Following on from what I posted last, I wanted to briefly go over the three topics I mentioned.
Life: Work has been crazy, I feel like we’ve been busy since about May and it just keeps getting busier. There’s been maybe 3 quiet days in that time. It’s been tiring and stressful, which is maybe why my mental health hasn’t been in the best of shape recently. Other than that there are some things I’ve been trying to do, like exercising more and learning new languages, but obviously I have trouble sticking with anything for any extended period of time, so they’ve been pretty hit and miss…
Website: I tried setting up my own website. The hosting company I was using included a free trial to a website building app, and it wasn’t great so after the trial period I cancelled it, so I wasn’t paying them a ludicrous monthly fee. What they neglected to mention was that without being subscribed to it, I couldn’t use any of the stuff I’d made using it. So it’s just a blank page floating there in the internet ether. Good. Great.
Games: What a year for games. Good grief. There have been so many good games. I’ve played a bunch, and I will definitely be going into this in depth more in the near future once I look at what I’ve played and figure out how I feel about it. There’s still so much I need to play, too. I’ve been considering a self-imposed ban on buying anything new, but I’ll never stick to it…
Plus, 2018 looks like it’s also going to be great.
A new Guacamelee and a new Spelunky are coming! What a time to be alive! This year has been ridiculously good for games and it seems like things are just going to get better.
As for my mission to play a game a week…Well, it didn’t go very well. I fell off of the updates after only 4 weeks, which is not a great look. The idea of it doesn’t really fit with how I play games, especially since Persona 5 came out shortly after I stopped updating and took over my life for a hundred and thirty hours, then Final Fantasy XII was re-released and I sunk another hundred hours into that. There’s been some life stuff going on. I attempted to build a website, too, and I still very much interested to follow through with the idea of it, just not in the way that I was going about it.
I’ll try to touch on all of these things over the coming days on a little more depth.
For now, just know that I’m back with improved chicken mechanics.
This post is an update relating to the things I was playing and trying to play before my absence. I was playing a couple of games and trying to play several more (quite unsuccessfully) and I will now let you know how that went. I am generous.
Last time I posted about Overwatch I was getting burnt out on it. This went all the way with the Sombra ARG garbage and countdown to a countdown to a countdown. The Sombra tease went on for, literally, months and at the end of it, I had very little desire to play Sombra or Overwatch. I still jump into a game every now and then and I like to check in with each new event and have a loot at the new skins, sprays and poses. It’s a good game, I just can’t do multiplayer only stuff for too long anymore.
I was playing this with my dad, but between the two of us working, we were actually mostly playing alone. I was concentrating on a single character, while he decided to level 4 of them. I hit max level and tried to do some end game stuff, but it seems you really should be in a group for it. After hitting max level and gearing up a bit, I didn’t really enjoy the daily grind as much as some other MMOs and lost interest pretty quickly. I did get to see some guy solo a max level dungeon boss dragon after the rest of us had died for over 20 minutes, which was really impressive. I did buy a quasit, he is awesome.
World of Warcraft : Legion
After re-subscribing I went for it and bought the new expansion. I focused on learning how to play my monk in Brewmaster spec and found it to be a lot of fun. For the first time ever I played the expansion in a guild and those first few days were really, really fun. Probably the most fun I have had with the game since first playing the game. Everyone pushing to reach max rank, teaming up to do quests or dungeons. The chat. It was awesome. There’s also no shortage of stuff to do once you hit the max level and it feels less of a grind than it should. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a grind, it can be tedious at times, but it wasn’t unbearable. I stopped playing it though. I am still subscribed and every couple of weeks I feel the urge to play, especially with the new content coming fairly quickly this time around. I just don’t have the time. When I log in, I feel a little lost and it takes me practically all the time I have to think about what I want or need to be doing in the game.
That should do it for #1. There’s more to come, including my 2016 games of the year!
#2 coming soon.
I suppose the best thing to do here is just jump into what I have been up to recently.
Dark Souls 3
Dark Souls 3 is cool. I’m not sure exactly how far the game I am, but I have killed a fair few bosses now and traversed some pretty cool environments. I love that you can look up at the backgrounds in whatever area you are in and see the places you’ve been to, or are going. It really brings the world together. Some of the bosses have been rough on me. I am currently bashing my head against one and getting some small, slow progress. I could explore another area to give myself a break from the boss, but I am reluctant to give up the souls I have left on the floor of his room.
I’ll get back into this at the weekend, when I can really put some hours into it.
I wasn’t very excited about Nioh when the first trailers showed up. It looked a little goofy. I got hit by the hype though and bought it on release. I played the opening mission and tutorial and I think it seems cool. This will be my go to game for the next few days at least until I get to grips with it.
I gotta catch ’em. I can’t help myself. This is a mobile, turn-based, strategy thing with pokemon figures and my collection disease wants to play it despite my brain thinking that it might actually suck. It has the always fun mobile pay to win problem where my free to play team of small pokemon does not stand a chance against the big spender squad that I am matched with, full of legendary pokemon.
Tales of Berseria
This is my first Tales game and it is fun. It scratches the JRPG itch that I have. I like what I have seen so far, but the environments seem lazily done. They’re very basic in both looks and function. The movement around the overworld is the same and it gives the game the feel of a previous generation game. The combat seems to be quite deep and there are a lot of tool-tips popping up in the first few hours of the game, but so far I have gotten by just mashing out attacks in almost every fight, so hopefully that is not the case later on in the game.I still have a long way to go, but it’s a nice one to chill out to after picking the controller out of the wall following an hour on Dark Souls.
That’s what I’ve been up to this week. I’ll drop back in presently to catch up on stuff that happened since the last real update in August (it’s quite a bit!)
I have been neglectful. I am guilty of neglect. It’s been several months since I last updated this blog and I have no real excuse. I’ve been doing some real life stuff, playing some games, binging on tv series and all sorts of things, but it’s not as though I haven’t had the time to keep doing this.
So a resolution! This year I am trying to be better at committing to things. Once I start doing something, I want to keep doing it.
I don’t like being one of those people who says they’ll do something and then gives up after a couple of weeks, or in my worst cases, doesn’t bother at all. It’s a flaw that I am not happy with and can actively change.
This blog can be a platform for that change. There’s nothing to stop me updating this frequently except myself.
This weekend I will post a catch up for the games I’ve been playing or have played since the last update and we’ll see about some real life updates, too. From there, I will try to keep a weekly thing going about the games I am playing and I want to (like everyone else) start clearing out the backlog of games I have. With so many exciting releases around the corner, I’m not sure that’s going to be very viable at the moment, but it’s something to think about.
This is the most excited I have been in a long time. Seeing ice Sandshrew was the highlight of my week/month/year!
I’m a big fan of the Pokemon games still anyway, but they have really nailed the trailers for this one and this trailer is huge. There’s so much going on and it all looks brilliant. Z-Moves are not really my thing, but then I wasn’t big on mega-evolutions at first. The new Pokemon all look great, the regional variations of old Pokemon all look GREAT, the new trial challenge thing looks cool, although I do hope that gyms are still in the games and not being replaced by the challenges.
I honestly can’t wait for the release of these games. November is so far away.