31 December 2016

2016, see ya!

(wouldn't wanna be ya) 

So another year is almost over ... and I'll be glad to see the back of this one.  It didn't start out the best with David Bowie dying in early January and then it didn't seem to let up, did it?  So many well known and loved people gone suddenly this year.   

Personally, it's been another tough year with my son struggling through school and life in general, and me having a few health issues (fortunately not serious, just chronic and annoying).  Things are starting to look up for the new year ... but didn't I say that last year?  

Gaming-wise I spent the first part of the year playing mostly Fallout 4, with some more Banished and Cities: Skylines.   Then in August I tried out No Man's Sky.   I hadn't seen any of the hype for this and didn't really know what to expect.  I actually found it a great chill out game but did more walking and exploring than conquering space. Ended up playing mostly on PS4, especially when ... 

My computer died (motherboard gave up).  After messing around for a couple of months I managed to get all the parts together to rebuild it myself, with a nice new graphics card and CPU to go with the motherboard.  And it worked first time (so proud of myself) ... so not all bad.

In September we had storms that knocked out power state-wide for a few hours (days for some) and dropping out phone networks.  Luckily we have gas cooking so could at least have hot food and a warm bath by candlelight. 

Picked up Civilisation VI in October and managed to win a few games, despite America and Russia taking turns at denouncing me (for being better them) and then declaring war (a sign of things to come?).  Finished off the month by starting a new game with the Skyrim Special Edition and exploring some of my favourite spots in the game.  So beautiful.

In November I bought Rise of the Tomb Raider and Firewatch but went back for some more No Man's Sky after the big update and plenty of improvement in the PC version.  Relaxed with lots of aimless wandering and chilling out in (almost) endless space.

GOG upgraded me to Witcher 3 GOTY Edition earlier this month so I decided to dive back into a new game and finally play the Blood & Wine DLC (and hopefully actually finish the game).  Got Dishonored 2 & Pokemon Moon for xmas but haven't had a chance to play either yet as I've got back into Sims 3.  Crashes, freezes and all (never changes does it).

Update: damn I forgot Pokemon Go ... how could I? So many Zubats, so little time. I did manage to catch a Kangaskhan though (only catchable Australia/NZ).  

So another year of not finishing any game I started and still not reducing my pile of shame. Better luck next year! 

31 December 2015

Before you go 2015 ...

Guess I really should provide an update before yet another year is over!

Now where was I?  Finished off 2014 playing Dragon Age Inquisition intensively and making my way through most of the main quest ... but stopping to collect everything on the way of course (lovers included).  Beautiful game and so much fun.

Started 2015 by stumbling around in Elder Scrolls Online a bit with my main character now rocking some much fancier armour than when she started.  Haven't had much chance to get back to Tamriel but hope to do so soon. I love the world - another beautiful game - and enjoy the questing and lore.  But I prefer playing solo so not keen on the multi-player side of things (though I did join a couple of really good guilds which helped a bit).  

Messed about a bit in Borderlands The Pre-Sequel though got distracted by other games and didn't really get very far.  Another one for pile of shame.  Played a lot of Banished and discovered some really nice mods for it.  Also played a lot of Civ V but couldn't really get into Beyond Earth.  Decided to try out the Assassin's Creed games and got most of the way into the first game before ...

Started on The Witcher 3 and can definitely say it's my game of the year.  Yet another beautiful game and a great story too.  Have done every little quest so far and am still sitting at around half way (at just over 130 hours).  I stopped playing until all of the free DLC came out. Also because I'm in Team Triss and waiting on the promised patch that adds more to that side of story before I continue. 

But of course then got lead astray collecting junk and building settlements in Fallout 4 (one of the few games I've played where my character actually looks better in game than in the creator - or in screenshots) ...

I also ordered Batman Arkham Knight somewhere in the middle there but ended up returning my pc version for a refund.  Now juggling post-apocalyptic wastelands of Boston with Victorian London in Assassin's Creed Syndicate and itching to send Geralt of Rivia on to the Isle of Mists to continue his (and Ciri's) story. 

What about Sims you may ask?  I managed to get Mortimer Goth and Bella Bachelor together and off to university in Sims 3 ... until my game started to Error 12, leaving them in student hell.  Not sure how I managed it but their home world is gone so I'll have to go back and start over.  So high maintenance!  But still haven't been frustrated or even bored enough to try out Sims 4. 

That's about it for my year and a bit of games (though there are plenty more I've played but haven't mentioned ... and far too many still on my pile of shame).  Personally, it's been a bit of a crap year for various reasons (hence my longer than intended absence) but there's finally light at the end of the tunnel. 

So here's to 2016 being a fantastic year! 

11 November 2014

Mini Gherkin?

I can't be arsed voting but, if the Sims Teams should be trawling the interwebs in search of clues, here's my favourite "tacky holiday sweater".  My very favourite reindeer jumper in fact.  Just the perfect thing to wear to a turkey curry buffet!  

BTW I really like the way the reindeer and Mr Darcy have almost the same look in their eyes in this shot.  Poor Bridget ... doubly scorned.