Legend of Korra – This was pretty fun. It’s a totally average game in most respects. It’s just a beat em up, except your punches and kicks get skinned with bending. But hey, I love bending, I can spend 7 hours jumping around beating people up with fire and water and earth and air and have a great time. There’s combos and such to get cool moves, but it was a fair amount of button smashing for me. There’s not as much avatar charm as you’d hope for. It’s mostly just Korra, a little bit of Jinora. Mako and Bolin only show up for pro bending (which, though super shallow, is pretty cool to play a couple times). Iro makes a cameo for selling you stuff. No one else shows up, which is a bummer. Avatar is half cool and half fun, and this only had the cool half. But still, for a couple bucks on steam sale, it was super worth the time.
Mount & Blade – This game’s old now, but it is kind of cool. It’s pretty
expansive, which is impressive. But eventually I got bored because I felt like
there were only so many things to do in this expansive world. Combat is pretty
terrible – your own troops shouldn’t be able to push you off a bridge. And how
come everyone else can swing a weapon in a crowd except me? But it’s tolerable,
and neat how there are different weapons. So I ran around and killed bandits and
then joined a kingdom and tried to conquer the world. We were coming along, if
the damn king didn’t declare war with everyone on the map. And I got some guys
on my side and owned a couple of places, and that’s neat. But it feels like it’d
take forever to actually conquer everyone. I’m sure it would happen eventually,
we were progressing, but it would take too many years for me to be in charge and
actually run the wars reasonably. And much too many to win all those wars. Fun,
but I just can’t fight the same battle over and over, so I gave up. I suppose I
should have gotten some mods and looked at what fun that can be, but I was
already bored at that point.
Heroes of the Storm – My first entry into a MOBA! Technically, I ran another
one (DOTA 2 or LOL, can’t remember) once. I was immediately intimidated by the
character select screen and literally quit and uninstalled. I know that’s a rage
quit joke, but no seriously I did that. A LAN party finally got me to play it in
a more friendly environment, and it’s fun. HotS is a less hard core experience,
by many accounts, so that helps. It’s pretty fun, I played it pretty constantly
for a few couple weeks, trying to burn through the free characters for a given
week. By the end of the week I start getting bored, and only finally start
getting confident enough to play the games against real people. But that is…
mixed. Finally had my first encounter with assholes . People who, as far as I
can tell, are not amazing players, but are cool literally yelling piece of shit
this and fucking newbs that. Fun stuff. One guy I reported cuz yikes. Without
assholes, though, it’s still iffy. I’m not great, but I’m okay. Getting matched
with people who ask questions that imply they’ve never played before is not
great. Often we win pretty handily, or get destroyed. That doesn’t feel like
great matchmaking. It’s hard to adjust to the idea that you should win 50% of
the time, we’re used to thinking we should always win, that’s the goal. But I
think I’m okay with that, I just should feel like it’s a real game most of the
time. Matchmaking is hard, I don’t want that job, but in my admittedly limited
experience, it’s pretty rough. But I’m still going, I have enough heroes now I
could actually do hero league, which is super intimidating. But I’ve been
playing for a few months now and still having fun, so I like it. Heck, I even
bought a couple heroes with real dollars. Crazy!
Qvadriga – This is a chariot racing sim. Doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, and
it isn’t too much fun, really. You buy a dude, a chariot, and horses. Their
stats boil down to 2 potential characteristics which make them better at their
jobs. Then it’s turn based, you choose to speed up, slow down, change lanes or
attack. My first few races I felt like I was grasping how to take a corner
without tanking. Then I had a ton where I couldn’t seem to go around without
falling, so I got confused. That got frustrating, and then it just seemed like
it was always going to be the same thing over and over, so I stopped. You can
change cities and race tracks, but there didn’t seem to be all that much
Interplanetary – This is a space artillery turn based game. It’s a neat idea,
you develop up one planet, and you shoot players on the other planets in a solar
system. You need power and materials, and build things to generate them. Then
there’s 3 kinds of weapons, two kinds of shields, and things to spy on other
planets (or block their spies). It’s cool, but it’s too hard and the computer,
even on normal, is a bit too good at targeting. The weapons are affected by
gravity and have time of flight so you have to predict the path of the other
planets. That’s pretty hard to do at all but the shortest ranges, but the
computer was pretty accurate. Then you reach the point where you are all
blasting away – the tech tree has mostly topped out and you are just trading
blows. And missing more than the computer misses. So, it’s fun, i got bored.
It’s an early access game, but it sounds like it has all its features.
Metro: Last Light – This is a sequel to the other Metro game, which I
remember being okay. I guess I should be into the story, since it’s based on a
book? It’s just a post-apocalyptic thing, but everyone has to live in the subway
which is a fun conceit. In the last game you did a thing and it had an effect
and you aren’t too happy about it. This game is partially about redeeming
yourself, but mostly about getting from point A to point B. After all that, it’s
a mostly generic shooter. You fight either dudes or beasts. The dudes are more
fun because you can stealth. The beasts are just frantically shooting the shit
out of everything until they stop coming. It’s okay, but nothing much.
Kill The Bad Guy – Fun little puzzle game. 3/4 view, line art, a bad person
is walking through the very very small level, you have to trigger traps in the
environment to kill them (exploding car, electricity in water, etc). It’s fun,
simple, has a fun sense of humor. A lot of the bad guys are based on real
people, it seems, references to someone terrible in the news. There’s not a lot
there, but it’s a nice distraction.
Ultra Street Fighter 4 – Huh, I haven’t played SF since Turbo! It’s not too
different, I guess. Looks a lot different, not necessarily better. Everyone is
all wirey and poppy and veiny. The badass level is just a bit too high. It plays
pretty similar, from what I remember. I’m trying to play every character once
just to see, but gosh there’s a lot.
Rome Total War 2 – I tried. I know this is a whole genre. And I know it’s
deep and complex and you can’t try it for 5 minutes and give up. But I did try
it for hours, and I did not have any fun. Also, what’s with all this Civ shit? I
thought the whole point of this game was the war part. But now you can
auto-resolve the fights and just go build your city? That seems anti the point.
I just couldn’t get into it, gave up before taking my first city (which I failed
to do a few times). Sad day.
Lost Planet 3 – I never played the originals, so I don’t know how this
compares. For the most part it’s a completely normal shooter. There’s mech stuff
which is a bit different (no guns, fighting by grabbing and drilling and such),
which is neat, but nothing super special. Shockingly, the voice acting is really
really good. Super impressive. The facial animations are actually really great
too. The models are not great, they are from a few years ago and look like it.
Skin is lifeless, hair is fake, mouths and eyes are creepy. But the animations,
underneath that crappy model, is actually super good, like better than most
games. The story is fine, whatevs. All in all, the game is good but not
Space Run – This is a quirky tower defense. You are a spacer trucker (voiced
by Vax from Critical Role!), and you have to survive your runs by building guns
and defenses on your ship each time. It’s fun, but it is still just tower
defense, which I never got super obsessed with.
Not The Robots – Weird little game. You are a robot trying to get through a
bunch of levels. There are lasers that can kill you and sentries that hunt you.
You have to trigger or tag objectives to finish the levels. You have a few tools
you can use to help. It’s fun, simple. There’s not a series of levels, you start
over each time and get as far as you can. So I only got so far and didn’t push
much past that, but it’s cool.