Gaming Log 2017

January:

Lego Batman 2:

Fun game, don’t like the open world direction that the series is going. I understand that it’s something that people enjoy, but it’s just not for me. Took me about 8 hours to beat the story, at which point I had 16.8% of the game complete. Good enough for me! That said, the voice acting is spot on and the story was quite good superhero fun! Would recommend on sale, or for someone that enjoys all the side missions/minigame stuff in an open world game.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Well, that was quite fun… but rather short. I will definitely say that it didn’t outstay its welcome. Glad that I picked it up on a sale, as I would have been rather miffed if I’d paid full price for a game that I beat and felt done with after about 5 hours. The storyline was completely insane, as always, but had the classic Wolfenstein feel. I actually really enjoyed the throwback levels in the game, finding them much more satisfying to look for all the silver when you have a mini map that keeps track of your progress.

DLC Quest: Base and Freemium Sequel

Entertaining game. I’d played it before somewhere, but I hadn’t played it on Steam, so I figured that I’d play through it for the achievements. Also hadn’t played the Freemium part and it was much larger. I don’t particularly love searching for secrets all day and I feel like this game rewards that heavily, but other than that, it’s a neat little coffeebreak platformer. I wouldn’t want to play it again, but it was fun while watching some podcasts.

Ryse: Son of Rome

This one was quite fun. To be fair, it’s not well optimized and it’s a bit buggy, but it only crashed on me once! The storyline is quite good, but probably because it’s not often that you see Rome as a setting for historical-ish events. The action was good, another Arkham-style combat game, and the characters were quite good. In particular, Boudica was very well done (though I hated the character model on a visual note).

12 Labours of Hercules IV: Mother Nature

Another Hercules game! These are fun to screw around in, it’s rather relaxing most of the time and seeing the evolution of the series is interesting. That said, if you play the first one and don’t like it, I really wouldn’t bother playing any of the others.

February:

Child of Light

Interesting that I’ve been working on for a while now. Glad to get to the end of it, as I just wasn’t really enjoying my time in there as much. As the enemies get more and more spongy, it’s harder for me to want to keep going, since it just takes so much to kill things. The final boss fight in particular was just forever long. However, the game was gorgeous and I really enjoyed the art style and the characters. For those that enjoy turn-based strategy games, it’s definitely worth playing!

Random Backlog Fluff

There was some free time this weekend that I thought I’d see if I could go through some of the bundle trash that I had in the backlog and perhaps clear some stuff out. That said, none of them were great enough to get their own entry here, so here’s a list of what I went through there. Race the Sun, Sometimes: Success Requires Sacrifice, Thirty Flights of Loving, Droid Assault, Revenge of the Titans and Ultratron is what I’ve gone through so far this month… but it was nice to get some stuff out of there.

Enemy Front

This game was… interesting. I enjoyed the story quite a bit, it’s rare these days to find a good WW2 shooter that has a story that doesn’t have crazy nonsense in it. This seemed like a story that stuck quite true to WW2 history, no alternate storyline stuff or anything. It was a decently pretty game, as it was in CryEngine, but it was definitely buggy. Only full crashed on me once, but the button prompts are all for the controller, even though I only played the game on keyboard and mouse. It’s seriously a fun game though and if you don’t mind the finicky nature of some of the bugs, I’d definitely recommend if you’re looking for a WW2 shooter story game.