games I’ve played.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2019 in Video games

 

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Thank you Gone Home

On Sunday i played Gone Home (PC) which i had in my Steam Library for some time. It had a very moving and immersive story.  Even though it only lasted 2 hours i think it will stay with me. Based on the achievements i can see that i missed journal entries (i also failed to open something) but i don’t want to go back now just for that. This is what i did with Her Story and it sort of ruined the experience for me. Maybe in a year or two and i will go through the whole thing again.

Thank you Gone Home!

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2019 in Video games

 

Board games – October highlights


Massive clear out

I managed to sell/give 36 games in October. The collection still needs to be slimmed down even more but oh boy now i can finally see the end of the tunnel. The fact that i also cut down purchases has helped a lot. I even gave away one of the furniture i used for board games storage and now the flat is starting to feel like “lighter”. I like my collection and space more now.

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NEW TO ME

Sidereal Confluence – enthousiastic!

Wow! The hype is real. My 2 sessions have both been a delight. I believe this will be one of the very few negotiation games i enjoy. This and Ponzi Scheme.

The Shut-up and Sit-down review was spot on. Complex, highly interactive and social.
Sidereal is a competitive game where players are trading and negotiating with each other so often during the game that everything is done in good faith. And there’s so much interaction and options it’s crazy. You can give and take anything in the game, apart from victory points. Anything!

It’s been awhile since i’ve played a resource management game which felt new and fresh. I was constantly engaged. With my own space race but also with the other races.

Menara – suggest

Fun, tense and very social. A game where players build a temple together which keeps going higher and higher. It’s even better than i had expected. I had put it up for sale but it’s a keeper for now. I can play this with anyone apart from people who don’t like dexterity games.

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“OLDIES”

Baseball Highlights: 2045

One of the benefits of slimming down a collection is that i am more likely to play games i love, like Baseball Highlights. My first game was a 4-3 win. Great stuff. I want to find a way to play a season solo.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2018 in Video games

 

Video games – currently playing

Into the Breach (Switch)

Currently, my main game. This is a really, really good strategy game. I started on Easy, switched to Normal but after a few setbacks i reverted back to Easy. It’s not that difficult but after Hand of Fate 2 (post to follow soon) i want something less stressful to play.

One thing i need to improve on is my mindset when playing. I am always just trying to beat the game but i should also be more conscious of the achievements. Focusing more on getting the achievements and less on winning is not a mindset i am good at.

Guns, Gore and Canoli 2 (Switch)

After finishing the first one playing couch co-op with a friend we dived into the 2nd installment. This is fun and mindless. It is quite repetitive though and usually our sessions are few and long which isn’t the best way to play this.

We completed it last night but because it was late and we were both exhausted we switched to Easy difficulty to beat the finally boss. We agreed to follow it up soon with a session to beat him on Normal.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)

Public had a 50% sale on several good 3DS games and I picked this up mostly because of nostalgia. I played it a lot when it came out on the PS2 but never managed to finish it. It looks and feels great. The voice acting is superb and so are the characters. I enjoy the bright coloured world in Dragon Quest.

Having said this i’m not sure how long i will continue playing it as it needs a lot of time investment and at the moment i prefer playing games on the Switch.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2018 in Video games

 

Video games – PC

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PC is where the most interesting games are right now for me. I’m not talking about the so-called AAA, blockbuster video games.

I’m talking about games like Papers, Please. Even after so many years and disappointments games can still excite me and surprise me.

What we have here is the literal opposite of the usual power fantasy. You don’t play as anyone special, just a downtrodden citizen of the ominous Soviet-styled nation of Arstotzka in the dying months of 1982. Assigned by a labour lottery to work for the Ministry of Admission, you spend your day stuck in a dank booth at a border checkpoint, responsible for deciding who gets to enter the country and who gets turned away – or worse.

You also need to process enough people and earn money to support your family. Only it’s not that simple.

A truly unique and fantastic game. Eurogamer has an excellent review which does a better job of selling the game than i ever will.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Video games

 

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Nintendo 3DS

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On Friday, i succumbed to my “wants” and went out and bought a Nintendo 3DS. It was and is a guilty purchase since i’m not that into gaming anymore so i don’t know how much value i will get out of it and also it does not feel like the best of times to be spending money on hand helds.

But in the end i got it from Public, together with basically the game that sold the 3DS to me, Fire Emblem: The Awakening. It’s a strategy RPG. Very japanese. Very otaku. Very geeky. And I’m loving in.

I’ve put it a total of around 14-15hrs into it but only progressed around 7hrs. The first 2-3hrs i started on a level that was way too easy and decided to restart. The remaining hours were spent on failed missions.

The battery does not seem to last that long, maybe due to the relatively high 3D setting i have it on which is actually not a bad thing. This keeps me more in control with how much time i spent on it at a time. Because when playing games, time just flies by without noticing it.

It feels like a flash from the past, but not quite. I’m enjoying this immensely and all the stuff that come with it i.e. reading reviews, previews, news, checking out bargains and all the twitter talk. But it definitely does not have the same aura around it. At least not the way it used to. Now i want to split my time on other things and more evenly.

For the time being I’m having a blast with it.

Virion: “Die with magnificence!”

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Video games

 

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